MJREIMERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJREIMERS MJREIMERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 1001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189857 Today my log in streak is 1001 days. I have never committed to something that long, but this is a good streak for me. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with trying to get the 5 lbs. off that my body seems set on keeping. I eat within my calorie range and exercise at least 40 minutes a day. Many days it's walking, but I'm still moving. <BR> <BR> I go in Monday to check my numbers for my thyroid. I am going to ask about going on the meds without the fillers and see if that helps. I really can... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:02:44 EST Boot Camp Almost Kicked My Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183046 I went to boot camp with my younger, 19 year old, daughter tonight. It was somewhere in the mid 90's and humid. I was doing pretty good until the last rotation. Then, "it" hit me! <BR> <BR> That feeling that I drank way too much water. The light headed feeling. That time when your body is better sitting down than standing up. I finished, though! We did one cool down and then left. I had my daughter drive home with the AC on high. I felt better by the time we pulled into the garage. <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:57:45 EST I got busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181745 Summer school started and my class is basically the same as the one I had in the fall. A more challenging group, but good kids. <BR> <BR> I was able to run once. Same time per mile, shorter distance, but it felt much more difficult. Some runs are like that. It has been in up to 105 heat index this week, so not much opportunity to run. I simply can't do the heat like I used to. I can still run, though! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to a boot camp this week, but we'll see. All I can do is keep ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:53:15 EST A change of plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173261 First, I have to share that I ran 8 miles!! I averaged 11 minute miles. I will take it! Secondly, I have spoke to many people today and continued to research hypothyroidism. After doing such, I don't think I'll be able to manage my condition on my own. The most encouraging data I read said it took 9 months to 2 years to figure it out and then under a doctor's eye. <BR> <BR> I could tell I didn't take my meds today. After I ran, I took a nap. Then, I ran to the store for a few items and then... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:15:36 EST Going natural http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172774 I have been reading about hypothyroidism. I've read that taking meds will cause your thyroid to stop and basically shutdown. I've also been reading about what to eat and what not to eat. So I may be crazy, but I'm going to stop taking my meds and try eating naturally for a while. I go back for a blood test in July. I'll see what my levels are at that time. <BR> <BR> I'm going to restock my supplements, including fish oil, which I haven't been good about taking. I already have cut down, to a... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:06:17 EST I love my sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170477 <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> You all are so supportive and it makes me fell so much better. I am doing better in many ways. I'm still getting my exercise in and am eating right 80% of the time. <BR> <BR> I am working through the mental part of this journey, but I've done it before and I can do it again. I even skipped my last weigh in for my last maintenance challenge. I knew I'd just get mad and upset and I'm not going there. Positive energy, positive energy. <BR> <... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:38:14 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168401 The song Changes is appropriate for my life right now. I am trying to find those non scale victories. I am finding some. <BR> <BR> I decided not to join the next weight maintenance challenge. It is too frustrating and discouraging to look at the numbers on the scale right now. <BR> <BR> I also made some changes to me. I got two new tattoos. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2688c56b-88d8-4b04-b180-609255948313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sun, 22 May 2016 22:04:16 EST Still battling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166106 I am still battling this hypothyroidism. I am trying not to get frustrated, but UGH! My weight is not "reducing," even though I am eating right and exercising. It is so frustrating! All I can do is keep trying. <BR> <BR> My levels aren't evaluated until July so the meds won't be changed until then. Some days I feel great, others and more frequently, I feel bloated and tired. A fellow teacher is also a "newbie" to hypothyroidism and has the same frustrations. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening.... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:07:00 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163409 Finally, I had a "good" run. What I consider a good run is when I am enjoying it and I'm just clipping along allowing my mind to think. It was a rough start, but I settled in. It was one of those runs that I could have gone further, but I wanted to end it on a positive. And it did! <BR> <BR> I ended up running just short of five miles at a 10.34 minute clip. I was very happy with that!! It gives me hope that I will be able to keep up with some inspiring ladies later in the fall. I feel good ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:14:04 EST Struggling and some good news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162922 I am still struggling with this thyroid issue. I am trying to get back to my goal weight and then, to the lower end of my weight range. It is so frustrating!!! <BR> <BR> I did get some good news. My doc found a lump in one of "the girls" and sent me for further tests. I had a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. I really was NOT worried, but it was still great to hear that they found nothing. I just have dense, lumpy breast tissue. <BR> <BR> Today was another day of "good." My oldest ... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:25:36 EST Struggling and some good news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162921 I am still struggling with this thyroid issue. I am trying to get back to my goal weight and then, to the lower end of my weight range. It is so frustrating!!! <BR> <BR> I did get some good news. My doc found a lump in one of "the girls" and sent me for further tests. I had a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. I really was NOT worried, but it was still great to hear that they found nothing. I just have dense, lumpy breast tissue. <BR> <BR> Today was another day of "good." My oldest ... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:25:33 EST Second run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158881 It was so nice out and since I had to mail some letters, I took the dog and we ran/walked to the post office. There and back is a nice 4.35 miles. My dog, Halo, isn't in distance shape, but he loves the sprints. We make an odd running team, but it works. <BR> <BR> Feeling much better since I've eaten "right" the last two days. I've eaten pretty light today, so I have to watch it. I tend not to be hungry when I run, but I did make a salad with rotisserie chicken. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone ... Sun, 8 May 2016 17:01:34 EST Pity party is officially over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158197 I'll admit, I've taken full advantage of my news in the way of a pity party. I've eaten like crap every night. I was using my hypothyroid diagnosis as an excuse and the scale and my body shows it. The numbers are up, duh! I feel bloated and sluggish due to the food my body isn't used to, double duh! My premenopause symptoms have been worse due to all the sugar I've eaten, again duh! <BR> <BR> So I woke up and went on a 6.35 mile run. I went out slow and steady, which normally would drive me ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:24 EST Not the answer I wanted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155887 I made the annual trip to the doctor. However, mine was over 18 months ago. I make an appointment and a couple of weeks before it, I'd get a call saying the doctor was going on vacation at that time. <BR> <BR> I found out why I've been feeling so tired, why I've gained weight, and I discovered that I have had many other symptoms. I have hypothyroidism. My levels have almost doubled over the past three years or so. I am now on medicine. <BR> <BR> Those close to me know I hate taking meds. I... Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:30 EST Ugh, weather. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153429 Our rainy weather is making it difficult to run. I am using my elliptical which is a good workout. It really makes me sweat and it causes a nice elevated heart rate. <BR> <BR> I am also focusing on my weight. I think running will be a bit easier if I lose about five pounds. That will get me closer to my running weight that I was two years ago when I ran 12 races in 12 months. I will get there!!! <BR> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:46:01 EST All we can do is try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150277 I went on my second run in the past three days. It was not easy! First note to self, don't eat pot roast and potatoes an hour before running. Second note to self, it is a good idea to be dropped off miles from home so you can run back. Nothing is quite so motivating as running home. Third note to self, I may have to buy a small canteen or such for water. I can't take the heat like I used to. Fourth note to self, run for fun!!! <BR> <BR> All we can do is try and that is exactly what I am do... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:05:02 EST Selling ourselves short! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144232 I have been in a slump lately. Lots of reasons, but all are causing frustration. The biggest is just not being where I was two years ago athletically and weight wise. At my age a couple of years can make a big difference. However, I have come to realize that I am selling myself short! <BR> <BR> Today I ran to the post office to drop off some letters. I like to incorporate my exercise into daily tasks, that way there is no excuse not to do them. The run ended up being 4.44 miles. It was just... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:25:37 EST I agree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139960 I, like most of you, don't like the use of supplements. It was a moment of weakness and frustration with things not going the way I want. I will NOT take a supplement and just go back to really watching my nutrition and try to increase my exercise. I will also lower the carbs. Hopefully, this will jump start my progress. Thanks sparkfriends for your input!!. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:54:20 EST Less carbs and/or supplements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139446 I've read a lot and I've been talking to others and many say as we get older we should restrict carbs more. This is a way to offset the "natural weight gain" that comes with perimenopause. What is your opinions? <BR> <BR> A couple that I know are taking Hydroxycut. Normally, I'd never take a supplement and would rely solely on natural food.However, I'm getting a little frustrated with how things are going and thought if it gives me a "boost" to start losing again. Another supplement that I... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:02:04 EST Sick and sparking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135574 I never get sick, but I came home early yesterday. I feel like a truck hit me. It will be a struggle to get my 30 minutes of exercise in. I will prevail, though. <BR> <BR> I am staying within my weight range, but can't seem to get to the lower end. This sickness may help that. <em>211</em> I am eating right, but I can't seem to get out to run as often as I like. So when I do run, it's a struggle. I have only gotten up to 5 miles. Even then, my body is really complaining. I am hoping wi... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:26:29 EST Another birthday and Easter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128774 We are celebrating my Mom's birthday and Easter. It's a day of family and celebration. I hope everyone's day is wonderful! Happy moving. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:02:21 EST 21 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123242 Today my daughter is 21 years old. It seems like just yesterday she was a little girl. I blinked and she became a young woman. She'll be graduating from college in 2 months. That is a full year early. I am so proud of her. Not only did she get a B.S. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science, but she got two minors. One in coaching and the other in nutrition. I am excited, for her, to begin the next chapter of her life. I know she will do great things. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:27:41 EST Incorporate it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121848 Many people will tell you that they just can't find the time to work out. I used to be one of those people. When people ask me how I fit it all in, I tell them it's simple...I incorporate it! <BR> <BR> What I mean, is that I find ways to put exercise into my day in a natural way. For example, tonight I had to drop my car at the dealership. (It was whining, literally.) I could have had someone pick me up, but I decided that I would run home with my dog, Halo. It was 2.42 miles and made for a... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:15:17 EST 501 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117834 Today was day 501 of exercising 30 minutes, or more. I love this streak and I plan to keep it up! Even on days when it's a "rest day" I still walk at least 40 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> I never imagined that I'd be one of those "exercise freaks." I used to see people walking or running and think that they are crazy. They are and now so am I!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to have another 501 days of this streak!! Happy moving! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:39:48 EST Fighting the 5. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116728 Thanks, once again, for all the comments on yesterdays blog!! They really help! <BR> <BR> Since I stopped running competitively, I have struggled with 5 pounds. It comes off, I eat one late meal, eat out or at the top of my calorie range and it's right back on. Often it seems like I gain 3, or sometimes more, pounds overnight. Then, it takes days to get it back off. My body just keeps fighting those same 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> So do I adjust my weight range or do I keep struggling? I know othe... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:20:47 EST Changing from throwing in the towel to wringing it out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115994 <em>304</em> for all the <em>345</em> comments yesterday. It's just what I needed. I have decided that I will keep running, not that I really thought I could give it up. I am going to keep running with my dog. He is not in as good of shape as I am, but he recovers quickly. He keeps me at a bit slower pace which helps me not to push my body as hard. One thing I have learned on my journey is that I am in no competition with anyone, including myself. I think I got that all out in "The Year ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:43:24 EST When do you throw in the towel and just accept? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115075 Many of you know I was an avid runner for about a year. I did 12 races in 12 months, dealt with some injuries, got over them and started running again, but in a less competitive way. I run for the enjoyment. <BR> <BR> Lately when I run I notice that I don't recover as quickly as I used to. My joints ache, my major muscle groups complain a lot and although I love that "soreness" because it tells me that I worked my body, it just takes longer and longer to get over it. <BR> <BR> I've also bee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:22:09 EST I'm still here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104922 It's been a crazy time. A long story short. Our "new" house has water leaking into the basement. The home inspector didn't see it and the insurance company said it was preexisting, so won't cover the cost to repair. So we have the carpet folded back on three walls, the pad thrown away, drywall tore down and taken to the dump, along with some insulation and the furring strips. All had mildew and/or mold. We also get to replace some electrical work since the outlet they are getting all the pow... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:32:14 EST I'm out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093874 I'm only in the second week of a maintenance challenge and I'm out. I was over by .01 ounces. It's a reality check and I needed it. I've been barely scraping under the high end of my weight range/challenge for weeks. It was bound to happen and it has. <BR> <BR> So what do you do? Do you sit down with the bucket of ice cream and eat it all? Do you down the next pizza you come across? In the "old days" I would have, but the answer today is NO! <BR> <BR> I decided Lent is the perfect season to... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:21:02 EST Roller coaster ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088917 That has been how life on my maintenance journey has been lately. Up and down. That goes for the scale, motivation, hot flashes, exercise, energy, eating, etc. <BR> <BR> Winter has always been a tough time of year for me. I just want to eat all that comfort food and stay snuggled up in my warm house. I still feel that way, but I've really been trying to watch the nutrition and I have an elliptical in my basement so no excuse not to exercise. <BR> <BR> I've been doing better this week, but i... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST Second snow day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086857 Today is my second day off from work due to snow. Needless to say, lots of snow shoveling going on. The hubby uses the snow blower, but I'd rather use the time as a workout! <BR> <BR> I've been averaging around 90 minutes of exercise the past two days. I always put in at least 30 minutes on my elliptical everyday. A little weight training and snow scooping rounds out the workout time. I am sore and I love it! <BR> <BR> Still watching the scale go up and down daily. Frustrating, but I rememb... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:56:07 EST Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079462 I am really not a cold weather person. I appreciate the beauty of a new snowfall and one can have lots of fun, but it makes it very hard to run. I always seem to struggle, a bit, with my weight this time of year. My body seems to hold onto those calories, even when I am within my calorie range. However, I am persistent! I keep eating right and I keep moving. That is all I can do. Move more and try to eat a little less while keep at it. Our journey is full of ups and downs. This not only go... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:07:59 EST Old habits are becoming new again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075549 I have started picking up old habits. No, not "bad" ones...the GOOD ones! <em>334</em> I have been waking up, without an alarm, at 4:45 AM all this week. I then go downstairs and get on my elliptical for 30 minutes. I change the workout setting daily, so I'm not doing the same one over and over. <BR> <BR> Since I'm waking up before my alarm, I figure it's my body telling me that this is what it needs. I've always been a morning person and I do so much better when I work out first thing w... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:26:01 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072882 It's official, we closed on our old house on January 15th. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> FINALLY! <BR> <BR> It feels so good to only have one house payment, one utilities payment and one water bill. We paid off some of the bills we accumulated during the selling and buying of the properties. Whew! <BR> <BR> Winter is not being nice and I will admit that I haven't been motivated to work out. Bitter cold and having a cold has taken its toll. I have decided that I need to start getting up ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:02:07 EST Temptations 0, Me 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067924 Today was "Taco Tuesday" at work. A taco bar with lots of deserts. It's a Tuesday, Fat Friday to be honest. Then, I had a union meeting. They always provide food/dinner since it goes until around 6:30 PM. Usually there are some healthy alternatives, but also not-so-good choices. Tonight it was "salads." Egg salad, chicken salad, ham salad, etc. <BR> <BR> Normally, I start out well. A spoon of this and a spoon of that, but then I lose it and just keep eating. NOT today!! I did try the desert... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:59:34 EST Speak up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058059 Many people I know have lost a loved one recently. Some comments, on facebook, are about not staying in touch as much as they would have liked or how their absence will be felt by so many. <BR> <BR> This made me think that we all need to speak up! There are many ways and reasons to do so. Of course, telling people how much they mean to you and that you love them is probably number 1. However, we need to also speak up when others hurt us. <BR> <BR> Telling someone that their words hurt or th... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:15:42 EST Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056499 This is the night that many will make a New Year's resolution to lose weight and get into shape. We all have probably done the same sometime in previous years. What makes 2016 different? We are here and thus have already begun the "get healthier" journey. We have made the commitment to be better and we are doing it for ourselves. We know that making a life changing decision can't be for our significant other, our kids, our work, etc. The only way we will succeed is to do it for ourselve... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:40:04 EST I need a 2x4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049756 A friend of mine says that sometimes it takes being "hit" with a 2x4 to get the message and to refocus. I feel like that's what I need. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy past 2 months. Buying a house and moving away from my mom (she lived across the street), having the selling of our house postponed (now until January 4th), having weird weather, a very challenging class of students, plumbing issues in the new house, changes coming with age, holiday food everywhere, etc. has made it easy to eat ba... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:59:08 EST Really?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048096 It's been a bumpy past two months. Plumbing issues in the new house, kids rear ending others in an ice storm (nothing serious), and now the closing date on our old house has been postponed. Their lender wants all the repairs done prior to closing. We had agreed to pay part of their closing cost and they could fix the repairs on their schedule. <BR> <BR> I just want the house sold so that we can pay off the bills we've accumulated. Between the two houses our credit card is high and we are pay... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:18:37 EST 400 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041613 Yesterday was the 400th day that I have exercised 30 minutes or more. Some days I run, some days it's my elliptical, but I always walk! <BR> <BR> I haven't run for a while and I can tell I'm not in the same "shape" as I once was. It's been snowy and icy, but I know that's not really an excuse. However, as I get older I know I don't recover from injury as quickly so I'll stick with the elliptical until the streets are better. <BR> <BR> I'm happy that I've been committed to sticking with sta... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:11:26 EST I need a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039232 We had a couple slow drains in the new house. During the Thanksgiving clean up the kitchen sink wouldn't drain. It finally did. Then, I was doing laundry and we had water poring through the garage. It was coming from under the laundry room floor. Yesterday, we had the drains and stack snaked. We also mentioned the major water issue. We had a second one co.e today. Both believe our main line has broken. The plumbing is original to the 48 year old house and we suspect they are correct. So f... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:02:52 EST 1 point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038555 I am a competitive person by nature. It's just who I am. I've learned to turn it into a positive thing, at times. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My latest self challenge was to spend all my sparkpoints! It's taken quite a while, but I succeeded today! I only have 1 point. Nothing is 1 point, so I DID IT! Ok, until I push post on this blog, but it's the thought that count. Right? <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend and keep moving happily. I think I'm going to wimp out and use my elliptical, as it's ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:35:34 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038295 I could fill this page with the list of everything that I'm thankful for. Here are two of them! The first is the official sign that was put up Tuesday night! They will close on December 18th. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41d8333e-4642-41a6-b3c0-a7201b924ed2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The second is my greatest blessings. The middle child is my nephew and the other four are mine! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2173c756-2692-446b-a58b-7225b31706e8.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:10:02 EST Getting "it" back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034092 I have used my elliptical twice since we moved into our current house. I've ran about the same, maybe a little more. What I've discovered is, I am out of shape! <BR> <BR> I can really tell that I'm not in the same shape as I once was. The elliptical really has been kicking my butt. I seem to get a "harder" workout on it. Maybe it's because I can make the resistance harder or maybe it's because I really try to use my arms. All I know is that I have some work ahead in order to get back to wher... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:07:05 EST My dog's first 5K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032757 Since I really haven't ran a lot in the past 6 weeks, I decided it was a great time to get my dog into running condition. I figured we could get into running shape together. <BR> <BR> We went out and I paced so that he could stay at a trot. We ended up running 3.52 miles with an average of 11.51 minute miles. I really didn't plan to go that far. I could tell he was getting tired toward the end. We only got honked at once and it was my daughters, and their friend, coming back from shopping ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:20:31 EST SOLD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031674 We sold our house last night!! It was on the lower end of our "range," but we are extremely happy and thankful. We agreed to paying for radon mitigation, if it's needed, but that's all they asked for. No closing costs!! <em>244</em> That alone makes it seem like we sold it for more. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the positive energy, good karma, and prayers! Happy moving! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:26:46 EST My first trail half marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028333 I haven't run for about a month. Today I was "crazy" and ran a half marathon trail run. It's my first 1/2 since I did my 12 runs in 12 months last year. I completely forgot some of the important things. I didn't take anything to eat while running. Duh! I also only had a 1/2 bagel for breakfast, lots of water and coffee.Duh! <BR> <BR> The course was REALLY hilly with several water crossings. I ran it with a friend, she started cramping and encouraged me to run on. I did and it was hard, but ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:37:41 EST Yes Lord, I am listening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024267 For those of you that aren't spiritual, you may want to skip this one! However, I need to share. <BR> <BR> Here is a story of how I feel the Lord has worked in my life lately. Many of you know that my family has purchased a "new" house. It's actually older than our other one, but I love the character of older homes. <BR> <BR> We weren't really looking to buy a new home, but my husband's bad knees and the need for a double knee replacement prompted us to just look. (Our "old" house was my ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:04:29 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023574 I have been pretty busy lately. Moving and setting up the "new" house has been a lot of work, but fun. We have downsized and are planning a big garage sale in the spring. <BR> <BR> I've been eating when I'm hungry and what I want. Last night I had a small ice cream sundae at 9:00. Some would say that's a snack, and it probably is, but I've figured out that it won't hurt. I didn't eat enough for quite a while and my body told me so. I was in my calorie range, but was always at the low end. I ... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:48:43 EST All moved in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021923 I haven't ran in a couple of weeks, but I am getting my workout in. We have completely moved into our "new" home. <BR> <BR> We started on Friday and and finished up on Sunday. I was so hopeful! While we were moving on Sunday we got a call that there was a showing at 2:00 PM that same day. It was 10 in the morning so we had 4 hours to move the big stuff and to really clean. We got out with only the piano left. <BR> <BR> I was really hoping for a bid, but no luck! It's been 30 days since we ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:11:47 EST