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/ Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885060 I went in Friday to make up a couple of hours. I left two hours early the first night of conferences since I didn't have any more scheduled that night. <BR> <BR> I made the most of my weekend and worked out each day. I used the "extra" time to put in additional fitness minutes since it's going to be a busy week. The lowest amount was 60 minutes and the highest was 135. <BR> <BR> I did eat out twice, but did well. I ate a little too much tonight, but not by much. I can tell when I do ove... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:23:41 EST An update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883670 I've had parent teacher conferences the past two nights. I am tired and haven't caught up on sleep from helping my friend during the birth of her daughter. <BR> <BR> However, I found myself on the elliptical at 5:00 this morning. Forty minutes later I was more awake! Crazy, but I love the sweat and feeling the cold in my core. I weighed myself this morning and I am below my "goal" weight. It proved to me that I can eat, and quite a bit, if I eat "right." <BR> <BR> Our parents always mak... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:24:00 EST A new life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882567 I spent 31 hours at a hospital waiting for a friend's baby to be born. Her heart rate kept going down after contractions. I really thought we were going to have a C-section, but after Mom's water broke, on it's own, she came within a matter of hours. <BR> <BR> At one point mom felt her drop and had lots of pressure. The next time she was checked the baby's head was right there. She had to wait for 30 minutes until her doctor got there. An episiotomy and some pushing later, here came her d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:08:47 EST When numbers are important. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880974 After blogging about how numbers don't define us, and they shouldn't, I thought of a few number that are important to us. Some that may come to mind are blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, heart rate, etc. <BR> <BR> The ones I think of on a daily basis is my calorie range, how many glasses of water I drink, how many fruits/vegetables I eat, and how many minutes of exercise I've done. <BR> <BR> I used to hate sweating because then I'd have to wash and flat iron my hair. Now I... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:07:09 EST More numbers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880631 I went prom dress shopping with my younger daughter. It will be my last time as my girls are all grown up and I'll have two in college next year. I only have boys left so it will be dress shirts, ties, dress pants and dress shoes. My boys are not the suit or tux types. (I guess it all depends on if a special girl comes along.) <BR> <BR> As my daughter tried on dresses, I noticed how different the sizes fit. She may be a seven in one dress, a nine in another and a large in yet a third. I expe... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:40:39 EST Same, but different and constantly learning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880056 I am maintaining my weight well. It's the same, but my body is different. The scale is the same, but the jeans fit different. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's age and this "lovely" perimenopause. Maybe it's the lack of running. Maybe it's the strength training that I've been doing. Who knows? I am happy to at my goal weight, but I'll admit I'm trying not to frustrated by the way my clothes are fitting. <BR> <BR> My family says I look good and that I have a butt again. How can you not like a compliment... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:37:55 EST Feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877498 I am feeling good! My weight is good, my arm isn't too sore and I'm feeling rested. I didn't get to bed very early, but I'm still bright-eyed this morning. I was quite hungry, which is a sign that I didn't do any late night snacking! <em>211</em> The sun is out which makes the cold more bearable. My students are having a good day, so I loving life today! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is feeling good! Happy moving! <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:03:59 EST New art. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877042 It's been a great weekend. All my kids were home so lots of family time. We found some great buys at Goodwill, including a deer antler and dog kennel that fits in my car. Halo is set now! I stayed in my calorie range and I got lots of exercise in. I'm not as sore so I think maybe my muscles are working to keep that hip in place. <BR> <BR> Maybe the highlight of the weekend is I got new ink. I've included two pictures. If you look closely, you can see my kids' names in it. I love it! ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:28:33 EST When do you admit that you may not "come back?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876157 I thought that I may have overdone it by using the arms on my elliptical, but then I realized that I did 15 minutes of Zumba and danced at the Valentines Day Dance with my students. Those movements, that I haven't done in a while, may also have contributed to my soreness. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to face the realization that I may never "fully" recover from this bum hip. I am struggling with my stubbornness in wanting to return to running and realizing that I may not physically be able to. I... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:07:10 EST I think I overdid it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875781 Last night I used my elliptical for 30 minutes. I used the arm bars for the first time. The chiropractor had told me, at first, not to use them. I thought it was time to try it since I'm almost done with therapy. <BR> <BR> Well, I think I overdid it. My right hip is sore, as well as my left hamstring. I was a little surprised. I guess I shouldn't be. It's a process. I was hoping I was a little farther along, though. <BR> <BR> I did my stretches and took Halo for a nice long walk. I'll ju... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:53:26 EST Three day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875288 It's a three day weekend for me. I'm focusing on some "extra" exercise. Although, I've been doing well. Today I did 90 minutes with the help of our Valentine Dance. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get some new ink on Monday, too. I'm excited. This tattoo was designed by my husband. It's a tree with our kids' names in the branches. This is the second tattoo that he's designed for me. I think it's a little ironic, since he doesn't have any tattoos and I have many. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a g... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:10:47 EST Breaking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874318 I was asked if orthotics need to be broken in. The answer is, I think your body needs to be broken in. The orthotics are pretty stiff and are molded to an individual foot. I know I've been a little sore, but it actually feels like my body is "readjusting" itself. Next, is new running shoes and once the weather gets a bit better, I'll be out and running again! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've been breaking in a new mindset, too. I am back in my weight range and almost at my center weight. I ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:52:55 EST Orthotics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873409 Well, I picked up my orthotics last Wednesday. I've been wearing them for almost a week. All was well, until today. Today was the first day that I "felt" my right arch. I'm wondering if it's just my body adjusting to being "aligned" all the time now. My right hip has felt better. My left hamstring is still tight, but I continue with my stretching exercises. <BR> <BR> I go back to the chiropractor on the 18th, so I'll be able to give him feedback then. I'm hoping that it's just my body gett... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:22:26 EST Not a good weekend for eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872316 Perimenopause is in full swing. My appetite is off the charts, I wake up hot and throwing off blankets in the middle of the night and my weight is up. I'm going to be more vigilant with my eating. I need to pack and keep a stash of healthy snacks and fruit with me at all times. (Onekidsmom, I am copying you!!) I need to really think before eating and, probably most importantly, I need to not eat that first bite. <BR> <BR> Certain high sugar or high carb foods seem to trigger a binge. If I e... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 08:00:29 EST Sharing the load (a vent) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869382 I've been married for almost 22 years. I have always done the bills and taxes. I've made most of the decisions for retirement savings, except the husband does have a work IRA and is able to selling company stock. <BR> <BR> This year I gave him the checkbook and told him the bills are on him. It's funny how the spending has drastically changed since doing so. I haven't heard a "We'll find the money, we always do" or "It will work out." This is exactly why I wanted him doing bills. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:36:21 EST Who's the winner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868084 We are Eagle fans in our house so the Super Bowl really didn't matter. However, we are still big football fans so watched and cheered on the teams that were playing. I was going for Seattle as my Sparkfriend, MexGal1, is a HUGE Seahawk fan. Husband went for that other team, just to play devil's advocate! <em>211</em> We all know how that all turned out! <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I ate too many snacks! I felt like all the exercise that I did yesterday was for naught. This morning I woke up w... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:41:57 EST A day off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867256 I decided that I was taking a day off from my normal exercise intensity. What does one instead? Spend over 100 minutes shoveling snow. It was a great workout and that way the kids could use the snowblower on the neighbor's driveway. Great family activity and a good workout for me. I found out that my dog, Halo, loves the snow!! <BR> <BR> Stay warm and safe out there, but keep moving. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:42:54 EST A "free" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866696 Today was a "free" day. This means I had nothing to do, literally. No meetings, not classes, not volunteer work, no helping with homework, nothing! So what does a person that has strived to become and stay healthy do? <BR> <BR> I met with a friend for a healthy lunch. The rest of the day I read, but the more significant is that I did 60 minutes on my elliptical, 15 minutes of stretching and 45 minutes of walking the dog. Only us "crazy" people that may be called "health nuts" would do s... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:19:00 EST Holistic vs. USDA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866011 My oldest daughter is going to school for Health & Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science and a minor in coaching and nutrition. She is also the one that is recovering from an eating disorder. (Kind of ironic, wouldn't you say?) <em>211</em> I should also add that she is a vegan. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she went to the second nutrition seminar with me. Obviously she had a lot to say about the vegan recommendations and the overall content of the lecture. She is a "typical" coll... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:26:38 EST Myths & Facts about Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864623 This is the second part of the nutrition seminar that I went to. This one covers popular diets and micronutrients. <BR> <BR> The dietitian went over several popular diets. She mentioned that some people HAD to go on them, but some just choose to thinking it was healthier or a way to maintain a weight loss. <BR> <BR> 1) Paleo- excludes grains, refined sugars, processed foods, and dairy. This is the "eating like a caveman diet." Some of the positives were that blood sugar levels are stable ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:49 EST Meeting with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861909 I had a great time meeting some of my Sparkfriends today. There was six of us and it was pretty low key, but very nice. I had already met three at previous "reunions." It was great meeting two "new" friends face-to-face. <BR> <BR> I find it really interesting how we can feel like we know our Sparkfriends so well, even though we've never "really" met. I love that about Spark. Once I meet people from Spark, I feel even closer to them. I find myself checking on them more often. Relationships a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:21:09 EST Macronutrition seminar notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860492 The dietician that was speaking is an ultra runner, so some of this info is geared more to those 50k and 100k runners. Some was common knowledge, carbs should be 45-70%, fats 20-30% and protein 10-25% of your diet. (I know the amounts don't add up to 100%, but that is the "differences" that you can eat. Three days prior to race days the nutrients should be at the upper ends of the ranges. Water should also be increased three days prior to race days. <BR> <BR> The day of race day all three ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:06:05 EST What I'll always be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857269 I'm not sure why, but during church this morning I started thinking about "who we'll always be." The journey is a long one. We change in so many ways. We get stronger mentally and physically. We get smaller bodies and bigger self esteem. We get fit by moving. <BR> <BR> There are a few things that I will always be. I'll always be a mom of four and I'll always have the "badges of honor" that show that my body carried and gave birth to four incredible people. Stretch marks and a little extra... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:41:39 EST A realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855582 It has been a busy week! I've had a commitment every night this week. I have another one tonight. I have still been getting my exercise in, though! I'm very proud of that. <BR> <BR> I'm also coming to terms with my "new changes." I realize that the extra 5 lbs. that has claimed my body and is very reluctant to leave, may just be a part of life. I feel well and I look pretty darn good for a mom of four at my age. I may have a little more in the butt area, but I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:47:50 EST Way too much info (beware gentlemen) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853641 Can I just say I am way over this perimenopause stage! Two "cycles" in less than 10 days stinks! Out of control is an understatement. <BR> <BR> No wonder my scale is up and down, up and down! My pants are tight, my cravings are crazy and I'm moody. Last night I took the dog for a walk because I knew I was crabby and I didn't want to be around me! My poor dog put up with me, though! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This is just another bump in the road of maintenance that we have to deal with. ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:37:31 EST Support and information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853036 <em>304</em> for the support. I did not cancel my orthotics order and as Irene said, the Lord will provide. He always has up to now, so I'll put my faith in Him once again. I really appreciate ALL of you! <BR> <BR> I went to a meeting on runner's nutrition tonight. It was very informative and now I know why some of my runs have been "more challenging" than others. She discussed what macronutrients that are needed. It's way too much to detail here, but she explained not only what we shou... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:29:37 EST The orthotics dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851797 I ordered my orthotics last week, but my husband is being a bit of a "butt head." He e-mailed me articles that explain how bad they are for you. The articles said that orthotics promote injuries and don't help. I told him that I could find articles that would contradict his. <BR> <BR> I've spoken to many people, including some here on Spark, about orthotics. I've heard nothing but positives about them. I spoke to friends that run/exercise and they all love their orthotics. <BR> I shared ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:45:30 EST A different day of exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851147 I spent seven hours at our school volunteering to help with the robotics competition. Our school had three teams and one won! (Weird play on words.) The other team that won was a "walk up" team. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'd never been to one before and I'll admit it was fun! We had a great crowd and many teachers and staff were there helping out. The PTA had a concession stand that did very well, too. I didn't realize how much there was to do for such a competition. <BR> <BR> I'm not su... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:13:30 EST A better outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850072 Hi all! I did better yesterday with my eating and that seems to really help me. That darn ole mental game that those numbers, and clothes, can do to us. I realized that I have the same difficulty every winter. <BR> <BR> It reminds me when I had kids. I gained 65 lbs, 45 lbs, 65 lbs and 60 lbs. with my kids. I would get so upset. I'd take my food diary into the my doctor and he would simply say that my body tended to gain a lot and as long as I lost it, I was fine. All my kids were hea... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:57:43 EST Getting frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849253 I was happy with my workout yesterday. I ended up going over my calorie range, but it wasn't junk. I was just so hungry last night. I have found that anytime I eat after 8:00 PM, I will gain weight. Even if I'm under calories for the day and I eat later in the evening, I will gain, Frustrating. <BR> <BR> All I can do is not eat after 8:00 PM. Of course, I need to continue to work out and eat within my calorie range. I heard that the key to losing weight is 80% what you eat and 20% exe... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 07:41:58 EST A cold day off of work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848964 They called school off due to extreme frigid temperatures. It was -35 windchill this morning. So what does one do on a day off? 75 minutes and almost 5 1/2 miles on an elliptical. It felt awesome! It was so cold and it felt so good to sweat! I loved it. <BR> <BR> I am NOT taking the dog outside for a walk. It's still frigid out and I want to make sure he doesn't "freeze" his little paws. We had a nice play session instead. <BR> <BR> I also did 20 minutes of stretching for my hip and ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:08:17 EST Another type of phone call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847919 Today I had to make a very difficult phone call. I had to call child protective services on a lady that I've known since she was a little girl. She lives with her mom and pays nothing to help support her girls. She is verbally and physically aggressive towards her mom. (In front of her kids.) The grandma has had to call the police on her. <BR> <BR> It is also suspected that she is doing meth...again. She was arrested for it when her oldest was around three. Her mom and dad then were fos... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:40:05 EST I got a phone call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846566 Last night I got a phone call. It was my kids' previous piano teacher. She is my age and has been battling with her weight for some time. She is a smoker, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is now diabetic. <BR> <BR> She called to tell me that I had given her the inspiration to lose weight. She'd like to lose 35 lbs. I'm not sure how much she's already lost, but she is already seeing the positives. She feels better about her self...#1 reason to lose weight. A close #2 is her... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:15:44 EST Back to work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846069 Tomorrow I head back to work. I'm not sure how I'll rearrange my exercise schedule. I always walk for about 40 minutes at work, but since it's with a colleague, it's significantly slower than my normal pace. I'm still walking though, right? <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I figure I can do my elliptical at night, after we eat. That may be a better time anyway, since I get the munchies later at night. I know I'll keep my 30 minutes a day streak going, but I'd really like to keep up the "sweati... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:18:29 EST Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844796 I've been doing well on the exercise and eating. However, without my running my body is changing. My thighs are getting wider with those little saddlebags coming back. I've lost some muscle tone in my arms, too. <BR> <BR> I am using the cardio setting on my elliptical so that I'm, hopefully, keeping the lungs ready to resume running. I've been doing push-ups and today I used 11 lbs. free weights for a bicep and tricep workout. <BR> <BR> I've made a weight loss goal of 7 lbs. That woul... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:46:31 EST Sweating in the new year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842929 I have done 85 minutes of exercise so far today. I've taken the dog for a walk, did my stretches from the chiropractor and used my elliptical. I forgot how much I love to sweat! <BR> <BR> I've incorporated some of my own stretches in with the ones that the doctor gave me. I really hope to be back to running early February. For now, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing, but at a higher intensity to make sure that I continue sweating. <BR> <BR> Happy moving and happy running! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:18:37 EST Reblog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842145 I had typed out a big blog about being frustrated. I've deleted it and decided that tomorrow is a new year with new possibilities. I have given the husband some of the responsibilities that I have taken care of for the past 21 years. I'm "sharing" some of the "jobs" that are stressful. <BR> <BR> I hope to have my couch free of a brother-in-law who has been living with us for the past six months. Over my marriage he has probably lived with us a total of about 4 to 5 years. I think that I'v... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:30:58 EST Frigid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841470 The only word that I can use to describe today is frigid! I took the pup to the local PetsMart to work on his obedience and to get some exercise in. It wasn't a "hard" workout, but we got lots of walking in. <BR> <BR> I plan on taking the pup for a quick walk. I hate the cold, but he loves it. Last night he even went and got his leash to encourage me to take him out. How can you say no to that and talk about motivation. <BR> <BR> Then, I may try to do 30 minutes on the elliptical. The we... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:29:01 EST I found it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840765 I found it! I found my little 13.1 charm and it's back on my Road ID. No, it hasn't changed my mind and I'm still going to scale back my running. Now it's a reminder of what I have accomplished and that I just love to run. <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropractor today. I continue to find "new muscles" that are helping me to heal. I was honest with my weekend recap and the doctor did agree that my body is just trying to figure out what to do. I did get the ok to use my elliptical, but only ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:46:50 EST Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839974 I like to think of myself as a "spiritual," rather than religious. I believe God, or what ever you call your supreme being, is always present. If we only open our eyes, ears and heart to Him we will learn from Him. I also believe that one way is not the only way. He speaks to us in many different ways. <BR> <BR> Saying all this, I am a firm believer in signs. I had two signs that are making me think today. One is worth mentioning on Spark. <BR> <BR> I wear a Road ID bracelet. I hate ca... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:53:46 EST The "C" word. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839430 I found out that when I had originally lost my weight, people were asking my paraeducator if I had cancer. I found this very sad. However, it did reinforce that I had lost too much weight and that the 5 lbs. that I gained back was a good thing. <BR> <BR> Now, I am 5 lbs. over my "center weight." It's really easy to gain 5 lbs., but quite difficult and a lot longer to lose that same 5 lbs. In the long run, I'd rather "battle" those 5 lbs. than the "c" word. <BR> <BR> I have friends, too m... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:56:23 EST Back on track, kind of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838913 I didn't eat smart yesterday, but today is a new day. I'm back on track. I wish I could say the same about my running. <BR> <BR> I tried to go out for a run today. A very short run, under three miles, but it was tough. My darn left leg was doing some major complaining. I kept at it, with some walk breaks and stretching in there, too. I'll keep up the walking and add some miles for good measure, but I'll wait on the running. <BR> <BR> I'm really not frustrated. This will just take a litt... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:18:47 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837982 I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he gave me the all clear to run....with some limitations. I can run, but not far, about a 5k. I can run, but not "fast," just a nice easy pace. Even with limitations, I will take it. <BR> <BR> I still have some stiffness in my lower back, so I'll give myself a few days, yet. Besides, it's been raining and gloomy here. I'd rather not slip and fall the first time out. (I almost lost it yesterday just walking the dog.) <BR> <BR> So I received an ear... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:50:20 EST A year of running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837548 I finished up my year of running on December 14th at the Ugly Sweater 5k. I made my goal of twelve runs in twelve months. I did a total of seven half marathons, three 10k runs and two 5k runs. My best time this year was 2:01. My personal best is 1:55. <BR> <BR> I realize that I will probably never see a time of 1:55 again, but that's ok. I have learned that time really is irrelevant and that the pleasure of running is more important. I've discovered that I really enjoy running with oth... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:42:55 EST Success in failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836896 I'm out of the weight maintenance challenge by the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I missed my weigh in by 3/10's of a pound. <BR> <BR> Most would call that a failure. However, I see a success in that failure. How you ask? My weight went up a bit more since I weighed in, but it's coming back down. <BR> <BR> The success is that I didn't fall off the wagon or jump off the wagon, for that matter. I didn't continue to gain all my weight back and in fact it's comin... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:35:13 EST On the mend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835837 I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and he said that I'm looking better. He said it's the best I've looked since we started. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I can tell I'm mending. My right hip has been sore, but not my left leg. I took that as the muscles and ligaments around that disk is tightening. The chiropractor confirmed this. <BR> <BR> So hopefully within a couple more months, I'll be completely mended, have a new pair of shoes with orthodics and I'll be out running again. I look forward ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:44:43 EST Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834288 Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate. Soon it will be Christmas and then Kwanzaa. This time of the year always makes me smile, but also brings some anxiety. <BR> <BR> As a person in maintenance, this time of year can be a slippery slope. One dinner out, one party, on buffet at work can all lead to that gradual weight gain that we all fear. My weight has been up and down lately so I can relate to the anxiety. <BR> <BR> I really don't know anyone that doesn't have that fear in the back ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:49:20 EST Naughty and Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833050 My daughters, a friend of mine and I participated in the Ugly Sweater 5k this morning. I was naughty and ran the entire "race," but it felt so nice! I had a little soreness in my left leg and later in my right hip, but it was worth it. I loved every minute of it. <BR> <BR> Instead of t-shirts, we got stocking hats. It was too warm to wear them as it was in the 50's when we were running. It was misting out, but with sweaters on it was pretty warm. It's going to be much colder tomorrow, s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:46:56 EST Creeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830450 Frustration! More of it. I've been watching and logging my calories daily. I've also taken to weighing myself every morning. The calories are doing well, but that darn scale is still creeping up! <BR> <BR> I still walk everyday and usually take a second walk at night with the dog. After really thinking on this, I realize that when I lost my weight I was only walking 30 minutes a day. This reminds me that I lost the weight by really watching what I put in my mouth. Obviously, I'll need ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:47:44 EST No running in the new future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829912 Back to the chiropractor today. I will be going three days a week for the next few weeks. He said it was good that I came in when I did and that most people aren't that proactive. Usually, they are hobbling in and that delays their recovery. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a tad frustrated, though. I'm following his "orders," but I hate not being able to run. I can't do the elliptical, either. I'm only allowed to walk. I am walking 80 minutes a day, on average, but it's still not the same. <BR... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:18:15 EST