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/ A scale victory to add to the NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380311 Well it was bound to happen, if I had patience, and it did. A victory on the scale. It is where I'd like it to be. I feel better and my clothes are fitting better. Am I as small as I once was, NO and I'm glad. I was too skinny. <BR> <BR> I like my muscles and having a butt. I don't need to be a stick to be happy, but I do need to be strong. I am at a happy place! <BR> <BR> Funny, I weigh more than I once did and I run a lot slower than I used to, but I am happy. I think I've found that pla... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:33:10 EST My longest run ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379423 Yesterday was great! I can say that now. <em>211</em> I ran 22.83 miles yesterday. No 26.2 sticker, but that is OK! It's still my longest run ever. I've also never run for 6 solid hours. Ok, I stopped at 5:50, but I couldn't run a 3.25 mile loop in that amount of time. <BR> <BR> Running trail is so different than road. Road has hills, but nothing like a trail. I was so sore at the end and after talking to other runners I now know why. It's the terrain. I know, duh, but one doesn't think ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:14:50 EST Preparing mentally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378644 This is not a competitive race, per say. I will never be first, nor will I get an age award and that is fine. I am trying not to get to competitive with myself. I RELLY want to finish 26.2 miles tomorrow. However, I can't let that goal disrupt my game plan of setting and sticking with a pace that I can continue for 6 hours. I can't let that goal change my walking the hills to preserve my knees. I know I will get a finishers medal for 19.25; I've already ran that, but darn sticker! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:49:17 EST Yesterday was poop, but I feel human today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378256 I felt like poop yesterday. I barely made it through work. I literally sat most of the day. My principal asked if I was ok because I never sit. I have no idea if I had overdone it by mowing lawn and running the night before or if the leftovers I ate for dinner didn't agree with me, but I can't remember feeling that bad. I was panicked because of my run this weekend. <BR> <BR> However, I feel human again today. I still haven't eaten much, but I feel better. I can do this and I know I'll run ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:04:51 EST Gearing up mind and body for Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377383 Saturday is the Dizzy Goat 3/6/12 hour trail run. I am doing the six hour and have to run 19.25 miles, 6 loops, in order to earn a finishers medal. I can do it! I ran the same distance in 4.24.00 a few weeks ago at the Gravel Classic. I have a goal in mind, but I keep telling myself anything over the 6 loops is gravy. (I am still very competitive with myself.) <BR> <BR> So I'm tapering this week, as best as I know how, and will do my best. That's all I can do. I want to get some salt tabs as... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:16:54 EST Another 10k in the books. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376380 This morning I ran the BRIN series Cornfield to Cornfield 10k. It was a nice race and it was surprisingly clean after some major storms went through last night. <BR> <BR> I was happy to see ONEKIDSMOM in attendance. We had a chance to chat before the race while getting some of the swag. We partook in some watermelon and more conversation after the race. <BR> <BR> My time was a bit faster than the Leprechaun Chase 10k, so I was happy. I went found my own pace and just ran. No pushing too h... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:33:05 EST Running a 10k tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376077 I am planning on meeting up with a sparkfriend tomorrow at a 10k. ONEKIDSMOM is my mentor and inspiration and I look forward to seeing her again. Tomorrow will be a "training" run as next week is the Dizzy Goat 6 hour trail run. To get a medal in the 6 hour run, you must complete 19.25 miles. I did that distance in 4.5 hours a few weeks ago, so I'm confident I'll earn some bling. However, I would love to get at least 25.5 in, but anything over 20 is gravy. Have a great Saturday. Run happy! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:17:00 EST The journey is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372008 I haven't weighed in for about two weeks. At this point in my journey I know eating out makes my body "react" and then my mind "reacts" to the scale. My clothes are looser and my favorite running shorts aren't as tight on my thighs, so I know I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> I have also found out that my body really, really does NOT like running on concrete anymore. I still have to every so often, but the trails are always beckoning me. I ran 19 miles on gravel roads/trails and felt fine. I r... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:39:00 EST Not 30k, but a 31k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367820 Yesterday was my 30k run. It was unsupported which not only meant no aid stations, but no time, no medals, no shirts, just running. I normally LOVE the bling, but I loved this run. <BR> <BR> I felt good for my "normal" amount of miles. When I hit 12/13 my body was like, "Ok, we're done," but alas I was not. My daughter met me at mile 13 for some dates, nuts and water. The wonderful thing was the coordinators did set up a water station at about mile 6 and 12. It also had Tailwind. I'd neve... Sun, 28 May 2017 19:41:46 EST My huband is motivating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365403 I was planning on going for a run tonight, but after a pedicure with my mom and dinner with my husband I had dismissed the idea. Then my husband said something that motivated me. He told my daughters that I had planned on going on a run so I couldn't workout with them. Of course, I had to go and I did. It was a short one a little over 4 1/2 miles and it felt great. I'm not sure how I'll do on Saturday running 18 miles, but I will finish! Mon, 22 May 2017 23:19:45 EST Mental Health Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360697 Yesterday I took a mental health day from work. I got a little over 8 hours of sleep, a rarity for me! I usually get around six, no matter what time I go to bed. <BR> <BR> I did some things around the house, but by 10:30 AM I was bored. It was a cloudy, rainy day, but I decided to go for a run anyway. I went out to where we board my daughter's horse; it's a friend of mine's property. I set out. <BR> <BR> About 1/2 way through the rain came back and I was really questioning my decision. I ... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:54:43 EST Changing it up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357507 Thank you for all the comments on my last blog. I have been trying to change it up, but will do so even more later this month. My friend puts on a bootcamp twice a week through the summer. He works at the local Y and really challenges mind and body. The same Y also puts on a yoga class once a week. So I'm going to be changing it up, even more. <BR> <BR> I can accept my body's changes, but that doesn't mean I can't keep trying. I'm also going to look at a new way of eating to see if it will... Thu, 4 May 2017 08:18:02 EST Coming to acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357231 This journey is full of ups and downs. Funny how when we look at the scale it's actually "backwards." The up, higher numbers, isn't what we want and the downs, lower numbers, is the "good." I continue to struggle with those darn numbers. Down 5, up 6, down 7, up 5, etc. <BR> <BR> I work hard at it. I eat balanced and appropriately portioned meals. I exercise everyday. I do my elliptical at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes, run a couple of times a week getting ready for some "races," and ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:09:03 EST I missed my own anniversary. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354379 I completely forgot about my maintenance anniversary! It still is somewhat hard for me to call myself a maintainer when I've gained some weight back. However, I am maintaining my healthy lifestyle of eating healthy and exercising daily. I'm running and that helps my frame of mind. <BR> <BR> As I said in a previous blog, my definition of maintaining is a bit different now. Health issues and injuries can change how one views maintenance. I am, and always will be, a work in progress and that ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:57:32 EST Numbers and words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348420 Wow, I did not catch the mistake in my last blog. It ended up being 10 miles in 2 hours. Although, I do have a six hour run later in the year. We just run, or move, for six hours to see how far we get. I figure it will be a good way to gage my time for the 50k in the fall. Ten hours is a bit extreme, though!!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So besides that number, I messed up another. My log in streak. I was at 1291, but forgot to log in yesterday so I'm back to day 1. Darn fitbit!! I'll blame ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:05:10 EST A long run and a leaky bladder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347725 I got your attention with that catchy title, didn't I? <em>30</em> Tonight I did a "long" run by myself so I ran my pace. I am still much slower than I used to be, but I was pretty happy with my time. <BR> <BR> My fitbit said I ran a little over 9 hours, but Map My Run said a little over ten. I checked the map and it was accurate. Either way I am pleased. I was pretty sore after I finished. I'd rather run on a trail than on the cement. It's easier on my body. <BR> <BR> I was pretty di... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:21:42 EST Playing poker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343567 I've never "really" played poker, but I do know a little about the game. I've come to the conclusion that life is a little like poker and right now I am holding too many deuces. It's time to throw them out and get a better hand! <BR> <BR> My deuces are made up of old habits that have snuck back up. I am going on 6 years of "maintenance" and although I don't truly feel like I am in maintenance, weight wise, I am maintaining my perseverance. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and spent 30 minut... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:23:10 EST A new definition of maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336080 Maintenance is defined as the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained. We often think of that as maintaining the weight we've lost. For many that is true, but for some of us that is very difficult. Hormones, thyroids, injuries, etc. may not allow that number of pounds lost to be maintained. <BR> <BR> I've often wondered if I can still consider myself as a maintainer since I've gained some of my weight back. Then, I realized that maintenance... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:35:51 EST Ups and downs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335201 A couple of days ago I was at the lowest I've been in quite a while. Not my old goal weight, but still lower than I have been. I have not changed how I eat and I'm still moving, but today I'm up 5 lbs. This is when I get frustrated! <BR> <BR> I have tried many things to get back down to what I was, which is about 10 lbs. lighter, but nothing is working. I get within 5 lbs. and back up 5 I go. I am trying to decide if this is my "new weight" and just stop fretting about it. <BR> <BR> I'm to... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:02:12 EST Avoid Comparisons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333422 Another page from my devotional was Avoid Comparisons. This resonated with me due to the nature of our society. Everywhere we look we see young, thin, and beautiful women. Magazines, billboards, maybe at the gym, or in the car next to us. We forget many of the photos and pictures are airbrushed and thusly never attainable. <BR> <BR> Besides, why to we want to be like someone else? No one is perfect. Let me repeat that NO one is perfect. Humans, especially women, have been "programmed" to hav... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:58:13 EST New Beginnings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332811 Yesterday's devotional was about new beginnings. It made me think that it really is true, that everyday is a new beginning. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised, but today is a day of new beginnings. <BR> <BR> Every morning we have choices. We can make it the best day or we can wallow in a misery that we have created. Sounds harsh, doesn't it? I've come to my conclusion by my own experiences. <BR> <BR> We have the choice to eat well and move. Sometimes the movement part may be ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:11:27 EST Things are moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330912 I am heading out for a nice trail run before the expected snowstorm arrives. At least eight miles and maybe ten, if my running partner wants. <BR> <BR> I am moving the same amount, but I went back to a habit I had when I lost my weight in 2011. I stop eating after 7:00. Even if I didn't get dinner, I don't eat. It has changed everything!!! I notice I eat less throughout the day and I don't have the cravings like I did. I should add that I've also cut back on grains and carbs. All I know is ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:19:04 EST A lesson from my dog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330524 I love the way my dog looks at me. It dawned on me that we should take a lesson from our dogs, or other pets. <BR> <BR> Dog love us unconditionally. They don't care how we look, what the scale says, if we had a cheat day, etc. (However, they really like walks, at least mine does.) They just want to love us. <BR> <BR> We should treat ourselves with the same adoration. We need to eat well, but not beat ourselves up if we slip. We need to strive for a healthy size, but love our bodies for what... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:20:06 EST Glory days past and maybe the present?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329634 I call 2014 my glory year of running. I ran 12 races in 12 months, 7 half marathons, five 10k's, and three 5k's. I achieved several age awards and felt like I was on top of my game. <BR> <BR> Three years later things are a bit different. Hypothyroidism, injuries, premenopause, and about a 10 lbs. weight gain has slowed my running pace down dramatically. I'm not thrilled with the skin that is getting looser and the little extra that is showing up around my middle. ONEKIDSMOM said that mainta... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 07:56:24 EST Ups and downs of "maintenance." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328581 The ups is it was a beautiful day for a 10k. It was windy, hilly, but an awesome day for a 10k. I was very pleased with my time of 1:09 for an average of 11 minute miles, especially since I haven't "really" ran for about a month. However, it made me realize that I have a lot of training to do for all my long runs this summer. I signed up for an 18 mile gravel road run in May, so I need to hit the trails! <BR> <BR> The downs is my weight "maintenance." I put it in quotes because I don't real... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:56:15 EST Enough sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322710 Two of my maintainer friends asked if I was getting enough sleep. My fitbit says that I'm not. I rarely have gotten 7 hours the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> We had a pretty big happening last week that is not helping. Nothing is proven, but we do know that a friend's daughter, she just turned two, had "direct physical contact" according to the ER doctor. It happened after the little one visited her dad. There is an investigation going on, but it doesn't help the heart. <BR> <BR> I have ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:57:56 EST UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320907 So I had a great run on Tuesday and a swollen ankle on Wednesday. Not bad, but some swelling and it was red. So another week off from running. Oh, well. I can still run and my 10k will be slow, but at least I can run. <BR> <BR> I am trying to bump up the metabolism. I am trying some probiotics, not eating after 7:00 P.M., getting in 12,000 steps a day and at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, plus some strength training. It can be frustrating to do the things I did when I lost my origin... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:16:06 EST I'm back to running. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319555 It's been two weeks since I've been running and boy could I tell. It took a while to get into the groove, but I did. It felt great!!! <BR> <BR> I have a 10k on March 4th. This may not be my best race and it will be far from my fastest, but I'll be there, I'll run, and I'll finish. Then, it will be time to train for a 6 hour trail run in late June. I still need to figure out my nutrition since I'll have to eat "on the run." I have time. <BR> <BR> I want to be "in shape" enough so that I ca... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:59:17 EST Scale shock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315179 I knew I shouldn't do it! I told myself not to. With it being "that time of the month," having cellulitis, and having eaten out (MSG's) I knew it wouldn't be good. Wow, that is all I can say, WOW! I haven't seen that number in almost six years. <BR> <BR> I'm still below where I started, but wow! I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm disappointed. I maintained a 30 lbs. loss for five years, but not anymore. So now what? <BR> <BR> This journey is ongoing and I'll keep at it. People say I look go... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:31:10 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312445 I took my fourth dose of meds at lunch with some ibuprofen. My foot still looks bad, but it feels better. I did use crutches starting around 10 AM, but I can stand on my foot without too much discomfort. Ah, the wonders of medicine. <BR> <BR> I have my last coffee run this weekend. I will go to pick up the mug I've won. If things continue progressing, I'll walk it, slowly. I won't run until my meds are finished in 9 more days. I think I'll be ok even though I have a 10k on March 4th. I won'... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:24:51 EST Started as a blister and it blew up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312022 Well, my little blister blew up into something more. I should say my foot blew up, aka. swelled up. It started yesterday. It was pretty infected last night. I soaked it in Epsom salts this morning and it felt a little better. I got my walk in this morning. My ankle was stiff, but not horrible. However, by 2:00 P.M. it was swelling to where it was quote uncomfortable. By the time I got to an emergent care, my entire foot was swollen. My toes were numb, my heal felt like I was walking on ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:37:56 EST First strong and then being a baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311378 I have discovered, at least for me, that trail running is much more challenging than street running. I can run 10 miles on the street and finish thinking, "That was nice." Yesterday I ran 10.75 miles in mud, on some frozen ground, in the wind, and on hilly terrain. I loved it, but man was my muscles feeling it at the end. I really wanted to do 16, but I had worn a thin part in my left sock that was letting my shoe rub on my heel. Today I know that I made the right decision. <BR> <BR> Yester... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:25:52 EST Working at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308893 I ran 6.75 miles last night. I met a friend for coffee and then ran home from the coffee shop. It took a little planning to run on sidewalks and not the busy street with only a shoulder. I am feeling it this morning. Road running is harder on my body than trail running, but that makes sense. <BR> <BR> I have a long way to go until I am up to 26 miles. I figure I just need to find a weekend day and just start running. It works best if I figure out a distance and run home. No excuses can be us... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:34:06 EST Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307386 Today I had coffee with a Spark friend, JAMARIEHICKEY. We meet every so often just to catch up on life and to support each other. We often meet with other local Sparkers for a reunion of sorts, every few months. <BR> <BR> I got to meet up with ONEKIDSMOM a few weeks ago when I picked up my swag for the BRIN Blackout Series. She was picking up her swag for this year and her medal from last season. To earn the medal one must run a series of three 10k races. Next year, both of us will be gett... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:21:21 EST I marched. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303581 This is not meant to be political, nor negative in any way. However, I am proud of the fact that I marched in the Women's March held in my city on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> I should mention that I am the mother of four, two girls and two boys. I am a special education teacher and I am called "Mom" by children of all races and colors that walk through my door. Unfortunately, I know too many women that have been victims of rape and assault. <BR> <BR> The march was all about unity, love, acce... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:37:59 EST Stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299160 We did get the predicted ice storm, but I don't think it's as bad as the weathermen/women thought it would be. No school or work for me or the kids due to Martin Luther King Day. Hubby is already at work and said the roads weren't horrible, but not great, either. So it looks like I'm stuck! <BR> <BR> I am stuck in the house. I am one of those people that need outdoors and nature to recharge. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of weight training and I'm feeling it today, so I know I did enough. I als... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:13:54 EST A Beautiful Run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e41fc00d-47b3-4a06-acc8-98a674fae45c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5597bc1-118d-4091-8f2e-0f2d518927ee.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c18d920-3c76-465d-ab7d-2da114f9b30f.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab01a90c-6448-4648-ae68-2e33f167664e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a4da231-c39c-45d1-855a-a4ba5be37657.jpg"> I was able to hit the trail... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:50:37 EST Too little? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297459 I went to pick up my swag for the BRIN Blackout 10k series. It's three 10k's spread over the running season. I got to meet ONEKIDSMOM there and celebrate her earning her medal for running all three races. She also did very well in her age division. <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter rode with me and it always gives us plenty of time to chat. She is the one that has her B.S. in Exercise Science with minors in coaching and nutrition. She is also recovering from an E.D. that was diagnosed her senior ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:35:09 EST Ultras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296544 I was as surprised as many of you when I signed up for a 50k trail run. Especially since I had no desire to run a full marathon. I guess I really didn't think, or consider, a 50k as an "ultra" run. <BR> <BR> 50k is 30 miles, so not much farther than a full. I guess I never thought that less than 4 more miles would be that much of a difference in classification. I guess Ultra sounds "harder" or more "elite," but I didn't think of that nor do I truly believe that. <BR> <BR> ONEKIDSMOM and M... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:27:24 EST Still at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295620 I appreciate all the comments! They were very helpful and I am still at it. I guess the frustrating part is being at my goal weight for 5 years only to have some "issues" come up that derails my progress. <BR> <BR> So I have not disclosed some new laid plans to anyone, but a couple people. Many know of my "highlight" 2014 year where I ran 7 HM, 3 10k's, and 2 5k's. I have never run a full marathon, nor have I had the desire, the thought, but never the desire. They say HM runners are only 1/... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:41:28 EST When to accept the "new" numbers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293746 I am usually a pretty positive person and this blog is meant to be more questioning than complaining. With that said, when does one just accept the "new" number that is on the scale? <BR> <BR> I am eating right, exercising daily, getting in at least 12,000 steps and still that darn number on the scale is 5-10 lbs. higher than I want. I remember losing my weight and hitting plateaus. If this is the case, this is one LONG plateau. It seems like if I stay in my calorie range, but have eaten a s... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:00:43 EST Cold, but the Spark is keeping me warm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293496 Today was bitterly cold. I had a "coffee run" scheduled. The local running club puts together 6 runs that begin and end at small local coffee shops. Today's run was basically a 5k and it was fabulous! <BR> <BR> I bought myself a new running coat, on sale of course, right after Christmas. I also got a pair of running gloves, the kind that has the fingertips open, but has a flap that comes over to make them mittens, from Santa. Both are made by Champion and are really warm! I had one long sle... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:32:04 EST Walking the walk, while talking the talk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292224 Many of us have heard, "You need to walk the walk not just talk the talk." I realized that I am doing just that! <BR> <BR> It's so easy to talk the talk. "I'm going to do this and I'm going to do that," but it's not so easy to actually do it. We often hear what others think we should do, as well. We've all experienced it. The hard part is the follow through, the "walking the walk" part. <BR> <BR> Those of us in maintenance don't have it all figured out. We still struggle with cravings, la... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:04:11 EST Living life to the fullest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289994 My dog, Halo, and I are a therapy team. Halo goes to work with me and my special education students love him. He listens to the Kindergarteners and first graders read during library and visits several assisted living and dementia facilities. A lady that I have known for around 25 years, and is good friends with my mom, lives at one of the assisted living facilities. We visit this facility once a month and for quite a while twice a month. She was 97 years young. She died this morning. She... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:36:12 EST The first day of the rest of your life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288758 January 1st makes people reevaluate their lives, recommit to themselves, and reconnect to goals that were set. The old saying is, "This is the first day of the rest of your life." While a new beginning with the new year is a great way to look at the 1st, I need to remember everyday is the first day of the rest of our lives. Everyday is a time to eat better, move more, be a better me. I did one of those Facebook quizzes, you know the ones that tell you something about yourself? I did the on... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:02:14 EST Reflections for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287921 We are almost to a new year and for many, they are relieved and ready. My 2016 wasn't horrible, but not a woo hoo year, either. <BR> <BR> I was able to do a few runs, which I love! I was also able to run with one of my inspirational sparkpeople, ONEKIDSMOM. That was a highlight of my year!! However, I found out that I am much slower than at my peak in 2014. Injuries, old and new, are catching up with me. I focus on the fact that I can still run and that running has brought me many new frie... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:27:15 EST Old, Good, Habits and Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287698 I did an hour walking dogs and 30 minutes on my elliptical. I am motivated to continue being "back" to my old, but good, habits. My Fitbit is reinforcing what my oldest is telling me; I am not eating enough calories. And Spark is saying that I am am not eating enough protein and carbs. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, but I need to work on getting all of my macronutrients. I hope everyone is ready for the new year. I think most people are. Between self struggles, politics, the stat... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:57:52 EST Three dogs and extra walks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286887 I am pet sitting for a mini Schnauzer for the next five days. He's been here before, but it's a first since we got our little Cairn Terrier mix. The best thing is I get extra walks in keeping them a little on the tired side. A tired dog is a good dog! <BR> <BR> So heading out for the first walk of the day. I'm skipping the elliptical and I didn't go to the gym last night. Listening to the body and it says my shins are sore. (I think that's because of a weight lifting exercise.) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:46:49 EST My Supportive Family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286195 My kids all went in together and got me a Fitbit Charge 2. So far I am loving it. I'm still playing with all the features, but I love the step counter and how it keeps track of workouts, even when I forget to set it. I'm just going to let it "go" for a week and then start setting it when I workout. <BR> <BR> I also got a second pair of running pants, running gloves (the kind that has the fingers separated, but then the flap comes over it like mittens), and a reflective vest. I am so blessed ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:40:12 EST Double Workout Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285762 I ran 4.35 miles this morning and then, hit the gym with the girls. We did the stair stepper to warm-up and then hit the weight room. My Fitbit said over 18,000 steps today. Tomorrow will be a nice long walk with both dogs. I need to be careful or I will end up with an injury from over doing it. It's just how I am; a little to competitive with myself. I am a work in progress, but aren't we all? ;) Happy moving! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 23:41:35 EST