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/ Someone saw me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781256 I was doing a nice taper run last night. As I was running, I ran in front of a SUV that one of my former students and his mom were in. She had her son refrain from yelling at me because, "I looked like I was really into it." Wow, I never thought I'd ever "be into running." It once again reminds me how far I've come on this journey. <BR> <BR> I'm running the Omaha 1/2 this Sunday. I'm running "support" with a friend of mine that is moving on with her life after a divorce. I really don't... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:08:33 EST Wisdom comes with age. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779366 Today I went on my last "longer" run before my 1/2 next weekend. As I ran, I thought about how much I have learned the past few years in regards to my health. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I could eat anything I wanted and not gain an ounce. I was healthy, but not necessarily "in shape." I tried track and hated it, but I stuck it out for the season. <BR> <BR> Then, came kids and my focus changed from myself to them. I always lost all of my baby weight, but over the years the weight crep... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:38:42 EST Dog news and a run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777538 Our pup finally is out of his splints. Six weeks is finally over! He still has to be on crate confinement for another week and keep the donut around his neck, but he can walk on his own. He has a sore on his leg from the splints rubbing, but a few more days in the donut and he should be able to take it off. Yay, the end is near! I was told bones mended great. Now we just have to build the muscles back up. <BR> <BR> Tonight was open house at the high school. The hubby and I went and spo... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:56:09 EST Figuring it out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776893 I looked up the difference between the Asics 19 and 21. It looks like the 21 is the newest one and has more cushion. I'm ok with that. I was just concerned since I had Peak Performance analyzed my gait and pronation. They had recommended the Asics 19 so when I saw 21, I was a little worried. <BR> <BR> It looks like it's all good. I guess I'll know for sure out once I can get out and run again! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:57:09 EST Breaking them in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776179 I went to the Peak Performance on 78th & Cass to get a new pair of running shoes. The lady helping me was super nice, but they didn't have the shoes I normally wear, but they found a pair out west. So later, I went out to the store on 168th & Center. <BR> <BR> I went on a short run tonight in my new Asics. They felt pretty good. They have much more cushion than my last pair. I took them off and then I noticed they weren't my Kayano 19's. They are in fact Kayano 21's. I have no idea th... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:42:58 EST New shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774436 I was trying to think back to when I purchased my latest pair of running shoes. I know it was before my April 1/2 in Oklahoma. My daughter thought it was February and I thought March. Either way, my feet and legs are telling me it's probably time to invest in a new pair. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a busy day, but I think a stop at Peak Performance is in order. I'm wearing my old pair so they can look at the wear and see if I need the same type. I'm thinking so, since I feel fine when they... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:40:12 EST A second day run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774205 The weather went from 90's yesterday to upper 60's today. I knew tomorrow is jammed pack with things I have to get done, so I went on a run tonight. It was one of those runs that you hope for! <BR> <BR> It was a longer one of almost 7 1/2 miles. The weather was perfect, the majority of the drivers were courteous and I got lots of waves! It was so <em>250</em> I really debated on running further, but then I thought I'd end on a good note. <BR> <BR> I needed this run! My next 1/2 is i... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:36:19 EST Recovery week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773633 This week just flew by! I can't believe tomorrow is Friday. As a recovery week, it was a good one. <BR> <BR> Monday I used my elliptical for 30 minutes on the weight loss setting. I was sweating buckets! It still amazes me how a person can be in such good shape for one activity and completely not for another. It really is cool how our bodies work and compensate for what we ask them to do. <BR> <BR> I took it easy on Tuesday and Wednesday and only did my daily walking. Today I ran for ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:00:14 EST More to add to the perfect day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771364 I'm not sure how everyone feels about "life" and the circumstances that come with it, but yesterday had a great ending to a near perfect day! <BR> <BR> My friend that I walked the 1/2 Marathon with, met me at "coffee shop church." She had been wanting to come for most of the summer, but never could get there. She made it last nice and the sermon was all about pregnancy. (It was from the book of Samuel.) I won't go into great detail, but it was soo weird. <BR> <BR> She was elated with h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:33:53 EST A perfect day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770725 It couldn't have been a better day for my friend's first 1/2. It was cloudy day and the storm that went around us took all the humidity with it. She wore appropriate clothing and looked cute with her now 4 month baby bump. <BR> <BR> We started out slowly and jogged down a large hill. We passed two women that said they are normally the "butt end." We chatted briefly and kept going. The first turn brought the first hill that we walked up. The two ladies behind us caught up and passed us. ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:37:25 EST Packet pick-up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770101 After watching my oldest play soccer at her college, we drove out to pick up my packet, and my friends's, for tomorrow's 1/2 marathon. It was in the country with lots of beautiful hills. The ladies working the table were so friendly! This race is for Logan View School, which is very small. I love the thought that I am supporting a small school. <BR> <BR> I'm not stressed about this "race" since I am walking it with a friend. This is her first and she had planned on running it, but severa... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:50:48 EST 21 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769601 Yesterday was my 21st anniversary. My hubby put a really cute picture and sentiment on Facebook. I know that I am really blessed with the man that I married. He's put up with me and all my "busy." Over the years I've stayed busy with horses, dogs, kids, and now running/exercising. <BR> <BR> We have common ground when it comes to the kids, but the rest were/are all my interests. I like to stay busy and I hate to sit around. I can't help it, it's just the way that I am. <BR> <BR> Even yes... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:25:31 EST Great minds think alike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768927 Before I got a chance to read the responses from my lost blog, I decided to change up my workout. After talking to other healthy people, and now reading your responses, that is what I thought I should do. <BR> <BR> So I did my normal 40 minutes walk, but did go faster as my "partner" wasn't at work today. I then ran over to the closest high school and did a cross fit routine up the stadium stairs. Part of it was one that my college daughter did with me, but the rest was all made up by me... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:06:21 EST I heard a strange thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767674 I was talking to a friend about the "plateau" I've been on. I eat within my calorie range and I'm running three to four times a week, plus walking at least fives times a week for 40 minutes and my weight is still on the upper end of my range. She told me to stop working out for two weeks. <BR> <BR> She recently saw "research" about that is someone is on a plateau despite doing "everything right" that one should stop working out for two weeks and that will "confuse" your body and you'll see... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:06:53 EST I changed three times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766982 It was my last "longer" run before my 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Remember I am walking this one with a friend of mine that has back problems and is 3 month pregnant. Her doctor gave her the all clear as long as she walks. I hope she can keep up. <em>211</em> Just kidding, I'll stick with her! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went out for my run and I realized it was warmer than when I left work. I set a route and started off. As I ran, my body reminded me that I was still really tired from all the wo... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:07:45 EST A busy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765677 I was dressed and ready to go for a run when I took Halo out for a potty break. I brought him back in and went to take the bag off his foot, it keeps the splint dry, and the entire cast came off! In the car and off to the vet's we went. <BR> <BR> I dropped him off and decided to go for a run while I waited. I only ran a half an hour and went 3.45 miles, but with the humidity I was satisfied with that. I then walked up to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. There was a young mom with her littl... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:48:11 EST I have a new toy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765227 I have a new toy...it's an elliptical! A friend of mine had it and no longer wanted it. So she gave it to me for the same price that she got it for...FREE! However, I did give her some margaritas and organic dog treats for her Griffon. <BR> <BR> It's a really nice one. It looks like the ones in the gym and has all these fancy buttons for different workouts. I can "lose weight," do "cardio," "strength stride," etc. It has different degrees of difficulty, too. <BR> <BR> My DH and bro-in-... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:21:24 EST Not so smart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764479 Today it is HOT and humid. It was nice at recess with a light breeze to make it easy to do playground duty. <BR> <BR> After school I dressed and went out for a run. Not so smart! <em>198</em> At least it wasn't so smart going 4.75 miles in the heat and humidity. I did pretty good until a little over half, then I could feel myself getting dehydrated. I had already drank 9 glasses of water and had a bottle of water with me. However, I was still "feeling it." <BR> <BR> Luckily I saw ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:02:33 EST Pup is healing nicely. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763811 We are half way through the healing process of Halo's broken leg. Last night he decided to chew on his splint so today the vet put him in a hard plastic cone. The x-rays show that the bones are knitting and that he should have full recovery. <BR> <BR> The vet wants him back on Monday to check the newest splint. They had to put a different one on because he had a sore on his foot. This splint leaves the foot open and has a bit more movement over the shoulder. <BR> <BR> Our vet leaves als... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:07:17 EST Doing well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763148 It's been a great week, so far. I changed my nutrition tracker so that they aren't "connected" to my fitness. This way I stay in the same calorie range. It's too easy for me to see higher calories and then eat them. I know that I must stay in my calorie range in order to remain in maintenance. <BR> <BR> I've continued to keep up my fitness regime and that feels great! I'm definitely back and I'm not only doing well, I'm doing <em>345</em> ! <em>104</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:31:43 EST I've listened, I've learned and I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761002 It's been a great beginning of the school year. Yesterday a teacher brought in chips and dips, cupcakes and a Texas sheet cake for her birthday. I didn't do well with the food! <BR> <BR> It snowballed into a bad eating day. I even had a greasy fast food burger and some fries. I am regretting it today! My body can't handle food like that any longer and I've felt awful all day. Sluggish, bloated, crabby... <BR> <BR> I realized that I can't continue to make excuses for this 5 to 7 pound we... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:23:10 EST So far so GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759975 All the students on my class list showed up to school. One mom was giving me some dirty looks because she didn't know her child was in a new class. Another one of those, "not my issue" moments. After talking with her a few minutes, I could tell she's another parent that doesn't always make the best choices when it comes to her son. <BR> <BR> In spite of it all, we've had a GREAT first two days. The kids have adjusted well and after talking to all of the parents that will remain in my clas... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:49:03 EST First frustration of the school year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758484 I received a call from my supervisor this morning. She told me that a parent of one of my new students, that I had met last night, decided that she didn't want her child in a portable classroom. REALLY? When we talked last night, it sounded like everything was fine. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep it in perspective, but after going through a year from h-e-double hockey sticks last year, it makes me question myself. I've come to the conclusion that it's their issue. The child would have done... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:15:29 EST New students http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757876 I was able to meet two of my new students tonight. I only had a 60% turnout for Meet the Teacher Night. As bad as that may sound, it's better than average. I am pretty excited to try new things this year and to have a small class. <BR> <BR> I was able to get about 30 minutes of walking in today. I'm in a portable so going in and out of the building does add up! I also came home and ran over 5 miles tonight. Nothing fast, but a nice run. I saw quite a few people walking tonight. Of cou... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:24:32 EST A "lazy" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757135 It was a rather "lazy" day. I slept in until around 7:30ish. I ran errands for pet supplies, things to keep Halo busy and to get thing for my daughter heading back to college tomorrow. We went to "coffee shop church" and then had vegetarian stir fry for dinner. <BR> <BR> I'm not ready for her to leave. She's in her sophomore year, but has taken so many classes that she will be a junior by the spring. She is planning on graduating in three years. I'm proud of her! <BR> <BR> All my kid... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:27:12 EST A day of feeling humbled. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756501 I've had several moments of feeling humble today. The first goes along with an update on the pup. Halo went to the vet today because the wrap on his splint had moved. My friend is a tech there and took care of us. We ended up changing the splint because it smelled. The vet found three spots on Halo's leg where the splint had rubbed. He is now on an antibiotic to prevent an infection. I <BR> <BR> I feel humbled to those taking care of him. They are working so hard to heal him and I feel ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:27:36 EST Getting back in the groove. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755160 I started back to work. Meetings, getting my room together, schedules, curriculum for very individual students, and trying to get ready for "opening day." <BR> <BR> I'll admit my eating hasn't been the best the past two days. Staff breakfast, lunches out and mindless snacking. However, I'm back on track today and I do well when at work. I just have to stay away from the chocolate. I'll load up on my water, get my fresh fruit and protein drinks in my classroom and I'll be ok. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:58:41 EST Thumbs up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753545 Since yesterday was such a frustrating day, I went for a run last night. My oldest joined me as it was frustrating for her, too. (She's the one taking out the student loan.) <BR> <BR> At one point two cars full of teenage boys went by hooting and hollering. I yelled back something to the affect that I was their mother's age. My daughter was not happy that I returned their vocalizations. She told me that if I do that to the wrong car, I'd get shot. <BR> <BR> I'll admit that is a possibili... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:25:16 EST A day of frustration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753264 Today was one of those frustrating days. The pup's leg is healing, but the bones have moved a little. The vet isn't overly concerned, but I was hoping for a little better x-ray. He said he's just being picky, but I like picky. We go back in two weeks for a splint change and new x-rays. I hope the news will be good. <BR> <BR> Then, my oldest and I went to a bank to apply for a student loan. She had to open a savings and checking account first. We finished our part and found out that we... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:55:58 EST Swelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752544 Our puppy is doing as well as can be expected. It will be a long six weeks, but we'll manage! <BR> <BR> Today I noticed that I had "no" ankles. My legs are really swollen. I'm not sure why, but I suspect it's yesterday's eating. We went out for lunch and I had two seafood tacos. For dinner, we made sandwiches with smoked turkey breast, green chilies and cheese. I also had some chips. I figure my body is reacting to all the sodium. <BR> <BR> I find it interesting that once we start to ea... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:46:11 EST Feeling bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751263 Yesterday my Aussie pup got stepped on by a horse. It wasn't our horse, but her larger paddock mate. He was screaming and wouldn't put any weight on it. It had a "dent" and I thought it may be broken, but I decided to give him a night and see how it looked in the morning. <BR> <BR> This morning his whole leg was swollen and he still wouldn't walk on it. When he accidentally put it down, he cried. My heart was breaking. I called the vet as soon as it opened. <BR> <BR> X-rays revealed b... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:18:01 EST Perceptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750551 I went on a short run this morning. It was slow and easy. I'm a little sore after my cross training workout with my daughter. A good sore, but still sore. <BR> <BR> While I was running, I started thinking about how others perceive me and how I perceive others that I see working out. Working out includes walking, running, cycling, hiking, etc. There is a camaraderie between those of us trying to get and stay healthy. However, how there is also a competition. <BR> <BR> I want to look ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:10:48 EST Personal student loans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749529 My oldest is returning to college in a couple of weeks. Last year she made it through without any loans. She has a soccer scholarship that helps with costs. However, this year she did have to take out a Stafford Student Loan this year. <BR> <BR> The problem is that she needs more. We cannot take out a Parent Plus loan due to the fact that we have four kids. Four kids x four loan x an average of 3 years each means we don't ever retire. Even if we cosign it will end up over extending us.... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:30:46 EST My daughter kicked my butt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749328 I ran 9.5 miles last night. It was a beautiful night for a "long" run. Long in my book, anyway. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went with my daughter to "the stairs." Here she put me through her college cross fit conditioning workout. Thirty minutes of high heart rate, sweat and "feeling muscles." I felt so out of shape. Her reply was that it was a different type of fit. <BR> <BR> I get it, but it kicked my butt. It was a nice ego boost for her since she was the one in better shape doing this wor... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:04:37 EST Which numbers are better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748407 My body is driving me crazy. I am running three days a week and normally, I'd lose about five pounds. I haven't lost a single one! I've looked over the list of symptoms for perimenopause and I have many of them. <BR> <BR> Here's my "struggle." Although I weigh about 3 -5 lbs more than I like, I feel great. My IT band is doing fine and my energy is good. Then, yesterday happened!! My daughters and I were in a store and the lady behind the counter asked if we were related. We all loo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:28:14 EST Great "conversation." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747085 I knew that we'd have some great conversation about the catcalls. I guess I find them annoying because I'm either in the zone or trying to get in the zone. When someone honks or yells at me, it distracts me and I "lose my momentum." <BR> <BR> Once again, this is a perk of Spark. We can put a topic out there and, even though we may all not agree, we can discuss it and find some common ground. If no common ground can be found, at least we all respect each other and our own opinions. <B... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:50:18 EST Are catcalls good or bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746375 I was watching GMA this morning. They had a woman on there that talked about catcalls. She would approach them and tell them that their behavior made her uncomfortable and that it wasn't appreciated. (More or less.) She also hands out business cards that tell the caller that their opinion isn't welcomed and it made her uncomfortable. Here is a link to the cards.http://www.cardsagainstharassment.co<BR>m/PrintAtHome_Sheets/CardsAgainstHaras<BR>sment_MixPack1_Sheetcopy.pdf <BR> <BR> One TV pe... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:32:14 EST Keep spreading the spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745267 Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad. <BR> <BR> After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc. <BR> <BR> There is more, but I need to remind myself that MOST of life is "good." Sometimes it's hard not to think that most humans are just plain idiots and that everyday life just isn't fair. I know this ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:45 EST Aging younger. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744278 Last night a friend of mine told me that I was "aging younger." What she meant by that is, as I get older I actually look and act younger. Part of this is due to Spark and being committed to getting healthy and staying healthy. <BR> <BR> The other side of that is being true to myself. When we try to act a certain way, be someone we aren't or just ignore the person that we are meant to be, we are cheating ourselves and those around us. <BR> <BR> I believe that we are each meant for a pu... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:48:41 EST The day after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660531653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The day after my 1/2 marathon I feel pretty good. I did my "normal" Sunday routine which may have helped. I did some work at the barn for an hour or so and took the dog for his walk. I'm a little stiff and my legs are complaining a little, but to be honest, I like that feeling. <BR> <BR> Strange to like being sore? To me it's proof that I put it "out there" during the race. I am learning that time doesn't matt... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:56:46 EST The Canal Run and my numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742769 I ran the Canal Run in Hancock, MI yesterday. It was a beautiful run with trees, the canal, a wide variety of houses, and a nice overcast sky. A lot of cool things to look at during the run. <BR> <BR> Most of the run was a nice gentle downhill grade. The very beginning was a nice downhill run, but the last 1.5 miles was just the opposite. A "gentle" uphill grade to the finish line. That "gentle hill" was quite challenging and I wasn't the only one that thought so. <BR> <BR> I ended ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:26:37 EST Tomorrow is my race. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741720 Today was a pretty low key day. A walk with the dog, mindful eating without obsessing about calories, and a little last minute Yooper food. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my next HM. We drove the route and it is beautiful! It should be a nice run with lots of scenery to look at. Then, it's in the car for the 13 hour drive home. <BR> <BR> Here's to happy running! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:11:07 EST At the top? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740767 I have reached level 20 on SparkPeople. I think this will help curb some of my obsession with sparkpoints. I can still accumulate them, but now that I've reached the top level, I "can relax" a bit. <BR> <BR> Do we ever truly reach the top? Some would say the Olympics is the epitome of "the best" and being "at the top." However, that gold medal is a reflection of that one moment in time. If it was a different day or a different moment, would that same race result in gold? Maybe or maybe ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:05:43 EST Fun times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740112 I am enjoying getting to eat some good food while on vacation. Pasties, a food that the copper miners ate, Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream, goulash, breakfast sandwiches, walking tacos, etc. All eaten within moderation! <BR> <BR> I'm getting in lots of fun exercise, as well. A few 30 minute runs, LOTS of walking with LOTS of hills, baseball games, disk golf, hiking, etc. I'm moving, moving! <BR> <BR> I'm having fun times! I can only hope that my half marathon will add another memory of a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:30:43 EST Good numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739330 The increase in calories has been offset by the fitness minutes! I'm right in a "happy place" with my weight. I'm still in the maintenance challenge and very happy with where I'm at on the scale! <BR> I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I should be good to go on Saturday! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:49:22 EST Moving, moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738927 I may be hungry and I have upped my calories a couple of hundred, but I'm also moving a lot! I have 155 minutes of fitness today. I ran 3 miles, walked the dog this morning, played a game of baseball, walked with my daughter this afternoon and went for a walk on one of the beaches on Lake Superior. I also did my after running stretching and some strength training. Not all of it was strenuous, but I was still moving, moving! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:37:47 EST I'm always hungry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738582 I've been getting lots of exercise! Walking the dog in the morning, walking the dogs in the afternoon, disk golf, hiking, etc. This made me famished! I was hungry all day yesterday. It's hard for me to eat the recommended calories, but I did eat a little over 1700 calories. That's a lot for me! <BR> <BR> I know I need to eat a lot due to running a HM this Saturday. However, I need to weigh in tomorrow and if I've gained some, it's still a head game. I'll deal with it, though. Especiall... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:23:25 EST We are in Yooperland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737583 We made it to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in our normal time. Lots of time in the car, but I did great on my eating today. Maybe a tad too much coffee, but I love coffee! <BR> <BR> It's cool here! 50's to 60's. It feels nice, but I like the warmth! However, it will be great if it's this temp for my run on Saturday! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:39:45 EST Getting ready to travel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736967 It was a busy day. I got a 3 mile run in this morning, coffee with a friend to catch up, grocery shopping for the house sitter, cleaning the car, packing, and loading the car. We will be ready to take off early in the morning for our 13 hour drive. <BR> <BR> I will try to check in, but since we are on vacation I'm not sure how much I'll be blogging or responding to others blogs. <BR> <BR> I'll definitely let you know how my HM on the 19th. I run that morning and then jump into the car... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:20 EST Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736002 I ended up running my last 10 mile workout last night. It was a cloudy night and the moon was covered, but the temp was just right. I ran 11 minute miles, but I was ok with that. I start out in a very hilly area and since I walk the hills, it takes a while to get out of that "neighborhood." <BR> <BR> Ok runners, now what? I've never really followed any type of tapering program before. I could use a schedule of what the rest of time should look like. I run my HM on the 19th. <BR> <BR> B... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:54:46 EST