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/ Looking for answers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222952 I mentioned that my daughter suggested going vegan and like many of you, I've read that soy is not a good thing for those of us with thyroid issues. There are many other forms of protein, legumes, beans, avocado, the combo of black beans and rice, etc. However, I'll admit I love cheese, fish and chicken. So far I'm just eating my normal "clean" and hoping that tomorrows blood draw gives some answers. <BR> <BR> I've also read that going with the med Synthroid instead of the genetic equivalent... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:40:20 EST Struggling and thigh rubbing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221440 *Disclaimer: NOT a pity party blog. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my hypothyroidism. I go back for a blood draw in a week and will ask to get the "real med" instead of the generic. I've heard that can help. My oldest also mentioned trying to go vegan. I've read that can help, too. <BR> <BR> I went for a run today. It was not a "fun run." It was a struggle. My body was complaining a lot and shouldn't have been. (A sign that my meds may not be where they need to be.) My knee was compla... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:47:44 EST More steps on this journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217828 Yesterday was BUSY! It started by having a pet sitting client dropped off and watching to see how he gets along with the new pup. Then, I helped some friends load their moving truck. They are moving to Mississippi and only had two hired guys to help. Off to get some work done on my sleeve. (One more session to go.) I went to an open house for a new homeowner in Lincoln. Finally, home to recoup from the tattoo session. <BR> <BR> Then came this morning. My arm is swollen, like usual, and my kn... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:21:41 EST Healed so it's time to run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216935 My knee has improved immensely the last week or so. It hasn't hurt on the couple of short runs I've done and it only is mildly annoying when I am on the floor on all fours. <BR> <BR> I have committed to running a 10 mile "race" the second Saturday in September. This gives me roughly about a month to get ready. I have no doubts about finishing. The gal I am running with is much shorter than I and her pace is just a tad slower than mine, at this time. It will be a great way to prepare for my ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:26:03 EST A new family member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b7374a3-eef6-4fff-859a-d87962fae1ee.jpg"> We got home and picked up a new family member. I had arranged for a friend to pick her out of a litter. She is doing great! The only "negative" is she does look like a previous dog we had. She is my youngest son's pup, but I caught my husband calling her his girl. He acts like he didn't want her and he always says that he doesn't care, but he loves her. Now if she'll sleep through the night! Her nam... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 22:47:19 EST Home again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213825 The DH had a great time on our couplecation. We spent four days in and around Colorado Springs. We visited Garden of the Gods, the Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and drove Pike's Peak. It was so nice not watching a clock! <BR> <BR> We ate at all local eateries and it was oh, so good. I ate smart and watched portions size. I am still frustrated about the scale, but I am doing all I can. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of nature that is so vital for me to "recharge." <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:03:09 EST Going on a couplecation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208947 Thank you for all the kind words on my "bittersweet blog." I appreciate all the kind words. <BR> <BR> All four of my kids have jobs and are working almost daily. My husband decided that we needed a couplecation. So he and I are going to Colorado for a few days. I believe we are leaving all the furkids home, too. It will be our first vacation, just the two of us, since we've had kids. <BR> <BR> We are staying in the Garden of the Gods and will be hiking them. I believe we will be taking the ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:12:12 EST A bittersweet Sunday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206466 Yesterday, was bittersweet. It was the fifth anniversary of the death of my horse. I had her for over 30 years and she was with me for so many life changes. Middle school, high school, college, picking my husband, teaching four kids to ride and one to love horses, and when my kids started becoming more independent. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6cbc0c5a-de2b-453b-be6c-07b32ae1462b.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a84260a-78ab-4cfe-8630-b6e... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:41:49 EST Feeling better and a good lesson. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205330 My third child turned 18 on Friday. Wow, does life go fast! It has been a time of fond memories, smiles, some melancholy tears, and pride of how all of my kids are growing up. It also reminds me that I'm not getting younger and that presents some self reflection. <BR> <BR> I've been a bit frustrated that I can't run, but I have been power walking and improving my pace to around 14 minute miles. (Without my dog with me.) <BR> <BR> I've noticed that I'm starting to gain muscle tone again. I'... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:19:13 EST I need to be smarter, but two lessons noted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204445 Yesterday I left Halo at home so I could see what my pace is without him. It was humid, but there was a nice breeze so I decided to just keep walking. I was doing well until I went up a street that was lined with trees and the breeze was gone. By the time I got to the top I was getting light headed. Luckily I was almost home. <BR> <BR> I stopped several times the next couple of blocks and put my head down. When I was about four houses from home, I noticed a MUD truck had driven off, turned a... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:11:04 EST Seeing improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202263 I am learning how to eat with my hypothyroidism. I've discovered that I can't eat a lot of carbs for breakfast. That means no cereal and toast. If I do, I will fall asleep as soon as I sit down. So I make sure I have a good portion of protein to start my day. <BR> <BR> I also have to watch how much sugar/processed foods I eat. I will feel "off" and really "heavy," as well as that sleepy feeling. I still eat a piece of cake or fried chicken on occasion, but I kind of like having an excuse not... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:21:53 EST Wow, I'm not the only one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200346 I know I shouldn't be surprised, but sparkpeople are awesome! I really appreciate the support and the sharing of stories. One never thinks about others being in the same situation, but unfortunately many of you are where I am. <BR> <BR> Some have gained a little weight back, some of you can't run any longer due to life's circumstances, some of you are recouping from an injury and are waiting to get back out there, and some of you are seeking other alternatives. I would never wish anything "b... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:40:12 EST Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199812 The knee is improving, but oh so slowly. However, I feel better! I've been walking with my dog, Halo, every morning. I let him dictate how long since it's been so hot and humid. We've been averaging 14 minute miles. I can walk faster without him, but I love his company. I'll have to go out without him so I can see how my pace is solo. My cousin walks HM and fulls, but she has a 12 minute mile pace. I'll have to train more to get to her speed! Walk in today, check. Eating well, ch... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:55:54 EST Knees and knowing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198701 I finally gave in and went to the doctors. I had an x-ray and I was told that I have arthritis in both knees and almost bone on bone in the left. She gave me exercises and recommended a knee sleeve. It was recommended to limit my running. I have two "races" this year that I am committed to doing and then, we'll see. It was recommended not to run more than three days a week. <BR> <BR> My daughter called, just like I figured she would. She apologized if she was disrespectful, which she wasn't... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:32:47 EST Still at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197940 I am still at it. I'm eating well and exercising. I still can't run and am wondering if I need to go see a doctor about my knee. It's getting better, but oh so slowly. I really want to run and be reading for these "races" that I have coming up. <BR> <BR> My 21 year old returned from Europe June 30th. She is now in the "adult world" by graduating from college. She's put in many applications so now it's a wait and see. She is a good "kid," but drives me crazy by leaving her stuff all over the ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:44:50 EST Frustrated, but I'm not giving up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195530 I ate a little more than I had planned, yesterday. It tells me that I really need to work on the mental part of this. (I guess we always do!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am quite frustrated. I have now put on 10 lbs. I know not all of it is because of my thyroid issue. I have not eaten exactly how I should. It doesn't matter why, but I know what I have to do. I have to eat better. I know that 80% of this journey is how we eat and I need to do better and I will. <BR> <BR> Once my knee heals I will ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:01:03 EST Happy 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194558 I started the day with something new. I did a 20 minute yoga video. It feels good, but I've got to get out and take Halo for a walk before all the festivities begin. I need to be very smart about my eating today. No excuses, anymore! I can lose this added weight even with hypothyroidism! <BR> <BR> Have a fun, but safe July 4th. Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:38:44 EST Changes, round 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193723 My oldest daughter daughter is HOME! She spent a month in Europe. She was all over Germany, that was "home base" while she was there. She has friends that she stayed with and she went with her best friend. They also went to Amsterdam, Italy, and Spain. <BR> <BR> My daughter loved it, but she is so glad to be home! It's true that you appreciate home much more once you've traveled. I am so glad she is home, too! Now it's time to get a job and start paying off those student loans! Real adult l... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 18:00:36 EST Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192091 Well, the doctor increased my Levothyroxine to 75 mcg. Hopefully, I will lose the weight I've gained and not fall asleep everytime I sit down. Today I went ice skating for the first time in about 35 years. I did better than I thought I would. I only fell once, but fell hard on my knee. It's now swollen and really sore. It hurts above the knee, under the kneecap, and behind my knee. If it doesn't improve in a few days I'll go to the doctor. Obviously, running is out for a while and with it... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:10:38 EST 1001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189857 Today my log in streak is 1001 days. I have never committed to something that long, but this is a good streak for me. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with trying to get the 5 lbs. off that my body seems set on keeping. I eat within my calorie range and exercise at least 40 minutes a day. Many days it's walking, but I'm still moving. <BR> <BR> I go in Monday to check my numbers for my thyroid. I am going to ask about going on the meds without the fillers and see if that helps. I really can... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:02:44 EST Boot Camp Almost Kicked My Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183046 I went to boot camp with my younger, 19 year old, daughter tonight. It was somewhere in the mid 90's and humid. I was doing pretty good until the last rotation. Then, "it" hit me! <BR> <BR> That feeling that I drank way too much water. The light headed feeling. That time when your body is better sitting down than standing up. I finished, though! We did one cool down and then left. I had my daughter drive home with the AC on high. I felt better by the time we pulled into the garage. <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:57:45 EST I got busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181745 Summer school started and my class is basically the same as the one I had in the fall. A more challenging group, but good kids. <BR> <BR> I was able to run once. Same time per mile, shorter distance, but it felt much more difficult. Some runs are like that. It has been in up to 105 heat index this week, so not much opportunity to run. I simply can't do the heat like I used to. I can still run, though! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get to a boot camp this week, but we'll see. All I can do is keep ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:53:15 EST A change of plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173261 First, I have to share that I ran 8 miles!! I averaged 11 minute miles. I will take it! Secondly, I have spoke to many people today and continued to research hypothyroidism. After doing such, I don't think I'll be able to manage my condition on my own. The most encouraging data I read said it took 9 months to 2 years to figure it out and then under a doctor's eye. <BR> <BR> I could tell I didn't take my meds today. After I ran, I took a nap. Then, I ran to the store for a few items and then... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:15:36 EST Going natural http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172774 I have been reading about hypothyroidism. I've read that taking meds will cause your thyroid to stop and basically shutdown. I've also been reading about what to eat and what not to eat. So I may be crazy, but I'm going to stop taking my meds and try eating naturally for a while. I go back for a blood test in July. I'll see what my levels are at that time. <BR> <BR> I'm going to restock my supplements, including fish oil, which I haven't been good about taking. I already have cut down, to a... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:06:17 EST I love my sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170477 <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> You all are so supportive and it makes me fell so much better. I am doing better in many ways. I'm still getting my exercise in and am eating right 80% of the time. <BR> <BR> I am working through the mental part of this journey, but I've done it before and I can do it again. I even skipped my last weigh in for my last maintenance challenge. I knew I'd just get mad and upset and I'm not going there. Positive energy, positive energy. <BR> <... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:38:14 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168401 The song Changes is appropriate for my life right now. I am trying to find those non scale victories. I am finding some. <BR> <BR> I decided not to join the next weight maintenance challenge. It is too frustrating and discouraging to look at the numbers on the scale right now. <BR> <BR> I also made some changes to me. I got two new tattoos. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2688c56b-88d8-4b04-b180-609255948313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sun, 22 May 2016 22:04:16 EST Still battling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166106 I am still battling this hypothyroidism. I am trying not to get frustrated, but UGH! My weight is not "reducing," even though I am eating right and exercising. It is so frustrating! All I can do is keep trying. <BR> <BR> My levels aren't evaluated until July so the meds won't be changed until then. Some days I feel great, others and more frequently, I feel bloated and tired. A fellow teacher is also a "newbie" to hypothyroidism and has the same frustrations. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening.... Thu, 19 May 2016 08:07:00 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163409 Finally, I had a "good" run. What I consider a good run is when I am enjoying it and I'm just clipping along allowing my mind to think. It was a rough start, but I settled in. It was one of those runs that I could have gone further, but I wanted to end it on a positive. And it did! <BR> <BR> I ended up running just short of five miles at a 10.34 minute clip. I was very happy with that!! It gives me hope that I will be able to keep up with some inspiring ladies later in the fall. I feel good ... Sun, 15 May 2016 12:14:04 EST Struggling and some good news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162922 I am still struggling with this thyroid issue. I am trying to get back to my goal weight and then, to the lower end of my weight range. It is so frustrating!!! <BR> <BR> I did get some good news. My doc found a lump in one of "the girls" and sent me for further tests. I had a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. I really was NOT worried, but it was still great to hear that they found nothing. I just have dense, lumpy breast tissue. <BR> <BR> Today was another day of "good." My oldest ... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:25:36 EST Struggling and some good news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162921 I am still struggling with this thyroid issue. I am trying to get back to my goal weight and then, to the lower end of my weight range. It is so frustrating!!! <BR> <BR> I did get some good news. My doc found a lump in one of "the girls" and sent me for further tests. I had a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound. I really was NOT worried, but it was still great to hear that they found nothing. I just have dense, lumpy breast tissue. <BR> <BR> Today was another day of "good." My oldest ... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:25:33 EST Second run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158881 It was so nice out and since I had to mail some letters, I took the dog and we ran/walked to the post office. There and back is a nice 4.35 miles. My dog, Halo, isn't in distance shape, but he loves the sprints. We make an odd running team, but it works. <BR> <BR> Feeling much better since I've eaten "right" the last two days. I've eaten pretty light today, so I have to watch it. I tend not to be hungry when I run, but I did make a salad with rotisserie chicken. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone ... Sun, 8 May 2016 17:01:34 EST Pity party is officially over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158197 I'll admit, I've taken full advantage of my news in the way of a pity party. I've eaten like crap every night. I was using my hypothyroid diagnosis as an excuse and the scale and my body shows it. The numbers are up, duh! I feel bloated and sluggish due to the food my body isn't used to, double duh! My premenopause symptoms have been worse due to all the sugar I've eaten, again duh! <BR> <BR> So I woke up and went on a 6.35 mile run. I went out slow and steady, which normally would drive me ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:24 EST Not the answer I wanted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155887 I made the annual trip to the doctor. However, mine was over 18 months ago. I make an appointment and a couple of weeks before it, I'd get a call saying the doctor was going on vacation at that time. <BR> <BR> I found out why I've been feeling so tired, why I've gained weight, and I discovered that I have had many other symptoms. I have hypothyroidism. My levels have almost doubled over the past three years or so. I am now on medicine. <BR> <BR> Those close to me know I hate taking meds. I... Tue, 3 May 2016 23:00:30 EST Ugh, weather. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153429 Our rainy weather is making it difficult to run. I am using my elliptical which is a good workout. It really makes me sweat and it causes a nice elevated heart rate. <BR> <BR> I am also focusing on my weight. I think running will be a bit easier if I lose about five pounds. That will get me closer to my running weight that I was two years ago when I ran 12 races in 12 months. I will get there!!! <BR> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:46:01 EST All we can do is try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150277 I went on my second run in the past three days. It was not easy! First note to self, don't eat pot roast and potatoes an hour before running. Second note to self, it is a good idea to be dropped off miles from home so you can run back. Nothing is quite so motivating as running home. Third note to self, I may have to buy a small canteen or such for water. I can't take the heat like I used to. Fourth note to self, run for fun!!! <BR> <BR> All we can do is try and that is exactly what I am do... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:05:02 EST Selling ourselves short! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144232 I have been in a slump lately. Lots of reasons, but all are causing frustration. The biggest is just not being where I was two years ago athletically and weight wise. At my age a couple of years can make a big difference. However, I have come to realize that I am selling myself short! <BR> <BR> Today I ran to the post office to drop off some letters. I like to incorporate my exercise into daily tasks, that way there is no excuse not to do them. The run ended up being 4.44 miles. It was just... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:25:37 EST I agree! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139960 I, like most of you, don't like the use of supplements. It was a moment of weakness and frustration with things not going the way I want. I will NOT take a supplement and just go back to really watching my nutrition and try to increase my exercise. I will also lower the carbs. Hopefully, this will jump start my progress. Thanks sparkfriends for your input!!. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:54:20 EST Less carbs and/or supplements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139446 I've read a lot and I've been talking to others and many say as we get older we should restrict carbs more. This is a way to offset the "natural weight gain" that comes with perimenopause. What is your opinions? <BR> <BR> A couple that I know are taking Hydroxycut. Normally, I'd never take a supplement and would rely solely on natural food.However, I'm getting a little frustrated with how things are going and thought if it gives me a "boost" to start losing again. Another supplement that I... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:02:04 EST Sick and sparking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135574 I never get sick, but I came home early yesterday. I feel like a truck hit me. It will be a struggle to get my 30 minutes of exercise in. I will prevail, though. <BR> <BR> I am staying within my weight range, but can't seem to get to the lower end. This sickness may help that. <em>211</em> I am eating right, but I can't seem to get out to run as often as I like. So when I do run, it's a struggle. I have only gotten up to 5 miles. Even then, my body is really complaining. I am hoping wi... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:26:29 EST Another birthday and Easter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128774 We are celebrating my Mom's birthday and Easter. It's a day of family and celebration. I hope everyone's day is wonderful! Happy moving. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:02:21 EST 21 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123242 Today my daughter is 21 years old. It seems like just yesterday she was a little girl. I blinked and she became a young woman. She'll be graduating from college in 2 months. That is a full year early. I am so proud of her. Not only did she get a B.S. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science, but she got two minors. One in coaching and the other in nutrition. I am excited, for her, to begin the next chapter of her life. I know she will do great things. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:27:41 EST Incorporate it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121848 Many people will tell you that they just can't find the time to work out. I used to be one of those people. When people ask me how I fit it all in, I tell them it's simple...I incorporate it! <BR> <BR> What I mean, is that I find ways to put exercise into my day in a natural way. For example, tonight I had to drop my car at the dealership. (It was whining, literally.) I could have had someone pick me up, but I decided that I would run home with my dog, Halo. It was 2.42 miles and made for a... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 23:15:17 EST 501 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117834 Today was day 501 of exercising 30 minutes, or more. I love this streak and I plan to keep it up! Even on days when it's a "rest day" I still walk at least 40 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> I never imagined that I'd be one of those "exercise freaks." I used to see people walking or running and think that they are crazy. They are and now so am I!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I hope to have another 501 days of this streak!! Happy moving! Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:39:48 EST Fighting the 5. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116728 Thanks, once again, for all the comments on yesterdays blog!! They really help! <BR> <BR> Since I stopped running competitively, I have struggled with 5 pounds. It comes off, I eat one late meal, eat out or at the top of my calorie range and it's right back on. Often it seems like I gain 3, or sometimes more, pounds overnight. Then, it takes days to get it back off. My body just keeps fighting those same 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> So do I adjust my weight range or do I keep struggling? I know othe... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:20:47 EST Changing from throwing in the towel to wringing it out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115994 <em>304</em> for all the <em>345</em> comments yesterday. It's just what I needed. I have decided that I will keep running, not that I really thought I could give it up. I am going to keep running with my dog. He is not in as good of shape as I am, but he recovers quickly. He keeps me at a bit slower pace which helps me not to push my body as hard. One thing I have learned on my journey is that I am in no competition with anyone, including myself. I think I got that all out in "The Year ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:43:24 EST When do you throw in the towel and just accept? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115075 Many of you know I was an avid runner for about a year. I did 12 races in 12 months, dealt with some injuries, got over them and started running again, but in a less competitive way. I run for the enjoyment. <BR> <BR> Lately when I run I notice that I don't recover as quickly as I used to. My joints ache, my major muscle groups complain a lot and although I love that "soreness" because it tells me that I worked my body, it just takes longer and longer to get over it. <BR> <BR> I've also bee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:22:09 EST I'm still here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104922 It's been a crazy time. A long story short. Our "new" house has water leaking into the basement. The home inspector didn't see it and the insurance company said it was preexisting, so won't cover the cost to repair. So we have the carpet folded back on three walls, the pad thrown away, drywall tore down and taken to the dump, along with some insulation and the furring strips. All had mildew and/or mold. We also get to replace some electrical work since the outlet they are getting all the pow... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:32:14 EST I'm out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093874 I'm only in the second week of a maintenance challenge and I'm out. I was over by .01 ounces. It's a reality check and I needed it. I've been barely scraping under the high end of my weight range/challenge for weeks. It was bound to happen and it has. <BR> <BR> So what do you do? Do you sit down with the bucket of ice cream and eat it all? Do you down the next pizza you come across? In the "old days" I would have, but the answer today is NO! <BR> <BR> I decided Lent is the perfect season to... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:21:02 EST Roller coaster ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088917 That has been how life on my maintenance journey has been lately. Up and down. That goes for the scale, motivation, hot flashes, exercise, energy, eating, etc. <BR> <BR> Winter has always been a tough time of year for me. I just want to eat all that comfort food and stay snuggled up in my warm house. I still feel that way, but I've really been trying to watch the nutrition and I have an elliptical in my basement so no excuse not to exercise. <BR> <BR> I've been doing better this week, but i... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST Second snow day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086857 Today is my second day off from work due to snow. Needless to say, lots of snow shoveling going on. The hubby uses the snow blower, but I'd rather use the time as a workout! <BR> <BR> I've been averaging around 90 minutes of exercise the past two days. I always put in at least 30 minutes on my elliptical everyday. A little weight training and snow scooping rounds out the workout time. I am sore and I love it! <BR> <BR> Still watching the scale go up and down daily. Frustrating, but I rememb... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:56:07 EST