MLH148's SparkPeople Blog MLH148's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cornucopia-with Flutopia I've had a bunch of mini blogs in my head this week, so here goes. <BR> <BR> Flutopia is the 5K race next weekend. It's in nearby State College PA -- along the 3.1 miles, they have musicians (including flautists) to serenade you. It supports Doctors without Boarders, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, and for an extra $3 you can donate a recorder for a child at a mission site. <BR> <BR> In one of my favorite holiday movies, the character Judy the elf says something to the effect that for Sco... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:43:56 EST Why do they call it comfort food? Which are more comfortable? <BR> <BR> Meeting your calorie range or putting bad food in your mouth mindlessly? <BR> Wearing clothes that are not tight or eating a whole box of Mac and Cheese? <BR> Feeling in control or snacking on a thick PB &J <BR> Meeting your goals or a row of oreos? <BR> <BR> Have a day of feeling comfortable. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:19:43 EST Dani Girl Dani Girl is the musical I'm working on this week. (Doing props, not singing or acting) <BR> The musical focuses on a 9 year old girl who is dying from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I know. It is hard to believe they sing and you laugh even though you tear up at the end when she dies. <BR> The play's composer, Michael Kooman is a local boy. One of his inspirations was a childhood friend who died of cancer, Brian Morden. Brian's mother is planning to speak before the play and we practice... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:32:29 EST PB vs GT vsDLBF vs DNF vx DNS The 40th anniversary YMCA 4th of July race was this AM. It was wonderfully cool (60). I did the 5K course which is technically a run (the walk is 2 miles) but it's a much more fun course. One girl who jogged up to me around 3/4 mile said "You inspire me because around 2 1/2 miles I'll have to walk" Another girl said "I cheated and walked" I told her that is NOT cheating -- it's doing what you can. <BR> There were 1054 people in the combined 2 mile walk, 5K and 15K runs. After the ra... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:30:55 EST The Wisdom of Ted I went to school with a wonderful man named Ted who said one day 20 years ago "Never tie your self esteem to a number - high or low." <BR> <BR> I had to think of that today. I was excited last week to walk into a store, pick up a pair of size 16 jeans off the shelf and take them home to find they fit great (no camel toe <em>20</em> ) and they were petite, which used to mean size 0 but now just means short or not willing to wear heels with jeans. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to a different s... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:25:25 EST The Hole This is an old AA story-- <BR> A man was not paying attention and found himself at the bottom of a hole. He realized that he wanted to get out of the hole but he knew he needed help. <BR> Along came a doctor who threw some pills to him. <BR> Along came a minister who yelled down "I'll pray for you" <BR> The along came someone who had been in a hole himself. He jumped into the hole. <BR> The man at the bottom looked at him and said "Why did you jump down? Now we are both in the hole." <BR... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:20:12 EST With thanks to Michael Fry <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great Saturday! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:23:37 EST Like riding a bike Yesterday, I was nominated to get breakfast for the office. I ate a healthy breakfast at home. Usually I do not eat anything at the office because it's never good food-- I bought a small fruit tray 2 weeks ago and threw it away yeaterday 90% full but spoiled. 4 dozen cookies were consumed Friday (none for me) <BR> <BR> Only one of the 8 people at work ate. and she had 1/2 of a Taco Bell AM crunch wrap. I packed up the left over waffletaco and 1.5 crunchwrap (don't want to waste $ after... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:34:33 EST The picture in the dictionary by "bad day" That was me yesterday. Life is swirling down the drain lately. Just feel overwhelmed. <BR> When I got home tonight, exhausted, frustrated, crying, hopeless, I didn't go exercise tho that might have helped. I did however jump(is that exercise?) on Spark. <BR> I read some blogs, got my points, posted to my team and saw a few glimmering stars in a pretty dark world. <BR> <BR> Yuk. <BR> I hate depressed blogs. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:05:34 EST 5% Challenge Fan Letter- with poor English and syntax-it's early I admit, I wasn't doing so well on my own. The 5% Challenges have focused me. <BR> <BR> The combination of "meeting" new folks, logging in daily, enjoying and learning from fun and inspiring weekly tasks, and friendly competiton. <BR> <BR> Some folks stay with one team. I jump around. You can make it yours. <BR> <BR> Join the Summer Challenge-- you can learn, succeed, have fun, and even if you don't lose 5% (I only have once in 7 seasons) you will be better off. <BR> <BR> One last thou... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:05:27 EST Why I hit the snooze.... <img src=""> Wed, 28 May 2014 21:58:20 EST Embrace the mud When I did the mud run in April, I started out trying to tip toe around the puddles and guck. Then I came to the realization that I should just embrace the mud. Once I started just running through the mud, it was so much easier. <BR> We are getting a new computer system at work. We've been using one program for 15 years and it's a total change. It will be OK eventually, but the transition will be a challenge. <BR> For weeks I've been fussing and fuming. I had planned to cram and study it... Tue, 27 May 2014 20:49:45 EST Anniversary and 100 day Today is a 100 day for me. That is where I get a garbage bag and throw away 100 things. It's amazing how much less sentimental or frugal I am when I'm in the 80s. 10 year old sunscreen? gone, Macaroni necklace that I made at the Arts Festival 2 years ago? Out of here! <BR> <BR> It's also my wedding anniversary and it is funny how different 24 is from 1 or 2. No big fancy dinner out, no wild night planned, no big presents. Just a comfortable day with my best friend who has been there ... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:13:15 EST Embarrassment turns to Pride <img src=""> <BR> Last weekend, my family did the Marine Corps Historic Half 13.1. It was great. <BR> My son was a crazy man training with 0500 runs, daily visits to the Y, and a goal to beat his girlfriends 1:57 time. He did, running part of the course with a Navy SEAL. His time 1:46- but he won't tell her (learning early!) <BR> My sister did her first ever 10K. She was worried she wouldn't finish in the 2 hour time limit. Her st... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:37:20 EST Zumba Community I took my sister to her second every Zumba class last week and she had a little trouble. I realized she didn't know any of the steps. She got confused when we would go from alternating feet to single-single- double. At one point I asked her "do you know what a salsa step is?" She didn't so the teacher took a minutes to show her that and kumbia and the zumba shuffle. That's what I love about zumba, If you don't know what you are doing, somebody will help -- and as long as you are smil... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:33:44 EST Feeling Wicked As in, "No rest for the wicked." <BR> <BR> Yesterday I worked 8-5, then had "training" 5-8 for our new computer system. It wasn't awful-actually helpful but after a Wed AM dentist appt, 30 minute aerobics class, work 10-5 and the Arts Gala 5:30-9, it was a long day. <BR> <BR> Today, up 0500, exercise, work 8-4, drive 1 hr to pick up MariannMc at the airport. Pick up packets for race Sat AM, walk dog. <em>535</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday, race, Arts Fest, drive 3 hrs to Fr... Fri, 16 May 2014 06:37:37 EST Wierd- I mean Weird <img src=""> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:12:59 EST Wrong Turn, Q vs Q, who do you believe, and there is a God This morning, I decided to do the local 13.1 course to prepare for the race next week. I was going to do it last weekend, but it was raining. More about last Sunday later. <BR> <BR> I've done this course 5 times -- 3 in training, 2 in races. So I was walking along and saw a really cool rock wall that I had NEVER seen before. I kept going til I saw three or 4 more landmarks that I didn't recognized. After about 3/4 mile, I realized I had missed a turn. I went back, got back on co... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:59:23 EST Cloverleaf in Motion There is a new fashion exhibit in New York City. The "star" of the show is the <BR> "Cloverleaf Ballgown". It is an icon and the thing about it is that it is totally impractical unless you are dancing--then it's magical. <BR> <BR> Cloverleafs belong in motion. <BR> <BR> Go team! <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 10 May 2014 15:00:09 EST Happy I'm on vacation and I've noticed some NSVs <BR> I smile more in pictures and am not wary of getting a picture taken of me <BR> I chose to go for a walk in the crisp mountain air this AM instead of a heavy breakfast (that used to say "vacation" to me) <BR> We went to a state park yesterday and walked all over without getting winded-even up a steep hill which used to always hit me hard. <BR> I logged my food as much as I could (it's hard when you eat out but I was controlled at our picnic yeste... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:39:33 EST You must remember Doc, a Rock is still a Rock Today was the Dirty Kiln 5 Miler, a 5 mile (duh) race at a local state park. There was a killer hill, 2 water crossings (one at "the confluence" which sounded very scary), and, thanks to 2 days of rain, LOTS of MUD. <BR> I am not a runner, but I walk pretty fast and I have good endurance, so I knew I could finish but I was a little scared of the water and also the cold. <BR> I actually started jogging with the group for the first quarter mile or so, then settled into my walk til I hit... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:10:42 EST I'm a little behind but hoping for a little behind The spring 5% challenge starts next weekend. Here, condensed because I have been lax at reading the team page, are the 6 pre challenge assignments <BR> <BR> 1) exercise plans -- I vow to exercise EVERY DAY. Recently, I've sen missing at least a couple days a week. I want to do a ST tape at least once a week. I have 4 races during the time of the challenge -- 2 2-mile walks, a 5 mile mud run, and a 13.1 on 5/18. I'm training for the last and that should keep me moving. I just boug... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:11:13 EST Oh! That explains it OK. I'm behind. 2 days ago the challenge from one of my teams was to write an inspirational blog. Not sure how inspiring it will be, but it's insightful. <BR> <BR> With a strong family history and a personal history of high blood pressure (mine with pregnancy), I worry about my blood pressure. <BR> It had been running high normal, but Monday at the Drs it was Low Normal. Since I was very anxious, that wasn't the reason. Hmmm! <BR> Oh, dummy. Maybe it's the healthy diet, regular exercis... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:00:37 EST Letting everyone down- and by everyone I mean me It jas been a terrible week for me. Anxiety, panic, laziness, uncontrolled eating. My work is getting new management and lots of changes. We got 4 emails today with things we have to do before Tuesday next week. The weather is frustrating. Due to snow days, my son won't be able to participate in graduation (he has plans to be out of town). <BR> I know that if I would just go exercise, I would feel more in control but my brain is the poster for entropy- just a whirling fray. I can't c... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:16:38 EST The slow and steady tortoise wins the race, but the hare gets the sweet endorsement deals I know, I know. The key to losing weight is the lifestyle changes. Exercising regularly. Eating healthy food, not high fat processed things. And it does work - at a reasonable pace. You lose 1 or2 pounds a week - and after you've lost some, you plateau. Then you lose some more. But when it's slow, it's not obvious. People don't notice unless they haven't seen you for a while. And that's OK. You're not doing it for accolades. You're doing it for the right reasons-- health, longe... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:34:41 EST Sheri's idea My friend Sheri teaches yoga and convinced me to come to her class last night after work. Right off the start it was a little intimidating. I've only ever done a couple DVDs and was overwhelmed by the props. I needed a mat, a bolster, a block. A blanket, and a strap. What was I getting into? <BR> <BR> It was very soothing and I could do most of the poses -even if not to the standard. My hips and low back fussed a little and I'm a little sore this AM. <BR> <BR> I am not a believer in Ch... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:24:45 EST One challenge done, one in progress, one resigned, one soon to begin I finished the 28 d bootcamp challenge today. It forced me to do ST 6 days a week-even if only for 7-10 minutes. I can tell it helped my strength. <BR> I am doing the winter wellness challenge. Not much but something daily. <BR> I decided to stop trying to increase my plank time. I did get up to 2.5 minutes but I can tell my form is slacking.. So rather than go up to 3 minutes tomorrow, I'll go to 1 minute traditional and 1 minute each side. <BR> The Winter 5% starts next weekend-I need... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:50:16 EST Random Thoughts My husband wanted to buy regular Jimmy Dean Sausage Biscuits b/c they are cheaper. They have more calories from fat than the Delights have in total. I can have a 0% Greek yogurt, too and get more protein and still less calories. Smart choices! <BR> <BR> January is so funny. A record crowd at Zumba, soup and greek yogurt on sale, everyone starting anew. I decided NOT to renew my $450 Y membership since all I do is Zumba. I got a $75 20 class pass instead. Figure I will have a good 6 mo... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:27:36 EST 2014 will be a GREAT YEAR Seems like lots of people are ready to throw 2013 in the trash heap (some already have). But we are looking forward to 2014 and isn't that what it's all about? Having some optimism and plans and hope. <BR> So, I am in the midst of some positives right now-- planning a Zumba fundraiser, doing the plank challenge (up to 1 minute-- I can't believe it)(This: <img src=""> Not this: <img src=" Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:38:52 EST Kermit is my hero There's magic in the air this evening <BR> Magic in the air <BR> The world is at her best, you know <BR> When people love and care <BR> The promise of excitement is one the night will keep <BR> After all there's only one more sleep till Christmas <BR> <BR> The world has got a smile today <BR> The world has got a glow <BR> There's no such thing as strangers <BR> When a stranger says "Hello" <BR> And everyone is family, we're havin' so much fun <BR> After all there's only one more sleep till C... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:00:37 EST I'll either thank or curse Nillapepsi for this I HATE planks. Actually, I hate any kind of ab exercise. Give me all the squats and dead lifts and biceps curls you want but even one crunch or plank or curl and I am toast. <BR> <BR> So, I am taking my inspiration from Nilla's plank challenge. My goodness! The girl can do a 5 minute plank! I will be amazed if I get up to 45 seconds but I want to try. <BR> <BR> This in addition to the 28 d bootcamp challenge -- I finished up day 7 today. Alright, I did poorly on the core workout to... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:58:55 EST Don't I want to be thin? I think this spark coach message just missed. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know what they meant. <BR> Have you seen this one? <BR> <BR> LET'S EAT GRANDMA. <BR> LET'S EAT, GRANDMA. <BR> <BR> COMMAS SAVE LIVES. <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday. Day 2 bootcamp done. <BR> <BR> And, hurray! Large studies released today- no benefit to vitamins. Save your money! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:14:31 EST Be careful about putting the universe in charge To keep myself from wasting too much time playing solitaire, I play 5 games and have a list of 6 things - depending on how many I win. Tonight the list was 0- finish one more box of Christmas stuff. 1- write my brother a proper bgirthday card. 2- read a book. 3- sign up for the bootcamp challenge. 4- wrap preaents. 5-get some cashews. <BR> <BR> What can I say? Tomorrow I start the 28d bootcamp challenge! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Some pics: <BR> Chance is getting big- he's so ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 21:45:30 EST Simple joy I saw a little girl's grandma today in the office. She was wearing a pink and green TuTu and a penguin hat -- at 4 you can get away with that. <em>30</em> <BR> At the end of the visit, because she'd been so patient, I went to get her some stickers. I asked if she was a puppy girl or a princess girl. Princess she informed me. So, I gave her the 6 or 7 Disney Princesses we have. She looked through them and said "ARIEL!!" <img src=" Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:27:53 EST Have,not Had It was definitive 5 years ago today, although I had been waiting for the shoe to drop for a week. On 11/19/2008, I had a mammogram done that was obviously abnormal. On the 21st I had a biopsy and on 11/26/08 I got a phone call at home. The slides and stains and everything were finally back. I had breast cancer and needed an MRI that day to determine the extent. It was an aggressive kind of breast cancer. I needed xrays and CT scans to determine if it had spread. <BR> So 5 years ag... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:25:29 EST Stonehenge Drive-by When I pulled up Salisbury on the internet before we went to England, I saw that it was only 10 miles from Stonehenge. The site wasn't on our itinerary but the guide agreed that it would be worth a small detour to go. <BR> We left a few minutes early on our way to Oxford. Apparently, as of 2 years ago, when he was last there, you could drive to the parking lot 75 feet from the site, then you could take pictures without paying <em>334</em> Due to the fragility of the site, unless y... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:24:27 EST Saturday Morning in Salisbury Actually, it was several Saturdays ago but I am finally sifting through my photos from our vacation. <BR> We took an overnight flight to London and did some sightseeing then went to our hotel in Salisbury. It was dark as we drove down narrow and winding roads so we couldn't really see much of the town. After supper we went to sleep but I set my alarm for 0500 after checking with the front desk that it would be safe to go out that early for a walk. <BR> It was dark but my husband had boug... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:57:50 EST Tolkien and Hess "All who wander are not lost." Tolkien <BR> <BR> I went to the group run tonight at the Y. It's way out of my comfort zone- in part because I don't run. I walk pretty fast, The theme tonight was Salomom shoes. We got to try on some cool new trail shoes. We also were trying out headlamps. My husband got me one for Christmas so I didn't need to try those. <BR> We took the local cross country trail. It's about 1.5 miles. Definitely needed the lights! I lost sight of the group after a... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:41:16 EST A morning smile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I admit, I can do 5K any day but races are fun ( I don't go to pick up girls, tho <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> Our 5% Challenge team is going to Madagarcar. I know I'm not the only one who loves King Julien <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's our new baby in the pic from the rescue site-- he's a hanful! <img src=" Mon, 4 Nov 2013 07:12:22 EST What to do... I looked into a race for tomorrow. I do loke races and seeing new places and faces BUT it's a hour drive and $20 and a sort of a weird course ( start and finish a mile apart so after the race you have to get back to your car. And I feel bad about crating the puppy so maybe I'll just take him to the park-- of course this is all if it doesn't rain. <BR> Last year, 20 trick or treaters. This year 80 so we ran low on candy, hubby ran to WalMart so now we have left overs. Augh. <BR> My son wo... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:05:08 EST Another streak ends- or begins Didn't get a blog done last night-- went to bed a 9 pm. The puppy is exhausting! <BR> I'm still on deck to find out what's going on healthwise. What is bothering me most right now is that I may have something going on that can cause weight loss-- I am really angry if my success in weight loss is not from diet and exercise but from an illness and therefore a BAD thing. I do think my efforts are helpful, but this is my coping right now. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:19:32 EST Disconnect I really wanted to write a good inciteful blog but right now I am just disconnected. I am struggling with lots of emptions and stressors and torn between revelation and being hidden. I went to Zumba and enjoyed it but caught myself in the mirror and felt like a lame loser. <BR> So I will just say that we decided to name the puppy Watson and I am on crate duty tonight. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some sleep. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:15:57 EST Bright spot in the day/life We're driving home from the rescue where we just adopted a new bundle of joy. He'll join me on my walks as he grows up and be a comfort on sleepless nights. <BR> More pics to follow as we get settled. Still no name. <img src=""> <BR> (Sorry- my pics are turned. :) Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:40:30 EST Blogging challenge Today's spark coach task is to pick a habit for a week that will be a challenge. Water is not a challenge. Exercising and diet are sometimes out of my control. This, I think, is a challenge and also do-able. <BR> <BR> Tonight I can't sleep. It's 1:30 AM. I didn't sleep Thursday and so was tired yesterday. So,I took a nap and now can't sleep again. It doesn't help that I have tons of stress right now. <BR> I need to get back on track. I need my schedule back. <BR> <BR> Going to try ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 01:40:40 EST Not IHOP but good, fast, under 200 calories I love french toast- one of the things that has always said " vacation" to me is breakfast and if french toast is on the menu or in the pan on the camp fire, I'm in. But on a work day, it is so fussy and too many dishes to make for just me. <BR> <BR> This AM, this was my solution, I don't think I learned it, but it certainly may not be original. <BR> <BR> Quick quasi french toast <BR> <BR> Tear a piece of whole grain bread into a non stick skillet. <BR> Pour 1/2 cup egg beaters over. b... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 06:47:05 EST Why it was a good day even though I woke up 10 minutes late I had my alarm set for 0455 so I could exercise for 30 minutes this AM but I just couldn't get out of bed til 5:07. That was too late because 3 minutes to get dressed, then 30 min tape, then shower and I wouldn't be able to get out of the house in time for an appointment. <BR> I had to be at the hospital this morning at 0630 for a test. I had a CT scan done last week that was abnormal so I needed the follow up test today. It was a biopsy that had to be done under general anesthesia so I wa... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:23:49 EST Hmm. There's something to this tracking I made breakfast this morning-- eggs and oats but I stirred in some frozen veggies and pine nuts. Good and filling. Also 299 calories but I've learned it's ok to eat over 190 calories for a meal (bars and diet shakes aren't as filling or visually appealing!)). I appreciated the protein and fiber. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For lunch, we decided to make steamed dumplin... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:31:28 EST My brother's pictures from the Galapagos My brother got to go to the Galapagos with an adventure tour and shared these pics of our destination. <BR> <BR> <BR> A penguin on the Equator <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A tortoise close enough to touch. There are lots of different totoises. Did you know sailors would take them because they eat very little, live a long time, and then can be eaten if needed <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:57:17 EST Practice what you preach So, yesterday at work, Mel said, "did you know that an olive garden bread stick has 140 calories? why did I eat two? Maybe I should check BEFORE I eat. " "And how do I know how big my portion is? I need to measure. She just started using the MyFitnessPal and is learning the lessons of tracking. <BR> This week our challenge to get to the Galopagos is to track -- it's one of the all or nothing ones, too which is a challenge for me. I am the most awesome tracker for breakfast but the... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:01:29 EST Stress? What is this stress of which you speak? My sparkcoach task for today was to list two causes of stress and some favorite stress relievers <BR> <BR> Sources of stress? Of course, this is hard to do because I know that these are not worth stressing over. You know what they say-- no one ever is on their death bed wishing they had worried more. You meed to let go and let god. If you let someone anger you, you let them control you. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. <BR> <BR> What stresses me most is... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:14:54 EST