MLH148's SparkPeople Blog MLH148's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Or Neither So yesterday, all I got in was 10 minutes of brisk walking- most of the day was sitting or sleeping or just zoning out. We went to 2 shows at the convention center in under an hour (not what we'd hoped). We went to the pound because we are ready for a new dog but nothing/no one who was right. I even tried "retail therapy" --I tell my husband I want to fill the hole in my soul with consumerism, but even the big W had nothing to make me feel much of anything. <BR> It's a new week. I need to... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:26:57 EST Quantity vs quality Today start the fall 5% challenge. I'm on a different team this tome which I hope will motivate me. Though I made my 5% last time, I wasn't a very motivated traveller. <BR> <BR> One struggle I have is strength training. When I followed the Spark Solution I dreaded the strength training day for a few reasons. First, like so many, I like to do well-- and push ups and planks are hard and I don't have the patience to stick with it long enough to get better. Coaches embarrass me. I feel as ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:03:01 EST I love Will Rogers <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And <BR> "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today" Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:24:58 EST Fall challenge assignment- Motivation Why do I want to lose weight <BR> <BR> 1) health <BR> 2) be in control <BR> 3) be able to buy clothes <BR> 4) have energy <BR> 5) not be an embarrassment to me or my family <BR> 6)prove I can do it <BR> 7) inspire others <BR> 8) get compliments <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:03:13 EST Personal best-2:57 for 13.1 miles walking <img src=""> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:31:28 EST Watching my glass overflow So, I always drink a lot of water. I drink a 16 oz bottle in the car on the way to work, a 32 oz bottle during the morning at work, water with supper (16-32 oz) and water after I work out. I love clicking my glass and seeing the water overflow. <BR> My life is like that right now. Work, home, an upcoming 13.1 for which I'm training, a talk I need to prepare and deliver at a conference in three weeks, and a couple volunteer obligations. So, I decided to add to that Spark Coach today and th... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:56:30 EST What am I afraid of I prepurchased the Spark Solution so I have my code for the Spark coach. And you get a week free when you sign up. But I haven't. Why not? What am I afraid of? <BR> Part of me knows that this will help me but part of me resists. The coach will tell me to do more strength training -- I know it helps-- it did for my 2 weeks of the solution challenge -- but I don't wanna! I am OK once I get started but it is just not as fun as going for a walk or to Zumba. <BR> The coach will tell m... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:46:10 EST Shh! Don't say Beetlejuice 3 times I am at work and it is pretty slow (never say that! - it's like calling on Beetlejuice) <BR> <BR> I had written a long blog last week and wanted to attach a picture so I tried and the blog vanished. Don't know why. It has happened before and not happened before. I didn't get too stressed since I get stressed enough. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, you just can't explain things. Last time I worked at the hospital, it was CRAZY busy! I had an admission at least every 45 minutes. Now I am 8 ho... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:58:09 EST Who will win? And will the loser win, too? I don't want to go exercise <BR> But if you do it now you don't need to worry about it tonight. <BR> It's raining. <BR> Go to the basement. <BR> I'm tied of Charlene. She's too perky! <BR> Do a Firm or a step video. <BR> My foot hurts <BR> Which won't change. <BR> But I don't have time to do a 45 minute tape. <BR> Do a 30 minute tape <BR> I want more minutes for my team <BR> Then add to it this evening <BR> You're not going to let me go back to sleep are yo? <BR> What do you think? <BR> FINE... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 07:20:49 EST 5 Alarm Diet Help from the Universe We were in NYC for the weekend and had a great time. I walked 35,000 steps on Sat including an hour walk in Central Park and a great morning at Brooklyn Bridge Park (i couldn't get my husband to do the FREE kayaking- the East River was a little choppy). <BR> <BR> We had lunch at an Israeli Hummus and Falafel shop. Different and yummy. <BR> <BR> We went to "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" - a really funny play with David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver. After, we ended up at a b... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:43 EST 4x4 from Before-- Summer Challenge Assignment 6 This assignment is to list 3-4 reasons each why diet and exercise have fallen short in the past. <BR> <BR> Diet-- 1) not wanting to offend the cook or host-- learn to portion control if I can't swap out foods <BR> 2) not planning for lunch-- take time the night before at least to plan if not to make lunch <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 3) using food as a reward-- find other rewards <BR> 4) dieting, not sparking-- by which I mean picking low cal... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:54:41 EST Step away from the Kandy Cakes! and other triggers Assignment 4 for the Summer Challenge is to list my triggers-- both foods and situations. I started writing a list and here is what I have so far <BR> <BR> Foods -- pop tarts, butter cookies, peanut butter kandy cakes, coconut anything, capreses salad, cheese curds, baked pasta, fries, twizzlers (those are 100 calories each!) I need not to have these in my house -- and figure out what to do when my husband, the chief cook and bottle washer, makes the baked pasta. This is so doable <BR... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:38:25 EST Assignment #3. Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> I would like to lose weight AND MAINTAIN for the following reasons: <BR> 1) prove it can be done <BR> 2) shop in regular stores <BR> 3)get lower insurance premiums <BR> 4)not be disgusted by my body <... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:48:30 EST CBT - the strength training of mental health <img src=""> <BR> <BR> CBT is "cognitive behavioral therapy" Basically, you figure out what is bothering you, why and how to better deal-- either change the situation or change your reaction to it. It's the part of treatment for anxiety and depression that no one wants-- what? I may be the problem?? No!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am having some struggles and realize that a lot are not due to anything other than my attitude. I saw a pos... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:16:26 EST Spark solution day 13--93% and 5.5 pounds down It's been a good challenge for me. I am getting lots of good recipes-though I've only made about 1/4 of them. I made the banana bread that is six servings, so not going to make different breakfasts. Some of the lunches weren't practical for me (I don't really get a lunch break) and with company and the holiday I couldn't swing the suppers-- again, leftovers from the first night made 3 other suppers for me. <BR> <BR> After Zumba , I had a lazy day. Read some, took a nap. Got a catalog... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:59:41 EST I have to know who John Mayer is... Because MY BODY IS IN ONE-DERLAND!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:10:54 EST Day 12 Spark Solution amd another 5% Challenge comes to an end. I made the Better Banana Read for breakfast this evening. Will slice and freeze in AM. I love having a quick healthy option to grab. Found a new miso recipe to try tomorrow (avocado/miso sandwich). <BR> I did a different ST routine tonight -- a Firm VIdeo with weights. I understand a routine without weights/equipment but I think there is room for more types of ST-- I just need to do SOME ST more often. <BR> I am still so happy with my 5k result-- 4 women in my age slower than I, 40 of t... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 23:14:47 EST Day 11 Spark Solution Summer Challenge I was off all day-kept thinking it was Sat. <BR> Made the Sweet Orange Miso Chicken and Veggies. Yuk. Don't know if it was the miso or the orange rind but didn't like it. Had a good supper- grilled veggie burger and fresh produce from the garden. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had a race this AM and did the 5k instead of the 2 mile walk. It was hot and muggy but ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 23:23:45 EST Day10 - 71% of Spark Solution So, the aqua zumba is 5:30-6:15. Land zumba is 6:30-7:30. I was really dragging during the land class. The teacher was really fun - she got us patriotic sunglasses for 1 number, red/white/blue leis, and prizes. <BR> <BR> The Spark Solution granola was great. I had a wonderful avocado with my lunch. <BR> <BR> I don't expect to follow the plan closely tomorrow-- have a 5k race so no AM ST. May take a breakfast cookie in the car. <BR> <BR> I can't run 5k, but I don't have a problem... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:05:00 EST Week 2 Day 2 Ok, ok. Full disclosure. I had some frozen coconut custard tonight. My son bought it for me amd I truly enjpyed it. I only ate a bit and I have a negative calorie balance for the day. <BR> <BR> Very hard to get up for ST this AM but by 0630 it was DONE. <BR> <BR> For bfast had oatmeal yogurt pancakes with an avocado. Wierd but yummy. Had the oriental rice and veggies for lunch. Three coworkers oohed and wanted details. <BR> <BR> I get done early tomorrow for the holiday so I can g... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 23:16:38 EST