MLH148's SparkPeople Blog MLH148's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Off to Canton We're headed to Canton for a reception tonight. Seems a little silly to drive 3.5 hrs each way and stay at a hotel (thank goodness for points) for a 4 hour party but.. <BR> In July, I was chosen as the Ralph E Hay Honoree at the hall of fame Gold Jacket 5 K in Baltimore. The award is for someone who achieves athletically despite adversity. The race was July 12. I got to meet Floyd Little, a Hall of Famer. <BR> Since then, my stage IV breast cancer has markedly progressed and I'm now on ne... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:29:56 EST Accountability I forgot to weigh this AM. I had a busy day- drove to the park for a 5K, then a friend met me there for her first kayaking experience-of course, I had to load the kayaks before I went and unload them. Then some lake time, loading kayaks again, drive home, unload kayaks and put away. I decided I wanted to go out for lunch with my husband and had some beer and nachos. After supper (not too bad but nutrition labels are eye opening about that cole slaw) I remembered to weigh. <BR> Surprise (n... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:33:43 EST Promises, promises I'm headed out the door for a 3 day weekend at the Watkins Glen Race Track. Life has been hectic lately but i PROMISE to update my page and get my "pre challenge activities" done -maybe in the car on the 3 hr drive. <BR> There. Its's in writing. <BR> Like Queen says"pressure"! Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:21:20 EST A Minute is long, a mile is far I went for a hike the other day and got lost on a very steep trail. As thunder started rumbling in the distance I was scared I'd be drenched when I got back to the car. There was no service in the park so my phone was in the car. <BR> When I got back and found the trail map(why did I leave it in the car?) and my clock, I was surprised to find I had only been gone 50 minutes (really? I had thought at least 90) and gone only 2.7 miles, not the 5 I expected. <BR> It's hard not to overestimate... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:23:32 EST Just a little bragging One of the things I've been trying to do is get out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I could. <BR> This year, I entered 5 things in the local arts festival juried art competition. Last year I entered 2 and one got in, the other didn't (so I know it's not a sure thing to get in) <BR> All 5 got in! One was the pine needle basket that is my profile pic. One was a small wall quilt and three were photographs - one from Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake and 2 from Watkins ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 13:16:41 EST Sometimes a scam is OK Last weekend, my sons did the Marine Corps 1775- a tough 11+ mile course through the Prince William Forest in VA. They did great - both under 2 hours and both in the top half of the crowd. The race sells out in minutes because if you finish it you have the opportunity to register for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. While we waited for them, we talked about how this is marketing and a way for the marathon to get an extra $60 but if the marathon is important to you and you can do i... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:08:08 EST Less is more I have been accused on more than one occasion of being an all or nothing sort of thinker. One bad thing, day is ruined. One argument, friendship is over. One cookie and might as well eat the bag. Well, I am guilty of that in my health journey as well. <BR> <BR> As time has gone on, as expected, I have gotten stronger, have more endurance, have less weight to haul around, have more experience with exercise. So, of course, I am no longer justified in doing the 10 minute beginner wal... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:22:00 EST Plenty of Ways to Cheat Lately, I've dug out my old exercise tapes. Yes, tapes (you millenials may not know what they are but in the 90s those were our YouTube and bluerays). Anyway, most of them have the instructor and a 3 or 4 people cast behind her. One of those is the "modification" girl- she does the low impact/easier version. I have, in the past, snorted at these models. The instructors say "it's ok to cheat when you are learning" <BR> "Somedays you just want to walk through it" and "there's plenty of ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:51:32 EST Plat-Oh-No I have been stuck on this frustrating plateau for months. It gets so frustrating! I mean, in many ways I should be happy- I didn't gain over the holidays. I didn't up size my clothes but after a big drop after my last plateau this is frustrating. I know it's normal. <BR> Lately I've been really tired and lethargic-- also busy and missing my regular Zumba. Add in this stinking weather and I have LOTS of excuses. If only whining burned calories. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:56:25 EST I feel G-O-O-D good Last night I had to go to a meeting after a long day at work that I was dreading. It could either be a quick informational presentation OR (I feared) a rambling whine session. I had to wait 30 minutes between finishing work and the the start of the meeting and was fidgitting. Hmm. What to do? Wait- I have a cell phone. I have Spark. I have a resistance band and a chair. I did 2 Coach Nicole videos- 20 minutes strength training. Good stress relief. A smile on my face going into the m... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:12:16 EST How a simple act saved my lunch Reading labels is the challenge this week. I do look at labels, but not always. I got home from the Y yesterday and was looking for something for lunch. We have some things in the freezer called "Tortas" Basically, a pot pie with lasagna inside -- they were an impulse buy at Sams back when my college aged son was home b/c they are quick to throw in the microwave for him to eat if he missed supper with us. <BR> I was walking over to the microwave with the box and when I glanced at ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:42:22 EST Another challenge? So, right now, I have 3 formal challenges -- one through Map My Walk to get exercise and freebies daily, one from Meta for healthy lifestyle changes (snacks, sleep, water, etc), and the Winter 5%. I am just the kind of person who needs a challenge. <BR> Of course, in December I had one going with my sister and totally failed - it was just a really bad month with lots of stress at work, some illness (one weekend, I slept and watched bad Hallmark Christmas movies for 2 1/2 days-- of course... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 12:34:44 EST I need to make my life more like Zumba At Zumba this morning, I was reflecting on some reasons it is one of the happiest hours of my week. I know about exercise producing endorphins, but I am talking more about an attitude thing. <BR> <BR> Don't feel you need to be perfect. You can do the low impact version if you're tired. You can lead with the left, not the right and you are still exercising. If you get off track--you think this is the shuffle 2, march 4 but it's really the shuffle 3, turn so everyone else is looking the... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:11:00 EST My Winter Motivations I am hoping to: <BR> Not just sit on the couch after supper for both my sake and the sake of my dog who needs exercise. I know sitting is really bad for you <BR> I finally bought smaller clothes -- have to keep in them <BR> I know when I am in control of my diet and exercise my mood is better. <BR> I know being accountable and part of a group is good for me <BR> I need to get back on track after some bad choices over the holidays. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:53:23 EST Who ARE you? I was watching someone over the weekend. <BR> She made a batch of Christmas cookies for a fundraiser and didnt eat any or lick any bowls or spoons. <BR> She threw away food on a plate after she felt full <BR> She drank only water or herbal tea. <BR> She appreciated the colors and art of Christmas treats but didn't eat any except a beautiful 'cutie' <BR> She did not preach or feel deprived or criticize others. <BR> She felt tired and unmotivated but took the dog for what seemed like a really ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:48:17 EST The injustice of "just" When I am saying just, I am not talking about "fair" I am talking about the descriptor that diminishes your accomplishments. <BR> <BR> My sister and I went to the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon Saturday. We weren't doing the full marathon. I was "just" doing the half and she was "just" doing the 5K. And we are not runners. We are "just" walkers. At the last half marathon I did, one of my acquaintances introduced me to her friend and said "She does the races but she walks - it... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:08:51 EST But because I do... There used to be a Weight Watchers commercial where Jennifer Hudson said, it's not that I never eat cheese pizza but because I do." (Or something like that) <BR> We had a party last night to celebrate the release of my sister in law's book--Beyond Grief which looks at sculpture and art in the context of funereal art. <BR> We had salad, ham, and scalloped potatoes. I didn't stress. I had a big salad, a small piece of ham and some potatoes. I also had a piece of cheesecake. And I enjoyed eve... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:55:19 EST The happiest 5k on the Planet I know - it's the slogan, but the Color Run really was fun and happy. <BR> The traffic and parking were bad- I didn't know there would be 10,000 paricipants! It was crazy. I got there and actually ran into my college son. I got my swag and gave it to my very sweet husband who hates crowds and doesn't "get it" but was kind enough to come with me. <BR> I left him to line up. I met my "team" at the start arch. Oh, but there were 2 more arches before the actual start. The race kicked off at... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:55:23 EST Yeah, I know... (Catching up on prechallenge homework) (I really don't expect anyone to plow through this <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> Once again, I have let myself slide between challenges. So, a cram course blog with the activites. Some I know I know and just have to DO. Some I need to recreate. <BR> <BR> This AM I am exhausted from lots of physical, mental, and social stress. I have been letting myself just sit in my nest after supper ( corner of the couch with mail, water, phone, iPad, TV remote) and not get up. Here are my commitments, ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:58:56 EST Hidden Holidays Read an interesting artical about "hidden holidays". We all plan and are thoughtful for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the summer, tho, the holidays are more subtle -- weddings, picnics, grad parties, even just enjoying the long evenings with "a cold one" <BR> <BR> Celebrate but beware of those sneaky calories. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:47:17 EST Flutopia The Flutopia institute is flautists working to improve the world. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Saturday was their 5k. It was very different and fun. <BR> It was misty to start- the chalk drawings on the sidewalk began to run. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> As we waited around the organizer gave musicians assignments. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:15:49 EST 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