MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MUFFIY831 MUFFIY831'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/ NAILED IT (An Update!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864379 Monday I was bragging about how awesome I felt about Monday's workout because I completed: <BR> <BR> 500/500 Jumping Jacks (100%) <BR> 400/400 Squats (100%) <BR> 150/300 Sit-ups (50%) <BR> 160/200 Push-ups (80%) <BR> 100/100 Burpees (100%) <BR> <BR> Tom takes all our little index cards and records them in a Google doc. This morning, he sent out the note saying that everything's been updated, so I went in to compare and sure enough, I did SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST TIME! The last time we did ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:11:44 EST 5-4-3-2-1 NAILED IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863078 Every few months, Tom has us do what he calls the 5-4-3-2-1 challenge, as such: <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Sit-ups <BR> 200 Push-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You have 50 minutes to finish all that. You can do whatever order you want, as many sets as you want - anything goes, really. <BR> <BR> And while I titled this sucker NAILED IT, that's probably not entirely fair since I didn't actually finish. (Some people do. Today the first person finished all that in 37... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:31:38 EST It's 2012 All Over Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841199 At the end of 2012, I was at my lightest. That was when I bought my size 10 jeans and several size 10 dresses. <BR> <BR> However, how I got there was not ideal. I was working all day and then driving ~45 minutes to my friend's deathbed to spend as much time with her as possible. As it turns out, being super emotional and skipping dinner three or four nights a week is an effective, but ultimately short-term, weight-loss method. So, of course, the weight came back after my friend died and I s... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:03:20 EST The Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827664 I posted awhile ago that I'm in this weird place where I've lost some weight, but not a lot and very proportionally so nothing is really too big, but things are a little bit looser in general and overall I just feel a little dumpy and frumpy. So, I finally went shopping. <BR> <BR> And in the middle of it, this was my mindset: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958516488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And you can see from all the likes how many people agree with me on the deni... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:44:37 EST 3 weeks, 30,000 miles, 3 pounds ... Sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819901 The title is a bit fudged, but ... <BR> <BR> In just over three weeks, I've flown just under 30,000 miles, and when I came home my first weigh-in was not quite three pounds heavier than when I left. <BR> <BR> A day later, that went down two pounds, so I'm guessing there's an element of water retention at play. That and the scale is obviously psychotic so it'll probably go up 12 pounds tomorrow just to screw with me. <BR> <BR> But all things considered, this isn't too bad. My last trip w... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:43:01 EST A Good Problem To Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809840 I've lost about 12 pounds now. Which is great. Yay! Go me! <BR> <BR> The problem ... and I use that term in the best possible sense of the term ... is that it's all coming off very evenly. Follow me here. <BR> <BR> My clothes are not really too big. But they are looser. So I find myself putting my jeans in the dryer a lot to try to shrink them up a little. <BR> <BR> But now my jeans are all faded. <BR> <BR> My sweaters are pilling. <BR> <BR> And faded. <BR> <BR> But it's not worth... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:13:05 EST TIRE FLIP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799757 Woo hoo, look at me go flip a freaking monster truck tire! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:43:42 EST Cardio Circuit Madness! And Tire Flipping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799756 Today was the kind of boot camp class I LOOOOOOOVE! <BR> <BR> Being kind of competitive but super slow is not a good combination because even though everyone is super supportive and amazing, I can't help but constantly notice the fact that I'm dead last, or behind on reps, or using a lighter band, or whatever. But today was circuits! Just me all by my lonesome. No comparisons, no noticing that he's doing 50 when I'm doing 15, or he's doing a mile when I'm doing half that, or whatever. <BR>... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:42:43 EST The Big Lap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799162 My boot camp is in a warehouse amidst a bunch of other warehouses, and we have our usual routes to run. One such route is down the line of warehouses, through the parking lot, around the next building over, and back. <BR> <BR> But, see, I'm slow. Turtle slow. When I run on my own, I do run/walk intervals, so when I'm at boot camp I pride myself on running the whole way. But in doing so, I slow down even beyond my normal snail's pace. I'm thrilled I can run the whole mile or whatever without... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:06 EST Stupid Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797941 I weigh in on Sundays. I was EXPECTING to lose my 10th pound this Sunday. I woke up, felt good, hopped on the scale, and ... it was exactly the same as the week before. <BR> <BR> %$# YOU, SCALE. <BR> <BR> But I brushed it off. Went for a 4.5 mile run. Came home, took a shower, ate breakfast, then discussed with the kid how large the dog is getting. How large? I don't know, let's find out. So I got back on the scale with the dog, got off, got back on the scale without the dog so that I cou... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:28:31 EST False Alarm, but Thanks for the Kudos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794655 I type really fast. And sometimes when you type really fast, you make mistakes. And sometimes you transpose things. Like just now when I actually typed tarnspose. And sometimes I type super fast and I hit enter super fast and only then do I realize I messed up. <BR> <BR> Like the other day when I transposed two numbers on the weight tracker and hit enter and Spark immediately told everyone I lost two pounds when in fact I only lost one. <BR> <BR> So thanks but false alarm! On the upside, ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:44:04 EST A 10K Race Report - And Glimpse Into My Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790307 Preface #1: I really, truly am proud of every single person who shows up to a race. Whether you're there for the marathon, half, 10K, 5K, or the 1K kids run. The fact that you got out of bed on a weekend morning to come run or walk or crawl any distance is, in my humble opinion, absolutely freaking awesome. You rock. <BR> <BR> Preface #2: That being said, my inner voice is a competitive little bitch sometimes and to motivate myself I will pick someone out of the crowd to beat. Someone I dee... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:52:24 EST My How Times Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785426 Yesterday I posted about the fitness challenge. I left sweaty and exhausted but it didn't feel like anything particularly abnormal. I always leave boot camp sweaty and exhausted, after all! <BR> <BR> Well, this morning, I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck. Apparently yesterday hit me a lot harder than I thought. Whoa. <BR> <BR> So this morning I still got up at my usual time but instead of going to boot camp I went to the gym and 'took it easy.' I did the elliptical for 30 minutes ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:32:55 EST The Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784604 This morning's boot camp fitness challenge was the 5-4-3-2-1: <BR> <BR> We had 50 minutes to complete: <BR> <BR> 500 jumping jacks <BR> 400 squats <BR> 300 sit ups <BR> 200 push ups <BR> 100 burpees <BR> And then run 1 mile <BR> <BR> I didn't finish all that in the 50 minutes. I guess that's why they call it a challenge, eh? About 4 people did - one guy in 35 minutes, but he's a total freak of nature and a normal person can't use him as a baseline. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I DID finish: <BR>... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:50:09 EST Official: 6 Pounds in 5 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778018 I started the weight loss drugs my doctor put me on, and today I went back for my first follow-up appointment. It's been not quite six weeks, and I'm officially down six pounds. Truth be told, it was a little over seven pounds, but then two things happened. <BR> <BR> 1. I had oral surgery on my gums, and <BR> 2. I left the country. <BR> <BR> That led to a four-day potato, pasta, ice cream frenzy as they were the only soft foods I could find on the road. <BR> <BR> Oral surgery on Friday ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:03:51 EST Hello, Old (Size 10) Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773269 They're baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> I am once again wearing my size 10 jeans. <BR> <BR> That's pretty much all I need to say today. <BR> <BR> Well, one more thing. <BR> <BR> YEEEEHAW! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:37:53 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772699 Well, hello September. How YOU doin'? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good so far, though I'm not sure how we're already three days into this month. <BR> <BR> I had a great birthday (the 31st). J made me a vegan brunch! He made a tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms, with breakfast potatoes and toast. It was really good, especially considering my little omnivore had never made anything anything remotely like that ever before. Of course, he also made sausage on the side for the boys. Oh w... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:36:41 EST The BLUE Band! (And Some Other Stuff) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764173 This morning, for the first time in my personal boot camp history, I used the blue resistance band for the whole class. <BR> <BR> The resistance bands we use start at yellow (the 'why even bother' level), then go to red, then blue, then green, then grey (the holy crap! level). I have used red 95% of the time, using blue for certain exercises or certain sets on occasion before dropping back down to red. <BR> <BR> But today? Today I used the blue band for everything! <BR> <BR> I am pretty... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:10:21 EST Results ... So Far & Anniversary Pic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761993 I started new meds two weeks ago, and I just finished the two week low-dose trial. Which is basically just to make sure, I dunno, my heart didn't explode or something. So, success! I lost two pounds in two weeks, which is actually pretty amazing by my standards. I started the regular dosage yesterday so I'm hoping that speeds up a little bit. <BR> <BR> Of course, I went and sabotaged myself over the weekend though. It was our one year anniversary! I can't believe it's been a year already. I... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:37:02 EST Puppy Scheduling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754183 Everyone, meet Ali! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956397960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is a six-month old Plott Hound/Boxer mix, and she is amazing! However, we're learning she has MAJOR separation anxiety. She does not want to be alone for a millisecond. <BR> <BR> I knew we'd have to do some puppy training and so I'm spending two weeks being a stay-at-home-dog-mom to get these issues underway. I didn't realize I would be quite so homebound. It's only day three ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Better Living Through Chemistry - Maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753054 Six months ago or so, I wrote a post here about my new endocrinologist offering me weight loss drugs. He went through the pros and cons and I decided against them. In short, I feel like they're cheating. I feel like I should be able to do this on my own. That I can eat better and exercise more and lose weight. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing. I have been eating better (not perfect, but better) and I have been exercising more (boot camp about four days a week, exercising about 5-6), but I'm s... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:33:42 EST A Message from Captain Obvious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748073 I got home from a business trip Friday night and headed straight out to dinner for a veggie burger and fries. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had hemp toast and almond butter for breakfast, metric tons of sushi for lunch, then had TWO parties to attend. One surprise birthday party that ended up being an engagement party too, then another engagement party. (As J put it, "is there a Groupon for weddings right now?!") I had a drink and a hummus/pita chip snack at the first party, so not too bad, then, ah... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:09:27 EST Hotel Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744715 I'm on my only business trip of the summer right now. (Which, by the way, is amazing! I never get to stay home this much!) Figuring it's just one week out of the whole summer, I set some rules for myself before going: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least three days during the week. <BR> 2. Get all the Fitbit steps in (set to 7500/day). <BR> 3. Say no to the snack breaks. <BR> <BR> 1. Good! This morning I went to the hotel gym for the second time, and am on track to go either tomorrow or Frida... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:34 EST Adios, FitBit Connection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735219 OK, love the new FitBit, as expected, but after 24 hours I've already disconnected it from Spark. If I track exercise here, which I like to do, the FitBit double books everything. Yesterday it added an addition 103 fitness minutes. I'm not even really sure where that number came from - I'm guessing that's how often it thought I was 'active' but in any case I don't want to over-credit myself on spark. <BR> <BR> Still, I do like to see my steps and stairs throughout the day for a little extra... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:44:22 EST Leg Day + New FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734409 Leg day at boot camp this morning. Lots of running, squats, lunges, dirty dogs, donkey kicks, calf raises, and resistance-band running. Oof. It was good, though. <BR> <BR> I was really craving a hot breakfast so I went to the Whole Foods breakfast bar for some tofu scramble and potatoes. I don't do it very often, but sometimes you just need a solid cooked breakfast, you know? <BR> <BR> One of my credit cards has these 'thank you points' that you can redeem for gift cards, electronics, eve... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:21:51 EST Action- (And Activity-) Packed Long Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733665 I! Am! Exhausted! <BR> <BR> Aren't long weekends supposed to leave you feeling refreshed, rested, and ready to go? Ha! <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> 8AM Firecracker 5K. <BR> <BR> I forgot my watch (what?!) so I was relying on my running partner for pacing and intervals. I know she runs faster than I do, but when we hit the first mile I knew we were going really fast (by my standards). <BR> <BR> Me: "Hey, B, we're going really fast, aren't we?" <BR> <BR> Her: [looking at watch] "Ummm, I'm n... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:40:29 EST Rain, Rain, Go Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731186 There's a hurricane headed up the east coast, projected to hit my area (DC/VA) tonight into tomorrow morning. First, good luck to the folks on the coast. As a Floridian I know how stressful hurricane season can get. Second, I hope it bounces out to sea on the fast side of the predictions. I am scheduled to do the Firecracker 5K at 8AM tomorrow morning and I would really like to do it. <BR> <BR> There you have it, my selfish reason for not liking this stupid hurricane. <BR> <BR> This morni... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:32:47 EST June Recap & Quick Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729738 First the bad news - for the second time in 2014, I didn't hit my goal of 21 exercise days a month. <BR> <BR> But the good news: <BR> <BR> ... I did get to 19 exercise days in June ... <BR> ... at least four times per week, each week ... <BR> ... for a total of 1215 exercise minutes ... <BR> ... which averages out to 40.5 minutes per day <BR> <BR> That, I think, is awesome. Consistency! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108551809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST My Calves! (Hiking Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728911 The kiddo is off to Florida for the summer, so J and I have almost two months of grown-up time! Yay! This weekend, we went hiking off Skyline Drive in western Virginia - about two hours from home. It was fantastic! We hiked all day, spent the night out there, had a great dinner in an awesome little tavern in a small town, and came home on Sunday. <BR> <BR> We did the White Oak Canyon Trail, which according to the National Park Service Website is: <BR> <BR> "4.6 miles round trip to upper fa... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:17:30 EST Sleeeeeep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725708 I was up past my bedtime last night, so when the alarm went off at 5:10AM I yelled at it, rolled back over, and slept another hour. <BR> <BR> I don't feel guilty, though. Yesterday was Twofer Tuesday, wherein I go to boot camp in the morning and run with my friend in the afternoon. Then after the run, I went to the pool with the boys for a game of pool volleyball. While not exactly the most intense exercise ever, it totally counts as a calorie burner of some sort. <BR> <BR> This morning I... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:58 EST Not Quite Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724789 As I have mentioned approximately 87987298379487238749237423 times, I *detest* push ups. Which means I need to do them more. Which makes me even angrier about doing them. Which makes me hate them more. Repeat. <BR> <BR> This morning was a mostly arms/chest class, which means ... PUSH UPS! <BR> <BR> [ grooooooooaaaaaaaaaan ] <BR> <BR> Not only did we do 80 bajillion barrel roll push ups, but we did these Spiderman push up monstrosities. <BR> <BR> Here's what they're supposed to look lik... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:22:01 EST 4-Miler Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723951 I'm good for a 5K, but I was a little nervous about doing a 4-miler. It's only 9/10ths of a mile more, but it matters. My internal list of reasons to freak out: (1) I haven't really been running all that much. (2) When I do run, it's ~2 miles at a time. (3) It was in the mid- to upper-90s all week, and I suuuuuuuuuck at hot weather runs. (4) Two years ago I did this race and it was in the mid-90s and I thought I might die - so much so that my running buddy and my running coach doubled back on... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:10:03 EST Pyramids & Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721342 My boot camp instructor, Tom, is not the type to dole out meaningless compliments. He's more prone to yelling at people to suck it up than pandering. So when you get a compliment, it means that much more. This morning was some sort of insane pyramid frenzy. A pyramid is when you do 5, then 10, then 15, then 20, then 25, then 20, then 15, then 10, then 5 of the same exercise with maybe 10-20 seconds between reps. They basically suck monkey balls depending on what exercise you're doing and how ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:21:22 EST Tracker Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719693 Today's boot camp was a rousing game of Chase Tom Around Sterling, Virginia. I ran/walked 4.25 miles in one hour. Now, that is a 14 minute/mile, which is not exactly record-setting pace, but I have short little legs and I was *running* for a good chunk of it. The Spark calculator insists I was walking and that I burned about 300 calories. Compare this to a regular boot camp class and when I put in 'boot camp' for one hour it says I'm burning almost 700 calories. I guarantee you I was just as ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:04:17 EST Still Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719233 The scale is still stuck, but I'm not going to stress about it too much. Stress enough to make sure I get my ass to boot camp at least four days a week. Stress enough to put down the french fries and pick up the broccoli. But not obsess over four tenths of a pound. Yes, I am 'up' 0.4 pounds, after fluctuating within one pound for the last at least three months. But you know what? It's going to disappear. And if I can keep the cookies out of my mouth, it's going to go down. <BR> <BR> And I C... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:46:16 EST Where Have I Been!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714896 Sheesh, have I really not posted anything since 20 May?! <BR> <BR> Well, let's see, I've been going to boot camp, and I've also been trying to run more since I have a 4-miler on 21 June. This weekend I managed to do 4 miles in 51 minutes, which is pretty darn good for me. Consistency, though, is key. I need to keep going! <BR> <BR> I'm also doing the ROC Race this weekend. It's the Ridiculous Obstacle Course race, which is roughly based on the TV show Wipeout. Here's a little YouTube ad f... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:48:17 EST Excercise Isn't About Doing What You Like ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699102 As you've probably figured out by now if you've been reading my blatherings regularly, I love me some boot camp. I also hate me some boot camp. Really, I love it when it's done, but it sure does suck for an hour straight! <BR> <BR> The instructor, Tom, is kind of your old-school calisthenics type. Cardio, plyometrics, body weight exercises. Every class is different. Every class is hard. Some days it's all running. Some days it's all push ups. Some days it's working muscles you swear you did... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:49:25 EST An Uncharacteristically Lazy Three Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698227 Further proof of my theory that it doesn't matter what the hell I do, my body will do whatever the hell it wants ... <BR> <BR> I skipped boot camp on Friday, was totally lazy on Saturday, and on Sunday was supposed to run a 5K (the Color Run) but as it turns out I, um, sorta never bothered registering for it. Oopsies. Now, I did at least volunteer at the race yesterday which meant lugging 50kg barrels of dye around, moving cinder blocks, lots of arm/shoulder exercise throwing color on peopl... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:09:28 EST Mid-May Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696263 Well hello, May 16th. <BR> <BR> I skipped boot camp this morning, as planned. Last night was a work dinner for my boss who's leaving and I knew those things can stretch into 3+ hours depending on how many people feel the need to give speeches. Thankfully, it was *only* 2.5 hours, so I was still home by 10. Still, I have been to boot camp every day this week and I felt like today would make a good rest day anyway, so I slept in until about 630 this morning. (Isn't it sad that 630AM is consid... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:22:20 EST Compliments Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695518 There's a woman at my gym I chat with for a few minutes a few times a week. I'm usually finishing up and heading out as she's coming in, but we're friendly enough. <BR> <BR> Today, this happened: <BR> <BR> Her: "Good morning! Can I just stop for a second and say you look great?" <BR> <BR> Me: "OF COURSE YOU CAN TELL ME I LOOK GREAT! hahahahaha thanks!" <BR> <BR> Her: "I can really see your face and neck in particular getting thinner. Just wanted to say that." <BR> <BR> And then she was ... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:00:08 EST Feeling hot Hot HOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694799 Several years ago when I did boot camp, there were only outdoor classes. Outdoors. 6AM. Boot camp. February. Clearly I was insane. <BR> <BR> So when I went back and saw that now there are indoor studios, I thought it was awesome! No snow, no ice, no rain! <BR> <BR> I started boot camp again in ~February, and it was great. Warm! Protected! <BR> <BR> Then it was 92 degrees yesterday, and when I went in to boot camp this morning I realized ... THE PLACE IS A FREAKING SAUNA. There are a few... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:15:13 EST Fun With Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694084 For the last three weeks, the scale has been exactly the same every Sunday morning. To the ounce. This is a bit frustrating. (At least it's not going up, at least I'm seeing non-scale victories, at least my clothes are fitting better, blah blah blah, spare me your pep talks.) <BR> <BR> But here's the weird part. <BR> <BR> If I weigh in on any other day, the scale moves. That is the only reason I know it's not broken. I weighed in this morning out of curiosity and I have magically gained t... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:34:40 EST What's that weird bony thing? Oh, a hip bone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693198 A funny thing happened on Saturday. I went to boot camp (a Saturday rarity) and there was a different instructor who had us doing different exercises. Not that there's any such thing as a normal class with Tom, but after awhile you get to know his moves. She has us doing back extensions, and while I've certainly done them before, I'd never done 300 of them before (2 exercises, three sets of 50 each). Two things occurred to me during this torture: <BR> <BR> 1. I honestly had no idea my back w... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:51:40 EST STREEEEEEEEEEETCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690453 This morning was one of those classes where you don't realize how hard it is until it's too late. There were only 5 of us today, so we were on the TRX straps most of the time. Chest presses, chest flies, bicep curls, preacher curls, tricep kickbacks, rows, you name it. And when we weren't on the TRX, we were doing push ups, back extensions, mountain climbers, and planks. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the line I realized HOLY CRAP THIS IS HARD. <BR> <BR> I can do cardio all day long. OK maybe ... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:31:31 EST I'm Changing My Name to Scatterbrained. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689606 Last year, two friends and I had a little Tuesday night running club. It was fun. It was a nice, slow, easy pace to accommodate the one woman there who was slower than me. (And I didn't even think that was a thing aside from perhaps elderly ladies with mobility issues!) <BR> <BR> This year, we've decided to resume our Tuesday night running club. Except the slower one hasn't been able to make it yet, so it's just me and Speedy Gonzalez busting out anywhere from 2-4 miles. <BR> <BR> Oh, rig... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:16:42 EST My Newly Straight Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689074 I think I neglected to mention it here, but two weeks ago today I got my braces off. YAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599670809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had two glorious weeks (glorious in hindsight anyway) of these clear plastic retainers so it looked like I was really, truly done with metal in my mouth. <BR> <BR> But then today my permanent retainers came in and now I am back to a silver line across my top and bottom teeth. It's better than full on braces, a... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:35:51 EST First 5K of the Year - DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687824 I had a really good weekend. Saturday I rode my bike to the local sports pavilion for packet pickup for a 5K race on Sunday. Hyper-local races like this are awesome! In major suburbia like this you really can't walk / ride your bike many places. It was only about 10 minutes each way, and that 20 minute bike ride was my only exercise on Saturday. But it is hilly! <BR> <BR> Sunday morning my running buddy picked me up and we drove to the race (hey, who am I to turn down a ride?!). It was a ve... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:59:52 EST April Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685602 Whew! April was a good month! <BR> <BR> What I find, funny, though, is that in January and February I realized I didn't exercise on Wednesdays. And I was OK with that, but it was an odd little quirk that I hadn't ever realized. Then in March and April I started exercising on Wednesdays more. Now, in April, apparently I don't exercise at the end of the week. Ha! There are a lot of holes in the Friday/Saturday columns! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538891083.... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:23:13 EST Boot Camp On Crack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685595 Hi, there, regular readers! As you know by now, Tom is insane! I regularly regale you with his insane workout plans, but somehow I manage to muddle through them. Usually last to finish, but I feel like a badass when it's over and that's all that matters right? <BR> <BR> Today, Tom was feeling a particularly heinous shade of evil. It was kind of like normal, except in between sets instead of resting, we were running! Alllllllllll over the warehouse complex. Run around a building, stop and do... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:13:15 EST Dead Last, But Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684763 Tom's been on a running kick lately. There were SEVEN people (!) in my boot camp class that ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, and I guess he decided to continue that streak all this week. Monday, Wednesday, and today were all significant amounts of running. Tuesday probably was, too, but I didn't go. :) <BR> <BR> And given that I'm only good for a 5K at best and these people are running freaking half marathons (one girl ran with Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman to fini... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:02:19 EST