MYRNA929's SparkPeople Blog MYRNA929's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Didn't deserve it... Today, I rushed out during my lunch hour to run an errand that usually takes me 50 minutes of my lunch hour if I time it just right. Today, however it seemed as though every car in my village (yes it is that small) was out, forcing me to slow down. Just beyond the village limits, finally a clearing. I took advantage of it and stepped on it. Wouldn't you know it, coming in opposite direction ....yes the police and of course as I passed him, I saw in my rear-view mirror, the brake lights a... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:13:22 EST Yet one more connection Growing up with two sisters gave me the opportunity to become acquainted with the words;: "You have to share", "Do not fight", "Take turns", "Be nice to each other". My parents bless them, sometimes wondered (I'm sure) "Will these girls ever get along?" As the years have come and gone and we are all married with children, although we live in different states we've found a way to connect and that is through prayer. We've made a point to pray for each other and when things can be difficult f... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:47:36 EST I believe! Although my best intentions usually fall flat, it doesn't keep me from getting up and trying again. <BR> January came and went and with the extended winter (yes that's Pure Michigan) so did my winter blues. I asked my husband to bring the elliptical trainer from the basement to the living room where there was more light....and I continued to look at it and tell myself, my intentions are to get on it. February inched by as well. Today almost at the end of March I can say I'm on a full commit... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:54:15 EST Be Thankful This morning I read a blog from Jen Mueller (SP blogger) about how we many times fail to see the positive things we do accomplish instead of dwelling on the goals we did not achieve. It was like that V8 juice commercial where the girl hits the guy on the forehead. I did feel like that. So today at the end of my working week I've paused to celebrate the things I've accomplished. This entire week beginning on Sunday I have walked/jogged 4-5 miles every day. I have a rather reluctant partne... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:12:10 EST Direct Combat So, here I am. I've not entered an entry in almost a year and it's usually around this time of year that my inability to get myself "to steppin" kicks in. If I believed in reincarnation I know I was a hibernating animal in my former life. I don't like to get out of bed in the dark and finally when I do and go to work, I want to come home and put on my pj's and under the covers. Wish I could be under the covers till the sun is brightly shining outside. So to keep myself motivated I am doi... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:09:37 EST What am I? I've been picture-documenting my journey on Raw Foods and after being asked several times to share my feelings about it, here it is: <BR> <BR> I began a detox of raw foods and for 10 days all I had was fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Today 36 days later, I am still eating fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I've learned a few lessons: <BR> 1. Raw foods can actually be exciting. I have not felt bored yet <BR> 2. Raw foods have cleansed my palate. I taste the flavors that would usual... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:34:40 EST Discovering Tabata exercises I was very excited to get home and see that my new workout dvd had arrived. I'd ordered one that Coach Nicole (sp) had mentioned in one of her blogs Amy Dixon's "Breathless Body" which is based on the Tabata style interval training. <BR><BR>dvd_review_amy_dixons_breathless_body_<BR>tabata_dvd <BR> <BR> I chose the beginner option not knowing what to expect. 50 minutes later I was drenched in perspiration, my thighs were trembling. I quickly reali... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:58:52 EST You are the weakest link - Goodbye I started on a journey I never thought I'd try. I'm on my 8th day of being a "rawterian". I am eating all raw foods (except the quinoa). Some things I am learning about myself: <BR> <BR> • I can actually be filled with all fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. <BR> • I can continue to be as active as I was before <BR> <BR> • Drinking a beet,celery,kale,spinach,pineapple,apple smoothie won't kill me. It's actually pretty good. <BR> <BR> • My biggest discovery........I've lost the taste fo... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:14:14 EST An important lesson So many attempts, so many goals, so many times reaching the top, to then fall again. I will not stop trying, I will keep getting up, I will fail today, but tomorrow, I will get up and try again. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:10:05 EST So glad I glad He is! True therapy, this is what this is. This past week has been a true down. What with husband ailing, issues with the kids, stress at work, all really piled up and the only day I exercised was Sunday (last Sunday). The thing was I just couldn't get up. I was mentally tired and emotionally drained. I faithfully set my alarm for 5:15 am and faithfully turned it off every morning and crawled back in bed. Things around the house were left undone and although I knew they needed to be taken care... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:49:18 EST How many runs does it take? When asked, I always say, I am not a runner. I don't enjoy running. I don't look forward to running. I love to walk, but for some reason after some time walking, it seems like my own body impulses me to run. I really don't know why. So I've been running for a little bit now. Of course still asked about running I always say I am not a runner. My schedule is usually walk/jog Sundays a long 7+ miles, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (5 miles). I know what you're thinking and NO I AM NOT A... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:47:31 EST Better than shopping! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really is there anything better than shopping? ( bite your tongue infidel!!!). So what could be better than this therapeutic endeavor? This automatic spirit lifter? Well, teehee... My husband had some meetings out of town and invited me to go along, of course I jumped at the opportunity of spending the weekend in Chicago. We drove into Chicago, stayed at a fabulous hotel and here my weekend begins, l... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:56:54 EST Elasti Girl After beginning to jog, I get to wondering if "ElastiGirl" ever got muscle cramping, after all she reaaaalllly can stretch, maybe it's the suit hmmm. <BR> <BR> Teehee, the title doesn't mean me AT ALL! I'm just pondering on the wonders of stretching and as of this past Sunday I'm chastising myself for not doing enough. As you already know, I've been jogging (intervals still, but less walking now) for a little over a month now and just when you begin to feel comfortable with yourself, mysel... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:47:39 EST Even the best laid out plans... I had great plans for this past weekend. Long weekend, running with my buddies, hanging out with my family...but even the best laid out plans can go down hill. I began to feel a bit light headed on Saturday morning and by Sunday, the sinus pressure was unbearable. Needless to say didn't exercise at all. Monday came and I stayed in bed (GREAT), slept most of the day and the same Tuesday. This morning I did get up to go to work but am moving slowly and still didn't get to go running this m... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 09:27:29 EST Shaving minutes and....... I've settled into a great little routine. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:00 a brisk 5.6 mile interval jog. Even though I don't consider myself an early morning person I've been getting up at 5:15 to have personal devotions, which in reality is what marks the beginning of my day. Time with God, then off to run. It's taken me about 68 minutes to complete the run and after a couple of runs it took me 67. Today wowsie!!!! it took me (and Maggie) 65 minutes. Didn't know I had it in me... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:16:47 EST Starting the week with the Part of my friend Maggie's birthday celebration was a 5k run this morning. I began my day quite early to do 25 minutes of elliptical training, because my cardio goal is 50 minutes a day and I didn't think the run would take that long. Afterwards I created a concoction (I might do it again) with frozen blueberries, plain oikos, oats and flaxseed sprinkled with a packet of truvia and off I went to meet up with the Maggies. Great weather not too hot nice cool breeze blowing. 30 minutes and 4 ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:05:25 EST Wonderful Week Today is Friday, the end of the working week and I feel just great. Why? It's that feeling of doing what you planned for the week. I did a minimum of 50 minutes cardio every day and actually worked in 2 days of strength training, which seems a bit elusive for me. This morning I finished my exercise week with an invigorating interval/jog at 6:00 this morning. Oh my goodness, there's much to be said for exercising first thing in the morning. My faithful companion Maggie who incidentally t... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:37:43 EST Still on the saddle I haven't written in about a week and also have not really exercised in about a week. Not because I've fallen off the wagon. Just bogged down with a bunch of stuff. Getting daughter ready to go away to college culminated in last Sunday's trip to the airport. Then turn around and get son ready to go away to boarding school which is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make. But it is a christian school with our same beliefs and a gymnastic team (that's what attracted son to scho... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:20:43 EST The power of "The Buddy" As you have figured out by now, I'm really motivated now. No one can talk me out of my daily exercise. I worked way to hard to lose it now. Since deciding to jog home from work I've had two partners (only jogged twice before), however on my third jog which was yesterday no one was available. Well since I am quite motivated at the moment I went on my own. The good news is that I finished my route. The challenge was, well, going on my own. Ooooh for benefits of a partner. I changed my r... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:13:43 EST Doing it! Monday Jog home from work Last week I promised myself I would incorporate interval jogging in my daily cardio. This is more for variety's sake than anything else, since my attention span is extremely short. I jogged/walk home from work last Thursday. It wasn't bad and I had a buddy which made it rather enjoyable. So I settled on twice a week (Mon/Wed) to do a repeat. Yesterday I did it again. This time I grabbed a different buddy (thanks Maggie). At this point I will grab any willing bodies in order to stick to t... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 10:01:01 EST Reach down...deep if you have to I discovered something. After my first week back "on the saddle" I stuck to my daily cardio. Waaaaay down deep inside I rediscovered my inner strength. I was elated. Two weeks ago I could easily talk myself OUT of exercising. Today I talked myself INto exercising and I did the elliptical for 100 minutes. Woohooo!! 1033 calories later I was still able to go about my Sunday goals of cleaning bathrooms, scrubbing sinks etc. This is just a note to those of you out there who for whatever r... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:20:58 EST Dead on Arrival And so the story goes since I've been back "on the saddle" I've been very diligent. Every day since this past Sunday I have been dutiful in my cardio 53 minutes every day and feeling a bit smug about myself. I've been toying with the thought of interval/jogging home from work which is really not that far. 6.2 miles to be exact. I'm a 8 miles on Sunday kind of girl (waaay back when, like last summer teehee) and so 6 miles is nothing, right? WRONG!!!! My friend who works close by and is a... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 09:23:51 EST Garlic 101 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For centuries garlic has been used for its medicinal purposes. From lowering cholesterol to improving all around mental outlook. Even the wandering Israelites lamented during their journey in the desert, leaving behind their beloved garlic back in Egypt. Me? I'm trying it to strengthen my immune system. Apparently it works for that and increases one's endurance and overall toughness. My sister swears by... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:29:07 EST Oh what a feeling! You know that feeling you have when you've done everything you've set out to do? When you've weeded your entire garden? Washed all your windows? Scrubbed all your floors? Well you know what I mean. Nope, I've not weeded my entire garden, although it is on my "to do" list, and I have not washed all my windows. I have scrubbed my floors, but the good overall feeling comes from, having a plan and sticking to it. Went to lunch with a friend to Panera and before going I went online to decide ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:59:56 EST View from the saddle Good Morning World! <BR> <BR> After several false attempts here I am back on the proverbial saddle. I seem to think that if I verbalize it, then I'm held accountable. Why do I think it's different this time around and not like the last several months which lost the fizz before I really started? This time I promised two friends who are new to sp that we would keep each other accountable. I began yesterday after almost a whole month of inactivity with my two favorite Maggies. This morning... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:42:48 EST One Day at a time! This morning my alarm went off at 5:00 am. Got up and got my Bible to have my personal devotion. Promptly fell asleep in prayer. Did wake up to do 30 minutes of Tae Bo, but for some reason couldn't continue 30 minutes of elliptical. My heart was beating so very fast and I couldn't explain why or get it to slow down, even after deep breathes etc. I will do it this afternoon. My goal is just for today. I will do my remaining 30 minutes and will stay within my calories. Happy Valentine's... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:02:40 EST The power of After my last blog about how I really don't feel like doing a single thing. My friend Maggy stopped by my office (no she didn't read my blog) and said: We really need to start walking together again. I need a buddy. I agreed with her even though I wasn't about to go out in the cold (it's been in the single digits all last week). Saturday, after going to church with my family and enjoying a wonderful lunch Maggy called me and said, "its 35 degrees outside, let's go walking" Right now 35 ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:55:41 EST False Starts After several attempts at really "hitting the road running" this 2011 I have to admit to myself first and then to all my fellow sp that once again I've fallen flat on my face. Time to come out of the closet and admit that: <BR> 1. I have not stuck to a single goal I've made this year, except maybe...nope not a single one. <BR> 2. I've gained an unsightly 10 lbs. accentuating the anxiety of "the pear" <img src=""> <BR> 3. Nope, I have n... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:48:49 EST Resurrection I've been trying to buy Zumba and Fitness Coach for the wii and they've been out of stock practically everywhere I've been. So while cleaning up drawers etc., I've come across.....Billy Blanks. yes I came across two Tae Bo videos (basic and the advanced). I decided to dust them off and try them again. I really have enjoyed them (both). I've resurrected Tae Bo and yes I'm sore, but the good kind of sore. Last night I tried the Advanced and I kept up with the video until the very end (ton... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:03:18 EST Finally! on Three Began the 28-day challenge and finally got moving. I can't believe how lethargic one can get after almost a month of inactivity. Incredible, but I'm back on that wagon. If I learned something this past year is that I can do it. Not alone of course but I can do it. I will do it again and keep relying on my #1 motivator He giver of all strength, source of all energy. My actual last day of actual exercise was Thanksgiving Day (Turkey run). This year my goal is to continue exercising throug... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:49:05 EST On the threshold As I stand this morning on the threshold facing 2011 and knowing that 2010 is behind me I ask myself, did I learn anything in this past year? and if so, can I apply those learnings to the new year? Did 2010 come and go without leaving a mark? So with that I want to make sure I jot down learnings if any for this year. <BR> 1. I learned that I can be driven although I am not always <BR> 2. I learned that I can focus, after finding a goal <BR> 3. I also learned that I am weak (what?) yes, bu... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:21:36 EST busted!!!! Tall White chocolate Peppermint mocha with soy milk and two NOT ONE cake doughnuts. yep totally busted! btw that's about coffee is 430 the other is another 400 plus. Not good! and the thing about sp is that before (sp) I didn't know and now....knowledge is the pits. I know. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:12:39 EST Day 38 - Happy Thanksgiving! So much to be thankful for. A time to share, a time to spend with family and friends, no exact agenda to follow, no appointments to run to, just spending it with the family. I was able to talk husband and son (couldn't talk daughter into it at all) to walk the 5k walk at our local YMCA. My faithful friends, the Maggies and I ran the 10k. What a feeling to actually run the whole thing. Usually we run a bit then walk a bit and for the most part it takes us about 1 hour and 20 minutes to c... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:33:28 EST Day 38 Still counting blessings Yesterday was one of those days. You know the kind of day where for some reason, anxiety, stress, I don't know but you feel a little out of control. I had my breakfast and lunch......for breakfast. So for lunch I was hungry so I decided (clearly my first mistake) to stop by the convenient store and get a "little" something. 10 minutes later I walked out with two bags of Chex Mix (they were bogo), a bag of Pepperidge farm Nantucket Dark chocolate cookies (8 in a bag) and a bag of Mrs. Fiel... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:00:31 EST Day 37 - Counting Blessings Yesterday I wrote an extensive blog only to have my computer lock and I lost everything I wrote, I promise it was my best piece yet..but you'll have to take my word for it. hahahaha. The funny thing is that I was so inspired I couldn't really recall what all I wrote. So here's me feebly attempting to recapture a lost thought. November being the month where we slowly begin a retrospective journey on the year is the time when I have begun writing down my blessings. I find that it is easy t... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:21:06 EST Day 32 - Glorious Morning This morning as I got up for my quiet time I wanted to spend some time doing just that, being quiet. 4:30 is a great time to sit quietly and try to listen to your Creator. BTW it's becoming increasingly manageable to get up at 4:30 (notice I didn't say easier, I don't think that will happen). The verse this morning Prov. 21:2, A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. Got me thinking of the reason why I do anything, from choosing what to wear on a particu... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:15:04 EST Day 28-30 and 31 (Today) Reflecting a bit on this past week, where I completely dragged all week. Daylight savings happened and for some reason even though we "gained" an hour, I felt so very tired. I've learned since beginning in January, that this journey is not only a physical one, but more so a spiritual one. The two are intertwined. When "they" (whomever they are) talk about being whole, body and soul, it really is true. This past week because I dragged all week didn't get up when I wanted to, didn't have ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:59:53 EST Day 26-27 Got up dragging. Daylight Savings is a killer. However today it turned out to be a beautiful day and to top it off, my daughter stopped by to take me "out" to lunch (to the cafeteria). It was priceless. Enjoyed a whole hour and got her all to myself. As we left the cafeteria the sun was as warm and inviting as ever. I realized I'm rich. I have a wonderful husband and two happy and thriving kids and a clean dog (yes, I had to give him a bath). What a great day! Going home to prayer gr... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 16:16:27 EST Day 25 - TGIF I did it!!!! Got up every morning at 4:30 to have personal devotions and exercise. I can definitely do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. Today is Friday and I weighed myself and the news was not good. Gained 1.8. Why? I know exactly why. This week between attending some evening events (2 this week) and not really sure what was all in the food, I'm sure I sabotaged what would otherwise have been a perfectly good exercise/food track record. All in all though, it's Friday, no... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 09:23:54 EST Day 24 It's so very nice to be able to sleep in I must admit. I didn't have to wake up at 4:30 this morning because I have the morning off hooray!!!!!. Did have my devotions around 8:19 and then calmly changed to exercise clothes and for the next 60 claimed Phil. 4:13 while on the elliptical trainer. I think I will need to change this routine like NOW because even though I know exactly what I'm burning which is why I like the elliptical, it can get a bit boring. I will scout out some alternative... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:26:35 EST Day 23 - Still Happy I can't believe it. Third day in a row and I've managed in Jesus' name to get up at 4:30. I was so very tired last night and crawled into bed by 10. Managed to sleep throughout the lighting of Roman Candles in the neighborhood after elections and this morning I am ready to face the world. The devotional reading I shared with my son this morning over breakfast talked about God still makes miracles today. I believe it, I've witnessed it and am glad to share that. What a wonderful God we s... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 08:44:46 EST Day 22 - Oh Happy Day! Still going strong. In His name got up at 4:30 and didn't feel tired in spite of going to bed at 11:00. Enjoyed my sister even if for just a little bit and this morning she's back to Indianapolis to pick up husband and head home to TN. I am very blessed this morning. The last 10 minutes of my elliptical workout I had to keep claiming that I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength, and it's so true. I'm so very happy. Counting my blessings,! Happy Tuesday ev... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 11:00:30 EST Day 21 - Happy Happy Monday! Good Morning Everybody! It's the beginning of a new work week and I am thankful, so very happy to have started on the right foot. I went to bed at 9:00 last night and instead of asking God to help me get up at 4:30 (knowing fully well that I had no desire to do so) I said to the Lord, "In Your Name I will get up tomorrow" boy did I jump from bed when the alarm went off. Wonderful time with my Friend, interceding for family and friends and getting into the Word. Then changed quickly and set... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:37:43 EST Day 20 I must say I'm pleasantly surprised to have lost even if it is .6 of a lb. Today is my last day of the week with the rigorous task of getting up at 5:00. Didn't do too bad but definitely room for improvement. Sunday is coming with all the exercise and training plans, house cleaning and other projects that fell by the wayside all week, but in the meantime, sweet, sweet day of rest. Thank you Lord for the Sabbath. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:23:26 EST Day 18, 19 Day 18 Wednesday, not too bad except from the fact that I didn't not want to wake up. On a good note I did exercise for 60 minutes and immediately felt much better. Now Day 19, I woke up at 5:30 hooray! Started on the right foot. When I start my day early I accomplish so much more, I'm quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger teehee. Anyway, searching for the kingdom first truly puts everything else in place, including keeping my daily goal of a minimum of 8-8oz. of water. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 09:08:12 EST Day 17 (on the back of the wagon) Oh happy day! I was up at 4:30 and really tried to sabotage myself by going back to bed, dice, I was awake. I loved it. Went downstairs got reacquainted with my Forever Friend. I don't understand why I don't do this everyday. Anyway, by 5:30 I thought I'd crawl back to bed and I really slept some more. Will exercise tonight. BTW I'm training for a 10k Thanksgiving Day run. So I need to get myself in gear. At least I'm back on the wagon, in the back mind you, but on the wagon... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:32:45 EST Day 16 Still in a slump Being constant is key, however going to bed early is right up there as well. No matter how good your intentions are, if you are are tired. So as you are aware by now, I didn't get up early today. But I wanted to jot it down on my daily blog to keep me honest. I will get back on that wagon.....hey!! Hey, stop the wagon, I'm coming! wait for meeeeeeeeee...... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:31:21 EST Day 12-15 Blur! OOOOOOhhh completely off the wagon. I have eaten like it's going out of style and also have not exercised and to top it off, I just gave advice to someone, that constancy is the key (ironic huh?). I will start Monday again!!! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:19:08 EST Day 11 Perseverance. That's the key Nope didn't get up at 4:30, kept hitting the snooze button till it was almost 7:00. Not sure why because I went to bed quite early 9:30 but tossed till after ten, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, dragging this morning. Need a healthy kick in the shorts to get going today. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:21:34 EST Day 10 <em>234</em> What can I say? Hit the snooze button several times until it was 6:30 and then pandemonium, because I only have just the right amount of time to get ready get my son ready, say a quick hello to God and out the door. Not at all how I like to start my morning, let alone my week. I will go home a bit earlier get my cardio in and make sure I'm in bed at a christian time :) Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:09:54 EST