NEWRUNNER2's SparkPeople Blog NEWRUNNER2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Losing Inches Challenge I've been thinking I need to give myself a new challenge. My weight has been within the healthy range for some time. Through calorie-counting and exercise it's been staying there. <em>244</em> One really great thing is to be a part of several maintenance challenges over at the "At Goal and Maintaining" Team. For this most recent challenge I've stayed around #10 out of about 60 other really motivated SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I don't really take my other body measurements very often. I've be... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:21:57 EST Have to be Happy with The Good I came about 10 miles short of last month's mileage goal for walking/jogging. <BR> <BR> In several ways, I let life get in the way of reaching my goal. I also chose some extra family time and rest over my goal, but I made the choices myself. <BR> <BR> I still feel pretty good about my 89 miles for the month. It was a record. It felt good. I know that the 100 miles is definitely attainable. <BR> <BR> Thanks for cheering me on! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:42:27 EST 82 miles for July and 5 days to go... This was such a busy week. I was unable to keep up the mileage pace, but I tried to sneak in walks/jogs when I could. In order to make my 100 mile goal for the month of July, I'll need to averagee 3.6 miles for the next 5 days. (It's very helpful to me to break down the goal into tiny bits.) <BR> <BR> Even though some of the days will be busy, it really seems like an attainable goal! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:26:30 EST 51 miles so far this month! I'm having a debate with myself today. I logged just over 50 miles (walking or jogging) for the month of June and about the same for the month of May. Here it is only the 17th of July and I've already pretty much reached the same distance. <BR> <BR> My debate: <BR> <BR> Do I just keep at it this way without a definite plan for a total mileage goal for the month of July... <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> I make a goal to try and hit 100 miles? <BR> <BR> I'll be thinking through this one today... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:53:18 EST Balance: Me vs. My Vocation I often find it difficult to achieve a balance between spending time on my health and spending time in my vocation. This is a common problem for many people, so I know I'm not alone. <BR> <BR> With the kids having more free time this summer it's also been a trick to balance my own exercise (at a higher intensity) with family fitness activities. The same is true when trying to balance an exercise session with things like weeding the garden. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I don't feel ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:58:33 EST How to Get Motivation I'm always looking for new ways to stay motivated to eat right and to exercise. This week my husband had a great idea for me. <BR> <BR> --IF YOU HAVE A SHORT-TERM GOAL, LINK IT TO YOUR WORKOUT SOMEHOW-- <BR> <BR> Are you getting in shape for an upcoming class reunion? Add your favorite songs from high-school to your MP3 player and listen while you walk or run. <BR> <BR> Are you getting new swimwear for an upcoming trip to Disneyworld? Put some Disney songs on your playlist or wear your fa... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:01:52 EST Put in 51 miles so far in June! It's really fun to keep a running total of how many miles I've walked/jogged. It's motivating to see them add up. <BR> <BR> It's a whole lot easier to put in the miles at this time of the year. What am I going to do when it's winter and we have weeks that go by without temperatures above zero?! I'll enjoy it for now and winter can take care of itself. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Take care, all! <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:50:20 EST I just won a SparkPeople DVD on the bonus wheel! Wow, I feel like a real winner today! <BR> <BR> Who knows what the DVD will be like, but today I don't really care! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I rarely win things. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I suppose I shouldn't complain, though, because my kids and I have a really cool thing going on this summer--Whenever we go for walks, we keep our eyes open for coins on the ground. We've already found over $1. I know, I know, it's not much. But we're walking anyway and we may as well have a little fun ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:33:54 EST Some things I need to work on... Since my last post contained things I've been doing pretty well at (counting calories and exercising) I thought I'd share two things I haven't been doing so well at. <BR> <BR> --Eating at least 5 fruits and veggies and drinking 8 glasses of water-- <BR> <BR> I did pretty good with the water goal for a while back in wintertime. I just made myself drink it. Lately, I haven't felt like taking on that inner battle with myself. I know that it was good for me. I felt a little better, too, maybe a... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:28:49 EST It's an Investment --Counting Calories and Exercising-- <BR> <BR> These are two things I don't particularly enjoy. I do see how important they are to my overall health goals, though. That's why I'm willing to put in the time and effort. <BR> <BR> Counting calories takes up small snippets of time throughout the day and it all adds up. I should actually add it up sometime (but then I'd just be adding yet another time-consuming item to my to-do list). To me, counting calories is worth the investment of time. At ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:15:45 EST Thankful for the push When I woke up today, I really didn't feel like getting out for a walk/jog. I knew in my head that I wanted to finish April's Rise and Shine Challenge strong. My body didn't have the same idea. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, dh reminded me that I had wanted to take a run, and he gently nudged me toward the door. In the end, I went just over a 5K! I was a little surprised, but also very happy I'd done it. I know there are others of my SparkFriends who are pushing themselves, too. We're in this togethe... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:29:26 EST 12,707 steps I want to post this in a blog so I remember. As far as I know, this is the greatest number of steps I've taken in one day since I've been tracking. <BR> <BR> I was exhausted by the end of the day, but today I'm up and ready to go again. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:23:53 EST I feel like Wall-E lately Have you seen the Disney movie Wall-E? He's a trash compactor whose job it is to clean up the Earth. He's solar-powered, so every morning he basks in the sun and recharges his battery. <BR> <BR> I've felt so "recharged" these past couple of weeks since the sun has finally returned to my neck of the woods. After 5 months of cold and snow, I've missed it. When I get outside, I feel like I'm recharging, soaking up the rays like Wall-E. It's pretty motivational. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:59:14 EST April Rise and Shine Challenge I'm thinking about doing SP's new challenge to rise and shine. We're asked to either get in some exercise first thing in the morning or get a good breakfast (or both). <BR> <BR> Getting the breakfast would be easy (I've been challenging myself to do that already. <BR> <BR> Getting up to exercise... <em>20</em> I'm not a morning person and I kind of like my bed in the early hours. <BR> <BR> But SparkFriends have been really motivational in the past. I've had awesome moments of "if you do... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:53:10 EST Words of Wisdom from a Nine Year-Old My kids and I were looking through the SparkPeople motivational quotes page. There's a lot of good stuff there, and my kids recognized that. We all printed off quotes that would help us in our work, school, healthy journey. <BR> <BR> After reading the quotes, my nine year-old came up with his own. <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't quit if you don't want to start over. <BR> If you quit, you'll have to do it over. <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought it was great. He wrote it down and now it is in the rotation of ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:26:32 EST Please Excuse the Mess...The Children Are Creating Memories I so needed to see this today! <BR> <BR> I know this doesn't have a whole lot to do with weight loss, but it has a lot to do with my outlook on life. My outlook, I should mention, isn't always that rosy. <BR> <BR> This phrase that I came across today--Please Excuse the Mess...The Children Are Creating Memories--I need to post this all around my house! Then I need to post it at my front door, for I'm always feeling embarrassed when someone pops in and the house isn't at its best. <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 15:36:21 EST Help Me Understand Why People of All Sizes Can't Just Get Along I am truly hurt by the fact that people of different sizes seem to think that the other size is judging them, without stopping to think that they're also judging the other size. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, it's difficult to lose weight and it's difficult to maintain a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> The person trying to lose weight needs to burn calories at the gym and the person trying to maintain a certain weight needs to burn calories at the gym. <BR> <BR> I hear so many comments in which both side... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:52:30 EST Healthy Journey Trick--Maximize My Time I can't let a lack of time get in the way of my healthy lifestyle journey! <BR> <BR> Problem: Limited time in which to make healthy meals <BR> <BR> Answer: Make-ahead meals which are calculated with calorie counts <BR> <BR> Instead of seeing leftovers as a curse, I see them as a blessing. <BR> <BR> I cook a big batch of (insert food here) and calculate the calorie count. Then I have several meals ready-to-go for the days to follow. I've done all the work once, cleaned up once, and calcul... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:53:39 EST Food Is Fuel and "Just Begin" "Food is fuel. Get the best fuel you can." <BR> <BR> These words are so true. <BR> <BR> I can't guarantee that I (or you) always *feel* more healthy or energetic after eating an apple instead of a candy bar. But honestly, it's not about how I *feel* all the time. If I made life's greatest choices by relying solely on how I feel, I'd be in a heap of trouble. <BR> <BR> It's about facts. If I fill my vehicle with sub-par fuel, I get poor results and I'll probably be stranded somewhere. The s... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:15:45 EST *Just Begin* I'm feeling really good about this week after successfully completing the "exercise for 15 minutes before snacking" challenge. <BR> <BR> Today I've been thinking a lot about this phrase "JUST BEGIN". <BR> <BR> I don't always follow this phrase. Far from it, in fact. The Garfield-lover in me loves the phrase "Why begin today what you can put off until tomorrow?" <BR> <BR> These two words, though, "Just Begin", are packed with power. How many times have these words gotten me off my tail? Ple... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:35:13 EST Interesting challenge--Another Update Well, I've almost finished a week with the "do 15 minutes of exercise before eating any snacks" challenge. It's been really good. Aside from Day 1 (when I honestly can't remember whether I exercised before snacking or not) I've followed the plan every day! I've sure put more thought into my snacking, too! <BR> <BR> What was my exercise today? <BR> <BR> A heart-thumping Jillian Michaels DVD? No <BR> A crazy-cold walk outdoors? No <BR> Walking up and down the basement stairs with two 5-lb han... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:28:06 EST Interesting challenge--Update Three--Which is more difficult... So the experiment has been going pretty well (putting in 15 minutes of exercise before any snacking). I'm almost daring myself to keep it up after the week is up. We'll see. <BR> <BR> This challenge has definitely been getting me to think a little more before I snack. How hungry am I, really? That's been powerful. <BR> <BR> Another thing I was thinking today as I was doing my 30 minutes of exercise: <BR> <BR> Which is more difficult: <BR> <BR> The actual workout/exercise? <BR> Getting mys... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:02:24 EST Interesting Challenge--Second Update Today was another pretty good day with the challenge. As I mentioned earlier, I've decided to do the 15 minutes of activity just before snacks (not meals). <BR> <BR> Tonight, I wanted to finish up my saved calories by having a snack, so I had to put in 15 minutes. I chose the stairs, carrying two 5 pound dumbbells. <BR> <BR> Last night the exercise made me feel more like having a healthy snack. We'll see how I spend my calories tonight. I'm thinking maybe something sweet. <BR> <BR> Good n... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 19:52:40 EST Interesting Challenge--Update A few days ago, DETERMINEDBABE wrote: <BR> <BR> "What if you committed to doing 15 minutes of exercise before you ate anything for seven days..... think about how that would change your lifestyle and thought process about eating." <BR> <BR> I thought this sounded interesting (see my earlier blog post). <BR> <BR> I abandoned my "all or nothing" attitude for this experiment, deciding to try to exercise before *snacking* for 7 days. Meal times are pretty hectic, so I thought I could still ga... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:33:24 EST Interesting challenge I'd like to try... This was posted by DETERMINEDBABE today: <BR> <BR> "What if you committed to doing 15 minutes of exercise before you ate anything for seven days..... think about how that would change your lifestyle and thought process about eating." <BR> <BR> Read the rest of her post here: <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230296 <BR> <BR> I thought this sounded really interesting. (Dare I say, neat?) <BR> <BR> I thought maybe I could give it a try. I tho... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:08:58 EST The Scale is my Friend (?) One thing I love about SparkPeople is "meeting" new people who are also trying to maintain or begin a healthy lifestyle. I like reading blogs about people like me. I also like reading blogs about people who have very different struggles. <BR> <BR> I know there are some people who dislike getting on the scale. I have a great respect for this even though I can't completely relate to it. <BR> <BR> I've never felt the desire to avoid the scale. I feel like it's going to tell me the facts. Sure,... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:49:44 EST Finally got outside for a good family walk It's been so frigid here lately (daily highs mostly below zero) that I've used it as an excuse to avoid exercising outside. We all needed fresh air and (finally!) today's highs were above zero. We went out for a 2 mile walk. I didn't feel like going at first but I'm really glad I did. Getting out of the routine has made it hard to get back into it. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:23:37 EST Brushed my teeth to avoid cookies... I just had to share. <BR> <BR> My daughter had to make some cookies for a math assignment. Warm cookies in the kitchen are pretty hard to resist. I counted the calories for them, so I know how much they "cost". I ate one, then left the room. <BR> <BR> But they were warm and they were calling my name! <BR> <BR> I brushed my teeth so now I don't want a cookie! Maybe I should go get on the treadmill! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:24:14 EST Favorite ways to get SparkPoints Lately my goal has been to get at least 25 points every day so I get my bonus spin. <BR> <BR> After getting my login spin points, one of my favorite ways to rack up points is to "Comment on Member Blog". It's only 5 points total per day, but I love seeing what other SparkPeople are up to. Then I move on to other point trackers. <BR> <BR> I have to love how quickly the points add up when exercising, too--1 point per 5 minutes isn't bad! <BR> <BR> What's your favorite way to get SparkPoints? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:41:48 EST Drinking Water Is it possible that drinking 8 glasses of water a day can be both easy and difficult at the same time? <BR> <BR> Easy: <BR> -If I make a concerted effort to do it, I can be done around 2:00 p.m. <BR> <BR> Difficult: <BR> -If I don't finish in the early afternoon, but keep drinking water anyway, I'll be up once or more overnight, which tends to make me a little edgy the next day. <BR> --- <BR> Easy: <BR> -It really only takes a few nice big swigs and then a whole cup of water is gone. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:58:58 EST Bodybugg and other calorie-burning counters I have to put in a good word for calorie trackers. I know they can be expensive, but I feel that they are really helpful. <BR> <BR> In a nutshell, SparkPeople estimates my base calorie burn for the day between 1300 and 1600 calories for my 5' 0" 110 pound frame. In reality, I very rarely burn a number that low--only if I'm traveling in the car all day or sick. According to Bodybugg (and a similar tracker I had before that) I generally burn between 1700 and 1800 calories per day (not includin... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:18:48 EST Time to get back into the routine--No excuses I did pretty well with calorie counting during the holidays, but then we had company for the week following New Year's. Also, my two kids and I have been under the weather. My last excuse is that the weather here didn't get above zero for about a week. <BR> <BR> Now, it's time to stop the excuses. <BR> <BR> It's time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I have a list of 15 healthy habits that I'm working on. They include simple things like getting my vitamin and reading something motivational. ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:33:48 EST Back after all this time! I've been away from SparkPeople for a few years and it feels good to be back. <BR> <BR> One of the first things I did upon my return was to read the blog posts from that time. I truly hadn't remembered accomplishing some of those things. It felt great to know what I'm capable of! <BR> <BR> During this time away, I've stayed within 5 pounds of my goal weight, and I've kept on counting calories. <BR> <BR> I haven't been as good lately about exercise. It's hard to get motivated when it's be... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:46:58 EST "I Can't" (But I just Did) Wow--I just jogged/walked my very first 10K yesterday! When I started doing 5K six months ago I could barely get through that. Now I've gone twice that distance and it's unbelievable. I had a lot of time to ponder life during those 86 minutes on the treadmill, but my thought for today is... <BR> <BR> Why say "I couldn't possibly..." When you can ask yourself "How will I..." <BR> <BR> Make it happen, SparkFans! Sun, 27 May 2007 21:50:13 EST I'd like to thank the academy... I'm having a "moment" and the first place I figured I should turn is SparkPeople. I just ran (I use the term loosely) 4.72 miles. For me this is a very big deal. Historically I've over-used "I could never do that" when it comes to fitness. Running is very new to me. I've only been doing 3.1 miles for about six months and when I do, that clicker turns to 3.1 miles and you'd better believe I'm stopping pronto. So I figured I'd send a few virtual thank-you notes to some of those who deserve them... Mon, 7 May 2007 23:01:00 EST Yes, Virginia, there really is a 5k bug. I was never a runner. I couldn't stand that heavy feeling in my chest when I even jogged quickly. <BR> <BR> Then one day I watched my brother do a 5k and... <BR> <BR> I still decided that I couldn't be a runner. A walker, maybe, but *never* a runner. <BR> <BR> Then a friend mentioned (more than once) various 5k races in our town. How could I possibly do that? "I'm not a runner!" My fear of being left behind in a race was very real. I imagined the finish line being dismantled and the crowd ... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 20:17:44 EST April Fool's Virtual 5K - 2007 These cold winter months make it difficult to stay motivated. Since I have no races to train for in the near future, I have decided to organize a virtual 5K. You are invited to join me in my commitment to make this happen! <BR> <BR> Race specifics: <BR> <BR> 1. The race date is Sunday, April 1, 2007. <BR> 2. Participants may run or walk (outside or inside) 5 kilometers anytime on that day and send their times in. <BR> 3. We realize that times will vary depending on the 5K course you selec... Thu, 15 Feb 2007 22:40:45 EST