NEWSTART127's SparkPeople Blog NEWSTART127's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Recording the History - My Day Volunteering at Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013 I wrote this as a team post months ago, and someone happened to just read it today and comment on it, and I decided to post the story here, to keep it close. <BR> <BR> For those who don't know what an Ironman race is, it's a 1 day (17 hour) event where participants swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 miles, and then run 26.2 miles. If you see any of those 140.6 bumper stickers anywhere and wonder what they mean, it's that someone inside earned the right to call themselves an Ironman. (To be fair, the... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:30:09 EST SparkLife... the early years. This blog is the introduction text that was on my SparkPage. I decided it was time for a change, but don't want to lose this part of my journey, so I'm posting it here. <BR> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Welcome to my SparkPage. When I started out on this journey, I began posting a weekly status update on my SparkPage. These weekly updates helped me to reflect on my adventure and the many ups and few downs I was experiencing. I've saved my blog for major moments and when I had A LOT to w... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:48:46 EST I am a Triathlete I am a TRIATHLETE! <BR> 1/2 mile swim <em>237</em> <BR> 20 mile bike <em>332</em> <BR> 4 mile walk <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> The event did and didn't go as planned. I left my house 5 minutes late, which was no big deal. I ended up being packed pretty much perfectly. I think the only items that weren't used were an extra Clif bar that I thought I might need on the walk and the hairbrush I had left in my gym bag... and well, I should have used it! When I caught myself in the mirror wi... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 02:42:27 EST Reflections, Perspective, Thanks A note: I am adapting the bulk of this blog from a SparkMail message I sent to the 30somethings with 100+ pounds to lose SparkTeam on 12/31/11. <BR> <BR> This is obviously the time of year for reflections and for planning for the coming year... and I want to share a personal story that might affect some of you, too. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I've considered 2011 an "epic failure" on my personal journey to good health... I started the year 25 pounds lighter than I'm going to end it... ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:29:37 EST It’s So Much Better in the Rain It’s been a while… a long while, since I’ve written a blog. So much has happened since the last one. It’s hard to know where to start, other than “It’s so much better in the rain.” I’d say sunshine, but although it’s June, we’ve had more rain than sunshine lately, including today! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of 2010, I ended up with two bulging discs in my low back that derailed my training plans for quite some time. I still have to be careful with some things (like carrying too much wei... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 21:51:05 EST I Can. I Will. I Believe. This entry started out as a post for one of my teams chat threads and morphed into a blog... <BR> To give a little background, I started having some hip pain in November and pretty much ignored it until I had nerve pain in my back/butt/leg and was diagnosed with two slightly bulging discs in my low back. I've been rehabbing from that for about 6 weeks now. Another lesson learned - LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!! (Plus doctors are really there to help and MRI machines are really loud!) <BR> <BR> ~~... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:08:58 EST What a difference a year makes... So I've been thinking about posting another blog for quite some time... thought I'd do it when I reached 100 pounds lost... thought I'd do it when I reached Onederland... but it just didn't happen... so now I'm sitting down to write on my One Year Sparkversary, 02/16/09. <BR> <BR> My journey really started on 02/10/09. That's when a number of things came together for me, and I made the decision to live, not die. I was so unhappy, so discontent, so miserable with my life... I hit botto... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 04:33:04 EST Breaking 300 - Going Down! Last year, I'd been flirting with 300 - usually weighing in around 295-298... then one day, I stepped on the scale and it read 301. I thought I was going to sink through the floor... and promptly got depressed and ate at least half a bag of Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles! Then I thought I could reverse the trend, but that didn't happen - instead it crept up... and up... and up... until I hit 312 at the start of my SparkPeople journey a month ago. <BR> <BR> This past week was rough - I... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 02:58:59 EST My Story... I'm sleepless tonight for a good reason! I've just had a really good weekend! It used to be so hard on the weekends to not eat junk all day long... now that's so not the case! I'm so grateful to SparkPeople for this chance to change... I'm feeling so good right now, I just can't sleep! I'm motivated and excited for the next day. I can't tell you how long it's been since I've felt that way... <BR> <BR> Even though, I still wish this was Friday night and not Sunday night... since the... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 04:33:08 EST