NYARAMULA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NYARAMULA NYARAMULA'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/ Saturday Run, Monday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608821 Saturday Run: <BR> Distance: 7.39 miles <BR> Duration 1:32:31 <BR> Average Speed: 12.30min/mile <BR> Elevation Gain: 475ft <BR> Elevation loss: 481ft <BR> <BR> Monday Run: <BR> Distance: 4.25 miles <BR> Duration: 00:51:40 <BR> Average Pace: 12.09min/mile <BR> Elevation gain: 242ft <BR> Elevation loss: 246 ft <BR> <BR> I love to see my running pace improving day by day. I can actually run - that is so amazing to me! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 04:33:25 EST Thursday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604058 Duration: 0:53:09 <BR> Distance: 4.16 miles <BR> Average Pace: 12.46min/mile <BR> Average Speed: 4.7mph <BR> Elevation gain: 288ft <BR> Elevation Loss: 291ft <BR> <BR> Mile Duration Speed Elevation <BR> 1.0 12.12 4.9mph 59ft <BR> 2.0 12.56 4.6mph 68ft <BR> 3.0 13.30 4.4mph 65ft <BR> 4.0 12.58 4.6mph 91ft <BR> 4.1 12.45 4.7mph 3ft <BR> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:43:50 EST The Fit Bit Debate - What Do You Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602936 At the beginning of the year, I joined the Fitbit 2014 challenge (on Fitbit, not on SP). One day I took some time to read some member comments on the challenge and I felt a bit discouraged. Apparently, most of the people were of the opinion that those who log in high step numbers on fitbit are cheating. I log in some very impressive numbers, yesterday I registered 52, 849 steps. These are steps that were synced from my fitbit automatically - I did not log them in manually, even though I have ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:13:11 EST Counting Laps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601854 When running round a track, I usually find myself losing track of my run. Counting laps can be quite boring and I lose count quite easily. <BR> <BR> Using the runtastic app on my phone, I recently discovered that three laps around the track I use is equivalent to 1 mile. So when I want to run seven miles, for example, I need to do twenty one laps. I can't count up to twenty one laps while running, I very quickly get lost in the 'high' of running. <BR> <BR> I came up with an easier way to ke... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:42:40 EST Saturday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600739 Duration: 01:32:16 <BR> Distance: 7.17miles <BR> Average pace: 12.52min/mile <BR> Avg Speed: 4.7mph <BR> Elevation gain: 459ft <BR> Elevation loss: 465 ft <BR> SPLIT TABLE <BR> Mile Duration Speed Elevation <BR> 1.0; 12.45; 4.7mph; 59ft; <BR> 2.0; 12.28; 4.8mph; 65ft; <BR> 3.0; 12.06; ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:59:36 EST Feeling Tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580271 My holiday has been full of wonderful activities - traveling, spending time with friends and family and a bit of exercise. Today I suddenly realized how tired I am. Being on the road really wipes me out. <BR> <BR> I've been back to work since yesterday, but I'm doing very few hours. We get down to serious business from Monday. I hope I will be able to rest over the weekend, just so that I can have enough energy to face next week. <BR> <BR> Even though I have not lost any weight over the pas... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:59:38 EST How Would You Feel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570212 So how would you feel if it was your birthday and there was this big party and you invited everyone - friends, family, neighbors, workmates etc, and they too invited their friends and neighbors. But as the guests come in, no one bothers to wish you a happy birthday or even acknowledge you in any way. Everyone is more excited about the food, drinks, party favors, music, entertainment. You smile at your guests and some of them ignore you. It's bad enough that most of them have not even bothered... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 01:10:44 EST Time To Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567679 I have been too busy to really give my health and fitness journey my all. So I am now making use of the holidays to reboot. I have to start the new year at my very best. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to all my spark friends and be good to yourselves! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 01:15:57 EST I Got My Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563972 Finally got the Fitbit replaced and once again I am counting away the steps in style. I thank God for my Omron pedometer, it kept me going when I didn't have the fitbit. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:51:05 EST Thank You For Your Prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542409 I want to thank everyone who took the time to say a prayer for me concerning yesterday's training. <BR> <BR> The training went ok (according to me). My sister-in-law thought it went great. Halfway through it she said she felt like leaving and letting me do the rest of the training without her. Thank God she didn't because I needed her feedback concerning the whole training. <BR> <BR> It was really tiring. It lasted the whole day, we started at 7.00a.m, setting up. The training started at 8... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 04:41:29 EST A Tough Mid-Week Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540695 I am still keeping up with the running <em>244</em> . Yesterday after work I went for a long run with my older son, Ken. My younger son was too busy playing with his friends and this time he was not interested. <BR> <BR> Both my boys play soccer and are quite fit. I have always thought that Kevin, though younger, was a lot fitter than Ken. I realized yesterday that I was mistaken. <BR> <BR> When we started out I warned him that I intended to run all the way, but he didn't have to. If he... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 02:31:40 EST Send Some Prayers My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539743 No friends, there is nothing wrong. Sorry if the title of the blog got you a bit worried. <BR> <BR> All is fine, but I still need your prayers. <BR> <BR> I was asked to be an an associate trainer for my sister-in-law's consultancy firm. It is a part time thing. Among the many things that they do, they teach a business acumen course (Finance for entrepreneurs). I have been through the course just twice, once as a participant and the second time I was assisting my sister-in-law, who was the f... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:17:01 EST Quick Fitbit Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538137 It's official - Fitbit ultra is totally dead <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> On the bright side, the wonderful Fitbit people are going to send me a replacement <em>224</em> , of course I get a fitbit one because they no longer have the ultra. They also do not ship to Kenya, so they have to ship it to my BIL in Denver (he is the one who got me the fitbit ultra). By some amazing coincidence, he is coming to Kenya in December, for his wedding, so I will not have to wait too long. <BR> <BR> I'm st... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:28:33 EST My Special Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536282 All my runs are special because I am not really a runner (yet!) and every time I get outside and run, I feel really good about myself and I feel like telling everyone about it (sorry spark friends). <BR> <BR> Today's run was even more special because of the fact that I really did not feel like doing it - but I did it anyway <em>244</em> . I woke up feeling a little off today, not physically though. I just had very little motivation. I did day 10 of 30 day shred level 3 (so that is done!)... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 02:33:27 EST Mid-Week Run and a dead Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534378 For the past couple of weeks, I have been consistently running 2 times a week - on Wednesdays and on Saturdays. I try to do between 4 and six miles, depending on how I feel. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my younger son decided to join me for a run. I thought we would walk because in my mind the run would be too much for him, but he is definitely his mother's son - he loves a challenge. <BR> <BR> Just before we stepped out, I realized my Fitbit had no display - totally blank, and I thought the battery... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:54:54 EST Happy Birthday Mum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525145 My mum is turning 66 today! <BR> <BR> I love her so much and I thank God for her everyday. She really is the best mum a girl could wish for. She is a Pastor in her church and she does a lot of charity work in her community. She also is a pillar of strength to women in her congregation who are living with HIV/AIDS. She has devoted her life to serving the Lord. <BR> <BR> When my last born sister finished school and left home, my mum adopted an orphan boy who is now in college. So she is alone... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:05:05 EST Saturday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523877 I left my house at 5.30a.m for a long walk (well, I'm crazy like that). After walking for about 5 minutes, I felt a sudden surge of energy and decided to try running. Ended up doing a 6-mile run, hills and all. I am feeling so proud of myself right now. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:11:44 EST Long Weekend Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516612 I am really looking forward to the long weekend, Monday is a public holiday so no work (yay!) I am not as apprehensive about this coming weekend as I was about the last one. I guess I am slowly getting back into the groove of things. <BR> <BR> I have been finding it much easier to make the right choices. (Why is it that even though we know what is right we still rebel and do the wrong thing, then waste a lot of time regretting our choices. This is true in very many aspects of our lives - fi... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:06:24 EST I Survived The Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512818 Hi dear Sparkies, I hope everyone had an <em>345</em> weekend. <BR> <BR> Mine was <em>250</em> but very busy. DH was out of town so I had to do all the running around that goes with raising two boys, on my own <em>198</em> <BR> My younger son had a soccer tournament at his school and my older son had his usual soccer training at the club. I knew I wouldn't have much time during the day so I woke up early and did my workout - 30 day shred level one and a bit of Walk at Home. <BR> <... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:56:44 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510393 First off, a big thanks to all my sparkies who reached out to me with words of love and encouragement after my last blog. You guys are the best! <BR> <BR> This week has gone great. I have stayed on truck even when it was not so easy. I have management to keep the munchies off (simply by ignoring the urge to munch and drinking water instead, sometimes this is so hard). I have also managed to keep up with my workouts. Yesterday during my morning walk, I found myself saying how tired I was. I q... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 03:19:51 EST Let me be honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506622 Since you are all my friends and I know you will love me no matter what, I will not insult you by telling you anything less than the truth. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing too well. I have been on leave for about three weeks and it was a difficult time for me. First off, I didn't know how tired my body was until I took leave from work. I could not do anything meaningful with my time. I reduced my workouts to a bare minimum - all I could do was the Leslie Sansone walk at home programs. Even t... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 06:06:43 EST I am Officially Old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464824 I used to love going to the movies, but I haven't done that in a long time. <BR> So today I took my boys to watch Despicable me 2, they've wanted to go for a long time but I've been too busy (you know how it is.) <BR> <BR> Guess what - I slept through most of the movie. <BR> <BR> If that is not being old, I don't know what it is. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:24:40 EST Improvising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397051 I just lost a very long blog half-way through typing it so I will not even bother to do it again because I know it won't be the same. <BR> <BR> I was feeling too lazy to go for a run yesterday, the weather was also very discouraging (Nairobi is really cold right now!) After a whole day of lazying around on the couch, I realized I was not doing myself any good. So I got up, put on my workout clothes and shoes and started walking at home (those who are familiar with Leslie Sansone's workouts w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:33:37 EST Just Two More Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362988 Today is day 30 of my juice feast. I said I would push this to 32 days to make up for some cheating along the way, so just two more days. My DS turns 13 on Thursday and we are planning a big party for him on Saturday, I'm glad I will be done with the fast in time for the birthday party. <BR> <BR> For two days now I have not felt like drinking much juice. I have actually been drinking mostly water and some green tea with a slice of lemon. But I do force myself to have some green juice for din... Tue, 21 May 2013 01:59:31 EST Be Sure To Stretch After Your Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355870 I made a terrible mistake on Saturday and I'd like all my friends to learn from it. <BR> <BR> I have a stepper in my living room and one of my favorite workouts is step-ups, vigorous step-ups! I have reached a point where I can do step-ups for an hour while I watch TV, it's my best way to watch shows that I love. <BR> <BR> Because I have been enjoying the Spartacus workouts so much, I took a long break from the stepper, almost two months. So on Saturday morning, because I woke up feeling ve... Tue, 14 May 2013 03:03:44 EST I blew it ( Well, almost) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354676 I kind of blew my juice fast over the weekend. I bake on Saturdays when I can so we can have lots of goodies to take to church on Sunday. Most of my family attend the same church and I like for us to have some fellowship after church service. My nieces and nephews are so used to this that most Sundays they don't even bother with breakfast because they know aunty Lucy will have something special for them at church. <BR> <BR> The problem with this particular Saturday was, one, I am on a juice ... Mon, 13 May 2013 03:35:49 EST Red Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369681828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really believe that juice fasts help us to change our taste buds. That is why it is possible to get rid of cravings with a juice fast. <BR> <BR> During my fast long juice fast, I really enjoyed the carrot juices - my favorite combo was carrot/apple/beetroot. Carrot juice has continued to be a regular feature in my eating plan even when I am not fasting. I take a glass of carrot juice every morning. <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 7 May 2013 02:40:24 EST Lovely Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346928 I had a lovely weekend, spent most of it catching up with family that I have not seen for a while. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783541823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture that my son took over the weekend. That's me on the left, my SIL in the middle and my niece on the right. Mon, 6 May 2013 03:18:19 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342765 As the days go by, the juice fast gets easier. I am now reaping the benefits - clarity of mind, loads of energy, clear skin (the first person I met as I came into the office today said my face looked very bright). <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the day off from work yesterday. Even took a bit of a nap in the afternoon, which is not normal for me. Just the thought of being home the whole day was so exciting. I can't wait for the weekend so I can have some more rest. <BR> <BR> It's a very cold day today... Thu, 2 May 2013 03:42:47 EST Day 8 of Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339108 So today is day 8 of my juice fast and I feel great. I still have not decided whether I'll go to 30 days, listening to my body carefully. <BR> <BR> The stress at work is easing out slowly, it will be over by Friday. After that I get to decide whether to take a few days off or not. <BR> <BR> Wednesday is a holiday - WooHoo. I am looking forward to it because we will all be home - no soccer for the boys and no one rushing to work. I plan on making a big breakfast for the family, it's long sin... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:05:45 EST I'm Ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336984 I have had a very busy time at work, I have been working 7 days a week, 10-12hrs a day for almost a month and a half. I am really glad that I am strong enough now to be able to handle these stressful work situations. A few years ago, this would have sent me straight to hospital. <BR> <BR> I started a 30-day juice fast last week, today is day six of the fast. I plan to go for thirty days but I will listen to my body. I really needed this fast and so far so good. No headaches, no food calling ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:05:45 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322831 Thanking God for thirteen wonderful years of marriage. <BR> I feel truly blessed. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:18:01 EST Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294502 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Wednesday, March 20, 2013 <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Wednesday, March 20, 2013 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or s... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:17:45 EST I am a Friend of God! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290573 VERSE: <BR> Who am I that you are mindful of me <BR> That you hear me, when I call <BR> Is it true that you are thinking of me <BR> How you love me, it's amazing (Who am I Lord) <BR> <BR> CHORUS: <BR> I am a friend of God <BR> I am a friend of God <BR> I am a friend of God <BR> He calls me friend <BR> <BR> Verse <BR> <BR> BRIDGE: <BR> God Almighty <BR> Lord of Glory <BR> You have called me friend <BR> <BR> Chorus <BR> ...... <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, early on a Saturday morning, I left ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:25:12 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287291 I am so sore today. My body feels like someone has been hitting me with a baseball bat. I should have known today was going to be painful. The instructing kept saying to make a fist with your butt cheeks and being the obedient sparker that I am, I followed instructions. Now my glutes are killing me, but it's all good. <BR> <BR> I was scheduled to do the second workout in the Spartacus series this morning - the Ab Attack - so I could be able to blog about, it but I decided to give it a miss. ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:25:55 EST I Love It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286021 I started the Spartacus workout today. There are about 7 workouts in total, ranging between 20-minute long workouts to 60-minute long ones. You can also choose to combine the shorter ones into one long workout. <BR> <BR> I did the Total Body Blitz and I loved it. The workout is tough, but at no point did I feel like I was going to die, like I sometimes do when I am doing 30 day shred level 3. The workout I did today was 30-minutes long and i felt great at the end of the 30-minutes. <BR> <BR... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:21:55 EST New Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283599 Just got the Spartakus workout today and I'm getting ready to change my workout. I've been doing turbo jam and 30-day shred for a while and I was beginning to get bored. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried Spartakus? Just watched the DVDs and they don't look toooooo bad, but then again, I have to try them to really know how bad they are. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:27:00 EST It's All Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279902 The tallying of votes is done and we now have a new president. It took longer than we expected and things got really tense for a while, but we thank God that it is over. The new president and vice president are facing charges at the Hague with regard to the 2007 post election violence so that whole situation is really confusing. Whether they won the election fairly (in which case Kenyans are either a very confused lot or a very forgiving lot) or whether the elections were rigged, the next fiv... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:28:39 EST Please Keep Praying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275856 The election results are not concluded yet, causing a lot of anxiety among people. I was supposed to have reported back to work yesterday but i decided not to go until we are sure of what's going on. DH had to go to work, at least he works away from the city center so that's ok. <BR> <BR> Guys, we really need your prayers. I can't even watch news because I am a bit scared. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:57:47 EST Kenya Decides http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272621 So my country Kenya goes to the polls today. The last time we voted in 2007, things did not turn out too well. We ended up with the worst nightmare this country has ever faced - post election violence. We have been praying for a really long time that things turn out right this time. <BR> <BR> I was at the polling station by quarter to six in the morning (I left my house at 5.30a.m). By that time the queues were already pretty long. The polling Station opened almost 30 minutes late, at 6.30a.... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:38:48 EST 34 - Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260652 Just received an email from Real Age wishing me a happy birthday. According to them, even though my biological age is 41, my real age is 34. That sounds just about right to me. <BR> Take their on line quiz and find out your real age. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:35:56 EST 41! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259954 I turned 41 today (WooHoo!) <BR> <BR> Spent my day doing what I love most - working out ( I know... I'm a bit crazy) <BR> <BR> Started with 40 minutes of turbo sculpt, then headed out for a walk. I just kept walking and walking and before I knew it, I'd been out for 3 hours. <BR> <BR> Now I'm getting ready to share some birthday cake with my boys. I feel loved and blessed - what more can a girl ask for? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:01:10 EST Sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210980 I've always bragged about how I make it a point to sleep for at least 8 hours every night. I started tracking my sleep using my fit bit last week and so far I am averaging slightly less than 6 hours per night. I was even more shocked to discover that there was a night when I woke up FOUR times to go to the bathroom! <BR> <BR> Well, at least I don't wake up feeling tired so maybe this is just the right amount of sleep for me... I don't know. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 04:08:17 EST This Feels Great. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201524 I work in a very big institution where I don't necessarily know everyone well, except for those in my department and those that I interact with frequently. Yesterday as I was heading to my car, two ladies come up to me to ask me what I have done to lose the weight. These are ladies that I have seen around campus but I don't even know their names. They were especially interested in knowing how I have managed to get my tummy so flat - I didn't even know it can be considered 'flat' already. <BR>... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:58:06 EST Fitbit Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198225 Just a quick one - I recently blogged about the difference in steps between my Fitbit Ultra and my Omron pedometer. Over the past two days, the difference in readings is much smaller. I'll wait and see how this continues to play out. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I find the Fitbit motivating me to push myself even harder. I hope this continues because I am loving it. <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:08:21 EST Day One Of School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194260 So today is the first day of the term for my boys. They have been home for almost two months. <BR> <BR> When my alarm rang at 3.45a.m, even before I could jump out of bed, my 8-year old DS walks into my room fully dressed in his school uniform and ready to go. He was also excited about the tooth fairy leaving some goodies under his pillow, he lost a tooth last night. <BR> <BR> I told him to go back to bed since it was still too early. But when I got downstairs, he followed me and asked if ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 04:02:57 EST I Think I Did Ok For The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189257 My workouts were not as intense during the holidays as they'd been through the year. On most days all I could do was walk because of my back issues. But I'm proud of the fact that exercising was still very important to me during the holidays and I made time for it. I exercised every single day of 2012 - I know I need a rest day, but that never works for me. Sunday is usually my rest day so all I do on Sundays is take a walk. <BR> <BR> My eating plan for the holidays was ok. I made the right... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:09:46 EST My Christmas Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179519 My BIL bought me a FitBit Ultra for Christmas (looks like everyone in the family knows me very well). I have been using an Omron pedometer for about three years now (I just love it!) Its a bit big compared to the fitbit but it has served me really well. <BR> <BR> I've been using the two together over the past week just to try and compare the readings, it's a bit confusing how different the readings are. On day way, the steps recorded on the fitbit were more than those recorded on the Omron ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 06:40:07 EST Visit to the Chiropractor! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048125 Hi Sparkies, I have been MIA as far as blogging is concerned for a really long time. I had my busy season in mid July to mid August and it was impossible to blog. Then in the process of trying to be an excellent employee, I triggered some serious back pains. I had a fall some time in 2008 and the only pain I felt after the fall was on a really long flight from Denver to Kenya. I saw a doc after that and he told me that the x-rays showed no serious damage. He gave me a few painkillers and afte... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 07:29:00 EST Couldn't Resist... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886307967.jpg"> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:45:05 EST