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/ I Know It's Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356989 I have noticed that when my body is not well nourished, when I get careless with my diet, I crave sweets ALL THE TIME! I understand that this happens when one is overfed but undernourished. <BR> <BR> To break my love affair with sweets, I cleaned up my eating act. I've been enjoying my fruits and veges and trying to avoid processed foods as much as possible. I can already tell it's working because on Saturday I woke up craving watermelon - seriously! I have craved pasta, pizza, cake, bread ... Wed, 3 May 2017 07:19:31 EST Running With My Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356512 Yesterday I convinced my 16 year old son to go for a morning run with me. It was a bit too early for him (5.30 am), but I'm so glad he said yes because I really enjoyed his company. <BR> <BR> The poor guy struggled quite a bit, he had to stop four times (and he plays rugby!) He apologized so many times for slowing me down, even though I kept reassuring him that I didn't mind at all. I gave him the option to do a shorter run than my normal six miles, but he insisted that we complete the run. ... Tue, 2 May 2017 07:10:27 EST I've Got To Stop The Stupid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354339 There are so many things that I keep doing and yet I know they are bad for me. How damn can one be. For example, my love affair with sweets. Sweets are bad for me on so many levels. For one, I have terrible teeth. And I make them worse by eating sweets. I confess to people that I eat sweets when I'm stressed, as if the sweets take away the stress. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I broke my tooth chewing candy. Two weeks before that I broke another tooth, at least then I was not eating sweets. So now... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:55:51 EST How things have changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350609 Me, a few years ago: I'm feeling tired, I think I'll lie on the couch for a while. <BR> Me, today: I'm feeling tired, I should go for a run. <BR> <BR> Lying on the couch when I'm feeling tired makes me even more tired, lethargic and moody. Going for a run makes me energetic and lifts my mood instantly. Someone should bottle this secret and start selling it! Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:08:40 EST You know you are obsessed when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323724 ... you start tracking your runs on several apps! <BR> <BR> I track my runs using both runkeeper and runtastic (I know it sounds a bit crazy, but aren't we all just a little bit crazy). Running is something that is not easy for me at all, it's never been easy but it's beginning to feel really enjoyable. Because I do it despite the fact that it's not easy, I always feel like I deserve some serious bragging rights. And how can you brag about it when there is no evidence of it? So I track using... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 02:07:43 EST Happy Birthday To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319672 So today is my birthday, turning 45 and feeling awesome. Started off the day with a 6 mile run at 3.45 am. Why so early, you ask. Well, I knew the rest of the day was going to be crazy. I'm reporting back to work today after my annual leave. After work, I have Wednesday Prayer Service at Church. I don't expect to get home earlier than 9.00 pm. Since my workouts have become so important to me, I scheduled an early morning run to make sure that I don't miss out. That run was actually the highli... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:27:08 EST I see this every year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293174 During my run this morning, I realized that there were many runners/walkers along the trail. I could not help noticing their fancy workout clothes and their obviously new sneakers. They looked enthusiastic, like people with a definite plan. Some had trainers running with them, some walked with friends/family/dogs. It was like a scene from January 2016. <BR> <BR> I remember noticing the same increased number of joggers/walkers last January. And the January before that one. The numbers dwindle... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:26:40 EST Thank you and happy new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288042 Thank you spark friends for praying for my sister. She is doing much better. Last week was physically and emotionally draining for me because of her sickness and the daily commute to her place was not easy. But I thank God for His healing grace and for strength and peace during this period. <BR> <BR> Happy new year to all spark friends. You are such a blessing. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:36:14 EST Prayers for my sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283751 Hi sparkies, kindly asking you to pray for my sister Roselyn. She has pneumonia, she can hardly eat. It pains my heart to see her in so much pain. Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:49:50 EST Confused... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267870 I had a very confusing experience today - I met a lady that I had not seen for about three weeks. The first words out of her mouth were "You have grown fat!". Now that was totally confusing to me. I saw this lady just three weeks ago. I weigh myself daily and the scale says I weigh less today than I did three weeks ago. My clothes fit the same as they did three weeks ago. I feel the same as I did three weeks ago. What did that statement mean? <BR> <BR> I've asked a few close friends and they... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:32:30 EST Awesome day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255408 Today has been amazing. Started off with an 8.13 mi run. Then later did a 10.13 mi walk with my sister. We talked and laughed and enjoyed each other's company. I'd hoped to do the walk with all three of my sisters but only one was available. She was so excited about walk, she says she'll do it again tomorrow with her kids. It's always nice when you inspire someone to do something that's good for them. <BR> <BR> Have a lovely weekend spark friends. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:33:13 EST Runner's Envy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254762 Envy: desire to have a quality, possession or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else). <BR> <BR> I don't know whether the term 'runner's envy' actually exists, I came up with the idea on my way to work this morning. I passed several early morning runners on the way and I desired what they had at that particular moment. <BR> <BR> Years ago when I could not run, I used to feel the same way whenever I came across runners. I thought it was simply because I couldn't run then. So I ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:18:28 EST You Do Not Qualify! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249724 (Warning: The following blog is all about venting. Reader discretion is advised) <BR> Because I am not a violent person which rules out punching someone in the face, I will pour out my anger in this blog... <BR> <BR> I have a colleague who has appointed himself to be the 'pointer of my flaws'. About two weeks ago, right in the middle of a conversation, he casually mentioned that I was "showing off my love handles". I let it slide because I did not think it was worth my attention. Then yester... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:10:35 EST NSV... And other thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241511 First things first... <BR> I have a pair of trousers that I have not put on for quite a while. It gets forgotten easily since the material is not stretch and because of this, a few extra inches on the hips become very obvious. I decided to try them on today and ... Drum roll please... They were loosely fitting in a way that made me smile smugly. Guess what? They are a size 8 (UK) which makes them a size 6 (US). This is a huge NSV for me because I'm a hippy girl and I tend to have problems wit... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:50:21 EST DOMS and a run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239657 I have not done fitness blender workouts for a long time. I decided to get back to them on Monday and yesterday I woke up with some serious but sweet soreness (Delayed onset of muscle soreness). The soreness persisted to today. This led to a bit of debate (with myself) about whether or not to go for my run. The active me won the debate (that has been happening a lot more lately, yay me!). <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed the run. My legs were sore but I was not uncomfortable in any way. The most ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:31:29 EST Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234594 Today was a public holiday, so I decided to do a long morning run. Ended up running 14.0 miles, more than a half marathon. This is how I did: <BR> Distance: 14.0 mi <BR> Duration: 2:40:29 <BR> Avg. Pace: 11.27min/mi <BR> Avg. speed: 5.2mph <BR> Max. Speed: 8.7mph <BR> <BR> The last two miles were pure agony. Miles 11 and 12 were the fastest averaging 10.44 min/mile. I've only done this long run once before, a few months ago. I'm amazed that I could do this - I'm actually amazed by all my run... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:36:43 EST The week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221770 So this past week I ran five times, doing a total of 30.74mi. I'm slowly getting to the point where I enjoy running. The hills are still really tough, and my route has many hills. But nothing can beat the feeling I get at the top of every hill. I feel powerful! <BR> <BR> Who would have thought that I could get to this point. Running used to make me feel like I was literally dying. Now my runs are my times to get lost in my thoughts, enjoy nature and free my mind. Life is good and I am strong... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:27:26 EST I'm glad I didn't listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217707 I was just feeling really lazy. I hit the snooze button several times even though I knew I needed to go out for a run. I kept telling myself I deserved a break, and yet I wasn't really tired. I'd had a good night's sleep and I was feeling fresh. But the lazy voice persisted - and it's got a PhD in good excuses. <BR> <BR> Eventually I just refused to listed to that voice. I'd had enough with its 'good' reasons. So I jumped out of bed, did 30 minutes of cardio to get my mind in the game, then ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:58:14 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197352 First off, after reading another member's blog, I've decided it's time to stop putting myself down about my running. So I will declare here and now that I am a runner. It's not about how fast, how far or how frequently I run. Just lacing up my shoes and heading out makes me a runner and I'm damn proud of my efforts. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I've noticed a marked improvement in my running pace. I've been averaging between 12min/mile to 13min/mile, I these are my better runs. On Thursday mo... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:12:39 EST Redemption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194024 I woke up yesterday with a great plan. The plan was to do some cardio indoors then head out for my Saturday morning run. I try to run at least twice a week. But after 1.5hrs of cardio, I begun to feel like I had not had enough sleep. So I decided to sleep for thirty minutes on the couch to see if I'd feel any better. After the thirty minutes, I was still feeling off. So I actually went back to bed and slept up to 7.30a.m. I no longer had the energy to go for a run, but I went for a 7.6mi walk... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 10:07:53 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189789 Today has been one of those days that just get really busy. <BR> <BR> I woke up for some cardio before heading out for my 6.2mi run. I felt a bit sluggish and my run was a lot slower than usual, but I did it and that's all that matters to me. <BR> <BR> I had to drop DH to work before heading to church with the boys. After the service I had a house group fellowship training so the boys had to wait for me in the car. Then we went to get school supplies before heading home. <BR> <BR> I thank ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:23:35 EST It's a great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188684 I took the day off to spend some time with my boys today (they are on their mid- term break). I woke up early and braved the cold. I had intended to do my normal 5.6 mile walk. But I was listening to radio and there was a lady giving a powerful testimony on radio and I just kept walking and walking because I didn't want to stop before the end of her testimony. I ended up doing 8.17 miles. <BR> <BR> Took my boys out for lunch. They had pizza and fries. I had none of it. They asked for carame... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:22:26 EST Excuses, Excuses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186721 I love walking. I listen to music as I walk and completely get lost in my thoughts. <BR> Fact: However tired I am, going out for a walk makes me feel energetic. <BR> Fact: However hot it may be, there is always a cool refreshing breeze in the area where I walk <BR> Fact: However cold it may be, a brisk walk always makes me feel warm <BR> Fact: Even when I'm pressed for time, I can always squeeze in a short walk <BR> <BR> So why do I come up with all these excuses to avoid heading our for a... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:33:27 EST I'm still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186301 I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted a blog entry. Things have been a bit difficult - changes at work and I'm back to school. I'm doing an online MBA course and it's quite difficult at times. But I'm still trying to stay active. Some days are good, others not so good, but I'm still here. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:52:01 EST Tabata Showed Me Who's Boss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895713 After fifteen days of Fitness Blender HIIT workouts ( Three 5-day challenges), I decided to switch things up a bit today. I did Fitnessblender's Tabata Total Body Toning workout today and let's just say I now realize that I'm not boss! <BR> <BR> Or maybe I am... <BR> <BR> The workout was intense. But I survived, and I was able to keep up except for the toe touch crunches. My abs were already sore from yesterday's workout and so I had to modify the workout slightly. <BR> <BR> I sweated buck... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:21:40 EST Fitnessblender HIIT Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892800 I have been enjoying the fitnessblender HIIT 5-day challenges for 11 days now, which means today I started the third challenge. I am really grateful for these workouts, which are available on YouTube, because I was thoroughly bored of my workout DVDs. <BR> <BR> The workouts are far from easy, but I love me a challenge. I love the fact that I work a different part of my body everyday. But most especially, I just love the sweat that pours from my body as I do these workouts (don't judge!) It ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:13:47 EST Swimming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891570 A few years ago I wrote a blog in which I committed myself to take swimming lessons. It did not happen. I made the commitment before doing proper research. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this year, I finally decided to take lessons. This time I had the time to be able to dedicate myself to it and I had also done my research with respect to locations and swimming coaches. <BR> <BR> Swimming is not easy for me. Sometimes I get so frustrated. Ironically, I am the person in the pool who is alwa... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:40:00 EST Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888602 I have not posted a blog for quite a while, but I have been reading and commenting on other people's blogs. <BR> <BR> I did get back to running, Sometime in January. I'm slowly getting to the point where I'm enjoying it once again. <BR> <BR> I also finally got down to taking swimming lessons, several years after making the decision. My mistake when I made the decision to learn how to swim several years ago was that I did not do my homework. So when I could not immediately get convenient pla... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:13:56 EST Back To Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828915 I kind of lost it. I worked so hard to get to a point where I actually enjoyed running after years of confessing that running was not for me. I kept at it until I could actually run for more than 7 miles at a time. That felt good. I felt strong and I was oh so proud. There was this spring in my step and I even felt taller. <BR> <BR> Then life happened. I let things get in the way. I kept telling myself that I would go for a run 'tomorrow'. That tomorrow never came. Before I knew it, the thou... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 02:27:11 EST My Relationship With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793414 I guess my relationship with food is about a 5. When I'm good, I'm really good. Usually the 'good' season can last for quite a while. Then something happens, I don't know what, and all I want to do is eat sweets and chips. <BR> <BR> I guess I need to pay attention to my triggers and find a healthier way of dealing with them. <BR> <BR> One thing I know for sure is that when I'm really serious with my exercise, I tend to make better food choices. <BR> <BR> Does everyone know their unhealthy... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:45:41 EST Poor Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787896 My sister is expecting her second baby. Things have been really rough for her and I had not visited her for quite a while. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to go see her, she has been struggling with one infection after another and mum has been very worried about her. When she saw me, she just broke down and cried. I could hardly recognize her - she is all swollen. Doc says her blood pressure is high. I took her some cranberry juice, I'm told it's good for UTI. <BR> <BR> <BR> I decided to take h... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:30:30 EST 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