OAKBORN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OAKBORN OAKBORN'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/ 8 days straight of tracking... and almost to my first goal in a week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223419 Well, I have tracked for 8 straight days. I have lost 2.8 lbs. My first goal is 3 lbs, and I have myself 3 weeks to lose it. I figure 33 lbs to lose, I'll take it in 3# chunks and allow 3 weeks for each 3 lbs. This is, of course, adjustable based on how fast I actually lose 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> The journal I have created is fun, it actually makes me want to track my goals, calories, steps, and water. And it acts like a coloring book, so it's relaxing to create too. <BR> <BR> Two of my fitness ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:51:47 EST Back at it again... eep! back up to 183?! OH NO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222861 <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a hard few years, trying to get myself back in gear... especially since I moved out to the Pacific NW.... The stress of losing the job and just generally getting settled has taken a toll on the fitness and good eating habits that I'd worked so hard to establish in 2008 and the success that I'd maintained for nearly 5 years. <BR> <BR> When I came out here, I was full of hope and confidence, only to go to the MOST TOXIC job I have ever worked in, bar none... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:20:19 EST Black holes and falling into them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087319 I had some really great mojo started up in November, then holidays and a huge case of I'mnotsurewhathappenedthere... weight back up... etc etc etc. No good reasons, just excuses... and I let myself slide back into the Idon'tgiveaflyingfart mode again... <BR> <BR> So Saturday, had an Army function and had to squeeze into my dress uniform that was fitted when I weighed 25 lbs less. What it took is almost horrific, but luckily I managed to carry it off without anyone knowing... that I was wear... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 01:01:05 EST No exercise on drill weekend, whiskey tango foxtrot?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030731 I was actually going strong up until Wednesday of last week... but then came everything related to drill weekend... <BR> <BR> Thursday >>> packing for drill weekend + being really wiped out = no exercise, food okay <BR> <BR> Friday >>> driving 2.5 hours to the base after work + really wiped out + nowhere to work out = no exercise, food still okay <BR> <BR> Saturday >>> sitting around all day doing drill things + evening meeting = no exercise, way over on calories <BR> <BR> Sunday >>> mor... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:59:32 EST Nice few days off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025722 I have been working so much since September of last year, I have hardly had more than 3 days at a stretch off. I had about 5 days off in April and a week in March. So when my mom in law came to visit I took some time off, especially because my previous job wouldn't let me off when she was last here in June... and I only asked for 2 days off. (Yes, they were jerks.) So basically, I'm super tired and have needed a real rest for awhile. But now that I have the time off, I hardly now what to do... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 23:51:05 EST The official "2 weeks in" blog and weigh in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023241 <em>234</em> I had a beautiful, thoughtful, long blog post just about completed on my tablet and tapped *something* and it was gone... couldn't find it. ARGH!! So now I will try to recreate it. <BR> <BR> First, my official weigh-in this morning!! I am down to 171.8#, a loss of 3.8 lbs (14.8%) in 2 weeks, and average of 1.8 lbs each week so far. Super exciting having steady progress for 2 weeks so far. I weighed on the 25th and was at the 172.6, then weighed a couple more times only to fi... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:09:47 EST It's a Monday... still hanging in there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021784 I came home and got myself on the treadmill and didn't quite hit my goal of 2 miles in 20 minutes, but I did manage 1.81 miles in the 20 minutes. I did 5 minutes at 3.8 miles to warm up and then ran for 20 straight minutes! I started at 5.1 mph, and then increased the speed every 2 minutes until I got up to 5.7 mph... that seemed like enough, so I stepped it back down to 5.4 mph every 2 minutes.Still had a great workout. So far, so good this week. I'm pretty much on track as far as workin... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:18:27 EST Run Like Hell Portland 2015 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021167 Well the run didn't go as well as I would have liked, but you know, I showed up and finished. I finished in 1:25:23 per Garmin and it said I went a distance of 6.47 miles... no terrible and again, I showed up and finished. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/328fb062-fab9-442e-98d2-72f45f43355d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> According to my Garmin and my fitness calculator website, <link>nutritionfirstfitness.com/tools.php?<BR>tool=running </link> , I burned at a minimum 900+calories and pro... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:28:27 EST Another great week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020656 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c382c8d-f211-45ea-b1f7-f46f28955aca.png"> <BR> This is from the treadmill tonight. <BR> <BR> GOAL REPORT: <BR> WORKOUTS: GOAL 4 workouts: completed 5 (2 on Sunday, 1 ea on Mon, Thurs, Sat) <BR> CALORIES: GOAL less than 1800 calories daily, 7/7 <BR> DAILY STEPS: GOAL, 9000+ daily, 6/7, all days over 10K except the one that I fell short. <BR> <BR> NEXT WEEK'S GOALS: <BR> WORKOUTS: 5 <BR> CALORIES: less than 1700 <BR> DAILY STEPS:10,000 <BR>... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 00:20:46 EST 7.03% of my total goal lost in one week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019634 My first official weigh in was today... and I'm down 1.8 lbs. This is super exciting for me, it just reinforces everything that I'm doing. It's pretty exciting considering the fact that I'm approaching this weight loss with baby steps. Just like they tell you in nursing school, you have to set goals... Measurable & time-delineated & achievable. I think the problem with my previous attempts to get back on track (over and over and over and over again) during the last couple of years has a gr... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:28:07 EST Still batting 1.000 on Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018484 I'm super happy, my body is adjusting the lowered amount of calories really well. The gradual stepdown is working well, and it has really helped me to fight my nemesis of the evening snackies. I am getting better at reminding myself that I'm not hungry and to not eat. I'm also taking one peanut butter cup or one piece of cheese when I do feel hungry or want a nibble of something sweet. Today at lunch there was a pumpkin muffin and other baked goods in the breakroom, and a package of cookie... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:29:22 EST 2 great days... My old MOJO is coming back... woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017945 It's Monday and I'm really batting 1.000! This is so super exciting for me. This is really the best I have done for this long in ages. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday, I dusted off my one of my favorite old Kathy Smith videos... so 80's but still a super workout... unfortunately my home recording borked and I only got 35ish minutes of the 45 done. And I got out for 4.25 miles... my calorie burn was 754. I got 14, 271 steps and ate 1867 calories. That was technically over my limit by 67, but with... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 01:16:04 EST REBOOT: Week 2's results... and looking to next week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017040 I knew it wasn't going to be perfect, but it was acceptable and much better than the previous week. I was batting better than .500 in all categories. <BR> <BR> My goals and results for 11-17 October: <BR> Weight 175.6 (first official one in this reboot) <BR> Day of reaching 8K + steps: 6/7 (Total steps: 69,431 of 56,000) <BR> Days of exercise: 3/3 (I actually did move at least a little everyday, but intentionally I hit goal) <BR> Days below 1900 calories: 4/7 (I was close last night, but I... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:19:54 EST Better day today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016326 I got over 10,000 steps today... and I stayed under 1700 calories today. I walked home from the train station instead of driving, which certainly helped my step count. I also did a little bit of exercise with weights while marching and lunging and stuff. So I can say that I am at 100% for my steps, actually well over and above. I am hoping that I make it to a full 71% on my calorie goals, which is 5 of 7 days. I have run 2 days so far this week and actually moved pretty much everyday this we... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:36:06 EST Off track with the food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015687 Okay, so lost track of my food tracking today... Not going to sweat it. I'll just get in a good treadmill run tonight. So it won't be a complete loss. I can do this and one imperfect day doesn't negate a week and a half of progress. Last week was much less perfect than this week. So I've made good progress. As long as I don't drop the ball on both of my goals, it's still progress. Also, the way I feel after having eaten as much as I did is a perfect reminder of one "why" I'm doing this.... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 21:18:53 EST I vs. You Can Do This/Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015414 I had an interesting insight on I vs. You in my recycled mantra. For some reason, telling myself "You can do this" has more power than "I can do this." I wonder why that is. Somehow externalities the words and redirecting them AT my own self has more "oomph". I also realized in the shower this morning that even though I lost 60 lbs in 2008... Talking about it now while having regained over half of that weight is just an excuse, sort of like an addict saying, " I was clean once, I know what t... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:46:15 EST I may be blogging a lot... if I'm not journalling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015197 I didn't run tonight... but I did some movement stuff and a little bit of weight stuff in the living room. The point right now isn't burning a ton of calories... it's about re-establishing the exercise habit. The healthy baby steps will lead to healthy normal steps which will lead to healthy leaps. <BR> <BR> The good news is that the healthy eating is falling back into place. I take lowfat cheese and about 3 oz each of grape tomatoes and carrots as a snack. I have 100 calorie granola ba... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 23:06:18 EST You can do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014949 I am working hard at establishing little goals to get this 30 lbs back off. I am in the mid 170s and all my cute clothes are tight. I hate this. I hate that I let those terrible people own my thoughts and tell me I wasn't the rock star that everyone else tell me that I am. I hate how my body feels when I'm not moving. I hate how I feel when I know I've gone hundreds of calories over where I should be. I have a lot of self hate going on because of events that reawakened my old self esteem iss... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:27:38 EST I'm in training... and choosing to move my life forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934290 I really want to run a half marathon... it really is a goal. I got really pumped running the whole first mile of the Rock N Roll 10K, as a matter of fact I'm still pumped. So I am starting to earnestly train. I am just at the beginning of this journey... just lengthening my run today to 3.2 miles and my beginning run distance to 1.1 miles. <BR> <BR> So this week, I walk the .75 miles to the trail that I run on as a warm up. Then run out 1.6 miles and back for a total of 3.2. Then walk the .... Tue, 26 May 2015 00:24:16 EST Long Weeks at work lead to too much snacking and not enough moving. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933239 Honestly, I love my job. I am treated well and I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. The problem is that there is just to much work for the staff that we don't have. So I am feeling compelled to look for another job. If I try to keep up the pace I've been doing lately, I will crack. Point blank. <BR> <BR> So I have 12 jobs bookmarked that I plan to get applied to in the next couple of days, today was a decompress day. <BR> <BR> I did get out and run a 5K on my own toda... Sat, 23 May 2015 22:46:15 EST Up Late, but feeling pumped. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930541 I ran my 2nd 10K (the Portland Rock N Roll 10K & Half Marathon) yesterday and had my best time ever... despite a stiff knee and not training as hard as I'd planned or wanted... I ran it in 1 hour 16 minutes and 57 seconds, a full 5:30 less than my previous official 10K back in September, the Bridge of the Goddesses. I looked back at some training run and this time was better by 2-3 minutes than those. This was wonderfully affirming. I even ran the entire first mile! <BR> <BR> So, many than... Tue, 19 May 2015 02:04:30 EST Back into the 160s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923607 I'm at 169 this morning. I am finally heading in the right direction and continuing. It's been over a year of trying to turn it around and I'm finally keeping myself going and motivated. Keeping up the momentum is really motivating. Besides, I have a 10K in just 11 days. <BR> Wed, 6 May 2015 10:20:29 EST Pits of Insecurity and Climbing out of them... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922538 I so very much hate when the insecurity and negative tape loops start playing in my head... and trying to find the source is like being in a creepy haunted house with cobwebs and shadows and peeling paint... hearing the creepy laugh of an equally creepy little ghost girl... trying to find her behind all the myriad doors... it takes a lot of time... to follow the laugh and the strains of the old victrola scratching repeatedly, *POP* "you're not good enough, you do everything wrong, you can't l... Mon, 4 May 2015 16:09:00 EST Breaking the day 3 curse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919424 I wrote my little blog entry the other day... and I come back to find all kinds of super cool replies.... it became a featured blog post. A bit overwhelmed and definitely surprised by that... but that is what makes SP so special... something you say just might be the inspiration another person needs when you least expect it. <BR> <BR> But anyway... I didn't exercise a great deal on Saturday, mostly walking around downtown and at the Art Museum, then Lloyd Center and then riding my bike home... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:43:23 EST What a whirlwind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918265 It's been a couple of weeks since I last blogged, but life has been busy being LIFE... and pretty exciting and wonderful at that. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I went to Boston, MA to run the BAA 5K (the Saturday BEFORE the Marathon) with ANNIONLI, my long term SparkBuddy. I flew into Boston and Anne picked me up... we were both pretty much "I can't believe we are doing this!!". It was super exciting and fun to get to know this person that I've known for so long online. I'm happy to report that s... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:08:57 EST Trying again... and again... and again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910900 I guess I should just call it the three day curse, it seems like I can exercise and eat right for about 3 days ina row and then I fall off the hourse for another two weeks. This doesn't help me lose weight, it achieves exactly the opposite. <BR> <BR> Too many days I do great all day and then I come home and snack in the evenings. This has been my nemesis for too many many nights over the last few years and the weight has been creeping up... and up and up. <BR> <BR> I am now out of Army r... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:57:39 EST Better week continues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895815 I went a little over on calories, but I recorded them honestly yesterday. Good news is that I had a good amount of leeway... and I had a good 360ish calorie burn on the treadmill last night. <BR> <BR> No matter, I have reached 4 days of careful eating... and 3 straight days of exercise. Tonight is something in the living room with strength as the main focus. <BR> <BR> Okay, I have made it to lunch and I'm at 984 calories. I did have a pixie stick as a treat, but that is 8 calories and... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:16:03 EST Don't eat someone else's bitter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895622 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427583696.jpg"> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:49:25 EST That Frickin' Wagon is So Slippery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895334 Help! I feel like I've fallen and I can't get up! <BR> <BR> It's crunch time now. I have my weigh in coming up on the 11th of April for the Army and I'm honestly not sure I can lose enough weight to pass, but I'm trying. I kept starting, restarting, and saying "just today I'll eat whatever I want"... I'll get back on the wagon tomorrow, or next Sunday ('cause you know it's easier to have a benchmark like the beginning of a week.). <BR> <BR> So this week is getting better. I am on day #3 ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:07:27 EST It's easy to fall off the wagon when you are tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862643 So I got back on the wagon today. We went hiking at Mt. Tabor Park here in Portland. It's SO beautiful and the 60 degree, sunny, gorgeous weather just made it all that much better. According to my FitBit, I climbed 33 floors... there was a lot of uphill and I didn't even get winded. So I know I'm really getting into better shape. (ANNIONLI you can come stay with me while your neck of the woods gets buried.) <BR> <BR> My next 5K is on March 1st at Ft Vancouver... I am looking forward to it.... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:23:53 EST When your mojo comes back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859954 Nice run tonight on treadmill. This is my 2nd run in two days. Since it's still winter, I pretty much have to run treadmill because it's dark when I get home. I do try to get out during the day on the weekends, weather permitting. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my mojo IS returning... my body is staring to say... "hey you! get up and move! No rusting into place." I am excited about this turn of events, I feel like my life is coming back together. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I am having a s... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:32:10 EST Keeping myself honest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858006 Our roommate came home with doughnuts, so I had one... doughnuts are worse crack to me than chocolate, soda, or almost anything else... But you know, I burned nearly 500 calories on the treadmill the day before... and if I deny myself all the treats I love, then I'll have less willpower every other time they cross my path. So I logged it and go forward... and you know, I ENJOYED that silly doughnut! Also I find that when I allow myself the treat occasionally, I actually enjoy it more. When ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:46:54 EST Looking back at a tough year.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857339 I am finally back in a settled place from where I feel I can move forward... but looking back at one graph, the one that charts my weight really shows where all that anger and pain went and how I dealt with it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738968641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I lost my job on 3 February 14, had the job offer pulled around 1 August 14... so there you are. And since I got my new job (4 months!!), I have been trying to recover from the emotional and physi... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:02:44 EST It's only been a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856844 Back to the blog. Weekly may be all I can handle, simply because my job (though I LOVE LOVE LOVE it), is very demanding. I come home tired every night and it's about all I can do to drag myself to the treadmill most nights or even to jog in place in the living room. <BR> <BR> My big focus, apart from keeping at my 10K training program is to work towards my 10K daily steps. My running average on my FitBit is slowly rising and my weekly averages are increasing as well. I am finishing this we... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 02:36:45 EST MIA for far too long ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851437 ...and trust me my waistline shows it. I have been gaining weight and getting increasingly deconditioned over the last year since I lost the awful job. I felt like everything was spiralling out of my control and it certainly did. Here's I'd taken the crazy 2000 mile leap and dropped pretty much my entire life in the Midwest on the promise of my dream job. Even though I was raised in St. Louis, I was going to work in one of the most prestigious Public Health Departments in the country from Fu... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:22:23 EST And today we stomped about in the woods with compasses and maps... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687565 It was a fun day, but very tiring. We logged nearly 5 miles in the woods trying to find compass points. It was basically Army orienteering. But my knee kinda started saying "No" after that, so I didn't participate in the afternoon course... which was supposed to be "short" but was longer according to MAJ Miller. <BR> <BR> My eating needs to get tightened back up after this weekend, but it's okay. I also managed to lose a solid three pounds in the last month. <BR> <BR> 5 more days until I... Sun, 4 May 2014 22:37:58 EST APFT done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686168 I am excited that I got through my APFT with ease. My score was a little better than last month's diagnostic, on which I did have passing scores. I got out 14 push ups, which is almost the highest number I've ever had... and 37 sit ups... and my 2 mile time was 20:12, which would have been better if my R calf muscle hadn't decided to cramp up right before the finish... but considering the injuries I've been battling it's okay. <BR> <BR> I'm now 3 weeks out from my 5K in Missouri... the Go ... Sat, 3 May 2014 01:23:54 EST Feeling jazzed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683197 I went home last night from work feeling wiped out. So I took a nap and had a super healthy dinner and then went for a 5.5 mile run walk. <BR> <BR> Instead of listening to my stiff calves, I listened to my gut that wanted to get out and get some miles... it was great. It really showed me again what I know at gut level.... if I *DON'T* MOVE, I will rust into place. I was a little stiff after the run, but I took some naproxen and went to bed... slept great and woke up not stiff at all. <BR... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:22:17 EST It's funny, but ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682569 Getting back to sparking and blogging is really helping my outlook on everything. I also have my other half, whose name is ARAVINE here on SP, with me... and we are getting the time that we have so dreadfully lacked to rebuild our relationship without the kids in the middle of it all. <BR> <BR> I love our kids, but sometimes you need a space in which you (the parents) and they (the kids) can grow independently of one another. So we left the house in Missouri in the care of the kids. Our da... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:01:54 EST Moving it along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682018 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543235099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have now lost 3.4# of the original 18.2 that I want to lose total. I'm counting from the 160.2 that I restarted at. That is 18.7% of the total.... I like breaking it down like that. It shows me that I am making some progress. I got out an did 5 miles yesterday, but today my legs are stiff and telling me about it... ALOT. Tomorrow, maybe I'll scale back to 3.1. <BR> <BR> I'm scheduled for a 5K in 4 weeks an... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:08:42 EST Committing myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673865 Sometimes you just to have to just pull the trigger and say, "I'm going to do this." So today, instead of saying "I plan to run a 10k by September"... I registered for on in September in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Oregon! My friend MARYINSTL may be coming out for it. That will make it better, of course, but either way! I'm gonna rock it! No Matter What! <BR> <BR> I also got out for a run/walk tonight. I'm starting easy due to my recent knee and calf muscle injuries. But I made ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:01:25 EST Tuesday. More emotional I&D. Remembering Boston. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672802 IIRC, blogging really helped me lose the weight in 2008. So after yesterday's blogging the story, today will be focused on goals. <BR> <BR> I know that I am feeling better and more focused now that I am no longer under the cloud of the evil job. I have had some space in which to sort things out.... and I have been using just about every means possible... drawing, writing, knitting, spinning, planning an Etsy store. The one thing that has been lacking, and should have been foremost, has be... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:16:35 EST Finding bottom and climbing out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672070 Well, I moved up to the Pacific NW with a great job, or at least what I *thought* was a great job. The work itself really wasn't that hard, but little did I know, the environment I was going to enter was to prove to be the MOST TOXIC work environment I have ever encountered... and mostly because of 2 people, my direct co-supervisors. So 20 days after my last blog I was fired. <BR> <BR> The whole experience was brutal and I was pretty much paralyzed, battered & bruised emotionally from the ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:49:04 EST It's been a long time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593700 My live has undergone a slew of changes since I last blogged: <BR> *I am now living in Seattle, Washington <BR> *I have a new job <BR> *I have gained 15 lbs <BR> *I am in a new Army unit <BR> *I'm living alone until my husband can join me here <BR> *My son will be graduating & joining the Air Force in May <BR> *I am starting counselling <BR> <BR> In some ways I almost feel like I've been hanging on by a thread in the last few months. I've been out here all by myself except for 2 weeks at ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:04:28 EST Gonna blog it today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470123 So much has been going on, blogging has been kind on the back burner lately. Writing much of anything anywhere has been on the back burner. <BR> <BR> I had interviews with the Seattle/King County Department of Health Monday this week and the Washington County DHHS (Oregon) on Tuesday. I think both of the interviews went well. So now I am just waiting to see if I get a job offer in the first instance or a call for a 2nd interview in the latter. I don't know how this is going to go exactly... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:28:02 EST And the battle cry was "Turtles in Peanut Butter"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436308 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1656275990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I haven't blogged for 2 months, I can hardly believe that. I feel like I fell off the wagon and then got run over by it, and backed over by it.... repeatedly. I was so crazy busy for most of the last 2 months...it's unreal. <BR> <BR> The first half of June was Army Annual Training and then I was back home and things were insanely busy with disease cases and other health department things... and some very... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:39:21 EST Still healthy, fingers crossed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370473 I am still feeling good. Got out yesterday for a long walk with my walking buddy Jasmine. It was nice to just walk easy and not feel pushed or rushed. I brought the coffee and we both brought companionship & conversation. It was an easy near 4 miles on one of the prettiest trails in town. <BR> <BR> I have settled on my first half marathon as the Go Girl Run here in town next Memorial Day Weekend. I think I needed that goal in my mind... I am still trying to find the 10K I plan to run in... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:48:06 EST Recovery day... and I still hit the TM for a 4 mile run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368815 I just did the 5K yesterday and yet I rested most of the day today and just had to get on the TM tonight. I did a 4 mile training run with 0.24 mile warm up & cool down. After a week plus of being quite under the weather, it was really hard, but I got up and made it happen. <BR> <BR> My biggest thing to doing a 10K at this point is getting my endurance for longer runs up I think. I plan to run one sometime after September. I am looking at one in November that will benefit the local food b... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:39:32 EST Go Girl Run 5K 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367573 It's hard to type with a cat on your hand, but I will do my best... his head is on my left hand and my right arm is on top of him... <BR> <BR> So anyway, considering my training has been thrown off by stress, short sleep and illness, I came in at a respectable 30:38! (117 of 516 overall=22.7%, 8 of 38 in females aged 45-49=21.1% & 99/480 women=20.1%) <BR> <BR> Numbers done, here are the pix! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2117247232.jpg"> <BR> An artful arrangement... Sat, 25 May 2013 12:37:46 EST Gearing up for tomorrow's 5K... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366804 I am a huge geek, I love science fiction, computers, movies, books, and spreadsheets. I really really love playing with spreadsheets, maps and related things. So I used my computer and spreadsheet fu to calculate the % elevation on tomorrow's course. I color coded my segments, of course, to make everything very easy to read and understand. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l143758813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful time creating this. I also plan to use it a... Fri, 24 May 2013 14:38:50 EST