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/ 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 Back to good choices after sick & tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365780 I know I can be an emotional eater, but I am more of an exhaustion eater. When I am really tired, I really DO NOT CARE... I want what I want and I will have it. So that is my next challenge to conquer... evening snacking is pretty much gone. <BR> <BR> So this morning, I woke up early and had that discussion with myself about the pro's and con's of getting up v. trying to go back to sleep. Even though I'm short sleep this week, I knew I wasn't going to fall back to sleep... so I bit the bu... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:30:31 EST I think the constipated universe may finally be moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364788 The weekend went pretty smoothly, just very very very busy during Army drill weekend (I was in charge). By Sunday afternoon I felt my sinuses starting to pressurize and I was feeling really bad by the time I got home. So went to sleep for about 3 hours... and then called into work the next morning. <BR> <BR> I spent Monday trying to get things done, including moving into my new computer. However trying to move files to it was like an obstacle course, everything I tried failed and what fin... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:07:03 EST I think I left my brain at home today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359414 <em>198</em> or somewhere. I left my phone at home, I went to buy a fast food lunch and left my wallet at the office... Squirrel! <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> Very distractable today. My favorite mp3 player bricked yesterday, so I held my nose and got an iPod classic, which, my daughter assures me, is only cuddling with the dark side. I have almost ritually avoided purchasing Apple products for myself... their business practices turn me off, also the whole "cooler than though" mystique. ... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:21:52 EST I kept my promise to myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357917 <em>128</em> I let my alarm slip by this morning, but I made a solid date with myself to do the long run on the treadmill that was next in my 10K training queue... 6.24 miles in 82 minutes. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> I finished the whole 6.24 miles as programmed, no changes. Warm up and cool down were only .24 miles and then I did an easy jog of 6 miles split (mostly) into 0.4 mile segments, 4.9 mph @ 1% alternating with 4.6 mph @ 3%. I got into it, it was an easy pace, but a long run f... Wed, 15 May 2013 22:02:10 EST Didn't crawl out for morning exercise, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357430 Well it came down to the ability to sleep a little more or to haul butt out of bed this morning... I even went to bed early, slept in shorts & top, etc to make the latter more likely... but I think I really needed that extra sleep last night. My FitBit says I slept nearly 8.5 hours, which is about an hour more than I normally do. I also have an 80+ minute TM workout scheduled for tonight. <BR> <BR> I also feel super-energized today. <BR> <BR> I also had to quick scrabble a lunch together ... Wed, 15 May 2013 12:37:21 EST Facing the music... and crawling out of bed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356085 I didn't manage my "just 20 minutes" on the TM this morning. I think several night short of sleep caught up to me. It doesn't mean that I won't get my steps and workout in, I will just have to get to them later. I DO like the boost of a short bit of morning movement, even if just a walk.... but I have gotten into the habit of taking a nap after work and then getting up and staying up later than I would otherwise. <BR> <BR> I also gritted my teeth and stepped on the scale this morning for ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:34:10 EST Crazy, but good stuff... lots of energy and new ideas and inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355313 Last week was very busy... I had a training about Hepatitis C and should be a certified Hep C educator in a few weeks. I plan to spearhead some new outreach efforts on that front from our health department in the near future. <BR> <BR> The training was held 2 hours away in St. Louis, so hubby and I stayed overnight the night before and met up with friends for dinner. I had my training the next day and that night we stayed in the post St. Louis Union Station Doubletree. It's beautiful & hi... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:51:27 EST A graphic for a SParktastic Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347611 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1506022813.jpg"> Mon, 6 May 2013 16:03:09 EST Rockin' another 5K... this time will fellow SParkers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345465 This morning was the Cinco de Mayo 5K in Jeff City MO! I was there with 3 other SParkers and we all did great! Walking, jogging, running -- it didn't matter, we showed up and moved it! It was great to meet BECCAZEN7, GOPINTOS & REDDEVILAPRIL. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167073581.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800082831.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377913042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After the even, we ... Sat, 4 May 2013 16:49:40 EST Well that was two weeks, two tough weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338780 When we last heard from our heroine, she was home sick, dealing with the shock and deep personal impact of the Boston Marathon bombings... <BR> <BR> The rest of the week was very busy and I was pretty much dain bread for the duration of it. Went to a disaster preparedness conference for public health and then down to the range with my Army unit for 3 days. I did qualify on the M-16, which really got me pumped. <BR> <BR> On Monday the dain bread continued and my night treadmill jog was ver... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:29:42 EST I will run a marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324534 I decided today that I will at some point in the future run a marathon, barring injuries or other impediments. I probably won't run in Boston, but I will run for Boston. <BR> <BR> What I posted elsewhere: <BR> <BR> I am a runner, coming to the sport relatively late in life. I love running because it's a very pure sport, no matter how many cool gadgets I use to measure my times or distances, or play music to keep me going, or how fancy my tennis shoes are. It's ultimately about me, my body ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:13:12 EST The Run After the Run! and Goodies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811727375.jpg">This was me after we got home. I didn't have a camera handy for right after the race... so there it is. My bib number is visible. The lower, crumpled, bib lists those I was running in honor of, since this was a race for cancer research, I was running in honor of my grandmother, my brother & his wife and my friend, all of whom have battled or are battling cancer in one form or another. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a beautiful hi... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:47:58 EST So many thoughts, so little time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322018 I have thought of about 2.3 zillion things I wanted to blog about this week and just kept feeling like I didn't have enough time, so those great things slipped past since I didn't take any notes... sigh. <BR> <BR> Most of the week was getting back from vacation, into the swing of work, and finishing up training for the Jay Dix 5K <link>www.challengetocure.com </link> here in Columbia. I was doing well with my 10K training before vacation and maintained while gone. So I kept up the train... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:41:57 EST Back to life, back to reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315155 So how did it all go?! Well, I managed to do fine with exercise, with treadmill time and walking, I came in at oaver 126% of my weekly 70K step goal. I only didn't exercise on two days, one I was completely wiped out and the other was after getting back from the travelling yesterday, but I still managed over 8000 anyway. <BR> <BR> Eating, I kind of let it go, but I had a good time and really don't feel that guilty. I did try to make the best choices that I could... but there were lots of a... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:17:24 EST Travel, the meaning of hunger, travel plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304459 I am getting all my favorite (and therefore indispensable) electronics charged up and getting the maps updated on my Garmin... this is exciting since the last real vacation I took was with the family in 2007ish. <BR> <BR> I have also had an interesting realization this morning as I woke up with a mildly growl-y tummy... this is a good thing, I think. I didn't go to bed hungry, I was satisfied... but I like the sense of being hungry in the morning. To me this signals that I have eaten enoug... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:27:27 EST It's working George... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303038 <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Not that I have much to lose but I am still thrilled with the continual progress I am seeing. I was down another 0.2# this morning on the scale. Had a good easy long jog on the TM last night too (40 minutes). <BR> <BR> I am working on training for my 10K late this year, as I have mentioned before. I decided to start out with the training program at the beginner level, and though I have been running for a good while, I really want to build the stamina and speed bo... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:59:39 EST Another 1# mysteriously disappeared last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301038 And it can just stay that way!! I shouldn't really be so surprised at the rapidity of the disappearing weight since I am really buckled down (mostly) and keeping with the program. I know what works, it's just getting myself in the mindspace to JUST DO IT! (insert Nike swoop here) <BR> <BR> It feels good to finally have control over my snacking, especially in the evening. I usually make sure I'm not hungry and go get on the treadmill or outside to work out, mostly the former, given the wond... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:43:46 EST 0.6# down since last week & feeling more awake. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299583 <em>425</em> Despite my grumps about more snow and the delayed arrival of <em>437</em> spring, I am actually feeling more "with it" this week. I had the weekend off and being snowed in actually afforded me an enforced day of rest. I was sleeping well last week, but was just worn out from 12 days straight of "get up & go". <BR> <BR> Luckily, this snow was a bit different in that the ground wasn't so cold as the previous double dump, so when people drove through it, the bottom of the... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:42:28 EST Cabin Fever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298803 <em>24</em> Mrumph! We were snowed in again today, I think we got around 8-9 inches here. The good news is that the ground is apparently a lot warmer than when we had the snow at the beginning of February, when we got slammed twice, just 4 days apart. When I came back from Texas, I knew that I was hoping for some winter, but I have had my fill. <BR> <BR> I need to be outside, running, walking, looking at flowers, enjoying the springtime. Nearly every relatively warm day, I have been out... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:34:55 EST 150.2 and holding... Better choices paying off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295062 It's okay that I am holding, I'm not going up. I am not in any huge hurry for this weight to get lost, as long as it does eventually get lost.... it's only 8.2 lbs at this point. Although, I will admit, getting under that 150 mark again will be pretty t'riffic. <BR> <BR> I am currently on day 11 of a 12 day stretch of work (this happens monthly when I have drill weekend). I prepare the best I can, but it still takes its toll by the end of it all. I was actually better prepared this time,... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:38:07 EST 0.2# & looser pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293529 It's amazing how the little things can just start your day off right. I was down 0.2# this morning, but that 3.2 ounces can make, it shows that I am heading in the right direction... as does the fact that my tighter pairs of pants and jeans are getting looser again. My goal isn't huge, only 8ish lbs (getting back to 142), but it's better than the 60+ I was facing 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I think the NSV of the pants is almost more motivating than the 3.2 oz, but it's a near thing. Since bot... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:23:19 EST The Importance of Goals, no matter where you are in the game. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292550 18 April 2013 will mark my 5 year Sparkversary. I cannot believe that I have been around here for so long. Sometimes more active, sometimes less. I know that I have more success when I am active on the site. <BR> <BR> Goals are a big part of what helped me reach weight loss success and my weight has crept up when I haven't had defined goals. I have one goal every 6 months, which is to pass my Army PF Test, it is a part of the job. <BR> <BR> On a side note, I am surprised at how many p... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:45:03 EST Rocking the APFT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291358 This past weekend was full of challenges at Army Drill, getting used to a new role as Executive Officer and taking my Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT or PT test). <BR> <BR> I always get way keyed up about the PT test... this time I had my Garmin GPS/Heart Rate watch on and was able to see exactly how badly my heart was racing. I usually run in the 50s-60s, based on what I am doing when relaxed... while waiting to do push ups, my worst event, my heart was up in the 110's... but contrary to ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:55:45 EST Darned scale & achilles tendon! Yay shoes, calorie burn, tv dinners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286610 Stoopid thing is telling me I have gained a half pound or so of last week's loss back. 'Tever, 'tis frustrating, though... especially since I know I am being a good camper this week, only 15 calories over goal total all week on one night when I had a growly tummy.... <BR> <BR> My exercise has slowed a bunch from last week and that is due to my left Achilles tendon pain. So I am having to take it somewhat easier than I would. But I WILL have my 2K calorie burn this week, by gum. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:41:03 EST Down 1.2 since last week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282417 Getting back and more active with SP and really being honest and dedicated about tracking both food and exercise is helping me get back and stay on track. <BR> <BR> I am not planning to lose this weight at lightning speed, but I am happy with the 1.2 lbs in this first week of "Buckled in". It is working. I started last week at 151.6 and then was at 150.6 for most of the rest of the week. I really thought there must be something wrong with my scale. <BR> <BR> I got my workouts pumped up a... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:23:09 EST Threading the needle, balancing what you need with what you want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278018 Yesterday was a tough on at work, someone brought in a box of doughnuts and there was a bag of nacho cheese doritos leftover from an evening happening. I had started the day with a thick slice of hubby's delicious sourdough bread, so I was already up on calories to start the day. It's crusty, so therefore hard to slice thin. I somehow managed to get through the entire day without having a doughnut OR a dorito... and since I'd eaten my fruits and veggies at work, I treated myself at home to... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 21:37:35 EST 3 solid days on the straight and narrow... buckled in tight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276146 It's taken me over a year, but I finally have gotten back to where I was in 2008 and was initially losing the weight. It was a mindset of tough determination, I mostly hardened myself to temptations and the concept of quitting. I stuck with it for a good while after reaching goal and then started softening up too much. <BR> <BR> So I am back to the hardened determination to lose the few pounds that have crept back over the past few years. I really want to get back to the lower 140s. I kn... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:32:24 EST If you have a taste of success, I think you will find it suits you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255298 I got thinking while running today, I realized how much I am loving my 5K runs and that on each run, I am making small gains, meeting small goals and really looking forward to the next race. I can run a distance of 3.1 miles almost any time that I want, on the treadmill, or outdoors, but there is something special to run an official race with other people. <BR> <BR> I love the collective energy and seeing how I can do vs. myself and everyone else. I also like seeing my name on that list a... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:38:43 EST Sweetheart was sick, but he was there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252747 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435373344.jpg"> <BR> Before the Race! <BR> <em>129</em> Sweetheart 5K <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Today was the big day. My honey was gonna run it with me, but he had a sore back and a headcold, but he stayed out there with me in the 20 degree weather to cheer me on. (In case I never say it, I LOVE him!) <BR> <BR> So, anyway, I have been watching the weather for weeks and seeing the temperature predictions swing anywhere between 35-55, H... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 15:10:20 EST If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250899 Kind of putting myself out there. Hopefully I don't sound completely idiotic. <BR> <BR> Still battling the snack monster in the evenings! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:57:23 EST New opportunities and stepping outside my comfort zone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229454 Wow. Got all my job applications out there... this is a leap for me. I haven't left my current job, but I am trying to get out to where I can get more money and more advancement and be closer to home. <BR> <BR> So I applied for Occupational Health & Telephone Nurse Advisor positions at University Hospital, the Occ Health has been filled, but the Telephone Nurse position is still open and my application has been sent forward for further consideration. <BR> <BR> I also have applied for one of... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:18:39 EST Baking, Blogging, and Back to SParking actively. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226331 Thanks to you all for coming by and commenting! I really appreciate it. I am trying to get back to more active SParking since it keeps me more connected and more honest. <BR> <BR> Today I got bit by the baking bug... I made chocolate chip cookies, sour cream blueberry muffins and healthy pumpkin spice mini muffins. the first two weren't even remotely healthy, the last ones are very healthy and very controlled since they are small. <BR> <BR> I didn't have the greatest week last week, I ju... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:44:49 EST Catapults + Treadmills... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221466 Boy that's a misleading title, but fun... which is what I had last night. My darling hubby procured the clothespins I needed so I could build my little desktop catapult. What I really wanted for a long time is the USB rocket launcher ( <link>www.thinkgeek.com/product/8a0f/ </link> ), but at $29.99, I figure I have better uses for my money. <BR> <BR> But last week on Facebook, a pattern of a catapult made with clothespins, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, tape, a plastic spoon and binder c... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:42:00 EST Extraordinary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210835 "For love to be genuine it doesn't have to be extraordinary." That's from my poster tonight for tonight's installment of wisdom... <BR> <BR> But my brain instead has gone to a song by the same name from the musical "Pippin"... it's an hiliarious song ( <link>www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/pippin/extra<BR>ordinary.htm </link> )... with lyrics like this: <BR> <BR> "Patching the roof and pitching the hay <BR> Is not my idea of a perfect day <BR> When you're extraordinary <BR> You gotta do extraord... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:23:19 EST Delight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209135 "Love and magic have a great deal in common. The enrich the soul and delight the heart. They both take practice." <BR> <BR> Tonight's workout was in two parts, the first was EA Active for about 30 minutes, then I did about the same in easy intervals on the treadmill for 2.25 miles. <BR> <BR> Just working to keep up the calorie burn and the stress down. <BR> <BR> Trying to stay open and not let resentment build. <BR> <BR> Breathing and getting through each day. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:04:33 EST Celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207529 "Stop worrying about every pothole and celebrate the journey." <BR> <BR> Tonight's blog entry is brought to you by the letter C and the number 3.5. <BR> <BR> Tonight I really need that quote from my poster. Some stuff went down here at home last night that was really hurtful and I am trying very hard to not to hold resentment. They have a lot of issues that are theirs and that they are projecting onto me. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that my daughter, her husband and baby need... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:21:38 EST Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204223 <em>146</em> "Belief in oneself is often the best and wisest course." <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> That is the quote from my calendar today and it brought to mind one of the most profound speeches I have ever heard, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This is a small part that I think applies to weight loss, "Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one's self -sovereignty..." (you can se... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:45:13 EST Abundance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201310 "What constitutes your abundance is not what you have, but what you enjoy." <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I have this great A to Z poster with inspirational quotes for each of the letter of the alphabet and I am going to share them with a blog a day. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The quote above for tonight about abundance is wonderful... I am grateful to have the abundance that allowed me to get a treadmill that allows me to run and run and run all over the world. I am also grateful that my body... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:27:49 EST I guess that was my 15 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199119 Being in Daily Spark was interesting. I hope I have gotten back to everyone and thanked them for their kind words, friend adds and the like. I really appreciate the support! Even when you are in maintenance, it's nice to have a boost. <BR> <BR> It's also nice to know that your own humble story can help others, even if it seems low key to you. <BR> <BR> But the truth is that I am proud of the weight loss and maintenance. I am proud to be serving in the Army. But you know, without Spark ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:29:56 EST Back on the Run tonight... conquered 7 mph on the treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197755 This has been an interesting day. I think I was mean to be at least a wee bit noticed today. I was reconized on the Daily Spark Blog, which was frakking HUGE and such an honor that I can't even begin to fathom. Me, I'm just out here stumbling along like everyone else, happy, but not feeling the least bit extraordinary. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is that I also posted a blog on another site (and topic) that has gotten a great deal of attention. <BR> <BR> I have been battling a flare u... 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