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/ 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 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