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/ 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 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