ONCEASANDBROOK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONCEASANDBROOK ONCEASANDBROOK'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/ The Surreal Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328583 Is this all really happening right now? <BR> <BR> I'd give you the update, but I'm trying not to watch the news. If you don't know what I'm talking about, search for "Boston manhunt" and you'll get everything you need to know. <BR> <BR> I'm a ways out of the city, at home with my dogs and husband, trying to get some work done. It's not exactly easy. <BR> <BR> My plan for today is to put in as much time as I can, to get downstairs to pull off a great workout (it's going to be a big one: 30... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:36:24 EST Refocusing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326427 I worked from home yesterday after the Boston Marathon bombings. I work a mile away, and when everything went down, I thought it was thunder. If only . . . <BR> <BR> The past two weeks have been eventful and emotionally draining. Even before the bombing, I had a lot going on at home with my family, and took the time I needed to take to do make the difference I could make. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm looking to my goals and my means of reaching them for some familiar ground. Not only am I running m... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:30:48 EST Report: 4/1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308659 @ Home Circuit, 34 min <BR> 5 min indoor row (22 strokes/min) <BR> 1 min rest <BR> 30-seconds on, 30-seconds off of: squat jumps, push ups, side lunges, balanced trunk twists w/ 8 lb medicine ball, burpees, supermans, mountain climbers <BR> 2 min rest <BR> 2 min indoor row (25 strokes/min) <BR> 2 min rest <BR> Repeat circuit, 30-seconds on, 30-seconds off <BR> 1 min rest <BR> 5 min indoor row (22 strokes/min) Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:57:08 EST Just Watch Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306802 Sigh. <BR> <BR> One fall off a retaining wall and everything goes to heck. <BR> <BR> So yeah, I fell off the figurative bandwagon and let the holidays and a really tough time at work get me down. Now, I have no excuses left. It's time to get this thing done. <BR> <BR> I know how to keep myself from over-training. <BR> <BR> I know how to keep my calorie intake at the right level. <BR> <BR> I know how to keep myself motivated, engaged, and excited. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to get this thing d... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:50:59 EST From the Outside, In (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094919 I had a great run last night and I even made it to bed at a decent hour, but my body would not hear of hitting the pool this morning. I'm frustrated because I really wanted to swim at least one more time before the weekend--when I'll be traveling--but I'll be just fine. But a few posts on the Swimming for Cardio team (go team!) made me think about my childhood and one of the events that drastically changed how I looked at myself. And I realized that sharing that series of events might be rath... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:00:19 EST Keeping Things Complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093658 I have to be honest with you: I love keeping things complicated. That usually means I'm juggling six different things at once, tackling projects with lots of moving pieces, and overanalyzing everything. <BR> <BR> When it comes to exercising, though, this can be a blessing and a curse. Simple plans and goals are easier to follow and meet, respectively. But if they start to bore me because I'm not turning them over and over in my head trying to decide my next approach, I start to lose interest... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:10:18 EST Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091866 So I hopped back on the treadmill after giving my back a few days to rest, and this is how my run started: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964648132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> SQUEE! <BR> <BR> It's been a long darn while since I could manage that. Granted, my second mile didn't look so hot, and I got myself off the treadmill before I got to three. But it's a start. Thanks SO much for everyone's encouragement! It's meant a lot :) <BR> <BR> I j... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:55:56 EST Food and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088988 I've alluded to my "changed relationship with food" on my page, and after chatting to a few Sparkers whose stories reminded me of my own, I think it's time to get into the details. <BR> <BR> I *love* food. All food, really. Trace it back to my diverse roots if you like: I'm 1/4 Spanish-Peruvian ; I grew up in Central and South Florida; my mom has a saintly willpower over of food; some other members of my family, not so much; and I married a Thai-Irish-American guy who will literally eat *eve... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:03:39 EST On the Mend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087597 I woke up and actually wondered--just for a second--if I'd just imagined the muscle strain . . . <BR> <BR> It was a fabulous second, too. <BR> <BR> But then I moved wrong and the little knot mid-back (excuse me: thorax) gave a little twinge and I knew it was too good to be true. <BR> <BR> Still, I'm not in dire pain. I dressed myself this morning. I dried my own hair. I can even breathe deeply and not feel a thing! <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm still on hefty doses of ibuprofen. I'm hoping th... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:12:23 EST OUCH :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086142 So I did it. I pulled something. In my back. And it's bad. <BR> <BR> It hurts every time I breathe. It hurts when I twist. It hurts when I stretch. Not even big bad high intensity movements. Just rolling over in bed and reaching for my coffee this morning was doing it. <BR> <BR> Well, I suppose it might have been time to take a rest day. I'm getting the ice pack all prepped. Hopefully I can calm it down before I make it worse! <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 06:55:46 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085743 It's been a long time, SP. Four years is a LONG time. So here's where things stand, in the cleanest nutshell I can manage. <BR> <BR> NOWADAYS, I AM . . . <BR> **26 <BR> **Married <BR> **A Homeowner <BR> **A Full-Fledged Book Editor <BR> **Owner of Two Dogs <BR> **A Hiker <BR> **168 lbs <BR> <BR> I CAN . . . <BR> **Run/walk a mile in 12:53 (a hilly mile at that) <BR> **Swim 1200 yds in a half hour <BR> **Hike 4,000-footer mountains (at 1-1.5 mph) <BR> **Carry 50 lbs on my back for three day... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 20:55:53 EST Drawbacks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1243749 A NOTE TO MYSELF AND ANYONE READING: <BR> I've deleted my old blog posts, mostly because they only contained info about where I was, and if I think about that too hard, I'll just get frustrated about how much further I let myself go. But this post says something great. It was one of my last posts before I trickled off of SP before, and one of the last before I stopped going to the gym all together. This is EXACTLY the problem I'll be up against in the next week or so (today is 10/3/12, for th... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 09:41:43 EST