OVERHAULING-ME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERHAULING%2DME OVERHAULING-ME'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/ Dealing with Pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624383 Last night I had excrutiating pain going down my right arm, shoulder and up into my neck and head. Couldn't sleep. It was stressing me out and getting me worried. Didn't get up at 4:30 to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> I dread going to the doctor, I just don't go. I go maybe once every 18 months. But today I went in. I'm trying to get healthy and that means taking action with my overall health. <BR> <BR> Over two years ago I went into the ER with similar symptoms. At that time I thought I w... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:26:07 EST I Don't Wanna!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622300 Monday I kind of did some self-talking. I've got to pull this together and get healthy. I'm the only one who can make the change for me. I did some reading, and even watching, and came up with a plan that I can commit to. Did I pick easy things? No because easy won't bring about the change I need. But I picked out doable things that can be accomplished daily IF I just put myself first, love myself enough to put in the work. <BR> <BR> One of those changes is picking a set time to go to ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:06:52 EST New Scale, New Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621378 I've been really frustrated with my scale at home. Every time I step on it it reads something different. When I weigh in I usually do three times and average the weight. Not a great thing to go by. <BR> <BR> When the new gym opened I was going to use their scale but...They had NO scale! I asked the owner and he said it was on it's way. <BR> <BR> This morning (Whoop Whoop for me, I woke up at 4:35 and was at the gym when the doors opened at 5) what a wonderful surprise to see that the sc... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:12:11 EST Snow Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617786 Today will be our second snow day. The snow started coming yesterday morning and school was closed. Towns just a few minutes south of us got almost 11 inches of snow. <BR> <BR> As the snow began to fall I hurried into the gym and was able to get an hour of cardio in. After that I was stuck at home, due to bad tires on my car. ARGH! Staying in the house was not great on my food intake. Made cinnamon rolls for my kiddos and, YES, I partook. I did log the recipe in the calculator and into... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:23:38 EST Biggest Loser - Finale 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616354 I love the Biggest Loser. I've seen every season and some of them more than once. (I love watching them on my iPad while I work out on my treadmill). I find their stories to be touching and relatable, their experiences at the ranch encouraging and emotionally draining, and their final results to be inspirational and motivating. <BR> <BR> There has been lots of discussion about the latest finale which aired last night. I've seen complaints that Rachel, the over all winner, lost too much an... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:47:39 EST Evaluating My Food Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613292 I've done a great job logging in my food. For that I'm very proud of myself! <em>244</em> <BR> I sat down last night and looked at the calorie intake for the past seven days. The range SP has given me is 1340- 1690, totally doable. After looking at the intake there were only two days that I actually made it over the 1340. Never made it into 1400 or higher and most days were in the 1200 range. <BR> <BR> So even though I'm doing great with logging I need to do better at staying in the ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:22:51 EST Loving My New Gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609269 I've been there every day it's been open. Today was day SIX! The owner knows me now and takes the time to say hi when he spots me working out. <BR> <BR> Loving the media room. Today the played Wolverine. I was able to walk the treadmill for 45min. Would have stayed longer, the movie was that great, if my schedule had allowed. <BR> <BR> The thing I'm loving is that in only six days I've seen such a huge improvement. I'm definitely not where I was last year when I was working out but I'... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:07:19 EST 3 For 3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605741 The opening of my gym was three days ago and I've made it there each day! I'm proud of myself in finding ways to get there even with my extremely busy schedule! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit concerned about my knee. I've had problems with it for awhile. Just a little twinge of pain at the right top of the knee cap. For the past few months the back of my knee has been hurting, on the right side. If I stretch my leg straight out on the ottoman it hurts or even when I'm driving. Sometimes my knee wa... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:08:46 EST New Gym! New ME? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603441 I hope so! <BR> <BR> A new gym is opening up in my town, about a mile from my home. Instead of the other gyms that charge $39-$50 a month this one will only be charging $10 a month!!! Or if I want to take unlimited classes and use the tanning beds only $20 a month! Even the daycare is only$10 a month with 1.5 hours allowed every single day! <BR> <BR> It opened today. I'm heading there tonight at 7 with my SISTERS! <BR> <BR> The gym isn't what I'm really excited about. What I think will... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:57:19 EST Broken Toe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594847 I hate it when injuries come about from a stupid event. We have a tiny half bath and I walked in there to do some cleaning. Obviously walked too close to the door jam and my little toe paid the price. <BR> <BR> ARGH! <BR> <BR> I've still been very productive today, trying to walk on the inside of that foot. It definitely helps to have my tennis shoes on, tightly laced. <BR> <BR> Lets see how many steps I can still get in. <BR> <BR> Onward and Upward! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Kr... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:27:46 EST HUGE Event 17 Weeks Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592406 Don't know what I was thinking but I did it AGAIN, I've signed up for the Hippie Chick Half Marathon! Last year was my first year doing it and after an injury impacted my training I had to change to the quarter marathon at the last moment. I walked it, finished it and beat the time I had set for myself. <BR> <BR> This year my sisters are doing it "with" me. My older sister, Nat-Again, lost 90 lbs and has been crazily, physically active for the past year. She ran a half-marathon that was ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:10:15 EST Getting Up and Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592390 Last week was my first week back. Normally I start with exercise first and that helps me get motivated to eat healthier. For some reason it's the reverse this time. I have NO desire to get my behind up and moving. So last week I worked on my food intake. Made healthier meals, investigated some healthier snacks, tracked my food and counted my calories. <BR> <BR> Worked well because I lost 3lbs! <BR> <BR> This week I'm adding in steps. My treadmill has broken since the last time I was o... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:59:02 EST Blah, blah, blah, blah, BLAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587095 Here I am...AGAIN! I'm sure by this time it's like the boy that cried wolf. No one's listening or believing. I guess that's okay because truly only ONE person has to Believe. <BR> <BR> ME! <BR> <BR> But do I? <BR> <BR> NO! <BR> <BR> But I have to find it in myself to believe. I have to find it in myself to listen to what my body needs. I need to figure out that food will NOT solve all the problems, worries and stresses I have (believe me there are TONS!) I HAVE TO learn how to put m... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:08:28 EST Hippie Chick - Quarter Marathon - Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354316 Yesterday was the big day! <BR> <BR> Originally, back in November, I signed up to do the half marathon. My training was going great, made it to 9 miles, then life happened. <BR> <BR> With pains and a crazy life I allowed my training to fall off track, for about 2 months or so. <BR> <BR> I was determined to stick to my goal and not give up comletely so I switched to the Quarter marathon. <BR> <BR> Originally my sister, Nat-Again, was going to do it with me. She kept her eye focused on h... Sun, 12 May 2013 19:29:51 EST Trial Run.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345386 ...Or should I say Walk. <BR> I really needed to know if it was even possible for me to try for the quarter marathon. I set the goal to walk for 2 hours today. Just got back. <BR> It was hot! I hadn't hydrated during the week so I felt a bit dehydrated. It was slower going than I had been at. In a 2 hour time period i walked 5.95 miles. I think a quarter marathon is 6.55 if I've figured it out correctly. <BR> I have NO pain while walking. My pain comes once I stop and sit down then star... Sat, 4 May 2013 14:31:00 EST Frustrated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344883 Can't really think of a better title than that. <BR> I was doing so great, like happens often, then I let life gets in the way, which ALWAYS happens. I stay drowning in struggles for a few months before I pull myself out again and then have another two to three months of success before I start the cycle all over again. <BR> I've been seeing a wonderful counselor off and on. She's kind of my sounding board to keep me sane, pats me on the back and puts me back in the war letting me know I CAN... Fri, 3 May 2013 23:25:48 EST Left at Home and Moping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256869 My two oldest boys play high school basketball. The senior is a starter for Varsity, the junior plays JV and some V. Tonight is our leagues championship game. (We've already clinched a spot for the state tournament.) <BR> <BR> This game is HUGE. Against our rivals who are undefeated in the season and ranked 8th in state. Last year when we played in the league championship my senior son was still recuperating from all the ligaments being torn in his ankle during a game with the same team we'... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:22:30 EST What Brings On A BINGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255192 Well for me it's... <BR> <BR> *No School and all 7 kids home <BR> *Daycare kids here <BR> *A day or two away from TOM's arrival <BR> *Financial stress <BR> *An appt with a Counselor <BR> *My husband with an eye issue, not working, underfoot <BR> *My 5yo waking up with 102 fever <BR> *10 people all wanting me to do things <BR> *a messy house <BR> *a million things on my "to-do"list <BR> *Kids' leftover Valentine junk <BR> *Girl Scout cookies <BR> <BR> My tummy hurts! A full-out binge? I've... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:03:03 EST Week 9 - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252445 Today's assignment is 6 miles brisk. I have an extremely busy day with two basketball games for my youngest son that is an hour away. He had one last week as well which I missed due to get my training in. <BR> <BR> Because the assignment was a "shorter" distance, a brisk 6 miles, I chose to do it last night. I'm not a night exerciser, wasn't sure how I'd do. I also had to nix my plan of doing it outside due to darkness and no reflector attire (definitely need to pick something up) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:58:32 EST Week 8 - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246558 A couple days late updating my Half Marathon workouts. <BR> <BR> Saturday's assignment was to do 8 miles. I had the goal to do it in 2:28:00. I was able to do it in 2:25:08 <BR> <BR> At the moment I'm afraid to push it on my long distance days. I don't know how much gas I have in this tank. I'm hoping in the next 3 months I'll be able to work on trimming down the time. <BR> <BR> The 8 miles was hard. My left foot started hurting a little towards the end but I felt great once I was don... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:44:25 EST SOBBED on the Treadmill This Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243158 Not because I had accomplished some amazing feat like jogging for 10 min, or accomplishing 13.1 miles. NO, I cried because the realization of a goal not accomplished. <BR> <BR> 13 months ago I set the goal to be in ONEderland by the time my Senior son (at that time a Junior) had his last home high school Varsity basketball game. At the time of that goal I weighed 310.2lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120153694.jpg"> <BR> January 2012, my two boys (Junior a... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:24:50 EST Dang Fitbit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241632 It's making me ACTIVE! <BR> <BR> Instead of sending my son to walk to school by himself or drive him in the rain.....I bundle up the little ones and we walk him to school <BR> <BR> Instead of having my kids take the folded laundry upstairs...I walk them up one stack at a time. <BR> <BR> Instead of sitting on my behind for a full hour show...I spend a portion of it on my feet walking in place <BR> <BR> Instead of zoning out and being lazy...I set my timer for 5 minutes and walk up and down... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:23:06 EST Week 7 - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234861 Today's assignment was to walk 7 miles. I did it on my treadmill, as usual, and had set the goal to finish in 2:12:30. I was able to finish it in 2:08. WooHoo! By the end I have been tired but my body doesn't hurt while I'm on the treadmill, different story once I get off. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself that I have not missed a single day of workouts in 7 weeks! <BR> Next weeks assignment is 8miles. I'm setting the goal to do it in 2:28 <BR> <BR> I have a brother training for his firs... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 20:05:03 EST Yesterday's Fitbit Goal - 100 Flights of Stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233406 Can I just say how much I am LOVING my Fitbit! I've worn a pedometer before and have been motivated with the number of steps I could see. But all the stats from the Fitbit is REALLY keeping me moving! <BR> <BR> One of the stats it keeps is how many flights of stairs you do (calculates it by an increase of 10 feet in elevation). Yesterday was my rest day for my half marathon training but I knew I wanted to still be active. I set the goal to do 100 flights of stairs. I announced it to my ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 15:05:02 EST Week 6 - Half Marathon Training and MORE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225081 Today's assignment was walk 4 miles, Brisk. I had set the goal of 1:10:00. I was able to make it in 1:09:26. Made it with 34 seconds to spare! Next weeks assignment is 7 miles. I did 6 miles in 1:52:30 so I'm setting the goal for 2:12:30. <BR> <BR> My kids did a Wonderful job with TV turnoff week. My four youngest (14,12,8 and 5) and I went at 6 last night for a GREAT experience. They had a scavenger hunt that send the kids all over the library, tons of stations making crowns, jester ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:34:02 EST TV Turnoff Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216347 Or actually, Screen Turnoff Week. <BR> <BR> Our local library is challenging the kids to not use electronics, watch TV, DVDs, Wii, IPads, etc... If they can go the week then they get to spend the night at the library on Friday. It's a night filled with fun events centered around the theme...Knight Quest! <BR> <BR> My youngest four (5,8,12,14) are up for the challenge. When they asked if we could do it I have to admit I was being a party pooper. Doing it means missing my boys' varsity ba... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:57:54 EST Week 5 - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214697 This was a hard week! I had a lot of extra craziness and emotional stresses that caused me to be in a funk. My eating wasn't 100% and I really didn't want to work out. Actually didn't EXCEPT for my assigned half training. <BR> <BR> Today was 6miles. Knew I'd be on the treadmill forever! Didn't do it outside because it's been 29 degrees, foggy, miserable. The goal I set for it last week was 1:56:34. I was able to do it in 1:52:30. WooHoo! Still have 16 weeks to get my time down, way ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:45:51 EST Week 4 - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204427 Another week done! NO days missed! I'm feeling awesome about it! <BR> <BR> Today's assignment: 5 miles easy. I've done many 5ks on my treadmill and 2 in official events so knew that 3.1 wouldn't be bad but was curious how I'd be able to handle the last 1.9 miles. Not knowing if I'd slow down towards the end I set the goal to do it in 1:45:00. I was actually able to finish it in 1:36:34. 8:26 minutes faster than planned! <BR> <BR> Quite a long time, I know, but right now my goal is ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:35:15 EST Week Three - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192457 Today ended week three. The "big" assignment for today was a 2 mile brisk walk. Got that down first thing this morning! Feels good to cross off each day as I complete the assignment. I have not missed a day yet in the 3 weeks! <BR> <BR> Next week the daily assignments increase each day by 5 minutes. They are very easy assignments, nothing challenging yet. But next Saturdays longer distance is 5 miles. I don't remember the last time I walked 5 miles all at once. I've done it twice th... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:21:54 EST Conquered TWO Things Holding Me Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189247 Today has been a huge, wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Stayed on track with my eating! <em>194</em> <em>267</em> <em>53</em> <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> Did my Half Marathon training! <em>311</em> It was a rest day, so that was easy! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But what has made it a wonderful day, and an exhausting one, is stepping out of my comfort zone. Not just once today but TWICE! <BR> <BR> It's been awhile since I've been back to the gym. I was nervous about going, very appr... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:00:39 EST 2013 - It's a New Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185113 For the past 3 years we've had a tradition (my sister, daughters and I) to do our own 5K on January 1st. For the other three times it had been pouring! Today it was Beautiful but Cold! Due to some illness and scheduling problems it was just my sister and I doing it today. Having had a yo-yo-ing year my endurance wasn't where it should have been or could have been. But I was pleased with my time, 54 minutes! <BR> <BR> As I was walking it was time to spend on reflections. I'm discouraged... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:29:32 EST Week Two - Half Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179990 Yep, I have signed up for a half marathon. The date is May 11th, 19 weeks from today! <BR> <BR> The Half, or quarter, marathon is for women only. Last year over 20 women and daughters from church signed up to do the 2012 one. As it got closer I was hearing more and more chatter and excitement about it. To be honest I allowed my feelings to be hurt that I hadn't been informed or invited to participate. But then who would have thought that an over 300lb woman would even be interested in d... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:46:08 EST Holiday Stress Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167489 It's been awhile since I've blogged. My healthy lifestyle has been off and on, the weight has been yo-yo-ing, and my presence on SP has been hit and miss. I signed up for a half-marathon (walking it) 6 weeks ago and havent done much to prepare for it. Monday begins my training program and THANKFULLY more participants were needed for the Biggest Loser challenge and I was invited to participate with the Emerald team. <BR> <BR> I'm starting late but the challenge for this week is to list 3 t... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:43:24 EST This is NOT a Joke! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014145 This is MY LIFE! <BR> <BR> I keep starting and stopping. When I stop I completely fall off the healthy lifestyle. Yes, this last pause I was able to pull off a Sprint Triathalon but truly, as long as you feel comfortable in the water, I think Anyone could do a Sprint Tri. I'm proud that I did it, glad to know I could do it but knowing how little I trained for it (from April on) it's really doable for all. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I go through times that I JUST DON'T CARE about my health. Su... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:15:43 EST I Can, I Will, I Did, I TRI-ed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992353 Yesterday was my first ever Sprint Triathalon and....I DID IT! <BR> <BR> Flashback to a few weeks ago. I'd been doing my training. Not as extensive as I would have liked but was getting in several weekly swims and walks (mostly 5ks). Biking hadn't gone so well. About three weeks before the event I went with my 19yo daughter, Alex, and several other ladies to do the whole trail. It went well and then got off the bike and walked 1.5 miles. Everything A-OK. The next morning my tailbone T... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:45:30 EST I Think I Can Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964863 The Tri is in 17 days. Another lady invited my daughter and I to go to the trails where the triathalon will take place to ride our bikes. There were five of us in all and, it being only the second time I've been on an actually bike in the past 30 years, I chose to take up the rear and follow the lead. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to have tried the trails. LOTS of pot holes, other parts of the pavement was ruptured with root growth and part was gravel. Most was flat but there were a few hills I LOU... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 01:26:53 EST Still Going to Try the TRI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924169 I've been MIA for a bit. Allowed a small vacation to throw me off track, allowed some family problems to completely turn my endeavors around pointing me WAY in the wrong direction! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to get going again. I've done better on the workout department than eating. It's amazing how my food cravings have come back raging! <BR> <BR> Although I've done some workouts it's truly not been much. Just a walk here and there. <BR> <BR> My women's Tri-athalon is in 6.5 weeks. A... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:42:35 EST Addictions and Choices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841005 I've been M.I.A for awhile. I keep trying to make a comeback, my head has been able to bob up to the surface on occassion only to sink back under the waves of overwhelming emotions. <BR> <BR> Here I am, on my official weigh-in day and I am 10lbs heavier than I was 3.5 weeks ago. Why? Addictions and Choices! <BR> <BR> At first I was thinking the addiction wasn't mine but that I was only making bad choices in dealing with someone else's addictions. Well, I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Easter Sund... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:55:18 EST Day 91: Looking Back on March, Planning for April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816791 Okay, looking back on March's goals: <BR> 1. Increase monthly exercise minutes to 2000. <BR> 2. Cook/prepare one new healthy meal a week. <BR> 3. Sign-up for and walk in my FIRST 5k <BR> 4. Lose 10lbs <BR> 5. Be consistent with my kids doing at least ONE job a day. <BR> <em>24</em> 1. Uh, NO. My monthly total ended up being only 1208. I was in a funk for almost a week. That would account for some missing minutes but not the whole thing. Need to really focus on getting good workouts... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:44:46 EST Fruit, Exercise, Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814255 Saturday, March 31, 2012Fruit, Exercise, Treadmill <BR> This evening my 4yo brought me something. She had it hidden behind her back. <BR> <BR> "Guess what I have" she said. <BR> <BR> "Uh, a picture?" I replied <BR> <BR> "Nope, guess again" <BR> <BR> "Okay, letters?" My second guess. <BR> <BR> "YES!" she said with excitementand pulled out this piece of paper and handed it to me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l536552178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "It says, 'fruit,... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 22:51:07 EST Fat and Fatter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812700 Yesterday I was still in my funk, although I was working on coming out of it. Eating healthy was NOT on the agenda. Since that was the case I had dh pick up hot cocoa and donuts at the store when he went to get fried chicken, jojo's, rolls and potato salad for dinner. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, the yummy greasiness of the crispy chicken skin was DELICIOUS! Bad, I know, but oh so good! <BR> <BR> My two youngest had been tucked in bed and the next four were all out busy with friends and a... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:12:20 EST Faking It Until I MAKE IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811554 UGH, I hate feeling the way I'm feeling! In the past decade I can point exactly to what threw me off track of my healthy journeys. There are two things. 1. A vacation OR 2. A non-structured time for my kids (summer break) <BR> <BR> This time around it's been both! Our whirlwind trip to Boise AND then boom, Spring Break! The two combined has thrown be in a downward spin out of control. <BR> <BR> I've acknowledged this struggle and have received a lot of support to get over it. <B... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:49:20 EST First Time in a Swimsuit This Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809921 It's a good thing I committed to my kids and my daycare mom that I was taking the kids to the pool today or else I WOULDN'T have done it!!! <BR> <BR> I dug out my swimsuit, shaved off the winter growth from my legs and DID IT! <BR> <BR> We had a great time! <BR> <BR> The pool has various depths and activities. I kept the three youngest (4,3,1) in the one foot area with slides, dumping buckets and other fun things. I got my workout in! The one year old didn't want to walk in the water ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:47:35 EST Out of Control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808037 Don't really know what to call this post. But I know I need to post something. I want my blogs to be an accurate accounting of my journey. Right now I'm completely off track! <BR> <BR> Did so well on my drive to Boise! Ate healthy the whole drive. Got in around 8pm and still stayed focused. Got up early and walked the neighborhood. For some reason I felt like I was going to faint. Almost called my sister-in-law to let her know which direction I went in case I didn't come home. Made... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:25:15 EST Whirlwind Trip and Trying to Stay on Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802156 I know this is going to say it's Saturday but truly it's Friday night, 11:00. <BR> <BR> It's been a CRAZY day. Stood in line for the movie. Thank goodness we were the first showing and we got to get into the theater at 9:00 out of the cold! But the weight was SO LONG! Movie was great! Did a good job following the book. With any great book made into a movie they did have to delete some things and tweak it a bit so they could get the main gist of the book across in the 2hour + time frame... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:13:44 EST Are You Ready For HUNGER GAMES?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800176 I'm talking the movie, not some new fad weight loss diet! <BR> <BR> The movie opens at midnight tonight! My daughter bought us tickets. (She hads ulterior motives because she knew she couldn't go at midnight without me, UGH!) <BR> <BR> It's 2:30 our time and she is already in line with her crazy friends and a few even CRAZIER moms! I'll be showing up too but I have to wait until daycare leaves at 5:30 AND after I get my family packed for a last minute trip. We're leaving at 10am tomorro... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:45:23 EST A BIRTHDAY Letter To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798300 Dear Krista <BR> Happy 45th Birthday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547046290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l432732103.jpg"> <BR> Who would have thought the first FULL day of Spring would have brought this kind of weather. <BR> <BR> But one of the best surprises was a visit to the scale. I told the kids, as I went to weigh in, that I was hoping ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:51:01 EST Spring Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797240 The Spring Biggest Loser Challenge began 6 days ago. It runs for 10 weeks. One of the challenges is to write down goals, expectations for this time period. I probably should have taken the time to think through this before the challenge actually began but my mind was too consumed with my first 5k. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Goal - 25lbs. <BR> <BR> How? <BR> 1. Increase my cardio. I've been a bit slacking since I was sick in February. <BR> 2. Increase my ST. I don't know why I have such a me... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:06:50 EST Roadblocks For My Sprint TRI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794215 Doing the 5k yesterday was, in part, for getting ready for my church's Sprint Tri on July 28th. <BR> <BR> I've been looking forward to it. It's been keeping me focused. The thought of my 3 older girls doing it with me was exciting. <BR> <BR> EHHHHHH! Roadblocks! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> ROADBLOCK #1 - Because of the interest and so many people signing up they have changed the age. Now only 16 and older can participate which excludes my 12 and 13 yo. <BR> <BR> ROADBLOCK #2 - My two old... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:27 EST My FIRST 5K - Day 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792551 WooHoo!!! I think I've caught the bug! <BR> <BR> My dh woke up early with us and drove us the 30 minutes to the starting area. I was still a tad nervous, just for the newness of it all, but was very excited to just get out there and exercise! My goal was less than 54:00 minutes and NOT to be last. The fastest I have done a 5k on my treadmill was 53:38 but I know running on pavement is completely different than the cushioning of a treadmill. <BR> <BR> The rain came down as we drove to th... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:51:59 EST