PIXIEMOM13's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PIXIEMOM13 PIXIEMOM13'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 baaaaacck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790786 Wow, its been about 3 months since I last wrote in this blog. <BR> <BR> Not much has been going on, weight wise... I've pretty much stayed the same.. BUT I've finally bitten the bullet and made an appointment with a nutritionist/dietician. My insurance will not cover it if its to treat obesity...but WILL cover it 3 sessions in a calendar year... if its to treat another condition like high blood pressure or cholesterol. I am on medications for both of those conditions and have made no se... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:40:05 EST Its been awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739433 And I've been... I don't know how to say it.. lost, I guess. <BR> <BR> I stopped going to Weight Watchers because my weight was doing the old see-saw -- up 1 lb, down 1/2, down 1, up 1... basically I've been the same weight for the past couple of months. <BR> <BR> As for the running... I've let myself fall out of it, regularly. And my speed is still somewhere around 13 min/mi - 14:30 or so...sometimes slower depending. <BR> <BR> On the advice of my trainer I've decided NOT to do Marine Co... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:22:39 EST Being a good example http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706707 I think I blogged earlier in the year about encouraging my daughter by keeping track of the miles she's walked (or sometimes walk/run) with me since the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> Well looking at her log, I realized she was about 1 walk to school away from a milestone. Her school is about 1.5 miles from our house...and she was at about 48.5 miles... so one more walk to 50 miles. I had planned to do *something* special for her at 50 miles. And when I told her that (but not what I had... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:28:11 EST Upcoming race thoughts -- and the big kahuna (LOL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691349 The next big race I have is the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon. <BR> <BR> I did that one last year with a garmin that died at mile 3 (my own fault for not making sure it was charged)...and in my worst finish time ever for a half at 3:21:07. <BR> <BR> So I'm doing it again this year...and hoping to really do better than that!! And since training, like for the Irongirl, has been "so-so".... I'll be happy with anything just over the 3hr mark and THRILLED with something under 3. <BR> <BR... Fri, 9 May 2014 13:35:32 EST April 27, 2014 Columbia Irongirl Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683391 This was my first year doing this race. And I wished, going into it that I'd felt better about my training. But really... well.. it hadn't been the best. Thanks to Mother Nature and her hormonal mood swings. <BR> <BR> Ah well... <BR> <BR> The race was supposed to start at 7am. I live about 15 minutes by car (maybe less min, really) from the start area, but wasn't sure how soon they'd close roads, so I had my husband get me up early and I tried to be out the door by 6:15 or so....My mo... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:11:26 EST 2014 Racing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629331 I don't do a lot of races. <BR> Mostly its because as funny as it sounds, I like the longer distances. I joke it takes me a mile or two to truly get in the grove and in a 5K that's almost finished! So I "like" 8Ks, 10K and half marathons. <BR> The problem there is at least in terms of the half marathon as slow as I've been lately (past year or so since regaining about 35 of the 60 I had lost)... that I need a cutoff time of 3.5 hrs or MORE to feel like "Yes, I can do this one" --- best ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:36:21 EST Scale whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615252 I'm following weight watchers and this past week and the week before last I tracked (honestly and completely vs my old half-a$$ed tracking)...and have kept up a streak on my active link of 100% or better. <BR> <BR> Weigh in days are Tuesdays (usually) <BR> so week of Weds 1/22- Tues 1/28) -1.8 lbs <BR> week of Weds 1/29 - Tues 2/4 +.2 <BR> <BR> I don't think its a REAL gain.... but even knowing that, I'm still bummed, 'cause I did everything right and the $%^$%&^&%^*&^*(&^ scale doesn't re... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:31:18 EST A big NSV for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608495 It actually happened on 1-22-14... and I'm sorry I didn't write about it then, but I can honestly say I'm very very proud of myself for it. <BR> <BR> Here's what I wrote that evening in an email to my weight watchers leader: <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Sorry if this story is a bit disjointed, but bear with me. <BR> <BR> Today 13 years ago we lost my dad. <BR> <BR> He had entered the hospital on 12/27 and at first they had no idea what was wrong... he was experiencing pain that they ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:53:01 EST Motivation to get moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579561 I came up with this idea for my daughter who is 7 (she'll turn 8 in March). But then the longer I thought on it, the more I could see it would work for anyone: kids to us bigger kids! lol <BR> <BR> My daughter is active to begin with, ao I'm lucky there. As I posted in December, she loves to walk with me. She also loves for me to post her picture on my facebook feed (limited to friends and family only) though I shared the picture below with some more public groups because it doesn't s... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:15:27 EST 2014 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579548 I don't make resolutions...because they always get broken. But I do like setting goals. Even if I don't hit them all, they give me something to aim for. <BR> <BR> So here are my goals so far for 2014: <BR> <BR> 1. To end 2014 weighing less than I began it. (First weigh in with weightwatchers will be 1/7/14. I ended 2013 on 12/31/13 (yes, we had a meeting that morning!) with a weight of 224.6 <BR> <BR> 2. To finish at least two half marathons this year: Columbia Irongirl halfmaratho... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:04:11 EST Walking and talking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559155 Okay, not just walking, but I have to admit I've done a lot more walking than running this past week. <BR> <BR> First off, I'm taking part in a facebook challenge group for December... where each participant set a specific, attainable goal for the month of December. I set one goal, officially, but have been working on a second goal unoffically... <BR> <BR> The "official goal" was to run/walk 80 miles in December, so about 20 miles a week. Looking over my past running log, I have never ru... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:26:44 EST So where have I been? (probably rambling update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552834 I've been... here.. around.. mostly lurking. <BR> <BR> The last entry I wrote prior to this one was on 8-8-13.. the day after I was attacked by the coward. <BR> To be honest I was more ticked than frightened when I wrote that account... the fear didn't set in until later. I guess I kept thinking of what could have happened, you know? and knew I couldn't run solo on the paths... maybe with a partner or group (like when we coach the ladies of FIT or GIRL) but not solo, not on the paths. <B... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:14:26 EST THIS might be my new scariest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448753 Couple minutes of my life... <BR> <BR> Last night at about 6pm I was running solo and was just past the turn around for my 3 mi run when I heard someone running behind me breathing heavy... I kept thinking "whoever that is, they gotta be faster than me, wonder why they don't just pass me already." <BR> <BR> Then he grabbed my breasts. <BR> <BR> I screamed bloody murder and he let go like he'd been scalded and took off running in the opposite direction. I kept screaming and yelled 'you co... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:48:15 EST Update on Sadie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443242 Meant to write this earlier... she's fine now. <BR> When hubby took her to the vet her third eyelid on the eye she was squinting was scratched. (I never knew birds had a third eyelid!!) We had to give her drops in her eye and an oral medication... boy did she hate that! She screeched at us and tried to bite, we had to towel her each time. lol <BR> <BR> But she is fine now. No more squinting... she's still a bit hesitant to "step up" to us to get out of the cage.. lol I guess she thin... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:30:16 EST Scariest 5 minutes of my life (well, close second) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434315 The scariest being quite a few years back when I thought I had lost track of Thomas in the park. <BR> <BR> But this.. last night... was an easy second. <BR> <BR> I have a pet parrot... Sadie, a caique. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caique </link> I think I have a picture of Sadie in my photos. <BR> <BR> Anyway, due to some troubles with our son at daycare, my mom is watching Thomas and Georgia until school starts the last week in August. My husband takes the kids to my mom's (a bit ov... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:39:39 EST Sometimes the best laid plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398206 Get interfered with...and sometimes... what happens in its place is even BETTER. <BR> <BR> I've been on a "staycation" of sorts the past week... took some time off so the kids (especially Thomas) didn't have to be in childcare all day. (Next week Thomas starts summer school and will be there 8:15-11:15 so at least he won't be ALL day in childcare). Georgia actually asked to be taken a few days... she's my lil social butterfly and has fun playing with friends at childcare. <BR> <BR> But ha... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:27:40 EST Marine Corps Historic Half 5-19-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362685 5-19-13, Fredericksburg, VA <BR> <BR> The race (not counting opening ceremonies) started at 7 am. And from our house to Fredericksburg was a bit under a 2 hour drive. My mom (and nephew) were coming down to watch my kids - Thomas not caring for large crowds as this race was sure to have...and Georgia wouldn't care to get up as early as we needed to! <BR> <BR> By 4am we were on the road... stopped at a McDonalds to get something to eat... I wasn't worried about the calories of their brea... Mon, 20 May 2013 19:47:45 EST I am woman, hear me RAWR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352181 Today I did something that the old me would never have done. <BR> <BR> The flower beds in our front lawn were in desperate need of a fix... late last fall we had ripped out the old wooden retaining wall because carpenter ants were swarming on/eating the wood and crawling all over our neighbor's house. But after ripping out the offending old/maybe a bit rotting wood, we never did anything to fix the beds. the weeds grew and it looked awful. (I wish i had taken a picture, but I didn't. <B... Fri, 10 May 2013 13:04:55 EST Been awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347401 And this blog is likely to be a short one. The past few weeks I've been trying to get back on track...but if I have to be 100% honest with myself I've been 'tracking' half-a$$edly.... really going through the motions. <BR> <BR> The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to stop being insane. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what I'm going to do to make sure this time is different...but I honestly feel like I'm waking up from a fog. I... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:45:42 EST Running update, Boston thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325577 Friday 4/12, I had one of the BEST runs I have had in a long time...and not just because it was one of my faster runs. (and when I say runs, I mean run/walks, because I do a lot of walking... no set intervals, yet..thats something I intend to work on) <BR> <BR> <link>connect.garmin.com/activity/29682622<BR>1 </link> <BR> <BR> It was one of my best because during the run segments my legs didn't feel (for once) heavy as lead slogging through mud...but almost felt like they were floating a... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:23:24 EST Marine Corps Motivational video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301186 Let's see if this works: <BR> <BR> <link>www.marinemarathon.com/Community/MCM<BR>_TV.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Video to inspire about the Marine Corps Marathon. <BR> <BR> If I get this teary just watching a 7 minute video.... how much more so will I be WHEN I finish this race? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:41:31 EST Feeling Hope for Humanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300882 Two stories I've seen and/or read today that really give me hope for humans as a species. <BR> <BR> <link>screen.yahoo.com/disabled-girl-makes<BR>-brighton-middle-022902987.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link>gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/autist<BR>ic-girls-broken-cheeseburger-story-goe<BR>s-viral-234305060--abc-news-topstories.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:57:38 EST Race report 17.75k (3-23-13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299445 My husband got me up at 5am. My mother was driving down from Hanover, PA to our house in MD (about an hours drive or maybe 1hr 15/20min) to watch the kids while he took me to the race. <BR> We were on the road by about 5:30 I think... a quick stop at McDonald's for breakfast for me...even though I wasn't so sure I could eat.. nerves... but I did manage it..and for once did not feel guilty about fast food.. I knew I'd run it off during this race. <BR> <BR> But I was nervous as heck. This ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:14:30 EST Do you want to play a game? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284035 Well, this is something I'm going to do for myself, but anyone who wants to join in is welcome to do so. <BR> <BR> Everyone knows I've been dealing with see-sawing weight and weight creep at the scale. I USED to set weight loss goals and tie rewards to those goals..but that becomes problematic when the scale refuses to cooperate. So what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> My idea... set a "points" goal for myself and tie the reward to when my "score" reaches that number of points (which I'm tryin... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:56:04 EST REBOOT 2-26-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264866 This morning I faced another gain on the scale. From last week's 218.4 to this week's 220.2. <BR> <BR> I've now officially regained half of the 60 lbs I've managed to lose when I started on 6/25/10. (From my heaviest of 253.2 to 193.2 and now back to 220.2. (I guess my body just naturally loves that .2... lol) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I reset my ticker. Its time to buckle down and track and get down to business... Given how much weight I have to lose to get anywhere near a healthy weight... ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:55:39 EST So... I had a scale snit this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256636 Actually, I had quite a crappy day going. <BR> <BR> Last week, I expected a gain on the scale (because it was "that time") and I had a loss of 1.4 lbs. I thought "woohoo, maybe after 3 weeks of staying the same the weight training is paying off..." <BR> Then this week... not only did I find the 1.4 I lost last week, I was up *another* 1.4 for a total of 2.8.. sigh.. and I did NOT expect that. I thought at worst I would maintain. <BR> <BR> So on one of the private forums I belong to, I ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:13:16 EST Some days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229296 Some days my bodymedia doesn't give me credit for the exercise I do.. Running on the treadmill (or outside) it always give me credit...the elliptical I think pretty good... the arc trainer, not always gives me credit... and the bike.. hehe it will give me some. <BR> <BR> I think its because bodymedia relies on arm movement as one of its things to measure.... <BR> <BR> Anyway, some days it doesn't give me credit..and other days it gives me MORE... <BR> <BR> Now I always thought of my job as... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:31:36 EST Give me an...Ooooh.... Rah!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220344 Registration for the Marine Corps 17.75K race and Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon opened today at noon, EST. I had storytime this morning until about 11:50...so I get right out of storytime and rush to a downstairs computer. Log into the Marine Corps marathon site.... no active link. <BR> The site is running slow. My clock is reading noon..then 12:05, 12:06, etc. Site is slower than molasses in mid-January. (I know its because I'm not the only one with the bright idea for this.)... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:16:33 EST Keep it to yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197557 Because I can link up my bodymedia and myfitnesspal accounts I use MFP for food tracking... and there is support there too and I enjoy it, but I really, really enjoy Sparkpeople's support and blog features. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I sometimes cruise the MFP threads just because...and came across a thread about keeping your goals to yourself vs not. There were all sorts of views and people had good reasons for the views they espoused.... and one person mentioned that research has shown that when y... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:35:29 EST 2012 recap.... 2013 goals? (Angel of belief, devil of doubt) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186600 2012 was the year of new achievements, and a year of setbacks. <BR> <BR> Achievements: first half marathon in May, 2nd one in November...and with bronchitis! lol <BR> Setbacks... weight gain... more than I'd like. (from a total loss of almost 62 lbs to gaining weight where my loss was "only" 37 lbs) <BR> <BR> For Christmas, my husband gave me a bodymedia core armband. I am really enjoying it and find it motivating... if nothing else its a physical reminder / anchor to myself that remind... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:44:44 EST Trying something that feels radical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158095 Eating MORE to lose weight. <BR> <BR> On the suggestion of a friend of mine from facebook, I found an food/activity calculator... and doing what she did... I input my GOAL weight and current activity level (I put moderate 3-5 times a week)... and am going to use the figures it gave me as my calorie goals. <BR> <BR> It feels a bit scary, 'cause the numbers seem high to me. But the low calorie thing hasn't been working for me, so what do I have to lose? <BR> <BR> <link>calculator-converte... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:34:33 EST Fall Classic Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150545 This is late... really, really late. The race itself was on Sunday, 11/18. <BR> <BR> The only thing I can say to my excuse is it took me awhile to sort through my own feelings on my performance vs expectations vs hopes. <BR> <BR> I'd had the flu about a week and a half to two weeks before and that was quickly followed up by bronchitis. And before that.. well, I'd been slacking on my training. I can't even begin to say why. <BR> <BR> So realistically there was no way I would even be ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:58:23 EST The end is near... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130608 LOL (well, the end of the year).. coming up faster than I'd like to think about. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year I had some goals: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647382 </link> <BR> <BR> so how am I doing so far? <BR> last week of 2011 my weight was 194... current weight as of Wednesday 11/7 was 211.8 so to meet the goal of ending the year less than I started this year off with... I'd have to lose 17.8 lbs. ... in 7 weeks. Hmmm.... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:01:34 EST Marine Corps 10K 2012 (10-28-12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123004 Writing this entry almost a week late. But I blame a combination of getting ready for Sandy (which thankfully didn't hit our area as hard as it could have... definitely nothing compared to New York and New Jersey!!) and then my husband and son then me getting sick. My daughter was the only one (so far -- knock on wood) to stay healthy. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563818 </link> <BR> Is a link to last year's 10K report. <BR> <BR> Diff... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 22:30:37 EST Run like the wind, with the wind..against the wind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114805 Well, it might be one of those! lol <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the 37th Marine Corps Marathon (and also the 10K, which is what I'm running again this year.) <BR> <BR> And Hurricane Sandy is menacing the east coast. But MCM/10K is still on. <BR> So..yeah..this ought to be interesting! <BR> <BR> My hubby is also sick with a fever (maybe the flu)... and our son Thomas (who is on the autism spectrum) is freaking a bit ... well, very worried at least... about the hurricane. Fun times, huh? <BR>... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:57:49 EST Contemplating the Scary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101674 Seems appropriate with Halloween only 15 days away. ;) <BR> <BR> I've mentioned a goal I'd like to aim for in 2013. Literally this time (well, one year and two weeks away.) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241669593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And just putting it out here is scary enough for this girl... or so I thought. Then, as I was cruising around I found a fitness blog that linked to a challenge/contest Underarmor is running for women. <BR> <BR> What's Beautiful? <BR> ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:35:28 EST 10 things I'm grateful for... and,, Oct. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083087 October goals I'm still contemplating, But part of our BLC20 challenge this weekend was to write a blog post (which I'm doing now)... and list 10 things we are grateful for. <BR> <BR> So in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. My children. They challenge me, exasperate me, make me laugh and are simply everything for me. They're the reason I got started on this road to health. (Though I started for their sakes I'm now doing this for them.. AND me.. before it was all about them. And they'... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:01:56 EST This made me giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067836 A joke shared by a friend, courtesy of her mother: <BR> <BR> ******** <BR> A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, "Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish." <BR> <BR> The biker pulled over and said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can ride over anytime I want." <BR> <BR> God replied, "Your request is materialistic; think of the enormous challenges for... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:29:09 EST Still struggling, still... (BLC 20 plan?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063981 Fighting? Trying to fight? <BR> I don't know. <BR> <BR> I haven't given up, but I have to question whether my joining the Biggest Loser Challenge was the right one or not. Its like I join these things all gung-ho and then ...pfft... a challege comes along and I just suck at it. <BR> <BR> Or maybe not. This weekend's was a "back to school" type challenge and points could be earned by taking full length pics, etc.. as a before picture. (This was as close to full length as I could get tak... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:38:03 EST Wednesday reboot...streaking day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055970 Yeah, I never finished logging my food last night. So I'm restarting my streak. Still I did manage for 36 straight days...and don't think I messed up last night really. <BR> <BR> BUT: <BR> Weight last week: 205 <BR> Weight this week: 205.8 <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here feeling really, really discouraged. At least I'm not paying weight watchers for the privilege of see-sawing like I was before. But dang it... I want back into Onederland! I want back in the 190s...then finally breaking i... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:05:23 EST Kissing Concrete on Tuesday, streaking day 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054587 I had been weighing in on Tuesdays and I did sneak a peek at the scale this morning, but at least while I'm doing Biggest Loser challenge, I figure I would change my official weigh in day to Wednesdays... at least while I'm doing the challenge. <BR> <BR> So this morning I ran.. okay, ran/walked.. High Tor Hill (road name) has two extended hills, some walking was required for me at least. I did see my kids, which made me happy. So I decided to be a bit bold and extend my run down a differe... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:33:04 EST Monday, why must you come so soon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052373 It was a nice, relaxing weekend overall. <BR> <BR> Actually, I felt like a bear most of Sunday until my husband pushed me out the door for a run. (I had been snapping at him and the children, a fact I feel bad about in retrospect.) Things were better about 1 hr and 5 miles later. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> This morning we took my husband's minivan in to the shop...its got to get some sort of sensor repaired if its to pass inspection. Money is really tight and I'm not sure how much this... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:52:04 EST Saturday streaking, day 34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050002 I don't know what you'd call today... It started off with me catching up on some sleep by sleeping late... then giving hubby his turn to nap. After he got up, he got laundry started, then cleaned himself up and went to visit a college friend of ours for awhile... while he did that the kids and I just hung around the house... playing our various games, getting lunch together, etc.. and for me, getting dinner started. <BR> <BR> <link>allrecipes.com/recipe/jerres-black-b<BR>ean-and-pork-ten... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 17:23:16 EST TGIF, streak day 33 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048395 Well, I finally got to talk to Thomas' school. Turns out the teacher who told me *any* day to meet would be okay was mistaken. (She said she hadn't been looking at her calendar when she told me that on the phone.) Turns out the school has some sort of teachers meeting Monday, so that's not good. So now I have to cancel my leave request for Monday and I emailed my husband to let him know to do the same. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, it turns out Friday afternoon is better for the school. (A... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:56:56 EST Thursday, Return of GIRL, streaking day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047220 I never did get a call from Thomas school, so I sent a note in his backpack this morning. I said that my husband and I had gotten Monday afternoon (Sept 10) off and we would be available for a conference from 1pm on. I gave my work#s I could be reached at... so far no call. We will check his backpack tonight.. if there is no note I will be calling the school tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Last week was technically the first week of GIRL -- a Women's running training group. GIRL: Getting In... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:21:56 EST Still streaking Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045647 Day 31 of my tracking streak! <BR> <BR> As for my weigh in yesterday, I had gotten a higher weight pre-run, and the 203.8 post run... so I decided to weigh in again this morning. Just to see which one was more "real". <BR> 205 (sigh) <BR> which is +1.2 but still down 1 from two weeks ago. <BR> so -48.2 overall <BR> <BR> Eh.. in terms of this month's exercise challenge (my personal challenge to myself, not part of BL20) as of yesterday I'm at 170 / 1200 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> The b... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:53:13 EST Monday...er... Tuesday, Streaking day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044088 Weight last week: 203.8 <BR> Weight this week: 203.8 <BR> <BR> I'll take a maintain. (If indeed it really was).. when I first stepped on the scale it said something a little higher, but then I got this number after my run. Yes, I know the difference was water loss, and I really should go with the higher number, but I suspect that was water the other way thanks to the holiday. So I'm going to count the maintain. It makes ME feel better. <BR> <BR> And I need to feel better right now. I ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:04:38 EST Labor Day, Streaking day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042187 So far its been a lazy morning. I didn't sleep well last night... broken sleep. But I'm fairly rested anyway. At any rate if I really need it husband and I will trade nap times later... I let him nap this morning - he's still napping now in fact. LOL <BR> <BR> The kids and I did a few minute walkabout the neighborhood, but not enough for me to really count it towards my fitness minutes. hehe <BR> <BR> The other thing I've accomplished this morning was to register my son and I for "his... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:45:47 EST Streaking day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041045 Not much has gone on so far. Sunday is the day we typically run errands.. well, hubby does the shopping, etc while I watch one or both kids. (Sometimes Georgia accompanies hubby shopping... and for awhile there not being allowed to go with him was part of her punishment for shoplifting those barrettes...but that's over now and all is forgiven.) <BR> <BR> I do need to get a run in and at some point we are also supposed to take the kids to the pool, weather permitting since all the pools wi... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:54:01 EST Welcome to September, tracking streak day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039833 Entering the homestretch on my attempt to track 30 days in a row. That book will be mine! ;) <BR> <BR> And as that draws to an end (but like I said, I'd continue to track)... I have to think.. what next? Now as much as I like World of Warcraft there's another game that I've been wanting to play again..but I'd need to buy the disks for it because Miss Georgia when she first came home she went through a packrat phase and lost many of the ones I had. The game was Sims 2, which had many expa... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:23:04 EST