PUPPYWHISPERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PUPPYWHISPERS PUPPYWHISPERS'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/ Finding my joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790602 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXoZLPSw8U8 </link> <BR> <BR> I can't seem to get enough of this song. Every time I hear it, I stop what I'm doing and listen to the words. They seem to define me...or maybe used to. <BR> <BR> You see, this summer I broke through the huge obstacle that's holding me back. I used to worry about other's opinions, let other's comments bother me. Then this summer, when I started running during my lunch break, I had to make a decision. Would I let the negative com... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:14:42 EST Run for the ROC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788971 Yesterday, I participated in the Run for the ROC 5K, a fundraiser for a local radiation/oncology center. I’ve done this race before and it’s always fun. It takes place on the grounds of the historic Saratoga Race Course, and it’s a unique opportunity to run through the paddocks and backstretch areas that are usually closed to the public. <BR> <BR> Since returning from vacation, I’ve been fighting a fever just feeling generally achy…no idea why. So I knew it would be a bit of a struggle, but... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:11:17 EST Can't stop reliving the memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760349 Tomorrow will be the fourth anniversary of the passing of my girl, Sadie. I miss her so much. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3566505 </link> <BR> <BR> I have promised myself to keep moving forward--I will run tomorrow, spend lots of time with Tom and Jasper, and try not to dwell on the sadness. I have been reliving each day as it happened four years ago--from the first vet visit, to the surgery, to the drive to Ithaca to the devastati... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:28:45 EST I can SO do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757651 Maybe it was last night's Supermoon...maybe all the planets were in alignment or maybe my feet were just my friends today, but I realized that I indeed can do it. My lunchtime run consisted of two miles of all running, no walking, which is a first for outside for me. I felt so good about my accomplishment that I may have been walking a bit too fast during my cool down, and twisted my ankle on a stone and fell right down in the grass...hahahahaha! I got right back up and cleaned the dirt off... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:09:31 EST Maybe I just can’t do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753625 I had another rough run today. I can’t seem to run without getting blisters, my breasts still hurt from the mammogram injuries, the humidity really got to me, and even my stupid electronic gadgets malfunctioned. I came back with my head down in discouragement, ready to throw in the towel. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Am I living that definition? <BR> <BR> I don’t know why I can’t find shoes that don’t hurt my feet. Yes, I’... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:36:14 EST Yesterday was a difficult day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745512 I haven't blogged about this, but I think it's time, mostly to get the thoughts out for me. <BR> <BR> My best friend is very ill. She has Frontaltemporal Lobe Dementia. She was 53 years old when she was first diagnosed. It is breaking my heart to watch. <BR> <BR> Karen was my first friend when I moved here 20 years ago. When I arrived for my first interview, she was the first person I met, and we instantly hit it off. She and I would work together for six years in the same office, until ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:29:54 EST Silks & Satins 5K Run - Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743630 Sorry for the delay in this blog. I have been totally wiped out and not doing much. <BR> <BR> The weather was just perfect for the race. I was up with the sun because it was an early start, and I wanted to get there early to take pictures of the horses. This race is part of the opening day weekend of the Saratoga Racing season. It took place right across from the race course, and the parking was in the lot for the Oklahoma Training track. Before I even picked up my race packet, I had to vis... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:17 EST Trying to find my sparkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740878 I started my day on such a high note. While I was walking Jasper before work this morning, a nice man that waits at a bus stop we pass by told me that I always look so pretty. It really made my day (and made me blush). It was the complete opposite of some of the stupid remarks my coworkers make after I walk or run and made me feel so good about myself—especially coming from a complete stranger. <BR> <BR> And then I got to work…. Can I just say that I really dislike many of the people I work ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:48:36 EST Shameless plug for a very good cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739171 As I mentioned yesterday, this Saturday, I am running in the annual Silks & Satins 5K to benefit Special Olympics. I'm running the race in honor of my 13 year old nephew Reid who has Down Syndrome and is a proud participant in Special Olympics events. <BR> <BR> I have been involved with Special Olympics since I was a figure skater in my younger years. Their mission to provide children and adults with disabilities continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, expe... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:31:51 EST Developing a thick skin...revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738717 As indicated in my previous blog, I was feeling pretty good about myself this morning. My doctor was impressed with my weight loss, blood pressure, overall health. What's not to be happy about, right? <BR> <BR> Right before lunch, a coworker whom I had not seen in awhile stopped in my office. She looked horrified and asked what happened. Why do my eyes look bad? My response, um, I guess they're just like that...ugly. What do I say? I have some dark spots on the skin under my eyes, as well as... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:45:01 EST Aced my doctor's appointment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738538 This morning I had a physical with my primary care provider. I went in very nervous because he has been concerned about my blood pressure, which is usually fine at home, but always high when I'm in his office. <BR> <BR> The nurse came in to do my vitals--weight first then BP. Imagine my surprise when she commented that she wished she had my blood pressure. I was so sure that she was going to say it was high, I was ready to pounce to tell her I took it this morning. But she didn't...yippee!... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:36:00 EST Developing a thick skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736761 Lately I’ve had coworkers comment about my working out during my lunch break. They say they couldn’t do it. My interpretation of these comments is “Wow, you’re so sweaty when you come back…” <BR> <BR> Yep, I work out; yep, I get sweaty. I completely change into workout clothes before I go out, and I have a drawer full of baby wipes, shower wipes, face cleanser, powder and deodorant to clean up with after. Unfortunately, my hair is ruined for the afternoon and my face holds the lovely red gl... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:19:58 EST Body Image Mirror Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731356 I struggle with my body image. Despite my weight loss, when I look in a mirror, I still see my overweight self. <BR> <BR> Maybe not as big as this girl <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1834379406.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But I still see so many things wrong. <BR> <BR> To help me build confidence in my body and in my reflection in the mirror, today I started a project. I took pictures of my reflection in the mirror at various parts of the day. I also paid particular at... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:47:32 EST Personal Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729808 This morning, Jasper and I headed out at 6:30 am for our morning walk. I grabbed the camera because there was a spot on my 6 mile route where I wanted to take some early morning pics. <BR> <BR> Along the way we passed our favorite barn, and the morning fog was still lifting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141174109.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We passed a house with a very rambunctious Cattle Dog puppy, who ran out to greet us, and scratched up my leg nicely. Jasper enj... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:49:42 EST This should NEVER happen to anyone else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724796 I just returned from a follow up with my gyn. I apologize in advance for the rawness of this blog. It’s been pretty emotional for me. <BR> <BR> With the exception of a brief reference to my painful mammogram on June 11, I have not shared this story on SP. At this point, I think it’s important that other women know what happened. <BR> <BR> Yes, my mammo was painful, but not in a normal mild discomfort kind of way. The technician was upset, angry, maybe having a bad day, and in essence, she... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:28:54 EST Good things come to those who wait…and work hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724125 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1826924558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Six years ago, I embarked on a journey that would change my life. I was 43 years old, and I weighed approximately 197 lbs. I had high blood pressure and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue. <BR> <BR> Looking back, the road has been difficult—there have been injuries, illnesses, obstacles, lack of belief in myself—but so very rewarding too. I’ve experienced the the worst of the worst—from unexpectedly losing my furbaby ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:50:08 EST What a 65 lb. weight loss looks like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719784 This weekend, I asked my hubby to take a new progress picture for my Spark page. I had finally hit my 65 lb. weight loss marker, and was feeling pretty good about myself. And sometimes I just need photographic evidence that my work is paying off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118251136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But for some reason, I wasn’t happy with it. Of course, I look tired—I always do. But for some reason, at first glance, I thought I looked fat. Maybe it’s the... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:45:15 EST Even a warrior needs to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715761 Part of settling into the maintenance phase of my 65 lb. weight loss is knowing when to back off and when too much is too much. And I’m there right now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401909073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve been exceeding well over 120 fitness minutes a day for I don’t even know how long. Along with that, on June 1 I committed to the 30 day ab challenge, which involves performing an increasing number of sit ups, crunches, leg raises and an increased ti... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:19:56 EST Addicted to Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712140 When I weighed 197 lbs. I never really liked myself. I would see myself in the mirror, and I thought I looked okay, but I knew was heavy. I had the illusion that my oversized clothes covered it so that other people couldn’t see what I saw. I hated shopping for clothes though because I couldn’t bear to see the number on the size. I knew that my weight was unhealthy, that I was unhealthy. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today…I actually like what I see in the mirror, and shopping for clothes is fu... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:33:41 EST Shut up and eat my lettuce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29422307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend posted this picture on Facebook last night. I thought, really? I really, really wanted to comment, but instead, I just moved on. <BR> <BR> Why does it bother me? Because this friend is morbidly obese and constantly asks me for advice on how she can lose weight, and in the past I have tried to help her. I recommended SP to her; she chose not to join. Together she and I joined a beginner’s running group fou... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:46:18 EST When Did That Happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688177 I guess it happens to all of us at some point—the day we realize we’re getting older. For me, it happened today. I was standing at the copier, leaning on my hand and I noticed it—my hand looks like my grandmother’s hand…when did that happen? <BR> <BR> Maybe I’m starting to feel the fact that this year, in December, I turn the big 5 – 0. Maybe it’s because I’m just returning to my normal running routine again, after being off for about six weeks. I really don’t know…but for that moment, I fel... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:51:52 EST Having a bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668053 Today the mental breakdown that I knew was coming finally happened. After a rather unpleasant doctor visit this morning, I was almost killed, twice, when the same truck cut me off. The second time, when I slammed on my brake to avoid getting spun and rolled over, I heard something pop in my hip. I sat on the side of the road and just cried. <BR> <BR> I spent my doctor’s appt. advocating for myself as a chronic pain sufferer, who is trying desperately to get and stay fit by eating healthy a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:08:36 EST Warning--obstacle ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665222 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509517725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, so I'm pretty miserable. Since last week, my hip/back injury has taken a turn. On Monday, when I couldn't bear weight on my hip, I decided it was time to see the doctor. The surgeon told me what I didn't want to hear 4-6 weeks-no running. He said I might be able to start an easy jog after 2 weeks...so we'll see. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108832095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My fir... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:12:16 EST “Something happened while the rest of us were making excuses…” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651620 “…You did it—you lost weight and have kept it off. And it was so easy for you.” <BR> <BR> A co-worker said this to me today. Initially, I shrugged it off, became embarrassed, but then I realized—she’s kind of right. I did do it; but she’s very wrong about it being easy. <BR> <BR> I work in an environment with many women who, every January 1, pledge that they are going to eat healthy/exercise/join weight watchers. They go full steam for a few weeks, then by the middle of February, they’re r... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:43:43 EST Time for a more positive blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649976 Yep, my last few blogs have not been the best I have to offer. In fact, I may just delete them altogether. <BR> <BR> I found that the stress caused by the Amazon situation caused me to push myself too hard to work it out by running. Needless to say, last week's runs weren't the greatest. And the result--a relapse of an old injury that I haven't seen in a few years. So, you're thinking, how is this a more positive blog? Here it is--I realize my mistake, and it was a hard lesson learned. Whi... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:07:05 EST Amazon Response http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645586 Amazon's response is that their duty is to protect their seller first. So they are not willing to intervene to remedy this situation. Anyone who chooses to brag about how stellar their customer service is needs to know this. <BR> <BR> But I'm sure it's just me. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:48:59 EST Update to Scam Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645254 I need to add that I contacted Amazon on Friday, March 7, as soon as we realized there was a problem. They are "investigating" and have been very little help. We are most likely going to have to pursue legal action against Amazon, since they were the one who took our money and have done nothing to intervene to fix this. Just one more thing for us right now. <BR> <BR> I seem to be the only one with a bad story about Amazon, but I still think the message of buyer beware on Amazon is important... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:32:44 EST Scammed and need to vent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644273 My husband and I are working on finishing our basement. My exercise equipment is there, so we are excited that I will have a finished space for my workouts. <BR> <BR> We started by evaluating our lighting and recently found an LED recessed light that we liked. We bought one and liked the way it looked, so I ordered more on Amazon. On Friday, we received the box with the additional eight fixtures, which was perfect because we could install them over the weekend. <BR> <BR> As soon as my husb... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:29:44 EST Random thoughts on running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643840 It's no joke that I've had a love/hate relationship with running for a long time. And it has been a real struggle for me to add miles on to my runs, especially when I was training for a half marathon last year. But today it occurred to me that I've had my greatest successes because I'm not training for a race; I have no impending deadline hanging over me. I've been totally stress free and just running for the love of the sport. And it's working. Today I completed my longest run of 9.1 miles..... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:12:50 EST Time for an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641495 I guess it’s been a bit of time since I last blogged. Not much news to report—it’s still cold (14 below zero this morning) and we still have a lot of snow. But the days are getting longer, and the temps are supposed to start warming up soon…yippee!! To keep my mind occupied during these (hopefully) last few days of a very cold winter, I’m thinking about starting some seeds inside to plant outside when the weather warms up. That way, no matter hold cold it is, I will have living proof that thi... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:15:12 EST Putting on my big girl panties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609317 I've spent way too long letting this darn polar vortex get me down. Truth is, when I can't walk outside at lunch, nothing else feels right. And these last few weeks, the weather has been so mind numbing cold that I haven't been walking at lunch. The last time I took a long walk was my day off on Monday, January 20. I tried this week on Monday, but the bitter cold and wind chill had me turning around faster than the groundhog when he sees his shadow. <BR> <BR> But today I decided enough is en... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:50:24 EST First Week of January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586838 I had a great vacation from work—almost two weeks-during the holidays. As with all good things, it had to end, and last Thursday I returned to work. Since returning to work, I’ve been once again struggling with illness. First, while shoveling over the weekend, I injured my rotator cuff in my right arm. Ow. We usually use our tractor to clear the driveway—about 300 feet long—but because of the cold, my husband couldn’t get it started. The snow was light and fluffy, so while he was working on i... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:01:42 EST Snowshoeing Trek, 12/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575688 Jasper and I enjoyed our 5 mile run so much this morning, that we decided to take a snowshoe hike to the back of our 17 acre property. Everything was coated in a thin layer of ice, and the scenery was breathtaking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265251032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599746760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116368735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:31:59 EST I am a success story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431642 Most of my friends know that I’ve been having a difficult time for the last few months. Even though some days I would have preferred to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head, I have gotten up, gone to work, socialized with friends and exercised every day. Even though I have thought about giving up, I have stuck with my plans and stayed on track. While I have given in to my share of pity parties, I have not given in to reckless eating. <BR> <BR> I started my journey in 2008 at my hig... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:42:11 EST Each step forward, no matter how small, is a victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425398 I’ve had a lot of time recently to think…some would say a very dangerous proposition. But I have. And I’ve concluded that even though events in my life have caused me to slow down, sometimes to a snail’s pace, as long as I’m still moving forward, I’m okay. It’s when I stop moving and stop trying that I should become concerned. <BR> <BR> In many ways, the life events I’m going through have proven that I have “gumption,” as a friend told me last night. While many people would just stay in bed... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:24:55 EST Rebuilding by reinventing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387871 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883105419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve heard people say that change is good. Right now, for me though, it’s pretty scary. <BR> <BR> I’ve had a shake up in my life, causing me to need to change directions. Because I’ve been so focused on where I’ve been going, I never thought about considering other directions. And here I stand at the cross roads. They say things happen for a reason, so there must be something good that will come out of this. <BR>... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:15:03 EST Focusing on the Positive (and stats) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377832 I recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch. It is the bare bones version of the fancier GPS watch, but it provides all the information I need. <BR> <BR> Last night, Jasper and I ran/walked our favorite route, 5.25 miles of primarily unpaved road that runs along a nature preserve. It’s quiet and it’s absolutely beautiful. Our only music was the serenade of the Hermit Thrush—my favorite bird. It’s a tough running course—while the unpaved, sandy surface is easier on my joints, it’s v... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:51:13 EST Toenails are for sissies, and other random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366798 As I increase my running mileage each week, I am learning new and different (some crazy different) things about my body. <BR> <BR> Toenails are indeed for sissies. This week, I lost my second toenail in a month. Of course, just in time for cute summer sandal season. That's okay though--I learned last summer that with a gentle touch, I can use nail polish to make it appear fairly normal. Normal enough to pull of wearing sandals. I'm wearing my two nailless toes proudly as a badge of honor an... Fri, 24 May 2013 14:35:03 EST Having trouble finding the sun through the clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358233 I have been having a few bad days. After a stressful day, last night I wound up in the ER with some scary moments--perfect gift for my hubby's birthday. <BR> <BR> Usually I can find a bright side on which to focus, but sometimes I allow other people's personalities (or lack of) to really affect me. I know it's time to walk away--I have everything I need--I am married to my best friend, I have a great pup who adores me, I live in the most beautiful place on earth, and I have a good job. I'v... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:26:30 EST Ways to accidentally exercise with your pup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356442 I saw this article, and I knew I had to share it. Just last night Jasper and I danced so much that it tired HIM out before me. He crashed on the floor, while I was still going. <BR> <BR> It's no fun for me to be fit unless my best furbuddy is too. How do you find ways to get your cardio minutes in with your dog? <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogster.com/lifestyle/5-ways-acc<BR>identally-exercise-with-my-dogs-cardio<BR>-workout-dancing </link> Tue, 14 May 2013 15:06:01 EST Ryan's Run Race Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354847 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687480469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday’s race was a comedy of errors. It began by being a rainy day—no problem, I had my waterproof jacket and I wore a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my eyes. But I was way too warm. I realized that early on. And my running pants, they were too big—not a bad problem, unless you’re wearing them in a public race. They kept slipping down so much that the bottoms would get stuck in my shoes and I had to keep ... Mon, 13 May 2013 08:51:21 EST Be kinder than necessary for everyone is fighting some kind of battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335176 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64443233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ll admit it—I’ve been in a grumpy funky mood. I have a lot on my plate and I’m overwhelmed by the thought of training for a half marathon that I don’t have any idea how to finish. <BR> <BR> So this morning, when a coworker didn’t respond to my “good morning,” then proceeded to hit me with her large bag, leaving a bruise on my arm, and slammed her office door in my face, I was annoyed and hurt. And I told her so... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:48:46 EST Sharing Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332698 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711302804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is struggling. She told me she is in a funk, causing her to just keep eating. <BR> <BR> To help, I gave her a list of non-food related things that I do when I'm in a funk and thinking about straying to the dark side: <BR> <BR> 1. Go for a walk <BR> 2. Talk to a friend <BR> 3. Spend some cuddle time with a cat or a dog <BR> 4. Read a fitness related magazine (always picks me up and relights my ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:24:54 EST Furry Fun Run Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323818 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72083681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My fur-st (get it furry fur-st) 5K race of 2013 was so much fun! There were so many dogs, and I was able to visit with almost all of them. <BR> <BR> On Friday, we had some nasty freezing rain and ice, which made me question whether I would be able to bring Jasper to the race. On Saturday morning I made the decision to not bring him with me because it was still icy at my house and he doesn’t like water and won’t go... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:25:43 EST Finding My Way Around a Speed Bump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300572 In my house, we have a standing joke that as soon as I click "send" on a race registration, something happens. Since I recently registered for the half marathon in October, I'm really not laughing this time. <BR> <BR> For the last few years, I've been suffering from undiagnosed fatigue. Not just "tired" fatigue--overwhelming "I need to take a nap" fatigue. Despite the fatigue, I had always been able to push through the day and get my workouts done. Until last week... <BR> <BR> Now the fati... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:57:53 EST My story--197 lbs to today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290731 197 lbs…my doctor told my that’s what I weighed. I just stared at the wall. I thought, how did I get here? <BR> <BR> As a child and teenager, I was very active. I was a figure skater—I took dance lessons and I ran to stay in shape for skating. I started the day on the ice, went to school, then back on the ice again. I could eat anything I wanted, but never gained weight. When I graduated high school in 1982, I weighed 95 lbs. My doctor was concerned that I was underweight; being underweight ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:18:58 EST What drives me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275541 Disciplined, dedicated, obsessive, insane... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l487024845.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are all words that others have used when describing my workout ethic. If someone were to ask me, I guess the word I would use is motivated. I am motivated to become the me that has been inside me for so long. I am motivated to achieve my fitness goals. I am motivated to see muscle definition as my body becomes stronger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:42:03 EST 50 lbs. Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266034 I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around having lost over 50 lbs. of my body weight. Because I’ve lost the weight in small increments, 1 lb. here and a half pound there, as I’ve approached this milestone loss, I haven’t really thought of it as a big deal. But I guess it is. <BR> <BR> I spent some time today comparing my loss with pictures of what 50 lbs. really looks like. <BR> <BR> Of course, the 50 lb. bags of stuff always come to mind. So if I were a bag of play sand or rice, this is w... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:18:58 EST Dancing with Jasper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262383 Some friends have asked about my dancing with Jasper, so I've created a photo story of our dance this morning. <BR> <BR> First I ask him for this dance <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2124998144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He politely accepts and we begin dancing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l814507582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but sometimes he gets a little too grabby <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27551331.jpg"> <... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:52:50 EST Adventures in grocery shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261073 Why is it that an activity that most people find ordinary turns into an adventure for me? <BR> <BR> This morning while grocery shopping, I walked past a man who was using the Keurig machine. He asked me if I wanted a cup of coffee, and I smiled, said thank you but I don't drink coffee. So he took the cup that he had made, presumably for himself, and threw it away. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> This is where the story gets weird. He followed me, like a stray dog ALL THROUGH THE STORE. He talke... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:15:44 EST