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Please feel free to seek me out on Facebook (quidditchgrrl). <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:49:32 EST Oh, That Sneaky Hate Spiral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694935 If you don't know what I'm referring to, here ya go: <link>hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/<BR>05/sneaky-hate-spiral.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've been clawing myself out of mine for the past couple of weeks, only to find myself back in the darn thing. <BR> <BR> For example: Catching my reflection in the mirror - hm, is my melasma getting worse? Maybe I should research how to get rid of it. Then getting a) super-depressed about the fact that it can't be cured and treatments are $$$$ a... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:02:26 EST What DOES NOT Work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630108 I subscribe to quite a few workout/training/therapy/rehab blogs, and today's email from Mike Whitfield (who has lost 100# lbs and still works out so he can eat pancakes) really struck a chord with me. <BR> <BR> (Full disclosure: This person advocates "intermittent fasting," which I do NOT. If it works for you, great. But starving yourself is never a good idea.) <BR> <BR> Some of you know how much side-eye I give to ANYONE who thinks you can "just" and see results. Mike feels the same way. ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:31:50 EST The Picture of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609923 Since I'm here and posting before work...July 31,2013: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762093201.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:00:01 EST This Will Never Stop Being Funny to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609921 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1382688035.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:59:00 EST What Works. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609006 Good morning, Sparkers. <BR> <BR> I'm having a get-together this weekend and putting together a nice menu which is gluten-optional, dairy-optional, vegan-optional and low-carb-optional. "Paleo" people are out of luck, as there is no butter or bacon on the menu. <BR> <BR> Can you guess what I'm serving??? (Bourbon is part of the "optional" menu, haha) <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> ANYWAY. It's the beginning of a new year, and while the super-cold temps have kept a lot of new folks ou... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:31:15 EST And Here It Goes Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603397 Once again, I am down to zilch on the Spark radar...just not here, other things are higher on the priority list... <BR> <BR> I think I forgot to mention here (as I have in other venues, online and in real life) that I got married in July. Happy, here. <BR> <BR> Getting married = new home, new routine, new person in my space. That seems to be a fairly smooth road, our place is lovely and we like each other. :) <BR> <BR> Job #1 is fine, just buried under everything to be done. <BR> <BR> Job... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:01:34 EST And Speaking of "Thigh Gap" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482752 So, I guess there is no way to win in the body-media-image game. <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = thigh gap thinspo for the ages. (Seriously, do NOT Google "thinsporation" - it is disgusting.) <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = huge [insert body type insults of any and every stripe here, including comparing her to a broiler chicken]. <BR> <BR> OK WHATEVER YOU CANNOT HAVE A THIGH GAP AND ANY KIND OF CURVES. Ahem. Let us just make that clear. <BR> <BR> Let us just be happy with our bodies, shall we? It's a ro... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:15:04 EST And Speaking of "Thigh Gap" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482751 So, I guess there is no way to win in the body-media-image game. <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = thigh gap thinspo for the ages. (Seriously, do NOT Google "thinsporation" - it is disgusting.) <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = huge [insert body type insults of any and every stripe here, including comparing her to a broiler chicken]. <BR> <BR> OK WHATEVER YOU CANNOT HAVE A THIGH GAP AND ANY KIND OF CURVES. Ahem. Let us just make that clear. <BR> <BR> Let us just be happy with our bodies, shall we? It's a ro... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:15:04 EST And Speaking of "Thigh Gap" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482750 So, I guess there is no way to win in the body-media-image game. <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = thigh gap thinspo for the ages. (Seriously, do NOT Google "thinsporation" - it is disgusting.) <BR> <BR> Miley Cyrus = huge [insert body type insults of any and every stripe here, including comparing her to a broiler chicken]. <BR> <BR> OK WHATEVER YOU CANNOT HAVE A THIGH GAP AND ANY KIND OF CURVES. Ahem. Let us just make that clear. <BR> <BR> Let us just be happy with our bodies, shall we? It's a ro... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:15:03 EST It's True! I Have a Thigh Gap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377932 Was reading TIMETOBLOOM4ME's blog post about how silly the whole concept of a "thigh gap" truly is... <BR> <BR> (Guys, the media has created this myth that a woman is only fit/thin/beautiful if her thighs do not touch.) <BR> <BR> How silly to think that having skinny, un-muscled, zero-fat-burning legs is something to aspire to. Who cares about fitting into jeans made for a 14-year-old BOY? <BR> <BR> ...And then I realized that I DO have a thigh gap. Oh. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But no ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 12:23:41 EST Takin' it to the Streets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364607 Hola muchachos. Que pasa? <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> All systems go around these parts. Getting ready for a trip out west (Colorado Springs) and super-stoked for some summer weather, finally! <BR> <BR> Have been sticking to my less-is-more running plan. Mostly due to being called to sub classes at the Y than any real restraint on my part, but whatever sets the plan in motion...the regular pilates classes are working wonders for my mechanics. Woo. <BR> <BR> Went for a short walk last nigh... Wed, 22 May 2013 13:01:02 EST If You Don't Wanna Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351009 Boop boop. Having a good week here. Things are lining up nicely, even the things I thought I'd messed up. A rare occurrence, things coming together without sheer panic on my end. <BR> <BR> Also feeling good about my pants being loose. Pilates works, people - if you didn't know, now you do. <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Lately, I've felt like the Molly Ringwald character in a John Hughes movie. You know - the outcast, unpopular girl who is suddenly noticed by one of the "in-crowd," and dr... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:22:29 EST What's Your Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348651 Boy, there is so much good stuff goin' on around here! <BR> <BR> The weather - warming up here in the Midwest after a loooong, coooold winter <BR> <BR> Getting ready for summer and vacations and all the stuff that comes with good weather - amusement parks, outdoor concerts, graduation ceremonies, day trips and cookouts and being outside in general <BR> <BR> Had a WONDERFUL visit with Spark friends in Cincinnati over the weekend - even though I couldn't be there nearly as long as I wanted t... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:14:17 EST Losing It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343320 Ha, not really. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Have been super-busy of late - I know, this comes as a total shock to many of you - and also doing some personal development of my self-control. <BR> <BR> The idea of letting things go makes it very hard to communicate sometimes. I mean, of course I speak up when I feel strongly about something, but ---- there seems to be so little which, once I consider it fully, I honestly feel strongly enough about to comment upon. Certainly frees up the psyc... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:47:07 EST Too Good To Be True http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318422 So, went out for another run last night (it's almost August-humid, my favorite) after work. Ran the bricks, hopped the sidewalks, jumped the curbs and rounded the corners... <BR> <BR> ...And did pilates class today without my legs cramping into knots! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Taking today off, aside from the short jog to and from the Y. <BR> <BR> Signed up for the Columbus 10K in June. Feels like baby steps. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:55:00 EST So far, so good. Hold steady... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317195 Over the past couple of weeks (would have been sooner had the ^#^&#($@! weather cooperated) I've been making plans to start running again. <BR> <BR> In case you didn't know, I suffered a catastrophic hip injury during a half marathon in 2010, the result of 40-mile weeks and slack resistance training. I finished that race, dammit, but it got me in return. <BR> <BR> Since then, I've not been able to run more than 6 or so miles without pain, and no more than 8 miles without debilitating pain.... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:12:21 EST Totally Missed It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310167 It occurred to me today that I've passed ten years since I decided to make a change for the better and get fit. <BR> <BR> I re-joined Victory Fitness on March 26, 2003. <BR> <BR> It seems like forever ago, yet not so far afield. My goal is not to forget what it took to get me to this point (five and a half years of maintenance!) and not to assume that what worked for me will work for everyone. <BR> <BR> What I wish I'd known then (but I know now): <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss is 20% exercis... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:50:05 EST Short and Sweet, or Quick and Dirty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308905 Hello, everybody! <BR> <BR> I've been following SP feeds and blogs when I can - about once a week. Even if I'm not posting, I'm still checking out the friend feed, I haven't forgotten about you all. <BR> <BR> So, what's going on in this site??? :) Plans coming up?? <BR> <BR> Lots of stuff going on here, as usual. Junky weather means no outdoor events so far. I've planned a yoga class outdoors on Saturday, so we'll see if Mother Nature cooperates. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Quite a bit ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:58:05 EST Event Recap: Big Ride for YMCA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267250 As you all may know, I work for the YMCA as a group fitness instructor. What I love about the Y is that it is an across-the-board organization and when you commit to the Y, you commit to the community as well as the membership. <BR> <BR> We're so much more than a gym-n-swim - the YMCA does community outreach in every way we can think of, from day & sleepaway camps, to truancy diversion, to housing and social support for adults and families, diabetes/cancer/weight loss support groups...the Y... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:44:37 EST Welp, That's That! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260007 <em>213</em> Hi all. <BR> <BR> All things being equal (ha), it's been a decent couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> <BR> Trip to Cleveland was wonderful, concert greatness, met up with an old bestie and made a few new acquaintances - yay music, yay connectedness. <BR> <BR> Went to Cincinnati last weekend (yes, to see the same group play, this time in an old church space). More time with family and friends, and JUNGLE JIMS! Did you know they sell kimchee in 120-oz jars?? I refr... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:32:26 EST Is It Friday Yet? No? :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241543 This feels like the longest. week. EVAR. <BR> <BR> I've been busy, of course, but this is one of those times where busy doesn' t make the time pass. Too busy to even go grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> BUT. I did go and see a chiropractor last week about my shoulder, and saw him again yesterday. Luckily, he does not seem to care that I've already hit my out-of-pocket max with my insurance (danged chest pains!) and we decided on a treatment program. <BR> <BR> This whole mess seems to be centere... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:21:00 EST Finally February! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233206 Whew, January was a hard month for me. <BR> <BR> Or, not really for me, but for other folks - which causes me MUCH more worry/anxiety/stress than I would feel if I were having my own problems. <BR> <BR> It's a control thing, I understand this: I just wish my unconscious did! <BR> <BR> I even took a half-day off work yesterday, just to decompress. So I went to the gym to lift heavy, and bested my deadlift at 3x6x120#. Trying to get back to 200# on the squats, but I'll take 3x190#. Woop.... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:30:34 EST All Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223013 Feeling better emotionally today! <BR> <BR> One of the "Y-guys" asked me after class, "Did you play sports in college?" <BR> <BR> Uh, Walter, NO. <em>246</em> The only thing I did competitively in college was drink. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> That did prompt me to dig out my "before" picture again - people who did not know me before 2008 are AMAZED. It's kind of amusing in a way, and a little bit humbling. Maybe inspiring to the right person. Certainly not a "humble-brag" - I'll s... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:14:42 EST Seeking Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220137 Supposedly, the third Monday in January is known as “Depression Monday,” where holiday bills have come due, and New Year’s resolutions have bitten the dust. <BR> <BR> Boy, that is depressing! <BR> <BR> I don’t make resolutions for the new year and thus am never depressed about failing to keep a giant, life-altering pledge after three or so weeks. :) <BR> <BR> ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> I have been a little bit down recently. Things with me are all systems go, as usual. I’m even getting more sle... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:45:54 EST New Beginnings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214396 Today began the first of my Yogafit in-service classes - for YogaFit, within one year you must complete 8 hours of free yoga instruction in a group setting to get your certificate of completion from Yogafit. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, the toughest part wasn't who to offer services to, but finding a group which possessed the physical practice space. <BR> <BR> Today's space was small but servicable, and the attendees most agreeable to the gentle practice we took. My friend Rachel came and loved... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:21:36 EST Hooray, Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200558 I woke up this morning without (much) pain or numbness!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>236</em> <em>48</em> <em>85</em> <BR> <BR> Felt super-flexy for morning bootcamp class (but didn't overdo it) and only had a little bit of pain during noon cycling. <BR> <BR> Progress. Happy I am! <BR> <BR> Hope you all are gearing up for a fun weekend! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:14:13 EST Yowza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199571 Now that the year has turned (and my HSA is replenished), I went to the orthopedist to have my shoulder looked at. <BR> <BR> It's been causing me issues for several months - not the least of which has been my waking up with "dead arm" in the middle of the night. Joint weakness, instability, clicking, crunching, popping, burning - you name it, it's been a symptom. <BR> <BR> Not sure what is going on, but the doctor popped my ribs back into place (!) so my shoulder blade could move more smoo... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:54:50 EST A-B-Cs of Me (Following the Crowd) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197568 A – Available or Married: Neither. Have a wonderful boyfriend. <BR> B – Book: "Silver Linings Playbook," "R. Crumb: Conversations," and "Yoga Sequencing" <BR> C – Cake or Pie: There is no such thing. <BR> D – Drink of Choice: Vodka & tonic <BR> E – Essential Item: Chapstick <BR> F – Favorite Color: All of them! <BR> G – Game to play or watch: Play - soccer; Watch - NCAA football <BR> H – Hometown: Circleville Ohio <BR> I – Indulgence: Starbucks!! <BR> J – Job: I have three - nerd job (environ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:42:11 EST This Time of Year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193893 Ugh, I find this time of year so frustrating. The horrible diet commericals catering to the lose-it-quick crowd, the confidence-crushing ads for pills, the silly promotions at the grocery store... <BR> <BR> ...if you want to lose weight, for good, it'll never happen this way. <BR> <BR> Kroger is really touting their "Simple Truth" line of products, claiming they are "healthy" and "all natural," not to mention "economical." <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> Hardly. I took a look at their yogurt ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:39:06 EST A Little Update to the Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188182 TWO blog entries in a row?! From me? Don't get too excited. :D <BR> <BR> I'd added this to my big "HERE IS MY JOURNEY" post ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2247974 </link> ), but hadn't joined it up currently. <BR> <BR> Maybe this is where you are right now - I know there are some of you all out there, wondering - what the heck is going on & why am I not losing anymore? <BR> <BR> So, let's step into my wayback machine: <BR> <BR> During 2009,... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:44:46 EST Woof! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186207 Just added all of my exercise log from July through today. Should I add this activity to the tracker Y/Y? I'm sure I burned a few calories with all the clicking and typing... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:12:23 EST To A Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182247 I know, I know – it’s the end of the year and we’re all doing the retrospective thing, making (or vowing not to make) resolutions, letting the excitement of a new year build in our mind’s eye. <BR> <BR> For some, that kind of circumscribed time feels like pressure and stress, a time to point out faults shown and wrongs done, to punish oneself for real and imagined transgressions, and to promise to do better. <BR> <BR> Others think of time as a continuum, where the sweep of the clock matters... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:07:36 EST Yay Monday?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951935 SO glad it's Monday! <BR> <BR> --Got stuck outside during a hellacious ten-minute storm that blew through Central Ohio on Friday evening. Luckily, we were just north of downtown and shielded from things like flying trees and dumpsters. Wet and twiggy, but no worse for wear. <BR> <BR> --However, I am still without power at my house, with all of the downed trees and power lines, exploded transformers and old, ratty infrastructure. This is one of the times I wish I still lived in the "bad" ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:43:02 EST Today's the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936102 Well, today is actually Thursday, and that's close enough to the end of the week for me! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Full day so far, full day ahead, all systems go! <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a (partial) rest day - cycling 6am, then nothing else (this is a self-reminder, as much as anything). I'll get my fruit & veggie shopping done during lunch. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I'll lift and get the errands out of the way. <BR> <BR> Sunday will be a nice, long walk with a fr... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:11:43 EST Wednesday Randomness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934904 Hola muchachos! Hope you are having a lovely hump day. It is HOT in central Ohio and no relief in sight. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Today is the kind of day where I have to "forget" to pack my running shoes, lest I end up on the street running rather than recovering (in pilates class). Saving up for a Saturday run. <BR> <BR> Have found it annoyingly tough to R-E-L-A-X and rest after the last two whirlwind weeks. Inertia does work both ways. <BR> <BR> Had unexpected family time last night - my bro... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:37:08 EST Fit2Fat2Fit is Full Of IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933039 See my full-on Former Fat Girl get sassy... <BR> <BR> Picked up the book Fit2Fat2Fit, written by a guy (whose site/book/blog I am not linking to, since he is all about shilling his "get fit quick" products) who decided he wanted to "experience" being fat. So, he decided to gain 75 pounds in six months, then get fit again. <BR> <BR> Let me say: kudos to him for actually going through with the weight gain. Not many people would be that ballsy about gaining 75 pounds on purpose. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:35:29 EST Working Out the Kinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924570 Boy, am I sore! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The kind of sore where, when you're stretching out one thing, something else cramps up and you end up looking like Gumby - yowza. Drinking a Catalyst and trying to do office yoga/stretching before pilates. <BR> <BR> It'll be a wild ride if I'm cramping up while trying to get my legs over my head (those darn things are heavy - c'mon, triceps, work with me here...). Certainly I'm not afraid to laugh at myself, but *looking* crazy in front of a class ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:13:23 EST The Tyranny of Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922893 <em>334</em> Despite the gloomy title, I'm in a great mood today. <BR> <BR> Both pilates (fill-in) and water intervals (regularly scheduled) went well yesterday. What a great boost to hear compliments on a class. Please, if you have a great class (or even a hard one) - let your instructor know! Encouragement is just as important for them to have a great class too. <BR> <BR> This morning...not so great. We went up to the gym for cardio muscle (aka boot camp) and had to move courts a t... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:26:08 EST Learning to Let Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921323 Whew! What an awesome weekend! <BR> <BR> Movie on Friday, street festival, shopping & cooking on Saturday, and time spent with family on Sunday. Can't get better than that. <BR> <BR> (I'm going to free-flow here, so go with it, yeah?) :-P <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was mulling a few things over this weekend and there is a theme I've noticed. People who seek to change, really change, treat their emotions like children - they allow them a certain amount of freedom, but keep an eye on them lest t... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:35:41 EST The Best-Laid Plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917424 Yay! Friday! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Question: Anyone have experience of eating more INCREASING your appetite? <BR> <BR> Lately, that's what it seems like. I eat more, I am hungry. Weird! I'm working out (somewhat) less right now, and upped my calories slightly per SP recommendations, but OK BODY WHAT GIVES. <BR> <BR> Not sure if my running plans are going to work out. Yesterday's excitement has faded to being a little more exhausted than anticipated. Hm...maybe another mile-long ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:06:58 EST Treading Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916539 Whew, trying to keep up with daily blogging is tough! And, my blogs here are not exactly quality efforts. Pa-the-tic. <BR> <BR> Anyway. The week is merrily winding down, I had a wonderful vegetarian feast last night, courtesy of my boyfriend and the local Indian restaurant. My calories and workouts are still in range (er, sort of...kinda fudging on the workouts, but I'm subbing and can't help it! Gotta keep movin'), and tonight is PIZZA NIGHT!!!! <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> Took a nice wal... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 16:02:46 EST Wednesday Whatever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914614 Sigh...it's not even summer yet and I've got the summertime blues! <BR> <BR> Or, more specifically, I've got spring fever - locked up inside with no end in sight! Not until tomorrow will I be able to get outside for a workout - probably just walking. <BR> <BR> Today, spinning. Tonight, water intervals. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I MUST rest. *making mental note* Friday morning spinning, then another REST DAY. *mental note* <BR> <BR> However, today is hump day, time to start planning the wee... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:09:07 EST Tuesday Tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913064 So, I'm almost 20% through my two-week, two-a-day class schedule. Hoping to get a shakeout run in on Friday, but I'm not going to obsess or stress about it. <BR> <BR> I got a great compliment from one of my water interval participants, who said, "Have you lost weight? You look thinner." Indeed! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> He did ask what I've been doing, and I told him (to his surprise): I gave up most of my cardio in order to build muscle and lose fat. <BR> <BR> Glad to know that my side... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:16:05 EST Miscellaneous Monday Mutterings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911586 Another weekend on the books, another week up ahead. <BR> <BR> I didn't go hiking on Saturday. <em>39</em> My hiking buddy was under the weather - and truthfully, so was I. Blasted dry, hack-y, sinus-y thingy. <BR> <BR> So I walked to the farmers' market and the library, then went to the gym and lifted weights...typical sick day in my world. <BR> <BR> Made some delicious strawberry cake from the jam berries I got at the market. (The recipe is on SparkRecipes, fyi.) Made some potat... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:10:16 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907638 Yay, it's raining in central Ohio! <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> All kinds of stoked for the weekend. Going out to dinner tonight with my boyfriend's niece (who has just returned from an 8-month "missionary" trip), hiking tomorrow morning, a concert in the evening, then a family get-together on Sunday afternoon. Yeah, I have to stuff I *have* to do, too, but c'est la vie, man. <BR> <BR> Like picking up a cycling class next week. *dead* <BR> <BR> The clothes I have on today are loose! <em>25... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:02:44 EST Stick a Fork in Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905715 I am so done! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Somewhat randomly: <BR> <BR> --One of my co-workers is wearing ratty, old flip-flops today. To work. In an office setting. At the front desk. Just me? <BR> <BR> --I have six extra classes over the next two weeks. I forsee lots of circuit training! <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> --Two of those classes will be pilates. Eek. We'll do something fun & it will be fine *positive self talk positive self talk* <BR> <BR> --Going on another hike this weekend, ... Thu, 31 May 2012 11:13:32 EST Stick a Fork in Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905714 I am so done! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Somewhat randomly: <BR> <BR> --One of my co-workers is wearing ratty, old flip-flops today. To work. In an office setting. At the front desk. Just me? <BR> <BR> --I have six extra classes over the next two weeks. I forsee lots of circuit training! <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> --Two of those classes will be pilates. Eek. We'll do something fun & it will be fine *positive self talk positive self talk* <BR> <BR> --Going on another hike this weekend, ... Thu, 31 May 2012 11:13:30 EST Feels Too Good to be True! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904038 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I'm kinda rockin' out this new old workout plan. Five days in and I feel SO much better, it's hard to describe. <BR> <BR> My workouts are already "fresher" and I feel like I can give 100% every time (rather than pushing through from beginning to end); <BR> My clothes are fitting better, even though I haven't moved sizes in several years; <BR> I am much better rested and am sleeping MUCH better; <BR> I wake up feeling like, "hey, time to get going" rather than... Wed, 30 May 2012 09:56:49 EST Tuesday, Says Who? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902799 Possibly for the first time ever, I'm back from a long weekend feeling rested! <BR> <BR> Even though I was up before 7am every day of said weekend? Whoa. (Hey, I'm not saying I was up partying all night. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep three nights in a row is pretty special once you're a grown up, amirite?) <BR> <BR> So. Bill, Renee and I hiked through John Bryan State Park on Saturday morning without TOO much craziness. Sure, it was hot, and quite a bit more technical than I remembered, a... Tue, 29 May 2012 13:24:09 EST