RAINBOWCHARMER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWCHARMER RAINBOWCHARMER'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/ Intermittent Fasting Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472509 So a combination of circumstances (I think) prevented a bigger change this past week for our weigh-ins. I was down a very small amount (.2 pounds), but I did not weigh in on my regular day (Saturday) as I had an early morning indoor triathlon on Saturday. So I didn't get a chance to do that. Sunday I did weigh in, but we also had a pizza party Saturday evening to celebrate the final session of our Financial Peace University class, so I know I had way more sodium on Saturday than is typical fo... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:20:42 EST Intermittent Fasting Week 3 (Day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470575 Yesterday was our fast day, and all went well. We stuck with the same menu, so we came in just under 800 calories. I'm on target for a good day today calorie-wise. Although one of my employees brought in my nemesis (Reese Peanut Butter cups). There were 6 of the "eggs" on my desk when I got here this morning. There are 3 left (I've been handing them out to anyone who will take them). The other 3 are still talking to me - LOUDLY - but I've yet to give in. <BR> <BR> Technically I could fit on... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:29:42 EST Intermittent Fasting Week 3 (Day 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469835 Yesterday was day 1 of our half-calories intermittent fasting days. Tomorrow is day 2. All went fine yesterday. No hangry moments. I went to bed feeling comfortable - I was not hungry, but I also was not FULL. I slept well, and the fasting days have not been nearly as difficult as I thought they would be when we started. I had a couple moments yesterday (before dinner) of wanting to snack, but once we had dinner, we got busy with other things (had to give the dog a bath) and that took my mind... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 07:32:17 EST Week 2 Intermittent Fasting Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469238 So week 2 yielded about 1/2 pound weight loss for both myself and my wife this week. Which is honestly about what I would anticipate when I'm removing about 1500 calories per week from our diet (half our normal calories which are around 1500/day twice per week). I also saw some more movement in measurements. Mostly down by small increments, one a hair up. I've continued with our regular exercise program with the exception of not running in the last couple of weeks, which stems mostly from laz... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 12:39:48 EST Intermittent Fasting Week 2 (Day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468194 So yesterday was our 2nd day of our 2nd week of intermittent fasting. We closed out the day with about 787 calories, a gallon or so of water throughout the day, and no crazy hunger pangs. I was most definitely hungry by the time dinner rolled around (it was a slightly later dinner than usual due to a hair appointment after work), but I was fine after dinner. I was not FULL or STUFFED but I was comfortable. I think I had forgotten (or maybe never actually realized?) what that felt like. Eating... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 09:49:15 EST Intermittent Fasting Week 2 (day 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467462 Yesterday was 1 of 2 fasting days for this week. I saw some success after the first week, and I'll see what happens this weekend with our weigh-in. <BR> <BR> We kept the same menu for this week for the fasting days. And yesterday was much easier than the first week. I never got hangry. And we even mowed the yard after doing yoga yesterday when we got home from work prior to dinner. I was most definitely hungry by the time dinner was ready, but I wasn't hungry after we ate, although I COULD ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:12:50 EST Week 1 Intermittent Fasting Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466761 So my first week with two IF days (less than 800 Calories per fast day, normal calories the rest of the week) resulted in a slight weight loss. Not quite a full pound. But close. I also had some shifts in my measurements. A few marginally down, a few marginally up. Nothing super significant. But it was also only one week. I also missed one of my normal workouts (swim day), so I burned fewer calories during the week. But generally the shake-up at least caused some change. I'm curious to see ov... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:41:45 EST Intermittent Fasting Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465880 We fasted on Tuesday, and it wasn't too bad. And we followed the same strategy on Thursday. Same thing. Not too bad. Didn't go to bed feeling like I was starving or anything like that. We landed at around 780 calories for the day (plus a gallon of water through the day). Will see if it makes any difference in my weight this weekend when I weigh in/measure for the week. Today is a normal calorie day and also swim day. I'm trying to schedule the fasting days on days where I'm not burning a ton ... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:02:19 EST Intermittent Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465258 So over the past few months I've heard all sorts of things about the benefits of fasting. I love food. I love food a LOT. Restricting calories has never been fun for me. So the idea of fasting was definitely not appealing. And I kept thinking... starving yourself is not the answer. You put your body into defensive mode and it thinks there is a scarcity of food and your metabolism comes to a halt. (this happened to me when I got my tonsils out 18 months ago - I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks becaus... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:26:27 EST 2017 Goal Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443742 I guess I was somewhat ambitious with my goals this year, but I think that's never a bad thing. I did hit quite a number of them. Some of them I did way better than I thought possible, and some I did not quite meet. But in general I am pleased with how 2017 went. I will be working on setting my 2018 goals over the next couple of days and will post a new blog with those goals so I can keep tabs on them through the year. What really did help me this year was that I set a reminder every Friday t... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:31:22 EST Speedy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437338 I've done 3 5K Distance races this fall with my better half and we've PR'd twice! The first one was the Lanier Under the Lights race, where we got under a 32 minute finish time, which was a first for us running together!! Then we ran two more races under 31 minutes!! Whew! I don't know what happened, but we've gotten lots faster than I've ever consistenly run before! Better than 10 minute miles for a 5K race is really awesome for us! I know it's not going to win us medals in most races, but t... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:40:59 EST Update - 10/24/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424533 After two weeks of hell at work (10-12 hour days, a lot of stress, etc), I have finally returned to a semi-normal schedule. I'm back to tracking. And I'm at least getting in an AM workout - either a walk or a run, depending on the day. And now that things have settled a bit, I'm also scheduling in some better weekend workouts to help maintain my fitness levels for next year's tri season. <BR> <BR> I also bought a wetsuit (used) to be able to extend my open water swimming season a little bit... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:59:33 EST Lanier Tri Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414799 So I set a goal for 1:41:00 or better for the Lanier Tri. I looked back at my last run of this race (2015) and I finished in about 1:40:26. So I though, ok - I'm in about the same shape as last time (that was the year I ran the Tugaloo Olympic last, so you'd think I'm probably in similar shape). Anyway, I beat my goal and came in at 1:33:33! Yay!! My run was way better than I had anticipated based on recent run speeds in practices, but I've also been running stupid hilly routes, and this was... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:35:49 EST Training Update - 9/18/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412473 This coming Sunday is our last Tri of the season. This is our annual tradition of running the Lake Lanier Islands Sprint Triathlon. It's a fun race, and after surviving the Tugaloo Olympic, I feel like we are probably pretty prepared for this race. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we did a brick back at Mount Vernon. An evil 35 mile hilly ride and then an evil hilly 5K. It was slow. Both the ride and the run. So this coming weekend might not be as easy as I think. Could also be I'm still recovering from... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:34:23 EST Race Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410482 So my race went relatively well. My official times were: <BR> Swim: 38:07 <BR> T1: 4:41 <BR> Bike: 1:38:08 <BR> T2: 3:00 <BR> Run: 1:14:15 <BR> <BR> My Garmin tagged the swim at a little over 1750 yards, vs the 1650 it was supposed to be (in other words I zig-zagged a bit and swam farther than required). I did not rush through either transition because I was most definitely NOT in a rush to do so. I needed those brief moments of recovery. The bike was crazy. We were having some pre-Irma wind... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:22:20 EST 3:38:09! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409382 I beat my goal time! Yay!! More details later. Now for an Epsom salt soak and a nap!! Sat, 9 Sep 2017 15:11:16 EST It's race day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409233 Here we go!!! Goal time 3:45:00 Sat, 9 Sep 2017 05:19:49 EST Training Update - 4 days til the race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407889 So we did our last brick workout this past weekend. And it went really well! I finally found a groove for both the bike and the run, and I finished both in a very similar time to my actual race pace in 2015. That was super encouraging! Hopefully I didn't peak too soon!! <BR> <BR> I did not get much of a swim in on Friday night (30 min vs 60) because there was some really terrible weather going on and the waves and current were extremely strong. But the swim has never been my weak link. That... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 11:06:59 EST Training Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405676 I forgot to update for this past weekend's training. We rode the actual tri route (27 mile bike, 6.2 mile run), and it went OK. The bike was good. An hour and 41 minutes. Which is about what I would anticipate for race day. Somewhere in the 90-100 minute timeframe for the bike. The run was not amazing. It's still a struggle to get in that 10k run after the bike. I kept a decent pace the first couple of miles but then slowed significantly. I even had to take a short walk in the last mile (mayb... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:48:29 EST 8/21 Training Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402284 So we increased the distance on our bike route again yesterday to 38.6 miles, and then ran the 6.2 miles as well. The bike was a slightly faster pace than last week (13.4 vs 13.3mph average), and the run was slower. In part this was because my legs were so tired after the bike, which took us 2 hours and 52 minutes. And in part it was so effing hot out that I could barely breathe. It was somewhere near 90 while we were running, and upwards of 90% humidity. It was miserable. But I did it. I kep... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:03:42 EST 8/14 Training Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399643 My legs feel like lead today. Yesterday was our 2nd to last brick at the evil Mount Vernon, and then we switch to the actual tri route, which I believe is quite a bit easier (well, the bike anyhow), and is shorter too. Yesterday's ride was a very hilly 35 miles, and the run was a reasonably hilly 6.2 miles. We also got in the water afterwards for what ended up being more of a recovery and relaxing swim for an hour, rather than training. I was exhausted. The bike took 2 hours and 37 minutes, a... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:43:15 EST Training Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396936 This weekend was my second brick session of 6 for my olympic distance tri. Last weekend we did 20.8 miles on the bike and a 4.3 mile run. This weekend we did a 28.3 mile bike and a 5.2 mile run. And I use the term "run" very loosely to describe yesterday's workout. My average pace was 13 min miles. Yikes!! My legs were like lead!! And to be fair my knee has been pretty angry with me since last weekend. So a slower pace probably was the right thing to do, but it was not what I was trying to do... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:51:29 EST Tri Results - work to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391367 So my goal for the tri was to finish in 1:41:00 or better. I did not accomplish this. I finished in 1:44:35. There were two main factors to this - one was that in the swim, I got caught behind a crowd of people that I just could not find a way through. So instead of a 10 minute swim, I had an 11 minute swim. The second issue was the trail run. I've not trained on trails at all - I've only run on pavement, so I was significantly slower on my run than I've ever been on the road. I had thought I... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:09:28 EST July Update - First tri of the season soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388521 So I am 6 days out from my first Triathlon of the season. It's a sprint race, so it's relatively short. But the bike course is tough, and the run makes me a bit anxious because it's a trail run (I never run trails), and it's going to be VERY HOT on Sunday. The high is 96. I realize it won't be quite that hot while I'm running, but it will not be cool by any stretch. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we had our last training brick yesterday. The bike course actually changed this past week, so the bike route... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:15:32 EST Why is mile 1 so slow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380243 For whatever reason my early morning runs are ridiculously slow. Although I guess the one thing I am impressed with is my consistency. Mile 1 without fail every 4am run has been 11:44. Every time. Mile 2 tends to be slightly better. This morning was better than any other early AM run has been in recent weeks at 10:57. But barely. Other mornings Mile 2 has been more like 11:15 or so. Is it because I'm still half asleep perhaps? Or because I'm pulling one anchor along with me (my Luna does NOT ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:52:19 EST Training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379867 We finally did a brick ride on the route for our end of July triathlon. So we did about 16 miles in 68 min, and then a 5K in about 32 min. So this pace was not too bad. It's just such a hilly course!! But I felt good that we did it and in general on the course I felt pretty good. 3 more weeks of practice before the race. So I'll keep running during the week, lifting during the week, swimming on Fridays, and squeezing in some yoga. <BR> <BR> And hopefully this will all aid in my journey back... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:19 EST June Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378273 Blogging hasn't been my strong suit recently, has it? <BR> <BR> I guess at least I'm sort of getting in here once a month. <BR> <BR> On a good note, I am at least tracking on a consistent basis!! I might skip one weekend day here and there, but in general I'm tracking everything, and that is very helpful for me. <BR> <BR> Past that, I'm finally being more consistent with exercise and training. I'm just about a month out from my first tri of the season, and will be starting to do bricks o... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:39:30 EST Mid-May Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365581 Oops. Somehow I missed updating in April. And technically this is a little past the middle of May. But... I'm here! So that's what counts. <BR> <BR> We missed the Run for the Fallen race in March. I came down with the flu the day before, and was out of commission for 4 days until the Tamiflu stuff started to help. Crazy. But I have another race scheduled for next Saturday (the Humane Society 5K), so I'll be running that one anyhow. <BR> <BR> I'm still planning on 3 triathlons. Crows lake ... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:56:49 EST Mid-March Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333233 So the scale has held steady at the top end of my goal weight range for the last couple of weeks - 130 pounds. This is OK with me because I started measuring again, and I've seen those heading south even though my weight has maintained. What I was surprised to find is that I had gained several inches - no wonder my pants were fitting so poorly even though my weight hadn't gone up all that much! Yikes!! My initial measurement for my waist was over 29 inches. I was 25 inches the last time I mea... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:28:55 EST Mid-February Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315919 So far, so good!! So after 3 weeks of steady gain (total of 4 pounds), I had a 4 pound weight loss (perhaps it really was a combo of muscle, swelling, and hormones), because I most definitely was not eating enough to gain anything (I had a consistent negative calorie differential), and I did not eat so little that I could possibly have lost 4 pounds of fat in a week either. I also followed that weigh in with a 1 pound gain the week after. I hate fluctuation. Drives me bananas!! In all honesty... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:38:39 EST Just a little update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307782 So tracking my goals has really pushed me to also monitor calories and exercise, which in general is helping me, I think. <BR> <BR> My scale says otherwise right now. I've been steadily gaining about 1 pound a week for the last 3 weeks now that I'm back to focused scheduled workouts instead of random sporadic ones. My calorie intake is about the same, so I'm assuming for now that there's a combination of muscle weight, water weight (swelling as I've been sore), etc going on since I'm most c... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:21:24 EST 2017 Goals Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296728 Minor tweaks to the goals I've set: <BR> 1.) Run at least 4 road races (at least 3 at the 5K distance and at least 1 at the 10K distance) <BR> 2.) Run at least 3 Triathlons (Crows Lake Sprint, Lanier Islands Sprint, Tugaloo Olympic) <BR> 3.) Train properly for these races (i.e. for more than a couple of weeks leading up - I want to train ALL YEAR). And by properly, I mean bike or spin weekly, run weekly, swim weekly, yoga weekly, weights weekly. <BR> 4.) Feel good in my skin - somewhere be... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:09:12 EST 2016 Goal Review and setting 2017 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289404 Looking back on 2016, here were my goals and the results: <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - I am working my way back up to this. I am waiting on the results of an MRI that I had done in mid December, and the doc office was closed for an extended period during the holidays so I've still not heard back from them. But we did start running anyhow. Very short distance to begin with (1/2 mile) and we've added 1/4 mile to it each week. This week will be a 2 mile run, and I'll be back t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:12:52 EST A slow re-start to running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276998 So I was given the go-ahead to run a half mile. I know. 5 minutes of running. Wheee? It actually took us 6 minutes and 8 seconds. It was a very slow half mile. But on a good note I was not in any worse pain the next morning than I have been all along. So I took that as a good sign. That was last Tuesday. On Thursday we ran 3/4 of a mile. This was a better pace - closer to a 10 min mile pace. Which is fine. Again, no real change in pain level. I've also been really consistent with foam rolling... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 06:33:38 EST FINALLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271075 The PT gave me permission to try a short (1/2 mile) run!!! I am still having foot pain, but it's getting much better, and I have a plan of attack to continue working on healing. Maybe running will aggravate it, but maybe not. I am super excited to give it a whirl and see how I feel after! I have to ice it when I am done, and foam roll and such. But maybe I'm going to get my fitness life back now!! I'm so tired of not training! Spin class here I come too!! Wheeeeeeeee!!! Happy Thanksgiving! I ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:44:27 EST Another Goal update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246704 The end of the year is nearing, and there isn't a lot of time left to meet goals I set for the year. I'm on track for a few. I've fallen off track for various reasons on a few. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - Sort of yes... I'm currently unable to run - or do much else - due to an injury. I'm not allowed to do anything but swim right now. I've got tendinitis in my right ankle, and I'm super frustrated about it. But I'm signed up for a 5K in a month, which... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:57:54 EST 6 Weeks since Surgery, and other injury news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243119 So I've officially survived my tonsillectomy. That is one thing I am glad I will never ever ever go through again. That was NOT a fun 3 or so weeks!! <BR> <BR> In other news, the foot pain I was experiencing since thinking it was a good idea to have a barefoot wii dance-off back in July has not improved. I had been doing only low-impact stuff, and I had been icing it, and I though that the 2 or so weeks that I was basically on bed rest would make the pain go away. However, if anything it's ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:38:17 EST Back to work Post Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228454 So this week has mostly been miserable. Tomorrow is 3 weeks post surgery, and I am FINALLY able to eat food-like substances again. I am stuck with super bland, luke-warm things. But this is a vast improvement from where I was a week ago. <BR> <BR> I do not yet know where I am with weight. I weigh in on Saturday, so I will find out then if I've dropped anything further. My guess is that I may have, based on the fact that I'm still not eating as much as I should be. But I am certainly eating ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 14:11:17 EST 2 Weeks Post Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224964 I am STILL not back to myself. I called the doctor's office this morning because I'm still struggling to eat, and she said that it's totally normal for an adult to take 3-6 weeks before they're really back to normal with what they're able to swallow. I am officially down 10 pounds. To my minimum goal weight. I do not need to lose any more weight. But if I'm still struggling to eat enough calories because it effing hurts to swallow food, what then?? I am just so tired of being tired and sore. ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:41:42 EST Adult Tonsillectomy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223005 On August 12, I had my tonsils removed due to some trouble I was having with them. It has been one of the most painful experiences of my life, and I'm so ready to feel better. I am feeling better than I was a couple of days ago, but I am definitely not back to myself yet. The only positive thing I can think of right now about the last week and a half is that I sailed right past my weight loss goal, but this is because I am literally starving to death right now. Every time I sit down to eat so... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:13:22 EST Mid-year check on Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192205 I wanted to check in on my goals for the year to see where I am at, what I've accomplished, and what I still need to work on the rest of this year. Here's my list of goals from January, and the current status. <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's - YES! We just ran one last month for the humane society, and I'm focusing on running once a week, at least 3 miles. <BR> 2) Keep Running Triathlons - Um - I have 2 to sign up for, but haven't done so yet, and need to get on it! I have been... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:32:59 EST I got married! Pictures! And here's what else is going on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186952 So first... I've been married for just under 2 months now. The wedding was beautiful, and here's a few pictures! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29f5f09b-e764-42a1-8c57-70774ca93c36.jpg"> (Me in my dress!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1324da55-b555-4b55-b612-958fbdb8d0da.jpg"> (The Kiss!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/364d9996-554b-49b9-9a2e-0d9cb3d110c9.jpg"> (Love in the rain) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:52:13 EST Wedding Flying At Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102947 So the countdown is really on now. 67 days until my wedding. And I'm finally hauling my ass out of bed in the mornings to get my workouts in and tone back up for this shindig! <BR> <BR> I have not been nearly as great about it as I should have been over the past year or so, even with all the races I've done. I've really been putting in the minimum to keep in race shape, and I could tell this past summer with the way I struggled in some of my races. But I'm kicking myself back into gear and ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:02:07 EST Updating Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061152 I set goals the other day for 2016, and wanted to update them a bit. Well, add to them anyhow. <BR> <BR> 1) Maintain my ability to run 5K's <BR> 2) Keep Running Triathlons <BR> 3) Feel good in my skin - regardless of if that's 120 or 130 pounds <BR> 4) Focus on toning as well as cardio this year <BR> 5) Feel freaking sexy amazing awesome in my wedding dress <BR> 6) Enjoy being IN THE MOMENT, and don't worry about all the small details and "what if's" so much <BR> 7) If pregnancy happens... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:55:42 EST 2015 Review / 2016 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056817 So last year I set 10 goals (and I probably added to them, but for now I will just review the ones I originally set... <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum (Yes! We run probably 1-2 a month in fact. We!! Yes I love someone who runs with me!! And it's fantastic!) <BR> 2.) Train for and complete an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! (YES!!! And I almost DIED!! Ok, I FELT like I was going to die. But the EMT's said I would be OK... yes there were EMT's involved... And I swore I would n... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:05:02 EST Olympic Triathlon Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997254 I ran my first Olympic Triathlon this weekend, and I worry that it may be my last as well. My time was OK - it was where I thought it would be - between 3.5 - 4 hours. Officially it was 3:40:46. So this was not bad in and of itself. But I collapsed after the race, and that is what scares me. I did prepare for this race, although perhaps not for as long or as hard as I should have. But my main concern is that I cannot seem to get the hydration/electrolyte situation correct. Throughout training... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:56:14 EST July? Wait, what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957934 So from this side of my summer vacation, that big long triathlon I signed up for in December is coming at me real fast. I'm so not ready!! I have 2 months to get ready though, and I fully intend to do that! <BR> <BR> I have a mini tri this weekend, and a sprint distance at the end of this month, then I'll be in full-on training beast mode until my olympic tri in September. I know I can do it, but I'll feel better knowing I prepared. <BR> <BR> I've run a bunch of 5K's this year so far, and ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:05:12 EST 1/7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848411 I hit a really good spin class Monday evening, and then yesterday was a yoga day for me. I really need to get back to regular yoga - it's so good for me!! And I want to get back to some weight lifting as well on a regular basis. Yoga is strength to an extent, but I think that once or twice a week with actual weights would be beneficial for me for sure. <BR> <BR> My girlfriend and I are walking pretty much daily with the dogs, so that's great, and my schedule for training is 3 nights a week ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:26:56 EST 2014 Goal Review and new goals for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846430 I started 2014 with the following goals, and here is how I did: <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum (COMPLETE) <BR> 2.) Train for an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! (In Progress - signed up for 9/12/15 Olympic Tri) <BR> 3.) Re-try the garden. Again. Come on success!! (Eh - did OK here, but there is definite room for improvement) <BR> 4.) Build the stinking fire pit! (YES!) <BR> 5.) Maintain my weight within 5 pounds of 120. (I think I'm a hair over right now.) <BR> 6.) Remain ac... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:58:15 EST Training Update 1/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844246 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> So over the Christmas holiday, beyond eating too many cookies, I ran a couple of times with my uncle. Slow runs, but longer distance, which was really good for me to realize I still have the endurance that I worked on but maybe haven't paid as much attention to maintaining. <BR> <BR> We did a 4.25 mile run and a 5.25 mile run. So I'm much closer to the 10K distance than I anticipated, and at the end of the 5.25 mile I was not "done". I could definitely have gone a... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:06:35 EST