RAWKNRUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAWKNRUN RAWKNRUN'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/ First half marathon in almost two years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280486 I needed a break from "training" so for the past couple of years, I have just been running for fun and not really training for anything. This was good for my soul and just what I needed. <BR> <BR> I registered for this race before I had decided to run Ragnar but I felt that if I could run 25 miles in 24 hours, this half would be a piece of cake. It was nice never actually training for a race but sort of stressful as well because you kind of count on running those 12 milers to give you th... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 11:41:54 EST Ragnar Relay New England, so much fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4251019 Those of you who read my last blog know I jumped into this thing 4 days before we were to head out on our 200 miles in about 24 hours. I was handed the opportunity to be part of a team of people I had never met, but I jumped at it anyways! <BR> <BR> I met Valerie for the first time when she came to pick me up so we could ride down to Hammonassett beach to meet "Van 2" of our team. Van 1 was starting out at Yale in New Haven CT but it would take them about 5 hours to make their way up to us... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:11:48 EST MY FIRST RELAY!! Ragnar Relay of New England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236476 Ok, I am silly and excited. Let me tell the story of how this came about, as it's less than a week away and I just joined a team TODAY! haha <BR> <BR> Saturday night, my DH went up to our home town to watch the Bruins game at our friend Jon's and I took our DD to my friends house so we could both have a playdate, her dd is my dd's bff... got all that? <BR> <BR> Sunday morning DH says "I met a girl last night"... lol, I asked "oh yeah? what's her name?" He replied "Valerie, I want you to... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:56:23 EST Why I Love Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4232104 Wow, I haven't blogged in ages. I still remember my first blog here on Spark, I never in a million years would have guessed that I would have the success I have had on this site. While I did "the work" it was the tools, support and motivation that I received here that helped me on this journey. I want to say thank you to all of my friends and others who have supported me along the way. Especially thanks to this Site for bringing me together with some lifelong friends. <BR> <BR> Although ... Sat, 14 May 2011 11:58:35 EST Motivation to Strength Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134405 Ok with my mileage challenge behind me, I am looking to ramp up strength training once again. I pretty much just ran through the winter with very little (1-2 st days a week about 30 minutes) muscle building activity. For the last month, because I was so involved in the mileage challenge, I didn't do much of anything besides core work. I suffer from low back pain so the core work is necessity to be able to run pain free. lol <BR> <BR> SO now I am trying to get back into strength training, ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:35:27 EST The thing about quantity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126979 So, this month I am running about 125 miles as opposed to my usual 80-90, really, just to see if I can. I am at 118.22 today so I am pretty confident that I have it covered. Anyways, I asked in my last blog if people tend to run quality or quantity and I got an overwhelming response for quality.. a few quantity runners but mosty, quality. <BR> <BR> That being said, the things I have realized about running for quantity, are as follows, (for me anyways). <BR> <BR> A. the more I run, the m... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:38:05 EST Quality or Quantity... that is the question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112450 I have always been a "quality run" kind of girl. I suffered a LOT of running related injuries in the past which prevented me from running more than every other day. So rather than build up lots of quantity I focused on speed intervals, tempo runs, hill drills, progression runs and of course, the long run. While this has served it's purpose and I have gotten much faster over the past 4 years, I am starting to desire more quantity. <BR> <BR> This past month, my darling Dee from Spark in t... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:50:34 EST Did I do it??? 10k blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107188 This weekend was my St. Patricks Day 10k, as some of you know, I was hoping to break 50 minutes. This was a goal I had set for myself before I knew my friend hadn't trained up to her normal standards all winter. Once I had told her my goal though, she pushed herself to run outside more and really try to get her pace up to where she knows it can be. Talk about a true friend, love her. <BR> <BR> Anyways, this course is in Holyoke MA and is known to be tough, basically, in the mountains with... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:51:12 EST Ahh, the best laid plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4079624 Well my plan to run the 10k in under 50 looks like it isn't going to happen. I am running this race with my oldest friend, we have been friends since we were 12, we ran cross country together when we were sophomores in high school and we have only run once together as adults. I was pushing my 35 lb dd in her 15 lb jogging stroller... not fun. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I am looking forward to running with her, she PR'd a 10k this past November with a 47:45, so hitting my PR with her of ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:28:06 EST Big fat cheater. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076034 I have been thinking about this for a few days, ever since I posted the blog really. I am here to reach for goals, not to lob myself some softballs. I posted some time goals for my upcoming 5k, 10k and half marathon that I KNOW I can achieve, i have acheived them in training, so why am I setting myself up to "try" to reach a goal I know I can reach? I am really just cheating myself right? It gives me no motivation to push myself. I am not good at pushing myself I have never run a race ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 12:15:09 EST A long, hard (that's what she said) winter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4057392 Ok I am an Office lover and "that's what she said" just never gets old to me. Sorry. <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in a loooong time, basically I was having a rough, miserable winter and I felt I had nothing positive to add. I was able to keep in touch with my spark team and read some blogs so THANK YOU to all of you for keeping me on my toes. I could easily have fallen off the face of the earth and backslid back to where I started. I kept up my weekly mileage and I think that was another ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 12:19:51 EST Why not the marathon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3888262 Anyone who considers themselves a runner considers the marathon at some point. Now, I have been running for about 3.5 years regularly, still somewhat of a newbie... and the "M" word has crossed my mind on more than one occasion. Yet, in my three + years I still haven't attempted or really seriously considered the distance of 26.2. <BR> <BR> My first years of running were fraught with injuries, especially that first year, thinking back, OY! I had every possible running injury... I am gonna... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:48:22 EST Memoirs of a slow loser, 3 years, 40 pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794394 Yes, you read that right, it has taken me almost 3 years (next month) to lose exactly 40 pounds. Believe it or not I didn't, lose, gain, lose. I really just took 3 years to lose 40 pounds. Sometimes I see blogs by people who lost this amount in 6 months or a year and I think to myself "man, I am slowwww". But, I did what works for me. I took my time, and let myself plateau for quite a while before making the decision to keep going. I find it easy to maintain my losses, in fact, I hit m... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:44:48 EST Body fat percentage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3764780 I work in a gym, 2 of the guys thought it would be fun to start a body fat percentage loss competition lasting 8 weeks (through the holidays). So, I joined. There are 4 teams of 3 people. One guy and 2 girls per team. Now I haven't had my body fat tested by calipurs for years, we have one of those electronic hand helds at the gym but those aren't very accurate. My manager was tasked with testing all of our body fat percentages using calipurs. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I finally had my bodyfa... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 18:21:50 EST Have I Slipped? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3728215 The question recently arose on my Spark in the Dark team, of whether I have slipped on my maintenence or not. Am I just coasting along or am I still working hard. <BR> <BR> I hit my goal weight of 125 back in July, so it's been almost 4 months since that time. I have seen the scale fluctuate a bit but for the most part, it's moved down. In the past few months, it's continued a very slow trek down the scale. <BR> <BR> I am not actively trying to lose weight but I think my body has an ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:11:42 EST Crazy Like a Fox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723909 HAHA, for those who read my last blog, I was running on the treadmill rather than outside for a couple of days. Apparently, treadmill does a body good, <BR> I headed outdoors for my next two glorious fall runs, the first one an easy 5k on the bike path, surrounded by trees and nature, gorgous view of the mountain and the leaves falling around me. I had a smile in my heart the entire way. <BR> Fast forward to run number 2, waited til the afternoon as DH had some landscaping to do, it was ... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 16:45:52 EST Am I Insane? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3714773 Two days in a row now, I have made a decision that surprises even me. I have chosen to run on the treadmill over running on the road. WHAT!?!?! This is so backwards for me, but it seems as the weather gets cooler, I am heading indoors. It's sad really, I mean, I would usually rather get outside, if it means squeaking in a 3 miler between getting DD on the school bus and getting my own butt to class just an hour and 10 minutes later. <BR> <BR> Today for instance, it was cold, there was ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:29:44 EST Sorry it's been so long. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3710305 I have been checking in and reading your blogs. I have been running and lifting and mostly eating well. I have just been stressed and anxious and I think maybe with fall arriving I may have a bit of SAD. Unfortunately, when I am not feeling myself I hide out, I become a hermit. I am usually very social, IRL and online but lately I just work, go to school and run. Even running, usually my natural xanax, hasn't been doing the trick. <BR> <BR> I am sorta hoping that if I get this out the... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:35:32 EST New Spark Name, bye-bye MeganTris http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3615433 So I finally did it, it took me over a week to decide on a new name, still not sure I love it, I really wanted RocknRun, like Rock n Roll but it was taken so I used Rawk... is it goofy? <BR> <BR> I started school a week and a half ago, dd started school 2 weeks ago and really, the schedule is kicking my a$$. I am exhausted, I am stressed to the point of constant nausea and a constant lump in my throat. I am still running 20-25 miles a week and frankly squeezing in biking and swimming was t... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:56:15 EST I want to change my Sparkname !!added ideas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3592974 I have been MeganTris since well, after I did my first Triathlon. I was obsessed with Tri's and they were a definite tool on my journey. I am glad I have done them and I will probably continue to do some more in the future, I have one in two weeks actually. <BR> <BR> That being said, it's definently no longer my passion. Honestly I am sick of events, I am enjoying running and lifting and whatever else I am doing just for fun. I no longer need events for motivation as I once did. I fou... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:19:07 EST Feedback with weightloss, haha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3589460 "Don't blow away with the wind" - friend <BR> <BR> "WOW, you're getting too skinny" - friend <BR> <BR> "No more weight loss, you have no boobs" - ahh DH <BR> <BR> "I wish I had cute runner legs like yours" - another trainer at my gym <BR> <BR> "what you do to keep your body so nice, in good shape" - Italian guy in pool at my gym (kinda creepy) <BR> <BR> "look out, muscles over there will kick your butt" - (about me) member at my gym <BR> <BR> Most of these are good, I have gotten a lot ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:30:44 EST Still hangin' out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579319 Checkin in cause it's been a while. My weight is still holding steady between 123-125 range. I ran 14 miles about 2 weeks ago and it really did a number on my appetite, I swear I ate nothing but carbs for 3 days straight afterwards, I have since decided that I don't really need to be putting in runs like that so I am capping myself at 10, I don't get crazy hungry at that level. <BR> <BR> I have finally decided to put in some triathlon training efforts, got on my bike for a brick workout ... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 08:19:04 EST Running long when I should be biking and swimming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3530301 I have registered for a sprint triathlon the second weekend in September yet I have only been on my bike once... I don't think I have even been in the pool yet, this tri season. I have been using my weekends for long runs even though I am not even training/registered for any distance events. <BR> <BR> How are you guys cross training, I can't seem to want to make the time. I just want to run or lift. UGH. HELLLLLP! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:59:37 EST ABC's of Megan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510826 THanks Crayon! <BR> <BR> A - Age: 35 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Laundry <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: (Cat) Jack <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: COFFEE!!!!! <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: pink <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: both <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5'4" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play: I played the clarinet for 6 years <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Former Director of Innovation for an insurance company, now Personal Trainer and Grad Student ... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 20:47:08 EST What I would look for in a Personal Trainer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3502709 It seems like I have been either getting this a a question a LOT or I have friends who are blogging about it, either way, I wanted to give my own opinion of what I would look for. <BR> <BR> First, you want them to be certified. The gym I work in requires ACE or better, so if you aren't sure, ask. You want someone who knows the right moves and proper form. <BR> <BR> Second, personality. If you have a Jillian but like a Bob, that trainner won't be able to motivate you properly. I find ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:00:31 EST Alright, I'll dish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499020 I am not a believer in deprivation diets, so I incorporate everything into my diet. If I want to eat something non-sensible (fries) I will pair it with something sensible (grilled chicken, veggie burger) and I also will do little things like, put a tablespoon of ketchup on my plate, when it's gone, no more fries... (I like alot of ketchup). But you get the idea, moderation, moderation, moderation. <BR> <BR> If I am starving, I make myself wait until I am done cooking, not snack WHILE cookin... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 12:59:59 EST Vacation Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3482810 I did it, I have been home since Tuesday and I haven't gained a pound from vacation. YAY! I brought my own food for lunch and breakfast and then only ate out twice, but i think I made pretty wise choices at both meals (grilled chicken and a clear soup) and (Veggie burger and fries heehee ok fries aren't the best choice but a girls gotta live!). <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful time with family and DH and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary! <BR> We spent tons of time on the beach, oce... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:37:04 EST Checkin' in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3453623 It's been about 2 weeks since I first saw the number on my scale and I just want to stay accountable so you all know I am not backsliding. <BR> <BR> Maintenence has always been my strong point, whether maintaining at 150 or 125, once I get there, I can stay there. It does require diligence though, you don't get to eat what you want and not think about it anymore, you still need to exercise and stay active. <BR> <BR> For example, I knew I was meeting my BFF at the mall for lunch and shopp... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:07:24 EST GOT MY REWARD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3438858 Since I finally hit goal weight for the first time in over 2 years, I decided a reward was due to me... heehee. <BR> <BR> I got the cutest bathing suit from Athleta. The beach border splice bikini top and low tide bottoms. SO CUTE! I love it. I tried on the top but not the bottoms yet as I had 4 kids around and didn't have time... so I will try on the whole thing when I get home. So far I love it though! Athleta is great because they make swimsuits for active people, not for just lying... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:09:32 EST At Goal Weight, 35 Pounds GONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3424241 I honestly didn't think I would be so happy and so.... I don't know the word... but anyways, after 2 and a half years, I am finally at goal weight. I wasn't really one to gain back, more of one to plateau then lose 6-8 then plateau again. I spent a year at about 135 and pretty comfortable with my body. But about 11 weeks ago, I decided enough was enough, it was time to hit my goal and stop slacking off. So, I buckled down and reached for the moon. The first time I saw 125 on the scale, I... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:51:33 EST Week 11 IT IS DONE!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3412659 I finally completed my 8 pound challenge, I never thought I would get there, well I thought I might but geez louise... 11 weeks. This makes 35 pounds lost on Spark for me! WOW!! And it only took 2 and a half short years! HAHA I seriously must be the slowest loser on the face of the earth! <BR> <BR> So now that I am here, I have decided to get to an even greater goal, which is just 5 more pounds away... no worries, I am not gonna look too skinny, I am just short and even though I am comf... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 21:17:18 EST Week 9, I am the queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3373113 ...of maintainence. haha <BR> <BR> Anyways, as many of you know, I was worried about the time nannying would take away from my workout schedule, and I am not going to lie, it has but I don't have much time to eat there so it all works out. <BR> <BR> week 9 <BR> <BR> 6/19 rest (had a bar mitzvah) <BR> 6/20 run 5 miles, cd <BR> 6/21 run 3.26 miles, st (lower), cd <BR> 6/22 run 6 miles, cd <BR> 6/25 run 3.55, cd <BR> 6/26 run 5 miles <BR> <BR> I would have to add, even though I don't ... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 13:39:01 EST Week 8, GOOD LAWD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3347988 Week 8 <BR> <BR> 6/11 - st (lower) <BR> 6/12 - 6.47 run, cd <BR> 6/13 - rest <BR> 6/14 7.25 run (2 runs), st (core), cd <BR> 6/15 st (upper). cd <BR> 6/16 - 4 run intevals, cd <BR> 6/17- 3.82 hilly stroller run <BR> <BR> Well I actually took a rest day this week, so that was nice. I think I did really well with calorie deficits and IT SHOWED ON THE SCALE!!! <BR> <BR> 2.2 pound LOSS! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> So out of 8.8 pounds desired loss I have lost a total of 6.4! I am so close, I c... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:58:35 EST Week 7 UGH!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3323587 I have fallen into my old maintenance mode. I don't know HOW to get back out of it. I always THINK I am gonna start losing but maintenance is so easy for me, seeing as I have been doing it for the past year. 4 pounds away from goal, halfway there and my brain has given in. Can you say LAZY!!! Oh and I ate spaghetti last night for the first time in probably a month and woke up at 3 am with indigestion and still am suffering from it now. YUCK. <BR> <BR> On another front, my treadmill bro... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:13:18 EST 5K, Trainees and More Side Stitches. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3305583 I love the 5k distance, I really, really do. To me it's so much fun, getting out there and running fast and then boom, it's done! <BR> <BR> I had 3 of my 5k trainees running this race, I was so excited to see them finish. I had expectations of what I "knew" they could do in my head but really, you never know come race day. Well needless to say, they ALL surpassed my expectations as well as their own. My morning group had 2 of the 3 girls running and they ran it together, they had expect... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 10:12:40 EST 8 pound challenge week 6 results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3300400 5/28 run 5, run 2+ (5k grp)(2 seperate runs), no cd... sigh <BR> 5/29 rest <BR> 5/30 hiking, cd <BR> 5/31 sunbathing... haha <BR> 6/1 run 4.07,st (lower) cd <BR> 6/2 run 5.25,st ( back, shoulders, bis) cd <BR> 6.3 rest <BR> <BR> Ok so 3 days of rest and a holiday weekend. I maintained! I am not upset, trust me I think I got off easy. Holding on to the 120's was quite a challenge this week. I am definently planning to get that scale moving down again next week, enough is enough. I ... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 12:51:33 EST Shakeology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3296651 I had been wanting to try Shakeology for a while so when a friend of mine posted that she sells it, I had to jump on board and give it a try. I tried the chocolate and the greenberry (the two different flavors offered). The chocolate was sort of a dark chocolate flavor, I mixed it in the blender with water and ice, I wanted to taste the base flavor of each before doing any mix-ins. For 130 calories, this shake was thick and rich, much thicker than comperable meal replacement shakes, it wa... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 12:00:06 EST The side stitch - causes/prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279630 Up until recently there was no clear explanation for the cause of this annoying cramp, also called exercise related transient abdominal pain (ETAP). Now researchers believe that the side stitch is caused by stretching the ligaments that extend from the diaphragm to the internal organs, particularly the liver. The jarring motion of running while breathing in and out stretches these ligaments. Runners tend to exhale every two or four steps. Most people exhale as the left foot hits the ground, b... Sat, 29 May 2010 11:39:42 EST Sabotage and side stitches, week 5 results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3276721 <BR> 5/21 run/walk 5k grp 2 miles <BR> 5/22 run 5 miles - cd <BR> 5/23 rest <BR> 5/24 run 4.42, st(upper), cd <BR> 5/25 run 3.06 <BR> 5/26 run 1.8 , st (lower), cd <BR> 5/27 rest <BR> <BR> weight + 0.2 <BR> <BR> I ate AWFUL for me this week. Something about getting close to my goal makes me start sabotaging myself. I just don't know why I do this. I am so close, I am in the 120's for the first time in 4 years and I am about to throw it away. WHY? Why am I so afraid to succeed? I... Fri, 28 May 2010 10:27:31 EST RESULTS 8 POUND CHALLENGE WEEK 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3253101 week 4 <BR> <BR> 5/14 run 4, run/walk 5k group, cd <BR> 5/15 rest - cd <BR> 5/16 rest <BR> 5/17 4.58 run super slow, cd <BR> 5/18 st (upper), cd <BR> 5/19 4 run, st (lower), cd <BR> 5/20 4.84 run, CD <BR> <BR> Pounds lost : 2 <BR> Total lost: 4 <BR> <BR> Having weighed in early helped me to keep my eyes on the prize this week. I liked being back in the 120's and I wanted to make sure I stayed there for my "official" weigh in, and I did it! I have my last final of the semester tomo... Fri, 21 May 2010 09:04:47 EST I saw something on the scale today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3241941 that made me smile!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have been doing an 8 pound challenge on my team Spark in the Dark and I have been working slowly and steadily towards my goal. Although weigh in day isn't until Friday, I have been feeling kinda puffy for the past couple of days, so I figured I better check the damage. For the first time in over 4 years (since before i got pregnant) I saw something on the scale that made me want to jump for joy <em>192</em> . <BR> <BR> I have worked m... Tue, 18 May 2010 09:30:30 EST RESULTS 8 POUND CHALLENGE WEEK 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3229396 5/7 spin, st (upper), run/walk (w/5kers), cd <BR> 5/8 rest <BR> 5/9 6.2 run <BR> 5/10 st (upper), cd <BR> 5/11 4 run, cd <BR> 5/12 5+ run, st (lower). cd <BR> 5/13 st (upper), cd <BR> <BR> 1.4 lb loss <BR> <BR> I had a much more successful week than last week, I controlled myself much better through wedding #2 and mothers day than I think I would have if I hadn't been so worried about this challenge! YAY My sparkfriends are still kicking butt as I see numbers start rolling in I wil... Fri, 14 May 2010 12:10:32 EST Having a bad day. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214605 This isn't fitness or food related, so if you want out now, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! HAHA Just a vent. I go to work this morning to train a client, my manager calls me into her office and actually SHUTS THE DOOR. She has never done that in the entire time I have worked at this gym. Apparently, due to some glitch in their system, I have been getting over paid for months. WHAT??? If you all knew what I take home, trust me, you would know I am definently NOT over paid. So I guess now they are ... Mon, 10 May 2010 13:44:07 EST 8 POUND CHALLENGE WEEK 2 RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205692 Well, I had a wedding this past weekend and it just goes to show how 2 days of overindulging can derail the best laid plans. I have ANOTHER wedding tomorrow and I am going to stay away from excess wine! There is nothing worse than drinking too much which leads to overeating and a hangover that requires (for some reason the only thing that helps a hangover for me is grease) me to overindulge even more. SOOOO I am defionently planning to be more careful this weekend. I am planning a run for... Fri, 7 May 2010 15:27:07 EST RESULTS week 1, 8 pound challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180469 Well, it seems like everyone is trying to kick my butt, my team has pretty much all lost between 1-3 lbs this week! AAAAHHH- MAZING! I am so lucky to have such competitive spirits working this challenge with me, a hearty THANK YOU to my Spark in the Darkers!! <BR> <BR> Now on to the results. <BR> <BR> of my goals I acheived the following: <BR> <BR> run 3-4x - DONE 4 runs <BR> crosstrain 1-2x - DONE 1 spin <BR> strength train 2-3x - DONE 3 days <BR> calorie deficit 5-6x - DONE 6 days <B... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:19:59 EST 8 POUND CHALLENGE week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163547 I am 4 days into my 8 pound challenge and some of my favorite sparkers have joined in to support me, or shall I say, kick my butt! <BR> <BR> So far, I have run 2x, lifted 2x, no cross training yet, since I missed spin this morning. No worries though, I still have 3 more days left this week to get it in! eeeks, that doesn't sound like much AT ALL! <BR> <BR> I also got a haircut this week, lost about 5 inches of over-processed ratty mess of hair. I used my flat iron today and love it, tha... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:54:21 EST The challenge is on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3152835 The more and more I thought about these 8 pounds, the more and more I want them gone. So the challenge is on. Today, marks the start of the 8 POUND challenge on Spark in the Dark. Rules: <BR> <BR> 1. 2 days minimum of strength training. <BR> 2. 1-2 days of cross training <BR> 3. 3-4 days of running (or other cardio for those who don't run) <BR> 4. eath healthy and in range <BR> 5. weigh in Friday's <BR> <BR> Beat me to my 8 pound goal with a goal of your own! Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:08:32 EST 8 pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149381 Soooo, I haven't blogged in ages, but since I am sick there isn't much more I can do right now. lol <BR> <BR> Here is my pickle... I have weighed between 130-135 for well over a year now. I am 99% happy at this weight. I had sort of decided against persuing a lower goal as all my clothes from before fit, I feel comfortable in them, not tight etc. BUT the "what if" of getting back to 125 still looms (pre-preggo weight). It's only 8 lbs away from where I am now... 8 lbs.... <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 14:51:01 EST Changing my stride pt 6 - running outside, with 50 lbs of kid and stroller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2948578 WOWIE. I just ran outside pushing dd in the stroller and WOWIE! HAHA. First off, I have to say, this was my fastest stroller run ever. I usually hit 10:00-10:30 minute miles while pushing her. Today I hit 9:40-10:07 minute miles. I will go more indepth in a minute. Surprisingly my legs felt fantastic for most of the run and the downhills with the new stride were insane, seriously my legs were whipping so fast I felt like a cartoon character... the uphills (yes I did the HILL OF DOOM, f... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 13:29:27 EST 53 Runners Commandments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2942141 53 Runner's Commandments (stolen from Greenpeppergirl) <BR> 1. Don't be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners. <BR> 2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run. <BR> 3. Don't make running your life. Make it part of your life. <BR> 4. During group training runs, don't let anyone run alone. <BR> 5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself. <BR> 6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who's missing. <BR> 7. The faster you are the less you ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:06:42 EST