REENIE131's SparkPeople Blog REENIE131's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still freezing. I broke up with winter today, but it just won't go away! Cannot wait for milder temps. Starting to go a little crazy from not being able to spend much time outside...blah! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:59:05 EST FREEZING! I'm SO over winter. Normally it doesn't bother me, and if we had snow and could go outside, it probably wouldn't bother me, but all we have is these BITTER cold temps, and no snow. Blah! I want to go outside! I want to be able to breathe when I do....and I'm just tired of it! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I've had a couple of good days, foodwise. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:16:50 EST I've got to get better... about blogging. I just don't think I have much to say. Things just aren't changing very quickly, and I think I burned out. I've been doing the same thing for over a year and a half, and it's been months since I had any real progress. TIme to take stock and make some changes ::sigh:: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:23:25 EST Trying to get back.. on track. <BR> <BR> It's been a tough week or so, food-wise. I've had really good days of exercise, but the last 2 days I didn't do that, because I was NOT feeling well. Today I felt pretty close to normal (or what passes for it with me, anyway) and I exercised, PLUS I did good keeping my eating under control. Hopefully I keep it up for a while. Gosh I hate my hormones. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:44:56 EST Great week Started the week with my awesome daughter and lovely granddaughters here visiting. Spent New Year's Eve with them, and the rest of my household playing games and having our own little celebration, then at midnight my partner and I started the year with a run around the neighborhood. New Year's Day I took down our decorations, and got the house cleaned felt so good! (And why does the house always feel so much BIGGER when the decorations come down?) <BR> The rest of the week was very li... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:16:36 EST A nice, low-key Sunday Today was nice and quiet. Relaxing, which is a good thing considering I'm a little sore from yesterday's cross country skiing adventure. Took the puppy to Petco and got him a few new toys, and signed him up for puppy classes. Also did some grocery shopping, and made split pea soup for dinner. It was yummy! Also spent time playing with my adorable granddaughters:) <BR> <BR> While I was doing that, my daughter was up in my little boys' room...helping them clean. That was, seriously, a job I ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:26:35 EST Whoa... I have been slacking on the exercise this week, but BOY did I make up for it today! 2.5 hours of cross country skiing! Wow was that legs are so tired...LOL. It was fun though. <BR> In other news, my daughter and granddaughters are FINALLY here :) Sat, 29 Dec 2012 23:15:05 EST Day 3 of being mostly back on track as far as eating! I'm not eating perfect, but I'm SO much better than I was for a week or so. Now I just need to get back on my normal exercise schedule. I think that'll be a lot easier once everyone's back where they need to be as far as work and school. <BR> <BR> In other news....MY GIRLS ARE COMING TOMORROW! My daughter and granddaughters will be coming tomorrow night and staying til New Year's Day. I'm not sure who's more or my little boys, w... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:47:45 EST Tired TIred in general, but tired of the holidays too. Can't wait to be back on a normal schedule and have everyone else in the house back on schedule too. <BR> <BR> Christmas day was a huge disappointment after how much I was looking forward to it, for reasons I'd rather not go into. It's left me in a bad mood that I've had a lot of trouble shaking, and I think getting back to real life would help a ton. I hope so, because if it doesn't, I'm out of ideas. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:31:39 EST Happy Really happy about Christmas, and looking forward to everything. However, I'm looking forward to it being over too. There is WAY. TOO. MUCH. food in my house! Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:44:07 EST Working on it. Working on getting back my holiday spirit. Little by little, I'm feeling better about Christmas, but it's still hard, because my oldest child, my only daughter, won't be able to come here for Christmas at all. She has to work Christmas eve, and the morning after Christmas, and she's eating dinner with her boyfriend's family, so there's just no way she'll make the 3 hour trip over here. :( <BR> <BR> On the bright side, my mom and brother will be coming, as will my oldest son, so there should ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:17:54 EST I'm over it. Christmas that is. I'm so sick of the whole thing. I still have shopping to do, and not enough money to do it. I miss my daughter, this is the first time she's not been here with us the week before Christmas. I know it's because she has to work, and I'm proud of her for doing what needs to be done, but I miss her...and my grandbabies, and it's sooo much easier to get things done when she's here helping. I'm so sad about what happened in CT, and I can't stop thinking about it. I'm just so tir... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:46:13 EST PUPPY! We got a new puppy! He's a 9 week old German Shepherd/Mastiff mix, named Thor and he's so darn cute I can hardly stand it. A friend who helps run a rescue contacted me tonight and asked if we'd like to foster him...with the idea that we'd keep him. He's here, and we couldn't be happier. :) Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:41:00 EST So excited! Tomorrow is World Hoop Day, and I'll be traveling, with a friend, to the other side of the state to participate in a celebration. I'll be attending hooping workshops, participating in a huge Hoop Jam, and watching the state premiere of a documentary called The Hooping Life. Best of all, I'll be seeing some of my fellow hoopers that I don't get to see NEARLY enough. Of all the things that a simple plastic circle has brought to my life, I'm most grateful for the people. The hoopers I've met are... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:08:14 EST Awesome day! Never left the house, other than the 5 mile run we took this morning. Made a crockpot full of split pea soup. Baked a pie (and didn't eat any!) Put up the Christmas tree, and just generally had a nice, relaxed Sunday. It's been exactly what I needed! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:05:47 EST Long day Lots of good stuff, but some not-so-good eating (and drinking!) tonight. Oh well, I exercised...and tomorrow is another day and another chance to do better :) Fri, 7 Dec 2012 23:37:04 EST Highs and lows Had a big lunch today, that wasn't even worth eating, but it was at a luncheon that I had to be at, and it took FOREVER before we got to eat, so I ate it, and felt guilty. The good news is, instead of giving up the rest of the day, I went home and went for a run. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I went Christmas shopping, and found myself having the first panic attack I've had in a very long time. The good news is, I made it through without giving up completely, and got a few gifts out of the way. I also ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:14:13 EST So grateful I am so grateful to be able to do the things I do. Aside from the fact that I have a wonderful family, and I get to run a business that I really enjoy with my best friend in the world, I'm just thrilled that I can do the things I do for fun. Yesterday I hooped for almost 3 hours, and ran 2 miles. Today, I ran 3 miles and hooped for another 20 minutes (right after giving a one hour massage!) I love that I can do things like this.....and I wouldn't have predicted being able too at almost 50 ye... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:07:48 EST Lots of exercise today I hooped an hour and a half with friends this morning, and another hour and a half tonight at our usual wednesday night hoop a quick two mile run with the partner. We're running every day now...from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. We did the same thing last year, but it was at least a mile, this year we're trying for 2 mile minimums. <BR> <BR> I did so much today, I didn't even feel bad about the lunch I ate today. Had a long overdue lunch date with a friend and we went out fo... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:19:00 EST Great weekend. It's been a fun, relaxing weekend...with way too much good food, and (fortunately) a lot of exercise too. After three days of indulging more than usual, it was SUCH a relief to get back on track today. It's funny how I actually missed eating healthy and looked forward to normalcy. I'm actually looking forward to back to work and school tomorrow, I am definitely a creature of habit. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:44:48 EST Me I finally added a picture of myself on my sparkpage. For whatever reason, it took a lot of courage to do it, but the fact that it's a fun picture made it easier. <BR> <BR> Yep, that's really me in the elf suit with the hula hoop...LOL. The picture was taken last Saturday, at a parade that I was one of "Santa's Little Hoopers" in. My 2 sons(ages 9 and 11) and one of my awesome hooper friends and I hooped our way through the parade, while my friend's husband took pictures, and my husband wheel... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:59:10 EST Happy Thanksgiving! It's been a great one here. Started with a 5 mile run, then spent the day with people I love and ate good food. So thankful, full, happy and tired. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else's day was as good as ours. God bless you all. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:54:52 EST I wish... ...controlling my eating were as easy as exercising. I love to move, but I love to EAT too! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:20:22 EST I wish... ...controlling my eating were as easy as exercising. I love to move, but I love to EAT too! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:20:13 EST Such a long time! I can't believe it's been since March since I wrote in this blog. I am SO bad about this. I've been sticking with Sparkpeople, I just can't seem to make myself write. I also haven't updated my weight in a long time. Seems like every time it goes down a bit, it goes right back I don't even bother to change it. I am still tracking, and exercising, so at least I'm not gaining back what I originally lost. I guess that's better than nothing. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:16:33 EST Need encouragement. And I KNOW this is the place to go for it! <BR> <BR> Tell me I can, please? Tell me I can do these things I want to do. Tell me I'm good enough. I need affirmations that I'm just not quite feeling yet, but I want to! <BR> <BR> I recently became a hoopnotica certified hula hooping instructor, and I feel like I'm standing in my own way as far as starting to teach classes. I WANT to teach, I WANT to branch out from just doing massage and start working on the fitness side of our business (I ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:25:17 EST Waiting...waiting...waiting.. Waiting for snow. We're currently under a winter storm warning, but there's no snow happening yet. They keep moving it later and was supposed to start at 6:00, then 9:00 now it's after 11:00 and so far, we have nothing. <BR> <BR> I don't have any clients booked for tomorrow, and my kids have been off all this week for midwinter break anyway, so if it snows, it's not a huge deal. We have an appt at 10:30 with the accountant about our taxes (business and personal) so I'm not going ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:23:58 EST I did it! I am now a certified Hoopnotica instructor! I spent 8 hours yesterday getting my Hoopnotica Fitness certification and today was 8 hours getting the Hoopnotica Dance I certification. SO cool! SO fun! Also so scary, and showed me how little I really knew...but totally worth it! <BR> <BR> I think everyone should do something, occasionally, that makes them feel totally humbled and completely inept. I took care of that this weekend...LOL. I thought I was an okay hooper, now I know how much I did... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:47:41 EST I feel like I've said this a lot lately... but I got a new dress We're going to a charity dance in a couple weeks, and it's a HUGE deal. A lot of important people, the city leaders, etc will be there. This will be the 2nd year we go, because someone we do business with buys a table and invites his customers. It's a lot of fun. So anyway, I went shopping AGAIN, and got a new dress AGAIN, and it's a bit of a departure for me, AGAIN. LOL! It's royal blue and somewhat form fitting. I'm pretty excited about it. I think i... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:21:25 EST Hoopnotica This weekend, I'll be spending 8 hours Saturday, and 8 hours Sunday, going through Hoopnotica's instructor training classes. I cannot wait! Really looking forward to this, even though I'm a little bit terrified. It's so cool, they sent me a hoopnotica travel hoop and case, and some hooping CDs and the manual for the class. I need to spend a little time going over the manual and some other info they emailed. <BR> <BR> Can't wait! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:44:16 EST Nervous! Nervous! Nervous! When I was offered the opportunity to substitute for water aerobics instructors at the REC center, I thought "GREAT! This will give me a chance to ease into it, since I haven't taught in 17 years. I can take some of the other instructor's classes and figure out what I'm doing before I have to teach." Hmmmmmm..maybe not. Apparently God had another plan in mind. <BR> <BR> The pool at the REC opens tomorrow morning. The first water aerobics class is at 9:00. Care to guess who's going to be teac... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:30:30 EST Hooping I went with the partner guy to work out tonight at the REC center. We went to one of the empty studios upstairs and I played with my hoops while he tried some stuff with a new agility ladder he bought (boy am I glad I'm not his client!) He brought our little flip video camera and took some video of me, and I was really surprised when I saw it. I actually look like I know what I"m doing! LOL! I was less surprised at how little I like seeing myself on video, but at least I feel more like I'm go... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:10:20 EST Why the negativity? I was noticing today, as I was reading sparkpeople, that there is a tendency by some people to be negative. Or at least to share their negativity with others. Silly things like on a slideshow of dessert ideas, someone felt it necessary to comment "Wouldn't eat any of that" or words to that effect. Oooookay, thanks for sharing. I could see if they followed that up with ideas or their own, or mentioned that they needed suggestions that took a food allergy into consideration...or added somethi... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:52:21 EST I skied! for 2 1/2/ hours. Great workout...but my feet aren't terribly happy with me. The boots that they rent you with the cross country skis aren't always the best for your feet. I felt the one on my right foot rubbing on my heel, so I retied my boot the way I tie my running shoes, and it helped a lot but I think the damage was already done. When we got home and I took my sock off it was pretty bloody and heel is not happy. There's a smaller blister that ripped open on the other heel and... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:26:32 EST Squeeeeeeee! I'm so excited! I'm registered to take a hoopnotica instructor training! It's in February, and I can't wait! As luck would have it, it's RIGHT by my house, too...that's so easy I can't even believe it! <BR> <BR> In other news, it's finally snowing..a lot. I really hope it keeps up so we can cross country ski tomorrow. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:49:39 EST Didn't run today. We started to, but the wind was so cold, and so strong, it felt like I was out there in a tank top and shorts. It just didn't seem worth it, so we gave up for today. I'm still really hoping for more snow by Saturday afternoon, so we can cross country ski. <BR> <BR> I have to say, if the weather had been the way it was today, while we were doing our "run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year" challenge, we'd have ran. I think I need a new incentive. If I can run with the stomach flu (which... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:44:24 EST On track, but tired. Worked quite a bit today, and also got my run in, so I'm just a little beat tonight. Staying on track pretty well, after a couple of days of not doing so great on the weekend. <BR> <BR> The temp dropped today, from mid 50s to maybe 30 degrees tops. It's also gotten really, really windy, and a little snow is flying. It still kind of feels like we're waiting for winter to start though, since we haven't had enough snow to even need to shovel. I'm actually starting to get a little impatient, I... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:09:27 EST idea.. No idea what to write, but I feel like I should. Soooo...what do I want to blog about? <BR> <BR> I ran today. Yay! First time since last wednesday. <BR> <BR> I had a tough couple days, food wise, but today seems to be on track. Yay for getting back on track. I have to think the past couple days were PMS related. Is this stuff suppose to get tougher as we get closer to menopause? I can handle a lot, but the longer PMS part is just not fair! Who do I complain to about this? <BR> <BR> Our min... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:21:50 EST It finally started snowing... and I haven't run since...LOL. Got a little treadmill time in last night, but I HATE running on a treadmill, so I just walked as fast as I could and played with the incline a bit. I think I still got an okay workout, but it's not the same. I hula hooped this morning too. I'm getting exercise, but I haven't hit the road since wednesday, and I miss it! We're supposed to run tomorrow though, so it'll be better. <BR> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:16:20 EST News I forgot to mention..and 21 years ago today. First of all, 21 years ago today, I became a first time mom. How is it even possible that it was THAT long ago? Time flies when you're raising kids, eh? My only daughter is 21 today, a mom herself, and a sweet, wonderful person. I'm so grateful that I was chosen to be her mom. She's pretty special to me :) Her 3 brothers are too...but...I'm glad I got the privilege of having one daughter (and I may be a little grateful that it was only ONE daughter too, but that's a whole different subject..... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:17:11 EST Some days are tougher than others. Ran this morning, stayed on track all day, but now I'm just sitting here, thinking of what I wish I could snack on, and feeling like I just don't care. I know the feeling will go away, and just typing this out is helping..but...blah. Just. Blah. <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:32:52 EST Rest day Took a rest day today, since I was starting to have a little problem with my left hip, the past couple days. I did have a couple clients today, and walked to the kids bus stops to pick them up, so I didn't feel totally sluglike, but it was nice not to push myself today. Hip feels a lot better too. <BR> <BR> I'm a little sad, my daughter isn't going out of town for her birthday, which means I don't get to babysit my sweet granddaughter for 2 days this week like I was supposed to. I hope the... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:01:52 EST I actually enjoy running! How is that possible? <BR> <BR> Ran 3 miles yesterday, and 5 today. Today's run was pretty tough, I had lots of aches and pains, and was moving a little slow, but when we finished, I heard myself suggesting we start upping our mileage. Me? Really? <BR> <BR> It's been a very nice weekend. The weather has been SO unseasonably warm it's amazing. I'm a little concerned that once it finally gets cold and starts snowing, it'll never stop. I guess we just appreciate the nice weather while we hav... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 19:10:21 EST So tired. Yesterday consisted of driving 3 hours, eating lunch, doing four massage in a row, eating dinner, then driving 3 hours back home. It was a lot more fun than it sounds, but a bit tiring. <BR> <BR> Today I went to the grocery store, did some laundry, took my sons to the bookstore so they could use their gift certificates from Christmas, took a long walk with the boys since it was REALLY nice out (I didn't even wear a coat, in Michigan, in January) then I had 2 massages. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow i... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:20:06 EST Finally Finally skipped a day running, but I spent 50 minutes hooping, so it was still a good fitness day. I have to take tomorrow off, because I'm traveling all day, so I'm going to concentrate on eating healthy while traveling instead. I'm so grateful to have sparkpeople to help with that part! <BR> <BR> Oh..I also lost another .6 lb, so that made me happy. New total is 33.1 :) Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:48:28 EST Still running Even though our Run to New Year challenge ended a couple days ago, I'm still running. Two miles yesterday, two today. I think it's become enough of a habit that it feels weird to NOT do it. Tomorrow is going to be a little tough to work in a run, so instead I'm going to do some hooping and some other stuff, and thursday, I think I have to skip working out at all, because I'm going to be traveling. I don't want to not work out! How strange that I feel that Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:38:22 EST TWO sizes! I went shopping for jeans today, because the ones I've been wearing were too big. Such a terrible reason to need new ones, right? The bad news was, the brand and style I usually get were higher in price than last time I bought some. I could deal with it though, because the ones I bought were 2 whole sizes smaller. YAY! <BR> <BR> Our running challenge ended yesterday, but we haven't wanted to stop we ran another 2 miles today. It was a really nice, if a little bit cold, run. I also... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:29:45 EST Happy New Year! I hope we all have more success and more fun in the new year! Thanks for being part of my 2011 and I hope 2012 finds us sharing more of the spark with each other. <BR> <BR> Oh..and please be careful tonight. We all need each other! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:48:07 EST And then there were 2 Two days left in the running challenge. I got a quick mile in tonight after a lunch meeting and a few clients this afternoon. It helpfully stopped raining minutes before I went out the door, so I was glad to not have to battle the elements. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's run will be 3 miles in the morning, and if everything works out, we'll do another mile at midnite. Then we're going to try to run another 5 Sunday during the day. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:43:16 EST Make it go away! I've had a sinus headache since last night. It's not really bad enough to stop me, but bad enough to make me really, really cranky. I think I'm going to take some sinus meds and try to sleep early tonight. <BR> <BR> I did get my run in, tonight. Two miles, and only 3 more days to go! 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