RIDGEREBS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RIDGEREBS RIDGEREBS'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/ Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3701893 Ran Buddy Walk 5K for Down Syndrome families last Saturday. Actually it was 3.26 miles. I don't know who maps these things but this one was too long and hilly. Anyway, I did okay I guess. Had to walk some toward the end. I wish I could get through a race without asthma issues but I'm doing the best I can do without the amount of training i need to have done. We've had our gospel meeting at church all week so I've not been back to the track. My daughter has a softball tournament tomorrow. I ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:14:10 EST Don't get trampled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3665613 I ran my first race since the spring on Saturday. The first time I've run outdoors in a while. I've gotten a little too attached to the treadmill and I'm not ashamed to admit it. It's sitting there in the air conditioned gym with my fan, my water bottle, my tv. Ok, so I like a controlled environment. I ran this 4 miler with no outside preparation along with 1800 of my closest friends, er, total strangers. My main concern was not being trampled but this race was so organized there was no c... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:17:05 EST Breaking through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604604 I'm actually seeing a little progress. I'm down a pound or two. My running is going better than expected. I'm CAUTIOUSLY optimistic. My goal for the long holiday weekend is to track my calories daily and to exercise at least once but preferably twice. I'm a little anxious about the upcoming race. It's so easy to psych myself out. Running (for me) is so mentally challenging. Fears and insecurities abound. I'm pretty secure in some aspects of my life but my physical fortitude is not one of t... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:32:12 EST Kick in the Rear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3521358 I haven't been to the gym in a week! What has gotten into me??? Ok, oral surgery and 3 kids starting school but that shouldn't have accounted for A WEEK off. I have a race in a month and I think the last time I ran nearly killed me. Or I THOUGHT i was dying...one of the two. Anyway, no more excuses, procrastination, etc. I'm NOT the wimpy chick! I thrive on a challenge, on pain, on someone telling me I can't do something!!!! I'm hitting the treadmill tonight 75 minutes or BUST! <em>315... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:34:29 EST Softball mania http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3427683 My priority has not been myself the past few days. If the weekend of the 4th was a 'not perfect' weekend, this past one was 'really crappy'. My youngest child has played in a state softball tournament and I've eaten whatever was available at the time. I've skipped meals, ate fast food or junk food and really gotten no exercise other than hauling gear around. Softball is not for the faint of heart and I know part of my eating has been nervous energy and waiting until I'm about to pass out f... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 12:53:49 EST Holiday Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3403946 Weeellll, I didn't have the 'perfect' weekend but I was very mindful of what I put in my mouth. I did have some homemade ice cream and it was DIVINE. Also brought watermelon so there would be something healthy too. It was good but had very tiny seeds which I'm sure I ate tons of. The ice cream was a treat..not something I get very often and so worth the splurge. I went over my calories one day but went under 2 days so not doing the best at tracking. I did get in a good workout. Ran/walked 4.... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:01:45 EST Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393162 I reset everything on Spark. I mean at some point in time, can you really say you've lost 20 lbs when it's been 18 months and 8 of it you've gained and lost again? Unfortunately when I reset I added back my weightfrom the first of the week prior to the reset and I think I messed up my weight ticker. I'm down about 3 lbs so far this week but my ticker doesn't reflect it. But YAY me! I shouldn't be weighing until Monday but I can't resist. The ticker being wrong is very annoying to me. I nee... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:18:44 EST Get your run on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3386100 I'm a runner...a very slow runner who sometimes walks. I'm either hot or cold. I have to have something to work toward or I won't go to the gym. I normally look for 5Ks in my area that I think I might want to do (not too hilly, not too far away). When I'm not training, I won't even walk. Like I said, all or nothing. I just signed up for a 4-miler in Memphis in September that I wanted to do last year. I'm so excited. It's something new, a distance I've not raced, I'm going with a couple of f... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:58:09 EST Rejoined WW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3109820 I joined an At Work Group at our Main Office. I've always been successful at Weight Watchers just resistant I guess because I don't understand why I can't do it on my own. I'm a grown up. I'm very disciplined in all areas of my life it seems...but one. I'm really not a cheater. I strive for the truth and nothing but the truth. I can lose some on my own but I can't lose more than a few pounds and keep it off. And why is it so important for me to do it on my own? Anyway, i'm tired of resisti... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:56:16 EST Competition is over but I've just begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2206600 The 'Biggest Loser' competition at work is officially over. I finished a respectable #8 out of 26. I could have done better but I'm quite proud of myself. I've lost 18 lbs that I would not have if I hadn't started this journey in January and Sparkpeople has been a big part of it. I WILL continue this journey. I have another 41 lbs to lose... even if it takes me a year. I feel SO much better than I did 6 months ago and I'm so much more active. I'm training for a 5K and hoping my body al... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 12:57:20 EST I'm still on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2032630 I've not made great gains in the past month but I'm still working. I gained a couple of pounds and it's been slow getting it back off. I'm still working. I've been very busy and had a hard time putting myself back on my priority list but I forgive and forget. My children need me and I enjoy being needed. I'd hoped to be at 25 lbs by my birthday but I'm in a good place. I'll be 40 in less than a week and I'm okay with it. Nothing and no one is perfect but we have a merciful God. I hop... Mon, 4 May 2009 16:32:50 EST Good Weigh Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1947634 Wow, I lost 2.6 pounds this week. What a relief! That's 17.6 total. I know I've got a lot more to lose but that's really close to 20 lbs. All of a sudden I feel like i'm making progress. Whoa, girl, slow down.... Don't get ahead of yourself here. <BR> <BR> I am able to wear my engagement ring with my wedding band again. It's been too tight for a while now. YEA ME! <BR> <BR> Just keep it up. Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:34:43 EST Been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1940613 It's been three weeks since my last entry and not a huge amount of progress made but I'm in for the long haul. I've been slacking in the workouts. I've been sick. I've got lots of excuses. Can you tell? <BR> <BR> I AM proud of the fact that food has almost stopped calling to me. I can resist on most occasions. I feel like I've beat an addiction. Seriously. I'm not craving sugar like I was. I don't think I could ever be completely off sugar but I've gone way down in my consumption. ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:09:24 EST I know I shouldn't let the scales rule my mood. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1863871 Last week I was SO bummed! SO aggravated! It's so silly that one pound can dictate how I choose to feel about the progress I made. I KNOW all that. It's even more apparent this week when I'm down 4.2 pounds. I've beat myself up for 7 days over 1 pound. Silliness. It's hard not to be emotional especially when you're trying so hard and feel so deprived. My goal for this week is not to get too comfortable and think I've got 'wiggle-room' since I'm down a little. I need the same commitment... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:15:26 EST UGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1843648 I GAINED. I don't know how but I gained 1 pound. I wish I'd done something to actually enjoy it. I wish I'd eaten something sinfully good. I'm trying not to beat myself up and rethink everything I did this past week. For some reason, my body deceived me. I have been nursing a shoulder injury the last few days. Wasn't very active over the weekend. I got a steroid shot Saturday. It's better but I'm afraid it's going to start hurting again. Do I stay out of the gym? Or just try to do ... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 15:48:29 EST Relieved traveler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1809143 I did it. I went on my trip and adapted to my surroundings as well as i could. I walked on the beach, ate fresh produce and fish whenever possible, and kept healthy snacks available. I'm quite proud of myself. I had a 2.2 lb loss on my return which makes it 9.2 total. I've still got a ways to go but I really feel in charge of my journey. <BR> <BR> I had a great time renewing friendships from long ago. It was pretty emotional. A lot has changed in the years since we were all so close bu... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 12:02:51 EST Nervous traveler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1772914 I'm going out of state tomorrow for 5 days. I have nothing packed and so much to do. I don't know if I have clothes that fit for warmer weather. It's freezing here. I'm pretty much a last- minute type girl but I'm very nervous about 1)what I'm going to find to eat while I'm gone, 2) how am I going to get some exercise in, 3)what if I lose my diet MOJO, 4) what if I gain... I'm trying to tell myself there's no use worrying about the future. Stay in the now. Make good choices and do the ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 13:35:07 EST One month down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1766017 Actually 3 weeks down! I'm still going strong so far. 7 pounds in 3 weeks and I'm pleased with that. I think I've done better this time than ever before. I'm eating healthy not just milking the points. I'm feeling stronger and a lot of my aches and pains have diminished. I was able to give blood this month and my iron count has been too low to do so in a long time. I plan to keep up the momentum this month. I'm going out of town and in less of a controlled environment and I know it wi... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 11:56:01 EST I'm pumped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1754345 I am currently 6th in our Biggest Loser competition (out of 27) and I'm pumped. I'm pumped about my pants being loser. I'm pumped about having a goal and a plan to get there. I'm pumped about re-starting my running program. I feel great and I want to remember how great I feel. I hope it will continue to spur me on to doing more for myself. I got out some visual reminders of me at my smallest weight. I looked so good and didn't even know it. That's what's so sad. Even at my smallest,... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:08:51 EST LHJ article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1732424 I was reading an article that was talking about living in the moment and I realized that's where a lot of my stress lies: dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Both are futile and if I can just remind myself to stay in the present, I think I'd be a much happier, fulfilled person. <BR> <BR> I also read a quote: <BR> Remember: a small step is still a step. <BR> I trivialize my accomplishments and need to acknowledge that I'm not there yet but I'm on my way. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:33:05 EST