ROCKRUNNER404's SparkPeople Blog ROCKRUNNER404's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What 1000 Monthly Fitness Minutes Means to Me For a few years, I was very frustated by the fact that fitness didn't seem to fit into my schedule of tasks, errands, work, parenting...Daily life... <BR> <BR> I was lucky to have the time to go for a short walk once in a while, or maybe a long walk on a Sunday if I procrastinated something elsewhere. Even though I wouldn't trade my current life for anything, I longed for the younger days where I could go for a nice, long, run.... <BR> <BR> Month after month here on spark, I would see Awar... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:13:45 EST Still Recovering, but On My Way! <em>524</em> <em>334</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I have really missed my "regular" life and activity on Spark, so I am writing today to give an update for any spark friends who wonder where I've been. I'm also sharing some experience in case anyone out there is researching Calcaneus fracture or Knee injuries! <BR> <BR> Since my last blog post in June I have been through a LOT! <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> Many physical therapy appointments, needle pokes, two surgeries, count... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:05:40 EST A Twist of Fate How interesting it is to be here, at 11 am on a Wednesday morning to be posting on Spark people. Normally I would be in the thick of a long, rough week at work right now. <BR> <BR> Summer is usually such a busy time...with so much hustle and bustle on the job, weekend get togethers, people wanting to come over and visit and by the way, swim in my back yard. And of course they happen to bring a dish for an impromptu cookout. <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> But things are not happening tha... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:34:39 EST Don't tell me the "Good Days" won't last "DAILY REMINDER : Be confident. Be powerful. Be beautiful INSIDE & OUT. Don't focus on what other people are doing. Focus on your finances, your relationship, your spirituality and your happiness. Be HAPPY with loving your life, having something to say, having something to give, giving to others, pursuing your dreams, knowing your worth, knowing God, and spreading positive energy. Today is the day to enjoy your blessings, expect new miracles and be better than yesterday. You deserve to be hap... Sat, 3 May 2014 09:31:34 EST Stress Management...Always re-focusing Having gained some weight in the past two years, I have been thinking about how much of this was caused by sources of stress I encounter on a daily basis!!! Seems that stress and procrastination leads to more stress and procrastination, all feeding on itself and causing your body to go into panic mode. So much on one's plate and and still they can be hungry for food they do not need. <BR> <BR> I have learned some great ways to handle stress...but sometimes I become very frustrated whe... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:02:15 EST Looking forward! This is a blog for a Spark team challenge...but I haven't posted for a long time so this is probably going to seem more like thoughts out loud. Out of practice having much of a Spark audience so bear with me! <BR> <BR> There are Just a few things I want to remember in the midst of some hard work I have been work, home, church, and lots of other obligations... <BR> <BR> Really it's simple to say: <BR> <BR> It will get finished, I will find time, the weight will come off. <BR> ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:00:26 EST 2014-A letter to my body. If there is one big lesson I learned on Spark in was from a post I read with a message that said "Love your body and the weight will take care of itself." <BR> <BR> This being my chosen focus for 2014, I have decided to write it an open letter. Perhaps it's a cheesy idea, but a year from now I want to read this letter from a perspective of how far I have come from where I am today. <BR> <BR> Dear Body, <BR> <BR> This year we will become a little older, but let's make sure we st... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:46:56 EST Reflection on 2013 Time to make peace with the year behind me. It was not without its struggles...but all in all I am OK with it. I have some great ideas for 2014...but first I want to remember the GOOD things that happened this various areas: <BR> <BR> Health <BR> <BR> * Lowered my cholesterol by a few points <BR> * Put the brakes on the upward direction of the scale! <BR> * Did the very best I could with fitting in exercise. <BR> * Made a breakthrough in combating some intense stress at work..... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:49:10 EST Don't Say You Lost It I had a moment of insight while in a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago. <BR> What does it mean when you say you lose something? <BR> <BR> Think about it. means you are looking for it. You wonder where it went. You are looking to find it. <BR> <BR> So recently, just by keep my calories down...I got rid of, I shed, I will never see these 5 pounds again. <BR> <BR> I did not lose them. I know where they went. And if I don't continue to work hard, they will come back. That ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 08:28:21 EST Thankful and Appreciative So I read a blog recently by a Spark friend that got me thinking about the ways you can reduce your stress level and increase your health, simply by remembering what you are grateful for. <BR> <em>459</em> <BR> I am currently participating in a challenge on the Positively Yours team to pause daily and find something to be thankful for. I did this last year too so I thought it would be fun to go back and find the thread, and compile everything into a summary. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:12:05 EST I have to Plow through it So I am now almost at a month into a "Re-Commitment" effort I started when I came back from vacation...this blog will cover the 3rd week. <BR> <BR> This past week definitely was not as "Peaceful" as the 1st week. It was a lot like Week 2, only with my stress level turned up even louder. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I'm going to post a few highlights and lessons so that I can focus on moving ahead!!! <BR> <BR> I went into last week having overdone it a bit on a "Special Day"... givin... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:14:37 EST Re-Commited, Week 2--Stress is a PLAN--eater!!! So going into Week two of “Re-commitment” I was not doing so well. Impressively I did OK keeping my calories in control on a Saturday, but then Sunday and Monday I crept back into the “2300 daily calorie intake” zone where I unfortunately have become so comfortable! <BR> <em>28</em> NOOO!!! <BR> <BR> I managed to fix this on Tuesday even with having eaten an unexpected fast food lunch AND pizza for dinner…and kept up with this better progress on Wednesday, but then Thursday I went to... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 17:15:25 EST Recommitted, Week 1 -- I am at peace. So, I had a little melt down last week after I came back from vacation and realized the mounting stress I had been away from! Who wouldn't...look how much fun I was having! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And of course since I was on a trip where the food is included in the cost, I ate my money's worth. Proud of myself for tracking every delicious bit of it though!!! <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I had to work hard not to stress ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:34:37 EST Living in My Space Back in early July, I pledged to step out of the electronic world more often and "live in my space." I spilled my thoughts in my last blog on how I spend way too much time scrolling, tapping, clicking…on favorites apps or websites, and for that matter not even doing anything PRODUCTIVE with these devices like backing up hard drives, organizing digital photos, learning or reading something new…etc. <BR> <em>203</em> <em>24</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Reading over the last blog, I r... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:44:32 EST A new Habit I would like to Start (Phase 1b) I was thinking the other day about how technology has changed my life, for the better and the worse. Gaming Apps, Spark challenges, Text messaging, Facebook...and so many other facets of the electronic world have become such a huge part of my every day life--I almost wonder if I am living more in the virtual realm then in the physical. <BR> <BR> It seems like any time I have a break, I am on my computer...but not in the kitchen cooking (which I do enjoy), not folding laundry, n... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:13:52 EST Unlocking the Truth about what Happens when I Consume too many Calories So I have touched on "Portion Distortion" in a recent blog, but I'm about to break it down a little more as part of a Summer Challenge I just started on a Spark team! What a wonderful opportunity to dedicate some time to a big problem that has been holding me back from reaching my goals. <BR> <BR> For my team mates, this is for Phase 1a <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> As I research "Portion Distortion" I came across some information that was more relevant to what I am trying to figure out to h... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:48:51 EST 800 Empty Calories Because I got Mad at Work it is 11:30 at night and I have the next 4 days off. What's wrong? <BR> <BR> Well, I have been looking forward to this for a long time. The year has been rough on me...not that there are super terrible things happening...but I have done a lot for my others this year and I have very limited amounts of leave I can take right now, even when my children are sick. I am tired. In need of a recharge. Overwhelmed. And weighing in more heavily as the months fly. <BR> <BR> I did not w... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:35:58 EST How I gained 14 lbs in the last year...and how do I make it stop? So I am exploring the concept of learning from history or being doomed to repeat it. And having gained a lot of weight since last summer...and since I joined Spark in 2007. it almost seems like I haven't learned anything. But I must insist that I did...or I will probably continue to eat myself into oblivion and make this problem.... <BR> <em>198</em> WORSE <em>198</em> !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> <em>18</em> <em>486</em> <em>18</em> <em>480</em> <em>18</em> <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:01:30 EST Sunday Frenzy So ever since I became a working mom, I go a little crazy from Sunday afternoon, through evening, and until midnight getting ready for the week ahead. Seems I can never accomplish enough. I have developed a pretty good routine to leaves me super prepared (even though it's not really a choice). <BR> <BR> My problem is that this is all "infinite"'s important, but it leaves little time to work on "projects"...real accomplishments that I can see. So during this time I usually feel... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:34:17 EST Sparking my way out of being tired and sad... Today is a sad anniversary...there is no getting around it. <BR> <BR> On this day in 2009, my leave of maternity ended and I had to go back to work. My son was so tiny...and oh man...I was a mess. The pain still stings my heart and sends tears down my face at the thoughts of how the day unfolded. I also when through this with my second child on a July day last I guess with summer comes some of these sad memories. So I'm holding my babies extra tight today, but I feel so...emot... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:26:42 EST Feeling and Progressing #2 A second installment of How I am feeling and how I am progressing... <BR> aka Charms #2 on the team challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Today is a wonderful day...I am off work so my hours are full of "want to dos" instead of "have to dos". I visited my sister, which took some effort to drive into the city with the kids, but we had fun! I feel refreshed for stepping outside of my "usual" geographic area. <B... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:18:14 EST How I am Feeling and How I am Progressing (#1) How I am feeling and how I am progressing <BR> <BR> “a.k.a Charms #1-TCoHP team Challenge” <BR> <BR> When you ask me how I feel on any given day, I could probably answer that question with many conflicting words. Today for example, I am feeling a little tired, a little busy, and maybe frustrated here and there, but at the same time….I feel great!! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>334</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Let’s focus on the “Great”…which for me also means “Accomplished”. <BR> ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:07 EST Put Down the Fritos but need to Keep Working On a quest for some unsweetened iced tea yesterday I ended up walking through the store across the street from my office. Knowing how hungry I get at certain times of the day while working, I have resorted to keeping some food in my desk to meet my body's needs. The challenge with this is to keep it healthy, non perishable, and cheap. <BR> <BR> The good part about this story is that I PUT DOWN THE FRITOS! I usually just get pretzels, but wanted something different and had to work very ha... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:42:13 EST Soda Free for One Month I will let the blog title speak for itself here for a moment... <BR> <BR> ...and now read on. <BR> <BR> One month ago yesterday, I took a leap of strength and quit drinking soda cold turkey. <BR> <em>234</em> <em>222</em> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Excluding a few days when stomach flu hit me very hard, I have kept my promise to myself. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> This is a big deal for me...and I just want to share a few thoughts.... <BR> <BR> 1) In thinking of how this habit star... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:21:38 EST Quick Blog--What I can do right TOMORROW It's late at night, the day slipped by...and sorry to say I ended up at the fast food counter for lunch and dinner...out and about more than I expected to be. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> So...tomorrow is another day. Here is my plan to do better: <BR> <BR> 1) HEALTHY breakfast. <BR> 2) GOOD CHOICES at lunch time--there is a baby shower for a co-worker and I'm there to visit and catch up with people I haven't seen for awhile----not eat. <BR> 3) VEGGIES VEGGIES VEGGIES at dinner. <BR> 4) F... Tue, 14 May 2013 23:51:45 EST The Future Doesn't Deserve the Punishment <BR> <BR> I came across this thought...and it really hit home--reminding me of the ups and downs on my spark journey. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where does this fit into your life? What are you letting go of, today?? <BR> <BR> I have had some trouble lately just "going with the flow" was rocky and I tried to stay positive, but unfortunately in trying to cope I broke a 36 week Spark streak. But can I change the p... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:16:56 EST Things I Turned Down This Week--Updated So as many of my spark friends know I have been struggling to keep my daily calorie intake down to a somewhat acceptable level ever since my son was born last year. I am still trying to understand why, and maybe I'll explore that in a future blog, but for now I just want to jump in like never before and work harder on the choices I make every day. <BR> <BR> At the end of the week, I'll add up the number of calories, fat grams and sodium in all of the temptations I resisted. Here goes eve... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:28:24 EST At my Heaviest, but Taking Control I was sad to see 2012 end for many reasons because it was a very happy year with a lot of positive life milestones for my family...the birth of my son, my 30th birthday, a gradution, an engagement, a 50th birthday, a retirement...a long leave from work to help me re-connect with myself, my older son, my husband and my home...and with more time to run, I lost all the weight from the pregnancy with a few pounds to spare! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Some negatives were there but they were de... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:56:08 EST Healthy Holidays are here! Happy Holidays Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I celebrate Christmas, so I am very focused on my family right now as we prepare for a joyful celebration in the church year. I carry on a lot of old family traditions while also enjoying new little parts of the holiday--although sadly this year I will also be working a lot. I am very thankful that my mother is driving across the state to help me care for my children, as I would like for them to be at home even though I cannot. <BR> <BR> Please jo... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:30:28 EST Healthy Holidays--Week 2 I honestly can’t believe that by this time next week Christmas Eve will be here. I have a lot to do in the next week, and it looks like work is going to be more hectic too shortly after the holidays. I am feeling a little stressed just thinking about some of this, so here is my plan for success. <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Work the arms and abs today…I owe this to myself from last week! <BR> <em>250</em> Worked the arms...but could not find a space or a second for abs once I got home. Carri... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:46:25 EST Christmas Cookie Confession So, I confess to eating a dozen Christmas cookies each day this weekend. I know this is always my downfall at this time of year, so I declined to sign up for the “Cookie Walk” at church, where people voluntarily make several dozen cookies for members of the congregation to buy. And then what happened? They found me anyway and said “Can you make your WONDERFUL raspberry chocolate crumb bars?” I thought I would be OK, because I don’t like them enough to eat too many of them…so I obliged. <BR... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:36:53 EST Healthy Holidays... Most of last week managed to slip by with no plan in place. There was a lot of travel and hustle and bustles so I took the "10 minutes per day approach" a lot...just trying to fit in SOMETHING. <BR> <BR> My favorite fitness minutes this week were from GARDENING!! I am a beginner so I am starting with some bulbs <em>126</em> I planted Chinadoxa and Crocuses, and I am hoping to see some tulips from bulbs I salvaged from a lovely pot I was given when my son was born in February! That ho... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 16:49:09 EST Get up, Stand up, and Lose 'em (Week 4) So <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> is what I have been saying to myself this week for the first time in a very long time. <BR> <BR> This Bob Marley blog title will be the last in this series since it will be time to get ready for the Holidays...but more importantly because my confidence is in full force again now that I have found new ways to say NO more often to trying to accomplish it all, eat it all, and do it all for everyone all the time. And I am on the right track a... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:24:07 EST Get up, Stand up, and Lose 'em (Week 3) Welcome to my 3rd weekly blog of this thought process where I am making a special effort to be in charge of my own ability to succeed. <BR> <BR> In a moment of compromised happiness this week I thought: I work way to hard to be feeling this way and I deserve better!!!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So we are a little over halfway through the month, and I still have hundreds of fitness minutes, reps and activity minutes to complete to meet my monthly goals!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> A... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:54:00 EST Get up, Stand up, and Lose 'em (Week 2) So I am writing my blog a little late, perhaps VERY late in the week, but I'm happy to report I am doing a little better this week. I started off a little rough, but it's ending on a very high note. I really feel like this little bit of a gain that has been haunting me for over a month is going to go away SOON. <BR> <BR> Being away from my children for 10 hours a day and the mental energy I am exhausting at work were my biggest obstacles this week. Every minute they are awake is valuable... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 21:03:36 EST Get up, Stand up, and Lose 'em (Week 1) So after telling myself that failure wasn't an option for so many weeks in a row, I feel like I still did. I'll give myself credit for what I did right...but it's time for some new thoughts and a good, honest look ahead so that I can make the best possible plan. The weather has changed, and so will my fitness routine...and still there is ALWAYS room for improvement in my diet. <BR> <BR> This new weekly fitness blog title reflects a new direction I need to take, because if I continue on th... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:50:18 EST Failure is not an option (5) Another week has approached, and I went through part of last week unaccounted for in my blog. But doesn't it figure...I managed to get a few fitness minutes those days even though I couldn't come on here and plan them out! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, Friday, Saturday was all short 10 minute walks. It's sad how hard I had to work to squeeze them into each day, but I am happy for those walks because that is 30 more minutes than I would have had last week if I hadn't tried at ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:54:51 EST 6 months of weekly blogging! And failure is STILL not an option (4) So I debated changing the blog title this week...but I'm going to keep it for now. I don't feel like I am having too many problems holding it together now that I have been back to work for awhile, but from the standpoint of nutrition and fitness, I have to keep working at taking time out for myself just as hard as I did when I began my first weekly blog about 6 months ago now! (The first one was titled "GAME ON"...written 9 weeks after I had my son). <BR> <BR> This blog also includes anot... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:37:22 EST Failure is not an option (3) Well, I didn't have a plan in place for the last few days but I am moving on. Changing things up a bit to have one fitness goal and one nutrition goal for each day this week. <BR> <BR> FRIDAY: <BR> Fitness: <BR> Take a walk around the neighborhood and see what the neighbors have out for fall decorations. Log some active minutes for heavy cleaning, and I need 100 reps ASAP. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Get back to tracking food today! <em>248</em> <BR> No reason not to get ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:50:14 EST Failure is not an option (2) My mind draws a blank as to what to say to open my blog this week. If there is one word I could use to describe how I am's "entrenched". In some ways I feel fully re-integrated and finally accepting of my full-time working life...then other days I feel overwhelmed, out of energy, and sad. <BR> <BR> It will get better...and as I remind myself in the title of this blog--failure is NOT NOT NOT an option. I have worked way too hard to get where I am on so many levels to quit now.... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:05:24 EST Failure is not an option Yes, it was time to change the title of my weekly fitness blog again. <BR> <em>199</em> <em>199</em> <em>199</em> <BR> I am so glad you stopped by. <BR> <BR> I tried to add some planning to my blog last week, but it didn't save. So again, another half week went by with no plan, and with no plan I seem to get no exercise. Not that I don't want to, I'm just that darn busy these days, constantly. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and now today are gone, may they rest in peace. ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:59:08 EST Staying with it (10) -- Failure is not an option Well this is probably a new record. I have missed my exercise blogging dearly. My plan for the first part of this week faded to the chasm of everything that came along with starting back to work full time this week. There was some sort of errand or situation not conducive to working out every day this week....and the emotional part and stress took my head out of the game. <BR> <BR> I have a lot on my plate, and a lot of things aren't in my control, but that's life. I am NOT NOT NOT goi... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:07:15 EST Staying with it (9) Another week approaches, and if there was ever a time to stay with it it's now. <BR> <BR> In some ways I am excited to return to work full time, I am hoping that the day care routine will be easier on my son and that maybe my work will not feel so rushed since my schedule is so abbreviated and I need to turn things around quickly. And I will be glad to finally get caught up on things I started clear back in last November...I hate being so far behind. <BR> <BR> So here is my survival plan,... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:24:55 EST Staying with it (8) -- It's about to hit the fan and introducing This is my last week with the kids at home and on a part time work schedule, Hubby is taking next week off so things will be different from what we have been doing these last several weeks. <BR> <BR> We are headed to Buffalo on Sunday, and the week will be crazier from there. I will be glad to have lots of family time together each day, but I'm a little sad that this is my last week of "normalcy" and non-adjustment for a very long time. <BR> <BR> More simply stated, it's all about to hit... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:56:57 EST How do you stop someone you love from EXCESSIVE overeating? I have really been working hard lately trying to control my portions at dinner. For the past several years I have gone back for seconds without even blinking....why? Because of the man I love. <BR> <BR> What they say is true, love can hurt sometimes....and this is the little way that it hurt my health! Now we get along great and as my spark friends know, we have two beautiful healthy children that we work hard to keep healthy (as our parents had trouble doing for us). But I had never e... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:57:54 EST My mom's 50th birthday and a start to picture organizing So last week I didn't get much exercise reason was because of this is the project that would not leave me alone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It took a lot of time to gather and organize everything for my mom's birthday party, and luckily I had a lot of good help, but I wanted this to be a big deal for her. It was--she had been through a lot in the past several years and gave up everything for us kids. I dug through sever... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:04:29 EST Staying with it (7) -- I got this Another week of summer approaches and I had a thought. THIS is the best summer I have had in a long time....probably since 2003. For the last few years I have had some stress with it...for many reasons. What I'm learning is that summer is really just supposed to be FUN, and fun takes a lot of planning but it's worth it. So those "reasons" fade into the past and I just move ahead. <BR> <BR> SUNDAY was a travel day. I ate before we left where we were staying, so at least I wasn't too hungr... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:46:07 EST Staying with it #6--Total madness This is going to be a busy week with 3 days of volunteerism, work, and a huge life event next weekend for a loved one of mine. <BR> <BR> I am going to have the busiest week I have had in a long exercise is going to be short simple and sweet. That being said, it is very important to practice mindful eating so when I get back to it next week I'm not carrying around something that shouldn't have been there in the first place. <BR> <BR> So here goes nothing... <BR> <BR> SUNDAY -... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:27:10 EST Staying with it (5)--Back to the Grind I am trying to get into the habit of posting my weekly exercise plan on Sundays so that I can have good fitness days each week, and not just on Thursday through Sunday after finally getting around to doing this. It's only Monday and this is progress!!! <BR> <BR> I have to be quick here because it's after 10:00 pm and I still have to finish laying out clothes and wash everything the baby will need at day care. The advantage to this is I don't have time for much snacking or sitting around. I... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:32:15 EST Staying with it (4)...Desperately trying. (UPDATED WITH 5K review) I am down to the wire on trying to get some things taken care of before I return to work on Tuesday, but I'm not about to lose my hard work and good habits I have been maintaining as of late. <BR> <BR> Patchy internet service was not helpful this week at all. I need my spark!! I lost a few days of food tracking and got pretty busy with selling some items out of my garage this week. All is not lost though--last week I registered to run a 5K race on Saturday to force myself to keep making ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:57:55 EST