RUNCHOOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUNCHOOSE RUNCHOOSE'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/ Getting back up again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335540 The last several days have been a blur of non-productivity. Not sure if it was the food I ate (increase in carbs and fast food), my lack of exercise or general depression, but the only "yay" moment I have is that I watched and listened to a lot of good documentaries, Youtube blogs and podcasts. Here's to looking up again. <BR> <BR> What snapped me out of it was a visit from a handyman whose sheer presence made me self-conscious about not wanting to waste more time. So, thank you, sir. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:26:12 EST Wannabe-developer, Day 2. 5: Turn around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329856 Four screens stared at me: CNN blaring in the background, SparkPeople CEO's frozen on my laptop, cinematic soundtracks paused on my tablet, and my phone blinking with Twitter updates. Last night I got distracted from completing chapter 1 of the Ruby on Rails tutorial. I passed the 15-minute mark for my daily goal, but I kept my ass in seat even longer. I got a little down on myself especially after talking to a friend yesterday who herself was depressed--but this morning I did 6 minutes of yo... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:51:56 EST SparkPeople repurposed: Wannabe-developer edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328278 I'm committed to complete what is considered an intense, self-paced course on computer programming: Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial. To succeed in this task, I will broadcast my progress here. SP helped me lose 15 pounds and understand basic nutrition. It gave a supportive community to pursue my goals. Though I'm still tracking my fitness/exercise, for the next few weeks I aim to intensely apply SP principles and methods to learn how to develop web apps. <BR> <BR> Day 1 (today): Wow, ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 03:21:37 EST Sparkpeople vs. MyFitnessPal: One is silver and the other gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327848 I credit SparkPeople for helping me lose a herculean 15 pounds in a first-time effort. Since then I've moved on to MyFitnessPal for its mobile app and because my real-life friends are using it. But I've never closed my SP account, despite the temptation to do so. Here's why: <BR> <BR> 1. Adjustable reports. I started tracking my weight online in 2008 on SparkPeople, but MFP only lets me see one year's worth of weight-loss data. I fell away from SparkPeople for interim periods but the time ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:25:02 EST Life is settling down again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871267 I'll be moving again soon but only within the same town, after having found an initial landing pad. I'm just checking in out of guilt for not having been much of a Sparker in the last few months. <BR> <BR> The guilt I feel is mostly because I'm a supposed co-leader of my Upside of Downsized team, but I've not been doing much leading lately. I'm going to forgive myself, though, because I just went through a major life change. <BR> <BR> I hope to keep up with folks -- and hope that I can g... Mon, 7 May 2012 21:07:58 EST Feeling stressed - but I know what to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739303 I can feel my body tensing up. There is a small, tender bump on the inside of my lip. It's the start of a canker sore. It is telling me that I'm stressed - something I had been avoiding. I'm moving and leaving my family, my friends and the geography I grew up with, so that I can work. I took a job in a rash decision to end my longterm unemployment and to further my career. But I'm over 30 and I'm just ready to settle down. I want to live with my family. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that I will enjoy ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:52:33 EST Updates & Welcome new co-leaders EOWYN2424 and CLAIRELYSE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725288 My life is going through a lot of changes this month, as are the lives of Upside of Downsized members. For example, in my last blog post on Jan 23, 2012, we had about 200+ members. Today, we have 550 members! In December, we had about 40 members. I'm very grateful for this surge of committed out-of-work/underemployed Sparkers - thanks to Coach Jen for featuring us! We are basically a "forming" team in the "forming-storming-norming-performing" model of group dynamics. <BR> <BR> Additionally, ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 13:18:09 EST Free Peer Coaching & Procrastination Resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699179 I just sent a SparkMail to all 200+ members of Upside of Downsized to welcome all the new 2012 members. I also put out a call to members who are interested in 1-to-1 coaching calls. <BR> <BR> The coaching idea came to me after I finished a similar call with a friend. We are both freelancing/ consulting/ underemployed. Looking for work. But it's easy for us to get unproductive and just sit in one's pajamas, watching Netflix, and otherwise fooling around online. I remembered a post or two from... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:26:00 EST Sitting in the kitchen makes me hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683310 I'm trying to fight off my midnight snack urge. I'm visiting family and am sitting in the kitchen, procrastinating on my work. Trying to resist the urge to eat an indulgent leftover of ravioli. We made a seafood marinara sauce that is simply delicious. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:57:18 EST Writing through a binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634423 All I ate today was a half a bag of tortilla nachos covered in melted "New York sharp cheddar cheese." Plus some sauteed kale. And boy, it was good and filling. So it's hard to resist my body telling me that I need to wolf down a pack of sweet somethings. I'm going to try to just drink water. But if it gets bad, I may have to go to the grocery store AGAIN and wig out on some dreaded junk food. Is there a mobile game for diet control? I have for some reason stopped using the SP app because th... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:48:58 EST Sparkin' up the Android app -- My Kindle Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600370 Until now I've resisted purchasing an i-anything, a touchscreen smartphone, etc. Then I received a lovely Amazon Kindle Fire as a gift the day before Thanksgiving. At my parents' house where we were celebrating, I was swiping my fingers over the Kindle Fire's glassy top any time we weren't eating or near an internet connection. My mom said it's as if I had never seen a computer. True, I was suddenly riveted by online news and Twitter feeds and by apps. <BR> <BR> One of the first of dozens of... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:27:43 EST Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566924 Because I lost my ATM card, I avoided going to the grocery store and instead cleaned out my fridge to find something to eat. I discovered a tub of dark, thick soybean paste known in Korean as doenjang that my parents gave me. <BR> <BR> Whenever I cook something good like this I always wonder why it took me so long to do this and why don't I do this more often? Instructions: <BR> <BR> Drop a tablespoon of doengjang (pronounced DHENG-JANG) in 2 to 4 cups of boiling water. Add a handful of dr... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:17:34 EST New year, new habits, new excuses) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536709 Great news. Got a job offer-ish that I'm probably going to take (wish me luck). <BR> <BR> In September, I reignited my diet/exercise interests. Unfortunately, I let it fall away in the last few weeks. Excuses: <BR> <BR> 1. Got sick. <BR> 2. Traveled. <BR> 3. Started a new habit that needed my attention. <BR> 4. Started playing word games online. Yikes. <BR> 5. Started a new habit though of job applications. <BR> 6. Started up some new writing classes that required homework assignments. <B... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 12:07:43 EST I'm listening to yoga podcasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510483 But I'm too worried to start. I don't want my knees to hurt or get raw from deep lunges and twists and warrior poses. They feel fine now after a two week break from hardcore yoga sessions at home and in studio. <BR> <BR> So here we go again, with a promise to myself to not overdo it this time. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:26:19 EST Holding Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507433 For the last four days, I let go of my diet / nutrition tracking. I didn't exercise. I was relishing the freedom of being sick. Had a flu-like virus that left me hacking, sleeping a lot, and drinking lots of tea. It's finally going away and I'm surprised that even after overeating two nights in a row, I'm holding steady at the same weight I was when I started. I know it won't last long, but it feels nice to see the scale forgive me for going away. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to yoga and s... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:05:40 EST Bingeing on Banana Chips and Candied Pineapples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499590 Last night I knew I was going on a binge when I headed to the grocery store after eating a McDonald's snack wrap. The snack wrap shoulda been enough. It was 10 pm. I'd only eaten two meals, but they were together over 1500 calories, the first one at 11 am-ish and the second one at 4 pm-ish. I'm recording these details so I can prevent last night from happening again. <BR> <BR> Yet my insides were sad and insisting that I listen to them - that this was not an emotional disconnect but a real f... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:58:09 EST Broccoli, Asparagus and Eggplants Save Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496881 In my zeal to prepare for a houseguest who is gluten-free, I bought a lot of veggies and foods I wouldn't normally buy. We ended up eating out a lot instead. So that meant I had lots of healthy options for lunch by myself today. Today's main course: <BR> <BR> Spicy Chinese Eggplant - browned in butter in the frying pan, then simmered in a savory and tangy hot sauce. <BR> <BR> Asparagus - steamed with butter in the frying pan, then spritzed with lime juice. <BR> <BR> Broccoli - simply stea... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:11:14 EST Exhale the stale (inhaled the whale) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488875 This week was the end of the honeymoon period. Last week I dived into yoga and swimming at once. Then my knees started feeling sore. I could almost feel the gelatinous parts of it wearing thin. I have a li'l bit of water near my left eardrum. <BR> <BR> Also, I ate more than two to three thousand calories every day this week. So it's time to press the reset button. <BR> <BR> The upswing is that I have exercised every single day (tennis, hiking, swimming or yoga). I just started week 2 of t... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:27:50 EST overeating overcompensating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483551 Well, we were bound to get to this end of the pendulum, huh. As predicted, I did eat a lot of food when hanging out with friends and family. It seems when I stay in my miserable little studio and cook my sad little meals, I at least have optimal control of my diet and exercise. When thrust into the 'real world', though, it's hard to limit the intake of endless pate at large restaurant meals, myulchi bokkeum (candied and stir-fried dried anchovies with sesame seeds), rice, etc. And the snacks ... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:59:25 EST Thankful to abandon what is unskillful: Lost 1-3 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477210 This morning I did not feel like doing yoga but I logged into SP Yoga Lovers team and found a quote on the Quotes, Mantras, Affirmations and Notes thread that pulled me into the mood I was seeking: <BR> <BR> "Abandon what is unskillful. One can abandon the unskillful. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it..... Cultivate the good. One can cultivate the good. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it..." - Buddha <BR> <BR> And so that's how I found myself download... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:49:10 EST The Swimmer's Mile for the Unemployed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476261 I found myself doing at-home yoga for 30 minutes this morning, so it was with a certain amount of psychic groaning that I lifted my ass from the couch to do an evening swim. I searched the SP Community Message boards for the words "tired" and "workout" to find motivating words that would convince me to either stay home or go swimming. Reliably, Sparkers urged each other to exercise not for weight loss but for the joy of reaching some other goal. So I did. I want to be able to swim a mile nons... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 21:13:37 EST Job Search Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469387 If only I had a yoga teacher talking me through every miniscule step of conducting a job search, the writing of the resume and cover letter would be like reaching the 30 minute mark of an hour class. Below a transcript of what I imagine the first few minutes to look like: <BR> <BR> Bring your hands up to the sky, reach your fingers up, then bring them down onto the keyboard. <BR> <BR> Look at your feet, fire up your legs to hold you steady in your chair. <BR> <BR> Good job. <BR> <BR> Now ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 12:23:43 EST Reach forward, look forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468576 I'm trying to get 8 hours of sleep a night but I'm also trying to stop procrastinating on my job search. I've been enjoying all the yoga, gaming, Netflix streaming of Reno 911!, and even volunteering, and getting together with friends. In these areas, I've made a lot of progress. Now I want to confront the specter of why I avert my eyes from reading job descriptions. I spent a lot of time reading about being unemployed tonight - found some great articles, including at <link>stuffunemployedpe... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 00:12:24 EST How to Have a Great Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4466653 I had a full day and I'm proud that in my food choices, I pounced on vegetables. I initiated progress on my goal of establishing a near-daily habit of buying a 1-person serving vegetable from the grocery store near my house. Also, that I managed to make a decent broccoli stir-fry for dinner. <BR> <BR> Activitywise: <BR> 1. Mid-day flow yoga for 1.5 hours in a bright, sunlit room, calling forth the gods and goddesses. Water streaming down my face and onto my mat. <BR> 2. Settlers of Catan bo... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:30:47 EST The Challenge to Sleep, therefore, to Dream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463750 I signed up for SP's sleep challenge because I've developed some erratic sleep patterns. Falling asleep without brushing my teeth, with the lights on, and with the computer on has been a bad habit. On top of that, I've been sleeping short bursts of 4 hour nights, plus a nap later on, so I'm going to try to get back to the 8 hour schedule. Today I slept nearly 7 hours straight, no lights on, and brushed teeth. <BR> <BR> I found that when I do sleep more, I tend to have vivid dreams that I ca... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 07:54:18 EST This time will be different... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461249 Today I went to a new yoga studio that is a short 10-15 minute walk from my apartment. I liked finding a short cut that I could take during the day time. The exercise wasn't strenuous enough to be aerobic. I did enjoy the variety of poses, peppy music and bright orange, turquoise, warm purple and red walls. It's been a few months since I did yoga regularly, but recently I've been inspired by an October and November expiration date for my passes. So, for the next two weeks, I will strive to im... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:12:19 EST Independence Day Weekend - Lost 5 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344871 I want to say I lost nearly 10 pounds but don't want to gloat over water weight. I'm pretty sure I've lost 5 pounds in the last two months, from a peak of nearly 170. So now I am at 160 and surprisingly happy about it. I should be closer to 140; in high school I was 120 but I'll allow myself some extra love. This time it wasn't Sparkpeople but real people- in fact, my aging, unemployed/semi-retired parents who jogged me back into shape. I visited them a few long weekends in a row and each tim... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:04:10 EST Love is a Kale Omelette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4190522 I'm forcing myself to eat vegetables more - last week I bought some kale. My mom explained some ways I could make it. Today, out of hunger and desire to eat freshly made food, I broke down and fried some kale. I didn't even have a clean knife because everything was in my dishwasher being cleaned, so I yanked the greens into clumps and rinsed it. <BR> <BR> I just fried the kale, added some spices, oil, and raw garlic slices (made with a vegetable peeler). Let it simmer. I whipped up a raw eg... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:06:32 EST SP + Meditation + Yoga = Bursting Out of Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4180985 Perhaps my desire to watch all 6 seasons of Reno 911! in one week-long sitting is waning now that I'm at the end of the 5th season. But most likely, it's that I've made a commitment to myself to be more active on SP. Plus the new interest in yoga and meditation that is incredibly inspiring. After listening to some instructions from the Australian Society for Meditation, I was compelled to tidy my space up just a bit. It could use more work, but it looks a lot better than before. Not sure wher... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:11:49 EST Rough weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172585 I've been going some difficulties in my life and yet at the same time I'm making some interesting strides. I set up internet at home (hi-speed not slow speed which is what I've had for the last several months). I'm also living on my own (solo) so it feels like the last time I was active on SparkPeople - seeking community and also control over my life. I have supportive people in my life. What I'm going through requires me to have a lot of self-love and self-reliance, though. <BR> <BR> This ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 20:26:12 EST Hello, Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167110 Today I have energy to write in a blog and embrace the Spark. It's been a while but it seems my life has seasons and that whenever I move to a new place or take on a new job, it will take me a while to settle down. While the last 3 months have been challenging in my workplace; the upswing is that I had a simultaneous boost in my interest in yoga and meditation. Also, the spring weather is making everyone come out and play. Before I would briskly walk by huddles of people in stuffy coats, now... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 08:01:28 EST "I wonder how much body fat she has" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824650 I overheard a college student saying loudly to her friends. I looked up to see the speaker exchanging knowing looks of mirth with another. Across from them sat their other friend - an anorexic-looking girl who looked down in discomfort. It's hard to know what I would have done in that situation if I was sitting at their table and not just passing by them in a coffee shop. <BR> <BR> Perhaps the anorexic's eating disorder is more severe than mine of overeating, but I wonder if my friends made... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 00:52:34 EST The freedom of the diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3820773 I used to think that a diet was too much work - a killjoy in the gourmand's expansive quest to reach the highest peaks of taste. Yesterday I proved myself wrong. If you think about the 1000 or 2000 calories in a day that I need to live, there is increased variety in the permutations of food eaten if I eat healthy (and lower calorie) food than if I were to, say, eat a huge bag of junk food chips that doesn't even satiate nor does it 'expand one's palate.' It just fills the gap before you get h... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:06:33 EST Coach Nicole is my new morning friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815600 This morning I downloaded Coach Nicole's 10 minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout video from Youtube. She might laugh (and then look away) to see a chubby 30-some year old scooting across the floor doing limp kickboxing moves and jumping jacks while watching and listening to her at the crack of dawn. I like that it's 10 minutes long. It takes me much longer to download due to my slow internet connection - but once I do it, it's painless and short. Eventually I hope my workouts get more intense but... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:19:16 EST Culture shock: 1st week of getting back into physical fitness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3811398 It's been at least a good two years since I last did a fitness video like I did today. I did 10 minutes of cardio with Coach Nicole's Youtube video called Day 1 New You Bootcamp. It felt surprisingly good. <BR> <BR> Returning to SP after such a hiatus gives me a little culture shock. It is an unusual firehose gushing with encouragement and positive outlooks. Imagine visiting Homer Simpson's house, then meeting hi-dilly-ho neighborino Ned Flanders and his family. I’ve always gotten a kick out... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 08:20:25 EST Strength from Family Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3810837 The holiday has made me look in the mirror and see my weight gain. Now I am studying the Fitness section of SparkPeople. It's a section I used to ignore because it looked too contrived and bureaucratic. Tonight I relied on it to generate strength training exercises for me. While glued to FOX network Sunday night programming, I managed to do lunges and calf raises during the commercial breaks. Thanks Seth MacFarlane et al., and SP! Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:58:34 EST Sans SP, I gained 20 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793356 Tonight, I declined free meals and offers to eat dinner, because I had been able to calculate my caloric intake for the day, and I was way over my budget in that department. Itºs a pretty rare act at least recently, but that's because after a 2+ year hiatus, I'm returning to SP. There's an untenable realization that I have gained 20 pounds in the last two years. Yesterday I saw a photo of myself taken when I first left SP in 2008 -- and even though I had gained a few pounds since my peak, I ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 01:31:10 EST Holding patterns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1431087 I'm happy but nervous about the next three months. I have a few things to plan for: <BR> 1) new job that requires significant energy and commuting <BR> 2) part-time job that i plan to keep for the weekends (it's a lot, i know) <BR> 3) prep for grad school application <BR> <BR> I do not think I will be able to do this all. But I will try. Like those Olympic gold medalists who do insane things like practice 8 hours a day and eat crazy food, I'm going to have to be very efficient and disciplin... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 10:47:08 EST Running care-free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1411499 After finishing the Couch to 5K a few months ago, I felt a pressure to constantly increase my distances, and to get faster and better. But recently I decided to stop caring about how much or how far. My new focus is to get out there, and just run (or walk, if necessary). It feels good. <BR> <BR> 2.2 miles, 29 minutes Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:36:51 EST OMG the scale is tipping upwards again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1372380 My profile is resembling Alfred Hitchcock's as the summer trudges on. As usual, this means I've been eating mouth-watering food at a very good rate. It also means that my exercise has not kept up to speed with the caloric intake. <BR> <BR> I think that I should be a regular volunteer for manual labor, because that usually exhausts candy bar-level energy. It would make me more likely to exercise, knowing that people depend on me. <BR> <BR> Looking back to the beginning of 2008, what helped ... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:23:35 EST I'm back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1352974 Today something lulled me from my deep sleep nap - it was the smell of sausage. I'm no longer tracking calories, but I'm pretty sure I've been eating more than necessary. So, after downing a half-bagel with sausage, I felt a little better expending a few hundred calories on a run. <BR> <BR> It had been over a month since I've done a full-fledged 3.1 mile run. Tonight, I hope, is the beginning of a new period of running. July's been a month for playing tennis regularly, so it's not been en... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:07:24 EST The Fast Food Patriot Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1302851 Well, if McDonald's farm is American then consider my run patriotic, because that's where I ran from this morning. <BR> <BR> When LadyDunn says "start a morning ritual", I doubt she meant for me to link it to a fried food, calorie palace. <BR> <BR> Basically we had some free coupons to use up, and I decided to use it as an incentive to get me going. What WAS neat was discovering a small independent coffee shop nearby that I hadn't noticed before. <BR> <BR> Good to know, for future outing... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:51:04 EST It's good to be back home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1302090 My high school reunion is coming up. It was one of the many reasons that compelled me to lose weight this year. The fact that I was ballooning beyond a size 14 pants, though, was enough. Plus the constant reminders from concerned parents. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I can't afford to go to the $100 affair. It may sound like a cop-out, especially when I was urging friends to go just last year. The cost of the ticket is a convenient excuse. At one point, I wanted to reconnect with people. ... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 23:18:14 EST SparkPeople as Daily Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1255741 I finished my writing gig last night. Lessons learned: <BR> * Start sooner! <BR> * Don't be afraid of your first completed draft <BR> * Seek help before it's the night of deadline <BR> <BR> Aya. Tomorrow I have to finish another writing gig of sorts. It's also unpaid, and this time it's a recommendation for a friend to get into the Peace Corps. <BR> <BR> I used to ues 43things for my goal-attaining needs, but I think SP lets me develop a more rounded persona with a more active core grou... Sat, 7 Jun 2008 16:21:08 EST Sweat, Tears and Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1254365 I'm working on a volunteer writing gig that is scaring the sh*t out of me right now because I have the equivalent of chicken scratch on what should look like a simple outline on a canvas. <BR> <BR> Multiple ideas growing wildly out of my hair <BR> Yet I am not snatching the Thing that I Want. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten much further on the unpacking stuff, but that's also on the back burner. This week I've applied to a few more jobs. <BR> <BR> ____________________________ <BR> 36 minutes, 2... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:58:20 EST Daily Run Streak #3 -- The Nomad on Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1245776 I met a really nice American nomad at church Sunday. She doesn't have a hometown, and is often a newcomer in the places where she lives. I think that's what made her especially attentive to me and my needs as a visitor to her church. <BR> <BR> Going to church reminds me of the conflict I often felt as a youth-- that of not being able to live up to my high ideals. Maybe that's why some people stick to not talking about religion, but instead focus on practicing it. <BR> <BR> "It’s easy ... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 00:04:45 EST Aligning my Actions with my Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1245155 A good thing about my Romancing the Paper Beast initiative is that I set up an incremental rewards system. Here's what I do: 1) Sort papers 2) file or shred, 3) post to forum (reward for sorting), 4) blog (reward for filing). <BR> <BR> I am past due on finishing this initiative (scheduled end date was June 1). So I guess I am just trying to live up to my word as much as I can. <BR> <BR> Art credit: this stuff is make believe, by Sam Brown of <link>explodingdog.com </link> <BR> Title cr... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:27:05 EST One trash-filled plastic bag, filed and shredded! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1244700 Phew. I've had that plastic bag for months now-- it was full of old files and papers. Some were recent filed old papers. It feels good to finally not feel tied to it and get rid of the excess. <BR> <BR> The paper beast is slowly shrinking! <BR> <BR> I have one more disorganized bag to go through. Then I have three semi-organized file boxes that aren't as daunting. I've also been good at re-filing things in their proper places. <BR> <BR> Art credit: don't let school interfere with your ... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 15:35:47 EST Month 5 Assessment: How I got my running mojo back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1242972 SP failed to upload my original post (grr), so here's my second attempt... <BR> <BR> EXERCISE <BR> Including the 32-minute 5K's I ran today and yesterday, I ran a total of 23 miles in May! <BR> <BR> CTBAMAFAN asked for an update for when I got my mojo back. It was my mom. So, find someone who will joke and make comments with you about the topic of running/exercising. <BR> <BR> Internally, what worked for me was two things: 1) Letting go of my training program (thanks to a comment from ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 22:22:50 EST 10:40 Minute Per Mile Pace -- Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1237718 I want to be able to do 3.1 miles in less than 30 minutes. If I keep at it, I know I can break that barrier! <BR> ________________ <BR> 3 miles, 32 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Photo: Off to the freak show, by Flooznyc (flickr) Fri, 30 May 2008 00:24:58 EST