S318830's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=S318830 S318830'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/ Update on Beth, work, ice skating, swimming in the cold, pushup sets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563066 Hello, I’m getting less time to post blogs. That’s a good thing. I do more blogs when I’m bored. I’d rather have things to do to keep me busy. Admittedly a few of those things haven’t been pleasant, but when I handle them well and get thanked for doing the right stuff, it makes the hassle worthwhile. I also found out today that while some of the folks here are participating in malicious and uninformed gossip, others are saying *good* things about me behind my back. It’s always nice whe... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:56:20 EST I didn't go away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559714 Very busy couple of weeks. I went to Hawaii on military transport on Nov 22nd. It was a fun trip. But I definitely drank a few too many umbrella drinks. I’d planned on just having one or two the entire trip, but I didn’t stick to that. As a result, my weight was up when I returned. No shock there. <BR> <BR> Then on Tuesday my daughter had her extra tooth removed from the roof of her mouth. She came through with flying colors. She took the IV with no protest, and frankly with some i... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:31:09 EST Update on Beth's medical issues & more [Indexed blog for ease of reading] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546261 Woa, this is a really long blog! So I’ve broken it into topics so that if you’re interested in only reading a particular topic you can scroll quickly to it and skip the other stuff. <BR> <BR> 1. Update on Beth’s medical issues (digestive and teeth) <BR> 2. Studying Personal Training <BR> 3. Chipotle and my annoyance with their nutrition calculator <BR> 4. Won’t be able to swim as much the next two weeks <BR> <BR> **************************************** <BR> 1. Update on Beth’s medical is... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:04:29 EST Pushups and Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545436 I’m doing the 100 Pushup Challenge today. W2D1C3. That’s 14,14,10,10,15=63. I’m going to do them while I blog. <BR> <BR> [**Set 1: Goal 14. Oops, I accidentally did 15 because I didn’t look at the chart before starting. I got it in my head that I was supposed to do 15, so I did. But that first set sucked! Arms tired and sore. Luckily no pain in my left shoulder which has been having issues lately.**] <BR> <BR> I believe SparkPeople is telling me I’m on an 8 day streak for logging i... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:11:06 EST Second Masters Swim Practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544527 I did my second Masters Swimming workout today. This one was much better than the last one. I was able to go to the end because I didn’t have any foot cramping today. I counted up the laps from the drill board today and discovered I did 3,000 yards (120 laps). Then I looked that up and discovered that’s 1.8 miles! Cool! <BR> <BR> I tried to find a way to log it that would be the most accurate. My choices in the online fitness tracker were swimming: crawl for 1320 calories or swimming: ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:59:05 EST Steve Got Los Angeles!!! Pushups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543147 Hello, 11 pm here in California. Should I be writing a blog? No. Am I? Yeah. <BR> <BR> Today’s biggest news is that Steve called me today and told me he finally got Los Angeles effective 1/1/14. Some of you already know what that means. Those who don’t (and care): Steve’s an airline pilot. He’s been working for American Airlines since May 2001. Initially he was based in Chicago. We live in Southern California. But back then that wasn’t a big deal. Most pilots started off based aw... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 02:14:04 EST My First Masters Swimming Practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542060 First US Masters Swimming practice: <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <BR> I leave in a few minutes. I’ve got my suit on under my uniform. I’ve already pre-loaded the GPS with the address of the complex. I’ve got my registration paperwork and my check. Practice starts at 10:00 and goes until 11:30. I’m currently eating cucumbers and tomatoes with hummus since I know I’ll need fuel for the practice. I’m a little nervous since I haven’t done this before. I haven’t had a coach for swimming sin... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:55:33 EST Store, Nutrition, Kid Activities, & Pushups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541312 [Today is Random Thoughts with Debbie – anyone remember Jack Handy? Just curious…] <BR> <BR> Today is day three. I went to the commissary (military super market) to get some stuff I ran out of at work. I’ve taken over a drawer in one of our unit refrigerators. In it I have a bunch of grapes, a bag of apples, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, and hummus. I’ve also got a variety of Amy’s Organic Vegetable Soups in my office. Eventually I’ll bring in my mini fridge and all th... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:31:06 EST It's Who You Are (Swimming, pushups, killer song) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540687 I’m going to be up too late. It’s 10pm and I should be going to sleep, or at least going upstairs. But I’ve finally finished what I was working on and want to get to this blog. I had planned on doing the blog last night, but ran out of time. Then I started it at work, and didn’t get very far (you know… actually working.) I’ve been hesitating to blog because of all my false starts over the last few years. There’s a real sense of shame for having gained back 30 lbs from the height of my f... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:43:40 EST Ding Dong the Futon's Gone! Exercise bike is in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408093 The dumpster was picked up today, and the futon went with it. Steve helped me take the mattress to the dumpster last Thursday and I broke down the frame and took that out on Friday. Adding to that a whole bunch of empty boxes and various items that didn't go out last week, and the house and garage are a little better than they were. <BR> <BR> I set up the exercise bike on Saturday and was able to put the box and all the packing materials in the dumpster. Thank goodness because that woul... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 01:25:59 EST Futon/exercise bike, sedentary job, food plan, house is SUPER messy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401441 I wrote an entire blog the other day. But then when I posted it, it threw an error and didn’t post. It was lost. It’s really frustrating when that happens. Most of the time with my blogs I type it in word or Notepad and then copy paste so that if there’s an error I can just try again and not lose the whole thing. But I didn’t that time. Oh well, live and learn. <BR> <BR> Steve never did help me with the futon before he went out of town, so I struggled to get the thing over the low wall... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:00:25 EST Futon, and son's staples coming out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393651 I've eaten very well today, but haven't logged it yet. I will work on making sure I don't overeat tonight. I did have a few handfulls of white chocolate chips last night when I got home - the ones I use for making homemade truffles. I put them away so I won't be tempted again. <BR> <BR> I talked to Steve last night about getting the futon out of the exercise room. He's gong to help me. Yay! I'm pretty strong and very independent, but this mattress is so over-the-top heavy that I don't ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:48:27 EST Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392411 I had to read some of my last few blogs to see what I had shared and what has happened since. Here’s a 30 min update (the amount of time it’ll take me to write it, not the amount of time it’ll take to read it.) <BR> <BR> Work – <BR> Today is my first day back to work. I’ve taken a job working full time at my Air Force reserve unit. (Additional info on this topic can be found in the Jan 30th blog.) I’m a government civilian wearing my military uniform during the week and I still do my Ai... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:12:15 EST Sick at "home" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292125 Normally I'd say that getting sick while on a trip is a bad thing. But as a mom to little kids, I've decided it's actually the best timing. Before kids I could lay around in bed or on the couch and concentrate on nothing more than resting, feeling sorry for myself, and when I could take more meds. But once I became a mom I discovered that you don't get time off to be sick. With a husband who's usually not around I would still have to take care of the kids no matter what I felt like. I thi... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:11:38 EST Gettin' it done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287176 I'm going to try to post some comments and replies tonight to the folks who've commented on my recent blogs - especially the old buddies - but this is going to be a quick blog before I head out to the gym. I'm working the night shift, so I got off work at 0430 and didn't get to sleep until 0530. I slept until about 1130 and then called home to talk to my sister and the kids. I've eaten a little to stave off hunger (a couple mini-tangerines, some of my mixed fresh veggies, and a slice of ch... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:01:14 EST Taking my food with me to work tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286003 I've got my food for dinner all lined up and in the fridge ready for me to take with me to work tonight. When we're on 12 hours shifts people bring us boxed lunches for the meals we miss. But you've got no control over what they bring or give you. The food is terrible (think white bread with a slice of cheese a piece of turkey and a couple packets of mayo and mustard. Then there are chips, a red apple (which is not a type of apple I like), a candy bar, etc. The drink is often sweetened i... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:55:58 EST Sparkpeople knows I'm in Korea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1113429424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Greetings from Korea. Apparently SparkPeople knows I'm here too since my advertisements are in Korean. (Yes, I know the advertisements are based on IP addresses and mine is currently in Korea). <BR> <BR> I like the Sparkpeople app even more now. While I'm in Korea I'm using my phone in wireless only mode. While I was at the chow hall (which has no wifi available) I decided to enter my breakfast. I wasn't s... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:44:09 EST Job, kids, LegoLand Race, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230357 I will make no predictions, claim any kind of victories, or make any excuses in this blog. I'm here. That's what counts. I'm long overdue for an update. I like these blogs of mine because they really captured my life and events for a long time. I don't keep any other journals, so this was my one place to document my activities. So here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself 20 mins to do this today. I'll see how much I get down. I need to go shower before hitting a couple stores before I ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:03:38 EST Post layoff - Day 3 (aka Go, Beth, Go!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057641 As I mentioned in my recent blogs, I'm walking the kids to and from school. This is no easy feat... it's 1.22 miles almost entirely uphill. My daughter was enthusiastic about the idea until the first day we did it. Since then she's been Little Miss "I'm tired! I'm sweaty! When will we stop walking to school? Why can't we take the car?" She has complained every day we've done it. David's not thrilled to be doing it, but he's also not complaining (although he had fun doing silly rhyming ... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:03:10 EST Post layoff - Day 2 (aka how the first couple days have gone) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056937 I've decided to title my blog titles with the day post-layoff. The main reason for this is because it's such a huge milestone and it's going to affect a lot of things. I'm going to have more time for exercise. I'm planning to do major organizing and cleaning in my house. I'm going to be job hunting and interviewing. I'm going to be saving money in all kinds of new ways. The one thing all that has in common is the layoff. I might as well label the blogs with the title of the most influe... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:31:09 EST Layoff Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053680 Today was layoff day. What a roller coaster the past 60 days have been. 12.5 years with my company are over, but I'm glad about that. I really think it's sliding down hill fast. Everyone who is still there is terrified they're next, and there's a really good chance of that. It's not paranoia. Our layoff happened because some key contracts haven't been awarded yet. They are seriously delayed. And the biggest of them was one we have been expecting to be awarded (and won by us) "any day ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:17:01 EST People are awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998381 Hi! I'm back from two separate trips. My last blog was right before I went to S.F. to visit my dad and reclaim my son after he spent 10 days with my Dad at Anne's cabin. I got back from that on Sunday the 22nd. Then on Wednesday the 25th I took both kids to Virginia for my sister’s over-the-top yearly BBQ at her 20-acre horse farm. We were there through this past Monday. The Virginia trip was fun, but a ton of work for many days. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday I went to a seminar with t... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 17:39:30 EST Much happier... weight has been lifted with this layoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978018 I just finished creating a resume explicitly for training. I've applied to the job at ViaSat. I don't know if I'll have a shot at it or not. My salary expectations may be a bit high for a traininer... but I don't know what they have in mind. I also don't have the IP/networking experience they'd like. But I've got everything else. So we'll see if I get a call or not. <BR> <BR> I'm realizing I'm a lot happier than I've been in the recent past. I wonder if my chief engineer and program m... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:51:25 EST The four Stages of Grief - Acceptance and Hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976638 I'm not giving this blog a title yet. I don't really know what it's going to contain. <BR> <BR> I've done well today on food. I have continued to avoid the darn candy dishes all around me. Not easy for me to do. Candy and sweets are my biggest weaknesses. I'm hungry as heck right now. But that's because I finished all my food fairly early in the day and haven't had anything in about 4.5 hours. And my stomach was pretty much used to getting what it wants. But I know that I'll adjust f... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:15:27 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975057 It's all about today. What did I do today? <BR> <BR> Well, okay, it's also about Sunday and Monday since I didn't post. <BR> <BR> I ran 5.2 miles on Sunday. After Steve came home I went for a run. It was nice to get out there. So yesterday I went for a run again after putting Beth to bed. I'm, uh, actually running the AF Half Marathon this year in Sept. Now ask me if I've been training and if I'm where I should be. That would be a resounding, "no". But I'm going to do the event... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:08:55 EST Hoo boy - this is for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970766 I need to blog. I need a lot of things. But I need to blog. <BR> <BR> These blogs will be for me. I'm going to have a lot of ups and downs and public accountability has helped in the past. But that "public" aspect is going to have to come second to the fact that I'm probably going to have a lot to get off my chest. And blogging seems to help me sort out my thoughts. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, that thought-sorting tends to lead to some pretty long and rambling blogs. But so be it. Reread... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 02:14:05 EST Doing okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678509 Just a quick entry to say that I'm still here and doing okay. I'm down to 178 now. I've been silent because this proposal is rounding the last corner and we're all going hot and heavy on it. I've worked late the last 3 out of 4 days, and the day I didn't work late I came in early. At one point the kids didn't see me for two days because I left before they got up and came home after they were asleep. That part sucks. Well, a lot of it sucks, but it puts food on the table. <BR> <BR> I wi... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:24:22 EST Stayin' On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661031 I was on again with my calories and this morning my weight was indeed below 180 for the second day in a row. I'm going to go to sleep tonight instead of exercising, but I really need to do that for my health (getting a cold) and my sanity (too many nights of not enough sleep will really catch up with me). <BR> <BR> I have to go play Air Force for the next three days. I'll be wearing my uniform again. This past year I had to buy one size up in pants and those have become tight. My weight ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:25:27 EST On track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658605 I did well with food again today. I hadn't pre posted my food to see how many calorie's I'd given myself for breakfast and lunch with what I packed. I had a feeling by about 2:00 that it was probably too low since I was really hungry. But it wasn't until after I'd gotten the kids, fed them, and cleaned the kitchen a bit that I logged everything and discovered how low I was. So I was able to really pick and choose additional things that rounded out what I was deficient in. So I was dead on... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:12:52 EST Fall down, pick myself up, find joy (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655975 Wow. Because of my absence and what I want to talk about tonight I won't be describing my experience with running in Hood To Coast or with the Air Force Marathon one month later. It seems really weird to skip over those since my last blog was before them both. But if I attempt to describe both of those events I'll get totally bogged down and will never get the rest of this out. <BR> <BR> As anyone who knows me, or follows my blogs, or has watched my weight ticker for the last couple years... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 02:55:10 EST Final Major Long Run Report - And H2C is almost here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443109 I had Friday off, I had agreed to take the kids to the zoo on Sunday, and Saturday is always jam packed with activities (kids' swim lessons, 2 hour kids' club limit at the gym) so Friday was set to be my long run. But I had to get the kids to school first and I had a dental appt at 8:30 am. So attempting to run outside was out... it would be way too hot at the hour I'd be able to run. So my long run was going to have to be... on a TREADMILL! <BR> <BR> My goal was 20 miles. My long run t... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:40:32 EST Hood To Coast & Marathon Training Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4434704 Wow! It has been a heck of a couple months! My silence has been because I’ve been so wildly busy. As busy as I was last year, this year has been worse, and these last couple months have been the worst. I mentioned that I was in charge of our two latest proposals. This is the first day since I started the first proposal back in June that I’ve got a fairly clear calendar, nothing hugely pressing to turn in or plan, no one to harass about getting their work done so we could submit the pro... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:22:03 EST Marathon training - I'm the Energizer Bunny... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384008 ... and just like the later commercials, things keep trying to blow me up, but I emerge from the smoke charred and covered with ashes, but my bass drum is still going... <BR> <BR> My silence has been two-fold. I'm now in charge of our second nasty proposal and it's just as horrible as the last one, but in its own unique and special way. Joy. So no chance to write on week days. Then the silence on the weekends has been from holding my breath on whether or not I'm going to be able to conti... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 01:54:00 EST Running Update - my 10.2, and this week so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348560 Let's see... I left off with my last blog the night before I was scheduled to run my 10.5 mile long run last weekend. I got a late start on the treadmill since I forgot a couple things in my car and then switched treadmills right after I got all my gear set up (I started on one of the "okay" treadmills, but when one of the "good" ones with a built-in fan opened up I quickly grabbed my stuff and switched.) <BR> <BR> I have 2 hours from when I sign the kids into the kids' club to go back an... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:12:06 EST Work, Runs, and jerky teenagers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336568 I've been insanely, wildley busy. I don't like it, but I don't really see a reasonable way out. I decided a while ago that I need to accept that I'm in my job and staying in it for the long haul. No more day dreaming about quitting Corporate America and going to teach Jr College business classes part time in my town. So, while I still feel over my head in what I'm doing, I'm concentrating on learning, staying on top of it, and doing my best. I'm still not quite there, but I'm doing a lot... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 02:07:49 EST Marathon training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4324941 This will be targeted entry. I've hada long busy weekend (and a heck of a last few months), it's 11:00 pm, and I'm exhausted. But I figured I'd break my silence with some good news. I'm well on my way in my training plan for the Hood to Coast in August and the Air Force Marathon in September. I got a late start in my training due to injury and fear, but I've got a plan (albeit a fairly aggressive one at this point) and I'm working it. And so far so good. <BR> <BR> I ran 9 miles yesterda... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:32:21 EST My Air Force Medal, hopeful for promotion, and season passes to Knott's Soak City! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197829 I was at the Air Force base today. I missed one of our regularly scheduled weekend drills when I was in Korea. And oddly enough, I have to make up the military days I missed while doing military days. Go figure. <BR> <BR> But I have an update on the medal I desperately needed if I wanted any chance of being promoted this year. I got it! Apparently it went into my records while I was still in Korea, but I didn't know about it until a couple days ago. This medal is huge. A Meritorious Se... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:50:40 EST Just a fun one - Skiing at Mammoth in March, and totally shameless bragging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193262 Okay, here's just a fun blog with details on my ski trip to Mammoth the weekend after I got back from Korea... <BR> <BR> So I got back from Korea on 11 March. I had planned a ski trip with a friend of mine and her son for the following weekend (no, with jet lag, I don't know what I was thinking!) I knew Steve was going to be out of town, so it was just going to be my friend, her son (3 yrs old), my 2 kids (4 & 6), and me. We drove up together in my RAV 4 - a car seat and two boosters acro... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 01:21:11 EST Korea, Injury, Work, Nanny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189475 Okay, so I left off with my last blog before I went to Korea. Korea was an up and down kind of trip. On the Up side, my job was easy. On the Down side, it was a sort of "nothing" job. I had to go out of my way to find other stuff to do for people in order to do anything that actually contributed to the overall effort. Luckily I was able to. So that was good. But I still had a lot of free time in the evenings (I was the night shift). And on the Good side, I taught myself how to read an... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:20:11 EST I'm here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189407 Hi, I'm back. Yes, I've been wildly busy, but that's still never a good enough excuse for being away. I'll come back and post a longer blog with what's been happening in my life. But I wanted to put this one out there and just say, "Hi, I'm here!" I can't beieve it's been over 2 months since I've posted a blog. I suck! <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:53:52 EST Korea, Today's Run, and Trail Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031583 Steve heads for Korea tomorrow and I'll follow soon after. My sister will be coming out and staying with the kids for a few weeks. I'm not really looking forward to the job part of the next few weeks. I don't like playing war. I'm in intelligence and we tend to get dumped on and blamed for things not going well if they don't. It's an easy place to lay blame and we're used to it, but it still sucks. Hopefully there won't be any failures because I'll be in a very high profile position (I ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 01:56:07 EST Busy life, USAF Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4025692 Oh my, life has been busy. I dropped off the face of the Earth a few weeks ago because our program manager went out of town and asked me to fill in for him. Then, at the same time, he also asked me to be the proposal lead for our next major spiral. So for two weeks I was absolutely swamped. At one point last week I worked until 8 and 9pm two nights in a row. Steve was in town and got a taste of what my life is like every day since he had to work all day and then deal with the kids throug... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:27:19 EST 2011 Kids' LegoLand Race - Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3953930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l2983670.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Race: <BR> This is a 1 mile kids' race through LegoLand. The race is sponsored in conjunction with the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon. It is untimed, but we time the kids ourselves. They do a great job with this race and it's a lot of fun. They have age groups for 12+, 11, 10,9,8,7,6,5,and 4 and under/familes - strollers in this last category too. They start at 8am wtih the 12+, then every 5 minutes th... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:59:51 EST Mini-Spark Rally & Hood To Coast Prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941535 Last night I got together with Jocelyn (WolfKity) and Angela (4AHealthyBMI). Angela is in San Diego for a convention this week. I know Jocelyn from the first SparkPeople Convention when we were both panellists and I met Angela from when I think I posted something on her page (found her based on friend of a friend) and we started a long back and forth. We met in person last year and have kept in touch. And Angela and Jocelyn know each other from the group Jocelyn set up for people who have... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:57:55 EST Why I changed Air Force Units, Promotion Woes, and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3915019 My blog 2 blogs ago talked about a lot of my stressors. But I'd actually left a few off. This past weekend I sailed through one of them. Right now I'm working through another one, and hopefully by the end of the week, a third one will be behind me as well. <BR> <BR> The first one was a test I had to take for my new Air Force unit. I was a member of this unit from 2004-2006. The unit deals with Korea and I used to be an expert on Korea. But when I left the unit, I stopped paying all tha... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:22:25 EST Doing Fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902462 It's 11:05 pm and I have to get up early to go do Air Force duty. I'm no longer with Space Command, I've gone back to my old unit and now I hope North Korea stays in its usual status of pesky but not full-out war. My unit's mission is Korea. Great timing, huh? <BR> <BR> I did 60 mins on the treadmill last night. My shoulders and pecks were killing my late yesterday and today from the pushups. I was planning on working out again tonight and doing pushups, but I had to clean the house in ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 02:18:10 EST Fessing up, refocusing, starting to form a plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896967 Yes, I’ve been busy. And yes, that’s a major reason for my silence. But no, that hasn’t been the only reason. I’ve been struggling big time. I still feel a lot of self pressure to post only the good stuff… to be motivating and an example. I keep thinking, “I’ll come back and post when I’ve got something good and positive to post about.” And, of course, I find it easier to post (and “fess up” when I’m in a good mood and happy about my choices. It’s the “confessions” I find harder to do.... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 13:44:28 EST Good Run, Korea, and Hood To Coast Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802946 [I did this once before while I was listening to music while blogging. When a new song starts I'll put into the blog] <BR> <BR> ...Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode... <BR> <BR> I came home early from work today for a run. I had been planning to run at work, but I decided just to leave early and do it from home. At work I can only run on sidewalks due to busy streets, which are murder on my knees. At home I could run on asphalt, dirt roads, and dirt trails. It was great. It was still a l... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:49:19 EST Last Day of Duty in Los Angeles & Running Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794229 Here I am in Los Angeles, on my last day of Air Force reserve duty for my current unit. The paperwork has already been submitted to change commands. I’ll be going back to my old unit, the one my husband still works for. We’ve decided just to take the chance that the unit won’t be activated. It hasn’t happened yet, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that it won’t happen in the next few years either. <BR> <BR> For the most part I won’t miss coming here. They haven’t helped me at all for pr... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:10:17 EST Speed blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3788527 Well, I've got 7 minutes before I'm going to walk out the door and go home. So this blog will be everything I can communicate in 7 minutes (barring interruptions) <BR> <BR> Wanted to run today, no time. Will have to do another incline walk on the treadmill (can't run at home after kids go to bed since treadmill is upstairs - too much banging). At least I accomplished something at work and looked good to the boss. And at least incline walks mean that I continued to catch up on TBL. I go... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:00:40 EST