SAC-6582's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAC%2D6582 SAC-6582'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/ WooHoo I went I saw/ran I conquered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665314 I thought I would post some pictures from the Redneck 5k Race. I just love the medal. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1008014773.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884353163.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967242423.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042369412.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670020757.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:50:26 EST Just for the FUN of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663848 REDNECK RUN/EVENT – April 5, 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96671199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of all the races I’ve run I have never run one for the fun of it. From my first race where I walked to power walking followed by speed walking/jogging to running each event, I have always tried to tie or beat my best time. But this event will be different. This time I’m am going for the atmosphere and to enjoy a casual run. (And get a really cool medal) <img src="http... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:06:23 EST Experience life Blog page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581117 Debbie and I will be featured on Experience Life blog page this week. Debbie’s page should be up later today or sometime tomorrow morning. <BR> Steven: http://experiencelife.com/hidi/2014/01/02/<BR>temple-restoration-temple-maintenance/ <BR> Debra: http://experiencelife.com/hidi/2014/01/02/<BR>the-power-of-momentum/ <BR> <BR> <BR> Experience Life is a magazine that has a lot of health issues in it. They have a blog page link on their webpage. <BR> <BR> Steve Fri, 3 Jan 2014 18:55:25 EST IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513797 WooHoo!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1390289187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s been close to a 4 year journey and today was a big payoff… This week is my first total physical since I started my journey to a healthy lifestyle. It was my choice to wait and I know I probably should have had a full physical sooner but I wanted to see what the results would be after keeping the weight off for 1 year and 8 months. Over the past 3 years on Sparkpeople and the ½ year pre Sparkpeo... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:44:17 EST 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Race against Rolls 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512773 Sparkpeople meeting up <BR> <BR> Start your Thanksgiving Day off with a 5k <BR> <BR> If you live in the Valley of the sun/Phoenix area check out my blog and join us for our 3rd annual meetup "RACE AGAINST ROLLS" 5k walk/run <BR> <BR> For those in the Phoenix (valley) area come and join us in our 3rd annual <BR> <BR> Race against Rolls 5k <BR> Thanksgiving Day: <BR> Registration 7:45am <BR> 5K Starts at 8 am <BR> Cost: FREE <BR> <BR> Healthy Snacks (Fruit and granola bars) wil... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:56:34 EST Reflections on my 4 months in the Ohio area (and others North East states) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463498 As I prepare to fly back to Arizona on Tuesday (8-27) I thought it was time for an update. <BR> <BR> I wanted to make an entry concerning my time on Homeland Ministry Assignment (raising our support for the ministry in Arizona). I have so enjoyed all the camp meeting services we have been privileged to attend. It has been a spiritual buffet. Not to mention the times I have had in my devo’s. Then there are the services. What a privilege to worship with our friends and supporters. Thank you s... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:47:02 EST Tamming “The Beast” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380735 Tamed “The Beast” <BR> "Yesterday was our 31 anniversary. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439883215.jpg">So since we are in Ohio we went to King’s Island theme park. 1st to celebrate our anniversary and second for me to mark off another one of my skinny mans bucket list. <BR> So what is the item on my bucket list? Let me explain… When our kids were small we made a trip to Kings Island. I went to ride "The Beast" (Roller Coaster) and I didn't fit. For years I could squeeze... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:24:30 EST WooHoo...I had a Personal Best in the Capital City 1/2 Marathon!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345718 OK. It was a shaky start after I found a pothole with my recovering leg but it stopped hurting by mile 5. I was on track to finish around the 2 hour mark give or take 5 minutes. But my friend who was running with me was having trouble and I stayed with him for 4 miles. Then he told me to go ahead because he needed to walk. Even with those slow 4 miles with him I still pulled off a 2:16 time which bested my 2:39 time from a year ago. WooHoo <BR> As for my leg, it is fine so far. I will be taki... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:28:39 EST Capital City 1/2 marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344642 Well we are in Columbus in our hotel room. Just 5 minutes from the finish line and 10 from the starting line. We went to the Health and Fitness Expo and picked up our packets. While we were there I did a Body fat and BMI test. My body fat was 15% (range for men 41-60 yrs 11-22% is in the Healthy range. I want to get it in the 6-13% which is Athlete range) and my BMI 24 which is in the normal range. All the training has been finish and it’s time for a victory lap of 13.1 miles. (hope I can get... Fri, 3 May 2013 18:05:15 EST WooHoo!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216143 <BR> I finished just 2 minutes off my goal I set. I was hoping for 5-5:30 hours and I finished at 5:32. Other then a short period of leg cramps I was able to average a pace of 12:42 pace average. I did the first 13.1 10 minutes faster then last years 1/2 Marathon. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248562985.jpg"> This is my College Roommate who came in from Ohio to do the PF Chang with me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349848869.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:25:57 EST 34 for hours and counting (1-18-13 9:00 pm) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213709 By this time Sunday evening I will have participated in my first full Marathon. I will be running/speedwalking it with my knee at 90%. It's been a long several month of rehabbing while training. But I'm as ready as I can be. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1187090220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was the day to pick up my bib, swag bag and shirt. Tomorrow my daughter picks up her stuff for the 1/2 Marathon. WooHoo <BR> <BR> My College Roommate who came in from Ohio t... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:11:14 EST The Verdict is in on our Weider-X-Factor plus Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182787 Ok, I am so excited… About a month ago we were blessed with a Weider –X-Factor plus gym. I have not gone to our local gym since then. And I was able to do the same workout with the exception of bench pressing but I added chin-ups and pull-ups. So when I got to the gym today, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to lift the same weights I was lifting when I stopped going. Well, couldn’t lift the same weights…I was able to increase my weights. <BR> The fly 115 to 125lbs <img src="http://p... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:35:53 EST SparkPeople/SIMC Christmas get together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148964 If you live in the Phoenix area: <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> SparkPeople/Southwest Indian Ministries Center Annual Christmas Celebration <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> DATE & TIME: <BR> Friday, December 7, 2012, starting at 5:30 pm <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> LOCATION: <BR> Southwest Indian Ministries Center <BR> Multipurpose Building <BR> <BR> WHAT TO BRING <BR> Your favorite Soup, veggie tray or dessert (cookies, pie, cakes, other pastries) <BR> ******(Be sure that you bring a copy of your recei... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:23:28 EST Thanksgiving 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143451 Although we should be thankful every day, not just on Thanksgiving, I thought I would post what I am thankful for as I take this day to reflect. Then I came to the conclusion that it would take all day and more to express my gratitude for all God has done, is doing and His promise of His ever abiding presence for the future. He is my strength, my hope, my everything. Then there is my wonderful wife, my family and friends. <BR> And for my health!!!! After 2 and ½ years of working on His temp... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:07:58 EST Sparkpeople meeting up - Start your Thanksgiving day off with a 5k walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131381 <BR> For those in the Phoenix (valley) area come and join us in our 2nd annual <BR> Race against Rolls 5k walk <em>429</em> <BR> Thanksgiving Day at 7am <BR> Cost: FREE <BR> Healthy Snacks (Fruit and granola bars) will be provided or you can bring some to share <BR> Everyone who completes the 5k will be entered in a drawing <BR> Location: 14202 N 73rd Ave Peoria, AZ 85381 <BR> RSVP so we can know how many to count on. <BR> For more information please email me at aifasstdir@gmail.com or ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 10:16:55 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080907 It’s been a while since my last blog. So I thought I would give some short updates: <BR> <BR> Debbie is doing GREAT and has had no side effects from the treatments. (She is now training for a 5k) <BR> <BR> This is a very busy time for us as we are planning for our second “Race against Rolls” Thanksgiving 5k followed by a weekend of our ministry’s 60th year celebration. Not to mention all the different groups that will be renting our facilities, or the work at the church with all the outreac... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:25:32 EST Update on Debbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025430 Great news! Debbie will be having the "balloon brachytherapy" type of radiation treatment, which will last a little over a week instead of 6-wks of daily radiation. She will have balloon catheter inserted next Tues., treatment Wed. thru Wed. Pray for strength & no infection at the surgical site. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your prayers! <BR> Steve Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:53:11 EST God is Good!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008736 As I posted on my status: Thanks for your prayers PTL the result for the sentinel node biopsy came back clear!!!!!!!!! Now we are focusing on Tuesday morning when we see the Doctor to go over the treatment plan and medication that Debbie will have to take. <BR> <BR> Steve <BR> <em>390</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696855099.jpg"> Thu, 9 Aug 2012 19:50:30 EST Update on Debbie's second surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004395 This is what Debbie posted on her facebook page: rough morning, for sure. Everything was tougher for this procedure & surgery ("sentinel node biopsy") than last week's lumpectomy. They couldn't even find a vein this week for the IV, multiple holes and bruises in my arm. Much more pain at the surgical site in my armpit, too. But very thankful that is easing up. A few more days till I know if the cancer spread or not, but I really believe the answer will be "not". Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:20:45 EST Update on Debbie after lumpectomy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998535 Debbie got some good news & some bad news today. It looks like they got all the cancer as far as the lump is concerned. However, the cancer within the lump had “invasive qualities” & likely has affected lymph glands. They no longer take the whole lymph node, they have a test to see which glands are affected, then remove those by surgery. I am scheduled for the dye insertion test at 9:30 Monday morning, followed immediately by surgery (again) at 10:30. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your thoughts and p... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 20:13:45 EST I’M STILL HERE AND STILL SPARKING – A BRIEF UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976712 It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog. In fact I’ve been so busy I’ve barely had time to keep tracking my nutrition, water and fitness. But I have. I am currently at the new goal weight (160lbs) the Doctor wants me at. I’ve been there for some time but I haven’t put it on my page until today. That means I have lost a total of 185lbs. That is still amazing to me but I shouldn’t be surprised… “With God all things are possible”. <BR> <BR> I had a chance to speak at a Tohono O’odham health... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:19:45 EST HIKE 6 MILES INTO THE GRAND CANYON…CROSS IT OFF MY LIST!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914035 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574567063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Words can’t explain my emotions as I packed up the van, picked up our friends (former roommate from college and his wife) and we headed to the Grand Canyon. A year ago this coming September I walked the south rim from east to west. But this was one of those things I had wanted to do but I was so unhealthy I knew it wasn’t going to ever happen. We spent the night in Flagstaff (AZ) and left for the Canyon on Monday m... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 23:40:28 EST Number 3 on "The Skinny Mans Bucket List" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909131 The”Skinny man bucket list” is about to have items number 3 checked off. Lord willing Monday morning I will be hiking 6 miles in and out of the Grand Canyon. Perhaps another year I'll go all the way in and out. I’ve wanted to do this since we moved to Arizona in 1999. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to because of my health. To God be the glory I am healthier and ready for this adventure. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274339272.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Update to follow after Mondays... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 18:56:15 EST Love/hate relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898314 <BR> I really shouldn’t complain about it but I am in a love/hate relationship. Living in Arizona really restricts when I can do my running. That is unless I want to overheat or dehydrate myself. No I’m not complaining about living in Arizona. It’s a wonderful place to live. To really fall in love with it would make it easier for me to keep my training up in those 105 plus days. So what is this item that I have a love/hate relationship with? The treadmill. <em>231</em> You see, when I ru... Fri, 25 May 2012 23:39:57 EST WARNING!!!! WARNING!!!! ADOPTING THIS NEW LIFESTYLE CHANGE WILL IMPACT YOUR DAYS OFF/VACATIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888858 With each vacation/day off while on this lifestyle change I have noticed changes and a difference in what I find myself doing. These past several days (mini vacation) has been the most dramatic of all. <BR> <BR> PAST VACATIONS: <BR> We would travel to our location, making numerous stops for snacks and drinks. Upon arriving at our hotel we would set up camp by unpacking our snacks and then I would check out the tv to see what channels they would have. (We don’t have cable so it was a treat t... Sat, 19 May 2012 18:40:31 EST A quick update on my week and diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873293 Wow this has been one of the busiest weeks. We have had a team here from Asbury University that my wife and I are in charge of. They are here to help us prepare for our four upcoming summer camps for Native American Children and Youth. So that means we are with them all day long. (They are with us until next Wednesday). <BR> <BR> In the midst of all this I had a doctor appoint 1st to have this virus/cold checked out by the doctor and 2nd find out the results of my blood work. For my cold I ... Wed, 9 May 2012 01:00:00 EST Best running time ever according to Endomondo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860937 Had a great run today; I still need to work on consistent time and not spike and slow down. But over all it was a great run. <BR> <BR> <BR> A breakdown of my run today <BR> 1km 5m 11s <BR> 1 mile 8m 30s <BR> 3 miles 26m 29s <BR> 5k 27m 29s <BR> TOTAL RUNNING DISTANCE 4.15 miles 37m 17s <BR> Average speed 8:59 min/mile <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 10:09:11 EST Pat Tillman Run 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846028 Pat Tillman Run 2012 <BR> <BR> I’m not sure where to begin. I am so thankful I was able to run this race. If my doctor hadn’t released me I would have power walked it, which would have been fine. But to be able to run my first race instead of power walking was totally awesome. <BR> <BR> Our day started out at 4am, as we prepared to head out by 4:30am. We arrived with an hour before the race started. I’ll confess I really didn’t expect to be able to run as well as I did considering that I h... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:29:54 EST Quick update on Pat Tillman run... More later today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845739 We'll it was great experience for me, my daughter and her friend. And I finished at 40:45 for 4.2 miles. (9:43 Pace) I'll post more later... God is truly good!! <BR> <BR> Steve Sat, 21 Apr 2012 19:25:31 EST Back update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827971 Back update: <BR> <BR> There isn’t much to say other than Praise the Lord!!! My back has been responding better than expected according to the doctor. He is now talking about 2-3 more weeks and I’ll be able to return to some light /short distance or time, running. I do have several discs that will limit some of my weight training but only when it comes to pressing weight over my head. I can live with that!! God is good. <BR> I am still allowed to speed/power walk so I am still in training f... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 23:40:54 EST I CHOOSE TO COUNT MY BLESSING… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817808 I CHOOSE TO COUNT MY BLESSING… <BR> <BR> I have been so blessed on this lifestyle change journey. <em>334</em> I have experience God touch on several occasions and I have managed to have very few setbacks. So I am truly blessed. I say this because today wasn’t particularly one of my better days. I went to the doctor to have my knee checked out. <BR> <BR> While I was there I ended up having an X-ray of my back just to see how I was doing after all the weight loss. Well long story short ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 00:16:15 EST A Good Exhaustion<em>30</em> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814135 4 hours of sleep + 5 mile run + walking 12 miles (total for the day) + a hike with 52 camps = one exhausted Steve <BR> <BR> It’s been a great two days with the children and I have been true to myself and my goals both spiritually and physically. So I celebrated with a little ice cream. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> God is GOOD and life is GREAT, <BR> Steve <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:26:13 EST Transitioning from speed walking to running update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802708 In my transition from speed walking to running today was my furthest run to date. I completed the 4.01 run at a 9:34 pace/6.3mph. I was really surprised to find how much of the return part of the loop was an uphill/slope climb with only one small down slope only to return up again. Everything considered it was a good run. I can only improve from here. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Steve <em>104</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:36:21 EST Trip update - Almost finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785405 Yesterday I spoke to a committee of the mission board and today I will be speaking to the entire mission board. While I’m waiting I’m working on laundry and pack. Tonight it’s dinner with a friend and then I’ll need to finish packing. <em>244</em> I’m so excited… Tomorrow I will be heading back to Arizona!!! <BR> <BR> Spark Report: <BR> I have stayed within my nutritional goals every day while on this trip. I’ve also track water and my exercise each day <em>104</em> with my travel day... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:25:12 EST Quick Update on my Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781083 Quick update: <BR> <BR> My trip to Ohio is coming to an end. Tomorrow (3/11/12) I head to Indiana and on Wednesday (3/14/12) I return home. Sorry I’ve not had much time for Sparking on spark people but I have been successful at tracking my nutrition, water and fitness. <BR> <BR> WooHoo!!!! I might not be sparking on SparkPeople but while traveling I have helped 5 people sign up on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Well I’ve got to go pack tell next week… <BR> <BR> Steve <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:15:11 EST RANDOM THOUGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767946 RUNNING AGAIN <BR> Well it’s been a very busy week! I have to confess that I’m pleasantly surprised that I have been able to start running again after the allergy attack which turned into a bronchial infection. I’m still recovering but I can run as long as it’s indoors on the treadmill. But at least I’m running. Praise the Lord. <BR> <BR> BUSY WEEK <BR> Despite the busyness of the week I have been able to maintain my total person workout each day. (Body and Soul). I’ve also been able to trac... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 23:34:39 EST So long to old friends and Hello to new one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753487 After all the weight loss I could no longer wear my cowboy hats. :( My hat size went from 7 ¾ to 7 3/8. <BR> I thought it would be fitting to give a farewell blog to some of my old cowboy hats. (which I no long own) The following are pictures of the former me wearing the hats I no longer own… <BR> <BR> Year 2009 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l566851541.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725879161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Year 2010 <BR> <img src... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:58:26 EST So long to old friends and Hello to new one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753484 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:57:05 EST Sometimes you just don’t realize the difference this lifestyle change will make… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734474 Not until you have one of those weeks where, when you reflect back on it, you realize “Wow what a difference!!!!” <BR> <BR> This has been one of those weeks. Full of meetings, problems/situations that had to be addressed, a job that would be very demanding physically and surprise guests who turn out to be a blessing. And in the midst of all this I knew I needed to work in all the fitness training I could and my time with God. I’m pleased to say I was successful on both accounts. But wow… it... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 23:06:33 EST My Power-Walking to running journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722750 My Power-Walking to running journal <BR> <BR> This isn’t what I would call a blog but I want to have a way of being held accountable for my training. I have until April to be running 4.2 miles with no Power-walking. The first two weeks are now past and I have included my goal for the next two weeks. I realize that it will be a challenge but I feel it can be done as long as I listen to my body very carefully. I am not saying I will do this regardless of how I feel. If there is any hint of pul... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 23:40:38 EST From Temple Restoration to Temple Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718722 So I did my BMI today and got a wonderful result. When I started this journey in June of 2010 I was MORBIDLY OBESE and had some serious health issues. I was so excited when I moved from morbidly obese to just OBESE. I still remember that day. It was such an awesome moment because for the first time in over 35 years that I wasn’t morbidly obese. And as God kept on working in and with me I was to experience another one of those WooHoo moments. I was sitting in the doctor’s office when he did my... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:54:13 EST My Review of Coach Nicole’s 28 day Boot Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709557 I was one of the lucky ones who received a copy of Coach Nicole’s 28day Boot Camp video. I’ll confess, with all the powerwalking and strength training I’ve been doing, I thought it would be a piece of cake, but it is challenging. I especially like the fact that the DVD allows you to select the workout you desire to do. These segments include: <BR> 1. Warm-up of 6 minutes <BR> 2. Cardio Burst of 12 minutes <BR> 3. Short Cardio-Sculpt of 12 minutes <BR> 4. Tone and Burn of 20 minutes <BR> 5. T... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:58:07 EST January 28, 2012 - Temple Restoration update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708772 <BR> I am so excited… I have been working on going from powerwalking to running. Today I did my powerwalk/run and was able to run ½ of each mile. I can’t wait till I can say I am running every other mile. Then every mile… <BR> Duration 1:05:33 <BR> Distance 6.01 miles <BR> Average speed 5.5 mph <BR> Average pace 10:54 minute miles <BR> The transition from powerwalking to running and running to powerwalking has been really smooth and allows me to keep a good pace. If you would have told me ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:10:32 EST TIME FOR A CHECKUP AND SOME CHANGES – Fine tuning my lifestyle changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697881 Fine tuning my lifestyle changes: TIME TO READJUST MY GOAL DATE <BR> Tuesday is the day I set for myself 20 months ago to be at my goal weight. I realize that I won’t make it with 4lbs to go and only 2 days. But that’s ok!!!! I still own the 170lbs and I’ll be there by March 1st or before. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Fine tuning my lifestyle changes: WHAT I CONSUME <BR> As I started this journey there were several items that weren’t up for debate for cutting back on or stopping altogether. One i... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:53:39 EST Event schedule for 2012 (and 1/20/13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692389 <BR> Event Goals met!!! <BR> <BR> In my earlier blog I shared about signing up for different events for the year to give me goals to shoot for. Well I have accomplished that goal. I am now registered for: <BR> <BR> April 21, 2012 - Pat Tillman run this will be the first event I am training to run in not powerwalk. <BR> <BR> June 6, 2012 – Walking/Hiking into the Grand Canyon (and back out…lol) <BR> <BR> October 27, 2012 - Lincoln Family Downtown Y half Marathon (& 5k walk/run) I’m doing ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:07:33 EST CELEBRATING THE NEW STEVE - A SPIRITUALLY MOVING EVENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l477417105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I finished my first official ½ marathon (PF Chang). As I was power walking my way through the course I found myself praying and praising God for all He has done, been doing and will be accomplishing in my “Temple Restoration Project”. I’m sure that the tears of joy from His overwhelming presence were not understood by those who saw them. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847966210.jpg"> <... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:53:11 EST My victory and honor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667330 Bear with me please! This isn’t my typical blog. I normally write about my journey in my Temple Restoration. I haven’t put a lot of scripture in my blogs but today as I was reading in Psalms I found myself saying yes and amen a lot and then I was challenged by the same passage to make sure I was walking in His perfect will and way. <BR> <BR> PSALMS 62:1-12 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. (2) He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be s... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:25:43 EST Goals for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647475 Goals for 2012 <BR> <BR> SWITCHING FROM LOSING WEIGHT TO MAINTAINING TO WEIGHT <BR> <BR> FITNESS MINUTES <BR> Per day 77 <BR> Per week 462 <BR> Per month 2,000 <BR> For the year 24.000 <BR> <BR> TRACKING ON SPARKPEOPLE - my food, fruit/vegetables and water <BR> <BR> EVENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN FOR 2012 <BR> Power-walk events (minimums) <BR> 3 - 5k’s - 1 – 10k - 1 – ½ Marathon <BR> Day trip into the Grand Canyon <BR> <BR> TRAINING IN THE MORNING BEFORE GOING TO W... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:23:40 EST I finally did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640344 So last week I finally joined a gym. Ok I realize I’m on the “No Gym Needed” team but I’ve reached the point in my training where I could do it at home but it would be a lot more difficult. And on top of that it was at a price I couldn’t refuse. My daughters (who both joined the same gym 1st) they are the ones who told me about the deal. I’ve really enjoyed using the treadmill the last couple of days when it’s been so cold outside. After the ½ marathon I’ll be able to train better for my hike... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:24:21 EST What’s your Secret? The secret of no secret!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637604 How many of you have had others ask you what your secret is for your weight loss? It seems people are looking for an easy and fast remedy for their weight loss. Like most of life, we have become a society that longs for the short cut, the quickest way to accomplish any number of tasks at hand. We have developed an “I want it for free” mentality. I used to pray and ask God to take away my diabetes but I didn’t want to change my habits. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. And I did! But I ... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 01:16:26 EST