SEATTLESIMS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEATTLESIMS SEATTLESIMS'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/ weekend update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818354 Okay Okay, didn't do my best this weekend. I did pretty well on food choices for meals.. except homemade cookies! ;( <BR> I haven't baked in forever and got my son involved in the process and we had a fun time of it. thankfully it is a small batch and they did a lot to help eat them up! However, a couple of cookies doesn't do much for my 'cut back/cut out' sugar process :( <BR> <BR> Workout? didn't happen.. I should have went for a training run and instead ran around doing stuff with the ki... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:28:34 EST Mid-November update and 7 weeks till the end of the year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816208 Hi there! I had a nice long weekend in Northern Cali with my kids, visiting my sister (and my mom who was there for work and visiting my sister already!). <BR> I ate pretty well, no exercise, just walking around etc. <BR> <BR> We drove the 11+ hours back in one day (Tuesday) and yesterday I woke up feeling like I had a hang over?!?!?! What? Was it all the driving? or the limited water drinking (didn't want to have to stop too much) or some of the food options (did have a snack size bag of ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:05:56 EST 8 weeks, 1 days until end of year? My holiday challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810718 Wow, that is soon! Thanksgiving is up next and then Christmas will be here! <BR> <BR> Where did my accountability go? Well, I may blog every other day the exact same thing so that I keep accountable to my self. <BR> <BR> Starting weight? 184 (last time I used the scale, now battery is dead) <BR> ending Weight GOAL: 172 (By Dec 31) <BR> Total loss GOAL: 12 lbs in 8 weeks <BR> <BR> That is a lofty goal for me, but I'm going for it. <BR> <BR> Action plan: <BR> 1. cut sugar <BR> 2. cut oth... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 13:01:55 EST Accountability during travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799389 Today is my last full day on work travel.. Tomorrow I fly home. Yay! <BR> <BR> As per usual, I've been trying to eat the right portions while away and get some exercise. I've been making it to the gym about every other day and doing cardio for 30-45 mins and then some Strength training with dumbbells for 30 mins. On days I don't get to the gym, I've been trying to 'move' around my hotel room for 30-60 mins! yep.. have TV on, and just squats, kicks, high knees, butt kickers, push ups, crunche... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:15:41 EST Today's menu and Accountability Day 3 of 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791118 I didn't blog yesterday, but I did well with my food choices which included. <BR> <BR> Eggs, spinach, small amount of cheese with mulitgrain bread for Breakfast. <BR> Lunch was a 'taco salad' with beans instead of meat, some cheddar cheese, salsa and a splash of Catalina dressing. <BR> Snack was Fiber one bar, few almonds, few chocolate chips. <BR> Dinner was late due to soccer practice, but only ate grapes with cottage cheese. <BR> After dinner treat was 3 Hi-Chew candies. <BR> Drinks... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:26:06 EST Today's menu and workout.. Accountability tracking Day 1 of 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789893 Okay, I'm going to try something new.! <BR> Blogging accountability for food and fitness. Looks like we have about 99 days left in the year (if I did my math right in my spreadsheet). Just at 14 weeks. <BR> <BR> I've worked up my projected spreadsheet to include a variety of weightloss options ranging from an ambitious -1.5, -1.0, to a -.75 and -.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> My goal for the end of the year? 170, so right around that -1.0 lb/week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is today's menu tell me what you... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:39:52 EST My European Vacation (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789219 Well, I've been home a week now from my European vacation and of course life is a whirlwind sometimes.. so I'm trying to take a few minutes to post some pics. <BR> <BR> I flew to JFK from Seattle to meet up with my sisters, mom (and her boyfriend/partner), brother-in-law, nephew and we crossed the Atlantic to Barcelona in an overnight flight. to 'awake' in Barcelona at like 8am.. really only got 4ish hours of sleep? not enough! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l187727... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:03:44 EST A few Sugar Free days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775997 Okay, I'm feeling bloated and yucky. So I'm cutting the grains and the sugar for then next 3 days to see how I feel. Mon-Wed, then I'm off flying to Europe all day on Thursday. I will pack some of my own food and snacks, but my go-to snack of a Fiber One bar may on the menu. <BR> <BR> any recommendations for easy to pack grain-free, sugar free snacks? <BR> <BR> I can take some cheese sticks, beef jerky? almonds, fruit.. hmmm what else travels well. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of being fat and t... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:44:52 EST Back home and back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773374 Howdy! <BR> I had 2 weeks in Alaska for work. I did well on workout out and eating. I did the treadmill with interval running (faster than my steady state pace) for 45 mins almost every other day. On the 'off' days, I tried to move more around the hotel or walk and do a little ST. Not every day, but pretty good. <BR> I do well with food while on work travel, due to trying to be careful with portion sizes so I can make my food last my whole trip! <BR> <BR> did the scale move? NOPE! <BR> I r... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:31:46 EST Happy July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730005 Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up. <BR> <BR> Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall. <BR> I've really cut back on bread carbs. Focusing on veggies and fruits with proteins. Greek yogurt (plain), cottage cheese, chicken, steak, eggs. With lots of veggies and fruits! <BR> <BR> Workouts are pretty ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:30:49 EST No weightloss progress, but not giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719959 Here I am almost 6 weeks post marathon and a month since my last blog.. <BR> Although I've been more aware of food choices, I haven't been perfect, but better. <BR> Fitness/exercise has been different post marathon training. I needed a break from the long runs and had been focusing on sprint work on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I've been away for 2 weeks on a work trip, and did daily morning walks. Sometimes I would do some run/walking but due to my work schedule, the morning walk was the bes... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:50:12 EST Time to set and meet my weightloss goals for REAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693425 Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!! <BR> <BR> So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:10:36 EST My first Marathon recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687905 The family and I arrived Saturday in Tacoma, WA in the afternoon to hit the race expo and packet pick up and check into the hotel. The expo was really small, but then again, we were hitting it near the end of the day and it isn't a HUGE race. <BR> Took the kids to the local children's museum (play area) and I sat around as much as possible. We ate dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.. bland marinara for me! but it was just what I should be eating! <BR> Went to bed early, thank goodness for ea... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:12:16 EST Week 18 of Marathon training.. 3 days 22 hours and counting down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684021 Yep, that is right.. only 3 days left until my very first marathon! EEEEK! <BR> . <BR> <BR> So to wrap up the lat of my training.. <BR> week 16 ended not so great.. I was busy with my daughter's 7th birthday and Easter egg hunting and rain! so pushed my 12 mile run to Sunday morning, but was awake most of the night with a cold. I had been tired all week, but thought it was just my body recovering from the 20 mile run the weekend before (week 15). <BR> <BR> I took Easter Sunday off finish... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:38:29 EST Marathon training week 15 and starting 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672788 Welp, we did it.. the longest run of marathon training. Just a few short days ago, Saturday 12th, my running buddies and I ran 20 miles! <BR> <BR> So my co-worker, who is signed up for the race with me, and our other friend that is just running for the heck of it (she does a marathon a year and is scheduled for one in October)... met at my house and headed out about 8:30am. I tried to keep very close control on my watch and timing.. stopping for red lights and bathroom breaks and water refil... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:56:36 EST Week 13 and 14 of Marathon training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666738 Ok, so I'm into week 15.. here is the recap from 13 and 14. <BR> 13 was a big week.. 19 miles for the long run. I did a 5 mile run on Monday that week.. and then totally skipped my other weekday runs! I did running in bootcamp, but not the mileage I should have done. <BR> the 19 mile run went well.. Rainy, but good. New route with the running buddies. They run part of that route almost every week. It was TOUGH! <BR> Through the park that included stairs!! I had to walk up most of them! <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:47:05 EST April Plan and Birthday month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661734 Happy April 1st! ;) <BR> It is my birthday month (the 25th, so I have time to prepare) and the last month of marathon training! <BR> I'm no where near my weightloss goal and have not made any progress, but backwards since marathon training! :( Boo! That is no April Fools <BR> <BR> So simple commitment and goals for April <BR> <BR> 1. Cut sugar.. I need to eat like a diabetic so I don't become diabetic! <BR> 2. Cut carbs as grains.. focus on vegetable carbs for fueling the body for exercise... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:04:20 EST Week 12 of Marathon training and recap of week 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652500 Hi there, Thought I would post an update on my marathon training. <BR> Week 11 ended on Saturday with an 18 mile run! Like the 17 mile run, I went with running buddies. I'm very fortunate to have co-workers/workout buddies that are either training for the same marathon, or do long runs anyway! Yep, that is right. One co-worker usually runs a marathon each year at the same time as this race. She would have signed up, but can't due to work travel coming up in April.. BUT, she has committed to ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:17:59 EST Marathon training week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642138 Good morning, <BR> I have arranged to have running buddies tomorrow for my 17 miles! <BR> <BR> My one good friend/co-worker that runs with me at work is out of town, but her weekend running buddy wants to run (at my pace) tomorrow! They already had a great 17 mile route (they've trained for 3 marathons) <BR> <BR> My other co-worker that actually is signed up to run the marathon with me is also planning to meet up.. he hasn't been as good at getting some of his runs in due to schedule and ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:50:10 EST Sticking with Marathon training for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632610 HI all. so I blogged about it on Saturday and texted my workout buddies and had nice replies and one long pep talk via phone. <BR> I went and ran my 15 miles on Sunday morning. <BR> <BR> For now, I'll stick with marathon training. <BR> It is a bucket list item I've had in my mind for a while and I'm already half way there with the training. <BR> <BR> that said, the 15 mile run yesterday was tough and the recovery tougher. I was just flat out exhausted! <BR> I may need to adjust my nutr... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:26:03 EST Small Crisis of choosing one goal over another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630945 I woke up this morning depressed about being overweight.. more specifically re-gaining weight.. <BR> Regaining almost 20 lbs! <BR> I have/had 2 main goals this year that I turn 40. <BR> Get to goal weight (which is now 30 lbs away instead of 20) <BR> Run a marathon. <BR> <BR> I had thought the two goals could go hand in hand.. why not? <BR> The slow ramp up of mileage over the course of 18 weeks should burn tuns of calories. <BR> Eat right, fuel workouts and recovery, but still burn to... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:59:22 EST Week 7 of 18 of Marathon training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622236 Good morning, <BR> So I'm in the middle of week 7 of training. I'm using Higdon's Novice 2 training schedule. <BR> So far my long runs have looked like this. <BR> 8, 9, 6, 11, 12, 9 <BR> with weekly runs of 3, 5, 3 and 3, 6, 3 <BR> <BR> This week the weekly runs jump up to 4, 7, 4 and my long run on Saturday is 14 miles! <BR> <BR> How is it going? <BR> OK. I've missed 2 of the 6 mile runs the last two weeks. And just trying to squeeze in a couple of extra miles on the other short run da... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:03:09 EST Scared of the scale and marathon training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611279 So the scale is moving in the wrong direction still!! <BR> <BR> I have been trying to eat 'normally' staying in my general calorie range while starting marathon training. Last weekend was my first 'long' run of 11 miles. I thought that the slow ramp up of mileage would help with calorie burn. <BR> <BR> BUT, I've also heard you have to be careful as the extra calorie burn can make you extra hungry. <BR> So, I've been proactive and I've been reading books like "Race Weight" and "New Rules fo... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:58:14 EST Does Marathon training cause you to GAIN weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596207 I'm still very early in the game of training.. slowly adding miles, keeping cross training (bootcamp and ST) 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> So, I'm bummed to see the scale more in the wrong direction. <BR> I'm trying to stay neutral and give it time.. I will weigh in this Saturday for the 5% challenge. <BR> I will log my food better! <BR> I will lift my weights like I KNOW I need to. <BR> I will rest when I need to rest, and see what happens. <BR> <BR> So, does anyone out there have experie... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:06:21 EST Scale moving in wrong direction, Failed diet approach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593539 Good morning.. <BR> So the scale is moving in the wrong direction.. at an alarming rate! <BR> I've been 10-12 lb up for a while now.. 171-173.. From where I was sitting comfortably for a long time 160 (although not my goal weight). <BR> <BR> I've been seeing 174 lately.. but chalked it up to sodium or sore muscles or both. <BR> Although I've been pretty good in calorie range, I was relying on some more sodium rich foods (canned soup, deli meat, ham, canned beans) for some of my go-to mea... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:12:02 EST Fitness and Weightloss plan.. will it work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592417 Ok, here is the plan.. <BR> Eat healthy, clean, minimal processed foods, minimal flour foods <BR> <BR> Breakfast eggs, spinach, pinch of cheese.. OR Oatmeal with fruit and a protein source (powder or greek yogurt) 300-350 calories <BR> <BR> Snack: almonds, fruit, 200 x 2 (mid morning, late afternoon) <BR> <BR> Lunch: greek yogurt and hummus and veggies and salad, or soup or left overs <BR> 300-350 calories <BR> <BR> Dinner: Soup, extra protein? or chicken and veggies, or eggs and veggies... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:16:23 EST Training and weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587102 So I've officially started training for a full marathon. It is an 18 week plan and I would really really like to lose some weight at the same time! <BR> Is that possible? <BR> I'm burning some serious calories on long runs.. as well as mid-distance runs during the week. <BR> I'm aiming to have a larger breakfast and a protein/carb post workout snack to help fuel my workouts and recovery and keep dinner on the smaller side. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> Is it possible to train for an ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:15:11 EST 2014 and the road ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579496 Well, welcome 2014, where did 2013 go? ;) <BR> <BR> #1 goal Turn 40 in late April and feel and look Fabulous! <BR> <BR> Steps to reach goal? <BR> <BR> Strategy #1 Train for a full marathon!! <BR> Yep, that is right, I've already signed up and I've already started training (this week is officially the first week! but I've been starting longer weekend runs for the past month to prepare) <BR> <BR> Strategy #2 Eat well balanced whole foods <BR> Means less baking on my part and more veggies a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:27:47 EST Food I've been eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566674 Short but sweet. <BR> Breakfast: 2 eggs, spinach, pinch of shredded cheese <BR> Snack 1: almonds/walnuts, few semi-sweet choc chips <BR> Lunch: Home cooked Black-eyed-peas and chicken breast with some BBQ sauce <BR> Snack 2: Fruit, almonds/walnuts cup of chai tea. <BR> <BR> Optional Snack 3, more fruit, and nuts. <BR> <BR> Dinner: Up in the air? Last night was 2 slices of Lean turkey sausage and a serving of Old Fashioned Oats with pumpkin and some protein powder, chia seeds, spices. <B... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:48:21 EST Setting tough goals and going for it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565741 I've been a little blah lately.. been eating well, trying to keep refined carbs to a minimum, exercising 4-5 times a week in the moderate to high intensity range. <BR> I listen to my body when it is tired and either rest or do a 'light' cardio session for fun (killing time while kiddo is in dance class etc). <BR> <BR> BUT, nothing changes in my weight.. <BR> <BR> I'm up 10 good pounds from where I sat a year ago.. <BR> <BR> SO, I'm setting tough goals and going for it. <BR> <BR> I tu... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:05:58 EST Plans for the holiday week.. staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550784 Hi there, haven't blogged in forever, so here it goes. <BR> Plans for the holiday week? <BR> I've been trying to cut wheat (and most bready carbs) from my diet. I've been feeling good about my choices and not deprived. I will plan on a wheat splurge on Thanksgiving, but going to practice moderation. <BR> <BR> Worked out yesterday as a make-up bootcamp session since we will miss Thursday, today is regular bootcamp class. <BR> Wednesday plan to do the treadmill intervals I've been doing as... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:54:15 EST changing things up and spaghetti squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520541 Ok, trying to change things up.. working toward my goals of losing weight for good and setting fitness goals. <BR> 1. Eating a later breakfast. Feeling rushed in the morning so just having coffee and then eating my eggs and toast at the office. I don't mind lukewarm. <BR> <BR> 2. Drinking more green tea and a green tea chia as my 'treat' after lunch. Also trying to bring seltzer to work as I think having something different to drink helps keeps my taste buds busy! ;) <BR> <BR> 3. New lunc... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:41:16 EST Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476820 So I participated in the August 18th Iron Girl Sprint Tri. It was my second sprint triathlon (did the same time last year but it was Danskin). <BR> I trained with 2 co-workers (who also ran it last year with me) and we had a fun time! <BR> Training-wise, I really stepped it up earlier than last year focusing on my swimming in the spring and biking more in the summer. In the last month before the event, a co-worker graciously loaned me her light weight road bike!! <BR> <BR> My goal was to be... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:28:40 EST Last week before Triathlon.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453918 Good morning.. <BR> This is my last week before the sprint triathlon on Sunday Aug 18th! <BR> Last week consisted of biking one way to or from home/work and then a lunch time workout. Hill Run Monday, Bootcamp Tues/Thurs, lake swim, short run Wednesday.. Whew! I was hoping that this approach, basically adding a 35 min bike ride to my usual lunch time workout, would be a good way to increase my endurance and train my body and mind for the triathlon. <BR> <BR> I took Friday and Saturday comp... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:38:29 EST Cycling commute into work.. what it is like for me.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439669 First off I have to say I'm very lucky to live very close to a great (long) bike trail that runs along Lake Washington. I only have to bike down about 1/2 mile on residential roads to cross the major road (use cross walk at the light) to get to the trail. THEN, my work is also, just a 1/2 mile off the trail and most of that is the drive into the complex/campus.. again, just have to cross a major road (not too major) but there is a pedestrian cross walk if I can't merge easily with traffic. <... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:08:33 EST Where's the weightloss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430593 Good morning.. <BR> So today's title says it all.. I'm wondering where the weightloss is? <BR> I've been upping my workouts as the sprint triathlon gets closer.. 4 weeks left. <BR> I've been trying to eat on target, not too much, not too little. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I resort to higher sodium foods due to family food choices and convenience.. BUT I've been drinking water and sweating it out in workouts. <BR> <BR> So a couple of weeks ago I was seeing the scale move down! Yay.. finally lo... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:30:08 EST Foods of the week and food planning for camping? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425332 So, foods of the week for me: <BR> eggs and salad with Dave's killer bread. <BR> Fresh berries greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese <BR> string cheese and almonds.. oh and plums! <BR> <BR> dinners are variable.. homemade chicken noodle soup last night with whole grain spaghetti noodles, and "fresh" add ins.. mung beans, cilantro, green onion, lime.. <BR> Yummo! <BR> <BR> So, I go camping for 2 nights next weekend.. this will be our first 2 night camping trip since like EVER.. since we leave... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:21:25 EST Good morning blog.. how are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424114 Good morning.. How is everyone.. <BR> I'm a little down.. seems like the activity of my SP friends is a little down. I have to admit, I'm terrible about blogging, but I love to catch up with SP friends and read their blogs and updates throughout the day. It gives me a much needed break from some tedious tasks at work. Taking 5 minutes here and there can really help me stop and refocus. <BR> <BR> SO, I'll try blogging more too in hopes I can get some more activity going in both my feed and ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:20:34 EST Back from vacation, feels like starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418108 Well, yesterday was my first day back in the office after my vacation.. 10 days back home in TX with the kids visiting my mom and sisters was nice.. BUT I didn't do as much exercising as I should have.. Normally, this wouldn't be a huge deal.. BUT I feel like I'm going to have to start over with my training for the triathlon! <BR> 5 weekends left to train so 5 full weeks of workouts. <BR> <BR> Oh, the other kink.. we all go the stomach flu (norovirus likely) the last day of our family reuni... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:23:17 EST Scale is moving (in the right direction!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397246 So I have finally made it back down into the 160s! I used to sit at 162 comfortably.. although that wasn't my goal weight if you know what I mean! <BR> <BR> Then I shot up to 172-174 and have had a hard time getting the scale to move. <BR> <BR> So, 168.8 this morning.. sore muscles and all. <BR> <BR> What happened? <BR> Summer? <BR> Biking and swimming more? <BR> BERRIES!!? <BR> Yep, been having fresh blueberries and raspberries with greek yogurt for lunch.. I had been eating cottage... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:44:55 EST Heading into Summer.. what's the plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388015 Good morning! <BR> Lots of my SP friends are blogging updates, so I guess I will too! ;) <BR> <BR> Still up 8-10 lbs from where I used to sit comfortably.. BUT, I've felt the change in mental and emotional drive, so now it is just time to make that change physically! <BR> <BR> I've started training for the sprint triathlon in August.. Bike about once a week (10 miles last week), trying to swim every other week, need to boost that to weekly! <BR> And running twice a week, need to add distan... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:49:12 EST When in doubt, blog it out.. not weight-loss related blog but needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352193 Ok, so not fitness or weight-loss related, but emotional and mental issues affect our overall health and outlook right. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to blog it out. <BR> <BR> Well, kind of.. it is just a long complicated story.. But here are my thoughts. <BR> <BR> If you have family or close friends and something is bothering you.. <BR> Please, talk to them about it. <BR> Don't wait YEARS to let something fester and grow and cause anxiety and stress. <BR> Don't ever be afraid to talk abou... Fri, 10 May 2013 13:16:48 EST What the Dr said.. what do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344403 So I went to my annual check up this morning.. and mildly complained about my extra 13 lbs I'm carrying since last year. I broke down my workouts and my calories and diet choices. <BR> Doc said she recently attended a Women's Health conference and said they are showing that for women who want to lose weight, the goal should be 60-90 mins of exercise a day. <BR> So I have room to improve. <BR> Gives me a goal.. there are days (like Wed and Fri) I'm only working out 30 mins. <BR> She printe... Fri, 3 May 2013 12:54:02 EST Spring: update and plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331724 Been trudging along.. trying to eat right 80% of the time, if I have a splurge, I keep the portion reasonable. Like Pizza at the bowling alley Friday evening.. not planned, but I ate 1 small piece and finished a couple of crunchy crusts for my kids.. Oh, then I finished the last piece brought home later that night.. so not too bad considering. <BR> <BR> Had a small bowl of ice cream Saturday night, it was lovely. <BR> <BR> NO Fitness for 4 days.. BUT I worked my booty off Sat and Sun doin... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:17:04 EST I hate bloat, but I have a long term plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320654 Yep that is right. I've been eating within range, I've been exercising. I did skip a couple of workouts over the past 2 weeks, but I've done some 'extra credit' on other days to make up for it (in part). I definitely haven't eaten several pounds worth of calories.. just bloat. <BR> Oh, I am sore too from bootcamp class yesterday (major ST workout), but I hate seeing that scale up 5 lbs from a recent low number a few weeks ago.. <BR> <BR> Only one more week of 5% challenge weigh-ins. I'm ho... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:20:44 EST If you need some inspiration.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296405 Watch The Biggest Loser.. <BR> I often watch episodes while on the treadmill. I'm finally catching up watching this week's finale.. They are all so inspiring.. especially those folks that were only on the show a couple of weeks and still went home and made big changes in their life and health! <BR> <BR> Anyway, if you need a little something to get you going, just try streaming one of the shows. I still have the show running in the background and they are interviewing folks that lost weight... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:56:22 EST Did my solo run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278997 Ok, I was on a great streak before Christmas with some what I called "long" runs on Fridays.. then I broke the streak due to travel, holidays, illness, etc. <BR> Well, today I did it! It really helps that the sun is out! <BR> And I had a nice mid-morning run. I have to plan it this way from now on. No putting it off, do it before lunch, but late enough after breakfast. <BR> <BR> Pace was really good, it felt good. Music was good. I just hate having to end the run with a .6 mile run up hil... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:22:48 EST I led bootcamp class today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277670 Well, our instructor, whom we work with, was delayed with a 'real' work training session today so we warmed up without him.. but he was still not there so, I pulled out a workout I had scribbled down.. and we proceeded to do the whole class with that workout plus a core circuit at the end!! <BR> <BR> Did I tell you guys about doing this the other week? Our bootcamp was really cancelled but we showed up and worked out together anyway? I copied down a workout from Pinterest and took it and it ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:18:45 EST Blog challenge and workout update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276280 What can you improve on? <BR> <BR> Ok, not doing so well with my running objective. I felt motivated this morning and mentally preparing, but then slumped when it came time to do it! <BR> I would have done the workout this morning, but had an appointment.. so maybe I accept Wednesdays are a non-running day and Friday and Saturday become running days. <BR> <BR> I did get in a workout.. I pulled up a cardio circuit from Pinterest and did that for 20 mins and then started a sparkpeople vide... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:26:27 EST Fitness test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274607 Pull ups: OR, just hang with your chin above bar, OR, just hang from the bar.. I can only hang from the bar. <BR> <BR> Push ups, how many in 1 minute. Full plank position, and then count how many with one knee or both knees. <BR> <BR> Run: timed run around the soccer field <BR> <BR> Wall sit: How long can you wall sit with a 90 degree angle in knees <BR> <BR> Sit Ups, someone holding feet for you, how many full situps in 1 minute <BR> <BR> Sprint: timed sprint, length of soccer field <... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:31:28 EST