SEXBOBOMB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEXBOBOMB SEXBOBOMB'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/ So, I stopped running altogether... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626415 ...and gained 49 pounds. <BR> <BR> To be fair, I also stopped eating right, drinking water, all those things, and generally became a writer sloth. <BR> <BR> I suppose it could have been worse. I could've gained 50! <BR> <BR> So, I'm back on this s#it. <BR> I will walk until I can run again. <BR> I will eat the way I'm supposed to. <BR> I will try doing other stuff, other exercise, too. <BR> But I'm going to try and follow the same plan I did in 2012. <BR> <BR> It's the winters that kil... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:17:59 EST Fartleks and Cadence Drills and Long Runs, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364363 Yepper, I started Galloway's Speed Training this week. <BR> <BR> It's going to take a looooooong time for me build up to any sort of respectable speed, that much I can tell you for sure! But, I'm nothing if not patient. <BR> <BR> I will say, after the first day, muscles ached that don't usually ache after a run day, so it must be engaging parts of me that weren't engaging during my usual 5Ks! <BR> <BR> So, yeah: here we go again, with another program! I do well when I have a long-term pla... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:28:21 EST Err, um, let's try this again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307539 1000 MINUTES IN APRIL!!!!!! <BR> LET'S DO THIS THING!!!!!! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:44:38 EST A Thousand Times, Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279421 This April will mark my first full year of being active on SP -- but before my first year is out, there's something I wanna do, something I've never actually done on Spark: <BR> <BR> Earn a "1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes" medal. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, what's the big deal, right? Before I started running, back when I still thought I had to work out 6 days a week to lose weight, I coulda hit 1,000 minutes every dang month! But when I came to SP last year, I was trying out a new philosophy:... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 21:28:00 EST Bully Tactics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263346 So, I have this habit, this thing that I do that I would like to stop. <BR> <BR> It's like this: I go out for a run, and I'm "enjoying"* it. The first couple laps are always rough, but by Lap 3 I've generally found my groove -- dog's in heaven and all is right with the world, right? <BR> <BR> But...then one of two things happen: <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> SCENARIO #1 <BR> Another runner shows up at the track -- and by runner, I mean a fast runner. <BR> <BR> (Wait, let me clarify: NOT a 17... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:11:43 EST The Universe Doesn't Owe You A Thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251575 Buckle up, buttercup, time for some words of truth: <BR> <BR> Hard as it is to say, the universe doesn't owe you a damn thing. <BR> <BR> If something doesn't go your way, if you get the flu, if you get some bad news, if you get a speeding ticket or if a friend's cancer returns with a vengeance, that doesn't mean that you automatically earn gold stars or get a freaking cookie. There's no ledger in the sky that says if you get a hangnail, you're immediately allowed a better parking space at ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:16:19 EST Testing Update #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237681 The grades are in -- and my Kiddo ROCKS! <BR> <BR> She not only made the grades she needed, but she scored leaps and bounds ahead: <BR> <BR> She was supposed to meet or exceed 75th percentile in Language: She achieved 99th percentile! <BR> She was supposed to meet or exceed 75th percentile for a Composite score: She achieved 92nd percentile! <BR> She was supposed to meet or exceed 75th percentile in Math: She achieved 85th percentile (and in a single year, jumped 11 percentiles -- err, not ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:39:34 EST Testing Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231994 We still haven't gotten the Kiddo's ITBS scores in to see if she's eligible for the Magnet program (delivery of the scores has been delayed twice so far, now supposed to arrive sometime next week!) -- but the Magnet School's Open House for parents took place today... <BR> <BR> Y'all? We *have* to get her into that school! <BR> <BR> It's not even the school itself (which, to be honest, looked a lot smaller and more run-down than her current school). But it had a really positive vibe, a brain... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:20:45 EST Steal* This Playlist #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228537 ---22 Songs, 1.3 hours, 105.8 MB / WARNING: Mostly rough and tumble with the odd bit of fluff. Oh, and Andrew W.K. makes even *me* run fast. As always, naughty lyrics abound!--- <BR> <BR> Sure Shot/Beastie Boys <BR> http://bit.ly/FAsRB <BR> <BR> Army of Me (Sucker Punch remix)/Bjork (featuring Skunk Anansie) <BR> http://bit.ly/ftTHG7 <BR> <BR> Firestarter/The Prodigy <BR> http://bit.ly/8EhlX <BR> <BR> Song 2/Blur <BR> http://bit.ly/pjsGb <BR> <BR> Hyperpower/Nine Inch Nails <BR> http:/... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:22:52 EST Miracle Weight Loss Product! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222805 So, the last few weeks have been tough on the weight loss front for me. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in an earlier blog, December was spent gaining and losing the same four pounds, over and over. January has been spent trying to get myself back on track and consistently into the groove. The end result of the last three weeks? According to my scale, I've lost a whopping 0.4# -- total drag, right? <BR> <BR> But, I've been trying not to let it get me down -- after all, my weight loss has continu... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:58:36 EST Not A Moment Wasted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209234 Today's insane schedule: <BR> <BR> 4:45am - Wake Up <BR> 4:45-5:45am - Shower, toothbrush, makeup, hair: Dressed! <BR> 5:45-6:00am - Get Kiddo's stuff (clothes ironed, lunchbox packed) ready for school <BR> 6:00-7:00am - Commute to early AM shoot, eat breakfast on the way <BR> 7:00-11:30am - Produce brilliant on-location corporate B-Roll footage <BR> 11:30-1:30pm - Commute to client's preferred restaurant/eat lunch with client/commute back to the office <BR> 1:30-3:30pm - Write brilliant co... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:08:36 EST November/December 2012 Good Stuff (NSVs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195159 Whoo-daddy, the end of 2012 was a rocky ride, in so many regards. Lotsa stress, plus the holidays hit me hard this year! Starting with Thanksgiving, I feel like I've been on a mechanical bullride of weight loss and exercise efforts -- smooth sailing for a time, then screw-up, then recommitment, back to slacking and back to good efforts again. <BR> <BR> Since Thanksgiving, I've gained and lost the same 4 pounds at least three times. <BR> <BR> The good news is, I'm still hanging on to that e... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:08:15 EST Testing Update #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169069 The Kiddo survived her math test, and proclaimed it "fun" and easy. <BR> <BR> She claims that NOTHING that we studied was on the test (gosh, thanks, iXL!), but that she thinks she did well. <BR> <BR> We should find out her scores in January, and they'll let us know if she's eligible to apply for the magnet school lottery. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your good thoughts -- first step down, next one coming up: waiting to see how she did! <BR> <BR> I'll let you know when we hear word! <BR> <... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:18:56 EST Dream Diary #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167932 Last night I dreamt about running for the very first time since taking to the track. <BR> <BR> In it, I was running a mythical race sponsored by Publix grocery store. I was running crazy fast, and was drenched in sweat, but I wasn't tired at all. I don't remember seeing other racers during the race, and while I don't think I was last, I was definitely one of the last because the race workers were beginning to take down the kiosks as I entered the finish area. <BR> <BR> I won three giant fro... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:15:24 EST Testing Limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160593 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535165468.jpg"> <BR> I don't often blog about my life outside of my SP weight loss efforts, but I realized this week just how uniquely stressful my current situation is, and I feel motivated to discuss it here just so I can keep my sanity. <BR> <BR> I realized this week that the next six months are going to be seriously challenging ones for my family, because both The Hubs and The Kiddo face serious academic challenges that will affect the... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:29:42 EST Danger Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1166062765.jpg"> <BR> The last few weeks, I feel like I’ve finally gotten my groove back, from the post-Dragon*Con hiccup, complicated by injury. I’m losing weight at a slow-but-steady pace, I’m working out like a champ and eating within my range is now the norm. <BR> <BR> I’m also Sparking like crazy (yeah, it’s not just you: I really *am* here all the effing time lately)! I spend a lot of time on friend’s pages, reading blogs, but I also... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:33:58 EST Negative Whaaa...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134964 Okay, I don't know if I'm actually using this term right, but I think I just experienced my first "negative split"! <BR> <BR> This morning's run, super cold (and super-sexxxxxy, for all you swagger fans out there: imagine the outfit I described a few posts back, this time with a jacket over it, fleece gloves and a brown polar fleece hat up top. Fierce!) <BR> <BR> I was supposed to run 35 minutes today. I got on the empty track, ran my first mile, checked my time -- and hmm, 14:30, a *little... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:35:04 EST Steal* This Playlist #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133007 ---20 Songs, 1.1 hours, 93.1 MB / WARNING: Probably the most "pop" of my playlists. Oh, and, as always, naughty lyrics abound!--- <BR> <BR> Stronger/Kelly Clarkson <BR> http://bit.ly/v14L8l <BR> <BR> Tell 'Em/Sleigh Bells <BR> http://bit.ly/9N8beZ <BR> <BR> Super Bass/Nicki Minaj <BR> http://bit.ly/mEj583 <BR> <BR> Violet/Hole <BR> http://bit.ly/pZ1T7u <BR> <BR> Wise Up! Sucker/Pop Will Eat Itself <BR> http://bit.ly/bsGnjM <BR> <BR> 3 Small Words/Josie & The Pussycats <BR> http://bit.... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:32:50 EST Swagger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128587 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201758171.jpg"> <BR> Here's the cold, hard truth: <BR> When I run, I've got no swag, whatsoever. <BR> <BR> It's like that pic that gets shared around -- the "What I Think I Look Like When I Run" and the "What I Really Look Like When I Run" photos? <BR> <BR> I imagine myself to be...well, not a gazelle, but let's say, a sturdy field horse, admirably plodding along with determination and strength, quietly but surely getting the job done. I'... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 15:02:06 EST L5P T-Shirt Pic (as promised!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124915 The shirt arrived in the mail this weekend, so I dutifully snapped a pic in the mirror! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1231307818.jpg"> <BR> (The XL's even a tad bit loose!) <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:13:57 EST Running as Depression Treatment: Blog Rec http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121473 Quick blog rec - do you guys know about anothermotherrunner.com? <BR> <BR> It's a really well-done site for women, doesn't pander to the "Mommy" aspect, but deals with real issues of real runners who happen to have children. Check it out! <BR> <BR> Today, I found this blog from them in my inbox and found it an inspiring and interesting case study of how the mind responds to the exercise: http://bit.ly/ShcDRi Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:42:32 EST October 2012 Good Stuff (NSVs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118133 It's that time again! <BR> Some "Trick or Treat"-themed Good Stuff (where, sadly, nary a single Fun Size Snickers is to be found)... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT! <BR> (Or, rather, things that go ZZZzzzzzzz in the night and wake up The Hubs!) <BR> <BR> Yep, I'm talking about snoring. Check out my "Reasons To Lose" notation on my SparkPage and you'll see that one of those reasons I wanted to lose weight was to get rid of sleep apnea. <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: I was neve... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:18:32 EST Morbid No Mo'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106847 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584135881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just in time for Halloween, I am NO LONGER morbidly obese! <BR> <BR> BOOO-yah, y'all! <BR> <em>419</em> <em>334</em> <em>419</em> <BR> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:28:29 EST One Word Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106316 I'm a sucker for these things -- oddly enough, a few of my answers surprised me! Thanks, KATYDID412! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Pocket <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> Your hair? <... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:54:06 EST Entering the Last Week of my C25(/10)K Program... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098495 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22813179.jpg"> <BR> For the last 6 months or so, Ian MacNeill has told me when and how far to run each week in his Beginner's Running Program and I've complied, happy to not have to think, content to just do. <BR> <BR> This week I'll finish the program, providing all goes as planned. It will have taken me 27 weeks to complete the 13-week program, which took me from barely being able to run 30-seconds at a time to running 60-minutes without ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:06:39 EST Hello, Reward #3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095049 <em>244</em> Arrived in the mail last night - I'm going to be cozy at the track on Saturday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l964271252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I'm usually not a pink girl, per se, but the pink was $20 cheaper than the black shirt, so pink it is!) <BR> <BR> Now all I need is one of those thermal neckwarmer thingys and I'll really be set for winter! <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em>... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:45:13 EST Steal* This Playlist #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089790 ---20 Songs, 1.1 hours, 85.4 MB / WARNING: Naughty lyrics abound!--- <BR> <BR> Quiet Dog Bite Hard/Mos Def <BR> http://bit.ly/yYO1q <BR> <BR> Sabotage/The Beastie Boys <BR> http://bit.ly/16UW7U <BR> <BR> Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)/My Chemical Romance <BR> http://bit.ly/9vtBPn <BR> <BR> Girlfriend/Avril Lavigne <BR> http://bit.ly/L8KNIa <BR> <BR> American Idiot/Green Day <BR> http://bit.ly/I1lLGV <BR> <BR> Drain The Blood/The Distillers <BR> http://bit.ly/IIwoLH <BR> <BR... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:49:10 EST That "Look" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086698 ...you know the one I mean -- initial shock, followed by a little laugh (because they're not entirely sure if you're jacking with them), immediately followed by a slightly desperate attempt to recover from shock and transition into something close to "blasé"? <BR> <BR> No? Well, let me break this down: <BR> <BR> I spent the last few days on a video shoot, with my crew. We were shooting at a corporate location, and our contact there was a teeny-tiny woman who, had she been a stranger walkin... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:27:17 EST August/September 2012 Good Stuff (NSVs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076249 In all the chaos of the last two months, I realized I'd not checked in with you guys for my monthly NSV report, so stay-tuned for a double-dose of happy! <BR> <BR> Here's what working out and eating right can getcha: <BR> <BR> 1) A RENEWED MEMBERSHIP IN THE MILE CLUB (*not* "Mile-High", ya pervs!) <BR> You guys already know this, but it deserves to be repeated -- on August 22nd, I ran a continuous mile without stopping (more than a mile, actually, but hush - that'd bragging). <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:11:39 EST Back on "Track"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063435 (see what I did there?) <BR> <BR> Yes, it's true -- I finally got up and out and ran this morning! <BR> *And the crowd says: "About damn time!"* <BR> <BR> This comes after a three-week bout with Achilles Tendonitis in my right heel (and after several aborted attempts to come back to running, both last week and the week before). I guess this was my lesson that sometimes you just have to wait an injury out, and after this morning, I'm glad I did. <BR> <BR> I say that not because this morning... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:01:10 EST Article Recommendation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057364 Great article on Spark today called "Why Do We Beat Ourselves up" by Mike Kramer: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=212 </link> <BR> <BR> The back half of the article really spoke to me, and while my inner brat hasn't been trash-talking me that much lately, it doesn't mean she's gone forever. <BR> <BR> Now, normally, you've gotta understand that I'm definitely not a Stuart Smalley-morning-meditations-in-my-mirror type person, and frankly, my esteem-challeng... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:54:28 EST Post-Dragon*Con Hangover + Stupid Achilles Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052914 Yo, bee-yotches, I'm back in the house! <BR> (Not that I ever *really* left, don'tcha know...) <BR> <BR> So, here's a quick recap for those who missed the last episode: <BR> <BR> - On 8/22/12, I ran 20 amazing minutes without stopping (I blogged about it with girlish enthusiasm!) <BR> <BR> - On 8/26/12, I woke up to an evil surprise -- Achilles Tendonitis in full flare on my right heel (I blame the Girl Scouts. Blogged about that, too, with churlish regret...) <BR> <BR> - On 8/29/12, me ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:23:38 EST Sidelined, But For How Long? (Need Your Advice!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031969 So, last week I ramped up my running with surprising ease. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I attended Girl Scout Camporee with my daughter in which I wore flip-flops (which I never wear in regular life) to and from the bathhouse. <BR> <BR> The result? <BR> <BR> This morning I discovered that my right Achilles Tendon had become tighter than a tick. It hurts to walk on and I'm icing the heck out of it right now. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if this was caused by the upswing in the running last week, by w... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:09:47 EST I DID IT! I RAN 20 MINUTES WITHOUT STOPPING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026520 <em>312</em> <em>244</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Remember a few days ago when I was being a whiny little bee-yotch about Week 10? <BR> Remember when I said "I'm going to be stuck on Week 10 forever..."? <BR> <BR> Well, when I'm wrong, I'm wrong, because DUDE, I RAN FOR 20 MINUTES STRAIGHT TODAY! <BR> <BR> You know what that means? I RAN FOR A FULL MILE AND A QUARTER WITHOUT STOPPING! Holy crow, I can't believe it! <BR> <BR> What's more? I DID IT TWICE! <BR> <BR> Yep, I did the ful... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:31:30 EST C25K? Nope -- C210K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021000 So, as I've mentioned numerous times before, the running program I've been following is "The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program" from "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" by Ian MacNeill. A kind runner friend of mine xeroxed the relevant section of an old edition of the book that leads you through each week, including worksheet pages for weekly feedback and information on stretches. <BR> <BR> I read through it briefly when she first gave it to me, but I didn't look too closely at the back end of ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:37:20 EST King Size Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019278 So last night, I ate a King Size Snickers bar. <BR> <BR> Actually, it was bigger than a King Size Snickers bar because instead of two bars inside it there were three -- and each bar was a whopping 572 calories! I'd eaten one and was halfway through the second before this dramatic wave of remorse and guilt flooded over me. What the h#ll was I doing? Now I'd screwed up Sunday's weigh-in for sure! I started running the numbers in my head, doing the math to try and figure out how I could counte... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:30:08 EST Invasion of the (Physically Fit) Pod People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015172 Okay, I don't want to alarm anyone, but I believe I've been the target of an alien invasion. Or abduction. Or weird mind-meld thingy. <BR> <BR> Hopefully something without probes, at any rate. <BR> <BR> What I'm aiming at, is something is going on in my brain that is wholly unfamiliar, and that something involves running. <BR> <BR> (Don't worry, I still think it sucks*, but check this out...) <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> MYSTERIOUS HAPPENING #1: <BR> This week, I had every excuse to miss a day... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:17:50 EST Panic! On The Open Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993208 I've spent the last three to four months working on my C25K program, running laps at the High School track here in my hometown. I run at sunrise. As I've blogged, I've made some friends there along the way and I've really gained stamina and confidence and feel like I belong there, like I can continue to make this program work for me, no matter what! <BR> <BR> (Cue "ominous" music. Yepper, I said ominous.) <BR> <BR> Because you knew it was too good to be true, right? A workout locale that wo... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:38:28 EST Stuff That Weighs 30 Pounds; or Holy Crow, How Did I Get Anything Done Carrying A Giant Goldfish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991392 Today's weekly weigh-in was sabotaged by TOM this week, and although I *did* register a small loss, it was not as much as I was hoping it would be. <BR> <BR> (I know, cry me a river, be happy you lost and not gained, yadayadayada, I get it, I just wanted to see that number drop a little bit more!) <BR> <BR> SO, in an effort to remind myself that any loss is a good loss, and to remind myself how little losses add up to big ones, I decided to put together this picture blog. Technically, I've ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:00:17 EST Running Sucks* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984660 There's no denying that running sucks*. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> One day I turned around and realized that all the (seemingly) "effortlessly fit" people I hung out with had one thing in common: effing running. Some of them ate healthy diets, some of them ate cheeseburgers every day. Some of them smoked, some of them were vegan, some of them voted Republican. The only common denominators were that: <BR> <BR> 1) All of them ran at least 3 days a week; and <BR> 2) None of them really felt... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:34:36 EST July 2012 Good Stuff (NSVs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983155 Okay, so a little over a month ago, I wrote a blog about all the Non-Scale Victories that seemed to be piling up around me, thanks to Spark. I wrote it to remind me of all the good things that make it worthwhile to wake up early, run, eat right and hang out with you fine folks here on SP! <BR> <BR> A little more than a month later, and I'm happy to say that there's more Good Stuff to report, so once again, here's what's so fab about working so damn hard: <BR> <BR> 1) WHO NEEDS A CHEMICAL PE... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:59:05 EST Zen and the Art Of Weekly Weigh-Ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972766 I record my weight here at Spark once a week (on Sundays), but I weigh myself every day. <BR> <BR> I weigh in the mornings, first thing, after my morning constitution but before I brush my teeth. <BR> <BR> I weigh naked. <BR> <BR> I usually step on the scale a few times, sometimes holding something heavier just to jumpstart the scale into a correct reading (this is not random scale voodoo, my scale actually does gets "lazy" from time to time and delivers the same weight day after day in sp... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:48:02 EST 50 Questions - I'll Have A Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960464 LBFROMBUFAD posted her responses to this survey-of-sorts and I thought it looked like fun, too! I'll repeat her words here as well -- if you want to steal it from me, be my guest, I'd love to get to know you better! <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> I was named after a girl my mom went to High School with – supposedly she was beautiful and acted in all the school plays, and my mom always thought she had the prettiest name. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:03:10 EST Dear Dude-Who-Interrupted-My-Run-Today: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959135 Look, I understand, okay? <BR> <BR> I understand that you've just started a business and that you're trying to get the word out about your new gym, and your soy shakes and your 9-Week-Program or something or other. <BR> <BR> I get it -- it's a tough time to be an entrepreneur. <BR> However, let me give you some advice. <BR> <BR> In the future: <BR> <BR> DO NOT come out to the track and *run beside me*, in an attempt to sell me on your sh#t! Track time is MY time, and I do NOT have time... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:57:11 EST Three years ago today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954869 ...I ran the Peachtree Road Race here in Atlanta. <BR> <BR> For those of you not familiar with it, The Peachtree is pretty much THE race in town, a 10K, always held on the 4th of July, the kind of race that people beg, borrow and steal numbers for. In 2009, my friend and I signed up for The Peachtree on a whim in early spring. It was a suicide move - I'd never run so much as a tenth of a mile when I signed up, but I figured I had three months to build up and I could walk when I got tired. ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:11:43 EST Perfect Attendance Required http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951774 A few blogs ago, I'd mentioned my panic when faced with the idea of an impromptu beach vacation with my husband's family, and how it would affect my workout schedule. <BR> <BR> What I was actually panicking about, though, was how *I* would respond to a disruption of my workout schedule... <BR> <BR> I plotted and planned everything out. We were supposed to be gone Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. My normal workout schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, so, if our travel schedule allowed,... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:08:12 EST Look what I got! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938077 In my C25K program, you end up doing lots of interval reps (this week, I had to do 13)! <BR> <BR> I run on a track, which means that I ALSO need to count laps, to keep track of the distance I run each workout. <BR> <BR> It would be an understatement to say that my tiny brain has been having problems keeping track of all these numbers during a run! <BR> <BR> The Google Box offered a plethora of expensive fitness watches and clunky lap counters -- and while I do want a fitness watch, it's j... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 19:08:20 EST The Good Stuff (NSVs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931434 I've been working on this thing in earnest since the middle of April, that's when I started the C25K and began to get truly committed to eating healthier. <BR> <BR> Eight weeks later and the running has become a habit. I realized this when my husband scheduled a 3-day beach trip for us at the end of the month and I started panicking about how that would affect my running schedule. <BR> <BR> When people find out about what I'm doing, especially with the running, they talk about how hard it i... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:40:39 EST "Bia Sport" GPS for Women (Kickstarter) - Shameless Plug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995104672.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962800269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a shameless plug for a cool product that doesn't exist yet. <BR> (I'm assuming it's OK to post this on SP because it's not yet for sale, or even in production. If I am mistaken, please let me know and I'll be happy to remove this blog post!) <BR> <BR> I'm a fan of <link>www.anothermotherrunner.com </link> , and they blogged about this pro... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:10:23 EST Ran More Than I Walked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924546 I've been dreading this week of the C25K program for a while now. <BR> <BR> The plan I chose was "The Proven 13-Week Walk/Run Program" from "The Beginning Runner's Handbook" by Ian MacNeill. A friend suggested it, and I liked it because it really is a very slow ramp-up to running in the beginning, which my rather large, inactive booty needed for there even to be a remote possibility for success. <BR> <BR> Case in point: Week 6 is the first week where you actually run more than you walk. <BR... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:03:57 EST