SHAPEUPNOW1's SparkPeople Blog SHAPEUPNOW1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Outdoor run a FIRST FOR 2012 Yesterday I found myself packing up a bag to take to work so I could run outside for my lunch hour. It was cold and high winds so I wasn't thrilled. My co-worker came with me on the path and we did it!! nearly 3 miles and it is nice to get my cardio done early!! We ran way out into the "high desert" scared a rabbit but I am glad we got it done. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:00:53 EST My Father succumbed to Cancer Hi Spark Family. I have been away and I am just getting back to my new "normal." I lost my dad back on the 25th to lung cancer with pneumonia complications. He was brave to the end and signed a DNR 2 days prior. He waited until my stepmom was not around and signed the forms. He bravely decided to end all treatments Sunday night and then he peacefully went through that open door that one day we must all go through. Bye daddy I will always have you in my heart and will see you in the Heav... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:01:37 EST I have been out sick I have not been able to workout or anything much. My root canal went viral. My face swelled up so bad that I was home for a day and on pain killers and anti biotics. I have more treatment on Friday so I will have the weekend to recover. Wish me luck. I miss my running... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:12:15 EST Graduating from HS My youngest daughter graduated from HS today. I am very happy to have gotten her to this milestone in life. I could not have done it without God. My spouse walked out on me suddenly and I was devastated. He has healed my wounds and I am grateful that he cared for us each and everyday. Thanks be to God. Love to all my spark people. You have been there for me too. Your encouragement has been what I have needed. Hugs to you all. Tue, 17 May 2011 21:54:15 EST P90X and me!! Monday I started P90X and wowzaa!! I am so impressed with it. I was a little scared but I will just hit play and do my best and "forget the rest." To supplement I run 3 miles at lunch when I can, however, today the winds are going to be gusting at 35-45 mph and the dirt is flying. My newest "thing." I have a desk that you can crank up or down. I brought in my mini -stepper and I can step rather than sit. Lots of co-workers are impressed and stop by to check me out. The stepper keeps c... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:34:08 EST Out the net I was getting back on track last week. I ran M-F 3 miles. This week however I am leaving for a business trip all week and will be holed up in a hotel for very long days. So I will miss out this whole week. I will try and log on to the site to keep my points going. Run a mile for me. (smile) Have a great week you guys. <em>331</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:03:55 EST Getting back on track January has always been a tough month for me. The holidays are over back to work. This January is equally tough. Last year on MLK holiday I was at my mother's memorial. I have been putting off getting myself back on the bandwagon. I made myself get up and workout from head to toe. It felt good and I wish I had not put it off this long. Let's get ready to give 2011 a good run for the money. Together we can do it. For all of you who are hurting and sad look to the Lord and He will see y... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:31:17 EST I miss you Mom Today 13 Jan 2011 marks the 1 year anniversary of my mother's passing. There was no greater love on this earth like her's towards me and her 2 granddaughters. Miss you so much. <em>39</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:54:16 EST Out of the net for a few ... I will be travelling on business and I will try to log on when I can. I expect you all to stay on track and make me work hard to try and catch you in fitness and points. Bye for a bit Spark Family. <em>253</em> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 22:25:52 EST December Already????? Wow!! Time does fly and we are ending another year "God Willing." I must encourage all of us to make it a December to be proud of and talk about years from now. Not only do we want to stay on track with fitness and healthy eating. We want to be a blessing to those around us. There are so many people that need your smile, your kindness, your heart. Share what you have for you have much to give and when you feel good it has a positive effect on your life. Hugs all around!!! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:57:38 EST After Thanksgiving Thanksgiving has come and gone and now is the time to get back on track and work hard before the next holidays come around. I did not too bad but I really need to get serious about the 20-25 lbs I want to lose. My daughter suggested I get ready to run a marathon. That would give me a focus to shoot for. Maybe... <em>344</em> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:31:59 EST TGIF Another week gone and a short week next week. Today was a beautiful day In New Mexico and I took advantage of it. I ran with a seasoned runner for 3 miles instead of having pizza from a famous "in these parts " Pizzeria. I am thankful to have a seasoned runner who keeps me on track and sometimes it's the other way around. I was able to avoid a lot of calories and burn some. Got home and completed my strength training. I have the rest of the evening ahead of me and I really feel proud ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:07:43 EST Veteran's Day I salute the Men and Women of the Armed Services. My dad is retired from the USAF and I am retired from the US Army. I thank all of those who still serve and I thank all their families who support them. I thank you all and I feel very blessed to have been a part of the US Army. <img src=""> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:19:07 EST Wow it got cold!! We had a beautiful Fall here in Albuquerque NM. I was able to run during my workday which took away a lot of stress. Today the winds are high and the temps are topping out in the 50's. I will have to wait to get home and hit the treadmill this evening. I can't let anything stop me from getting in my workout and I wish you all much motivation to stick to your fitness plan. <img src=""> <em>465</em> Tue, 9 Nov 2010 15:55:53 EST Saturday Night <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Saturday night and it's me and the dog and Spark!! I have had a great 2 weeks of exercise everyday and I am very happy that I am making huge progress. Maybe just maybe I will start to get off the plateau and lose a few pounds. That would be awesome. Sat, 30 Oct 2010 22:48:12 EST No Intention of running at work One of the seasoned runners I run with said to me go get your stuff you're running today!! It's 53 degrees and the wind is at 4 mph. She was right so I went to my car and got my workout clothes and got dressed and headed out. You could not have asked for better conditions. 45 mins later I am a happy camper. <img src=""> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:38:13 EST She said you're running today...Go Get Your Stuff I had every intention of running at home on the treadmill but no the seasoned runner I run with at work said it's 53 degrees and no wind go get your stuff. I did as I was told and boy am I glad I did. <BR> It was gorgeous and a nice run. Of course I cannot run the entire way, by no means. Making progress and tomorrow let's do it again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:32:52 EST Picking up momentum <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still going strong this week and I am happy to consistently workout and and watch my food choices. The only difference this week is after the wind storm on Monday I have had to abandon my running through the high desert at work. I've had to do it on my treadmill. I can feel my intensity level rising. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:58:53 EST Look what I found during my web search!!! 100 running tips that can help most of us ... <BR> <BR><BR>/09/12/100-beginner-running-tips/ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> <em>182</em> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:27:53 EST Start off the week right Today was warm but the wind gusts were more than 20 mph and rising. I headed out anyway with a seasoned runner and did a 3 mile run. The winds were pushing me back and I couldn't run as much as I wanted to but I am proud that I went out and got it done. Woo Hoo! <img src=""> <img src=""> <em>216</em> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:21:52 EST I Just may have something that is working for me... Last week I made the effort to run with a couple who are seasoned runners at work. That was the best decision I made in a while. They have a 3 mile path through the desert. The first day I ran alone to get the feel of running outdoors. The next day I ran with them and they were awesome. I could not keep up with them but I did not stop. The next day I even though it was chilly and overcast I changed and headed out again. Each day my steps were over 10k and I like knocking out the run i... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:18:50 EST Pick up the Pace If you are out there and you are bummed out about the holiday being over. Cut it out and remember the really big holidays are coming and we must be ready to show off a great physique and self control with portion size. Get up off your backside and get moving and work up a sweat. I will be right there with you. Take care and holla back!! Tue, 7 Sep 2010 19:39:30 EST