SHERWOODCYCLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHERWOODCYCLER SHERWOODCYCLER'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/ Two Weeks and Yet Another Good Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721379 It's been two weeks since I started the South Beach Gluten Free Phase I diet. I gave myself two days after I returned from my trip to Rome, then started. I have lost 3 1/2 pounds in 2 weeks. Not bad for me...a 61 year old short (I'm 5 ft 3) female with slightly less that 20 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> South Beach has worked for me before. I'm following the gluten free version this time because gluten is not a friend of mine. I've been mostly faithful to the plan. Eating eggs for breakfast. T... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:02:54 EST When In Rome... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717342 ...do as the Romans do. <BR> <BR> The entire quote, attributed to St. Ambrose is, "si fueris R&#333;mae, R&#333;m&#257;n&#333; v&#299;vit&#333; m&#333;re; si fueris alib&#299;, v&#299;vit&#333; sicut ibi." <BR> <BR> Or.." if you should be in Rome, live in the Roman manner; if you should be elsewhere, live as they do there." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1757551761.jpg"> <BR> Me at a sidewalk cafe in Rome <BR> <BR> That is, adapt to where you are. This is ea... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:59:45 EST Mid August Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457264 Here in Oregon we've been enjoying a wonderful summer. Today, though, reminds me that fall is coming. It is cloudy. Still warm, but a cloud cover. Yesterday was cloudy with a brief bit of rain. Stil...it was 80+ degrees. I can't quite get used to that cloudy but warm weather for Oregon. It reminds me that fall is coming. <BR> <BR> This year has been a struggle for me physically and weightwise. I weighed 151.2 pounds last December 5th. Today I weighed 152.4. What you don't see inbetween those... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:25:49 EST Once again, with conviction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417962 This has been my first blog entry in over a year! <BR> But I vow to get back to personally reflecting on my spark journey and blogging more often. This past year has been a "holding even" year for me, but I have not been happy with the status quo....so as of this past Sunday I started the South Beach Gluten Free Diet. And am feeling great about that. <BR> <BR> My weight this morning was 153.7. At the beginning of this year I weighed around 155. At my lowest point this year (before I started ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:30:09 EST Why I Need Challenging, Fun Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906322 Achieving goals keeps me going. <BR> <BR> Right now I am under a thousand points from achieving the next Spark Level. <BR> <BR> I trained for and ran in the Portland Marathon last year. This year I am back at it, trying to train again (so far I've completed one half marathon this season and next week I have another... then I'll decide whether I want to go for the Portland Marathon again or not). It's a pretty big goal and a big time commitment so it forces me to postpone other fitness goals... Thu, 31 May 2012 19:01:59 EST Accountability and a Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904652 I have been hovering under 150 for the last couple of months now. Bought a new scale because my other one was erratic and I swore it made me gain 2+ pounds. <BR> <BR> Last week I watched the HBO documentary series on obesity in America. Scary stuff. But what struck me was a small mention they made in the second show about how people who have been overweight may have to eat significantly less (say 20%) calories and do daily exercise just to maintain their weightloss. Being overweight can put ... Wed, 30 May 2012 16:32:13 EST Everything Will Be OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849810 I woke up this morning dreaming that I was supposed to be giving a presentation but I couldn't locate it on my MacAir nor remember how to use the finder. A crowd of people were patiently waiting for me. I was fumbling around and panicky. Even more confounding: I had my presentation material down cold. But I wasn't willing to just give it without using slides. What a bad dream! <BR> <BR> On twitter today, a friend pointed out this site: <BR> http://make-everything-ok.com <BR> <BR> If you go... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:07:52 EST Two Days After Twenty Six Point Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530232 I woke up today feeling much less sore than yesterday. I slept really well...thank goodness I scheduled a massage for after work yesterday. It took a village to help me complete the marathon...and I need to thank my massage therapist, Alice, who helped me ease the pain and speed the recovery of a number of muscle strains and problems I had over the past 6 months. Yesterday's massage was nice, relaxing, and worked out kinks in places I didn't know were sore. (I knew about my quads and IT bands... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 12:10:52 EST Running on Empty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528525 Yesterday I ran the Portland Marathon. It was a tough, tough race for me...but I finished. I'm very sore and gimpy today and can't wait for my massage scheduled for late this afternoon. <BR> <BR> My time: 5 hours, 36 minutes. <BR> My goal: 5 hours. <BR> My experience: A glorious first 17 miles followed by a tough, tough 9. The last nine miles were in a word, excruciating. But I finished. <BR> <BR> The race started at 7 a.m. The race started in waves according to projected finish time. I wa... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:32:55 EST Running Suspended for a Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362747 Well...I was just cruisin' on my Portland Marathon training (the race is in October)...feeling great after my 15 mile benchmark run last Saturday. I did OK on that run, averaging 10 minute 50 second miles. The first 5 miles I went out more slowly than I normally would. I followed my running coach's advice going no faster than 10:15 miles. But then after about 7 miles I found myself slowing way down. Didn't like running back to Portland facing a headwind, and my early miles running partner had... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:22:06 EST My Trip to Portugal, Running, and Enjoying the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4360230 I’ve been traveling a lot. Since mid May I’ve been away from home 28 nights. Now that I am back home, it is time to reflect on my travels. I plan to blog about my other trips, but this blog will be about my most recent trip to Porto, Portugal. <BR> <BR> We left for Porto, Portugal on June 17th. Three long legs: Portland to Philadelphia, Philadelphia to Lisbon, Lisbon to Porto and 20 hours later we arrived. Our hosts had made reservations for us at a hotel near the beach as they knew that I ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:33:34 EST Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304390 OK, here we go again! This time I'm headed off to Portugal for 10 days to attend a conference, co-teach a 1 day tutorial, give a keynote talk on the first day of the conference and another invited talk. Then, after Wednesday, I can relax (or maybe I can)....but I have a busy weekend planned, too. A two-day workshop with a small group of people planning out how to put together a journal issue..... <BR> <BR> But in between time I will get to be a tourist...and my husband is coming along too. <... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:39:13 EST Winter Struggles and Insights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3948305 OK...this is NOT a new topic. I'm sure some of you must even be getting tired of reading about the winter blahs. But I want to reflect what I've been going through...and see what lies ahead. <BR> <BR> I gained a couple of pounds over the long days of December and early January. Actually, it has been a time where I've travelled, had family come and go, held dinners, gone to parties, gone out to eat....and still exercised most days for an hour a day. <BR> <BR> Yet...for a while there I stoppe... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:18:29 EST Resetting Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3834838 Today I went to a women's running session at the gym. I had talked on the phone with the coach, Michelle, who told me that her group was small (two regulars plus a few drop ins) and that I was welcome to come and try out the group. I explained a bit about my running background, said I'd like to get faster and keep my momentum over the winter. <BR> <BR> When it isn't pouring down rain, Michelle usually takes the group outside, but today it was pouring. So after a few minutes of warm up moveme... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 17:53:16 EST U Turn Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3828506 I try to go to studio cycling classes 3 times a week during my noon hour. Sometimes I go even more. Monday's class is taught by Wendy who is known for her haphazard music selections (she puts her iPod on shuffle) and her hard workouts (lots of hill climbing, little rest). <BR> <BR> Today she shared with us some advice she heard about successfully making changes and sticking to new habits. The first bit of advice, is to get a head start on new year's resolutions. Most people are notorious for... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 20:37:16 EST GiveNGobble Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3820229 OK, these photos are goofy, but I thought I'd share them anyway. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday morning I ran in a 10k race in my hometown. A Thanksgiving race with nearly 400 mostly local folks out for a run on a nippy, icy morning. <BR> <BR> We all got our gobble hats and for those who donated a bag of food to the local food bank, a red tshirt that said, "Will run 4 food". <BR> <BR> Here we are, all lined up and ready to go: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324942239.jpg... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 19:34:33 EST Friday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794737 This week has been full of challenges: the weather has been pretty miserable, I've not slept well, gotten up at early hours, travelled, gotten cold, wet, and a bit tired. As a consequence, I didn't always make good food choices. Wednesday was the "perfect storm" for me. Literally and figuratively. I got up early and went to a studio cycling class at 5:30 a.m., then had a couple of hours to kill before the conference I was going to would start. I parked my car and went in search of coffee. En... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:52:38 EST Brazil Travel and Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3779618 In the past two months I have travelled 4 weeks: 10 days in Brazil, a week in Reno, and 6 days in San Francisco. I've attended 5 conferences, given 5 talks, presented (or co-presented) 5 tutorials, led one writers' group, participated in 1 skit, 1 panel, and co-chaired one conference. <BR> <BR> I want to share photos of my Brazil trip...and also reflect on how I survived long days and almost too much travel. <BR> <BR> Here's me and my colleague, Joe, speaking at the very first conference. I... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:17:59 EST Heading out once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3752440 I'm sitting here in the Portland airport terminal waiting to board my plane that leaves at 4:45 for Oakland. I'm spending the week in San Francisco at yet another conference. This time, however, I plan on getting plenty of exercise and taking breaks. It is supposed to be sunny and warm in San Francisco and I am looking forward to the break from the gray, cloudy, rainy, foggy fall that has descended on us in Oregon. <BR> <BR> I need to get back into a daily exercise routine and eating a littl... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 19:15:17 EST Today I Reached My Goal Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694097 It's official. This morning I stepped on the scale: 134.6 pounds. I'm officially under my target goal weight. It has been a long, slow journey. 36 pounds in 10 months. Slow, steady... less than a pound a week. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I'm really happy. YAYYYYY me! <BR> Although I still want to figure out what I eventually want to set as my target maintenance weight, it is time to just shout out: I can do this. And I know you reach your goals, too. <BR> <BR> There is nothing special about ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:34:46 EST Sao Paulo, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664325 Today (in a half hour, actually) I'll get in a taxi and head toward the airport en route to Salvador, Brazil. I will miss Sao Paulo. Yesterday was another great but very long day. We started out with breakfast in the hotel. I'm eating generally light breakfasts of some fruit- papaya and melon, a couple of thin slices of meat and a cheese, and some very tiny miniscule breads. Oh, and wonderful Brazilian coffee. We were picked up at 9 and went shopping so my colleague could get a SIM card for h... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:13:12 EST Brazil...one day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3660647 Yesterday I arrived in Sao Paulo at 9:30 a.m. after flying for 10 hours from Chicago. After getting picked up at the airport by a graduate student, Marie, we drove through crazy traffic (the moto boys--crazy motorcyclists who move in and out and inbetween lanes of traffic are incredible), then checked into our hotel. We went out for very lunch at the garden of an art museum. I had a light lunch of prosciutto and cheese salad. Then it was off to the university to visit with the professor and h... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:51:08 EST Limits... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635033 Yesterday (Sunday) I got my dh to go on an adventure with me. We headed out to locate a hike in my 60 hikes within 60 miles of Portland. It sounded like an "easy" hike...5 miles of relatively flat walking on the top of a ridge in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Just south of Mt St Helens. <BR> <BR> We packed our lunch, camera, and water and drove out to find the hike. A beautiful start to a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> But...we never found the spot. We turned off onto forest road 1100, dro... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:01:10 EST Running towards my goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3628472 Well today I did it! I ran 10 miles. In fact, if mapmyrun is right, I ran about 10.6 miles---in 113 minutes. My goal has been to run at least 10 miles at a stretch before summer's over. <BR> <BR> I didn't exactly plan to run this day out a long time beforehand. But, I am hopping on a plane the Monday after next to head off for Brazil for 10 days. If I wanted to play it safe, I'd better do my long run this weekend, not next as I don't want to feel aches and pains on that very long plane ride.... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:27:25 EST Saying Goodbye to Bud and Old Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625183 Three days ago I went into our solarium and found my parakeet, dead in his cage. I named him Bud 'cause he was a budgerie. Not very creative. But still... <BR> <BR> Bud and I had an interesting relationship. I must say that he wasn't a friendly bird. For 10 years he always jumped up to the top of his cage when I put in food and water. And he wouldn't eat or drink until I left the room. Talk about a wary bird. He was a Christmas present, given to me by my brother, whose wife had rescued him i... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:30:54 EST The Women in My Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3618825 Today is my Aunt Marg's 92nd birthday. She is a tough cookie, living alone at home. Still taking care of herself. Driving (eeks) even though she has macular degeneration. She has always had strong interests and passions. She gardens (with help now) and has a greenhouse and keeps lots of primroses. A real new englander through and through she was the Dean of Education at Rhode Island Junior College. She was the older sister, by just a year to my mom, who would've been 91 this Saturday if she w... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 13:53:08 EST Reflections on My Visit to Santa Fe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3569840 Last week I spent 5 days in Santa Fe, visiting new friends with my dh. When I went, I had no idea what to expect. It was a journey and an adventure. <BR> <BR> We stayed in Jenny and Charles' casita, which is a little house they had made out of their former garage. It was a beautiful place with a small office space and comfy chairs for sitting outside in the cool of the morning and evening. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160753990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ostensibly, our vis... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:52:10 EST Summer Bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3480288 OK, I am really enjoying summer. <BR> <BR> Tonight I grilled mushrooms, yellow peppers and onions and a cranberry turkey sausage for dinner and ate it outside, along with a glass of Sirah. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550296293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been having grilled vegetables all week...mixing them up slightly. Yesterday it was zukes and onions and mushrooms, Monday it was zuchini and three kinds of peppers.... <BR> <BR> The turkey sausage is from Whole Foo... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:21:52 EST Rethinking Normal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475516 Today I hit two milestones. First, I weighed in the "normal" body mass index range. 24.8! Squeaking in at the top of the range. Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> The second milestone is weighing less than 140. 139.8! The first time I've weighed that since I lost weight and trained to run the Portland Marathon in 2004. I only kept my weight in the high 130s for 3-4 months...then it crept upwards again till I hit the mid 170s. Life and physical infirmities got in the way of my exercising...and I traveled a... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:41:06 EST Hiking at Opal Creek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3468420 My dh uploaded the pictures in our camera to my computer yesterday so I got to relive the hike he and I and my son Erik took to Opal Creek over the fourth of July weekend. <BR> <BR> It's too hot right now for me to enjoy a long hike in the woods, but these pictures really got me itching to go again. Maybe I'll sneak out one day this week and go on another day hike by myself. I love Oregon's forests. <BR> <BR> Opal Creek is about 90 miles from where we live in Sherwood Oregon and it is a pro... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 19:18:02 EST Down Thirty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3451066 I weighed in this morning early, before I went for a jog: 141. Thirty pounds down since last November. I weighed after I cooled off from my jog (it was less than 141), but I didn't record that lower weight. It was water weight I'll put back on after hydrating. I was somewhat curious about how much water weight I lose while running. Nearly a pound. So hydration is important. (I knew that. But it is good to get real evidence) <BR> <BR> Wow! Thirty pounds lost over nearly 8 months.... <BR> <BR... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:58:17 EST Stepping Stones to Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3423774 Over the fourth of July weekend my son wanted to for ice cream. So we ended up in a ice cream specialty shop in Newberg Oregon, the next little town over from Sherwood. It was bustling and had an old timey ice cream and burgers theme. Since I am not an ice cream fan, I wasn't tempted. I just went along for company. But this poster in particular caught my eye: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50448930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not old enough to remember such blatant H... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 12:48:08 EST Positive Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421338 Sometimes it is good to note small changes that take place over time. <BR> <BR> So today, I want to celebrate positive changes that have happened recently, almost without me making an effort. <BR> <BR> I can jog for over 50 minutes at a time and not feel wiped out. Sure I have been working hard to up my distance and frequency. But I am accomplishing my running goals while not hurting. My knees aren't complaining. <BR> <BR> I've lost weight since I've returned from the beach. This morning I... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:13:20 EST Running on The Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3407348 I can't stop smiling. The weather is beautiful. It is supposed to be hot here today at Lincoln City (up to 83 degrees which is almost unheard of at the Oregon coast). <BR> <BR> I am sooo relaxed and I just finished jogging for an hour (started at 6:15 a.m.). When it got daylight I just couldn't stay in bed. Had to get up and greet the day. And I wanted to challenge myself jogging. So I did. I went for an hour. 30 minutes south then turning around and heading back. The tide is coming in, but ... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 11:09:35 EST Acting on My Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3382106 I stepped on the scale today and am up 1.8 pounds. My loss of 1.8 pounds last week is wiped out. And for the month I've moved down only a little over a pound. Grr. Arg. Grr. <BR> <BR> I must admit I am not surprised, but I'm not happy, either. I'm not surprised because I was sick last week and didn't exercise until Friday and Sunday. I am not surprised because I ate for me, what seems like a lot of carbs---but for the Spark Program is in the ballpark. I didn't record what I ate on Saturday. ... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:06:25 EST NJYLFE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3363417 I am day three into a summer cold. I was healthy when I travelled for two weeks...then after a nice relaxing weekend I had a scratchy throat Sunday evening and BAM, now I have a fullblown cold. The last two days I have been dragging around, barely doing any work. In fact, it is a good thing that I *only* have a few work related tasks on my plate this week. I can afford to be sick. <BR> <BR> But I don't like it. Grrrrrr. Grrr again. <BR> <BR> OK, now I am finished whining. I really and truly... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:52:28 EST Keeping the Proper Balance While Traveling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3342418 I'm feeling good today, even happy, athough I've been traveling on business for the past two weeks...with a long weekend in between. The stress isn't getting to me. I've been rolling with the punches, eating sensibly without being a fanatic and trying to fit in exeercise when I can. <BR> <BR> Life is good. <BR> <BR> And I wanted to reflect on what I am doing that helps me keep things in perspective. <BR> <BR> Here's some things I've been doing (not perfectly, but as best as I can) that ha... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 23:19:30 EST A Revision in Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307072 I got a blister on the bottom of my foot yesterday. It felt worse throughout the day. And today it hurt so much that I drained it, soaked my foot and took it easy. After all, I'm going to have to be on my feet/traveling starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So....no exercise today for me. <BR> <BR> Maybe not tomorrow, either. But I've packed workout clothes. Hopefully the hotel will have a workout room with an elliptical. <BR> <BR> Am I down about this? Sure. But I'm more grumpy than sad or depress... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 19:45:30 EST Enjoying? life while traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3301278 This week I've been home, getting ready to head out for two weeks of business travel. <BR> <BR> Generally, I like traveling to new places and meeting new people. But there's something to be said for the ease of living when at home. At home I can control when I exercise, what I eat, and I can sleep soundly in my own bed. <BR> <BR> But still...I like to travel, even if it is a challenge to stick with a plan to exercise and eat sensibly. <BR> <BR> The next two weeks are going to be a study in... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 18:07:24 EST Running towards something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3278088 Sunday I ran a 5k race with my daughter, Jordan. She's 26 and a veteran road racer. Me, I'm 57 and an infreqent runner. Sure, I've run races my entire adult life. In fact, I ran the Portland Marathon and finished in a little over 5 hours in 2004. But since then....life events put running out of the picture for me. In fact, I thought I'd NEVER run again. After the 2004 marathon I injured my knee falling down some stairs at our house at Thanksgiving. I gained 12 pounds in 3 months. Then, in Ja... Fri, 28 May 2010 19:28:57 EST Jogging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3232972 Sure, I should've gone when it was cooler. But my dh and I went to the Beaverton Farmers' Market in the morning instead. I bought three heirloom tomato plants and some hazelnut goat cheese spread. <BR> <BR> And then, when we got home, I went jogging. <BR> <BR> I am not sure how fast I went. All I know is that I went out the door, down the lane, through the town I live near, up the hill and back home. 45 minutes of jogging plus 6 minutes of cooling down walking up the lane. I probably went ... Sat, 15 May 2010 17:03:49 EST Travelling Down this Road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205379 I can't believe I didn't get to my philosophy discussion group last night. Silly me. I assumed it was at the same location as the last two meetings, so I didn't bother to check the address. It turns out it was just a few short blocks away (on the same street)...but as I don't have a smart phone I couldn't check the location. So I turned around and drove home. Arg. And that is after having read two of Plato's dialogues in the last couple of days. I was really looking forward to sharing my ide... Fri, 7 May 2010 13:48:11 EST Who am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3194327 Every day is a new beginning. I feel that way, now that I have been active on Spark for 4 months. I am 23 pounds lighter than my starting weight...I have regained my sense of purpose and dedication to health and exercise...yet each day I am learning new things about me, what makes me tick, and what my goals really are. <BR> <BR> I guess I'll never settle for just "settling". Life is too interesting for that. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share some thoughts about what makes me tick, what I like t... Tue, 4 May 2010 15:56:41 EST Liquid Sunshine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3175850 OK, I admit it. My blog title is misleading. But still...hoping to add a little humor to today's mix. Today I am eating, or should I say drinking. <BR> <BR> I'm on an all-liquid diet as part of my pre-colonoscopy prep. And believe me, it hasn't been easy. <BR> <BR> But it has been an interesting experience. I've discovered that I can drink black coffee. Well not totally black. I put some splenda in it. That was breakfast. 2 giant cups of coffee. It is OK, but coffee straight up like that m... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:34:38 EST Into Unfamiliar Territory.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3142428 I weighed in this morning at 149.2 pounds. I am 14.2 pounds away from my goal weigh and 21.8 pounds away from what I weighed last November. <BR> <BR> I am slowly becoming a smaller me. I didn't think I'd lose this week after my 1.8 pound weight loss last week. In fact, for no obvious reason other than my body said so...I gained a pound or so the next day after I weighed in last week. That's its way of telling me to not get too cocky... <BR> <BR> But on a positive note, my spouse remarked a ... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:39:30 EST Weekend exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107043 Well....I managed to do it. I woke up yesterday and got my husband over to the Amity Volkswalk....it was a blustery windy day, but we did the 10 k walk from the Brigittine Monastery back via the daffodil farm to the school. It took over 2 hours as we stopped and took a lot of pictures. I felt great (OK, a little tired) afterwards, but I can't believe my dh. He was hobbling and had a big ole' blister the size of a silver dollar on the back of his heel. Now this is the second time we've gone o... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:22:29 EST On to the next stage of my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3099785 This morning I stepped on the scale and weighed 150 pounds. One-Five-Oh!!! <BR> <BR> Sure, I still have 15 pounds to lose until I hit my target weight. But now is a good time reflect on where I've been and where I'm headed. <BR> <BR> Here are some measures of progress: <BR> 1. Since Dec 1 I have lost 16 pounds. Since Nov 16, a bit over 20 pounds. A little less than a pound a week. <BR> 2. I weigh less than my driver's license says...by a whopping 10 pounds. <BR> 3. I am wearing yet another... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:13:22 EST Setting Specific Goals vs. Being on the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3073294 I've been inspired by fellow sparkers who set monthly weight loss and fitness goals to examine why I haven't done that yet. Instead of setting specific targets, I've focused on doing the right things and seeing what happens/how I feel. I track my food and exercise daily. I've been (mostly) in my target calorie range. I exercise on average over 300 minutes a week. I try to exercise 6 days a week. Yet...I haven't set target goals for either weight loss or exercise. Why is that? <BR> <BR> I hav... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 14:10:55 EST Fight against flab gets fiercer as women age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3038419 This was the the title of an article on the front page of today's Oregonian. The front page! Perhaps it was because the headline was "Health care battle far from over" that they sneaked in another article on health care and women (knowing their demographics--which I fit pretty wel). Who else reads physical newspapers these days? <BR> <BR> The study by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston (lead author Dr. I-Min Lee) reported on results following 34,000 middle-aged women for 13+ years. The a... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:38:00 EST Birthday success story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033936 Today I weighed in with a 1.6 pound weight loss. I was apprehensive because the night before I went out to celebrate my birthday with my husband. So I was really happy that I lost that weight. Mind you, this weight loss came after 1 week of travel where I couldn't track my weight (or exactly what I was eating), followed by a slow week of getting back onto this timezone, followed by a birthday celebration <BR> <BR> I am back on track with losing weight after 3 weeks of not losing and that mak... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:43:35 EST