SHIRE33's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHIRE33 SHIRE33'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/ March update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660143 Just a quick update. No, I haven't given up again (yet). :D I am swamped this time of year with end-of-semester work and also beginning-of-season farm work. So, I haven't been posting a lot or tracking here. But I've been trying to check in a few times a week and to post my weight losses. <BR> <BR> So far this go-round I've been losing about 5 pounds per month. Not setting the world on fire, but going in the right direction, and probably more healthfully. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the g... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:12:30 EST Scale victories or losses are meaningless, as a measure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639773 Well, just going on record here to establish my determination. An entire week of staying on track with my eating plan. I walked or ran 5 days out of 7. And lost no poundage. <BR> <BR> Grrrrr!! <BR> <BR> But, it doesn't matter. Not in the long run. Or on a long run. :D What matters is consistency. There was a day when I'd be furious and go eat something just to spite the scale. But the scale doesn't carry the weight, just reflect it. So there's no point in getting upset about it and sabotag... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:39:59 EST Shhh. I don't want my lazy butt to hear this, but . . . I ran for a bit yesterday. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630865 Shhh. I don't want my lazy butt to hear this, but . . . I ran for a bit yesterday. :D <BR> <BR> I'm afraid that if my a$$ hears about it, I won't be able to get it up and moving next time. <BR> <BR> I downloaded the Easy5K from Jeff Galloway yesterday (by lolo). I used to use his Easy10K last time I got on my running kick to get me from the 5 to the 10K level, and I loved it. And I like this one, too. <BR> <BR> I was going to wait until I got closer to 210 or so, but what the heck. I do ha... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:36:09 EST Spark doesn't like brackets. Ate my blog post. }:/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629255 Great. I write a blog post about dealing with a stressful morning that ran counter to all plans. But I coped. And then I hit post. Spark tells me I have HMTL in it and to go back. Well I most certainly did not have HTML in it, but when I click on the back button provided, it gives me a blank blog entry, the one I had written deleted. Spark thinks anything you do with a bracket is code, so I probably had a bracket in there somewhere instead of a parenthesis. Idiotic system. Hello 2014!!!!! <BR... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:12:41 EST Wait a minute. I think I did do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628963 I was thinking about my "addiction" framework, and how people say that you should never ban certain foods because it just feeds cravings. But it occurs to me I've already had some success in this. <BR> <BR> I stopped eating fast food hamburgers after watching the documentary Food, Inc. I had been trying ever since I read Fast Food Nation, but with partial success. That last one did it. If I ever did eat fast food after that, it was chicken or something, which also wasn't great, but it was be... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:08:10 EST Grandma did it. So can I. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628383 I'm so excited! Finally. Big woo-hoo when I stepped on the scale today and met my weekly goal. But even more exciting is the fact that for 7 days I kept to my eating and exercise plan. Even if the scale does't keep up, I will be happy about staying on track with my plan. <BR> <BR> From my "addiction framework," it's been easier (so far) to say no when I should because I have one more reason. It's not just that I want to lose weight. It's that I have to say no. That's a success in itself. <BR... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:25:04 EST When it's your attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623667 You don't know you're at the bottom until after you leave. <BR> <BR> So I don't know if I'm at the bottom. Yet. <BR> <BR> Been feeling so negative about my weight. I'm old enough to know that this isn't the same as hating myself. I don't. But I hate what I've done (or not done). I have to hate it, I think. I have to absolutely be disgusted, in order to blast myself out of this rut. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I posted about food addiction. I finally knew it when I realized I was once again eating ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:37:44 EST What you can't face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623347 I've about come to the conclusion that I'm a food addict. <BR> <BR> I honestly didn't think I was. But there really isn't much else to explain the weight gain. Or unsuccessful weight loss. Or whatever you want to call it. I can lose weight, but I am a miserable failure at keeping it off. <BR> <BR> I was making my typical lament Tuesday: if only I was addicted to smoking or alcohol or drugs. Then I know I could give it up. I KNOW it. But you can't give up eating food! <BR> <BR> But then I... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:38:17 EST Week 1 reboot -- I'm happy with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610845 I've lost 3 pounds this week, so I'm happy. I always drop faster the first two weeks of getting back on it. Probably mostly water. But whatever it is, I'm good with it! <BR> <BR> I'm packed for the gym today, so that's two days of workouts. I'm aiming for 3, so I might do something this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm sleeping a little better and my mood is improved. So, overall, making progress. <BR> <BR> Still need to start planning meals a little ahead. I did okay this week, but that can be a ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:19:42 EST Well, I'm still here at least. Climbing out of the hole. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608166 So, back at it. I've joined a 10-week program at work. I do a weekly food discussion, check in activity for 3 days per week. Log food. Weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> The best part is that it's being organized by my former trainer, whom I love. It's funny - I had been seriously considering calling her. She's no longer with my old gym (and neither am I), but is doing well. I really like working with her. I will gladly pay to continue after the program is over. <BR> <BR> I need the outside motiva... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:44:59 EST Things weigh on us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512149 Things are weighing on my mind. Finishing taxes today (major). Finishing a set of papers to grade (important). Missing two meetings because I need to stay home and do these things (not great). House needs cleaning. Garden needs work putting it to bed for the winter and deciding what's going to work for the late market weeks through November (maybe we won't have much). New greenhouse needs planting, but the electric and water aren't set up yet (worrisome). <BR> <BR> I try not to think about a... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:58:07 EST The NSV vs. the MST -- Missing Slim Things. Still good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510864 People love reading NSVs. I have another list to post. I thought of it while driving the other day, past the bike trail where I used to run. <BR> <BR> See, I lost 93, then gained 62. Now I've lost six and a half on my way back down to where I was and to goal. So I want to post MSTs -Missing Slim Things from when I lost weight. And at size 4, I felt pretty slim. <BR> <BR> 1. Taking my jeans out of the dryer and marveling at how small they look. <BR> 2. Sitting in a chair comfortably while h... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:50:56 EST Little measures of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510139 When you weigh once per week, you rely a lot more on how your clothes fit to measure progress. The shorts that were almost too tight to wear are now loosely comfortable. Not too large to wear, but big enough that I wouldn't buy them, if I were shopping. Yay. I must be almost to size 14. <BR> <BR> When I get to 190 or so, I'll go to the thrift store and pick up a pair of jeans or two, to get me by until I can at least get in my 8s. <BR> <BR> Don't I sound confident. :P :D <BR> <BR> Milest... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:51:54 EST Skewed by the Scale - NO! Not this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505862 Left the keys in the car and Hub took the car to church because he had to be there early. Looks like I'm going to have a morning off. :D <BR> <BR> I'm trying to maintain proper perspective. It's All Attitude!! Right? I lost a pound this week, but had hoped for 2 (or 3) being that it's early in my program and historically I lose faster then. But I DID gain almost 1 percent body mass in muscle, according to my scale. Fat percentage didn't move, but seeing the muscle increase is good. The ST mu... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:07:58 EST I may be converted to weekly weighing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499130 I think I like this weekly weighing thing. I am not preoccupied with every little up and down on the scale. When I reach my goal, I will probably go back to daily weighing just to keep track of things, but on the way down, this method is better for my peace of mind. <BR> <BR> Two full pounds this week! I wasn't sure what to expect, since I've been eating in the upper range of my calorie limit. It's closer to what I will be doing on maintenance, so I guess in a way, I'm working on maintenance... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:52:35 EST Wow, I figured it out -- eat to lose, to find and keep The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494188 So tonight I wanted a piece of zucchini bread (chocolate, with chocolate chips), and I ate it. <BR> <BR> It took me within 3 calories of my daily range. Last time through this process, I would have said no. After all, it'd boost my weight loss to say no to those 215 calories. I lost faster, yes, but I didn't stay on it. <BR> <BR> No matter how much I knew that I had to make a lifestyle change, I kept thinking that I would do that after I lost the weight. I found out the hard way, with a 60... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:12:44 EST New motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492558 I do not like that picture. The one that shows up beside my name when I post stuff on SP. (Yes, that one up there.) <BR> <BR> I liked it when it was taken, when I had lost 35 pounds. The first time. But having lost 92, then gained 60 back, it's a reminder of that slide backward. Yet I'm using it, since it's got to be what I look like (minus the longer hair). I need to keep remembering that. <BR> <BR> And so it's motivating me to keep at it, so I can put the next picture up, the one from whe... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:38:29 EST Reviewing the first week back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492050 First weekly weigh in is tomorrow. I'm kinda nervous. I know I lost, because my pants already fit better, but weighing weekly is new for me, and I don't know what to expect. The first week back is usually pretty good, though, so I hope it's a good number. <BR> <BR> Even if it's not great, I don't care, though. It's really feeling good being back at it. I am enjoying the gym more each day. It'll be wonderful when I get used to everything at a new gym, where stuff is, what the procedures are f... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:44:55 EST Start slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487955 Day 2. Good breakfast again. Another mean green smoothie and a hard-boiled egg. The wonder is that I got up in time to MAKE these things before dashing off to work. And now I'm blogging. Better time management. That's a big part of this, isn't it? <BR> <BR> In fact, that's what I had such a hard time with a year ago when we switched at my job from being on quarters to semesters. It blew my mind and my schedule. <BR> <BR> This year is so much less stressful. No threats of job loss or cut bac... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:13:42 EST Well, no, I wasn't back. But maybe this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486479 Joined a new gym, with a 6 a.m. appointment tomorrow with the trainer. Sign of commitment. <BR> <BR> I am ready to try again. I have to get that way. I am upbeat. I like the fact that I haven't given up. <BR> <BR> Got stocked up on some good food at the store. I wanted some kefir to add to my juices, and other things for juicing. I really only needed some Granny Smith apples. Right now I can get everything else I need for juicing and healthy meals from our gardens -- kale, collards, brocco... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:54:50 EST Am I really back on track now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406164 After two solid weeks of eating well and exercising regularly, I'm starting to be cautiously optimistic that maybe this is it, I'm really back on track. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I feel comfortable. It's familiar. It almost feels as though I hadn't stopped living this way. Which is so encouraging, because maybe that also means that my lifestyle really has changed more than I thought. After being off track for 9 months, I thought maybe I'd just lost it, that my success was the aberration. <BR>... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:24:49 EST Some NSVs -- what are yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401651 I commented on another Sparker's page about NSV's, so I thought I'd share them here. Some of them I am still enjoying, having lost 36 pounds, though some of them are on hold until I lose what I gained. <BR> <BR> One NSV so far is that it's been 10 days tomorrow and I've been on track every day. Next week might well be a lot harder, with Mom's open-heart surgery, but at least I have some good habits underway now. <BR> <BR> <BR> The towel fits around you after a shower. <BR> Feeling comforta... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:28:14 EST Bitten by running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400434 This morning I was going a bit late, but made it to the bike trail. Walking for my warm up. MOSQUITOS!!!! They were awful! I actually had to stop and go to Mom's to see if she had any bug spray. She didn't. So I went to the local grocery store. <BR> <BR> I decided to try those clip-on kind of bug deterrent, thinking it'd be better than slathering chemicals all over me. So I read the instructions, put it together, then glanced over the instructions once more. It says that if you move, wait f... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:30:03 EST You don't have to hit a goal to feel good. You can do it now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394939 You may weight 427 pounds. Your exercise plan might be to walk to the mailbox or to do a chair workout. You don't have to be 140 and run a 10K. When you work out like you planned, you feel great. You don't even have to wait to hit a goal. You can do it today. <BR> <BR> I've spent 9 months feeling bad because I was off my program. Most thoughts of how I was doing were negative. Today, at 211 lbs, I did day 2 of my "Re-Run 5K" program, and even though I'm only running 45 seconds at a time, I... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:05:21 EST Mom's open heart surgery is our open door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389231 Mom has had her open heart surgery set for July 1. The doc thinks she'll do great. She's among the very lucky - first, she's not one of the 6 billion people on the planet who have no access to this kind of health care. Second, she has not had a heart attack and has no heart damage. <BR> <BR> The doctor said everyone has antherosclerosis of some kind. It's a human thing. He said he hopes he dies of it, that his 12-year-old son dies of it some day, because dying of it is really what happens w... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:57:12 EST Yikes and a wasted morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343354 So, do I get work done outside or take an hour and walk? This used to be a no-brainer question. I'd get out and walk, and then eventually I was running. I always did it early on MWF. <BR> <BR> Now, I can still do that. Then work outside. But I do miss being able to sit out on the porch when the sun in streaming in, checking my email, reading, or just daydreaming. It seems sometimes that I only feel responsible if I'm doing something I'm supposed to be doing. Maybe I just need to schedule m... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:18:23 EST Busy all day. That's got to burn a lot of calories, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333379 Busy busy today. Graded the last of a set of literature papers. Then I went outside. Too nice to sit in here grading. Measured and secured the drip tape for the northwest plot. Got each one 30" apart. Then I started planting. Seeded 12 double-rows (60') of broccoli raab, spicy greens, Red Russian kale for cutting, a "wild kale" bed, 4 kinds of spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, baby lettuces, and carrots. <BR> <BR> Feels so good to accomplish a lot of work. Next will be transplanting lettuc... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:21:08 EST Sunday and trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330355 The next morning. The back-at-it morning. Baby steps. So far, a good breakfast of oat cereal and blueberries. DHA organic milk. Whole, though. I think that it's healthier than skim, and it doesn't upset my system as much, for some reason. And half a cup isn't going to blow my day. <BR> <BR> Made beef and noodles for a potluck board meeting today. I will have to pay attention to what I eat there. but I'll eat a light supper, for sure. In a two or three weeks I'll be able to harvest salad fro... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:28:57 EST Tomorrow is day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330066 School is out next week. I'm going to post some short blogs more often, just to have a reason to come here and do something. <BR> <BR> I'm doing okay, but very much off program. Going to try to start back beginning tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It bothers me to know I might do it all over again but never be able to just be normal. But the way to normal is just trying to do the right things one day at a time, and I can do that, at least. <BR> <BR> I think that in another week or so I'll feel pretty... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:42:37 EST Clarifying lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272218 Sometimes it's good to list things and clear your head. <BR> <BR> Good things this past week: <BR> 1. Getting accepted into a big new farmers market for the season <BR> 2. Finding one good employee for the season and having a lead on a second <BR> 3. Joining CostCo. Never want to set foot into Sam's again. <BR> 4. Decided to buy a new truck later this spring, to handle both markets. <BR> 5. One more week till spring break. <BR> 6. Daughter may get to work with cheetahs this summer! <BR> 7. ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:41:20 EST 5:2 fasting - worth a shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265325 <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/948045<BR>1/The-52-diet-can-it-help-you-lose-wei<BR>ght-and-live-longer.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to write about something I'm trying to do for both health reasons and for losing weight. Some people advocate fasting as a way of life. Now, I don't really, but I've found this article that addresses the issue, and so I'm trying a modified version for awhile. <BR> <BR> You've probably heard about the people who eat a "calorie restricted" diet, stay un... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:19:34 EST Morning munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263750 Gah, I thought I'd never get through the morning. I had a lot of reading to do to prepare for my class lectures, and when I am tied to my desk, it's a TRIGGER for me to eat. I know I'm really craving distraction, not food, yet it is very hard to resist. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to eat about 8 carrot slices (I love the ones that come prepackaged - maybe it's silly to buy them instead of making them myself, but they are great grabbables for snacks.), a two-saltine pack of crackers saved from... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:13:56 EST Day 2, 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262335 Well, without the challenge, I don't think I would have moved myself to exercise two days in a row. Even when I was working out regularly, I usually took one weekend day off. Normally I don't like running two days in a row, but it's too cold still to bike, and so I did a run/jog to take it a bit easier on my joints and still get in a good workout. <BR> <BR> Hub and I went to the bike path with our dog, Kimber. She did great! We let her out on her lead because there were so few people on the ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:02:20 EST Light my fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260805 5% challenge starts today! So my biggest ambition isn't the 5% loss, it's the 60 minutes of exercise per day. I've not been good at this lately. But that's why I need a challenge, right?! <BR> <BR> Last night I got the BEST news. I definitely felt like a firework. I was accepted into one of the largest farmers markets around here. Now I'm in the two best markets in the city. Instead of having to go to a Saturday market and two mid-week markets, I can do all my sales on Saturday and get more... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:57:30 EST Arthritis in my back again. Meh. Life goes on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258057 Well, I was a week early on the 5% challenge. But I guess that it's not a bad thing to lose a pound or two this week before it officially starts. Can't really complain about that! <BR> <BR> I've been pretty good about eating for the past several days. I hope that's a sign that the challenge will do me good. On the other hand, I haven't exercised. That's gotta change. I did do ST last Thursday, and ran 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Finally went to the chiropractor about my upper back pain. As I sus... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:06:27 EST 5% Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250952 I figured it'd be easier to find them if I posted them in a blog entry. <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 199.2 pounds <BR> Target Weight: 188 pounds <BR> By When: April 20th, 2013 <BR> <BR> Goal to eat 1200 - 1550 calories per day <BR> Goal to burn 2200 calories per week <BR> Goal to go from 198 to 188 by 04/20/2013 <BR> <BR> So with 45 minutes daily exercise, and eating between 1200-1550 calories a day, I will lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> I do hope this works. It's very confusing to m... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:40:03 EST 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238232 I've never done a 5% challenge, but I think it's going to help me stay focused. I hope that I remember to post my weight and stuff weekly. The whole logistics of it is kind of confusing, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. The ladies doing it certainly do seem to have everything organized. Looking forward to it. <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 06:31:11 EST "Kinda paleo" week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225521 The norovirus is not a good diet plan, though I have to say it's effective. Thankfully, the effects only lasted 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm getting geared up for the food week. I've been doing a little "kinda paleo" for a week now. It's "kinda" because I'm not totally swearing off all grain. I figure that in "paleo" times, women knew how to gather wild grain and used it, tossing it into soups or stews cooked over the flames. So, I'm not going to be a purist about it. Besides, there are so... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:43:42 EST What makes it "click"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220141 Some things don't work. It makes no sense to beat myself up about not being able to pick up where I left off. I might have been able to do that for a few weeks, but not now. But I'm doing some things right, and that's what I'm focusing on. <BR> <BR> I'm not a binge eater, but I'm a mindless eater. When I'm not paying attention (willfully or not), I just bounce back and forth between sweet and salty foods, what "sounds good." <BR> <BR> So, today, what I'm doing is going back to basics in te... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:50:22 EST How can we not have time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217488 Not much to write about, but it's been awhile. Still having my roller coaster ride of dedication and backsliding. But here I am. So that's at least something I've got going. <BR> <BR> I was enheartened today to hear today that the First Lady gets up every day between 4:30 and 5 to work out before her girls arise to get ready for school. When she's nearly done, her husband comes in for his turn to work out, and then they're ready to start their day. Proves that the busiest people in America ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:01:14 EST Dog on the run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203829 I was reading Doglady's blog about missing her puppies and I felt so bad. I thought it might cheer her up to see this pup: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211000282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's Kimber, our adopted rescue pup. We got her in Oct. 2011. She was rescued at 5 weeks old, wandering around a neighboring town. She had had somebody bite off a tip of her right ear and she had a puncture wound in the top of her head. <BR> <BR> She was such a pistol, we named h... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:43:10 EST It's *still* hard. But I just did it. Don't think too much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191354 So today I tried not to think. Get up. Feed animals. Get dressed. Go run. Well, except for Hub, who says he wants to download pictures I took of him as Santa at church with the kids and of course this takes 15 minutes and then the phone is synching with the computer so I have to wait half an hour. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's hard to be good. <BR> <BR> And I had to decide to postpone going to the office today to get the run in. I decided I'd feel better all day if I did it. My brother and sist... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:33:20 EST This is HARD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186147 Man! Getting back into my runs is HARD! I had planned to use my 5K app, but then I remembered my Galloway 10K app has a beginner mode, so I decided to do that. <BR> <BR> I set it up for 11-min. mile pace, with a 4 min. run/1 min. walk pattern. OMG! NOT!!! My chest hurt! I had to dial it back to 12 min. pace and a 3/1 ratio. It continues for 25 minutes. So I survived it. That was Monday. Today was even harder, getting down to the treadmill to do it. But I did. I repeated the workout. My che... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:47:59 EST Could you actually run? Seriously? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181891 You? RUN? You bet. I started my program in 2011 at about 215 lbs. or so. I've read Sparker blogs by people who started out weighing more than that. It is not as mystical or magical or miserable as you might expect. Yes, you can do it. <BR> <BR> Here's where I am now, after my sloth of the past 4 months. I'm about to head downstairs for my run. I'm going to pick up my 5K running app in week 5, which has a 5 min. run/2 min. walk/7 min. run/2 min. walk/5 min. run. I'll probably do a light jog... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:24:42 EST I said I need a break from goals, but I want a challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180679 I do need a break from long-term goals for awhile. Last year I thought constantly about the wedding and our anniversary trip to Jamaica, which was useful, but now I'm kind of trying to recover from a stressful fall, and I need a break from what would now feel like too much pressure. <BR> <BR> But challenges are another story. I looked through the challenges here on SP, and there are some good ones, but basically I already have everything I need to do a fitness challenge, and most of my bad e... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:55:34 EST Flailing but not failing. Because I'm not giving up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179428 Well, we just had a wonderful 30th anniversary. Just a simple day, part of it with family, then a nice dinner-and-a-movie date night. Simple and content. <BR> <BR> I had raisinettes at the movie theater. It was kind of fitting. My first bad choice on my birthday Aug. 25 was raisinettes. At the time, it was a birthday indulgence. Due to the stress of my semester change (flooded with work and stress), my dad's stroke the next day, and other things, I just wasn't able to get back on track. I've... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:29:34 EST Quick breakfast blog! Vegetables??!! YES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168947 I am SO tickled with myself. :D <BR> <BR> I described in my last blog the new food processor I got. And how in Jamaica I enjoyed this quick-sauté vegetable/greens dish I had every morning. I was determined to make it. And I think it turned out even better than I'd hoped. <BR> <BR> More backstory -- about 15 years ago, my husband's cholesterol was inching up close to 250. The doctors started making noises about drugs. We said NO WAY! So we went on a vegan diet for about 8 weeks, just to see ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:08:10 EST Vacation over. New Start begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168824 Jamaica was wonderful! We so needed the break. I have a better attitude. <BR> <BR> There was a down side. Because I'd gained, I couldn't wear the bathing suit I'd bought, and I could not find the other slightly larger one. I was so frazzled getting the semester over and getting ready that I left myself about two hours to pack. But I figured I could get one there. WRONG. No shopping in our "village." The only shop was closed for the season. <BR> <BR> So, I had to improvise. I had one good p... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 08:02:00 EST Six pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143271 It feels great to be back at it! Whenever I start a weight-loss program, I always drop quite a bit the first week. After 3 months of slacking, it really has been like starting over. I was down to 152 at one point, then back up. I faithfully changed my ticker to reflect the gain, except for the past couple of weeks, when I went from 168.4 to 176. It was 176-point something, but I forget now. So, this morning I was 168.8, so yay! Back to that point at least. I slacked on cardio, but still kept ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:46:30 EST Six miles. I still got it! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138516 I feel great! This week I did ST at the gym twice. I was going to do the treadmill afterward, this morning, but it was so sunny I had to run outside. 53&#730; today! After the gym, I went to Target looking for some cold-weather running gear. They had Champion compression tops with a slightly fleecy interior for $16.99, marked down from $19.99. I got two of those, one pair of compression leggings, a pair of looser light sweats to go over those, and one zip hoodie. <BR> <BR> I wore those to r... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:57:05 EST