SIBLEYHONEYBEE's SparkPeople Blog SIBLEYHONEYBEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community September 8, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.27 miles. I tried not to look at the clock today. I only looked down at the display in between songs. I think it did make the time go by faster, but I didn't go as fast. I got my workout done EARLY this morning between 6:30 and 7:30 because I needed to leave at 8:30 to take my 9-year-old to orchestra. Busy, busy....I miss sleeping in on Saturdays! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I can jog next week. I seem to be having injuries. One of my b... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:41:35 EST September 7, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical today. I changed up my routine. I jogged hard for 30 minutes and then did the last 25 minutes in intervals. I would go at a medium pace for 3/4 of a lap and then push hard for the last 1/4 of the lap every time I went around. I was SO WORN OUT by the time I got done. It just felt completely different than it usually does. I still averaged 3.5 mph overall and went 3.27 miles today. I wasn't worried about my distance though. I just wanted to try the... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:20:14 EST September 6, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.37 miles! Another personal best! I am just so proud of myself. My workout went GREAT today. I was able to push HARD (3.7 mph) for the entire first half of my workout and then averaged greater than 3.6 mph for the second half. Phew. I didn't know I could do that! <BR> <BR> Well, today my 4-year-old is having her first cello lesson. I hope it goes well. Her teacher said that she would just take it a lesson at a time for a while to see... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:42:56 EST September 5, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.33 miles! That is another personal best. Woohoo! I had a good workout today. Also, I lost 2 pounds this week! Yay! <BR> <BR> I have determined that what I really like about the elliptical is the fact that it is no impact. I was talking to a MUCH SMALLER friend of mine who runs outside around her neighborhood and she said that the constant bouncing of her hips and impact on her knees bothered her a lot . I'm glad I don't have any of th... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:27:58 EST September 4, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.32 miles, which is even faster than yesterday. I had a good workout. I was happy to get it done before noon. Yay! Now we are off to a violin lesson and a voice lesson. Ugh. Our busy school year started today! Have a great afternoon SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>331</em> <em>314</em> <em>331</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:31:55 EST September 2, 2012 and September 3, 2012 I jogged 55 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.30 miles. My goal was 3.21 miles so I did great! I also jogged my first 5K! Woohoo! Yay! Hooray! It went pretty well this afternoon. I was frustrated about life in general so I decided to pour all my frustration out into my workout. I do feel better about things now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a pretty simple day. I spent the whole afternoon and evening getting ready for my children to start school on Tuesday. We are now ready and the... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:10:42 EST September 1, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.00 miles. I figured out that to go that far in 50 minutes I am averaging 3.6 mph. My goal is only 3.5 mph so I feel like I am doing great! My workout was awfully hard today. It took every ounce of strength I had, but I am so glad I finished it and reached my goal of 3 miles. Phew! Next week I am supposed to go 55 minutes with a goal of 3.21 miles. I CAN DO IT! I think. <BR> <BR> Today my husband locked his keys in the car and we didn't... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:14:07 EST August 31, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elleiptical and went 3.03 miles. It felt good today. I enjoyed working out in the morning and wish I always had an excuse to do that. <BR> <BR> Well we're off to run errands today. I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>331</em> <em>314</em> <em>331</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:45:06 EST August 30, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.04 miles. That is a personal best! I had a great run. I was able to push myself the whole time. I'm not losing any weight so I think once I reach my 60 minutes goal in a couple of weeks I am going to start incorporating intervals. It's pretty discouraging to change my diet drastically and be so consistent with my workouts and yet not lose a single pound. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another errand day so I am going to need to get my wor... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:43:00 EST August 29, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.00 miles. It was VERY hard today. I just barely made the three miles by the skin of my teeth, but my last thee-and-a-half minutes were amazing! I was so glad that I finished strong. <BR> <BR> My children have been wonderful lately. This is their last week of summer vacation and they have been camping out in the play room, but in order to earn the right to sleep there each night they have been doing chores. Today was their own laundry, y... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:14:10 EST August 28, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.00 miles. I worked out this evening and decided to watch the 6:00 news and Wheel of Fortune instead of listening to music. I realized that the music helps me set a good pace and keep at it. Today I was going too fast for the first mile which made it hard to keep a good pace for the last mile. I also realized that TV is really not as motivating as upbeat music, especially with all those stupid food commercials. Oh well. It was fun to do so... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:57:10 EST August 26, 2012 and August 27, 2012 I jogged 50 minutes on the elliptical and went 3.02 miles! Did you see that?!? THREE MILES! I couldn't believe it. I didn't know what my goal should be today since I added five minutes from last week so I was just determined to go the same distance for the second 25 minutes as I went for the first 25 minutes. I usually can't do this because I get tired around the halfway point, but today I had a good energy level and was able to finish just fine. I wonder if it is because I take Sundays... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:41:53 EST August 25, 2012 I jogged 45 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.68 miles. I had a good workout. I had a lot of distractions around me because I worked out this morning between 9 and 10 and the family was in and out of the room the whole time, but I still kept up my speed and focused on my workout. I can't believe I am going to add another 5 minutes next week. Fifty minutes! I CAN do it! <BR> <BR> I got my hair cut today and I am really excited about it. It was long about halfway down my back and all ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:06:58 EST August 24, 2012 I jogged 45 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.68 miles. That is a personal best for me. Woohoo! Yipee! Amazing! I had a GREAT workout. It felt so good to push even harder and leave my "goal" in the dust. I hope you all have a great weekend. Stay active and eat healthy SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>331</em> <em>314</em> <em>331</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:33:29 EST August 23, 2012 I jogged 45 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.65 miles. I am so glad that I am being consistent. Some days I don't know how I am going to get it done, but I always reach deep inside myself somewhere and find the strength to KEEP PUSHING! I have found that trying to keep a consistent speed is the hardest part. Staying on the machine is not the problem, but holding 3.5 mph consistently feels near impossible some days. But I keep surprising myself and that is the terrific part! I like f... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:42:55 EST August 22, 2012 I jogged 45 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.66 miles. I was just happy to get it done today. I didn't fit my workout in this morning so I had an evening workout. It is SO much harder in the evening. But I'm glad I got it done and reached my goal as well! Tomorrow I will have to get it done earlier. Have a wonderful evening SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>331</em> <em>314</em> <em>331</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:21:58 EST August 21, 2012 I jogged 45 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.66 miles! It went pretty well this morning. I kept with my 10 to noon schedule for working out. I was able to keep my pace steady and didn't wear out too much. <BR> <BR> Now we are off to get my 12-year-old DD a new pair of glasses. I hope we can keep the price reasonable, but mostly I want her to like the frames I want to get the scratch resistant, anti-glare lenses. Sigh. $$$ <BR> <BR> Tonight we are having veggie burgers with a sa... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:26:48 EST August 19, 2012 and August 20, 2012 Well, we got our family bike ride done this weekend. I loved my new tires. My bicycle felt GREAT! We ride on a bike trail near our home that runs about 15 to 20 miles in one direction. I'm not exactly sure how far it goes since we haven't been to the end of it yet! We always like to start at a different point and see new countryside. The kids were really amazed when we rode through town and under the freeway and they realized how far we were from home. We rode 10 miles and had a good t... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:20:27 EST August 18, 2012 I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.34 miles. It felt great to get this week of exercise done. I was glad I finished the week strong having met my goal speed for the entire week. I'm not sure how I am going to go 45 minutes next week, but I am going to try! <BR> <BR> Tonight's dinner was Tunisian sweet potato stew over jasmine rice with peach oatmeal crisp for dessert. It was delicious! The best thing about this diet is that the children seem to eat the veggies and stuff ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:56:05 EST August 17, 2012 I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.33 miles which means I averaged 3.5 MPH exactly. I am just glad it is done for the day. I hope it is easier tomorrow. I am on a vegan diet now and this week has been really tough. I am just exhausted all the time. It is supposed to get better within the next week. I sure hope so! <BR> <BR> Tonight's dinner was bean and corn enchiladas with a big romaine lettuce salad on the side. It was scruptious! The whole family loved it. Have a ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:26:11 EST August 16, 2012 I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.34 miles. My heart wasn't in it today. I felt tired and almost talked myself out of it. I got a late start, but at least I got it done and I did average my 3.5 MPH the whole time. Yipee! Sometimes you just have to do it, whether you feel like it or not. I know I am super glad I did. I am in the middle of my fifth week of solid exercise and I don't want to break my streak. Some days are just harder than others. <BR> <BR> Tonight we ha... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:49:46 EST August 15, 2012 I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.38 miles! That was five-hundreths of a mile farther than my goal. I was so proud of myself. I was able to push hard the entire time without feeling like I needed to stop before I was done. My energy level was much better today. I ate lunch about an hour before my workout. It went really well. <BR> <BR> We had a big day of running errands today. It made for a busy and slightly hectic time, but we accomplished all of our goals. Tonight... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:58:26 EST August 14, 2012 I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.35 miles! I never had to really slow down today and was able to keep a steady pace. I had a pretty good workout. Our family is trying a new meal plan and to tell you the truth I have been REALLY fatigued the last few days, but hopefully this will only last about a week and then my body will be more used to our new diet. I can't wait! <BR> <BR> I got to the bike store today and got my bicycle all fixed up. I am excited to try out my new ti... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:11:38 EST August 12, 2012 and August 13, 2012 Well, we TRIED to go on a family bike ride yesterday. We got all the bikes ready and drove over to the trail, but we no more than got started and I blew my front tire. I was so frustrated! So tomorrow I am headed to this great little bicycle shop to see about a new tire andtube. My DH said that I have really needed two new tired for quite a while so it's not a big deal. We just really wanted to go on a family bike ride. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Today I jogged 40 minutes on the elliptical and we... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:29:55 EST August 11, 2012 I jogged 35 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.06 miles! I am glad I got my workouts in every day this week. It feels great to be active! We are still hoping to go on a family bike ride tomorrow afternoon. I am hoping that I will see a difference in my endurance while riding my bike with all this jogging I have been doing on the elliptical. Have a wonderful evening SparkFriends! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:08:11 EST August 10, 2012 I jogged 35 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.06 miles. I figured out that my goal of 2.12 miles was way loftier than it neededto be. In order to maintain 3.5 MPH I only need to go 2.04 miles in 35 minutes. So today I didn't try to push myself to the point that I thought I was going to die and I did much better and had a happier workout. I am starting to wonder how far I could go if I were on a treadmill or outside since my stride would be longer. Hmmm. Anyway, I am very happy and en... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:51:39 EST August 9, 2012 I jogged 35 minutes and went 2.09 miles today. I was SO tired! I kept trying to go 4 MPH in short spurts to "catch up" to where I wanted to be, but then after going 4.0 it got harder and harder to go 3.5 MPH consistently. Anyway, when it was all said and done I was pretty happy with the 2.09 miles. I sure gave it my all! Tonight I had a veggie sub from Subway and put avocado and fat-free honey mustard on it. Talk about low cal. It was sure delicious though! I hope you have all had a g... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:23:04 EST August 8, 2012 I jogged 35 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.10 miles! Woohoo! I am very pleased with this. My goal for this week is to get to 2.12 miles, but I have three more days to get there. I definitely felt like I was absolutely pushing it the entire time today. After my workout I do lymphatic exercises and I really think this helps a lot with muscle soreness. You might look some up if you get a chance. I learned this practice from Teresa Tapp's workout DVDs, specifically her Step Away the ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:04:34 EST August 7, 2012 I jogged 35 minutes on the elliptical and went 2.07 miles. This is the same time/distance as yesterday. I did my workout right after lunch, but all I ate was some soup so it didn't seem to have any ill effect on my energy level. I am going to have to keep this short today because we need to leave to get to the orthodontist. I hope you are all having a healthy, active day today SparkFriends! Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:34:17 EST August 5, 2012 and August 6, 2012 Sunday was a good day. We had a lot of family time just the six of us. We actually went on a long car drive because we were almost finished with an audiobook from the library and we really wanted to get it done. It was a great story if you like semi-predictable Christian romances and in a family full of gushy girls it was a hit! My hubby just rolls his eyes and enjoys spending time with his girls. :) The book was called A Mile in My Flip-Flops. <BR> <BR> My exercise went really well ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 19:35:10 EST August 4, 2012 I jogged 30 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.75 miles. I was so happy to finish the week strong. I haven't quite wrapped my brain around the fact that I am going 35 minutes next week. I may have to back down on my distance goal in order to keep my stamina up for the full 35 minutes, at least for Monday. I got my workout done early today and it was nice to get it done and have the rest of the weekend open. Maybe we will fit in a bike ride tomorrow afternoon. That sounds like a lot of... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:33:58 EST August 3, 2012 I jogged 30 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.75 miles. It was harder today, like I had a mental block. I kept having this battle thinking I was never going to finish and then convincing myself that I was right on track with my goal and to keep my speed up. Anyway, needless to say I was very happy to actually get done today AND reach my 1.75 miles. Tonight we are having quinoa and vegetables. It's a SparkPeople recipe. I hope you all have a great, ACTIVE weekend! Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:21:05 EST August 2, 2012 I jogged 30 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.76 miles. No, that's not a typo. I jogged 1/100th of a mile farther today. Not a big deal, just 13 more revolutions on the elliptical, but it felt GREAT! Some days I just can't believe what I am capable of. I really ENJOY being active again. I don't have to say that I lead such a sedentary life anymore. It's hard because I am a work at home mom with a typist job so I pretty much sit all the time unless I make a decision to exercise. How... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:21:58 EST August 1, 2012 I jogged 30 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.75 miles. I stayed right on pace with yesterday! I was surprised because I had some muscle soreness today, but I did a lot of stretching before I started my workout and I think it helped a lot. Right now I am pretty overwhelmed with work and the prospect of school starting up again soon and it just feels good to get my workout done each day and feel like there is some semblence of order in my life. If I don't exercise then I just feel out ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 06:01:40 EST July 31, 2012 I jogged 30 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.75 miles! That is definitely a personal best. I knew I was capable of this, but thought it might be later in the week before I worked up to it. I decided to pretend I was in an olympic event and that 1.75 was the world record and I was striving for that gold medal. I jogged earlier today because we have errands to run this afternoon and that might have been part of my success. I am wildly impressed, but I am also not sure that I can keep t... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:52:22 EST July 29, 2012 and July 30, 2012 Sunday was a pretty good day. We have a praise service at church because it was the fifth Sunday of the month and we had a string quartet come and play for the hour with bible verses interspersed between the hymns. It was beautiful and I really enjoyed it. The family gathering was nice. We celebrated my mom's birthday and I bought her a bouquet of flowers as a gift because I thought it would mean more to her than a gift card or a new blouse, etc. I can't remember the last time I got my m... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:01:21 EST July 28, 2012 I jogged 25 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.43 miles. It was harder today. I don't know if it was because it was earlier in the day or because I had just eaten breakfast (ugh!). I just felt like I was dragging and it was really hard to get my speed up consistently. But I sure did sweat! So I guess I got a good workout in. Today I am off to see a ballet with two of my girls. My oldest's best friend is in The Velveteen Rabbit and we are excited to go see it. Tomorrow I have a famil... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:17:59 EST July 27, 2012 I jogged 25 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.45 miles beating my two previous times. Yay! Woohoo! I really like the energy I am able to exert on the machine. I really feel like I am giving it my all. Finishing the week strong makes me feel ready to add 5 minutes to my workouts next week. I was busy today, but I put a roast in the crockpot for dinner so that I wouldn't have to worry about that. We are having company this evening after dinner so I guess it's time to get everybody eat... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:17:38 EST July 26, 2012 I jogged 25 minutes on the elliptical and went 1.43 miles. To tell you the truth I was just happy to get it done this evening. I have a LOT of work hanging over my head right now and didn’t really want to take time away from it to jog/shower, but was also not about to skip a workout either! As you can see I am often at war with myself, lol, but as long as I don’t give in to cravings due to stress/exhaustion and I get my workout done then I feel like I am coming out ahead and winning the ba... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:27:16 EST July 25, 2012 Okay, so I am AWESOME! LOL Just kidding, but I was totally smokin' it on the elliptical today. I jogged for 25 minutes and went 1.43 miles. It was actually really FUN! Challenging, but fun! Phew! I have decided that exercising is a decision. You know what I mean? If I decide early on in the day (when I get dressed) that I AM GOING TO EXERCISE TODAY then it is going to happen. If you are determined you will MAKE IT HAPPEN no matter what. I hadn't jogged today until my DH got home fr... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:33:25 EST July 24, 2012 I jogged 25 minutes today and went 1.39 miles. I felt like I pushed hard today. I probably should have done more intervals, but I kept wanting to reach goals and push myself. It felt good. My food is on track today and we are getting ready to have baked chicken breast tenderloins with green beans and homemade 100% whole wheat bread. Yum! I LOVE this meal. I season the chicken with Emeril's Italian Seasoning before it goes in the oven for 30 minutes. It turns out moist and delicious. ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:18:28 EST July 22, 2012 and July 23, 2012 I took a day of rest yesterday and it felt good. We had a busy day with church and family. I don't think I am going to exercise on Sundays unless I do a stretching exercise routine or we go on a family bike ride, which is our favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but the weather will have to cool off a little before we attempt that again. It was 108 today! <BR> <BR> I jogged 25 minutes today going 1.37 miles. It felt GREAT! I really enjoyed my workout and challenged myself to keep m... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:04:50 EST July 21, 2012 I jogged for 20 minutes on the elliptical first thing this morning and went 1.11 miles. Then I spent the whole day running errands with the family. It's nice to spend time together even if it is just walking around Wal-Mart. On Monday I plan to jog for 25 minutes. I am excited! I hope you all have a great weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:05:23 EST July 20, 2012 I jogged on the elliptical for 20 minutes again and went 1.10 miles. I was hoping to beat my distance from yesterday, but really I'm just glad I got it done. I tried hard the whole time. I think my legs have finally recovered from the weeding because they didn't hurt at all today during my workout. Phew! I have been on plan with my eating today and am getting ready to have a healthy dinner. Have a great evening Sparkers! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:33:54 EST July 19, 2012 I jogged on the elliptical for 20 minutes and went 1.10 miles. This is my fastest time this week. When I first started my workout the back of my thighs were really sore, but by the end of my warmup lap I was able to up my speed and didn't notice anymore leg pain. Yay! I enjoyed my workout. I downloaded SparkPeople's Inspirational Workout Mix and I am really enjoying it. I am also on plan with my nutrition. We bring Subway sandwiches home on Thursday evenings. Yum! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:26:16 EST July 18, 2012 I jogged on the elliptical for 20 minutes for a total of 1.05 miles. It was harder today so I think I am going to go stretch and hopefully my muscles won't hurt so much tomorrow. My calves are KILLING ME after squatting while I weeded yesterday. Oh My Goodness! I have been on plan with my eating all day and even plugged my dinner recipe into the recipe nutritional analyst to get accurate counts on everything. My 12-year-old DD is fixing our dinner this evening. She is fixing meatloaf wi... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:15:17 EST July 17, 2012 Well, I jogged on the elliptical for 20 minutes and went 1.05 miles. It was definitely easier today than yesterday. Then I went to our church and weeded the front walk around about five rose bushes (ouch) and it took a little over an hour! It was 100 degrees today so boy was it HOT out there. My eating could have been better today, but I'm still breastfeeding my little one full-time so I think I will still be okay. All in all a pretty good, healthy day! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:24:42 EST July 16, 2012 I jogged for 20 minutes on the elliptical today. I did a short warm-up and cool down and only went a little over a mile, but it felt so good to jog. I used to jog 3 miles six days a week in 52 minutes, but that was a LONG time ago. I would love to work back up to it though. I love to think about things when I jog. It really clears my head and helps me feel good about myself. I also stayed on track with my eating today (no deserts) so I earned my dark chocolate snack this evening. Yay! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:55:15 EST Happy Anniversary! (warning: sappy love story) <img src=""> <BR> This picture was taken while Brad and I were dating <BR> <BR> Well, my wonderful husband Brad and I have been married for 15 years today. I am happy to say that we are just as in love now as we were then. We may have a few less stars in our eyes, but that is to be expected with age. We had an unlikely courtship. We met in a church league group when I was 14 and he was 16 and became a couple on a league trip to Niagr... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:10:10 EST Never Quit Pledge A big thanks to LynMeinders for posting this pledge and sharing it on Spark. After reading, you'll have a chance to sign it and share it with others by copying and pasting it to your blog and/or SparkMail. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Monday July 2, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to s... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 07:32:50 EST