SKINNYPOWELL1's SparkPeople Blog SKINNYPOWELL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far, Far Away..... (Cue the Star Wars music please) <BR> <BR> A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far, Far Away..... <BR> <BR> There was a great Jedi Knight named SKINNYPOWELL1. She was once strong with the ways of the SPARK (Force), a Jedi Master even. It's been a long time since she's been active on SPARK even after having enjoyed much success over the past several years. So why did this once great Jedi go into hiding????? <BR> <BR> Simply put.....she "let herself go" and is/was ashamed of who she had become, t... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:35:37 EST DeNile Virus - No one is Safe I have been sick with some sort of nasty 10-day virus that turned into an ear/sinus infection - the headaches and ear aches have been horrible and debilitating - never in my life have I experienced ear pain as bad as this, felt like someone was using my head for batting practice. I've been sick going on three weeks now, still not quite up to par but hoping I will be over it in a few days thanks to good old fashion Amoxicilin. I know, quit complaining, it could be so much worse, but this h... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:52:14 EST Reality Check I saw this online today and thought I would share, neat time lapse and great use of photo editing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-seconds-to-see-why-we-have-an-absolut<BR>ely-ridiculous-standard-of-beauty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Society does not define me - be happy in the skin you're in. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:42:35 EST Beach Run I have lived near the beach all my life and have never, ever run on the sand for a workout. Friday morning, my running buddy Paulette and I ran four miles on the boardwalk then decided to run the last few blocks on the sand. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I always thought it would be TOO HARD to run in the sand, so I avoided it, until Friday. I overcame my thoughts about it, and glad I tried it....ahhhhhh NEW LOVE, we both loved it. WOW... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:09:05 EST Spark Sister Sami Visit This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my SPARK sisters. We met on Spark a while back, not sure how long but I know it's been over a year maybe even two, time just flies these days. We have been sparking together, inspiring each other, exchanging emails, texting and then to talking on the phone. I invited her to come to visit me here in Virginia Beach. <BR> <BR> Sami arrived on Thursday evening. Both of us were nervous (just a little nervous) about meeting each other for the f... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:54:39 EST Keep on Crying Moaning and complaining about how stinking hot it is outside, how I don't want to be out in it, nothing about this kind of weather makes me want to go outside, but a promise to my running buddy did. We have been trying to get together for a run for the past two weeks, it has been raining every day that we have made a date so we haven't seen each other and was really missing getting out for a run together. We made a date for last night....could it have been any hotter yesterday....96, ugggh.... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:03:08 EST Miss Gulch Rides Again A big shout out to Jolie for giving me a wake-up text this morning, gosh she's up earlier than me, like 3:30 even, sheesh. She was up getting ready for her morning workout and decided to make sure I was up, gosh it's great to have friends to get you motivated and great to have SP buddies to be accountable to. <BR> <BR> I am known as the "Sarge" on the Motivators team, but who keeps the Sarge motivated? Every now and again the motivators need motivating, so I am thankful for all of you an... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:26:49 EST Bugler Needed, Top Pay Hooo hum, I am stuck in a cloud of funk that is totally encircling me, I need to break out of it. I was going to ride my bike to work today, but I kept smacking the snooze, ugggghhh - totally UNACCEPTABLE. Think I need a bugler standing in my bedroom at 0430. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> On a good note I did get a little something accomplished last night….we helped dad move his bed upstairs and we went to the mattress store and purchased him a ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:34:17 EST A+.....Perfect Score I was very nervous about my physical appointment with my doctor last Friday. I had went the week before to have blood work done prior to my appointment. I was being tested for diabetes as I have not had a physical in three years. Great news.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I scored perfect on all my blood work. EVERYTHING was in perfect range, so no diabetes, YEAH !!!! Doctor said that I scored perfect on everything and that w... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:31:46 EST Keep on Walking..One Step at a Time The weather is heating up here in Virginia Beach, shewh. So that means the end of running season for me, a little running hiatus til cooler temperatures arrive (September). I'm not going to stay cooped up in the's walking season. <BR> <BR> This week's fitness challenge for the Motivators Team was to walk for at least 15 minutes per day, no problem....We CAN DO it !!!! There was a great article on Spark this morning about walking.... <BR> <link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:59:55 EST Skinny vs. the Volcano While in Hawaii, you can't NOT visit a volcano, and what better way to see one than to...Hike it. I hiked the Diamond Head volcano with my BFF's daughter (AB), she was such a great tour guide the whole time I was there, and she was willing to take me to do lots of things and better than that...she was willing to do it with me, even though she's hiked Diamond Head several times, what a girl. We got there about 10 and boy was it a hot one already, sheesh, how hard could it be? I mean I consi... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:00:32 EST I Have What ???????? You could too. Went to eye doctor for a way overdue eye exam, it had been 5 years since my last one (I know, I know... I'm supposed to do it annually). What finally pushed me over the edge to get it done now was that I dropped my prescription sunglasses and they broke on the very first day I was in Hawaii on my vacation, what a tragedy that was, but I made do with a cheap pair, but it made things more fuzzy than ever, uggghhhhh. <BR> <BR> I have noticed my vision has been getting continuously worse over t... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:11:20 EST Finisher Medals are NOT Equal Aloha !!!!! <BR> <BR> I just returned from a great two week vacation in Hawaii, what an awesome time. I was so excited to be going to Hawaii (my first trip) and even more excited that they were having a half-marathon during the time I would be there, so of course I had to sign up, I was looking forward to bringing home a souvenir race medal. I was excited about it when I signed up (in January) but after running my first marathon in March and doing something to my knee it was really more of... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:00:57 EST My Baby is Married....One Happy and Proud Momma Life has been such a whirlwind since March, getting prepared for my baby's wedding. It was a lot of hard work, sweat and tears put into it, and it was one of the happiest/saddest days of my life. Congrats to my baby girl and her new husband, wishing you all the happiness you both deserve. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:39:53 EST Spark Radio Interview I feel so honored to have been asked to be interviewed on Spark Radio, it gave me a quick 7 minutes to tell a little bit of my story, so much more I wanted to say. Thanks to all my wonderful friends on SP that keep me motivated, you all are the best. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>io.asp </link> <BR> <BR> 5-days until the wedding, then off for a two week relaxation vacation, then I'll be back to SPARKING more often, miss you guys. Wed, 15 May 2013 08:17:23 EST MIA - An Update Hello Sparkies and Sparkettes. <BR> <BR> I know I have been MIA since the marathon and will be MIA probably thru June. <BR> <BR> It's a busy time here.... <BR> <BR> I am currently working on completing all the details and planning of my daughter's upcoming wedding May 20, so many little details to attend to - who knew it would be this much work, lol. <BR> <BR> Track and Baseball season is in full swing with the grandkids, so we will be attending weekly track meets for the granddaughter... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:05:13 EST I'm a Marathon Runner - Race Report Vader has been confronted and has been turned into a Marathoner Finisher, woo hoo. What a crazy race. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just love festive attire. <BR> <BR> Race day started with spending two hours inside the hotel lobby waiting on race to start, it was way too cold and windy to hang outside. <BR> <BR> Hubby surprised Sis and I with a pre-race gift, ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:42:18 EST A Jedi's Point of View - Marathon Training I grew up during the Star Wars era and it is my favorite movie of all time, I have seen it so many times I know the words before they are even spoken, so you could say I'm a Star Wars fanatic, a Jedi-Master "wanna-be", yep, certifiable true Star Wars geek. <BR> <BR> Yoda is one of my favorite characters (besides the hunky Han Solo, lol), so it's only fitting to point out a few lessons I've learned along the way with my Jedi training, ooops, I mean marathon training. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:13:48 EST The Agony of Da-Feet Sis and I set out on Friday morning for our 20-mile run. We were using this long run as a mock race for the marathon, working on our nutrition and hydration, etc. The weather was absolutely perfect, 60 degrees and no wind, ahhhhhh a runner's dream. (BTW, the next day it was 32 degrees and we got a dusting of snow, then freezing rain) I had planned the route so we would be running on the asphalt most of the time (sidewalks will kill the calves) and tried to avoid as much traffic as possible... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:53:53 EST Happy Valentine's Day - Love Yourself Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Do yourself a big favor today, love yourself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 32 days until the marathon. Big 20-mile run tomorrow, looking forward to a lovely weather day and some new snacks in our fanny packs for the run. Getting there, one run at a time. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:48:46 EST Love is in the Air - Valentine 14K It was mighty cold on race day, 32 degrees and a 30 mph wind, oh my. If I didn't have this race on my marathon training plan I would have been very tempted to sit this one out, ooooohhhh it was sooo windy, uggh. <BR> <BR> Here's the crew pre-race (Sis, her daughter Madison and me) - crazy glasses to go with the festive heart ribbon headbands we made. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was Madison's first race by herself, she ran the kid... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:40:48 EST How I Feel - in a Nutshell Well this about sums it all up about the marathon training. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting there, one mile at a time and hanging tough. 38 days to go. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 08:11:36 EST The Farthest Ever Set out to do a training run this past Saturday, we were going to do 18 miles but decided to go with 16, we had a destination in mind, which always make it more fun. Friday night we took Sis car over to my BFF house and left it there so we would have to run over to house to pick it up, 16 miles exactly, and we took over a change of clothes. So no excuses not to run, after all, we had to pick up the car. <BR> <BR> A chilly 22 degrees when we left, OMG, had to wear a scarf over my face to ke... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:00:36 EST Food for Thought I saw this on my FB page this morning, what a simple way to put things into prospective, real "food for thought" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life has been cray-zeeeeee here, lots of unexpected inferences. Seems like all I do is training, training, and more training. I'm hanging in there, but I can say it is getting tough and grueling. 35 miles on tap for this week with a 16-mile long run on Saturday. It's really hard to look a... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:19:03 EST Stronger Today than Yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oweeeee, suffering a little today from DOMS, must mean I did it right. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:14:00 EST Half-Way To Marathon 18 Weeks of Training started in November, hit the half way mark this weekend. I can honestly say this is the hardest goal I have ever set for myself, but I'm tackling it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things is carving out the block ot time necessary to meet this goal. Running 3 days during the week and long runs every Saturday while keeping up with all my other duties has been quite a challenge and especially these past two weeks since the mileage is amping up and it's ta... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:37:20 EST The Training Continues... Great weekend. Still training for my first marathon in March, sheesh the long runs are getting so much longer now. <BR> <BR> I had my first of three timed training races this past weekend. Three races are set up for those training for the big 26.2. This weeks race was 12 miles, figured that would be a piece of cake since I've run that distance many times before. I used this race to test out my new running shoes, they don't make the style that I've been running in for past three years so ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:15:48 EST Surf-N-Santa 10 Miler Sis and I visited the expo to pick up my race number on Friday, and we ran into a jolly ole fellow. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lots of silly photo ops at the expo. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I got two new hats at the expo, yeah, I have a thing for running hats these days. <BR> <BR> Race day was Saturday. It was raining, uggghhh. I woke up with a headache, I seriously considered just staying... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:35:34 EST Who Knew???? I have been trying to find a variety of things to cook for dinner. I always try to make healthy, balanced meals and I have been running out of ideas. Tired of the same-ole same-old. Dad is staying with us and he diabetic so I want to make sure he is eating properly, so I asked him what kinds of foods he likes to eat and his response was "I'm not picky", well that sure was a big help, lol. I went to the market yesterday on my lunch hour and couldn't decide what to purchase for dinner so I ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:22:11 EST Christmas Parade The Holidays are officially here. Started out the month long celebration with our annual family trip to the Christmas parade at the beach. It's always a fun time for our family, it's a tradition, complete with silly hats, glow necklaces, my famous homemade sausage and cheese biscuits and cookies. (I only bake once a year, lol) and we enjoy the goodies at the parade with a large thermos of hot cocoa. This year I was so excited to take my GS to his first parade. Christmas is always more fu... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:50:11 EST Turkey Trot 10K It was a chilly, chilly, windy morning, uggghh, not so perfect running conditions, but wanted to start the day with a calorie deficit, lol. <BR> <BR> Had to do my famous race pose, which really means...hurry up and take the pic dear :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A sea of people, I've never seen so many at a local race. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:20:28 EST Half Marathon Race Report It's official, my SIL completed his first half marathon, WAY TO GO Dan. This was my second one, and I finished 6 minutes faster this year. Here we are pre-race hanging out, waiting to get lined up. Weather was absolutely gorgeous <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Corral time, we were in Coral 5, we chose to line up next to a 2:30 pace group, that would prove to be a little too ambitious later in the race. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:25:20 EST Are You Proud? Tell that special someone Last night was my last training run before Sunday's half marathon. It's been a great training period for me (this will be my second half) and it has been most exciting. My SIL Dan wanted to run his first half marathon so we selected the Norfolk Freedom Half to run together. We have put in a over 200 training miles for this race and we have run our long runs together on the weekends and have been comparing our weekly runs, aches and pains, trying new sports gels, new running shoes, etc. It... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 08:29:19 EST Rock the Vote Spent 90 minutes waiting at the polls this morning before work, 60 minutes of it was outsidein the cold, but so worth it. Remember if you don't vote, your voice cant be heard. Do it for your country. <BR> <BR> For those undecided voters......Pedro (Napoleon Dynamite) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:59:05 EST The Wicked 10K - It was really WICKED !!!! Fun race this weekend, but it sure lived up to it's name, lol. Wicked winds. <BR> But nothing was going to stop the Devil Wearing Prada. Got to the race site at an hour before race started. Here's the finished costume, complete with sequin glasses and glitter running shoes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Met up with SIL Dan, Sis and BFF Teresa, aren't we a silly looking bunch? <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:07:00 EST Visualizing Success Only two days left until the Wicked 10K, I love this run, love seeing all the creative costumes. No one has guessed exactly what I am going as this year. Here's another clue: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Turned my ordinary running fanny pack into an extraordinary Prada bag, no purchase necessary, just the imagination. I'm dangerous with a hot glue gun and sequins. <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:57:41 EST Sneak Peek I'm so excited, this is race week, woo hoo. The Wicked 10K is this weekend. This is a fun race as everyone is dressed in costumes, it's amazing what people can come up with. As always, I have to be different, i always design my own costume, I want to be unique - I walk to the beat of a different drum ya know. I'm sure there won't be another one like me there that's for sure. I'm excited that it's my SIL's first 10K - we enjoyed a great long run on Saturday, we ran the 10K race course so ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:20:50 EST Launched I am so happy to announce that my granddaughter's modeling career was officially launched last night. The big modeling debut, her first modeling gig last night at VA Fashion Week. I never knew VA had a fashion week, I thought that was reserved for NYC and Paris, but what do I know? I'm a little outta touch with the fashion world since my idea of fashion is doning the latest running gear, bright colors of course. <BR> <BR> She was so nervous waiting backstage, the Designer that she was mod... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:00:25 EST Rave Run Hey guys, I'm still here, been MIA every now and then, but still hanging tough. Wanted to share my great weekend experiences with you. Flew to NY to visit dad. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed a simple pleasure on the flight there.... I read the entire issue of November's Runner's World, woo hoo. In Runner's World magazine every month they feature a "Rave Run", gorgeous places to run. Here is this month's pic. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nothin... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:01:19 EST Running Payday What a super exciting weekend. It was a much needed one too. I had the week from Haydes last week and a string of bad luck last week, but I am happy to report the stress level has diminished and I think my luck turned around (two days in a row anyway). <BR> <BR> Went shopping on Saturday, found my favorite collectable shoes, on sale, so I had to splurge (less than $30). I only visit this store maybe once or twice a year so I figured I better load up - 17 new lovely shoes to add to my coll... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 07:35:59 EST Neptune Festival 8K Neptune Festival this past weekend at the oceanfront. It was supposed to be a sunny day for the race, grand parade and sand castle competition, well....Mother Nature changed her plans. Rain, rain, and more rain on race day, boo. There was no way the rain was going to stop me and Sis from a great race, just means we would run faster so we could get out of the rain, lol. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:17:55 EST Sunrise Run Training long run with my SIL this past Saturday, 6 miles, it's his farthest run yet, wanted to share some pics. (Thanks GD for taking some photos of us) Stop by his page and give him a way to go (DGIBSON02). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:36:53 EST Weekend of Celebration Great 6 mile run on Saturday with the SIL. It was the first time he has run more than 5 miles, and he did AWESOME. We are at the half-way mark of training for his first half-marathon and he is right on target. Way to go Danny. <BR> <BR> It was my grandson's first birthday yesterday.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cake diving.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Matching Steeler Jersey... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:27:08 EST Will Someone Please Do My Workout for Me?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No benefit for you if you don't get off your tushy and get it done. Let's get busy. <BR> <BR> 4-mile run tonight after GS first fall baseball game. Working it....are you? Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:28:48 EST What I Want the Most Half way thru the week my Sparkies, are you on track? So far so good here. I didn't get up like I had promised myself yesterday to get my run in, so all day I beat myself up over that and I knew I couldnt run when I got home because they were forecasting a horrible storm, tornado warning even. As soon as I walked in the door from work, I got the gear on and headed out the door, hoping to get in my scheduled 4-miler before the storms moved in. Humidity was very high so it wasn't exactly an... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:13:49 EST Make Time "I don't have time to workout" seems to be the number one excuse for not doing a darn thing. Everyone is busy with life, kids, jobs, etc. If you really want to change, you need to make time. It is totally possible. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Get up an hour earlier, use your lunch hour, walk or bike whenever you can, etc. It's up to you to find the time. Make it happen. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:12:11 EST Why a Daily Workout? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday Sparkies, hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend, I know I did. Spent time this weekend outside running, biking, yard work and helped my BFF move into her new house (yes moving boxes is on the fitness tracker for SP and you'd be surprised how many calories that can torch - woo hoo). Love the fall weather. <BR> <BR> Week 5 Half-Marathon Training: This week starts week 5, woo hoo, going strong and sta... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:04:13 EST Blame the Dog, Seriously????? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really people, would you blame your lack of "whatever" on your innocent dog? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Giving it 100% - today and everyday. Excuses are for people who need get busy. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:24:46 EST Worth It? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is worth it? You betcha. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:06:30 EST When There's a Will, There's a Way Training for my next half-marathon is very time consuming and in November I start training for a full marathon. Training runs are getting longer and my lunch hour can no longer be used for training, since the runs now exceed 4 miles daily, so hmmmmm, creative time management is in order. I could do my runs when I get home in the evenings, but it's starting to get dark earlier and I have found that trying to rush to get a run finished is just not me, I like to take my time and I certainly ca... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:05:25 EST