SPRING4FAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPRING4FAL SPRING4FAL'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/ What Happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545348 Wow, my last blog was dated November 10, 2011!! I guess time flies when you are having fun! Or the more honest answer is life got busy and my priorities changed. <BR> <BR> Back in November of 2011, I signed up for a half ironman. I am not sure what got into me but this was NOT a well thought out commitment. My daughter was 15 and had just started high school. As most parents who have teenagers know, this is a very important time to be involved in your child's life. I jumped into something w... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:52:58 EST Iron....what? Iron...who? WOMAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578294 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time! Where have I been? Hmmm, I guess I was busy living my life. You know, traveling around and running races with some of the best sparks around! Oh how I love my spark family. They have enriched my life in profound ways. They have also influenced that tad bit of crazy in me. You know, that part that says, "you can do anything, go ahead and try!" Yeah, that crazy part which always seems to get me in trouble. Yup! Example: I w... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:18:07 EST Follow your dreams, one step at a time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253798 On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, I drove down to San Diego State University with butterflies in my stomach and a prayer in my heart. It was time. Time to do what, you ask? Time to take my American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) Certification to become a personal trainer. I knew I had studied but felt the only way I could pass the test was by the grace of God. He was the reason I embarked on this journey in the first place. This was HIS idea and I was just being obedient! I relied a lot of Phillippians 8:... Tue, 24 May 2011 17:31:05 EST My 6 Word Success Story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4039458 Things got tough, I got tougher! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:45:26 EST Made to Crave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3910050 Hi all, <BR> <BR> It has been quite awhile since I last posted on my blog. I read this today and thought that people might really get something out of it. I know I sure did. This is a post from Lysa TerKeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries and I really respect her. I saw her speak at a Focus on the Family event a few weeks ago and think she has a great perspective that we all can reflect on! <BR> <BR> <BR> A Call to Action <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> "Do not destroy the wor... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:23:45 EST Rev Up Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3675765 As part of the BLC 14 Challenge, I need to write a "rev up challenge" blog. The rev stands for (R)est, (E)xercise and (V)ideo. I needed to get 7+ hours of rest, get in at least 30 minutes of cardio and try out one of the sparkpeople videos. This was only a 4 day challenge to cover Friday - Monday and I really enjoy them! They help keep me focused over the weekend, which is much more difficult for me than the weekdays. <BR> <BR> I did great on Friday and Saturday but I dropped the ball on Sun... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:52:13 EST Are you REDie? Yes, I AM!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3652770 I joined the BLC 14 challenge and it started this last Wednesday. I needed something to refocus my efforts on eating right. I am a few pounds outside my allowable range and I need to get back there ASAP!! I do not feel comfortable with the extra 3-4 pounds. Now, some people can lose that weight in a week or two but it takes me a LONG time and a LOT of effort to get rid of the excess. BUT I am REDie!!! I want my range numbers showing back up on the scale!! It is time!!!! <BR> <BR> The other c... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 19:10:17 EST One Word Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995682 Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Absent <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> messy <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> selfish <BR> <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Bestest <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Sleep <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Iced Tea <BR> <BR> What room... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 17:05:48 EST Rocked the Carlsbad Half! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826828 That is right, I rocked it! I am proud of my accomplishment and had that "nobody can hold me down" type mentality after finishing but let me back up and start from the beginning. <BR> <BR> Kelly (Happy92003) talked me into running the Carlsbad Half Marathon a few months ago after we completed the Long Beach Half. I swear these things are addictive! I jumped at the opportunity to look forward to another race and train with my bestest sparkfriend. <BR> <BR> Training went well and we did it o... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:07:32 EST Look What Arrived...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2717066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/2/b525268662.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/5/b359268313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THAT IS RIGHT!!! My personal training certificate study materials! Operation Pass ACE is now in full effect! I am excited, intimidated, nervous and overwhelmed all at the same time! DID YOU SEE ALL THOSE BOOKS??? Exercise physiology, human anatomy, and a few more "sciency" type topics scare me to death BUT I will not let that get the best of me. I h... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 21:54:08 EST Having an impact! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2710453 Yesterday, one of my fellow sparks, cgem61 (Carol) left THE NICEST comments on my page. It almost brought me to tears because this is what spreading the spark is all about!!! I am humbled that I have the opportunity to share my success with other people on a similar journey and encourage them, motivate them and hopefully inspire them to make lasting lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> This is what Carol wrote: <BR> <BR> "You have no idea how you have helped me stop being a slug. How you picked me ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 15:35:07 EST 2009 Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2683819 I can't believe that it is already 2010! What a year 2009 panned out to be. I had some very high highs and the lowest of lows this year. The good and the bad are always what seem to stand out in our minds when we try to sum up a period of time. <BR> <BR> I want to start out with some of the highs!! Here they are in no particular order: <BR> I completed my first half marathon <BR> I trained for and completed my first full marathon in honor of my father's bout with a brain tumor with chronic k... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 04:09:30 EST Zumba & 30 Day Shred Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2670610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/1/b419822215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I met one of my favorite sparks, Jocelyn aka wolfkitty at the gym to take a Zumba class. This was my first class and I was excited and a little bit nervous. Sometimes the whole dancing/choreography thing doesn't go so well for me! LOL! I figured that we would have fun no matter what and I was right! <BR> <BR> We took up a spot toward the back and moved our grove thang. The class contained some latin dan... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 01:23:46 EST The Spark - In Stores Now!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2667246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/4/b142437246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow!!! What a day this has been!!! I am sooo excited about the recent release of "The Spark." As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to be included as one of the success stories!!! This is such a huge honor and I feel a bit undeserving as so many people have had even greater levels of success than I BUT NOBODY is more appreciative, humbled and honored by the inclusion. A HUGE thank you to Chris Downie aka Sparkgu... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 02:41:54 EST Christmas Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2657992 I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I pray that, wherever you were, that you were surrounded by those that you care about most. I know I was. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I was somewhat fearful that I wouldn't handle this holiday season very well. As I have mentioned numerous time before, I miss my pops. Nothing changes this, certain times just intensify the emotion. The holidays have to be at the top of this list. I definitely missed our past traditions but I am proud to say... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 00:32:16 EST Christmas Trees & New Traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654429 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/4/b746395376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Monday night (12/21) I finally broke down and bought a Christmas tree. This is the VERY FIRST tree I have ever had in my own house and I have lived on my own for 10 years now. Yes, I have a 13 year old who has never had a Christmas tree in her house. Bad mom, I know...but here is the reason why. <BR> <BR> Our previous tradition was kept by putting up a fake Christmas tree at my father's house, usually on Christmas... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 17:41:16 EST I tri....ed! My first attempt at the triathlon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2648247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/5/b558219597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, December 13, 2009, I became a triathlete!!! Now, mind you, I am no Iron woman....yet! I did overcome a fear though and that is what this journey is all about. I am excited to share this experience with you and document it so that one day I can look back and see all the success, challenges, good times, bad times, easy times, tough times, that I have encountered on this journey towards health, fitness and bal... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 14:09:22 EST How come I haven't gone crazy yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2452419 How come I haven't gone crazy yet? Been admitted to a mental hospital? Lost my marbles? Been put in the nut house? Gone bananas? <BR> <BR> One word. Exercise. Yup, that is it. Exercise. It has managed to keep me from going crazy, being admited to a mental hospital, kept my marbles contained and kept the bananas at bay! LOL! Seriously, though. I have been going through A LOT of EXTREMELY stressful stuff since the passing of my father three months ago. It is still something I think about almos... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:52:09 EST Honored to be a spark!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2426037 One of my lovely sparkfriends, Shannon AKA Coffee-mate-y) sent me the following link this morning and I got all sparked out and EXCITED!!!! I just couldn't contain it and had to share with all my lovely sparkfriends!!! <BR> <BR> <link>book.sparkpeople.com/default.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I just can't thank Chris Downey, Jenny, and the rest of the Sparkpeople staff enough for including me in this newfound journey!!! I really hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire someone else to make ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:56:55 EST Guess where you can see me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2390358 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2388950 </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, so I only want to toot my own horn real quick...check out my "after" photo!!! You can see it at 8:21! Hello hotness!!! LOL! Sexy black top and jeans...doin big things Spark style! <BR> <BR> Spark put together a 10 minute video to share the convention experience. I HIGHLY encourage you to go, if you can! I wish I could go but I can't get the time off of work. Maybe Tampa will be the ho... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:31:45 EST Getting through... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2346985 These past few weeks have been completely exhausting. The second week in August I had a work party at my father's house to try and get ready for the estate sale. I had some fabulous friends come out and help me. It was a very productive day and a lot was accomplished. Everyone just jumped right in and started moving things out to the garage, cleaning, sorting, and disposing. It would have taken me many, many, many hours to do what this team did in such a short period of time. There were 3 spa... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 01:25:53 EST OMG....Guess Who I Just Met..??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2324687 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/8/b580898566.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DAN FREAKIN HENDERSON!!! UFC Fighter, if you didn't know, now you know!!! I am soooo ridiculously excited. Okay, this is how it all went down. I was at my dad's house attempting to prepare for the estate sale we are having this weekend and I decided to stop at Chipotle's in Escondido on my way back home. I went in and ordered our food and as I was walking out the door to sit down outside, one of the other guys in the ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 01:50:07 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2308018 Since I really, really try to remain a very positive person, I haven't been blogging much lately. We all go through times in our lives when our journey isn't all happy happy joy joy and that is one of those times for me. Not to say that I am not fortunate or blessed but at times life can be hard to swallow. <BR> <BR> Losing my dad was an obvious blow. A very big blow. Unfortunately, his passing was just the beginning of a tough journey. There are so many things that have to be taken care of... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 23:10:13 EST My face was on Entertainment Tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2256308 How fun! My lovely friend Wolfkitty (Jocelyn) called me last night and asked if I had caught the Entertainment Tonight clip that was supposed to air about Sparkpeople. Unfortunately, I had missed it but she quickly moved on to tell me that the photo of the two of us in one of her old shirts was on the show!!! How fun is that? My peach and a half of a friend is now a supah star!!!! She took me along for the ride! haha! <BR> <BR> For those of you who missed it, here is the link: <BR> <link>w... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:37:41 EST Sad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2175982 Well, as most of you know by now, my father passed away on Friday. I am completely devistated. We were two peas in a pod. He was my knight in shining armour and I was daddy's little girl -always and forever- cuz that is how we rolled. He was a single father and I was an only child. The sun rose and set on my head as far as he was concerned. Everyone should be blessed with the type of dad I had...as the world would be a much better place. Here are the details: <BR> <BR> Back in 2005 my dad wa... Tue, 23 Jun 2009 23:59:14 EST San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon - YEAH BABY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2116322 On Saturday, May 30 I went down to the San Diego Convention Center to pick up my bib #'s, race packet, and check out the expo. There were supposed to be a number of sparks going but unfortunately that didn't come to pass. Kelly (Happy92003), Felicia (fhamwey), my daughter and I went to the convention together. We waited outside the exhibit hall for a few of our fellow sparks who RSVP'd to attend but did not show. Tammy (marathonmom26.2) called and let us know she was running late. Kelly and I... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 13:36:26 EST EEEKKKKKSSS!!! There is a motivational article on me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2056486 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1340 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't know they had posted this until my dear friend Zircadia told me about it!!! How exciting!!! Thanks to SP for making me feel on top of the world. All the work was well worth it if even one person can gain an ounce of motivation and realize that THEY REALLY CAN DO THIS!!!!! <BR> <BR> I couldn't have done it without SP and the wonderful spark buddies I have made. Thanks to all of you, you have ... Tue, 12 May 2009 16:52:09 EST 21 miler - eazy breeezy mac and cheezy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2053074 This past weekend I ran my farthest distance to date - 21 MILES!!! Well, to say I "ran" it is probably an overstatement but Kelly and I walk/jogged it. Let me just say that it was tough but I think 18 was tougher!! Having a great running partner really makes things more enjoyable. Especially when at mile 17.5 your running partner looks at you in the eye with enthusiasm and says "It is only about a 5k from here...we should run!!!" Ummm...I would rather walk!!! HEHE!!! She pushes me and support... Mon, 11 May 2009 15:23:28 EST Journey to mile 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2050995 I realized after the spark convention that I haven't blogged AT ALL about my marathon training. WHAT?!?! I don't know where my head is! I have had successes, set backs, tears, frustrations, happiness, soreness, tiredness, achiness, fun, excitement, nervousness and more!! What isn't to love with all those emotions involved!!! <BR> <BR> So, let me briefly tell you how I started on this journey! I had just completed the Carlsbad Half Marathon in January and I loved the camaraderie and friendsh... Sun, 10 May 2009 22:38:14 EST SP Convention - San Diego Recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2039269 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/6/b668632184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hmmmm, where do I begin? There is sooo much that I want to write but I guess I should start from the very beginning. Jenny (not Coach Jen) contacted me awhile back and asked that I keep the fact that SP was going to have their first ever conference in San Diego a secret. Wow, was that tough!!! I wanted to share the news RIGHT AWAY!!! LOL!!! She asked me to look over some maps and things for the run & walk that they we... Wed, 6 May 2009 14:20:40 EST Perfect Day at the Spa!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1930796 MY FRIEND SHANNON (COFFEE-MATE-Y) BLOGGED ABOUT OUR TRIP TO THE SPA AND I AM REPOSTING HER BLOG HERE...SHE RECAPPED OUR DAY SO WELL THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO RECAP IT AGAIN!! THANKS SHANNON FOR ALLOWING ME TO STEAL YOUR BLOG! <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAH!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/2/b126446037.jpg"> <BR> (The birthday girl!) <BR> <BR> I met Leah almost a year ago and although we live far (she's in San Diego), we try to get together when we can, and keep i... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 17:53:12 EST Feelin Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1906167 I was down and out for about 6 or more weeks due to my previous knee injuries (yes, both knees) rearing their ugly head. I am in the midst of training for the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon. It is hard to train when you can barely walk without pain. I went to the doctor and he said it was an overuse injury and to just stay off of it for awhile. That wasn't acceptable to me but taking it easy and walking instead of running was an acceptable alternative. I cut down on all running and focused ... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 18:52:14 EST Carlsbad Half Marathon? Check!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1773462 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/0/b709019989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On January 25, 2009 I did something I thought was NEVER in the cards for me. I completed my first half marathon!!!!!!!! I couldn't be more excited or proud of my accomplishments. When I first started this journey, I couldn't run. Period. I was out of shape, carrying around way too much weight and my body couldn't handle the impact. I would start panting just after a few breaths and LOOK AT ME NOW!!!! Here is the story... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 17:11:24 EST I am engaged!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1711099 Well, I posted a little bit about this on my page but I want to record this moment in time with a blog!! On Christmas morning, my honey of 8 years popped the question in front of my dad and daughter!!! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him - straight to the point!!! I posted a couple of pics on my page that document those precious few moments (thank goodness my daughter thought to grab the camera and snap away!). We have not set a date or anything yet and am sure we will do this i... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 21:26:08 EST 2009 Resolution Run 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1650841 I completed my first OFFICIAL 10k this morning!! I did one VIRTUAL 10k a few months back but this was the real deal. It was cold and rainy this morning and I almost blew off the running because I have been sick for the past week. This darn virus had me good, too. I haven't been sick in about a year but it got me and it got me good. I was meeting a fellow spark, Felicia, there and once I got there I had no other choice than to run. It was in Mission Bay and the scenery was nice, even though it... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 02:47:02 EST Holiday Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1609341 This is the time of year where temptation follows us all around like cats chase mice! LOL! I have dodged some major bullets this year and I am sooo glad. The hardest time is coming up from Christmas to New Years. I depend on my work schedule to keep my eating in check but we have xmas eve through the second of January off and go back to work on the fifth. This will be a tough stretch but I am very happy that I have the Carlsbad Half Marathon training to keep me focused. I don't want to have l... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 21:42:52 EST Getting excited about the new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1599274 New Years is right around the corner and I can't wait to make my resolutions!! I should check and see what mine where for last year, if I made any! LOL! Apparently, I wasn't too concerned with making them happen but this year I am going to make some sort of poster or flyer and post it in the bathroom, on the fridge and in my office at work. I will most likely be making exercise related ones that focus on improving my edurance and toning my muscles. I have neglected this part of the program fo... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 00:51:37 EST 8 Miler Under My Belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1587820 I had a wonderful run this morning. It totalled about 8 miles and I ran about 6 miles with Coffeerun (Jessica) and Cellia6191 (Marcy). I am enjoying the runs and having others to go with makes it that much more enjoyable. We ran in Mission Bay Park by Belmont Park at 6:30am. It was great to get out and get moving so early. By the time I finished up, it was getting busy and I appreciated the quiet of the morning. I am pretty sore but I am taking care of myself. <BR> <BR> This process has bee... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 19:16:48 EST 1/2 Marathon Here I Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1574251 I have decided to bite the bullet and sign up for the Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon on January 25, 2009. I have been training for the past couple of weeks and am excited about the prospect of doing something big and challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone and just do it!!! <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I ran further than I ever have in one stretch. My Nike Plus said it was 6.88 Miles and I walked about .25-.50 (warm-up & cool down) and I was totally psyched. I felt good. I learned a few l... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 17:09:19 EST Muddy Buddy 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1557208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b382229092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday, November 2, 2008 marked the date that Shannon (Coffee-Mate-Y) and I had been looking forward to for a couple of months. We were both driving to San Dimas, CA to participate in the Muddy Buddy which is a run/bike leap-frog type event for 2 people (1 team). The basic premise is that one person starts the race riding a bike while the other person starts the race running until you get to the obstacle which marks t... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 19:22:31 EST Morning Workouts Continue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1534503 Well, I am starting my third week of morning workouts and I continue to LOVE IT more and more with each passing day. I was one of those people that didn't think it was possible to wake up early and get my butt to the gym but I was WRONG and I am super excited about it still!!! I encourage anyone to give it a try for just a week and see how it works for you! <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful weekend and went on a 6 mile hike with my daughter. We had a nice time and the view from the top was fabulou... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:00:52 EST Yaaay me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1515637 HAPPY DANCE!!!! <BR> <BR> For the past three mornings, I managed to get myself out of bed and get to the gym around 6am. It is a fantastic way to start the day and get my exercise out of the way. There aren't many excuses one can use at 6am other than "I am tired." Once I get out of bed, I am soooo glad that I did and it is well worth it!!! I feel great and have figured out a wonderful way to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule. <BR> <BR> Previously, I used to work out during my lunch... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:59:24 EST Bootcamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1495156 Today was the Bootcamp Challenge at MCRD. Wow, was it an interesting experience. I was super duper excited cause my wonderful SP friend Coffee-mate-y (Shan) was driving down for LA to participate with Angespad and me. We got matching shirts and everything!!!! <BR> <BR> Shan got a little bit intimidated by the drill instructors but she got over that quickly and avoided them like the plague!! HAHA! <BR> <BR> We started out strong and flew over some hay bail obstacles and set a nice comfortab... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 21:33:07 EST Mid-Month Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1461253 So far, this month has been average. I am happy to report that I have continued to get exercise in even though my daughter has swim lessons 5x/week from 6:30-7:30pm. This is my usual workout time and I am proud that I have been flexible enough to accomidate her new schedule. <BR> <BR> I am a little bit less happy to report that I haven't been able to get in my swim and bike practices like I need to in order to do reasonably well in my triathlon. I need to come up with a plan of attack on ho... Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:30:16 EST My First 10 K....Nike + Human Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1433664 I did it!!!!!!!!!!! I am super excited to report that I completed the Nike + Human Race in 1:09:40!!! Now, I know this isn't going to win any fantastic awards but it is definitely a notch on my belt!! WHOOOO HOOOO for me!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't been training for this or anything but luckily my endurance is improving and I felt relatively good during most of the race. I walked a little bit but A LOT LESS than I thought I would. I participated "virtually" by using my Nike Plus system and then I... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 01:03:25 EST Fourth Week of Tri Training....Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1416531 Okay so last week wasn't very successful because my car broke down and I allowed it to get in the way of my goals. I lost focus for a brief moment but I am DETERMINED to get back on track! <BR> <BR> On Monday, I did my swim and it went pretty well. The training program is challenging but I really like that part. I am out of my comfort zone and I am happy to be moving forward with my fitness! <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, I went running and IT WAS GREAT!!! I am getting better at self-talk and the ... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:02:36 EST Fourth week of tri training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1398047 Tri training is progressing along nicely. I am getting more and more confident in the water but it is still the hardest of all three sports for me. I am excited about the prospect of race day!!! I love mixing up my training with running, swimming and biking. I keep trying to take this journey one day at a time! <BR> <BR> I have been doing a much better job at including fruits and vegetables in my diet. I noticed that I will and do make healthy choices if they are available. Summer is great f... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 01:07:00 EST I am sooo excited because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1361486 I AM A SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATOR!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo excited and humbled by this honor. Thank you to all the people who submitted nominations on my behalf. You guys are the best!!! <BR> <BR> I have been working hard to get the San Diego Team up and running and got a little bit bummed that the activity and participation in the events hasn't been what I hoped it would. BUT... This honor gives me the motivation to keep doing what I have been doing and to keep striving to reach out to those who st... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 00:30:57 EST First Day of Tri Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1350644 Phew!!! I am exhausted but in an entirely fabulous way!!! I just started my first day of triathlon training. I am super excited (and kinda scared) about what the next few months have in store for me. I am bound and determined to increase my endurance and finish this race!!! I know I can do it!!! It is funny how much the weaknesses I see in my fitness piss me off but that just makes me want it that much more. <BR> <BR> Basically, my swimming technique is terrible. Don't get me wrong, I can s... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 03:12:42 EST Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1338064 One of my team challenges for yesterday was: <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to write a blog about your progress so far for this month; You can list your measurements, your weight-loss to date, or anything that you consider an accomplishment. Have there been any hurdles you've overcome? Any habits you've broken? Any lifestyle changes you've made? Tell us about it! <BR> <BR> So here goes!! My progress this month has been almost non-existant because I had a procedure done on my back and it rea... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:43:47 EST