STEVIEBEE569's SparkPeople Blog STEVIEBEE569's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy 4th of July Well, today, I ran the Firecracker 6. This is a 6-mile race. I ran this race in memory of my grandmother who was born on the 4th of July. Love & Miss her greatly. But, I know she was smiling down on me today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last year, I ran a 4-mile race & struggled a bit. This year, with the 6-miler, I was hoping to get it done in under an ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:24:04 EST Accountability Part Two Yesterday, I blogged about joining a group of ladies for 100 days to reach set goals. Within that post, I indicated that my main goals during these 100 days were to build muscle, tone up & eat clean. Of course my accountability partner called me out within the group and asked if I did my leg workout. Well, I just finished my leg workout. Additionally, I ate pretty well despite the cookies & pop/soda at work today & pizza yesterday. Also, believe it or not, but posting that blog yesterday put ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:25:56 EST Accountability I joined a group of ladies who decided to achieve specified goals in 100 started last week on June 1st and will end on September 8th. I have few short-term goals, but my main goal for this duration is to build muscle, tone up, & get back into eating clean. However, when it comes to my strength training & eating clean, I tend to get too relaxed (not sure if that's the right word or not). <BR> <BR> I've been involved with a number of fitness groups on Facebook as well as Sparkpeople, ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:35:17 EST Tough, but It's Done Today, I ran my 4th Half Marathon in 51 days. Additionally, it's my 4th state of 50. Today was Indiana. My previous states were TN, KY, & OH. My long term goal is to do a Half Marathon in every state. Also, this month, I will be adding PA. <BR> <BR> Also, at this race, I saw my Sparkfriend, Cindy. She is a beast on the pavement. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Additionally, I met a new lady of my running group. She ran the 5K, where... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 13:16:11 EST New Month New Goal In May, I set a running mileage goal of 70 miles. I'm proud to say that I made that goal as of yesterday with a total of 70.7 miles. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I posted my achievement on Facebook & stated that I was going to shoot for another 70-mile goal for June. Well, one of my Facebook friends challenged me to do 100 miles. Well, I'm always up for a challenge & I agreed with a little hesitation. See I set a 500-mile goal for ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:24:14 EST Experience Life Today is such a beautiful day! I went on a 6-mile walk/run intervals with my girls. During on of the walking sessions, I decided to get my dance on! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you have good music on, good friends around, & beautiful weather, you just have to enjoy your life! <em>104</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 17:40:09 EST Happy Mother's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spark Friends that are mothers, I pray you're enjoying you special day. You so deserve to be celebrated. <BR> <BR> My mother came to visit me & as usual, we had an awesome time together. I'm so happy that I still have the privilege for this special lady to be in my life. Yesterday, I treated her to a well-deserved pedicure., because she went back home today. <BR> <BR> So, once more, Happy Mother's Day friends... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:43:11 EST Starting Tomorrow 7 Weeks Until Summer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow, we have 7 weeks until summer. In April, my eating habits were terrible & May is not starting that great either, especially after my birthday yesterday. However, I woke up & said to myself: Look here, Steph, how bad do you want the toned body that you keep saying you want? <BR> <BR> I have to be honest with myself. Am I really willing to give up junk food, simple sugars, white bread, etc.? If I ... Fri, 9 May 2014 15:22:13 EST Why does 45 Look Like? Well, today, is my 45th birthday. This is what 45 looks like: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For this year, for some strange reason, I'm really looking forward to this year. My mother bought me a pandora charm bracelet for my birthday. I cannot wait until I start building my bracelet to depict my life. I'm really excited for my future. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 May 2014 21:11:08 EST April Accomplishments & May Challenge Here's what I accomplished in April: <BR> <BR> 1. Completed 2 Half Marathons in 8 days <BR> 2. Qualified as a Half Fanatic <BR> 3. Ran 57.47 miles; 2014 Mileage: 225.06 miles (274.94 miles left) <BR> <BR> Here are the challenges I'm doing this month: <BR> <BR> 1. Run 70 miles (see below picture) <BR> 2. Run my 5th Half Marathon <BR> 3. Eating Clean (I didn't do too well in April) <BR> 4. Strength Training with Body Beast Program <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 1 May 2014 19:58:08 EST Runniversary Yesterday, I ran the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon. My goal was to run a sub 2:30. I ended up running an official 2:24.02. I was so ecstatic & proud of myself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came to the realization that this month is my runniversary (that's runner talk). I've gotten back into running & last April, I couldn't even get a mile under my belt. No one could have ever told me that I would have ran 3 Half Marathons (13.1 mil... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:53:43 EST So Far 2014 Well, it's a new month: March! I looked at my blog that I posted on Saturday, January 4th to see what my goals were for this year. Here's a reminder to myself of what those goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. 500 Miles this year <BR> 2. Operation Tone Up <BR> 3. Continuing to Eat Clean <BR> <BR> For my first goal, so far, I'm at 119 running miles, with 381 more miles to go (24% of my goal). <BR> <BR> With my 2nd goal, I joined an online challenge called Lean Body for Her Challenge. It's a 12-week pro... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:11:35 EST 2013 Look Back & 2014 Goals Well, 2013 is now gone. I have to say I'm quite proud of what I accomplished in 2013. I lost 45 pounds and started back running in May 2013. With my running, I ran quite a few races: a few 5Ks, 4-miler, 5-miler, 10K, and a 9-miler. However, I so surprised myself with doing 2 Half Marathons in November as well as December. I couldn't believe it. I shocked myself because I did it. WooHoo! Additionally, I had a few personal best with my running. My 5K personal best was 32:35. My 5-miler personal... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:14:03 EST Operation Tone Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend & I were talking this weekend about feeling comfortable enough to run in a sports bra & shorts this summer, like some of the ladies who we saw running on the trails we run on. Some of these ladies had great bodies & some not so great, but the confidence they displayed was very inspiring. <BR> <BR> So, along with incorporating the Eat Clean lifestyle, I bought a new strength training program from Beachbo... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:47:24 EST An Honor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My running group showcased me on our Facebook page. One of the Ambassador's even wants to tell my story to other BGR groups. This is such an honor. I told the ladies about my weight loss journey as well as my running journey. I hope to continue to motivate and encourage others. You just never know whose life you're impacting. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:21:01 EST Eat Clean Challenge Results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I haven't posted in awhile with respect to my Eat Clean Challenge. Well, the results are in! I've lost 2.1% body fat. Yes, I've only lost 1.8#, but I've lost inches. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I completed my first Half Marathon. I couldn't believe it. I had to walk some, but that just fine with me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 19:40:55 EST Beast Mode <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eat Clean is still going on. But I want to speak on my workouts today. This morning, I ran/walked with a newbie from my running group. We ended up doing 1.84 miles. Next week, she will be starting week #4 of her training. I'm loving her dedication & enthusiasm. It's so contagious. Despite it being really cold in the morning hours, I hold myself accountable to continue to help her out in achieving the goal of runn... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:26:05 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #23 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, not too much to tell today, but I did my virtual run this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning's workout felt really good. I'm going to have to keep my workouts in the morning from now on with the exception of running with my running buddy or my running group in the evenings. I know if I ask or schedule a run with someone, I'm going... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:17:37 EST Clean Eating: Day #22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This challenge has not been easy. However, the key to success with this challenge is planning my meal plans. This week, I have not done a good job at planning. But, I refuse to give up. I will not quick trying my best to achieve this lifestyle habit of eating clean. I found this online & it am not calling myself nor anyone a "dummy", but I just want to keep these principles in the forefront of my mind. <BR> <BR> E... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:24:58 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I asked the ladies who are doing this challenge with me how they were doing. Most said they're not doing very well. Two words came up that stood out to me: hard & consistent. Yes, this has been a hard challenge. Yes, it takes consistency to be successful. During my first two weeks, I've gained 2 pounds but my body fat decreased by 1.5%. I'm happy with the decrease in body fat. I'm going to continue despite i... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:59:11 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I had my 10K race. My goal was to run it in 1:10 hours. Well, I ended up running 6.37 miles in 1:10.57 hours with an average pace 11.07min/mile. The path was pavement as well as on grass. The run part on grass was tough along with those hills. I have to continue to do my hill intervals during my training. Despite the toughness of this race, I'm so proud of myself. The pace I ran for this race is the pace I wo... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:08:08 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #18 Fitbit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OMG, I left my Fitbit at home. That little piece of equipment helps me stay active. Additionally, my mother and I are competitive friends on Fitbit. Of course, she was a little happy that I left my Fitbit at home, because today she will come close to my steps, especially since she and my nephews went to the Apple Orchard to pick apples. She got in a ton of steps. Oh well, it is what it is. But, it is interesting ho... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:54:30 EST Clean Eating: Day #16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really feel that drive to Chicago has physically drained me. I'm so tired this evening. Also, I haven't had much of an appetite today. Here's today's menu: <BR> <BR> Meal #1: <BR> Oatmeal <BR> Turkey bacon <BR> <BR> Meal #2: <BR> Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry with Brown Rice <BR> <BR> Meal #3: <BR> Cottage cheese & pineapple <BR> <BR> Meal #4: <BR> Fruit Smoothie (Vanilla protein powder, mango, blackberries, blu... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:26:59 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I'm back on track with my clean eating challenge. I just pray the past 2 days were not too damaging. <BR> <BR> Today's Menu: <BR> <BR> Meal #1: <BR> Fruit Smoothie (Strawberries, Blueberries, Banana, Chia Seeds, & Vanilla Protein Powder) <BR> <BR> Meal #2: <BR> Greek Yogurt with peaches <BR> <BR> Meal #3: <BR> Chicken & Ham Salad (chicken, ham, spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, dried cranberries, mush... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:42:11 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Venting Okay, I received another Sparkmail from another team member that really irritated me today. I'm really trying to keep my cool about these crazy messages I have been receiving lately. First message was about my running group. Now, this one is about how I chose to motivate people. I don't get it. But the one thing I have to keep in mind is the fact that I cannot nor will not please everyone. I just had to vent for a little bit because I do not want the reactions of others deter me from keeping ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:35:45 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I am proud to say that I did my strength training this morning. My accountability partner called me this morning to make sure I did my workout. Accountability helps me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I want to start my back with my Half Marathon training. I reached out to my running group to see if any of the ladies are training for ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:06:08 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #10 (Extremely Tired) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, I was extremely tired today. From listening to the conference speakers at my old church to working out, my body is extremely tired. Green tea did not help at all. Black tea did not help either. This evening's run/walk gave me no energy and I usually have tons of energy after my run. All I can say is after I type this blog, I'm heading to bed. <BR> <BR> Here's today's menu: <BR> <BR> Meal #1: <BR> High Fib... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:30:50 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, chocolate has been around me for the past 2 days due to a birthday celebration at work: from brownies to cupcakes. OMG! I really wanted one of those brownies. However, I am proud to say that I did not have any. Each time, I went to the break room to get either a snack or lunch from my lunch pack, those sweet treats were there. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I feel like I'm constantly hungry. I'm really trying to ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 22:39:08 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #8 I was asked to become a running coordinator for my running group. This morning, I walk/ran with one of our newbies. She's so excited about getting healthier through running. I told her that she will be amazed if she continues with the running, but she has to be committed and consistent. <BR> <BR> Then, this evening, I did hill intervals with my running buddy. She was a beast this evening. She had me go up the hill doing lunges, then I ran 5 hill intervals. Lastly, we ended with one more lun... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 22:39:00 EST Clean Eating Day #7: OMG <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, once more, I was having an okay day today. Until I read a Spark Mail from someone on one of my Spark Teams. This individual asked about a team that is called Black Girls Run. First off, I wish people would do research on a group before sending a very ignorant email to an individual that you don't even know. Second, Black Girls Run is a group that promotes a healthy lifestyle and fitness amongst African Americ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:59:19 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a very easy, restful day. Basically, I just rested and chilled with Skeeter. However, I did go out for a walk with the newbies in my running group. The Black Girls Run has a Walk Before You Run Program. It is an 11-week program. We are encouraging them to get moving. Hopefully, they will continue this journey of becoming healthier and who knows, they may become runners. Actually, I met a young lady named... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:44:14 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, today, I had my 5-miler Wine at the Line. This race was tough. It was raining pretty much all day, but it stopped once the race happened. Of course after the rain, the humidity came. Then, the course was full of rolling hills! Whew! I completed the run in 65 minutes. Not my best at all, but that's okay! I'll take it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:52:37 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did not sleep well at all last night. I think I was still on my runner's high from last night's hill intervals/run. Not only was I tired from a lack of sleep, but my legs definitely are feeling sore from yesterday's workout: hills & weight lifting. Can someone say "Ouch!" <BR> <BR> Despite my being tired, my day was okay until I came home after work. I go to check my mailbox to see if I received a medal from la... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:49:35 EST Clean Eating Challenge: Day #3 (AWESOME) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was an awesome day! This morning, I walked 2.1 miles and did Les Mills' Pump & Burn, which was no joke. Tonight, I ran with my running buddy. We tackled 5 hills. We did a total of 3.5 miles. I feel amazing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's menu: <BR> <BR> Meal #1: <BR> Broccoli & Cheddar Scramble (1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1/2-cup of broccoli, & 0... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:15:20 EST Clean Eating: Day #2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm determined to hold myself accountable during this challenge. Had to make adjustments to today's menu & that's fine. <BR> <BR> Meal #1 <BR> Powered Oatmeal (oatmeal, 1/2 scoop of protein powder, 1/4-cup of blueberries, & 1/4-cup of skim milk) <BR> <BR> Meal #2 <BR> Hummus with carrots & celery <BR> <BR> Meal #3 <BR> Turkey burger on a whole wheat sandwich thin; green beans & 1 apple <BR> <BR> Meal #4 <BR> 3... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:06:48 EST Clean Eating: Day #1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day #1 of my Clean Eating challenge went quite well. Planning is the key! It is vital. I made my menu last week. Here's today's menu: <BR> <BR> Meal #1: <BR> Favorite Scramble (spinach, mushroom, low-fat cheese, egg whites) <BR> <BR> Meal #2: <BR> <BR> Greek yogurt with peaches <BR> <BR> Meal #3: <BR> <BR> Sirloin Steak; Broccoli, Sweet Potato (half); Strawberries <BR> <BR> Meal #4: <BR> <BR> Roasted peanuts... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 21:28:39 EST I'm So Excited! I'm so excited about a few things. First, I am excited about my 9.5 mile run/walk yesterday with my running group. Today, I rested with a hot bath with Epsom salt, icing my knees and left ankle, then some Icy Hot. I couldn't believe I did that. WooHoo! I'm on a real runner's high, even though that was yesterday. <BR> <BR> Also, excited about the ladies who will join me in my Eat Clean challenge in a few days. I believe they are excited as well. They are asking questions, posting pictures, in... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:02:26 EST October Challenge: Eating Clean <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so excited right now. On Monday, I put on my Facebook page if any of my friends would be interested in doing an October Challenge with me. The challenge is Eating Clean. I was so surprised by the response from my friends. Actually, 17 ladies showed an interest. One of the ladies asked me to create a page on Facebook in order to encourage one another during the challenge. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I turned off my t... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:53:36 EST Feeling Good This morning, me and my running buddy went out to get on the trail. The weather was great: Cool & Bright! We ended up doing 4.05 miles of running with walking. I was completely fine with it because I'm still being careful with my ankle. However, I drank a V8 Fusion energy drink prior to the run/walk. So, I was energized, that I wanted to do 3 more miles, but I didn't (for my concerned Spark friends). I was content, because I felt awesome being back on that trail. <BR> <BR> Also, I wore a n... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:51:25 EST Quitting: Not An Option! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to share this! Are you going to quit because the scale hasn't moved in weeks or maybe even months? Are you going to quit because you didn't eat the right foods today? Are you going to quit because you haven't worked out in a couple of days? Don't you dare quit. Keep pushing onward and upward, despite what may come up your way. Once more, both ups and downs occur during the journey! 2013 is not over yet, whi... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:17:51 EST Had to share this <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On our individual weight loss or becoming healthier journeys, we need to always keep in mind that there will be ups & downs! Just stay focused & motivated! Keep your eyes on the prize. No one ever said this journey was going to be easy. If it was, then everyone would be doing it. Keep progressing onward & upward. Trust me, the hard work will pay off in the end! Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:33:40 EST Finally! WooHoo! At this week's weigh-in, I finally broke my plateau. I was in the lower 140s for about a month. I was getting a little frustrated. I know plateaus are part of the weight loss journey. So, I made a few changes this month. Now, I weigh 136.8 pounds. I couldn't believe it. I'm only 1.8 pound from my goal weight of 135 pounds. I have been in my 130s since college, which has been years ago. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm working on tightening up my body, because I'm flabby from the weight loss. I will reall... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:14:39 EST Confession for a Healthy Lifestyle I found this on Facebook and want to apply this to my life! It's from Living Word Christian Center. Please feel free to confess this over your life as well! <BR> <BR> I commit to living a healthy lifestyle this day. I prepare healthy foods for my family and myself. I treat my body well and don't misuse it. My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I come out from among foods that deplete my body of essential nutrients. I separate myself unto God and I eat that which is g... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:01:55 EST Another NSV - I Guess! I have another NSV, but it took someone else to point it out. One day, I was complaining about my darn eyeglass keep sliding down my face when I workout or when I'm working at work. It is very aggravating. Ugh! This individual told me the reason why my glasses keep sliding down my face is because of the weight I've lost. My face had shrunk along with my body. I felt so dumb, when they told me this. I didn't put 2 & 2 together. I really need some new glasses, because these are driving me crazy... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:47:22 EST This Weekend's Races Last night, I had a wonderful time at the Glo Run. I basically walked it with very little running. The atmosphere was awesome. The music and lighting was great. I so enjoyed this race more that the Color Run I ran weeks ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning, Black Girls' Run had a 5K/10K race in Charlotte, NC. However, since some of the ladies were unable to attend the conference and race this weekend, BGR opened up a virt... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:39:34 EST Well Wishes I want to thank my Spark Teammates from Jeff Galloway Training for any length race Spark Team for the well wishes for my upcoming race and the concern for my ankle. Trust me, I'm definitely going to take it easy this weekend. The Glo Run looks like a bunch of fun because it's at night with a lot of electric lighting. I'm not going for a personal best. I'm going for fun! So, don't worry! If I need to walk, I will walk with no shame in my heart. <BR> <BR> But, I must say my ankle feels so much... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:16:38 EST Ankle Diagnosis Well, for the past week & half, I've been nursing my ankle. I made a decision this morning to go for a light jog on the treadmill, because I haven't really ran in almost 2 weeks. Ugh! Well, needless to say, I ran for only 20 minutes at a very slow pace. I was happy with that. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I went to a doctor to get a diagnosis on my ankle. He told me that I have a mild case of Achilles Tendonitis. Also, he told me to take Alleve as well as do some calf stretches. So, I'm going to conti... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 19:39:36 EST My Weekend w/ My Family Well, this time last year, my family and I had a trying time. I lost my job after moving away from Toledo to move to Indy, which is further away from my family by 5 hours where Toledo was only 2 hours. Then, my brother was in the hospital due to blood clots in his lungs. Along with this stress, my dad was in the hospital due to a number of ailments that were due to years of alcoholism. My mother whom I'm very close to was going through so much last year. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to say that I... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:02:52 EST Family Time and My Ankle Well, this Labor Day weekend, I'm spending quality time with my family. This week, I have been nursing my ankle. I'm not sure what I did. I did not hurt it during a run. Ugh! So, today, I went out with my mother and aunt to see if I could get in a short run in. However, my ankle had other plans. It started to hurt at a pace of 10.25. So, I stopped. I ended up walking with a little running of 3.2 miles with my mother and aunt. I was so proud of my mother because we both ran down a particular h... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:49:01 EST Progress to be made I'm going to really have to press in with my training because in a couple of months I will be running a half marathon. I will reassess my workout calendar for both September and October. This month, I did not reach my goal of running 8 miles consistently. However, I am okay if I end up walking a little bit with the half marathon in November. But I do want to run as much as I can. So, tomorrow, I will work on my workout calendars. Additionally, I want to really focus on my strength training, e... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:20:56 EST