SUEINTHEPARK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUEINTHEPARK SUEINTHEPARK'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/ Full-Filled Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175587 Here are my notes on Week 4 of Full-Filled. I went through most of this while on vacation in Mexico, and feel like I've made great progress considering my usual behaviours here. Wow! The Renee Method really works! <BR> <BR> *** Dig In: What are Your Triggers? *** <BR> rank trigger situation <BR> 1. Being home alone, and hungry or bored or lonely, and continuously snacking. <BR> 2. Martini bar 'treats' at work and the encouragement to eat them, either as a reward or just to try them. <BR> 3... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 01:19:31 EST Full-Filled Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175555 So, I'm not terribly behind in my schedule working through the book, but I am very behind in blogging my Full-Filled progress notes. So here goes with my thoughts on the exercises for Week 3: <BR> <BR> *** Dig In: Get Into Balance *** <BR> Level One Activities <BR> -Sleep! Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep per night will totally energize my body and spirit. That means in bed, ready to sleep, by 10:30 (on weeknights). <BR> -Exercise! Always my staple for renewal, not to be neglected. Time to ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:24:15 EST Full-Filled Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155355 Carrying on where I left off, I'm following Renee Stephen's 6-week program from her book Full-Filled, along with listening to her Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. It's not about eating specific foods in a diet, it's about behaviour change, and changing how you think and behave around food. So, to keep a record beyond my private journal, here are my thoughts (all that I journalled, in fact) about her exercises for week 2. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Dig In: Notice Your Objections <BR> Maybe I'... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:56:54 EST Full-Filled Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145330 So, to follow up last week's blog entry, I'm following Renee Stephen's 6-week program from her book Full-Filled, along with listening to her Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. It's not about eating specific foods in a diet, it's about behaviour change, and changing how you think and behave around food. So, to keep a record beyond my private journal, here are my thoughts (all that I journalled, in fact) about her exercises for week 1. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> Dig In 1: What specific be... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:58:03 EST It's working!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140890 It took me a long, long time after they were first recommended to me, but I've finally engaged and am listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts. Not just listening to, absently, but actively listening to them and working through the sometimes challenging exercises Renee Stephens asks of her listeners. They aren't about dieting. They are about how we think about food; about listening to our bodies, recognizing hunger and fullness; about identifying triggers to overeating and why we migh... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:57:17 EST Overweight Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073873 Moving to a new city. <BR> Adjusting to a new routine.  <BR> Making all new friends.  <BR> Going for beer & wings after work.  <BR> Lunch out.  <BR> Dinner out.  <BR> Haagen-Dazs.  <BR> Lack of sleep.  <BR> Using sugary treats for energy.  <BR> Days getting shorter, draining the motivation to run before work.  <BR> <BR> Enough already.  <BR> <BR> Track.  <BR> Stick within the limit.  <BR> Run.  <BR> Skate.  <BR> Walk.  <BR> Sleep well.  <BR> Buy groceries.  <BR> Make lunch.  <BR> Make dinne... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:00:17 EST Sunday Misadventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920855 I had a very interesting day, to say the least. It started at 3am when my sister knocked on my door, in tears, knowing that she had to put her dog down since she could no longer breathe due to the tumour growing in her nose, and asked me to come with her. We went to her clinic (she is a vet) and I assisted by holding Tuffy's vein, and held her while sis did the injection. She said it was much easier to do it than to talk about it so I think she was happy with her decision not to take Tuffy to... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 23:19:38 EST What to do after a Half Marathon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912358 So, I've been training for months for this spring's events, running five times per week, and feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. I had a great run yesterday, and a relaxing day of recovery and eating (including a substantial t-bone steak). But I have been neglecting something very important to me, and I did it today for the first time in a year. To be sure that I would stay still and just allow myself to recover, I went to the blood donor clinic to share some of my good stuff with som... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:38:39 EST New Half Marathon PB today! WOOHOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910760 The inaugural running of the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon was today. After a hilly PB in Edmonton at the end of April, and realizing the relative ease I was now having running at the lower altitude in Southern Ontario, I decided to sign up for the NFWHM at the deadline, and booked a flight in time to pick up my race kit. It was a cool, overcast, breezy day, perfect conditions for a run and a new PB! Long story short, as summed up by a good friend of mine, there was an early start time ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:34:04 EST Two Years Maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816026 Wow! How time flies! It is still hard to believe it has been two years already that I have been maintaining my weight loss. I've had some ups and downs, and had to stay vigilant at times, tracking my food daily again until I got back on track. At first, I didn't recognize my own reflection when I caught it out of context. I feel better than ever right now, and am confident that I am going to remain an "XS" for the foreseeable future. I've thrown out / donated all of my big clothes except one ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 01:27:08 EST Loneliness is an emotion... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781717 I just read SP Stage 3's Lifestyle Change Strategy #5, "Is Emotional Eating A Problem?". Very timely considering I'm realizing that I am an emotional eater (and didn't think I was before, as I'm not a particularly emotionally driven person), but it's a subtle emotion for me that is my trigger. Loneliness. <BR> <BR> A week ago, I posted a blog about my evening eating habits and how I have been eating for hours straight, in spite of the thoughts in my head which attempt to halt it. It's no co... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 09:54:21 EST Losing My Way Each Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769427 I see a pattern starting here, and I don't like it. My roommate is on vacation, far far away for 10 days. I'm busy during the day at work, focused on my project which has a milestone deadline on Monday, and have plenty of after-work activities to keep me busy as well (Spanish lessons, Running Group, Speed Skating practices). I'm eating well, and lots, and have been really satisfied with my meals this week, after deciding to try a meatless diet for a month. I chopped up a bunch of veggies and ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 00:34:23 EST Attitude Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752443 So, I had a "reality bites" discussion with my lawyer first thing this morning which fouled my mood for the entire work day. After work, I went to the mall, as usual, to kill an hour before my running group, and I didn't even feel like shopping. I drowned my sorrows with some emotional eating at Marble Slab (at least I opted for the low-fat frozen yoghurt versus the full-fidelity ice cream) and then was miserable during the drive to the Running Room. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden, during hill r... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:50:28 EST The Need to Ski http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746578 It has been an incredibly mild and virtually snow-free winter here in Edmonton this year. The annual winter festival, 20+ years running, has a Winter Triathlon event - skate 10k on the lake, ski 10k around the park, then run 5k around the park. The lack of snow caused the ski segment to be cancelled this year, only the fourth time the ski has been cancelled in the events history. The notification of the change via email from the event was enough prompting for a friend of mine to encourage me ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 19:29:30 EST Making Friends through Sports... Or Not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709634 When I moved to Houston, TX in 1998, I did it on the condition that I could find a women's hockey team / league to play in. All my friends from outside of work originated from this one source. When I moved back to Canada in 2000, I moved to Waterloo, ON, not far from where I grew up, but still new to me. I got involved in hockey, and made dozens of great friends over the past 10 years through my various teams and pickup games. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 01:20:48 EST November's Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611033 What a November to finally be over. I relocated to Edmonton after my relationship dissolved; worked some ridiculous hours and saw the project that I have worked so very hard on finally go live (3rd of 5 sites is now live). I worked close to 60 hours this week just to get it all done - no exercise during the week, and a lot of "hospital food court" food. Not good! I have friends from home telling me that I need to make some friends and find some balance... uh, YEAH! (duh!). I fully intend to m... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 20:39:04 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581637 Long time, no blog. Here's what's going on with me... <BR> <BR> After 7 years and 3 marriage counsellors, I decided that it was time to end my relationship when my partner pushed me to explain my lack of emotion after coming home from a month long business trip. I just don't have those emotions in me to give any more. So, I decided to move on. Not on the spot, but this decision has been lurking in my mind for months and months now, and being called on it made me realize that it must be time ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:19:02 EST Failure to Launch - help needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426420 I had a pretty eventful on the long weekend at the start of August (Monday was a holiday for us), with a few dog incidents. On Friday night, while inline skating with a fellow speed skater, we were stalked and I was bitten on the back of my thigh by a black lab. It’s fine now, but I had to spend the night in the ER waiting to be seen so I could get it assessed, fill out public health forms and get a prescription for antibiotics. It was pretty bruised and tender for a few days, but thankfull... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:59:43 EST Healthy Changes - After Two Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4397936 It's been a couple of weeks since I made a conscious decision to clean up my diet, and I wanted to report back on how I'm doing so far. I feel fine ... make that GREAT! I haven't gone through any bad withdrawal from caffeine, which was a nice surprise, since I just stopped drinking coffee ("cold turkey") on Wednesday July 13. I've been enjoying green tea and chai black tea for a much lower hit of caffeine, as well as mint and ginger teas. I have to say, I don't miss the coffee crutch at all! ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:02:40 EST Making Some Healthy Changes - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361507 It's late, but I want to record what I did today, since all the little big things add up. <BR> <BR> Getting up early for a counselling appointment and the Starbucks latte I chased that with notwithstanding, I'm trying to eat cleaner, and cut my caffeine & diet pop (that's diet soda for my American friends!). <BR> <BR> July 13 - Day 1: <BR> <em>253</em> No pop today. Not even a can of club soda. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> That one (grande) latte was all the coffee I had, versus the 6-8 cu... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:41:12 EST What worked for me? What broke? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238309 I've had a bit of a wake-up call which left me wondering, how did I lose 30lbs? I went from the high 160's to the high 130's over the course of 8 months... and here is what I did, every day, during that period: <BR> <BR> 1. I got out of bed every morning, and got on the scale. I recorded the number, to the tenth of the pound, and I thought about it. What happened yesterday? Why did it move (either up or down)? I think this stream of consciousness and daily feedback really did make a differen... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:05:34 EST It's not about the SparkPoints... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4173149 Disclaimer: I am totally into SparkPeople, engaged in the community and fully appreciate that I can connect with like-minded people here. <BR> <BR> Now... on to my obsession. I realized that I am self-motivating with "I could earn a SparkPoint for that" this evening while flossing. A while ago, I thought about setting up a trackable "other goal" for flossing nightly, as well as washing my face nightly, since I'm often very lax about doing it when I'm home (versus on the road... don't ask me ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:20:30 EST My One-Year Sparkiversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153945 Just pausing to reflect on the stats showing on my profile page for a sec... <BR> <BR> Member Since: 4/9/2010 <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: 17,939 (about 50 points per day) <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 22,393 (about an hour per day) <BR> <BR> Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel: 350/366 days = 96% <BR> <BR> Every day! For the past year! It is pretty amazing when you think about it. I know that the 16 days I didn't log in were vacation days when I didn't have any internet access, and my desperat... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 15:29:02 EST Excited! Registered for 2 Races today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137786 Well, this is it. Decision day! I put my money on the line and registered for two new races today. Now I have something to train for, other than myself, that extra little motivational push. I haven't done either of them before and am really looking forward to trying some new runs! <BR> <BR> May 8: Mercedes-Benz Oakville 10k <link>mercedes10k.com </link> <BR> Even if I don't win the race (which I won't!), I can still win the draw for a car! Woo-Hoo! <BR> <BR> And the BIG NEW THING, stre... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 23:17:17 EST Starting Over - Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104872 This has been a great couple of years for me. I started my weight loss journey in August 2009, and lost about 25lbs between then and April 2010. I was pretty close to my goal weight, thrilled with my physical transformation, since I didn't even realize that I had that much to lose, or that I even could lose it. I needed a mental transformation as well, from a "husky girl" with a heavy bottom half blaming work travel for my issues, to a slim and fit person in balance. So, I joined SparkPeople... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:15:33 EST A to Z quiz about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4069489 I saw someone else had this posted as a blog and I rather liked the idea of sharing bits of information with other Sparkers that might not be known otherwise. <BR> <BR> A. Age: 39 ... big 4-0 is a week before Labour Day. <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: King <BR> <BR> C. Chore you dislike: Are there any to like? I don't mind laundry. The rest can "wait". <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: Caesar, my white lab x pointer running partner <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99151523.jpg"> <BR> <... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:44:08 EST A chilly Edmonton run today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050055 I started work on my first contract as an independent consultant this week. I'm in Edmonton, and am staying over the weekend. My friend & colleague was going to the gym, and I decided to run there, since would be the first "warm" day all week since my arrival, at -6C (it has been -20C or lower all week!). I really don't enjoy the treadmill at all, it just feels like I'm not really running, just moving my feet to stay on top of it. There is something about actually projecting yourself along t... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:10:56 EST A PB to be proud of! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4032537 Well, I did it. I knew going into the 8-miler of this morning's chilly ReFridgee-Eighter that all I would need to do is finish the race, and I would have earned a Personal Best. I saw a another speed skater at the start line, and she asked what time I was going for, and told me her goal time, and I was so happy and relaxed in saying "I'm just going to run a comfortable run and finish the race" and I guessed that I would be a bit slower than 1:20. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:58:41 EST How to get a Personal Best - Guaranteed to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031484 I have been laughing at myself a lot lately, kind of a Dr. Evil laugh really, since I have been racking up Personal Bests - PBs - and race medals all over the place. It feels like a sin, really, it has been so easy. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> What's my secret, you ask? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Well my friends, it's quite simple, actually... <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> Challenge yourself to try new things! <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> The first time you finish something new, you ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:17:10 EST Officially Banned! Blog of Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4000637 OK, all, here comes a Blog of Shame! <BR> <BR> I really struggle with chocolate-covered (insert healthy natural food here). I've talked about it before. It is a known weakness. Yet, I still have this faith in myself that I can control my portions when faced with a bag (ie: a pound!) and purchase them with great intentions. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, I bought a 450g bag - yes, that is a pound - of chocolate covered almonds. I had fleeting thoughts in the store of doling them out into sn... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:36:59 EST When to Run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3962951 I've been using a running plan tool on my iPod Touch called "Runners World SmartCoach" since last summer. I think it is fabulous. Thanks to the balanced plan it put together for me, I was able to train successfully for my first half-marathon. I ran the Niagara Falls International Half-Marathon on October 24, 2010, in 2:00:29... which is at least 29 seconds longer than I had hoped it would take. My SmartCoach tells me to run 4 or 5 days out of each week, some long runs, some slow runs, some fa... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:25:55 EST Upper Body Kettlebell Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3946783 And here is the "Upper Body Size and Strength Workout" with kettlebells, following Steve Cotter's DVD: <BR> <BR> Upper Body Size & Strength Kettlebell Workout: <BR> <BR> 1. Chest Press (lying) - 3 sets of 10 <BR> 2. Upright Dumbbell Rows - 3 sets of 5 <BR> 3. Alternating Military Press - 3 sets of 5 <BR> 4. Bottoms-up Clean biceps curl - 3 sets of 5 <BR> 5. Seated one-arm overhead snatch - 3 sets of 5 <BR> 6. Seated double-clean to chest - 3 sets of 5 <BR> 7. Double hip thrusts - 3 sets... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:44:43 EST Abs & Core floor workout with kettlebell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942603 I think I might be a bit sore tomorrow after this one! <BR> <BR> 10-minute Abs & Core floor workout with Kettlebells - 90 seconds each exercise: <BR> 1. Get-up Sit Up (90 seconds for each arm, holding the kettlebell straight up while doing crunches) <BR> 2. Kettlebell Crunch (kettlebell on chest while doing crunches) <BR> 3. Lateral Bends (twisting to the side, while lying with kettlebell on chest) <BR> 4. Alternating Jackknives (raising kettlebell with both arms to each raised leg) <BR> 5.... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:07:56 EST Lower body kettlebell workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3937003 In case you are interested (I'm not sure if you can see what I've tracked on MY Fitness page?), here is the lower body workout that completely kicked my butt last week (Friday). I did it again today. Hopefully I will still be able to bend over by tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Lower Body Size & Strength Kettlebell Workout (following Steve Cotter's DVD): <BR> 1. Squats with kettlebells - 3 sets of 10 reps using 2x30lb kettlebells <BR> 2. Good Mornings -3 sets of 10 reps using one 30lb kettlebell <BR> 3... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:48:35 EST Week1: 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3934350 I posted this on the week 2 discussion board of the "Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge" team, but I think I will lose track of it there, so wanted to make a blog of it too. If you read it twice... my apologies, and thanks for your keen interest! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just starting week 2 and have done what I think is some substantial strength training this past week. I started using the kettlebells that we bought last year, and followed a 30-minute routine for upper bod... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:09:16 EST Gaining Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3917254 This is not going to be about healthy habits and upward spirals leading to a healthy lifestyle, it's actually about starting my own business. When I quit my job on November 17, I was full of optimism, energy and bright hopes for my self-employed future. A week later, I was down and out with a wicked head cold. A week later, I was miserable with a sinus infection and a head cold. I didn't want to talk to anybody, and could barely think. I was making it through my days. A week later (we are int... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:34:07 EST Recommitting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3862723 I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas with loved ones, and that Santa was good to you! I was sporting my Festive Helper Hat, again this year... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790727518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, couscous salad, broccoli & cauliflower with (SparkRecipe) cheese sauce, cranberry sauce, wine, apple pie with old cheddar, and double-mint ice cream... oh my! <BR> <BR> Let's just say it was a special day, and move on, shall... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 10:58:43 EST The sugar binge continues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3852970 OK y'all... I was able to stop eating chocolate covered almonds and peanuts once I blogged about it on Thursday, so now it's time for me to add a few more words and get on top of the all-Christmas-cookie diet I've been indulging in since. <BR> <BR> Yes, "'tis the season" and all, but really? I haven't cooked a meal in days, but have snacked on freshly baked Christmas cookies (and birthday cake) all weekend. Sure, we had Chinese takeout on Friday (and birthday cake x2), but I really have no e... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 22:06:44 EST Chocolate Covered Obsessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848385 Hey SparkFriends, <BR> I don't know what has gotten into me, but I've become totally obsessed with eating chocolate covered [fill in the blank]'s. On the weekend, I bought a bag of chocolate covered almonds for a snack for 6 of us to share during the long drive to Quebec, and I ended up eating most of them, along with a tiny bit of help from another skater. I went back to the store and got another bag of them on Tuesday - they were gone by lunch today. Then I got into chocolate covered peanu... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 22:57:31 EST My first Marathon Skating Int'l event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841642 A group of women who are members of my short-track speed skating club also do long-track marathon events, and I joined them this weekend for my first marathon event. Normally, there is a shorter event (10k or 25k, or both) on Saturday and a longer (40k) event on Sunday. This weekend, in Quebec City, it was the first event of the season and they staged a 25k on Saturday evening, and then a timed one-hour event on Sunday (do as many laps as you can in an hour). <BR> <BR> After a long drive (w... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:14:19 EST Update after a month of flux! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809779 Hey SparkFriends, my blogs have been few and far between lately (as has my dismal effort at tracking my food). Time to re-engage, and let everyone know what's going on in my little world. <BR> <BR> Since the meltdown-induced, stressed-out at customer user group meeting blog in October ("Bottomed Out" - <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3718310 </link> ), a lot has changed. For literally 2 months straight, I had an involuntary muscle twitch near my l... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:20:58 EST Run Report: Niagara Falls Half Marathon (Oct.24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750526 It's been a week, and about time I jotted down some thoughts about my first half marathon! I am confident at this point that it will not be my last. Before I start, you may have noticed the status I've had all week, since last Sunday early in the morning: "Thanks, SparkPeople, for getting me to the starting line of my first half-marathon! I will take it from here :-) " This is SO true. 13 weeks ago I was reading blogs and looking at the progress of others here on SP, members of the 2010 Half ... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 17:28:56 EST Bottomed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3718310 I've been tired all week. Who's kidding who, I've been tired for several weeks, ever since I spent the weekend driving up north to attend a funeral / celebration of life for my friend's mother. Never mind that, I've been training hard and diligently for a half-marathon (which is next weekend), and my job is stressing me out. I guess I'm just plain burned out. <BR> <BR> I should have been listening to the signs. My left eye has been twitching involuntarily for many weeks now (it's really anno... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 23:25:53 EST Note to self: Buyer Beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694113 My biggest problem, by far, in terms of my health and wellness that is (!!), are my eating habits. I travel a lot for work, and therefore eat out a lot. I've made great strides in the past year in terms of making better decisions when faced with a menu. Some progress (listed here for my own benefit as much as yours, dear reader, so I can feel at least a bit good about myself today): <BR> <em>189</em> Consciously thinking about what to order, considering the nutritional value of the meal rat... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:40:17 EST New Season, New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3674976 My rec hockey league starts tonight. Time to go and meet our randomly selected (but balanced by ability) team, pick out jerseys (and get our numbers... I want my jersey from last year again!) and see what the team dynamics hold. Who will want to play where? Will we have enough who are willing to play centre? Defence? (there are always enough wingers!). It's like the first day of school, for me at least. <BR> <BR> So, in case you were wondering, or perhaps in case I forget - here is what my ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:04:42 EST Ferol, my "other mother" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664612 You know that person who impacts your life, and you don't necessarily get it at the time? Your best friend's mother who treats you as if you were their kid too? For me, at the time when I most needed such an "other mother", that was Ferol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574962659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mother and I didn't exactly see eye to eye in my 'teens and when I became friends with Karin, an only child, her mom, Ferol, totally engaged, asking questions, wan... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:41:40 EST Before & After pic - my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3655996 I went out for my long run yesterday, and didn't recognize my house when I got home! My sweetie painted the front door and garage door. What a difference a coat of paint makes on the overall appearance of the house! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l215145190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a look around you. What could use a bit of freshening up? <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:28:52 EST Blah. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3647777 Just like we can build upon our successes in an upward spiral, it seems to go the other way too. It started last night. Both teams that went to Montreal for the 24-hour relay from our speed skating club are getting together tonight for a BBQ & summer photo show & swap. Based on what someone else is bringing for dessert (legendary home-made apple pie), I thought I would make an ice cream to complement it. I picked caramel ice cream from my book and started in on it when we got home from visiti... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 17:34:33 EST Gaiters! No more stones in my shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642597 Problem: little rocks in my shoes while running along the gravel shoulder of the road. <BR> <BR> Investigation: posted to SparkPeople Runner Girls Unite forum, was pointed to a site where I could purchase gaiters. <BR> <BR> New problem: gaiters cost $20. Shipping to Canada is another $20. <BR> <BR> New investigation: discuss with my amateur seamstress mother, who makes a pattern, and then "prototypes" some gaiters for me! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681993398.j... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:36 EST ~*~ WTF??? Entry Card- Template for 9/15-9/19 ~*~ (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635816 WTF??? Template for 9/15-9/19 ~*~ ENTRY CARD <BR> (from YOOVIE) <BR> If you want to get in on the challenge, cruise on over to Yoovie's blog to get the template, or copy from here, it's an open challege for all to enjoy by challenging themselves to better themselves. It's NOT a competition! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=36<BR>33897 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>7</em> <em>249</em> <em>7</em> <em>249</em> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 23:52:35 EST