SUSUSUZZZIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUSUSUZZZIE SUSUSUZZZIE'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/ Beautiful Trail Run Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792952 The views were some of the best we've ever enjoyed. I felt strong and good. I think a 25k may be in my future. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1682547989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136070110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Goats on rocks above lake <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310598438.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347324453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mt St. Helens on horizo... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:18:21 EST September Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771474 I've reached some goals this summer and it's time to think about what's next. Over the last many months, my aim has been related to physical-activity pursuits; it's time to get some of the basics back to a level that will help me reach my weight goals and will support other improvements. This blog is more about getting my brain redirected...why. <BR> <BR> - I have my annual physical in a couple months and I really want to show measurable progress. I'm so annoyed for putting off getting i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:15:51 EST Hike with Payoffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770747 A lot of our hikes this summer have been for conditioning or training. Today we hike a trail with two great pay offs! <BR> <BR> It was great to feel strong and in-control on some steep and challenging sections. It was great not to be passed but to do the passing. <BR> <BR> We can't wait to try this hike again on a sunny day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1437345056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478068766.jpg"> <BR>... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:35:14 EST Big mid-term goal reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762498 2800 feet up in 1.8 miles <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> More leg and lung burning fun for another mid-term goal. Very good workout for the body, mind and soul. <BR> <BR> Sharing some pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837978685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1688430741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206729946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:35:11 EST Stadium Stair Race - 816 Stairs Up and 816 Stairs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752481 Today was a training opportunity for a steep hike/climb in about 3 weeks. A stair race in a local historic stadium benefiting a foundation that provides sanctuary to abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats and much more. <BR> <BR> It was hard! At the top of the first run of 60 stairs my legs were starting to shake. I burned through my reserve energy too fast. Note to self, remember to eat more ahead of more strenuous activities. A good reminder (I need to put more focus on the fue... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:59:12 EST Hike pics from weekend and a bit of a scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728620 Two Hike Saturday - One ended at a water crossing running too fast and deep. The other was a short group hike with coworkers to a beautiful water fall. <BR> <BR> One Hike Today - Our most challenging elevation gain to date and a little more than 5 hours of hiking/moving time. It looked like the weather was going to clear out but instead the rain came on strong and trail conditions deteriorated so we cut the trip short. I felt strong and good navigating what seemed like a vertical climb o... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:36:24 EST Active Weekend - Cake Making, Hiking, Running & Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723725 As mentioned a couple days ago, hubby's old truck was stolen. When we thought we'd never see it again - assuming it was taken for parts, we were on the road to acceptance. <BR> <BR> Acceptance turned to sadness and a sick feeling when we saw what was left after being recovered in a ditch. (Not posting pics because I hate looking at it.) The thieves took the engine, the drive, the transmission, the hood, the grill, the front fenders and more. Pretty much all that was left is the cab, t... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:07:13 EST Almost 1400 of these http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772502208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 388 up... <BR> ...then down <BR> <BR> repeat a couple times <BR> <BR> do the long-middle section an extra time before going all the way down the final round <BR> <BR> <BR> Felt like I was going to toss my breakfast a few times but I'll get stronger <BR> <BR> quads were burning from time to time <BR> <BR> the downs made excellent opportunities for recovery - but the calves will pay for it tomorrow or the next... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:52:35 EST Can strength exercise "sold" for aesthetic reasons make me stronger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709360 I have a question that I probably should post on the Fitness and Exercise message board but I wanted to start here. <BR> <BR> I feel like I should know better and this is a silly question, but you know what they say about questions... <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned previously, I'm preparing for a 2800 ft hike that is the equivalent of over 2800 stairs. I've been doing research and working out my game plan for strength training to accompany lots of incline and stair work. I've found a lot ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:15:43 EST 2nd 10k done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708364 <em>365</em> <BR> I completed my 2nd 10k this morning and I improved my time from the first by more than 20 minutes. I'm thrilled with the improvement however this course was not as challenging as the first. And I started off the first 1-2 miles of 10k number one way too fast for me, making it difficult to manage my pace. The roller coast-like hills of that one made it nearly impossible to find recovery on the flats and downhill sections like normal. <BR> <BR> Regardless of differe... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:49:04 EST Last Week Recap and This Week Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703830 Last week recap: <BR> - I tried to find bulgur (do not want quick cooking) but so far no luck. I have some recipes, now I just need the grain. I may purchase online but I'd like to try it first. <BR> - Ate what was planned 5 days. Salmon only 2 days. Haven't done my best this holiday weekend. <BR> - At least 10k steps all 7 days (average just under 14k/day) <BR> - Sat. hike fell short of goal by about 300 feet but still good. <BR> - Signed up for 10k (husband is volunteering) <BR> - Didn... Mon, 26 May 2014 21:03:45 EST Sat. Hike pic and training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703167 I have a goal in August to complete a particularly steep hike (2800 ft up in 1.8 miles). It's a big and important goal for me. Saturday morning we revisited a special hike we haven't hiked since Jun and Dec 2012 for some hill work. It is about 1700 feet up in two miles. Much of it is like climbing stone stairs up the steep slopes. It's a tough hike (though some guides call it moderate). I cannot imagine adding another 1100 feet of elevation gain in roughly the same distance. <BR> <B... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:44:30 EST Prepping to do better this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697927 This week's focus: <BR> - Salmon 3 days <BR> - Do something with my beets <BR> - Buy bulgur this weekend <BR> - Eat what is planned <BR> - 10k steps per day <BR> - 2000 feet elevation hike/run this weekend <BR> - Decide if doing 6/1 10k or sign up to volunteer <BR> - Kayak on a leg rest day <BR> - Core work <BR> - Work on ST to help with IT Band issues <BR> - Meditation <BR> - Read (lot of business reading needed) <BR> - Keep work time balance (and remember how much you gave las... Sun, 18 May 2014 21:43:50 EST Urban Hike - over 9 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692254 Just a few shots from today's beautiful urban "hike" - What I somehow didn't capture was the numerous stairways that we climbed and crazy-beautiful trees and bushes in full bloom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943616696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859022652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079355522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919073465.jpg... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:16:23 EST Today I will... (day 4 plus day 3 update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691347 5/8/14 <BR> <BR> Today I WILL eat what I planned and nothing more. <BR> Today I WILL get at least 10,000 steps <BR> Today I WILL stretch <BR> Today I WILL reflect and be grateful at the end of the day <BR> <BR> I started the day tired and in a particularly good mood - I think some work challenges are weighing on me. I haven't been sleeping well - waking up around 1 AM the last few nights. <BR> <BR> Food fail. After reaching my step goal in creative ways (BTW major win and some lesson... Fri, 9 May 2014 13:32:02 EST Today I will... (day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689627 5/6/14 <BR> Today I WILL eat what I planned and nothing more. <BR> Today I WILL get at least 12,000 steps (and at least 4000 by noon) <BR> Today I WILL do something unexpected for my husband <BR> Today I WILL reflect and be grateful <BR> <BR> I did much better with food but not where I want to be. I got over 13000 steps with 3000 by 1:00 PM. I did a couple chores that hubby normally takes care of. He didn't notice yet, but that's ok - I wasn't doing it for recognition. I didn't specifica... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:34:42 EST Today I WILL... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688828 Today I WILL eat what I planned and nothing more <BR> <BR> Today I WILL get at least 12,000 steps (and at least 4000 by noon) <BR> <BR> Today I WILL do something unexpected for my husband <BR> <BR> Today I WILL reflect and be grateful <BR> Tue, 6 May 2014 10:10:30 EST Finally taking action and putting an end to my going through the motions phase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682615 I'm on my final day of a week off from work. I've used a bit of my vacation to reflect (again) to look for inspiration and to kick start a drive to make the right-for-me choices again. <BR> <BR> I started my day with a walk with a couple girlfriends and I packed a box clothes that are too big for me to take to Goodwill. I'm getting rid of those clothes to make it harder to slide up a size. <BR> <BR> I've reset nearly all of my other goals. It is sort of freeing to start over. (Streaks I... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:50:29 EST Back on the trail, new shoes and working through a slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654924 Hubby and I enjoyed our first trail run in quite several weeks. We did an easy 5.5 miles with about 400 feet of elevation gain (300 ft in a short span). I haven't been on the trails since my 10k last month. (A couple 5 AM trail runs don't count because I can't see outside my headlamp beam). The sunshine and beautiful springy weather were just what we both needed today. <BR> <BR> I was able to try new trail running shoes for a maiden voyage and I think I have a winner. I didn't think... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:13:30 EST First 10k, a 10k trail race - Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625935 Beautiful location. <BR> It was windy but it got much worse after I was done. <BR> I didn't have a real goal other than finish, have fun and hopefully get done within 2 hours. <BR> I had fun and I got done in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Not fast but it was hilly and I had to walk up hills more than I expected. <BR> <BR> A few shots. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685398805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I passed this guy going up hill :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:29:05 EST Today 8.39 mile run/walk on trails including some tough hill repeats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612529 <em>363</em> My goal was to do 7 miles today. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I estimate that I ran at least 2/3rds - 3/4th of the total distance/time. <BR> A slow pace but still running. <BR> <BR> It was sometimes difficult to talk myself in to continuing the run or picking it back up but I was motivated by knowing it was making me stronger, especially when I didn't want to continue. <BR> <BR> I did it by myself. I used to have to have my husband or a friend to get out there. I've been do... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:02:26 EST Challenge this week: Increase sleep to 7 hours per night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605729 To do this I will: <BR> - go to bed by 9 PM or earlier and at least by 8:30 on days I get up at 4AM <BR> - limit the amount of time I read in bed <BR> - do everything possible to honor my personal time and stop working before 7 PM <BR> - pre-plan and pre-track my food and eat what I planned and tracked to avoid the need to shuffle/edit pre-tracked food which is a waste of time. <BR> - meditate 5 times this week <BR> - make sure TV is off well before bed (eliminate needless noise) <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:53:48 EST Nearing 1000 Days of Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599489 I've been reflecting on my upcoming 1000 days on SparkPeople. This reflection ties to changes I want to implement but will hold until I reach the milestone. This post is a little premature because I'm about to get busier (I don't know how that is possible) with a job change (a promotion, bigger team, but still stuck with old job until replacement found) and I'm starting to do more run-training (for sanity and just to keep pushing). With the new job, I realize I'm going to have to make c... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:23:18 EST 2013 Highlights and 2014 Initial Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578401 2013 Highlights <BR> <BR> MILES <em>48</em> <BR> - Goal=750. Actual=878 (around 1200 miles in 2012) <BR> <BR> WEIGHT <em>346</em> <BR> - 1/1/2013=171. 12/31/2013=162 <BR> - (LOW: 4/4/13=160; HIGH following low: 10/12/13=165) <BR> - In Feb. I reached the important milestone of weighing less than hubby! <BR> - I learned that my size medium is the same as other people's size medium <BR> - I'm still 5 pounds from my original goal of 157 <BR> - Fit in cute dress for a wedding tha... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:01:53 EST Gravity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571294 Finally! A picture of me with both feet off the ground at the same time. <BR> <BR> I should have made this an official goal because it's been a long-time hope. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863510156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:06:53 EST Getting stronger! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570620 So much is going on these days. It's like this for so many of us this time of year. <BR> <BR> On top of all the normal life stuff, there is more work to do at me job while somehow trying to take time off. There are employee issues (1 on a performance plan, one looking for his next big thing, and 1 interviewing an exciting career move. ) There is new technology creating temporary added work for my team. Then we all have had extra vacation and holiday time off of work. You know, more wor... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:34:39 EST My first 5k Trail Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560067 It was cold - very cold for us at 22-23 degrees. At least it wasn't windy. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Little Hotties in my shoes and gloves, and thank you super-awesome warm running pants for after the race. <BR> <BR> I even made a costume. What has happened to me? The Suz I know doesn't do costumes. <BR> <BR> It was a fun and challenging course but not because of steep inclines. The challenge was the frozen-tundra-like ground with numerous gigantic frozen-solid mole mounds and unseen... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:01:45 EST Streaks have to end in order to better them http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558014 I'm sadly reporting that my 72 day 10,000 steps per day streak ended Monday. <BR> <BR> I had such a hard time getting that step streak going after surgery in Feb. I find it easier to keep streaks going than to start them. I'm determined not to falter in the early stages of my new streak. <BR> <BR> Work has really amped up as it does this time of year and I made a conscious choice to let the streak go rather than stress myself during a stressful time at work and while I'm not feeling 100... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 23:30:01 EST Trying Turmeric Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543761 I've wanted to incorporate turmeric into my diet for a while, mostly for the anti-inflammatory benefits - but also it is reported to help or prevent conditions from Alzheimer's, arthritis, some cancers, colds, infections of several types, liver problems just to name a few. <BR> <BR> There's a lot of info. out there on the benefits of turmeric. Here's just one link: <BR> <link>umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/t<BR>urmeric </link> <BR> <BR> I looked at turmeric supplements because I'... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:23:27 EST Today's Trail Run Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538605 The sun came out today. I wanted to FEEL the sunshine on me but I went into the shaded forest because I couldn't stand the thought of pavement. It was beautiful and a little brighter and dryer than normal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Highlights <BR> *4.2 Miles <BR> *65 minutes of run/walk time (I stop my app when I stop for pics) <BR> *Run time at least half of the total <BR> *Was the only car when I arrived and the trails felt creepy for a while and then very peaceful <BR> Had the bejeezus scared out... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:42:41 EST Hiking-Running-Staying Fueled-Running for Points-Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538391 This weekend I hiked/ran 9 miles with my 3 nephews, my SIL and my hubby. The boys did great and we all had fun. It was supposed to be a semi-level route but there were lots of small hills, obstacles, and puddles. <BR> <BR> I love the idea of getting more and more miles under my legs and I dream of the calories I'm going to burn but eating for weight loss has to take a back burner. Eating to stay fueled in order to go the distance and prevent legs and all from getting tired is counter we... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:29:49 EST Trail running in the dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506455 Last Wednesday evening was the last group trail running in the forest at night for several months. We're moving to paved trails and tracks until daylight returns. But I hope to take hubby out a few late evenings so I can get my forest fix. <BR> <BR> I took hubby out for a hike Friday after work. He didn't love it but he isn't familiar with these trails, he didn't have a good headlamp and we have since learned that he had the beginnings of an ear infection that messed with his balance. He... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:51:28 EST 17 Days until 1 year anniversary of losing 100# - Goals for next 17 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495969 I'm 17 days away from celebrating keeping 100 pounds off for a year. I've lost 12-17 more since then and I really want to get to my overall goal of losing 120 so I can set a goal for my maintenance weight (probably around 160). <BR> <BR> My 17 day goal focus is on a portion of my existing goals that need attention or will help me solidify streaks and reach my overarching goals. <BR> <BR> 17 days of eating what was planned (only exceptions for adjustments need for activity changes and incre... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:03:28 EST Small steps worth celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494380 Today was another busy and less than stellar work day. I sat in front of my laptop and barely moved a muscle since I sat down at 5:45 AM. I only had 331 steps at 4:00. I was also super hungry and I knew practically any meal would put me over sedentary calories. <BR> <BR> I was tempted to go to the Y but that would have meant shaving my legs (LOL) and coordinating with hubby who was not interested in working out tonight. It was also pouring rain which meant the Y would be really-really b... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:33:37 EST New Trail Personal Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488797 I remember how I couldn't even make myself go to check out B. Rock State Park when I was at my heaviest and unhealthiest. I didn't want to be seen or try and block others from going up the trail as I huffed and puffed. <BR> <BR> While working my way through my first few days of the Spark-program, I made this one of my medium-term goals. Since then it has served as a measuring stick for my overall progress. About this Mid-Term goal and the hike (May 2011): <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:22:01 EST Lots going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482169 My parents arrive this week. It will be nice to see them but it's always a challenge. I'm trying to be positive about it. And especially try to be thankful for having parents who love me (in their unique way). <BR> <BR> My grandmother passed this weekend and it's been hard not to be able to go back and spend time with family. She was in her late 90s and lived on her own up until about two months ago. I hope I can make it to 98 and live independently like her. There's lots I could say... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:25:13 EST A-Ha! Or DUH! is more like it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459391 It occurred to me tonight that I'm eating very close to my calculated daily burn most of the time. <BR> <BR> In the past I carefully noted my calories in/out in my Excel tracker and then reviewed trends and made adjustments. I think that habit fell to the side and was forgotten during one of my ultra-crazy phases. <BR> <BR> I'm still tracking but I'm not reviewing. I'm not analyzing (this is darn embarrassing!). I'm not reflecting on this part of it. I've had a feeling I was missing... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:02:42 EST I joined a 6 week trail running group http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448981 After being inspired to run after a recent 5k with co-workers and then experiencing leg pain on a treadmill 5k, I went on an unsuccessful search for a book or information on running form, strength training and conditioning. I needed help if I wanted to better my time and to really be able to run <BR> <BR> About a couple weeks ago I happened upon a 5k running class for all fitness and running levels/abilities that was starting in two days. It wasn't too far away. It was a time of day I c... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:22:33 EST Goals for next few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436822 1. **Healthy Lab Results** (they were great last time don't let that slip!) <BR> <BR> 2. Hit **Healthy BMI** for next Dr. visit (then consider goal weight) <BR> <BR> 3. Get this **Goal Weight** thing done! (glider reward?) Move to maintenance! <BR> <BR> 4. **Great Fit in new dress** for wedding in September - it just fits - it won't take much to make it fit like it was made just for me <BR> <BR> 5. **Improve 5k Time**in Sept. <BR> <BR> 6. **Practice yoga** <BR> <BR> 7. More **... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:43:43 EST Time to use my energy for what I can control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435195 Yesterday morning I started thinking about how to dig deep to the old feelings I had when I started here (over 110 pounds and 2 years ago). I wanted to feel that same sense of urgency that helped drive my success for so many months and pounds. As much as I want to keep my old life in the past, I can't afford to put it completely away at this stage. Not only do I need to remember it, I NEED to really feel it and draw some of that energy to keep me on the right path while practicing making ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:00:31 EST Planning a small change to reap big rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433707 One of my Spark Goals that I'm streaking is Pre-plan and track meals 7 times per week. I'm doing fine with that goal, but I'm not consistently sticking to my pre-planned meals. Not only does this mean I'm probably not eating as healthily and balanced as I should, it means I'm wasting a time. <BR> <BR> Time to get this one under control. <BR> <BR> This is a small goal I can manage right now and the success will be beneficial in many ways. <BR> <BR> Resetting that goal planning for t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:13:49 EST Sat Highlights (Part 2) Raising Awareness and Funds for Domestic Violence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428360 This is a part two from my Highlights from Saturday & 5k #7 Blog <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428340 </link> <BR> <BR> I organized a work-team's participation in a 5k benefiting a domestic violence organization that was held yesterday. We had 14 on our team and a little more info. can be found in Part 1, along with more information about my day. <BR> <BR> There's a lot I could say here, but trying to keep it brief. <BR> <BR> - This ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:01:42 EST Highlights from Saturday & 5k #7 (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428340 Yesterday highlights: <BR> - Drop dogs off at day care for overnight stay and head to Seattle for long day <BR> <BR> - Seattle REI (actually left without buying a thing - has to be a first - didn't need anything and really wasn't in a shopping mood) <BR> <BR> - Parked and walked to brunch - indulged, but not over indulged (key); was planned for a long and active day <BR> <BR> - Walk to Sounders, met IRISH and family - so good to share a hug and see her smiling face, and catch up for a few ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:39:27 EST Looking for the lesson so I can get over this hurdle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423472 I need to make and keep me a priority. Taking the lazy way out and self-soothing isn't helping me at all. It's actually quite damaging. I'm not going to wait until I've lost all of my good habits and dreams to learn that lesson. <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:20:40 EST Wish this foot would get better soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407969 I running shoe shopping today hoping I could get something that would cushion or make my foot and big toe joint feel better. I have come to the conclusion that it's not my shoes - it is the joint after being fitted with several pairs of shoes. It is very stiff with little flexibility. It hurts more than I expected and probably more than before surgery. Before surgery the pain came and went and was most noticeable after being active. Now it hurts almost all the time. I think I'm favorin... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:45:45 EST Awareness helping mood management and I AM the same size Medium as other people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399579 1. Awareness has helped me react better when I feel stressed. Still going to the doc to make sure hormones are in check or figure out if anything else is going on. <BR> <BR> 2. We just returned from a grueling day of helping family move from one house to another. Silly me wore a white jacket (what can I say it was way to early when I got dressed this AM). I was very fearful the dark sweatshirt my sister-in-law loaned me wouldn't fit. After all, she is so much smaller than I can eve... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:53:15 EST Finding some success in challenging times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392592 I ate too much for breakfast yesterday with my husband's family but it was so good and worth the calories. (...so glad that breakfast place is 2 hours away) I also had lots of activity so it really wasn't that bad overall. Breakfasts like that, especially following a few weeks of eating more than I should and eating too much of the wrong things can be a huge trigger for me to continue the pattern. <BR> <BR> My parents shared some heavy stuff when I called dad for Father's Day. Basically ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:11:42 EST Posting to hold myself accountable for food - again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386463 I've been on an ice cream kick. <BR> <BR> I'm still eating my planned healthy foods but I've also been eating ice cream, brownies, and I had a cupcake. I've also been eating lots of extra nuts. All was worth the calories except the cupcake. <BR> <BR> I've been journaling and reflecting about why and what to do about it. <BR> <BR> (And my diet is balanced with 10-14 servings of veggies, more than enough fiber, lean protein and healthy fats and more - the issue isn't that I'm not eat... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:48:50 EST Plan, Prep, Track, Measure, Live, Reflect, Learn, Adjust, Persevere, Support (Non-linear) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377109 Finally a new Vision Collage! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442806223.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Continue weekly meal planning and prepping <BR> <BR> Track food and exercise and other goal progress <BR> <BR> Measure food and self (scales, measuring cups/spoons, tape measure) <BR> <BR> Live. Get out there and try new things. Enjoy in moderation. <BR> <BR> Reflect on progress, challenges, emotions, triggers and look for lessons <BR> <BR> Apply lessons to learn an... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:39:15 EST Need changes but I'm so much better than 2 years ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361611 Just posted this on my activity update and I wanted think about it more. <BR> <BR> SUSUSUZZZIE is hoping work schedule can change soon so can get back on track. This is getting old and tiring. Starting to CRAVE time to focus on me and my goals. <BR> <BR> "Craving time to focus on me and my goals." <BR> <BR> WOW! What has happened to me? <BR> <BR> What a difference a couple years makes. I used to do anything possible to avoid thinking about goals, the future, the now or me. <BR> ... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:40:55 EST