SWEDE_SU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEDE%5FSU SWEDE_SU'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/ week in review, week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492600 it's been a tough and stressful week, with four days spent in the car and/or the city, which made both food choices and exercise/steps/miles difficult, but somehow we managed to fit it in. we (that's DH and me, he's in on all of this) managed to reach our goal of averaging 15,000 steps per day despite the short days in the city, and total miles over 40. only one day of running because of the travel, though - would like to get back to three days. <BR> <BR> sept 15-21 <BR> steps 112,575 <BR> m... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:23:19 EST home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477469 and so the journey is over. we picked up pelle, shopped to replenish the vegan pantry and refrigerator, crossed the mountains and arrived home in the early afternoon to find a party of 4 deer lounging on our lawn. we disturbed them in their midday siesta, and they took their sweet time about leaving. pelle the border collie jumped out of the car, cast a glance at the visitors, and marched up to the front door. home. <BR> <BR> and hot! too hot for exercise, but a nice stroll down to the river... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:25:06 EST in transit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476448 and so our summer in sweden has come to an end, and we are in transit - a full day on the airplane yesterday, a night in seattle, and later today we pick up our beloved border collie pelle and head for the wilds of winthrop. <BR> <BR> travel is always tough, but we ordered asian vegetarian meals on the plane which were actually delicious (and served before everyone else, i love "special meals" on planes!). i walked the length of the plane several times, and there was the connection in amster... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 07:17:15 EST windows of opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459968 sunday dawned just like the weather report said it would - fierce wind, pouring rain. nothing anyone would want to go out in, not even the proverbial duck. but the hourly forecast promised a window of sunshine at about 1 pm, maybe one or two hours long. and sure enough, the sun came out - more or less. and i shook a dozing DH and said we'd better get out then and there or it wasn't going to happen. and so we did. no high hopes of going far, figuring the rain would return, but the weather held... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:46:26 EST re-igniting the spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458620 it's good to be back. i realize as i read blogs, teams, and just the personal summaries on our individual pages how much motivation and support can be found in this fantastic resource. we all come from different places, physical, socially, spiritually, but we all have the same goal - lasting weight loss and a better way of living, more or less, give or take, with an amazing support network. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> chomping at the bit today, with weather so awful i don't want to set foot o... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:37:04 EST day one of year two.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455637 not that there will be a blog entry of day two, day, three, etc, but it feels right to recenter myself here on spark, to recommit to all the things spark taught me. seeing the support yesterday reminded me that this community *is* important to that commitment. so i will try to take a more active role, because i WILL make it to my second maintenance anniversary - and beyond. <BR> <BR> my weight on aug 14, 2012 was 103 lbs; now it is 107. figuring that 105 is ideal, that is still more than acc... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:35:22 EST a new month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341514 how it got to be may already... well, the usual way, i suppose. <BR> <BR> today is the last day of jet lag - theoretically we shall be recovered (takes 7 days), but my sleep deficit goes back to the beginning of april, with all the travel we had. to sum things up, FANS: <BR> <BR> Fitness - we are back on track with our running. three times so far, 5 miles, every other day, of walk-run, and aiming for 7 miles a day total with walking. aiming to get 15,000 steps on the fitbit (i do love that ... Wed, 1 May 2013 04:46:47 EST moving forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337020 so the first day back on track went well, managed to avoid the mindless eating at the end of the day, prepared two great plant-based meals, took the time for a 5-mile run/walk for the first time in months, plus another 4 miles in small walks through the day, hit 20,000 steps on the fitbit. and this morning the scale was kinder (probably shedding travel water weight as well), and i even managed to do a video and some weights. <BR> <BR> intrigued by "FANS" on at goal and maintaining - Fitness... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:59:19 EST admission time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335944 i. slipped. up. <BR> <BR> there. admitted it. life has been amazingly busy the past few months, and more so the past two weeks; we left molokai after three months there, briefly returned home before turning around and heading to sweden for a conference. <BR> <BR> in molokai we walked and walked - running fell by the wayside. my one year anniversary of "being serious" with spark people came and went, which was fine. once we finally had a car there, our miles reduced from 60-70 miles of wal... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 03:55:23 EST six months of maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249965 and now it is six months. the lifestyle right now makes it almost easy - we don't have a car, so we walk. and walk - and walk! the beach is two miles away, so any walk is four miles long to start with; add the walk on the beach and the morning walk is easily up to six or seven miles before you know it. and the evening walk, after work, coincides with the sunset; sometimes we head to the beach again, but others just a walk around the neighborhood - but that is two or three or four miles too - ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:22:19 EST molokai hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244878 while we walk miles and miles every day, this was the first planned hike we have taken since arriving in molokai. our destination was ilio point, the north end of the shoreline. we left at 8:30, before it got too warm, and while the sea was at its calmest. we picked our way along the shoreline from beach to beach: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485616286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> pelle the BC had his first hawaiian hike too: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:44:00 EST new month, new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232688 new months are even better than new weeks - the slate is clean, you can commit, you can do things right. and here we are at the beginning of february. <BR> <BR> it's also a good time to look back, what worked, what needs work. january was a crazy month for us, starting with the flu, packing, and moving to hawaii for the rest of winter. two weeks of stress really, but amazing through all that to stay on track with the scale. i've given up tracking nutrition for now, but the scale and i commu... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 06:53:07 EST what's cookin good lookin round two: green soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226002 some weeks i spend a lot of time surfing blogs, looking for inspiration, others i just rely on the fridge. we are in hawaii, so we have been eating a lot of salads, but DH said he still wanted soup, and.... it just so happened that i had the bones of my favorite green soup lying around the refrigerator - a dear friend in sweden once taught me that if you have a zucchini and a potato, you have soup. and sometime in the last day or so i saw a green soup recipe that used chard and broccoli - whi... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:44:50 EST an active lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222559 we're very lucky in that i have a job that i can do anywhere - just bring the laptop, internet connection - and my office is in business. and since i work at night, most days we have time for a long walk- or two, or three. <BR> <BR> some places are just so conducive to an active lifestyle. when we are in sweden in the summer, the 8-mile days just add up without even thinking about it. and here on molokai, we hit 10 miles yesterday. all walking, nothing strenuous - but that's calories anyway... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:18:34 EST what's cooking, good looking challenge, round 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215280 -Amanda79- proposed a fun challenge on the At Goal and Maintaining team - find a recipe each week, try it, and review it. this week i actually found three recipes online that i tried - and each was a winner, to be tried again! simplicity is the name of the game since we are in a rented one room cottage, and choices are limited here on molokai. basically, i buy a variety of canned beans plus tofu and quinoa, along with all the veggies i can find at the organic farm and the two grocery stores o... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:09:05 EST shaking things up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214094 one of the tips i read here on SP was the need to shake things up, to keep things fresh. especially when you are in maintenance - it would be so easy to slip back to old habits so perhaps it is even more important to replace with new ones. for some people shaking things up may involve joining a gym, or taking a different class. for others, trying something new like bicycling or swimming. <BR> <BR> for me shaking things up has meant adding the fitibt to our lives - i love my electronics, and ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:05:31 EST 5 months of maintaining - or 7... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206134 on march 25, 2012, i finally got serious on SP, though i had first joined in 2006. on may 15 i met the first goal, 111 lbs, which i had achieved before, and knew was "doable". on june 11 i hit what i thought was an impossible goal - 108 lbs. i'd actually "learned" how to lose weight, and at that point i decided to keep going. two months later, august 13, i hit 103 lbs, which marked the final goal. since then i've set a range of 105, give or take 3 lbs, and stayed within that range now for 5 m... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:47:46 EST 20,000 steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203176 so in december, i got a fitbit. and of course december brought with it holidays, company, cold weather, snow, and colds - not to mention preparations to leave WA and come to hawaii for the rest of winter. which meant it got harder and harder to get our miles - or steps - in. but now we are here, and with a walk on the beach in the morning, and another walk in late afternoon, for the first time we managed 20,000 steps - which it turns out is equivalent to 8 miles. and that was a typical day fo... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:45:33 EST first day in paradise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201600 i mean molokai:-) it was DH's birthday but unfortunately the cold that has been plaguing him worsened, though not until we had gone for a 5 mile walk that included beach walking. he started on antibiotics (he now has sinusitis and other ucky stuff), and felt better - well enough that we were able to complete the errands that were necessary. we stopped for a restaurant meal and i ordered a salad as my side dish with the garden burger, and picked at a few of his fries, but when he suggested we ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:03:51 EST slim fit... a new commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196303 sounds weird, i know. but yesterday i bought a new winter jacket. ever since we moved to wintry winthrop i have worn DH's down jacket, which makes me look like the pillsbury doughboy (though it fit me perfectly). and now that i have lost weight, it looks fairly ridiculous. and so a new jacket has been in the back of my mind for a while. even though we're heading to hawaii for the rest of winter. but i found this one that said "slim fit." on sale, of course. the kind of brand that lasts FOREV... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:14:15 EST a new year begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185348 the month is getting off to a slow start, but perhaps that is just what we need after the hectic holiday period, with a house filled with guests. DH and i are both struggling with colds, mine on the wane, his just starting, so for the first time our mileage is down. and it is sooo cold; yesterday the temperature dropped below 0 - not really conducive for long walks or uns, though we would have done so, had we been healthy. but the dogs still need to get out, and there is nothing like watching... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 04:13:00 EST keep on keeping on for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181872 whatever happened in 2012? somehow, i managed to do something right. and it's sticking. not only did the same five pounds that i had been gaining and losing, gaining and losing, time and again, disappear, but another 15 as well - to the point that yesterday, i woke up and weighed in and realized for the first time that i actually had to concentrate on eating enough, because my cold and lack of appetite had brought my weight down too low. good timing, too, because we had a little party last ni... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:08:27 EST tempting fate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173500 hmm... i went from accountability to tempting fate. not quite sure why. maybe the events of last week, seeing the faces of all those babies who never should have given up their lives, anger at politicians too afraid for their own personal gain to do the right thing for the country, anger at interest groups too interested in their own profit and allowing babies to be murdered, anger at manipulative comments from the past - now is not the time, when if it *had* been the time, and military weapo... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:01:32 EST the right to life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167034 those children in connecticut had the right to life. so did the victims at the mall in oregon, the movie theater in aurora, the classrooms at virginia tech and columbine, the shopping center in arizona. the list goes on and on. and one thing that all of these horrible tragedies have in common is that the survivors demand gun control laws. if anyone had listened, if anyone had done something about gun control laws, the children in connecticut and their teachers would be alive today. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 05:29:04 EST accountability day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164017 phew - what a looooong day! we had a schedule to keep, and miles to go before sleep. we squeezed in a quick walk before leaving home so pelle could chase a few frisbees in the snow, then off for DH's dentist appointment during which pelle and i did errands walking all over the little town, then on to seattle. we had lunch right before we left town, and did not have time to stop for more food until dinner, which was after 8 pm, so calories had to be good. and surprisingly, with all the errands... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:11:13 EST accountability day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162927 another day, another run. this one was perfect for burning off stress caused by an unreasonable client. road conditions were perfect, snow white and lightly sanded. an extra walk in the afternoon before sunset, and the fitbit stayed busy. no ST, but there's nothing wrong with a break (and i already caught up on that today). meal planning was easy with leftovers ready to go. the next few days will be challenging, with 5 hour car trips today and thursday, and a day in the Big City tomorrow. res... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:28:03 EST accountability day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161820 another snowy walk, this time on the road. peaceful. at one point the sun came out, but then the clouds rolled back. added an afternoon walk for a total of 6 "intentional" miles, though the fitbit informed me i had walked 7.76 miles - not to mention climbed 52 floors! each time we walk up to the road is over 20 floors, though, so the rest is up and down to change clothes or get whatever was forgotten upstairs or watch a dvd downstairs. did a runner's strength training workout to continue that... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:30:27 EST accountability day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160774 saturday dawned sunny and sparkly, and turned out to be perfect for running in ice bugs - running shoes with studs like studded tires. it was cold, in the teens, so we waited a bit for the temperature to come up, and then had a fantastic 5-mile run on a snowy white winter road. perfect conditions, and felt really strong through the whole run. the fitbit measured the distance about the same as the garmin. still getting used to the fitbit and syncing it with SP; it looks like the distance and t... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 06:22:19 EST accountability day 3 - mindsets and 1,000 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159901 woke up to a white world yesterday, so instead of the morning run, we went for a walk in the snow. wore the fitbit for the first time, and by the time we were home, it thought i had climbed 34 flights of stairs because of the hills in our area! i have to get used to a new mindset when it comes to fitness minutes, because the fitbit tracks everything and sends the info to spark. no more entering the mileage for the walks and runs separately. instead, it promotes the idea that any exercise is g... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 05:50:02 EST accountability day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158865 day 2, and a new toy arrives - a fitbit! though not until after the day's walk, which was delayed until after we first drove north to our favorite forest road in an (unsuccessful) attempt to take one more walk. the snows had melted and frozen so that it was fairly unpleasant walking, crunchy and LOUD. we quickly decided we'd be better off driving home and walking on bare road instead, and as soon as we headed back to the car, pelle the border collie took off to get there first, clearly apprec... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 04:07:08 EST accountability day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157795 it's always good to find a new way to reaffirm commitment to a healthy lifestyle. yesterday was the first day of my 62nd year, and we celebrated it with a great run. it was great because it was sunny, which doesn't seem to happen much, and above freezing, so no ice or snow to plow through or slip and slide. no resistance to getting out the door, which seems to make it tough so many other times. just a good day, a good run. <BR> <BR> so what do i need to be accountable for here? i've tried so... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 05:00:18 EST so long, november - hello, december! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152384 and that's it for november. i have to be pleased with miles and nutrition; i've kept up on spark in fits and starts, but strength training - not so much:-( <BR> <BR> the mileage goal is 30 miles total per week, with galloway run-walk every other day, and walking every other day. instead of going off separately on running days, DH is joining me on the run-walk, which probably pushes me to run a little faster, and him to slow down and "build his base". whatever, it is working. and this despite... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:57:27 EST it wasn't supposed to snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144943 or at least, that's what we thought. all summer and fall we've been walking and running along forest roads north of town where christmas trees can be cut for a $5 permit. and we'd finally picked up the permit this week, and planned to cut the tree on friday. DH had his eye on one from one of our walks earlier this fall, and it was up a fairly steep road - which he promised me would be just fine. so we woke up to a snowy morning, but it didn't seem to be sticking... much. we parked the car at ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:52:06 EST doing better and first snow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133536 sometimes you just have to write things down, see them in black and white, to start making changes. i think that's one of the things so great about SP - i guess it boils down to the accountability. <BR> <BR> DH has been saying how "hard" it's going to be to keep running, exercising, but i don't want to hear that, i just want to keep doing it. so out we went.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1325118630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> not an awful lot of snow, but enough to r... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 04:14:25 EST struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131235 it's a pattern. every single year. resolutions around new year's, or at least heading to spring - or summer - or the wedding of one of my kids (ok, so they each got married in june or july). lose weight. keep it up until about october. <BR> <BR> and then comes november. we have been home for two weeks now, and my weight is slowly creeping up. i *do* know why. because i am slipping up. i'm hungrier; even with a good breakfast at around 1 or 2 am (working nights), by 4:30 or 5 am i'm hungry an... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:14:33 EST out with october, in with november http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119782 we are finally home after weeks of travel. i had to let some things go, like blogging, or participating much in spark teams. it's been weeks since i've done a crunch, or any form of strength training. i just started tracking nutrition again, now that we are home - it's too difficult with restaurant meals. and after training for and running the half marathon earlier in the month, running miles (and writing about them) slowed. but the end stats for october: <BR> <BR> oct walking miles: 124.5 <... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 04:00:51 EST PR at run like a girl HM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089949 now to try to get it down in words, the HM experience! bib pickup was at 8 a.m., but at sunrise (7:15!) i checked out of the hotel to make the 10-minute drive to the park in old fairhaven. on the way the low pressure tire warning light came on, but since the car did not go clunkety clunk (that's the extent of my mechanical diagnostic knowledge), and we have another car with a sensitive sensor when it gets really cold out, and it was 39F (though there was frost on the field when i arrived ther... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:00:09 EST Pre-HM thoughts and jitters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088718 First, thank you all for the good thoughts and wishes! So far, so good. Beautiful trip across the mountains . Stopped for a power nap, then made it just fine to Bellingham. Brought dinner in a cooler (and breakfast) to avoid "unexpected" food before race. Picked up a favorite baguette for a few extra carbs - and a treat! Tried to find new running pants at rei, but they were all too something - short, long, tight, loose, low... Oh well. Best of all, slept 8 hours, which is very unusual for me.... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:24:28 EST run like a girl HM tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087408 i can't believe it's almost here. today i will drive west across the mountains, and tomorrow morning is the half marathon in bellingham. i signed up 3 months ago, barely believing i could do it, but with two 12-mile runs behind me, i know i can. and i think i'm going to come out of it feeling much better than when i ran this distance 5 years ago; what will be interesting to see is what my time will be with galloway run-walk-run, compared with just running, albeit slowly, back then (2:51). a b... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 04:42:26 EST 30 day blog challenge #27, 28, 29 and 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081507 and it's the last day of the challenge. i haven't had much internet time or access the past few days on a trip to new york to celebrate my dad's 97th birthday (my good genes that are part of the motivation for my goal of healthy living), but i wanted to finish off the month of blogging, so here goes: <BR> <BR> 27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? <BR> <BR> this... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 02:01:44 EST 5% fall challenge assignments #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075424 the assignment: <BR> List YOUR reasons/excuses on why YOUR diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. <BR> <BR> the diet and exercise plans worked, it's just what happened afterwards that was the problem... <BR> <BR> each time i lost weight, life would get in the way - too much work, too little sleep, too little daylight, too much stress leading to too much wine. <BR> <BR> why is this time different? because i am making a real commitment to maintenance - the same com... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:28:32 EST 30 day blog challenge days #25 and 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075354 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try? <BR> <BR> various classes at gyms - spinning, circuit, aerobics, step, even yoga - i like them, but they just don't fit into my life. i only have so many hours and my priority is to spend my fitness hours with DH and pelle the border collie. if DH worked outside the home i might take some of that time for "me time", but that's not the case. <BR> <BR> i'd ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:45:17 EST maple pass hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075352 SP is not agreeing with me today - first it would not post the blog entry, and then it posted lots of them:-(( and then it would not let me delete. <BR> <BR> so here is another blog entry. we have had a lot of smoke from the wildfires two hours to the south, and yesterday was the first clear morning we've had in ages. so we decided to head to the mountains (just half an hour away) and hike the maple pass loop - about 6 or 7 miles. it's getting to be prime time for the larches turning yellow:... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:44:57 EST 30 day blog challenge day #24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072505 day 24: When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.) <BR> <BR> the one way i have always lost weight has been to add fitness, and the easiest thing to "add" is miles. the last few times i lost weight i recognized that 20 miles/week maintains, 30 miles/week loses weight. so the past few times i have lost weight i did so by setting the goal of 30 miles/week minimum. it works, but adding the nut... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:07:27 EST 30 day blog challenge day #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071200 Day 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> <BR> immediate goal is to finish my HM in two weeks in under 3 hours. then find another HM to aim for so i don't lose the fitness i've gained in these past few months. weekly goal of 30 miles walking and running combined. we've pretty much met 150 miles per month since march, and would like to keep that going through the winter... <BR> <BR> 2012 stats: <BR> 414.9 miles running <BR> 741.3 miles walking <BR> <BR> 1156.2 miles total Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:29:42 EST 5% fall challenge catch up assignments #1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070174 i've been concentrating on the 30 day blog challenge, and have fallen behind on the 5% fall challenge. i'm participating not to lose weight (i'm at goal!) but to stay accountable and support my team, the spirited underdawgs <em>338</em> (go dawgs!) <BR> <BR> since i never really stopped what i was doing for the summer challenge, when i hit my goal, most of this is already in place: <BR> <BR> Check Points <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:12:41 EST 30 day blog challenge day #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070111 Day 22: What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> <BR> this one is easy. the border collie says so! pelle has to get out and put on miles, and so do we. it's just a matter of how many, and whether they are running or walking. the goal is 30 miles per week, and 5 miles per day gets us there and then some. running days - 2 days short, one long run - give at least 5 miles now that i can handle 5 miles in an hour. walking days, we try to get out for 4 miles in the morning first thing a... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:26:42 EST 30 day blog challenge day #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068708 21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food? <BR> <BR> my biggest problem was the 4 pm mad munchies - which would extend into the time i prepared dinner. i have no problem resisting food until that 4 pm period - and some days i would just eat everything in sight. then while cooking, i had to taste it, right? had to check the seas... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 06:16:35 EST 30 day blog challenge day #20 - kale!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067335 20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits? <BR> <BR> i never heard of kale before this journey. and now - it's my favorite. i can inhale a complete tray of baked kale chips (wash kale, spin dry, rip leaves, toss in apple cider vinegar with nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of garlic powder and salt, bake at 400 until crisp, stir occasionally), and it's only good for you. or massage the leaves with avocado (or oliv... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:06:54 EST 30 day blog challenge days #17, 18, 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065776 catching up: <BR> <BR> 17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> <BR> i can get into breakfast mode - my favorite is fruit (frozen blueberries or peach) plus soy yogurt plus 1 tbs chia seeds plus oatmeal (uncooked) or muesli <BR> <BR> snacks are usually fruit and nuts <BR> <BR> 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available? <BR> <BR> DH was driving over the mou... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 03:37:52 EST