SWEETNEEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEETNEEY SWEETNEEY'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/ Jeff Galloway Race Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279502 I was in GA for my godchild's graduation from college, It just happens that Jeff Galloway was having his race weekend. So I participated in the 13.1 event on Sunday. It was nice to see the enthusiasm & lots of people doing the r/w method. Plus they had pacers for just about everbody - 4hrs. It was cold <em>576</em> . I have a better appreciation for people who exercise in the snow. I'm back at the hotel and I've turned the heat up like a sauna - 80 degrees farenheit. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 14:41:37 EST A Little Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271627 Happy Thanksgiving. Went to a turkey trot on Wednesday and Thursday. Visited with family throughout the week. No Black Friday for me. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I sit at the table let me remember: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8cf1494-293c-4afc-a030-a54a5a85f86f.jpeg"> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:15:36 EST Potomac River Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269893 completed the marathon. it was so cold. i had a tam & gloves on, plus long pants, thick sock and 2 long sleeve shirts. it is a small marathon about 300 people. i drove home with the a/c on the hottest. the wind is also blowing. i am in the bed wrapped getting ready to take my nap. <BR> 4 more to complete 50 states - but that's next year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bee8c1d-6692-4b14-896f-c6c47e55a05d.jpg"> Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:06:04 EST And there was light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253968 The electricity came on about 6pm yesterday. I can tell you it's a real psychological relief. I had already cleaned out the fridge (try not to think about the financial lost), but you feel like you can now get back to normalcy. Needless to say, I don't have anything to cook or snack on. That is a good and bad thing. I now have the opportunity to stock healthily. To be honest, the thought of grocery shopping doesn't give me a positive feeling. <BR> <BR> I must say the lack of electrici... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:40:00 EST Cleaned out the Fridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250872 Will I have really decluttered my fridge. Our electricity is off 8 days after the hurricane - yes, last week this time we were experiencing Hurricane Matthew. The electricity went off on Wednesday night. It remains off. All the food has been removed from the refrigerator and either cooked, consumed or thrown away. So I have one meal a day basically which is lunch. Hopefully, I'll lose some weight. I have tried to stick to an exercise routine, but it's difficult mentally to move from su... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:39:38 EST The aftermath continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249856 <BR> We are back to work but not back to normalcy. Alot of areas do not have electricity and I am in one of those. So it's difficult to move into recovery mode. We have all electric equipment so you can't cook. My niece did provide a portable stove but it's a one burner. But we don't eat as much. Went for a walk yesterday to just clear my head and change a pace. Went to the gym this morning again to avoid focusing on the situation. I am a work and now hearing some stories of those on the roa... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:52:03 EST Thanks Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248451 The hurricane caused me a lot of property damage - lost shingles, and down trees, but no flooding. The roads are being cleared, but the electricity is still off. So we started up a coal grillm& cooked up the meat in the freezer. We have a small portable stove too so we boiled up the frozen vegetables. <BR> We have to use the mobile data and for the past 2 days it's been spotty. But seems to be stabilizing. So we spend alot of time on the patio talking listening to the radio. It's cool... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 17:59:02 EST Hurricane Matthew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246183 Making final preparations for Matthew. Town closes up on Wednesday. Other areas of the Bahamas - in the South nearer Haiti are already on lock-down. But at the moment reporting the calm before the storm. Matthew is moving slowly but has a large cone. Its course has shifted slightly so now more land areas in US are within its sphere. <BR> <BR> At the moment here, it's slightly overcast, cool but not windy., dry (no rain). Got out early and got some tarpaulin and batteries before the res... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:16:37 EST change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237862 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/016cdc0c-797d-4e22-9a43-0059645c9dee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:04:26 EST Did IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230374 Well today is the first day All schools are in. That means traffic jams. So I am heading out at 6:30 a.m. I woke at 2 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep. So I watched a movie and that took me to 4 a.m. Which is my wake up time. I then had a mind tussle about exercising. Of course making all kinda excuses to postpone it until in the evening. But what won out is - I remembered how it feels at the end of a day at work and knowing that I can go home to sleep. Today is Manager's meetings... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:04:51 EST Chat & Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225584 Invited a Friend for a Chat and Walk this morning. Getting my steps in while catching up on stuff. My friend had never been to the place where we went for a walk even though she only works a 5 minute drive from there. <BR> <BR> I had a NSV this week. We had a meeting that took place during the lunch hour. The organizer asked what people wanted to be ordered for lunch - I actually said nothing for me (I'd bought my lunch). A few weeks ago I'd have i) argued about where lunch should be ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:32:37 EST Bahamas wins Bronze in Men's 4x400 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222464 Well the Olympics are over. I'm looking for the next sporting event to satisfy my emptiness. There should be a tennis tournament somewhere in USA - the hardcourt swing before the US Open. I've got a few weeks before american football begins - I'm not a fan of the pre-season. There should be a few track and field events in Europe to complete the Diamond League circuit. <BR> <BR> Shout out to the Bahamas' men's 4x400 team. We were watching the rhythmic gymnastic - those outfits were abs... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:58:00 EST Bahamas wins Bronze in Men's 4x400 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222463 Well the Olympics are over. I'm looking for the next sporting event to satisfy my emptiness. There should be a tennis tournament somewhere in USA - the hardcourt swing before the US Open. I've got a few weeks before american football begins - I'm not a fan of the pre-season. There should be a few track and field events in Europe to complete the Diamond League circuit. <BR> <BR> Shout out to the Bahamas' men's 4x400 team. We were watching the rhythmic gymnastic - those outfits were abs... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:58:00 EST Logan View Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221912 Participated in my 1st night marathon. It was in Fremont, NE. I was the last finisher by 3 minutes. The weather was beautiful. There was a full moon and looked like you could reach out and touch it. The stars were twinkling or winking at me to continue. The route was mainly off major roads and unpaved. But It was hilly. The organizers were very supportive and there was food when I completed. I was too tired to walk for it though. <BR> <BR> Headed to visit my sister in MD and DS is a... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:11:49 EST Wish me Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220708 DS is now at his new University. The accommodations are fine. He'll have a jaunt to the school if he walks but there is a bus. He's not very near fastfood joints but theyvare within walking distance - I guess. So I'm wishing him success. So I'm headed to NE to participate in a marathon. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35d2e8d2-636b-430a-b4e2-bad272116c62.jpg"> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:51:10 EST Bahamas Comes 5th Women's 100m Hurdles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220112 Pedrya Seymour ran a good race. A little more confidence and she'll podium. Marvellous sweep by the american women. <em>283</em> Disappointed my boy Gatlin didn't get to finals of 200m. <BR> Today is move in day for DS. My sister & nephew are here. So hope all goes well. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08c8b0b4-3628-438c-83ab-2f389ef12dc9.jpg"> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:15:23 EST Bahamas Wins Gold in 400m Women at Olympics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218708 got and went for my exercise this morning - Did the route 2x instead of once and if tried a little sprint for a bit. But it's still tough. <BR> <BR> Hooray - Bahamas - Shaunae Miller winning Gold in the 400m. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abb42d0d-d1a4-4493-be02-69d2c7a409ed.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:09:24 EST Live Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217772 Wow summer is just about over. I have yet to go swimming or ride my bike. My exercise has really gone down. I just do the marathons & very little in between. Work is really tough. The supporting cast is very lackadaiscal & that makes it hard. I'm still of mixed mind. I am experiencing a mid-life crisis - too indecisive. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd1a9f11-081b-4190-99b9-9b4ec2819def.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:55:32 EST Kiss Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216536 i'm pleased to report that I've been exercising 1st thing in the morning 2x this week. I've forgotten how invigorating it is. I get it in and whatever happens during the day I don't have to worry about my exercise. <BR> I've not been logging my food nor planning it. The travelling & work and exercise seem to take up the time. I take DS to school next week, so after that hopefully I can get settled. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb41d22d-40b8-40b5-8f41-14786... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:25:13 EST Successful Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214091 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b096dad-6f7a-4bad-8e7c-3b4c50fcb0af.jpg"> Mon, 8 Aug 2016 05:31:52 EST New Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213064 I'm in Ft. Lauderdale doing shopping for the household. Lots of walking & lifting. Shipping stuff and this is the 1st time doing it. Quite an experience. So busy I had one meal but I drunk lots of water. Watched the Olympics opening Looking forward to the games. Headed home today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2277f942-7278-4bec-be16-77fdf2cc4ca2.jpg"> Sat, 6 Aug 2016 05:07:47 EST Whooo Hooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211454 The conference is winding down. This is the last day. For the past 2 days I've been feeling hungry in the morning. Does that mean I'm eating appropriately? Can I determine between hunger and appetite? Drinking lots of water but the margaritas are really good here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af299e8b-2f75-49a3-b4e8-48ebbbab8671.jpg"> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:43:49 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210900 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b406869-485c-44d0-998b-7c57ea74a8ee.jpg"> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:14:07 EST Puerto Rico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210666 since I last blogged, I've celebrated my 55th birthday. I'm in Puerto Rico attending a conference in my field. I'm exercising regularly since goti here. but my eating & drinking is not good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0733e018-7749-4617-923a-bf60e3f533cb.jpg"> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 22:37:25 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206596 I am pleased to say that I have a streak of 2 days of 10k steps and I am about to go to the gym while I wait to collect DS. I'm focusing on the positive and continue to work on my portion control. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/896a3130-b8e2-49e0-81d5-c7c4ca4aacf5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:34 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206595 I am pleased to say that I have a streak of 2 days of 10k steps and I am about to go to the gym while I wait to collect DS. I'm focusing on the positive and continue to work on my portion control. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/896a3130-b8e2-49e0-81d5-c7c4ca4aacf5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:17:32 EST TV Subscription http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201602 Today is recuperation day. How did I spend it? I purchased an Android Box. This is a gadget that lets you access alot of movies and tv shows - supposedly for free. It was overwhelming. So many apps to chose from. I spent the whole day fooling with that. I guess you gotta get used to it. You select the app that you'll use and then that'll be enough. But there is alot out there, Alot Alot. Also - the live streaming tended to freeze alot. but once it downloaded it was really solid. Wh... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:51:26 EST 6 week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200636 I've decided to do a 6 weeks transformation challenge by Jessica Smith. 30 minutes of exercise a day. I'm coupling that with measuring and weighing my food. Unfortunately, it's mango season and I'm just devouring them every which way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f292a12-e066-4b20-9195-e20bbabcd7bc.jpg"> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:33:32 EST Montana Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198221 Missoula, MT is a lovely place. The course for the marathon took in many breath-taking views. Although the roads were not closed, traffic was mostly non-existent. The spectators & volunteers were super enthusiastic. As a laggard, the AID stations were all manned with refreshment when I arrived. At the finish you got a big greeting. <BR> <BR> It was tough for me because I let my fitness go & I had to use muscle memory to complete. But I did complete it & MT is in the books. Even a ve... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:55:43 EST Missoula, MT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197038 On my way to Missoula, MT to participate in a marathon. Long layover in Denver Colorado. Marathon is Sunday. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:17:57 EST Welcome July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192842 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb8cdba5-f793-4d70-9944-4ce86a295bf7.jpg"> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:45:52 EST Limbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188701 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da9702a8-e9aa-4b4f-a0a0-4524a739fe69.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Just located this photo on my Ipod nano (probably 5th generation). It was in 2011 when I did the L.A. Marathon. <BR> This is an example of the digital footprint. You're out there somewhere in cyber space and you really can't ever be sure you've erased your impression. I'm sure at the time I was challenged to locate the photo and now some 5 years later, fooling around with the laptop I w... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:38:04 EST 1st day of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186558 Went for a 40 minute walk and hula hooped for 5 minutes. Thought I'd start the 1st day of Summer with an exercise programme. I've been really chilling for the last 4 weeks - recovering and recharging. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b81c385c-ea48-4e3c-aa50-3c9fe6d0f282.jpg"> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:45:19 EST Back to the Bahamas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172601 Back in the Bahamas. After doing 4 marathons in a week's time I pick up DS and we drove from Michigan to Maryland to my sister. We spent about 4 days with her - Saturday we had a pre-Memorial holiday family get together with my brother and his wife and her family who live in the VA area. It was really nice. One of the specialties is grain-fed beef. It really taste different and cleaner and it's not oily. They gave me some of it to bring to the Bahamas. Where I am now. <BR> I would lo... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:27:10 EST May update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169309 I did the St Louis, MO marathon in April and in May did a marathon in New Jersey, Maine, VT, Rhode Island and North Dakota. All while battling a cold. So I've got 7 to go. 3 are scheduled for this year - 2 I am struggling to find something for this year and AK and HI will have to be for 2017. When I go to those states I'm staying a while. <BR> DS is transferring college. He's leaving University of Michigan-Dearborn and his 1st choice is University of Maryland (not sure which campus) bu... Tue, 24 May 2016 07:34:27 EST Time Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147770 Yeah, we've got to pace ourselves. I'm not likely to be on SP as much. I've got some things to do and I have to allocate my time to these things. I am going to limit my daily SP to logging my food but when I do have time I will be sure to look you up. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:54:59 EST Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146181 Rough day Tuesday. It's like everything is becoming due. But I didn't miss my Zumba class and I did a half hour riding the bike. So I'm back on the streak of riding the bike. Today seems like it's more of the same, except the gym is going to be this morning. <BR> <BR> I couldn't find anyone to give the cheesecake to - so I put it in the garbage. I also threw out the barley - it didn't turn out right. It was too bland and I may have overcooked it. So I guess on to some other grains in t... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:36:07 EST Best laid plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145456 What do they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.... Up early yesterday and had done some prep the night before. Heading out the door, loading up the car and can't find my wallet. After 20 minutes of feverish searching I locate it. I'd decided at one point to cancel the gym I was so frustrated but I calmed myself and decided go to the gym and do something. So after much struggle I did get to the gym and exercised. Everything was running a half hour late but decided I would keep... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:09:45 EST Let's Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144652 Well, it seems my renovation of upstairs caused a disclosure of a weakness in the downstairs bedroom - plumbing related. Then the tub in that bathroom was already leaking - so it seems I'll be doing some more renovations. I'll have to make some adjustments in my living arrangements. I've got lots of space but it's adjusting the amenities to use the space. It wasn't on my plans or budget. These old houses are money hogs. <BR> Up early to head to the gym and resume my exercise regime. Took l... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:28:55 EST Nature's Airconditon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144105 The weather is absolutely lovely. There is a breeze blowing and it's cool. I have all my windows and doors open and it feels like I have an airconditon on. Had a good day's work and a goodnight's sleep. Will continue to do some work today and hoping I don't have to leave my house. <BR> It's so invigorating to have the house open. It feels like my environment and mental state are in harmony. Now it's to get outside too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d1d18e... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 09:30:34 EST I know what I like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143351 Yesterday was a bad day mood-wise. I attended a training which was to assist us in completing performance appraisals. The presenters were excellent and the content was good. My challenge was whether I wanted to be in a situation where I was doing performance appraisals. I tried to extract the tips on setting SMART goals for my own personal goals. This was to make me feel I wasn't wasting my time here. Then the crowd got all relaxed and started harping on problems in the organization. W... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:22:53 EST Exuma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142768 My brother and his family visited last week and also went to an island in the Bahamas called Exuma. So scenes from the island <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/caab128a-769f-4d28-bd96-7f8a3353820a.jpg"> <BR> niece holding a starfish (it's a sea urchin) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/927cc0a5-649b-4e6c-a97e-c00c4afa9879.jpg"> <BR> nephew holding a starfish <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2f27fc2-a2d1-4160-9a84... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:35:16 EST Gotta Affect My Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6d47299-323b-491e-a2e3-23c94338950b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcc4436d-d4c8-4cc1-9dcf-85eca33e2e05.jpg"> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:38:03 EST Do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141190 Had to end up going to work for a few hours. But got home early enough to celebrate with Mom. She had some friends come over after work - very casual - and share cake and ice cream with them. <BR> I purchased another laptop - and sent the malfunctioning one to DS to contact HP to use the warranty. So that mean I had to fix up the new one - hook to the printer, put on some apps I use regularly. So it's functional now. <BR> I ate too much cake and wine yesterday. Didn't get to the foodsto... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:20:07 EST Runners Remorse in Reverse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140561 Back in Nassau. today is my mother's birthday. Decided not to go into work. Need to get my food prepared for the week. I have a tendency to get all relaxed because I've burned so many calories - so going to try to use it as the jumpstart for my diet. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm feeling like I wished I could travel again to run/walk/bike/hike. Just be outside enjoying nature. Yeah, I could go to the gym to do most of these things, but I don't want to feel like I'm exercising. Exercise/calo... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:19:01 EST Feet don't fail me now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139571 Got an early flight this morning - so I'm up. My legs are sore and my feet are tender. It takes a while to transition to standing and then to walking. According to FB and my smart watch I took over 58K steps yesterday. I go through Miami and have a long layover (by design) and I'll do some shopping and get a manicure/pedicure. This is how I reward my legs and feet for all they do for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0932a4f-7606-432b-b5a7-8e713f4adc67.jp... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 02:55:46 EST Go St. Louis Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139311 I Survived. The route had rolling hills. It was cold (but I was layered and didn't take one off). It rained and then sleeted. There was a thunderstorm but it didn't last long. But they had us slow pokes paused at around mile 18. I caught up to a gentleman who was struggling - and he was complaining about his training. I told him - don't worry about that we came to complete 26.2 miles. So we walked together for 6 miles (seemed like 20). He has done 88 marathons. Missouri is done and I... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 18:22:19 EST Renovations Pictures Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138676 Here's the renovation pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecd1352d-29b3-4d9d-bce0-d54d8f545bd9.jpg"> before <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c57ed64-2001-49e0-a445-251ff8472343.JPG"> - after <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70c084fa-ff32-4b78-9af1-256c16a4f153.jpg"> before <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23910b63-fb41-4145-8b13-ffe193832e8a.JPG"> after <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 18:30:02 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e66050d-aecf-4cdc-b994-c37793bb3662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d11a9a01-e935-412d-9fc5-fe6033b73596.jpg"> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:15:09 EST Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137121 As I got out of my car yesterday, I was grumbling about having to go to this job. Also how slow I run and how fat I am. I thought about my sister who is 3 years older than me and she is like a size 8 now. How life can be funny! When we were younger I was the small one and she the fat one. Now she's the small one and I'm the fat one. Then I reflected on her health - she has scleroderma which is a disease that causes your skin to shrink. I asked myself which one I wanted sick and slim or... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:34:54 EST