TANYAP71's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TANYAP71 TANYAP71'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/ 4/29/2015 - Try, try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919673 Well, the first third of 2015 has been a bust when it comes to getting my fitness and nutrition groove back. The big move to Bee Cave, TX is coming v-e-r-y q-u-i-c-k-l-y though. It's pretty much do-or-die time if I want to be reasonably fit by the time we move. <BR> <BR> So, I am back. All the way. Back to daily blogging, back to tracking, back to constant vigilance. <BR> <BR> My goal is, as it was when I started my 50 pound weight loss journey, to be at a normal weight and fit. Now... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:18:24 EST Just a statistic.... but I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846299 I was here last on 2/10/14. At goal. After a bobble. <BR> <BR> On 2/14/14 my young, fit, beloved uncle thought he had a stomach flu or something. <BR> On 2/16/14 he was diagnosed with brain cancer. <BR> On 3/16/14 he died. <BR> That was in the middle of a whole lot of other life-changing events for my family. <BR> Fitness and clean eating took a back seat to other things. <BR> And then I got sick and it took over 3 months to figure out what was wrong. <BR> And I'm still not recovered. ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 05:44:41 EST At Goal Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620431 I started strength training again 4 weeks ago. I am already back at goal weight (without counting calories or consciously restricting calories). I haven't been at goal weight for 7 months and I spent a bit of that time not only above goal but out of maintenance range. Strength training is definitely integral to my maintenance plan. <BR> <BR> Now to lean out and be in peak shape for our upcoming cruise. I'm leaner than I was last time I was at goal so I don't anticipate it being too too ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:56:41 EST Dirty, dirty holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585496 My holidays consisted of splurge after splurge over 2 weeks with family. It was wonderful to have two weeks with family... but I probably could have treated my body a little better. I ate what I wanted. I drank what I wanted. And, while I exercised some, I didn't exercise nearly enough. Two weeks of debauchery! Given we haven't had a vacation (which means I haven't had a long splurge) since mid-summer I simply don't feel guilty.... just ready to get back to clean eating and, finally, li... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:59:05 EST So, so, so close..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568574 I've had success getting back to maintenance range in the last 2 months. I lost 7 pounds in 6 weeks and have just 1 more pound to get back to goal weight. I've also dropped some body fat and am below 22%. It's been about 6 months since I've been in this good a place in terms of weight. I need to do some work on the body fat though. <BR> <BR> I did 2 rounds of boot camp and feel like the second round was a little much for my body. I'm hoping to start alternating - one round of boot camp... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:15:54 EST Tired people don't make good decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559793 I have not been here forever. I really need to start sparking again. <BR> <BR> I've had a rough time with maintenance since returning from Europe in early August. I've never gotten too far out of maintenance range but I've been consistently out more than I've been consistently in since school started. I know what my trouble areas are. I need to work on addressing them though. <BR> <BR> 1) Sleep. Because of some family issues, I've been getting less than 6 hours of sleep most nights. ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 13:49:03 EST Lack of sleep makes you fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501014 Living on 6 hours of sleep a night is exhausting! I made a commitment to myself to stay awake to support my son as he develops study/homework and organizational habits. He's really motivated to get this under control this year but I don't like leaving him up all alone while the rest of us go to bed. He's doing great but he's got the body of a teenager which means he is perfectly fine with staying up until 11PM every night. I - yawn - am not. Add in the fact that I get up an hour earlier th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 05:32:52 EST Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489445 I can not believe it's been 2 weeks since school started, 2 weeks since I posted here. Getting the family back into the swing of things sure isn't easy but we are getting there! <BR> <BR> I started my bootcamp program this week and am running a 5K road race here in town this weekend. That's making this week extra exercise-intensive for me! Centergy and boot camp Monday, 5K and core class Tuesday, boot camp Wednesday, 5K and Centergy Thursday, boot camp Friday, NOTHING Saturday, and a 5K ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:54:59 EST Beyond Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475556 I'm still in range and still wavering over whether or not to go to the doctor over my shoulder (feet, hip, and hand) pains. I decided to sign up for Beyond Bootcamp at my gym and put some focused effort into eating clean and doing some moderate strength training. If, at the end of that, I'm still dealing with aches or if - God forbid - they get worse during the boot camp I'll see a doctor. <BR> <BR> It had been nearly a year since I updated my bio here so I did that today. Feels like a ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:05:03 EST Back in range and every day is a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467069 I'm down just over 3 pounds since last Monday so I am safely (is that ever true?) back in range. <BR> <BR> But I'm still 'starting over' every day. Too many splurges one day. Skipping my supplements another. Forgoing exercise a third. BAH! But every morning I get up, weigh-in, and set goals for the day. <BR> <BR> Of course, today my daughter threw up violently about an hour before I was supposed to go to the gym so... I never went to the gym. <BR> <BR> But I ate well today and I p... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:57:11 EST Teetering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463228 Long time without posting.... but I had a few comments recently so I thought I should post. In part to help myself and in part to be real and honest with people who see my bikini picture and think I still look like that. <BR> <BR> I had recurring shoulder pain in the spring and stopped lifting. I've been doing core classes, centergy classes, and lots of running but my body fat percentage is NOT lean enough for my abs to look like that any more. I managed to maintain through all of that ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:33:23 EST Pushing Through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266912 I came down with my son's cold over the weekend. Loads of congestion! I gained over 5 pounds in 3 days before I realized that I was sick, not just dehydrated from our day in Boston. I started taking decongestants and I've dropped 6 pounds since Monday morning. From my highest weigh-in since reaching goal to my lowest weight in 3 weeks... weird. <BR> <BR> Between zinc and the decongestants I feel human but not great. I've been doing easy workouts (centergy, slow runs, elliptical) and s... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:19:05 EST 16 Months of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258381 Nothing profound to report. Today marks 16 months of maintenance. <BR> <BR> My body fat is in a good place. My lean mass is in a good place. My overall fitness is in a good, but not peak, place. And I'm happy. That is not profound... except that it is late February and all of that is true and for many, many, many years I could not have imagined saying any of that, let alone all of that, in the dead of winter. <BR> <BR> Finished up the most massive of the units in my FNS course. Lo... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:29:15 EST Up, down, up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251730 This was a CRAZY week. Lots of ups and downs. Ups were a wonderful Valentine's Day and a general feeling of contentment. Downs were the unexpected death of a family member who never let anyone know he was sick and stress surrounding the blizzard and DH's work. My weight has been on a roller coaster in the last week - I think (and hope) - mostly because of water retention due to poor eating/drinking choices. I breathed a sigh of relief when I dipped below goal yesterday morning and went a... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:24:54 EST This getting in shape thing? What worked for my body seems to be working for my house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241893 Another week has come and gone. Still maintaining my goal weight easily. Still working out 4-5 times a week. Feeling strong and faster. Happy. <BR> <BR> I have now had a clean house for a month. I honestly can't remember the last time the house was this orderly for this long. I hate hate hate housework and used to resent doing so much for the family that they were capable of doing. I decided that that was only hurting me - the resentment AND the refusal to just do it myself. I am 'a... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:19:41 EST Moving right along..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230096 Celebrated another month of maintenance. Go me! <BR> <BR> I wrapped up the 2nd phase of The Female Body Breakthrough and moved into the third. Since this is my second time through and I'm doing it just for me, I skipped the horrid 'matrices' she has in the 3rd phase. This one has lots of heavy lifting and I love it! I'm lifting 2 days a week these days. <BR> <BR> I'm running 5K 2x a week, in intervals, working on my speed. I run 'fast' (7.5-8MPH now) for 90-120s then run 'slow' (6MP... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:59:08 EST Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212216 Maintaining my weight loss, enjoying my exercise. Floating along over and under 20% body fat which works well for me given it's not bikini season. <BR> <BR> Spending a lot of 'energy' on decluttering and housework. Now that exercise is habit, I need to see if I can make keeping house habit. I detest housework. I doubt I will ever enjoy it (like I do exercise) but I DO enjoy a clean and orderly house. That's my focus! <BR> <BR> Happy to report that I'm regularly running 5K in under 3... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:12:01 EST I resolve to be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189682 Just be. I give myself permission to be whatever it is I need to be in the moment. I've had a year+ maintaining and even longer peaking, stepping back, peaking again in terms of strength/body fat/definition. I am in a happy place with my weight and fitness and this year I don't want to set any grand goals other than to be as happy and content as I can be in my daily life. <BR> <BR> Today I am looking forward to nacho and movie night with the family tonight, my daughter's basketball game t... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:24:03 EST Well, well, well..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134186 It's been a while! <BR> <BR> Hurricane Sandy didn't come very close to us but it did leave us without power. And when power was restored, my computer was damaged. Probably either when the power went out or came back. DH, luckily, has lots of experience building and rebuilding computers and was able to figure out what was damaged (power supply and a memory chip) and get me up and running again. <BR> <BR> Life has been NUTS! But I'm still maintaining.... in fact I've been under goal a... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:26:17 EST Hoooo boy and CGG111's Blog Challenge Q11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113922 I skipped my 2 classes on Monday because I needed to be 'at hand' to answer calls from the vet... but I more than made up with them by really pushing myself with my ST on Wednesday, a 6+ mile run yesterday, and a wicked kettlebell workout today. Hoooo.. I am going to feel it tomorrow! <BR> <BR> My cat is doing well. Thank goodness. I hope he continues to be OK once the antibiotics wear off. My other big project this week was book fair. I wasn't in charge this year but I wanted to be 'on... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:14:00 EST CGG111's blog challenge Q10 & Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111312 The Blog Challenge Question is Q10. Post a picture from your day. <BR> <BR> I had my hair colored yesterday and made a pretty big change so I figured I'd share that. I went blonde a while ago and have just been doing that (no highlights or lowlights for months). My hair was starting to feel too 'white'/'light'/'cold' so I decided to add lowlights. I gave DH the choice - red or brown - knowing that red will fade out on me in a few weeks (always does, no matter what) leaving me with golden... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:54:23 EST Deep Breath.... and CGG111's Blog Challenge Q9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108027 The weekend was a blur. <BR> <BR> Saturday we putzed around the house. DS had a big project due today that he'd been struggling with. Luckily he admitted that he didn't think his ADD meds were cutting it about a week ago and Saturday was his first day on a new dose. He banged it out and I hope he gets a great grade because he needs to boost his grade in that class. I, honestly, can't really even remember what I did except futz the day away anxious about he would feel on a higher dose. ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:44:05 EST One Year Maintenance Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107351 I feel like I'm supposed to have profound thoughts today - my one year anniversary of reaching goal weight - but I really don't. I'm very happy to have made it this far but I it's really just one more day in a healthy life. <BR> <BR> One more day of .... eating well - the right food at the right times in the right amounts. <BR> <BR> One more day of .... making exercise a priority in my schedule. <BR> <BR> One more day of .... managing stress so I don't make poor decisions. <BR> <BR> On... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:44:13 EST Autumn & CGG111's Blog Challenge Q8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106368 I love that today's blog challenge question is about autumn. Autumn is my favorite season! I certainly won't struggle to come up with 10 things I like! <BR> <BR> Q8. 10 things I love about fall. <BR> <BR> 1. The kids go back to school. I don't like this because they are gone so long but their return to school forces our family to return to a routine. I love routine. <BR> <BR> 2. I go back to my volunteer work. I really enjoy my volunteer work with the schools. I feel more product... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:02:31 EST Book Fair and CGG111s Blog Challenge Q7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105191 My daughter graduated from elementary school last year and I passed the book fair baton with a promise to myself (and my family) not to pick it up again at the middle school level. Buuuuut...... the middle school chair had to step down due to a new job and the last middle school chair took on the job because someone had to do it so I feel the need to help her out as much as possible. So.... when she asked me to come in a few hours earlier than planned to help with set-up, I did. Which mean... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:46:46 EST Crazy Day and CGG111's Blog Challenge Q6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103938 Today was nutso. <BR> Had to make breakfasts for 3, lunches for 3, get us all out the door. Then we had a meeting with DD's teachers shortly after school started. Raced off to the gym to get in an abbreviated run and my centergy class. Then killed a bit of time having a post-workout snack waiting for Chipotle to open so I could pick up a lunch for my son. It's 'eat lunch with your child' week at school. God forbid I eat with him but he was more than happy to have me bring him lunch. Th... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:38:51 EST CGG111's blog challenge Q5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102277 Q5. If I were to win the lottery___________. <BR> <BR> I would pay cash for our dream house. We live in a basic 3 bed 2 bath colonial with no garage and a 'tricky' lot. I would build a house with 5 beds and more baths, quiet study/practice space for each kid, separate office where DH and I could 'wall off' our stressful stuff, and a large hobby/fitness area, probably over the garage. This would only happen if we won the lottery because big mortgages are stressful! <BR> <BR> If it was ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:22:01 EST Running and CGG111's blog challenge Q4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101410 Running update: <BR> Running for 2012: <BR> 145.75 + 5.25 = 151.0 miles <BR> no race booked... thinking about an 8K on Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> 4. Describe your dream job. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I do not know. I love biology. Always have, always will. I am a biologist. I, however, did not find a way to combine being the kind of biologist I wanted to be with the kind of wife and mother I wanted to be. Even now, I look at the hours and dedication it would take and know that I would hate bei... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:04:28 EST Race, Off the Wagon, and CGG111's Blog Challenge Q3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099763 I ran my third 5K race Saturday. It was REALLY cold - in the 30s. They called us to the start line only to then call a delay for 10 minutes.... only to have it turn into at least a 20' delay. Needless to say most of us started the race cold! Cold air triggers my asthma.... this is what killed my first attempt at being a running oh-so-many New Year's resolutions ago.... so I carried an inhaler and didn't push myself. I ran the whole way. Didn't need the inhaler. Felt pretty good - the b... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:11:20 EST Kettlebells & CGG111's blog challenge (Q2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096224 Friday is my kettlebell day. I do three cycles through a routine I got out of a magazine, adjusting the weight to fit my body. Right now I am using 10, 25, and 35 pound kettlebells. It's intense! But I have a hard time believing I'm burning the 800 calories Sparkpeople gives me credit for ;-) I wish KBs weren't so darned expensive. I like the way they work my muscles (it seems so much more functional and whole-body than other ST). In terms of what it feels like to ST with them, I like t... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:24:56 EST CGG111's blog challenge (Q1), life, and running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095160 I'm going to join in on this blogging challenge: <BR> <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092194 </link> <BR> <BR> Question 1. Review a book you recently read. <BR> <BR> This would require me to have actually finished a book recently, right? Sadly, I have not finished a book since August. The last book I finished was 'Between the Lines' by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer. It was just too fluffy. I never really got into it. The bo... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:11:35 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092611 DH got stuck at work last night and missed Thanksgiving dinner. Bummer for everyone involved. The kids had even each cooked one of the dishes. <BR> <BR> I can't get excited about our anniversary at this point. He's totally consumed with work. No time or energy for me. *If* we celebrated, I'd have to plan it myself. And it could end up like last night. That just makes me sad so I'd rather not think about it at all. <BR> <BR> So... la la la la... I just do my own thing. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:01:26 EST Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091574 My husband is Canadian so I use that as a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving twice :-) Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. I try to keep our Canadian version scaled-down and healthier than the American rendition. <BR> <BR> We're having - <BR> My favorite Chardonnay :-) <BR> Seltzer <BR> Homemade sugar-free cranberry sauce <BR> Stuffing made with broth (not butter), lots of veggies, and a mix of whole wheat and white breads <BR> Steamed green beans <BR> Turkey breast roast with fat-free gr... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:26:12 EST On Top of Things & Running Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090134 I am membership chair for our PTA. As of today I have ALL membership entered and ALL membership cards printed. Tonight I'll make address labels and separate the cards while I watch the PTA game, tomorrow I'll buy envelopes and stuff them, Tuesday I'll drop them off at the schools and see if any new forms are waiting for me. I am getting this done MONTHS earlier than last year. Go me! <BR> <BR> Running update: <BR> Running for 2012: <BR> 130 miles + 4.0 miles = 134.0 miles <BR> next 5K ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:59:28 EST Running Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086490 Not a lot new. Thank goodness. I need a breather :-) <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> Running update: <BR> Running for 2012: <BR> 124.75 miles + 5.25 miles = 130 miles <BR> next 5K in 9 days <BR> <BR> Fourth day doing rolling hills on the treadmill. Feeling more energetic this morning. Did 5 miles of rolling hills and then walked to cool down. Then a half hour break before Centergy (grabbed a snack and drink). Centergy was good. Felt easy despite the long run before hand. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:17:32 EST Buffalo Chicken Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085028 I thought I'd share one of my favorite lunches. <BR> <BR> 2-3 oz baby spinach <BR> 3 oz shredded carrots <BR> 12-15 baby tomatoes <BR> 4 oz thin & trim buffalo chicken <BR> 1 oz reduced fat blue cheese <BR> <BR> Dressing - if desired (I usually skip it) <BR> 1 T lite blue cheese dressing <BR> 1 T fat-free greek yogurt <BR> water as necessary to thin <BR> <BR> This makes a huge salad! It's a very satisfying lunch! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:33:28 EST Have you gotten your flu shot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083470 Just a little PSA..... flu season will soon be upon us. If you get flu shots... now would be a good time. <BR> <BR> The kids go to their flu clinic this afternoon. Despite my asthma, I don't qualify as 'high risk' at my PCP's practice so I got mine at Walgreen's this AM. Had to pay out of pocket for it but it was just $7 more than my doctor's office co-pay so I figured I'd just get it done with. <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> Running update: <BR> Running for 2012: <BR> 121.25 + 3.5 miles 124.... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:57:02 EST On to October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082182 My September Goals: "THIS MONTH: I'd like to get back to maintaining in the 124-126 range (instead of the 126-128 range) with body fat back down around 20%. I'd like to run my second 5K in 30 minutes or less. I'd like to be half done with my Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification. My overarching goal is to end September is to feel like I've got my groove back :-) " <BR> <BR> Maintaining in 124-126 range: <BR> I didn't even GET into this range until 9/11. From then until the end of the ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:42:29 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 30 - Got My Groove Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080321 Day 30. What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the month of September? <BR> <BR> I am proudest of the fact that I've got my groove back :-) It was my big goal for the month. The details - the precise weight range, body fat percentage - are not where I set out to get them but I feel fantastic. I took my measurements so I know that they are BETTER than they were back when I was 124-126 pounds with body fat average of 20%. I look great, I feel great, I ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:52:14 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29: Randomness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079296 Day 29: There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. <BR> <BR> 1. I am at a Romney-Ryan rally with my husband and kids this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I have a PhD in biology. <BR> <BR> 3. I knit, scrapbook, cook, and bake. <BR> <BR> 4. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 30. <BR> <BR> 5. I love to cruise and hope we cruise regularly after DH retires.... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:52:35 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 28 - There's more to this than nutrition & fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078141 Day 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? <BR> <BR> I am still working on this part of wellness. In a way it was the first thing I started working on but it is certainly the one that I will have to continue to WORK at for the longest. <BR> <BR> Emotionally...... I think that exercise helped a lot here. I have a VERY strong family history of major depression. Long ago the doctor told me that vigorous exercise would ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:12:13 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 27 - PT to PT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077323 Day 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> I suppose the primary professional I 'hired' was my doctor. I've had a succession of them. The first one saw me when my son was about 6 months old. I was still 20-ish pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight and frustrated with my progress and my size. She told me I'd never get my pregnancy body back! That stuc... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:47:11 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 26 - Me, Myself, & I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075648 Day 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> <BR> I mostly exercise by myself. Even though I take 3 large group classes a week, I feel like I do them 'alone'. There is little interaction between myself and the instructor. There is little interaction between myself and classmates. I think I would like more but there simply is not that kind of back-and-forth when the group is so large and the people in it variable. So... I exerci... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:09:57 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 25 - Exercise Past & Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074087 Day 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> Eons ago I was on a soccer team. I spent most of time feeling horribly embarrassed and like I was going to ruin everything for my team. Team sports (team anything, to be honest) are not for me. <BR> <BR> In high school I tried a LOT of different activities. Our PE program was pretty darn amazing. Nothing carried into my adulthood except... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:38:38 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 24 - Fitness First, For Me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072842 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> This time around fitness goals came FIRST. I had been going to physical therapy for an arm injury for 6 months when I was cleared to join the gym. Early in those 6 months I dieted and lost 20 pounds. I then hit a calorie budget of 1200 calories a day AND some life stresses. I just could not eat so little AND cope with stress ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:38:22 EST I did it! 26:34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071745 From my earlier post on fitness goals: <BR> <BR> "1. Improve my running speed and endurance. Not knowing the hills of today's course, my goal is to simply be under 30 minutes. If the hills aren't so bad that I have to walk some of it, I'd really like to finish in 27 minutes or less." <BR> <BR> The hills weren't bad. There were lots of LONG uphill stretches but no crazy hills. Long, shallow uphill I can do! I beat 27 minutes - 26:34. <BR> <BR> Thanks (NOT!) to the person burning alon... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:16:44 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 23 - Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071193 Day 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> <BR> Very timely question on the morning of my second 5K. I don't believe I did that on purpose! <BR> <BR> 1. Improve my running speed and endurance. Not knowing the hills of today's course, my goal is to simply be under 30 minutes. If the hills aren't so bad that I have to walk some of it, I'd really like to finish in 27 minutes or less. <BR> <BR> 2. Achieve as low a body fat percentage as I can without affecting my cycles. I don't... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:19:05 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 22 - Scheduled Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070076 Day 22: What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> <BR> I'll start off by saying I put my workouts into my calendar just like any other appointment. I don't 'have' time for fitness. I MAKE time for fitness. <BR> <BR> Right now my schedule looks like this: <BR> <BR> Strength training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I either go to a GroupEx Power class, do a whole body workout from Rachel Cosgrove's Female Body Breakthrough, or do a kettlebell workout at home. What I do on whi... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:52:01 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 21 - She's watching...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069035 Day 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> When I was a pre-teen and teen and controlled my weight by extreme calorie restriction. I don't know how no one caught on. I don't know how I managed to stop before it got dangerous. I don't know WHY I did it. Looking back it was so unhealthy and made me skinny fat. ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:48:10 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 20 - Yum, yum, yum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068026 Day 20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits? <BR> <BR> I love a lot of healthy foods. Ones that appear in my diet over and over and over again are greek yogurt, frozen berries, fresh berries, cinnamon, wheat germ, egg whites, salsa, baby spinach (and more baby spinach and more baby spinach), tomatoes, low-carb or whole wheat breads, avocados, low fat cheese, tuna fish, salmon, chicken breast, pork tenderloin,... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:59:38 EST