TAYGRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TAYGRL TAYGRL'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/ Me--In a nutshell these days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e6f9418-07d3-4919-b001-12ce4e922106.jpg"> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:14:39 EST I really needed to share this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314947 Because I think *so* many of us can relate. http://runner12dotcom.blogspot.co<BR>m/2017/02/start-anew-sunday-or-how-cap<BR>tain.html?m=1 Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:01:29 EST The name of the game... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313927 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b119e7e2-01c2-43fb-b15d-e8b7a85ff900.jpg"> Note to self: keep pushing. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:18:46 EST Resolutions: The 2017 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291488 #nuffsaid <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6242d498-a30b-41b0-87c2-46a4f790031c.jpg"> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:38:06 EST I feel prettiest when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286923 How about you? <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7197adc6-7bb5-4e1c-8096-02696d5285de.jpg"> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:18:14 EST Guess what??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de0b3a66-b4b0-4a84-9c45-b633fc668c5b.jpg"> I've gained 3 lbs in the last two months with a major holiday that just passed. Since my jeans are loose, my legs and arms are more toned and my stomach is noticeably flatter, gonna go out on a limb and assume my increase is due to the strength training I have been doing. I'll take it, Universe. Thanks! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:19:14 EST Third virtual race on the books for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154033 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30e6188b-0b60-4482-bfb5-b907d887eb99.jpg"> I had had set a goal of one virtual race per month for the year. With the except of February, due to illness, I have stayed pretty much on track. What I like about them is that they are a relatively inexpensive way to keep my motivation up, increase my mileage per week and just achieve better, overall fitness. Three immediate family members have been diagnosed with diabetes--my mom and middle sister mo... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:37:12 EST PEACE & LOVE TEAM: MAY CHALLENGE - DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154012 May 1st <BR> <BR> REFLECT: Write down three things you're grateful for today. Studies show that people who do this tend to be happier than those who do not take time for daily gratitude! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First and foremost--I am grateful to my family and friends (both virtual and not)--the community that has sustained me on this journey called "Life". <BR> <BR> The Fam: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/846a94fb-121f-45d5-8dda-8decae2d0d6b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:12:14 EST Peace & Love Team: May Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152522 So my goals for next month are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. to get more consistent with my runs - aim for 3x a week <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. yoga, pilates/general stretching twice a week <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>403</em> <em>405</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> 3. aim for at least 4x a week where I get at least 8 hrs of sleep <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:09:01 EST It Isn't the Falling Down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139529 But rather, the getting up. Repeat as necessary. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2afcf08c-69bb-4bb2-a0b7-ef2bf251e78b.jpg"> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:09:20 EST You Are Beautiful; Can You See It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118932 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/you-are-beautifu<BR>l-can-you-see-it/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/985520a2-4804-47b3-8ce1-8ded195aee31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77be20ff-48ff-4618-b816-5a935804d75a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7319f54c-32bd-4da2-8d97-5951d2a67bdf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aee43494-2f... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:10:22 EST Virtual Race #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115861 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ecdfe8b-24f1-40a2-86c7-672d13ed88ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another one for the books! Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:57:47 EST The Joys of Cooking--Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102504 Sooo...I "cook". I used the term loosely to a certain extent because I haven't really *cooked* a meal from scratch in a very, very long time--for a couple of reasons. When I was with my ex, he basically did all the cooking. I did some cooking but mostly I shopped for the household groceries. It wasn't that I no longer enjoyed cooking--when I lived with my folks I used to cook all the time. But when my ex and I moved out together in 2001--the kitchen sort of became his domain. And I was ok... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 23:50:16 EST So this is popping off starting tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084426 And I'm pretty excited about it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/780c096a-3b44-45b9-b841-e396cf770d71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca11f439-d60f-4aec-82f5-982bdf29dd4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f31b6c01-d651-4f05-ac80-8b920468b72b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> End. Of. Story. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:14:41 EST 5 Ways to Feel Better in Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081443 <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/5-ways-to-feel-b<BR>etter-in-your-body/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d984ac5-b36f-42d0-962e-11f44276ce12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f37451b-66a3-4c91-bfca-7cf2744384ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe8b475c-8d38-4585-bfd0-1fdfe0b313bb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5795a68b-05ce-4507-bf... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:52:26 EST You Aren't What You Weigh--Not By a Long Shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049446 A Simple Practice to Appreciate Our Bodies, Flaws and All <BR> By Elizabeth McDonnell <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/a-simple-practic<BR>e-to-appreciate-our-bodies-flaws-and-all/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60a3977a-fed5-4741-9668-0111eb0db0de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remember, you are the only you you've got. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:10:50 EST Some more NSV's and other December Shenanigans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046505 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/caf96e3f-96a6-4638-b8fb-5bbd0537f5b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> NSV #365: being able to wrap my towel all the way around me with no skin showing. <BR> <BR> NSV #366: being able to buy smaller clothes again!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26725695-ffbe-4555-b67e-35043f381267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> NSV #367: fitting in to my old jeans! They are still snug but I can button them without holding my breath which means I... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:24:32 EST NSV #'s 363, 364 and 365 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023472 363: Being able to see muscles where I couldn't before, like my inner thighs. WHOO-HOO!! 364: Being able to reach those "hard to reach places". (Screw you hard to reach places!) 365: Being able to tie my shoes without exerting myself and feeling like I'm going to pass out. LOL! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83d33799-58b3-4ffd-9800-bdb88594140a.jpg"> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 01:15:20 EST Exactly what I needed to read this morning...Gratitude is the secret to most everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021451 This a link to one of my favorite blogs, Tiny Buddha. It was introduced to me by my best friend in December 2011 when I had moved in with her 2 1/2 months after the break up my 15 1/2 year relationship. I have been a faithful follower ever since. <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/50-questions-to-<BR>foster-gratitude-and-feel-good-about-l<BR>ife/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b29dc5f2-0054-4d9a-bfcd-83304b3ec112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:47:50 EST NSV # 362 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019645 Increased flexibility and calm y'all!!! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bfdcce1-3ec0-43b0-adc4-28d8adc04216.jpg"> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 01:19:17 EST And...go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012976 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5fafda0-89ca-495a-8713-e897a85c187d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My ring getting looser and my face getting thinner. <BR> <BR> Now you!!! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 02:34:00 EST TACKLE A TURKEY Entry Card- 09/01 THRU 11/30 ~*~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989266 <em>249</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> During this challenge, I have a general goal of CONSISTENCY. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0794d477-1965-45bd-9190-da0a4b9f3ce5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge will of course be CONSISTENCY. DUHHH... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86ec5d6d-9275-4356-b948-d0f3a3896f69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My nutrition goals for the next 14 weeks will be focused on STAYING WITHIN MY ESTABLISHED CALO... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:39:55 EST Speaking into being... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975344 I am challenging myself to lose 4 additional pounds this month. <BR> <BR> Make no mistake--what that means is regardless of the results reflected on the scale, whatever effort I put into reaching that goal--I accept that my results may look like something else. And I will embrace them whether it be increased flexibility, increased stamina, loser clothing or 4lbs lost. ALL represent progress and THAT is my ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4107c61... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:04:39 EST The Balanced Life Challenge - Day 6 - Look on the Bright Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960654 "It's often easier to dwell on the negative, so we're challenging you to write down at least three things you're grateful for today. Keep the list to read in the future when you need a pick-me-up." <BR> <BR> 1. While living on my own for really the first time has been challenging, I am grateful that I have a job allows me do what I enjoy--working with college students. It may not be the highest paying job but I can feel good about the work that I do with the knowledge that I help make a di... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:25:03 EST You know what I'm talking about... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949783 You know--that moment when you're on the treadmill and you just realized that you were running at a much faster pace than you thought you were AND that you could keep going? EASILY? Yeah. That one. <BR> <BR> I'm coming for you fitness rubicon. Oh yes. I'm coming for YOU. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>18</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dc99098-5d7c-4f55-94e1-b0d2139dbfaa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:49:56 EST NSVs are kind of a big deal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936021 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfe11ea0-e258-41b1-abcc-5ad4baedb614.jpg"> <BR> I had just started really dating someone for the first time since the break up of my 15-year relationship 2 years and 11 days prior (yeah, it's like that--LOL). We had only been seeing each other a month or so but I had already begun regaining part of the 60 lbs I had lost (and regained and lost again) after starting this journey January of 2007. <BR> <BR> I bought this the weekend of my best fr... Fri, 29 May 2015 01:00:44 EST 4 Weeks In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882207 OKKKK...So, I'm just about 1/2 way through week 4 of Focus T25 and here are a few of my musings: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l5147748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. This workout has been truly kicking my A$$ and this is only the "Apha" (foundational) phase. God help me when the "Beta" phase start in less than two weeks. <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> 2. While I am keeping the moves low impact (with a few cautiously performed bursts of high impact activity), I ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:23:45 EST How to Stop Shaming and Start Loving Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855744 This totally resonated with me today. I especially liked this quote from the blog: <BR> <BR> "Unfortunate choices, bad hair days, saying too much, saying too little, getting jealous, and losing things are all part of what makes you gloriously human. Your mishaps are what make you relatable and loveable." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/stop-shaming-sta<BR>rt-loving-yourself/ </link> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:44:33 EST So this happened today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854741 I came to the realization as I was leaving the gym that food missteps are inevitable and that it does me no good to berate myself once one (or more) has occurred. It's certainly not the end of the world and every minute afterward is an opportunity to do better so that's what I did. My main goal this year is to practice treating myself more gently--body, mind and spirit. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:17:24 EST Reflections: What a difference a year makes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846263 This time last year I was making the drive to my new home so I could start my new job in one of my favorite places. It hasn't been perfect or even the best year but it was mine and on my terms. Still, I like to think of the changes as the Universe's way of saying, "Ya done good so here's a little something for you. The rest of the shiz will fall into place in its own f*&king time so quit worrying about it." <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakups--yes they often suck and are at the same time often necessar... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 02:40:21 EST Home sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804051 So I am home sick today and I found this. Not only did it make me laugh and cheer me up immensely but the lyrics are great too. A reminder that we are already perfect. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc9MzCcmNCU&<BR>list=PLykzf464sU9-uj2DvWN3k3S6k_EPDw9pN </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:01 EST 249--Yeah it sucks but it is what it is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775520 Ok, so going to keep this short and not-so-sweet cuz the truth hurts sometimes... <BR> <BR> To say I have been struggling the last few months in too many areas of my life would be THE understatement of the year. I have been in so much denial about so many things that I think it took getting on the scale and seeing how far I've fallen to snap me back to reality. <BR> <BR> At the same time, I have achieved some things I never thought I would like run my first Ragnar Relay and land my dream ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:09:06 EST My first Ragnar Relay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676597 SOOOO...I just did my first Ragnar Relay April 4-5, 2014. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> For those of you not familiar, here is a link to the one I completed with my team. They are held all over the country. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ragnarrelay.com/race/southerncal<BR>ifornia </link> <BR> <BR> My first two legs were hella hard--4.10 miles mostly uphill (hard), 3.5 miles mostly uphill (hard) and early mornin... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:10:06 EST MARCH 2014 WALK AWAY THE POUNDS WALK CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636982 (As a side note--UH has it really been a year since my last blog entry?! WOW. Just WOW...) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> MARCH 2014 WALK AWAY THE POUNDS WALK CHALLENGE FROM LESLIE SANSONE'S WALK AT HOME WEBSITE. THE LINK IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BLOG. <BR> <BR> Sat. March 1 – Walk It Off in 30 Days – Burn 30 & Firm 30 Segments! <em>248</em> <BR> (Or 45 min. Walk OR 6,000... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:59:41 EST Getting ready for day two... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1972338311.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm still sore from day one on Monday but I am so ready to bring it--it's not even funny! At the end of 6 weeks, my body is going to look different. I'm going to feel different. I will BE different. And it will have been SO worth it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069176579.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:04:26 EST Something very cool just happened... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309653 January 2012, just following the break up of my 15-yr relationship, my roommate (and oldest friend) and I took a road trip to San Francisco to visit another friend of mine of 20+ yrs. (As an aside, there is something especially beautiful about having people in my life that have known me as long as these individuals have...It's like coming home--safe and warm.) We had a wonderful time just hanging out--sharing, reminiscing and laughing a LOT. It was just what the doctor ordered after I moved ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 02:15:50 EST And it's alright... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305865 As you know, in this weight loss "game"--hell, this game called life--it is not uncommon for us to sometimes (dare I say often) feel as though we don't always have a handle on things. In fact, I would say that is probably a normal feeling--that wishing we were further along in our journey or the dull ache of waiting for something--a new job, a new love, a new life, in some respects. <BR> <BR> I, too, am searching for things--not because I am wholly unsatisfied or anything like that as I... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:00:07 EST Oh I almost forgot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305488 Three weeks ago or so, a Sparkfriend asked me to post pictures when I got my last bling for hitting my weight loss target. So when I passed 210 lbs, I got the following: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281340584.jpg"> <BR> I got this one to remind me of how awesome and cool and I am. If you're not reminding yourself daily of your own awesomeness, then you really need to start, ASAP. I cannot stress enough how critical it is to treat one's self kindly everyday.... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:24:53 EST Going to bed hungry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302753 SO...um, yeah, its 12:30 o'clock and my stomach is growling a little bit. Normally, I would have been asleep long ago but after talking to my sister and a good friend on the phone, I found myself awake after midnight. <BR> <BR> I totally could have fixed myself a healthy snack and stayed with my caloric range but I decided my hunger was not so out of control that a glass of water couldn't fix it. So thats what I did--had a glass of H2O and called it a night. <BR> <em>9</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:40:52 EST Just a few reminders to myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l627029191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1128580143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2137306239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843887804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:11:52 EST I'm feeling--I don't know--lucky I guess... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259468 While things certainly aren't perfect, they could definitely be much, much worse. I haven't reached my goal weight yet, in fact I still have quite a ways to go. HowEVER, I AM on the right path, enjoying the journey, living in the moment, paying close attention to the little things and remembering to be grateful for today cuz tomorrow really IS promised to no one. <BR> <BR> The following songs have been in heavy rotation in my car and when I'm at the gym primarily because they seem to encap... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:20:17 EST A picture really IS worth a 1000 words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198082 Sometimes its okay to be a woman of few words. 'Sides, it's usually the last thing people expect... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382059090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261931608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076787202.jpg"> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:29:15 EST Best kept secret weapon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119051 Sorry, no big revelatory message today. Just a mild epiphany or sorts, if you will. <BR> <BR> I had stark moment of clarity this morning while sitting on the toilet (don't be horrified--it's where some of the best thinking gets done--LOL). I was thinking back to my periods of past weight loss, looking for the common denominator and WHY I had been successful. I came to ONE very simple realization--I was utterly relentless in my drive, determination and most importantly, my DESIRE to chang... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:55:39 EST Coulda' Been Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084103 I am happy to report that my coping skills have become MOST impressive over the last few years, if do say so m'self. Oh, this level of calm has not come without a lot of trial and error, I'll be the first to say. However, as sit here, I find myself contemplating yet another one of life's major disappointments (of the relationship variety-the worst kind), I ALSO find myself looking to more productive ways to handle it. And if you don't count the (3) Oreos I had yesterday (and even if you do... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:09:50 EST In memoriam: Nancy Beatriz Cholo, April 22, 1941 - September 18, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066526 Isn't it funny how all the things you thought were important turn out NOT to be so much when you learn that someone you have known almost your entire life is sick. And not just kind of sick but REALLY quite ill? <BR> <BR> Two months ago I found out that the mother of one of my long-time childhood friends was diagnosed with cancer and not first or second stage either. This "thing" took up almost one entire lung. Even without the final test results in, it appeared she would need to undergo rad... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:41:17 EST 'Nuff said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036097 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446713325.jpg"> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:17:16 EST Feeling My Mortality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993230 Isn't it funny how all the things you thought were important turn out NOT to be so much when you learn that someone close to you is sick. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I found out that the mother of my long-time childhood friend was diagnosed with cancer and not first or second stage either. This "thing" takes up almost one entire lung. Even without the final test results in, the doctors have already told my friends mom that she would need to undergo radiation/chemo just to shrink the cancer to... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 13:52:04 EST Redefining me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961048 Ever feel like you are going through a period of stagnation in your life--just kind of waiting for something, ANYthing to happen? <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Well, even though it feels kind of late in life to be doing so, currently, I am working VERY hard at MAKING things happen for myself in those key areas that matter--work, love, self-acceptance. Who knew striving for balance in one's life could be such hard work? But I have to keep plugging away. I'm not striving for perfection--just... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:50:38 EST My new favorite quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652120 "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work, or family, or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mista... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:02:14 EST Ways in Which I Showed I Loved Myself This Week So Far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607616 1. taking the stairs EVERYwhere i could <BR> 2. parking at the top of the parking garage so i'd have to take the 4 flights of stairs TWICE a day. <BR> 3. adding in more fruit and veggies <BR> 4. bought (2) 10lb dumbbells cuz i be gettin' stronger <BR> <BR> where i could do better: <BR> <BR> 1. getting more sleep <BR> 2. being more consistent with my workouts <BR> <BR> today is not over yet. <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:34:40 EST