TBOURLON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TBOURLON TBOURLON'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/ Been down but not out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814358 You ever notice that sometimes life just gets in the way of your plans? I was "planning" to start training for the Reindeer Run 10K - it would have been my first 10K - when I twisted my ankle around Halloween. <em>33</em> No sooner do I recover from that when I get hit with a bad headcold. I missed 2 1/2 days of work last week, and pretty much the weekend as well. Yesterday I did manage to do some housework, and got on the treadmill and walked for about 35 minutes. First real exercise... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:38:20 EST October 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790581 Well my last blog may have been full of self-pity, so this one will be better. No, I'm still not "trying to lose weight" before the home situation improves - too much stress for that, BUT I don't want to use this as an excuse to gain weight, either. So I logged on today for the first time in almost 2 weeks to log my walking time. Like I said, going to keep up the exercising & (somewhat) healthy diet, and keep enough of an eye on the scale to keep from gaining. As of today I still weigh 15... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:16:08 EST Well isn't that strange? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783096 I am seriously considering taking a break from the whole "weight-loss" thing, partially because I'm not losing any weight but mostly because a certain home situation still hasn't been resolved, and may not be before the end of the year. Yesterday I had something of an emotional meltdown over it. I ended up having a burger for dinner and some chocolate ice cream when I got home - yeah, emotional eating. Didn't get on the treadmill like I intended, watched a movie instead. It was funny and ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:12:10 EST My plan doesn't seem to be working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773925 So I've been tracking food for nearly two weeks, and here we go again: weight drops down to around 151, the goes back up to 153-54. I spent five months earlier this year trying to drop down below 150, and it was down for a little while. So I'm adjusting my calories down a bit, to the 1300 - 1500 range instead of 1500 - 1650. I don't dare drop below 1300, that just isn't enough food! <BR> <BR> I'm also changing the diet & exercise plan a bit. Earlier this week I read yet another report on... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:10:36 EST Not so great Labor Day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771919 I don't know why I always have so much trouble on the weekend - I still don't know how to track food when I eat out, and I ate out twice! Saturday we went to Ron's Hamburgers (not a terrific choice for dieters), and that night we got pizza from WalMart (another not great choice). Did better Sunday with a batch of Salsa chicken I made, plus a seafood salad from WalMart. Then yesterday we took Margaret to Golden Corral. I did okay, made a HUGE steak salad and had just a little bourbon stree... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:22:59 EST Take a chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769367 In my last blog I mentioned that I was considering dropping the jazz ensemble because of my weight gain - and I did consider doing so, for about 5 minutes. But I really like guitar playing, even if I'm not that good at it, and like I said I ought to be able to figure this out. So I've signed up again for another semester, taking a chance that I will indeed figure this out. I'm also taking a chance on a weight loss goal: (ahem!) I will lose 20 lbs over the next 12 weeks <em>192</em> <em... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:46:50 EST Lose 20 lbs - quit playing guitar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766732 Well this is probably dumb, but here goes. About 2 years ago I started playing guitar in a community jazz ensemble (I pay THEM to play, LOL!), but since I've been playing I've been gaining weight. I have at least twice in the past 5 years gotten down to 135 lbs, which is my new goal weight. I KNOW it's attainable, even if I can't maintain it. But since playing I haven't seen that weight, and now it's time to sign up for my third year and I'm having doubts. I have now gained back ALL the ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:48:16 EST Walking with my hubby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734959 Well the backache is better - not terrific, but better. I've started doing some lower back stretches, talked with my chiropractor first of course. And I've put in quite a bit of time walking. Well tonight my hubby & I went to NorthPark mall and walked for about an hour! He needs to get more exercise to help his blood sugar, so I was quite happy that he went with me. Otherwise I'd have been on the treadmill, probably good to give that a rest! I go back to the chiropractor tomorrow mornin... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:36:32 EST Down with a back injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733167 So my goals for July were to get 30 - 45 minutes of cardio 5 days a week, and do some serious ab work 3 days a week. Unfortunately, I am recovering from another serious & painful back injury. No idea how it happened, but Wednesday I was in so much pain I braved a chiropractor. I saw him Thursday as well, and thought I was better, but wouldn't you know it Friday I felt even worse, and naturally he was closed. Saw him again yesterday, and am feeling a little better today. This is going to ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:59:20 EST "Normal" swimsuit model? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715769 So, this is going to sound like complaining, and it kind of is. Here is a picture of Ms. Indiana, who is being touted as having a "normal" figure: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664584214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, I appreciate the fact that she's not rail thin, and looks pretty healthy, BUT the article describes her as being 5'8" and wearing a size 4! It then states that the "average" woman is about 5'3" and wears a size 12 - 14! Now I'm about 5'3" and current... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:35:24 EST FINALLY!!! Some progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713443 So, for the first 5 months of 2014, I lost maybe 2 lbs. The scale would go down, get close to 150 lbs, then go back up - so FRUSTRATING!!! <em>192</em> <em>46</em> But finally, Finally, the scale has dipped below 150 lbs. Just a pound, but it's a very good pound! <em>224</em> Just wanted to share that - hopefully the next 2-3 lbs won't take so long! <em>246</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:56:25 EST HELP!!! How do you handle a "pot-luck" dinner??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699879 So my Church has an annual Memorial Weekend pot-luck dinner, and I absolutely DO NOT want to GO! It's like I'm afraid of the food, I don't know what they'll have (exactly) but I do know there'll be alot of food, probably higher calorie stuff, and I WILL overeat. <em>475</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> But when I told my hubby I didn't want to go, he was kind of miffed about it. Am I over-reacting? What does anyone out there do to handle/control this situation? How do you track the food... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:53:31 EST Just read the most amazing thing - Barbell Denim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699109 Just stumbled across this article about a new brand of jeans called Barbell Denim, made by athletes for athletes. They are supposedly made of flexible denim, and cut to accomodate bigger thighs with smaller waists - HOORAY!!! <em>30</em> Best part, they were described as the "anti-thigh gap" jeans! <em>224</em> <em>345</em> Unfortunately, they are not available for sale yet <em>39</em> , but when they are, you can be darn sure I'll buy a pair!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:59:53 EST Like my new 'Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692281 After 10+ years of my hair being shoulder-length or longer, I took the plunge and went for a Jennifer Lawrence-styled short pixie! Talk about a change, for the first week the back of my head felt cold, and I kept reaching for the hair that wasn't there. But I've gotten used to it now, and often wonder why I didn't do this a long time ago! It's so easy, I just scrunch some mousse into my hair and run my fingers through it while blow-drying, which takes less than 5 minutes. Then I just fluf... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:53:05 EST Goals update - got the "healthy" part! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687126 So I had the annual physical last Monday, and they drew blood to test for cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. Got the results Friday, and everything's good! HDL is actually a little high, everything else is right in the middle. I asked about my BP, that it seems to be elevated, but the Doc didn't seem to think it was anything to worry about. Just keep eating right & exercising, and everything will be okay. So, apparently the healthy diet changes is paying off at least in THAT respect (still... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:34:44 EST Played my first solo last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685631 So I played a guitar solo at the recital last night - and I'm glad I did!! I confess it probably wasn't the greatest song ever, BUT I got through it with only one bad note. My hands were shaking, which slowed me down on the chord changes, but overall I think the sound was pretty good. To me, the important thing is I didn't chicken out and I didn't choke on stage. I may not be an "excellent" guitarist yet, but <em>521</em> <em>276</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 09:54:40 EST Define "Strong and Healthy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679656 Last August I came up with my 4 goals - the first one was to be "Strong and Healthy" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378103378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, like THAT! Of course, that's a vague, subjective goal. At one point I defined "Strong" as being able to do 2 sets of 12 pushups on my toes. <em>320</em> I confess, I haven't done much in that area yet, but it's a good start! Now, let's add a couple of things to that. I ran my first 5k in 1 1/2 years last Saturday... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:19:55 EST Jonesin' for a Coke (Zero) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674939 Well here's a silly thing. A few years ago I gave up Coke Zero because of my GERD - the carbonation really aggravates it. But I didn't give up coffee, and I still haven't. Anyway, I did decide to give up Starbucks for lent, and I've done really well with that. Only have a Starbucks coffee on Saturdays when my friends buy me one, so I'm saving a bit of money (all getting donated, of course! <em>43</em> ). Well, I've started drinking the Coke Zeros again, not every day but still pretty f... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:25:33 EST BP is up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666334 Well I don't know what's going on with my BP, this morning it was 119/87. Seems the top number is usually in the normal to slightly high range, while the bottom number is in the high range. My hubby says that means my system is not relaxing enough. Don't know what that's a sign of, tension? My weight is still up and not budging, my diet is improved (but honestly, I still eat junk food! <em>29</em> ), and I am definitely back into exercising. I've even started running again, but I'm not... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:38:56 EST Lazy staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654986 Well I've spent the past week at home on "vacation," babysitting two of my grandkids. And of course I planned to do lots of exercising, guitar playing and housecleaning, and maybe even some writing on my book. Needless to say, I did very little of any of that. I did manage to do some dishes and laundry, and cooked a few meals as well. Played guitar for about 20 minutes a day but managed to skip Friday & Saturday (boy, were my fingers feeling that TODAY! <em>276</em> ). Bought myself so... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:07:06 EST Feeling blue and ranting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647629 Well I'm not sure I should be talking about this here - I was on another post and some of this started coming out, so maybe if I say it all here I can come up with a way to deal with it. The original post was the "snowball effect" of cheating. Of course I tend to do that, the "well I've already blown it" mindset, which is another issue. Right now I'm dealing with a tense situation at home. Maybe it's been brewing for a long time, and it's finally coming to a head. Well, my normal reactio... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:13:54 EST March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639427 This was a March challenge from one of my Spark Teams, and I'm just repeating them here so I can remember them better: <BR> <BR> 1. Start counting calories (tracking alone doesn't seem to work very well) <BR> 2. Get more consistent with exercise in the evening, at least 30 min 5 days/week <BR> 3. Keep playing guitar 30 min or more daily (this one I AM keeping) <BR> 4. Keep my checkbook totaled & don't blow my savings on something stupid <BR> <BR> And finally, <BR> <BR> 5. All the shows are... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:53:28 EST Music helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633282 OK, this is a little ranting. Sometimes life is just so frustrating - there are things happening in my life TO ME that I have no control over. And yesterday was such a Monday. I'm literally buried in work, and a vendor I have to deal with gets snippy about something. Then traffic was backed up so I was late for Jazz Ensemble, and they didn't have the guitar music for our new song, so I got to sit there and be bored. After awhile I started playing along with the melody line, so at least I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:46:25 EST Halfway to New Zealand!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611005 Today I transferred $45 into my vacation savings, and I have officially saved $1,000 for my trip to New Zealand!!! <em>244</em> I have been going to the NZ tourism website to check packages & prices, and I figure once I hit $2,000 I'll have enough to start booking the trip. Of course, I'll still need a few hundred for meals & sightseeing, and kayaking! I DEFINITELY plan to do some kayaking while I'm there. So, it's still possible that I'll be spending this year's Christmas break way dow... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:00:32 EST Share the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601434 This is silly, but I have to share this bit of wisdom with my SparkFriends: <BR> <BR> "Don't settle for a spark ... light a fire instead!" <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> (Can't believe there's not a flame emoticon when I need one <em>246</em> ) Believe it or not, I found that little gem of advice on a Dove Chocolate wrapper, but it seems perfect for SparkPeople! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:20:49 EST Minutes for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592287 So I need to get back into exercising, AND tracking my fitness minutes. I read an article on SparkPeople about how many minutes you really need to exercise in order to lose weight, and I believe it's about 50 minutes a day. Wow, that's alot! But I'm going to try for it, 50 minutes a day for 5 days/week. It should be doable. Soon I'll be back in the Jazz Ensemble on Mondays, and Fridays I historically do nothing after work, but that still leaves Tues-Thurs, and Sat/Sun. So that would be ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:34:52 EST Year ends on a less than positive note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575736 So I checked all my weight & measurements today, and I weigh 152 lbs. Bad news, that's actually a pound higher than the last time I recorded. Good news is, it's actually down from 157, my highest weight ever, which I hit about 2 weeks ago. My back is alot better, but I still have this annoying cold, so I haven't done much exercise. I did get on the elliptical last week, and kept it down to the lowest setting, but I was still exhausted after 25 minutes. So I've decided to seriously cut ba... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:18:45 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568698 It's been awhile since I've blogged, and over a month since I've done any serious tracking. I hurt my back again Wednesday moving a stupid piano bench, so I haven't been exercising much this month. Ironically, I was making room to open up the elliptical so that I could do some exercising. I must admit, I've been doing horribly in both the diet and exercise categories, so my goal of being strong and healthy is not being met. However, the guitar playing is coming along, I accompanied 2 flut... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:43:11 EST Rowing - day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540899 Well, this morning I actually feel pretty good. My muscles were worked but I'm not sore (yet! <em>20</em> ). And it was kind of relaxing, I guess just getting into a rhythm and hearing the pull of the cable, which made me think of waves on a beach. I'll be going Tues-Thurs after work. Last night I did have to leave early, so I really only got about 20 min. into it. The instructors said the first week they're just trying to get everyone familiar with the machines, but that eventually th... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:22:03 EST Taking the plunge - sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539395 Well, today I signed up for an Erg class at Chesapeake boathouse - basically it's a rowing class on a machine. OCU sponsors a corporate rowing team, but there's a fee for joining that's about $150 - a bit more than I want to spend, what with me having to pay a similar fee for the jazz ensemble, plus committing to practice times, etc. But this is just lessons, and it's discounted to $50 thru February, and I can go 2-3 days a week. <BR> <BR> So, WHY do this? Because my weight is back up and... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:41:41 EST Tonight's the night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535009 Well tonight the Jazz Ensemble will play at the dance/fundraiser I've been practicing so hard for. Last night I did manage to play all of the songs once, and for sure there are a couple I will probably fail at -- but I think that jamming with other people is making me a better guitarist than merely sitting in my room practicing a song by myself. And I feel pretty good about some of the other songs! <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, I won't get in until late, so no exercising except for ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:01:29 EST Dieting is impossible right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532170 Okay, this is me whining <em>24</em> but it seems like dieting is impossible right now. I think I'll save enough money for the NZ trip before I lose any weight, and in fact it was above the 150 mark all weekend <em>192</em> There's just so much stress right now, and I had an extra practice in Norman yesterday so I grabbed a bite to eat at Taco Bueno on Lindsay street (note to self: don't eat there again!). I still have 8 people living in my home, although admittedly baby Annie doesn'... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:24:49 EST Goal update: meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526701 Note to myself: <BR> <BR> Goals 2 & 3 are coming along. The jazz ensemble will play a fundraiser next week. Last year I only knew 4 songs, and not that well. This year I'm up to 10, about half of the playlist, and may be able to add 1-2 more. I think it's better to concentrate on playing those 10 songs well, however, than to try and cram in too much. <BR> <BR> The book is also coming along. I've finished 6 chapters and have started a 7th. I am not sure what completion date I should go... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:13:39 EST Last night was a good night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502310 I actually managed to get all 4 things done that I set out to do! I put in about 30 min on guitar playing (a little short on time, but progress! <em>276</em> ); 30 minutes on the elliptical <em>314</em> ; plus I got my laundry done AND totaled out my checkbook. REAL proud of myself! <em>345</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Hey, might as well pat myself on the back for all this! Hopefully will make the treadmill tonight and put in the 45 min on guitar playing! <em>306</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:47:53 EST Progress report??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500575 Well, I'm a little disappointed in myself for having done so little over the weekend. A little typing on my book, a little guitar playing, NO exercise to speak of, and still bingeing on junk food. I don't know why, but for the past few months I've REALLY slacked off the exercising. Which means I should really focus on cleaning up my diet. And here's the crazy part - I keep track (in my head) of the produce and whole grains that I eat during a day, but unfortunately I also binge on junk fo... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:43:36 EST Log weight, reset goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496989 Well I finally logged my current weight - the last time I did this was February, and I weighed 141.5. Today it's 148.75! How depressing <em>39</em> I have reset my weight-loss goals and added fitness goals, to be in line with my "dream of being strong and healthy." <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Wow, so weird, my keyboard locked up for a minute. I have been on Sparkpeople for about 4 years now, and during that time I have succeeded in dropping down to 135 lbs (though I didn't stay there). I... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:30:22 EST I need a dose of discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494843 I'm going to try to come here and blog a little about my progress (or lack of) a couple of times a week. I need to be more disciplined about things. If I listed ONE FAULT of mine, that would be it. Lots of good intentions, some good beginnings, but lousy follow-through. I have about 4 dreams/goals listed, and the ability/willpower to work on 1-2 of them. Maybe 4 is too many, but here goes: <BR> <BR> I want to be strong and healthy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:19:49 EST gaining weight & losing stamina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488506 It doesn't take much to gain the weight back - and it doesn't seem to take long to lose stamina. I can feel it when I walk upstairs, or around the campus. I don't know if today will be the day I finally decide to "get back on the diet wagon," but I do need to. I am wearing an older skirt today, and it's really tight in the middle! I have a lovely pair of pants that I wasn't able to get into this summer <em>39</em> I can blame it on stress - we're down 2 people in the office & can repl... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:06:01 EST Update on Margaret & "smoothie diet" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445411 So today I'm taking Margaret for her follow-up appointment - poor thing hasn't had any solid food in a week! And I can't honestly say I did very well on the "smoothie" diet - I was hungry quite a bit, and eventually did crumble and start eating small amounts again. Oh well, lesson learned. Besides, Margaret kept (playfully) smacking me in the head for even trying. I mean, why would anyone WILLINGLY deprive themselves of food? I guess I'll never be an anorexic. <BR> <BR> Anyway, she's ab... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:01:07 EST The "smoothie" diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440172 OK, it's a silly thing I found in Women's World magazine, and I know it breaks every sensible Spark Rule out there. But I have two reasons for doing this anyway. One, I'm back up to 148 lbs <em>192</em> <em>39</em> and I'm not happy about it. I need to do SOMETHING to get back on track, so I thought I'd give this a try. But the other reason is really more important - my daughter Margaret had to have jaw surgery yesterday, to straighten a crooked lower jaw. Her braces can't do that... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:29:19 EST July 1st - New day, new month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407202 Well I've been AWOL for most of June - my last blog talked about issues at work, well that has NOTHING on home issues! Basically my married, pregnant daughter moved back home with her husband and 2 adorable stepkids. They say it's just until Carmen has her baby (due later this month <em>30</em> ) and gets off her maternity leave. But now the house is full, stuff is EVERYWHERE, and yes my diet/exercise plan has been suspended. My treadmill & elliptical were in the former exercise room, n... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:52:52 EST Just checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384459 Well I've started exercising again, but I've been forgetting to log in and record my minutes. Things have been hectic at work, since the law school buildings had some flood damage last week - everyone from one building was moved over to mine, and we've literally been tripping over each other! Plus my office is down one person, and Admin has decided to eliminate her spot, which means I've gotten some additional duties. Actually pretty happy about that, but there's a definite adjustment peri... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:37:49 EST Trying the Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361638 So today was Day 1 of my attempt at the Spark Solution. I say "attempt" because I can tell already I'm going to have some trouble with the plan. Normally I have cereal & milk for breakfast; since today was Sunday I could actually make the bacon-spinach scramble. Most days I won't have the time. <BR> <BR> But I did try today, and I did pretty good for breakfast & dinner. However, my hubby & I went to seek the new Star Trek movie, so I ended up eating alot of popcorn for lunch, followed by... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:03:36 EST Not sure if I can run anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339181 It seems I've been having a problem with running - that is, some kind of recurring stomach trouble that is REALLY interfering with my running! It started in February, cramps of all kinds that just knock me off my feet. I signed up for the St. Paddy's 8K but was too sick to run. Then yesterday I was supposed to be at the Memorial run - but was too sick again! And of course my training is way off and my weight is WAY up because of this. Went to the Dr. about it last week, hopefully I'll ge... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:18:02 EST Run for Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326256 Here's an interesting article I read this morning: <BR> <BR> http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/<BR>04/16/17780675-runners-unite-in-online<BR>-movement-to-runforboston?lite <BR> <BR> (Hope that link works!) I haven't ran in several weeks; I had signed up for a St. Paddy's Day 8K run but was too sick to do it. <em>39</em> Now the events in Boston make me heartsick. <em>51</em> But it was good to read this article, and show support for the Boston Marathoners whose glorious day was... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:15:59 EST Day 2 of new crash diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272381 Yeah I know, crash diet is exactly what we SHOULDN'T be doing, but my weight isn't going down, so I need to re-think my current "diet." I bought some of those silly green tea pills, mostly for the caffene to fight off that mid-afternoon slump, and it had a 1200 calorie eating plan for 2 weeks. So I thought, why not? It's mostly healthy fruits & veggies, whole grains, counting calories & portion control. Once I decided to do this I kind of binged over Friday & Saturday, eating with reckles... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:32:03 EST Thinking of giving up DishNet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258655 It's a silly thing to blog about on Sparkpeople, but it's on my mind this morning. My DishNet bill has gone up again, now I'm paying nearly $60 a month (for the cheapest package!) and am being told that's a "good deal!" REALLY??? <em>24</em> It doesn't feel so good. I figure I have about 6 TV shows I regularly watch, and this puts the cost of those shows at $10 each! Now 2 of them are on regular network TV, one of them I'm starting to get a little burned-out on, and then there's "Justi... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:08:27 EST St. Paddy's Day 8K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250307 Just signed up for this run on March 16th around Lake Hefner - should be fun! I needed SOMETHING to motivate me to start running again, it's been 2 weeks now! FINALLY got on the treadmill last night, only ran 2.3 miles but it was late. Saturday I'll put in 3 miles, indoors or out, not sure which yet. <em>224</em> <em>312</em> I'll let you know. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:16:02 EST First day to exercise this month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239072 Well what seems to happen to me in February - I get SICK <em>33</em> and it greatly interferes with my exercising. Had some kind of stomach bug-a-boo that kept me running to the bathroom, even missed 2 days of work last week. Came back to work yesterday, still feeling a little shakey & achy in the gut region today, but at least I got some walking in! I broke 1000 minutes in January 2013, and I'd LUV to do that again this month! (Plus I'll need to make up for the Valentines Day chocola... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:41:08 EST What can I do different THIS year??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187883 Well I'm back at work after a 10-day break for Christmas, but the break was pretty hectic. I spent 2 days on the road, driving w/hubby & 16-yr-old to Colorado to visit the in-laws, and we were only able to stay 2 days. My older girl, her hubby & two kids stayed at my house while we were gone, watching the pets. Once I got back I watched HER kids because her daycare was closed for Christmas break. So really, yesterday was the only day of that 10-day break that I had to myself! <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:16:56 EST