TEACHFIRST268's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEACHFIRST268 TEACHFIRST268'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/ May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686411 This past week was the first week back from April vacation. Went back Monday and hit the ground running. Whew! It was a long week! So, though it’s going to be an exhausting, frantic pace with all of the end of year assessments, evaluations, etc…there is now a light at the tunnel. What I like about this time of year is that there is more time for some FUN with the kiddos. This is probably my favorite time of the school year. The kids have come so far since September. They have more inde... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:18:34 EST April Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678662 It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in and my lack of consistency certainly has taken its toll. Though I feel like hanging my head, I’m trying to pep talk myself into pulling myself up by my bootstraps and press forward from where I am. This journey will never end. I need to reframe my thinking that facing bumps in the road does not mean I have failed. The ole’ “It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you pick yourself up” is what I keep trying to tell myself. <B... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:51:18 EST Reality Slap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630931 Just responded to a nice check in from _BABE_ and thought, wow...the timing couldn't have been better. You sparkfriends sure must have a sixth sense. <BR> <BR> I haven't been consistent with anything, including weighing myself, and I got on that darned scale this morning and it yelled at me. UGH! I can not undo all my hard work! But past experience also tells me that beating myself up over it, or wallowing in self pity, or acceptance that it 'can't' or 'isn't meant to be' won't work eith... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:29:11 EST Happy Groundhog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612982 This blog has nothing to do with Groundhog Day, and I'm disappointed with the 6 more weeks of winter, but I have no creative juices this morning for a blog title. <BR> <BR> Here's what's on my mind today...what’s that expression…that path is paved with good intentions…? But I disagree… <BR> <BR> I hope, I try, I tell myself I’ll get better with staying active on this site…I have every intention of doing so, but it’s just not happening! <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> I can choose to look at thi... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:45:12 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590096 It’s been a while since my last update. It feels like I blink and another two weeks have passed. But this is life! I’m working on learning to juggle it all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I wasn’t doing too bad until just about two weeks before Christmas. Then the eating machine returned. I wasn’t very mindful of what I was putting in my mouth. I’d eat what I want, when I want, without thinking about whether or not I was hungry. That said, in years past, I would hav... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:35:44 EST Still plugging away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542773 Successful week…down 1.8, even if Spark says it’s 2 lbs. Now why can they round up for 1.8, but not a half pound for .4? Go figure. <BR> <BR> I’ve been really watching my eating this week (and no pizza the night before or french-fries two nights before weigh in this time!). I probably had a half pound loss last week, but all the sodium was masking it. So, I’m thinking between that and getting in a 5 mile run on Saturdays, which equates to exercising longer, it’s making a difference. I’m... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:24:34 EST A quick check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538331 <BR> Well…because I have time today and also for self-motivation purposes. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> First of all...Happy Veterans' Day to all. Thank you to all of those who have sacrificed so much! <BR> <BR> And now...putting this stuff down in writing to try and keep my brain in a positive place. I ran the 5 mile route for the second time earlier today. The good news is my back isn’t hurting nearly as much as it did the first time I ran it. Bad news is that I was slower than the firs... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:57:08 EST This week's check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536764 Well, I’m trying to get back to some consistency here so here’s this week’s check in. It’s still a struggle sparking during the week. I won’t whine and complain about the 60 hour weeks. It is what it is, but I’m doing my best to stay afloat. Well, there’s even more of me TO float this week as I’m up .4 as of this morning’s weigh in. <BR> <BR> It’s no surprise, though. We went out for dinner at Red Robin Thursday night, and though I had a chicken Caesar wrap with dressing on the side, ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:58:16 EST I ran 5 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531202 I ran 5 miles! <BR> I need to read that again. Yep. I did! <BR> <BR> You know what…I don’t care if the scale has gone up a few pounds over the last couple months…I RAN 5 MILES! <BR> <BR> There’s a turkey trot in town Thanksgiving morning. Last year a couple people asked if I signed up for it, if was going to participate in it. I was still getting accustomed to running a 5k (about 3.14 miles) and trying to not keel over at the end. I didn’t have enough confidence in myself to even con... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:11:29 EST Journey to this year's Flutie 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524088 Hi folks! <BR> Oh. My. Word. The Flutie 5k last weekend was awesome!!! <BR> <BR> (Warning…it’s a long one. A REALLY long one. Sorry for scattered thoughts, but time to empty the brain files.) <BR> <BR> This event is put on by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism every year. I participated about 7 years ago, working on getting healthy and participating in a cause that meant a lot to me and my family (my youngest is autistic). This is when I first discovered Sparkpeople and was d... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:46:32 EST October Update! :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517883 Hi sparkworld! <BR> <BR> I haven’t been able to commit as much time as I’d like with the site, and it’s showing. I’m seeing peeks of my “danger number”…the next set of 10s on the scale. I will not and can not go back. <BR> <BR> Since reaching goal-ish range I’ve also been dealing with end of summer crisis, which has thankfully passed, and the start of a new school year. I LOVE my class this year; I lucked out with a great group – but the task masters and working environment turn what s... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:23:38 EST Aug 31st. Summer's done, but the fun has just begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472022 <BR> Okay. Cool…hubby when to pick up my son. That means I can whip up a quick catch up blog. <BR> <BR> Enough time has passed. The month long, end-of-summer living nightmare has passed and thankfully everyone is alright. We made it through. Now we’re into the new school year, and though there are many, many issues with our building culture, administration and within our district, I am LOVING my new class already. They are so stinkin’ cute! I’m enjoying getting to know them and loo... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:12:52 EST Sorry for MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447465 Sorry for MIA <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s been a bit of a living nightmare the last two weeks. As this is a public forum and anyone can see what is written here I don’t want the possibility of even more drama and tragedy brought into our lives, so I won’t get into details today. <BR> <BR> All I can say is that I am hopeful that the worst is past us. The next two weeks will be difficult, but I’m hoping that I, my family, and our friends will all get through this. <BR> <BR> On the sunny side…give... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:04:19 EST Closet Clean Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434332 Well…this week’s weigh in is exactly the same as it was two weeks ago. I suppose I’ve hit maintenance. I’m okay with this for now and I think it’s good for me to learn to live this way for a bit. I’m just over 5 lbs away from the weight my Dr. recommended last November and though it still sticks in my craw a little bit, that I haven’t ‘finished’ this, I need to let a little of my perfectionism go and learn to live ‘in the now’. I think I’m ready for the transition of continue to eat and l... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:00:54 EST C'mon Sparkpeople! .4 counts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418683 Down .4 this week. It’s so close to half a pound! Send out one of those “Teachfirst268 lost 4 tenths of a pound” thingies, would ya SP? Don’t you know that it’s a step in the right direction? <BR> <BR> I’m teasing; I realize they have a system in place and due to many factors, some of which I haven’t a clue about, there is a rhyme and reason as to why it only goes out for half a pound and more. But honestly, there is some truth to what I’m saying. At this point in my journey, .4 IS wo... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:13:44 EST Finish at the 50 - Patriots Place 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410601 I wish I could eloquently articulate all I'm thinking and feeling, but I just don't have the brain power right now! I'll do my best not to ramble. <BR> <BR> I was very excited about this adventure. I was dressed and ready to race at 8:30 am. The thing is, the race didn't start until 5:30pm! So I wore my running clothes all day, who cares! I was 'in the zone'! <BR> <BR> Me, my husband, my oldest son, and my niece participated in this 5k. My folks came down to the house and watched my yo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:08:57 EST Yahoo! Time to get back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404575 This morning’s weigh in brings a pleasant surprise. I hit an all time low of 74lbs lost. I’ve been up and down a few pounds over the last month or so, which I consider maintenance during such a hectic time of absolute craziness. To me, that alone is a success. Well, now that school is out it’s time to get back to work! I’ve made great strides, but I’m not finished. And what a great way to start out my new focused efforts, at my lowest weight, rather than having to take a few pounds off ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:56:14 EST I'm back! Jumping back in where I am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402750 It’s been a while…too long for my liking, actually, but what are you going to do? When I can’t GET to the computer because of the piles and school bins and everything else that finds its way into this teeny tiny office, it means there are more pressing things going on. I’m working on shoveling out and hope to get crackin’ on cleaning up over the next few days. With the end of school year craziness, I’ve been in survival mode the last month or so, really. But it’s all good. I managed to m... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:32:02 EST Moving Forward Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360134 Well, I finally feel like I’m moving forward again….after weeks of up and down and up and down. It’s nice to see a new lowest number on the scale. Additionally, I’ve slowly been improving my time during my runs. We’ve been pushing a little harder, to the point that I’m gasping for air and feel like I’m going to get sick – which I hate – but hoping it will get easier if I continue to push. Running is NOT easy. There are days I love it and days I’m completely dragging, but I have found tha... Sat, 18 May 2013 11:07:45 EST Another maintain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353397 Guess it’s another round of maintenance…at least that’s what I’ll call it. I’m up a whopping .2. I can remember when mentally that would send me into a tailspin. Now it doesn’t have nearly the impact it once did. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I haven’t been eating horribly. I know I’ve been doing pretty well, to be honest. But if I want to get things moving in a downward trend again, I know what I need to do – which is start writing things down. I also need to ge... Sat, 11 May 2013 20:15:21 EST This week's ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345389 A bit scattered this week – a variety of topics, if you will. Bored with one paragraph? Skip it and jump ahead to another! :o) <BR> <BR> Well, I’m back down 1.4 this week, just .2 away from my lowest. THAT has me feeling a little better about things…I was at the very beginnings of “Uh oh!” <BR> <BR> You see, I’ve lost and gained significant amounts of weight a few times in my life. Yet I’ve never quite ‘finished’ the job. I never really set a goal weight. I would just lose until I f... Sat, 4 May 2013 14:32:30 EST This week's check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337354 Well..up .2 this week. Seems to be the trend. I’m generally a ‘daily weigh-er’ and see the scale fluctuate up and down 5 lbs throughout the course of a week, but count the Saturday morning one as my checkpoints. <BR> <BR> I do think it’s time to stop and think about this, so the trend doesn’t continue. I thought that I had been doing well with my eating, and I still think it’s been pretty good. There have been no major events, parties, or indulgences that have messed me up. This past we... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:37:34 EST Up this week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329477 1.4, to be exact. What??? This week I’ve gotten more exercise than I have in months. My eating has been on track. Go figure. <BR> <BR> I’ll admit, I’m a tad annoyed, but I’m not going to wallow or let myself get too worked up about it. It is ‘that week’ and there are things that are just beyond our control when it comes to this form of measurement (#s on a scale). I know weight can crazy-fluctuate just over the course of a day. So I’ll take this with a grain of salt, keep going with ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:35:23 EST Life - 73 pounds Lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321846 I missed blogging again last week. My weekly blogging is turning into bi-weekly. I’ve been feeling like the ball in a pinball machine the last month or two, bouncing from one crisis to the next. One incident in itself, no big deal…it’s just been one coming right after another. This, mixed with the very, very, very long winter – it’s been a bit of a struggle as of recent. Over the last month my sparktime has been severely limited and had to move to the back burner, but it didn’t stop me f... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:37:47 EST Climbing out from under... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305661 I missed blogging last week, so it’s catch up time. Life has been throwing me a lot of curveballs the last few weeks. On top of that, we’ve been doing construction in the basement and school has been an absolute nightmare. I love teaching 6 and 7 year old kids how to read, but I am feeling more and more that this is not my job these days. I won’t elaborate or dwell; I’ve just been trying to get through each day, one day at a time. Something had to go to the back burner, so my Sparking has... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:31:17 EST This Week's Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288623 I’m sitting here trying to make myself feel positive. Just not feeling it today. My tailbone is still bothering me and I can’t get out and jog. (I actually had a dream about getting out for a run last night! Are you kidding me? Who is this person?) I’m sorting through the paperwork and phone calls trying to deal with the billing and workman’s comp. because it was not billed correctly (surprise, surprise). Someone backed into me in a parking lot this week and now I have that headache to s... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:50:02 EST It's a process. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279922 Well, up .6 this week. Grr…back to 69.8 lbs lost. I SO liked saying 70! Oh well. Believe it or not, I’m really not that upset by it. It’s not sticking around. Something else had me more worked up yesterday, but I’ll get into that in a minute. <BR> <BR> As for the gain, it’s only a half pound. I haven’t had ANY activity since I fell nearly two weeks ago and I think that’s wise considering my tailbone still hurts when climbing stairs, or when I’ve tried to jog a few steps (when my foot c... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 09:44:35 EST Tough week - Major Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269761 Wow. Talk about a challenging week. Monday started with going back to school with my new braces that continue to be a struggle. Monday afternoon I took a ½ day to attend a team meeting for my youngest son (who is autistic) that lasted three hours. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that so much is just so wrong with what goes on, which has forced us into paying for an advocate for the last three years. What makes it worse is that I work in this district. Everything sh... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:50:22 EST Just another bump in the road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260982 It’s been a challenging week. I was hoping to get out for several runs and take advantage of the February break. So much for that… My husband took several days off during the week. Not that it’s not nice having him home, but it does make sticking to my regular routine that much more challenging. My 8 Min in the Morning program fell by the wayside this week. Oh well. Not going to beat myself up over that. I’ll just pick it up where I left off on Monday. That’s one of the most importan... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:45:39 EST New Low! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252459 Well, I’m glad I didn’t let myself go over the cliff after last week’s weigh in. Sometimes it really just doesn’t make sense. I’ve been losing in itty bitty increments (.2, .6, .4) and last week I was up 1.4. This week I’m down 2.6. Go figure. I’m not beating myself up any more, nor will I make myself crazy trying to figure it all out. However I WILL continue to try to make more good choices than bad and know that eventually it will work out. <BR> <BR> Again, I’m not sure why the loss ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:11:19 EST Up this week...ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243854 Up 1.2? <BR> <BR> Who knows why...not going to kill myself trying to figure it out, nor will I beat myself up over it. <BR> <BR> My eating was great this week; at least I think it was. I didn’t cave to the deadly Superbowl snacks that were brought into the house. I stuck to my regular eating plan all week….got in my water all week. I’ve not been tracking, but I’ve been sticking to my same food intake that it’s been for months. I’m very much a creature of habit because that’s what I need... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:07:22 EST Two Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234443 What will I choose? <BR> <BR> That’s really what it boils down to for me. Excuses, rationalizing, whining to myself…sure, I continue doing it, I haven’t broken that habit completely, but I have gotten to the point of eventually getting sick of listening to myself. I eventually shut myself up by giving myself a choice. Do I sit, whine, and give up, which in turn means – go back to bad habits, being a big, unhealthy, and unhappy person? OR do I suck it up, keep pushing through (as hard as... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:51:30 EST Flatlined... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224145 Well, more like SAME line. Same line on the scale, that is. I stayed exactly the same this week. I’m exercising my super-power- positive-mind-strength and trying not to let it bother me. (Gee, I wonder what that super-hero outfit would look like!) I’m reasoning with myself that, well, unfortunately women have to deal with one week a month where the scale should just be thrown out the window and completely disregarded…and that I likely DID have a small loss, since I’ve maintained this week... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 09:50:59 EST Making forward progress again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214044 Ok…so as of this morning’s weigh in (loss of 2lbs) I have a new all time low. Feeling pretty good about that. I’ve lost 65.6 lbs My ticker says 65.4, but my starting weight was a # with 0.2 at the end. Not sure why it’s not calculating correctly…maybe it won’t register in such small increments (but then why would it say .4?) <BR> <BR> I don’t know…I’m just glad that I have undone the holiday damage and am making forward progress again. I set a very modest goal to be out of this set of ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:25:44 EST Question for runners.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210270 Ok, I’m still very much a novice but am coming to discover that this is the exercise of choice for me. I’m slow, but I go, and I keep telling myself that’s all that matters. However I realize I have a lot to learn. <BR> <BR> A couple quick questions that crossed my mind as I took advantage of the ‘snow day’ home from school and got out for my 3 mile ‘run’ (I’m calling it a run to encourage myself, more like a jog to you experience folks!): <BR> <BR> 1. Today was the first day my legs ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:36:43 EST 1.4 to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203352 1.4 to go to get back to my lowest weigh in before the holidays. That’s after this morning’s weigh in, which shows a 1.2 loss. Ok. We’re getting there! <BR> <BR> Ok, I’ve been trying REALLY hard to stay positive. I think I’ve fizzled out today and need a recharge. It’s cold. It’s drizzling. My to do list is ridiculously long for both personal and professional things that I need to get done this weekend. I’m feeling very overwhelmed and don’t want to do any of it. I suppose this tells... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:37:28 EST Hello 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191272 Hello 2013! <BR> (Must be said in the Animaniacs voice of Hello Nurse.. (o:) <BR> <BR> Well, the holidays are over and it’s back to business. I’m down 2.8 from last week’s weigh in, but still up 2.6 from my lowest that I hit on Dec. 15th. The holiday sodium and all of that should be out of my system by now, so I’ll consider that a 2.6 gain for the holiday season. <BR> <BR> I just took some time to go back and look at my numbers. Since finishing my Master’s and putting my health on the... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:32:18 EST 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184679 Fellow sparkers have inspired me to set some goals, and I'll been mulling this over as I've been getting ready to head back to school tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Here we go - in no particular order: <BR> <BR> * Run the Flutie 5k again, and at least one or two more throughout the year. <BR> <BR> * Look into running a 10k and try this summer to train/see if I can go that far! (2014 goal?) <BR> <BR> * Hit 140 and maintain within +/- 5lbs for a while, then decide if it’s where I want to be, or keep ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:04:22 EST So what!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180014 Yep. A 5.4 lb gain. <BR> <BR> That’s a good reality slap right there! <BR> <BR> You know what, though…? So what. I’ve had a great year. I stopped exercising for a week or so, I ate anything and everything that I wanted – and hello - that’s what happens! No shocker about that! But I am not going to beat myself up about this. <BR> <BR> I do know that I am certainly NOT going to continue on that path. And this is a good wake up call as to what will happen if I don’t reign things in r... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:24:16 EST The craziness is here - done fighting it - time to enjoy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175031 OOOH!!! I’m so mad! I didn’t realize it until this morning – but apparently I missed Friday’s log in! I had 185 days logging in for a streak – perfect attendance! I was going for a full year! I came back to spark last June and wanted to keep a streak until this coming June. I don’t know how I missed it, but I did. Actually, I know EXACTLY how I missed it. I’ve running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I’m so disappointed. : ( My sparktime has been severely limited the past... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:26:41 EST Heavy Heart Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167153 Heavy heart today… <BR> <BR> Log into facebook, it’s there. Every time I turn on the TV, it’s there. Every radio station, all the local news channels, talk in the grocery store….Another detail about the day’s tragic events: a teacher’s story about putting her kids into a closet, a 6 year old leading his class outside after their teacher was shot, it’s just a bit too much too bear. I can not imagine the horrific experience all of these people are going through. When I put myself in the po... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:26:01 EST 2 weeks update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160012 I missed last week’s update, so I have two weeks to catch up on. Things are nuts; it’s that time of year. I feel like a ball in a pinball machine bouncing here to there – but just can’t seem to get anything done! Chaos rules for the next few weeks, which is maddening to me, but as I get older I’m learning to let a lot more roll off. There are only 24 hours in a day and I am one person and I can do what I can do…and that’s OKAY! <BR> <BR> Moving on! Thanksgiving threw me for a loop and... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:22:07 EST Blog test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147683 Just a test to see if this will show up on my team scrolls. (0: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:46:16 EST This week's update - Oh dear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144906 <BR> I knew it was coming, but it still stinks to see it. <BR> UP 2.4 pounds (Hanging head) <BR> I wasn’t even going to put it on my ticker, but then thought – why not. It’s what happened. Own it. Who cares if you don’t plan on letting it stick around? It doesn’t do any good to deny it. So there it is on the ticker, for all to see. Thinking about the positives and the negatives… <BR> <BR> The negatives <BR> *I ate too much. <BR> *I got uncomfortable. <BR> *My rate of loss has been so... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:09:10 EST Busy weeks but forward progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139536 It has been a crazy couple of weeks with report cards and parent conferences, and this weekend has been a busy one. Though my sparkin’ has had to be put on the back burner, I still managed a quick log in each day and stayed on track with eating and exercising for the most part. I am finding it more difficult to keep up with my walk/jogs during the week, especially with daylight savings time coming to an end and it getting dark at 4:00 (blech!). I am, however, faithful about getting out on ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:47:12 EST New Week - Fresh Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122293 Well...a family gathering last Sat, out of control eating continuing to Sun., a hurricane to stop my outdoor exercise (no cardio this week), eating Halloween candy like it's going out of style - all amounts to a bad, bad week this week! But I did get my 8 Minutes in the Morning in every day, so there's the silver lining, I suppose. This morning's weigh in - an exact maintain....same as last week. I really am grateful for the maintain and that I didn't gain (I truly deserved a gain!) I just ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:05:03 EST Out of control weekend - need help getting off the edge of the cliff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116550 Well, so much for my 60lbs lost...I may have sabotaged that in two days. <BR> <BR> After I weighed myself Sat morning and got home from my run, I showered, then got ready for company for the evening. We had our family over to celebrate my son's 16th birthday. He wanted Sal's pizza. I had the best of intentions and made a salad (figured I'd fill myself with that and enjoy just one slice.) I also made a veggie plate in addition to several other munchies. The veggie plate was my 'go to' so... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:43:33 EST Reached another milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114668 As of this morning's weigh in...well...I've FINALLY hit 60lbs lost! <BR> <BR> WHAT? <BR> <BR> Yep, I just said it! (Not to mention into the next set of tens on the scale - woo hoo!) <BR> <BR> Lots of thoughts in my brain - sorry this is a bit scattered. <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased. Dork that I am, I noticed the other day while rubbing my sore shoulder...woah, I can actually feel the joint/bones under the skin. It's not all soft and squishy! (Now, my upper arm on the other hand, has plenty... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:44:51 EST Quick check in and 8 Minutes in the Morning Round 3 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105758 I'm still feeling pretty good about the 5k last weekend and am on the quest for a new goal. <BR> I sort of feel like I'm floundering without a goal or 'end point' out there. It brings me more in tune with the fact that this is a lifestyle - and there is no 'end' to it. Maybe I need to live with this feeling for a little bit so I can get more comfortable with it. <BR> <BR> (My friend posted pics from the 5K on a photo sharing site, but I'm not able to download them. Still working out th... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:02:52 EST ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098839 Just saw the official results - I ran the 5k in 5min 4seconds faster than the last time I did it 5 years ago! My goal was to run it a second faster! Blew that out of the water! Average pace was 10:46!!!! Last time, it was 12:25! <BR> <BR> I'm still in shock! <BR> <BR> I know I couldn't have done as well without my friend pushing me. Last time I went alone, this time my friend was there pushing us along. My husband and oldest son ran it this time for the first time, too! As expected, m... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:33:21 EST