TERI-RIFIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERI%2DRIFIC TERI-RIFIC'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/ One Month No Sugar No Starch and Back in the Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2153617a-cff0-40bf-af91-d08656716f91.jpeg"> <BR> Being in the zone is like walking on water. I want to thank whoever mentioned dietdoctor.com in her blog because that is what helped me get back in the zone. Struggling with a plateau and also inching upwards, having bad days when I ate snacks and treats and being hooked on sweet coffee drinks-I read and watched the info on that site and was intrigued by their premise that you can change your bod... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:21:54 EST Glorioski What a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077850 Sometimes after a big snow, the day after is just the brightest most sparkling day you could ask for. Well, the snow stopped south of us and we got NONE, but we got the glorious day after anyway! To top things off, my back is feeling much better. Yesterday it felt OK, too, but my brain was still in a fog from the one Flexeril I took. Though not in pain, I dragged through the day not caring about doing anything. The most bothersome thing now is the burn I gave myself:. <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:00:28 EST Back Pain and Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076093 I have a recurring problem with back pain. Everybody in my family is sick of it, including me. It's not really muscle strain or even a pulled muscle-it's a spasm. I can't sleep through it, I can't stand it and it makes me one unhappy camper. No one really understands (channeling my inner teenager) except my daughter who also gets this pain. This pain is in a spot about the size of a quarter, right next to my spine. It spasms constantly, but you can't anticipate when. I combat it by trying to... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:35:39 EST A Comment by My Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64ff0fbe-0215-40d2-90ec-a0017842eb9d.jpeg"> <BR> Over the holidays my brother and his daughter (my niece) came for a visit. My brother is 10 years older. He has never had the weight problem that I have, but he has been up and down and does battle with excess weight. This picture is from the summer when I stayed with him to go to my cousin's 80th birthday party. I think, subconsciously, he is jealous that I am not the fattest one, anymore. He h... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:43:57 EST Changing Things Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069320 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f595d6c-9b98-4f1c-8cfd-369f1412b009.jpeg"> <BR> This picture has nothing to do with the Title, but I went to another paint night and had fun. My daughter is on my right and my son's GF is on my left. The picture, though, does represent where I am now. I'm happy and having fun and looking pretty good, for me. <BR> But, I have been struggling lately with eating right. I have been flirting with going over the upper range of my maintenance range ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:59:40 EST The Freezer 5 Miler and my Christmas Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c60f7102-fe9b-4208-8ee7-9dc3384fb02f.jpg"> <BR> So for Christmas my daughter got me this running shirt which I really wanted-"If you see me collapse pause my Garmin" I got new running tights and I am standing on my Husbands present to me -a Garmin scale. Now I am all connected up! The scale, my watch, my activity tracker all connect to the Garmin site which connects with "my fitness pal" for food tracking. You know you're into a healthy lifesty... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:23:22 EST Fun at Paint Nite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4514ca9a-3ad7-414a-8f4f-8bf1c70052b8.jpg"> <BR> My daughters and I had a fun girls night out.. My husband offered to watch all 3 kids! We drove into Harvard Square in Cambridge and went to paint nite. I want to go back and do mine better! But, no matter how your painting turns out -and they are all amazingly different- it is fun to be creative. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52ce2cc1-8cb3-4e41-8ffc-23e00ee7d264.jpg"> <BR... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:39:16 EST Runners- Here's An Interesting Movie - Barkley Marathons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052929 Last night we all watched a documentary called "Barkley Marathons". It was $3.99 on Amazon instant video. We all liked it and it was. - all I can say is- unusual. I had never heard of the Barkley Marathons. I don't know how my daughter ever found out about this movie. It is a series of 5 loops through the woods each about a marathon in distance over a period of 60 hours. Only 40 people are allowed in it per year by a complicated application process involving an essay on why you want to ru... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:03:55 EST I Got Another New Dress - The Weather Girl Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/179fcd25-78de-4441-8dc4-de27d31f2a17.jpeg"> <BR> So I was watching Fox News and the weather came on and I really liked the dress that the weather girl was wearing. I thought it was an incredibly slimming design and I thought it would look great on me. Well, I follow this girl on Twitter so I tweeted out to her and asked her about the dress. She replied and told me she got it on Amazon. <BR> Well, I bought it. It was $23! It fit great. But. Came... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:24:15 EST About those fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043342 I don't synch my Vivofit or my Garmin Forerunner every day. I have them linked to SP. Sometimes it's a week or more between synchs. Do they record everything in their memory to Sparkpeople on the day you synch for that day? I'm just thinking I got credit for fitness minutes I shouldn't have. I'll take them anyway, though! What the heck! Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:13:13 EST It's not really The Christmas Season Until..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd544588-52fb-4836-af6f-a1e4589c3c04.jpeg"> <BR> My husband is lying on frozen ground with a dull saw. We had a great time today with the grandkids. We have done this in the past with our kids on below zero days, with gale force winds and during snow storms and sleet storms. Today was just wicked cold. But, oops, the tree did fall the wrong way. Timberrr! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2955dda6-8dde-4b37-8b75-b62e532fbb2d... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:50:39 EST SURPER Excited!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30872d76-5232-4a13-b2c0-7392fc18dd6a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> So my daughter won the lottery. Not the money one---the one that was the last chance to register for the Big Sur Marathon. Yay. So I decided to register for the Big Sur 9 miler which is on the same day. April 24. My daughter is a travel PT, so she is going to arrange to be working in CA, near there, around race time. I'll be able to visit her and run in an awesome race at the same time. Ev... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:02:35 EST My Thanksgiving "George Story" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038320 In the 80's I worked as an RN in critical care-specifically Coronary Care. We did not use nurses aides in our unit. We had a dirty utility room for emptying bed pans and trash. One of my all time pet peeves was arriving at the large garbage cans, loaded down with gross detritus, only to find that the liner bags had been replaced but just stretched over the top and left twisted up, so that nothing could be put in the can. It just irritated the snot out if me! Sometimes, though, the bags were... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:30:15 EST My Second Annual Turkey Trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038216 Here are a few pics from this morning.This year I got to run with my daughter and it didn't snow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e25ac107-fc50-42c0-85dc-4ee114ea9d1b.jpeg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7d8f903-a424-400e-8ae0-80a5ecbf0c3a.jpeg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc452931-bc10-49cd-b9b6-409f86595ac1.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1eeb0d3-c5c6-4be0-a1a2-c6bca7a1399f.jpeg"> <BR> <i... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:54:42 EST Two Wicked Fun Races and a Note on my Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028296 First off, I had a notice on Facebook that really hit home with me. It stated " I find that God usually gives me what I've been wanting after I stop worshipping it." I think this was very true with my house situation! <BR> Next, during my month off Spark People when I had no internet or TV, I was in the Mudderella with my daughter. After a WEEK of moving I didn't want to , but I was glad I did! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c94804c-d823-4a4e-9263-3a54b65b0360.jpeg"> <... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 15:57:42 EST The perfect storm is over. I made it and skies are sunny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023228 Yikes! We just moved twice in less than a month. We had to back out of the first house deal- the one that was being built. It appears that the builder was running out of money and was lying to us. So, about a week before our lease was up, we had no prospect of a house and had to get out of our townhouse. We planned to put everything <BR> in storage and go the Maine/Super 8 route. (See previous blog) By God's grace,a week before we had to move, my brother called me and asked how the house was... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 14:43:09 EST My Two Year Sparkversary and A Perfect Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000089 Happy Sparkversary to me and it IS a happy time. I have gotten a lot out of Spark people and I am happy with how far I've come. The first year was great-I lost about 50 pounds. This past year started out good with another 10 pound loss and then the weight loss came to a halt. For most of this year I've been plateaued in the high 150's ( with a glorious low of 153 which didn't last long enough to record) I've been wanting to get down to 144 and a normal BMI, but I'm still happy with where I am... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:16:27 EST Beck Trek Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987852 Day two, I picked my diets. <BR> Day 3 has been an eye opener in the past. I never realized how programmed I was to picking at food that was sitting in the kitchen leftover after meals. I have gotten so far as to having food in my mouth that I have spit out. The visual satisfaction angle is very insightful! <BR> Day 4 <BR> Giving yourself credit. This whole chapter describes me to a "T" I am very self critical and all of the sabotaging thoughts she describes, I have had. I do realize that th... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:07:36 EST Beck Trek Day One -ARC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986162 What to do, what to do. This isn't my first Beck rodeo. Hard copy or digital? Should I use my old index cards in the special holder? ( that I spent hours finding and picking out) Can't find them. Also, I have a real problem with writing down personal things on paper. Did I read my Evernote advantages everyday? No. But I can still find them. And I can add pictures to my reasons, also. My iPad is password protected, so I feel more secure. There is my answer. I'll stay digital. <BR> If I do n... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:13 EST Beck Trek Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984953 What I underlined and starred : <BR> <BR> People who end up maintaining their new weight do so because they've changed what they do and how they think about food and eating.if you think you'll be able to return to your old ways of eating after you lose weight you'll gain the excess weight back. <BR> <BR> A while ago I read a magazine ( Salvation Army ) article written by a former drug addict. He had been in detox and was then going to go to a Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center: <BR> " My pl... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:01:08 EST Beck Trek Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984285 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8 <BR> I have often thought of this Bible verse as I go on an eating binge. It's like a restless, prowling feeling- like something inside of me that is bent on devouring. <BR> Sometimes when I overeat it is because stuff just tastes so good, but other times it does not matter what I eat I just want to eat. The latter one is due to my history of severe food restrictio... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:58:23 EST Beck Trek Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984026 Starting this book reminded me of the beginning of Ana Karenina: ". Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." <BR> There are many reasons for being overweight, but people who are thin or who lose weight and remain thin are alike. <BR> <BR> This first chapter is a gold mine and hits many points that exactly describe me. <BR> The following are the things that resonated the most: <BR> <BR> - planning what to eat in advance and practice what I need to say <... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:46:58 EST Is There Ever a Downside to Losing Weight and My Trip Back "Home" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961578 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bd17901-c055-4e39-a145-9cb1abd3ba11.jpg"> <BR> It was my cousin's 80th birthday party so I decided to fly back to my hometown for the week-end. The rest of the family was headed to the lake where I would rejoin them later. We have a suburban, but after packing three adults, two toddlers, one baby, two dogs and all of the resultant paraphernalia we were jammed in tight. I was the only one who could fit her rear between the two car seats-so, yes... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:29:47 EST I bought a Rickshaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67f87d7a-9ae4-4cbb-bbe5-ad368d43864d.jpg"> <BR> That was my first thought when we got the new double jogging stroller put together in the living room. OMG it looks like a rickshaw! The Amazon reviews were right- this stroller is not going through any doors. I took it for a 4 mile trial run this morning and it worked great. It is VERY humid so I just walked and ran as I felt it and did not even use my Garmin watch to keep track of anything. It's... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 14:05:10 EST A Fun 5 K With My Daughter (Her First) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951830 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/951f52c6-058b-495c-af45-1ec83eafef8b.jpg"> <BR> This was a trail race through a state park. The Lake Dennison 5 K. It was not too hot and very pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef314072-f795-4d67-b5ea-0fa437c8d667.jpg"> <BR> My unofficial time was 34:58, which is good for me. I ran the whole thing and did not have to take walk breaks. A lot of the footing was pretty bad, so I knew I would not set any record. It was a... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:48:03 EST I Broke Down and Bought a New Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951642 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8091de85-1966-401f-9307-cc7f2b481f9b.jpg"> <BR> First off, I am not a dress person. Secondly, I haven't bought many new clothes since I have lost weight. I live in my running clothes. Once you start wearing technical t-shirts and capris you realize how comfy and breathable they are and other clothes feel heavy. Other than my running stuff a have a pair of jeans and a pair of jean capris and that's about it. Of course I have about 6 pairs of ru... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:39:03 EST The $100,000 Workout - Yours Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947050 <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how much we actually paid for my son's college education, I just picked a high sounding number. But this is what I got for my money. He is getting a degree in exercise physiology and he wrote me up a plan. I was originally doing 5x5's (Arnold's method) - but my son talked me out of that. I really <BR> like this work out because it takes right around an hour to get done and I have noticed significant strength improvement all over. Better than when I was doing my own t... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:22:00 EST A BIG nsv (for me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e4f72af-9b3f-4749-b46e-747cb4c42d9b.jpg"> <BR> My daughter and granddaughter. <BR> We've had a jet ski for about 15 years. We bought it used and it has been a great deal of fun as our kids grew up. One of our best purchases! Now our grandchildren are enjoying it. I have never been able to pull myself up on the back of it. I really hated the fact that I couldn't do it. One of my original goals was to be able to do this. Last year I thought lI ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:36:17 EST Road Trip and Sometimes I Just Don't Get It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/199ca76e-2e5d-40b0-a4b7-f70b1c8742d7.jpg"> <BR> My son's girlfriend sent me this picture. We went to visit him this past week-end. Also we took the grandkids to see their paternal grandparents. A twelve hour drive with three children two and under is not fun for anyone. (Plus two dogs!) On the way down there was vomiting within the first 20 minutes. <BR> Anyway, my son is a really really good cook. He should be a chef. Everything he touches tur... Wed, 20 May 2015 06:40:16 EST A 5 K and a Point 3 Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925625 2 <BR> Yesterday I ran a 5 K (35:03) and we decided to have my granddaughter do the fun run of .3 miles. Today is her birthday. She is two. So on race day she was one. She came in dead last, but I'm sure she was first in her age group! I was third in mine and there were more than three. Here we at the start. OMG look at that slouch and the flab! I need to work on my posture and that last 15 pounds!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519525021.jpg"> <BR> Here we go ... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:16:23 EST Welcome New Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326729429.jpg"> <BR> For the first time in over one and a half years, I skipped breakfast. My daughter started having contractions this morning. So I took a shower and was going to eat breakfast and then dry my hair and take her in to the hospital. We only live 5 minutes away. So I took a shower and then she said we should go right then. She wouldn't even let me dry my hair. So I said, " oh for heaven's sake, you could wait 5 minutes" but I ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:54:05 EST The Clueless, Lucky Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914405 This morning I went to feed the dogs. <BR> Me: (calling up the stairs) where did you put the dog food? <BR> Hubs: ( from bed-lucky already) oh, I left it in the car. I'll go get it. <BR> Me: that's OK, I'll get it. I just didn't know where you put it. <BR> Hubs: I'll have to get it- it's a 40 POUND!! Bag! <BR> Me: Are you serious? Do you think I go to the gym 3 times a week and bench press 60 pounds 5x5 and can't carry a 40 pound bag of dog food!? <BR> Hubs: Oh. OK. <BR> <BR> Lucky is the ma... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:29:50 EST Spring into Spring 5 K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909361 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046967172.jpg"> <BR> I'm updating blog with a pic. I'm in the group photo at the start next to 120. That huge pic of the smiling woman in the upper right- is the one who just beat me!! <BR> <BR> A great race! It wasn't snowing! It was 46 balmy degrees. The most important thing is that the race benefitted the Live Strong program at the Y for adult cancer survivors. It's as very small race with manual timing even. One can't complain be... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:03:01 EST New Fitness Tracker Vivofit 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151829981.jpg"> <BR> This will be my third fitness tracker. First was the Spark Tracker which I loved, but when I gave up my laptop, I couldn't use it anymore. It doesn't have Bluetooth capability. <BR> <BR> (I keep saying this -but- Spark is completely dropping the ball on keeping up with technology. The interface with a mobile phone using android system REEKS - STINKS- do the powers that be use their own site? You used to be able to ac... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:59:08 EST Mudderella-Super Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838375229.jpg"> <BR> I just signed my middle daughter and me up for this race in October. The charity is "Futures Without Violence" which works to prevent domestic violence. Since my daughter has been a victim of domestic abuse, this makes the race doubly meaningful for us. She is due to have her third child in a few weeks, so after that she will have baby weight to lose and she wants to get back into shape. I've never been in an obstacle / ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:41:09 EST Inspiration in the Free Weight Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894416 Since I have joined the Y, there is a woman whom I have admired. She is really strong and serious in the weight room. Yesterday I talked to her a bit and told her that she could be my model of fitness to aspire to. She's a little bit of a thing. She looks to be about 5' 3". I asked her how much she weighed and she said 120. I said she didn't even look like she weighed that much. She said that she is smaller now than when she weighed 114. At the birth of her child she weighed 200 pounds. She ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:12:56 EST On Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2137310079.jpg"> <BR> One great thing about blogging is that you can look back and remind yourself of things. This is my reminder to myself of my 99% compliance on eating breakfast and what that has meant.. Pretty much most of my adult life, the picture on the bottom right represents my "breakfast". I could also have had a cup of coffee. I might have had the same thing for lunch. Then if I were sticking to my diet I could have a small dinner... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:49:09 EST I Don't Want To Lose Weight Anymore and I Am Not Elderly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175948764.jpg"> <BR> Here I am lifting two plates! Ha ha I wish. They were a prop at the U.S. Olympic training center. But this illustrates my new goal - to lift weight in order to lose fat. I've been doing reading about it and had embarked on serious resistance training in the late summer/fall. Family matters got in the way, but now I am back at it. I just joined the Y and yesterday, went for the first of my 3 free "goal getter" sessions. T... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:50:17 EST Ups, Downs and Sidewayses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498895134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First down is that I just finished this whole blog, decided to add a pic and lost the whole thing! SP is not optimized for iPad or android platforms. <BR> <BR> This morning's weigh in marked two whole months of staying the same weight. Time flies. On the up side -I didn't gain- on the downside I didn't lose either. I don't want to be in maintenance, but I'm unintentionally getting a feel for what maintenance will... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:12:11 EST For LJCannon- The Blizzard in MA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947199159.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:42:55 EST The Other Half of the Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033782195.jpg"> <BR> The sun has set (even though this is my pic of the sunrise) on Key West and my first Half Marathon. I got more attention over this accomplishment than I have had in 30 years. People have been really nice! On my Facebook account people crawled out of the woodwork to comment. My son's ice skating instructor from jr high commented. Thanks to all of my Spark friends for your support. I plan to thank individually, but I'm ha... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:45:16 EST Key West http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859055 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935597880.jpg"> <BR> Key West is a very fun place and quite beautiful. You can get everywhere you want to go by bicycle. It is actually a biking paradise. There are bike lanes and bike trails all over and the streets are easy to share with cars. We spent two days biking. The second day we we biked to Stock Island and went kayaking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954801335.jpg"> <BR> We kayaked through mangrove mazes... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:44:29 EST On a Scale of 1-10 I'm a 13.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857375 Ha ha. I finished my first half marathon and get to use the funny blog title. Here is my fake picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543511195.jpg"> <BR> Well, that IS me, and it is mile 12 and I did go on to finish, but I was NOT that happy - I was dying! My daughter finished 4 seconds over 2 hours ( she really wanted to get under 2 hours!) but she started getting sick and promptly puked after crossing the finish line ( 3 times). But she recovered and ran back to ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:52:18 EST A Winter Run and Feeling Nervous about the Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521692747.jpg"> <BR> This morning when I walked the dogs it was bitterly cold and very windy. I was dreading my scheduled run, even though it was only 3 miles. However by 11 there was bright sunshine and the wind had died down. I was reminded why I love New England. This is a bad picture, because it doesn't really show that all of the branches were covered in ice and were sparkling in the sunshine. It was only 12 degrees, but because it was... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:52:47 EST To, Two, Too, Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852443 To walk - two dogs- two leashes-two bags- two mittens-too clumsy-too funny. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ps - bags= poo bags <BR> <BR> I'm glad I can laugh at myself because nobody else will, - oh wait. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:00:35 EST My Daughter's Wonderful Comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843827 My daughter and I were in Wal Mart today with the kids and we separated for awhile. She came up to me and said' " I can never find you in a store anymore! I've walked past you three times and didn't recognize you-you're so skinny!" Well that made my day and perhaps my week. But I have to avoid any laurel resting! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:01:18 EST A Merry Healthy Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320324565.jpg"> <BR> One of the highlights of this Christmas was getting to run with my "baby". We woke up, watched my grandchildren open presents, then the two of us ran a 5 K. He is about to graduate in Exercise Physiology. I know he wanted me to get a PR with him, but I missed it by a little bit. I want to know how in the heck I got so short and he got so tall!!!!! <BR> In the olden days, Christmas morning would have involved cookies, sn... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:23:58 EST Vacation, Before , After, Before Pics, and Day one Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25389539.jpg"> <BR> I flew to Nashville to meet my daughter and drive with her to Colorado. Nashville was fun. We saw a concert, of course went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and visited various Taylor Swift spots ( her fave coffee shop, fave park and the Bluebird Cafe). We had dinner at Tootsies. Then on to Colorado. We stopped in St. Louis and toured the Gateway Arch. <BR> Colorado was one beautiful scene after another. I got a little ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:53:57 EST It's About Life: L- I - F - E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825039 <link>www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/11/<BR>29/inspiration-nation-grandma-powerlif<BR>ter/19656645/ </link> <BR> As of today, I'm 15 pounds away from my goal for 2015. I've been struggling lately to find just the right motivation to keep me on track. I did not re- up for Spark Coach after my year subscription was finished. I miss that, but one year was enough (and it was great for that first year). I'm in my next to last decade of weight (159). At this point I'm concerned about getting ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:56:21 EST Turkey Trot - A Great New Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765575185.jpg"> <BR> It was an absolutely gorgeous New England morning to run. The trees were covered in snow and this picture does not do it justice. There was really beautiful scenery all along the route, but I didn't stop to take a pic because I was working on getting a good time! People were out shoveling and snow blowing and the smell of wood smoke was in the air. Instead of being home cooking and tasting I was outdoors running and fee... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:37:56 EST