TJDOESLIFE's SparkPeople Blog TJDOESLIFE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life goes on without the banana bread And so the banana bread is gone! I am so glad. PHEW! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we are going to join the Community Center in the neighboring town. i am so excited for this. If I ever had ANY doubt about exercise and maintaining weight loss, this 8 week period of time with NONE has proved to me that it is VITAL to weight loss maintenance. I already feel better knowing that we are going to do this. Sure it is an added expense to our already stretched budget, but it is so important. Exercise, for me, i... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:43:17 EST Banana bread..... I feel like today was a successful day. I weighed in yesterday morning and was feeling pretty confident in myself yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> I had a reminder on my calendar set to go off at 5:30pm tonight to remind me to make a good decision for supper. And that I was in control. <BR> <BR> Wellllllll.....I got home from work not feeling very hungry. I had my snack of string cheese at 2:30pm and left work at 3:45pm. So, I made supper for the girls and then decided to make banana bread f... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:20:52 EST New Year New Me? Happy New Year to all! 2012 was quite the year for me and for my family. <BR> <BR> In January, I committed to run a full marathon and in February I registered for the Twin Cities marathon. I planned out my training and was ready to go. <BR> <BR> In March, I spent a weekend with my dear friends and fellow Sparkers, COSMOPAULATIN and ERINBEAR1876. We celebrated Paula’s birthday and ran the Get Lucky 7K! <BR> <BR> In May, my husband and I traveled to Fargo for a half marathon. This was my ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:01:24 EST I Will Run October 7, 2012....I ran the Twin Cities Marathon. That was 7 weeks ago. Since that time I haven't ran more than 2 miles at a time and have had nothing consistent. I miss it. Initially I was unable to run (for about 4 weeks). I injured my knee and have continued to have issues. But with stretching and home exercises, I think I am ready for something more consistent. I have made a whole list of excuses as to why I haven't been running and frankly, none of the excuses are any good. And the new ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:17:26 EST's good, right? I've had a lot of changes in the last month and being honest, I haven't dealt with the stress very well at all. Everything lately has seemed to revolve around "before the marathon" and "after the marathon". It's a constant comparison in my head. I seem to have lost my motivation, drive and dedication somewhere out there in those 26.2 miles. I am determined to get all 3 of them back!!!! <BR> <BR> So, here's the update (in bullet points, cause that's how I'm rollin' tonight. Actually I just ca... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:36:49 EST My First Marathon....Twin Cities Marathon 2012 It still hasn’t sunk in yet…I am a marathoner. <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago, I ran my first marathon. To think, just 2 ½ years ago, I ran my first 5K. Holy cow. My only goal that day, in June of 2010, was to finish. Now I have finished 26.2 miles. <BR> <BR> Saturday afternoon (October 5th) was the day of the Twin Cities Marathon Expo. My friend Erin (ERINBEAR1876) from Grand Forks was coming into town and I was going to meet her and her husband at the expo. I got there earlier than ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:07:59 EST The perfect addiction I was trying to explain to my husband tonight why I enjoy running. It's difficult and I have a complicated relationship with the road. <BR> I love running because it makes me feel strong. I love the way my feet feel when they hit the ground. I love that although I'm not a lightweight person, most days I feel light when my feet hit the ground. I love running because in my life, I feel I need to be in control and running allows me to give some of that up. It's unpredictable even if I set the p... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:31:17 EST The beauty of blogging.... The beauty of blogging is you can see exactly the progress you have (or have not made). When I started out on this journey I had no idea where it would take me. Obviously I've made progress and obviously I've accomplished a lot. A lot of things that I should be very proud of. And a lot of things I am VERY proud of. <BR> But this journey has had its lows too. I've learned things about myself that I haven't liked. I've had to face things that have haunted me in my past. I've had to deal with f... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:56:22 EST The beauty of blogging.... The beauty of blogging is you can see exactly the progress you have (or have not made). When I started out on this journey I had no idea where it would take me. Obviously I've made progress and obviously I've accomplished a lot. A lot of things that I should be very proud of. And a lot of things I am VERY proud of. <BR> But this journey has had its lows too. I've learned things about myself that I haven't liked. I've had to face things that have haunted me in my past. I've had to deal with f... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:56:14 EST Marathon? Yesterday I did something I NEVER thought I would EVER do. I registered for my very first marathon. Yes, MARATHON. As in, 26.2 miles!!!! It took 3 tries to actually click the register button, but I did it!!! And on October 7th, I will be able to say I have achieved one of the mist difficult things I've ever challenged myself to do! I guess if I were "hashtagging" this (#), you could file it under #winning!!!!! <BR> XOXO! <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:13:37 EST The pants Oh the pants....officially are painful to zip. HOW COULD I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?!?!!?? And I'm not talking just one pair of pants, I'm talking ALL of my pants. HOW COULD I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!?!?!?! <BR> So, officially, I'm done. This is not loving me. This is hating me. How can I motivate others and treat others respectfully but treat myself like this? HOW COULD I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?!?!?! I wake up every morning with the intention to do better today and then I get down on myself about somethin... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:32:10 EST 11 Things in 2011 11 Things In 2011 I'm Proud Of: <BR> <BR> 1. Celebrated 2 years of consistent workouts <BR> 2. Ran the Get Lucky 7K race <BR> 3. Ran Race For The Cure 5K race and set a new 5K PR (sub 30), kicking off half marathon training. <BR> 4. Ran 10K in a relay triathlon <BR> 5. Left a job I loved (and had been at for nearly 9 years) to start a new adventure (aka started a new job). <BR> 6. Ran my first "adventure race"....approximately 3 hellish miles at the Warrior Dash <BR> 7. Ran 2K race with m... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:39:37 EST Not dead yet.... I'm still here friends. Battling a nasty cold and sinus infection. Update to come!!!! <BR> Love to you all!! <BR> Muah!! <BR> XOXO! <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:45:12 EST Be Happier This is the longest blog of my LIFE!!!! Stick with me here folks..... <BR> <BR> Back in 2009, my new year's resolution was to "Be Happier". When I made the resolution, finding happiness was my intention, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I found so much more than that. <BR> <BR> I wrote out a few things when I made the resolution and I found that journal yesterday while I was cleaning. Very interesting so I had to share. <BR> <BR> Steps to being happier <BR> 1. stop compl... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:36:56 EST Weigh-in Wednesday.....the "that's fair" edition. Weigh-in Wednesday....the "that's fair" edition. <BR> NO EXCUSES NOVEMBER continues. I stepped on the scale earlier this week and was disappointed. This week, I won't be disappointed. Back to square one and on my way. <BR> <BR> Heighest weight (HW): 213 <BR> Starting weight (SW): 203 <BR> Last weight (LW): 179.8 <BR> Current weight (CW): 178.4 <BR> Difference: -1.4lbs <BR> <BR> I'll take it. XOXO! <BR> MUAH!!!! <BR> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:43:44 EST What happened....? Just when I think things are going my way, I crumble. Being honest with me means being honest with you. Most days my life is unicorns and glitter, because that's how I make it. If you lose your smile, you lose everything. But some days, well, it rains and the unicorns are gone and are replaced with regular horses.... <BR> The weekend was rough. I ant put my finger on it, I don't feel like I over ate and I worked out a LOT but I feel like I failed or missed something. I stepped on the scale ye... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 21:17:13 EST Rocking it!!!! I have rocked it in the food dept so far today...rocked it!!!! I work another 3 hours and as soon as I get home, I'll be going to bed so I think I'm pretty safe!! Woot woot! And this "no POP" thing is going so well! I haven't felt this good in months!!! It's 5:30 and my energy is still good. I've been rocking the water too...averaging about 80-100oz every day. I posted on Facebook yesterday a little note about eating. Marathoner don't eat fast food, they eat food that makes them fast. I can c... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:31:03 EST Weigh-in Wednesday....the birthday edition! Weigh-in Wednesday....the birthday edition!!! <BR> I was motivated by ERINBEAR1876 to weigh myself today. I was intending to skip it but it is what it is....NO EXCUSES NOVEMBER!!! It was my birthday this past week and I was certainly not going to skip the celebration and surprisingly I didn't do tooooooo bad. So here it is SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> Heighest weight (HW): 213 <BR> Starting weight (SW): 203 <BR> Last weight (LW): 178 <BR> Current weight (CW): 179.2 <BR> Difference: +1.2lbs ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 11:39:20 EST Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.... Today I ate all the foods. And I do mean ALL. THE. FOODS. <BR> Thank goodness for the awesome workout yesterday (and an anticipated awesome workout tomorrow). <BR> <BR> And tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (and the rest of the month) will be my b**ch!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Tue, 8 Nov 2011 20:36:52 EST BRICK BABY!!! Had an AWESOME workout tonight!!!! I was planning to go to the gym ALL day, just wasn't sure what type of workout I'd be up for come 6pm. As I was leaving work I realized I had forgotten my gym bag and workout clothes at home...aka workout fail #1 (never go home after work, go straight to the gym). At that point I decided it might just be better to go home. When I got to my mom's house (she watches my girlies) the first thing my daughters asked (almost in unison) was "Mom are we going to the ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 23:07:53 EST Celebration of Life What an incredible weekend!!!! Today I turned 31 and I'm okay with that. What a difference a year makes. Last year, turning 30 was so difficult for me. This year I was able to enjoy every minute of it. Saturday morning I went to Birthday Zumba at the friend/instructor let me choose a few favorite songs (woot woot for salsa and Pitbull). What a fun 60 minutes!!!! After the workout we went home, got showered made lunch (just a little spinach salad for me) and then ran a few errands. We s... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 23:05:26 EST Nothing profound.... I don't know where to start tonight. I don't even know what to say. I feel like j need to blog, to vent, to, well do something but I'm not sure how I feel or what I feel. <BR> Today was my day off so things were busy as usual. Got up early and got my 6 year old to the bus stop, then to get my oil changed, vacuumed and cleaned it out and got it washed. Then onto grocery shopping (just a few necessities). When we got home, I was exhausted. I out the groceries away and plopped on the couch. My... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 23:05:22 EST "NO" VEMBER I had to share was posted in a friends blog (so sorry I can't give credit where it's due, but still worth sharing....) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Muah!!! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:36:45 EST Weigh-in Wednesday...of course! Weigh-in Wednesday.... <BR> Again, putting my honesty out there and holding myself accountable. I can do this!!! I WILL do this!! <BR> <BR> Heighest weight (HW): 213 <BR> Starting weight (SW): 203 <BR> Last weight (LW): 178 <BR> Current weight (CW): 178 <BR> Difference: 0lbs <BR> <BR> MUAH!!!! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:59:02 EST No pop Today was miserable. Miserable. I decided last month that it was time to stop drinking so much pop and star focusing on drinking my water. Changing jobs in June led to unexpected stress which led to drinking more pop. So pop. My head hurt SO bad all day. I had weaned down for from about 6 cans a day to 1 yesterday. I expected a headache but my entire body felt off and achy. I was swollen, especially my eyes. My joints hurt, I felt sluggish. I didn't anticipate any of this. I drank... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:53:21 EST No Excuses November Just like it excuses. Every month I think to myself, what can I do this month to help me along in my journey....? This month is my month. No excuses, in everything. No second guessing myself. No questioning my decisions. My plan is to plan. This makes it harder to excuse myself from a workout. This makes it more difficult to stray from my meal plan. This will keep me in check. <BR> <BR> For example...Tuesday's are usually my rest day (Biggest Loser and Parenthood are on, can't m... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:17:18 EST FOOD INC.... So last night, while my DH was working, I decided to watch Food Inc. OMG! What an eye opener. I'm not sure what I will do with the info I have now regarding where my food comes from, but I can tell you for certain I will be changing my diet in the next few weeks. I am going to try vehicles hard to stay away from processed foods and am going to try to purchase as much organic food as possible. I'm not sure I will ever eat another hamburger from a restaurant ever again, nor a chicken sandwich. ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 09:44:37 EST Planning... I was laying in bed this morning (God bless my DH who let's me sleep in often...very often) I was playing back in my head all of my failures in my head and negating my accomplishments. The negative self talk was in full swing. You never finish anything, you never plan, you lack success, etc.... <BR> <BR> But then something happened, something interesting. I was able to take a step back (figuratively, as I was lounging in bed...hehe) and look at the bigger picture. I do finish things, I do pl... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:02:05 EST Weigh-in Wednesday...the Friday edition Weigh-in Wednesday....the Friday edition. <BR> Putting my honesty out there and holding myself accountable. I can do this!!! I WILL do this!! <BR> <BR> Heighest weight (HW): 213 <BR> Starting weight (SW): 203 <BR> Last weight (LW): 176 <BR> Current weight (CW): 178 <BR> Difference: +2lbs <BR> <BR> Here's to a losing week for ALL!!! <BR> Muah!!!! Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:32:36 EST Experiment It has been nearly two weeks since my last blog. I know I'm not a frequent Blogger, but I wanted to experiment and see how I did in my life when I blogged about how I was feeling and how things were going. All in all things were going okay, but as soon as started to stumble I stopped writing. That's the problem....when the problems start happening, I shut down. I put on my smile and fake it, eat my emotions silently via a pint of ice cream, and pretend all is well. Gotta be real folks, this l... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 11:24:56 EST FACT When you step on the scale before you workout and after you workout, the number is less after a workout! Holy crap Batman!!!!! I always heard people talk about this but I had never tried it. I was 2.5lbs less after Zumba, strength training and a 2 mile run...AND after eating breakfast AND after a shower WITH wet hair!!!! WOW!! I know I sweat a lot, but what an incredible phenomenon! <BR> Made my Saturday!!! What's making your's??? <BR> <BR> Muah!!! XOXO!!! Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:54:22 EST Smile Friday Edition It's Smile Friday folks.....and I'm FINALLY finished with training!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Passed all the necessary tests and am looking forward to adding a few additional acronyms to my name...expensive ones, hehe... ;) <BR> <BR> I was thankful that we got done before lunch, so I could make my own decisions in that department....but when I got home I was greeted with the sweet smell of fresh baked cookies. Damn! My husband... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:57:41 EST OMG. 2162 calories!!!! WTH!!!?????!!! I guess I need to say "oops" and "tomorrow is a new day", right? Ugh. It's so hard when your meals are provided for you. I totally watched my portion sizes but I could have skipped the 2 (yes 2) brownies. And after the gym I was just STARVING!!!! So even though I was out of calories, I had to eat. I made good decisions but it put me over nonetheless. I've been trying to be spot on because we'll be going out to dinner Saturday night with friends and to celebrat... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:40:09 EST Thumbs-up Thursday Sitting in my training class (day 4)....and I remembereds, it's THUMBS-UP THURSDAY!!!!! <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> P.S. Excuse the bad hair and foggy/glossy look....I've been sitting in the same chair for 4 days!!! Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:11:32 EST Weigh-in Wednesday Weigh-in Wednesday....not as pretty as I'd hoped but definitely in the right direction. Here it is: <BR> Heighest weight (HW): 213 <BR> Starting weight (SW): 203 <BR> Last weight (LW): 178 <BR> Current weight (CW): 176 <BR> Difference: -2lbs <BR> <BR> There you have it....I was too lazy to take a picture of the scale. Maybe next week. This for sure will hold me accountable though. Love to you all!!! Muah! Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:48:53 EST The kitchen is closed..... The kitchen is closed, the kitchen is closed, the kitchen is closed, the kitchen is closed, the kitchen is closed, the kitchen is closed, THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED!!!!!!!! <BR> Perhaps if I tell myself this repeatedly, I won't make my way downstairs for something to eat. I'm over my calorie goal for the day. Ugh. The highest I want to be at on days that I work out is 1600 and the highest I want to be on days I do not exercise is 1400. Today I am at 1569 and I have not exercised. So although it's ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:47:03 EST Ugh....lazy Today was uneventful. My usual job keeps me very active and on my feet ALL day. This week I'm in training and sitting on my butt from 8-5 and this will be ALL week. Today went by sooooo slow. The only bonus was I stayed within my calories. When you're only given 2 short breaks and a short lunch, you don't have the opportunity to eat. As I type this and am about to head to bed, I'm at 1550 calories and my goal is 1300-1600 calories....SCORE!!!!! That also means I've tracked calories two days i... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:58:26 EST Birthdays, Weddings, Dancing, Dresses and Motivation? So yesterday was a challenge for me..... <BR> The morning started out with a birthday breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I have a very hard time saying no to my favorites. I had not been feeling well this week so I wanted to go easy, but the Eggs Benedict were screaming at me. As we would be going to a wedding and reception in the evening and I knew I would be dancing, I decided to order the Eggs Benedict but only eat half of was delish. <BR> After breakfast we we... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 13:18:13 EST Inspiration....and a race recap!! Twin Cities Marathon 10K recap.....and some goals. <BR> <BR> So Friday, as usual, I was a nervous wreck. This was to be race #13 for me and I was STILL nervous. Why was a nervous this time? <BR> 1. This was the first repeat race I had run, as in, identical to last year and I wanted a PR (personal record). I knew I was faster than I was last year (I trained and ran a half marathon in August, I HAD to be faster), but I wasn't sure how much faster I'd be. <BR> 2. I was running this race with... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 20:55:25 EST Susan G Koman Race For the Cure 5K, race recap <BR> Last night I was all sorts of nerves. I’m always nervous the night before a race, but I think the last time I was this nervous was my first 5K. But this race was different, this race had so much personal meaning behind it. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago (at my highest weight) I vowed to myself that someday I would run the breast cancer Susan G Koman Race For The Cure 5K, not walk it. Today was that someday. <BR> <BR> Of course I had a rough sleep, lots of tossing and turning, up with my 3 y... Sun, 8 May 2011 22:33:43 EST Get Lucky 7K and SparkGirls Meetup Get Lucky 7K <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So.... race recap from this weekend and dinner with SparkGirls. <BR> <BR> Friday night I laid out all my things. I had purchased brand new running capris (see pictures) for myself as a reward for reaching a body fat percentage of less than 30% (29.7% to be exact!!!) and I was so pumped to wear them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:48:48 EST It's not so bad.... Yes I’m 30…:) <BR> <BR> My thirties have been very good to me so far. <BR> I have made very important lifestyle changes and it has paid off. <BR> I’m in better shape than I have ever been in. <BR> My twenties were a whirlwind. I was not in control of my life. <BR> I fought depression on and off and lost focus on my health. <BR> I found a way to climb out of the pit, and took back control of my life. <BR> Good eating habits and incorporating exercise into my life was a huge part of fighting ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:04:30 EST Blog of randomness.....seriously! I am finally feeling it…FINALLY! <BR> <BR> ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! <BR> Enough saying “I’ll get to the gym tomorrow” and “I miss running outside”. Enough sitting around thinking about “what’s next?” and “how am I going to escape this funk?” and “where’s my ‘aha moment?”. <BR> <BR> I’ve had it!!!! <BR> <BR> THIS is next, THIS is how I am going to escape this funk and THIS is MY aha moment. I am going to stop thinking and start doing. This plateau seriously sucks and it’s not going to change... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:06:47 EST Not gonna let it happen.... Where has January gone?? I cannot believe it is January 12th today. CANNOT BELIEVE IT! <BR> <BR> So where to begin again? In my last blog I talked about my goals. I love these goals and now have them posted everywhere to remind of the hard work I have already put into this and also to remind myself of the awesome challengest that lie ahead. With that said, these past few weeks have left me at a plateau.... <BR> This seems to be an all too familiar place for me and frankly I hate that. I sp... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:57:42 EST Where to begin….? I suppose the best place to begin is right here, within me. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of my SparkFriends for your support and kind words. Your advice and messages were incredible. What an incredible community of people I have found on SP. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover you! Muah! <BR> <BR> Throughout the past week, I have read and reread the advice and links I have been sent by all of my fellow sparkers. One link in particular was an article entitled “Stop Dieting and ... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 22:03:18 EST The first and worst blog My very first blog and I have NO idea where to start. Except to say how frustrated I am right now. I committed to myself 390 days ago that I would lose 30lbs by my 30th birthday. Well, I met that goal and now I've completely stopped losing. In fact, I'm up 5 lbs since my birthday. <BR> <BR> Let me preface this blog by saying I am everyone's biggest cheerleader. It's very rare for me to be so negative, but sometimes, I CAN'T HELP IT!!! <BR> <BR> I can't straighten out how I am feeling. Obvi... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:33:10 EST