UPFORFUN03's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=UPFORFUN03 UPFORFUN03'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/ "You can't be vegan, you have color and energy!!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498072 I attended a work lunch last week and, of course, it comes up when people hear me order the salad - without the shrimp and no cheese, please and can I have the dressing (which I'm assured isn't mayo or cream based) on the side... So, yes, I assured this very nice woman I was sitting beside, I am vegan. That's when she said you can't be!!!! <BR> <BR> Ha! Another vegan myth trumped! We are very healthy, colorful, happy people! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:48:59 EST 11 days and counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1884554 I'm really enjoying this new way of eating. I've found that a key to success is definitely planning and preparing. Its pretty tough when you find yourself with very few options. I spent a good deal of yesterday cooking ahead for this week. <BR> <BR> I was really happy about Saturday as we were on the road most of the day and I ate well. We went to Bob Evans for breakfast and I had oatmeal. That wasn't hard as I don't care for Bob Evans food anyway. I do wish I had brought along some raisins... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:30:07 EST Feeling Good About Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1872584 So... I bought the Engine 2 Diet book because I was concerned about Rob's heart health and both of our weights. I really haven't let it out my sight since I got it. I love the information in this book. Every chapter seemed to be an "AHA" moment for me. <BR> <BR> Rob has agreed to commit to 28 days of whole foods eating but we're going to wait until after vacation to get started officially. Although, I seemed to have started without meaning to and I'm loving it. I've had no meats and minimal... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 10:36:03 EST Ugly Betty has gone to a better place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1517124 So I finally did it last night... I sold the little Ninja. I've battled with this for a while because I like that little bike and its been great for letting people practice on. However, it mostly just sits in the garage while the other bikes ride in and out around it. I had some guilt about owning too many things and not making use of them. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, I had a father and son in my class. The son was only 16 y/o. Very cute, nice kid and rode like a natural. When they ... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 09:07:14 EST Mom and Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1378233 My mom turned 81 yesterday! I was lucky enough to get to have tea with her and hang out a little bit in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I wish there were some way to convey how fantastic and courageous and wonderful this woman is! (She was a warbride, don't ya know?) Or how lucky I am that she is my mom and the grandmother to my kids and about 40 others (don't even ask how many great grand children!)! It would take a book to tell you about her life and the hardships and challenges she's encount... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 19:38:56 EST Irwin is 85!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1261710 Happy Birthday to Irwin!!! 85 years old and you know what he wanted for his birthday??? A bike! Isn't this what we're all working for? To age in such a way that when you turn 85, you feel like getting a new bicycle!?! <BR> <BR> There is a quote by Clarence Budington Kelland that says "He [My Father] didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." Although, Irwin is "only" my stepfather, that's exactly what he's done since he came into our lives and married my mom when he ... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:18:36 EST The patio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1246587 Here it is!!! Wa hoo! Excuse the mess around it! This was such a huge job and it is so nice to have it done. I look forward to hours and hours of enjoyable family or alone time here! Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:02:33 EST I ran FOUR miles!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1118226 Wa hoo!!!! I'm so excited. I ran FOUR miles!!! I've gotten close before but I've never actually done it. This has only been a dream of mine. And it came true. I am just so happy that I don't know how to express it. <BR> <BR> Running is such a strange thing. Sometimes it seems so impossible and sometimes it just works. I love the days that just work. Today was one. I set out to run for 30 minutes and figured I'd see how I felt when I got there. After 10 minutes, I changed my mind to - let... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 20:34:37 EST I lived!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1016837 It felt doubtful for a while but I pulled out of it!!! Who knew that a simple cold could reek so much havoc??? While it didn't ruin Valentine weekend, it certainly put a damper on it. Thursday evening ended early because I thought my head might explode. Friday was okay but I had to keep pockets full of tissues with me every where we went. By Saturday, I had just enough energy to drag myself from one room to another before collapsing on a sofa, bed, anything horizontal. I hated it!!! Yesterday... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 09:49:26 EST I ran for 30 minutes!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=916178 I'm not a loser. I can run! Sort of. Run slow ;) but I can do what I set out to do and that is such an awesome, wonderful feeling. Today's goal was to run for 30 minutes. That's all. Purposely keeping it slow to be able to run for 30 minutes. I did it!!!! The iPod died about 10 minutes into it - yipes! All that was left was the sound of my breathing - not especially labored - and my thoughts which were "run for 30 minutes." I did. I bet I could've run for 35 minutes if that had been my i... Fri, 11 Jan 2008 20:01:37 EST This running thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=906313 Am I a runner? Am I not a runner? Can I do this thing? Should I just find something else that I could enjoy and have success with? These are my questions of late. I’ve been so disappointed and discouraged with my inability to run any distance. Of course, the harder I tried the less successful I became, the shorter that distances that I could run. I can’t imagine what has happened. I have run 5K!!! More than a few times. I have run 3+ miles… now I can sometimes do a mile but it’s a struggle... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 19:30:23 EST Looking forward to starting over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=879587 We've had a wonderful, happy, indulgent couple of holiday weeks and I couldn't be happier. I could be fatter - I have been - but probably not by much and I'm okay with that. I weigh less than I did a year ago at this time and have so much knowledge and so many tools to use this time around. I'm actually looking forward to starting over tomorrow. I went to the market this morning and stocked up on everything healthy that we love and I've got my running (who's kidding who here... walking) clo... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 10:29:32 EST Oatmeal and apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=814575 I love oatmeal and apples and its so easy. It totally solves the what's for breakfast question every day. AND its so healthy. I don't know why everyone isn't eating it. Its great for work, too. At home, I mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal with two tablespoons of milled fax seed and a huge amount of cinnamon in a reuseable plastic container. At work, when I'm hungry, I cover the oatmeal with water, cut up my apple into it and microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes depending on how big the apple is. Then add... Mon, 5 Nov 2007 08:44:25 EST Making Strides!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=786102 I did it!!! Finished another 5K and improved my time by two minutes. This was the women only Making Strides for Breast Cancer race. It was pretty cool to be running with all women. The temp was 47 degrees when we started running at 8 a.m. - wooph! That was cold. I warmed up soon enough, though! I wasn't even in the first half of finishers but that's okay. I wasn't last ;) And, again, came in two minutes faster than last time. Rob was there in support, as always. Brandon, April and Mi... Sun, 14 Oct 2007 13:43:35 EST Okay, I did it, sort of.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=759133 I've been so worried. I ran the 5K but since then... I don't know what to say. I haven't been able to drag myself out of bed in the morning to continue the running thing and by afternoon, it's too warm or there are too many things going on that I substitute something else for running. I began having serious doubts whether I could run again or not. <BR> <BR> So... I was determined that this morning I would get up and do it. I didn't. That left his afternoon. It was either run or shut up, ... Mon, 24 Sep 2007 20:48:11 EST Happy 45th to me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=748870 What a wonderful, wonderful weekend and birthday! I’m 45 – woo hoo!! Made it safe and sound ;) <BR> <BR> It started Thursday evening. We went to Silver Spring, MD and spent the evening with the first born. We walked around and saw some sights and bought some food because his frig looked like you’d expect a bachelor frig to look. We had dinner and hit a couple of his favorite hang-outs and went back to his place to sleep. <BR> <BR> Friday – my birthday – we got up slowly (after effects o... Mon, 17 Sep 2007 12:11:20 EST Mom is 80 today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=683199 How cool is that? She started her day by walking 1 mile. This is amazing considering she broke her hip on Thanksgiving and, frankly, most of us were very afraid that would be the end for her. Then suffered complications from that besides all the normal 80 year old ailments that you get. But like so many other times in her life, she would not be kept down. What a fantastic woman! I hope that I have half her strength and determination. <BR> <BR> So... here's to Mom! Mother of nine! Grandmo... Thu, 2 Aug 2007 13:29:27 EST Its a Family thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=663553 So... once upon a time, I'm facing 45 years old and working on my weight and wanting to be in the best shape ever and I stumbled upon the Couch to 5K plan and decided that it was my new goal to run a 5K on my 45th birthday. <BR> <BR> This program brought wonderful results, both in fitness and self-esteem and I talked about it (possibly incessantly) to whomever would listen. <BR> <BR> So this very week, we're celebrating my little sister's birthday and talking about it AGAIN when her almo... Fri, 20 Jul 2007 21:05:39 EST So... things are good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=655910 The family is good. The boys are great. Brandon mentioned something about getting his own place. My face must've registered something because he immediately qualified it with "well, not right now. Maybe this year." and "Mom, a guy can't live with his mom forever." Rob, Mr. Wonderful, responded with "You're moving? Where? When? Can I help? Need Money?" He and Brandon got a kick out of that. <BR> <BR> Rob continues to be wonderful. I could go on and on about him and usually do to whoever ... Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:16:35 EST I'm bored and I'm hungry :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=629068 And I know I'm not really hungry but I really am craving well, almost anything bad but specifically - a Five Guys cheeseburger. I'm having this battle in my head that I'm working tonight and this weekend and I can probably fit it in the calorie range and if I eat it at lunch, I won't be hungry for dinner anyway, and I probably need the extra protein since I'm working so hard (yeah right) blah blah blah. Then there's the weak and getting weaker voice saying that you can't eat a Five Guys bur... Fri, 29 Jun 2007 09:53:13 EST check it out!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=625611 The little runner just ran right off the tape!!! 137.6 pounds!! Wa hoo!! How cool is that? <BR> <BR> Did Week four again this morning. It was tough. Everything hurt. I did it but it wasn't enjoyable. Part of that is dragging myself out of bed. There's got to be another way to fit this into my schedule... I will figure it out. <BR> <BR> In the meantime - I made it!!! I'm under 138. How cool is that! Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:11:09 EST check it out!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=625610 Sorry, the blog posted twice and I can't figure out how to delete the second one. Wed, 27 Jun 2007 08:07:15 EST What a weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=622437 I'm exhausted. It was so tempting to call in today and spend the morning in bed. <BR> <BR> I was set to get up and run (sort of) this morning but it was raining (for which I was sincerely thankful). I'll try to get it in today to stay on schedule. <BR> <BR> The scale is saying 138.6. How cool is that? I'll keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't jump right back up. I think it has a little to do with being dehydrated over the weekend. <BR> <BR> So anyway, its Monday - a whole new we... Mon, 25 Jun 2007 11:00:51 EST Things are looking better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=618939 I'm under 141 again. Jeez, this has been a long week ;) I like it a lot better when the little runner is on the right side of 141. <BR> <BR> I finished C25K Week 3 this morning. My knee was killing me. I hate that because, frankly, I could've kept going. I wanted to keep going but couldn't. A couple advil seem to help a lot and its felt much better all day. Starting Monday - week 4. Running for five minutes. Wow. I will definitely stretch between now and then and before I start mo... Fri, 22 Jun 2007 16:07:15 EST This is why!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=616840 NUTRIENT 6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 <BR> Calories: 2,478 1,394 1,681 1,746 1,409 1,534 1,435 <BR> <BR> <BR> Its a little hard to read but basically what this shows is that I've been at the high end of the range for my calories for a week!!! Not to mention the one day when its off the charts!!! <BR> <BR> No wonder my poor little runner isn't getting anywhere! At least now I know what's going on. <BR> <BR> Can you imagine how many calories I at... Thu, 21 Jun 2007 11:17:15 EST 141.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=616680 My poor little runner guy is not making a lot of progress towards 138. I don't know what's going on... I was so happy to be under 140. <BR> <BR> Working this weekend - lots of hours. I'm thinking about taking Monday off work. We'll see. I always feel like a quitter when I do that. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to running again tomorrow morning ;) Thu, 21 Jun 2007 10:05:21 EST 141.4 - This is not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=614752 And I don't have any idea why its happening. I'm really concerned and discouraged. We're into Wednesday now and the weekend is approaching and its a working weekend. I'm a little stressed. I forgot to check yesterday's sodium. I bet it was high. My calories were at 1500 - which even though this site says its okay - I know over the long term, that's doesn't make me lose weight. <BR> <BR> Oh well, here we go - another day to try to correct it. <BR> <BR> I got up and ran/walked this morn... Wed, 20 Jun 2007 08:28:39 EST 140.8??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=612920 I'm noticing a bad trend here. And I'm not happy about it. That's up 1.5 pounds from the wonderful 139.2. Looks like I need to get a better rein on the calorie count and maybe a few extra minutes on the elliptical and get this turned around. <BR> <BR> Its funny though - the thing perspective... The first time I weighed 140.8, I wanted to party. How cool??? How wonderful!!! To be DOWN to 140.8. Now that I'm "back up to" 140.8, I don't like it at all. So, its cut veg's for me today and... Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:14:35 EST bad news good news bad news good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=611081 Bad news - the scale went up to 140.2 this morning. I hated seeing that number. I wasn't surprised. We ate alot yesterday and the salt count was way up there. I feel puffy and bloated so I'm thinking its water weight as much as anything but - yuk. I hated seeing that number. <BR> <BR> Good news - I ran for three minutes two times this morning. I have to say, I stressed this one. I did not believe that I'd be able to do it but when the time came - I did it!!! I'm so happy. It's starting... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:28:35 EST 139.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=610164 It continues to go down - 2/10's of a pound at a time - but it's going down. Wa hoo. If I can make it through a weekend and not gain weight... how cool would that be? <BR> <BR> Very happy to have hooked up with some more MCC people. I wish a lot more of them would come over ;) <BR> <BR> Anyway - its pool time for me. Try to get some color on my back and the backs of my legs. Sun, 17 Jun 2007 13:31:59 EST 139.8 woo hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=607933 I know, I know... its has to happen more than once to count! But it looked so good on the scale this morning. Especially because I was so afraid to even get on the scale after last night. <BR> <BR> I'm glad the numbers went down and not up (although I'm sure that's due largely to dehydration) because it encouraged me to be better today to make up for the overage of yesterday. Specifically, its Friday and we all know how easy it is to gain weight over the weekend so... I'm going to be very... Fri, 15 Jun 2007 13:07:42 EST oh yipes. I blew it.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=607010 Man oh man, I knew I was entering risky territory this evening - a Thursday night out to celebrate my very good friend - but, wooph, it was really bad. I ate pizza and it was good but not good enough for that many calories. I only ate one chicken wing... The shrimp and the clams don't bother me so much. It's the freaking four coronas that I drank. I don't even like beer - not that Corona is anything like beer ;) I think I drank about a liter of water on the way home to try to flush some... Thu, 14 Jun 2007 20:49:33 EST 140 pounds??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=606010 How long can a person remain 140 pounds??? Jeez - I'd like to move on (down) from here pretty soon. Not that I'm complaining, I guess. 140 is way better than 153. And honestly, I never thought I'd be less than 148 so this is good... But 138 would be better ;) <BR> <BR> And... here comes the weekend. I guess I need to concentrate on not being 141 or more, huh??? Thu, 14 Jun 2007 09:35:42 EST