VISUALLYRICS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VISUALLYRICS VISUALLYRICS'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/ Home Renovations (before & after pics) Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726611 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737001490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> It's high time I posted a blog about our new home ...:::if I wait til I am satisfied, it might take til Christmas...Lol! <em>100</em> Once you get going, the work is never finished, or so I am discovering... <BR> <BR> If-truth-be-told, we are finished for the most part...at least the house is functional, construction workers are gone, and I am content to wait to gradually do this-and-that.... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:02:36 EST . . .I need a shoulder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720161 ,and a virtual hug or two. <BR> <BR> It's my foot again. Yep. I actually cried today - and I am not a person given to tears. I just want this foot to heal. (guess I need more patience) <BR> It is beginning to hurt a bit...on a pain scale of 1-10, it's just a 3 or 4. Still, I wish my foot were better. I LONG so much (I cannot begin to express) for a run. .. or a jog. This break from any pounding on my feet is painful emotionally. <BR> I just needed to write this blog....always feels bette... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:23 EST Oh! The Things You Can Think If Only You'll Try! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698712 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2005699078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are so GLAD <em>41</em> to own our home at last! I have never had my very own home to do just what I wanted to....Wow! I feel like someone handed me a gift! <BR> <BR> As a family of 6, we rolled up our sleeves, dug in and WORKED!! <BR> Today, I trimmed 6 beautiful crepe myrtle trees....that looked "transformed" afterwards...Yay! Such beauty deserves to be maintained. I trimmed the hedges in front wit... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:28:09 EST We are now "OFFICIALLY" home owners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603613640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> TGIF!! ...and what a Friday it has been! We closed on our home today at noon - <em>356</em> <em>353</em> ....:::Happy Dance....here! Everything progressed smoothly, and at the end of the day, we were cut a check. <em>334</em> I joked with my DH that we were <em>528</em> PAID to move! <BR> <BR> But isn't it Amazing how God works everything out! We have an interest rate of 3.75%....totally mind... Fri, 16 May 2014 17:53:55 EST Unfortunate News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958670984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My News: After my recent Zumba class, my heel began to hurt a bit. <BR> This concerned me as my foot has been doing quite well ever since I was fitted with great running shoes a few months ago. . .I also have 2 other pairs with great arch support. <BR> <BR> Then after yesterday's high impact aerobics with my children, my foot began to feel very sensitive again... <em>40</em> My heart began to si... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:11:48 EST Wake up Call & Taking Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539107228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have allowed this "4 month moving process" to lend me an excuse to eat less mindfully, exercise less, and slink back into a few poor habits. . .I admit it. <BR> It confuses me how in the past 2 years ...there have been other stresses common in life, and I didn't balk....I wonder why now? But that is not what is most important. What is vital is that I AM awake and headed in the right direction. <BR> ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:19:06 EST Healthy Italian Cuisine. . .at last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677310 I love the rich Italian flavors in many of our favorite dishes, but too often, the popular pasta in just about every dish makes me feel heavy and lessens my energy level. <BR> Recently, I have found that substituting vegetables to these Italian favorites fills me up faster, and provide all of the fiber, minerals and essential nutrients that I need! I walk away from the table feeling full & LIGHT! <BR> <BR> For example, tonight, I made an easy Italian red sauce using fresh basil, garlic and ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:45:57 EST Finally . . .Our New Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664583 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876016315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Lord has been my Counselor throughout this search for a house for some time now - as you know. I give Him ALL the praise! And I so appreciate YOUR prayers! I have relied on prayer for strength and peace. <BR> I am happy to say I have both! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn’t have sailed through these past 4 months without Him. How blessed we are to have found a house. . .@ Looooong:::.... Last! Lol! H... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:28:21 EST House Hunting . . .once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l735439297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness. It makes me sad to even write this blog - just about breaks my heart. . . <em>26</em> <BR> I thought that once you signed on the dotted line that it was FINAL. <BR> Apparently, I was sadly mistaken. There were issues regarding the huge in ground pool. So much so that we had to walk away from this house. . . <em>39</em> I am beginning to learn that house hunting/finding can be trick... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:28:47 EST We are the OWNERS of a new home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431753505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> At nine o'clock tonight, I received (( THE )) call from my agent telling me that there were TWO other offers on "our" house. My heart was in my throat, but we trusted the Lord with this, and He answered! <BR> The owners chose OUR offer! I am so ECSTATIC! Yipee! <BR> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:50:10 EST An Education in Running Shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631087 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803841342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay...I'm back from a nice afternoon shopping/being fitted for running shoes. What a great experience that was! <BR> All of this time ( 2.5 years) I have worn an 8.5 running shoe...one size TOO small! I had no idea how cramped my foot was. . . <BR> No wonder my feet are inflamed. <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.saucony.com/store/SiteController<BR>/saucony/womensomni12/4-113510/directU<BR>RL... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:20:05 EST I think I injured my foot. . .need your support, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630245 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833481149.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I could really use some sage advice from my SP Friends right now - especially those that run. . . <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Which is it - Stone Bruise, Plantar Fasciitis, or none of the above? <BR> <BR> ...::::I think that the tissue on the bottom of my left foot may be inflamed. The point of inflammation is on the bottom of my heel ( just a small portion of the heel ) and a small porti... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:43:47 EST (( Approved for a Home Loan! )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623285 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481121101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> . . . : : :We are so excited to have our OFFICIAL loan approval! <em>244</em> <em>528</em> and SO Fast:::......too! <em>226</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54817505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just have to share our Praise Report with you.... <BR> <BR> From the beginning of the house process til now, it took JUST 8 days for the loan officer to review, process, an... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:36:13 EST ZUMBA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47510242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've caught the fever....the ZuMbA fever! <BR> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736973633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Friday, my children's PE instructor, Susan, invited me to join her HUGE Zumba class....there were at least 50 people in the gym! Susan totally MAKES this class - her glowing smil... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:32:52 EST We are moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210471514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our landlady called today...out-of-the-blue-I-might-add.. . and told us that she had made the BIG decision to sell all of her rental property. <em>40</em> <em>433</em> So, we now have a month to find a new home, ((ONE month!)), and humanly speaking - We are NOT ready. Which reminds me that I am NOT alone in this new circumstance. God is ever present and in control. PTL! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:54:27 EST Addicted to Fitness, that's ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687823637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't quite know where to start::....I am so far behind in blogging (having maintained a once a week blog for years), but I see that is no longer possible. <BR> <BR> I have entered a season where my family needs me in new & different ways. <BR> This has changed my online time - Big Time! I completely accept that fact, and embrace the life God has given me....:::I love being Mom to my growing children, lo... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:35:59 EST While Our Kids Sleep. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501096349.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> . . .we are planning our family prank - good for unstoppable laughter <em>100</em> Check out this link if you enjoy a bit of fun! <BR> <BR> <link>m.quickmeme.com/p/3vpa2h </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l900748090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the age of multi-technology, it is quite convenient to set our children up with electronic babysitters. . .too often. <BR... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:32:27 EST Thinking Back . . .and Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413706321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I started losing weight, I had a HUGE goal to shoot for. I got on board and in 15 months, lost 65#. I couldn't ((WAIT!)) to get "there". <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, here I am a year later after arriving at "there" & I have to say, I feel awesome! <em>244</em> esp maintaining for a year. <BR> I knew it would take a lifestyle change to maintain my loss. For awhile the results in my weight... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:54:49 EST Celebrating 1 Year of Maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862431291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow! Has it already been a year? Time flew by fast! <em>186</em> Last November, I reached my weight loss goal, and I've maintained my goal range for a year! Feels like I'm riding the crest of a wave. . .living in the NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l304539862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I looked up the definition of maintenance out of interest. . . <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:02:57 EST I survived the Zombie 5K tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773378880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I didn't feel ready & pumped for this race... ( read my last blog ) But, I arrived as ready as I could be, early tonight at the starting line...This race began at the witching hour of 5:30. . . .and there were many actors all costumed up ...looked like a scene from a horror flick. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> With all of my family members cheering me on. . . .I got excited! <em>356</em> ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:17:40 EST Family comes first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l981166262.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My crazy update - It's a funny thing I confess, but every evening this week...instead of heading to the gym to train, and keep within my fitness plan, I was needed by a family member. At first, I admit that I balked at the change in my plans....and when the 3rd consecutive day arrived where I missed "fitness", I sat back and did a self-inventory look at "life". <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:28:36 EST "help wanted" . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502981 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668821701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a week since I had oral surgery, and the effects from the sedation have not worn off yet ( I am told that it CAN take up to a month to completely work it's way out of my body ) Sheesh! I had no idea ...I am so bummed. . . as it slows me down all day long. I am nauseated about 3-4 times/ day, and my mouth is still sore. I almost backed out of the upcoming 5K race....but just decided to do it anyhow... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:36:20 EST who will run with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546394954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Warning: I don't vent very often, but I really needed to blog about this today....just sayin'. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I wish I had a friend who would run this upcoming 5K race with me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295031638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to be alone. Actually, I am quite surprised at the # of "No's" I received fr... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:27:54 EST Training 4 the Zombie 5K Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579217481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I saw a recently posted <em>364</em> race coming up in mid-October benefiting Fuzzy Friends Rescue. I am now registered! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In fact there's a 1K dog walk too...Lol! <em>338</em> <BR> All contestants are asked to dress up in costumes including the dogs.....the race is called the <em>423</em> "Zombie Run" <em>423</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:59:46 EST Life is Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476040 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1136513839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just had to share a few memorable pics with ya'll as we say goodbye to summer <em>67</em> & hello to FALL <em>465</em> : : : . . .my FAV season for sure! <BR> I am delighted...rather I should say "we are ALL delighted" to be back in school. How motivating a disciplined schedule truly IS! Everyone is in agreement that we thrive when "we're in the saddle"...so to speak... once again. <em>211</em> ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:27:34 EST Adapting is not always easy. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455432 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723571522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of you know that I home school my children ( 3 grades. . . 1st, 4th & 6th ) . . .not to mention the other sports/music activities we are involved in as a family. . . <em>198</em> <em>334</em> I LOVE my multi-hat job to pieces, BUT I have come to the conclusion that I must Spark less if I am to make ANY Progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462817567.jpg"> ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:23:14 EST My Summer Maintenance Ideas & http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339301204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> . . . oh my goodness! Has it been 3 weeks since I last blogged <em>38</em> <BR> Well, they say that time flies when you're having FUN!: : . . . <em>356</em> I cannot remember a busier summer than 2013...& I mean ever. Our new pool somehow alone attracts children/families like bees to honey. <em>211</em> <BR> But we have had the time of our lives....:::slumber parties too - so they could swim 1st thing in th... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:36:03 EST Consistency yields Resilience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363301156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This summer has been another of those seasons of change. My running schedule was exchanged for swimming and mowing and gardening as well as prep for our school year and VBS - LOTS of painting/building/muscle work. Lol. <BR> <BR> I'm just glad I had the energy to make it to the gym for short 2-3 mile runs, and ST routines:::...the consistency in the month of July is what really counts. <BR> Even during the busi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:49:05 EST Where's the "life" in my lifestyle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419430 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042161284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What's wrong with me?...::I asked myself as I left the gym yesterday evening. <BR> I was surprised at how little I enjoyed my run...::actually did a double take after the thought sunk in fully. <em>40</em> <BR> Even today's afternoon swim felt dull....:::I thought to myself as I tracked those swim minutes on SP's tracker. It seems that in the past few weeks I haven't really "enjoyed" my fitness r... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:23:44 EST How did you set YOUR goal weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411764 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262984536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our Team's QOTD: How did you set YOUR goal weight? <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> My Answer: For me it was a complicated decision - loads of different factors:::....I was never overweight in my life until during my 2nd pregnancy; so, for me, looking back....I normally weighed 130 ( throughout high school and college ) ...but I was slim and weak...without tone...certainly NO muscle. <BR> And I was the kinda gal t... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:43:11 EST . . . sitting on the corner of Awesome & Bombdiggity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l464758862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am ...::like:::... so StOkEd right now about a NUMBER!! <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> The last time I checked out my body fat % ...:::I was at 24% and truly happy, BUT......:::::& I need a drum roll puleeze! <em>335</em> I am now at 21%!! <BR> <BR> I had no idea...::::I jumped up and down <em>104</em> startling everyone in the room....BAhahahaha!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:53:17 EST My First 10K Distance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383277 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639521606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...:::curious enough ..:::or is that "CRAZY enough?" to need to know what it feels like to run a longer distance. <BR> <BR> I ran my very first 10K Distance early this morning! ...:::and I'm feeling GREAT! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>365</em> <em>244</em> <em>365</em> <em>244</em> <em>365</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My first 5K ( 3.1 miles ) distance began SLOW as I am not used ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:52:13 EST S.M.A.R.T Maintainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381889 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43733858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This blog is a S.M.A.R.T Goals Blog as required by our BLC Teams <BR> <em>8</em> to create our own...:::Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound Goals:::... <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205547738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For me, my season right now doesn't hold any major issue. I seek BALANCE as I Maintain my fitness and nutrition goals... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 21:35:26 EST ate my birthday CAKE after all. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380706 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875929228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...:::just a sliver though. <em>20</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday, and I had planned to keep it healthy...or so I thought. <BR> <BR> I had carefully selected a FRUIT Birthday party with my family. <BR> We had the nicest celebration too...:::loads of fruit...I counted 14 varieties. <BR> My favorites were peaches, pineapple and raspberries! ((Yum!)) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 19:52:25 EST My BLC Round 22 Fitness PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377038 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57365345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> BLC is about to set sail in her 22nd Round! I for one am excited to be on board! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2031675780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> After my very first 6 mile <em>186</em> yesterday, I realized that I needed to revise my fitness schedule. Sunday is the best day for me as I can be alone when I run. As my "long" run increases, I find, obviously more time i... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:10:52 EST Mom Marathon for May Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374734 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43837666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think I just crossed the finish line <em>105</em> of a Mom Marathon or something!? <BR> May was a CrAzY month of challenges and struggles for me....::not fitness-wise however. I seem to be in my element there....:::when it comes to a lifestyle of fitness. But nutrition has been weird.... <BR> <BR> I seem to have hit a wall with nutrition is some ways. Life became VERY busy in May, and schedules would tend to ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:44:32 EST fertheluvof. . . .FITNESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1813112975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...:::earlier as I was sitting here at the computer....::: contemplating my future evening of Circuit Training, I decided to UP my stuff. <em>104</em> and Body Slam, I did! <BR> <BR> It was amazing! I felt ZinGy! <em>356</em> after adding several new moves to my usual Circuit Training hour routine. Here is the video that inspired Mwah! <BR> ...::Jackie Warner's Killer Circuit Training Power workout! ...che... Sat, 25 May 2013 21:14:13 EST My PLAN for BLC 22 is in place! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361554 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835900221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My running progress has been successful. I am on week 3 in my 10K training schedule, and I feel at ease with it. <em>334</em> This is a relief for me. I so wanted to find just the right pace/distance to lightly challenge myself without injuring myself. I've chosen a SLOW <em>134</em> routine, and I've embraced it. The 2 miles are easy now and I feel refreshed afterwards. <BR> Isn't it a funny thing? ME ... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:44:22 EST my first long run::... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13232355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...::::well, Friday is just a sneeze away, right? Lol. Hang in there! TGIF! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I can remember when I was huffing & puffing when running a 1/2 mile. I never thought I'd actually ...:::ENJOY:::... running! Isn't it simply amazing what all of us are capable of doing when we just Go For It! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966854919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> To... Thu, 9 May 2013 22:28:02 EST Training for a 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346190 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380818258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've decided to increase my mileage weekly to train for a <em>365</em> as running is such Fun! Running is the choice of cardio I find myself turning to more & more. <BR> I do want to avoid injury and burn out, yet still enjoy running on a regular basis. So, I've made a plan for myself. I LOVE that energy boost I get during my run and afterwards! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 5 May 2013 11:32:19 EST Favorite foods I LOVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335436 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l466572110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been meaning to gather up a few of my favorite weekly foods, and share them....:::finally got around to it. I don't know about you, but every tasty food tip helps when you are focused on "Eating to live, & not Living to eat". <BR> I hope my ideas can be helpful to you. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1761071889.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE 0% Fage ( g... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:08:05 EST Family trip filled with ((FiTnEsS!)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845927228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Dh & I knew we needed a short trip this weekend after an already busy spring semester ( truthfully, we couldn't wait for summer ) LOL!! ....so we decided to visit Austin's Beautiful Zilker Park, the Botanical Gardens, the Zephyr Train and the Playgrounds and Trails! Just lovely! <BR> <BR> What a Fantastic time we had! There were <em>186</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>342</em> <em>237</em> <... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:55:37 EST the THRILL of running in the woods:::.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322087 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905715338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring is really & truly here! I walked out my front door this morning, and the birds greeted me with song, the roses near my front walkway gave off such a sweet fragrance. I love spring! <BR> With spring, comes ripe fruit too...enjoyed a delicious pear for breakfast this morning...over my granola. <BR> <BR> I just had to get outdoors today. I really AM thankful for my gym...::::but nothing compares with a... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:11:04 EST Finishing BLC Round 21 Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1368347428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back in January....::::I set out to join a Maintenance Team, joined the Powerful Prizm Panthers and I did it!...::::I maintained!! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It makes me feel powerful to have learned self discipline. Such a far cry from that past-time unhealthy lifestyle controlling me. But the past is the past...:::way back there. <em>334</em> I feel new, strong, slim and powerful LOL!! Just... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:08:37 EST The Melody of the Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311410 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349688660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spring is here:::.....the Texas <em>67</em> is gorgeous, flowers are in bloom everywhere, and we even had lots of <em>27</em> yesterday (much needed )! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2001851142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite arrivals in springtime is the large variety of birds that migrate to the south, and their lovely choir of voices! <BR> My spirits are lifted every ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 12:14:44 EST (( Egg-mania! )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303091 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955293320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My children & I are getting creative with eggs this weekend! <BR> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are a few of our ideas::::..... <BR> <BR> First a link from our Fav grocery store: HEB! They have cool ideas to share. <BR> <BR> <link>www.heb.com/sectionpage/party-planni<BR>ng/holiday-ideas/easter/easter-egg-dec<BR>orating/sd30360089?et_... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:46:15 EST Dining Project: Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285497 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622089031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you for sharing all of YOUR ideas with me last week! <BR> I chose 2 sets of place mats....pretty and laminated for the children. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2033177348.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our table runner was delivered yesterday, and I found lovely palm branch place mats that match the table runner at a Tuesday Morning store - I just love that store....lots of... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:21:59 EST Creative Placemats: cast your vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278152 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1384239907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our family just purchased a new dining set ...seats 8. The chairs are lovely, covered in dark brown leather, very comfy. The table is SO Heavy...:::made of Himalayan rosewood, and has iron touches as well. We are excited as this is our first set after using an old mismatched table we have had for years. <BR> <BR> My mission is to create "fun" placemats. Here are my assortment of ideas, but first I wanted YO... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:07:07 EST 4 the love of the cello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135353182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was so fun I had to share it with you. <BR> <BR> Being a cellist, I can sympathize with those 5 notes that are given to a cellist....way toooo many times in Pachelbel's Canon in D. This piece, being a wedding favorite has had it's share of performances...... <em>40</em> I cannot count the times I have played it....:::::now the other strings have much more interesting parts, but the cellist is bored to tears... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:00:36 EST Celebrating today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266016 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1868681996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've decided to CeleBrate today! <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining my loss from last December! I would be happy to lose perhaps 2-4 more #'s BUT I can honestly say, I am HAPPY now! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1126191919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week at BLC is our midway point, and we were asked to be introspective about our progress. I was & found a startling disc... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:07:26 EST