VLL723's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VLL723 VLL723'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/ My next adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366725 This year has been great so far. I have completed 2 obstacle races, and 3 5ks so far with many more to follow. The big surprise is that I let my friend talk me into signing up for a Metric Century bike ride. Honestly, all she really did was ask. She pretty much does whatever crazy stuff I come up with so I figured what the heck. <BR> <BR> For those of you that don’t know what a Metric Century is (I didn’t until that day before I signed up), it is 100 Kilometer or 62 mile bike ride. I kn... Fri, 24 May 2013 12:53:59 EST Jungshin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155709 We did it! <BR> <BR> My son has been asking me for several months to join a gym. After calling every gym I can think of (only to find out that most will not allow an 11 year old to use the equipment) and test driving 2 (that would let him work out) we joined a Sport & Health fitness center on Friday. I have to admit that this was exactly what I needed to get back on track. It is so awesome to have him there with me and seeing him actually have a good time messing around with all the cool... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:03:22 EST I love being outside.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003656 I had a super active outdoor weekend. I love being outside. <BR> My Dad declared Saturday fishing day. I wanted to go bike riding but I was out voted. My son loves to fish and loves being on the water. I am so glad. I don’t so much care about the fishing part but I love kayaking, tubing, canoeing, as well and biking and hiking along the river. We spend most of our weekends doing something along the C&O Canal. <BR> <BR> So to the river we went at 6:00 am on Saturday morning. Dad and... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:51:25 EST I need a do over.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958082 I had an awesome year last year. I participated in over 12 5Ks for various causes and 3 mud runs. Then in January I went out on one of our unseasonably warm days and ran a 5k and achieved a new PR. I could barely walk the next day but after not running for a month I expected a little discomfort. <BR> <BR> So here I am 7 months later and I am still unable to run without paying for it for the next week. Needless to say that due to a huge decrease in activity level for the past 7 months I... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 14:01:02 EST Vent session.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849606 So my release to start training again was short lived….. <BR> <BR> I absolutely despise being told that I can’t do something. What is even worse is know that I have done things and am now unable to do them without paying for it. <BR> <BR> In the past few years I have discovered that I like running something that I was never really able to do, being an asthmatic and all. Well I have finally gotten past all that and have participated in numerous 5ks over the past 2 years. I have graduall... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:23:00 EST Yesterday was a great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828396 As I mentioned in my status update, I got the ok to start running again. I am really excited about this. Although I have to start from scratch, I am going to start the C25k training program today. <BR> <BR> My girlfriends and I have a list of 5ks that we want to do this year. Most are repeats of last year but there are a few new ones, too. We did 12 regular 5Ks last year and 3 mud runs. My first 5k, this year, was a bit of a disaster. I attempted to run it with an injury and ended up... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:20:14 EST Jillian Michaels' new DVD "Kickbox Fast Fix" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774223 Ok, so I haven't blogged in OMG about 9 months............ <BR> <BR> I ran out today at lunch time to purchase Jillian Michaels' new DVD "Kickbox Fast Fix". All I can say is AWESOME. I did all three workouts back to back and I am completely drenched with sweat and spent. I feel awesome. Some of the combinations are tricky but like anything else the more you do it the easier it will get. I have to say that this is probably my favorite out of all of her exercise DVDs. <BR> <BR> Now I won... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 17:56:50 EST Much overdue updates......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257259 So I have been pretty out of the loop here for the last couple of months. Trying to get myself refocused and back on track. <BR> <BR> I have recently completed the "Spring into Fitness" Triple Challenge which consisted of 3 5K runs at three different local schools. I was so excited to finish this. <BR> <BR> So far this year I have completed 3 regular 5Ks and 1 mud run. I have 3 runs scheduled for June (1 regular, 1 trail, and 1 mud run). I also have 6 more on the schedule for the remai... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:31:02 EST I competed in and completed my first mud run yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4171226 I competed in and completed my first mud run yesterday. It was about 50 degrees, windy and rainy, so it was very muddy. On the way home I learned that there were also tornado warnings at some point during the run and a few more after I returned safely homes. <BR> <BR> I have to say that this was one of the most amazing experiences ever. We crossed through waist high water a few times throughout the course and had to climb over several obstacles. Some of the obstacles consisted of climbin... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 07:42:03 EST First mud run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4164168 I am running my first mud run this Saturday and have no idea what to expect, other than to get very dirty. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any advice for a first timer? <BR> <em>48</em> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:34:08 EST OHS Bear Crawl 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124090 Here are some pics from Saturday's OHS Bear Crawl 5K. This was also my 1 year anniversary with SparkPeople. It was a pretty cold day so this was a tough run for me with my asthma. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l700121731.jpg"> <BR> Pre-race photo <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200118920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661120270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:28:51 EST "Treat your calories like hundred-dollar bills" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009106 Those of you that know me personally won't be surprised when I tell that you that I am addicted to exercise DVDs and nutritional/weight loss books. I am one of the biggest fans of the Biggest Loser (BL) and Bob and Jillian are my heroes. I have almost all of their workout DVDs and have read all of their books. I have also read all of the books written by some of the former female contestants of the BL. Not to mention I purchased both copies of "The Spark". Why? Because the new paperb... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:52:07 EST Random updates....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969248 First of all, I have decided to take a huge step and get my Program Management Professional (PMP) certification. This has been a goal of mine for several years now and I finally decided that I have put if off long enough. Boot camp training starts next month. I should be ready to take the test in May. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> I have also just purchased an Omron Fat Loss Monitor. This is the same monitor that the Curves in my neighborhood uses. I am no longer a member of Curves but I sti... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:44:25 EST I am so proud of my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3945347 My 10 year old son just walk in to inform me that he wants to do Jump <BR> Rope for Heart this year! <BR> <BR> I never thought I would hear those words come out of his mouth. I am so pleased. I just to do Jump Rope for Heart every year. I can't wait. <BR> <BR> I told him that I would help him reach his fundraising goal and even jump with him at the event. <BR> <BR> I am so excited..... <em>244</em> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:07:58 EST To my “sisters in sweat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574373 To my “sisters in sweat”: <BR> <BR> This isn’t a typical blog for me but it has been weighing heavily on me for a while now. I am experiencing something that I never in a million years ever thought I would have to face. I have been diagnosed with Hepatocellular Adenoma. This is a rare liver condition that can affect women who have taken oral contraceptives for extended periods of time. <BR> <BR> I don’t know the exact statistics but I do know that I am now facing some of the most diffi... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:13:52 EST 5th and final INSANITY Fit Test Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3486623 Here are the results of my 5th and final INSANITY Fit test: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks - 62/62/62/63/86 <BR> Power Jacks - 36/46/50/50/58 <BR> Power Knees - 75/75/92/100/110 <BR> Power Jumps - 30/37/37/40/40 <BR> Globe Jumps (4 jumps in each set) - 7/9/9/9.5/10 <BR> Suicide Jumps - 11/13/14/18/20 <BR> Push-up Jacks - 15/25(some on my knees)/20(none on my knees)/23/35 <BR> Low Plank Oblique - 56/60/83/90/90 <BR> <BR> Woohoo! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 19:08:11 EST Holly crap, I did it ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3485299 I finished INSANITY! <BR> <BR> I have to say that I am surprised at how tough it was. I knew it wasn't going to be easy but <BR> I really had to talk myself into working out everyday. <BR> <BR> So here are the results of all my hard work: <BR> <BR> 10 lbs lost and 11.5 inches. <BR> <BR> I will be post my final fit test results later today. I will also be having my "After" pictures taken this week end so I can send them in for my INSANITY T-shirt. <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be finis... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:55:29 EST Taking the Day Off...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3460958 So, as I am lying in bed this morning trying to age gracefully, I have decided to take the day off from work and INSANITY. Today is my birthday and I am spending the day with my 9 year old son. We are going to see The Sorcerer's Apprentice this morning and then heading to the pool for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to start my final week of INSANITY today but decided that one day isn't going to ruin two months worth of effort. I will be getting in some exercise trying to kee... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:27:51 EST INSANITY Fit Test #4 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3439270 Here are the results of my 4th INSANITY Fit test: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks - 62/62/62/63 <BR> Power Jacks - 36/46/50/50 <BR> Power Knees - 75/75/92/100 <BR> Power Jumps - 30/37/37/40 <BR> Globe Jumps (4 jumps in each set) - 7/9/9/9.5 <BR> Suicide Jumps - 11/13/14/18 <BR> Push-up Jacks - 15/25(some on my knees)/20(none on my knees)/23 <BR> Low Plank Oblique - 56/60/83/90 <BR> <BR> My lower back and hips are really feeling it right now. I totally went all out this time. So the Max Inter... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:59:47 EST Successful trip to Baskin-Robbins.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3438771 Is there such a thing as a successful trip to Baskin-Robbins? I think so. My husband had the bright idea last night that we were going to take a family trip to Basking-Robbins for ice cream after dinner. I was a little apprehensive at first and then I decided that I would just get my usual single scoop of Fat Free Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. When we got there I started browsing while I was waiting for my turn to order. Then I started thinking that I would shake things up a bit and get a sing... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 14:38:52 EST INSANITY Month 2 Week 2...complete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3432589 I have just finished my second week of month 2 of INSANITY! This is totally crazy but I have made it this far and there is no way I am stopping now. I only have 2 weeks to go. <BR> <BR> I am planning on taking my measurements tomorrow morning and then Friday it is Fit Test #4 and whatever crazy workout Shaun T has planned, I still think doing a 30 minute fit test and then a full hour workout is way too much for one day, but I haven't died yet so I will do as I am told. <BR> <BR> I am so ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:41:03 EST Fit test # 3 results and 1st INSANITY month 2 workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393948 OMG................. <BR> <BR> Fit test #3 results: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks - 62/62/62 <BR> Power Jacks - 36/46/50 <BR> Power Knees - 75/75/92 <BR> Power Jumps - 30/37/37 <BR> Globe Jumps (4 jumps in each set) - 7/9/9 <BR> Suicide Jumps - 11/13/14 <BR> Push-up Jacks - 15/25(some on my knees)/20(none on my knees this time!) <BR> Low Plank Oblique - 56/60/83 <BR> <BR> I was so spent after my fir test that I waited about an hour and a half to two hours before attempting my first month 2 w... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 20:43:55 EST Month one of INSANITY is in the record books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3368181 Woohoo! I have officially completed month one of INSANITY! I am so looking forward to recovery week. I am a little nervous about month 2 but I think I am ready. <BR> <BR> I am hoping for more visible muscle definition in month 2. I am totally happy with the changes I and others have noticed in month one but I still have a lot of work to do. I have even been toying with the idea of repeating the program to get the results I want. <BR> <BR> Would like to see the weight start to drop ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 20:41:50 EST Compliment from a coworker.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3346740 This morning a coworker made it a point to stop by my desk to tell me that she got a good look at me from behind yesterday and was like "Wow, she really is getting smaller". Let me just say that she isn't one of my favorite people in the office so this really came as a surprise coming from her. Not to mention that it also makes it harder to not like her very much. <BR> <BR> There is nothing quite like someone telling you your a$$ is getting smaller. Unless of course you hear it twice in o... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 08:48:01 EST Half Way through Week 3 of INSANITY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3337986 What a killer work out. <BR> <BR> Right after clawing and screaming my way through INSANITY's Cardio Power & Resistance, I walked in the other room to check on my son. He looked at me kind of funny and said "Wait your arm muscle!" I was like "REALLY you can see it?" he said "Yeah." Of course I b-lined for the mirror. I did just finished doing I don't know how many push ups and tricep dips. I know its there, I can feel it. I would love to say that I saw it too, but..... I can wait, I ... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:17:07 EST INSANITY Fit Test #2 Results..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325354 The results are in............. <BR> <BR> Just like Chris says on the DVD, it feels the same as day 1........Holly crap! <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks - 62/62 <BR> Power Jacks - 36/46 <BR> Power Knees - 75/75 <BR> Power Jumps - 30/37 <BR> Globe Jumps (4 jumps in each set) - 7/9 <BR> Suicide Jumps - 11/13 <BR> Push-up Jacks - 15/25 (some on my knees, do they still count?) <BR> Low Plank Oblique - 56/60 <BR> <BR> Don't ask me how so many stayed the same. I didn't have my first set of results wit... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 19:58:22 EST Finished week one of INSANITY.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3294247 Well my first week of INSANITY is officially behind me. Tomorrow is my off day. <BR> <BR> I have to say that it is tough but I feel great! I can't wait to start week two. I just wish my legs didn't burn so bad when I go up the stairs. I am sure this will pass in time. At least I know it's working. <BR> <BR> I plan to dig even deeper next week...................COME ON Y'ALL, LET"S GO!!!!!! <BR> <em>28</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 20:31:08 EST I can't believe I finished it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279665 I actually finished my first INSANITY workout. It was definitely harder that I was expecting but I also did a lot better than I expected to. How the heck do you get through the basketball drills a the end? I was so proud of myself until that sections started and then I started to die rather quickly. I managed to improvise enough to keep moving and finish the DVD. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of myself right now. I haven't watched the second DVD yet. I will save that surprise for later today... Sat, 29 May 2010 11:51:59 EST First Insanity Fit Test Results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3276555 First let me say that I am surprised that I finished. OMG that was tough! <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks - 62 <BR> Power Jacks - 36 <BR> Power Knees - 75 <BR> Power Jumps - 30 <BR> Globe Jumps - 7 (4 jumps in each set) <BR> Suicide Jumps - 11 <BR> Push-up Jacks - 15 <BR> Low Plank Oblique - 56 <BR> <BR> Not bad for an asthmatic. I have the shakes but feel good now that I finished it. <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 28 May 2010 09:45:31 EST WooHoo!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3265420 I have lost 5 inches in the last 2 months. Only 6.4 lbs but 5 inches that is almost an inch per pound. That is awesome! <BR> <BR> I knew I was gaining muscle and my clothes were fitting better. Heck, I was even able to wear some things that I bought last season that didn't fit when I bought them. I wasn't expecting to see a total of 5 inches! <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong I am excited about the 6.4 (Dang, I hate a WW scale) inches, too. Look out Caylee I just might catch up to you soo... Tue, 25 May 2010 07:53:17 EST Get Insane.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3260715 Well, I took a huge step today, I ordered the Insanity workout program. I am so excited. It is going to be a long 7 days waiting for my DVDs to arrive. I have participated in some crazy workouts in my time but this might be the craziest. <BR> <BR> I will be finishing up my 60 day program a week or so after my 39th birthday. I can't wait to show off my results. I have had ok results from the last 2 months but nothing that really stands out. <BR> <BR> Well wish me luck and I will be sure... Sun, 23 May 2010 21:48:45 EST Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3250768 I was looking for something extra cute to wear today to celebrate the sun coming out. So I m rooting through my closet and happen upon a pair of capri pants that I bought last summer. They didn't quite fit but they were so cute and were only like $7.00 at TJ Maxx. Well I decided what the heck I've lost a few lbs maybe they will fit now.........Woohoo, they fit like they were made just for me. <BR> <BR> The weight might not be coming off as quickly as I would like but as long as I get litt... Thu, 20 May 2010 14:35:34 EST 5 lb Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3240626 Well, I didn't expect it to take almost 2 full months to lose 5 lbs. But hey, 5 lbs gone is 5 lbs gone, right? I am really not to stressed out about it I have gained a lot of muscle in the last 2 months and I am due to take my measurements again in a week or so. <BR> <BR> I just finished a last minute much needed pedicure and while my toes are drying I decided to reward myself by downloading some new songs to my iPod. So I thought I would add a new blog entry while I listen to my new tun... Mon, 17 May 2010 22:05:23 EST Woo Hoo! I have amazed myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3222416 Well, I decided since it was a rainy dreary day out yesterday I would take a break from power walking and spend 30 minutes with my girl Jillian Michaels, doing her new yoga meltdown dvd. Not to mention that I logged at least 6 miles at the National Zoo on Monday and needed a good stretch. <BR> <BR> I am not new to the practice of yoga but there seem to be some poses that seem completely impossible to me. Well people yesterday I completely amazed myself. I was able to hold a fully extended... Wed, 12 May 2010 13:41:16 EST Not feeling in the groove today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215594 I am feeling like I have lost my groove. Maybe is it just because it is Monday. Maybe it is because I won't be logging 6 miles tomorrow with my bestest buddy (Caylee) tomorrow. Who knows. <BR> <BR> I went on a field trip to the National Zoo with my son today an logged a minimum of 6 miles. We had to brown bag it, so I am doing ok calorie wise. I am just not feeling as fired up as I was a week or so ago. <BR> <BR> It could also be, that I am having trouble getting my two friends that ... Mon, 10 May 2010 18:44:57 EST 4 miles logged yesterday and 4 miles planned for today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193405 I am so looking forward to this afternoon. I have a date with my buddy to walk 4 miles. There is noting better than spending time getting fit and de-stressing with a good friend. <BR> <BR> I was really geared up yesterday. I logged 2 miles at lunch time and then went home a walked into a hornets nest of tenants issues with other tenants so I laced up and went for an additional 2 miles. I am so glad I did. I felt great when I got back and was able to keep my cool under the circumstances.... Tue, 4 May 2010 11:50:16 EST Happy May Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3181712 This is going to be a great weekend. This is my kind of weather. I am addicted to the sun. I will get lots of exercise in this weekend. I will be outside 90% of the time mowing, power walking, walking the dog, relaxing in my swing with a good book, cooking on the grill and watching my son play. <BR> <BR> It doesn't get much better than this, unless of course I didn't have to go back to work on Monday. Get out and enjoy the weather. Take a good long walk. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>311</e... Sat, 1 May 2010 09:21:51 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3169908 I don't know how many of you watch the Biggest Loser but I hope you were watching last night. Best episode of the season. Last night's episode really brought things home. This is what it is all about encouraging, supporting and inspiring others to be the best that they can be. This is what attracted me to SparkPeople in the first place. Then I bought and read the book, it is such a positive and motivating book. <BR> <BR> Together there isn't anything that we can't accomplish! <BR> <B... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:23:10 EST I took the plunge.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3157840 Well, I took the plunge today and recorded my measurements. This might have been a happy day if I would have taken them on the day I joined. Oh well, I decided that since my weight hasn't changed in three weeks I would record my measurements and see what happens. Maybe I will get luck and both my weight and measurements will change. I have never taken my own measurements before so I am not 100% sure I did it right. <BR> <BR> At least I haven't gained weight. We will see what happens in ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 08:40:08 EST Rain rain go away.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3155670 So, it is getting ready to rain.........again. I still have at least another hour of mowing to do. Oh well I am going to use this as an excuse to practice some yoga and perhaps treat myself to a home pedicure. I am ready for a new nail color anyway. I hope every one is making the best of their weekend. I know that I live for mine. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646105624.jpg"> <BR> At least someone appreciates my hard work. Sat, 24 Apr 2010 12:20:20 EST