WALKERRN1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKERRN1 WALKERRN1'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/ MCM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531065 I finished the Marine Corps Marathon last Sunday. It was ugly and painful but I got it done. I would like to try it again with a better training period. (Read no blisters and hip pain preventing long runs.) Today I was a course monitor at the Raleigh City of Oaks marathon. It was a lot of fun and a little tiring. I got to cheer everyone on about a half mile from the finish line. <em>224</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:10:39 EST Ready to Run (I hope) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522341 I am leaving tonight to get to DC and make my attempt at the MCM. I am very nervous about the 14min/mile pace as I have had difficulty with training. I will give it my all. It was amazing to see all of the support on here. I will be back next week with a review of the weekend. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:42:36 EST Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510134 I am still plugging along. I am at a holding pattern on weight loss, but my clothes are still getting looser. I have done my last long run for the Marine Corps Marathon. Training has been tough with lots of blisters and pain but I think I finally have things sorted out. I am looking forward to the race although I know I may well be one of the last ones to finish. I am praying for a strong finish and that I meet my fund raising goal for make a wish. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate any praye... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:45:13 EST Small Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368417 I did it!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I am very happy to report I met my first milestone. I have lost just over 10 pounds. I am not depriving myself so I know it will continue. I decided not to diet, just make healthier choices when possible and move more. The biggest change I made was not drinking calories. I choose water almost exclusively. Hiking and training for a marathon are burning calories and allowing me to splurge on food choices occasionally while still loosing weight. <... Sun, 26 May 2013 12:54:20 EST Looking forward to a good weigh in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367846 I have made good choices this week and did a lot of active hiking the last two days. I hope it shows in my weigh in tomorrow. Sat, 25 May 2013 19:51:02 EST I'm Getting there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362182 I should cross the 10 pound loss mark this week. That will mean I made it about a quarter of the way to my goal. It is coming off slow and steady and I am still allowing myself treats so I do not feel deprived. I am making better choices and feeling much healthier. Mon, 20 May 2013 11:26:28 EST Getting ready for adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361394 I have been busy researching hiking equipment all week. I wanted to get my supplies for some trips this summer while REI was having a big sale this week. I was a ble to decide what I wanted and get it at a decent price. I am looking forward to adding hiking to my activity log. It will take me away from internet access but that is fine by me. <BR> I made good food choices most of the week and am still working on getting in all of my mid week mileage. <BR> Looking forward to a good week an... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:36:24 EST A day of cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347762 I am not sure what is up today. I woke up craving donuts from the bakery in town.( They are delicious.) Then I wanted fried foods, ice cream, cake, you name it. I ate greek yogurt for breakfast, healthy choice lasagna for lunch, but then I decided on BLT's for dinner. I guess 2 out of 3 healthy choices is not terrible. I still want something sweet though. This is strange, I usually crave salty snacks. I will try eating a couple of dill pickles tonight when I need something and hopefull... Mon, 6 May 2013 19:15:13 EST 8 Miles of Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345970 I did get my 8 miles in. My poor eating choices and lack of mid week training caused a little weight gain this week though. I train on a nature trail that is 10 miles out and back, Yesterday was cloudy, rainy and very windy. I still enjoyed the entire walk/ run. For me it is a really good place to think. Here are my thoughts from yesterday. I have undiagnosed ADD and take a long time to do each mile so I will spare you some of the more random thoughts. <BR> 1. I have got to train du... Sun, 5 May 2013 07:58:04 EST Dreaming Big http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344814 I have been very busy and not been online this week. I saw Jillian Micheal's show. She was great. Very funny and motivational. <BR> My daughter and I went to buy new tents and got a light two man one for backpacking. I may be crazy, but I have added through hiking the Appalachian Trail to my bucket list. She said she will go with me so we are aiming for the year she graduates college. I think that will be the year I turn 50. Perfect gift to myself and gives me a couple of years to s... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:16:51 EST Great start to the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330928 I got up early and made poached eggs and cheese on english muffins for my daughter before she left for work. I knew this would force me out of bed to get some things done. Decided to step on the scale even though I weighed yesterday and was down another pound. I know it will vary but it still makes me happy <em>30</em> . Laundry washed, dried, folded and put away. Groceries bought and put away. (Many healthy meal and snack options.) <em>4</em> Swept the house and washed all the dish... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:58:08 EST Not giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327951 Let me start by saying, I am committed to making changes this year. I have learned a few things in my 18 months of being interim manager. <BR> 1. It makes me a negative person. -- I do not want to deal with adult staff who act like children. <BR> I think this is because it is not really what I want to do. <BR> 2. I am a stress eater.--The last 18 months have had a lot of stress. <BR> 3. I need to learn to draw a line between work and home life if I decide to try management ag... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:50:34 EST Heart is breaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324377 I am having a very difficult time getting my feelings in control after what happened at the Boston Marathon today. I feel violated and my heart is breaking. I have run (using the most liberal definition of run possible) many half marathons and one full in the past. If you have never been a part of that community, you can not understand how amazing the group is. Runners that participate in these events are the most supportive group of people I could ever imagine. I am very slow and I have... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:05:38 EST Good time for new beginings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322134 Still feeling a little under the weather. Short of breath if I over exert but it is getting better. (I will always be short of breath with running, but this is if I walk and attempt to talk.) Good news is it is getting better so I should be feeling great by the End of the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> I only have one more week before I start training the person who is replacing me as manager of the ER so I can move to the job I want. I am looking forward to set hours and less stress. Plus ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:14:39 EST Still sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318526 I have been sick all week and getting worse. Unfortunately today my appetite is back and I have not made good choices. That is OK. Dinner will be better. I broke down and went to the MD. Now on antibiotics, maybe I will finally get better. The people I share an office with requested I stay home. <em>39</em> I will have to drive back in for a meeting tonight but I get to rest now. <BR> <BR> My plan was to get in my 3 miles today but I think I am going to rest and see how I feel for... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:08:56 EST Mindful Eating-My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314893 I have a confession. I love to cook. I enjoy cooking elaborate meals with cream. If I come across a new recipe I want to try it. I enjoy making cheesecakes and other amazing desserts. <BR> <BR> As I start on this journey to a better me, I know I need to break the caffeine and sugar addiction. I am not interested in giving up my enjoyment of food. My plan is to be mindful of and enjoy what I eat. I will follow the following guidelines to do this. <BR> 1. I will not sit and eat in fr... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 17:41:55 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314082 I am looking forward to some consistency in sticking to my training plan. I registered to the MCM through the make a wish foundation. I am very proud to be running MCM. I have many loved ones who are marines, it is important for me to make them proud. I am also grateful to be able to run it for such a great cause. <BR> I will be updating this blog as I refocus on creating a better me. Join me and see how I am doing. I am currently sick with bronchitis but I am still walking and doing ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:27:19 EST needing motivation already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3914956 I am supposed to be training hard for the Donna half marathon next month. I was going for a long slow run/walk today. Did not get to because we are iced in and I dropped a pan lid across the top of my foot last PM. Now foot and toes are swollen and purple. Walking with shoes hurts. I am tired of things getting in the way of my workouts. I have got to figure out a way to keep moving towards my goals. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:56:08 EST Hello 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3898918 I am hoping to make this the year I discover a healthier, happier me. I am reading and will be starting the Yoga Body Diet. It is based on de-stressing to get healthy. <BR> I know this is why I started to gain weight. I was always the skinny girl who ate everything and never gained weight. I am 5'7" and weighed 102 lbs within a few days of delivering both of my children. Weighed 138 lbs when I delivered each of them and ate anything I wanted. Enter a bad marriage, raising kids, bills,... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 00:04:51 EST