WALKINGMAMMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKINGMAMMA WALKINGMAMMA'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/ Compassion International Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580800 Tomorrow I begin my official training for my marathon in May to benefit Team Compassion. Here is the link to my fundraising page. <BR> <link>team.compassion.com/site/TR/Events/T<BR>eamRaiser_v2?px=1009247&pg=personal&fr<BR>_id=1070 </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:35:06 EST Running a marathon for Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455006 After completing my goal of running a half marathon, I experienced the need to add another challenge. Having hit goal weight and subsequently maintaining my weight, I find that having non-weight goals are key to staying motivated. So, what was the next obvious goal......MARATHON! <em>182</em> I didn't want this to be just any marathon experience. I wanted it to mean more. So, I looked up different charities that I could raise money for during my training. I came across Team Compassio... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:40:46 EST Emotional eating ...Then versus now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256271 I am an emotional eater at times...Always have been.. Before Spark People, my emotional eating would be in the form of cookies, chips, etc. Basically, the typical comfort foods....On my quest to health, I started consuming LOTS of veggies, fruit, seeds, nuts, beans, etc.... These foods provide me with soooooo many good nutrients, that I rarely crave the other foods... So, now, when I am upset... I tend to turn to healthy goodies like stuffed grape leaves or homemade Lara bars. I will co... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:45:59 EST Approaching Valentine's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232064 <em>26</em> As we approach the holiday of love, chocolates, and romance... I am thinking about Hearts.... No, not the kind in a card or covering a box of chocolates...but the organ that sustains our lives. This marvel that pumps blood and enables us to experience all of the wonderful things that this life provides. I ask myself how often do I give thanks for this wonderful work of God. Am I even realizing that it is a gift that it continues to beat each day? <em>129</em> On further... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:31:41 EST Blog that was brought about by a commercial with Ben Affleck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226366 I was just innocently watching a Monk marathon on tv, when a commercial came on with the ever so handsome, Ben Affleck... It was for the organization End Hunger... Now, I had no plan on writing a blog today....I was just going to rest this evening, enjoying the detective with OCD....Simple pleasures. <em>41</em> Yet, this commercial got me to thinking and that thinking got me to writing this blog. <em>252</em> <BR> I just want to say that I am so thankful that I have the money that... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:06:57 EST Ideas needed for surprise 20th anniversary!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221531 Hello SP friends... My DH and I will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of our first date pretty soon, and I NEED your help. <em>303</em> <em>30</em> I want to surprise him with something wonderful, but I cannot think of anything besides eating out or a movie. <em>102</em> <BR> What relatively inexpensive ideas can you come up with?????? <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:27:22 EST Rewards for maintenance????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219998 Hello everyone! <BR> As part of my journey in weight loss, I would give myself rewards for pounds lost....a new haircut, outfit, etc. Now, that it is going on almost 2 yrs. at goal, I am wondering if I should give myself rewards as time passes.... I know what some of you are thinking....Isn't being at goal reward enough????? I would have thought the same thing during my journey... Yes, being healthy IS reward enough!!!! I LOVE having healthy cholesterol numbers! I LOVE being able t... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:24:27 EST For the love of lonnnnnnnnggg runs!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217003 <em>185</em> <em>363</em> <em>182</em> I <em>26</em> LONG runs!!!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> I love the meditative aspect to them...I have my most intense times with the Lord when on long runs. Problems are put into perspective, solutions are very clear, and peace settles into my heart. <BR> I love the moments of solitude during my long runs There is something peaceful about enjoying the scenery listening to the sounds around you while you run. <BR> I love the challenge of t... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:05:37 EST I am NOT disappointed in Lance Armstrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214395 There....Now I bet I got your attention....... <em>211</em> The reason that I am not disappointed in Lance Armstrong and his doping confession....I could not care less about what the elite athletes do in these amazing races. <em>40</em> I am a die hard fan of the back of the pack racers...The elderly grandmother who walks the marathon....Also, the amputee who rolls the whole 26 miles to the finish...Or the father/mother who, along with their child in a wheel chair complete triathlons ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:20:46 EST I NEED to pick a half marathon to aim for...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213117 After having the very vague goal of finishing a half marathon this year, I realize that I need to actually nail down the specific race that I want to run. We know from the success of the SP program that small measurable goals are the way to make great changes. <em>252</em> <BR> I have built up my running base so that I can easily run a half marathon. I have actually run over 13 miles several times on my long run days. <em>244</em> I just need to pick a race so that I can ...... <BR... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:50:28 EST The looming empty nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212961 I stll have about four years until I will experience this, yet it is looming it's uncertain head. Having dedicated the past 17 years to my dear daughters' upbringing and education, I am beginning to wonder what my future holds. Little did I suspect those many years ago that the economy would tank and employment options would be so limited. I do not regret in the least staying home and teaching my daughters...They have grown to be wonderful young ladies with bright futures...Yet, I am wonde... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:08:29 EST Being content with NOT being a success story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211471 For the entirety of my teen and adult years, I have been addicted to success stories. I would purchase each Shape magazine and Half Their size People magazine issue. I would read the success stories over and over again, until I almost had them memorized. I also would watch every weight loss episode of the daily talk shows... the reasons that I would devour these like candy...They provided me with ideas on how to conquer my lifelong weight problem and they provided me with the hope that ch... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:54:28 EST Gave up Diet soda!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209944 <em>244</em> For all of the wonderfully healthy changes that I have made over the past few years...there was one thing that I held onto......My consumption of diet soda....I rationalized that I NEEDED one vice.....True, I did give up having it at home, but I would allow myself to have it away from the home....I knew the whole time that it is poison to my body and has NO NUTRITIONAL value....still, it was a treat that I could have when running around with family(especially helpful since I ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:50:03 EST For the love of Hooping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208521 If you are need of a great way of burning calories, working your core, and simply having a blast......Hooping is for you. <em>334</em> It has the components of my FAVORITE means of physical fitness....It is fun, relatively simple, and uses minimal equipment. For the price of either the hoop or the materials to make your hoop..you have the means to burn up to 400 calories in an hour. Also, with the internet..there are free tutorials to show you how to do hooping tricks. The two most i... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:12:09 EST If a mother of 12 can run marathons, what's your excuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206612 I was sitting in the local Barnes and Noble looking through the most recent edition of Runners World magazine, when I saw an article of a mother of 12...yes...12 kids who RUNS marathons...and runs them FAST!!!!!! It seems that she lost 75 pounds and got very speedy in only about three years! <em>285</em> <BR> One begins to ask...How does she manage to get in her workouts with all of those responsibilities? It seems early morning runs are the key for this superbusy mom. She had a cha... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:00:13 EST Not resolutions...but changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200453 I do not use the term New Year's resolutions...since they almost always end... Instead, I made some lifestyle changes around the first of the year...They actually started after the first... I decided to limit my FB time to one session in the morning. In the past, I would often check it many times through out the day. It became almost automatic... The things that I could have been doing in that time... Now, I find that I wake up ,log on and find that I have quite a few notifications...On... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:09:52 EST I LOVE Jeff Galloway!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198739 Just a little background on my journey into running...... <BR> When I was a kid, I NEVER ran!!!! I was a chubby asthmatic who could not even jog the mile in PE class.....Fast forward to my 20s......I became a very dedicated though overweight walker. I even managed to walk a half marathon! <em>244</em> Yet, I was still very overweight....Now, fast forward to my 40s... Now, technically obese, I discovered Spark People and my world began to change.... I lost my first 25 or so pounds thro... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:15:06 EST My thoughts on the new season of The Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196917 I am a viewer of The Biggest Loser for the past few seasons.. I would definitely not call myself a fan. I watch the show mostly for the challenges and for the last ten minutes when they show the eliminated person at home. This season, I am enjoying seeing the addition of kids...especially with how they are being treated so kindly...I appreciate how they are NOT being weighed and cannot be eliminated...It is all about them making healthy choices...not extreme ones! <em>345</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:17:20 EST Life in Maintenance Mode update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194903 I have not posted very many blogs here on SP...I am going to change that this year! I have gone on SP every day since I joined...to track food, exercise, and to read posts. <em>252</em> <BR> Now, that I have been at goal weight for a year and a half...I am making it my mission to be of assistance to anyone on the journey to a healthy weight! So, if you need help..just reach out and I will help in any way that I can.... <em>247</em> <BR> For now...Here are some things that I ha... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:58:50 EST I was on The Doctors!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113478 <em>40</em> <BR> During an episode of The Doctors tv show, my before and after photos were shown to the national audience. Also, as my daughter likes to say, "They even gave you a blurb". It was both exciting and strange at the same time. One thing I kept thinking..."Where are my free goodies?" The audience members got soooooooo many wonderful things...the best of which were a Vitamax and a hoop!!!!!!!!! Still, my daughter keeps telling me..."they didn't get a blurb". Having battle... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 09:59:43 EST Half marathon group for maintainers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840939 Some of my best ideas come during my runs....I don't know if it is the quiet, endorphins, or just the blood pumping to my brain. Whatever the reason, my runs often lead me to dreaming big. I believe in the BIG ideas! Nothing seems too difficult or impossible during my runs. On my last run, I came up with the idea for a marathoning group(actually half marathon) of walkers and runners who have lost at least 100 pounds. I did not know if such a group existed, so I hopped online to do some r... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:15:48 EST For the love of movement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809243 Today's blog deals with the dreaded E word.... You guessed it...Exercise! My main goal in dealing with exercise, is enjoyment. I know that for it to be a LIFETIME habit and not just a whim, it has to be fun! Since, one of my main goals is to be an active 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 yr, old...I will not partake of crazy BL type exercise sessions that I cannot continue forever.... So, for me..exercise includes hoop dancing, walking, cycling, and yes, even running(I LOVE it)...I choose NOT to do... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:19:22 EST Setting non-weight related goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799698 One tricky thing about living in maintenance mode, is looking for challenges that do not revolve around the scale. One addicting thing about weight loss is seeing the numbers on the scale continuously go down. Once you have hit your goal weight...what can you strive for now? What will give you a similar feeling of challenge and excitement? Now is the time to add new challenges........ <em>104</em> Perhaps you can train to fun a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon. Maybe you want to pic... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:56:11 EST 9 Months of maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783718 Well, it has been 9 months since I reached my goal weight through SP. It has been a learning experience to say the least. To be content with the number on the scale staying the same instead of slowly inching downward has been the most difficult hurdle to conquer. In the over two years that it took for me to get the weight off....I got quite a thrill of seeing the number steadily though slowly inch downward. First, I was filled with excitement as I got under 200 pounds for the first time in... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:47:23 EST Lovin my elephant skin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777200 What happens after you lose 100 pounds when you are in your 40s and have been overweight for a looooooooong time? You guessed it.......Loose skin. Loose skin on your pouch-I mean stomach. Loose skin on your arms. Loose skin on your legs. Loose skin EVERYWHERE!!!!!! <BR> <em>24</em> <em>20</em> <BR> When I first started noticing my transformation to an elephant, I would get quite depressed. I would dream of being able to get plastic surgery to make me all pretty. Then, I started to v... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:39:23 EST 2 Year Sparkiversary!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290660 This has been an AMAZING 2 years with SP. Over the span of 2 years, I have gone from walking being my primary form of exercise to being able to run for miles. I have also gone from being able to only do girl pushups to being able to do regular push ups with ease. <BR> I have learned patience with the weight loss process, as I have lost consistently yet very slowly. I have from only being able to find clothes at specialty stores, wearing a size 22/24 to being able to shop for clothing a... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:48:51 EST Why I walk, run, and bike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3200990 People often ask me why I choose to walk the mile to the store instead of hopping in a car. I would always say, "I like to walk'. People didn't appear to get it..... <BR> People often ask me why I would ride my bike two towns over just for fun. They did not get it. <BR> Now that I have started running people wonder why I am putting myself through this...... <BR> After thinking about these things for a while, I came to this realization....... I do these things simply because I CAN... Thu, 6 May 2010 10:49:36 EST The cure for blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2537307 I do not know if it is age or something else, but I have been feeling the blahs creep up this past year. I would not call it depression, for I am able to curb it's effects with one little step. I have discovered that when I am feeling down, lonely, or just blah taking a step outdoors is a sure fire cure. Once I am outside feeling the sun on my face and my heartrate raising, the blues begin to turn a cheery yellow. Life begins to feel good and goals become doable. <BR> So, that is my ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 14:43:35 EST Calories, Exercise, and nutrition density are crucial!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2473016 Well, I have done it again! Before joining Spark People, I was seriously eating nutritious food. Yes, I was eating too much healthy food, but I was eating nutrient dense food. Then, I started tracking my calories, and the little goodies started creeping back into my diet. Sourdough bread started replacing romaine lettuce for my hummus wraps. I even ate Mcdonald's french fries too many times. I seemed to have forgotten my high cholesterol. OOPPSS!!!! <BR> This seems to happen every ti... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:00:43 EST second weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2161341 Well, it has been a very promising week. I feel that I have learned so much! It is amazing how many calories are in a cup of chickpeas and a quarter a cup of cashews! Before SP I would have eaten easily a half a cup of nuts without batting an eye. Also, my beloved bananas...... I thought nothing of putting 3, sometimes 4 in my morning smoothie. Big mistake! Way too many calories! <BR> The accountability that I have discovered here has helped me immensely! <BR> Now, about my second wei... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:32:52 EST OOPPSS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2141541 Well, after weighing in for my first day with a scale that I knew to be inaccurate, I shouldn't have been too surprised to see that I actually weigh 25 extra pounds. I just returned from Costco with a new W.W. scale, stepped on the scale and exclaimed, "OOppS". Well, all is fine. <BR> As a whole, my first day went really well. I definately needed this! I had no idea how many calories I was eating! Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:57:52 EST New Begining-Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2139770 Hello everyone. After toying with the idea to go back once more to W.W. I have decided to try a different form of accountability. I am hoping to get and give support through Spark People. For health reasons: high cholesterol and arthritis I have been eating a Vegan diet for several years. Though, I feel much better eating this way, the weight loss has been slow to non existent. I discovered that I really need to keep track of my calories as well as the nutrient density of my foods. Tha... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:51:37 EST