WILDFIREEYES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILDFIREEYES WILDFIREEYES'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/ So Here's the Thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2180816 I don't actually like running. It's boring. I've been doing this C25K thing, and I've done alright, I guess, but I just don't look forward to it. There are lots of things I'd rather do---workout-wise, not just "things I'd rather do"---that I would actually get done and enjoy doing. Dance workouts. Yoga. I do Curves 2-3 times a week and I've been doing the C25K thing 3 times a week. That's 6 days a week, three of which I dread and may not actually complete. <BR> <BR> Apart from just a mental ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:05:23 EST C25K - Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2156267 I've always wanted to be a runner. I've never felt very good at it, and I've never stuck with it for more than a week or so. I generally prefer things like dancing. A little more fun, I think. <BR> <BR> My friend Jenn started the C25K (Couch to 5K) program this week, so I thought, "Heck, it's worth a shot!" For those of you who don't know, it's a 9-week program to start running. It's like circuit training, in that you walk for a bit, run for a bit, walk for a bit, etc. There are podcasts you... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:14:09 EST If It's Repeated, It's Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2011076 In his sermons, our pastor, Gary, always says, "If it's repeated, it's important!" Whether it's in the Bible or in your life, if something keeps coming up, you should at least stop and think about it. It's probably God trying to get your attention. <BR> <BR> A few months ago, I read an article in Today's Christian Woman about God's answers to prayer. It involved two friends and an elusive blueberry patch. Long article short, it said that God ALWAYS answers prayers; it's just that sometimes t... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 16:17:00 EST Sweet, Sweet McD's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2000673 I was reading RGARCIA3803's blog, and it brought up a lot of things for me, so I thought I'd throw a blog out. Props to RG for sharing! <BR> <BR> My parents have been alcoholics as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, sometimes my dad or stepmom would pick me up from school and take me to the bar with them. There I was, in my little private school uniform, sitting on a bar stool drinking Shirley Temples and eating lemons and limes. My husband doesn't believe me when I te... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 19:07:19 EST Pain, Pain, Go Away! At Least Until 40... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1989561 Ugh. I feel awful. Not because it's gray and rainy outside---I actually like rainy days. My back is miserable! Boo! I wake up in the morning, and I can barely move. I think the problem is that I flip over to my stomach in the night, which is not a good position for my back. People keep telling me to sew a tennis ball into the front of my pajamas so I can't lay on my tummy. That sounds weird, so I don't do it, but every day I wake up wishing I'd already done it! It's been nearly a year since m... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:41:07 EST Before and...After? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1978764 So I found this site called WeightView. It's really interesting. You upload a picture of yourself, you tell them your weight, and you tell them how much you want to lose (up to 50 pounds). Then they alter your picture to show the "after" you. Here's my before picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/5/b6507615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here I am after losing 50 pounds: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/9/b693279477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What do you think ... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 14:33:50 EST Back in the Saddle Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1971345 We're home from vacation! We had a lovely time in DC. Spending time with my aunt was wonderful---my son loved her, we got to see lots of friends and family, and we all had a fabulous time! Yay! <BR> <BR> But now comes the post-vacation reset. I didn't log my food every day while I was gone. We did a lot of walking, which was good. I wasn't super careful about what I ate every meal, but I think I did much better than I would have previously. <BR> <BR> One thing I think I need to change is my... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:21:44 EST On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1940201 This week, my husband and I are taking our little spring break vacation. We're going where we always go: Virginia. My aunt lives just outside of DC, and we like to spend time with her and go see all the FREE attractions in the city. DC is great! <BR> <BR> But, at the same time, I'm dreading it a little. While my aunt is a wonderful, caring person who would do anything for me, she also makes me feel pretty terrible sometimes. <BR> <BR> My aunt, you see, is a dietitian. <BR> <BR> I spent my ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 14:20:45 EST Step Up to Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1933701 In the summer of 2007, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip to China. It was a wonderful, incredible experience. As an amazing surprise, I also got to accompany my husband on a business trip to Italy exactly <i>one week</i> after returning from China. I'd never been out of the country before, and then I have two back-to-back trips! <BR> <BR> When I returned from Italy, my back was a little sore. I had a hard time doing simple things, like getting in and out of my car because I felt... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 14:15:28 EST Naughty Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1928023 I am devious. My husband just told me so. <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the Curse, and I was overwhelmed with a desire for sweets. So much so that the Twix I brought home yesterday for my husband and I to share today was gone before lunch, and I had to buy another one to replace it. (I just confessed to him, which is why he called me devious.) I also bought a pastry while at Panera, AND a KING SIZE PB Twix, which I did NOT share with my darling husband. I ate the whole thing all by mys... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:54:28 EST A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1914333 I hate that saying. My sister always says it to me. My sister, who is 5'2" and has been tiny her whole life. My sister, who had twins and has still always been smaller than me. My sister, who was helping me get onto one of her horses and my foot went through the milk crate. Because I was so heavy. Did I mention that was the day my boyfriend dumped me? But I digress... <BR> <BR> I mention this because "A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips" has been crossing my mind lately. I'm trying to ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:57:21 EST Confessions of a Sneaker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1906287 Have you ever been doing something and simultaneously observing yourself doing that thing and wishing you weren't? Yet somehow you can't stop yourself? Yesterday, I found myself being RIDICULOUS. I don't know why I did it. I have no reason. As I was doing it, I was thinking, "You don't want to be doing this. Stop! STOP!" But I kept right on going. We'll call it temporary insanity. <BR> <BR> How many calories is insane? Oh, somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,500. <BR> <BR> Granted, I proba... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:35:18 EST Memories of Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1900504 I was dreading this morning. I'd scheduled family photos, and I really hate getting my picture taken. Reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm chubby, and I didn't want to be in any position for my rolls to show. <BR> 2. My husband wanted us to wear white shirts and blue jeans. White? Really? Did I mention I'm kinda chubby? <BR> 3. We were going to J.C. Penney's, and I'd heard mixed things about the quality of their pictures. <BR> 4. Except for rare occasions, I don't think I'm very photogenic. Perhaps nob... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:58:22 EST Sweet self-control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1876367 I just want to mention that I did so well yesterday, I had a Dunkin' Donuts chocolate kreme-filled donut and STILL stayed within all my ranges. It was pretty much the most wonderful, guilt-free donut I've ever had. *sigh* Now I'm thinking about challenging myself to arrange my calories so that once a week I can have a guilt-free donut. <BR> <BR> Self, I accept your challenge. Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:25:55 EST Better is better than bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1873831 I got a little frustrated yesterday. My calorie tracker says I should try to stay between 1200-1500 calories. Well, I've been on the high end of that, and usually over---like 1700 or 1800 calories. I started to really beat myself up inside. "You're not doing enough! You're cheating! You could do better! Might as well just give up!" <BR> <BR> Yeah, those voices we hear inside aren't actually us talking. There's a force in this world who is aiming to discourage us and make us doubt everything ... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:27:17 EST