WOLFKITTY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WOLFKITTY WOLFKITTY'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/ Blog from App http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897065 I finally opened the SparkApp after quite a long time to discover there ARE a bunch of changes I missed. Namely, ability to blog. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long this has been here. But it's a GREAT reminder that we need to stay curious and optimistic in order to find the solutions we desperately want or need. <BR> <BR> Complaining about something can only rarely be constructive, mostly it's negative and clouds our vision. The blinders/blindfold of negativity prevents us from SEEING CHANG... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:38:56 EST Blog via phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895328 Most of the time the button for adding a blog using a phone is missing. Today it's there. I added the Pep app. If you're active and I'm not following you there, please let me know. ;) I hope this will help me be more involved to work actively toward losing the 60 pounds I regained from my smallest. Rock on. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:57:01 EST Mental Self-Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888348 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50742242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case<BR>_for_emotional_hygiene </link> <BR> <BR> This is an excellent TED talk video.... <BR> Since I first joined Spark in 2008, my focus was not just on a fit body, but also a fit mind. Life is too short to dwell in misery. <BR> <BR> Excerpts: <BR> "Here's what the friend said: "Well, what do you expect? You have big hips, you have nothing interesting to say, why would a... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57:43 EST One Day, Not Auto Lg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871018 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220433498.jpg"> <BR> Mermaid 5k tomorrow!! Yay! <BR> <BR> <BR> One day I will not always need to order the largest size shirt from the 5k registration. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is not that day. Lol, got the 2x, my head still thinking from my 45 lb-ago smallest self. I need the larger size and hope they have exchanges at the event! :) Otherwise it will be a ~*future*~ workout shirt. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Feb 2015 01:32:24 EST Resolution 5k 1/2015 - 63 min http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804438974.jpg"> Resolution 5k 2015 My benchmark 5k this year was 63 minutes. I have to stop comparing myself to my former success until I get closer to surpassing those victories. I didn't really keep track of my 5k times before. I will start. 1/10/15 5k, 63 mins, flat, cool, pain (Date, distance, time, course, weather, felt like) I believe more in goals than I do vague Resolutions, for the first time this year's event had a mini chal... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:06:11 EST Benchmarks 2015: Beach Stairs Timed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848226 So far I only have this non-scale measurement: <BR> <BR> Time up 140 stairs - 2:41 <BR> *Always climbing, without stopping <BR> <BR> I played this game at a local landmark. <BR> <BR> Half way up <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1840323725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Half way down <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754416017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The view <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778566032.jpg"> <BR> <BR> May 2015 be like cat... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 01:50:43 EST 5 Big Things for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848219 I admit my life is not where I want it to be. Rather than dwell on what isn't and continue to get overwhelmed by all the pieces needing fixing I've summed it up to 5 big things. <BR> <BR> -Movement: Fitness & Rest <BR> <BR> -Nutrition: Quality & Quantity <BR> <BR> -Budget: Plan & Save <BR> <BR> -Mental: Health & Stretch* <BR> <BR> -Connections: Revisit & Commit <BR> <BR> I started with the 5 words and then began the description. I'll continue to chop them into finer, more manageable pi... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 01:37:28 EST No, my booty is up here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824751 You know that joke about "my eyes are up here, buddy"? <BR> <BR> Yeah well, I want to tell these pockets that my booty is up higher, stop hanging out on my leg. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452299343.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After sitting in them for 10 minutes and kinda giving myself a wedgie, I managed to at least get the pockets onto my booty. I tried different sizes and styles, btw, but I always have these issues. Why do they even put pockets on these pants? (... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:47:17 EST Lack of Blog Access http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824748 I finally downloaded the Spark app again and kind of have access to blogs from my phone (progress!) When Spark converted to make a "mobile" version of their pages, they eliminated access via phone to many parts of the website. There is no "switch" to turn off a mobile version of the website. It's been disheartening as this is my sole access to the web. Update: I found one! Yay! <BR> <BR> <BR> However, I don't see a photo upload. (sadness!) but I'll use the full site access to do that. <BR>... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:30:03 EST Sit/ Stand Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784227 <link>www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-bein<BR>g/stories/this-simple-sitting-test-cou<BR>ld-predict-how-long-you-will-live </link> <BR> <BR> While I don't agree or appreciate with articles that declare the same results for everyone, like the "within 6 years" likelihood of mortality, I do like that there is a good demonstration of something you can use as a non-scale benchmark of fitness and progress. <BR> <BR> This sit/stand test makes sense. <BR> <BR> Update: I cannot do this yet. It's ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:32:29 EST Benchmark 59:30 5k - Aloha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543073610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1128539439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me (orange) with Newsgirl2177. <BR> (not pictured- BEFIT_WITHGUSTO or Newsgirl's awesome husband who took our picture. ) <BR> <BR> I have been inactive and I felt it. I'm lifting 45 pounds from my lightest, and I felt them. My feet burned. And through small adjustments, neglectful via inadequate sleep, nutrition, refueling, hydration,... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:17:09 EST Vulnerability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770564 <link>https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brow<BR>n_on_vulnerability </link> <BR> <BR> A common theme with people is to like things that reinforces the beliefs they already hold. This TED talk linked above is exactly like that. It touches on the themes of some of my previous blogs when I was struggling to figure out self-love, the ones where I was trying to explain why when I let go of the need to look perfect in every picture I started to relax and think about those I love or the experience ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:58:34 EST Someone Was Worried About My Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761531 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893338554.jpg"> <BR> Since I started working at this company. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l302150358.jpg"> <BR> Since I started working at my current job. <BR> <BR> Someone told me yesterday they had worried about my heart. I face heartbreak on all kinds of fronts. I look forward to the days ahead when I am stronger. I'm strong, but not as strong as I can be. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:22:51 EST Superhero stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755475 I feel stronger walking up the stairs at work finally. It took 2 months! Most days I go up and down the 18 steps only a few times- average 100 steps a day. And I was going so slow that as soon as I got the tiniest faster I pushed harder, so I was always out of breath. It was deceptively discouraging. But I made myself avoid the elevator. <BR> <BR> Link to article excerpt below- <link>www.themarysue.com/chris-pratt-now-a<BR>-god-who-could-play-indiana-jones/ </link> <BR> Guadians star said... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:59:21 EST Giving Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747916 Partially to tuck away that last blog, I'm posting another right away that is a little more positive. <BR> <BR> What does a reward minus a few gifts equal? More reward. <BR> <BR> How can that be? Well, in hard numbers it looks like this: <BR> $20 - $4.50 - $5 - $10.50 = Feeling rewarded <BR> <BR> *I spent $4.50 buying a stranger coffee and breakfast, since all he could afford was the free water. <BR> *I spent 2 hours with a dog that was running loose in the streets, and gave a neighbor... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:26:10 EST Gaining 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747911 The end of the year is gaining on us.... But I've been gaining weight and losing fitness in 2014. <BR> <BR> I'm between 290-293, up from my lowest in 2012 of ...I don't even remember what my lowest weight was. :-/ Oh wait! I had shirts made. I know at one point I was 245. The thing is that between 245 and 275, where I hovered while I maintained my -100 pounds for a few years wasn't mentally very difficult for me. <BR> <BR> I haven't been at my -100 pounds benchmark for more than a couple... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:06:35 EST Perfect 10 Gymnast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741136 <link>youtu.be/GsrJ1jJuhjI </link> <BR> <BR> This LSU gymnast scores perfect 10s, not just this once, repeatedly. <BR> <BR> Do you know how much coordinated muscle it takes to do that? I've never even been a gymnast but I love this video a SparkFriend posted on Facebook. I don't know about you but sometimes I forget that fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. <BR> <BR> These thighs? Yeah... They weren't made to be on someone 6 feet tall. They're mine. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:55:27 EST I Paid That Debt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735753 Sometimes the universe gives you a swift kick in the pants. There was one tiny loose end still connecting me to my ex-husband... The bank account I opened when I was a teenager- My first bank account. MY account, until I unwittingly, very near the end, added him to it. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to give up MY account just because we were divorcing. It had my history attached to it. I wanted the credibility. <BR> <BR> So I created a justification (as I see it now, tonight). I left him on it w... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:28:25 EST What day is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720801 At this moment I sincerely don't know. I think it's Wednesday. Thank goodness I'm surrounded by calendars. <BR> <BR> After I saved the blog it said the 18th. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:37:28 EST #30healthydays 16 done (Cruciferous) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719288 Document at least 1 healthy choice every day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972518070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Having trouble with the picture- Cruciferous lunch (bonus- it was free) Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:29:26 EST #30healthydays 15 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719281 (Picture missing) <BR> <BR> I wore sneaker type shoes with my dress. This is a huge deal for me, because I dislike wearing them and have to be creative to incorporate them into my outfit. I did it with the intention of being flexible enough to take a long walk with a friend. <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR> Thoughts matter, actions matter more. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:24:36 EST #30dayshealthy 14 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718430 Document healthy choices every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094303746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I walked around the fair for hours. It was the longest I've been on my feet in... what seems like forever! <BR> <BR> -no fried food <BR> -Roasted artichoke & turkey leg for dinner (shared) <BR> <BR> I spent 8+ hours sitting in a traffic school class (good to have it crossed off my list). The other ladies and I walked during the break. I made friends. <BR> <BR> I'... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:11:53 EST #30healthydays 13 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717601 Document a healthy choice every day (out of the hundreds of ideas).. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057247875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever since I purchased this membership, renewing it has been my birthday gift to myself ( well, and anyone who gave me birthday money which is how I raised the $100 ). I remember when I thought I'd lose this membership, and how I was lucky enough to scrape by. <BR> <BR> It's how I lost most of my first 100 pounds, it's how I learned ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:11:49 EST #30healthydays 10, 11, 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717600 I had a blog but it disappeared on the internet somewhere. I will come back for this. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:11:09 EST #30healthydays 9 done- Veg focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714369 Document at least one of the numerous choices I make or think about every day to increase the healthy mindset effectiveness and uncover more opportunities. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607357511.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Focus on veggies. Roasted veggies on top of my no-dressing chicken salad lunch. For breakfast I also saved swapped out the Bacon Parmesean Fritatta Gouda sandwich roll for oatmeal with dried berries, nuts, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:51:56 EST #30healthydays 8 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713574 Document at least 1 healthy choice per day. Stay focused. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l188280283.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Copious amounts of water. Plus I slept in today. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:45:58 EST #30healthydays 7/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713227 Document at least one healthy choice each day. Our healthy habits are based on these choices adding up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968730678.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666316741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Instead of my normal breakfast I opted to oatmeal with reduced amounts of sugar. And I wore my workout clothes for breakfast. <BR> <BR> You can't go exercise if you don't even know where your exercise clothes are. Fact. <BR> <... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:09:59 EST #30healthydays 6 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712482 Document at least one healthy thing each day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2107840257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remember horses?! ;) lol. This is a scene I saw today that represents the earlier thoughts about my old "reasons to stay fit" blogs. I had a list that was easily 100 items long, but was lost when my laptop died. Horse-riding was on it. <BR> <BR> The last time I rode a horse I was a kid. I've fallen off of a horse twice. Yet, there's something about it. I... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 02:28:24 EST #30healthydays 5/100 done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711738 Document at least 1 healthy choice every day, sometimes there are many to choose from. Sometimes, it's motivation to at least get that 1 for the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1042287155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that this is the same as my #100healthydays photo. I'm lucky to have this. I started and ended my day with a couple of time-lapse Vimeo videos of Aurora Borealis, and then a mix of different views atop a Spanish m... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:37:42 EST #30healthydays 4/100 Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710974 Documenting at least 1 healthy choice per day.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197968859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I coordinated my outfit to incorporate running shoes. I usually wear flats or heels with NO support. Then I looked around and saw the guys at my work walking around all comfy and ready to go in sneakers. What the heck? <BR> <BR> Even though these running shoes are old, they have way better arch support than my regular shoes. I even went out for a brief ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 01:46:21 EST #30healthydays 3/30 stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710190 The challenge is to document 1 healthy choice or thing done. It doesn't mean you can't do more... But document at least 1. And I'm sharing this with my team. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1214277163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Took the stairs when I had to go up today. I usually only need to do that once or twice a day. Previously, I used these stairs as a way to compete in a STAIR RACE competition I enthusiastically organized. And yet, here I was, using the elevator mo... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 01:27:39 EST #30healthydays 2/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709078 The challenge is to document at least 1 healthy choice each day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781154704.jpg"> <BR> Day 2 of 30: 16 minute walk as a "break" in the morning. <BR> I don't usually take my breaks at work, and I work 10-12 hr days. Like many fitness choices, this one involves a little more than just getting up and going. I needed to give myself permission to leave my desk before I was "done". I needed to choose clothing and shoes that would acco... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:16:01 EST 30 days of Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708533 I've been doing the #100happydays picture challenge and made it 30 days. About the 4th day in I was toying with a 100fitdays or 100healthydays thing I made up to get myself into some kind of Spark Streak. <BR> <BR> This is my birthday month. Happy June. In 30 days it will be my 36th. When I started on SparkPeople I was 29, and in typical weight-loss thought, I wondered where I would be in 5 years. I didn't think I'd be here. <BR> <BR> We aren't programmed to plan in minutiae. We are big d... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:54:12 EST Outside In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702131 <link>youtu.be/6a6VVncgHcY </link> <BR> Veteran Transformation <BR> <BR> This video reminded me that sometimes we just need to be able to see ourselves in a different way before it is real enough to make the changes we so desperately need in our life. <BR> <BR> That is what the power of visualization, and positive thinking, does for us. That is why it's so important to have a steady grip on the reigns of our wild imagination. We are so capable of fantasizing about the worst- worst case,... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:19:05 EST Ms Pacman Your Heart Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693758 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195034843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my super marathon friends posted that they keep doing them for the medals-because 5ks don't give medals. <BR> <BR> I didn't have the heart to tell her of all the 5ks I've done, only 1 didn't give me a medal. :P <BR> <BR> This one is happening 11/1 in San Diego. Awesome 80s Run! <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:55:04 EST New Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692989 Tonight is the day of my life's new direction. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395934801.jpg"> Mon, 12 May 2014 00:38:44 EST "I'm Gonna Be So Fast" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691905 Just another reminder that how we perceive our limitations and compare ourselves to others can truly limit or FREE us to push toward our best. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800515471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Read this simple Father-Daughter exchange. <BR> <link>https://medium.com/please-dont-let-t<BR>hem-be-like-me/be4f9eec968a </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657565846.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 10 May 2014 11:48:21 EST Visions of Perfect Imperfections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686511 <link>brookenotonadiet.com/2014/05/02/refu<BR>se-put-shirt/ </link> <BR> <BR> She lost 172 lbs, interviewed by Shape magazine, praised for doing something "amazing", and then couldn't show her body "as is". <BR> <BR> The magazine can do whatever they want- it's a private entity, but I think this is a good reminder that it's OKAY to not look like the images we are used to seeing. <BR> <BR> Her bikini picture is shocking... Even if, like me, you've had the eye-opening gift of spending ti... Sat, 3 May 2014 14:04:51 EST Start This S*** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663055 In case you were waiting... Here is a video someone else made about going, doing, starting. It has bad words, so if you don't like that don't listen to it. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/RYlCVwxoL_g </link> <BR> <BR> ZeFrank on You Tube <BR> <BR> I'm overwhelmed at work. <BR> I'm feeling very trapped. <BR> I work so hard and am so awesome every day. <BR> (People even say so.) <BR> But it is not enough. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:10:11 EST Self Compassion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633040 My own understanding of "self-love" was twisted the same way a bud pirouettes before unfolding into a beautiful blossom. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the app SuperBetter, I realize that all that "self-love" and reserves of appreciation have degraded a little bit. Because if it hadn't, this little 30 second experiment wouldn't have made me cry. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> YOUR QUEST: Love yourself as much as you can no matter what is going on. You can love yourself for thinking this Quest is stupid. You can... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:38:47 EST Dream the Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631317 One more video... I want to save this. <BR> <BR> "You would dream where you are now... <BR> You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today." <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/7Sv_Bv1H7BQ </link> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:52:06 EST Sports Films http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631311 I have friends who are running at Ragnar Del Sol (Arizona) this weekend. My Facebook has their posts. .. <BR> <BR> Heather (NEWSGIRL2177) rocks her workouts at Kaia... <BR> <BR> Anja (4A-HEALTHY-BMI) just got back from her kayaking trip in Antarctica... <BR> <BR> I am lucky to be surrounded, virtually, by my friends that are thinking about healthy living, pushing themselves to engage physically, and move forward in their accomplishments. That's one of the biggest things I missed last year... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 02:41:07 EST Dating Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598171 I've been dating the past couple of months and I feel like it's been healthy even though it's another diversion. <BR> <BR> Someone told me, when I first started, that the best thing about dating is that you really learn about yourself. I found it to be prophetic. I still describe myself the way I was when most successful on Spark, even though I haven't kept up those habits in 2013. <BR> <BR> My Spark still burns inside, waiting for me to provide more oxygen and grow brighter. Dating has h... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:08:53 EST Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572677 I am craving some accomplishment. <BR> I really want a dish of success! <BR> I can't wait to get a taste of victory. <BR> <BR> That's it- <BR> I'm going to go cook up some goals. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:10:06 EST Reasons-A Fraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543549 On a laptop long since dead, I had an enormous list of good reasons for healty/fitness-minded living. Note that I'm not talkin about reasons to be thin. Just reasons to keep my fitness and strength at the forefront of my mind, no matter what my size. <BR> <BR> I lost that list, but last year, 2012, Oct, I began this one and then I forgot about it until I found it on my phone just now: <BR> <BR> Reasons-Partial List <BR> Braids (arms up) <BR> Bicycles <BR> Ice skating <BR> Paddle boarding <... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:14:05 EST Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537300 This is the longest I've gone without exercise, after struggling with being consistent all year. <BR> <BR> I feel it everywhere, but I miss the fitness most of all. After the initial rise, I've held steady at this weight, but my BF % continues to rise based on changes I can see and feel. <BR> <BR> It's 1 month to my 5k. <BR> It's been almost 1 month since I logged onto Spark. <BR> <BR> I find myself in old habits of convenience eating, or not eating, and putting other people's prioriti... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 12:16:16 EST October = Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512003 For some reason, October ends up being my crossroads month. October's flower is the Calendula (a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning "little calendar", "little clock" or possibly "little weather-glass"). <BR> <BR> How appropriate, because I feel the ticking of time. The holidays and end of the year loom in the near distant future, and I feel the change of the seasons, even living somewhere that claims none. <BR> <BR> I got a small promotion recently, bumping my schedule into longe... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:27:41 EST Fly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504870 Honestly, this is so appropriate... The Green Girl posted this recently. <BR> <BR> 'I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.' Harun Yahya <BR> <BR> Rather than get focused on adversity, I try to remind myself that I am choosing this reality. I have to keep feeling like I have the opportunity to change. And then I need to do it. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 00:19:27 EST Hydration streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484066 I secretly tricked my co-worker into joining me for a water drinking streak. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> After they were asking me why I have so many headaches and urging me to go to the doctor (I have a physical scheduled for later this month already), I had an idea. Yesterday I had explained that my migraines and headaches are lessened when I drink enough water - and I had a REVELATION that I haven't been drinking as much water because I'm trying to use a company-provided cup wi... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:08:50 EST Team Pressure Right Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477320 Like a rubber band, I stretched the opportunity for fitness toward my co-workers, and they attended. <BR> <BR> Now, they are pulling me right back. It's a good thing. <BR> <BR> So even though I'm uncomfortable going to Crossfit because people use the same room as a breakroom lounge DURING the exercise (with their cell phones and the possibility of filming/taking photos), I will continue to go. <BR> <BR> Last week I walked out of a session. The trainer brought Bulgarian Bags, and didn't o... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 00:08:39 EST