WOMANATWORK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WOMANATWORK1 WOMANATWORK1'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/ Welp, I screwed that up royally ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884817931.jpg">Hello old SP friends, <BR> <BR> It's been awhile -- about 8 months, since I checked in on SP... even longer since I've had any victories! <BR> <BR> My life's been a hot mess, and all my gains have been lost (or should I say, all my losses have been gained!!!) <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I have to come back to SP and get back on the good foot... I've got some restrictive medical problems to deal with now, heart-related, border... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:34:36 EST After SparkLing for one year, the results are in ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406466 Welp! It's been a year since I started my Spark journey. Successes, regrets, lessons, joys, and pain -- it's all been there. <BR> <BR> In the last year, I've lost 30 pounds. I plateaued only 4 months into my journey, and have fluctuated no more than 3 or 4 pounds in either direction. I'm actually, surprisingly, quite pleased with these results, in spite of the fact that my goal is still 70 pounds off. Perhaps, my goal was too ambitious or impractical for my body type. <BR> <BR> In the ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:29:16 EST Off the grid and back again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347779 Boooooooooooooooooo, me. It's the same thing every semester and I haven't figured out how to overcome it yet... <BR> <BR> I completely drop the ball with junk and no exercise, out of my routine... <BR> <BR> I've GOT to stay on track. I asked for some new workout stuff for Mother's Day -- I do seem to be highly susceptible to new workouts, whether that's a cop out or not, I don't know, but it works. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585880392.jpg">So yaaaaaaa... Mon, 6 May 2013 19:32:14 EST One step forward, two steps back ... Turn it around!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321706 Turning over a new leaf -- again! BACK to tracking! One step forward and two steps back is what I've been doing -- and backsliding while doing it! Must measure! Every time! Must buy fresh fruits and vegetables and low fat foods! Must REMEMBER what you did to get here so you can remind yourself how and what you've done! MUST focus on exercise -- daily is best, but at least 4-5 times per week is fine! JUST DO IT SISTER!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>334</em> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:56:17 EST Grateful! Sometimes it's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307608 <em>104</em> <em>357</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>410</em> <em>326</em> <em>104</em> <em>357</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>410</em> <em>326</em> <em>104</em> <em>357</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>410</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> I was applying some skin lotion this morning, while sitting on the edge of the tub. I didn't even notice what I'd done until I put the bottle of lotion down: I applied the lotion from hip to toe wi... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:35:55 EST Personal life unhinged... Dagnabit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304138 Ugh! Self control ... I screwed it up big time on my job -- lost my patience with a snotty, rude student and wrote something mean on her grade sheet. She's a disruptive and rude college student who I tried to counsel but she wouldn't listen in my office. She was soooooo incredibly disrespectful and has outbursts in class, and I wrote on her grade sheet that she should "keep it shut" (meaning her mouth)...Not my finest moment. She told my Chair and he brought it to my attention and asked m... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:49:54 EST Plateau busters challenge summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291812 ASSIGNMENT: Write a blog about where you want to go from here now that your plateau-busting program has come to a close. What did you think about the program? What strategies did you learn from it? Write out your thoughts on your experience, and plan what your next step will be in your weight-loss journey! <BR> <BR> Although I completed the challenge, I didn't bust the plateau, and I'm ok with that. I really just wanted to jumpstart myself, and that worked! <BR> <BR> I was reacquainted wit... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:51:23 EST Day One Swimsuit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291614 <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <em>355</em> <em>416</em> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Hello SP Friends! Today is Day One of my challenge a... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:49:30 EST My birthday suit ... just the shirt, actually! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271196 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687245589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful for my husband's thoughtfulness. I appreciate fitness gifts, although I never thought I'd be the person who would! Nonetheless, wearing this outfit (the compression running pants along with the moisture-wicking top) makes me WANT to go outside and run. I know I can't rely on new clothes to motivate me forever, but I'm going to let it work today. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>357</em> <em>20... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:09:00 EST Plateau Busters Day 15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266579 Great week so far. Not a lot of exercise, but a great start none the less. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:20:56 EST Plateau Busters Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263781 <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Total crap day ... a coworker was found dead on Friday -- only 53 years old... and late, late last night, my oldest son is up to his old behavior again. So very disappointing. I didn't even try very hard not to eat those cookies and cake. I ju... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:53:08 EST Plateau Busters Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263775 WOW! Whouda thunk BOWLING would lead to so many sore muscles!!! The good news is that I discovered some muscles I clearly haven't been using!! And I really like switching up the cardio! YAY ME! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:43:11 EST Plateau Busters Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261618 <em>345</em> A restoration day with nothing on the docket -- that's new!! Felt so good to rest, though. Still got dressed out in my yoga pants and shirt, threw my tennis shoes on and went grocery shopping. Parked far from the door and pushed a full-sized cart even though didn't need too many groceries. Also stood in the longest line! Gotta get that exercise in any way I can. Great day!!! <em>211</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:56:38 EST Plateau Busters Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260540 Great fun bowling today! Wore a new pair of jeans in a size 12! What? No more 18s!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Eating was a little jacked up -- I love candy! Now my stomach is upset and I know exactly why! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> BUT, I'm very happy with my physical exercise and attitude. YAY ME! <em>104</em> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:04:08 EST Plateau Busters Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259311 WOWOWOWOW!!! Repeated yesterday's morning workout while preparing dinner tonite! I rock! Also, I KILLED in those purple jeans today! HA! <em>250</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:51:49 EST Plateau Busters Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259307 Great workout with GILAD this morning (Wed.) Good day with nutrition, must stay focused! A box of new clothes arrived today, and I look FABULOUS in my size 14 jeans!!!!!!! <em>9</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:49:55 EST Plateau Busters Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256793 Great, healthy day of eating -- until dinner. So exhausted, just popped waffles into the toaster oven, poured the syrup, ate, then fell asleep on the couch... Happy that I prepared my salad the night before, so I didn't have any excuse for eating poorly at work. It's been a great day outside of the exhaustion -- from staying up til 2 to grade papers. OK, that's just poor planning. Oh well, I can and will do better. This daily check in is a real spark for progress. Feeling encouraged! <... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:13:00 EST Plateau Busters Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255321 Just got up and walked/ran! It was SUPER cold, but I had all my cold-weather gear. I was fine, and so happy to be up and out the door. I remember that feeling from the summer when I first started my Spark journey. This plateau is going DOWN!!!!!!!! <em>104</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:58:07 EST Plateau Busters Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254110 Finally finished grading, so I ran out of junk to eat. Today I stuck to a pretty sensible plan. My goal is to get down to 1300 cals and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. I believe I can do it, but I've got to work harder and eat better -- I know I can do it! Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:45:01 EST Plateau Busters Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254108 Saturdays are easier, because I spend so much time exercising, and it's a total blast! However, because I have so much to grade, it's hard not to eat junk! I did go grocery shopping, and bought tons of fruits and vegs, so I feel like it's going to be a good week! Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:43:05 EST Plateau Busters Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254103 It was hard to get through the day of grading without overeating, but I managed to do it somehow today... 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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:47:43 EST Plateau Busters Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249691 <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>498</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>498</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>498</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>498</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>498</em> <BR> <BR> Had a great salad for lunch, just like when I first started SparkLing! Breakfast was also reasonable, and ate my fruit as planned. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> While I didn'... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:27:15 EST Plateau Busters Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248423 <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <em>212</em> <em>129</em> <em>214</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259063512.... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:07:35 EST Christmas gifts head to toe -- Fashion Show Item #3: Bottoms, including Compression Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229331 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332903589.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Continuing my theme of sharing what I've learned about how technology in the "active wear" department can help us be better SparkLers, today's entry is about what I wear (and wore) on the bottom of my body. <BR> <BR> As I said in blogs #1 and 2 of this series, when you don't have a lot of money to spend on workout gear, you just do the best you can. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:54:20 EST Christmas gifts head to toe -- Fashion Show Item #2: Scarves, headphones, shirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223589 When I first started sparkLing, my husband was unemployed <em>24</em> and it was kinda hard for me to buy anything expensive. I did the best I had with what I already owned. I kept telling myself that it's not a fashion show and it's not a contest with anyone else -- I just need to work out. These clothes are those I had when I started with SP. Just leggings and T-shirts, really. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1537506972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:32:08 EST Christmas gifts head to toe -- Fashion Show Item #1: Cold Weather Head Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220955 This Christmas I asked for workout things for gifts (...and I bought a few for myself as well!) <BR> <BR> I've learned from SP that having the right equipment helps make a difference in your workout attitude and remarkably, even your health! <BR> <BR> In a previous blog, I showed you my magic shoes. They were very important to me! When I first started sparkling my husband was unemployed and it was kinda hard for me to buy anything expensive. I did the best I had with what I already ow... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:57:19 EST Today's "You know you're a Spark Person when..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168578 Thought I'd share my entry for today in my original post, "You know you're a Spark Person when ..." in the Spark Cafe: <BR> <BR> *** ... when you are so busy preparing to host a party that you are DEVASTATED to have forgotten to log in that day!!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> *** ... when you finally do log in, you spin the wheel and get a big number -- and instantly, that makes you SO HAPPY again!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> *** ... when you realize that you're talking about a virtual l... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:57:03 EST Ruh Roh Scooby -- there ARE ghosts and monsters after all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363050148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, well, well ... looks like all that time I spent as a child convincing myself that there was no boogy-man, no monsters hiding under the bed, no ghosts mysteriously moving things in the night ... looks like these phenomena actually do exist. <BR> <BR> Evil taunters!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182517467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> They're probably counting MY ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 17:50:01 EST Thanksgiving eating was not total ruination and despair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147621 In this, my first vblog, I talk about what happened this Thanksgiving -- it involved German Chocolate Cake, Rum Cake, Sweet Potatoes -- and it turned out just fine! I didn't implode and I wasn't out of control. Healthy habits really can last! Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:51:54 EST Found a college band t-shirt in a box -- IT FITS AGAIN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143063 More silliness ... I'm going to bed now, gotta wake up early to put the bird in the oven... YAY ME!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Aug 2012 The Beginning of the SP Journey!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1512793629.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538377931.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1739783826.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nov 2012 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1402306210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:29:48 EST More funny, silly ... My "I am strong!" pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143043 I've been up so many hours now, I'm getting silly and giddy!!! Camera phones are a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800358078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573650074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:05:22 EST I love walking, clapping praise!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878804667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just a silly, funny blog tonite! As I was walking first thing this morning, another walker that I see all the time, looked at me and raised her hands to clap for me being out there today! <BR> <BR> I don't know why I was so encouraged by that one small act, but I was. It was nice to see that we encourage each other out there! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:06 EST Should you worry about calories this season? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142078 <em>357</em> <em>345</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <em>361</em> <em>345</em> <em>357</em> <em>345</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <em>361</em> <em>345</em> <em>357</em> <em>345</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <em>361</em> <em>345</em> <em>357</em> <em>345</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <em>361</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1991474822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it's not going t... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:58:37 EST Remember what to do if regaining or relapsing... from Becky at Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140733 This information is a summary of what I learned from my Spark Coach program today ... very relevant. I'm just copying and pasting into this blog to remind myself to take the action steps during the next 5 weeks (I did not write this, but I am summarizing Becky's words for my future reference) I plan on addressing each of these steps Becky provides in the coming weeks as I have found myself eating lots of candy and other calorie-laden foods lately ... I just want to be ready in case the scale... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:46:12 EST Emotional Eating -- Assignment from Spark: Life Change Strategy, Action Step 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107050 For the coming week or so, I'll be blogging on the issue of emotional eating. Today's blog is just to post the actual assignment SP so I can start to think about it. <BR> <BR> Here's what I was given as the assignment: "In your SparkPage blog, write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating. Emotional Eating is a problem that usually has deep roots. Anyone who falls victim to it can attest to that. You recently wrote about a "trouble goal." In these next two weeks, your Action ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:37:36 EST F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105348 WOWOWOWOW!!! I finally got back out on the trail this evening! I was killing that walk and run for about the first 15 minutes -- then ... RE-INJURY!!!!!!! It happened at the same place I injured it the first time -- crossing the busy street at the light. What is it about that spot? Well, I couldn't put any pressure on it, and I managed to hobble to the other side of the street and sit down at the base of a light pole. I couldn't put any pressure on it at all, so I used my phone to call ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:09:06 EST You know you're a Spark Person when ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312782059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> * You walk up the stairs without grabbing at your knees or pushing off with your hands on top of your thighs ... <BR> <BR> * You bend ALL the way down to pick things up and never consider whether you should just get down on all fours <BR> <BR> * You remember to hold in your abs, even when you don't remember to hold in your abs <BR> <BR> * You get in and out of the bed in one move, rather than the 10-point ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:26:39 EST Must be my turn for a tough season...OK, I got it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079513 WOW -- absolutely AWFUL morning!!! Out running errands, go to ATM, withdraw a few hundred bucks, machine starts doling out the cash, but it doesn't come out, nor does my card or receipt. Bank claims there's nothing they can do until Monday, including insuring that the machine doesn't just flicker back on and give the next person in line my cash and card!!!! So angry I started to cry and hyperventilate! What is WRONG with me??? Even though it was getting late in the morning and I have to d... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:18:28 EST Spark Coach Assignment for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066573 "Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87266298.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why am I so focused on losing 100 pounds, getting away from taking medicine to control various and sundry new ailments, and being able to move without pain? My true motivation is to be healthy again. To look at myself... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:19:49 EST Please keep my son in your thoughts and prayers Tuesday ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062087 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639226116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a big week for my son as his court hearing is coming up. I am praying for a miracle for him... It turns my stomach and makes a headache come through my forehead just to think about it, but I'm trying to breathe and stay focused. It's already done and there's nothing more I can do so I just have to have faith. I'm praying for his lawyer to have clarity in thought and action, and for the judge to be merciful... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:57:14 EST This morning's foggy, beautiful walk (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060405 Great day! Got up and walked to the grocery store. It's Saturday, and I've already expended all the calories and burned off what I am supposed to according to my plan, but I FELT like moving! So I got myself dressed and made a quick shopping list. My son gave me his backpack, and off I went. I can't believe that a carton of milk, 2# shredded cheese, some cheese slices, bread, chips, and 2# grapes weigh so much -- I guess 10 pounds. To think, I was actually saddles with that same 10# jus... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:54:58 EST Magic Shoes and Sparkle Dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895001482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is it possible that a pair of shoes (or a free fitness website) could be magic? Do they hold some special power that transforms couch potatoes into athletes? Are they responsible for athletic feats of Olympic proportions or powerful nutritional choices? The will power to change an attitude and do what you know needs to be done when you'd rather be doing nothing at all? Let's see. <BR> <BR> I went to the athle... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 09:34:14 EST Sorry fellas, this one's for the women ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033871 I just got back from ... a RUN!!! What? Shut the front door girlfriends!!! I strapped up the double Ds and took 'em out for a spin! Granted, it was only 28 minutes, and only about a third of it was running, but that's MORE than I've done in YEARS. Literally, years. (And look at the light show I was treated to along the way.) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864993646.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11146346.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-a... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:02:44 EST My son has been found -- thank you, friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029556 <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>41</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so grateful for my SP friends... <BR> <BR> My son has been found. My husband left early this morning to go look for him. He's fine, embarrassed, and trying to figure it out on his own. He was working ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:16:58 EST I need my Spark Friends now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028092 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> It's every parent's worst nightmare. My oldest son has gotten himself into trouble, running around with the wrong crowd. A former high school quarterback and recruited football player to college, he took a leave for the semester, and is now in trouble with the law. Hanging with the wrong crowd has cost him his scholarship, and now he's been charged (and thankfully released with an administrative court date), but is still in trouble. <BR> <BR> I only found o... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:12:59 EST Fall Semester will be a test of my SparkLing commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010764 <em>216</em> <em>252</em> <em>357</em> <em>381</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>252</em> <em>357</em> <em>381</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>252</em> <em>357</em> <em>381</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> My semester is starting next week, and it has previously been a habit breaker for me. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are tons more students in the Fall, and there's a lot of paperwork and prep that goes into getting started. <BR> <BR> Also,... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:26:41 EST Walking in the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l860644892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been avoiding talking about faith on my blog, because I've been struggling in my walk with God, and have even avoided playing any Christian music when I walk. But I was moved this Monday, and found myself rocking out to the "Women of Faith" soundtrack, in the rain, having a discussion with God, feeling like He was dealing with me, in my bright pink rain jacket. In the course of my walk, as usual, I passed b... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:33:32 EST Attitude Check! (A love note to Spark People) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001866 <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I slept in this morning and it was too hot to walk, so I decided to do some Spark videos. Whew! Cardio interval training is hard! Hard on my knees, ankles, and feet; however, I learned that I CAN DO IT! I did everything Nicole did in its true form and then I sw... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 11:53:26 EST This feminist appreciated the compliment ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986935 OK, true confessions. I'm a feminist. I make no apologies for my perspective. I believe that women and men should be paid the same for the same work. I think women and men deserve respect. I think all people should be free to pursue their interests irrespective of gender. Therefore, I don't normally engage people on the level of appearance. I believe that one's body is no indication of their worth, so I've never really paid any mind to compliments about my appearance ... I just didn't ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:11:04 EST