WORTHEYMOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WORTHEYMOM WORTHEYMOM'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/ I survived my 2nd Crossfit Festivus Competition!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914571 I did it and I survived! Walking a little funny - but survived! LOL <BR> <BR> It was my 2nd comp, so I knew kind of what to expect! <BR> <BR> So here is how I did.... <BR> <BR> WOD 1 - For Time complete rowing 1000 meters and then 50 wall balls (throwing a 10# weight up to 9' mark on wall) <BR> <BR> - previous best time was 9:32 - finished Saturday in 7:50! That with new targets we never practiced with before and the last 3 wall balls were air balls until I got #50 to hit! lol - finis... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:50:00 EST I'm competing Crossfit Festivus Games Next Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909124 So I haven't posted much this year so far, but it's been super crazy busy! =) <BR> <BR> Been working on getting the salon going - but it looks like laying tile will have to wait till next week/next Sunday. So many things to do on the salon, but we have lots going on for the family too! Major balancing act these days! Have to take the daughter to Girl Scout of Southern IL board retreat. She was chosen to represent the girls of girl scouts with one other girl among many girls between the ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:50:14 EST 2014 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848449 <BR> <BR> Family – I can only say in 2014 I lost 2 great people who went heaven. <BR> <BR> - My paternal grandmother was 95 – whose health had been failing for the last few years went to be with grandpa. I did her hair for the last 10 years – every Thursday! She loved having her hair set in rollers with the same style always. We started with her coming to my house – which always lead to the mad dash of cleaning the house spotless the night before – to bringing a dryer chair to her hou... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:07:19 EST My 9 yo Son's First 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795266 Well my 9 year old son, Tyler and I walked/ran his first timed 5k! We have walked a color run in St. Louis before, but we don’t count that as an actual 5k! The color run was more fun and playing around than shooting for his best time. I’m so proud of my lil man! I was there with him the entire race; I encouraged but didn’t hound him to run. He ran as much as he could when he could. He didn’t complain or whine at all (ie my 15 yo daughter complained and whined the whole time we ran/walke... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:45:38 EST The Summer Flew By! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757158 It seems like this summer has just flown by! 8 days and the kids go back to school – kind of sad that is has gone by this fast! After Girl Scout camps, tae kwon do lessons, piano lessons, swimming lessons, couch to 5k running group, Crossfit, and visiting with Tracy and her family every week, this summer has been the fastest summer by far! <BR> <BR> After all of the sadness in May/June with the unexpected passing of Torie, we are coming to terms with her being gone. I still see/hear her w... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:53:18 EST Best Friend's Horrific Car Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729083 Over a month ago, our small little town lives changed drastically in a matter of minutes. A group of friends/moms and I decided to go out for lunch and to the movies to see Moms’ Night Out. That morning before lunch/movie time, I was supposed to go for walk/run with Tracy, the woman who has inspired to me get off my booty. I hadn't been running for while so she was going to take it easy on me and we could do block of walking, a block of running LOL – she’s awesome like that! The night bef... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:53:21 EST My Box's May Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688701 My box does challenges from time to time. This month the coaches have thrown down a 5k day Challenge as well as a Paleo Challenge. We have to weigh in with measurements and before pics. As well as a Challenge WOD of 100 single jump ropes, 40 squats, 30 sit ups, 20 pushups and 10 burpees twice! <BR> <BR> So here we go! May 1st Stats <BR> Weigh In – 152.8 <BR> <BR> Measurements – <BR> Chest - 36” <BR> Waist – 38” <BR> Hips – 38” <BR> Left Bicep – 12 ½” Right Bicep – 12 ¾” <BR> Left Thig... Tue, 6 May 2014 08:00:55 EST My Crossfit Open Experience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666614 This was my first Crossfit Open I have participated in and wow! It was more than I had expected, but everything I had hoped for and then some. The Crossfit Open is a competition where anyone who does Crossfit can compete and do the exact same workouts that the top Crossfit athletes do! If one places well enough in their region, they can get asked to compete there for a spot in the Crossfit Games! Now granted, I was not expecting a top spot or anything like that, but just to be able to do ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:58:32 EST Polar Plunge and Crossfit Open! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637728 It's a long one folks and pictures too! <BR> <BR> Omg it’s been forever once again since I have blogged – the days have been crazy since Christmas! Lots of snow days, but any mom knows that’s even more work LOL. Mother Nature has sure had a temperament this winter! We are supposed to be getting a possible 8” today. Last night we got a good ½” of ice. Seriously hoping it doesn’t hit like they are expecting it too. I have to get to the box tomorrow for Crossfit Open 14.1! More about tha... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:56:08 EST 2013 Review & 2014 Goals - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567248 2013 is almost over – WOW – this year has totally flew by! The kids are another year older and even busier than last. I can only imagine what next year is going bring – K is getting her driver’s permit in May and Ty never ceases to amaze me with everything he can do! <BR> 2013 Goals – hum, some were met and some were not. <BR> <BR> Running – well this was not met unfortunately. It all started with not training properly for the half marathon in April. I knew I was NOT trained to my fulles... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:19:27 EST Update on My Daughter in the Hospital - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550688 Well it all started last Saturday night. She wasn't feeling well – tired, not hungry, just plain puny. We thought it was the flu as it has been going through the schools like wild fire. Sunday we had a bridging and re-dedication ceremonies for the area Girl Scout troops, which she helped plan for the town’s troops. She was there but not feeling well at all. When we were done, we went home and she went back to bed. <BR> <BR> Monday I called the dr and got an appointment that morning. Dr... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:39:45 EST WOW time has flew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534208 It’s been a while since I blogged so let’s see where to start… <BR> <BR> End of July – I went to a crossfit box’s open house – I totally drank the Crossfit koolaid! Busy, busy, busy summer for the kids – which I used as an excuse not to run or wokout =( <BR> August – spent the time trying to get back in the school routine. Joined Trainstrong Crossfit! It’s a 20 minute drive each direction – but so is any other gym. Loved it! Tried to go atleast 2-3 times a week – totally challenging wit... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:01:32 EST Crossfit schedule and weekend plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484632 well this week I have definitely got back into the swing of working out! woot woot! A little sore but that's to be expected LOL <BR> <BR> Here is my schedule for the last week and will be for the rest of the month - <BR> Sunday - ran 3 miles <BR> Monday - Crossfit and then couch to 5k group <BR> Tuesday - ran 2 miles in the am <BR> Wednesday - Crossfit - then couch to 5k group <BR> Thursday - ran 2 miles <BR> Friday - Crossfit! <BR> Saturday - rest day (not really rest but working on gar... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:17:59 EST Big Earl's Extreme Race! Full of pics!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466806 it was soooo much fun! I have a few battle wounds but nothing worse for wear. LOL <BR> <BR> My bestie Tracy and I signed up for this way before I joined Crossfit, but to come to find out they also had a team going to the race. Even though I was officially registered on their team, all my crossfit buddies cheered Tracy and I at the end of the race. That was freaking awesome! <BR> <BR> We will start with Tracy and I's clean pic before the race. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:33:38 EST Birthday Concert Baby!!! New Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463073 So last night - I mentioned to the hubby that our fav band, Bullet for My Valentine, was playing at the Pageant in St. Louis on Oct 11th - the weekend before my birthday. His eyes lit up - I didn't mention it before because we have had a lot going on at work, at home and with the kids. We went in seen them in Indy 2 years ago at a small theater before they were known as well as they are now. We loved it - so much fun! So when his eyes lit up, I told him I was buying the tickets and making... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:49:45 EST Where did the summer go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456276 wow - it's been a month since I blogged! holy cow! well the summer didn't go as planned - but what ever does? LOL <BR> <BR> The Bad news <BR> - the exercise plans - um excuses, excuses - I could list tons of them but it really amounts to me not putting forth the effort. <BR> <BR> - school starts next week! (good news/bad news LOL) - I can't believe the summer has flew by so fast. Wish we could have did more with the kids but with the home improvements - it wasn't in the budget. We mad... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:42:15 EST Restarting and suggestions for modified exercises? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421751 I mentioned a few weeks ago - that I might have sprained by wrist/arm. I have been trying to wrap it and ice it as needed. going on week 3 and I'm frustrated. I was doing so good at Jillian's body revolution and had to stop because I couldn't use the weights with my arm the way it is. I've totally fell into a slump. Haven't ran, haven't done anything besides what has to be done. i have been feeling sorry for myself and making poor decisions =( <BR> <BR> BUT I'm going to turn this aroun... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:28:52 EST Busy, Busy June! Loving it but it's a little crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389927 well what another crazy month! <BR> <BR> workouts are going great! streaking on day 13 - doing Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution. Hoping to amp it up in the next few weeks by adding a morning run to the routine. I always make sure to make the time to get it the workouts in. now getting my butt out of bed early enough for a run in the am! <BR> <BR> eating - getting better not where it needs to be yet =( but I will get there! <BR> <BR> kids - OMG - it's summer! and we are busier than ev... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:57:21 EST What a crazy May so far and the summer to come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360668 It been one busy month! Not enough time exercising, but lots of family time! My daughter turned 14 and graduated 8th grade! One thing about having parties at the house - I get the house cleaned! Goodness I need to have more parties/get together I think! Now if I can just keep the house this clean, that would be freaking awesome! The summer months are coming on fast - Softball and baseball practices have started the late weeknights and dragging in the mornings. LOL <BR> <BR> Short upda... Sat, 18 May 2013 23:56:00 EST Bought my first ever bikini top! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315955 oh goodness - I bit the bullet and did something I have NEVER EVER done before! i bought at bikini top and I even put it on. I have never been in the shape where it was even possible to think about buying a bikini top let alone wear one. BUT I did it - I bought my motivation for this spring/summer! <BR> <BR> I WILL do the work it will take to be able to wear this top in public. <BR> I WILL eat the right foods so that my workouts/training will pay off. <BR> <BR> I have the top where I can... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:57:06 EST Walking to the Easter Egg Hunt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305337 It was so cute this morning! My son, Ty, asked if we could walk to the Easter Egg hunt at the park this morning. He said it would be like walking what you run in the mornings right mom! He is so flipping awesome! It perfectly a mile from our house to the park. My hubby went with us too, We got started a little late, but made it as they told the kids to go. <BR> <BR> He scored some major candy at the hunt and got to see all of his friends. I think he talked to his friends more than l... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:22:12 EST March Goals & Boot Camp #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272579 well I have been hoping that my family's schedule would allow me to get back to boot camp this month. The month of Feb was horrible for me. I was just plain lazy for the 1st two weeks of February and ate stupid stuff, which help me gain back 10+ since December boot camp. Totally upset that I would allow myself to slide back into old habits so easily! <BR> <BR> March is a new month! So I have decide to pull my head out of my booty and start making better choices again! The last two weeks... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:14:05 EST Wow - this article says a lot to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267423 I think I might have discovered something here. Maybe an aha moment for me. Restrictly calories isn't good for any body type or anyone who wants to get healthy. I am the person who doesn't eat breakfast or lunch. Only supper. Something has to change. Time to take a look inside and see what my real issues are. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/health/running-<BR>empty?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-RunnersWorld-_<BR>-Content-Nutrition-_-RunningOnEmpty </link> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:25:46 EST I get to see Jillian Michaels in St. Louis!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264579 Ok I am so on cloud 9 right now! My sister text me late last night saying that Jillian Michaels is going to be in St. Louis May 11th! So of course, I had to look it up on the internet and get all of the good info. I was watching my DVRd biggest loser at the same time - where Jillian was finally getting the contestants to have their breakthrough moments! My husband knows how big of a fan I am of Jillian and what an inspiration to me she has been, so he tells me to order 2 tickets for my mo... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:04:48 EST After a month + of excuses, I finally ran again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262249 Well I have thought of very excuse under sun, why I couldn't go run for the last month. I need to clean the house, work on GS stuff, do the laundry, do the dishes, balance the checkbook, too cold outside, too tired, blah, blah, blah! Yes those things needed done, but could have they waited for an hour - YES, but I chose to not to. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my wonderful husband giving me encouragement and pushing me out the door I went for a 3 mile run today. Not sure of my pace because I forg... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:26:40 EST Last morning of Boot Camp! Hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172671 This morning was the last morning of boot camp! I am kind of sad in a way - the early mornings (up at 4 am 3 times a week) were pretty rough at the beginning for sure. It got easier as long as I went to bed early. It was hard at first to adjust not only my schedule but the whole families schedule. But it was totally worth it! M, W & F were great days! I get done with boot camp in the mornings and get back home before anyone else was up. I got to relax a few minutes before waking the hu... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:55:18 EST Update - C25k & Bootcamp!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154658 wow it's been a while since I blogged! well time is flying by these days! <BR> <BR> So a little review - Couch to 5k Group #2 completed their first full 5k on November 10th! i was in tears as they crossed the finish line. They all did super! Everyone ran the whole time! I made everyone who has finished C25k with me their own tutu! I will have to post some pictures later! <BR> <BR> After that race, I hadn't done much with exercise or running. I felt like everything was spinning out of... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:47:54 EST Getting through this weekend for more focus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111276 This week is totally nuts - week 8 of couch to 5k training group, preparing for my ESA's 1st Annual Trick or Trot this Saturday as well as my GS Troop helping at "Haunted" Camp and our local troops food drive. of course there is more, but just not as pressing. <BR> <BR> i am very proud of my c25k girls! They are kicking but - I think IF I do the group training again in the spring, we are going to have to find a different location - we don't have a track for our school so we are running ar... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:25:01 EST My commitment to me for the next year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101283 I'm tired of my excuses! It's time to kick it into gear! i have to make time for me to be a better me! Looking back on the last 2-3 years and I can really smile! i have made a difference in my life, my family's life and my community! I am super proud of what I have accomplished and I am looking forward to seeing what else I can do. <BR> <BR> I am restarting my journey on my 34th birthday (really 27th +7 ) today! I was getting frustrated with not losing weight and actually gaining a f... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:21:55 EST October - Re-prioritizing and Enjoying it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083952 Well October is here already - WOW the time is flying! <BR> <BR> Little man's birthday went great! He had so much fun bowling with his friends and our family - there wasn't even time to open his presents at the party because the kids were having so much fun! My birthday is right around the corner and i had really thought that I would be in a better place, but life happens. My schedule is still hectic but is getting better. Carpooling is AWESOME!! I was able to get all of the mom's toget... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:57:03 EST so much to do, such little time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074391 Some days I feel like I can never do enough and whatever I do is not right. I am over-committed to everything (kids' activities, couch to 5k program, Girl Scouts, church, ESA) but myself. Something has to give. <BR> <BR> I find myself grouchy, the house a mess, grouchy kids and hubby and a crazy schedule that has me going every day - Sunday through Saturday. I just got to get through the next 5 weeks and it will get better - well that's what I keep telling myself anyways. I don't ask ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:18:50 EST Downward Spiral and grabbing on to the edge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063521 So about three weeks ago, it started to going downhill. I had applied for a job at local university. I got my hopes up really high, even though I knew better. Long story short is that my transcripts were not included with my test so it affected my score and the likelihoods of being chosen for an interview. <BR> <BR> I really took this news hard (harder than I should have). I slacked on exercises - gave excuses for not running besides the celebratory race for my 1st group of couch to 5k an... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:57:43 EST St. Louis Color Run 2012!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022417 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1149993.jpg"> <BR> Team Keefer is all clean and white waiting for the race to begin!! <BR> There is sooo many people - it absolutely crazy! I know the race started late and they released runners in waves, but we didn't cross the start line until an hour after the race was suppose to start! <BR> <BR> Here are the pics of the people in front of us! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708851963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And behind... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:48:05 EST The Color Run - Team Keefer! Charity is Autism Speaks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018146 I am in such a great mood - The Color Run is only 1 1/2 days away! When my friends and I registered for the race, we seen that the Charity of this race is Autism Speaks! Which totally awesome since my running buddy and teammate has a son who has Autism. My daughter, Tracy and her daughter and our friend Katie will all be running together on Saturday! <BR> <BR> Well totally overlooked the fact, they would like us to do a fundraiser for our team - oops! So I am just putting this out there,... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:31:00 EST Weekend Review - Another Busy One! But what's new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013172 After another busy week, this weekend looked like it was going on to busy too and it was. Friday night, my DD and I went with our friends to get our nails done - a back to school treat for the girls - and then out to grab a bite to eat. Good times and of course, my nails look sweet! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I got up early thinking I was going to get an early run in, but I got a text from a friend right before I was about the leave. She asked me to join her at the Y for Zumba with a new teacher... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:44:46 EST Holiday World was AWESOME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004319 My Girl Scout troop and our families had such a great time this weekend! It was a blast and a great workout at the same time! Lots of walking and we finished week 6 of couch to 5k too! <BR> <BR> We all took off for the 3 hour drive on Friday night. We stopped for supper and then headed to the hotel. The kids were a little bummed that they didn't get to swim that night in the hotel pool, but they got over it fast when we mentioned that they needed to save their energy. LOL <BR> <BR> Star... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:16:57 EST August Goals and Accountability! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999837 Here we go! August is here already! <BR> <BR> August goals! <BR> <BR> Weight – 142 Height - 5'1" <BR> <BR> Beg of July - Measurements - Beg of August <BR> Neck – 14” 14" <BR> Chest – 41” – 37” 39 1/2" - 36 <BR> Waist – 37 ½” 38" (bloated - just biked LOL) <BR> Hips – 37” 37" <BR> Thighs – Right – 20”/Left – 20” same <BR>... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:16:06 EST Awesome Opportunity - work related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998186 A month or so back, I got an email from my alum college with the usual stuff (blah, blah, blah) but down at the bottom of the email, it stated that they had job openings in the civil service departments. I have been patiencely looking for a different job - something with insurance, benefits and retirements, as the job I have currently doesn't offer any of that. I work for my parent's electrical/generator business - I do all of office work (selling generators, scheduling, accounts payable and... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:12:29 EST July Measurements and End of the Year Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988050 Well I finally found where I wrote down my measurements and goals for July. <BR> <BR> The month did not go as planned, but nothing ever does. You must make the best of it and overcome the obstacles. <BR> <BR> July Measurements <BR> Neck – 14” <BR> Chest – 41” – 37” <BR> Waist – 37 ½” <BR> Hips – 37” <BR> Thighs – Right – 20”/Left – 20” <BR> Calves – Right – 13”/Left – 13” <BR> Arms – Right – 11”/Left – 11” <BR> <BR> Weight – 145 <BR> <BR> Nutrition Goals <BR> -Eat all 3 meals a day – wit... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:24:45 EST The Color Run in St. Louis on August 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937514 I had seen the color run advertised last year for Indy. We couldn't make it to that race, so I decided to keep an eye for this year and guess what?!?! There is one in St. Louis which is even closer for me! Yippee! If you have never seen or been to a Color Run before, take a look! <BR> <BR> http://www.active.com/5k-race/st-louis-m<BR>o/the-color-run-st-louis-2012 <BR> <BR> It looks like a blast! What is even better is they are donating a portion of the proceeds to Autism Speaks charity!... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:55:24 EST What a crazy week! Neoga Days with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936628 Oh my - what a week! It has been nonstop - go go go! <BR> <BR> Our son, 6, is in Tae Kwondo and baseball this summer. His schedule is games on M&W and TKD on T&R and by Friday he is pooped! Our daughter is softball and Girl Scouts. She has games on T&F. Most Girl Scouts (GS) troops do not do much over the summer, but not my girls! We are lucky enough to have two local day camps - by local I mean within 20 miles from us. That's as local as it gets. LOL. My dd is helping at another c... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:56:53 EST Couch to 5k for Girl Scouts and their parents! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923539 My girl scout troop went with me to the Thin Mint Sprint half marathon, 5k and 1 mile fun run and they got to see all of the people at the race as they went by our water stations. They were amazed at how many people where there and all of their different ages and abilities. They knew I have been running for quite so time and 2 of them (A&H) plus my daughter (K) have joined me in a few races. BUT the others really weren't interested in it until NOW! <BR> <BR> I am so excited to say that ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:36:27 EST GSSI's First Thin Mint Sprint Raises $18,000!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913355 BREAKING NEWS! GSSI's first "Thin Mint Sprint" Half-Marathon, 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run raised $18,000 for Girl Scouting. The event, held June 2 at SIUE, had over 400 racers from ages 5-71! Watch for the July Update or visit our website www.gsofsi.org in the next few days for more information, including full list of sponsors! <BR> <BR> I am so proud to say that I was/am on the planning committee for this race. Originally I proposed to have the race closer to my area, but it ended u... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:29:44 EST Bye Bye May! Bring on June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907915 Oh My - I guess I didn't realize it has been over a month since I wrote. Lots went on the in the month of May - started with my son's tonsils and adenoids being removed. The doctor told us that his adenoids were the largest she had ever seen in her 21 years of surgery. No wondered he couldn't breath well while he was sleeping! I really wish I would have just listened to my motherly senses - our OLD dr said he was fine and didn't need his tonsils or adenoids removed! grrrr - BUT the great ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:35:25 EST Christie Clinic Illinois I Half Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860338 So I am finally getting a chance to write about this weekend's races! I am still psyched! It was a blast! Who would ever guessed i would say that about running a 5k & Half Marathon all within 12 hours! <BR> <BR> My running buddies - Katie, Tracy, and Vicky, started off on Friday night meeting at Biaggi's for a quick pasta supper before the races. Ya - I know - who would want to run on a full stomach - but it was that or eat super late and get home with an hour drive even later. I had at... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:29:10 EST 2nd Half - not prepared! any advice?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848001 My 2nd Half is only 5 days away with a 5K the night before - The I challenge for the Illinois Marathon at Champaign-Urbana University of Illinois campus! totally excited and nervous! I didn't train as i should have and I know this. I will not beat myself up if I don't come in under 2 hours and 30 minutes, if I have to walk, it's ok! These are things I didn't want to say to myself when I signed up for the race, but you know what - life happens. I will finish, I will be proud, I will have f... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:40:32 EST Super run this am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834778 After waiting out the thunderstorms, I had a great run this morning! Legs felt great, breathing completely under control, and PR'd in 10K by 11 seconds without pushing it to the max at the end! Wanted to go another 3-6 miles, but as I waited for a friend to finish, found out that I had a nice blister on my heel. Darn it - I knew I shouldn't have worn the thick socks! oh well - hoping to go back out after bit and at least run another 3 today. I can't remember when I felt so good running. ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:28:14 EST why do I feel like crap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828919 Hum let me see how I can count the ways.... <BR> - eating all kinds of junk food (easter candy, pizza, pop, etc) <BR> - not eating breakfast <BR> - eating in the middle of the night <BR> - not working out <BR> - not running as much as I should <BR> - not training like I should have been for my upcoming half <BR> - stressing over the half <BR> - not going to bed till 1-2 am every night <BR> - stressing over bills (son having tonsils and adenoids removed May 1st & daughter getting braces on Ma... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 14:54:08 EST Overload of races vs Family Time - Family Wins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824523 Well today I am signed up for the Lake Sara Dam 8 mile Run - a fundraiser for the IL State Police special olymipcs. Got up and ready to leave this morning and found out that the city's annual Easter Egg Hunt. My kids have never missed this event. It's not that I am excited about them getting tons of candy or prizes - but about the family time that we have. I think I have let my race schedule get a little ok maybe a lot out of control. I don't even what to think about the amount of money ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 12:12:55 EST Drivers who don't watch for runners and walkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807890 So I went out for an afternoon run today - as I am finishing the last mile and getting ready to do my cool down walk, I check traffic and begin to cross the road with no one coming in either direction. As I am in the middle of the road, I see a truck speed around the corner and begin to speed up. Now this is only a block away from our middle and high school - so they are kids everywhere, espically our track team (high school and jr high). We don't have a track for our schools, so the kids ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:37:18 EST