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Measuring Change

Friday, January 21, 2011      7 comments

July 31, 2008 200 pounds (I lost 8 pounds before joining SP, making my high point 208). 38" waist 45" hips Today 164 pounds 31.5" waist 40.75" hips I took a year off from SP (2009 to last July), and I gained about 20 back,... Read more

CrossFit Workout

Friday, January 21, 2011      5 comments

500 meter row 16K kettlebell high pull deadlifts x 12 8 laps farmers' walk, each hand holding 12k kettlebell 12k kettlebell swing x3 and 3 push ups (repeat both x 5) full set x 5 you know when athletes talk about leaving it al... Read more

Surprised to Find I Lost Weight! (plus a road bike)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011      8 comments

It's good to keep a journal for many reasons. I thought I hadn't really lost any weight in the last year, that my weight had basically stayed the same. Today I looked at my weight log here at SP, and I've lost 13 pounds or so since July. Hmmm, 1... Read more

Elephant Seals and My Body Image

Saturday, January 15, 2011      11 comments

Yesterday the kids had no school in the afternoon, and I was able to get 4 tickets to visit Ano Nuevo State Park, so we could see the elephant seals. I haven't been since I was a kid, and I remember it as a pretty powerful experience despite hav... Read more


Wednesday, January 12, 2011      8 comments

In one of my sparkteams, we're having a big conversation about the messages we give ourselves, and that reminded me of this that I created last spring. I've worked hard to change the messages I give myself, and creating art has been one way I'v... Read more

Kick Turns and Swim Drills

Monday, January 10, 2011      6 comments

I've been looking at online swim programs where they give you videos to watch and drills to do. Haven't put any money down, but the first video I could view and it showed kick turns. Kick turns I've always figured were really hard and an advance... Read more

Swimming and Body Image Processing

Friday, January 07, 2011      6 comments

I swam 3 times this week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. It feels like my body is finally starting to get the hang of swimming. I'm learning to really kick from the hip more (though I haven't been able to integrate that in with arm strokes yet... Read more

Great Discussion About SparkFriends

Wednesday, January 05, 2011      3 comments
al.asp?blog_id=3892412 I'm finding Raylinstephen's blog today to be sparking some really good conversation and thought I'd share it here.... Read more

Hummus (or not) and Swimming

Monday, January 03, 2011      8 comments

I made hummus this morning. Or not, depending on if you want to be proper. I took a pound of cooked garbanzos and blended them with a cup of homemade salsa, the juice of a lemon, a little more cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. I'm calling i... Read more

2011 Goals

Saturday, January 01, 2011      3 comments

Goals for this year: 2 sprint triathlons (first one will be June 11, need to put money down on this, and still need to choose a 2nd tri) start a vegetable garden run a 5k with my son Happy new year!... Read more

Sleep, Pain, Working Out and Triathlon Training

Thursday, December 30, 2010      5 comments

Sunday I had a vertebrate pop violently out of alignment. I was able to see my chiropractor the next day thankfully and we got it back in place. Last night while I was settling for sleep, just lying comfy in my bed, that vertebrate and a couple ... Read more

Sleeves Continued

Saturday, December 25, 2010      6 comments

Merry Christmas! I wore my new sleeves for a quick run this morning. It's supposed to pour today, so I de... Read more

Sleeves AKA Arm Warmers

Thursday, December 23, 2010      7 comments

Because I plan to keep running through the winter season, I bought some sleeves today -- the ones you wear at the start of your run, and should you warm up enough you can pull off and tuck some place (still TBD) on your body? There were a choice... Read more

Word of the Year

Wednesday, December 08, 2010      7 comments

Since 2008 (which also marks the start of my weight loss/emotional recovery journey), I've taken a word to inspire the year. 2008 was "fearless" which I also wrote as "fear less." It was my year to address my fears and to start learning pat... Read more

Out of My Comfort Zone

Saturday, December 04, 2010      3 comments

I'm planning to do my first sprint triathlon next year. My trainer told me that I'd be going out of my comfort zone for this, and I agreed. I hit one of those moments on Wednesday. My husband and I went to the bike store because my bike is ... Read more

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