Scared to shake my butt at the shoe store
I've gotten serious enough about running that I need better shoes. Don't get me wrong--I'm still a rank newbie and don't go that fast. I was ecstatic over doing a 5K in 35 minutes, and I have a feeling serious runners would chuckle at that.
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Stopped being horrified; stopped sparking
For the longest time, I had a mental image of myself as being a little chubby, but as having a certain height-to-width ratio that wasn't what I considered fat. After a few horrible photos and the constant evidence of a mirror showed me that I wa... Read more
Time to face my addiction (to running)
I've been in denial about being addicted to something I used to hate, but a few thoughts that have skittered through my mind lately have finally led me to admit I have a problem.
"Should I feel worried that I wanted to throw up after runnin... Read more
The value of a calorie, measured in sweat
When I'm trying to convince myself not to have fries with that, 500 calories doesn't seem like that big a deal. When I'm on the treadmill, though, I can spend an hour working hard enough that getting sweat all over my surroundings becomes an act... Read more
Little shortcuts have gotten me off course
My company teaches car manufacturers to install express service operations in their existing automotive service departments.
It's more interesting than it sounds, I sw... Read more
Food choices: a matter of Good and Evil?
I didn't eat within my limits most of last week. I keep fighting the urge to say "I had a bad week" or to feel guilty.
See, if guilt were a sport, I'd be a multi-gold-winning Olympian. I feel guilty about normal things like being too grumpy... Read more
Objects at rest tend to remain at rest--is this a conspiracy?
I have a great system for getting regular exercise: I walk/jog 1.25 miles on my lunch break each day and 3.5 miles on Sunday afternoon.
This works because my kids are in school during my lunch breaks and at their dad's from after church on ... Read more
Getting to know the DFW airport in heels
I drove to Dallas with my boss at 6:30 am on Tuesday and ordered a Chimichanga when we stopped for Tex-Mex at noon.
This is where my day was looking its worst:
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I wouldn't trade fat me for skinny not-me
I was watching a show called Drop Dead Diva the other day--it's a kinda silly but fun Lifetime series about a model (Deb) who has a near-death experience and ends up revived in the body of another dying woman, a defense attorney named Jane who's... Read more
L.R. Sparkers Challenge: July 31 - August 6
1. (diet) Aim to drink 1 more cup of water a day than you usually drink. If you usually drink 8 cups a day, drink 9 this week.
2. (exercise) Try two new moves this week. Ex: If you've never tried superman before, try it once this week. Then... Read more
Eat, Pray, Love...Exercise
Let me start by saying that I love the book Eat, Pray, Love even if you think it's shallow, narcissistic, self-pitying, and annoying. LOVE it. You thoughtful, reasonable people already ruined the Twilight series for me--be content with that vict... Read more
Today is my anti-versary, a new un-holiday
Last Saturday, July 30th, I went over my calorie limit for the first time in weeks. Luckily I was still sparked enough to binge on Cream of Wheat instead of Little Debbies, but I was feeling anxious and sad. The reason for my emotional eating wa... Read more
The Scale Is a Lying Liar That Lies
Apparently, I gained 3 pounds while sleeping last night. Then, while burning a whopping 46 calories learning some easy Yoga moves for 45 minutes this morning on my Wii Fit Plus, I lost 2.7 pounds.
I don't think that's exactly right, do you?... Read more
Wait--boxing is violent? Huh.
I'm pretty sure I blew my Parent of the Year award AGAIN, and this time I blame it on SparkPeople. Or maybe Nintendo.
Sure my kids are eating more healthy food because their live-in chef (that would be me) is cooking better. Sure they're wi... Read more
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L.R. Sparkers Challenge: July 24-30
1. (diet) Work a new (or seldom used) vegetable or fruit into your diet twice this week. Ex: If you rarely eat blueberries, have a blueberry smoothie.
2. (exercise) Work out for at least 60 minutes total.
3. (communication) Post a bl... Read more