Group Picture

Blogs     Join this team to post to the wall

  • Physical Therapy!

    9/17/2014 1:33:10 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    At long last, I was approved for PT. I went Monday and the PT thinks I've pulled and inflamed some of the small muscles that connect my lower vertebrae. So the treatment is 15 minutes of heat, 15 minutes of ultrasound treatment, and 15 minutes of massage. Plus exercises to do at home. ... Read more

  • Best compliment/NSV lately

    9/17/2014 1:18:07 PM, by PMRUNNER

    I had a routine doctors appointment recently. Before meeting with the doctor, the nurse asked some questions about prior medical history and took my vitals. When he looked up to see my pulse and blood pressure (mid 50's BPM and 106/70), he said to me, "I take it you are a runner?" I told him, "Ye... Read more

  • Julia in 24 Lessons...

    9/16/2014 1:44:30 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    In the military, we like to complete the circle by doing an AAR - After Action Report and LL and Lesson Learned! So here is my short version (only 24) of what I learned about me (and that I can share with you!)... 1. My first love - Read more

  • Successful 2nd Olympic Triathlon. Short Race Report.

    9/15/2014 9:48:13 AM, by BOILHAM

    I was concerned that I was doing this olympic tri a bit too soon after my first one, one month ago. But, it was local and I enjoyed the first so much, I was excited to try again. After the first one, I rested for several days and got right back into training. I believe I trained adequately f... Read more

  • One week removed.

    9/14/2014 6:49:26 PM, by KONRAD695

    This will be low on words and high on pictures. This is my trip away with 6 of my high school friends. It is an annual outing to a cabin, and a relaxing weekend. The only requirement- everyone gets to be themselves. Here's my trip. My first new friend. Mister Snappy was waiting for me on ... Read more

  • September Check in:)

    9/14/2014 1:02:23 PM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Hello, hello Spark peeps! Hope everyone is doing well! The weather is fantastic here:) Just got back from walking the pups. They have been eagerly reminding me daily of how much they love their walks:) Now to find more hours in the day so I can take them more:) Last weekend I attended my s... Read more

  • Have you Ever Lost/Erased a Blog Entry before Posting? Here's the Solution!

    9/14/2014 8:40:31 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I read this on a "tips and tricks" page for my new BLC team. Sometimes my cursor jumps up and selects a few lines (or my entire blog) and deletes it in one keystroke!! Has that ever happened to you? Before you panic, do this: Press and hold your CTRL key and then press Z. It's the e... Read more

  • Things are Looking UP

    9/13/2014 1:54:23 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Happy Saturday, Sparkfriends!! After more than a week I finally, finally FINALLY have an appointment with a physical therapist scheduled for Monday afternoon. Physically I am feeling much better. Yesterday I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill but only 15 minutes of a Pilates class -- too much... Read more

  • NSV at the County Fair

    9/12/2014 8:48:08 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Yummm.....FAIR FOOD....that siren song (and smell) of fat, sugar, and salt... Yesterday I told you what my plan was, and I thought it was reasonable. But I know myself. Truthfully I knew that if I didn't get a dinner break until 8 pm I probably would NOT stop at a hamburger without the top bu... Read more

  • Off To the Fair

    9/11/2014 7:58:58 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I still haven't gotten an appointment with a physical therapist yet. It's been a week since I saw my primary care physician and had xrays. Hopefully today I'll get it straightened out. You really have to stay on these people and be your own medical advocate. My physician has approved PT but as of... Read more

  • New Definition of "Rise and Shine"!

    9/10/2014 5:11:48 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    A few months ago, or maybe it was last year, time goes so fast! , I did a 30 day streak of "Rise and Shine - One healthy habit every morning". With the fast and demanding pace that is taking place at the unit right now and my share of workload, I realize that it is time to get back to ... Rise ... Read more

  • Current Life

    9/9/2014 4:27:36 PM, by KONRAD695

    I could start off with all my difficulties in life, but does anyone really want to hear it. No?- that's what I thought. But a few said yes; so here is a list. Wife, kids, car, job, pets, job again, weight, sore feet, I'm tired, food, and those annoying phone calls. There's my list.... Read more

  • Good news!

    9/9/2014 7:44:19 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    X-rays show no fracture or crack in my "sacral area." So I'm going back to my fitness class today, the first one in 3 weeks. I talk to the doctor tomorrow and will ask AGAIN for a referral for physical therapy. I still have pain in my hip and walking down stairs is hard and painful. The ... Read more

  • A few Sugar Free days

    9/8/2014 4:44:52 PM, by SEATTLESIMS

    Okay, I'm feeling bloated and yucky. So I'm cutting the grains and the sugar for then next 3 days to see how I feel. Mon-Wed, then I'm off flying to Europe all day on Thursday. I will pack some of my own food and snacks, but my go-to snack of a Fiber One bar may on the menu. any recommendation... Read more

  • Kids say the funniest things...

    9/7/2014 5:20:32 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My daughter, age 3 and 1/2, was in the car singing away. My DW and I paused to listen to what she was singing and this is her song: Jesus is so strong Jesus is so powerful Jesus can step in the poisin ivy And not get all itchy Hmmm, I have to check into what they are teaching her at... Read more

  • Back to School!

    9/6/2014 11:13:38 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    First week "back to school" is over! Ouf!!! Let's go back to the weekend prior to it - a LONG weekend! Since we moved to Barrie and our posting to Borden, we have been attending FanExpo in Toronto - by we I mean Maggie, Jeff and I! Here is a quick recap of our p... Read more

  • Update Sep 4th, 2014

    9/4/2014 8:20:47 PM, by MADLYINLOVE

    What a ride this year has been! I've just returned home from an appointment with the Chief of Rheumatology at the hospital. And I've now got the double thumbs-up on my current plan for treatment for what ails me. I had to step back from a good deal earlier this year when, shortly after a big mo... Read more

  • The Saga Continues....

    9/4/2014 7:41:08 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Notice -- WHINE ALERT! As I stated in my last blog: on Tuesday I did the chiropractic appt. and afterward went to the Clinic I saw 5 days after the ladder fall to get a referral for physical therapy. I was refused the referral: the doctor said she "wasn't comfortable" giving me ... Read more

  • Just Another Day

    9/4/2014 2:56:43 PM, by KONRAD695

    My Day Running The Mackinaw Bridge. If you don't about the Mackinaw Bridge, In Michigan, IT'S A BIG DEAL!! So my labor Day weekend started with me being in charge of the hotel, checking into a room, and not being able to leave. Mix that with two restaurant mgr shifts, my r... Read more

  • Back home and back at it

    9/4/2014 1:31:46 PM, by SEATTLESIMS

    Howdy! I had 2 weeks in Alaska for work. I did well on workout out and eating. I did the treadmill with interval running (faster than my steady state pace) for 45 mins almost every other day. On the 'off' days, I tried to move more around the hotel or walk and do a little ST. Not every day, but p... Read more

  • Missed some August goals, made some others

    9/3/2014 12:45:44 PM, by PMRUNNER

    I think most folks know about SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely). Well, even if they are attainable, we don't always hit them. I had four goals for August and was 50% on successfully meeting them. Goal 1: Get back into maintenance range of 180-185lb. Sta... Read more

  • Progress!

    9/2/2014 7:54:21 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I got on my new treadmill Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I could do increasingly longer slow walks each day. Saturday was 1/2 mile (3 separate times), Sunday I walked 1 mile (3 separate times), and yesterday 1.25 miles (twice). Yesterday I managed over 15,000 steps which used to be my normal! But... Read more

  • August Food Edition - Part 2//Expedition!

    9/1/2014 12:13:19 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    This month I did not track... and I indulged! (it shows - I put on 10 pounds...) As my previous blog, I am about to describe the best (and the bad) side of my travel discoveries with food pictures! And because I like it all, there is not much restriction there... At the beginning of Augu... Read more

  • September

    8/31/2014 12:31:20 PM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Fall is my favorite time of the year:) I love all the colors and foods fall brings! You would never know it's fall by the temps we are going to have this week:) One last round of summer?? I found three interesting workout plans in my latest Muscle and Fitness For Hers one for each style of f... Read more

  • Pulling Up My Big Girl Panties....

    8/29/2014 11:14:05 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    and getting out of my funk! Just because I can't do everything doesn't mean I can't do SOMETHING! So I'm going to stop eating my frustration and pain and do the things I can do. * I made an appointment with the physical therapy office. * I can do some upper-body work with weights.... Read more

  • Still in Tremendous Pain

    8/28/2014 6:33:19 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Yesterday I walked up to the mailbox twice (total mileage: 0.6 miles) and I was in a world of hurt. TC saw me walking back and said, "You are really in pain, aren't you??" YES, I was! Today I saw the chiropractor again for Session #2. Did exactly the same thing as Session #1. I don't think... Read more

  • Olympic Triathlon at Moss Park Orlando FL

    8/28/2014 8:34:17 AM, by BOILHAM

    A 4 minute video of my recent Oly Tri. You will see a beat up old guy at 3:30, coming from the top of the screen. Thats me - not looking like the youngsters you'd seen previously in this vid. But, hey I'm not perfect, just persistent. Thanks for watching.... Read more

  • Sidelined & Spaghetti Pie Pix

    8/27/2014 11:20:54 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I am sorry to say I am still in pain after my fall off the ladder on August 16th. Actually, everything is better from the ladder fall, but apparently I altered my gait and my slow miles on the treadmill and on our city trail have caused a huge pain & strain in my right glute. The chiropracto... Read more

  • August Food Edition - Part 1

    8/27/2014 12:41:36 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Caution: Keep reading only if ... - You have a full stomach; or - You can say NO to food; or - Food blogs won't make you go to the kitchen to get more food (or perhaps I should include a disclaimer - I don't want to be responsible!!!); or - You want to feel better about cheating ... Read more

  • Storm King 10k run report

    8/25/2014 9:06:59 AM, by PMRUNNER

    It was a great morning for a 10k, not too hot or muggy, but comfortable. I brought most of the family today, except for DD1 who had a sleepover at a friends house. Last year she and DS1 ran the kids 1 miler before the bigger race and they both had done well. This year, the kids race was smaller, ... Read more

  • Sunday Plans

    8/24/2014 8:12:34 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Good morning, Fellow Sparklers! Today should be a quiet but enjoyable day. I am going to do 2 slow miles on my treadmill both in the morning and afternoon. I'm going to call my sister in Michigan for a long chat. I plan to take pictures of things I want to sell on Craigslist, catch up on my f... Read more

  • It's Good to Fail

    8/23/2014 12:53:17 PM, by BOILHAM

    I failed. My time stunk, I was tired and hot. My legs cramped up and forced me to walk. My race was a failure. I failed. "Failure is not an option" is a quote from the Apollo 13 movie. Supposedly spoken by flight director, Gene Krantz. I don't like this quote. I believe failure is imperative. ... Read more

  • Catching Up

    8/23/2014 12:15:31 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Good morning, Sparkpeople! I have been getting on my treadmill for a mile each morning and a mile in the afternoon. My back still hurts but I can do short slow stints. Today we went into town and did 3.5 slow miles on our city trail. I am still cooking a lot of new Whole30/Paleo recip... Read more

  • Passed out after a full day (with new pics)

    8/22/2014 8:14:16 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My DS2 is a small dynamo and will keep on going, well at least until he can't anymore. My DW took our DS1 to swimming practice and I stayed home with the kids playing at the park and making pizza. While I was making pizza, his little motor must have run out. I came out to the living room and foun... Read more

  • No Treadmill Today!

    8/21/2014 5:55:25 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I TOTALLY SUCK! No one, EVER, has accused me of being graceful! On Saturday I was on a 10-foot ladder cleaning the cobwebs/wasps nests on our front porch with a broom...when a GIGANTIC spider came flying out of its web and down the broom toward me! I HATE , so did what any norm... Read more

  • Moving... And Distance Report/Goals

    8/20/2014 11:04:43 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    OK... Here is the what's up with Julia... Almost one month since my last post! The last week of July was super crazy at work because we packed everything and moved... to a temporary location... and then I went away on leave... (10 days to be precise, not enough!)... and then we moved again to o... Read more

  • Chocolate Chili Recipe

    8/20/2014 9:56:59 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    This is for Nancy-! I would definitely make this again! It gets sooo thick. I made it with 1 pound high-quality turkey and 1 pound of grass-fed ground beef. Next time I will add a can or two of rinsed black beans to up the fiber.
    m/2009/02/22/my-favor... Read more

  • The End

    8/20/2014 9:09:09 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I had another "digestive attack" yesterday so I have decided to give up the Whole30 plan. There just isn't enough fiber to keep me "regular". So this "experiment of one" is over. But was it a waste of time? A resounding NO! Here's what I learned: * I was eating waaaaay too much "Fr... Read more

  • Two week turn around results

    8/19/2014 7:43:38 PM, by PMRUNNER

    This summer didn't go exactly as planned (but then when does it?). I have been trying to maintain a range between 180 and 185 lbs, but had drifted up into the 185-190 range. Going from July to August, I continued to drift up until I saw 193 on the scale one morning. Good grief! I was exercising a... Read more