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  • Home Again!

    7/30/2014 5:53:56 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    OMG, we drove home like crazy people: 8 hours the first day, 11 the second, 9 the third. Driving while pulling a trailer is waaay slower and waaay harder than just driving a car. But once the decision to leave was made, we were ready for home! The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday morning wa... Read more

  • Yesterday.

    7/30/2014 10:54:04 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Monday was such a hard day that I was both mentally and physically exhausted. I went to bed with swollen eyes and a headache. When I woke up yesterday morning, my eyes were still puffy and I was worn out. I wanted to stay in bed, but I had promised Daughter we'd do a few things. Yesterday morni... Read more

  • Morgan Mudder Run report

    7/29/2014 11:49:10 AM, by PMRUNNER

    On Saturday, we participated on the Morgan Mudder Run, run by the West Point Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. While MWR sponsors a lot of 5k, 10k, duathlon and other races, this was their first mudder event. It was a great day for it, overcast and coolish with rain that threatene... Read more

  • Getting there. Working on a plan.

    7/28/2014 3:29:21 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've spent a good portion of today in front of my computer and on the phone. I started by reading a couple of articles about getting caught up on bills when you're behind. Then I sat down and wrote out all of the debts I have, and all of the other bills I have. I looked up every single one of them o... Read more

  • Pretty much...

    7/28/2014 2:45:54 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

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  • Possible plan.

    7/28/2014 12:24:42 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do or how to start, but I'm going to sit down with a cold drink (read as, "BEER") and try to make sense of this situation. I guess I'm going to get all my bills down on paper (again) and figure out exactly how far behind I am on everything (again). Then maybe I... Read more

  • Regrets and suffocation.

    7/28/2014 10:49:49 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I feel like the situation with the bills is only getting worse. I so badly wish I could just get everything caught up. We make enough money to pay our bills, it's just that everything is behind. We make enough to pay them, but not enough to get caught up on everything. So every month goes by, and no... Read more

  • Dreams without Goals are just that 'only Dreams'

    7/27/2014 1:08:01 PM, by HOBBESIS49

    OK Jane Wishing is not going to do it... I've heard that dreams are just that 'only dreams' unless you have goals to back up those dreams. Here I have the most wonderful tool in the world and I'm not using it and that is no one's fault but my own. I make excuses now.. It's true I haven't felt well b... Read more

  • Oblivion.

    7/26/2014 1:00:30 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    My husband is the most irritatingly oblivious human being on the face of the Earth. This morning alone have left two perfect examples. 1. I try to be considerate of my family members. This morning, I set out boxes of cereal, milk, bowls, etc on the island. I do this sort of thing at every meal... Read more

  • Humiliation.

    7/25/2014 1:02:07 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I went to my chiropractor appointment this morning. She basically told me my posture is horrible. I know this. Part of it is just pure habit/laziness. Part of it is that I spend 90% of my life bent over talking to small children, or cleaning, etc. She wasn't mean about it at all, but it just added t... Read more

  • Day 74/90 - Adios, Vacation!

    7/25/2014 10:20:52 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I understand water leaks are onerous to diagnose. But after two repair shop visits and replacement faucets & showerhead that we apparently didn't need, the leak is still with us! So we will be leaving on Sunday for home, so we can get the trailer into our trusty repair shop where we are on... Read more

  • Philosophy Inspiration!

    7/24/2014 10:01:55 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    On my last trip to Ottawa, the hotel offered cute toiletry items... I threw it in my suitcase, and now that I am about to use it, it is almost like it is talking to me… so here is a short reflection based on the little things that can inspire me Read more

  • Relaxing.

    7/24/2014 9:06:13 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    This has been the longest, crappiest week I've had for a LONG time. The class I subbed in was absolutely god-awful. The kids were much better today, and I actually found myself liking a few of them just a little bit. At first I wasn't even completely sure if I would be able to go today because my ba... Read more

  • Vacation Day 72/90 - What Else Could Go Wrong?

    7/23/2014 6:26:57 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    So today was our move day to Salt Lake City. TC went to move the truck...and it wouldn't start! Apparently he had left the keys in the vehicle and the radio on. Oh well! Called our Roadside Service and they arranged for a guy to come out...problem #1 solved! Then we went to a "quarter... Read more

  • Quicksand.

    7/23/2014 3:33:09 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I don't have much food in my house and won't be able to go to the grocery store until Husband gets paid on Monday. "Fortunately," he is on a business trip and the owner of the company is paying for all food, gas, and the motel room, so I am glad we have one less mouth to feed. However, he will be ba... Read more

  • Vacation Day 71/90 - Last Hike in Moab

    7/22/2014 3:40:14 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    We have enjoyed our time here; we are 10 minutes outside of Arches National Park and about an hour away from Canyonlands National Park. We have hiked both parks pretty extensively and enjoyed them immensely. As we wind our way from one national park/national monument to another, I truly understand... Read more

  • Desire, Ease, and Excuses

    7/21/2014 10:24:09 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Last week I read a blog from Gretchen Rubin, "My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences." * and it lead me to reflect on habit formation... Here is what she has to say and my thoughts on the section "Desire, Ease and Excuses" ... "Abstaining: For some of us, moderation ... Read more

  • Resistance training tips

    7/21/2014 8:53:21 AM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Over the weekend I had the chance to attend two more workshops held at the Y. I wanted to share some tips on resistance training that I thought were worth mentioning. If you have any questions or wanna know more, drop me a line:) *Form over anything else. I know for most of us this is a no-bra... Read more

  • Acceptance.

    7/20/2014 1:38:14 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I'm so tired. I'm exhausted. I'm done battling certain things. I'm tired of the same struggles and frustrations, year after year after year. I'm at the point now where I'm trying my best to just accept things as they are. I'm tired, literally TIRED of trying to change certain things about my life. I... Read more

  • New Garmin, first impression

    7/19/2014 10:59:22 AM, by PMRUNNER

    My old Garmin 305 died and I was looking to repair/replace it. When I contacted Garmin, they said I could repair it for $99 or get up to a $99 credit towards a replacement. I was looking at the 310XT and the 220. In the end, I got the 220. 1) it is smaller and 2) I don't think I will use some o... Read more

  • Collector or Crazy Person?

    7/19/2014 10:47:54 AM, by BOILHAM

    I remember when I first started running. I thought about running a 5K some day. I was unsure that I could run that far, and was afraid of coming in last place. Sounds familiar? Well, I did it and finished just fine. They even gave me a ribbon! Wow how cool is that? A cool ribbon just for runni... Read more

  • Horoscope and Hawaii Taper Run Recap

    7/17/2014 10:46:50 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Don't waste time looking back to uncover your mistakes; instead, look ahead and plan for your future success. Nevertheless, it's not wise to make changes too quickly. Overreacting is even less constructive than doing nothing at all. " ~ My horoscope of the day I guess I will try to apply this o... Read more

  • Summer update 5

    7/16/2014 2:50:05 PM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    *No new fitness achievements. We haven't had jump rope or rope climb on our workouts for awhile. Of course that means I have not practiced either:) *Boot camp planning is coming right along! Lots of samples and I have almost all the details ironed out:) *Been subbing lots at the new gym:) Co... Read more

  • Vacation Day 65/90 - Random Thoughts

    7/16/2014 10:46:13 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    I am down another pound, so happily I am now below my ticker weight! Yay! Watermellen wrote a great blog today about celebrating her 5-year maintenance anniversary, and in it she talks about many of the things she's learned to do to maintain her 90-pound weight loss. www.sparkpe... Read more

  • Dog Days in Florida

    7/16/2014 9:48:25 AM, by BOILHAM

    As I said in todays update "training in the heat always takes a lot out of me". It has been warm and humid, and I'm ramping up my training a little bit in preparation for my 1st Olympic Triathlon in August. Once again, I registered for proximity to home and familiarity with the event location. ... Read more

  • Vacation Day 64/90

    7/15/2014 4:28:42 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Thanks for the comments on my hiking blog yesterday! Yes, I guess I am "fit" but I see a difference in my body since it's now been 2 months without strength training or any kind of ab work. YES, I could do planks, pushups and situps in the trailer but...I don't. I just don't! ... Read more

  • Annual race as a fitness barometer

    7/15/2014 11:36:09 AM, by PMRUNNER

    For 4 of the past 5 years I have been able to run in the same race, a 5-miler in my DW's home town near Cleveland, OH. It is a flat course that starts and finishes two blocks from her house and winds through residential Cleveland suburb. The race is usually on the small side (~300 runners), ... Read more

  • Vacation Day 63/90, Hiking in Utah

    7/14/2014 10:19:31 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Yay, heat wave in Utah! The truck temperature gauge registered 106 degrees when we were driving through Valley of the Gods. YE GODS! Hiking has been difficult! It is 80 degrees by 8:30 am, 90 degrees by 11:30 am, and hotter than that in the afternoons. We're about 6000 feet above sea level ... Read more

  • Press PAUSE - I Want to Stretch my Weekend!!!

    7/13/2014 10:26:47 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I had such a wonderful weekend, I am not ready to go back to work! Last night we went to Barrielicious. We made a reservation at the FarmHouse and tried their special 3 courses dinner (for 25$)! Everything is home cooked and grown... I had the flatbread with chips and dip (with mushroom, sundr... Read more

  • My 12 Steps to Keep Stress in Check!

    7/12/2014 6:46:46 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read a spark article yesterday on stress, "Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! How to Stop Stress in Its Tracks" -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach, and will try to apply the 12 suggestions to manage my stress level. I had a lot of stress over the last year, too much. I ... Read more

  • Summer update 4

    7/12/2014 6:51:43 AM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Summer is going too fast!! I really wish I could freeze time or save it in a bottle:) My goal is to one day live as stress free as I am over the summer. I'm working on it:) *Workouts are awesome! *No progress on the rope or jump rope. *Swam 22 laps which is about a 1/4 mile. Previous max w... Read more

  • Mom frustrations.

    7/10/2014 8:50:26 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    My parents are going to be here tomorrow for dinner. My mother has not set foot in my house in six years, and hasn't spent the night in my home in about 10 years. (They are not staying with us, though). My back has been hurting so I haven't worked the past couple days. I need to work on cleaning my ... Read more

  • I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike

    7/9/2014 1:14:02 PM, by PMRUNNER

    As earworms (i.e. songs that get stuck in your head) go, "I want to ride my bicycle" (or most of the Queen greatest hits for that matter) is a lot better than the soundtrack to Frozen (after hearing it 6 times on a road trip to PA, it was hard to shake "Let it go" and some of the other songs out of ... Read more

  • Deflation.

    7/9/2014 12:19:27 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've been in an off-again-on-again rut for what feels like forever. I've read countless articles and viewed dozens upon dozens of videos about "living the life you REALLY want to live," yet I stay in this perpetual state of flux. Hell, it's not even really flux. I'm just always feeling STUCK. I don'... Read more

  • New Goals- How to walk the path?

    7/8/2014 3:18:42 AM, by HOBBESIS49

    What motivates people enough to walk the path and stick to what they initially set out to do? I think that I have always suffered from depression and so running was my cure when I was younger (which became very addicting). But now since I'm at Master Runner's Age and my weight is way over and I'm ou... Read more

  • Best friends.

    7/7/2014 9:41:34 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Daughter has had her best friend over since this morning. We picked her up at 8am, ran a couple quick errands, and then came home. We had breakfast, and the girls have just played and visited and goofed off all day. I made lunch...and dinner...homemade pizza. We all sat around the table together and... Read more

  • Happy July!

    7/6/2014 8:06:55 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    As most of my sparkfriends celebrated 4 July and enjoyed a long weekend, my long weekend was last week (Canada Day). And to make it even better, I stretched it to a 5 day weekend! Day 1: Friday. I had the day off but not my DH. So I got up I started my day with a run at the lake and I went to a... Read more

  • Vacation Day 55/90

    7/5/2014 8:34:54 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    We enjoyed Great Sand Dunes National Park. We walked on the sand dunes one day, but MAN! Walking UPhill on sand at 8,000 feet is not my idea of fun! We made it 2/3 of the way up to the top and called it quits. The next day we did a GLORIOUS hike up to Mosca Pass. It was 7 miles round trip and p... Read more

  • Bargains. Accumulation. Letting go. Making choices.

    7/4/2014 8:38:44 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I don't usually spend money on "extras," but I did today. Spending money on myself is typically accompanied with guilt, but today it was different. It felt like such a treat. My absolute FAVORITE cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch, is having a "Christmas in July Sale," with many of their cookbooks 8... Read more

  • The Grand Scheme of Things

    7/1/2014 11:29:18 PM, by KONRAD695

    Caution Ladies- Be Warned! There is a shirtless photo of me contained in this blog. It might stir some funny emotions. It's almost odd how the timing of the mid-year coincides with my mid-life. Everything seems to be finding an even ground. It's all just a big long story, too long to... Read more

  • Lunch with a friend.

    7/1/2014 11:09:24 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I went out to lunch today with a friend and we had a nice time. It was a short visit, as she was on her lunch break and I was off today, but it was a good one nonetheless. It's been a very long time since I've had a female friend who actually requested to spend time with me, and one that I wanted to... Read more

  • Happy July!

    7/1/2014 5:30:50 PM, by SEATTLESIMS

    Happy July.. seems like July feels to be more officially summer than June? At least here in Seattle area as it takes a while to really warm up. Nutrition has been good lately! I'm really really determined to make weightloss progress and my nutrition has been my downfall. I've really cut bac... Read more

  • Half 2014 Distance Report, Relay 4 Life & iRun

    7/1/2014 2:21:32 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    It is July! Meaning half 2014 is gone... (and it is Canada Day! - So I have the day off!!!) Time to do a little distance report. On my last one dated end of April I was at 871.5k/ 542 miles total distance for the year (again this is training miles only). That month was very intense ; I covered ... Read more

  • Summer update 3

    7/1/2014 12:06:55 PM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    *Still killing the workouts. *No progress on the rope or jump rope. *Deadlifts got a "good" from the trainer. I'll take it:) *Swam 16 laps today. Last week max was 10. *Personal training website up and running. check it out if you have a second:) 1790.15/500... Read more