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  • Authenticity (and 5 Years Sparkiversary! )

    6/25/2015 8:54:24 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "Your authenticity is key to creating meaningful relationships." ~ Horoscope I will start this blog by saying that I don't apply the wisdom of my horoscope as a strict rule... I read it as a curiosity and sometimes the words speak to me ... so I share it ! ... I think the quote above is someth... Read more

  • Did what I could do TODAY.

    6/23/2015 8:17:32 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    First of all, my SparkPeople commenters continue to amaze me with their unwavering support and positive encouragement. I would like to personally thank each one of you who have commented over the past couple of days. You guys make me feel like I really can do this, and I simply can't thank y'all eno... Read more

  • Focus on the journey, not the destination.

    6/22/2015 9:38:05 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    This morning, I actually got up and went to the gym. I can still hardly believe it. I ate pretty well today, too -- but could've done better. (I've been feeling guilty about eating two oatmeal raisin cookies at school today). But other than that one thing, I did a good job. I had an absolute b... Read more

  • Hallelujah - Tribute to Grey Hair (plus archived pictures!)

    6/22/2015 3:52:21 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Father's Days (… and Mother's Day) are filled with emotions for me. It brings me back to my roots, helps me reflect on my expectations (WRT my relations with my parents and my kids) and how I want to be perceived as a parent. When it comes to family matters, my grand-parents are my inspirati... Read more

  • Catching up :)

    6/22/2015 7:55:37 AM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Hello, hello Spark buddies:) Another school year comes to a close. As I reflect back on my practices this year, I would say my skills in trouble shooting and management were tested the most. This year was comparable to my first in terms of stress. I nearly walked away mid year. Feeling defeate... Read more

  • The only one who can beat me is me.

    6/21/2015 7:18:37 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've started a written weight loss journal. Today is "day one." I've set a couple of short-term weight loss goals, and a couple of personal goals. I've written down all of my measurements, weight, etc. I like having papers that I can just flip through when I want to look at my progress. I feel scare... Read more

  • Little changes, nice changes.

    6/18/2015 8:51:19 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I need some place to vent, so I use my journal. In my real life, I'm a very upbeat and happy person. In order to do that, I need to have some outlet to pour my frustrations into, so I don't end up taking it out on my loved ones, so I don't have poor performance at work, etc. That being said, I know ... Read more

  • Ironman at 70?

    6/18/2015 11:46:14 AM, by BOILHAM

    I made the commitment. This morning, I emailed my race director for HITS Ocala Triathlon Series and asked to upgrade from the Half Iron to Full Iron distance. I've been thinking about this since I completed the Half Ironman event a couple of months ago. For a year or so I've been waffling about... Read more

  • Motivator of the Day??

    6/16/2015 3:54:15 AM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Well, that was quite a surprise considering I haven't been active on Spark for...two months? I sometimes read blogs, but even that has fallen by the wayside, so I don't know why I was given the honor! What have I been up to? Well, a lot it turns out! We were gone all of May visiting fam... Read more

  • Cellophane.

    6/15/2015 8:51:08 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I feel so invisible. Husband just doesn't really notice me. I feel like we get along "fine" -- but I feel like we're more like roommates who sleep in the same bed. The past little while, I've even been feeling awkward about sleeping in the same bed, honestly. He just always (and I mean ALWAYS) has s... Read more

  • Mid-June : Ahimsa Challenge

    6/14/2015 10:48:56 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    How about a progress report! 1) I am doing great at one of my goal - journaling! The proofs : a) I am here writing this blog. 224 b) I took my journal with me to the Scandinavian Spa and after a short nature meditation ... (as my mom and sister were getting massage - a gift from me...) I wrot... Read more

  • Family Fun - Tree Trekking and Cave Hiking

    6/7/2015 10:06:47 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Just a quick one. I don't have much time for spark... Between fun time at work, the workload is not decreasing so it means overtime... I am trying to stay on top of it but I have my moments. Now the good stuff - I am taking an extended weekend off to spend some time with my sister and ... Read more

  • No sex.

    6/6/2015 6:06:14 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I basically have a sexless marriage. I don't remember the last time Husband and I had sex. It's been quite a few months now. I don't remember the last time, because I didn't write it down on the calendar or anything. I know it had also been quite a few months before that last time as well. So ... Read more

  • Ladies Night Out...and I still did well!

    6/5/2015 11:21:43 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've recently mentioned the co-workers/new friends I've been spending time with. Well, tonight we had another Ladies Night out. We went out to dinner, where we had a lot of laughs...and a cocktail. Then we did a little shopping, and we ended the evening with a movie. We went to see Spy, and it was H... Read more

  • Bootcamp Day #4

    6/5/2015 12:26:14 PM, by MILDOLLARSMILE

    Well I got through the first week of bootcamp and didn't die!! Yesterday's bootcamp was at the Universitys Football Field and we have a walking path that goes up tall and above the bleachers, well I lunged up the big hill, did 20 squats and 20 tippy toes, then walked back down the hill and lun... Read more

  • Premonition?

    6/4/2015 7:34:32 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Last night, I had a dream that I was thin again. Just like I used to be. I was in my bathroom, looking in my mirror, and all of a sudden in dawned on me that I was thin. My double chin was gone. My fat cheeks had changed into pretty cheekbones. I was stunned to see myself. I hope that dr... Read more

  • Bootcamp Day #3

    6/4/2015 2:34:12 PM, by MILDOLLARSMILE

    Loving this bootcamp, yesterdays kicked my tail some but I managed to complete all with a few modifications. Here is what was on the agenda: Don't know why the pic is sideways, it is upright when I upload it. hm... I managed to find another way to modify the burpee my trainer would o... Read more

  • Things are still going well :)

    6/3/2015 7:59:59 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Day Three included more success. I ate well and maintained a positive attitude...which is fairly easy to do when your dad sends you a random text first thing in the morning: "I just wanted to send you a smile :)" It made my whole day. I'm taking Daughter down to visit them next month, and I can't wa... Read more

  • Bootcamp Day #2

    6/3/2015 1:45:53 PM, by MILDOLLARSMILE

    Here is what my trainer had us doing: I am feeling it today but love it. I managed to do this three times and when I walked the laps I tried to jog some and on the last one I jogged the entire lap. I couldn't believe it. I also managed to hold a modified plank for the full min by the thir... Read more

  • A non-scale victory on Day Two!

    6/2/2015 10:55:03 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Tonight was Daughter's very last musical performance with her middle school. I still can't believe the next performance we attend will be at the HIGH SCHOOL. Craziness. Anyway, Husband and I went, and two of his sisters came, all their girls, Husband's mom, and then two of his other sister's kids. S... Read more

  • Bootcamp Day #1

    6/2/2015 12:39:35 PM, by MILDOLLARSMILE

    Well I started my Bootcamp yesterday and I actucally did more than I thought I could...this was the schedule: 15 push ups 20 jumping jacks (3 sets each) Then a walk/run 2 times around the track they have (they wanted 4x but since beginners said we can do 2-I even ran a little of ... Read more

  • Summer Countdown Streak

    6/1/2015 10:46:28 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Ok, time to get back on track. Set new goals and move. I completed two HUGE goals just over one month ago and I am very proud of it - Boston marathon and I got my Yoga Teacher Accreditation (350 hrs) (Grad Picture! Different from any of my previous grad ;) ) The last one was the cul... Read more

  • New friends, new goals, a new life.

    6/1/2015 9:41:05 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I actually had a pretty good amount of motivation today. I stayed on my diet all day and even went to the gym for a little bit. I rode the bike for 15 minutes. I was happy about that. I had been talking to a co-worker, and she suggested setting a fitness goal that I "could actually do." So I knew I ... Read more