Good Things Happening--A (Positive!) Update
Wednesday, September 15, 2010      15 comments

Sparkfriends! It's been so long! Okay, not really. But it's been long enough that I'm feeling quite out of the loop and out of touch here. It's been a busy few weeks, rife with moments of growth, new opportunities, and positive stuff. ... Read more
Feeling NORMAL... and a Little Proud. :-)
Tuesday, August 31, 2010      11 comments

Feeling a little proud of myself tonight. :-) You know, this knee and not-being-able-to-run setback is the biggest setback I've hit on this journey (thankfully). Boy did I let it throw me for a loop. And BOY am I grateful it happened. ... Read more
Goodbye Sidelined Runner: Hello Active, Able Melissa!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010      12 comments

I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with exercise and my body and image these past few weeks, as my past few blogs demonstrate. On Monday night I had another conversation with my chiropractor (you know, that saintly dude who gives me... Read more
The Good, The Bad, and What's in My Control
Friday, August 20, 2010      13 comments

The Good: I've healed up from the surgical procedure I had done (unrelated to my knee). Rest was good for reminding me about the things I still need to work on. Being completely sedentary for nearly two weeks forced me to come face to face wit... Read more
Rest, Recovery, Renewal
Monday, August 16, 2010      9 comments

Thanks, sparkfriends, for the lovely messages, notes, questions, and well-wishes. I'm finally starting to feel a bit back to normal after a rough go last week! I had a minor surgery that laid me out, but I'm recovering just fine and should be ... Read more
Oh, who lost 99 lbs? That's right, THIS girl!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010      32 comments

Well, 99.8 as of this morning. Starting weight: 278. This morning's weight: 178.2. Glad to see the universe still has a sense of humor. Unfortunately, the circumstances around my weigh-in were less than pleasant. I had to go to the do... Read more
"I give up. Surrender. You win."
Wednesday, August 04, 2010      15 comments

For the past month, I've been mentioning that I have a knee injury. The medical update is that, thank goodness, according to the MRI there is nothing major wrong with my knee--no torn cartilege, no arthritis, just some "unexplained" swelling. ... Read more
Day 310: What Keeps YOU on the Straight and Narrow?
Monday, August 02, 2010      9 comments

It's top ten list time again! I find this helps me process whatever I'm up to. :-) I've had an emotionally tough week, and I decided that today I would focus on the positives--what I believe I'm doing RIGHT--something I think a lot of us coul... Read more
Day 306: Not Great News
Thursday, July 29, 2010      9 comments

Yeah, I didn't get great news on my knee. According to the knee orthopedic specialist, I have a good amount of wear behind my knee cap. He applauded me for losing as much weight as I've lost and told me that it's okay to continue running for n... Read more
Tuesday, July 27, 2010      10 comments

I hit a neat running milestone this morning! I've been noticing a dramatic improvement lately in my cardiovascular endurance. My heartrate used to skyrocket at a 13-minute mile (just as recently as February-March). Of course, gradually ... Read more
Day 296: Perspective, Outlook, Choices
Monday, July 19, 2010      5 comments

I spent a little time beating myself up yesterday morning for not having gotten all--or even really close to all--of my goals for the week accomplished. I wrote out a list of about 30 things (before you shame me for writing out THIRTY GOALS, le... Read more
Day 293: Stuff of the Week
Friday, July 16, 2010      8 comments

It's been an interesting week--lots of stuff has come up. It's amazing to me how, when I'm not deep in the food and on food benders, feelings come up and I am able to trace them to something that's ACTUALLY going on, rather than just feeling li... Read more
Day 289: Goals & Follow Through
Monday, July 12, 2010      6 comments

Just some quick thoughts about something I'm struggling a little with: So far I've really liked setting weekly to-do lists. However, for the past two weeks I've really struggled to get everything done I've intended to do. Last week I had ... Read more
Day 288: 5k Report & a (Sweaty) Picture
Sunday, July 11, 2010      9 comments

Real brief: I finished the 5k. My knee felt great while I did it, and since it's hurting now I've got the bag of frozen edamame on it. I'm just going to take things day by day and see what happens. I also got a new race PR: 34:50. ... Read more
Day 287: Setback
Saturday, July 10, 2010      9 comments

So, the bad news: I have another running setback. This time it's my other knee. I've noticed it getting worse this past week or two, and since I amped up the training for Sunday this past week, it got much, much worse. I'm intending to g... Read more

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