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Starting Over, Day 1: I Did it!
Monday, October 28, 2019      6 comments

It's only one day, but it is one day! It's now almost 8 p.m. and I was successful today. I DID go to my hour-long Pilates class. I DID drink my water. I DID track my food - and I did great! Now, to decide on tomorrow's exercise... I know I have ... Read more
Why I Should Know I Can
Sunday, October 27, 2019      6 comments

Almost 10 years ago I had just turned 40 and I amazed myself... ...I lost almost 30 pounds ...I started running for the first time in my life ...I completed in races from 5Ks to half marathons ...I did 2 sprint triathlons ...I regularly road in... Read more
Starting Over Again
Wednesday, October 09, 2019      2 comments

I appreciate the comments left on my blog recently. I needed to reread some of my posts from years ago! I had pneumonia in January and surgery in May and am now getting back on track. I just finished post-surgery physical therapy last week which... Read more
It Feels So Good! So, why did I stop???
Wednesday, January 25, 2017      8 comments

I just finished a strength training workout and my muscles are shaking. But, during the workout, at times it just felt SO GOOD! It was relaxing and empowering. I know I will carry part of that peacefulness throughout the day. If it feels so good... Read more
My End of the Year Plan
Friday, December 18, 2015      7 comments

I learned the hard way that overindulging for even a few days can affect the scales! I was faithfully eating right for 8 days & lost an amazing 6 pounds!!! Then, I went to an out-of-town funeral & stayed at my in-laws. There were goodies ev... Read more
How Did I Gain 10 Pounds This Year???
Tuesday, December 08, 2015      7 comments

It's a sad fact. In 2010/2011, I lost almost 30 pounds. (28 to be exact). And, I kept it off for about a year and a half. Since then, the weight has crept back on. This year, though, the weight 'poured' on. I was so frustrated to see that ... Read more
Doctor Told Me I Probably Will Never Run Another Half
Wednesday, December 02, 2015      8 comments

My right knee has been giving me issues for the past 6 months or so. In October, I visited the doctor & had an MRI. He diagnosed me with Runner's Knee & said it is likely I'll never run farther than 6 miles again. I'm so sad, frustrated & m... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts 6 Year Anniversary... Almost
Sunday, May 31, 2015      146 comments

My 6 year anniversary with SP will be in 2 days. I've definitely had my ups & downs! When I started ...I weighed 159 pounds and got down to 130-132 where I stayed steady for about 18 months ...I was wearing size 16 clothes, and go... Read more
I'm BACK!!!
Monday, January 05, 2015      8 comments

How I've missed SparkPeople & my friends here. But, sometimes life is so busy! For one thing, we moved this summer... for the first time in over 17 years! I am ready to re-lose the last 12 pounds of what I gained back. I've been faithfully... Read more
Rejoined My Running Group Today!
Monday, August 25, 2014      4 comments

I haven't run with my group in over a year and a half because of an injury & then homeschooling my daughter last year. Well, today she started back to school! A new school since we moved... & it's her first year of high school! How did that happ... Read more
Training Again!
Sunday, August 17, 2014      4 comments

It has been a tough few months... as we moved for the first time in more than 17 years! I don't feel completely settled in & I have some work to do on the old house still, but we are moved. And, I've been running consistently now for a month. I ... Read more
Great Bicep/Tricep Workout (Day 75 of 100)
Friday, May 09, 2014      2 comments

Busy day so I only got in a 15 minute workout this morning. But, I might be able to squeeze in something else later today. The workout I did today was one of my favorites... and it's a killer! It's Fitness Blender's "16 Minute Bicep & Tricep Sup... Read more
What's an "Easy" Workout? (Day 74 of 100)
Thursday, May 08, 2014      6 comments

I did an 'easy' workout today working my glutes and a little stretching. In 32 minutes, I only burned 125 calories. ... Read more
More Energy? Or Less? (Day 73 of 100)
Wednesday, May 07, 2014      6 comments

I just finished my workout. I did 30 minutes of kettlebell & 20 minutes of HIIT with Fitness Blender & burned almost 400 calories. I have been on this 'journey' almost 4 years. I have heard so many times that working out gives you more ener... Read more
Pyramid Workout on Trainer (Day 72 of 100)
Tuesday, May 06, 2014      2 comments

As my husband is still working long hours, I had to do this morning's workout at home. But, it was a GREAT workout! I once again pulled my trainer outside & set up my bicycle. I 'made up' the following pyramid workout: the 'fast' workouts a... Read more

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