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I feel amazing!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I was just marvelling to my husband today about how well I feel. I'm energized, and feel so alive. Its the healthy eating and exercise I know it. I never realized just how bad I had been feeling until now when I feel so good. Why in the world would I ever stop doing this. Its great!

Today I did the 2nd workout in the couch-5k program found it easy. Then I continued after it was over to walk/run. I was so excited when I found myself able to run in 5 minute intervals at 5 mph.

I have to be careful though to do it the way the coach wants you to do it in the program. ON my left shin I have a pain, and it scares me to think I might get shin splints. i have to be realistic here, I am not in shape yet, and my bones are probably not as strong as they should be. So as much as I just want to push myself and get flat out running , I'm going to have to do it over time and the way he says or I'll just be injured and not able to run at all. That would be awful, so from here on out I'm going to do what the program says and only what the program says.
Although on the alternating days when you do it, I will spend an extra half hour on the treadmill, but just walking no running.

I still can't get over how great I feel. I'm also finding when stress starts to get me, if I jump on the treadmill I have to focus on the workout and when I'm done I'm just not stressed, and how many times do we take a problem and run it over and over and over again in our heads only frustrating ourselves more and more. When your working out you can't think, its just breathe and get it done. So its a break right there, and after you feel so much better.

Did I say....I love this program...cuz...I love this program!!!! LOl

Hope you all are having a super day.
hugs,
HD
Lori if your reading I'm thinking of you sweety.
Annaree will you be near kangaroos this weekend?
Blairsville Bunch...love you all...We can and will git it done!

  
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MELDOYLE9 1/25/2008 8:45AM

    The pains in your leg sound familiar. Same thing happened to me. Turns out that I couldn't handle ANY of the incline workouts (which we do to push ourselves). Had to be on level 2 or below. Don't do the inclines, and see how you feel. Also, if it is shin splints, just make sure you're hydrated and have eaten beforehand. It will help. Also, I recently discovered HIIT training, 2 minutes walking at 4 and then one minute "sprinting." I started with 6 and am at 7 now and don't have a problem. I could walk/run like this ALL day! Repeat over and over for half hour, 45 min, whatever. I actually did an hour at 6 the other day because it was so easy. I am going to try 7.2 today and see if I can do it.

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COFFEYBEAN 1/24/2008 10:13PM

    I realize no matter what is going on in my life personally, I ALWAYS make time for my friends....You're such a boost for me...and I thank God for sending you to this group when he did....when I feel like I'm not only tredding water, but I'm gulping in that nasty taste they call the river of life...I see this bright light shining...and it's your lovely words, thoughts, and wishes that you so eloquently pour out to me over and over again....I love you Heather....and I am so blessed to have such a sweet soul ready to listen to me vent, or get excited over little minut victories....I pray I can do the same for you.....

NOW as for your blog.....you be careful with your shins....we don't need you on crutches or with leg wraps....Your victories will come in time...and remember it's not our time...but the Lord's...he already knows how this race is going to turn out....but I do believe you are going to be a winner....I'm tickled at you....I hope everyone that reads your blog gets just as tickled, motivated, and upbeat....as the more we take care of our body...the more we will want to keep taking care of it...and what a tribute to God that will be.....He is so proud of you....and I am too....
Have a Super Duper Friday.....

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2 months Smoke Free yippeeeee!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I'm celebrating 2 months smoke free today.

Yesterday I did well right up until late evening when a beutiful chocolate bar was put in my hands...and well....I didn't have the will power to have just one little square this time.
Who knew that 9 little squares equals 295 calories. : (

Oh well back on track today.

have a great day all.
Heather

  
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ANNAREE 1/24/2008 6:56AM

    Way to go - 2 months what a great achievement.
You go to the top of the class.

WhooooHooooo

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ELLIPSISDREAM 1/24/2008 2:20AM

    That is Huge! 2 Months is fantastic...
Be proud :)

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COFFEYBEAN 1/23/2008 4:00PM

    Happy Dance....Happy Dance....I look rather silly here at the hospital...but I'm so proud of you...I've been trying to get my husband to quit....but He's going to have to want to...I quit 2 years ago...and feel so much better....

as for the chocolate bar....okay, we fell out of the boat for a minute...I've got an oar...do you want it....or are you going to punish yourself and tread water for a while? In any case...I know how strong you are....so you'll be back in the boat with us soon...

Did you get my sparkmessage.....were you able to get the whole thing....I was so touching....my mom loved it...in between the tears...but she understood where my brother was coming from...

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LIZPB2008 1/23/2008 9:33AM

    Whoooohoooooooooo (((HeatherDawn)))))!! Congrats on 2 months smoke free!!!
Don't beat yourself up over the chocolate, just beat the person that put the bar in you hand up! lol j/k
You're doing super!
Hugsss,
Liz

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A Celebration of the Little Things.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I'm taking some time this morning to acknowledge the little changes I have made in the last few weeks and give myself a pat on the back.
I have tracked my food daily,
I have tracked my exercise daily,
I have exercised 5 days a week.
I have been drinking my water,
I have for the most part blogged every day
I haven't beaten myself up when I have messed up, I just tried to learn something about myself from it.
I've been very honest in my tracking of food even when I knew I'd go over my limit., because it also can teach me and I want an accurate portrayal of what I'm doing.
I've told several people about Sparkspeople and they have joined.
I started a sparkteam for all my quitsmoking buddies that are now losing weight on spark. Called the Blairsville Bunch we all quit together on another internet forum geared for quitting smoking.
I've been active on the communtiy boards and spark teams I belong to.
I have supported other people and celebrated with them.
I've read many articles and been inspired by the success stories.
I'm now in stage two, and my one main thing this week is to measure ...absolutly everything. I couldn't believe my 2 tsp of sugar were closer to 5...wow.
I downloaded the coach to 5 k running plan yesterday and I'm working towards my goal of running a 5 k by summer.

I'm so excited and blessed to be here. I've met so many wonderful and amazing people and I'm just so grateful for sparkpeople.com

Have a great day everyone. I'd love to read about all your accomplishments or challenges you are facing and how you will go about meeting them.
hugs,
Heather

  
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ANNAREE 1/21/2008 6:03PM

    We are blessed to have you G2G.

Thankyou for the Blairsville Bunch - just the perfect picture.

And all of those little things make huge gains - Well done, you are an inspiration.

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COFFEYBEAN 1/21/2008 1:37PM

    I'm at the hospital right now....Dad seems to be doing a little better...but my sister had her laptop so just had to check in with my little angel and friend....So you're in the 2nd stage...wow....don't go to fast...don't want you completely skinny and gone in a month or two....

Good idea to measure everything, EVERYTHING....condiments...breath mints...anything that goes in the little section below the nose....

You're doing very well...and I see you're bringing friends into the group too...AWESOME....

Well better go....going to relieve mom and sit with dad for a while...he's in pretty good spirits...but he always is....

Thanks for the thoughts...

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The Joy of the Lord will be my strength.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


And oh boy did I need an infusion of strength today. I was tired and sore, and not feeling well. I was also bugged because the challenge I'm in is for cardio 5xweek not 4. I played with the idea and all the excuses I could come up with and they sounded very justifiable to not get on the treadmill. In the end though I knew I wouldn't be happy with me if I didn't. So I prayed hard, and I turned my mp3 music to the loudest fastest praise music I have...and got into it. The Joy of the Lord will be your strength really works in every circumstance. Next thing I know I hadn't just got in the required 35 minutes, it was 75 minutes later, 4.5 miles later, and I felt really good, sweaty but still good.

I had eaten a late breakfast so I didn't have lunch and still had a lot of calories left, so Glenn and I and Tristan my 13 year old son decided since the others were out we should go out to. We went to Pizza delight and I had the Brocolli chicken with Whole wheat penne and stole a couple of Tristan's garlic fingers. I was pleased to still be in my calorie range and it was delicious.
We then were off to see the Bucket List at the theater, but it was all sold out, the theater was packed out for almost every movie.
So we decided to go bowling I haven't bowled in 20 years, the last time I bowled I was young and not eating right and threw a ball and promptly tore my hamstring muscle, because I had been starving myself and my muscles were depleted.
Anyway I didn't do too bad my first string was a 77 I thought that quite respectable. We all had fun, but before the first string was over that same hamstring muscle started hurting like mad. I don't know what it is about bowling but that muscle does not like it at all. So I bowled a string and a half and called it quits. It was fun though to enter cardio a second time today after thinking I wouldn't enter at all. According to the calculator when I said I bowled for 1/2 hour taking into account Glenn and Tristan's turns, It earned me another 150 cals burned...yippee and that was fun calories burned. I think I'm going to keep going and just go at it easy and hopefully that hamstring will suck it up and learn to like it.

So all in all I had a really great day, even if Glenn did beat me both time, but were talkin a smidgen....just a smidgen more.

big hugs to you all, we're gonna do this and celebrate this wonderful life. We are all truly blessed.
hugs,
Heather

  
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COFFEYBEAN 1/19/2008 11:22PM

    Sounds like you had a ball (hehehe)....bowling is good for you...deep knee bends...stretching of the back leg...and the arm strength...I use to bowl in a league...with my hubby, and then one with just ladies...it was fun...but I got so busy I had to quit one league, and then our church league changed to Sunday nights and I have to work at 11:00 and by the time I went to work I was exhausted so had to quit that league too....Seems to me it was about then that I started gaining weight....(go figure) So it's been about 6yrs of growing girth...Make sure you stretch before you bowl...some people don't realize the muscles you use to bowl are ones you don't use a frequent...unless you're sliding on the ice and catch yourself...

You have a great evening...or what's left of it....Oh...if you do make it to the Bucket List let me know how good it was...I really want to see it too....

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Challenges are great!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


I'm wearing a big smile right now.

When I returned to spark and got serious a few weeks ago. I joined a challenge. It was to do 35 min. cardio 5xweek for the month of january. I'm so glad I did. It compels me to do it. There is something about not having done cardio 5xweek, and having to say I didn't that really gets me going. It doesn't matter that some days I have 50 min, or 65 minutes, it has to be 5xweek. So today I really found out the value of having joined a public challenge. I was up at 5am, I had about 3 hours sleep, and that was spent dreaming I was late for work...argh don't you hate it when that happens : ). I went to work and my co-worker was late arriving at the end of my shift so instead of 8.5 hours I worked 9.5 hours. I came home had a nap and woke up feeling like I just wanna relax, but my cardio wasn't done. I really didn't want to do it, I mean I really, really didn't, but the idea of failing the challenge this week was finally tooo much for me. I got up and I did it. Whooo HOOOO and I feel great about it. All in all I feel I had some great achievments today. Coworkers birthday and you have to have cake or its like they would be insulted, so I had 2 small bites, son offered me chocolate, knowing I'm a complete chocoholic, and I took one tiny square...he looked at me like I was a pod person. Who are you and what have you done with my real mother. : ) Plus I'm sitting here with in my calorie range once I eat a little something eles, and I met the challenge for another day. Awesome. I hope everyone eles is celebrating all their achievements today, you wonderful bunch of losers. : )
blessings
Heather

  


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