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  • Beck 10, Day 38: Hitting a Plateau

    10/8/2015 1:10:53 PM, by BA5454

    Awesome chapter here, even if it is a short one. It hit at a good time because I've puzzling about my lack of weight loss for a couple of weeks. Last year, I was able to drop 5 pounds and a bit more after a week of clean eating. But now I think my metabolism (over 50, post-menopausal) has caught up ... Read more

  • Oh the horror

    10/8/2015 9:39:45 AM, by IFDEEVARUNS2

    I should have known……when my plantar fasciitis flared up a week before my marathon. I should have known…..when I was awake for two hours with cramping feet the night before my marathon. But hope springs eternal! I signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon at the urging of a friend who lives... Read more

  • Blogging for the points

    10/7/2015 9:31:12 AM, by ONMYMEDS

    The weather is looking really good for this Sundays Chicago marathon. I'm getting anxious to meet up with my 40,000 racing buddies. I hope they are wearing name tags. At my age I have a hard time remembering them all. 246... Read more

  • Beck 10, Day 37: Reducing stress

    10/7/2015 9:17:11 AM, by BA5454

    When I retired a few years ago, I thought huh, this is great, no deadlines, no people coming to me looking answers, no meetings, no deployments, etc. etc. But as I got into semi-retirement, I realized that I traded one stress for another, lol. So there's still stress, just a different kind. No... Read more

  • Very productive day!

    10/6/2015 5:51:14 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Had a great weekend. After the 5K DH and I spent the next two days sharing our farm with Aprylle Gilbert and Jose. Aprylle is the lady that just completed a run across the US all on Hwy 6. I ran with her when she was in our area. Yesterday I prepped tomatoes and started to reduce them to mak... Read more

  • Beck 10, Day 36: Peter Panning It

    10/6/2015 1:58:01 PM, by BA5454

    Nobody's gonna mind right? I skipped Day 35 about weighing in because I did a progress report a few days ago. So on to Day 36! Normally, I'm pretty black and white, just the facts type of gal but this chapter is called 'Believe It' and cried out for a Peter Pan reference. Here it is: "The ... Read more

  • Ready as can be

    10/6/2015 11:40:35 AM, by ONMYMEDS

    I'll be running the Chicago Marathon this coming Sunday. This will be my second time running Chicago, and my 4th marathon overall. Training has gone well and I'm feeling confident that I will have a successful race. The Kenyans do NOT need to be worried, however. In fact a good number of participant... Read more

  • Water Water Everywhere except where we need it

    10/6/2015 3:56:02 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH & I fled the east coast rain and flooding for Europe to cruise the Elbe and then the Danube to the Black Sea. Because of the warm winter last year and lack of snow, the Elbe is too low for the ship to sail. So we are seeing the sites by land. First 3 days Berlin based. Our hotel is ri... Read more

  • Ending a viscous negative Circumstance-Thought-Feel
    ing-Action-Result Cycle

    10/5/2015 10:51:01 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was reading a book by Brooke Castillo titled "Self Coaching 101 - Used Your Mind - Don't Let It Use You". The basis of his book is: 1 We cannot control the world; 2 Nothing outside of us has the power to make us sad or bad unless we concede our power; 3 Stress is not due to our circumstances,... Read more

  • Oh no! I thought . . .

    10/5/2015 10:53:25 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

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  • Beck 9, Day 34: Beck and the Nursing Process

    10/5/2015 8:21:58 AM, by BA5454

    Today's chapter is all about problem-solving. When I read it over the first time, I immediately thought about the nursing process. It's changed a bit over the years as it should but 'back in my day' (sorry) it dealt with Assessment, Plan, Implementation, and Evaluation. It helps to have critic... Read more

  • 10K Triple Crown complete!

    10/4/2015 2:36:43 PM, by BA5454

    It was a goal of mine to do the Mid West Ohio 10k Triple Crown and today it's complete with the Minster 10K this morning in honor of Oktoberfest (where everyone is German). Beautiful day to do it in at 65 degrees and sunny. They had fun facts posted along the running trail. Here's what I learned: ... Read more

  • Watch out, slow runner ahead!

    10/3/2015 8:31:01 PM, by BA5454

    I have a 10K tomorrow and hubs is driving me. Why is that a problem? He's not running and I don't want to make him wait. I'm a slow runner, my 10K will take at least an hour and 20...maybe more since my left knee and right ankle are complaining and I have no desire to stress them (new shoes are comi... Read more

  • Color Me Courageous 5K.. New PR!!!!

    10/3/2015 4:17:05 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of rain. Yes we need the rain but I knew this would effect the 5K course. I think I groaned because DH patted me with his “It will be alright pat”. Morning and yes there was standing water and it was cool outside 47 that felt like 41. This cool... Read more

  • Progress report

    10/2/2015 12:15:13 PM, by BA5454

    This was me on this colder-than-normal Friday: Progress report: 1. Have been staying within my calorie ranges for the past (almost) week and what a difference it makes! Still Becking along, too. 2. Water intake is really good every day, although it's still a struggle. 3. Varied my wo... Read more

  • Oh Those Gray Moments

    10/2/2015 9:00:09 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I have had a few of them this week. First was when I sat down to sync my Garmin running watch with the computer. I looked at the date on the calendar and then looked at the watch. They were not the same. I figured that when we went to Kansas and crossed a time zone that something must have happen... Read more

  • You're running 3 races in 3 days!! Are you crazy?!

    9/30/2015 8:01:00 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Well yes, I am a little crazy, but aren't we all? This past weekend I was scheduled to run three 5Ks, Friday, Saturday night, and Sunday, respectively. The Fort Bend County Fair 5K began just before the parade. There were literally thousands of people lining the streets waiting on the para... Read more

  • Equilibrium

    9/30/2015 1:00:53 PM, by MORGANTHEFAY

    Well, the Great Weight Gain of 2015 seems to have come to an end. For the past 3 - 4 weeks I've been eating between 1500 - 1700 calories. and not gaining weight. This is such a relief. I don't know if my thyroid medication is optimal (my Doctor just quit, so for now I'm stuck with what I have unt... Read more

  • Fall!

    9/30/2015 12:59:40 PM, by BA5454's coming. Here are some pics from a walk today: ... Read more

  • Wonderful Weekend Away

    9/30/2015 10:56:58 AM, by LDYHAZ

    That trip to Kansas was just what this family needed. We left Saturday morning picked up DH mother father and great aunt. We all squeezed into a mini van and off we were. It was a long drive and DH did all the driving. The rest of us chatted up a storm. Made a couple stops and drive bys to s... Read more


    9/29/2015 5:22:20 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    Another BLC round has started! Time to reflect! Time to get my BIG GIRL BOOTS on and DO THIS! This is not about being comfortable! This is not about making excuses! This IS about getting real! This is about facing my fears! This IS about putting in the FRONT of my mind to not talk th... Read more

  • Beck 9, Day 33 Emotional Eating

    9/28/2015 9:01:52 AM, by BA5454

    Ah, emotional eating. It's a tough one. As Beck states: Eating emotionally just creates another problem--you feel bad about straying off your plan. I have a favorite quote from another author I'm just starting to read: “When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you... Read more

  • Healthy and Fit vs Thin - a blog question that made me think this morning.

    9/28/2015 7:37:01 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Healthy and fit...healthy and fit. That mantra caused me to accept the extra weight I was gaining each year. Finally, I realized that I was healthy and fit before, so why did I have to drag around all those extra pounds now? Why didn't I just stop gaining? That reality had to smack me in the... Read more

  • Quote for the Today

    9/27/2015 7:14:23 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "If you wait until you're ready, you'll be waiting the rest of your life." unknown ... Read more

  • Doing Nothing Saturday

    9/26/2015 5:45:24 PM, by BA5454

    Rest days are gooooooood! ... Read more

  • Rain Runnin'!

    9/25/2015 8:51:45 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I was inspired by DSCROW's blog today on her run in the rain dilemma. It reminded me of how I loved playing in the rain as a child and changing clothes three times during a golf round in the rain when I was at "maximum density!" 334 Just those thoughts brought me to who I am today. I was ne... Read more

  • Bad Tractor and Melt Down.......(long One)

    9/25/2015 8:24:02 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Yesterday started off rough. DH husband had some 24 bug and of course this time of year he is refusing to slow down. I did my 4 mile run and came back and spoke my mind. I told him I would rather take him away and live on my retirement check then see him work himself into the ground. This is the ... Read more

  • Beck 8, Day 25 Saboteur!

    9/25/2015 8:06:03 AM, by BA5454

    I'm reading a book in which one of the minor characters drops off into French here and there, hence the title. lol. Day 25 is all about the sabotaging thoughts that course thru one's mind on any given day. Here were some of mine over the past few days: 1. I'll eat this now, then re-sta... Read more

  • $22.50 Half Marathon: BVHM

    9/24/2015 11:24:17 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    This Sunday, I'm doing the BVHM. (full name: D. Herlocker Memorial Bachman Valley HM) Admittedly, the name doesn't have much pizzaz but it's an excellent HM and I say that as a very sharp critic of HMs. This one does more things right than most. Almost everything! I wish other races would take ... Read more

  • Great news from the gallery

    9/24/2015 1:47:02 PM, by MORGANTHEFAY

    I submitted pictures of my new paintings to the gallery, and the owner loves them! I am hoping to see her tomorrow to get them in. I didn't realize that I had done so much painting, I have at least 3 more as well. I don't talk about my art much here, that isn't usually my focus on S... Read more

  • Solitude as a companion

    9/24/2015 8:38:13 AM, by BA5454

    I've been stepping up my game plan as far as planned out runs because of scheduled half-marathon at the end of the year. I'm finding a lot of solitude on these runs (especially on trails) and it's very companionable. And good for the psyche! ... Read more

  • Just saying . . .

    9/23/2015 8:28:11 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

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  • Beck 8, Day 24 Discouraging Thoughts

    9/23/2015 8:16:39 PM, by BA5454

    Okay, show of hands...who hasn't been discouraged from time to time by attempting to eat healthier and/or increasing their exercise. Un-huh, I thought so! After all we're only human, right? My motivation is always highest at the beginning, maybe that's why I start over so much, lol. A few... Read more

  • My “sitting” injury – literally a pain in the butt!

    9/23/2015 11:15:20 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’ve reported oddball injuries before. Tripping over a sidewalk planter while scanning ahead for the Cheesecake factory (frozen shoulder) Missing a step at Golden Corral as I scoped out the dessert buffet and twisting my knee. Dropped a can of soup on my toe – took a long time for... Read more

  • Beck 8, Day 23 Countering Unfairness

    9/22/2015 5:10:06 PM, by BA5454

    The picture is what I thought of immediately while reading this chapter. "It's so unfair!" Why couldn't I get my brother's metabolism? Why does my best friend eat all the cake she wants and never gain an ounce? Wah-wah-wah, right? How can you get around the negative thoughts (because that... Read more

  • Clearing my Head and the 10 mile Run....

    9/22/2015 2:15:42 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Worked driving grain cart most of yesterday. Got in at 8PM and realized my daughter in CA hadn't returned my message. DH and I are planning a large Christmas gathering in TX. I need to be getting dates and plane tickets. Was needing the date for the grandkids tickets. I should have known someth... Read more

  • Justing saying . . .

    9/22/2015 9:00:58 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    why I ran so far ... Read more

  • I'm on my way

    9/22/2015 1:40:24 AM, by MORGANTHEFAY

    So many of us here are dealing with chronic health issues. A lot of people think that the chronic issues are a function of being fat and lazy. "If you'd just get off your duff and move, you wouldn't be in this predicament!" How many of you have heard this from other people, and how many of you ha... Read more

  • "Falling" fine!

    9/21/2015 11:15:53 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    524 Today I will be going to the dentist. I've had this tooth in the back that I've ignored for well over, what 5 years or so? It's had a crown put on it but then it still hurt so I just chew on the right side of my mouth. Well, as you know, ignoring things never makes it better and so yeah... Read more

  • Facts about Prostate Cancer

    9/21/2015 10:59:21 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Share this link:
    downloads/PP-600-US-1232.pdf... Read more

  • A 70 year old pot on a 21st century stove

    9/21/2015 10:31:34 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Last week DH & I played Mom & Dad to 3 teenage grandkids while DD#1 & her DH were out of town. We brought with us a mountain of green beans from our garden. I’ve always used a pressure cooker a LOT so I brought one along with me. THIS ISN”T IT. When I put MY pressure cooker ... Read more

  • Be proud of yourself

    9/20/2015 8:58:29 PM, by BA5454

    A little something for the start of the week: ... Read more

  • 5 Miles Done and I Returned to This!

    9/20/2015 9:35:49 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH & I are in Asheville, NC at a meeting of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society “South” (my heritage group) where we saw an excellent presentation on the Wooden Churches of the Carpathians (Mountains in Eastern Slovakia). This morning I ran 15 laps around the hotel parking lot and walked 10... Read more

  • Project Walk, Run, and Roll.

    9/19/2015 4:03:18 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Project Walk Recovery Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with paralysis. The Foundation held a race event at the high school in my neighborhood today. It was a well attended event, however, the 5k race didn't start until 9AM. The w... Read more

  • My Two Year Sparkversary and A Perfect Storm

    9/19/2015 7:16:27 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Happy Sparkversary to me and it IS a happy time. I have gotten a lot out of Spark people and I am happy with how far I've come. The first year was great-I lost about 50 pounds. This past year started out good with another 10 pound loss and then the weight loss came to a halt. For most of this year I... Read more

  • A Ray of Sunshine on a Dark Day!

    9/19/2015 7:10:17 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I woke up and my leg was worse. I mumbled and grumbled around until I could make another appointment with the doctors office. Also knowing that if I wasn't seen I may have to wait until Monday so I didn't want to take the chance. Did manage to take the dog for a Very slow Jog/walk. Felt bett... Read more

  • Beck 8, Day 22: Oh, well.

    9/18/2015 10:50:35 AM, by BA5454

    Sheesh, this chapter was an important one for me because when limiting my food choices or denying myself what I think I want to eat kind of boils down to some hard feelings. And those hard feelings (read: sabotaging thoughts) throw me off my plan time and time again. It's all mental. Beck says ... Read more

  • Up Date On Bug Bite

    9/17/2015 5:58:58 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I went to the doctor and it is anallergic reaction/infection from fly bite. Got a shot of toroidalal, (ouch) for swelling, Bactrim (anitbiotic) Benadril, and I threw in 1/2 vicodine for pain. She drew on my leg. So we watch now and running is ok if I feel up to it. Tomorrow. I think it may be Nap ti... Read more

  • Beck 7, Day 21: Weigh to go!

    9/17/2015 2:00:35 PM, by BA5454

    Today's the day to weigh in per Beck. I actually weigh every day and here's why--it desensitizes me to the number. So where I used to wig out if it was higher than expected, I take the number with a grain of salt, knowing it's a daily thing and a lot of things will affect weight, not necessarily ju... Read more

  • Harvest Time, Bug bite and looking back

    9/17/2015 7:53:02 AM, by LDYHAZ

    It's that time of year. Each day is different and very hard to make plans. Up before sun up and to bed late. This time of year we work hard but also reap the rewards of our hard work. This is also the only time of year that I get in the tractors and take a very active part in the business. I al... Read more

  • Strolling the Danube virtually - Regensburg, Germany

    9/17/2015 7:22:13 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Although I love exercise, sometimes even I need some extra motivation. Here it is. I appreciate the trophies that Spark sends me to mark my milestones, but I wonder where all those steps and miles would take me if laid out end to end. On Jan 1, 2013 I joined the team “The Virtu... Read more

  • September 16: Beating Cancer

    9/17/2015 12:51:45 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Kim has been cancer free for 3 years, but she still has checkups and tests to make sure. Goals for today are to go with Kim to the Image Center per her oncologist, and then have lunch, share with her my love and joy, be positive about our preparations for moving, and return home to continue to wee... Read more

  • This...Is...Weight Loss.

    9/16/2015 5:46:01 PM, by BA5454

    Beck break while I digest the info from the book. Have something I found on the internet: ... Read more

  • Doing What I Need To Do

    9/15/2015 12:06:08 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Well, we're halfway through September and I haven't done nearly as well as I had hoped. I only weigh once a month but I feel that I'm lucky to be maintaining. I highly doubt I've lost any weight this month. Seems like there's a lot going on all the time. I've had meetings or class or some ... Read more

  • Maintenance and Fall 5% Challenge

    9/14/2015 10:29:42 AM, by SUNSHINEYOURWAY

    Update: 09/14/2015 Where did the Summer Go? I am excited about two new challenges. The Origami Day Maintenance Challenge, which has already started and the 5% Fall Challenge. I have been doing these two challenges ever since I reached my goal weight last November. It took two years to loose 40 lbs... Read more

  • Weekend Recap

    9/14/2015 10:15:13 AM, by PLMITCH

    The last 4 days were a whirlwind! I flew out of Baltimore on Thursday afternoon headed for Denver, drove to Colorado Springs to visit my brother and sister-in-law, was treated royally there, then ran a 5K race on Saturday morning overlooking the majestic Rocky Mountains, and attended my 40th high s... Read more

  • Beck 7, Day 18: May I have some more?

    9/14/2015 8:34:28 AM, by BA5454

    For this little waif, yes...for me, probably not ;-). Note: For me, the kid who starred in the 1948 b & w version was the skinniest Oliver I've ever seen. Real method acting there. This chapter of beck deals with changing my definition of full, hence the asking for more. Being overly full is... Read more

  • Why I Run

    9/13/2015 6:32:34 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

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  • 9/12/2015 was a great day!

    9/13/2015 10:14:37 AM, by PLMITCH

    How do I define a nearly perfect day? Start with a 5K race at the highest altitude I've ever run at (6600 feet!), quality time with my brother and sister in law, roaming around my old neighborhood in Denver, and then the icing on the cake -- my 40th high school class reunion! 24 hours was nearly n... Read more

  • Galloway 13.1 Half-Marathon

    9/13/2015 10:04:16 AM, by BA5454

    I guess 13.1 and 'Half-Marathon' are redundant, eh? I did this virtual race last year and signed up for it again this year thinking I would never get to Atlanta. But guess what? I'm going! I credit the Galloway Method to getting me back to running, i.e. embracing intervals, basically. The woman... Read more

  • Reprograming our subconscious mind, part 1

    9/13/2015 1:15:32 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Have you ever had the general feeling that your struck in life, or unable to make certain changes even though you have been motivated to change? I have and I have been reading several books and articles on the process of overcoming bad habits, such as my procrastination, and self defeating fears of... Read more

  • Back from my vacation and On to my 2nd 10K!

    9/12/2015 10:03:24 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I came back to some ripe tomatoes. Not a lot but enough to make a batch of salsa. Realized just how much work making it is. Then I have to remind myself just how very good it is. Also I get satisfaction out of knowing exactly what is in it. As I was busy canning the other day I saw the clipping... Read more

  • If at first you don't suceed, try, try again . . .unless you're a skydiver :)

    9/12/2015 11:00:00 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Well, I knew it before I got on the scale that I had gained weight over the past couple of weeks. Last week showed a 2 pound gain with another 2-pound gain again this week. I kind of expected it, albeit I did not do anything to mitigate it. Over the past month, I've been suffering from seas... Read more

  • overcome your fears

    9/11/2015 9:19:45 PM, by OLDEROWL

    1. In order to overcome your fears, you have to accept and look at your fears. 2. To understand your fears, look at the worst case possible as a starting point. 3. Be prepared for the worst, e.g., have a life insurance policy to cover your loved ones, consider the resources available for dealin... Read more

  • Jogging

    9/11/2015 8:34:46 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

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  • Beck 7, Day 15: To Track or Not to Track

    9/11/2015 8:19:04 AM, by BA5454

    It's not really a question...the answer is yes! I use the SP tracker to monitor what I eat through-out the day because it gives me a gist of where I'm at in relation to calorie intake, protein, cholesterol and fat. It's a helpful tool. The daily note thingy is useful to put any 'indiscretions' on, o... Read more

  • Quote for Today 9/10/2015

    9/10/2015 8:09:10 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." Oscar Wilde... Read more

  • Two California Runs/Family Fun!

    9/10/2015 11:53:43 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I have just returned from my California trip. Loads of fun with family and a couple of very different runs thrown in. (pushing brother) Beach fun with daughters and grand children First morning in state I took a cool morning run around Corte Madera. The temperature couldn't have been better... Read more

  • A Death Thousands of Miles Away

    9/10/2015 7:27:04 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My cousin died suddenly. I learned about it yesterday morning. I met him for the first time in 2008 when my research succeeded in finding the descendants of my grandfather’s children who did not leave the “old country” for America. Pavel was the “head of the family,” a large... Read more

  • Beck 6, Day 13: Cravings

    9/9/2015 7:42:31 PM, by BA5454

    From the day before, cravings are a physiological and emotionally intense urge to eat. The book offered some really good strategies to deal with them and I like that they're broken down into 2 different areas: mindset and behavioral. I tried some of these just today ;-). The behavio... Read more

  • Like Mother, Like Daughter - Parenting Styles

    9/9/2015 10:58:25 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DD#1 (Hayburner1969) & I made this video in 2007 to describe our solution to a common problem. The grandkids got a kick out of seeing their younger selves. They're teenagers now. The background music is being played by DD#1. Edit: Oops: It doesn't want to play. I've got some research... Read more