DESERTJULZ
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Walk 3/Run 2
Monday, February 11, 2013      2 comments

Week 3 of the "5K Your Way Walk/Jog" program. This week, I "walk 3, run 2." First two workouts, follow to 30 minutes. Third workout, to 36 minutes. Wow! Now who would think that "walk 3, run 2" would feel so much harder than walk 3, run ... Read more
BOOTCAMP: No longer a scary word to me!
Thursday, February 07, 2013      4 comments

When I first joined SparkPeople, I wouldn't even look at the 28-Day Bootcamp program. The word "Bootcamp" had me envisioning strenuous, hour-long workouts, using 25 pound weights, and running up and down stairs or gym bleachers. Very, very sca... Read more
Acorn Squash Stew (Vegan)
Wednesday, February 06, 2013      7 comments

I've been participating in a non-SparkPeople challenge, called Jump Start Bingo. It's sponsored by the Chi-Running/Chi-Walking instructor. Every day in February, we select one of 28 choices and complete that square. Some squares are exercise,... Read more
Superbowl Hike: Quartzite Trail
Monday, February 04, 2013      7 comments

Hmmm, Superbowl Sunday is here. Many Americans have been waiting with excitement to see "The Big Game of The Year." Me? Not so much. Instead of watching the game, I met up with fellow SparkFriend, HIKERBECKY, and tried out a trail new to me, t... Read more
I can be a Chi-Runner
Tuesday, January 29, 2013      8 comments

Fifty-four years old and I have *never* been a runner. I tried it out a few times, many years ago, with the most recent being 2002 - over 10 years ago. Hated it every time. In July, I took a Chi-Walking class. With a goal of increasing my... Read more
Bitten by the Fitness Bug!
Saturday, January 26, 2013      7 comments

Today, I met an important milestone goal on my path toward a more fit Julia. Today, January 26, 2013, I completed my very first-ever-in-my-entire-life "register and pay for it" 5k. You'd think that, at 54 years of age, perhaps I would have be... Read more
Yoga Hiking at South Mountain Park (with photos)
Sunday, January 06, 2013      7 comments

On meetup.com, there's a Phoenix, AZ based group called Women's Fitness Network, which I learned about on the SparkPhoenix Team. Yesterday, I attended the Yoga-Hiking at Sout... Read more
Happy Healthy New Year!
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      2 comments

A healthy start for 2013 actually had its roots months ago. Getting my life on track with exercise and learning where I was failing in my nutritional choices headed me in the right direction. The roots branched and grew stronger and stronger. ... Read more
Crafty Christmas Tradition
Tuesday, December 18, 2012      8 comments

Arts & crafts have always been on my hobby-list. When my kids were small, every single ornament on the Christmas Tree was hand-made. Now my daughters are in their thirties and one of them has TWO children! So I've started a crafty holiday tra... Read more
"The Power of the World works in Circles" says Sioux wise man... (photo-blog)
Sunday, December 09, 2012      4 comments

Perfect Phoenix day for a walk. Temp in the 60s, sunny, with a clear blue sky. This is why we tolerate our very hot summers, so we can enjoy beautiful, temperate autumn & winter! There is an amazing quote from Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux I... Read more
Spiral Walk, MapMyFitness, 5k Planning
Sunday, December 02, 2012      5 comments

Yesterday, I took my two greyhounds to Steele Indian School Park for a long walk. Well, two miles is long for a sprinting dog (smile). We walked the entire park's perimeter, then down into the spiral and back out. A Spiral Walk. Here's how t... Read more
Back to Yoga. Why, oh why, did I wait?
Friday, November 30, 2012      5 comments

Second yoga class tonight after getting back to practicing. Why oh why oh why did I ever wait five months for this? I have been an on-again, off-again yoga student. Without fail, every time that I incorporate yoga regularly as part of my ... Read more
Endorphins fixed my annoyed mood
Tuesday, November 27, 2012      11 comments

I was becoming irritated, so I needed to take a long walk. Yes, Ms. Patient Lady was annoyed. The co-worker promised to complete her portion of the project I must finish. She promised it by 9 a.m. It wasn't done, she promised by noon. It was... Read more
Holiday Fitness
Friday, November 23, 2012      4 comments

What a wonderful holiday weekend it's been so far! Thursday started with a 5+k. Well, 5k is 3.1 miles and we walked 3.2! SparkFriends Steve and Debbie hosted the "Race Against the Rolls" Thanksgiving Day 5k at 7:00 a.m. So it was up early, e... Read more
To Track or Not to Track? That, Sparkfriends, is the Question.
Monday, November 19, 2012      5 comments

On September 1, I reached my goal weight. About a week later, I decided to stop tracking every bite and monitor my weight daily. I firmly believe that we must be able to reach a point where we understand the concepts of healthy choices, proper... Read more

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