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Run till you puke?

Friday, April 09, 2010

Earlier today I was walking to the gym with Laila when I saw a guy bent over and leaning against a pole. Worried that he was having a heart attack or something, I crossed the street and approached him to ask if he was OK. He replied that he was all right, he just ran so hard that it made him throw up!

I had seen this on The Biggest Loser but never in real life. "It's been quite a few years since college," he told me. "I'm realizing I'm not in the shape I was back then." I asked him if he was training for a marathon or something. No, he said, but he was training for a position with a law enforcement agency. The weather was sunny but cool (60's and breezy). "Well at least it's not 90 degrees like it's been all week," I said, to which he responded that he ran on those days as well. Yikes! After chatting a few more minutes and making sure he really was OK, I wished him a good day and continued on my way. I sure hope he gets that job, but wow, he should be careful!

My workout today was light. Unlike my new friend, I didn't push myself at all. Forty-five minutes on the elliptical but I barely broke a sweat. I was going to go an hour but I'm glad I didn't because when I walked into the kids area Laila was having a meltdown and they were just about to page me. Tomorrow morning is Body Combat, so I am looking forward to that. I missed yesterday because the little one did not wake up from her nap in time. Adn I missed it Monday night too, I don't remember why.

My eating has not been the greatest this week either. Tracking has been sporadic too. I just had a healthy late lunch and after I finish this blog I will track everything I ate. This is no time to be lazy...I still have a little work to do to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, and then (the hard part) maintaining! I just wonder if there will ever come a time when tracking won't be necessary. After being on Spark for 3 years, I've almost forgotten what it's like to eat something and not write it down. I know some people stop tracking after they hit goal, but I am worried the pounds will creep back up if I don't.

Sparkfriends, if you are at your happy weight, do you track your food every day? Ever worked out so hard you threw up?

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/11/2010 12:28AM

    I've never run to the point of throwing up, but I've been very close on several occasions. I should state, however, that each of these experiences was after a very intense RACE, not during a normal workout...

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STARTSPARKING 4/10/2010 7:56PM

    Thank you for stopping to check on that man. I'm glad he was okay and wasn't in a medical crisis. I only remember one incident in which I ran so hard I almost threw up. It was a physical fitness test in middle school, and we had to run a certain distance within an allotted time. It was a terrible experience, and I have avoided that dreaded feeling again. I agree that pushing oneself to the point of vomiting is overdoing it. A heart rate monitor would be a good indicator of how hard one should be exercising.

I think I will always need to track unless I eat the same food at home most of the time. Since there will always be dining out and social events, tracking will always be necessary for me.

You continue to be an inspiration with your regular exercise regimen while caring for a young child. Keep up your great work!

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    One of my RBs tells me she sometimes runs or worksout until she pukes. I've never seen it and she is a drama queen, but honestly I'd never push myself to that level. I think that exercise should be fun and throwing up is NOT fun. Thank you for stopping to help that man. You never know what's really going on -- he COULD have been having a heart attack -- and I don't know if many others would have stopped. That said, I hope you always have your cellphone on you in case you are in danger while away from home.


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PIGLETSMALL 4/10/2010 5:57AM

    Lol! I did almost throw up at my last race. I ran so fast at the end that I had to take some deep breaths as not to completely embarrass myself and throw up when I collected my medal. lol! I know that feeling.

As for maintaining - I still need to lose a good 10 lbs to feel happy about my weight.

Your body combat classes sound interesting. Do your see results when working out like that?

I am in awe of you and all your achievements. You are such an inspiration. BTW How is your adorable daughter getting on?

Hugs x

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SANDIE4HLTH 4/10/2010 1:25AM

    Seeing contestants on BL throw up as a result of their workout intensity has always seemed wrong to me. Like mom2acat said, I think it's a serious sign of overdoing. I don't think it's an example of healthy exercise -- just "drama" for the sake of holding an audience's attention.

I reached a goal weight of 125 about a year ago and stopped tracking. A few pounds creeped up on me as a result and I've been fighting to get them off for what seems like an eternity now. I've gone back to tracking despite the time it takes at the computer (sometimes it is a longer process than I'd like). I am determined to meet my new goals even though I am going to have to adjust my goal dates a bit at this point.

I've come to really appreciate the info I get from the tracker about how successfully (or not) I've met my nutritional goals for the day. Sometimes I'll add an appropriate snack that pushes me to meet a need I haven't yet met (if I have calories to use for it). Usually it's protein. Without the tracker, I'd never know.


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CARTOONB 4/9/2010 11:54PM

    I have worked out hard enough to throw up. But I took that as a warning to slow down/stop. I certainly did not do it more than once in a great while!

I still track. I have a fairly good idea of where I am and how much I can eat to maintain. But, as long as I track it, I "have" to be more honest, at least with myself!

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MOM2ACAT 4/9/2010 7:39PM

    I would think that if a workout makes you puke, you are probably overdoing it.

I quit tracking my food regularly a few months after reaching my goal weight, though sometimes I will still do it once or twice a week to make sure I'm on the right track with my nutrients.

I do write down everything I eat in a handwritten journal; it keeps me aware of what I am eating, and I can track my servings of fruits and veggies that way. I've been maintaining my goal weight for over 2 years now doing it that way.

The main reason I quit tracking online was that it was just taking me too much time at the computer each day.

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CARRAND 4/9/2010 6:18PM

    I would be worried about exercising to the point of throwing up. One of the signs of heart attack in women is nausea and vomiting, rather than pain like men get. So I would be freaking out with the vomiting. Anyhow, I'm still tracking my food every day, but I'm not at my goal weight and I've only been on SP about 6 months. I kind of enjoy food tracking, so I may keep it up even after I reach my goal.

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Mind over matter

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I realize I haven't blogged since my race!!! So, I thought I'd post another blog today while the little one naps. It always helps me to write out some of the thoughts that swirl around in my head along this "healthy living" journey.

Lately I've been thinking about how powerful the mind is when it comes to convincing yourself you can do something. AND the opposite is true as well. I've talked about this topic with a couple Spark friends this week. I believe our bodies are capable of so much more than our minds sometimes give them credit for.

For example: Back when I was new to Body Pump, I spent months lifting the lightest weight available - not even trying to go heavier. I looked around at all these other women, smaller than me, lifting what looked like huge weights and thinking WOW, I would probably fall over if I attempted those. I felt like a wimp but thought, "I can't do that yet." One day I was chatting with the instructor before class and she asked what weight I use for squats (most people can go higher for squats b/c you're using a larger muscle group.) I was embarrassed to say I used the same light weight throughout. She looked at me like "what????" "You can do it!" she said to me. So I tried it, and of course I could go higher. I wonder how long I would have continued to deprive myself of a good workout by listening the limitations my mind set for me.

More recently, I proved to myself that I could run 6 miles without stopping. Yet the other day on the treadmill I was beat after running 2, and I had to stop and walk. There was that little voice in my head again, telling me I was tired, I can't do it. Blah blah blah. I've got to stop letting my mind hold me back. My body can do much more than I can even imagine.

On another note, I'm going to be a "success story" at my gym! One of the trainers there approached me a couple weeks ago and said he was going to be posting some success stories of moms who recently had their babies and got back into shape. He asked if I would be interested in being featured. They hang your story and photos (before photo is a pregnancy shot and after photo of what you look like now) up somewhere in the gym for people to read. I'm kind of shy about that kind of stuff but also psyched that he thought I was inspiring enough to be a "success story." :)

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week. This is a photo of the tree in front of our house. I always love it when it blooms.

Laila and I have been on many walks this week. We are both so happy to be out. Last weekend we went out and bought one of those baby hiking backpacks that we can carry her around in. On Saturday hubby carried her in it as we walked about 3 miles. She loved it! She liked being up high and seeing everything. I tried it out for a little while the next day and let me tell you, I was beat! You definitely feel that weight. I don't know how he carried her for so long! You definitely burn some additional calories. :)

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    Congratulations on being a success story at your gym! You have been an inspiration to your Spark friends, and now you will be a motivator at your gym as well. You don't need to be shy about it at all because because you definitely deserve the special honor!
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SANDIE4HLTH 4/8/2010 1:27AM


I think it's so wonderful that your gym wants to feature you as a success story. I'm also glad you're able to accept this honor despite your feeling a bit shy about it initially -- you've worked hard for it. Go for it! I'm cheering you on!

Love the photo of you with your young lady. Absolutely beautiful!

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    I think it's great news that your gym would like to feature you as a motivational member. You are definitely a motivation to me and so many others here on Spark. The Hiking Backpack looks Wonderful. I definitely need one! emoticon

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/7/2010 8:01PM

    Congrats on the whole "success story" thing! How wonderful to have all of your hard work recognized by the gym staff!

And it's definitely true... more often, my limitations are set by my mind than by my body. But recognizing that is a huge step to overcoming it. =D

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ASTER2606 4/7/2010 5:10PM

    That is awesome. It's so great that she's old enough to be in one of those backpacks now that it is getting nice out. I can't imagine what she must be learning as she takes all the sights in. Good for you and good for her!

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    I know my mind has held me back in the past. Heck, there is no way I would have ran my first 5K if I hadn't thought I was only running 3!

Your blossoms are making me jealous. Ours are a few weeks away yet. *Sigh*

Way to go on being a success story. That you definitely are. I'm so proud of you! You motivate me.



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KARALVS2SCRAP 4/7/2010 4:39PM

    Great picture! I totally here you on the ind over matter thng.

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My first 10K experience was...

Monday, March 29, 2010

AWESOME! I had a blast!! :)

The weather was perfect. Sunny and little chilly but that is a good thing because once you are running for a while, you get HOT. My husband and brother-in-law were also in the race but my wave started an hour after theirs.

My MIL and SIL were coming to cheer us on and watch the kids. I rode with them; my husband and BIL wanted to get there earlier. We weren't sure where I needed to be dropped off. We saw signs with letters so they dropped me off there. It turned out that that was the meeting place for after the race. LOL! By asking around, I figured out where I needed to go, which was a little bit of a walk from where I was dropped off. But that was fine because I needed to warm up anyway.

I was excited and a little nervous as I stood waiting for our group to start. Most people around me were with people they knew. Since I was on my own, I was just looking around and taking it all in and wondering how I would do. Some people had headphones. I didn't bring mine because my DH told me they were not allowed on this race. I thought, "how am I going to run 6 miles without music?"

Then a guy next to me struck up a conversation. He was by himself too and told me he wasn't sure if he would finish. I told him he would. He said he planned to walk some of it. "Me too," I said. As the group moved closer to the starting line, I got separated from him. When the race started I saw him look back at me. I got the feeling that perhaps he wanted me to be his running buddy, but I wanted to stay on my own. That way I could move at my own pace and not hold anyone back and vice versa.

I started out by taking it slow. Right off the bat, my ankle hurt just a little but I pushed through it and the twinge went away. There was an older couple running at about the same pace as me and I thought maybe I could pace myself behind them for the duration of the race. As I ran about 1/2 mile, my legs wanted to go a little faster so I sped up. Soon I didn't recognize anyone I started out with. Most people had started out faster. It was such an awesome feeling to see the "Mile 1" marker. Before I knew it, there was "Mile 2"!!! I didn't feel like I needed to walk yet, so I wondered, "Can I possibly make it to Mile 3 without stopping to walk?? I was starting to get a little tired but I said to myself "keep going, keep going!" Soon, there was the "Mile 3" sign!! I was so excited because soon after that, I realized that I just ran a 5K without stopping.

A little while later, it got a little bit more difficult but manageable. At one point, I said out loud "Is this a hill or am I just getting tired?" A woman next to me said "Don't think about hills, keep going, you're doing great!" The course was pretty flat but there were small hills here and there. I pushed through and soon I saw Mile 4. Seeing those mile markers was so inspiring!! I cheered every time I passed one. I also looked at my HRM to see how long it took me to get to each one and I could kind of gauge how long it would be before I saw another marker.

It was so much fun running by all the people who were cheering on the sidelines. There were many bands playing all along the course. I didn't need my iPod and headphones. It was encouraging to see people of all ages, weights and fitness levels. I ran through Miles 5 and 6. That's right. I ran. the. entire. thing!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I still can't believe it!

I didn't see my husband or the rest of the family at any point in the race. They were there but I completely missed them in the crowd. When I got to the end my legs felt like jello. I got a banana, a bagel and a Powerade and went back to the finish line to see if I could find them. I didn't have my cell phone with me so I just wandered around for a while. I saw a sheriff and asked to borrow his cell, called DH, and his phone was turned off. Wandered around some more. Soon I started to panic because there were SO many people. About 37,000 people registered for the race. That was just runners, then there were all the people who came to watch. I didn't know how the heck I would find my family. I was hanging out near the finish line when I saw my husband running toward me. I was SO happy to see him!! :) He said they were waiting for me to pass near the last monument but they must have missed me. He decided to go look for me near the finish while the rest of them stayed put in case I ran by. I had taken off my light blue jacket because I was hot, and that is what they were looking for, not the red sleeveless OSU top. LOL.

I think what really motivated me to keep going was all the people around, the cheering and the music. It would be a very different experience trying to run 6 miles by myself in an isolated area. Some people love that, but for me I think it would get boring and I would want to stop. The race further confirmed what I already knew. I am a social exerciser. I don't necessarily have to be talking to someone, but it inspires me to have people around.

Overall, it was an amazing experience. So much fun!
Official time: 1:08:50. Place 15,914. Place 7384 for my gender and 972 for my age. Ran the first 5k in 35:02.

ETA: I wondered how many other Sparkies were running this race. I knew of one other from my Lost sparkteam. My husband asked me if I saw the people holding up the sign that read something like "We love our Richmond (or Virginia) SparkPeople" or something like that. (The race was in Richmond). Unfortunately I missed that too! Maybe next time I'll wear something on my shirt that says "tap me if you are a Spark person." LOL.

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HEALTHY4LYFE 4/6/2010 4:19PM

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    Hey girl,
Thanks for stopping by my page when I was MOTD! That is SO great you did your first 10k-I still remember the day I ran my first race! I thought I might die..but turns out I didn't and 5 years later still running! Running is a wonderful experience..and races often push you past where you would go on your own!
BTW..your lil one is so cute! The Halloween pics are adorable:)

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KARALVS2SCRAP 4/4/2010 8:41PM

    Way to go! (I'm a little behind in my emails-lol)

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STARTSPARKING 3/30/2010 4:46AM

    Congratulations on completing your first 10K! I'm glad it was an amazing experience for you. Thank you for sharing with us!
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SPARKNMOM 3/29/2010 10:10PM

    Wow...fabulous job!! So proud of you :)

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/29/2010 3:20PM

    You are SO my hero! I'm so happy for you, and most importantly, I'm glad that you had such a blast! Fantastic!!

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NICOLE12-01 3/29/2010 2:43PM

    Congratulations on such a great success! Not only did you complete your first 10K but you RAN the ENTIRE THING! AWESOME JOB! You must be so proud of yourself!!!!

I'm running my first 10K on Saturday. I'm excited, but definitely nervous too. Your blog made me even more excited. I hope that the energy of the crowd will get me motivated to push myself a little harder like it seemed to for you!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/29/2010 2:18PM

    awesome job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 3/29/2010 1:57PM

    CONGRATS! Sounds like you had a fantastic run indeed... and you thought you weren't ready!

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SIMPLEJOYS 3/29/2010 1:27PM

  YAY!!!!! I enjoyed so much reading your blog...I felt like I was right there with you! I appreciate every detail.

Super job - now you know you can do it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/29/2010 1:09PM

    Awesome and inspiring! I can't wait to get to the point where I can do a 10k. emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/29/2010 12:11PM

    Congrats, M! That is an excellent time. I'm glad you had fun.

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SMURFETTE18 3/29/2010 12:09PM


That's so awesome!! I'm doing my first 10k in September. Quite a while off but I can't wait!

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10K race Saturday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My first race ever!! I'm so not ready because I didn't train as much as I should have. I am hoping the adrenaline and having all those people (albeit strangers) to run with will propel me forward. I really have no idea what to expect or how I will feel actually running in the race. I have been to races before to cheer people on so I know that there is a crowd watching you pass. I know there are bands and water stations. Hopefully some first aid stations too???
Despite not being ready I am looking forward to the experience. My husband and his brother are running the race too. I am looking forward to seeing my husband's family this weekend and our niece and nephew.
Everyone have an amazing weekend! :)

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PIGLETSMALL 4/10/2010 6:01AM

    Woo Hoo! Tell us how it went. Did you enjoy your racing experience? As I'm part of a running club we all meet up and have to wear our team running vests! It's good fun and gives me plenty of company! x

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STARTSPARKING 3/28/2010 4:17AM

    I hope you had fun and that it was an AMAZING experience!

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SPARKNMOM 3/25/2010 11:04PM

    I'll bet you do just fine!!! I hope to do a 10K this summer as well!! Be sure to update us!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/25/2010 12:58PM

    My tip: run 9, walk 1. Oh... and tell yourself its only 6K. ;-)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 3/25/2010 12:05PM

    Good luck! And you'd better write us a race report! =D

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SIMPLEJOYS 3/25/2010 12:00PM

  You will do just fine! Enjoy every minute - I can't wait to read all about it after you recover!

Best wishes for an injury free AMAZING experience!

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GRRLNXTDR 3/25/2010 11:39AM

  I've always wanted to be a runner - but i have exercise induced asthma, and never could run as far or as fast as everyone else. I'll be cheering you on!

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DNJEN471 3/25/2010 9:56AM

    Good luck hun. You'll have to let us know how it goes!

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MYTURN11 3/25/2010 8:23AM

    I am always eternally grateful for the competitive adrenaline created from throngs of complete strangers. emoticon

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KKKAREN 3/25/2010 7:27AM

    You can do it. Run when you can, walk when you have to, but you will finish.

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Healthy Living Survey

Friday, March 19, 2010

I saw this on my friend PRAIRIEDAWNPAM's blog and thought it would be fun! Hope she doesn't mind that I took it. :)

1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Strawberries, blueberries, Ellie Krieger's carrot cake cupcake, milk. I made the cupcakes this week because I needed to use up some carrots. These are healthier than typical carrot cake (gotta love Ellie) but are so moist and delicious! You could make them without the frosting for less calories and they would probably still be good.

But usually, I eat oatmeal or waffle with peanut butter and pumpkin butter or honey and some fruit and milk.

2. How much water do you drink a day?
I am bad about this. Maybe 4 cups?

3. What is your favorite workout?
Body Combat!

4. What is your favorite fruit?
Just one? I love apples, strawberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, nectarines, tomatoes...

5. What is your favorite vegetable?
I don't have a favorite but I like salads. I do eat veggies on their own too.

6. How many calories do you burn a week?
I aim for 1200, but burn more or less depending on the week.

7. How many calories do you eat a day?
My goal is 1500-1800. I often end up higher though.

8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Apples with peanut butter, bananas with peanut butter and raisins, dark chocolate

9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Whatever is in the fridge. Lately it's been canned chicken on top of some greens and salsa.

10. What is usually for dinner?
Whatever is in the fridge. We have chicken a lot. We also make chili, veggie soup, or some quick and easy meals made from stuff found at Trader Joe's.

11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Don't have a favorite.

12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Machines at the gym. Too repetitive.

14. What is your favorite exercise?
Body combat! I like group classes

15. What are your "bad" food cravings?
Cookies and ice cream

16. What is your go to workout song?
"How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty

17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Still taking my prenatals and DHA. Calcium also. That is, if I remember to take them.

18. How often do you eat out?
About 2 times a week.

19. Do you eat fast food?
I try not to, but yes, sometimes. I love Chick-fil-a!

20. How do you stay motivated?
By logging on to Spark. Also, by reminding myself that I never want to go back to the weight I used to be. Making sure I still fit into my goal-weight clothes.

21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My husband and Spark friends

22. How much weight have you lost?
Lost 65 pounds, then got pregnant. I have 8 pounds to lose to get back to GW after baby.

23. How did you determine your goal weight?
It is the weight my body liked to be before I started to gain a lot of weight.

24. Do you have a gym membership?
Yes! Can't live without it!

25. How often do you work out?
About 4 or 5 times a week.

26. How did you find Spark?
A newspaper article I was reading mentioned it.

27. How much sleep do you get a night?
7 or 8 hours

28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
Morning. I like to get it out of the way and move on with my day. But I do kickboxing on Monday and Thursday evenings.

29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
Yes, multiple. Sometimes it feels like every day is a cheat day.

30. Do you drink soda?
Not anymore. When on a rare occasion I do pick up a Coke Zero, I always hear Jillian Michaels in my head saying " Why are you putting that poison in your body?"

31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
Not since before I was pregnant. In the past (post--college) it was maybe once a month. Looking forward to having a drink again. I love Heffeweizen beer and margaritas.

32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
Spark Friends, Spark teams, all the support, food tracker

33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
Not like: Belly fat (but loved my prego belly!)
Like: That it is capable of nurturing a growing baby

34. Do you have a workout buddy?
No, but hubby and I sometimes go to the gym together.

35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
I am no longer overweight and my life is enriched by all the friends I've made here.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 3/22/2010 12:20PM

    Is Laila already letting you sleep through the night? Or does Hubby take over then? My second baby slept through at a very young age, but Number One waited til he was well past a year old.

What is pumpkin butter? I think I might like that!

Thanks for sharing. Oh... and DRINK MORE WATER!


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DNJEN471 3/19/2010 12:52PM

    Fun blog!

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