Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Being on spark has been about a journey for me. My journey has ups and downs and I think the reason I have been successful is because even when I have a down a pick myself up and keep moving until my next up. I also pride myself on being pretty honest about my successes and failures because it doesn't help anyone by lying or not telling the whole truth. Which is why I have to confess. I haven't been on my A game lately and I was scared to be truthful on here because I didn't want to let anyone down. That's selfish of me and more importantly I am hurting myself and others because I'm not showing the real me with my failures and all! So here goes. The scale is up. Not a lot but more than I wanted to admit. This morning I weighed in at 155.7, which is almost 8 lbs up from my lowest weight. I'm ok with this because while I was training for the half I was maintaining right around 155 and that's a normal weight for me especially with the food intake I had. I was running a lot and needed to fuel my body appropriately. This is where confession number 2 comes into play. I must confess I haven't worked out in awhile. While training for the half I was running 3-4 days a week and averaging 25 miles a week which is a lot of cardio and is super time consuming. Because of this training schedule I pretty much stopped going to the gym and towards the end I was definitely feeling the running burn out. I kept saying to my husband "I can't wait until I can run because I want to not because I have to" When you are training you feel guilty for skipping a scheduled run and I definitely missed the spontaneity of running because I wanted to! However since the race(10.16.2010) I haven't gone to the gym or run. This is for several reasons 1. I was definitely burned out and feeling run down 2. My IT band so painful I could barely walk, stretch, stand without it hurting and knew it needed time off and 3. I just didn't want to. I have been super tired and stressed at work and as much as I know working out will make me feel better I just didn't want to. I have to admit it felt good sleeping in this weekend and hanging with my nephews instead of rushing around going to the gym while everyone else was sleeping in. I'm confessing all this because I want everyone to realize we are humans, we don't need to make excuses for our actions we just need to move forward and make better decisions. I have been eating great- trying to cut back on food since my training has slowed dramatically and I am ready to shed these last 12 lbs now!!
Moving forward this is my realistic plan
Strength train 3 times a week(I lost the most when I was doing this)
Cardio 4 days a week-running, elliptical, arc trainer, walking puppies
In general I would like to be excercising at least 5 days a week, I sleep better and feel better when this happens
I want to get back to tracking more and putting less bites in my mouth. All those single bites add up and if you don't track them you'd be surprised how much they add up to.
I need to cut back on caffeine and coffee specifically( ie Starbucks)
I want to try my best to be more active on here. It's a balancing act trying to maintain a healthy marriage, work and life in general and I want to be here for those that need me. Weeks when hubby works nights I will be more active on here and weeks when he's not he and I will spend those nights together.
I hope you all are having a great week and feeling good about yourselves. Share some of your recent successes and failures with me so I can see that we all are human!!
Here are a few pics from family weekend:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
THE ABC Survey.
Whatís your age? 25 (almost 26)
What annoys you? Inconsiderate drivers, loud chewing, messes.
Do you have any allergies? Unfortunately yes, I am allergic to a ton of raw fruits- apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, raw nuts, raw veggies- carrots, potatoes, sprouts, peppers(I can eat any of the above cooked though) I am also allergic to cats, certain pollens and a few meds. Yikes I sound like a sicko.
When is your birthday? 12/11/1984
Who is your best friend? My mom and Andrea!
What was the name of your first boyfriend? Stephen, and that did not end well for either of us(he is gay and probably always was and made me feel like an idiot)
Whatís your favorite candy? Do fruit flavored Mentos count? In all truthfulness I go through candy spurts sometimes I like chocolate sometimes chewy so currently itís chewy.
When was the last time you cried? Saturday after running my first half marathon, I cried throughout the race thinking of how far I have come this year.
Have you been out of the country? Yes, Japan.
Do you daydream? I donít have the time.
Whatís your favorite kind of dog? Dachshunds!!.
Name a trait you share with your dad? We have similar hair, I donít remember a whole lot about my dad anymore(he passed away 11 years ago).
How do you like your eggs? I prefer egg white omelettes but if itís a whole egg I like it fried on a sandwich.
Have you ever been in the emergency room? Only once that I can remember, when I stapled my own hand with a construction grade staple gun.
Whatís the easiest thing to do? Weird question, sleep?.
Have you ever flown a plane? Nope. Scares me
Do you use fly swatters? No and I canít even remember the last time I owned one.
Whatís one thing you love about your family? We are all a little crazy but we are super close and I couldnít imagine not talking to or seeing them as often as I do.
Have you ever pet a goat? yes.
Are you a giver or a taker? Probably a good mix of both, I like to give gifts especially when I know someone will love it but I have never turned down a gift either.
Do you like gummie candies? Yes, I went through a gummy bear phase.
How are you? Pretty good today, itís almost Friday and the fam is coming to town tomorrow.
Whatís your height? 5í9.
Whatís your hair color? Brunette
Favorite ice cream? I like anything chocolate based and especially if it has peanut butter or nuts mixed in.
Have you ever cheated the IRS? I hope not.
Have you ever ice-skated? Yes, I have.
Whatís your favorite jelly bean? Easy question, juicy pear Jelly Belly Beans.
Do you wear nice jewerly? Engagement and wedding ring, tear drop diamond earrings, watch everyday and then vary it depending on outfits.
Do you tell jokes? Iím terrible at jokes, I can never remember the whole thing and usually blow it pretty quickly.
Do you want to kill anybody? No, I may say I want to kill someone when Iím in traffic but never would.
Do you want to have kids? Yes, I donít know how soon but yes.
Where did you have kindegarten? Carnegie Elementary School
Are you laid back? I really try to be but I have a type A personality which makes that difficult.
Do you lie? I try not too, but Iím sure I do from time to time. Human Nature.
Whenís the last time you sent a hand-written letter? Sent a card and letter this week to my sisterís mother and father in law whose 16 year old dog died. I am not a letter writer but love to send cards.
Ever talked in a microphone? Yes, for work here and there and when I was in school much more often.
Do you like mangos? Love them. I wish you could eat the skin of the mango because it would be easier to eat them like an apple!
Do you still watch Disney movies? Yes, just had the husband buy me Beauty and The Beast last week and watched it while I was recovering on Saturday.
Do you have a nickname? Since most people hack my name I usually get called Jules or Jul, my nunny(grandma) always called me Bug or Julebug.
Do you perfect night or day? day
Whatís your favorite number? 13.
Are you an only child? Heck no. I have 2 sisters and a brother. My mom got remarried last year and now I also have 2 stepbrothers(only 1 of whom we have a relationship with)
Want this to be over? Eh itís helping pass the time at work so itís ok
Do you like the color orange? Yes, I love all things fall, leaves, pumpkins YES!
What are you paranoid about? Bugs getting on me. Sometimes I see them on tv or in the house and can feel them all over me.
Do you think you are pretty? Yes without sounding conceited.
Do you play any instruments? No I am the least musical person alive.
Are you quick to judge people? I try not to be, I found myself judging people a lot and have tried to stop doing it.
What do you keep quiet about? I usually let someone hurt my feelings and donít say something about it although I should.
Do you have any quirks? Doesnít everybody? I am neurotic about how my socks are once I put them on, I have to pinch between each toe and itís a whole long process and probably why I donít wear socks often.
Do you think you are always right? Haha ask my husband and he will say Yes.
Do you watch reality TV? Yes love me some Jersey Shore
Do you like rice? Could take it or leave it
Are you a social person? If Iím in the right mood.
What states have you lived in? Pennsylvania and now Maryland. Hopefully we migrate somewhere south and warm soon
Whatís your favorite season? Fall.
What time did you wake up? 7:45 AM.
When did you last sleep in a tent? A long time ago, I havenít camped in years
Do you like tomatoes? Yes, love them.
Do you listen to Usher? Yes and I usually make Tom sing along with me. The first song we ever slow danced to was Burn!
What kind of underwear are you wearing? Ehh wearing a dress with tights today so none, I canít do panties and tights it creeps me out..
Do you have an umbrella in your car? Yes, I hate getting wet.
Whatís your next vacation planned? Tom and I are going to Disney in December to celebrate our 1 year anniversary and to see my sister who is interning there!
Do you like movies with violence? Depends, I tend to shy away from action movies but love horror movies.
Whatís the worst veggie? Brussel sprouts, they taste like urine
Have you ever wakeboarded? No but I have kneeboarded
Do you wish on stars? No, I donít have faith in things like that. I feel like you have to work to make your dreams come true.
Where do you work? A fundraising company in Maryland.
Have you ever had an x-ray? Quite a few, just none recently.
What do you think of X-rated movies? I donít think about them one way or another. To each his own I guess.
Have you watched the X-games? No I donít watch many sports at all but especially X games since I know nothing about them
Do you like the color yellow? Not my favorite, my nunny used to say that Yellow made her cry and I can never see a yellow painted room without thinking of that.
What year were you born? 1984.Great year!!
What did you do yesterday? Worked, cooked mahi mahi on the grill for the first time ever, baked my ass off(chocolate chip cookies, salt and vinegar chickpeas, sweet potato fries, pumpkin muffins) and watched tv with my hubby!
Do you believe in the Zodiac? Not really.
Have you been to the zoo? In Maryland no, but in Pittsburgh yes a ton of times.
Has your bank account been to zero? No, thatís scary.
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