ZIRCADIA   49,130
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
ZIRCADIA's Recent Blog Entries

Day 4 Tracking - Rockin and rollin!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Starting to feel that up-spiral feeling :)

Yesterday I was over range by 10 calories - again because I mis-remembered something. This time it was the amount of calories in something I regularly eat - I thought it was 170 cal but it's 190 cal. BUT - I thought I was 10 under, instead I was 10 over. Not too shabby!

I'm also drinking more water, but haven't been tracking that yet. Guess that's the next think to add.

Yesterday I got moving with a 4 mile run (549 calorie burn) and ST. I have about 750 calories left to burn this week and I think I'll easily be able to cover that this weekend even if I don't hoop today.

My run went well and my heel is feeling really good, so I'm planning on trying to participate in the 12athon Sunday - not doing the full 12 miles, but one of the bonus challenges that has a cheat in it. The "Rosie Ruiz" - run 4 miles, get a ride for 4 miles, run 4 more miles... extra bonus points for the ride being public transportation. If you don't know who Rosie Ruiz is, google it - you'll get a laugh!

I also did ST AND our taxes. GO ME! I also added some other goals to my "Other Goals" tracker for me to track to help me get this positive mojo going in all areas.

Anyway, for right now it's time to get to work!!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SEEHOLZ 2/10/2012 7:16PM

    First off, it's great to see that you are blogging a lot more again :-)

And... awesome job on continuing to track, staying on track and getting those taxes done- that's one of those things hanging over my head right now :(

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/10/2012 4:48PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
GHOSTFLAMES 2/10/2012 4:38AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

Day 3 Tracking - WOOHOO!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Under by 110! Amazing!

But I gotta come clean - I didn't do any exercise Tuesday OR Wednesday! ack! I definitely gotta get moving sometime today - which should be a piece of cake because I have no work today so I have alllll day to work that out. ST AND cardio since I'm behind. And the cardio will almost definitely be a run since I haven't run in a bit either.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BOILERINAZ 2/9/2012 11:18AM

    awesome on tracking...isn't it funny how something that was so ingrained in us a year or 2 ago is now a daily focus and challenge again? :) keep going!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARLIE13 2/9/2012 9:23AM

    Better get it moving. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MBSHAZZER 2/9/2012 9:20AM

    Great job tracking... and no worries on the exercise... you can't flip a switch and do everything "right" overnight... just make the commitment to move for 30 minutes and I'll bet you go farther!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REEKU731 2/9/2012 8:35AM

    YAY!! You're doing a great job tracking!!! I'm proud of you! Keep up the awesome work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 2/9/2012 7:42AM

    You are doing it right girl and being honest is so important!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARATHON_MOM 2/9/2012 7:28AM

    Way to go on the calorie tracking and staying in range!!!!
Get that workout in, girl!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Day 2 Tracking -close!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I didn't look at the numbers before eating dinner and remembered it about 100cal off so I went about 100 cal over. whoops! But I still think that's pretty awesome considering what a reduction this new range is over what I was doing before.

Played trombone for like 2hrs straight on Monday night and didn't track that activity either... so bonus. I wanna go run before work but kind of don't. I think if I have to stay on hold any longer I'm gonna run out of time.

(Trying to resolve something with the insurance company -gugguuguugghh)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARLIE13 2/9/2012 9:22AM

    Reduction, woot!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 2/9/2012 3:07AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CURVES_N_CURLS 2/8/2012 9:03PM

    Pretty darn close! Good job. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MBSHAZZER 2/8/2012 10:34AM

    Your gym job sounds AWESOME!!! Good for you for getting something so quickly. I bet it's a great way to meet people in your new location, too!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Day 1 Tracking - SUCCESS!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

So I'm calling it a success even though TECHNICALLY I was over by 5 calories I think... but then again this is all just estimating anyway. Even if we measure things a margin of error of 5 calories, I'm calling a win!

Worked at the gym this morning. So early. So quiet. hahaha. My first day doing the front desk duty on my own and it was smooooth sailing. I even rang up a sale for a guest pass. Huzzah! No ST today, and I burned some bonus calories yesterday so I have kind of a free pass for today if I choose to take it. Right now I'm tired from trombone choir late last night and then early morning gym shift, but after some rest and maybe an actual nap we'll see - I might end up hula hooping. :)

I think I'm going to aim for 15 miles this week? We'll see. 10-15. All assuming foot continues to feel good. I had a good 3 miler yesterday (how I got my bonus calorie burn!).

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRACYZABELLE 2/8/2012 1:56AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
EUPHRATES 2/8/2012 12:06AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MARLIE13 2/7/2012 11:33PM

    Woot! Sounts awesome! Track track track!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
ABSOLUTZER0 2/7/2012 3:50PM

    Sounds like success to me! Woohoo!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    It's great you're working at the gym! How cool! It's been great keeping up with your journey - thanks for always blogging!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/7/2012 10:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MBSHAZZER 2/7/2012 10:15AM

    You got a job at the gym??? That is so awesome!! Did it come with a free membership, I hope?

Don't sweat the 5 calories. You'd have to be over by 5 calories for 700 days in order to gain a pound! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment

Getting Serious - Specific Goals

Monday, February 06, 2012

So I've been thinking lately about how to get myself really motivated to get back into better shape.

I'm not bad, I'm still healthy weight, I'm still relatively fit - but I've slacked a LOT lately.

Well - last Friday I turned 29 and one of the things that came to mind was starting to have kids. I would like to have two or three maybe, maybe just one, but I think two sounds good. Anyway, I was thinking of the timing of it all and decided that before I start thinking about this, I want to be in the best shape I can be again.

I don't want to start out the pregnancy bigger than I'd really like to be - I'd like to prepare for the fittest pregnancy I can possibly have by first being my fittest.

I also have been thinking a lot about when I felt my fittest and the happiest with my body, and I have to say, it was when I was lighter. And when I felt my fittest and strongest was also when I was doing a good amount of strength training.

I can start this NOW. I'll be glad when I get the tools of my free gym membership (I hope to get my card to start using it tomorrow, but if not, I want to already have a plan in place and be moving toward my goals!)

I also was eating mostly whole foods - I feel I have the most energy and feel best when I'm eating lots of fresh produce and also making sure I get enough protein.

I went shopping this morning and most of what I bought was fruits and veggies, and some greek yogurt and eggs for protein. We have a lot of other staples at home already that I can use with these items, as well as some things purchase from previous shopping trips that are fresh items needing to be used.

As far as meat goes, I only want to buy local meats and in small quantity. There is a store by us that will fill that need - because they almost only carry local meats and it's expensive so it will self-limit the quantity by price.



1. Return to initial maintenance range of 165-170lbs*
2. Strength Train 3x a week**
3. Burn 1750 cal per week (subject to change, current burn goal!)
4. Track ALL FOOD - except 1 splurge meal a week***
5. Maintain Habits and weight for at least 3months before baby talk.****

*Specifically I have 167 entered for 5/1/2012. That's a 2lb a week loss goal, which I know is aggressive - but! I think I will do better with an aggressive plan right now. With more on the line, and a more aggressive goal, tracking becomes not just a good idea, but ESSENTIAL to ensure I stay within range. I think trying to take the weightloss so slowly before has led me to be too lax.

**I told SparkPeople to make a plan for me with the equipment I have at home. If I get into using the weights at the gym again, I can change this, but for now I think it will be the kickstart I need to have sparks telling me exactly what to do and be able to check off specifics here.

***P.S. one tracked treat a day that is not fruit/etc. - 1 square of dark chocolate OR, when calories allow a different treat -but just ONE. If I have any other sweet cravings, I'm turning to whole foods or gum.

****if I reach my weight goal by 5/1/2012, then I can maintain for May-July and so baby talk begins August at the soonest. I have a goal marathon in November, so that may delay things further, but if we don't get pregnant right away, the right for me to keep trying is to maintain my weight and my healthy habits.

I think having this specific goal reward in mind will make a huge difference in my commitment to regaining the best of my healthy habits. I think also that the reward will also be a better pregnancy, so there's really no downside.

My husband also wants to lose weight before we have kids, so I am hoping that we will be able to be committed in this together. One splurge meal a week is PLENTY, so I can be strong the rest of the time.

My weigh-ins will be Monday mornings! This morning I start things off at 191. I had a wonderful breakfast of oatmeal+greekyogurt+strawberries, and a grapefruit. Very filling and fruitful, and some great greek yogurt protein.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GINGERROSE5 2/20/2012 9:49AM

    BABIES!! :) I'm in favor of them ;) I've got 7 pounds to go before I am my pre pregnancy weight, and my goal is to be back there before we try for #2 (hopefully sometime over the summer). I am with you all the way, I need to get back on track!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKYFYRE 2/9/2012 4:35PM

    Hootiehoo! Lovehte l=plan, love that Henry wants to make a change with you and love that babies are in the further!!! If you maintain your fitness level and activities though your pregnancy there is no reason to stop during pregnancy, my friend who run ran all the way up to 8.5 months! You can do it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BRUIN2 2/8/2012 2:57PM

    You can still run the full in November if you get KU in August... You'd just do it slower, and likely with more walk breaks. Still totally doable.

Or you drop to the half, and then all of us will go find your sis and Hope on the full course and cheer them on.

Lots of options!!

I recommend reading Taking Charge of your Fertility. Really good info even before you start trying.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOPAPGH 2/8/2012 10:28AM

    Wife and I always joked that we wanted three until we had two, then we wanted one again. In retrospect, two was a good number.

I am down 10 lbs so far this year, so about 2 lbs a week.

I'm just focusing on a day at a a time: logging all I eat, staying in range, getting at least half an hour of exercise a day (walk, run or bike).

I'm also getting my water, freggies, vitamin/calcium and ST from my PT.

We got rid of the junk in the house, which has helped. If we get a craving we will buy something but it will be a small quantity (pint of ice cream, not half gallon). I'll also walk to the store and back to get it.

Having a large breakfast and a smaller lunch has been a huge help, as has decaf tea and gum.

Enjoy the journey. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARLIE13 2/7/2012 11:35PM

    I wish I had been healthy and fit during my pregnancies…leading up to them too of course. Jillian Michael’s recently did a great podcast that talked about preparing your body for pregnancy and all the healthy things you should do. You should check that out. Espesh since it’s free. Very great and healthy information. Oh and a prenatal vitamin…start now!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LISEIGHT 2/7/2012 10:37AM

    I love your inspirational pictures as the background to your blog!
You now have more to your plan, so you might want to make an additional one with cute baby pictures!
I second the comment about folic acid, and also the one about the benefit to be in good health to help a good pregnancy. Spark does a dedicated site for expecting and breastfeeding babies!
All the best with your plans: i admire your ability to have daily treats: I am finding that when I do that, I then crave the following day, and want more and more as the time goes by! I am trying to readjust. Not sure what my long term plan will be with that issue!!!
Anyhow, Go Girl, looks like a fab and realisitic plan: GO GET IT!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REEKU731 2/7/2012 10:20AM

    I think you have a great plan set up! I can't wait to see how you progress!! I can relate - I want to make sure I'm the healthiest I can be before we decide to have a little one - and I can't wait to hear all about your continued progress! Keep up the great work!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 2/7/2012 3:27AM

    Sounds like we have an exciting year ahead of us!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CURVES_N_CURLS 2/6/2012 10:39PM

    Sounds like a rock-solid plan!

I was rather fit before I had E, and it was a very easy pregnancy and delivery, physically. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment

    babies sure can be motivating. hmmm. i have nothing really else to add. i'm so helpful??

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWCHOC 2/6/2012 1:38PM

    don't forget to take folic acid when you are thinking about pregnancy. there are excellent studies which indicate it helps with the baby's spinal column

Report Inappropriate Comment

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOPERY 2/6/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticonBefore and after these, you will be emoticon Great goal!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MBSHAZZER 2/6/2012 11:40AM

    Great plan, Dana! I love that you are hitting it head on right now. You know those signs that say, "If you lived here, you'd be home already"?? That's kind of like the whole, DO IT NOW thing! If you get started right away, in a week, you'll already be a week into it!

Great news that Henry is on board, too. It's so much easier if you are not doing it on your own. Larry is NOT on board right now and it's really, really hard!

Oh, I also wanted to ask you about the workout straps you had? Were they TRX or something similar? When we move to the new place, there will be no gym, so I was thinking of using the strap system and wanted to know what you thought about it.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 Last Page