ADVENGIRL's SparkPeople Blog ADVENGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trainer Troubles... bi-weekly bootcamp is probably about to change. <BR> It's not because I can't get up early enough. <BR> It's not because I don't like working out outside in the cold/drizzle at 6:45am. <BR> And it's not because I prefer working out in the gym. <BR> <BR> It's due to my personal trainer. <BR> I'm sure she's a 'nice' person...but she has minimal compassion when it comes to injuries/issues. And boy, I have several. <BR> But I don't like to talk about them unless something comes up. <... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:11:10 EST Aww...I feel like a bad 'Sparker' :/ Okay- so I don't update often (3months!)...and I don't consistently track my fitness/nutrition all the time...BUT, I haven't given up :) <BR> <BR> Things I've done in the last 3 months: <BR> *taking weekly surfing lessons <BR> *started bi-weekly Bootcamps <BR> *took a belated honeymoon in Kauai <BR> *took a refresher SCUBA course! (wee! new cert card!) <BR> *passed my CSETS for teaching/Secondary Science <BR> <BR> and... <BR> <BR> *finished a full marathon. San Diego, Rock & Roll. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:18:28 EST surfing-say-what??? :D Well...I'm back on track and attempting to kick butt once again. <BR> <BR> Though I'm petrified of sharks, I have changed my new year's resolution to be "don't get eaten by shark(s)," and signed up for 2months of surfing lessons as a 30th Bday present to myself. <BR> <BR> I start April 1st. And I'm busting my butt trying to get my arms/core in shape enough to ride the waves....or...paddle out into the freezing cold ocean. <BR> :D <BR> <BR> The 2months include twice weekly surfing boot... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:21:30 EST Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'... Keep dem doggies rollin'! <BR> <BR> Started the morning off with a kickbutt bootcamp routine with Cassie80...I'm going to be sooooore tomorrow, that's for sure :D <BR> <BR> We're going to be keeping it up 3 days a week and I'll be adding in a bit of yoga to the mix. Weee! <BR> <BR> I hit a big stall in weightloss the last week with all my hormones going bonkers. Between the miserable cramping, bloating, and complete lack of willpower...I gained. Lame. <BR> BUT! I'm not giving up. I just... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:00:18 EST Mother Nature sure is a b****. Oh man. I had forgotten how crummy that TimeOfMonth can be. <BR> See...I've been on birthcontrol for, oh, 12 years. <BR> Yup! I got on it when I was super young because my cycles were dibilitating and I'd spend a few days crumpled on the bathroom floor and yacking because all that estrogen gave me faux 'morning sickness.' <BR> Taking the pill (or recently, the NuvaRing) balanced everything out and my cycles were annoying, but a breeze in comparison. <BR> <BR> But now....craaaap. We're talk... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:47:57 EST Adventures in 1 Captions Log, Day 10519: <BR> Woke up this morning to the sound of a disturbing alarm signaling that my day was to begin. Although I attempted to delay the inevitable- a large, furry being felt it necessary to pester me for food and stepped on my bladder when ignored. Accepting that my circadian rhythm had been disrupted- I got out of bed and continued with the usual routine:. Brushed teeth, check. Set kettle on to boil, check. Bladder elimination, check. <BR> <BR> And then. I stepped onto... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:22:52 EST 1st big milestone...DONE! Omg. You guys...I'm...YAY!!! <BR> Today, I stepped on the scale and it read 199. ONE Hundred...ninty-nine. <BR> <BR> I have been in the 200+ club for the vast majority of the last decade...yo-yoing up and down. I haven't seen one hundred anything on my scale in SO long. <BR> <BR> *squeeeee!!!* <BR> <BR> I'm on a roll :) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:59:20 EST :) As so 'it' begins!, I'm signed up and confirmed for the FULL marathon in June. Ieeee!!! <BR> I'm a little bit behind schedule for training- but not so far that it'll be difficult to catch up. Kidney stone's gone- I'm feeling back to <BR> :D <BR> <BR> Tomorrow begins a new chapter in my life. And I am SO excited! Trying very hard not to pysch myself out. I have a tendency to sabatoge myself with self doubt and then accept failure as the inevitable but... <BR> I know that... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:30:05 EST Oie. Minor set-back... I'm going to try to start blogging at least once a week, btw :) <BR> <BR> So...I have a kidney stone. Gods help me, it better only be ONE. Any of you ever had one? It is the MOST excruciating pain I have ever endured (if you don't count the ones I've had prior). I've been told (by nurses who have had both kids and kidney stones) that it's equivalent to natural child birth...without the baby to take home after all your hard work. <BR> <BR> Anyways. Ow. <BR> On top of's my TOM as w... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:42:14 EST 2wks into January...ALREADY? Sheesh...and I thought 2010 flew by too fast. :D <BR> <BR> I'm still pluggin' along and going strong(er)! <BR> I found an amazing book by chance around the beginning of the year (Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr) and LOVE it. Love it love it love it. <BR> The book is about 240pgs- but only 30 of those or so are the 21day 'detox' diet and recipes. The good news about this detox? You EAT. <BR> <BR> A little background- Kris was diagnosed with an inoperable/untreatable cancer in the liver & lung ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 21:06:19 EST Still here :D Man...the Holiday's sure threw me for a loop! :) I stayed on relative target, though. <BR> Thanksgiving was at our house and I cooked a 100% vegan Thanksgiving (the husband cooked the turkey for everyone else. hehehe) and it went off without a hitch! Yummy all around. So good, in fact, that leftovers only lasted through :) <BR> For Christmas, we headed down South (as in- the deep South) to spend it with my Mom & sister. Oie. It was literally impossible to be vegan at my Moms but I tried & di... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:27:48 EST :) vegan. Okay- so I'm not counting days anymore. I think I'm good to go! Well, until I'm faced with a big 'ole slice of greasy cheese pizza. Then I might have a bit of a problem...BUT! Until then, I'm good. hehehe <BR> <BR> Even better news- I'm not craving sugar anymore. It's a frackin miracle, I tell ya! <BR> <BR> Just to be sure, I refuse to buy Halloween candy until Halloween day simply because I'm not sure if my willpower can handle it. :D <BR> <BR> As for recipes- I have discovered the wonde... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:39:45 EST Day 5, Vegan! :D Okay...I think it's starting to sink in. I'm doing this. Really really.... <BR> (And I've been great about working out daily now so maybe my focus being on the diet is helping me keep focus in other areas as well?) <BR> <BR> I got my 'Vegan on the Cheap' cookbook today and I am SUPER excited to try some of these things out. I'm tempted to try and pull a Julie & Julia type thing and go through each recipe, one by one. We'll see... <BR> <BR> I'm surprised at how inexpensive veganism can be if... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:56:21 EST Day 4, Vegan! I was dealing with a migraine yesterday until around 3pm blog! <BR> But I'm back :) <BR> <BR> I've found myself getting into a foodie routine, which is good. The vegan side of things is forcing me to pay attention and PLAN meals out :) <BR> <BR> Breakfasts are usually either: <BR> a) double fiber/whole grain wheat bread with chocolate peanut butter (just a little cocoa smushed in) and sliced banana OR <BR> b) vegan boku protein shake. I used to abhor this powder since it's really gra... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:16:57 EST Day 2 Vegan... I am SO HUNGRY! It might be because I'm eating 'clean' and don't have a lot of fluff/crap in my diet...or, it might have something to do with burning 1300 calories yesterday!! Damn. That was overdoing it- but I didn't do it on purpose. I took a step class in the morning and then went on a long walk in the afternoon...not realizing how much they each burned until I got home and put them on Spark. :/ <BR> <BR> Vegan isn't too far. My lunch today was a pretty rainbow of colors spannin... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 19:48:06 EST Goin' Vegan! Well... <BR> I've been a vegetarian for about 5yrs now- and just found out that I have high (bad)cholesterol! FML. It's most likely genetic (thanks, Mom. lol) BUT- I am going to try everything I can to stay off random medications. The good news is that my HDL (good) cholesterol is at a great level so I should be able to tweak the bad another few points the other way. <BR> <BR> So...good bye cheese. Good bye yogurt. So long milk! And good riddance eggs (never liked you anyways)! <BR> Thankfu... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:41:08 EST Grr. Argh. It's been a month! Okay...I'm bad. Once again, I got caught up in all sorts of other things (grad school, travel, weddings, birthdays) and promptly fell off the wagon after getting sick. <BR> <BR> Why is it SO HARD to get started again after a set-back?? Gah! <BR> <BR> I think I'm back, though. I'm trying at least :) <BR> I haven't GAINED back what I've lost so far, which is nice...but my stamina and strength took a big hit. Ah well. Like a Spark article said the other day: One step back and two steps forwar... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:27:04 EST OMG- I lost 2lbs. Wait- really? <BR> WEEEE!!!! <BR> I've been so annoyed with the scale lately because it wouldn't budge no matter how many miles a week a put in or how well I was doing with the diet portion. <BR> And then....2 lbs! Outta the blue! <BR> <BR> I know I know...I've been building up muscle and the scale shouldn't matter as much if I'm losing inches and keeping active. It's just really hard to ignore it since I've got 29 yrs of society telling me how much I SHOULD weigh. <BR> <BR> Anyways- I'm h... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:30:55 EST Well crap... I lost my momentium. LOL <BR> A long weekend, coupled with an injured knee, and I stalled. Completely, utterly, stalled. <BR> Grr. <BR> <BR> BUT! Tomorrow's a new day though, right? So...bright and early...I'm back out there. I've got some miles to make up :D <BR> Mon, 6 Sep 2010 21:25:40 EST I'm still here :) Well- we had a lazy weekend. And boy, that completely screwed with my momentium. lol <BR> <BR> I'm still truckin on- but getting moving is a little bit harder than last week :) <BR> <BR> On the food front: <BR> I think I'm needing a diet change...things are starting to get really boring and I find that I'll typically 'not' eat when my snacks are so limited. Like- I'm not interested...and haven't been getting in enough fruits/veggies or meeting my calorie minimums. I know this will stall me ... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:58:57 EST Still figuring this whole thing out... So- I was pretty useless for 2 days thanks to a migraine and female issues. weeeeeee. <BR> BUT! I'm back at it now. <BR> <BR> I'm still plucking away and trying to learn how to run. It's frustrating as hades. I'm getting calf and shin cramps like MAD. I'm drinking plenty of water...getting plenty of potassium etc...stretching...the whole 9 yards. ::sigh:: I've been trying to get through week 1 for several weeks now...and it never failed, 1/2 through, my calves would be so tight and painful... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:00:04 EST Dear Body... Dear Body, <BR> <BR> I understand that you have gotten 'spoiled' the last few years: no hard labor, no real sweating, no constant jarring and moving. You've been treated like a Victorian Queen with decadent food and minimal movement on a regular basis. Well, I hate to break it to you, but that wasn't spoiling. That was spoiling you 'rotten'- and not in a good way. And guess what? No more! <BR> <BR> I know that you're going to fight me every single step of the way. I know that you're going ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:39:46 EST I hate the scale. Really. I've been active and bustin butt quite a bit lately...but that damn scale won't budge in the direction I'd like!! Frustrating. <BR> <BR> So! It's banished. For a little while, at least. I'm going to try to focus more on my measurements and physical progress and not kick myself when I'm down by letting the 'numbers' bother me. Stupid scale. lol <BR> <BR> On a positive front, I was able to meet up with a few fellow Sparkers yesterday! So much fun :) Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:00:33 EST Back home & movin! Well- this weekend was a blast! I think I was somewhat successful with good eating choices- and we stayed pretty active. We ended up hiking quite a bit (crazy uphill) on Saturday to find a spot to watch the meteor shower with friends...then spent all Saturday outside at a park tossing a frisbee and walking. Fun fun! <BR> <BR> Anyways- I wasn't 'great' this weekend...but today is a new day. It's a new week. I'll just move a bit more and break a bigger sweat to burn off any damage that I did :... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:44:28 EST Yargh! I'm feeling piratey today. Or rather- I'm cranky as hell and feeling piratey is just another way of saying 'don't mess with me or I'll kick yer booty!' :D <BR> Okay- maybe I'm not THAT cranky. <BR> But I am running on less than 3.5hrs of sleep. And have had a headache since yesterday. And had to get up at 4am so I could get to the airport on time! . . .plus my cat puked in my shoe, which, although it woke me up enough for the drive, it wasn't very pleasant. <BR> <BR> Hmm. I'm complaining. L... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:08:03 EST Whew...I'm pooped... Alrighty- so today was Day 1, week 1 of Couch-5k for me...and wow, I am so far behind where I thought I was. Reality check! Just means I have to push it a little bit harder :) <BR> <BR> Thankfully- my running buddy is patient and understanding. We're going to stick to W1 thru next week to let me get up to par before upping the stakes. <BR> <BR> How on EARTH did I get this out of shape? Really people...hooooow? <BR> I bet we're all asking that question in some way... "how did I gain XXX so q... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:52:35 EST