AMARILLYS's SparkPeople Blog AMARILLYS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm a Couch to 5K graduate! It's been a while since my last post! I had to stop running for three weeks because of a groin injury. It really sucked! But I'm back and I was able to pick back up right where I stopped. <BR> <BR> Last night I finished week 9 day 3 of the C25K program. I did it! I'm a graduate! I do think they should call it "Couch to running for 30 minutes straight" though, because I'm not running a 5K in 30 minutes! I'm really slow, it'll take me around 40 minutes to run it. I will be starting the 5k to 1... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:46:18 EST Finally done with W6D2!!! I finally did W6D2 last night! <BR> <BR> I actually did it last week but I had trouble with my app and I couldn't track the workout correctly. I did it again two days after but it was hot and humid out and I had the stroller and I just wasn't able to finish. <BR> <BR> After that last run, I had a bit of pain in my right knee and thigh muscle, so I decided to take a few days off. Didn't want to risk an injury! I felt better on Monday, but it was raining so I waited until Tuesday. It was har... Wed, 15 May 2013 10:59:57 EST Weigh-in Weigh-in was yesterday and I was 173.6. That's a 0,6 lbs loss, for a total of 19,8 lbs. AAAAAARGH! Why can't I get to 20 pounds already!!!! So close... <BR> <BR> I'm happy about the loss, considering I had three different meals out with friends or family. I made really good choices, but it's still not easy to lose when eating out. <BR> <BR> But I'm now considering switching my official weigh-in day from Mondays to Tuesdays. I weighed myself this morning and I was 172.6! A whole pound less t... Tue, 14 May 2013 10:17:08 EST Body, we need to talk Weigh-in this morning was a disappointing 0.2 gain. It's really not the end of the world, except that I've been losing and gaining the same pound for the past month. I'm so close to the 20 pound loss mark too, it makes it even more discouraging! <BR> <BR> Now I know why I gained this week. We ate out three times this weekend (I almost never eat out nowadays). I was careful and tried to choose well, but still, it was hard to count points... The other weeks though, I was doing pretty good but ... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:43:18 EST I ran for 20 minutes It feels weird to write it: I ran for 20 minutes straight. When I started C25K, I could hardly run more than 1 minute without feeling like I was going to die. And now here I am, running for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> The only disappointment is my lack of speed. I hate being so slow. When I signed up for my 5K in September, my goal was to run it under 40 minutes. I thought it was a pretty easy goal. But now I'm not sure I'll be able to reach it. I'm not even sure I'll be able to run it under 45 mi... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:02:34 EST W5D2: i did it!!! So last night I felt like going for a run so I thought I'd try Week 5 Day 2 again. If you've read my last post (thanks to everyone who left a comment btw, I really appreciate them!), you'll remember that I wasn't able to finish the second 8 minute running stretch on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> What a difference a day makes! <BR> <BR> The first three minutes of running were the hardest and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to finish again. But it got easier. I was even surprised when it ended because I... Thu, 2 May 2013 12:24:16 EST C25K: Failed W5D2 Today was Week 5 Day 2 of Couch to 5K and for the first time, I wasn't able to finish the whole run. Today's run was: 5 minute warm-up, 8 minute jog, 5 minute walk, 8 minute jog, 5 minute cool down. <BR> <BR> The first 8 minute run went fine, though it was hard. But I wasn't able to finish the second one. I ran for about half of it and then had to walk the rest. <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed, but it's all right. Nothing wrong with having to repeat a day, which I will do on Thursday. I'll try t... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:49:18 EST Goodbye to 10% of my body weight! Weigh-in today revealed that I'm now 174 pounds. That's 19,4 pounds lost and 10% of my body weight gone. I also realized I've lost more than my six month old's weight and that kid is heavy! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started Week 5 if the Couch to 5K program and it went pretty well. I'm still painfully slow but I'm trying not to worry about it too much. Trying being the key word. I'm still super scared of Day 3, when I'll have to run 20 minutes non-stop, but I'll worry when I get there! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:53:17 EST Week 4 is DONE! I went out with the jogging stroller yesterday afternoon, ready to finish week 4 of the Couch to 5K program. I started the first 3 minutes run and something didn't feel right. I thought I was going to die halfway through, which is weird because 3 minutes is nothing for me now. <BR> <BR> Then I started the 1:30 min. walk and hit a wall. I couldn't even entertain the thought of running one more minute. The baby started crying and I thought "well that's it, let's go home" <BR> <BR> I felt pr... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:25:21 EST C25K and weigh-in It looks like i forgot to update the blog this past week! I've been busy! <BR> <BR> I'm still doing Couch to 5K and things are going well even though it's getting harder. I did Week 4 Day 2 today, which means I ran 3 min., walked 1.5, ran 5, walked 2.5, rinsed, repeated. It went really well until the last 5 minutes of running. My legs were so heavy I thought I wouldn't be able to finish! But I did! I hope it'll be easier next time, because I really would rather not have to repeat this week! ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:06:36 EST C25K - Week 3 Day 2 The weather was fabulous today and I happily went out and did Week 3 Day 2 of Couch to 5K. The more I use this program, the more I like it. I remember when I began I looked and what was in store for week 3 and it seemed like an almost impossible task. Three whole minutes of running? No way! But now I'm doing it, it's incredible! I've looked ahead to the other weeks and they do look impossible right now, but I know that when I get to them, it'll be ok. <BR> <BR> It's amazing the progress I'm ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:03:48 EST 19 pounds down, 49 to go! Monday is weigh-in day and I have to say I was very happy to see the number on the scale this morning. 174.4 baby! That's a two pound loss! I hadn't gotten two pounds in like a month, so I'm very very happy. All my good work seems to be paying off. <BR> <BR> I'm happy I didn't get discouraged despite the small losses of these past few weeks. I'm now 19 lbs lighter than I was last January and it feels GOOD! I still have. a long long way to go before I get to 125, but I know I'll get there. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:26:13 EST C25K - Week 3 Day 1 I did W3D1 today, even though i ran yesterday. I usually run every other day but we're getting a snow storm (!!!) tomorrow and then rain all weekend so who knows when I'll be able to run next. <BR> <BR> Week 3 is HARD!!! I was doing ok on Week 2 with the 90 seconds runs, but those 3 minutes ones were tough. Plus I have a cold and I was running with the jogging stroller so it made it harder. But I'm proud to say I ran the whole time I had to run. I'm hoping I'll be able to run again on Sunday... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:57:36 EST Running when sick Do you run or work out when you're sick? <BR> <BR> I have a bad cold right now but I really didn't want to skip a running day. So I went for it and did C25K Week 2 Day 3. And it went pretty well. It wasn't my fastest run but it wasn't my slowest. The only difference is that I feel much more tired now, one hour post-run, than I usually do. <BR> <BR> But I'm glad I'm done with week 2. Week 3 will have me running twice as long without stopping (that's three whole minutes, hehehe). The weather ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:56:21 EST Weigh-in and C25K Week 2 Day 2 Today was weigh-in day. I was 176.4 this morning. It's a 0,8 lbs loss, for a total of 17 lbs since the beginning of January. <BR> <BR> I decided in January that I would try to lose slowly, because a quick weight loss has never worked well for me in the long term. But I admit I've had a hard time with the numbers of the past few weeks. Summer is coming and I'd like to at least no longer be obese this summer (so under 164). A loss is a loss and it's good but I'd like to get a solid 2lbs loss ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:27:06 EST Week 2, ladies and gentlemen! Today was the start of C25K Week 2. That means that the running stretches last 90 seconds instead of 60. It went really well, especially since I didn't have to push the jogging stroller. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I've never done more than 2-3 weeks of the program in the past, but right now, I don't think I'll give up. Signing up for a 5k before I even started the program is the best idea I've ever had. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 15:39:17 EST Couch to 5k - Week 1 Day 3 I did it! I finished week 1 of C25K! And I'm happy to say I will be able to "graduate" to week 2. <BR> <BR> I feel a bit self-conscious every time I run, but I try not to care. People who are judging me (if there are any) should really be judging themselves because I'm out running and they're not! :) <BR> <BR> I've had a good week so far and I'm looking forward to the weigh-in on Monday. I hope I get a good number because the past couple of weeks have been so-so. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:59:48 EST C25K - Week 1 Day 2 It's not going to be a surprise for anyone: jogging with a jogging stroller is HARD! Especially when you're a beginner. But I did it, today, I did the whole Week 1 Day 2 program. It was a bit cold out, but I went anyways. I'm so proud! But my arms are going to be sore tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I've tried the C25K program a couple of times in the past but I don't think I've ever gone past week 2, maybe 3. I feel so different now though, especially since I have that race to think about in September.... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:44:14 EST Weigh-in Today is weigh-in day and I got 177.0 on the scale, a tiny little loss of 0.2. I expected a bad week since it's that time of the month and I never get good numbers those weeks. Hopefully next week will be really good. <BR> <BR> Total loss is now 16.4 lbs! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:14:52 EST C25K - Week 1 Day 1 I officially started the Couch to 5k program this morning! The weather was nice and cool and it was perfect! I was super slow but I didn't care, I was doing it! <BR> <BR> I never really got out of breath, much to my surprise, but my legs were heavy for the last two running minutes. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for Day two already! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:39:30 EST Blech! We're having nice weather this week and I was so excited to be able to start the Couch 2 5k program. I also have my brand new iPhone so I'm all set. <BR> <BR> But I caught the stomach bug from hell. I'm sick, my baby is sick. So far, my two year-old is the only one who is feeling fine. It sucks. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, the weather should stay nice next week too and hopefully, this thing won't last more than a couple of days. <BR> <BR> I hate being sick. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:06:07 EST Surprise I thought I would see a weight gain this morning. I ate within my points, but I felt so bloated. But I was pleasantly surprised! I was 177.2, that's a pound down from last week! I'm now down 16.2. I'm comfortable in clothes that used to be too tight and just have more energy in general. <BR> <BR> I did week one of the 100 push-ups challenge last week. I'll need to find time to start week 2 today. And I should be able to go out for a run a couple of times this week. Woohoo! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:35:50 EST Second time I went running again today. I did two-three minutes of walking followed by a minute of jogging for 40 minutes. And the good news is: it wasn't as hard as last time! <BR> <BR> Last week, those 60 seconds of running were the longest 60 seconds of my life. This week, 60 seconds would pass and I'd be thinking "already?" I call that progress, my friends! <BR> <BR> It was pretty cold out so I'm proud of myself for going. The plan right now is to start the Couch 2 5k program the first week of Apri... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:43:57 EST Sleep, baby, sleep My baby is in a "I don't want to sleep... Ever" phase, which makes it hard to exercise these days. But I need to stop using that as an excuse and figure out something. I can't wait until the snow is gone so I can start Couch25k with the jogging stroller, it's going to be fun :) <BR> <BR> I started the 100 push-ups challenge on Monday, with a test result of 10 knee push-ups! I need to strengthen these arms so the jogging stroller doesn't seem so heavy! I'll go and do day two of the challenge ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:45:02 EST Bye bye 180s Yesterday was weigh-in day and I was down 2.2 lbs at 178.2! Woohoo! I can officially say goodbye to the 180s! <BR> <BR> I also got a brand new iPhone (my first smartphone, I'm a dinosaur!). It will help me a lot with Couch25k. If anyone has some good apps suggestions (fitness related or just for fun), let me know! <BR> <BR> Sadly, I can't go out for a run today, thanks to the snowstorm that's currently hitting us. We always have one around St.Patrick's day. Hopefully it'll be the last one a... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:56:38 EST Omg So I want to start the Couch25K thing as soon as the weather gets more stable (we'll get 20 CM of snow Tuesday, there won't be any running on that day). Meanwhile, I'm doing a pre-Couch25K, whenever I can go outside. Today, I went out for 35 minutes, running for a minute and then walking for 2-3 minutes. I'm hoping to build endurance so that when I start, I can walk only 90 seconds between each minute of running. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy I went out today, but omg I wanted to die! I'm so out ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:44:41 EST Hello world! I gotta stop this disappearing act! <BR> <BR> I got pregnant with baby #2 last year and had my second perfect baby boy in October. After the initial post-pregnancy weight loss, I quickly started to gain again and got to 193.4, my highest non-pregnancy weight ever. <BR> <BR> Fed up with the way I looked, I signed up for Weight Watchers online in January. I've been slowly losing since then and I'm now at 180.4. My goal is 125. <BR> <BR> I also signed up for a 5k in September 2013. I'm so not... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:52:46 EST I'm back! It's been a long long long time since I've written here and I have bad news and good news. <BR> <BR> The bad news: I'm much bigger than I used to be. I'm now 178.2 pounds, at 5'2. I'm unhealthy and very unhappy about the way I look. <BR> <BR> The good news: I'm a mommy! I had my son, Julien, in March 2011 and he's my favourite person in the whole world. I love him to pieces. The pregnancy explains part of the weight gain. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to be active on here again, as much as ti... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:23:19 EST June bug I just realized that I haven't blogged in June yet! I'm falling off the wagon! Noooo! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I need to get back into blogging. Your comments are helping me stay motivated and I need that motivation. <BR> <BR> I guess I started feeling depressed when I realized I had spent the whole month of May gaining and losing the same pound. 150. 149. 150. 149. 150. *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm currently 149 and I want to see 148 dammit! I changed my weigh-in day from Monday to Thursday because o... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 12:18:24 EST Busy! I know I've been slacking a bit on the blogging front this week, it's just that I've been so busy with work and working out and just life in general. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty happy with my workouts this week. I've worked really hard and I'm still so motivated. I'm having a lot of fun and I feel so much stronger. <BR> <BR> Things haven't been as good on the food-front. I'm working on this but it's so hard. I'm getting bad cravings and some days I can ignore them, some days I'm just too weak. I r... Fri, 29 May 2009 21:43:40 EST Victory! I am on cloud nine! Today is weigh-in day and not only did I manage to lose the pound I had gained while in NYC, I also lost an extra one! Weight this morning: 149. Yessss! <BR> <BR> I am still far from my goal, but this little loss means that it can happen if I put my mind to it and work hard. I want to see my ticker go lower next Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 25 May 2009 13:59:48 EST This is where I usually give up I've been back on SparkPeople and blogging regularly for almost a month now. I've been trying to log in my food (I'm still not too good with that) for a few weeks and I've been really good with exercise (except a couple of days after I came back from my trip). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I'm not expecting much. I know I came back from my trip a pound heavier and I hope I managed to lose it. That would mean that I'd still be at 150 tomorrow. That means no progress since the beginni... Sun, 24 May 2009 15:42:55 EST Celebrities and self-esteem I decided to do this week's blog prompt: <BR> <BR> "Do images of celebrities and models make you feel bad about yourself?" <BR> <BR> Honestly? No. Real-life skinny people sometimes make me feel bad about myself and I do admire a few celebrities' bodies, but I don't feel bad that I'm not like them. <BR> <BR> I think each and everyone of us could have a celebrity-type body (within the limits of our body types of course) if looking good was part of our job. Celebrities have money for trainers... Sat, 23 May 2009 13:05:24 EST I'm back! Hello everyone! I'm back from NYC and I gotta say I really missed SparkPeople while I was there. I wish I could say I was very good and ate well the whole time I was there, the truth is that... well I didn't. I tried to make good food choices, but sometimes the hot-dog vendor at the corner was so much more convenient! <BR> <BR> I didn't exercise per se while I was there, but we did walk A LOT! Thank God or else the scale would have punished me so much more. As it turns out, I gained one poun... Thu, 21 May 2009 14:43:10 EST Walk, climb, run I am happy to report that I AM OFFICIALLY ON VACATION! Only for a week though (I'll take more vacation time later in the summer). Annnnnnnnnd... tomorrow morning, I'm going to New York City! Woohoo! I seriously cannot wait. <BR> <BR> Of course, I'll have to remind myself to be careful, especially with food. I know we're going to walk a lot, so I will exercise that way. But it's so easy to eat junk while travelling. I'm happy with my efforts this week and I want to see results on the scale wh... Thu, 14 May 2009 15:21:22 EST Found my spark! Can I just tell you how great you all are? Seriously, you're all a fantastic group of people and I would hug you all and bake you something healthy if I could. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the nice words and encouragement yesterday! I liked that many of you told me to just get out and exercise for 15-20 minutes... even though I didn't do it! That was because I really had to go to work and got back home at 11:30 PM. But it motivated me anyways and this morning, there was... Wed, 13 May 2009 13:18:00 EST Wanted: motivation I'm not sure where my motivation went today, it's just nowhere to be found. I didn't even want to blog today because I have nothing positive to add. I just want to do nothing and eat junk food (good thing there isn't much in the house). I'm just tired and I want to sleep. <BR> <BR> And I hate that I'm feeling like this! I just wish I could see some results already, you know? Lose a pound and not gain it back. Just one silly little pound. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll feel bette... Tue, 12 May 2009 12:38:49 EST Quickie! I'm going to have a craaaaaaaaaazy busy day today, so I wanted to post this little blog entry before I have to leave for work. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym this morning for a quick cardio session. I did 30 minutes on the treadmill, incline at 0%-12%. Fun times. I'm all sweaty now but I feel good! <BR> <BR> I don't know if I'll be able to update much this weekend, as I'll be at my mom's and her computer doesn't always cooperate. We'll see. You all have a nice day and weekend! <em>247</em> Fri, 8 May 2009 10:36:13 EST Fitness podcasts Does anyone listen to fitness/nutrition podcasts? I started downloading Jillian Michaels' radio show (free on iTunes) and I really like it. I listen to it while I'm working out and I find it pretty motivating. I recommend it to everyone! <BR> <BR> I realized I didn't blog yesterday but that's because I didn't have one minute to myself! It was a crazy day. And a not-so-good-but-not-disastrous day food-wise. I definitely went over my limit, but I was able to stop myself before it all turned in... Thu, 7 May 2009 13:14:17 EST So I did NOT gain four pounds I'm happy to report that I did NOT gain four pounds this past week! I couldn't resist and I weighed myself again this morning and I was 150, not 153. That's still 1 pound more than last week, but I'm relieved. I'm going to wait until next weigh-in to change my ticker though. I'm hoping I still have a bit of water weight. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Today's workout was absolutely fantastic, but I'm dead! I'm so tired! A good tired though. <BR> <BR> Today's food <em>210</em> <BR> Breakfast: 2 toas... Tue, 5 May 2009 20:56:09 EST My trainer wants to kill me Ok so I don't *really* have a trainer cause I can't afford one. But the package I got at the gym allows me to get a new strength training program every 6-8 weeks, and I always ask for the same trainer, so I consider her my trainer even though she's not following me as closely as I wish! <BR> <BR> I got a new program this morning and I think she wants to kill me now! She's making me work HARD! She showed me how to really push myself with intervals on the elliptical. I'm loving it! For strengt... Mon, 4 May 2009 11:41:14 EST What a feeling! I didn't have much time to work out today. I'm working tonight from 5-12 and then tomorrow morning from 11:30-6:30 and we're having people over Saturday night so I need to get moving and clean the appartment. <BR> <BR> So I went to the gym and told myself I'd do a quick 30 minutes of cardio. Which I did, but man! It was intense! I was really into it and listening to Jillian Michael's podcast while I was working out and I really had a great quick workout. Yay! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I joined tw... Fri, 1 May 2009 13:39:50 EST The Day After Yesterday was just a bad day, both food wise and exercise wise. I actually did nothing as far as exercise goes, so that's already bad right there. <BR> <BR> And food. I did very good all day. I had made a huge batch of veggie chili (I'll share my recipe in a future blog post) and it really filled me up for lunch. I also had an apple around 4pm. <BR> <BR> But then, when I got home, I was SO HUNGRY! It was crazy, I think I could have eaten a horse. I decided to eat one of the carrot-nuts-rais... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:54:07 EST Cooking I sort of like to cook. I mean, I'm definitely not a great cook. But I like food and I enjoy trying out new (simple) recipes. <BR> <BR> I had today off so I took this opportunity to cook a few meals for the rest of the week, since I know I'm going to be busy and the only options near work are fast food places. We bought a big bag of carrots last week and even though we ate a bunch of them, we still had many left. So I made carrots muffins! I added raisins and nuts to the recipe. They're deli... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 17:07:10 EST The challenge of clothes shopping I'm not working today and it was absolutely beautiful out. Sunny and warm. Beautiful. <BR> <BR> I had to go clothes shopping today, something I absolutely hate doing. I can never find clothes that fit well and I always end up depressed. But since almost nothing from last year's wardrobe fits anymore (*cries*), I had to buy some new clothes. <BR> <BR> How depressing! I'm currently in-between sizes, and I'm still too small for the plus-size stores, but the regular-store clothes don't fit righ... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:48:34 EST I want to be an inspiration I've been reading a lot of blogs and SparkPages this week and I found them really motivating. I'm telling you, there are a lot of inspiring people on this site. And I decided that I want to become one of them. I want to be a motivator. I want to reach my goal and I want to inspire people. I'm an ordinary girl and I've struggled with my weight all my life. I'd definitely be a good example of "if she can do it, anyone can". So this is my goal. I want to lose 30 pounds (28 more to go!), I want t... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:13:33 EST Buddies I wish I had one or a few buddies to work out with. I've been trying to do all this by myself and it feels lonely at times. Chris tries to motivate me as best as he can of course, but he doesn't understand, he's never been overweight. He's definitely gained weight since we first started dating in 2005, but he was so skinny back then I actually think he looks better now! And me, well I was 30 pounds thinner, believe it or not. *sigh* <BR> <BR> I want to make friends here, on Spark People, but... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 12:50:27 EST Bye bye Habs Hockey season is over for my beloved Habs, who got beat again by Boston tonight. Oh well, the best team really did win. <BR> <BR> I am happy to report, though, that I watched the whole game without eating anything <em>244</em> . I did eat a few cashews afterwards though, but nothing to be ashamed of. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I didn't have time to work out at all today, I even worked during the hockey game! I worked out Monday and Tuesday and I'm hoping to go again tomorrow, so a day of res... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 23:51:38 EST Living for this feeling I'm so happy and proud right now. I think I had a pretty good day yesterday. I exercised plenty and I ate pretty well. <BR> <BR> Today's also been good so far. I've done well eating-wise and I went to the gym again. I did my strength training routine yesterday so today I had a cardio-only day. I just got home and I feel so so so good! I'm always so proud of myself when I work out and eat healthy and I always feel horrible when I'm lazy and I cheat. I wonder why it sometimes is so hard to do ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:44:42 EST Motivation and the lack of it I've been going to the gym since I was 20. That's 11 years of my life. My problem? Consistency. I can never seem to get a good routine going. I'll go to the gym 4 times a week for three weeks, then I'll skip a week, then I'll go twice the next week, then I'll skip three weeks, then I'll go 2-3 times a week for four weeks, and so on. It's difficult to track progress that way isn't it? <BR> <BR> My boyfriend just started going to the gym and I'll admit it's motivating me, even though we don't ... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:16:13 EST