ASHLEEFV's SparkPeople Blog ASHLEEFV's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Indoor Workouts to Beat Cabin Fever If you're looking to get some exercise while snowed in to your dorm/apartment/house, youtube has a wealth of videos with great workouts. Search for your favorite exercise format, and there's probably a video with workouts or tips. Here are links to just a few of my personal favorites. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite channels is blogilates <link> </link> . It's a bit girly but has a friendly peppy host who leads 10-15 minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:07:16 EST 2013 Fitness Goals I love setting SMART goals for fitness. I get such a mental rush when I make progress. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> For the past two years, I've set the goal to run 365 miles in the year (checking progress monthly). I hit 373 miles in 2011 and 381 in 2012. This year, I want to surpass 400. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>315</em> Goal #1: Average 1.1 miles per day running <BR> Towards this goal, I have run 12.89 miles by Jan. 10 and am on pace. I've even done two outdoor runs with snow on th... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:01:36 EST 2012 Fitness Accomplishments Instead of vague New Year's resolutions to be healthier and get in shape, I set SMART goals for fitness for the year. I started this in 2011 and continued in 2012. Based on my success with the monthly indoor ironman triathlon for 2011 and my blossoming interest in running, I was motivated to continue the goal of running an average of 1 mile per day per month. I knew that I would move and might not have access to the same cycling and swimming facilities and wanted to prioritize group fitness o... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:45:41 EST My trouble goal: Strive for progress, not perfection Some days I'm a rock star! I eat healthy foods, diligently work for 12 hours with amazing progress, run 5 miles or do TurboFire with high intensity intervals, hang out with my husband, and win dominantly in my favorite strategy board games. <BR> <BR> Other days I'm a hot melty emotional mess. One poor decision begets another and it snowballs. I have trouble visualizing how to get back on track to work towards my goals in health, fitness, or my research. <BR> <BR> I've realized lately that ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:30:29 EST Just a 10k Hike in the Park I had an appointment 30 miles from my house. While mapping how to get there, I noticed a huge green space around the interstate in the middle of my route. Turned out that is a state park with many hiking and mountain biking trails through hills and around reservoirs. I decided to run there after my appointment. <BR> <BR> Middlesex Fells Reservation--Reservoir Trail <BR> What a great trail run! The weather was in the low 70s and beautiful. The trail was in the shade for the entire 5.5 miles.... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:47:33 EST Remember How Far You've Come We often focus on our goals and how we're not quite there yet. We should always remember just how far we've come to get to this point. <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of time for introspection this week with doing some traveling and connecting with alumni and looking back on myself early in grad school (5-7 years ago). One of the most striking things was the change in my physical fitness in this time period. I may weight about the same +/- 10 pounds, but I have a lot more lean muscle mass than then... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:04:39 EST Practicing yoga outdoors My community has a number of parks and summer events in those parks. Two of them have weekly outdoor yoga classes that are free to the public. I went to my first two days ago and will attend my second today. I don't think I've ever been more at peace than during the gentle stretching session in the shade along a river bank. I have practiced yoga for a few years now and enjoy the strength, stretching, stability, and self-reflection involved. The outdoor surroundings gave it another element of ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:00:12 EST Losing weight without time to try again Before I moved at the end of May, I was very diligent about measuring all of my portions and working out 1-2 hours per day 5-6 days per week. In the 6 weeks that I've lived in my new place, I've run more and done less high intensity cardio (no fitness classes available to me). I walk a ton every day as I commute by train and have to walk at least 1.5 miles round trip each day between my house and the station. I've been eating more socially and drinking soda at work and enjoying the nice desse... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 19:44:22 EST Running Update I've been running for some time now but not very quickly. Before my current training plan that I began on June 4, I had run 1 mile without stopping but generally alternated 3-10 minutes of running with 3-10 minutes of walking without any rhyme or reason. I've run two 10ks in about 1:25, and my fastest 5k time was about 38 minutes. If I ever want to increase my distance, I need to work on my speed and sheer running endurance first. <BR> <BR> I'm doing's couch to 5K program. I like ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:45:42 EST Started the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge I've always been a sucker for sweets (pun intended). Just a few days ago I was reminded of my terrible habits from high school. I would eat poptarts for breakfast, sugary cereal for dinner, and often snack on nutty bars, frosting from the can, or canned pie filling. My school cafeteria made great no bake cookies and killer cinnamon rolls (so good that they sold them as a community fundraiser). At holidays, my family has tons of pies, cookies, cakes, homemade jams, and ice cream. <BR> <BR> I'... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:49:20 EST 5K+10K Challenge--Completed! I just got into running last year. I'm still slow and walk intervals, but I'm really enjoying it. My commitment to running at least 1 mile per day averaged over the month (goal reached each of the past 16 months) has inspired a couple of my friends to take up running. Four of us ran the Friday night 5K associated with a local marathon last week. It was my husband's first race, and two of my friends only started doing 5Ks with me this fall. It was a great event with huge crowds, fancy technica... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:14:33 EST My Tips After a long progression to my current fitness level, I have a few bits of advice to share: <BR> <BR> 1. Just get moving. Every little bit adds up and trains your body so it can handle the next challenge you give it. <BR> <BR> 2. Find something you love to do and that gets you hooked. Could be walking your dog, running, taking a class, learning a new sport, hiking in a great park, etc. <BR> <BR> 3. Get others involved. I LOVE workout buddies. It's nice to have a commitment to someone to wo... Thu, 3 May 2012 14:19:27 EST Getting Started with Fitness I love blogging and I love fitness, so I thought I'd share how I got started on my Fitness Voyage (I chose this name because my last initials are FV). <BR> <BR> Childhood <BR> <BR> From age 8 or so, I've been the chunky, nerdy, and very slow girl. I always got last place in my heat at my school's annual field day elementary school track meet. I played 1 year of middle school basketball and track (throwing events) in 5th grade and dropped out the first day of 6th grade sports because I foun... Wed, 2 May 2012 11:32:49 EST