CALGIRL80's SparkPeople Blog CALGIRL80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 2 Today was strength training. I thankfully wasn't to sore from yesterday. I am behind on my walking today but I will walk to the grocery store with DH later tonight so he has coffee tomorrow morning. Slept really well last night. Tomorrow I am at Disneyland and spending time wiht a friend from college whom I haven't seen in about 10 years. I know I will make up an shortages for walking today due to that tomorrow. I choose to make sure I am hitting 10000 steps daily but 5 miles for me is 12000 ... Thu, 7 May 2015 17:38:39 EST Day 1 I am starting over. I was able to go hiking today and enjoyed a mile and a half hike. Then went with DH for a walk so he would get 5 miles today for walking today as well. Feeling pretty good, but I am hoping not to be to sore tomorrow. Wed, 6 May 2015 23:06:07 EST growing Once a year, DH and I choose to do a junk food day. This year we picked Thanksgiving as we will be with friends for Christmas. We had some of our favorites. However, I felt gross last night. My body was sluggish and not its normal self. Today I am make to whole foods, which are minimally processed and healthy for me. I am feeling so much better. Yesterday as I went to pick up some OTC meds I have to take, I was hungry, almost overly so. Given it was cheat day I asked myself if I wanted a cand... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:42:51 EST Thanks Happy Thanksgiving!. This is the one holiday I truly enjoy. Why you might ask? Because the holiday has little commerical attachment. Yes, store are open ( i worked retail for 8 years including at Walmart when it was the only store open in town.) But today and this weekend I am choosing to stop, hit the pause button on life and be thankful. <BR> I have gifts and blessings overflowing. I have an amazing husband who loves me for who I am not simply on my looks, who supports me in making good cho... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:59:13 EST dealing with desire I really had to talk myself into going for my bike ride today. The weather was good, it was late enough traffic wouldn't be crazy, but I just didn't want to go. I had a million reasons why. But really I wanted to be lazy. Finally I told myself 10 minutes. I only had a 20 minute ride on the training plan anyway so 10 minutes meant I would be fine later this week for my harder ride. Once I put on my gear, and started riding, I was grateful I did. Sun was out, traffic was unusually light. tackle... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:21:54 EST starting week 4 I have been making healthy choices for about 4 weeks. I have noticed some big changes that have nothing to do with weight or body size <BR> <BR> 1) less pain in my joints and less swelling overall in my joints <BR> 2) sleeping longer and better <BR> 3) having more energy <BR> 4) not wanting to just stay at my desk, but rather looking for ways to get outside <BR> 5) feeling yucky when I eat processed foods <BR> <BR> Yay for small changes! Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:32:18 EST new day On friday night DH and I found out the his grandfather passed away. It is really a huge blessing but still hard. His gradfather had severe alzheimers. Last month we were able to go back to TX and say good bye, and by grace of God, had moments of clarity with him. Last night DH wanted pizza (his comfort food) I said ok, but then I over ate. While I am not beating myself up about, I feel gross today. I have been eating fresh organic food for about the last month and my digestion is asking what ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:19:56 EST Sunshine! Today we had sunshine and it has made a difference in my attitude. I had a good bike ride this morning riding 20 minutes and after poor late night choices yesterday am eating healthy again. Feeling better, though a bit tired. Probably due to a lack of caffeine as I am now eliminating green tea from my diet. I will still enjoy it occasionally, but I don't want to need it. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:48:35 EST apathy I have been battling apathy the last 2 days. I am definitely a California girl and we have cloud cover. Grey skies make me want to just stay in all day. Last night DH did strength training with me. I am blessed in that in my life partner I have someone who helps motivate me, challenges me, encourages me. I really don't want to cycle tonight, but I think I will leave work early to go and cycle. I am scheduled 20 minute, but I will do my 10 minute rule. I have to cycle for at least 10 minutes. ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:08:50 EST Times with friends This morning I woke up really early for me. 6am. Normally I sleep till about 730ish. However this was a blessing. A friend of DH is looking to change his diet. He is very active already but still is eating alot of processed foods. He asked if we could hit farmers markets and local speciality shops, as I grew up on a farm and know good produce from stuff that has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> After a fail in finding the farmers market we hit little Tokoyo. I was a... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:54:25 EST feeling good After church yesterday, I really wasn't feeling like I wanted to workout. DH and I had a commitment to help neighbors work in their garden. I am grateful for my parents about ingraining in my the need to keep my word. We went and helped dig out grass, move rocks and weed for about an hour. After word we originally going for a bike ride. Instead we came home. I knew I needed to work for momentum, so I said I could stop a workout DVD after 10 minutes if I continued to not feel it. Finished it o... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:12:00 EST I'm back After a long hiatus to deal with emotional and physical issues I am back. I have continued walking but needed to take a break from logging and focus on self and family. My husband's grandfather has advanced alzheimer's and has been in and out of the hospital for the last 6 months. We live in CA and his grandfather and rest of the family are in TX. We have been back and forth about once a month for the last 6 months. During our last visit my husband had a chance to really say good-bye as it wa... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:48:05 EST Day 3 Walked a bit less today due to pain in my calf. I have been lucky the last two days. However despite the pain, I maintained my pace once I subtracted out stopping time. I also did strength training this morning before my walk which I am sure challenged my calf a bit more. The pain is due to tightness so I came home, stretched out and used a foam roller to release the muscle tightness. Still learning my limits with the setbacks from the accident. But I will walk a 5K once again! Fri, 9 May 2014 14:02:26 EST Day 2 Walked 1 mile this morning and then biked to the grocery store to pick up some necessary items (apples, bread). Still struggling emotionally but I know this is just a hard time of year for me. I am reminded of alot of loss in my life. (dad's bday, mothers day, my bday, mom's bday) all within 6 weeks. However I will keep on track despite my lack of desire. Thu, 8 May 2014 18:59:43 EST starting over After a hard few months of physical set-backs and emotional struggles I am ready to reclaim my life again. My goal for the rest of May is walk at least a mile everyday. I know I can't walk it straight yet, but I will get back there. Wed, 7 May 2014 19:09:23 EST Busy week Today I am feeling how busy this week is. I am taking my dinner break now as I have a meeting for work tonight. My job is to help support our Deacon board at the church I attend. This coming Saturday we are holding a Christmas store for families with low-incomes to come and purchase gifts. The families are families we know well from our community center in their neighborhood. Today I spent the day pricing gifts and working on making snowflakes. Tomorrow is more snowflake making. But I get to ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 19:49:46 EST rough day Yesterday was a rough day. I attended religious services per normal, but about 30 minutes in I felt ill. Eventually stomach won shall we say. Felt better after lots of burping. Went to go to the Y to do an eady workout but the closed early due to the holiday weekend. Ate some yummy chili for dinner and some garlic bread to get my calories up. Then had an easy night. Thankful it seems to have just been a gas bubble as I am feeling fine to day and will be hitting the gym in a while. I am excit... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:02:02 EST Progress Disclaimer: I live in LA, California. We don't have a real winter. People freak when it is cloudy even more when it rains. <BR> <BR> Today was a good reminder of why I am doing this. As my DH and I were getting out our "winter" clothes I found pants I haven't worn in a while due to them being to small. I decided to try them on. One pair fit almost perfect and the second pair I need to lose a little more (less than 5 lbs) for them to fit. I have dropped a pants size since I have restarted on ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 00:44:26 EST baby steps Today is my rest day. Ironically I spent a good amount of the morning getting food ready for tomorrow. Plus two trips to the grocery store. I chose to walk instead of drive as it is 3/4 of a mile round trip, doing well on mynfood plan but need to eat more in the morning and figure a good high protein snack for afternoon. I can't have nuts and only can have yogurt twice a week due to lactose intolerance. I welcome suggestions. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:14:49 EST Tuesday I have had a good day. Sore from strength training yesterday due to squats then running today at the gym. As I deal with the pain I am reminded anything of true worth requires some pain as pain is part of change. Looking forward to a rest day tomorrow to recover. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:56:02 EST Progress Today I broke a 16 minute mile <BR> Yesit is still slower than I would like to be, but it is a first step. Have worked my way back up to running for 1 minute and walking 4. Taking time to enjoynthis small victory Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:35:43 EST Saturday Thanks to the cold weather I had a lot of pain last night in my hand. Eventually got it to calm down. This morning woke up with pain in my right knee joint. As I have started moving it has lessened. Rather than running at the gym, DH and I have some friends in town and we are going to go walk in the Hollywood Hills. I have only committed myself for the first two miles. I have set a personal goal of walking at least 2 miles every day until the first of the year, then will evaluate if I need to... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:29:40 EST Rockin It The last week as been awesome. From being able to make good food choice, to walking with DH, and having enough me time, life has been good. I am feeling rested, well nourished, grounded. It has been amazing for me to spend time in spiritual activities first thing in the morning. It makes choices all day eaiser for me. <BR> Also a celebration note: I have given up soda and have not had any for a week. I had a sip of DH's yesterday (was drinking lemonade) while out to lunch and found it to sw... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:03:00 EST ??? After dealing with a cold and travelling for work then pleasure I am back. Hopefully for a while, at tleast. Today I felt kind of dumb as I left my gym clothes on my bed. DH will be bringing them to me when we meet for dinner. Excited for Thai food. Yummy veggies and shrimp! As I sat with a friend who is having a rough time in life, I am again grateful for the blessings present in my own. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:11:38 EST It has been too long I have been journaling privately over the last few months. Due to working two jobs, and having time with friends and family, diligent exercise went away. However through making good choices I did pretty well. Work at an arts and crafts store had me on my feet most days walking around, then choosing to go for walks with friends to catch up rather than going to dinner. Two weeks ago I chose to resign from my job at the arts and crafts store. The hours were too much. I wanted 10-15 hours per we... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 12:23:40 EST busy life The last couple weeks have been busy but fun. As a surprise my DH planned a trip to Disneyland. Unbeknowst to him, close friends had planned a trip for the same time. It was a blast to spend time with friends I hadn't seen for a couple of months and share time with them. <BR> In about 1.5 weeks I am going up to summer camp with our 3rd-5th grade students at my church. Two years ago the ability to do that seemed like a distant dream. After a lot of hard work, I am able to handle most hikes (de... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:45:22 EST warm run Today as I have to work at the church and live only a mile away, I decided to run/walk. Having grown up in the central valley of Ca where it is not hot until it reaches 103, I know how to run in heat. I left around 830 and it was already getting into the upper 70s here in LA. Nothing I know for a good portion of the country, but warm for here. I was reminded of the importance of slowing down when it is warm and the luxury of having a gym that believes in good air conditioning. With it only be... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:21:25 EST Its been a while. Life has been crazy the last few months. From minor injuries that kept me do pool workouts to travel for family events, to taking a second job, I have been busy. After a couple months I feel like I have found the balance needed again. Both of my jobs are 15-20 hr/week. As I have shared previous, one is I work in a church. The other is working at an arts n crafts store. I enjoy them both for opposite reasons. At church, I can focus on what needs to be done and simply finish the job. At the sto... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:51:38 EST Slowly recovering I have been sick for about the last week. I don't often get the flu, but my colds are doozys. I got a mild cold combined with really bad allergies. Praise that I have managed to not get a sinus infection, and it was really only one part at a time. First throat, then nose, then chest, then nose again. Today is the first day I have felt normal in a while. I would love to go workout today, but I have PT in a couple of hours and am still trying to take it easy. My hope is tomorrow to go to the Y ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:18:38 EST Weird day today has been a weird day. I am overly emotional and I am not sure why. This is not typical of me, particularily after a rest day. Thankfully, I work at a church where the expression of emotion is not seen as weakness, but rather a chance to talk and connect. <BR> Some of the emotion is grief. Loss of expectations in some personal issues, missing my dad and letting of some dreams. I recognize that. This may be hitting me deeper than I intially realized. If so, it is totally fine. <BR> Some... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:20:56 EST update and rest day Thank you all. I am feeling much better. I ran yesterday and barely finished. I felt better so I decided to go ahead and run. Afterward felt rwally sick. Got home and cooked down plus took some.meds. <BR> Today I took a full rest day. Had a good day simply sitting on the beach took myself out to lunch and hit a bookstore to treat a m <BR> agazine as my reward for my sleep schedule. I have a tendency to be a night owl but I have been going to bed by 11. My reward after 2 weeks was t... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:49:58 EST Not feeling great Today I have been fighting an upset stomach. Nothing specifc triggered it. I am not sick, not eaten anything unusual. I suspect it is a gas bubble as I changed water bottles and am swallowing more air. My new bottle is Klean Kanteen with the airhole on top. I like it except in moments like this. Taking it fairly easy, though I am going for a run later at the gym. This week is 2 mintues running 1 minute walking. Little nervous about it, but I know I can do it! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:47:02 EST Had a slip-up yesterday After a good but stressful weekend, I had a slip-up. I ate a package of cookies and had a quart of milk (non-fat). It was about my total calories for a day. However, I know I had a slip-up and it is in my power to not allow it to fully derail me. I have been doing really well for about 3 weeks so I was due in some ways. To account for this I will be intentional about having healthy snacks at home. Make sure I stick to my eating schedule and more closely listen to my body. <BR> I will also ma... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:28:03 EST Continued Reflection This is a continuation of my blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> I think the two biggest lessons I learned are the following: Pain can be your friend, and its okay to let others help you carry the load <BR> <BR> Pain can be your friend: As my accident caused severe nerve damange, as I recovered I was in significant pain. Even still I occassionally have nerve pain that feels like little needles in my foot. I simply remind myself that it means things are reconnecting and learning how to work again. In ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:25:30 EST Reflection At the advice of my Physical Therapist, I have been focusing on what I have learned/gained from the whole ordeal of the accident. My lessons have been numerous <BR> <BR> 1) I have gotten to know some older men and women that are incredible. I workout with the 60-70 year old men usually for strength training and did alot of water aerobics for a while with their wives. They are such an encouragement and a kick in the pants. As I am increasing my milage for a half-marathon, they are my personal... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:24:50 EST Small victories! Yesterday, DH was off and we wanted to have an easy day. We went and discovered a soda supplier in LA that specialized in treats of yesteryear with all soda made with real sugar not HFCS. We have tried very hard to eliminate HFCS in our diet, yet DH enjoys soda 1/2 times a week. We took mass transit there. As we started walking toward the street the shop is located on, we realized we had to walk up a hill that gains about 20 ft in about 3 blocks. After talking it over, I felt like I could tak... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:54:01 EST It's Monday! While today is Monday, it is actually a good Monday. As I shared yesterday I work in a church so we are closed for the "holiday." I am here at work as I am taking most of tomorrow off and putting in my hours today instead. I am enjoying the quiet. <BR> Had a good walk yesterday with DH. For my training plan I needed to walk two miles. My hope was an avg of a 15min/mi. While we were slower than that, it was a difference I can accept. We did it in about 34 minutes or a 17min/mi. Typically I do... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:18:07 EST He is Risen As a Christian, I celebrate today as an oservance of the day Jesus conquered death giving me life. This boggles my mind. even if you are not a believer the simple claim strikes my logical mind as outrageous. The fact that billions of people all over the world believe that man was dead for approx. 3 days and then came back to life. <BR> As I reflect on this miracle, I am reminded of the power of our minds to fulfill our hearts desire. The longer I am pursuing a healthy lifestyle the more I a... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:41:33 EST Good sore Yesterday I ran on the treadmill for about 25 minutes including a 5 minute warm-up. I ran avg of a 14 minute mile. I can see my time decreasing as I stay the course. While streching after, I saw the foam rollers and realized I had not streched my IT bands in a while (runs from your hip to your knee and tightens easily in runners). Using the roller I streched them out. Felt good at the time. About an hour later I was sore. Not in pain, but sore. This tells me I need to be doing it way more oft... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:52:09 EST Day 2 of sluggish I again ate some yogurt this morning. It doesn't seem to agree with me in the mornings. I will move it to an evening snack and have more carbs in the morning then. For the second day, about an hour after I ate it, I felt yucky. I may need to switch to soy yogurt, for mornings at least. This may also just be my body showing the extra stress from family issues right now as well. However, to be safe, apple in the morning and yogurt in the evening. A simple switch that will hopefully make all the... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:08:22 EST sluggish Today I woke up feeling fine. I ate my normal breakfast, but due to not eating enough calories on a couple of day consistently I added yogurt as well. My stomach did not like that idea. I felt yucky most of the morning up till lunch. I normally eat yogurt and I am fine, but usually in the evening. I have been feeling sluggish all day because of the yucky feeling. I am starting to feel better, but am trying to decide if my body is telling me it needs a rest day or just a random incident. I am ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:18:15 EST Simple Things An old hymn states "Tis a gift to be simple tis a gift to be free, tis a gift to simply 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free <BR> 'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, <BR> And when we find ourselves in the place just right, <BR> 'Twill be in the valley of love and delight. <BR> When we accept who we are right now, for who we are right now, Life is so much better. In talking with friends, I was remided of this simple truth. It can be easy to either live in the ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:11:41 EST Good weekend I had a good weekend this past weekend. On Saturday, I was going to take an easy day, but quickly became bored walking on the treadmill at the gym, so I did a normal workout. However, I did take my rest day on Sunday instead. husband and I got some errands done including exchanging some bike shorts so I can ride more comfortably and spent some time with friends. While nothing big happened, it was a weekend of content. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:20:53 EST sore but good Yesterday my husband was off of work. We went for a bike ride What started as an easy four mile ride ended up being a 14 mile ride. We ride a local bike path. I did fine until about 6 miles in. At that point it was.easier to keep going toward the rather than head back home. I love running however my husband.prefers biking. Yhis was his day. I enjoyed it.except.for.some.soreness from my seat. Thanks to a sale at a local bikr shop I am now.better prepared when we do this again. Other ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:08:58 EST wednesday Had a good day. Enjoyed a not so crowded gym time thanks to working tonight was able to go earlier. enjoyed some great tasting food that is good for my body. Slept hard last night in a good way. I guess I kicked my own butt at the gym last night more than I thought. focusing on the small things to be thankful for in my life. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:20:59 EST Two weeks later Wow it has been two weeks since I have had a chance to sit down and blog. It has been busy. Due to the busyness of my schedule, I either could workout or sit and lament my lack of time. Rather than telling people why I couldn't work out I used that time to do mini workouts. From walking to see my co-workers on the campus to taking the stairs as much as possible. I also chose to do some batch cooking so I could fit more veggies and fruit in my diet. Rather than sit at home in the evenings, my ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:07:49 EST restart button After Valentines's day is my husband's birthday. This year he wanted to go visit his family in Austin, Tx. We were there for a week. The week was great. times of playing at the playground with our niece, relaxation and simply just exploring Austin on foot. However the day we left, there was a major wind. The wind seemed to wake up my allergies. Since then I felt like I have a cold, but really just allergies. I have not been working out like I want to do. Nor have I been tracking my food. <BR>... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:46:09 EST Simple pleasures Today was a huge step for me. I decided to do my workout while going to the bank. I did fail to realize how far it acutally is for workout purposes but hey this is focusing on the positive. I am slowly getting back into running and was running outside for the first time in 20 months. I never thought I would be grateful for side stiches. In many ways I felt like I was learning to run again, but the simple fact I could has made my day. I need to find a pacing program that will work for me as I ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:01:22 EST good day I had a job interview today. I am waiting to hear if I got the job or not. If not I was encouraged to reapply after my DH and I return from a trip at the end of this month. However, I woke up in a great mood. Days like this make me grateful. I live in Hollywood and see alot of people who are worse off. I am blessed in so many ways. I have an incredible husband who loves me at my best and my worst, I have meaningful work (though not enough hours), I have an apt to keep me warm and dry, I have ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 19:55:08 EST Tough day As I sit and type this, I am fighting myself on whether I should go workout or not. I know I will as I am meeting DH and we are working out together. But I honestly would rather take a nap. I slept well, but have been yawning most of the day. Some of this si due to cloud cover from an incoming storm. I am amazed at how much the sun can dictate my mood and energy. If the sun is out, I am usually in a good mood with a good amount of energy. Yet on cloudy days, I usually struggle. I love the clo... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:14:55 EST