CALGIRL80's SparkPeople Blog CALGIRL80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 easy day After running for the first time in about 18 months, my knees are sore. yesterday I did strength training and that also contributed. I played soccer in high school and have had this pain numerous times, particularily when I am doing to much to soon. As a result I chose to primarily walk today rather than run again. I ran 30 second intervals every 5 minutes or so. My average time was slow, but I was working hard. I am realizing how out of shape for running I am. Yet this is just a starting po... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:37:10 EST Overcoming obstacles About 18 months ago I was beat-up by a shopping cart. yes a standard shopping cart in any store. I was hit by a young boy running up and down the aisle in my achilles heel at the store I was working at. This resulted in tramuatic neuropathy in my left foot. After a month of physical therapy the PT and doctor both told me I would probably never walk again unaided (w/o cane or crutches) I have been walking with out aides for about 1 year. However, yesterday I did a huge milestone. I ran. I didn... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:54:16 EST good day I am having a good day. I feel like spring is finally coming. I spent some time working in a garden where I used to intern. (We changed the front yard to a community garden), had a good morning of getting house chores done. I am on track with eating today and fill full. <BR> I am hitting the Y tonight with my husband and excited to see if this could be the way for us to work out together without slowing each other down. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 19:21:31 EST I'm Back After a rough 3 weeks I am back. I got the flu and then was taking care of a friend who also was sick. During that time my husband told me he wanted to start working out with me on a regular basis. As we live in Hollywood, Ca there is no shortage of gyms. After visiting a few we found our personal first choice was the YMCA. <BR> During my time away, I didn't watch my calories or workout like I know I need to. However, I am ready to start taking the next step on my journey. <BR> I am applyi... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:16:36 EST Friday Had a good workout yesterday then went to a job interview. The hours were less than ideal though flexible. It simply wasn't a good fit for me. However I am glad that I took the interview. It has been a while since I have done a typical interview. I am lacking motiviation to workout today though in about 50 minutes I will for at least 10 minutes. I do well if I set a time for myself. I can psyche myself up to do the workout and tell myself it is only 20 minutes of my day. Plus tonight my DH an... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:07:58 EST Wed rest day Having a rest day due to air quality and doctor orders. Rode my bike to the library and got some books to read. Tomorrow I have a job interview with a inventory taking company. I have a job at church working 10-15 hours/week. Looking for another job with part-time job Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:06:21 EST Making the right choice As part of my job, I run errands as needed for co-workers. Today that errand was a Costco run. The church where I work is hosting a homeless shelter during the coldest and wettest months here in LA. The Deacon board (caretakers of the church) are making dinner for them this evening. I left around 11am avoind all the business people and it wasn't to bad. However, did not account for traffic. I found myself extremely hungry as I was leaving. It was definitely tempting to just grab some fast foo... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:38:45 EST Monday, Monday Today has been good, but I just got a message saying my husband's grandmother is going in for open heart surgery. She is 90 and has had some other health issues recently. Thankfully my husband and I are already planning to go back to Texas in about 6 weeks. <BR> I am not a fan of Mondays as all the hard stuff in my life typically has started on a Monday. From small things like increased work to huge things like my dad passing, I can count the number of bad things happening on one of the 6 ot... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:28:11 EST Sunshine Day I fell asleep last night pretty early. I woke up with a lot of energy and feeling pretty good. I am slowly reducing the amount of pain medication I am on along with sleep aides. I have had insomina since I was a young teen. Thankfully taking a melatonin supplement helps immensely. I am at work catching up on things that piled up over the holidays, but am enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warmer weather. I am excited to go for a hike in a little bit with a friend that I haven't seen for a wh... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:52:59 EST What a day Yesterday my husband and I went to Santa Monica. We did alot of walking around running some necessary errands and enjoyed a yummy lunch at panera. Spent some time on the beach which did wonders for me emotionally and physically. <BR> Today in contrast has been one of stress. With most of my collauges out last week for the holidays and I was off site most of the week, the backlog all hit today. While I have finally got my head above the water line again, I am feeling stressed. My new response... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:19:43 EST I am back. As posted in my blog of about 2 weeks ago, I was sick. I had a nasty cold that developed into acute bronchitis. Due to drug allergies, the doctor basically told me to eat lots of garlic and onion to help break up the mucus in my lungs. I am feeling about 90% now. I am excited to start the new year on a good foot. My food habits went down along with exercise. However, I am ready to begin lifestyle changes again. Slip-ups and set-backs are a part of reality. I am blessed to have another day to ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:21:56 EST grateful to breathe normally On Monday morning I woke up with a nasty cold. I stayed home from work and slept most of the day waking to blow my nose or drink fluids. Yesterday was better as I stayed awake most of the day, but was still not feeling human. Today I feel about 90% human. I still have some chest congestion so I am not working out until that clears up. I am prone to asthma attacks and don't want to go through that needlessly. I am doing some walking just not at a high enough intensity level for it to be counte... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:59:06 EST