CARDIOBUNNY's SparkPeople Blog CARDIOBUNNY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's the Little Things For me, it's the little things that get me off the couch for a workout. For instance, I plan my workouts in an Excel spreadsheet and it drives me nuts when I can't go in and highlight the little cell to indicate that I've completed that days workout. <BR> <BR> Another thing that's incredibly motivating for me is keeping track of my training runs on my bathroom mirror where I can't avoid it. This picture was taken back in January, while I was still training for the Princess Half: <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:26:45 EST A New Goal After researching half marathon recovery I worked a recovery week into my training schedule so last week was full of a lot of Pilates, Yoga, and other stretching and strengthening exercises. Unfortunately they were also accompanied by too many cheat meals. Basically the "recovery" week reminded me that having a semi-short term goal is EXTREMELY important for me. <BR> <BR> So, I registered for the AFLAC Iron Iron Girl Clearwater 15k, which will be held on April 10th! I was worried that I... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 13:54:39 EST Race Recap: Disney Princess Half Marathon Since I have a lot of pics to share, it's easier to read my race recap on my blog. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ace-day-recap-disney-princess-half.html </link> <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:55:20 EST Wednesday, March 3rd Goals met: Today was a rest day but... I drank 8 cups of water <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Positive Experience(s): I committed to running the ING Miami race with the SparkPeople Road Runners team. I haven't registered yet because I have been having some thoughts of running a full marathon next year. Not sure I'll still feel that way after this Sunday, but I will definitely be running at least the half marathon. <BR> <BR> Something I Am Thankful For: Life Thu, 4 Mar 2010 00:01:30 EST Tuesday, March 2nd How today went: <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Goals met: I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred and went to Zumba. <BR> <BR> Positive Experience(s): I read some fantastic race reports from last weekend and committed to meeting up with fellow SparkPeople and members of another online group this weekend. <BR> <BR> Something I Am Thankful For: Having a roof over my head. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:20:14 EST Monday, March 1st Today is my official 1 year sparkiversary but I've decided that I prefer to celebrate on the day that I began actively using the site. You see, I signed up on March 1st 2009 but didn't log back in or begin making a lifestyle change until May 3rd. <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a hard time last month and a lot of it had to do with stress from being unemployed piling up. In the beginning it was easier to just refocus by throwing my attention and energy into living a healthier lifestyle and traini... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:31:45 EST Planning Ahead I'm going ahead and accepting the fact that exercise just isn't going to happen unless I plan my workouts in advance. I decided to try winging it last week and I only worked out for 2 days. *Sigh* It's just too easy to decide that I'm going to push a workout out to the next day and then that day comes and it rains or I get a invite to go out somewhere or any number of things. <BR> <BR> But, when I have all of my workouts in my Excel Spreadsheet (which I use in lieu of a To-Do list), it d... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:59:43 EST Thankful Thursday It's Thankful Thursday! My top three for this week are: <BR> <BR> * Faith: I know that He knows my wants, but even more importantly my needs & always provides accordingly <BR> <BR> * Courage: Although my life isn't perfect, I chose to wake up every day and do the most that I can with what I have. <BR> <BR> *Wisdom: I've learned so much about myself in the last year. I've always been told that I'm an "old soul" but I feel even more centered, happy, and in love with me than I did this ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 05:35:33 EST Thankful Thursday Each Thursday I post three things that I am thankful for to Twitter using the #thankfulthursday hashtag. I thought I'd share my three for today with you all. They are: <BR> <BR> Life, love, and opportunity <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> What are your three? Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:35:08 EST Tips for SparkPeople Newbies I receive a lot of questions about navigating the SP site and how to get the most out of it. The following is the welcome email that I put together for a SparkClass Team that I lead. SP vets feel free to leave comments with any tips that you have. <BR> <BR> Welcome to SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> This amazing, free site has all of the information, tools, and support that you need to reach your goals... you just have to supply the determination! <BR> <BR> Please don't feel overwhelmed by the... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:47:10 EST Don't Bring Negative to My Door!!! I can honestly say that I have developed a much more positive, can-do attitude since joining SparkPeople. Learning to focus on the possibilities in every situation, instead of the problems is one of the things that appreciate most about this journey so far. <BR> <BR> That change in thinking has also prompted me to change my environment... I find myself disassociating deom some people. They are the infamous toxic thinkers: the ones who always have an excuse for why they can't change, or ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 15:42:04 EST LadyG8r A to Z (Thanks BIXIE23 & DISNEYGLEEK for the template <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 29 <BR> B is for Booze: In moderation? Yes please! I love wine, carmeltinis, and flavored vodka mixed with diet Sprite. <BR> C is for Career: None *sigh* I'm on my 2nd layoff in just over a year. Still mulling over going back to school to go into Public Health or become a Physician's Assistant. <BR> D is for Dad's name: Tony <BR> E is for Essential items to bring to a party: Me! <BR> F is for Favor... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:04:13 EST He-llooo February :) January was an <em>345</em> month! In January I : <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> lost 8.6 lbs <BR> <em>34</em> racked up 1474 fitness minutes <BR> <em>331</em> ran 54.76 miles <BR> <BR> My focus for this month will be on decluttering (literally and figuratively). I've outgrown certain people and situations. Those things are now holding me back so they have to go. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In addition to that, my February goal... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:19:04 EST Milestone: 7 Miler I ran my first 7 miler yesterday, and it felt amazing to complete it!!! <BR> My pace 11 minutes per mile on the dot... not too bad, but I'll be glad when I gain some speed. <BR> <BR> For some reason, it never fails that the first 2 or 3 miles of each run are the hardest for me, no matter what distance I run. I feel like I need to take a walk break after each mile and want to quit. <BR> <BR> <img src="" > <BR> <BR> Then, just past the 3 m... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:50:25 EST Pushups *Sigh* I cannot begin to tell you how much I DESPISE pushups... in fact I hate just about every exercise that works the shoulders and chest because I don't have very much strength in those areas. But I've read quite a few articles by the sadists... err trainers, who laud pushups because they are a good toning exercise that works multiple muscle groups at once. <BR> <BR> Apparently I am a total glutton for punishment because I have decided to take the One Hundred Pushups Challenge; a six week progr... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:33:59 EST Fabulous Finds Friday I really don't know why I still get so excited about it being Friday, even though I don't have a job lol. Oh well, happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share a couple of things that I recently discovered that are helping me. First up, I found a wonderful website that lists healthy recipes. The site, Gina's Weight Watchers Recipes, lists both calories and WW points: <BR> <BR> <link>http://weight-watchers-points-recipe<BR>s.blogs... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:38:49 EST Halfway Point I had to weigh in today for the 8 Week Battle Challenge and I am halfway towards my goal weight! 15 lbs gone baby!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It took forever, but I finally found a routine that works for me and everything is rolling along smoothly. If you aren't incorporating strength training and HIIT sessions into your routine, start doing it asap! I had been stuck in the 170s for a few months now, but adding these two things ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 17:17:46 EST On Haiti and Giving Back My heart aches for the people of Haiti. The pictures of the devastation are heartrending. And considering the fact that Haiti is a country that sorely lacks infrastructure, I know that the survivors are in for a long and arduous haul. <BR> <BR> But you know what? After reading some comments on Facebook and in the comments section of various media outlets my heart also aches for the people who seem to be oblivious and uncaring when faced with the suffering of others. One would think that... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:27:51 EST I Surprised Myself Today I did it... I ran 3 miles. <BR> <BR> 3 miles without once letting that little nagging feeling of doubt take over. 3 miles of not pysching myself out. 3 miles of feeling both mentally and physically strong. <BR> <BR> I ran 3 miles without stopping for a walk break. Today was the first time that I've ever run for more than 2 miles without stopping. It felt so good that I decided to keep going. <BR> <BR> And before you know it I'd run another mile. 4 miles... at once!!! Woohoo! <B... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:45:57 EST Girl Power!!! <img src=""> <BR> Alright friends, I need your help... <BR> <BR> During my run this morning I realized that I need a new workout playlist. Songs about really strong women are what seem to really get me amped up during tough workout sessions. Here's what I have so far: <BR> <BR> 1. I Didn't Know My Own Strength by Whitney Houston <BR> 2. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus (Ok, doesn't really fit but it makes me want to move) <BR> 3. Cowboy... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 14:48:35 EST 1.08.10 The following blog probably contains TMI, but I don't care... I need to vent and my journal is not where I normally put it so there goes... <BR> <BR> Today has not been a good day, as far as this lifestyle change goes. I have MAJOR PMS and the hormones have are making me crazy... <BR> <BR> I always feel completely exhausted the week before a new cycle starts. Which means that I drag butt and sleep all day (if I can) which throws my eating habits all out of wack. On top of that I usuall... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 20:51:12 EST 60 Days til the Disney Princess Half Marathon!!! I'm still following my program and super excited. I may be a bit of a weirdo because I actually look forward to the long runs that are scheduled. I think it's so exciting to run farther than I ever have before. I ran 5 miles this past weekend. 5 miles!!! <BR> <BR> This from someone who had never even run a nonstop mile just 3 weeks ago and would have laughed in your face 8 months ago if you told me that I would be gearing up for a half marathon. I still walk a bit (1-1.5 minutes ever... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:09:07 EST Happy New Year!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so abnormal... I don't make New Years resolutions since I set personal goals each year on my birthday. I guess it would be too easy for me to start when everyone else does lol. Oh well, the goals that I set for myself on my 29th birthday (last May) were to be more fit and fulfilled. I'm so proud of myself for all that I've accomplished in the last 8 months. So I hope that all of my SparkFriends are Fit and Ful... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 07:31:56 EST Bye Bye 2009! Wow, 2009 has been a year of ups and downs for me but I can hardly believe it's almost over. Where does the time go? For posterity's sake, here's the rundown on my 2009: <BR> <BR> * I rejoined SparkPeople in March <BR> * I was determined to become a runner and started the Couch to 5k program <BR> * I became a Couch to 5k dropout <BR> * I lost 10.8lbs between May 3rd and June 4th <BR> * I've been hovering around that same weight ever since *sigh* <BR> * I decided to Spark my social life and... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 09:22:18 EST All Kinds of Knees I've been doing so well with my program that I even find myself holding back a bit because I feel like such a rockstar when I'm running that I want to do more than the designated miles. But I don't want to do too much and end up getting hurt so I've been sticking with the plan... until today. I had a personal training session yesterday and something I did during that workout has caused my knee to hurt. Boo!!! Actually, double boo!!! <BR> <BR> I was really looking forward to running tod... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:14:18 EST Training with Jillian in January I can't believe this month is almost over... not to mention this year! I don't make new years resolutions, but I did go ahead and plan out my January workouts. I've been doing well with sticking to my running schedule, but strength training continues to be something that I struggle with. I've tried various forms including FIRM videos, BodyPump, and machines at the gym, but none of them hold my attention. So I haven't been doing any. <BR> <BR> Since muscle burns more calories than fat a... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:14:36 EST Week 2 of Half Marathon Training Another week in the books! I'm late reporting on my second week of progress, mainly because I was feeling lazy this weekend so I just finished the run that I had scheduled for Saturday earlier today. <BR> <BR> This week pretty much mirrored last week's training with two 3 mile runs and a 4 miler. I discovered the Hill Training setting on the treadmill this week. Since I don't like running alone at the park I've decided to use this setting at least two days a week and boy can I feel a di... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:27:02 EST Week 1 of Half Marathon Training Today was a great week! I decided to follow Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon training program and ditch the optional short runs, so I'll run 3 days a week and still be able to take Step and Zumba classes at the gym. I have been pleasantly surprised with how well I'm doing. I hadn't run since early April, when I dropped out of the Couch to 5k Program,.. I guess it has something to do with knowing that I have a deadline that I'm racing toward! <BR> <BR> I initially thought that I would do ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:29:14 EST Soon to Be A Half Marathon Finisher :) Each year on my birthday I set goals for myself to accomplish during the next year. One of my goals this year was to complete the 2010 Disney Princess Half Marathon. I pretty much set the goal and the did nothing to make it happen... until today. I actually registered for the race! <BR> <BR> It's funny because everything seemed to click into place for this to happen. I went online on a whim this morning to check on an October race and noticed that the Princess Half was still open (when... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:10:07 EST It's a New Week! The bad news is that an entire week has passed by since the last time I worked out... it seems like the closer we got to the funeral, the less energy I had. Then my younger sister did something so incredibly stupid that I still can't really believe it. <BR> <BR> But I made it through <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed this week is that when I don't workout, I feel guilty about eating "junk" food, even if I stay within my calorie range. So I'm going to workout and not feel ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 21:19:11 EST November Recap & December POA November ended up being a tough month from an emotional stand point. So first of all, thanks so much to all of you who have reached out to offer support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> A couple of good things happened. I woke up this morning to find out that I was named Turn Around Girl of the Week! I feel so honored and am glad that I found such a wonderful group of supportive women. <BR> <BR> Also, my usual weigh-in day is Wednesday, but I hopped on the scale this morning and I'm at 1... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:04:46 EST I Love You Granddaddy. (R.I.P. V.P., 11/17/1922--11/25/2009) Late Wednesday night, just before midnight, my great grandfather passed away. I know that he is in a better place and is no longer in pain, so that makes it easier. I also feel incredibly blessed to have known Granddaddy because he taught me so many lessons about life. Like how to appreciate the simpler things in life. I can remember so clearly sitting on the front porch, he on an overturned bucket and me on a chair, eating tomatoes fresh out of the garden. And talking, always chatting a... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:50:02 EST Weigh In I issued a Power of Positive Thinking challenge to the SparkTeams that I lead and it actually came right on time because I got laid off last week. Instead of going overboard and trying to eat my emotions like I normally would have, I chose to direct my energy towards focusing on my eating and exercise goals and it paid off!!! <BR> <BR> I've released 3.8 pounds since last Wednesday! I weighed myself like 5 times to make sure the scale wasn't acting up lol. <BR> <BR> I plan on continuing ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:00:23 EST What's Next? Today is my last day at work. I was told yesterday that I am being laid off... again! This will be the 2nd time in a year and a half. Which is definitely not a good thing for a single girl who only has her own income to live on. The weird thing is that instead of being upset I feel relieved. Now when the bills start rolling in it will probably be a whole nother story, but for now I just feel like I'm free. If you read some of my past blog entries you can tell that I wasn't crazy about t... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:09:32 EST I Hate the Scale!!! I don't know why I did it... I weighed in this morning after deciding to only weigh myself on the 1st and 15th of each month instead of weekly. Well, I got on the scale this morning and found out that I've lost .8lbs since the first of this month. WTH?!? That is totally discouraging, I have followed my SP plan to the T and that's all that I have to show for it? <BR> <BR> I've eaten in my calorie range (after making sure that SP adjusted to the number of calories that I'm burning. And I w... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:54:33 EST Thankful Thursday So... I am like two seconds away from strangling my coworker because he is an annoying, wanna-be-know-it-all, twit. And I say wanna be because he actually knows next to nothing which results in him asking me a million and one completely asinine questions. In case you can't tell I'm also one notch away from a 10 on the Pisstivity Scale so I'm going to take a couple of deep breaths and blog about the things that I am grateful for, because that really helps me put things in perspective: <BR> ... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 14:48:13 EST 30DS L1D1 I decided this weekend that I want to workout twice a day at least 3 times per week (once in the morning and once in the evening) for the rest of the year... otherwise I'm going to fall far below my goals for this year. I'll feel so much better if I can go into 2010 20lbs lighter. <BR> <BR> So I did theFIRM's Cardio Inferno video this morning. And can I tell you that I LOVE this new time? I popped right out of bed and I am NOT a morning person. Then I went to Walmart on my lunch break t... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 18:59:17 EST Trick or Treat!!! I've never really been big on celebrating Halloween, unless you count eating entirely too much candy as part of the celebration lol. But this was a GREAT Halloween weekend! <BR> <BR> For the SparkOrlando October SparkRally we participated Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k. The final figures haven't been released yet, but they announced that they had raised over $473,000 before we left! I'm glad I was able to play a small part in that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 22:04:47 EST You Get What You Give First off, this blog has nothing to do with weightloss. But for me and a lot of us, I think that this journey is improving and strengthening us both physically and mentally. So here goes... <BR> <BR> Just yesterday I blogged about needing to do something career-wise. Well, you won't believe the email that I got shortly after writing that blog! <BR> <BR> Around the time of my birthday in May I joined a ladies social group on the website (I think it's such a great website, j... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:06:14 EST Checking In and Checking Out Wow, I can't believe we're already moving into Week 3 of the 12 Weeks to the New Year Challenge! I won't officially weigh in until tomorrow, but I peeked at the scale this morning and it's moving so WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> I will admit that I've been off track with eating lately so I have to get back on the ball with that. I've been doing really well with exercise. I think the key to that is that I've been able to mix it up by taking a variety of group fitness classes at the gym, or just do... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 11:22:11 EST Searching for Clarity I'm at a weird point in my life... in some ways I'm happier than I've been in a long time because I feel more well-rounded, healthy, and I know my confidence increases with each workout. But, in other areas: financially, professionally, in the love department, I just feel like I'm banging my head against the wall. Or worse yet, going around in circles. I know that I don't have control of what goes on relationship wise, so I don't stress that one too much. But sometimes I wish I had someon... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:02:53 EST Take the Pledge: Fat Talk Free Week Just about every time that I go out I hear one of my beautiful, talented, all-together fabulous friends make a comment about needing to lose weight, or wishing they could rid of their gut... and again I repeat these women are BEAUTIFUL! <BR> <BR> And you would think that I, as an African American woman would be exempt from fat talk, since for the most part, our culture eschews the current views of "beauty" and embraces a woman's curves... <BR> <BR> But I'm guilty of it too <em>2</em> <... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 14:52:35 EST Just a little exercise can boost body image I came across this article today and decided to share it because the findings are mirror what I've experienced in the past... just starting to exercise gives me a confidence boost, even before I get visible results. In addition to the confidence boost, moderate exercise helps me ward off bouts of depression and anxiety attacks. What about you, do you feel better just by exercising? <BR> <BR> Here is an excerpt from the article: <BR> <BR> Want to feel good about yourself? Just get off the ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:20:11 EST Living Fearlessly I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly. ~ Oprah <BR> <BR> Too many of us spend so much time worrying about not being __ enough, or being too ___ (fill in the blank), or waiting for ___ to happen before we do something enjoyable. And I'm guilty of it too. I have let the fear of not being completely in control of a situation or of failing keep me from doing too many things. But I'm slowly getting better about just going for things and I am defini... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:41:38 EST Priority #1 : Me! See what had happened was... I lost 10lbs in my first 3 weeks back on SparkPeople, lost a couple more, then life happened <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I could go on and on but I won't because what it really boils down to is that I stopped making me a priority. I let my diet and exercise slip up and began half-heartedly approached my SparkProgram. So, I'm reassessing and reprioritizing and guess what, I am Priority <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> It will be hard saying no and resisting temptations, but ... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 05:30:18 EST 12 Weeks to the New Year, and a New Me! I was reading the message boards today and realized that as of tomorrow, we're just 12 weeks away from the new year! That realization relit my spark because I do NOT want to bring in another year with these extra pounds on me. So I've issued a challenge to the SparkOrlando Team for each member to come up with a realistic set of goals and a plan for reaching their goals for the rest of 2009. I'm also going to post the challenges in a thread that had been started, here's a link to the thread... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 15:31:48 EST This Really Shouldn't Be So Difficult... I mean, I know what I need to do and how to do it, what to eat and how to cook/choose foods, but I keep getting off track and regaining wait that I want to be rid of. I did so well on my vacation, then came home for a week before having to go out to the New Orleans area for work. I got on the scale yesterday and found out that I'm at 180lbs (again). Aaaarrrgh!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I think it frustrates me so much because I'm doing so well with the other goals that I've set for myself and I f... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 11:32:13 EST My Vacation was Fabulous So... I got back from my cruise on Friday and am just now starting to feel somewhat normal lol. I took a 4 night, 3 day cruise on Royal Caribbean to Nassau and Coco Cay and loved it. Somehow my girlfriends and I managed to party and have a lot of fun, despite the fact that there seemed to be a lot of retired people and couples on board. Here are a few shots of things I saw while on vacation: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 23:02:37 EST Week 1 Fall BLC Recap I can't believe how time is flying, our first weekly weigh in for the Fall Biggest Loser Challenge will be tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to post a loss! I hid the scale from myself so that I wouldn't peek because sometimes it's very discouraging (to say the least). <BR> <BR> Anywho, I think I'm doing pretty well with my goals so far. I'm doing REALLY well with my water (which is usually a challenge for me), staying in my calorie range, and my daily positive affirmations. I just wake u... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 15:47:51 EST Boy, Do I Know How to Pick Em You know how I was all excited about joining a gym and having access to the group exercise classes? Well, it hasn't gone quite as planned <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I printed out the class schedule and highlighed all of the classes I planned on taking this week, starting with BodyPump on Monday. I was really excited and got to class early. I put 3lbs of weights on the bar, figuring I would take it easy. After the warmup, the instructor said "Let's amp it up, this isn't your normal BodyPump... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 10:47:01 EST