CARILOUIE's SparkPeople Blog CARILOUIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2.8.16 Not a whole lot to say today... just here for consistency's sake. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water at work <BR> - tackle some tasks that I've been putting off (for no good reason) <BR> - schoolwork and cleaning tonight after work <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:50:13 EST 2.5.16 I'm kinda proud of myself this morning. I've had it on my to-do list for at least two weeks to paint my nails (side note: when I was teaching, my nails got chipped often, so I've not painted them in a while). But since I am not teaching anymore, my nails can stay a little nicer. Not to mention I have to meet with people and want to feel my best. When my nails are done, I feel more put-together. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I crossed off that task this morning. It took me less than 10 minutes to swipe ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:39:24 EST 2.3.16 I love making lists. I love making lists so much, in fact, that the actual tasks *on* the list are secondary to the actual list. For example - I wanted to put an alarm on my phone reminding myself to get ready for bed at a decent hour. Naturally, I added it to the to-do list. I know, it takes two seconds to add an alarm. <BR> <BR> I realized that this morning and just set the alarm. There. Done. <BR> <BR> There are lots of times I find myself putting tons of time into thinking about doing ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:58:48 EST 2.1.16 Happy February! <BR> <BR> I feel like I write this every month, but I really do love turning the calendar page. I love the symbolism and the fresh start. <BR> <BR> This month I'm choosing to focus on three wellness areas - <BR> Physical <BR> Emotional/Spiritual <BR> Academic <BR> <BR> I'm working on the particulars, but this seems like a good start. I can't focus on *everything* I'd like to work on, so I identified the areas I'd like to improve the most. I plan to not only identify areas ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:49:56 EST 1.29.16 Yesterday I learned that there always seems to be food around at my job. And not just little bites, but trays of sweets, pretzels, cookies, all kinds of stuff. I need an extra dose of motivation so I don't eat everything in sight! <BR> <BR> Something I know about myself, though, is that it's easier for me to not have anything at all than it is to have one or two of something and leave the rest alone. I think I may stock up on some mints and gum to keep at my desk so I'm not tempted to eat s... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:59:06 EST 1.27.16 It's going to be a busy day! There is a big meeting today at work - it's a once a month meeting, and this is my first one since starting my new job. I want to make a good first impression! Then I have to jet off to one of my grad classes - the drive is long, but I love what I'm studying and I have some great audiobooks to listen to on the way. <BR> <BR> One of the most significant differences between this job and teaching is that I'm not standing or moving around as much. I really started n... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:53:51 EST 1.26.16 The good news is that my grad class for tonight is cancelled because of the snow. I like my grad classes, but I do not like coming home from the classes to try and find parking. Parking is tight in my neighborhood, so the less I have to move my car, the better! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water at work <BR> - get up to walk around throughout the day <BR> - do some stretching and light yoga this evening <BR> <BR> Have a great day, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:39:58 EST 1.24.16 We got about two feet of snow in Philly, so today was filled with shoveling and digging out. I spent most of yesterday reading and getting stuff done around the house, and still managing to fit in a nap. <BR> <BR> This week I need to focus on getting some workouts in. It's been so cold and snowy that I haven't really felt like going out to run. But that doesn't mean I can't do stuff in the house. Another focus is drinking lots of water. I've actually been really good about drinking water at ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:00:51 EST 1.21.16 I just realized that the date on yesterday's blog was wrong. Oops. No matter. <BR> <BR> Another peaceful morning before work. The (loose) plan yesterday was that I would get up early and run before work. But I didn't go to sleep until almost 11:00 last night. While I probably could have gotten by on less sleep to get up, I preferred to sleep in. This leads me to my new goal - to get to bed between 9-9:30 so I can wake up early to run before work. <BR> <BR> I almost always get sucked into th... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:03:53 EST 1.20.16 Days 1 & 2 of my new job have been amazing. I feel totally at home and 110% sure I made the right decision by accepting this position. There are already a few things I'm really excited about - it's been a while since I've been so excited about my job. <BR> <BR> It's been ridiculously cold in Philly so I've not run the last two days. I'll check the forecast for tomorrow and see if it's going to be a morning or evening run tomorrow. Looking out for a lot of snow on Saturday - I love a lot of s... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:35:08 EST 1.17.16 Today's successes: <BR> <BR> - ran a little over 2 miles. <BR> - walked around the city like crazy. <BR> - limited myself to one cocktail at brunch. <BR> - had a great day with a good friend. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:34:46 EST 1.15.16 Well, today is it. It's my last day of my current job. The last day of me being a music teacher for the foreseeable future. Maybe forever...? <BR> <BR> Long story short, I was laid off in 2012 from a job that I LOVED. Moved to Philly for a fresh start. Went back to teaching in fall of 2014. Also went back to school for a second masters degree and another certification so I could move out of the classroom. And now here I am, a new job starting on Tuesday, doing what I've been working toward ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:08:32 EST 1.11.16 This week is going to take all my strength to get through. It's my last week of teaching before I start my new job! I'm really excited, but I've already kind of mentally checked out of this job. I guess that sounds kind of terrible. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of stuff to bring home and sort through. Again. I can't even tell you how many times I've hauled teaching stuff around, back and forth from various schools to my home. But I know this is a really good move. Yesterday was the first Sunday in... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:53:29 EST 1.9.16 Again, blogging for consistency's sake. Right now, for me, the most important part of my Sparking and running is to do it consistently, even if it's only a short post/run. I need to make these things habits again. <BR> <BR> I won't go into it too much, but ever since I've officially resigned I've felt more positive, lighter, and like my old self is coming back. A person I didn't realize was gone until recently. If I can carry this momentum with me throughout this year, I'll be in great shape... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:07:10 EST 1.8.16 Just a quick check-in for consistency's sake. Spent last evening on the couch curled under some blankets sleeping off a cold. I've gotten a lot better in the last year or so listening to my body and resting when I feel sick, even if it is "only" a cold. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to get antsy about leaving my job - I start my new position on January 19th, and I'm SO EXCITED. Yesterday I saw the conference room where I'll be having most of my meetings, and it is on the roof level of the library ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:19:59 EST 1.6.16 I've been going on about how 2016 is going to be an awesome year, and it is. Part of why it's going to be an awesome year is that I'm taking a huge step forward in my career this month! I took a position at the Free Library of Philadelphia where I'll be working on an early childhood literacy program. I am so excited! <BR> <BR> It's going to be a little strange to be out of the classroom - but this new job seems to have been made just for me! It has everything I'm interested in - early child... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:22:03 EST 1.5.16 I'm running a little late this morning. I woke up at 5:00, but my alarm wasn't set to go off until 6. So I laid in bed (and I probably should have just got up) and when the alarm went off, I hit the snooze button twice. Oops. It did feel good to get some extra zzz's, I'll admit. <BR> <BR> Even though I woke up a little late, I wanted to make sure I got my Sparking in. I didn't blog yesterday, and it's a goal of mine to be more active on SparkPeople. When I am, I make healthier choices. And t... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 07:07:42 EST 1.3.16 I woke up early today and got in my three mile run. Without looking back, I can't even tell you the last time I did a three mile run. <BR> <BR> 2016 is the year I get my running mojo back. I don't know what the heck was going on in 2015... no matter. I'm meeting myself where I am today. Despite today's slowish pace, I really enjoyed my run. About halfway through, I remembered how great it feels to run. I'm looking forward to longer runs out to the river and up to the art museum. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:43:01 EST 1.2.16 Small steps. I tend to get overwhelmed pretty easily, so the thought of tracking food, tracking exercise, blogging, reading articles, etc. makes me want to scream. The best way for me to combat that is to do one thing at a time. I'm not a good multi-tasker. So here is my step for right now. Getting in a little blog entry. <BR> <BR> I'm meeting a friend for some shopping and lunch today. Often when I'm out shopping I lose all sense of healthy food choices. Not that I want to be analyzing ever... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 09:09:15 EST 1.1.16 As I've been reflecting on 2015 to set goals for 2016, one of my most annoying observations was the lack of running that I did. In 2014 I ran SO MUCH - I did a marathon, ran a few 10-milers, and was feeling great. But not in 2015. So I looked back to see what was different about last year, and you know what? I DIDN'T RUN ON JANUARY 1ST. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite adages is "what you do on the first is what you do the rest of the year." I've often tried to get out for a run on New Years Da... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:59:23 EST 12.31.15 I already know that 2016 is going to be awesome. I can feel it. But to make sure that awesomeness goes through all areas of my life, I need to set some goals. I wrote that I was going to do that yesterday, but I didn't. I still have some time before I head out tonight, so maybe I'll work on that for a little bit before I go out. <BR> <BR> Not too much for me to say today, but I'm trying to make consistency (in multiple areas of my life) a priority so here is a (short) blog post for today. <... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:58:08 EST 12.30.15 I guess this would be the obligatory End-of-Year Blog Post. I shouldn't type that so cynically, though - I actually really like the New Year. It's a great time to take inventory of the past year and plan for the upcoming year. <BR> <BR> 2015 wasn't a bust by any means, but I feel like my commitment to wellness kind of fell by the wayside. I became lax with my nutrition and I never seemed to recover my running routine after I ran my Nov. 2014 marathon. While there are some parts of my life I... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:08:42 EST Can you be too nice to yourself? I was thinking this morning about my recent lack of dedication and discipline to fitness and wellness. A thought that kept entering my mind was "remember to be kind to yourself." Well, I've been nothing but kind - "it's ok to go to happy hour, you had a rough week." "Go ahead and have that burger, you had a lot of water today." <BR> <BR> So while I'm being kind and not beating myself up for making poor choices, I don't think I'm being kind in the right way. I think about being kind to my ki... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 08:45:02 EST 7/11/15 Sometimes I feel like there's a little "click!" that goes off in my brain. This week, something went off in my brain that got me to work out 6 days this week, to really pay attention to my eating, and to continually fill up my water bottle. I don't know what made it happen, but I'm glad that something did. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> - go to the market to pick up some fruit. <BR> - make a fruit salad. <BR> - read. <BR> - drink water. <BR> <BR> I am going to a jewelry party this afternoon - ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:07:42 EST Step away from the scale... (maybe??) As I work on getting back into a workout routine and a mindset of "you can do this!" I go back and forth on the best way to check my progress. The scale? Measurements? Perceived exertion? I didn't think I'd mind using the scale, but the last few times I've gotten on, it's just made me really upset. That doesn't motivate me at all! <BR> <BR> But I'll tell you what does - this morning I did a short run, the first time in a really long time where I ran two days in a row. One thing I know about ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:28:52 EST 6.21.15 I love Sundays. The time I have in the morning before church is so peaceful - I get in a run, do some Sparking, and catch up on my life. <BR> <BR> I'm on a 9-day Spark streak, and have had my FitBit for about the same number of days. It's no coincidence that I am feeling better and more ready to take control of my body again. I've been drinking tons more water, and I actually got out of bed before my alarm today and ran! I need to get those steps in! <BR> <BR> Since it's going to be SOOOO ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:32:29 EST No more pencils, no more books... Today was the last day of school! Hurrah!!!! I did pretty well eating overall. I actually declined an invitation to the bar this evening. Tomorrow night is the teachers' last day (I have an interview, so today was my last day) and we'll be going to happy hour after school is finished. I know that I'll be eating and drinking a lot then. <BR> <BR> I finally feel like I'm getting enough water, although I know I can always use more. I've been filling up my glass more often and drinking full bott... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:42:28 EST Winding down I just went back and read some of my blogs from last year. I don't know whether to be depressed or motivated - they were all about Eating Clean! Running 10 Miles! Losing Weight! <BR> And here I am now, feeling pudgy and struggling to maintain a consistent workout routine. <BR> <BR> I recently started a new birth control, and I'm hoping (hoping isn't right word...) that once my body adjusts to the new hormones, things will get back to where they should be. <BR> <BR> The school year is win... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:36:00 EST Day 1 (again) It's funny how 15 pounds just crept up on me. Well, not really funny ha-ha, but funny as in "hm." I think it was easy for me to pretend all spring as I was wearing long stretch skirts to school and flowy tops. But the first time I put on my shorts? YIKES. <BR> <BR> So I bit the bullet and bought a new Fitbit yesterday. I had one last year, lost it, and never replaced it. Right when I lost the Fitbit is when my fitness and nutrition started going downhill. I know that correlation does not equ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:07:48 EST Yikes! It's been a long time since I've tracked my food on here. I've written down little bits and pieces in a notebook, but I haven't been looking at the calories. Holy moly! I tracked today's breakfast, and I'm already up at almost 700 calories. And it's the little stuff like the OJ and chai tea that add up. What an eye opener. I'm lucky I didn't gain more weight than I did! I'm going to enjoy my chai anyway, and I will be more conscious the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a busy day... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:48:54 EST Morning exercise I used to be a morning exerciser. I woke up at 5:00 every day to get in a swim, a run, or a lifting session. And it was great. I had tons of energy, I stayed on track with my eating throughout the day... <BR> <BR> So what happened??!?!? <BR> <BR> I am no longer that morning person. I've been staying up wayyyy too late, I can't get up with my alarm, and I am feeling sluggish. I'm so frustrated. I seem to have lost all my willpower. Just this morning, I got a muffin at Whole Foods just becaus... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:45:33 EST A fresh start Tomorrow is a brand new day. Not only a new day, but a new chapter in my life. I am starting a job within walking distance, and I'll be getting over 10 hours a week back in time I won't be commuting to work. This is amazing. <BR> <BR> Also, my grad classes are ending, which will free up some time. And!!! Tomorrow afternoon is closing on our house. We found a buyer for the house we've been renting out, and tomorrow at 2:30 we will no longer be homeowners. Hurrah! <BR> <BR> So all this good... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:42:32 EST Counting on strength in numbers... I haven't been on Spark since June - it's the longest break I've taken since I started Sparking in 2009. And you know what? I can tell when I'm active on Spark and when I'm not. I've gained back the 10 pounds I lost after eating clean and vegan, I've been slacking on my workouts, and my motivation is hanging on by a thread. In the beginning of the fall, I used the excuse that I was starting two grad classes and a new job. And now it's been two months, and I'm still using that excuse. <BR> <... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:54:11 EST Pep talk! I am having SUCH a hard time adjusting to my new work schedule. My eating is totally off - making really poor choices with food, and having a hard time with a meal/snack schedule. And I definitely feel it. I'm tired, I have to work really hard to stay positive, and I just feel *off*. Plan plan plan. I MUST prioritize the planning part of my new job. And I MUST get in the habit of drinking MUCH more water at work. My water bottle needs to be full and in view at all times. I've come too far to ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:36:09 EST New job brings new challenges First, I'm very excited to be working full-time again. It's a relief to have some income and some breathing room with our bills. However, I need to figure out how I will keep up my healthy eating and work it into my day. I am so used to eating at home, having hubs cook healthy meals for me or leaving easy-for-me-to-cook meals in the fridge. My job has me working in an administrative office, and one challenge I have is finding food to being that can go in the fridge and is easy to prepare/no p... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:34:19 EST A new plan for snacks One of my biggest challenges in keeping up with my Sparked self is motivation. Or rather, keeping my motivation up during the entire day. Evening is the hardest time for me, especially with my eating. I get SO hungry and just eat whatever. My excuse is usually "well, I ate healthy all day and it wasn't really that much." So my plan to combat this evening eating thing is to eat more during the day; maybe add some snacks in, fruit and almond butter, guacamole... <BR> <BR> Overall I feel prett... Mon, 19 May 2014 08:49:23 EST Goin' to a shower... again! I think it's funny that the last time I wrote a blog, I was headed to a shower. Today's shower is for my best friend, and much less work than the last one. I don't have as much to do; I think this MOH has a better planning system than the other one. <BR> <BR> I am headed to the gym in a little bit. Yesterday was a run day, today is a strength training day. Then it's off to pick up the food and a couple last minute shower things... it's going to be a busy morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's run... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:46:04 EST Goin' to a shower Today I'm going to a bridal shower for my future SIL. It is up in the area where I used to live, so I'm traveling today. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so I've done a lot of preparation for today. I also know what the food menu is going to look like. I have my work cut out for me - I am determined to stick to my healthy eating. I've worked really hard to get where I am, and I feel great. I don't really want to leave the shower today feeling bad about my choices. <BR> <BR> I think I kind of forg... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:30:20 EST A little sugar here, a little sugar there... I know that cookies and cakes are my weakness. When I decided to go on my diet cleanse, added sugar was one thing I knew I really wanted to cut out. And I was doing really well! I lost about a pound a week when I was carefully watching my sugar, along with dedicating myself to my workouts. And when I saw that I was doing really well with my weight loss, I thought "one little _____ won't hurt." "I can have some ______ tonight, it won't be a big deal." But added up, it *Is* a big deal. I haven'... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:55:47 EST Wednesday I already got in my 10-mile run and I'm feeling good. My legs are a bit sore from yesterday's workout, but I finished my run strong. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water <BR> - track my food <BR> - get some teaching stuff done Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:02:05 EST Five miles = a fantastic start to the day! The blog I'm writing now is very different than the one I would have written last night. I was feeling pretty blah - I hadn't done a workout for a week, and my food choices were less than stellar. So after some journaling, prayer, and self-reflection, I set my alarm for 6:30am so I could get in an early run. My early run reaffirmed why I consider myself a morning person. I did five + miles before I could make any excuses, and I feel great. My run will set the tone for the entire day, includin... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:20:10 EST Getting back to it after vacation I think I have the post-vacation blues. Hubs and I had a wonderful week in Florida, but now it's back to reality. <BR> <BR> The only part of my diet that I stuck to last week was the "no coffee" part. Sheesh. But it's something! I really didn't want to have to wean myself off of coffee again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day since we got back on Friday night that I did a workout - I ran 4 miles. I ran during vacation, which was good - I need to be consistent for my 10-miler in May. Th... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:38:21 EST Progress report and new goals For February, I used hard data to set goals and track my progress. <BR> <BR> Goals - did I meet them? <BR> <BR> PAWS shifts (the no-kill shelter where I volunteer) - goal was 8, I did 7. <BR> <BR> Running miles - goal was 25, actual mileage was 29.37. I am thrilled about this number, especially given how stinkin' cold it was this month! I got out there and ran in all kinds of weather - snow, cold, rain, sun, wind... every day running in the winter is a day closer to spring! <BR> <BR> Appl... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:37:25 EST Cold weather = an exhausted me! I almost put off today's run until tomorrow - I'm glad I didn't. Tomorrow is going to be ridiculously cold. This morning at 7:00am it was about 19F, tomorrow at 7:00am it's going to be 5F, with a windchill of -7F. I'm a trooper, but -7 is a bit too much for me! <BR> <BR> Today's good things: <BR> <BR> - I drank lots of water <BR> - My nutrition was great! <BR> - I had a fun toddler class this evening - everyone left smiling, and nobody got hurt! <BR> <BR> So next week I will be in Florida... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:01:36 EST What a glorious day! If this morning's run was any indication of how the rest of the day will go, it's going to be great! I got 8 hours of sleep last night - it's so much easier to run with a full night of sleep behind me - I had a cup of pre-run ginger tea, I warmed up, and I was out the door. The sun was shining, the wind was low, and I ended up doing 2.5 miles at a 9:50 AP. What an improvement - the combo of sleep, nutrition, and regular workouts is making a difference! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - lots of water!... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:50:53 EST Good mood for Saturday! What a day to wake up in a great mood! The temps are going to reach at least 50 (!!), the sun is out, and in about a week I will be headed to sunny Florida with hubs to stay with his parents for a week. Life is good. <BR> <BR> I tried on some summer clothes so I can start packing (I am a crazy traveler and start getting organized WAAAAY ahead of time), and I am excited to report that everything fits! In fact, a lot of it fits even better than it did last year! This is good news - my dress fi... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:22:03 EST Another easy dinner. I am ALL ABOUT the easy meals. I have to admit, I think it would have been very hard for me to change my diet so (relatively) quickly without my chef husband. He loves cooking healthy for me, and he loves being challenged by my requests - no added sugar, dairy-free, unprocessed grains, vegetarian as much as possible... I tend to flounder when he's not around, walking across the street for pizza or a banh mi. So when I find an easy, delicious meal, I get really excited. And I love to share! <B... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:29:46 EST Goals for today Today is going to be a busy day, but I'm determined to get in a run this afternoon. Typically I like to go in the morning, but the temps dropped overnight and the sidewalks are really icy. I had to do a little dance to set out my garbage this morning, so I can only imagine what it would have been like trying to run! <BR> <BR> It's already a good morning. I didn't hit the snooze button, I feel like I'm getting a taste for green tea (yesterday it tasted so funny to me, and today I really enjoy... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:52:30 EST Easiest dinner ever! There isn't a whole lot in our house to eat. There are a few snacky things, but I wasn't sure what I was going to have for dinner. We *did* have tofu and eggs in the house, so I started with them and made an AWESOME dinner. <BR> <BR> Brown tofu in a non-stick pan <BR> Add one egg <BR> Add about 1/4 cup pico de gallo (I bought a container) <BR> YUM <BR> <BR> It was so ridiculous. I don't really enjoy putting a lot of time into cooking for just myself, so I am THRILLED when I figure out an ea... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:02:07 EST No sugar going strong! I am committed to eliminating added sugar from my diet. Last night for my after-dinner treat I had a banana with some almond butter and cinnamon. It was delicious! Two nights ago, hubs made me a little treat - a tiny square of really dark chocolate, a dab of palm sugar, and some peanut butter. And it was too sweet for me. Huh. I never thought that I'd think something like that was "too sweet." <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> - water! <BR> - afternoon run, when the temp goes above freezing <BR> ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:59:02 EST