CARILOUIE's SparkPeople Blog CARILOUIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 6.1.16 For the last few years, June 1 has been kind of a downer day for me. Four years ago today, I was furloughed from a teaching job that I LOVED. I was great at my job, my kiddos loved me, and I thought I'd be doing that job for a long time. Nope. <BR> <BR> It took a long time, but I think I finally feel like I'm able to truly let it go and move forward. It took me this long to accept that I wouldn't be going back. I think it helped that I finally purged some of my old teaching stuff. I held on ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:01:08 EST 5.22.16 This week I'm going to start a sugar detox. I've been hemming and hawing over this for a while, but I'm just going to DO IT this week. Make a plan, carry out the plan. I saved an article from a magazine - how to do a detox in three weeks. This week it's no dessert, no juice, no candy, and no coffee drinks. Lots of fruit and protein. <BR> <BR> I've been taking yoga classes at a studio near my apt (2 blocks away!) and I feel like it's really been a good addition to my running, which I've been... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:53:59 EST 5.8.16 I sucked it up, set the alarm, and woke up for a run today. I got in about 2.25 miles. I had perfect timing, too - as soon as I crossed the street to my apartment, it started to rain. Hard. <BR> <BR> On Friday I took a morning yoga class - it totally confirmed my hunch that I was out of shape. My body is still sore and the class wasn't even a "hard" yoga class. I guess I just need to keep going so I can improve myself. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water <BR> - keep calm while I p... Sun, 8 May 2016 08:14:20 EST 5.6.16 I'm trying something new today - a morning yoga class before I have to go into work. The timing means I need to seriously get my life together before I go; when I come home, I won't have much time to get ready for work. But I can do it! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water <BR> - get up from the computer every half hour, at least <BR> - Enjoy my yoga class Fri, 6 May 2016 06:36:05 EST 5.5.16 One of my favorite feelings is when things just seem to start falling into place. The plan starts making more sense, it's actually enjoyable to get up early to work out, and I look forward to yoga after work. <BR> <BR> I ran a 10-mile race on Sunday, and it seems like that was the best way I could have started off a new month. It inspired me to make SMART goals for the month. I'm excited to see how I'll feel at the end of the month! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - Drink 3-20oz glasses of water at ... Thu, 5 May 2016 07:51:42 EST 5.3.16 After a day off yesterday, I feel refreshed and ready to go. On Sunday, I ran the Broad Street Run, a 10-mile race in Philly. It was cold, rainy, and pretty miserable. But I did it. Phew! Yesterday I took a class called "Gentle Yoga" and it was PERFECT for race recovery. Today I feel great. I decided to try out the yoga studio for a month and see if I like it or not. Or, more accurately, if I am going to get my money's worth if I decide to join. It's not cheap! <BR> <BR> Today is a rest day... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:38:10 EST 4.19.16 Planning... I both love and hate it. In the moment, I feel like I could be doing something more productive. But when it's time for me to have a meal and I know exactly what I'm going to do... that's when I appreciate meal planning. <BR> <BR> Last night my mom called me and dejectedly told me that she was going to go back to Jenny Craig. We talked for a bit and I suggested that she work on changing one habit at a time - focusing on drinking lots of water this week. Next week, change something... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:10:17 EST 4.18.16 I have re-discovered the joy of turkey bacon. Hubs got a lot of it over the weekend, so I had some for breakfast and some more for a snack when I got home. SO GOOD. <BR> <BR> Got in a run this morning, a little over 4.5 miles. I am so excited that it's getting light nice and early - it makes it much easier to get out of bed. <BR> <BR> I bought a new dry-erase board over the weekend; I'm using it to keep track of my goals and have everything written out in one place. Hoping to make and meet ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:21:58 EST 4.12.16 My calendar is filling up and I'm not so sure that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Between classes, book clubs, concerts, work commitments, and race training, I'm not so sure I'm really enjoying all of it. When I write this stuff on the calendar I think I want to do it - but when I look at everything I have on there, it becomes more of an obligation, rather than an activity I'll enjoy doing. Maybe my mind will clear up after my grad classes are done (in two weeks, hurrah!) but I think for now, I n... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:15:37 EST 3.22.16 March successes (so far): <BR> - I bought a new water glass for work, and I am drinking a TON of water throughout the day. This means I have to pee a lot, but I know it's helping me manage my eating. <BR> - Every week I've been getting more mindful about what I'm eating. <BR> - Running has improved and I've gotten more consistent with my workouts <BR> <BR> March areas for improvement: <BR> - make more of an effort to get to bed by 9-9:30. Daylight will be getting earlier and I'd love to use ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:11:42 EST 3.6.16 Any time I get up to run, I have to give myself a little pat on the back. It's not easy to get up early on a chilly March day, when it's so toasty under the covers. But I have a race coming up in May, and I have to get in my miles. And I skipped last Thursday's run, my body was exhausted. <BR> <BR> So almost six miles later, I'm done. And I feel good. I just need to keep stretching throughout the day and drinking lots of water. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink tons of water (an ongoing challe... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:51:23 EST 3.1.16 It was another great run this morning. I got in a good four miles before I had to go to work. <BR> <BR> Today I: <BR> - drank a lot of water <BR> - didn't eat too much pizza at my lunch meeting <BR> - ate a yogurt for a snack. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 21:27:51 EST 2.23.16 Every day I drink a little more water at work. Today I'll drink even more! <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble waking up early for my runs - I had been hitting snooze, re-setting my alarm for an hour later... so I got myself a new alarm app (White Noise) that wakes me up by having a sound gradually start playing, rather than having a loud sound jerk me awake. This morning was the first I tried it. <BR> <BR> And I woke up early! I didn't hit snooze! Of course, I have to give it a few days to ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:24:37 EST 2.22.16 It's amazing what I can get done when I just DO stuff instead of think about it incessantly. This morning, I thought "I should paint my nails when I get home." And I have plenty of time before I have to go to work - I wake up early with plenty of time before I have to leave for work. So I just did it. Put on my morning radio stream and gave myself a mini-mani. And now I feel just that little bit more put together for the day. <BR> <BR> The last few days at work have not been good as far as ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:58:58 EST 2.18.16 Back to the basics. <BR> <BR> - 2 big bottles of water at work <BR> - no eating snacks from the basement at work (we give out snacks to families and that's where we store them) <BR> - get to bed by 9:30 so I can wake up at 5:30 so I can run before work. <BR> - track today's food Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:31:24 EST 2.10.16 I'm really good at making to-do lists, and I'm getting better at *doing* the stuff on the lists. I *do* need to work on, however, time management skills. I'm a good procrastinator and get my stuff done, but not without stress. Just one of these days I'd like to be prepared for my day without having to make myself nuts the night before and morning of! <BR> <BR> Today <BR> - lots of water at work <BR> - get up and move whenever I can <BR> - be mindful of what I eat <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:54:41 EST 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