CHICKPEA23's SparkPeople Blog CHICKPEA23's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Winter motivation! I read the other day that "summer bodies are earned in the winter." I had never heard that before, but it makes a lot of sense. Usually, I plan to be fit in the summer but don't start working on it until May-ish... a heck of a lot less helpful than starting in January like I did this time around, so I really hope these efforts pay off. Now is the time to hit the gym hard! <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> Also, supposedly the temperature will climb over 50 here next week! And we're not supposed to h... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:09:09 EST 5K here I come I just started week 5 of the SP Rookie 5K training program, and it feels so good to be making progress with running again. I've used this program in the past, so I know it works for me. I have my eye on a couple 5Ks later this spring, and meanwhile I can just work on building my endurance back to running without having to stop. Hopefully I can chip away at my time before the race happens too. It's still a goal of mine to run a 5K under 30 minutes. Maybe this will be the year! <BR> <BR> I als... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:27:29 EST Finding a silver lining According to my scale this morning, I gained three pounds in the last week. Not cool. However, I think at least part of it was because TOM came back, and due to my health problems I hadn't seen TOM in awhile. So I'm actually not that upset because I feel like this is a sign that I really am getting better, and that makes me really happy. <BR> <BR> Also I've realized I need to be a little more thoughtful about my diet and exercise. I'm going to try these new strategies this week and see what ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:49:00 EST Comfort food overdose Yesterday I made cheddar potato soup for lunch and thought I was being smart by using a couple tricks to lighten up the recipe. Except it was so good, especially with how cold it's been outside, that I ate way too much. I added the recipe to the nutrition tracker AFTER eating a couple big bowls of soup, and realized that I had just consumed over 900 calories. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Then we had a yummy, cheesy, bread-crumb-topped, Midwestern-style casserole that my mom had made for dinner..... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:09:01 EST I heart tennis I started tennis lessons last weekend, and I'm loving it. I have always enjoyed the sport, and it's really exciting to get to play every Saturday now. It's been awhile since I've played, so I'm just starting from scratch at the beginners' level to improve my basics. I could see myself really getting into it, and it's great when exercise is fun! So I am pumped about this and had to share. :) <BR> <em>132</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:37:57 EST Excess baggage I'm feeling a little discouraged. I'm trying to work through some personal issues, and the process has been overwhelming at times. I don't usually get too into my personal life on SP, but basically I feel like I'm starting back from square one with my career, dating, fitness, and everything. I've had some serious health problems for the first time in my life and that has been scary too. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself I have a clean slate and a baby-fresh spanking-new year, which is helpful.... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:40:53 EST Strategic cookie baking I love baking, eating baked goods, and looking up recipes for new things to bake (notice a pattern?). I want to send some cookies to my cousin in Seattle and share some of the goodies with my family here, but I know I'm going to want to lick the spoon and sample the batter... repeatedly. The calories can really add up that way! For me I think it has to do with a taste here and a taste there, without any portion control related to knowing how many cookies I've even had. It goes from dough to D... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:36:57 EST Super hungry I just keep wanting to eat lately. I know it's not just boredom or stress, and I've been keeping track of my food intake and trying to make healthy choices, but I am still hungry. It might be because I've been exercising more. I just hope listening to my body doesn't result in me gaining weight. Also, I really really want chocolate. Confusing! <BR> <em>4</em> <em>24</em> <em>40</em> <BR> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:24:09 EST Running again! and a mini-victory! At the gym today I'm going to do some interval training on the treadmill... I haven't tried running in months, but I would love to get back into it and plan some 5Ks ahead. I know it will take time to rebuild endurance but I'm glad to be getting re-started. <BR> <BR> I had some extra calories the other night and made some hot chocolate with skim milk. Afterwards I started thinking "ok what can I eat next" but then I realized I was full, comfortable, and enjoying being on the couch and watchi... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:56:45 EST Meh I weighed in this morning and only lost .2 lbs... but I also ate some really good food this weekend like a chocolate cupcake and some potato skins. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> So, I'll take it. This just motivates me to work a little harder this week to get the results I want! It was my first week getting back into tracking and going to the gym. Hopefully my fitness routine will become stronger and more consistent! I will keep tabs on myself here. <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:04:00 EST Trampoline class! I went to a trampoline class last night with two of my cousins, and we had a blast! I have always loved jumping on trampolines but never tried trampoline aerobics before, and it was a pretty solid workout. The instructor had us do jumping jacks, butt-kicks, side-to-side "ski jumps" and other moves, along with some push-ups, resistance band work, and crunches on the trampoline. It definitely was not your typical workout, and I'm feeling sore (surprisingly, mostly in my back and shoulders) toda... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:42:17 EST Reality Check I got on the scale and saw that I gained about 10 pounds over the last 4 months. I know exactly how and why it happened (stress eating and lack of motivation) and I know how to fix it. And I know that I will. :) <BR> <BR> I'm not as bummed as I expected to be, surprisingly. I had been bracing myself to see 170 on the scale, so I guess it was a relief that I didn't gain that much. I've gotten some other areas of my life back in the right direction, which I know will help too. My BMI is curren... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:04:11 EST Portion control: oof When I think about the things that make it hard for me to manage calories, portion control is a big one. I think I need to add more fruits and veggies to my meals and make that the thing I keep eating if I still feel hungry. And I could do better at putting leftovers in the fridge before I start eating, so that I don't go back for extra helpings (or at least so that I make myself think about it more before doing so, if I am truly still hungry). <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have any tips about ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:01:29 EST Hoisting myself back on the wagon People, I completely lost my way in the fitness department. It has been a rough year for a few reasons, and I'm looking forward to treating myself more gently and getting back into a healthy groove. <BR> <BR> I decided not to step on the scale just yet because I know it will not be pretty. But I'm pumped for some new beginnings in 2014. :) <BR> <BR> That's all for now. Merry Christmas! <BR> <em>445</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:09:50 EST Hamster Wheel I just need to vent for a minute. School has been stressful (as usual), and I feel like I haven't had a chance to truly relax in ages. I just read an article on SP about high-stress personality traits <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=499 </link> , and saw myself in so many of them that it was alarming. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I never used to beat myself up for taking a break. I prided myself on my work-life balance and used the weekends to recharge. There is j... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:31:43 EST Float like a butterfly I tried out a boxing class at my gym this morning, and it ended up being really fun! After doing some kickboxing DVDs recently, it was cool to take it to the in-person level and wear actual boxing gloves. Also I tried doing burpees, which always looked horrible to me, but I managed to crank quite a few out. I'm worried that I will be super sore tomorrow... but we will see. I could totally see this joining the workout rotation! <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> Happy weekend everyone! <BR> <em>213... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:07:03 EST Strength! I am trying to get better at including strength training in my workouts. At this point, I just want to add what I can and figure out what works best for me. I like using the 30 Day Shred series, so I'm going to try to do that a couple days a week along with my regular cardio. I think it's meant to be used every day (can anyone clarify this?) but whatever, I don't want to give up my spinning or running and there is only so much time in the day! I've also been exploring the SP strength training... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 21:56:09 EST Chocoholism All I have been wanting to do lately is eat chocolate. I'm starting my job search and trying to finish graduate school at the same time, and I have no idea where I'll be living next year, which all causes me to feel stressed out, which makes me want to eat chocolate by the pound. It produces a snowball effect wherein I get overwhelmed by every problem I've ever had. <BR> <BR> Not good. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So far I've managed to not go hogwild, but I'm not sure what the best solution is... Wed, 15 May 2013 16:07:18 EST Coincidence? I think not I feel like I've managed to step up my fitness efforts this semester, which has been instrumental in keeping me from losing my mind over all the schoolwork and clinical time. I had never seen the connection between mental health and exercise quite so clearly, which provides a whole other level of motivation for working out. <BR> <BR> And, I just found out that actually this was the first semester of graduate school where I earned a 4.0 GPA! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>100</em... Fri, 3 May 2013 10:11:40 EST Health to-do list There are a few things I've been putting off, and I decided to post them here in the hopes that it makes me follow through.... <BR> <BR> 1) Finally get a new scale. <BR> I'm pretty sure my old one is kaput, since replacing the battery did nothing, and I know that weighing myself will keep me more accountable. I have no idea how much I weigh! My clothes still fit, but I'd like to drop a few LBs for summer. <BR> <BR> 2) Finally go get a physical. <BR> Before I went back to school, I had great... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:12:10 EST The Emperor's New Bread I was at Starbucks this morning and saw a delicious-looking item in their bakery case called "Chocolate Cinnamon Bread." I briefly considered getting it since I hadn't had breakfast yet, but upon closer inspection I realized that this was just cake in the disguise of bread. I just looked it up online and one piece has 370 calories! <BR> <BR> It's chocolate. It's fudgy. This is decidedly not bread. It's cake cut in the shape of bread. You would never make a sandwich on it, unless it was with... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:58:14 EST My 5K Update! I had been training for the St. Patrick's 5K since January, and I am happy to report that all went great. I reached all three of my goals - I didn't take any walk breaks, I beat my time from last year (by about 3 minutes), and I ran below an 11-minute pace! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>100</em> <em>104</em> <BR> So it was an awesome feeling not just to do all that and experience the results of my hard work, but to be thankful that I'm healthy and able to run and that we had good dry weathe... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:36:35 EST An Off Week Well I didn't get to the gym during this week like I had hoped... I didn't have a very good plan in place, and I started the work/school week disorganized, which led to a chain reaction of being tired and catching up on work in the evenings. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER I learned from it, and will get my act together better for the week ahead. I'm still motivated by the 5K approaching, and I went and exercised today, so hopefully next week will be better in the health department. I'm not going to beat... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:54:49 EST Wogging I'm mostly better from my virus/cold... Ok I just found out recently that "rhinovirus" is the virus causing the common cold. Apparently some of my friends already knew that and thought it was funny that I bellyached over having a cold. But I swear that what I had felt way worse than the common cold. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been following the "5K Your Way" walk/jog program (hence the wogging), only basically I stay on the same level until it feels comfortable, instead of p... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:17:09 EST Attack of the Rhino I started feeling icky at the beginning of the week, and it turns out I caught something called Rhinovirus. :( I feel super tired, sniffly, and gross. So I'm missing my first week of my clinical placement, classes, work, and seeing my friends at school... not to mention the exercise I had planned! I hope my endurance doesn't slip with the 5K efforts. It is just frustrating, but at least there's time to bounce back. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to use the time to sleep and prepare for school as much ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:03:57 EST Training mode! I signed up for my second 5K yesterday - it'll be in March, which gives me two months to step it up and try to beat my previous time. It's the exact same one I did last year, so it'll be a good comparison. Also my 2012 time wasn't all that fast, so I'm pretty hopeful I can improve by at least a couple minutes. <BR> <BR> We will see! I'm excited :D <BR> <em>224</em> <em>312</em> <em>100</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:17:13 EST Darn holiday treats I am surrounded by truffles, raspberry coffee cake (inexplicably spelled "kake" on the box), cookies, Ghirardelli chocolate squares, and apple turnovers. Not a good situation for someone with a sweet tooth like mine. My skin is already showing the results - I'm starting to look like I'm in high school again. <BR> <BR> I think tomorrow morning I may try and detox at the gym. I want to sign up for the same 5K that I did last year, which is on March 10th, so I should really get running more re... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:25:40 EST My 2nd Sparkversary :) It has been two years (as of yesterday) since I started on SparkPeople! I've learned a lot from this website, met some very nice people, and found some healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> I have also kept off the first 10 pounds I lost! The others have kind of been sticking around, but maybe that'll be a goal for 2013. I'm in a healthy BMI zone so I haven't been worrying about it too much, though I wouldn't mind dropping those last few LBs. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm off to Zumba in a little bit... happy... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:13:22 EST I heart spinning I went to a spin class this morning, and I always just feel so great afterwards! Especially with my upgraded gear - my padded bike seat keeps things comfortable and my heart rate monitor helps me avoid overdoing it (or underdoing it). It took me some time to get into spinning, but now that I'm there, I love it. <BR> <em>48</em> <em>334</em> <em>324</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:44:11 EST Highway to the Danger Zone Hello all! I haven't blogged in awhile. Currently I'm finishing up finals (and procrastinating on studying as we speak) and looking ahead to winter break! There are always plenty of treats at my parents' house and the holiday celebrations to come. I'm hoping I can get through my two weeks there without going overboard. Here are some of the strategies I'm planning to use: <BR> <BR> - Stick to my 150 minutes/week goal for exercise. With school and homework out of the picture soon, there's no e... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:25:51 EST My scale broke My scale has decided to stop working, so I don't enough know if I've gained or lost weight. On one hand, my clothes all still fit, but on the other hand, I ate plenty of treats over the break. I don't know if it's a battery issue or what, but I really don't want to spend money on a new scale right now. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to just maintain healthy habits for the sake of (wow) being healthy. I get hung up on the numbers sometimes, and that's not even the point. I want to be healthy not ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:38:42 EST Fun New Gadget I got a new heart rate monitor, and it's been fun trying it out! When I went to the gym this morning, I couldn't believe the machines actually read and displayed my heart rate from the monitor. (I thought I was gonna have to keep looking at my wristwatch display.) <BR> <BR> It definitely made a difference psychologically because I was able to keep myself from overdoing it and also knew when to push myself harder and not under-do it. It feels more like I am actually able to train my heart and... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:18:54 EST Celebration Temptations It has been quite a weekend, as I just celebrated my 30th birthday with family and friends! I had a blast, but it was really a challenge to avoid overdoing it. Even as I write here at my parents' house, I know that in the kitchen downstairs there's leftover pizza, brownies, coconut macaroons, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, Chex mix, tortilla chips, potato chips, onion dip... no wonder it's easiest to just stay out of that room. (at least there's also leftover fruit salad and veggies.... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:45:29 EST Boogie Fever Wow I just went to an amazing dance performance last night - something I need to do more often! It was so high-energy, and the music was incredible! Definitely made ME want to dance more :) <BR> <BR> So this morning I hit up my local Zumba class. The instructor isn't my favorite to be honest, but I just got into it and didn't worry too much about nailing the moves exactly. I'm excited that my night class is almost over so I can go back to my all-time favorite instructor on Wednesday evenings... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:14:15 EST Ups & Downs Last week I finally reached my goal of 150 fitness minutes in a week through a combination of Jillian Michaels workouts and spinning classes! It felt good and it motivated me to eat healthy too, so I felt like I was in the zone. <BR> <BR> But this week, I don't know what happened. I didn't have enough energy to work out, my school obligations continued (as always), and for some reason I was craving sugar. My roommates had done some baking, and I felt compelled to eat cake at nearly every opp... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:17:06 EST Shredding! I have been doing the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. Not every day, but enough that I can now turn down the DVD volume and exercise to my own tunes (which always helps me get hyped up). It's fun to see progress - I could barely do 2 push-ups when I started, and now I'm over 20! I'm still on level 1, but I think I'll attempt level 2 sometime soon. I love how I can fit that workout in on days when I'm too busy to get to the gym but still want to exercise. <BR> <BR> On the flip side, I have bee... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:34:49 EST Wheat Thins vs. My Diet I was at the supermarket the other day and I saw Wheat Thins on the shelf. I think I might be a Wheat-thinaholic, because it is waaaay too easy to eat a box of those things, and I find that I keep thinking about them in my kitchen downstairs. It might be easier to just give them up entirely, because I just don't think I have the willpower to eat them in moderation. If anyone has any tips for managing carb cravings, I'm all ears! <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:33:45 EST Happy Summer Everybody! On Monday, it was 60 degrees. I wore my jacket. On Tuesday, my very kind landlord installed my new A/C unit. By Wednesday, the heat index was 109. So glad I checked the forecast! <BR> <BR> I'm excited about being active this summer! My goal is 150 fitness minutes a week. I haven't gotten there yet, but it's keeping me honest. :) I've been going to Spinning and Zumba, and I also started Jillian Michaels' 30-Day Shred. I went bike riding with some friends a couple weeks ago, which was super fu... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:21:47 EST Step Circuit I took "Step Circuit" this morning. I met the very nice instructor on my way in, and when I asked her if it was a hard class, she told me that "it's as hard as you want it to be" (and even at that moment, I recognized her words as code for IT'S HARD). <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was a mix of cardio and strength training in circuit format, and I stayed for the whole time. Apparently the part where we jumped up and down was taken from the Insanity workout, which has always scared me. I may or may no... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 20:27:17 EST Time to Chillax Finals are finally over, so I now have some time to relax, sleep, see friends, and exercise. I want to avoid turning into Vacation Sloth and actually use some of this extra time to work out. My plan for tomorrow morning is to attend a class called Step Circuit at the gym. I used to love step aerobics in college, and group exercise classes generally prevent me from leaving the gym early. So as long as I can get myself out the door, I'll report back with a review of this new exercise class tomo... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:46:32 EST My first 5K ever! and a little update I took a break from Spark because it felt too time-consuming and I needed to focus on other things. Thankfully my weight has remained in the same zone! Now that the weather is warming up, I'm looking forward to spending more time outside and staying active. <BR> <BR> Last month I reached a milestone in that I ran my first 5K! I had been wanting to do it for years, and finally made it happen. It was such a cool experience to run with a huge group like that. The 5K was for St. Patrick's Day, a... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:50:21 EST Back in the Saddle I went to Spinning last night for the first time in over a year... it was really, really HARD. I spent a fair portion of the class asking myself why I was there, but I also knew that the first class back would be the worst. I don't know if I'll go back - on one hand, it was somewhat miserable (and I don't think exercise should be that way), but on the other hand, it was a great workout and I've enjoyed spinning in the past, so it might just take a little time to get back into it. I've also do... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 21:53:52 EST Not a bad start I have a good feeling about 2012. It's completely awesome to be back in school and living in a new city (though I still miss sweet home Chicago), and I'm enjoying life. <BR> <BR> I never posted my new year goals, but they have been on my mind, and a friend recommended that I list them here. (in no particular order) <BR> 1. Lose 10 LBs <BR> 2. Get more sleep <BR> 3. Take more pictures <BR> 4. Exercise at least 3x/week <BR> 5. Meet more people <BR> <BR> When I'm well-rested and in exercise mo... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:17:10 EST Cookies Oh my goodness. If I could see the grand total of cookies I've eaten in the last month, I'm sure it would be off the charts. I feel like my sweet tooth has gotten out of control. I keep craving sugar, especially during the later part of the day. I think I may have to swear off it completely for awhile, because I feel like having one cookie or scoop of ice cream just makes me want ten more. So frustrating! <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> <em>198</em> <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> In better news, I've fi... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 13:42:59 EST Running Grumpy I was grumpy this morning and went to the gym hoping that I could kick some endorphins into gear. I'm trying to get into running again and unfortunately stayed grumpy on the treadmill. I felt much like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seemed like every fat molecule on my body was getting jiggly with it, and before long my face was very pink, and I felt like I wanted to vom. Then I realized that the 140 calories I had burned were the ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 22:31:24 EST Downward Spiral Dog My adventures in yoga continued from last month, because I won a raffle for a free month-long membership at the studio! I was super pumped. <BR> <BR> At first, I popped over to the studio now and then for a "basics" class, which usually left me feeling energized and relaxed. But after a few classes, my lower back started bothering me - all the upward dog and other poses put a lot of pressure on my lumbar area. School and work already had me in a stressed-out tizzy, and between that and the ... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:33:59 EST Adventures in Yoga Today I went to a free lesson at a nearby yoga studio that specializes in ashtanga yoga. I had never tried this type of yoga, so I was curious what it would be like. <BR> <BR> It was nice and toasty in the studio (but not overly so), and there were four teachers on hand to wander the room and help people with their form. The good parts were that it felt like a good workout, the people were nice, and I felt relaxed by the end. The bad parts were that I didn't always understand what they were ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:51:38 EST Treat Yo Self! Many members of Sparkpeople talk about the importance of rewards in the process of reaching our goals. Also, tomorrow is Friday. <BR> <BR> Need ideas? Here is a quick and entertaining list of just a few ways to treat yo-self: <link> M0&feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> Happy weekend!!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:12:50 EST Getting my situation situated! I recently relocated to a new city to go back to school, so I've been working on learning my way around. This includes finding a new gym and getting used to my new supermarket. I haven't committed to a gym yet (they are pricey around here!) but I think I found one that will work well for my budget. Also, hooray, the grocery store here is convenient, so I can easily pick up fresh produce and other items. I still don't have a car which still means that I walk a lot (thankfully I like walking). ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:40:59 EST The same 10 pounds Seeing others' weight loss journeys on SP has been really inspirational, and I'm thankful that my weight problem is not too severe. My BMI is within the healthy range, and my weight doesn't keep me from doing anything I want to do. <BR> <BR> However, these ten pounds that I'm trying to lose are just so stubborn! This morning I discovered that I'm actually a pound OVER the ten, meaning that I've gained eight pounds back since February. Argh. Is this just my body's way of telling me that it li... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:33:29 EST