CHIRORENGO's SparkPeople Blog CHIRORENGO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My last six months <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These last six months have been such a roller coaster for me. I have moved back to the states from Canada. I miss my friends in Canada so dearly but am happy to be back home in the states. Things here have been so wonky financially. The job offer that we had didn't work out and after spending months working for other chiropractors my husband and I have decided to take the plunge and start practicing on our own - SC... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:23:26 EST Moving back to California ----- Good bye Canada <em>213</em> Wow- I can't believe it has been over a year since I posted a blog - such a slacker. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas <em>446</em> /Happy Hannukah <em>500</em> and enjoyed time with family <em>251</em> <em>313</em> . This has been such a big year for me. I'm officially in remission, I just celebrated my one year wedding anniversary and in two days my husband and I are leaving Victoria, British Columbia and moving back to California. <BR> <BR> P... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:37:14 EST Feeling defeated I feel like I am on a roller coaster with my health. I had been doing so well with my consistency and noticed big changes in my weight and the way my clothes were fitting. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with a knee injury over the past 6 weeks ( my doctor says it is from overcompensation due to my Achilles tear on the opposite side last year) but I have pushed through and found healthy opportunities to keep working out. Saturday night my knee just buckled and gave way and I fell forward. M... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 11:03:09 EST 1,500 days on Spark People Today when I went to log in I saw that as of today I have been on this site for 1,500 days. I cannot believe that it has been this long. <BR> <BR> I absolutely love this site. I have come to realize that whenever I am active on this site (tracking food and workouts, reading new recipes and supporting and being supported by my sparkfriends) the weight comes off. A couple of times, I have felt that I have the hang of it and cut down on my "sparktime". Lo and behold - the bad habits creep back ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:31:31 EST I really CAN do this Update - the wedding dress fit! AND I shed inches all over the place. I think I will stay away from scales. Every time I weighed myself I didn't really see any progress but when I put the dress on, they had to put pins in to make a lot more alterations then we had anticipated. I couldn't believe it. <BR> <BR> It's amazing because i had the mentality that the only way to lose weight was to go running for an hour a day. Once I couldn't do that any more, i had sort of lost hope. A funny thing h... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:02:27 EST Less than 50 days away sooooo, <em>2</em> how to begin this whirlwind of a blog. My mind is all over the place with excitement and frustration. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My wedding is less than 50 days away/7 weeks/1.5 months away and it's like time has really flown by. I had all these great expectations of how I would be able to shed 15-20 pounds (during a 7 month period) but my body did not cooperate. <BR> <BR> What went wrong: <BR> 1. Trip to New York to visit my family and friends. I spent 9 days and had a bl... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 13:17:21 EST 4 Years ago today - I made a choice that changed my life Today is my FOUR year spark anniversary. I cannot believe that it's been four years. When i joined Sparkpeople I never thought that it would change my life the way it has. I used to think that i was so health oriented, yet I was not at the weight I wanted to be. I was unhappy physically and mentally. <BR> <BR> The support I have gotten from my spark friends continues to inspire me. The information I continue to receive from this site has become a daily part of my routine. In the past four ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 00:45:25 EST It just doesn't stop Lo and behold - I get into a great rhythm and start an active routine again and think - shedding 2 to 3 inches for my wedding - no problem. Well it seems like the joke is on me. My Achilles has been tender and a little swollen. Yesterday it was extremely tender. Got it looked at by my fiancee (who is a chiropractor and an acupuncturist) and even got a second opinion and confirmed my worse fears. Looks like I have a partial tear. <BR> <BR> Good news is that I just need to keep off of it for ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:55:24 EST 160 days to go It's been a while since i have blogged. I'm down to 160 days to go till the wedding. Went through a slight depression and pitfall. I was doing great and feeling confident THEN i took a kettle bell class which caused an abductor and hamstring strain - QUITE painful. <BR> <BR> Went for my first run on Monday. Have been adding extra minutes every day. I have my wedding dress officially picked BUT I need to shed 2-3 inches to make sure it fits. Knowing that has been great. Everytime I go to the ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:16:21 EST 203 days to go Wound up staying up past midnight last night to work. I am happy to report that I was able to bypass the need to snack. Although it was difficult. I kept envisioning all the things that I had in my fridge and what I could do with them. I finally wound up making tea. Nothing like a warm stomach to curb cravings. So there goes my lesson yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today I plan on having a 30 minute workout - probably on the stationary bike and taking the pooch out for a long walk. Very happy with my... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:11:55 EST 204 days to go - Got great news from my daughter Today was a great day. My daughter informed me that she will be starting a nursing program in the fall. I am so happy to hear that. I have been so worried and scared for her. I know that we aren't supposed to worry about our kids so much but I worry about my daughter ALL the time. It was quite a relief. <BR> <BR> Morning was a little rough but after the news from my daughter I went to the gym and ran 45 minutes. I have to say that in between blogging and making a list of my daily lessons - I... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 21:07:21 EST 205 days to go - daily dates with myself Today I won't have any work till 11 am and am hoping to get at least 6 hours in of work. Tuesdays have been bad for me lately. Don't know why but it is usually the day I get bashed from work and feel so dejected then I don't work out and eat wrong and stay up really late and snack on all the wrong foods feel horrible on Wednesday and then start the cycle. I'm hoping today will be different. Today HAS to be different. <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany yesterday. I was thinking of all the things I n... Tue, 31 May 2011 11:32:19 EST 207 days to go - learning more about myself everyday So far today has been a great day. I got my outdoor running shoes and went for what I thought would be a short 30 minute run. I was pleasantly surprised that over 5 miles later and 60 minutes - I had more than out done what I intended to do. I had not been able to run outdoors since my Achilles tendon tear last fall. I didn't realize how much I missed running outside. I'm sure tomorrow I will be sore but it will be so worth it. <BR> <BR> One of the many problems I have been having lately is ... Sun, 29 May 2011 20:53:50 EST 208 days to go - why did I eat from his buffalo burger? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things have been going well in the last couple of days. I have been steadily getting at least 30 minutes of exercise of day. Yesterday it was closer to 1.25 hour. <BR> <BR> Went to dinner last night and had a couple of bites of my fiancee's buffalo burger - WHY OH WHY did I do that? It tasted delicious and I am SO not a red meat eater. I have not eaten any red meat in over 4 years (maybe more). About an hour later... Sat, 28 May 2011 13:19:56 EST 210 days to go My last blog was about getting engaged. I realize it is time for an update. I'm not sure if it is the fact that I'm turning 40 in a couple of weeks (what is it about that age?!), my continuing financial problems, or the fact that I have continued to gain weight lately but I have been in such a slump. The beginning of the year was fantastic. I had dropped weight and shed inches but then it all went down hill from there. <BR> <BR> My fiancee last night was so disappointed with me because I hav... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:43:01 EST I'm Engaged!!!! Just got back from an amazing week in Cancun. Was able to run 4/7 days for a minimum of 35 minutes and one day even ran over an hour. Swam everyday and snorkeled a bunch of times, but my best memory of my trip will be that my best friend and soul mate asked me to marry him at Tulum (home of one the the Mayan Ruins). <BR> <BR> I have to say it was my best vacation EVER! <img src=""> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 11:16:28 EST I shed TWO INCHES I have been extremely consistent with my work outs and superconscious about my eating. I am on my Day 28 of the "New Year, New YOU - WHATCHA Gonna Do About it Challenge" and I got measured at the gym ------AND I SHED TWO INCHES! I'm so excited. <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> I had been bummed a couple of days ago when I realized I was miscalculating my running mileage (DUH metric system in Canada) - but it all worked out. ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:16:14 EST Duh- the Metric system so I am on Day 17 of my new year, new ME challenge. I have been extremely consistent with my workouts and food, even my rest. Instead of doing any emotional eating and/or laying around stressed and depressed about my daughter. I have been hitting the gym and picking up my bible instead. Yes that is the good part. Here is the bad (okay maybe not bad but idiotic part). <BR> <BR> I had started running again. I was SUPER duper excited because I thought I had been running between 3 and 5 miles. ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:32:08 EST Back on track It has been almost two months since I last blogged so I figured I should post an update. Lots of ups and downs since then. Huge stresses with my 20 year old daughter. I used to think that teenagers were stressful and then once they were out of that age, things would go smoothly. BOY was I WRONG! I won't go into details because I don't want to start bawling.. <BR> <BR> About my fitness....I was given the green light to start running in November but my achilles was still tender so I ran once a... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:40:18 EST Just got the green light It has been a loooooong 3 and 1/2 months since I last ran. I tore my achilles tendon and have not been able to run (there were days when I could barely walk). Cast came off 5 weeks ago but I still hadn't gotten the green light to run. For any of you runners out there, I know you understand the frustration. There were days when I would tear up and actually cry when I saw someone running by. I just kept hoping it would be me. There were nights when I even had dreams of me running. <BR> <BR> We... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:47:56 EST Why is it that we cannot let go of the things we want to... Sometimes I don't get it. It amazes me how we can try as hard as we can to hold on to things ( in my case is a long distance relationship with my daughter and my ever declining health) - yet my weight (something I would love to let go of) just won't go away. <BR> <BR> I moved to Canada in May for health and school reasons and since I have come here - I have been chased after by crack heads, injured myself and slowly felt disconnected from my 20 year old daughter. I know that we are supposed ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 16:17:08 EST Trying to remain positive I had been making progress this past summer with my exercise routines despite health issues. I was getting to the point where i was running 4-5 times a week and at least one day a week I ran 60-70 minutes. This all changed on Friday when I tore my achilles tendon. I have given birth, broken bones and have had other painful experience - however NOTHING and I mean NOTHING has been more painful than this - both physically, mentally and emotionally. Now I am in a cast and on crutches for at leas... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:27:58 EST 1,000 Days on Spark People Wow oh Wow how time flies - 1,000 days ago I joined spark people. I wasn't sure what I was getting into. It took me about a month to learn how to use the site but once I did it was a match made in heaven. <BR> <BR> I have been so happy to make friends and find such an amazing support system. I've come to think of many of you as a family who has supported me through my ups in down in my personal life & my health. You have been there for me Spark People and I am so grateful to this site for... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 01:09:28 EST Rough day! Today started out great. My best friend wanted to begin my birthday celebration (actual BD on Monday) so he took me to the ocean for a run. It was a beautiful day (which has been rare because we have had 28 out 31 days of rain). The run was amazing and watching my dog romp in the water even more so. <BR> <BR> Now the bad part breaks down. We called around the car repair shops were either closed or busy till Monday. <BR> <BR> Since the day had been so great, we were trying not t... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 23:01:40 EST and God was listening I previously posted about my new life in Victoria. One key thing that I didn't mention is that my new place does not have furniture. That's right - no chairs, sofas, tables, televisions or even beds. We have a couple of dishes and cups, pillows and blankets and whatever clothes we could fit in the car that we drove from California. Basically we are only here for less than 6 months to finish up our degree - so spending a fortune (which we didn't have) to move all our stuff didn't make any sens... Wed, 12 May 2010 12:21:22 EST Update on my life in Victoria Sorry I haven't been around much for the past couple of weeks so here is a run down. <BR> <BR> March 24-29th went to New York to inform my family that I would be moving to Canada in a month. <BR> <BR> March 29th-April 1st - had a student fly in from Virginia for a four day intensive one-on-one training session so I can assist her to study for her board exams AND study for my upcoming final exams. <BR> <BR> April 1st-April13th - write, study and take final exams, as well as, quit my job, pa... Sun, 9 May 2010 23:13:49 EST Good bye USA, Hello Canada I haven't blogged in a long time and I have so many changes going on in my life right now. <BR> <BR> I am leaving California, the United States, my family and friends and am off to Victoria, British Columbia in Canada. I leave in less that three weeks. I am excited and scared out of my mind. <BR> <BR> I will be finishing my acupuncture degree out there and after that - the door is open to where ever God sends me. The time has come to leave California and this decision feels right. I haven't... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 00:31:33 EST This is what I have been up to Hi everyone, <BR> Sorry once again to have disappeared. I have been working on an app for Iphone and Itunes for the past nine months. It finally went on sale. <BR> <BR><BR>p <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your support. It has been great to have my spark family behind me as I work on this. I swear I've been keeping up with my workouts, just haven't been able to post as frequently as I would like. <BR> <BR> I have a couple of exams to get through and the... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 01:38:55 EST What a difference a friend makes Last week I was so hopeful. I had a great new year and was gung ho on getting motivated in the new year. I had only been working a couple of days and the time off rejuvenated me. I survived the first week of school (last week) and managed to stay on top of all of my goals. I even got active again with my friends <BR> <BR> Then this week - work has been miserable. I've come home in tears on more than one occassion. No motivation to work out, eating my weakness food frozen pizza and starting ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:44:26 EST Week 1: New Year's Resolution Update It's been a little over a week of this new year. I know that in the past I have not been on top of my resolutions, but this year I have been so motivated that I decided to try to give updates. This will allow me to be more accountable. So here goes: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Run a 5 k race - I have gone running for a minimum of 20 minutes for the past 4/9 days - still looking for the right race to fit me. <BR> <BR> 2. 100,010 crunches (sounds crazy but I am a numbers person and I do better when I ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 23:19:11 EST What is a Resolution? This year I spent my brought in the New year in a different way than I ever had. I spent it with my best friend and the congregation of people at my church taking communion and listening to my pastor. It was an incredible of feeling of knowing that I was exactly at the place where I was supposed to be and made me look forward to the new year - something I have not done in a really long time. <BR> <BR> The topic of our sermon was resolutions and I really enjoyed the new perspective he gave us... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 11:58:10 EST My journey back to Sparks It has been a long time since I have been on sparkpeople. I have been going through a lot of health issues in the past year and it has finally taken it's toll. <BR> <BR> It's been really difficult juggling school and work throughout all this and i have missed so much work that financially life has been a nightmare. One positive thing in all this is that I have reached my ideal weight of 130 pounds, but my doctor isn't happy about it so I have to watch my weight these days. <BR> <BR> I have... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:50:23 EST Weekly Goal met February 1-7th Most of last year was good for me in terms of working out and meals. Then towards the last few months they weren't and I really couldn't put my finger on it. Recently I realized that it had everything to do with goals. I had a great routine of setting up goals at the beginning of the week and then logging daily how I did. When I stopped doing that and just randomly worked out without committing to myself, I stopped seeing results. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution t... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 17:05:33 EST Things I am thankful for in 2008 Last year started really rough for me and for the longest time I felt I didn't have anything to be thankful for ( I know that is really bad). However, after spending the holidays with my family and friends I realized I have so much to be thankful.It is amazing how when things happen in life we (especially ME) tend to look at all the negatives and feeling sorry for ourselves. However, after having so much time go by I realize that everything DOES happen for a reason. Here is to a better 2009 a... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:11:59 EST My pedometer made me do it I was supposed to go to the gym today, but somehow I didn't make it. I felt so guilty all day as I looked at the virtual walks that I wanted to participate in but still I didn't work out. Then I went passed my dresser and lo and behold there was my pedometer. The numbers were the same as yesterday and I realized I HAD to get moving. I reset my pedometer and went for a 2.1 mile walk!!!! <BR> <BR> Once I got walking, I decided to to throw in some crunches, pushups, squats and jumping jacks. Th... Sat, 6 Sep 2008 00:24:34 EST September Goals It is that time again when I am starting a new trimester at school. I figured I should write my goals for this month so that I can reflect in a month and hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> So here goals. My goals are not only for fitness but also for education and health. <BR> <BR> 1. Start studying 1.5 hours a week for my board exams <BR> <BR> 2. Write a daily to do list <BR> <BR> 3. Go to the gym 3 times a week <BR> <BR> 4. Walk Daily <BR> <BR> 5. Rest when my body tells me to <BR> ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 02:09:05 EST Why can't my mind and body be on the same page? Just wanted to give an update. I had been doing great with my weight and then started having health issues ( I won't go into everything because I don't want a pity party). <BR> <BR> It was frustrating because I was on such a roll with my workouts, teams and weight shedding and then all of a sudden BAM - my mind and body were on two separate pages. I got really sick and couldn't do anything. My doctor had me on limited bedrest with NO working out and trying to be as stressfree as possible. <B... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 00:45:56 EST Thank You Everyone I just got an email that notified me that I was a motivational member. Thank you all who nominated me. I am honored. I look forward to continuing to motivate everyone on their journey. <em>247</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 23:28:30 EST More that just weight loss I haven't posted a blog in ages but I realized it was time. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet 2 of my spark friends. I had met them though our love of General Hospital. Our amazing team leader(who is always sharing information with us) Lori told us about an upcoming fan event. <BR> <BR> My sparkfriends, Ester(retseretse) & Lisa (1basil) agreed to come down from northern california. The event was fun in itself, however the most fun I had was with these 2 special la... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:35:20 EST Consistency is key I have been doing pretty well lately, but i am finding that the key to my dietary goals is consistency. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if I work out 4 times a week if I am not consistent. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if I eat 5 small meals a day for a week and then blow it the following week if I am not consistent. <BR> <BR> I was on a really good streak and then school and work started and I BLEW IT. I am trying to get back on board because I had shed pounds and inches and I don't want to lo... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 01:23:53 EST The Scale was WRONG About a month ago I posted about my dog's weight increase so I thought I should update that blog. <BR> <BR> I took my dog in last week for a check up. I wanted to see if the new diet and extra exercise was working. It turns out that there was a problem with the scale. MY DOG WASN'T OBESE and I was not negligent and blind for thinking that she looked okay. <BR> <BR> I hadn't been starving her but I had limited her meals considerably and was taking her on extra walks and runs. I was so frus... Sun, 18 May 2008 18:05:29 EST Update on My Crunch Goal Well we are a third of the way into the new year. MY goal was to do 200,000 crunches by December 31st and I am at 61,372. Only 147,628 to go. <BR> <BR> I have become more consistent this year with doing at least 100 a day and am having stellar days when i do as many as 1000 crunches - in all directions and types. Inches are coming off and my appetite has decreased. <BR> <BR> Although, my abs are looking great - I have noticed that my back side A.K.A. love handles need some love. Therefore ... Mon, 5 May 2008 03:50:03 EST Being unmotivated affects more than just me I took my dog to the vet last week. She has gained 24 pounds since August. The doctor warned me that this is unhealthy and that I need to make sure she exercises more. <BR> <BR> It made me realize that my unhappiness and being unmotivated affected my dog as much it affected me. I used to go for long runs with my dog and I stopped as my relationship went downhill. I was also binge eating and I didn't do it alone. I ended up giving my poor pup too many treats. As a result, we BOTH gained weigh... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:44:39 EST Graduation Is Here So I haven't been able to blog in awhile because I've been sooo busy. However, being that I have been posting so much about my graduation that and have gotten so much support from eveyone, I really felt like I had to share info about my day with everyone. <BR> <BR> The ceremony was short and sweet. my family came and supported me. It was really nice to have my mom, daughter, neice, brother, sister in law and friends there. <BR> <BR> I was even given a special award. Chiro School is over - i... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:25:21 EST A New Happy Day A lot of good things have been going on in the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> First - I am officially signed out of school. This mean that I have completed all of my coursework and requirements. I get to have the next week and a half off until my graduation next Friday. <BR> <BR> Second - I was offered a job teaching at my school, so I will be doing this while I wait to get licensed. <BR> <BR> Third - my daughter signed up for massage therapy courses that she will be taking until the fall ... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 14:11:02 EST thank you It's been a crazy couple of days. We have been packing his stuff. <BR> <BR> Half the time I want to work out, but then I change my mind. In the end, I have been going to the gym or working out at home. <BR> <BR> I have to thank my spark family for that. Between the teams, challenges and just this amazing network of people that I have connected with - YOU ALL GET ME TO FOLLOW THRU with my commitment to myself. <BR> <BR> Thank you all. <BR> <BR> PS: 15 days till graduation!!! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 01:18:13 EST It takes 2 to argue Today has been a really good day. No drama at home. Was able to go the gym and get an awesome workout. Hadn't been able to do that in awhile. <BR> <BR> Things are looking up. Going to stay positive and focused and not let things take me off track. Okay easier said than done, but at least that is going to be my aim for this week. <BR> <BR> I'm going to keep my goals close to me. Also, I realized it takes two argue. If one person is arguing and I CHOOSE to stay out of it than hopefully it ca... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:57:00 EST Peeling the band aid off slowly My last blog was about my breakup - this is a continuation. There is a reason why when people live together and they break up - SOMEONE NEEDS TO MOVE OUT. He is still here and everyday since we broke up has been a continuous break up. We discuss what went wrong, over and over and over. I have noticed that my energy and motivation level has gone down considerably. <BR> <BR> The good news is that he leaves next week so this is not going to be an ongoing situation because I know I couldn't ha... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 02:03:12 EST Why do we stay? With less than 3 weeks to go till I graduate from school - this should be my happiest time. It is my dream come true and I am so happy to have it done with. However, instead of fully enjoying it I am in the midst of ending a 6 year relationship. I should feel sad, but I don't I feel drained. <BR> <BR> I have gained all this weight during the time I was in school, but I think the weight didn't come from school. The emotional eating came from how unhappy I was in the relationship. I knew I s... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 23:00:42 EST I turn to you Today was one of those days where I just could not get it together. I wasn't feeling well, arguing with the boyfriend, getting stressed all over and said of FUGetabout it and blew off the gym. <BR> <BR> Then I went on sparkpeople, most particular to my teams, and guess what, I HAD to go work out. WHY, because for one I was seeing everyone's progress and also because how can i motivate others and not motivate myself. However the thing is that it was all of YOU that motivated me, so thank you... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 03:33:24 EST