CORINTHIARAY's SparkPeople Blog CORINTHIARAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally did it! I finally ran (walked a little) a half-marathon! I'm in a little pain, but manageable! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I paid for the finish line image to be e-mailed to me, so I will have a clearer image hopefully by tomorrow. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:19:20 EST Bad week! This week was bad, food and exercise wise. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend left on Tuesday afternoon to go canoeing with a friend of his. I couldn't go due to work... of which I did a lot of this week. Very early in the morning. Like 5am early. <BR> <BR> So my schedule got all out of whack. I did not exercise once the week. I also did not eat correctly. <BR> <BR> I did my first attempt to correct that today. I started to record my food intake today, and HOPEFULLY I will go on a run tomorrow! But... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:46:24 EST Rude Stressful People. Never in my life have I been treated so rudely. <BR> <BR> In late August I had been scrambling to find a summer job. I had applied to many jobs, received two interviews, but was never chosen for the position. So of course, when I saw an opening at the bakery on campus, I jumped on it. I needed a job and this job, though it was not directed towards my abilities nor my goals, would pay me and allow amble time for my graduate research. The job did not start till May 29th and would only go unti... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:42:16 EST Maybe my luck has changed? Towards the end of the school year I was feeling really down. I had not ran or lifted for months, gained 10 pounds, and couldn't get a job for the life of me. Heck in one week I was denied by two jobs, lost my biology department job (because of "budget problems"), and was pooped on by a bird. ALL IN ONE WEEK!!! (plus I had my picture on the front page of my colleges website after I asked them NOT to post it where people could see) <BR> <img src=" Thu, 31 May 2012 20:44:19 EST Uneventful day turned eventful! My plan for the day was to wake up, go for a 2.5 mile jog, drive the boy to a job interview, stop by the bank, then go to work. <BR> <BR> Well this is what happened. The morning went by fine. I woke up at 6:30am and went for my run. It was so nice out and I wanted to keep running, but I was on a time limit so had to cut it at 2.5 miles. I showered and hoped in the car. I was expecting the boys interview to last half an hour, but it took an hour and fifteen minutes! Apparently he had not one,... Tue, 29 May 2012 16:03:21 EST Falling for cravings is just not worth it! Lately my worst enemy has been tempting me. Chips and dip. I almost suggested stopping by the chip aisle on our trip to Wal-mart today, but I stopped myself. I couldn't help but think what buying chips and dip would cost me. It would be over 2000 calories, 30 miles of running/jogging to burn them off, and over $8 just of an hour of stuffing my face. Plus in the end I would feel like a failure. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I tried t... Mon, 28 May 2012 21:44:38 EST god didn't give you this God didn't give you motivation. <BR> God didn't take away your fat and give you muscle. <BR> God is not responsible for you getting off your ass and living a healthier lifestyle. <BR> So f***ing own it and say it like it is! I did this for myself! I pushed myself though the pain! I lost the weight! I created the muscle. <BR> <BR> I cringe every time I see someone say "God gave me the power to do blah blah blah." No other higher force gave you the power. You did and our evolutionary past too... Sun, 27 May 2012 12:21:58 EST Sparks Full Body Dumbbell Challenge WOW! I'm really weak... again! I was only able to get though one set of each workout with approximately 12 to 15 reps each. Now I feel so weak and sore only minutes after the workout. This is a lot harder than I remember. <BR> I plan to do this challenge three times a week. I can only hope that it will go better the next time! <BR> On the other hand I decided to take weekly photos of myself in a swimsuit which I will compare to the week before (like APIRLRAIN888 does). This way, hopefully, I... Sun, 20 May 2012 13:51:22 EST Fighting the cravings I started to track my food about six days ago. I have been under my calories each day. I feel full and satisfied by the end of the day. <BR> Except today. I have had the WORST cravings all day long. I wanted a Long John Silver's Fish Sandwich, Ice cream, Chocolate, Candies. I was able to contain myself. I made some egg salad in place of a fish sandwich. I did indulge on some dark chocolate, popcorn, and a few Zotz, but over all I think I did well. Sat, 19 May 2012 20:58:54 EST Hoping for a brighter future. Well, I am really bummed about gaining almost 10 pounds, and adding some inches around the middle. Argh. I know what I did wrong and I have started to do right again. I just finished my first week of 10k training. I'm excited for that. Plus I started counting my calories again (not obsessing over it like I have in the past). <BR> I've been really stressing about money and I just started my job this week, so that is another plus. <BR> We also may have the opportunity to move! Into a house! I ... Mon, 14 May 2012 17:21:21 EST Doing well so far! SEE!?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love the stars! It makes my day to star off another workout. I hope I can keep this up. <BR> I tried on bridesmaid dresses for a friend's wedding (of which I don't approve of since the guy is a cheating ass, but let her make her own mistakes). I feel I will lose weight by then. So it will suck if I buy a dress and it is too big by then. I don't have tons of money to get it fixed. So darn. Sat, 12 May 2012 20:49:20 EST Wow... Back to my beginning weight What a horrible feeling. Last year I had done so well. Ran my first 5k. Ran my first 6 miles. Went from 130 to 115. Felt awesome and strong. <BR> Now I feel lazy, fat, and unfit. I REALLY need to get my a$$ in gear. It is ridiculous! I can't believe I let this happen to myself. I know it was a very stressful school year... but it is no excuse. I've been just plain lazy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I WILL do strength exercises. Starting Monday I WILL start a new running program. <BR> I know I can run... Sat, 5 May 2012 22:15:27 EST Sitting... All day Today will be another stationary day. Class at 10am then research... for hours... It will be a long boring day.. But I guess I get to figure this out... in real life. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> wonderful... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:56:21 EST Bad at Blogging I am going to try and blog once a week. <BR> Good News! I'm pretty sure I will end this semester with a 4.0 GPA! First time ever! <BR> Also... I have been working out too. I missed last Friday, but I did cardio Sunday and today. I need to get back on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday gig again. <BR> ALSO... I need to start eating better. We lost a lot of food benefit money, because I had to quit my second job (no time with graduate school). Now it is harder to buy healthy foods on a small food b... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:14:06 EST Off Topic Rant Now I don't discuss my religious beliefs often, sometimes not at all, but I happened upon this blog and it just appalled me. <BR> <BR> “Tuesday, October 04, 2011 <BR> Little girl traveling on an airplane, alone: <BR> An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger." <BR> The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total str... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:18:17 EST What the HELL happened? My Summer was busy. I worked almost every day. It got really hot and I stopped running outside. Then school started. As a graduate student, I became very busy and ultimately lost motivation to exercise. 10 pounds later, I'm feeling chubby, hardly fit into my new "thin" jeans, and have lost energy. <BR> Today I decided that I will begin like I did before. Elliptical and strength exercises. Then when I felt "in shape" I started to run outside. <BR> So here it goes. Wish me luck. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:53:55 EST Motivation: Where art thou I've been feeling unmotivated to go outside and run. I've 'rested' long enough and I WANT to get out there and be healthier. I keep coming up with excuses upon excuses. Work. The boy. Cuddle time with cats. I just need to DO IT! <BR> <BR> I did my upper body work out for today. <BR> Tomorrow I WILL run and do core. <BR> Then 'HOPEFULLY' it will be a domino effect from there. <BR> <BR> I need to get into shape. My 23rd birthday is Monday (July 4th) and I'm running a 5k the 16th of July. <BR... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:35:24 EST Been gone for a little while... With the heat wave, work starting, and research at school, I haven't ran for a week until today. I could only do five km. I feel like I have been slacking for far too long. I must get back into gear and start doing my strength along with my cardio.... I'll let everyone know how it has been going.... I'm not feeling the best about myself right now... But hopefully we can change that. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:13:00 EST You think I would learn! Today was another eighty degree day out. I waited until 3:30pm to go for a four mile jog. I found my sunscreen and started off. At about 2.75 miles, my legs just stopped. It was so hot and I was over heating. It was like my legs just slowed to a walk. I wasn't expecting it at all, but it happened. I walked for about 0.25 miles and tried to run again. Of course my body made me stop again... I ended my four miles jogging again, but it took me fifty-two minutes to finish four miles. <BR> I shou... Tue, 31 May 2011 23:30:26 EST Off the Track I feel off. I ran yesterday after not running since Saturday morning. And I only ran 2 miles on Saturday. So I have 5 miles ran and no strength training for this week. Argh. I plan to kick it back in gear. I need to get up earlier, and I hope when my job starts will will have a set scheduled again. Maybe that will help. <BR> Even thought I haven't been tracking my food, I have been eating better. More veggies, more fruit, Greek yogurt, more homemade foods with low fat ingredients. Being off o... Fri, 27 May 2011 13:31:56 EST I Hate Drivers! I mean, seriously! <BR> Every time I run, I ALWAYS get cut off by some driver who needs to be somewhere and apparently can not wait more then three seconds for me to make it across the intersection when THEY have the stop sign and I have the right-of-way. I'm pretty damn sure you will make it to where you need to go on time despite the fact that you had to wait. And if not, it's not my fault you left late! <BR> Secondly, they are ALWAYS texting on their phones while they drive, causing them ... Thu, 19 May 2011 16:18:01 EST Glad my computer made the decision to delete my last blog. I had written an extremely long blog, filled with hate and disappointment. You see, last week was not a good week for me. The weekend I graduated and Sunday I just wanted to chill out and take an off day. <BR> Monday rolled around and it was STORMING! Lighting and all. So I decided to take a day off running and just do some core exercises. <BR> So here comes Tuesday. I tossed on my running cloths and out the door I went. BAD IDEA! It was 90 degrees outside. I was well hydrated, but I neglec... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:20:40 EST On to GRADUATE SCHOOL now! (photo time!) WOOO! I graduated! Michelle Obama (that's right, our first lady) gave a speech to us! Now to start graduate school Monday ;) <BR> <BR> My dad and I: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My aunt and I (yes... that is my aunt ;)) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Walking across the stage: <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 7 May 2011 21:18:06 EST HOLY *BEEP* I DID IT! I RAN A TOTAL OF FIVE MILES! <BR> It took me 62 minutes and 47 seconds, but I *BEEPING* DID IT! <BR> Here is the route I ran: <link> </link> (it is actually a little over five miles <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> So I ran five miles today, tomorrow I graduate (and our first lady Michelle Obama is giving a speech to us!), and Monday I start graduate school research! <BR> <BR> One day I will be able to run farther, but for now I will celebrate this def... Fri, 6 May 2011 19:59:23 EST DO IT FOR YOU! Not them. I took the liberty to read a few blog entries of peoples whom I have never meet before/ people whom are just starting out on SparkPeople, and I would like to say, Don't lose the weight/ become healthy for someone or something else. DO IT FOR YOURSELF! <BR> I've read so many entries stating things like, "For my husband," or "For my baby." Getting healthy is for YOU! Not anyone else. <BR> So be selfish for once, and do it for YOU! Fri, 6 May 2011 14:56:42 EST Where can I get a... mother nature remote control? Where can I get one? <BR> I have everything I need to run. Clothing. Music. Shoes. But no remote to turn off that wind or make it sprinkle a little to cool me down. <BR> Anytime I start to feel a little uncomfortable, I have to talk myself out of not finishing. I NEED to finish. I NEED to do it. This is something I am learning, along with not running faster just because someone can see me, or learning my limits by pacing myself better. <BR> I can do this. I wil... Wed, 4 May 2011 18:59:01 EST 5k down, on to the 10k! I finished my 5k on Saturday at 35 minutes! <BR> <BR> Today I started 10k training following the Nike training program on my ipod! <BR> I'm excited to get started. Mon, 2 May 2011 20:19:41 EST Hell Week: Oh you damn strength exercises! I've fallen behind. <BR> Last week I felt flabby for the first time in a while. I just started my "lady's period", was feeling bloated, and had not done any strength exercises for at least three weeks. I decided to step up on that scale... oh ye dreaded scale... and, not to my surprise, I had gained weight. I went from 115 to 120. I know, I know... Up five pounds from 115, not a big deal right? But I didn't feel comfortable. I decided to start recording my food intake in a more manageable way... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 23:48:11 EST I'm going to be a runner. with pictures ;) I haven't kept this blog up to date, and I haven't kept my fitness bar up to date on sparkpeople. <BR> BUT... I have started to collect things that will help me with becoming a runner!!! <BR> <BR> Last week I purchased: <BR> an Ipod nano with a clean case and screen protector! (Not just for running, but for music too) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the Ipod Nike running chip and pouch to record my runs! (this is highly recommended by me!... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 10:32:49 EST Running without music... BORING! I took off for my run today and went to flip on my fiancé zune and got... NOTHING. Since I was already out and it takes the zune hours to charge, I just said "Go with it." I did my run with no music what so ever. It went alright, but I was so bored. I started to count down the time. It took forever! I will never do this again!!!!! <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I get my tax return on the 8th of April. I plan to buy new running shoes and an iPod of my own. I have been looking at the iPod nano's... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:15:51 EST Day One of Week Three!!! On my way to a 5K! I just got back from my run. I'm glad I went! I almost talked myself out of running, then I told myself, "I need to get back to the schedule, so I don't fall off that train again!" <BR> Today was walk for three minutes and run for two minutes for a total of thirty minutes! I DID IT!!! <BR> And I ran/walked 2.53 miles in total! I'm very proud of myself for doing this and staying on track. <BR> Although I didn't work out how I normally do last week (due to killing myself from hiking and getting... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:28:58 EST I burnt 1500 calories in one day, and NOT because I wanted to. <BR> On Wednesday a friend of ours turned 30. Instead of having a huge party with tons of friends and beer, we decided to take him to a state park in Wisconsin, named Wildcat Mountain. We arrived at 9:30am and started our 2.5 mile journey on one of the trails. Well... We finished the hike at 4:30pm. A whole of 7 hours later. Yes, we stopped. Yes, we ate. Yes, we had plenty to drink. <BR> Total time hiking cross country = 150 minutes = 662 calories. <BR> Total t... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 20:55:10 EST Spring Break Sleeping in, working out, and starting to record my calories again! <BR> I have found that recording my calories online isn't for me. I have been recording them in a notebook I found. I find I like this more! I actually do it. <BR> Although my workouts are later in the day, at least I do them. <BR> <BR> Now to cuddle with my kitties until seven pm when I need to do my cardio! Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:55:16 EST Photo Blog + Week two I was going to continue the photo blog for the 30 days, but I just can not keep up, nor pay enough attention to it. Damn this ADHD I have on computers! <BR> I've started week two of the running for rookies, and I believe it is going just fine. It was approximately 30*F out today and I could see my breath! Very chilly run! When do I start to like this shit?! Now I just want pizza!!!! Maybe some chocolate... Maybe I will just settle for a nice warm bath!!! (the last sounds the healthiest of th... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:52:36 EST Day 10 + Second run! Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yes I know... The cat. But if I don't say she is my closest friend, she may eat me in my sleep!!! <BR> <BR> So I went on my second run today. It went alright. I wore more layers. On the way back I ran into the wind! It was not the most fun I've ever had, but hey... I did it! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 20:27:25 EST Day 9 Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 21:48:46 EST The first run I'm a little nervous for my first run, but I'm going to do it. I believe I have everything I need, but this will be a good trial run. Afterwords I hope to go to Dick's sporting goods and pick up a few things. I may even buy a new pair of running SHOES! <BR> I've heard good things about New Balance, so I'll take a look at those. Hopefully there is someone who knows what they are talking about there, but I've done all the test to see what kind of shoe is the best for me, and the test show that... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 15:49:22 EST Day 8 Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 15:40:38 EST Dat 5, 6, and 7 <img src=""> <BR> Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal --- Sharks and Cats! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day - Dr. Clark, The "Shark Lady" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item - I know it's not cool or anything, but this little gu... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:44:37 EST Day 2, 3, and 4: got a little behind... BUSY WEEK! I've gotten a little behind on the photo blog, so here are the last three days I have missed. <BR> Lots of things are going on. Tests. Homework. Creating a student organization. Working out. I still have yet to miss a work out (it may be later in the day, but it gets done!) <BR> <BR> Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He may not be the one that I've known for the longes... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 19:15:36 EST Day 1 I have seen this on a few other sparkers blogs and thought "I'm bored, I'll do this too!" <BR> <BR> Day 01- A recent picture of yourself <BR> <img src=""> <BR> meowmeowmeow! <BR> <BR> Here is how it goes if you want to join too ;) <BR> Day 01- A recent picture of yourself <BR> Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest <BR> Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss <BR> Day 04 - A pictur... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:01:17 EST I'm done weighing myself As long as I feel good, I don't need to worry about my weight. And I do feel good about myself. <BR> I lost a pants size. <BR> I got some new clothing. <BR> Now I just need a cute coat! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:24:54 EST One week down and what I've learned I've finished my workout plan for the first week and have learned a few things. <BR> I need to go to sleep earlier. <BR> I need to sit up in bed before getting up, otherwise I get dizzy. <BR> I need to sit up right when my alarm goes off, so I actually get up in time! <BR> <BR> Otherwise everything went well. I may have been late a few days, but all my exercises got done. Bring on next week! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 21:04:54 EST Finally found a workout for me :) I bought a heart monitor, wiped off the dust on my elliptical machine, and spoke to someone who knows what they are doing. <BR> She told me what she did/does to get in/stay in shape and it goes a little like this: <BR> Monday - 30 minutes "in-the-zone" cardio workout + core exercises <BR> Tuesday - 30 minutes upper body strength exercise <BR> Wednesday - 30 minutes "in-the-zone" cardio workout + core exercises <BR> Thursday - 30 minutes lower body strength exercise <BR> Friday - 30 minutes "i... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:08:52 EST Down hill since Thanksgiving, but still lost weight? I have not been recording my food intake since Thanksgiving. My food assistance ran out for the month so I just ate whatever I could. Left overs, food from mom, and whatever high calorie/fat item was left in my apartment. <BR> But I reluctantly weighted myself yesterday and lost 0.5 pounds! I don't know what I did right, buy hey, I'll take it! <BR> Back on track today! I hope..... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:08:11 EST Hard Weekend! I tried to log everything I ate, but didn't. I tried to exercise, but didn't. I tried to eat healthy, but didn't. <BR> Friday my mom made food (she NEVER makes food, so I felt like I had to eat it). It was really good and I had more then I should have. <BR> Saturday my family and I went out for lunch. I had a salad and felt good about that. Then I went to a friends house whom we had not seen in forever! From there it all went down hill. Spaghetti, garlic bread, swish fish candies, chips and s... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:30:09 EST Didn't exercise last night! :/ It's hell week here at school. I have had two tests already and will have another two on Friday. Needless to say, last night didn't go as planned. I normally get off work at 4pm then eat something when I get home, and around 7pm I will exercise. Well I got off work a little early, ate some perogies, proceeded to study for the test I just took, and forgot to exercise at 7pm. I was so into the studying part that I didn't even glance at the time and before I knew it, it was 9pm! I just want this... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:16:51 EST 100 calories away! I don't get it!!! I ate a lot today, but when I put it into the food tracker is says I'm 100 calories SHORT of my minimum limit!!! I'm not hungry anymore! I can't shove anymore food down my mouth! It is almost 8pm and I don't want to eat late at night! I thought my meal planning was going good, but I guess I was wrong. Oh well, there is always tomorrow :/ Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:52:53 EST Goals: Summer 2011 My goals for this summer are to go hiking at least once a week, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> go field herping at least once a week, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and to tan in front of my apartment in a bikini without feeling weird. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now let's make it though the winter!! Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:00:48 EST Inspiration Board <img src=""> <BR> Long term and Short term (and yes, that is my wedding dress! ) <em>41</em> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 19:38:40 EST