CORNPICKER73's SparkPeople Blog CORNPICKER73's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Intermittent fasting? I've been struggling lately. Still 95% vegan and loving it. But I've let myself have way too many treats and sweets. The thought of going back to food logging doesn't appeal. What to do? <BR> <BR> I saw this article yesterday, and watched the video today. I'm VERY intrigued. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-plant-based-plant-strong-nutritarian<BR>-starchivore-or-healthy-vegan-video.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wonder if semi-fasting twice/week would be easier than... Wed, 8 May 2013 19:36:26 EST 30 day vegan challenge: a few reflections Well, my challenge wrapped up and I'm so happy that I did it. I learned so much about so much! And I really truly did feel better physically and mentally. I'd like to stick with it, although I'm definitely still transitioning and learning. <BR> <BR> Here is the link! I'd highly recommend this program, although there are other options out there, too: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I would say I stuck with it about 95%, which I think is really good for a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:34:53 EST Day 8 of Vegan Challenge, Update! It's been really easy so far. I like that it gives me some structure-- I can't grab anything and shove it in my mouth. I have also been careful about sweets and other junk. I figure why go vegan as a way to eat healthier if I just down chips and soda and cookies? It's definitely helped me to eat more fruit and veg, but I've also had days of just going with a veggie burger and fries. The food tracking helps, also. I'm down 2 pounds! <BR> <BR> I think the moments it will be hard include when v... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 12:19:57 EST 30 day vegan challenge -- I'm doing it! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I just signed up (it was $20) and start tomorrow. This is something I've considered for a long time, and one of my goals for 2013 was to try being vegan for a month. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous and excited. But it is time. I will let you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> I'm at my heaviest ever (not including pregnancy) at 156.4 this morning. I'm hoping this will affect the scale as well, but mostly just want to feel healthier overall. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:21:46 EST Starting Over... Again! Take 2 Ugh. I see my last blog post and I haven't done crap! Time to really start. My baby turns ONE today. I am feeling blah and need to turn it around. Thinking of signing up for this 'vegan boot camp' to get things rolling. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vember-online-vegan-boot-camp-registra<BR>tion-is-open-early-bird-offer/ </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, gotta make it happen! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:38:15 EST Starting Over... Again! Hi, everyone. I am ready to start sparking again! My baby just turned 6 months and I'm really starting to feel the negative physical effects of lack of exercise and attention to my eating. <BR> <BR> I want to get back on track but I know it will take baby steps. So here is what I'm thinking: <BR> <BR> 1. go back to eating vegetarian again. I do feel better when I eat this way. <BR> 2. Start tracking food. <BR> 3. make sure to do my physical therapy exercises for my pelvic floor health. <BR... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:45:54 EST Finally, a positive update! I can't believe I haven't blogged since June! <BR> <BR> Well, the update is that my new baby son was born healthy 3 weeks ago today on 10/25! We're just thrilled he's here and we're all adjusting. Breastfeeding is finally getting easier-- wow, I forgot how rough it is in the beginning (at least for me). <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi to everyone and send best wishes. I'll be back in force when I'm really ready to address the 'baby weight'. <BR> <BR> Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving a... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:16:06 EST Long Time No See Hello, SP. I've been MIA for eons, it seems. Life has been a struggle, that's for sure. I am still grappling with deep grief from the losses of 2010. I went to a grief support group for sibling loss in the fall, and I'm back in individual therapy now. <BR> <BR> One bit of good news is that we decided to try for another baby, and I'm expecting that new baby in early November. Overall, I'm feeling well and everything seems good, so fingers crossed everything continues to go smoothly. We're ner... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 22:06:56 EST Birthday Reflections Today I turn 37 years old. A year ago, I could never have imagined what a painful year I had ahead. I have been deep in grief for the past few months. I have not been taking care of myself and am feeling the negative physical and mental effects of that. I want to use this birthday as a new start-- I did get off on the right foot by doing some yoga this morning. <BR> <BR> I want this to be the start of taking care of myself again, being good to my family, and starting to build my new career ... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 12:56:04 EST More Bad News Twelve days after my brother's funeral, I was in London to sit for my second dissertation defense exam. I'd been working on my PhD for over 10 years (12 to be exact, but this includes some time off and mostly part-time study). It has been a struggle to say the least, but I was committed to finishing this goal successfully. The British system is very different from the US, and to make a long story short, the examiners offered me the master's degree instead of the doctorate. <BR> <BR> I can't ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:09:42 EST Grieving I sent this email out last week (see previous 2 blogs for more). <BR> <BR> Friends, <BR> <BR> With broken hearts we inform you that my brother Danny has passed away. <BR> <BR> Obituary here: <link><BR>ald/obituary.aspx?n=daniel-r-goldstein<BR>&pid=145213014 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> = link to Facebook page <BR> <BR> thank you for your thoughts, <BR> Rachel, Marc, and Jonah <BR> <BR> <BR> In lieu of flowers, we ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 07:05:50 EST New month, New start (again!) I am so overdue for a blog post and a redesign of my Spark page! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for thinking about us and my brother. He is still missing, sadly. I update the Facebook page (see previous blog post) when possible, but sadly there are no updates of late. It has been really hard, at the same time, we have done all we can do and I need to remember to take care of me and my family. So we are trying to stay positive and do what we can, when we can. My parents are amazing and I can't imagi... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 14:41:50 EST In Vermont or nearby? PLEASE HELP! Hi, fellow sparkers, I have been a big slacker lately but now my family is in crisis. My brother went missing in Vermont on Sunday July 25. Please please spread this around to your networks. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to a FB page. I can also email you a flyer if you send me your email. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Rachel <BR> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 07:33:58 EST Hunker Down on the Diss Wow, I have not blogged in ages. This is 200% crunch time for my diss. I'm largely logging off the internet for the next 4 - 8 weeks, partially inspired by this article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>63/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my SP account open in the hopes that I'll work in some healthy self-care and of course come back full force in June/July. Not that I've been active lately, but I'll be even less so. <BR> <BR> Please send me good wishes and I'll se... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:17:27 EST On my One Year Sparkiversary... I think I've been avoiding this blog and SP because I have been really down and don't feel I have anything great to report. I have had the feeling lately of just giving up-- eating unhealthy food and not exercising because, well, who cares anyway?! And then I realize that this is such a depressing attitude and it makes me feel worse physically and mentally, but I've been reaching for a cookie instead of my running shoes. I know the minute I get back on track, I will feel 1000x better. <BR> <... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 10:32:12 EST Less than 2 months... ... to my one year Sparkiversary! I want to make it a good one. The holidays will be a struggle but I'm recommiting. I have been struggling lately. But I want to do this! <BR> <BR> Let's go, SP friends! Spark on! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:11:36 EST 9 months and ... ups and downs! Wow, I can't believe I have not blogged since August! I guess life has been hectic. <BR> <BR> So last week was my 9 month anniversary on SP. It seems like as good a time as any for a check in! <BR> <BR> I still have not reached my level of committment that I had the first few months when I was exercising and eating well consistently. It has been a struggle since April! So maybe I just don't have much to add since my last check in. I continue to struggle with turning to food when I'm stress... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 21:51:42 EST horoscope and new quote I read my horoscope for fun every Monday. I'm always hoping for some good news, ha ha! <BR> <BR> I really loved this first part and hope the stars are really on my side. Hey, I need all the help I can get! <BR> <BR> " For the Record: September marks an important turning point in your Fortunes. Mid-Month the final (difficult) alignment between demanding Saturn and visionary Uranus in your work, ambitions and domestic sectors will incite certain changes, that will have long-term repercussions... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:15:15 EST 7 Months: Ready to Swan Dive Today marks my 7 monthiversary on SP. I have definitely moved past my funk of the past few months and am working hard to make the most of the renewed energy. I'm back to logging food, working out regularly, gearing up to finish my disseration, signed up for another 10 week biggest loser challenge to knock all of this out of the park. I'm ready. Let's go. <BR> <BR> I need to stay commited to my health and self care, as I know my stress is about to skyrocket with the extra time and energy I'l... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:52:33 EST 6 months on SP! I can't believe it has been 6 months already. <em>516</em> <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of ups and downs, and I mean DOWNS. I have had plenty of days, especially recently, when I felt very discouraged and depressed. The first few months, I mostly rocked it. I was great about tracking my food and sticking to my exercise schedule. I worked off over 12 lbs (some of those are now back, boo!). <BR> <BR> In April or so, I got derailed by illness, travel, and stress. I have not been able to get ... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 05:57:12 EST 5 months and still in a slump... Yesterday marked 5 months since I joined SP! Wow. A lot is going on. <BR> <BR> For one, I was invited to lead my class spark team. This was an honor and is a lot of fun. I asked AMYMLE to co-lead with me and she is awesome-- fun new ideas that are helping to create community and get more interaction on our site. I have some ideas for 'community challenges' that I think I will start for our 6 monthiversary next month. <BR> <BR> Another thing is that work has been really stressful. I was on ... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 20:48:30 EST 4 months and seriously dragging I've lost my mojo, baby! Yesterday was my 4 monthiversary on SP. For the past 6 weeks, I've been a real slacker on my goals. There has been a lot of travel and recovering from two lengthy bugs, so that is part of my excuse. Oh, yeah, and some major work and life stress thrown in. So, I've let all of that take me off track. <BR> <BR> We're about to go into a new month and I'm hoping it will give me some renewed energy and commitment. I'm also on the verge of a big change at work which will b... Wed, 27 May 2009 10:32:58 EST 3 months / 12 lbs / I'm the only one limiting myself.... Today marks my 3 month-iversary on Spark People. I have been faithful in logging all of my eating and workouts, aside from a week I was traveling. I do see the hard work paying off, as I've lost about 12 lbs and am just 8 lbs from my goal weight. People I have not seen in a while comment on my weight loss, and all of my pants are loose! So that feels really good-- to (mostly) stick to a plan and see the payoff. <BR> <BR> I have not been working out the past week since we got back from our t... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:07:38 EST Goal Reached! Yesterday was my 4 mile run. I'd signed up for it a few months ago since I knew it would help motivate me to keep up with my workouts and get back into running. I planned to just have fun with it and walk if I needed to. <BR> <BR> It was exciting to be up early with the rest of the crazy runners. I realized that I'd missed that. I got to chat with a woman who was doing her first run. Central Park is just so amazing and it was great to be there again. I vaguely remember when I had every bump ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 11:05:46 EST two month-iversary I can't believe that today marks 2 months since I signed up for Spark People. I do think I have come a long way (with a long way to go!) and this site has been a great tool for me. <BR> <BR> Today I ran for 30 minutes straight without a walking break. I felt good and strong and probably could have kept going. It feels so great to be back into running regularly and I just hope my knee will keep up with me. <BR> <BR> I also think my eating has really improved and I keep within my calorie go... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:06:30 EST 6 weeks My weigh in was yesterday and as I got on the scale, I was thinking, "I did well this week. I'd better see at least a 1/2 lb loss." I was floored when the scale showed a 2.5 lb loss! Yes! I really needed to see that after the gain of two weeks ago and slight loss last week. It is really nice to see the hard work paying off. <BR> <BR> I also have a study date this week which I'm excited about. I hope this will help kick me in the pants for getting the diss work under control. The diss-- the... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:12:07 EST a small but important achievement I just ran the report on my eating for the day, and I reached ALL of my eating goals for the day! This is the first time this has happened. I was within range for calories and all of the macro nutrients. Very exciting. <BR> <BR> This is also important to me because one of issues that kept me eating was fear of getting migraines from not eating enough, or from working out and not eating enough that day. The fact that I had a great run this morning, ate in a weight-loss range, and feel great ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 22:04:02 EST At the end of week 5... I had my weigh-in today. I'm .7 lbs down from last week, but still .5 up from 2 weeks ago. But still, I will take it. <BR> <BR> As is my usual pattern, my workouts are going well but it is my eating where I'm starting to slip. I still log religiously, but I'm eating more and/or less healthfully than I should. <BR> <BR> I tried to go on a run yesterday. My knee was really bothering me so I ended up power walking for an hour. So, good, but I am really bummed that my running has been interrup... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 13:29:03 EST in a funk I've been feeling really down and gaining 1.2 lbs as of my weigh-in on Sunday didn't help matters. I have been working out pretty well but my eating hasn't been as great. At least I'm still logging faithfully. <BR> <BR> Of course feeling stressed and blue makes me want to eat more, which makes me feel worse, and so the cycle goes. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting impatiently to hear back on my diss extention, so I know that stress is in the back of my mind. I worry about getting it and I worry about... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:22:10 EST one month "sparkiversary" I signed up for this site a month ago today. While I've been having a rough week and not eating or working out as well as I'd like, overall it has been good. I know there will be ups and downs and I just need to focus on getting back up again. <BR> <BR> <em>515</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:01:39 EST ~ 4 week mark I'm about at the 4 week mark as of today. I lost another pound this week, which is really motivating, especially since I feel like I've been pretty good about working out 5 - 6 days/week but that my eating has been decent but not great. Slow and steady wins the race. <BR> <BR> My parents are visiting and I haven't touched the cookies or chocolates my mom brought, which is pretty amazing in itself. <BR> <BR> My left knee is really bothering me while running (and while not running) so that ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:29:10 EST 2 weeks down... ... and I'm feeling really great. I've lost 3.9 pounds which is very motivating. I found my old training schedule from when I did the marathon, and I'm going to try to stick to it (not do a marathon, but in terms of what sort of workout to do on what days) to give some structure to my workouts. So, I woke up really early today and did one hour of yoga. <BR> <BR> I hope I can keep up this great energy and progress! <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2009 11:29:04 EST one week down I weighed in yesterday and have lost weight! It is a new scale and all so I'm not sure about discrepencies, etc, but I will take it. I know my clothes are fitting better so it must be something. <BR> <BR> I've been great about logging food all week. Again, workouts are less consistent. I didn't get up early to do my yoga video as planned this morning since I was up in the night with a sick baby, poor muffin. <BR> <BR> I really want to get back into running, and while I was going to put this... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:02:49 EST day 3 I'm on day 3 and having some ups and downs. I have been logging all of my food, and that is eye-opening as usual. I threw away the ranch dressing because it just isn't worth it! I also had M&Ms today. BUT at least I did a short 20 min cardio DVD workout, and later a brisk 20 min walk. So, it is something. I'm also getting to know this site. It is so overwhelming but I'm sure I can figure it out and it seems like a great tool. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling down on myself today, but want to bounce ba... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:40:59 EST