CRESIDA's SparkPeople Blog CRESIDA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goal setting I'm not quite sure how to start this, and I don't have a before picture to put up today. But I need to take the time to really get this down. <BR> <BR> I'm currently at my lowest fitness point, and I've been struggling in other areas of my life. I'm currently trying to work with my husband to address a lot of our habits so that we're healthier and happier. <BR> <BR> A bit about me: <BR> I'm a 36-year-old doctoral candidate, a mother of two, and a married to a wonderful partner. We've had a ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:14:07 EST Week 2 (and running into 3) - dealing with illness So, my second week (last week) started off great, but on Thursday, I was starting to feel like I was coming down with something. My son ran a fever on and off all day, so I stayed home with him. What I thought would be a two or three day cold, that would set me back, has turned into a mean, mean respiratory infection. Both my son and I have been stuffy, coughing, sneezing, and wheezing since last Friday. I haven't run a fever like he has, but I haven't been sleeping well. I'm also not breathi... Fri, 3 May 2013 13:59:18 EST Week 2 - Goals and Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to need to get my husband to start taking these pictures of me each week - our bathroom mirrors stops at the waist, and because I'm pear shaped, I carry a lot of my weight in my hips, seat, and legs. That's where I'm hoping to notice the difference first, and if I'm not photographing it, I can't see it! <BR> <BR> Unexpectedly, when I stepped on the scale this morning, the number was smaller! I lost 2 po... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:58:24 EST Week 1 reflections Here's a bit of a restrospective on how I did this week <BR> <BR> What I did do: <BR> -track my food everyday <BR> -go for a 30 minute walk 2 days, and 2 hours of gardening for a third day of cardio <BR> -stay in my calorie range 1 day <BR> -logged into Sparkpeople everyday! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What I didn’t do: <BR> -stay in my calorie range 6 days <BR> -remember to take my multivitamin <BR> -limit the amount of soda I drank <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> My best... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:34:20 EST Starting over Last week, I had my well-woman exam, and when I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office I was utterly shocked. <BR> <BR> 205 pounds! <BR> <BR> I was right back up to the weight that I'd been at when I came home from the hospital after having my son. But more importantly, this weight is sitting differently, because I gained it differently. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've made this before collage so that I have a benchmark of ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:22:34 EST Coming back after baby and resetting goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I welcomed our son on August 6, and this last month has been crazy. The little guy is a joy and a handful, and I was back at work when he was just 3 weeks old. After a very healthy pregnancy and delivery, my body and I are starting to get to know each other again. It's been a strange, surreal trip. <BR> <BR> During my pregnancy, I gained 25 pounds, which was right on target. When I got home from th... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:24:10 EST Where have I been? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I've been conspicuously absent from SparkPeople for the last 7 months, and I will be honest I miss it. But, I swear that I've been absent for a very good reason. <BR> <BR> I'm pregnant. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are expecting our first baby mid-August. I moved over to BabyFit after I got the positive pregnancy test, but it's just not the same as SparkPeople. It was helpful for tracking my eating in the sec... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:33:15 EST Goals and such So, I have obviously been allowing wedding planning and graduate school to swallow up all my time. My first attempt to do bootcamp fell flat on its face. It was just too hard to work something that rigorous into my schedule when wedding planning was flying to the finish line. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased with the fact that my weight has stayed constant this fall. (Although, I did gain over the summer. But I managed to level out once the school year started.) Roommates have moved out, the wedding ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 16:46:50 EST Knot successfully tied <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Quick update - our wedding was last Saturday! We're officially wedded, and we're both ridiculously happy about that. I feel like I can breathe again, now that the wedding is planned, paid for, and successfully pulled off. I don't have a lot of pictures, because apparently everyone was having too much fun. But the one posted here is me right after I was done getting ready. <BR> <BR> I'll post more later. For no... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 20:44:11 EST Work work work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, starting next week I'm doing the 28-day Bootcamp Challenge. This is mildly crazy of me, because I've got plenty of other things on my plate, but I need to carve some time out for me. And I need some consistency. I'll be posting updates here as I plod along with it. <BR> <BR> The wedding is 6 weeks away. I've gotten confirmation from some people that they've received there invitations, which is a huge relief... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 15:03:22 EST Nothing of substance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling restless tonight. I've been restless all day. For the past couple days, things have gone so smooth, but today, things just didn't click. Errands didn't go smoothly, my decision to sleep in seemed to through everything else off. I forgot what time Steve was working and would have planned my day differently if I had remembered he wasn't working until 2pm. None of it is at all major; it was just an off da... Tue, 25 May 2010 23:20:34 EST Reflections <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The school year is over, summer intersession has started, and I'm wrapping up my last couple administrative things. I've officially graduated: I can now put the letters M.A. after my name. It feels weird, because I don't feel like I'm "done" (because I'm not), but this is a milestone for sure. As I was reading the Daily Spark today, I came upon this p... Mon, 24 May 2010 13:53:51 EST Looking up First off, thanks to everyone who commented on my last blog post. Like I said, I had "a moment" and only 10 minutes rant out the frustration, so the post is convoluted and confusing. But it served its purpose, so I'll leave it up. You all got it and gave me great advice. That's what counts. <BR> <BR> Things are going well, overall. Diet wise, I've been fixing (for myself) exclusively lacto-ovo veggie meals for the last two weeks. I just haven't been wanting meat really. We'll see how I ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:01:44 EST Accountability? How do you balance accountability with a society that is unsupportive of "another weight loss fad"? <BR> <BR> Let me explain. For those of us who have stumbled quite a bit, there is sometimes this feeling from our community that we're not really serious, and we weren't serious last time. That can be deflating. I've been encountering this in some of my own self-talk looking forward to the wedding. I have fitness goals unrelated to the wedding, but I mean... really, will I fail this time t... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:07:54 EST A most astonishing thing "A most astonishing thing <BR> Seventy years have I lived; <BR> <BR> (Hurrah for the flowers of Spring <BR> For Spring is here again.) <BR> <BR> Seventy years have I lived <BR> No ragged beggar man, <BR> Seventy years have I lived, <BR> Seventy years man and boy, <BR> And never have I danced for joy." <BR> <BR> --W.B. Yeats "Imitated from the Japanese" <BR> <BR> Things have not been looking good in Snowville recently. This week I just accepted that I'm burnt.out. Crispy fried grad studen... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:41:42 EST from "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams "What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" <BR> <BR> "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real." <BR> <BR> "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. <BR> <BR> "Sometimes," said t... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:46:41 EST A vignette On Thursday, Steve and I went out on a date (our first in a month). He wanted to get dressed up, so that he could wear his new black suit. (He's much more excited about the black three-button suit we got him than he his about the brown two-button suit we got him for the wedding.) So, even though I was exhausted from the work week, we got all dolled up and went out to Aya Sofia. Aya Sofia is a higher end Turkish restaurant that we'd been to once before, and we both enjoyed it. It was so ni... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:17:38 EST Some questions for reflection These questions were posted on my yoga team, and I liked them so much I wanted to put them here to reflect on. <BR> <BR> 1) How do I spend my time alone? <BR> <BR> 2) Do I pay attention to what my body needs? <BR> <BR> 3) To whom am I grateful? <BR> <BR> 4) Do I compare my life to other people's? <BR> <BR> 5) Do I spend my money on things that speak to my soul? <BR> <BR> 6) What do I see when I look in the mirror each morning? <BR> <BR> 7) Have I figured out a way to handle the less-th... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 19:13:37 EST Continuing the uphill trudge I am feeling a bit overwhelmed today. I don't necessarily feel the drowning panic I usually feel at this point, but the to-do list looks really heavy today. And the climb looks steep. I can do it; it's just daunting. <BR> <BR> This morning Steve and I did some housework (it's amazing what a great bonding experience housework can be) before he went to bed. I've planned my day and revised the first draft of my personal statement for my PhD application. I am not happy with it, but I need to... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 14:01:53 EST Mindful eating Today's Daily Insight from Yoga Journal : Conscious Eating, Conscious Living <link><BR>l_20100118.html?utm_source=homepage&ut<BR>m_medium=site&utm_campaign=dailyinsight </link> <BR> <BR> "Do you ever feel like food is something that's getting between you and your life? In today's modern world, we rarely make time to eat mindfully. Often, we eat on the go, in cars or at our desks for the five minutes we can spare. But when we eat without noticing our foo... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:50:58 EST More blogging Just checking in to check in. This week has been good all around, I guess. It was sort of a huge week. I realized that my PhD application is in two weeks (eek!), so that's moved right up on my priority list. (Holy crap - I'm almost done with my MA.) My study partner started to freak out about MA exam studying, which is good - I've been freaking out about other stuff and realized that I'm behind on studying for that. I swear, if I make it through this semester.... <BR> <BR> I started teac... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:14:36 EST What's in store for Cresida in 2010? Well, if you must ask, lots! I don't even know where to begin. First, I'll start with career and work my way to more personal stuff. <BR> <BR> School went fantastically in 2009. I'm right on track to graduate this spring with my MA, and I'll be continuing on for my PhD starting this fall. Tomorrow is my first day teaching my own class, and I am THRILLED and TERRIFIED. (Wish me luck!) I will also present my first conference paper in March, and another in May. This spring will be excitingl... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:39:38 EST What is your biggest fitness accomplishment so far? (this is in response to the blog prompt from 19 Apr - 25 Apr) <BR> <BR> Running. Running is my biggest fitness accomplishment so far. For as long as I could remember, while I enjoyed brief, sprinty spurts of running, I never enjoyed focused running that required any endurance over five seconds. In elementary school, one of my earlier gym class memories are the presidential physical fitness challenges. One of them was the mile run. I remember thinking, in my little first grader brain, "They... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 16:32:04 EST Rolling into summer Summer being really, officially, seasonally is right around the corner, but as far as the school year is concerned spring is over and summer is here. I've spent the last 2+ weeks recovering from finals, traveling, cleaning my house, and searching for a job. I'm in with a temp agency now, but have no assignment, my house is relatively clean, but not perfect, and I'm mostly recovered from traveling and finals. My trips were great, but I'm glad to be home and establishing a routine. I've also... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 20:42:56 EST Close to finishing up the school year Tuesday morning I may just die of relief. I have about 28 more pages to go in my seminar papers (that's total between two papers) and then I have a small essay that should take me two hours tops to write, revise and proof. Everything's due Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> The thing I'm looking forward to the most next week is being back in charge of the meal planning. Steve, this is why I love him, has stepped in and taken care of dinners for the last four days. He steered grocery shopping t... Sat, 9 May 2009 14:39:44 EST Thursday morning Break time! (again) I was going to take the dog for a walk but she cracked one eye at me from her spot on the couch as if to say "you're joking, right?" I think she hung out with Steve last night. I've noticed that when he stays up to the wee hours of the morning, she sleeps in. She must not sleep as well with all the lights on and him up and moving around. Oh well, the leash and I are ready for a break when she decides to wake up. <BR> <BR> I realized yesterday that it's back to the drawin... Thu, 7 May 2009 12:09:16 EST This should be I'm taking a break from writing one of my seminar papers to post an update. (Hence the "rhetorical" - I'm writing a paper for my rhetoric class. 10 out of 20 pages so far!) I realized after finals last semester that I really do deserve occasional breaks to clear my head and think about what I'm arguing. It means the puppy has gotten lots of frisbee time. <BR> <BR> This semester has been very hard on both Steve and I. Money's reeeaallly tight, and both of our cars broke down in the last fou... Tue, 5 May 2009 21:22:47 EST Thoughts from an easily distracted kitten I need to get back to being active here. That's about the only thought that I have. The puppy has gotten huge, although she's still not big enough to start training as a running buddy. Which is a shame, because I think running off some of that puppy energy would help immensely. <BR> <BR> That's all for now. More later. I need to keep checking in with myself, because I keep getting lost in finals land... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 18:08:23 EST Reflections on my life This morning, at about 9:30 am, I was sitting here, at my computer, in my fuzzy purple bathrobe, drinking my coffee. I heard the puppy, who was outside running in our fenced yard, barking, so I went to the backdoor and called her in. She looked at me, tongue lolling happily out of her mouth and raced over, bouncing when she got to me. I laughed and picked up all 30 pounds of her, asking her if she was barking at the neighbors. My fiancé was sound asleep in the bedroom. Both cats scattered ... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 12:11:45 EST St. Pats-ish and some lovely weather I wouldn't exactly say that I started off today on the right foot. While a friend of ours ran in the St. Pats Parade run this morning, I stayed up late, slept in till 9:30 and then we went to the pub to meet up with him and some others for a St. Pats lunch. So, I treated myself to a reuben. And some chips. And some Bailey's and coffee. Yeesh. My foodtracker didn't t like that at all. But... I have a light dinner planned, that's very veggie heavy. So I shouldn't go over my calories goal. (M... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 19:22:07 EST Scratch that weather complaint The sun came out and it's beautiful. We've run around the yard like crazy people (or dogs). Fri, 13 Mar 2009 14:49:04 EST Sitting down to have a think Well, now it's cold here, again. As in, I looked at our thermometer this morning and it said 25. BRRR! I'm not sure where my ear muffs got off to either - I expected not to need them for another 6 or more months! How am I supposed to walk in this. (The puppy also seems to think I'm crazy for wanting to walk far in this. "Short speedy bursts with the tennis ball, please" is what she's saying.) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to buckle down to day and be really productive. My productive levels so far hav... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:55:52 EST The sun can't make up it's mind The good: The dog and I have had a couple healthy outside play sessions, and I'm going to take her for a walk before it clouds over much more. It's been lovely the last few days and we've gotten out for a good 30 to 40 minute walk everyday. Lunch was grilled cheese, tomato, and spinach on parmesan crusted whole wheat with an apple and iced tea. Oh, and it's spring break. <BR> <BR> The bad: I'm behind on what I wanted to accomplish over spring break, but at the same time, I had some really ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:52:18 EST 2009 - you're an interesting year This year has been trucking along far too fast. February was a good dose of stress for me and I know that I pulled up into my shell. We've had some housing trouble, but we're just about through it. We're both feeling mellower and happier now. I'm looking forward to celebrating the return of spring with Ostara right around the corner. It's warmer here, and I hope to have friends over for outdoor grilling often. But, despite the stress some great stuff has happened. <BR> <BR> First off, we... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:56:19 EST I miss my running trail In one of the more embarrassing things I've done as an adult, I fell today while I was running. I caught my toe on an uneven sidewalk and went right down on my hands and knees. Apparently, I'm an experienced enough faller that I relaxed, hit the ground and rolled, so that the only real damage is scrapes on my palms (no Downward-facing Dog for a while) and knees (my right arm's also a little sore; I think it took most of the weight). My knees have not been scraped like this since I think I ... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 15:21:00 EST Affirmation First off, thank you to everyone who responded to my last blog post (and pointed out how self-defeatist I was being!). I'm happy to report that, while I'm still adjusting, I'm feeling a lot better about things. I've set up some pretty solid routines for myself, and I'm finding that the flexibility works really great with my boyfriend's weird work schedule. I've got our house under some sort of control, and now I'm getting my fitness back under some sort of control. Goodness, does it ever f... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 19:38:30 EST Thoughts on having no schedule This morning, yes I realize it's a Saturday, this morning I realized that I *missed* having a schedule dictated by someone else. How's the for a realization for you? Let me back up, since I haven't really posted anything substantial here. <BR> <BR> This August, I started graduate school full time. I'm working on my Master's in English and I am so thrilled! I've been working on getting to this point in my life for over four years. Four years of getting my ducks in a row, doing a lot of hopin... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:38:24 EST Wednesday blahs Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: No <BR> Plant based diet: Yes <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: none <BR> <BR> Results: 3/6 goals met <BR> Score for Wed, 10-22: 50% Thu, 23 Oct 2008 20:39:18 EST Homework is killing me I really don't feel like an entire day has gone by, but there you have it. It's done. Overall it was a good day. I read 5 articles, and took breaks to work out in between them. The sugar cookies in the kitchen are killing me. Evil sugary cookie goodness. <BR> <BR> Whatever, all in all today was a good day. I wish I could afford to pay someone to finish unpacking my house for me. I don't have time to take care of myself, do my work and finishing moving into this house. <BR> <BR> Tracked... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:14:28 EST I was feeling enthusiatic yesterday I did quite a bit around the house yesterday. I ate a little more than I wanted to, but I stayed in goal. Got a good amount of physical activity in. All-in-all, I can't complain. Today, I'm working on some homework then it's time for either another walk, or a bit of yoga and bootcamp day 4. <BR> <BR> Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: Yes <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 0 <BR> Exercise: 10 minutes of yoga stretches, Bootcamp d... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:02:02 EST Thursday check-in 7/10 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 2 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 3/6 goals met <BR> Score for Thursday, 7-10: 50% <BR> <BR> Better than the last two days... I guess. Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:25:01 EST Wednesday check-in 7-9 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: No <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 2/6 goals met <BR> Score for Wednesday, 7-9: 33% Fri, 11 Jul 2008 11:23:53 EST Tuesday check-in 7-8 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: No <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 2/6 goals met <BR> Score for Tuesday, 7-8: 33% Wed, 9 Jul 2008 15:59:05 EST Check-in 7/7 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: No (came in under) <BR> Plant based diet: No (still eating left overs from the holiday weekend!) <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: No <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 1/6 goals met <BR> Score for Monday, 7-7: 17% <BR> <BR> I fail at Mondays.... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:37:19 EST Starting another week <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: No <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 0 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 3/6 goals met <BR> Score for Sunday, 7-6: 50% <BR> <BR> Trip to wine country to celebrate the anniversary. Yummy wine and good food bumped me a bit over my calorie range. If I behave the rest of the week, it shouldn't be a big deal. My biggest goal is to change the exercise line.... <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:24:14 EST Check in 7-5 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: No <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 2/6 goals met <BR> Score for Saturday, 7-5: 33% <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> Week overview: <BR> Weigh-in: 173.2 (down 2.8 pounds) <BR> Tracked Food: 5/5 days <BR> In goal: 4/5 days <BR> Plant based diet: 3/5 <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: 3/5 <BR> Soda-free: 3/5 <BR> Exercise: 0/5 <BR> <BR> Well, I dropped pounds, whic... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 19:44:21 EST Check in 7-4 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: No <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: No <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): 1 <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 2/6 goals met <BR> Score for Friday, 7-4: 33% (it was a holiday... but still) Sun, 6 Jul 2008 19:37:35 EST Check-in 7-3 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes <BR> Plant based diet: Yes <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): None <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 4/6 goals met <BR> Score for Thursday, 7-3: 84% <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2008 19:36:37 EST Check-in 7-2 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: Yes (although protein was low) <BR> Plant based diet: Yes, no meat protein <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): None <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 5/6 goals met <BR> Score for Wednesday, 7-2: 84% - better than yesterday! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:20:43 EST Check-in 7-1 Tracked Food: Yes <BR> In goal: No, came in way under minimum <BR> Plant based diet: Yes, no meat protein <BR> Coffee, only one cup a day: Yes <BR> # of Sodas (cut out of diet): None <BR> Exercise: None <BR> <BR> Results: 4/6 goals met <BR> Score for Tuesday, 7-1: 66% Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:22:24 EST