DEARFACE's SparkPeople Blog DEARFACE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Quick Entry: Alcohol v Soda So I've pretty much cut back severely, almost completely (for a month and a half) all of my alcohol consumption. The problem is, and I don't know if this is related, but my soda intake is sky-rocketing. I used to very rarely have soda - and now when I'm in social settings where I'd likely have a beer, I'm opting for a soda. And in other situations as well. Does anyone know, calorically speaking, which is worse for you - soda (not diet, full fat dark soda) or beer (normally unfiltered wheats... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:57:23 EST Jump Started! So the last time I blogged it was pretty Debbie-Downer. Today is better. I still haven't been back to the gym/boot camp in a while, but I think today makes up for it and will hopefully keep things jump started. <BR> <BR> Today I biked to The Color Run (1.5 miles), walked around a bit, completed The Color Run 5k without really stopping! (3.1 miles), biked home (1.5 miles, approximately), drove to Roller Girls outdoor skate, and skated nearly 8 miles. Woo hoo! And, I really pushed myself and... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:19:38 EST 30 days So it's been a while since I've blogged. I've fallen off the fitness wagon as well as the healthy eating wagon. I decided to start eating all kinds of meat again, and it just so happened along the same lines I gave up on healthy eating. I'd get into the terrible thought process of "I'll do better next month/week/day" and use that as an excuse to gorge myself on junk. I know I should feel bad, but it felt pretty good at the time. I'm a victim of the clean plate club where I feel I have to ea... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:28:59 EST It's been a bit - boot camp & measurement summary Goal/measurement update: (this is a part of my boot camp, measured every 4 weeks, and things are pretty consistent which is good but some times frustrating) <BR> - Weight: 156.4 (down from last week, which was really rough) <BR> - Body Fat: 25.6% (which means about 40lbs body fat & 116lbs lean muscle mass - I was at 118lbs lean muscle so I think I need to eat more protein...) <BR> - Chest: 36.5" <BR> - Waist: 30" - down 1" <BR> - Hips: 38.5" - down .5" <BR> - Thigh: 21" - same <BR> - Arms: 10... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:42:14 EST Indulgent weekend & today's workout So we had an ice storm in the Midwest last week which led to me working from home and a little more of an excuse to skip my workout Friday, especially because I had the day off from work. Friday I took a road trip to St. Louis which led to a great nourishment of my soul, and was supplemented by less than ideal decisions of lots of beer, fried food and other delicious things - and because of the weather, little physical activity. <BR> <BR> It's still worth it. <BR> <BR> I have today off wor... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:57:22 EST Today's workout made me want to cry 5 sets of 5 weighted exercises for 60 seconds each, 60 second rest between rounds. <BR> <BR> 60 seconds: weighted squats - 50lb bar with an under-handed grip, my wrists hurt! <BR> 60 seconds: high pull - 50lb bar (squat and bring bar up to chest, down, repeat) <BR> 60 seconds: box jumps/step-ups (I definitely opted for step-up>jumps...) <BR> 60 seconds: push press - 50lb bar <BR> 60 seconds: Weighted (15lb medicine ball) straight leg/straight arm sit-ups <BR> 60 second rest <BR> repeat four ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:38:13 EST Tracking Boot Camp progress - Round 3 I'm going to try to start blogging more, at least sharing what we did in our boot camp classes - maybe someone will get inspired to try a few things on their own and it'll spark me as well. <BR> <BR> Today marked the beginning of a new 3-month round of Boot Camp. Allegedly, our trainer is going to start marking all of our progress against the other classes publicly for competition - perhaps even chances to win prizes. That's always exciting. <BR> <BR> I told myself last week that Sunday wo... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:28:02 EST No witty title - Roller Derby practice summary So tonight at practice I got a little confidence boost. Lots of compliments of how good I'm looking and joking that I'll be kicked out of the "Big Girls Club" which is an inside derby joke/group. We have a chant and everything that mimics eating a turkey leg. <BR> <BR> And we scrimmaged our B team, which currently is made up mostly of our recent fresh meat grads (who have so much skating ability and have learned so quickly that it boggles my mind). I jammed, which is something I tradition... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:59:54 EST Final Burn Out Boot Camp Friday - for a bit We're at the second to last week of this round of Boot Camp, and it seems that today was our last Burn Out day for a while (not sure what's in store, but I know it will be good). <BR> <BR> Today's Results: <BR> Squats: 111 with 50lb bar <BR> Push-ups: 41, finally hit that 40+ mark! <BR> Sit-ups: 46 with 25lb plate <BR> Plank: 4:24! <BR> Walking Lunges: 88 with two 25lb dumbbells. Again, I should focus more on form; quality > quantity <BR> Run a mile: 7:47 - just the same as last week, w... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:50:04 EST Burn Out Boot Camp Fridays - part 6? So it's been a bit since I've had a Burn Out day in the morning boot camp. Last Friday I was sick. The preceding Wednesday I looked pretty deplorable and even my trainer was a bit concerned. So Friday I ended up laying around all day to rest up between intense coughing fits and excreting ten pounds of mucus (you're welcome). <BR> <BR> The week before we had a substitute trainer who didn't adhere to our usual Friday weigh-in & burnout routine - which was fine, variety is great. <BR> <BR> So ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:27:47 EST No Burnout Bootcamp update today either But this time it was because we had a substitute trainer and not because I had a terrible migraine. <BR> <BR> I did, however, feel crazy sluggish and just wanted to nap - even through most of the workouts. <BR> <BR> (self) weigh-in was 158lbs - which I guess isn't terrible for two weeks off. But I feel... crappy, and it doesn't help that my scale at home seemed to be telling me that I was even heavier than that. <BR> <BR> But a new year and a new day should mean a new outlook. It's okay ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:29:24 EST No Burnout Bootcamp update today I stayed home with a migraine and generally crummy feeling body. <BR> <BR> I thought about going ahead and working out, knowing that exercise can often make you feel better, but this migraine was a different animal - and I remembered the last (and only) time I tried hot yoga - I had a headache, forced myself through the hour long session, and forced my friend to pull over on the way home so I could get sick, before crawling to bed and banishing all light and sound from the room. <BR> <BR> S... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:55:22 EST Burn Out Boot Camp Fridays - part 5 Weigh in: 156.4 lbs <BR> Squats: 250 w/ 30lb bar <BR> Push-ups: 34 :-/ <BR> Sit-ups: 300 (so next Friday we'll be weighted. I asked trainer if they'd be weighted today and she said if we pass 200 it would be. So that was my goal. I forgot to check my goals from last week before setting out this morning) <BR> Plank: 3:39!! Freakin' finally. <BR> Walking Lunges: 65 w/ 25lb plate. It was very tough, I had to reset a couple times and probably wasn't as low as I needed to be. <BR> <BR> So next we... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:26:27 EST Burn Out Boot Camp Fridays - III & IV (and terrible food choices) Realize now that I didn't really record last week's burnout. So I'll guestimate. <BR> <BR> Squats (not weighted): 525 <BR> Plank: 3:25 <BR> Sit ups .... no idea, probably 150? Last time recorded was <BR> Push Ups - 35-ish <BR> Walking Lunges: 40 <BR> <BR> This week (just finished) <BR> <BR> Squats (with 30lb bar): 200 <BR> Sit Ups: 350 <BR> Push-ups: 27 :( <BR> Plank: 3:17 :( (I have not kept up with the December Squat/Plank/Burpee challenge. It's been a hell week) <BR> Walking lunges - wi... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:31:53 EST Burn Out Boot Camp Fridays - part 2 Let's see if I can remember all the stats. <BR> <BR> Which first note - my usual fitness buddy was absent so it was a little tougher to push myself, especially on the plank challenge. <BR> <BR> Squats: 485 <BR> Sit Ups: 165 <BR> Push Ups: 35 (but I'm going to adjust to better form next week, so the number should be less but my shoulders shouldn't be in pain). <BR> Walking Lunges: 40 (and this time we did 10-lb plates instead of 25, so I feel cheated) <BR> Plank: 2:10 <em>39</em> <BR> <... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:37:13 EST Burn Out Boot Camp Fridays So I'm in the first week of my second 12-week boot camp, and our trainer has begun what she calls "burnouts". I missed the first week of this new regime because I took a week off for the election and a week off between the two 3-month plans. <BR> <BR> Side note - during that week I lost more weight, which just has me terrified I lost muscle/lean body mass, but I digress. <BR> <BR> Burnouts are doing as many of an exercise as you can until you feel your body is going to give out. I probab... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 08:47:32 EST Happy Birthday to me - I finished my first 5k!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BOOM! I completed my first 5k and did much, much better than I thought I would. I used the Couch Potato to 5k program in conjunction with the SparkPeople Rookie 5k running plans - and I freakin' did it. Based on my training jogs (which to be fair the past few have been horrendous and terribly depressing, very self-deprecating) I was hoping to finish under 38 minutes. I thought that would be a stretch since my ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:28:22 EST Nearly healed (a good win can do that to you) So if you've been following my blogs - or even glanced at the past couple of titles you can gather that I've been sick. Here's the recap: Two weeks ago I was in the ER for constant pain in my lower right abdomen. Doctor's orders were no physical activity for 4-5 days which meant not playing in our bout vs. Tulsa Derby Brigade. The following Monday, I stil had the pain and tried to get in with my 'regular' doctor to no avail and ended up in Urgent Care all day. left with no diagnosis but new... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:33:11 EST Urgent Care So I had to skip our bout v Tulsa Derby Brigade this Sunday. It was rough - I still traveled with the team and cheered on both squads, which was pretty much a physical activity in and of itself, but never the same as playing. Both squads won (yay) my All Stars 206 - 78 and the Battle Broads brought home their first W of the year as well, I forget the score. <BR> <BR> I spent Monday trying to get a hold of my regular doctor - she's out for the week and the doctor on call seemingly (my words)... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:55:03 EST "No physical activity for 5 days..." Sucks. <BR> <BR> I have this mystery pain in my lower right abdomen that won't go away. It struck me Tuesday afternoon, while eating - nothing strenuous - and stayed with me through practice. At one point it got so bad I couldn't do swan dives at all (plank to push up to arched back and back to full plank). I had to alternate to a full plank for 60 minutes. The pain is bizarre. It doesn't feel like indigestion, cramps (menstrual or muscular), or like any pain I've felt before. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:56:16 EST Any easy protein ideas? It seems, for the most part, protein is where I end up lacking in my daily nutrition feedback reports. I'm not a big meat eater & most items I see/protein sources would throw me over my other nutritional goals. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Aside from protein powder (which isn't a route I'm really willing to invest in at this point - just being honest). Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:09:59 EST I'm almost back! Work isn't any less stressful (it may be more so now) but I think I've gotten back on track to eating better. In the least I'm back to more consistently tracking my food/caloric intake and moderate, regular exercise outside of derby practice (walking the dog). I also weighed myself yesterday (the first time in weeeeeeks) and was very pumped that I had actually lost a bit of weight (I felt for sure I would have gained). <BR> <BR> I've got two bouts under my belt for the season - one interlea... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:51:39 EST My oh my how exercise can change things Reader's Digest version: I've been exhausted physically and mentally, but derby practice has me all jazzed up and our land practice (mostly strength training) has really proven to me how helpful the 28 day January Jumpstart has helped me! <BR> <BR> Most of today I felt terrible - mostly mental plus all over fatigue. Due to the study I haven't gotten a lot of sleep - it's tough to get up before 6AM, come home around 7:15-7:30 AM for breakfast, go to work by 9AM, and then work until derby pra... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:51:49 EST Don't tell anyone... ...but I snuck in 40 push-ups while I'm here in this study. They say no "vigorous" exercise, which I interpret at cardio - which I'm not doing. Getting in a tiny bit of strength training has made me feel a ton better. I think I'm going to keep "sneaking" small things in when I hit the bathroom - like squats, etc. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:29:08 EST I will absolutely be gaining weight this weekend And I'm not excited about it. I'm in a medical study to make a bit of money to help pay for the medical bills I racked up at the end of last year (derby injury - PCL). During these studies you have to eat what they give you, and all of it. So far I've had breakfast and lunch, and I'm pretty much at my caloric needs for the day. Not too mention I've had things like processed meat balls, white bread, and root beer. Things I haven't eaten in years. I'm a bit... bummed, and really want to go... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:44:31 EST Trying to make up for being out of commission. The BF is home in 2 hours, and I'm going to be a bit out of commission fitness wise the next two days - so I'm going to try and get at least days 5 & 6 of the Jumpstart in (starting with pilates - which I hate) and maybe even get in Day 7 for good measure (abs) and 30 minutes of cardio (wii fit which always takes longer than 30 minutes to get the 217 calories burned that SP suggests for me) <BR> <BR> And to figure out a good dinner... <BR> <BR> <BR> EDIT: I got two sets of "Advanced Rhythm... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:56:00 EST I get motivation and inspirational images... ...but it seems incredibly detrimental to put up unrealistic (or constantly post & reblog) commercial images of teeny tiny toned athletes and models who realistically, aren't even your body type. And more realistically, if these images aren't digitally enhanced and they do have incredibly fit bodies, they probably have much more resources (such as personal trainers, time, or having these rock hard bods are literally their job/part of their job) than 97% us on this site. <BR> <BR> it just se... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:39:18 EST I really wish EVERY restaurant posted their nutrition info Even if you're a small "Mom & Pop" shop - you should have to post your nutrition facts for your menu, or at least help your consumers make better decisions - or at least accurately track and prepare for the consequences of poor decisions. <BR> <BR> I had the most delicious frozen espresso drink today. It is sooooo tasty - it's my favorite and I have not had one in ages (ie months). But, unfortunately, this local coffee shop does not have a nutrition section on its website (not even under th... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:49:36 EST Two more things: 1. Now that I'm focusing on eating vegetables, fruits for snacks and tracking my calories - I'm consistently coming in far below my recommended caloric intake. I'm not sure how I feel about that or what to do. <BR> <BR> 2. I'm slowly nearing the half way point of the January Jumpstart challenge - and I think once I complete this, I will reward myself with a massage! This will happen around the time this challenge is over and my big event for the year/month/etc. is over as well. Yippeee. <... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:05:25 EST Day 10 I'm at the end of day ten and I feel amazing! Soon I'll finally shower and probably have exhaustion kick in, but today was a good day. It was a long day - started with a 6:30AM check-in for a study which means I woke up at 5:30AM and means I woke up nearly every hour on the hour beforehand in anticipation of having to wake up early. From there, I made it to the office at 7:15AM. Feeling okay - didn't want to risk going home and finding the couch or bed again. Worked on a couple things bu... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:00:57 EST Two things: I really didn't feel like working out once I got home today (guest gym pass w/ another rollergirl friend didn't pan out) So I knew I needed to get some cardio in on my own. It was really, really tough to get motivated. I had to go grocery shopping, put them away, put away the dishes - standard domestic stuff that millions of people (and disproportionately women) are used to doing everyday. I'm not always so used to this - but I've become more regimented and domestic the past couple weeks. ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:17:17 EST 8 day streak I began the morning with a 10 minute toning video and still made it to work on time after eating breakfast and fixing my lunch - not feeling too rushed and it wasn't too terribly difficult. I also accomplished it before the BF even woke for the day (he gets to go in an hour later today and tomorrow). I should be able to repeat this tomorrow and on the days we work at the same time I think I can do it while he showers. NO EXCUSES! <BR> <BR> I also accomplished the 15-minute office workout v... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:21:29 EST SP Motivational Quote to come back to this month. DEARFACE is motivated by this quote in today's SP Editor's choice: "Don't expect too much from yourself too soon, it takes about a month for any new action to become habit." <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll probably need to come back to this time and again, if I wish to be successful. <BR> <BR> *le sigh* Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:59:28 EST What an awkward difference a day makes; +4.4lbs after stellar workouts! Day 7of the January Jumpstart - completed, well almost. 15 minute abs workout was very necessary. I'm about to jump on the wii for a weigh-in and some cardio. Since it's a holiday for me, I'm home from work - and though I have dozens of things that really should be done before 9AM tomorrow, I'm trying not to think about it. I'm relaxing, yet pumped up. Listening to my top played songs on iTunes, which for the most part are pretty upbeat (rhythmically speaking). I'm contemplating learning ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:45:50 EST 1.1.12 = -8lbs? Apparently, I've lost 8 pounds in five days. It seems absolutely unbelievable. I don't believe it and it scares me. I want to chalk it up to fluctuation in my daily weight and think that I've somehow been lucky all the times I've weighed in to catch myself at my "lightest" point. But it doesn't seem I can be that "lucky" since I've weighed in at diverse times and 8 pounds is a lot of lucky fluctuation. <BR> <BR> I shouldn't discount my "work" I've stuck to the January Jumpstart challenge... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:25:33 EST Stress journal #1 (plus my hot yoga experience) I actually don't feel all that stressed, but my body is telling me otherwise. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I decided to finally accompany a friend to hot yoga. Beforehand I felt a headache developing, which isn't unusual, and I even felt a little nauseous, but I thought that must just be my nerves about trying something new - and I knew I didn't want to bail on this friend and hot yoga yet again, so I was determined to go. I even started the January Jumpstart challenge earlier that day (which now I th... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:10:14 EST Today was a good day I've counted maybe a half dozen or more bruises, but today was a good day. I worked twelve hours yesterday, and even once I got home I was still working... you know how it goes. <BR> <BR> So today I went in an hour later, taking it easy in the morning. Took a two hour lunch break, which included an hour of wii time and making a delicious baked tilapia with mediterranean wheat curry couscous! One hell of a lunch. <BR> <BR> And then derby practice. I've been rostered for three bouts/scrimma... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:06:58 EST A little about my derby beginning If you know any rollergirls or know anything about current area roller derby, you've probably heard someone say "Roller derby saved my soul/life" And for many people that is very, very true. It hasn't saved my life, but it has certainly changed my life for the better. <BR> <BR> I am no longer a college student and I'm getting past my mid-20s to my 30s, and have found that weight really is much more difficult to keep off/lose when you get older. Luckily I found derby at just the right time... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 17:30:14 EST Why not? I've been on SP for nearly a week now. I've created the SparkPage that looks eerily like a MySpace profile page from 5 years ago. So why not create a blog entry? <BR> <BR> How about why? Because I'm trying to get more Spark Points (not positive why) but really because I do know why - because no bad ass woman is an island - and there's no sham in being part of an online community. And who couldn't use a new place to hold yourself accountable or vent now and again? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 23:51:14 EST