DOGSHOETAT's SparkPeople Blog DOGSHOETAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Reunited and It Feels So Good I wasn’t able to fit in a decent workout at all last week. Sure, I went through the motions but it was more to keep my streak alive than anything else. Extreme heat, packing and unforeseen car problems conspired against me and while they all sound like excuses for the first time in months I was legitimately unable to prioritize exercise. <BR> <BR> Well, this week life (and the weather) has finally calmed down. I made it to the gym last night and today, despite my dawdling, I hit the road fo... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:03:44 EST Listen up, hills! I’m not afraid of you, anymore! I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m basically full of it. I went on and on about how much I loved the track because it was steady, soft, etc. I was happy to have found something that wouldn’t beat up my legs and still free me from the horrors of the treadmill. Let's be honest, I was scared. <BR> <BR> Well, life has a funny way of forcing a Plan B, as we all well know. I went to the second closest track to my apartment (because the closest is currently under construction) but wouldn’t you k... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 23:39:00 EST I Think I’m in Love For the first time in nearly a week I didn’t wake up feeling as though tiny cavemen had snuck into my room at night and beaten my legs with clubs. I actually love being sore from exercise but a point eventually comes when you feel less like you’re challenging your muscles and more like you’re setting yourself up for serious injury. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I played tennis, which my legs are not used to; Wednesday I went to Zumba, which, while not new, always puts my legs through their paces and Th... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:14:01 EST Something’s Not Calibrating Correctly Yesterday I went for my first solo outdoor run in more than ten years. I was irrationally nervous but now wonder why I’d stayed inside so long. <BR> <BR> There is so much to appreciate outside and I couldn’t focus on the time or how much more I had to go. I’m also fortunate to live in a lush, beautiful region populated by numerous parks and runner-friendly trails so there was a lot to see. And it was wonderful to be in the fresh air! I work 8 to 5 and don’t spend a lot of time outside but ta... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:17:31 EST Muddy Fun I found my first 5k. It’s a female-only mud run with obstacles called things like “Aunt Flo” and “Derriere Dermabrasion” (ouch!). I want to try it because the point of the race isn’t to finish fast. Instead it’s all about having fun. <BR> <BR> When did working out become fun? There are plenty of competitive races but I see more and more mud runs. There’s even one coming up where you get splashed with paint every kilometer. And then “Run for Your Lives”? Where you’re chased by zombies?! The ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:45:48 EST Party's over! I really lost control this weekend. After yesterday’s run I was famished so I went for fast food. And because I’d been resisting the siren’s call of chocolate all week I got myself a milkshake. Luckily I was so full from all that crap I couldn’t eat again until that night but hello! I was at the rodeo. And if there’s one thing I can’t refuse when there’s a food situation it’s a corndog. Then for whatever reason, even though it’s 90 degrees out, I decided that today what I really wanted was so... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 22:25:48 EST Looking for balance I’ve been pushing too hard. When I woke up this morning I felt about 100 years old and it was all I could do to hoist myself out of bed. Too much exercise but it still never feels like enough. If I don’t get at least an hour in I feel like I’m slacking off. Is this what it means to be addicted? I know it happens but of course never thought it would happen to me. I have debated going to Zumba all morning. On the one hand, I need the break. A little yoga instead would probably be best. But on t... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:33:09 EST Making Time I really have to hand it to people with kids who manage to exercise on a regular basis. If I’m finding it this difficult when I don’t have a family at home I can only imagine what it’s like for those of you who do. It’s a good reminder that there’s never going to be a convenient time to do right by yourself. In the past I’ve waited for something to prompt me to get on track—whether it’s someone’s wedding or a reunion or SOMETHING. But those things always come with challenges—too much cake at ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:57:09 EST How did that happen? Tomorrow I will finish “Couch to 5K” which is a feat I have attempted and failed numerous times over the past several years. Almost inevitably I reached the 20 or 25-minute run, lose my nerve and give up. The closest I’ve come in the recent past was Week 8 (28 minutes). This is especially disappointing because there are only nine weeks in the program! So I got one week away and gave up. Yeesh. Anyway, I’m on the precipice of accomplishing this and couldn’t be more excited. Do I love running? ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:28:17 EST Pay no attention to me, I just need to vent... My sister has just turned 21 so we’re going to take her out tomorrow night. Did our brothers offer a single suggestion? After they received the evite did they even once call me up to ask if there was anything they could do to help? How much grumbling did I hear when I suggested they bring side dishes to the pre-bar BBQ? And how long did it take them to get back to me after I asked them to pick her up and take her to the party? (Note: I will be unavailable because I am getting there early to s... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:32:06 EST The Rise of Rage People who know me well consider me a fairly even-tempered person. I don’t generally snap at people, I don’t lose my cool when dealing with difficult situations and I’m certainly not prone to emotional outbursts…normally. Yesterday I lost it completely. <BR> <BR> My one problem with my treadmill is that if I accidentally pull the emergency stop all the data from my entire workout gets cleared. In theory I understand why it’s so easy to knock off but why in the world does it have to clear eve... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 15:28:38 EST Finally Starting to Get It... I don’t know why but at some point yesterday I decided I was going to break my diet at dinner. Maybe it was because it was a rest day or maybe because I had to go to the grocery store or maybe because the dinner I’d originally planned just didn’t appeal to me at all—whatever the reason, I was going to go for it. So I left work, went shopping and on my way home realized I hadn’t gone off list once. I didn’t buy any pizza or stuffed pasta or jalapeno poppers. I had nothing in my bags that would... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:18:25 EST Like the Old Cliché Goes; It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint Every time I decide to get back on track I think I’ve got it all figured out. I research the number of calories a woman of my current size needs to consume each day to maintain her weight. Then I slash that number by 1,000. I look up calories-burned calculators and map out my exercise plan. I assume of course I will then lose at least four pounds a week. And maybe I do—that first week, anyway. The next weigh-in amounts to a pound or two lost—usually—less and I get discouraged. Each subsequent... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:55:00 EST Remembering the financial cost of being overweight... Last month my brother got engaged. I’m absolutely thrilled for him and that his fiancée and her daughter will be officially part of my family. I was less thrilled, however, to be asked to be a bridesmaid. Of course I’m honored and nothing will please me more than to show my support for this marriage by standing up with them but the last thing I want to do is go dress shopping. It was bad enough when they told me the wedding would be in October but then they moved it up to August and now they ... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 18:32:41 EST A Few (Pointlessly Gloomy) Thoughts at One Month Back… It’s now been a month since I came back to SparkPeople. I’ve lost 12 pounds and probably a few inches (I haven’t had a chance to measure myself yet to find out for sure) but I don’t see any changes when I look at pictures of myself. And pictures were what prompted me to get back on the horse in the first place. You know how you can go around thinking your pants may be a little tight but it’s no big deal and then you see a picture of yourself and your waterfall of chins in all their glory? Sud... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:32:27 EST Battling Insecurities I found myself looking at my feet after my shower this morning and started thinking about insecurities. My boss bought my coworker and me pedicure gift certificates in appreciation for all the hard work we’ve been doing. We’ve been trying to set aside an afternoon to redeem them but my coworker keeps putting it off because she says she’s got to do some of her own work on her feet first. What? That’s like cleaning your house before the maid comes. Besides, who cares? The place we’d be going is... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 14:21:52 EST Moderation? I'm not familiar with this word When my friend drinks he goes from sober to blind drunk in 10 minutes. He’s incapable of pacing himself and instead seemingly makes it his mission to pass out or throw up off the side of the deck. <BR> <BR> After witnessing another of his escapades Saturday I thought about the areas of my life that lack moderation. I don’t drink excessively so that’s not a problem. I could be better with money but manage to keep my head above water. Nope, my moderation issues show up most prominently in my ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:17:49 EST Time to throw out the scale? Or just to get over myself a little bit... I think it’s time I learned to take my own advice. Just yesterday I posted encouragement on the message boards to people who were feeling down because their scales didn’t reflect their hard work. I told them to pay more attention to how they felt, the way their clothing fit, etc. I nodded as I read other posts about how water retention, stress, muscle growth and any number of other factors could contribute to a lack of weight loss. And yet, as I stared at the scale this morning that showed I’... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:59:34 EST Bored Enough to Binge? I’ve restarted this process more times than I can count on one hand and it stands to reason that this attempt won’t be any more successful. I was discouraged for a minute but then I realized I’ve never come into this process with a better idea of who I am and how I ended up 60 pounds overweight. Before, I never once stopped to think about why it is that I was overeating. It never occurred to me that it might matter. But of course, it does matter. <BR> <BR> I don’t overeat when I’m sad. When... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:09:00 EST New experiences, new triumphs Well, I did it! I can now officially say that I’ve gone running outside this year. But damn, was it hard! I thought I had mentally prepared myself for the challenges the change of environment would pose but reality proved to be far more difficult than even I’d anticipated. Not that it was especially discouraging, actually. To be honest, I feel great about it. Okay, so I didn’t put in my full 25 minutes. I wish I had but it’s like comparing apples and oranges at this point. I’m used to the smo... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 23:11:16 EST Waiting for my brain to catch up I realized something yesterday as I pounded my way through my first 25 minute run in more than six months. Every step was miserable and I would have given anything to quit then and there. I wondered why I would want to put myself through hours of this on end. I was prepared to call off the Shamrock Run, the Half Marathon and any other race I’d considered running. What could possibly have possessed me to put my body through such an ordeal? <BR> <BR> And that’s when it came to me—my body was c... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:38:51 EST A sobering dose of perspective Thank you very much for your words of encouragement in your responses to my earlier post. Not only is it wonderful to know that you’re rooting for me but I’m also grateful for the opportunity SparkPeople gives us to express ourselves in ways that are ultimately constructive. I find, however, that I have a bit more to add. <BR> <BR> After my pity party earlier today I went online and realized that no matter how frustrated I get, in the grand scheme of things I have nothing to complain about. ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 23:10:41 EST Losing Steam I’ve now been at this for exactly four weeks and have only lost five pounds. It would be one thing if I were losing a pound a week but I haven’t lost anything in two. I’m getting discouraged by my lack of weight loss and starting to slip back into the apathetic mindset. Why should I bother to eat well if the numbers on the scale stay the same? I’m managing to keep my focus on my running goals but my eating goals are flying right out the window. I’m a planner by nature but my follow through is... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:45:22 EST Yes I Can! Last summer I idly thought I would like to train for a triathlon. It seemed easy enough; it wasn’t as though I was looking to complete an Ironman, just a Sprint would have been fine. And I figured it would be excellent cross-training for my real goal: To run a marathon. But the more I thought about it, the less sure I was that I would have what it takes. My brief foray into the pool yesterday reminded me that swimming is far more difficult than it looks. As for cycling, aside from the fact th... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 18:18:22 EST Being Human I make a lot of spreadsheets. I’ve taken Excel classes and I love to play around with formulas and formatting. So I’ve done the calculations: I know that if it takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound, then I need to burn a certain amount of calories at the gym and consume a certain amount of calories less than a woman of my size needs to maintain her weight to lose a certain amount of pounds per week. That’s how it works, right? Right?! <BR> <BR> Ha! <BR> <BR> I may be getting ol... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 14:59:19 EST Destined to be overweight? Or Just Lazy? Over the years, I think I’ve talked myself into believing that I’m meant to be a little heavy. I haven’t been the “skinny” friend for as long as I can remember. I've never been comfortable strutting around in tight jeans and bikinis. I very rarely show my upper arms in public and almost never wear shorts. And because it’s been this way for so long, I came to the conclusion that’s the way it’s supposed to be. But I couldn’t’ be more wrong. <BR> <BR> The reason I’ve carried around excess weig... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 15:58:10 EST Love/Hate For me, fitness is like going to the dentist; I absolutely dread going but feel sooo much better after I'm done. Fortunately, going to the gym becomes far easier to face than the scraper but getting back in the saddle after spending months on the couch is pretty daunting. And it only gets worse each time. I've been going to the gym all week for the first time in months and I'm hating every minute there. But already I notice my mood is improving and I don't feel as though I'm going to fall asl... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 15:51:57 EST