EEEEEEOOO's SparkPeople Blog EEEEEEOOO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Be careful what you say The other day I was prowling around on SP and found a comment under a poll or article or something. I don't recall the exact wording, but the idea was this: It angers me when attractive young women try to get in shape. <BR> <BR> The exact wording was more hurtful. It bothers me that someone would be so negative on SP, especially with a remark aimed so specifically at a certain group. I know she didn't intend to hurt anyone's feelings; she was just complaining about something she views as un... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:55:54 EST Lothlorien update Day 20 <BR> passed the 6th milestone at 97 miles <BR> next milestone at 112 miles Thu, 24 May 2012 01:03:21 EST I lied. My last entry said I'd reached the 5th milestone. That is false. I had reached the 4th milestone. <BR> <BR> Day 16 <BR> Trekked a total of 85.5 miles <BR> NOW I've passed the 5th milestone! <BR> Next milestone is at 97 miles, 11.5 miles away. Sat, 19 May 2012 21:04:16 EST Lothlorien Challenge My last blog entry has me on day 8 and approaching the 3rd milestone. Now I'm on day 13 and I've passed the 5th milestone! <BR> <BR> Explanation: the battery in my pedometer died, so I lost a bunch of days while I looked for the new battery. When I got the pedometer working again, the school year ended and I moved, so I got a whole bunch of steps in a few days. <BR> <BR> Anyway, summary is as follows: <BR> day 13 <BR> trekked 73.1 miles <BR> 8.9 miles to the next milestone Thu, 17 May 2012 13:14:56 EST Second Milestone to Lothlorien Today is day 8, and I reached the second milestone at 37 miles! I am currently at 40 miles and the next milestone is at 52 miles. I will most likely cover the next 12 miles in two days, but if I fall a little short, I'll finish it on the third day. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:14:24 EST First milestone between Rivendell and Lothlorien I've been trekking for 7 days, and I reached (and passed) the first milestone at 22 miles! The next milestone is at 37 miles, and I expect to reach and pass it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> NOTE: The milestones on this trek are not equally spaced - not even close. They are based on when the company stops to sleep, but tend to be more focused on having equal amounts of the story between them. So, one leg of this trek goes for 5 days, covers 75 miles, and really doesn't have anything interesting story-... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:06:13 EST Rivendell Challenge Completed! YAY!!! After 458 miles and 75 days, I finally reached Rivendell! <BR> <BR> My next challenge will be to walk from Rivendell to Lothlorien, which is slightly farther (462 miles). So far, I've gone 15.1 miles, which is ~3/4 of the way to the first milestone. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:11:24 EST Rivendell Challenge - update/extension As I approach the end of this challenge, I wonder what I should do next. I used this site <link><BR>lenge/Walk/walk.html </link> to plan my trek to Rivendell, and the site has many more such adventures. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:59:53 EST Rivendell Challenge I started the Rivendell Challenge a while ago. Then I quit after, like, 5 days. Then I restarted it. Then I stopped giving it any attention other than recording my steps and moving my marker along. <BR> <BR> <BR> And then I reached the last page. <BR> <BR> <BR> When did that happen? It's a trek of 458 miles divided by days as the LOTR characters did it. My big milestones were halfway and 3/4 (I wasn't paying attention when I reached 1/4). My silly milestones were when I got to turn a pa... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:35:15 EST Nifty unit converter I ate something that came from an Italian market, and the nutrition label listed it as having "energy=483 / kj." In the process of trying to figure out how many calories that is, I found this useful converter! <link> </link> It can convert from kilojoules to calories and vice versa, and could come in handy if you ever buy something made in another country. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:05:58 EST Bringing back zumba Yup! I haven't been to zumba since the end of last school year, but I went last night and it was super duper awesome. A lot of the songs were the same, which was nice because I was afraid the instructor might have changed everything. There's a new class called Zumba Abs and Strength that meets for just 30 minutes right after the zumba class and is taught by the same instructor and everything. I did that for the first time and I actually really liked it! The abs portion is essentially just 15 ... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:09:39 EST Pedometer Last week when I was ridiculously busy I racked up a ton of steps because I didn't have the time to write them down so I couldn't reset my pedometer. Then I just set the pedometer aside and forgot about it. But I'm still doing that Rivendell challenge, and I really want to reach Rivendell so I can watch the movies, I'm just behind schedule. I don't really intend to catch up, I just want to start tracking my steps again. Also, Relay for Life is this Friday! I'll be walking in it, and it runs f... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:01:33 EST Meh Last week was awful. I slept 8 hours over the course of three nights (one of which was an all-nighter). But I got all my work done! <BR> <BR> I thought this week was going to be just as bad, but it isn't. I have three exams, but no homework, so I can focus on studying. <BR> <BR> I want to get to the gym tonight. <BR> <BR> -begin rant- <BR> <BR> My roommate wants to join a sorority because she "has no female friends." I think sororities are stupid. She keeps bugging me to go to rush even... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:10:31 EST Busy Week Today I have an Italian exam. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to go to a city planning meeting for one of my classes. It's not difficult, it's just a little more stressful than going to the regular class because it involves more planning on my part. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I have rehearsal as usual and then afterwards I'm baking things with Maggie for Friday. <BR> <BR> Thursday I have a Projects hw due, and a Fluids hw due. <BR> <BR> Friday I have a Soils hw due and a Fluids lab report due, and I... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:19:36 EST This is a story about blueberry cake. So, I never really posted about my birthday, which is sad because my birthday was basically why I got back on SP. But I'm posting about it now! <BR> <BR> My friends were super awesome! Even though it was on a Monday (and during a week when everyone had exams), they found time to hang out with me. <BR> <BR> THE NOMS! <BR> My roommate made me a cheesecake topped with strawberries and peanut butter cups and whipped cream, my boyfriend made me a cookie cake, and I made mini cupcakes to share w... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 22:20:01 EST Achievement: Unlocked! First, it looks like I'll be routinely writing about the previous day in this blog. <BR> <BR> Second, I went to the gym with my roommate, Miranda, last night! Not the cardio room part of the gym, but the weight room part. This is sort of a big accomplishment for me because I was always kind of terrified of that room. In my head, it was full of insanely jacked people with anger management problems who would get mad at me for being a wimp and using the machine they wanted to use. But that ima... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 15:30:38 EST Remembering the Difficulties now I had a great first day back on SP, but now I'm starting to remember the difficulties I had before. <BR> <BR> Problem: I'm a college student. That means I have not so much money and very little time. <BR> Solution: Put exercise on my schedule so I treat it like a class. Also, cooking doesn't always have to take a long time. On weekends, I can cook a lot of food and store it for the week. <BR> <BR> Problem: SP turns over at midnight. I tend to do hw until 2-3am. <BR> Solution: There are ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:51:37 EST :) Good day For my first day back on SP, I'm pleased with my success. I walked 10k steps without even trying, I discovered the bonus wheel (so cool!), and I even got to track my food which I wasn't even hoping to do! Yay! <BR> <BR> I also printed out this simple motivational image and signed myself up to wake up 15 minutes earlier each day and do a few weight exercises before the day starts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think this is a ver... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:47:47 EST I'm back! I haven't been on SP since February. I don't know why, I just sort of stopped. But I'm back. I'm not going to try to jump into things immediately because I'll just burn myself out. I'll just start out small again (I'm looking at you, pedometer). I may be somewhat starting over, but I think it'll be easier this time around. I'm not afraid of the gym, I know my way around SP, I have people here to accept me back, etc. It's more like picking up an old habit than starting something new. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:01:01 EST Why my school is awesome. There is such a mix of brainy and artsy here that you can easily get involved in both. Recently, the chemistry department put on their own show. They wrote it, cast it, rehearsed it, and performed it. Chemistry majors are not performing arts majors, so it's fairly impressive that they pulled it off. It had a homemade ring to it, but they clearly put a lot of effort into it. They even had a dance number at the end, which was impressive! The show was very funny and made fun of things including ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 09:54:59 EST I've never had to deal with this before. I just came across someone on SP who is suicidal. I've never before had to deal with the thought that someone would actually commit suicide. My stomach flip-flopped at the thought. Please comfort her if you can.<BR>EBORANN Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:15:16 EST Want to Meet Someone I'd like to meet some Sparkers who live near me (in Pittsburgh). It would be nice to have that human connection. (Sidenote: I've met one person from SP but that's a different matter. I knew her LOOONG before SP.) I know that meeting someone in person brings the opportunity for judgement whereas remaining anonymous online is safe, but I really would love to meet someone from SP. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:29:13 EST Yay New People! Today my a cappella group chose two new members! I'm so excited for them to come to their first rehearsal on Wednesday! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:25:37 EST Tea and Granola Bars Tea is wonderful for so many different reasons. It has no calories, sodium, fat, or anything else, but it still has flavor! I can drink it out of a teacup and feel all girly, or drink it out of a thermos and let people think it's coffee. I can use it to wake up in the morning or to calm down at night. It makes me warm in the winter, but I can ice it in the summer. It helps me get enough water each day while keeping my tummy full so I don't snack. And it smells delicious. Celestial Seasonings ... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:48:43 EST A Cappella vs. Zumba I sing alto II in an a cappella group at my school. (For all you non-music people, alto II is the lowest voice part for females.) At the beginning of the school year, we accepted a new alto II, bringing the number of alto II's to 4. But the new recruit ran into trouble with her grades and had to leave the group pretty early on. Right now we're getting ready for our biggest event of the year: the ICCAs. It's a big competition. Usually we would spend this time fine-tuning our pieces, learning c... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:10:05 EST Thinking Positively Last night I was doing hw due today and I realized that I needed to use the campus computers for some of it. This meant walking back to campus. My automatic reaction was annoyance, but it was replaced immediately by joy because I was a little short on my steps and walking to campus would solve that problem. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:09:11 EST Ballroom Dance My college has a Ballroom Dance Club, which I was in last year. Today I ran into the club when they were trying to promote themselves to the general student body via table and fliers and posters. An inquiry after my well-being led to my mentioning that I had "lost my dance partner." (Sidenote: saying that you lost your dance partner sounds SOOO much better than saying you broke up!) The immediate reply was that there are many more dance partners out there, especially at Ballroom Dance Club! T... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:42:58 EST Exercise Re-Evaluation As I get more in shape, I will need to adjust my exercise. <BR> <BR> It started with just walking 10,000 steps each day. <BR> <BR> Then I added zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays. <BR> <BR> Now I've upped my steps to 11,000 per day, and I've added zumba on Sundays. <BR> <BR> The next step for me will either be to add strength training or to start running. I think I'll go for the strength training. I'm not sure yet when I'd do said strength training, but I have some little weights that I ... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:52:58 EST Happy Again Mike came by to pick up his stuff today. It could have been really awkward, but it wasn't. It was actually nice to see him. He mentioned that right after we broke up, he got a text from Emily. <BR> <BR> BACKGROUND: Mike liked Emily, but she rejected him. She started pursuing him as soon as I started dating him, and she's been very persistent. She's even sent him messages saying she's sorry she didn't give him a chance before, and how he's a really great guy, etc. So when I say he got a text... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 16:25:53 EST Cheerful comments only, please. It's snowing like crazy here, but none of my classes are cancelled. <BR> <BR> I actually don't feel like posting this, but I do think it's important. My boyfriend and I broke up last night. We've broken up before and gotten back together, but I think it's for real this time. I don't want to talk about it, think about it, or be comforted. I just want to get through my classes today, go to zumba, start my first hw of the semester, and remain positive. I can't let myself think about it. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:56:10 EST Zumba fail Remember when I took that fitness class called Cardio Funk? Remember how I hated it? Well, the zumba instructor was out, so the instructor from that class was our substitute. So zumba wasn't quite as fun as before. But one of my friends from Counterpoint was there, which was cool. Then, later that night, this same friend announced that she was engaged! SO CUTE!!!! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:18 EST First Day Back to School! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> For lunch I had a vegetable pasta stew and scalloped potatoes. The stew was really yummy and it looked easy to make. It had corn, peas, carrots, potatoes, pasta, and some tofu cubes in a sauce. I could easily make a modified version of this stew at home with some frozen veggies, pasta, and bouillon (I don't know how they made the sauce). <BR> <BR> Something interesting happened to me in one of my morning classes: I had a female professor. <em>40</em> My school is very t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:58:28 EST Back-to-School Resolutions I didn't make any New Year resolutions, but now that school is starting up again, I will make some resolutions. <BR> <BR> 1. I will wear a variety of clothing. I need to stop wearing jeans and a tee shirt every single day, especially since I have nicer clothes sitting in my closet! <BR> <BR> 2. I will wear my contacts once a week. On Tuesdays since I'll only have 2 classes. <BR> <BR> 3. I will eat a piece of fruit everyday. <BR> <BR> 4. I will eat breakfast every weekday (I tend to sle... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:26:46 EST I'm concerned, and a little outraged. I stumbled across this blog post. It scares me. If you're a sensitive person, DO NOT READ IT. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3852447 </link> <BR> <BR> What bothers me is that a 15 year old posted it. I feel that it was done in bad taste as many people who use Sparkpeople are looking for encouragement, not this crap. Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:03:33 EST Fitness Freak / Reality Check Remember when I said that maybe I was becoming "one of those girls" who goes to the gym regularly and does sporty things? Yeah...nevermind about that. Yes, I like exercise now and I didn't before, but my roommate gave me a nice little reality check yesterday. She was all hyped up on coffee (which was very entertaining) and she proceeded to tell me about how in high school she played soccer and ran track, and that one summer she put herself through a strict exercise regime so that by the end o... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:12:57 EST So Much Food! Soon I'll be heading home for winter break. My school dictates that the fridge must be empty (but not the freezer, thank goodness) during winter break, so today I looked in the fridge to see what I have to work with. The results were a little odd: some pizza sauce, some peanut sauce, a little bit of mustard, quite a bit of apple butter, and some egg beaters. The egg beaters will be breakfast tomorrow morning, probably alongside some vegetarian sausages from the freezer. The others will be a l... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 21:34:55 EST Free Zumba = Friends Get to Go Too! I do zumba every Monday and Wednesday, but today's class was free as part of my school's Stress Busters thing during finals. This meant several things: <BR> <BR> a) the class was HUGE! Usually there are only 15-20 people but tonight there were probably 30+! <BR> b) we didn't get to do weights because there weren't enough weights to go around. <BR> c) there were at least two men there. One guy was really having fun with the dancing, but the other guy was older and he was standing next to me... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 21:12:44 EST The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Oft Go Astray Yesterday I was supposed to do pilates after my statics final exam. Instead I panicked about my physics final and ended up studying. Then Blackboard, source of all study material, stopped working. So I took a break and went to zumba (which was fun as usual <em>30</em> ), and Blackboard was fine when zumba was over. <BR> <BR> Today, I was supposed to do kickboxing after my physics final. I went, but first I ate two slices of pizza and some ice cream. Kickboxing was less fun than I had hoped... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:29:24 EST Final Exams Today is Saturday. My final exams are all this week. <BR> <BR> Monday: statics. Won't be a problem. I'm going to a review session today at 4pm, I get to bring two sheets of notes to the test with me, and it's a fairly easy class. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: physics II. Difficult, but manageable. I get to bring one sheet of notes with me, so I just have to write down the right things! (It's going to be a painful exam.) <BR> <BR> Wednesday: reading day! I.e. cry, sleep, study, nervous breakdown day... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 14:31:28 EST SparkPoints I just realized that I can easily earn 50+ SparkPoints each day, resulting in 1500+ SparkPoints per month! WOW!!! I love the little trophies SP gives out for consistency, perfect attendance, 500 Points, etc. for each month. They actually do motivate me! <BR> <BR> Also, my goal for this month is 11500 steps each day. So far so good, but i still have 29 days to go, which is 29 chances to either fail or to prove myself. Let's hope I prove myself this month. Last month was slightly disastrous. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 03:47:09 EST Fruit! And zumba with a deviation. I really like fruit. Some people do, others don't. I happen to be a member of the fruit-loving party. Why, you may ask? Well, it's sweet. It's juicy (I tend to not get enough water). It doesn't require cooking or a lot of preparation usually. I can eat it on the go without needing utensils, dishes, or containers. And it's sooo COLORFUL! Especially oranges. Which is why I'm eating one right now. Yup, colorful alright. <BR> <em>482</em> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:34:33 EST OMGOMGOMGSOEXCITED!!!! During finals week, my school's fitness center will be having Stress Busters, aka FREE FITNESS CLASSES!!!! Not only will I get to unwind after each final, I'll get to try new things...for FREE! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness/images/winter-break-2010.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> I could do pilates after statics, kickboxing after physics, West African Dance after Italian, and yoga after calculus! I know I can't do all of them (wish I could, they look like so much f... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:55:52 EST No More Internet... ...until I finish writing this paper due tomorrow. Then I have to check for any important emails. I also have to start on the homework due this week and I'd like to go grocery shopping today, but that just might not happen. <BR> <BR> Last week of classes this week, first exam (in-class) on Friday, 4 more exams the following week, then packing up. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:09:17 EST Santa Baby Every year my school has Almost Midnight Breakfast the night before reading day during finals. At the same time, the a cappella groups get together and have Almost Midnight A Cappella. This year, Counterpoint decided to do Santa Baby for this performance. I got really excited and volunteered to arrange it for us. Here I am, about 12 hours later (maybe more), and I finally have the notes finished. I still need to put in the syllables and the dynamics (although the dynamics might get put in lat... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 02:28:23 EST Zumba Music Analysis I'm kind of a music nerd. I took music theory a few years ago, and I like to think about the components of songs and what defines genres and other things like that. So today, I will analyze what makes a song good for zumba. <BR> <BR> ~A very strong beat, especially the downbeat: It's difficult to dance to a syncopated rhythm, and if you do get lost, the downbeat is the easiest way to get back on track. <BR> <BR> ~Significant amount of percussion: this follows the previous remark, but also... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:33:47 EST Cardio Funk Follies Yesterday I tried a new fitness class called Cardio Funk. The description of this class is in my last blog post. The description failed to mention the muscle work the class included. We started out with cardio dancing, which was basically zumba but not as much fun. Then we did lower body, arms, abs, and butt. I was exhausted by the end, and somewhat unhappy. The work was very intense, and I had a lot of trouble keeping up. The instructor would tell us to go at our own paces, but then tell us ... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 02:16:22 EST Zumba!!!!!!! I once heard zumba described as a big dance party. That person was basically correct. Here's what happened: <BR> <BR> First, I ate a snack. This was a bad idea. Zumba is very bouncy, and it really churns the stomach. <BR> <BR> Second, I stood outside the door and freaked out. There were all these skinny, preppy girls in little bunches! I felt so weird and awkward. But then I thought, if MyOwnHero can go to a college gym, then I can face one hour of zumba with other girls my own age. I also ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:38:20 EST Reality Check I always see all these stories about getting up early and exercising before starting the day, or taking a fitness class, or going to the gym regularly. <BR> <BR> Well guess what people. I'm a college student. I often don't get to bed until 2 or 3 am. Therefore, those of you who get up at 4 or 5 am just to exercise are insane. What about exercising throughout the day, you may ask? I spend 3.5-4.5 hours sitting in class every weekday, and I spend a lot of time sitting doing homework. When I'm... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:29:12 EST Oh dear, this is bad. The good news is that I am still tracking my steps and I get an average of over 10,000 steps each day. I currently have walked 981,346 out of the 5,134,272 steps to Disneyland. Also, my weight is stable and I take a multi-vitamin daily. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that I...have been a very bad college student. I never eat correctly, exercise, or sleep as much as I should. <BR> <BR> I think I will work on this lifestyle problem, beginning with water consumption. If I can drink the proper amou... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:43:35 EST Trek to Disneyland - Random Update Sorry for the abandonment. I went for several days without getting online for various reasons, then I moved, then school started. Anyway, without further ado, the update. <BR> <BR> Total: 451634 steps and 213.8 miles. <BR> <BR> I almost doubled the totals I posted last time. <BR> <BR> I don't know where I am on the map because several things changed (Google Maps). I know that I'm trying to go a total of 2,430 miles. Only 2,216.2 miles left to go! I can take as long as I want, but since I ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 13:04:09 EST