FITTEREVERYDAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITTEREVERYDAY FITTEREVERYDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A little quiet in a crazy time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835490 I work for a college and classes are over so it's quite quiet right now. On break today I decided to head out to the park next to my building to make some footprints on the snowy path. So worth it even for 10 minutes of absolute quiet. Nothing but my own footsteps. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:55 EST Not fitness related but worth a read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835488 <link>www.stackliving.com/rewire-brain-fee<BR>l-joyful/# </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:14:04 EST Cool article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835460 <link>www.fastcompany.com/3025957/work-sma<BR>rt/what-happens-to-our-brains-when-we-<BR>exercise-and-how-it-makes-us-happier?u<BR>tm_source=facebook </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:19:10 EST A different approach to December. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829779 I think right now using the nutrition tracker is adding to my stress and not doing much else for me. I also have this thing about not remembering to use it with so much happening. It may help at some point but for me December is not the time to start again with it Instead I'll be doing what helped me to lose weight initially....mindful eating good food in moderation. Keeping an eye on my stress eating (which I suspect is the big reason that I got to this point). Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:42:59 EST Walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1873880332.jpg"> <BR> <link>newlywedsurvival.com/walk-your-way-t<BR>o-better-health/ </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:28:49 EST workout challenge - good link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826015 <link>us2.forward-to-friend.com/forward/sh<BR>ow?u=84349224ef7a543ab038356d3&id=e347<BR>bff88b </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:23:20 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825604 -get in my fruits and veggies -continue my walk/jogs (more snow pics!!!) -add the videos from Jessica Smith's quick fit holiday challenge on top of that -drink my water -for Pete's sake use the nutrition tracker And hopefully be at 145-148 by the end of the month. I've only maintained in December before but I think a loss is possible. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:12:07 EST Walking in a winter wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819499 I did another 1.79 mile walk/run in the snow. Would've done more if I didn't have to work today. It's actively snowing today and it's gorgeous! I should explain that is is probably how I am one of the few people I know that has an easier time losing weight in winter than summer. I'm glued to my couch if it's hot...if it's cold..well you know. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:53:50 EST Winter running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818376 http://youtu.be/RHr7LD3pgMw Pretty cool. Although I find the idea of loping through snow to be enough motivation. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:57 EST First winter run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818256 Actually went really well. Packed snow is pretty easy to deal with. I'm still not doing it on ice but I had to try out snow. I think the trails are actually more comfy on my knees with a bit of snow on them even. I've done winter walking forever and also some snow shoeing. It was just time to see if I could jog at all. The nice thing too is zero overheating. It's all of 30 here today and so I definitely did not get hot. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:28:34 EST Walking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817812 I keep thinking I should vary my routine but I think it may not happen right away. I'm loving walking right now. We're on the edge of snow season (we've started having snow vs rain) and not icy yet and snow and cold is something I'm fond of walking in...so much so that I was almost late for work Friday. With my ice cleats I can probably keep up through all but the worst of the ice too...and they make better ice cleats that I could potentially get. So we're looking at change...in spring. ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:04:40 EST Not waiting for January.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811964 I need to get my rear in gear if I want to get off this plateau and I have some other goals in mind too in lieu of self care. <BR> <BR> So here are my resolutions for the remainder of 2014 <BR> <BR> -Working out M-F...negotiable for spending time with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas and sickness, non-negotiable because I have to work...work does not take up a whole day and 10-30 minutes is a TINY portion of a day. <BR> <BR> -Spending less time online. Don't worry I'll still be here.... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:54:11 EST Working out around work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810758 This is something I haven't had to do in awhile (being self-employed is different) and it does mean that doing more this month might be hard. I think I'll still commit to 10 minutes a day whether it's a work day or not. I'm thinking 30 minutes max on work days and 45 on non work days (I still have things to do when not at work as everyone does). I'm still going to want to relax and have time with hubby and the kitties after all. <BR> <BR> My best plan so far is probably taking advantage of ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST November goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808118 Hello to November a day early! I'm excited for a new month and am leaving October with some good and bad. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> A chance of snow (ok I don't have control over this but I feel much more motivated when there's a chill in the air than not...I am the opposite of many). <BR> <BR> Possibly a new job (I'm talking to an old boss of mine tomorrow and I think that's what he has in mind to chat about). <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> I got really off track in October. I had a vacation in... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:33:55 EST Getting somewhat on track pre-vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794718 I know next week is going to be nuts because we're staycationing all week so trying to be serious about my SP journey this week. I have 3 of my weekly 10 miles done and will get in the other 7 before Sunday. I am also FINALLY tracking food again. I'll try not to gain on my week off and all the walking we do should help. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:09:16 EST I've seen this a few places and it looked like fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791108 1. What's your name? <BR> Kelly <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite sport? <BR> To watch would be hockey. To do? I guess swimming is a sport, right? <BR> <BR> 3. Have a crush? <BR> My hubby <BR> <BR> 4. What's your eye color? <BR> Blue <BR> <BR> 5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To not suffer from anxiety. <BR> <BR> 6. Are you allergic to anything? pollen and grass. <BR> <BR> 7. Have you ever broken a bone? Collarbone when I was about 12, I slipped... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:04:13 EST Hello October! (A day late I know) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791049 After tomorrow the weather's supposed to get a lot better (dropping from the 70s to something more seasonally appropriate, hello 50s and low 60s) so I'm considering a walking goal for October (haven't had leg issues recently either, having a cold forced me to rest long enough it looks like). Maybe a mile for each day? I don't get out everyday and I'm willing to walk a mile even if I'm full of allergies or just not in the mood to walk. I'll probably go over but I'd rather set a goal I know I ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:51:06 EST Update on fall 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789087 The end of September has found me with a chest cold so I haven't been quite as on the ball with my challenge as I had hoped. Still made weight goal plus some (-2.6lbs...my weekly goal is only -0.9) but I want to be active in my challenge. I am getting better but not there yet. The weather randomly warmed up too which I'm not a fan of....at least the weather will cool considerably by the weekend and I should be feeling much better too. I'm ready to try some new workouts once I can breathe righ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:48:44 EST App recommendations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782432 I'm looking for an app that will record my speed and distance without all the extra stuff I see in most apps. I don't need maps. I don't need a step counter. I don't even need a log of what I've done (I enter it in here after I've done it). I would like something that auto-pauses when I stop. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:28:46 EST Essentially the start of the challenge for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782353 I'm almost never online on Saturdays and Fridays are nutty sometimes so my weigh ins will run Thursday to Thursday...so I'm starting today for all intents and purposes. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to be a pound down but I wasn't sure that it was going to happen because while I've been good about my workouts I've still been eating whatever I can find for lunch (and eating while reading...I need to stop this pronto). We're getting into happy cooking time for me though. <BR> <BR> <BR> It does ge... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17:29 EST One more blog for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781642 I just wanted to share that I'm glad I've started walking/jogging outside on a regular basis. It hasn't just been good for my body. It's been good for me overall. I sleep better. I feel better....if you're thinking about taking up walking it's totally worth it. I just walk around my neighborhood most of the time but it's been enjoyable watching summer turn to fall <em>465</em> up close. I can see the gradual changes the trees are making and watch the urban wildlife (fat squirrels mostly) d... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:11 EST The running thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781609 Well my GPS failed me and didn't track but I ran about an eighth of my walk. I warmed up on the sidewalk and once I hit the park I started jogging (they have a gravel/packed dirt path vs the much harder on the legs concrete) intervals. I wasn't using my c25k app, I just tried to jog between "landmarks" aka jogging to the next tree, walking to the bench, jogging to the park sign, etc. <BR> <BR> Next fall I want to be able to jog the park path (about 0.7 mile so not even that far). Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:14 EST Is it worth it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781575 One of the the things that has been key in my weight loss journey is actually figuring out what I enjoy, I mean really enjoy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was in the vicinity of a Starbucks and I had a pumpkin spice latte. Don't get me wrong I like PSLs but it just wasn't this amazing thing I remembered it being. I think I'm happy getting one per fall, from the cheaper Dunkin Donuts. I felt bad for paying $4 and 200 calories for something I barely enjoyed. I would have preferred to go get some nuts... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:50:31 EST No excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780335 We all have our pet excuses. I don't mind going out in the cold, the snow, when I'm a little sleepy...I hate going out if it's supposed to rain. Not even raining, supposed to rain. A good Michigan deluge would be a good reason to not go out, a chance of rain is not. I have to face the fact that where I live 180 days out of the year there is a chance for precipitation and unless it's between November and March that's probably going to be rain. If it were summer I'd have the reason of heat (as ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:05:15 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778032 It's a nice day here in SE Michigan and the breezes are feeling autumnal and I'm getting really excited for my first 5% seasonal challenge. I'm confident that I'll do well since I have so much support here :D <em>252</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:18:52 EST I wanted to share because this was just fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777269 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzetqGQ8b<BR>E <BR> <BR> I got through it with no shin pain too. It feels good to move again. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:44:24 EST Finally figured out something on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773939 I finally figured out how to change my BMR here to reflect what my actual BMR probably is. SP automatically assumes you are sedentary, which I'm not, and it wasn't accounting for all my exercise a few weeks ago either. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:22:50 EST The shin saga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773926 The leg seems better. I'm still getting some pain from random things (stretching, twinges when walking) but it's lessening and dissipating faster. I still don't feel comfortable running or even doing any distance walking but I think more low-impact aerobics can come back into my life next week. The nice thing about those is that I can do them at home and stop if it hurts. <BR> <BR> I finally admitted to my hubby last night that I'd been hurting. I didn't want him to make a big deal of it (I... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:13:56 EST Headache... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773276 My upstairs neighbor seems to be building something in his apartment...I wish he'd stop, the hammering is killing my head..... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:44:43 EST An open door and more confidence! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773233 I went to the library yesterday...something I do all the time...but not this branch. Our bus system finally started stretching to all the branches and not just downtown as of last month and that might open a door for me. One of my dream jobs involves working in a library. Trust me, I don't mind the idea of being a thirty one year old library page. It combines two of my favorite things, books and helping people. I think I'm going to feel more confident at job interviews now that I feel like I... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:08:28 EST Good news and something very odd about me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771853 First for the good news, for those of you who don't know I regularly participate in something called LARP (think combination Renaissance festival, improv theater, and fencing...done with foam weapons....all while hiking in the woods) and I was afraid that my next LARP event wouldn't be a lot of fun because it possibly was going to be this month...not enough time for me to heal enough to go dashing through the woods (somehow I can run in hiking boots, in the woods, without hurting myself and h... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:46:06 EST I actually love exercise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771188 I know lots of people dislike exercise and I really used to. Now I like it a lot. And I'm bummed by what I can't do right now, a lot. I know I need to build up a lot slower than I did. Unfortunately my cardiovascular system was ready for things that my legs were not. I don't do a lot in summer usually (I despise the heat and humidity) and the beginning of this summer was no different. I think I needed more than two weeks of solid walking BEFORE I started trying to jog (along with getting the ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:33:35 EST Update on the vacation saga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770008 So I told my parents that I can't come out this year...kind of a sad conversation but I'm glad they understood. <BR> <BR> <BR> Our mini-staycation won't be the same kick in the finances. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:33:04 EST Someone else noticed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769939 My hubby said he's really noticing a change in how my belly looks. Pretty exciting! I'm also nearing the 25 pound loss mark and also also nearing my half-way point. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:46:29 EST Another September goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768003 I think my other September goal should be to get back on track with the nutrition tracker. I have been lax (I get bored with that part). Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:40:15 EST September goals and an update on my vacation situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767440 So for September I think I'm going to set a mileage goal. I'll no longer have my nieces and I HOPE the weather will be better behaved than it is today. I'm hoping for fall temps soon! <BR> <BR> -10 miles per week <BR> <BR> Other than that I think keeping on doing what I'm doing will be good. <BR> <BR> Vacation wise hubby and I have decided that with buying a car we will be taking a staycation which I am perfectly happy with. We can go to our favorite Japanese place, go to local museums a... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:46:10 EST I don't understand this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767430 It is roasting hot and I don't even wanted to be tempted to run today but outside is calling me. Something whispers in my ear and says only twenty minutes, put on your shoes, you can walk it since you want a rest from running. It used to be EASY to sit but now my body bugs me about moving, even if it's sore. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:26:39 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767366 It's incredibly hot (for Michigan, don't judge me on this if you get low to mid 90s all the time where you are). The pool is likely to be packed. I NEED some time off running (maybe even extended time). What to do? I've done some Wii Fit and I think some core work is a good idea. I also want to spend some time on actually cleaning my apartment. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:50:40 EST If you dislike roundabouts as a driver.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766799 Try them as a pedestrian. It's worse. For every nice person who stopped and let me go on there were five people in a massive hurry so I stood and waited and paced and waited and stretched and waited.... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:48:46 EST The running thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766781 So I had to run a few errands where some sweat wouldn't make a difference (self-scan stations don't care how you smell) and decided to jog a bit as a test (before I loaded myself up with groceries). I am still getting some shin pain but ONLY if I push myself to go too fast or jog on sidewalk. Everything I've read says no sidewalk unless you have to and I agree that sidewalk is just killer. I think I'll stick to the running path in the park. I found even jogging across asphalt a few times didn... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:22 EST Updating again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766553 So I followed the advice I'd always heard about reviving wet electronics and stuck my turned off phone in rice for three days and it survived! I'll restart my c25k program next week since I have my nieces this morning and will also have them Wednesday and Thursday (I give credit to folks who do this sort of thing that have their own small children!) I will workout this week mind you and will probably either swim or do a few laps of the park on the days I have the kids. I just have to be able ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:27:05 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764930 My niece drowned my poor phone with a bottle of water so I'm not even able to go out today (I refuse to go out without a way to make an emergency call) but from taking out the garbage and jogging back I really do feel like new shoes, and furthermore actual running shoes, make a huge difference. I was getting pain within a few feet and I wasn't feeling that. <BR> <BR> Pray that either my phone revives over the weekend (I have it sitting in rice) or that I can get a new one Monday. I don't li... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:21:00 EST Woohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762910 Did not feeling like working out today. Did it anyway. That is all. <em>521</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:56:39 EST Some relief and maybe finally getting off this plateau... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762187 So we aren't going to get to go to SC because we desperately need a new car before winter. I'm relieved...we were going there mostly to see my mom and dad who won't fly and won't do long drives anymore (Myrtle Beach is about an hour and half for them)...and seeing them just stresses me out. To make a long story short my parents have issues that they won't deal with and that I can't convince them to deal with that just drive me crazy because I don't like seeing them suffer needlessly either. ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:15:25 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760962 I am pretty sure a lot of my shin pain has to do with my worn out shoes...ok so shoe replacement is a must. I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for so I'm going to have to search and possibly go talk to someone at a running store (it's recommended even for walking briskly over long periods of time...and I'm a 3-5 mile a day person who's trying to increase her walking speed to at least a 15 minute mile..doable since I'm at a 18 minute mile already increased from a 19 minute mile just a few ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:22:34 EST A little jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760268 Was not up to C25k today but jogged a bit when I was walking. Still getting shin pain and I'm guessing a lot of it is having my right leg being stronger than my left (I've hurt my left leg a few times and was very reliant on my right for months on end). It WAS a lot better on gravel vs blacktop or sidewalk though. <BR> <BR> My walking speed is doing better though. Hitting around 3mph vs 2.8 <BR> <BR> If the pain doesn't stop I'm probably going to throw in the towel on running for awhile an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:08 EST Couch to 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758939 First day...that stuff is INTENSE. Total running time six minutes, longest run streak one minute. Neither my HRM nor the program times me so I'm not sure about speed. My phone was working hard enough running C25K and Pandora and I'm having to hold my phone in my hand anyway so I was not running my pedometer app. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:08:36 EST Faster than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755167 I actually tracked myself with the Pedometer on my phone today and it turns out I've been selling myself short. I've been tracking my walks as 2 mph and actually I go about 2.8 on average...and what I tracked I did in flip flops. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:15:12 EST August goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751154 I'm going on vacation mid-October so I want to be serious in August <BR> <BR> My goals for August include: <BR> <BR> Ab exercises five times a week <BR> Trying to get my average speed up to 4 mph during my walk/jogs <BR> Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. Trying for more. <BR> Getting another 1500 fitness minute trophy <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:26:39 EST I can't get my FIRST 1,500 minute exercise trophy next month.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748840 because I got it this month!!! I forgot I was going hiking over a weekend when I posed the idea of getting my first one next month. Six + hours of hiking adds up. Once I put in my walking time from today I got my trophy! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:13:41 EST