FITTEREVERYDAY's SparkPeople Blog FITTEREVERYDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting somewhat on track pre-vacation 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 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) 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 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 ( 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 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? 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 I'm almost never online on Saturdays and Fridays are nutty sometimes so my weigh ins will run Thursday to 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 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 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? 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! 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 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<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 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 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... 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! 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. 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..... 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 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! 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 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 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... 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 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.... 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 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 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 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 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... 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 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 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 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 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 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.... 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 Trying to find something positive to think about.... You know I've never gotten a 1, 500 minute trophy for exercise. I think I'm going to go for that next month. I'm looking like I'm going to get a 1,000 minute one for July (thanks to a few very active days planned and finished!) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make exercise one of my go-tos for stress and negative feelings. <BR> <BR> I'm also getting GOOD at these squat things. I like to do a few every day. My next move to tackle is the lunge. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:39:35 EST Another couple non-scale victories I was helping out my inlaws yesterday and I realized hills (my old nemesis) have gotten easy to climb. I even climbed up with a cooler (pulling it but it was full of ice and quite heavy). <BR> <BR> Also, today I lifted a shopvac up and over a child gate. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:56 EST Non-scale victories -I can do squats and I mean more than one. They're still tiny but I can do them without pain. <BR> -I can fit into everything I own now. <BR> -I have gone from a size 18-20 to a 14-16. <BR> -Reasonable portions have become much easier for me. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:36:40 EST This looked like fun. Thank you COLOR-BLUE Your go to chewing gum flavor… I don't chew much gum because of my TMJ but it's cinnamon. <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… Fall or Winter. It's hard to choose between them for me. <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be ...purple <BR> Favorite pie ... Pumpkin. Specifically my FILs pumpkin. <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… cassette in my case but I don't remember. I think it may have been something by Weezer. That was a long time ago. <BR> <BR> Current p... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:38:12 EST July Goals I hate what spring/summer does to me but I am NOT letting it get me down. I've been super busy but I'm ready to blog again. <BR> <BR> July Goals: 40 minutes a day/5 days a week exercise <BR> 5 Fruits/Veggies everyday <BR> Stay within SP calorie goals <BR> Drink 8 cups of water a day <BR> Try to keep coffee to four days a week <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll hit 155 by month's end. I'm going to do my best!!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:48:08 EST April goals April will be a bit different, I really am struggling mental health wise (as I do every spring...gah). Also, I'm an intuitive eater and I think I'm ready to move on to intuitive exercise too. So less tracking. I just want to go out and walk and have fun with it. <BR> <BR> I will make a goal to be outside more often to see if fresh air helps, it still feels nice and cool here in MI and I'd like to enjoy it while it lasts. <BR> <BR> The other goal I'm setting up is to catch up on my reading ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:03:01 EST This was interesting to me <link><BR>ail/At-What-Age-Does-Your-Metabolism-S<BR>low-Down-How-to-Keep-Your-Metabolism-Fast/el/ </link> <BR> <BR> This came up on my YouTube feed and it reminded me of some conversations I've had here. I eat more than SP says to and still lose. I'm petite and I am thirty so height and age don't seem to factor. What does is that I walk to get around and have always done so. Also that I eat enough not to put my body into starvation mode. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:23:15 EST March goals Weight: 162 <BR> Exercise: 1000 fitness minutes <BR> Get back into strength training because I've been lax. So at least once a week. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:55:21 EST Form fitting fitness wear It's hard in some ways for me to want to buy the more form fitting fitness gear (capris and tops) but I think I honestly feel better in it. I feel sexier and actually a little fitter just having something that hugs my legs to the point where I can see the muscles move underneath. I think part of the deal is they make me look like someone who's serious about working out in a way that loose pants and baggy tshirts do not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I may not be able to bear the tops in public yet ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:49:09 EST I can't let fear hold me back. In general but I was thinking specifically of ice. I've been wary of going outside walking too much because I know it will be icy. I have the tools to deal with ice and I really should get out anyway. I've been feeling cranky and a short walk to pick up a package made me feel so much better. I need to be careful, yes but I need the fresh air and sun too. It felt so good to feel the cold air on my face and the sun on my back and to just stretch my legs outside. There's nothing like it. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:32:25 EST Nuts Ads make me laugh sometimes...I was checking a message board here and the ad to the side was an M&Ms ad and it said "America's favorite nut" and here I was being sad this holiday season because I didn't see my favorite nut anywhere (even Whole Foods was out because apparently they were the only store that had them)...which is the Brazil nut. It's also odd to see a candy ad on SP. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:49:36 EST Five reasons not to calorie count <link><BR>rie-count/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is why I focus on eating nutrient dense foods vs counting anything. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:56:41 EST With how much better my knees are doing.. I have to wonder if one day running might be a possibility. Not something I'd do a lot but something I could do if I felt like it. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:10:37 EST Good eating over the weekend! There was pasture raised chicken, bacon from pasture raised pigs, eggs from my in laws chickens and Brussels sprouts (those were the highlights). Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:47:52 EST