FUCHSIAGAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FUCHSIAGAL FUCHSIAGAL'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/ Do you believe in "balance"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957714 I know that everyone talks about attaining balance in their lives. it's bandied about as something to aspire towards, and on paper it looks and sounds great, but I'm not sure it's attainable. <BR> Because here's the thing: while it's nice to say we're striving to achieve balance, we're never given a blank slate or even playing field. There's always something that's a priority. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the priority is a family obligation. Sometimes it's a work demand. Sometimes it's something li... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 09:42:10 EST Cultivating an attitude of "Bring it!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892747 Yesterday I was inundated with an avalanche of emails that left me gasping for breath. A bunch of little things were going wrong with my professional life...none of them earth-shattering on their own, but I was overwhelmed by their sheer volume. <BR> <BR> I wanted to hide. I wanted to quit. I wanted to throw up my hands and surrender. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered my first half marathon. It was awful. A freak Nor' Easter resulted in soaking rain, slippery sleet, and winds that had the Coast G... Tue, 22 May 2012 10:17:17 EST Pleasant Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888635 I've really been struggling the past few weeks, feeling like nothing was going right in any aspect of my life. <BR> <BR> I decided to ease up on the pressure I was putting on myself for my fitness/weight loss goals, since THAT stress was caused solely by me. There's not too much I can do about family stress or a looming work deadline, but I could cut myself some slack on the whole diet/exercise thing for the next month or so, when all of the other stuff will ease up. <BR> <BR> So I relaxed... Sat, 19 May 2012 14:11:38 EST Worst 5k ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877053 I did a 5k last weekend in the hopes I'd got a shot of motivation, but that shot backfired. <BR> <BR> My time wasn't my worst ever (or my best) but it was the most miserable race experience I've had. Which is saying something because I did my first half marathon in a Nor' Easter and three inches of rain fell in the first hour of my second half marathon. <BR> <BR> The weather wasn't bad...grey and overcast, but not raining. <BR> <BR> The course was probably the most flat I've tackled. <BR> ... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:34:08 EST Can I get off the merry-go-round to take a nap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859464 I've lost 29.5 pounds since November (not 30...that nice round number is stubbornly eluding me) and I'm more tired now than I was then....and I still have another 20 to go. <BR> <BR> I'm mentally exhausted, both from the energy I expend trying to convince myself to eat right and exercise, and from a major work project that's due in June. <BR> <BR> I'm physically tired. Today I tried to exercise, I got dressed, popped in the dvd and started and just could not finish the half hour workout. My... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:30:37 EST Following the dog's lead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852992 Yesterday I let the dog be my trainer. I'd been trying to decide whether to do a short treadmill workout or to take the dog for a long walk. <BR> <BR> I'd done my second day of 30 Day Shred and was feeling tired, so I went with the dog. I let her set the pace (SLOW because she had to stop and sniff everything we passed) and even let her choose most of the route (hilly). The only real decision I made was how far we'd go (4.5 miles roundtrip) which was based on wanting to get home before rush... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:33:38 EST Enjoying my "new" wardrobe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823575 After a couple of stressful and busy weeks, I've gotten back on track this week. <BR> <BR> It's been fun to go through my closet and find "new" clothes. (Meaning stuff I haven't worn in forever because it didn't fit.) <BR> <BR> There are still some things I can't squeeze into, but instead of tormenting me, they've become the "prize" to focus on. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:57:09 EST A new Personal Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781933 I slipped a bit on my healthy eating this week due to family and work stress + a low grade stomach bug, so my weight stayed the same for this week's weigh-in as last week's. <BR> <BR> I really didn't want to do the 5k I was signed up for yesterday. I'd been in an awful mood for days and physically wasn't feeling well. BUT DH was signed up too, and I didn't want to let him down, so I dragged myself to the start. <BR> <BR> Thankfully it was cold, but pretty day. (I've done this race before w... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:24:47 EST Calories don't count on your birthday, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766881 Tomorrow is my birthday and I've already decided I'm not tracking my food. Which isn't to say I'm going to go totally off the deep end. I've already planned my food for the day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast will be berries and yogurt, Lunch will be a burger (single, not the double I used to get) and fries from 5 Guys (this might not sound like a "special" meal to a lot of people, but it sounds heavenly to me) and dinner will be a salad...and rice pudding (I asked DH not to get a cake (too tempting t... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:58:26 EST First week 1.5 pounds down. Anxious about 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755049 Not exactly the big number I'd hoped for, but I'll take it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Getting nervous about my second 5k of the year on 3/10. <BR> <BR> Started the year with a 5k on a flat course on a beautiful day. I PRd with 42:56. (Yes, I'm THAT slow, but it was a big deal for me to finish under 45 minutes, lol.) <BR> <BR> The St. Patty's 5k is on a hilly course, so I suspect my finishing time will slide back toward the 45 minute mark. I've been working on improving my jog-to-walk ratio... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:36:47 EST