GOOBERIFIC1's SparkPeople Blog GOOBERIFIC1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bouncing Back + so yesterday wasn't a very fun day for me. i did my best to give myself postive messages, but those horrible 'you're so fat!' thoughts floated in the back of my head all day. i ended up eating some chocolate.. at least it was high quality, vegan dark chocolate, and it was delicious. i just felt like i needed to have a little treat. <BR> <BR> + i think part of the reason why i was so upset yesterday was because on some level, i still think that i'll be able to spend time losing the weig... Fri, 31 May 2013 06:48:37 EST Ugh. Today, I weighed in. I wasn't planning on it, it was sort of a spur of the moment thing. the number was..... really, really bad. much more than i thought it would be, especially since i've been doing so well for 8 weeks, and i know i've lost some already. i wasn't expecting a fabulous number, but it was 15 lbs over what i thought my high end number was... uggghh. <BR> <BR> today, i'm focusing on loving myself. it's just a number. it will change. trying very hard to use it as motivatio... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:10:06 EST Starting Week 9 + so the big news is that i've completed C25K!!! i can run 30 mins without stopping! not that i'm terribly fast :P on friday, i will be restarting C25K, but with a focus more on speed than endurance. i hope to pick up the pace!! <BR> <BR> + been doing pretty well on the food front.. not tracking anything currently, but making sure that i eat healthy 95% of the time. still not drinking pop, 8 whole weeks, that's awesome. i don't even feel the temptation as much anymore, though it's st... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:26:48 EST 8 Weeks Complete! today marks 8 full weeks of eating better and exercising!!! and i still feel like i'm going strong, woohoo!! <BR> <BR> today also marks the halfway point in stage 1 of NRFL4W.. 8 workouts done, 8 to go, then i have 1 week off before starting stage 2. i already feel like i'm making huge strength improvements, and i'm at the point where i'm really enjoying strength training! it used to be the workout that i would most likely skip, but i am sticking to my schedule and lifting HEAVY! <BR>... Tue, 28 May 2013 08:52:00 EST Checking In Hello! I had a fabulous weekend.. my best friend came to visit from out of town. she's a holistic nutritionist, and i tend to eat super healthy when she's around.. maybe she should move in :P we also took her on one of our family bike rides, and the kids and i showed her all of our crazy jumps on the trampoline. before she arrived on sat, i got my NROL4W strength training in too.. it was a pretty active weekend! <BR> <BR> today is my day off work.. except a friend asked if i could watc... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:02:34 EST Starting Week 8 + today, i begin my 8th week (if i'm counting properly, lol) of trying to get my life together and under control. i still feel like i'm trying to balance too many things. i haven't gotten much exercise lately.. i've been trying to get caught up in other areas of my life. i'm a quilter.. when i spend time quilting, it's hard for me to find time to exercise, eat right, work full time, get enough sleep, cook healthy, etc etc too. i'm sure that many other people have the same issue.. how to ... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:00:29 EST 6 Weeks Done! + today, i move into my 7th week of eating better and exercising! i've definitely had some challenges, and lots of accomplishments, and i'm feeling pretty good about everything so far. <BR> <BR> + did NRFL4W yesterday, and i'm definitely feeling the effects today. some soreness, especially in my core and in my arms/shoulders. i can see why some people prefer to focus just on lifting, or just on running. it's hard to balance both. but i only have 2 weeks left in c25k, then i can reasses... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:36:05 EST NRFL4W, Workout A2 + today, i did new rules workout A, 2. i increased all of my weights, and i definitely felt harder than the first time i did workout A, so that's good, my weights are probably more where they need to be. i can't wait to see where i end up!! <BR> <BR> + some really good news.... hubby has not only agreed to DEFINITELY do the Dirty Dash with me in July.... but he's also signed up and paid!!! so i'm dragging him with me, even if we have to walk alot. he's going to start running again soon... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:35:26 EST Some Accomplishments, Some Setbacks + let's start with the accomplishments!! <BR> <BR> + this morning, i rode 10K on my bike, the longest ride i've done yet this season. the wind was super strong, in my face, for most of the trip, and i chose a route that has more hills on it than usual. it also included some busy streets. when i got back home, my legs felt like jello!! but, i did it! i hope to work up to 15K over the next month or so. i need to start plotting out that route. <BR> <BR> + last week, i biked 6 days in ... Mon, 13 May 2013 14:24:02 EST Taking it Easy definitely sore today. i think i chose the right weights for lifting yesterday. <BR> <BR> today, i was supposed to run w7d3 of c25k. i just wasn't feeling up to it, and it would be a very tight squeeze into toddler nap time today. (kids are getting picked up on weird times today, i'd probably show up at the door all sweaty and gross in front of parents.. ick). so instead, i'm going to take a long walk or a bike ride after supper. i need to stretch out a bit too. i hope to do c25k tomo... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:50:28 EST NRFLfW, Workout Phas 1, B1 so this morning, i woke up with not a whole lotta motivation. didn't eat breakfast (naughty!). a friend gave me 3 bunches of very ripe bananas, so i spent the whole morning making banana muffins, etc for the kids. my recipe is pretty heathly (only 1/4 c sugar, all whole grains, 2tbsp oil), so i put chocolate chips in half of them. and ended up snacking on chocolate chips. too many of them. <BR> <BR> but my day is getting better. i got a call from my SIL, who was very overdue to hav... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:28:37 EST W7D2 today i ran W7D2 of c25k. it was still challenging, but i did better than last time. last time, i had to slow down my pace a little bit about half way through the 25 min run. this time, i only slowed down a bit when there was 5 mins left, and i bumped it back up for the very last minute. so that means i was only going at the slightly-slower pace for 4 mins this time (rather than 12 last time). my goal for w7d3 is to run the whole thing without slowing down at all. <BR> <BR> NRFWfL af... Wed, 8 May 2013 14:03:39 EST NRFLfW, Day 1.. Workout 1A so, today, i did my first New Rules for Lifting for Women workout. it went by really fast.. maybe 20 mins total. today's workout included weighted squats, pushups (i did the 60 degree ones), bent over rows, weighted step ups and jack knives on a swiss ball. <BR> <BR> one thing i learned... i'm not using enough weight. i had to increase weights inbetween sets, and i think i will need to increase it again for next time too. because i've never 'lifted heavy' before, i wasn't sure where to... Tue, 7 May 2013 14:43:57 EST W7D1 I only realized yesterday that today starts the weeks of no more intervals.. so for all of week 7, i will be running 25 mins straight, and W8 is 28 mins, and W9 is 30 mins. it means that i'm getting really close to the end, but it also means that i may need to take some more time to be able to do these runs comfortably before pressing on. <BR> <BR> today's run was.. hard. The good news is that i finished it!! 25 whole minutes is alot for me to be proud of! The bad news is that i had to... Mon, 6 May 2013 13:54:38 EST New Rules for Lifting for Women after hearing great things about this book for a few years, i finally bought it yesterday, and spent most of the day reading (most of) it. the two main messages i took away from this book are 1) eat more protein (and calories in general) and 2) lift heavier weights. <BR> <BR> it has 6 months of weight training workouts, broken into 7 phases. i'm not sure if i'm ready to commit to the whole program yet, but i'm willing to try phase 1, which lasts 6 weeks. i'm going to do it, slightly mod... Sun, 5 May 2013 06:57:25 EST W6D3 today is the big day.. W6D3 of c25k... one 22 min long run, no breaks.... <BR> <BR> AND I DID IT! <BR> <BR> i did have to slow my pace down a tiny bit in the last 5 mins, but i'm so very happy to have it done! my legs were still tired out from yesterdays' kettlebells, i think. i move onto week 7 on monday. then i had to run out to school to pick up my son from his school camping trip, so i didn't even have time to stretch or shower.. ick. very happy to have him home, hopefully my stress... Fri, 3 May 2013 14:47:36 EST One Month Complete! Well, i've officially completed one month of eating better and working out! i think it went very well, overall! i accomplished some major things.. 1) i gave up chips, pop and chocolate 2) our family didn't eat out for supper for the whole month of April 3) i worked out at least 5 days a week 4) i was more conscious of what i was putting in my mouth. <BR> <BR> i did have a few minor slip ups on the way.. i skipped a couple workouts, i sometimes ate things i knew i probably shouldn't. bu... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:37:46 EST Signed Up! today, i signed up for two running/walking/jogging events for this summer.. <BR> <BR> the first is Run or Dye, and i signed up with friends, and our oldest daughters. my daughter is nearly 10. it's a 5K course, and it looks like a ton of fun. it's not timed, so no pressure. this one doesn't have a definite date yet, so i'm REALLY hoping it doesn't conflict with my summer vacations. <BR> <BR> the second is the Dirty Dash, which is basically a mud run, with minor obstacles along the co... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:07:52 EST Sweaty! well, haven't gotten to W6D3's c25k run yet, but i did spent the whole morning walking and biking. i walked about 5K (to downtown and back home) and then probably another 5K on the bike (i needed to put a bunch of flyers up all over), and now i'm finally going to have lunch. <BR> <BR> we are a 1 car family, and my hubby needs it for work. it's one thing that i like very, very much, because it forces me to walk/bike anywhere i need to go. today was the first time, this spring, that i did a... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:55:18 EST Day Off (Sort of) - today, i am "supposed to " run W6D3 of c25k. it's one long 22 min run. but after my kettlebell work out yesterday (i used a heavier bell for about half the time) and i had a 4K walk this morning, i'm pretty tired out. so instead of attempting this run and probably not doing that great, i'm putting it off until this weekend or monday. i feel like my body needs the rest, so i'm gonna listen. i don't want to burn out! <BR> <BR> - as a reward to myself for completing one month (next wed... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:55:07 EST W6D2 + today starts week 4 for me.. i can't believe it's almost been a month! <BR> <BR> + today, i did c25k, w6d2... two ten minute running stretches. i really think i do pretty well when i cover up the clock and just focus on running. i listen to my music, and my legs hold up well. but when i peek, i psych myself out. i don't want to push myself too hard, and i'm okay repeating a run or even a whole week if necessary. <BR> <BR> + squat challenge is going well too.. i'm up to 185 today. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:39:35 EST 3 Whole Weeks Complete! today makes three whole weeks of recommitting myself to a healthier lifestyle. there have been some hard parts (those first few days with no dr. pepper were awful), but i feel really great overall. every few months, i try to give up pop, and it's hard for a few days, and then my head clears, and i wonder why i ever go back to drinking that stuff. (usually, it's because i'm tired and stressed out and just want a "treat".. i should know myself better.. i can't just have one). <BR> <BR> i... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:52:36 EST Weekend in Review + on Saturday, i walked 5K, even though i didn't really feel like it. i ate pretty good, and i even tried my first green smoothies! they were much better than i thought they would be, and i can see myself eating them regularly. i used half a banana, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of Kale and about 1 cup of unsweetened soymilk. i also had a 4 hour nap (!!), i guess i really needed it. forgot to do my squats. <BR> <BR> + on Sunday, i had to go out to an event over supper time. th... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:02:24 EST W5D3 Success!!! today, i did W5D3 of my c25k workout... which includes just one running stretch.. but it's 20 mins long! up until now, the longest stretch was 8 mins, and i can't even express how happy i am with myself today! <BR> <BR> because i tend to psych myself out when i'm running, i decided to put a sticky note over the "time" on my treadmill, so that i could just focus on running, not on how long i have left, etc. instead, i challenged myself to run through 4 songs (they are pretty long) before i ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:09:46 EST Something to be Proud of! today, i woke up too early. i was tired. i had a hard time getting my kids off to school (youngest one decided she only wanted to wear a tshirt today.. and it's definitely not tshirt weather here yet!), the daycare kids were grumpy and not sharing. i had planned a nice 20-30 min walk this morning (it's so sunny!) with the daycare toddlers in the stroller, but i just couldn't bring myself to do it. i walked 10 mins (the long way home) instead. i was kind of disappointed with myself for no... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:21:58 EST Starting Over. Again. some days, i wonder.. how many times do i need to start over again before this healthy lifestyle thing finally sticks??! i'm two weeks in (tomorrow) to working out and being conscious of what i eat. i give up all the time. i can't seem to stick with anything for more than a few months. i don't know what my problem is, and it's frustrating. <BR> <BR> but all i can do is keep trying, i guess. i'm back to c25k, modified.. i'm currently at W5 D1 (yesterday), and will attempt W5D2 tomorrow.... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:39:09 EST Need to Find My Motivation so these last few weeks have sucked, big time. i got sick. really sick. i couldn't work out for over a week. now that i'm feeling better, i still have little to no appetite. so in order to try to find myself something... anything that might make me want to eat, i've let myself eat anything i want... including alot of junk over the last few days. you know what happened? i got a wicked bad sugar headache. fun stuff. <BR> <BR> i need to start eating better again. i need to start my reg... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 06:41:25 EST Sick :( i've been sick for almost a week now. fevers, headache, major dizzy spells and all sorts of lovelyness. i haven't been able to workout for.... hmm, too many days now. also, my appetite has been absolutely non-existent. and when i try to eat, it doesn't taste right (like my taste buds are dead, ick!), and i feel super barfy. i really haven't eaten very much at all over the last 5 days. as a result, i've lost 6 lbs since last wednesday... all unintentional. i know once my appetite comes... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:48:11 EST 2 Whole Months Complete! so today marks two whole months of being dedicated to eating better and exercising. i feel like i've come a long way, and i have lots to be proud of. i weighed in today, and i have definitely lost 4.8 lbs since feb 13th... and i feel pretty confident to say that i've lost 10 lbs now since Jan 1st (though i never weighed in then, so i can't really "prove it"). <BR> <BR> i can feel my enthusiasm starting to wane though, so i really need to keep focused and keep on track. i don't want to giv... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:24:33 EST c25k, week 7, day 2 well i did it! another 25 min run all finished up! same problems as last time though.. constant negative thinking, having to force myself to not give up. i really pushed myself hard to get through the first 20 minutes, and i think i got through the last just by sheer stubbornness! i did not want to give up so close to the end, so i reduced my speed just a tad, and got through one minute at a time. <BR> <BR> one more 25 min run and then i can move on to week 8!! i am SO close to compl... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:25:35 EST c25k, Week 7, Day 1 today, i completed w7d1 of c25k. it's the first of this week's three 25 min. runs. i did it! the last 6-8 mins were *hard* though, and i had to keep pushing through. i lowered my speed a tad in the last few minutes as well, but i got through, running the whole time. <BR> <BR> this run, much like my last, i had to work hard... fighting the negative thoughts in my head. every minute or two, my brain would tell me "just give up" or "just walk for a few minutes" or "you can't do this, why a... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:12:22 EST W6D3 today, i finished off Week 6!!! it was a 22 minute run, and whoa boy, it was hard in those last 5 minutes! i had to keep convincing myself to not give up, just get through until the end of my song, before i was even "allowed" to check the time. i had to slow down a titch in the last 3 minutes, but i made it. i'm ready to start week 7, which is 3 days of 25 mins. i'm hoping that my body adjusts to these longer runs quickly. i felt like my legs were ok, but my breathing was getting harde... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:31:24 EST W6D2 today i ran w6d2 of c25k. the first 10 min interval was good, but the last 10 min interval was more challenging. especially those last few minutes! but i did it. it was the last of the interval days... from here on out, it's all non-stop running... ack! wednesday is going to be my w6d3, which is another long run.. 22 minutes. i hope it goes well. i am really, really loving my c25k.. i would have never thought, 8 weeks ago, that i could run 20 mins non-stop. i'm still pretty slow, but... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:48:59 EST C25K, Week 5, Day 3, Attempt 2! so on tuesday, i attempted to do W5D3... which is the 20 minute run. i didn't complete it :( i got up to 11 minutes, and then had to walk for 1 minute. i was able to run 3 more minutes, and then i just couldn't run anymore. i was disappointed, but i did the best i could. tuesday was a very emotional day for me (it marked 4 years of my son living with type 1 diabetes). now that the actual anniversary date has passed, i feel much better. also, i was tired out from lots of long exercise d... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 13:01:37 EST 6 weeks In so i'm roughly 6 weeks in to this whole journey. i was going to weigh in for the first time on wednesday, but i decided to do it today, on a whim. i'm not going to lie... the # on the scale wasn't pretty. it was more than i was expecting, and way more than i wanted to see. it was a bit depressing. <BR> <BR> but since i didn't weigh in at all 6 weeks ago, i have no idea how much weigh i've actually lost. but i know that i have lost some... my clothes fit better and my body feels like it... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:16:28 EST c25k, week 5, day 1 i almost didn't run today. my whole day started off really crummy, and i just didn't feel like doing it in the morning. my son has type 1 diabetes, and we've had a whole slew of long/late nights and early mornings trying to keep his blood sugars in range. that, and he's sort of decided lately that he's tired of testing his blood and giving himself insulin, and "forgets" to do it because of it. on tuesday (valentine's day), it will be 4 whole, long years of diabetes for us. we are ALL fe... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:08:28 EST Week 4 of C25K complete. today i finished up my week 4 of c25k. i usually take wednesdays "off", but i decided to take yesterday off instead, for a variety of reasons. anyways, i think it went really, really well today! i don't know if it's because i had a rest day yesterday, but i got through all of the 5 minute intervals alot easier than on the other days. and after i had walked a minute or two, i felt like i could have done another 3 minute interval, you know, if i had to, lol. i had also woke up extra earl... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 08:26:34 EST Week 4 of c25k today i started week 4 of c25k. the first 5 minute interval was pretty easy, but the last one was much more challenging for me. but i made it through! and hopefully next time will be even better. <BR> <BR> i've been feeling sick these last two days, and really not hungry at all. i haven't been meeting my calorie goals... in fact, on thurs i only ate 700 cals, and yesterday, i ate only 800. it wasn't on purpose... on thurs night, i fell asleep before supper time, and ended up sleeping th... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 07:56:04 EST Blah, Dreary Days! the weather here has been really dreary lately. cloudy, raining, most of our snow is gone. i'm starting to think that i won't be able to go cross country skiing at all this season.. something i've been looking forward to all winter! we keep getting snow for a few days, and then it all melts. it's not even to even cover the trails, let alone enough for them to be groomed. bummer. <BR> <BR> yesterday, my 10 yr old son and i started arguing, and it's totally dragging me down. he's been s... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:08:58 EST One Month Complete! i'm so excited... today marks one full month of eating well! and it really went better than i had thought it would. i gave up all chips, pop and chocolate at the beginning of the month, and the first few days were the hardest for me. now, i don't crave them as much as i used to. i am hoping to slowly incorporate some of these treats, but for now, i'm trying to (mostly) steer clear of them. i just don't feel in control yet, and it's easy for me to go overboard with some of my favourite sn... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:12:25 EST Starting Over (again) i had to start over again in January. i totally fell off the wagon last April, and i just couldn't seem to get back on track again. <BR> <BR> but, i'm determined to start again. since Jan 1st, i've been really good about my eating habits. i've cut out all chips, pop and chocolate.... for now. eventually, i'd like to be able to occasionally have small portions of some of my favourite foods, but right now, i feel too out of control to even have them in my house. i know that i won't be ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:59:03 EST C25K Progress so today was week 6, day 2 for me in my Couch to 5K program. today is the last day of intervals.. from here on out, i will be running 25, 28 and then 30 minutes straight. i'm feeling very excited, but nervous about what's to come. i haven't run this much in *years*. but i know that i can do it, and i'm so proud of myself for making it this far. to be perfectly honest, i thought i would have quit by now... i wasn't planning on quitting persay, but when things started getting hard, that th... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 16:04:38 EST