IZADORA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IZADORA IZADORA'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/ On the right track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376266 DH and I did an exercise together yesterday where we each sat down and planned out our (realistic) ideal working day, Friday and weekend day. I say realistic because we decided to include actions that would make our life the way we want it to be: healthy, peaceful, organized and fulfilling. <BR> <BR> This meant that DH had to make a few drafts, once I explained that expecting to never cook or clean when both of us work full time is UN-realistic. <BR> <BR> After we made our routines, we comp... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 04:37:32 EST Nothing worth doing in life is ever easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338963 I have been struggling a lot lately with a lot of things going on in my life. Namely my thesis and some opportunities coming up on the horizon at work. Instead of tackling certain projects, I have been vegging, stressing and fretting. Wasting time and treading water. <BR> <BR> This morning I read an article by Steve Tobak on Inc.com that really hit home. I'm going to post a fragment that really resounded with me and a link to the entire article, titled "How to Be the Best Version of You" in ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:02:02 EST Positive Event #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316654 (This is the positive event for Monday, 8th April, and forms part of my 2nd 21 day positivity challenge.) <BR> <BR> While at my part-time gig at Uni yesterday, the vice-chair of my department called me into her office to discuss scheduling for next year. She enthusiastically thanked me for the course proposals I had written up and sent her a few weeks ago for the proposed masters degree program before informing me that they would like to increase my hours for the next academic year. I curren... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 03:46:07 EST Moving forward: Positivity Challenge Mach II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314812 Today finalizes my 21 days of consciously developing a positive attitude through gratitude, random acts of kinds, chronically positive events, exercise and meditation. On my sparkblog and in my diary, I managed to record the first three on a total of 12 occasions, as well as several other days where I remembered positive events as I lay in bed at night. I also managed to work out a total of 12 days, but only meditated for the first three days of my positivity challenge. <BR> <BR> Meditation ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:08:20 EST Running Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312907 I'm finding that as I get back into running, when I am out, that time becomes a time for peace, thought and reflection. Distractions are stripped away. I am alone. I go into my own, personal space. <BR> <BR> Today I mulled over my research, and how difficult it has been for me to sit down and write about the results. I think part of the problem is that I was far too close to the material - I worked to analyze a program that I also carried out with my students. I worked with the project for ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 18:17:49 EST Day 15 of 21 days of gratitude and positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309139 Today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> -The opportunity to write my thesis and the foundation that is sponsoring my research <BR> -Enjoying a Barça match at home with DH <BR> -Progress on the house <BR> <BR> Positive event for the day: <BR> <BR> I felt like I had a major breakthrough in my relationship with my research. I am coming to terms with the sheer amount of work left to do, and acknowledging that this is not something that can be done in 20 hours or 50 or even 100. I accept and welcome... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:39:25 EST Making myself meditate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299003 One of my goals on my positivity quest is meditating for 5 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> Strangely, this is turning out to be the most difficult part of this challenge. It seems very odd that I cannot find five minutes to sit down, be still, empty my mind and meditate. <BR> <BR> I spend much more time doing rather meaningless activities, like reading webpages I probably shouldn't or watching tv after work to relax. It is only five minutes, which I put off until just before bedtime, when I fee... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:55:54 EST Day 6 of Gratitude and Positive Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298469 Gratitude: <BR> - Having a well-stocked pantry to get me to the end of the month <BR> - My house is nearing completion <BR> - Parents who are willing to do whatever it takes to see their children succeed. <BR> <BR> Positive Event: <BR> Today I had a three hour long skype call with my mom, dad and three youngest siblings back home in the states. I hadn't talked to most of them in over a month, not including occasional three or for line chats on fb or gmail. I helped my mom work on some evalu... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:19:49 EST Today I am grateful for . . . and a positive event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292786 Day 1 of 21 days of gratitude and positivity: <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for . . . <BR> <BR> the great big hug my husband gave me when I got home from work, <BR> having great coworkers who have got my back and believe in the power of education, <BR> and <BR> having steady work in a time of economic troubles where I live. <BR> <BR> Positive event for the day: <BR> <BR> L, one of my Spanish as a Foreign Language students, came to my upper level course for immigrants today. As he was the ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:00:10 EST On creating positive energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292071 I am watching a series of talks at TED on how to "work smarter" and the second one in the series, by a guy from Texas called Shawn Anchor talked about how positive actions can make you happier at work. He pointed out five strategies for creating lasting positive change: <BR> <BR> - 3 gratitudes a day <BR> - Journaling positive events <BR> - Exercise <BR> - Meditation <BR> - Random acts of kindness <BR> <BR> You can watch the full video here: <BR> <link>www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:23:23 EST SO much to talk about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290617 This weekend was a major turning point. <BR> <BR> DH and I had a long talk and realized that our financial situation is not what we thought it was - we are about 30k short of funds to finish building our new house, and we'll have to take out an additional loan. <BR> <BR> For the last few years, ever since I got a permanent teaching position, we have been "living the good life." Eating out on a regular basis, taking nice vacations, buying expensive wine and food, splurging on new clothes a ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:40:58 EST Gearing up for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179809 Goals for 2013: <BR> <BR> - Learn to better control my fear and anxiety: <BR> <BR> Too often I allow my fears to spiral out of control and take over. Upon occasion I allow those fears to transform into a full blown bought of anxiety. This fear of not knowing how, not being good enough, this chronic uncertainty hampers my ability to progress. I have made great strides in 2012 towards letting go of my fears. I have switched jobs. I have taken on new responsability. I have conquered mileston... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:08:52 EST Fruit flavored candy is gross . . . and other recent discoveries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054129 My sister sent some fruit gushers as a present for my Spanish brother in law. It had been years since I had eaten any fruit candy from the states. I looked at the box and started licking my lips, remembering how much I had loved to bite down on fruit roll-ups as a kid. <BR> <BR> So I ripped open a packet and started munching away. I mindlessly ate three or four pieces before I even registered how they tasted. Suddenly, the gummy, artificial yuckiness of them soaked into my taste buds. It f... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:01:25 EST Celebrating Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041157 In my search for the Continent of Contentment I am retraining my brain to focus on the positive and abhor perfectionism in order to comply with my new motto: Just get'er done, then have some fun. <BR> <BR> So, despite years of retracing the same mental grooves of self-recrimination and auto-flagelation, I am lifting the needle from the broken record that is my mind, and playing a new song. <BR> <BR> Good job Iz, you finished your back taxes and mailed them in. And today you will finish th... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:31:24 EST Weighing In and Moving On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032585 Normal Monday weigh-in today, but instead of just the bare numbers, I'm weighing in on my plans. <BR> <BR> First of all, trying to focus on other goals somehow shifts my food and fitness goals all out of whack. <BR> <BR> I did very well on my baby steps plan to conquer my roadblocks: <BR> 1. I worked on my thesis <BR> 2. I finished the backtaxes and just need DH's signature to mail them off. <BR> 3. I have nearly completed my application for the adjunct faculty position, just waiting for m... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:57:34 EST Baby Steps Lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022901 On my journey to the Continent of Contentment, I have currently just left Procrasti-Nation and am setting out on Baby Steps Lane. <BR> <BR> At this point in my journey I need to take stock of what I'm taking with me and what "baggage" I am leaving behind. I also need to check on what roadblocks I will find on my way to my new home and how to deal with them. <BR> <BR> Packing List: <BR> <BR> 1. Enthusiasm - to keep me going <BR> 2. Optimism - to keep my spirits up <BR> 3. Routines - to hel... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:26:25 EST Procrasti-nation: It's where I live . . . and I'm tired of the scenery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014636 I'm tired of being the anxious control-freak perfectionist. <BR> <BR> I'm tired of my anxiety about normal, everyday things getting in the way of me enjoying life. <BR> <BR> I'm sick and tired of this being part of my identity, of who and what I am. <BR> <BR> Why can't I progress on my dissertation? Because it has come to be synonymous with anxiety and a tight, pressing, asphyxiating pain that starts in my stomach and moves to my chest, making it so I can't breath . . . or even move as I ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 06:57:55 EST Non-scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012958 Three weeks back into a healthy diet and two weeks into a high-gear revamped exercise program I must start focusing on non-scale victories. Not only because I gained three kilos (7 pounds!!!) the first week, of which I have now re-lost two kg, but also because I know (yes, I know) from past experiences that I never lose weight until at least a month after starting a new exercise regime. However, there are other ways to chart progress: <BR> <BR> 1. I have worked out every single day of August... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 03:05:37 EST Life is like . . . a rollercoaster ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006738 After nearly three weeks of anxious waiting, planning, dreaming and freaking out it turns out . . . I'm not pregnant after all. <BR> <BR> It seemed like the symptoms were there. DH was freaking out even more. I worried about not being in shape, about not having been taking my vitamins, about all the sangria I drank at the village festival the week of possible conception, about my sprint training getting my body heat and heart rate too high and causing potential birth defects . . . <BR> <B... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:27:50 EST Poco a poco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996563 Things are progressing slowly but surely. I've been eating healthy and have been alcohol free for nearly two weeks now, though I have not been working out as much as I would like this week, mainly because I've been spending more time on my thesis and helping DH sort issues with the house. <BR> <BR> I'm very happy with how my housekeeping routines are progressing, and I have even started to declutter some drawers and am considering taking on my closet. There are probably a lot of old clothes ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:43:37 EST Thank you FlyLady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992540 Now that the no-work and all-fun part of my summer vacation is over, I've been using one of my other fave websites to help me get back into the groove and stay focused. My aunt passed it on to my mother and me and we have been using it off and on for years to develop routines and eliminate CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome) from our lives! <BR> <BR> It can be a bit cheesy, and I don't follow everything down to the last detail, but it has helped me to regain control of the clutter and di... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:05:43 EST Committed to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986192 Last week we went to the village festival which is celebrated every year around the 18th of July in my husband's mother's small village in the mountains. This celebration involves copious amounts of eating, drinking and dancing, and culminates with a parade around the 30-house town from house to house to have sangria and tapas or pinchos from around 1 to 8pm. <BR> <BR> Once again, I have said, enough is enough. Partially due to the excesses of the fête, partially due to seeing myself in sho... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:10:13 EST I'm a winner! First ever 5k race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921010 I've been meaning to compete in a 5k for the past several years, but I've never got around to it. I've actually managed to sign up once or twice and then chickened out. You know the voices: "You're too fat. You're too slow. You'll finish last. You'll have to walk and no one else will . . ." I would start training, and something (life) would always get in the way of training, so I used to bail a few weeks before race day. <BR> <BR> I was especially intimidated because people who race here ten... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 02:39:28 EST Today was a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699474 Today I met my goals: <BR> <BR> - I did the housework I had scheduled <BR> - I worked hard at work and saw progress with my students <BR> - I worked on my thesis <BR> - I went to the gym and worked out <BR> - I ate four healthy meals <BR> <BR> Go team Izadora! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:52:17 EST Back to work blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675339 Returning to work after two weeks off is harder than I expected this year. All of my little self-improvement programs have been on hiatus for more than a month, and for some reason this year, I found the holidays rather depressing. I was not looking forward to the first day back, mainly because I have several important deadlines and projects coming up in the next 2-6 weeks and the stress I feel is coupled with a sense of complete inadequacy. <BR> <BR> It may seem inconsequential, but the fi... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 03:12:52 EST This could be true love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674006 Run number two with the Garmin. I love how it tells me my heart rate and the times for each km. I managed 5k this afternoon in the cold, although I had to walk the last km. <BR> <BR> My joints aren't used to so much jostling after a month and a half off. My bad shoulder started hurting halfway through km 3, so I decided to go it a little slower. Even so I did the 5k in just under forty minutes with an average time of 8kmph and a top speed of 10kmph. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to another ru... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:52:32 EST Garmin - my new motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668423 First run in a month in a half yesterday. Relishing the feel of sore muscles, something I haven't felt in a while. <BR> <BR> My parents sent me a Garmin forerunner for Christmas. Motivation anyone? I'm amazed at all the functions, especially the mapping feature. <BR> <BR> Will it be enough to keep me running this time? <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:07:15 EST Friday Night On the Town = Saturday Morning Hangover = I caaaan't breaaaathe while running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526389 I'm beginning to see a pattern here. <BR> <BR> Since I started behaving properly again (eating right, working out, no alcohol during the week), I have been a good little girl all week long. I happily plan my meals, buy my fresh local produce, hit the gym and do my workouts. <BR> <BR> However. HOWEVER! When Friday rolls around I let loose and go crazy. Dinner out, a bottle of wine, mixed drinks to finish off the night . . . I've gotten better at portion control and what FOOD I order while o... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 06:12:52 EST My five fave fitness and nutrition websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521882 1) www.podrunner.com <BR> <BR> Great, upbeat and free workout mixes! Podrunner has a variety of tracks ranging from a C25k program, to dozens of set-beat mixes. I used the C25k interval program and am now working my way through their Gateway to 8k program. <BR> <BR> 2) www.supercook.com <BR> <BR> This recipe macro-searcher lets you input all of the ingredients you have and tells you what recipes you can make. You can even highlight a specific ingredient (eg that pesky zucchini that people ... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 02:45:51 EST Gateway to 8k Week 2 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517266 I've been working out again for two weeks now. I've managed at least five days a week of cardio and the bootcamp program. And I'm thrilled to say that I have a new 5k PR: 36 minutes!!!! <BR> <BR> I restarted the podrunner Gateway to 8k last week. Week 2 day 3 was tough the first time around - I was hungover and it was around 85º out, even though it was the 1st of October and nearly 8pm. (FYI, it should have been around 55-65º!!!!!) So I rebooted and redid the run today. So glad I did, as I ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:27:25 EST Day 44: A run in the park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327381 My friend Shaunna is here visiting and yesterday she convinced me to go for the full 8k round the park (two loops, actually). We didn't run the whole way, and I am sore, but it was worth it. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 01:53:47 EST Day 41: problem areas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4320226 Way way too much working going on lately. The end of the school year is extremely hectic, and my research has taken priority over working out. <BR> <BR> I have discovered some patterns: <BR> <BR> 1. Weekends are a real hurdle. Fridays + Izadora = my own personal version of "girls gone wild." Food, alcohol, food, alcohol, craziness. Being a good girl all week long means that the hellion I have inside me comes out once I relax a bit. <BR> <BR> 2. TOM transforms me into a different person. H... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:47:59 EST Day 36: Crash and Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307869 More than a month in now, and I am definitely seeing and feeling some results; I may have only lost 2 kilos (and sometimes not even that on weigh-in days, it fluctuates so much) but my endurance and fitness is so much better. I can run 3.2 miles non-stop. I can swim 8 laps without stopping, almost half a kilometer. People at work are starting to tell me I look firmer. <BR> <BR> But then a bad day at work turns it all upside-down, and I revert to my old, harsh self. <BR> <BR> I had to do so... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 04:19:07 EST Day 30: C25k done . . . on to Gateway to 8k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296402 Having officially finished the accelerated Couch to 5k programme on Saturday afternoon I decided to give the interval training programme for an 8k a shot. It is to be found on the podrunner website: <BR> <BR> http://www.djsteveboy.com/gw28k.html <BR> <BR> The bpm is slightly faster than the C25k series, and it features the same electronica mixes as the earlier programme. I did the first day of week one today and was SHOCKED to discover that I had been running nearly 9kph including the four ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:13:09 EST Day 29: Race Cancelled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293022 Unfortunately, the race I was planning to do yesterday ended up not happening. <BR> <BR> Really disappointing. Especially considering that I know of no other 5k races in my area until Christmas. <BR> <BR> I'm going to have to broaden my search. Or just race against myself in the park. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I finished the express C25k program on Spark and now am officially a runner. <BR> <BR> Rock on! <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I hit the gym in the morning: 40 minutes on... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 06:58:42 EST Day 24: Hiatus Terminatus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283713 Back to work, folks. <BR> <BR> The mysteriously disappeared spinning bikes had mysteriously returned to their normal positions today at the gym, bringing the grand total back up to three. Thrilled, I did 25 minutes on one of them. Not going to mention the results of not being used to a normal saddle. <BR> <BR> After that, into the pool for a 36 lap or 900 meter training session as follows: <BR> <BR> 200m crawl <BR> 100m pull <BR> 100m kick <BR> 100m crawl x2 <BR> 50m pull <BR> 50m kick <BR... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:08:17 EST Day 21: Beware of Weddings and what they do to the Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282328 I started this day off awesome with a really super healthy breakfast and some major gym time (20 minutes on the bike and 30 in the pool, plus 20 minutes speedwalking there and back.) <BR> <BR> However, I had a wedding. <BR> <BR> I love weddings. I love the people, the dancing, getting all dolled up. Good so far. But I also love the food and drink and the excuse to go waaaaay overboard on both. It is like my inner glutton and drunkard come out to play for about 12 hours. (These are Spanish w... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 03:47:44 EST Day 20: Short run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276125 Just like yesterday, this run got truncated. I was smart enough not to wear shorts again, but unfortunately, 20 minutes into the run I had some nasty stomach pain going and I had to walk the remaining part of my route. I think this is a lesson that if I have eaten and drunk copiously at lunchtime, even by 8pm my body is not going to be ready for the beating it takes hauling my frame around the park at 8km/hr. <BR> <BR> Big lunch out with the coworkers - sort of a farewell party for our inte... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 03:23:17 EST Day 19: Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4274011 I made it to the gym, did 20 minutes on the dreadmill until I remembered why I never wear shorts to run when I weigh more than 70 kilos . . . Then into the pool for my 30 minute workout. <BR> <BR> I also bought me some new running shoes. I know I hadn't promised them to myself until I had been running consistenly for one month, but it has been three weeks now and I am COMMITTED. Plus the old ones are falling apart. <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 02:54:24 EST Day 18: (Temporarily) Derailed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271636 A bad day with lots of exams, end of year questionnaires and meetings left me weak and vulnerable and my willpower armor starting to crack. When DH suggested a glass of wine to unwind I totally thought I could do just one and then convince him to go home so I could STILL get my run in. <BR> <BR> Totally wrong! 6 glasses of wine and several fattening tapas later, we finally made it home around midnight. <BR> <BR> No run. Derailed. Fail. Lose your turn. <BR> <BR> WHY? Why, why, why? On a W... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 02:33:11 EST Day 17: Double-time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268067 20 minutes on the elliptical (all the bikes were taken - grrr) <BR> 30 minutes in the pool with my new training plan. <BR> <BR> Within water, calorie and nutrient goals. <BR> Still working on that am pilates thing. <BR> <BR> Weigh-in tomorrow. Tue, 31 May 2011 17:45:14 EST Day 16: Running Rain Goddess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265547 I almost didn't make it out for my run today. After teaching six hours of class at the high school today, followed by another interview for the PhD. <BR> <BR> I finally got home around 9pm and really, reeeaaallly didn't feel like going for a run. I could think of all kinds of excuses. My running pants hadn't quite dried. It was getting near dark out. It looked like it was going to rain. <BR> <BR> But I talked myself into it. Pants aren't that dry? Oh well, they'll dry while I run. Nearly ... Mon, 30 May 2011 17:42:12 EST Day 15: Spreading the Spark to other parts of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263363 I did a short swim today - just 24 laps. I don't really have a swimming program, so at times I don't really know what to do in the pool. Fortunately, I found a great website on a link in the Swimming for Cardo team page: <BR> <BR> <link>ruthkazez.com/ZeroTo1mile.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I plan on doing that from now on. One of the most frustrating things for me now (besides swimming suuuuper slooooow-mooootion) is that I can't go very far without getting breathless. This plan I've fou... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:16:34 EST Day 14: Running and green monsters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262610 I have nearly completed the spark c25k program - three more runs next week and I am officially a runner! <BR> <BR> I did 40 minutes in the park - 3.5 miles - and felt great afterwards. I felt like I could just keep going. Unfortunately, by the time I got through my upper body strength routine and the yoga stretches, my feet and legs were really aching. But in a good way! <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to branch out and try to make a Green Monster with something other than spinach. Since ... Sun, 29 May 2011 04:10:54 EST Day 13: Hitting a wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260984 Friday is not a good day for me. All the fire I started the week with has burned up by this point. My willpower is at an all-time low. My inner wino cries out to be released. And after 12 days in a row of hardcore exercise, my body shouted: No more. <BR> <BR> At work I go up and down two flights of stairs AT LEAST on an hourly basis. OH. MY. GOD. My thighs were killing me. I was like an old lady, hobbling up and down the stairs, instead of RUNNING them, like I normally do. <BR> <BR> Thank ... Sat, 28 May 2011 03:55:01 EST Day 12: Back in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259055 I only had 24 laps scheduled for today. Thank goodness, because my diary was PACKED and I barely had time for that. After I got out of the pool my muscles were so sore. So, so sore. And I had only done my 24 laps. I think all the running this week is catching up to me. I might take it easy this afternoon and go for a walk or a leisurely bike ride in the park rather than go all out! Fri, 27 May 2011 02:27:05 EST Motivating Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256904 As part of my quest to a healthier and more dedicated me, I've put up some hand-made vision collages and motivational posters around the house. <BR> <BR> GYM TIME, BABY! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882615042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one is located next to the fridge, taped over the TV that is in the kitchen in our apartment. Since it is one of the first things I see in the morning as I pull my smoothie makings from the fridge, it reminds me of my commitment. As I s... Thu, 26 May 2011 02:09:31 EST Day 11: Starting a streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256032 I've worked out at least 30 minutes every day for eleven days in a row. <BR> <BR> The start of a streak. The start of something big. The start of a healthy habit to last the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Today I did Day 2 of Week 4 of my Spark C25k program. I ran 5k in 35 minutes - not too shabby considering that my first race is in about 20 days. <BR> <BR> What is motivating about this start of a streak? That I can already feel it. Only eleven days and I can already feel the differences in... Wed, 25 May 2011 16:38:11 EST Breakfast: Green monster and oatcakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254667 After hearing FIT_WHIT rave about Oh She Glows, an off-Spark fitness blog run by a bakery owner, yesterday I decided to try making my own green monster, which is basically a spinach smoothie for breakfast. The site <BR> <BR> http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/13/classic<BR>-green-monster/ <BR> <BR> claimed that I would not be able to taste the spinach at all. So here goes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324243017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mmmmm spinach. <BR> <BR> It actu... Wed, 25 May 2011 02:52:23 EST Day 10: If you feel like a fish, you are a fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253786 Swimming seems to be getting somewhat easier. <BR> <BR> Today was my fifth swimming workout since I started training for this triathlon. I did 900 meters in 30 minutes with the following breakdown: <BR> <BR> 100 crawl <BR> 100 kick <BR> 100 pull <BR> 300 crawl <BR> 100 kick <BR> 100 pull <BR> 100 backstroke <BR> <BR> My swimming meditation today: Can I plant and grow my own tea, once I have my house and yard? <BR> <BR> It looks like the climate here corresponds to 8b or 9 in anglo (saxon... Tue, 24 May 2011 17:24:52 EST