JACKSOAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JACKSOAN JACKSOAN'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/ 135 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187916 Well, it's been 15 days since my last blog. I promise, I wasn't 100% lazy over the Christmas and New Year's holidays! ...Just lazy when it comes to Spark People. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> To recap the past two weeks: <BR> Thursday, Dec 20 - I swam after work, 1800 yards in a little under 50 minutes. I couldn't see a pace clock for the first 600 yards, so I don't have a very accurate amount of time for the whole distance. <BR> <BR> Friday, Dec 21 - I didn't work out today. Instead, I dro... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:33:46 EST 150 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171422 Today's workout: <BR> Week 4 Day 2 of C2HM <BR> - Walk 5 min to warm up <BR> - Alternate run 90 sec with walk 60 sec for 2 miles <BR> - Walk 5 min to cool down <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> - Three laps walking to warm up: 3/8 mile, 6:21 min <BR> - 2 miles, 25:07 min <BR> - Three laps walking to cool down: 3/8 mile, 6:03 min] <BR> <BR> Good workout. Tomorrow I plan to swim again. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:46:56 EST 151 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170434 Today's workout: half hour of swimming <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 100 yds each of free stroke, back stroke, and breast stroke <BR> - 100 yds each of kick for free, back, and breast stroke <BR> - 100 yds each of pull for free, back, and breast stroke <BR> - 100 yds each (again) of free, back, and breast stroke <BR> Total distance: 1200 yds <BR> Total time: 33:15 min <BR> <BR> Felt good afterwards (before the drudgery of work, of course). Ready for tomorrow's run! Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:55:18 EST 152 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169490 Today's workout: <BR> - Three laps around the indoor track walking to warm up: 3/8 of a mile, 6:21 min:sec <BR> - Week 4 Day 1 of C2HM plan ( <link>www.digitalrunning.com/couch-to-half<BR>-marathon-plan/ </link> ): Alternate 90 sec jogging with 60 sec walking for 2 miles <BR> - First mile finished at 12:16 <BR> - Second mile finished at 25:12 (12:56 split) <BR> - Three laps walking to cool down <BR> <BR> I could feel myself getting slower during the second mile, but couldn't manage t... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:09:16 EST 154 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167706 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 3 Day 3 of the C2HM program: alternate running 90sec and walking 90 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results (no time constraints like usual): <BR> - 1/2 mile of walking - 8:30 <BR> - 2 miles running/walking - 25:30 <BR> - 1/2 mile of walking - 8:30 <BR> - total time: 42:30 <BR> - total distance: 3.0 miles (24 laps around the indoor track) <BR> <BR> Getting faster on the r... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 23:18:42 EST 155 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166849 I had intended to go to the gym after picking up my car from the dealership/mechanic. Unfortunately, that took way longer than I expected, and I was ravenous by the time I left. Instead, I picked up fast food (the horror! I already regret it) then did more strength training later in the evening. I'm pretty disappointed in my choices, but at least I did somehing active despite my terrible dinner. Used to be I would have just thrown in the towel completely with a food choice like that and d... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:02:16 EST 156 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165875 I had intended to swim today before work, but I didn't feel great. Instead, I did strength training after work. Felt good, but I guess tomorrow's soreness will really tell how hard I worked out. The plan for tomorrow is to do some moderate cardio at the gym, possibly walking, maybe biking or elliptical. Not sure yet, but I'll definitely do something! Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:28:29 EST 157 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164451 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 3 Day 2 of the C2HM program: alternate running 90sec and walking 90 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 26:12 running/walking <BR> - 5:30 minutes walking - I needed a little extra to get back to the starting point <BR> - total time: 36:42 <BR> - total distance: 2.625 miles (21 laps around the indoor track) <BR> <BR> Two minutes faster tha... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:10:47 EST 158 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163652 Went to the gm this morning before work again, go me! Swam 1000 yards in 27:12 minutes, faster then last time. Woot! Not feeling sore, either, which is an unexpected bonus. Tomorrow: repeat of Monday, hopefully faster. See you tomorrow. :) Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:51:16 EST 159 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162530 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 3 Day 1 of the C2HM program: alternate running 90sec and walking 90 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 27:30 running/walking - a minute faster than on Monday! <BR> - 6:12 minutes walking - I needed a little extra to get back to the starting point <BR> - total time: 38:42 <BR> - total distance: 2.625 miles (21 laps around the indoor track) ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:08:05 EST 160 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161437 Still sore from the lunges on Friday, and the running yesterday didn't really help. So today, I just did an easy walk on the treadmill: 2 miles at 2.85 mph, 43 minutes. Then, of course, I stretched thoroughly. Still sore, but hopefully I'll be up to Day 1 of Week 3 tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'm also switching my routine around starting tomorrow to workout before going to work. Since I have to be at work by 7:30, I'm going to have to get up at 4:30 to get the workout in. 4:30 is so early! ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:26:45 EST 161 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160468 Today's workout: Week 2Day 3 of C2HM = same as Monday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 27:40 running/walking <BR> - 8:34 walking <BR> <BR> Slower than on Wednesday but faster than Monday. Given how sore my legs were (which was very!), I'd call this a good day! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:15:42 EST 162 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159719 Today's workout: An off day from the C2HM program <BR> <BR> Results: I decided to do an all-body strength training workout, the Beginner Challenge from SP. Took about half an hour, and I know my legs are going to be sore tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Week 2 Day 3 of the training program. I know I'll finish it, but I'm not sure how fast I'll be after today's strength training. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 22:38:26 EST 163 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158684 Today was supposed to be an off day, and I had initially planned to swim. But during the day, all I wanted to do was go for a run. Also, when I got home, I had new workout gear to try out! <BR> <BR> I ended up doing three laps around my neighborhood. One lap equals .8 miles. I jogged the first lap (11:18), walked part of the second lap as a rest (6:09), jogged another full lap (11:27)' and walked the rest of the third lap to get back home (10:06). Total time was 39 minutes. <BR> <BR> N... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:16:12 EST 164 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157459 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 2 Day 2 of the C2HM program: alternate running 60sec and walking 90 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 27:00 running/walking - a minute faster than on Monday! <BR> - 6:12 minutes walking - I needed a little extra to get back to the starting point <BR> - total time: 38:12 <BR> - total distance: 2.625 miles (21 laps around the indoor track) ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:54:43 EST 165 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156440 Today's workout plan: <BR> - Core strength training <BR> - Swimming, half hour <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - Very basic core strength exercises, about 15 minutes <BR> - Swimming: variety of strokes, some just kicking, some just pulling. Total of 32:40 minutes got me 1000 yards. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely out of swimming shape...not surprising after five years of very little swimming. o_O! <BR> <BR> However, I felt relaxed afterwards, which I wasn't expecting, as well as exhausted and ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:42:06 EST 166 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155403 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 2 Day 1 of the C2HM program: alternate running 60sec and walking 90 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 28:00 running/walking <BR> - 6:00 minutes walking - I needed a little extra to get back to the starting point <BR> - total time: 39:00 <BR> - total distance: 2.625 miles (21 laps around the indoor track) <BR> <BR> My legs felt very heavy... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:33:50 EST 167 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154075 Today turned out to be a pretty good day. It was leisurely and relaxing while still being productive...not sure how I managed that. :) I also wasn't as sore as I was expecting, which is a nice surprise. <BR> <BR> Workout plan and results: since today was an off day according to the C2HM (couch to half marathon, for those of you who haven't read my past blogs), I decided to do just half an hour of yoga. I've never been a big yoga buff, so the workout probably wasn't as relaxing as it s... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:14:28 EST 168 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153140 Today's workout plan: <BR> - 5 minutes walking to warm up <BR> - Week 1 Day 3 of the "couch to half marathon" program: alternate running 30sec and walking 60 sec for 2 miles <BR> - 5 minutes walking to cool down <BR> - stretch <BR> <BR> The results: <BR> - 5:00 walking <BR> - 27:40 running/walking <BR> - 6:30 minutes walking - I needed a little extra to get back to the starting point <BR> - total time: 39:10 <BR> - total distance: 2.625 miles (21 laps around the indoor track) ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:14:00 EST 169 Days and Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152168 Well, I signed up for my first half marathon today: the Cleveland half marathon on May 19, 2012. i'm excited and scared at the same time. I have a training plan picked out, and two of my friends (who are also coworkers) are running it with me. I have very little doubt that I will be unprepared when the big day is here. But I'm still scared because it's my first one ever. Up till now, I've only done 5ks, and the two most recent ones (this past spring/summer) were terrible. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:12:59 EST Life's Changing... Let's Get with the Flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400261 Well, it's been over a year since I last checked in with Spark People. Shame on me. <BR> <BR> BUT! I've had a lot of life changes since then, and they're still coming. This seems like an opportune time to revamp my eating and exercise habits. <BR> <BR> What changes?, you ask. Well, I shall tell you! <BR> <BR> First, last summer, I had a fairly major surgery to remove a cyst and lost an ovary in the process. Don't be sad! I'm not...in fact, I like to joke that I'm only half a woma... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:31:14 EST Conferences, Classes, and Cysts, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3367177 I owe an update, seeing as I've been MIA for over a month. There was about a week of vacation around Memorial Day Weekend, then a week on campus at Cornell for the master's degree, followed by a week long conference in Virginia for work. Now that I'm back in town, I'm trying to figure out how to get back in the swing of things. <BR> <BR> On top of all of this, I've found out that I have an ovarian cyst of the dermoid variety ( <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermoid_cyst </link> ). I went ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:17:54 EST ABC Get to Know You Survey (Yes, I'm Doing It Too) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230360 If you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 23 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: changing the cat litter <BR> <BR> D - Dog/Cat's name: Diva (and she sure is!) <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: using the bathroom (crass, I know, but still true)) <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: blue (in case you couldn't tell...) <BR>... Fri, 14 May 2010 17:18:30 EST Momentum for the Weekend, but Traps Along the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3229261 This week has been pretty hectic at work. A delivery to the customer looming ever nearer is pushing our deadlines closer way too quickly. I pulled a 14 hour day on Wednesday and wasn't able to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> BUT! I didn't go home and cook a big plate of pasta like I used to do when I was stressed out. No. I prepared a salad (like I did every other night this week) and it was delicious. I've recently discovered raw bell peppers in salad are AMAZING! <BR> <BR> Even more im... Fri, 14 May 2010 11:34:16 EST Not So Good Over the Weekend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214968 I totally threw in the towel on my diet Friday night. Went to Chili's with some friends. Had a half rack of ribs (they were delicious!) and four - count 'em: FOUR - frozen margaritas. They were amazingly tasty, but not worth the calories. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> The only silver lining is that I managed to not order a dessert, despite how amazing they looked. I did work out on Friday, so...could have been worse. <BR> <BR> Saturday wasn't much better. An hour on the elliptical follow... Mon, 10 May 2010 15:13:15 EST Third Time's the Charm (I Hope) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205416 Day 1 <BR> <BR> Well, today starts my third attempt to lose weight and get my health under control via SparkPeople. So, what's different this time? Or better yet, what went wrong every other time? <BR> <BR> I'd guess a lot of it has to do with lack of accountability. Back in high school, when I unofficially started my weight loss journey, I started playing sports - wrestling (for two years), cross country, and track & field. All three sports were organized, structured, and had at leas... Fri, 7 May 2010 13:57:01 EST