JENELOPE's SparkPeople Blog JENELOPE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Again. Some more. So, after losing 60 pounds using Sparkpeople back in 2010-2011, I'm back up to my heaviest weight (243 pounds, for what it's worth). I was 187 pounds in February 2011. Back then, I think my goal weight was 160, which now seems ridiculous. I no longer really have a weight goal, but I do have an idea of what I think I will weigh when I get to my goal body fat percentage (25%). It's 180 pounds and the idea that I was so close to that makes me a little ill. Things I didn't know back then. How eas... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:33:03 EST 2014.2: The Fitness Reset For someone who was never athletic as a child or as a teenager, I sure do spend a lot of time doing athletic stuff as an adult. A few months ago, I was thinking about the sports/fitness stuff I do and ranked it in order of preference: <BR> 1. Golf. No really, I love to golf. But I live in Michigan and our season is basically five months long. Also, I can't afford to golf more than once a week. <BR> 2. Weight-lifting. I find lifting weights and other strength training to be very satisfying. F... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:50:03 EST 2014.2: The Food Reset By now, I've tried so many different kinds of things to lose weight that I definitely know what works best for me and my annoying tendency to get very excited about a new way of eating for about two weeks before deciding it's too much work. (It's probably not a coincidence that my attempt at "Vegan Before 6" in spring 2013 was followed almost exactly a year later by my attempt at going Primal.) <BR> <BR> What I need my nutrition plan to be: <BR> - Balanced with a lot of different kinds of fo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:52 EST 2014.1: The background So, I keep trying this thing, and honestly I AM a little discouraged with myself for not being able to stick with it, but also encouraged because I keep trying. Anyway, I've somehow let myself get within 10 pounds of my highest weight and that is NOT okay with me. I've had a lot of stuff happen this year and almost none of it was good. At least in the first six months of the year. My laundry list of problems: <BR> - I had five people I really cared about die in the first six months of the yea... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:58:30 EST That was then I just re-wrote everything on my Spark page. It's been so long since I regularly visited/used SP that it seemed stupid to pretend that I've been continuously working on this for the past three years. I haven't. There are huge holes between my visits. So I think I should treat it like I'm starting over completely. <BR> <BR> But because I'm a total packrat and believe that we can learn from the past, even if we should never live there, I saved everything that was on my Spark page and I'm post... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:37:34 EST Mixed up bag of weekend-y-ness I don't have to pretend that's a real word, because I put in hyphens. (That's my spellcheck rule toward adding to the English language. Incidentally, this means spellcheck isn't a real word.) <BR> <BR> What I did this weekend: <BR> - I made my bed for the first non-"company is coming" time in years. Other than those few times that I wanted to see the effect of my bedding and throw pillows. But those don't count. Because that's not "I just woke up and now it's time to make my bed." It's more,... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:20:13 EST Breakin' the law, breakin' the law! So, I have this personal rule about running in the summer. I have an 83 deg. F cutoff for acceptable running weather. If it's any hotter than that, I don't run outside. <BR> <BR> Or so I have always said. <BR> <BR> Last night, it was about 92 or so and I debated running on the indoor track at the gym. But after waffling back and forth a bit, I decided to run outside despite the weather. The thing is, it was hot, but it didn't feel sweltering. Also, my heat tolerance has gotten higher in th... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:48:27 EST Summer accountability challenge Week 2: July 16-22 The template is on KARVY09's blog! (Love her!) <BR> <link><BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972382 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE WEEK 2: JULY 16-22 <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Last week I wanted to feel more optimistic and mentally strong by the end of the week. Today I feel pretty darned excellent! And definitely committed to success. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> I feel this way because I got in thr... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 18:04:50 EST Scale-B-Gone Something awesome happened over the weekend. No, I didn't win the lottery or meet a great guy, or even lose weight. Nope. My scale was water damaged and doesn't work any more, so I decided to throw it away and not replace it. No more "tyranny of the scale" for me! I'm weighing myself on the extremely accurate scale at the gym from now on. Due to preferences about clothing and shoes while weighing myself, that will most likely only happen on days when I see my trainer. Which means I will only ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:44:10 EST Can't stop, zombies will eat me! Contains spoilers for the first mission of the running app, "Zombies, Run!' <BR> <BR> Last night I took a "run" with the Zombies, Run! app (for Android) for the first time. I have to put run in quotes because I haven't had any kind of a run since March and that was less than a mile with short intervals. Last night, I didn't even attempt intervals- mostly because there was no battery in my GymBoss (the cover fell off during the 2011 Princess Half and I've had a naked battery compartment since... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:03:21 EST Summer Accountability Challenge! Goals and Week One KARVY09 has a fantastic challenge starting- just when I need it most! <BR> The template is here: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956144 </link> <BR> <BR> And here is my first entry. <BR> <BR> SUMMER ACCOUNTABILITY CHALLENGE START-UP <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My starting weight is 218. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I'm going to make July and the rest of summer great by going home from work at a reasonable time, getting back into the activity habit, a... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 18:35:25 EST Variety may be the spice of life, but consistency is the key to weight loss I eat the same thing for breakfast every day, Monday through Friday: two whole wheat waffles with a tablespoon each of peanut butter and homemade jam, with a cup of coffee and sugar-free vanilla caramel creamer. I try to eat nearly the same thing every day for lunch. Lately, it's been one of those pre-washed, shrink-wrapped microwave sweet potatoes with a quarter cup of ricotta, yogurt (Greek or Dannon Light n' Fit), and a piece of fruit. As an afternoon snack, I have a banana and a Kashi gra... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:37:21 EST GIIIRRRRL SCOOOOOUUUUTS! Apparently, Girl Scouts are like my own personal Khan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, eating an entire box of Savvanah Smiles last night was not the absolute worst thing I have ever done, nutrition-wise. But clearly it cannot happen again. I have one box of Thin Mints and one box of Trefoils remaining, and they are going to get packaged up into individual portions (and half of those portions are going into the freezer. The *downst... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:06:57 EST Why you should always double check I noticed something interesting when preparing to enter my lunch foods today. I rely pretty heavily on the nutritional information that others have entered in the food search and often take it for granted that people will enter the correct info or that the info will be up-to-date. I couldn't remember which yogurt I had packed for my lunch today, so I checked the label and incidentally, looked at the calorie info. It was lemon and I suspected it might be less than strawberry. I was pleasantly ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:57:18 EST Bleah I crossed my second forbidden watershed weight recently. I remember when I got to my lowest weight in ten years. I said I'd never be over 200 pounds again. I also expressed how happy I was to no longer be part of the obesity epidemic. <BR> <BR> Then I lost sight of my goals. I started eating whatever I wanted. I stopped working out regularly. Before I knew it, I was inching over 200 pounds again. I could make excuses and say, "Well, it's not that much. I can lose it again with no problems." ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:46:03 EST Need to figure out the eating thing again The past couple of days, I've done really well with my planned eating. I'm able to stay in bounds without too much trouble. It's what happens when I finish dinner that's the problem. I keep hitting the snack foods. Last night, I even said, "I'm full" out loud and meant it. (Lots of veggies and leftover chicken for dinner.) And then I ate an entire bag of 99% Fat Free microwave popcorn and chased it with a glass of sangria. Grr! I'm not hungry. I'm not bored. I'm just... graze-y. And food is t... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:36:35 EST And the next day... After I left work yesterday, I headed straight for the gym to change and then take a short run. It had rained yesterday afternoon, so the temperature went from 95 degrees to about 78, so I ran around the lake in the park next to the gym. This made me very happy, because I really hate running inside, but I hate running in temps higher than about 81 even more. I'm trying to increase my tolerance to running in heat, but I'd rather run in 18 degree weather than 81 degree weather. Strange, but tru... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:05:54 EST This is harder The decision to join SparkPeople back in January 2010 was easy. I wanted to lose weight. SP provided a method and had the success stories to back it up. Decision made! A little over a year later, I'd lost 40 pounds and I was getting ready for my first half marathon. I'd made a habit of eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. I remember shortly before my trip to WDW (and the half), my mom said, "Just make sure you don't put it back on after your trip. I did that when I lost all the weig... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:26:37 EST I feel good. I think my hips do lie. So, my right hip flexor and psoas are back to being horribly tight and sore. It was doing this a lot back in January and February in the weeks leading up to the half marathon. It "miraculously" went away right before the half and I'm pretty sure I know why. My miracle cure was really just stretching and strengthening my hamstrings and abductors. I also picked up a tip from a cross-country runner at my gym who told me that her coach makes the team do crossover leg swings before running. I star... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:44:57 EST Ugh, Monday. And to combat this, a late 5K report. So, today I woke up later than I would have liked to and got stuck in traffic, leading me to be much later to work than usual. Bleah. And as soon as I got to work, I started feeling light-headed and nauseated. Double bleah. I'm not terribly concerned about it, because I suspect it's related to TTOTM. And in any case, there's not a whole lot I can do about it. I'd love nothing more than to go back home and crawl back into bed. But bed is 38 miles away and sitting at my desk feeling a little di... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:51:02 EST At long last, Princess (now with even more pictures) So, at long last I'm ready to make a real return to SparkPeople after weeks of going a bit nuts. Part of that is finally, finally, finally posting my race report for the Princess Half-Marathon. Now, you're going to have to bear with me because it happened three weeks ago, and was a bit of a blur even then, but I think I can piece it together. <BR> <BR> I got to WDW at about 1:00 on Friday and checked into the Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Villas. The first order of business was to figure ou... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:10:08 EST Back home Just a brief blog post today. I arrived late last night and am trying to catch up. I would have posted while at WDW, but the only internet connection was in my parents' bedroom. Didn't like that at all! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I finished! My pace was really slow. And I mean, really slow. I was doing as well as I'd planned until I got to the Magic Kingdom. After that, all of my plans of ignoring the photo ops and just getting through to the finish line kind of blew up. I made so many stops for phot... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 13:52:24 EST Leaving tomorrow morning I'm about to skip out of work (not literally, despite yesterday's status update), but I wanted to write a blog post first. I have a ton of stuff left to do at home before I can call it good and go to sleep for a few hours. I have an early flight tomorrow. It's at 6:45, which I think qualifies as officially "pre-dawn." And as far as I'm concerned, it's not a moment too soon. We're getting another 3-6" of snow overnight. Ugh! Actually, it's supposed to snow from the time I go to bed until I arr... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:26:04 EST Discretion is the better part of valor But is it possible to be too careful? <BR> <BR> So, it is exactly one week until Princess. In fact, if my predictions are right, I should be crossing the finish line right around now, give or take a half hour. (Not sure when my start time will be.) I'm not going to lie, I'm a little concerned. <BR> <BR> This past week, I didn't get in any solid runs. I went to run on Wednesday night, got about a half mile in and quit. I just didn't feel right. Knees were sore. Calves were tight. I was runni... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:03:30 EST Even Pollyanna must have got the blues sometimes So, I'm having some family issues and have been struggling with them for a while. As many of you may know, my sister and her partner adopted two kids last fall. Their oldest, my niece, has had a history of mental illness dating back years. Because of a traumatic background with her biological parents, she has a laundry list of disorders and came to us with her very own psychiatric team. It's been an ongoing concern for our family, but never more so than it has been since about September of th... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:44:03 EST Be your own Valentine Many, many years ago, I started treating myself to little presents for Valentine's Day. It started with a rose and a box of half-priced chocolates when I was in college. The next year, it was pajamas from Victoria's Secret. Eventually, I came up with a new name for February 14: Selfish Day. Over the years, I have treated myself to countless fancy dinners, bottles of champagne (non-vintage, but still the real stuff), frivolous shoes, video games, office chairs. I even bought my car the day be... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 11:38:05 EST My face froze that way! So, running has added a new wrinkle to my life. <BR> <BR> Literally. <BR> <BR> When I started running again after weeks of PT, it was just in time for running outside to become winter running. I run inside on my weekday runs because it's dark when I get home, but I run outside on weekends. I always pray for "sun and mid-20s," but the truth is, as long as it's not actively snowing heavily and the roads are clear enough that sharing them with cars is safe, I'll run outside without much comp... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:24:08 EST Nervous Nellie I'm not sure if I've really talked about this before, but I am totally nervous about the Princess Half Marathon. It's in 19 days. That's not a month of Sundays. That's not even three Sundays. There's this Sunday, then next Sunday, then on the following Sunday we run! There are only two weekends between now and the race, and also, my vacation. I don't think I have ever been this unprepared for a Disney vacation since I started planning trips as an adult. And of course, for most people, I've do... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 14:24:23 EST Super Build Weekend So, one of the goals I have for this year is some pretty serious home improvement. I came up with three projects to improve the decor and functionality of my living room. And when I say "projects," I mean, "building furniture from scratch using nothing but lumber, power tools, plans and a little can-do spirit!" I don't have a good power saw, so I rely on the staff at Lowes and Home Depot to do most of my cutting. And last week, I built a bookshelf. I realized that I was missing a couple of tr... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 14:12:08 EST "Gotta be with moving forward." "Like a shark." That title brought to you by Xander Harris's subconscious. (It's from a dream sequence on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer.") <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I set my status to say that I'm planning ahead. I'm thinking about a lot of things lately. For instance, I'm plotting my future races, thinking about home improvement, that sort of thing. I'm also thinking about my weight and what I'm doing about that. I've gained three pounds lately and I'm not happy about it. I know exactly how it happened, too. I've ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:36:30 EST Some things I forgot to mention yesterday First of all, thank you so much for the kind words on my aunt's passing. She was quite a lady. <BR> <BR> Second, I forgot to finish my thoughts on running with my Yak Trax on during my eight mile run. I ended up running one two mile lap with them on, then stashing them in the car. Though there was soft snow covering the road in the subdivision part of the road, the rest of my run was mostly bare pavement. They seemed to work great on the snow, but they felt horrible on the bare road. I decid... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:07:41 EST What did the papa tomato say to the baby tomato? Ketchup! <BR> <BR> So, the weekend before this past one was so busy it took me over a week to recover! Going waaaaaay back to January 15, I was knitting like crazy, but still way behind where I had intended to be on the baby sweater I was making for my cousin's shower on Sunday (the 17th). All week long, I had been following this routine most nights: PT and then the gym, or running errands; get home and have dinner; knit until I start to fall asleep; go to bed. And yes, you read that right. ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:54:37 EST My other anniversary (running greatest hits) Besides the one year anniversary of joining Spark People, this week also marks one year since I started running. I should have posted this yesterday, but I got confused by the fact that my first running blog post was posted the following day. Where's the ::rolleyes:: emoticon when I need it? LOL! Anyway, here is that first blog post: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745114 </link> <BR> <BR> It's been an interesting year since then, to say th... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:17:41 EST Anniversary Today is the one year anniversary of the day I joined Spark People. I can't even tell you how amazing this year has been. At times I feel like a totally different person than I was a year ago. Back then, I weighed 230 pounds, wore a size 18 or 20, and had this dream of getting to a healthy weight and running a half marathon by my 40th birthday. I ate a lot of fast food. I hadn't run since 9th grade gym class. I had no idea how I was going to reach my goal. I had no idea if I *could* reach my ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:43:24 EST Freakin' awesome weekend! This weekend was pretty doggoned awesome by my standards. On Friday, I stopped off at REI and did a little damage to my wallet buying winter running stuff. I bought arm warmers, new insoles for my new-ish shoes, more SmartWool socks (plus a pair of Thorlos), and a pair of YakTracks. Based on the weather forecast for the weekend, I planned to run on Sunday, when it was supposed to be mostly sunny, rather than Saturday, with expected snow showers. On Saturday, I spent most of the day in my paja... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:24:58 EST I need to enter these minutes! So, yesterday was my first PT appointment of the new year. I haven't been to PT since Dec. 20 and was worried that I might have lost some of my conditioning. I drove home from work and changed into workout clothes before my appointment, because my intention was to go straight from PT to the gym. Also, I suspected that my therapist might want to work on my knee, which she did at the end of the appointment, so it was good that I was wearing loose capris. She kept commenting "This is one straigh... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:25:25 EST 2011 and my outlook's as bright as my new background (holy cow, this is a long post) It's going to take a while to get used to my new color scheme and background image, but who cares? I'm making "freakin' awesome" the phrase of the year! I'm sure FOXXYROXXYD will be delighted. <em>211</em> If I ever need to remind myself of what I am, I'll just look at my Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Although I'm taking a pretty laid-back attitude toward this year, I do have some goals/plans for 2011. Not all of them are weight-loss related. Some are for my health, some are for my home, some are... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:10:55 EST Running stuff I've been pretty concerned about the compressed time I have left to train for the half marathon. This week marks 7 weeks between now and the half and I'm up to 5 miles again. Which is great, but if I had been able to stick with my original program, I would have been at 11 miles at this point. And even using the official beginner Princess Half program, I would have been at 9.5 miles. The one thing I am sure of is that I am absolutely not interested in rushing things and undoing all the good I'... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:32:51 EST What I didn't get, didn't do, and what I accomplished (a lot!) So, last month I certainly didn't get any Consistency or 500 monthly points awards. I started December busy, got busier, and then when I finally had some breathing room, I got sick and then got the heck out of Dodge. I'm pretty sure I caught the flu right around December 19 or 20. We had our family Christmas party that Saturday night, and by Monday night I was miserable. It only got worse- fever, body ache, congestion, weakness. I had planned to drive up to my parents' house on Tuesday mornin... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:53:21 EST I'm behind again! I kind of suck at "Suck It" ;-) But I rock at so many other things, so I ain't worried about it. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I went to the gym to run after about 1.5 hours of PT. I get discharged on my ankle this week, so that's a big "Yay!" Of course, I have evaluation/intake for my knee at the very next appointment, so it's not like I'm really discharged at all. My exercises will change somewhat and we're going to be doing some of the more basic stuff (stretching, therapy bands), but we've been working my knees the... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:22:54 EST Wintery excuses and procrastination can just suck it (catching up, so it's long) I meant to join YOOVIE's "Suck It" December challenge on time, but I was stuck in a classroom with several male co-workers looking over my shoulder all week and I ran out of time to post. <BR> <BR> But I firmly believe that starting late is better than not starting at all. So here is my entry card, a brief day 2 recap, and days 3-5 all wrapped up in one post! <em>19</em> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> ~!~SUCK IT CHALLENGE ENTRY CARD AND DAY ONE CHALLENGE~!~ <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. P... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 17:37:15 EST Busy runner's blog! (jingle jingle) I had to continue the blog post I started on Tuesday so I could post it today. I have been ridiculously busy this week, so I just ran out of time to finish it! <BR> <BR> This part was written on Tuesday: <BR> At PT last night, I told Jennifer about my run on Sunday and she was neither surprised nor annoyed at me. I told her all about how I warmed up properly, let how I was feeling determine the intervals and how I cut off the run while I still felt good. She responded by showing me some str... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 12:09:48 EST First run in eight weeks I've been feeling progressively better lately. My ankle still has the occasional twinge of pain when I've overused it, but my knee actually feels pretty close to normal. Well, normal for me, anyway. Which means really noisy and occasionally unstable, with a few moments of pain to remind me that my normal isn't like other people's normal. Anyway, I was feeling well enough yesterday that I went out for a run, my first since Oct. 2. It was a gorgeous afternoon, but really cold. I think it was 35... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:21:00 EST Less whining, more "I'm fine"-ing So, in the past few days, I've gone from "Oh, my God! The pain! Will I ever walk again!" to "Hmm. My knee feels okay. What's up with that?" I'm not 100% back to normal by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel much better. In fact, I kind of feel like I did this past summer, when I was running with supports on both my knees. I could do with a bit less crackling in my knees, but it's the kind of thing that I'm already used to. I suspect it's the TENS unit. I got it for my ankle a few weeks... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:43:26 EST Not so fast... After posting my last blog post, I headed out to therapy and told Jennifer (my PT) everything the orthopedic surgeon said and she had a slightly different take on it. As she put it, running with my knee issues is not a great idea, but at the same time "you don't want to kill someone's dream." And I had to confess that what the doctor said didn't just take the wind out of my sails, it completely flattened me. <BR> <BR> While the doctor may know his stuff, the one thing he doesn't really know... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:45:50 EST Long time, no blog So, there's been a lot going on with me lately. I suppose that isn't really a surprise. Usually when someone "drops out" for a while, it's because there's a lot going on. <BR> <BR> First of all, I've been busy with work, which doesn't leave me with a lot of time for daytime Sparking. But I've also been dealing with a lot of GI issues lately. My tummy has been my biggest enemy lately. Luckily, it appears that the worst is behind me. <BR> <BR> PT has been going well. I had my reevaluation la... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 17:30:18 EST I want my toe back Did anyone else tell the "I want my toe back" story at slumber parties or campfires? <BR> <BR> One thing I'm not sure I mentioned is that my PT arranged for me to get a home TENS/stim pack for at least a month, with an option to buy it. Doing the electric stimulation treatments at home means that I have more time for other stuff at PT and I can do a much longer treatment. The tricky thing is, it's not really all that intuitive to use. After using it at home for several days, I finally figur... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 13:04:27 EST What I most want to do right now is also what I fear most I want to go running. It's a beautiful day with a clear, sunny sky. I mean, based on the temperature, it's also a freakin' cold day (46 deg), but that just means that I'd wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Heck, it was almost that cold when I ran a 5K in September and I was wearing a singlet and shorts. And my desire to put my ankle injury and recovery behind me and just get back to running has become so strong it's almost like a physical need. I want to be able to just throw on my run... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:03:20 EST Bloggity blog blog Today is pay day so I celebrated having money again with a cafeteria lunch. I tried out the new Cooking Light offering again. Today was pan seared tilapia, mashed potatoes with shallot parsley butter, and spicy corn. It was very good, but I'm not really a fresh fish girl. I don't care if it's from the sea, a lake, or a commercial fishery, unless it's caught and then immediately frozen, I'm going to think it tastes fishy. The mashed potatoes were delightful. I kept running into lumps of whole ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 14:20:46 EST Cooking Light at my workplace! I was just served my lunch by the Executive Chef of "Cooking Light" magazine, Billy Strynkowski! The company I work for (actually the company the company I work for works for- I'm an onsite supplier) is introducing a new "Cooking Light" station in our already pretty impressive cafeteria. To kick it off, Chef Billy came to visit and present the first lunch offerings. They had a white chili available as a soup, but I was there for the main event: cider glazed chicken, brown butter and pecan ric... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:21:17 EST