LADYBUGFAERIE's SparkPeople Blog LADYBUGFAERIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fight for Air Climb - Please Support ALA! So Steve and I have signed up for the Fight for Air Climb benefiting the American Lung Association. On February 23, we will climb 56 flights of stairs! <BR> <BR> Why do we climb? We climb for those who are fighting for air, those who struggle for air, those who can't breathe on their own. From asthma to COPD to lung cancer, millions of people each day fight for air. Please join us in supporting the American Lung Association and their mission to save lives by improving lung health and pre... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:19:27 EST What to do this year? So I'm trying to set my sights on a few races this year. Having at least one per month last year really helped keep me on track with my activity goals. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Races I enjoyed last year and why: <BR> <BR> Zombie Run - I'm a HUGE fan of zombie movies, and I really love the Zombies, Run! app for my phone. Having "zombies" placed throughout the race was lots of fun and gave me incentive to really put on the speed to evade them. And I was really proud of having ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:52:00 EST End of the Year Update So after being gone for so long from the site, I thought it would be good to write a blog to catch folks up on what I've been doing since September. <BR> <BR> Overall, not a whole lot, as far as my healthy lifestyle goes. I still take my lunch to work most days, but I haven't been really overly concerned with avoiding eating out or getting in my fitness minutes or anything. I think I just was in a bit of a funk. And I'm not even going to berate myself for the weight gain because of it. I... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:25:26 EST I'm baaaack! After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus from the site, I am finally back. <BR> <BR> Lots of things going on in my life, as usual! I'll do a full blog soon. But for now, I just wanted to say... I'm baaaack! <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>90</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:38:50 EST I Think I Need a Break... I am now in the fifth month of what seems like a never-ending plateau. And I am frustrated beyond the point of anger and tears. And I am SICK to death of the well-intentioned advice/truisms from friends and acquaintances, and I'm lashing out at people who don't deserve it. And I am even MORE sick of the conflicting advice from supposed experts, some of whom don't seem to have a clue what they're talking about! <BR> <BR> Beyond that, I have lost the joy I once had for logging in here and k... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:02:08 EST Zombie Run & Sunday Fun (w/ Pics) So yesterday morning I got up and went to the Zombie Run. It was a little tough to motivate myself to go, because it was kind of rainy, but I did get my butt out the door in the end! Here's me before the run: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The three balloons at my waist represent my "lifelines." If all three get popped along the way, I don't survive. <BR> <BR> So off we went: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:59:02 EST Doctor Visit This is kind of a follow-up to this blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415501 </link> <BR> <BR> I had my appointment with the doctor yesterday, and I'm still pretty frustrated. First of all, her scale showed me UP 4 pounds(!!!!!), which is just utterly disheartening. [Thankfully, I'm still under 200 - I swear if I see that number again, I might just have a breakdown!] Secondly, while she confirmed that I am doing everything right, her sol... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:12:42 EST Camp MissFits Last night, I got a Living Social deal for one month of unlimited group training classes with Camp MissFits for only $25. From the website, I think their focus is awesome. The website says "Plus, we know your MIND often gets in the way of you seeing the results you've always wanted in your body. We're passionate about helping you have a healthy body image as you pursue your fitness goals." I really like that statement! <BR> <BR> Anyway, after I'm done with my yoga classes, I'll start my ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:50:46 EST It's Just Not Changing! I am getting SOOOOO frustrated. After 3 months of boot camp, running 2-3 days a week, eating right almost every day... in short, doing EVERYTHING right... I am still stuck right around 195 lbs! Steve has lost almost 20 pounds since April (and he only had 25-30 to lose!) and he's not even working out! Now I know that guys lose faster than girls and all that, but it's just maddening that he's losing and I'm not, and I'm preparing meals for both of us, plus I'm working out. <BR> <BR> I stay ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:11:51 EST Happy Sparkversary to Me! (A Day Late) <em>507</em> <em>504</em> (5+2=7!) <BR> <BR> I forgot to post yesterday... It was my 7-year Sparkversary... <BR> <BR> I have been sporadic in my use of the site at best (although fairly consistent of late), and I have had lots of ups and downs in my weight loss journey in that time, but there it is... seven years. <BR> <BR> So much has changed in my life... When I joined, I was married to my ex and planning to have kids in the near future. I was fresh out of law school and practicin... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:16:36 EST Success measured by pics... So last night, I uploaded this new pic of me, all dressed up for a charity event: <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4646257 </link> <BR> <BR> And then I started looking at my old pics... especially these two: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=127903 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=821982 </link> <BR> <BR> And I had a sudden realization of how much my bod... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:34:40 EST Mile High Yoga Experience <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been meaning to post about this for awhile now. I'm doing this tomorrow. <link>!mile-high-y<BR>oga/c1za4 </link> <BR> <BR> It's the largest free yoga class in Colorado. Should be a blast! <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>90</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:07:11 EST Food Orgy So a local charity that Steve and I support is hosting a "Food Orgy" fundraiser on Saturday. Basically, there will be all kinds of delicious foods, from hors de'vours to small entrees (more like tapas) to desserts, but I doubt they'll be diet friendly at all. You either pay one price for the entire evening or pay by the item. From what I understand, it is far cheaper to pay the door fee, even if you only indulge sparingly, than to pay per piece. <BR> <BR> So I'm torn. First of all, do we... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:56:08 EST So Disappointed and Frustrated... Over Something VERY Silly... So I went to SmashBurger tonight to get my absolute favorite sandwich, the Spinach & Goat Cheese SmashChicken Grilled Chicken sandwich. At only 410 calories, 14 grams of fat and 32 grams of protein, it's one of the most healthful, most unique and most delicious of the fast food options out there... <BR> <BR> So of course, they had to discontinue it! <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <em>24</em> WHY?!!?!! <BR> <BR> I was very upset by this. But I thought I'd pick another grilled chicken san... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:43:36 EST Worth It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night, I was once again faced with a decision - skip boot camp and spend more time with a friend who came over to the house to hang out or go to boot camp and see her for a shorter amount of time after I got home. I was pretty much exhausted all day long, and I really didn't want to go to boot camp, so it was awfully tempting to just veg out at home. <BR> <BR> But I made myself go (with the encouragement of ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:47:45 EST Zombies, Run! So I downloaded the Zombies, Run! 5K Training app <link> </link> and I completed "The Story Begins" run tonight. So far, it's pretty entertaining. I would definitely recommend it and say it's worth the $1.99 for the app, especially if you're into zombie stuff like I am! <BR> <BR> I'm using the app to help increase my running pace. I'm going to be sprinting as much as I can during the "running" segments of the program, so that eventually my overall pace will get fa... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:03:12 EST Epic Sh*t! I'm not sure if this image really needs any commentary (sorry if language offends you)... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>90</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 00:13:37 EST Great Article on CNN! <link><BR>itness-gadgets-motivation/index.html?h<BR>pt=te_r1 </link> <BR> <BR> So I read the above-linked story on CNN last night and just had to share it with my fellow Sparkers! It's all about how using the social features of various apps increases your activity and ability! One of the lines that struck me was "... publicly sharing workouts has real benefits, especially for people who are just getting into shape and are trying to stick to new behav... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:58:43 EST Wow! So timely! It's like the featured article was reading my mind or something: <BR> <BR> "So when life hands us pain, what should we do? We should listen to our bodies. We should rest. We should seek help. We should ignore the ego that tells us to "suck it up" or "push through it." And we should learn from the pain whatever we can. It is there to teach us a lesson, to get us to stop and pay attention—to slow down, to move differently, to find an alternative. While it might not come at the most convenient ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:03:20 EST Or Not Insanity Run... Listening to Your Body is Vital!! So I woke up at 6:30 am with the intention of going to Larkspur for the Insanity Run this morning... And I was so freaking exhausted that I started questioning whether I should go. But I thought to myself, you did the Spartan on practically NO sleep, you can totally do this one. But as I started to move around, I noticed that my kidneys were aching again (I had a pretty awful UTI earlier this week that seems to be lingering and perhaps moving up). But even then, I was having a very hard ti... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:34:22 EST Insanity Run So Insanity Run is tomorrow, and I haven't worked out in a week due to a terrible UTI. I feel like I am better, but still not 100% so I will be taking it easy and not overdoing it. I'm disappointed that the friend who was going to do this with me rolled her ankle yesterday, so I'm going it alone. I'm pretty nervous about this run... I don't know how the course will be set up or if I'll be able to skip obstacles that I feel are too much for me... I guess I'll just go and give it my best. I... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 00:17:23 EST Running vs. Boot Camp We had plans last night, and so I skipped boot camp and went for a run instead. And it is clear that I really need to continue a regular running schedule in addition to boot camp. I was only able to make it about half as far as I'm used to before having to walk for a few minutes! <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> So I think I'll be running on either Sunday or Monday and Wednesday or Friday and doing boot camp on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I may also try to fit in a yoga class h... Sat, 25 May 2013 02:13:21 EST WTF? Not even a little change??? <em>7</em> So I measured myself earlier, in accordance with my earlier blog ( <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359398 </link> ) and in over one month (I last measured April 6), I haven't had ANY change. <BR> <BR> So I'm having a MAJOR WTF moment right now... I started boot camp in April. I continue to run at least once a week. I work out on my breaks at work. I'm creating a fairly decent calorie deficit every day according to my Body Media (som... Sat, 18 May 2013 03:01:36 EST Step Away from the Scale! So, I go upstairs at my work a few times a day to fill my water bottle. We have a scale up by the water cooler... And I really think I need a watchman up there for me. I imagine the exchange would go like this: <BR> <BR> Me: *nudges scale to turn it on* <BR> <BR> Watchman: Ma'am, is it your weigh-in day? <BR> <BR> Me: *blushing sheepishly* Weeeeelllll, noooooo, but... <BR> <BR> Watchman: But you just thought you'd see where you were... AGAIN? <BR> <BR> Me: Ummm, yeah... <BR> <BR> Watc... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:06:50 EST Spoke Too Soon Okay, so apparently, I spoke too soon when I said we had ruled out a TIA as the cause of Steve's symptoms on Friday night. We went to the neurologist yesterday and discovered that it's about 50/50 whether he had a TIA or a complex migraine with aura. <BR> <BR> The echocardiogram that he had while in the hospital revealed that he has a hole in his heart called a PFO. And while that sounds fairly alarming, approximately 1 out of 5 Americans have the same condition. It is a condition that is... Wed, 8 May 2013 16:31:48 EST Think FAST! So in addition to the brutal beating I endured in the Spartan race on Saturday, my weekend was jam packed with stuff, both good and bad. We had a friend in town and wanted to introduce him to some of our friends here and take him to some of our favorite places. So Friday night, we went to a party that a friend was hosting. And that's where the best laid plans of mice and men went awry... <BR> <BR> Only minutes after arriving at the party, while we were greeting the host, Steve sat down an... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:15:11 EST Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge (w/ Pics!) So I completed the Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge (a Spartan designed race) yesterday. It was one of the most difficult physical challenges I've ever had, and I was already exhausted from getting only an hour of sleep the night before (I've blogged about why here: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348653 </link> ). <BR> <BR> My initial reactions to my race experience were fairly negative. I felt like I had bitten off more than I could chew and... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:15:21 EST Body Media Battery Life! I had to charge my Body Media last night... for the first time in a week and a half!! And that's with me wearing it practically 24/7 that entire time! So needless to say, I'm very impressed with the battery life! <BR> <BR> I was disappointed that it ran out of batteries just before I walked into boot camp last night, so I had to manually track that time here. I'm also trying to figure out if there is a way to add activity to the Body Media for times like that. Haven't found it yet, but ... Fri, 3 May 2013 17:25:24 EST What Would You Trade? Today on the SP Blog, Jen wrote about a new survey among British women: <link><BR>st=poll_would_you_trade_one_year_for_t<BR>he_perfect_body </link> <BR> <BR> I was interested to see that 16% would trade one year of their life for the ideal weight and body shape. Another 13% say they'd trade over $8,000/year in salary in return for their perfect body. Another 9% and 7% respectively said they'd give up time with friends/partners or family. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:31:23 EST BodyMedia So Steve is the bestest, most wonderfulest sweetie in all the world; he got me a BodyMedia for my birthday with a one-year subscription! I got it all set-up and ready to go on Sunday, and have been wearing it most of the day ever since (you're not supposed to wear it more than 23 hours a day). Here are the things I've discovered so far: <BR> <BR> I'm surprised at how few steps I take in an average day. Even yesterday, when we went to the Butterfly Pavilion, I didn't even make it to 2500 s... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:21:40 EST Diet Soda?? I have now seen several places where SparkPeople has recommended drinking diet soda - one was in an article about how to avoid gaining weight at college and another was in my daily nutrition feedback when I went over my calorie goals as a suggestion for how to cut calories (and I had not had any soda at all that day). <BR> <BR> I'm just baffled that after all the terrible things that this website has to say about artificial sweetners, in general, and diet sodas particularly, that it would ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:51:20 EST Stomach Bug Won't Derail Me! Somehow I was exposed to a stomach bug that really wiped me out on Tuesday (into Wednesday), and then poor Steve got it and was very sick yesterday. Thankfully, we're both feeling better today. <BR> <BR> I'm happy that we stayed on track and didn't go overboard with ginger ale and such to help our tummies. And I got right back into it with boot camp last night. It was really tough, although Scott (the trainer) warned us he intended to wear us out, which he did! My enthusiasm for fitness ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:23:36 EST Baby Blues... Not Really Sure Where Else to Post This... [Before you comment, please read the whole blog, particularly the last paragraph about what I DON'T want to hear from others. No offense, but I just don't want people making me feel even worse about this issue.] <BR> <BR> So I've been struggling a lot lately with what I can only assume is my biological clock. <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> When Steve and I first started dating, I knew up front that he had had a vasectomy and said that he did not want any more children. He has one from his ve... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:08:42 EST Productive Day I attended my third day of boot camp this morning. Again, it was challenging but made me feel good to be working so hard. I have had some form of fitness activity every day this month so far, and I'm proud that I am staying so committed to my goals. <BR> <BR> Our group run ended up being cancelled - the other two that were going to run with me had things come up and, since I was flat exhausted from boot camp, I decided to call it good. And with that added time, I was able to check a few t... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:49:45 EST Boot Camp Day 2, Comparison and Other Insanity Attended my second day of boot camp last night... And discovered that my core strength is PATHETIC! Hopefully, this will be one of the first things to improve as I continue with boot camp. I look forward to the day when I can do REAL sit-ups and push-ups, not just crunches and modified push-ups! And once again, I'm sore from the workout, but not dying. So far I really love it and can't wait to get more!! <BR> <BR> So when I logged in last night to track the fitness minutes, I had one of ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:38:01 EST Boot Camp Day 1 So I attended my first session of boot camp last night. It was challenging, and I struggled to keep up at times, but I didn't feel like it would be outside of my abilities. The friend that went with me actually got sick during the class, but recovered well and still finished. I'm really proud of her for that! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling less sore today than I expected to be, but I am feeling it. Also, with DOMS, you tend to feel it worse the second day, so we'll see how I feel tomorrow morning... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:45:47 EST A Couple of Random Thoughts So I have a couple of things floating around my head right now... <BR> <BR> First, I was advising my stepson earlier today about the advisability of filing for bankruptcy, and I had a sudden weight-loss analogy spring to mind. I told him that, in my mind, bankruptcy is like having gastric bypass or similar surgeries. It might be necessary in extreme situations, but if you don't learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, you'll just end up gaining weight again (and if you don't learn to live wi... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 23:18:00 EST Why I'm Not Joining a Gym I know lots of people love their gyms, and I know that gyms provide a lot of fitness options for one price. But I don't think I'm going to be joining a gym anytime soon. And here are a few of my reasons: <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> Money - I would rather spend my money on other things, including running gear, race registration fees and other things that support my healthy lifestyle. I know there are gyms out there that are fairly cheap, but they are also fairly limited in what they offer. ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:24:54 EST One-derland!!!!!!! I made it back to One-derland today!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> For those who might not know what that means, it means I'm no longer in the 200s; my weight starts with a 1 now! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that, true to the way my body plateaus <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274349 </link> , I will NEVER see the 200s again! <BR> <BR> And I'm really looking forward to smashing through the next 8... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:21:55 EST Best Compliment I think I received the best compliment, or at least the best way to say "you've lost weight" ever. Someone who I met a year ago and who I saw again briefly last night, sent me an e-mail that said, "I wanted to say that it looks like you have been taking good care of yourself! Great job, you look amazing!" <BR> <BR> I thought that was an awesome way to compliment someone and show that you can tell they've lost weight without making it a backhanded insult to the way they used to look. And i... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:32:16 EST Biggest Loser Finale (SPOILER ALERT!) So I watched the Biggest Loser Finale and was once again awed by the amazing transformations that took place on the show! The kids were particularly inspiring, especially the changes they brought to their whole families. I wasn't giving the show 100% of my attention, so I can't be sure if they showed them at all, but I know they didn't really mention any weight loss in Sunny's family. I hope that her mother's weight and poor lifestyle choices won't pull her back into bad habits. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:56:24 EST Happy Pi Day! Mmmmmmm pie.... <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> Oh wait, not that kind of pie... THIS kind of pi! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or maybe we could compromise on this kind: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyway, to all my nerdy friends, I hope you're having a good Pi Day! <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>90</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:29:33 EST Boot Camp... I Must Be Out of My Mind! So last night, I bought a LivingSocial deal for 3 months of unlimited boot camp classes. <BR> <BR> [And if any of my Denver friends are interested, today is the last day to get the deal for 56% off! - <link><BR>f=conf-jp&rpi=108314894 </link> ] <BR> <BR> Now I've been contemplating doing a boot camp for probably 2 years now. And so seeing a deal for less than half off, I decided to go for it. <BR> <BR> YAY! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Ummmmmm, wait... ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:24:02 EST Cookie and Ice Cream (Hold the Guilt) I got back from my run, made Steve and I a wonderful dinner (lemon pepper tilapia with couscous and spinach) and then discovered that I was still WAY under my calorie goal for the day... So I indulged in a chocolate chip cookie and some vanilla ice cream. <BR> <BR> <em>495</em> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> It was DELICIOUS! And I don't even feel a little bad about it. I kept it to a proper portion - one cookie and 1/2 cup ice cream. And even with my indulgence, I was only 4 calories in... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:51:41 EST Soooo close... AGAIN! I am 2 pounds away from One-derland... again. <BR> <BR> There's a level of frustration that I allowed myself to gain back over 200 pounds. When I made it to the 190s in December 2011, I promised myself I'd never go back there again! But then again, there's a level of pride that I stopped myself from ballooning up to my previous weights, turned it around and started losing again. And here I am, right around the corner from being in One-derland again. <BR> <BR> Perhaps it's not a terrible ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:58:28 EST SparkDenver is Growing! I'm so very excited to see the Denver team really starting to take off... We had 4 team members (5 including me) join us for our Walk & Talk yesterday (+1 significant other and +2 furry friends!). We also had several team members post that they couldn't make it this week but hoped to make it out soon. After being here for over a year, it's wonderful to see the team start to get more active! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> And since I am the team leader and the one organizing a lot of... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:16:42 EST The Blahs <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> After getting sick immediately upon returning to Denver from OKC, and struggling with a lot of lingering congestion and ickiness, I feel like I have a serious case of the Blahs! I just haven't felt like doing much of anything... especially since just changing the sheets on the bed on Sunday totally winded me. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> But ya know what, I'm sick of it! And I have a race in less than 2 weeks. I know there's no way I can run an entire 7K... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:16:45 EST Upcoming Races So I have now officially signed up for the following races: <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> Runnin' of the Green - March 10 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> Rave Run 5K - April 20 <link><BR>10676?ref=personalized-link-box-105831<BR>900&rpi=105831900 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge - May 4 <link>https//<BR>ct-race?e=3766901&pse=3767301&tid=9068<BR>302&tname=SparkDenv... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:26:35 EST Biggest Loser, Unrealistic Expectations I'm watching last week's episode of Biggest Loser, and it's really disturbing to me to see the contestants being genuinely upset about 4- and 6-pound weight losses. I know that it is because it means a risk of falling below the yellow line and being out of the game... <BR> <BR> ... But what kind of signal are we sending to the rest of the country? That if you can't pull amazing numbers every week, you have failed? That your success is defined by the number on the scale? I don't like this... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:58:36 EST The Best Diet Shake <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> <em>90</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:38:53 EST