LADYPIXEL's SparkPeople Blog LADYPIXEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community AAAAAHHHHH IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! I am doing the Rebel Challenge at Disneyland tomorrow and Sunday. <BR> It's another 10k and half marathon challenge. <BR> I am amped... not only because it's cool, but because it's Star Wars-themed. <BR> <BR> OMG OMG OMG IT'S HERE! <BR> <BR> Now back to my regularly-scheduled chaos. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:07:16 EST Random rambling I don't even know who sees my blog posts anymore. Keeping my profile private because of having an ex stalking me here has sucked. But I'm gonna post one because I need to ramble a little bit. So if you can see this, HI! <BR> <BR> After doing the California 10/20 in February (the last blog post I have up here), my boss decided he was going to start winding down his business. In June, I was suddenly unemployed. But I bought my former boss's leftover inventory, and dove into business for myself... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:49:16 EST California 10/20 This morning, I did the inaugural California 10/20, a ten-mile race with 20 bands along it. I had a blast! The medal was fantastic, the course was beautiful (it started in Del Mar, CA and ran through Solana Beach to Encinitas and then back), and the weather was perfect. Loved it. I'm gonna have to do it next year! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (please pardon the sideways pic, I posted this from my phone) Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:37:09 EST 10k tomorrow woooooo! So, I'm doing the inaugural Tinkerbell 10k tomorrow at Disneyland. I'm not even close to ready for it, mostly because I gained SO much weight, but I'm doing it anyway. Now I just gotta decide whether or not I'm going to do the Dumbo Double Dare in late August/early September again, given how much it runs... but OH do I want to be able to do another 10k/half marathon combo, and I love my Disney races. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:29:08 EST Here we go again. So, I gained a LOT of weight after the Dumbo Double Dare. It started because of the blister on my foot, and then it just... continued. I started easing back in, but found myself slacking off. <BR> <BR> Oh, look, new year! So, while I don't consider it a "resolution", I started my new year out by cleaning house (which ALSO had fallen by the wayside... ew), and I joined a challenge that's done by a group called the Moonjoggers. It's like a virtual race, except it takes all year. My current goa... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:17:55 EST Got a "flat", made me fat. Oops. The last blog post I'd done was about the Dumbo Double Dare - a 10k and half marathon in one weekend's time - and about how I managed to complete it despite all odds. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I also had a massive, massive blister on my right foot that covered most of the ball of my foot, and another blister on my left which was below the big toe. And so I took some time off -- I figured okay, I need to rest post-race anyway, this will be fine. <BR> <BR> What I did not take into consideratio... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:24:59 EST Did the Dumbo! I promised a blog entry once I had a bit more time, and then... didn't have much more time. Oops. Sorry about that! <BR> <BR> However, now that I'm actually home, I wanted to say that my time for the Disneyland 10k was 1:38:03 (a pace of a 15:47 mile by RunDisney's timing), and my time for the Disneyland Half Marathon was 3:43:37 (a pace of a 17:04 mile by RunDisney's timing). And as I completed both, I got the Dumbo Double Dare medal as well. <BR> <BR> Now that I've said my times, let me t... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 01:20:23 EST Dumbo Double Dare I'll post a much longer blog later. But while I have a brief moment, I will offer up a tired and happy smile. You'll hear soon! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 15:25:00 EST *fidget* *fidget* Tomorrow's the day I pick up my packet at the Disneyland Expo, along with THREE race shirts (the 10k, the half marathon, and the Dumbo Double Dare shirt) and all of the accoutrements. I'm jumpy. I'm nervous. And OH do I wanna do this. <BR> <BR> The way things are set up this year is simple: there is a 5k, and it starts before the 10k (which seems odd to me, but whatever floats Disney's boat is fine). Then the 10k starts Saturday morning. While I'm not doing the 5k (there ARE some crazy peopl... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:19:36 EST Five days and counting... On Saturday, I get to run the all-new Disneyland 10k. <BR> On Sunday, I get to run the Disneyland Half Marathon. <BR> <BR> I did alright, if not great, at yesterday's 5k race -- I speedwalked it at an average pace of about a 15-minute mile. Didn't come in first, didn't come in last, but I'm happy with that. But it was HOT... probably 86-89 for the 5k. I'm really somewhat concerned now about the heat index for the 10k/half, especially since I'll be in much more humid Anaheim for them both, bu... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:18:22 EST Psyching up So, in less than two weeks, I'll have done the brand-new Disneyland 10k and the Disneyland Half Marathon on back-to-back days. I'll probably be hurting when it's all over. I'll hopefully come out of it with all four medals. And I'll be happy no matter the outcome. <BR> <BR> You see, while I want the medals, it's not about the medals anymore. Now it's about proving to myself that I can, in fact, do this, despite the contrary. I've come so far in the last few years that I know I can go farther... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:15:17 EST Nerves ramping up. Aiee! So, today The Email arrived. <BR> <BR> What is The Email? It is the final race instructions for the Dumbo Double Dare at Disneyland, the 10k/half marathon I'm doing Aug 31-Sept 1st. And I'm nervous. I'm really nervous. I'm trying to keep it chill and calm, but after the rousing defeat (and how it got to me) in Florida, this is the first major race I've participated in. <BR> <BR> I won't let it get me down this time. I'll just keep moving, just keep going forward. I'll keep up my training u... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:25:39 EST Another weekend I'm pleased with today's logged weight loss -- 3 lbs. It's nice to finally break through the plateau that's been tormenting me for the last few months. <BR> <BR> Still trying to get up the oomph to do some serious training today, though. I mean, on Aug 31st we do a 10k, and Sept 1st, we do a half marathon. I should be out moving. Instead, I'm on my behind, trying to entice my tired self to get up and get out there to do some miles... or at the very least to do some housework. Siiiigh. <BR> ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:45:58 EST Slowdown, but steady I was experiencing some light IT band pain after last weekend. See, instead of doing what I'd intended to do (a 10k distance Sat, a half-marathon distance Sun just to test my endurance prior to the DDD), we ended up doing 16.3 miles on Saturday instead. So this week has been surprisingly relaxed on the whole as I tapered down my training so that I'm not overdoing it. My achiness is gone now, thankfully, and I'm looking forward to an active weekend -- although I'm not gonna do 16 miles in one ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:19:32 EST Training. And more tomatoes. (Now with photo!) My husband and I are doing the Dumbo Double Dare. It's a 10k and half marathon combo at Disneyland which falls Aug 31st/Sept 1st this year. And oh, have I been training. My endurance is good, although I'm still walking (knees and muscles are still improving). I did 6 miles in 1:47 earlier this week on a course with about a 300' altitude change throughout it, which means that the much flatter area around Disneyland should keep me at the higher end of my pace. I'm training towards a 15-minute ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:47:06 EST Tomaaaaatoes! So, one thing I seldom mention here is that I'm an avid gardener. I love growing food crops, and this year, I decided to experiment with tomato varieties. So I have 12 tomato plants and 4 pepper plants, every single one a different variety. <BR> <BR> I've had a crazy growing year so far this year, and I suspect I'm going to end up with somewhere in the vicinity of 15-20 pounds of tomatoes all coming ripe at the same time in the next couple weeks. Some of them are exotic (my Purple Calabash ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:19:04 EST Long-overdue updates So, after my last (quite defeated-sounding) blog post, I succumbed to some serious depression. I'd failed at my goal, and it hit me really hard. <BR> <BR> It took me a while to get over that. And because it took me a while, I gained some weight and lost some fitness. I'm not ashamed of myself; I needed to let myself splurge and get beyond the depression, because when I DO get smacked upside the head with depression, it hits me incredibly hard and, essentially, everything I've done wrong in ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:21:25 EST Princess? Not I. I know, I haven't written a blog post for a while. <BR> <BR> So, I aspired to a Disney "Coast to Coast" medal. I craved it. I spent an obscene amount of money on a vacation to Florida (money I really shouldn't have spent, but I really needed the vacation too), which was supposed to culminate in achieving this goal by completing the Princess Half Marathon and coming home victorious with both a C2C medal and a Princess medal. <BR> <BR> And I failed. I totally, utterly failed. <BR> <BR> Now, ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:53:28 EST I can't fly, but I can just keep walking. The whole theme of the half marathon last weekend was Tinkerbell. RunDisney even had a picture on their Facebook page which emphasized, "You can run. You can run. You can run." in much the same fashion as the "You can fly" song from Peter Pan. <BR> <BR> But, uh, I can't fly. Nor can I run. My knees are still too bad to actually take the physical impact that running causes, and honestly, I'll never be a speed demon, although I'm going to work to improve myself consistently. <BR> <BR> I'm mor... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:29:15 EST Half Marathon and 5k and stuff, oh my. I sort of fell off the exercise wagon sometime around Thanksgiving, and then have been trying to get back on it devoutly since Christmas. Oops. <BR> <BR> I should probably have not fallen off of it as I added a half marathon to this year's plans: the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, which will be on the 20th of this month. Am I ready? I dunno. I guess there's only one way to find out: to do! <BR> <BR> So on the 19th, there'll be the Never Land 5k at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Then... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:17:52 EST Another 5k. Wooooo! Haven't posted for a few days, so I'm going to sort of do the quick-rundown of the last couple days, and then cheerfully tell about today's 5k walk. <BR> <BR> Friday, I managed SOMEHOW to keep within my caloric goals for the day while hooking up with a large group of friends to celebrate my friend Kristen's birthday. How I did this, I'm not entirely certain, but it worked out. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I spent the majority of the day at Disneyland with her and my husband to continue celebrating h... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:34:23 EST More Disney laps. So, tonight I went down to Disney California Adventure park and did laps. Not running laps... but a good high-speed walk, probably averaging a smidge under a 16-minute mile (excepting when I hit crowds). It's a great place to do laps. <BR> <BR> The following link is my (approximate and hand-drawn) lap route. Please note, if you look at the satellite image of this, it'll show me going offroading into dirt -- the area that is dirt in Google's satellite images of the park is now known as Cars L... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 02:40:57 EST Mmmm... spaghetti. I don't let myself have spaghetti often anymore. I still love the stuff, mind you... well, any pasta, really. I lived on it for a long time when I was broke, and after a while, you just get accustomed to eating a lot of it. I don't eat a lot of it, anymore... and I do regularly miss it. <BR> <BR> But I also do allow myself pasta either just before or within a day or so after a race. <BR> <BR> Like, oh... today. <BR> <BR> I made a homemade sauce which is a bit more like a bolognese than a m... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 01:29:21 EST 10k? It went really well. So, I did the 10k a LOT better than I'd expected to. My time was 1:38:34, which is not the fastest in the world, but is less than a 16-minute mile, so I'm content... especially given just how hilly the Universal Studios backlot is. <BR> <BR> While I'm not going to share all the pics I snapped while on the 10k route (which was actually two laps of the same 5k route), I'll try to get a few of them shrunk down to a size which Sparkpeople will accept sometime in the next couple days and get the... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:06:16 EST 10k tomorrow! So here it is, the night before my 10k. I'm about to hit the sack to get a good night's sleep (well, after a nice hot shower, anyway), but I've picked up my bib and stuff pack, I've gotten some Clif shot goo for about the halfway point for a little energy boost, and I'm feeling more optimistic. I don't know if I'll be fast tomorrow (fact is, I suspect I won't be), but my goal is to do this in under 2 hours. That's it. It should be entirely doable. We'll see how it goes. :) Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:27:33 EST Chair just not comfy anymore. :( So, for a while now, I've sat on a wooden diningroom chair while using my desktop computer at home. And I've noticed something of late. <BR> <BR> Sitting on a hard wooden surface is not very comfortable. There's not much padding in that area of my butt anymore. Sure, there's abundant padding above that, or below that on my thighs, but apparently, the section of my butt which I sit upon just isn't padded at all. So I literally feel as though I'm sitting on bone. <BR> <BR> Guess it's time to ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:48:01 EST Horrible day? Exercise. I had a ridiculously bad day at work, one of the sort that makes you wonder why you even got up at all. <BR> <BR> So, after work, feeling emotionally drained and incredibly meh about it all, I had my husband drop me 4 miles from home, and began plodding up the hill. At first, I went slow. Then I sped up. I eventually would've built up to a great pace if I hadn't had to stop at Every Darned Signal along the way and stand around for about 2-3 minutes a shot, but I'm not displeased with my effo... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:56:46 EST Trying to get back to it So, effectively four days of no-or-low exercise later, I'm trying to get back to it. Ungh. I've got a LONG way to catch up, now. There's no way I'm going to make up the approximately 60,000 steps that I missed the last few days all today, so I guess I'll finish with fewer steps this month than I'd planned. But it's all good. It was still a good exercise month! <BR> <BR> While I may not have gotten much in the way of exercise, I tried to keep to the same approximate caloric intake that I've b... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:23:54 EST So much for that. I'd been hanging onto my first page Fitbit ranking for most of this month, but then I had the most sedentary weekend I've had in months, topped off with being home sick from work today. I'm miserable, and trying not to kick myself for losing ground on my daily steps. Grah. Well, I'll make part of it up tomorrow, hopefully... but there is no freaking way I'm going to catch up entirely, and I know it. <BR> <BR> So I haven't gone to look at the Fitbit Challenge page to see if I've dropped off ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:03:10 EST Eek. 10k not what it seemed. *flail* Have you ever signed up for a race only to have the rules change sometime between signup and the one-week-prior mark? <BR> <BR> Because that's what I just discovered I did today. I signed up for the WeSpark 10k at Universal Studios Hollywood (which is Nov. 4th). When I signed up, I scoured that website for time requirements so that I could decide if I was doing the 5k or 10k. And it appeared that the time requirements stated 2 hours max for the 10k. So I went for it. <BR> <BR> Well, guess w... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:36:24 EST Entertainment while I exercise. Level up? So, I'm betatesting a website called Neufit (started yesterday), which uses fitness trackers (Fitbit - both the Fitbit itself and the Aria scale - Runkeeper, etc) in combination with social media (Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare). <BR> <BR> You're playing a fitness game. By exercising, you earn XP. By completing "quests", you earn XP and equipment for your "character" which will help you earn bonus XP for different types of tasks. For instance, my "character" is presently outfitted with a s... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 01:09:24 EST Things that weigh 15 pounds. So, I've lost 15 pounds since August, which puts me well on my way to my goal range of 200lbs before my half marathon in February. (I actually plan on being around 207 by the end of the year, in fact.) <BR> <BR> For fun, I went and looked to see what this actually equated to. <BR> <BR> I've lost the weight of 10 dozen large eggs. <BR> I've lost the weight of 6,810 one dollar bills. <BR> I've lost the weight of 4,086 paper clips. <BR> I've lost the weight of 8,444 jelly beans. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:20:04 EST *happysigh* Disney exercise is great. I'm a Disneyland annual passholder, so I love to go down to the parks with regularity. And I do, in fact, get down there at least a couple times a month, sometimes much more than that. <BR> <BR> For me, sometimes it's just a break from reality that's needed. And sometimes, it's an excuse for a different form of exercise. See, one thing that everyone does a lot of at theme parks is walk around. And half the time, I don't end up going on much by way of rides... but I do an awful lot of walkin... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:39:29 EST Everything is sedentary. Ugh. So, one of my coworkers was out sick today, and I took his job for 2/3rds of the day, assuming that if I was up on my feet and moving around constantly I'd get in some much-needed exercise. <BR> <BR> Apparently, he never moves more than 4-5 steps away from one point all day, despite the fact that he's on his feet all day. The hopes I'd had of doing 5000 steps before work ended have now dwindled and died. I'd probably have gotten there if I'd done my lunchtime walk, though. :) Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:08:54 EST Pumpkin yogurt? Not with Greek. So, I admit it, I was trying to develop a pumpkin yogurt recipe akin to the many I've seen out there, but with higher protein. So I grabbed a non-fat Greek yogurt and figured I'd start there. <BR> <BR> Mistake #1: I didn't get vanilla yogurt, because it was higher-calorie. So immediately off the bat, I had pumpkin, spices and tangy-tart Greek yogurt, which might be a good spread for something but really didn't have the pumpkin-pie flavor I was aiming for. (I can see it, with more pumpkin, as... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 02:25:43 EST Put some miles on today. Ow! So, today I did something silly. See, yesterday evening, I decided on a whim to do a crapload of walking, and ended up doing something in the neighborhood of 6.8 miles. <BR> <BR> This morning, I got up, and after a sensible breakfast, I went and did 11 more miles. <BR> <BR> I'm so, so sore right now. It's a good sore, but I now know that the next time I'm going for a near half-marathon of walking (which I'll have to do more often as I get closer to February, just to build up my speed), I be... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:02:08 EST ... wait, so you bet you'll lose weight? Huh? Someone posted a blog about this earlier, and I went to go take a look. It appears that there's a website called Dietbet wherein you make a wager that you'll lose a certain amount of weight in a certain period of time, and pay your wager into a pool of cash. At the end of that period of time, those who made their goal divvy up the pot between themselves, and those who didn't make their goal are now out money. <BR> <BR> So in essence, you are betting that you'll lose the required amount of we... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:25:22 EST A dislike of driveways. There is one thing I dislike about walking around southern California: driveways. <BR> <BR> No, seriously. Every twenty feet, there's another driveway, and so you get to dip down, and then come back up. And for someone who has knee issues, the down-ups do kinda hurt a little bit. Not all the time, mind you, but they do hurt on occasion, especially if it's a really deep driveway. <BR> <BR> The sidewalks are also minimal in the area around my workplace, which means that half the time, I'm wal... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:38:19 EST Woot woot! So, Sparkpeople was giving me the red text of doom for the last couple days, and I finally sighed and went to mess around with my settings. Apparently, I've been more active than I thought I was being... or at least, now that my Fitbit's tied into Sparkpeople, I'm being more active than I thought I was. Guess that explains why I was losing about 3 lbs a week (rough figures) for a bit there. Oops. :P <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I can now have a few more calories a day, which to me is a gods... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:31:22 EST Other Fitbit-friendly sites? A while ago, after getting my Fitbit, I went and glanced through their app gallery/partners. (By the way, if you don't already have the app which sends you an email or text message when your Fitbit needs to charge, GET IT.) And I've found other sites that it also works with. So I'm going to talk about a couple of them right now. <BR> <BR> Endomondo is a fitness-tracking website that's meant for runners, bikers, and other outdoor exercise enthusiasts. Using the GPS on your phone/tablet PC (if... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:28:43 EST I am totally rocking the Fitbit challenge. Okay, they have finally gotten Fitbit linked to Sparkpeople. So, my determination is that Fitbit is the more useful tracker for Sparkpeople users. (Although I'm still going to use my BodyBugg.) <BR> <BR> Also, um. Here. Have a picture. You may be able to see why I really, really like my Fitbit today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah, that's me at the top of the leaderboard, being more active than Coach Nicole. <BR> <BR> WOOHOO! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:08:52 EST Lunch? Gah. Both my husband and daughter work at the same place I do, and when lunchtime rolls around, heaven help me if I didn't bring a lunch with me. My daughter wants McDonald's, or a cheesesteak from Philly's Best, or something equally horrific. My husband wants 'whatever's fastest', which also generally means fast food. <BR> <BR> I've tried (mostly in vain) to get them interested in grabbing food at Sprouts or at Trader Joe's, both places where I can find a lunch that meets my nutritional goals. M... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:06:03 EST BodyBugg vs Fitbit, day 1 Well, I've now been using the BodyBugg for a full day, so I have a few thoughts about it. <BR> <BR> First thing I've noticed: it's damnably annoying that to fully utilize the BodyBugg, you HAVE to track your meals via their website, which has far less functional nutritional data than Sparkpeople does. It's okay, but for instance, it doesn't track sugars from carbs, only the fiber. I far prefer Sparkpeople's interface. In addition, BodyBugg is clearly getting money from sponsors, because its ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:24:41 EST Woo, BodyBugg. I have a Fitbit, and it's been a godsend to me in keeping me accountable, but I was getting curious about other caloric burns. So, when I saw a deal through 24 Hour Fitness for a BodyBugg SP (that's the Bluetooth-enabled one), I got it. <BR> <BR> It's charging now. I'm sort of excited. New toy! We'll see how well it works for activities that don't involve walking/running. :) Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:51:05 EST So... I keep reading about all of these people doing half marathons, and I'm starting to fidget. Oh, sure, I know I'm not even close to ready yet. I know that I still have the rest of October-January to do training/build up endurance/etc during, and that I have the first part of February to pack and travel during. But I want to do it NOW. Y'all are too motivating! :P Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:18:09 EST Weird dream Something I haven't really talked about here is that I quit smoking in February of this year after about 25 years of having smoked. (I still use electronic cigarettes, although I've almost totally weaned myself off of the nicotine.) <BR> <BR> But I keep having dreams where I'm smoking. And it drives me nuts, because the sensation of smoking in those dreams is quite realistic. It's realistic enough that when I'm awake the next day, I start craving cigarettes, really badly, and I have that fee... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:06:06 EST Rest day! I took a rest day today. Got a lot of sleep in, caught up on my TV watching, and played with my new spinning wheel (well, okay, new to me). Now it's bedtime. Tomorrow, 2 hours of exercise awaits me! Mon, 8 Oct 2012 02:16:33 EST Another 5k bites the dust! Wooooo! Just about to check out of the hotel, but I decided to pop onto Sparkpeople for a moment and rejoice. The 5k went really well, all things considered -- I beat my prior 5k personal best by around 2 minutes, which makes me a really happy camper. While I don't have an exact time yet (they were supposedly chip-timing, but I don't think that they actually DID time it), our estimate is about a 15:30/mile pace. Last time, my pace was 16:08. :) <BR> <BR> So I'm happy. And here's a pic of me snapped ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:21:22 EST Onward and forward! Got a hotel room down near the 5k. Sure, we could've gotten up early in the morning and driven down there, but I'd rather get some exercise and turn in early... and besides that, the hotel has an indoor pool, an indoor hot tub, a fitness center, and a sauna. I am now REALLY looking forward to this evening. In fact, the only potential drawback to this plan (well, other than the cost of the room, which was bad enough but is about equivalent to what we'd pay driving our daughter down to that are... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:01:33 EST More core? While sitting on this balance ball chair today at work, I realized that I had the tendency to rock side to side or scoot back to front on occasion. So I started playing around with this notion, tucking my legs to either side of the ball (bent) and gripping the ball with my thighs, then shifting my hips forward and backward. <BR> <BR> It was quite like riding a horse (complete with bouncing from the ball). This intrigued me, so on a whim, I googled 'how many calories does horseback riding bur... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 15:08:13 EST