LBSPOERL's SparkPeople Blog LBSPOERL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The importance of scheduling I've heard it a lot in the past few months, but I'm quickly starting to realize just how vital it is to set aside chunks of time or days to work on specific projects, and to keep a list of things that I'm working on with steps that need to be done for each. <BR> <BR> Far too often I will start working on a task, only to then halfway through doing said task get an idea or remember about something else I need to be doing, multi-task to do that as well, focus more on the other thing, which dove... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:38:06 EST Lesson learned - food before exercise Lesson learned. I always need to have some food in my stomach digested before I go for a longer run. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I decided to go out for a 35 min. run. It was later in the morning - I was wrestling with the decision to, A: eat something but then having to wait a couple of hours for it to digest and then have it be too hot to run, or B: run before it got too hot and eat afterwards. <BR> <BR> I had quite a bit of energy and was wide awake, and didn't feel hungry, so I decided to ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:56:54 EST Moving energy I had a lovely, productive day alone. Even though I had overslept (or really, just slept in since I didn't need to be up early), I got a lot of "me-time". After a few photos, quotes, and posts that I've seen on FB and other sites lately, and with my own change in perspective and addressing motivation, I decided that everyday I'm going to make a list of successes. Even if there is only one success for the day, that will make me feel so much more satisfied and content with myself, where I'm goi... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:33:22 EST A year of changes It's always amazing to see where time has gone... <BR> <BR> I received a "challenge" from one of the SparkTeams I'm a part of to do a simplifying/de-stressing activity 4 out of 7 days for the week. Our leader linked a SP article of 7 stress busters. They are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a walk <BR> 2. Call a friend <BR> 3. Write in a journal <BR> 4. Play a board game <BR> 5. Work up a sweat <BR> 6. Plan something fun <BR> 7. Take a hot bath <BR> <BR> At first glance I didn't want to choos... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:19:30 EST Incline love/hate I have a 5k route mapped out that pretty much encircles my neighborhood - it's also a block off from major roads north, east, and south of it. My time today was one of my best times running it (35:07), but oh jeez.... the street I live on has an incline (well, my house is on the decline from the "main" road). When I start this route, I walk/run up the incline. I always do a 2:30 walk in the beginning as a warm-up, and usually about half to two-thirds of the way up I start my run. Tackling the... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:28:01 EST New Accomplishments! I am a bit late in sharing some exciting news, but I still am eager to share it with SP! <BR> <BR> A week and a half ago I went for a run at the Y. Nothing out of the ordinary, although for some reason I decided to not use my inhaler this time. I had been particularly stressed that day & was on the verge of a panic attack, so because my breathing was already heightened, I didn't want to perpetually make it worse by the inhaler. <BR> <BR> I started out with my usual 2.5 min walking warm-up, ... Sat, 19 May 2012 13:01:01 EST Simplicities It's been 4 months and I've been M.I.A. for most of them on here. Things went a little downhill in January but I still maintained eating well & exercising often. Eventually that started to slide a bit. Then I had a few health incidences that completely shook up my life for a good month or so, resulting in a lot of doctor appointments. Trying to keep up in school, I put aside exercise since I had no motivation and was always tired. Eating well started to fall even more. Early April my grandma ... Thu, 3 May 2012 15:29:39 EST Making a YOU-turn!! Happy, happy New Year Spark friends!! I hope you all had a wonderful evening/day in one way or another. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my mom & I went to the farmer's market downtown & picked up a few things. One of our favorite stores just a few places down happened to have a store-wide 20% off sale so we also checked that out. I got to visit my brother yesterday which was a lovely treat since I missed out on it last week. I also got to hang out with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a few weeks... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:58:10 EST Christmas, ankle, & T.O.M. I'm quickly learning.... when in doubt, blog. When frustrated, blog. When you want to throw your hands up & just give it all up, blog. I should've done this days ago. <BR> <BR> Christmas was extremely stressful for me this year. To be honest, I'm not really sure why. I'm still just starting to come down from it (I think..... I hope). The past week has been horrible food & exercise-wise. I've definitely hit a funk. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday kicked off the hectic-ness that continued till today.... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:05:51 EST I will not go to the gym, I will not go to the gym..... .....I will not go to the gym <BR> [Inner voice: but, you know you want to get in a good session of cardio & try out the HRM!] <BR> 'Turns away & ignores inner voice': I WILL NOT GO TO THE GYM! <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though I've been lacking in energy & willpower to keep doing the work-out routine I had going for a couple of weeks, I still want to go work-out most days of the week. Not because I'm afraid I'll slip, not because I'll be busy all later this week & won't have time to get it in, bu... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:34:11 EST Making myself accountable Even though I have mentally come to terms with my eating choices yesterday, getting them out in a verbal/written way is harder. It makes it more real. I know I need to do it though, just to make peace with myself & move on! <BR> <BR> I've been on a streak for quite a few weeks. Since December 1st, I've been within my calorie range every day, with the exception for Dec 10th, where I went over 400 calories because I went out that night & got a drink. Besides that, food-wise I've been doing awe... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:13:16 EST You've got to be kidding me I had quite a lengthy, venting blog written up & the window crashed. And it's gone. <BR> <BR> UGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I am too annoyed & frustrated & want to cry. Forget retyping it, I'm going to bed. Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:57:36 EST A stressful week makes for active distraction! Holy cow. I've been so behind on blogging. It's my usual problem.... good, strong intentions all morning & afternoon. Then the next thing I know it's late in the evening. Every day this week I've been active on here though & keeping up with my eating & exercise. <BR> <BR> This week was the last week of classes (Wednesday was the last day). I was also continuing training at my new job. Today I had my first final. Needless to say, I've been stressed. Rightfully so. :) I went to the gym every ... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 00:54:01 EST Do you Zumba?? (And other newfound joys!) Even though there are multiple YMCA locations in my city, there is one that, until this week, I have always gone to all year (what can I say, I'm a creature of comfort!). Earlier this week I saw a sign on one of the walls promoting the Zumba class. It meets on Sunday mornings from 11-12. I am not a morning exercise person.... I have tried many times in my life but it's something my body cannot tolerate & it will let me know how much it doesn't like it! But I figured that with my daily schedul... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 12:36:51 EST Stressing, stressing, stressing..... slipping? As I write this it is early Friday evening. I could've sworn yesterday was Tuesday. Where in the world did the week go?! <BR> <BR> Monday everything was still going good. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I had my first work meeting, classes, worked out & homework. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was first work shift for a few hours, drive 2 hours to Appleton for a doctor's appointment (& have fast food for lunch since I didn't pack anything or had enough time to stop at the grocery store for something better), kil... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 19:43:58 EST Magical freggie power!! One of the SparkTeams I am active in right now posts weekly challenges. Last week we focused on increasing our fruit & veggie intake to 5 each a day. While our goal is to get 4 out of 7 days with that, simply focusing on increasing our intake is the main idea. <BR> <BR> Last week I was able to get 1 day where I got 5 fruits & 5 veggies in. Most of the days I would get close. I'd get either 5 of one but not the other, or only 3 of each. Since it's been a while since I've actively included fru... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 00:44:43 EST Holy cardio! This morning started out more laidback & relaxing like yesterday (i.e. lazy) but I made sure to keep myself moving every once in a while so I didn't become TOO lethargic. I finally got myself to the gym this afternoon right after the football game had started. I went in thinking I would just do a quick round of strength training & a half hour on the treadmill. Well I did.... and then some. <BR> <BR> Strength training? Check. Treadmill? Check. I switched it up differently than how I've been d... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 23:51:59 EST Motivation, oh where did you go? Boy, today is one of those funk days for me! I have absolutely no motivation or energy whatsoever. I don't know if it's the stress & busyness this past week combined with my time of the month, a slight headache/migraine, or the rain we're having today (or all of it? <em>20</em> ). Outside of feeding myself, doing dishes, cleaning up broken ornaments from the kittens & talking to my phone I haven't done much. Unless you count mindlessly checking e-mails & various websites here & there lol! I... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 16:03:20 EST It's the weekend, woohoo!! Good evening fellow SparkPeople! I hope everyone has had a wonderful day so far & the week hasn't been too stressful. I know the holidays can be tough for a lot of people (myself included), so I always try to be positive. Not that I'm not in general, but up the morale moreso to get people to relax when we need it the most. <BR> <BR> Usually when weekends come around they are just another couple of days to me but this time I am sooooo glad to have 2 days to not do the same thing (up early, s... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 19:51:12 EST Catching up on blogging I have been really bad about not blogging this week. The intention is there strongly every day throughout the day, but it doesn't get done in the morning so it gets pushed to the afternoon & then I think I'll do it in the evening when there's more time, & by then I'm either too tired or can't think anymore. I know - excuses, excuses. I also am behind on saying thank you to people who have left comments & encouragement on my sparkpage or blogs. There are a couple of things I can do to change i... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 14:23:15 EST Asthma & turkey triumphs! I'm posting a little later than I wanted to today, but I also wanted to share some triumphs I've experienced. <BR> <BR> 1: I have exercise-induced asthma. It was first diagnosed when I was in middle school & I definitely still have it. While I am sensitive to things that could trigger normal, random asthma attacks (pollen, dust mites, etc.), I only ever go into asthma attacks when I am working out or forcing my lungs to work too much. In middle & high school I was never able to run the mile ... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:33:47 EST A time to be truly thankful I woke up in my bed at my mom's house this morning, excited to relax, take my time enjoying cooking my stuffing, and looking forward to visiting my grandma later. And so far it is not turning out that way.... exactly. :) <BR> <BR> I've been reflective all morning of things that I cherish in my life & am blessed to have. I'm healthy, I have family who loves me, I have friends that I adore & can count on, I have a roof & heat to shelter me, & I have opportunities in my life to keep me moving f... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:15:37 EST Weight/Gluten set-back Today I weighed myself at the Y for an "official" weigh-in. I've been doing it every 10 days just to keep myself in check. (I admit that I also did it a couple of times late last week just out of curiosity, but I digress.) And my weight loss for the week is.... nothing. It was .2 higher than last week. I didn't get disappointed but I was thrown off. When I did the random curiosity checks a few days ago it was a pound, pound and a half lighter than today. <BR> <BR> At first I couldn't figure... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 22:53:00 EST Small realization While I was standing in the kitchen earlier this morning eating my cereal trying to slow down & enjoy it as much as I could but eating it fast enough where it didn't get soggy, I had a realization. I noticed my calves were sore from the combination of strength training I did Thursday & jogging I did yesterday. I then thought about how my leg muscles feel soooo much different to me than they ever have before. They feel more toned & firm, & I can actually feel muscles forming in parts of it tha... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:42:20 EST Making adjustments I'm starting to realize that I should probably write & post my blogs earlier in the day before the afternoon. That's when my mind is the most clear & I can remember what I want to say better. :D Anyway, onto my real topic.... <BR> <BR> It dawned on me earlier this week that not only exercising regularly (and wanting to!) but eating within the Spark recommendations is becoming routine and second nature to me! Every day it's becoming more and more easier to grab foods that my body wants, and ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:57:09 EST Ups & Downs Everything in my life seems to be at an up & down stance right now, an ebb & flow. Relationships, school classes, what I want to do with my extra time in my life now. It's hard juggling it & trying to figure it out, while going through the days smoothly & not letting it affecting things too much. I am a very emotional person. I tend to think about things too much & how I feel about the situation, having to exhaust all possibly outcomes before making a decision best fit. <BR> <BR> And I'm sic... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:59:25 EST Out of my hands Earlier this week I posted a loooong blog about the relationship(s) predicament I have myself in. It still hasn't cleared up but it's definitely in a different position. I decided to confront the person I've been seeing for most of the year but recently have taken a break from. We are both stubborn people; highly emotional & definitely in tune with each other always (even when not together), but we're not the best at speaking in words what we're thinking or how we're feeling. So I decided to ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 23:34:18 EST Love, love.... oh the many facets of love Normally I don't blog until later in the day after I have done things that make me feel good or realize things that I need to change, but this morning I had a little mini-revelation & needed to get it out before it's profoundness slips away. <BR> <BR> I have been in a weird relationship situation lately. It's something I've never been in before & because it's new, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what to do or how to feel. I was dating someone for almost 6 months when my life started t... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 13:10:10 EST Learning to Stop Beating Myself Up Today I had my day all planned out - I was going to do random things in the morning, go to my yoga class, do some errands, work out at the Y & end the night relaxing. Reality quickly had other plans for me. <BR> <BR> About 2 weeks ago I was put on medication for Narcolepsy. I've finally gotten (mostly) used to how my body reacts to it & interactions with other things, including alcohol. For some reason this morning though, my body decided it did not like it being in my system. I took a pill ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:08:34 EST Listening to my body Today I am constantly being reminded that I need to take time to stop, assess where I am mentally, emotionally, physically, & to take care of ME & my body. <BR> <BR> A couple of times throughout the day I could feel my energy waning & body getting sleepy. The first time I took things slower, did things that didn't require a lot of mental task. The second time I deliberately took a half hour nap. Both of these things greatly helped in me being able to stay awake. During my yoga class I notice... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 19:52:23 EST A New Day, A New Beginning Every once in a (great) while, there are days that just feel monumental. You know, the kind where you wake up in the morning & you have all this energy, this driving force of passion to tackle anything & everything head-on, no matter how big or ugly it might be. Today is one of those days for me. <BR> <BR> I've been in a rut for the past month or two, & while most of me wanted to change circumstances of why I was in a rut, it was never 100% and I just didn't WANT to. I didn't want to face an... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:35:57 EST Stress entry - day 1, week 1 Today, actually this entire weekend (and past week), was quite stressful for me. What made today stressful was I had a few e-mails from individuals who I needed to address concerns & issues with ASAP. Anyone who knows me well knows that I abhor confrontation of any kind & shut down quicker than a turtle retreats to his shell. I woke up ready to tackle these though, & after consuming a hearty, filling breakfast I did respond to some of them. <BR> <BR> One e-mail changed my perception about m... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:04:59 EST A year in retrospect A year ago I joined Sparkpeople. My goal was to lose weight and firm up my body after being lax about it for a few months (or so) beforehand. For the previous couple of years, I was used to going to the local Y to work-out with my mom after work or classes. After moving down to Milwaukee for transferring schools, I quickly fell out of a workout routine. Joining Sparkpeople was my attempt at starting and keeping a routine. This didn't work out so well since I not only had a full load of classe... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 22:30:35 EST