LELERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LELERS LELERS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 5k Training - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023635 Yesterday I started training for my 5k marathon. I was talking to my friend the other day who is doing the 10k run and she asked me what I'm doing to train for the run. I said that I wasn't doing anything so I went for a nice run yesterday evening. It was so relaxing to get out there, set a goal and achieve it! I finished the 5k (with a slow start) in under 29 minutes. I feel pretty proud! I can only work up from here! I'm glad I finally went out to grab that benchmark! <BR> <BR> I gu... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:07:35 EST Rainy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016890 I skipped Ultimate yesterday so that I could have a practice with my Wednesday team, but the weather seems pitted against me to play today. I was pretty excited to play with them today, but it's just been raining all day today (and even a bit last night). I'm going to have to try to fit a workout in at home tonight! <BR> Other than that, it's my last night to see my sister before she moves to Ottawa tomorrow morning. I'm so sad to see her leave..... but in the meantime, we're going to have... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:15:07 EST Crosswords http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014921 As of yesterday, I started working on crosswords! I normally don't do crosswords, so it's a little difficult for me, but I seem to be doing pretty good at it! Before, crosswords used to intimidate me, but since they did, I decided to take them on! I suppose when I was younger, I used to work on harder puzzles and that made my insecure about my abilities, but now that I'm trying them again, I realize that I'm actually not that bad at them (even though they might be a little easier compared ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:38:44 EST Weekend Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013737 What I would like to focus on is exercising more on the weekend. I'm very steady about working out during the week, but once it comes to the weekend, I have some higher expectations and I never get to fulfill those expectations. I do get around quite a bit, I have hopes of going out for a run or going on the elliptical, but I just stay too busy doing other things. I'm going to try to pump up the effort I expend when I clean, etc. on the weekend but I want to try and go for more runs, or ev... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:53:45 EST Exercise and Food.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009955 I feel like I've been falling off the wagon recently, just because I haven't been tracking my food and exercise frequently on SparkPeople. I am getting enough exercise with all of my Ultimate Frisbee, but I haven't been paying attention to how large my serving portions are and keeping track of exactly what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I recently started a new job this week, where I woke up at 5am and I got to work out that morning before work, and if I could do that at 5am, I can surely do that ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:47:33 EST Summertime is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974276 I've been playing so much Ultimate Frisbee these days, I just don't know where to stop! The reason why I love summer so much is because of the consistant opportunities to go outside and play! I've been taking full advantage of the weather. <BR> <BR> Additionally, I've been getting together with some people who work around here and we've been meeting up in the park to throw the frisbee around; beats sitting in the office during lunch! <BR> <BR> I just love the area around where I work beca... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:11:43 EST Keeping the Stress Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826302 I've been ever so slowly chipping away at my project for my last course, but I'm trying to make sure there is balance still in my life. I've been doing some steady biking, making sure to get some general life things done and eating healthy, so I've been doing well, though I have been having trouble with sleeping in lately. I have been squeezing more hours in my day so I can be more productive, but my body is definitely rebelling! I'm going to try to get more sleep, but I think it will just... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 23:47:29 EST Ultimate Frisbee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825150 We finally had an Ultimate Frisbee pick-up game this past Friday, but it turned out to be less fun for me than usual. I love love love love love Ultimate Frisbee, but for some reason I just wasn't feeling it that day. It was really windy, but that shouldn't have been an excuse. I'll feel it again soon. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 23:48:51 EST Playing Outside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815187 I'm so excited to have some nice weather so early in the year! I've been doing a lot of biking lately, and today is the first day we're planning to play Ultimate Frisbee outside! I'm so pumped! <BR> I still have a lot of homework to do, but I know I still need to exercise regularly so I can function properly. At least I've been eating better since coming back from Spring Break! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:23:43 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798993 So for the past two weeks, I've been working to get back on track after some time traveling and not being able to eat healthy foods or work out. I've also been under a lot of stress lately, but I've been better at managing this stress and I've been making time to work out rather than doing my work, but somehow it's helping me manage my stress even more. I'm glad that I'm getting back on track! I'm feeling so much better!! Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:41:38 EST Student Teaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792685 So I'm off student teaching for 7 weeks, and I've just completed week one so far! I've forgotten just how exhausting student teaching can be though! At the start of the week, I was getting up at 6am to go to the gym, but by the time Friday came along, I had to take a nap the day before and I ended up sleeping in even!! I was so pooped!! I'm going to try and get back into my work out routine, but I think it will have to wait until I'm totally done my coursework that I have leftover from be... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:30:12 EST Mornings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781411 I had work this Saturday morning, but before I left, I got up early so I could go to the gym!! Granted, I only did 20 minutes of running, but I still have to give myself credit for getting up early and accomplishing that hurdle! Mornings have always been a struggle for me and I really want to overcome this obstacle. I'm going to try to get up most mornings and work out so my body has more power throughout the day, giving me more of a kick to my life! Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:51:07 EST Out of Town, Out of Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779956 I went out of town for the past couple of days. I taught some sectionals for an Honour Band for the past couple of days. I stayed in a hotel, where I was told we would have a pool and a gym, so I was pumped! I would be able to work out there too! But when we got there though, there was neither to be had. I also had a limit of what I could eat because of my vegan diet eating in a small town. I had a lot of trouble just getting anything to eat for supper, and there was a limited amount of... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 23:09:14 EST Changing it up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774459 I'm going to try a new workout routine tonight! I'm also going to work out with another friend, so I'm going to get him involved too! It's going to be so much fun changing up my regular routine! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 20:54:57 EST Targets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772415 I've been really focussed on becoming healthier through exercising and working out, but I feel like I should really be focussing on my studies right now, since this is the last week of class. I keep on thinking that I'll focus more on my homework and put at least my exercise to the way-side, but I end up doing more exercising than homework! I know- this sounds like everyone's kind of problem! :P I just feel like I need to focus on my homework at least until the end of the week - even baby ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:37:16 EST It's March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770918 Yay! It's March! The winter is almost over and Ultimate Frisbee season is almost here. Wait! - It's almost Ultimate season! I've been preparing for Ultimate Frisbee in the summer by using SparkPeople, but I feel like I need to work a little bit harder to attain my goals to be ready for the summer! I've been falling a little behind lately, but it's time to tighten my shoelaces! Sun, 4 Mar 2012 23:14:42 EST Eating Raw Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769191 Today I had a full-on raw vegan day! It was great! <BR> I also made the best smoothie today! I've tried making a spinach smoothie before and it was terrible, but I think I've mastered it! <BR> Sat, 3 Mar 2012 21:42:54 EST Getting Others Involved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767861 I've been bringing a friend to the gym lately and, I can't believe it, but I've gained enough skills to show her some things to do at the gym. She wants to be more active, so she's been coming with me to the gym on a regular basis! Yay! We're also hitting the gym tomorrow morning at 8am! Woot woot! Fri, 2 Mar 2012 22:24:15 EST Eating Enough - not too much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766324 I've been finding that I've been going over on my calorie count for the past week, even though I've been trying to reign it in. I thin my major challenge right now is that I have so many leftovers from my recital this past Sunday. <BR> There's also this chocolate cake with strawberries - I need to eat it before the strawberries go bad! :P But really, I'm trying had to get back on track to fuel my body properly for all the work that I've been having to do lately. <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:22:30 EST Changing Up the Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763592 I've been thinking a lot about what I can do to shake up my workout regime. I feel like I'm just doing the same old thing in the gym, but at the same time, I'm trying to keep it fresh. <BR> Since my favourite elliptical is still down, I've been changing it up by doing a lot more running and going on the bike every once in a while. I also vary my strength training since SparkPeople has helped me with that, but I feel like even SparkPeople has gotten almost too repetitive for me. <BR> Overall... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:21:16 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762444 I've been stressed out lately, so I feel like I'm sliding a bit to make sure I have enough energy to do my work. I've been eating well but exercising less, so I've been feeling like I'm low on energy. I have been exercising a little bit each day, but I think the stress is getting to me a little bit. I'm just finishing my last two weeks of my last year of university, so I'm feeling the pressure right now, but I'm sure I'll get fully back on the horse after the next two weeks! Time will tel... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:36:10 EST Working out every day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760715 Since I've been working out every day, it's become quite a habit! I just feel like it's something that I don't have to think much about anymore - I just do it automatically. I just fit some exercise into my day whenever I can! It's really quite enjoyable! ..... I'm just really looking forward to getting my elliptical back again so I can read while I work out every once in a while! <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:58:00 EST Flute Recital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758901 I had been practicing and working out pretty hard this week so I'd be stunning at my recital today. All of my family, some of my friends and my boyfriend came out to hear me play, even though some of them had to drive over two hours to do so! My hard work finally paid off today - I played very well and I looked stunning in the dress I wanted to wear for the recital; I felt like a rock star! I'm just so thankful to have such supportive friends and family. I love them all!! <em>247</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:57:30 EST Staying away from the sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754192 I've really been working hard to stay away from added sugar in my nutrition. Sometimes I think about it, but then almost immediately reject it because I know they're just empty calories. I'm also so happy to be away from sugar and there are physical benefits too! I'm just happy all over! :D Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:18:52 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752334 It's coming around to crunch time for school right now. I'm feeling so much stress lately, almost like there's no way to come out of it. SparkPeople is helping me stay on the positive side, but then I find out something else that is stressing me out. I just need to work hard now and reap the benefits later. Hard work tonight! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:07:20 EST New Skirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750425 I am so pumped to go work out today! I just got a new workout skirt this past weekend! I love playing Ultimate Frisbee in skirts, and this is going to provide me with more options. And on top of that, I also had to buy a smaller size than I thought I would! :D Thanks SparkPeople! Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:51:32 EST Eating More Raw-some Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748534 I've been eating more raw meals lately, and now I've been feeling like eating more raw meals too! I've also been feeling way better, less bloated, etc, so I'll keep it up! Go raw! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:02:46 EST Spreading the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746826 I've been visiting home this weekend and I've had the opportunity to spread the spark out here! Not only have I been talking to family and friends, but I have talked to people who I have met while going out, so I hope I'm really spreading the spark to a lot of people! Sun, 19 Feb 2012 22:39:43 EST Elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744187 I wanted to have a shout-out to my buddy, the elliptical. I hope you're feeling better soon, friend. <BR> I'll be on the treadmill, waiting for the day you're ready again for me. <BR> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:38:46 EST Staying on Target http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742656 Lately I've been really good about my calorie and nutrition intake! I just wanted to celebrate a little! :D Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:30:33 EST Yummy Foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741036 So far I haven't had any major cravings for anything, but today for some reason, I wanted some fries.... I just keep on thinking about all the yummy foods I could have instead of eating fat-filled fries and so I've stayed away from them..... today.... I'll probably be all right though! I had my weigh-in today and I'm down a pound! Woah - progress on the scale! I'm impressed! No way are those fries getting in my way! :D Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:48:31 EST Crisis! Elliptical broken! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739257 I went to the gym on Friday, where I discovered that my favourite elliptical was broken! I just go to our school gym that has limited equipment, but I bonded very well with one elliptical in particular. AND IT WAS BROKEN. I talked to someone about it, and they said that it wouldn't get fixed for another week. A WHOLE WEEK. Well, at least it'll give me an opportunity to work on my running! :'( Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:25:26 EST Running with Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737127 Yesterday I made plans to go running with some friends before lunch today. When I first arrived and looked through the window in the door, I didn't see my friends there and got a little saddened. But then when I went in, they were totally there! I was so excited! When we were done our workouts, they thanked me on taking the initiative to get all of us to the gym at lunch hour. I told them that I wouldn't have felt like coming at that time if it wasn't for them either! (I like mostly wor... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:16:07 EST Ultimate Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735973 I had a really great day playing Ultimate today! We had only two subs per team, so I knew I had to rotate a bit, but not as often as most days. What ended up happening today was that I stayed out on the field for a consecutive hour! It was fantastic! I suppose since I was having a great game I wanted to stay out there longer, but I really felt in shape! I'm so glad that I've gotten my running stamina back up! Yay! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:28:22 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734509 To update from my last blog - I've been running more lately, therefore I'm getting back into the running groove. I've been trying to enhance my speed so I've been doing some pretty fast sprints, but I think I'm going to use a SparkPeople article to help me with being able to run faster. <BR> I also want to work on my sprints, but i'm still trying to find a way to work on those too! Sat, 11 Feb 2012 23:35:14 EST Eating Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732942 I feel like I've been eating healthy. I know I couple of days ago I was blogging about my cookie problems, but I think I've been a lot busier lately and have had less time to eat cookies. Funny, right? So not only am I getting more accomplished, I'm also not undermining my nutrition schedule. I've been so much better about eating lately! Yay! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 20:52:30 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729081 I stopped running for a little while and was just exercising using an elliptical. I was still exercising pretty hard, but once I felt like running again, I was pretty inefficient. I had taken a break for about four days and I felt like I had lost my stamina!! I'm not sure what happened (other than the obvious break) but I feel like I have a lot to catch up on! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:11:06 EST Cookies..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726126 I seem to be having a problem with eating so many cookies lately! I bought some cookies two weeks ago and for some reason I feel like eating them all the time now! I vow to never buy cookies again - they're not even that good! I'd rather go to the effort of baking my own cookies if I feel like it! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 22:05:41 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724261 For the past couple of days I've been feeling really tired. I'm not sure why because I've been getting enough sleep. I guess I'll have to do some investigative study into this issue. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 22:56:17 EST Planning Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720816 I always love going onto SparkPeople the day before to make a plan for what I'm going to eat the next day. By doing this, my stomach can be prepared for what I'm going to eat, how much I'm going to eat, and making sure that I'm eating the right things. <BR> The problem that I'm having today is that I'm participating in a banquet and I'm not sure what I'm going to eat there. I feel confident that I won't over-eat, but I just want to be prepared walking into this! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 17:17:11 EST TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719252 Since joining SparkPeople, I've been watching less TV. I think it has something to do with all the time that I spend here, but I feel like I'm actually using my time well now! I still have homework and work to do, but I feel like it's been a lot better. Stay away from the screens! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 20:10:31 EST Donation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717652 I know I mentioned a few days ago that I was donating blood, but it got bumped back because my blood buddy ended up having the flu that day. Therefore, we donated today! I just wanted to write down how awesome it went (even though I had to use both arms)! Just making sure to drink enough fluids and get enough sleep was the perfect combination for me! I feel like a rockstar! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:22:23 EST Making Good Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715097 I just had a conversation with my boyfriend the other day about whether eating more carbohydrates or fat is better. I initially thought that since I'm a female, it's better to eat more carbohydrates because women have an easier time breaking them down. He said that fats were better to eat because it gets directly broken down (rather than carbs being stored as fat, then used when burning energy). <BR> Additionally, he sent me an article about what calorie comparison. I look at multiple co... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:34:10 EST Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713003 Man, I've been having a couple of bad eating days, but for some reason I still feel really good. I need to get to the gym today still, but I feel like my eating hadn't effected me as much as I thought it would have. All this bad eating as at least inspired me to eat better now!! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:51:23 EST Veggie Straws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709396 My Mom and I went shopping the other day and we picked up some Veggie Straws! They're so delicious and so much better than regular chips! I don't get to have them often, but I love when I get to eat them! <BR> I always wonder about snack-like items; should we even purchase these items? It at least satisfies a craving, but i think I should strive to get rid of these cravings all together. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:09:34 EST Eating at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707935 I'm back at home for the weekend, and I'm finding it hard to eat really well while I'm here! I need to create some strategies here so I'm successful with my weight loss at home! <BR> I know I'm going to get back on the horse when I get back to my normal routine, but I know I need to keep up this momentum while I'm visiting at home too! I'm moving back here for good in a few months and I want to make sure I know how to make the right decisions all the time. Lifestyle change! Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:53:34 EST Energy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704281 I have so much energy today!!! <BR> I usually feel like having a nap in the afternoon, but today I didn't feel like that at all!! <BR> I've been getting so much done, but I still haven't made it to the gym for some reason.... <BR> I know I have the energy to expel, but I can't seem to focus myself today to get there! Wow! <BR> Though I'm going to head out now - I swear! ;) Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:31:13 EST Donating Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702126 Tomorrow I'm going to donate blood with a friend of mine, so it's really inspired me to drink so much more water, get lots of rest and eat a hearty meal. Usually I also get excited to eat the snacks that the blood donor clinic offers, and even though I know it's important that I eat well, I'm nervous I'm going to go over my recommended daily values. Frankly, I'm more nervous about eating too much sugar tomorrow. I love eating the Oreos, and they really push the juice on you there too. <B... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:01:24 EST Working Hard in Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699569 I find that SparkPeople has really motivated me to do the best I can in everything I do. This can include working out and eating right, but also extends to being happier all the time and appreciating people. <BR> I just had the inspiration today to memorize one of my flute pieces for a recital coming up in February. I hadn't thought of it before, but for some reason, I wanted to work on doing that today. I think it's an attainable goal, and just like SparkPeople, if there's an attainable ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:56:23 EST Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696940 I've been getting so much better at using the nutrition tracker here. I usually use the tracker the day before to gauge what and how much I should be eating, and I'm finding that this works very well for me. I used to eat then track my foods halfway through the day, but doing it the day before has been so much more successful for me! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:39:14 EST