MANIKLODE's SparkPeople Blog MANIKLODE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 50 Questions 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my grandmother Fleurette (now that you know, please make every effort to forget it!) <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I honnestly cannot remember (crying at the movies doesn't count!), but I'm pretty sure I cried when I found out my middle name was Fleurette... <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Absolutely, but then, I took calligraphy lessons, so... <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> None, I'm ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:58:45 EST Not too bad after all... I went back to the gym last night and tried my hand at the fitness circuit. Only one week after breaking my toe. Would you believe it? It went really well. I only had to modify two stations where I had to do push-ups on one foot. Turns out it's more difficult than the regular two-footed version (good to know!). I did the whole circuit three times! There are still things I can't do (namely running and jumping), but my physio (who happens to train at the same gym) told me she'd never seen someo... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:25:49 EST Finding alternative ways to get there So the road is not quite as smooth as I would have liked it to be. Huh! As all my regular forms of exercise have been off-limits for a few days and probably for several more. I have to be creative. I got my big swedish ball <em>322</em> (aka "the big ball of love") out of the closet, and I sit on it instead of my regular office chair. So my core's pretty much taken care of. I've been using weights <em>34</em> , and I've done exercices not requiring the use of my foot to either keep my bala... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:40:18 EST It was all going so well... You know, when things are going smoothly? Training's good, you eat well, feel fine and, lo and behold, you are starting to see some muscle definition. Yeah! You even add jogging and realise you really like it. Smooth sailing from this point on? Well... of course not! Who ever said it would be easy? <BR> Long story short: I broke my pinky toe during my karate class last night. I finished the class, but the pain was excruciating. Well today, the toe is black, blue and really swollen and it hur... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:06:55 EST When a loss is truly a victory Last week I had a karate competition. I was psyched, I wanted to show my stuff. I felt ready (in spite of a torn muscle that still gives me trouble: bye-bye flexibility!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, long story short, I finished fourth. I made a mental error (meaning I completely lost focus and forgot my &%?$& kata, right in the middle of it!). So I had to improvise... Not exactly the performance I was hoping for and I should have been pretty upset, right? <BR> <BR> WRONG!!! The simple fact that I ... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:05:28 EST If life throws you lemons... Tore a muscle last week. Bummer! Couldn't do any exercise that involved leg strength. Walking/runnning, karate, zumba, fitness were ALL out of the picture. Double bummer. So what's a girl to do? &?%$% planks! That's what. Planks, more planks and a lot of swedish ball. And that's what I did. So how did it go? I actually LOST the two pounds I had gained back. Yeah! <BR> <BR> Sure, I was not a happy camper when I felt the muscle tearing (I could swear I hear it too!), and I was rather dejected ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:57:32 EST Sometimes I amaze myself With that humble beginning <em>20</em> let me explain. Yesterday, after my Gladiator Fitness session (a very intense workout that leaves me drenched in sweat but extremely content), I decided to stay at the gym. There was a special cardio kickboxing class with a guest coach. The guy is no less than a 23 (yes 23!)-time world champion kickboxer. I had to stay and give it a go. Had to. <BR> <BR> I told myself I'd leave if things got too intense or if I got too tired (after all, I had ALREADY... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:16:58 EST The Big Shirt I have a shirt that I used to wear when I was at my heaviest (or, as I like to say it: 60 pounds ago). It's really big, but back then, it was snug. OK I looked like the Michelin Man in it. It was really snug. But now, the shirt is hanging loose. It's about 4 sizes too big. Man I love that shirt! I'll never get rid of it. Why? Because it's the best reminder of where I've been, of the progress I've made. The other day, I had a weigh-in (insert doomsday music). I hadn't lost a single pound on t... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:13:11 EST If you're anything like me... You should give yourself a good pat in the back. A few years ago, just going to the mailbox (less than 50 ft. away from my home!) had me in sweat and catching my breath... and I was walking slowly back and forth. You know the worst part? If you would have asked me, I probably would have said I was in pretty good shape. Pathetic, huh? Nowadays, I walk/run 5 k every other day, I do karate three times a week, Zumba two or three times a week and circuit training two or three times a week. Yep, m... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:56:50 EST Beating My Gene Pool It's in my genes. Everybody in my family is fat, so it's not surprising that I am too... Ever heard those words before? I regret to say I've uttered them on a few (all right: many) occasions. You see, on my father's side of the family, when we get together, people think there's a double chin convention in town. You can tell who's a "native" and who's an "in-law" just by looking at their chins. You have almost as many cases of hypertension as there are people. I've clearly inherited my dad's... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:18:38 EST Salad Days Are Here Again!!! <em>43</em> <BR> First things first: I've always had a rather troubled relationship with salad. It might have to do with the iceberg-with-a-tiny-bit-of-tomatoes oozing with oil that I've been served at too many restaurants and that passes off as a chef's salad. Bummer! But nowadays, just about any supermarket worth its salt will offer a wide variety of mixed greens. But what shall I put on it? Fat-free dressings have an awful chemical aftertaste, while high-end ones are tasty but also dripp... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:56:44 EST Slow Losers Are Still Losers Let's face it: we want to lose NOW! Yesterday would be even better if we could, but the truth is some of us are extremely slow losers. I am one of them. Am I discouraged? No sir! Because I am still losing, and in the end, that's what really counts. As I wanted this to be the very last time I would be on a diet, I decided to use a different approach: I wouldn't diet from the start, but rather do an entire overhaul of my eating habits. I see no point in dieting, losing the weight, then going ba... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:31:04 EST