MMAVAB's SparkPeople Blog MMAVAB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community made it to the gym despite my stiff ankle and sore elbow. i biked for 30 mins then walked on the treadmill for 30 mins (resisting the urge to do jogging intervals & instead did fast walking ones), then i did a full weight machine circuit. <BR> <BR> yeah for me. i feel creaky and sore, but happy. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:15:03 EST oh well, missed my workout today when i got to the gym tonight i found that i had left my gym bag at home. i left home with the wrong bags. being half organized is such a pain! oh well. my back was feeling pretty tight all day, so maybe the rest will be good. came home & ate a nice big bowl of raisin bran w/bananas. <BR> <BR> on the plus side, i timed my drive from class to the yoga studio & i've got a good chance of making it to a workout on thursdays. my plan is to bring two gym bags - one with yoga clothes and on... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:30:40 EST springtime & back in the garden. for the first time in a few years i'm excited about my garden. so in addition to the flower borders i'm planting a vegetable garden. this will help me with my goals to eat healthful food and cut down on packaging/eat local. so i'm enjoying the spring weather, waiting for the kale, beets, radishes, carrots, chives and peas to sprout. and looking forward to strawberries in june. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:38:37 EST making it work it's just a work in progress, this getting in shape/being healthy thing. i set goals for myself, but that's not very motivating for me. and funnily enough sometimes the goals i set aren't really the thing i need to work on. so i'm not sticking to my workout goals, but instead of abandoning it all, i'm changing to accommodate my schedule and abilities. and in doing so i realize that i'm learning to abandon my all-or-nothing attitudes toward exercise, food and life. and that's a really good ... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:57:48 EST 2011 - trying to budge the pudge I'm back again. I made it through a personally challenging fall - hard college classes, lots of office work, family adjustments, and a hurt back. I didn't gain much weight (3-4 pounds), though I lost some of my fitness. I'm pretty happy with where I am. <BR> <BR> I really like the idea of a fresh start, so here I am trying again. I've even got a slogan - Budge the Pudge in 2011. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go with what I like, be more consistent with daily habits and work on my diet - as in... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:10:43 EST boring, but okay monday enjoyed a yoga class, but no cardio. ate okay. i will do better tomorrow. now i need to get to bed so i can get a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> nothing profound, no deep insights. but i guess that's okay. Mon, 18 Oct 2010 22:19:28 EST another internet free weekend :) had a great visit with my sister & her family (little girls & old dog). it was relaxing and restorative - just what you want from a weekend. but even though i brought that evil netbook with me, i never opened it. oh well. i didn't overeat. and in fact we introduced them to kale! no exercise, but my back feels better, so i'll view it as prescribed rest. <BR> <BR> so here we are back at home. i'm setting up my new computer that i'll use for my classes & hopefully this will help me man... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:19:32 EST am i the boss of me? The other day a friend & I were having some empty-nest-mom talk. She said that her daughter used to say "you're not the boss of me – I’m the boss of me" all the time. Without really thinking, I said that "no one is the boss of me - not even me!" We laughed about it, but I thought about that statement all day long. It was an honest moment and I think I can learn something from it. <BR> <BR> I guess I’ve always done things because someone else needed me to do it or required me to do it. ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:09:40 EST what i did at starbucks <BR> I switched to a blueberry scone instead of the morning buns and got a smaller nonfat latte. I can’t believe this is taking so much of my attention. <BR> <BR> As usual the best part of the starbucks stop was the chat with barista-friends. The social connection is as big a draw as the coffee/tasty baked goods. I’ve known this for a number of months. Now that I’m on my own Mon-Fri I feel a little isolated, but my days seem too full to add anything else. In fact I’ve even cut out a ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 08:48:50 EST if i eat everything i'm supposed to... there's really no room for the not-so-healthy stuff if i eat all the fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean protein. <BR> <BR> hmmm i need to view this as a positive challenge. maybe i need to eat the healthy stuff first thing? then if there's room (calorically) i can indulge in something. no i'm not really motivated by rewards. <BR> <BR> i've got this morning starbucks problem (unhealty but delicious baked goods) and i haven't been able to change it. maybe i'll give it a try t... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:13:26 EST on spark tonight to rack up the points & keep my blog pledge the wednesday schedule looked good & sensible way back in august! but let me tell you working all day, then taking two 2.5 hour classes back to back is HARD. oh well, it's week 7 of 16. and i'm two classes closer to my degree & new opportunities. and i left the house nice & clean & i already know what i'm wearing to work so now i can post this blog & go to bed with a good book. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 23:14:19 EST another day, another chance to do things right okay nutrition, yoga class, 30 minute bike ride around the neighborhood, good night's sleep <BR> <BR> i just want to remember that every choice is an opportunity to get healthy. <BR> <BR> example 1: i gave in at starbucks this morning, but finished up strong by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts & drinking lots of water. i made a healthy dinner (chicken & vegetable stir fry) instead of the french toast that was calling my name. and now i'm having popcorn & dark chocolate while ... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 20:59:22 EST report from the internet-free weekend <BR> We were out of town Friday through Sunday. Even though I brought the evil netbook, I never turned it on. Instead I focused on enjoying myself & making good choices. I don’t think I did anything differently because I wasn’t logging in. In fact it was a well-balanced weekend with fun, exercise, family & friends. <BR> <BR> Friday counted as my rest day. Because of our travel schedule we ate an early-bird dinner/very late lunch and so I was able to really enjoy our dessert date. I ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 11:17:51 EST blogging cause i said i would just doing what i'm supposed to today: <BR> 1.focused on completing tasks at work <BR> 2.emptied that email in box <BR> 3. did an errand i would have put off in the pastgaga <BR> 4. went to yoga. <BR> 5. then the gym where i swam, biked and walked (not the best workout ever & the cramps came back, but something is better than nothing) <BR> 6. ate a smaller dinner & then good-for-me popcorn & dark chocolate <BR> 7. logging and blogging because i said i would <BR> <BR> now i can go to bed :) Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:40:37 EST bnd2 - positive inputs help 1. reading fitness magazines - got the new issue of fitness and read it while biking at the gym tonight <BR> 2. watching the biggest loser last night - seeing how hard they have to work to lose weight makes me feel better about my slow progress. and it also inspires me to get to the gym & make good choices in the kitchen. <BR> 3. reading blogs and articles at spark - i always learn something. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 21:56:57 EST here's to a brand new day & a fresh start i'm back at spark because i'm recommitting to my healthy life and need a way to keep track of what i'm doing and how i'm doing. i knew it was time when i started looking for fancy journals and self-help books. why buy a new system when there's this really good one right here? <BR> <BR> short-term goals: <BR> 1. blog here daily - so my dh & dsis don't have to hear all about my exercise/diet/health issues. <BR> 2. journal daily - see point 1 & i've realized that i'm still a stress eater. ... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:16:15 EST following the rules, numbers, honesty & spark points i'm leaving points on the table all for the greater good: <BR> <BR> i did 18 minutes on the treadmill (2.1/2.5 mph). i couldn't stay on any longer becuase then i'd run into the next time block &&& i hate when other exercisers do that, so then on to the bike <BR> <BR> i did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike for 5.8 miles = 11.6 mph (right?). that's the slower biking category. <BR> <BR> i'm following the therapists recommendations, not pushing too hard. but hey i'm missing out on at least... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:33:52 EST yeah! i flunked my test! not in one of my college classes - no that would not be a good thing. it was the personal trainer eval yesterday - i scored 8/21 (or 38%) on the fms - functional movement systems evaluation. this means i am not crazy when i feel like i'm not making much progress with my programs. so i'm embracing my bad grade! sorry for the bait & switch! <BR> <BR> the doctors and physical therapist agreed that i should start a strength & conditioning program <em>344</em> i wanted to use a trainer to... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:19:34 EST pretty good second-to-last bad wednesday for a while Do you remember the game Fortunately/Unfortunately? I’ll do my daily recap that way: <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I missed my PT appointment this morning (that really stunk because my calf was very crampy) <BR> Fortunately I was able to reschedule for Thursday morning. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I left work early to finish my paper, <BR> Fortunately I was able to finish that paper – it was formatted correctly, well-cited &&& coherent. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I didn’t work out today, <BR>... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:55:18 EST an acrostic for tuesday Thankful for the lax game that was the reason to sit in the fresh air & sunshine <BR> U-tube – so much good music out there free for all - praise his holy name! <BR> Eight hours at a job I like <BR> Spinal Strength + Open Communication = sensible prom plans <BR> Darling daughters & husband <BR> Art – especially music <BR> Yoga & Cardio <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:06:49 EST i can't sleep late on weekends - there's too much good stuff I had a lovely weekend – family, friends, fun and necessary busyness. <BR> Friday: We enjoyed dressing up & dancing the night away. It was especially fun because at last year’s dance my husband couldn’t dance because his hip had deteriorated so much. He had a hip replacement in August & he’s a new man! We danced to everything! The food was good too. And the girls took care of themselves (at 23 & 17 they should be able to ) <BR> <BR> Saturday: we were up bright and early to take girl#3... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 23:43:44 EST new goal: figure out how to manage spark cause my spark is sputtering i feel behind! it's more than the usual friday morning feeling - this week i feel like i'm really neglecting things that matter to me - exercise, eating well, taking care of business. today is another one of those one thing after another day, all good or necessary things, but just the same i know i won't really sit down until tomorrow morning. and tomorrow is just the same. it's all good stuff, but it's a lot of good stuff! <BR> <BR> spark issues: <BR> 1. my no-junk email account is ov... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 08:49:34 EST i need to plan better for wednesdays at least for next week & then for the final two weeks later. i think i'll put it in a list <BR> <BR> 1. i gave my presentation in class - <BR> a. had a nice dinner with the girls (last night's leftovers), <BR> b. the presentation was long enough and and i answered all the questions and i did it! part of learning to show up! <BR> c. but i didn't make it to yoga or the gym, because i didn't do my homework in a timely fashion. that's what i need to work on for next week & the next semeste... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:55:42 EST so tired - it was a good day 1. ate well especially dinner,felt like a lot, but still hit most of my goals <BR> 2. good swim - flip turns 95% of the time <BR> 3. yoga class - intro to vinyasa. i love how i benefit from any level of practice. and i'm really loving this studio <BR> 4. home with my girls, catching up & keeping them company too. <BR> 5. laundry, ironing, clean kitchen too - that's a good feeling <BR> 6. pt in the morning which means starbucks too <BR> 7. the sunshine was replaced by rain, but that's... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 22:44:53 EST a yoga dilemma for goldilocks okay - to recap: i've been practicing yoga since last june/july at a really nice, quiet, decidedly not hot or exercise-y studio. but their class offerings are few and when i take the vinyasa classes i am uncomfortable with some of the chanting and postures (headstand) and the recurrence of heartburn. so i went in search of some variety. <BR> <BR> first, i tried the hot yoga studio in town & loved it, loved it, loved it. i practiced there sat, mon, tues, wed, thurs - whew! lots of sweat... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:54:43 EST bikram! learned a few yoga & other things this week: <BR> <BR> 1. yoga really is portable - i've taken classes with 6 different teachers in three different studios this week. i really benefited from all of them. <BR> 2. i love the harder workout of both the bikram & hot yoga. so i need to get that into my routine regularly. <BR> 3. i love exercise! i'd been so out of shape, creaky, achy and generally feeling bad for so long that i'd buried that knowledge. well it's resurrected! i need to mak... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 12:51:51 EST wanting a smart phone so i can keep up with spark! that's probably not good for my budget - ha ha. happily i don't have any time to go to the verizon store to check this out! and spring break is almost over so i'll be back on the computer all the time. <BR> <BR> but this brings to me to something i've been struggling with - keeping up with things spark, google & facebook. i feel like i need about 30-45 minutes daily on spark, reading, replying, using the trackers, etc. i enjoy keeping up with things, but sometimes the time just isn't th... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 23:07:38 EST make new friends but keep the old... i'm trying out new yoga classes at a different studio and i feel kind of funny about it, like i'm cheating on my boyfriend! <BR> <BR> i like the feeling of the hot yoga, but i miss the peacefulness and centeredness of my regular yoga workout. there's another studio in town i'm going to try next week. and then i'll figure out a schedule that gets me to aby and hotyoga every week. and i can see that i'll need to get the hang of the home practice too. <BR> <BR> i'm also really pleased that... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 23:15:09 EST the good, the bad & the ugly i swam angry so it was a nasty, brutish & short workout; <BR> i took too long doing errands & missed the 12noon yoga class; <BR> made a plan for a 4pm yoga class at a new place, but <BR> the dentist was a 2 hour and 15 minute appointment not a 1 hour 30 minute appointment, at least it was my daughter in the chair not me, <BR> dinner was tasty but rushed, <BR> choir - we were less than wonderful (ugly). <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> i swam; <BR> we will all have lovely delicious easter baskets; <... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 22:46:26 EST rest day - time for a massage i didn't really want to take the day off, but with work, bernie's lacrosse game & church tonight, i couldn't find time for they gym, the pool or the yoga studio. soooo i booked a massage. i hope it will make some of the aches and pains better. i hope i can stay awake at mass tonight! <BR> <BR> i think i need to do a yoga routine at home tonight in my so-not-zen bedroom. okay there's a good goal. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 14:02:38 EST practicing honesty with the nutrition tracker the nutrition tracker is my new best friend. and so i'm being honest, brutally honest, with it. i put my usual foods on it today, no problem, i don't mind going 100 cals over, i'm taking a long view trying to make good choices and balance the hopefully occasional indulgence with generally sensible eating & plenty of exercise. anyway, i also put the guacamole on it, and the half order of chips and the ice cream cone (which was as good as i remember). oh well, i savored every mouthful. then... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:17:53 EST back to the pool & the bike - oh well i felt crummy all day. pt was painful & we agreed i wouldn't start walking yet. i need to add some stick massage to my routine and some new strength exercises for my lower legs and ankles. i think i need to make a chart & set up a spot at home for this. <BR> <BR> anyway, i made it to the pool (thanks to cell phones & car pools) and did day 1/week 2 of my 0-to-a-mile workout. and i kept swimming doing 1150 meters, not 900 meters. yay me! and it felt great. <BR> <BR> did some stuff at h... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:07:58 EST deep water running anyone? saturday, i did an interval walking workout on the treadmill - felt okay, loved the exertion, stretched really thoroughly afteward. three hours later my calf cramped up while strolling around williamsburg. argh. more stretching while leaning on the picket fence. <BR> <BR> sunday yoga - downward dog is great for my calves, then a long but not strenuous stroll on the beach. calf cramps woke me up & plagued me all day. <BR> <BR> on the plus side i see the physical therapist tomorrow, on... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:01:36 EST love the weekends - fresh air, exercise & time with family friday became my rest day - i just didn't make it to yoga & then ran out of time to do anything else. BUT <BR> saturday took a 75 min yoga class, then biked for 30 mins & walked for 20 minutes <BR> and then strolled another mile or two around williamsburg in the fresh air <BR> sunday yoga again, then a 50 minute walk on the beach. i went to the gym, but couldn't swim because it was fun float day. <BR> and then cooked a delicious & healthy dinner & really enjoyed sitting down the family. <... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:38:56 EST i made it to the 160s! for real! 5 times in the last 7 days & for the last 4 days in a row. yay! <BR> <BR> love spark <BR> love changing my attitude <BR> love adding movement when i can <BR> love doing what i can when i can <BR> love love love yoga Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:04:44 EST swimming, walking & fresh air too it was a good day for exercise. did a 30 minute swim/800 meters. so saturday i start week 2 of my zero to 1 mile workout plan. i'm feeling a little sore in the upper body today, but i hope a good night's sleep & tomorrow's yoga class will help with that. <BR> <BR> made a delicious dinner - spinach frittata w/omega 3 eggs, roasted potatoes, sparking water. <BR> <BR> then walked up to choir practice in the sweet spring air. our weather's changing, so on the way home there were strong bre... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 22:31:58 EST at least i made it to yoga cause even though i ate good food today i ate too much - that nutrition tracker & my full tummy are saying the same thing. i was here there & everywhere today & didn't plan my meals or pack them. and that's not smart on wednesday when i go to work, then yoga then a 3-hour class. okay, next tuesday night i'm packing my lunch & dinner. <BR> <BR> one other observation, those apple cinnamon cheerios just didn't taste as good as i remember. i think i like the less sweet cascadian farms honey nut os. i think i'll mix them with the ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:20:14 EST omg racking up the points is addictive! it's worse than free cell. but fun too. i like the extra health, fitness and nutrition knowledge i'm gaining. i like reading other about other people's successes & setbacks. it's good to have another way to measure progress besides the scale & my clothes. it's a kind of immediate gratification. thanks sparkpeople <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:08:35 EST water! why is it so hard to drink 8 cups per day? i'm going to try to do better this week. i'd like to click that little water glass all the way to 8 or 9! but i have a really hard time even though i feel better when i drink enough. i get distracted, it tastes funny, i don't want to drink too late at night then i'll have to get up. <BR> <BR> i've got a nice water bottle that my ever-green daughter fills up for me. maybe i need to fill up two? i could try drinking a whole glass when i take my vitamins in the morning? that's another pos... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:11:08 EST i chose cardio today - because it's all about the math i love yoga - i feel great: strong, flexible, peaceful, still. BUT it's not getting me the weight loss i really want. 1.5 pounds a month is okay, but i want to lose more. so today i didn't go to the 830am yoga class i took a 20 minute walk in the neighborhood & then a 35 minute swim. i'll get to the yoga studio tomorrow, but also go for another walk. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:24:41 EST time to make friends with math entering in my daily foods in the nutrition tracker is very enlightening. it's all about the math! i just eat too much. most of the food is good for me. i'm not eating 25 oreos or a pint of ice cream. but it just all adds up. and if i really want to lose weight at a faster pace, like i say i do, then i'd better pay more attention to the math. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:44:20 EST