MSPRUYT's SparkPeople Blog MSPRUYT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Am I a runner? I call myself a runner. <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> I ran almost every other day last Spring and Summer. I would race up the hill on the final stretch of my run in front of my apartment building and praise my inner Rocky for breaking through the wall and pushing myself. My reward was the runners high that elates me to the point of calling my friends because I'm so pumped!!! I call myself a runner. <BR> <BR> Then it rains, or I'm sick, or it's now. I'm indoors with my cardio.... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:04:52 EST Monday January 28, 2012 I decided to go through my DVD workout collection and mix it up again. I like to "group" my weeks by instructor <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> This week I'm going through my Sharon Mann DVD's. She is still my all time favourite Fitness celebrity! I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing her at the Canfit Pro in Toronto this year. <BR> <BR> So my workout looked like this: <BR> <BR> The Works (Sharon Mann) Cardio DVD : 30 minutes long <BR> I also did Shaun T's Hip Hop Abs - Ab sculpt <BR> <BR... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:10:31 EST Going rogue I've been finding it a struggle lately to commit to tracking my meals and workouts each day. I've decided to go rogue and use the tools that this wonderful site provides to monitor my nutrition when I'm in doubt. <BR> <BR> I follow an "eat clean diet" approach to my meals and utilize my cookbooks and advice given there as well as on other websites. I found that selecting "vegetarian" as my meal planner gave me repetitious choices and wish there was more variety. I find it way too time con... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:19:13 EST Eat clean - Live Clean I've been so focused on my diet and eating "clean" foods that I've been neglecting another crucial part of living a clean lifestyle, using eco-friendly, not-tested on animal products. <BR> <BR> I recently was given a book for my birthday that's been a real eye opener. I often listen to the CBC radio on my ride to and from work and one of the shows was talking about a new book by author Adria Vasil "Eco-holic Body". I was already focused on using products that aren't tested on animals but ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:23:02 EST Inner Rocky Welcome back runner's high! After over a week being sick I'm back to lacing up and hitting the pavement. I'm doing better than I thought after taking the time off to deal with what felt like WWII with my body. <BR> <BR> I joined the run a 5K plan through this site, but am not sure its the best fit for me. I downloaded "micoach" by adidas on my Blackberry and am using the coaching and running programs there. I find it's hard to cue my times unless I have a program that will interrupt my s... Thu, 3 May 2012 20:01:20 EST Taking a back seat to my cold All this week I've been battling a cold. I officially threw in the towel the other day as my opponent is just too strong! It all started on Monday when I woke up with a pain in my throat when I swallowed. I'm prone to throat infections and have battled laryngitis all my life. This quickly developed into an achy joint feeling and the cloudy balloon head feeling that makes it so hard to concentrate. My voice is officially gone now :( The coughing has made my abs, chest and back hurt. I t... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:44:03 EST Feel like a one "woman" army sometimes I used to be the girl that had an insatiable appetite for all foods that were bad for you. If you couldn't finish a meal or desert I'd be the one you'd go to. People would marvel at how much I could put away! Even at that point of my life I was maybe 10lbs heavier than I am now. But believe me, being thin doesn't mean I was healthy and that that type of nutrition was OK. <BR> <BR> I was always active with my workouts but then I wanted to "feel better" on the inside too, so I started wa... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:40:33 EST Stiff, sore and feeling blah... Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling run down today and am not quite sure what the culprit is to my sick feeling. I've been pretty social this weekend and haven't had too much down time to "do nothing". Perhaps my body is telling me something? <BR> <BR> It was a good weekend though filled with friends and family. My Nephew's 7th birthday party was on Sunday. He's such a great kid and it warms my heart that he likes spending time with his Auntie Miranda <em>30</em> . <BR> <BR> The wea... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:22:04 EST Taking my fitness to another level I'm taking another approach to good health... <BR> <BR> I definitely won't say that this is a beginning for me as I initially joined Spark People quite a few years ago. At that time I didn't take advantage as to what this site can really offer me. I'd check out the odd recipe and read the odd health article but that was about it. I went rogue and tried to figure out fitness and nutrition on my own. I think I succeeded and have been dedicated for more than half my life. Unfortunately I'... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:12:08 EST