MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MUFFIY831 MUFFIY831'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/ A Grand, Expensive Experiment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206986 Let's start by saying that I have generally been against things like Nutrisystem because I always felt like it didn't teach you anything. Sure, eat their food and follow the plan exactly and you're likely to lose weight, but then what? You'll be on it forever? Or you'll regain it all once you go off it because you'll start eating 'normal' food again and you never learned how to cook for yourself, how to portion control your own meals, how to be part of society and go out to dinner without blo... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:23:05 EST Fat. Depressed. Back in the Saddle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191063 Oh hey, strangers! Sup? <BR> <BR> The day of reckoning has come. I'm at my highest weight in a long time. I'm unhappy about it. And I'm ready to do something about it. <BR> <BR> How did I get here? I let some old habits come crawling back into my life. Short and sweet, I'm eating too much crap. Cookies and ice cream are the biggest culprits. But also some pizza, some Chipotle, some Chinese food, some whatever-sounds-good-at-the-time. Some adds up to a lot. <BR> <BR> But I exercise! Why ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:19:29 EST No Crazy Promises. Just Forward Progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154702 How many times have I done this? The mea culpa blog entry. I've gained weight, but this time I mean it! I'm going to exercise 97 times per week and only eat kale and tofu! And I do. For like 2 weeks. And then things go back to normal. <BR> <BR> This time, no crazy promises to myself. <BR> <BR> I got back from vacation on Saturday, 30 April. Sunday was therefore 1 May, and an excellent time for a rethink on the diet. I went to the grocery store for all vegan food except for my lunch that h... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:13:26 EST Planning & Plotting & Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113487 I haven't run all winter. At least not outside, or more than about a mile and a half. I bought a treadmill but it turns out I don't like running on it so the only running I've done is circles around the boot camp warehouse. But spring is about to spring. Race season is starting. Half my friends are well into training for their half marathons and 10 milers and full marathons. <BR> <BR> I am inspired. And moderately guilty, but it's not like I haven't been doing ANYTHING, I just haven't been ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:12:26 EST TMI, but kinda funny too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099794 I have talked before about my PCOS ( <link>www.webmd.com/women/tc/polycystic-ov<BR>ary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview </link> ) but one of the wonderful things about it is that I don't have regular periods. In fact, I haven't had one in about a year. Then, last week, I got cranky and irritable and OMG CHOCOLATE. I have been eating basically everything in sight, and all I want is burgers and fries and chocolate and everything salty and sugary. <BR> <BR> Do you see where this is going? Because ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:40:20 EST Today's HIIT Insanity (Dubbed CardiOHMYGOD) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073471 This morning it was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit when boot camp started with some insane wind chill making it feel like minus 298340982343 (give or take). Tom says, "Well, today was supposed to be a long run, but ... even I'm not that crazy. So instead we'll do a HIIT workout with 35 different exercises." It's 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off and it NEVER STOPS. And probably 10 of the 35 exercises were either burpees or modifications to burpees. <BR> <BR> Somehow this is less crazy? I was tr... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:13:38 EST Scales Are Stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068318 I'm feeling pretty good. My clothes are fitting better. A couple of people have commented that I look like I'm losing weight. I feel healthier, stronger, more active, on track. <BR> <BR> By my scale at home, I've lost 8 pounds. Then I went to the doctor yesterday, and their scale shows that I've lost 4 pounds. HALF? I felt defeated. Like I'm not making progress after all. That I'm wasting my time. <BR> <BR> But that's stupid. I AM making progress. I am losing weight. I am getting better a... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:55:49 EST Yes, This!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067447 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed6e6b94-dc3f-4844-b468-25ddce14604d.jpg"> This is going to be my new go-to response. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:51:56 EST Successes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066571 Oh yeah, that's multiple successes. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm wearing my Limited size 12 skinny jeans for the first time in, I dunno, a year?! <BR> <BR> 2. I signed up for a two week trial of boxing and kickboxing - the kind where you actually get to hit and kick stuff. I went to my first class yesterday and several people told me they were impressed I made it through the whole class because lots of people don't. I loved it!!!!! It's very therapeutic, I think. :) <BR> <BR> 3. I did all my meal p... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:55:39 EST Merry Christmas to Me! A Treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061059 At my request, most of my family gave me Amazon gift cards for Christmas, and what did I do with them? <BR> <BR> THIS!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f587b49-ac98-4d9c-85c6-3bbb4d9e7310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm planning to use it throughout the winter, and I'm hoping to get my lightning bolt of a dog on it too. :) <BR> <BR> I signed up for 2016 miles in 2016 with two friends so I'm obligated to do about 2 miles/day all year. This will help immensely on those col... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:55:11 EST Countdown to Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059929 The good news is I've lost 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that's only about half of what I gained in the last 6 months or so. <BR> <BR> I'm starting off 2016 in the right direction. I go on vacation (bathing suits and all. ugh!) in three weeks. I'm not really one for new year's resolutions, but I do hereby resolve for the next three weeks: <BR> <BR> 1. No desserts. <BR> 2. No booze. <BR> 3. 90+% vegan whole foods. <BR> 4. Exercise (boot camp, running) 6 days/week. <BR> <BR> Three... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:19:01 EST 7-Day Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029384 One of my boot camp instructors has been sharing her 7-day detox plan. I've never done such a thing before and honestly I'm a bit skeptical about the whole idea, but when she posted a picture of the food for the week I realized it looked awfully vegan-friendly. Indeed, it's vegan, gluten-free, and sensible. Not just a 'drink grape juice for 7 days straight!' kinda thing. I get smoothies, soups, bean salads, nuts, seeds, etc. It's a crap ton of vegetables with some beans, brown rice, and quino... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:01:51 EST It Happened. Now How to Move On. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022109 1. I haven't posted anything since July. Wow. <BR> <BR> 2. My last several posts have been f@#$1ing depressing. <BR> <BR> 3. This one might not be a whole lot better, but I am on a mission this time. <BR> <BR> So, remember the last few posts (probably not because they were a million years ago) when I said I was NOT GOING TO REGAIN A BUNCH OF WEIGHT IN THE FACE OF DEPRESSION? Yeah. That was a big fat - literally - lie. <BR> <BR> I have officially regained all 15 pounds I had lost. Gran... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:24:17 EST Regain = Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969101 Despite my best intentions, I've let the 10 pounds I lost creep back on. I have lots of excuses, and some of them might even be moderately valid, but the bottom line is they (both the excuses and the pounds) need to go bu-bye. And stay gone. <BR> <BR> This is a pattern I've been repeating for so long - YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS - that you'd think I'd learn by now, but I never seem to figure it out. I flirt with the size 10 clothes, and then I get complacent or lazy or whatever and BAM, hell... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:34:47 EST Moving Forward ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952646 After my friend Ali died 2.5 years ago, I went into an emotional eating downward spiral and gained back all the weight I had lost and then some. It's now been just over a month (a month an two days, but who's counting) since my beloved passed away. I am determined not to let the same thing happen again. And yet the scale is up about 5 pounds. So, it's time to step it up a notch. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I cleaned out the fridge and pantry so that there's very little temptation left. I st... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:37:26 EST 1 Year, 9 Months, and 11 Days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937949 That's all I got with the love of my life before he passed away last week from a particularly aggressive and ugly form of cancer. I'm in a fog and have no idea how to get out of it, but I know I will somehow, someday. Seriously the smallest thing - a nice Facebook comment, a hug, a 'how are you' - anything can make me burst into tears. That has to end someday, right? <BR> <BR> I went back to boot camp this morning to hugs all around and tears at 6AM. Getting back into some form of normalcy ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 14:57:01 EST MIA but not really gone ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924784 Warning: This is a bit depressing, but it gets better at the end. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've posted anything on here, and honestly I don't even know where to begin. <BR> <BR> Let's start with the major life upheaval in that the love of my life has terminal cancer and I'm now working full time and attempting to take care of him as best I can. His mom moved in with us temporarily and has been a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge enormous help but she is leaving next week and I will be back o... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:45:53 EST My Skinny Jeans Are Just Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879318 First off, thanks for all your support on my last post (http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_<BR>journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878134). We heard from the doctor but we still don't have any real answers, so we are still living in an episode of House. Apparently my boyfriend is a medical mystery. No changes - we're both still stressed and nervous and anxious and overwhelmed and any other word you can think of along those lines. <BR> <BR> But today I want to focus on a positive. First, s... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:34:11 EST Stress, News, Motivation, and Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878134 Basically all hell has broken loose on the homefront lately. When I bought my tiny little (by suburban standards) condo back in 2008 I was a single girl. Fast forward and now we've got two adults, a teenager, two cats, and a dog living in a 1440 square foot condo. So we've been talking about buying a bigger place for almost a year and finally the time came to do it. In the meantime, my boyfriend had been sick with what I really thought was maybe pneumonia or mono or something. We finalized th... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:00:47 EST NAILED IT (An Update!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864379 Monday I was bragging about how awesome I felt about Monday's workout because I completed: <BR> <BR> 500/500 Jumping Jacks (100%) <BR> 400/400 Squats (100%) <BR> 150/300 Sit-ups (50%) <BR> 160/200 Push-ups (80%) <BR> 100/100 Burpees (100%) <BR> <BR> Tom takes all our little index cards and records them in a Google doc. This morning, he sent out the note saying that everything's been updated, so I went in to compare and sure enough, I did SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST TIME! The last time we did ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:11:44 EST 5-4-3-2-1 NAILED IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863078 Every few months, Tom has us do what he calls the 5-4-3-2-1 challenge, as such: <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Sit-ups <BR> 200 Push-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You have 50 minutes to finish all that. You can do whatever order you want, as many sets as you want - anything goes, really. <BR> <BR> And while I titled this sucker NAILED IT, that's probably not entirely fair since I didn't actually finish. (Some people do. Today the first person finished all that in 37... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:31:38 EST It's 2012 All Over Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841199 At the end of 2012, I was at my lightest. That was when I bought my size 10 jeans and several size 10 dresses. <BR> <BR> However, how I got there was not ideal. I was working all day and then driving ~45 minutes to my friend's deathbed to spend as much time with her as possible. As it turns out, being super emotional and skipping dinner three or four nights a week is an effective, but ultimately short-term, weight-loss method. So, of course, the weight came back after my friend died and I s... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:03:20 EST The Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827664 I posted awhile ago that I'm in this weird place where I've lost some weight, but not a lot and very proportionally so nothing is really too big, but things are a little bit looser in general and overall I just feel a little dumpy and frumpy. So, I finally went shopping. <BR> <BR> And in the middle of it, this was my mindset: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958516488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And you can see from all the likes how many people agree with me on the deni... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 15:44:37 EST 3 weeks, 30,000 miles, 3 pounds ... Sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819901 The title is a bit fudged, but ... <BR> <BR> In just over three weeks, I've flown just under 30,000 miles, and when I came home my first weigh-in was not quite three pounds heavier than when I left. <BR> <BR> A day later, that went down two pounds, so I'm guessing there's an element of water retention at play. That and the scale is obviously psychotic so it'll probably go up 12 pounds tomorrow just to screw with me. <BR> <BR> But all things considered, this isn't too bad. My last trip w... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:43:01 EST A Good Problem To Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809840 I've lost about 12 pounds now. Which is great. Yay! Go me! <BR> <BR> The problem ... and I use that term in the best possible sense of the term ... is that it's all coming off very evenly. Follow me here. <BR> <BR> My clothes are not really too big. But they are looser. So I find myself putting my jeans in the dryer a lot to try to shrink them up a little. <BR> <BR> But now my jeans are all faded. <BR> <BR> My sweaters are pilling. <BR> <BR> And faded. <BR> <BR> But it's not worth... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:13:05 EST TIRE FLIP!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799757 Woo hoo, look at me go flip a freaking monster truck tire! Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:43:42 EST Cardio Circuit Madness! And Tire Flipping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799756 Today was the kind of boot camp class I LOOOOOOOVE! <BR> <BR> Being kind of competitive but super slow is not a good combination because even though everyone is super supportive and amazing, I can't help but constantly notice the fact that I'm dead last, or behind on reps, or using a lighter band, or whatever. But today was circuits! Just me all by my lonesome. No comparisons, no noticing that he's doing 50 when I'm doing 15, or he's doing a mile when I'm doing half that, or whatever. <BR>... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:42:43 EST The Big Lap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799162 My boot camp is in a warehouse amidst a bunch of other warehouses, and we have our usual routes to run. One such route is down the line of warehouses, through the parking lot, around the next building over, and back. <BR> <BR> But, see, I'm slow. Turtle slow. When I run on my own, I do run/walk intervals, so when I'm at boot camp I pride myself on running the whole way. But in doing so, I slow down even beyond my normal snail's pace. I'm thrilled I can run the whole mile or whatever without... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:06 EST Stupid Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797941 I weigh in on Sundays. I was EXPECTING to lose my 10th pound this Sunday. I woke up, felt good, hopped on the scale, and ... it was exactly the same as the week before. <BR> <BR> %$# YOU, SCALE. <BR> <BR> But I brushed it off. Went for a 4.5 mile run. Came home, took a shower, ate breakfast, then discussed with the kid how large the dog is getting. How large? I don't know, let's find out. So I got back on the scale with the dog, got off, got back on the scale without the dog so that I cou... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:28:31 EST False Alarm, but Thanks for the Kudos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794655 I type really fast. And sometimes when you type really fast, you make mistakes. And sometimes you transpose things. Like just now when I actually typed tarnspose. And sometimes I type super fast and I hit enter super fast and only then do I realize I messed up. <BR> <BR> Like the other day when I transposed two numbers on the weight tracker and hit enter and Spark immediately told everyone I lost two pounds when in fact I only lost one. <BR> <BR> So thanks but false alarm! On the upside, ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:44:04 EST A 10K Race Report - And Glimpse Into My Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790307 Preface #1: I really, truly am proud of every single person who shows up to a race. Whether you're there for the marathon, half, 10K, 5K, or the 1K kids run. The fact that you got out of bed on a weekend morning to come run or walk or crawl any distance is, in my humble opinion, absolutely freaking awesome. You rock. <BR> <BR> Preface #2: That being said, my inner voice is a competitive little bitch sometimes and to motivate myself I will pick someone out of the crowd to beat. Someone I dee... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:52:24 EST My How Times Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785426 Yesterday I posted about the fitness challenge. I left sweaty and exhausted but it didn't feel like anything particularly abnormal. I always leave boot camp sweaty and exhausted, after all! <BR> <BR> Well, this morning, I felt like I had been hit by a Mack truck. Apparently yesterday hit me a lot harder than I thought. Whoa. <BR> <BR> So this morning I still got up at my usual time but instead of going to boot camp I went to the gym and 'took it easy.' I did the elliptical for 30 minutes ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:32:55 EST The Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784604 This morning's boot camp fitness challenge was the 5-4-3-2-1: <BR> <BR> We had 50 minutes to complete: <BR> <BR> 500 jumping jacks <BR> 400 squats <BR> 300 sit ups <BR> 200 push ups <BR> 100 burpees <BR> And then run 1 mile <BR> <BR> I didn't finish all that in the 50 minutes. I guess that's why they call it a challenge, eh? About 4 people did - one guy in 35 minutes, but he's a total freak of nature and a normal person can't use him as a baseline. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I DID finish: <BR>... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:50:09 EST Official: 6 Pounds in 5 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778018 I started the weight loss drugs my doctor put me on, and today I went back for my first follow-up appointment. It's been not quite six weeks, and I'm officially down six pounds. Truth be told, it was a little over seven pounds, but then two things happened. <BR> <BR> 1. I had oral surgery on my gums, and <BR> 2. I left the country. <BR> <BR> That led to a four-day potato, pasta, ice cream frenzy as they were the only soft foods I could find on the road. <BR> <BR> Oral surgery on Friday ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:03:51 EST Hello, Old (Size 10) Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773269 They're baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> I am once again wearing my size 10 jeans. <BR> <BR> That's pretty much all I need to say today. <BR> <BR> Well, one more thing. <BR> <BR> YEEEEHAW! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:37:53 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772699 Well, hello September. How YOU doin'? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good so far, though I'm not sure how we're already three days into this month. <BR> <BR> I had a great birthday (the 31st). J made me a vegan brunch! He made a tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms, with breakfast potatoes and toast. It was really good, especially considering my little omnivore had never made anything anything remotely like that ever before. Of course, he also made sausage on the side for the boys. Oh w... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:36:41 EST The BLUE Band! (And Some Other Stuff) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764173 This morning, for the first time in my personal boot camp history, I used the blue resistance band for the whole class. <BR> <BR> The resistance bands we use start at yellow (the 'why even bother' level), then go to red, then blue, then green, then grey (the holy crap! level). I have used red 95% of the time, using blue for certain exercises or certain sets on occasion before dropping back down to red. <BR> <BR> But today? Today I used the blue band for everything! <BR> <BR> I am pretty... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:10:21 EST Results ... So Far & Anniversary Pic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761993 I started new meds two weeks ago, and I just finished the two week low-dose trial. Which is basically just to make sure, I dunno, my heart didn't explode or something. So, success! I lost two pounds in two weeks, which is actually pretty amazing by my standards. I started the regular dosage yesterday so I'm hoping that speeds up a little bit. <BR> <BR> Of course, I went and sabotaged myself over the weekend though. It was our one year anniversary! I can't believe it's been a year already. I... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:37:02 EST Puppy Scheduling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754183 Everyone, meet Ali! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956397960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is a six-month old Plott Hound/Boxer mix, and she is amazing! However, we're learning she has MAJOR separation anxiety. She does not want to be alone for a millisecond. <BR> <BR> I knew we'd have to do some puppy training and so I'm spending two weeks being a stay-at-home-dog-mom to get these issues underway. I didn't realize I would be quite so homebound. It's only day three ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Better Living Through Chemistry - Maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753054 Six months ago or so, I wrote a post here about my new endocrinologist offering me weight loss drugs. He went through the pros and cons and I decided against them. In short, I feel like they're cheating. I feel like I should be able to do this on my own. That I can eat better and exercise more and lose weight. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing. I have been eating better (not perfect, but better) and I have been exercising more (boot camp about four days a week, exercising about 5-6), but I'm s... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:33:42 EST A Message from Captain Obvious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748073 I got home from a business trip Friday night and headed straight out to dinner for a veggie burger and fries. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had hemp toast and almond butter for breakfast, metric tons of sushi for lunch, then had TWO parties to attend. One surprise birthday party that ended up being an engagement party too, then another engagement party. (As J put it, "is there a Groupon for weddings right now?!") I had a drink and a hummus/pita chip snack at the first party, so not too bad, then, ah... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:09:27 EST Hotel Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744715 I'm on my only business trip of the summer right now. (Which, by the way, is amazing! I never get to stay home this much!) Figuring it's just one week out of the whole summer, I set some rules for myself before going: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least three days during the week. <BR> 2. Get all the Fitbit steps in (set to 7500/day). <BR> 3. Say no to the snack breaks. <BR> <BR> 1. Good! This morning I went to the hotel gym for the second time, and am on track to go either tomorrow or Frida... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:34 EST Adios, FitBit Connection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735219 OK, love the new FitBit, as expected, but after 24 hours I've already disconnected it from Spark. If I track exercise here, which I like to do, the FitBit double books everything. Yesterday it added an addition 103 fitness minutes. I'm not even really sure where that number came from - I'm guessing that's how often it thought I was 'active' but in any case I don't want to over-credit myself on spark. <BR> <BR> Still, I do like to see my steps and stairs throughout the day for a little extra... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:44:22 EST Leg Day + New FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734409 Leg day at boot camp this morning. Lots of running, squats, lunges, dirty dogs, donkey kicks, calf raises, and resistance-band running. Oof. It was good, though. <BR> <BR> I was really craving a hot breakfast so I went to the Whole Foods breakfast bar for some tofu scramble and potatoes. I don't do it very often, but sometimes you just need a solid cooked breakfast, you know? <BR> <BR> One of my credit cards has these 'thank you points' that you can redeem for gift cards, electronics, eve... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:21:51 EST Action- (And Activity-) Packed Long Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733665 I! Am! Exhausted! <BR> <BR> Aren't long weekends supposed to leave you feeling refreshed, rested, and ready to go? Ha! <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> 8AM Firecracker 5K. <BR> <BR> I forgot my watch (what?!) so I was relying on my running partner for pacing and intervals. I know she runs faster than I do, but when we hit the first mile I knew we were going really fast (by my standards). <BR> <BR> Me: "Hey, B, we're going really fast, aren't we?" <BR> <BR> Her: [looking at watch] "Ummm, I'm n... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:40:29 EST Rain, Rain, Go Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731186 There's a hurricane headed up the east coast, projected to hit my area (DC/VA) tonight into tomorrow morning. First, good luck to the folks on the coast. As a Floridian I know how stressful hurricane season can get. Second, I hope it bounces out to sea on the fast side of the predictions. I am scheduled to do the Firecracker 5K at 8AM tomorrow morning and I would really like to do it. <BR> <BR> There you have it, my selfish reason for not liking this stupid hurricane. <BR> <BR> This morni... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:32:47 EST June Recap & Quick Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729738 First the bad news - for the second time in 2014, I didn't hit my goal of 21 exercise days a month. <BR> <BR> But the good news: <BR> <BR> ... I did get to 19 exercise days in June ... <BR> ... at least four times per week, each week ... <BR> ... for a total of 1215 exercise minutes ... <BR> ... which averages out to 40.5 minutes per day <BR> <BR> That, I think, is awesome. Consistency! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108551809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST My Calves! (Hiking Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728911 The kiddo is off to Florida for the summer, so J and I have almost two months of grown-up time! Yay! This weekend, we went hiking off Skyline Drive in western Virginia - about two hours from home. It was fantastic! We hiked all day, spent the night out there, had a great dinner in an awesome little tavern in a small town, and came home on Sunday. <BR> <BR> We did the White Oak Canyon Trail, which according to the National Park Service Website is: <BR> <BR> "4.6 miles round trip to upper fa... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:17:30 EST Sleeeeeep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725708 I was up past my bedtime last night, so when the alarm went off at 5:10AM I yelled at it, rolled back over, and slept another hour. <BR> <BR> I don't feel guilty, though. Yesterday was Twofer Tuesday, wherein I go to boot camp in the morning and run with my friend in the afternoon. Then after the run, I went to the pool with the boys for a game of pool volleyball. While not exactly the most intense exercise ever, it totally counts as a calorie burner of some sort. <BR> <BR> This morning I... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:58 EST Not Quite Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724789 As I have mentioned approximately 87987298379487238749237423 times, I *detest* push ups. Which means I need to do them more. Which makes me even angrier about doing them. Which makes me hate them more. Repeat. <BR> <BR> This morning was a mostly arms/chest class, which means ... PUSH UPS! <BR> <BR> [ grooooooooaaaaaaaaaan ] <BR> <BR> Not only did we do 80 bajillion barrel roll push ups, but we did these Spiderman push up monstrosities. <BR> <BR> Here's what they're supposed to look lik... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:22:01 EST