NAPPIGURL's SparkPeople Blog NAPPIGURL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Catchup Part 2 So, the half marathon was pretty much the highlight of February. My next race wouldn't be until the end of March. That event would set off a series of weekends during which I remained high off of endorphins (& endocannabinoids, as I would later read in a runner's world article). Easter weekend marks the end of the lent season and also signifies the weekend of the Crescent City Classic; a 10k road race held annually in the heart of New Orleans boasting a fast, flat course that brings out all ... Tue, 17 May 2016 22:22:36 EST Catchup part1: March April May ...& February as well, I suppose. Let's go in chronological order, shall we. My first half marathon of the year was the St. Jude half marathon held near my hometown. Both my older sister (who lives in AZ) and I went home to run it. Let me just say that it is an AMAZING feeling to be able to run a race AT HOME! To have been able to give my father a high five right before crossing the finish line was absolutely priceless! I started my running journey away from home. I wasn't an athlete in hig... Sun, 15 May 2016 01:10:11 EST Happy New Year! One week in & It's already awesome! I had a great time celebrating the holidays with my family. Even though I indulged a bit (tea cakes, sugar cookies, & a few glasses of soda), I was able to still workout (despite the territorial boxer up the road, a treadmill that looked like it had been peeled out of a paper doll book, & unrelentingly frigid winds...after the storm blew through). My sister was my accountability buddy, so I was more than a wee bit excited when we had to retrieve her from the airport on Sunday evening (due to ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:41:09 EST That was close! My DietBet ended Sunday and The weigh-in period ends tonight at midnight. I plopped on the scale yesterday morning ready to submit my final weight, but it read that I was still 3.4 lbs away from my goal! Darned water weight. So I had to wait to weigh in. This am I was .2 lbs over my goal, so I went back to sleep for a couple more hours and after going to the bathroom I finally was .2 lbs below my goal weight. Talk about annoying, lol. That's what happens when I have consecutive rest days. Thi... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:56:29 EST Diet Bet Has anyone ever done a DietBet challenge? If you're not familiar, DietBet is a web based social weight loss site that allows you to join challenges and put money on the line as extra incentive to achieve your weight loss goals. Challenges can be 4 weeks to several months long & bets can range from $10 to hundreds (or thousands, but I think there's a special approval process for those. Anywho... I'm currently participating in two bets, each 4 weeks, one started yesterday & the other started 2 ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:12:42 EST Checking in Welp, November made a speedy exit! I am one week into a $25 DietBet challenge to lose 4% of my body weight (6 lbs) in 4 weeks. I've set my unofficial weigh-in days to Monday 1.) to keep myself in check over the weekends (when I'm most likely to do more damage diet-wise) and 2.) because the bet started on a Monday *shrugs* lol. Anyway, I weighed in today & have already lost 5.4 lbs (yay!). Today was Week 3, Day 2 of my 12 week half marathon training plan & I cruised through 7 treadmill mile... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 00:55:04 EST Hello Hello... It's me... Alecia, not Adele Short synopsis of my year so far: 2 official marathons (two weeks apart which qualifies me for maniac status). One novice Crossfit competition (didn't win, but I was proud of my performance). My goals for 2016 are to be faster, stronger, & better at self-care. More details in future blogs. (I wrote an entire dissertation but it didn't show up on my homepage & I'm not quite sure I want to do all of that again, just yet. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:39:17 EST Has it really been that long? Time has passed by so quickly, I hadn't even realized that my last blog was in May!!! <BR> LOTS has happened since then, most remarkably, I completed my Clinical rotations for my dietetic internship! (about time, right?) It was an amazing experience and I met some wonderful people, most of which I can't tell anyone about because of HIPAA -_-. But, my preceptors were awesome and my completion was a little bitter-sweet *tear. <BR> <BR> So there's bad news and good news, the bad news is I've ga... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:42:19 EST My past few weekends (in pictures). The weekend subsequent to the Memorial Marathon I participated in a free 5k called the Chickasaw Healthy Minds 5k. I placed fourth female overall and first in my age group. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last weekend, we had our regularly scheduled run at the lake, after which I volunteered at the post office for the letter carriers' food drive to "Stamp out Hunger." I had a blast! <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 May 2014 05:27:55 EST Memorial half marathon! April was pretty busy for me training and planning for the memorial marathon. This was my second attempt and my goal was to have a good time! We welcomed the BGR! ladies from Texas with a pre-race meet and greet which couldn't have worked out more perfect. We chose Hideaway pizza for the location because it's an Oklahoma legend and because the food is absolutely delish, plus the location was in the downtown area, so our out of towners wouldn't have to travel so far. Although they do not take ... Tue, 6 May 2014 20:21:59 EST Budget Gourmet My latest project (project being something I've assigned myself to do out of curiosity) is to see how cheap healthy eating can be. My initial investigation began with this photo <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Once again someone was putting out lies (clearly these prices were antiquated) and effectually making healthy eating on a budget seem more unattainable than it really is. Can somebody PLEASE just tell the truth?! I mean how hard is it, real... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:06:21 EST I am a MARATHONER! In 2012, after completing my first half marathon (the OKC Memorial), I said that I would never want to complete a full. The looks of pain and anguish on the faces of the runners still struggling to complete twice the distance that I had just painstakingly completed, as I rode past on my way to rest my aching legs, was uninspiring, to say the least. <BR> <BR> Enter 2013 and my introduction to some amazingly badass mommas (& non-mommas) through a virtual running streak which led to my discover... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:55:17 EST April Challenge: 30 Random Acts of Happiness Today I posted a challenge in my BGR group that I thought was SO awesome (yes, I'm totally feeling myself on this one, lol) that I've decided to share it all over! The purpose is meant to make the participants enjoy their surroundings more and foster positive (albeit random) interactions with the people around them. I'm encouraging everyone to take pics/video of them completing each "task" (for points and accountability). Maybe at the end I can make up a flipagram of all of the awesomely rand... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:32:11 EST True Story <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:57:43 EST For example... My last blog talked about healthy food being easy, fast & cheap. Ironically, I was perusing the pages of a recipe book I borrowed from the library and came across these oh so easy instructions for a brussels sprout and baby spinach salad... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that correctly. You are to take one pound of brussels sprouts &, "working... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:50:35 EST Confession: Sometimes I'm fast, easy and cheap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm sure some variation of this message has come across your computer screen recently & it's a cute and catchy little thing. So catchy that it almost "caught" me. I was all like "yeah, who wants to be fast and cheap?" Then I thought, "hey, I kinda like things that are fast and cheap...and easy makes it even better." <BR> <BR> I realized that this simple picture was sending all the wrong messages. It implies that:... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:34:36 EST When cats attack: Handstand Edition Please take proper precautions when kitty-sitting. It may also help to not have a hairstyle resembling hairballs... <em>246</em> <em>239</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:10:41 EST Looking back So I was going through my old external hard drive the other day. This drive is primarily dedicated to photos (I'm kind of the family "historian" so I accumulate A LOT of photos, I also found out that I'm a bit of a... dare I say it...selfie junkie (I prefer that over "camera whore"). I found a pic of me when I first moved to OK. I knew I had gotten a little "extra sexy" during that time...I attributed it to stress of the move and being so far away from home in a new environment, but looking b... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:08:46 EST National Nutrition Month March has rolled around once again & I am welcoming the advent of National Nutrition Month. <BR> This month I'm challenging myself to track everything I eat! Maybe not on here, but at least in my "notepad" or noom app (although I am not too fond of it at present). Along with that I will be posting a pic of at least one meal each day. <BR> <BR> Here's yesterday's pic <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was mardi gras inspired (purple, green & go... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:00:35 EST Enough of the mush Okay, now that I've finally written the "breakup blog" I get to post about FITNESS!!! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> This year is off to a phenomenal start! Since January I have been doing weekly weigh-ins, measurements, body fat and body water analysis (as accurate my old scale is which I doubt sometimes) and progress pictures! I must say that this has really kept me on track. Even without the logging of everything I eat and every exercise I do. I am making awesome progress and can't wait until this sum... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:04:10 EST Break up to wake up #sorrynotsorry Just 2 weeks and a day shy of its 2 year anniversary, the relationship that started with so much quirky, nerdy, geeky, healthy promise came to a sudden close. <BR> Actually "sudden" is a bit misleading. Decay had begun to creep in long before, but we, not wanting to spoil the daydream of the couple we "could be" chose to ignore it, leaving it unaddressed and free to spread its dry black mouldy spores all over the place ultimately consuming the flame that we thought would never die. Die it di... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:50:44 EST Hey Ya! I've got that Outkast song in my head today, and I've been resisting the urge to "shake it like a polaroid picture..." all day. You're welcome, strangers, for sparing everyone the awkwardness of witnessing my attempts at "dancing." LOL <BR> <BR> What's Good Sparkfam?!? <BR> <BR> It's been SO LOOOONG. I've missed you guys again! <BR> <BR> Since my last entry I've had one run, Runtober <em>364</em> and I have another <em>366</em> looming around the corner on Saturday! I'm really excit... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:42:06 EST Another One Bites the Mud Today was my 5 mile "Gravedigger" mud and obstacle race. Please note that mud and obstacles are listed in order from the most to the least because there was PLENTY of mud! <BR> <BR> The weather here has been great the past week with some nice cool temps last weekend going to a bit of a revisit of summer temps in the last couple of days. This morning, however, we got a great deluge of cloud cover and rainfall along with some cooler temperatures. Perfect mud run weather, right? Well, kind of.... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:31:49 EST All's well that ends well That's great news considering the "start" of today! <BR> <BR> Today was the day of my first half marathon in over a year! My training had been going great up until about a couple of weeks ago when I kind of slacked off (being at home just does that to me, gotta find a way to fight that in the future). My last long training run was 12 miles and I had only run twice this past week (5k & 10k), but I wasn't going to let that stop me. <BR> <BR> Last night I made sure my running outfit was laund... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:39:29 EST Hi Hi Sparkfriends!!!! <BR> I've missed you all! Today was my last day of intership rotations at the diabetes center here, so I've been Really busy the past couple of weeks. (Next week is the heart hospital.) I have really learned A LOT during the last two weeks, I got to help teach a group class for type 2 diabetes management, sit in on some gestational diabetes consultations, observe insulin injection and pump training & even got to sit in on med student training in managing care for their pat... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:46:56 EST Didn't mean to... absent on SP for over 4 days! <BR> <BR> First things first, I hope everyone had a Super Sparkletaculisticexpialidocious month for August and is having an awesome time this extended holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> In my previous status I said that I might be missing for a while due to fiddling with my new food dehydrator, but that wasn't the case at all. I went back to Louisiana for the holiday weekend & discovered that my parents' internet connection and wifi were temporarily disabled due... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 19:20:46 EST Wednesday blogspiration <img src=""> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:23:57 EST ...& Still I Run If you're not familiar with Maya Angelou, her poem "And Still I Rise" is an anthem of unapologetic resilience in the face of adversity. I'm not sure if anyone has done it yet, but I would love to transform this into a runner's anthem even though I know that it wouldn't nearly compare to the power and depth of the original. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, these words were my chant throughout the day while I was confronted with so many minor obstacles in attempting to complete the simple task of getti... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 22:00:08 EST August Halftime Report: brought to you by the makers of sweat. Okay so this report isn't brought to you by all the makers of sweat, just one (ME!!). <BR> <BR> I think a mid-month report is good to reignite and reinforce monthly goals. So here goes. <BR> <BR> I am SO proud of myself for sticking with my NO DAIRY commitment & it really has made a HUGE difference. I've only been bloated maybe two times this entire month (& the cause was unavoidable). I even went to Qdoba and got no queso whatsoever (& they have THE BEST white queso EVER). I ordered the cr... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:50:12 EST Don't Give Up; You're Worth It! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:42:57 EST To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed in public: What say ye? Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been pregnant and do not plan to be anytime soon. This topic was sparked by a conversation my bf and I had after he saw a lady breastfeeding in the airport. <BR> <BR> I am totally pro breastfeeding by any means necessary. My bf knows that "breast is best" but says that public breastfeeding makes him uncomfortable. Of course, my retort was that his feelings probably ranked quite low on the mom's list of priorities that starts with "feeding my hungry baby.... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:21:39 EST SMOOTHIES!!! Click this link to find 8 delicious smoothie recipes great for capitalizing on the awesome produce selection this summer. I know it's hot outside, so why not have something to cool you down and pack in you nutrients all in one delicious refreshing glass? And even better, each of these smoothies comes in under 250 calories ! How awesome is that!?! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art-choices/low-calorie-smoothies-0041<BR>2000077134/page12.html </link> <BR> <im... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:34:05 EST Leg Day! <img src=""> <BR> Burn, baby, burn! Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:55:44 EST Trashed Well folks, I've done something I thought I'd never do (& for which my little sister would be trying to slap me across the head if she had any idea). <BR> <BR> This morning I threw away some ice cream *cue collective gasp of horror* It was the good kind too, you know the creamy vanilla that has that yellowish cream color like bluebell homemade vanilla (so you know it was made with a significant amount of egg yolks) and has little bits of vanilla speckled throughout so you know it's delectabl... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:06:20 EST Wait for it... <img src=""> <BR> If you've ever conquered any obstacle then you know this to be true. At the precise moment you feel absolutely spent, that you've done all you can and you can't do any more a powerful force, seemingly from out of nowhere, shows up giving you the energy to power through! Don't give up now, you're on the brink of a power surge!!! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:03:42 EST Dinner Couldn't help posting this pic of my dinner. Jerk wings with mango, kiwi, cherry tomato and spinach salad (dressed in lime juice). YUM! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:10:04 EST The Month of the Lioness: Hear Me Roar! July is almost gone & August is upon us! Woohoo it’s my birthday month!!! I’ve completed my end of July assessments and measurements and am excited to keep it moving into the next month. So, let’s get this thing cracking, shall we… <BR> <BR> RECAP & REFLECT <BR> My July goals included: <BR> <BR> #1: Reduce fastest 10k time to 45 minutes. <BR> You all know what happened with my foot, right? Well, I didn't meet this goal, but I did manage to maintain a sub 9 minute mile even after two wee... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:07:05 EST My new go-to dessert smoothie! I was messing around in the kitchen and added about 2 tsp of peanut butter to my usual "bananamilk" smoothie (A single banana's worth of frozen slices and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk). It was AMAZING! I think I've found my new ice cream substitute! YUM! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:20:18 EST Guess who's back No, it's not Slim Shady, lol. <BR> <BR> After a bit of a hiatus due in part to a lull and general funk and partly due to a short vacay I'm back to my normal overactivity on the Spark! WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Let me tell you about the funk first. Well, I guess it wasn't really a funk as I was still actively pursuing my goals (except the ones that dealt with running) you know exercising and eating right. It was more like a state of "blah." I was going through the motions, but not really enthusiasti... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:04:33 EST Black Bean Avocado Brownies Made these little treats today. They're not totally healthy (can't go crazy popping em like mini rice cakes), but a better alternative to regular brownies as the canola oil is replaced by avocados and no white flour is used. Adapted from an original recipe from the Bean Institute ( <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> You'll need: <BR> <BR> One 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:43:01 EST Kiwi Mango Melon Pops This weekend I made a modified version of a popsicle recipe my bf posted to my fb wall. The original recipe called for kiwi, mango, and strawberry. I thought melon would be a better (and sweeter) flavor to add to the mix, so I subbed it for the strawberry. Plus I needed to find something to do with the watermelon I had cut up and frozen a couple of weeks ago. <BR> <BR> The key to making this an AMAZING popsicle is choosing the best fruit! My mango and watermelon were superbly sweet and ther... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:56:29 EST Friday Funny With each of my sisters and I in different states (me in Oklahoma, Roz [eldest] in Arizona and Tab [baby sis] in Louisiana) we're always on group texting. The following is part of a text conversation we had that I posted to Instagram a while back. Hope it makes you laugh <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Have a great & active weekend! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:18:55 EST Back on track! (well not on track, literally) My foot is feeling great! The range of motion has increased tremendously and it hasn't been swollen since Tuesday, YAY! Yesterday I did 3 miles on the elliptical (which took FOREVER, but hey, at least I was able to do something). <BR> <BR> So today I'm playing catch up with my July workout schedule. While I'll probably have to wave goodbye to those unrun miles that were supposed to happen, I couldn't bear to just let the other planned exercises go to waste. Today I caught up on 3 days each o... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:50:05 EST Mood Booster <img src=""> <BR> <em>335</em> C'mon, get Happy ! <em>335</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:31:38 EST Good News From the Doc! I am SOOOO relieved! <BR> <BR> Today was my doctor's visit to get that pesky foot problem looked into. As soon as the doctor walked in and saw how swollen my foot was, she was ready to send me to X-Ray...uh-oh! <em>24</em> But, I am elated to report that my foot is neither broken nor fractured and all tendons and ligaments are intact. <BR> <em>321</em> <em>244</em> <em>321</em> <BR> The suspected cause of the pain and swelling is a stretched ligament (no tears). The suggested tr... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:54:05 EST Yipee! My race photos are up!!! The photos from the Titan Challenge this weekend are up on the photographer's site!! Not sure which ones I'm gonna get yet. I'm favoring everything in the last column. Here's the link if you wanna see & help me decide. My bib number is 63. YAY! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>chBibNumber.aspx?EventID=1270036&_Acco<BR>untNumber=29749&EventName=%&EventDate= </link> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:01:33 EST Hardheaded You may have noticed that my few most recent posts haven't been very personal and contained little to no information about my progress in my July goals. Let me explain... <BR> <BR> I've been a bit bummed about my foot not healing as quickly as I would have liked it to. I even sat out my runs for a few days in hopes that the healing process would be accelerated. I was still keeping up with my other July Challenge goals, but was at a loss as to what cardio I could do to replace my beloved runn... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:41:45 EST Healthy Festive Fruity Dessert! If you're looking for something sweet that won't wreak havoc on your nutrition goals today I've found just the thing. I ran across this gorgeously festive 4th of July fruit pizza. The crust is made of ground almonds, shredded coconut, mashed banana and cinnamon. Top it off with some greek yogurt and berries & you've got a winner. The recipe can be found at the link below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erry-almond-fruit-pizza/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:39:00 EST Sore from your workout? Just remember this one thing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sister told my about Dolvett saying this on an episode of the Biggest Loser. I thought it was AWESOME! Doesn't it feel great when you know your muscles have been REALLY worked out? Harder, Better, Faster, STRONGER! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 00:23:04 EST It's the First of the Month! Just thought I'd share some inspiration and a laugh this Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This link is to a youtube clip of an episode of My Wife & Kids where the father (Damon Wayans) goes to the gym & is trying to get buff like his overly intense trainer (Terry Crews). It's hilarious, lol! EURO TRAINING! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope your month is off to an AWESOME start! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:55:31 EST