PINKCOCONUT's SparkPeople Blog PINKCOCONUT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Feel A Shift Happening Went back to my nutritionist yesterday and she's really pleased with my progress so far. Then plan is to continue with what I've been doing for the next couple of months and at the end of July I'll go in and get my cholesterol retested to see where I'm at. <BR> <BR> My diet is the same for now but she is sending me a revised version in the next few days. I have to admit that I totally cheated last night and had a beer, veggie burger (with cheese) and fries after seeing The Avengers with Ala... Mon, 7 May 2012 10:07:07 EST I Totally Lost 100 Pounds Dudes. It's happened. I totally lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. <BR> <BR> AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I thought it was going to be another week or two before it happened but I popped up on the scale on Saturday and voila! 100 pounds lost! Holy crap! <BR> <BR> I wish I could write out this big inspirational post about how amazing I feel and give you these magical words of encouragement but I'll spare you. Instead, all I can say is that to those who have a lot of weight to lose is: It's gonna ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:46:40 EST My active "rest" week really wasn't all that restful...but it WAS fun! This week has been an active rest week for me. I've been plowing through the hybrid program of TurboFire/ChaLEAN Extreme for the last couple of months and I just have 7 weeks left! I'm not a person who enjoys dance for my workouts but Chalene's mix of kickboxing/plyo/HIIT/dance is perfect for me. It keeps me going and reminds me that workouts can also be FUN! I mean, I LOVE Jillian and her workouts kick my ass but I have more fun with Chalene workouts. She also inspires me to want to look sup... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:37:45 EST I Miss You Guys! I MISS SPARKPEOPLE!!!! <BR> <BR> I do! I really miss you guys and blogging regularly and I think I'd like to try and do at least a weekly update. I've been silent mostly because when I'm done work for the day I've been trying to turn the computer OFF but when the computer is actually on I feel like I should just be working so I'm definitely trying to come up with a balance here. <BR> <BR> Things are going very well! The wedding is in just over five months (can you believe it?!) and we have... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:37:17 EST My Health & Fitness Goals For The Next 3 Months Sooo...remember in my 2012 goals list I talked about having to force myself to get out from behind my computer to promote my business? Well, one of my sub-goals to do this was to attend a minimum of two networking events per month. I'm already apart of two women's networking groups (one is pretty active and the other isn't so I probably won't renew my membership to that one) but I know that traditional networking groups are the way to go when you're first starting up. The problem is that I'm ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:08:20 EST General Chit-Chat My mouth is back to normal but now my eyes are buggy! <BR> <BR> I had to go back to the dentist this morning as, apparently, fillings only last for so long and my ancient ones from the '80's were starting to crack and stain my teeth. My dentist said we could slowly start replacing but I, frankly, didn't want to do it slowly. I'd rather just get it all out of the way so I had two refilled in the fall and two more done today. Most of my molars have cavities thanks to a childhood where lots of ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:57:39 EST Reflections On 2011 & My Theme & Goals For 2012 So we're 9 days into the new year and I've had a lot of time to think about my goals for the new year. Normally I make several small goals in the major areas of my life (relationships, finances, career, etc.) but this year is a bit different. It's different because I have major things happening and I know I need to focus on doing the best I can in just a few things rather than give a lot of things just a bit of focus. <BR> <BR> If you've been following for a while you'll know that every year... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:04:11 EST The Post Holiday Cool Down I can't believe Christmas is over already! Normally I start decorating the first full weekend of the year but I was telling Alan last week that I may push it up a week next year because I feel as if we don't have enough time with all of our beautiful decorations! That being said, I think our tree will be coming down sooner rather than later, we got a tree from a store down the street instead of a more reputable place and it's already dying even though it's filled with water! Oh well, it did i... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:27:43 EST Ketchup (See What I Did There?) Oh my gosh! It's been almost exactly a month since my last entry! Yikes! So sorry to keep disappearing on ya's, I think I underestimated how long it was going to take for me to get into a routine once I started working from home! <BR> <BR> I also can't believe Christmas is in a couple of days, where on earth did 2011 go?!?! What a crazy, amazing year it's been! I'll do a better re-cap next week and go over my 2012 goals like I do every year (it's one of my favourite things to do)! <BR> <BR... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:41:25 EST Challenge Details Hey folks! Happy pre-Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! Be safe, have fun and try to go out for a walk after dinner instead of metabolizing in front of the TV, m'kay? <BR> <BR> Still doing very well these days. I've been working hard and really focusing on getting myself back into an exercise routine. Between TurboFire and the elliptical I get in some exercise a good 6 days per week and I'm feeling great. My nutrition is back under control and I've lost a few more pounds. I'm more f... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:55:21 EST SparkPeople, I've Been Cheating On You It's true, over the last two weeks I've been cheating on all of you and have been logging all of my food and exercise on a "different" site...and I can't say that I apologize for it. The only thing I miss over there is all of YOU! <BR> <BR> I've actually been using MyFitnessPal to log my food and workouts. I just find it, well, easier, than Spark, ESPECIALLY in using the smartphone app. I mean, it has a BARCODE scanner! Gone are the days of manually entering the foods I can't find! And yest... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:03:51 EST Taking Winter Off Running Hey all! Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> Nothing too crazy going on in my neck of the woods since I last blogged. I had my physical yesterday and my cholesterol is still high so we talked a lot about that. I told her I didn't want to go back on medication and she agreed that if we're going to try some different paths, now is the time. So I have a prescription for a dietician. I know what I eat so I'm not sure what else to cut back on but maybe they can suggest a few things to ADD to my diet to lo... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:00:21 EST What's With All Of This Gloomy Weather?! It has been SO gloomy here in Toronto this last week and a bit. I can't remember the last time I saw the sun! :( That being said, today is so incredibly gloomy and we have a rainfall warning for this evening that it's shaping up to be the perfect day to bunker down and get some serious work done so that's just what's on the agenda! Alan's off today but I also picked him up the new Batman game for xBox yesterday so I know he'll be out of commission all day playing it so there's nothing stoppin... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:04:39 EST Off To The Doctor! Darned Calf Muscle... Well there went that blogging streak! Oops! Ah well! Not much going on to tell ay's about anyway! <BR> <BR> No real wedding updates to report since the caterers except that our venue contract is signed and paid for so it's a definite, my wedding will be on October 05, 2012! Yay for October weddings! <BR> <BR> My workouts have been back to about 4 days per week but I've been doing strictly the low-impact version of TurboFire (LOVING it!!!). That being said, my calf has not healed since I fir... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 10:05:51 EST We Chose A Caterer!!! Yay! A record for blogging this week! It really is nice to be back, blogging here really decreases my stress even if it's just silly things! ;) <BR> <BR> My calf is doing much better but I'm still going to lay off doing anything too crazy until Monday and then, if it's still improving I'll try a low impact activity such as the elliptical or something. Yesterday I did another 30 minutes of toning so at least I'm doing something while it heals. This is the first time I've been injured since I ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:40:11 EST Silly Calf Muscle!!! Trying to make a concerted effort to blog here more often, even if just briefly! <BR> <BR> Had a very productive day yesterday working on various projects right up until just after 6pm. Funny how when I was bringing in a regular paycheque I was bored to TEARS, now that I'm not, I'm busier than ever! Ha! But school has also started so that's taking up some time. This term I only have one course so it's nice to only have to make the long trip to school once a week instead of twice. It's also a... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:05:49 EST Yay! I'm Back! Oh my gosh! It's me! I know, I've totally been MIA, I can't seem to find a balance between work computer time and leisure computer time. I don't want to be online ALL day long so I try to turn the computer off once I'm done work but then both my SP and regular blog are suffering because of it. So we'll see what happens, I love blogging too much to give it up, I know I can find a groove! <BR> <BR> So my racing season is officially over for the year. First I sprain my toe just before my 30k an... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:22:43 EST It Was A No-Go Sooo...I didn't race. <BR> <BR> *sobs* <BR> <BR> I went for a light run on Friday morning and although it wasn't TOO bad I knew that 3k was not indicative of 30k and I had no idea what four hours on it would do so I had to make the tough decision to not race or do any exercise for more than an hour. Sucks but it is what it is and I'd rather miss out on one race than risk the potential for some serious harm. <BR> <BR> That also means that a new chapter begins TODAY. I'm hanging my Garmin up... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:48:47 EST My First Webinar! Good morning, peeps! How are we on this beautiful Tuesday morning! I woke up in a pretty good mood today and hopefully that will infuse itself into my work throughout the day! <BR> <BR> My toe is healing up well, it seems to be looking better every day and I can walk on it without limping now but it's still really tender if too much pressure is placed on it. I think this race may still be on! My only concern is that, on Sunday when I went out to do some very light weeding and noticed I was b... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:33:09 EST Oh Murphy...We Meet Again! Go figure, seven days until my 30k and what do I go and do? Bash my foot into a concrete curb. Oye. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my toe (second last toe on my right foot), isn't broken. But! I sprained it pretty badly, there's a ring of black/purple just under the toenail that extends the entire circumference of my toe. It's pretty nasty. I can sort of walk on it now without it hurting but putting too much pressure on it is a no-go. <BR> <BR> So. My race is now up in the air. I've had to... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:24:30 EST Mmm...Nectarines... We're 4 for 4 on the exercise front today! Although I woke up late this morning, I still went out for a 6k run just before noon and I even decided to leave the Garmin at home! Woo hoo!!! It ended up being a really great, laid-back run and I even got caught in two rain showers which felt fantastic! Tomorrow I have yoga and Friday I have another run before I take a break on Saturday. I'm also very proud of Alan who's worked out four or five times since last week!!! <BR> <BR> Also doing well w... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:28:44 EST Kicking Myself In The Butt So I've come to realize that, although I LOVE the idea of my new routine (get up, eat pre-workout snack, meditated for 30 minutes, workout for an hour, shower, eat and then get to work), it's too much of a switch-up while my body is still getting used to working from home. This week I decided to start with one thing at a time, getting my workout routine back to a consistent level. I'll add the meditation when my workouts are golden again. <BR> <BR> This means I have a goal of getting in ever... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 10:07:44 EST Friday Rambles Happy Friday everyone! What's on tap for the weekend?! I have my cousins wedding to go to tomorrow and a long run on Sunday (15k so less of a long run than usual). I was originally going to do my long run tomorrow morning so I could stay up late and be festive at the wedding but then I realized that would just give me permission to go crazy with the booze. I put my long run back to Sunday morning so that'll curb any excess drinking. Smart, no? I think so... <BR> <BR> Got my engagement ring b... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:24:20 EST Question For You! Happy holiday to everyone celebrating today! I actually forgot it was a holiday and thus made me realize that's the downside to working from home! I'm getting a few work things done but I do plan to relax a bit later! <BR> <BR> I have a quick question for you all. I'm creating an ebook for my business and I need to know what your greatest struggles are when it comes to getting enough fruit and veggies into your (and your family's) diet. Do you get your recommended amounts? If not, why? What ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:42:31 EST Being A Buff Bride Thank you everyone for your congrats and good wishes on my upcoming nuptials! I'm being quite girlie at the moment and am over the moon about it. We knew we were going to get married at some point fairly soon but Alan said he still wanted to be the one to propose which I was totally okay with! I did not, however, expect it to be when it was! <BR> <BR> So yes, this is obviously the swift kick the butt I need to really focus in on getting toned up and lose as much of the weight I have left as... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:29:49 EST I Totally Lied To You! Sooo, on Friday I told you I had news but I couldn't tell you until today but, as many of you know, I let it slip in my status yesterday as the news went "public" yesterday! <BR> <BR> I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!! <BR> <BR> Yup, it's true! I know I said my birthday went by fairly quietly but I have to confess I lied, lied through my teeth! It was the best birthday EVER!!! <BR> <BR> I never got a chance to see the back garden when Alan finished it on Wednesday as he finished while I was in class ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:44:45 EST So This Is What 32 Feels Like! Happy Friday, folks! Hope you're all staying safe and out of the heat, I know I am! <BR> <BR> Good news! The backyard is pretty much done! On Wednesday Alan spent 11 frickin' hours working back there (and his Dad almost the same amount of time) and now all that's left is to add a bit more soil to the planters, plant some fall veggies and flowers and let the stones settle. It's not exactly what we set out to do but I am still quite happy with the outcome and is 100% better than it was origin... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:00:16 EST Yoga For Runners *yawn* <BR> <BR> I am a sleepy woman today. I absolutely could not get to sleep last night so I overslept this morning and am now feeling the crash coming on. I'm desperately trying to finish up a presentation but I am no longer focused and just want to veg out. Alas, my presentation is tomorrow so I can't break for long. <BR> <BR> First! A good lot of you were intrigued by the yoga video I use that's directed at runners. Good news! It's only $4!!! Here's the link: <link> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:34:11 EST I'm A Business Owner! Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have an amazing weekend?! Mine was pretty quiet, I spent pretty much all of Saturday working on my school presentation and then Sunday was a nice day out with Alan after a 14k run in the morning. We went out for lunch to Milestones and then saw "Horrible Bosses" which I thought was going to be stupid but turned out to be highly entertaining! Afterwards we grabbed some groceries and chilled out at home with some wine! Great Sunday! <BR> <BR> As I said on Friday... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:31:49 EST I'm Back! Late start to the day today, I forgot to turn my alarm on last night and overslept but still managed to get out for a run. I originally had a 7k planned but the run was just not working so I cut it to 4 and made it a tempo run instead. I also decided to nix the 24k long run on Sunday and make this week an active rest week. All of my exercise has been off and the thought of doing 24k after last weekends yucky run was just too much. But starting Monday, it's enough and I'm putting myself back o... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 10:25:24 EST Bob Harper did NOT kill me! Hey all! <BR> <BR> I feel so boring lately! Although I'm busy doing lots of things throughout my days it's really nothing to write home about. <BR> <BR> I've had my first snag as a business owner. My web designer won't be able to make my revisions for another few weeks so I have to make due with my website as is. Now, there's nothing really wrong with the website as is (other than having to slap up the content) but it's not what I want yet and when he said he wouldn't be able to do it for... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:49:37 EST Adjusting Hey guys! How has your holiday weekend been? I had a blast going home and celebrating my parents' anniversary! I hope that I can celebrate 40 years of marriage one day! <BR> <BR> And although it was nice to get away, it also caused my body to just crash! Come Saturday (also in part to a slight hangover) I was just totally and utterly exhausted. I was supposed to go out with some friends to celebrate Pride here in Toronto but I knew I was going to have to cancel. I was just wiped and all I w... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 16:46:26 EST Time? What Time?! What was I THINKING when I thought I would have more time to blog this week?!?! I have been up to my eyeballs in business stuff and, especially, SCHOOL stuff! I'm so glad I decided to finish work last week because it would have been impossible to get it all done this week! <BR> <BR> Thankfully, the presentation I had to do last night is done and over with and I have a bit of breathing room. However, I'm being whisked away this afternoon to spend the next two days at my parents home, throwing... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:11:42 EST Resting Thanks to everyone for hanging in there while I train my replacement and generally get through life! I have 2.5 days left of my corporate job and my new chapter begins! Woo hoo!!! <BR> <BR> This week is a doozy! Training during the day and then either school or bootcamp in the evenings is making for long and busy days! I refuse to get overwhelmed by it and am just taking it one day at a time. Already I can't believe it's Wednesday and I only have a few days left! <BR> <BR> And yes! School... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:30:51 EST Peeking Out From My Side of SP Yes, I'm still alive! See what happens when I'm busy at work? That's where I do all of my blogging! Ha! <BR> <BR> Seriously though, it's just been a busy week and next week will probably be much the same. My replacement is amazing and actually makes me feel glad I'm leaving. She graduates school next week after majoring in something to do with systems and manufacturing and is SO enthusiastic about working for the company whereas I never was, it was a job that would give me money and benefits... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:51:04 EST Taking Myself Seriously I've been told that they've found my replacement, it's just not 100% as they're still waiting on the papers to get signed but if all goes well she'll start on Monday giving me two weeks to make her a somewhat expert in invoicing (I'm not remotely worried about the rest of what she needs to do). <BR> <BR> This foray into starting a business has been strange. I can't seem to say my job title without literally bracing myself because it sounds oh-so-professional and every time I say "my busines... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:27:49 EST June Goals Update - #1 (of 4) First of all, any ladies from Canada need to see my non-SP blog stat! Here's the handy address: <link> </link> You know how I've been blabbing about my bootcamp for the last two months? Well I'm giving away a 4 week bootcamp from the same company and the only requirement is that you are indeed a woman and you can get yourself to one of their many locations! Hurry and enter as the contest ends Thursday night at midnight!!! <BR> <BR> And speaking of bootcamp, gue... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:35:39 EST June 2011 Goals I had all intentions of posting my June goals yesterday but work was craaaaazy busy! Not only was it month end but also year end so our customer service manager was desperate to invoice anything that wasn't nailed down (or, quite frankly, even MADE yet. But that's a story for another time) making my life hell for the entire day. <BR> <BR> But today is a new day and that was my last month and year end EVER at this company. I hear they're having trouble finding someone to replace me, my superv... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 10:54:05 EST May 2011 Goals Re-Cap It just dawned on me yesterday that today is the last day of May!!! It's not only month end at work but YEAR end and I thought I had more time to box up old files and whatnot! Oops! Oh well, I did at least start it so I just have some file shuffling to do offline as well as online. <BR> <BR> So yeah. May. What a fun month it was! I got out to see a lot of friends, spent some time just relaxing, got my website started, QUIT MY JOB, worked my arse off in bootcamp, started 30k training, and had... Tue, 31 May 2011 11:54:06 EST May Goals Update - #4 (of 4) Last Monday all of my American friends had to suffer through a work day when most of us Canadians had the day off. Today it's the opposite and it sucks! Please enjoy the day off for me while I sit, rolling my chair around absently because most of our customers are Americans. <BR> <BR> So I have to say I ROCKED yesterday! First, I got up bright and early to head out for what was supposed to be a 14k long run. I had been looking forward to this run for a while as I had a great route planned ou... Mon, 30 May 2011 10:42:01 EST Big Decisions I don't mind missing a workout from time to time but when I have to miss it due to ill planning, I can get crabby. However, last night was a bit different. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to run 6k after work last night. I knew Alan's family would be over during the day to help with the backyard and his Mother was coming over in the evening for dinner. I had planned to fit my run in immediately after work so I'd still have time to shower and help with the BBQ dinner we were going to have to thank t... Thu, 26 May 2011 09:43:02 EST May Goals Update - #3 (of 4) Happy Tuesday! My long weekend is over and it saddens me. What a fabulous weekend I had! The weather was gorgeous, just a little rain (including a wicked cool thunderstorm) and three days of rest and relaxation! <BR> <BR> Went out for my first long run of training on Sunday and it was fantastic! 12k so I did an out-and-back. I ran 6k and dipped my toes into the top-side of Sunnybrook Park before turning around and heading back home. My body and breath were all in sync with eachother and I'm... Tue, 24 May 2011 11:40:56 EST Let's Talk Training! I am still so sore from Tuesday's bootcamp! This is the most sore I've been since I started! Somehow I have to get through tonight's session so I think I'll go for a walk at lunch to limber up a bit and make sure to stretch a lot more before class starts. If I have to amend some moves tonight I will. Yikes! <BR> <BR> But I got to use my new muscles last night helping Alan and his father to unload 40 bags of topsoil into the backyard! Woo hoo!!! I have some veggie ideas in mind but it turns o... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:40:36 EST Strength & Gardens First, I want to thank everyone for sending me messages, commenting on my blog (both of them), emailing me and commenting on my Facebook about quitting my job. The sheer amount of positive support and encouragement I've gotten has been nothing but amazing and I am so grateful to have such a phenomenal support system in my life. I am truly a lucky, lucky woman! I love all of you!!! <BR> <BR> Secondly, my HR manager, who KNOWS I'm leaving, hasn't said a word to me about it. A little weird, eh?... Wed, 18 May 2011 11:29:40 EST May Goals Update - #2 (of 4) First off, I had a BLAST yesterday at the SP Toronto meet-up! There were 11 of us there when all was said and done and I had a great time meeting everyone even though I didn't get a chance to chat with everyone. Thank you all who came and congrats to all of you who did so amazing on your races. Special thanks to BILLALEX70 who came all the way from Ohio, it was soooo great to meet you all! I love my SP peeps!!! <BR> <BR> Secondly, I totally just quit my job! AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:28:08 EST Friday Randomness My brain isn't functioning in one coherent thought today so I give you a random Friday post! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I was rudely awoken just before 5am this morning by some man screaming up and down the street. I hope for his sake that he was drunk and not in need of help as I just rolled over and went back to bed. I reasoned that he didn't SOUND like he needed help... <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I'm so on the fence about tonight's run. I don't mind running in the rain but if it's pouring ou... Fri, 13 May 2011 14:41:03 EST More Focused Today! Hey Sparkies! Thanks for the love yesterday! After I posted my blog I took a few deep breaths and wrote out my priorities and got to work. Felt nice and accomplished by the end of the day and much more in control of things. I'm still stressed but again, it's a good stress and things ARE getting checked off of my to-do lists! <BR> <BR> For those who've been reading my blogs for a while, you can skip this part but for those who've only started reading recently I know some of you asked what so... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:27:24 EST A Little Overwhelmed Happy Wednesday! Is it me or has this week felt really long so far?! I feel like it should be Friday or something but no, it's Wednesday! What the heck?! <BR> <BR> Bootcamp left me in a sweaty mess last night after doing intervals again. We did a lot of shoulder work which left them aching and a good chunk of booty work as well. I find that I push myself more and more with each passing class. I try not to let myself become comfortable with an exercise and switch to harder modifications where... Wed, 11 May 2011 12:19:07 EST May Goals Update - #1 (of 4) Happy Monday, Spark friends!!! How was your weekend?! Moms - did you get pampered by the kids? Kids - did you pamper your Moms?! Alan and I took our Mom's on a mystery date! All they knew is that they had to be at our place for between 3:30 and 4pm and didn't know what they were doing or where they were going until we showed up at the venue and that venue was taking them to a Mystery Dinner theatre!!! I took Alan in October for his birthday and we had a blast and instantly knew that would be ... Mon, 9 May 2011 12:06:24 EST All About The Fitness Morning Sparkers!!! How's life today? <BR> <BR> Had a kick-butt bootcamp last night. We had our four week assessments done and I've improved over the month! Yeah! I lost 1lb and anywhere from a quarter to half an inch in most of my measurements (but NOT my waist! ARG!!!!!!!!!!! My waist is seriously holding onto the fat people! Why oh WHY can we not spot reduce?!?!). But where I've improved the most has been in my fitness! I don't have my paper in front of me but I managed 10+ more of almos... Fri, 6 May 2011 10:52:25 EST