RUNNERRACHEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUNNERRACHEL RUNNERRACHEL'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/ Fitness: Find What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589524 If you haven't made exercise a habit (or even if you have) find something that is doable, that you enjoy, and that you will do regularly. <BR> <BR> Spark has posted blogs and articles about the most effective workout: the one you'll actually do. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, it is tempting to want to do the one with the most calorie burn, the one that is trendy or the one your friends are doing. But if that doesn't work for you, find something that does. <BR> <BR> I LOVE working out with Jessica... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:25:20 EST Food: Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588735 I love finding healthy recipes, trying them out and enjoying them along with my family. But the reality is that I don't always have the time or ingredients to create amazing recipes all the time. <BR> <BR> Confession: Recently, I've gotten lazy and I want to pick up food that is pre-made and not always healthy... <BR> <BR> So what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> I wanted to find something simple and easy to do to make my meals. <BR> I needed a reboot. <BR> <BR> It is not totally new informat... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:14:27 EST Goal Setting Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584495 As I said in my previous blog, I am somewhat overwhelmed (in a good way) by the sheer number of challenges out there! <BR> <BR> There are two challenges that involve setting goals! One starts today and one can start any time. <BR> <BR> Do you need help setting goals? Keeping your vision in front of you? <BR> <BR> One is the Push Challenge by Chalene Johnson of Turbo Jam. It's totally free. She does daily videos, emails to keep you on track with your goals. The website is 30daypush.com. ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:01:47 EST January 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581464 I've been a bit overwhelmed by the amount of New Year's resolutions, challenges, offers, freebies, goal-setting programs out there. If you are on social media, it's hard to miss it. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> I love reading about others' goals and I love setting goals for myself. I usually set them once a month or season. I like to keep my fitness program fresh, continually reevaluate where I am and what I need to change. <BR> <BR> I train for races, I join onli... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 01:09:47 EST December Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556105 I am doing several challenges right now. <BR> <BR> On December 1 I started the Advent study with Good Morning Girls, a free online resource for Bible studies, support. It's kind of like Spark People for women who want to make Bible reading a regular part of their life. It may be only a small amount of time that we have to spend, but it makes a difference. And getting support from other friends (groups online, Facebook, email, messaging) makes it so much easier to find the time to have quiet... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:33:44 EST I Am a Morning Exerciser!?...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482011 My goal for the fall was to start working out before work. Getting my workout done early gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22827875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't like missing my workouts if I had to stay late, got tired, or had unplanned activities later in the day. <BR> <BR> I had always been an afternoon exerciser. After work, I would stop at the gym on the way home and get in my workout. Or when I started working out... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:26:33 EST Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472989 I start a fall workout challenge tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Jessica Smith's weekly workouts and challenges have been keeping me motivated since I first found her and did her summer challenge this year. When the challenge ended I stuck with the workouts with her weekly class schedule. <BR> <BR> My current challenge is working out in the morning. Last week I worked out 2/4 days and did some stretching the other 2 days before work. I also worked out In the afternoon. Started training students aspir... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:13:45 EST Morning Workouts and This Week's Class Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465824 This week I have successfully completed six workouts in the morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267774423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This used to be me... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318015782.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But now I realize the feeling of getting my workout done is so much better than hitting the snooze button! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573352009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran a 5k with... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:31:42 EST Fall Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463563 Can't believe it is already fall--well, school has started and I am back to work. I am oddly happy and joyful and positive at a time of year that can be busy and stressful but I am at peace and feeling good about this year. I am also consciously choosing to accept things as they are and rather than stressing or worrying about the extra class I'm teaching or the high number of students in my classes I am thinking that I am entrusted with these students for a reason and looking at the new class... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:58:40 EST This Week's Class Schedule August 19-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458946 I started work this past week and it went pretty well. <BR> Students seem kind and eager to learn. I like my classes. <BR> I am on track with eating and was able to work out in the morning before work the first day. Didn't do as well with exercise in the morning the rest of the week but got it done in the afternoon. My goal for this week is to work out before work each morning. I've planned out my workouts (I'm following Jessica Smith's weekly class schedule on YouTube) It can be found here... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:33:51 EST This Week's Class Schedule (August 5-11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444711 I've been following Jessica Smith TV on YouTube since June. She's been a great motivation to me in what to do to workout at home. I love her variety, personal way of interacting and coaching, and her workouts are challenging but not at a level that is unattainable. <BR> <BR> This week, my exercise schedule got thrown off. On Tuesday I attended a running conference, on Wednesday, I started a class on incorporating art into my teaching and getting up early, driving longer distances, being tir... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 23:54:56 EST This Week's Class Schedule 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422024 This week's Jessica Smith Class Schedule can be found at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?gl=US&clie<BR>nt=mv-google&hl=en&list=PLe5P3ayTEj7YR<BR>UU4a1ANPtx6A1SO8fsia&nomobile=1 <BR> <BR> Here is my plan for the week. <BR> <BR> MONDAY - Power Walk (30 Minutes) + Chair Abs (10 Minutes) <BR> <BR> TUESDAY - Cardio Mat Fusion #1 (30 Minutes) <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY - Weight Loss Workout for Beginners (add intensity with heavier weights) (15 Minutes) + Breathe, Stretch & Relax (20 Minutes) <BR> <... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:18:35 EST This Week's Class Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414713 I did the 5-Week Summer Challenge and when it ended I was so glad to see Jessica Smith started a weekly class schedule. <BR> <BR> For anyone interested in a daily workout (mix of cardio, strength, flexibility) Jessica Smith is doing a weekly class schedule. <BR> <BR> This week is MONDAY - Flat Abs Walk (40 Minutes) <BR> TUESDAY - Kick Butt Kickbox (35 Minutes) <BR> WEDNESDAY - *NEW* High Step Metabolic Conditioning (40 Minutes) THURSDAY - Flow Yo (30 minutes) <BR> FRIDAY - Single Sided ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:24:01 EST Summer Workout Challenge Weeks 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393908 I am almost done with the Jessica Smith 5 week Summer Shape Up Challenge! <BR> <BR> For more info or links to the workouts...http://jessicasmithtv.com/2013/<BR>05/17/the-5-week-summer-shape-up-chall<BR>enge-plan/ <BR> <BR> It's week 5 but you can start any time. It's a great routine that has cardio, strength, stretching, pilates, dance, yoga routines. A little bit of everything. <BR> <BR> I have been so motivated to complete the workouts. I love the variety. I love Jessica Smith's style. ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:35:11 EST Summer Workout Challenge Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375623 Here are my planned workouts for week 3 of Jessica Smith's 5-Week Summer Shape up Challenge. <BR> <BR> I am very motivated to complete the workouts. I haven't missed one. I've been active on my rest days as well. I am noticing my legs are feeling more toned and tummy, too! Excited to see results with the rest of the challenge. If you're interested the workouts for the challenge are posted here. http://jessicasmithtv.com/2013/05/17/the-5<BR>-week-summer-shape-up-challenge-plan/ <BR> <BR> WEE... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:36:52 EST Spark Solution Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369371 Just finished week 2 of Spark Solution. <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean I'm done with cooking the recipes or the challenge but the initial challenge is over. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting to see what's new in the Spark Solution Team. What suggestions they have for continuing the program. I plan to make the recipes. There are still recipes I haven't tried. <BR> <BR> <BR> • Have you seen or felt any results in this second week? <BR> <BR> Lost .2 lbs. Not a big loss but I am happy because I feel go... Mon, 27 May 2013 14:00:25 EST Summer Workout Challenge Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367036 I am ending the first week of the summer workout challenge. I've stuck with the challenge this week and I am excited about starting next week. <BR> <BR> Week 2 Workout plan looks like this: <BR> <BR> WEEK TWO WORKOUTS: <BR> <BR> Monday, May 27th: *NEW* Interval Power Walk/Jog + *NEW* Waistline Work <BR> <BR> Tuesday, May 28th: Superset Sculpt <BR> <BR> Wednesday, May 29th: Cardio Barefoot Flow <BR> <BR> Thursday May 30th: Ballet Sculpt <BR> <BR> Friday, May 31st: Flat Abs Walk <BR> <B... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:30:47 EST Taking on New Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362687 In my blog yesterday, I talked about starting the Spark Solution and trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> Well, I've decided to sign up for two new challenges other than the two week Spark Solution challenge. <BR> <BR> One is the Jessica Smith 5 Week Summer Shape Up. I am going to do these daily videos in addition to my other workouts and may sometimes be substituted for something else but I like having a daily challenge and something new, kind of like the Spark People bootcamp challenges. <BR> ... Mon, 20 May 2013 19:51:37 EST Spark Solution Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361718 This week I tried the new book The Spark Solution. It is a two week jumpstart to your healthy lifestyle. It has three meals plus two snacks a day plus a workout plan--day 1 cardio, day 2 strength, day 3 cardio, plus a lot of tips and motivational stories. I have been more active this week, have tried new recipes and have already seen results. As a member of the Spark Solution Team I got a Spark Mail asking if I would write a blog about my experiences with the program so far. <BR> <BR> What ... Mon, 20 May 2013 00:36:14 EST Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone: Groove and CycLAvia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346603 Sometimes, I am very reluctant to try new things. But I am always glad when I do. Fear holds me back and I overthink things, leading to feeling "stuck". When I take the step toward what makes me afraid, I am always glad I took the risk. I feel freedom from the fear, and release from whatever was holding me back. <BR> Change is hard for me. Recently, I read Who Moved My Cheese. A simple, yet true concept. I am afraid of change. I want to move forward but sometimes I am too hesitant. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:26:48 EST LoziLu Women's Mud Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310774 Two Saturdays ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the LozlLu Women's Mud Run. There were some silly/funny touches to this race. Since it was my first mud run I am glad it was all women. They had names for some of the obstacles like "Mud Facial" or "Mani Pedi" (while crawling through mud). They made the race fun, a little comical and a good introduction to mud runs. <BR> I have never been someone who likes dangerous/scary/muddy/painful or super adventurous races so I had to overcome ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:47:13 EST New Year New Goals 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201117 I am revising my exercise plan to 4-5 days a week. I am part of the Peak313 Team and they have this as a goal. This is a huge relief for me because I was scheduling 6 days a week, 3 days of running, 3 days of ST plus yoga, pilates, and dance. Until recently, I hadn't been getting my workouts done. I was feeling down and wasn't with the program. I have also let go of the idea of being "perfect" or having an exercise streak. I tried that in December, missed some days and felt terrible. Now, I a... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:33:12 EST Holiday Prep, Streaking, and Commitment Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170157 I haven't been on much even though Friday was my last day of school before the break. The last week was busy, grades were due, I had some other work to finish before school ended. Saturday was a conference on teaching gifted students and I haven't had much time to update. <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> My workout streak has not been perfect. I missed one day and I was really disappointed. Then, Friday before break I missed, Saturday of my conference I missed...yesterday I got dre... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:58:48 EST Healthy Christmas Wishlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164098 Just realized all of the items on my Christmas wish list have to do with health and/or fitness. <BR> <BR> Look at my Christmas wish list: <BR> <BR> *Sunscreen, lip balm (burnout.com) -- lipbalm with SPF is good for outdoor running. I just discovered this brand. It's non chemical, 18.6% Titanium Zinc, physical sunscreen. <BR> Gotta protect myself while running/walking outdoors! Yes, we have sun right now--on Sunday I had to keep applying sunscreen. <BR> <em>312</em> <em>67</em> <BR>... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:51:03 EST Two Races and a New 'Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161593 I did a 5k last weekend with my dad. The race was held at Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme Park. <BR> <BR> Today, I ran my second half marathon. I would like to share some pictures from the race. <BR> <BR> I also got my hair cut (free certificate in goodie bag from a race I did in November!) and colored my hair this week. I got some reddish/auburn lowlights (something I've never tried) and blonde highlights. I love the cut and color but the red doesn't show up as much as I expected. <BR> <... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 22:55:10 EST #31WorkoutsInDec http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160136 I started off the month of December well. December 1 I did Body Groove Dance DVD at home after not dancing in far too long. My ankle injury made me feel discouraged for so long that I couldn't run and I had given up on gentle dancing at home even though that fit within no high impact workouts. <BR> <BR> December 2 I did a 5k race with my dad at 6 Flags Magic Mountain. That's when I saw Coach Nicole's #31WorkoutsInDec on Facebook. I thought "this is perfect, I can restart my streak I had star... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:33:45 EST 15k Universal Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139517 Last weekend I ran a 15k....3 loops around Universal Studios. Each loop was up some very steep hills...to call it hilly seems like an understatement. Despite the challenging hills, I kept a steady pace, jogged for most of it, only taking a few walk breaks, and finished in 2:00:47. (That is with a porta potty break and some brief photo stops) I didn't use my running app like I usually do when I run to track my distance and pace. I forgot to start it when the race started and by the time I real... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:18:31 EST 5k Universal Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124534 Had so much fun at this race--many characters were there to cheer us on, pose for photos, and make the whole experience very memorable! <BR> Before we got to the start line, the Cat in the Hat, and Thing 1 and 2 were there to greet us! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800661822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before the race with my dad, my daughter, my friend Paola <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1015676596.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:29:55 EST 10k Halloween RUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115655 I wanted to post an update to let everyone know I am back to running!!!!! <BR> <BR> I did walk/jog intervals at my 10k race last Sunday. <BR> <BR> My physical therapist told me to pay attention to my form, so that I wouldn't re-injure. I was sensitive to how my body felt, paying close attention to my ankle. No pain during or after the race. That was pretty amazing. My calf muscles got tight in the last mile and especially in the last half mile, but I kept going. It was a great feeling cross... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:52:51 EST The Hardest Race to Finish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089061 No, this was not the marathon I did in March. Not the half Marathon I did last December. It wasn't my first 5k or my second or even my third. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I walked a 5k race with my students. Why was it so hard to finish? Was the distance too long? No. Was it raining, hailing, 100+ degrees or any other extreme weather? No... <BR> <BR> It was the hardest for me to finish because mentally I just wanted to quit. <BR> <BR> I walked the entire distance because I'm still not clea... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:27:08 EST Running Bio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061751 I had to write a bio for our running newsletter for students and parents. This is what I wrote: <BR> <BR> <BR> I am an English teacher who had never run for enjoyment in middle or high school. In March 2011, I started training for a 5k and signed up for a charity race. It was an amazing experience—energy, excitement; it made me want to train for more races. In 2011, I joined Students Run LA and completed my first half marathon in December 2011 and the LA Marathon in March 2012. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:24:29 EST Physical Therapy: Good News and Not So Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058227 The good news: Physical therapy went really well today. I think I will regain the flexibility and strength in my ankle fairly quickly. My ankle feels normal for the first time in....I don't know how long. It was pretty painful and some of the exercises were uncomfortable but after icing I feel great! <BR> <BR> The not so good news: I probably won't be ready for my half marathon in December (or any of the races I have planned this month, October, or November) but I may be ready for my 2nd hal... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:24:39 EST Fall Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056827 I need to set some goals for fall since I have not yet been cleared for running. I have been seeing a physical therapist for my right shoulder which was popping and cracking, and significantly weaker than my left shoulder. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I am going for my ankle evaluation. I am expecting that I will be told that I cannot run. Originally, the therapist told me that for a while (until we figure out what is going on with my ankle, and because my shoulder had pain/cracking and popping from... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 22:12:54 EST 5 Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042423 I am joining a 5 week challenge that incorporates physical activity (4-7 days a week) and spiritual biblical principals. <BR> <BR> http://peak313.com/featured/our-5-week-f<BR>all-challenge-living-and-active/#comme<BR>nt-3519 <BR> <BR> It starts Sept. 10. Let me know if you want to join the challenge with me! <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>223</em> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:28:38 EST Today Was a Special Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036558 Today I led students in post-run stretches. Despite being nervous about explaining moves to a group of students, I felt great. It felt so natural. Sure, I got tongue-tied and had to say "Cross your right, er...your left leg..." but they were fine. I felt like I had knowledge and a real desire to teach these kids to stretch. <BR> <BR> I was recognized by one of the leaders who liked what I was doing. He usually stretches before the run and doesn't stretch after. Eeek! I am determined to make... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:35:59 EST Update: P/T, Exercising in the A.M. and the NEW Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030310 I went to Physical Therapy on Thursday for an old shoulder injury and ankle injury. Both have been injured many times in the past and still are weak, make cracking noises and hurt when doing certain movements. <BR> <BR> I decided to finally go to P/T. I've never been to P/T. I've been to chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists but never to a physical therapist. <BR> <BR> The cracking in my shoulder is due to the bone rubbing. My humerus is (due to the injury and the muscles not a... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:48:32 EST Update: Amy Dixon Workout & Running Conference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022014 I have been busy the last couple of weeks, getting ready to go back to work, getting prepared to send my sweet 5 year old to kindergarten. Her first two days were rough and we were unprepared. Apparently, savvy parents have to request the teacher they want for their child and I thought I would get a sweet, nurturing, patient person for my daughter's teacher. <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> My daughter got yelled at the first day for taking too long in the restroom. <BR> <BR> She is five.... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:02:03 EST 13.1 Essentials for 13.1 Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001019 I read another blog (the original blog can be found at http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/13<BR>-1-things-to-pack-for-a-destination-13<BR>-1-miles/?cid=fb13.1packinglist. Their list is for a destination half marathon. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of Lululemon's list of things to pack for a destination half marathon <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496615341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This inspired me to make MY list of essentials. Of course everyone is different but ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:48:09 EST Making Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995012 There is a sweepstakes through Somersault Snacks to win an entry in the Nike Women's San Francisco Half Marathon/Marathon and in order to enter the contest you have to create your own mantra...something I've never really done before. <BR> <BR> If you want to enter the contest or create your own mantra to be eligible visit http://blog.somersaultsnackco.com/?p=578 <BR> <BR> They basically take something negative and turn it into a positive...something we Sparkers have to do to be successful ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:43:32 EST Another Race...Couldn't Be More Excited!! A 10k!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994993 A couple weeks ago I blogged about my upcoming race schedule and now I have added to it!! <BR> <BR> I was disappointed because there were no 10k races scheduled and no races in October...my running schedule included a 5k in September and a 15k in November. I just checked online and saw a 10k in October at Six Flags Magic Mountain!!! Perfect!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>365</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Running through roller coasters...so much fun! <BR> <BR> I am running a 5k with my ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:27:24 EST Lost Weight...by Eating More??! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989342 In my blog Eating More...an Experiment I explain how I reset my goals to reflect how much I was actually exercising. <BR> <BR> This was just an experiment. We are all an experiment of one. <BR> <BR> I was so focused on the numbers that I would include little treats here and there, sometimes (often) going over but still saying to myself (making excuses!) that it was ok because I was working out so much. In reality, my calorie range was set too low and it didn't support my current exercise p... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:14 EST Running Q & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986558 Questions and Answers for running. For the full Q & A and the Lululemon Blog visit <BR> http://www.lululemon.com/community/blog/<BR>tips-from-a-run-coach/ <BR> <BR> This is just an excerpt of some of the questions and answers related to running. I've had these questions as well! <BR> ------------------ <BR> Q: How many days before a half marathon do you recommend carb loading? Do you even recommend it at all for just a half? <BR> <BR> A: The lunch before the race is a crucial meal to get ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:26:59 EST Eating More...an Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986515 I recently reset my Spark plan (and lost my previous tracking in the process) and at first I was really disappointed that the past year and a half of tracking was lost. I have had a really active summer. I've been working out 6 days a week--3 days running and 3 days Strength Training, and burning more calories than was recommended by Spark. <BR> <BR> <BR> So....I changed my fitness goals to burn 2000 calories per week to reflect last week's burn. I don't remember what previous weeks were (a... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:57:20 EST Resetting My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981628 Sometimes the Spark site is a litle too complicated for its own good. <BR> <BR> Last May I reached my goal weight with SP! Woo hoo! Embarking on maintenance can be a challenge in itself. Losing weight is hard. Maintaining is hard too. You have to find the right balance. Many make the mistake of going back to their former habits and thus gain weight. But some push forward and continue to reach fitness goals, eat sensibly, and make fitness a lifestyle for LIFE. I wanted to be in that category.... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:46:09 EST Spark Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978667 These are the streaks I'm currently tracking <BR> <BR> Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel 130 days <BR> since: 3/12/2012 <BR> <BR> Exercise for at least 125 minutes per week 16 weeks <BR> since: 4/1/2012 <BR> 16 weeks <BR> <BR> Consume at least 8 cups of water per day. 91 days <BR> since: 4/20/2012 <BR> <BR> SparkTeam Goals: SparkGuy's 10 Minute Fitness Club <BR> Consistently workout for 10 min. per day 77 days <BR> since: 5/4/2012 <BR> <BR> I've actually been working out 10 min a day... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 01:30:08 EST Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976474 So far, I'm really happy about sticking to my commitment for exercise this summer <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> My plan: 10 minutes of exercise a day. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: circuit training. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: Run. Saturday is a rest day but I usually stretch/do yoga or pilates/take a walk. It's an active rest day. <BR> <BR> I felt like I needed to ensure success by planning ahead (making sure I had everything I needed--time, equipment), staying consistent (working out every day for... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:34:11 EST 13.1 Tips to Beat the Heat for 13.1 Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972788 <em>259</em> <em>67</em> <em>312</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <BR> 1. dress to sweat <BR> Light colours, wicking technical fabrics and longer, looser-fitting run gear is key to helping you keep your cool. Fun fact – some run gear even has a UPF rating to help protect you from the sun! <BR> <BR> 2. hydrate! hydrate! hydrate! <BR> On training days, make sure you’re taking in extra fluids before, during and after to keep from getting thirsty and dehydrated. <BR> <BR> 3. speaking of hydr... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:57:33 EST Upcoming Race Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965370 I want to update about what I've been up to lately. I celebrated my birthday and the 4th of July but haven't had time to sit down and blog and upload pictures. But this morning, the co-leader of our running group texted me about the leader's conference we are supposed to attend. I ended up calendaring all the events starting in September and I'm excited and a bit nervous looking at my full calendar. <BR> <BR> Here are my upcoming races <BR> <em>364</em> <em>502</em> September 29 5k Beach (... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:18:25 EST Summer Day 8 A Trip to the Dentist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945017 I had my dental check up and cleaning today. I thought of some comparisons of taking care of our teeth and taking care of our health while I was waiting to get my teeth polished. <BR> <BR> I hear people say "It's too hard to lose weight/stay healthy/active/eat right. I have never heard anyone say "I just can't be bothered to brush my teeth. I don't have time in the morning to take care of my teeth" We'd walk around with bad breath and food in our teeth, not to mention when we would go to the... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:39:29 EST Summer Day 7 planning ahead, consistency and sticking to goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943628 I shattered my PR for running a 5k. Not only that, I ran nonstop! I have never run without taking walk breaks and I have never run at such a pace without stopping. My average pace was 11 min mile and I finished in under 35 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am working on planning ahead, staying consistent with my workouts and sticking to my goals! <BR> <BR> 1. I planned ahead. I knew I wanted to run so I asked a friend who runs regularly to meet me. She lives near the beach so I said I would meet her ea... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:45:06 EST