SAVINGSADIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAVINGSADIE SAVINGSADIE'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/ 2013 Reboot, Weeks 2 & 3 Wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224237 Starting Weight (December 2012) – 193.8 <BR> WEIGH-IN <BR> 1/6 – 193.1 <BR> 1/12 – 191.9 <BR> 1/19 –193.1 <BR> 1/26 – 193.1 <BR> <BR> EXERCISE – Week 2 was tough – so much going on! I did get 3 kettlebell workouts in, but no elliptical. In week 3, I’ve worked out 5 days, all kettlebell in an effort to catch up with my LiveFit schedule. I’ve done ZERO other cardio like elliptical. <BR> <BR> FOOD – Week 2 was dismal, food-wise. Lots of alcohol and takeout! Week 3 has been an improvement ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:59:42 EST 2013 Reboot, Week 1 Wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203359 Starting Weight (December 2012) – 193.8 <BR> <BR> WEIGH-IN <BR> 1/6 – 193.1 <BR> 1/12 – 191.9 !! <BR> <BR> EXERCISE – Did great with exercise this week! I met all of my exercise goals, which included 4 kettlebell workouts (from Live Fit Revolution Week 1) and 3 Elliptical workouts (20 minutes each). I was super sore for the first 3 or 4 days this week, but for the last couple of days, I have been that good kind of sore. I also felt exhausted for the first few days this week, but my energ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:42:15 EST Spark-tastic! Ready to MOTIVATE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591147 I have to say, I think I found my Spark again. Finally! <BR> <BR> It also helps that I got a new elliptical machine that I LOVE. <BR> <BR> Spark-tastic: <BR> <BR> 1. For the last 3 weeks, I've been working out 4 to 5 times per week, steadily increasing time and/or intensity. I haven't lost as much of my cardiovascular fitness as I thought, but my muscles have definitely been sore lately (but I like it!). <BR> <BR> I feel GREAT when I work out!! Why did I ever stop??? I've been using t... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 10:27:00 EST Oh, Spark. Why can't I quit you?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550396 Oh, Spark, why do I always lose you?? <BR> <BR> I have been B. A. D. Bad for the last month. I went on vacation, turned another year older, lost my spark, and didn't know where to find it :( <BR> <BR> Almost exactly one month ago, I was in Key West - feeling pretty good that I kept up on my workouts and developed some lean muscle. I looked pretty good in my tank tops and halter dresses. So I ate. A lot. Of really fabulous food! And drank. A lot. Of delightful pina coladas pool side,... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:12:56 EST INSPIRE, Week 3. WTF is a podcast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437908 MAIN CHALLENGE: <BR> Listen to two different heath, fitness, or nutrition podcasts this week. Blog about why you enjoy them and what you learned from them for 30 points. <BR> <BR> BONUS: <BR> Blog your plan for the challenge. How are you going to inspire yourself, and what is your plan of attack, what are the goals that will keep you motivated? <BR> Share that with 2 people on another INSPIRE team that you've reached out to so far during this challenge, sparkmail your plan to them and le... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 07:35:15 EST Overcoming a Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424317 So I logged a gain this week. Very. Discouraging. <BR> <BR> Up from 188.3 to 190.0. WTF? I worked out most days this week, and I ate pretty okay (except for going out to eat Monday/Thursday and snacking my way through work on Friday, breaking my rule of no alcohol during the week (twice) and not tracking every single thing...). Maybe the eating wasn't that great. It's also TOM so that didn't help either. <BR> <BR> It's okay, I'm not going to let this get me down! I'm going to total... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:04:09 EST A Week in Reflection and Ready to INSPIRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395594 Successes this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio! I worked out 6 days this week! Go me! Even though it may have been as little as 10 minutes on some days, I stuck with my goal of getting 10+ cardio minutes every day this week (and most of the days it was more like 30 minutes). <BR> <BR> 2. I managed to NOT lose my mind and kept my cool when things got crazy at work this week. I attribute this to #1 - working out helps with my stress SO MUCH. I feel stronger and ready to take on my day when I'v... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:24:40 EST FEF Challenge Recap and Moving Forward to Inspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386789 MAIN CHALLENGE: Reflect on how you have done over FEF. Are there things that you did well that you want to continue? Things that you want to work on more going forward? Evaluate those things and write a plan for what you will keep doing and what you will challenge yourself to change in the coming months. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> I feel like I haven't been very present for the FEF challenge - I got busy at work and in my personal life and let my fitness and my team slide. I thin... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:43:01 EST FEF Challenge, Week 15 - Health it Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350991 MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, blog about your favorite health resource (outside of spark), and why you like it. Share part of what you think is important about it, or what you have learned from it. You can pick anything from a magazine, a podcast, a book, another website, just something else that you draw from. <BR> <BR> BONUS: For bonus points, blog about some of the things that you do to get back on track when you have a bad day emotionally. If you have trouble with th... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 10:03:53 EST FEF Challenge, Week 12 - Some "Me" Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302095 MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, take some time for yourself! Do something special, just for you, that you've been thinking about but haven't followed through on. I know we all have so many responsibilities, but sometimes taking time for ourselves is the best way to ensure we can get through all of that without pulling our hair out!! <BR> <BR> BONUS: For bonus points, blog about your favorite food that might be higher in calories/fat/sodium/etc than you'd like AND find a he... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:18:16 EST FEF Challenge, Week 9 - Healthy Vacations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261112 MAIN CHALLENGE: <BR> This week’s main challenge will hopefully be of use to you and your team as you plan your summer vacations. One of the things a lot of us worry during the summer is travelling while staying on top of your goals. When you are eating in a completely new area it is hard to always make the best decisions! The best way to get around that is a little planning and research before you leave home. <BR> <BR> For the challenge this week, pick a city that you are going to this sum... Sat, 28 May 2011 08:07:32 EST FEF Challenge, Recipes 5-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241598 To finish up my recipe challenge for the week...Here's the link to the cookbook I made on sparkrecipes.com: <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as<BR>p?cookbook=369956 </link> <BR> <BR> I've added these recipes: <BR> <BR> Grandpa's Dressing <BR> My favorite salad dressing, thanks to my late Grandpa Pete. I made it a little bit healthier by substituting water for some of the olive oil. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1643054 </link... Wed, 18 May 2011 17:05:59 EST FEF Challenge - Recipes 1 - 4. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4239219 MAIN CHALLENGE: <BR> For the challenge this week, share ten recipes with your team. You can share them by blog, post one thread with ten links in it, or post the full text recipes, it is up to you!! <BR> <BR> ******** <BR> <BR> I love an easy, healthy recipe! I've started a cookbook on sparkrecipes.com with some of my favorite recipes, the link is <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as<BR>p?cookbook=369956 </link> <BR> <BR> So far I've added the following recipes: <BR... Tue, 17 May 2011 16:41:50 EST FEF Challenge, Week 6 - What am I doing here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215483 MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge, blog about why you decided to change your habits to become a healthy, fit person. Even if we aren’t at goal, we have ALL made lots of changes. What motivated you to take that first step? Many of us don’t take enough time to think about what brought us here, but holding on to that could help you to motivate yourself when you hit a plateau of have a rough week. Share your thoughts in a blog so that other participants in the FEF challenge who are not on yo... Fri, 6 May 2011 22:55:16 EST FEF Challenge, Week 4 - Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185728 MAIN CHALLENGE: <BR> Hopefully spring is in full swing for most of us this week! This week, get in a fun exercise that relates to spring and post a blog about it. You also need to post a comment on another participant’s blog about their spring exercise in order to get full points for the main challenge There are tons of this you could do - go for a bike ride, take an outdoor jog, go for a walk, garden, wash your car outside....anything that takes advantage of the changing season. <BR> <BR... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:01:54 EST Spark to 5K - Revisiting Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162487 I completely skipped my Week 3 Day 3 wog last weekend...I planned on doing W3D3 on Saturday and moving forward into Week 4...but then my husband and I decided to spend the entire weekend demolishing and digging out our old retaining wall -- 30 feet of dirt and 2 days of serious digging later, we have a giant mound of dirt in our backyard instead of a rotting retaining wall. Haven't built the new one yet, but hoping to do it next week (since I have a 3 day weekend!). I've decided that all th... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:31:33 EST Spark to 5K - Week 3, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4151915 Beautiful day for a wog! It was like 70 degrees and perfect, a nice cool breeze. <BR> <BR> Intervals were again 3 min walk/2 min jog, total of 6 intervals. <BR> <BR> Stats (from RunKeeper): <BR> <BR> Time - 30:11 minutes <BR> <BR> Distance - 2.42 miles <BR> <BR> Average Pace - 12:28 min/mile !! <BR> <BR> Still doing great on the pace. I'm also still feeling extra burn and breathing pretty hard by the end of my 2 minute jogs. I went a little too fast during the first jog interval (try... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:51:22 EST Spark to 5K - Week 3 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143618 I'm back on track for Spark to 5K -- did my first wog of the week today, and I'm planning on Day 2 on Thursday, Day 3 on Saturday. I think the hubs is going to join me for at least one of the next wogs this week, too. <BR> <BR> It was FREEZING when I woke up, so I drank some coffee and waited for the sun to come up...and then it was like 37 degrees outside. I bundled up and headed out anyway! I wasn't the only fool outside wogging at 7 AM either, but I think most of the people out in the ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:26:37 EST Spark to 5 K - Week 2, Wog x 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138518 I blew off one of my wogs for Spark to 5K this week but more than made up for it yesterday...or maybe over-did it a little yesterday. <BR> <BR> Our elliptical machine died this week. It was a cheap-o one, so really, I'm surprised it lasted this long. My hubby has been working out on the elliptical A LOT lately, since he's been trying to get on a healthy kick with me. His working out has pretty much come to a halt since the machine died, and I've been trying to encourage him to do somethin... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 11:19:59 EST FEF Challenge, Week 1 - Planning and Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133651 MAIN CHALLENGE: <BR> We all know how important planning is for success in anything. That DEFINITELY still holds true when it comes to weight loss and health and fitness Having a plan helps you stay accountable, it helps you to learn what works for your body and when things go wrong your plan can help you identify exactly what you need to change. For our fist FEF Squared Challenge, plan out your workout for the week. The FEF challenge week runs from Sunday through Saturday, so you can spend t... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 08:17:56 EST Spark to 5K - Week 2, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4122167 After getting almost 5 inches of snow yesterday, I wasn't so sure that I'd be getting out to wog today...but that's the beauty of Spring Snow -- here today, gone tomorrow! I can't believe it all melted! <BR> <BR> It was still freezing though -- wore my long pants, long running shirt, gloves and my fluffy blue sparkly hat. <BR> <BR> Intervals this week are 3 minutes walking/1.5 minutes jogging. 6 reps total today. <BR> <BR> Stats (from RunKeeper): <BR> <BR> Time - 27:14 <BR> <BR> Distan... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:19:08 EST Spark to 5K - Week 1, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118190 I actually did my third run yesterday, but I finally had the chance to blog about it today! <BR> <BR> First of all, the weather has taken a turn for the terrible here! No more 80 degrees, now only cold and snow :( I almost wimped out of my wog because it was only like 39 degrees and overcast...but I knew with the snow on the way, it was now or never. <BR> <BR> So I bundled up in my long pants, my long-sleeved running shirt, gloves, and my ear muffs! It was cold at first, but before long ... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:30:50 EST PUSH Challenge, Week 12: Good News and Getting Re-motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116991 MAIN CHALLENGE: Repeat Fitness Test & Take Measurements <BR> Congrats on PUSHing through! Repeat the week one test and take your measurements again this week, and blog about your progress. Here are the links again: <BR> *Test: www.adultfitnesstest.org/adultFitnessTestL<BR>anding.aspx <BR> *Data Collection Form: www.adultfitnesstest.org/resources/datacol<BR>lection.pdf <BR> <BR> ****Measurements: Repeat your week 2 measurements of your bust, hips, waist, thigh, and upper arm. Blog them or... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 08:22:48 EST A No Cookie Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112342 So I started a No Chocolate Streak a couple of weeks ago (which I broke today -- Panera Chocolate Chip Muffie, Why can't I quit you?). It's not that I don't want to eat chocolate ever again. I just noticed that I was starting to have a real problem where I NEEDED to have it one, sometimes two, times a day. What I really needed to do was to try to break the daily addiction. Which I think is better now. Maybe I can control myself a little better now that I've taken a step back from it. <BR... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 11:13:42 EST Spark to 5K - Week 1 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110576 Today is my late-start day at work (don't have to be in until 10 AM!), so I got up in time to have a cup of coffee and head out for a wog in the park this morning! I felt a little slow to start, but I got more energy as I wogged along. <BR> <BR> ***Stats (from RunKeeper app)*** <BR> <BR> Time - 25:36 <BR> <BR> Distance - 1.81 miles <BR> <BR> Average Pace - 14:11 min/mile <BR> <BR> This week's plan is walk 4 minutes, jog 1 minute for a total of 5 reps. So far so good. <BR> <BR> Toe upd... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:52:22 EST Spark to 5K - Week 1 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104861 So I wanted to start my Spark Your Way to 5K Walk/Jog training two weeks ago, but I sprained my toe. By jamming it on Sadie's (my dog's) leg while we were playing around in the house. Stupid. Lame. And Painful. <BR> <BR> I've given it almost 2 weeks, and it's feeling a ton better but still hurts. I can't wear heels to work. I can't do a whole lot of jumping. And if I hit it on something (even my fluffy slippers, it turns out), it kills, and I hold it and whine for a few minutes. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:09:47 EST PUSH Challenge, Week 11: Revisiting Positive Thinking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102704 MAIN CHALLENGE: Revisit Week Two Affirmations <BR> What worked, what didn’t? Share some of the successes and challenges you had related to your affirmations during PUSH. <BR> <BR> BONUS: Look Forward <BR> Create two new affirmations for other areas you would like to improve/enhance this spring. <BR> <BR> Review of my positive affirmations: <BR> <BR> For self-confidence and improving my self-image - I release all fears and doubts. I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart. I... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:41:41 EST 50 Things About Me! - PUSH Slim Possibles Mini-Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4085983 On my PUSH team (Slim Possibles!!), we have a mini-challenge this week to write a "50 Things About Me" blog. We were given the first 25 questions, but I had to come up with the last 25...It was harder than I thought to think of those last 25! I've loved reading the posts from other girls on our team -- What a great way to get to know more about each other :) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favorite Hobby/pastime? Doin' stuff around the house! I think I've finally embraced my role as a ho... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:22:19 EST Here's to De-funkification! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049059 As a mini-challenge for my PUSH team, we're to blog about the funk - a lot of us have been feeling down or in a funk for the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm starting to pull out of my funk (finally). It all started last weekend - it was the perfect storm! I was on call for the weekend (which always makes me grumpy, because really, I don't want to spend 30 minutes on the phone trying to tell a stranger how to check himself for a hernia I know he doesn't have - 2 ER visits an... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 10:14:53 EST PUSH Week 8 - Circuit Training (or, why I still hate Mountain Climbers) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049018 WEEK EIGHT CHALLENGE - ENDS 02.26.2011 <BR> Main Challenge : Create a Boot Camp Workout for 30 Points or 0 Points: <BR> BONUS : Do Your Workout for 10 Points or 0 Points: <BR> TOTAL POINTS for WEEK EIGHT: <BR> *************************************** <BR> MAIN CHALLENGE: Create a Boot Camp Workout <BR> Create a HARD workout for the main challenge this week. Think Level 2 or 3 of 30 Day Shred, Cathe, Turbo Jam, The Firm, HIIT…things that REALLY push you. You can create a cardio routine, a... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:56:58 EST PUSH Week 7 Challenge - Playlists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028371 MAIN CHALLENGE: Playlist Challenge <BR> Create two new workout playlists and share them with your team. Each playlist should be at least 60 minutes, and end it with one or two slower songs for stretching/cool down. <BR> <BR> So I haven't dowloaded any new music in awhile...and I've been using a lot of my husband's music to put on my iPhone. I made a couple of playlists with what I have right now, but I need to get some new songs!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> My RockNRoll Playlist: <BR> <BR> Blue ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:03:48 EST PUSH Food Blog Challenge - Sunday/Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999373 This is going to be a tough challenge for me! I'm actually kind of embarassed to post my [googled] photos for the last couple of days. I overindulged Big Time on Super Bowl Sunday. My husband and I hosted a party for about 20 people at our house. The good news is that I prepared a lot of the food and made low fat substitutions where possible...the bad news is that I ate WAY too much. <BR> <BR> SUNDAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l829998749.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 21:36:29 EST PUSH Challenge, Week 5: Picture of Confidence. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3990933 MAIN CHALLENGE: Picture Confidence <BR> Find an old picture of yourself that you feel confident in, and blog about it. Why are you happy in that picture, what makes you proud/confident about what you look like in the image? Think about that time, and try to figure out what you can do to bring that feeling along with you through the rest of your journey. You may not be at the finish line just yet, but remember that confidence should start now, be proud of everything that you've already accomp... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 18:44:23 EST PUSH Challenge, Week 2: Reality Check and Positive Thinking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3922516 I finally took my Presidential Fitness Test. I feel like it was both good and bad...Good because I know where I'm starting from, and it's not as bad as I thought. Bad because it says in black and white that I am Obese with Very High Risk of Disease. <BR> <BR> But that's okay! That's what I'm working on changing -- I am going to work hard to be healthy and minimize my risk of disease. No diabetes! No hypertension! No hyperlipidemia! No metabolic syndrome!!! And I will be smokin' hot... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:20:56 EST The Spark: Chapter Two. Focus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903450 I'm working my way through the chapter guides for The Spark. It helps me to reflect on what I've been reading and how I can find my own spark. <BR> <BR> Inspiration: <BR> What truly drives me? I want to be healthy. I want to live a long healthy life with my husband and (future) kids. I want to have a (future) healthy pregnancy. I want to be a hot mom. I want to be a hot wife. I want to run and play and be active on the weekends instead of being buried by errands and television. I wan... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 12:44:08 EST The Spark: Chapter One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3867649 I got The Spark last week, and I love it! It's so interesting to know the backstory about how sparkpeople was started and the philosophy behind it all. I think I love sparkpeople even more now that I've been reading The Spark! <BR> <BR> There are some great reading guides available on the website, so I'm going to use them to really evaluate and define my goals. I have a hard time following through with things sometimes, but I think all of this reading about effective goal setting and pers... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 18:47:49 EST Hot by 30!...via 10K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3058105 So today I started a new personal challenge for my Hot by 30 goal. I weighed in for the first time since vacation earlier this month...I definitely added more weight that I would have liked, but I expected it since I haven't been working out very regularly and I've been eating like a crazy person. I did great during the Biggest Loser competition up until we left for Maui, so I KNOW I can get results and stick to a healthy diet/exercise plan. <BR> <BR> My motivation has really slacked off i... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:56:45 EST I think my Wii Fit lied to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2899999 I think my Wii Fit lied to me today...but I'm okay with it. <BR> <BR> I got the Wii Fit/balance board for my birthday in 2008 -- I haven't really used it as much as I thought I would for exercising per se. It goes in spurts. I get really into the Biggest Loser game for a couple of weeks, then I get really into something else...like the elliptical...then back to the Wii but now with Jillian Michaels Ultimatum 2010 (like a hundred million times better than the 2009 one...but watch out for th... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 23:27:30 EST Countdown to the Swimsuit: 10 days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2895931 I have a lot of swimsuit anxiety. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure when it started, but as long as I can remember I have never been especially comfortable in a swimsuit. I worry about my thighs, my hips, my stomach, my butt, my arms. <BR> <BR> Really, swimsuit anxiety = body image anxiety. <BR> <BR> So in 10 days, I will be on a plane to Maui, with 3 different swimsuit options packed and ready to go. My husband and I are going for 9 days of honeymoon/first anniversary lovely-ness. <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:47:24 EST Back to the Wog, Part 2: Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600137 As I'm trying to get back on a regular exercise schedule, I've been thinking about what my motivation is. Of course, I want to be healthy, not get diabetes or high blood pressure. These are great goals, and as a physician I honestly really care about them. The thing is...here's what I really want: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/0/b104375273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Michelle Obama's Arms! Seriously, I love Michelle Obama (as I love the rest of the Obama family). She's a ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 01:01:31 EST Back to the Wog, Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2595394 So today I went for my first wog in...at least a month. I wasn't so sure how it was going to go. I mean, I had started working out on my elliptical a couple of weeks ago, so I knew that my endurance wasn't quite what it was back in September. <BR> <BR> But when I went to bed last night, I set my alarm and planned out my wog to Forest Park. I LOVE Forest Park. I'm so lucky that I live so close to it! A half mile walk to the park for a warm up, and I'm ready to go! <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 11:34:47 EST Biggest Loser for the Wii, Day 2 -- Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2510860 I still love this game! So I technically didn't have any scheduled workouts today, but I logged on and decided to do some upper body exercises since my legs (especially my calves -- weird) are killing me today. Day 1's lower body workout really seems to have worked -- my calves are killing me and stairs are a little tough, but my thighs and butt are only a little sore (in that good sore kind of way). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had my doubts about the upper body workout because really how much can... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:54:24 EST Biggest Loser for the Wii, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2507224 Well, I have certainly fallen off the wagon for the last few weeks...I was out of town/on vacation for I think 11 of the last 25 days of October. Having a fabulous time of course, but also eating without any control and drinking a lot too. <BR> <BR> But I have to get back on the wagon now. Play time is over. I feel kind of yucky and I know my clothes are just a little bit tighter than they were 25 days ago! <BR> <BR> My husband got me a great gift for my bday though -- the Biggest Loser ... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 18:32:28 EST A cross-training revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2427463 This week, I decided to start working out again. I finished the half marathon on 9/13/09 and gave myself some well-deserved time off! I'm working the night shift, and I like to do a little workout before I go in at 7 pm so I feel more alert. <BR> <BR> Yesterday (? I confuse my days while I'm on nights, so I'm not totally sure)...I decided to do a quick workout video in our new basement workout room. Haven't used it much recently, what with long runs and training for the half. I cued up J... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 02:05:49 EST Ode to Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2406021 A terrible, long day <BR> Ending in tears and despair <BR> I can't face tomorrow... <BR> without some pizza. <BR> <BR> Okay, not so much an Ode...what can I say, I haven't written anything creatively in like 5 years. I had a terrible day, the latest in a string of bad days. What will make me feel better? Pizza. <BR> <BR> It felt SO good in the beginning...but now I'm a little sick. And still feeling exhausted, overworked, underappreciated on top of it. <BR> <BR> Emotional Eating, why... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 22:45:09 EST 12 weeks and counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2190441 The month of torturous hours and emotional eating is about to come to a close this week... <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I will miss my daily allotment of french fries and my midnight ice cream. But it's all for the better! Back to walk/jogging and back to eating my veggies!!!!! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I clamored back on the walk/jog train on Sunday. Had a nice little 3-miler in Forest Park. It was a beautiful day, and it felt good to get back out again. True, I'm sore today (especially my h... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 19:53:31 EST Week 2, so far so good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2126466 This week has been tough. I've been working insane hours and have been pretty much EXHAUSTED when I get home from work. I've basically been alternating 10 hour and 12 hour days this week. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done, and something always has to give.... <BR> <BR> But not the running!! (or the run/walking). I've managed to keep with my training schedule on the days that I get home around 630 or 7 pm by running either in the park or on a treadmill. On t... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 16:37:29 EST My REAL Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2104207 I've kind of been messing around, half committed to my half marathon training program for the last 2 weeks. This week is the first week where I've been more motivated and more diligent about trying to stick with my running schedule. And it feels good! <BR> <BR> I've run twice already this week -- Run #1 on Tuesday I walk/jogged 2 miles in about 35 minutes. Warmed up for 5 minutes, then ran for 6/walked for 2 until cool down for about 5 minutes. Run #2 on Thursday I walk/jogged 2 miles in... Fri, 29 May 2009 11:09:56 EST My first black eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2086960 I'm still sort of in this pre-training mode for the half marathon -- I'm walk/jogging 2 miles at a time 2-3 times per week for the last two weeks. Next week my goal is to build up to a full jog of 2 miles by the end of the week. I feel like I can do it because I've been progressively increasing my jogging distance vs walking distance. My half marathon buddy has a great interval running thing going that I am going to copy next week too. <BR> <BR> It's been an off week though -- I had a lit... Sat, 23 May 2009 12:39:10 EST I CAN run a half marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2064461 "If you say you can, you will." <BR> <BR> Thank you, Jillian Michaels, for those inspiring words at just the right time. <BR> <BR> I have officially committed to running the Lewis and Clark half marathon in September. I've had really mixed feelings about this over the last week, ranging from fear to excitement to hopelessness to determination. Even my own husband has asked me if I really think I can do this (he has his doubts). I have a good friend training with me -- we're both a little... Fri, 15 May 2009 10:54:03 EST