SHAKE_IT_CALI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHAKE%5FIT%5FCALI SHAKE_IT_CALI'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/ Weekend update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708910 Alright, not my best showing the past few days. I think I end up setting the bar too high and when I can't live up to my expectations I just say "screw it" and throw it all out the window. And by throwing it out the window, I mean eating a dozen chocolate chip cookies over 2 days and chasing them with some white wine. <BR> <BR> I weighed in lower today though, so I guess I didn't blow it as badly as I thought I might have. <BR> <BR> 6/2/14 Measurements: <BR> Weight: 129.8 <BR> Waist: 27 <... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:20:02 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705052 I'm wearing red pants today and when I put them on my butt was like WHOA. So I threw on a very long cardigan and called it a day. Long cardigans over whoa butts is no way to live. I'd like to wear my red pants without drawing attention to the size of my parts. <BR> <BR> Today's weight: 132.2 (oy) <BR> Yesterday's deficit: 445 (not bad) <BR> Yesterday's workout: 20 minute yoga video & 3.5 miles of walking <BR> <BR> Today's goals: <BR> - Short interval workout on the treadmill tonight, eve... Wed, 28 May 2014 09:31:40 EST Hello, old friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704460 It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 7 years to the day since I started Spark and was able to reach my goal weight. It's not that hard to believe that my weight has finally creeped up to my starting weight all these years later. <em>15</em> I've dabbled in Sparkpeople over the years, but I think I'm finally ready to dust off my trusty calorie-spreadsheet (the original is still saved in my Google docs!) and track like a rockstar again. Keeping a journal really helped me to stay ... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:29:17 EST 2010 Resolution Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2677017 I haven't found much time to run since we moved out of the city. The good thing is that when I do run, it's outside. I'm hardcore now! Our condo community has tons of little jogging paths and they've been perfect for hammering out 3-4 mile runs. I spend a lot of time commuting to NYC, so it's hard to find time for working out. Hopefully, as the days get longer, I'll find time to squeeze runs in on weekdays. The upside to all this is that I'm doing other activities to stay fit... jump... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:41:08 EST An article that will make you feel bad about finishing your marathon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2502512 at least if you're a pokey runner, like myself. Ouch! <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2009/10/23/sports/23<BR>marathon.html?_r=1 </link> Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:12:02 EST My first marathon - Hartford, CT - Race recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2472987 First and foremost, thank you all so much for your support these past few months (actually years!). Seriously, I NEVER in a hundred years EVER would've thought I could run a mile, let alone a marathon. But then I found this site, read all of your inspirational stories, and found so much support here too. So thanks!!! <BR> <BR> Now onto the (probably ridiculously long) recap! <BR> <BR> I made a packing list a few weeks ago so I wouldn't forget anything. And I packed everything on the list.... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:49:11 EST One day till marathon... need I say more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2465556 Some random thoughts... <BR> <BR> First of all, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm really sick of pasta. I know that I probably over did it this week with the carb loading, but I honestly don't know what the heck I'm doing so I thought it best to eat carbs, carbs, and more carbs for just about every meal, all week long.... just in case. <BR> <BR> I think I successfully fought off the cold that I started coming down with earlier this week by sleeping 10 hours every night and drinking O... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:07:14 EST 3 weeks till marathon - holy $#!% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2416270 I'm on vacation in the Outer Banks with my family. <BR> <BR> Day 1 of vacation: My family supported me by making a huge pasta dinner. I had two large glasses of water for every glass of wine I had (which was 1. sigh.) I went to bed at 9pm while everyone else stayed up drinking in the hot tub. Spent all night half asleep, checking my phone for the time, afraid I'd sleep in. <BR> <BR> Day 2 of vacation: Up at 5:15am. 5:15! It was still dark! Ate the slice of bread that I carried with me i... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 08:57:01 EST 4 weeks till marathon: A quickie post about a quickie run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398975 I'm going to make this short, since I do have a job to do. :-) <BR> <BR> This weekend was a beautiful, wonderful, amazing cut back week. I ran 9 miles Sunday morning at my goal marathon pace (a girl can still dream). Reasons why this run rocked: <BR> <BR> 1. 9 miles! A single digit long run!!! <BR> <BR> 2. It felt good to run long and fast(ish). I felt strong. Haven't felt strong during a long run in a long time. <BR> <BR> 3. No equipment (sort of, I still ran with the Garmin and my ... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:57:41 EST 5 weeks till marathon -thank goodness for "runner's high" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2377978 We were out house hunting again yesterday, but this time I was smart about it. I packed a kashi bar and cereal to snack on during the day and I totally carbed myself up like crazy. We tested out a diner in the area we're buying (yum!) and while I ordered an omelet, I mostly filled up on toast and home fries. I love an excuse to eat all the home fries on my plate. I also love that I didn't feel guilty about it. We got home much earlier last night and I had the biggest plate of pasta that I'v... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 16:23:36 EST 6 weeks till marathon- and the panic sets in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2360653 Let me give the back story. I only ran once last week (on Tuesday). I had plans in the evening Wednesday and Thursday and I was so tired from lack of sleep on those days that I didn't get up in the morning to run. Friday rolled around and I was too lazy and tired to run again. So bad. Saturday we spent the whole day house hunting. Breakfast was a bagel, lunch was 2 cookies and a Twizzler at the realtor's office, dinner was the pizza place that someone recommended in the area. I wanted to... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:42:39 EST Marathon Training - 7 weeks to go - the run that almost never was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2338788 I have never been more prepared for a long run in my life. I ate pasta and drank a ton of water the night before (no sangria this time). I laid out all my gear, stuffed my socks in my sneakers, prepped the pineapple juice/coconut water cocktail, brewed my coffee so I could have on ice in the morning, etc. etc. etc. I didn't sleep very well though because I kept thinking about the route I wanted to run. <BR> <BR> The alarm went off at 6am (the plan was to avoid both the heat and the th... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 11:30:26 EST How? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2331313 How did I finish a half marathon on one of the hottest days of the year? I ran 3 miles outside today and it felt like I was jogging in place I moved so slow! I was dripping with sweat and my legs felt like they were moving through molasses. Is it due to heat? Running 3 days in a row? Cutting calories back a little this week? I hope it gets easier because 14 miles on Saturday is looking like a total nightmare. I'm actually praying for a little rain to keep things cool. Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:34:51 EST The Crazy - Week Ending 8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2320208 It is hot out there! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> I feel like I've been spoiled all Summer with the mild temps and this weekend it totally bit me in the butt. Lots of life stuff got in the way this week, so the only workouts I ended up doing (aside from my physical therapy exercises at home) were a 5 mile easy run, a 5 mile tempo run (both inside on a treadmill), and my 12-mile run on Saturday. Though after I wrap this up, I think I'm going to the gym to use the bike. They have A/C there, un... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 15:09:07 EST The Crazy... Week 1 into Week 2 (Redux) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2303805 I've decided that training for a marathon is just crazy. It seemed like such a good idea back in January, and now that I'm struggling... not so much. The struggle isn't just with the training itself, but with the mindset that comes with training for something as daunting as 26.2 miles. I don't want to mess it up. Plus I'm struggling with the fear of hurting my knee again. And with the guilty feelings that come with wanting to eat more. And with the fear of gaining even more weight when I ne... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:59:11 EST Healed!!! Hartford Marathon bound... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2283276 July was quite a month. It started with a nice and steady 11 mile run on a flat linear trail. And it was followed by a 12 miler in hilly Central Park, where I experienced the nastiest pulling pain in my right knee at mile 10. I do not recommend running 2 miles through the pain. (Though the thought of walking 2 miles to the subway was also not appetizing). I took a week off of all exercise, wincing every time I walked after sitting still for awhile or every time I walked downstairs. Finall... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:22:49 EST Hartford Marathon Training Weeks 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2168819 Well Week 1 didn't really count since the longest run I could get in was 5 miles... and even that was on Monday of Week 2. Moving on. <BR> <BR> Breaking down week 2: <BR> Monday - 5 mile run (treadmill) <BR> Tuesday - 4 mile easy run (treadmill) <BR> Wednesday - happy hour (yay) <BR> Thursday - 5 miles speedwork (treadmill) <BR> Friday - 4 miles treadmill + 40 minutes on the stationary bike <BR> Saturday - 9 loonnng miles <BR> Sunday - Yoga (90 minute butt kicking class) <BR> Total Miles: 2... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:06:25 EST Central Park Challenge 5k (I heart Central Park) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2128921 I signed up for this 5k a few weeks before the wedding to insure that I'd get back to my running routine immediately after the honeymoon. It was a tough call between registering for this race or the Women's 10k race running in the park tomorrow. I decided to go with the 5k because it would be a better indication of my progress so far, since I've never run a 10k before. I also knew it would be my last race before this fall's marathon (Day 1 of marathon training begins on Monday!) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 19:30:50 EST I just got married and I've already let myself go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2105090 <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> It's been almost a week since I'm back from our honeymoon and I finally faced the scale this morning. I'm up 6 pounds (!!!) from where I was 2 weeks ago... which isn't all that surprising given how many pina colada type drinks I consumed during our stay in Mexico. (I'd say an average of 5 of those a day... plus wine with dinner... plus a few post-dinner cocktails... plus breakfast and lunch buffets... and the occasional chips and guac... you get the idea). <BR> <... Fri, 29 May 2009 16:11:10 EST My first half... I did almost everything wrong but I wouldn't change a thing (sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2008089 I kicked my half-marathon weekend off Friday night with what I thought was a bachelorette dinner (I'm getting married in less than 3 weeks!). Yay, right? Well, it wasn't just a dinner... it was a full-fledged surprise planned out night out, complete with drinks (omg, the drinks), dancing, and novelty straws. I didn't stumble home until 3 in the morning. And when I woke up early Saturday morning I did not feel 100%. I was tired, a little sick, and really dehydrated. I started pumping the ... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 18:08:41 EST Guess what's in the office today?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1972129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/7/b377448741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not to be outdone, Boss #1 just brought in Magnolia cupcakes, in red velvet and vanilla. Good thing I ate half a jar of peanut butter last night and feel full, otherwise I might actually be tempted. <BR> <BR> But so help me.. if he puts another one on my desk, I may lose it! I mean, really. This is just out of control! <BR> <BR> Edited to add this little bit of poetic justice: <BR> I decided that if I received a ... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 13:52:46 EST My own personal hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1969102 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/5/b45234418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have got to be kidding me. <BR> <BR> Will someone please call my bosses and tell them to stop bringing cupcakes to work!!!! Boss #1 is on a personal mission to keep the Magnolia cupcake store in the building in business. I'm not kidding, that's his goal. (He was scarred when the yummy, cheesey 200 calorie per half-cup of popcorn place went out of business). So he brings in cupcakes at least once a week. Have I e... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:56:19 EST Lessons learned this weekend: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1948642 1. Eating nearly an entire bag of jelly beans in one day is never a good idea. Ever. I will have a sugar hangover the next day and feel like total crap. Burning-in-the-esophogus-due-to-acid-reflu<BR>x-type-crap. Yuck. <BR> <BR> 2. In addition, one should also not eat 2 servings of gelato AND frozen yogurt from Coldstone on the same day that one eats an entire bag of jelly beans. The sugar hangover will only be worse. <BR> <BR> 3. Add a glass of wine to the mix and you're asking for trou... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 15:01:40 EST March madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1931403 Ok, not an original blog title - BUT if UNC beats UCONN in the NCAA tournament, I win my work pool. <BR> <BR> March numbers: <BR> Average January weight: 122.26 <BR> Average February weight: 121.75 <BR> Average March weight: 121.4 <BR> Inches: All the same <BR> Total miles: 90 <BR> Total exercise minutes: 2282 <BR> Total deficit: 200 calorie surplus (yikes - I guess that's maintaining-ish?) <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 21:33:35 EST February got a little scary for awhile there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1837464 First, the numbers: <BR> Average January weight: 122.26 <BR> Average February weight: 121.75 <BR> Inches: All the same <BR> Total miles: 76.5 <BR> Total exercise minutes: 1839 (still time to add another hour to that total today...) <BR> Total deficit: approx. 1500 <BR> <BR> Weeks 2 and 3 were very, very dodgy. My weight kept creeping up to 124, google 15 kept yelling at me, my moving average went from 121 to over 122 (it's now at 121.8... even a stellar week this week couldn't save me). T... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:28:12 EST Kicking the year off right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1757440 So far, 2009 rocks. By the numbers: <BR> - I lost 5 pounds (today's weigh-in was 119.4!). <BR> - My waist, hips, and thighs are all down an inch each. <BR> - I met my January mileage goal for running. <BR> - I exercised over 2000 minutes (the most I've ever worked out in a single month). <BR> - I regularly incorporated strength training workouts (at least 2x/week). <BR> - I had a total calorie deficit of 11,625. <BR> <BR> I'm figuring out the whole calorie numbers game. Again. I thought I k... Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:15:36 EST Eureka (r.e. treadmill running) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1718059 It was cold and icky here this weekend, which means the 7 mile run had to be done indoors. We only get 4 channels on the treadmill TVs at the gym, and when there's nothing on tv (which is 100% likely on a weekend) 7 miles is a total nightmare. But I needed to run, so I used $6 from my Itunes gift certificate to download the most mind numbing (yet entertaining) TV shows I could think of - True Life, Engaged and Underage, and Whose Wedding Is It Anyway. (Yeah...that's right, I'm 31 years o... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:47:37 EST Show? WTH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1677922 I have to run 7 miles this weekend and I do not want to run them on the treadmill. All week I've been reading about running in the cold, planning my wardrobe, drawing up my plan of action (a neighborhood route, a backup plan -- i.e., if it gets too cold, run the last leg on the treadmill at the gym). I finally psyched myself up for my first winter run. And it all goes out the window if it snows tomorrow. I don't have the shoe thingies for snow running and running on snowy sidewalks on Su... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:19:24 EST Reasons why I shouldn't do my long runs on the treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1659336 #1. The gym has huge windows and no shades. If the sun's out, it will be shining directly in my eyes, making for a very uncomfortable run. <BR> <BR> #2. The treadmills that aren't in the direct glare of the sun will either be occupied or will have TVs that only broadcast "snow." <BR> <BR> #3. When I finally get on a treadmill with a functional TV and no sun, I will lose interest in running after mile 2.5 and will want to chop off my legs and throw them out the window so that I'll be forc... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 17:41:15 EST Can't back out now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1651590 I submitted my registration for the Hartford marathon yesterday! So no matter what, I'm running that thing on October 10. Yay! <BR> <BR> 2008 wasn't the stellar year for running that I remembered it to be. I went back and tallied up all my running miles for the year (yes, I have a lot of time on my hands). I ran 463 miles in 2008 - which only gets me to Cleveland from NYC. Granted I let a lot of things interfere with running - a knee injury that kept me on the elliptical in January, a bi... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 10:22:53 EST Measurements, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1647538 As of today: <BR> Weight: 124 <BR> Waist: 26 <BR> Hips: 37 <BR> Thighs: 20.5 <BR> <BR> So far, my calorie deficit for the month of January is 923. Not bad for 2 days! I just need to keep the momentum going through the weekend. Now I'm off to flip through my cookbooks in search of healthy, tasty recipes. Sat, 3 Jan 2009 11:13:13 EST January Plan of Action (it's just a list...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1644488 - Run 70 miles <BR> - Complete the SP January Bootcamp challenge <BR> - Register for the Hartford Marathon <BR> - Start shedding the excess poundage <BR> - Make ST a habit <BR> - Come up with healthy lunch and snack ideas Fri, 2 Jan 2009 15:23:16 EST More than 31 days later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1613019 So 31 days was a bust. Moving on... <BR> <BR> I've been doing great during the week only to blow it on baked goods on the weekend. We've been trying to save money on going out this month, thus we're spending a lot of time at home. The good news is we've cut back on eating out. The bad news is that I bake to kill time - and then I eat what I bake. On top of that, I've had this stupid cold that won't go away. Up until this week I worked out anyway, but after I came down with another fever... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 14:16:59 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1584113 Cals in: 1650 (I always crave peanut butter when I watch the Biggest Loser. Weird) <BR> Cals out: 0 (still sick) <BR> Surplus: 136 <BR> Total deficit: 2020 <BR> Weight: 123.8 (not bad... usually weigh in high after I eat out of the PB jar) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my last day of not working out. I'm feeling much better and I'm starting to get antsy to get back to the gym. It will feel good to run again! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but I'm not going to go crazy. I've re... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 11:49:56 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1582495 Cals In: 1230 (stellar) <BR> Cals Out: 0 (Feeling too sick to work out) <BR> Deficit: 284 (a little depressing considering how low my calorie intake was) <BR> Total Deficit: 2156 (picking up where I left off) <BR> Weight: 123.4 <BR> <BR> Not much to report about yesterday. I feel like I was a superstar with my eating and nutrition - the lone exception being all the mini candy canes I ate. I had to stay at work late, and after that I was too tired and sick to work out. I'm taking today of... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 10:30:04 EST My week in the boonies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1580864 Cals In: who knows <BR> Cals Out: 0 (didn't work out once) <BR> Surplus: Absolutely <BR> Total Deficit: Likely 0 at this point <BR> Weight: 125 (I've seen worse...) <BR> <BR> The long and the short of it is that I was too lazy to work out and I ate out of boredom (and to keep warm, seriously). The end. <BR> <BR> I set my alarm for 6am this morning, slept in my sports bra and workout t-shirt, laid out the rest of my workout clothes, woke up when the alarm went off and talked myself into go... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:35:11 EST Day 8 (aka disaster strikes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1563824 Cals in: 5 million <BR> Cals out: 0 (but I did walk a lot and we had a fire drill where I had to walk down 15 flights of stairs... that's something) <BR> Surplus: 786 (if I'm lucky) <BR> Total deficit: 1872 <BR> Weight: 124.4 (punishment) <BR> <BR> Bad news at work led to a night of drowning my sorrows with food and wine. That's all I'll say because I'm ready to move past it and have a strong day today. Calories will be in check and I'll run 5 miles at the gym. <BR> <BR> My 31 day plan is... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:22:51 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1561961 Cals in - 1400 <BR> Cals out - 315 (Variety of gym stuff) <BR> Deficit - 429 <BR> Total deficit - 2658 <BR> Weight - 123.8 (shouldn't have had the pickles...) <BR> <BR> I hated every second of being at the gym yesterday. I started out on the treadmill, but then got very antsy so I hopped onto the elliptical instead. The elliptical was no better. Once I hit 30 minutes and 200 calories burned I told myself I could just go home because my heart wasn't in it and there was no use torturing myse... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 09:33:27 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1560214 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/7/b176815294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cals in - 1600 <BR> Cals out - 870 (7.5 mile run, 25 minutes elliptical, yoga class) <BR> Deficit - 784 <BR> Total deficit - 2229 <BR> Weight: 123.4 <BR> <BR> I took my new running shoes out to the park yesterday. Brrrrr it was freezing! <em>263</em> The wind was whipping and the air was so cold - plus I was way under dressed (shorts, a short-sleeve shirt, and a vest) - so thanks for the clothing tip, Runners Worl... Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:29:49 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1558160 Cals in - 2050 (thanks to beer and fries, etc.) <BR> Cals out - 0 (but 30 minutes of strength training at home) <BR> Surplus - 536 cals <BR> Total Deficit - 1445 <BR> Weight - 123 <BR> <BR> Even though I went over on calories, I was still very conscious of what and how much I was eating. I don't mind a 2000 calorie day on a weekend, it just would've been better had I had time to do some cardio. At least I did some strength training last night! <BR> <BR> I'm off from work today (yay!). Afte... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:53:20 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1556328 Cals in - 1550 (2 F&V - oops) <BR> Cals out - 485 (5.25 miles, treadmill) <BR> Deficit - 449 <BR> Total Deficit -1981 cals <BR> Weight - 122.4 <BR> <BR> Apparently my body likes structure, because the scale is finally responding to it. Yesterday was fun, my fiance and I went to a specialty running store so I could buy some new sneakers. They filmed me running on the treadmill to figure out if I have any issues. Turns out I'm an overpronator, so I needed some super stability shoes. I tried o... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 08:43:09 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1555108 Cals In - 1450 (3 F&V) <BR> Cals Out - 500 (80 minutes - elliptical, bike, and stairstepper) <BR> Deficit - 564 <BR> Total Deficit - 1532 <BR> Weight - 123.4 <BR> <BR> I measured EVERYTHING yesterday. Unfortunately I also went to bed hungry, which is weird considering that I feel like I ate quite a bit yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Nov 2008 09:35:12 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1553599 Cals in - 1475 (6 F&V) <BR> Cals out - 450 (Speedwork on the treadmill - 5.25 miles) <BR> Deficit - 489 <BR> Total Deficit - 968 <BR> Weight -123.8 (a pleasant surprise... really thought I'd see 125+) <BR> <BR> The only junk food I consumed yesterday was a glass of wine - not too shabby! I am thinking of ways to cut out unnecessary calories. First, say no to the candy dish at work. Second, I really need to rethink the amount of cocktails I consume. Today I decided to forgo the cheese in ... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 09:27:53 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1551977 Calories in - 1450 (6 F&V) <BR> Calories out - 415 (4.5 miles on the treadmill+strength training with free weights) <BR> Deficit - 479 cals <BR> Total Deficit - 479 <BR> <BR> I need to keep the candy and sweet intake in check - those calories are really adding up. Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:24:08 EST Day -1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1550105 Perhaps I was too ambitious to start my 31-day plan on my actual birthday. I had a pineapple mojito, chips and salsa, cheese enchiladas, and a reeses peanut butter cup - in addition to a bunch of wine to celebrate the election results. So Day 1 officially begins today. <BR> <BR> Aside from all the crazy food and drinks from last night, my birthday was super healthy. My birthday presents included a food scale, a yoga bag, and some resistance bands. And I'm using my birthday money to buy so... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 10:08:28 EST 31 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1548345 In honor the two year anniversary of my 29th birthday, I've decided to begin a 31-day self-improvement boot camp. Starting today. Here is the plan of action: <BR> <BR> 1. Track my calorie intake every day for 31 days. Include all condiments, salt, half and half, etc. <BR> 2. Use my brand new handy little food scale every time I eat something that I can measure. <BR> 3. Create a 3100 calorie deficit each week. At the end of 31 days, my total deficit should be 13728 calories. That's almost... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 10:41:00 EST Calorie Deficit Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1538514 I'm in a weight loss holding pattern. I thought I broke into the 123s, but that was short lived and now I'm hovering at 125 with no sign of going back down. I've been tracking my calorie deficit in a spreadsheet religiously this month and I've consistently built up a calorie deficit. <BR> <BR> Or so I thought. <BR> <BR> I've been using 1620 cals as my BMR+Sedentary base. I calculated that number last year after losing 15 pounds using the SP formula. Given that my 31st birthday is just a... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:11:59 EST Playwright Halloween 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1534214 The Halloween 5k this weekend was so much fun! I dragged my mom and her friend out for the race - it was their first 5k and they planned to walk. There were 3 other ladies dressed as flashdancers, and unfortunately I have to say that their costumes were better than mine. I think their leggings were a nice touch, but since it was really warm once I started running I'm glad I sacrificed style (i.e. leggings) for comfort (i.e. shorts). <BR> <BR> I got off to a good start (finished my first m... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 10:03:20 EST Progress and an upcoming 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1499874 I'm finally seeing some progress on the scale. Today marks 2 days in a row in the 123s... a number I haven't seen in about 2 months and 2 pounds less than this time last week. I owe it all to staying on track over the weekend and pushing myself with a longer run Sunday (only 6 miles... but longer than what I have been doing). <BR> <BR> Today I made the knee-jerk decision to sign up for a 5k race that's on 10/26. You're supposed to run in costume, but I think I'll stick to cat ears and cal... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 14:00:42 EST This makes sense. Sort of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1487294 According to an article I read over the weekend, if you take an extended break from running or working out and consequently gain weight - then go back to running or working out, you will not lose weight unless you do MORE than you did before the hiatus. <BR> <BR> I really need to step up my game. This week I am shooting to burn over 2000 calories. 500 down... 1500 to go. <BR> <BR> Edited to add a link to an article explaining this horrible, horrible thing: <BR> <link>www.sciencedail... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 14:06:26 EST