SHAKINGTHETREE's SparkPeople Blog SHAKINGTHETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community LOVELY weekend! Both days - outtasight!! <BR> <BR> Saturday was a bit on the breezy and cool side, but it didn't stop me from sowing my radishes, beets, and green beans... building my twine trellis for the snow peas... potting dill and mint... and mulching the big raised garden bed. :) <BR> <BR> I spent most of Sunday simply enjoying the weather. Did manage to clean out the interior of my car, though. I wasn't about to run it through the car wash - long lines and a rainy weather forecast for today seeme... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:37:39 EST Amino Acids So... while my BFF was in rehab, he told me that they did some amino acid therapy for him to help treat imbalances that could trigger cravings. Upon telling him how crappy I felt, he emailed me a chart of amino acids and the brain chemical deficiencies they supposedly treat. I found it very interesting that not only do they help with cravings for chemical substances, but they also help with specific food cravings/addictions (sweets, starches), as well as stress, depression, SAD, and a host ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 09:12:02 EST Guh I bagged my workout last night. I feel AWFUL about it. I was feeling run-down, cranky, exhausted, sore, and just plain NOT HAPPY. I was slated to do yoga, but I just couldn't get myself into it... the day really caught up with me. I ended up having to work late, and I am dealing with some pretty severe PMS issues right now. <BR> <BR> Actually, this is something I want to bring up with my gyn at my next annual. I think this goes beyond normal PMS. I was like this when I was a kid, but g... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:56:47 EST Recovery week! Soooo it's my P90X recovery week... and although I'm not doing AS well with P90X as I did before, I'm still keeping very close to the schedule and I am listening to my body. I want to Bring It - but I don't want to get injured! I have a tweak in my left shoulder right now that I'm babying a bit. <BR> <BR> Also - I am RESOLVED to NOT get on the scale until May 1! I'm sort of excited to see what will happen. :) Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:32:39 EST WELL HEY THERE GOOD LOOKIN' Oh, Springtime, you sexy thing you!! <BR> <BR> I can feel the delirium of spring fever starting to take over, and it feels WONDERFUL. <BR> <BR> It's inspired me to do some major spring cleaning, too, which also feels wonderful in spite of the amount of work it entails. <BR> <BR> I'm also considering doing some sprucing up, like painting the kitchen and maybe the foyer. After that, the master bath and master bedroom will get the treatment. I've lived in this house now for five years, an... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:15:47 EST AMAZEBALLS That's really the way I feel today! <BR> <BR> I felt poopy last night and completely bagged my workout - which I felt sooooo crappy about, but this morning I got up and came back at it with three times as much oomph and feel AWESOME! Of course, I still have a workout to do tonight (if I miss a day like I did yesterday - I double up the next day - that's just how it is, no excuses), but that's shoulders and arms - which I don't find to be nearly as intensive as the larger muscle groups of th... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:20:50 EST A lesson So I was all motivated to work out last night. <BR> <BR> I started working out and.... OW OW OW. Everything felt AWFUL! Why??? <BR> <BR> I still don't know. Not warmed up enough? I was fueled pretty well, so it wasn't that... hydrated... <BR> <BR> Anyway, about a quarter of the way through the workout, I wanted to quit. I kept pushing anyway. I had a tiny Tony Horton on my shoulder telling me that doing something is always - ALWAYS - better than doing nothing. Even if my numbers all... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:25:01 EST Breakup Letter Dear Scale, <BR> <BR> So I've been doing really great. Eating well. Exercising faithfully. Feeling happy and relaxed and cool with everything. <BR> <BR> I came to you this morning expecting you to reaffirm my good, hard work, and what you came back with was NOT what I was expecting. My numbers are UP. <BR> <BR> I am familiar with this demoralizing head-game: even though I am doing everything right, you sit there in all your calculating, mathematical self-righteousness and coldly tell ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:53:08 EST DRAGGING GUUUUUHHH <BR> <BR> O ENERGY WHERE ART THOU??? <BR> <BR> I didn't have time to do my workout last night. At ALL. Traffic screwed me up pretty good, so all I had time to do was run to BFF's house to quick do a freshen-up and makeup touch-up before heading out to my callback. I didn't even get a decent dinner; had to subsist on some roasted almonds (I was tempted to get something awful but settled on the almonds as a healthier choice... so... mini-victory!). <BR> <BR> Didn't get home f... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:20:04 EST Got a callback... ...and I have every possible thing working NOT in my favor to get the part. I'm up against two women for it: one is the president of the organization, and one happens to be buddies with the director. So... yeah, not looking real good for me, is it? <BR> <BR> It's tempting to stew about it... but you know, I'm just going to do my best and forget the rest. If they'll have me - great! If not - more time over the summer to do fun stuff! <BR> <BR> The callback is at 8, and so I'm going to h... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:10:09 EST Glorious FRIDAY! Going to be another beauty of a day today - I wore comfy shoes today with the hopes I'll be able to get outside and hoof around downtown this afternoon during my lunch. There's a salad somewhere on Market Street, and it's callin' my name. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I have some music-making to do, and so my plan is to sit down at the piano and have at it. I have an audition to prepare for! Dance audition is at 9am; sing/read is at 3pm. What am I gonna do with myself for five hours in between? I ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:28:58 EST HAPPY SPRING!!! Blessed Ostara!!! <BR> <BR> Woke up with renewed energy today - and I actually worked out in the morning!! I haven't done that in ages! It was still a bit of a struggle... but I got up and just did it. Bear of a workout, too; I did Plyo, which is killer but so, so good. <BR> <BR> As a result, I feel amazing and ready to take on the world. Something about a morning workout just feels GOOD. I need to remember this feeling when I am still in bed in the mornings, having the mental argument... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:45:17 EST Woo hoo!! I LOVE the food tracker!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:38:17 EST INSPIRATION: Take 2 (new and improved link!) Let's try this again... shall we? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I tested it from my iPad - it seems to work. Sorry about the borked link in my previous one, folks! <BR> <BR> Everything I said in my previous entry still applies. :) Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:16:28 EST INSPIRATION OK - If you are looking for something to inspire you, I humbly present you with this: <BR> <BR> ((((BORKED LINK DELETED)))) <BR> <BR> Yes, it's lengthy. Feel free to skip past the lady in the beginning. <BR> <BR> BUT PLEASE WATCH THE WHOLE THING. I watched it two times yesterday, and I plan to again today... and take notes. <BR> <BR> I promise you, it's worth it, and after you get done with it, your mindset will be entirely different. I find myself today possessed with a new attitude a... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:20:48 EST Lack of sleep I got to bed WAY later than I wanted to last night because I allowed the obnoxiousness of others to get to me. <BR> <BR> I can't let that happen anymore. <BR> <BR> I have for too long allowed outside influences to have too much of an impact on how well I take care of myself. <BR> <BR> It's not selfish or narcissistic to practice healthy self-love. I really need to remember that yes, I love myself first and foremost, and I love myself enough to protect myself from harmful outside influence... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:37:56 EST And commence Week 2 Chest and Back today... and although I absolutely KILLED it with the push-ups, my pull-ups were somewhat lacking. Why is that, I wonder? I did so great with them on Sunday! I'm not going to beat myself up - far from it, because some pull-ups are better than NO pull-ups, right? Still, I wonder why they suffered today. Hmmm. <BR> <BR> So it's snowing outside... again. Not cool. I know I sound like a broken record, but I'm ready for spring, and the animals seem to be, too. There is some... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:51:30 EST Week 1 in the books - bring it, Week 2! Made it through Week 1 of P90X! Yesterday was supposed to be my Kenpo day, and today was to be my rest day - but I was not well yesterday and so I pushed it to today. It was a good decision, because I popped out of bed and did it immediately this morning and it felt GREAT. Tonight, I will do X Stretch (aaaaahhhh!!!!), and tomorrow starts Week 2! <BR> <BR> Love, love, love having a regular workout routine. We are creatures of habit, after all, and even while we seek variety (which is so i... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:29:41 EST Day 3 - stilllll going Did Plyo last night - and I surprised myself with how well I did. I didn't modify any of the exercises, and I felt pretty good afterward. Of course, I fell asleep nearly immediately after I was done, showered, and refueled... but hey, I did it! <BR> <BR> Did Shoulders/Bis/Tris this morning, and I have Yoga on deck for tomorrow, which I am doing with my BFF. He expressed an interest in continuing his yoga practice from when he was in rehab, and I think it's a great idea. I love yoga, and ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:20:01 EST Recommenced P90X... Began yesterday, feeling it today. In a good way. :) <BR> <BR> Tonight is Plyo - which is never easy, but is a darn good workout. <BR> <BR> We're having a taste of spring-like weather, which has everyone around here in a much better mood, myself included... though there's significant snow in the forecast already for next weekend. NOT happy. In an attempt to cheer myself up today, I bought some seeds... and over the weekend, I may head to the garden centers locally and do some shopping f... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:59:34 EST Change in the air... Even though there's snow on the ground and more in the forecast, I feel spring awakening inside me. I can always feel the change, every year... and it's exciting to me. It brings me new energy. I'm going with it. :) <BR> <BR> In that vein, I'm sad to say that I'm going to abandon P90X3 for now. I like it well enough, but I think I'm going to save that for summer - when I'm tighter on time, and when I plan to also add running to my schedule. P90X3 will be good cross-training for me. <BR... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:51:57 EST WORST. TOM. EVER. I'm not going to get graphic about bodily functions or anything here, but I'll tell you what... this has been AWFUL. It's the worst TOM I've had in a very, very long time. If this trend continues, I may have to say something to my doctor - and pray he doesn't tell me to just take a bunch of pills to make it better. That's what he did last time. I wanted to kick him in the face. <BR> <BR> Anyway - it's been a busy week. I picked up my friend, who has finished his stint in rehab, and he i... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:54:50 EST Well, I think I figured out my fatigue... TOM approaches. That explains a lot. <BR> <BR> I have fallen OFF the exercise wagon. Today, I get back ON the exercise wagon. <BR> <BR> I feel badly about missing days, but I was feeling really badly... so, pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:36:10 EST Low on energy..? I don't know why. <BR> <BR> I'm eating enough. I'm drinking lots of water. I'm exercising. I'm getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> What gives?? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:46:44 EST Getting ready for Week 3! Finishing up my 2nd week of P90X3 today - yay! I'm very proud of myself. :) <BR> <BR> I mean, I know I CAN stick with a plan for 90 days, as I've done it before... but it's been so long since I've been mentally in the right place to be able to do it. Internal transformations are being made, which means that external ones are soon to follow. <BR> <BR> Dealing with a fair bit of soreness today... lots of water and lots of stretching on deck today! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:46:23 EST Still going I caught the great Stomach Plague of the Northeast on Monday... so no workout. <BR> <BR> That's okay, though - I'm back on track, having had a workout last night, and I'm just going to keep plowing through my "rest" day until I am once again back on schedule. <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> My BFF is getting out of rehab next week! I'm so happy - and so, so proud of him. He said he's been immersed and saturated in very productive therapy to help him overcome his addictions, and he's feel... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:58:19 EST P90X3 - headlong into Week 2! Agility X on Saturday... and Yoga X last night... and I'm already halfway through Week 2! <BR> <BR> I like the workouts, and they're plenty challenging... but a sliver of me still misses P90X. When I'm done with 3, I'm going to go back to it. Actually, that's food for thought... I wonder what would happen if I just continued alternating them over the course of the year? I'm starting to think long-range because I think that one of the things I messed up in 2012 was not having a plan in pla... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:13:19 EST P90X3 - Week 2! Day 8! <BR> <BR> My plan for today: get work behind me, eat a big, healthy salad for lunch, get home, kick my own arse, and settle in for a nice, relaxing evening. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to have the place to myself tonight - I need a little "alone time" to recharge my batteries! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:52:09 EST P90X3 - Days 6 and 7 So yesterday got away from me, and I missed Warrior... but today is my "rest" day, so I did it this morning. <BR> <BR> Um... when they call it "Warrior," they ain't whistling Dixie. It's TOUGH. I got through it, though (sometimes modifying, which I'm trying to not beat myself up about), and tonight, I plan to spend a good long time stretching and relaxing. <BR> <BR> After dance class. And after choir. <BR> <BR> Oy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow begins Week 2! Hooray! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:37:00 EST P90X3 - Days 5 and 6 Yesterday was Day 5 - CVX - HOLY MOLY. Yeah, that one's a burner. I started out with a 5-lb weight - hahahaaaa, NOPE. I switched to a three-pound weight, and by the end of the workout, it felt like 30 lbs. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 6 - The Warrior. Sounds a liiiiittle scary. :) Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:22:27 EST P90X3 - Days 3 and 4 Again, though I sort of miss the longer workouts of P90X... I really am liking P90X3's variety and pace. My body appears to be liking it, too, as I am down ANOTHER pound. Yeah!! <BR> <BR> One of the things I'm liking about 3 is the novelty of the movements themselves. The body's being challenged constantly in new and different ways - much of them "real world" type situations that could cause injury in a weak or compromised area of the body if done suddenly or by surprise. (I'm thinking h... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:22:37 EST OH HEY It's my Sparkaversary! Three years and still kickin' ass! :) Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:56:29 EST Day 2 in the books - Day 3 today! Had Agility X yesterday, and BOY did I feel awkward... moving in new ways, and I can tell because I'm sore in new places. :) Feeling good about things, though, and looking forward to today's yoga. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:45:40 EST Busy day today Good thing I have a three-day weekend... SO much running around to do... <BR> <BR> Took my Omar's urine sample to the vet today - he may be diabetic. :( I know it's not the end of the world, but poor Omar. I hope we can get his stuff straightened out once and for all. <BR> <BR> *~*~*~* <BR> <BR> Workout this afternoon! Yeah!!! Looking forward to see what Day 2 brings. :) Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:16:16 EST P90X3 - Day 1 In the books! Total Synergistics. Yeah, it's hard. Don't get me started on the pull-ups... <BR> <BR> Pros: It's only a half hour! <BR> <BR> Cons: It's only a half hour. :( <BR> <BR> Call me a weirdo, but I think I miss the longer workouts of P90X. I'm kind of an endurance junkie, I think. <BR> <BR> Oh well - still going to finish P90X3 and let it condition me for another round of P90X after that! :) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:31:41 EST A good day!!!! Please allow me to enumerate the reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) Omar feels much better! <BR> <BR> 2) *I* feel much better! <BR> <BR> 3) P90X3 arrived yesterday and I start tonight! <BR> <BR> 4) It's Friday! <BR> <BR> 5) AND it's a 3-day weekend! <BR> <BR> 6) I'VE LOST FIVE POUNDS! My goal was 148 by the end of this week, and I made it!! <BR> <BR> 7) Exclamation points!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:45:25 EST A bit blerghy... Not feeling quite "right" - not real sure what's going on with that. I may give dance a miss tonight. <BR> <BR> Speaking of being under-the-weather, I had to take my Omar-kitty to the vet this morning; he apparently is predisposed to getting crystals in his bladder/urine, and so he was having a heck of a time and was in some serious pain. Poor fella! So... a few hours and $300 later, I have special food for him, an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory, something else (I forget what - a painki... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:43:18 EST Middle of the week, and still doing great! Stress is high and temptation to binge is, also, but I'm doing just fine and I'm sticking with my plan like a boss. :) <BR> <BR> According to the FedEx tracking notification, I could have P90X3 as soon as today!! Doesn't say it's out for delivery, but it's arrived in my town of residence... and it's kind of confusing. As far as I can tell, FedEx Smartpost is this weird hybrid between FedEx and the US Mail, so getting a bead on exactly where it is has been a challenge. Anyway - I'm pretty... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:14:18 EST Scale shock! Got on the scale this morning - and it said I'd lost two pounds? Whaaaa?? <BR> <BR> A two-pound loss was my goal for this Friday - not my goal overnight! <BR> <BR> I'm sure it had to be a one-off, flukey-type thing. <BR> <BR> Though I'll admit, it WAS nice to see. :) <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> According to the tracking information, my package containing P90X3 is slated to arrive on Thursday - which means that Friday's going to be Day 1! I'm beyond excited about starting something... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:12:47 EST New week! Happy Monday, y'all! <BR> <BR> Had a pretty good weekend, in spite of being laid up yesterday with the worst cramps I've ever had in my life. This is not an exaggeration. I think it might be my stupid fibroid(s?) acting up; I am due for my annual in March. I guess I'll bring it up with my gyn then, but it's frustrating because all he ever tells me to do is take more painkillers. I just don't think that's the answer; I'm not going to kill pain in my uterus (a non-essential organ) at the e... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:36:13 EST Okay!!!! So in an effort to get to the bottom of why I am so reticent to work out, I've decided to try P90X3! It's apparently a great plan, but doesn't require me to carve so much time out of my day (half-hour workouts as opposed to an hour). <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I still want to get to the point where I can do P90X again, but with P90X3, I'm hopeful that I'll build a really strong base and then be able to really intensify P90X! (The "3" in P90X is a little misleading - you don't need to ha... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:49:12 EST WOO HOO I officially only have fifteen pounds to lose now. Hooray! <BR> <BR> Getting to exercise has been a real challenge, though, and I don't know what my mental block is. I need to figure that out. <BR> <BR> Rumba class went well last night... and I got to see some old friends whom I've not seen in a while. Dance social tomorrow night! I'm looking forward to applying the stuff I'm learning in my classes... and I always learn stuff just by dancing with some of the more experienced students, t... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:56:36 EST Not as bad as I thought So I stepped on the scale for the first time since the Great Christmas Debacle of 2013, fully expecting to see that I'd gained ten pounds. <BR> <BR> As it turns out... I didn't gain at all! This makes me really super happy, and the whole thing is just further proof of my brain's remarkable ability to sabotage me. I'd been dreading starting P90X because I feel like I've gained too much/gone too soft that I'd really suck at it... but as it turns out, that's not really the case. Stop being a... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:40:30 EST Tainted Nuts I just wanted to say it. <BR> <BR> LOL. <BR> <BR> No, really, in all seriousness, I found chestnuts that I'd bought around mid-December and I tried them this morning to see if they were still good. I prepared six; I was only able to eat two of them. The others had molded and gone all kinds of fuzzy gray-green inside. Eeeew. <BR> <BR> I did great with eating all the way until dinner, whereupon I promptly overate and gorged myself... and this seems to be a pattern every time I have a danc... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:40:35 EST LIKE WHOA Well, my holidays were interesting... culminated in an impromptu plane ride to San Diego to put my best friend in a rehab facility out there after he had a withdrawal-induced seizure on his plane going out there to spend the holidays with his family. <BR> <BR> Holy cow, you guys. I knew he had a problem; I certainly didn't know it was THAT bad. <BR> <BR> Flew out there on December 28, got him out of the hospital, and worked with him and his family out there to get him into a rehab facili... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:07:18 EST I have to admit, it's getting better... Love that song! <BR> <BR> And I am really, really grateful that things in my life seem to be evening out now. <BR> <BR> 2013 was pure chaos, in so many ways. <BR> <BR> 2014 is going to be so much better. :) <BR> <BR> Just grateful today. Attitude of gratitude. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:22:42 EST A meditation <img src=""> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:15:45 EST Chasing some blues away today Well... Andrew's grandmother died last night. <BR> <BR> It wasn't unexpected by a long shot - the woman was 89, and her health had been failing ever since I met her four years ago. I honestly didn't think she'd make it this far, but Andrew's grandfather, who is probably one of the nicest, sweetest, kindest people I know, took such good care of her all these years that I'm sure it prolonged her. I can only hope for Andrew to be even half as good to me if my health takes a turn. (Heaven f... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:08:47 EST Completely stumped!! I have NO IDEA what to get my husband for Giftmas this year...!!! <BR> <BR> He's got an Amazon wishlist, but I don't want to get him anything on that. <BR> <BR> Guuuuuuhhhhh! <BR> <BR> I actually wish we could just take a vacation somewhere warm. That's all I really want, to be honest... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:43:45 EST Burny eyes. :( I desperately hope I'm not coming down with something. My eyes are burny and red, and I just feel all-over yucky. <BR> <BR> NO. NO NO NO NO NO. <BR> <BR> And I do NOT want to miss another dance class tonight. So I am WILLING myself well. <BR> <BR> I admit that I sometimes get a little bored in class because a lot of the guys really have ZERO clue as to what's going on, and I have some experience... we're a little mismatched, ability-wise. I hope Andy, Randy and or Scott are there tonig... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:24:45 EST