SHAKINGTHETREE's SparkPeople Blog SHAKINGTHETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fastnacht Day!! Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone!! <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, I do participate in Lent. To participate in such a uniquely Christian thing may seem weird on the outside (I am a Jew who is a practicing pagan/Wiccan), but I do think that discipline and self-control are important things to practice. If you train yourself to abstain from (or participate in) certain things under a controlled circumstance - like Lent, where a lot of other people are doing it with you and so the energy around you is... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:40:12 EST GLITTER So I don't know if I mentioned that I'm playing a stripper in "Gypsy," but I am. It's fun... and I am still picking glitter out of my teeth. :) <BR> <BR> It's also potentially a very vulnerable experience because I've got a lot of exposed skin. <BR> <BR> One of the great things about burlesque, however, is that it's actually very empowering - it's women embracing their power through sensuality/sexuality. I did burlesque a few years back, and one of the most important lessons I took away ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:24:42 EST Enough is enough OK, so a while back, I got an alarm clock that simulates a sunrise/sunset. I bought it in a moment of desperation, and I'm happy to report that it has completely revolutionized the way I wake up and the way I fall asleep. Wake-ups are gentle on the nerves and placid as the light starts at barely nothing and blooms over the course of 30 minutes until finally culminating in the audible alarm that fades in (my current sound is birdsong and it is heavenly - no harsh beeps or buzzes!). Falling ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:12:54 EST TECH WEEK Well... the show opens this week... <BR> <BR> It's a complicated, expensive show ("Gypsy" - in case you're curious), and there's a lot that still needs to be done. I have done my part (even made my own costume) - and so now, I'm going to see if there's anything else I can help with. <BR> <BR> I must say, I'm pleased with how well my costume turned out. :) It's skimpy, and I'd like to look a little better in it... but I am pleasantly surprised by it. Hopefully it will produce the desire... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:40:27 EST Busy-ness The combination of being busy and being tired is leaving my defenses down. I didn't have a real great day eating-wise yesterday. I didn't eat anything garbage-y, which is good - and I didn't go completely off the rails - but I did go outside my calories yesterday. It's a rare slip-up, and I'm just going to acknowledge what it is, and move on. It's not going to kill me as long as I don't make a habit of it! <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> So I had the day off yesterday to attend to medical... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:29:37 EST Sleepless in Delaware Bolted awake at 3am and have been awake since. <BR> <BR> I'm just grateful that I have a rehearsal tonight which finishes early-ish - around 8:30, which gets me home by 9. My plan is to get the workday done (all my meals are planned out - yay!), go to rehearsal, get home and work out, shower and then hopefully drift off to sleep. Usually working out calms my nerves and gets all the feely-good hormones going, and the shower will be the icing on the cake... so, hopefully, a restful night. I... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:19:52 EST Seriously, winter, GO AWAY Every time we let the dog out to do her business, it's a big dramafest because she doesn't know where to pee or poop. (She's a Great Dane. That gives you an idea of the amount of snow we're dealing with.) <BR> <BR> I nearly fell on my caboose leaving my house this morning - despite having salted the walkway. <BR> <BR> The massive piles of snow combined with rush hour traffic made getting into the city today a lengthy, tiresome, irksome experience. <BR> <BR> It's cold and my skin is itchy... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:50:35 EST Keep on truckin' I'm kind of amazed that I actually worked out this morning. Between yesterday's shoveling extravaganza and these dumb pills making my entire body ache, I really wasn't sure how I'd do... but I did it anyway. So - go, me! <BR> <BR> *~*~*~* <BR> <BR> I have been on Sparkpeople for FIVE YEARS. Five years! Last week was my "Sparkaversary." <BR> <BR> I've come an awful long way in five years... A lot of life has happened, and I've had a lot of personal ups and downs, but I've been pretty... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:28:18 EST Lemons into lemonade! A snow angel came with a snowblower this morning and unearthed my car! I had no choice but to pay it forward. Spent 2 hours digging my neighbors out, and we turned it into a party... because why not, right? We all pitched in and dug each other out... it was really remarkable. Since I live in an end unit, I told everyone to pile their snow in my side yard. I brought beer out for everyone, and after we were done - SHOTS! Bonus: cardio and back/arms/legs/parts-I-didn't-know-I-had got a REA... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:36:52 EST Well... at least my pants fit better Two doses into my antiviral medication and it's already kicking my @ss. <BR> <BR> I am lethargic, my body aches, my head feels swishy, and all I want to do is sleep... <BR> <BR> ...but it appears to maybe be working. The redness around the blisters is almost entirely gone. <BR> <BR> And honestly, I'd rather suffer with this stupid medication for a week than suffer the pain and potential long-term repercussions of shingles. Shingles is nothing to play around with. <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:32:32 EST Mystery Blistery Woke up this morning to weird blisters on my leg. Bizarre, right? Watery blisters, not very big, a little red. <BR> <BR> In an abundance of caution, I went to the urgent care center. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> LOL. "Urgent." <BR> <BR> Sooo I went to the MedExpress up the road. I waited FOR.EV.ER... only to be told by the doctor that he didn't know what it was. They're treating it like shingles... w... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:43:11 EST Doing it for the cookies? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, first thing upon waking up this morning, I logged into Sparkpeople and checked in. <BR> <BR> I came upon someone's blog entry that has left me scratching my head all morning. <BR> <BR> She posited the question: "What makes YOU read a blog?" And then she went on to say how she was frustrated that she only got seven or eight likes/comments on her blogs. She couldn't understand why h... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:04:45 EST Bagging it - for now So... I've decided that I do not like running in the dark. It's not even the cold that bothers me; once I get moving, I barely feel it. It's the running in the dark that I don't like... and I think that running in the dark in the warmer weather is vastly different than running in the winter. In the summer, there are people around... sounds... activity. In the winter, it is a silent, isolating, experience. <BR> <BR> We're also expecting a rather sizable snowstorm this weekend. I know tha... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:28:36 EST YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS. One of the things that makes the internet both ridiculous and amazing is the insane amount of information and resources out there for those of us who are really trying to make positive changes in our lives. <BR> <BR> It's a lot to sift through. And there's a lot of crap out there. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER - some of it is PURE. FRIGGIN. GOLD. <BR> <BR> Shaun T's podcasts are precious, brilliant bits of wisdom. <BR> <BR> This was how I started my morning today, and I want to share it with you. <B... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:00:22 EST Hey, look at this! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You're welcome. <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> My foot was a little twingey last night, so I did not run but instead stayed in, did some cleaning, and watched the State of the Union Address. (I refuse to get political here, but I will say that the President's address made me feel so proud to be an American last night.) It was time well-spent; for me, keeping my environs comfortable and uncluttered is important. With the depression I... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:07:36 EST Fool in the Rain Couldn't help but think of that song as I did my run yesterday. <BR> <BR> It started out nicely enough - in the low 60s, which I am one hundred percent okay with in January - but about seven minutes into my run, the sky darkened, a cool wind picked up, and dark clouds quickly rolled in and opened up into a downpour! <BR> <BR> I wasn't far from my house, so I did an about-face and started trotting home... but by the time I was within about seventy-five yards of my house, it stopped. I was... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:39:40 EST I RAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GUYS OMG <BR> <BR> I ran!!!! <BR> <BR> It wasn't much, but I did it!!! <BR> <BR> And I have only a little residual discomfort in my foot. I wouldn't exactly call it pain. It's more like a stiffness. It's hard to explain. <BR> <BR> Moreover, I left the session feeling like I could do more. I resisted - because too much too fast is the tried-and-true recipe for injury. But I felt GOOD. <BR> <BR> You want to know how I know running makes me happy? I busted out into dance breaks ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:50:24 EST Feeling crazy Warning: Post with "girl stuff" ahead. (Guys: if you're squicked out by that, you may want to keep scrolling. However, if you are interested in gaining knowledge about how women tick, it may behoove you to read.) <BR> <BR> Generally speaking, women typically can tell when they're going to get their periods by observing a telltale list of symptoms in the week or so prior to Aunt Flo's visitation. Headaches, sore breasts, cramping, bloating... and we're all unique in this regard in that we a... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:10:22 EST Birds of a feather So, there was a really great blog in today's Spark features. Here it is, in case you missed it: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=10_motivational_twitter_feeds_to_fo<BR>llow_today </link> <BR> <BR> I don't consume as much social media as I used to. I used to be a chronic, habitual Facebook user, but between people (especially friends) trying to sell me things from their home businesses, inflammatory/political opinions, and just a general feeling that Facebook ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:34:30 EST COLD After a record-warmth December (which I totally did NOT mind), we now have seasonally-appropriate temperatures here in the northeast. <BR> <BR> When I woke up to run this morning, it was 15 degrees outside... 9 with the wind chill factor. <BR> <BR> Yeah. Bad enough that it was under 20; with that crazy wind, a run was NOT gonna happen. <BR> <BR> It's going to be in the mid-20s tonight and the wind's supposed to calm down - so, provided my foot feels okay (it does at the moment), I'm goi... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:04:00 EST Success? I say "success" with a question mark because I'm not really all that sure that what I did was a success or not. <BR> <BR> I mentioned last week when I went to the podiatrist that I was given a recovery plan. On Saturday, I went out for my first run since the beginning of November. To say it was rough is an understatement. <BR> <BR> My prescribed run was walk 10 minutes, run 5, walk 10, run 5. Walk portions were fine, of course - my first five-minute run felt glorious, but in my enthusi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:17:32 EST Ring out the old, ring in the new I'm feeling a little melancholy today... always do on New Year's Eve. It's been a rough year - but I think I've taken away some good lessons (some of which I'm still working on). <BR> <BR> Before I get too broody, though, I remind myself that the new year is approaching... a new chance to set goals, a new opportunity to pursue new interests (or perhaps re-engage with old ones), and another year to accumulate wisdom. <BR> <BR> Honestly, though - isn't EVERY DAY a chance to do that? Could... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:18:43 EST Plan of attack! I mentioned yesterday that the podiatrist gave me a plan to get back out running again. Using that plan, I've put together a 14-week workout plan of running and crosstraining that will get me to the first week of April and, hopefully, back up to my previous mileage of 10-15 miles a week... so I can start training for a half marathon soon thereafter. My plan is actually just a little more conservative than the plan the podiatrist gave me... I'd rather take a conservative approach and stay he... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:47:19 EST YOUGUYSYOUGUYSYOUGUYS So, I just got back from the podiatrist's... they had a cancellation and offered me an appointment at the last minute! <BR> <BR> First and foremost - he gave me the all-clear to SLOWLY get back to running! He gave me a program designed to get me back out there and back at my old mileage, with a follow-up scheduled in four weeks. <BR> <BR> He worked fast, but very thoroughly. I learned some things about myself... most importantly that I have high-ish arches, and he gave me inserts for my r... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:06:55 EST Dear Santa: Heyyyyy Santa... been a while since I've written to you. You take letters from 40-year-old Wiccan Jewish kids, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope you and the Mrs. are well. Global warming is probably robbing you of some of your real estate at the North Pole... but trust me, there are very smart, concerned people who are working on hopefully slowing that down. Maybe you want to slip those folks a little something extra in their stockings..? <BR> <BR> So I'll get to the reasons why I'm writin... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 11:05:54 EST Maybe a good sign? During rehearsal last night, I left the building to go out to my car to get something. When I came back - I discovered I'd been locked out of the building! Thankfully, the rain had stopped and it's been warm here, so I wasn't freezing or anything, but I didn't have my cell on me and so I was really and truly stuck. Nothing to do but laugh at that point! Everyone was on the stage and nobody - including the security guard on duty (who already doesn't like us, for some reason) - could hear m... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:04:23 EST It's the most wonderful time of the year... ...except when it's not. <BR> <BR> Between feeling down-in-the-dumps because of the holidays (happens every year... the hole in my heart is a little bigger this year), feeling run-down because I'm doing too much, feeling crappy because my foot keeps getting re-aggravated and it's making exercise a challenge... I'm just not in a great place mentally at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying this because I feel like complaining. (Well, maybe I do a LITTLE bit.) I'm saying it because I feel li... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:10:26 EST Don't be delicate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know who to attribute the quote to, but it sprang to mind yesterday. <BR> <BR> I'm on an online forum dedicated to a specific hobby (I won't say which, sorry). One of the members of the forum was on a rip a few days ago about how she found a particular religious sign at a tea shop she likes to be offensive, so she's not going to give them her business anymore. <BR> <BR> Let me pre... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:03:54 EST Let the craziness ensue I'm now officially overlapped with rehearsal schedules. Why did I agree to do this?? <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's kind of good that I'm so busy. It's going to force me to stick to my plans as far as morning exercise. Something I've learned about myself is that if I have any wiggle room at all, I'll take it. Evening rehearsals essentially eliminate that wiggle room <BR> <BR> I don't know about you guys, but I keep seeing banner ads on the sides of the Sparkpeople pages for Hood Cottage Cheese... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:02:01 EST A saboteur!! I have a traitor in my midst. <BR> <BR> I'm not naming names. <BR> <BR> But it's someone I see every day. And it isn't my husband. <BR> <BR> This person seems to constantly be critical of my efforts to try to remain slim... which is ironic, because he's also trying to slim down. (And he has the means for many more options than I do.) <BR> <BR> He got downright angry at me yesterday when he tried to pawn his Godiva chocolate truffles off onto me. When I politely refused them, he said, "... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:01:12 EST A snafu, and a glimmer of hope Well, the podiatrist office called me yesterday. OOPS, they messed up!! The appointment time they gave me for next week was for one of their offices all the way downstate, so now my appointment is pushed out... to JANUARY 7. That's a whole month from now! I was so upset yesterday that I actually broke down and cried. (PMS probably has a lot to do with that, but still.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm now aggressively self-treating. I'm taking anti-inflammatories (both natural and ibuprofen), and... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:39:37 EST SIDELINED So yesterday I had a choreography rehearsal... nothing really grand, as the show isn't really a big dance show, but I still had to teach some movement. I figured I'd be okay. My foot had been feeling pretty good the past week or so, and so I didn't think it'd be a big deal. <BR> <BR> Holy crap, you guys. I reaggravated my foot so badly that the pain actually woke me up out of a sound sleep last night. <BR> <BR> Right. Enough of this. I've made an appointment with the podiatrist that my... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 15:11:18 EST The Two Wolves Today, as I lay in bed, completely awake but way too warm and comfortable, my mind turned to the Cherokee story of the two wolves that live in each of us. Do you know this story? The gist is that we each have two sides, or two "wolves" - the good wolf and the bad wolf. They are constantly at war with each other inside us, causing us to struggle. Which wolf will win? We'd like to root for the good wolf, but the bad wolf is strong, too. <BR> <BR> Ultimately, the wolf that will win is the ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 14:11:21 EST Little Candles I woke up this morning and felt TERRIBLE - grouchy, headache, and my foot pain was off the charts. I went back to bed. I don't feel badly about it, either. <BR> <BR> I will need to work out tonight after rehearsal, so what I'm going to do is switch my days and do shoulders/arms tonight and do plyo tomorrow. If I'd attempted plyo this morning, I would have surely hurt myself. <BR> <BR> My foot is becoming an enduring source of frustration for me, and I'm going to make an appointment wit... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:30:50 EST Whew! I came so close to punking out on my workout this morning... I'm so glad I didn't. Yay! <BR> <BR> This means that when I come home from choir tonight, I can hop right into my PJs and spend some time relaxing and reading before bed... always a good thing. <BR> <BR> My foot was giving me fits again this morning, and I think it may have to do with my shoe choice yesterday. I was wearing Dansko clogs, which are super-comfortable shoes and are normally really great on my feet - but I just don'... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 07:15:59 EST December Goal: Day 1 So I'm going to go ahead and set a goal of exercising every day in December. Of course, I have my prescribed six days a week of P90X, but there's nothing to prevent me from exercising on that seventh day - even if it's something a little less intense. It's only another four days of exercise, which is totally do-able! <BR> <BR> So this morning I got up and did Kenpo X - always a great, whole-body workout. Hard to believe I'll be in week 3 of P90X already! I'm desperate to get back out run... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 10:36:41 EST Eating clean, training mean That's my mantra for the week! The goal is to have six good days of eating whole/minimally-processed foods and to exercise at least six out of those seven days. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to talk myself out of working out this morning, but I managed to talk myself down and did it anyway, rationale being that I have rehearsal tonight and am NOT going to feel like working out afterwards. As it turns out... I don't have rehearsal tonight, after all! So I tricked myself into having a night off... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:42:01 EST Ego boost So as I've alluded to before in my blogs, I have been feeling kind of poopy lately... just feeling ick and blah and gross. Mild depression? Maybe. <BR> <BR> This morning, however, I was called "adorable" by a complete stranger... a really, *really* good-looking complete stranger. <BR> <BR> Of course I did not act on it... but man, did that feel good. I was on a little cloud for the rest of the morning. <BR> <BR> I don't place much stock in others' opinions of me; I have more or less lea... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:54:03 EST Exercise fixes so much... No matter how much I may try to talk myself out of it, I always end up feeling better afterward: more centered, calmer, balanced. <BR> <BR> I have to wonder if one of the contributing factors to so many people suffering from anxiety disorders is because we as a society just aren't active enough. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, my workout is done and I feel all warm and fuzzy now. Time to start the holiday weekend! Tomorrow, the plan is to get up very early, do Plyo, and head down to Middletown to volu... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:22:44 EST Ups and downs are natural I'm feeling crappy and less-than-motivated lately. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of people - myself included - get wrapped up in feeling sorry for ourselves. We feel a bit like victims... like life is happening *to* us. Where that is true to an extent - of course, there are things that are completely out of our control - we ultimately have control in the end because we can always control how we REACT to what's going on at any given time. <BR> <BR> It's like I told my best friend once when we ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:20:51 EST Things are looking up My foot is definitely getting better. I still have moments where it's giving me fits, but those are much fewer and far-between. I'm going to give myself another week of crosstraining with no running, and then I'm going to try to get back to it for just a little bit at a time. I read an article today on how to start running again after an injury, and it recommended to start by running for just ten minutes and see if pain returns. If it doesn't, add two more minutes to the next run and each... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:30:38 EST I MISS RUNNING I have good days and bad days with my foot... which is an improvement because at least there are good days now. COME ON, FOOT. YOU GOTTA HEAL SO I CAN GET BACK OUT THERE. <BR> <BR> So, I'm doing P90X again until I can get my foot back. I had to modify today's plyo workout just a little bit (anything that jumps/springs off the feet is hard on the PF), but I did okay. <BR> <BR> I'm having the weirdest food cravings. It's driving me crazy, but I'm thinking it's probably tied to the switch-... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:47:54 EST AHA!! A GOAL!!! And boom, just like that, a goalpoast manifests itself in my life!! :) <BR> <BR> I got tapped to go to callback auditions for "Gypsy" because the director didn't get a very wide pool of people for it. I'm pleased because after the last audition I had (nightmare), I gave probably one of my finest auditions ever. Everything just kind of fell into place and felt right, and I nailed the cold singing/cold reads. <BR> <BR> I'm too old for Louise and I'm too young for Mama Rose, but I got cast ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:59:12 EST Doing what I can with what I've got This morning, I got up and did a barre workout. <BR> <BR> As I worked out, I found myself staring longingly outside at the beautiful sunrise... <BR> <BR> MAN I MISS RUNNING. <BR> <BR> STUPID FOOT! <BR> <BR> All the same, I feel good that I worked out. Something is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Come on, foot. Heal fast so I can get back out there! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:39:32 EST Ugh, bummer. So I've made the decision that the plantar fasciitis is just not healing, and that's because I keep reaggravating it by running on it. <BR> <BR> Here's the thing: I don't think the running *caused* it. I began to first feel the first little bits of pain during my ballet class over the summer, and I'm wondering now if the ballet was what caused the pain. LOTS of plantarflexion in ballet... like, plantarflexion in the extreme. In fact, there is literally NOTHING natural to normal body move... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:44:03 EST Doing something different this Txgiving So I recently started singing in a church choir. <BR> <BR> This is a little weird because I'm not even a Christian, but I'm the type of person who is not religious at all but can find spiritual education and enrichment just about anywhere I go. My old friend from college is a church music director and he was reeeeally hurting for singers in his choir, so I started singing with them a few weeks ago. It's turning out to be one of my better decisions. <BR> <BR> This isn't the first time I've... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:04:20 EST Good ol' P90X You really can't beat it for results. It really is all it is cracked up to be. I have some of the iterations that came afterward, but truly - nothing works as fast and as well as the original. <BR> <BR> So I mentioned that I've been having some pesky plantar fasciitis issues. In addition to icing, taping before running, etc., I've also decided to incorporate P90X back into my routine. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Well, there are two whole days dedicated to stretching and flexibility: Yoga ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:28:48 EST I am a stubborn bull. I am very much a Taurus. <BR> <BR> Whether or not you believe in such things (I happen to), if you look at what the description of a Taurus is... that's basically me. Add a dash of Aries because I'm technically on the cusp (April 23), but all the traits of the Taurus - good, bad, or otherwise - are very much ME. <BR> <BR> This has its upshots. A Taurus is persistent, especially when the motivation is right. When there is something that needs to get done, picking a Taurus to do it will ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:52:07 EST Happy Wake-Up! I don't think I've ever raved about waking up in the morning. Let's face it, nobody really likes getting jolted up out of bed, especially when it's cold and dark. <BR> <BR> You guys. I have arrived at the best-kept secret in waking-up technology. <BR> <BR> I bought a sunrise-simulating alarm clock. <BR> <BR> Yes - it was pricey. BUT YOU GUYS. I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I got up out of bed *just before* 5:30 this morning and didn't want to murder everything. The gradual growing of li... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:44:49 EST Naming it and claiming it I weighed in at 150 this morning - 15 lbs away from my long-term goal! WOO HOO!! <BR> <BR> Interestingly, because I am 5'3", my BMI is still "unhealthy" at 26.6. That's... kind of crazy. I feel fantastic, and my bloodwork numbers are all letter-perfect. My resting heart rate is about 55 bpm, and my blood pressure is consistently 120s/70s. I also don't *look* terribly pudgy... I mean, yes, I obviously want to lose a little more weight because I just feel uncomfortable when I'm carrying e... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:53:15 EST