SHAKINGTHETREE's SparkPeople Blog SHAKINGTHETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dear Scale: I think you and I need a break from each other. We have this toxic relationship where I'm always trying to get validation from you - and you're just being honest, I get it, so it's not your fault. It's not you - it's me. I need to work on not relying on you to help me feel like a successful, healthy person. <BR> <BR> So, Scale, I propose that we take a break til January 1. In the meantime, I'm going to work on myself, stick to my healthy habits, continue to work out, and not let the sun ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:50:30 EST A great week, a great weekend... And it's shaping up to be another great week. I'm feeling strong and motivated! <BR> <BR> I didn't want to get up and do Insanity this morning - it's a cool, grey, rainy morning here, which is never conducive to getting out of bed, much less so for pushing yourself past your limits. But - I did it, and apart from nearly throwing up (it's called Insanity for a reason, folks), I felt really good! I can see myself improving in little ways - a little more "pop" here, an extra rep there. I'm ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:20:05 EST Book recommendation! If you are looking for a handy, at-a-glance, easy-to-remember reference that'll help you make better eating choices, I highly recommend "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan. (I actually recommend ANY book by Mr. Pollan - that dude is revolutionizing the way we should be thinking about food, and I want to shake his hand one day.) <BR> <BR> What I like about Food Rules is that it is just exactly what it says it is: a book of simple rules with short explanations for each. It's not a novel or a nar... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:41:41 EST Cardio recovery day... I do love this workout... <BR> <BR> Some really good stretching going on here, but there are also some fantastic strength exercises. Love it! <BR> <BR> Although I love it, it's not really too much of a calorie burner - so I may grab an "extra" tonight. I do love the Kenpo workout from P90X - I think I may do that one! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:47:07 EST Getting older is not for wimps It is vitally important to develop healthy habits while you're young. <BR> <BR> I started being earnestly serious about my health in my early to mid-thirties, which isn't such a late start, I guess - but in hindsight, I wish I'd been better about it in my 20s. I was fortunate in that I have mostly always been a really healthy eater (save for that year between 2005-2006, when I got waaaaay out of control), but I truly wish I'd have been better about exercising in my 20s. <BR> <BR> Fortun... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:21:00 EST Still truckin' Upper respiratory crud has finally left me, "lady problems" now no longer pestering me - and I'm back on the wagon! :) <BR> <BR> Had no trouble popping out of bed this morning to get my workout done and over with. Boy did that feel good. Of course, during the workout, I was cussing out Shaun pretty mercilessly, but by the time I was finished, I was glad I got it done and out of the way. I think I actually may have improved a little bit, too, which is a nice realization to make! <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:53:56 EST Rewarding oneself So, as I am now headlong into my second week of Insanity, I realized yesterday that I need a better sports bra. My old one was okay for what I needed it to do before... but for Plyo, there really isn't a whole heck of a lot of jumping around in P90X, and even running wasn't a problem in this particular undergarment. <BR> <BR> In Insanity, ALL YOU DO IS JUMP AROUND LIKE A FLEA ON A HOT BRICK. Add to the mix that I'm having my usual fun PMS symptoms, and voila! Perfect storm for hurty boobi... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:00:14 EST VOTE. I ended up going home last night and crashing... HARD. Not surprising, given that I had about 3.5 hours of sleep on Sunday night. <BR> <BR> Honestly, though, I think it was for the best, because I came back this morning STRONG. Popped out of bed, took my cold meds, and went right into my workout. This means I'm a day behind my Insanity workouts yet again - but for some reason, in looking at my Team Beachbody SuperGym calendar, I have two scheduled rest days (this Sunday and Monday?), so I... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:57:17 EST Weekend Recap This weekend was a total crapfest!! <BR> <BR> Got home early on Friday - which was kind of nice, because it allowed me to catch up on some stuff while waiting for the furnace guy showed up. He was SUPER nice, very thorough, very smart, and didn't treat me like an idiot, which I always appreciate. (Sometimes, I feel like male technicians "mansplain" things to women, which I hate.) He asked me what I thought the problem was, and I ran down the steps I tried on my own and told him I thought ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:08:02 EST Triumphs and trials Fixing the furnace was a bust. The igniter is not the problem - replaced it myself, even though the old one didn't look bad, and still no ignition... not so much as a click, just a hum. I suspect a faulty control board or inducer motor. Time to call a pro, because my electrical expertise is limited to installing overhead lights and replacing outlets! A tech is coming out this afternoon, which means I get to get out of work early. So... a bit of a trial here, but nothing I can't handle. ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:27:56 EST Insanity Day 2 - FINISHED IT Major patting myself on the back today - I finished the ENTIRE workout. Took Greg's advice to just stop and regroup and get back into it, and that really helped! Thanks, Greg!! <BR> <BR> So to catch up since I am a day behind, I'm going to do Cardio Recovery this evening... which could be a great or a horrible idea, I don't know. But then I'm back on track to be on Day 4 tomorrow, which is where I should be. <BR> <BR> I did great with eating yesterday... kind of surprised myself! I al... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:48:57 EST First Impression of Day 1 of INSANITY It has earned its title, and no joke. <BR> <BR> Day 1 is Plyometric Circuit.. and I didn't even get through the whole thing. It's 47 minutes long; I was able to do 41. I guess that's not too shabby, all things considered. ~460 calories burned - about 11.2 calories a minute. I'd have easily burned at least 550 had I stuck with the whole thing! <BR> <BR> During the intervals, my heart rate was routinely in the 170s, sometimes spiking into the 180s. That's pretty high, and I'm not sure ho... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:51:12 EST Ready to kick my own keester! INSANITY BEGINS TONIGHT. <BR> <BR> And I need to quit laying in bed in the mornings... I miss my morning workout routines. But the mornings are so daaaaaark now. And the puppydog is so waaarrmm. <BR> <BR> I may resort to putting my alarm all the way on the other side of the bedroom, because seriously, this is getting ridiculous. <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> Today may be the last of Indian summer... after my workout, I may just go outside and enjoy a fire on the deck. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:46:01 EST Lovely weekend... But oh boy did I overindulge. Back on track for me today, because let me tell you, my body is definitely letting me know it. It's not even like anything I had was especially unhealthy, but I think that the drinking probably did me in. So many good cocktails... so little time... <BR> <BR> My INSANITY package should be downstairs in the firm's mailbox even as I type this, so I will be starting that this evening... and I need to devise a plan for how I'm going to work strength training into ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:31:49 EST The DietBet has begun! I just put my money where my mouth is. :) <BR> <BR> Thirty bucks says I can lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. I've just made that bet along with almost 3500 other people... and those of us who make goal get to split the pot. The pot is close to $100,000. <BR> <BR> I figure this was a good thing for me to get involved in, for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) It's a nice little "extra" motivation and another group I can find support in (the more, the better, right?), and; <BR> <BR> 2) I s... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:04:29 EST I pledge I pledge: <BR> to push hard to get better and smarter, <BR> grow my devotion to the truth, <BR> fuel my commitment to beauty, <BR> refine my emotions, <BR> hone my dreams, <BR> wrestle with my shadow, <BR> purge my ignorance, <BR> and soften my heart— <BR> even as I always accept myself <BR> for exactly who I am, <BR> with all of my so-called foibles and wobbles. <BR> <BR> I pledge: <BR> to wake myself up, <BR> never hold back, <BR> have nothing to lose, <BR> go all the way, ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:01:52 EST Just bit the bullet! I totally just ordered Insanity. <BR> <BR> One of the points that Tony Horton makes in his book is that variety is the spice of life... and I think that I keep losing my mojo every time I re-start P90X because I've done it so much that I've become tired of it. (Sorry, Tony, you know I love you...) When I got done with the "Sanity Check" on Saturday, I felt great! Alive! Refreshed! Motivated! And hungry for more! Shaun's style is a lot different than Tony's, and I think it's good to mi... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:58:13 EST Somethin' is better than nothin' Ran a liiiittle short on time today, so I did the half-hour "Sanity Check" dvd by Shaun T. Nice little workout! Got the heart rate up, challenged me in some new ways... I like it. I may start Insanity sooner than I originally planned. :) <BR> <BR> I'm not too worried about only getting a half hour in today. First, I'm going to the Alpaca Festival in Cecil County to meet the alpacas and hopefully buy some wonderfully soft alpaca roving for spinning into yarn (tis the season for wool, spi... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:16:15 EST Fighting a wicked headache... ...I think it's stress-related. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, it isn't job stress. I seriously love, love, love my new job. It's a MUCH better fit for me, and it has manifested a lot of changes: the way I sleep, the way I handle stress when it does happen, the choices I'm making as far as what I eat and how I spend my leisure time. Even just the fact that I have an office where I get actual sunlight during the day is making a huge difference in my mood. I'm even starting to gain confidence in m... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:16:25 EST frustrations So, I was not feeling well most of the weekend... and I really did try to work out. I got so dizzy on Saturday, though, and my heart rate went up far too high (like, over 190), so I figured it was best to stop. I could feel my pulse in my ears. I actually fell, too, so... that's not good. :( Spent a lot of yesterday feeling poorly, too - but at least I ended up getting moving a little bit by doing housework. Today, I feel okay... still not great, but not like I was. <BR> <BR> I don't k... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:30:35 EST Dark and grey... ...combined with the Benadryl I took last night to stop my stupid allergies making me cough and hack... plus "female issues"... <BR> <BR> I totally overslept, and so I missed working out this morning - which is no big deal, as I can work out when I get home tonight. I may have to drag myself through it, but showing up and trying my best is going to be my goal. I am promising myself NOW that I will not beat myself up as long as I exercise to today's potential. <BR> <BR> Speaking of workou... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:34:51 EST motivation for the day <img src=""> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:46:50 EST EEEEE EXCITED I'm jazzed, on so many levels! <BR> <BR> AWESOME THING #1: my new Shaun T DVD and my Fitbit will arrive TOMORROW. Yay!!!! SO happy to be adding these things to my life to help me be more healthy! <BR> <BR> AWESOME THING #2: Wawa has new salads that are vegetarian and look verrrrry tasty! Today I grabbed a kale & quinoa salad, and it looks so good. At only 300 calories, I'm excited to try it! I also saw something called a "power salad" or something like that - and that one had only 21... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:49:20 EST WATER I just read something that suggested that I drink 100 ounces of water every day as a baseline... and even more than that if I'm active. (Which I am.) <BR> <BR> HOLY BALLS. That is a LOT of water!!! To put that into some perspective, I have one of those 20-oz. sweatproof plastic beverage cups with the straw attached sitting on my desk. I'm going to have to drink FIVE of those - minimum. <BR> <BR> That seems like a crazy amount of water... <BR> <BR> *~*~*~* <BR> <BR> Well, today ought t... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:27:09 EST Sippin' soup, kickin' arse Today's not as fab as it could be... still fighting The Crud, but I feel slightly better than yesterday. The judge keeps telling me to go to the doctor, but I really don't think it's that bad. I have to feel like I'm at Death's door in order to be compelled to go see my doc, and I'm far from that stage! <BR> <BR> What healthy thing did I do for myself today? Well, for one, I ordered a new Fitbit One to replace the Fitbit Ultra I lost two years ago. Took me long enough, right? I found th... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:47:37 EST Weekend Report Just checking in... <BR> <BR> Spent ALL DAY outside at the Ren Faire yesterday (yes, I went back - Mount Hope Winery had 25% off mix-n-match cases, HOW COULD I NOT??). It was, quite simply, an AMAZING DAY. I saw so many friends and loved ones... just amazing. I even saw my brother, SIL, and niece yesterday. And you know what? My niece is just. like. me. In all ways. And it's amazing. I hope that over the years, we can develop a super close friendship. <BR> <BR> ANYHOO, I managed to ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:02:48 EST A hiccup, and an epiphany Last night, I developed a weird pain in my knee... sort of behind my kneecap. <BR> <BR> I've never had any sort of knee pain before. Sure, I make sound effects when I do squats and walk up a flight of stairs, but it never, ever hurts. Moreover, the noisemaker is my left knee; the pain from last night was in my right knee. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to do Plyo last night, which is very high-impact. I opted not to and to wait and see how I felt in the morning - which made me feel kind of cra... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:36:55 EST I'm baaa-aaaack So, I've been away for a few weeks. Let me tell you why. :) <BR> <BR> I got a new job! It's great... they sent me to NYC for three days for training, I stayed in probably the nicest hotel I'll ever stay in during my lifetime, I got a nice boost in pay, and I've got a corner office. Life... is pretty good at the moment! <BR> <BR> But now that everything is settled down, I've got to get myself back into a routine. I'd been doing pretty well for a while there, but once I got word of the j... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:24:26 EST Aaaahhhh... Got up, got my workout on, and now I'm ready to attack my day. :) <BR> <BR> Busy weekend ahead - fundraiser tonight, housework tomorrow, and social engagements on Sunday, but I'm hopeful that I'll get some down time, too. Looking forward to my yoga workout tomorrow, because boy oh boy are my muscles achy and in need of some nice stretching. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:02:56 EST The only problem with working out first thing... that three hours later, while I'm sitting at my desk, I feel like I am ready to fall asleep. <BR> <BR> Why is that?? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:42:46 EST Blood Donation So! I went to the PA Ren Faire last weekend with friends to donate blood... <BR> <BR> ...and they TURNED ME AWAY. My iron wasn't high enough! It was on the very lowest end of what is considered "normal range" for women, but still not high enough to be safe for blood donation. <BR> <BR> Damn!! But at least now I know I need to tweak my diet a little bit and get that iron. It's important. <BR> <BR> Oh, and here's a picture. It isn't the greatest because I'm covering up my frankly amazi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:58:25 EST Gonna finish strong So - bad female issues kept me from working out like I wanted to last week. Last week was not good. <BR> <BR> But - I'm back on track now, and I'm going to finish the last three weeks of P90X strong! <BR> <BR> I think when I'm done P90X, I'm going to do another round of it... and add running to the mix. I'm feeling the call of the road again, and now that I'm a little wiser about pushing myself too far too fast, I think I'll be able to do it. Baby steps is key when learning how to be a r... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:43:14 EST Female Stuff As the title suggests, I'm having "female issues" today... <BR> <BR> ...I'm overdue to start my cycle, so I am bloated, dizzy, crampy, headache, and yuck. <BR> <BR> Even so, I got up and worked out this morning so... yay, me? <BR> <BR> Saving up some calories today because I'm going to one of my very favorite Italian restaurants this evening - delicious, homemade Italian food at a family-owned-and-operated hole-in-the-wall downtown. I'm beyond excited. I may even have a glass of wine. :... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:34:56 EST Regrouping So, the show has closed (it was a big success!), and yesterday I fell into that post-show "ick" that invariably happens to me once shows end. Of course, it could also be the heaps of stress on me at the moment as well as probably getting my period any minute now that compounded things, but I literally slept for most of the day yesterday. I went to bed at 9:30 and slept AGAIN, all the way through to 5:30 this morning, and I was STILL tired. <BR> <BR> This means that I missed yesterday's w... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:06:48 EST Licking wounds Well, I'm getting over the awful pictures of myself that are still hanging in the hallways at Longwood. Ugh. <BR> <BR> And I'm a little put out that my workout routine has been a bit upset, but honestly, it could be so much worse, all things considered with tech week(s) and the show and everything. I'm really not that far off track, and this week I will be back in business... with Phase 3 of P90X. Wow, that went fast! <BR> <BR> But, other than that, I'm doing okay. I'm going to try to s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:34:52 EST :( Boy, nothing says "you still have a looooong way to go" more than looking at pictures of yourself. <BR> <BR> Someone took some shots of the show last week, and they made a collage of all of them and put them up in the hall by the dressing rooms last night. <BR> <BR> I HATED the way I looked. Really, truly HATED it. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of in a funk now because of it. Even despite having made progress, I look at these pictures and suddenly I feel like a big friggin failure. <BR> <BR> Why i... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:45:12 EST Two-pound loss last week! I started the week at 151... and I finished it at 149. Woo hooo!! <BR> <BR> I'm on my way! <BR> <BR> This is also our final week of tech for the show... if I make it through this week and still manage to stick to my workouts, I will have pretty much proven it to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. Last week I felt like I was being put through a meat grinder, and this week will be no different. <BR> <BR> Time to dig deep! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:23:52 EST Day 45 - and forgot to weigh in!! Tech for the show (opens in one week!) is really kicking my keester, and so I overslept this morning, meaning two things: <BR> <BR> 1) I missed my regular workout time and will have to work out tonight AFTER performing at Longwood (ugh!) <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 2) I ran late and so forgot to weigh in - so I really have no idea if I did my two-pound loss this week. The suspense is killing me! <BR> <BR> At least I feel good and well-rested. My body must have really needed that sleep. G... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:34:08 EST NAME IT AND CLAIM IT. I've decided that this is a week where I will weigh in on Friday and be able to record a 2-lb loss. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely on track for it. I've got an active week planned, I'm super-motivated as far as eating healthfully is concerned, and I'm feeling good about how things are going to go. <BR> <BR> Extra-motivating is the fact that a 2-lb loss will put me once again into the 140s, which will feel excellent on a psychological level... and it means that I have a chance of actually achie... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:25:00 EST Tough love with the measuring tape OK... let's talk about the measuring tape today. <BR> <BR> For as much as I hate the scale, I hate the measuring tape infinitely more. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's because it comes into contact with specific parts of my body, which leads to some really nasty self-talk about my weak spots. For me, it's easy to look at a number on the scale and have it be a general indicator of what's going on with my body. With the measuring tape, I know what the SPECIFIC damage is. My waistline. My hips. Ugh. ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:16:01 EST Headlong into Phase II! And so far, so good! <BR> <BR> Next week and the week after will be VERY challenging - I will have no choice but to work out in the mornings because I literally have rehearsal each weekday, starting next Monday - and since it's tech and it's up at Longwood Gardens, I'm pretty sure I won't be dragging myself through the front door until midnight. It may be one of those cases where I pack a bag and just change into my pajamas right after rehearsal so I can come home and just fall into bed. <B... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:11:30 EST If you haven't seen this yet, you need to. Saw this link in the highlights today - I highly encourage you guys to check it out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=32 </link> <BR> <BR> Nothing is impossible. <BR> <BR> NOTHING. <BR> <BR> We can do this!!! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:42:34 EST Day 30! Well, today I completed Day 30 of P90X! Of course, this isn't my first time to the rodeo, but it certainly feels no less of an accomplishment than it did when I did P90X before. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I am rewarding myself by getting a nice, long massage... I can't wait! I need to come up with a good Day 60 reward. I already have my Day 90 reward: INSANITY! I've heard so many good things about that program, and though it's not my buddy Tony Horton, I'm still eager to try it. So my plan is ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:32:33 EST Super duper sore! My legs hurt, my butt hurts, my obliques hurt... yep, must be working! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow - my "rest/wildcard day" - completes my third week of P90X, which means I go into a recovery week this week. Aaaaah. Love recovery weeks! <BR> <BR> It also means I'm 1/3 of the way done with P90X - yay! I haven't talked about it much because I felt like one of the things that was hanging me up on my previous re-attempts of P90X was that I was putting so much pressure on myself by making myself accou... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:19:37 EST grumpy No loss today. Really disappointed. I did SO WELL this week. <BR> <BR> Very frustrating. <BR> <BR> Add to that an equally frustrating visit to the gyn for my annual - and really, I'm just kind of mad at my body right now. <BR> <BR> I know it'll pass... and that I just need to be patient. <BR> <BR> But still. <BR> <BR> Grrr. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:06:57 EST Plyooooo Nothing like a 635-calorie burn to start the day. :) <BR> <BR> Going to be a long slog today - work, then rehearsal. Oh, and I have to get up EXTRA early tomorrow morning because I have my annual appointment with my gyn in the morning. Yay. <BR> <BR> Baby-steppin' to Friday @ 5pm... this week went quickly, but I won't complain if it wants to go even quicker! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:20:16 EST A little boost. :) I'm always really flattered - and just a little humbled - when people seek me out to talk about fitness. I really do try to walk the walk in addition to talking the talk, and when friends and co-workers talk excitedly to me about their fitness pursuits, I think it's awesome because not only are they quietly acknowledging that I'm a "fitness person" too, but that our conversations are also getting themselves pumped and amped and motivated. At least, I hope they are. :) I know that for myse... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:53:47 EST The plus side I complained BITTERLY when I got up this morning to work out... but I did the workout anyway, and of course felt better for it afterward. <BR> <BR> The really great thing about a morning workout, though, is knowing that I don't have to do it when I get home. When I get home from work, after I get my chores done, I can completely RELAX. <BR> <BR> And that's precisely what I plan to do... plus an early bedtime! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:54:04 EST Loss!! Finally!! Granted, it's way more dramatic than it probably should be... but I'm down SIX POUNDS from last Friday! Last week was PMS week and so probably contributed to a lot of extra water weight at last week's weigh-in... but still, I'm happy with it. I've set a goal of a one-pound loss for next week. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm really happy with how the week's gone. I've been very disciplined with my eating, and my exercising has been great - only needed just the gentlest nudge from BFF this week to g... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:47:01 EST Back on Plyo! I'm sufficiently healed - achilles tendon issues appear to be all but gone. Little bit of stiffness here and there, and I'm still modifying some of the more calves-intensive exercises, but apart from that, I'm in good shape! Plowed through Plyo this morning, and even did the bonus round at the end. Going to focus on keeping that tendon nice and warm and stretchy during the course of the day today... I'll have to keep reminding myself to get up and take a stroll/stretch every hour or so. <B... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:35:58 EST