SHAKINGTHETREE's SparkPeople Blog SHAKINGTHETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community YOGA IS MAGIC I had a somewhat painful run on Friday - aggravated something in my gimp leg - but still wanted to cross-train on Saturday, so I opted for yoga. <BR> <BR> YOU GUYS. The pain WENT AWAY during yoga. It initially was a little bit painful, but as I warmed up and stretched, the pain disappeared. I was ecstatic! Moreover, I felt so great after yoga. Also, my run on Sunday was not only pain-free (and gross, because it was sticky-humid), BUT I PRed on both my pace and my distance. <BR> <BR> Mo... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:33:37 EST The best-laid plans... Ha. <BR> <BR> Last night was my lone night off this week, as I am in tech for a show that opens tomorrow. My plan was to go to the store to grab something healthy for dinner, get home, go for my run, fix dinner immediately afterward, and do laundry and just relax last night. <BR> <BR> It was not to be. <BR> <BR> I went to the store, as planned, then got home, suited up for my run, and I nailed it (good pace, increased distance), and as I was cooling down and stretching in front of my hous... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:03:09 EST Exercise - the best medicine It's true that if you find something you absolutely love to do, it doesn't feel like work... <BR> <BR> ...and even though running is hard, I truly had no trouble popping out of bed and getting it done this morning. It felt great to watch the sun rise as I trotted around my neighborhood. <BR> <BR> So many of us have a hard time finding ways to exercise. I know I do, especially in the winter; my favorite ways to be active usually involve being outdoors, and winters here can be really hars... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:04:44 EST GRAND WEEKEND First of all, the weather was OUTSTANDING this weekend. Seriously, the whole weekend was just amazing!! I spent as much time as I could outside enjoying it! <BR> <BR> First, I hit up a huge garden market with my friend Deb... and I probably spent waaaaay too much money on stuff, but it was truly worth it. I bought some beautiful new plants for my yard - really unique stuff, including tricolor sage, a huge and beautiful passiflora, and a thing called a Japanese cobra lily. SO COOL. I als... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:31:48 EST Blecch So my go-to quickie breakfast - my egg white, spinach and cheese breakfast wrap from Wawa - tasted downright gross this morning. I've decided I'm never going to get one again. Barfy. <BR> <BR> After a somewhat scary run on Saturday (I had some pain that felt suspicious), I took a few days off to rest and came back last night feeling pretty good. No pain whatsoever, and I remain thus today. Whew!!! I was really stressing about the possibility of a training setback, but now I'm cautiously... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:27:12 EST So far, so good! Took the new shoes out for a spin last night, and they felt GREAT - though it did take me a little bit of time to get accustomed to the extra cushioning under the forefoot, I felt that it gave me a much better forefoot strike/heel "kiss" than the Vibrams, which encouraged me to run a little bit more on my toes than I probably should have been doing. <BR> <BR> Also - my pace was better, and I went further. Bodes well for when my C25K-to-Half Marathon training begins in earnest! I have one m... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:48:55 EST New shoes! So my Vibram Fivefingers - which work great for short runs - are probably not going to work real well for a half marathon. <BR> <BR> I went to Delaware Running Company, and the knowledgable staff there suggested that I get racing flats and recommended the Saucony A6 - it's not a zero drop shoe, but it's a minimal drop shoe with a little more cushioning that will protect my feet much better over a terrain that I know nothing about. I read about last year's Blerch, and apparently part of the ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:39:48 EST Back in training, and it feels so good... I'm sore, but I'm so flippin' happy. It feels really great to have a plan that I'm confident with. <BR> <BR> I've got yoga scheduled for tonight, and boy do I need it. All that stretching is going to feel soooooo good!! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:33:19 EST Planning my training! So, I have decided to suck it up and run the Beat the Blerch Half Marathon on September 26 with my friend Sara. I was kind of scared to do it, but she said, "We're not breaking any land speed records. We're going to run most of it, walk if we need to, and our goal is to FINISH. I think you can do it. I will help you get across that finish line." <BR> <BR> And that is why I love Sara. We all should have a friend like Sara in our lives. <BR> <BR> We're also both big fans of The Oatmeal, ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:47:17 EST Ready to try again! My leg feels pretty good - only a little stiffness - so I'm going to go for a super-easy trial run today and see how I do. I'm glad I gave myself the time off to really let that heal... and although I was super grumpy about it, I got over it and contented myself with planning my comeback. <BR> <BR> I have an even bigger reason to make a comeback now, however: the Blerch is coming to my area!!! It's a running series (10k/half/marathon) that my friend Sara and I have been talking about doin... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:31:36 EST One step at a time... ...there's no need to rush... <BR>'s just like learning to fly... <BR> ...or falling in love... <BR>'s gonna happen when it's supposed to happen... <BR> <BR> Love that song, too! <BR> <BR> Things are getting better. I took a walk yesterday (about .75 mile, I think?) with no pain whatsoever, which is great news! I also stood for about two hours for a rehearsal yesterday, and that might have been pushing it a bit much; leg is just the slightest bit sore and stiff. More rest/NSA... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:55:17 EST HAPPY APRIL I love April... and not just because it's my birthday month (39 already!). <BR> <BR> Weather's getting warmer, soft rains are falling, grass is greening, and the earth smells of new life. I absolutely love, love, LOVE this time of year. :) <BR> <BR> Also, some good news - I jogged about ten paces on my leg today. It's sore, but not terrible. Still continuing ice, compression, and elevation, and staying off it whenever possible. I guess this is where having a relatively sedentary job is... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:53:21 EST Better today! Leg isn't NEARLY as tweaky as it was yesterday. Hooray! Still going to keep it rested until Monday or so, but I feel so much more optimistic about things now. <BR> <BR> I'm still a little depressed, but I'm not going to let it get to me. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:11:41 EST Son of a... Well, I've managed to hurt myself already. <BR> <BR> I was over halfway into my run yesterday when I had to dodge a car that was careening down a street in my 50% sidewalk-less neighborhood... I ran out of the street and up onto one of the sloped parking pads in front of the townhomes - and proceeded to tweak my left calf, right below where the calf meets the knee. It had been tight after my run on Thursday, but two days of rest had it feeling better - and until that moment, it had been fee... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:48:56 EST Fitness is hard. One of the hardest things about finding and sticking to an exercise routine is figuring out what you organically love to do. If you love to do something that happens to also be physically active, it's much more likely that you'll stick to it and work hard at it to get better at it. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, I was always RUNNING. I never walked anywhere. I always wanted to RUN. I spent nearly all of my recess periods in elementary school running full speed, as fast as I could, for no ea... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:46:53 EST What a difference a day makes... ...24 little hours.... <BR> ...brought the sun and the flowers... <BR> ...where there used to be rain... <BR> <BR> I love that song. :) <BR> <BR> Logged 2.5 miles yesterday, and even had a little extra "pop" at the end, so I ran some bonus extra time. <BR> <BR> More than the miles, though, is how great it feels to be back doing something I love again. It undid all the tangled, fuzzy static in my brain, and after I got done, I felt like a million bucks. Sure, I'm a little sore today in s... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:19:04 EST Lots going on... So, I went for a doctor's appointment yesterday... a follow-up. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't budged, despite eating correctly and exercising. My energy is lower than it's ever been. Oh, and my body temperature is hovering around 96 degrees. <BR> <BR> They're sending me to an endocrinologist. They're also sending me for more bloodwork... more extensive stuff involving insulin, cortisol, and free T3/T4 (more thyroid-y stuff). <BR> <BR> Kind of back to square one on that front. <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:45:15 EST Snowstorm AGAIN So, we're supposed to get the whopper of the season tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And you know... I really don't care. I don't. It's the last one we're going to get for the year, it'll melt quickly, and if I get the day off - so much the better. I'm expecting my period tomorrow and already my uterus is making rumblings at me, so if I have to stay home, tomorrow would be a good day to have snow force me to do that. <BR> <BR> Bring it. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:07:36 EST Mind over matter I ordered a beach towel today. <BR> <BR> I ordered a beach towel that will look super cute with my super cute new bathing suit that I plan to rock from Memorial Day clear through the end of September. <BR> <BR> I do this for two reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm now entering my fourth week of P90X. This is the furthest I've gotten with it since the first time I completed it in its entirety... back in 2012. I'm very proud of myself, and this is both my reward and my reminder to KEEP GOING. Good... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:24:28 EST Clarity I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. <BR> I can see all obstacles in my way. <BR> Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. <BR> It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day. <BR> <BR> Oh, yes I can make it now, the pain is gone. <BR> All of the bad feelings have disappeared. <BR> Here is that rainbow I've been praying for. <BR> It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day. <BR> <BR> Look all around, there's nothing but blue skies. <BR> Look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:36:11 EST Dragging... And I'm not real surprised I'm dragging... looking at the calendar, PMS should be starting fairly soon, and that always zaps me. Fweh. Just gotta take really good care of myself and push through! I'm on a good roll right now and I don't want to mess it up! <BR> <BR> I may have found a running buddy! One of my friends lives in an apartment complex that apparently has some really nice treadmills, and he's offered to run with me there until the weather warms up and I can get outside. I tho... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:08:11 EST Did GREAT yesterday... ...and even though my workout was a bit of a slog this morning, I did it. I'm part of a challenge group on Facebook, and I have to say that now that I've made the choice to engage with it, it really is helping. They started a 40-Day Lenten Challenge of working out every day, no excuses - and so I decided to take part (even though I am not a Christian, I do think Lent in general is a really good idea). <BR> <BR> I've decided to follow the same pattern I followed yesterday by planning out ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:42:06 EST I don't care WHAT the thermometer says... ...and apparently, neither do the birds! <BR> <BR> The other day, I saw a whole gang of robins... they looked fat, cold, and pissed off, but they were THERE. They were all kind of huddled together (not surprising, I'd be too, were I in their position), but they were there. <BR> <BR> Also - grackles! A whole slew of them! I walked out of my house this morning and there was an immense group of them in the trees across the way, carrying on and making a HUGE racket. They're not pretty birds... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:39:33 EST Encouraging news - finally! Well, I had my follow-up with the doctor today... and I saw my regular doctor's P.A., which suits me just fine. I have a great deal of respect for P.A.s; I once had a very good friend who was an excellent P.A., every bit as thorough as a doctor. <BR> <BR> What I like about my doc's P.A. is that she really LISTENS. Not that I think my doctor doesn't, but I get a different vibe from the P.A. I can't put my finger on why, but I just think she does a better job of actually hearing what I'm sa... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:10:43 EST Allergies! Normally I wouldn't be so excited about allergies, but allergies are a harbinger of SPRING. Bring it! I'll happily deal with sneezing my face off if it means we get warmer weather soon! :) <BR> <BR> I don't know why, but I am in a ridiculously good mood this morning. Maybe it's the increased daylight, the promise of fun things ahead for spring and summer, the connections I'm making with friends lately... or maybe because Mercury just turned direct, LOL... but I just feel lighter and more... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:34:57 EST One Week of Shakeology So, I've been drinking Shakeology for a week... <BR> <BR> And I admit, I do feel pretty good. I do like it - I guess we'll see what kind of results I get from it after a month. <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed improvement in, believe it or not, is my SKIN. I usually get really awful, dry skin in the winter, even in spite of moisturizers. I cannot be sure that the Shakeology has anything to do with this - correlation does not equal causation - but I can't imagine it has hurt anything. <BR... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:20:09 EST Strawberry Shakeology... ...IS GROSS. Don't even bother! Bleh!!! I was burping it up all morning. <BR> <BR> Then again, I don't do especially well with strawberry-flavored *anything.* So take from that what you will. <BR> <BR> Feeling much more sprightly today, even though I'm fighting off a headache - between hormones awry and the massive pressure change (went from 45 degrees and cloudy to a sunny, Arctic high pressure system and mid-20s - ouch). I don't know if maybe my change in eating habits (more protein,... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:41:42 EST Home today My uterus is a real jerk. Seriously. It just keeps getting worse... and worse. I woke up with an awful headache and cramps that could bring down a bull elephant. So I'm home today. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to make today not be a total loss - I figure I can get a jump on my tax returns, at the very least. I also have piles of books to be organized, which is low-intensity and easy enough. I may also put some color on my hair, though that involves a lot of standing and patience. Meh.... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:59:46 EST I may have to revise my opinion. I'm not a big proponent of pre-fab anything, but I have been known as someone who uses and enjoys Muscle Milk for my post-workout nutrition. It's not that expensive, it tastes pretty good, and it's easy to make it quickly and chug it while I get ready for work. <BR> <BR> My best friend from middle school sent me some of her leftover samples of Shakeology... and it didn't really hit me as to what a game-changer that is until I started to enter it into my food tracker. <BR> <BR> But I'm gett... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:27:29 EST I just bought the cutest bathing suit... ...and it's one size smaller than I am now. <BR> <BR> Oh, it's ON now, kids. :) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:20:31 EST Some answers, and more questions I'm going to try really, REALLY hard to keep this clean, this being a family show and all... but I want to do some serious swearing right now. I'm pretty hot right now. <BR> <BR> Well... let's start with the positive, I guess. <BR> <BR> I went for my metabolic testing. The good news is that I have a metabolism. My body's RHR is 1600 calories... meaning that if I ate 1600 calories every day and did no exercising, I'd stay the same weight I am. In order to lose weight, the doctor sugges... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:59:20 EST Hooray for Friday! Boo for Nor'easter! Apparently a big storm is on its way for tonight and tomorrow, and all the weather people are still not very sure exactly what's going to happen. <BR> <BR> There will be rain. And snow. And ice. <BR> <BR> I'm really glad I have P90X and all my other workout DVDs. Even though I love an outdoor workout, from about November through April, the weather's just too unpredictable and downright icky. I'd sooner run in 98 degrees and horrid humidity than run in icy cold rain. <BR> <BR> No big pl... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:21:27 EST Have I mentioned yet how much I hate winter?? I'm sure I have. <BR> <BR> But it bears mentioning again. <BR> <BR> Ugh, winter, GO AWAY ALREADY. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:04:42 EST Sometimes, you outdo yourself. I tried REALLY HARD to talk myself out of my workout this morning. <BR> <BR> I actually had to say out loud: "Suzanne, just DO IT already and get it over with!" <BR> <BR> And I did. And the first 20 minutes was not pretty. <BR> <BR> But I hit my stride, and after an hour, I discovered I'd burned 650 calories! Like WHOA. <BR> <BR> I'm really, REALLY glad I decided to work out! Now I can go home tonight and just bask in the fact that it's done. :) Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:14:15 EST One day at a time Got up and got the workout done... even though I reeeeally wanted to stay in bed and snuggle with the dog this morning. She was being extra-super-cuddly this morning, and it was very cold and dark... indeed, it feels and looks like we're going to get snow any minute now. <BR> <BR> Enter BFF, who was kind enough to check in with me to make sure I woke up and got my workout. It was the kick in the pants I needed. And, speaking of pants, my "goal jeans" - which hang out where I can see them ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:43:02 EST OH MY GOD THIS IS ME <link><BR>ode/ </link> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:01:11 EST The next steps Well, I went to the doctor yesterday for my bloodwork follow-up. <BR> <BR> My bloodwork is, according to the doctor, perfect. In fact, although my cholesterol level was 200 - which is considered "borderline" among healthcare professionals, my HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) was much higher than my LDL (the "bad" kind). They said that's extremely rare but also extremely good. So - I must be doing something right in that department..? <BR> <BR> Worrying the doctor, though, is the ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:23:43 EST Long time, no blog Yeah, figured I'd check in. <BR> <BR> Had a few fits and starts with P90X, but I'm in a groove again. Long may it last. <BR> <BR> I've also hung up the jeans I want to fit into so I can see them every morning when I wake up. If I am tempted to roll over and hit the snooze, the first thing I'll see are those jeans! I WANT THEM BACK ON MY BUTT. <BR> <BR> I've also entreated my BFF to be my accountability partner; he wants to work out, too, and likewise wants the accountability. So we mak... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:55:57 EST Days 6 and 7 My mojo got a liiiiittle thrown off yesterday (stupid personal stuff), so I did yesterday's workout today (which is supposed to be a rest day). So - I'm back on track. :) I did the Kenpo workout - and, as always, it felt really good. I love that workout. <BR> <BR> One thing that's bumming me out is that my heart rate monitor appears to be crapping out on me. I only just bought it in April, and it was working brilliantly for a while... and now, the signal keeps cutting out. I have no id... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:20:50 EST Days 4, 5, and 6 Saturday - DAY 4 - Yoga X: I was surprised at how well I did, even in spite of not having done it since July. It took me a while to relax my brain, but once I settled into it, I really found myself loving it. <BR> <BR> Sunday - DAY 5 - Legs & Back: This workout is probably one of the harder ones, but I soldiered through it... though I was surprised at how fast it seemed to go. It used to feel like a real drudge to me. Not sure what's changed... <BR> <BR> Today is DAY 6 - Kenpo X - and ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:46:42 EST Day 2 - SO HOW ABOUT THAT. Yeah... so... <BR> <BR> I did P90X Plyo yesterday. <BR> <BR> And I didn't really break a sweat until about a third of the way through it. THAT is how it compares to Insanity! <BR> <BR> On the plus side, it was the best Plyo workout I'd ever had. Cardiovascularly, I was a BEAST... so I felt like I could really push myself and do very little, if any, modifications. <BR> <BR> I was able to do the jump-knee-tucks properly for the first time EVER. I was only able to do three or four of th... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:11:53 EST Planning ahead I still feel kind of crappy... TIRED. Very anxious to get to the doc on Monday! <BR> <BR> But I've got a plan for today, and I feel good about it. <BR> <BR> I've planned out all my meals for the day, because when I am this tired, if I leave things to chance, I will make bad choices and eat terrible things. <BR> <BR> I've planned my workout for this evening - even brought my workout clothes to change into at work so I'm ready to hit the ground running (or when I get home. <BR>... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:13:32 EST Day 1 I know I said I wasn't going to work out until I see the doc next Monday... but it felt WEIRD to not work out. I guess that's a good thing..? It's officially a HABIT. Yay! <BR> <BR> Did good old P90X this morning, Day 1 - Chest & Back. Challenging... but so much easier on me than Insanity. So, SO much. I'm still exhausted and want to fall asleep at my desk RIGHT NOW (even despite 20 oz of coffee), but rather than feeling defeated and in pain, I felt good about my numbers. <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:57:25 EST Plan B Insanity is just too insane for me right now. :( <BR> <BR> I have decided that I'm going to hold off on workouts until I can see the doctor, because I'm pretty sure that I shouldn't be falling asleep an hour after I'm done with my workouts. Workouts are supposed to energize, right? <BR> <BR> It's not that there's anything wrong with the Insanity workouts... it's that there's something wrong with ME right now. I need to get to the bottom of it. <BR> <BR> So... I'm going to scale back... ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:02 EST So... Doctor's office was a bit of a bust... I got there and they told me that I needed to see someone else. (I went to the clinic because I have no regular doc, my old doc having "sold out" by forming an elite practice that would cost me an annual fee of $1300 extra to continue my relationship with him - on top of co-pays. No thanks.) However, I got an appointment with another doctor on 12/22. My MIL recommended him, actually - and he's a D.O. versus being an M.D., which is important to me. <B... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:16:40 EST Doctor time Plainly put, I'm tired of being tired. <BR> <BR> And it's been this way for YEARS. I've been able to push through it up til now... but either I'm running out of strength, or it's getting worse and overpowering me, or maybe a combination of both. <BR> <BR> Either way, I've really got to do something about this. The multivitamins are not helping me... I still have the aches, and I'm still so tired I can barely keep my head up. I could seriously lay down right here next to my desk and have ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:20:11 EST Body rebellion Between my uterus trying to kill me and an apparent stomach virus, the weekend could have been better. <BR> <BR> Instead, I was relegated to sitting mostly motionless. Not a real great time. <BR> <BR> So my workouts got just a little jacked up last week, but no matter - back on the wagon this week. And hey, it's my "recovery" week with Insanity! Looking forward to changing things up. <BR> <BR> I'm a little concerned about Phase II of the program... mostly because I'm still basically dra... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:42:34 EST PUMPKIN BREAD IS NOT A VEGETABLE Public service announcement. <BR> <BR> Also, a reminder to myself. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:58:49 EST Is today Thursday? I seriously had to check. I've been operating under the notion that today was Wednesday. Derp! <BR> <BR> I'm now half through my fourth week of Insanity - and I'm having trouble with energy. I think I'm getting enough to eat, and in the right proportions... and I've solved a lot of my sleep issues (though stupid hot flashes/insomnia happen on a magical monthly basis). I really do think that this is just because it's my PMS week and I'm possibly anemic; last time I tried to give blood, th... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:43:42 EST Qdoba Qdoba has become one of my favorite go-to places to get a super-healthy, super-tasty meal inexpensively and quickly. <BR> <BR> Mexican cuisine is the kind of food choice that can be really healthy and full of fresh, whole ingredients, but it can go downhill REALLY fast, depending on what kind of extras you order. Sure, there are lots of colorful vegetables, herbs, and meats (if you're into that) cooked with interesting and flavorful spices, but there are also add-ons that can derail you - c... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:18:42 EST