SHAKINGTHETREE's SparkPeople Blog SHAKINGTHETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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