SHOOPETTE's SparkPeople Blog SHOOPETTE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A good way to avoid eating a cake by myself Yesterday I was in a "eat the whole damn cake" mood. <BR> <BR> So I called a friend I was supposed to visit and offered to bring a cake <BR> <BR> This way, I had cake and shared it with her and the kids, less calories for me, more fun for them and no "after the disaster" guilt! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:59:05 EST 30 days to my skinny jeans Day 1 I've decided to do the "30 days to you skinny jeans" challenge one more time. <BR> I had really seen a difference even though it was not enough to really loose a size. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight and my eating habits are back to normal healthy so now I am more motivated to really do the challenge because know I will see a difference <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> do the challenge every single day <BR> <BR> to accomplish: <BR> <BR> dropping one size <BR> <BR> and my reward: <BR> <BR> a f... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:21:28 EST Healthy Living is a commitment and it takes dedication I have been on SP for three years now, I have had some ups and down and after one accident and a few months off I am almost back to my start weight. <BR> <BR> It is back to square one? <BR> <BR> No <BR> <BR> Because in these years I have learned so much about food portions, unhealthy foods I thought were healthy, I have learned to love my body and see food as much more than just calories. <BR> <BR> Exercise is now a pleasure and when I shop I read labels. <BR> <BR> Before being on SP ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:00:01 EST Sometimes it's tough eating healthy Today I wanted an early dinner or late snack and went down to the library café. <BR> <BR> Obstacle one: the food stand with the flapjacks on display <BR> <BR> I ordered a soup and roll but they did not have it ( too late) <BR> urgh <BR> <BR> The sandwiches were all either insanely big or the choice was bacon and mayo, egg and mayo. <BR> hum... not so much <BR> <BR> I settled for a chicken piri piri wrap, not knowing what Piri Piri meant but figured it was some kind of sweet and sour thing... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:58:35 EST Scottish Challenge week one. Well it's been going much better than I thought. <BR> <BR> I made a plan of attack and identified the hurdles to get over <BR> <BR> 1- Fresh Fruits and Veggies are expensive here <BR> 2- I LOVE Flapjacks, fudge and chicken pies and always eat too much to make up for not having it in France. <BR> 3- I sit all day in the Library and can't run because of an injury. <BR> <BR> What I did to overcome it <BR> <BR> 1- and 3 I walk to the library and go home for lunch <BR> It saves 3.50£ of bus fa... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:49 EST Scottish Challenge Recently I was awarded a study grant so I am in Edinburgh for two weeks doing research at the National Library of Scotland. <BR> <BR> This is awesome and I was really looking forward to reading original material, and finding I don't know what that could make my dissertation super awesome. <BR> <BR> It is less awesome that I am on a very tight budget and that I will be seated 8 hours a day and eat sandwiches. <BR> <BR> Besides it's the UK and I can never resist flapjacks. <BR> <BR> I arriv... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:28:32 EST Result Well it wasn't that hard after all, <BR> I did not nibble at the "aperitif" only ate 4 anchovy stuffed olives, one glass of wine and one dorto chip. yes just one. <BR> <BR> for lunch I had 3 oz of grilled duck and a cup of pasta salad, green bean salad, one slice of whole wheat bread and creme brulée for dessert ( creme brulée was soooo good but probably more fatty and calorie loaded than anything else) <BR> I did have chocolate with the coffee but overall went over my cal by 200 cal so I... Fri, 2 May 2014 02:26:18 EST Danger ahead: lunch party Brace! Brace! Todat is May 1st and I am invited to a lunch gathering with friends. I know there will be heaps of foods and good wine, it will be hard to track and mostly hard not to nibble on about anything and everything. <BR> <BR> So here are the preventive steps I am taking: <BR> <BR> 1- I went for a 16k bike ride just now because I noticed I always crave healthy foods after a workout. <BR> 2- I had a filling breakfast ( lox and rye bread, hummus and carrots) and post workout snack ( yogurt and a cup ... Thu, 1 May 2014 05:28:06 EST Life happens to you when you are busy making plans (thanks John) so yesterday I told you about the bad aspects of my life I had to stop. I knew it was for the best and that at some point something better would come up. It did. In both areas of my life. It didn't come right away but it did. <BR> <BR> 1- Job <BR> <BR> Well once I knew I was leaving I started looking at other positions and mostly ways to have more time to complete my dissertation. <BR> One of them is to teach in a Public schools because they have regulated hours and more time. I need to pa... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:26:32 EST Lifestyle makeover 2013 was not a very good year for me. <BR> <BR> I was really overworked, I was dating someone I loved but whose lifestyle had a very negative effect on my life. <BR> <BR> I spent less and less time on SP and working out, went back to eating unhealthy foods and, no surprises there, I gained weight and felt miserable. <BR> <BR> I know feel much better and it is all because of the lifestyle changes I forced myself to make towards the mid to end of 2013. <BR> <BR> I will treat the positive c... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:23:14 EST Signed up for my first Race! I have been struggling to exercice lately and figured that maybe it was because lossing weight was not a a goal that motivated me enough ( being perfectly healthy and just slightly overweight ) My knee hurts and I know it's because I don't stretch and exercice regularly. <BR> <BR> So I decided to train for something new <BR> <BR> La Parisienne is a 6.7K race in Paris in September, it's women only and the proceeds go to breast cancer research. <BR> <BR> I am in! <BR> <BR> I have a training... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:08:02 EST Making smart choices Today I realized I have been making small very smart choices recently <BR> <BR> - I hit the swimming pool after work for 30 mn <BR> - I snuck in the brek room and did calf raises, triceps dips and squats while waiting for my report to print out <BR> -I brought tea and a tea cup to work so I don't drink latte from the machine nor eat cookies with my co workers <BR> <BR> I also have been honestly tracking ALL of my food and realized when I go over it's not by that much so it prevents me from ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:20:08 EST interesting blog about before/after pictures Here's the link to an Australian trainer's blog about before and after pics <BR> <BR><BR>-and-after-weight-loss-exposed-2013-8 Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:55:14 EST Bathroom remodelling Yesterday I started remodelling my bathroom, <BR> The workman destroyed the heavy stuff and I broke the tiles, <BR> It is soooo much work but I am enjoying it beyond anything I had ever imagined! <BR> I always regarded myself as a nerd barely able to nail things so helping out doing so much is insane for me. <BR> But I can and I will continue. <BR> I figured it really is the same with weight loss and healthy living, we are capable of much more than we think! <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:38:48 EST weight-in and its surprises So after completing my week of bootcamp and staying in my cal range I jumped on the scale this morning and .. no weight loss. at all. <BR> I do feel toned and can almost see a difference so I was quite surprised. <BR> I decided to put on my test pants, the ones that were too tight, <BR> they fit! in a jump in your pants kind of fit , not the wiggle yourself, suck your belly in kind of fit <BR> <BR> I feel and look better, my clothes fit, I don't care what the scale says. <BR> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 03:06:33 EST Zumba on the wii Did wii zumba yesterday with a friend, <BR> have to say I was a bit disappointed, I did about an hour and no matter how hard I tried I came up with terrible results, 0 % correct most of the time even if I felt like I was in sync and it was quite disheartening. <BR> Plus it's awfull seeing these perfect bodied virtual teachers who are so fast and never sweating when you are half dead and soaked. <BR> I came home and did a ST video and felt so relieved to see coach nicole start sweating afte... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:31:19 EST Sweatsuit to swimsuit bootcamp Back on track gradually for about a month and a half, I decided to kick thing up and do a bootcamp <BR> Mind you I never stuck through the whole week. ever. <BR> Now I am on day 5 of the S to S Bootcamp and feeling fantastic! not just because I already feel more toned but because I did not quit. <BR> There are two days left and I can't wait to finish up and do another bootcamp every month. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:13:00 EST interesting blog Here is the link to a blog I saw on a friend's page, <BR> it's from a former weight-loss consultant to feels the need to tell the truth about the weight loss business and its victims <BR> <BR><BR>3/07/an-open-apology-to-all-of-my-weig<BR>ht-loss-clients.html Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:50:06 EST Vacation Challenge This week I am on vacation so I decided to catch up on dissertation work and exercise; I took my planner and started writing reading/cardio/writing/swimming/ST and... yawn. my usual routine did not appeal to me. <BR> So I put my pen down and figured I'd find something else. That something else came as someone. <BR> A friend of mine who doesn't ever excercise asked me to go to the baby swimmers with her. I played with her toddler and did water aerobics moves meanwhile. My friend actually did t... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:04:20 EST Organic veggie baskets Recently I have been loosing weight and lost inches without really tracking or feeling like I'm on a Diet. <BR> I am realizing that it is because I started having bi-weekly delivery of a basket full of organic veggies and a couple of fruits. <BR> The effects are <BR> <BR> 1_ I eat so many veggies! they just taste better and are so fresh that as soon as I get my basket I cook up a storm, divide everything in three 1 portion to eat that same day, one left over and one to freeze <BR> 2 I no lo... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:36:37 EST Dealing with problems the healthy way I won't go in the details but I'm having a really tough time at work, mostly a very unpleasant boss and some absolutely arrogant and downright mean students, whose last "prank" included covering my car in coffee... <BR> <BR> I usually comfort eat but these past two weeks I have really made an effort to handle things the Spark way and so far it's working. <BR> <BR> When the students' behaviour is bothering me, ok, making me super angry, I swim or walk jog. I also found that although I can't... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:19:24 EST Went to a party and did not overeat nor drink! Yesterday was the big birthday bash of one of my friend and as usual I had the age old dilema: how do you manage not to overeat. <BR> <BR> I have read many tips about it but they never did anything to me <BR> 1 eat a small healthy snack before ( did not work because really I mostly eat because the food is there, not because I'm hungry) <BR> 2 arrive late when there is less food ( does work, there is always a lot of food) <BR> 3 stay away from the buffet ( people come with trays to you) <BR> ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 08:37:45 EST Back to school workouts I resumed Master Class and to my horror found out I was moved up to the good swimmers lane. I decided to try and talk to the instructor after class ( remember, that's the mean and fast people lane, I just don't belong) because I hate when I give an assignment to students and they whine about how hard it is before even trying to do it. <BR> <BR> It turns out the mean people aren't there anymore and it made me swim like a maniac to catch up with everybody and not get swam over. No chit chat, n... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:02:08 EST 2 weeks with Spark Coach SO I can't go in details about the past three months, it'd take too much time, instead I'll just go straight to the conclusion <BR> <BR> _ I was very busy with work and let it take over my whole life, I did not eat right and exercised less and less. therefore felt bad , more stressed and you know the vicious cycle... <BR> _I put on a lot of weight, burried my head in the sand until my pants were gasping for air and I could no longer delude myself. <BR> <BR> _ Nevertheless, a full year on S... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:58:41 EST long overdue recap I let myself be swamped in work so and haven't really blogged nor tracked lately <BR> <BR> This is what happened <BR> <BR> General Assembly: went fine, I didn't over eat and stayed between my daily range, woohoo! <BR> Teacher Training: overate... did not exercise. bad. very bad <BR> <BR> Moving! <BR> Yes I am moving yet again to a bigger and nicer place so I am quite happy but of course busier. I'll have a real kitchen and will be able to buy a big fridge and have all the place I need to c... Mon, 28 May 2012 07:14:14 EST TROUBLE AHEAD Tomorrow is the General Assembly of my workplace, big time stress. <BR> I am organizing a round table about the study and volunteer abroad programs I am leading this year (and ,trivially, which justifies a third of my salary) and it's part of my training. <BR> I know there will be a lot of good foods and I have to host a lunch for the participants which makes it hard to not eat what has been prepared. <BR> So I am asking you to send me all the positive vibes possible so that <BR> <BR> 1_I ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:18:36 EST a sparking day Recently I have not been exercising regularly, no time, no motivation. <BR> I have not tracked and not eaten right. <BR> I felt like I was back to my pre SP life. <BR> So I decided to go for a do over <BR> Baby steps <BR> <BR> This weekend I started tracking again , walking to the grocery store instead of taking the car. Took an hour walk in the woods on top of it. <BR> This Sunday I did a 10 k walk Jog charity event. It was great, I wasn't sure my body could handle it but it did. <BR> What'... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 13:25:53 EST 50% good 50% bad I am just back from a trip to London with my students. I usually fear these school trips because I know I wont exercise and will eat poorly. <BR> This time I did 50 % ok; yes we did eat sandwiches at every single meal and I had quite a few lattes and flapjacks. <BR> But I also did a lot of portion control at breakfast and dinner, and we walked at least two hours every day at a fairly fast speed because I wanted them to avoid the subway as much as possible so they could see more of London. <BR... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:59:46 EST Picture Blog Hi <BR> After a few demands from a limited number of sparkers here is a picture blog showing what happened in the past 4 months <BR> <BR> First there was some <img src=""> <BR> awesome weight loss: I reached my healthy BMI <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then came Christmas and a very sick nephew <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He got better... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:05:20 EST 100 % back, I mean almost Alright people, I fell off the wagon for a little while during and after post car crash recovery but I am BACK! <BR> <BR> What did I do? <BR> <BR> I bought sweat pants. <BR> <BR> Yep <BR> <BR> I figured that since I wasn't exercising I could at least be active. Thing is, being active when you are wearing tight pants and heels is not all that easy. <BR> <BR> So I bought some sort of half workout half casual wear pants. And wore them. <BR> <BR> Result: I walked 3 times already this week, ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:11:34 EST Joined the Sweet tooth Challenge! Hi all <BR> As part of my get back on track operation, I joined the sweet tooth challenge to go back to not craving sweets and sugary foods more than once a week. <BR> <BR> I am very excited about it and motivated! Thu, 8 Mar 2012 08:19:03 EST Crazy week coming to an end This was completely crazy, I didn't exercise safe for a long walk and ate more than usual. <BR> I had two very big assignments to work on and they are done, I am on vacation for a week so I can do the rest of the work and take some time for myself. <BR> Tomorrow is clean up day and meal planning <BR> Sunday Swimming <BR> Monday I am getting a massage <BR> Tuesday bike ride in the countryside <BR> Wednesday chiropractor <BR> Thursday swimming <BR> Friday dunno but it'll be fun <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 14:28:20 EST Teacher Training recap SO we had no internet in the rooms, just the study rooms and the food was... well imagine bad quality fried food every day, one, yes just one veggie per meal and it always came soaked in mayonaise . <BR> I did what I could, I went on hour long vigourous walks and as soon as we had some time off I went to the grocery store to buy fruits and bricks of soup. <BR> At least I did less damage than last time. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:20:15 EST off to Teacher Training Tomorrow starts a new session of TT, this time I am more than resolved to not let it wreck my diet! <BR> I will eat sensitive portions and skip unhealthy snacks and since I have my laptop with me I'll do the SP videos everyday. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:03:40 EST Oh Karma... I know I shouldn't be happy but... <BR> My boss is an absolute A$$hole <BR> <BR> He is mean and pasive agressive and so not PC, we all cringe at his "jokes" and all wish one day he'll be fired. <BR> <BR> Last July we heard that he had propositioned a young intern( barely 18 and he's a Headmaster) so we demanded an explanation as to why he hadn't been fired; He denied everything and the board stood by his side. They said nothing had happened and if we talked about it he'd sue us. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:33:45 EST How reverting back to couch potato can seriously break you Hi everyone <BR> <BR> First of all, I want to thank every single person who has sent heart warming messages/goodies/comments in the past three weeks. <BR> Post car crash recovery has been tough on my spirits and body and I feel so lucky it's over. <BR> <BR> That second week was hell because my body merely broke down. My back was better but I was getting blazing headaches, nausea, had low tension etc. The doctor who is also a friend of mine figured out in the end that it was the sudden life... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:11:16 EST Coach Dean's article on grief Here an article I just read and it really hit the spot, I am clearly on stage 4/5 and hope to move on to 5 soon. I never imagined you could talk about grieving for something else than the death of a loved one but after reading it a lot of things made sense to me. <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=962 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:23:22 EST Car Crash Last Tuesday on my way home from work I had a car accident (frontal impact my tiny car versus a four wheeler) that left me car-less and in a lot of pain. <BR> At first I was shocked and angry at the universe, I had just bought this car a few months ago and I have so much work to do that now was the worst time to be bed ridden. <BR> I hated that people kept saying how lucky I was that I didn't die or loose my legs, I felt that being in pain and bed ridden was enough bad luck. <BR> Now I am se... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:49:35 EST I'm the sexy teacher, wait, what?! So lately I ran into a friend of friends who is a rugby player and has some of my students on his team. He told me that the kids (they are between 17 and 19 years old) asked him if he could help them get a date with me and he had to remind them how young they are and that they need to calm down. He did not repeat everything they said (and frankly I'd rather not know)but apparently I am quite popular with the senior students and that has nothing to do with teaching. <BR> I have to say it's qui... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:00:43 EST I'm a runner! This morning I went on my morning walk/jog but decided to ditch the pedometer and see how long I could run without stopping. A lot more than I thought! <BR> I ran a total of 45 minutes, slowed down three times and my knees hurt a bit twice but that's all! <BR> As I was running I thought about my younger self who always saw runners as semi gods; When I was a child I had knee and ankle problems so the doctor banned me from exercising; I spent my childhood watching others play and growing bigger... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 05:31:38 EST Christmas Miracle This year I had a very special Christmas... <BR> I thought it started pretty poorly (see previous blog) but then I got home and was greeted at the train station by my mom and 4 year old nephew. What's so incredible about it is that my nephew was never a big fan of me, I was in the US when he was born so I did not meet him until he was 9 months old and then left for China for two years; I so seldom saw him he thought I lived in ... the phone. <BR> But this year he was very happy to see me and ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:47:26 EST Oh joyfull vacation, stress, upset stomach and a racist uncle I am back to my parents' home for the winter break and finally getting better. I have had an upset stomach for a while and I know it's from stress but I have kept working and worrying about work. <BR> I also spent three days with my great uncle and aunt whom I have stayed with often as a child and teenager and always really liked but each time I see them I understand a little more why my cousins won't spend time with them. <BR> <BR> I don't think there is a way to soften the portrait, my au... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:20:23 EST DISAPPEARING BELLY Recently I've noticed something, my belly is disappearing. Not too sad about this loss I sucked it in and realized that I would have a totally flat belly if only it was more toned. <BR> So I guess it's time to really stick to ST three times a week. <BR> As I am shopping for Christmas I also decided to spend my workplace's Christmas gift (a giftcard valid in a hundred stores) on fitness items <BR> on the list: <BR> new (smaller!!!!) running pants and yoga pants <BR> stability ball <BR> resista... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:49:11 EST Feeling good On Sunday I decided that I had been avoiding the scale for long enough and jumped on: <BR> 4.4 pounds lost! I have officially broke my 2 months plateau! <BR> <BR> It made me so happy I am now even more motivated! <BR> I have been running up and down stairs all day, packed my lunch and a snack (though I should have packed a late afternoon snack because hunger stroke at 6pm and all I had was a vending machine snack ) <BR> Thanks to the ego and energy boost I did a cardio fusion dvd workout. I... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:15:42 EST Prioritizing This semester has been hectic for me, I moved, increased my work load and got new responsibilities, started teacher training, signed up for yoga and bi-weekly swimming classes as well as helping a friend going through a custody battle. <BR> <BR> The result is that I am exhausted and for the past two weeks my back had been really sore to the point that I couldn't lift my arms (which is an issue when you teach, can't write on the board) <BR> That's when I decided to finally go to the doctor. H... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 13:15:27 EST hum... Back from a week of training I can't say I learned much (think hippie professors treating teaching like a philosophy dissertation, "so what IS teaching, what IS learning" but I did have a great time with the other teachers <BR> My back was killing me so there was no run outside but to the pharmacy to get pain killers, not cool. <BR> We were "hosted" by a boarding school so we had the total "feel like a student" experience: we slept in dorms, ate at the school cafeteria and our breaks were pun... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:32:09 EST Training Leaving tomorrow for a week of training in the middle of nowhere,France. <BR> Won't have a choice over what I eat, won't really have time or space to exercise... <BR> I am not looking forward to that <BR> But I am looking forward to learning how to be a better teacher and I think I can fit in a few morning run. <BR> Fighting! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:13:16 EST What really works for me... and solutions to what doesn't I have always deemed myself a healthy person; in fact, even overweight I had an "athlete heart" (quote from my doctor) and very healthy cholesterol levels, sugar etc. I was always pretty active, rode to work (10k everyday) and swam and did yoga and fencing. I am not a potato couch, actually I hardly ever watch TV, don't drink soda, don't have a thing for chips and other junk food, go to a fast food once a year or so when I take my nephew. <BR> <BR> So why wasn't I loosing weight? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 03:16:35 EST These boots are made for walkin' I am officially back on track, <BR> I woke up early, walked/jogged 30 minutes then did two loads of laundry, then walked an hour with a friend then did grocery shopping for the next two weeks and ate super healthy all day and walked twenty more minutes. <BR> Can't believe I let myself eat poorly and not exercise last week when I feel so good just getting my daily sweat and bread. <BR> <BR> And to conclude this wonderful day, I decided to take just another 5 minutes walk in the city center a... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:09:06 EST Going back to my core values Has you know I have had a bit of a bad week and was heading the wrong way. <BR> Thanks to your support and my family I stopped where I was to pause and reflect. <BR> I think I just needed to let go off some steam and focus on who I am and what my values are. <BR> So I am going back to cooking my own healthy meals, exercising more often, going back to Yoga practice and listening to my favorite songs. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to a Jack Johnson's song, with an extra ending <BR> it's really wh... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:36:26 EST