SNAPRUNNER's SparkPeople Blog SNAPRUNNER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More blogs=greater weight loss Over the past couple of weeks, I have lost and gained the same 10 pounds 3 times over. That's a lot of fluctuating you might think, but for me it is pretty normal. My "lowest" number keeps getting a little bit lower each time, so I know I am making progress--but it is so hard to see the "highest" number getting a little higher each time as well resulting in my weigh in chart to look like a tempermental roller coaster. <BR> <BR> But! <BR> <BR> I have also noticed that when my number goes up... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:44:37 EST Salt is thine enemy and other ticked off ramblings. I ate well yesterday right up until I got over-hungry after volleyball. We had friends over which was a blast, made ham steaks, maccaroni and corn on the cob. While this is NOT my usual diet, I had some of each with a side of tomatos. The ham steak and the carbs from the maccaroni made me swell up like a balloon. My body just can't handle the extra sodium. While I didn't gain any weight, I didn't lose any either--which is fine. But I feel bloated. Even my pants fit differently today. I wish I... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:23:18 EST Soon it becomes habit Walked over to the soda cooler to get myself a diet mountain dew. <BR> <BR> Put my change in. <BR> <BR> Bent down and hit the water button. Damn! <BR> <BR> I am both annoyed and proud of my reflex. <BR> <BR> It truly does become habit if you do it often enough. <em>334</em> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:51:38 EST Power of Perception I am a very optimistic person by nature. I work hard, and I smile and wag my tail at everyone I meet. I am also in a very social job. I feel like I am surrounded by friendly people all the time and I enjoy it. <BR> <BR> My sister on the other hand... <BR> <BR> She repeatedly makes choices that land her in bad situations. I'm not talking jail or drugs (I hope), but smaller things like forgetting to pay her electric bill for 3 months, then suddenly having to come up with $500 to pay it bef... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:51:32 EST So hard to re-start after a bad weekend Ever notice that if you eat well, you want to keep eating well. And if you fall off the wagon, it is SO DAMN HARD to get back on track again? <BR> <BR> This past weekend I was on a perscription steroid and it really messed with my brain. And my eating. I am finally off of it and have the mind set that I will resume where I left off and it is so hard! Even after a measly week I have the "ONE piece of cake isn't that bad" mentality. It's not just the ONE piece of cake though, it's the one pi... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:19:16 EST uuuhhhhhhgggghhh It is 4 in the afternoon, and I am forcing myself to type this out. Need.To.Conserve.Energy. <BR> <BR> I have been on a steriod for my breathing since Wednesday. The first day I lost 4 pounds. I was psyched. The second day I gained 2 pounds, the third day I gained 4 pounds, It is now Monday and I am back up 7 pounds. I *know* it's the steroid, and I *know* it is temporary, but I am SO depressed right now. Again, that is also the steroid talking. <BR> <BR> I also feel like I am dreaming. T... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:48:45 EST Steroids I haven't mentioned this in any of my recent blogs, but I have been working around a pretty consistent case of the "I can't breathes". Had no idea what it was so I went in to the doctor on Monday, and he asked if I was pregnant. No doc, but I have been pregnant, and I don't know what that has to do with my inability to breathe. Grr. He sent me home with some antibiotics after giving me an apparent clean bill of health. Tuesday I get up, and it seems to be worse than it was the day before. Tu... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:58:46 EST Listen to Thy Body I was talking to a guy at work today. He recently has been suffering from runners injuries. First it was his hip, now it has traveled down to his ankle. He said to me that he really just wants to give up, lay on the couch with his little white flag. I know how he feels, because I have been there too. It has taken me almost 4 years to lose the weight I have lost. So I know all too well how fitness motivation ebbs and flows. Apparently his healthcare professional also told him that he doesn't ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:09:24 EST Food=Fuel. You wont get there by starving yourself. For the past week I have really made an effort to eat every hour, if not ever couple of hours. An apple here, a cucumber there. My main diet has been sweet potatoes and bananas, actually. It really helps to track my food then too, so I can see exactly how many calories are going in versus out. It worked really well the first week, I lost 3 pounds. <BR> <BR> Then the weekend hit. <BR> <BR> And I allowed myself to indulge in ice cream and chocolate bars (in moderation). The whole weekend ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:43:44 EST Late night jaunt with my Mini Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Friday after taking family photos with some friends, my daughter and I decided to go for a late-night jog. We started out pretty fast, since she can run faster than I can and is built like her daddy, but she ended up evening out with me toward the middle of the run. We had a basic debate over how far it would be to go from where my car was parked to the McDonalds and back. She thought it would surely be 6 miles-... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:54:02 EST Respect for the Big Top! Do you remember going to the circus when you were young? I do. I remember the lights, and the elephants, and the pretty colored costumes. I always got a balloon and cotton candy which I inevitably made for sticky fingers and a stained shirt. I also remember the smell of popcorn and the loud boom of the ringleader. <BR> <BR> But never once did I even stop to think about the incredible strength circus performers have to have. Even watching them as they ride atop an elephant as it heaves bac... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:25:29 EST Volleyball Last night I went to a Snap sanctioned volleyball night with my husband and we were there for about 3 hours. I only wrote in that we "played" for 30 minutes because we did a lot of standing around and talking as well. The kids got to play in the sand and go swimming for a little while. It was fun. I tracked EVERYTHING I ate yesterday, and I am amazed that I only had a 600 calorie deficit INCLUDING my 30 minutes of volleyball. That means that I often over eat when I "Think" I am staying on tra... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:03:08 EST I am NORMAL! I have always known that I have a heavy frame. Usually when you tell people that though, they chalk it up to the "I'm big boned" or "it's baby fat" when you had your baby 6 years ago. I go to the doctor and they weigh me. I weigh in at 190 pounds on a 5'6 frame, sometimes more depending on what I am wearing--so of course they look at me like i'm a slob even though I work out hard 4 days a week and don't eat out all the time. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER! <BR> <BR> I went in for a body fat analysis. A... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:39:49 EST Count Nutrition, not Calories I read somewhere a small snipitt of advice, and it was to count nutrition, not calories. What a simple concept! Instead of worrying about my calories, I wanted to focus on eating for nutrition. <BR> <BR> Well, last night my husband and I went on a date. We had steaks, salads, and potato wedges. I coudn't finish all of my steak or wedges, and the cucumbers on the salad tasted so fresh! We then went to the movies where I ordered a kids pack (kids size popcorn and soda), my husband said it w... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:17:05 EST Weekend from diet hell This weekend my family went camping with some friends. Camping is always a downfall for me. I eat whatever I want, dinner is usually cooked over grease to keep it from sticking to the pans over the fire. Chips galore. and Smores until you throw up. This weekend wasn't quite so bad, because there was a swimming hole with obstacale courses in it that we played on, and my best friend and I ran a local 5k just for the heck of it. Got home and had mcdonalds for dinner plus sat down with a bucket ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:01:17 EST Spark Coach prompted blog I have been on and off Sparkpeople for quite some time. Years actually. I often recommend it to my clients. I am a much healthier version of myself than I was when I first started, thats for sure. Beginning at just under 250 pounds and now weighing in on 185 on a good day, I'd say thats not too shabby. But I still want to lose about 30 pounds. Should be totally do-able, right? <BR> <BR> Then why am I having such a HARD time with it? I work in a gym. In fact, there are 36 pieces of equipment... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 16:00:01 EST Re-starting. Sort of I have been consistently lifting and working out, but I haven't really seen very drastic results. My wedding is over and I am happy with how it all turned out. But now I want to refocus on myself and my fitness. <BR> <BR> Today my goal was to drink 16 ounces of water right away when I get out of bed, and to eat within 30 minutes of getting up, then to eat every 3 hours. Well, I am a little behind on my lunch, and I can tell, but the rest has been accomplished. I also ordered a new body f... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:42:02 EST Motivation shift My sister annouced last Christmas that she was engaged. Since then, not another word has been spoken until recently she announces that she wants to get married the week before Christmas. Its the end of October hunny, you have lots of planning to do if you want to pull off a wedding before Christmas! After a few weeks she decides Christmas just wont happen, it had been pushed off till spring. And now it has been pushed off until June. <BR> <BR> I have decided that this is a perfect opportu... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:52:45 EST Parisi Speed School Dreams Yesterday you had an amazing interview with a health club that participates in the Parisi Speed school... Today you got to work out with them. You are hooked. I'm scared of what that means if I don't get into the club...I want this. I want it so bad I can taste it. Lonnie is not supportive at all--in my head I know why he isn't--hes scared but it is so frustrating. I'm wondering if he will ever be supportive of me and what I do. Physically I will need a few months to get up to par with the tr... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:40:10 EST Welcome Back So after roughly a month of a hiatus, I am getting back on track. The wonderful thing is that during this hiatus, I didn't gain any weight. But I am feeling the effects of not running like I had been. So I am starting slow again. Run/walking. Doing more walking right now even though my brain wants to run. Slowly I tell myself--no injuries wanted for this girl.... <BR> <BR> Oh, and even better. I have an interview tomorrow. Its for a health club that is participating int he Parisi Speed Scho... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:05:42 EST After a little bit of bitching. A little motivation. I JUST posted a blog entry about how I am a slow runner, how I will never be a fast runner blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> Well, I decided I was going to force myself to run faster. So I jumped on the treadmill. Gave myself 3 minutes to warm up *I work in a gym so I have been doing cycling, elliptical and jogging nearly all day* Lately I have been feeling a lot of hip flexor and shin pain so I was a little leery about pushing the up botton on my speed. <BR> <BR> But I did. <BR> <BR> And I man... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:16:11 EST Little bit Frustrated I got a text message from a client who was very thrilled with her weight loss results. In 2 weeks she lost 12.6 pounds. This is pretty typical for a client her size going from couch potato to running and lifting so I am also very thrilled--for her. <BR> <BR> For myself, however, I am having a rough time. I have slacked on my running lately and I feel it. I think anyone out there who is actively trying to lose weight knows what a good day it will be when you wake up FEELING skinny. Its been ... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:45:57 EST Harley Weekend is OVER! This weekend was a mess for me. My husband and I ran a beer/food tent outside of a bar during the busy weekend, which was very cold, and sometimes windy and rainy. By Sunday we were both just plain beat! We slept most of the day on sunday (like getting up at 10, going to take a nap from 1:30-5, staying awake till 9 then going back to bed. Lots of sleep. The whole weekend was a bad eating weekend for me as well. I'm fairly certain I only ate ONE healthy meal. The rest was chips, hot beef sandw... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:32:36 EST Re-Start So even though I haven't exactly fallen off the wagon, I think I have gotten a little crazy with updating goals, I was all the way up to being allowed to eat 1500 to 1800 calories in a day, even though the intensity of my workouts hadn't changed, just the length. And so there my scale sits. <BR> <BR> Instead of trying to update my goals, I am going to stay consistent. <BR> <BR> I know I can get in 30 minutes of a workout in each day. So thats what my goal is. <BR> <BR> I know that I can... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:38:47 EST Lifes better when I blog Hi again self, <BR> Just thought I would touch base with you, and compliment you on your 30 minute 2.16 mile run today. Yep, you said it. It took you 30 minutes to run 2.16 miles. I KNOW I have increased my speed, and my distance, so to know that it took me 14 minutes to run 2.16 miles is both scary to think about what I WAS running, and disapointing. This whole blurb sounds negative, but really its not. I looked at my watch today and figured Id had about 30 minutes to run, so thats what I di... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:03:41 EST Its monday again The weekend always holds extra challenges for me as far as my goals go. I should look at the weekend and say "Hey! I have a whole 5 hours a day that I can spend doing whatever I want instead of working"....As usual that isn't always the case though. Friday my husband and I attempted to go on a "date". We ordered the kids pizza for dinner, got to the restaraunt, and we get a text message--the food hadn't arrived yet. so I called the pizza place, they said they lost our address and its on its w... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:49:57 EST No longer a stiff 2x4. Now officially a toe toucher! Each day I have been doing stretches, regardless of whether or not I worked out during the day (which I usually did) . I usually stand with my feet about a foot apart and work to touch the floor because I had it in my head that I couldn't touch the toes if my feet were together. Well yesterday my 12 year old was trying to touch her toes, so I said I would give it a try and lo and behold I could do it!! I am no longer a stiff 2x4, I am officially a toe toucher. <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 10:13:40 EST 4.5 mile run I mapped out my run before I even started. I planned to take my usual route, then run to the bar where my husband would be waiting--get a drink of water and run home for a grand total of 5.5 miles. As I was running though, I some how cut off a mile. Even at the end of my run, I was pretty tired but I felt accomplished. So accomplished even, that when that last hill glared at me, I smiled back at it. And who would have thunk that hill would crumble under MY pressure. Sure nuff. I made it to th... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 20:02:23 EST Doubts Kate, <BR> About a week ago you set up a workout plan when you were feeling great. Now that I am looking at this plan, I have come to realize that you weren't very flexible with it and pretty much set yourself up for failure. While it is still a good plan, I would deffinately suggest allowing for some wiggle room. <BR> <BR> That being said, Your 3.2 mile walk turned into a 6.23 mile run. Your 6 mile bike ride turned into a 4.2 bike ride followed by 45 minutes in the gym doing circuit traini... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:12:06 EST Letter from my trainer Hi Kate, <BR> Yesterday you woke up-not early, but just in time to get out the door before Casey woke up and put on her little 3 year old running shoes, and went for your run. 3.23 miles I believe. By the end of your run you felt great. Accomplished even. A few walk breaks, but really, had you been pushing yourself a tiny bit harder, you could have ran the whole thing. Be proud you are giving yourself a great base to run on. <BR> <BR> In the evening you realize that yesterday was the day yo... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:06:19 EST Third time writing this stupid blog I typed this blog up yesterday and it went missing. got 3/4 of the way through it again today, and my wonderful 3 year old turned off my computer. GRR! <BR> <BR> So starting over, the short version before something happens to THIS blog entry. Yesterday I weighed in and found that not only had I not lost any weight, I gained back the unofficial 1 pound that I thought I lost earlier in the week. <BR> <BR> The scale generally determines how I feel for the day, so I don't know why I allow myse... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:48:46 EST Frustration I have increased my workouts, and I have been tracking my food. And still I have "gained" 3 pounds. My brain says this isn't possible. Its water weight--ya de dah. But I am still frustrated. I have noticed that this week I am eating my calories, but I am not eating GOOD calories--which means I have retained water with all the carbs I am eating.... <BR> <BR> huh... <BR> <BR> that makes sense. Interesting how a journal will help you see things you can't see when you are looking down at a scal... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:48:59 EST Circut training Today I went to the gym because I didn't get out for my run before the sun set. At first I was dreading my treadmill workout so I decided to change it up a bit. I would run for the duration of one song, then do bicep curls for a song, then go back to running, and alternate each muscle group with segments of running. To do my biceps, triceps, pushups, curtsey lunges, lunges, and back extensions--with a pee break, it took me an hour. About 30 minutes total run with 30 minutes total weight lifti... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 23:13:29 EST Beached whale "Hey hunny, do you want to go out on the boat with Jesse and his wife?" <BR> "Sure!" I said quickly as I jump into the bathtub to shave my legs. <BR> <BR> There! There it was!! My cue to STOP. But did I? Heck NO! <BR> <BR> We get on the boat, and even though I woke up yesterday morning and had an incredible morning with dropping a pound in just a few days I felt miserable. didn't wear my swimsuit because I felt like a whale. Was worried about keeping the boat weight equal on both sides so ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:22:28 EST Woot Woot! Yesterday went SO friggen well! First, I quit my job working with autistic children. Now most people would be like... eh? But seriously, it wasn't for me even though I would love to help kids, I simply can't justify helping add to childhood obesity to do so. There are many ways I can help--but that way just isn't it. Once I told them that I couldn't do it any more--a weight lifted off of my shoulders like you wouldn't believe. I truely feel like I made the right decision and I feel great abou... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:28:14 EST How long does it take to create a habit? It seems to me that I have read it takes roughly 60 to 90 days to create a habit. So today was day 1 of 60-90 of me getting up and going for a walk. Not a quick walk--just a walk that wakes me up and gets me started for the day. That way, if I do not do anything else for that day I will know I have my walk in. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Although today my butt hurts from my workouts yesterday.... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And today I start my second job working with autistic kids. <em>24<... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:05:45 EST Back on track To sum up this weekend I will simply sucked. After having the stress of the weekend, eating really poorly, and not exercising nearly enough--I literally felt like I was hungover. But today, I am back. <BR> <BR> I set my alarm this morning for 6:45 thinking I would get up and get a run in. Fail. Didn't happen. Instead I got to work and I coached a client to his breaking point when he turned to me and said "you know, if you weren't here, I would be laying on the floor over there not ... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:44:29 EST A really good title that fits everything into one sentence.... Where to begin... I recently got a new job as a therapist for autistic children to supplement my income since training is very ebb and flow. Yesterday was my first day with my first kiddo. I told my husband this in the morning, and I had been talking about it ALL week. However, work called him and he had to run equipment to one of his technicians at 11. By 1:00 he still wasn't home, and I was forced to call my new boss and tell her I wouldn't be to the kids house on time because my husband wa... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:40:06 EST Suprising answers In a coaching book that I am reading, there were two questions on a page that stood out, and I suprised myself when I answered the questions using not what I SHOULD do, but what I WANT most. <BR> <BR> "When you imagine the life you want, how do you see yourself starting each day?" <BR> With an early morning jog--suprisingly. <BR> <BR> "What makes your heart dance?" <BR> Finishing a run. <BR> <BR> I think that settles it. My heart is in fitness, and I have been longing to find strength an... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:06:19 EST Too soon to celebrate? Every day I find myself telling people to get excited about their little achievements. This morning, I helped coach a 400 pound man on the verge of gastric bypass through 30 repetitions of laying on his belly, and simply standing up. To most of us, this is a very common feat--simple even. But when you are carrying an extra person, it is not easy to accomplish such a task. Needless to say, by 9 he was tired. By 15 he was dead tired. By 20 the only thing keeping him going was me counting down t... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:56:00 EST Wonder of the Blog As I sit here with my hair in one of those awesome highlighting caps, I reflect on the day. The past 3 nights I haven't blogged. And the past 3 days my eating has gone to the dumps. I made up my mind last night that today I was going to get back on the ball. So this morning I got up eat pancakes and bacon. Grrr. <BR> <BR> To that, I decided to go on a bike ride. a total of a 7 mile bike ride in about 60 minutes made me feel pretty darn good, followed by a 2 hour nap and dinne... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 22:53:25 EST Silver lining I set my alarm this morning to go off at 6:45. Last night I had decided that in order for me to get a good workout for ME in, I had to do it before everyone else woke up. 7:00 I finally hear my alarm...shut it off and went right back to sleep. <BR> <BR> At 10:00 when I finally did wake up, I felt disappointed with myself. But then two things entered into my mind. First, that last night I spent 20 minutes riding a bike with my daughter. I can run miles, I can hike for days, I can do squats u... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 11:35:31 EST The Husband Trap. My calories were on track yesterday. I decided that since I had eaten closer to 1200 the day before, I would allow myself to eat closer to my ceiling yesterday to keep myself satisfied. At the end of my day, I had successfully eaten 1350 calories. But then. The husband. Took me. To DAIRY QUEEN! Of course, he knows I can't turn down icecream. Instead of getting a cone, I got a peanut buster parfait. About half way in, I was satisfied so I STOPPED EATING. This, my friend, is a HUGE breakthrough... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:48:27 EST Alright Kiddo Dear Me, <BR> You are sitting on the couch right now in a size of jeans that is entirely too large, wearing a quarter sleeve shirt to cover your arms, and you can feel your double chin--and trust me, you are not comfortable at all. <BR> <BR> Every day you get up and you call your clients, asking them how their weekend went, how they are feeling, and encouraging to keep going with their weight loss goals. You tell them they will feel so great, and their journey is worth it. But when you han... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 19:30:37 EST