SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community IBS Flare & Lost for a Solution I was so, so prepared for this week. I made egg cups, I baked banana bread with the brown bananas, I cleaned the kitchen (with the help of my mom who visited for a few hours!). I was so ready. <BR> <BR> And then the eggs cups. Oh the egg cups. They contained a few mushrooms, 1 tiny pepper cup up and divided into 6 large cups, 1 cherry tomato per cup, eggs, feta, and cream cheese for texture. And then the horrible things started happening. I don't really get abdominal pain (even thoug... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:16:27 EST On Wednesdays, We Run I ran again! I'm averaging 1 run per week and it tends to land on Wednesday. LoL. I did 2 minutes walking and 1 minute running again and did a total of about 2.2 miles around my neighborhood. It was so hot and muggy so breathing was a little rough but overall, I felt pretty good. I listened to a podcast while I ran which kept me plenty distracted :) <BR> <BR> I haven't been to crossfit in like a month. Ugh <BR> <BR> But you all know its because I have felt like crap-o. I am thinkin... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:56:21 EST Health Update & Fun Sewing Projects I found yet another great resource for my ongoing health issues. I was listening to a podcast on The Primal Blueprint with Dr. Ruscio. He's a functional medicine doctor who specializes in thyroid and digestive issues. Wow! Sounds like something I need to listen to. And guess what, he has his own podcast! So I'll be drowning in his voice for a while and I've already been on this website: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Also, I finally remembered to call my d... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:42:31 EST Current Reading: The Paleo Thyroid Solution Yesterday, I decided to listen to a podcast while I worked by Mark Sisson, the Primal Blueprint. I've been a fan of his for years and always like when his podcasts releases long interviews. The one I pulled up was an interview with his normal host (he doesn't usually host it himself), Elle Russ. <BR> <BR> Interview: <link><BR>-mark-sisson-elle-russ/ </link> <BR> <BR> She wrote a book called The Paleo Thyroid Solution and Mark published it for her... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 11:13:05 EST September Goals & Closet Remodel Good morning! So, update on the weeekend organization - it went great! Spent a little more than I wanted to at Ikea but my closet works so much better now. I thought that the clutter was just me being messy but really, it was that I had no place to put things. The room is still in progress but the shelves are helping so much already! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of time visiting my grandma t... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:17:08 EST So Many Gyms, So Little Time Happy Thursday! This week seems to be going SO FAST! <BR> <BR> So far, I've taken 3 doses of Vitamin D and it might be placebo but I feel much better in the afternoons. Mornings are still rough but I know to be patient. It won't get better over night! <BR> <BR> I tracked my food this week. Monday was almost 3000 calories! Whoops. Tuesday and Wednesday were just under 2000. I am okay with that. I am just trying to get in the habit of tracking and paying attention. 2000 is approx... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:19:32 EST Feeling More Motivated Hello! I'm blogging twice this week! What is happening?! Haha. <BR> <BR> So, I researched the Vitamin D thing and its all up in the air, but the overall consensus is that while its better to find out what is causing it (which is really hard to do), you will feel like crud with not enough. So I've chosen to supplement and find out why some other time. Because I have a feeling it has to do with my chronic inflammation and my IBS and its hard to work on fixing that when I'm took exhausted ... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:01:47 EST Explanation for Lethargy Remember my very last blog where I was complaining about being tired all the time? I just had blood work done for my annual wellness exam and guess what! My Vitamin D levels are super low! Like, borderline need-a-prescription low. You know what some symptoms of low vitamin D are? <BR> <BR> 1. Exhaustion <BR> 2. Brain Fog <BR> 3. IBS symptoms <BR> 4. Depression/Feelings Down <BR> 5. Lack of interest <BR> 6. Sensitivity to Pain <BR> <BR> I have all of those things! I actually bough... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:20:08 EST Feeling Exhausted I have great news for me! (if there are any guys reading, warning TMI).... I got my IUD removed! I don't know if you all remember but my insertion SUCKED. I was in misery but my doctor said to give it a few months and I did and I told her I was over it this last annual checkup. She agreed it had been long enough and it should come out. I instantly felt better (after the initial shock to my system because it hurt coming out). I haven't had any of the weird stabbing cramps I've been havin... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:12:14 EST Mid August Updates So, first off, most of my goals are out the window. <BR> <BR> I was doing great with Crossfit but missed 1 day last week (out of 3) and have not been getting to bed early enough this week to go. I made other things higher priority and I'm okay with that. I've been sewing a ton and it makes me happy. It has literally been years since I've done any of my hobbies and felt true joy in them (I think I have struggled with some minor depression for a while now but that's a story for another day)... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:46 EST August 2017 Goals! Quick blog today. Let's come up with some goals!! I have a new planner (my other one fell apart) and there is an area at the beginning of every month that I can keep track. There are 4 circles so I will make 4 goals to keep it simple. (If you want to talk planners, it's my first ever Erin Condren and it is so worth the money!!) <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> Goal 1: Crossfit 3x/week <BR> I've signed up and paid buku money for Crossfit. I will use my 3 times per week to a max! The plan is M... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 08:20:44 EST Weekly Report - Crossfit Week 1 I officially completed 1 whole week of Crossfit! I signed up for 3 classes per week and I decided that Monday, Wednesday, Thursday would work best for me. My legs are totally beat today and I can't do stairs at all, I have to go down sideways. Haha. I know it will get better as my body adapts. I don't think I'll be running this weekend. <BR> <BR> Speaking of running, I've agreed to run a half marathon in October <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My friend who is new to running wants to do the ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:01:56 EST CrossFit OTG Day 2! Hello!!! Quick entry this morning. Last week, I was sick of not ever making time for the gym that I decided I need a change. After talking to my awesome buddy Kristen (KRISSYSWIM16), I decided to go check out a local Crossfit gym (Crossfit OTG) that I hadn't been to before. Instead of making excuses, I told the coach (who called me the next day after I filled out their online form) that I would go at 6AM on Friday. So early! <BR> <BR> Friday's workout was killer but good! Lots of runnin... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:44:58 EST Re-planning July Hello!!! Well, what a turn around this week. Still stressed out but feeling so much better. I took off July 3rd and the 4th was a work holiday. I think that 4 day weekend really helped. Also, this is my last week at my current job so I'm slowly handing things off. I'm still SOOOO busy, as I have become a critical part of the team but I'm scrambling to get it all done and everyone else trained! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Nutrition <BR> Food and eats have been... okay. I haven't been track... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:12:16 EST June 2017 Recap - Life Happens Hey everyone!!! Long time, no blog. Things have definitely gotten better in that bad things have stopped happening. I had a rough month plus there. I won't go into the details of all the other crap that happened but let's just say that it was not a happy time. Lots of crying. Moving on. <BR> <BR> The past week and a half have been pretty stressful for me. I've been filling in for my project lead and I really don't enjoy the stress it comes with. I know they intend for me to move into... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:00:15 EST Hits Keep Coming, Trying to De-Stress More bad news in Angela-world. My brother's wife left him. Not really sure what's happening, he's trying to get her to come home so they can work it out. Ugh, I keep crying every time I think about it. This is his second wife who ran off with someone else :( <BR> <BR> So I decided after not being able to calm down yesterday that I need a break. I slept in the morning well past my alarm (good and bad thing about flexible work schedule). I made a nice breakfast and got a Cafe Au Lait fro... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:32:18 EST Easy Week before 10K <em>448</em> Chicken Update <BR> Good news is that the coop has been reinforced and the one last chicken is safe and sound in there! We're working on building a nice, safe run for him so he can run around a bit too. I feel bad keeping him locked up but only 1 or 2 more days until he can run around again. Also, Rob ordered 15 chicks today! He was going to get 10 but it was $45 shipping and free shipping if you ordered 15, thereby saving us $20. So yeah, 15 on their way!! And they have ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:31:39 EST A Good Run I got home from work and decided to go right to the park to run. It was decent and I managed to get 3.3 miles in! And I felt positive the whole time. My workouts lately have been plagued with negativity - negative thoughts, frustration, aches and pains, etc. Yesterday was pretty good the whole time. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I decided to check on the last chicken we have left. He was SO HAPPY to see me. I fed him (he ate out of my hand!) and we sat together for a while. I had a good ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:06:48 EST Not Feeling It, Forcing It This week has been hard. I've been really busy and I just haven't had any me time. I really just want a day alone, even without my hubby. I love him but I need some detox time. Right after my nephew's funeral, I found out a friend's brother passed away. Then my sister's dog got really sick and passed away. And my friend's dad just found out he has cancer. Then our new chickens? Well, a raccoon got 7 out of 8 of them. They're just chickens but I feel bad because I took them in to care ... Wed, 31 May 2017 09:49:43 EST Finding a New Routine Last week was just... a lot. Between the funeral and family and everything, I am exhausted. This weekend, Rob and I spent the whole time just running around doing a million things and all I want to do is stay home for a day. Just one day! I want to clean my room and organize my kitchen and just be home. Rob is definitely a busy body and I am sometimes too but I need time to recharge. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week is all about finding a new routine. My current routine is not working for m... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:35:43 EST First Weight Lost in YEARS This week has had its ups and downs. If you saw my previous post - not sure if I'll leave it up for take it down eventually - but there was a death in the family that has hit me pretty hard. On the bright side, I was already eating low carb and had no desire to dive head first in a vat of ice cream. I did have some carbs in the way of french fries (Wednesday) and French toast (Thursday) but I kept everything else lower carb. <BR> <BR> It ended up paying off because today, I weighed 223 po... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:38:11 EST Temp Post - Grief Yesterday, my dad found my 20 year old nephew unresponsive and cold. He is no longer with us. My whole family is a wreck. He was born when i was 12 and my parents raised him so he's like a brother more than a nephew. He has been going down the wrong path lately but i thought he'd make it through and come out stronger. Not sure what happened yet but police think he might have been drug related. I stayed home from work today. Not really sure what to do with myself but can't go to work and... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:35:51 EST Going Low Carb & 10K Training Hello! A bit of a mashup today: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> I have a 10K in 4.5 weeks! <BR> I'm actually pretty excited about it, it is through Central Park in NYC! My friend lives in Brooklyn and we're running together. Haven't really seen her since high school so I am really excited to spend the weekend with her! <BR> <BR> I'm not worried at all about the distance but I want to get faster/run more. She runs 9 minute miles so I won't be able to run *with* her but I can get better. I w... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:12:06 EST 2 Race Recaps & Tummy Update Hey strangers! I've been super busy lately, almost no time to myself. I did post 2 blogs on my public website about 2 races I did recently <BR> Atlantic City April Fool's 7K <BR> <link><BR>017 </link> <BR> Wildwood 8K <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Atlantic City race was not so fun. It was rainy, I was miserable, I hated life. The Wildwood race was much better. It was sunny and cool and my friend ran with ... Fri, 5 May 2017 12:35:49 EST Race Crazy & Fructose Test Results Getting ready for my race tomorrow. I keep thinking it is on Sunday but its tomorrow! I did end up switching to the 7K instead of the half and they didn't even charge me! That was cool. Also, I like the green 7K shirt better than the blue half shirt! So today I have to avoid bad foods (not junk foods but rather bad foods that upset my tummy like certain vegetables...) <BR> <BR> Today, I looked up a bunch of races coming up the rest of the year and my buddy Emily and I have started picki... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:16:50 EST 15K, 7K, and 8K Races and a Possible Keto Diet Coming! HELLO! Gosh, I have been so neglectful of my blog lately. I'm sorry! I did write a post on my public on about the Hot Chocolate 15K that I ran a few weeks ago. Link: <BR> <link><BR>y-hot-chocolate-15K-2017 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> The plan was to do long runs each weekend and run the Atlantic City April Fool's Half Marathon this weekend but that fell apart. No real excuse other than I am out of shape and out of routine. Also, feeling ter... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:56:00 EST First Run in Weeks! I ran yesterday!! I am less than 2 weeks away from the Hot Chocolate 15K in Philly and I needed to get some mileage. Now that my tummy is feeling better (yay!!!), I was more than happy (not really) to go for a run yesterday. <BR> <BR> I got home and drug my feet for a while because I was cold and it was supposed to get warmer around 5pm. Finally, I got dressed and headed to a local Nature Preserve. I decided that it would be more fun than running on concrete sidewalks around the neighbor... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:23:18 EST Day 2 & 3 of AC Restaurant Week I'm being such a sour-puss today, I deleted my first draft of my blog. How about we talk about last week? You saw my post about Doc's Oyster House. On Thursday, we went to The Ram's Head Inn, the same place where I was married. Their food is always good. I got the steamed clams, the rack of lamb (OMG my favorite all week), and fruit with whipped cream and chocolate mousse (none of the cakes were appealing to me and the waiter was happy to give me this when I asked!). <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:06:01 EST AC Restaurant Week 2017: Dock's Oyster House This week is going to be a total loss for fitness. It is Atlantic City Restaurant Week and I'm going to 3 dinners with my sister. Restaurant Week means that there is a limited menu, with 3 courses, for $35.17. My sister and I make sure to go every year because the restaurants we pick, it usually is $35 an entree from the normal menu. It is a great way to try all the lovely places in the area. <BR> <BR> I made sure to prep my stomach before dinner last night and took probiotics, digesti... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:55:45 EST Attack of the Mystery Food 14 Days of tracking in a row!!!! Woohooooo!!! Being part of an active nutrition group is really helping me with this. I would have stopped days ago if not for the accountability. <BR> <BR> You see, it all started on Thursday. I had a long meeting and went 7 hours between meals (unavoidable and unpredictable as well). I then went to dinner with my hubby and I got steak nachos - I mostly just ate the toppings with some of the chips so it was like a salad that I scooped up with tortilla ch... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:42:01 EST 30 Days of Nutrition Goals Holy Moly, its 8 days in a row of tracking! <BR> <BR> I joined a group through a website I'm a member of and we're doing a 30 day nutrition challenge. No rules, just make up your own. We started on Monday but I felt like I got a late start. Here is what I settled on: <BR> <em>4</em> Track everything I eat <BR> <em>194</em> 64 ounces of water per day <BR> <em>301</em> Stay under 2000 calories per day <BR> <BR> Of course, I have other things I would like to do as well: <BR> <e... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:52:57 EST 1 Point for Fitness, 6 Points for Nutrition! I only exercised once this week. THIS IS A PROBLEM. I will talk about that in a minute. First, i want to celebrate - I tracked SIX days in a row this week! SIX! That means I actually tracked on a Saturday. Actually, I didn't but this morning, I went online and filled it all in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My calories are terrible but I did the thing and that is good. I have 1 more day (today) to tra... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:35:22 EST Busy Overtime Bee Hello! Long time no chat. I have been really busy as usual and my normal blogging time got eaten up. ANYWAY! How about I just update? <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Work & Gym <em>323</em> <BR> Things are work are good. I've been really busy and working some overtime, but not in a stressful way. Which is also because I haven't been hitting the gym. You see, we pay monthly in person and I budgeted wrong and I forgot a bill so I didn't have the money so I missed 2 weeks. Then paychecks c... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:34:49 EST I Need a Change Holy moly. Yesterday was bad. I was rolling in pain all evening. And I believe I have pinpointed the culprit. A Philly Soft Pretzel. <BR> <BR> You see, someone at work brings soft pretzels in on Thursdays and leaves them in the break room for 50 cents each. I usually don't have one but once in a while I will "treat" myself. But I usually break it up. A munch here, a nibble there, and still each my normal food too. Well, I ate the entire pretzel yesterday but then never got hungry f... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:53:56 EST February 2017 Goals Hello! I added a blog post last night if you didn't see. I also blogged on my other website. I have been really bad over there, I didn't blog September, November, or December!! Here is the link: <link><BR>als/ </link> <BR> <BR> I explain more in the blog on my website but here are my goals for this month: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Goal 1: Drink 64 ounces of water per day <B... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:52:23 EST Stomach on Fire Hello!!! Sorry for not checking in more often lately. I like to blog in the morning but just haven't had the time! I figured an evening post is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Well, things are... okay. I mean, life is good right? Except I've been not following my food rules and my stomach is PISSED about it. I mean, really really angry. To the point that my gastritis is back with a vengeance. <BR> <BR> Definition: Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of t... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:12:23 EST Workout Done Already! Two in a row! That’s right, I hit the gym two days in a row. That is pretty hard for me. Today, I work in the afternoon so I had to go to the gym at 6AM which is soooo early for exercising. I do like though that I don’t have to eat beforehand. I prefer to not eat before workouts. This morning felt pretty low key, I think because 1) it was early and 2) the morning class is less chatty than the afternoon class. We did some burpees, rowing, snatches, and thrusters. It just seemed very sh... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:12:55 EST Holiday Weight Gain Happy New Year! I know I should talk about Christmas and New Years and how it was nice to spend with family and show ya'll pictures. But I really don't want to today... Because I weighed myself this morning and I got weird results. I just moved my scale from the old house to the new and weighed in today. My body fat percentage stayed the same but the scale says I'm up 7 pounds :( I probably believe it though, despite just having moved it and set it up. I will weigh myself again tomorrow... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:09:13 EST Christmas is almost here! Good morning! A couple things today... <BR> <BR> We're moved! Will, not competely but we're starting at the new house and so are the kitties, who area mostly not happy about it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Otto and Spooky have been the most willing to explore while Stormy is the least happy and has only really come out once. It's only been a few days though. The house is also looking like a home! <BR> <B... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:52:27 EST 16 Days Til Christmas Good morning! Sorry for the lack of health related blogs lately. Still super busy with the house. T minus 16 days until Christmas! It looks like it will be a small Christmas breakfast this year, which is probably good because we're not really sure how much room we'll have. We finished laying the flooring and we moved the piano in with the help of friends so it's looking good. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:58:18 EST Remodel: Foyer Light Rob and i have an interesting decor style. We feel in love with this light fixture from Ikea and had to have it. I'm in love! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's not everyone's style but i think it's awesome. Today we're finishing the flooring and putting in the kitchen island. Lots of crawling around on floors and squatting. I'm not feeling great though so i may sit in a chair and direct. Getting s... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:10:17 EST New Hobby Coming! I'm getting a piano!!!! OMG, you guys have no idea how excited I am. Lately, I've been looking for a creative outlet. Something I just purely enjoy. I've tried painting, drawing, coloring, crafts, sewing, etc. But nothing was clicking like it used to. I used to do all those things but it just wasn't right. I was talking about joining a local band to play my trumpet again but the thought of having to leave the house wasn't appealing. I wanted something more personal and relaxing. And ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:37:42 EST Remodeling, Thanksgiving, and Racing In case you missed it, I posted a photo of the kitchen remodel yesterday: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272737 </link> <BR> <BR> I am so freaking sore today! Rob and I spent all of last week painting those kitchen cabinets. So much work but so worth it! I took Friday off to watch Gilmore Girls (which thankfully my hubby was supportive of in the end - I needed the day off too). Then we got back to it. We painted the kitchen and the ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:13:03 EST Kitchen Remodel Sneak Peek! I know i keep talking about thy house remodel and not giving you guys photos. Well, we finished refinishing the kitchen cabinets ands painting the walls. We also changed out the hideous florescent lighting for LED pocket lights. Flooring is going in today (laminate wood). What do you think?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:47:53 EST Weekly Goals 11/14/16 Last week turned into a wash. I barely worked on my goals. I ended up skipping my 5K on Saturday because my knee and my foot hurt and didn't want to irritate it. <BR> <BR> I'm also struggling getting to the gym. I am working some overtime right now at work and we are trying desperately to finish the house before Christmas and move in. Rob needs my help and gets upset if I go to the gym instead. On Thursday, I ended up skipping the gym because I was at Home Depot, helping him pick out st... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:52:06 EST Weekly Goals 11/7/16 Quick blog for today. I want to make some easy goals for the week (starting yesterday): <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> Hit the gym twice this week! I'm scheduled for Tues and Thurs afternoon. Let's hope work cooperates. <BR> <em>364</em> Have FUN at my 5K this weekend. Don't pressure myself (this one has a lot of walkers too so that will help) <BR> <em>190</em> Track all of my food in SP, the good, the bad, the ugly! <BR> <em>274</em> Decrease coffee and increase water intake. <BR> ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:12:07 EST Life is Happening, Too Busy to Relax Hey everyone! Long time no blog :( I've been super, super busy. <BR> <BR> First, the Atlantic City Half Marathon went as well as I expected. I decided to drop from the 10K to the 5K, which ended up being a great idea. It was raining, cold, and windy for the 5K and I was pretty miserable. I just took my time, since my feet were sliding on the wet boards (boardwalk race). My shins and calves were pretty sore after but I was overall fine. I don't think the 10K would have gone well at all... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:01:46 EST Getting Ready for Race Weekend Hey everyone! Long time no post! Things have been really busy at work, at home, everything. <BR> <BR> Good news is that this week, I have had no belly troubles! Woohoo! But I haven't changed much in my diet. Stress has slowly been reducing though so I think that is a huge factor. I'm happy not being sick :) <BR> <BR> Last week, I did go to Crossfit at all :( I was just so busy and burnt out. This week, I went twice and the trainer modified my workouts for this weekend so I could res... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:44:59 EST Light Bulb Moment I'm watching the documentary "Hungry for Change" and this quote really struck me: <BR> <BR> "They turn it all over to a doctor who's only able to prescribe a pharmaceutical pill which doesn't address the real symptoms which are varied and complex." <BR> <BR> Ugh, its me! <BR> <BR> I ate some pizza last night and went to bed whining about the stomach ache. Today, I met friends for lunch at an Indian restaurant. I just barely made it back to work before rushing to the restroom. As soon ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:03:44 EST Fantastic Friday! I feel AMAZING today! I have energy. I feel alert and spunky. I'm not thinking about naps or sugar. My brain is moving a mile a minute! Okay, that can slow down a bit. I even woke up before my alarm today (but still snoozed, oh how I love snoozing). <BR> <BR> What is the difference? Well, yesterday I went to the gym so I'm sure that helped. But I also went out and bought Allegra and took that instead of Zyrtec. I fully expected to feel miserable today but I don't! I also did not ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:12:00 EST