SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Pick One: Allergies or Drowsiness So I took my allergy pill last night before bed and had suuuuch a hard time getting up this morning. I figure it out that when I was taking it in the mornings, I was getting hit with the drowsiness around 2pm. That is about 8 hours after taking it. Well, if I take it before bed, that means the drowsiness hits when I am trying to get up the morning! Ugh! No wonder I struggle with the alarm clock!! <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm taking an generic brand version of Zyrtec. I did just some interne... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:43:07 EST Avoiding the Afternoon Slump Good morning! Quick entry today - I think I figured out when I've felt so awful... My allergy meds! I take an over the counter on a daily basis because without it, I feel like crud. When I told my doctor about it, she mentioned that it can make you very drowsy so I switched to taking it at night. Well, I forgot one night and switched back to mornings and ever since, I've been an afternoon nap! This morning, I didn't take the pill so we will see if the afternoon slump slams me again or no... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:51:38 EST Completely Overwhelmed Hello! I'm having such an off week... No gym the last 2 days for no reason other than complete exhaustion. I don't know what has gotten into me. I was falling asleep at work today, literally. I almost dozed off. <BR> <BR> Then I decided to re-read an offer letter I got for a job and realized I missed some of the paperwork! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I just did that and I think got it all but now I'm scared I missed something that could ruin my potential employment there. Ugh. <B... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:59:04 EST Jeep Heap Hey ya'll!!! Sorry I haven't been blogging as much lately. I need to find a new time in my morning to fit it in. How about a few updates. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> I have been rocking it at the gym! I had 5 straights weeks of going at least 3 times per week. Last week I only went twice but I ran on Saturday (well, tried to...) I'm hoping to go again 3 times this week. My dilemma is this though - I don't have time to run. I have a half marathon next month! I tried running on Saturday... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:42:33 EST Weekend Ups and Downs Good morning everyone! Long time, no blog. I have been really busy and generally, blogging is the first thing to go. Anyway, time for an update. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Tummy Troubles <BR> The medicine my doctor prescribed doesn't seem to be working (for stomach issues). I am trying to get on a more controlled diet, assuming it is food intolerance. I feel like I'm getting somewhere until the weekend comes. Then I go off the deep end, enjoying myself a little too much. The trouble is... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:32:43 EST Doctor Update Good morning! Today is going well so far but some updates for you all... <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> My doctor's visit. <BR> Last Wednesday, I went to see my primary care doctor. I tried to voice my concerns over my digestive issues and other symptoms (depression, mood swings, lethargy, brain fog, and the list goes on). She seemed totally unconcerned but gave me a prescription for my stomach. She said it was an "anti-inflammatory" but after getting the script and reading the instructions, ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:46:29 EST Ramping Up my Health Hello! Wow I've been busy. Basically, I work, go home, change, go to the gym, home to shower, cook, watch a little tv, and bed early. That's it! At least I've been pretty good for the last week at hitting the gym. It helps a lot when someone is expecting you. I ended up canceling my other gym membership. Sad but it is all about what works best right now. <BR> <BR> Also, I need to start running more! I've been very hit or miss with it and I have that half marathon in October! I am go... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:45:13 EST First CrossFit Class I kind of hate calling it CrossFit, as they are no longer an official box, but it is very similar. Let's go with Group Training. They decided to no longer be associated with CrossFit because their style is a little different (less reps, more emphasis on form, etc). Anyway! <BR> <BR> The class was at 7:30am Saturday and I was super excited to go. We went out Friday but made sure to get home at a reasonable hour. The owner, Caroline, gave me a tour and talked me through some stuff. We ch... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:21:42 EST Changing Things Up All Over Good morning! Yesterday was a pretty long day. After work, I headed home to check and then went to Zumba at my gym. It was with an instructor I had before at my old gym, but did not enjoy. I think part of it was the clientele at the old gym so I have him another chance. He was much better this time but he still annoyed me. He doesn't tell you what to expect (move-wise) before the next song and half the time, he's busy walking around and you are expected to follow the regulars in the fro... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:16:39 EST Struggles with Changes Good morning Sparkers! I'm feeling much better today. I have ups and downs. But moving on... <BR> <BR> I've tracked my food the last few days and it's baaaad. <em>15</em> <BR> I seriously need to keep things in check. I wasn't disillusioned - I knew I was eating too much - but its different to see it all laid out for you at the end of the day. Yesterday, I ate too much, having fun with the hubs, but other days I'm legitimately hungry. I've also been eating too many treats though. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:23:59 EST Looking at my Health a Little Closer Hello! How are you all doing? It has been a while since my last blog. Things have been crazy. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> First, I've been really busy, and kind of stressed out. Rob and I are dealing with some personal things together. Nothing bad, but its causing stress and its no fun. It should be dealt with and finalized soon. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> In addition to the stress, I haven't been feeling well either. But we all know, I haven't been feeling well for months. Now that mos... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:51:54 EST My Misinformed Doctor Good morning everyone! While this week has been a bit more "normal" than it has been lately, it still wasn't what I expected. I'm still struggling with finding that regular routine in my life. <BR> <BR> The only time I exercised this week so far was a run on Tuesday morning before work. It was so nice out and I didn't have to be in until 9 so I headed out early and was at work by 8! I only wish the weather was that nice every morning that I didn't have to be in at 6. <BR> <BR> As for nu... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:11:13 EST Hope for a Regular Work Schedule This week has been crazy. It seems no matter how hard I try to get out of work on time, something always comes up last minute. This means no fitness this week. I run home from work only to cook dinner (and prep for the next day), shower, and crash on the couch for a bit with the hubby. It isn't so much tiredness after work that prevents me from hitting the gym but lack of time and that I'm starving! Because I don't plan to be at work for 10 hours in stead of 8! <BR> <BR> First off, to... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:44:51 EST Weekend Derailment Happy one-day-late 4th of July fellow American sparkers! I had a 4 day weekend for the holiday due to a holiday and working my 40 hours in 4 days last week. I was hoping to get some relaxation in but my husband took off too and we ended up running around doing errands for basically 4 straight days. ::sigh:: No beach for me. <BR> <BR> I also didn't get in any time to go for a run this weekend. I kept mentioning it and thinking about it but because it wasn't scheduled and we weren't follow... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:15:52 EST New Race on the Calendar! I might have gone a little insane yesterday. I signed up for the Atlantic City Marathon Neptune Challenge - Run the AC 10K on Saturday, October 22 and then the AC Half Marathon on Sunday October 23! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've done this kind of race before (AC April Fool's Day Jester's Challenge 2015). I had a much better fitness base to work with but did horribly little training. But it was a ton ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:04:36 EST Stomach is Under the Weather I've not been feeling great these past few days. Without going into detail, things aren't digesting correctly. I have an idea of what could have caused it but I ate a few new things so who really knows. This brings up a few questions. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Should I go to the doctor? <BR> I know its silly but my thoughts are "It's just food causing problems! If I just avoid those foods, its no problem. Why should I bother my doctor?" But really, they are there to help, right? And I... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:10:27 EST Some Positive Things I'm Doing I wrote a blog yesterday but took it down in case it bothered anyone. It came across a little hard since I was fired up! Anyway... <BR> <BR> I also decided to fast yesterday instead of having breakfast. My stomach felt so much better for it. This morning, during breakfast, it hurt almost immediately. I wait until I'm hungry to eat but then bam, it hurts. I don't know what is going on. <BR> <BR> I'm working a lot of hours again this week so I can have off on Friday. I haven't hit the ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:51:13 EST New Morning Routine After not tracking yesterday, I realized I ate the same as I always do which is relatively not great. Tracking my calories is neither helping nor hurting my ability to eat right but I felt so much less stressed all day about food. This is a good choice for now. <BR> <BR> As for my morning coffee, I mentioned that I usually stop at Wawa. I don't stop for breakfast, just coffee. Sometimes I get a treat, usually I don't. But either way, I want to make those treats less frequent which means... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:18:33 EST Morning Coffee It's only been 1 day and it already feels like the pressure is off. I've stopped tracking my food in the past but always felt this nagging twinge of guilt about it. This time I decided to do it and stick to it and I already feel better and less stressed out about my food choices. <BR> <BR> Of course, my food choices haven't improved much today yet. I had an old fashioned doughnut with breakfast. Why did I do that? Because I stopped at Wawa (convenience store) for coffee and saw the do... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:31:51 EST Changing Nutrition Tactics First, if you are curious as to my major eating out this week, a blog post on my public page will post around 7:30 today (set to auto post). Its a "What I Ate Wednesday" post with lots of pictures: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> On to today's topic here... <BR> <BR> I don't know if I'm going to track my food right now. <BR> <BR> You see, it doesn't seem to matter if I am tracking or not, I still eat whatever I want. What I really need to work on is the following: <BR> <... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:07:56 EST Too Much Eating Out I never knew I could get so sick of eating out! Mostly, it's the cost that is getting to me but I am also looking forward to normal portion sizes at home. Of course, the food tastes better at a restaurant but I just wish the portions were normal sized. <BR> <BR> You see, yesterday was my birthday. All the meals out weren't planned but it just ended up happening that way. Thursday, dinner out with parents. Friday, dinner out with Rob. Saturday - breakfast, lunch, AND dinner out. Sunday... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:05:40 EST June Goals Week 1 I am not here to report good news about my June goals. On the contrary, I am feeling like throwing in the towel already! I thought they would be easy and achievable. Then a weekend trip for a wedding followed by insane work week has left me completely off track. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> 100 Ounces of Water Daily <BR> I only missed a day or two of this, mostly due to traveling. It is tough getting enough water when you are worried about bathroom breaks on the highway! <BR> <BR> <em>... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:47:56 EST Mini vacation Happy Monday! This weekend, I went to a friend's wedding a few hours away. We didn't want to worry about driving the day of so we got a hotel room. It was like a mini vacation! We spent Friday evening walling the mall with Jess (friend who got married) and having dinner. Saturday we walked Ikea and then went to the wedding. Sunday, we just drove home. We had a really good time and got a decent amount of steps in! I tried not to over-indulge. I definitely had some treats but managed to ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 07:08:32 EST June 2016 Goals <img src=""> <BR> Copied and pasted this blog on my cell phone so bear with me! I made some goals for June. The goal was to give myself an easy go at things in order to build confidence and momentum! <BR> <BR> 100 Ounces of Water Daily <BR> <BR> I have been slacking off on my water lately. I’ve been doing okay but its usually all crammed in late in the day. I want to push myself to do better. <BR> <BR> Exer... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:03:34 EST Admitting it to Myself It's back to the very basics for me. I've lost weight (and gained it all back), I've done paleo for health reasons, I've run marathons and done mud runs. I've deadlifted more than my body weight (at the time). But I'm back to zero again and need to accept that fact. I keep trying to force myself to be like I was but my mind isn't there right now. <BR> <BR> So, instead of trying to force a paleo diet (and failing) I'm just going to work on smaller portions and keeping myself satiated. <BR> ... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:35:16 EST Memorial Day Plans Happy Friday everyone! Seems like hardly anyone is working today, taking a 4 day weekend. Everyone have plans for Memorial Day? I was thinking about maybe doing home-town stuff like going to the parade and ceremony. This all depends on the hubby too. We can ride our bikes to the location so that might be nice if the weather cooperates. We don't have any barbecues or anything to go to though. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, we have to drive out about 4 hours to go to my dad's graduation from semin... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:42:59 EST Scale still moving in wrong direction It took me forever to figure out how to change the background color. Phew! I thought I was stuck with yellow forever! <BR> <BR> Anyway, first I wrote a post on my other blog, The Chicken Scoop. It's a What I Ate Wednesday post. Warning: it hasn't been very healthy. Maybe 50/50. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In other news, I'm SO SORE! I did a workout on my own (not the one the trainer gave me) on Monday and I kicked my own butt! But I skipped my run yesterday a... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:51:35 EST Hubby is Closing In! Okay, a new SP design! My background is a little... BRIGHT. I will change that later when I have more time. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Fitness News <BR> I have only been to the gym when I have met with the trainer. I really need to get off my butt! I have my gym bag packed for today but I might work a long day since we don't have the lab the rest of the week and there's work to be done. Also, this trainer isn't exactly my cup of tea. She's so nice but the workout she gave me isn't my th... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:12:22 EST All Work and No Play Good morning! Just to give you an idea of how busy work is, I've hit already hit 80 hours on my 2 week timesheeet which means today and tomorrow are overtime on the paycheck. But we also have to work 40 hours per week so I have to work at least 8.5 hours today to make 40 and then I'm done. HA! But I'm sure I'll be working more than that today... <BR> <BR> We have a big project and everyone who was on it quit and its me and a guy who's been here for 4 months. Fun times! But i have to sa... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:59:44 EST Weekend Tidbits There's a lot happening this week! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> I joined a gym! <BR> Over the weekend, Rob and I went to look at a gym near my work. I used to be a member a long time ago and always liked it there. It doesn't have a great class schedule and the pool is just for wading, too small for laps, but the clientele's average age is like 60. To me that's a plus because I won't feel intimidated nor really need to share the one power rack there. Its also less than a mile from my work an... Mon, 9 May 2016 06:52:11 EST Reprioritizing Okay time to be honest today. I've eaten Fast Food 3 times this week, convenience food once, and out to a restaurant once. And its only Thursday (and "this week" started on Monday). Obviously I am not doing well at the moment. <BR> <BR> I'm tired, I'm busy, and I don't know what to eat. That really is the big gist of it - when mean time comes, I don't know what I should eat. It used to be so simple when I had a healthy digestive system. I would eat more healthy foods and just have smal... Thu, 5 May 2016 07:29:34 EST Busy Life Hey everyone! No time to blog right now but I posted on my public blog last night. Can't get the exact link right now but the main page is this: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Just tells ya'll what I've been up to and how I've not been working out and eating right. Anyway, must be going. I might start blogging at night since I've been working the 6am shift consistently. I miss starting my day with a mind dump to the world though! <BR> <BR> Tell me what's going on w... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:13:58 EST Moving: Appliances but no Floors Good morning everyone! Today, we have a project late in the day so I'm going to work at 11 instead of 6. Did I get up early and exercise? Well, no. I enjoyed the glorious joy of sleeping in without anyone around (hubby likes to wake up and toss and turn and then get up and make lots of noise in the kitchen so sleeping in around him doesn't happen!). I slept later than I really wanted to but that's okay. Nothing bad happened because of it. <BR> <BR> Soooo I think I mentioned about movin... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:34:03 EST Hectic Schedule Good morning ya'll! So I promised I would blog and I knew it would be hard the first few weeks but it has been tougher than I thought! I am working crazy hours since that person left and I am usually at work 10 hours. When I'm not, I am too tired to do anything or I'm trying to play catch up for the long days. Sadly, I haven't been exercising. I do pretty well with my diet on the weekdays but the weekends are a free for all. I am pretty much back up again and I am hoping I'm not worse o... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:54:45 EST Work, Weight, and Motivation Good morning! Blogging quick before work. How have things been there? Pretty good. Someone left and they had been planning on me taking his place down the road so I kind of got thrown into the fire. Luckily everyone knows this and is understanding and trying to help me along. I had some stressful days last week though. <BR> <BR> <em>7</em> Weight Loss: Gained back 2lbs <BR> I stopped tracking my food and told myself I would just eat low carb and then didn't. Obviously I need to tr... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:35:58 EST First Day at New Job My first day at work yesterday went great! Didn't do much other than orientation stuff but everyone in the office seems really nice. My friends who work there made sure to stop in and say hi which was nice. <BR> <BR> My nutrition was on point all day. I started with a 3 egg omelet and a piece if raisin bread with butter. For lunch, I had a cobb salad, no blue cheese but with avocado ranch dressing. For dinner, my husband wanted to take me out to celebrate. I had a steak burrito which was... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:40:18 EST Power Outage Good morning! Today starts my first day of work! I'm getting ready but thought i would pop in really quick to say hi. Can't write much because my power is out and I'm blogging from my cell phone. We had those crazy storms over the weekend and a tree fell down the street. Only 2 houses are out so we're low priority. <BR> <BR> We have well water so no power = no water. Luckily our family had power so we borrowed some generators for our house and my parents house (on the same property). We ... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:12:13 EST First Primal Workout I used all my time this morning working out and writing my blog and don't have time to convert it for here! So check it out: (It is about this morning's workout) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kout/ </link> <BR> <BR> That's it for today. Gotta run! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:11:01 EST My Extended Staycation is Over! After my whiney blog yesterday... <BR> <BR> - We got something in the mail about our long lost federal taxes. We had to do a quick thing online and they should be good to go now! <BR> <BR> - I got a phone call today from my new company and my background check has gone through! I start on Monday! <BR> <BR> We also have some things that we can do to help with the state taxes and the student loans looming in the near future. I have to sit down with Rob and go through/talk about some things... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:36:34 EST Easter & Considering Primal Lifestyle I posted a blog about my weekend on my other website! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, it was a good weekend packed with friends and family. I am really trying to cram as much in as possible before I start working! <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, I am still waiting for all the paper work and background checks and everything to go through before I can start. I hated fielding questions yesterday with family. I know they mean well but it is frust... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 11:17:32 EST Finding Fitness in Errands Good morning! This week has been well enough so far. This past weekend, Rob and I were pretty busy but no pictures. The big downside is that my allergies have kicked in. I did not go to Bullpen on Friday nor Monday. I can barely breathe and I cough a lot so the high intensity of those workouts just isn't happening. Sadly though, I didn't do anything else in place of those either. <BR> <BR> Today, I knew I wasn't up for anything major again but am starting to feel restless. I wanted to... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:10:19 EST Mid-March Update Good news: I'm feeling better! I think I got sick Monday from some stew I made. Maybe the meat had gone bad. Anyway, it was a quick bug. I felt like I was dying but it was over by Monday evening. I'm pretty much back to normal today! <BR> <BR> So, we're about half way through the month. I figured it is a good time review my March Goals. <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> Exercise 5 Days Per Week (21 Days) <BR> I was so hopeful for this goal but its not going as well as I thought it would. Aft... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:03:29 EST Groceries & Sickies I wrote a blog on my website before my stomach decided to turn inside out. <BR> <link><BR>ceries/ </link> <BR> <BR> All was fine this morning. I went to the gym. It was circuits today. We did sleds, medicine balls, ropes, sledge hammers, box jumps, burpees. Ended with leg work and crunches. Lots of fun things today. <BR> <BR> Then I did some errands and had some stuff from Wawa for breakfast. For lunch I ate leftover stew, which I think was the ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:32:15 EST Enjoying This Weather It has been beautiful the last few days! Wednesday, I went to the park for a run. Yesterday, I couldn't find a good reason to get outside really. <BR> <BR> I did go to my eye doctor's to pick up my new glasses. The last pair of glasses I bought over 10 years ago. It was time for a new prescription and a new style. I never wore my old ones because they were very narrow and had only a small sight line. These are way better and big glasses are "in" so I don't feel self conscious in them... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:46:48 EST Strange Mood Today I'm feeling very emotional today. Stress? Hormones? Worried I made the wrong decision with the job? Yep. <BR> <BR> I watched some youtube videos for inspiration. <BR> Team Hoyt: <link><BR>yc7AZ5U </link> <BR> Arthur: <link><BR>SZJu448 </link> <BR> <BR> Make sure you get the kleenex first. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I'm kind of at a loss today. I need to print some things and mail them out for the new job. Of ... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:38:11 EST Wednesday Ups & Downs Happy Wednesday! Wow what a turn around from my mood this morning. I was CRANKY, I set my alarm for 7am to stat getting ready for normal work hours but I was so freaking exhausted, I turned it off. I woke up again at 9. That means I missed Bullpen. I was on the fence about going since, once I start work, I can't go anymore. Jose scares me too so there's that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I finally got up and told myself to suck it up and put on workout clothes. I drove to the park, telling myse... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:38:13 EST Job Update Long story short, I got an offer for the job I interviewed for like a month ago. I had another interview Monday at my old company but with this offer on the table and the clock ticking, I decided to take it. I can't risk not getting the other position. A lot of thought and stress went into this decision but its done now. <BR> <BR> ****EDIT**** <BR> I just got a call from my old company that I interviewed with yesterday. They are excited but can't get approval until next week but I alread... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:10:59 EST