SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 90 Days until Thanksgiving Where, oh where, has Angela been? Around and busy. What else can I say? I wasn’t as Nicely Settled In as I claimed in my last post. Just the next week, my commute turned into chaos and I realized half my clothing essentials were still packed! But I am getting there slowly. I am starting to get a feel for routine, and it is relieving a lot of the stress. <BR> <BR> I did decide I need to start being more proactive about my health. My weight is stable, but at a number higher than I wou... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:20 EST Moving More but Up in Weight I had some ups and downs this week: <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I did a ton of walking this week, totally at least 8 miles of purposeful walking. I even ran/walked on Monday a bit! It felt good to get out there! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I ate pretty darn healthy at work this week. I did have a meltdown over apricot tarts though. I really need to avoid the desserts during "Academy" weeks (it is catered). Otherwise, the food is great: <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:45:25 EST Gym or No? Hello! Still getting used to the new city (cities really). I ended up canceling that gym I joined. I am being slightly more rushed to find a new apartment and knew that when I moved, I wouldn't live near it anymore so I decided it was best to get my money back (including the $150 sign up fee). <BR> <BR> Instead, I checked out the gym in my building at work. It is a little on the expensive side but I can only make up so many excuses to skip it when I don't even have to go outside to get... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:02:48 EST All Moved to Chicago Well, I'm here in Illinois! I haven't had much time to blog but I wrote 2 posts on my other website (I can write them on my computer and save them so its easier than here!) <BR> <BR> Post about my drive to Chicago this past weekend: <BR> <link><BR>s-later/ </link> <BR> <BR> Post about my stay at the Loews Hotel Chicago 3 weeks ago: <BR> <link><BR>chicago/ </link> <BR> <BR> Otherwise, same ol' stuff here. Just... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:49:40 EST Apprehensions About Moving I can't believe I'm moving to Chicago tomorrow... TOMORROW! It is a bit surreal since I'm not really moving completely yet. Rob is staying behind for a while until I can find a place and my 6 month probation period is done. That means I'm not really moving, leaving most of my things behind. <BR> <BR> So far, I've mostly just packed clothes and toiletries. I also packed a small bag of yarn and my crochet hooks. I packed a box of books too - textbooks but also cookbooks and some running g... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:39:36 EST I'm Back! Hello! Wow it has been a while since I’ve last blogged. As you probably know, I got a new job in a city half way across the country. <BR> <BR> The company wanted me to do orientation in July instead of waiting until August so I agreed. What I didn’t realize is that they would want me to continue to train every single week thereafter. I’ve been doing a lot of flying back and forth between Philadelphia and Chicago, and I’m feeling stretched thin and overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> <em>53... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:22:09 EST Busy Body Update Hey everyone! I've been quiet here because I started my new job last week! I write a long update on Orientation on my other blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-in-chicago/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm back again this week for 2 weeks total and am not having the easiest time in the health and fitness department! I think starting today, things should get better. The first night, I just ordered too much food. Last night was out with colleagues and clients. Tonigh... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:01:20 EST 5 Positives of 21 Day Fix Extreme The other day, I wrote about the 5 things I struggled with while attempting to do the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Today, I’ll write about some of the things that I like! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> 1: Balanced Meals <BR> I mentioned that the containers aren’t arranged in a way I prefer (low carb), but they are still relatively balanced and a great guide for someone unfamiliar with healthy eating... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:12:36 EST 5 Struggles With 21 Day Fix Extreme Apparently I have a tough time with strict weight loss challenges. I made it a whopping 2 full days on the 21 Day Fix Extreme (21DFE)! There were a few things I just wasn’t prepared for when starting 21DFE, especially with the holiday weekend only 3 days into the challenge. You would think having accountability partners would help but it didn’t stop me from slipping up all weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:57:44 EST 21 Day Fix Extreme: Day 1 The first day of the challenge didn’t start off so well. You see, I pushed a little too hard at the gym on Tuesday, swimming. We were in the pool for about an hour and I didn’t feel too bad until late Tuesday night. My shoulders cramped up and I had restless legs all night! I ended up getting about 4 hours of sleep on the couch, laying on top of a heating pad with my legs elevated. <BR> <BR> Also, something in dinner hadn’t agreed with me so I didn’t eat right away in the morning... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:48:31 EST 21 Day Fix Extreme, Progress Pictures, & Life Updates Long time no blog! Well, I guess not that long but when I used to blog every day... Anyway! <BR> <BR> I wrote a post on my other blog about the 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Plan if you want to check it out: <BR> <link><BR>me-nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> We start today and I'm still waiting for my package. It should get here today. I am pretty excited about it! It is so easy to follow the nutrition plan! We'll see how it goes. It is only 3 weeks... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:18:39 EST Taking Me Time <img src=""> I'm literally at the beach right now! I just wanted to check in. I had a job interview in Chicago yesterday and I think it went really well. That is good and bad since it's a good job but I don't really want to move to Chicago away from family. I ate terrible on my trip because timing was irregular and my stomach is making me pay today. On the bright side, I walked well over 10,000 steps! In rel... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:43:19 EST Rocking My Fitness Challenge Here is a link to the last of my camping trip recaps: <BR> <link><BR>ricketts-glen-sunday-monday/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today's post: <BR> Good morning! Today marks the half way point in my 8 week fitness challenge with my Facebook Group! I’ve been doing pretty well with the challenge. My goal was to exercise 5 days per week: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The yellow ch... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:38:22 EST Camping Trip: Saturday, And Other Life Things The next post about my trip is up! <BR> <link><BR>ricketts-glen-saturday/ </link> <BR> <BR> And a little update for you all ;-) <BR> <BR> <em>496</em> Even though you would think camping = eating less, I actually ate terrible all weekend. We stopped for food a few times and I was just so excited to eat a cooked meal, I might have gone a little overboard. <BR> <BR> Also, last night, my in-laws took me out to dinner for my birthday and I ate and at... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:22:13 EST Camping Trip to Ricketts Glen: Thursday & Friday Hey everyone! I'm back from camping and I have so much to talk about but I'm tired of blogging. My recap about the first 2 days of my trip is up on my other blog. Lots of pictures, too many to load here so go check it out: <link><BR>ricketts-glen-thursday-friday/ </link> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:05:56 EST Running in Nature First, thanks for the advice yesterday everyone! I think I'll continue tracking with pictures and just trying to keep high carb items out of my diet except for special occasions. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a day full of boring tasks: <BR> <BR> I washed some dishes <BR> I did laundry <BR> I wrote a blog <BR> I hunted for jobs online <BR> I went for a run <BR> I finished reading my book <BR> <BR> That’s pretty much it! I need more interesting days, I feel like I am boring myself to te... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:04:19 EST Goals and Tracking I had a whole blog ready to go and my cat walked on my laptop and restarted it. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Let's try this again... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Last week, I flopped and only had 3 (almost 4) active days out of 5. <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> I'm going hiking this weekend in the Appalachian Mountains. Where I live is completely flat so this will be an amazing challenge on my body. I am really looking forward to it. It is my birthday and this is what I picked to do! <BR> <BR> <e... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:51:43 EST June 2015 Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I said I wasn’t making any goals this month. Then I noticed that June conveniently starts on a Monday. HOW CAN I RESIST?! My internal planner, start-on-a-Monday personality came out and I just HAD to make a few goals. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> 1. Finish Reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed <BR> <BR> I’ve had this book for a while but couldn’t get into it at first. Now that I’ve made... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:28:32 EST Reality Check I know that I've gained weight. But I didn't think I looked all that different. I felt I was carrying my weight well. That you couldn't see it on me. That I was doing just fine. <BR> <BR> And then came those pictures. You know the ones - the poor angle, the bad lighting, the wrong outfit. Finally, reality has sunken in. I've gained a lot of weight and I don't look the way I thought I did :( <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm stuck in a loop that I can't get out of. I did exercise a lot this ... Sun, 31 May 2015 20:23:06 EST Body Composition Analysis with Jersey Shore Sports Medicine Yesterday, I stopped by Dr. Brian Sokalsky’s office, Jersey Shore Sports Medicine in Ocean City, NJ, and we did a Body Composition Analysis using his SECA mBCA system. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without going into the technical details, the system basically sends electrical pulses through your arms and legs an... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:36:55 EST What Comes Next Great news! Grad school is officially done! Unofficially, I have to write a paper for my Capstone adviser but otherwise, I’m done! Graduation is on Sunday and will be really nice. <BR> <BR> Even with all the excitement, I’m having a bit of a “What Now” crisis. The residency thing didn’t work out so I don’t have solid plans for the immediate future. I started applying for jobs but am only starting to get time now so that is slow going. In the meantime, I figured I should wor... Tue, 12 May 2015 10:39:14 EST Mini Break Phew! I can breathe! Actually not. I have to give a 5 minute presentation tomorrow on my Capstone project which I have not worked on like I should. Booo :( I am about to crunch the data and I hope it goes quickly or I'm screwed. Aaaanyway. <BR> <BR> I ran the Broad Street Run yesterday! There will be a post on my blog tomorrow morning (Scheduled to post at 8AM) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I did just fine for what I expected. A little slower than I wanted but... Mon, 4 May 2015 18:56:04 EST One or the Other Happy Hump Day! I'm feeling WAY better today with my allergies. I'm basically down to an annoying sniffle/blow my nose every 20 minutes. I even worked out last night! I just did 25 minutes of Body Pump (lifting to music). I figured it was low enough cardio to keep me from going into a coughing fit. I also prepped food last night and got all my meals for today ready. <BR> <BR> This sounds great and all but... I didn't do any homework because I didn't have enough time. Only 2 and a ha... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:44:56 EST April Festivities I wrote a quick blog on my public site about the more fun things I've been doing lately <BR> <link><BR>s/ </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, Easter, rugby, and allergies. <BR> <BR> That is all the blogging time I had so I better run. I'll post again later this week about my meal planning. <BR> <BR> Oh and I was feeling better but my nose is all stuffed up again, which lead to the sinus headache over the weekend. Pleeeease no more headaches! <BR> <em>... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:58:16 EST Not Feeling Great I had big goals for the Broad Street Run coming up. I would run 3 times per week, I would eat right, I would strength train, I would... get sick? <BR> <BR> Hm, that didn't work out so well. I have a ton of work to do the next 2 weeks also and just don't have time for being sick! It started off as allergies and I'm hoping it will go away just as quickly as it came. I think the running this past weekend didn't help my immune system but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> I might go silent on the ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:45:02 EST April Fool’s Day Fool’s Challenge 7K & Half Marathon I ran 17.45 miles this weekend. <BR> <BR> Technically it was a run/walk but still, I can’t believe it ! I’m not even that sore surprisingly. But more on that later… <BR> <BR> This weekend, I ran the Atlantic City April Fool’s Day Fool’s Challenge which consisted of a 7K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. There was also the option to do the Jester’s Challenge which was an 11K and the half marathon. I’m not that crazy. <BR> <BR> It started out with quick packet pick... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:13:36 EST April Goals 2015 Happy April! After first, I had thought that I wouldn’t bother trying to resume monthly goals this month because it is going to be crazy. Reasons not to make goals this month: <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Preparing to graduate – classwork, projects, research, etc. <BR> <em>540</em> Lots of traveling and commuting <BR> <em>342</em> Busy weekends with events, rugby games, and holidays <BR> <em>534</em> Trying to figure out my future after graduation <BR> <BR> This month really is g... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:28:30 EST Tracking Only the Junk A new fresh look for the Spark Page! I felt like I needed something light and bright to cheer me up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had an idea. You see, I know I should track all my food. Every last calorie. But the thing is that I don't want to do that forever. I want to just get into better eating habits rather than worry about calories. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, my sister was teaching me about Weight Watchers and they had one program where you ate whatever you wanted off a list of approved f... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:24:44 EST Uncertain Future Well, the results of the match system came out today and I did not receive a residency. I am not surprised but still bummed. I was hoping this would work out because it is the next step in becoming a certified medical physicist. Without a residency, I can't take the board exams. <BR> <BR> Anyway, so what is next? <BR> <BR> First, a list of positions that did not get matched with a candidate will come out at noon today. So I attempt to convince people that they should interview me? Do ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03:05 EST Thank You Spark Friends! Seriously, I knew if I just came over here and poured my thoughts out, I would get a great reaction! <BR> <BR> You guys are right, I need to give myself a little break about the healthy living goals because I have school. But part of the point i was trying to make that I guess wasn't getting across was that the poor eating habits and lack of exercise are directly affecting my school work. I can't concentrate, I'm having trouble studying, I feel tired all the time, etc. That is why I was... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:27:15 EST Out of Hiding Hey everyone! Things are ramping up around here. Like I haven't been busy enough the last 4 years, grad school just got even crazier. Only 58 days until graduation! But I can't wait that long. You see, I have been really bad lately. <BR> <BR> <em>489</em> I've been eating out a lot. <BR> <em>287</em> I've been drinking a lot of calories. <BR> <em>472</em> I've been enjoying carbs a little too much... <BR> <em>495</em> I've been eating too many sweets. <BR> <em>194</em> I ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:55:11 EST Midweek Update Hey everyone! This week has its ups and downs. I tried to plan ahead but my schedule feels like it just keeps changing. Today was really the only day I got any sort of "fitness" in. I drove to school this morning and just missed the bus to the clinic from where I parked (close to work, far from the clinic). Well, the next one wasn't for 15 minutes and then a 25 minute ride so I just walked the 2.3 miles! It was pretty darn far and my toes are crying now (blisters??) but it felt good to... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:05:03 EST Ramblings Hey guys! I had a long blog post written but I decided not to post it. Instead, here are my plans for the week and a few other tidbits. <BR> <BR> First off, I wrote a blog post on my public blog last week if you want to check it out, <BR> 10 Things to Look for When Joining a Gym <BR> <link><BR>k-for-when-joining-a-gym/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here are my plans for this week: <BR> <em>149</em> Monday: Lab, Class, Work <BR> <em>319</em> Tuesday: Gym,... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:53:47 EST Broad Street, Round 3 I am SO EXCITED! This year, I will run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run for the 3rd time! <BR> <BR> The Broad Street Run is a 10 mile race and it will be the 36th year this May. It was my very first double digit mileage race back in 2010 and I loved every minute of it! (Even if they didn’t give out medals until 2011!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved the race so much, that I went back for another round in 2011! The first tim... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:37:04 EST Chugging Along Hello! So I posted my big plans for the week and then reality set in. Sleep became more important than hitting the gym. Deadlines are looming, life happens. <BR> <BR> I have a ton of work to do this weekend. I won't be around online hardly at all. I am hoping to have time for a few runs at the gym, or anything honestly! I know runs are top priority with a race on the calendar but so is just staying in shape. <BR> <BR> I haven't been weighing myself lately, I just know the scale hasn't... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:34:34 EST Plans for the Week I wrote this huge blog and SparkPeople deleted it! Gr. Basically it said this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Study, study, work, work, Coffeeeee <BR> <BR> Got it? Here's my shortened version: <BR> <BR> Today - Submit lab draft, meet professor, do homework with classmates, go to work. Get home late. <BR> WO: None. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Write lab final report, make lab presentation, go baby gift shopping, dinner with friends. <BR> WO... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:55:47 EST Busy Updates Hey everyone! I'm blogging from the app on my cell phone so please forgive any typos. It is pretty awesome they added this feature so I might use it more for little updates. Anyway! This has been one hell of a week. The weekend was fun but not enough work. That is the sad part of grad school - you work 7 days per week. I did some homework but spent a good part of 10 hours Sunday and Monday grading papers! I do this as a side job. Last semester, it only took maybe 5 his at most per week. I... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:34:32 EST A Little Bit of Everything First, thank you to everyone who posted on my blog last week! I was really stressing out and needed that bit of advice. I'm working on moving forward :) Now, on to today's programming. A little update about life and everything! (No the answer isn't 42) <BR> <BR> School <BR> <BR> Classes started on January 14th. I didn’t have much of a break over winter, as I was working a few days per week at the clinic and I was sick for the rest of the time. My class schedule was stressing me out ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:52 EST Under Stress I don't like to talk about it much since it is a private matter and I feel like a failure but I've been under a lot of financial stress... for the last like 4 years. Ever since I left my job to go back to school. Background: <BR> <BR> I was working at a job as a contractor. We were losing the contract. <BR> <BR> I chose to go back to school quickly without really thinking it through. Ended up at Delaware State, 2 hours from home. I thought it was closer, more of a commuting thing. Nop... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:03:17 EST Planet Fitness Experience This week’s workouts went really well! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was off visiting my friend Jess for a few days, we visited her gym, Planet Fitness, on Monday. I have heard of these gyms before but we don’t have any near me so it was my first time there. Here are my thoughts: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Positives: <BR> <em>48</em> Everything was clean and t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:51:56 EST Race Plans: AC April Fool’s Day Half Marathon & 7K It all started so innocently. I was on the registration website, signing up for the Atlantic City April Fool’s Day 7K with a discount code I got for doing the Atlantic City 10K back in October. I was scrolling through the registration options, and I said jokingly to Rob that I could register for the Fool’s Challenge: run the 7K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. He responded “why not?”, we chatted it over, and I registered for it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:50:22 EST Snow & Meal Planning Hello everyone! Finally a free day! This has been one hell of a winter “break”. First, it was chaos getting ready for Christmas. Then I had a paper to finish and got a horrible cold. I just spent the last couple of days visiting a friend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used to run with her all the time and then she left to move back near her family. It was just like old times! It was great that she is into healthy living al... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:02:21 EST Starting Measurements Took my measurements today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I didn't even bother looking at old measurements because I had been gaining weight. I don't want to see how the numbers may have gone up. We noticed that our weight scale stopped taking an accurate body fat measurement. We have a hand held device also which measures almost exactly the same as the calipers (which is the most accurate method of these 3). The floor scale say... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:19:48 EST Day 1 Tracking, Whoops Quick check in. I had a big lunch today (Longhorn Steakhouse) and wasn't that hungry for dinner but that didn't really occur to me when prepping dinner. I did make an effort to add vegetables to the meal with some asparagus that was getting wilty. I knew dinner would probably be higher than I would normally like but I didn't think it would be so bad. Then, after dinner, I tracked my food and... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Over... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:02:00 EST 2015 Plans Happy New Year! The new year is kind of fun because everyone is excited to jump on the healthy band wagon. I like seeing people motivated to get in shape and eat right. It also makes it a lot easier for me to stay on track with my goals when everyone else wants to do the same thing. Minimal bad influences around! <BR> <BR> Of course, lots of people also set big grand goals for the new year but I’m not feeling that this year. I didn’t really make big plans last year either. Of course th... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:22:30 EST Planning for 2015 Feeling much more positive today! Instead of worrying about what I didn't do in 2014, I started thinking about what I could do in 2015. I don't really know how I can make 2015 better that last year, but I can at least plan ahead! I want to do 1 thing per month that I am proud of. I'm at a bit of a loss though and really need ideas. <BR> <BR> January: Lose 5lbs <BR> February: <BR> March: <BR> April: April Fool's Day Half Marathon Fool's Challenge <BR> May: Graduate with my Master... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:58:05 EST 2014 Recap I did a quick blog post at my public blog here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't really feel like 2014 was all that great but I tried to make the best of it. I was just so busy with school, which is awesome and all, but doesn't make for a good "look what I did this year!" blog post. <BR> <BR> I did forget that I ran 3 races! And I know, I should be happy that I did that and I completed them but I have always been a person to strive for better. I k... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:29:45 EST Holiday Fun Things have been really crazy this past week. I had tons of work to do for school plus getting ready for the holidays. Since its been over a week since I blogged, I’m just going to use my Instagram photos for a little recap! <BR> <BR> Holiday Celebrations <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Rob and I attended our first ugly sweater parties the weekend before Christmas and Rob’s homemade sweater was a huge hit. My sister crocheted it for him a... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:09:36 EST Half Marathon? Why Not As I was sitting here, registering early for the Atlantic City April Fool's Day 7K, I joked to Rob about doing the Fool's Run where you run the 7K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday and he said "do it". <BR> <BR> So I'm registered for the Fool's Run 7K/Half Marathon Challenge on April 11/12! <BR> <em>103</em> <em>312</em> <em>103</em> <em>312</em> <em>103</em> <em>312</em> <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> Am I crazy? Yes a little. I mentioned yesterday that I had some... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:39:35 EST No Time For Tiredness Hey everyone! Quick blog while I have a minute. I am having the weirdest day. As in, I feel terrible for no apparent reason. I have a suspicion it was from too much sugar over the weekend. I have so much work to do today but didn't get a thing done. I just wanted to sleep all day. Right now, I feel like I am having an allergic reaction to something. I've felt groggy and my eyes have been itchy all day. Basically, I am feeling blah and don't have time for this! <BR> <BR> I am also ub... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:49:52 EST