SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Getting Uncomfortable Yesterday, my friend told me my old company (where he still works) posted a job I might be interested in. He submitted my resume and I applied immediately. <BR> <BR> Well, this morning I got a call from HR just verifying a few things and I got an email about setting up an interview from the manager! Normally, the email thing might weird me out (because I would think a phone call would be the norm). But when it starts with "Hey Angela, long time no see! I think it was at...". Hehe, I kno... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 15:11:54 EST Confidence Through Selfies In order to make up for my pouty party yesterday, here is a collage of photos that I've taken of myself since the beginning of the year that I DO LIKE of myself! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year, I had decided to take a picture every day of myself. Last week sometime I thought it was silly and stopped. Well, after yesterday's post, I realized I should keep going with these photos.... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:18:20 EST Disappointing Pictures First up, I wrote a post on my blog today. I reviewed a water tracking app that I've been using called Plant Nanny. Check it out! <BR> <link><BR>-nanny/ </link> <BR> <BR> Keeping on that theme, I have been drinking soooo much water. One weird side effect I've noticed is that my belly is more jiggly and less hard than usual. Does that make sense? I haven't gotten smaller at all but its softer and seems to hang rather than stick out. I know, such g... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 15:29:23 EST March 2016 Goals Happy Leap Day! How fun! I totally forgot about it until I saw the date on my phone today. Anyway, today is the day to share my plans for next month. I prepped last week and here are the goals I came up with. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Goal 1: Exercise 5 Days Per Week <BR> I have been hitting Bullpen 3 times per week since December and have that routine down. Now it is time to start ad... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:27:29 EST Energy Surge Today! I'm feeling MUCH better today! Man, the last 2 days were rough. Still annoyed about things but definitely have a better perspective today. I just needed to process. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> So yesterday, I ran on my treadmill, Week 2 Day 2 of C25K. My legs were BRICKS. They hurt so bad. Every segment was just buuurning. I tried looking online to find a fix but it just talked about stretching and hydration. Well, I'm doing my best. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel so productive already. <BR>... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:42:42 EST In the Dumps & WIAW I'm feeling really bad today. Without going into details, I'm just not happy with myself. I'm sure I'll mope around about it for most of the day but I'm going to track my food, every morsel. I already exercised this morning at Bullpen but didn't get my run in. I'll do it tomorrow morning though. <BR> <BR> No making any excuses. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Hopefully some rest and a good night's sleep will make this funk go away. <BR> <BR> To distract myself, I wrote a blog post on my pub... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:44:31 EST Successful Week This weekend ended up being busier than I expected, but I made my run happen. Rob and I were having his parents over for breakfast on Sunday so I made sure to do my third run of the week on Saturday morning. Do you know what that means? I didn't miss a single workout this week, and I exercised 6 days in a row! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't think I've ever done that, even back in the day when I exerc... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:46:33 EST Switching 5K Training Plans Today's run did not go as planned. I decided to go with timed intervals instead of distance. I just picked a 2:1 ratio of running to walking and got started. It quickly became apparent that it wasn't going well, and I needed more walking than that. <BR> <BR> After my run, I did a little quick math and figured out my time intervals from my run on Tuesday (when I ran by distance instead). There were: <BR> 1:48 jogging at 5mph (attempted 2 minutes) <BR> 2:00 walking at 3mgh (attempted 1 m... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 14:10:16 EST 2 Months at Bullpen Even though I haven't been recapping my workouts lately, I have been hitting Bullpen on a regular basis. Actually, in 8 and a half weeks, I've only missed 2 workouts. And I only missed those because I had someplace important to be - and I didn't skip exercise that day! I made sure to exercise at home those days instead. <BR> <BR> Today's workout was tough. I was sweating buckets but it was good. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Warm Up: 1 Mile Run/Walk <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Agility: S... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:36:32 EST Running Slowly Again Today officially marks the start of my new journey into running! I've made a training schedule for the next 7 months, all leading up to the Philadelphia Rock'N'Roll Half Marathon September 18th. The schedule is very slow and gradual but I don't want to rush anything. <BR> <BR> I decided to string together multiple race training plans and chose 3 plans from I've been using his plans since I started running in 2009 (they're free!). Here's my schedule: <BR> <BR> <em>312</e... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:06:22 EST Relearning Healthy Lifestyles First, I wrote a blog post yesterday on my regular blog: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sneak peak: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As for the rest of life (I love that I can be so honest here and say things I don't post on my regular blog!)... <BR> <BR> Things have been good! First, I had that job interview and I think it went well. I met with the Lab Manager on Monday and am just doi... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:46:12 EST January Wrap Up I wrote a recap of last week on my other blog. Nothing about health, just stuff! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Important bits: <BR> <BR> I went grocery shopping today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All of this was only $50.37! I got the produce at the Produce Junction near my house and the rest at the grocery store. Shop Rite had the frozen veggies on sale for 88 ce... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:46:21 EST The Winds are Changing *Not Fitness Related at all <BR> <BR> I have an interview! <BR> <BR> A friend of mine passed around the resume and I got a call! The company/office is right down the road, I already know people who work there (but for a different company buy same project). The only possible downside is the actual work - its a engineering job and I'm a physicist. While it might sound the same to most people, they are actually very different. I always envisioned myself working in a lab somewhere doing res... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:18:09 EST Making Gym Progress Happy Friday! Today's workout was tough, cardio-wise. I had a hard time catching my breath all of class. Here is a brief description, because I don't plan on doing full recaps forever. I will try to mention new things we do! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Warm Up: Running <BR> <BR> 2 laps (0.66 miles) *Most people didn't run at all. It was SO COLD. I was glad I had 2 coats on and was able to pull my collar up over my face. They were running laps inside when I came in. <BR> <BR> <em>31... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:19:52 EST First Youtube Video I made a video! A friend from a fitness group was asking how to loosen the nut on a threaded barbell so I made a quick video. Everyone liked it so I put it on my Youtube page. Maybe this is the start of a new hobby? Vlogging?? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:10:50 EST WIAW: Home Cooking Rob has been spoiling me in the kitchen lately! He's been on a home-cooked pasta kick in addition to fresh baked bread. Who am I to say no? We've just been really good at eating at home lately instead of going out. It is healthier and cheaper so we have been trying! Here's a few things we've been having lately. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Homemade Bowties <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:41:34 EST Bullpen WOD 2016-01-18 First, I posted about my weekend at my other blog. It was Rob's birthday and we went to Philadelphia for the day: <BR> <link><BR>ay-celebrations/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Now for Monday's workout! <BR> <BR> Mondays generally feel higher on the cardio than anything else but I guess Jose has to keep us guessing because this week had a lot of strength stuff. I feel like he still took it easy on us because it was Monday though. <BR> <BR> It w... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:36:06 EST WOD: Medicine Ball Madness First, I wrote a blog post about my trip to NYC yesterday. You can see it here if you are interested: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> On to today's workout: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Bullpen workout is brought to you by the medicine ball. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Warm Up: Run <BR> My legs were killing me when I woke up this morning so I took it easy on the ru... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:57:52 EST It's Sled Day Today's workout was pretty interesting. I got there and no one else was there. I actually double checked that it was Wednesday because, being home all the time, you lose track of days. Well, I confirmed it was definitely Wednesday and theorized that no one was there because it was freaking 22 degrees outside! Once other people arrived, there was a consensus that no one was running outside. I really wanted to though, so I did a lap alone and came back in to thaw my fingers! <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:34:34 EST Three Words of Torture Happy Tuesday! Last time, I blogged about my current goals and so far, I am doing okay. I haven't been tracking my water intake but I have definitely increased it. I tracked my food for a few days and missed Sunday so I have to restart my 30 days as of Monday (yesterday). That is okay with me. I was too busy spending the day with my grandmother on Sunday to be bothered with tracking my food. I think we can all agree what is more important! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's workout at the gym was p... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:45:08 EST January 2016 Goals Happy New Year! I completely missed the obligatory "New Year, New Me" blog post but that's just not where I'm at right now anyway. I just don't have any major goals for 2016 and I'm happy going day-by-day right now instead of trying to see any bigger than that. Really, in 2016, I'd just like to be healthier, find a job, and be happy. That's all I ask for! <BR> <BR> I've just been doing my own thing the last few weeks. I've been hitting the gym religiously and haven't missed a class ther... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 12:32:34 EST Workout Check In 12/30/2015 Today's Bullpen torture: <BR> <BR> 1.3 mile run <BR> <BR> 20 yards each of: <BR> * lunges of various types <BR> * shuffles <BR> * bear crawls <BR> * inch worms <BR> * Burpees <BR> * sprints <BR> * high knees <BR> * skipping <BR> <BR> 1 circuit of 3 minutes each: <BR> * squats with wall balls, side wall balls, pushups <BR> * ropes <BR> * rubber band sprints, shuffles, reverse runs <BR> * overhead presses, reverse lunges, side to sides <BR> * 5 yards tire flips, 10 push-ups <BR> * 40 yard... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:47:56 EST 2015 Recap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year was tough. There was a lot on my plate for the entire year: grad school, then finding a job, then a job that took 14 hours of my day, and now recovering from all the stress (and finding a new job). Despite all that, looking back at my Plans for 2015, I pretty much accomplished what I wanted to this year! Let's review. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Goal 1: Finish My Master's Degree... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:33:47 EST Classmate Workout & Weight-Loss Strategy Happy Monday! Good news, I made it to the gym this morning! It was hard waking up but I managed and actually got there a tad early. Jose (the owner, coach?) wasn't in so we had to make up our own class today. There are a few people who have been going for years so they took it over. Today's workout: <BR> <BR> 1 mile run <BR> 5 reps each with kettlebell, repeat for 40 yards: <BR> - Alternating kettlebell swings <BR> - Overhead Presses <BR> - Goblet Squats <BR> - Walking Lunges (5 yards) ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:17:58 EST Progress Pictures Took new pictures and ugh. But it is what it is and I have to just work to get back to where I want to be! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The basic plan for getting healthy again: <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> Hit the gym 3 times per week <BR> I've paid for a month of training at the gym and plan on going to the Strength and Conditioning class MWF mornings. It takes up my whole morning but I have nowhere else to... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:06:44 EST Christmas 2015 I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. Rob and I worked hard to get ready for Christmas this year. We host our entire family for breakfast so that could add up to a lot of people! Not everyone can always make it up but this year, we ended up with 20 adults and 4 children. <BR> <BR> Wednesday night, my sister and mom came over to help me bake cookies. We tried this thing called the Chocolate Pen which was kind of fun. It was a little difficult though because the opening was too big to... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:49:03 EST Pre Christmas Workout Had one of this workouts today where you are completely clumsy afterward because your hands won't stop shaking :-D Today's workout: * 0.6 mile run * 5 overhead presses, 5 bicep curls, 5 squats, 5 push ups, 5 yards of walking lunges, Repeat for 40 yards (8 sets) * Holding a 25lb plate, 20 each: * squats with calf raises * stationary lunges * side lunges * pulsing close leg squats * sumo squats * repeat 25 reps each * Still holding 25lb plate on floor, 20 each: * Side to side ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:09:47 EST BullPen Workout Details I realized I forgot to tell you about my workout yesterday! I told you about the gym but not what we did. I don't remember exactly how many sets or reps for everything (lots of things were measured by time) but the basic run down: <BR> <BR> * 1.3 mile warm up run (it is supposed to be 2 miles but I am slow) <BR> * 5 yard sprints with side shuffles <BR> * Cones, Ladders, and Hurdles circuit - going over, around, across, etc. <BR> * Bear crawls <BR> * Jump squats <BR> * Push-ups <BR> * Burpe... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:27:41 EST