SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Randomness & More Well, not much has changed since last week's blog! I only ran 1.5 miles last week. But I'm okay with that. I needed a "mental" health day this weekend. So far this week, things are going just as poorly. Monday, I wasn't feeling well. Tuesday and tonight, I have plans. Tomorrow, I will have time to get a run in after work. Yay! Plus its supposed to be 49 degrees. Friday, I might have plans but I should be able to get in a short run. <BR> <BR> The plan this weekend to make sure the... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:17:08 EST Lack of Training I ran one mile last week. <BR> ONE! <BR> <BR> As you probably know, I have a half marathon at the end of this month! 19 days and counting! I have zero goals for this race other than "to finish" but I was trying to make an effort to train to minimize the suffering on race day ;-) So far, my longest run was 6 miles. I had planned 8 miles this past weekend but I just didn't go. The weather, my mood, soreness from my strength session on Thursday, whatever, I didn't run, I didn't do any exer... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 10:55:54 EST March 2018 Goals I think I finally settled on my monthly goals! There is a lot I want to do right now. Some things are new, which are always the hardest. Then I realized they mostly boil down to just a few things. So here we go. <BR> <BR> <em>366</em> March Races <em>366</em> <BR> March 25 - Philly Love Run Half Marathon <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Total Running Mileage: 50 Miles <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> Nutrition Goals <BR> Meal Plan - Weekly - total of 4 times <BR> Concentrate on... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 14:45:29 EST Planning for a Better Month Happy Tuesday! I don't feel like recapping the weekend. It was busy but Sunday was mostly free so that was nice. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> I managed to run on Saturday morning but only did 5.25 miles. I didn't eat before hand and was starving. I need to figure out what I can have before a run that will sustain me and not upset my belly! <BR> <BR> <em>286</em> I did a little batch cooking on Sunday night. Just some zucchini and sweet potatoes. I also bought a rotisserie chicken at t... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:44:13 EST Motivation: Preventing Autoimmunity Yesterday didn't go quite as planned. Just as I was leaving work to go to the gym, I had to rush to the bathroom. It was too risky to hit the gym then so I went home. I took my cat outside for a bit to enjoy the weather (75 in February in NJ!!). I thought I could do a small workout in my office but got overwhelmed by the clutter (long story, no storage and unpacked boxes still lurking because... no storage) and ended up just throwing in the towel. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Because I'm tired of th... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:21:43 EST More Running & Races <em>312</em> <BR> So, what did I do with my newfound freedom yesterday, now that my run streak is over and I don't have to run every day? I went running of course! Haha. It was a beautiful day, 60 degrees and sunny, and I managed to get 2 miles in. They were very slow, my legs were tired and my chest felt congested (allergies, asthma, or something - it happens a lot). I actually felt relieved because part of the official run streak is that the first mile must be run entirely. I can't... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:48:57 EST Gut Issues and End of the Run Streak Happy Tuesday! I was so excited this morning when I realized, because I took off yesterday, I only have a 4 day work week. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> So this weekend went pretty well until it didn't. I hung out with multiple friends who live in Baltimore and we had a good time. Two people didn't really get along though so we'll just keep them separate from now on. I was doing fine until Sunday afternoon when my stomach was just so angry. We were out walking around in Fell's Point, which is a ... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:30:51 EST Sugar Tracking Happy Friday! Just a quick blog today about something I found on Spark People yesterday. <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can now track Sugar as one of your nutrients on the Nutrition page?? <BR> <BR> I remember years ago, there was discussion in the help forums about it and they refused to add it for whatever reason. Well, now its there! And you can see how bad your sweet tooth is! LoL <BR> <BR> But seriously, I turned it on and love it. Wednesday, I had a latte from Wawa that I would... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:26:06 EST Low Carb Plans <em>273</em> <BR> Good news! Dad is home from the hospital. It was a heart attack but he came in at the right time and he got a new stent. They put him on a new medication too. Still worried about him though. He eats pretty terrible and doesn't get much exercise at all. He was forced to retire after losing his job and not finding anything else so now he's stuck at home a lot with no energy or motivation. He does try to go out every day and run errands (I don't know how he finds thes... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:59:48 EST Fitting it all in This past weekend was a rest week for my training. That means that I got to drop my long run distance down instead of going up again. I ran 3 miles on Saturday and it was pretty ho-hum. Nothing special. I was glad I went when I did though because it was beautiful out! It felt like a damp spring day, when its going to rain later but you can enjoy peaks of sun between the clouds in the meantime. So lovely. <BR> <BR> That was the only run over a mile I did last week again. I am really sl... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:20:23 EST I Ran a Mile! You all know I've been doing this run streak since Thanksgiving. The "official" Runner's World rule was that you had to *run* an entire mile for it to count but I said screw it and ran as much as I could for a least a mile a day with as little walking as feasible for me and called it a streak. Maybe I'll start a new one when I can run a mile on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY. Enough about that. Yesterday, was Day 78 of my streak and guess what! I RAN A MILE! The whole thing! The be... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 10:46:37 EST Contemplating Dietary Changes Happy Hump Day! It has been a crazy week. My mood has kind of been all over the place. I think its is hugely related to the IBS flare I've been experiencing for the last week and a half. I don't know exactly what triggered it but I know what has exacerbated my symptoms so I've cut a few foods out. <BR> <BR> I really need to do better though and I had a talk with Rob this past weekend. Changing your habits is so hard but at least he's on board now. I ordered this meal planner from Eri... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:00:11 EST New Tattoo! <img src=""> <BR> I'll write a real post later but I wanted to show you my new ink!! The script says "Grandpa's Doll" in Russia because my grandfather called me Kukla when i was a kid :-D Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:06:58 EST February 2018 Goals Happy February! January went by so fast, I feel like I missed half of it! Anyway, how was January? <BR> January Goals: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446278 </link> <BR> <BR> I managed to keep my running streak going and hit 70 days and 47 total miles! Woohoo! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I only made it to crossfit once which is better than not at all. <BR> <BR> <em... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 09:25:47 EST Just Keep Running Good morning! Happy Wednesday! I don't even know what day it is (I almost typed Tuesday and yesterday I thought it was Thursday. LOL!) Hump Day! <BR> <BR> So, last week's workouts were all running again... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My long run went really well. Now that they are getting to be over an hour, I want to start going places to do them (and there isn't that much mileage near my house). This week,... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:19:45 EST Inflammation & Underpants The diagnosis from the eye doctor was super simple: Inflammation. This just made me laugh (ironically) because all my medical issues seem to boil down to one thing: Inflammation. <BR> <BR> Asthma - <link><BR>cise-induced_asthma/article_em.htm </link> <BR> IBS - <link><BR>icles/PMC4734999/ </link> <BR> Allergies - <link><BR>icles/PMC3573758/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know ... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:30:13 EST Eye Issues! Happy Thursday! Anyone else messed up that its a FIVE day week? I mean seriously, they give us all those Mondays and Fridays off in November, December, and January and then suddenly we have to work 5 days. Ugh. LoL. <BR> <BR> I am feeling good today but my head hurts. I have been having an issue with my eye and like a dummy, I didn't get it looked at. It was like something was just bothering it. I thought it would go away. Yesterday, it hurt to put my contacts in so I had to wear g... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 07:53:57 EST Week Recap & Another Race! First up, I decided on Mondays, I should post a workout recap from the previous week! I was super duper boring this week: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My legs were off, my breathing was off, everything felt terrible all week! Saturday I felt great but my long run was being done Sunday, when I felt terrible. Well then. <BR> <BR> This week's plan is to hit Crossfit a few times. I looked ahead at the schedule ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:14:08 EST Rob's 34th Birthday Nothing has really changed since my last blog. Still running, still not going to crossfit (and wasting money!), still trying to eat at home more, still having tummy troubles. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was supposed to be low key and all about staying home but once again, we ended up all over the place. Ugh. Rob tries to blame me but its the both of us. Monday was supposed to be a "stay home" day. I suggested breakfast out, just the two of us (we've been going with his parents all the t... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:32:53 EST 2018 So Far Hey there! I have been so busy, no time to blog at all!! Let's jump right into it: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> I've been running every day! Woo! But I've had to cut some of runs short. One because I just felt terrible, run down. Another because I was outside and the roads were just still a wreck and too many dumb drivers not paying attention. I had to run in the street because no one shoveled their sidewalks. It rained over night though and it washed most of them clean (still some spot... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:28:46 EST 2018 Goals & January Happy New year! Not posting anything crazy, just wanted to show you my January Goals: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Run every day. Gotta keep that streak going! <BR> <em>362</em> Hit the gym. Once, twice, 10 times, anything <BR> <em>4</em> Improve my diet - this one is vague on purpose. Do something! <BR> <em>387</em> Write on my blog (my website, not here - I keep you guys updated regularly!) <BR> <em>149</em> Read a new book. <BR> <BR> That's it!! I've got some ideas for 2018... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 16:26:09 EST Mud Hen Half Marathon Training Plan Happy Friday! I planned on blogging this week. Well then, Friday snuck up on me. <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Christmas was good. Just very busy. Breakfast was quiet this year, as most people couldn't come. We actually got to socialize with those who did some which was a really nice change. We even sat down to eat and didn't just pick at things all day. <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> Rob and I only exchange a few gifts. I got him a new card game and blue-tooth headphones. He got me a tat... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:50:09 EST Catching that Mile Hello! Great news! Grandma is going home Saturday! She is doing well walking at rehab and everything seems good. Her hemoglobins are way up which means no more internal bleeding. Rob and I agreed that we'll need to set aside maybe one night a week to go visit her once she's home. It has been really nice spending time with her! <BR> <BR> Not much other news. I'm still running, getting them in nightly. I'm still slow as dirt and still can't run the whole mile. I laughed because a few ... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:24:07 EST Ugly Sweater Run Happy Monday! I am struggling this morning. I am so distracted by my phone and have no idea how to use it for music and totally ignore the rest. It happens only when I'm already tired/cranky/distracted so its not the phone's fault. How do I get refocused?? Trying this instead. <BR> <BR> This weekend was really busy! Friday, we visited my grandma then got to bed at a reasonable hour. Saturday, I had the Ugly Sweater Run, an hour away in Philly, and Rob had to work. My friend Emily who... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:02:31 EST Running Steak Motivation Happy Friday! I am so glad this week is over. I have been so exhausted, emotionally. Seriously, I need a vacation. Anyway. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> Day 22! I managed to run after my company holiday party yesterday. Everyone kept saying to just skip it but NO! I will not! Even if it was freezing and icy and I had 3 glasses of wine and a ton of food. I got it done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <e... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:15:34 EST Brain Dump Time Quick Update: <BR> <em>282</em> Grandma is doing well! She's still in rehab, not sick, working with physical therapy to get walking again. All good there! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> I'm up to 20 days on my run streak! <BR> <BR> Edit: I decided to delete the rest of my post from today. I am tired and feeling rather emotional and hate dumping on people. Maybe I can write about those topics tomorrow but in a more pro-active way. <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:49:39 EST Day In Day Out <em>26</em> Grandma! She is feeling great. She is in rehab and not complaining about it this time (last time she said she wasn't well yet - and she was right!). She was talking politics, the news, and even recounting stories from her past - I never new my great-grandpa was in the Navy! She said she'll show me his discharge papers with all of his ships listed when she gets home. How cool! Maybe that is why my dad went in the Navy too? She's definitely feeling better with all this chat... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:20:07 EST Mini Update Ugh I am SO WHINY today! This is going to be a SHORT post because you guys do not need to hear me today. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Grandma is going back to rehab! They found a bleeding ulcer that they fixed (Monday) and her hemoglobins are staying steady. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Ran 1.5 miles last night just like the training plan said! I am still slower than molasses but getting it done. I seriously need a running light though... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:17:51 EST Think about 2018! #running I've re-written this post like 4 times today already. Let's try again. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Grandma is back in the hospital. She was losing blood and they don't know why. She seems really good though and last time I heard, her hemoglobins were stay up. She has an endoscopy today to look for a bleeding ulcer. She is doing 1000 times better than the last few weeks though! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> My run streak is still going strong! I'm just doing 1 mile, but its starting to feel s... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:18:18 EST Run Streak Goes On! Hey there!!! It has been a busy week! I've just been super busy with a project and meetings and now I work in two locations instead of one. So that's taking more energy than normal. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Update on Grandma - she's out of the regular hospital and in rehab! Yay! They are giving her the last few rounds of antibiotics and helping her to walk (sitting at the hospital made her lose that, ugh). Hopefully she'll be home in a few weeks! The nurses are not nearly as pleasant... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:09:23 EST Thanksgiving 2017 Recap Good news #1: Grandma is being transferred to a lower care floor! That means she's getting better because she needs less attention from nursing. Woohoo! Once she gets out of the hospital, it sounds like she'll be going to right to live-in rehab. Hopefully soon! <BR> <BR> Good news #2: Stormy is doing great! He is acting completely normal so I guess they were able to flush his system! We have to take him in today to get his kidneys checked one last time <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Ment... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:14:29 EST 1 Home, 1 To Go <img src=""> <BR> He's home!!! He needs to go in Monday to check his kidneys one more time but then he's all good. He seems fine so I'm happy Now let's get grandma home too. She's actually doing great but still has pneumonia so she's gotta stay a while longer. Soon I think! Happy thanksgiving! Sat, 25 Nov 2017 10:50:17 EST Kitty in the hospital <img src=""> <BR> So my cat this morning snuck into the bathroom this morning and ate part of a lily flower which is extremely poisonous to cats. He's at the hospital and we had to borrow almost 2 grand from my sister for his stay. Tomorrow, we can go visit him. They'll do more bloodwork on Friday and know how he's doing and if he can come home. Can 2017 be over yet? I'm not going to work today and probably not ... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:49:49 EST Thanksgiving Week Plans Hey ya'll. Pretty much the same old stuff here. Grandma is still in the hospital so we're still going there every night after work. This weekend, I did take time to go to the zoo on Saturday and got lots of walking in. Then we visited at night and then Sunday morning again. We took Sunday evening off to grocery shop, cook dinner, do laundry, etc. No fitness happened. I should have gone but I really want busy most of the day. Not much lounging at all. <BR> <BR> This week's plans inclu... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:50:09 EST Busy Nights, No Gym This has been a completely exhausted week, mentally. I've been visiting my grandma every day and that's about it. I managed to go to crossfit Monday and Wednesday but nothing else. I really wanted to go today because it was a good workout but we stayed late at the hospital last night to make sure grandma got her treatment that they kept forgetting. Grrr. I know hospitals are busy and all but seriously, you are risking someone's life. Anyway... <BR> <BR> This weekend, Rob and I were sup... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:16:55 EST Sleepy Days Tuesday went a little better. I didn't go visit grandma because she had a procedure and I wanted her to rest (and I'm sure other people were stopping in). The procedure went well - they cleaned out an artery and put in a stint. They think that should do it! I didn't go for a run like I wanted either. It was dark when I got home from work and I was hungry so I just jumped right into making dinner. <BR> <BR> We ended up going to bed kind of late. I didn't notice that it was already after... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:11:23 EST Monday carried into Tuesday Hello! Happy Tuesday! I am so glad it is Tuesday. Yesterday was the most Monday it could be. I woke up in a crummy mood (grandma is in the hospital, can you blame me?) and ran late to crossfit. Luckily they were running late so I had time. We were doing snatches (hate them) but I got into it anyway. I was using light weight because I just felt off and boom, down I went, the bar landing on my shin (light bump but a wicked bruise!). At that point, I was just frustrated and ready to go b... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:00:26 EST Crossfit Recap & Weekend Plans! Happy Thursday-but-feels-like-Friday!!! I keep forgetting that I have OFF tomorrow! Woohoo!! I am spending the day tomorrow cleaning the house and tidying because we have friends coming over for a Fire Pit in the back yard! I know they won't be in the house much but most of them haven't seen it yet and will probably want a tour so every room should be tidy at least. <BR> <BR> Anyway! Today, I went to Crossfit! I didn't end up exercising yesterday so that was 2 rest days in a row. Th... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 09:40:37 EST GI Appointment Went Well! Good news! My doctor is happy that my prescription is working and he doesn't need to see me for a year! He is also fine with me deciding on the dose (I was finding that 2 pills/day was too much but 1 seemed good - accidentally forgot to take it with dinner a few times which helped me find this out, lol). So I just have to keep chugging along and call him if I need anything. I did ask him if we know what causes this problem and he basically said no. At least he's honest! He said that IBS... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:26:51 EST Might Need a Rest Day My legs are still toast today, walking a little funny. But that's not the only reason I am thinking I might skip today. I am so busy! I already went to vote this morning and need to be at work early. Then I have to leave work early for a doctor's appointment (seeing my GI today!). Then I need to run by my parent's house to look for my drawing supplies for class tonight and eat dinner before going to class. We have to go early to register and buy supplies too. Then class goes until like... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 07:33:59 EST Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K 2017 It is the 6th day of November and I've exercised 6 days in a row!!! Can you believe it? That is already 1 day more than the entire month of October. Let's talk about the weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday, I decided to go run on the treadmill at the gym. I didn't want to kill myself with crossfit with my race on Sunday. I did some easy intervals and ended up with around 1.6 miles according to the machine. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I was sooo busy. I got up early and got my oil changed. Then I had t... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 08:10:27 EST Being Able to Breathe I always had a slight issue with exercise and... breathing... but I always figured it was just being out of shape. 2 years ago, I went to seem my friend who is a sports doctor and he confirmed some slight asthma and prescribed an inhaler. I usually can't tell if the inhaler helps or not... Until now. <BR> <BR> Wednesday at Crossfit, we did 4 rounds of AMRAPs (as many resps as possible). I took the last 2 doses in my old inhaler and off I went. I was struggling so hard. Constantly needi... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:10:59 EST November 2017 Goals Happy November!! I am in a much better mood today. Some of the stress I've been under is starting to lift. It hasn't gone away but my mind just had to process, I think. Get all the worrying out of the way. Anyway! <BR> <BR> I told you I was making some lofty goals for this month? I seemed to have gone crazy on Sunday when I was making these and permanently wrote them in pen in my planner. You see, I was a slack in October. I only exercised 5 times. I had done well increasing my step... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:20:55 EST Halloween Weekend 2017 Happy Halloween! Nothing going on today. Work is boring, no costumes, no decorations, no party. :( <BR> <BR> This past weekend was pretty Halloween filled. It was too chaotic though once again. Friday, a little tiny errand turned into 4 hours of stress, ending in Domino's pizza for dinner at 10pm. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Saturday, because I didn't get anything done Friday, I skipped my run (sigh) to finish my niece's costume and work on a costume for me/Rob (Rob ended up using it, not me)... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:59:36 EST Crazy Facebook <em>193</em> First, weighed in today. Still the same! A few months ago, my normal was 228. My new normal is 221. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> So, as for the title... The other day, I joined a new facebook group (see where this is going already!) for the Runner's World bi-annual run streak. I was just reading and then decided to post yesterday. I explained that I was recovering from years of injury and problems and couldn't run a mile yet but I wanted to start getting out there every day and tha... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:13:38 EST October Fun The verdict last night was to skip Crossfit this morning. I can still barely move from Tuesday! And I *need* to run this weekend. The plan instead is to run 2-3 miles tonight. <BR> <BR> Another reason was that I was out late at Painting class again! It was so fun again. This time, we did water colors, which are so much harder to work with over acrylic. I made my cat way too chubby but it is cute! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:39:07 EST Back at Crossfit! Happy Wednesday! What to tell this weekend.. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> It's official, I'm back at Crossfit! I was getting worried they forgot about me because it had been so long but when I walked in, I heard the coach yell my name across the room so that made me feel welcome again! Of course they didn't forget. LoL. I told him I wasn't well but I was good now and he was happy to see me back. I am so beat today. I went Tuesday morning: <BR> <BR> EMOM (Every minute on the minute) for ... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:36:55 EST Bikes & Beers: Dogfish Head Brewery 2017 Happy Monday!!! This weekend ended up being just as crazy and I expected but also really fun. The bike ride was a blast. It was at Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. It took us almost 4 hours to drive to Rehoboth Friday insteaf of 2.5 (I picked up a friend in Philly, which should have only added like 30 minutes to my drive but it added over an hour due to traffic. Yuck!). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Frid... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:37:27 EST Free Time No More! Last night, I found out that the park I was going to run at was closed already (their hours are the WORST) so I was really bummed. When I got home, I fed the chickens and noticed the wood pile so I decided to chop some wood for a while. I was having loads of fun and my heart rate was up so I did that for a while until.... I leaned on a crate and got myself with a rusty nail. Ugh, so that was the end of that and I get a tetanus shot tomorrow morning :( <BR> <BR> So I didn't run but at leas... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:36:34 EST Stress Never Stops So, an ridiculous amount of stress came up yesterday. We got news that one of our monthly bills might be going up significantly and there's literally nothing we can do about it. It will basically eat up all that extra money I got from getting a better job and we'll be back to pinching pennies and never doing anything fun and not having any money to fix up the house. ::Sigh:: Rob says it will be fine (but he never deals with the finances so...) <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised this week. Mo... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:31:25 EST