SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Odds and Ends Happy Wednesday! How did I used to blog every day? What did I talk about?? LoL. Hm, let me think. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I made a delicious salad for lunch today with lettuce, carrots, radicchio, walnuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and olive oil vinaigrette. It was really delicious! But relatively high in carbs for me due to the cranberries. I don't really like salads that don't have any sweetness to them at all though. Any thoughts for substitutes for the dried fruits? I co... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:28 EST 18 Weeks to Philly Half Hey everyone! Thanks for the support the other day. I tried to get back to everyone. I was having a really rough week and I feel better this week but it has been a bunch of ups and downs lately so I'm not counting my chickens yet. I have been working on changing my mindset though. <BR> <BR> Anyway, training last week was really light. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really dropped the ball this week. On the bright side, I mana... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:54:09 EST Lack of Me-Time I've gained almost 20lbs in the last year. Since 2010, I've gained everything back that I originally lost when I joined SP. It is a combination of things but mostly stress. It occurred to me the other day that I don't do anything anymore to relax. I don't do anything for myself. <BR> <BR> I go to school. I do homework. I do research. I study. I go to Rob's rugby games, tournaments, events, social outings, etc. I clean. I cook for sustenance. I grocery shop. I sleep. That is pret... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:42:45 EST 19 Weeks to Philly Half Marathon 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First week of training went relatively well! Not bad for not working out consistently for a months (and months). I do need to work on getting more in though and not have such long gaps like I did at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyway, all my runs were done on trails and I averaged about 15 minute miles. I do a walk/jog thing howe... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:45:40 EST Summer Running Plans The first official training run is done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Most training plans are 12-16 weeks. My official training plan is only 12 weeks long so I guess I’m in a sort of pre-training period? I’m just working on building up to 4 miles of consistent running (a few walk breaks are always allowed though). I’m not using any programs (like Coach to 5K) but just listening to my body as I go. I’ve been running long enough... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:27:27 EST Registration Happy More news! I go so excited with the registering for races, I also signed up for the Atlantic City 10K in October! I have done this race series before and really enjoyed it. Now that it has been moved back to Bally’s, I am really excited. I heard bad things about when it was moved to Revel Casino but it was always so fun at Bally’s. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I now have to resist the urge to sign up for another race that I was ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:49:44 EST A Race in my Future! If you want to see what I've been up to in Florida, check out my other blog here -> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In other news, I'M BACK! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just registered for the half marathon and I'm so excited! But no time to blog today. I must go. But I'm so excited! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:29:09 EST Living the Florida Life Happy Weekend! It looks like I won’t be able to do my normal daily posts here but the weekends look promising. I’m an early riser but the other students here are not so I have time before they are ready in the morning. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I talked a little bit about my trip here. It is for on-the-job experience in a Radiation Oncology clinic. I’m studying to be a Medical Physicist with the goal of working in radiation therapy. It has been AMAZING so far and I love how much I have gotten... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:46:45 EST Safely in Florida First, let me just say that I have been doing a lot more in Florida than just this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seriously, it has been pretty much nonstop since I left last Sunday for the 6-week practicum. For those who are unfamiliar, a practicum, as defined by Wikipedia, is “a graduate level course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:54:45 EST Adjusting My Workouts After listening to the comments on my last post, you ladies are right! It is not worth the stress of trying to make up every single workout. I do need to do better about following or adjusting the schedule though to make sure I’m not slacking off. Here is my success calendar so far, with missed workouts omitted. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I calculated the workout (WO) percentage out of 7 workouts per week even though the Stret... Thu, 22 May 2014 11:20:11 EST Missed Exercise Hello everyone! I know, I’m done with school and my blogging has been even more sporadic than ever! That is because I am trying to get ready for my trip to Florida and spend as much time with friends and family as possible. Being so busy lately though means that I have had a few missed workouts… <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I knew I would be busy Friday so I made up one of the two on Thursday beforehand. Yesterday, I was just o... Tue, 20 May 2014 15:01:00 EST Focus T25 Alpha Video Recap <img src=""> <BR> Now that week 1 of Focus T25 Alpha phase is over, I can talk about the DVDs! The Alpha phase has 6 DVDs plus I received a bonus DVD for ordering trough my Beach Body Coach. After doing each workout, I wrote down my first impressions so these are my initial reactions to the DVDs. First impressions can change so I’ll let you know in the 5 week update if anything is different. <BR> <BR> Alpha Workout 1: Cardio <BR> <B... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:53:18 EST Get It Done: Focus T25 For all the pictures and links, see my original post at The Chicken Scoop. I have to go work out and then finish my take home finals!! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I’m almost done my first week of Focus T25! Wow, it went so fast! Once I finish today’s workout and do the stretch over the weekend, I write a full recap of all the DVDs. For now, let’s talk about what Focus T25 is and what... Fri, 9 May 2014 12:06:16 EST Nutrition Plan with T25 Today was only day 2 of T25 but I was thinking, I really don't have a nutrition plan. According to the (very little) booklet that came with the program, I should be eating about 1600 calories per day. He also says to emphasize protein meals over carb meals for my goals (fat loss). These are things I knew already but it is nice to hear them reinforced. <BR> <BR> So let's do a run down. I should be... <BR> <em>4</em> Eating about 1600 calories per day. <BR> <em>492</em> Eating more p... Tue, 6 May 2014 20:40:04 EST Progress Pictures 5-5-2014 I guess they are "Before T25" Pictures. <BR> But they are "After I gained back almost all the weight" Pictures too. <BR> So instead, they are "Now" pictures. I took these today along with my measurements for accountability. I am at 185lbs, about 43.5% Body Fat (I take measurements with 2 different tools and average). I average a size 14 right now in most stores. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had taken these same pictures in my b... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:09:14 EST May 2014 Goals Okay quick blog today because I'm supposed to be working on my finals (all take home). <BR> <BR> Today is the day! <BR> <BR> I started T25 today. I also made some goals for the month of May: <BR> <em>357</em> Exercise 20 times <BR> This should be easy if I stick to the T25 schedule. It is 5 days per week with a double workout on Fridays. Plus, there is a stretching video for Sundays. If I stick to the schedule, 20 workouts will be so easy! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Drink 64 ounces o... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:01:01 EST Focus Is On Its Way Hey guys! I haven't disappeared. I posted some things on my other blog but haven't had the time to copy them here. They were picture heavy which sometimes takes a while on here. It is the last week of classes/finals so things have been nuts! <BR> <BR> Inside My Lunch Box & More <BR> (This post is for KAPELAKIN who asked to see what I pack in my Lunch Blox!) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Vega Bar Tastiness <BR> <link> </link> ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:00:10 EST Inching My Way to My Goals <em>193</em> I gained about 3 pounds... before Easter. <BR> <BR> It is okay. I have been really stressed and not thinking about health and fitness. I have a ton of work to do before the end of the semester that needs more of my time and energy right now too. But, what can I do right now that doesn't interfere with work too much? <BR> <BR> Well, I can: <BR> <em>194</em> Drink lots of water to help me concentrate and feel good. <BR> <em>301</em> Track my food to the best of my es... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:19:37 EST Florida Bound So big news around here, I’m going to Florida! I don’t know if I mentioned it yet but I’ll be doing a practicum (learning internship type thing) at 21st Century Oncology in Florida. Housing and travel are paid for which is pretty sweet. I just have to cover food and entertainment! <BR> <BR> While I’m super excited, I also have thought of some possible hurdles I might face during this 6-week-long trip: <BR> <BR> Eating Healthy <BR> <BR> I don’t know what kind of kitchen I’ll have, what c... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:35:56 EST The Science Behind Food <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>e-food-issue/ </link> <BR> A few months ago, I bought a copy of the September 2013 Special Food Issue of Scientific American that I was super excited to read and then I misplaced it. Well, I just found it, and it is blowing my expectations out of the water! The articles in here have great content and were right up my alley. I haven’t read the whole thing but I started... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:53:15 EST Quick Update After my last post, I have to say I am holding up a lot better. I really hit bottom that week. I wonder if maybe the horrible winter we had contributed more than I thought? The weather has been beautiful lately and that has helped. There are still other struggles I am dealing with on my own. <BR> <BR> On a related note, I have been feeling left out and lonely at school. I try not to let it get to me and was trying to convince myself that it was "all in my head". Today, I was definitely... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:06:51 EST Getting Back Up Happy Monday! I am feeling so much better today. Long story short, I felt really bad, emotionally, last week. I'm sure it had a lot to do with hormones (PMS!) but it was the worst I ever felt over a long period of time. Fine one moment, sobbing the next. Even my husband has noticed I have been "off" the last few weeks. I don't know what it is but I'm taking steps to battle it including... <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> Exercise! <BR> On Friday, I went to PiYo - basically a yoga-inspired aer... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:20:15 EST April 2014 Goals & Challenge I can’t believe it is April! That means there is exactly 1 month left in this semester and my first year of Medical Physics grad school is over! OMG! I’ll be halfway to graduating! How exciting is that?! <BR> <BR> But in more health related news, I think we are all feeling a little run down from winter. We are all in need of a little refreshing so I decided I would host a little challenge on my Facebook group Fit Chickies. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:43:28 EST Random News and a New App First, I posted a review on my other blog about a new app I'm using to track my food. You track with pictures instead of calories. You can read about it here: <link> </link> <BR> I really like it because I feel that it makes me want to eat healthier and not just fit in my calories. I can tell when I'm over anyway (like yesterday). Work in progress! <BR> <BR> Hm, in other news? Not much. This week is crazy busy. Luckily we didn't get that take home exam ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:38:41 EST 5 Years and Counting Did you know it has been 5 years since I started getting healthy?! A few months after getting married, I had had enough and started attempting to eat right and exercising. I originally started working out at home with a game on my Wii but I eventually started running and ran my first 5K in September 2009! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I seriously can’t believe it has been so long that I’ve been doing this! Since I haven’t had a ra... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:05:39 EST Thank You! & 30-By-30 First, then you SO MUCH to all the people who commented on my post yesterday. I really just needed to let it all out and I felt so much better after posting. Then the comments were just so sweet and supportive, it was just what I needed. I am getting on top of some of those dilemmas today and taking action to figure stuff out. First step is acceptance, right? Thank you again! I knew this was the right place to come and ask for support! <BR> <BR> Today's post: <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:50:34 EST Feeling Overwhelmed Today is very personal. Rob and I have been struggling financially and it really has been taking a huge toll on me. I handle all the bills and payments and while Rob "checks with me" about affording things, we really don't have it together. Often times, it's "I got that overtime, let's spend it" and I have a hard time saying no since he worked for it. Then unexpected things come up that cost lots of money that I didn't have in the budget. <BR> <BR> It is really just killing me withnthe str... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:29:45 EST Sick but Eating Right First, I wrote a cookbook review on my other blog. I ask you to go there to check it out as I got the book for free and would like to promote it since I liked it (though that wasn't part of the "deal" of getting it for free). It is called Cooking with Coconut Oil and is Paleo but non-paleo people would enjoy it too I think. There is also a free recipe shared! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Th... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:16:01 EST 30-By-30 Week 11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week was pretty much a wash so I’m not going to do my usual update. It started with that bought of food poisoning. Then I basically spent the rest of the week trying to recover and catch up on my school work. I did manage to hit the gym on Thursday for a Zumba class since I was feeling better. Now, I feel like I’m coming down with the cold my husband has (or allergies?). <BR> <BR> This week, the plan is... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:07:51 EST 5 Foods to Eat After a Stomach Bug Sorry if my blog posts seem a little weird sometimes. I write these for my other, mainstream blog and then just copy and paste. It still lets you know whats happening in my life! <link> </link> <BR> --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- <BR> Happy Spring Break! The bonus of being in school is weeks off at a time except you don’t actually get off. I might be home but I have an overwhelming amount of work to do anyway. ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:02:08 EST Atlantic City Restaurant Week 2014 Last week was Atlantic City Restaurant Week! I didn’t find out about it until the very last minute and I hurried to figure out my dining schedule on my limited budget. It was about $15 for lunch and $34 for dinner per person. I also make sure I go to restaurants that are “worth it”. That is, that I get the most bang for my buck (basically, I go to all the fancy places, ha!). Since I was limited on scheduling this year, I made sure to hit my favorites. <BR> <BR> It started off with an im... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:11:58 EST 30-By-30 Week 10 Weight: 179.6 lbs <BR> <BR> While this is a 1 pound loss from last week, I’m not counting it until I see more come off (because I fluctuate between 179 and 181). <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Better <BR> <BR> While I didn’t follow Super Shred exactly, it has really helped me create better, healthier habits. My snacks are immensely healthier. I’m eating more veggies and appropriate serving sizes. I’m drinking more tea and water and less coffee. All great things! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:21:04 EST 30-By-30 & Super Shred Diet Weight: 181 lbs <BR> <BR> Instead of the usual 30 By 30 update this week, I’m going to talk about “the plan” for the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> I’m obviously stuck in a rut. My workouts are a bit irregular but getting better. My nutrition is great some days and iffy to poor other days. Something drastic needs to happen. I mentioned this week that Rob and I are embarking on a plan together. Starting tomorrow, we are doing our own modified version of the Super Shred Diet (SSD) from Dr. ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:34:11 EST Back Repair I have an appointment for my chiropractor tomorrow! Yay! I know he takes drop ins too but I figured I would make an appointment to make it easier on the office. I can't wait to get straightened out. My back just kept cracking all day, every time I moved (another sign I need to see my chiro). <BR> <BR> The muscles are feeling much more relaxed today but still very sore. At least I can use my left arm again without pain. I still feel hunched over though and can't wait to get that fixed. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:52:14 EST A Partner in Diet Crime First, I had a great weekend. It was insanely busy and I was a little emotional at times but overall, it was good. <BR> <BR> I had two presentations for my Arbonne business which were lots of fun but also a lot of work. I have learned that I dislike hosting and presenting together. I was frazzled trying to do it all! But luckily this isn't normally the case, right? <BR> <BR> It really was a lot of fun though and I got some good practice in with my routine/presentation! <BR> <BR> This w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:25:12 EST 30 By 30 Week 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weight – 179.6 lbs Loss of 1.4lbs, Total Loss of 1.6lbs <BR> I keep hovering around 180lbs so I’m always cautious to count something as a loss. With how well this week went though, I’m going to say I definitely lost and its not just water or something! <BR> ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- <BR> Nutrition – Sugar! <BR> During that trip to the taffy store, I may h... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:51:55 EST Party All Night What a busy weekend! Friday was spent just cleaning the house and doing homework. Saturday was busy, busy getting ready for my friend Ida from college to come in for a visit. She was only staying the night but it was bound to be loads of fun. She only lives about 2.5 hours away and we’ve never really spent the weekend together (here or at her place). It was time! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She had a crazy Friday/Saturday and... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:42:48 EST 30-By-30 Week 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weight – 181lbs <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Blue line is recent weigh-ins <BR> Red line is original goal line <BR> Green line is a loss of 1.7lbs per week to reach my goal <BR> <BR> As you can see, things really aren’t going well. I have had a rough start to things but posting these weekly updates have been keeping me really accountable so I’m not quitti... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:55:06 EST Skipping the Cardio My workout went great yesterday! I am always a little apprehensive about doing no cardio at all when I go to the gym but I have to trust in the system and know that the lifting is the right way to go for me. Also, I do not want to completely exhaust myself when I am the gym or I might not survive my 14 school hour day on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ended up downloading a routine on JEFit (an app and website that is great for live workout tracking) for powerlifting that another user mad... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:04:51 EST My New Routine: Lifting, HIIT, and Low Carb Back when I was new to working out, I just did whatever came along. It was hard to get started but if I had a chance to do something, that is what I did. I started with a workout game on my Wii. Then it changed to training for a 5K that a friend was organizing. Then I joined a gym with a friend who I went with to Body Pump and Zumba. Then more running with more friends. <BR> <BR> Then everything changed and I lost my goals. What do I do now? This is something I’ve been trying to narro... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:05:33 EST 30-By-30 Week 5 <img src=""> <BR> I’ve decided to try to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. These are my progress updates. <BR> <BR> Weight – ??? <BR> I forgot to weigh in AGAIN! I am 100% sure nothing has changed.. <BR> <BR> Nutrition – Eat all the things! <BR> I tracked at least 95% of everything I ate this week and it was not good. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The red numbers are calor... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:46:10 EST Lunch Box Love I’m obsessed with my lunch box. A few weeks ago, I bought a lunch box set at Staples on a whim because it was inexpensive and looked cool. I loved it so much, I ordered 2 other ones on Amazon this week and they are here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’m using the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox. They are lunch containers that snap to an ice pack between them. They are BPA-free, microwave safe, and freezer safe. The reason they appealed ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:40:33 EST Spring 2014 Ready to Go The semester has officially started! Yes, I know it actually started almost 2 weeks ago but I kept flip flopping on which classes to take and here is my schedule: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> See it bigger here -> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My Wednesday morning class is only every other week so that makes it a little less hectic too. You can see I have those 2 really long days that will be a little stressf... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:38:43 EST 30-By-30 Week 4 <img src=""> <BR> I’ve decided to try to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday. These are my progress updates. <BR> <BR> ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- <BR> <BR> Weight – ??? <BR> <BR> I forgot to weigh in! Seeing as we are about 1 month in (woohoo!), I will take complete measurements this weekend. I don’t expect any changes though considering my weight hasn’t budged and my clo... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:19:39 EST New Asics This weekend, I made a second trip to Fleet Feet. While I loved the Mizuno’s that we picked the first time they were a little big (should not have gone up that half a size!) and very stiff for me. I went back and asked for something similar but more flexible. I like my sneakers to bend and move when I run. The women helping me got it spot on the first try! This time, I ended up with the Asics Gel Cumulus 15. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:39:19 EST School Goals Today, I want to share some personal goals that I don't like to talk about on my regular blog (you know, nosy family members and the like). Just like I haven't mentioned a word about my school-woes on there. <BR> <BR> So I have some ideas to really rock this semester: <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Spend less wasted time online (especially on my cell phone) <BR> I started turning off all the notifications on my phone and that helps but the icons show when I have messages too. I need to be le... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:05:39 EST Fleet Feet Field Trip Saturday, Rob’s rugby team signed up last minute for a local rugby tournament which just so happens to be near all the good shopping. It was supposed to be very warm but rainy so I planned on hitting the stores if was too icky out. The pitch (rugby field) happened to be really close to the only Fleet Feet in South Jersey too so I dropped Rob off and headed over. It had been such a long time since I got a new pair of running sneakers. Most people don’t realize how often you need to replace... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:56:44 EST Spring Semester Starts Today is going to be a tough day. I am at school right now to meet with my adviser about one (maybe two?) of my grades last semester and "what to do about it". I am still mad that I let myself slip so badly in the one class. I was struggling but didn't realize it was that bad. <BR> <BR> Anyway! Too late to change that so now to look to the future and make it better, right?! I hope that is the way they will treat it too (as "how do we do better", not "you did really bad"). <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:36:21 EST 30-By-30 Week 2 I’ve made a goal to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday in June. These are my weekly updates! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Measurements – Gain <BR> <BR> Weight: 180.6 lbs – Up 1.2 lbs. Total of 0.6 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> Nutrition – 5/7 Ain’t Bad? <BR> <BR> I was doing really well until Wednesday night when I decided I wanted some ice cream. It seemed to release all sorts of carb cravings and I spent all day Thursday munchy and snacking... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:49:57 EST Book Review: Grain Brain <img src=""> <BR> For the version with links, go to my other blog: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you are familiar with my blog, you know I support the Paleo Diet and often eat that way (though not always). At one time, I was a distance runner so I thought I needed more carbs than non-endurance athletes, but as a recovering injured runner that isn’t the case now. Also, a few months ago, I was looking... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:23:37 EST