SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 More Active Than I Thought! I think it has been pretty obvious around here that I’ve been beating myself up lately over my lack of fitness, healthy eating, everything. I keep trying to make big goals to try to get my healthy life in gear but I always feel like I’m not doing enough. <BR> <BR> And then today, I checked my Garmin Connect. It is Garmin’s platform for all of their fitness devices like the VivoFit (their new fitness tracker which I don’t have, yet…) and my Forerunners (GPS running watches). Well, I upload... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:11:37 EST To Make 2015 Goals? Once upon a time, sharing my goals helped me stick to them. Lately, nothing I seem to do makes motivated to stick to my goals. <BR> <BR> For example, Body Beast just isn't happening right now. While it sounds great to have a schedule and stick to it, I just don't want to do BB every day. Nor do I have time at the moment. <BR> <BR> Now I have crazy ideas for 2015 and they are simple and if I start off right, I can easily achieve them, but I don't want to tell anyone about them for fear of... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:36:11 EST Successful Monday Thanks for the comments yesterday! I wasn't say I looked terrible or anything which I think you all realized. It was just one of those "Oh crap, I didn't know!" moments. <BR> <BR> So I stepped it up yesterday and got back to the healthy living thing! <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> I ate pretty healthy. <BR> It wasn't all perfect (I had some high quality gelato but only one serving!) but I think I did really well. I also stuck to my 2100 calories which felt really weight. SO MUCH FOOD! Din... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:42:09 EST Picture is 1000 Words Hey everyone! So, pretty good weekend overall. I had a wedding on Saturday and ended up buying a new dress last minute. Regretting that a bit now (could have saved the money) but I wanted to feel good and not uncomfortable. While I felt good, I didn't like the pictures of Rob and me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While not bad a picture, it just makes me see how far I really have gotten from my goals. I don't *think* I look like... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:37:39 EST Food is the Devil First, I forgot to post my blog here yesterday: <BR> <link><BR>ooler/ </link> <BR> Just a recap of what I packed for school for the day. I used my LunchBlox too. Check it out! <BR> <BR> And then today happened. Something made me really, really sick. I was stuck in the little ladies' room for forever. Let's just leave it at that. It was definitely something I ate at lunch which consisted of: lettuce, coleslaw, salad dressing, 2 hard boiled eggs, ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:34:56 EST December Goals 2014 I haven’t been making monthly goals because I haven’t had the time or energy to commit to them. School ends next week though and I only have 2 finals so I should be home free after that to commit to my health. So these are less of December Goals and more like Last 3 Weeks of December Goals. I’ll use this week as a warm up and see how it goes. Anyway, here is what I have planed. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Goal 1: Start Body Beast <BR> <BR> I know I was supposed to start yesterday but thi... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:52:38 EST Training Time! Body Beast starts tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I tried it once before and didn’t complete the program. I really enjoyed the workouts. Sagi (the host) is pretty funny but laid back. Despite what it looks like from the ads, it is not a man’s man type workout. The people in the DVDs are actually pretty cool and I don’t feel like the testosterone is jumping out of my television. It is just a good lifting program! <BR> <... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:13:14 EST Paleo Books on sale TODAY! You guys know I like Primal/Paleo stuff and there is a huge sale on Amazon Kindle versions of a bunch of different books, including my two favorites: The Paleo Solution, and The Primal Blueprint. I also have Beyond Bacon (cookbook). Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You don't need to sign up, just scroll down and click on the book covers and it will take you to <BR> <BR> I already bought a bunch! LoL! Even books i had already just so I co... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:44:59 EST Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finished! And I didn't die!!! LoL. I posted a full recap with a ton of pictures on my other blog. I don't think Spark People could handle it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f-marathon-2014/ </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:56:28 EST Just Keep Going Hey everyone! I have a quick break but can’t take too long because things are CRAZY right now! You might have noticed my lack of blogging lately and that is because school is just too insane to take the time away from my work. I wanted to just stop in and say hello though! <BR> <BR> Obviously I have lots of school work happening but I’m also applying for residencies which will determine by future for the next 2 years. Everything is due December 1 so I will have more time after that. F... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:43:26 EST Too Much To Do! Hey guys!!! Wow I am sorry I haven't blogged here in a while. I have been really busy. I did post twice on my other blog about some Arbonne products that I've been using. I'm a consultant and want to make sure I know about all the products! And hey, why not try out the health ones?? I'm also having a Mystery Hostess party on Facebook so I thought I should review products for people who have never tried them since I won't be having a live party at my house. Check it out: <BR> <BR> Prod... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:50:00 EST Finding My Running Legs I’m just not into it lately. I’m exhausted and stressed out (what else is new?) and I don’t want to feel like I have to workout. I enjoy running unless I feel like I am forcing it and lately it has felt forced. This weekend, I planned on running for 2 hours and I just didn’t want to. I was feeling really overwhelmed and I just wanted to stay home and veg. I blew off my run and felt better for it. <BR> <BR> Monday, the weather was beautiful and I felt the itch to move my legs. Saturday,... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:29:27 EST Fall Recipe Love I might have gotten a little excited at the grocery store this week. We normally do most of our shopping at a wholesale store so I loved the variety at the regular grocery store this time! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:48:06 EST Study Break! I'm procrastinating!!! Haha. I am studying right now for my midterm that I have tomorrow. I feel so overwhelmed. Do I read the book? Do I make flash cards? (I hate using them anyway so...) Do I just redo the homeworks? Do I do practice problems? I did very poorly on these exams lat year which is why I'm taking the class over. Reading and flashcards did not work last year but at least I have the exams to study from! <BR> <BR> Anyway! On to health and fitness stuff. <BR> <BR> I had... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:09:45 EST To Run and To Study I have sooo much happening this week! <BR> <BR> First, I didn't run all week. ALL WEEK. I have a half marathon in a month! ACK! It just wasn't a priority. It was actually my anniversary and I chose to spend time with my husband rather than go run for hours. You can read about our trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So anyway, that was my reason for not running. Today, my left hip and right ankle hurt... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:52:07 EST 5 Weeks to Philly Half Marathon We all know I’ve been struggling to exercise lately. I get workouts in here and there but it isn’t enough, especially with the Philadelphia Half Marathon on the calendar next month! Well, here is my last ditch effort to train for that half marathon if it is the last thing I do. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’m not going to go into my planning details for this but I do have some things I need to do to make it successful: <BR> <BR... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:50:20 EST Atlantic City 10K 2014 This past weekend, I participated in my 5th Atlantic City Race Series event! This is obviously one of my favorite events (and their April Fool’s Day event also) but more on that later. <BR> <BR> Friday night, I headed out to the expo, which is always small but efficient. Packet pick-up was super easy. They emailed us our bib numbers ahead of time so that we could go directly to the right table. They gave us a clear bag, since it was required for bag check at the race. Instead of stuffin... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:17:41 EST Up and Running Hey everyone! It has been a busy week around and I’ve been feeling really run down. We’re about mid way through the semester so everything is getting crazy. Lots of work, lots of studying, lots of research, little sleep. <BR> <BR> So on Saturday, with everything piling up, I decided to stay home from rugby! I love being there for Rob but I really needed a day off and he agreed. I spent most of the day slowly getting work done in between housework like laundry and cleaning. You can only... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:38:11 EST Weekly Goals I had intended to post this Monday but better late than never. Here are my goals for the rest of the week, through Sunday. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Track all my food (using TwoGrand and MFP) <BR> <em>473</em> Avoid sugar (there are donuts at home and at the clinic!!) <BR> <em>551</em> Eat up the delicious veggies in the fridge <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Exercise 3 times (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) <BR> <em>312</em> Remember to have fun at my 10k this Saturday <BR> <BR> <em>149</... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:24:47 EST Feeling Better So after writing my crazy blog yesterday, I went for a walk with a good friend. A good friend who tells me like it is and can talk some sense in to me (I should hang out with her more often!) So, basically, she told me I'm nuts. <BR> <BR> I'm taking on too much (knew that) and I need to concentrate on one thing at a time (knew that too). She also thought my half marathon was this month (it is at the end of next month) so she gave me a little leeway for that at least! Haha. We also talke... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:58:57 EST Brain Dump - Smoothies, Paleo, Insanity, & Life I have a lot rolling around in my head right now and not sure if these are crazy ideas or good ones. This is basically going to be a brain dump. Enjoy! And input is really, really welcome!!! <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> November Challenge <BR> I am an Arbonne Consultant and we have an entire line of nutrition and health stuff. A friend of mine is a Beach Body Coach and drinks Shakeology. We were thinking about doing a smoothie challenge for an entire month. One every day. I'd share recip... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:26:11 EST Finding the Time Yesterday, the scale decided it had enough of my crap and decided to scare me into action. I stepped on and saw some numbers I really didn’t like followed by a final number I wasn’t too excited about either. I hadn’t weighed myself in a few weeks and have been just doing whatever I want lately. The scale reflected this for me. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, my weight was back to “normal” today, the same as a few weeks back. I must have been bloated but that number scared the crap out of m... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:08:00 EST Daily Goals 10/6/14 I'm so tired of feeling out of shape, overweight, etc. I must get out of this slump! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <em>7</em> Log all my calories <BR> <em>551</em> Eat healthy! Lots of veggies. <BR> <em>312</em> Go for a run. <BR> <em>542</em> Clean the whole house (good for mental health! ) <BR> <BR> I need to get my determination back. Health and weight loss just hasn't been my priority lately and that needs to change. I'm busy but so are lots of other people. Better organizatio... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:49:34 EST Daily Goals 10/1/14 Yesterday: <BR> <em>248</em> Ran 3.2 Miles! <BR> <em>248</em> Gave my research presentation to the department. I think it went well! <BR> <em>42</em> I didn't finish my biostats <BR> <em>42</em> I didn't go to bed early <BR> <BR> Today's Goals: <BR> <em>387</em> Finish biostats presentation (due today) <BR> <em>149</em> Start my radiation engineering homework <BR> <em>17</em> Pass my QA competency test for work <BR> <em>180</em> Eat the food I packed <BR> <em>7</e... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:02:29 EST Goals 9/30/14 I decided that maybe it would be help me to come on here every day and post what I need to do for the day, health related or not! <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Compose presentation and present to committee <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Go for a quick run <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Finish Biostats presentation <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> Go to happy hour with a friend <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Go to bed early Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:46:17 EST Pedal Paddle Run Race Recap! This past Saturday was the annual Pedal Paddle Run in Absecon, NJ. I don’t know how long they have been doing this race but I heard about it last year and knew I would have to participate one year. Well, this was the year! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day started out easy enough. No wait, I lie. The day started out with my alarm clock not going off because I set it wrong. Luckily Rob and I had great internal alarm clocks... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:57:23 EST Budgeting for Health Something I don't like to talk about on my other blog (because its public) is my budget. It is always a stressful thing for me. Since I'm in school, I don't really work and I depend on student loans to survive. I try to take out the least amoutn of loans I need for tuition, school supplies (books, etc.) and travel expenses. This leads to a *very* tight budget. <BR> <BR> I'm working 1 day per week now which basically just turns into fun money. For example, last night's shift was a whop... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:24:50 EST Busier Than Ever What another crazy week! Nothing exciting this week to share like last week. The only big thing that I have a picture of is the kilt I made for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (the one on the right) <BR> <BR> My mom helped a ton and we figured it out from a friend’s real kilt (one on the left). Sadly, we didn’t end up going to the fair so there are no pictures of me in it. Maybe next time, though it w... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:04:38 EST This Week With Me: Sewing & Ice Cream Hats This past week has been pretty crazy! Last Wednesday, I left my house at 6:30AM and walked in the front door at 12:30 AM (as in Thursday morning). I was beat and went to bed as soon as I could but was awoken all night by calf spasms from my Body Beast Legs workout on Tuesday. This was the start of sleep deprivation for me. <BR> <BR> Thursday was spent hanging out with my sister. I wore compression socks under my jeans all day which dramatically helped the soreness. My poor thighs had to... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:37:58 EST The Beast Returns I wasn’t going to say anything but I can’t keep secrets so I have to let you all know, I’ve ordered Body Beast! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You might remember that I tried it a few years ago and loved it. I never did the whole program (I am a chronic non-follower-of-fitness-programs) but I still liked the concept and loved having the workouts on hand to use whenever. <BR> <BR> Am I going to follow it this time? Well probably ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:20:45 EST Making the Decision: Whole30 or Not? I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing the Whole30 Challenge from the book It Starts With Food. This isn’t anything new. I originally read the book back in 2012 (there is a newer version also). I never did the Whole30 (meaning a “whole 30 days”) after reading the book, even though I really enjoyed it and would recommend the book to others. <BR> <BR> So I’m back to debating on doing the Whole30 after a friend of mine had a great time with the challenge. But is it right for me? Let’s ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:30:36 EST What I Ate 8/30/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First up, food report. I didn’t track. I was probably over on calories because of the hot dogs and s’mores roasted over a fit pit last night. I also had a mixed drink. I don’t think I blew it out of the water though, probably no more than 2200 calories. I’m not going to stress about it. My breakfast and lunch was pretty healthy (I also didn’t eat my whole breakfast in the photo) and the dunkin donuts was a la... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:38:28 EST What I Ate 8/29/14 Friday, I just had to work but there was a catch – Rob was riding up to Philadelphia with me! So I knew I would be going out later… <BR> <BR> 9:00 AM Cheddar cheese omelet with zucchini and tomatoes. Coffee with cream and coconut sugar. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a morning meeting and worked through lunch. Before getting on the train, Rob and I ran out for lunch at our favorite place – Chido Burrito! <BR> <BR> 1:30 PM ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:17:43 EST What I Ate 8/28 We’ll get to the 25 foods in a minute. First, my daily eats recap. I liked Kristen’s recap of her day with timestamps so I’m going to go with that today! <BR> <BR> 9:00AM I needed some quick carbs before my workout so I grabbed an Archer Farms Simply Balanced Very Berry Fruit Strip. Just something to hold me over so I could get Focus T25 Beta Core Cardio done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10:00AM Finally time for breakfast. Ha... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:38:09 EST 25 Foods I'm toying with the idea of restricting myself to a short list of foods for a short time period - like a few days. My reason is to do a sort of reset/detox for my body. Too much poor food lately has lead to some digestive distress and bloating. It is also to help me relearn healthy eating habits. Maybe it will even kickstart my weight loss efforts? Keeping it to a short list makes it feel less overwhelming. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:46:42 EST Back to School Fall 2014 Sorry for the rotated photos! My phone is weird... I'll try to fix it next time! <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday didn’t go as planned… <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I got up at 5:30 and managed to get out of the house right on time! I had a coupon for a huge coffee at Dunkin Donuts. There is one right near the train station so I grabbed that… and a muffin. Whoops! I got the reduced fat blueberry muffin thinking it would have less calorie... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:03:57 EST What I Ate 8/26/2014 <img src=""> <BR> Calories: 1430 <BR> Fat: 35g (low) <BR> Carbs: 194g (high) <BR> Protein: 65g (low) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I thought I started off okay with some leftover pizza for breakfast (topped with fresh tomatoes) but that is where it all started to go downhill. My schedule got changed and I was exhausted so I stopped for a huge (free) Dunkin Donuts drink before heading to school. I didn’t check the calories beforehand but figu... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:19:23 EST What I Ate 8/25/14 Yesterday was going so well! I was right on track with calories, I felt good, I had a great dinner planned. The end of the day didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped as something came up and we ended up with burritos for dinner. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Note: I only ate half of the bagel in the lower left photo. <BR> <BR> All things considered though, I still stayed under 2000 calories and my carbs are under 200. If it was a bad da... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:24:03 EST