SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Odds and Ends and 21 Day Fix <em>15</em> First of all, I haven't exercise in days! Actually, since my last blog. I was on such a roll! But it happens. I was busy all weekend and just let it slide, as i have a tendency to do on busy days. Yesterday though, I walked so much, my legs got tired. I don't know how many steps I got (my fitbit charger is still packed somewhere) but I was beat by the end of the day! I need to get off my butt at some point today but I am feeling sluggish. I need to drink some water and g... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:48:59 EST Exercise Becoming a Habit! Lots has been going on but how about just a workout update? <BR> <BR> Last Friday, I kicked my own butt with 30 minutes of Les Mills Body Combat. My arms hurt for days. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday, I had a wedding. I danced so much (and never took off my heels!) that I was awoken the next two nights with leg PAIN (much more than soreness but it subsided within 2 days) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 20:40:41 EST The Good & Bad News Well, it's official. I don't have to go to that job anymore! How do I feel? <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Relieved <BR> Relieved because that place was killing me. I couldn't learn the stuff as fast as they wanted/needed. I was busting my butt, working all the time it seemed, and felt like nothing I did was right. I would get told to do it one way and then told the opposite by someone else. This was the major source of stress while I was there. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Disappointed <BR> ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:30:55 EST Running For Boobs! What a great title, right? Lol. So my friend Cecilia told me about a virtual run called Run For The Boobies! I am not a fan of virtual races in general. I feel like you are just buying the medal but I had to have it... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Put on by Flex It Pink, if you're interested. <BR> <BR> I don't think any of my cost goes to charity, sadly, and it cost about the same as a real live race but I reall... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 08:37:55 EST Catching Up On Sleep Hello! I can't believe it's Thursday already! Last weekend, I went home to see the hubby. It was nice but it is always exhausting! I have been dragging the last few days and choosing sleep over the gym. I know the gym gives you energy but I refuse to get less than my 8 hours of sleep too. <BR> <BR> In other news, I'm still tracking my food! I am not trying to teach any goals, just track what I eat. I managed to track everything all weekend. I estimated the best I could. It is obvious th... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:31:54 EST Stretch It Out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I didn't plan on the gym yesterday. I slept in, took a later train, went right to work. My legs were hurting to much! <BR> <BR> Finally, around 11 am I decided that I could really use some movement and stretching. I had put my gym clothes in the gym laundry, since I get it got free for 6 months. That meant it was waiting in my locker, clean. I headed down without much else. I warmed up l... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:25:59 EST Gym Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good news! I hit the gym yesterday! <BR> <BR> I put it out on my Facebook group Monday night that I was thinking about going in the morning and I got some great suggestions from friends. I packed my bag, got my clothes together, and was ready! <BR> <BR> I did the warm up, "recruit" workout, and cool down from Nerd Fitness Academy. The without just consisted of pushups, squats, rows, lun... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:24:27 EST Weekend & Nerd Fitness I mentioned in a status that I joined a website called Nerd Fitness Academy. It actually reminds me a lot of SP in the way it guides you to be healthier but it is set up like a video game which was the draw. So far, it is okay. Not sure it was worth the money but it has come a long way since it was first released (as ebooks) so I'm hoping future updates will be awesome. <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of the "quests" I am doing now is tracking my food for a week (after which I get 25 points but I ca... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:48:44 EST 4 Weeks of Routine Work has been crazy lately. Last week wasn't so bad but felt difficult for some reason. The two weeks before though, I was working lots of extra hours and feeling really stressed out. On the bright side, there are no clients at the office for the next 4 weeks and hopefully I can stick to a regular routine for a while. I thought about making big, lofty goals for the next few weeks but I'm going to be honest instead. I'm tired and stressed out. I don't need big goals to worry about. I ne... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:54:21 EST New Work Gym, Ultimate Convenience Today was essentially Day 1 of my 90 day goals and I wasn’t about to skimp out. I joined my work gym! It is right in the basement level of my office building so I have no excuse to skip a workout. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There is a weight area to the left also. <BR> <BR> It is a very small gym, since only tenants of the office building can join. I was 1 of 2 people working out at 4PM! The manager said i... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:47:37 EST 90 Days until Thanksgiving Where, oh where, has Angela been? Around and busy. What else can I say? I wasn’t as Nicely Settled In as I claimed in my last post. Just the next week, my commute turned into chaos and I realized half my clothing essentials were still packed! But I am getting there slowly. I am starting to get a feel for routine, and it is relieving a lot of the stress. <BR> <BR> I did decide I need to start being more proactive about my health. My weight is stable, but at a number higher than I wou... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:28:20 EST Moving More but Up in Weight I had some ups and downs this week: <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I did a ton of walking this week, totally at least 8 miles of purposeful walking. I even ran/walked on Monday a bit! It felt good to get out there! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I ate pretty darn healthy at work this week. I did have a meltdown over apricot tarts though. I really need to avoid the desserts during "Academy" weeks (it is catered). Otherwise, the food is great: <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:45:25 EST Gym or No? Hello! Still getting used to the new city (cities really). I ended up canceling that gym I joined. I am being slightly more rushed to find a new apartment and knew that when I moved, I wouldn't live near it anymore so I decided it was best to get my money back (including the $150 sign up fee). <BR> <BR> Instead, I checked out the gym in my building at work. It is a little on the expensive side but I can only make up so many excuses to skip it when I don't even have to go outside to get... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:02:48 EST All Moved to Chicago Well, I'm here in Illinois! I haven't had much time to blog but I wrote 2 posts on my other website (I can write them on my computer and save them so its easier than here!) <BR> <BR> Post about my drive to Chicago this past weekend: <BR> <link><BR>s-later/ </link> <BR> <BR> Post about my stay at the Loews Hotel Chicago 3 weeks ago: <BR> <link><BR>chicago/ </link> <BR> <BR> Otherwise, same ol' stuff here. Just... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:49:40 EST Apprehensions About Moving I can't believe I'm moving to Chicago tomorrow... TOMORROW! It is a bit surreal since I'm not really moving completely yet. Rob is staying behind for a while until I can find a place and my 6 month probation period is done. That means I'm not really moving, leaving most of my things behind. <BR> <BR> So far, I've mostly just packed clothes and toiletries. I also packed a small bag of yarn and my crochet hooks. I packed a box of books too - textbooks but also cookbooks and some running g... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 08:39:36 EST I'm Back! Hello! Wow it has been a while since I’ve last blogged. As you probably know, I got a new job in a city half way across the country. <BR> <BR> The company wanted me to do orientation in July instead of waiting until August so I agreed. What I didn’t realize is that they would want me to continue to train every single week thereafter. I’ve been doing a lot of flying back and forth between Philadelphia and Chicago, and I’m feeling stretched thin and overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> <em>53... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 13:22:09 EST Busy Body Update Hey everyone! I've been quiet here because I started my new job last week! I write a long update on Orientation on my other blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-in-chicago/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm back again this week for 2 weeks total and am not having the easiest time in the health and fitness department! I think starting today, things should get better. The first night, I just ordered too much food. Last night was out with colleagues and clients. Tonigh... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:01:20 EST 5 Positives of 21 Day Fix Extreme The other day, I wrote about the 5 things I struggled with while attempting to do the 21 Day Fix Extreme. Today, I’ll write about some of the things that I like! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> 1: Balanced Meals <BR> I mentioned that the containers aren’t arranged in a way I prefer (low carb), but they are still relatively balanced and a great guide for someone unfamiliar with healthy eating... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:12:36 EST 5 Struggles With 21 Day Fix Extreme Apparently I have a tough time with strict weight loss challenges. I made it a whopping 2 full days on the 21 Day Fix Extreme (21DFE)! There were a few things I just wasn’t prepared for when starting 21DFE, especially with the holiday weekend only 3 days into the challenge. You would think having accountability partners would help but it didn’t stop me from slipping up all weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:57:44 EST 21 Day Fix Extreme: Day 1 The first day of the challenge didn’t start off so well. You see, I pushed a little too hard at the gym on Tuesday, swimming. We were in the pool for about an hour and I didn’t feel too bad until late Tuesday night. My shoulders cramped up and I had restless legs all night! I ended up getting about 4 hours of sleep on the couch, laying on top of a heating pad with my legs elevated. <BR> <BR> Also, something in dinner hadn’t agreed with me so I didn’t eat right away in the morning... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:48:31 EST 21 Day Fix Extreme, Progress Pictures, & Life Updates Long time no blog! Well, I guess not that long but when I used to blog every day... Anyway! <BR> <BR> I wrote a post on my other blog about the 21 Day Fix Extreme Nutrition Plan if you want to check it out: <BR> <link><BR>me-nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> We start today and I'm still waiting for my package. It should get here today. I am pretty excited about it! It is so easy to follow the nutrition plan! We'll see how it goes. It is only 3 weeks... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:18:39 EST Taking Me Time <img src=""> I'm literally at the beach right now! I just wanted to check in. I had a job interview in Chicago yesterday and I think it went really well. That is good and bad since it's a good job but I don't really want to move to Chicago away from family. I ate terrible on my trip because timing was irregular and my stomach is making me pay today. On the bright side, I walked well over 10,000 steps! In rel... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:43:19 EST Rocking My Fitness Challenge Here is a link to the last of my camping trip recaps: <BR> <link><BR>ricketts-glen-sunday-monday/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today's post: <BR> Good morning! Today marks the half way point in my 8 week fitness challenge with my Facebook Group! I’ve been doing pretty well with the challenge. My goal was to exercise 5 days per week: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The yellow ch... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:38:22 EST Camping Trip: Saturday, And Other Life Things The next post about my trip is up! <BR> <link><BR>ricketts-glen-saturday/ </link> <BR> <BR> And a little update for you all ;-) <BR> <BR> <em>496</em> Even though you would think camping = eating less, I actually ate terrible all weekend. We stopped for food a few times and I was just so excited to eat a cooked meal, I might have gone a little overboard. <BR> <BR> Also, last night, my in-laws took me out to dinner for my birthday and I ate and at... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:22:13 EST Camping Trip to Ricketts Glen: Thursday & Friday Hey everyone! I'm back from camping and I have so much to talk about but I'm tired of blogging. My recap about the first 2 days of my trip is up on my other blog. Lots of pictures, too many to load here so go check it out: <link><BR>ricketts-glen-thursday-friday/ </link> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:05:56 EST Running in Nature First, thanks for the advice yesterday everyone! I think I'll continue tracking with pictures and just trying to keep high carb items out of my diet except for special occasions. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a day full of boring tasks: <BR> <BR> I washed some dishes <BR> I did laundry <BR> I wrote a blog <BR> I hunted for jobs online <BR> I went for a run <BR> I finished reading my book <BR> <BR> That’s pretty much it! I need more interesting days, I feel like I am boring myself to te... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:04:19 EST Goals and Tracking I had a whole blog ready to go and my cat walked on my laptop and restarted it. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Let's try this again... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Last week, I flopped and only had 3 (almost 4) active days out of 5. <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> I'm going hiking this weekend in the Appalachian Mountains. Where I live is completely flat so this will be an amazing challenge on my body. I am really looking forward to it. It is my birthday and this is what I picked to do! <BR> <BR> <e... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:51:43 EST June 2015 Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I said I wasn’t making any goals this month. Then I noticed that June conveniently starts on a Monday. HOW CAN I RESIST?! My internal planner, start-on-a-Monday personality came out and I just HAD to make a few goals. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> 1. Finish Reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed <BR> <BR> I’ve had this book for a while but couldn’t get into it at first. Now that I’ve made... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:28:32 EST Reality Check I know that I've gained weight. But I didn't think I looked all that different. I felt I was carrying my weight well. That you couldn't see it on me. That I was doing just fine. <BR> <BR> And then came those pictures. You know the ones - the poor angle, the bad lighting, the wrong outfit. Finally, reality has sunken in. I've gained a lot of weight and I don't look the way I thought I did :( <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm stuck in a loop that I can't get out of. I did exercise a lot this ... Sun, 31 May 2015 20:23:06 EST Body Composition Analysis with Jersey Shore Sports Medicine Yesterday, I stopped by Dr. Brian Sokalsky’s office, Jersey Shore Sports Medicine in Ocean City, NJ, and we did a Body Composition Analysis using his SECA mBCA system. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without going into the technical details, the system basically sends electrical pulses through your arms and legs an... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:36:55 EST What Comes Next Great news! Grad school is officially done! Unofficially, I have to write a paper for my Capstone adviser but otherwise, I’m done! Graduation is on Sunday and will be really nice. <BR> <BR> Even with all the excitement, I’m having a bit of a “What Now” crisis. The residency thing didn’t work out so I don’t have solid plans for the immediate future. I started applying for jobs but am only starting to get time now so that is slow going. In the meantime, I figured I should wor... Tue, 12 May 2015 10:39:14 EST Mini Break Phew! I can breathe! Actually not. I have to give a 5 minute presentation tomorrow on my Capstone project which I have not worked on like I should. Booo :( I am about to crunch the data and I hope it goes quickly or I'm screwed. Aaaanyway. <BR> <BR> I ran the Broad Street Run yesterday! There will be a post on my blog tomorrow morning (Scheduled to post at 8AM) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I did just fine for what I expected. A little slower than I wanted but... Mon, 4 May 2015 18:56:04 EST One or the Other Happy Hump Day! I'm feeling WAY better today with my allergies. I'm basically down to an annoying sniffle/blow my nose every 20 minutes. I even worked out last night! I just did 25 minutes of Body Pump (lifting to music). I figured it was low enough cardio to keep me from going into a coughing fit. I also prepped food last night and got all my meals for today ready. <BR> <BR> This sounds great and all but... I didn't do any homework because I didn't have enough time. Only 2 and a ha... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:44:56 EST April Festivities I wrote a quick blog on my public site about the more fun things I've been doing lately <BR> <link><BR>s/ </link> <BR> <BR> Basically, Easter, rugby, and allergies. <BR> <BR> That is all the blogging time I had so I better run. I'll post again later this week about my meal planning. <BR> <BR> Oh and I was feeling better but my nose is all stuffed up again, which lead to the sinus headache over the weekend. Pleeeease no more headaches! <BR> <em>... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:58:16 EST Not Feeling Great I had big goals for the Broad Street Run coming up. I would run 3 times per week, I would eat right, I would strength train, I would... get sick? <BR> <BR> Hm, that didn't work out so well. I have a ton of work to do the next 2 weeks also and just don't have time for being sick! It started off as allergies and I'm hoping it will go away just as quickly as it came. I think the running this past weekend didn't help my immune system but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> I might go silent on the ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:45:02 EST April Fool’s Day Fool’s Challenge 7K & Half Marathon I ran 17.45 miles this weekend. <BR> <BR> Technically it was a run/walk but still, I can’t believe it ! I’m not even that sore surprisingly. But more on that later… <BR> <BR> This weekend, I ran the Atlantic City April Fool’s Day Fool’s Challenge which consisted of a 7K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. There was also the option to do the Jester’s Challenge which was an 11K and the half marathon. I’m not that crazy. <BR> <BR> It started out with quick packet pick... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:13:36 EST April Goals 2015 Happy April! After first, I had thought that I wouldn’t bother trying to resume monthly goals this month because it is going to be crazy. Reasons not to make goals this month: <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Preparing to graduate – classwork, projects, research, etc. <BR> <em>540</em> Lots of traveling and commuting <BR> <em>342</em> Busy weekends with events, rugby games, and holidays <BR> <em>534</em> Trying to figure out my future after graduation <BR> <BR> This month really is g... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:28:30 EST Tracking Only the Junk A new fresh look for the Spark Page! I felt like I needed something light and bright to cheer me up. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had an idea. You see, I know I should track all my food. Every last calorie. But the thing is that I don't want to do that forever. I want to just get into better eating habits rather than worry about calories. <BR> <BR> A few years ago, my sister was teaching me about Weight Watchers and they had one program where you ate whatever you wanted off a list of approved f... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:24:44 EST Uncertain Future Well, the results of the match system came out today and I did not receive a residency. I am not surprised but still bummed. I was hoping this would work out because it is the next step in becoming a certified medical physicist. Without a residency, I can't take the board exams. <BR> <BR> Anyway, so what is next? <BR> <BR> First, a list of positions that did not get matched with a candidate will come out at noon today. So I attempt to convince people that they should interview me? Do ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03:05 EST Thank You Spark Friends! Seriously, I knew if I just came over here and poured my thoughts out, I would get a great reaction! <BR> <BR> You guys are right, I need to give myself a little break about the healthy living goals because I have school. But part of the point i was trying to make that I guess wasn't getting across was that the poor eating habits and lack of exercise are directly affecting my school work. I can't concentrate, I'm having trouble studying, I feel tired all the time, etc. That is why I was... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:27:15 EST Out of Hiding Hey everyone! Things are ramping up around here. Like I haven't been busy enough the last 4 years, grad school just got even crazier. Only 58 days until graduation! But I can't wait that long. You see, I have been really bad lately. <BR> <BR> <em>489</em> I've been eating out a lot. <BR> <em>287</em> I've been drinking a lot of calories. <BR> <em>472</em> I've been enjoying carbs a little too much... <BR> <em>495</em> I've been eating too many sweets. <BR> <em>194</em> I ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:55:11 EST Midweek Update Hey everyone! This week has its ups and downs. I tried to plan ahead but my schedule feels like it just keeps changing. Today was really the only day I got any sort of "fitness" in. I drove to school this morning and just missed the bus to the clinic from where I parked (close to work, far from the clinic). Well, the next one wasn't for 15 minutes and then a 25 minute ride so I just walked the 2.3 miles! It was pretty darn far and my toes are crying now (blisters??) but it felt good to... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:05:03 EST Ramblings Hey guys! I had a long blog post written but I decided not to post it. Instead, here are my plans for the week and a few other tidbits. <BR> <BR> First off, I wrote a blog post on my public blog last week if you want to check it out, <BR> 10 Things to Look for When Joining a Gym <BR> <link><BR>k-for-when-joining-a-gym/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here are my plans for this week: <BR> <em>149</em> Monday: Lab, Class, Work <BR> <em>319</em> Tuesday: Gym,... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:53:47 EST Broad Street, Round 3 I am SO EXCITED! This year, I will run the Blue Cross Broad Street Run for the 3rd time! <BR> <BR> The Broad Street Run is a 10 mile race and it will be the 36th year this May. It was my very first double digit mileage race back in 2010 and I loved every minute of it! (Even if they didn’t give out medals until 2011!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved the race so much, that I went back for another round in 2011! The first tim... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:37:04 EST Chugging Along Hello! So I posted my big plans for the week and then reality set in. Sleep became more important than hitting the gym. Deadlines are looming, life happens. <BR> <BR> I have a ton of work to do this weekend. I won't be around online hardly at all. I am hoping to have time for a few runs at the gym, or anything honestly! I know runs are top priority with a race on the calendar but so is just staying in shape. <BR> <BR> I haven't been weighing myself lately, I just know the scale hasn't... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:34:34 EST Plans for the Week I wrote this huge blog and SparkPeople deleted it! Gr. Basically it said this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Study, study, work, work, Coffeeeee <BR> <BR> Got it? Here's my shortened version: <BR> <BR> Today - Submit lab draft, meet professor, do homework with classmates, go to work. Get home late. <BR> WO: None. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Write lab final report, make lab presentation, go baby gift shopping, dinner with friends. <BR> WO... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:55:47 EST Busy Updates Hey everyone! I'm blogging from the app on my cell phone so please forgive any typos. It is pretty awesome they added this feature so I might use it more for little updates. Anyway! This has been one hell of a week. The weekend was fun but not enough work. That is the sad part of grad school - you work 7 days per week. I did some homework but spent a good part of 10 hours Sunday and Monday grading papers! I do this as a side job. Last semester, it only took maybe 5 his at most per week. I... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:34:32 EST A Little Bit of Everything First, thank you to everyone who posted on my blog last week! I was really stressing out and needed that bit of advice. I'm working on moving forward :) Now, on to today's programming. A little update about life and everything! (No the answer isn't 42) <BR> <BR> School <BR> <BR> Classes started on January 14th. I didn’t have much of a break over winter, as I was working a few days per week at the clinic and I was sick for the rest of the time. My class schedule was stressing me out ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:52 EST Under Stress I don't like to talk about it much since it is a private matter and I feel like a failure but I've been under a lot of financial stress... for the last like 4 years. Ever since I left my job to go back to school. Background: <BR> <BR> I was working at a job as a contractor. We were losing the contract. <BR> <BR> I chose to go back to school quickly without really thinking it through. Ended up at Delaware State, 2 hours from home. I thought it was closer, more of a commuting thing. Nop... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:03:17 EST Planet Fitness Experience This week’s workouts went really well! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was off visiting my friend Jess for a few days, we visited her gym, Planet Fitness, on Monday. I have heard of these gyms before but we don’t have any near me so it was my first time there. Here are my thoughts: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Positives: <BR> <em>48</em> Everything was clean and t... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:51:56 EST