SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hits Keep Coming, Trying to De-Stress More bad news in Angela-world. My brother's wife left him. Not really sure what's happening, he's trying to get her to come home so they can work it out. Ugh, I keep crying every time I think about it. This is his second wife who ran off with someone else :( <BR> <BR> So I decided after not being able to calm down yesterday that I need a break. I slept in the morning well past my alarm (good and bad thing about flexible work schedule). I made a nice breakfast and got a Cafe Au Lait fro... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:32:18 EST Easy Week before 10K <em>448</em> Chicken Update <BR> Good news is that the coop has been reinforced and the one last chicken is safe and sound in there! We're working on building a nice, safe run for him so he can run around a bit too. I feel bad keeping him locked up but only 1 or 2 more days until he can run around again. Also, Rob ordered 15 chicks today! He was going to get 10 but it was $45 shipping and free shipping if you ordered 15, thereby saving us $20. So yeah, 15 on their way!! And they have ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:31:39 EST A Good Run I got home from work and decided to go right to the park to run. It was decent and I managed to get 3.3 miles in! And I felt positive the whole time. My workouts lately have been plagued with negativity - negative thoughts, frustration, aches and pains, etc. Yesterday was pretty good the whole time. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I decided to check on the last chicken we have left. He was SO HAPPY to see me. I fed him (he ate out of my hand!) and we sat together for a while. I had a good ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:06:48 EST Not Feeling It, Forcing It This week has been hard. I've been really busy and I just haven't had any me time. I really just want a day alone, even without my hubby. I love him but I need some detox time. Right after my nephew's funeral, I found out a friend's brother passed away. Then my sister's dog got really sick and passed away. And my friend's dad just found out he has cancer. Then our new chickens? Well, a raccoon got 7 out of 8 of them. They're just chickens but I feel bad because I took them in to care ... Wed, 31 May 2017 09:49:43 EST Finding a New Routine Last week was just... a lot. Between the funeral and family and everything, I am exhausted. This weekend, Rob and I spent the whole time just running around doing a million things and all I want to do is stay home for a day. Just one day! I want to clean my room and organize my kitchen and just be home. Rob is definitely a busy body and I am sometimes too but I need time to recharge. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week is all about finding a new routine. My current routine is not working for m... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:35:43 EST First Weight Lost in YEARS This week has had its ups and downs. If you saw my previous post - not sure if I'll leave it up for take it down eventually - but there was a death in the family that has hit me pretty hard. On the bright side, I was already eating low carb and had no desire to dive head first in a vat of ice cream. I did have some carbs in the way of french fries (Wednesday) and French toast (Thursday) but I kept everything else lower carb. <BR> <BR> It ended up paying off because today, I weighed 223 po... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:38:11 EST Temp Post - Grief Yesterday, my dad found my 20 year old nephew unresponsive and cold. He is no longer with us. My whole family is a wreck. He was born when i was 12 and my parents raised him so he's like a brother more than a nephew. He has been going down the wrong path lately but i thought he'd make it through and come out stronger. Not sure what happened yet but police think he might have been drug related. I stayed home from work today. Not really sure what to do with myself but can't go to work and... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:35:51 EST Going Low Carb & 10K Training Hello! A bit of a mashup today: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> I have a 10K in 4.5 weeks! <BR> I'm actually pretty excited about it, it is through Central Park in NYC! My friend lives in Brooklyn and we're running together. Haven't really seen her since high school so I am really excited to spend the weekend with her! <BR> <BR> I'm not worried at all about the distance but I want to get faster/run more. She runs 9 minute miles so I won't be able to run *with* her but I can get better. I w... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:12:06 EST 2 Race Recaps & Tummy Update Hey strangers! I've been super busy lately, almost no time to myself. I did post 2 blogs on my public website about 2 races I did recently <BR> Atlantic City April Fool's 7K <BR> <link><BR>017 </link> <BR> Wildwood 8K <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The Atlantic City race was not so fun. It was rainy, I was miserable, I hated life. The Wildwood race was much better. It was sunny and cool and my friend ran with ... Fri, 5 May 2017 12:35:49 EST Race Crazy & Fructose Test Results Getting ready for my race tomorrow. I keep thinking it is on Sunday but its tomorrow! I did end up switching to the 7K instead of the half and they didn't even charge me! That was cool. Also, I like the green 7K shirt better than the blue half shirt! So today I have to avoid bad foods (not junk foods but rather bad foods that upset my tummy like certain vegetables...) <BR> <BR> Today, I looked up a bunch of races coming up the rest of the year and my buddy Emily and I have started picki... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:16:50 EST 15K, 7K, and 8K Races and a Possible Keto Diet Coming! HELLO! Gosh, I have been so neglectful of my blog lately. I'm sorry! I did write a post on my public on about the Hot Chocolate 15K that I ran a few weeks ago. Link: <BR> <link><BR>y-hot-chocolate-15K-2017 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> The plan was to do long runs each weekend and run the Atlantic City April Fool's Half Marathon this weekend but that fell apart. No real excuse other than I am out of shape and out of routine. Also, feeling ter... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:56:00 EST First Run in Weeks! I ran yesterday!! I am less than 2 weeks away from the Hot Chocolate 15K in Philly and I needed to get some mileage. Now that my tummy is feeling better (yay!!!), I was more than happy (not really) to go for a run yesterday. <BR> <BR> I got home and drug my feet for a while because I was cold and it was supposed to get warmer around 5pm. Finally, I got dressed and headed to a local Nature Preserve. I decided that it would be more fun than running on concrete sidewalks around the neighbor... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:23:18 EST Day 2 & 3 of AC Restaurant Week I'm being such a sour-puss today, I deleted my first draft of my blog. How about we talk about last week? You saw my post about Doc's Oyster House. On Thursday, we went to The Ram's Head Inn, the same place where I was married. Their food is always good. I got the steamed clams, the rack of lamb (OMG my favorite all week), and fruit with whipped cream and chocolate mousse (none of the cakes were appealing to me and the waiter was happy to give me this when I asked!). <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:06:01 EST AC Restaurant Week 2017: Dock's Oyster House This week is going to be a total loss for fitness. It is Atlantic City Restaurant Week and I'm going to 3 dinners with my sister. Restaurant Week means that there is a limited menu, with 3 courses, for $35.17. My sister and I make sure to go every year because the restaurants we pick, it usually is $35 an entree from the normal menu. It is a great way to try all the lovely places in the area. <BR> <BR> I made sure to prep my stomach before dinner last night and took probiotics, digesti... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:55:45 EST Attack of the Mystery Food 14 Days of tracking in a row!!!! Woohooooo!!! Being part of an active nutrition group is really helping me with this. I would have stopped days ago if not for the accountability. <BR> <BR> You see, it all started on Thursday. I had a long meeting and went 7 hours between meals (unavoidable and unpredictable as well). I then went to dinner with my hubby and I got steak nachos - I mostly just ate the toppings with some of the chips so it was like a salad that I scooped up with tortilla ch... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:42:01 EST 30 Days of Nutrition Goals Holy Moly, its 8 days in a row of tracking! <BR> <BR> I joined a group through a website I'm a member of and we're doing a 30 day nutrition challenge. No rules, just make up your own. We started on Monday but I felt like I got a late start. Here is what I settled on: <BR> <em>4</em> Track everything I eat <BR> <em>194</em> 64 ounces of water per day <BR> <em>301</em> Stay under 2000 calories per day <BR> <BR> Of course, I have other things I would like to do as well: <BR> <e... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:52:57 EST 1 Point for Fitness, 6 Points for Nutrition! I only exercised once this week. THIS IS A PROBLEM. I will talk about that in a minute. First, i want to celebrate - I tracked SIX days in a row this week! SIX! That means I actually tracked on a Saturday. Actually, I didn't but this morning, I went online and filled it all in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My calories are terrible but I did the thing and that is good. I have 1 more day (today) to tra... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:35:22 EST Busy Overtime Bee Hello! Long time no chat. I have been really busy as usual and my normal blogging time got eaten up. ANYWAY! How about I just update? <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Work & Gym <em>323</em> <BR> Things are work are good. I've been really busy and working some overtime, but not in a stressful way. Which is also because I haven't been hitting the gym. You see, we pay monthly in person and I budgeted wrong and I forgot a bill so I didn't have the money so I missed 2 weeks. Then paychecks c... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:34:49 EST I Need a Change Holy moly. Yesterday was bad. I was rolling in pain all evening. And I believe I have pinpointed the culprit. A Philly Soft Pretzel. <BR> <BR> You see, someone at work brings soft pretzels in on Thursdays and leaves them in the break room for 50 cents each. I usually don't have one but once in a while I will "treat" myself. But I usually break it up. A munch here, a nibble there, and still each my normal food too. Well, I ate the entire pretzel yesterday but then never got hungry f... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:53:56 EST February 2017 Goals Hello! I added a blog post last night if you didn't see. I also blogged on my other website. I have been really bad over there, I didn't blog September, November, or December!! Here is the link: <link><BR>als/ </link> <BR> <BR> I explain more in the blog on my website but here are my goals for this month: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Goal 1: Drink 64 ounces of water per day <B... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:52:23 EST Stomach on Fire Hello!!! Sorry for not checking in more often lately. I like to blog in the morning but just haven't had the time! I figured an evening post is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> Well, things are... okay. I mean, life is good right? Except I've been not following my food rules and my stomach is PISSED about it. I mean, really really angry. To the point that my gastritis is back with a vengeance. <BR> <BR> Definition: Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of t... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:12:23 EST Workout Done Already! Two in a row! That’s right, I hit the gym two days in a row. That is pretty hard for me. Today, I work in the afternoon so I had to go to the gym at 6AM which is soooo early for exercising. I do like though that I don’t have to eat beforehand. I prefer to not eat before workouts. This morning felt pretty low key, I think because 1) it was early and 2) the morning class is less chatty than the afternoon class. We did some burpees, rowing, snatches, and thrusters. It just seemed very sh... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:12:55 EST Holiday Weight Gain Happy New Year! I know I should talk about Christmas and New Years and how it was nice to spend with family and show ya'll pictures. But I really don't want to today... Because I weighed myself this morning and I got weird results. I just moved my scale from the old house to the new and weighed in today. My body fat percentage stayed the same but the scale says I'm up 7 pounds :( I probably believe it though, despite just having moved it and set it up. I will weigh myself again tomorrow... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:09:13 EST Christmas is almost here! Good morning! A couple things today... <BR> <BR> We're moved! Will, not competely but we're starting at the new house and so are the kitties, who area mostly not happy about it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Otto and Spooky have been the most willing to explore while Stormy is the least happy and has only really come out once. It's only been a few days though. The house is also looking like a home! <BR> <B... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:52:27 EST 16 Days Til Christmas Good morning! Sorry for the lack of health related blogs lately. Still super busy with the house. T minus 16 days until Christmas! It looks like it will be a small Christmas breakfast this year, which is probably good because we're not really sure how much room we'll have. We finished laying the flooring and we moved the piano in with the help of friends so it's looking good. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:58:18 EST Remodel: Foyer Light Rob and i have an interesting decor style. We feel in love with this light fixture from Ikea and had to have it. I'm in love! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's not everyone's style but i think it's awesome. Today we're finishing the flooring and putting in the kitchen island. Lots of crawling around on floors and squatting. I'm not feeling great though so i may sit in a chair and direct. Getting s... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:10:17 EST New Hobby Coming! I'm getting a piano!!!! OMG, you guys have no idea how excited I am. Lately, I've been looking for a creative outlet. Something I just purely enjoy. I've tried painting, drawing, coloring, crafts, sewing, etc. But nothing was clicking like it used to. I used to do all those things but it just wasn't right. I was talking about joining a local band to play my trumpet again but the thought of having to leave the house wasn't appealing. I wanted something more personal and relaxing. And ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:37:42 EST Remodeling, Thanksgiving, and Racing In case you missed it, I posted a photo of the kitchen remodel yesterday: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272737 </link> <BR> <BR> I am so freaking sore today! Rob and I spent all of last week painting those kitchen cabinets. So much work but so worth it! I took Friday off to watch Gilmore Girls (which thankfully my hubby was supportive of in the end - I needed the day off too). Then we got back to it. We painted the kitchen and the ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:13:03 EST Kitchen Remodel Sneak Peek! I know i keep talking about thy house remodel and not giving you guys photos. Well, we finished refinishing the kitchen cabinets ands painting the walls. We also changed out the hideous florescent lighting for LED pocket lights. Flooring is going in today (laminate wood). What do you think?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:47:53 EST Weekly Goals 11/14/16 Last week turned into a wash. I barely worked on my goals. I ended up skipping my 5K on Saturday because my knee and my foot hurt and didn't want to irritate it. <BR> <BR> I'm also struggling getting to the gym. I am working some overtime right now at work and we are trying desperately to finish the house before Christmas and move in. Rob needs my help and gets upset if I go to the gym instead. On Thursday, I ended up skipping the gym because I was at Home Depot, helping him pick out st... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:52:06 EST Weekly Goals 11/7/16 Quick blog for today. I want to make some easy goals for the week (starting yesterday): <BR> <BR> <em>323</em> Hit the gym twice this week! I'm scheduled for Tues and Thurs afternoon. Let's hope work cooperates. <BR> <em>364</em> Have FUN at my 5K this weekend. Don't pressure myself (this one has a lot of walkers too so that will help) <BR> <em>190</em> Track all of my food in SP, the good, the bad, the ugly! <BR> <em>274</em> Decrease coffee and increase water intake. <BR> ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:12:07 EST Life is Happening, Too Busy to Relax Hey everyone! Long time no blog :( I've been super, super busy. <BR> <BR> First, the Atlantic City Half Marathon went as well as I expected. I decided to drop from the 10K to the 5K, which ended up being a great idea. It was raining, cold, and windy for the 5K and I was pretty miserable. I just took my time, since my feet were sliding on the wet boards (boardwalk race). My shins and calves were pretty sore after but I was overall fine. I don't think the 10K would have gone well at all... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:01:46 EST Getting Ready for Race Weekend Hey everyone! Long time no post! Things have been really busy at work, at home, everything. <BR> <BR> Good news is that this week, I have had no belly troubles! Woohoo! But I haven't changed much in my diet. Stress has slowly been reducing though so I think that is a huge factor. I'm happy not being sick :) <BR> <BR> Last week, I did go to Crossfit at all :( I was just so busy and burnt out. This week, I went twice and the trainer modified my workouts for this weekend so I could res... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:44:59 EST Light Bulb Moment I'm watching the documentary "Hungry for Change" and this quote really struck me: <BR> <BR> "They turn it all over to a doctor who's only able to prescribe a pharmaceutical pill which doesn't address the real symptoms which are varied and complex." <BR> <BR> Ugh, its me! <BR> <BR> I ate some pizza last night and went to bed whining about the stomach ache. Today, I met friends for lunch at an Indian restaurant. I just barely made it back to work before rushing to the restroom. As soon ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:03:44 EST Fantastic Friday! I feel AMAZING today! I have energy. I feel alert and spunky. I'm not thinking about naps or sugar. My brain is moving a mile a minute! Okay, that can slow down a bit. I even woke up before my alarm today (but still snoozed, oh how I love snoozing). <BR> <BR> What is the difference? Well, yesterday I went to the gym so I'm sure that helped. But I also went out and bought Allegra and took that instead of Zyrtec. I fully expected to feel miserable today but I don't! I also did not ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:12:00 EST Pick One: Allergies or Drowsiness So I took my allergy pill last night before bed and had suuuuch a hard time getting up this morning. I figure it out that when I was taking it in the mornings, I was getting hit with the drowsiness around 2pm. That is about 8 hours after taking it. Well, if I take it before bed, that means the drowsiness hits when I am trying to get up the morning! Ugh! No wonder I struggle with the alarm clock!! <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm taking an generic brand version of Zyrtec. I did just some interne... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:43:07 EST Avoiding the Afternoon Slump Good morning! Quick entry today - I think I figured out when I've felt so awful... My allergy meds! I take an over the counter on a daily basis because without it, I feel like crud. When I told my doctor about it, she mentioned that it can make you very drowsy so I switched to taking it at night. Well, I forgot one night and switched back to mornings and ever since, I've been an afternoon nap! This morning, I didn't take the pill so we will see if the afternoon slump slams me again or no... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:51:38 EST Completely Overwhelmed Hello! I'm having such an off week... No gym the last 2 days for no reason other than complete exhaustion. I don't know what has gotten into me. I was falling asleep at work today, literally. I almost dozed off. <BR> <BR> Then I decided to re-read an offer letter I got for a job and realized I missed some of the paperwork! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I just did that and I think got it all but now I'm scared I missed something that could ruin my potential employment there. Ugh. <B... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:59:04 EST Jeep Heap Hey ya'll!!! Sorry I haven't been blogging as much lately. I need to find a new time in my morning to fit it in. How about a few updates. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> I have been rocking it at the gym! I had 5 straights weeks of going at least 3 times per week. Last week I only went twice but I ran on Saturday (well, tried to...) I'm hoping to go again 3 times this week. My dilemma is this though - I don't have time to run. I have a half marathon next month! I tried running on Saturday... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:42:33 EST Weekend Ups and Downs Good morning everyone! Long time, no blog. I have been really busy and generally, blogging is the first thing to go. Anyway, time for an update. <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Tummy Troubles <BR> The medicine my doctor prescribed doesn't seem to be working (for stomach issues). I am trying to get on a more controlled diet, assuming it is food intolerance. I feel like I'm getting somewhere until the weekend comes. Then I go off the deep end, enjoying myself a little too much. The trouble is... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:32:43 EST Doctor Update Good morning! Today is going well so far but some updates for you all... <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> My doctor's visit. <BR> Last Wednesday, I went to see my primary care doctor. I tried to voice my concerns over my digestive issues and other symptoms (depression, mood swings, lethargy, brain fog, and the list goes on). She seemed totally unconcerned but gave me a prescription for my stomach. She said it was an "anti-inflammatory" but after getting the script and reading the instructions, ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:46:29 EST Ramping Up my Health Hello! Wow I've been busy. Basically, I work, go home, change, go to the gym, home to shower, cook, watch a little tv, and bed early. That's it! At least I've been pretty good for the last week at hitting the gym. It helps a lot when someone is expecting you. I ended up canceling my other gym membership. Sad but it is all about what works best right now. <BR> <BR> Also, I need to start running more! I've been very hit or miss with it and I have that half marathon in October! I am go... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:45:13 EST First CrossFit Class I kind of hate calling it CrossFit, as they are no longer an official box, but it is very similar. Let's go with Group Training. They decided to no longer be associated with CrossFit because their style is a little different (less reps, more emphasis on form, etc). Anyway! <BR> <BR> The class was at 7:30am Saturday and I was super excited to go. We went out Friday but made sure to get home at a reasonable hour. The owner, Caroline, gave me a tour and talked me through some stuff. We ch... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:21:42 EST Changing Things Up All Over Good morning! Yesterday was a pretty long day. After work, I headed home to check and then went to Zumba at my gym. It was with an instructor I had before at my old gym, but did not enjoy. I think part of it was the clientele at the old gym so I have him another chance. He was much better this time but he still annoyed me. He doesn't tell you what to expect (move-wise) before the next song and half the time, he's busy walking around and you are expected to follow the regulars in the fro... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:16:39 EST Struggles with Changes Good morning Sparkers! I'm feeling much better today. I have ups and downs. But moving on... <BR> <BR> I've tracked my food the last few days and it's baaaad. <em>15</em> <BR> I seriously need to keep things in check. I wasn't disillusioned - I knew I was eating too much - but its different to see it all laid out for you at the end of the day. Yesterday, I ate too much, having fun with the hubs, but other days I'm legitimately hungry. I've also been eating too many treats though. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:23:59 EST Looking at my Health a Little Closer Hello! How are you all doing? It has been a while since my last blog. Things have been crazy. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> First, I've been really busy, and kind of stressed out. Rob and I are dealing with some personal things together. Nothing bad, but its causing stress and its no fun. It should be dealt with and finalized soon. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> In addition to the stress, I haven't been feeling well either. But we all know, I haven't been feeling well for months. Now that mos... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:51:54 EST My Misinformed Doctor Good morning everyone! While this week has been a bit more "normal" than it has been lately, it still wasn't what I expected. I'm still struggling with finding that regular routine in my life. <BR> <BR> The only time I exercised this week so far was a run on Tuesday morning before work. It was so nice out and I didn't have to be in until 9 so I headed out early and was at work by 8! I only wish the weather was that nice every morning that I didn't have to be in at 6. <BR> <BR> As for nu... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:11:13 EST Hope for a Regular Work Schedule This week has been crazy. It seems no matter how hard I try to get out of work on time, something always comes up last minute. This means no fitness this week. I run home from work only to cook dinner (and prep for the next day), shower, and crash on the couch for a bit with the hubby. It isn't so much tiredness after work that prevents me from hitting the gym but lack of time and that I'm starving! Because I don't plan to be at work for 10 hours in stead of 8! <BR> <BR> First off, to... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:44:51 EST Weekend Derailment Happy one-day-late 4th of July fellow American sparkers! I had a 4 day weekend for the holiday due to a holiday and working my 40 hours in 4 days last week. I was hoping to get some relaxation in but my husband took off too and we ended up running around doing errands for basically 4 straight days. ::sigh:: No beach for me. <BR> <BR> I also didn't get in any time to go for a run this weekend. I kept mentioning it and thinking about it but because it wasn't scheduled and we weren't follow... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:15:52 EST New Race on the Calendar! I might have gone a little insane yesterday. I signed up for the Atlantic City Marathon Neptune Challenge - Run the AC 10K on Saturday, October 22 and then the AC Half Marathon on Sunday October 23! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've done this kind of race before (AC April Fool's Day Jester's Challenge 2015). I had a much better fitness base to work with but did horribly little training. But it was a ton ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:04:36 EST