SUGIRL06's SparkPeople Blog SUGIRL06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 First Run of 2014 I ran! Yesterday, I was determined to hit the gym after Rob got home from work but I really, really wanted to go run. Even though it was a mere 35 degrees outside, Rob agreed that it would be more fun that being in the weight room and we headed out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our town bought an old “pit” and turned it into a nature reserve and park with lots of trails. We ran here a few times over the summer too (before it was... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:25:39 EST Stressed out over school I got my a few of my grades back for last semester and some of them fell under the academic probation mark (which is set rather high) and I'm really upset. I have never had problems with school but this semester felt so horrible and stressful. The commuting was terrible, my health was all wonky, I just couldn't get my head in the game. One class in particular, I was understanding the work but when it came down to test time, I would completely blank and bomb it. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:29:30 EST 30 By 30 Week 1 Happy Friday! Pretty much from now until my birthday in June, I’ll be weighing in on Fridays and reporting back to you all for my 30 By 30 goal. My friend Kristen (Livin' Life in Louie) is also doing a similar challenge with me so check out her blog posts also at Livin’ Life in Louie! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Measurements* <BR> <BR> Weight: 179.4 lbs – Down 1.8 lbs. Total of 1.8lbs lost. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:41:42 EST 2014 Goals This past year has had a lot of ups and downs. I set some pretty crazy goals at the beginning of the year, not really knowing what to expect. Health and fitness wise, I feel like nothing really happened this year. I didn’t run much, I actually gained weight, and I have nothing much more to report! But I’m okay with that. This year was spent more concentrating on family and my career (school). I worked on other things that needed my attention. <BR> <BR> But this year! This year, things... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:38:45 EST I've got a fitness date! I'm meeting up with a girl I met on Facebook trough SweatPink (we are both ambassadors) and I'm excited! But a little nervous. <BR> <BR> You see, I ate Chinese Food last night... <BR> <BR> And while that might not sound so bad, it is when you have reactions to food. I was up alllllll night. My hubs couldn't sleep either and I'm pretty sure he's mad at me today (long story, and he's at work today). So what I'm saying is that I really need to get on my game and make a good first impressio... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:23:05 EST 30 By 30 & The Basics of Weight Loss I weighed in today and, while I’m not at my peak weight (not graphed), I am approximately the same weight as when I joined Spark People back in 2009. The weight has crept back on slowly over the last 3 years: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’m not surprised, I knew it was happening. I haven’t been in a good place to stop it or get rid of it again but that is okay. Is now the right time? Who knows! I didn’t know it was the right ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:12:19 EST Getting Ready for Christmas Merry Christmas Eve! Finals are finally over. I still have work I want to do over break but I’m not going to talk about that here! At least it will be something to keep me busy? There are other things though like getting my house in order, organizing, putting things away, etc. Usually around Midterms, things start to go haywire in the house and nothing gets fixed until the semester is over! <BR> <BR> Anyway! This weekend was spent finishing my take home final and prepping for Christmas... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:39:24 EST Cat Distractions Happy Friday! This week has been a bit of a blur. There was a lot of this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I would go home and there would be a lot of this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They were pestering me, even when I set ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:09:32 EST Getting Ready for the Holidays This weekend was pretty much spent getting ready for the holidays. Saturday, Rob and I decided last minute to go to the Grey Sharks rugby get-together (basically, all the alumni from the program). We had a good time there, and then headed home to relax together. It was a really nice day! <BR> <BR> Sunday, my sister came over to help us clean and decorate a bit. We've unpacked the decorations and put up the tree but because a lot of my Christmas stuff is from Lenox (grandmother worked t... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:12:11 EST Down Digestion System Hello! I have great news, classes are over! That means its finals time so lots of studying and procrastinating too. LoL. They are next week and a take home due the 22nd so its not going to be over that soon. I still have some work to do! <BR> <BR> A little health update, I have not been feeling well at all. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I think I ate something a little off and my stomach was feeling it for days. The end of last week, I was feeling better but then starting Monday or Tuesd... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:25:41 EST Plan for Week of Dec 8, 2013 Hello! Another quick blog tonight. Plans for the week: <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> I have an exam so I will spend the day studying like crazy. Exam is at 1:30. Monday night is up in the air. Get to bed early. <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> I just have classes so I plan on hitting the gym in the morning. <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> Long day of meetings and things. Probably a lot of eating of free foods so don't expect anything special. I have to take the early train so no gym. Wednesday evening, rev... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 21:14:21 EST Finals Countdown Hello strangers! Quick Week Recap: <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Workouts: 1 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I managed to hit the gym on Monday morning at the crack of dawn. I did my lifting workout again and found it quite boring. It also takes too long for the amount of time allotted for the gym in the morning with Rob. We ride together to save fuel and he has to be to work! So I might modify it a bit. Then I won’t be following “the program”... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 10:44:51 EST Plan for Week of Dec 2, 2013 Happy December! What a strange thing I'm doing - blogging on a weekend and late in the evening! But I felt like it so... <BR> <BR> This holiday weekend was spent totally lounging. I should have done more school work but I did not and it is what it is. I spent time with family, with Rob, with myself. I got tons of de-stressing. I only hit the gym once sadly though (I really had hoped it would be more). Eating wasn't too bad (except I think I ate too much for Thanksgiving but that is ex... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:04:11 EST Lots of Girl Time It’s the weekend! Well, for me anyway. Today is a Friday class schedule at school and I don’t have classes on Fridays so Woohoo! The plans for the next 5 days are lots and lots of homework and lots of housework. I also plan on hitting the gym a lot with Rob. Other than that, we have nothing to do! No Thanksgiving dinner plans either. We were invited to his sister’s house in Maryland but we have possible plans in the morning so it would have been too hurried. Anyway! <BR> <BR> I haven... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:51:45 EST Update & Book Review (Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle) Happy Monday! So, I'm basically down to blogging once a week now instead of 4-5 like I used to. It is what it is! I really have nothing new to report, good or bad. I have just been chugging along, maintaining life in general. I didn't hit the gym as much as I would have liked last week. I ate well enough but didn't track calories. Just nothing special happening! <BR> <BR> This week, I only have 2 days of classes and then 5 days off. I have a lot to do this weekend in regards to hous... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:33:35 EST Health Recap - Nov 18 2013 Happy Monday! It was a pretty low key weekend and I really got some time to relax. Right now, I want to talk about how my week went health-wise. <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not a bad week overall. The stars are for days I hit the gym. Wednesday was weights while Thursday was C25K Week 1 Day 1. Yes, you read that correctly - I ran! <BR> The running went pretty well. My foot just felt stiff but I had no bone... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:35:06 EST November Midmonth Goals It’s never too late to make goals right? I’ve joined a new fitness group on Facebook and boy are they accountable! I love it! So I’ve decided to help me stick with it (weight loss), I should make goals. There are still 19 days left in the month! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you can see, I’m not trying to make things complicated. These are all things I should be doing anyway but I’m not most of the time which has lead to a s... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:33:42 EST Stress Crying Hello! I don't know what's up with me today but I'm feeling all weepy. Anyone else have that? It is usually when I'm feeling very stressed. It started with a bad experience at the bank and all hell broke lose when there were no seats at Starbucks. Now, I'm sitting in my car with almost am hour till my train and nowhere to go... <BR> <BR> So this week has been crazy. Tuesday, Rob came with me to school and the train broke down. We left home at 8 and got to campus at noon! It ended up b... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:05:22 EST