THE_JENCH's SparkPeople Blog THE_JENCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community After-yoga selfie. <img src=""> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 01:21:04 EST Hello October!! Wow, October! <BR> <BR> My last blog entry my relationship had just ended. In the 11 weeks since... a lot of yoga, some travel, a fun online class (another 2 to come), a very happy cat that I'm home more often, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends, I dropped and shattered my phone, a (nearly) sober September, time to focus gain clarity, and a trip on the horizon... <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't changed, if anything it has gone up... I've had a few occasions where I've just giv... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:42:50 EST Life goes on. My boyfriend, of nearly one year, and I broke up yesterday. I'm super disappointed and sad and mad because I hoped for more and kept giving him chances but he's just one of those guys who, though he was faithful, can't commit to a relationship. This past month we've been talking more about our feelings and needs, I told him that I needed a relationship where j can grow and explore with and depend onmy partner, with his push/pull he wasn't giving it to me. Twice this month already he's made pl... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:55:32 EST amazing scramble up (and around) Heart Mountain! I went for an amazing, nearly 8-hour, hike on Saturday. It was more a scramble than a hike, where you have to use your hands and full body to pull you up some areas of jagged, staircase-like rock. We took nearly 8 hours but the friend I went with is slow (maybe overly cautious?) when climbing and descending. I would be ahead of her and continue on my pace until I found a kind of natural break, and then I'd wait for her because I'd lost sight of her... and then I'd go back to her and return...... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:29:05 EST iPhone tracker or map my route? I went for a run this afternoon. I left/ put my phone away at 1:35 when the tracker had 1753 steps and 1.16km. When I got home I checked again and was super happy and proud to see this displayed: <img src=""> 12km in an hour!!! This also included my walking cool down. Wow, I thought... But then I traced my path using map my route and it only came to 9.25km. Nearly 3km difference is HUGE! Which to believe? Sun, 12 Jun 2016 18:15:48 EST Happy June 9. <img src=""> It's a beautiful evening. I feel like I'm getting myself on a good path. I've applied for a few more jobs, went to a workshop and networking event tonight (photo taken on my walk home)... I expect to have a job by the end of the summer (part of me likes the idea of continuing only my part time job over the summer but...). I love my boyfriend, he's super supportive and things are getting better as I'... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:25:12 EST June - so far so good! I'm feeling great. This past weekend was awesome, active and lots of good food and company... perhaps too much food but I've been so hungry lately and though I want to be smart about what I eat, I hate being hungry. <BR> <BR> Exercise: <BR> Friday - 75min ashtanga yoga, walked too and from the studio. <BR> Saturday - 5km/ 30min run, abs, 1h zumba <BR> Sunday - ~35min running and ~35min stairs plus an hour walking with a friend <BR> <BR> Social & eating: <BR> Friday - lunch with wonderful o... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 14:01:02 EST Yes, this dress! <img src=""> Long story short, last weekend I needed a new dress to wear to the orchestra. I found a dress online, went to the store, had to try on a size down (vanity sizing?), it made me feel so super sexy and I bought it right away. I warned my boyfriend that this was an occasion worthy of a compliment so he should have one ready when he saw me... And all he said was "wow, look at you!", later telling me that t... Mon, 16 May 2016 14:23:46 EST Mid May. Back in March I was concerning myself about my habit of weight gain at this time of year... And it has happened, somewhere between 3-5 pounds since Christmas. Not much, but I'd rather be headed in the opposite direction. I'm getting back to more exercise because I have more time for it again (& the season has arrived), but I need to watch my eating. Boyfriend is eating more due to his training and I definitely have added extra in when I'm eating with him (seems to be most dinners). If I add... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:58:14 EST early March musing and goals This is the time of year that I feel I tend to gain weight. I kind of have, during and immediately following Christmas my weight dipped (I didn't record it because I wasn't sure it was a real and valid weight). Mexico came and went, and I did not hold back and ate what I wanted (but tried to be active while there), upon my return my weight had gone up and now am back do about my pre-Christmas weight. In any case, now is a good time to be vigilant. <BR> <BR> What are my current issues that I... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:13:50 EST Zumba. Bath. Sleep... Mexico is less than 4 days away. After a few weeks of looking up suits online, I finally went bathing suit shopping yesterday and again today. Overall it was a pretty normal experience in that some pieces fit, others did not, sometimes the lighting hit me the right way and sometimes it did not. I woke up with my period (excited that I won't be taking it to Mexico with me) and so perhaps shopping today was perfect timing? I don't have the budget to buy all the pieces I liked or even some of my... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:45:14 EST End of January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These were my side and top bars as I logged in to Sparkpeople just a few minutes ago. Have I been looking at bathing suits much? Yes, yes I have. Mexico still isn't booked, bf (who is treating me) is waiting to see if prices go down and so I'm waiting to actually purchase a new suit, though now I really want one! Or two. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I found myself starting to criticize my body when... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:42:38 EST Three weeks to Mexico! The trip will be booked probably Tuesday and then I will know for certain, but for now, I'm still going to act like it is going to happen. Bf and I are talking and planning like it's going to happen. I stepped on his scale this morning, and I had last Sunday morning too, and it registered almost 7 pounds more! Impossible! Last Sunday was right before my period (and I find my weight dips immediately before) and I did eat a pint of ice cream (in 2 sittings) this week... and in any case, the app... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:28:23 EST Exciting times. I just enjoyed a nice and spicy dinner while thinking about all that is coming up and all that I need to do and all that I'm happy I'm doing now. I'm a bit overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> Coming up... a few trips. <BR> First, to Mexico in 3 weeks on Saturday (as soon as it gets booked... very possibly tomorrow). This is a true vacation, a week on the beach, I'll probably go to yoga (as my boyfriend goes golfing), and just relaxation... and over Valentine's Day, how cute... que caliente, actually. I'v... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:18:51 EST Mid January After a day of suffering from a stomach bug and not eating anything and despite eating ice cream (a whole pint of dulce de leche...) yesterday, the scale decided to read 134.6 this morning, below my goal. Of course I'm not recording it since it's not really reflective of where I'm at... though I'm sure in the next few months I'll get it down to that. <BR> <BR> Having been sick on Monday I had to cancel my first class of the semester but today was a great first day. My classroom has a bit of ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:21:32 EST 1st highlight for 2016 Long story made as short as possible... or maybe it's a short story made longer than necessary? <BR> <BR> Tuesday I went for dim sum with coworkers. My fortune, "An enjoyable vacation is awaiting you by the beach". I've been joking with my boyfriend about taking a trip together (serious in the sense that we should do it but joking in the sense that he should pay for it) so I texted him a photo of my fortune. At his place on Tuesday evening, he asks me, "when is your break this semester... be... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:23:21 EST 2016 Resolutions for this year? Be OK with everything and if I'm not feeling OK (or better) then figure how how to get there. Weight and body... The battery in my scale died early December and I still haven't replaced it. If stepping on my boyfriend's scale (that I had never stepped on before) on January 1 is any indication, then I didn't quite stick to my plan during the holidays. I'll soon replace my battery and I'm getting back to tracking and I'm happy to say that I didn't let my fitness down... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:30:41 EST My motivation Dear Sparkfriends, I took this photo almost two weeks ago after a home yoga practice when I was feeling really good about the shape I am / was getting my abs into. I post it now more as a reminder to myself to keep doing what I have been doing in terms of food and exercise. The past two weeks got a bit ridiculous with Canadian Thanksgiving, my pms, I'm house /cat sitting at my mom's where all foods are plentiful, and it's the middle of the semester so I feel like I am tied to my desk. Tonig... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:03:05 EST grocery shopping. <img src=""> I hope the photo rights itself when I post this blog, but right now it is sideways. Despite the orientation, perhaps you can tell that the photo is of a mostly empty fridge, my mostly empty fridge. I meant to go yesterday but I didn't and so my dinner consisted of seedy crackers, cheese, and avocado. Today's breakfast, more like brunch, was my last 3 eggs scrambled up and two pieces of toast with almon... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 14:25:33 EST keeping on <img src=""> Dear Sparkfriends, I'm laying here on the evening of a hot day lazily enjoying my balcony and ruminating on my sparking progress. I'm at a consistent 141, 1-2 pounds above my original goal and 4 pounds above my new goal. I haven't budged on the scale for a while and I'm afraid I'm caught in that mental game of breaking a 10-pound marker. How do I feel, though? I feel good. Some of my pants that inspir... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:29:58 EST beautiful night <img src=""> I love the view from my balcony these summer evenings. I still haven't bought patio furniture and I am thinking I just want cushions and a low table, l love lying down and looking up. University classes start in 4 weeks so I have 4 weeks of freedom... But not quite, I'm a prof and not a student so I've already been working on my courses for the fall. At least it's still summer and I can still enjoy t... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:56:23 EST Sunday ramblings. I woke up with tom this morning, and of course I am not referring to any sweet mystery man! Although I had some spotting yesterday I really wasn't expecting it for another few days. Last week I was super hungry and had a few low blood sugar spells (at least that's what I've always thought they are), and perhaps this is all related? I've been to the doctor for cycle-related issues many times, and he doesn't seem too concerned because I almost never am shorter than 3 weeks and I guess my blood ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:01:41 EST reckless hunger <img src=""> Today I was hungry. It is a combination of having been active the past few days while staying in my normal calorie range (sparkpeople warns us of this but I didn't listen) exacerbated by just that time in my cycle. I was hungry today. Maybe if I had brought a smart snack I could have saved myself but I did not so around 3pm left the office in search of a little something. Maybe I should have gone for ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 23:22:39 EST Goal (date) just two days away! Successes and revised goals. & camping photos. My goal was to reach 139 by August 1. This morning I was sitting at 141.2... just 2.2 pounds away! I don't expect to shed that in two days but I am still thrilled!!! I don't think I've ever stuck with it this long and gotten this close. Even the last two weeks as I was sitting around 144 and I was feeling so good in my skin, I started making excuses about why I didn't have to continue trying to change the 'number'. It's too easy to just give up though, and so I've kept going... and I'm going ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:28:37 EST Long story short, so on Sunday... I just went over my suggested daily calories. On purpose. I made a salad. <BR> <BR> Ok, so. What does Sunday have to do with making a salad today? Sunday I was cleaning my apartment and I should have gone grocery shopping but convinced myself that for dinner I could make the frozen pizza I had (there was a $6 special for the pizza, 500mL hagen daaz, and 1L milk) and grocery shop on Monday after work... You think you know where this is going? Sunday night I only had 1/4 of the pizza and wrap... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:14:46 EST a rainy Sunday My last day in Canmore was lovely and finished off with TWO yoga classes... not intense ones, a yin and a restorative. It's Sunday and I haven't done any yoga since Thursday night. This morning I intended to go to a 105-minute power yoga class BUT it was pouring rain and thundering and my apartment is a disaster so I've stayed in to clean, tidy, and organize... so far I've only had breakfast. The mess will be gone today! <BR> <BR> Getting back from Canmore, I did step on the scale. I am up m... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:15:32 EST mindful of my mini-binge <img src=""> The walk back from yoga today; third class in three days. Because it was a nice day out only four of us were there and each of us received proper adjustments... I learned how to reform a few of my bad habits! The twists though, feeling like I have too much around my core. Obviously working in that! Upon returning my grandma made a positive comment about my figure, I'll take that over any of my silly fr... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:35:58 EST more mountains, yoga... & lakes and lightning <img src=""> Today: Another yoga class and a few hours spent at Lake Louise with my grandma and uncle. My grandma sat and admired the lake while my uncle and I walked with the dog... There is a cute tea house a decent hike up the mountain but that was not in the cards for today. Getting back to Canmore I enjoyed another yoga class while it rained and thundered (just a little) outside. I'm feeling a bit... Blah. Ye... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 01:59:10 EST ommm & mountains <img src=""> No excuses today! Or maybe Monday began with an excuse as I got out of bed at 9am and was not going to rush to a yoga class at 9:30. I went to the 5:30 class and it was wonderful! A more traditional ashtanga class, my favourite style. So definitely I will be making a class per day while I'm here until (&including) Thursday, I will also go to a class at home on Friday morning (before getting my hair don... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 01:12:46 EST breaking lazy I am in the mountains until Thursday. With wireless, you wonder? I'm in a town, staying at my aunt's house with my grandma because my aunt has meetings in the city this week and my grandma would rather stay in the mountains but doesn't want to stay alone. It was easy enough to rearrange my office-work schedule and bring my academic-work with me here. I have a problem though, exercise! The past few days I have felt lazy. Friday I didn't go to yoga because I went to a parade (preceded by brunch... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:34:09 EST A few Saturday night thoughts It is HOT in Calgary, for Calgary. I have lived in southern California and Mexico when it has been consistently hotter than this and I've been absolutely fine but here I'm not used to it and I just sweat it out a bit uncomfortably. How hot, you ask? Well, the forecast was for 30C/86F but it may have gotten higher than that, I just can't find a daily recorded high. Tomorrow the forecast is for 33C/91F. In Riverside, CA I remember the temperature getting to 110F/43C and I remember an evening fe... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:41:40 EST Getting organized. I mostly stuck to the food I planned to eat today... I was hungry this afternoon so I let myself get a white hot chocolate, skim milk and no whip (it fit in to the days calories). Sometimes I figure that milk-based beverages, when made with skim milk, should be ideal snacks but maybe only lattes because anything else (like a mocha or hot chocolate) has so much added sugar! I just finished my dinner, I tried making my favourite sweet potatoes with coconut oil instead of butter and they turned ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:11:34 EST weekend gluttony, repeated (I did it again) So, next weekend I will definitely be planning ahead to avoid round three of weekend gluttony! I did not go to zumba at all this weekend, but I engaged other activities... <BR> <BR> Friday I went to a morning ashtanga class I used to like and it was wonderful and got into my upper back and hamstrings in a way that I haven't been able to recently. It was an intense class and though I intended to make a smoothie when I got home (less than half an hour from the yoga studio) but my muscles were ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:22 EST weekend gluttony Despite three zumba classes. Or in spite of three zumba classes? In any case, I feel kind of gross right now and Tuesday will be a cleaner eating day! <BR> <BR> My gluttonous episodes: <BR> <BR> Saturday night dinner before going to see the local orchestra perform Sinatra, featuring Tony DeSare and Montego Glover. AMAZING. One of my favourite songs, Fly Me to the Moon, was not covered but I just found a quick youtube video of Tony DeSare singing it... watch it here: <link>https://youtu.b... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:05:26 EST Question (regarding eating prior to exercise) and my current favourite song. I begin with a question, does anyone else find that if they don't eat within a window of a few hours before working out that they end up feeling nauseated? I've been getting that uncomfortable feeling the past maybe two weeks during most zumba classes. Generally I try not to eat for 3 hours before zumba because I have felt the same from eating too close to zumba, usually within two hours before zumba. For some of these classes, particularly the master classes, I have gone hard and attributed ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:04:11 EST moved & sweating I haven't tracked my food for the past few days as I was moving to my new apartment, but I have my internet set up as of today so I'll get back on it (and maybe track a bit retroactively). I've kept myself honest and mostly healthy and I only missed one class of zumba... but I was moving stuff so was still active. <BR> <BR> I like my new place. It's centrally located so I can get to work downtown and to the university easily, walking downtown but probably not to the university. A regular gr... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 21:06:24 EST a busy Friday The main goal for today is to finish painting my dresser, but up until now I had only primed it and with 4 hours required between coats (I have another hour or so to wait to do the second coat on the first side), it will be tomorrow. The edges will also be done this afternoon. If I had two paint pans I could start in on the second colour, but I only bought one pan so the second colour will have to wait until tomorrow. I also still need to cut out my stencil for the drawers so I could do that ... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:46:25 EST moving: my lazy accomplishment (that facilitates my zumba schedule) I have prepared for my move by hiring a moving company to do it for me. In many respects, I feel lazy, it's not like I have much furniture to move (I'll have my couch and bed delivered separately). What frustrates me is just organizing some friends and renting the truck and then doing it. Now, all I have to do is make sure everything is boxed and ready and ride along. Chatting with someone on the phone, I learned that movers even have RAMPS to put going UP stairs so they can just put ALL THE ... Thu, 28 May 2015 20:38:56 EST 1 week in! Tonight after zumba I wanted something sweet. There are still mini-magnum bars in the freezer and I found myself thinking, 'why not, I just did zumba...' and I stopped right there! I navigated around the refilled nut bowls (well, one of the three are sunflower seeds so technically not nuts... and there are also almonds and pistachios), to the fridge, and grabbed the berries. I'm fine now and will make some herbal tea to sip on. I remain on guard for the return of the sweet craving though, it ... Wed, 27 May 2015 00:27:22 EST healthy (or not nutritionally bankrupt) rice krispy squares? Yesterday I found this article: <BR> <link><BR>-eating-habits-that-mak_n_7343532.html<BR>?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063 </link> <BR> 15 Habits That Make You Live Longer. <BR> Nuts and red wine are on the list!!! Yes, of course they are and of course they are to be enjoyed in moderation and not to excess. <BR> <BR> No wine for me this week, however! And I'm cutting out peanuts (dry roasted, not the best nut anyway) and opting for almonds (and almond butte... Mon, 25 May 2015 21:20:48 EST Sunday. I believe today is day 5 of my return. I am feeling positive. <BR> <BR> My accomplishments: <BR> ~6 hours of zumba this week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (regular class, step&tone, and a master class last night... this could be why I'm so positive right now). <BR> Pretty clean eating. My weakness this week has been a (self-refilling) bowl of dry roasted peanuts. I also drank more alcohol than I had intended. I had one treat this week, a mini-magnum ice cream bar. Berries and app... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:13:29 EST Day 2. Yesterday I started feeling down about my body and I'm wondering if my reaction has something to do with being on here so having a goal to make a change to my body and from that a resulting dissatisfaction with my body as it is. Something along those lines. Anyhow, so to counter that, I was thinking of three positive aspects of my body to focus on and that is all I can do right now. <BR> <BR> These three body parts/ aspects are: <BR> 1. strong thighs and butt (not just from sitting on them!... Thu, 21 May 2015 15:08:37 EST Back. I first joined Sparkpeople in I think 2008 and though I wandering off with confidence about my eating habits, I keep coming back for reinforcement and reminders. My goal right now is to trim up one pound per week over the next 10-12 weeks. In this blog, I'm going to outline my reasons for being here, both what brought me here and why I came back, and what I plan to do over the next three months (and beyond). <BR> <BR> As it seemed for many others, 2015 started off with a bang for me. The ban... Wed, 20 May 2015 11:49:42 EST busy busy spring bees Things have been BUSY lately. I haven't tracked for about two weeks and I don't know if I have too much time to track right now. What I am going to do is see how I'm doing without tracking food and if I can't intuit then I'll have to get back to food tracking. <BR> <BR> I moved. I moved in with my boyfriend. I had many reservations but it's been good. Even my cat, who had previously run away from him, is seeming to like this arrangement. I'm now living about a 40-minute walk from work and, a... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:45:59 EST food bloating Last week I planned my food and was feeling good. Until Thursday night. I moved. Of course, I didn't move into an apartment stocked with healthy food. My boyfriend and I went to a pub where I had two beers and a chicken taco salad. The salad was not the best taco salad I've had, there was too much dressing and not enough beans. Next time I'll definitely get the dressing on the side with a side of salsa, will also likely request extra beans. Almost immediately I started feeling gassy. Friday m... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:05:23 EST today I'm like a chili pepper Perhaps not in shape, but I felt much better. Maybe in shape, a little... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ate mindfully today, including mid-afternoon when I needed something sweet so I unwrapped a bar of dark chocolate with orange and ginger, took 2 squares, and put the rest in the kitchen for others in the office to enjoy (they did!). <BR> <BR> My body was tired from barre class yesterday and I did debate skipping zumba... but I went. I know I always feel better after working out and usuall... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:47:21 EST apple-bodied me Not to be confused with apple-bottomed. I had thought of myself on the hourglass side of things, not a full hourglass, I guess a bit towards the brick since I have a short waist. Nonetheless, when I measure my waist and hips there is a substantial enough difference that when I use an online body calculator (I might have to look for it again, a friend and I had a night a while ago of measuring ourselves and seeing what we were classified as) that I'm somewhere in the hourglass spectrum. BUT! T... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:37:15 EST Getting over a mini-egg binge. I binged on mini eggs on Monday... though I wouldn't call it a binge. I mindlessly ate a few handfuls and though I enjoyed the first few, the pleasure of the mini egg disappears after the first few. I kept going though, as drawn in my a mysterious force. However, we know it's not so mysterious! It also happened throughout the day, even though I wasn't at home much... I came home after yoga and had a handful or two. I went out for a few hours and enjoyed another handful or two when I came back... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:46:38 EST need for a change Not just in my eating habits, though there too. I am not feeling comfortable in my own skin right now and even though I'm going to zumba three times per week and yoga at least once, I'm not eating right... maybe more on that later. <BR> <BR> The long story short is that I have been living with my mom for nearly 5 years (or really just 4.5 when I stop to count). For about 3.5 of those years I was working on my dissertation and of that time I spent nearly a year in Mexico doing my research. I'... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:59:55 EST weight markers ... and sort of odd markers. <BR> <BR> Two years ago when my Dad was ill, I was weighing around 146. I had at that time lost about 12 pounds in the previous few months, though I'd had two bad colds. When he passed away at the end of April 2012, I weighed around 143 and managed to maintain that weight, or a few pounds lower, for about a year. Last June when I finished my PhD I was weighing around 145 again. Since then I have been on a slow and steady incline. The most recent marker is my Gra... 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