TRICIAE2's SparkPeople Blog TRICIAE2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Paleo Wrap Up I never did summarize my Paleo Diet experience and give my final opinion. <BR> <BR> For the entire month of May I ate a fully Paleo diet. I never did feel very hungry, so I liked that part of it. I did feel healthy, but my energy never did return. I never could run over 4 miles at a time. <BR> <BR> I had a TON of stressful stuff happen in May, so I'm not sure what effect that had on the whole thing. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, I decided that Paleo eating just isn't for me. <BR>... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:49:21 EST Week #3: Paleo - Feeling a little better I have had a TON of drama in my life this month. <BR> <BR> A drunk driver drove INTO my house. <BR> My 14 year old dog died. <BR> My running partner is leaving me to move to Hawaii with her military husband. <BR> <BR> Despite all this, I have stayed the course on Paleo eating. <BR> I have lost 3 pounds so far, with a little over a week left to go in the month. <BR> <BR> My energy levels are returning slowly. I am learning to balance my carbs with my activity level for that day. If I... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:47:37 EST Week #2: Paleo - Still Struggling Wooooey, I still have NO energy. <BR> <BR> Tried to go for a 6 mile run last night and had to throw in the towel at 4. <BR> <BR> I'm constantly exhausted. I've been trying to stay around 100 grams of carbs per day, but usually land around 130ish. <BR> <BR> How long does it really take for a body to go into ketosis?? <BR> <BR> Anybody have any good tips or encouragement for me? How long did it take YOU to feel better after cutting back on carbs? Wed, 15 May 2013 09:26:07 EST Week #1: Full Paleo It hasn't been as hard as I thought. I haven't had any bad cravings for pastas or breads. My energy is really low, that's really the only thing I have noticed. <BR> <BR> I have been taking it easy on my running program. I am supposed to run a 15K in three weeks, so I am really hoping my energy level improves before then! I may just have to settle for 5K. <BR> <BR> I have been grilling a bunch of different meats on Sundays and cutting all my vegetables and then just grabbing what I need ... Tue, 7 May 2013 15:56:56 EST Going Paleo in May Yes, I finally caved and decided to give it a try. I'm going FULL Paleo for the month of May and then after the 30 day "cleanse" I will decide if I want to continue on with full Paleo, or if I want to allow dairy and beans back into my diet. I have been eating MOSTLY Paleo for several weeks now and am starting to feel much better. I think I'm getting over the carb-withdrawl. Paleo isn't necessarily a low-carb diet but it ends up being LOWER carb than a traditional diet just because you ar... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:19:10 EST April Goals Wow! I haven't blogged for a really long time! No wonder I am feeling a little out of sorts. <BR> <BR> I've had sort of an "off" first quarter of the year. I didn't GAIN any weight, but I didn't LOSE any either. So I really want to get back on track and take off these last 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> So here are my April Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 6 Days per week within my calorie range - COMPLETE! <BR> 2. Run 50 miles - I only made it to 42, but I didn't count some interval training I did. I'm s... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:24:11 EST Blog Challenge #10 10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> <BR> I want to be healthier for my kids. I want to really enjoy life with them while they are here with me and I want to be healthy to go do things with them when they are older. I would love it if both my boys would run with me. We could go do half marathons together all over the place! What fun! <BR> <BR> My goal is for overall health and wellness, s... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:59:04 EST Blog Challenge #9 9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> I am currently 36. I think when I was younger, I was more concerned with looking cute and feeling better about my appearance. I attached my own self-worth to my weight. <BR> <BR> Now I am more interested in being healthy and having more energy to do things with my kids. While I enjoy looking cute and being able to fit into a smaller size, it's less important than ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:48:33 EST November Goals Here are my November Goals for Accountability: <BR> <BR> 1. Average 60 minutes per day of exercise for the month. - Update: I'm not going to make it. Some things outside of my control happened this month. I will be close though, so I still think it was a good month. <BR> <BR> 2. Strength Train 3x weekly - Update: Did well up until the last two weeks, then the Holiday threw me off. Still a good month. <BR> <BR> 3. Run at least 3 times per week. - Update: YES! I did this one. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:10:45 EST Blog Challenge #8 8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> I don't think THAT much will be different when I reach my goal weight. Other than the obvious: my clothes will be different, I will have more energy and I will just overall feel better about myself. <BR> <BR> Since I have been there before, I know what will NEED to change, and HAS changed, is my mindset. Before wh... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:18:19 EST Blog Challenge #7 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> <BR> My original goal was to weigh 140. But I have since changed my goal to body fat % of 24. My trainer says that is what she recommends for girls because it will set me up for life. I will get my body fat retested at least annually once I reach 24. Last time I was measured I was at 30%. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reach 24% body fat by March 2013. <BR> <BR> My clot... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:03:08 EST A funny realization while feeding the dog... I dumped the last little bit of a bag of dogfood into my dogs bowl and went and got a new bag. <BR> I heaved the thing up onto the counter and noticed that it weighed 16 pounds. <BR> <BR> 16 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have lost 34 pounds since January so it's like I've lost TWO of these dogfood bags PLUS 2 more pounds. I picked up the bag to feel how heavy it really was, trying to picture what TWO of them would feel like. I balanced it in my hands, judging how it would feel across my torso or my... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:10:39 EST Blog Challenge #6 6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)? <BR> <BR> Real life is the biggest challenge in maintaining a weight loss. Your cousin gets married, or you have a birthday party to go to, or it's a holiday family feast or this or that or the other. <BR> <BR> There's always a reason to overeat, and there's always an excuse to not get your workout in. <BR> <BR> It helps me if I try to PLAN for these events and if there is something coming up that I... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:45:27 EST Blog Challenge #5 5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> Growing up, I was always a skinny kid. When I graduated high school, I was 5'7" and weighed about 120 pounds. Pretty "normal". <BR> <BR> I packed on the Freshman 15 in college, but was still pretty comfortable at 135. <BR> <BR> Then I got married in 1999. Then I had baby #1 when I was 25. My weight shot up to 180 poun... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:32:18 EST Blog Challenge #4 4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss? <BR> <BR> Ug. This one is so hard to answer. My biggest fears about weight loss have to do with my own motivation and momentum. I fear that I will reach my goal weight and then slowly let it creep back on AGAIN. I fear that I won't be able to keep it up. <BR> <BR> I have to say though, that my BIGGER fears have to do with staying overweight - fear of not being able to do things with my kids. Fears of heart attacks, diabetes, etc et... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:29:16 EST Blog Challenge #3 3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals? <BR> <BR> I have shared my goals with various people throughout my journey. <BR> <BR> When I first got started, I only shared them with my immediate family. It was more of a warning to not tempt me with junk food. <BR> <BR> As I progressed, I joined the gym at work and shared my goals with the trainer. She got me started (AGAIN) with strength training. <BR> She has issued several challenges ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:04:31 EST Blog Challenge #2 2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way? <BR> <BR> Originally my goal weight was 140. My medical weight recommendation is 118-155. So I figured if I picked something in the middle of the range, it would give me a little wiggle room. My weight fluctuates a little with the seasons, and I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR> However, I have changed my target - instead of focus... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:21:40 EST Blog Challenge #1 1: My stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the current month? <BR> <BR> Starting Stats: <BR> I weighed 187 in January 2012 and decided I HAD TO DO SOMETHING! I had my check up and the ARNP lectured me for about 20 minutes about my weight gain. <BR> <BR> Current Stats: <BR> I'm currently at 153, as of October 3, 2012. <BR> On September 18, 2012 I had my body fat t... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:47:16 EST October Goals Here are my October Goals for Accountability: <BR> <BR> 1. Average 60 minutes per day of activity. - Averaged 75.48 minutes per day <BR> <BR> 2. Strength Training 3 x weekly. - Done! <BR> <BR> 3. Run 3 x weekly minimum. - Done! <BR> <BR> 4. Finish Couch 2 5K. - Finished on October 26! <BR> <BR> 5. Have a BLAST at the Color Run on October 6, 2012. (OK, OK this is more of a reward, but I CAN'T WAIT!!) - Update: YEAH I DID!!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:32:12 EST Race Against Breast Cancer 5K 2012 I was so nervous before the race. <BR> I slept well the night before and I was SO excited, so I wasn't sure if my nervousness was just excitement or if I was REALLY nervous! <BR> <BR> This was my first REAL 5K race. <BR> <BR> I showed up to the race location about an hour early. I was supposed to be meeting with a group of coworkers for pictures 45 minutes before race time. I couldn't find ANYBODY. I circled the entire area twice before I finally ran into a small group of people I kn... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:48:20 EST September Update on Measurements!!! GOOD NEWS I had my measurements done yesterday and nearly fell over!! <BR> <BR> Inches - I only get these measured every 2-3 months. My last measurement was on July 2 and since then I have lost a total of 13.75 inches!! <BR> <BR> Body Fat % - I have lost .9% since August 13. That's almost a whole percent in just over a month! <BR> <BR> So my new goal is to try to lose 1% every month. My final goal is to get to 24% body fat by March 2013. <BR> <BR> Feels good to see progress since the scale doesn... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:21:04 EST September Goals Here we go! For accountability: <BR> <BR> September Goals <BR> 1. Beat a 38 minute 5K at the Race Against Breast Cancer on September 22, 2012. - Chip Time was 34:25 <BR> <BR> 2. Beat a 12 minute mile on September 25, 2012 (14 minute mile challenge for work) - Time Clock: 9:58 <BR> <BR> 3. Strength training x3 weekly - DONE! <BR> <BR> 4. Average 60 minutes activity per day - Average for the month was 73.77! <BR> <BR> 5. Run 3x weekly - Done! <BR> <BR> We'll see if I can keep up! - ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:57:45 EST Drop 10! Challenge Results Ok here we are at the end of the Drop 10! Challenge that we had at my office. <BR> <BR> The 6 Week Challenge was this: <BR> 1. Eat 500 calories less than your maintenance range (find your maintenance range by multiplying your weight x 11) <BR> 2. Burn 500 calories EVERY DAY <BR> <BR> With the combination of those two activities, we were supposed to drop 10 pounds in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that I lost 9 pounds during the program! <BR> <BR> And Guess WHAT ELSE??? I am no... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:26:40 EST Labor Your Legs 5K! I've been working on my running program since July. I'm on Week 5 of C25K, although I don't use the program as much as used to, since I have now found people to train with. So I only use the program when I run by myself. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, this last weekend, the Sunflower Strider's Club here in Topeka, KS held a free running event for labor day. It was the Labor Your Legs 5K/10K Fun Run! It was AWESOME!! <BR> <BR> I used this run as practice for my upcoming Race Against Breast Cancer. ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:21:29 EST All about the numbers, just the WRONG numbers.... Since January of this year I have been SO focused on my weight and bringing it down. I've done well at refocusing on those non-scale victories when my scale didn't reflect all my hard work. I made a running list of those non-scale victories to keep my momentum going. <BR> <BR> And now, I'm rethinking my original numbers. <BR> <BR> I had originally planned on getting down to a weight of 145 pounds. The medical recommendation for my height is 118-155 so I figured I would give myself a 10 p... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:37:55 EST EPIC VICTORY!!! For those of you following my running progress, I made a huge leap tonight! <BR> <BR> I ran a whole mile without stopping! THAT's HUGE for me!!!! <BR> <BR> My time was 9:13.5. One of my goals was to beat a 10 minute mile. CHECK!!! <BR> <BR> And now, on to Week 4 of C25K. I haven't been using the program since I have been running with other people, but I MUST get back to it. <BR> <BR> FEELING GOOD!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:23:21 EST Life is a highway....! Wow, life has been SO busy lately! <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed watching the Olympics, going on vacation and then, all of a sudden, it was time to get the kids ready for back-to-school! <BR> <BR> On top of all that I'm participating in a Drop 10! Challenge at work, where we are supposed to eat 500 calories less than our maintenance range per day AND burn 500 calories per day. The combination of these two things is supposed to make us drop 10 pounds in 6 weeks. <BR> We are on Week #2 and so... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:05:59 EST Last day of vacation.... Tomorrow is the last day of vacation. We head home on Saturday morning, early. <BR> <BR> And then my August Drop 10! challenge begins.... <BR> <BR> I thought I would dread the end of vacation, but surprisingly I am SUPER excited to start the challenge. Not so thrilled to head back to work, but totally ready to get back into my nutrition and fitness routines. <BR> <BR> I haven't gone super crazy with my diet on vacation. I told myself I wouldn't drive myself nuts tracking every calorie w... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 23:39:13 EST Week 1 C25K COMPLETE I survived Week 1! <BR> <BR> And my knees and ankles are OK and my lungs are NOT on fire! <BR> I'm so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> My runner friend who told me about deep belly breathing REALLY knew what she was talking about. I practiced it and had no problems with Week 1. We'll see how Week 2 goes! <BR> <BR> And I'm now only about 14 pounds away from my goal weight! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!!! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:29:56 EST Starting Couch to 5K I was never a runner as a kid, never played soccer, never liked basketball. One of my best friends in high school was a cross-country runner and I sort of envied her. Whenever I tried to run, in only a few minutes my lungs would be on FIRE and my ankles and knees would start complaining LOUDLY. <BR> <BR> So fast forward to today, I still envy those who can run. They say it is the greatest release of anxiety and helps you to really focus. That sounds divine. Except for the burning lung f... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:03:22 EST Approaching 36 As I approach my birthday in August, I reflect on the past year and all that I have accomplished. <BR> <BR> Last year at this time I was quietly content with my life. I loved to read and especially to listen to audio books while knitting or crocheting for my local Guild. I was not physically active and had put on almost 40 pounds since my last baby in 2004. I hated to put on a swimsuit, even when my kids begged me to go swimming with them. I was happy to sit and watch while everyone el... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:33:29 EST