TWALKER0475's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TWALKER0475 TWALKER0475's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Moderation Experiment/Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352002 Well, my moderation experiment yesterday turned out not to be with cookies. Instead, I tried a "moderation day" out at the ball park with my son for his class field trip. I decided I would experiment with just eating what I wanted - not bingeing, but not censoring. Breakfast was from Panera - a french toast bagel with honey walnut cream cheese and a cafe mocha. Lunch was nachos with a side of cheese sauce and chili at the ball park. I also had 4 cinnamon sugar pretzel sticks later with b... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:46:30 EST Moderation Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347223 Moderation is hard for me when it comes to certain foods. Chocolate chip cookies come to mind...last week I discovered that Chik Fil-A has a chocolate chunk cookie to DIE for. I consumed several, on more than one day. <em>2</em> They have 330 calories apiece, so this would not be considered "moderation." <BR> <BR> Today's spark coach advice for me, though, was about practicing moderation to avoid feeling deprived and obsessing about banned foods, and to ditch perfectionist tendencie... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:04:37 EST Nutrition: What's Working for Me Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326405 Right now I've found a groove with nutrition that seems to be working and that I find sustainable. I've basically gone back to what worked for me in the past - clean eating. The more processed foods I eat and the more regularly I eat them the more I crave them. I do have a weekly treat meal and that seems to keep me from feeling deprived and to be infrequent enough that I'm not looking for that treat every day. <BR> <BR> I'm also focusing on eating moderate carbs, moderate fats, and high ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:10:49 EST Everything is Fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318690 That is one of my son's favorite songs, by Josh Turner. We listen to it on the way home from his MMA class three times a week. It is a great song, very upbeat, about basically counting your blessings. It is how I am feeling. <BR> <BR> I admit, there are moments I think, "How can I be so happy when I am still over 200 lbs?" But I feel good. I'm working out again regularly, I'm eating right, I'm free from the processed, sugary, fatty food cravings I felt imprisoned by only 6 short weeks a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:01:55 EST 20th high school reunion on the horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282571 Mission accomplished last week: Got a workout in 4X last week and did stellar on the nutrition front Mon-Fri! I relaxed a little on the weekend and had a few too many jelly beans and a brownie, and Sat. night I had a bowl of pasta later in the night even though I wasn't really hungry. So I slipped a bit on the weekend, but overall I feel I am back on the right path. The scale is up several lbs which I'm hoping fall off rather quickly as most of it should be water weight. It still sucks t... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:09:19 EST I joined Weight Watchers (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008540 I considered my options before I signed up with WW again and decided that what I most need right now is accountability. It has been too easy to blow off weigh-ins as I have been struggling to get back on track these past 6+ months, plus it would be nice to potentially make some fitness and health-minded friends IRL if possible. I still love me some Spark, and this online community is an amazing source of support and inspiration. I will still be one here, just using the WW tracker more. <... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:55:49 EST Conditional support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934306 I feel lost in the woods, searching for the path back to health and happiness but can't seem to find the trail. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that I see the trail ahead, but it looks scary...lots of twists and turns, I'm not sure I can navigate parts of it. What if I fall (again)? And what if it leads someplace I didn't intend? <BR> <BR> Truth is, I'm scared of the lack of support I sometimes encounter at home. One obstacle is meals. It's a lot of work prepare different meal... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 08:16:57 EST April 2012 progress: Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858945 I was feeling really good at the beginning of April. I had lost a little over 9 lbs since early February and I fully expected to continue losing roughly 1 lb/week, hoping to be down close to 15 lbs by the end of April. My overall plan to lose 5 lbs/month and be back in the 140's by the beginning of August was on track. But things did not go as planned in April and I don't really understand why. Instead of being down 4 lbs or so I am up 2 lbs. My birthday was the 7th and I indulged for di... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:41:37 EST How I got my groove back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753103 I feel like I am back on track with the healthy lifestyle I created for myself a couple years back. The path ahead of me is clear and I feel confident once again in my ability to follow it. It has taken longer for me to find my way back than I anticipated. As always, though, it all had to do with my mental perspective and getting back to a place of positivity. <BR> <BR> Preceding the Great Gain of 2011 <em>198</em> I had become overly concerned with achieving my "best body"...which was ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:10:23 EST Why's it gotta be so complicated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608075 I haven't blogged in awhile...I veered off track at the beginning of the summer and have only been finding my way back in the past month or so. The bad news is I managed to gain nearly 30 lbs between June and November. Do the math...yep, that's an average of 6 lbs each month. I went from a size 4/6 to a loose 12. Why didn't I stop myself somewhere along the way? Say, after I gained 10 lbs, or after I was up a couple sizes? Why did it take gaining back over half of what I lost? <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 15:42:21 EST Finding Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460750 It is the start of a new month...30 days lie before me, unblemished, a clean slate. What do I want to do differently this month? <BR> <BR> To start with, I'm breaking up with junk food. There is no such thing as moderation with me and junk food. To have even a little creates a craving in me for more. Yeah, I've done this before...but it's like that boyfriend you had in high school that you just kept taking back even though he didn't treat you right. You were young and stupid and kept th... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 13:45:47 EST Taking Back the Reins and Getting Paid to Do What I Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442149 What is it with me and challenges? I just cannot resist them! The promise of a new and improved body always calls to me, especially at a time like now when I have managed to put on 10 lbs. Yes, this would be the same 10 lbs that I lost back in May doing Tosca Reno's Eat-Clean Diet Stripped. Fast forward 3 months, and they have found me again. How? It is a familiar story...emotional eating, vacation, more emotional eating, feeling like a victim, etc. <BR> <BR> So once again, I am taking... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:23:50 EST Self image issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358349 For the past year and a half I have considered myself basically at goal. I have fluctuated between 136-150 lbs during that time...at the high end I felt I was in the "danger" zone heading back to overweight territory, but at the low to mid region I felt great about myself and how I looked. At the low end my body fat was around 18% (as measured by single-point calipers), I comfortably wore a size 4...what more could I ask for? <BR> <BR> But ever since my marathon last November my weight h... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:19:36 EST 28 Day Challenge - Final Stripped Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250914 So here are my stats, presented as "beginning/ending" (change): <BR> <BR> weight: 150.6/140.4 (-10.2) <BR> body fat %: 22.2%/20.2% (-2%) <BR> bust: 36.5/35 (-1.5) <BR> waist: 31.5/30.25 (-1.25) <BR> abdomen: 35/33 (-2) <BR> hips: 37/36 (-1) <BR> butt: 39.5/38.5 (-1) <BR> thigh: 22.5/21.5 (-1/leg) <BR> neck: 13/12.75 (-0.25) <BR> calf: 14.25/14 (-0.25) <BR> bicep: 11.75/11.25 (-0.5/arm) <BR> <BR> I couldn't be more pleased with these results! I lost a total of 10.2 lbs, 2% body ... Mon, 23 May 2011 12:26:56 EST Day 28/28 Day Challenge - Stripper Graduate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250880 This morning I did some food prep for the upcoming week to get ready for the Oxygen mag Abs program I'm starting on Wed. I made an omelette with smoked salmon, green onion, smoked provolone and tomatoes that will be three days of breakfasts and cooked up some chicken breakfast sausage to go with an egg and avocado on the other two days. I am really looking forward to both breakfasts, I think they are going to be delish! <BR> <BR> I also washed and dried some Romaine and baby spinach I pu... Mon, 23 May 2011 12:13:09 EST Day 27/28 Day Challenge - It's on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248404 Alright, the scale was only up 0.8 lbs this morning after the Tastefully Simple slip - I can handle that! My tummy woke me up around 3AM complaining about the now unfamiliar fare I had given it shortly before bed, a little reminder that maybe it is a very good thing to limit this sort of thing to once/month. <BR> <BR> So back to it today, good-bye to any of the guilt I was feeling last night! I made some yummy pumpkin spice oatmeal pancakes this morning before my boys' double header, and ... Sun, 22 May 2011 08:50:32 EST Day 26/28 Day Challenge - Letter to a Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248391 I know you feel like you blew it. You had a plan to make it through the party unscathed and you didn't follow it. I was there, I saw the homemade chocolate chip peanut butter sandwich cookie you ate (wow, it was too good to only eat half), the chocolate frosted brownie you followed it up with (yeah, it was pretty small), the extra tastes of mexican cheese ball with tortilla chips and beer bread with onion onion dip, italian dip and jalepeno bacon dip you had. It feels like you failed becau... Sun, 22 May 2011 08:36:17 EST Day 25/28 Day Challenge - Working it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245804 Nothing too exciting to report about yesterday, but here's the run down: workout for the day was strength training for chest, shoulders, triceps and abs. I got a great workout in and am feeling it today! I love being sore, it lets me know I pushed myself hard enough. <BR> <BR> meal 1 - take me on vacation oatmeal, coffee with creamer <BR> <BR> meal 2 - blackberries and raspberries with almond and pumpkin seeds <BR> <BR> meal 3 - butternut farro risotto <BR> <BR> meal 4 - protein shake ... Fri, 20 May 2011 16:13:33 EST Day 24/28 Day Challenge - Strong to the finish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4243211 I'm in the home stretch of this challenge and there is a lot going on over the next few days that I am planning ahead for so that I can finish strong. Here are my hurdles to jump: <BR> <BR> 1) Tomorrow I'm going to lunch with a friend...she told me to pick the place, so I've got my eye on a restaurant near work that has a Mediterranean chicken salad that I really like. We went there last time for lunch, but it has been several months so I'm hoping she won't mind going there again! <BR> ... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:42:30 EST Days 21-23/28 Day Challenge - Catching up and Week 3 results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240959 I have gotten a bit behind on blogging so I'm just going to summarize the past three days - I've been on plan! My Sunday (day 21) workout was strength training for legs/abs at my new gym, LA Fitness. We just switched from the Y, and the first time in the free weights section at a new gym is always a bit intimidating...wandering into the "guy zone," figuring out where the equipment you want for the exercises you have planned is located, modifying what you might have planned to accomodate dif... Wed, 18 May 2011 11:53:42 EST Day 20/28 Day Challenge - What would you do if you knew you could not fail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4233670 This question has been on my mind lately. While I have taken chances in my life...auditioning for orchestras and symphonies in college (I played the flute), taking internships in Oklahoma and Tennessee, moving to California after college with a friend, then to the east coast to give a relationship (with the man who is now my husband) a chance...I chose my career based on a fear of failure. I was always drawn to creative activities, and in college considered becoming a writer or a profession... Sun, 15 May 2011 10:21:12 EST Day 19/28 Day Challenge - Field trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231900 Today I went on a field trip with my son's class to a wolf preserve in NJ. For insurance purposes, I had to follow the bus in my car, and as I drove I listened to a book on CD that my book club is reading this month. It was such a relaxed, perfect morning, and I felt so grateful for that moment - the luxury of listening to a book and having the day off to share with my son. Learning about the wolves, bobcats and foxes that lived at the preserve was fascinating, and I loved seeing the beaut... Sat, 14 May 2011 10:03:00 EST Day 18/28 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228899 Today was my Friday this week as I am accompanying my son's class on a field trip to a wolf preserve tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it and am excited to see some wolves in their natural habitat! <BR> <BR> Today's workout was strength training for chest, shoulders, triceps and abs: <BR> <BR> bench press - 3 x 12 x 75 lbs <BR> upright cable row - 3 x 12 x 60 lbs <BR> incline dumbbell flyes - 3 x 12 x 20 lbs <BR> lateral raises - 3 x 10 x 10 lbs <BR> triceps dips - 3 x 12 (body weight) <BR>... Thu, 12 May 2011 20:50:30 EST Day 17/28 Day Challenge - on the fence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228411 I'm having difficulty making up my mind about the trail race I blogged about yesterday. Part of me feels pulled to do it - something new to try, a twist on an activity I enjoy, plus the benefit of doing it with spark friends! Another part of me is balking - it is a longer race than I would prefer to train for at this time, especially given that this would be my first trail race, and I will have to find time to actually DO some trail running prior to the race = inconvenient = potential confl... Thu, 12 May 2011 15:59:40 EST Day 16/28 Day Challenge - Something new? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223030 So I was going to take a break from races, but one has come to my attention and I am thinking about doing it. It is a 15K trail race in July. A couple spark friends of mine will be running it (GUAVAGIRL3 AND MOXIE-IN-MOTION), and I have not met GUAVAGIRL3 in person. The three of us will be running the Ragnar relay on a 12-person team in Florida next Jan., and I think it sounds like a good pre-Ragnar bonding experience! I have never done a trail race before, and it is a 15K, so it would ... Tue, 10 May 2011 12:21:11 EST Day 15/28 Day Challenge - Week 2 results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220512 The results for this week: <BR> <BR> weight: 143.8 lbs (-0.8/-6.8 total) <BR> bust: 36 (0/-0.5 total) <BR> waist: 30.5 (-0.5/-1 total) <BR> abdomen: 33 (-1/-2 total) <BR> hips: 36.5 (-0.5 total) <BR> butt: 38.5 (-0.5/-1 total) <BR> thigh: 22 (-0.25/-0.5 total) <BR> calf: 14 (-0.25 total) <BR> bicep: 11.25 (0/-0.25 total) <BR> neck: 12.75 (0/-0.25 total) <BR> <BR> So, down 1 lbs and 3 inches this week for a total of 7 lbs and 6.25 inches in two weeks! My stomach is looking much fl... Mon, 9 May 2011 12:49:14 EST Days 13 & 14/28 Day Challenge - Great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220457 Our original plans to go camping with the cub scouts may have gotten canceled, but it was a great weekend anyway...beautiful weather and the days were more relaxed than our weekends usually are. I am usually the type of person who likes to be on the go, but this weekend I really enjoyed having the time to get things prepped for the week and not feel rushed. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning we all pitched in and did some work cleaning up our house. This chore is often neglected, but the truth is ... Mon, 9 May 2011 12:27:28 EST Day 12/28 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4216026 Today all I could think was - TGIF! Even though our weekend trip was canceled, the sun has been shining and the temps mild (a nice break from the cold and rain that just wouldn't seem to go away for a couple weeks) and I was looking forward to spending some time with my family. <BR> <BR> Fridays have been Zumba workouts for me lately, and I continued the trend today. There was a sub for the regular instructor, and it was nice to do some new routines, though also a challenge to keep up! ... Sat, 7 May 2011 09:33:10 EST Day 11/28 Day Challenge - adjusting to change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213153 Ever heard the saying, "Want to make God laugh? Make plans!" That is the way life works sometimes. You think you have things laid out, everything is going to turn out a certain way...then the next thing you know a curve ball comes out of nowhere. I'm dealing with that both on a small scale and a larger scale right now. <BR> <BR> I found out this afternoon that the camping trip we were planning to go on with my son's cub scout pack got canceled. There was some sort of mix up and a campin... Thu, 5 May 2011 20:59:13 EST Day 10/28 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4212178 Today was a good day...kickboxing at lunch! I haven't done this class in a while but the instructor gives a GREAT workout...I think I will be back next week. I'm feeling good about the Stripped plan, the meals are satisfying and I'm not feeling deprived. I did have a couple of deviations today (highlighted by **) that weren't on plan, so going to rein that in immediately: <BR> <BR> Meal 1 - frittata with pork loin, red potatoes, asparagus and dill (SO good...I was afraid I might have used... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:10:35 EST Day 9/28 Day Challenge - planning for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4208259 I'm already looking ahead to my next hurdle during this challenge - camping with my son's cub scout pack this weekend. We will leave Friday night and return Sunday morning. I will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, so I will have to plan to take foods that will work in these conditions. We will have a fire and will probably pick up ice on Sat. so all is not lost! I'm thinking canned tuna, bagged spinach, nuts, fruit, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, celery, green peppers, protein p... Tue, 3 May 2011 20:34:10 EST Day 8/28 Day Challenge - Week 1 results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205197 I never got around to taking before pics for this challenge, so I don't have a visual comparison to offer but weight and measurements are as follows: <BR> <BR> starting weight: 150.6 <BR> week 1: 144.6 (-6 lbs) <BR> <BR> before measurements/week 1 measurements <BR> bust: 36.5/36 (-.5) <BR> waist: 31.5/31 (-.5) <BR> abdomen: 35/34 (-1) <BR> hips: 37/37 (0) <BR> butt: 39.5/39 (-.5) <BR> thigh: 22.5/22.25 (-.25) <BR> calf: 14.25/14.25 (0) <BR> bicep: 11.5/11.25 (-.25) <BR> neck: 13/... Mon, 2 May 2011 15:46:30 EST Day 7/28 Day Challenge - Lehigh Valley Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205166 The half marathon was Sunday, and we had great weather for it, 60's and sunny. It was a bit cool when I first arrived around 7AM but that is one upshot of waiting in long lines to use the porta potty...the thermic effect of many bodies close together! I knew a few people who were also running the race but didn't manage to meet up with anyone beforehand. <BR> <BR> The race went off at 8:10AM, and I felt pretty good initially. My two final long runs had not gone according to plan, though, a... Mon, 2 May 2011 15:34:16 EST Day 6/28 Day Challenge - me 1, food 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4200973 I am happy to report that I did great last night at the party! I ate hummus and veggies only, as I had intended. My friend insisted on making me a drink even though I mentioned that I wasn't drinking (alcohol) that night...so I took two sips, said how good it was, then set it down and got myself a water with orange and lime slices in it a couple minutes later. Victory! And the scale rewarded me for my resolve this morning - bonus! <BR> <BR> On today's agenda was a trip this morning to pi... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:08:00 EST Day 5/28 Day Challenge - here's where the magic happens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198739 Tonight is the get-together I have been mentally preparing for all week. It sounds silly, but these sorts of things have been my undoing lately, the thing that keeps me in the same place rather than moving forward. It is so tempting to celebrate with food, and I hate feeling like the wet blanket - which I have been accused of being at times, either subtley or right to my face, on the random occasion when I have chosen not to have a glass of wine and/or stick to my healthy eating plan in the... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:52:03 EST Day 4/28 Day Challenge - riding out emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198681 There have been some things going on in my personal life these past couple days that have been upsetting to me. I have had moments where I felt adrift, not sure where I was going, wondering if the landscape of my future was changing in ways I didn't want it to. In these moments, the thought has crossed my mind to chuck the clean eating thing and comfort myself with food. Been there, done that...and I know where it leads is no place I want to go. Because you can never fill that void with f... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:16:59 EST Day 3/28 Day Challenge - being selfish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193905 With the exception of an extra serving of cashews at my afternoon snack (lesson learned: put the bag out of reach once 1 serving is measured out!!!) yesterday went great. I ended up adding in 20 min on the elliptical after doing weights for my legs. My legs are super sore today, so I am going to modify my original workout for today and instead do upper body weights and abs, no cardio. Last night we went on a ~2 mile hike with my son's cub scout pack...extra cardio, especially because I en... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:58:14 EST Day 2 - so far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191560 I had a great first day on the 28 day Bikini Body challenge! Got my workout in, ate clean...nothing to it, right? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I expect my first real challenge to arise Friday night. I'll be going to a friend's house for game night (board games, that is) and can count on there being wine and yummy snacks...none of which are on the 28-day challenge plan. So I'm planning to slice up some lemons, limes and oranges so I can add the slices to my water for a little extra flavor. ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:19:12 EST 28 Day Challenge...Stripping, Take 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189647 Today is day 1 of CAROLYN1213'S 28 day Challenge. I was so inspired by Carolyn and Amy's results last month that I have decided to follow the Stripped plan during this challenge. I do not want to postpone that kind of progress any longer! I kinda sorta started it in March but then stopped after a few days as I was training for a half marathon and quickly realized the Stripped program was not going to supply enough food to fuel that training. Though the half marathon is this Sun., May 1, I... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:29:02 EST I think my scale is trying to make peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160423 I weighed myself on Apr. 1 and decided I was going to stay off the scale for the rest of the month. This was a big goal as I have been in the habit of weighing myself every day. But I was starting to feel like I needed a mental vacation from that number, and that it would be beneficial to focus on making the right food choices and let the chips fall where they may at the end of the month, so to speak. <BR> <BR> So, I did not make it to the end of the month, but I did stay off the scale for... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:08:57 EST To Tri or not to Tri? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140984 I wish I could make up my mind about the olympic triathlon on May 15! I signed up back in Jan., but the past couple weeks I have been wavering for two reasons: 1) I am considering making my May focus to whittle off 10 lbs on the Stripped plan, which would entail scaling back my workouts...and 2) hubby has been giving me grief about my "obsession" with fitness, and I sorta have not gotten around yet to mentioning that I signed up for the tri. <em>2</em> It would kind of be a weight off of... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:40:19 EST My Birthday Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134942 So, I thought I was going to do a part 2 of my previous blog, but really I just feel like moving on. Time to reclaim my positive outlook and think about where I'm going and how I'm going to get there...and what better time to do it than my birthday month, yay! I will turn 36 next Thur., April 7. That's starting to sound kinda old, but honestly I only feel about 26. <BR> <BR> What I did realize after reflecting on last week (okay, I am going to go there briefly) was that I had been putting... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:24:20 EST Last Week = Meltdown (part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123952 Wow, last week was a doozy! Lots of stress, questioning why I choose to train for races, even major work drama...emotionally, I was in very dark place and couldn't even recognize this person, she was so far from the "me" I have been for the past year and a half. <BR> <BR> I will say the funk started a little over a week ago when it was time to go for my 10-mile training run. I didn't wanna do it. It sounded like a burden and a chore to go run for over and hour and a half (1:41, to be prec... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:37:33 EST Endurance Training and Weight Loss: Finding the Sweet Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4096389 Well, contrary to my previous blog I have decided not to follow Tosca's Stripped plan at this point in time. I think the calories are just too low to support my training for the upcoming half marathon and triathlon in May, and I think the drop in calories would not only compromise my training but work against my efforts to lose these 10 lbs. I may revisit the plan at a later date when I don't have an endurance race on the horizon. <BR> <BR> And besides, I am seeing signs that I may have fo... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:05:08 EST I started Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4072839 I lost 46 lbs in 2009 by following Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet" so I was very excited when I found out her latest spin-off, "The Eat-Clean Diet Stripped," was coming out last week. This new version is geared towards losing those last 10 lbs...which is exactly what I have been struggling with. Talk about perfect timing! <BR> <BR> I ordered the book last week and devoured its contents (ha! no pun intended.) I also went back and referenced the Cooler 1 plan in the original book to see h... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:01:03 EST Surprise, surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4055025 I had a great 7-mile run yesterday afternoon. It was sunny, 48 degrees, and I felt fast and strong! The path was pretty flat for the first couple miles, then you could see a gradual incline that went on for awhile with no apparent end. I typically do not like hills, especially this kind where you can't tell when you're break will come. But today I didn't feel the usual burn in my legs, they felt great, as if there were no hill at all! My lungs felt good, too. I sensed a good finish time... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:49:20 EST Going home: the good and bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4032963 I went home last week for 6 days for my grandmother's funeral. It was not unexpected, just a question of when exactly. While I was sad to lose her, she has suffered from increasing dementia for around 5 years now and in the past year or so she no longer knew who I was...so in truth, the grandmother I knew and had a relationship with was already gone in spirit before her body departed. We lost her in stages, this was just the final one. <BR> <BR> My 3-year-old daughter flew with me to Ka... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 17:13:21 EST Super Bowl Sunday 10K Race Report: Gimme Speed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996248 So every time I run a race I am hoping to set a PR. Unrealistic, I know, but I can't help it. Last year I ran this race in 58:44...finished 15/30 for my age group and 275/399 overall. I was PUMPED about those results! <BR> <BR> Fast forward to this year...when I signed up I thought, I wanna shoot for a 55 min race. So I've been running twice a week, doing HIIT for one session on the treadmill and then a 5-6 mile run for the other session, sometimes on the treadmill and sometimes outsid... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:41:18 EST Making new fitness friends - Hard core 2011! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952549 I turn to spark and my friends here and on one or two other fitness websites for the majority of my inspiration and support in my quest to live a fit, healthy life. I don't have many friends IRL who are nearly as into fitness as I am and so these websites are an invaluable resource to me! <BR> <BR> I don't mind entering and running races or doing triathlons by myself, but lately I find myself thinking more and more how nice it would be to know one or two people at these races, how it really... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 11:44:56 EST Blogging, Goals and Being Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941803 I don't know how many times I start out to write a blog and never finish. It's not that I don't have thoughts I want to get out of my head and sort through in writing, but I am long-winded and a perfectionist = verrry difficult to actually FINISH a blog that I start because each one becomes an essay! So I'm no longer trying to make each one a masterpiece but just get out what's rumbling around in my head. <BR> <BR> In the last half of 2010 I gained back 10-15 lbs that I had lost the previo... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:54:25 EST