VALIENDRA's SparkPeople Blog VALIENDRA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The narration of a rollercoaster day 8:30 AM - I am freaking unhappy. I have been able to avoid most of the winter blues so far… but it’s April now (almost!), so can we get the sun and the warm weather back? … <BR> <BR> 11:30 AM - The morning is almost over and I’m feeling better, but when I woke up, it was a close call – I wanted to stay in bed real bad. But I didn’t give it any thoughts so I came to work anyway. It’s when I begin to think “Oh, yes, I’ll stay at home” and I am finding good excuses to tell my boss that it’s da... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:24:02 EST The 15 pounds that disappeared! I lost 15 pounds! <BR> I started my journey in December 2013, that’s where I was at my highest (ever) weight: 246 lbs. On Saturday, the scale said 231. Oh yes! That effin’ 15 pounds! I still have 11 pounds to lose for my first goal (I started the countdown at 242 on December 27). But heh! That’s 15 pounds gone for good! <BR> <BR> Of a meeting <BR> On Saturday, I met a fellow Sparker, Wumpastar – I arrived late… obviously! There were like 4 car accidents on the highway but fortunately, the sn... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:48:02 EST Spring has arrived... not! &#9788; I’ve crossed 1000 fitness minutes! Wow! I am always impressed when I see, for example: “TDMTBIRD received a 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award!“ but this month, it’s MY NAME instead. Woot Wo&#9788;t! I’m so damn proud! Now, let’s see how close to 2000 I can get. <BR> <BR> As I told you recently, my boyfriend and I have subscribed to a run on May 11th. But we also subscribed to a run on June 21st, in Beauce and my friend Wumpastar is also doing it. YaY! And we will also run at the Grand Déf... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:10:58 EST Scrapbook'd BDay Card (photos) In my previous post, I told you about this hufe bday card I was making for my friends.. so aftera good 10 hours of work.. and a lot of re-doing ! Here it is : <BR> <BR> The cover : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> & inside : <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm glad it's done =) And.. I hope that she will find it perfect =) Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:42:39 EST Long-term plans, summer kick-off & some more <BR> So, my boyfriend and I have signed up for a 5K on May 10th. Well, originally, I said I would do the biking challenge not the running one. But… life’s strange sometimes. Because I also said I would play hockey this summer and the season starts in May too. So I told my boyfriend I would begin to train in April (read : run/jog) so he argued that I could do the 5K as well. <BR> <BR> Also, I subscribed to a running clinic to learn how to run properly, what to wear and practice with professi... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:24:05 EST All sorts of challenge All sorts of challenge <BR> <BR> DBTFG – Blooming Beauties <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it was weight in time (as always on Saturday morning) and I was pleasantly surprised: 234.5 lbs! Yeay for me. That leaves .5 lbs to lose to reach my first goal weight in of the challenge. Despite all the efforts I was putting in losing weight, it wasn’t working until recently. My doctor prescribed a pill for my thyroid so it might have been only this. The highest I reached was 245 one morning… and now, it shows ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:22:36 EST DBTFG - Blooming Beauties Challenge So, I suscribed to a 3 months challenge (when I specifically said I wouldn't... but I still wanna get rid of the pounds.. so I might as well do it with a little bit of help!) <BR> <BR> Here's the stat : <BR> SW 3/1/14: 236 <BR> St. Patty’s Day: 3/17/14: 234 <BR> April Fool’s Day: 4/1/14: 232 <BR> Earth Day: 4/22/14: 230 <BR> World Laughter Day: 5/4/14: 228 <BR> Women’s Check-up Day: 5/14/14: 226 <BR> Memorial Day (Final Weigh-in): 5/26/14: 224 <BR> And MY initial goal is to lose 22 pounds b... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 20:38:55 EST Challenge of the week : expressing gratitude (Monday) “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> I told you about a weekly challenge & this is the one I've chosen for Week 1 - being grateful and putting a smile on people's face. I like commenting on blogs, it comforts me that I am not alone and most of the time, there is something worth remembering. <BR> I also do it because receiving goodies and getting a comment on my blog post give me fuel for the day. It puts a smi... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 11:07:00 EST All in all, it has been a good 2 months... So I've been active on SparkPeople since December 27, 2013 - it's been 2 months already. I gotta keep coming, it works! I have lost 4 pounds and I've been going for walks and playing hockey and volleyball with newfound intensity. <BR> SparkPeople works - I have to keep that in mind because I tend to slip off. And I am honest about what I eat most of the time, I'd say 90% of the time. Like, yesterday, I had 4 mini cream puffs and I didn't punched it in. Now that I have said it, I'll have to d... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:57:46 EST & hope Have you seen LaKeisha story ? ( - I was impressed. Going to the gym each and everyday, that needs dedication and commitment. I know I am not ready yet to commit to any big goals (each time I've tried, I've failed and I've felt guilty for it) but this is something I will keep close. <BR> <BR> Or maybe I could try something not fintess or health related. Ah! Maybe it's the baby steps I need to take to be more confident in my ability of succeeding. <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:01:16 EST Week end.. over =/ How come weekend only last 2 days when I have to work 5? Who thought of it huh? But it was fun and I had time to do some laundry and cleaning. There's only 4 days and a half left 'til the next one! =) <BR> I didn't understand people's obsession with weekends until recently and it's hitting hard! I guess when you have a job you like, weekends are not such an obsession. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we spent yesterday outside, playing volleyball in the snow. We lost, there were 4 teams and we took our t... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:50:10 EST WEEK END! Can't wait for it to happen. Damn! I'm tired of work and I procrastinate so much... I want to do something else, something that makes me happy. I remember when I worked at A&W, I would walk outside of work, my day done and think how happy I was. Working there was fulfilling because the people were nice, the boss had confidence in me. I want to find that feeling back. <BR> <BR> I had a job interview yesterday and I might not get it for a lot of reasons but at least, I learnt something. It's ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:58:05 EST Didn't get it =/ I didn't get the job. <BR> <BR> That little sentence holds so much sadness in itself. <BR> <BR> I dreamt of quitting my actual job! And of a new car! And a baby coming. This new job would have made my life so much easier and my dreams, so much closer to become real. <BR> <BR> Obviously, there will be other opportunities, I just have to wait and apply. But still. I am disappointed, sad and kinda mad at myself. I knew the job interview didn't go that well, I couldn't say exactly how but I h... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:18:28 EST Being accountable & bragging about small steps! So, coming on SP on weekend days is a challenge. That means, I'm proud I am blogging at the moment; also, instead of using my car to go to my friend's, I walked. <BR> <BR> I notice that I feel happy coming on SP and bragging about all the small steps I make. Whenever I do an exercise, I think of how I'll be proud to mark it down in the Activity Tracker. I realize it's kinda the point of the whole thing. <BR> <BR> But (because there is a but), it's not a "good" day, I can't say why but it's... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:37:49 EST I have a job interview!!! So I got called back for a job interview.. it's for a bilingual assistant administrative for a place near where I live, and when I say near, I mean in the same town! That probably mean too that I could WALK to my job back and forth each day. <BR> I got a second call too but have not heard from it yet (she left a message and when I called back, she was not available to take my call). <BR> <BR> Also, I'm really happy because.. I feel GREAT. I've been taking pills for depression since 2007, la... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:29:25 EST Difficult weekend =/ Weekends are killing me. It's difficult to keep going on weekend; I wanna eat pizza (and I do eat pizza!) and I feel lazy. Dah! <BR> <BR> And I hate my job! I didn't hate it until very recently but now it's time for me to find a new one. My boss's insulting and manipulator..! I'm paid just above minimum wage and I can't pay all my bills... and when I talked to her about it, she said "Well, do you want good living conditions or money?" She make us feel cheap by wanting to be paid a bit more s... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:25:36 EST I know house cleaning is not supposed to be considered as an heavy activity but... I am soared from all the cleaning I've done on Saturday. My butt and my thighs hurt. So I guess it counts as an activity, right? <BR> <BR> I'm also probably soared because I totally screwed it on Saturday night. I had not been sick on alcohol since 2007 - which is good because I had more bruises than I could count when I finaly had recovered on Sunday afternoon. Ouch. Never say never but next time, I will not overdo it. <BR> <BR> On another hand, I will have 2 zumba course during the week... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:27:33 EST That felt great - I was totally energized! Tonight, I started a zumba class - it's intented as a sisters "activity" but I don't think she liked it. She said I would have to go and teach her some of the basic moves. Well, I must admit she's not the most coordinate person on the planet. I'll try. <BR> <BR> But that felt great. I kinda had forgotten how it felt to sweat. <BR> <BR> On another hand, on January 3rd, I started a Push Up challenge. It is going well, I'm on day 11 =) <BR> <BR> It's time for a bit of reading before going to... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:54:27 EST The not "Coming back" I really hate "coming back" kind of expression. I didn't leave.. I was just kind of away, eating way too much pizza and chocolate. <BR> <BR> Now. I still play volleyball on Mondays and still play hockey (been upgraded or.. not! to playing defense instead of goalie) I.m not better at defense but at least we got a better goalie! =) <BR> <BR> And so there. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good time during Christmas. <BR> <BR> Iza &#9788; Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:44:41 EST The climb! Og Gosh! That was something! 5 minutes after we started I was breathing heavily. On my sister's birthday, she always insist that we climb a mountain (728 meter high - 1.7km ride) and each year I try to avoid it. But not this year ! On our way to the top, a guy commented on my breathing.. but he didn't get to the top (I did) and we ran down the mountain (more like jogged) and we arrived at the entrance a good 30 minutes before him! <BR> So as I said, 5 minutes into the climb and I was breathin... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:19:43 EST Had a blast walking down the river & cooking with bf Oh yeah ! It's a summer favorite. I walked it down every summer for as long as I can rememver. Today, I shared the trip with my boyfriend and a friend who's succeeded to lose her teenage years belly. She's fit today and she's a great example to me. Plus, she's super nice and I love her a lot =) It's funny how life goes sometimes because we had lost touch for a while. After high school (she was younger), we didn't keep on seeing each other. And sometimes a year or two ago, we bumped into each ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:19:37 EST New found motivation & Fitness Test My boyfriend challenged me to run with him on September 7, at an event called "Grand Défi" (means Big/Grand Challenge). He will run 8km, trying to beat last year's time and I will run/jog 4 km, trying... my best! =) <BR> So yesterday, I accepted and arranged a 6-weeks training schedule so I don't look too stupid on that day. So far so good =) <BR> <BR> I also just received SP Cookbook. I am impressed. It is not just a cookbook, it's a cooking "bible", it's amazing! It's a 15$ well spent. <BR... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:25:07 EST Bike ride : the return ! Yesterday, I went for a bike ride. I have not been biking a lot lately. That is why I am so happy I did yesterday. I didn't bike for as long as I should have but, 17 km is better than nothing. Tonight, I plan on mowing my friend's lawn and go for a small bike ride. <BR> <BR> Slow wins the race right ? <BR> <BR> I think I missing an ingredient here : commitment. Daily baby steps. Getting there. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:36:43 EST DONE ! OVER ! School is OVER ! After five intense years, finally, I finished. You have no idea how relieved I am. It's been an hectic journey with a very sad and frustrating end. But at least, I graduated, I won't have to see them ever again and life will finally be easier. <BR> <BR> Today is my first full week at work as a full time employee. I am very happy - the place is neat and I have lot of work to do. And the people are nice. Really. It's going to be fun. <BR> <BR> As for last week, it's been a v... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:47:18 EST One of the longest streak evah ! =) I suscribed to SP in December of 2008 - at first, I was very motivated and I lost a lot (close to 50 pounds!) but I also remember that I was feeling hungry most of the time. I tracked everything, I ate very little compared to what I was used to and in the end, I was feeling hungry most of the time. My attempt was bound to fail. And I failed. In the last year, I logged in quite often but never as often as now. <BR> <BR> It's the enf of my fourth week streak - I went biking every week (2-3 X/... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:30:08 EST The day I got shaved.... A couple of weeks ago, I enrolled into a fund raising activity which is called "The Shaved Head Challenge". <BR> <BR> Here's the speech : <BR> <BR> The Leucan Shaved Head Challenge is a major fundraiser of Leucan that engages the community in a spirit of solidarity to provide services to cancer-stricken children and their families as well as providing financial support to the clinical research. <BR> <BR> Participants in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge must put a price on their own head... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:56:22 EST It's already 4pm ! Remember I was complaining about work being boring ?... Not anymnore ! I've got plenty of job to do, a lot of calls to answer and a lot of documents to type! Patience is not one of my top quality - working on it. Working. <BR> <BR> Munching on veggies all day, very good and very sustaining. Thinking of my dinner during the afternoon and logging in the expected dinner : help a lot to keep within range ! <BR> <BR> Tonight I will receive my diploma. After five years of hardwork... TADA ! Pictu... Thu, 23 May 2013 16:12:27 EST Not going down... quite the contrary ! But hey! I know where it comes from.. =/ <BR> <BR> I just had three killer weeks, biking and walking but I succeeded to put on 2 more pounds.. and no, it got nothing to do with muscles, it has to do with beers and chips and pizzas. Which is something I will be working on next weeks. I once had a gym teacher who was really fit and he shared with us his view on exercises and eating : eat as much as you want, just make sure you work out enough to burn it all... It kinda stuck with me.. but it d... Mon, 20 May 2013 22:29:48 EST The more I try, the worst it is... ! If I eat well the whole day and then at supper, I congratulate myself with pizza, it's not that smart heh ? ... <BR> Ahhh ! Nobody ever said it was easy right ? If I eat well the whole week, I feel justify to eat a lot of not so good stuff like t-bones & ice cream during the weekend... The success of it all is about balance which I feel is difficult for me to reach =/ <BR> <BR> I didn't go bgiking this week, well not yet anyway but I did go walking on my lunch break. I went three times so f... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:09:00 EST New Team Challenge ! I just joined the "Virtual Walk Challenge" team on which we are asked to walk toward a destination. And the one that I've picked is "Delton MI". It's a 1290 miles (2076 kms) walk. I calculated that at an average 3.1 mnph, it would take me 416 hours OR 17 days straight =) <BR> <BR> I have no idea when I'll be there but it's quite motivational. <BR> <BR> I'll keep you posted on my progress. <BR> <BR> &#9788; Mon, 6 May 2013 14:32:35 EST Fourth week - work's kinda boring.. ! I munch on carrots all day... wow... it's lonnngggg ! And the one who's supposed to continue training.. well she's the boos and she's never there. I surfed the web all day and collected songs for my iPod ! <BR> <BR> Fun ? Nah, no fun. <BR> <BR> Running around the lake after work ?... Oh yeah baby... well more like trying not to die because I'm outta breath would be more accurate ! So almost jogging ! =) <BR> <BR> Hope you havin' a better day than mine ! <BR> <BR> IsabellÜ Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:49:25 EST Finally a big grown up (well... almost !) I start working tomorrow. I've almost finish school and it's time to become a grown up now. Well almost ! What a relief, school's over.. and if ever I tell you that I wanna go back to school... well slap me real hard !!!! <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I am moving my ass. 2 or 3 times a week. It's been that way for the last 4 weeks. It's a big streak for me. And I'll make it last... !!! <BR> <BR> Have a good day & a good week ! &#9788; <BR> <BR> Valie Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:39:05 EST Fast Break Goal Week 3 Hey ! This week, I am working on homework and housework ! Homework need to be done, only 7 weeks left before internship... ! And housework, well its messy in here and it feels I am less in control when it's the case. <BR> <BR> Saturday 02-02 : Clean the bathroom + An hour or two of study <BR> Sunday 03-02 : Brooming (is it an actual word ??) & vaccuming + An hour or two of study <BR> Monday 04-02 : No housework (Zumba) + An hour or two of study <BR> Tuesday 05-02 : Green Guest room + A... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:36:19 EST Winter Blues - Not giving in anymore... with a little help! I am accustomed to depression, I had been diagnosized in late 2007. Since, I changed twice medication and November through April is always difficult. Five years later I get to notice that it might not be that normal... So I auto diagnosized Winter Blues : eating way too much but always feeling hungry, sleeping 12-16 hours a day and lost of interest... yeah there you go. <BR> <BR> Plus, it's the last (THE FREAKIN' LAST ONE!) semester of a 3 years course that I will finish in 5 instead... so r... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:12:27 EST Fast Break Goal - Week 1 Week One : <BR> Avoid fast food (means packing lunch) ; <BR> No muffins or anything fatty from Tim's (but a grand coffee two milk is allowed) <BR> No chocolate-y <BR> No candy to compense <BR> <BR> Day One (18-01): Check (had to fight going to A&W for lunch and no dessert at the restaurant - I took a half portion of the dish I chose (shrimps) and avoided most of the oily dressing) <BR> Day Two (19-01) : Good. No nothing not healthy =) <BR> Day Three (20-01) : Oops.. I had pizza. <BR> Day Fo... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:07:16 EST Fitness first Hello back! <BR> <BR> I am getting to know myself, I have a 2-3 weeks motivation bust then I let go. This time, my boyfriend got me involved and pushed me to accept Spinning classes. And Zumba starts on Monday. With him by my side, it goes so much better and it keeps me accountable. We agreed on a 3 days schedule : Spinning class, Zumba and some videos at home like P90X or Nicole's vids. <BR> <BR> I am starting with incorporating exercices through my regular week than I'll see to food. <B... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:13:15 EST Didn't go very well.. ! So. Tim Horton challenge : I went 5-6 times : friday, saturday, sunday ann monday. <BR> I didn't go to the gym on Friday - but I mowned the grass with a freakin heavy mower ! for about an hour. <BR> I ate... and ate ! Going around 2500 calories each day since Friday. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the gym ! Yes ! And I am counting my calories. So as they say, today is a new day.. And my motivation lasted 3 weeks and a half... for a short 4 days of no motivation. Of course, I aim a full time m... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:05:02 EST First month of school = done ! Okay, so first month of school is behind me. First exams are just ahead of me. I don't feel prepared, 'cause I didn't prepare myself properly. Sometimes, you need a wake up call to see where you are loosing time which should be better used. Watching Tv, Facebook and books in my case, are taking too much of my time. <BR> <BR> So here's a challenge for the next 7 days : <BR> Facebook = 30 minutes each day (and stop watching those Not right in the head pictures!) <BR> Reading = 1h30 each day ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:53:10 EST Grumpy-ness, when you hold me.. ! I really started the day on the wrong foot ! Woke up, totally grumpy, even one and then two, cup of coffee didn't do it. I really wasn't nice. <BR> <BR> And it was my boyfriend's first run ! I felt bad and guilty the whole day... so what did I do ? I ate. And ate. Two toasts for first breakfest, then 2 toasts and a muffin for second breakfast.. than a 12 inches Subway and then chips... ! I think my calorie intake goes up to 3000 for the day.. ! It's almost 3 days in 1. <BR> <BR> And so, I... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 20:04:26 EST Why I run ? When I first got on SparkPeople, I noticed that all (or almost all!) successfull individuals on SP had running as one of their mean to lose weight and get fit. It sure wasn't one of my skill. And my parents, mostly my father, discouraged me to run because my heavy weight would cause knee pain and ruin my health in the long term. <BR> <BR> I went against their advices and started running, it was in January of Febryary of last year, in 2011. Following SP's Running a 5k programm, I succeeded t... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:59:54 EST Why ? Why can't I stay away from.. ? TIM HORTON ! Damn ! One single muffin is 400 CALORIES ! And they miss my coffee recipe 50 % of the time.. ! <BR> <BR> So here, today, I vow to NOT go to Tim Horton for the next 7 days. I'll tell you how it goes ! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:04:21 EST Plans for the next 6 months So. I am not good at planning very far ahead. But 6 months is very manageable and short. <BR> <BR> My plan : <BR> <BR> For September, October & November : <BR> - Go to the gym 3 X / week <BR> - Strenght Training 2 X / week <BR> <BR> Focus : <BR> To run & cardio <BR> <BR> Goal : <BR> To run a 5K at the Marathon de Magog on October 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> December, January & February : <BR> - Tony Horton's Power 90 programm 5 days a week <BR> <BR> Focus : <BR> To tone and muscle my body <BR>... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:01:10 EST Ouch! Wow, yesterday work out has been short. My calves were hurting like crazy even after a bit of stretching... And I think I got a condition... like my butt is hurting =( I've researched the web and it's usually something due to fallin on our butt. But I can't remember this happening recently. Anyhow, what it does it's I hut to my coccyx whenever I have to sit and get up. And it's worst when I sat for a long time. I've checked the care for it.. and it doesn't sound very nice. <BR> <BR> On a be... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 14:09:27 EST 7th day upcoming Tomorrow will mark the end of my first week. So far, I've been to the gym 3 times and planning on going tomorrow and we went dacing yesterday with my sister. We had a lot of fun and we had to push away a couple of guys. Very flattering for both of us =) <BR> <BR> So far, so good. Had a bad day with eating though. Saw myself binging without being able to stop. I have to work on will power. <BR> <BR> Have a good day, folks ! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:25:54 EST A bad one, unfortunately. Okay, the bright side first. I did my Bootcamp Day 3 video as planned and went for a walk, as planned. I am proud of myself for doing so. I am not going very fast and my legs and ankles are sored quickly BUT I did it, <BR> <BR> The down side, I ate too much. I binged on salty, unhealthy crackers. Ate the whole bag. Okay, not the WHOLE one, a bit of help from my sister... but still. I kinda knew it would be a bad day when I woke up this morning, uneasy from last weird dreams. (The medication... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:05:28 EST A good one - calories countdown ! This has been a good day. I did sleep a bit during the afternoon (sleeping being a big issue - thanks to pills!) but succeeded in working out as planned and went for a walk this evening. <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself for sticking to my workout plan and for counting everything I ate. <BR> <BR> One day at a time, I'll do it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your support, <BR> Valiendra Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:24:03 EST What a slap in the face ! I knew I was eating way too much. But I didn't wanna see it. <BR> <BR> For the last week or so, I entered everything I ate into the SP nutrition tracker. On Saturday, I ingested over 4700 calories. This is almost 3 days worth of what I should be eating in order to not die of being overweight in 20 years... ! or sooner. <BR> <BR> So I wrote down a fitness calendar for both I and my boyfriend (he is doing the P90X on my recommandations... a lot fitter than I!) and we will support each other... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 21:30:18 EST