ZUZUBEAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZUZUBEAT ZUZUBEAT'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/ Derailment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459923 I hit a huge speedbump last week. <BR> <BR> Something happened in my personal life that sent everything crashing. There were a few days that I didn't eat at all, and a few days that I ran to the point of exhaustion. <BR> <BR> One thing I can say, is that there were no days that I regret what I ate or did. Even though I was mentally devastated, I didn't binge, and I didn't layabout. <BR> <BR> But I didn't track. I didn't pay attention to my body. <BR> <BR> I'm okay- and things are okay ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:56:55 EST Ch ch ch changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446034 This week is so busy, I am teaching a kids class all week, and my running schedule is off. I managed a run last night, but today has to be a rest day, as there is just no time. It is probably good to rest though, as I hurt my foot last night! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:28:57 EST Dear self... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350774 Dear self, <BR> You look fantastic in these size 10 jeans. I am really proud of you for being able to fit in them again! <BR> Love, <BR> Me. Thu, 9 May 2013 09:28:15 EST A surprise, albeit, a nice one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347146 My daughter's senior prom was Saturday. My husband and I have been planning for years that when she had her senior prom, we would also get dressed up in formal attire, and go out for dinner. <BR> <BR> I was planning on wearing a bridesmaid dress from last summer. <BR> <BR> When I ordered the dress, I ordered it in a size 14. The lady at the shop encouraged me (based on my measurements) to order it in a 16 because she said these dresses ran about two sizes too SMALL. But I refused. The d... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:02:47 EST See you at the end of May! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326147 I am taking a hiatus. <BR> <BR> Not from eating right, or exercising, but from extra clicking. <BR> <BR> I have finished my coursework for my PhD, and start my Comprehensive Exams tomorrow. I will have 28 days to complete this rigorous task. Because I will need to focus on research, qualitative methodology, and learning theories, I am taking a break from blogging and social media. <BR> <BR> I am NOT taking a break from tracking my foods. <BR> <BR> I am ABSOLUTELY NOT taking a break from... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:09:47 EST TGIS (Thank goodness it's spring!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317425 The weather here this week has been beautiful! I am so happy. I was really done with winter. <BR> The back on the wagon plan has been going well these couple of days. I was a little sore this morning, which I equate with doing good things for my body! <BR> I walked the pups a few miles this morning, and then took one dog for an extra mile this afternoon. I'm aiming for 10,000 steps a day again. Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:58:58 EST Getting back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315556 The last month has been tough for me- <BR> I finished my coursework for my PhD program (4.0 GPA- Yeah!) <BR> Then my Mom visited for a week (Lots of eating out) <BR> My birthday <BR> My brother and his wife visited (more drinking and eating out) <BR> And I finished it off by getting sick. <BR> <BR> I did lots of walking with the visitors, but not as much running, and getting sick totally derailed my program. Thus- I gained a few pounds. I am back up to 169, where I was 166 at the beginnin... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:17:49 EST Hard work=Tired girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273164 I'm signed up for a 4 mile race this weekend, and really want to be able to do it in good time. So I've upped my training, and have been running 2.5-4.5 miles three times a week. Boy, can I feel it! <BR> I did 2.75 miles in 31 minutes today. I am pleased that my times have gotten better. I am now consistently running a 11:30 or less mile, which means that on Saturday, I should be able to do it at a 12 minute mile pace. I don't know- somehow races always freak me out a bit, and I never ru... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:40:11 EST Spirit vs. Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254581 It is wicked cold today, and my body tried to convince me to sleep in for president's day- but my spirit and my new sauconys won. 2.3 miles in 27 minutes. Aiming for 3+ on Wednesday, and close to 4 on Friday. <BR> Have a great week, all! <BR> Z <em>331</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:24:13 EST First race of the year on the books. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246033 I've vowed to run at least 13 races this year. <BR> The first one, Love the run you're with was yesterday. 1 down. 12 to go! <BR> Actually, I'd love it if I did more than 13. I've made a list of races I want to do, and it's 18 long. So I'm thinking I'll just pace it out, and see what happens! <BR> Yesterday's race time was not good. I finished the race in just over 40 minutes, which puts me at a 13 minute mile, and according to sparkpeople, is just WALKING. Bleah. <BR> But I feel ok... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:51:50 EST 13 resolutions for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186680 So, at first I was going to aim for 13 resolutions, but in all reality, my goals are simple. Instead of 13 resolutions, I have the following: <BR> 1. Run at least 13 races <BR> 2. Drop at least 13 pounds (on NYE I weighed 165) <BR> 3. Do at least 13 sets of 13 crunches a week. <BR> 4. Blog about reading at least 13 times. <BR> 5. Volunteer at least 13 times. <BR> <BR> These are my other goals this year- not resolutions, but goals: <BR> 1. Take and pass doctoral comprehensive exams (April-Ma... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:49:28 EST I'm a runner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172083 Great run this morning. 1 mile walk, 3.5 run (42 minutes). Plus, since I went out an hour later than normal, I actually saw someone else on the trail. This totally threw off my pace for the first bit because he was behind me, and my dogs were going crazy growling at him. But then when I turned around, we had the chance to chat for a minute- he just started running this week, and what a change to be able to GIVE running advice! So cool to think that I am a runner. I really am- I've been runnin... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:42:23 EST Shhhh- Don't tell that pound I noticed it left. It might think I missed it and come back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166387 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206484698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I weighed 180 at the beginning of the summer. 180. That's the most I've ever weighed. Including when I was pregnant, and at nine months, topped the scales at 170. <BR> <BR> So that's when I started to get serious. <BR> I've always thought I was a healthy person. I would take my dogs on walks. I swam at the local pool. I'm a vegan, so I CAN'T eat unhealthy foods, right? <BR> Somehow none of that mattered. <BR... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:06:55 EST 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140054 No pictures this time, but just wanted to share- I did my first official 5K yesterday, and finished it in 39:37! <BR> I've been averaging about 40 minutes on my practices, so I was shooting for the 42 minute mark, because I always find I need to walk more during the race than when I'm on my own. I guess the reason is that I run faster during the race. <BR> <BR> This stuff is addictive. I've signed up for two more in the next few weeks. <BR> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:05:44 EST It's not getting easier, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129475 I've never been a runner. Really- I'd rather take my chances with the zombies. <BR> But I decided to take on this challenge a couple of months ago of running a 5k. Partly because I love being outside and doing things with my dogs (I've been walking them an hour a day for a few years now), partly because I thought if I started running, I could get my husband back into it, but mostly because I know how damned good for me it is. <BR> <BR> My husband, who is retired Navy, has been a runner in ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:10:05 EST Running Madness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127179 Went for my run today. Did 8 reps of walk 1 run 4 (week 8 of program). The sky was pretty cloudy when I started, and I thought to myself that if it started to rain on me, I'd turn around and cut my run short. But of course it only drizzled on me until about 15 seconds left of my 4th set (1.8 miles down the path). Nice. <BR> <BR> <BR> So I got wet (rained/sleeted/ I even saw a couple of snowflakes) on my way back. It was very chilly when I was done, but the one benefit is that I think i... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:56:07 EST 8k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124481 I did it! <BR> 8k (5.72 miles) in 1:10 (70 minutes- that means I was averaging a 12 minute mile). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1151274798.jpg"> <BR> Me before the race- their computers were down, so they had us sign in for our numbers, and get our other stuff after the race. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447399200.jpg"> <BR> My husband, who is THE BEST jogged ahead a bit so he could take a picture. This was around the halfway point. O... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:57:15 EST Tough week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119996 It's been a tough week. <BR> I had my colloquium residency for my PhD program Thursday- Sunday. There was NO time to run, so I missed day three of running. <BR> I did, however, make a loop around the block during every break we had, so I managed to average 10,000+ steps each day! <BR> That's cool. <BR> I also was staying on the 12th floor, and NEVER took the elevator. <BR> So I feel pretty good about that. <BR> Getting home Sunday evening, the weather was terrible, and we were stuck insi... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:02:28 EST 5k week 6 revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108358 My husband and best friend are also training with me. He had a tough week last week with a pulled muscle, so he did week 5 twice. He's starting week 6 training this week. After some thought, my friend and I have decided to repeat week 6. Week 6 is tough, 1 minute walking, 3 minutes running. Week 7 is even harder- 1 minute walking 4 minutes running. <BR> <BR> I did day 1 of week 6 again today. I'm glad we're doing this one twice- with all the stress of the colloquium this weekend, I don... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:56:16 EST 5k week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099968 Wow. So a distinct change from week 5 to week 6. This week we are doing 8 reps of 1 min walk, 3 min run. Not too much longer (32 minutes), but much more running time (18 vs. 24 min). <BR> <BR> Good news though- not only was there a gorgeous sunrise while I was on IHRT today, but I also saw a family of deer on the path, and I was able to do the run. The weather was gorgeous- I peeled down to my t-shirt after the 3rd. set. and I was good and sweaty at the halfway point. The last set (8)... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:38:37 EST Oh, Holey Moley! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056086 I did day 2 of my rookie 5K training today, wearing not only my new running shoes, but also a new sports bra and a reflective vest (it's hunting season!) <BR> I ran for a total of 8 minutes, 4 minutes apart. This is twice what the recommendation was. <BR> The first few running minutes were great- I felt great. <BR> I had to really push myself through the last two. But I think that's my body telling me I was working hard. <BR> But oh, holey moley am I tired this afternoon. <BR> I feel like... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:11:44 EST New running shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054040 Ok then! I'm really doing this! <BR> After my walk/run yesterday I realized I need new shoes. <BR> I love my shoes, and I walk in them every day. But that's the problem. I've probably put 500+ miles on them. <BR> So yesterday I went and bought myself a new pair of running shoes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918321142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't they cute? <BR> Well, I didn't really care what they looked like, but I tried on every pair in the store, and these fit g... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:11:53 EST 5K training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052502 Let's get the straight from the get go: <BR> I hate running. <BR> I always have. <BR> I'm just not a fan.. <BR> <BR> But I'm really inspired by my Sparkfriends who are runners, so I've been wondering if I really hate running, or if I just never really learned how to do it. <BR> So I found a 5k (November18) in my area, and I signed up to do it. <BR> And I started the Sparkpeople 5k rookie plan today. <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/diet4/<BR>5k_rookie.pdf <BR> <BR> Whew! <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:20:57 EST September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042438 Tomorrow is the first day of the Fall Semester of classes- I teach at a small college. September is always bittersweet for me- It means going back to school. I work on and off all summer, but I really have a lot of time for myself. With classes starting I need to make sure that I am doing what I am supposed to, because there's no catchup time. <BR> These next two weeks will be especially jam-packed because I am also finishing some classes I am taking for my PhD, and on a personal level, bo... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:40:10 EST After a lull... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023256 I'm back. <BR> Sorry I've missed a few blog posts there. <BR> I was really frustrated last week, because I was not breaking the 170 plateau. Seems I'd been stuck there for a month. <BR> I did fine on Thursday, walked the dogs for over an hour, did some pilates, ate under my calorie goal. <BR> Friday I had meetings all day, and had to eat out for lunch (I usually like to bring my lunch, but that was not a possibility) so my calorie count was a little higher than normal by the afternoon. Then... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:50:04 EST 9/28 Still the same weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016417 I was sore and frustrated last night, and my mood doesn't seem to be too much better this morning. I know it's just part of my TOM, but I just feel a little down. <BR> Yesterday: <BR> I ate about 1400 calories. Really close to the 1470 I'm aiming for. <BR> I did 15 minutes of yoga, 15 minutes of pilates, and a 42 minute walk. <BR> <BR> Usually a walk puts me in a great mood, but I just felt gross after my walk yesterday. Then last night, my daughter had some friends over, and they (as tee... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:30:54 EST Day 8 of 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014949 Yesterday, I took my daughter to another groovy vegan restaurant. She really missed vegan food while she was away this summer. You see, I am a strict vegan. I've raised her as a vegetarian (she eats pretty much vegan all the time except she has a penchant for cheese) and my husband eats vegan most of the time. My daughter went to stay with my parents this summer, who are not vegetarians. They also live in a small rural town in the midwest, where veg options are not available at restaurant... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:56:08 EST Day 7 of 28 & TOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013328 My daughter and I went downtown yesterday, and had a great day. We went to this cool market area where they have fresh produce, crafts, art, etc. It's funky and fun. I bought each of us a new necklace, and then later we went to this groovy vegan restaurant for lunch. <BR> I had a small breakfast because I knew that at the restaurant they had vegan cupcakes. We bought three to take home, one for each of us, plus my husband. But then last night she went out with some friends so they are st... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:28:04 EST Day 6 of 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011802 Great day yesterday. I went on a long walk in the morning, and felt awesome the rest of the day. Last night, my daughter and I played with LEGOs (yes, we're grownups), watched movies and talked. <BR> She saw my bellydancing video, and asked if we could do it together! So this morning, we did that workout together. And she said she'd like to start doing yoga with me, too. We're going to start doing a video together each day. Super excited. <BR> Yesterday: <BR> Under calories, again. But ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:46:53 EST Day 5 of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010804 Yesterday was a tough one. I was so busy all day, I only got 50 minutes of work out time in. I'm okay with that, though, because I did 75 on Thursday, and I've already done 71 today. I'm not going to get in the habit of that, though. <BR> <BR> Calorie total: 1420.I got a little closer to the range I'm supposed to be in, but still not there. The one thing I really don't like about this higher calorie range is that I get near the end of the day and I have all of these calories left. Today... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:42:46 EST Day 4 of challenge Am I eating enough?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009356 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> Calorie total: 1295. They upped my range to 1470-1820. That seems really high. I couldn't put any more calories into my body last night. I even had a cupcake and some wine. I was reading about how to get more calories in. It just seems so self defeating! But is that why I don't lose? I'm not eating enough? <BR> <BR> 45 minutes dog walking, 30 minutes Bellydancing video. That was fun, and made me think about my BFF from HS, who then texted me last night! Weird, huh... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:38:50 EST 3/28 feeling AWESOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008068 So yesterday, I had to tutor from 8-11, a meeting from 11-1, teaching from 1-5, and more tutoring from 5-7. So I knew it was going to be tough to get my 60 minutes in. <BR> I woke up early, and did a 30 minute workout (Buns of Steel again- oh! I could feel that in my legs later!). Ok. Halfway there. <BR> Then when I got home, I really just wanted to drink a glass of wine and watch some of the olympics, but I leashed up, and took the dogs on a 30 minute walk. I think I could feel myself... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:37:55 EST Day 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006196 Yesterday went really well, I think I accomplished all of my daily goals. <BR> 1. Stay WITHIN calorie range. Did it! 1390 <BR> 2. Exercise 60 minutes Yep, Did it! 30 min cardio, 30 min heavy cleaning. <BR> 3. Do at least 15 minutes of Qi Gong, Yoga, or Meditation each day. Did it! Qi Gong. <BR> 4. Detox and Vitamins. Yep, took those. <BR> 5. Log Yep! I even had enough for a glass of wine last night! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Today, I have to work a ton, so it is going to be more challenging, ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 07:37:08 EST 28 day self challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004862 So I woke up early this morning to walk the dogs, and it was raining. Hard. <BR> Sigh. <BR> Instead of going back to bed though, I thought to myself, I have 28 days before the fall semester starts. That gives me 28 days to develop some cool habits I can take into the semester! <BR> So I busted out a workout video I used after my daughter was born 16+ years ago. Buns of steel kicked my @$$, and is still a good workout! Whoo-hoo! After that, I did 15 minutes of Qi Gong to cool down, and th... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:53:56 EST Back from vacation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991988 Back from vacation today. After a cruise and time with my family, I regained. But I weighed in this morning at 172.4, which is only 2 pounds. I can live with that. <BR> Now, back to the grindstone. Time to start logging in my food, and walking each day again. <BR> Goal: 165 by August 15. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:46:27 EST The Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945878 For weeks I was stuck, and fluctuated between 176 and 174. Now this week, I'm battling the 173's. I wish it was easier. <BR> I remember how easily I lost weight after I had my daughter. And 10 years ago it only took me a couple of months to lose 10 pounds. Sigh.... <BR> I'm not giving up though. <BR> These last two weeks, I've been tracking my weight every day, just to see if I notice any patterns. It seems I am heaviest on Mondays, lightest on Fridays- weird, huh? Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:02:08 EST