Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)
So, I had an interesting food experience this past week.
I was away at a scientific conference where all meals were provided. The organizers were really fantastic about making sure there were gluten free options available, which I appreciat... Read more
Hello, Spark friends. I left for a couple of months with mixed results, but I'm back now, for better or worse. Yay!
I spent the first month focusing on eating well and getting into a steady exercise routine without tracking anything. The e... Read more
Taking a break
Well Spark friends, as wonderful as all the resources and support here on SparkPeople are I think I'm going to log out for a little while as soon as this Spring Challenge is over. All the tracking and counting and obsessing is becoming more stre... Read more
Finding a good groove
Semester is over, I've had time to make some progress in the lab, my boyfriend has been extra-sweet since he's soon going to be leaving for a month, and - go figure - all my stress issues have melted away. I was really struggling with comfort ea... Read more
Back on target
The end of last week was ROUGH! After my rested-and-relaxed day we got slammed with a surprise last minute giant group assignment for the one class that I am taking. I was also struggling to spend enough time in the lab to get some results, and ... Read more
Rested and refreshed
I took a "me" day yesterday, and woke up today feeling completely refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week with gusto!
The previous week or so had been a lot of go go go including extra work in the lab because my advisor decided h... Read more
I had a lovely weekend full of beautiful weather and outdoor activities, but it was rather spoiled by a harmless looking barbecued chicken breast. Sigh.
Some friends had a cookout to take advantage of the nice weather, and I was having trou... Read more
The good news is, I satisfied my craving for pizza and won't want it again for at least a couple of months.
The bad news is, according to my tracker I just ate more calories, fat, carbs, and salt in a single meal than I usually eat in a day... Read more
Training with a goal in mind
I hope it's ok to repost this here...this week's Monday's Magnificent Motivational Message really resonated with me:
"“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer
There’s no guarantee that your long-term plan wi... Read more
The last time I tried to get back into running, I aggravated my feet, fell victim to plantar fasciitis, and had to take the bus instead of walking to work for a good two months before my heel stopped hurting.
The weather is getting nice and... Read more
Motivation by the numbers
Nothing like looking at my weight report from the past five years on Spark to light a motivational fire under my butt. Jeez!
You can see the gain when I started grad s... Read more
Happy Easter, Spark Friends! Or just a happy spring-time to anyone who isn't Christian.
Plans for spring 5% challenge
Walking 10,000 steps a day
Stretching and light bodyweight exercise every day
Intense bodyweight/strength workouts 2x a week
Intense cardio (hike/jog/swim) 1x a week
Bonus workouts (hikes, fitness classes, rock cli... Read more
Back from Italy (with pics!)
As I mentioned in my last blog, I just spent ten days in Italy on a field trip for my graduate program. It was a geology trip so we spent a lot of time hiking, caving, and looking at rocks. The country is beautiful, the food was delicious, the s... Read more
Well, Monday afternoon I am off to Italy for a ten day intensive geology field trip! We're going to be doing a lot of physical activity (caving, hiking, generally walking around) and since I can't eat wheat-based products I won't be particularly... Read more
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