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Cutting out alcohol

Tuesday, August 25, 2015      1 comments

Lately I've noticed that drinking alcohol - and I mean, like, one glass of wine with dinner, I'm not at all a heavy drinker - has started giving me headaches and leaving me feeling really beat up and bloated the next day. I'm living in a small c... Read more

Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

Sunday, July 26, 2015      0 comments

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

I'm back!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015      0 comments

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

Friday, May 29, 2015      5 comments

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015      3 comments

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015      3 comments

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015      6 comments

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


Monday, April 20, 2015      4 comments

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


Thursday, April 16, 2015      5 comments

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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      4 comments

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

New shoes!

Friday, April 10, 2015      6 comments

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

Thursday, April 09, 2015      7 comments

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!

Sunday, April 05, 2015      5 comments

Happy Easter, Spark Friends! Or just a happy spring-time to anyone who isn't Christian. emoticon Read more

Plans for spring 5% challenge

Sunday, March 29, 2015      2 comments

Exercise Commitment: 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!)

Saturday, March 28, 2015      5 comments

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

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