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My trouble goal

Friday, April 24, 2009

I've been going back to my goals and trying to figure out why I've hit a plateau. I attest it to that I have not been consistently getting all my water in every day. When I started Spark, it came so easy to me to just keep drinking water. Not so much anymore. I need to get back into the habit of keeping a full glass or bottle of water with me all the time.
I'm sure my body is at a weight loss plateau because it's trying to tell me to DRINK MORE WATER! I actually just filled up a glass now.
For the next two weeks I am going to do what Spark suggests and go back to having 8 cups of water be a "fast break" goal.
On a fitness note, I did a really good upper body workout tonight (I'm getting ready for sleeveless shirts!) and this afternoon I went up to the mountain and ran a 5K around the top. I took a few breaks (some of those hills are very long!) but I felt good when I was done. The breaks actually seemed to help me; I was able to do some tempo training after my breaks.
Tomorrow morning is 5K training at my gym. It's almost 5K time! Wahoo!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 4/25/2009 6:19PM

    I'm actually looking forward to going *back* through the spark diet and all the stages all over again when I finish them. I drink *way* more water than I did before SP, and this is a hard one for me, too, especially as the weather gets warmer.

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Coconut Coffee

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I got my order from Green Mountain Coffee yesterday and Island Coconut was in it. YUM. Yesterday I had decaf in the AM because I had no more regular coffee and it was not good. I had a mild headache all day. Damn, I can't believe I *need* caffeine in the morning.
Last night was a swimming night. Did about 1/2 an hour. My legs are *still* sore from my lower body workout earlier this week. I guess all that time off really did make a difference!
Tonight is my rest day. I am meeting a friend at his new house to see it and then I have some grocery shopping to do. I am going to re-read my Moosewood cookbook and get some new ideas for meals. The pasta and salads are getting a little boring.

I have no pants! There are two pairs of pants in my closet that fit. One is even getting too big. I used to *love* having pants that were too big. they made me feel small. But now I really want pants that fit. I have a few coupons, I think I may go this weekend for a pair or two.
Off to school... have a Sparky Day!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 4/23/2009 2:04PM

    I think the hardest thing about time off exercise is yes, it's not going to be fun once one gets back into it (that could be a negative or positive thought--negative as in, "I've slacked off and I'm dreading getting back into it!" or positive as in, "I'd better not slack off!"). ;-)

I really like the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. (That's the international-y one, right?)

Belt? Tailor? Woo hoo on pants!

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The hardest mile

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tonight I went to the gym (yay!) to get back into my cardio and weight routine after a long time off for various reasons. The treadmills were all taken so I decided to do my lower body and core workout first, and then do my mile run. HOLY MOLY. It was the hardest mile I've ever run. My legs felt like they were going to give out on me. My lungs were fine, though. I guess it was good to confuse my muscles a little bit, but my gosh it was hard. It was nice to do some weight training again. Because I've been so busy, I've been spending more time on cardio and less on resistance training. I feel very lucky that I've been able to keep losing a bit of weight. Hopefully now that I am back into my routine the pounds will start to come off a little more regularly again.
Check out the new pic of my dinner - egg nachos. Those are most certainly a rare treat. They had a ton of fat in them but they were SO good. And they were all made of "real" food as opposed to if I had eaten a Big Mac and a large fries. I saw my fiance cut up all the fresh food to make the nachos, so I don't feel totally guilty about eating them. I really need to run a lot this week! Weather.com is calling for a BEAUTIFUL weekend. Saturday is more morning running at the gym and on Sunday we are planning on going to Philadelphia to walk around and explore some neighborhoods. Wahoo! Walking!
Super tired. Can't wait to go to bed. I NEED ROUTINE!!!

Spark on!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/21/2009 10:50AM

    I feel like jello after I do strength training after a break. I guess I've never really thought about the order in which one does cardio and strength training... for me, it's generally just easier to fit the cardio in first thing and then the strength training in bits and pieces later. Maybe someday I'll try it the other way around to torture myself. ;-)

Real food is good food. I've never tried egg nachos... sounds interesting!

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Almost back to routine time!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I have been playing in a musical, and this was the performance weekend. There is one more show today, and then it's over! It has been a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I am not going to miss the time commitment, but I might miss getting to play the piano all the time (for a purpose, anyway). I think I'm going to really get back into playing the piano; this musical made me remember how much I love to play. And besides, the piano tuner was just up so my piano sounds really great right now.
My dad and his wife are coming to the show this afternoon. I haven't seen them since Christmas, so I'm excited to see how they'll react to the 20+ pounds I have gotten rid of. I told my dad that I was training for a 5K and eating better, and he was impressed with the running.
Yesterday was SOOOOO beautiful. The training run at my gym was 2.5 miles, and I ran the WHOLE WAY. Wahoo! That was even with three gigantic hills. I just know that if it would have been all flat, I could have run the rest of the 5K distance with no problem. Usually I have a buddy who comes, and we run together. It's nice to have someone running with me so we can push each other. Yesterday she wasn't there so I ran alone. Eventually, one of the trainers came up and ran with me and I think that really pushed me even more. We did some tempo training on the flat places, and she kicked my ass going up the hills. We chatted almost the whole time and I felt so good after my run. I definitely need to find a running buddy for all the time.
On an exciting note, I went to Target yesterday and I found this cute warm-up jacket on sale. I have been looking for one so I can wear it in the morning and to the pool. The only size they had was a small, and I thought "what the hell, I might as well try it." I tried it, and (tada!) it fit! I don't look like a sausage in it, and it's super cute. I wish I could wear it every day, only because it's a small.
Now I know that being so concerned about size labels is kind of shallow, but I think it comes from shopping when I was younger. I remember going shopping and feeling bad when I had to buy the (seemingly) giant sizes when everyone else was buying "regular" sizes (I remember this from when my friends were wearing size 6x, so it's been a part of my life for a LOOOONG time). My mom was always on a diet, and she talked about sizes all the time. I am slowly trying to get over being so concerned about *any* number, whether it be size or weight, but it's really hard not to be excited fitting into my first size 8 or my first small (EVER!). I think in high school I blew by the size 8s and 10s and went right into the 14's. There is not a memory in my adult mind of a time when I didn't wear a size 12 (barely) or a size 14.
Well I think it's about time to finish my coffee and get going to the pool. I LOVE to swim on my non-running days. I can swim 1/2 an hour without a break and I think the measured breathing is helping my breathing when I run, too. Yesterday I think my lungs could have handled another hour of running.

Have a Sparky Day!

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Back to real food!

Friday, April 17, 2009

This week has been nuts; I am playing piano in a musical - Crazy For You - this weekend, and rehearsals have been running all night this week. I wasn't able to get to the store for my salad stuff, and I ate a reuben on Monday night and soy lattes the last two nights. I think my body hates it. I have been so good about eating real food that this week with all the salt and processed food (my "emergency lunches" at school are microwave Thai soup bowls. Good, but lots of sodium.). My stomach hasn't been right, and I just feel blah. So last night I went to the store and got my salad stuff for today's lunch. Real food! Yay! Veggies! Fruit! All-natural yogurt! Hurrah!
I started reading the book In Defense of Food. It's a very good book and it's been very eye-opening for me.
The weather is beautiful today. I decided to wear a dress and sandals to school. Last night I got my hair cut (again). the girls at the salon were laughing because every time I get my hair cut, it gets shorter and shorter. It's pretty short right now, and I love it. It makes me think of spring and summer. I guess as the pounds come off I feel better about having less hair to cover my face. Hm.
There was no musical rehearsal last night, so I got to the gym. Wahoo! I did two miles running (without stopping!) and some upper body stuff. I really noticed that I haven't been on schedule with my strength-training; either that, or all the processed foods I ate this week have taken a toll on my body. Either way, it was nice to get into the gym and get moving.
Tonight's opening night - wish me luck!

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EATNBOOGERS 4/17/2009 3:59PM

    I can definitely tell, too, when I go off the healthy salads and eat too much of the salty regular food. I'll have to look for that book...

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ZVER1028 4/17/2009 7:50AM

    Good Luck!

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