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DIY Treadmill desk - love!

Monday, September 30, 2013

This is going to be a pretty short blog - I am really busy with law school right now - but I had to share this! My husband and I built a little desk to go over our treadmill, and now I can work standing or walking (slowly). This is AMAZING for me, because as a law student, I spend many many hours on my duff studying. Then I go to class and sit on my rump. Then at night after I get my baby to sleep, I sit on the couch and study some more. And I don't have a ton of time to work out, because I want to spend all my free time with my baby. So, this seems like a great solution! Obviously walking at 1.5 miles an hour is no substitute for good ol' heart pounding cardio, but it's a lot better than sitting all day long. The best part - it only cost $14! Here's a pic of it (I'm walking as I write this!).

Sorry the picture is sideways - for some reason I can't get it straightened. You get the point :)

I thought it would be hard to get used to typing and reading while walking, but its not. As long as I keep the speed around 1.5 mph, its easy. I can't go much faster than that though, or I cant concentrate. This is a pretty awesome setup!

Everything else is going well. School is so busy, and my son is keeping me busy too - he's crawling and almost ready to walk! I just love him more every day :) I'm so excited that Fall is here - I hate Southern summers!! emoticon

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SUNSET09 10/3/2013 6:44AM

  You're getting the most out of your treadmill, getting your workout in, and having more family time?!?! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARKFAERY 10/1/2013 10:39PM

    That's awesome!!! How did you do that! I totally want to do that to my treadmill!!!

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BETHSWORLD 10/1/2013 11:44AM

    What a cool idea...and you need to update pics of that baby LOL..


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ARUNNINGKAT 9/30/2013 12:17PM

    Love how you are doing what you can with where you are at in life in order to achieve your goals! emoticon

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The mental aspect of weight loss

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIrst, down another 2 pounds - woot!

These last few weeks, I've been working a lot on the mental aspect of weight loss. I don't think I ever fully dealt with that in the past, and it's long overdue. I've made a few realizations:

1. I am an emotional eater. No big surprise, right? Well, I've tried to deny it for years. I need to own it, because that's how I will get past it.

2. I am addicted to sugar. I think that's why it's always been so hard to lose weight, because I end up eating way more sugar than I think I do. That's gotta stop.

3. I feel like an athlete. Seriously - deep down, I love working out and sweating and generally feeling like a bada** in the gym. I want my outside to match my inside.

4. I love living healthy. Even though I've gained some weight back in the last 2 years, I've still been living a healthy lifestyle. I've never started drinking soda again, I eat fast food only a few times a year, veggies are my favorite foods, and I love being active. I am in a CSA and eat mostly local and organic produce. I love this lifestyle.

5. My body is amazing. It may not *look* amazing, but it is. It birthed an 8 pound baby after 41 hours of labor (yah. that was rough). It can do an hour long workout. It is generally healthy. I need to learn how to love my body, flaws and all, instead of hating every imperfection I see.

6. I need your help. That's right - you. Like most of us, I am so much more committed when I have another person to stay accountable to. Spark friends are amazing, in that they are always there to cheer you on, through the victories and the defeats. I am so glad to be back in this community - y'all are pretty awesome!

7. I barely know what true hunger feels like. This is the BIGGIE. I eat because I am bored. I eat because it's been an hour since I've eaten. I eat because I am upset. I eat because it's 10am. Whatever it is, it's rarely that I am eating because I am hungry. I am working hard on gaining more mindfulness in my eating, and not being so afraid of true hunger. It's a good, normal, healthy thing that I should be feeling every single day.

What about you, Sparkers? What revelations have you made on your journey? Got any tips for me in dealing with the above??

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MJ7DM33 6/20/2013 9:22PM


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BETHSWORLD 6/20/2013 9:22AM

    I could have written this exact blog emoticon

I know how to eat healthy...I love eating healthy...so why do I crave sugar so much?? Because like you, I am addicted to sugar. My body is as healthy as a body can be...although I have many imperfections. I am blessed with being a healthy person...now I need to start living like a healthy person.

I have 33 pounds to lose...I want to lose it...As bad as I want to lose it, it confuses me why I eat things I shouldn't.

I am here for you and I am glad you are here for me too!


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DARKFAERY 6/20/2013 8:47AM

    I'm right there with you on the emotional eating and bored eating. I need to start exercising too especially since I'm going to be birthing a baby in September. Way to go on the 2 lbs!!!!!!!

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DEBIGENE 6/20/2013 8:45AM

    I so agree it is all a mind thing !!! We just have to constantly realize this and keep our minds healthy as well.

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 11:09PM

    WOW, I can relate to so many of these. You are truly not alone. I agree that we all need support and I like many other sparkers are right here with you! Stay focused and it can be done!


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/19/2013 9:55PM

    Soda is the devil! I see that sweaty cold red can and I lose control, well used to. Now I avert my eyes.....

WOOHOO on the 2 lbs! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/19/2013 9:44PM

    Congrats!! Job well done!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 6/19/2013 9:42PM

    You have said it all. I have nothing to add.
You own it~
You should be proud of yourself!

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Father's Day success

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Because today was my husband's first Father's Day as a dad, I had planned for this to be an off day from exercise, and expected to go over calories. He requested his favorite Korean meal for dinner, and for lunch we went to a food truck "rodeo" (basically, 70 local food trucks gathered in a park, live music, lots of activities). Street food isn't the healthiest. But, I did pretty good! I did not overeat, and when he ordered a piece of rum cake for dessert, I only had a few bites of it. Plus, I went to the gym and squeezed in a 30 minute workout.

Overall, I am really satisfied with today. I stayed under calories, barely, and got in an extra workout. I feel pretty great.

How was your father's day?

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 3:19PM

    That's a huge sign of a lifestyle change! WAY TO GO! Those situation tend to be the hardest for me!
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BETHSWORLD 6/19/2013 11:00AM

    You ROCK girl! (A few bits of Rum Cake is a HUGE Accomplishment LOL)

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Dealing with grief...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My blog entry yesterday was not totally honest. I left out one huge event of the last year, because I didn't want to talk about it. But I need to. I need to work on making peace with it.

August 25th, 2012, my best friend Mollie died unexpectedly. She had a very rare blood disorder, and a combination of a lot of factors (including an experimental drug) led to her death. I was 7 months pregnant and in the middle of a 14 hour road trip back to visit my family. I was going to my baby shower, that she was throwing for me. We had been best friends for 13 years, roommates for 8. I talked to her pretty much every single day for the last 13 years (no joke).

When it happened, I think I was in shock more than anything. As time has gone by, it's actually gotten harder for me to accept. I'm working on it, but it's a constant struggle. I just miss her so much, every single day. I wish she could have met my son.

Her death really sucked all motivation out of me. Between her death and the birth of my son, I've just been trying to survive. But, I think part of healing for me is getting healthy. For me, and for her memory.

Here's a picture of us about 3 years ago, after I got accepted to law school. She was so proud of me. I love you, Mollie.

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 3:22PM

    You are so brave to share this with all of us. I wish I had words that would take away your grief and pain. I am glad to hear that you had 13 years of wonderful times and memories with her. Sending you HUGE emoticon

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BETHSWORLD 6/19/2013 10:59AM

    This is so very sad. She was so young! It's like you two were Sisters. I can't imagine what you were and still are going through. I don't think many could imagine it. Glad you shared it with us!


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DARKFAERY 6/17/2013 10:24PM

    Hugs, my dear.

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SUSIEGKORN 6/16/2013 12:11AM

    You are a brave and wonderful friend to honor Mollie through blogging about your loss. Everyone deals with tragedy and loss in their own way. I am so sorry for your grief, and I'm sending you a gentle hug. I hope with time, you'll feel Mollie's peace and love each day. She'd love that!

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TINY67 6/15/2013 9:26PM

    Sorry for your loss. I lost my best friend of 50+ years a few years ago through a real fast cancer and he's still missed.

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My (semi-triumphant) return to Spark! **with pics!!**

Friday, June 14, 2013

Spark, it's been a while. So much has happened in the last year and a half! I haven't fallen off the fitness wagon, but I definitely haven't done that much to get to my goal. There are so many things, I'm gonna have to use bullets :)

- The biggie: I had a baby! November 10. 2012, baby August was born. He's pretty darn amazing (and that's coming from someone who never wanted a kid!) Losing the baby weight has been hard. See below for some pictures of how adorable he is :)

- I quit "smoking": I actually haven't smoked for years, but I was pretty addicted to Nicorette gum. I quit cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant, and packed on about 10 pounds within 2 weeks :(

- I had a personal trainer: And I kept up the workouts until I was about 4 months pregnant. I fought through nausea and tiredness and kept going. I ended up quitting that more for financial reasons, but once I quit with the trainer I didn't do much in the way of fitness for a long time.

- Law school: I took a year off to have the baby, and it's been AMAZING. I will start back this fall for my final year. I'm already dreading it.

- Moving: My amazing, talented husband got a job at Yale. Starting next year, he will be a tenure-track neuroscience faculty. It was his dream job, and Yale will be an incredible place for him to build his career. So, 1 year left in NC, then Connecticut, here we come!

- New gym: I joined a great local gym that has an excellent day care, so I can drop August off while I do my workout. There are 3 pools, and my husband likes to swim. He also takes August in the baby pool, and he loves it. It's working out really well!

- Breast feeding: OHMYGOSH I am hungry all the time. I am still not sure how much I should be eating while nursing - some things say 300, others 600, more calories than normal. This is my major struggle right now.

- Weight Watchers: I tried it. Didn't like it. It's got nothing on Spark! I'm so glad to be back here :)

- My hair: I cut off 15 inches! It felt AMAZING. It's pretty liberating to have short hair :)

So, now I'm about 18 pounds heavier than I was last time I logged in. I'm exhausted (my little guy does NOT want to sleep - I haven't had more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep in over 7 months). But, for the last 3 weeks I have been going to the gym 5 or 6 days a week. I've been watching what I eat and tracking. This feels like an enormous victory for me, since I am so tired. The scale hasn't really budged, but I feel great.

I'd love to hear from all my old Spark friends, and make new ones. The best thing about the Spark community is that you are always welcomed, and never judged. I've missed y'all!

Without further ado, my adorable son...

With my husband

Eating his veggies

With me

Here's me pregnant and feeling like a whale

And here we are getting ready to go home from the hospital

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CRESIDA 6/25/2013 1:11PM

    Congratulations and welcome back!

Baby August is so adorable. You all look so happy! There's so much exciting news in this blog post. I'm so happy for you!!

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 3:23PM

    SO PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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BETHSWORLD 6/19/2013 10:56AM

    You already know I am in love with your little boy LOL...I am so glad you are back on SP! You have been so missed! Nothing like the support you get here!

A job at Yale??? That's wonderful news...so happy for you two!!

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PRETTYPITHY 6/17/2013 11:57PM

    What a beautiful family! Congrats!

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DARKFAERY 6/17/2013 10:27PM

    He's so cute!!!! Just like his momma and daddy!!! and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair!! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 6/17/2013 2:29PM

    He's absolutely adorable!! Congrats, and welcome back. And can I just say - third year of law school is MUCH easier than the first two (and I did it with a little guy, too, actually :) You will rock this!

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FITFRANNIEK 6/17/2013 8:14AM

    AHHHWWWW!!!! 1st (in no specific order)--- ur lil man is ADORABLE!!! 2nd- I LOVE LOVE LOVE your shorter hair! 3rd--we've missed you! welcome back!! congrats on everything in the past year and half! it sounds like you have a very exciting next year ahead as well! this life is all about one day, one choice, one moment at a time so enjoy them all! welcome back home to SPARK!

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CBRINKLEY401 6/16/2013 1:00AM

    Love the short hair AND the baby pics. And I can totally sympathize with the lack of sleep. My first didn't sleep through the night for the first time until I was 6 months pregnant with my 2nd - so I was still getting up during the night to go to the bathroom!

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SUSIEGKORN 6/16/2013 12:06AM

    OMG OMG OMG! Where do I start! Your son is simply adorable! Your short hair cut is fun and beatutiful! Your husband is amazing for landing his dream job and being a great daddy and hubby! One year left of law school! Wow!

Welcome back! I've checked your page a few times but no updates. So glad to see you on Spark again. I've been off track for a while too, but not for such wonderful reasons! Best to you!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/15/2013 4:15PM

    You guys all look amazing! Can't wait to hear more about the adventures as you move to CT.

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