Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I had a great May long weekend. The weather was nice, a little hot for my liking, and I spent the weekend at the cottage with my family. I actually didn't spend too much time in the sun this time and I didn't get burned. I am so sensitive to the sun I almost always do lol. The bugs are not bad at all this year too, its been very dry so not too many mosquitoes, again a nice surprise as I always get eaten alive lol.
I did however indulge a little too much in the junk food like chips and chocolate. I gained 2 lbs this week. I do plan to spend a lot of time at the cottage this summer so me, my mom and my sister are making plans to eat healthier. My dad and brother in law always eat so heavy and so much, like steak and baked potatoes often. Like eggs and toast and bacon and fried potatoes for breakfast but no fruit and limited veggies at dinner time.
We're going to have things like salad, fruit and veggies, yogurt and granola, and crackers and cheese. We'll be cutting up all the fruit when we arrive so its ready to eat or buying pre-cut fruit. we'll make some things like potato or macaroni salad ahead of time and take it, a light version of course.
I am also stopping by the hardware store tonight to buy an electronic timer. I will use it in my kitchen for my slow cooker. I find every time I use it to cook, what with work and commuting everything is always over done when I get home and its not that great, especially chicken. My slow cooker is a fairly cheap one and doesn't have a timer and I can't afford to replace it. I also have a mini slow cooker I like to use to make steel cut oats for breakfast, but again it doesn't have a timer and I tend to sleep a little more than 8 hours and its always a little over done in the morning. This way I don't have to worry about that ^_^
I think using my slow cooker on a regular basis is really going to help, cus I'm always hungry when I get home and I never feel like cooking, now I can't use that excuse lol. Everything will already be done and I won't even have to wait for food when I get home. so I think I'll be less likely to order in or go through the drive thru. I'll have much better tasting and better for you food already ready ^_^
Now I just need to get on the exercise part, which I have not done at all recently lol. well I guess one thing at a time is a good strategy for making changes if we want them to stick.
anyway that's all for now, I'll be trying to post more often to keep myself at least kind of accountable lol.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
So this is mostly gonna be a vent cus I am getting so pissed at someone here at work.
So I worked for my dad a couple years ago for my coop. About a month ago my manager, who is not my dad, called me and asked me to come back. Now that I'm done school right. well it pays better and its a monday to friday job with regular hours. I used to do shift work which really screwed with my sleep schedule.
Well now I'm here working in the production office, and one of my main duties is printing drawings for the shop guys, we do structural steel. My managers are great I have no problem with them.
When I have a problem with the drawings like a missing drawing or a wrong drawing or I can't open it or something then I would contact Natalie, the engineering manager, who is supposed to help me or assign someone in the engineering dept to help me.
Usually she just gets mad and tells me she's too busy to help me. Once in a while she does actually help me but she's never nice about it. So she had someone in the engineering dept help me the other day, Elena, who I emailed afterwards and asked her if I can contact her when I have a problem rather than bothering Natalie. She said yes. So I thought great now Natalie won't yell at me ^_^ so today I emailed Elena for some help. Well Natalie gets all the emails cus she's the manager, she immediately called me and told me I shouldn't do that cus it's not her job.
So now I have to deal with Natalie continually and get yelled at whenever she's in a bad mood, which seems to be all the time. and when she refuses to help me I have no other options.
I really don't want to go to my dad cus that's going over her head and using that personal relationship to my advantage. I don't want to do that right, so I'm at a loss and I don't know what to do.
I also hate being confrontational so I don't really want to go my manager here and complain about her. I'm way too much of a chicken to complain so I'll just deal with getting yelled at I guess :(
Monday, May 07, 2012
I haven't been on spark in quite some time. As a result I have gained quite a bit of weight. I am at my heaviest now and really need to get on track. It is unhealthy for me to be at this weight. Currently 416 lbs. This is a huge number and so I have set my goal at 300 lbs, I don't even want to think about how much I have to lose in total! So when I get to 300, or close to it, I will reevaluate my goal.
I joined a gym again, though I've never really gone reliably before, and plan to work on going on a regular basis. I plan to come on spark almost every day. When I do come on regularly, even if I don't lose weight, I usually don't gain.
I need all the support I can get so plan to go on my sparkteams pages and at least read a couple threads every day. I will try to post at least once response each day on my teams forums as well.
I do generally track sporadically and will be trying to track on a more regular basis, both food and exercise.
The past year has been really hard on me, and it shows on the scale. I have had several deaths in the family and may be expecting another soon, hopefully it doesn't turn out that way. I've moved jobs and have been dealing with depression. The job move was good though, better pay means less stressing about bills lol, also my hours are now always the same. Yay no more shift work ^_^ that's good for sleeping lol.
I do also plan to explore my spirituality a little, I think an improvement in that area would help the depression.
Sorry if this is completely boring. This blog is more about putting on record my goals and plans so that I feel at least somewhat accountable. I am hoping this summer will work out really well for me ^_^ and for everyone else too :P
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Jubilant June Challenge Week 4! (June 22-28th)
1. Month long challenge: I have really been enjoying reading your responses to this challenge! I pray that you have too! Keep up the great work!
This section is a "Daily", Month long challenge: These can be posted as your status, on the discussion board or as a blog! Just list here where it is so we don't miss it!)
25 points a day!
22) Post one healthy food you thought you’d never try, but now have! I thought I'd never try asparagus, but I tried it a few months ago and it's now my favorite veggie ^_^
23) Post one healthy activity you thought you’d never try, but now have! I thought I'd never try martial arts, but I did try it and stuck with it for almost 2 years. I have since stopped due to the cost but hope to one day start again.
24) Post by finishing this sentence: I have gained more confidence, and that allowed me to learn how to dance.
25) Post one way that you are more connected to others, now that you are on your Spark journey. I share most of my weight loss challenges with my spark friends and one of my friends here at home as well.
26) Post one nutrition or fitness goal that is easier than you imagined to reach each day. It is getting easier to cook all my meals at home now that I have stocked my kitchen ^_^ and I'm eating way better than I would have if I'd be eating fast food all the time still.
27) Post one way a fellow team member has inspired and motivated you.
28) Post one way you build (and keep) momentum every day. I'm still struggling with this so I don't really have an answer yet ^_^
2. Fitness Challenge:
This week we are going to push for Fitness minutes!
For every 10 min. a day of Fitness you get, you will earn 5 LIVE IT points.
So 10 min= 5 points; 20 min = 10 points; 30 min = 15 points; 40 min= 20 points; 50=25; and 60= 30 points.
The catch is; if you do achieve 60 min. in a day you will earn a BONUS of 70 points! Making 60 min. of Fitness a day worth100 points! (This includes Strength Training!)
3. Nutrition Tracker Challenge:
The top 5 categories on the Nutrition tracker are;
Calories, Fat, Carbs, Protein and Fiber.
This week we are going to see how many of these we can meet our goals on.
Each one alone is worth 5 points. But, if you make ALL 5 in a day you will earn a Bonus of 75 points! Making it a possible 100 points a DAY!
Wednesday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Thursday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Friday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Saturday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Sunday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Monday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
Tuesday: Calories: __Fat: __Carbs: __Protein: __Fiber:__ =
4. Daily Challenge:
Month~long Challenge Points: 175
Fitness Challenge Points:
Nutrition Tracker Challenge:
Daily Challenge Points: 50
Total Week 4 Points:
Don’t forget about the 500 Point Bonus Challenge coming up next week1
Create a Vision Collage and upload a PIC of it in a Blog by June 30th for 500 points!
The points will be awarded in the next (short) week of this month. So get started today!
These points could make or break your Final LIVE POINTS score for the Grand Prize!
If you have created a Vision Collage already, you can create a more specific one this time. IE: If you are at or near your goal weight you can create a “Maintenance Collage”
Here is a link to more ideas! http://christinekane.com/blog/how-to-make-
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