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September goals

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Entering back-to-school time, a whirlwind of family birthdays, and I'm starting a new job with increased hours. Prepping for a mid-October blood work and physical with the family doctor - I want strong numbers! Need a plan! (Trying not to get hung up on the numbers game - but I'd REALLY like to lose 9.4 pounds in the next seven weeks so that I can walk into my doctor appointment feeling good that I lost 10%, and can use the physical and the blood work numbers as a baseline for this point moving forward.)

Goals for the month:
1) Earn at least 180 fitness minutes each week.
2) Run twice each week.
3) No added sugar.
4) No added artificial sweetener.
5) No biting my nails.
6) Adjust to my new work schedule, and work-at-home schedule, while carving out sacred mommy-son time that I will not allow work to infringe upon.

  
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BOMBCHELL23 9/16/2014 4:26PM

    You are amazing and a continued inspiration to me. I need to sit down and figure out my goals for the rest of the year as well. I realize I have been on Spark four years it quietly slipped past me. I am glad to say I have not given up, maybe a set back but never giving up.

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JWALKFORFUN 9/1/2014 11:44AM

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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 3:28AM

    These sound like good goals for you. I'm so glad to see how important fitting in the mommy-son time is to you. They grow up so fast at this age!
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CRABADA 8/31/2014 11:26PM

    I like your list!

I just realized, we both forgot our plank challenge (and any additional 30-day challenges we decide to do). Guess I better fix that on my list. :)

And now I need to do my plank for the day!

:) C.

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Women vs. Men

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I've been busting my butt, transforming myself inside and out, for seven weeks. I'm down 11.4 pounds, and the scale hasn't moved in almost three weeks. I'm losing inches. One person noticed my weight loss (yay!).

Hubby stopped eating fast food - because I forbid him from spending the money, which we do not have - and about once a week he joins me on a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood. He just noticed he's losing weight. He's down 15 pounds, and got three compliments at work, just today.

That's women vs. men for you!

  
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CRABADA 8/27/2014 10:32PM

    If you're losing inches but not pounds, that means you're gaining muscle and shedding fat -- that's FANTASTIC!

And yes, men suck. Not all men, not all the time, but when it comes to effortless weight loss, they definitely suck big time.

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:) Courtney

PS - It's the miracle planks!

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Another uneventful WI. Bummed.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Six weigh-ins.

1) Awesome -5
2) Zilch 0
3) Awesome -5
4) Normal range -1.2
5) Zilch 0
6) Basically zilch -.2

Half my weigh ins have been zilch, with the last two weeks being virtually nothing. I'm having difficulty not letting this affect my mentality, mood or outlook.

I do know that I am doing all the right things. I just read a bunch of articles that all say "the scale is not everything" and, logically, I know that. My weight loss will be the natural effect of living a healthier lifestyle - but why isn't that happening yet?

Frustrated.

Here are the positives:
1) When I re-started Spark I was winded walking up the stairs. Now I bound up the stairs.
2) Clothes that didn't fit at all now fit comfortably.
3) I exercise consistently, and push myself.
4) I am not emotionally eating or binge eating.
5) I take my coffee black (so proud!) after always taking it light and sweet.
6) I eat sugar so rarely that I can actually feel the effect of sugar on my body (and it doesn't feel good.)

I took my measurements this morning - for the first time since December 2011, days before I got pregnant with my son. I know my body is changing, so I'll be able to track using this different way.

Do I step away from the scale for a bit or what?

  
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CRABADA 8/21/2014 1:47PM

    Your list of six positives totally "outweighs" the scale in my opinion.

If the fact that the number isn't going down is starting to wear on your confidence or get you down, then I would *definitely* stop using it. Use your measurements, how you're feeling, your clothes, and monthly progress pictures instead.

You are doing things right -- don't let anything tell you different!

:) Courtney

PS -- Ready for Day 4?

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BUBBALOOGA123 8/21/2014 1:20PM

    Great list of positives! One thing that keeps my frustration at bay when the scale at a plateau is asking myself, how did I feel when I wasn't take care of myself? Remembering just how miserable, unenergetic and just plain blah I felt is something that motivates me to keep going. Just keep going! You are doing great. :)

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K80DALY 8/21/2014 10:59AM

    I consult the scale every other month, if that. At the doctor's office, I don't look and I ask them not to tell me my weight (if it's an issue, I'm sure the doctor will bring it up) because that scale is not calibrated the same as mine at home and I don't want to focus on what could be a false gain or loss.

How your clothes fit, your level energy, and a monthly measurement are, in my personal opinion, a much better gauge of your progress and success.

All of your positives are VERY COOL and I am especially envious of your success with coffee. I was always a black and strong kind of girl up until about 10 years ago when I somehow became light and sweet (the influence of too many Starbucks visits, I'm sure). I use sugar-free and fat-free creamers, but I ultimately want to cut out un-"clean" foods, and those are laden with different chemicals, so I've been working on reducing the amount I use very slowly each week.

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Today's a mixed bag

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I'm cranky. Tired. Overwhelmed. Overworked. With a toddler who didn't nap. Is cutting two year molars. Is not sleeping through the night lately (those molars.) Everyone in the house has a slight stomach bug. I spent three hours sitting at a work retreat with no movement whatsoever. Speaking of no movement, that's what the scale did (or, rather, didn't do) this morning for my weekly WI.

Dinner was trail mix. Just too exhausted to make anything.

At 7:00 I peeled myself off the couch and got dressed to go walking. Put the kiddo in the stroller and aimed to earn 30 fitness minutes today. I want to reach a personal goal of 200 fitness minutes this week and still had a ways to go. And I had to combat that three hours of straight sitting at the work retreat.

I earned 42 minutes. And would've kept going, except for that darn stomach bug. Now I have just 45 minutes left to earn between Friday and Saturday to hit my personal weekly goal.

Not my best food choice day. Middle of the road, with lots of good compromises. Didn't binge eat, had good portion control, no emotional eating. Trail mix for dinner isn't great - but it was Golden Grahams, raisins and walnuts. Could've been worse. Lunch was at a restaurant, where I ordered corn chowder soup - cream based, high calories - but had a salad flatbread (arugula, fig goat cheese, raspberry vinaigrette on flatbread.) I scaled back on breakfast because I woke up late, and was going to have an early lunch - I had one small spiced pear muffin (homemade, whole wheat, lower fat, no sugar.) Pretzel rods as a snack.

OK, I'm tired. Need to go to get some quality sleep before kiddo wakes up when the Motrin wears off.

  
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BOMBCHELL23 8/15/2014 7:11AM

    Jersey,

I so remember those days when my girls were younger and teething, it is a difficult time for sure but it is one you too shall get through. But it flies by so quickly, my oldest got her driver's license just yesterday. I am not ready! But I need to allow her to have this rite of passage and trust that my values and standards are instilled in her deeply. Today she drives her sister to work this morning, I'll be nervous and praying but I need to trust in her judgment. I have not made good choices lately and basically I need to restart my weight loss program. I know I can count on you to be there cheering me on!

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GEORGE815 8/14/2014 10:17PM

    Sounds like your goal is so attainable.

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Bad choice, great rebound

Monday, July 28, 2014

I cannot have ice cream in the house. I am simply not one of those people who can eat something in moderation.

We had a family ice cream sundae party after a Christmas in July outing on Saturday. I did really well - small portion, in a smaller bowl, with a banana on the bottom for extra fruit (and to fill the bowl, visually.)

Sunday I had a root beer float. Immediately after I filled a normal sized bowl with ice cream and toppings and ate that, too.

Then I felt sick. Lethargic. Gross. Weighed down.

One bad food choice doesn't break a healthy lifestyle, the same way one good food choice doesn't make a healthy lifestyle.

I didn't throw my hands up and declare the day to be a waste and continue eating poorly.

I put on my bathing suit and went to the pool, pledging to swim double the number of laps I normally do. I swam 16 laps. I had to stop a lot to rest, but I did it. It was just what I needed. The "ick" was gone and my mood and energy level increased.

Then, when I got home, I got dressed for a walk around the block - to be completed after dinner. Well, dinner ended up taking longer to cook than anticipated. We finished just shy of 8:30 p.m. I start kiddo's bedtime at 9:00.

I asked hubby to clean up from dinner and watch kiddo so I could squeeze in a quick walk. I walked the 1.8 miles around the block and a short warm up and cool down. So probably 2 miles, adding 37 minutes to my fitness minutes.

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 8/3/2014 6:04PM

    We all have some slip ups but you took control - good job

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BOMBCHELL23 8/2/2014 10:30AM

    great attitude about exercise and swimming burn more calories than other exercise by far. I am proud of your determination and stubborn to stick with it and to find success. I miss you.


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