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WIN Reflection

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I was up a lb this week. No surprise because I haven't been great with the self-discipline over the 100 cal snacks. I hardly followed week 3 of Shred this week. That was my 3rd or 4th attempt between the 2 cycles I have done and I am moving on. I have also decided I will not incorporate week 3 in future cycles. I get way too many headaches, the shakes and low energy from the hypoglycemia. My goal is to follow week 4 of Shred as accurately as I can and to practice self-discipline with the snacking!

My goal last week for my fitness minutes was 180, I actually got 375. I haven't been doing as my ST as I would like so I really have to focus in on that. My goal this week is 250 minutes. My goal is for a minimum 30 min of cardio and at least a 15 minute ST session 6 days this week.

My last goal for this is to finally begin looking at my GMAT materials. I need to sit down and get all my dates together, get myself organized by making my to-do and shopping lists for start of school. Need to figure out all the costs of books, testing and applying for grad school organized. I know I have a month before school begins but that's really not that far away! I feel so unprepared and unorganized and I LOATHE that feeling!

That's about it, I am feeling crappy today. Allergies have been bad this year. My head, sinuses, ears all hurt :( I tell ya, its always something.

Excited about dinner though, nice chicken breasts stuffed with broccoli and low-fat cheese, scalloped potatoes and green beans. I am so hungry.

  
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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2013 7:41AM

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AMARILYNH 7/26/2013 6:40AM

    LOL Jennifer you know what popped into my head when I read this? The song lyric:

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Nan said it perfectly - you know what the issue is and are taking steps to correct it. I find that when I'm exhausted I tend to reach for food - the only way to limit the damage is to only have healthy food in the house. There are lots WORSE things you could be reaching for than the 100 calorie kind!! Hugs!! emoticon

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JUSTME29 7/25/2013 10:40AM

    Supper sounds yummy! Do you deliver?

I get into trouble with those 100 calorie packs too. They're just so tiny and cute and ooooonly 100 calories.

Sounds like you'll need the month to get your ducks in a row for school.

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2BEABETTERME 7/25/2013 10:01AM

    Way to rock the fitness!!! I'm sure some planning for school will bring some piece of mind and allow you to enjoy the rest of your summer.

Great work!
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GODZDESIGN95 7/24/2013 10:10PM

    just keep going. I wondered about week 3 myself. It was tough. I have been doing extremely well. My dr was pleased with my progress and I was able to get off one of my meds for diabetes. No more lows thanks be to God!

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K1TT3N 7/24/2013 10:10PM

    Awesome job on fitness minutes.. and dinner sounds great

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MUSCLE-UP 7/24/2013 8:57PM

    Nice dinner and hopefully a little time to relax back before you are back at it again tomorrow. Sounds like you kept the damage down to a minimum. 1 pound, ok. You recognized what adjustments you need to make to be successful next week. Only thing I found about those 100 calorie pack snacks is that I there are not enough packages in a box to go on a full blown binge.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/24/2013 7:33PM

    Great job on the fitness minutes last week. You ROCK! Dinner sounds great too. Don't stress over last week. It is done. You probably know why you ate all those 100 cal goodies and are dealing with it. I no longer buy those packs because I tended to eat too many of them at one time... "only 100 calories, yeah I can do that".

Good luck with this week's goals.

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Finally...My WIN Reflection and Shred Cycle 2 Week 3

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Good Morning Sparkies! Hope all is well. I am finally getting to my blog and updating my team threads. Its been a busy week plus I have been sick. Not sure exactly what it is: my allergies, the heat/humidity, TOM, dehydration or a combo thereof but I have been nausaus, lightheaded, sinuses, headaches, dizzy, and it just hasn't been fun at all. Feeling better for the most part. But still feeling it. I have been taking my allergy meds every day. But I don't think I have been drinking enough water the last few days like I normally do. But anywho, life goes on!

So haven't blogged since last week so I will update starting there:

*Wednesday and Thursday last week I just sat around. Thursday afternoon I picked up the kids and hung out at my moms for a lil bit.

*Friday (12th): My lil guy had his allergy appointment. His skin test still shows high results but his blood tests usually are drastically different so the dr wants to do a food challenge if we get the same results so maybe we can desensitize him from his peanut allergy. Keeping my fingers crossed. It would be nice not to have to worry so much!!! Especially now that he is getting older and wants to go hang out at friends houses!

*Saturday: I took the kids to Jays' preschool friends bday party. Siblings are parents got to stay too. It was wonderful, like a preschool reunion! Kids had tons of fun! It was great to sit and chat with all the moms (and dad) that stayed! I was good too, had water to drink, 2 small slices of cheese pizza and NO cupcake!!! NSV for me YAY!!! Afterwards there was a car show with special appearances at one of the dealerships across from the bouncy place with Lightening McQueen and TowMater from Cars. So naturally we had to stop! So we walked around, looked at some old and new cars, took tons of pics, got some cotton candy and headed home.

*Sunday: day of relaxation! Nothing special, went out to do yardwork but discovered although I had the trimmer battery on the charger the charger was not plugged in so was unable to trim the bushes. So we all headed down to my MIL's so my hubby could change the oil in my explorer and the best part was he even cleaned it out and completely detailed the inside! It was so great because my car was a mess! So the kids wanted to stay at Grammas and since didn't have to work she kept them until Tuesday! So DH and I had a nice quiet afternoon together.

*Monday: Nothing special, just relaxed with hubby before he went to work than sat around with Bella. Did finally get to Curves though for my measurements and a workout! DOWN A TOTAL 8.25 inches since May 31. And most of that was lost in my abdmonen and hips! The biggest places I need to lose at!!! I was also down 4.2 lbs and she said almost 2.5lbs of that was body fat! How awesome!!!

*Tuesday: Dh and I had dentist appointments, all looked great and had nice cleaning! Love getting my teeth cleaned. Then went picked up the kids. We made some dinner and watched some movies since too hot and about to storm.

*Wednesday WIN REFLECTION: Weigh in I was down 2.2!!! WOO HOO. I didn't follow week 2 completely but thinking if I had I probably would have been down more! But that's ok! I am HAPPY!!!! I did not meet my FM goal I set for this week. I set a 300 m goal and only got 175. But trying to learn to stop beating myself up and move on. Had some upcoming interviews so decided I needed some new interview/works clothes so we headed to Sears. I got 2 pairs of nice slacks, a pair of capris, a bunch of shirts, 4 pairs of shoes, a cute pj set, and a new 2 pc bathing suit. Its more of a tankini but its cute! I am still in 12/14 and L but some of the shirts were a large out of the petite section!!!! NSV again!!! So then we headed to Aldi's for some grocery shopping and as we were on our way home that's when it all hit me and I started getting sick! Barely made it to the bathroom when we got home!

*Thursday: had an interview and an accounting staffing agency which went pretty well. So we shall see how that pans out. I interviewed with them before about 5 years and no assignments. Too hot to do anything else and was feeling sick so just sat around rest of the day.

*Friday: Had an interview at that architecture place for PT Accountant. Chatted for 2 hours with them. It was great interview and I really like the people, the place and the job duties so def keeping my fingers crossed on this one. They want to make a decision in the next couple weeks!! Wasn't planning on doing anything since it was still hot and bad storms were supposed to be rolling in but the kids were acting up and needed to get some energy out so we went out and I filled up their kiddie pool and mowed the grass. Bella and the kids got the pool filthy so I dumped it, refilled it and decided to have some play time too! A little angry with myself. I overindulged a little with 4 packs of 100 cal snacks. But hey, gotta learn I can't be perfect all the time!!!

Today: Going to my nieces graduation party today. Going to have a lot of food I hear so going to try my hardest to resist too many tempting yummies!

BLC StrongEnd:

Reflect on Previous 6 weeks: I have def gotten better with my eating over the past 6 weeks. I am learning that I can't always be perfect! I have a problem with being a perfectionist! My fitness minutes def needs work. I have to get back to Curves and also do more at home. Not necessarily 2 hours every day but I want at least 30 m 6 days a week! So going to continue to improve on that!

The bad habit I am working on is stop being so negative with myself when I screw up or I am not perfect. I have to just brush it off and move on. Not give up and indulge more. I tested that yesterday and I work up feeling down but pushed some positive thoughts in my head and am looking forward to a better day today. I have a feeling I will be testing myself today as well!


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JAZZEJR 8/1/2013 9:59AM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/23/2013 2:50PM

    **HUGS** I was also sick starting on a Wed night (week before you though). Still not feeling my best and a nasty cough is lingering, but other than that... doing better. Hope you are feeling better too.

Sometimes we just need to rest and relax, especially when not feeling good.

Good luck with being more positive and letting little mistakes go. It's a tough issue to overcome. I'm still working on this too. I've found that anytime I have a negative thought (about eating/cleaning/exercise) if I then think of 3 things I did right it helps.

Like I had 4 KIND bars (nut & fruit bars) the other day. Instead of focusing on that I thought about how I'd eaten less for dinner and I was still in my calorie range for the day. That I had gotten up and done some exercise even though I didn't feel like it. And, that I had at least made the bed that day (wasn't feeling well that particular day either).

Have fun!

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2BEABETTERME 7/21/2013 10:47AM

    You are always so busy! Keeping my fingers crossed on a job for you.
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AMARILYNH 7/20/2013 8:14PM

    Wow - I'm tired just READING about your week! Good luck with the job - sending prayers!! I love your 'new habit' - you are wonderful just the way you are!! emoticon

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JUSTME29 7/20/2013 9:55AM

    Good luck with getting the job. I hope you are feeling better.

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GODZDESIGN95 7/20/2013 9:34AM

    WOW girl you have been busy. Praying for your strength. Take of yourself too. I know something of your heart thinking of others. Don't forget about you! emoticon

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WIN Reflection and Shred Cycle 2

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just sitting down to blog and update my threads. I wanted to sit down and get my new journal made before I updated.



I created it to record my journey and make motivational quotes/pictures as scrapbook pages to help push me more.

So I ended cycle 1 of Shred with only a 1.82 loss. Which is really disappointing since people usually get at least a 10lb loss for the entire 6 weeks. However I really only followed the plan for 3 weeks perfectly and my fitness minutes were all over the place. We had so much going on too during that time that certainly played a role. Now I have 5 weeks til my 30th birthday which is also my next goal of a 10lb loss which I really would like 20 lbs lost by then. I don't have as much going on between now and then so I really believe I can focus and be more disciplined this time around.

This week I stayed the same which I am happy about. I thought for sure I was going to gain with not being on Shred for 2 weeks and the Holiday weekend but I stayed same so I will take it! Monday I have my appointment for my measurements at Curves. Can't wait to see.

Today I learned that a fellow classmate I have known, although not close too, since elementary school, lost his 13 year battle of Leukemia overnight. I was very saddened. He just celebrated his 30th bday in May. Here I keep complaining that my 30th is coming up and he barely made it to his! Its very sad. I am not ready to start saying goodbye to the people I graduated HS with! My thoughts and prayers are with his family!!!

Update on the raids going on in the neighborhood. There was 3 now confirmed just in my neighborhood of the 22 warrants. My friends knows the people across the street. Apparently the guy that lived there is the soon to be ex brother in law of one of the guys that ran the big warehouses that were growing the pot. They did release the guy across the street after questioning him because they found out they had nothing to do with it. The house is a rent to own and the owner whos a moron anyways, is kicking them out. I feel bad for them. Honestly since finding out they are not involved I really don't want them to move because they are pretty quiet and theres not a lot of traffic even when they party.

Have a great evening :)

  
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MINANCY 7/12/2013 5:33AM

    Good Luck my beautiful Orchid! Wow, sorry about the raids in your area. Hope things have calmed down by now.

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2BEABETTERME 7/11/2013 10:24AM

    Your journal is great!

Keep up the great work!

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JUSTME29 7/11/2013 9:39AM

    If they're basically good neighbors, tell the owner that. You lose nothing, and it might make a difference.

Last spring I turned 40 and like you with 30, I dreaded the milestone. Then earlier this week I read the obituary of a former student of mine that died at 21. It's so sad, and reminds me that there are worse things that growing older.

That's a cool journal. I'm not crafty like that at all, but I kind of wish I was. Good luck on your next Shred cycle.

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Spring 5%, WIN Reflection, Goals and Shred Break

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Good Evening everyone! Wow has today been busy and I am still not done. I am finally just sitting down to relax for a second and pay the bills and post my weigh in day blog. This will probably be the last time I post on any of my threads until Monday. I will not have a computer at my FIL's but I have my phone but its hard to post from that. We are heading about an hour away for the next 4 days. We plan to see the Fowlerville Fireworks tomorrow since they are not far from my FIL's then Friday we are planning to meet my mom and stepdad and celebrate their bdays from June and my sons 5th bday. Then Saturday we will be doing something with my FIL. Sunday we will head home. On our way we will be dropping the kids back off at my Moms until Thursday.

*Teddy Bears (Spring 5%)
I will post my FM/measures for tomorrow, tomorrow however I am not sure if I will be able to post Friday. This has been a great round. Although I did not meet my goal this round I feel I came a lot closer to it this time around. I am very happy that I stuck to it this round better than the last few. I am excited about the summer round. I will be on a new cycle of shred and have more free time that I can concentrate on me! This is exciting!!!

*WIN
I was convinced with the small pcs of cake the last couple days , chocolate chip cookie binge last night, and pizza Sunday (leftovers Monday) that I would be up this week but I WAS DOWN A WHOLE POUND!!! It was just the pound I gained last week but hey I will take it! Not sure what it was. Maybe the constant running around 50 million stores but I lost!

*Goals
Well I did not meet my first 2 planned goals since 5/8/2013 but I am moving past that. Although I didn't meet it on the scale I believe I met it a different way: consistency and motivation. I have been off so long and I am getting so much better and I feel I win that way! My next goal is a 10 lb loss (even though I really would like a 20!!!) by August 16 which is my 30th bday!!! Its going to take a lot of discipline but I will do it this time! This is a big year for me!

*Shred
I decided to take this week off Shred also. So I will begin cycle 2 on Wednesday July 10th. Since I had a gain during week 1 during the first cycle I did I am planning to start on week 2. That will only give me 5 weeks so which ever week I lost the most I will repeat during the 6th week.

  
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GODZDESIGN95 7/10/2013 5:53PM

    Just dropping by to see how your shread is going. Hope all is well emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 7/3/2013 10:19PM

    Congrats on the loss! Enjoy your time away!
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JUSTME29 7/3/2013 9:25PM

    Sounds like you're as busy as ever. Congrats on the pound down!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/3/2013 7:42PM

    Glad the extra goodies didn't derail you totally from your goals. You CAN make your goals for the upcoming weeks. I know it, you know, it's in the bag.

Have fun at your FIL's and hope everything turns out great. Enjoy the fireworks!

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I have made a decision

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July 3rd will mark 6 weeks (and 2 days) until my 30th birthday. I really wanted to have another complete cycle of Shred under my belt by then. Seeing how I had to restart week 3, took a week off and now this week I am re-doing week 4, I have made the decision to continue with week 4 this week as planned but instead of starting week 5 I am going to start back with week 1. I really want to lose 20lbs by my birthday however my goal will be 10lbs. I am a slow loser and I do not want to set myself up for failure. I wasn't going to do week 1 in my next cycle but I figured since that was a holiday week I figured it was easier for me to stay on track with week 1 next week. After this week things will be a lot less hectic and we will be able to start a better summer routine so I think cycle 2 I will be able to stay on track easier thus have better results!

Update on my lil guy...my daughter was able to stay with him today. I had to pay $7 for her to stay today and tomorrow but that was fine. I can handle that. He did really well except for the fact that he had an accident and I was called right as I was pulling into Toys R Us to shop for his bday presents so I had to turn around, run back home then run back out there. So lots of running today.

So glad this week is almost over LOL

  
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WALKINGBYFAITH2 6/27/2013 10:17PM

    Life really has been hectic for you lately, and it is a good idea to adjust your plans and goals! I am really looking forward to having some extra time to work on my fitness goals in July and August, and even though my kids are older, it seems like the running around is never done. You are doing great with two little ones, and your routine will fall into place for you. Hang in there!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/27/2013 7:33PM

    I like your plan with the exercise, practical and achievable. Good luck with your little one.

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MINANCY 6/27/2013 6:27AM

    It is a wise decision to alter your goals to be more achievable.
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2BEABETTERME 6/26/2013 8:27PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Glad things went better for your son today!
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GODZDESIGN95 6/26/2013 5:26PM

    When my youngest kid (autism) started to school he was not potty trained. We tried but it just was not clicking. I told his teacher. She said she would help him. As time went while he was at school. He was trained. But we still send some extra clothes and pullups and underwear. He'll be ok.

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    Good luck meeting you fitness goal before your birthday! emoticon

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MYKIDSRSWEET 6/26/2013 4:32PM

    Happy Birthday to your little one!

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