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Week 8 review.....

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’ve made it to the middle of week eight since I reset the trackers and started this leg of the journey. I am learning so much about myself what works and what doesn’t. This really has become a lifestyle change. Hubby is on board for support. He loves his home made lunches. I’m learning to plan and prepare as much as possible on the weekends to keep the weekdays simplified. I have been getting up every weekday morning to exercise between 6 -6:30. The past week and half I have been doing intervals of hula hooping and kettlebells. I am enjoying it immensely. There are so many online resources for different exercises and routines. It keeps each day fresh. The weekends I do 10mn of hula hooping, and get any other activity from chores, running errands, playing with the dogs, and just having fun.

Our house is slowly getting cleaned out. The open spaces have remained clutter free. We actually have been having company over at a moment’s notice without freaking out that the place is a disaster. It feels great…..it finally feels like home. I’ve only lived there 1 ½ years but it felt like his house not my home. Now it feels like my home….our home…..

Taking a step or two each week has made the changes so easy, I hardly even noticed. A group of us at work play the lotto together every week. We all want out of the toxic environment and it would be nice to go together. Last night I stopped at 7-11 to get the tickets. I ran out of the office so fast so I would get there in time I forgot my water for the drive home. This week has been extremely stressful…..I am in the junk food haven of places. I was way under calorie totals, but not feeling particularly hungry. After I get the lotto tickets I am searching the aisles for something…I gave myself permission to have something anything for that matter….So this was my thoughts…I’ll get a Slurpee, I really liked Sluprees…no that doesn’t sound too good…how about a bag of chips and a soda….no that doesn’t sound good either…candy…no not feeling it….I left with 2 bottles of water and my lotto tickets. Not because I was trying to be good because I could have well afforded a snack of poor choice and still be in caloric range. Nothing sounded good enough to feel that poorly afterwards. I’ve always been one of those people who when you say something is “off limits” they crave it even if you didn’t really like it. So although my household is transitioning to a 90% paleo lifestyle, I don’t ever say I cannot have something. Sometime I simply remind myself of how I will feel afterwards and then make a choice if I feel it is worth it or not.

Life is about choices. Sometimes it is how we choose to handle the curve balls thrown at us. But those are still choices. We can say yes work (life, situation ect…) sucks how do I choose to deal with it…..Eat my way through it, hide under the covers and avoid it, sulk, or deal with it head on. Some things can’t be fixed, but we can always adjust our attitudes on how we let the situation affect us. Work has been extremely stressful. I have chose to deal with the problems head on, by not taking all the words personally, by exercising every morning before work to clear the head, taking afternoon walk breaks and eating healthy so I physically feel good and not crappy as I normally would by eating junk to make myself feel better. I can’t say if I will always deal with problems this way, but this time it is working and I am strong enough to stick to it. The steps I have been taking have gotten me this far. I hope I am strong enough to keep them up when future issues arise. I like what I see and what I envision.

My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….

My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there
Step 12 – Blog weekly to reveiw the steps...mini blogs with random thoughts as they come
Step 13 – Fight the stress monster daily at work.
Step 14 - Leave the negativity at the office door. Do NOT bring it home….


Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!

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_RAMONA 8/27/2014 7:37PM

    Jojo, you simply gladden my heart and inspire me to keep going! GREAT job in all areas.

THIS: "Life is about choices. Sometimes it is how we choose to handle the curve balls thrown at us. But those are still choices. We can say yes work (life, situation ect…) sucks how do I choose to deal with it…..Eat my way through it, hide under the covers and avoid it, sulk, or deal with it head on. Some things can’t be fixed, but we can always adjust our attitudes on how we let the situation affect us."
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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/27/2014 6:18PM

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That's a great feeling when a house becomes a home.
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Great job making good food choices too!
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stuff.....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

just need to well blog about all the stuff in my head.....

kettle bells are awesome. so happy i found them in the garage and gave them a try. they get my heart pumpin!

hula hoop - loving it...love how i can make an interval training and get cardio and strength all done with in 35-45 minutes when i combine it with the kettlebells.

scale - i gave up the scale because it wouldn't budge. day after day it just stayed exactly the same. that should have been a clue. we wanted to see how much our large puppy weighed so i got on the scale then grabbed him the best i could and the scale didn't budge. stupid thing has been broken and i had no clue. hubby had another one tucked away that works just fine. so i will go back to weighing in every week or three. i updated my weight based on the new scale, as every scale is different and i really don't know what i was on the broken one that i reset with.

food - so i have been slowly following the paleo outlines for dietary needs. but i also track all my food here on spark because it's still all about calories in versus calories out and i don't trust that i will not over or under eat and screw up my hard work. i feel better with the whole natural unprocessed foods and limited starches. i measure and check portions so i am aware of what a true portion size is. i prepackage all my snacks into portions and bring plenty but i can space it out to make sure i am really hungry and not just eating on impulse or emotion. i will get to the point of not needing to keep track but until i train my body, i'm want my security blanket emoticon

work - there is a great deal of tension in the air. the last time it felt like this around here there were massive layoffs. there is a huge issue with our biggest account and us long timers believe the owner will use this opportunity to clean house. not fun it effects everyone in the company. only time will tell but i need to just keep on working and maybe explore an alternative career.

that helped clear out my head...

keep on sparking!

  
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_RAMONA 8/22/2014 12:13AM

    I'm sorry about the work stuff, Jojo!

As for the rest, as my Divine Miss O would say, YOU are AWESOMESAUCE!

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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/21/2014 11:45PM

    I'm doing a partial Paleo diet too! I have eliminated most processed foods (still chew on Odwalla bars), dairy, and wheat. But I still eat gluten-free grains.
Hope things work out with the job. Always good to blog and get that release.
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EDDYMEESE 8/21/2014 11:17PM

    I can't imagine having layoffs hanging over my head...I'm sorry!

I agree with counting - I haven't been counting with Paleo, and I'm not losing. I just started tracking again yesterday :)

Nice job and keep it up!

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the bells rung day 2

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I got up and did those kettlebells again. They made my heart pump and my ears ring....At least I didn't actually get my bell rung. Nothing broken on day 2...I think the kettlebells are a here to stay. Got to search out some more exercises I can circle through........As I sit and take a quick break boy am I sore.....a good sore, but sore. Let's see if tomorrow brings more bells or some zumba ;-)


Keep on SPARKING on!

  
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_RAMONA 8/21/2014 3:03PM

    Go, Jojo, GO!
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Mini Blog - Kettlebells day 1

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I started with the kettle bell today. I did not break the TV as I imagined I would. I did not break a window or for that matter anything emoticon . I really thought I just might or bonk myself on the head. But nope, I didn't

It was super hard. I setup my routine like a HIIT workout. 5 min hula hooping, 5 min with 2 rounds of 4-5 different exercise for 35 min total. I was soaking wet by the time I was done.

It was such a great workout. I can't wait to do it again.......I'm hoping to continue my streak of not breaking anything......including me....


Keep on sparking my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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_RAMONA 8/20/2014 12:26AM

    How awesome! Breaking something would be my concern, too!

You are one force to be reckoned with, woman!

Keep up the great work... gives me someone to chase, LOL!

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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/19/2014 11:55PM

    That's awesome!! Love how you turned it into a HIIT workout too! I've never tried Kettle Balls. Great you conquered the challenge!
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SPINNINGJW 8/19/2014 7:41PM

    TV's and windows can be replaced, You, not so much.

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starting week 7....

Monday, August 18, 2014

I managed to get all my planned exercise in. We cooked up a storm this past weekend. Lots of leftovers to get us through a good part of the week. I love cooking and preparing ahead of time. I might need to supplement on Thursday, but we will see. When veggies are prepped, lettuce is cleaned we are very successful the entire week. Trying some new snacks and adding in a little more healthy fats so I am consuming enough. It’s weird that I have been under in the calorie department. All those veggies fill me up fast.

Hubby and I were very busy around the house. Last night he looked at me and asked what did we accomplish. We did get the beginnings of things done, but they were bigger than a weekend type projects so they are not finished. House is still presentable and visibly clutter free. I did not get the dogs washed as planned, so they will go to the groomers this weekend. It’s a lot of work for me to get 2 very large puppies washed who love water except when it’s B-A-T-H time. The girl is 90 lbs and 2 ½ and the boy is 100+ and only 1 ½. We are having my brother in-law and his family over Saturday so it will be easier to just take them the dogs to get bathed this time around. I also can get all the floors & sliders done much quicker without them home.

I have been doing my squat challenge. It was to get to 200 squats in 30days. Well I want to switch it up and start doing a short kettlebell routine. So I tested to see if I can do the last day. I graduated early from my squat challenge completed it hit the 200. My legs are the strongest part of my body. I’m on to adding some kettlebell as weights. They say over a certain age like 20 or something that I am now over emoticon ; weight exercises are very important. So I found a couple of routines to try out. They all fit into my time allotment so I will actually do them and my hooping. Weight rest days will have the Zumba in with the hooping. For the next 2 weeks I will be changing up my workout. Why kettlebells you might ask. I found 3 in my husband’s stuff in the garage still in the boxes. One was an adjustable one too. Why not put them to good use.

Saturday I realize how much I rely on my FitBit for motivation. You see I had a Force. The one they recalled when people were getting rashes. I never got a rash so I never participated in the recall. Well it has been acting up lately and I was pondering switching it out. Saturday I was straitening up and it fell off. The band separated from the device. It’s not supposed to do that and there was no way to get it to stay. Since it is under recall they wouldn’t replace it. So off to Costco we went. Hubby was there the day before and remembered seeing them Flex there with extra armbands to boot! WooHoo! The Old broken one is going back under the recall and I have bright happy wrist bands. I love my Fitbit! I was so sad when it broke. I need to know how many steps I have hit to make sure I am moving enough. It’s my own little challenge. I want to hit my steps every day. I don’t always…..but I know where I am at and how to try…..I think it was telling me it was time to get one that works properly. It’s amazing how technology helps and hinders us all at the same time. Sitting in front of the TV is bad but a little electronic device that tells us if we have moved enough or not is a good thing.

An active lifestyle will make you healthier and keep you there. Use whatever tool you need to be and stay active.

My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….

My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there


Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!

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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/19/2014 12:28AM

    I'd never heard of the FitBit. Sounds like it's a good tracker.
Great goals and accomplishments too!
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_RAMONA 8/18/2014 9:36PM

    I am sitting here GRINNING from ear to ear!

Reading your blog makes me so happy and encourages me SO MUCH!!!

7 weeks is WONDERFUL, and look at you go... graduating early from squat school, LOL! I hope you'll blog about our kettle bell adventures. I think I would like them, too!

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