Friday, November 09, 2012
Yes, I am still here. Tracking food. Tracking fitness. What I am still bad about is keeping up with blogs, groups and message boards. I don't get to play on the computer all that much these days. As such, it's not easy to Spark via phone except to track, which is actually easier -- what with the nifty scan barcode" feature.
I am going to set a totally manageable goal to blog here once a week. That I can do. So, Sparkfriends, leave me comments, check in on me, say hi, tell me what's new. I love it when you do. I see and read your comments even if I am slow in responding.
Right now, I am stealing some Spark time while baby naps. This week, I have been better about staying within my calorie range. Not too great with the fitness. I've GOTTA figure out how to survive without the gym. It's been too cold to walk and I have only done my Jillian DVD once this week. GAH!
Otherwise, this is a pretty boring blog. I'm not going to bring up the election. (Wait, I just did!) Too much ugly bickering on Facebook. But that is really all that has been interesting this week. So with that, I will sign off till next time.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Well, HELLO, to anyone who is still subscribed to read my blogs. Wow, it has been almost a year and a half since I last posted a blog. Where on earth did the time go? So much has happened since I last blogged! The most exciting thing has been the birth of my second child in June 2012. He is beautiful and sweet and amazing and is the love of my life, along with my 3 YO daughter, and DH of course. Given how big a part of my life Spark has been, I cannot believe that I went through my entire pregnancy without writing a single blog. In contrast, when I was pregnant with DD, I blogged all the time.
I really have no good reason for being MIA for so long, other than life getting in the way. There has been a lot going on this year. This summer we also sold our house, and are currently "homeless." Not truly HOMELESS, but staying with family until we decide where our next move should be. This has been very stressful. We have outgrown the the house and wanted to sell it, but at the same time it feels surreal not having a house to call our own after 10 years of home ownership. So...lots of change. And I don't do well with change. Hence, many chocolate chip cookies have been consumed.
I gained almost 30 pounds this pregnancy. Currently, I have 15 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 5 to get back to my original goal weight. I am going to work hard to get back to that number, but at this point I am not sure if it is a weight that will be sustainable for me. TIme will tell, but if it is not, I will let my body choose its happy weight and accept it. I definitely do need to lose the 15 pounds. The last 5? Well, we shall see. These are, what Jillian would call, the "vanity pounds."
Another BIG change is that I no longer have a gym membership. We stopped it just before my son was born because I knew I would not be allowed to work out for 6 weeks afterward, then we would be moving. This has been *very* hard for me to adjust to. I do a lot of walking, but I just don't think I am pushing myself, working hard enough and burning enough calories by walking alone. I do have DVDs at home but it is just not easy with small kids around. At the gym, I was able to take advantage of the child care and have this time to myself. And truthfully, I just do not enjoy the DVDs as much as I enjoy classes. Simply being inside the gym and having other people around who are also working out, even if I do not speak with anyone, makes my workouts more enjoyable. I am a social exerciser and miss the gym so very much, as well as the wonderful ladies in the Kids Zone who watched my daughter when I would bring her to the gym.
Well, it is good to be back here. I hope to reconnect with old Sparkfriends and make new ones. On a sad note that brought me to tears, when I first came back on here earlier this week, I found out that a dear Sparkfriend passed away in August. :( I went to her page to see how she was doing and saw all the messages of her passing. She was a beautiful person and a true inspiration. I have been thinking of her every day. RIP Nicole (NICOLE12-01). I will miss you.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Last week was a tough week. Without going into all the details, I'll just say that my body failed me. Or, quite possibly, I failed it. I'll never know, but more than likely it was a combination of both.
All last week, I took a break from working out, except for walks (I feel OK with that) and ate with reckless abandon (NOT OK with that). I simply did not care what I ate, and most of it was junk. I took a break from tracking my food, which is also OK at times, but in combination with not paying attention to what I am putting in my mouth at all, it spells disaster.
As for the exercise, I was right in the middle of a super cool challenge on my Amazing Race Spark team and had to drop out. One of the members created our own little Amazing Race, in which our fitness minutes got us to our next clues and destinations, and we had fun challenges along the way. I really hope I have the chance for a do-over on that!
Today I am deciding to once again give my body the love and respect it deserves. The more I take care of it, the better I feel. Eating crap does NOT make me feel good for more than the time it takes to swallow it. Taking a vacation from the gym makes me feel sluggish, moody and out of sorts. When being fit and healthy is a priority in my life, I feel healthy and strong, like I can accomplish anything. I want that feeling back. And it starts with loving and respecting my body.
When I was pregnant I wrote a blog on this topic. I decided to revisit and reread it as a reminder of what my body can accomplish.
Breakfast is tracked, and I am off to the gym this morning.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My gym recently added TRX suspension training. It's pretty cool and a great workout for the core and upper body, especially. For anyone who is curious what it is, here is a YouTube video (it will explain it better than I can).
Anyway...as I mentioned, this is new at my gym. They are doing demos right now to raise interest and let people know it is available. When I dropped my little one off in the kids area, the instructor was in there recruiting people so I decided to check it out. I had seen it before at another area gym and have been kind of intrigued by it ever since but never tried it.
I had fun trying it, but unfortunately, it is something you have to pay extra for - $99 or more, depending on which package of classes you buy. This irks me because I think as members we pay enough already, and I told the instructor that at the end of the session when she tried to get us to buy a package. I told her I would gladly do it if it were free. :)
Oh well! Tomorrow is is back to same old, same old. I do need to find something new to do to keep me out of an exercise rut.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
When I am at the gym and not taking a fitness class, I like to listen to Jillian Michaels' podcast to pass the time on the machines. Recently she had Bob Harper on the show, which was cool! They said something to a caller that really kind of hit me upside the head: One slice of pizza is an hour at the gym. Of course; a slice of pizza is around 400 calories. But when they put it in that context, it makes so much sense why so many of us are struggling and why weight loss can be such a slow process. I often make this mistake. I work my butt off at the gym, then later in the day I will have something so small and high-calorie, such as a couple of cookies, and there go all those calories I saved. I've been at this for a while, so I know I should choose foods that give me more bang for my calorie buck, even (or especially) if I am in maintenance mode when it seems easier to slack on the eating somewhat. This was a good reminder to eat mindfully.
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