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RE-ASSESSMENT!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Well, it's been three month since my initial assessment when I started at our local wellness center (i.e. gym). Yesterday, I had my first reassessment to measure my progress. Results were encouraging. Okay, strike that. Awesome! They were awesome. My goal was to loose 10 lbs. I lost a total of 20.7 lbs! I lost a total of 13 inches, 6 of which were in my waist. The staff doing the assessment actually didn't believe it could be right at first. Possibly wrote the wrong number down on the sheet the first time? Nope, the caliper testing confirmed. I'd lost a little over 4% body fat. I didn't get to do the fitness challenge (cycle test) as the cycle was being used. So I will be completing that tomorrow. I know my physical fitness level has improved so I'm anxious to see how much. I'll update with results.

Now, onto the next three months. Wonder what my goal will be? Another 10 lbs? Will they bump it up? I'm sure with my encouragement, they will keep it at 10. We all know that you loose more weight in the beginning when you're body is making initial adjustments and motivation is high. Three months in, I'm settling in for the long haul. My "dieting" has been pretty nonexistent the past month. I quit logging food and counting calories and I'm blissfully happy about it. I'm still packing a healthy lunch, but I'll indulge in treats now and again. If I have something I know to be calorie rich, I'll have something lighter for supper. I'm still for the most part eating better. My weight loss has slowed down to a crawl, but great! I'm still loosing. Last time I lost weight so fast (still only talking 2 lbs/wk), my brain couldn't keep up. I got thin, but still felt fat. Before I was in a rush because I wanted to see who I was at 125 lbs. Guess what? I'm still just me. This time, I'm content right now with who I am so there is no rush for change.

What I am excited about this time are 5Ks. I've already signed up for a few this summer and am excited about working towards improving my times. First one is June, then ColorRun (which started this whole health thing) in July, then another in August and a final one in September. The one in September (Get Your Rear in Gear) I will be organizing a team for my sister who lost her battle with colon cancer. Ironically, this is the first time the event is being held in our area AND it is also being held only 3 days after my sister's birthday! This event will definitely mean a lot to me.

  
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CARRENK 4/22/2014 7:47PM

    What fantastic feedback. emoticon

Are you doing the Color Run during All-Star Week?

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ONTHEPATH2 4/9/2014 2:59PM

    Woohoo!!! Way to go! You have been WORKIN it!!! Nothing like reaping the sweet rewards of hard work. Congrats! emoticon

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Sweet Victory!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To sum up today...it was stressful. I'm swapped at work and being snow at home yesterday only made things worse. School was late this morning and to be honest it took us that long to dig out to the many roads anyway. To add a little more stress, my 20 month old is sick and so I had to take him into the doctor delaying me from getting into the office even more. After the doctor, there was medication to pick up and some grocery staples and then drive back home so hubby could look after LO while I finally went into work. It doesn't help matters that the work that's overwhelming is my least favorite of my job. I finally got to work at like 2 p.m. The stress of the day took it's toll on me. I know I'm a stress eater and, boy, today I was craving munchies ALL DAY. I'm pretty proud of the way the day turned out though. Calorie-wise, I was pretty darn high, BUT I had a lot of victories. Despite smelling the yummy hamburgers cooking at my parents while I was there at lunch, I stuck with my packed lunch with some lean turkey on a sandwich. Then when 3 Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffles found their way to me, I limited myself to only 2 today. When I came home, I had trouble stopping myself with the tater tots we had for supper, but I did cut myself off at only a serving and a half. I think it says a lot that I even simply paid attention to way I put in my mouth. I didn't let the stress start cramming stuff down my gullet. So as crazy of a day as it was my morning workout was skipped. I was determined to NOT skip it altogether. This marks day 84 of my streak and I wasn't going to let that slip. So with Walk Away the Pounds playing on the iPod strapped to my arm. I did the 45 minute, 4 Fast Miles, while watching with the family our daily dose of Gilligan's Island. My toddler thought it was great and even started mimicking me. Sooo cute. When I finished my workout it was time for kids to be getting to bed and as my 10 year old gave me a hug, he said, "Eww! You're all sweating!" to which I proudly replied, "I know! Isn't it great!" So right now, I don't know if its endorphins or what, but I feel great! I feel like a whole bunch of stress has just been lifted off of me. I can't wait until tomorrow! Bring it on!

UPDATE!
Oh, and I can't believe I wrote this all out AND forgot to bring up the fact that when I weighed in I've lost another pound! Only two to go and I'll have 20 lbs gone!

  


I knew this day was coming...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two dreaded, yet expected events finally came today.

First, influenza has been going around the school fierce and that means it was bound to hit daycares next. Two cases had popped up in my daycare this past week, one of whom was my little spuds little buddy. I figured if he gets by without coming down with influenza it would be a miracle. Not so lucky. You know somethings wrong when the only thing your 19 month old wants to do curl up in your lap for an entire afternoon. I was checking his temp like crazy and watching it steadily climb above normal. When it hit 100, I gave him a dose of Tylenol and weighed my options. He could suffer through it. The fact that he had a flu shot should lessen the severity of it. Or actually take him into the ER so he could start some Tampiflu. Since our insurance would fully cover it anyway, I decided to take him in. It was only late afternoon so at least if I do it right away, I know I'm not getting a doctor out of bed. He tested positive for influenza and they started him on Tamiflu. They also tested for RSV since he was breathing a little heavier, but luckily that came back negative and his breathing cleared up after they retrieved the sample for testing. If you've never had the pleasure of holding down a sick toddler while a nurse not only shoots a syringe of saline up into his nose, but also has to suck it back out, you're really missing out. It was horrible and my little guy was naturally fighting it so hard he ended up with a blood nose out of it. But like I mentioned earlier, it cleared out all the gucky stuff and allowed him to breath much easier again. So I know what the rest of my weekend will be, lots of cuddling in the rocker watching BabyFirstTV with cheerios and yogurt.

Second dreaded event, but one that came up positively, was the day in my couch to 5K program when I would have to run for 20 minutes straight. You go from running two 8 minute intervals with a 5 minute walk in between to running for 20 minutes straight. I didn't know if I could do it, but I thought I would at least give it a try. I did keep track of the time so at a minimum I could still back down to my two 8 minute runs. I did it though! I completed 20 minutes straight. I even push my speed up for the last minute because I wanted to finish strong. It was a challenge, but not as challenging as I thought. It was a LONG 20 minutes though. When you're used to your workout being broken up into one minute here and one minute there and then you go to 20 minutes of the same thing, it gets long. I'm not concerned because I'll be moving on plus I can always play around with the speed. Bump it up for a minute and them back down, back up, and back down. It will keep it interesting. That was my pretty awesome moment for the day (then it went down hill as you read above)

  
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BETRHO48 2/22/2014 10:52PM

    Wow! What a day you've had.

Sorry about the toddler with the flu. Influenza is highly contagious! But you have done ALL the right things. You got your toddler his flu shot, and when you recognized that even though he got the vaccine he might have the flu, you took him right away to be checked. Great job! For Tamiflu to work, it's important to start it as soon as influenza is suspected (within the first day or 2 of symptoms), the sooner, the better. Keep a close eye on that precious little one; flu has been tougher this year than last. (I hope you got your flu shot, too.)

Congratulations on your running accomplishment. That is simply awesome!

So even though you've had a tough day, you have done a great job.
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Valentine's 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

This is the tenth Valentine's day I've celebrated with the man I now call hubby. He's your man's man who has his own business doing welding and construction. He's really a jack of all trades because I swear there is very little he can't do (oh, except run a computer.) Anyway, it's not shocking that he's not exactly the flowers and candy kinda person and while flowers and candy are really nice, I can also appreciate not spending the money on the inflated priced gifts for this holiday. Don't worry, my hubby illustrates his love with actions everyday and every once in a while on some random day he's do something that he probably doesn't even realize is romantic. I still enjoy the ideas behind Valentine's day though. I love sharing a little extra love with extra hugs and kisses on Valentine's day with not only my husband but with all those that I love so dear. So tonight we had a wonderful supper all together as a family. (Was even surprised when my oldest stepson showed up, with flowers, because he "knows how Dad is". LOL) It was just a great evening. Tomorrow evening hubby and I are going to go out for supper to "celebrate" Valentine's day in a more traditional way. What's not to love about a day filled with love?


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Oh and I invented a new family favorite recipe for my family using taco seasoning, ground beef, egg noodles, corn and a few other things to make a casserole. It was a hit. And even better when I entered it into SparkPeople and found out it was only 243 calories in an 11.5 oz. serving.

  


Everyday Victory

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I saw 190 on the scale again. I started weighing in everyday again then log it (up or down). It's very illuminating to see the zig zagged line on my chart. It really illustrates that even though my weight is up and down each day, it's right on track for reaching my goals. So anyway, I've lost around 10 lbs so far. I'm pretty excited about this, but at the same time I don't know what to think. Because while it's nice, it really doesn't mean much.

I read a blog about past finalist of the Biggest Loser and how they they quite drinking and eating and they dropped a bunch of weight quick. Hubby was also a wrestling champ and still talks about haw he dropped a ton of weight in a short time. But I don't want to loose weight. I want to be healthy (and those methods are far from healthy).

Weight wise, I've nearly lost 10 lbs. So what does this mean to me? Simply that I'm on the right track to see some smaller sizes in the future. What I'm really excited about is that I'm excerising daily, I'm eating healthy, I'm taking care of myself not just the kids and hubby. In this way, every day is a victory for me.

  
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COLLEGEGURL47 2/12/2014 12:15AM

    Good job. I never approved of the methods for rapid weight loss. You see these ads for diet pills or powders that help you lose X amount of pounds in two weeks. But that is not the point. The goal is to change your lifestyle so you can be healthy and fit forever.

Good luck!

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