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2 months down with Great Results :D

Sunday, March 03, 2013

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It has been 2 months now since I first started and got committed to my weight loss journey. I started on the first of the year 1/1/13 and have been amazed and Proud of myself for staying committed and still pushing forward. This time around, I really have mentally accepted that I need to do this not only for my kiddos (which are my BIGGEST STRENGTH and my Main reason) but for "Me" and specially for my good health. I need to take care of myself so I can better take care and be there for those I Love. I am in my middle 30's now and it makes me think about what lay's in the year's ahead of me. I have changed my lifestyle by adding exercise at least 5 days a week and watch what I eat (calories/portions). Trying to eat as healthy as possible and yes, there are times when I do indulge in a piece of chocolate or crave the chips and salsa. I do eat this stuff on Saturday's sometimes But I do limit myself on having just a little to get rid of the craving. We all have cravings here and there, right? So, I have been giving it my Best during the week, weigh myself on Saturday mornings and like I said, I cheat a little on Saturday. Back on track on Sunday and on :) This time around, I don't give it All up just because I indulged on something and then end up giving up because I feel like I screwed up (that was before).....NOT anymore, Now, I put it behind me and move on Forward like I have been :). This is what I have been doing for the last 2 months and I am sooooo "EXCITED" to say I have now lost 20 pds so far ........ emoticon emoticon
I do track my workouts and weigh-in here on Sparkpeople emoticon but I am Not one of those who can keep track of her meals and every little morsel I put in my mouth throughout the day. I just try my best to keep track in my mind of the calories I am taking in. I try my very best to stay within my calorie range which is 1,200 calories per day and do push myself to drink those 8 cups of water a day. So far, this has been working for me and I know what I need to do in order to see success in my weight loss journey. DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED - this is what I have done since day one and still committed to stay on track. I have set new Exercise Goal's before the beginning of each month. For this month of March, I have made a goal to keep exercising 5 days a week just like I have been. This month, I am exited to try the new workout I recently ordered, Tony Horton's 10 Minute Trainer ! Just got it in the mail last Thursday 2-28-13 (just in time to start off this new month goal). Will do T.M.T. on M., W., and F. On T., Th., and F. I will go to Cardio 60 class with my workout buddy Letty1998 emoticon She is the one who invited me to this workout in the beginning and I have Really Enjoyed it...Thank You Letty ;) It's Fun !!! and I LOVE the music that gets me all into the aerobic dance workout emoticon with all the positive vibes and cheers of all the other lady's in the group emoticon
It's AWESOME !
I will emoticon emoticon myself on my workouts and stay focused on my goals.


Let's keep at it Sparkers and do this for ourselves.
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Take Care my Spark Friends and let's Push Ourselves to give it our BEST for a Great month ahead emoticon emoticon

  
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LADYJAY714 4/17/2013 6:01PM

    Keep up that emoticon JOB! How's it going on now? What's the update? emoticon

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MYLOVELYCURVES 4/14/2013 5:20PM

    Woo hoo girl!!! CONGRATULATIONS! You're doing so great!!!!!! I'm proud of you chica :)

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MOMOF4FOXES 3/5/2013 6:18PM

    Keep up the great work and CONGRATS on the success. Decide. Commit. Succeed. You are succeeding! Love it! emoticon

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SHMARA 3/3/2013 8:38PM

    Oh my Gosh! I am sooooooo sooooo happy for you! 20 pounds is no joke, my 10 months old weighs that, and lugging him around is no joke either! You are doing amazing, and should be super proud of all your achievements. Take a moment to focus on your success, as we often forget how far we have come. You are an unstoppable force, you are gonna kick some major behind !!!
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MOM2OR 3/3/2013 7:37PM

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MJ7DM33 3/3/2013 2:35PM

  WTG!

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KIMBERLY19732 3/3/2013 12:40PM

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TLG71567 3/3/2013 12:40PM

    Congratulations on losing 20 lbs. I started at the same time as you and have lost 14 lbs so far. I wish it was more, but I have been really sick with a lung infection and haven't been able to exercise and have been on prednisone most of the last month and half, so really I am glad I have lost anything at all.
Keep up the good work. : )

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Always Open to Try New Things :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First of all I am so Proud to say that I weighed in this morning and have officially lost 11 pds .... Oh Yeah !!! :D
I had a Great week with putting in my Turbo Jam 20 min. workout every afternoon and making sure I ate nutritious meals within my calorie range. I am empowered to stay on track and motivated to keep at it every day. Thank you to you all for helping me as well by inspiring me as I come across your pages and see your progress and pictures of how far you've all come. Or reading your encouraging blogs. That Really motivates me to keep going forward each day, so Thank you girls. I wanted to share this Crazy/Amazing experience I had last night....
I have a friend (Leticia) who had asked me at the beginning of this past week on Monday, if I would come with her to this new workout class she had heard of and wanted to try it. I couldn't make it to go with her because my hubby and I had to go out of town to the nearest Sears store to get a new battery for my vehicle. Since the weather had been so cold, my battery had it! The next day, I called Leticia and apologized for not being able to go to that class. I was curious to know what it was about and asked her. Leticia told me it's called Cardio 60 and it's a cardio dance class that is held M-F in the afternoons. She asked if I could go with her another day this past week. I told her I knew I could go with her for sure on Friday. So, Friday came and I called her in the early afternoon to see if she could still go. She told me she would meet me there at 6:45 pm and let me know that on Friday nights it is a 2 hr class. I said "What" !! I thought to myself "Ok.... I'm always open to try new things and see how I like it".
When I got there last night, she was waiting at the front entrance for me with another group of girls that where also waiting to get in. We were waiting for a group of boys that were inside doing a karate class. Once we got in, my friend introduced me to the instructor who is like in his middle or late 50's (Wow!) who was spanish speaking and is in Great shape for his age (that's inspiring). I paid him the $3.00 fee for the class. I remember he told me "Just do what you can". My friend told me that he goes fast at times but just to go at my own pace. I told my friend that she might have to try to drag me out to my car after a 2 hour workout since I've never tried this. There were two other trainers with him. A girl and another guy. Before the class started the instructor was going to give out certificates to those students who had already completed a year at his class. Once the class started they dimmed the lights and turned on the disco lights. I thought, "ok. this is cool" During the workout I followed the girl because she went at a medium pace. So we started with a warm up of kickboxing moves which I really liked emoticon . Then we got into the dance moves and it was like Zumba but Taking it into the next "Major" level. The music just kept going and the instructor would just yell "water !" at the 2 second stop of each song emoticon . Ahhhh......
OMG !!!! was I out of breath and Really sweating. I usually don't sweat much during workouts but this one about killed me ! emoticon Once the first hour was over, I seriously thought to myself "what the Hell ! did I get myself into" Then it just kept going with more jumping, stand up ab crunches, and kicks. It did have Zumba moves too emoticon . I Really did Enjoy the music though, it was a mix of spanish mexican music with english house/techno-which brought back memories of some of the songs I danced to at the clubs in Hollywood with my friends back in 96' :D, there was also 50's rock music like "the twist". The whole music was Awesome because it had Awesome beats that made you get into the music and keep going. Now, the workout was something else (deep breath) I was gasping for air towards the end emoticon and I seriously had never worked out that hard in my entire life to any other workout. This was "Beyond" my intensity level. I was at the point of saying "Holly S***!" It was like the Biggest Looser show when the contestants get pushed to their maximum level and I thought of the instructors like I had Jillian Michaels in front of me telling me "Unless you puke, faint or die...KEEP GOING !!!" emoticon I tried my hardest and pushed myself to my own next level of intensity. I am Very Proud to say that I pushed myself through the whole 2 hour workout without stopping, not even for a bathroom break. During the 2nd hour I seriously thought my leg's where going to literally break ! They felt like jello and I could not lift my legs up towards the end but I did accommodate some moves in order to just keep moving/going. I was literally gasping for air towards the end and I knew it because at one point I yawned and I know that was my lungs "begging" for more oxygen ! I did not want to give up ! That was not an option for me. Just kept breathing harder and closing my eyes while taking in deep breaths. I kept thinking, God please help me get through this. I self talked myself to keep going. telling myself that I was stronger than I thought. If I started this, I was going to finish it to the end..... and I DID !!!!!!!!!! OMG !!!!!!! It was an Incredible and Intense experience ! I walked all wobbly over to put on my tennis shoes and was so drained that I just pushed my feet into them. There was no way I could even try to put them on never the less tie them. I told my friend I should of started with the one hour class instead of going straight for the kill ! I SERIOUSLY could of Crawled out to my car .... emoticon . I got in and sat there taking slow breaths and thought, I DID IT !!!
"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You STRONGER"
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Sorry, for the pic being sideways, I couldn't figure out how to rotate it :/

  
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MYLOVELYCURVES 1/20/2013 3:23PM

    Way to go girl! I'm so proud of you for not giving up even though it was a tough workout!! :) AMAZING JOB!!

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NIGHTOWLKIM 1/19/2013 11:19PM

  Congrats!!

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IRP1114 1/19/2013 6:58PM

    Congrats girl! Wooohooooo that sounds like an awesome class. Wish i could have been there lol!! So proud of you for pushing yourself and getting through the whole thing!!!
And Congrats on the 11 pounds too! Way to start off the year ;-)!
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Setting Attainable/Realistic Goals for 2013

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Starting a New Year always give's us a fresh new start.
This year, I have thought about setting real attainable goals to stay on track with weight loss. Going to go at it month by month and set goals for each month of the year. For this month of January, I am committed to work out 5 days a week. Will do a Turbo Jam 20 min. workout at home (Monday-Friday) which is realistic for me to start with. There is a Saturday morning class of Zumba @ 8am which I can add because I really enjoy it :). With nutrition, I plan to eat my 3 meals a day and 1 mid afternoon snack. Will eat every 2 1/2 hours and push to drink my 4-5 cups of water a day, always drinking one full cup of water before my meals. Defenitly watch my portion size and add protein at every meal because it fill's me up longer. I know there will be obstacles in the way and that's where I will always have to have a plan B.
So far, I have lost 8 pds and feel very energized (love it). One thing that really motivated me yesterday was that I was getting ready to go out to the store and was looking for a pair of my jeans to put on. Then I thought to myself, why don't I try that pair in the closet that I got on sale at Kohls last summer. I am between a size 20/18 right now. These new pants are size 18 and the first time I tried them on last summer, I was able to pull them up but could not even button them up never the less zip them up. Now I Was able to button and zip them up even though they are tight, but I was able to button them and zip them up .... Woohoo !!!!! Awesome Feeling Right !!!!
God help me to stay focused each month and not give up on myself.
I Can Do This !

  
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SHMARA 1/15/2013 9:49PM

    You got this! You can rock those jeans and feel good. Your goals are realistic, so stick with it lady!!!

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LIBELULITA 1/11/2013 3:57AM

    Thankyou for the friend add. I've added you back and look forwards to getting to know you. It sounds like you've got good goals set for Januaray . How's it going so far? emoticon

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10 pds down ....Wooohooo !!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Weighed myself this morning and I am officially 10 pds down emoticon. Started at 237 pds. on 6/1/11 and this morning 7/15/11, the scale read 226.4 YAY ! It's a great feeling and now I am focusing on the next 10 pds. Loving and Enjoying Zumba classes, specially now that I am able to attend them more than twice a week. Consistency is Key !

  
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ELOMBARDI- 7/22/2011 11:21PM

    Congrats!!!

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RODRIGUEZ41508 7/22/2011 9:54PM

    Thank You all for your comments and support.....this is what it's all about.
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PRIN1978 7/16/2011 8:00AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 7/16/2011 7:58AM

    emoticon job!! KEEP IT UP!!!!

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PAMSDAZED 7/16/2011 12:11AM

    Congratulations!! Doesn't it feel great to watch that scale keep going down!!!

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LISABOULDER 7/15/2011 11:57PM

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Starting Over...

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I am Determined to lose this extra weight that is holding me from so many things. Happiness is one of them because I don't feel good about myself physically or mentally. Looking in the mirror and not liking what I see. Not being able to be as active with my family because I don't have the energy due to being overweight. This past summer (7-31-2009) I lost my mother emoticon. She had severe high blood pressure for many years and ended up with kidney failure and then a stroke that made her bed ridden for 2 1/2 months. Seeing her go through all that suffering and not being able to help her in any way was the most horrible experience. Now I start to seriously think about my health, thinking that I want to live much longer for my family and be there for them to share many special moments ahead of us. This is why I want to focus on myself and take care of me in order to take care of those I love. I think about my mom all the time and just wish she could still be here with us......miss her so deeply. My kids give me that strength to wake up each morning and keep going in life. But now, I am trying to find that strength "in me" to keep going at achieving my goal of losing these extra pounds. I am in much need of motivation and inspiration in order to stay focused and this is why I came back to SparkPeople to find that. I know there are many inspiring stories of success here and I look to them for inspiration and hoping I can use there stories of success as a way of knowing that I too can one day be one of those success stories.

  
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MONIQUEV2 1/6/2010 1:22AM

    You can do this. I am glad you are reevaluating your goals so that you can become healthier. Take it one day at a time and make small changes and before you know it it will be automatic. I am sorry to hear about your Mother - I am sure she wants you to be healthy and will be rooting you on.

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