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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 3 (March 23)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hey guys, yesterday was day three of my personal challenge :).

I stayed within my calorie limits and worked out about 600 calories worth..so that is good. Even though I stayed within my caloric limits, I went to Portillo's (who's from Chicago) and couldn't find ANYTHING healthy to eat. I ordered Chicken Noodle Soup (only had half--gave the rest to my dog, hehe) and a Veggie Croissant. This croissant was HUGE though..and although I ordered it without mayo, I doubt it was very healthy. Then again, much more healthy than the alternative of a burger or Italian beef :).

I am starting to notice that when I intake too much fat in one day, I can feel it in my stomach the next day. I don't know if anyone watched "The Biggest Loser" last night, but one of the girls was talking about how great she feels now that she only eats heathy food. She said she didn't want to go back to how she felt before and how she felt great now. I really identified with that and thought that it was really cool.

I also (tried) to do Jillian's 30 Day Shred..haha, I only made it like 10 minutes into the workout. I think I'm going to just do level one of the shred until I can go completely through and that will count as my first day. Same with the other levels.

Hope everyone has a great and healthy day!!

  
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ZANNACHAN 3/24/2010 12:50PM

    I'm not familiar with that particular restaurant, but I often find it hard to find healthy options at restaurants. Even the salads are often loaded! I'm slowly learning which restaurants I can eat at without blowing my budget and which ones I should avoid.

It makes sense to me to take the 30 day shred at your own pace. Smarter than risking injury!

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DRRAZZ 3/24/2010 12:39PM

    30 Day Shred killed me!!! Good job making a better choice with your food.

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THENEWCINDY 3/24/2010 10:30AM

    the shred is amazing

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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 2 (March 22)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hello there! Yesterday was day two of my personal challenge of writing in my blog every day for 40 days and trying to make a positive difference in my life.

I counted up my calories from my personal challenge day one (when I thought I had binged) and actually only ate 1500, which is within my range (1200-1550)! I just felt like I was bingeing because I was eating unhealthy foods I think. I definitely exceeding how much fat I should have eaten that day. I really think SP has programmed me to really watch what I eat, even when I don't realize it. I stopped eating like 40 calories shy of my limit...how cool is that?

I went to the gym yesterday and burned 650 calories (according to the machines I used). Does anyone know how accurate those machines are? I'm guessing not very..but does anyone know for sure?

I haven't started Jillian's 30 Day Shred yet... emoticon...a friend from college just moved in with me. We're living at my grandparents' house (it is vacant now...my grandpa lives with my dad and my grandma passed away in 1997). Because of this, we have been going to my parents a lot (we don't have cable TV or Internet and we still need to fix the place up quite a bit because the tenants that lived there before kinda messed it up). He's a guy, so I doubt he'd want to do the 30 Day Shred with me emoticon. I've been spending a lot of time with him since we both are unemployed at the moment (just graduated college). It's making me get a bit off track because I don't have as much time to exercise! emoticon He's looking for a job this week though and I'll probably stick around my parents' houses. I have some money saved up and I'd really like to get in good shape before I start working regularly.

Happy day today :)

  
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OCFERNAN 3/25/2010 1:05AM

    i was going to repeat what someone else had said. this is one of the best times to get your exercise in. i've dealth w/ unemployment twice and experience told me you can easily make time.

definitely take advantage. even if you spend as much as 2.5 hrs, that still give you plenty of time to job search and see your friend during the day.

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KITKA82 3/24/2010 11:29AM

    My husband started doing the Shred with me when I was halfway through Level 1 (I do it on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). He tried to do Level 2 with me, but gave up due to lack of sleep. I sent him out of the room anyway-- I couldn't let him see me try to do plank jacks! lol!

Way to go with your calories!

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ZANNACHAN 3/23/2010 2:16PM

    Congrats on eating within your goals, even with splurging! I have also found that recording my daily food makes a huge difference, though I'm still not very good at estimating how many calories food has.

I've read that exercise equipment tends to overestimate how many calories that you've burned, because the calorie counter doesn't know anything about your weight or anything. The numbers are usually generated based on a fit 6 foot man--which most of us aren't. Or so I understand it. But the elliptical I have access to estimates my normal calories at about 250-260, and sparks tends to estimate it at closer to 300, so I've been leaning toward assuming that the lower number is the more accurate one because sparks can't tell what my intensity is.

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VALLOUGH 3/23/2010 12:19PM

    Great job writing everyday and tracking your food! It really does make a difference in how you view food, doesn't it? I've been trying to get my boyfriend to do 30 Day Shred with me but he's still reluctant. I just do it in front of him and he's started to comment on how hardcore it is. I think he'll jump on before I'm finished-- lucky him, he'll get to start in level 3 ;-)

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CHANGE4HAPPY 3/23/2010 10:09AM

    That's great that you stayed within your calorie limit.
It's amazing how much SP has changed my way of thinking in only 2 weeks!
Looking forward to reading your 40 days of blogs!
I love writing mine everyday - it is therapeutic!
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CHELLESDOINGR8 3/23/2010 9:44AM

    emoticon I agree...this is the PERFECT time to concentrate on you...everything else will fall into place!!!

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THENEWCINDY 3/23/2010 9:14AM

    good luck!!! I am doing the slim down program

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KLOSH1 3/23/2010 9:08AM

    Hey there! I read an article in Weight Watchers magazine titled "The upside of downsizing" and it talks about how being unemployed is the perfect time to work on you! Make time for yourself, you're worth it!

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KORYCHEER 3/23/2010 9:06AM

  Hey, you have some great goals there and it sounds like you are well on your way to making your lifestyle changes. Congratulations! I, too, have gotten accustumed to the SP way of life with knowing what I put into my body. It really is amazing. Good luck with the 30 Day Shred. I have that video in storage and as soon as I move I want to add it to my exercise. Keep working hard!

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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 1 (March 21)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hey there..I decided I was going to write my blog entries about the previous day the morning or afternoon after and reflect on my whole day. I am doing this just in case I write the blog earlier and then do something I should have reported afterward (if that makes sense).

I went and worked out, but only burned 250 calories. At least I got out to the gym though! I usually burn more calories than that. But it is still a plus because my daily goal is to burn 227 calories/day.

My eating wasn't so good...but I am following the 80/20 rule of eating right 80% of the time..which is a HUGE improvement from before. I would say before it was more like 20/80! haha. My mom ordered Domino's and I just couldn't resist...I ate 3 pieces of pizza. :/ On the upside, I didn't go over my calories too much..I still have to track them though. Earlier in the day I had a cheese quesadilla too..

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to work out and could REALLY feel the effects of the pizza. The cheese upset my stomach. Yucky! Won't be doing that again.

Today I start Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred..I think it's going to take me awhile to completely do the first level..so I may have to turn it into the 40 day shred! haha. I also bought one of Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs..1, 2, 3, and 4 mile..as well as a yoga DVD. There are times when I want to go back to the gym so I thought DVDs would be a change of pace from my usual cardio. I want to start doing the 30 minute express workout (kind of like Curves, except the machines have weights that you adjust) regularly (3x a week) to build muscle. I need to build muscle so my metabolism speeds up a bit--I took a metabolism test and I only burn 1400 calories a day (I'm supposed to be burning around 2000)..putting me in the 'very slow' category..so I need all the muscle I can get :)

So happy I'm here!!

  
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KITKA82 3/24/2010 11:25AM

    I love the Shred! I started level 2 last night. Very challenging! I do Leslie Sansone's 1 and 2 mile walks for free on Comcast On Demand on nights when I really don't feel like working out. lol! I wasn't planning on giving up alcohol, but realized it's just empty calories. I haven't had a drink since January... Keep it up, you're doing great!

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LDY_ALI_79 3/22/2010 11:27PM

    emoticon Here's to a new you with the shred! emoticon

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DRRAZZ 3/22/2010 8:12PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan going. Good luck with 30 Day Shred. it is hardcore. LOL!

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JESSBOND 3/22/2010 8:00PM

    You are doing great!

I think emoticon is the only food that I still have trouble saying no to... lol
It is ok, don't let it upset you, just keep it up and it will all pay off!

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ZANNACHAN 3/22/2010 4:27PM

    Sounds like a good plan!

Yeah, I struggle with pizza too.... but I really don't feel too guilty so long as I don't do it too often and don't eat more than a couple of slices. I figure I eat well most of the time, a little pizza now and then isn't the end of the world!

Enjoy the 30 day shred! And take your time--as my friends remind me, it's more important to be consistent than to try to push yourself at a pace you can't maintain.

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KISSYTINA 3/22/2010 3:07PM

    Keep up the good work!

I still have trouble with foods like Pizza too. I try to just keep it to one or two slices, if we do order Pizza. I manage to do ok on calories that way, but I still mess up my Fat and Cholesterol amounts. But, you will get the hang of it. I have also found that I don't feel so good if I eat foods I probably shouldn't. I guess I should be glad because my body is starting to get used to not being allowed to eat those foods as often! But, sometimes it is just miserable!

I also bought a Leslie Sansone DVD!... I did the first mile this morning, and it was A LOT harder than I thought it would be! I just have to push through and keep going. I hope the shred goes well for you! I have heard a lot of people talking about doing that one. You will do great!... even if it takes you a little longer than some. You can do it!

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40 Day Personal Challenge

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I got this idea from another member, Mizkymee, who actually got the idea from another Spark Person :). That's what I love about this site...the sharing of ideas. Basically, what you do is blog your fitness activity for the day as well as challenges or victories. I am going to start this process tomorrow.

A little background information because I am not sure that some people know this about me..

For Lent, I gave up cigarettes and alcohol. I just graduated college and was drinking and smoking a lot, and did not want to make these habits permanent. On March 9th, I decided I wanted to start working out and eating healthy. So far so good (a few binges, but much more working out..hehe).

If there's anyone who wants to partner up with me, I'd REALLY appreciate it. I don't have that one person that I talk to every day. The one person I did stopped responding to me and I'm not sure if she comes on here anymore. Let me know :)

  
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ZANNACHAN 3/21/2010 11:16PM

    Congratulations on giving up cigarettes and alcohol! That's not easy, but giving up cigarettes especially is a huge bonus for your health.

I'm not familiar with the 40 day challenge but it sounds like a good idea. I'm not entirely sure what you're looking for in a partner, but if I can help, I'd be more than willing. I'm not online every day, but I'm around a lot.

Let's keep the spark alive!

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BRENDAR38 3/20/2010 7:29PM

    I am new at this and looking for someone too!! I am everyday using facebook and decided to spend less time in FB and more here! Add me as a friend ;)

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JESSBOND 3/20/2010 6:35PM

    That is a good idea.
I am also here everyday, so if you want to talk and check in and all that, you can count on me!

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OCFERNAN 3/20/2010 5:00PM

    you can also track your workouts on the trackers here (although we can only see what you accomplished for the current day; but it's good for yourself).

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HMHORSEGAL 3/20/2010 4:42PM

    Congratulations to you for giving up the cigarettes and alcohol! That in itself is a HUGE accomplishment! Kudos! I just signed up for this site on 3/10 and love it! If I find myself wanting to grab that brownie....I jump online! The support here is enormous. Stay in touch! Add me as a friend! I am usually on here everyday. I would love to stay in touch with you and we can keep in other "in check" with this lifestyle change! WE can do this! emoticon

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The Difference Between Success and Failure: Attitude

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am going to be honest...I have tried controlling what I ate and how much I exercised for years. Sometimes I would go for awhile but then I would mess up...and a downward spiral seemed inevitable. NOT THIS TIME :)...

I have decided to learn from my mistakes. My mom called me yesterday and told me to come over/that she had picked up a bunch of food. Of course, I went over there and couldn't resist. I had been too good all day :(..haha, and I binged. Normally I would spend time beating myself up over it. Instead, I woke up and went to the gym.. :) and worked out extra. YAY..and thanks to Renee Stephen's IOWL podcast..I now know can auto-correct myself and think about how I would want to do the situation differently once the opportunity is presented again.

Hope everyone else is making progress as well! Hugs!!

  
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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/16/2010 4:55PM

    Way to go on not beating yourself up over something that has already happened!!! Keep up the great work and have a nice relaxing evening!!! emoticon

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JESSICAB4E 3/16/2010 4:10PM

    Way to go!!! You should be so proud of yourself!!

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ZANNACHAN 3/16/2010 3:55PM

    Way to go! Yeah, I think one of the most important lessons I've learned--and the hardest to consistently practice--is to not get hung up on the bad stuff, but to stay positive and looking ahead. Okay, so I binged. I can't un-binge now; all I can do is figure out why I really binged, so that I can prevent it from happening next time, and then focus on what I can control--what I'm eating now, whether or not I go to the gym today, etc. And sparks says you don't have to be perfect--you just have to get it right most of the time to be healthier and lose weight.

You're doing great!

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NEWJENN10 3/16/2010 2:38PM

    Good job, it is hard to turn off those negative habits we all seem to have. New day, new opportunities.

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