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Unanswered Prayers

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tonight I was reminiscing with an old flame.. that well, didn't become a flame. While chatting with me, he said, "You were always cool and probably still am."

While laying in bed (yes, I was already in bed but came back to write this), I realized I am cool.. and proud of who I am today (I think that's a country song). I find it pretty awesome that at the end of the day (or 12:12 am), even with life mistakes, and disappointments, that I can say I am an alright person. Yes, I have done some things I haven't been proud of.. but, I am proud of ME! It feels pretty good.

Something else my old flame mentioned was how I moved away and now we never will know.. like if I stayed.. would we have stayed friends or grew apart? I think we would have grew apart.

For years, I kinda regretted I never made a move on him.. but I think deep down I knew my mom saw what I did not when she told me to not ruin the friendship. The thing is.. if I stayed in that small town, I would have hated it and probably grew to hate him. I'm sure you all have heard stories like that.

Beyond that, I would have missed out on so much.. without even knowing it.

Here are some things...
-Being a Realtor
-Having a closer relationship with my parents (I live like a hour away)
-Having true friends that have touched my lives even through I don't talk to them anymore
-Having depression (Yes, I consider it a blessing. There are SO much I have learned about me.)
-Attending the college I do
-Changing my major to Exercise Science (Who knows where that will lead me to discovery)
-Joining Sparkpeople (now that is just plain unlimited)

If I made the one single decision to stay in an area that I was suffocating in, all of this could have never happened and made me a person I truly like. It is better to have one regret, to never know, than to have many regrets.

God works in special ways.. and I think he lead me on this path to show me that I can do great things with my life. Even now I feel like I am starting to out grow this area.. and that I am meant to do even bigger things.

Lastly, tonight reminds me of the song "Unanswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks
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VICTORIA12U 7/15/2010 5:58PM

    Good call...We should always be careful what we wish for!

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SUNSHINEART 7/15/2010 5:29PM

    You can do anything you set your mind to. You go girl

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HEIDISO 7/14/2010 10:31AM

    Very nice

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JANEYINMADTOWN 7/14/2010 6:53AM

    Thank you for this blog..it's opened my eyes in many ways...

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SCOOTER4263 7/14/2010 5:28AM

    You're a wise young woman, and a special one.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/14/2010 2:27AM

    thank you! emoticon

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ANVIBEXTOR 7/14/2010 1:35AM

    So inspiring, thanks!

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A Day for Disappointments!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today it seems is day for disappointments.

emoticon Weighed myself today.. and didn't lose.

I was feeling pretty good, as I have been exercising, eating right and I didn't weight myself yesterday. That is a milestone in it's self.

BUT.. I did lift.. so I am probably retaining water.

emoticon In an attempt to turn my day around, I decided to time my mile run. I usually do it on Sunday but with the run on Saturday, I figured to wait. It turned out that I did it in 13:00, add approximately 30 seconds from the last time I ran.

BUT.. there was wind this time, and my legs were probably a bit tired from the elliptical yesterday. Last time, I did walk some but this time, I ran the whole thing.

Anyhow, in an essence I am disappointed in myself.. and to be honest, it is a bummer!

emoticonSo.. what am I going to do?

-Scratch the 100 second challenge
-Start weighing myself every 10 days again. (I want off this emotional roller coaster.)
-Try to run 3x a week - aiming for longer distances - and perhaps I will be able to improve my time.

  
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SCOOTER4263 7/13/2010 7:47PM

    Don't be so quick to beat up on yourself - there are many reasons for weight to be unstable in the summer. Humidity makes me retain water like nobody's business (and I'm, in theory anyway, beyond the reach of fluctuating hormones.) As you said, lifting can make you retain because of the minute swelling that occurs when you make teensy tears in muscles. All sorts of reasons.

Something to consider is to abandon weighing in the summer and go for measuring instead. Jeans looser? Then who cares what the Evil Scale says!

You're doing wonderfully! Rejoice in all your progress and hang tough until things sort themselves out again.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/13/2010 6:46PM

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SHERYLDS 7/13/2010 5:00PM

    With all the positive things you are doing for yourself, you should not feel bummed out. There are any number of reasons why you may not be seeing the progress on the scale. but with all the positive fitness steps you're taking and watching what you're eating it will happen soon enough. And have you been measuring yourself? That's another big measure of success. You're fitness plan is becoming more and more your regime. Isn't that a Great Change. hugs

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SOUTHIE2010 7/13/2010 3:57PM

    Okay honestly I was jumping up and down that you didn't weigh yourself yesterday!!! That in and of itself is a major achievement!

I think it is a great plan to weigh yourself every 10 days! Or you can get on my Wednesday schedule and we can keep each other off the scale! I was so tempted earlier in the week, but I remember telling you that I was going to wait until Wednesday. So much of me not weighing myself was remembering that I had posted I was going to wait until Wednesday! Its a lot easier to have will power when you have posted a goal!

I totally agree with the advice on the Couch to 5k program. I know you aren't crazy about the intervals, but the feeling of success when you move onto another week is AMAZING! It is a small success you can give yourself every week.

The second half of the program doesn't really have any intervals - much to my chagrine. . . I love those darn intervals! I haven't looked ahead but I think today maybe my last day with them. . .

We all have good days and bad days, but I think it is great you are stepping back and reevaluating so that you get yourself out of that cycle. If something isn't working for you, i.e. weighing yourself everyday, then there are tons of other things you can do to keep yourself on track!

We are in this together! Close to 3 weeks left in the month to get the heck out of the 190s!!!

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CUATROMOMMY 7/13/2010 3:54PM

    Tomorrow is going to be a day of accomplishments for you. I just know it.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/13/2010 3:27PM

    well you need to turn around your attitude missy!

so you didn't lose, but most importantly you did not gain!

seriously.. STOP being a pessimist. Look for some good, it's somewhere, honestly!

as for your runs, are you doing a program? I find they really help. Don't worry about your time! Spark Coach Nancy and many others state that in the beginning you are teaching your body to run. That can be for the first YEAR. Never go for time. Just go for completion. After a while, you will be able to run further and eventually you will become faster, it is a natural progression.

I am doing the couch 2 5K in 9 wks from www.coolrunning.com

Now.. emoticon with the pity party and go emoticonsome butt!

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100 Second Challenge

Monday, July 12, 2010

As some of you know, I tried a 100 Day Challenge. It was alright, but I got interest after awhile. emoticon

Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I thought of a new challenge, which includes my trouble spots (plyometrics, arms, and tummy). It grew out of liking JM's 30 Day Shred but not her.

Basically, you start with 25 of each exercise within 100 seconds and increase 25 each week doing it 3x a week.

Jump rope / Jumping jacks
Push-ups / Arm wings
Sit-ups / Ball transfers

The beauty of it? You can do it anywhere, anytime! emoticon

I think today I will take my measurements today, try it for 3 weeks, re-take measurements. I figure it's worth a try!

What do you think?

  
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THECRAZYMANGO 7/12/2010 7:00PM

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Sheryl, I can be a bit confusing at times, hehe.

I hope this makes more sense.

Week 1:
Jumping Jacks - complete 25 in 100 seconds
Push-ups - complete 25 in 100 seconds (separate from the Jumping Jacks time)
Sit-ups - complete 25 in 100 seconds (separate from the Jumping Jacks and Push-ups time)

Week 2:
Just like week 1 but instead of 25, increase 25 to a total of 50.

Week 3:
Just like week 1 & 2, but increase to a total of 75

Does that make sense?!

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SHERYLDS 7/12/2010 3:46PM

    I'm confused. the challenge is to do
25 reps of an exercise within 100 seconds time, and then increase the reps by another 25 reps and an additional 100 seconds, each week doing it 3x a week? Sorry, I'm slow when it comes to fitness concepts. But I am curious.

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GIG2828 7/12/2010 1:16PM

    great idea!

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HEIDISO 7/12/2010 11:47AM

    I like it! Sounds like something good to try.

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KATIE2759 7/12/2010 11:44AM

    Good luck, I will be interested to see how this work for you!

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Get paid to lose weight and train for 5K?! Really?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Competitions = $$$

A friend of mine recently asked if I wanted a complete car detailing valued at $200. He got it for winning the college's rock climbing competition. This got me thinking about how if you complete is certain 5Ks, you can win monetary money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. From what I have seen, it is like $500. I know I have even competed in a weight loss contest in where you could win close to the same as a 5K. These monetary rewards sure put a new spin on losing weight and giving motivation to train more seriously.

As I start training for 5Ks, this got me thinking. If I put myself into weight loss contests and trained seriously for 5Ks, does this mean I could pay for the year that I am out in California on the National Student Exchange by being fit and doing something I love? Yeah, I have a long ways to go but talk about bonus!

[On a side note, I ran 1.5 miles today.

Okay not all together but still! I walked the first .5 as my warm up, ran the next mile, walked the next half mile, than ran the next half mile, walked some, than ran a teeny-tiny bit than walked to my car.

I feel pretty amazing that I ran a full mile without stopping. On the track, when I time myself, I struggle and tend to stop. You know what that means, right? Running on the track is all mental. Grr.. is all I got to say about that!]

  
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INTERSTATEVERSE 7/12/2010 4:25AM

    Congratulations on the running! So great! You're really active!

Thanks for the encouragement on my blog too! emoticon

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SOUTHIE2010 7/11/2010 9:41PM

    Great job on the running!!!

Sometimes a carrot (or check) at the end of the run is all the incentive you need!

You and I will be running 5ks the whole way through before we know it!!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/11/2010 1:08PM

    Ladies, that is true.. but I'd love to get paid for something like that. Also, maybe that is why I have continued to exercise, now over a year, almost everyday, because I have learned to love it. If I hated it, it wouldn't happen, hehe.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/11/2010 1:01PM

  I agree with Sheryl.......If you are enjoying what you are doing to get fit, you will continue to do it long after you reach your goal.
Keep up your good work...... emoticon

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LOVELYMRSB 7/11/2010 8:49AM

    That's so awesome about running a mile w/o stopping! I can't seem to get myself past running for 3 minutes straight - but you've inspired me to try! And getting paid to be fit would be a pretty sweet deal, that's for sure.

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SUNSHINEART 7/10/2010 7:54PM

    I love that you are doing your exercise on a regular basis and finding ways to motivate yourself. Wow - why not give it a try running for the top prizes - I'm sure if you put your mind to it you can do it.

I'm rooting for you!

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SHERYLDS 7/10/2010 4:17PM

    emoticon Regardless of what you decide, do what you enjoy to get fit...period.

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WHAT is this phenomena?

Friday, July 09, 2010

When I got back from vacation I gained 4# from going from 197 to 201. For some reason, I wasn't bothered by it. I guess I knew when I went back to the grind, I'd lose it again and some. That is what we are all about, right?

On Wednesday, my first full day back, I walked 3 miles and dropped 2# on Thursday's weigh in. I figured it was water retention. Happy to see you leave.. See-ya.

Than, on Thursday, yesterday, I did nothing. I just tracked my food and did no exercise. I was sore from the 3 mile walk [Man, it sucks that you can lose all your training over just a few days.] I did on Wednesday and I had to get my 5 page paper done for my summer class. [It's due today.] This morning I dropped another pound. emoticon

WHAT is going on?! This is so weird. I basically dropped 3# in like two days. Weird! I kinda figure my body knew it wasn't suppose to be there so it didn't get settled in.. I don't know.

Today, I am still getting settled back into the groove of things.. I am going to go work out on the emoticon.

[Oh, I forgot.. I am going to try to restrain myself from the scale this weekend. Small steps.. small steps!]

  
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HEART4HOME 7/9/2010 7:10PM

   
good for your getting back on the wagon! Congrats on your weight loss. emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/9/2010 4:11PM

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/9/2010 3:22PM

    just getting back into the swing of things! Keep it up, or off, hee hee

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SUNSHINEART 7/9/2010 2:01PM

    that is amazing -good for youo

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HEIDISO 7/9/2010 12:57PM

    If it was me, I wouldn't question the weight loss. I would just celebrate it emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/9/2010 12:01PM

    You're doing great. Just keep up that fabulous spirit of yours. Can't wait to hear the good news from the next weigh in.

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REVJVH 7/9/2010 10:43AM

    Our bodies really do fluctuate a great deal. I've stopped trying to figure out what happens to make me stay the same, gain, or lose. I did a 26-mile bike ride that burned almost 2000 calories. My weight didn't change for two days, then it went up, then went back down to bike-ride weight, then dropped five pounds in two days.

I know that when it gets humid, I'll put on at least a pound. Traveling is good for a few, just from the sitting and driving for so long. I eat within my ranges, but my body is just doing what it does.

One thing that really helps me is to keep a spreadsheet for my weight. I weigh every day and average it over the week. Wednesday is the end of my week, and on Wednesday I subtract this week's average from last week's average. It helps to deal with the fluctuations. It also helps to keep me from obsessing over any day's number.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/9/2010 10:35AM

    Small steps go a long way! Nice job jumping back into your groove

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