--ALYSSA--'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2D%2DALYSSA%2D%2D --ALYSSA--'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813613 Week 1 of 21 Day Fix is almost done....the end of the day. I just did Dirty 30. I can't plank. :( BUT I'll keep trying. I stepped on the scale yesterday and didn't have a loss OR a gain. I stepped on it today and saw a 2 pound drop. :) Weight fluctuations. lol <BR> <BR> I feel good. I feel taller, leaner, and stronger. I'm sleeping better and I'm in a better mood. I was so afraid that I wouldn't be able to do the 21 Day Fix. I am usually not able to do these exercise programs because they ar... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:55:35 EST NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813041 I am in a 21 Day Fix challenge and we are finishing our first week tomorrow. I weighed myself today. Although AF was here, I worked out and followed my meal plans/calorie range all but one day this week. I got on the scale this morning and didn't lose, but also didn't gain. I know yesterday at work, I was walking around and I noticed that I'm walking taller, feel stronger, and feel thinner (if that makes any sense?). I'm also sleeping better and generally in a much better mood. So, no budge o... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:50:19 EST Feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810310 My sister started a 21 Day Fit Challenge on Facebook today. It happens to be our Mom's nine year death anniversary today. What a great day to start it as our Mom passed away of a heart attack. She was very unhealthy physically. Don't get me wrong...she was such a wonderful woman with such a kind heart and I miss her so much! But, we do not want the fate that she had because of her health. <BR> <BR> I normally don't do well with more than 20 minutes or so of that kind of exercise, but I did ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:07:45 EST Right here. Right now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806930 Have you heard the Christian Rock song by Big Daddy Weave "Redeemed"? It's all about being right where you are and being accepted, loved, and redeemed in the eyes of God. It's an amazing song, even if you don't like that sort of thing. I think about that song and where I am in life. It's funny how people are always trying to get to the next destination: a better relationship, a better body, a better number on the scale, a better job, a better house, a better car...and if we can just get those... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:28:00 EST Is this normal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806883 I just started my journey this week. I'm usually hot and have my fan on at work. Today I am cold! I've been drinking my water (more than, actually) and exercising every day this week. I've been eating under or right at my calories (minus a slip-up yesterday). Is this normal to be cold even at the beginning of my journey? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:29:18 EST One little setback followed by a healthy choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806135 I have an issue that I've had for awhile now. When I don't sleep well, I tend to get up and eat something...and that something is usually not very healthy. Last night, I got up about five times, and in one of those times, I consumed five small chocolate chip cookies at 295 calories. I wasn't going to track those....it was the middle of the night afterall. lol That's so funny....my mind was trying to tell me, "It's the middle of the night. Calories consumed aren't really trackable, because it'... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:14:46 EST One Major Feat and Feeling Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805696 I have decided to start out by trying to get my water in (this is difficult for me) and to take the stairs (3 flights) everyday at work. I'm tracking my calories, and I WILL be walking for exercise tonight. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling great emotionally. I just went through a nasty breakup, and he keeps going through my mind. Normally I would eat emotionally, but I'm trying not to. So, I keep repeating to myself whenever he runs through my mind (and the nasty things he has said), "I trust God.... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:38:39 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805080 Hi, everyone. It's been awhile since I've been on. I am starting over again. <BR> <BR> I am starting over at a higher weight and higher measurements than I've been since I was pregnant. I'm hoping that I'm able to do it. One step at a time, right? Here we go.... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:06:21 EST TurboJammed my darriere today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453135 Holy mother of all exercises holy! I put in TurboJam Cardio Party and made it through the first ten minutes. This is the fourth day of getting back into exercising. Ten minutes. Bleh. But, at least it was ten minutes. This one has always been difficult for me, so, as much as I wish I could have done ten more minutes without throwing up, I couldn't. Ten minutes is still ten minutes. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stick with it, though, and push for fifteen minutes next time. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:31:46 EST The whole enchilada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450699 Ha! No, I'm not eating enchiladas. lol I have been reading information on SP and have been reading the new Spark Solution book. I have come to realize that, even though I lost 70 pounds on SP back in 2011 (and gained it all back), I have been doing things not exactly the right way. I never strength trained before. I didn't stretch. So, I'm reading about these things and incorporating them into my daily plans. <BR> <BR> I walked a LOT yesterday. I did an exercise walking video for 13 mi... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:51:49 EST Nighttime eating.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449799 I noticed a pattern. When I'm stressed out, I tend to wake up at night and eat. Sometimes I'm aware of it. Sometimes I'm not. I'm not going to get down on myself, because now that I know I'm doing it, I can fend myself against it. So, I didn't want to add those calories into yesterdays calculations, but I did anyway. The only one I'm cheating by NOT adding it in is myself. Honesty is important. I can do this. It came to 1999 for yesterday's calories. I am aiming for 1500. <BR> <BR... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:35:07 EST The first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449099 I just got done walking one 12 minute mile. :) That makes me happy! It wasn't a lot, but it was a start. That's the first step. :) <BR> <BR> I have been counting my calories. I, however, have not been very good on the water. I will improve. I love the way I feel after I work out. But, boy, am I out of shape?! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm reading The Spark Solution. I've already read the first book a long time ago. Now, I am picking up a lot of great information from this new book. It's rea... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:41:39 EST Searching for happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447385 So, I've been searching for happiness. It hasn't been a successful venture just yet, because happiness can't be found outside myself. The hardest part about this whole journey is finding that happiness-of allowing myself the time and patience to find it little by little. There ARE going to be bad days, especially since our whole lives have changed. There ARE going to be days of doubt. There ARE going to be tears. But, I have FAITH that things are going to work out and I will find happin... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:01:30 EST Back again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439501 I'm baaaaack! lol My kids and I have been through some big changes in the past month, but suffice it to say, we have moved into our own place, are getting ready for their new school, and have been pretty healthy while I've been gone. :) <BR> <BR> I'm excited to finally have internet in our place. I got it yesterday, so I'm back again! lol I yo-yo'ed this month, but am right back to where I was when I left. 224. My next goal is minus 25 pounds....that would put me under 200! :) <BR> <B... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:11:37 EST 16 pounds gone? Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405907 I'm kind of in shock! I was looking at my homepage and hadn't even realized that I have lost 16 pounds already. Wow! How did that happen?! lol <BR> <BR> I've been going through some majorly stressful and somewhat traumatic things. However, my kids and I moved, and, I hope, things will start getting better. It's a long road ahead, but hopefully God will continue to Bless us and watch over us. :) <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being here! Keep on Sparking :) Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:24:31 EST I'm sorry I've been MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389960 I'm sorry I've been Mia. So much is going on and I'm trying to deal with it all. The good news is that I continue to get healthier and I believe that things are in the upswing. I have a telephone interview for a University that I've worked at before....one in my home state closer to my family and friends. We are packing up everything in the house and getting ready to move. I hope to be working by the beginning of next month. I am just not myself when I'm not working. I've been praying about e... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:43:26 EST Whoa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360041 Whoa...I'm really surprised! I weighed in last Saturday for my 5% Challenge and I weighed in at 237.5 pounds. This morning was my first weekly weigh-in and I came in at 233.5 pounds! Whoa! 4 pounds?! In a week?! I remember when I first started out last time a couple years ago, the weight came off easily which was cool. But I never expected four pounds. I mean, I DID change my eating habits, the amount of water I was drinking, and my activities so yay! But whoa! Lol <BR> <BR> My job i... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:20:56 EST And life goes on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357850 Hi, friends. :-) I wanted to write a blog tonight to let you all know that I am thinking of you! I have been pretty busy, and I have to access the Internet through my phone...which can be a pain in the rear. I have been trying to be active and drink my water. I haven't been as active as I would like, though. This week has been busy. <BR> <BR> I have a job interview two states I've in Ohio next Wednesday which is also our nine year wedding anniversary. We have been through a lot in nine ye... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:33:10 EST The cold/flu bug has hit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348422 Cold versus flu. That is what I am questioning today. With a cold, normally, I'm okay for the most part. But, these past couple of days, I've just been exhausted, nauseous, have had chills and a fever, runny nose, watery eyes, and a painful cough. It doesn't matter whether it's a cold or flu, though. My body needed rest and so that's what I did yesterday. However, today, I'm feeling guilty because there are chores that need to be done. I would love to take a nap, but there are so many th... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:45:44 EST Short update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346062 I'm so sorry I've been away. I have awful Internet access where we live and had to get new phones since our carrier no longer covers our area. I'm actually Sparking from my new iPhone! It takes a bit to load everything because we live out in the middle of nowhere but I miss you all! I am still Sparking and I feel great! I weighed in this morning and I am down another two pounds which is awesome! I have been Spring Cleaning which has taken up most of my time but I'm also burning a lot of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 09:32:30 EST Good news...well, to me anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339290 My husband is going to be home this morning for a few hours before he turns around and heads out again...but the good news is that I get to see him! The kids get to see him! <BR> <BR> He has a plan to make the moolah, which will be really really helpful! Plus, he'll get to stay with his mom and dad who hasn't seen him in a couple years. His mom is super excited! :) <BR> <BR> Everything is not figured out yet, but I have a major reason to smile today. AND, I worked out yesterday and ate... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:32:28 EST One thing at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338298 I get overwhelmed easily. I have a whole list of things I need to do on any given day. So, I have chosen to do what I read here somewhere. I made a list of things I need to do, and I'm going to cut them out, put them in a bowl, and then pick one item out at a time and then do that chore on that piece of paper. I think that's the best way to go about it. Let's see if it works. <BR> <BR> I also have a reward for after I exercise today and eat in my calorie range. I'm going to do my own na... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:42:24 EST Side Effects of Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338192 I have noticed that, man, am I crabby when I'm stressed out! LOL I mean, that's pretty normal, but I'm striving to change that. It's as simple as this. Can I do anything about the reasons for my stress RIGHT NOW? The answer is no, I can't. Therefore, I need to acknowledge the stress, pray about it, put it in my "God Box" and move on. I know that God will take care of us. He never gives us more than we can handle. So, instead of being crabby and unmotivated because of being stressed out, ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:28:30 EST Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337513 When I start to feel that feeling of stress and impending doom, I find it helpful to write out a list of things that I am grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. <BR> <BR> my healthy children <BR> my husband <BR> a roof over my head <BR> food in the house <BR> my animals <BR> my sister <BR> internet and phone (lol) <BR> my health <BR> another day <BR> solutions to beat situational depression <BR> my car <BR> my ability to walk, talk, move, clean <BR> running water <BR> plenty of c... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:23:42 EST Just doing the next right thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337196 I woke up today with a bit of stress. My husband left his phone here, because I don't have one. He has one with him, because he has a partner traveling with him. Anyway, so I woke up having to deal with some of his stressful situations. I hadn't even had my coffee yet! lol <BR> <BR> I started the Stress Busters Challenge, and I am trying to write out my stressers. Well, first and foremost, and probably the biggest one....my lack of employment, my lack of paycheck, our bills coming due, no... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:28:59 EST Not exactly sure what I'm doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336484 I'm going to start off by saying that I am usually a very optimistic and positive person. I have taken a huge hit this week though. I've never been fired before....well, before Tuesday. I was miserable at my job, so maybe it was a Blessing in disguise, but I have been down ever since. I haven't done much of anything today while the kids are at a school, so that made me feel even worse. I'm guessing that I'm going to need to have some time with my kids after school at the park, come home, d... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:52:21 EST Hesitant to make resolutions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183653 Happy New Year, everyone! Don't you just love the feeling of a new beginning? A fresh start? I know I do. I stayed home last night. I didn't have any plans. But, I picked up a bottle of sparkling cranberry juice and a wine glass and I toasted the New Year by myself. I wasn't really into it when I did it, so I'm going to re-toast today! LOL <BR> <BR> There are a lot of things that I want to do this year. I know what they are but I am hesitant to make resolutions. I have NO problem whats... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:22:24 EST Stupid binge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179165 I got some goodies yesterday....HUGE Oatmeal raisin cookies, cupcakes, and gooey butter cake. I got them from someone who thought it would be nice to give them to me...and the THOUGHT was super nice. Thank you. <BR> <BR> However, I failed to give them away yesterday like I tried to. So, my subconscious (or whatever it is) scarfed down half of the freakin gooey butter cake last night. I have a terrible problem of sleep eating. I'm not sure why it happens. And, for the most part, I'm not tr... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:07:09 EST Question: Tired after eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178057 I've noticed that I feel tired after I eat. Does this happen to anyone else? Why does this happen? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for any responses! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:33:15 EST It's about the all-over me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174597 There is no finish, so enjoy the journey....I saw that somewhere today and really liked it. That's so true, too. I am learning how to live in the moment. I am a hot-head when it comes to certain things, and have a broken filter for my mouth when it comes to that.....relationships, that is. I am separated, getting divorced in the New Year. However, since I've been separated for almost two years now, I have taken to dating. BAD IDEA! I've made an ass out of myself on so many occasions th... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:49:17 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171423 Okay, so I lost two pounds. I wasn't expecting that, but I did. I've been super thirsty and not drinking soda. I have drank all of my water today. Woohoo! That part is always difficult for me. I did go over my calories today, but it is only my second day of tracking food, so I'll take it! It wasn't even 100 calories over, so it's definitely okay. <BR> <BR> I came home and almost got to that "eh, i don't really want to exercise" stage, but I got to it right away. I walked two miles in my l... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:47:39 EST My first.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170515 I went grocery shopping today and have forgotten what fun it is for me to go around and look at labels to see what is healthiest, and thinking about all of the delicious healthy recipes I can make. <BR> <BR> I've had a rough year. I started off the year separating from my husband of 8 years, yet still living in the same house. My Dad died unexpectedly in March and I moved out of the house the week after my Dad died (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) I graduated from college. I turned 30. ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:42:07 EST