ACTIVEGODDESS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ACTIVEGODDESS ACTIVEGODDESS'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/ Paleo Diet in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479611 Last Wednesday I started the Paleo Diet. <BR> <BR> I don't really consider it to be a "diet." Oooh, dreaded boogie man word. Diet to me means "way of eating" rather than restriction-ville. <BR> <BR> This is a lifestyle change for me. A way of thinking and being. I am depriving myself nothing. And already I have lost 6 lbs. I am surprised. <BR> <BR> Even though I had tried a "grain-free" 30 days, in 2007, as a jumpstart to a diet with "whole grains" and organic unprocessed foods to great re... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:56:15 EST Life Organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367750 Short update as I never seem to get around to it. I always forget lol. <BR> <BR> Enjoying a lovely four day weekend. <BR> <BR> Having just settled from a lot of changes. Moving. New job and moving again, it's time to re-organize. <BR> <BR> I've decided this is the perfect weekend to map out chores about the house and un-pack whatever we haven't yet and actually find a place for everything. Look through finances and re-do long term and short term plans. Organize my work plans. <BR> <BR> A... Sat, 25 May 2013 17:08:06 EST Sparkpeople Target Heart Rate Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354115 Target Heart Rate Results: <BR> Your heart rate ranges (in beats per minute) <BR> 55%: 143 bpm 75%: 165 bpm <BR> 60%: 148 bpm 80%: 170 bpm <BR> 65%: 154 bpm 85%: 176 bpm <BR> 70%: 159 bpm <BR> <BR> So I'm going to target 55% - 70% to start off. :-) Sun, 12 May 2013 14:53:07 EST New EVERYTHING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345680 Well, it's been almost a year exactly since my last post here. <BR> <BR> In that time I have moved to another city and gotten a new job! My weight's fluctuated and I haven't kept on track with my plan. I lost 10-15 lbs but it seems I've gained it back again. A little disheartening to see when I went to my appointment with my new doctor. <BR> <BR> Lots of upheavals later, I am back. <BR> <BR> I was watching "I Used To Be Fat" on LOGO and felt, if these guys can do it in 90-110 days, I shoul... Sat, 4 May 2013 21:30:48 EST April and May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867591 It's odd. I was on a rolling boulder of momentum since February. Then slowed down a bit. March 22nd was the last time I went to the gym. I kept up with my caloric tracking and stayed in range all up until about the middle to end of April. And now, the last two weeks or so I haven't tracked a thing and perhaps went a little wild with the ice cream Crunch bars last week. In spite of the Crunch bars, I've still been meaning to buy a belt for the pants that don't seem to want to stay up as much a... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:02:58 EST Miracle 3 pounds and Jump Rope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798813 I was afraid to look at the scale but also morbidly curious. I hadn't gone to the gym at all last week and there were two days where I wasn't able to track everything that I ate. I hadn't weighed myself in a while and assumed I was the same weight. <BR> <BR> With the exception of those two days (where I don't know what the calorie/nutrient/vitamin content was of the food I ate), I had stayed within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I wondered if I gained back the 4 pounds I had lost throughout Fe... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:40:09 EST Catch Up, Birthday, Organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793323 On Tuesday last week I turned 27. I don't feel any different except for the creeping thought that I'm getting older and haven't achieved all the things I want to yet. <BR> <BR> But the keyword there is YET. It is possible to achieve the things I want. I know this. However birthdays stopped being the days I looked forward to for parties and cake and fun when I was about 18 or so... Even that feeling I know is something that I have control over. Future birthdays can be "looked forward to days"... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:28:35 EST I love this blog post from ON2VICTORY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769266 So I had to reblog it here. Please check his post out. It seems perfect timing along with me getting the beginnings of my home gym, that he posted what his workout space looks like. Now I have ideas for mine and am well on the way to furnishing it the way I like. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768765 Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:27:33 EST 5 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768867 Well starting Monday, I will be on my fifth week of exercise, fitness and healthy eating. <BR> <BR> My period started on Thursday and knocked me for a wallop cramp-wise so I haven't worked out since Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Although I didn't work out as much as I wanted to this past week, I did make a few purchases. Hehe. <em>334</em> I bought a set of 8lb dumbbells, a jump rope (to fulfill my jumping challenges) and a resistance band. I also ordered my yoga mat and bag. I am so excited! Now ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 17:08:26 EST Official Sleep Challenge: What I learned from my Sleep Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766076 After keeping the sleep diary for one week, I found discovered and re-discovered a few things about myself. <BR> <BR> Re-Discovery <BR> <BR> I can't eat right before my bed time. Sleep will not happen. <BR> <BR> Discovery/Solution <BR> <BR> Dinner needs to be cooked in advance so I can eat dinner after I return home from working out which will give ample time for digestion before my set bedtime. No waiting for dinner to be started and then finished at bed time. <BR> <BR> Re-Discovery <BR... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 20:57:17 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 7 Final (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761658 (May update towards the end of the day) <BR> <BR> What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:30am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Maybe. Zumba usually tonight.... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:35:25 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 6 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760721 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:15am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Baked yams, crispy chicken, salad <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Morning <BR> Ellipticals 18 min... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:01:55 EST Feeling Good, Feeling Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759881 This weekend was not the best. I did not get any exercise in and I moped about it internally. <BR> <BR> When it comes to home workout, I have not created a 'sacred space' for exercise yet. In some section of my mind, it nearly seems unnatural to workout at home. When I don my exercise clothes and head out to the gym, there is some sort of internal process occurring. By the time I enter the gym, I am "there." Present in the exercise state of mind. <BR> <BR> Similar to a Spark article I read... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:54:14 EST Pisces DailyOm Horoscope ( I really loved this in my email ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759845 Thoughts of the future can distract you from your duties today by awakening a sense of trepidation within you. You may feel prudent yet anxious as you move through the various spheres of your existence, analyzing how each relates to your long-term goals. Making the most of this sensibility can be as simple as endeavoring to stay focused on one aspect of your life at a time. Your worries will likely no longer pose a threat to your success once you have chosen a practical course. As you fix you... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:32:33 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 5 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758768 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:27am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:30pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Salad, strawberries. <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:12:43 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 4 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757175 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 6:45am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> May be after midnight. <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Salad, veggies, fish (Wild Caught Pacific Cod mmmm, love it) <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> No. <... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:25:04 EST Sickness and Snow and Stupid Buses OH MY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756183 So I woke, drank my water and smoothie. Freshened up and donned my gym clothes. <BR> <BR> It had snowed the night before. I decided I wasn't gonna look at the snow. Because I hate snow. <BR> <BR> I hugged my poor sick boyfriend. He still has a low fever (down two degrees from the night before) but he said he would be ok while I went to workout. <BR> <BR> I trudged out into the snow to my bus stop. <BR> <BR> I waited. Waited merrily even. Music from my mp3 player pumping in my ears. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:51:33 EST Patience and Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755782 So I have come to the last day of my third week of exercise and... semi-healthy eating. When I weighed in on Thursday, I found that I lost 1 lb. I am now 254 lbs. I've lost 4 lbs since the beginning of my journey on February 6th. I feel astonished that I did lose that amount altogether with a bit of determination. <BR> <BR> On the other hand I wonder why I lost less weight between weeks 2 and 3 than I did between weeks 1 and 2. I admit I did feel a bit mopey that I hadn't dropped another 3 l... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:23:33 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 3 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754562 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 6:30am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> 3 chicken drumsticks <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> No. Tired. Need a break. Back to the gym tomorrow. <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:14:14 EST Pisces Horoscope for today Tarot.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754553 Friday, Feb 24th, 2012 -- This is a critical phase, for you recently embarked on an exciting new path. But you could run into problems today as someone blocks your way. You might even wonder if you're heading in the right direction. However, there's no reason to get discouraged; the current obstacles are meant to help you get serious about your work rather than stopping your progress. Don't quit now; your follow-through is required to bring your project into the future. <BR> <BR> ~~~ <BR> <... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:07:24 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 2 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753574 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:00am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Bolthouse smoothie (Vanilla Chai protein) <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Evening (Zumba) <BR> <... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:49:27 EST Sleep Diary Redux Day 1 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752099 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:00am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> 2 chicken drumsticks Ate about 9ish <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Morning (Ellipticals, treadmi... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:04:54 EST Sleep Diary Do-Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748495 Grr... I have to start it over again lol. Starting when I wake tomorrow. <em>244</em> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:39:41 EST Quick Note before bed about my Personal Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741101 Things to change my diet towards: <BR> <BR> High protein <BR> Low to no sugar <BR> Low glycemic index (print lists) <BR> Low glycemic load (print lists) <BR> <BR> No hydrogenated oils <BR> No high fructose corn syrup <BR> No processed foods at all <BR> <BR> ONLY WHOLE FOODS <BR> <BR> Continue with: <BR> <BR> Low sodium <BR> No dairy <BR> Start eating grain again March 5 that is specialty and matches above criteria Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:47:34 EST Sleep Diary Day 3 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738622 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:30am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 11:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> Apple sauce and Vanilla Chai Tea Bolthouse Smoothie <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Did you consu... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:46:11 EST Sleep Diary Day 2 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738614 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 7:40am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 12:30pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> Nothing in particular. Had sex. <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> 3 chicken tenders (baked) <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Did you cons... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:43:09 EST Sleep Diary Day 1 (Official Better Sleep Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735406 What time did you wake up today? <BR> <BR> 9:57am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 10:00pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> <BR> None <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> <BR> 2 chicken drumsticks, salad with light dressing, veggies (carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts) Ate about 6ish <BR> <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:17:58 EST Jumping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735203 While I was in Zumba last week Thursday, I found that it wasn't that easy to hop around as I would hope. My legs felt heavy and I thought "oh my god, when did that happen??" <BR> <BR> So I am adding a few more goals to my fitness list. <BR> <BR> 1) 50 Jumping Jacks a day <BR> 2) 60 Jumps with Jump Rope a day <BR> <BR> Hopefully after a few weeks, I will feel lighter on my feet with skipping and jumping. <BR> <BR> I've also rearranged my strength training to focus on my core 3x a week inst... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:37:33 EST Jogging and Running Fears and Hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732577 I walk albeit quickly on the treadmill when I work out at the Y. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to be able to run comfortably and not get winded. <BR> <BR> There needs to be a build up to that I know. And there will be a lot of huffing and puffing along the way. <BR> <BR> I feel something of a fear to start jogging or running even for a little bit on the treadmill, so I think I am going to start jogging/running outside of the gym for 15 - 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I'm going to enlist the help o... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:08:35 EST My Mini-Goals on the way to the Big Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730962 Non Scale Goals: <BR> <BR> * Complete first week of exercise - <BR> * Complete two weeks of exercise - <BR> * Complete month of exercise - <BR> * Complete three months of consistent dedicated exercise - <BR> <BR> * Jog comfortably on treadmill for 30 mins. without getting out of breath <BR> * Walk 5k <BR> * Run 5k <BR> * Cycling class w/o sitting <BR> * Run a triathlon <BR> * Work up to 10lb free weights in my class <BR> * Be able to do all of the moves in my work out classes at the gym <BR... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:14:21 EST 8 lbs and the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730954 I found myself tempted to weigh in earlier today at the Y before I started exercising. I was afraid to do it because I feared that I had gained weight since I last weighed in during the Summer of 2011. <BR> <BR> I was right. The giant and rather gorgeous scale's marker quivered over 258. Barely. I am happy that it didn't say something like 265 lbs. Knowing that I am still in the ballpark of 250s makes me feel better. <BR> <BR> Now to lose 8lbs - 10lbs before March 5th. That is the next time... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:10:17 EST A New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727407 I believe this is my first blog entry here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 100 lbs in a year. I am 26 and about to be 27 in March. <BR> <BR> The last time I weighed myself was in August 2011 and I was 256 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am a bit phobic about weighing in again because I fear I may have gained more weight since then. It is no matter because as of Monday I have started my new workout and healthy eating regimen. <BR> <BR> I have plotted out a schedule of exercise for a month ou... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:28:29 EST