AERWIN77's SparkPeople Blog AERWIN77's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good things are happening! Ok, so I have to say that this week is a NSV, as the scale is showing that I actually GAINED 2 pounds, yet I have lost an inch on my hips, half an inch on my thigh and my body fat & has gone down from 32% to 26.5% in the past 2 months. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> My clothes are fitting better, I have more energy, I am able to do more exercise each time before I tire out and my fiance is thrilled with what I have accomplished in 2 months! <BR> <BR> Honestly I am beginning to think there is som... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:04:26 EST Underestimating calories burned So I got my Fitbit in the mail Saturday, charged it up and put it on. I put it on around 1 in the afternoon and when I looked at it again that night, I was amazed. I'm a stay at home mom and am on my feet most of the day, up and down the stairs, doing laundry, making meals, doing dishes, taking the dog for walks, etc - I hadn't been counting any of that in my daily activities, as far a walking or anything. Saturday night when I looked at my fitbit I realized I had walked off more calories in ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:32:30 EST I've made a decision... I am going to ignore my <em>11</em> and not weigh in - until I do my next measurements, which is in 2 weeks. I just can't deal with the stress and aggravation of the numbers on the scale.... I bust my butt 6 days a week, I am eating better, more healthy meals, cutting back on snacks and just can't deal with the roller coaster that I have been seeing on the scale - down, up, level, up, down, level - it's just too much stress! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I know that what I am doing is workin... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:37:55 EST Looking ahead after DOMS So I haven't done much for exercise the last 3 days, after waking up Friday morning barely able to walk from pain in my thighs - which was described to me as DOMS. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Friday I got some bicep curls with my resistance band, but the rest of the day and weekend was spent doing some walking and a LOT of stretching of my legs. I am happy to say this morning that my legs are feeling much better and back to normal. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today is Monday, a fresh start, my... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:05:55 EST Resistance bands, wrist/ankle weights & protein shakes We went shopping yesterday and bought some resistance bands and wrist/ankle weights for me to add some more variety and resistance to my workouts. <BR> <BR> I am also struggling with my protein intake, still, so we bought some Whey Protein powder to make shakes to help with my protein intake levels. <BR> <BR> With adding the weight while doing Zumba, I am backing Zumba down from 4 days to 3 days a week, but am adding band and weight exercises to that other day. <BR> <BR> Excited to get ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:42:36 EST I am over my calories for the day....... and I don't care! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm human. It's one day and maybe I'll pay for it tomorrow, or maybe I won't - either way, it's ok. <BR> <BR> I spent most of yesterday in a funk, getting down on myself because I wanted a cheeseburger and fries, and a hot chocolate - all things that I have been denying myself for the past month. The frustration of denying myself these small things compounded into anger at myself for wanting them and then getting down on myself - feeling that I'... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:07:33 EST Good and bad - NSV even though scale is going in the wrong direction Ok, so I broke the weigh in rule. I weighed myself this afternoon and was disappointed both in myself for stepping on that scale, and for the number that I saw. I am up in weight again. <BR> <BR> But, there is a NSV to report - my fiancee is seeing a difference in my stomach, so the workouts and eating better are working! <em>224</em> I just wish that the <em>192</em> was showing smaller numbers than it is. <BR> <BR> I'll get there, I know I will. But for now I am going to enjoy th... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:00:23 EST Annoyed! Ok, so I generally don't look forward to weigh-in day, but after 2 weeks of steady decline of 2 lbs per week, I wasn't that hesitant this morning. <BR> <BR> So I went in, stepped on that scale this morning and looked in disbelief at the number. I have GAINED 1.6 lbs this week. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I ate a little more Saturday than normal and was 36 calories over my upper limit, but every other day I am generally between 1200-1400 - where my upper limit is 1550. I started this p... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:12:08 EST Workout to deal with emotional stress? Yes, please. I HATE CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Sorry, just needed to get that off my chest. <BR> <BR> I found out this morning that I lost yet another family member to this awful disease last night. Mind you this is now the 7th person in my family to be taken by cancer - not to mention the people who have beaten and are currently battling it. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not real good at dealing with emotions, I tend to bottle them all up until I can't hold it anymore and then I burst and ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:23:00 EST Good news, bad/sad news..... What to do So as I have posted before, I recently was laid off from my job, which I was working remotely from home since March 2012. They gave me a severance package through the first week of February, but after that we are down to one income. It's my fiancee, me, our 2 year old daughter, a dog and a cat. <BR> <BR> I had given my resume to a girl at my fiancee's work - different building and department - whose department does have people working from home. After reading it thought I would be a "perfec... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:24:17 EST 2nd weigh in Ok so I got up this morning dreading standing on the scale after hurting my back last week and being down sick all weekend, so I hadn't worked out to speak of other than some stretching/calisthenics on Friday and then yesterday doing some ball exercises and my normal Zumba. <BR> <BR> But, I was happy to see that I am down another 1.2 pounds from last week!!!! Yay!!! It's working! I'm making progress, I'm losing weight, I'm feeling better, I'm on my way to my goal. <BR> <BR> I've got this!!... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:43:29 EST Light bulb moment.... Yesterday was a rough day for me, not with nutrition or fitness, but emotionally. <BR> <BR> A month ago I was told I was being laid off from my job at the end of the year, Merry Christmas to me. <em>40</em> My fiance and I were determined to put it out of our minds and not let the bad news ruin Christmas with our 2 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> I worked through the end of the year, then come January 2nd I became a stay at home mom. See, I worked remotely from home so that I could be ho... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:04:58 EST Frustrated..... Ok, so I'm supposed to eat a minimum of 1200 calories a day - no problem, right? Wrong. I seem to be, more often than not, ending my days below my required numbers and scrambling to try to eat something to bring my numbers up where they "should" be - even when I'm not hungry. <BR> <BR> My fiancee keeps saying that 1200 calories isn't enough, just to watch my fat calories - which I get, because your body needs calories to burn during exercise, and we need to keep an eye on the amount of fat... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:17 EST First weigh in I'm making progress! 2 lobs down from last Tuesday! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As I sit here looking at my daughter who chooses yogurt and juice for breakfast and asks for healthy snacks 95% of the time, I know I must be doing something right in how I am raising her - I just need to start doing what I have said to her, eat right and be active. <BR> <BR> She and my fiancee are 2 of my key motivators to get healthy and back in shape. I want to rock that navy blue wrap dress for my wedding in... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:23:56 EST Ok, so here goes I decided a week and a half ago that I'd had enough of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin and decided it was time to do something about it. So I started doing Zumba at home on my Wii. <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> I'm the world's most impatient person, but I've been good about not weighing myself more than once a week - tomorrow is my weigh in day - but I have to say that I had my first NSV yesterday. I was getting dressed in the morning to go outside and play with my daughter, and when I wen... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:48:29 EST