AIDRACORP's SparkPeople Blog AIDRACORP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community :) I am so incredibly proud of myself and all that I have achieved since the beginning of November. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:20:56 EST Month 1 is almost over. It is hard to believe I've been going at this for over 4 weeks. Besides the 2 cheat days I allowed, I've kept on track. I've gone over by 100-150 calories a couple times, but I don't fret about it. I haven't wavered and I'm still as motivated today as I was 30 days ago. Something is different about this time. I'm ready. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 02:24:17 EST Water intake I feel like I wasted an entire week of potential weight loss by not drinking enough water. I was unknowingly not drinking nearly as much as I thought. I lost only .6 even though I stayed under 1,400 calories/day and my protein and carb intake was good. <BR> <BR> How much water do you shoot for every day? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:38:03 EST Anthem ad on Sparkpeople Does it enrage anyone else? The constant pop-down ad really pisses me off! It always seems to show up when I'm in the middle of typing or tracking something. GRRRRR!, PLEASE GET RID OF THIS AD, or at least disable it so it doesn't pop up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:43:51 EST Vitamins make me gag Does the taste of vitamins, especially the B variety, make anyone else gag or actually throw up when they taste them? I have to plug my nose and have actual food as a chaser to eat immediately after I take my daily vitamins to cover the taste left in my mouth. The taste is so horrible. The smell is almost as bad. Ugh!! <em>29</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:27:59 EST Clothing sizes... My ultimate goal is to get down to a comfortable size 6. By comfortable I mean things aren't tight, I don't have to strain to fit into it, no "muffin top", etc. You know what I mean. I've never been a size 6. My lowest as a teenager and early 20s was an 8 that I wore for maybe a month when I was 19. But in all those years I never worked out more than walking to work and I rarely watched what I ate. <BR> <BR> Anyway, last night I was curious to see what measurements I have to get down to to ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 01:28:08 EST How many calories are you really eating? There are 4 calories in every gram of protein and carb, 9 calories for every gram of fat. At the end of a day of tracking your food, open the calculator on your computer/phone and do the multiplication with your final numbers to see what you really ate. <BR> <BR> Example (mind you, I weigh my food to the gram, so my tracking is very accurate): today my final number came to 1,366 calories made up of 143 carbs, 42 fat, 117 protein. But when I do the math, I really ate 1,418 calories. Sneaky, s... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 21:51:14 EST This altitude is killing me I live in Colorado. I'm over 6,500 feet up where I live. When I used to run in Okinawa (basically sea level) I would warm up at 3.5 mph and it was no problem. Here I start off at 2.5 and 3.5-4 is fast! I feel like such a wimp. :-) Training here for a marathon that I run in St. Louis is a great idea. I'll be like Superwoman! One step at a time, I guess. I hope it gets easier. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:30:44 EST Taking it 10% at a time! Each goal I set will be a loss of 10% of my weight. No more "I want to lose some crazy ass number!" Setting smaller goals will make it feel more attainable. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:24:33 EST It's that time again! :-D We bought a treadmill and it should be here in a couple weeks. Time to get my bottom on that thing and run like a mad woman. I don't know how easy that will be in the beginning since I'm in Colorado and over a mile up, but one step at a time. :-) I can't wait to have runners calves again. Boy, are those sexy when you're wearing a pair of heels. I have a fancy schmancy wedding to go to for my husband's niece in August up in Vail, CO, so I hope to be looking hot and toned, wearing a sexy mini d... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:33:31 EST Do you know anyone with orthorexia? Clean-eating obsession. <link><BR>-healthy-obsessive/index.html?hpt=hp_t3 </link> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:43:32 EST Update on everything July is more than half way over. On May 9 I started Zumba, on June 1 I started boot camp and Zumba, in July I really ramped up my healthy eating and started doing Power 90 and Zumba. I haven't lost as much as you would think, but I know I am building muscle. In August I will be doing Zumba in the morning Mon thru Thu, Pilates Tue and Thu, yoga on Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat and "ultimate fitness kickboxing" (INTENSE!! OMG!) Tue, Thu, and Sat. I am so ready to be fit. I can't wait to show off my l... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:02:03 EST Action packed next few months! On September 1st I embark on a 3 week long, 4,000 mile solo road trip from Colorado to Baltimore and back. During that time I will meet a bunch of online friends for the first time (reason for going to Maryland), and I will see my dad's side of the family in Ohio and West Virginia in addition to family in Missouri. Two weeks after I get back my husband, some friends, and I go to Vegas for my birthday. I slipped back into old bad habits after Christmas (yes, all the way back in 2010) and ha... Thu, 19 May 2011 21:40:55 EST THROW OUT YOUR SCALE! Why do we obsess over the number on the scale when we are seeing changes in our bodies? <BR> <BR> I remember back in 2006 I was working out 5-6 times a week for 3 or 4 weeks and didn't weigh myself at all in that time. Both my husband and I saw definite changes in my body, especially my waist, stomach and obliques. My arms were just starting to show definition. I was feeling better and following a structured eating plan that I enjoyed. I was convinced I had lost a ton of weight. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:06:29 EST This is it. Here we go again. Something happened this week that I NEVER, EVER, EVER thought would happen. With this new found disgust I am committed to losing weight. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:08:30 EST Why I will limit carbs whether on a diet or not. I just finished my first month of low-carb eating. When I allow myself carbs I instantly get tired. I feel terrible. Thinking back, carbs have always made me feel this way, I just didn't put 2 and 2 together. Whether I'm on a diet or not I am going to limit my carbs, especially simple carbs, because I don't want to feel like taking a nap after every meal. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 13:33:08 EST To all low-carbers out there: My weight loss has stalled. HELP! Hi all, I have a question. My weight loss has stalled. I eat anywhere from 2-15 net carbs most days. Last Saturday I made the mistake of allowing myself to get hungry and I ate loads of carbs. Three cookies and 2 slices of thin crust pizza. Since then, 6 days ago, I've only lost less than a pound. Could that Saturday be the reason I haven't lost anything, or if my body settling down? <BR> <BR> I've been on low-carb for 3.5 weeks. Before that Saturday, I had lost 9 pounds in about 17 days. M... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:18:07 EST I didn't know I was that bad. I went into my old job tonight and saw my former supervisor. When she saw me I could see her eyes look me up and down and stare at my torso while having this look on her face of total shock, then she tried concealing it and looked at my face with confusions and surprise. "Oooh, hi Trishy!" She's this tiny Korean woman who is about 5 feet tall and weighs maybe 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> I was hurt by the look on her face. I went home totally bummed. I can't believe she did that. I'm feeling very a... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 05:29:27 EST I gain weight then, but not now? I am perplexed. <BR> <BR> I had a job for just under 9 months this year, from January to August. I was on my feet, moving, moving, moving for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. I was constantly carrying things, walking from one corner of the large building to the opposite corner. I was going up and down stairs, loading and unloading boxes. The first 4 months of the job I was walking to work most days, at 30 minutes a trip. I wouldn't say the job was overly stressful, though I did not enjoy it. <... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 00:27:30 EST How far I've fallen... I never thought this day would come. Never. Never in my life did I EVER think I'd allow myself to gain as much weight as I have in this past year and weigh this much. Never did I think I'd be the size I am today. And never did I think I'd be this indifferent about it. I'm devastated. I'm disgusted. I don't care. What is wrong with me? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:12:36 EST HELP! I need YOUR input! What worked for you? Hi everyone! I would like to know what one (or 2) exercise(s) you've gotten the most dramatic results from? Lunges, push-ups? Did you use dumbbells? Swiss ball? Your body weight? Your comments are greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Trish Thu, 28 Aug 2008 06:00:11 EST Yeah, I ate that Ding Dong. And? I started exercising in May, but I'm going to be honest and tell you I probably took half that time off from the gym and eating right. I'll do really well for a few weeks, then one day off will turn into 6 days off. And you know what? That's okay. I used to overeat out of boredom EVERY single day. I'd stuff my face with junk and wonder why I had no energy. The other day I went grocery shopping and bought Doritos, Mint Chip ice cream, pizza, 2 boxes of ice cream fruit bars, Pillsbury sugar coo... Sat, 13 Oct 2007 22:15:48 EST My calf isn't that BIG! I hate fashion sometimes. Okay, I love boots. I actually love fashion in general but you wouldn't know it by looking at me. I would love to be able to wear a nice, sexy boot. But, nope. Nope. My "fat" 15.5 inch calf is too big for literally ALL boots from all designers and stores. I've looked at about 100 different boots and EVERY pair ranges from 12" (yes, 12"!) to 14" circumference of the widest part of the calf. MY UPPER ARM IS ALMOST TOO BIG TO FIT INTO BOOTS. It's ridiculous! Go get your tape measure and make a c... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 03:59:31 EST The second exercise becomes a chore it's no longer fun. I finished my 6 week challenge and lost 10.5 pounds. Since I weighed myself I've been telling myself, okay, today you have to exercise. Before I looked forward to it and wanted to do it, now I have to tell myself to do it. When that happens, I walk into the gym and after 5 minutes I get fed up and don't want to do it anymore. Like today, I did 27 minutes out of the 70 I needed to do and I wasn't into it at all. So I'm taking a break. I won't overdo it with food, but I'm not going force myself... Mon, 17 Sep 2007 01:54:42 EST Picture! 10.5 pounds lost in 6 weeks! The picture above is a before and after shot. No, I'm not sucking in any in the after shot. :) lol I've posted a couple other before and afters on my page if you want to see them. <BR> <BR> Well, my personal 6 week challenge is now over. I lost 10.5 pounds and my body fat went from 38.2% to 34.6%. I lost 6.25 inches from my bust, waist, belly and hips. And I also lost over an inch from each thigh and each upper arm! Woohoo! My legs are the bane of my existance. I have big, muscular thighs (t... Sun, 16 Sep 2007 06:37:42 EST I don't agree with SparkPeople exercise tracker. I think a few exercises people can track with the SP log are wildly over-calculated with the calories they say you burn, unless you're training for the Olympics. For example, to track using an elliptical trainer only gives you one option. A 30 minute workout on an elliptical for one person is not the same for another. I have a feeling some people are putting their time in and it's telling them they burned a lot MORE calories than they really did. I mean, there is a difference from someone doi... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 01:19:49 EST I don't like weighing myself every week. So many times in the past I've weighed myself after a week of dieting and exercise and I was always disappointed. I'm very easily thrown off track and the smallest things get me down, so I won't weigh myself after just a week. I prefer to step on the scale after 2-4 weeks and see the my weight change by 3-8 pounds instead of that one pound difference you see after a week. I view myself as a "realist" of sorts. I try not to live in la la land. Some would call my views pessimistic, I call them ... Sun, 9 Sep 2007 20:04:15 EST I'm the type of person who should buy single serving items. I woke up late today so I had a late breakfast. I didn't eat lunch and by the time my husband got home I was starving. We went to get dinner at the grocery store. I didn't want to prep anything so we agreed on a frozen pizza and some kind of pie for dessert. When I was trying to pick a dessert I looked at all the pie boxes to see the calorie content and how many servings were in eat box. I settled with a Sara Lee cheesecake because it only had 4 servings in the box compared to the 8-10 in oth... Wed, 22 Aug 2007 15:19:36 EST