AKYOGALOVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AKYOGALOVER AKYOGALOVER'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/ So, yeah, lack of sleep is not good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582217 My oldest son had two friends spend the night, so I had four boys (three 8 year olds and my 4 year old) here last night. It was tons of fun, and they really kept me laughing. That is, until we got to about 11pm. I tried to sneak off to bed since they were all laying in the living room quietly watching cartoons, but they got their second winds and went haywire and didn't go to sleep until 1am. Then my youngest woke up at 2:30 and got in the bed with me. Then the cat started banging against my ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:29:44 EST Beginning Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580212 I forgot to post this when I started. These are my beginning measurements. We'll see how they improve in a month or so (probably sooner, because I get impatient). <BR> <BR> Waist: 39.5 <BR> Bust: 44 <BR> Underbust: 36.5 <BR> Hip: 45 <BR> R Thigh: 25.5 <BR> L Thigh: 24.5 <BR> R Calf: 15.5 <BR> L Calf: 15.5 <BR> R Bicep: 12.5 <BR> L Bicep: 13 <BR> R Forearm: 11 <BR> L Forearm: 11 <BR> <BR> W:H Ratio: 0.8... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 00:34:40 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579385 So, although I am tracking my food and trying to make more good choices than bad, I've decided that focusing more on being active is the way to go for me. With that in mind, I've taken on a few month-long challenges for January. After January, I'll re-evaluate and see if that sort of thing works for me. <BR> <BR> 1. As posted in my resolutions, I'm doing the squats and push-ups challenge from Facebook. I like strength training, so I expect this one to be easier for me to stick with. (It's al... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:17:38 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577498 My computer desktop background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1029925044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year, everybody! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:21:29 EST Nothin' Special New Year's Eve and Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577186 So, we were going to go watch fireworks at Kemah, but we weren't really feeling it, and the boys really just wanted to go home, so we settled for dinner at IHOP - because that's not a diet blowout - and a trip to the pet store to get gravel for their new fish tank. <BR> <BR> I logged my overly large omelet and hash browns into my food tracker, and then got my Boston butt all dressed up to go in the oven overnight. Yay for pulled pork sammies on New Year's! <BR> <BR> I didn't exercise today.... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:08:06 EST My tracker came in early!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575995 My UPS guy brought my cute little tracker today! Setting it up should have been very easy, but it was frustrating. Totally not SP's fault. Every time I tried to run the software installer, I would get a pop-up saying that "connect is already running on this computer." I tried everything: turning off my antivirus and firewall (because they do sometimes interfere), restarting the computer, deleting and redownloading the installer, using a different account on my computer, downloading from a dif... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:23:20 EST First Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574730 I took a walk today. Not too fast, since it's been a while. I felt like walking faster, maybe even jogging. Thankfully, I've been down this road before, so I knew that letting myself go as fast I wanted would lead to injury - sore knees and ankles, sore back. <BR> <BR> So I enjoyed my stroll secure in the knowledge that, if I'm consistent, I'll be able to up the speed, and I'll be running again soon! <BR> <BR> It feels weird to approach fitness with such a beginner's approach. I'm an Army v... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:16:27 EST I ordered the tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573884 Yup. Last year I was eye-balling the FitBit Flex, but I didn't like the idea of having to do SP and the FitBit website, so I kinda blew it off. I'm pretty good about wearing a pedometer, but it's just a cheap one that clicks when I walk. <BR> So, when I opened up this new SP account, I saw they had their own tracker, and that it's fairly inexpensive, so I grabbed one! I was going to order from SP using the $10 off code, but I found a repackaged one on Amazon, and I have Prime, so I was able t... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:16:05 EST Deciding on a virtual walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573178 Starting January 1st, I thought I would put my walking distances on a map, so that I can visually see how much I've walked. I'll start from here at my house, then head across Texas going west. We'll see if I'm able to make it out of the state! <BR> <BR> I'll be tracking my pedometer steps only. It's too much work to account for differences in stride between walking and running and whether it even picks up movement on a bike. <BR> <BR> I may spring for the Spark tracker, which will make all ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:16:19 EST