ALANDES's SparkPeople Blog ALANDES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Body in motion Phwew. These last few days I have been doing 35-60 minutes of cardio style dancing (see my previous blogs) and I am really feeling it in my body today. Pairing that with my new attention to portion control and watching calorie intake, I am down 10 lbs this week. I know that is a lot, but I don't feel that for a guy my size it is too much. <BR> <BR> I am going to keep soldiering on this weekend. I have a lot of plans for the weekend and don't plan on spending too much time just sitting aroun... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:00:38 EST My first Zumba experience What can I say. <BR> <BR> I tried out the Wii Zumba Fitness game last night. I was a little self concious having my wife watch me dancing there. But having my daughter come over and dance with me was fun. <BR> <BR> It was exhausting. I did 3? songs and burned 364 calories. I started on medium intensity. <BR> <BR> I do wish that there were different songs, or at least some that were in English or that I recognized, but that part is not overly important. I do enjoy listening to most all d... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:32:53 EST Dance Dance So last night I dusted off my Wii and pulled out my old Gamecube copy of DDR: Mario Mix. When I bought it, I was convinced I would use it to slim down. After a couple days it wound up at the back of the cabinet. Not necessarily because it was too much work, but because we had a newborn in the house at the time. I was worried my stomping and jumping around would wake her. Then I just plum forgot about it over the last few years. <BR> <BR> My little lady is now almost four and sleeps like a be... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:34:03 EST Day 4 I am feeling a bit under the weather today. Not sure if it is because of the sudden weather change here, or just because my body is deciding it wants to be sick, but I can really deal without it. <BR> <BR> I know I shouldn't weigh myself every day, and I really know that I cannot trust that scale until my self-appointed weigh-in day, but accorrding to the scale this morning I am down 9 pounds. We'll see how this all plays out. I am excited, because I know that even if it is not a 9 lb loss,... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:45:39 EST Day 3 I know I am only 3 days into this diet, but I am already starting to feel a little healthier. I stepped on the scale last night and it told me I was down 6 lbs. Now, I know you can't trust the scale, and I am not going to have an official weigh in until next Monday, but that did make me feel a little good. Not going to lie, I checked it again after I ate dinner, and I was still down to that 6 lb loss. But again, not going to trust that number. <BR> <BR> I know that my willpower is getting be... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:53:45 EST Day 2 Well, today is day 2 of my South Beach Diet. I was able to show some will power last night when it came to mindless munching. I did my best to drink water instead. I admit, however that i did have an extra helping (15 pieces) of cashews. I felt extremely hungry so I allowed myself to eat those. <BR> <BR> I know I need to work on my portion control. Last night for dinner I made Porterhouse Steaks for dinner. I didn't need the whole steak, which was 11.4 oz before cooking, but once I starte... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:54:52 EST It's a new day Back in August I made a post about starting over. I thought I had a handle on things then, but life got in the way and I made yet more excuses. <BR> <BR> I spent this weekend with my best friend, who has recently lost 56 pounds in the last 5 months. He is even considering becoming certified to be a personal trainer. As I laid in my bunk at the cabin I thought about how he has made the changes to his life and he is looking awesome, and feeling great. Meanwhile, I am hearing how heavy I am bre... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:40:44 EST Here we go again. Well, after my rant last week, I felt better. <BR> <BR> I had a good friend mention that he needed to get back to losing weight as well, and it put me back in the mindset that we can do this together despite the distance between us. So, here I am again, getting started again. i guess that is the most important part. That no matter how many times I start over, I don't give up. <BR> <BR> My new resolution: Make healthy food choices, commit too playing outside with my little lady at least 3 ti... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:20:12 EST Fail You would think after all the changes I have successfully made in my life in the last few years, I could pull off losing weight. It should be easier than anything else. But I'll be darned if I can make it happen. <BR> <BR> Oh, I get motivated for a few weeks, but then I lose it. Then I avoid getting on here for making a fool of myself for giving up. Eventually, I get past my embarassment and get back on here. Then i write a blog about how I am really gonna do it this time. I self condemn. E... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:51:36 EST Sparking with an iPad So, a few weeks ago I bought an iPad. I have switched to using it for almost all of my computing needs. The problem is that I am finding it difficult to do so,e of the functions I would normally do with my laptop on spark people with the iPad., like video blogging. So, does anyone have any suggestions? Is there a good app? Wed, 2 May 2012 12:45:40 EST Comic Book Video Blog #1 Well, here it is. My long awaited comic book blog. This is my first comic blog and I cover a group of back issues I picked up in the bargain bin. Got suggestions for a future blog? Let me know. I am thinking I will do a review of some of my favorite mags and teams in the future, or read a complete story arc and cover it. Enjoy. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:55:16 EST Video Blog Video Blog made 4/9/2012 Mon, 9 Apr 2012 21:11:28 EST Busy Week Man, it has been a hectic week for me. Have not had a free night since Monday, which unfortunately, means, I have not had time to work out since Tuesday. ARGH! But that is okay, I have been making decent food choices, so that should help. Even if I don't lose weight this week, I will still feel good. I am making a life change, so it is going to take some time, and I accept that. <BR> <BR> Work has been crazy busy today and I am feeling VERY stressed out and worn out from the week. I am in n... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:07:02 EST Video Blog #2 I weighed myself this afternoon and found that I am down 10 lbs from last Saturday evening. I am super pumped. I spent some time out and about this afternoon and recorded this right after I got home and weighed myself! Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:34:20 EST Revisiting Goals/Rewards So, I think about a year ago I posted a blog with a set of goals and the rewards I would give myself along the way to achieveing those goals. I don't remember everything on the list, but I do remember that the big final reward was a motorcycle after losing 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I don't think that is what I want anymore. I do have a motorcycle waiting to be rebuilt, but I just don't have the interest in bikes after seeing all the people around here having accidents. So, with that in mind, I dec... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:42:14 EST Shake it up. Well, here I am on day 3 of working out. We got our workout schedule and a nutrition guide on Sunday, but I had exercised during the day. <BR> <BR> I did another 20 minutes on the elliptical. I am starting to not hate it as much. It has both stationary and moving arms, so last night I tried to use the moving arms instead of just holding the stationary arms. Then, when I was down to the last minute of my time on it I did some sprinting. It felt good to push myself a little. <BR> <BR> I also ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:48:39 EST My First Video Blog! I had made a challenge to myself to post a video blog. I would like to make this an ongoing thing for me. So,. without furth ado, here is my very first video blog. <BR> <BR> (BTW in case I said it wrong, it is the comic geek Team. I listen to a podcast called Comic Geek Speak, so I may have misspoken. ) :) Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:08:04 EST Feelin' Alright I kind of felt like a train that jumped the tracks and was lying in a heap on the side, watching others cruise by. Well, now I feel like I'm still that bashed up train, but I am back on the tracks and am going to make the adjustments needed to get myself moving again. <BR> <BR> The heavens have shown me that they are playing a role in this as well, but they were being a little sneaky about it. Turns out that GVLAKERGIRL is someone that I have been getting to know in my personal life outside ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:23:09 EST Commitment Our lives are all about commitments. <BR> <BR> If we have not committed to someone or something else, we have committed something to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Even if we have not made any commitments recently, we likely made some in the past. Think back. Did you ever complete that commitment you made? Or did you just give up when things got too difficult? I know my answer. I gave up. Giving up is SO much easier than trying something difficult. <BR> <BR> The problem is that when we give up on ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:41:40 EST A horrifying look. Anyone who has read some of my old blogs knows that I have a beef with diabetes. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I have not been diagnosed with it myself, however it has affected many people in my life. I lost my Grandfather and Step-Father in 2009 to heart related issues brought on in conjunction with their diabetes. <BR> <BR> My father-in-law is in very poor health and his diabetes has contributed to those factors. <BR> <BR> My mom'd diabetes are out of control, with an average blood sugar level in... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:01:25 EST Changing my plate It's interesting to see what changes I am making to my plate. <BR> <BR> We finally got out to go grocery shopping on Saturday. Spent a good few hours getting it all cause we were pretty bare. When we got home it was good to see that a great majority of the food we actually walked out with was healthy stuff. I paid special attention to fat grams and calories when picking out food. I've been eating lots of fruits and veggies. If I am feeling really hungry, I have a few crackers just to boost m... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:07:43 EST My Scale Lies. Still No Excuse. So, just to see if I made any headway yesterday, I stepped on the scale this morning. It read 299. Now, I know there is no way I could have lost that much yesterday. <BR> <BR> With this in mind, I must have not had the scale completely level, or there must have been some other factors that contributed to my weight the other day. <BR> <BR> On one hand, It feels good to know that I am not as heavy as the scale said I was. On the other hand, that little bit of weight scare did give me motiva... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:05:59 EST Dammit! Tipping the scale. It's my own fault. <BR> <BR> I made the decisions that got me here. <BR> <BR> No one forced me to eat like crap and decide not to exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm the only person who can make me change. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale last night and found that I am at the heaviest weight I have ever been at. It makes me whince just to admit that I am this heavy. I feel like a fool, like a failure, and most of all I feel sorry for myself. I can't seem to make myself believe how bad off I truly am... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:43:27 EST Wanna feel better? Dress better. So, I have had a big breakthrough in the last 2 days. <BR> <BR> I am in a new job. This job requires me to wear semi-professional attire. I have been wearing long sleeve button up shirts, slacks, and a tie. <BR> <BR> My previous job let me wear jeans and a t-shirt. Actually, do to a push from me, we were allowed to wear shorts. I thought this was awesome. It was kind of a little success for me. <BR> <BR> But here is something I didn't anticipate. I actually feel a lot better about myse... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 20:44:50 EST Not starting over I am not starting over, because I feel like I never really started. I let myself down time and time again, but it was my own fault. I would be enthused to lose weight, but I did not put the effort in to lose that weight. <BR> <BR> I have made a HUGE amount of life changes in 2011 and it is time to make the same efforts I have made in my everyday life. I have found great success in everything else I have done and I know that I can do this. Going to work on making an inspirational collage. <BR... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 20:58:14 EST Putting my money where my mouth is. So, if you've read a previous blog I have an August Weight Loss challenge going on with some of my family and friends. It was $5 entry. We wound up with 23 people signing up. So that jackpot will be awesome. <BR> <BR> I shoudn't be, but I am surprised at how much motivation it is giving me. Not only for the money, but for that fact that I was the one who created it, and therefore I feel like I should set a good example. <BR> <BR> I struggled a bit this weekend. I definitly over ate on mo... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:54:32 EST Feel the August burn I will be 27 in 33 days. <BR> <BR> I want to be at least 10 lbs lighter by that time. Ideally a lot more, but I think I can reach 10 lbs in a month. <BR> <BR> I have set up a challenge to my friends on FB. I asked if anyone was interested in a August weight loss challenge. Biggest weight loss percentage wins. Figured putting a $5.00 entrance on it would make it more of a reason to go for it. I am surprised as how many of my friends were interested. So, I am finishing up all the rules toni... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:34:44 EST "Horse"ing around We went camping with some our friends this past weekend, and I got the opportunity to cross something off from my "Bucket List". I rose a horse. I had figured that I would be too heavy these last few years, but they said I was fine. <BR> <BR> I climbed up on the ol' boy and it was great. We did a 2 and a half hour trail ride. It was pretty awesome, except my feet wouldn't reach the stirrups, and I had to use more muscles to hold myself on. <BR> <BR> I will defninitly be doing it again. I ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:03:22 EST An Inspiring quote When I told my Uncle I was going to go back to college to get a degree, he asked what in. I told him I didn't really know, that I was only good at a few things, and that I should just go for something that made a lot of money. His response to me was this quote, and I really enjoy it. It made me really think about what I want to do and helped me make a decision. <BR> <BR> “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what th... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:09:34 EST The "new" me is very busy : ) So, as well as working on my diet I am also making a lot of changes in my life. <BR> <BR> Back in April I got baptized at my local church. I had not been baptized before and am wokring on my new life as a Christ follower. <BR> <BR> I have also decided that I am going to go back to college. I am going to keep my full time job, and take evening and online courses. I went to a CC very breifly after high school, but I was young and stupid and basically dropped out before the end of the first ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:23:10 EST Another Motivating tool So, I am in a wedding this weekend. I found out last weekend from the groom that the tux place could not fit me into a full vest, and that they told him they were going to have to put me in a half vest. They said I was 1 size too big to fit in it. He told them that they were to send a full vest as well as the half vest, because he knew I could get into the full vest like everyone else. He had confidence in me that I could do it. I don't want to let him down, so I have been trying to keep off ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:52:13 EST One Bad Cookie Our store managers all got together and bought us phone service reps lunch from Panera yesterday as a way of saying "Thank you" for all we do. <BR> <BR> Well they got us box lunches from Panera and it included a HUGE sandwich, chips, a giant cookie and a drink. I checked the calories on the chips and decided I would allow myself to enjoy them. I only ate half of my sandwich, and was satisfied with that. Then I got to my cookie. I debated whether to allow myself to have it or not, but in the... Wed, 18 May 2011 10:58:15 EST Stupid Shoes So I have been increasing the amount of walking and just moving in general in my daily life. Today I have tried walking for 10 out of 15 minutes of my morning break and the same for my afternoon break. I am also walking/jogging for the last 30 minutes of my lunch break. (i get an hour). <BR> <BR> Anyway, both of my tennis shoes have a crease from walking that rubs on my big toe on both feet. It has rubbed a raw spot on both big toes. : ( It's pretty painful. <BR> <BR> This morning I put b... Tue, 17 May 2011 16:15:06 EST Exercise So, a good friend that I made right here on Sparkpeople; Highpockets2010, and I have made an agreement to start up on an exercise program together and keep eachother accountable. I think it is going to work out great. <BR> <BR> I started the program yesterday. I really liked it. The first video was a cardio kickboxing program. My internet was running slow when I was doing it though and I froze a few times while it buffered, so my 10 minute video turned into more like 20 minutes. : ) <BR> ... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:59:17 EST Maybe I'm just antisocial So, heres the thing. <BR> <BR> I consider myself to be a pretty open guy. I can talk to people pretty freely and make friends pretty easily. <BR> <BR> But, when I go to get my hair cut, or am at the dentist, or even getting a massage, I want to be able to just sit there, have you do your job, and not have to make small talk. You get your work done faster and I don't have to come up with things to talk to someone about that I only see every 3-6 months. <BR> <BR> My dental hygenist ALWAYS... Wed, 11 May 2011 11:21:35 EST Great day Man, what a great day. Weather was near perfect here in Michigan today. Mid 60's witha slight breeze. <BR> <BR> Woke up right aroung 8:00 this morning. Had a good family breakfast, then went to our small local town, and walked around downtown. Went to my local comic shop to pick up some comics and celebrate Free Comic Book Day. <BR> <BR> I decided yesterday that I wanted to put a fire pit in the back yard. I know my dad had some cinder blocks that he wanted to get rid of, so we ran over t... Sat, 7 May 2011 17:29:36 EST Looking to the week's end. It's been a good week so far. My wife is out of state for a work confrence so it has just been me and my little lady. She's been a little tropper this week, and has not whined about mommy, even though I can tell she misses her. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up on the housework, which keeps me a little more active in the evenings. Plus I am making dinner every night, and with a picky-eating 2 year old that alone is a chore. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the weekend. My wife gets home comes ho... Wed, 4 May 2011 10:42:08 EST A New Challenger has appeared... So my nephews' birthday party was this past Friday. We all gathered at a hotel to celebrate and have a pool party. My older brother and I were talking and he said he has been thinking about challenging me to a weight loss competition. He apparently has been thinking a lot about it and said he was going to set something up. I told him to include our dad as well and we would do this. <BR> <BR> My brother is 8 years older than me. We never really got along as kids, but have had a good friendsh... Mon, 2 May 2011 08:46:30 EST Starting Over...yet again. Well, I woke up yesterday with a horrible migraine, stiff neck back and wrist, and an upset stomach. So I spent most of my between the couch and the restroom. Not how a 26 year old should feel. <BR> <BR> But I am determined to get back on track. I am taking things day by day and trying to make better choices. I make excuses. "It's too cold outside", "My legs hurt", "I exercised yesterday". (how often have any of you used the same excuses?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't want to make excuses any... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:13:34 EST My failure and an apology. So, I there I was. I'd had a hectic few weeks and had not taken the time to log in to Sparkpeople and catch up with people. I had written a few weeks earlier that I would be getting back on (see my last blog) and making more of an effort, but it had been almost a month since I posted that blog. <BR> <BR> I felt like an utter tool. More than once I considered cancelling my account, just because I was embarrased to get back on here and say, "Yup I'm starting again! I've done a horrible job on ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:58:40 EST Recent lack of posting Hey All, <BR> <BR> Swinging by to say sorry I have been slacking on posting recently. We have hit full stride in our busy season at our work here, so have not been able to get on here and post anything, and at the moment it is the only connection I have to the internet. <BR> <BR> Then good news is that, next we I will have internet at home again, finally! We signed up with a broadband company that can get wireless all the way out to my house, and they are coming to install on Wednesday! SO ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:49:25 EST Movin' Right Along Well, instead of lying on the couch all weekend complaining about how my back hurt, I got up and moved. We spent almost all day Saturday running errands and getting groceries. (We also took our little one to get her first haircut.) <BR> <BR> We spent Sunday cleaning the house and figuring out what stuff around the house we can sell or get rid of. Really working on getting less cluttered. <BR> <BR> I am glad we stayed active despite my back. I think it actually has helped my muscles to mov... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:57:22 EST One Slip Seems like sometimes I just can't catch a break. I was really trying hard this week, at getting in exercise and moving, I was feeling good... <BR> <BR> Until yesterday morning, when I was coming back in from taking out my trash, and I slipped on a patch of ice in my driveway. I smacked my head pretty good, and fell weird and wrenched my back. <BR> <BR> My head is feeling better, no more migraine, just slight tenderness where the goosegg was. My back is a different story. Very sore, and get... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:12:51 EST Hold the Mayo, Please So there I was, faced with having to go out to lunch today, or not eat. The closest food place was Burger King. <BR> <BR> I am a notorious Whopper Fan. Heck, I used to go for a King size Double Whopper with Cheese combo , and still have room to snack. <BR> <BR> As I pulled through the drive thru and looked over my options I tried to use what I have learned to make a better decision for myself. <BR> <BR> "Welcome to Burger King, would you like to try a #1 combo today" rang the nasally wo... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:20:44 EST Goodbye Kallie kitty Last night, just before midnight, our 10 year old cat woke us up crying. She seemed to be in a lot of pain. We discovered that one of her hind legs was not working. We thought at first maybe she somehow broke it. While she continued crying, we set her on the bed, and about 20 minutes later her other hind leg quit working. <BR> <BR> We called the ER vet and he said it was likely a blood clot and they needed to act right away. When my wife got her to the vet and she was assessed they said tha... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:08:31 EST Doing it with my wife ... you've got a naughty mind. LOL : ) <BR> <BR> My wife has decided that she really wants to do a diet as well, and we are both going to have a weigh in tonight, take starting measurements, etc. She has always been uncomfortable and embarassed about weighing herself in front of me, but I think I have provided her with enough support that she has realized I am not going to make fun of her for her weight and I only want her to be happy. We both have set a 6 month goal, and I am looking forwa... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:57:16 EST Merry Christmas Sparkpeople! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> After today I have vacation from work until next Thursday. I don't currently have internet at home (hopefully after taxes this year, crossing my fingers) so I wanted to say Merry Christmas to all my sparkpeople friends. <BR> <BR> We are all strong and determined people, and together we can make it through the holidays. When you are sitting down eating your holiday meal, enjoy yourself, but also keep in mind what got us to where we are. If you are debating whether yo... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:51:00 EST A disconcerting slap of reality So there I was enjoying company and chatting with my wife's extended family this weekend at their family Christmas party, when I had to move the wooden chair I was in closer. It was on wheels, so I scooted slightly, and that's when it happened. I hear a distinct, "CRACK", and then I was on the ground. The leg of the chair had split and broken. <BR> <BR> I was SO embarrased. Everyone had seen, and I'm sure they all assumed, as had I, that it broke do to my weight. I was devastated. I moved ... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 09:28:35 EST Friendly Competiton against unfair odds. Well, I am back here again after being wiped out by a bad flu for the last 3 days. It hit my entire family at once, so it has not exactly been "fun times" in my household as of late. At least we are all feeling better, and still have a week till Christmas. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I learned about 2 weeks ago, that my sister has opted to have Gastric Bypass surgery. She has struggled with her weight for quite a while as well. When she was young, she suffered from severe arthrist, and she spent a lot... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:49:40 EST Resolutions It's the time of year when we make yearly resolutions. Sometimes we make them and stick with them for a while, but they eventually drop off by the wayside and are ignored until the following year, when we pledge to "really do it this year". <BR> <BR> Almost 2 years ago I made a resolution to quick smoking. I am proud of myself to say that I have been able to stick with it. Sure, I will have a celebratory cigar once in a great while with my buddies, but the one time I tried to smoke a cigare... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:42:38 EST