ALESHAWALKER's SparkPeople Blog ALESHAWALKER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Serious case of the lazies oh no! I have a wedding to be in and I've got a serious case of the lazies! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:04:37 EST WHAT A MONTH! Well, last time I was on here I was headed in the right direction! I was on board for my 21 day challenge and feeling good AND losing weight again. Then I got a hair brained idea to start another business! <BR> <BR> You would not believe how busy I got, and right away. I was so busy I had to bring in a partner on the business to help because there was no way I could do it all by myself! We are well on our way to finding a permanent store location in about 6 months. Our clientele has been thr... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:54:05 EST Week 3 weigh in Woohoo! First time in a while I'm excited about the number on the scale! 155.4 <BR> <BR> That includes some not so good decision over last weekend, but I guess I more than made up for it during the week! 155 here I come! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 May 2013 08:27:20 EST Why stop things we like? I like body pump.... and how I feel after. I feel accomplished and strong.... plus I feel pretty cool actually using a weighted bar. <BR> <BR> Soooo..... why did I ever stop? I'm not sure. I think when it came down to dedicating 45 minutes to it.... I just found something else to do. Excuses and laziness. <BR> <BR> I've come to realize how important strength training is... especially for women. You can argue with me all day that body pump isn't the perfect strength training program but it i... Wed, 29 May 2013 22:15:34 EST Day 10 of 21 I'm pretty proud of my decisions yesterday! I had a company BBQ to go to.... so instead of getting my workout in during the evening, I planned ahead and did it in the morning. <BR> <BR> The BBQ was full of obstacles but I stuck with my low carb know how, meat. I had a small serving a brisket, avoided the beer and stuck to water. I skipped the carb loaded potato salad and sugar ridden cole slaw. No guilt here! However, I got in really late and didn't want to work out this morning so I will ge... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:55:24 EST Day 8 of 21 So it was memorial weekend.... ended up with a four day weekend since I was sick all day Friday. I didn't make the BEST decisions this weekend but I didn't make the worst. <BR> <BR> We went and ate at hooters and I made the sloppy mistake of ordering fried pickles as an appetizer. Luckily I followed it up with a salad. Unfortunately I stole fries off my husbands plate. <BR> <BR> On the plus side... I worked out and did my HIIT training everyday. That is the goal of my 21 days is to get in a... Mon, 27 May 2013 15:44:36 EST As if I don't stay busy enough... For me, the problem with weight loss is managing my time. I've found, probably as recent as the last year, how important sleep is to me. My days of partying and dragging to work are over. My days of just staying up too late doing nothing are over because it kills me the next day. <BR> <BR> I work full time in accounting and am going back to get a criminal justice degree. I try to go to class year round so I can just get this done and over with... and am taking 12 summer hours. That wipes me ... Sat, 25 May 2013 00:59:37 EST Week 2 weigh in <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm pretty happy with this number, although it is still within my normal "stall" area. However, I didn't do all that well this last weekend so this loss really came over the last 5 days. These last 5 days I've been doing a beginner HIIT challenge for exercise and I'm feeling pretty good. A little sore, but good. This next week will be a hard week. I began my journey at 195 and got down to this area. I can nev... Fri, 24 May 2013 12:07:47 EST Day 4 of 21 Day four of my 21 day trial. I logged on to do my “day 3” of the beginner HIIT challenge to find that it was stretching. Well good. It was pretty nice and I went for a short walk after. I stayed on the program. Not every work out needs to be drenched in sweat I guess. I liked that the lady doing the workout mentioned that 21 days is what it takes to make a habit… I thought “that’s right! Go day 3!” <BR> <BR> My eating was fairly good yesterday, no regrets really. I did miss breakfast this mo... Thu, 23 May 2013 12:17:03 EST What women say to trainers Thought I'd share this link.... what women say to personal trainers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> And update on the day: <BR> I stayed low carb but feel as though my portions may have been a bit big. Oh well.... I forgive myself and am proud of staying away from bad foods and getting in plenty of water. I'm going to pay special attention to portions tomorrow. <BR> <BR> What is the one thing I feel MOST accomplished abo... Tue, 21 May 2013 16:44:47 EST Yeay got some fitness in Wanted to write a short blurb since I was complaining earlier today about not having my exercise motivation. Thanks to everyone that answered.... after reading I came to the conclusion that excuses are in my way. I've just got to get that attitude that you do it even when you don't want to. After reading several comments that the only way is to JUST DO IT.... I did as another blogger does, made a spread sheet. <BR> <BR> I also did as another blogger mentioned.... imagine the people you don't... Mon, 20 May 2013 19:02:42 EST Where to get work out motivation? How the heck do you get work out motivation? I used to go to the gym all the time but now shutter at the thought of getting any sort of program started again. I've been doing my light walking, but I know that's not enough. <BR> <BR> I have a friend that is really into morining boot camps and gets up at 4:30am to go to them. Who does that?! I can't even get up early enough to water my flowers and now I have a bunch of dead plants (ha). I admire that she is able to do that! I just can't seem t... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:38:41 EST "week 1" weigh in Okay, yesterday ended on a not so good note. I got my hands on some sugar free candy and ate a ton of it. Good part: it was sugar free. Bad part: sugar free is only okay for me in moderation. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I did it either. I wasn't hungry. I think I was just bored. Should have got my hands on some water and drank it until the cravings passed. Oh well... I'l focus on the positive that I lost 1 pound this week. <BR> <BR> I've written about my challenge this Friday in my past blog... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:56:16 EST 1 day until weigh in, geocaching One day until my "first" official weigh in and I'm feeling pretty good. I got my dog out last night and took him to the park that has an obstacle course.... I had a lot of fun watching him bound over tires and try to climb up the ladders to the slides. Had a decent "work out" too since I followed him everywhere. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow evening will be a real test of my new found determination and I've decided to add one more thing in to keep me on track. I'm only taking a certain amount of money ... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:45:52 EST Getting this thing going Okay! we got home late Monday from our anniversary trip so I really buckled down and focused Tuesday. Good to go so far and I can feel my determination coming back with controlling eating. We ate mexican food for lunch yesterday (I had a salad) and whenever I was feeling the urge to eat chips I just chugged my water. I'm still working on getting myself motivated for working out but I did manage yard work yesterday and did some time on the treadmill yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> I reread my b... Wed, 15 May 2013 10:51:31 EST The plan starting monday This blog has taken me all day to write.... I thought long and hard from my last post and set a reminder in my phone to re-read this post on Monday when I get back from my anniversary trip. <BR> <BR> First off, it's time to committ. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Committment is not easy and I need to quit falling off the wagon every time things get a little hard. Those cravings are hard to get by, but I have a plan of attack. Drink a... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:01:23 EST I have motivation that comes and goes Where is that motivation I had last June that NO MATTER WHAT I stayed on plan and worked hard at loosing weight. <BR> <BR> I got back on low carb....only to jump back off and enjoy my weekend. I know I need to be on low carb, it's when I feel my best, but I just can't seem to muster the motivation to get going again. The first few weeks are the hardest.... and then you feel great. I just can't seem to get in that groove. I always have little things that come up that I allow to be excuses. <B... Tue, 7 May 2013 14:43:57 EST So I've officially tried everything So, another diet checked off my list! I did Weight Watchers and through this week I looked in the mirror and said "not for you." I loved a lot of the aspects of the program and it may really work for some people. <BR> <BR> For me, carbs are the enemy. They trigger all KINDS of cravings and HUNGER in me. When I was doing low carb.... I was NEVER hungry. Everyday I stay within my points I'm starving. And yes, I'm eating good and healthy meals. Sugar is also a real issue, even in natural forms ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:20:19 EST Weight Watchers update, week 1 My first weigh in is on Firday and I must admit, I slipped on the scale today. I'm down a pound and a half and have been following the plan religiously. <BR> <BR> I think it wasn't that big of a transition into WW since I was already eating a restricted calorie diet. I mainly ate what I usually did and didn't need to go out and buy a ton of "special foods." <BR> <BR> One thing I really like about WW, even though it is pretty much the same thing as calories, is I'm not made to feel guilty ab... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:47:46 EST Started Weight Watchers So, after watching endless commercials I started weight watchers. I’ve come to the conclusion that counting calories just isn’t a good fit for me… something I’ve known for forever but I always find myself trying. I joined Friday but am starting my first “real” week as of today. I read a lot of reviews…. Some great, others not so great. <BR> <BR> A common thing I saw about weight watchers was it doesn’t count calories. As I use their calculator to figure points, I was surprised it never asked... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:26:19 EST You have to sweat like a pig to look like a fox So, following my vlog I posted, here is this weeks plan. I'll update here: <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> 10,000 steps- already done @ 1pm <BR> stay within calories <BR> restrict carbs to breakfast <BR> water <BR> work out- had a crazy work out! went 5 miles (first bit was C25k week 1 program), after that I did 50 jumping jacks, finished a song, did a HIIT for a full song (knee highs, triangle push ups, abs), did another 50 jumping jacks next song, and then did squats and lunges for a full song af... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:54:53 EST What I learned week 1/fit bit review Fit bit review and what I learned about time management in week 1! <BR> <BR> I also forgot to add, I'm going to do some good ol carb switching up! I lost all my weight to begin with doing low carb AND beleive it or not.... didn't gain anything back when I started eating carbs again. Nothing! I got off low carb because I was stalled and trying to do something new to shake it up. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be eating healthy carbs with my breakfast and go into low carb for the rest of the day. I t... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:20:59 EST Week 1 of starting over I've been on track the last few days and I think I need a fresh start. It is so discouraging to look back to NOVEMBER when I was last REALLY on track and loosing like crazy. The more days I fail it just strings things out and gets even more discouraging. "It's been how long since I could just stay on track? How could I do it before and not now??" <BR> <BR> Well let's just call this week one. No more comparing any failures I'm having now to my prior weight loss successes. Sometimes you can be... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:40:51 EST New trainer So I scheduled with a new trainer. Back in 2012 I tried using a trainer. It was motivating until I figured out he just wasn’t a good fit for me. I spent most of my training session telling him I was not interested in buying a package at that point. Frankly I wanted to work out with him weekly for a month and see if I even liked him. He was more of salesman than a trainer. When I didn’t buy a package he seemed uninterested in me. So long! So I looked in a bigger town close to me and thought ma... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:19:41 EST Day 1 fitbit So it felt like it took FOREVER for my fit bit to get here but I used to for my first full day yesterday. <BR> <BR> I really like it! It really got me up and moving at work and helped me focus on meeting a simple goal: climb 10 flights of stairs and do 10,000 steps throughout the day! <BR> <BR> So, I work in accounting. I don't really get up a lot but I made it a point every time I went to use the bathroom I took a trip downstairs to the board room, walked around for a bit, did some wall pu... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:49:04 EST Jeans try on Thursday So, not much movement but have been working out quite a bit. I'm pretty sore today! I'm taking the dog for a walk today and getting started on my garden. <BR> <BR> Here is a week or two ago <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is today <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:25:06 EST Feeling unattracted to my husband When I met my husband he had many great qualities (and still does) but a few I really treasured. For one, he was really good looking (still is, I can't tell you how many women hit on him EVERYWHERE we go), was fit, was very good with money, and unbelievably neat for a single guy. <BR> <BR> He worked 60 hours a week and as a hobby trained to cage fight. We actually met at a strip club (haha, try coming up with a random place you met every time someone asks how you met) one night when a fight ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:07:27 EST Obsession with the perfect body I'll be honest... my number 1 goal for losing weight is vanity. And a side effect of me losing my weight so far has been better health and feeling better generally. I know longer want to pass out a 3:30 in the afternoon and gorge myself to I fall asleep at night. <BR> <BR> With that said... it's an obsession. Nothing I'd define as unhealthy but let's just say I'm a sucker for before and after pictures. I love looking at them.... if I see one on pinterest I'll probably click for a better look... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:49:59 EST Fears of regret One thing that I fear the most on my journey is I won't get there. I know I will.... I haven't given up yet. But I fear I won't get there. <BR> <BR> The worst feeling is that of regret. I don't want to waste the rest of my 20's like I did my early 20's. I'll be 25 this year and I have been unhappy with my fitness since I was 15 if not sooner. I don't want to look up 10 years down the road and wish I would have given it my all. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:56:40 EST 2 days binge free/fit bit I've successfully counted calories and tracked everything for 2 days and kept from binging. For the longest time, this is why I didn't do the calorie counting thing. <BR> <BR> I felt restricted. (Low carb I could have a lot of some things). I felt like I couldn't control portions. I felt stressed with the process which would lead to me not doing it right (restricting too much or binging). <BR> <BR> The last few days have been good and I think I've got it figured out. I try not to eat many c... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:07:16 EST Night time binging/ in a wedding! So, I’ve made it a goal to track track track. I’m not being so limiting on carbs now and am really trying to watch the calories. Problem? Evenings. I’m reminded of why low carbing was such a good deal for me. When you know you cannot have anything of a certain item, it really helped trickle off eating for me even though I was eating huge portions. <BR> <BR> I try to stay in my limits (I aim for 1200-1300 calories on days I don’t do a lot of exercise and increase on days where I do more to ab... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:54:24 EST Size 8 Well, my body is stuck at 157-158. Again. I'm pretty happy to be there considering where I came from but it's frustrating. <BR> <BR> What's my biggest goal? To get into single digit jeans. I am currently at a 10. I ordered these in the picture in a size 8 and they are not even close to fitting. It is a brand that I don't normally wear either so they may run a little on the small side. <BR> <BR> I've given up on the scale. All I get is disappointed even when I do everything right. Overall, I... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:25:42 EST 10 cents So, it has been awhile since I've been on and I gave myself excuses. I went on vacation for a bit over a week and decided to restart my program after. Lame excuse! I did enjoy myself but I swear I gained 10 pounds (I have not weighed yet, I'm getting back on track and getting on the scale Friday). <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I got home I just felt terrible and I knew it had been my extreme eating. Everything I wanted went. I went to the Rocky Mountain chocolate factory and had whatever. Well, w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:19:42 EST Day 1 Body pump So, today was the first day of body pump and I did the first DVD. I moving on to the next DVD tomorrow morning and I'm SOO excited for it. <BR> <BR> The time really goes by fast during the workout and I don't find myself counting down the seconds until the end. <BR> <BR> I'm going to do the "harder" DVD tomorrow, hit a class and Thursday and the video again on Friday. I took my dog for a walk after work today and it was the first time that he WALKED instead of being DRAGGED. I hope tpo take... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:29:17 EST Got my at home body pump kit today! opening box... Talking about body pump and what I got in the at home system! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 14:27:40 EST Time to arrange for more photos! I decided when me and my husband got married that I'd have pictures professionally done every year. I plan to use them for our Christmas card and wanted to get them done in all kinds of places, wherever we went or other big events for the year. I think there is so much value in pictures and I'm sure I'll be very happy when we are older that I did this. <BR> <BR> Photography has gotten a bit cheaper over the years to purchase and with a little bit of research you can pick up a great one for a... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:50:48 EST 30 Day Shred, Day 1 Well I was all ready for body rock after watching more videos today and WAIT there's a problem.... I'm doing it again. I go and find all these things that look wonderful but I don't want to do the work.... I like to look at them. On bodyrockTV I like to watch the fit women bounce around and act like workouts aren't a big deal. Thing is.... I've already bought a very similar system and only used it a few times which is the 30 day shred. <BR> <BR> That's a problem of mine.... I think of all th... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:49:20 EST Oh how life could have been different When I was going through my flurry of cleaning house and decluttering (which reminds me to go start cleaning again).... I ran into an old diary! lol <BR> <BR> OMG.... it was from the 6th and 7th grade and I was such a dork. I liked to read and write and talk about my day in there.... as I went through it though I didn't find a whole lot of good memories. Most of them were about my mom being in and out of the hospital and how mean people were to me at school. <BR> <BR> One of the defining ex... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:54:14 EST First body pump class Here is info on body pump <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dypump/about-bodypump/ </link> <BR> <BR> I had A LOT of fun... the instructor was really funny and informative. I won't be able to go all the time since the class is out of town but I'm hoping to make it once a week. I learned a lot about form which can help with lifting on my own. I felt really weak during certain portions of the class but no one made me feel wierd for stopping for a quick break or using ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:43:20 EST Results of Fat fasting day 2 48 hours is way long enough for me... I wanted to go through today and that is NOT happening... plus I've already lost a lot and hopefully this jolted my system past this plateau and into losing steadily again. <BR> <BR> Here is my final weight as of this morning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the past several months my body refused to even get past 156.... I would get there and then immediately bounce back up 1-2 pounds. I wouldn't ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:22:26 EST Results of Day 1 Fat Fast So, yesterday I lived off of macadamia nuts and cream cheese. I’m currently doing a fat fast to break a plateau using a low carb diet. I consumed 1000 calories with the majority of it coming from fats. Now, I do realize that losing weight is healthy at 1-2 pounds per week…. This weight loss should be a bit dramatic but enough to get me over my plateau and loosing steadily again… sort of a “shock” to my system to get it restarted in a direction. <BR> <BR> I found that eating my portion of cre... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:48:12 EST My brother Well I'm a blogging fool today! I'm feeling really stressed out in my diet life and personal life so sometimes it just helps to blog and get it off my chest. A bit lengthy.... <BR> <BR> My brother is a very serious source of frustration and stress to me when he shouldn't be. I don't know how to describe him to you. Our parents were overly (I mean insane over the top but with good intentions) strict when we were growing up. I dealt with life fine after high school and being on my own and havi... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:45:49 EST The Fat Fast Begins, Day 1 Run down Fat Fast Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:23:44 EST Fat fast starts tomorrow,,,, sick of this plateau! Well, I’m feeling frustrated. I’ve been staying on plan and exercising and I woke up yesterday to a half pound gain and today to a 1 pound gain. I touched 156 and here I am back at 158. My body refuses to leave this level even when I am careful what I eat and exercise. I’ve monitored my calories to make sure I’m eating enough and I’m eating about 1100-1200 per day. I think this is my dreaded pleateau. When I was in high school I regularly weighed 160 so it makes since my body is wanting to st... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:23:32 EST Feeling accomplished I know, it's only day 1 of school starting again but I feel pretty dang accomplished. For so long I used being busy as an excuse for not being healthy. First of all, what does being busy have to do with my eating habits? Nothing? <BR> <BR> I'm taking a ton of hours this semester on top of a full time job and I know that is make it or break it time. I'm dedicating every night during the week to my studies so I don't procrastinate and leave it to the weekends when I need some well deserved "me... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:21:45 EST Atkins frozen dinner reviews So I was very excited to see new Atkins frozen dinners at the grocery store.... I don't like to live off of frozen stuff but they come in handy in a rush! I have a hard time finding any frozen dinners that aren't packed with carbs and pasta (there are a few out there though). I loaded up on every time they had there and here is a review on the two I've tried: <BR> <BR> 1. The Atkins breakfast bowl- has eggs sausage and looks like bell peppers. Not bad. It's great for being in a rush and not ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:32:09 EST This week will be my week! I'm about to pack up plenty of work out clothes and stick them in my car.... no room for excuses this week for the gym! <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 156 today and my goal is just 3 pounds away.... I might could get there this week! I'm going to the gym in the morning for a quick walk to get some movement in.... <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great week and remember, no excuses! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:43:43 EST Reward for my efforts Woo 156.4 I'm on my way. My goal for January is 154. The weight is harder to get off the more I've lost BUT I have 19 days to get there so I'm going to up the bet with myself. 153 in January and I get these: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm obsessed with sky high heels (that's all I will wear). They are extremely slimming with skinny jeans (which I now own a few pairs for the first time in my life). They are also tons easier to wal... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:44:52 EST Motivational Blog I do these from time to time... I've spent the last few days on track and am seeing the scale slowly moving.... I'm at 156.8. <BR> <BR> Uh oh, here comes the weeked. It is pretty easy to stay on track during the week since I'm at work (in the middle of nowhere) so I don't have access to fast food and we don't have it here at the gin (thank goodness my boss is a bit of a health nut). I think it would be harder to loose weight staying at home, like a stay at home mom or something, since access... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:18:55 EST At MY pace Well, I shook off the gym cob webs tonight.... and told the voice in my head that my "trainer" put there to shut up. <BR> <BR> I went to a trainer in October and had a good experience in the sense of a hard work out. I did not have a good experience with the guy as a trainer. He spent the whole work out more concerned about selling me the next one. <em>303</em> He was extremely pushy towards the end and, come on dude, your not fooling anyone with a fake smile and laugh but a look on your f... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:36:54 EST