ALICIALYNNE's SparkPeople Blog ALICIALYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update! We are currently 90.3% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 189/200 94.5% <BR> Planks: 406/500 seconds 81.2% <BR> Squats: 440/500 88% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 236/300 78.6% <BR> <BR> I spent over 80 minutes yesterday afternoon walking to / from the park, playing tennis, and walking around the tennis courts. That has helped that cardio number significantly! <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:56:44 EST Almost done with 2014! We are currently 87.1% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 189/200 94.5% <BR> Planks: 406/500 seconds 81.2% <BR> Squats: 440/500 88% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 156/300 52% <BR> <BR> I am making great progress with the strength moves, but am going to have to really push to get those cardio minutes in! Eeek! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:46:32 EST Merry Belated Christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS SPARKERS! <BR> <BR> I had a great Christmas. For Christmas Eve, we went to my sister's house. She had an appetizer party - everyone brings an appetizer and she supplied a main course. They had grilled lamb! I normally don't like lamb, but it tasted like wonderful, juicy steak... We then spent several hours playing board games, drinking, etc. Once the kids were tucked in upstairs, we filled up the stockings. <BR> <BR> All of the kids made out like bandits! Christmas morning ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:44:59 EST Stats! We are now 67.7% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 159/200 79.5% <BR> Planks: 336/500 seconds 67.2% <BR> Squats: 390/500 78% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 106/300 35.33% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 7/15 46% <BR> <BR> I am going to stop doing the last one. This means I will not get my reward for the month. I know I am not going to hit that goal, and I don't want it to drag me down. <BR> <BR> Obviously, the cardio is a major weak point. ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:42:40 EST BOOM! First thing's first, my goal progress. We are now 51.6% through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 111/200 55.5% <BR> Planks: 201/500 seconds 40.2% <BR> Squats: 280/500 56% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 42/300 14% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 6/15 40% <BR> <BR> For my cardio, I made the following circuit workout. <BR> <BR> Jumping jacks - 40 <BR> Modified Push-ups - 12 <BR> Lying triceps extension - 12 <BR> High knees - 40 (per leg) <BR> Squats ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Update! I am loving this challenge! I swear I am already feeling improvements in my upper-body strength thanks to those killer planks. Unlike my pre-pregnancy challenges, I am doing UNMODIFIED planks. A week ago I could only do 15 seconds per set. Now I am up to 20! <BR> <BR> We are 48.3% through the month... <BR> <BR> Pushups: 75/200 37% <BR> Planks: 141/500 seconds 28.2% <BR> Squats: 205/500 41% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 0/300 0% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in rang... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:02:02 EST Progress Update Well, time for an update! We are now 38.7% o the way through the month. <BR> <BR> Pushups: 51/200 25.5% <BR> Planks: 81/500 seconds 16.2% <BR> Squats: 130/500 26% <BR> Cardio workout minutes: 0/300 0% <BR> Days all food tracked (not worrying about being in range right now): 3/15 20% <BR> <BR> Obviously I am way behind, but it is OK since I started the challenge really late. <BR> <BR> I will be getting in some cardio minutes tomorrow, since my older kids will be home and can keep an eye on... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:16:32 EST Time to make some goals! I have a dark, dirty confession to make... <BR> <BR> I bought a scale. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know. I have spent years ranting on why people shouldn't have them in their homes and need to rely on measurements instead. However, after having the baby last year, my waist measurement isn't an accurate gauge of anything. I think it is due to the excess skin left over from both the pregnancy and all the yoyo weightloss over the last few years. <BR> <BR> According to the scale, I have regained roughly ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:59:49 EST Wonderful Hike Hello all! <BR> PROGRESS! Things have been going well the last couple weeks. Although I often miss my ranges, I am consistently tracking my food. I am spotting my trouble areas and working on a plan of attack. The biggest one is nighttime snacking! I will be within my ranges... until around 8:30 pm. Oops! <BR> <BR> This weekend was full of activity. On Saturday I took all four kids to the park. We walked to and from, and the neighbors tagged along. We played tennis for two hours. When I wasn... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:30:48 EST Feeling a bit glum... I think I may be losing my mind. <BR> <BR> Well... more so than usual. <BR> <BR> I have heavily fallen off of the weight loss bandwagon. I constantly feel HUGE. Weak. I know why I feel this way - inconsistent tracking along with zero exercise. Particularly the lack of exercise since it is my primary method of mood stabilization. <BR> <BR> My pants fit the same... measurements are the same... but I feel weak and fat. <BR> <BR> I bought a play pen for the baby so I can at least try to wo... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:40:08 EST Why Hello There! Why hello everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been quite a while since I last blogged - over a YEAR! GAH! Thanks to the app I haven't completely fallen off, but I don't think there is a way to blog through the app. <BR> <BR> The past year has been absolutely insane. First, I had my beautiful baby boy. His name is Eddie and he is just the most awesome baby ever. So, the total of kids in the house is FOUR. An 8 month old baby, a 7 year old autistic boy, a 10 year old boy, and a hormonal 12 year old girl... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:47:39 EST Quick Vent This is a silly, random vent. Please feel free to skip this blog <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to figure out how to contact Spark and see why this is happening, but I am super frustrated right now. <BR> <BR> I am a slow runner. Most of the time, I embrace it. I'm a proud member of the Slow, Fat Runners Team (if you're like me, check out that team! Lots of love and support over there for us slow pokes!). <BR> <BR> For a while, Spark has admitted that I have a 14 to 15 minute p... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:41:36 EST March Goals and Progress Thus Far As some of you know, I came up with a points system last month to use with my goals. I put a points value on each goal, and then also came up with a goal to complete a certain number of the mini-goals. I get rewards based on how many points, and how many of the goals I complete. It was a huge success; even though I didn't meet all of my goals, I didn't become unmotivated. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, I am going to repeat the exercise this month, just changed up a little bit. Below are the g... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:22:35 EST Update on February Progress Hello! I hope everyone has had a good week! <BR> <BR> Here are the stats for February: <BR> - Run 50 miles (50 points possible) 51 done, goal met! WOOHOO! <BR> - Eat in calorie range 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 25/28 Goal met, baby! <BR> - 8 glasses of water drunk 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) Missed this one, and don't have the exact number since I lost the stupid paper. <BR> - Get car inspected and tags renewed (1 point) Hubby did it, but I'm taking the point anyway!... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:49:08 EST February Status Update I just realized I haven't done an update yet. Oops! <BR> <BR> - Run 50 miles (50 points possible) 36 OUT OF 50 DONE SO FAR! WOOHOO! <BR> - Eat in calorie range 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 17/28 SO FAR, ON TRACK! <BR> - 8 glasses of water drunk 25 out of 28 days (25 points possible) 16/28 SO FAR, IN THE DANGER ZONE BUT CAN STILL MAKE IT IF I'M DILIGENT <BR> - Get car inspected and tags renewed (1 point) NOT YET <BR> - Get truck inspected and tags renewed (1 point) HUBBY DID IT, B... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:12:49 EST Random Side Effect of Losing Weight So, I am a bit of a cheapskate, and refuse to buy regular clothes until I am closer to my goal. I have been on this weight loss journey for over a year now, and as of last November (last time I stepped on a scale...) I had lost about 25 pounds. <BR> What clothes I have bought has, for the most part, been Goodwill when my current clothes were flat-out falling off. Everything else, I make do with, since I don't want to buy new pieces just to have them not fit when I get to maintenance. <BR> My... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 16:14:40 EST February Goals and Some Ramblings Wow, it's been way too long since I last blogged! <BR> I didn't make many official goals for January; I wanted to avoid the pressure of New Years Resolutions. Now, however, it's time to get back in the game! <BR> <BR> I've devised a weird system. The goals below include points. If I obtain 125 points, then I will reward myself with a pair of workout pants. If I fully accomplish 7 of the goals listed, then I will get my new running shoes. <BR> <BR> I am trying this out so that, even if I don... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:38:13 EST As Promised - MyPyramid Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I mentioned this on my status feed, and a couple people were interested. <BR> <BR> As part of the Starting Over Weekly Mini Challenge, I was looking up serving sizes. I typed in "MyPyramid" in Google, and the following site came up. Since I am also working on a nutrition project with my Cub Scouts, I typed in the search criteria for a 6 year old boy. I tried it again just now, and it still worked. If you type in, it takes you to a completely diff... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:16:03 EST A perfect wedding! Well, it's official: the knot has been tied! <BR> <BR> The wedding was absolutely wonderful; it was even better than I had imagined it could be. <BR> <BR> Friday morning, my sweetie went to get his ring while I cleaned the house. Mom arrived first, followed by my sister and her family. Us ladies went to get the wedding cake. <BR> <BR> Oh, man, the wedding cake! The deal with the baker was that I would get a very steep discount on the condition that I know NOTHING about the cake. I did not ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:43:15 EST Update On Situation From Last Blog Howdy, all! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the love, first off. You guys rock! <BR> <BR> My fiance sold his stereo (a very nice one he had gotten at a pawn shop) to pay for the tools to get through the rest of the week. When he gets his check on Friday, he should be able to replace everything else. He was, for obvious reasons, very upset about the whole thing. <BR> <BR> However, it looks like everything is going to go as planned as far as the wedding, including the cake. I didn't want to postpo... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:04:13 EST Venting- Warning, whining! I am about ready to just start bawling. <BR> <BR> Today started out so great. I went to vote; was number 7 in line so I didn't have to wait too long. <BR> <BR> After voting, I went over to my favorite bakery... and ended up ordering my wedding cake! She is giving me a VERY steep discount, since I have been going there for years. This was huge for me; it was the only part of the actual wedding that I cared about. I don't care about venue, music, menu, etc. I have been dreaming of that cake ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:57:56 EST Goal Check In - Only One Week Left! We are 83.8% of the way done with the month. <BR> <BR> Run 30 miles - taking this goal off. No way to safely accomplish it this month. <BR> 1,000 squats (835 accomplished; 83.5% complete). <BR> 1,000 lateral lunges (same as above). <BR> Every week average in range for calories, protein and sodium. - Went over on my average calories and sodium. <BR> Start taking an iron supplement (waiting for my physical so I can clear that with the doc). DOC SAYS NO. <BR> Save 100$. Yeah, no. <BR> Blo... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:42:41 EST YES! I can't believe I did this. <BR> <BR> Today I forgot my lunch at home. I didn't have time to go get it, since I had to use my lunch break to pay my electric bill. Taco Bell is right there, so I stopped and picked up a combo. Two crunchy taco supremes and a Mexican pizza. <BR> <BR> I'm at work, and I eat my Mexican pizza. Doesn't taste as good as I remember, but ok. Then I eat a taco, and realize that I'm full (keep in mind I used to eat this combo ALL THE TIME and finish it with a candy ba... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:02:42 EST Another Goal Check In We are 61.2% of the way done with the month. <BR> <BR> Run 30 miles - taking this goal off. No way to safely accomplish it this month. <BR> 1,000 squats (600 accomplished; 60% complete). <BR> 1,000 lateral lunges (same as above). <BR> Every week average in range for calories, protein and sodium. - Went over on my average calories and sodium. <BR> Start taking an iron supplement (waiting for my physical so I can clear that with the doc). <BR> Save 100$. Have an issue with this one, sinc... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:53:33 EST Oh, hello emotional eating! So, yesterday was not the best day. <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark long enough to know what emotional eating is. I have learned the signs, the triggers, and various alternative coping strategies. And instead of utilizing those strategies, I ate like I had been on a desert island for the last week, and just got back to civilization. <BR> <BR> Anyone hear of Cook Out? Wonderful small BBQ chain. I avoid going simply because their items are not in the nutrition tracker (guess they are small eno... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:24:04 EST Unrelated to fitness - need to vent I will probably delete this blog in the fairly near future. I just need to vent, and don't want to put it on Facebook because I don't want it to spread to people who know me or my work place. <BR> <BR> I came in to work today to find out that a co-worker, who I don't know very well but who has always been nice, helpful and polite to everyone, is in jail for fatally stabbing someone over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I made the mistake of Googling the situation to try to get further information. T... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:41:11 EST Goal Check In We are 38.7% of the way done with the month. <BR> <BR> Run 30 miles - taking this goal off. No way to safely accomplish it this month. <BR> 1,000 squats (345 accomplished; 34.5% complete). <BR> 1,000 lateral lunges (same as above). <BR> Every week average in range for calories, protein and sodium. - GOAL MET for last week! <BR> Start taking an iron supplement (waiting for my physical so I can clear that with the doc). <BR> Save 100$. Making great progress on this one. <BR> Blog an up... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:02:01 EST A whole bunch of stuff in one blog... First- I went to the doc today about my foot because it still hasn't improved at all. She told me to do several things: <BR> Roll my foot over a can of veggies every morning before standing up. Not even going to the alarm clock first, which means I need to move it next to the bed! <BR> Keep bottled water in the fridge and roll my foot over it twice a day (NANCYSINATRA already gave me that tip- thanks!) <BR> 1 more week without running. <BR> Buy special inserts. <BR> Zero walking around barefo... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:05:44 EST Well, it's been a long time since I said this... Well, it's been a long time since I said this. I'm sorry that I let it get to this point; that I went so long without seeing you. <BR> <BR> Hello, size 14. I know it's been about five years since I saw you last, but you are just as comfy as I remember. <BR> <BR> I know things got strained for a while there, and then I just gave up and went on to bigger things. I'm back though. You wouldn't believe how much work was involved in getting here; did you know I've run many, many miles to get to t... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:34:44 EST Backing off of a foot injury This is a bit of a whine, please bear with me. <BR> <BR> For the past several weeks, I have started "kinda-sorta" training for a 10k I will run in March. I looked up a training plan on I always progress very slowly, so for each week that the plan had, I put in three to four weeks. Meaning when the plan said to increase Sunday miles from 3 one week, 4 the next week, and then 5 the following week, I adjusted my plan to be 3 for three weeks, then 4 for three more weeks, and then 5 fo... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:23:16 EST Declaration of Independence from Dieting Got this from Triangle-Woman's blog. She got it from ARKPLE. Too awesome not to share with people I know on here who may not have seen it already. <BR> <BR> Declaration of Independence from Dieting <BR> <BR> When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one woman to dissolve the emotional bands which have connected her with one diet attempt after another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, a separation from dieting to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God e... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:55:26 EST The candy in my desk I am experiencing something I have never experienced. <BR> I bought a bag of chocolates for work on Sunday. It's a 9 oz. big bag. I bought it for those times when I just really crave something sweet. <BR> Nine months ago, that bag would have been gone in a maximum of two days. If I'm honest, it probably wouldn't have been in my hands for a full 24 hours. <BR> Now, I have had this bag of candy for FOUR DAYS. It is still half full. <BR> This, to my mind, is what a big part of Sparkpeople is abo... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:28:40 EST Shifting Goals Well, here we are. It has been an amazing seven months; I have changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I can't wait to see what the next few months bring! <BR> When I started running at Christmas (thank you, dear, wonderful fiance for buying me that treadmill!) I made a goal: I would run three hundred miles this year. Maybe not a very impressive goal, but I believe in being realistic with goals. <BR> Now, however, it looks like this goal needs to shift. <BR> This weekend I am on track to f... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:53:58 EST Screw Shorts (WARNING: Pity Party) I will start by saying that I am going on vacation next week. It is my first real vacation with my fiance! We have been together over 5 years, and we are taking our kids to the beach with my sister's family and a family friend. It will be a full week on the beach, to possibly include parasailing (!!!). I am not really a beach person by any stretch of the imagination; I'm more of a pool or hiking kind of gal. However, I got heavily outvoted <em>20</em> <BR> I have not owned a pair of shorts ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:32:46 EST A Bad Food Day Yesterday & Taking A Break From Running I can say that yesterday was the first truly trainwreck food day I have had in the last 6 months. This is the first time I have managed to consume over 3,000 calories. <BR> Holy cow. 3,000 calories, nearly TWICE what I usually eat in a day! I had a McFlurry (a large, even!) at lunch. Then, my fiance brought home tacos for dinner to celebrate his mom's birthday. <BR> I ordered and ate that McFlurry (by itself almost a full day's calories) and I ate those delicious tacos de carne asada (700 ca... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:10:44 EST Missing The Spring Folly Well, it had to happen eventually! I skipped my race last Saturday. Part of it is that I am just burned out; I have done three 5ks in the last few months. Another thing that got to me was that I forgot to get directions to the race location which I had never been to. The kicker, though, was that my (future) mother-in-law said that she would watch the kids for the race if I came straight home, picked her up and drove her to the mall without even taking the time to shower because she needed to ... Tue, 29 May 2012 11:51:55 EST Back on the Wagon in 2012 Of course, reviewing my past blogs from 2008 is making me face-palm pretty hard. <BR> In October, I weighed in at 197 at my doctor's office. I had a long chat with my doctor about what I should do to become more healthy. She gave me some simple rules for what she wanted me to do: <BR> 1) WATER WATER WATER <BR> 2) Eat breakfast every day <BR> 3) Get in at least 15 minutes of activity every day. <BR> 4) Eat every two to three hours. <BR> <BR> I have done those. For Christmas, my sweetie bough... Mon, 14 May 2012 11:03:51 EST Letting Life Get in the Way This past week has been rough for my family, from nearly being taken to court for not paying rent to desperately searching for a student loan. <BR> <BR> I allowed exercise to fall to the side, which I know is just going to make it worse for me, since exercise is such a big stressbuster. I enjoy exercising, and not doing it is just a way of cheating myself. <BR> <BR> Because I know this, I WILL be exercising tomorrow morning. I WILL go back in to my routine of working out 5 days a week. I W... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:31:17 EST WEEK 3 MEAL PLANNING So, for the Young Sparkers bonus, here we go... <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> B: 1.5 cups Breakfast Harvest cereal, 1 cup milk, 1 string cheese or 1 yogurt. 1 banana. <BR> L: tunafish sandwich, tomato, small side salad with 2 tbsp fat-free Ranch dressing. <BR> D: Escabeche de pescado. WW ice cream for dessert. <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> B: Breakfast Harvest cereal, 1 cup milk, 1 yogurt, 1 banana or 1 orange snack bowl. <BR> L: Leftover Escabeche <BR> D: Chicken tortilla soup with tomatoes, onions,... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 11:17:39 EST 2 Months Smoke Free Today marks 2 months without smoking. It feels surreal- I never truly thought this type of thing was even possible. I'm not even TEMPTED anymore, and I can just hope that it continues like this after I get back into school- school is a huge trigger to me because all my friends smoke, and because my school is intense. <BR> <BR> I had some alcohol last night- seriously half of what I usually drink- but I have what may be my first true hangover. My head is killing me, and every movement makes ... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 10:18:53 EST Summerblast/ No Smoking 1. It has been almost 2 months smoke free! I am so excited! The cravings have been no where NEAR as bad as during past attempts to quit smoking, so I think this time it is really going to work for me. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> 2. I am totally pumped about the Summerblast challenge on the Young Sparkers! I am motivated for what feels like the first time in weeks. I've looked at all the exercises, and almost all of it is stuff I regularly do anyway, such as the 20 crunches, the squats, etc. In fact, f... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:12:03 EST Post-Surgical Bliss So, it is 2 days post surgery, and I am feeling better than expected! A bit of pain and soreness still, and I am not ready to go off of the narcotic pain killers yet.. but still, better than expected. <BR> <BR> Two days smoke free, and not even the slightest craving. Woohoo! Wed, 21 May 2008 12:12:23 EST Oral surgery So, this Monday I have to have all 4 wisdom teeth extracted at 9:30 am. I have no clue what I'm going to be able to eat afterwards, except for ramen noodles (as horribly unhealthy as that is). I find myself wondering: what is something healthy, yet soft enough not to hurt?? I've been managing to eat some cooked top-sirloin steak meat, but the idea of eating that after the surgery makes me sick. It just screams "gonna hurt, gonna hurt, gonna hurt!" <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll be back to normal w... Sat, 17 May 2008 12:44:26 EST Trying To Get Back On Well, after a few weeks of some serious slacking, I have packed on 7 lbs. Took me MONTHS to work that off, and a couple weeks to gain it back. No cool! <BR> <BR> Anyway, trying to get back on the wagon now. I don't want to be unhealthy anymore. <BR> <BR> I'm also back to taking a daily multivitamin. Sat, 5 Apr 2008 10:12:36 EST Cursed by 150 Ok. December 19th I was very happy to see myself down to 150. <BR> <BR> Now, almost 2 months later, I am still seeing 150 on the blasted scale, and it is driving me NUTS! I work out religiously (training for a 15K in May), and am doing quite well with food, even though I fell off of the wagon for a week or two. <BR> <BR> This may seriously make me insane. <BR> <BR> Alicia Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:41:35 EST I Hate This! Ok, I have been trying soooo hard! I've been eating very well, exercising 5 days a week (cardio and strength training)... and I have been at 150 for the last 34 days, excluding 2 days where I had an extra few pounds of bloat from PMS. <BR> On top of this, I haven't had a cigarette in almost 3 weeks. <BR> All together, I am starting to lose my motivation. I drink TONS of water (at least 9 cups/day), have reduced the calories and fat even more than before.. and still the scale taunts me. <BR>... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 18:43:59 EST