AMANDEES76's SparkPeople Blog AMANDEES76's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5% Challenge Motivation This challenge has given my the motivation to stay busy for most of this year and at one time I had a 100+ day streak going, which is the longest I have ever gone since joining SP. My motivation for this Fall challenge is to maintain a slow and steady weight gain, yes that's right a gain, for my pregnancy. So far I have gained around 25 lbs and I am only 23 weeks along and have about 17, give or take a few, weeks to go. I want to have the healthiest baby I possibly can while also ensuring tha... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:38:02 EST Streak Day 70 <em>334</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe that I have been sparking for 70 days straight today! I have passed my longest streak of 62 days and am so excited to know that I will continue on this streak unless something happens to my ability to get online. :) <BR> <BR> Now this doesn't mean that I have exercised everyone of these days but I've come pretty close to it and am proud of what I have done. And it doesn't mean that I have done everything right but it does mean t... Mon, 13 May 2013 00:57:26 EST 5% Challenge Spring into Summer Starting in May OMG I can't believe how much this Challenge has helped me in the last 8 weeks. I have just finished my first challenge and although I didn't lose my 5% I was pretty close but the other changes that I have seen are just amazing. <BR> <BR> I have been more dedicated to my journey than I ever have in the past. The challenge posts a different LTGL (living the good life) challenge every week which gets you to focus on the changes that need to be made to live a healthy lifestyle and help you along... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:04:57 EST Bittersweet Week On Wednesday I will finish my 30 day Squat challenge with 250 squats, so only 3 days left. Thank God tomorrow is a rest day because I have a feeling that Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be pretty tough on my legs! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> On Saturday I will make my last post to the 5% Winter to Spring Challenge that started 8 weeks ago. I couldn't be happier that I received and accepted an invitation to this challenge as it has helped me be more active on SP and in life. Knowing that I h... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:46:49 EST Scale Victory <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> In the last few days I have been pleasantly surprised by what my scale is showing and I couldn't be happier. Yes I know I should only weigh myself once a week or less but I have a bad habit of wanting to see how I fluctuate from day to day. I don't weigh myself everyday but at least 3-4 times a week. <BR> <BR> The other day I didn't get to eat dinner until after 9pm and I was starving, we went to El Pollo Loco and I got a Chicken Avocado Burrito. I can never eat a... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:48:42 EST Streak Day 40! Wow can you say proud? I can't believe how motivated I have been over the past few weeks. I am happy to say that I in the last 7 weeks I have had almost 5000 minutes of fitness or activity. I have been dedicated and focused on my journey which has made things much easier. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost a lot of weight or anything but I can tell the difference that my efforts are making and people are noticing. I am getting stronger and can feel the changes in my body. <BR> <BR> In the last few we... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:47:40 EST Streak Day 30! I am so happy to say that I have made it a month now, logging in daily, tracking food, exercising almost daily. I feel like a new person with so much more energy and my focus is almost perfect. I still have to push myself to do my exercise but it is getting easier with everyday and now my routine is to come home from work and get my workout done before making dinner and doing everything else that needs to be done. <BR> <BR> For the last week and a half I have hit my ranges almost everyday a... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 23:48:56 EST My Confidence Ok so I know that sometimes our self confidence and self esteem are not always what they should be but mine has been really low for quite a while now. At the beginning of the year I signed up to do the January Jump Start Challenge and did nothing, oh wait I think I did day 1. Then I got an invite to do this 5% Challenge Winter to Spring, I had no idea what this challenge would be like but I absolutely love it. This challenge has helped motivate me to be more active and because of the weekly L... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:30:27 EST Streak Day 24 This week is going great and I have my Fitbit One to thank for that. This makes it so much easier because now I know how much I am moving and because it sync to SP I no longer have to figure out how to track my efforts. I need to work on getting better and longer sleep patterns though because at this point I am only getting about 6.5 hours a night. <BR> <BR> Exercise this week has really jumped because I have been doing different workouts and I tend to run them all the way through which is a... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:03:05 EST Streak Day 22 I'm still going pretty strong and having my Fitbit is really helping to motivate me. Today after work I came home, changed, and got the clothes together to go out and wash. Went to the bank, went to Ross and picked up some new workout clothes, then went to do laundry. Didn't have the best dinner but I'm still within range so I'm going to say it's been a good day. After putting the clothes away and making the bed I did my own sort of cross fit workout where I did whatever came to mind. 100 Jum... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:36:31 EST This weeks challenge I don't know why but since it is part of the challenge this week my numbers seem to be falling into place. Maybe it's because I am paying more attention to what I am eating or that because I can get points for it I am more focused. IDK but it's working for me and that is all that matters. <BR> <BR> This weekend I took it easy on Saturday and all of my exercise minutes were from walking, nothing extreme. Today we went to Griffith park again to climb the mountains. DH has specific route that ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:57:58 EST First Complete Day w/ Fitbit I'm so excited and I just can't hide it I'm about to lose control and I think I like it. <BR> <BR> Sorry but I really am in love with this little tiny piece of equipment. I have had it on since I got home from work yesterday, except for when I showered both days, I even slept with it on. I only got 7 hours of sleep last night which sounds about right since I have been having a hard time sleep this week but today rocked. I had no idea how many steps I was taking in a normal day and I was pret... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:11:54 EST Streak Day 18 I got my Fitbit today and have been trying it out since I got home from work. Numbers won't be correct for today but I will be wearing it all day tomorrow to see how many steps I get in during a normal day. Today I wore it while I did my daily exercise but then when I tracked my exercise I realized that my FB put what I had done and tracked my minutes. Now I am trying to decide whether I should take it off during my workouts and track on my own or keep it on and let it sync in my activity. An... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:46:30 EST Squat Challenge Here is the 30-day breakdown for the challenge, and CHALLENGE it will be! <BR> <BR> Day 1: 50 squats <BR> Day 2: 55 squats <BR> Day 3: 60 squats <BR> Day 4: REST <BR> Day 5: 70 squats <BR> Day 6: 75 squats <BR> Day 7 : 80 squats <BR> Day 8: REST <BR> Day 9: 100 squats <BR> Day 10: 105 squats <BR> Day 11: 110 squats <BR> Day 12: REST <BR> Day 13: 130 squats <BR> Day 14: 135 squats <BR> Day 15: 140 squats <BR> Day 16: REST <BR> Day 17: 150 squats <BR> Day 18: 155 squats <BR> Day 19: 160 squats... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:58:22 EST Streak Day 16 Ok so I have been lax for a few days and haven't posted a blog or hit my 100 point minimum goal for a few days now. Sorry about that but I did at least make the effort to log in so that my streak would not be broken. I was active for the most part during the last few days but not as much as I would have liked to have been. <BR> <BR> There is a lot going on in my relationship right now and I am feeling very vulnerable to a lot of emotions that either make me want to hurt someone (beat the pun... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:28:48 EST Streak Day 11 I'm so tired that I can barely hold my eyes open anymore. I am getting ready to head for bed but wanted to write about my day first. <BR> <BR> I didn't do any exercise today because of how tired I am but I did track 30 minutes of movement as housekeeping for shopping for and stocking the vending machines at work. I worked up quite a sweat and was working on it for 45 minutes. I cooked dinner tonight after going to the store to pick up more groceries as what we got on Monday was already gone,... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:06:11 EST Working hard to stay motivated Today I had one of those days where I got all the way to work and realized that I left my cell at home, I only live a couple of miles away so I decided that I needed to come back and get it. Then when I did make it to my desk I had emails about covering the phones for the receptionist who is out for Jury Duty. I ate my breakfast before heading up to the front desk and start the day covering the phone lines. <BR> <BR> I was relieved an hour later to go and run some reports that someone was a... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:35:38 EST Not such an active day but I'll take it So today I had every intention of getting in a Total Body Sculpting workout with Nicole but it just didn't work out that way. I did however still manage to get in my 10 minutes of stretching and a quick walk to the bank and back. I also went and did laundry and folded it all and put it away as soon as I got home. We had tomato pasta soup for dinner that I made myself and I threw in some green beans for good measure. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I got my 100+ spark points for the day just a while... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:54:56 EST A little self challenge to keep me motivated?...... Ok so as you all may know my motivation wonders away for a week at a time, one week I do great the next week I barely participate. So I have decided to give myself a little bit of a motivational push in the right direction. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get a minimum of 100 spark points everyday. That means that I have to actively participate. The more I can get the better but my goal is to shoot for at least 100. We all know that just being on the site can keep us motivated to keep pushing throu... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:38:53 EST THANK YOU SUPER STARS!!!! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe that I was the Star of the Day when I saw that someone sent me a goodie. I want to thank you all for supporting me and trying your best to keep me motivated and on track. I am hoping that this week will turn out better than last week and that I do my part in supporting all of you and helping us to stay in the top 3 on our trip. <BR> <BR> Today I went hiking with DH at Griffith Park in LA. Please google this and see what you are missing!! LOL If ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:33:31 EST LGTL Day 7 What can I tell you. I am grateful for all the support you have all given me this week. I have been struggling for months now to get back on track and last week everything was great. This week it was one struggle after another. <BR> <BR> I won't be doing any exercise today because I am having some pretty fierce pains in my sides. Something I may not have mentioned before is that I am trying to conceive and have been on some meds that make me produce more eggs, only problem with that is ovul... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:41:54 EST LGTL Day 6 Do I need motivation or advice? <BR> <BR> Really you have to ask? I have been so far from where I was at last week and just can't seem to get back on the right track. I could use more than some motivation, I could use a swift kick in the pants, a good push in the right direction (you know out the door)! <BR> <BR> All laughs aside today was a better day for me overall as I was able to eat more than I have been able to the last few days. I managed to get all my calories in yesterday but they... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:04:54 EST LGTL Day 5 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> <BR> At this point? EVERYTHING!!!! <BR> <BR> Ugh this week is so not shaping up as I had hoped it would. The only thing I have done to try and meet my daily ranges is buy some yogurt, string cheese, and refill my fruit dish. I have not been eating well but not really out of not wanting to, I have been having problems with my stomach. During the week I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast with some raisins to add fruit and flavor to it, but the 2 days ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 23:15:13 EST LGTL Day 2, 3 and 4 Oops So I completely fell off my streak on Sunday and didn't even log in but I'm doing my best to turn that around and make the most of the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> <BR> Well my plan had been to checkout my meal plan and make whatever changes I needed to make buying groceries and staying within my ranges and budget as easy as possible. Since I didn't log in on Sunday I obviously didn't do that so now I am eating what I have which isn't bad since I tend to shop he... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:40:25 EST New Habit for 5% Challenge Boy I have been thinking about this since I first read about the 2nd Destination and what the challenge LTGT was going to be and I'm still at a loss. I'm thinking that since I do have good habits for the most part that I need to focus on the part that seems to be the hardest, eating. <BR> <BR> I tracked all my food last week and on most days I was still under what my range is and I feel like I'm eating a lot too. So I guess my new habit needs to be to find more foods that are good for me and... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:33:45 EST End of week One 5% challenge I have truly enjoyed this week and all the activity that I have gotten in. The only thing that I wish is that I was able to do more. I see all the people posting 120 minutes everyday and wonder how they are doing it. I got a minimum of 45 minutes everyday this week and was sore for most of the week but not too bad considering it has been 5 months since I was really active. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> I did pretty good with food all week although I could do with a little more prepar... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 00:27:17 EST Streak Day 6 Today I ate good but am still not hitting all my ranges for fiber, fat, and protein. This is becoming quite the challenge and I'm not sure what to do. I love to cook but I don't expect my DH to eat the same diet as I do because he needs way more calories than I do. How do I shop to where it isn't so hard on the budget to have what I need for my Spark Healthy Eating Plan and for him to still get home cooked meals? This week has been better though because I have at least cooked almost everyday ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:09:58 EST Making it work That is what I am trying to do each day. Trying to stay on track with healthy eating and stay active everyday to make my goals my reality. Why is it so hard to stay motivated? They say if you want something you will go after it and do what it takes to get there but I have to battle myself everyday to stay on track. <BR> <BR> Today is day 5 of being active daily and I hit all but one of my nutrition tracker goals, can't seem how to get more fiber into my diet. So for now I am still on track, ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:49:19 EST Motivation Challenge I have been struggling for the last 5 months to get back on track and be active. My eating really isn't an issue but my level of activity went from great to nothing in a week and have lasted 5 months. <BR> <BR> I recently joined the 5% Winter to Spring Challenge which is run by some pretty amazing people. I have no idea how you stay on top of all those people posting minutes and LTGL points. Kudos to you and thank you for running this challenge. I hope to be able to get on track and stick w... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:42:06 EST What to do? Ok so I have decided that this month we are going to do IUI and hope for the best possible results right about Christmas, a bun in the oven! <BR> <BR> Exciting yes of course, stressful well I would have thought I would just lay back and roll with this one but boy was I wrong! Taking the meds as prescribed gearing up for the procedure and then everything else just went plfffffff. <BR> <BR> DH was on forced vacation last week and now they are saying that they will work this week but not next ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:18:15 EST I DID IT! I did it! I did it! Ok I am going to digress before I get to the best part. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I finished the 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge and had established a daily routine of getting in my 10 minute workout first thing in the morning before going to work. I thought that I was great and would just continue down that road but boy was I wrong. My intention was there and for a few days so was my motivation but then something happened, what's new right? <BR> <BR> First one day passes and then two and befor... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:46:20 EST Wearing my size 7 jeans!!!!! Ok so I haven't been doing measurements since July, before I went on vacation, so I had no idea how my body was changing until last Friday. According to my measurements I have lost 3" around my waist, belly button line, since my last measurements!!! <BR> <BR> My reaction to this was to not believe I was measuring right, I know why rain on my own parade right? Anyways I had a friend help me do my measurements again yesterday and came up with the same outcome. Today I decided to see how my siz... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:56:02 EST Maintaining Momentum So tomorrow I finish the first challenge I have done since getting back to being accountable on SP. I have managed to do my workouts everyday for 28 days straight and have done at least a 40 minute cardio on top of those exercises. I can't say that I lost much weight but I can say that I feel better about myself and I know that I am stronger which means that I have gained something from the challenge. <BR> <BR> I did the 28 day Boot Camp Challenge and I Loved IT!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am so proud... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:52:22 EST Day 40 - My Journey to a better me! Today is Day 40 since I decided that I was going to be serious about using SP and I feel great so far. Recently I have been struggling to reach my calorie goals but I haven't changed what I eat so I'm a little confused. Is the tracker wrong or do I need to eat more? <BR> <BR> I am currently in Week 4 on Day 3 of the 28 day Boot Camp Challenge and have not skipped even one day this whole time. I have increased the amount of times that I do each video to 3 times each day to get the most benefi... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:04:00 EST Finishing off a great month So this month I have been able to stay accountable and am on a streak now of more than a month at 34 days. I can't say that I have lost a bunch of weight but I have learned a lot and know that my body is changing in other ways as well. During the month of September I participated in a team challenge to do 1000 minutes of fitness and according to my calculations I have succeeded and am now at 1148 minutes for the month, SP only has me for 961 but I will be over 1000 by the end of tomorrow beca... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 02:24:33 EST 25 Day Streak So today is my 25th straight day of being dedicated to keeping myself accountable in this journey to my goal weight. What have I done in the last 25 days? Well let's see. <BR> <BR> 1) Checked in and tracked my exercise and food almost everyday. <BR> 2) Avoided the vending machine! <BR> 3) Started pushing myself to run more than walk on my 2.33 mile route around the neighborhood at least 5 days a week. <BR> 4) Lost 2 pounds!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> 5) Started the 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge (c... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:04:28 EST Progress This last week has been pretty great and I am very happy to say that I have stuck with my plans for 8 straight days now. I went for a walk last Wednesday and that started it all, since then I have walked/ran every day even if just for 15 minutes. It feels great to say that I have checked in each day on SP and that I have tracked everything for more than 10 days now too. <BR> <BR> Holding myself accountable has become easier as time goes by and now I am making a bigger effort to ensure that I... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:41:25 EST Today I did it.... Last night I went for a walk with my DH that was 2.14 miles and it took us 45 minutes. He just walked leisurely in his flip flops but I had on my sneakers and I did my best to get more into that walk. I started out jogging ahead for a bit and then running backwards until we met up again and then jogged to the next corner and did 30 jumping jacks. I also did a length each of high knees, butt kicks, and side steps. I felt pretty good about what I did and decided that today I was going to get a ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:45:17 EST Positive Thoughts I don't post here a lot but I read every post to each of my groups everyday and see things that make me want to change the way I am looking at this journey I am on. In the past I have been active and had great success with SP and this time should be no different right? <BR> <BR> Apparently I am not completely in the game and I am noticing that I have a not so positive attitude which isn't helping matters at all. I come up with a plan and then as soon as I talk about it I miss a day or life g... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:38:43 EST My plan Ok so I haven't been doing much to get the results that I want so I have come up with a simple plan to make small changes each day. <BR> <BR> I will walk/jog every morning after dropping my DH off at the train. - Today I walked 4 minutes and then ran a minute twice and then walked for another 4 minutes, for a total of 14 minutes, around my block for 1.05 miles. I would like to get to where I can run a minute and walk a minute or turn it around and run 4 and walk 1. <BR> <BR> Next step is to... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:20:48 EST TODAY I CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN! I love to do outdoor activities but I don't know where to go. I did find a place to hike out in the hills of Malibu where the reward is seeing waterfalls. We have been there twice now so I thought we need to find a place that we can go that has more to offer. I asked around at work and someone told we about Turnbull Canyon in Whittier. I did a little surfing Online to see what it had to offer and decided this was where we were going this weekend. <BR> <BR> Boy did I bite off more than I can ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:13:50 EST TODAY I CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN! I love to do outdoor activities but I don't know where to go. I did find a place to hike out in the hills of Malibu where the reward is seeing waterfalls. We have been there twice now so I thought we need to find a place that we can go that has more to offer. I asked around at work and someone told we about Turnbull Canyon in Whittier. I did a little surfing Online to see what it had to offer and decided this was where we were going this weekend. <BR> <BR> Boy did I bite off more than I can ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:13:30 EST Why am I.....? I just finished reading a blog posted by Coach Nicole and realized that I must be the least motivated person on SP. I haven't watched the Olympics except for about 5 dives last night and although I am proud of all the Athletes that are there I guess I just don't have the time to watch it. I was doing the Insanity workouts and last year I would have said that I would be finished with the entire program by now. Then I had surgery on my toe and wasn't able to do anything close to Insanity for qu... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:43:23 EST Falling behind Hey everyone. <BR> <BR> I seem to be having a rough week and I'm not sure why. I started following the diet plan this Monday and have done really good with that all week but starting on Wednesday I was so tired after work that I didn't feel right. I started getting cramps on Wednesday and they are still here but for no reason as my cycle is still at least 10 days out. The fatigue is still here as well and I am having a hard time focusing on work or what I am reading too. <BR> <BR> Last week... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:03:49 EST Getting back on track Ok so I went on vacation after doing 3 weeks of the Insanity workout program and when I was on vacation I didn't do much exercise but I was active. I decided before I left that I would start the Insanity program over from the beginning once I got back to and to convince my husband to do it with me this time. He has seen how hard I have worked to try and stay on top of the program and not miss any days. In my weeks of doing the program I only missed 2 days and continued the course no matter wh... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:29:50 EST