AMSPARKS23's SparkPeople Blog AMSPARKS23's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good Decisions They say the choices that are made in your 20s really lay the grid work for your future. Career, location, family decisions, lifestyle and so much more. Upon reflection, and projection, I can say truthfully I am extremely happy where I am. <BR> <BR> Tackling each topic-Career-I finally feel like I am with a company that feels like "home." Annuities and Life insurance may not be the most panty dropping career full of excitement, unless you're into finance like I am-I love it! It also helps th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:16:06 EST Blogging I have been terrible about blogging lately-terrible lol <BR> <BR> On a good note I have been exercising at the gym-3 days of weights a week and training for my 10k. I put on a T and zip up hoodie today...and felt pretty excited that they were quite loose on me. Woot! <BR> <BR> Today I am going to run-to the Gym! lift my weights, and run, or walk back depending. :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:41:49 EST Recently I have been doing 10k training. Yesterday I completed day 2 of week 2-and felt great. I run with my puppy-which poses a bit of an experience as the weather gets nicer. People and their puppies and children are following the weather in pursuit of fitness as well. Ryley was much better yesterday than Monday about barking at other puppies. Thank goodness :) <BR> <BR> I need to finish my 30 day challenge. I got sidetracked with nice weather. I will resume and continue to post :) <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:02:43 EST Day 21 Today: <BR> <BR> 180 Squats <BR> 0 Push Ups (Rest Day) <BR> 70 Leg Lifts <BR> 150 S Plank <BR> <BR> Woot Woot! I can feel the strength in my arms/back/buns and legs... its pretty fantastic. <BR> <BR> Plank <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:16:54 EST Day 20 Today: <BR> <BR> 0 Squat: Rest-(silly after having about a week off.. oops, but I followed the plan for what to do today) <BR> 21 PushUps <BR> 60 Leg Lifts (each leg) <BR> 150s Plank... 2.5 minutes! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:07:08 EST Yesterday While I did not do my typical exercises-I cleaned my apartment, and my entire closet. This was about 3 hours of nonstop going. I'm pretty sure this counts, especially because I did laundry. I live on the third floor and the laundry facility in my building is the basement, which is four flights, or 44 stairs one way. :) I'll be posting today my workout when it is completed on my lunch :) Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:49:27 EST Day 19 I would like to say that I am extremely proud of myself for sticking to this... there are only 11 more days of this challenge, and I feel pretty fantastic. Sometimes it can become difficult without seeing immediate results, but one has to remember that this isn't a sprint-its for the long haul marathon-and that makes all the difference. <BR> <BR> For fun I measured my waist and hips-which measured the same as when I started, but I can feel the difference. My body feels much stronger, and it... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:35:07 EST Day 18 Today: <BR> <BR> 155 Squats <BR> 16 Push Ups <BR> 100 Leg Lifts <BR> 2.5m Plank <BR> <BR> After work I will again take advantage of the beautiful weather and do day two of my 10k training. :) Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:20:51 EST Day 17-yesterday. Apparently I am terrible about blogging my progress on the weekend-or at least I was this weekend. <BR> <BR> I took Sunday off because I was exhausted from traveling, and just needed a rest day. Monday I did: <BR> <BR> 150 Squats <BR> 16 Push Ups <BR> 0 Leg Lifts (rest day) <BR> 2m Plank <BR> <BR> I also began my training for 10k as the weather is getting nicer. I alternated 30 mins running walking with my couch to 10k app. Ryley (my puppy) loooved it! He was a complete mess with ru... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:43:09 EST Day 16 I am now on the down slope to this workout! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> 0 Squats (rest day) <BR> 15 Push Ups <BR> 100 Leg Lifts <BR> 120s Plank <BR> <BR> Woohoo! Not bad for a Saturday morning :) Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:45:42 EST Valentines For a lot of single people, Valentine's day is a reminder that they do not have a significant other. I feel that this is a matter of perspective. While I do not have a significant other, I do not need one to love myself, my family, friends-or hopelessly sweet puppy. <BR> <BR> I have never been the person that needed to have a man to make me feel complete, or happy. When the stars align, we'll find each other someday. My Valentines, or loves, are the people I chose to give a piece of my heart... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:05:45 EST Day 15 Halfway there!! :D <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 140 Squats <BR> 13 Push Ups <BR> 95 Leg Lifts <BR> 90s Plank <BR> <BR> My back feels much better today. Thank baby Jesus for Icy Hot :) Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:50:57 EST Day 14 Today: <BR> <BR> 135 Squats <BR> 0 Push Ups (rest day) <BR> 90 Leg Lifts <BR> 90s Plank <BR> <BR> I think I must have slept wrong because my back is really achy :( -on a positive note, One more day and I will be halfway done with my first challenge :D Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:56:40 EST Day 13 Today was pretty brutal-when I was doing my squats I thought to myself-I could just stay down here lol-but I powered through :) <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 130 Squats <BR> 12 Push Ups <BR> 85 Leg Lifts <BR> 0s Plank (rest day) <BR> <BR> Now that I'm not doing the squat motion... my legs don't hurt-its an interesting sensation, and extremely powerful motivation :) <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:35:43 EST Grocery Stores-Food in general Over my lunch break I went to the grocery store so I didn't have to do it after work. I had to go to a different grocery store than is my norm=severely disappointed. First thing when you walk in "shazaaam valentine's day"=Chocolate, cupcakes, unhealthy with a large slab of fat. Of course I'm drawn to this because chocolate is my one dietary Achilles heel... but I stay strong through the grocery store. Up and down the aisles I have to look for the organic stuff-reading labels to be sure-becaus... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:32:46 EST Day 12 Today: <BR> 0 Squats (rest day-praise baby Jesus!)- My legs were definitely feeling it <BR> 12 Push ups <BR> 80 leg lifts <BR> 90s plank! <BR> <BR> woot woot! Almost halfway there! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:58:27 EST Day 11 Apparently I was discrediting myself when I looked in my journal-I'm one day ahead of the actual date of the month-oopsies! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 110 Squats <BR> 10 Push ups <BR> 75 leg Lifts (each leg) <BR> 60s Plank <BR> <BR> My workout came at the right time of day because I was starting to drift into a snooze mode-now I feel energized and good to go :) Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:48:28 EST Day 9 For my fabulous day of guns buns and abs I conqured 105 squats-10 push ups-65 laying single leg lifts (each leg of course) and a 60s plank. I feel great. I topped it off with my delicious grapefruit juice 8oz/cider vinegar 2tsp/honey 1 tsp-which added to the zesty energy I was already feeling. <BR> <BR> Today-I still need to go to Trader Joes-oops, but yesterday I still ate very healthy. I even turned down chocolate cheesecake and it felt really good to say no with complete control. :) Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:29:59 EST Day 8 Today I completed those 100 squats like a champ! I also did 9 push ups (I'm surprised the push ups aren't being more aggressive in adding them per the guidelines) 0 leglifts (rest day) and a 60 second plank! As I have promised I am attaching a picture as I am right now-at the end of my 30 day challenge I will post another photo to see the difference :) <BR> <BR> Today-I will be planning my meals for the week and making a trip to Trader Joe's :) <BR> <BR> ps... posting a picture like this is... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:07:02 EST Guns Buns and Abs Workout today complete! Rested on the squats per instructions-60 laying single leg lifts each leg-9 push ups-45 second plank.... tomorrow we have 100 squats. EEk! I can conquer this no problem. By the end of this workout I should be doing 250 squats-woot woot. I can definitely feel the difference in my body with the tightening of my thighs and tummy and tush. :D <BR> <BR> Today's Menu <BR> Orange <BR> Banana <BR> Apple <BR> Chili <BR> Green Beans <BR> Pork Loin <BR> <BR> Water to drink :) Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:40:22 EST Reflection It is interesting to look back on previous blogs and see that it has been since July that I posted! Reflecting on what has happened in the past six months-it has been a crazy adventure! <BR> <BR> Where I'm At: <BR> <BR> Physically-somehow I'm fitting in my skinniest jeans without looking like a muffin (Sz 12 I may add), but I have been slacking on getting my buns to the gym. I have been doing home exercises, irregularly-and walking my puppy multiple times a day. <BR> <BR> Emotionally-Ther... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:02:55 EST Fab Ab Day 1 Complete! I completed all exercises in about a minute and a half, 90 seconds! How fast is that for a workout?! No excuses :) I feel energized and fantastic. I feel the workout slightly in my abs... Can't wait til tomorrow! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:46:15 EST Fabulous Abs Challenge! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have committed to completing this challenge, of 30 days. Easy Peezy. :-/ It looks to be a definite challenge, but I'm up to the cause! BEGINNING TODAY! I am going to note each day after I complete my workout how it made me feel and my progress. I will also note if I notice any changes physically-and will be posting before and after photos :D <BR> <BR> Feel free to do this workout too! Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:07:52 EST Cleansing Something that I have learned in my journey to, not only physical health, but mental health is that relationships have an enormous impact on your well-being. Relationships are not limited to your significant other, they include all people you include in your life. <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things that I have had to do, is sever ties with people that were not a positive influence. It is never easy to say goodbye, or thave THAT conversation with someone. You have to keep in mind what is be... Thu, 9 May 2013 17:18:15 EST Perseverance Because of my hiccup that presented itself to me, I have had to come to terms with my fitness goals. The end result has not changed, only the means to get there. It seems I have a hip that will continually pop out of alignment. This greatly affects my ability to train for the C25K. What I have decided to do, as with all decisions in my life, is to take one day at a time. Depending how my hip feels-I will change my running with impact on pavement to the elliptical once a week-maybe more, again... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:25:57 EST Hiccup My training program seems to have run into a hiccup. Saturday evening something happened to my hip, and when I was running yesterday towards the end of my run the dull ache turned into a sharp pain. So... What I have decided to do Is to take it easy on the running for a while and continue my weight training. I may alternate the days that I would have trained for C25K to an elliptical for less impact, but still doing cardio exercise, and see how that treats me. We shall see :) Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:55:38 EST The Beginning I began taking my health seriously at the beginning of August 2012. I always knew the importance of being healthy, and not eating things that were absolutely terrible. Being a curvy girl is something that I really enjoy about my figure. I like that I appear to be very womanly, and this lifestyle improvement will only enhance my assets. I am now at the point in my life where I want to improve my quality of life by toning my body while keeping my womanly figure. <BR> <BR> Since I began my heal... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:17:33 EST