AMSPARKS23's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AMSPARKS23 AMSPARKS23's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Days 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760215 Yesterday we went to the Iowa State Fair for work (not for working, for a team building day) and we were there for seven hours-walking pretty much the whole time except for lunch-I counted that as my Day 4 activity because I was definitely more active than 30 minutes ;) <BR> <BR> I did get a second wind after I rested when I got home last night and mowed the back yard, did the dishes, a load of laundry, hung some mini blinds (ps-extremely tedious), and a few other household things. :) <BR>... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:41:54 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758850 Sometimes I wish I was as excited to wake up and go out in the mornings as my dog. Once I'm up-I'm good... I just hate leaving my very comfy bed lol We got up and went for our run this morning, and it was absolutely perfect weather. They were mowing the park that we went to run around, and my allergies were going haywire. Thankfully it was just some runny eyes/nose, it did not alter my breathing :) <BR> <BR> I was pretty proud of myself because I ran longer and farther than on Monday. Yay! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:06:47 EST Day 2 Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758413 Yesterday I started running again-as was per Day 1 of my schedule, and I didn't die! so that is always good news :) Today I woke up and went to the gym before work-again-I didn't die.. so that's fantastic. It will be good to get into the groove of working out every day again. Some days are lighter workouts than others, but I am dedicating a minimum of 30 minutes of my day to being active, I am definitely worth 30 minutes of my time. (to see the organizers I created look at the blog titled Hea... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:28:23 EST Healthy Lifestyle Organizers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757680 The workout calendar actually started in August-but I only saved the September template... <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy these! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l614930247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l113886175.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1041265331.jpg"> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:09:02 EST Top Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757678 I have been thinking a lot lately about my persona-what kind of person I am. I am very detail oriented, a planner, a doer, and I love projects. When I am passionate about something I go all in. I recently purchased a house and I had a fever to get a bunch of things done to make the house feel more like Anna's home. Then I asked myself..Why have I had such difficulty sticking with a workout routine? <BR> <BR> All of the projects I take on I finish. I deem them to be worthy and very important... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:05:42 EST Everyone is different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726249 It seems like such an easy concept to understand-that everyone is different. When coming from a weight perspective-it is actually pretty hard to grasp, at least for me. What I look at my weight, is completely different from what someone else at the same weight looks like. Each of our bodies are composed differently with muscle mass, height, and genetics. It can be discouraging to see people that have less muscle and more fat dropping weight like it is literally melting off in this heat (and h... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:50:08 EST Not Guilty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725519 Yesterday was the first day (since I've been counting calories on the tracker) in the past two weeks that I went over my calorie count. My boss was so thoughtful and bought us this super rich chocolate/heath/caramel ice cream...but you know what? I still didn't feel guilty about it. It had been three weeks since I had ice cream, and I don't plan to have it anytime soon again-but it was nice not feeling guilty about it. It did make my tummy queezy feeling, so it didn't add to making me want it... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:07:17 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724780 For those of you that don't know... an NSV is a non scale victory :D Today I put on a tee my parents got me for this past xmas-a ladies medium! I don't remember the last time that I've worn a ladies medium... and I was so excited that right when I got to work I had to take a bathroom selfie-silly I know. :) My family members are huge Green Bay fans-and I just kind of fall into the mix because I really do not have a preference-regardless... I put on this shirt today and it fit better than comf... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:11:54 EST Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721453 Last night was a whirlwind! I had to go to the grocery store right after work to grab stuff to make dinner (taco zucchini boats!), run home, make dinner, workout, and entertain my friend. Needless to say by the time I got home-I underestimated the prep time for dinner. I was able to get in some push ups and jumping jacks with some squat/weight variations... but not the full 30 day shred video-so tonight will be my day 4, or I may go for an extended run. <BR> <BR> I do have to share the taco... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:13:06 EST Exciting news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720503 Last night I went home and completed day 3 of the 30 day shred-which wasn't extremely difficult-surisingly enough-since I did not do the workout in 2.5 weeks :-/. I woke up this morning, did my yoga-then weighed myself. Down 5 lbs! Exciting news for me :) Its nice to be able to see on the scale the difference what I feel in my body. The "beginning" of a stronger me, quite literally. I feel very at peace, and calm. I love that yoga does that for me. :) Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:46:32 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719859 Today: I continue to feel motivated, and really proud of myself. I lost 4 pounds since my last weigh in. woohoo! Other small milestones to feel proud about are: Yesterday the office ordered in Italian from one of the best places in the city... I declined-and did not feel remorseful. I felt excited that I had the will power to turn down the deliciously high in fat foods that typically tempt me into caving. I stuck to my guns and enjoyed my salad. I have found that it helps me to go to the groc... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:24:59 EST It's a process. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719216 Sometimes it is funny how life happens. For me-I need to block out a time during the day to exercise-no matter what. My time seems to have all been devoted to house hunting-and I found one! There is so much to do. It's been crazy, and its only going to get worse. I've still been active. I just haven't done the 30 day shred program I started, or have been blogging about it. <BR> <BR> The beauty about the process-is that it is a process. I love myself too much to give up on living a healthier ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:23:16 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707627 Today was less difficult than yesterday with the week one training. I could definitely feel yesterday's workout in my legs, abs, and arms today. It was a pretty glorious feeling :D My muscles weren't very stiff when I did today's training, and I was more flexible with the cool down and stretching out :) I still had a nice sweat, and feel great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1052013235.jpg"> Sat, 31 May 2014 18:45:04 EST 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707066 Today I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred-She may in fact be the toughest trainer! I was unbelievably sweaty... and it is a 20 minute workout. She does three circuits of strength, cardio, and abs-I'm pretty excited to see what the end of the 30 days will be like. :) Fri, 30 May 2014 20:41:12 EST Good Decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669769 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669061 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647660 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635389 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1588045849.jpg"> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:16:54 EST Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634482 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629956 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628219 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627441 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627259 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624612 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623883 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623868 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622992 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622154 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621458 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621170 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620658 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619477 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618597 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617676 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616817 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440136 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525100619.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351225 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340735 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326220 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324263 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