ANGEL_789's SparkPeople Blog ANGEL_789's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Turning the big 3-0... I'm still trying to absorb the fact that I turned 30 on Monday. Huh... how did that happen? Last I checked I was 20-something. I guess that's just how life is sometimes. You just plug along and life drifts on by... <BR> <BR> But anyway, I'm hoping that beginning my 30's will help me start again. I lost about 20 pounds last year (my first significant weight loss since I put on my extra weight 7+ years ago), and while I may have put a few back on, I've basically plateaued where I'm at. Not a ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:02:10 EST Don't mean to complain. In light of the tragedy in Newtown on Friday, I feel like everything I've ever complained about is petty and pathetic. My heart breaks for those children, teachers, and their families, and I can only hope that in time they will find some measure of peace. <BR> <BR> Even though my "problems" are insignificant, they are still challenges for me and my weight loss / health goals. And since life moves on for those of us blessed to have another day, I suppose I better get back on the wagon. <BR... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:34:48 EST Uh-Oh... I've been doing well with my workout plan. I worked out Mon - Fri last week, and again yesterday (Monday) to start this week off right. The problem? I'm starting to have back muscle spasms again. I dealt with these for months a while back when I pulled my back trying to move some furniture by myself (BAD move). <BR> <BR> I've been doing Turbo Jam, and there is a lot of twisting. I'm wondering if that's what the problem is? But I REALLY don't want to quit now! I'm going to try again tonight,... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:13:34 EST Making it happen Day one of my challenge was almost undone. Sometimes the time thing really IS an excuse, but still, only if you let it... <BR> <BR> I thought I'd save some time by stopping for a few groceries on my lunch break. I stashed the cold items in my fridge at work, and in my rush to get out the door I left them in the fridge. Of course I needed those ingredients for that evening... so I rushed home, stopping to pick up dinner for my hubby to take to work, and barely made it home in time to meet my ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:32:32 EST Ready, set, GO! The official start to the Christmas countdown challenge is today! I'm thinking of it more as a countdown to new years eve, since that's exactly 4 weeks from today. I need to state my goals and how I'll get there. Hmm... My ultimate goal is to lose 40 pounds, but I think over the next 4 weeks if I can lose 10 I'll be doing good. <BR> <BR> M-F I plan to work out at 6pm after getting home from work and seeing my hubby off to his job on the nights he has to work. I think I'll do the turbo jam D... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:41:48 EST Yesterday was a success, today will be too! I just wanted to point out to myself that I stuck to my plan yesterday and it felt good! I took my dog for a walk and also did a 45 minute turbo jam workout. Phew! Even though I HATE cardio I'm finding the turbo jam is a little more fun. I've had the DVD's for a while now, guess it's time to make use of them! <BR> <BR> I also joined a "challenge" group that begins tomorrow. A friend I "met" on SP has overcome her weight problems (over 100 pounds lost!!) and is now a beachbody coach. Hey, it ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:24:24 EST Pedal pusher I've often found myself sitting at my desk at work, wishing there was something I could do to burn calories. From 6:00am - 5:00pm I'm either sitting in my car going to/from work, or sitting at my desk at work, and as I'm sure everyone knows, sitting on your butt all day only helps it expand. <BR> <BR> I finally broke down and bought a mini elliptical (sort of like a pedal bike / hand bike). At first I was too embarrassed to actually bring it to work. The worst part is there are actually ver... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:15:48 EST Well, that's no good. I saw something on TV last night that said if you sit on your butt for 5-6 hours a day (desk job anyone?), that 30 minutes of activity won't offset being sedentary that long... so since I have a desk job where I sit over 9 hours a day, what does that mean for me? I'm not only trying to offset the time spent tied to my desk, but I'm unsuccessfully trying to lose weight. Last time I blogged (back in April mind you, 7 months ago!) I was trying to lose 30 pounds... now I'm up to 40. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:38:53 EST One year older and starting over! My birthday was on Saturday. I realized I had planned to be at least 1/2 way to my goal weight by now. And I am exactly where I was then. Hmm... apparently not doing much or doing nothing at all still doesn't work. <BR> <BR> So here I am, just turned 28 and it's time to do something about this extra weight. I did my first day of P90X last night (admittedly the "lean" version, which is hopefully less brutal but still effective). It was more of a work out than I think I've done all year. If I... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:42:57 EST The Crisco diet! Have you ever seen the big tubs of Crisco on the shelf at the supermarket? I'm talking about the ones that I'd guess are close to the size of my head. Now, I do some baking, but I've never had the need to buy a big ol' tub of Crisco. However, my Grandma used to make pies with homemade crusts, and she always had a tub or 2 in the house. <BR> <BR> Picture that tub in your mind. Got it? That tub of shortening weighs 3 pounds. 3 pounds of thick, heavy, gloppy, greasy goop. I realized that tub i... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:21:02 EST When does it end? I have a small purple notebook I received just before I turned 8. My first entry was written in a messy, large, loopy cursive, that I imagine I had just learned how to write. Throughout the next 20 years I wrote in that notebook off and on, a sporadic, random diary. <BR> <BR> I was looking back through the pages just the other day and saw an entry from when I was about 12 years old. "Dear diary," it began, "I can't believe it! I just weighed myself and I weigh 143 lbs!!! How did this happen... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:44:54 EST Harder than it seems... Here it is, half way through February and I feel as though I've fallen off the wagon again. Jan 29th I weighed in and had lost 3 pounds. Feb 5th I weighed in and stayed the same, didn't gain but didn't lose either. But that weekend I also made cupcakes for 2 different events, and all last week I've been having about a cupcake a day (stupid leftovers I didn't get out of the house). I also majorly slacked on my workouts, and didn't even dare to weigh in on the 12th (I try to weigh in each Sunda... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:28:43 EST I'm afraid to get TOO excited... My "discovery" that I only need to work out 20-30 minutes a day to burn approx 150 calories to lose weight seems to be helping. Of course, this also means keeping my eating in check, and some days that is a real challenge. I weighed myself in the first part of January at 174 pounds. Last Sunday (Jan 29th) after a solid week of calorie control and work outs I weighed in at 171! Could it be this plan is working? <BR> <BR> I do think my biggest struggle will be controling my eating. I'm a graze... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 07:28:17 EST Seriously? August? Dear me, <BR> <BR> I just realized that I haven't posted a blog on here since last August! Which also means that I probably haven't been working out or tracking my eating habits since then either. No wonder the last time I got on the scale I had GAINED 10 pounds! What is WRONG with me? I have never, EVER been this overweight in my entire life, and it keeps getting worse. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have low self-esteem, always have. And yes, I know I'm unhappy where I am and need to take steps to chan... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:01:44 EST Haven't seen you in a while... Have you ever been belittled by a video game? It goes something like this... <BR> <BR> "Hi! It's been a while since I've seen you. Been too busy to exercise huh? Well, let's get you on the scale... OH! That's overweight! Hmm... looks like you've gained a little since last time! You aren't going to reach your goal at this rate. What are you doing wrong? Snacking, overeating, not exercising? To be at healthy weight you need to be 30 pounds lighter! Let's set a new goal..." <BR> <BR> So... I r... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:02:43 EST 11 days and counting... 11 more days until my 1st mini goal of 5 pounds by 8/6/11. I think (hope?) I'm starting to see changes from my workouts. I feel like my arms and legs have a bit more firmness to them, and I'm pretty sure I have at least a little more endurance than I did a few weeks ago. Or I'm at least trying harder. <BR> My Wii fit board still mocks me when I weigh in ("that's overweight!") but that line on the graph is slowly creeping down. And I do love stamping the calendar each day after I work out. I ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:44:28 EST I think I can, I think I can... I've surprised myself in the past couple of weeks. No, I haven't been perfect. I'm sure I had days I ate too much, although I've been consciously trying to pick healthy foods over junk. And I haven't worked out every day, but 2-3 times a week is a lot better than none! But I have lost 5-6 pounds in the last 6 weeks or so. I'm sure that number could be higher, but I honestly haven't committed 100%. I think as I get more stamina the workouts will be dreaded less, and the better I eat the more m... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:33:50 EST Not bad.... Yesterday I got home from work and did a 20 minute workout (Jillian Michaels 30-day shred DVD), and took my dog for a quick walk, probably 3/4 of a mile. I tried to stay positive during my workout and focus on how it felt GOOD, even though I was tired and my muscles were fatigued, and I really didn't want to do it... lol <BR> <BR> Then I decided to pop in my Wii fit and use it for my scale since I don't own one. My little "Mii" ballooned out as it announced I was overweight, and that I had g... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:56:14 EST UUUUHHHHGGGG.... It's Wednesday, a beautiful, blue sky & sunshine Wednesday... and I feel like I have a hangover, although no alcohol was consumed. Sometimes I just wake up with a headache (I'm the only person I know where sleeping makes a headache worse). But some Kashi cereal and a diet soda will hopefully help my headache and state of wakefulness. <BR> <BR> So, along with my headache I sit here shame faced. Last night from about 7:30pm until I went to bed at 11pm (so much for going to bed early), I had t... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 07:51:50 EST Knowing isn't doing... What do I know? I know that I've had high cholestrol since at least age 22, at which point I weighed 143 pounds. I know that I am now 27, still with high cholestrol, and now weigh 170 pounds. I know that I am not satisfied with my current weight/size, regardless of the health issues. I know that to change my weight and size I need to eat healthy and smarter, and exercise to burn calories and tone muscle. I know that I need to make it a priority, or else it isn't going to happen. I know that ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:23:32 EST I'm a procrastinEATER I've come to realize one of my biggest downfalls of losing weight.. My inability to stop shoving food in my mouth every waking moment. I now realize I am a procrastineater. At work when I'm putting off doing something I may shuffle papers or organize my desk... but lately i've been pulling out another snack. Sometimes it's not too bad. A couple of prunes, an apple... but then there's the sandwich crackers, the "fruit' (sugar) snacks, and heaven forbid... the snack cakes. <BR> <BR> It's not m... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:26:24 EST Back on the wagon. I thought I would track my food faithfully while on vacation, but that didn't work out so well. I did try to be somewhat mindful of what I was eating and how much, but hey, I WAS on vacation... And we didn't go anywhere, just did work around the house so I know I was burning more calories than I do sitting at my desk all day at work. Especially the morning I worked from 7 - 9:30 hauling old wood from our deck out of the back yard, up a hill, and to the street to the waiting dumpster. Whew! ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:15:27 EST Day 3... go me! I've made it to lunch on day 3. It's really not so bad except I feel like I'm starving not long after I just ate. I'm hoping my stomach has just been stretched out from my constant overeating and will shrink back down to a normal size. At least, I've heard that's what it does. I've been trying to make smart choices so I'm eating nutritious foods, and eating mini meals throughout the day. But I'm still hungry. <BR> <BR> I get out of bed at 6:00am, and get to work shortly before 7, at which p... Thu, 26 May 2011 12:05:29 EST Day 2! Day 2 of my healthy habits / weight loss restart. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did ok, especially with my restart being a bit spontaneous. I didn't work out how I had planned last night, but I did some crunches and sit-up variations along with some chest flys, pushups, squats and stretches while I watched TV. It sounds like a lot, but was maybe only 10 - 15 minutes worth of sporadic moves. Better than nothing, but my brain screamed at me "put in a workout DVD!" several times which I ignored. I fol... Wed, 25 May 2011 12:44:21 EST Here I go again... I feel like I'm talking to myself since I don't imagine anyone will actually read my blog. But hey, that's ok. Maybe I'll start answering myself too. So, out with it... <BR> <BR> I can't believe I allowed myself to become so lazy and put on this weight. I'm still bitter about gaining almost 30 pounds in the months before my wedding, when I had been the same weight before that since I was in high school! By some miracle I was squeezed into my dress...My wedding was beautiful and the pictures ... Tue, 24 May 2011 14:34:28 EST