ANONSI's SparkPeople Blog ANONSI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dear Self Dear Self, <BR> <BR> I love you. Did you know that? I don't tell you I love you nearly enough, but I do. <BR> <BR> I love the way you are getting stronger every day. I love that you started out barely being able to do 10 pushups on your knees in one minute, but you have progressed to being able to do 26 full ones in one minute. <BR> <BR> I love how you no longer let injuries stand in your way of working out. <BR> <BR> I love how you understand that there will be good days and bad days, b... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:07:25 EST 5k on October 20 Last Sunday I woke up early so I could head off to my 5k. It was still dark outside when we left, and it was cold! It was only in the 40s or 50s, so it was cold for walking or standing in, but great for running. <BR> <BR> Here's me at the starting line trying to keep from shivering for the picture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was nervous and excited at the start of the race. This was my third year in a row for running this race... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:17:54 EST Gearing up for fall The cooler temperatures (finally!) have me itching to spend time outside and start being more active again. Which means it's the perfect timing for the two latest arrivals at my house which both showed up yesterday. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit (which I've written about before) was AWESOME. It encouraged me to keep moving and get my butt out of my seat. I would even walk around while brushing my teeth just so I could get in a few extra steps in my day. But, the key word here is "was" because I lost i... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:15:20 EST My FitBit Made Me Laugh I asked my fiance to bring my FitBit to me since I had forgotten to put it on when I came downstairs this morning. <BR> <BR> "Where is it?" He yelled down the stairs. <BR> <BR> "In the bedroom by the bed!" <BR> <BR> "I don't see it..." <BR> <BR> And that's when I remembered. I had attached it to my sports bra last night before we went running. That same sports bra that I had asked him to throw in the wash with the rest of the laundry. <BR> <BR> Oh no!! <BR> <BR> He ran to the basement ... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:01:00 EST 2012 Goals - Results!! Here are the results of the goals I set out for myself for 2012. I think I did pretty well!! <BR> <BR> 1. Run at least three 5Ks. <BR> This past October I ran in my first 5K, and I want to do more of that in 2012! My time was 35:14, so the other part of my goal is to have at least one race that is under 35 minutes officially. <BR> <BR> Result: I ran in three 5ks (even ran the whole way in one of them!), and I finished one of them in 34:45. A personal record, woohoo!! <BR> <BR> See my bl... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:24:00 EST Starting the new year in a positive light This past week, I have done more for myself and my life than I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> My fiance and I were preparing to host a NYE party at our house. So of course we had a long list of things that needed to be accomplished before guests arrived. <BR> <BR> "We need to prioritize the list," I wisely said. "We need to make sure the common areas where everyone will be hanging out are looking good before moving on to other areas they're likely not to be." <BR> <BR> But that didn't happ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:34:38 EST Vegas, Baby! Eaaaarly Friday morning I got back from a 4-day conference in Las Vegas. <BR> <BR> It was my first trip to Las Vegas, and it was pretty amazing. The conference was hosted by Micosoft, so of course it was filled with bells and whistles. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> - Free breakfast, lunch, snacks, appetizers, drinks (yes, even alcoholic ones). Let's just say I had a lot less self-control than I was hoping I would have. At least when it came to the drinks. <BR> <BR> But I did pretty well with ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:23:16 EST The Unexpected Accomplishment At the end of last year, I set out some goals for myself. This weekend, I actually accomplished one of them, even though I was expecting the worst. <BR> <BR> The goal in question: <BR> 1. Run at least three 5Ks. <BR> This past October I ran in my first 5K, and I want to do more of that in 2012! My time was 35:14, so the other part of my goal is to have at least one race that is under 35 minutes officially. <BR> <BR> In June, I ran in two out of three races, and both times were well above ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:22:43 EST I took the bait Well I took the bait from SP and ended up ordering a FitBit. <BR> <BR> I have had success with pedometers in the past, but they were too bulky. I would get them caught on my clothes and lose them, or drop them and cause them to break. The FitBit's slim design has me hoping this won't be as much of an issue this time around. And I have to admit, the ability to attach it inside my clothes on a bra was tempting. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and pre-ordered the new One since you can wear it in the r... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:29:17 EST Wedding Planning, Moving, and More There are so many things going on in my life right now that it's hard to know where to focus. My wonderful boyfriend proposed to me on September 9th, and life has been a real whirlwind ever since. <BR> <BR> Of course, I've gone into Wedding Planning Mode. We've already picked out a wedding and reception venue (which means we have a date! June 8, 2013), and I've already ordered the dress and the veil. But now there are so many other things we have to look into, research, and book. For example... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:13:45 EST Aquatober One of the blogs I follow has a challenge for the month of October: Drink only water or milk for the month of October. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tober/ </link> <BR> <BR> Seems like a fitting challenge for those of us on Spark! I had a soda at lunch today (I have had a migraine the past two days, so I tried having some caffeine in an effort to get rid of it; also, I didn't see this challenge until after lunch), but I will try to stick to water the rest of Oct... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:00:06 EST Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge: Super Hero Status! New challenge from Nix on the Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge group "I want you to tell us what your super power is. It can be a typical super power ... or one that you create. What are your strong points, what is your weakness, how do you use your power (for good or evil)?" <BR> <BR> "And then... I want you to also be physical this weekend ... I want you to step outside of your comfort zone and do something you don't typically do." <BR> <BR> I'll start with the physical part first since t... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:37:34 EST Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge: Rainbows and Reasons This time, Nixie encouraged us to write a blog saying WHY we want this journey. "What pushes you, what makes you want this, what your goals are, what makes you get up every day and try?" <BR> <BR> So here are my reasons, in no special order: <BR> <BR> 1. To have thighs that don't rub against each other. <BR> 2. To be proud of my flat stomach again. <BR> 3. To wear smaller clothes. I'm sick of being borderline "normal" and plus size. No one sells clothes that fit. <BR> 4. To have a smaller b... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:10:40 EST Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge: For the Body I Want For the Done girls Red Hot Heartbreakers Challenge, we were asked to write a blog and include our goals, measurements, photo, body inspirations and do something out of our comfort zone over the weekend. <BR> <BR> I have to start this blog out with an excuse -- I know. Lame! But I had a migraine all weekend (still have one, in fact), and thinking about writing a blog and doing crazy exercises was just too much, unfortunately. I did manage to get myself out of the house and see family and go ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:22:19 EST The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly My last week can be summed up with "The good, the bad, and the ugly". <BR> <BR> THE GOOD <BR> <em>141</em> The past two weeks, my weight was consistently one pound lower, so I officially marked off a pound on SP. <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> I ran in a 5k on Saturday. My time was 36:09, and it was nearly a minute and a half faster than my other race this June! <BR> <BR> THE BAD <BR> <em>230</em> I was very stressed out on Wednesday, and was looking forward to my workout. I shut down my com... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:31:19 EST I believe in a thing called love... ...just listen to the rhythm of my heart. (Lyrics by Darkness) <BR> <BR> So I'm in love. With my personal trainer. <BR> <BR> No, not in that way. I'm in love with the results that she is producing. I've just finished up my first 8-week long session with her. And before I started I had my doubts that I would see any amount of improvement in such a short time period. <BR> <BR> And I was partially right. I haven't seen any improvements in the weight department (mostly because I have lost con... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:11:00 EST Cadbury Eggs <img src=""> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> How many of these did you eat on Easter?? Glad I didn't eat any! Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:09:13 EST Fitness Assessment One of my goals for this year: <BR> <BR> 3. Improve Fitness Assessment results. <BR> My work offers free fitness assessments. I took one two years ago, and the results weren't so hot. I've already scheduled a fitness assessment for January 4 to find out my new baseline. My goal is to have another fitness assessment at the end of the year to see how I've improved! Last time, my body fat percentage was a whopping 33%. I want to at least lower that to 30% by the end of 2012. <BR> <BR> The re... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 16:48:02 EST 2012 Goals This year has really flown by, and an SP friend reminded me that it's already time to set goals for next year! <BR> <BR> 1. Run at least three 5Ks. <BR> This past October I ran in my first 5K, and I want to do more of that in 2012! My time was 35:14, so the other part of my goal is to have at least one race that is under 35 minutes officially. <BR> <BR> 2. Keep some streaks going. <BR> I want to see how long I can keep up a streak of: eating at least 3 fruits and/or veggies, drinking 8 gl... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:13:34 EST What's in a number? Right before I started up Spark in March I had to buy a bigger size of jeans. Size 14 at Gap. Truthfully, I should have bought a larger size sooner than I did, but I was in denial about my weight gain, so I put it off as long as possible. <BR> <BR> I started eating better and exercising and soon I was into some of my size 12 Gap jeans again. (Woohoo!) But here's the deal. I had about 10 pairs of jeans from "before". They were all size 12 too. Score! Lots of jeans I can wear again, right? <B... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 16:54:05 EST Pimp My (P)ride - With Pics! Yoovie's Pimp My (P)ride challenge starts tomorrow (9/6). It's an 8-week strength challenge. <BR> <BR> Below are my starting stats and pictures. <BR> <BR> Neck 13.25 <BR> Titties 40? Hoping not to lose any here :D <BR> Upper Arm 12 <BR> Lower Arm 9.75 <BR> Waist38.25 <BR> Hips 43 <BR> Thigh 25 <BR> Calf 15.25 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:05:04 EST Crunch Competition! My boyfriend and I had a competition to see who could do more crunches. We would go to a number and then the other person had to beat that number by at least one to stay in the competition. <BR> <BR> So for example: He might make it to 150. I would have to go up to 151 to stay in. <BR> <BR> We were both stubborn and kept going! We finally decided to quit when we both made it to 1,000 situps. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 17:19:38 EST I ran a mile! Things have been really stressful lately, and to make matters worse, it's that time of the month. I received some bad news about my house today while at work that made me want to cry and scream at the same time. <BR> <BR> I decided to take that anger and frustration out in a way that I haven't in a long time. I ran a mile. Well, almost a mile. There is a loop near my boyfriend's house that is .97 miles. And guess what. I ran it in 10 minutes exactly. Pretty impressive since I haven't ran out... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:31:25 EST Nothing at all like a walk in the park Today started out like a fairly normal day. I ate a decently healthy breakfast and lunch and even got a workout in. <BR> <BR> And then it all went downhill. <BR> <BR> I had an eye appointment today, so I went out to start my car. No dice. <BR> <BR> *click click click click* <BR> <BR> I try again. <BR> <BR> *click click click click* <BR> <BR> At this point I realize that my car's not going to start anytime soon, so I decide to walk to the eye doctor' can't be too bad, right? <BR> ... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:10:35 EST Oh no you did NOT just say 'pool party.' A few weeks ago, my boyfriend informed me that we were invited to a party at his friend's house. Awesome! I love parties. <BR> <BR> Now fast forward to this past weekend. <BR> <BR> As we are headed out the door he says, "Oh wait, I forgot my swim trunks." <BR> <BR> Me: What? Why would you need those? <BR> Him: It's a pool party. Duh. Of course I need swim trunks. <BR> <BR> Say WHAT?!!? <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I had a minor (read MAJOR) panic attack. You don't just tell a woman as she'... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:47:04 EST Sexy Arms I have sexy arms!! It's true. <BR> <BR> Well... Only if you squint a lot and only if I'm holding my arms in just the right way. But they're there! Sort of! <BR> <BR> I'm definitely loving the direction things are going. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:39:52 EST Oh how I missed thee, Gym. (Say what?!) A couple weeks ago I lost my access badge for work, meaning I would have to get a replacement card. They make you wait three days before they will issue a replacement card (I think in the hopes that you'll find your old one in the meantime). <BR> <BR> Three days checking in with the security guards of buildings and wearing a temporary paper badge around was bad enough. But then add to that that my gym is located at work. <BR> <BR> You can't get into the gym without your badge!!!!! <BR> <B... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 20:01:13 EST Healthy Lifestyle -- Even in Dreamland? Looks like my healthy lifestyle choices are even slipping into my subconscious. <BR> <BR> I had a dream last night where I really wanted to eat something that I knew would be bad for me. So I stared at what I wanted to eat and then I sighed and picked out the healthy alternative instead. I remember feeling a sense of disappointment at picking the right thing, while at the same time feeling proud of myself for doing so. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have dreams where they pick the healthy lifes... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 17:53:21 EST RAWRRRRR! This post is to go along with the DONE Girls Sexy Beast Challenge. The mission: <BR> <BR> "...Take a good look at yourself... INSIDE. What animal (can be a real one, mythological, whatever) best suits you? What qualities does that animal have that make it your inner-animal? Look for a good picture that animal and write a blog entry (it can be super short, I just wanna see it!) to say why that animal is YOU and how it inspires or pushes you to keep going." <BR> <BR> So I sat down and started... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:28:19 EST You've gotta be kidding me! I'm off to a fairly lousy start so far this morning. You see, my boyfriend's hockey game didn't get over until midnight last night. Which means I didn't get to bed until almost 1 in the morning. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, today is a coffee day. So I went upstairs at work to grab a coffee. I only put Splenda and a little skim milk in there. So not so bad on calories there. But what did I see right next to the coffee? A very tempting breakfast sandwich. <BR> <BR> I haven't had one of t... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:43:49 EST Maybe it was a sign Do you ever get a craving for something you really want for dinner, but can't have since your significant other doesn't like it? I do. All the time. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend hates tuna. It makes me a little sad inside since I love tuna salad, tuna noodle casserole, etc. <BR> <BR> So when I heard that he would be working late every night this week and would be eating dinner without me, I knew exactly what I'd be making for dinner. Tuna noodle casserole with peas (he also hates peas). <BR> <BR... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:41:38 EST Little Victories I love all of the little victories that come along with proper diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Today it took me 3.5 flights of stairs (this building has tall ceilings) while lightly jogging up them before I started to get winded. When I first started this journey a little over two months ago, it took only half a flight of stairs and me plodding slowly up them to be out of breath. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went on a 2.77 mile walk with a friend after doing a 20 minute Jillian Michael's workout (Ji... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 14:38:04 EST That puddle on the floor? That's me. So I've been wanting some sort of workout DVD to keep at my boyfriend's house for those days that I can't really get in any other cardio (due to weather, time constraints, etc.). <BR> <BR> After looking at some of the reviews online and seeing the groups here on Spark dedicated to it, I decided to try Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred. <BR> <BR> Today was the first day I've tried it and WOW. Let me tell you that is quite the workout. I was huffing and puffing and feeling like I wanted to die. ... Tue, 31 May 2011 21:49:31 EST Motivation "It takes hard work and dedication to lose weight and keep it off. A healthy lifestyle is built on your daily decisions and actions that keep you slowly and steadily progressing toward your goal. <BR> <BR> If you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices; keep walking backwards and let one slip-up turn into another or accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable and take a positive step forward instead. It’s about your attitude and using positive self-talk and findi... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:28:48 EST Temptation! I finally bought TheSpark! It's my 10-pound weightloss reward to myself. But here's the problem: I haven't lost 10 pounds yet -- I'm sooo close! (1.6 pounds away as of last Friday) <BR> <BR> The book came in the mail yesterday and I have been dying to open the package. It has to stay closed until I reach my 10-pound weightloss goal. I weigh in tomorrow (Friday) morning. Here's hoping I meet my goal and can finally have my reward. <BR> <BR> Update: Looks like I'll have to wait at least anot... Thu, 19 May 2011 13:48:53 EST I Have a Confession to Make I hate running. There. I've said it. <BR> <BR> It seems like any time I read about someone who has lost an amazing amount of weight and have kept it off, they credit running. Or maybe once they reach their goal weight, they create new challenges by running farther or longer, compete in more races, etc. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I ran cross country. So I know that I hate running. In fact, I dreaded every. single. step. that I took. I just do not have the willpower or motivation to keep ... Fri, 13 May 2011 13:20:26 EST Woohoo! It's official! I received my first compliment on my weightloss yesterday from someone who doesn't know that I'm on my weightloss journey. <BR> <BR> My coworker looked at me and said, "Have you lost some weight?" <BR> <BR> I told her that I have, but that I was surprised she noticed since it's only about 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> She told me congratulations and reminded me that even though it's only 6 pounds, it might mean a lot more in inches if I'm building muscle. <BR> <BR> It felt so good to... Wed, 4 May 2011 11:24:34 EST Goalsetting! I've tried SparkPeople in the past and have had some pretty good results. But then life seems to get in the way and I tumble off the wagon. This time, I decided to sit down and actually think about the goals I want to accomplish with this lifestyle change. I have them written down on a piece of paper, and this time not one of them has a weight associated with it. Don't get me wrong, I have an idea of what I'd like my weight to be, but that isn't my main focus with these goals. <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:00:30 EST Exercise Surprise Gathering the willpower to work out is not something that comes easily to me. I've used every excuse in the book when it comes time to exercise. <BR> <BR> I had to work late and now I'm too tired. I'm too hungry so I should go home and eat first. Well when I get home I can exercise. I don't wanna!!! <BR> <BR> Four weeks ago, I started the SparkPeople "Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge" and I'm proud to say I actually completed it! I faced the challenges of the program head on and ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:47:20 EST