ASHWILLDOTHIS's SparkPeople Blog ASHWILLDOTHIS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Baby Girl or Baby Boy? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:37:00 EST May Has Ended, Now it's Time for June Well, the first part of May I was stuck with the scale not moving. Then things got chaotic and we finally moved but I still somehow managed to lose...only a little bit... the last two weeks of May without working out and not eating the greatest. So, I can only imagine how much more I could've lost if I stayed on track. I also started having trouble sleeping so my schedule has been completely off wack and there's many days where I am completely exhausted and then sleep till the very last minut... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 04:49:50 EST It's Gonna Be MAY!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this on FB and thought it was hilarious so I had to share :] <BR> <BR> But May is here so now it's time to make a plan!! I lost a total of 3 lbs in April... <em>244</em> Only 2 more pounds to get to my 5 lb loss mark and 17 more pounds to get to my goal weight!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> We didn't get to close on our house yesterday so now we're just waiting. The fridge is empty and only has leftovers. I... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:16:05 EST First Time Homeowner :] We are supposed to be closing on our new house in 9 DAYS!!!! I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time. It's such a huge step in my family's life. There's still so much packing to do!! I'm hoping to keep up with C25K even though things are going to start getting a littler crazier since its crunch time for everything. I had went to the grocery last week and tried to stock up with as much as I could so I can try and eat out as little as possible. Just have to try some new recipes with wha... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:08:21 EST How to Stay Motivated I found this on Pinterest and thought I would share to give some motivation!! I will be hanging this in my house so I can remind myself daily :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:07:08 EST Exploring DC We got back from our vacation to DC on Friday. We were always on the go and I could tell how out of shape I really am. We went sight seeing, enjoyed the museums, and saw the baby Panda, Bao Bao at the zoo. It was the week of the cherry blossom festival and I was totally bummed that they hadnt blossomed yet. It was a little chilly. I think the highest temp it got up to was the low 60s. I tried to watch what I ate. A lot of the times me, Abs, and Brandon got 2 different entrees/dishes and share... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:32:43 EST Here's to US!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this on Pinterest and had to share. Have a great weekend everyone :) <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:33:15 EST 2014 (Wedding Pics Included...Finally) It is almost 3 months into very hard to believe. I've kept telling myself over and over that I needed to get back into this but would never follow through. So, today I decided to get on spark and see how my spark friends are doing and hopefully get some motivation. I updated my page and posted new pictures and after this I will be making my workout calendar and plan my meals. A lot has been going on since the last time I was on. I had started night shift in August and I have fairly ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:05:48 EST Every Bride's Worst Fear... happened to me. I wish I could say my dress didn't fit because it was too big but nope it doesn't fit because it is too small. My mom is doing the alterations on my dress so I really slacked on getting back in my dress. I was already nervous to begin with because I knew I had gained 10 lbs since I tried it on. So when it was at the one month left mark until the wedding I decided I had better put on my dress so my mom could start the alterations. Well, the dress wouldn't zip...wouldn'... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:07:09 EST Week 4 of C25K I'm doing week 4 of C25k again because I'm still pretty out of breath when I'm done with the workout. So, hopefully after doing it again for a week I'll be ready for Week 5. <BR> <BR> I haven't lost any weight and that's my own fault because I haven't got my eating under control. I started orientation for my *NEW* nursing job on a neuroscience unit!! Orientation was 8-4, five days a week and I hate that kind of schedule so I didn't plan any of my meals and I only packed like three time in t... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:30:48 EST Plans/Goals for August 2013 Well, I thought July was going to be my month and it was...kind of. I didn't lose any weight. I actually gained weight BUT at the end of the month I decided it was time to start C25K and so now I am on Week 2!! I also started packing my food for work instead of spending money and getting junk food in the cafeteria and I've been taking the stairs at work. So even though I didn't get it together until the end of the month it is ok. I've just gave myself a head start for August! <BR> I let life... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:34:12 EST It's been 4 Years!! I can't believe July 2013 will mark 4 years on Spark!! I can't believe I've been on this journey for that long and I am nowhere near where I want to be. I thought that once school was over I would focus on this journey but to be completely honest I have had no desire. I hate the way I look and I am not comfortable with my body. I thought that with my wedding approaching that it would give me some motivation but it hasn't. I look at other people's success and ask myself why I can't get my sh*t... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:02:24 EST May I Conquer This Journey I know this journey will be a life long journey but there's a few things I need to conquer with it. <BR> <BR> I need to conquer food/portion control. I LOVE FOOD!! I've always had a problem with portion control and not knowing when to stop myself from eating. I have a food scale...that I don't use. I have some knowledge about what the appropriate portion sizes should be...maybe I should post them in the kitchen. I need to get it out of my head that I can keep eating cause "I will just work ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:51:14 EST Only Fooling Myself I've been doing such a GREAT job....April Fools :P <BR> <BR> I wish I could say that I've been consistent and I've been accountable and that I've been doing a great job but I'm not and I'm only fooling myself. I have 6 months left until my wedding and I am nowhere near my goal weight. This is my own fault and it's been very hard for me to try and get my mentality right for this journey. I know this month will be sressful for me because I have 4 tests left before graduation and every point co... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:36:09 EST I Said "YES!!" to the Dress I went wedding dress shopping on Mar 2. I went to a bridal shop that Brandon's step grandma works at. It was actually about a hour away from where I live. When I first got there I was kind of excited and kind of not because I feared that I would look/feel huge in every single dress. Bridal dresses are actually very flattering. From my internet search I noticed that I liked lace, a-line dresses, rouching (don't know if thats spelt right), and strapless. So, I tried on dresses there and I never... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:39:41 EST Gotta Get It Together!! Gotta get it together because that's the reality of it all. <BR> <BR> I got reaccepted into the Nursing program and started on Jan. 7. This is my second time around with this class so it should be easier...should be. Of course, nursing classes stress me out A LOT and when I get stressed I let it get in control of me and then I lose focus. I'd like to say that I won't let it happen BUT I know that's not realistic but I WILL work on it not taking over me completely. <BR> <BR> Reality hit me... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:20:22 EST Trottin' into November November is the start of the holiday season... DUN DUN DUN!!!! Last year I actually managed to maintain my weight during the holiday season so maybe this year I'll lose some :] <BR> <BR> So here's the plan... <BR> <BR> 1. PLAN MEALS!! - Use WW point system and portion control!! <BR> 2. ZUMBA as often as I can go to the classes <BR> 3. Ripped in 30 <BR> 4. Lose 0.5-1 lb a week <BR> <BR> Easy enough.... so now I just need to stick with it!! <BR> <BR> *LIFE UPDATE* <BR> <BR> - I'll be rea... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 10:08:27 EST Mid Oct Check In Time to see how I've been doing...or should I say haven't been doing... <BR> <BR> October Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to lose 0.5 - 1 lb a week - I've been staying at 165...its better than gaining but it's time to make the scale go down!! <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> 1. Log food to keep track of points - I haven't been very consistent with this...I'll do it like one or two days during the week <BR> 2. Pre-plan meals - haven't done this at all...need to start preplanning a couple days at a t... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:35:21 EST It's Already October?!!? I can't believe tomorrow is October!! Where does the time go?!!? So, I'm going to review my September goals and then make October goals...which will probably be around the same goals lol <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Review of September Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to lose 0.5 - 1 lb a week - I was doing great at first and then the last two weeks I didn't do so great. In all actuality I only lost 1 whole whopping pound the month of September!! Not going to get anywhere if I keep this up. <BR> <... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:03:33 EST Ripped In 30 I FINALLY started Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 DVD. Instead of having 3 different levels like 30 Day Shred, this one has 4 different levels so you go up a level once a week. Yesterday was my first day and I just got done with the second day!! <em>244</em> I am definitely sore just from yesterday so I'm sure I'll be feeling it more tomorrow. I got back on track with my eating so just gotta stay on track. I usually eat good for breakfast and lunch and then dinner comes around and I stuff my... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:17:24 EST Rough Patch Well, I've hit a rough patch :P I started off the week rough and I was like, "Oh, it's ok. You'll get back into it tomorrow." Then I would say it the next day, and the next, and the next, and here I am towards the end of the week and I didn't get my crap together. I felt like crap all week and it got me thinking that maybe I felt like crap since I was eating like crap. All I wanted to do was sleep. I talked myself out of every workout. I HAVE to stop this crapiness because I know if I keep th... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:18:20 EST Mid Month Check In It's almost the middle of the month so I decided to do a check in with the goals I set... <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Goals for September <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to lose 0.5 - 1 lb a week - So far so good... i took a peak at the scale and it looks like i should have a loss on saturday if i keep up the good work that ive been doing <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> 1. Log food to keep track of points...ive been slacking and what do ya know...I gained... - I'm not writing down as often as i should but I... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:13:01 EST On a Mission The bestie and I started Weight Watchers together about 6 weeks ago and lately we have both been slacking. So yesterday we decided we have things coming up that we want to lose weight for so we are going to do it together. We also arent going to go to Weight Watchers anymore since we can't afford it. We have all the tools we need so we just have to be very disciplined with it. I suggested that we send pics of our weigh ins to each other and then at the end of the day tell each other how many ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 07:58:17 EST Keep Making the Pounds Fall <em>193</em> Weigh in was this morning for WW. I had a 1.6 lb gain which I wasn't surprised about at all. I ate absolutely horrible the whole week. I took a long enough "break" so it's time to refocus and remember why I'm doing this!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> - Goals for September <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to lose 0.5 - 1 lb a week <BR> <BR> Nutrition <BR> 1. Log food to keep track of points...ive been slacking and what do ya know...I gained... <BR> 2. Look up more new recipes and try them ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 13:57:29 EST Change is Good Thing <em>232</em> This past weekend was a very emotional and stressful weekend for me. It was the end of my 6 year enlistment with the Air Force Reserves. I decided to not reenlist because I was failing the waist measurement part on my physical fitness test and since I failled my last semester of Nursing school I made the decision that I needed to get rid of something in my crazy life. It was a great six years and I hope after things calm down and i lose some weight once and for all that I may b... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:37:48 EST It's been 3 weeks... Since I started Weight Watchers. I can definitely see a change in how I'm eating. I still have my binging moments but I've been getting much better at it. Since my last WW weigh in I have lost 3 lbs! WOOT WOOT! When I eat I get full easily and I'm listening to my hunger cues more. I actually STOP eating and dont continue to shove food in my face. I snack on fruits and veggies as often as I can and I don't over indulge with sweets. I made a really yummy dinner tonight...stuffed shells... i use... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:14:36 EST Eats for Today...NOM NOM NOM!! B - 2 eggs and a slice of wheat toast <BR> L - 3 oz. cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce instead of hamburger bun <BR> D - Zucchini Lasagna...OMG this is sooo delicious!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>gna-lasagne-low-carb-749 <BR> <BR> In a little bit I'll be going on my walk/run with Abs and Scruffy :] Tue, 7 Aug 2012 19:19:08 EST My Plan for August <em>192</em> Since starting Weight Watchers I have lost 7 lbs in 2 weeks!! I hope to lose at least 0.5 -1 lb a week. If I stay consistent enough I should be able to get to my goal weight by the end of January so I think I should just say that by my 26th birthday (Feb 10, 2013) I would like to be at my goal weight of 145 lbs. Then from that point on I will have to continue to be consistent and maintain my weight for my wedding on October 12, 2013 and hopefully by then I will finally be able ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:39:41 EST WW Weigh In #1 Today was my first weigh in and I'm down 5.4 lbs! The bestie is down 7!! WOOT WOOT!! GO US GO!! I did do good eating wise this week besides yesterday. My soon to be father in law had a company picnic...I actually ate good there. I just kept eating watermelon lol. But then we had a family picnic pool party and thats where I went down hill. I was doing good until I saw all of the desserts and I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I wanted to go back for seconds but I was at that satisfied point and I was ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:38:44 EST Preparing Meals I learned very quickly that planning meals ahead of time is going to help me out a lot with my success in losing weight. I knew this before but I guess it didn't sink in as much as it has now since I joined Weight Watchers. When I didn't have a meal plan I kinda freaked and I was worried about my points. So to avoid me from freaking out, I have been preparing meals as far in advance as I can. Just gotta stay consistent with my system!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:46:41 EST Starting Weight Watchers <em>249</em> The bestie (TASHISNOQUITTER) and I started Weight Watchers tonight. I weighed in at 175.5 lb. That is the most I have weighed in my life! I didn't even weigh this much when I was pregnant...OMG!! Weight Watchers seems easy enough...I just need to stay dedicated and plan things ahead of time. I'm already in a pickle though because I have no food in the fridge. So tonight I need to figure out my meals for tomorrow and then actually go grocery shopping after work and stock my frid... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:17:32 EST Shreddin' for the Weddin' <em>337</em> I was talking to my bestie and it made me realize that I have to step it up or I'll never get to my goal weight before my wedding. I have 16 months till October 2013 and I definitely need all that time to reach my goal weight and stay consistent with it. I know what I need to do in order to get there so I just need to find my will power and keep with it. One of my biggest problems is having a "cheat" meal and then continuing to eat like that at every meal for weeks and then it ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:31:10 EST Time for May Well, I've already made my workout calendar for the month of May and I've been slacking a bit. NO MORE SLACKING!! I should probably make it more visible in the house so I don't slack as much. I'm going to continue to go to Zumba as many times during the week as I can. Thursdays I play softball. I am so excited that I'm on a league! It's with my co-workers. We won our game last night :] I plan on starting Ripped in 30 at the beginning of next week. I know this helps me lose inches so I just ne... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:14:59 EST When it Rains...It Pours... Seems like everything is happening all at once right now... <BR> <BR> I was supposed to be graduating from Nursing school this weekend and that will NOT be happening because I didn't pass my last class. I knew I was borderline but it totally sucked when it became reality. After I found out that I wasn't going to pass I called my family and told them the news. Some were traveling from out of state so I felt horrible because they had already bought their plane tickets and had the time off for ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:18:09 EST What Do Ya Know...April's Here!! <em>449</em> HAPPY EASTER SPARKIES!! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> April is here and the weather has been nothing but crazy here in Ohio. Things have been very stressful lately but I'm trying to stay positive and keep focused with it all. Easier said that done... <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> April Goals <BR> 1. Make a workout calendar <BR> 2. Cardio 3-4x week - Zumba, C25k <BR> 3. ST 2x week - push ups, sit ups, bodyrocktv <BR> 4. Start Ripped in 30 tomorrow <BR> 5. Fruits & Veggies!! <BR> 6. WATE... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 08:32:08 EST Well, Nice to Meet You Reality... This past weekend was a major wake up call for me. I have a military fitness test that I have to take every 6 months. Ever since the new standards came out in July 2010, I have only been able to pass it one time. My biggest issue is my waist measurement. Last time I failed it was my sit ups though ( lol). So this past weekend my supervisors and I had to go talk to my First Sergeant and Commander (they're the big dogs of my unit). They asked me why I've been failing and blah blah ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:40:44 EST Let's Face It... It didn't take me a day to gain all this weight so it's going to take more than a day to get it off... <BR> <BR> I always see this quote and tell myself, "Yes, that is so true." So, why do I beat myself up when I don't see the numbers on the scale go down? Your guess is as good as mine. I need to stop comparing my journey with everyone else's journey. My journey will go my way, their journey will go their way. And I'm not going to see the numbers on the scale go down if I don't step up MY ga... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 08:37:30 EST March into Success <em>129</em> The month of February was not a very good month for me working out wise and eating right wise BUT I did get engaged :] Totally wasn't expecting it. We're thinking of getting married in October 2013. So here's more motivation to start and keep this healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> March GOALS <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio 3-4x week - C25k, Zumba, UFC Training <BR> 2. ST 2-3x week - JM DVDs & Bodyrock <BR> 3. WATER!! WATER!! WATER!! I've been drinking too much pop lately :/ <... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:08:50 EST It's Time for February <em>192</em> I started 2 different challenges in January. The first one started at the very beginning of January. Grace (GRACEKEYXO) started it up and we have to check in on facebook and on her website Weigh ins were on Sundays and I forgot to weigh myself this past Sunday because of the move and didn't have my scale. I weighed myself this morning and from my starting weight for this challenge I have lost 5 lbs!! YAYYYY!! The second challenge I started was on Jan 20. I... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:23:25 EST SERIOUSLY...WTF!!??!!?? I am so mad at myself!! I had my military fitness test yesterday and I FAILED!! Now, the waist measurement has always been the thing that has made me fail in the past. I have never had problems with the run, push ups, or sit ups. So, tell me why I did absolutely horrible on my effing sit ups?!!?? I improved everywhere else except my effing sit ups. And it's not like I havent been doing sit ups to prepare for this test. I have been doing sit ups like every other day. I had like 15 seconds left... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 18:30:09 EST BLC Comes to an End This really was a great challenge to have during the holidays and I was glad that I participated in it. Although I didn't do the greatest I was more mindful of my eating during the holidays. I hope we are able to do another challenge but till then I know what needs to be done to lose these pounds and to get rid of these inches!! Yall are AWESOME!!!! <BR> <BR> Beginning of the Challenge <BR> Weight: 166.2 <BR> Waist: 38 <BR> Hips: 42 <BR> Thighs: 22 <BR> Bicep: 13 <BR> <BR> End of the Ch... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:19:31 EST Girl, Look at that Body...I WORK OUT... <em>344</em> I started Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 the day before yesterday. It's a lot like 30 Day Shred but it has its differences so hopefully I don't get bored with it. And if I do, I guess I'll just suck it up and keep doing it cause I know I'll lose inches and that's what needs to be done. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> I started C25K yesterday and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. After running outside this summer I'm really hating running on the treadmill. Gotta do wh... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:28:15 EST Last week of Dec/Jan Goals <em>446</em> Merry Christmas Sparkies!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>412</em> And Have a Happy New Year!! May we all kick bootay in 2012!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> 1. Begin Ripped in 30 on 12/27. Finish by 1/31 <BR> 2. Begin C25k <BR> 3. Push ups and sit ups every other day/night. <BR> 4. PORTION CONTROL!!!! <BR> 5. No eating after 9pm <BR> 6. Lose 1/2 lb - 1 lb a week <BR> 7. Only eat out 1-2 x a week <BR> 8. Zumba on PS3 Move every other day <BR> 9. Figure out UFC Training on the PS3 Move... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 10:08:28 EST December is HERE!! I have two more weeks left in this semester...THANK GOD!! This semester has really taken a toll on me and I'm ready for an actual break from school. No more studying for hours, no more waking up at the butt crack of dawn, no more crying, and no more stressing over my grade!! I'm going to enjoy my break. <BR> I plan on enjoying my break but my plan is to get more exercise in and plan my meals. I've been focusing so much on school that I rarely focus on planning ahead with this stuff and I kno... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 13:38:25 EST BLC - Starting Measurements I'm very excited to start this challenge along with all the other fabulous ladies doing it!! I definitely need this oomph since my military fitness test is in 9 weeks!!!! LET'S DO THIS DAMN THING LADIES!!!! <BR> <BR> Weight: 166.2 <BR> Waist: 38 <BR> Hips: 42 <BR> Thighs: 22 <BR> Bicep: 13 Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:24:48 EST Mind Over Matter Well, November is here!! New month, new start right?? Well, I wish I could say that I am going do this and that I will succeed. This semester of nursing school has completely exhausted me mentally and physically. Any spare time I have I want to sleep. My mind set is totally not in "healthy life style mode". It's in "pass this semester of nursing school mode". My stress level is is wayyyyy up there. I feel like I'm neglecting my daughter and boyfriend because all of my spare time is spent stud... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:22:28 EST October is half GONE!! I have only worked out 5 days out of the last 15. I'm going to put that behind. <BR> <BR> There's 16 days left in October. There's 21 days left until I have to take my fitness test. From here on out, I must do something everyday. Whether it be a workout video, intervals, push ups, sit ups, etc... I WILL DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY!!!! It doesn't necessarily have to be a full hard core workout but I need to do something EVERDAY!!!! Tonight is push ups and sit ups!! I WILL DO THIS!!!! <BR> I've bee... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 11:00:40 EST Just a Reminder... Why I WILL do this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My military fitness test is in less than 4 weeks and I am nowhere close to being prepared. I need to keep up with my fitness and eating habits so I don't have to stress about this every time it comes around. It would seriously makes things so much more easier so there's no reason why I shouldn't make the change. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:51:21 EST Time to get back on Track "If you miss a turn, what does your GPS say? Does it tell you to give up on getting there or that you're lazy? Does it beat you up over it? NO. It tells you to turn around as soon as possible. And losing weight and following a weight loss plan are the same-- if you veer off track, don't keep going that way, don't beat yourself up over it, etc. Just get back on track." <BR> <BR> It's time to get back on track for GOOD!! I can only blame myself for getting off track and staying off track. I n... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:09:19 EST How do you plan your workouts? So, I've noticed that lately when I do my workouts I wait until the end of the day to do them all. THIS IS BAD!!!! I have come to realize that I need to spread them out because by the end of the day I don't want to do them all and I'm not doing them with full force like I should be. I have so much free time during the days that I don't work so there should be no excuse why I can't do some kind or workout every few hours. As of right now I'm doing Couch to 5k. I restarted at Week 3 instead of ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:57:08 EST