ATR_1983's SparkPeople Blog ATR_1983's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community been a long time Wow I cant believe that I been off of spark people for this long and that its been over a year since I posted a blog. First I wanted to thank everyone from done girl team for wishing me a happy birthday, It meant alot to log on after not being on since February to see so many people wish me a happy birthday. <BR> <BR> My life have been so busy that I have not been making myself a priority. I stop exercising and my eating as been ok but could be better. today I weighted in for the first time ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:47:27 EST Two Major events in the next year In June of next year I have two big envents comming up, My 30th birtday and I will be the maid of honor in one of my best friends wedding. My goal is to be under 200 pounds. I want to start my thirties in better heatlh and shape. I also want to look good in a dress by the time my friend gets married. I am already down 5 pounds since getting back to exercising and tracking my food. I am determined to stick to tracking my food this time. I usually do pretty good with the exercise but I slack o... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:56:25 EST reflection of 2011 I can't believe 2011 is over, overall I have to admit it has been a good year for me. I did not reach the goals I had set for my self regarding weight loss or fitness minutes but I am ok with that and I am planning on reaching them in 2012. Some of the good things that have happened to me this year was getting a 2nd job that I love and I was able to pay off most of my credit cards and bills. I am also now able to wear a size 22 and some size 20s and I have not been able to do in years. One of... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:41:04 EST Goals for November Wow I can believe it is almost November already, Time has went by so fast. October was a ok month for me I lost a few pounds and i made it through halloween with out binging on candy so thats progress. I did take my niece and cousins out trick or treating and treated myself to one halloween snack a carmel candy apple with nuts. I even got to scare kids at my job a little in the hunted maze which was fun. <BR> <BR> My goals for November is simple, <BR> 1. Get at least 800 fitness minutes(been... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 01:01:52 EST Missing in Action So it has been almost a month since my last blog, thing have been really busy. I started my second job, and have not has much time to get on spark. I am proud to say that even thought I have not been on much in the last month I am down 2 pounds and have been staying with in my calories. I have been so tired from work that I have not been doing zumba workout and been skiping strength training but I have been burning lots of calories at work espcially doing my second job where I am on my feet a... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 16:29:10 EST things are looking up Things are finally starting to look up. My finger prints for my second job finally went threw and I will be starting tomorrow. I am so excited but also a little nervous. With this my schedule is going to get alot more hetic but I am determined to keep up with my exercise routine and stay within my calories. I will be packing my lunch most days, I am going to fit in a walk in between the jobs and get in atleast 30 minutes of exercise in the evenings when I get home. I am going to get back to b... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:22:32 EST August goals July I started out strong I was tracking my food and exercising every day for at least ten minutes and doing 30 minutes 4-5 days a week. Then as always life gets busy and I slack off I have still been eating pretty healthy but I have totally slacked off on my exercise. <BR> My goals for this month are: <BR> 1. 10 minutes of exercise of daily <BR> 2, 3 days a week of strength <BR> 3. Track food everyday <BR> 4. go out for a walk at least once a week <BR> 5. loose 4 pounds this month <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 21:01:13 EST choices We all have choices in life. We have the choice of what we eat and what we don't. Well yesterday I did not make the best choices. two of my friends came over to my house to hang out and has you can imagine none of the food was healthy. One of my friends brought wingstop lemon pepper and mild wings and a large order of fries, I had totally forgot all about them comming over so I ended up going to the store down the street from my house and bought soda and my other friend bought a whole bunch o... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 06:00:32 EST This month/ goals for summer This month has been a good but busy month. Lots of events and parties top with my last day of work equals lots of fun with lots of stress mixed in. First there was my nieces boyfriend graduation from UC Riverside On the June 11th which was fun I got to spend the part of the day with my nieces and brother and his wife which was nice. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the 12 of this month was my birthday so that satuday night I have my birthday par... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:00:22 EST Done Girls' Sexy beast mini challenge blog <BR> My sexy beast is a cheetah because it is fast and fierce. It is the fastest animal alive. that is why the cheetah is my sexy beast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:05:34 EST The good and the bad The last 3 days have been so busy weekend. On Friday when I got off from work I come home and went on facebook and I saw one of my friends i have know for years was talking about killing his self so I canceled my plans and drove the 1.5 hours up to see him and try to see what was going on. So I ended up getting taco bell for dinner and spent the night just talking to him and he seem to be in better spirts but it still hd to tell. <BR> On Saturday I had alot of ripping and runing to doto get r... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 18:32:02 EST Back to basics for the rest of this month I am going to go back to the basics. This means that I will: <BR> 1. I will track my food (as much as I hate doing it I am more sucessful when I do) <BR> 2. I will track my exercise (I exercise at least 5 days a week and it would be nice to see how many minutes I can get and also the amount of calories I am burning. <BR> 3. I am going to limit fast intake to only 1-2 times a week. <BR> 4. Exercise atleast 10 minuts daily <BR> 5. I will drink at least 100 oz of water... Thu, 19 May 2011 23:46:42 EST been awhile... It has been about 2 months since I have been active on here. Life got busy some good and some bad and I stopped posting or comming on here. Now things have died down and I am back and ready to start logging and tracking my exercise and food. In the time i have been gone I went on several job interviews and I am proud to say I go a second job that I will be starting soon. That has given me so much confidence in myself. I had been on so many interviews the last 2 years or so that I have lost t... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:16:54 EST falling off track and no motivation I was doing so well for the most part in the month of Janury. I was tracking my food, and exercising for at least 10 minutes a day most days of the week. Then bam I got sick with a nasty cold that was going around the school I work at and since then I have not exercise or tracked my food for the most part. I know what I need to do and everyday I have my plan in place but I fail to put my plan into motion. As far as food I am doing ok, not the best but not bad either, just ok. I know part of m... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:14:53 EST mini goal and update After slacking off the last week or so this week I am back at it full force, My gym membership exspired on the 20th of this month and I could not afford a new one and I guess I was feeling sorry for myself. So I have not really been exercising up until this week when I started back to tracking my foods and exercise and I change my ticker to reflect my mini weight loss goal which is to loose 50 pounds by July before my 10 year high scchool reunion. I even made myself a work out schedule and o... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:55:39 EST Goals for 2011 I copyed this from my journal. They are both personal and related to just being healthy <BR> <BR> <BR> Limit junk food in take <BR> Drink at least 100 oz of water daily <BR> Eat more fruit and veggies <BR> Really focus on tracking the calories I am eating. Or on days where I am really busy write them in my journal. <BR> Get in exercise for at least 10 minutes daily <BR> Take the time to look my best. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:19:43 EST I'm back/ update So it has been about a month since I have logged on spark people. Several things have happened doing that this time some good and some bad. My Car need to be fixed and then My laptop died the first week of december but doing that time I still kept track of my food and water. I even managed to loose 5 pounds doing the holidays so that was good. I am glad to be back and want to thank all of my spark friends who left comments and spark goodies on my page. Tomorrow I will post my goals for 2011... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:55:36 EST slacking off Well basically I have slacked off on everything. I have not worked out in weeks, I am doing ok with food not bad but I could do better. worst of all I am slacking with my school work and i have never let this happen. I know the main problem has to do with my job and living at home with my parents. I work as a teacher assistant/ office assistant at a elementary school and right now due to the cut backs we are understaffed so besides my hours being cut several teacher assistants have lost their... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:46:20 EST 10k aids walk On October 17th I am doing the AIDS walk Los Angeles. I am doing because it is a great way to get in exercise while raising money for such a great cause. I am also do this walk in memory of a friend who lost his life due to AIDS on March 30,2009. If you are interested in donating to such a great go to <link><BR>af/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=427<BR>581&lis=0&kntae427581=D10C0C10F97546DE<BR>9DF6E836A2539173 </link> It don't matter how much you give ju... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:42:18 EST end of summer: What I have lost and gained My summer is officially over I go back to work tomorrow then back to school at the end of the month. I work at a school so I was off the two months that the kids was off for the summer. I did enjoy spending time with family and friends. I mostly enjoy having a little more time to spend on spark for that extra boost of motivation. My goal was to loose at least 10 pounds this summer and I am proud to say that i have lost 12. <BR> <BR> I may have to do a mini shopping spree soon to find some cl... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:12:53 EST Results of Independence Day Challenge This Challenge went from 7/6- 8/6. Doing this challenge i did loose 3 pounds, got in at least 3 fruits or veggies most days. I even stayed on track wile i was in Vegas and burned lots of calories while I was there: Friday I took 20508 steps and burned 1651 calories Saturday I took 20820 steps 1677 calories, Sunday I took 14319 steps and burned 1153 calories and yesterday i took 14744 and burned 1187 calories <BR> <BR> I also managed to drop from a size 24 pants back into a size 22 pants. ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:52:53 EST going to Vegas I am going to Las Vegas for the weekend. I am going to watch what I eat and gets in lots of walking. Most importantly i am going to enjoy spending time with my family and friends. <BR> I am taking healthy snacks and water so I am not tempted by the unhealthy snacks. <BR> <BR> My Plan <BR> get in 10,000 steps in each day <BR> drink 12 glasses of water <BR> eat healthy snacks <BR> load up on veggies at the restaurants <BR> 1-2 alcoholic drink for the weekend( been craving Margarita) <BR> <BR... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:25:51 EST Challenge Update Things have been going well with the Independence challenge, I have been drinking at least 100 oz of water a day, Eating more fruits and veggies, and i have been exercising at least 4 times a week sometimes more and have been staying with in my calories. The only think I have slipped up is drinking soda. I had 3 sodas but I am am not beating my self up about it. I have lost 2 pounds so far and my goal is to loose 5 which means I need to loose 3 more pounds by the time this challenge is over w... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 19:02:28 EST The INDEPENDENCE Challenge 7/6/10 - 8/6/10 I am doing the independence Challenge that was set up by D710Dance who motivates me to keep going. <BR> <BR> Copied from D710dance blog <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393354 </link> the challenge is <BR> During this challenge, the goal will be to get back to basics from 7/6/10 - 8/6/10. Which includes: <BR> <BR> * Drink a MINIMUM of 64 ounces of water EVERY DAY ( Mine will be to drink at least 100oz of water) <BR> <BR> * Eat a MINIMUM of Five... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:08:25 EST Been Awhile So it has been almost 3 months since i posted a blog on here. Well during this time a lot have happened. I moved back in with my parents, been stressing out with school and work. To sum it up I have been dealing with alot of things. I manged to loose 4 pounds, even though my eating has not been the best and i have not been exercising like I should. The bad is that for the last 2 weeks or so I have this sore on my left leg, <img src=""> i t... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:57:42 EST Goals for April even though it is 6 days into this month I am still posting my goals. They are: <BR> Get to the gym 2-3 times a week for at least 60 minutes <BR> On the days I don't go to the gym do at least 10 minutes of exercise <BR> drink 10 glasses of water daily <BR> eat 3 fruits and veggies a day <BR> Try to post a blog twice a week <BR> walk 10,000 steps daily. <BR> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:56:46 EST I am back again Pretty much for the last month or so I went MIA again. Part of it has been work related, I started working more hours at work and have been spending so much time in front of the computer at work that by the time I get home I don't want to look at a computer. Then I had the house exterminated so I was busy getting ready for that. On top of that my Aunt died and I started back to school this week. So I have had alot going on. I am happy to say that doing this time I have lost 4 pounds which I t... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 15:54:30 EST Making progress The last couple of weeks have been busy. Last week I spent most of the time helping my friend move into her new apartment, helping another friend plan food and decorations for her birthday party and putting together goodie bags for Kayla to give away during her valentines day party at school. But I am proud to say with everything that is going on I have managed to stay withing my calories and walked at least 10,000steps daily. <BR> I even managed to get through valentines day weekend without... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:10:44 EST Focus/Goals One of the building blocks in the spark is goal setting. Pretty much this section talks about focus and goal setting. After reading chapter 2 made me think about the goals I have set for myself. My problem is that I set to many goals and then get overwhelmed and it starts to fell like a chore. For example I know that the only way i will loose weight is by tracking what I eat but when Its start feeling like something I have to do I stop. Pretty much chapter 2 talks about breaking down goals in... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 23:04:22 EST Chapter 2 of The Spark Building block Values and Beliefs Chapter 2 of The Spark focuses on setting goals and it breaks them down into building blocks. The first building block is values and beliefs: <BR> <BR> Q: What truly drives you? <BR> A: What truly drives me is being a positive role model for my family, friends, and the children in my life. I want to be the person tha show my family that it is possible to loose the weight and keep it off. Most of my family on my dad's side is either over weight or obese and as we all know that leads to high r... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:18:04 EST I’M A COMPLETE TEN” Challenge goals COMPLETE NUTRITION - I promise to eat at least 3-5 freggies a day <BR> <BR> COMPLETE FITNESS- I will do 30 Cardio Workouts at least 5 times a week <BR> <BR> COMPLETE ACCOUNTABILITY-I will post my nutrition goals daily and my fitness goals weekly on the "Put It On Paper" thread. I will also track my food and exercise on the spark people tracker. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:41:45 EST Goals for 2010 My goals for this year are: <BR> <BR> 1. Fit in 30 minutes of exercise daily <BR> 2. restarting a training program for running <BR> 3. Completing a 5k <BR> 4. loose at least 50 pounds <BR> 5. Past the Cbest and CSET <BR> 6. Get into the masters programs and credential program <BR> 7. Get a new job <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:12:07 EST reflection of 09 So this year have been a bust as far as the goals I wanted to accomplish this year. <BR> Reposted from my blog in january 2 09. <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=ATR_1983&page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Things i am looking forward to happening in 2009(goals) <BR> Completing a 5k not completed <BR> Starting a training program for running (Did start but stoped in mid march when i had a blister on my foot) <BR> Completing the National body challenge 10 pounds lighter (Compl... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 15:15:21 EST getting refocused So for pretty much the month or so I have been struggling. I have moved my track to show the weight I have gained. Sorry to all my spark friends that I have been MIA. As always life got in the way and I had little time to get on spark. I am focusing on staying the same weight for the next two weeks because things are going to be busy and i won't have much time to put into working out. So instead i will focus on staying on the low end of my calorie range since i won't be exercising as much. <B... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 16:13:56 EST Learning to Find a Balance It seems like i am always struggling in one area or another in my life. For instance I do really good with working out but I do bad with getting things done for school and or chores around the house. Or its the other way around I am not working out so I can play catch up on homework for school or chores around the house. Why is it that I can never seem to do good in all areas at the same time? It seems like there is never enoungh time in the day to to get everything done. <BR> <BR> One of t... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 18:41:35 EST last 2 weeks So its been a while since i have posted a blog on here. Alot has been going on. Two weeks ago I found out my coworker died. It was sudden I had just saw him day before he died. It was a shock to everyone. He was in his 60's but was in pretty good health. He died of a massive Heart attack. This has made me work even harder to loose weight and get healthy. He will be missed by all. As a result of this and we were already under staff I have been feeling in where i am need. Through all of this I ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 14:33:28 EST October goals/plan I am now back at work and school so I know some days will be hectic but I will stick to the plan I have set. Weekends i will grocery shop and batch cook my meals for the week. Monday- I will be at gym #2(school gym) and will do elliptical and Cardio Kick box class; <BR> Tuesday-I will be at gym #1 (Bally's) and will do strength, elliptical interval <BR> Wednesday I will be at gym #2 ant it will either be hiphop class or treadmill and elliptical depending on the time I get out of class. <BR> T... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 16:59:56 EST BCL 6 Last week started the BCL6 challenge. Go Gold! I also started back to work. Unfortunately Since going back to work i have not been to the gym because I have been sore and tired from work. I have gotten some exercise in walking up and down the stairs carrying boxes from room to room but its not the same as the gym. i will be starting back next week when things calm down until then I will force myself to do exercise video from on demand. <BR> <BR> Goals for BCL Challenge <BR> <BR> loose at le... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:24:19 EST Vegas trip and Thank you First I wanted to say a thank you for those of you who leave comments on my page and on my blogs. Things have been busy around here but I do read your comments and I appreciate you taking the time to leave them. <BR> <BR> I got back from Vegas on Monday. I had a great time. I got to see friends who live down there I have not seen in a while. I did not spend alot of time outside because it was so hot and the air was so bad because of the fires in California. We went to hoover Dam and spent al... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 23:14:28 EST im going to Vegas I am going to Las Vegas for the weekend. I am going to watch what I eat and gets in lots of walking. Most importantly i am going to enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am taking healthy snacks and water so I am not tempted by the unhealthy snacks. <BR> <BR> My Plan <BR> get in 10,000 steps in each day <BR> drink 12 glasses of water <BR> eat healthy snacks <BR> load up on veggies at the restaurants <BR> <BR> See every one when i get back. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:24:08 EST the last month... have been full of up and downs as far as exercising and eating.I would either do really well with exercise but would do horrible with food or really well with food but bad on exercise.The last couple of weeks actually month has been stressful and emotional for me. I have had a I don't care attitude toward every aspect of my life from school to exercise to eating right. I have been worried about my job all summer and then word came from the school district and then from the office manger of th... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 17:06:25 EST August goals My goals for this month i am making my goals simple to give me wiggle room if need because of several things that are planned. I am planning on going to Las Vegas at the end of august for 4 days and A birthday party I have to go to this month as well. I am also trying to find a new job on top of all of this because of the budget cuts my hours are going to be cut in half for the upcoming school year. <BR> <BR> My goals are: <BR> Loose 1-3 pounds for the month <BR> burn at least 3500 calorie ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 00:48:32 EST negative thoughts I got this off anther friend's spark page and I thought it would be a good idea to share with all of my friends who are on this Lifestyle Change Journey with me...ENJOY!!!(Thanks Deondra) <BR> <BR> Thinking Negative Thoughts? Oops! <BR> <BR> Why are you trying to lose weight or get in shape? <BR> Is it because you hate a certain body part or even the entire reflection in the mirror? <BR> <BR> As difficult a lesson this is to learn, you must first accept your body – with all of its quirks a... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:42:12 EST Progress Even though I have not been on the scale I can see that I am making progress. Yesterday me and mt daughter Kayla went out with my friend and her two kids who are also my god kids. we were getting on the train in Long beach after going to Walmart and some other stores I was carrying my goddaughter who is 22 months old when my jeans literary was coming down and my daughter was behind me trying to pull my pants up. I am glad the train was pretty empty and that no one saw my underwear. I have als... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:18:08 EST Boot camp challenge I am doing the boot camp challenge on done being the fat girl team. I am looking forward to it because it will keep me focused and motivated Until the next Biggest looser challenge start. I am happy that the Gold team won the last BCL challenge. Go Gold team. My goals for this challenge is to loose at least 4 or 5 pounds which is totally doable. I am also going to start doing an aerobics class at the gym. I went tonight and i got in a great workout. I was sweating like a pig but I stuck it ou... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:40:22 EST Rewards list I have came up with a new rewards list <BR> <BR> 250-wrist band for my Ipod (for when I work out at the gym) <BR> 230- Nike Ipod attachment <BR> 215- Exercise video <BR> 199- massage/trip to the spa <BR> 180- get new hair style <BR> 165- buy a bathing suit <BR> 150-donate clothes that don't fit/shopping spree Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:05:28 EST back on track So the first week of me getting back was pretty good. Food wise I did pretty good. I stayed within my calories and ate more fruits and veggies. Exercise I could of did a lot better. Monday I burned 450 calories at the gym on the elliptical and treadmill. Wednesday i burned 375 calories on the elliptical and treadmill. On Tuesday and Friday I did 30 minutes of weight. Saturday I went to the Casino and got in lots of exercise walking around. I also joined the gym my college so I can work out on... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:05:23 EST goals Ok so it has been about three months since I wrote on here. So in short I got busy and started neglecting myself and stop writing on here. I got so busy with school and work that I stop doing what i know is good my body. In that time I have gained 15 pounds and I had stopped posting on spark has much. <BR> Well now its summer and I am using this time to focus on myself. I will have alot me time now that I am not working and I only have school to deal with. my goals for this summer are: <BR> ... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 14:56:03 EST Drained This week has been stressful/tiring. First this is the first week back to school for spring quarter. I find out on my first day back that my check I paid for tuition has been mailed back to me because it was $25 short, so I was dropped from all the classes i was enrolled in, and had to pay it pay it online so it would go through right away so I can try to get into the classes I was in. I am in 2 of the classes i had and ended up adding a class I don't really need but taking just for the units... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 00:19:57 EST getting focused Now that i am almost done with finals for this quarter I can focus on exercising more and eating better. I have been loosing weight but i know i could loose more if I was eating better. The last two and a half month has been challenging with work and school. I have increased my workouts from 1 hour to 2 hours and I have started doing more intense workouts. As for food i need to focus on eating more fruits and veggies. My goals is to eat at least 5 a day. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:06:55 EST