A_ORTEGA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=A%5FORTEGA A_ORTEGA'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/ BLC21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213398 BLC 21 Sassy Shamrock Sherrifs, 12 week challenge has offically began on the 16th.. <BR> I feel a lot better about myself this round. I really want to reach my goals these next 12 weeks. <BR> I know it is not going to be simple. <BR> Some goals i have for the next 12 weeks: <BR> Cut back on my carb intake. <BR> Limit myself to 1 sweet a week even if that. I love sweets soo.. much! <BR> Track all my food and water <BR> Up my Cardio, I want to add Zumba and more intense workouts. <BR> Str... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:08:57 EST Holidays and Keeping on Track!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146562 Tis the season for holidays! Why do I stress about the holidays when they come... Yes, I love dessert! <BR> So Thanksgiving has come and gone.. well I have to say I only had one plate, and not really that much on my plate. But yes I did have a slice of cheese cake. And Yes I loved it!! How I missed cheese cake. <BR> I've been doing pretty good with not eating sweets, and really not eating a lot of food all at once. <BR> What are my plans for surviving through the holidays.. <BR> I'm only ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:25:38 EST 6 Weeks into BLC20- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110637 Well I have to say I have been struggling to keep my goals I set for myself at the beginning of the challenge. <BR> I haven't been doing as much cardio or strength training as I'd like. <BR> I've been pretty busy with work, and my son's football. It will get easier, football is about done, that means more time for me to get things done! <BR> I have been taking lunch to work. It's nice to eat what I packed and of course save some money. <BR> I have started a new me, I have decided to stop e... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:54:31 EST BLC 20: 12 Week Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058864 Goals for BLC20, 12 Week Challenge: <BR> <BR> I would love to lose at least 15lbs <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit of wanting sweets, especially when I don't need them. I am going to eat fruit instead of going for the unhealthy sweets. I'm not going to cut myself cold turkey.. Maybe one small cookie a week, if it is in my calorie range"1300". <BR> <BR> I am going to increase my workout minutes. I have to gt at least 360 minutes a week. That's not too bad. I'd like to reach 400 minutes a week,... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:04:58 EST A new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669340 2012 already.. that is so crazy.. <BR> I'm hoping this turns out to be an awesome year for me.. <BR> on the 11th BLC 18 starts.. yeh buddy.. can't wait to kick some butt.. <BR> I'm also starting the 24 day challenge through AdvoCare.. I'm pretty excited about getting into <BR> gear, losing some weight and getting healthy.. <BR> I'm hoping to change not only my eating habits but my family's.. we all need to change how we eat. <BR> So my goal is to get down to 130.. I know I can do it.. I... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 17:17:25 EST 3rd Week of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4438789 Wow.. so I've had a pretty busy week.. or so it seemed like it.. LOL! <BR> I have been getting my son ready for school to start next week.. Yay! and also been busy with his football.. I love that he is staying active... Had family come into town thursday night.. So lots of house work.. <BR> I have been getting my cardio and strength exercises in.. which i'm glad I was able to complete, with all the running around i was doing. <BR> So I had my annual on thursday.. How exciting right! Well it... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:51:55 EST 2nd Week of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423359 This was a pretty long and challenging week for me. I came down with a cold. Doesn't help that i work in an isolated environment, and people are coughing and sneezing all the time. So all week i have been feeling pretty drained and tired. I just wanted to sleep all day. I knew I couldn't, so I made sure i was able to get some cardio in. <BR> My son also started his football, that means practice every evening.. <BR> Also at work, there are a couple spots that are open on the 2nd and 3rd shif... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:19:47 EST 1st week of August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409501 I can't believe summer is almost over.. And school is just around the corner. <BR> I have to admit I have been pretty out of wack since I've started working graveyard. I'm still trying to adjust to everything. <BR> I decided to do my excercises when i get home from work in the morning. So far it has been going good. <BR> Like in my previous blog, I'm finally down to 155. I am still pretty excited about this. This means, i'm getting closer and closer to my goal. <BR> My birthday is Aug. 2... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:48:51 EST Really!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390457 wow.. so i've been slacking with my blogging.. <BR> I've been trying to get use to my new schedule. I started working graveyard, talk about a change. I hate to say it.. but I now consume more coffee and energy drinks.. I hate it! <BR> I have never been one to drink caffine beverages, well unless i was going to be drinking a mix drink.. but now it seems as if I have to have them to be able to stay awake while i'm working. <BR> I am proud of myself, I don't eat during the night, besides snac... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:00:51 EST July 4th weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342592 July is already here.. i thought i was going to be able to relax n do nothing.. wow i was on the go all weekend.. i think the only time i wasn't doing anything was on my way back to. Idaho.. i had a really good time spending time with family and friends.. i didn't do too bad on my eating.. it was pretty warm.. so i was drink water like no other..lol! Well my kids stayed in oregon, to spend some quality time with the gradparents.. it's so quiet in the house.. i actually got to sleep in this m... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 13:14:34 EST June comes to an end! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333768 June has come and gone. It is crazy how fast time has been going by! <BR> I have had a very busy and some what stressful month. I have to admit i'm so glad it is over! <BR> I have been in the academy for 5 weeks.. today was a big day, i took all my test to see if i will be graduating! Wow right! Thats what I was thinking! <BR> I have been sitting on my butt in the classroom, learning arrest, control tatics; getting thrown around and throwing others around too! Did some cell searches.. oh yes... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:26:47 EST 4th week of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322414 So June is almost at an end. It is crazy how fast it has came and gone.. <BR> I have been in the academy for 4 weeks also.. so that means that I have one week left and will be graduating on July 1st. It has been a pretty rough and crazy week for me. <BR> all week at the academy I've been learning arresting, defensive and control tactics. <BR> My soreness is finally starting to go away.. but i do look like have been beaten.. LOL!! <BR> I'm having a hard time actually going down in pounds. I... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:30:47 EST June 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316405 The week is half way over. that means that the weekend is almost here.. Yay!! <BR> I woke up this morning and could barely move.. Oh my gosh... I was so sore.. I still am sore.. wow! I guess I have been working it.. Or people have been working me.. LOL!! <BR> Today was hotter then yesterday.. 95 degrees... I hope this nice weather stays for awhile. I'd like to have a good weekend. and have a nice time doing my laps at Relay For Life on saturday.. <BR> I'm waiting for dinner to get done.. w... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 20:45:28 EST June 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314171 It's tuesday.. and the first day of summer.. Yay!! and i have to say it sure felt like it today.. as ok right now it is 86 degrees out.. yeh.. it's suppose to be even warmer tomorrow.. good thing i'll be inside doing my tatics.. <BR> So today i was getting thrown around like a rag doll.. LOL! it was kind of fun.. <BR> and we started using handcuffs.. "evil" Today i was working with a say around 300lb guy.. yeh it was nice thowing him around and causing pain.. LOL!! <BR> Even though you are ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:12:38 EST June 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311920 Today was such a nice day, it was in the high 70's.. I love the warm weather! <BR> So today I was on the go all day learning arresting and control tatics.. talk about getting physical. I even have some bruises already. It will only get better right!? Lol! <BR> It beats sitting on my butt all day. <BR> I'm ready to go to bed.. "yawn"... <BR> On a good note, going to be getting some good cardio in this week! <BR> I need to get some studying done before I hit the bed! <BR> Staying positive an... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:37:01 EST June 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309421 It's Sunday and a new week.. Happy Father's Day to all those daddy's and mommy's that play both roles.. <BR> Today was not too bad, spent time with the family.. <BR> Did some studying, I have a weekly exam in the morning..yay! <BR> I will be doing defensive and arresting tatics all week. <BR> I'm almost done with the academy.. 2 weeks left! <BR> Today I got some cardio and strength exercise in.. I'm going to play some kinect with the kids for a lil before I go to sleep. I'm kind of excited ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:50:44 EST 3rd Week of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307553 So it is week 3 of the Challenge. <BR> I had one memorable week. That is at the academy.. <BR> From getting a good work out to getting sprayed in the eyes with OC spray.. which "WoW" that hurt and burned like no other.. One thing to remember never get sprayed in the eyes or any where with that stuff.. <BR> Now i have to study for my weekly exam on monday, i really need to get a good grade. I'd love to get the weekends off. I also found out that i will be work swing shift once I complete the ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 22:36:48 EST June 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303719 Well week 3 is almost to an end.. and I've been slacking on doing my daily blogs. <BR> I've been busy with the academy.. trying to get some studying done.. <BR> Well tomorrow is going to be a crazy day for me.. not only is it Friday.. I'm going to be learning about using forceful tatics.. and I'm going to be getting sprayed in my eyes with OC.. yeh that is going to hurt. I have to do it so I can carry it on me.. <BR> I'm trying to get my house nice an organized.. I'm having an AdvoCare Mixe... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:53:14 EST June 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303717 Well week 3 is almost to an end.. and I've been slacking on doing my daily blogs. <BR> I've been busy with the academy.. trying to get some studying done.. <BR> Well tomorrow is going to be a crazy day for me.. not only is it Friday.. I'm going to be learning about using forceful tatics.. and I'm going to be getting sprayed in my eyes with OC.. yeh that is going to hurt. I have to do it so I can carry it on me.. <BR> I'm trying to get my house nice an organized.. I'm having an AdvoCare Mixe... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:53:06 EST 2nd week of June. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292266 This week seemed to go by pretty fast.. <BR> it was pretty long for me work wise.. being stuck in class all day.. <BR> But i did learn a lot of new things.. <BR> I spent of time with the kids doing activities outside the house. It was nice.. Haven't been able to spend that quality time with them for awhile.. <BR> Well my number on the scale isn't budging.. Hmm.. I need to up my cardio I think.. <BR> I've been trying to get things ordered and ready for my daughters 4th birthday which is J... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:12:44 EST June 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290939 Well it's finally friday and the weekend is going to be here.. along with the end of the week.. <BR> Today work went by pretty quick.. we did verbal judo scenarios basically all day.. that was pretty fun and interesting.. I learned a lot of new techniques.. <BR> for the last hour we did some defensive tatics.. not too bad right.. yeh well the punching the bag as hard an as fast as you could for a minute. not bad.. <BR> but then LT. made us do some squats, and some crazy push ups.. and a bu... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:59:54 EST June 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288927 So the weekend is almost here.. YaY!.. <BR> my day was full of more communication skills.. It wasn't too bad.. <BR> I'm glad to be home.. I get so tired of sitting all day.. It drains me by the end of my work day.. <BR> When i got home I had my son's end of the season baseball game.. That was fun.. he got a trophy.. <BR> It was at a pizza buffet.. so i had salad bar and one slice of pizza.. not bad... <BR> so i've been thinking that i'm going to try and go to bed earlier, so i can wake u... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:33:20 EST June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286445 it's wednesday.. wow the week is already half way over.. <BR> I've been learning all kinds of fun stuff at the academy the past two days.. yay!! <BR> yesterday i learned all about gangs in idaho.. and today all day how to speak to the offenders without violence.. <BR> Not too bad.. can't wait till i'm done with class.. <BR> I've been getting my cardio and strength in.. <BR> spending that quality time with my kids.. Its been a nice week so far.. <BR> I hope we get to have some nice summer... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 20:57:24 EST June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281623 It's monday again.. <BR> another day at the academy.. <BR> I had a quiz today over everything from last week.. i missed 10 ?'s out of 54.. <BR> I thought i was going to do better.. I guess I will have to study more this weekend.. <BR> Today looked like it was going to be a nice day.. <BR> But it decided to rain :( I hope it clears up, i'd really like to go out for a jog/walk.. <BR> I need to get in as much cardio as possible.. and improve my time for the 1/2 mile. <BR> Today wasn't too... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 20:40:38 EST 1st week of June.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4277303 what a week.. <BR> I left one job and started a new one.. <BR> It's been a strange week.. as i'm not use to just sitting around all day.. <BR> I'm usually always on the go.. walking, jogging, squating.. <BR> Now it's just sitting down at the academy.. Learning lots of information.. <BR> I did have to complete a 1/2 mile within 8 minutes.. and i finished it in 4.29 not bad for me.. <BR> It is a must for me to practice more.. I need to get out there and jog more.. It kind of seemed as if ... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 20:09:18 EST June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275836 It is finally friday.. YaY! <BR> so today wasn't too bad.. set through class at the academy.. got to do some defense tatics. yeh..nothing like kicking some butt. LOL! <BR> I thought i was going to be able to sleep in tomorrow.. that is going to be a negative.. we are going to have a yard sale this weekend.. so i'll be up late getting everything ready.. <BR> It is suppose to be 80degrees tomorrow i'm so excited for some nice weather finally.. <BR> so i got my cardio and strength training in ... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 22:53:41 EST The 2nd Day of June.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273913 Another day in the classroom.. It was a long day.. but not as bad as yesterday.. I didnt fall asleep... <BR> Well tommorw we are suppose to practice some defense tatics... so that will be fun!! Get to kick some butt! LOL <BR> Feeling kind of down that i'm not getting in all the cardio I want.. <BR> I will be starting to work 8-5 for the next 4 weeks.. so i'm planning on working it.. gonna bust out my turbo jams do some walking and jogging.. <BR> My Awesome Avocados are gonna bust a move th... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 00:40:06 EST June 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4271021 Wow.. ok so I'm not use to waking up so early.. I have to get up by 4:30am.. to be to work by 6am.. I am having trouble trying to stay awake during class.. Ahh... <BR> So all day today I have been sitting in class.. Which is very boring.. <BR> I'd rather be walking around doing something.. <BR> I guess it is a good thing that i don't have any access to any food.. besides what i bring to work.. <BR> Now i just have to stay motivated enough to get all my cardio in for the day.. <BR> I'm ki... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 20:59:10 EST End Of May!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268779 Wow I can't believe May is already over.. <BR> It's been a very interesting month for me.. <BR> I had a death in the family and injured man.. and my sons baseball.. which today was the last baseball game.. <BR> I started my new job today.. I didn't get as much cardio the last two days.. <BR> Today I ran a half a mile in 4min 29sec.. not too bad for me.. since I really do not like to run.. <BR> Oh Yes... I didn't get to weigh myself this morning like i usually do on weigh in day.. but i w... Tue, 31 May 2011 23:27:46 EST Week 4... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261555 I have to say I had a much better week.. <BR> I got all my strength training done. YaY!! Thanks for the Motivation Ladies!! <BR> A couple more days left in May.. I'm working it hard.. I need to drop a couple pounds.. <BR> Then a new goal for June.. <BR> Slowy but Surely I will reach my goals.. <BR> Sunday is my last day at my current job.. and I start my new one on tuesday.. :) <BR> I have no big plans for Memorial Weekend.. so i shouldn't have a problem keeping in my calorie range.. or w... Sat, 28 May 2011 12:50:21 EST Ahhh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254459 So my personal goal for June is to be in the 150's.. I am getting super excited.. I weighed in today and I almost screamed with excitment.. the scale said 160.4 ... ahhh!!! I know if i keep it up and make sure i watch what i eat... and get my strength in.. i can make it.. I know I need that extra motivation to get all my strength training in.. as that is my down fall right now.. <BR> I'm really not sure why that is.. I enjoy doing strength training.. <BR> but yeh.. I just had to share this w... Tue, 24 May 2011 23:23:33 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248069 Wow another week gone.. It's been an interesting week. I didn't do as well as I wanted.. I did lose 1 lb.. I guess it is better then nothing. <BR> I need to get more motivated and do my strength exercises.. I can't believe I've been slacking so much.. That is going to be my goal for next week. <em>85</em> <BR> I really need to do something.. One of my goals was to be in the 150's by June and i'm so close. <BR> I have been stressing a little more than usual. My boyfriend was sent to the ho... Sun, 22 May 2011 00:00:30 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4232142 So I've had a pretty long week. I found out last saturday that one of my grandfathers passed away. <BR> And had to be in Oregon by Tuesday evening. <BR> I put in two 10 hour shifts at work.. talk about exhausting! but I got some good cardio in. <BR> Being away from home for a couple of days didn't get much exercise in. But I am proud of myself I was watching what i ate and didn't over do it. <BR> I keep telling myself.. you've worked so hard to get this far, it's not worth it! <BR> And bel... Sat, 14 May 2011 12:20:36 EST What A Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4216303 wow.. ok so my week didn't go as i expected. <BR> I didn't really get much strength exercise in.. :( <BR> I do a lot of that with resistance bands and i kind of broke them last week.. <BR> so now i have to wait till pay day to get some new ones.. <BR> I plan on starting back up doing P90X and throw in some Turbo Jam.. <BR> I've really enjoyed the nice couple of days we had outside. I love the nice warm weather. <BR> I am happy i am getting my cardio done. but i feel like i need to boost ... Sat, 7 May 2011 12:05:03 EST A New Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167594 Ok.. so i'm still working on losing those 30 lbs.. I never thought it would be this difficult.. I guess when you don't put your all into it.. You don't get the results you want.. Right! <BR> Well I am now trying, once again to stick to it.. Summer is around the corner! I deserve to feel good about myself! <BR> I recently got introduced to AdvoCare, I must say I really do Love It! I've been taking Spark, which helps me out a lot when i just don't have that energy, it works awesome.. I walk all... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:13:42 EST Already August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3491961 Ok, so it is now August 1st. 27 more days till my 30th birthday... My Main goal at the beginning of the year was to reach my goal weight of 130 by my birthday.. Well lets say, i didn't work too hard on that. But now i'm back in the game and am looking forward to lose this weight. <BR> My new goal is to lose at least 10 lbs by my birthday... I feel real good about this goal, and know I can do it.. <BR> I appreciate all my SP friends, that have been helping me along the way.. your motivation ... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:23:07 EST