BOBBYS1GIRL's SparkPeople Blog BOBBYS1GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Strength training It's amazing how much difference a year can make. Almost a year ago I wrote a blog complaining of strength training woes. I used to hate it! Give me cardio any day, I said. My how things have changed. I'm a big fan of strength training now. Pilates, yoga, and the occasional weight training. I feel so much better and stronger after a strength training session. I think it just takes finding what works for you. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:38:28 EST Well that opened my eyes... We got a bit of a wake up call this week. Hubby's cholesterol levels came back ridiculously high. As I started researching I noticed that it's not so much what we eat at home that's getting him...but years of eating out regularly. Example:<BR>lebees-honey-bbq-boneless-wings-i340086 This is one of his favorite things to eat. WHOA! There isn't anything good about that! Looks like we need to be eating at home more often, and making smarter choices whe... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:12:45 EST Went for a run I didn't run far, but that's ok. Managed 0.87/mile and ran the whole way. No stopping or slowing down. Doesn't sound like much, but I'll take it. Thanks to the heat and pollen I had to use my inhaler afterwards. But I've noticed that I don't seem to struggle with breathing as much as I used to after a run. That makes me super happy! <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:23:55 EST Not sure what to do...might need some tough love. Back in April I was in a car accident that jacked my right shoulder up. I was given the run around for a few weeks and was eventually sent to physical therapy. I've started it. The therapist is great. She's really sweet and nice to talk to. But the therapy hurts. I have compressed nerves in my neck, which has led to partial sensation loss in my arm. My pectoral muscle is rock hard from tension, and the muscles surrounding my shoulder were strained and are now weakened. I'm in pain. But more t... Wed, 29 May 2013 18:53:36 EST Don't be fooled... Don't be fooled by the innocence of a small brownie. I ate one from Boston Market, thinking it couldn't be that big of a deal since I only had one. Turns out, that little brownie contained a whopping 530 calories. That's more than the amount of calories I consumed for breakfast. I guess next time I'll have to only eat half. I'm just glad I didn't reach for a second one. Lol. Fri, 10 May 2013 16:37:53 EST I stepped on the scale today... ...and suddenly had an urge to eat cookies. A lot of them. But instead of making things worse by binging on delicious chocolate, I grabbed my water bottle and hit the elliptical. The goal was 1 mile in 30 minutes, with a goal of 300 calories burned. I made a distance of 0.961 (just shy of a mile) and 301 calories. I'm proud of myself. Not proud of the weight gain, but proud that I didn't let the setback to bring me down. <em>386</em> don't let the setbacks take over. Acknowledge them, and... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:54:26 EST Fall 7 times, get up 8... That's what makes successful people, successful. I have fallen many times, and in many areas of my life. In some areas, I stayed down. It hurt too much to get back up. I regret that so much. How different things would be if I had not made the choice of doing nothing. So I'm learning from it. It's been years since I got back up, but today that's exactly what I did. This will pay off in the end. You can't change your past, but you can change your future. <BR> <BR> So cheers to all of you who... Fri, 3 May 2013 13:10:35 EST Name calling in the world of fitness A post on spark got me thinking this morning. Why on earth do we have nicknames for people of varying weight/size? Skinny minnie, big-boned, bean pole, ana (short for anorexia), chubby, pudgy, fatso, lanky, etc. At what point did it become socially acceptable to acknowledge people based on their weight or size? When did we stop viewing people as people? <BR> <BR> The scale battle happens to people both big and small. Beyond that, those battles come to good people. Nice people. People who ar... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:45:47 EST Fad Diets (rant) Have you seen those before & after photos used by diet plans to prove that their system really works? I am seeing them a lot lately. I have a huge issue with them. You see, these people have lost a ton of weight. That's great...except these fad diets aren't designed to teach you healthy eating. Once you stop eating boxed and powdered foods, then what? And on many of the diets you aren't supposed to workout while you lose weight. So you end up skinny and weak. <BR> <BR> Being thin does not m... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:29:14 EST Inspiration & Motivation Sometimes these things won't be there. You'll look and look but you just aren't inspired or motivated enough to get up and do something about your life. That's where I've been lately. And then it hit me. Who cares if you aren't motivated? Where's your pride in working hard, even when the results aren't immediate? It doesn't matter if you're tired or bored or whatever. You get up, and you do what you have to do. Not because someone else looks better than you and want to catch up. Not because y... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:39:03 EST Car accident -ouch. Looks like I'm out of the workout routine for a little while. We got in a nasty accident on Sunday. We were doing 60 on the highway when a lady crossed 2 lanes of traffic with no warning and pulled in front of us. We braked but had no where to go and collided. My kids are fine, hubby is a little sore but ok, but we hit on the front passenger corner, where I was. So I am all kinds of wracked up. My back, neck, right shoulder, and ribs are all sore and stiff. The other driver, an 81 year old fe... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:04:28 EST Dear asthma... You suck. I'm going to work out anyways, so you might as well just go away and take the pollen with you. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:26:58 EST My cardio junky self hates strength training. I really do. But it's a necessary evil. I just wish I liked it more. I don't mind yoga, but that's more of a relaxing thing for me. But weights *shudder* I don't like. Jillian Michaels is the closest I can come to "fun" strength training. I kind of need her abrasive, in your face training style to keep me motivated. I adore running, but I need to strengthen my core more to help make my runs better. Someone said Pilates would be good to try so I've been messing around with Cassey Ho's blogilat... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:10:42 EST Running weather is here! I'm so happy that warmer weather is here! I finally was able to go running today and put in 2 miles. It was interval training, so not the best timing. But 24 minutes isn't too bad, and it sure beats not running at all. <em>224</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:47:54 EST Survived day 1 But after a hard, honest look at myself I don't think getting up early to excercise will be enough by itself. I'm going to need to make a specific plan and goal in order for me to see results. I'm getting really uncomfortable in my skin. And it happens so slowly, that I haven't noticed it that much until now. So it's time to reverse the trend of gaining fat and put on some muscle instead. I don't care about "thin". I want to be strong. I want to look strong. And that's just gonna require mor... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:32:10 EST Trying something new (for me) I've decided to try working out in the morning instead of in the afternoon. This requires for me to do a few things differently. One, I have to get my butt in bed earlier. Like somewhere around 10pm. Next, getting up earlier. That's going to be difficult since my medicine makes me drowsy, but I think getting to bed earlier and getting in the habit of getting up earlier it will get easier over time. To help me wake up I'm changing my alarm to music. Hopefully it will energize me in the morning... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:29:55 EST The prodigal child has returned to Sparkpeople It feels like so much time has been wasted while I was away from spark. My whole world got turned upside down and I can't even talk about it. It's been a rough month. But all of that aside, I'm back and ready to focus on my health. Not working out much lately has definitely changed my body, and not in a good way! I've put on more weight, I don't look or feel as strong, and my joint pain is back with a vengeance. I finally got tired of it and forced myself to work out this morning. I didn't wa... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:22:48 EST Post workout thoughts Just finished my workout. Really had to push myself because I wasn't feeling it. It was a pre-set 30 minute calorie workout on the elliptical. Goal was 300 cals, 1 mile distance. I hit 295 cals, and 0.929 miles. So close! Gonna try again on Thursday. I'll keep doing this one till I hit those goals! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:09:23 EST 4 day weekend is almost over... This weekend has been fun. The kids are finally feeling better so we got to spend some time with our friends. I even got to go out for girls night out! I was treated to dinner and a movie. It was awesome! (Sidenote: HIGHLY recommend Les Miserables! Outstanding film!) Hubby and his friend bought PVC pipe and brown bulletin board paper...they turned it into a 7 foot tall tent that the kids could decorate both inside and out. They had so much fun! <BR> <BR> But with all that fun came poor meal ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:39:35 EST Where's your strength? Today I was listening to a Kari Jobe album and this song came on called "One Desire". I hadn't heard it before this week, so this was the first time I really listened to the lyrics. <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> In Your presence Lord <BR> I will find my strength <BR> You're the breath in me <BR> You're my everything <BR> With my heart bowed low <BR> And my hands held high <BR> All consuming fire <BR> You're my one desire <BR> <BR> Bridge: <BR> My heart will always sing <BR> I love You, I love you... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:15:06 EST No warrior dash for me I had to pull out of the warrior dash for this year. Last night we got hubby's next set of deployment orders, and he will be back from being underway right before he deploys and it happens to fall on the same day. I'm a little bummed, but honestly spending time with him before he deploys is definitely more important. Maybe next year! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:12:40 EST Learn to adapt (and going back to school!) I am officially going back to school to finish my degree. I start on Jan 30th. I'm so excited! And terrified! LOL. The one thing I have to do before school starts is adjust my schedule. I want to be used to my new routine before the first day. And it may need to be tweaked once school starts to better accomplish all that needs to get done. <BR> <BR> I hate change. No, really. I do. So having to turn my little world upside down to accomodate school is going to require pulling on the big girl... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:09:47 EST Dear Flu... Stick it! This has been such a rough school year for my kids! I guess it's because it's their first year of school and they are being exposed to all these new germs. I hate seeing them sick though. It really breaks my heart. Since my son has the flu right now I'm being the hand washing police more than ever. And I'm running around with lysol going after anything he touches once a day every day until he is 100% better. I wish I knew what else I could do for him. He has a prescription for tamif... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:33:38 EST Today's my birthday... and to celebrate I'm going to jump on the elliptical and rock out to my favorite songs. <em>224</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:07:20 EST I get so easily distracted... but thankfully, I haven't lost complete sight of my goals. I've managed to keep up with devotions, stretching is hit or miss but water hasn't been as big of a priority as it should have been. I'm a little under the weather right now and water is absolutely needed. I'm hopeful that I can get back to working out by tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:22:07 EST Much better! Today I did NMTZ and followed that up with 20 minutes of yoga in an effort to prevent DOMS from kicking my butt again. I learned my lesson last week: Cool downs are IMPORTANT! <BR> <BR> Still tackling my 100 day challenge goals. I've managed to stretch and do devotions every day so far, and I'm at least getting some water in, even if it isn't 8 glasses every day. So I'm still struggling with water but I am at least drinking more than I used to and I notice a big difference in how I feel. <... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:26:48 EST Post workout pain ...I'm feeling it! Jillian Michaels did a number on my buns and thighs yesterday. While I LOVE her workouts, I've decided her cool down session isn't near long enough. So I'm going to have to do more than what she does. <BR> <BR> Day 5 of the 100 day challenge: Did devo, stretching, and 6 out of 8 glasses of water in yesterday. I'm really gonna push to get the full 8 glasses in today. <BR> <BR> My son seems to finally be on the mend from the stomach virus he has been fighting for nearly 2 ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:52:26 EST A bird got in the house This has to be one of the funniest things I've ever witnessed my husband doing. He opened the front door to step outside, when a bird that had been sitting on our wreath flew into the house. I was in the living room when I heard my husband yell, "Get out of my house!!" Having no idea what was happening, I ran into the hallway to see what was up. There he was. All 6 foot 3 inches of him in a fighting stance, glaring into the kids' playroom. I walked over to his side and followed his line of si... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:31:14 EST 100 Day Challenge Days 2-4 The beginning of this challenge isn't going so well. My energy and attention has been with my poor son, who is battling an awful stomach bug. It's been a rough week and a half. He's currently at the ER with my hubby. I really hope they can get some fluids in him and get him feeling better. <BR> <BR> Day 2 went pretty well. Got in the stretching, devotions, and 6 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Days 3 and 4 didn't go so well. Got in devotions and only 2 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:00:41 EST 100 day challenge team 8 glasses of water a day <BR> Daily devotions <BR> Stretch <BR> <BR> I joined this team a few days ago and set out these 3 goals that I would start on Dec 1. Then I didn't realize yesterday's date until almost midnight! <em>42</em> But even with that mistake I still managed to do the devotions and stretching that morning, and grabbed 2 glasses of water before bed. So I'm counting that as my day one. Today I've done devotions already and currently have water with me. Looking forward to thi... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:08:50 EST A little update So it turns out the sudden weight gain I have experienced was a combo of my migraine meds and HORMONES. Yep. Hormones. Ain't that just peachy? Lol. So the doc and I are gonna have a little get together to see what we can do about it. Good gravy I am way too young to be dealing with that problem. <BR> <BR> In other news I'm working on getting enrolled into school. I finally know what I want to do with my life, so I'm going after a degree to help me get there. <BR> <BR> Got a work out with J... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:47:31 EST Weight gain and medicine? So...I started out using sparkpeople because I was really on the low end of a healthy weight. Got my migraines under control with medicine and finally got into a healthy weight range. But now I can't seem to stop the weight gain. I'm not sure if it's what I'm eating, if I'm not working out enough, or if my migraine medicine is really just working against me, but this sucks. I want to be at a healthy weight and feel good about myself. I've already done the low end of my weight range, and now I... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:29:41 EST Today... is turning out to be a pretty good day. I just got my car back and most of the damage from a parking lot accident (who runs into a parked car??) is fixed. Just waiting on my sideview mirror to get replaced, but the one that I have is usable for now. Really glad the kids and I weren't near my car when it got hit. <BR> <BR> We also found out today that my husband is allowed to reenlist! Yay! That's a big deal with all of the people being let go these days. <BR> <BR> I had a solid workout to... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:17:54 EST Won't let it get to me I'm having a bad pain day. Well, a bad pain week, really. I had a good run of keeping the joint pain under control. Almost 2 months. But the last week has been rough, likely due to the colder weather. I won't let it get me down though. I have to keep going. I have to keep stretching and strength training. If I don't, not only will I lose some of the strength I've gained, but I'll also get stuck in a pain cycle. I'm in pain so I don't move, I don't move so I get stiff, I'm stiff so I don't mov... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:45:02 EST Doing it anyway... because no one else is gonna do it for me. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:42:58 EST Small victories 5 years ago I was an avid runner. I ran every day that I could. I loved it. Then I moved into a house with mold. My asthma kicked into overdrive and I stopped running. It was awful, and even though we don't live there anymore I still struggle with it. But this morning I went for a run. It was my first real run in years. Up to this point I've been hanging out on the elliptical or power walking. Not today. I ran 1.4 miles in 15:59. I'm not super speedy, and it sure wasn't pretty, but I did it. ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:21:53 EST I know, and yet I still don't do... There are days I get really frustrated when I don't take care of myself even though I know how. Like, I can't remember the last time I've gotten to bed before 11. I really think it's wearing on me too. I'm dragging every morning and have no energy to work out or really just function. So even though it means I won't see hubby when he gets home from work (around 1am) I think I need to get back to a set sleep schedule. And I need to get back to taking my medicine at the same time every day. And ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:26:51 EST Finally not sick! Yay! So now I need to get back to working out, hard core. It's time to get more faithful on Spark again too. It's amazing how easy it is to get off track once you get sick. Ah well. No excuses now. Time to git r dun. And I'm dragging 2 friends along for the ride. Tomorrow: Death by Jillian. Muhahahaha. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:55:03 EST Warrior Dash training begins...NOW! I decided that I need a goal to work towards to get my motivation back. So after much peer pressure by several of my friends that are going to the Warrior Dash, I've decided to jump on the bandwagon. <BR> <BR> Training started today. My focus right now is on endurance and strength training. I have a ton of time, so no excuses for not being ready. I'm really excited! Scared because I've never done anything like this before, but excited nonetheless. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Let's do it! Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:47:33 EST Procrastination station I'm in a rut. Even when I force myself to work out I'm not giving it my all. It's the 6th day of the month and I've managed to get in all of 15 minutes of exercise. I know what I need to do. I know why I need to do it. I've written inspirational posts about it. But frankly, I can't seem to care right now. <BR> <BR> It's days like these that I wish a had a trainer to push me and keep me going when I want to give up. And it couldn't be a nice trainer either- oh no. I'd run right over them. I ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:16:10 EST Back in the groove! This week is the first one that I can return to mostly normal workouts. Pretty excited about that! <BR> <BR> Cole missed his first day of school today due to fever, so my plans have changed a bit to spoiling him in an effort to cheer him up. But first I'm about to get in an awesome work out to keep me going today. Seriously can't wait! <BR> <BR> Lots of appointments this week as well as working on some music for 1 of my piano students. He is a Pastor and has asked me to compose a song tha... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:08:08 EST Sleep challenge, push up challenge and life Things have been hectic here this week. I've been caring for my friend's son because their other son had heart surgery. Both boys are now back with their parents, and the one who had surgery seems to be doing well -yay! <BR> <BR> I've been busting my butt this week to get better organized. We are working on our finances, keeping up with general paperwork, as well as the insane amount of school paperwork. <BR> <BR> We are heading out of state to see my family one last time before school sta... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:12:10 EST Happy Monday, and my "Thrive, don't just survive" story. I know, everyone who works is thinking, "Happy Monday?? Is she CRAZY?" Well, yes. I am crazy. But I'm also a stay at home mom so EVERY DAY is like a Monday to me. Lol. Anywho, on to my story. <BR> <BR> Most people join SP to lose weight. It's what the site is kinda geared to, so it makes sense. But when I first started SP, I was using the tracker as a way to make sure I was getting enough calories, and to see what areas I was lacking in nutrient wise. You see, I was suffering from chronic m... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:49:15 EST My name is Melanie, and I am a snackaholic. It's so bad. I can eat healthy meals all I want, but I seem to have no control over my snacking. I snack when bored. I snack when hungry. I snack just because there is food around. This wouldn't be so bad if I could manage the portions. <BR> <BR> For example, I made from scratch apple pie yesterday. My husband cut it and gave me a huge portion. I only ate what I thought was reasonable. With the leftovers today I cut my slice a little smaller. It was great! I was being careful. Then I decide... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 20:43:21 EST I just applied for a job! And other random updates... I haven't worked since February 2010, when I closed down my licensed daycare. Since then I have stayed at home with my 2 munchkins, waiting for at least one of them to start school so I could return to the workforce. Well, today I applied for an assistent teaching job near my house. The odds that I get it are slim, but there are a ton of other similiar opportunities around here, so I'm not giving up if this one doesn't pan out. <BR> <BR> In other news...I've injured myself. Yeah. Go me. I s... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:37:49 EST Goals for 8/13 -8/19 I am still sick (whine, pout, grumble) so I won't be getting back to cardio this week after all. I know my doctor said I'd be able to, but my body says otherwise. So the goals this week are basically rest, hydrate, and stretch daily. Keeping it simple because I am just so exhausted. <BR> <BR> I'm really trying to stay positive, but honestly I'm kind of bummed. To cheer me up I'm recipe hunting for fall/winter recipes. I love September-December. It's my favorite time of year. Crock pot meals... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:38:36 EST Never, never, never, never give up. -W. Churchill de*feat <BR> n. <BR> Failure to win. <BR> <BR> vic*to*ry <BR> n. <BR> Success. <BR> <BR> “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.” -Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> Everyone has moments of defeat. In every goal there is a... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:47:49 EST Back from the doctor The good news is, she thinks I will be able to start slowly adding cardio back in next week. I just have to use my inhaler before exercising and take it easy until I'm fully recovered. The not so great news is that it will take at least 10 days of strong antibiotics to get me well again. <BR> <BR> I choose to look at it from the perspective that it's not pneumonia, I'm not stuck in the hospital, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. All of that leaves me feeling blessed. <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:16:43 EST My #1 reason for loving Spark People I am so excited this morning! SparkPeople featured a post I wrote in July to encourage myself and anyone else who wasn't feeling it that day. And the response has been overwhelming. It reminded me of the absolute number 1 reason for why I love Sparkpeople so much. And it actually has nothing to do with recipes, trackers, and workout ideas. It has everything to do with the users! <BR> <BR> Being surrounded by people who either cheer you on, or need to be cheered on is encouraging and motivat... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 09:32:22 EST Some changes are coming to the house! I'm so excited I can't stand it! Last night, while hubby and I were watching HGTV, we got very inspired to work on our kitchen and dining area. We are working on paying off debt, so we don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to pour into this project. What we do have is a small house budget that we can use to update it some. So now I am writing out what needs to be done, and when hubby gets home tonight we will work out a timeline for it. This house has great bones and tons of potential... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:00:11 EST