BRENDARK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRENDARK BRENDARK'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/ Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985619 It's been an interesting month, and it's not over yet... <BR> <BR> The first 2 weeks of my training there was a lot of working out, and mostly healthy eating. But this week, our schedule is more annoying. Meaning we only get one hour for lunch (and I'm used to at least 1.5hrs and working out during lunch), and we don't get out until 5pm. It's annoying. The most annoying part is the fact that it's a total waste of my time. I sit there, work for maybe 30 min, at the end I stand up and brief f... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:26 EST Let's get serious... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951026 After surgery I really let loose. In not so many words. My eating wasn't the way it was supposed to me, neither was my working out... and it doesn't help my doc has me on a new medication that one of the side effects is weight gain. Now I'm not chalking up my +13lbs from surgery because of the meds, but I gotta get serious about this ya'll! AND my fitness test is coming up. Normally I'd take it in Sep, but I'll likely be gone the WHOLE month, so it'll be in Aug before I leave. And I have to b... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:09:56 EST oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863425 I can't believe it's already Wednesday (as my friend Salbatross pointed out!). <BR> <BR> But then again, I can. Yesterday the hubby left for Hawaii, so this morning was my first real morning of being a single parent...aka getting ready for work AND getting the kid dropped off at daycare AND getting to work on time for physical training. *phew* thankfully, made it out the door by 555 and at work by 635, giving me some reflection time journaling and reading the Bible to get some clarity. (that... Wed, 2 May 2012 16:59:02 EST Tomorrow is the *BIG* day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853245 Aka my grand re-opening (as my dad in law put it). I say re-opening because this is the second glorious time I've been wired shut, although last time I had braces on, so the cutting free was fairly different. <BR> <BR> Sadly I had a hard time sleeping last night, and again, woke up with a crazy tension headache. After some excedrin, water, and grabbing an ice pack, I headed back to bed. Where I slept for another 2.5 hours. Thank goodness! Because we don't have curtains in our house... I know... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:43:38 EST seven days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843994 I find it hard to believe that this time next week I'll be in the car, driving down to Nashville in order to get my wires taken off. The process is a little more than just being "cut free," since I no longer have braces... the arch bars are actually wrapped around the roots of my teeth, under the gums. Ho yup yup yup... you think about getting those off... For that reason, I'll be under while they cut and wiggle my mouth free. <BR> <BR> And of course, I won't be able to just go out, and eat ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:36:53 EST a Hunger for God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841058 A while ago I meant to write up this blog, but I didn't. I've been slacking in the spiritual department. You know, reading, getting into His Word. But this was profound for me...so I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> I accidentally read the wrong Proverbs one morning, but God totally used it. <BR> "The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry (famished), but he thwarts the craving of the wicked." Prov 10:3 <BR> <BR> And then some cross references were Matt 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom & his r... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:32:34 EST So excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833337 So... some of you might not know my hubby is in the Air National Guard, the Hawaiian ANG. Anyway, long story short he's still trying to transfer which means he hasn't been able to find a unit here in the Mainland to do his obligatory drills and what not. His unit was kind enough to let him go back in January to do Jan-Mar drills, and they're letting him go back in May to do Apr-Jun drills, AND his extra two weeks of active duty time. Needless to say he'll be gone the whole month of May. <BR> ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:41:18 EST Another crazy weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827245 This weekend was a bit busier than I was originally intending. Starting off with getting up early Friday morning (by my post-surgery standards), to be ready to go walking with some ladies at 8am. Then M & I went grocery shopping, and did some Easter shopping for Z. Then finally home, and then later in the evening our Good Friday service. <BR> <BR> Saturday was the first time we got to head back down to Franklin for the Farmers Market. Definitely got some amazing greens for an Easter Salad a... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:49:00 EST Weekend recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818252 This weekend seemed a little busier than normal. Saturday M had a mens' group meeting, so I watched the kid from about 9-1130. It wasn't too bad, although the 9 part was rough since I normally sleep in. But Z minded his manners with his ipad until I could function. Then up to get Z some breakfast, and me some juice. Then I started cleaning a little since the owners of our rental home were coming by around 3 in the afternoon. Sadly it was smack in the middle of my "Made to Crave" study that I ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:55:45 EST 2 Week Doc Appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813031 Good Lord! I realized I haven't blogged on here since I came home from the surgery. I suppose if you're really interested contact me and I can get you my personal blog and you can read there. For now, here's an update from today's appt. <BR> <BR> Doc Follow-Up <BR> Well, today was the two week post-surgery follow-up appt. And the doc (resident) was pleased with the swelling that has started to go down, and the healing that is happening on the hip incision and the neck. However, (BIG FAT COMM... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:49:02 EST Home Safe & Sound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789850 <BR> Just a little update on little old me. We made it safe and sound back home today around 1 or 2ish. Let me tell you, this whole check-out from the hospital was a fiasco. Holy. Smokes. <BR> <BR> Okay, let's start from the beginning. We got to the hospital around 6, on time and good to go. Started checking in, doing vitals and all that. She messed up some of my IV stuff... so like always I have crazy bruises on my hands and arms from attempting to get some good IVs. I don't know about thi... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:08:21 EST Too Much Too Fast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735608 Bwahaha. I wasn't trying to be witting in my title, but perhaps after I tell you this blog is about doing a juice *fast* you then realize it's a little funny. <BR> <BR> I had the itch last week while I was ordering my weekly dose of fresh pressed juice from a little company in Nashville... that I would do a 3-day cleanse. I didn't really research it and just ordered like 16 bottles of 16oz juices to get me through my 3 days. <BR> <BR> Last night I watched, "fat sick and nearly dead" and th... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 19:23:29 EST Made to Crave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726147 I just finished Lysa Terkeurst's book, "Made to Crave." <BR> <BR> It's all about taking our inherent cravings and fulfilling them with God instead of food, or other things. This book she specifically talks about food. <BR> <BR> And man, was it a good book. I read through a little fast, because I wanted to read it, but I'll be re-reading it starting tomorrow in my devotionals and then a group of women at church will start the DVD guided study in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> It's. So. Awesome.... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 22:19:57 EST Confessions of a foodaholic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721202 Geez. Good thing my Made to Crave study starts tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Today was not my finest. Well it started mostly well... a light brown rice gluten/wheat free piece of toast with almond butter/cinnamon/honey... thinking that wasn't a good idea. My normal morning routine was thrown out the window, so I had green smoothie to last me until I could eat breakfast meat with sauerkraut around 830..then life is weird. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat any chips at lunch, or the bread for the bratwurst... the... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 22:45:01 EST It's sabotage I tell you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715384 I thought long and hard about it...Okay, not really. But my daily weigh-ins since the time hubby came home had been relatively consistent around 161.2 +/- .3lbs or so. My girl SALBATROSS has been about the same way too. Something in me clicked... I've been sabotaging my own efforts! It's like, I got below the dreaded 170lbs, and got close to 160lbs, but never below it...and I think I was secretly throwing in the towel thinking, "I'm just always gonna be 161.2lbs..." <BR> <BR> Yes, my eatin... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:55:19 EST Okay Okay...I confess... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701941 My eating has been practically down the drain. Thank goodness for tracking my calories tho, it stopped me from devouring some Ben & Jerry's Fro-Yo Cherry Garcia. Yeah, that's right... I have ice cream in the house :( I also have kettle cooked jalapeno potato chips...that I think make me feel bloated (I had them with dinner-and I blame them for me being over my calorie count...ending calories: 1947. Yeah. Seriously. That's.... disgusting. (SP calculated my daily goal of 1480-1830 I dunno ho... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:36:04 EST Word. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685615 Well, thank goodness the hubby is back. And that means bad eating... apparently! I didn't realize my husband was associated to eating whatever I wanted. He texted me on his way home when he was in Chicago, and it was like I just wanted to eat and eat. I ate some M&Ms and worse yet... mint OREOS! Haha, only 6 (way better than when I would eat like, 12!) but still something tweaked inside of me. Thankfully I did my Ripped workout literally right before I left the house to pick him up. <BR> <BR... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:27:16 EST Catch-up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681129 That's what I do with sleep on the weekend. Seriously, my hubby calls me a sleep camel, last night the kid and I slept 10 hours. A. Mazing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday...was a pretty good day eating wise, just ate my dinner a little too late (happens when you wait until the end of the day to work out), and had my dessert (half frozen berries with sliced banana) too close to bedtime. As expected, saw it reflected on the scale. <BR> <BR> I'd like to say I learned my lesson, but me getting out of bed... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:41:27 EST Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677329 Thanks to my girl SALBATROSS, I got off my butt after watching Private Practice on my computer... and did some treadmill time (and miles!) while watching Greys. I'm glad I did it. <BR> <BR> And I made my cauliflower fried rice. Not 100% paleo cause there's a little shoyu in there.. but seriously. Nom nom nom. <BR> <BR> Well: <BR> *Sleep: didn't get my 8 hrs last night, hoping to make it up tonight! <BR> *90/10 Paleo... Um yum. Shoyu in fried "rice" tonight makes it non-paleo. <BR> *60min c... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:01:11 EST Meh. And other random assorted goodies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676156 Yesterday was nuts. As my old pastor used to say, PSYCHO: S-Y-K-O. <BR> <BR> We had organized PT in the morning so I had to do a workout that was not my own. It wasn't bad, 20 min of calisthenics (around the world, so each person chooses which exercise and how many reps). Then we did about a 2mile run. <BR> <BR> My boss had given me a new project, it was exciting to have something to do, but in all seriousness, it was like trying to invent the wheel, when you have no idea that a wheel is su... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:53:08 EST And it all comes crumbling down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672709 Today was a big day for me emotionally. I had my followup appt with my oral surgeon down at vanderbilt. We talked about my current state of affairs, and my next surgery. I can't go into everything right now, because I'm over an hour past my bedtime... but tomorrow hopefully I'll get to catch up. <BR> <BR> Suffice it to say-I allowed myself (aka I made the conscious decision to break my Paleo fast) to eat an okay slice of whole foods pizza (who would have thought asparagus wasn't that aweso... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:11:45 EST Sometimes you gotta give... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669739 Sometimes I have to realize that I *can't* do it all. And when I can, it's only because of Jesus. <BR> <BR> Seriously. I had high hopes for today, until driving home (got off at 3 because I was at the weather station that's a pro, the con is no morning workout). I remembered that I had to drive down to Nashville tomorrow for an appointment, and my car's "Check Engine" light was on. So I drove to Jiffy (after calling and they said it'd be about 10 minutes) to get my oil changed. Thirty mi... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:31:35 EST Praise God I'm BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667188 Oh boi am I glad that today went much better than yesterday! <BR> <BR> I didn't get to work out before church like I intended to last night (thanks to late bedtime)... so I just woke up after 8hrs and made some yummy bacon!! To make a small salad for breakfast. Apple, blue cheese, spinach, bacon, avocado, and tomatoes! Like a BLT salad. *ah-mazing! <BR> <BR> After church went to Aldi to check out the produce (got some oranges), then headed to the commissary to get the real goods... amazing... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 21:24:23 EST Where oh where... did my little motivation go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665217 Today started off pretty well, finally rolled out of bed around 7:45am (a nice contrast to the 5:20 during the week) and got out of the house around 8:45 to head down to the Franklin Farmer's Market. I didn't quite know what to expect, but I took out $100 cash just in case. I was pleasantly surprised by the vendors considering it was in the beginning of January (although today was warm, around 55* or so). Some honey people, apple cider people, donuts, and of course vegetables and MEAT! <BR>... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 23:27:26 EST It's Friday Friday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663047 Ha... that was our theme song when I went to training for 2 months at Keesler AFB, MS. <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR> <BR> PHEW. Glad that week is over!! And needless to say I was driving home thinking about all the great things I'd do relaxing...and then it hit me. POOP! I have a 4yr old bday party to attend, and a present to buy. :/ Of course I remember this AFTER I have already picked up my kid from childcare. <BR> <BR> So I went home, ATE yummy food (pork sausage bison spaghetti sauce) with ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:54:02 EST Getting there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660688 I'm really trying to get used to this single mommy business. So I took advantage of something I get to do at work- work out! My boss said if I don't take a lunch (meaning 1hr ish) then I can work out at 3pm. I hardly take a lunch (the other day I did a quick trip to the commissary to grab some essentials), so that was good. Thank goodness I was planned in my mind to do it, cause by the time rolled around, I wasn't sure about it! <BR> <BR> Today I did a 1000m swim workout in the morning (I g... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:00:29 EST Wednesday Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659758 As expected, yesterday was nuts, so I wasn't able to blog last night, because when I had to choose between blogging and sleep at 9:45pm I definitely chose sleep. Smart choice I think. ;) <BR> <BR> The meat wasn't thawed enough for me to start the beef stew in the morning, so I knew I'd do it in the evening so it'd be ready for Thursday morning. <BR> <BR> I'm fighting a cold, and with it comes sinus drainage and stuff, so I really wanted tea with honey to help... but I just had some warm lem... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 14:05:12 EST Wednesday Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656885 I've taken the Wed Weigh in from my girl SALBATROSS... and since we're in a little competition together... figured it work out well. Although, she might have changed her weigh-in to Thursday.. so I dunno. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 25 Dec 11: 171lbs BMI: 29.3 <BR> Today's Weight 4 Jan 12: 164.6lbs BMI: 28.3 <BR> <BR> Her and I are competing a little with our weight loss--her goal is 150lbs by her bday in March, and mine is 140lbs by my bday in June. Now, she's taller than me, so to keep it ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:37:57 EST Into the Half-Swing of things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655555 I say the half-swing... because I don't feel like today was a "full-swing" kind of day. <BR> <BR> Let me give you the run-down, today is the first day that I was acting as a real "single-parent." Pack my lunch, get ready for work, get the kid ready for daycare (or family child care since it's at someone's house), load everything up, swing by the ATM to get money, drop kid off at FCC, go to work. PT (physical training) was on your own, so I did 1.5mi timed practice PT test (21* weather tends... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:22:06 EST Lessons learned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652401 Well, tomorrow is the first day that our son will go into a Family Child Care home... where he'll be surrounded by little girls, being taken care of by a stay at home mom. I'm nervous because it's the first day I have to be responsible for someone else in the morning... I gotta get the kid ready and in the car and dropped off in time for me to be at work by 7... and her menu from last week, had POPTARTS for breakfast on 12/30. WOAH right? Granted.. that really wasn't a normal day that she w... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:42:05 EST Today's +/- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649828 Well, I like to end on a positive note... so I'll start with the negative. <BR> <BR> I like to eat my meals in an upside down triangle... so breakfast being the biggest meal, then lunch, and dinner the smallest. I can't remember where I learned that, but it seriously makes a TON of sense! Who needs to eat a grip of food before bedtime?! <BR> <BR> So today was the perfect example of what NOT to do. We were running late this morning (being a temporary single mom is hard!) and breakfast was ho... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 22:23:59 EST Ok. Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647457 My Goals for 2012. Wow. One more year until my 10-yr reunion! <BR> <BR> 1) Paleo 90/10 or 85/15. I love food. I'll be honest. And I have a crazy thing for sweets. Especially during that *special* time. But these days that hubby has been gone (he left Wed morning, and I started "serious" paleo on Thursday... have been pretty awesome. I'm regular (perhaps TMI), I'm not crazy hungry, and God has helped me with some of my indulgences. There have been pre-set indulgences. I knew yesterday I wa... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 00:08:24 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647295 Well, in half the world it's already the New Year ;) <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone, I met my goal. I might have "cheated" a little... :P <BR> <BR> You know, watched the Fox video of how SP started (totally amazing btw-totally recommend it! It's at the bottom of your SP pts page, you get 10pts for it :D), and I also switched to Stage 3, went through what motivates me to lose weight, and have started a collage on pinterest of motivational stuff.... so here I am 1pt away from meeting my goal, ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 21:47:59 EST I'll be honest here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645766 I'm so competitive, I thought it'd be a great idea to break to my next level of sparkpoints before the new year... well, that's like 150 points away, I've already earned 100pts today, and I'm boosting it up by writing a blog. Does that make me crazy? lol. Probably yes...and just further proves that I am all about REWARDS! Even these imaginary sparkpoints. <BR> <BR> Anyway. Tomorrow will be the real, sit down and ponder New Year's resolutions and all that jazz. Today, I actually stuck to most... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:10:22 EST My very merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638310 And what a Christmas it was indeed! Our first one together, that we didn't spend in Hawaii. It was hard, especially on me missing the church family so much... here's the run down. <BR> <BR> Bestie and her family were visiting her parents about 45min away... so we joined in their festivities for their family dinner 12/23. That was super fun. Her daughter is about 3 days older than Z, so my friend and I were preggo together, but she looked better and had way more fun than I did. <BR> <BR> Chr... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:46:52 EST Choices... Choices.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636340 Yesterday was not the best day for me. I had to work at the trailer to "man" it in case anyone called while everyone else went home after PT in the morning. It was raining and cold, and I wasn't in the mood to run by myself in the cold rain, so I did 30min on the elliptical. And boy was it rough! I think it's because I was using my vibrams... but my calves were killing me... and it took everything I had to finish that time! Glad I did it though, because throughout the morning I made myself... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:01:40 EST Freaking Chalene Johnson.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633413 I definitely DID NOT want to work out this evening. <BR> <BR> It was partly because I ate way too many Christmas sweets this morning. Also because today was my first day working by myself in the wx station, and it was crappy weather and I couldn't figure it out. So I was frustrated for the better part of my shift. By the time I got home, changed, and picked up our truck from the body shop (which is *still* not 100% but it cannot be returned until next Tuesday for the alignment)... I was... ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:01:53 EST Good days and Bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632045 Thinking today might have ventured on the bad side of things... however looking at calories in, it doesn't appear that way. Perhaps it's because the majority of breakfast was after the workout (2mi run at work, then Shred once I got home within that hour)...Still almost 300cals over my goal intake....and a lot of this could be avoided if I stayed away from processed foods, and ate lots of veggies and fruits... but sometimes that takes a lot of willpower. And right now, my willpower comes in ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 21:30:27 EST Getting back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630604 Sundays are usually my chill days cardio wise-mostly because I intended to do my ruck marches on Saturdays... but yesterday didn't work out so well because we had a work holiday family breakfast... <BR> <BR> Needless to say I am very happy to report that I did 4miles in 60minutes. Probably with about 30lbs on my back, and that's right on target with what we're supposed to do. So I'm very happy with my time (My first ruck was 6miles in 135min--goal time is 90min!!) Anyway...when I work out ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:57:38 EST Long time no bloggy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628590 I'm off the bandwagon. As I suspected it would be once I ended my training in MS and headed back to HI, and then had to start life new in TN/KY. <BR> <BR> It was pretty rough, getting down to skinny pants, probably about 155lbs, and then seeing myself balloon up to 170lbs and grossness... Needless to say, the scale is back in the house (with working batteries), and the HRM is back in gear...(also with working battery). <BR> <BR> I was doing pretty well eating at work, spinach salads for br... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:07:58 EST HUGE blessing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493789 Thank you for your prayers, and even though my morning started off a little rocky (finding out my PT test would NOT be 6 October, but instead 27 Sep before I leave for Hawaii)... I was super blessed when I did my practice PT test after class... <BR> 19 Pushups (meh, could have argued 20, but still passing) <BR> 48 Situps (min is 38, max is 53...with adrenaline test day, might get more) <BR> who knows my Abdominal Circumference, I measured at 34" but we always measure ourselves more... <BR> 1.... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:06:02 EST Thanks :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487448 I just wanted to say thanks for supporting me and encouraging me through my injury. I thought I was getting better, but during FX45 tonight, I definitely could feel it. So I'll be taking my "weekend" off (I don't have class tomorrow--the advantage of having class from 6am-3pm). <BR> <BR> I had to move rooms (again), this is my third room--here's hoping third times a charm. Thankfully it's a nice place, it's off base in a Comfort Suites... so the advantage is staying in a hotel (I almost w... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:40:51 EST Prayer request! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485500 Hey oh, you might remember my mention of the calf injury... maybe. Did I say it in the last blog? I can't remember. <BR> <BR> Anyway... I tried to take it easy yesterday in Circuit 30/Cycle 30, and Zumba... today it wasn't as great as I wished it would be. Today was my Ct5K workout (which is now basically, trying to jog for 30 minutes) but I knew my right calf was acting up... so I tried to just do a mock fitness test: 1 min of pushups and situps, and the 1.5mile run time. I did 45 situps (... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 22:09:37 EST 2213?!?!? Geesh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483428 That's right. That's my end of day calorie count. Good thing I didn't eat that Kit Kat bar...or that cinnamon roll. ;) (just a note, my calorie range is 1350-1550). <BR> <BR> And *mindlessly* eating that entire pint of Blue Bell Pecan Ice Cream didn't help (hello 760 calories!) But you know... you press on right? Right. <BR> <BR> Glad to say that I did do my 30DS today at lunch, level 1. Except this time I had 2 1-gallon water jugs to use as weights. Lemme tell you, you add weights to 30... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:01:33 EST Two-a-days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4481430 Two-a-days are rough. By nature, I suppose they're intended to be that way. When you work out pretty hard, twice a day. For me, it means adding Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred to my lunches... and continuing with my relatively intense (through the week) workouts. <BR> <BR> Today was the first one, Level 1 at lunch (without weights tho, so not too bad)... and then Step class this evening. I thought to amp it up a little and try using 3lb weights through the class, I have a feeling I'll defi... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:20:26 EST Keesler Mini-Tri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477751 Hey oh! <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit. I sign up for races, and then I do not train for them. This is the second time I have been at Keesler during the fall timeframe. The first time I did this race was 4 years go. It was a 200yd swim, 6mi ride, and 2mi run. My times were: 4min swim + 2.5min transition, 23 min ride + 1min transition, 18:30 run= 48:06) <BR> <BR> Today's race was 200yd swim, 9.2mi bike, and 2mi run. There was a lot more people this time around, and I thought being in the A... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:15:56 EST Skinny Pants! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472531 You know, they always say that the scale is not your friend...and I of all people should know that, especially having been in the Bod Pod so many times, and especially after my last trip--even though I weighed a little more than when I did after being wired shut, I had lost lots of pounds of fat... <BR> <BR> So I have this pair of fantastic grey cotton pants that I bought from Banana, on clearance, shortly after being cut free from surgery. So I was skinny. And then I started eating...and ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:59:13 EST A new day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470481 Today was my first attempt on "getting back on track" after the glorious weekend of eating, working out, laughs and fun... and it was an okay attempt. <BR> <BR> Eating wasn't the best, but it would have been okay if it wasn't for Marie's amazing orange cinnamon rolls (clocked in at 400cal/pc--good thing I only have one, and have two more for the next two days)...and that Reese's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup (can't wait til all THOSE are out of my freezer!). Although, dinner was good after my... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 22:15:54 EST Ct5K... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4466542 Well, I've just finished my 6th week of Ct5K. And I've gone from doing 1.5miles in 17 minutes, to jogging the entire thing in 14:39... an impressive accomplishment I might say so myself. <BR> <BR> Although, I have to say that really, for me, this Ct5K workout has been awesome. I'm an overachiever. I'm a pusher. I just, muster through things. I push myself too hard, too fast, and hurt myself or get burnt out or mad. <BR> <BR> So I needed to get back into running, slowly but surely. It was... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 22:17:48 EST Win some, you lose some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461619 You know when you work out hard, and sometimes, you just wanna eat MEAT? <BR> <BR> Well it happened to me today. Since the gym cut out Core Class (6-6:30), it gave me an opportunity to jump into the Zumba class (starts at 5:30)...but I was pretty shot after doing FX45...it was still nice to shake my booty, even if I had the wrong shoes on. Needless to say, afterwards I did some upper body weights...and by the time I was done, all I could think about was eating RED MEAT. <BR> <BR> You have... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 22:51:25 EST