CINDYLU3's SparkPeople Blog CINDYLU3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So... I've been away for a little while. I was getting frustrated with my weightloss and exercise and the fact that for 3 weeks I either went up 1/2 a lb. or didn't lose at all. So I took a break. And it worked. I stopped being a little crazy about the exercise, sometimes up to 90 minutes a day and didn't restrict my calories as much, I still watched what I ate but I was a little crazy about my calorie intake and if I went over at all I would exercise that much more. I think that goes back to ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:49:50 EST just a little blah today. Not sure what is going on. Did figure out something new today!! I wear my HRM every morning to see what my calorie burn is and my goal each morning is to burn 500 calories. I of course never get there. Well this morning I was feeling a bit ambitious and have been trying to get my miles up so I was able to up the speed to 5.8 MPH which for me is good. Well I run along for 22 minutes at that pace and then do my cool down...when I look at my HRM to see my cal burn I am at 410!!... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:38:24 EST Lovely, lovely.... Friday!!! I've made it to the weekend and through another week! I did so well this week until this morning. I really wanted that steak and cheese bagel, and I got it and ate it. I read the Daily Spark yesterday, but seemed to have forgotten what it said until this morning after I consumed 800 calories for breakfast. So I am going to own up to the fact that I chose to eat it, I drove the car up to McDonald's an purchased it and I made the choice, knowing that I had fruit and oatmeal here... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 10:45:34 EST Feeling... pretty good today. I'm still wearing those same clothes and sizes that I was before I lost some of my weight but things FEEL a lot better now! The shirt I have on today is much looser than it was and I don't feel self-concious and worry that it's too tight and you can see rolls from my "back fat"!! <BR> <BR> I'm just waiting for it to kick into over drive and be able to go down a pants size. I mean I can get them on, zip them up, and wear them...but it's not what you'd call either attract... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:41:18 EST Just keeping.... myself accountable. If I "b"log it here then everyone gets to see it and I have to be honest with myself or I'll never lose the weight and get healthy. <BR> <BR> Zumba last night was wonderful! I feel so much better this week! The first week was sooo hard and then last week was even better but this week, week 3, I actually felt really good while I was doing it and it almost seemed easier but I still burned serious calories, 800!!! <BR> <BR> I'm loving my new HRM. It really motivates me ... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:50:14 EST Zumba! Today I registered for a Zumba class! I am so excited, I took one this summer but it was so far away and so late at night that I just couldn't make it. This class is even better than before, it's twice a week for and hour and fifteen minutes and is right here in town so no traveling 30 minutes to get to it. I have 3 friends who are going with me so I'll be commiteed to them as well. <BR> <BR> DH and I started a Biggest Loser competition with one another. We've both put on weight and rea... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:13:53 EST Completely discouraged... It's unreal how much I base my feelings on my weight!! Today I weighed in again for the biggest loser competition at work and I am up 5 lbs. from 3 wks. ago. I went back to work on April 27, from maternity leave, and I know that I have eaten fast food for breakfast just so that I can have breakfast because it's been a struggle to get out of the house with both of the kids on time. I am making excuses here, I realize that, but 5 lbs. I run every day on the treadmill and strength train but o... Thu, 7 May 2009 08:20:04 EST More attainable? That's what I have made my new goal. I've changed it from 135 to 145. I always thought that I had to weigh 135 in order to look and feel good about myself. But it's no longer about how I look. I had my follow up appointment with my endo and I still have diabetes. It didn't go away after the pregnancy. I am, to say the least, disappointed. The only positive thing right now is that I do NOT have to be on insulin. Diet and exercise are managing it for me and as long as I can stay on trac... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:37:27 EST Leisurely stroll?? I think that is what you would call the "exercise" I did today. A nice slow walk, pushing the stroller because DD3 wanted to go out but not walk. Then after a mile she wanted to go home. <BR> <BR> I guess the way to look at it though is to say that I did something/anything at this point. <BR> <BR> Seeing the scale go down in such a positive way has really motivated me to exercise and eat right. I have such a craving for sweets, and I usually just want potato chips/pretzels, etc. but I ... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 19:06:35 EST I might have... overdone it a little on Monday! I was so sore Monday afternoon and evening I could barely bend over. I am going to get on the treadmill today but it won't be for the 5K training, my OB did say 2 wks, but I was feeling so damn good on Monday I thought I could handle it, I was most definitely wrong! I will wait until Monday 3/16 and then try it again. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my weights in yesterday, so I may try to do it today after the treadmill, it all depends on how I feel. I have learn... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 08:52:12 EST Back on track... Well today I start on the treadmill be again!! I am just waiting for Nolan to finish eating and then I will hopping onto the treadmill for my first 30 minute workout! I hope it goes well, but I really have to be careful to not overdo it! <BR> <BR> We'll see how it goes! Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:54:06 EST Treadmill Well I have been doing as much of the 5K Training as I can but let me tell you walking on the TM when you're 9 months pregnant is a bit different. I don't go very fast, but I always try to get enough miles in so that I am feel that I have done the training. <BR> <BR> Tonight I want to push a little harder and see if it will help our little man appear in this world a little faster...say next week or so. I'll be 38 wks. then and it will be perfectly safe. <BR> <BR> I am really looking forwa... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:28:02 EST 5K Training... So I have been trying to work on the "Spark your way to a 5K". I was doing okay with it, had to add some time because I could walk or jog as fast as was recommended but on Monday when I tried the 3 min walk 2 min run, I couldn't last past the first minute!!! I thought I would be able to job through the entire pregnancy but it just wasn't working out for me. I have decided that I will try to get 2 miles in 30 minutes. That's a 4 MPH walk, which for a woman who is 8.5 months pregnant and wh... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:32:05 EST Weighing in tomorrow... for the first weigh-in after BL started at work. I don't think anyone is doing anything particularly hard to work out, but I have definitely noticed some changes in the eating habits in the staff room during lunch. <BR> <BR> We'll see tomorrow how many people did anything, they have to pay a quarter if they stayed the same or gained and I am the envelope holder so we shall see... <BR> <BR> Speaking of BL, boy I was pissed last night that Joelle didn't get sent home!!! She doesn't even see... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 09:36:03 EST Biggest Loser at work!!! So today started the day for Biggest Loser at work. We did this last year and I lost 17 lbs. doing it! <BR> <BR> I am currently 8 months pregnant and I still weigh less than what I did when we started the competition last year. <BR> <BR> We have 20 people signed up to take part in the "game" and it really is so much fun!!! We each put in $1.00 to start and each week, we are playing for 16 wks, that someone gains or stays the same, they put a quarter into the "pot". At the end of the comp... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:48:05 EST I'm baaaaaack.... Not for weightloss yet but to get in better shape. <BR> <BR> I won't deliver for another month but this site motivates me so much that I really felt compelled to get back involved to make sure I stay with the exercise routine. As soon as our newest addition makes his appearence I would like to be walking on the TM within the week following that, and my OB says that's okay as long as I don't have anything traumatic (i.e. - c-section) during delivery. He, our little one, is breech right now ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 10:28:14 EST Week 1 Day 1 - 10K Training... It went fairly well. I hopped on the treadmill last night while waiting for DH to get home from Baseball practice. I really didn't want to but I did because I really wanted to start this training and because I wrote it down in my exercise journal, it kind of makes me feel like I have to do it... <BR> <BR> So anyway, I ran the 2 miles in 21 minutes, I cut about a minute off my mile time so I was pretty happy about that. I definitely felt it when I got off the TM though. I have run every d... Tue, 13 May 2008 19:21:06 EST ????? I don't understand why I am not losing weight. I have been stuck at 168.4 for almost a month now. I run about 30 miles a week, I don't eat over 1500 cals a day and I make sure that my carbs are all complex. I mean I eat some bad stuff once in a while but I never eat over 1500 calories I just don't know what to do with myself at this point. <BR> <BR> DH lost another 2.2 lbs. this week and while I am so glad that he has gotten on board with getting healthy I am really pissed too!!! Last we... Mon, 12 May 2008 11:17:49 EST Race time and place... I ran in the 5K today. I had 2 goals when starting this: <BR> 1) Finish in the top 3, for my age group <BR> (and in order to do that I had to) <BR> 2) Finish it in less than 40 minutes <BR> <BR> Well I succeeded at both, I was 1st place in my division and I ran it in 36 mins. I am pretty damn proud of myself!!! <BR> <BR> Two months ago I don't think that I could have walked the entire thing in an hour and now I actually finished well!!! and within a good amount of time. <BR> <BR> I am n... Sun, 4 May 2008 20:34:58 EST weight loss.... is hard work. I know that we all know this but I just can't fathom how hard that I have to work in order to lose 2.6 lbs. But I am down to 167.8 which puts me in the 10% range for weight lost that is recommended for dibetics so I am super excited about that. <BR> <BR> Chad is down 23 lbs. since we started this thing so I am a little jealous of him but I am sooo proud of the hard work that he has put in. <BR> <BR> I just really want to lose this weight before I get pregnant again. I don't... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 11:06:37 EST 5K race on 5/4 I will be competing in my first 5K race on May 4. I say competing because I have always walked the race before to just help raise the money for the scholarship but this year I want to take one of the top 3 spots in my age group. <BR> <BR> I ran 2.5 miles this morning, a 12 minute mile and it probably would have been better but I had to walk a couple of times. I want to do this in 30 minutes or less next Sunday...I know that it is not the best time but for me it would be huge. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 06:52:13 EST Thinking about my weight loss... a lot lately. I really have been working hard to try to slim down and for a while now I have been a little obsessed about it. I was just sitting here after having a great TM workout hoping that on Monday they scale is friendlier to me when i began thinking abuot why I really started to try and lose weight again. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy for my next pregnancy. My GD was so bad last time that I was on 4 injections of insulin right from the 13 weeks that they diagnosed me at. I didn't... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:19:59 EST 16.1 lbs. That is what I am down. 186.5 down to 170.4...I am just thrilled with the loss. I wanted to be down to 167 by 4/19 but I don't know if I can lose 3.4 lbs. in a week. <BR> <BR> A couple of the girls and I figured out that we were probably overtraining. Way too much exercise and not enough food and so our bodies wanted to hold onto it. I think that is what happened last week with my .4 lb. gain. <BR> <BR> I am excited to be so close to the 160's...I hope that next week I hit my 167 mark!!... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:47:26 EST Walking... is my new best friend. I did not go very hard on the TM this morning, I just did not feel like it. I decided that it was supposed to nice today so I would go for a walk on my lunch break. 1.1 or so miles 20 minutes. And then did with Lainey this afternoon. I really like doing it like this but I don't know how long it will keep up. We'll see. <BR> <BR> I am hoping for a 3 lb loss on Monday we'll see when we get there. Of course, tomorrow before I leave for the day I will weigh in so th... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:35:37 EST Down, Down, Down... The scale just keeps going down. Last week I was disappointed with just 2 lbs. but I am coming to realize that that is a healthy number to lose and I am doing all the things the way that I should be. <BR> <BR> I am down to 172.4, which I haven't been at in a very long time! Plus two different people noticed today how much weight I've lost and told me that it really shows and so that feels really good. <BR> <BR> I just really like to see that number keep going down. I have until 4/19 to r... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:25:43 EST Feeling Pretty Good!! So I just got off the treadmill for the second time today and I am feeling pretty good about what I have done. <BR> <BR> First thing this morning I was on for 30 minutes and then Lainey and I went over and played basketball for a half hour or so and then I just spent another 30 minutes on the treadmill and worked up to actually running quite a bit of it and averaged out at a 13 minute mile, which is huge for me. <BR> <BR> I feel really good right now but I am scared as to what the scale i... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 20:23:21 EST FRUSTRATION I have been great at not knowing what the scale says. DH hid the scale and although I haven't weighed in everyday, I have been showing about 2-3 lbs. a week loss. Well this week, DH forgot and I have been on the scale 3-4 times a day and each day has shown a different weight, all of them higher than when I weighed in last week on Monday, my official day. <BR> <BR> Serious Frustration!!! I just don't know what to do with myself. I am addicted to the scale and I am working really hard but ... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 05:17:09 EST Exercise... Well I have been doing okay with exercise this week. I have exercised every day for atleast 40 minutes. I am sitting here typing this and all I can think about is that I need to get on the treadmill to work out a little more. I was on for 30 minutes this morning and worked out enough to burn 270 calories and then I played about a 1/2 hour of basketball this afternoon, I really worked my ass off there, nice floor burn to show for it!!! <BR> <BR> I know that I need to get on the treadmill... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 19:26:49 EST BMI still says... OBESE!!! I so badly wanted to lose 2.5 lbs this week so that I would be out of the obese category and into "just" the overweight category. I worked so hard exercised for 1 to 1.5 hours each day and ate so well, I am irked. <BR> <BR> 174.4 was the reading this morning for the BL weigh-in @ work. I am really glad that we are doing this because it makes me accountable to someone besides myself and really makes me want to work hard. <BR> <BR> My next mini-goal is to reach 165 by 4/19 so th... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 21:29:56 EST BL Weigh-In Today is the first weigh-in for BL since it started at work. I am hoping for a 4 lb. weight loss. I know that I am getting trimmer, because things are fitting better, and more loose, but I would like to see the scale say the same thing. <BR> <BR> I will be very disappointed if it only shows a lb. I have worked so hard this past week, and I do feel better for having done it but I still would like the scale to reflect that. <BR> <BR> We'll see in about 2 hrs. what it says. <BR> <BR> U... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 05:12:07 EST Fitness Days So I haven't missed a day of fitness since I got my treadmill...I think part of it has to do with DH saying he didn't want it to become a clothes hanger, so of course I had to prove him wrong. One thing that I will give myself a little pat on the back about is, I was very excited to get my treadmill so I talked about it to all of my friends at work and two women who have had treadmills for a while have started using theirs, and they haven't used them in about 6 months, and it's because they ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 07:41:35 EST 60 minutes... of cardio this evening. I am really proud of myself for walking those two different programs...part of why I did it though was that I ate *GASP* McDonald's and my total for the day was 1595 so I was over my calorie intake by 45 calories and I have been trying really hard to stay at the 1200 end and not go all the way up to 1550. <BR> <BR> On another note, my hubby is so completely motivated...he was sitting in the recliner this morning, after another day of school was canceled, and decided ... Wed, 5 Mar 2008 22:17:20 EST ... so DH has hidden the scale and I am actually feeling really good about this because although I haven't weighed in two days I am exercising up a storm and watching what I eat and that certainly feels good. <BR> <BR> So, normally in the evening, after my DD has gone to bed, I sit in front of the tv and kind of veg out...well tonight I cleared the kitchen, vac. the LR, got the vegetables ready for the pot roast for tomorrows crock-pot dinner, and then went on the treadmill for 30 more minutes... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 20:38:28 EST BLAH BLAH BLAH I am feeling alittle blah today...when I got on the scale this morning I was up 1 lb. and I don't know how because I work out everyday and watch wehat I eat and now it's just so discouraging to see the scale go in the wrong direction. I have decided that I am going to get my bathing suit out and take a picture in it and each week I am going to take a new picture and then I will have something that will show me the changes from week to week. I have also asked DH to hide the svale and that wa... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 11:14:04 EST Treadmill... My treadmill came in last night so I will go pick it up today...I can't wait to get it. My calories yesterday were way under again, I think that I am going to have add snacks to my daily intake in order to get my calories to the minimum, I just was hoping not to snack as that has always been my biggest downfall...I'll just figure out some healthy choices that can give me 300-400 extra calories. I am surprised but I know that it is because I make sure to plan out my meals and then after dinn... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 05:12:44 EST Calorie Deficit... so with all my careful planning to make sure that I cook dinners that are healthy and within a certain calorie range I was 300 calories under yesterday...I had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack and I still didn't reach my goal. I didn't want to eat after dinner just for the sake of eating, I wasn't hungry and dinner was super filling yesterday so I just didn't eat. I hope it doesn't hurt me too much on the scale...I have been struggling the past couple of days with no apparent change in... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 05:18:57 EST Weight Loss So last week I lost 4 lbs. with just tracking my calories and making sure I was between 1200-1500. For the past two days I have not lost a thing. 1/2 lb on Saturday and that was it so I am a little discouraged. I did some strength training yesterday and some aerobics today so I hope that now adding exercise to the mix will send me back down the weightloss path. I am waiting for my treadmill to come in so then I can really jump into the cardio but I wanted to do something before it got her... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:21:42 EST Back again... So I was going really strong this time last year and then just fell by the wayside...I got lazy!!! I found it much easier to forget about being healthy and just do whatever I wanted. My DH and I are going to try and have another child and I was so bad off with Gestational Diabetes, diagnosed at 13 weeks!!! that I just want to try to do everything possible to ward that off this time. I've lost 3.5 lbs. just this week from paying attention to what I eat and tomorrow I am going to start exerc... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 20:25:09 EST FOOD!! It's all that I can think about right now. I want to eat lunch so badly and I only have to hold off for another 10 minutes. I was finally full withing my calorie range yesterday...I've either been running the high side near 1550 or over so to be at 1291 yesterday was great!!!!! <BR> <BR> Today I am well within my range as well, down near the lower end so I think that I am finally getting a hold on this portion control thing and realizing what good and bad choices are for me!! I said no to... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 11:23:37 EST I didn't eat it!!!! Today in the teacher's room one of the staff members made the cutest cupcakes with Jelly Beans on a "bed" of green coconut grass and I didn't have one. One of my co-workers, who is also trying to lose weight, said just run a little extra on the treadmill today...and instead of listening to her I decided it wasn't worth it, because I didn't really want it!!! I have everything planned out for today and had about 300 calories before hitting my high end but I still didn't do it and I have alrea... Mon, 9 Apr 2007 12:46:54 EST Jumping in with both feet... SOOOO...I fell off the wagon a while ago when my daughter got sick and have been gaining weight back steadily since and have no motivation or energy. Today I went to check out a gym, because I find every excuse under the sun not to do it in the privacy of my living room with one of the numerous videos that I own and decided to join, right there on the spot. I can't wait until tomorrow morning to go...I just know that this is what i need to jump back in to taking care of myself. Things are ... Tue, 13 Mar 2007 18:45:09 EST Tae Bo kicks a little butt! Did Tae Bo this completely kicked my butt!!! Only did it for 10 minutes but I was sweating up a storm. I then did Yoga for abs and let me tell you I think I was sweating more doing that than I was anything else. I am down 8lbs. as of today and feeling great. My clothes are fitting a little better but not good enough to move down a size...hopefully that will be soon. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jan 2007 07:52:20 EST