CORDIA72's SparkPeople Blog CORDIA72's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Walk This Way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't voluntarily walked anywhere in years. I've become so dependent on going to run errands in my car that I'd thought that I had lost my walking mojo. That is until my car broke down and I've had to start walking again until I can save up to get it fixed. <BR> <BR> Funny how these things work out. I've been complaining for the entire length of 2014 that I wanted to be more active and finally once and f... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:33:47 EST REDISCOVERING MY INNER FIERCE <img src=""> <BR> image via tumblr <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you watched "The Other Woman" at the movies yet? I did and ended up laughing out loud for the better part of an hour. <BR> <BR> The dialogue was witty, the characters were funny, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made for a decidedly dastardly husband, catting around town, the country, and even international locales on his wife. But what struck me the most was the bond that eventually... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:08:04 EST A Minor Setback After a solid week of working out I found my abs and thighs seriously hurting. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'd combined Denise Austin's Fat Blasting Yoga with her Indoor Walk dvd a few days this past week and the strain/stress on my muscles was too much. I went to work last Thursday and my abs literally hurt all day long. And as the day came to a close the only thing that helped was to soak in the tub for an hour or two to ease the discomf... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:52:27 EST My Job is Making Me Fat! Have you ever been tested? No, I mean REALLY tested like to what you consider to be the limits of your own physical endurance? Well, for me, today was that day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had a really AWESOME day nutrition and excercise-wise. I even managed to turn in my design project on time. The kicker is that I turned it in the AM, three hours before I had to be up to go to work. <BR> <BR> I've done this before, many times, so don't feel sorry for me. This isn't a POOR ME blog today ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 01:25:54 EST Danger...Curves ahead! That is the sign that I should have seen a few months ago after my grandmother died in May. Grief can be cathartic but taken too far and you can soon find yourself on a slippery slope back down the road you just traveled. That's where I found myself until a few weeks ago, heading back towards the 200's which I'd sworn was a road that was firmly behind me. <BR> <BR> My grandmother's funeral stirred up a hornet's nest of bad energy and toxic emotions, and opened the door for revealing a few ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:23:55 EST 1. En a Yoga Body, Happiness, & Gorgeous Legs Today, I had an ephiphany.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Stress, lack of sleep, and TOM are three of my biggest adversaries when it comes to keeping to a regular workout routine. Those three really suck all of my creative and physical energy right out of me. If there were a cure I would take it but I'm learning that small changes like eating more iron rich foods around TOM help me in the energy department. And as for comb... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:55:32 EST .7 POUNDS, FINANCIAL WOES, A NEW ATTITUDE, AND PIRATE BOOTY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've all seen those adds flash at us as we check our email (for me obsessively, every day). "How many pounds do you want to lose?" "Try Product XYZ and say Goodbye Size 14, Hello Size 8!" "Give us a week and we'll take off the weight!" <BR> <BR> Annoying, right? Well I have to say that the virtual ad of one of those products has been catching my eye a lot lately, especially since I signed up for the DONE GIRL'... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 01:12:35 EST All You Women Who Are Independent...Throw Your Hands Up At Me!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been four months since I've joined SparkPeople and I'm feeling good about the changes that I see, not only in the mirror, but also within. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Down 3 sizes from an 18/20 to a size 14...Hubba Hubba! <BR> <BR> For the last ten years or so I've been in and out of a very toxic relationship that was going nowhere fast. And in Septem... Tue, 24 May 2011 04:02:43 EST HELL WEEK: RESULTS, TURBO FIRE 5-DAY INFERNO PLAN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was definitely a day of revelations. I woke up at 8am and looked out my window as the room filled with golden early morning sunlight. I felt well-rested and happy that I'd made it through Hell Week and was glad of having two days off before I begin the next revolution of the Turbo Fire Program on Monday. <BR> <BR> First order of business was the weigh-in. I own a Healthometer Scale which measures/record... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 23:16:52 EST HELL WEEK: DAY FOUR AND FIVE, TURBO FIRE 5-DAY INFERNO PLAN DAY FOUR: FIRE45 CLASS/HIIT20 CLASS/ STRETCH 10 CLASS <BR> DAY FIVE: EZ55 CLASS/ STRETCH 10 CLASS <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, folks, I made it through the ENTIRE 5-Day Inferno Plan! The moves do get easier the more that you workout to the dvds and I even picked up a few more tips to decrease the possibility of knee injuries as I listened to Chalene talking during the breakdown. Tonight while doing the EZ55 Class was the f... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 02:20:14 EST HELL WEEK: DAY THREE, TURBO FIRE5-DAY INFERNO PLAN EZ55 CLASS/STRETCH 10 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so today was A LOT better energy-wise than Monday or Tuesday. I whipped up a strawberry protein smoothie this morning in my blender and drank it on the way to work. For lunch I had an orange and a turkey salad. And before my workout I had 1 ounce of Sunkist Almonds with Sea Salt and during my workout I sipped both water and Powerade Zero during the two breaks that I took. ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:04:44 EST HELL WEEK: DAY TWO, TURBO FIRE 5-DAY INFERNO PLAN FIRE45/HIIT20/STRETCH 10 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's class schedule consisted of two discs, the FIRE45 Class paired with the HIIT 20/Stretch 10 Class. The FIRE 45 class wasn't quite as taxing as the EZ55 Class on Monday HOWEVER I still am having a problem with sustaining my energy throughout the workout. Like Monday I also had to keep stopping to drink some water and catch up to them because they move like lightning throu... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:42:47 EST HELL WEEK: DAY ONE, TURBO FIRE 5-DAY INFERNO PLAN EZ55 Class, don't let the 'EZ' fool you! <BR> <BR> I woke up late today and had brunch instead of breakfast (bowl of cheerios, yogurt, and an orange). Afterward I changed into my workout clothes trying to let my food digest before I began and then the maintenance man showed up to work on my dishwasher and stayed for about an hour and half so my workout started much later than I'd anticipated. <BR> <BR> I survived the first day of Hell Week without passing out but I definitely came close.... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:26:48 EST HELL WEEK…BRING IT ON!!! So, tomorrow begins the first day of the rest of my life as it’ll be DAY ONE of the Turbo Fire 5-Day Inferno Plan. The caption on the pamphlet, “Get hot for the weekend.” And really this is ALL that I’m trying to do. And if this program will get me there looking like a sleek sexier fitter version of myself, then I say “Hell, yeah!” <BR> So, first things first, the dreaded “Before” photos: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> **Cue the mu... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:04:54 EST DONE--MARCH 21 DAY CHALLENGE Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> First of all I want to say "Thank You" and give a big group hug to my fellow Done Girl team members for making me DGOTD (Done Girl of the Day). What a privledge and an honor that was as well as a HUGE and welcome surprise to start off a Monday with. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So on to the challenge....Back on March 13/14 I challenged myself to increase my workouts to 6 days a week with one day for rest. I didn't do too bad. Here's the breakdow... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 00:31:17 EST TWINS, BIRTHDAY CAKE, and BACKSLIDING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello my fellow Sparkers! As you can see my twin nieces celebrated their 1st birthday this Saturday. Thank goodness for hardwood floors, newspaper, and stain remover. LOL! The woman's knee's in the orange dress is their mom, my younger sister, who is due May 9th with her last child, a boy. We had a blast Saturday celebrating this special event. Their paternal grandmother hosted the party at her house in Slide... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 23:18:28 EST THE 3 F’S…FEARLESS, FABULOUS, AND FIT Hi, my name is Cordia and I’m a Sparkaholic! <BR> <BR> It seems like I’ve been waiting for this moment all of my adult life, the point where you feel invincible, capable of taking on anything and anyone without any fear of failure. <BR> <BR> When I stepped on the scale this morning I was so elated to see 200 on the digital readout that I did a happy dance right there and then, butt naked. LOL! Today was a weight loss milestone for me. I’ve lost 10 pounds with SaprkPeople and two pounds... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:34:08 EST Mirror, mirror on the wall… I began my 21 day fitness challenge on Sunday and I’m doing really well. I gave myself a day off on Wednesday and will do that every week to prevent muscle strain or injuries which would suck as I’m doing so well. I’ve NEVER worked out this much in my entire life. Not even in High School gym class. I was never an athlete or particularly active. In fact, my mom used to literally kick me out of the house after my homework was done and on the weekends when all I wanted to do was read a book... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 23:36:24 EST 21 Day Challenge This morning when I hopped on the scale in my bathroom I was a little worried that I hadn’t lost anything. The last 7 days have been pretty brutal for me, cravings, mood swings, bloating, etc. I made it through without any serious incidents except for my Sodium count going through the roof on one day but I blame my choice of dinner option rather than Mother Nature. So after hopping on the scale I was surprised to find that I had lost another 1.5 pounds! Awesome, yes, truly it is, but I h... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:33:02 EST My First Protein Smoothie...Strawberry and Banana! Today I tried out a recipe for a Protein Smoothie that I found online at<BR>/smoothie-recipes-for-weight-loss.html. I tried the one for the Strawberry and Banana Smoothie, substituting the soya milk for non-fat milk. Who knew that there was even a 0% milk out there? Anyway, I cut up the half of banana into slices, sliced about 7 strawberries, scooped a single scoop of vanilla cream whey protein powder and added it to the blender with a cup of non-... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:20:16 EST Are You The Hero Of Your Own Story? So how will your story be written? <BR> <BR> Today, after having a chat with one of my Arch-Enemies, (umm I mean 'Friends'), I broke down and cried like a baby which is something that I rarely if ever do. It left me really ticked off, exhausted, and not a little bewildered. Knowing what a Negative Nancy this particular 'Friend' is why did I pick up the phone to return their call? Why did I entertain their negative diatribe for as long as I did before finally getting so frustrated that I... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:13:39 EST Stress and the Single Girl I just read ASHLEY1977T's SparkPage Blog about why she isn't counting calories anymore and I think that you should definitely do what you feel is best for you to lose the weight that you've been burdened with! <BR> <BR> You alone know how your body feels during the day, week, or month so you should choose the best way to account for what you eat and how you eat it. I'm new to SparkPeople and I do rely on the tracker and, so far, I've lost 6 pounds by paying attention to my calorie intake, e... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:17:55 EST Beware...rogue calories will be your undoing! March is fast approaching and while I am much better at creating menus for myself it's still not as easy to balance all of the elements that go into a healthy diet. One day I'm up one day I'm down. On this rollercoaster of healthy eating I've discovered that I still have A LOT to learn! <BR> <BR> This weekend I headed to Walmart to do a bit of grocery shopping and discovered that the main item that I'd gone to look for wasn't even available in the store, a food scale! Well, let me clari... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:19:13 EST Alas...lunch! Today I totally shot my goals for calorie consumption with an ill-advised lunch option that, well, wasn't really an option. Working on a job where everyday you pretty much either eat a fast food restaurant or brown bag it can lead to major drama when it comes to logging your food. I knew today was going to be a short work day so I didn't pack a lunch or even a healthy snack option, figuring that since I had a good breakfast, I could wait until I got off work to eat. Wrong! By 10:30 am my ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 23:33:35 EST 1...2...3...Zumba! Although this may be my first blog entry as a member of SparkPeople I just wanted to give a shout out to myself for having completed two sessions of Zumba Live on DVD this week. Yesterday, I sweated it out to the Zumba Live workout and tonight I did it again. I'm not an expert with all of the dance steps, yet, but I just make sure to keep moving and have fun. I think that's really important when you're learning a new fitness routine, have fun and keep moving. In the past, I've always been... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:18:32 EST