DARKLADYSHADOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DARKLADYSHADOW DARKLADYSHADOW'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/ I'm 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798615 And I'm getting better with age. LOL. <BR> Starting a program called Ruthless today. <BR> Start weight 167.9 <BR> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:42:53 EST Daily Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780089 “There is nothing wrong with dreaming big dreams, just know that all roads that lead to success have to pass through Hardwork Boulevard at some point.” <BR> <BR> &#8213; Eric Thomas Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:00:29 EST 9/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778572 FINALLY got back to the gym today. I honestly don't remember the last time I set foot in there. I've been doing my beachbody stuff at home and loving it. But it felt good to get in a tanning session and get on some of the machines again. Love that stair climber and lumbar machine. Feeling pretty good, but starting to feel a little funky in the chest. I'm hoping I'm not getting whatever has been going around. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:07:20 EST Morning Giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777720 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l400926033.jpg"> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:05:43 EST Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777102 “It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” <BR> <BR> &#8213; Dale Carnegie Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:46:47 EST 9-10-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777091 Had my shakeology for breakfast (chocolate with some PB2), about to do PiYo Lower Body and some resistance band work. This is my second round of the PiYo program, I had great results the first time around. Feeling pretty good today overall. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1750246674.jpg"> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:32:23 EST Been a long time since I've popped in here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776414 Just popping in to see how everyone is doing. It would be hard to try to jam over a year's worth of info into one update. So we'll just leave it at I'm good, still making progress. <BR> Here's my BEFORE shot side by side with my current progress. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l97520223.jpg"> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:03:02 EST Wrapping up Combat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375330 I have really enjoyed this program, I have 2 weeks left but have dropped 2 pant sizes and have seen a complete change in the shape of my body. I have a bad habit of forgetting about this page, but do wish to keep in contact with you all. Feel free to find my business page on facebook. <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/darkladyshadowfitne<BR>ss </link> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:56:37 EST Combat Day 6 and Shakeology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332578 Ok, so I have gained a pound and a half... while this used to be something that would rock my world and really make me not motivated in the past, I am psyched about it. Why? Because I know darn well that this is actually progress. I failed to do starting measurements (I will get those in today or tomorrow), but I already know that gain was muscle and not a backpedal in my progress. I haven't had a program that I really felt since doing P90X last year. I started this thinking it's just kicks a... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:27:24 EST COMBAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327188 Starting Les Mills Combat and Shakeology today! <BR> Start weight for program: 167.4 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:27:49 EST I have become a teambeachbody coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324779 In the last year, I have lost almost 85 pounds and used mostly teambeachbody products to do so. I was approached to become a coach, and decided to give it a try. I can be found here: <BR> <link>beachbodycoach.com/darkladyshadow </link> <BR> Also, here's an update picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958308232.jpg"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 06:08:45 EST Ending the year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180553 It's been a long while since I've had the time to sit and type anything out. Working the 3 to 11 shift has really taken its toll. on me. I had lost a few more pounds since my last post, but it came back. I'm exactly where I was in August. That may sound bad, but I've still beat my weight loss for the previous year, which was my goal. And with the health issues I have, the fact that I've maintained my weight instead of gaining it ALL back is actually a big accomplishment. I'm trying to squeeze... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:34:21 EST Rockin' Body Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032852 Started Rockin' Body today: <BR> Start weight 176.2 <BR> <BR> Started the year at 200, lost 14 with P90x, lost the rest after starting a new job 2 months ago, but gained the 6.2 over the last 2 weeks. Let's see where Mr. Shaun T can take me. =) Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:25:06 EST Family reunion.... I hate clothes shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009304 I have a family reunion coming up on Sunday, and have been stressing about what to wear. The last time I felt the need to dress up was at an event for my daughter's school at the end of May. Everything I owned was either too big or too small. I attempted to squeeze into a few of the dress pants that were too small at that point, just to find this morning that they are all too big. I don't like spending money on clothes, but now I have to go clothes shopping tonight if I don't get called into ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:55:14 EST Been a while... update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987431 I started working full time about a month ago. I injured my knee in my last week of P90X, and had been unable to finish. I lost 14 pounds total with P90X and despite not being able to get in a real workout in the last month and a half, have dropped another 10.5 pounds. My total weight loss for all of last year was 16 pounds, my goal for this year was to just get under and stay under 200 pounds. I am down to 175 and was fitting into the wardrobe I had when I was 150. Even with the 25 pound dif... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:06:57 EST 10 Days left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917601 When I started P90X, these were too tight... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687091442.jpg"> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:11:26 EST Day 60 Progress Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887197 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730593590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558581933.jpg"> Fri, 18 May 2012 12:11:21 EST Tomorrow is Day 60 of P90X Lean! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885174 I've stuck with it, I'm proud of myself! One month to go. I haven't seen much change since day 45, but I'm ok with that. I still feel fantastic after my workouts and there is still time to see more progress. Progress picture may be a day or two late, but I will do one. Thu, 17 May 2012 06:08:26 EST Day 45 Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867635 Day 45 progress for P90X <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966103022.jpg"> Sat, 5 May 2012 12:31:50 EST A little frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864181 So, I'm on day 45 of P90X lean. Since Day 30, I feel like I've not made much progress. I'm sticking with it, because I know in the end it is helping me with more than just weight loss. When I hit the 10lbs lost mark, I told Jim that if this was all the progress I saw, then it was worth it. I'm at 14.3 lost, and am happy with that. I know that I shouldn't compare myself to anyone else, and normally, I don't. But I've seen other people post their progress pictures and I feel like I've done som... Thu, 3 May 2012 07:02:40 EST P90X Day 30 (just a picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840931 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211964329.jpg"> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:09:54 EST Some Progress Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l924492308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Below: April 10, 2012 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166052485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Below: Today (Last Active Day of Week 4) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646990693.jpg"> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 13:13:51 EST Week 4, Day 2 P90X Lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829777 Start of the year: 200 <BR> Start of March: 196.4 <BR> Start of P90x: 192 <BR> Start of Week 2: 190.6 <BR> Mid Week 3: 188.9 <BR> Start of Week 4: 187.7 <BR> While the weight isn't moving much as far as the scale, the fat is pouring off. I lost an inch off of my waist last week alone. My stomach was flattening out and now is starting to take shape. For me, while I know this is progress, it looks as though I've got a pot belly. LOL. But I can clearly see that it is just the way that my abs a... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:30:15 EST Had a bad moment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822863 I was getting dressed to do Yoga X this morning, and caught myself in the mirror. I had already been annoyed that I gained 2 pounds this week, so when I saw what appeared to me as my belly starting to round out again, I froze and stood there frowning. Jim saw me and asked what was wrong. I said "My belly is sticking out again." He looked at me, looked confused and pointed to my belly button "Right here?" <BR> I nodded and could feel myself starting to pout. He told me to look again, look abov... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:08:20 EST WOOT! Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60276722.jpg"> <BR> Before and after <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76234433.jpg"> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 06:45:48 EST Still going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813686 I'm seriously loving the results that I'm getting with P90X! I reached my 1st goal before the end of the month, and for the first time in 3 years, I have maintained staying under that goal to the end of the month. This morning I had a little trouble with motivation, not so much motivation to do the workout, but just to move out of bed. As a matter of fact, it was the thought of the workout that actually got me moving. I'm at 12 days into this and the weight is coming off slow, but steady..... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:09:49 EST P90X Lean Week 2 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812194 188.9 pounds! I'm 5.9 pounds away from my lowest weight since shooting past 235 with the health problems in the last 3 years. I really never thought I would break 190 in my life. Again, I have no delusions of being thin again, but progress is progress and I deserve to be happy about it. <BR> Today was Yoga X... I really do believe this should be renamed Yoga Hell. I love yoga, but this is a whole different ball of wax than any I've ever done before. I pushed all the way through this time. Th... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:15:19 EST P90X Lean Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806978 I'm having a blast with this! <BR> Start for the year: 200 <BR> Start of P90X: 196.4 <BR> Start of Week 2: 190.6 <BR> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:38:24 EST Day 3 P90x Lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799656 I'm not doing a weigh in today... I just wanted to say that I am LOVING this program. And I wanted to post an updated picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l719408899.jpg"> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:33:49 EST Day 1 P90X Lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796295 I've been hitting the gym almost every day since March 4th. I set a goal of 6.4 pounds to lose for the month. At the time I thought this was very unrealistic, since I had only managed to lose 16 pounds total last year. It's the 20th and I am 2 pounds away from actually hitting that goal. Last night Jim bought home P90X for me and as I reviewed the discs, I see that my birth defect may cause me to not be able to/ severely struggle with the one that is all push ups and pull ups. I will try it w... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:37:59 EST I'm addicted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792264 I didn't realize how addicted to going to the gym that I was, until I made the choice not to go today. My daughter is sick and Jim had already made plans to go out while I would have been at the gym. So I stayed home to take care of her. Ever since I said "No, you keep your plans, you never go out." I have been antsy and a little down. <BR> I did manage to do a half hour on the elliptical here, but I do that every day. And wouldn't you know it, the second he walks out the door, she says s... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:58:29 EST Frustrated... I just don't get it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781980 I'll admit before I get going here, that I'm having a moment, I'm aware of it, but I'm going to vent anyway. I'm slowly dropping pounds, my measurements say I'm losing inches, so why the heck are my jeans tight????????????????? <BR> I had one pair of jeans that I didn't have to struggle with at all to get up or closed. I went to put them on and struggled to get them up and they weren't even close to zipping. But I tried a pair of dress pants on and they're sliding off. I took my measurement... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 12:51:04 EST Suggestions please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778591 My biggest frustration is my scale. I found that the WiiFit board will give me an inaccurate reading if it is not placed in the same exact spot every morning. I can't keep it in one place since we use that space throughout the day. And my bathroom scale, forget it. I sneeze next to it and it gets knocked off balance. (It's a dial scale, not digital, and a very cheap one at that) Not to mention that no one in this house seems to be able to refrain from kicking it out of place when they use th... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 07:02:56 EST Oh my goodness! *happy dance* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776804 7.1 pounds lost for they year. This is coming from no progress in January, ending February with barely 3 pounds gone, and losing the rest just since joining the gym on Sunday. I'm 2.9 pounds away from my end of March goal. When I set it, it seemed impossible to lose 5 pounds. <BR> Current weight 192.9 <BR> I'm beyond overjoyed to see this since my highest weight at one point was over 235, and the lowest I've ever gotten after that was 187, and that was a small lived victory. I stayed there ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 06:25:22 EST Overcoming a few fears. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771140 So, after believing that a gym membership was a waste of money for my entire life (Or at least that being the excuse I gave out loud), I decided to finally check one out last night. After my sister in law seemed a little annoyed that her gym partner keeps bailing on her and knowing that she has The Warrior Dash to train for, I decided to suck it up and face my fears because even if I only go with her once or twice a week, it would help her. Well, that's the line of crap I fed myself anyway. ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 04:57:34 EST It's Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768182 Kind of proud of my chubby butt. I don't have to be up right now, could have totally gone back to bed when Jim left. (I didn't even have to wake up since he was up before the alarm for a change.) I walked back in the room, looked at the bed, looked at the elliptical, and put my sneakers on and got in my run. Now I am wide awake and feeling great! I got my veggie plate cut, the rest of my workout planned, and am ready to face the day! BRING IT ON! <BR> You all enjoy your Saturday, make it a go... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 07:31:26 EST Foot pain and thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766858 I own an elliptical, but up until last week, I really only used it sporadically. Last Monday I decided that I really don't use everything I have as far as the DVDs and equipment. When Jim approached me again about getting a gym pass the other day, I stuck to my "waste of money" point of view. It would be one thing if he wanted to get me a pass for the gym that is a 45 minute walk away, but he wants me to get a pass at his sisters gym. I don't want a pass for somewhere that I have to depend on... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:50:16 EST Proud of myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756327 I pushed through the pain and did a half an hour on the elliptical on the most intense workout mode. When I finished, I was hungry since I got on before eating breakfast. I walked in the kitchen and was bombarded with my family's horrible food choices, pizza, leftover burger king, an entire counter full of snack cakes and junk. I opened the fridge and there's leftover mac and cheese and some greasy pasta/burger thing... I have a severe issue with wasting food, I can not stand to see money get... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:34:45 EST Wow... wasn't expecting that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741262 The 4 pound loss on my ticker, was all from this week. I really hadn't lost anything steadily for the year yet and was getting frustrated. I'd lose a pound or 2 and then gain it all back at next weigh in. So that 4 pounds, while it may not be much for being mid way through Feb., is a small victory for me... I'll take it! WOOHOO! <BR> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:47:07 EST Your Shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692691 Not that I wanted another video game type of workout... But Jim thought this might be a good buy. It is a decent workout, I will give it that. But I think it will be more frustrating than anything unless I do it with the volume off. Instead of using the Wii controller, it uses a camera to track your moves. Now, as big as I am, I am in pretty good shape and after doing Zumba as long as I have, I am good at keeping pace and following moves. But I kept being told that I wasn't following along, e... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:21:54 EST Monday already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683523 I've been awake for about an hour and Monday has already had me go from completely serene to ready to throw something to relieved and back to completely at peace. I really hope this is not an indication of how the day or rest of the week will be. LOL <BR> My son got granted an extra day of visitation because of the holiday. Having it be Monday morning and walking in the living room to see him and my daughter had fallen asleep snuggled up on the couch together was probably the best way to star... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:57:11 EST I pampered myself for a change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l691273363.jpg"> <BR> New cut and color! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:56:52 EST I have to get over the frustration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668054 I know that I am dedicated to this. I have worked out every day, am back on the fruit/veggie diet, and my body has shown changes already. But I HAVE to get over that dang number on the scale. I got on this morning and it was higher than it was at the start of the year. But my jeans that I could barely button, that dug into my legs when I tried to sit or bend in any way, now are loose... yes, loose. I'm waiting until the end of the month to do measurements, but there is a change. My stomach do... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:54:34 EST Today, I find my inspiration in my daughter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650595 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876637114.jpg"> <BR> My daughter went through a very rough patch before the holidays after overhearing a very ignorant "adult" speak badly of her. This morning while getting ready for school, she decided that she wanted to put feathers in her hair... which later turned into wanting blue streaks (fake clip in extensions). Since hearing these hard and untrue words, she had shown no interest in school, failed tests on purpose, alienated hersel... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:09:05 EST And here we go again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647839 Total loss last year was only 16.6 pounds. <BR> Start weight for New Year 198.4 <BR> First goal is to just get and stay under 190. <BR> End goal is 150. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:03:36 EST Restart of Zumba and Doctor Recommended Diet: Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609350 After being thrown completely off track for the previous 2 weeks, I hopped back on track Monday and have made the time for myself. I want more than anything to stay on track. This week was easy because I avoided the phone and didn't have to babysit. I lost a little over 3 pounds in these 5 days ( the 6 pounds I gained over the previous 2 weeks was my goal to lose by Dec. 31st) and just feel so much better. It took a while to get motivated today, but I did it. <BR> I was able to stick to my d... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 12:11:41 EST I need to give myself permission... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605575 I was feeling good, or so I thought. When the kids got on the bus, a woman who I have become friends with turned and said "Aye, Querida... what is wrong? You look so pale and sad." I explained that I have been frustrated and have so much to do around the house today that I doubt I'll find any time for my workout. She asked if Jim tells me what I need to get done before I take time for myself. I said no, that I just feel obligated to take care of the house first since I'm not working. She sho... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:50:06 EST End of the year goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605445 All I want is to lose the 6 pounds I gained over the last 2 weeks. I honestly cannot wait for January first to reset all of these goals and trackers, to get a fresh start. I didn't reach my goals this year, except to get and stay under 200 pounds. I know that I should be content with that, but I am not. I was a little annoyed that Jim made grilled cheese for dinner and demanded that I eat 2 of them. Butter, white bread and cheese are all on my do not touch list, plus he threw chips on there t... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 06:49:46 EST Encouragement is NOT: Telling me I'm fat and need to follow YOUR diet plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604246 This is not the first time I have run into this, and I doubt it will be the last. First off, I am not huge... don't judge me by the number on the scale or my pant size. The weight I have gained is from medical issues, not over eating or lack of exercise. I've had 2 people in 2 weeks tell me that I need to follow their diet and workout plans or I WON'T make progress. One is 3 times my size and the other is a drug addict... Sorry, but sniffing coke and giving myself a heart attack isn't in my... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:59:35 EST Getting back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512085 I was always in the frame of mind that being sick is no excuse, keep moving. Well, I ended up being so sick the last few days that I had no choice but to stop moving. I have spent the last two days laying in bed, sipping broth and eating applesauce. I was disappointed in myself at first, but then I realized that maybe if I stopped once in a while, that it wouldn't be so bad. I still feel raggedy, but probably nowhere near as bad as if I would have kept my normal routine (even cutting out a wo... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 12:47:12 EST