DOLPHINSINGER72's SparkPeople Blog DOLPHINSINGER72's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dr. Oz Episode The Dr. Oz Episode with my pictures (unless they were edited out or something), is on today at 2:00pm. Woohoo. Maybe seeing that might give me the motivation again, because I am failing fast. <BR> <BR> I did get up and do some spinning (I tried to do stepping, but it killed my knees and I had to stop), but my food has been totally out of control the last two weeks. I have no access to a scale, but I feel like it is not good. I had a loaded burrito, snacks (the snacks were healthy), and... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:55:44 EST Break from SP Points I may be taking a break from the SP points for a while. Since about November I have been on EVERY SINGLE DAY and trying to get about 140-150 points a day. I get every point I can. Now with the tracking and exercise I can see that being very important and I will always try and get my 24 exercise points if there is any way I can. The points I am talking about are the reading of all the articles and posting blogs (also I like doing this and might do that everyday). The thing is I spend so m... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:46:46 EST 25,000 Steps Wow, got a lot of walking in today. <BR> <BR> Got a txt from my crush. I was a little "butt hurt" as he didn't show up on Saturday. I didn't want to bother him and ask why. I just stopped communication and I guess it worked because he contacted me and wanted to do something tonight. So I guess he is still interested. I just couldn't go out as I am in Carson. Maybe when I get back. Fingers crossed. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:30:19 EST Not So Bad Well, even with this weekend that included so much bad food, I didn't actually gain anything per the scale at the Carson 24 Hour Fitness. I am amazed by that and now I am back on track in a big way, so I think I will take that little slip up. It was totally worth it. I won't do it again in the near future, but you have got to have crazy horrible food every once in awhile. I mean sure there are people out there that probably never TOUCH chili cheese fries, but...I am not one of those peopl... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:51:21 EST Off to Carson I will be going out of town for a little bit. I think that is a good thing. Just need a little time away. Hopefully will be able to make the scale move down. <BR> <BR> I also need about 20 hours of sleep. I am so tired. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:47:45 EST I Have a Crush! Okay this blog is not going to be about weight loss and exercise. It is going to be a silly little blog about the guy I have a crush on. Why? Because I have not had a crush in years. It feels kind of amazing actually. I have that giddy school girl feeling. So, guess where I met him. yea, Karaoke. He is really cute and sweet (oh dear me, I do sound like a teenager). But, what I think was so nice was that he had different plans instead of going to Karaoke on Friday and he "surprised" ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:30:30 EST Feel Good Convo at the Gym So, as you know I have been feeling pretty down because the scale isn't going where I would like it to. It is going down, but not as fast as I would like. But, today my Body Pump instructor that I see about 2 to 3 times a week told me today that I am looking thinner and better every single week that she sees me and that I am an inspiration to HER. She says that she has lost a dress size recently because every time she is thinking of eating something high in calories or a sweet treat she th... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:10:38 EST Didn't Go Well I drank last night. I am depressed about it. <BR> <BR> I really don't feel like talking about it, just being honest. <BR> <BR> I am going out of town on Sunday, so I think that will be a good thing. Spending some time with the bestie with the girl child for a few weeks. We are picking out a wedding dress for her and planning her wedding. I am the maid of honor. I think that will be good for me. Get me out of the bar scene for a bit. It is kind of hard not to drink when you are IN a... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:11:28 EST Non D Day Is that kind of like D day, but different? Yes, yes I think it is. :) Tonight of course is Wednesday, and I will be going to Karaoke. But, no matter what I will NOT be having a cocktail. Last time I said I wasn't going to it didn't work out very well, but today I am going to prove to myself that no matter what, I do not have to drink. Oh NO, NO, NO! :) <BR> <BR> I am doing Zumba and Body Attack today. Get my cardio on baby! <BR> <BR> The Lakers need to win tonight to get into the ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:53:10 EST Thoughts about the Boston Marathon I am still in shock about what happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon. As some of you know I am training for a 5K. Not any particular 5K, but just one in general. I am taking it slow since I do so many other different exercise programs also. I never considered myself a runner (or a jogger). I was content with walking briskly. But, I am really enjoying the training. I know I would never do a Marathon (Trying to be a realist here). I will probably never do a half or a 10K (at least r... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:55:08 EST Reached a Milestone Well, I am reached my 80 pound mini goal. :) I just have 20 more pounds to go. I am so excited. So, I guess just TELLING myself I am not going to drink anymore and my body is okay I will shed those pounds. It has only been since Friday that I said I wasn't drinking anymore until I lose my final 20 pounds. That is kind of funny. Technically yesterday I was down to 149, but I am starting TOM today so that is probably why I am at 150. I will take the 150. Oh yes, yes I will. <BR> <BR... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:05:55 EST Brats and the "Brat" I felt so much better today than I did yesterday. Got up and walked 10K steps. I went to lunch with my best friend and "the boy". We went to a Brat Bavarian restaurant called Brats Brothers. It has been on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. It was so very good. I might have eaten a LITTLE too much. I tracked things the best I could and I was still in calorie range. I was 3 over in fat (not too worried about that). And I tracked HIGH also. I only had samples of 4 of the brat... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:23:26 EST No More Alcohol So, I have made a decision. I am not going to drink one drop of alcohol until I lose my final 20 pounds. This is getting ridiculous. I really think that is what is keeping the scale from moving. I want to be under 150 SO bad right now. I am eating the right amount of calories for how much exercise I do, but still can't make the scale budge. I think it will be better. Since I am going out more, I can't drink every time I go to karaoke. My tummy and head feel horrible today also. <BR>... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:59:02 EST What Are YOU Reading? I am just finishing up "All Creatures Bright and Beautiful", by James Herriot. I am going to start Life of Pi on my Kindle tomorrow. <BR> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:16:06 EST Nap Time The birthday/karaoke party was a blast. I am so tired right now though. The late nights and early mornings to hit the gym aren't good for the dark circles under my eyes. LOL. Luckily for both my diet and my rest there will be no Karaoke until next Wednesday and then I think there will be a break for a while. <BR> <BR> Okay and now fora nap. My eyes are literally closing as I type. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:22:09 EST Karaoke and Cake It is my good friend's birthday today. We are of course going to Karaoke tonight. There will be cake. There will be red velvet cake. I did Zumba and Body Attack this morning. I am going to enjoy the piece of cake. Luckily it will not be my other friend who serves it. The one that thinks "a serving" is the size of one's head, and I am sure that they will either let me cut my own piece or will understand a SMALL piece lol. :) <BR> <BR> I just realized I have never been so social in my ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:02:26 EST A Dolphin with a Dolphin (pictures) I found these pictures the other day and I thought I would share them with you all. A Spark People friend mentioned that in Sea World San Diego there is a program where you can get in the water with the dolphins. I did that back in early 2000's. I am not sure what year exactly. My ex took me there for my birthday. It was a great time. I would love to do it again when I don't fill out my wet suit so much. <BR> <BR> Here they are! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:34:36 EST I Am Going to be on Dr. Oz!!! Did I get your attention? Okay that isn't 100 percent true. I am not physically appearing on Dr. Oz. But, my BEFORE AND AFTER pictures are! Okay so on Friday my Dance It Out (Dance with Me) instructors asked if I had any before and after photos. Of COURSE I have before and after photos right? Right! So, I am like well, lets see what this is all about. I sent them my before and after photos. It turns out that THEY WERE GOING TO NY to appear on Dr. Oz. They sent my photos to the powe... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:53:10 EST Zumba Diva So, I was at Zumba today and the instructor called me her "Zumba Diva". I don't know why, that cracked me up and made me feel good. :) She also asked if I had a 'dancing background'. Umm, that would be a HUGE negatory. Growing up I had notorious two left feet. :) So, I am stuck at a horrible plateau, but you know what? I don't care. :) If people thing I have a DANCING BACKGROUND I will take it. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:29:50 EST Sore, Tired, PROUD I had an excellent time at Karaoke. Well, except for where the KJ wanted to show how strong he was and picked me up with one arm, swung me around and hit my foot into a bar stool. I mean it was kind of cool because well, I haven't been "SWUNG AROUND" in well...EVER. And there was no way someone would even attempt to "swing me around" at 230 pounds, but OUCH!!! lol. It was no biggie and it was just an accident. <BR> <BR> I actually got some "attention" from a nice looking younger man l... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 21:35:15 EST No Liquid Courage I am going to Karaoke tonight (what else is new)? My friends and I have found a KJ we really, really like going to and so we have been going every weekend. This has become a problem. I am only drinking once a week, but I have been having a few too many cocktails for the liquid courage. I think this is effecting the scale in negatory ways. Plus it probably isn't very good for the old liver. So, today I am going to go and not have any booze-ahol. I can do this. Who knows I might sing BE... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 21:32:31 EST Thursday It's Thursday. <BR> <BR> This is about all I got today. :) <BR> <BR> That :P <BR> <BR> It is hard to find something to write about every day when you are not a writer. Sorry to be boring today. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:08:09 EST I Have Walked 500 Miles (no really I have) So, I got my fitbit in the middle of February. Since then I have walked, danced, ran, and jogged my way to travelling 500 miles. FIVE HUNDRED MILES! I have to admit I am pretty impressed with that. Sure it wasn't all at once, but WOOT. <BR> <BR> Makes me want to sing the Proclaimers song this weekend at Karaoke. I think I will. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:11:13 EST Easter Picture Here is a picture of me at my favorite restaurant. And the Easter dress. :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:00:44 EST Being Less Hard On Myself So, I only lost 7 pounds this month. I only lost 1 pound this week. But, you know what? I am okay with this. I mean I am now VERY far into the "normal/healthy" BMI range. How can I expect to lose 10 pounds a month anymore? It is not going to happen. The scale is still going the RIGHT way. I am still having none-scale victories every day. Just today my Body Pump teacher says I look amazing every time she sees me (which is every week). I am getting GUNS that look really awesome. I ju... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:46:38 EST Happy Easter: He has Risen Alleluia. <BR> <BR> I am going for a yummy dinner at, you guessed it, The Swiss Chef. He goes all out for Easter. I might even have one piece of chocolate. I have not had chocolate since August. Weeeee <BR> <BR> But first I am off for a run/walk. 28 minutes of running, and then some walking for the rest of the hour. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:35:32 EST Adorable Pictures I went to Karaoke yesterday and my friend took some really cute pictures of me. So, I will share them with you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was feeling pretty yesterday can you tell? Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:58:08 EST Adorable Shoes I got an amazingly cute pair of shoes. They are pink wedgie shoes with a flower. I have never worn "high heels", be it just a wedge or anything. I am kind of happy with them. Pictures of those also. :) <BR> <BR> Happy Good Friday. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:39:13 EST Nice Holy Thursday I had a good day. Went to the gym. Did my Body Pump and CXWorks. I then went running for 25 minutes and walked for 35 more minutes. I then got a nice pedicure that was VERY well needed. Yay for extra massage to the footsies. I need new shoes because I think mine are getting run down and making my toes cramp so the massage felt GOOD. <BR> <BR> After pedicure and eyebrow was went over to El Torito and got the Chicken Fajita lite and iced tea. I totally stayed in calorie range. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:54:52 EST New Easter Dress So, I bought my very first new "outfit" since I have lost weight. It was an Easter dress. Before now I have just worn my "thin clothes" from years (decades) past. And although it feels great to get into jeans I might have had in college, it was time to treat myself (well thank you mom, she treated me), to something brand new and beautiful. It is absolutely lovely. It is a beautiful mauvy rose color. Comes down to my knee. Has a little belt. Fear not, you will actually SEE the dress as... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:25:38 EST Happy Tuesday I am about to go for a walk with black dog in about an hour. I really don't have a big blog for today. Just checking in. I am still in pain for my friend who lost her kitty to such horrid circumstances. Since finding out I have just felt kind of horrible, but I am trying to not let it mess up my goals and work out schedule. <BR> <BR> I have been doing a LOT better at being able to stay within goal when it comes to sodium, and I admit I am feeling much less bloated, and the scale is goin... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:15:03 EST Challenge Accepted So, I found these itty bitty shorts in a drawer I hadn't opened in years (read decades). They are a size 7. I think they might be juniors. They are tiny. I was curious if I could fit into them. Needless to say I couldn't. le sigh. I showed my mom. She said (not to be mean), well, we might as well give those away, there is no way you could ever fit in those. Oh really? Watch me. :P I have taken the challenge and I am going to run with it. Oh yes, yes I am. I mean literally I am g... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:30:34 EST Neck Tweak I tweaked my neck in yoga today. I think it was during the inversion series. It is amazing how much one little muscle can cause so much pain. It is giving me a headache too. Blech. I am going to rub some aspercreme on it and I hope it doesn't cause too much problems in the next week. <BR> <BR> My very good friend's kitty (of 14 years), died in her arms last night. I am so sad for her. I only met the pretty kitty last week at the St. Patty's Day party. A very sweet cat indeed. She i... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:42:28 EST Sleep I need some. I am not sure why, but I have been REALLY sleepy since around 8:30pm last night. I fell asleep by 9. I slept until 8:00am. I went to the gym for Body Pump and Nike Training Club. I did my work out. And NOW I am ready to go to sleep again. So tired. <BR> <BR> I am going to church for Palm Sunday at 4:00pm. And then I might go back to sleep. I think I might be fighting something off. Wish me luck that I don't get sick. <BR> <BR> Yawn. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:13:04 EST It's Friday Again I am going to have some Salmon with horseradish sauce. Yum. <BR> <BR> I have done really well all week, so this will be a little bit of a cheat day. I am going to have some roast potatoes with it. <BR> <BR> Don't really have much today. :) It was a very energetic day at Zumba today. I must be doing a LOT of Zumba because I had a dream about my Zumba instructor last night. SMH :) I guess that is a good thing. I also woke up doing a yoga pose in my sleep. I mean I was really DOING... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:28:17 EST Our Weight Loss Never Quit Pledge I saw this pledge on another SP blog. I copied it, signed it, and will try every day to practice it: <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:41:11 EST Happy Spring I have a feeling this is going to be a great, beautiful spring with lots of wonderful times ahead. Who else agrees with me? I hope you all do. Spring Optimism. New starts, new beginnings, new life in nature. And maybe new friendships. :) Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:09:41 EST Very First Day Off Well, it happened. What happened? Life happened. I finally broke my "streak" of every day of exercise since August. Unless you count 1.5 miles still having a day of exercise. I just can't do it. I was not able to exercise yesterday except for a little bit of slow walking around Lowe's and various places. I also had no intertube access so I wasn't able to log into here. Well, I have to say I didn't self destruct. And I didn't say "well, I missed one day, so I am never going back to t... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:17:40 EST Quick St. Patty's Day Blog Here I am in my obsessive compulsive way trying to get all of my SP points because I will be gone from morning to night tomorrow. So I am on at midnight. I need help. Really I do. Well, just wanted to write a quick blog to check in. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be a horrid food day. I am going to try and just have little bites of all the yums that are going to be at our party/potluck, but I am also going to try and enjoy myself as much as possible. All of my very best friends are going ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:50:36 EST Nike Training Club It was hardcore. It was intense. But, it was FUN! I really liked it. I did Body Pump and then NTC. I feel like a little ball of jello, but it was totally worth it. <BR> <BR> I don't think I am going to be able to exercise at all tomorrow. Which make me a little unhappy, but I might be able to fit in a Richard Simmons DVD or a run. <BR> <BR> I am going to a friend's house to celebrate St. patty's Day. It should be a great day. <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of your weekend! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:18:59 EST Finally Friday I have this song stuck in my head. It is a country song. I am not sure who sings it. "Finally Friday, free again. I've got my motor running for a wild weekend". <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great weekend. I was going to go to the zoo with the besties and the little toddler girl child, but it got cancelled. I am a little sad because I was looking forward to seeing her face light up at all the new animals. We are going within the next couple of weeks instead. <BR> <BR> Just havin... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:39:06 EST Sodium Is it me or is hard to keep the sodium levels within goal range. Those are my three hardest nutrients. Sodium, magnesium and potassium. I almost NEVER hit those goals. I go under for magnesium and potassium and over on sodium. I have done a lot better with sodium this week than in weeks past because I felt like I was getting a little out of control with it. I have noticed I feel a LOT less bloated without the sodium intake. <BR> <BR> Anyone else finding it not the easiest to do? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:31:42 EST Zumba NSV I had a "you talking to me?!?" type of moment today at Zumba. My Zumba teacher came up to me and asked me if I could co-lead with her. She has an injury and can not do the more high-intensity, high impact moves. Whenever I take that class I tend to do the more energetic moves I know from my other instructors. She wanted me to co-lead so that the people who wanted a more high intensity work out could follow me. ME? The person who would always shirk any form of exercise and would never CH... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:18:42 EST Sing Has Sprung It is a beautiful spring day here in sunny Southern California. The little birds are building nests in my outdoor light. The doves are cooing. It is 15 degrees warmer than normal. The dog and and I will be taking our active recovery day in the park. <BR> <BR> I am back down to 158. I feel better now that I am under 160 again. I want to thank everyone for their words of advice and encouragement. They mean a lot. I am going to watch the sodium intake in the future. As for losing fat... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:16:42 EST Two Pound Weight Gain So, for the first time since August 13th, 2012, I have GAINED weight. I gained 2 pounds. I am not going to beat myself up about this. I was told by trainers, friends, etc that I need to exercise less and eat more. I told myself this sounded like not such a good idea. But, I took the advice. I found out that does NOT work out for me. I am going back to what worked for ME since August. That is for SIX days eating 1,200 calories and exercising every day. And then having one "pseudo" che... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:29:11 EST Ate Like the Old Days I am not sure if it was the Day Light Savings Time weirdness, or just that I needed a break, but I ate like the old days. A salmon caprice sandwich, fries and a goblet of bud light. Sigh. Okay, time to get back on the food wagon. I did exercise at least, that was a big difference between the "old days" and the new lifestyle change. I guess 3 hours of exercise made up for a little. <BR> <BR> I don't like the time change. I am tired. And a little cranky. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:16:05 EST Saturday Depression and Turn Around Well, I woke up and stepped on the scale and it "said" I gained 3 pounds. I don't even know how that could be physically possible. But, last Saturday I had gone down to 157, today 160. Not happy. Totally not happy. I have decided to not let it bother me. I mean sure, I will continue to do what I know is right, but, I can only do so much and I can not let the scale define me and my happiness. I have lost before, I will continue to lose. It is almost "that time". <BR> <BR> I spent the ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 23:47:04 EST LTGL Challenge Blog #7 So, this is the final day of blogging for the 5 % Challenge. <BR> <BR> I am suppose to answer anything I would like you guys to know. <BR> <BR> I am frustrated. I am actually GAINING weight this week. I am not sure what is going on. Except for EATING some more as per advice from my trainer and exercising a LITTLE less I still feel like I am in the groove. I did add a NEW exercise (Turbo Kick) to the exercises. I have heard when you add a NEW exercise and it is strenuous, that sometimes... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:17:35 EST LTGL Challenge Blog Number 6 Today we are suppose to answer if we need any motivation or support. I always appreciate my Spark friends and team mates support and motivation. I need someone to tackle me and keep me from exercising LOL. That is what I need. I have a little bit TOO much motivation to EXERCISE and too much fear to stop for a day. <BR> <BR> I will get er done eventually! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:39:17 EST 5 % Challenge LTGL Blog Day #5 So, today we are suppose to answer "what we can improve on" on our new healthy habit goal. <BR> <BR> Well, unfortunately, I can improve on a lot on my taking a rest and relaxation day. I was suppose to take a rest and relaxation day yesterday. Instead I walked 30,000 steps. 30,000 steps. In on day. That was something like 15 miles. In one day. Le sigh. <BR> <BR> I guess there is always next week right? <BR> <BR> I will get a hang of this rest thing soon. REALLY! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:10:34 EST