EARTHGIRL145's SparkPeople Blog EARTHGIRL145's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community TF Prep Schedule - Week 1 - Take 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turbo FIRE Prep Schedule - Week 1 (1/7 - 1/13/13) <BR> <BR> Monday - Fire 30 Class + Stretch 10 Class <BR> It was tough but I did it. Super happy and feeling good. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Active Rest (Trail Walk) <BR> Wednesday - Stretch 40 Class <BR> Thursday - Tone 30 Class <BR> Friday - Fire 45 EZ Class + Stretch 10 Class <BR> Saturday - Core 20 Class <BR> Sunday - Stretch 40 <BR>... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:23:15 EST TF Prep Schedule - Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turbo FIRE Prep Schedule - Week 1 (12/31/12 - 1/6/13) <BR> <BR> Monday - Fire 30 Class + Stretch 10 Class <BR> Tuesday - Stretch 40 Class <BR> Wednesday - Tone 30 Class <BR> Thursday - Fire 45 EZ Class + Stretch 10 Class <BR> Friday - Core 20 Class <BR> Saturday - Active Rest <BR> Sunday - Stretch 40 <BR> <BR> I have had Turbo FIRE for a while now. I started the program late last year but stopped when my field sc... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:30:23 EST Well when you put it that way... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well when you put it that way I guess I really do have time. <BR> <BR> Over the last year I have had a crazy work schedule. I have spent a lot time in hotels away from the comfort of my home, the convenience of my own kitchen, and not in my comfy bed. I've had to work 10 to 12 hours day and I have to say that when I get back to the hotel exercise is the LAST thing on my mind. I have used this excuse way to much. ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:37:07 EST NEVER QUIT PLEDGE! Never Quit Pledge <BR> Tuesday, August 07, 2012 <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. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend,... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 21:43:58 EST Do or Do not... There is no try. ~ Master Yoda <BR> <BR> I have spent so much time in my head its ridiculous. Its time for ACTION not contemplation. I have all the tools. I have all the insight. I everything I need for my journey. I simply need to DO. <BR> <BR> Baby steps are going to be key. I don't need to go all out too fast and get burned out. Keep it simple. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:34:27 EST What a ride... In my last blog I talked about my frustration with plateaus and my success with maintenance. Today’s entry is about so many things… roller coasters, urge to run, fitting in smaller clothes, and breaking plateaus. <BR> <BR> Roller Coasters <BR> <BR> I FIT IN THEM AGAIN! I love roller coasters and it has been over 10 years since I last road on one because I didn’t fit. Well I went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my best friend Rachel on Sunday (12/11) and got on all the coasters. I was absolutely ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:32:51 EST Plateaus Suck! Yeah I said it. I have been at a plateau for about four months now. Gaining and losing the same 5 pounds. So frustrated. But you know what the best part of this whole experience is? Although I am experiencing a plateau I have not gained. I have been able to maintain for four months and that is great. The band is doing what I need it to do and that is help me maintain my success. In the past when I found myself dealing with lack of motivation or plateaus I ended up going back to all my old hab... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:53:17 EST K.I.S.S. Hello All! <BR> It has been a long time. Over two months since I’ve blogged or tracked my nutrition or fitness. I could say that it was because of work and how it has gotten really crazy busy, which it has. I could also say that it was because I’m exhausted, which I am. I could also say that it was because I have had to travel for field work and it has totally disrupted my routine, again it has. So I guess what I AM saying is that life is happening and really there is no excuse or reason why ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 01:22:20 EST Struggling For the last three weeks I have been struggling with old habits. Right now I have 4cc's in my band and there is little to no restriction. There is minor restriction in the morning but it doesn't last very long at all. I have another week before my next fill. I find myself eating faster, eating more, and feeling hungry more often. I think this is what someone in my support group called "lap-band hell". I get it now. Of course this journey has just begun and challenges will always present thems... Sun, 29 May 2011 03:56:39 EST Like and Love Hello All. Just wanted to share with the team. <BR> <BR> Like... <BR> <BR> I'm starting to really like how I look. This is huge as I have NEVER liked how I looked. NEVER. I look in the mirror and I 'm blown away. The changes in my face and my body are amazing. I tried on a pair of plus size jeans yesterday and I again shocked that a size 20 was loose on me. <BR> <BR> Love... <BR> <BR> I'm lovin how I feel. My clothes are NEVER tight now. They hang on me now. I can almost cross my legs co... Sun, 15 May 2011 23:42:20 EST April - A Month In Review Hello all! It has been a while since I have blogged and I want to catch you up on what has been going on and how I have been doing. <BR> <BR> I went back to work April 11th. I was excited and worried all at the same time. Excited to go back and show off the weight loss and worried about how me and my band were going to adjust. Everyone was shocked to see how far I have come in such a short time, since December 24th I have lost a total of 60 pounds (40 per-op and 20 post-op), and now I'm almo... Sun, 1 May 2011 00:21:06 EST Things I have noticed Four weeks down and I'm feeling good. Everything is healing up great. I'm adjusting to the new lifestyle and so far so good. It hasn't been easy but, I am still very happy with my changes. Change is always hard and before surgery I had all kinds of stories in my head about how hard it was going to be and all my fears about no longer having my go to coping mechanism - food. It hasn't been AS hard as I thought it would be and I am grateful for that. Being present and aware of my feelings has he... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:14:01 EST How Do You Measure Success? I've been obsessed with the scale the past three months and the past two weeks it has not moved. All the logic in the world has not staved off the disappointment I feel. It always amazes me how invested I am in the number on the scale and how my self esteem is dependent on it. In spite of what the scale was showing I KNEW and I could FEEL that there were some changes happening. So I decided to measure my success in another way and got out my measuring tape. And guess what? SUCCESS! Since Band... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:21:40 EST Once again into the gym... I've always been an athlete. In high school and college I played Tennis, Volleyball, and Track and Field (shot putt, discus, and javelin) and I was always a "big girl" and always did very well. That competitive nature is still in me, but over time and with way more weight it has been difficult. In 2008 I lost 70 pounds and trained and complete a Half Century Ride and climbed the Great Wall of China! Thanks to deaths, grief, and injuries I stopped training and started eating and gaining all t... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 02:45:18 EST Oh the horror! I met my BFF at Claim Jumpers today for lunch. Meeting for lunch, breakfast, dinner, snack, coffee, desert is something I have done so many times in the past. I'm in the puree food stage so I ordered a cup of the Potato Cheddar Soup (297 calories) and she ordered the Margarita Pizza and a side salad with ranch dressing. <BR> <BR> While we waited we looked at the nutrition information for the menu. Once upon a time my order would have included the Black Tie Chicken Pasta (3176 calories and 1... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 03:37:59 EST ER Adventures - Part 1 I went to the ER yesterday. <em>39</em> I have been having what I can only call strange sensations in my legs. Fluttering (mini cramps?) in the top of my calves and "pinching" pain on the inside of both thighs. Having just had WLS and a long road trip (8 hours each way), I'm in the high risk category for blood clots according to my doctors, so off I went to the ER. Well, all is well. My labs and ultra sounds came out fine. But, while I was there I drank 32 oz. of water and had 2 liters of I... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:58:22 EST Bloggin... I've never been good at keeping a journal. I have tones of new journals with just a few entries in them. Something that I have learned over time is the importance of awareness and participation. I need to continue to be aware of my emotions, my thoughts, and my body. Actively participating in the many areas on Spark will help with my continued awareness in those areas. So with that in mind I will be a bloggin fool. I may not always have something ground breaking to say, but that's OK, what's ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 01:07:12 EST