ELIVINGSTONTX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELIVINGSTONTX ELIVINGSTONTX'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/ Where the heck have I been? And where did the extra weight come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703093 It's been almost a month since I have been online. I traveled for work, with a flight being canceled, and leave again in the morning. Got to my conference with an hour to spare for the presentation I was helping with. Had to stay up til 3 am with drunk co-worker. Made it to conference next morning, then flew home that night. Spent a week at home packing and preparing my house for a long absence. Drove 900 miles to my home for the next 6 months. Arrived at destination on a Saturday. Fl... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:03:07 EST BIGGEST LOSER HALF MARATHON – HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE FOR A FIRST HALF MARATHON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661251 Yesterday, March 30,2014, I participated in a Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon. This was my first half marathon. I’ve previously participated in 2 5K races. One was 14 months ago and the other was at least 5 years ago. Yeah. I’m so not an experienced runner. <BR> <BR> I chose the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Series because of the experience I had last year. These events do not cater to the skinny runner who is trying to qualify for Boston or New York. These events cater to those of us w... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:29:21 EST 10 mile run -- Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631668 10.12 miles in 02:30. Was passed by a herd of turtles in the peanut butter pit, but I still completed the 10 miles with 2/1 intervals. <BR> <BR> My IT band issues tried to get the better of me. It’s my fault really. I didn't do as much Yoga and strength this past week. Gotta keep my but out of that laurel chair. Think I may order my own Trigger Point roller this week for at the house. Some days I just can’t get motivated to drive to the gym for just that. <BR> <BR> Did better on t... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:03:21 EST 2 days until I get to give away 3 entries to a 5K/Half Marathon in Austin TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631138 Hey y'all, <BR> The people who run the Biggest Loser RunWalk Series are giving me 3 entries to The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series 5K / Half Marathon in Cedar Park, TX. Cedar Park is on the northwest side of Austin. Follow the link to my word press blog and leave a comment there to be in the running. The winners will be randomly chosen from those who comment on the blog. <BR> <BR> <link>wp.me/p3FVyC-2g </link> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:41:32 EST Getting back in the saddle after a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619451 Today was my first run after being laid out for 4 days with a cold. No yoga, strength training or any of that happened while I was sick. The IT band problems made their presence known early on. I really wanted this to be a mile stone run. But I'm not seeing any benefit in running when it hurts and making things worse. So I'm healthy now and going to focus on stretching and strength training to get things back where I can do a strong run on next Sunday. ;-) Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:01:31 EST CHANCE TO WIN A FREE ENTRY TO THE BIGGEST LOSER RUNWALK AUSTIN HALF MARATHON/5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618164 CHANCE TO WIN A FREE ENTRY TO THE BIGGEST LOSER RUNWALK AUSTIN HALF MARATHON/5K <BR> <BR> Click the link below and Leave a post why you should win a FREE entry to The Biggest Loser RunWalk Austin Half Marathon/5K on March 30th, 2014. 3 lucky winners will be chosen Monday, February 24th! <BR> <BR> Link <link>Leave a post why you should win a FREE entry to The Biggest Loser RunWalk Austin Half Marathon/5K on March 30th, 2014. 3 lucky winners will be chosen Monday, February 24th! </link> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:01:58 EST Review: Biggest Loser RunWalk Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612647 Just over a year ago, I was starting my journey in earnest and was participating in The Biggest Loser online program. I received a promotional email for the The Biggest Loser RunWalk 5K. I signed up as I was already running in the gym on a treadmill and thought the sense of accomplishment would be good for ongoing motivation. I signed up and had certain expectations from a 5K that I had participated in several years before. The actual experience exceeded my expectations. <BR> <BR> From th... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 00:15:58 EST Running Recovery - Foam Rollers Discussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582743 I started running this fall to prepare for a 1/2 marathon on 3/30. I'm struggling with IT band tightness. This just started as I increased my distance at a more rapid rate. I have some stretches and am starting to do yoga. I am also doing strength work for the quads / thighs. <BR> <BR> I've seen a lot of stuff about the foam rollers and wonder if anyone has them. If so, do you have a smooth one or one of the bumpy ones. Dick's sporting goods has them on sale this week, thus my questio... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:29:51 EST Okay, we need a plan to achieve this goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577247 I said that I wanted to hit 2000 fitness minutes this month and I did not hit the goal. I didn't really put together a plan for it either. So I need a plan. 2000 a month is 500/week. That is over an hour/day average. I take 1-2 rest days per week. This means that I'm going to need to do 1.5-2 hours for 5-6 days per week. <BR> <BR> My new Christmas toy should make that goal easier to achieve. That and my half marathon training. I think I just need to really commit. <BR> <BR> <im... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:25:07 EST New personal goal -- 2000 Fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559741 Well, I have set myself a personal goal of 2000 fitness minutes for this month. I have not achieved that yet and believe it is completely doable. I think it will help me maintain with all the holiday goodies that I know I'll succumb to. And if I don't succumb, well, then I'll just look better naked. <BR> <BR> Of course I'm not even taking that selfie, let alone sharing it on the internet. <em>211</em> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:09:16 EST Learning to Maintain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557182 I hit my goal weight in late October and decided it was time to start focusing on just the body fat percentage and the way my pants fit and not worry about the scale. Sounds so simple "on paper". <BR> <BR> Today, i saw the weight go up, but a new low on the body fat. Initially I was like "Oh No" then I thought about it and realized that I'm putting on muscle. Yesterday I was tugging at my jeans because they were loose. More muscle means higher metabolism. Higher metabolism means mor... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 23:11:38 EST Biggest Loser season premier I'm so excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514138 It's almost time for The Biggest Loser Season 15. I was reluctant to dedicate 2 hours to sitting on my behind watching TV, so I devised a way to workout and have fun watching the show. This is much like the drinking games of our college days. Based on something that happens on the show, you have to do an exercise. Similar to watching Star Trek and drinking every time a red shirt dies. I thought I'd share so you can play along too. I set it up with 3 intensity levels. So pick your column and ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:45:25 EST Book Review: The Skinny Rules, by Bob Harper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479620 Bob Harper is a fitness trainer best known for his work on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. He has been with the show since day 1 and has 14 seasons of success behind them. He has always been a huge advocate of eating healthy to lose weight. I chose to buy his book because of his years of success on the show and the belief that his advice would help me achieve a sustainable lifestyle change. <BR> The book is well written in plain English. The first 110 pages are the “book” explaining each of the ru... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 15:07:39 EST Transitioning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470431 Earlier this month I had my body fat hydro-statically tested. That's the dunk tank test. I was shocked to find out that I had already achieved my goal of 25% body fat since my home scale said I was still at 30%. 25% was my goal to start transitioning from a negative calorie focus to more of a maintenance mode where I learn to live a lifestyle that allowed me to stay at a healthy weight and enjoy the things I love in moderation. <BR> <BR> I've continued to work out and watch the kinds of... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:03:14 EST GETTING THE NUTRITION STRAIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449599 One of my personal mandates to myself was that this is not a diet, but a sustainable lifestyle change. For me sustainable means some very specific things. It means making changes that I’m willing to live with once I’ve reached my goal weight. <BR> <BR> -Normal Food — No special diet foods or drugs like Nutri-system, Alli, etc. <BR> -Affordable food <BR> -Good Tasting Food – No awful tasting foods for the short term goal, e.g. rice cakes. <BR> -No extreme or ridiculous sacrifices, e.g. ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 07:28:26 EST Keeping things in perspective.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430019 I recently found a group here on SP for those of us 5'3" and under. For those of you who are of more average height, it may seem odd that we'd need our own group. It's the one place we can talk freely about goal weights that freak other people out. To put it in perspective, Jillian Michaels would be the tallest one in the room. Her maintenance weight is 115. Our BMR's for our goal weight range from 1000-1200. It's not unusual for those under 5'0" to have a perfectly healthy goal weig... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:25:32 EST Taking the first steps - Start with a plan for the food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427193 There I was in June of 2012, weighing 198 lbs and unable to walk a mile without getting winded. None of my clothes fit properly. I had a lot of weight to lose and I was in horrible shape. I knew that there were 2 angles of attack, lowering my caloric intake and burning more calories. <BR> <BR> Getting a Handle on the Food I Ate <BR> <BR> The first thing I needed to do was start tracking my calories. At first I was just tracking what I ate and trying to be a good girl with my diet. T... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:38:39 EST And so it began….. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403937 Memorial Day weekend 2012, I registered my husband and I for a beer scavenger hunt. We were instructed to be in a certain part of town by a certain hour on a Saturday. Naturally, it was a bar district. We then received clues via text message. The tasks alternated between zany tasks, like taking a photo with strangers doing a conga line, to locating a bar based on clues. All travel had to be done on foot. The hubby was, and still is uber-fit. I was not, but had been fit enough in the pas... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:45:16 EST Why I'm disappointed in myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385571 I'm disappointed in myself because I can't say no to a beer. No, I didn't go on a bender, lose my keys or my phone, nor did I wake up with a stranger. Granted those things would make this blog more interesting. <BR> <BR> I had one gloriously wonderful 8.6 ABV Scottish ale brewed by Founders Brewery and appropriately named Dirty Bastard. The next time it will be something else. Because I love having beers I've never tried before. And my pub rewards me. Every 200th beer, they give me a ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:55:14 EST MYTH: Exercising Can Erase All of Your Bad Eating Habits -- From Jillian Michaels Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361931 The Truth: You can easily out-eat your exercising. It's essential to both workout and eat right for successful weight-loss and to maintain good health. <BR> <BR> A lot of people seem to think putting in the hours at the gym entitles them to eat whatever they want: After all, they're working out — so they must be healthy, right? To put it bluntly, this is just plain WRONG and dumb if you ask me — let me explain why. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is about calories in versus calories out. If your goal... Mon, 20 May 2013 08:07:11 EST Bob Harper - "The Skinny Rules" week 4 and overall report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349237 At this point, there wasn't a big change in the diet other than the addition of Pasta and some new soup recipes. It was whole wheat pasta served over fresh tomato with a sprinkling of Parmesan. I hadn't though of serving it with fresh tomatoes. I was a bit reticent but tried it any way. It was better than I thought it would be. There was a lentil soup that I really liked. It prepared quickly. I'm used to soups being an multi-hour affair. The tomato soup is also really good and really h... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:22:20 EST Pick a Power Food This Weekend! From Jillian Michaels' newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345128 Pick a Power Food This Weekend! From Jillian Michaels newsletter <BR> <BR> Not only are berries beautiful to look at, but their colors signify health-protecting qualities. They are rich in polyphenols, the same antioxidants that give wine and chocolate their healthy qualities. Of course, unlike chocolate and wine, berries are low in calories, and they contain no alcohol or caffeine. So you can enjoy them free of guilt and know you're doing something good for your body! <BR> <BR> Berries ar... Sat, 4 May 2013 08:50:57 EST Bob Harper's "The Skinny Rules" -- Weeks 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337475 Things got a little crazy around here and I didn't get my blogs written. <BR> <BR> Bob Harper's "The Skinny Rules" Meal Plan Week 2 <BR> <BR> Week 2's Meal plan was not terribly different than Week 1. In week 2, we get some new recipes, and we eat a little less yogurt. We get bananas now. We get more freedom to choose our own vegetables. I liked most of it but not the Yam Hashbrowns. Am wondering if that recipe can be improved upon with some cinnamon and / or nutmeg with a dash of cay... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:37:12 EST MYTH: Egg Yolks Are Bad For You -- Jillian Michaels' Daily Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331437 I feel the need to give credit where credit is due. This is a true copy/paste from my daily Jillian Michaels Newsletter. I found this one especially helpful. I also want to add that one of Bob Harper's The Skinny Rules breakfast is to have what he calls a 3+1 omelette. 3 egg whites and one yolk. 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites. For dudes use 5+1 ratio. It tastes the same as regular scrambled eggs with fewer calories. Throw a little fresh spinach in the pan and let it wilt before you p... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:49:46 EST Secrets to getting Skinny -- Jillian Michaels Daily Dose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328569 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=IySExdeROOI </link> <BR> <BR> This quick 7 minute video has some cool tips on boosting metabolism and general weight loss. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:25:02 EST The Skinny Rules Meal Plan Week 1 Synopsis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314115 I've completed my first week of eating Bob Harper's Skinny Rules Meal plan. I came into this knowing no one personally who had completed this plan. However there are over 200 contestants from the various seasons that have lost weight successfully eating based on Bob & Jillian's guidance. I figured that the worst case scenario was I'd have a meal or two that were not so hot. <BR> <BR> <BR> Shopping list <BR> When I purchased the book, I was reticent that I'd have to buy lots of weird thin... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:52:10 EST Skinny rules - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308219 Today was the first day on the Skinny rules meal plan. I really enjoyed the 3+1 omelette. I'll be having more fun with that. It tastes great and is very filling. I think I'll get braver with the veggies. <BR> <BR> Loving the berries as snacks as well as the apple. I'll not have the ricotta cheese again. I've never had it plain before and so this was the first time. I think I'll find a substitute from now on. Maybe cottage cheese. <BR> <BR> If you read the book, you'll know I switch... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:05:07 EST The Skinny Rules -- Implementation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304272 I've finished reading The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper. The "Rules" are less than 1/2 the book. There are lots of recipes and meal plans. He has created separate meal plans for men and women to adjust for the variation in calorie needs. The meals aren't that different, just the portion sizes. <BR> <BR> Now for implementation. I may ease into it just because I have all these other groceries already. I've already gotten rid of the evil stuff in the pantry. I just have some things that ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:31:50 EST Toning Pants - Do they really work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299212 There are so many products out there making to good to be true claims. I thought I'd share this article about toning workout pants. While the testing wasn't all bad, its no where near the level off benefit they claim. <BR> <BR> The take away: If you like them, there is a minimal benefit. But don't expect a significant change in results after work out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.acefitness.org/acefit/expert-ins<BR>ight-article/47/3074/toning-pants-too-<BR>good-to-be-true/ </link> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:34:01 EST The Highs and Lows of Ghrelin - from Jillian Michaels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285873 The Highs and Lows of Ghrelin <BR> The hormones leptin and ghrelin act in a kind of yin-yang relationship when it comes to hunger and satisfaction. Just as leptin tells the brain to turn off hunger, ghrelin tells the brain you're famished. <BR> For the average person, ghrelin levels increase when the stomach is empty. Ghrelin is the reason you always feel hungry at particular moments in the day — your body's clock triggers the release of the hormone according to a finely tuned schedule. Ghrel... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:36:28 EST