ELIZASHERMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELIZASHERMAN ELIZASHERMAN'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/ Challenge #2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=777385 ~+~+~+~+~+~ Week 2 Challenge ~+~+~+~+~+~ <BR> <BR> Fitness Tracking Challenge: <BR> * 1 pt for stretching tracked <BR> * 1 pt for each 15 min. of cardio tracked <BR> * 1 pt for each strength exercise as long as you do either (1) 3 sets of 8 reps OR (2) 2 sets of 12 reps. <BR> * 1 pt for meeting daily cardio min. <BR> * 1 pt for meeting daily cal burned <BR> * 5 pts for meeting weekly cardio min. <BR> * 5 pts for meeting weekly cal. burned <BR> <BR> If you stretched, did 30 minutes ... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 10:31:55 EST Walking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=769983 I'm a little frustrated! This city is SO NOT PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY...My whole mode of living needs to be overhauled as a result! The only place to really walk that's close enough is the grocery store-- it's a mile and a half away, and it's only just finally under 90 degrees out. The anxiety of worrying about my little one overheating, getting antsy with nowhere in between point A and point B to take a breather and let her run around for a bit...it's, well, anxietous! (I know, I know...that's ... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 14:49:13 EST Day 1 of Biggest Loser: Vital Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=767950 Lavender 12 Week Challenges w/ Sister Team: <BR> <BR> Lose an Inch Challenge: <BR> * 1 point for each inch lost <BR> <BR> Measure your chest, waist, and hips at the beginning of the challenge, then again at the end of BL4. <BR> <BR> We will have a winner for each area being measured as well as an overall winner. <BR> <BR> Traveling Challenge: <BR> Pack your bags, we are going from NY to LA this challenge. Log your miles walking, running, elliptical etc. and see what city you end up ... Mon, 1 Oct 2007 12:38:25 EST Oh My GOODNESS, I Need Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=749149 An entire summer of stress and inactivity have slapped 10 pounds BACK on my body. I actually had to, in good conscience, move my ticker up-- I might be able to overlook one tiny little pound, but TEN? I need to get up and MOVE! I'm scared of the gym in my new apt. complex, though! BIG glass windows. Right next to the main office. Probably put there to shame people into working out harder, thereby not embarrassing the complex with anything less than svelte residents. It's obviously something ... Mon, 17 Sep 2007 15:16:53 EST Alas, Alack and a Heart Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=625382 OK, you know those people who buy treadmills and then use them for an alternate closet? I've become one. Since I'm now the proud leassor of a walk in closet and I don't have enough hangers...So rather than let my carefully de-wrinkled clothes re-wrinkle and have to (say it isn't so!) IRON them, well, the treadmill's right there, right? UNPARDONABLE! And I have yet to make use of my apt.'s very decent fitness center. It's been almost 3 weeks, for goodness sake. <BR> <BR> But I have excuses... Tue, 26 Jun 2007 23:59:30 EST I BOUGHT A DRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=602387 For the first time since I started this whole business. And I am truly truly thrilled with it. I didn't even try it on in the dressing room and it fits! Of course, it's a large, but who cares! I look fantastic! Party for me in my little corner of blogosphere! I'm taking a moment for sheer indulgent positivity! Tue, 12 Jun 2007 08:23:42 EST Well, it's over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=600463 I have moved. And I am DONE. Time to get back to living, since that is clearly a waste of valuable moving time! I haven't been tracking, haven't formally exercised in weeks, have ordered in a half dozen pizzas in the last month and the most beautiful thing is...I have gained NOTHING! That, quite frankly, is astonishing. I've lost my mind, not pounds, but all in time. Today is a new day, time to re-Spark! It's tragic how attached I am to the internet... Mon, 11 Jun 2007 07:51:50 EST Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=541667 Why why why why why do I weigh the same as I did pre-baby BUT have a body that's so not mine? I know all the clinical/medical/etc. reasons, I'm just so good at denial. For all the musculature I can feel in my abdomen, there's so much more flab I need those muscles to suck in! And I seem to have developed bigger shoulders...could hauling a baby around be responsible for that, maybe? But it makes my otherwise fine shirts about 2 inches higher than before. I suppose I should embrace my inner ... Wed, 2 May 2007 12:13:06 EST The Rigors of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=539784 All right. I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, but my engine's starting to sputter...and I still have a lot of baggage in my caboose! MAN, I'm funny! OK, maybe not! But the penultimate point is that I'm definitely losing momentum, and, while I'm OK with losing weight slower than previously, I tend to be SO OK with it that I stop altogether through tiny babysteps toward being ridiculously unhealthy. Which is, quite frankly, not going to happen. I REFUSE. Time, yet again, to ... Tue, 1 May 2007 10:58:35 EST Take THAT, Diet Demons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=527149 One slice of pizza CAN be burned off by walking around NYC for 5 hours, so there! And a hot dog CAN be burned off by chasing a 2 year old around the yard (and changing her clothes a kamillion times...). <BR> <BR> I am BACK IN MY CLOTHES!! <BR> The only ones that don't fit are the ones that were tightish unless I was at my slimmest. (Which, by the way, I fully intend to wear this summer.) Party at my house, everyone's invited! Mon, 23 Apr 2007 09:57:29 EST Oh Frabjous Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=522391 I didn't even notice, in the midst of my very happening pity party this week, that I had lost 20 pounds since starting this whole mad journey! So today, taking a moment to celebrate the premeditated termination of my 21st pound. I'm spending the weekend in NYC/LI, so that pound had BETTER stay off. But NY pizza and the pretzel vendors and my cousin's husband's cooking!!!!! I'm going to have to exercise that greatest weapon of all. Behold, the power of "No, thank you!" Thu, 19 Apr 2007 15:14:36 EST WOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=520058 I have been a bit of a sad sack lately!! All that negativity is probably not too great, hey?? This journaling business is terrifying-- I actually have to face myself! The horror!! I have to get back on my positivity jag, for sure. My scale has begun to move again, the sun is out, my girlie is actually taking a break from being 2, everything doesn't have to be 100% perfect for me to be a happy camper. MUST lose the all or nothing mentality!! Onward! Wed, 18 Apr 2007 09:32:32 EST Fake it Till I Make it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=519033 Stealing from Jeanette, but sometimes stealing is all I've got...Planning on faking it for the near future. This whole healthy thing is hard to keep up...faking it makes sense! I don't even know what I'm doing, quite frankly, but if it smacks of healthy, than I'm on board. I'm a Faker! Living in the world of Make-Believe is really all I'm capable of, anyway... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:42:08 EST Apathetic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=516886 I'm going to have to somehow learn how to motivate myself. External motivators have their place, I know, but if I keep slacking off and getting back in gear so often, it's because I have absolutely no drive within myself. Knowing that is easy, finding a way to do this thing and keep it up is near impossible! SP is giving me a million external motivators, I've yet to take one to heart and make it my own, mostly because these motivators seem so temporary to me, so not something I would come up ... Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:44:39 EST People Like Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=515419 Maybe it's the fallout of having my best friend do what best friend's do, but I truly feel that I might belong in this world. Quick tip to anyone who might be joining me on this SP thing...WALK PAST A CONSTRUCTION SITE. Nothing against construction workers, but I think they think that their job entitles them to being MORE than overt. Just walk past. Ego boost extraordinaire! You'll get back on your diet and fitness track so fast, just because of the positive reinforcement. This is why I li... Sun, 15 Apr 2007 16:48:57 EST Addendum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=511355 Turns out I do like cake... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 16:11:39 EST The #1 Struggle of Mommyhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=509471 GRANDPARENTS. Lord. So much love, so little time. My baby girl is officially 2 today (taking a moment, several sodden moments...). Grandma and Grandpa #1 asked when I was returning to work now that she's 2, Grandma and Grandpa #2 sent me an entire preschool homeschooling curriculum. That's all I have to say. Giving each a cheerful and vague response was quite the exercise! But the terrible twos are proving to me that, when my little one is older and making her own decisions, she will be ... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:14:29 EST Funkalicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=507416 I'm in a funk. I don't feel good, I haven't exercised since Friday, and I can't eat anything. And I've gained a pound that I refuse to put on my tracker because I really and truly believe that it's a fake pound and doesn't really exist. Basically, I'm a big fat baby in need of a severe reality check. Something must be done! Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:13:22 EST Exhaustion is a kamillion letter word... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=506015 Really, people on a "lifestyle change" should have extra avenues toward energy. My little girl had a digestive upset, shall we say, this weekend. I was terrified, she was uncomfortable and ANGRY, and quite frankly, puke is yucky. I'm not being good today. I'VE EARNED IT! Oh, wait. I haven't earned anything. My life isn't directly linked to my diet and exercise and sleep, even-- otherwise, I'd be losing nothing and wallowing in my fat, OR be skinny skinny and MISERABLE. MY life is what I MAK... Mon, 9 Apr 2007 16:56:20 EST DIET is a 4 Letter Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=499767 So is shoe, hand, fork...there are a lotta them out there. I'm done with euphemisms. Yes, I'm learning a healthy lifestyle, yes, I'm exercising portion control, yes, I'm creating a calorie deficit. Doing that while trying to lose weight, so currently, I'm ON A DIET. No more negative connotations with that word! A bird has a diet, in the zoological sense-- grubs and seeds, with a little garbage thrown in. I HAD a diet, in that same sense, of a whole bunch of garbage and too much of everything... Thu, 5 Apr 2007 08:57:47 EST A Gut by Any Other Name... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=498218 I have a feeling, by the time I get to my "goal" weight (which is a semi-random number based on what I used to weigh back in the day), I will still have a pooch. A belly. A little chub-chub. Crunches, crazy ab exercises, and a herculean attempt to avoid alcohol notwithstanding. So I have 2 choices. I can either resign myself to it early so that 145 lbs doesn't see me crying in front of my mirror at my slim but imperfect physique, or I can step up my efforts even more so that at least I can s... Wed, 4 Apr 2007 11:16:22 EST I See Thin People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=496696 I really do have to stop. I haven't look this good since I was 3 months pregnant (really, I'm actually proud of that, when that thought should give me the screaming horrors). No one else has my particular issues (real or imagined), no one else has my life. That's probably why no one else has my body, but far be it from me to listen to reason!!! Trying not to be neurotic about weight loss would be easy if life were one giant chat room-- I catch myself eyeing people on the street wondering if ... Tue, 3 Apr 2007 12:49:17 EST Anti-Rewarding Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=495154 This is how I see it-- I've gotten to this not-too-perfect weight by rewarding myself for doing nothing. So I really think that in order for me to feel good about myself in general is to be perfectly happy without giving myself anything extra. If I lose a pound and get a prize, should I give myself a punishment for gaining? Might be paraphrasing someone, in fact I'm SURE I am, but the work is just gonna have to be its own reward. I've gotten so much out of this weight loss journey without... Mon, 2 Apr 2007 14:34:42 EST Adipose Rex http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=492281 Not sure if I mean Oedipus or Tyrannasaurus, but regardless, I'm going to conquer! All my fat cells are going to become so much fodder for my muscles, they just don't know it yet. I can't believe this is the end of my 6th week actually doing SP-- it really must be a lifestyle change, and I actually must be doing this SP thing properly, since it feels like I've been doing this for a lot longer than that! I've lost 15 pounds and one pair of my old jeans is back in circulation-- if that's not ... Sat, 31 Mar 2007 15:33:51 EST I'VE GAINED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=490728 Nope, this has nothing to do with anything I'm trying to lose, burn off or cudgel into submission. I've gained an entire ever-lovin' MPH on the treadmill! Had to wait a few days to make sure it wasn't a fluke, but since I've started SP, I can jog at a not-too-shabby 5.3 MPH! Sure, there's no incline involved and definitely nothing longer than 15 min., but what a fit little person I am. Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:59:36 EST Is Sleep Walking Exercise?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=488907 I might want to take that up. C'est pooped! Some delightful person hit the fire alarm in my building at an ungodly hour, so here I am, having lost the will to move with a girlie who thinks it's about noon when it's so not. Life should pause for a moment while I regroup, lose about 20 pounds, and resume...would that be so hard? Sleep-deprived people should NOT have access to a blog. Thu, 29 Mar 2007 08:59:49 EST The Spirit is Willing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=487595 ...but MAN, I'm weak!! I don't believe in good intentions, really, so not sure why that's all I've ever had regarding my own health. Intended to get up early and exercise, found a better reason to stay in bed. Intended to drink all 8 glasses of water yesterday, somehow reasoned that a 2 liter of diet coke was just as healthy. Intended to lose so much more weight by this time on SP, but so much easier to enjoy the moment without thinking about the repercussions until the scale doesn't move. ... Wed, 28 Mar 2007 12:32:04 EST Taking it to a WHOLE 'NOTHA LEVEL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=486211 OK, this is probably anti all blogging protocol, this blogging twice in one day business, but I'm just going to consider this entry chapter one, following the preface. I'm going to explore all the potential that journaling has to offer, I've decided. And if making this my personal platform for definite embarassment and possible self-motivation is what it takes, so be it! <BR> <BR> Since last week found me making a box of Cheese Nips my lunch and dinner, this week will find me rediscovering... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:25:09 EST I've decided to journal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=485998 I'm not quite sure how this will help, but in the interest of fully participating in SP, I'm just going to have to give it a shot! I don't know how closely I'm willing to let other people examine my life, but this whole process is about facing things...So BIG THANKS to my friend Rita for giving me the encouragement to do this and I'll see where it takes me! Tue, 27 Mar 2007 13:17:26 EST