EMELEE82's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMELEE82 EMELEE82'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/ Vloggin' it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636940 Just an update Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:30:22 EST This week is going strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629596 I have been getting exercise in and reducing my calories. I am still learning the balance between extreme cutbacks and regular ones. Like, should I eat breakfast with bread or just a yogurt or a small sub sandwich or a ditch the bread and have a small salad but I really feel like I am making progress in the way I think of eating in general. Small steps, but steps just the same. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:15:08 EST Motivate through anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625558 I've been having trouble with my temper. I have been easily irritated and just plain unhappy for awhile. I lost all motivation at the end of last year but I am starting to see a little clearer. I know that I'll be happier and be able to control my temper better with exercise. So I am off to do that! <BR> <BR> I came across this video on youtube and it really helped me refocus today. Maybe you'll like it too: <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzhzkKccBi8 </link> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:27:01 EST I'mm BBAaaaaccckk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616090 Alright. It is time. <BR> <BR> I went shopping with my mom for my birthday and I was dreading it. For good reason, my weight has ballooned up to my highest ever - 258 lbs. Ugh. I went shopping anyways and got some stretchy pants that will work for the now. <BR> <BR> I have really been fighting change. So has my husband. We have eaten out a lot. My dad was in ICU last week and he is still in the hospital. He had multiple infections (in the blood and organs) that was missed and made wors... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:52:29 EST You GAINED 10lbs and you are HAPPY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478928 That is right. Over the past month-ish(?) I have gained a bit over 9lbs. <BR> <BR> Normally I would freak out and beat myself up about this. How could you gain back almost 50% of what you lost? I'd crow at myself..over...and ...over...and over. But this time? no way. <BR> <BR> Things are changing and not just the number on the scale or our different approaches to food/exercise but I am starting to BELIEVE that I (that WE) can make this change. <BR> <BR> My husband and I made a promise to ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:22:16 EST just checking off the rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468333 So I have been going up and down on motivation and successes with my diet and exercise. I was spot on last week and this week I just let stress get the better of me. My vacation starts after work tomorrow so I am going to enjoy my vacation and then reboot afterwards. My husband is still searching for a job and work has been high stress. I think I gained 2 lbs over 10 days (that is WITH working out semi-regularly) So yeah. ... *wannh wannnh* <BR> <BR> My husband and I made a promise to ours... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:26:12 EST It's been awhile ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458589 Hey all, <BR> <BR> It has been awhile since I have written a blog. I had a pinched nerve in my neck and some joint problems. They aren't completely healed but I have started exercising again on a regular basis-- back to basics! <BR> <BR> My husband and I found Chris Powell. I absolutely love his show Extreme Makeover and I ordered his new book. My husband and I have finally accepted we are complete beginners and need to take true baby steps to make a lasting difference. In the past, I alwa... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:19:34 EST No more counting the days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439714 So, I got tired of keeping track of what day I was on. lol <BR> Besides, why am I counting? I think I tricked myself into sneaking yet another way to measure my success/failures by time frame. So out with the day count! <BR> <BR> I no longer consider myself "low-carb" as I do have half sandwiches now. I work to eat low carbs but in a workable way. I am probably averaging more around 80-100g of carbs a day now and that is ok with me. <BR> <BR> My husband has his first call back yesterday bu... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:40:52 EST Day 98 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436792 Hey all, <BR> <BR> So I pinched a nerve in my neck when I was strength training last Thursday. What a PAIN! <BR> <BR> I have not been able to turn my head in either direction and my strength in my right arm has been reduced. <BR> <BR> With the help of my husband, I have been putting hot towels on the area and then icing it. Today is day four and I am starting to feel better :) <BR> <BR> On the downside, I have been unable to do much and I have caught myself stress eating a few times :P B... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:59:20 EST Day 95 - Stress and Peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432926 Sorry I have been away for 10 days friends. Things have been moving along at a brisk pace. <BR> <BR> My husband and I were in a pretty good routine with work schedules, carpooling and house/yard care. Then yesterday, a few weeks after my husband was praised for his work and given a substantial raise, he was laid off after being at that company for over 5 1/2 years. We were completely unprepared. All our money has been going towards the house which we just purchased a few months ago. We also ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:10:36 EST Day 85 - Carbs and Power 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422497 Thanks everyone for your comments. I was pretty stoked with the progress so far. :) <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on how my carb cheat day went. zOMG. I HATE carbs now. I added carbs into every meal on Sunday and was sick for the next 24 hours. I didn't go crazy either. I added potatoes to breakfast, had a slurpee at lunch and dinner was a burger on a bun with a few waffle fries. <BR> <BR> My body was very displeased with me. That is sad but also a real eye-opener for me. I kind of feel lik... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:11:08 EST Day 84 - Updates and Comparison Pics :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420775 Here are my most recent comparison pics :) <BR> Starting weight - April 25, 2013 = 257 lbs <BR> Current weight - July 14, 2013 = 234.6 lbs <BR> Down 22.4 lbs! Yay! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1706795284.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456302927.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609212184.jpg"> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:55:51 EST Day 76 - Gotta nip this in the bud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412058 Hey-yo! Yep, I've been on vacation for a few days. I go back to work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I am going to be honest. I have been eating like crap and barely exercising. <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed in but I wouldn't be surprised if I gained a few pounds and, while it sort of bothers me, I am also really determined to make changes this coming week and beyond. <BR> <BR> I am going to reduce my carb/sugar intake and increase my water. <BR> Workouts will be 30 minutes 5 days a week- anything mor... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 03:50:28 EST Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408422 I have been super unmotivated and a bit down on myself recently. Even though I know I shouldn't be disappointed by losing the DietBet I think it is affecting my outlook. So I am working on this! :) <BR> <BR> I ate pretty unhealthy yesterday. We went out for a vacation dinner of pizza. My huband is doing an "experiment" on me and trying to see what happens when I eat a lot of carbs. hahaha We have a theory that my body doesn't digest them properly because I generally feel bloated and uncomfo... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:20:20 EST Day 68 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404997 Tangent here - I had wheat penne noodles with my husband last night and I felt SO bloated from it. I haven't eaten pasta in quite awhile. Does anyone else have trouble with pasta? <BR> <BR> I mean I was uncomfortable enough that I am not really even interested in it anymore :( Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:05:25 EST Day 66 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402905 Almost to the end of another month of healthy living! Feeling good. My ankles are a little tender after my C25K training run today buut I was able to do one of the 5 minute intervals completely! YES. I had to stop and walk for a minute during the last one but I can tell I am getting stronger. I am going to do week 4 again next week. Getting there one step at a time :) <BR> <BR> My mother-in-law wanted to come see our house this weekend- which is great....but then she called to tell us she wa... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:55:04 EST Day 64 - Bein' real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400781 Hey all! <BR> <BR> I am under 240!! w00t I weighed in at 239 this weekend. I was pretty jazzed about that. <BR> <BR> I may not win Dietbet this month as I have 6 more pounds to lose. That is ok. I accept that. I also am reminding myself that I've lost 18 lb in 60 days. That is good progress! So whether or not I win- I am going to just focus on keeping moving and getting healthy so when pregnancy comes around this next year my mind and body will be ready for it :) <BR> <BR> I hope you are ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:28:39 EST Day 61 - Happy Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397931 Today was the first day of summer! It was raining here. LOL, maybe we'll have sunshine tomorrow. I hope it is sunny where you are :) <BR> <BR> I have had a good week of exercise and diet. Tomorrow I weigh-in and measure- do do dooooo! <BR> <BR> This weekend is going to be nice and slow. I am really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> OH! and this is work related. Most of my day job is coding for the web. It is a good job with a good salary but I want to do more design. I graduated from Sessio... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 01:23:21 EST Day 59 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395778 I pushed myself extra hard at the gym today and got an exertion headache that just won't go away. :( <BR> <BR> I just completed week 3 of the Couch to 5k. Friday I will go for Day 1 of Week 4! This last week was tough so I may need to re-do week 3. I also did kettebells, incline sit ups and a tiny bit on the elliptical. I hope I can just push through it! <BR> <BR> So, I mentioned that my friend came to visit and we had a great time BUT we also drank wine and had snacky food and I wasn't min... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:36:38 EST Day 56 - quick! Blisters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391136 I just got done mowing the lawn. We have a big uneven/sloped yard. It took me 2+ hours. I have blisters on my hands and feet - and I earned them! I just hope they don't interfere with my running tomorrow ;) <BR> <BR> Here is me after being in the sun and pushing a mower for 2 hours. Whew! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1396631074.jpg"> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:46:47 EST Day 54 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389511 . Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:01:53 EST Day 53 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388418 Oh! and there was a baby shower at work and we all had to submit some baby photos for people to guess who was who (no one had any trouble with me...lol) So I thought I would share with you! They aren't great photos but those are all I had of myself at my house (mom has all the photos) <BR> <BR> Here ya go! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692335764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465305294.jpg"> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:31:22 EST Quick Question about Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386394 So, I am not sure I have this right, can someone please tell me? <BR> <BR> If I consume 1900 calories today and workout for 300 calories - that means my intake of calories is 1600, right? Is that the right way to do it? Or am I supposed to eat 1500 and be at 1200 total? <BR> <BR> Or do I have this all wrong? <BR> <BR> thanks for your help! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:09:57 EST Day 51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386388 *whooosh!* <BR> <BR> The 3 dogs we were pet-sitting just went home with my parents and I love those puppies but I am SO happy to be back to one dog. <BR> <em>200</em> <BR> We had their 3 boxers for 6 days and, I am not gonna lie, it felt like a month. They are good dogs but the female adult had just come in season so she couldn't go out with the male. The 12 week old puppy played too hard with them and sprained her leg so we had to take her to the vet and they confirmed that and gave us... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:04:11 EST Day 49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383390 Just dropping in real quick to post this week's menu! <BR> <BR> scones - treat <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=2066103 <BR> <BR> Rice and Beans (great for lunch leftovers) <BR> <BR> Hamburgers with salad & corn on cob <BR> <BR> Trader Joe's BBQ Ribs & corn/salad (super fast and easy on weeknight) <BR> <BR> Ground Beef Cabbage over wheat noodles <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=37702 <BR> <BR> BLTA <BR> <BR> Boiled Eggs/E... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 12:54:58 EST Day 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382307 Things have been busy here! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are watching my parent's THREE boxers this week. My parents are going on a road trip to visit family in Wyoming. <BR> <BR> So we have FOUR dogs. Wow. It is fun but a lot of work. Codex LOVES the company. It makes me wonder if she needs a playmate! Two of the boxers are about 2 years old and then there is a 12 week old puppy who is a handful. The puppy started limping on her left front paw after romping with the older dogs last night. Sh... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:28:57 EST Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378133 Yesterday I pushed myself too hard at the end of my jog. My heart rate went over 185 and I got the inevitable migraine. It was a doozy. <BR> <BR> I no longer take my migraine Px injections because we are planning to start a family. So I had ibuprofin and tylenol-which did not help much until this morning. That is ok! It finally went away and I still got my time in with the free trainer at work. He kicked my BUTT. He had my put my feet into these ropes to keep my feet suspended while I did p... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 15:31:59 EST Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376198 Sorry folks, I didn't take photos of the meals this week. I plum forgot until everything was put away. <BR> <BR> Here is what we made for this week: <BR> <BR> Meatloaf <BR> Roasted veggies (cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli and tomatoes) <BR> <BR> Grapes, Strawberries, Cherries and veggies in tupperware with a bit of ranch. <BR> Frozen breakfast burritos. Salad for dinner side dish. <BR> <BR> We still have a ton of leftovers in the freezer: chicken and veggie soup... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:02:19 EST AB Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375214 Hey fellow sparkers! <BR> <BR> My husband and I just signed up for a June DietBet game (have to lose 4% by end of month) and to jump start that we have also started an AB challenge(although we are adding pushups too) <BR> <BR> If you are interested in trying it, here it is: <link>nsfitbitch.files.wordpress.com/2013/<BR>05/ab-challenge.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> No promises we'll be able to increase that fast but we are going to try! <BR> <BR> On another note, we went out for dinner tonigh... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 01:46:28 EST Day 41 - Officially weighed in for DietBet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374720 I mentioned in my vlog yesterday that I signed up for a game on <link>dietbet.com </link> . Well this morning not only ME but my husband as well took our weigh-in photos. He is doing it with me! YAY! <BR> <BR> We did the math and if 80% of the folks complete their 4% weightloss we'll win $100 bucks each (or $75 in profit since it costs $25 to sign up- the pot is over $96k!) <BR> <BR> Join us :) We are doing the June Blogilates game. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:35:18 EST Day 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374144 Here is that website: http://www.dietbet.com/ Fri, 31 May 2013 23:39:13 EST Day 39 - gaining and losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372656 I have been pretty hungry the past 2-3 days and my portions have been bigger and I have been snacking more. I jumped on the scale today and I am up 2 pounds-ish. <BR> <BR> That is okay. I know I need to monitor my serving size better. I tried doing the C25K again today but my ankles are pretty sore/weak right now so I walked most of the 20 minutes and tonight I'll get on the bike. I am trying to listen to my body more so I can avoid injuries. <BR> <BR> I plan to keep going no matter how slo... Thu, 30 May 2013 14:16:12 EST Day 38 - Keep pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371542 Yesterday I made some poor food choices and didn't work out. I felt my motivation waning a bit and the I felt guilty momentarily but I don't have time for that, so today is going to be better! HUZZAH! <BR> <BR> Now, I am off to get my 20+ minutes on the elliptical and drink more water! <BR> <BR> For tonight? C25K walk/jog intervals. Wed, 29 May 2013 13:27:17 EST Day 36 - First Comparison Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369346 So I thought I was going to be able to see some changes to my photos after my first month of healthier eating and exercise. I tried to wear a tight fitting top and the same shorts. They look pretty much the same to me. I am disappointed but I know I am getting stronger and I have more muscle definition in my legs. I have a long way to go so maybe I'll be able to see some of the changes at the end of June! I'll just kick it up a notch :) <BR> <BR> I lost a little over 14 pounds this month- so... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:25:09 EST Day 35 - Food plan and pics :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368794 So this post will most likely be long. Hahaha! Lots of pics. <BR> <BR> We are in our second week of the Spark Solution. We are following their meal plan VERY loosely (we are choosing different meals from <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com </link> ) We are using it as a guideline to eat healthier foods and snacks. <BR> <BR> My husband and I prepare all our meals for the week on the weekend. The prep and cook time is usually around 4-6 hours, which is a lot but well worth it when you get home f... Sun, 26 May 2013 22:27:53 EST Day 34 - SHOES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368061 Here is the link to RoadRunner Sports <link>www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/product<BR>/shoe-dog.jsp? </link> Sun, 26 May 2013 01:06:57 EST Day 33 - serious foot pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366838 I was only able to be on the treadmill for 20 minutes today. The arches of my feet are in a lot of pain. I do not think it is plantar fasciitis because it is not my heels that hurt but the arch and side of foot. <BR> <BR> My shoes aren't that old - I have Salomons. They were great until I started jogging and working out more, but lately it is close to unbearable. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to the Road Runner Sports store after work today! I am going to suck it up and spend $100 to make sure I... Fri, 24 May 2013 15:28:56 EST Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366197 Today was good! <BR> <BR> I did my Couch to 5K intervals on the treadmill at work- although I pushed myself too far(i.e. blood pressure got too high) and now have a wicked headache. My feet and ankles are super sore so I am trying to stretch more. Tomorrow is my low key workout day and I am ready for it! <BR> <BR> We were out of the prepared foods tonight so I decided to grab all the left over veggies (cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions) and cook up our last few fro... Thu, 23 May 2013 23:28:05 EST Day 31 - One sore monkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364538 I had a rockin' day yesterday with exercise. 30 minutes on the treadmill doing my C25K intervals at lunch and then my husband and I went to the gym after work and I got an additional 30 minutes there. Whew! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My body is telling me to slow down today. My knees and ankles are pretty sore. So tonight we plan to work out at home on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I was a bit hard on myself this morning. My body isn't changing overnight and I was unhappy with what I saw in... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:54:33 EST FACING THE FEAR CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363429 Have you been saying, "As soon as I am X weight, I will do something like sky diving, white water rafting, zip lining, cruise, etc?" <BR> <BR> Well stop now! <BR> <BR> Weight limits only exist for very specific adventures (sky diving/zip lining) Last time I checked it is around 220lbs - which would be a great goal if you are above that like me :) <BR> <BR> I was over 250lbs when I did an all day white water rafting trip with my husband! Life is happening now. I think we are all so focused... Tue, 21 May 2013 12:24:59 EST Day 30 - One Month, Food and Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363360 <BR> We are into our second day of the Spark Solution and I am one MONTH into changing my life for good! Weee! It is going good. We are eating a LOT more volume of food than we used to. Lots of fruits and veggies :) I am even having a Starbucks Chai Latte (tall size). <BR> <BR> So...right. I spent 4+ hours preparing our meals this weekend but I just realized we may not have something for lunch/dinner for 1-2 days *gasp* Not only are we eating everything, I didn't make enough! Sort of in a f... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:26:39 EST Day 28!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361434 My husband and I are definitely getting more active. <BR> <BR> We bought our first lawnmower (gently used) last week and this week we put it to work! Well, my husband did most of the mowing. It took about 3-4 hours total. WHOA. It was pretty high and thick grass though. We have been paying a company to come out but it is $$$$! So we did it this week and save $120. We don't have a trimmer yet - but plan to get one for next week :) <BR> <BR> I was inside most of the day today cooking and pre... Sun, 19 May 2013 19:19:00 EST Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359464 Almost a month! I am actually doing this! YES <BR> <BR> I just started T.O.M so I probably won't weigh in for another week. :P Oh well, it gives me more time to lose a few more pounds! YES <BR> <BR> I have read most of the Spark Solution book and when I went to the recipes and grocery list my jaw dropped. We budget $60 a week for groceries- there was NO WAY all those items would fit in our budget. So I spent the last two nights choosing meals/snacks that we could make for multiple days. We... Fri, 17 May 2013 15:27:52 EST Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356915 So, I am about 1 week away from a month into this journey! I honestly don't know how much progress I have made with weight loss yet. It is strange, but I don't really care so much because I know I am moving more and I feel better overall. <BR> <BR> I have had a few large dinners the past few nights but I am still figuring out what my body needs during the day. I am definitely not eating enough in the morning and it causes me to be super hungry by the time I get home. <BR> <BR> I got my 20 m... Wed, 15 May 2013 00:04:58 EST Day 22 - Spark Solution! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355664 I just received the Spark Solution in the mail today and I am super siked to get started reading it. <BR> <BR> I went for a 20 minute walk at work today and got 1 mile in. <BR> <BR> When my husband and I got home we started the couch to 5k plan again. Although, we are going to have to do the first round a couple times again :P No jogging stamina. <BR> <BR> It was very windy and POURING outside and the whole neighborhood lost power. We still suited up in workout clothes and grabbed the pup... Mon, 13 May 2013 21:46:17 EST Day 20 - Holy White Water Rafting Batman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353664 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1639588119.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was most likely one of the most frightening and exhilarating days of my life. <BR> <BR> I love to swim....in pools and lakes but I have a fear of the ocean and fast moving water - mainly because I have never been around it. I almost didn't go on this trip but then decided to try and conquer this fear by staring down the dragon. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went with a large group to the <link>www.blueskyou... Sun, 12 May 2013 01:44:12 EST Day 19 - Cake you must withdraw. I am VICTORIOUS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352101 Are you aware I ate close to half a chocolate cake my husband won at a cake walk at the beginning of this week? zOMG. <BR> <BR> I was down and mopey for a day afterwards. I blame it on indigestion and just feeling sorry for myself for making a bad choice. BUT then, unlike in the past where I'd give up, I got moving. I threw away the cake. Then I moved some more. Then I tried a workout video that I haven't done for over a YEAR and I got through it. YES! <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning a li... Fri, 10 May 2013 11:54:29 EST Day 18 - I like to move it move it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351545 Hey to the dilly-o! That's right. I am high on exercise! <BR> <BR> Today I clocked a mile in under 15 minutes for my walk before lunch at work today and then tonight I did Turbo Jam for 20 minutes. I made it through the whole 20 minutes! I was zapped but I did it! YES <BR> <BR> I have decided to hold off on working with the trainer again until June. I want to get the eating healthy and exercise everyday thing down first. <BR> <BR> So for my mini goal, I am going to get a minimum of 15 mi... Thu, 9 May 2013 23:42:06 EST Day 17 - Map My Walk App http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350017 Hey fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> This week has been a bit of a roller coaster so far - but as silly as it sounds, I think I NEEDED for it to be hard. Even though I have started this journey over many many times I think I am finally "getting it." <BR> <BR> If I let food win one day it does not mean the end of my journey and time to give up. I find I tend to view things as a success or failure and success, for me in the past, was a bit unobtainable which caused a LOT of failure. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 8 May 2013 15:38:12 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348418 So guess what times two? <BR> <BR> One - I threw the cake away. No more temptation! <BR> <BR> Two - My husband and I are going to be gone all day this Saturday for white river rafting!! <BR> <BR> That is all. Keep Sparkin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407937361.jpg"> Tue, 7 May 2013 09:43:49 EST