ERW001's SparkPeople Blog ERW001's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Summer Running - 3 It's been a while since I have posted and my running has been sporadic the past few weeks. Kind of annoyed because I am getting two different readings for a mile around my neighborhood. One device reads a mile and the other reads 0.78; kind of a big difference. Although, I did read that devices can be up to 30% off. Soooo, I'm not timing my mile anymore, and I'll just run the longer "mile" as my loop for reference of speed. I figure if I work up to running 30 minutes, surely I'll at leas... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:58:31 EST Summer Running - 2 Today I did my Day 3 training (Distance running). I ran 13 min straight at a fairly leisurely pace; however, it still felt harder than my other 2 runs this week. I then wogged the rest of the 20 min. I ran early in the morning, and it was beautiful out, but I normally run in the evening, and I think I just didn't feel as good during the run maybe because of the time difference. Still overall I am so happy I completed my first week of training...YAY! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:34:02 EST Summer Running - 1 Sunday I did my first run in a long while...I timed my 1 mile run. To my surprise, I ran a 9 minute mile. I think the last time I timed my 1 mile run, it was 10ish, so my HIIT training must be doing well to increase my endurance and stamina. <BR> <BR> Today, I did a 12-minute fartlek (3 minute jog to warm up, then cycles of 30 sec sprints followed by 2 minute jogs), and my mile today was 8:40. <BR> <BR> My plan for running training is three days of running at: <BR> 1. Time my mile, then ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:58:28 EST Intermittent Fasting Day 1 Trying intermittent fasting again...did for 3/4 weeks about 2 months ago and had lots of success with it, plus I felt great and not as hungry on my non-fasting days. Got off track and now I am determined to try it out again. <BR> <BR> I will be fasting 2 days a week (eating about 500 calories) and seeking to eat a well-balanced, healthy, and preferably clean diet the other 5 days. I still feel like I am giving into a fad diet, but after watching the full PBS documentary on it, I feel it co... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:12:48 EST Lightening Speed 35/365: This week flew by. Once again, it's Tuesday and I'm worried about stepping on the scale tomorrow. I know I've been having good workouts and eating well, yet the scale complex remains <em>24</em> Soooo, that being said, it is time to focus on my weekly NSVs! <BR> 1. I can actually feel definition in my abs again. Those Zumba moves are really taking effect! <em>355</em> <BR> 2. My walks while pushing a good 70 pounds and carrying another 20 are leaving me a lot less... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:55:13 EST Weekend Challenge 2 - Back to the Future Just for me to keep track of my points throughout the day before posting: <BR> <BR> P(___/100), R(___/200), E(___/100), S(___/100), E(___/300), N(___/100), T(100/100) + Blog (100/100) + Share (100/100) = Total (0/1200) <BR> <BR> Friday: P (25/25), R (50/50), E (25/25), S (25/25), E (75/75), N (0/25) <em>24</em> , T (100/100), Blog (100/100), Share (100/100) <BR> <BR> Saturday: <em>198</em> What a day! P (25/25), R (50/50), E (25/25), S (25/25), E (75/75), N (25/25) <BR> <BR> Sunda... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:43:07 EST PAST - What I Would Say to My 16-year-old Self Stop getting hung up with the number on the scale! You are not FAT! You are athletic and strong and beautiful. Just because you aren't as skinny as your friends doesn't mean you are not healthy. You are doing everything right, eating healthy, involved in sports and strength training. Don't get discouraged when all the guys are ogling the stick-thin models. Instead stay true to who you are...a strong, athletic, beautiful, kind, caring, and humble young lady. Get away from the scale!!!! ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:50:18 EST Staying Motivated Day 24 of my workout streak and Beginning of week 2 of BLC21: So this week I didn't see much of a move in scale-wise and that was sort of bummer with it being the 1st week of BLC21, but it did move and I have seen a number of NSVs this week. So one of my goals for BLC was to have at least one NSV a week, so without further adieu: <BR> 1. I can now wear comfortably a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear since before I was pregnant with the youngest -- nearly 2 years ago. <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:07:01 EST My BLC21 Goals - Get to 200 or below (lose 16 pounds). <BR> <BR> -Workout at least 20 minutes at least 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> -Do the cheating. <BR> <BR> -Get away from the scale and focus on finding one NSV a week. (how my body feels, how my clothes fit, my endurance, my strength, my mood, etc). <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:22:56 EST Keeping the Streak Alive Day 40: After yesterday's TNT and intense cardio workout, this morning my muscles were screaming! If there was any day I would break my streak (now 17 days strong of at least 20 min), it would have been today. But I told myself 10 minutes, just 10 minutes, you CAN do 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found a new Zumba video on YouTube and ended up having so much fun I forgot all about the muscle fatigue and ended up do... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:38:19 EST Streaking Day 37: Today marks 2 weeks of working out at least 20 minutes every day. It might not sound like much, but for me it is a huge accomplishment. I have always used the weekends as an excuse not to workout and totally go off my healthy eating plan. Well, now I'm on a roll. Exercising every day is starting to just feel natural <em>244</em> Making it a habit. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm sore! and it feels good. I did 20 minutes of upper body and ab work and I can feel it. I also did 20 minu... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:58:42 EST BLC21 Before Pics AKA I'm So Ashamed First off, the only reason and I mean ONLY reason I am posting these pics is because I really hope in 12 months I will come back to these pics and be amazed how far I have come. I am so ashamed I have gotten this way. I don't know why I am so surprised. I mean, I have seen pictures of myself over the past few years, but somehow they never seemed this bad. eh, nothing more to say. <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:13:12 EST Quick Blast Day 28: Things I will be incorporating into my 10-minute exercise blasts: <BR> <BR> Interval training (30 sec high intensity followed by 1-2 min low intensity) <BR> <BR> Circuit Training (combine cardio and strength training alternating between the two) <BR> <BR> Combination (do 2 strength moves together, i.e. squats and curls) <BR> <BR> Always looking to get more bang for my buck, and trying to remember that every little bit counts. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:25:36 EST Inspirational Quotes (Ongoing) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -This one really hits home and hard! I want so much for my two girls and struggles with weight and body image are not one of them. I need to set the tone starting now! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:19:10 EST Menu Planning 101: Quick and Easy Meal Ideas (Ongoing) Awesome resource: <link><BR>cheap_healthy_foods_for_meals_in_minutes </link> <BR> <BR> Snacks: (Some great ideas found here: <link><BR>cks-portable/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunches: <em>291</em> (will update when I have more time) <BR> <BR> 1. Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with raw veggies and dip with fruit and yogurt. <BR> <BR> 2. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:15:48 EST Fitting Fitness In Day 25: <em>198</em> I'm quite busy with my 3 kiddos and I have often used that as an excuse not to exercise in the past. It is extremely difficult to fit in more than 20 minute workouts and I have long been under the impression that that just wasn't enough time to make it worth it. Before kids I used to do hour long training workouts. In college, I would go to the gym for an hour than go on a 4 mile run. As much as I would like to be in the shape I was in during my college days, I nee... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:47:58 EST New year, new me Day 24: I can't believe it has been 24 days since I started SP. Unfortunately I basically wasted the last 11 days with traveling and visiting and sickness and craziness, I fell off track. But I'm back and well that's what matters. Looking ahead to a great 2013! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:22:04 EST Too Busy Day 12: Over the past 24-32 hours or so I have totally been letting the holiday bustle get the best of me. As I pop a few cookies in my mouth because it is faster than making a fresh healthy salad, I tell myself that maybe I'll just wait until after the holidays are all over to really focus on eating well and exercising because right now it is just too busy. <BR> <BR> Too busy... <BR> <BR> Too busy for my own health. Too busy for the welfare of my family. Too busy to set a good exampl... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:53:02 EST Motivation? Day 9: I must admit that I've always used the scale as my main motivator whenever I have tried to lose weight. Perhaps this is why I haven't been hugely successful over the past several years. I know that as soon as I see the numbers on the scale not drop or go up my motivation takes a nosedive. I usually would weigh myself everyday to keep my motivation going, but on the flip-side, it's also a major demotivator on those days the weight doesn't go down. So now to think up something to us... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:09:36 EST Success! Day 7: Well yesterday evening was the annual Christmas party full of delicious food. I spent the day at various times visualizing myself taking a small amount of things with lots of veggies if available, enjoying the food I had chosen, throwing my plate away, and focusing on those around me. I think the visualizing really works well for me. By the time I got to the party, my plan was like 2nd nature...I just did it. I didn't feel deprived at all. The main fare this year was PF Changs, s... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:22:32 EST I might be crazy if... Day 5: So I decided to take the SparkPeople sugar challenge thing. This is one of the hardest times of years for me in terms of weight gain. When it comes to sweets, if they are readily available and everyone else is doing it, I dive right in and throw all self-control out the window. I'm also a stress eater. So yeah...add little sleep (i.e. high stress) to Christmas cookies, cakes, candy, etc everywhere and Christmas parties and get togethers and then throw in a avoiding-sugar-challenge... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:19:16 EST Gaining Momentum Day 4: It has been easy so far to stay motivated, especially because the numbers on the scale continue to go down. However, I am trying to not allow what the scale is doing to dictate my mood or my motivation. I know that right now what I'm losing is mostly water weight and that the weight loss will soon be slowing down, so I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for that. What has surprised me is how motivating exercising can be. Today I was working on very little sleep and almost gave in... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:44:02 EST Unexpected Support Day 2: I just have to say that I was extremely pleasantly surprised when I opened my email this evening and saw notifications from Sparkpeople that others had actually commented on my last blog entry. It is so encouraging to hear from you all and definitely motivating. I'm humbled and touched that you all took the time to read and comment thoughtfully. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Today has gone really well. I decided to take the time and enter everything I ate today while focusing on eating fr... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:42:07 EST Starting over again. Day 1: I feel like such a failure at this...and I'm so tired of failing. I want to be healthy, energetic, confident. I don't want to be ruled by my emotions and moods. I want to be free! <BR> <BR> The baby hasn't been sleeping well, and I in a sleepy stupor that has gone on for 2 months now keep reaching for all those holiday treats in supersize style because they make me feel better. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:09:23 EST