EVASTANKIEWICZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EVASTANKIEWICZ EVASTANKIEWICZ'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/ "30-Minute Indoor Walking Workout" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502541 I'm saving this for later to see if it's any good. And if it is, then I can use it later for exercise. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=30minute_indoor_walking_workout </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 13:46:32 EST "NEW on SparkRecipes.com: Make Over Any Recipe, Add to Your Tracker" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406003 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498703 </link> <BR> <BR> it shows how to add any sparkrecipe, that you change to make your own, to your meal tracker Sun, 30 Jun 2013 02:54:28 EST Perfect Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387420 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/perfect<BR>_prod.asp </link> <BR> <BR> The Perfect Produce page tells you how to select, store, and cook with more than 100 fruits and vegetables! <BR> I have to save this page so that I'll be able to find it again later, cause it has so much information that I need. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:15:43 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380999 I'm so excited!! My Fitbit came today. I only got to use it for half of today, but I'm looking forward to seeing just how many steps I do actually take in my normal day, I know it's going to be really low, but I'm looking forward to being able to see how much I can improve myself using my new toy. <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:29:40 EST I finally bought my Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377454 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205577771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I just bought my first Fitbit thru Amazon today. I've been looking into getting one for a while now, and I've finally ordered it. I had been looking into getting the Fitbit One, but I decided to try out the Fitbit Zip. It does the main things I want to look at, but the One does the sleep tracker thing. But I can always upgrade to it in the future if I decide I really need to have it. But for now, I'll be t... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 01:17:33 EST Ice Cream is one of my favorite foods. Bad, I know. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374280 But it's just soooo good!! <BR> <BR> So this is the article about the 15 Diet-Friendly Ice Cream Choices. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1118 </link> <BR> <BR> "SparkPeople's Picks <BR> The following frozen desserts make good choices; they most closely meet the guidelines above, but several other brands and varieties might also fit the bill, even if not listed here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen Dessert (and Serving Size) ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:24:21 EST BMI and Waist-to-Hip Ratio Calculators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371065 To find out what your BMI is: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula<BR>tor_bmi.asp </link> <BR> <BR> To find out your Waist-to-Hip Ratio: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula<BR>tor_waist.asp </link> Wed, 29 May 2013 04:09:41 EST Your BMR Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366306 This is a Sparkpeople article. <BR> "Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is a measure of the energy your body uses in normal, everyday functions, like digesting food, moving your lungs and pumping your heart. <BR> This maintenance level is the minimum number of calories your body needs in order to function. Add this number to your calories burned through exercise and activity, and you get your total daily calorie expenditure. Now you know about how many calories you could eat without gaining w... Fri, 24 May 2013 03:02:23 EST Ab Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364152 There's a SparkPeople Blog with links to a bunch of ab exercises. I'm making sure I can find this for later. <BR> <BR> Your Guide to Flat Abs <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=your_guide_to_flat_abs </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 02:42:05 EST The Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361790 So I didn't get my book until this week, so I haven't been able to start the program yet. But I have every intention of doing this program!! <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? I really like Sparkpeople.com and everything that it does for me. And I've been having a really tough time lately with trying to loose weight. I had started logging what I eat and eating better foods, but I still haven't lost that much weight yet, at least not according to my weight... Mon, 20 May 2013 03:11:43 EST Preventing The Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360435 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-powell/<BR>weight-loss-plateau_b_1735139.html </link> <BR> Found this article about what to do to try and prevent the plateau or how to get out of it. Thought it was interesting. Sat, 18 May 2013 18:24:53 EST thanks sis. umm, no!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354600 So how horrible is it that after spending a couple hours with my family, well basically with my sister, that all I want to do is binge. I'm an emotional eater, and when I get stressed, all I want to do is eat. And now because my sister loves to be the way she is towards me, I'm having to use all of my will power to stay on my diet and not eat the ice cream I know is in the freezer. I hate this!!! Mon, 13 May 2013 00:28:09 EST DietBet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349304 So I decided to try out the DietBet thing. I just signed up for my first game. I joined the Mindy's Fitness Journey (May) today. I'm excited to see how this will pan out. Hopefully I'll be one of the people who wins. <BR> Ok, so here's how the game works. You sign up with a "game" you want to be in. Each "game" lasts for 28 days and you have to loose 4% of your actual weight in order to "win" the game. The people who do win at the end of the 28 days win a portion of the pot. When you ... Wed, 8 May 2013 00:45:59 EST Myofascial Lower Back Release http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345893 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp?exercise=496 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm bookmarking this for later. Now I just need to remember to buy myself a foam roller. Sun, 5 May 2013 04:31:06 EST Massage didn't work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344676 I got a massage on Monday and then again today, Friday. And yet my back feels all crapped out. I really hoped that getting the massage would make it all better, but it hasn't. There are times when I really hate having fibromyalgia, well I always hate the fact that I have it, but this just really sucks. I think I might be having a flare up. I haven't had one of those if a long time. I guess I forgot just how horrible they truly are. Fri, 3 May 2013 19:01:40 EST What to Eat Before You Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337919 What to Eat Before You Work Out <BR> Eating Before Exercise for Maximum Results <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1074 </link> <BR> <BR> This is something I've wondered about. Yay for this article!! <em>30</em> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:24:33 EST Crock Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332428 I finally got myself a crock pot today. Well, I had ordered it and it finally arrived today. So now I just have to find myself some really yummy good for me recipes to try to make. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:58:39 EST a dietbet game? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320101 So I found this from another Sparkler. It's a website that hosts a competition to loose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You put in an entry fee, and at the end of the 4 weeks, everybody who meets their weight loss goal all split the money in the pot. <BR> It sounds interesting, and kind of motivational since you could end up winning some money. I'm thinking about maybe trying this out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietbet.com/ </link> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:55:24 EST Very bad week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312881 I've had a bad week. I've gone over my limits every single day, and I feel horrible. And it doesn't help at all that I can't seem to find my motivation to do anything. I haven't exercised at all, and I can't seem to pull myself out of my chair to do anything. I feel like such a lazy bum. Damn, but if only I could figure out just where I left my motivation then maybe things might start getting better. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 17:34:52 EST Arm Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307975 11 Best Exercises to get Strong, Toned Arms <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/fitness/ph<BR>otos/11-best-exercises-get-strong-tone<BR>d-arms#0 </link> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:49:12 EST Protein Powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303903 15 New Ways to Use Protein Powder <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=15_<BR>new_ways_to_use_protein_powder </link> <BR> <BR> Lately I've been thinking about using protein powder. I barely get enough protein now, and that usually means drinking 3 or so cups of milk a day. Granted I love milk, but even with all that, I barely meet my protein goals. <BR> So I've been thinking about using protein powder to get some more protein into my system. The problem is, I don't know where t... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:14:02 EST wisdom tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295634 I got my last wisdom tooth removed today. I'm so numb. And the damned whole in my mouth won't stop bleeding. And I'm so hungry, but I'm afraid to not have gauze in my mouth. And the whole constantly swallowing my blood is really gross. And on top of that, I read that I shouldn't exercise tomorrow because of the whole blood pumping thing. That makes me really sad, cause I've been trying to get into the habit of exercising everyday to try to make it a habit. And now I have to break that ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:22:48 EST new dvd's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291504 So I got my free dvd's for pre-ordering the Spark Solution book a few days ago. And I was finally motivated enough to try it out today. <BR> Now, you have to understand, I have been really struggling with finding motivation to work out lately. I don't know why I just can't seem to get up off my lazy butt to work out, but I just haven't been able to. Maybe it's because I've been feeling a little sick, or most likely, it's just because I'm lazy. But it's been a real struggle with me. <BR>... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:02:19 EST Happy St. Patty's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289464 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124329647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439118031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:50:44 EST How I've been feeling lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040424580.jpg"> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:51:30 EST Not Enough Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278268 There are days like today that I just can't eat enough calories to reach my lowest target caloric goal for the day. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. Most of the time this does happen, I try to keep eating even though I'm not hungry. I don't really think I should be doing that though. So today, I think I'm just not going to keep eating, I think that I'm gonna stop eating when I'm full. I don't know if that is a good thing or not, but I really don't feel like eating anythi... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 01:15:25 EST Squat Thrust with Single-Arm Dumbbell High Pull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268032 <link>www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-da<BR>y/201302/forgotten-fat-burning-exercise </link> <BR> <BR> Looks interesting. Maybe I'll try this one soon. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 04:50:39 EST Create Your Own Frozen Dinners (SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266439 I'm stealing this from another Sparker. It was just too interesting to not be able to find this again. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=762 </link> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:21:53 EST Back on it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258236 I'm happy. I finally got back on my elliptical, after a week and a half. And I've got to say, I do feel better for it. Granted it was only 20 min of exercise, but I still got back on track. And it does feel good to exercise again. I really must remember that fact next time I'm feeling like not exercising. It makes me feel good to exercise. Period. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:47:50 EST Falling off the band wagon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254318 I feel really bad because I didn't exercise once last week. Not counting all the walking I did at the zoo, of course. But doing any real exercise?? I totally slacked off all last week. I feel horrible because I did that. Not only because of the lack of exercise, but I've also been feeling extra sluggish and uber tired. And to make it worse, I gained back a pound and a half. That should teach me to slack off, right? I sure hope so. I hope I don't fall off the band wagon again. Cause ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 03:01:10 EST Happy Valentine's Day fellow Sparklers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203763674.jpg"> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:15:11 EST Motivation Pic 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276162135.jpg"> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:43:18 EST Motivation Pic 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967894407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to listen to this!!! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 23:56:08 EST Motivation Pic 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240359 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1656565654.jpg"> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:32:16 EST Bottomless Pit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239570 For the past few days I've felt like my stomach has been an endless bottomless pit. All I wanna do all day long is eat and them I still feel like I wanna eat some more. I'm sure I'm just not eating the right kinds of food. I'm really gonna have to go thru and try to figure out what's going on with this food thing right now. Oh and I've been craving a chocolate chip cookie for the past few days, had 2 last night from Subway and now I want a cupcake and a brownie. But that's thanks to Pint... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:59:28 EST Motivation Pic 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238097 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493736781.jpg"> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:39:33 EST Puppy Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236027 I know this has nothing to do with food or exercise or weight management, but I'm excited. I've never watched the puppy bowl and this year I've decided to watch it. It looks really cute and it's almost time for it to start. So yay. <em>338</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:46:22 EST In a funk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233830 I think I'm in a funk. All I wanna do is sleep. Maybe eat some, but mostly all I wanna do is sleep. Right now I wish I was sleeping. I don't like this. I want to be more productive, but I can't seem to muster up the energy to do anything. I even took a nap today, but still can't seem to do anything but want to sleep some more. <em>39</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:06:30 EST Motivation pic 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232376 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1825002254.jpg"> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:23:29 EST Motivation pic 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231116 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880193467.jpg"> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:47:07 EST Wall Slides combats back bad posture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228192 "If you sit in front of keyboard all day, you should start doing an exercise called the wall slide immediately. Why? Because it helps undo the damage caused by slumping forward all day. After all, a hunched posture can leave you with the rounded shoulders look of a caveman. Worse, it can also lead to neck, shoulder, and back pain. So use the wall slide to beat back bad posture for good. In fact, for best results, do this exercise up to three times a day. (It's easy to do in your office.)" <BR... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:05:31 EST "Clean Banana Bread" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1771876241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a different kind of Banana Bread than I know of, but it does look interesting and sounds very good. I'm gonna have to see about trying this one. <BR> <BR> <link>positivemed.com/2012/12/20/clean-ban<BR>ana-bread/ </link> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:56:30 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226502 I am making progress. It's slow progress, but it's still progress!! <BR> My boyfriend bought me a shiny new scale last night, so I can see exactly how much I weigh and how much I loose, instead of just having to guess at it. <BR> So far I've lost 3 pounds!! I'm so happy about that!! <BR> I've also lost an inch from my waist and an inch from my hips. And I've lost a half an inch from my thighs and my upper arms. <BR> I know this isn't much, but it's less than what I started with. And I a... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:36:09 EST Keep at it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224735 I'm super tired, and all I really want to do is lie down and take a nap. But what am I doing instead?? I'm putting on my workout clothes and hopping on my elliptical. Gotta keep pushing if I'm gonna loose that weight, right? <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:12:35 EST Melatonin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223446 So I took half a melatonin last night to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. And now I'm feeling all sluggish and have no energy. It's not that I'm tired or sleepy, I just feel all pooped out. I really feel like I should take a nap because of the lack of energy I have. I haven't taken any melatonin in well over a year and now I remember why I don't. I really wish there was an easier way for me to fall asleep at a normal time at night, but since the melatonin isn't a good option I'm gonna ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:01:28 EST fish? bleh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222215 So I know that fish is really healthy and good for the body. And the fact that I'm half asain, I should love fish. But I don't. I can't eat the stuff. Well, I can stand to eat fish sticks and fish and chips, but the good kind of fish? Hells no!! <BR> The thing is is that I can't stand the texture. Biting into a piece of fish, just the thought of it, makes me shiver. The feel of it between my teeth is just too gross. I've even tried to eat canned tuna, but even that makes me want to ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:56:55 EST Glucose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221038 Glucose (typically made from carbohydrates) is necessary for the regulation of nerve tissue and is the only source of energy for the brain. " <BR> <BR> Learned that from taking the sparkpeople quiz today. <BR> <BR> Makes me wonder if maybe taking a supplement for Glucose could help ease the pains for fibromyalgia. It would be amazing if this could regulate those nerve endings. I'm definitely going to have to look this up!! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:15:52 EST bf's weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219531 I learned that my bf weighs just 3 pounds more than I do. This is very frustrating because he eats so much more crap than I do. I try to limit what I eat, and how much I eat. He doesn't, and he never exercises. Granted I don't exercise as much as I should, but I'm starting slow and working my way up to doing more. And he's just about the same weight as me. Oh, and he's 1 inch taller than me too. I'm sad now. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>15</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 03:26:14 EST eyes?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217454 I just learned that fibromyalgia can affect my eyesight. Wow, that's just another thing I have to worry about now. Yay. And isn't it great that I don't have insurance anymore?? <BR> Damn I hate having fibro <em>46</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:35:52 EST Shoulder injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216485 So last Tuesday I injured my left shoulder exercising. I'm not sure what exactly it was that I did, I think I pulled a muscle, but it's still hurting a lot. I've tried icing it, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything to help. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have the pain go away, but then again, if I could do that, I'd make my fibromyalgia go away and all my fat would disappear too. Oh how I wish I could do that. <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:11:07 EST