FITNESSMONSTER8's SparkPeople Blog FITNESSMONSTER8's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My workouts for the week Mon. = 30 min. ST lower body & abs <BR> 60 min. pilates class <BR> 30 min. walk the dogs <BR> <BR> Tue. = 30 min. ST upper body & abs <BR> 60 min. yoga class <BR> 60 min. Tae Bo class <BR> <BR> Wed. = 30 min. ST lower body & abs <BR> 60 min. pilates class <BR> 60 min. Zumba class <BR> <BR> Thur. = 30 min. ST upper body & abs <BR> 60 min. cycling class <BR> 30 m... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:45:30 EST Weight Watchers For the past few months it seems like I have been losing and regaining the same few pounds. I'm not really going anywhere, not really making any progress. I feel stuck. <BR> <BR> About 7yrs. ago I joined Weight Watchers to lose some weight for my upcoming wedding. I loved it! I lost about 20lbs. Which got me to my lowest weight of my adult life. I even became a lifetime member and was able to attend the weekly meetings for free. Well after the honeymoon I stopped going to the meetings, and t... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:23:47 EST March 1,2012 1) 30+ minutes of physical activity: 30 min. ST arms <em>248</em> <BR> 60 min. cycling class <BR> <BR> 2) 5+ servings of fruits / vegetables: 5 servings <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3) 8+ cups of water: 9 cups <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4) burn more calories than I consume : Ate: 1,241 Burned: 2,188 <em>248</em> <BR> Dif... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:06:19 EST Back to the basics For the month of March I have decided to go back to the basics. I think sometimes I overwhelm myself with setting too many goals, and then I get myself all stressed out. So my goals for March are: <BR> <BR> 1) Get in at least 30+ minutes of physical activity every day. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat 5+ servings of fruits / vegetables every day. <BR> <BR> 3) Drink 8+ cups of water every day. <BR> <BR> 4) Burn more calories than I consume at least 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> These are all goals that I kno... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:00:33 EST Februray February has not been a very healthy month for me. <em>39</em> Last week I was sick and the week before I was on vacation. So I ate way to much junk and got in very little exercise. <em>198</em> I did not gain any more weight but I also did not lose any. I'm still trying to work off my weight gain from December. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I planned on going to the gym after work, but it was such a nice day I decided to go to the park for a run instead. <em>312</em> I have not been ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:52:17 EST Vacation/Holiday weight gain I gained 15lbs in December! <em>15</em> Yes you heard me right 15lbs in one month. <em>46</em> I did not even know it was possible to gain that much weight in one month. I gained 11lbs from my cruise and the other 4lbs from the holidays. <BR> <BR> On the plus side I did have a WONDERFUL vacation!!! <em>334</em> I did stay active for the most part. I took a yoga class on the ship and I did a bunch of excursions on the islands. I went zip lining and kayaking for the first time which was a... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:40:21 EST Vacation!!! As of tomorrow at 4:30p.m. I will officially be in vacation mode!!! <em>334</em> On Monday I leave for my cruise. <em>340</em> We will be making stops in Labadee, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. John's, and Tortola. It's just me and my husband going and we have never visited any of these places before so we are very excited. <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Getting in my exercise should be easy, there is a gym on the ship and they offer fitness classes. <em>319</em> We also booked some ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:06:51 EST Compliments!!! Last week in my boot camp class while doing our ab workout the teacher came over to me and said into her microphone "everyone stop what you are doing and look at Jen. This is the correct way to do this move and everyone should do it the way Jen is doing it." This is a teacher who never does that she is a very tough drill sergeant type. I was so embarrassed but it also made me feel really good at the same time. Of course some of the people I know from class are still teasing me and saying th... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:17:47 EST Jasmine So I have to say I have had a pretty good week as far as my nutrition and exercising. I have got in some form of exercise everyday this week and have done well with my eating as well except for Tue. <BR> <BR> On Monday night my beagle Jasmine passed away. She was 13yrs. old and had not been doing so well for the past week so we knew it was coming. Even though I was semi prepared for it I was devastated. I know it was for the best though she was starting to have problems getting around and sh... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:11:02 EST 1st Progress picture I finally worked up the nerve to post a picture of myself in a bikini eek!!! I have been doing really well the past week, but prier to that I was on a slippery slope. I was still getting in my regular workouts I just could not seem to stay away from all the junk food. I'm hoping that by posting progress pictures every two weeks it will help me to stay on track. I'm going on a cruise with my husband in the beginning of Dec. and I want to feel confident and sexy in my tiny bikini. I don't want ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 10:27:08 EST The good and the bad Lately I have been off and on with my healthy eating and exercising. <em>39</em> This past week I did pretty good until the weekend. I always go down hill on the weekends. It seems like a keep losing and regaining the same 5 lbs. <em>198</em> Lose it during the week, gain it back on the weekend. I have also been taking a lot of mini vacations which is hard on my healthy habits. <BR> <BR> On a good note I did receive several compliments today. <em>100</em> While at the gym this morning a... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:26:47 EST size is not everything On Friday I went on a hike with my husband, brother, sister in law, and our two friends. <em>126</em> My sister-in law and one friend don't have to watch what they eat or exercise and somehow still manage to stay a size 2. Unlike me who has to watch everything that goes into my mouth and can only dream of being a size 2. So anyway we went on a nice hike Fri. nothing to strenuous just a relaxing hike with a few small hills. <em>256</em> Well the next day my sister in law and friend were both... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:30:03 EST I finally bought a juicer!!! I finally bought a juicer last week after hearing all the great health benefits of juicing vegetables. <em>210</em> I'm so excited to make it a daily part of my routine. I already tried juicing some peaches, pineapple, and strawberries. <em>45</em> It was very yummy and all natural!!! I then juiced some spinach and carrots. <em>210</em> It was not the best tasting, but I know it's super healthy so that makes it a little easier to drink. My co-worker brought me in two books on juicing that ha... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:35:02 EST I ruined my good weekend streak!!! I ruined my good weekend streak! <em>46</em> Fri. evening I baked a cake and snacked on it all day Sat. and Sun. We also ended up ordering out from the pizza shop for dinner on Sat. and lunch on Sun. and I did not make good food choices. <em>480</em> To top it all of I did not get in any exercise over the weekend. And trust me this all showed on the scale when i weighed myself this morning. <em>192</em> But on a good note I got up this morning and did a 15min. ab workout, then I went to t... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:13:55 EST another healty weekend!!! I made it through another great weekend! <em>244</em> That's two weekends in a row and this one was even better than the last. Not only did I stay within my calorie range both days but I also worked out. On Sat. I did 60min. of yoga warrior it was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. <em>401</em> On Sun. I ran 4 miles my longest run yet. <em>312</em> When I weighed myself Sun. morning I was down 1.8lbs. I am now at my lowest weight for this year. <em>224</em> After work me a... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 14:46:43 EST healthy weekend This is the first time in awhile that I made it through the weekend and stayed in my calorie range. I do so good during the work week with my eating and going to the gym, but come the weekend I blow it. I have been losing and re-gaining the same 5 pounds forever! It's so frustrating!!! As long a I stick to my normal schedule everything goes as planned, but as soon as something changes I get off track. It feels great to continue into another week with my healthy habits instead of feeling like ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:51:25 EST Vacation goals I am officially in vacation mode!!! This time around I am going to set some goals for myself. I'm hoping by putting my goals down on paper and carrying them with me I will be more likely to stick with them instead of getting completely off track like I always do. So here is my goal list for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> 1. Do at least 30min. of cardio every day. This should be an easy one because I know I will be swimming in the ocean every day and I am also taking my bike with me to ride on... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:20:25 EST Final week O.k. so it's my final week to get beach ready, we are leaving Fri. evening. I had hoped to be further along with my weight loss, but I'm glad that I at least lost a few lbs. Also I may not have reached my weight loss goals, but I can tell a big difference in my cardiovascular health. I no longer feel like I'm going to die during my boot camp classes and I can work out longer and harder than ever before. So I guess when it comes down to it I'm happy with how far I have come. Now it's time to k... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:29:07 EST running When my 16yr. old step son got up to run with me this morning I was a little worried. I thought for sure that I would not be able to keep up with him and he would kick my butt. But by some miracle I was able to cover more distance than him during our 30min. run. In fact about half way through our run my son called me an endurance monster and said that i should be in a marathon. When we got back home my son kept saying how sore he felt from running but not me I felt great!!! I guess getting u... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:46:50 EST Two weeks until it's beach time Two weeks until it's beach time!!! I am really looking forward to spending a week with my family at the beach I just wish I could have reached my weight loss goal by now. For the next two weeks I'm going to really try and reach all my weekly goals and keep track of my calories. Hopefully while at the beach I will still be able to keep up with my goals but I always seem to get off track while on vacation. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:20:10 EST morning runs I got up and ran this morning and can tell a big difference from when I first started. I never thought I would be any good at running or actually enjoy it but now I'm starting to look forward to my morning runs. <em>312</em> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:12:51 EST I reached my fitness goals!!! I finally reached all my fitness goals this week. I got up at 5am this morning so I could get in my last run for the week even though I was exhausted when the alarm went off I did it!!! Now I just have to watch my eating this weekend. I am going away camping with my family so its going to be tough but I know I can do it. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:14:31 EST great week!!! I have had an awesome week!!! I have almost reached all of my goals for this week I just have to do one more 30min. jog. Hopefully I can keep it up through out the weekend which is always the hardest time for me. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:48:15 EST eating out When I went out for dinner last night instead of ordering my usual high cal./fat meal I opted for a chicken cobb salad with no bacon and light dressing. I was able to stay in my daily calorie range for the day and the salad was delicious so I did not feel deprived of anything in fact I felt really good about myself for doing such a great job!!! Wed, 25 May 2011 10:55:15 EST weekends I had a great weekend!!! I stayed in my calorie range and exercised Sat. and Sun. When I weighed in this morning I was down 4lbs. from last week!!! Mon, 23 May 2011 11:01:01 EST weekends So far I have had a good week. Now comes the hard part making it through the weekend. Fri, 20 May 2011 11:14:52 EST mornings I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning to go to the gym but now i'm glad I pushed through and went Thu, 19 May 2011 11:11:35 EST rain rain go away I was worried I would not be able to get in my walk today with all the rain but thankfully I was able to squeeze in half an hour over my lunch break. Wed, 18 May 2011 15:42:39 EST day 2 day two of my journey and doing great!!! Tue, 17 May 2011 16:24:41 EST