FITTEREVERYDAY's SparkPeople Blog FITTEREVERYDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Because sometimes I can't see the difference in the mirror. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first picture is one I took of myself sometime in 2013. The second one was taken last December. Over that time I lost about 50 pounds total. It's insane to see how different I look. What's more insane though is how different I feel. I'm not the same person I was 50 pounds ago. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:11:05 EST Resolutions So I meant to post this earlier but these are my resolutions: <BR> -Hit my goal weight (not that far away!) <BR> -Get up to a 45 minute 10K on the elliptical <BR> -Work on unlearning emotional eating <BR> -Be more focused @ work <BR> -Read 33 books Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:15:01 EST Getting guessed small and it makes me chuckle I had a laugh the other day. I was at work searching the web for a new raincoat (we have random lulls at work where nothing is happening) because mine is way too big (a men's XL....I'm a women's M) and my coworker decided to help. I was going through the sizing charts and he thought I was a 4 or a 6.....I'm an 8. He also suggest a slim cut (which I may do when I buy one....I have a ton of old XL things that make me looking like I'm wearing a garbage goal I'm going to be ready for t... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:08:43 EST More progress photos, same woman, same dress, two years and about thirty pounds later <img src=""> about 165 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> 133 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:16:02 EST The difference 44 pounds makes. <img src=""> - 177 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> - 133 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:50:15 EST NSV I really do love when someone notices my loss. DH told me this morning he's starting to notice muscle definition in my back and that I now have an actual curve in where my waist is. Thu, 7 May 2015 11:43:35 EST No longer obese :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not the best picture I know (photo of a screen after all), but I'm proud of it. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:40:17 EST Walking in the snow I have to say having four inches on the trails makes walking more akin to snowshoeing (which I love and would do every day if I had the chance). It's too deep for my running shoes but i still feel like I'm getting an amazing workout because dragging my feet is not an option. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:11:04 EST New Year (yes very late) Sorry about the lateness. I've been massively enjoying the snow that I was really expecting to get starting last month and I've just been wanting to be out more than online. <BR> <BR> Anyway I am fully convinced that I can reach my weight goal this year. It's only 33 lbs away and with hard work and perseverance I should be able to make it. Then my goal will be maintenance and working on my distance goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:21:46 EST A little quiet in a crazy time I work for a college and classes are over so it's quite quiet right now. On break today I decided to head out to the park next to my building to make some footprints on the snowy path. So worth it even for 10 minutes of absolute quiet. Nothing but my own footsteps. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:55 EST Not fitness related but worth a read. <link><BR>l-joyful/# </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:14:04 EST Cool article <link><BR>rt/what-happens-to-our-brains-when-we-<BR>exercise-and-how-it-makes-us-happier?u<BR>tm_source=facebook </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:19:10 EST A different approach to December. I think right now using the nutrition tracker is adding to my stress and not doing much else for me. I also have this thing about not remembering to use it with so much happening. It may help at some point but for me December is not the time to start again with it Instead I'll be doing what helped me to lose weight initially....mindful eating good food in moderation. Keeping an eye on my stress eating (which I suspect is the big reason that I got to this point). Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:42:59 EST Walking! <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>o-better-health/ </link> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:28:49 EST workout challenge - good link <link><BR>ow?u=84349224ef7a543ab038356d3&id=e347<BR>bff88b </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:23:20 EST December Goals -get in my fruits and veggies -continue my walk/jogs (more snow pics!!!) -add the videos from Jessica Smith's quick fit holiday challenge on top of that -drink my water -for Pete's sake use the nutrition tracker And hopefully be at 145-148 by the end of the month. I've only maintained in December before but I think a loss is possible. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:12:07 EST Walking in a winter wonderland I did another 1.79 mile walk/run in the snow. Would've done more if I didn't have to work today. It's actively snowing today and it's gorgeous! I should explain that is is probably how I am one of the few people I know that has an easier time losing weight in winter than summer. I'm glued to my couch if it's hot...if it's cold..well you know. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:53:50 EST Winter running Pretty cool. Although I find the idea of loping through snow to be enough motivation. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:57 EST First winter run Actually went really well. Packed snow is pretty easy to deal with. I'm still not doing it on ice but I had to try out snow. I think the trails are actually more comfy on my knees with a bit of snow on them even. I've done winter walking forever and also some snow shoeing. It was just time to see if I could jog at all. The nice thing too is zero overheating. It's all of 30 here today and so I definitely did not get hot. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:28:34 EST Walking. I keep thinking I should vary my routine but I think it may not happen right away. I'm loving walking right now. We're on the edge of snow season (we've started having snow vs rain) and not icy yet and snow and cold is something I'm fond of walking much so that I was almost late for work Friday. With my ice cleats I can probably keep up through all but the worst of the ice too...and they make better ice cleats that I could potentially get. So we're looking at spring. ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:04:40 EST Not waiting for January.. I need to get my rear in gear if I want to get off this plateau and I have some other goals in mind too in lieu of self care. <BR> <BR> So here are my resolutions for the remainder of 2014 <BR> <BR> -Working out M-F...negotiable for spending time with family for Thanksgiving and Christmas and sickness, non-negotiable because I have to does not take up a whole day and 10-30 minutes is a TINY portion of a day. <BR> <BR> -Spending less time online. Don't worry I'll still be here.... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:54:11 EST Working out around work This is something I haven't had to do in awhile (being self-employed is different) and it does mean that doing more this month might be hard. I think I'll still commit to 10 minutes a day whether it's a work day or not. I'm thinking 30 minutes max on work days and 45 on non work days (I still have things to do when not at work as everyone does). I'm still going to want to relax and have time with hubby and the kitties after all. <BR> <BR> My best plan so far is probably taking advantage of ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:37:43 EST November goals Hello to November a day early! I'm excited for a new month and am leaving October with some good and bad. <BR> <BR> The good: <BR> A chance of snow (ok I don't have control over this but I feel much more motivated when there's a chill in the air than not...I am the opposite of many). <BR> <BR> Possibly a new job (I'm talking to an old boss of mine tomorrow and I think that's what he has in mind to chat about). <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> I got really off track in October. I had a vacation in... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:33:55 EST Getting somewhat on track pre-vacation I know next week is going to be nuts because we're staycationing all week so trying to be serious about my SP journey this week. I have 3 of my weekly 10 miles done and will get in the other 7 before Sunday. I am also FINALLY tracking food again. I'll try not to gain on my week off and all the walking we do should help. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:09:16 EST I've seen this a few places and it looked like fun 1. What's your name? <BR> Kelly <BR> <BR> 2. What's your favorite sport? <BR> To watch would be hockey. To do? I guess swimming is a sport, right? <BR> <BR> 3. Have a crush? <BR> My hubby <BR> <BR> 4. What's your eye color? <BR> Blue <BR> <BR> 5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To not suffer from anxiety. <BR> <BR> 6. Are you allergic to anything? pollen and grass. <BR> <BR> 7. Have you ever broken a bone? Collarbone when I was about 12, I slipped... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:04:13 EST Hello October! (A day late I know) After tomorrow the weather's supposed to get a lot better (dropping from the 70s to something more seasonally appropriate, hello 50s and low 60s) so I'm considering a walking goal for October (haven't had leg issues recently either, having a cold forced me to rest long enough it looks like). Maybe a mile for each day? I don't get out everyday and I'm willing to walk a mile even if I'm full of allergies or just not in the mood to walk. I'll probably go over but I'd rather set a goal I know I ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:51:06 EST Update on fall 5% challenge The end of September has found me with a chest cold so I haven't been quite as on the ball with my challenge as I had hoped. Still made weight goal plus some ( weekly goal is only -0.9) but I want to be active in my challenge. I am getting better but not there yet. The weather randomly warmed up too which I'm not a fan least the weather will cool considerably by the weekend and I should be feeling much better too. I'm ready to try some new workouts once I can breathe righ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:48:44 EST App recommendations? I'm looking for an app that will record my speed and distance without all the extra stuff I see in most apps. I don't need maps. I don't need a step counter. I don't even need a log of what I've done (I enter it in here after I've done it). I would like something that auto-pauses when I stop. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:28:46 EST Essentially the start of the challenge for me I'm almost never online on Saturdays and Fridays are nutty sometimes so my weigh ins will run Thursday to I'm starting today for all intents and purposes. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to be a pound down but I wasn't sure that it was going to happen because while I've been good about my workouts I've still been eating whatever I can find for lunch (and eating while reading...I need to stop this pronto). We're getting into happy cooking time for me though. <BR> <BR> <BR> It does ge... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:17:29 EST One more blog for today I just wanted to share that I'm glad I've started walking/jogging outside on a regular basis. It hasn't just been good for my body. It's been good for me overall. I sleep better. I feel better....if you're thinking about taking up walking it's totally worth it. I just walk around my neighborhood most of the time but it's been enjoyable watching summer turn to fall <em>465</em> up close. I can see the gradual changes the trees are making and watch the urban wildlife (fat squirrels mostly) d... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:11 EST The running thing Well my GPS failed me and didn't track but I ran about an eighth of my walk. I warmed up on the sidewalk and once I hit the park I started jogging (they have a gravel/packed dirt path vs the much harder on the legs concrete) intervals. I wasn't using my c25k app, I just tried to jog between "landmarks" aka jogging to the next tree, walking to the bench, jogging to the park sign, etc. <BR> <BR> Next fall I want to be able to jog the park path (about 0.7 mile so not even that far). Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:14 EST Is it worth it? One of the the things that has been key in my weight loss journey is actually figuring out what I enjoy, I mean really enjoy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was in the vicinity of a Starbucks and I had a pumpkin spice latte. Don't get me wrong I like PSLs but it just wasn't this amazing thing I remembered it being. I think I'm happy getting one per fall, from the cheaper Dunkin Donuts. I felt bad for paying $4 and 200 calories for something I barely enjoyed. I would have preferred to go get some nuts... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:50:31 EST No excuses! We all have our pet excuses. I don't mind going out in the cold, the snow, when I'm a little sleepy...I hate going out if it's supposed to rain. Not even raining, supposed to rain. A good Michigan deluge would be a good reason to not go out, a chance of rain is not. I have to face the fact that where I live 180 days out of the year there is a chance for precipitation and unless it's between November and March that's probably going to be rain. If it were summer I'd have the reason of heat (as ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:05:15 EST Update It's a nice day here in SE Michigan and the breezes are feeling autumnal and I'm getting really excited for my first 5% seasonal challenge. I'm confident that I'll do well since I have so much support here :D <em>252</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:18:52 EST I wanted to share because this was just fun<BR>E <BR> <BR> I got through it with no shin pain too. It feels good to move again. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:44:24 EST Finally figured out something on SP I finally figured out how to change my BMR here to reflect what my actual BMR probably is. SP automatically assumes you are sedentary, which I'm not, and it wasn't accounting for all my exercise a few weeks ago either. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:22:50 EST The shin saga The leg seems better. I'm still getting some pain from random things (stretching, twinges when walking) but it's lessening and dissipating faster. I still don't feel comfortable running or even doing any distance walking but I think more low-impact aerobics can come back into my life next week. The nice thing about those is that I can do them at home and stop if it hurts. <BR> <BR> I finally admitted to my hubby last night that I'd been hurting. I didn't want him to make a big deal of it (I... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:13:56 EST Headache... My upstairs neighbor seems to be building something in his apartment...I wish he'd stop, the hammering is killing my head..... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:44:43 EST An open door and more confidence! I went to the library yesterday...something I do all the time...but not this branch. Our bus system finally started stretching to all the branches and not just downtown as of last month and that might open a door for me. One of my dream jobs involves working in a library. Trust me, I don't mind the idea of being a thirty one year old library page. It combines two of my favorite things, books and helping people. I think I'm going to feel more confident at job interviews now that I feel like I... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:08:28 EST Good news and something very odd about me. First for the good news, for those of you who don't know I regularly participate in something called LARP (think combination Renaissance festival, improv theater, and fencing...done with foam weapons....all while hiking in the woods) and I was afraid that my next LARP event wouldn't be a lot of fun because it possibly was going to be this month...not enough time for me to heal enough to go dashing through the woods (somehow I can run in hiking boots, in the woods, without hurting myself and h... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:46:06 EST I actually love exercise..... I know lots of people dislike exercise and I really used to. Now I like it a lot. And I'm bummed by what I can't do right now, a lot. I know I need to build up a lot slower than I did. Unfortunately my cardiovascular system was ready for things that my legs were not. I don't do a lot in summer usually (I despise the heat and humidity) and the beginning of this summer was no different. I think I needed more than two weeks of solid walking BEFORE I started trying to jog (along with getting the ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:33:35 EST Update on the vacation saga So I told my parents that I can't come out this year...kind of a sad conversation but I'm glad they understood. <BR> <BR> <BR> Our mini-staycation won't be the same kick in the finances. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:33:04 EST Someone else noticed! My hubby said he's really noticing a change in how my belly looks. Pretty exciting! I'm also nearing the 25 pound loss mark and also also nearing my half-way point. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:46:29 EST Another September goal I think my other September goal should be to get back on track with the nutrition tracker. I have been lax (I get bored with that part). Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:40:15 EST September goals and an update on my vacation situation So for September I think I'm going to set a mileage goal. I'll no longer have my nieces and I HOPE the weather will be better behaved than it is today. I'm hoping for fall temps soon! <BR> <BR> -10 miles per week <BR> <BR> Other than that I think keeping on doing what I'm doing will be good. <BR> <BR> Vacation wise hubby and I have decided that with buying a car we will be taking a staycation which I am perfectly happy with. We can go to our favorite Japanese place, go to local museums a... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:46:10 EST I don't understand this... It is roasting hot and I don't even wanted to be tempted to run today but outside is calling me. Something whispers in my ear and says only twenty minutes, put on your shoes, you can walk it since you want a rest from running. It used to be EASY to sit but now my body bugs me about moving, even if it's sore. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:26:39 EST Today It's incredibly hot (for Michigan, don't judge me on this if you get low to mid 90s all the time where you are). The pool is likely to be packed. I NEED some time off running (maybe even extended time). What to do? I've done some Wii Fit and I think some core work is a good idea. I also want to spend some time on actually cleaning my apartment. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:50:40 EST If you dislike roundabouts as a driver.... Try them as a pedestrian. It's worse. For every nice person who stopped and let me go on there were five people in a massive hurry so I stood and waited and paced and waited and stretched and waited.... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:48:46 EST The running thing So I had to run a few errands where some sweat wouldn't make a difference (self-scan stations don't care how you smell) and decided to jog a bit as a test (before I loaded myself up with groceries). I am still getting some shin pain but ONLY if I push myself to go too fast or jog on sidewalk. Everything I've read says no sidewalk unless you have to and I agree that sidewalk is just killer. I think I'll stick to the running path in the park. I found even jogging across asphalt a few times didn... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:22:22 EST Updating again So I followed the advice I'd always heard about reviving wet electronics and stuck my turned off phone in rice for three days and it survived! I'll restart my c25k program next week since I have my nieces this morning and will also have them Wednesday and Thursday (I give credit to folks who do this sort of thing that have their own small children!) I will workout this week mind you and will probably either swim or do a few laps of the park on the days I have the kids. I just have to be able ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:27:05 EST