FITTEREVERYDAY's SparkPeople Blog FITTEREVERYDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Woohoo Did not feeling like working out today. Did it anyway. That is all. <em>521</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:56:39 EST Some relief and maybe finally getting off this plateau... So we aren't going to get to go to SC because we desperately need a new car before winter. I'm relieved...we were going there mostly to see my mom and dad who won't fly and won't do long drives anymore (Myrtle Beach is about an hour and half for them)...and seeing them just stresses me out. To make a long story short my parents have issues that they won't deal with and that I can't convince them to deal with that just drive me crazy because I don't like seeing them suffer needlessly either. ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:15:25 EST Update I am pretty sure a lot of my shin pain has to do with my worn out shoes...ok so shoe replacement is a must. I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for so I'm going to have to search and possibly go talk to someone at a running store (it's recommended even for walking briskly over long periods of time...and I'm a 3-5 mile a day person who's trying to increase her walking speed to at least a 15 minute mile..doable since I'm at a 18 minute mile already increased from a 19 minute mile just a few ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:22:34 EST A little jogging Was not up to C25k today but jogged a bit when I was walking. Still getting shin pain and I'm guessing a lot of it is having my right leg being stronger than my left (I've hurt my left leg a few times and was very reliant on my right for months on end). It WAS a lot better on gravel vs blacktop or sidewalk though. <BR> <BR> My walking speed is doing better though. Hitting around 3mph vs 2.8 <BR> <BR> If the pain doesn't stop I'm probably going to throw in the towel on running for awhile an... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:08 EST Couch to 5K First day...that stuff is INTENSE. Total running time six minutes, longest run streak one minute. Neither my HRM nor the program times me so I'm not sure about speed. My phone was working hard enough running C25K and Pandora and I'm having to hold my phone in my hand anyway so I was not running my pedometer app. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:08:36 EST Faster than I thought I actually tracked myself with the Pedometer on my phone today and it turns out I've been selling myself short. I've been tracking my walks as 2 mph and actually I go about 2.8 on average...and what I tracked I did in flip flops. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:15:12 EST August goals I'm going on vacation mid-October so I want to be serious in August <BR> <BR> My goals for August include: <BR> <BR> Ab exercises five times a week <BR> Trying to get my average speed up to 4 mph during my walk/jogs <BR> Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. Trying for more. <BR> Getting another 1500 fitness minute trophy <BR> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:26:39 EST I can't get my FIRST 1,500 minute exercise trophy next month.... because I got it this month!!! I forgot I was going hiking over a weekend when I posed the idea of getting my first one next month. Six + hours of hiking adds up. Once I put in my walking time from today I got my trophy! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:13:41 EST Trying to find something positive to think about.... You know I've never gotten a 1, 500 minute trophy for exercise. I think I'm going to go for that next month. I'm looking like I'm going to get a 1,000 minute one for July (thanks to a few very active days planned and finished!) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make exercise one of my go-tos for stress and negative feelings. <BR> <BR> I'm also getting GOOD at these squat things. I like to do a few every day. My next move to tackle is the lunge. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:39:35 EST Another couple non-scale victories I was helping out my inlaws yesterday and I realized hills (my old nemesis) have gotten easy to climb. I even climbed up with a cooler (pulling it but it was full of ice and quite heavy). <BR> <BR> Also, today I lifted a shopvac up and over a child gate. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:14:56 EST Non-scale victories -I can do squats and I mean more than one. They're still tiny but I can do them without pain. <BR> -I can fit into everything I own now. <BR> -I have gone from a size 18-20 to a 14-16. <BR> -Reasonable portions have become much easier for me. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:36:40 EST This looked like fun. Thank you COLOR-BLUE Your go to chewing gum flavor… I don't chew much gum because of my TMJ but it's cinnamon. <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… Fall or Winter. It's hard to choose between them for me. <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be ...purple <BR> Favorite pie ... Pumpkin. Specifically my FILs pumpkin. <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… cassette in my case but I don't remember. I think it may have been something by Weezer. That was a long time ago. <BR> <BR> Current p... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:38:12 EST July Goals I hate what spring/summer does to me but I am NOT letting it get me down. I've been super busy but I'm ready to blog again. <BR> <BR> July Goals: 40 minutes a day/5 days a week exercise <BR> 5 Fruits/Veggies everyday <BR> Stay within SP calorie goals <BR> Drink 8 cups of water a day <BR> Try to keep coffee to four days a week <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll hit 155 by month's end. I'm going to do my best!!! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:48:08 EST April goals April will be a bit different, I really am struggling mental health wise (as I do every spring...gah). Also, I'm an intuitive eater and I think I'm ready to move on to intuitive exercise too. So less tracking. I just want to go out and walk and have fun with it. <BR> <BR> I will make a goal to be outside more often to see if fresh air helps, it still feels nice and cool here in MI and I'd like to enjoy it while it lasts. <BR> <BR> The other goal I'm setting up is to catch up on my reading ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:03:01 EST This was interesting to me <link><BR>ail/At-What-Age-Does-Your-Metabolism-S<BR>low-Down-How-to-Keep-Your-Metabolism-Fast/el/ </link> <BR> <BR> This came up on my YouTube feed and it reminded me of some conversations I've had here. I eat more than SP says to and still lose. I'm petite and I am thirty so height and age don't seem to factor. What does is that I walk to get around and have always done so. Also that I eat enough not to put my body into starvation mode. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:23:15 EST March goals Weight: 162 <BR> Exercise: 1000 fitness minutes <BR> Get back into strength training because I've been lax. So at least once a week. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:55:21 EST Form fitting fitness wear It's hard in some ways for me to want to buy the more form fitting fitness gear (capris and tops) but I think I honestly feel better in it. I feel sexier and actually a little fitter just having something that hugs my legs to the point where I can see the muscles move underneath. I think part of the deal is they make me look like someone who's serious about working out in a way that loose pants and baggy tshirts do not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I may not be able to bear the tops in public yet ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:49:09 EST I can't let fear hold me back. In general but I was thinking specifically of ice. I've been wary of going outside walking too much because I know it will be icy. I have the tools to deal with ice and I really should get out anyway. I've been feeling cranky and a short walk to pick up a package made me feel so much better. I need to be careful, yes but I need the fresh air and sun too. It felt so good to feel the cold air on my face and the sun on my back and to just stretch my legs outside. There's nothing like it. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:32:25 EST Nuts Ads make me laugh sometimes...I was checking a message board here and the ad to the side was an M&Ms ad and it said "America's favorite nut" and here I was being sad this holiday season because I didn't see my favorite nut anywhere (even Whole Foods was out because apparently they were the only store that had them)...which is the Brazil nut. It's also odd to see a candy ad on SP. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:49:36 EST Five reasons not to calorie count <link><BR>rie-count/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is why I focus on eating nutrient dense foods vs counting anything. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:56:41 EST With how much better my knees are doing.. I have to wonder if one day running might be a possibility. Not something I'd do a lot but something I could do if I felt like it. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:10:37 EST Good eating over the weekend! There was pasture raised chicken, bacon from pasture raised pigs, eggs from my in laws chickens and Brussels sprouts (those were the highlights). Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:47:52 EST Cold is something that other people complain about.... I tend to be warmer than everyone else. I always have been (even when too thin pre-puberty). I'm unfazed by temps in the 20s (Fahrenheit) and am overly warm at about 75. I am one of the first people out swimming every year...even in Michigan where people start in the 70s. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have had blood tests and have always come out perfectly normal. The one thing I was reading and could think of was the fact that I build muscle easily. Maybe my body type lends itself to being warmer? <... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:34:19 EST Losing my fear of losing. I told my husband recently that I was afraid the weight that I was losing would bother my friends and he asked why. I told him they'd think I was a crazy health nut. Then he pointed out I AM a crazy health nut and people still like me. Yeah. I guess that wasn't a rational fear. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:14:55 EST Reminded of the benefits of getting fitter. I slipped on the ice a little today and again no injury. Apparently I'm actually developing the muscles it takes to hold things in place and hold me up. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to keep doing SPs Pilates video for legs (from January Jumpstart) because I think it's making a huge difference for me. After doing it five times this month I can actually do it without watching it even.... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:21:26 EST An exciting end to January and some Febraury goals. <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> I finally did it! I got in over 1000 fitness minutes this month and got the trophy! Hopefully my first of many! <BR> <BR> I'd like to keep up this trend (or something close to it) next month. I'm also wanting to track my water and get enough for every day in February (I forget to drink when it's not hot outside....) <BR> <BR> The other good news is that I'm down to 163.6. I'm hoping to hit that 160 line in March. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:01:15 EST And my weight is right back down I've relost pretty much everything I'd gained. Bodies are funny like that. I think I was pretty dehydrated though! I actually tracked water yesterday to make sure to get it all in. Michigan IS kind of dry this time of year after all. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:57:41 EST Gained another pound.. But I'm looking at it as temporary and not letting it get me down!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:09:14 EST I wonder... With the thoughts I have about not really looking forward to warmer weather (I love winter a lot which isn't terribly odd in itself, I know a lot of people who like winter) I wonder if I'm in the minority that has reverse SAD. Something about the snow melting is always kind of depressing to me and I really don't look forward to summer and being waaay too warm (which I have been every year of my entire life and no I wasn't always overweight, in fact I was underweight for my first eleven years ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:25:31 EST On the plus side Everything isn't going as well as I had hoped. I'm just feeling tired this week and am up a couple of pounds. On the plus side I just slipped in my kitchen and DID NOT hurt my knees. The muscles in my one leg were a little sore for about three minutes but I'm back to 100% less than 10 minutes later vs not being able to really walk for the next month or so. This tells me that my workouts are doing something good! Maybe those two pounds are muscle gain :D Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:36:50 EST Reminding myself (and it's awesome advice I think!) Weight loss/fitness gains/etc are meant to be a marathon, not a sprint. If you try to go too fast you won't win because you'll burn out before you hit the finish line. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to do too much too fast and/or not fueling it right. I'm keeping on moving but it's gotten slower not by my own choice. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:37:24 EST Resolutions<BR>h-resolutions-success-guide/#sthash.s8<BR>AacpTW.dpbs <BR> <BR> Thankfully I'm just working on exercise. I got food down last year (starting in September I started eating mostly for hunger only and watching portions, was already a fairly healthy eater). Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:50:21 EST I lose slowly (and I don't care!) I have only been losing .5lb to 1lb max per week but since I don't do anything drastic I think that's awesome (I don't even track food, I'm just trying to watch portions and eat more fruits and veggies). I actually feel like I might shift the weight for good this time and that's good as I'm not getting any younger (but I might still have young enough skin for it to bounce back from the weight I've gained over the past few years). I am just not letting anything thwart my efforts! I'm looking a... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:25:51 EST Strength training to help joints So apparently strength training is the best thing for my loose joints. I have to be careful but I can stabilize and dislocate-proof myself quite a bit. My condition isn't even as severe as it comes and people with worse problems have gotten a lot better by strength training. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:23:27 EST 2014 Goals (yes, resolutions) - Get the 250 fitness minute trophy every month <BR> - Get the 150 a week fitness achievement at least once. <BR> - Read 55 books (easy one for me, I'm a fast reader and I read A LOT). <BR> - Spend more time petting my cats and hanging out with DH. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:06:05 EST 167.2 Lost the first 10lbs of the 50 I had to lose! It's pretty exciting. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:49:21 EST Workout goals Beyond sticking to 600 fitness months a minute (and slowly ramping up to 1000), I'm pretty excited about getting my dance (and kickboxing) fitness game to start throwing the more leg intensive exercises at me (it's a progressive game as far as I can see). I tried some a few weeks ago but I'd like to see them in my premade routine..which means using the game more. <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Also this:<BR>_elliptical_endurance.asp <BR> or alternativly... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:28:00 EST Strength Plan Monday: <link><BR>_plan_generator_details.asp?id=53 </link> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <link><BR>_plan_generator_details.asp?id=23 </link> <BR> <BR> Friday: <link><BR>_plan_generator_details.asp?id=92 </link> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:22:25 EST Moody moody me Did a short workout video today. I really have to start doing more because I'm so much less of a grouch when I've had my workout. It just lets me get away from everything that bugs me for a few minutes and boy do I need that break sometimes. It also calms me down and energizes me (interesting eh?) <BR> <BR> I did take my vitamins today. Probably skimped a little on water (I forget a lot) but I'll have a little more before bed. <BR> <BR> I do feel awfully grouchy right now because I broke... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:07:28 EST Change your words, change your life. I used to hate exercise. I absolutely despised it. <BR> <BR> It all started right after puberty. I had gained weight and exercise was only about punishing myself for my weight. I kept that same thinking up until fairly recently. I kept it up through the throes of an eating disorder (surprising? I think not.) <BR> <BR> Then I started to tell myself something different. I like exercise. It doesn't matter what I weigh. Moving feels good. I am less grumpy with people when I get some in. I am ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:14:49 EST Kind of a cool giveaway Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:13:33 EST Dear self, If you are under the impression a recipe might have too much sugar than you are probably right. I feel all yucky now (tired, bloated, just blah). I'm not anti-sugar but too much is just too much. Wed, 3 Oct 2012 17:21:50 EST Exercise I have finally gotten consistent. I have made leaps and bounds in my endurance and strength. And I feel it's mostly because I've stopped focusing on my weight. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:49:07 EST Binge...reading. I'm really starting to prefer binge reading to binge eating. I haven't done the latter but I'm five books ahead on my reading goal on the former. The best part? I don't feel bad at all about myself. <BR> <BR> My secret? I allow anything. I eat enough. That's it. For the reading I've just always read. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:31:20 EST Time to change one thing and see what happens.<BR>de-how-richard-branson-does-so-much-th<BR>e-power-of-fitness/#comments Sun, 4 Mar 2012 15:22:46 EST I always forget... how very much I like to move! I was on an exercise hiatus because I got sick with a lot of upper respiratory issues. Doing a lot better now thankfully. <BR> <BR> It all started with dogs running in snow and me wanting to lope along with them. The cold just adds a thrill to being outside to me (I really was meant to live in these northern climes!). Then we went on vacation across the state to Frankenmuth and we walked everywhere, again the cold felt good! We've had too mild of a winter for t... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 14:54:23 EST Getting back in the zone. I've been sleeping a lot again (in place of getting any exercise beyond transporting myself to and from work, I walk) and eating a lot of processed crap. Trying hard to get away from that because you are what you eat and when I eat crap I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> Good start this morning with oatmeal, Chobani, and homemade strawberry rhubarb jam. Going to continue into lunchtime with wholegrain bread, tuna, avocado, spinach and just a teensy bit of mayo, plus grapes for snack. Then looking ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:01:09 EST Finally proved to myself... ...that the numbers on the scale aren't the whole picture. I'm steadily weighing in the high 160's yet my waistbands are telling me I've lost some fat. Silly scale. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:13:08 EST Real fit lady avoids painful fall - thanks exercise. I've been workout crazy lately. I'm feeling so good I just don't want to NOT do it. Not losing weight be damned! It is benefiting me obviously as I discovered today. I slipped on the ice coming home (I don't drive so I walk/take public transport unless I'm being driven) and I didn't get hurt. I didn't even fall. It was almost like doing a side squat...Did I mention my love of exercise? Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:47:34 EST Things I did today. Got myself 30 Day Shred and NYC Ballet Workout, I'm finding that doing workouts in little chunks has the bonus of keeping me awake during the day (thank you Exercise TV On Demand!). <BR> <BR> Cleaned off my computer table. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can add finished laundry and homework to the list later. <BR> <BR> Still sleeping too much,,, Sun, 4 Dec 2011 13:31:43 EST