FITWITHIN's SparkPeople Blog FITWITHIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Free Pass Just 3 weeks ago we started a Family and Friends Biggest Loser Challenge. The first week everybody lost weight, and the second week only one person gained. I was asked to spearhead the challenge. I was more than happy to take on the job. I'm know to participated in multiply challenges at one time. I set the ground rules, collected money and weight of everybody that's participating. I created a grid board to keep track of everyone's progress. Well, on Monday afternoon, I received a text mes... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:05:31 EST Judging Me As I was leaving work Saturday morning. I notice a few other employees walking up the stairs. I opt to take the elevator. We met up on the platform about the same time. I was several paces ahead of them. It was 2 females and 1 male. I could clearly hear the two females making comments about my size, and saying, "I need to go to the gym". Then after that was saying things about my behind and the way I was walking. They were just laughing hysterically, as if I was the grosses thing they ha... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 19:51:32 EST November Personal Challenge Results I set out to do something different in November. I came upon a milestone on my birthday, and I needed a good challenge. I had purchased a new fitness monitor (Garmin) and needed to test it out. I decided to participate in the Garmin Step Challenge and it started me out in the 75k Steps in a Week. I was so, excited when I had my first win, because of the amount of steps that I was doing it would automatically advance me into the next level. The next level was 90k in a week. I came in second ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:53:46 EST Homeless and Hungry Late this evening after going to a possible business opportunity. I was very hungry afterwards, and even thou I didn't make the best choice. I must say that I'm satisfied. I went to a sub shop and then drove to a Shell and as I got out of my vehicle; I noticed a man standing by the gas pumps. He was approaching everybody, but I didn't know for what at that time. However, when I came out he said, "Excuse me I usually don't do this, but I just want something to eat". I put make stuff in the ve... Thu, 28 May 2015 23:51:01 EST First Zumba Class I have been doing Zumba since October 2011, three to four times a week. I was hooked the first time I attended a class at the gym. l was uncoordinated and all, but was having fun. The amount of energy in the class was amazing. As the weeks and months went by; I found myself doing Zumbathon's several times a year. In 2014 I had participated in 9 Zumbathon's ranging from 90 minutes and beyond. One of the Zumbathon was 4 hours long. I was exhausted, in pain, but happy because I had the best t... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:13:21 EST Tickle Pink I'm so proud of my daughter. She has taken control of her health and as of this morning she has lost 26 pounds. I would sit and chat with her about healthy eating and the importance of exercise, but I didn't want to over do it, because I know that you don't want to feel like a broken record. These things happen when your truly ready and nobody can't force it on you. She has told me before that I inspired her, and I told her this morning she is inspiring me. I'm tickled pink! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:09:25 EST September Challenge Well I signed up for a Challenge at work. It's fairly an easy challenge, but I just want to participate in it with my colleagues. You have to get 10,000 steps a day, eat a total of 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day. It will be good to do a real time group challenge, and not doing another one alone by myself. <BR> <BR> Keep it moving! Keep on losing! <BR> <BR> Fitwithin Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:15:33 EST Four Months I have four months left in the year to make some achievable goals. I have a couple of days to reflect on them and post. I still have a couple of blogs on a few fitness events that I've completed. I also, have 2 upcoming events in the coming months, one is Walk To End <BR> Alzheimer's and Breast Cancer Walk in my area. I already signed up and for my first <em>364</em> in 2015. My goal for the <em>364</em> is to make a new personal best. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:16:22 EST A Surprise Fit Yesterday, as I went into the locker room work. I was talking to a few colleagues, and at the same time walking to get a pair of scrubs. I noticed that the size that I also wear was gone. I gasp in shock and nervously went for the next size. I shook the pants open and start putting my leg in. Then the other leg, lord and behold they loosely fit my body. What a total surprise. I haven't seen much progress, but putting those scrubs on was my proof. <BR> <BR> Keep it moving! Keep on losing! ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:37:25 EST One Month Boot Camp Today Boot Camp started at 7 this morning. When Danny said we only had to do 3 laps, instead of 6 I knew something was up. Yeah, after running 3 laps we had to go back in the gym and pick the weight size of our choice and head back outside. He then proceed to give us directions. For starts we had to do 30 fast high knees, followed by weighted walking lunges, and after that we had to do 3 sprints. Well after that, we headed back in the gym and he had all the stations up and ready. Here are so... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:04:43 EST Boot Camp Week 3 I didn't get much time in during week 2 because of the holiday. I was only able to go once. Monday evening is the beginning of week 3. I will be going again Wednesday and Friday this week. I was able to get one on one training, because nobody else showed up for the class. A couple of the exercises where extremely challenging. I did my best for a starter. The mountain climber with the gliders, and modified push up with a medicine ball. I was still on the tired side, because I went to the gy... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:50:51 EST Boot Camp Day 3 Last night I was still struggling with the shoulder pain. I end up taking some Motrin. When I woke up this morning I felt like a whole new person. However, before I went to bed last night I was thinking about not attending Boot Camp Class in the morning. I was up early and went to class and he want me to start off with 2 -3 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I told him I just want to jump right in with the jogging. So, for starters 6 laps and inside we did circuits on the machines, weighed... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:22:36 EST Boot Camp Day 2 This morning I went to the 6 o'clock session. Let me tell you it was much harder than day one. It was six of us this morning, and he started us off by running 6 laps around the building. After we got back inside we were instructed to get a mat, kettlebell, free weights, medicine ball, and a step platform. OMG! I hate being on the floor doing exercises. One of the exercises was walking push ups on the step platform. So many different challenging exercises this morning. At the end he didn't g... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:13:29 EST Boot Camp Day 1 Well this evening was my first every true Boot Camp class. Nobody else showed up for the 6 o'clock class, so I was able to get a one on one personal training session. He started me out with lap around the building, followed by several planks, sit ups, kettlebell swings, and many other weighted moves. I must say it was challenging, because I have done strength training in months. In the beginning I was doing it 4 times a week, but after I had a injury I had to put it on hold and have physical... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:11:18 EST More Changes I'm so excited for my daughter. She called me yesterday after visiting this gym. She had a membership before where my son and I are members, but she didn't feel comfortable at all. One day we all were at the gym and I was doing strength training, and after she did some cardio she came over to where I was with tears in her eyes. Soon after that she left and cancelled her membership. She absolutely hated there. But, at this location is small and not overwhelming. I went to visit the locati... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:55:21 EST Heart and Sole 5k Recap I was so, excited about this <em>364</em> more than anything, because it was the very first that both of my sister's was with me on this. It was my older sister's very first 5k, and she did very well and actually enjoyed herself. This was my younger sister's fourth 5k for the year and my second with an up coming one on the 26th of this month. When I saw my older sister, I told her she look like a seasoned 5ker all geared up. I then went and picked up my younger sister and I bid numbers an... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:43:04 EST Four Hour Zumbathon Today was the day to put my endurance to the test. I had found out about two weeks ago, about the Zumbathon. I had immediately checked my work schedule and saw I off. That's all I had to see. I was in an committed. I informed a few people, but no one was interested. I told you don't have to do the whole Zumbathon; just do what you can and just have fun. Well still no takers, so I just went by myself. It was in a unfamiliar location, but I didn't let it stop me from going. I was an hour dri... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:22:56 EST Watch Out Cold Weather I finally found a pair of running compression tights that fits. The sales person was so, patient with me and answered many questions about their products. I'm even more prepared for winter weather workouts. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:45:14 EST First 5k To Start My New Year <img src="">I did something totally different to start my year off, and it wasn't with a new resolution. I stop doing those several years back. However, I decided to do a 5k with my sister and her husband. It is called Commitment Day 5k. It was a beautiful site to see so, many fitness levels, shapes and sizes participating in making a difference in their health. It was 1,500 people at the Lifetime Fitness location. We even had Chan... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:08:54 EST Lab Results I received my recent lab work results and I'm so, happy with them. I was really worried about my A1c results, because I had fell back into some old eating habits from time to time. Well, my A1c is 5.3. My cholesterol was higher than I'm use to and that is 164. I know it's in a good range, but that higher than what I'm use to seeing for me. Anyway I'm looking forward to my first <em>364</em> in a couple of days. It a Commitment Day <em>364</em> and it will be my fresh start for 20... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:07:04 EST November 400 Miles Challenge Results Hello Spark friends, <BR> <BR> During, the year I have done a variety of personal challenges. Well, I wanted to set another for my birthday month, and that was to do 400 miles in 30 days. Well, for starters I was 41.71 miles short of my goal. There, were a few days that was challenging, and I needed sleep more. In the meantime, these are the things that I did achieve during my challenge in 30 days. I did 326,100 steps, 3,691 fitness minutes, and completed 358.29 miles. Well, not bad an... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 04:19:08 EST November Personal 400 miles update Well as of a few minutes ago, I sat down to calculate where I am in my mileage for November. I'm 240 mile in on my challenge and 160 miles away. I have one week left, however I don't think I'm going to reach that goal, but I'm going to get as close as I can to it. I would need to average about 23 miles a day to reach my 400. I still have 7 days and anything is possible. Beside I like to challenge myself. Final update will be on December 1. <BR> Keep It Moving! To Keep On Losing! <BR> <BR... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:47:20 EST November Personal Challenge 400 miles Well the other day I was reading and commenting on different blogs. I came across one where they are going to do a 100 miles in November. So, I borrowed her concept for November. I decided as of today that I'm going to have to up the miles, because just today I did 21 miles between various exercises. Plus, I like to challenge myself and bring myself out of my comfort zone from time to time. I'm my biggest competitor. So, I'm going for 400 miles for the month of November. My miles will be log... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:01:04 EST What A Beautiful Site Yesterday I decided to get my hair done. This was my reward for losing five of the eleven pounds that I had gained. Yes, I had a major setback do to celebrating getting near the 230's. I got over that gain and immediately refocused and the results happen. I'm not one of these woman that don't want to workout after getting there hair done. I went right to the gym after my appointment and had a great workout. I saw the most beautiful thing in the world. Their were so, many big brothers an... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:36:05 EST Can't Stop Now This evening as I was getting ready for work; I decided to weigh myself. You see about 2 weeks ago when I got on the scale it showed 254 lbs. Once again I had veered off the straight path. I had made some changes and today the scale reflect it. I must say that I was in disbelief that I was out of the 250's. I don't want to celebrate to soon, because when I do it seems to end up with a gain. But, in the mean time I will take the 249. My next weigh will be after the holiday at the doctor of... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:16:46 EST 260/144 was my wake up call On Saturday 14th, I did two things. I weighed myself and gained and my blood sugar was 144 post 2 hours. The following 2 nights at work I had visited the vending machine one time too, much. I was, so tired that I was eating to stay awake. I had once again slacked on my nutrition and that is why the scale reflected that number. Okay, I own up to what I did without any excuses. However, in the mist of sparking I stubble on a fitness meet up group. This way I can start exercising with other... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:52:41 EST Zumbaholic This morning as I went to the gym. I was looking forward to another day of Zumba. Well, I was surprise to see a male instructor with a Mohawk, but let me tell you. It was the best class I've had since I started going to a group class. The energy was off the chain and right up my alley. The lady next to me asked, if I always this energize in the morning. Yes, I am. I'm just a morning person. I was going to go to the 8 o'clock class tonight, but my body is really tired and I'm going to... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:59:27 EST 5k Highs and Lows On Sunday, I did my 5k for Race To End Childhood Obesity. This didn't go as well as I planned it. I had plan to run the entire course, but that didn't happen. I trained several days a week running 3 miles in my neighborhood. However, this course was a Cross Country Terrain. Well, I never train for that surface. I was winded and actually struggled to complete the course. Twice I almost just threw in the towel and say forget. Then it was three people that had passed my sister and I. Th... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:29:39 EST Can't Wait I've signed up for 2 more <em>364</em> and the first one is on September 16. It is for RACE- Race To End Childhood Obesity. I will be traveling almost 80 miles to participate in this event. I feel like I just need to be there for all of us that has this struggle, but most important for the kids. And, maybe somehow I can make a difference in somebody else life. The second <em>364</em> is for Breast Cancer <em>390</em> . My neighbor had 2 sisters that passed away from breast cancer. ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:15:20 EST Don't Underestimate The Big Girl I wasn't going to blog about this, but the more I was sparking this evening it keep reentering my mind, so I decided to blog. Yesterday, was an very emotional day for me. I found myself crying many time during the day, because the passing date of my grandmother is approaching. So, after many hours of crying I decided to take a nap. However, once I woke up I still felt like crap, so I decided to hit the gym. As I was walking towards the treadmill, there was 3 older members on the stationer... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:25:07 EST July Challenge Complete This month challenge was to run one way across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge without stopping. Well, I'm happy to report that I was successful in competing this challenge; after being up since 4 in the evening on Sunday and after working a 12 hour night shift. I started off very strong walking and after getting to the other side I rested for about 5 minutes and gather my thoughts and gave myself a pep talk and some stretching. Then I was off I had to make sure the music was right, because majo... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:55:03 EST The Benefits of Exercising Yesterday as I was getting ready for work my walking buddy called me with some good news. One of ladies in our group had a great report from her doctor. She was once on 8 different medications, but since she has been a faithful walker her lab report was excellent. Now, she has been taken off 5 of her medications and down to just 3. I am so, ecstatic for her I just can't wait until we meet up again. She was disappointed that she did lose any weight, but she did lose inches. I told my wa... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:12:33 EST Take Heat Advisories Serious I'm so determine to form a walking group. In the beginning it was just one (me), then it became 2 and now it's up to 8. I was calling and texting for our next walking date and I found out that one of the new walkers became ill while walking. They had to call the ambulance for medical attention to assist her. <em>282</em> Thank goodness she wasn't alone at the time. I'm thankful that she is okay and recovered well. Please be careful exercising in the extreme heat. Make sure you stay we... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:57:21 EST Workout over concert I was thinking about going to a concert at the Howard Theatre. However, I decided not to go by noon. So, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure and eyebrow waxing. I was just pulling up in a parking space and my phone had rang. It was my walking buddy. She wanted to know, if I wanted to hit the bridge. I told her yes, but I had to go home and get my tennis shoe; of course the one time that I removed my gym bag from the car. Wouldn't you know it, but I had used it two days prior and ha... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:18:20 EST Bruised But Not Broken As I listen to one of my favorite songs by Joss Stone, my title blog. Today I call my physicians office to make an appointment for Tuesday, but after informing them of my concern they told me that I need to be seen today. Well after arriving the doctors office and being taken a room. Of course, the first thing is to step on the <em>192</em> well I haven't done this since my last visit. I had gain 10 pounds <em>15</em> , but I'm not to upset about it, because I was up since 4 pm the follo... Fri, 25 May 2012 23:06:20 EST I Was Asked Why? Yesterday as I spent my afternoon on a locate ship as we cruised the Potomac River. The conversions were great with many laughs and just enjoying each one company. Then as we approached the Woodrow Wilson Bridge many commented on how it looked after being reconstructed. I said it's nice to walk or run on it. Then I was asked, "Why would you want to do that". That respond kind of took me back a little. Then I respond by telling them I enjoy walking or running on it. Besides it's refres... Mon, 21 May 2012 09:03:58 EST A Mother's Aching Heart Yesterday I went to the doctor office with my daughter. Of course, they had her get on the scale and it read 291 pounds. My heart sank like a ton of bricks to see that my young adult weighs more than I do. I immediately felt like the worst parent in the world. The silent tearing began to flow. I just wanted to crawl into a shell and be put away I'm hurting so, bad. It's like a time travel and I'm going to see her struggle with weight like I've been doing all my life. I'm always talking to ... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:45:56 EST Four Weeks Till 5k This morning I did not want to get out of my warm and comfy bed. But, I knew that I had to, because my 5k is just 4 week away as of day. As I slowly rise from my covers and rubbed my eyes, turned on the television and check the temperature, so I know how I needed to dress for my training. After gearing up I headed outside and I'm happy to report that I did complete 2.53 miles this morning with several various incline that I jogged up. I did run 30 straight without stopping. This was done ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:32:08 EST Out Of My System I've been struggling for many weeks, and my level of positively had been challenged along the way, but not completely thrown out the window. I had not given up on the exercise during this time, but the level of what I'm use to doing had decrease dramatically during this slump. Oh boy! did my healthy eating go out the window. I have eaten more fast food in the past weeks than I have since last year. And, let me tell you my body is letting me know it. I have given into ever craving possible ... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:57:47 EST Vending Machine Calling My Name I'm here at work very tired and wanting to go to the vending machine. I can just she and imagine the Hershey bar dropping waiting for pick up. However, I'm not going to give in to the sleep temptation. I'm going to finish my cup of hot tea and not give it another thought. If I must have something it will be either a kiwi or zucchini with fat free dressing that I packed in my lunch bag. I'm determined not eat unnecessary junk this year. This is the year for results to happen. Staying stro... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 02:24:44 EST Melting Away This morning while I was picking up a few items in Walmart. I ran into someone that I know, but haven't seen in a while. And the first thing she said was, "Oh my every time I see you are melting away". I smiled and said thank you and that's my plan. The next time she see me she will not reckon me. Now that I've started Turbo Fire Intense Cardio Conditioning Program; I'm expecting the best of the best results. I had a blast with my first workout and kept up. I guess I'm in better conditi... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:52:47 EST New Adventures A couple of weeks ago I was very frustrated and had decided that I was going to give up sparking for 1 month. However, today I decided that would not be good for me and I going to stay active, because I really enjoy interacting with my <em>223</em> . During this time of reflection I decided to make 2012 a year of new adventures. The first one is taking up belly dancing my class starts in 2 weeks. Second, this is something that I've been wanting to do for years and that's a Sprint Triathl... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:29:41 EST Winner of the Week Five weeks ago I entered another Spark Challenge Teams. This time it was SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. On Feb. 15th, I received an email informing me that I was one of the weekly winners and I have not one, but 2 $25 gift certificates to redeem. One was from the Spark People Store and the other one was from Abbott Store. Here is a picture of my gift certificate purchases. I'm so, excited I now a proud owner of 3 Spark items. The first was my gym bag, now a lunch bag a... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:57:47 EST Spark Motivator This morning as I checked my email and my Spark page. <BR> I discovered that I was nominated by my peers for The Spark Motivator Page. I just couldn't believe it and then I got to the email from Spark and it was official and confirm. What tears of joy it brought to my heart. I'm so, thankful that I found this site and many Spark friends alone the way. I hoping to meet some of you at a convention one day. Having this nomination is a true honor and I will not take it likely. I will contin... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 12:54:23 EST 20 mile bike ride When I woke up Sunday, morning I was thinking what form of exercise did I want to do for the day. Well, I decided I want to do a bike ride. I have hit this trail a couple of times twice walking and once riding, however I had never started from the beginning of the 13 mile trail. Well let me tell you I enjoyed every minute I spend on my bike yesterday; until the fatigue began to set in after 14 miles, but I will get back to that. I started my ride out very strong for the first 8 miles. I was r... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 07:58:45 EST Clothing Store This Saturday I went to a plus size store. One that I've been shopping off and on for years. However, this weekend reaffirmed me why I need to continue on my path of losing weight. I'm so, sick an tired of a new season rolls around and everything looks the same. Maybe, the pattern or the buttons is different, but the styles are the same. It's so discouraging, but at the same time encouraging me to keep focused. I can't wait to go to the clothing store with more options. Options! Options! Opt... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:29:55 EST Why? I'm so sick of the temptations; always plagues me in my own house. I was on my way to take my daughter to work this evening. And my spouse asked if I could pick him up something to eat. But, of course, it was a footlong steak ham and cheese sub with all the fixings, fries, and a 24 ozs. Pepsi (not a pepsi fan). I just don't understand why he (spouse) can't get on board with healthy eating or exercise. I've extended the invitation many times and he just don't get it. I've told him your car... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 19:07:04 EST Finally a partner.... Tomorrow after my 12 hour night shift and after getting some sleep; I will be signing my daughter up at the gym. She requested it so she can work on her weight. I'm will be working out twice a day on somedays, because I'm a true early morning person when it come to exercise. I'm at the gym between 4 - 5 in the morning for 2 or more hours. Now, I will go later to workout with my daughter to support her in these efforts, because I know all to well how it feel to go to a new place alone. And, I... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:31:59 EST Don't Under Estimate The Big Girl! My son had told me about this Extreme Workout Training at our gym and for 2 weeks it's free. He had participated in it and told me all about it. Well, you know I love to challenge myself and yesterday(1/25), I did just that. Boy! When they say extreme that's just what it was. My butt got kicked, but I finished and stayed strong to the end 1 hour long. But, let me back it up just a little. I noticed many shocked looks on peoples faces when I walked into the fitness area. First, the look from t... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:39:15 EST Why are we (women) so critical of one another I just attend a baby shower while at work this weekend. And beside the guess of honor being present; another co-worker was present who was 4 months postpartum. It was great to see them both and doing well. However, after one of my co-workers who attended made the comment how the 4 months postpartum was still soooo, big. When I got wind of this it instantly pissed me off, because for one it reminded me of my hospital visit when my first child was born. Then I thought who is she to judge and cr... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:12:47 EST