GCB1605's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GCB1605 GCB1605'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/ The Year of Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658631 2012 is going to be a year of huge life changes for me and my family. I'm 11 weeks away from being done with my BA, I will hopefully be re-joining the workforce, my MIL is moving here from California in 8 months, and the most exciting for me-I might actually get to have babies of my very own. <BR> <BR> A week ago I quit smoking. I didn't just quit smoking, I went cold turkey. No nicotine gum, lozenges, patches, pills, wellbutrin, chantix, none of it. I ran out of cigarettes, didn't buy anym... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:34:31 EST The Before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4095108 So I'm a little slow, but here are the stats and the before pics. Please note, I'm wearing a compression bra so that when I go downstairs and let Jillian kick my ass, the girls don't knock me out.... Stupid f'in jumping jacks...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82141730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799869320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887347949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the measureme... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 01:53:26 EST Week 2 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3954660 I must say Week 2 was not as awesome as I had wanted. But considering it was a full moon this week and my uterus was in fact trying to kill me (those two things are very closely related), I can't really complain. I only skipped one day of working out and one day of getting all my water in. I still call it progress. Since today is happy weigh-in day, here are the results (changes are overall since I began tracking): <BR> <BR> -Weight: No change from last week, so still down 3 pounds overall. ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:57:59 EST Week One Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3935662 So, for me yesterday was the beginning of week two. Well, it's weigh-in day on Sundays anyhow. The progress so far: <BR> <BR> Weight: Down 3 pounds <BR> Measurements: (Disclaimer: Not sure the husband is measuring in the same spots as last week, but he tries) <BR> Waist: Down 1.25 inches <BR> Hips: Up 2 inches <BR> Thighs: Up .25 inch <BR> Arms: No Change <BR> Waist to Hip Ratio: Down .09 <BR> <BR> Overall, I call it a win. I'll be stepping it up a bit this week with the addition of a pila... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:45:22 EST Warm-up Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927800 So this past week has really been my first week back into Spark. As such, it's been deemed warm-up week. I've had to remember how to be accountable. I've to to get into the habit of logging in to Spark everyday. I've had to force myself to drink water. I've had to make sometimes difficult choices about what I"m going to eat. I've had to make myself exercise. But really, this week has been about learning to find balance. Learning what reasonable expectations of myself are. There is a finite am... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 14:48:41 EST I have a confession... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925129 I guess this goes out to the RFM team. I am a step-mom. There, I said it. I don't have biological children of my own...yet. Actually, that's a big part of this journey for me. I don't want to get pregnant with 50-70 pounds of extra weight on to start. My husband is having a vasectomy reversal this year and I will have children of my own in the next year or two. But back to my point. I have two step-sons, a 12 year old who we'll call Wee One because that's what I call him, and a 15 year old wh... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:41:53 EST Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3920016 Today was a lazy day. Well, not lazy, sedentary. It was homework day, which involves a whole lot of sitting and reading or typing. It's 9:30, I'm still not done with my reading. I was within my calorie range, but didn't get enough protein again but I was much much closer today than yeaterday. I did drink all of my water for the day. But I haven't exercised yet. But I intend to after we push the children in bed. One would think that a 12 and 15 year old would be easy at bedtime. No, they aren'... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:36:36 EST Stoked! Oh, and Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3915783 The Rants From Mommyland team has a gazillion new members! Okay, maybe not a gazillion, but it's easier because the number keeps going up! That, my friends, is awesometastic! So excited! <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I had school. Remembered to pack my lunch and bring my water. But, I overslept and skipped breakfast... again! We'll try that breakfast thing again tomorrow when I don't have class or anywhere else to be at a certain time. I was within my calorie range, but WAY under in protei... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:01:40 EST Day One... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912571 So there were some highs and lows today. Ceding to my husband's request for McDonald's for lunch was probably a bad choice. I COULD have just picked up his food and then went home to make myself lunch. But it was 12:30, and I was hungry since I skipped breakfast and I still had more errands to run. I could have chosen my meal better, but I didn't. Considering I had a double quarter pounder with cheese for lunch (probably the first one in over a year), to only be over my calorie goal for the d... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:45:49 EST Has it been a year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3908810 So, I don't believe in New Years Resolutions. I get the whole fresh start thing and the resolve to have a better year this year than last. But I think that NYR's are often a source of resentment and stress. I guess as an excuse to take a look at your life for the last year and reflect it works, but often people set goals that are overwhelming or unreasonable. I'm not a fan of setting myself up for failure. With that said, here I am again in the beginning of January logging back into SP, reali... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:50:16 EST Back for real this time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689583 As with most things in my life, I struggle with routines, accountability, follow through and time management. Weight loss is no exception. But I am really, really tired of being so tired all the time. After tracking my food today for the first time in months it’s comforting to know that I hadn't forgotten everything I had learned from this wonderful place over the 3 years of starts and stops. Some of my good habits stuck. <BR> <BR> I embark on this adventure again, this time with my family ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:00:18 EST Peeking out of my cave.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1945568 Coming off a rough six months. But the sun is shining again. Both outside my window and inside my mind. I started school on Monday. A full load of 15 credits. Plus working 20 hours a week, and of course full time mom and wife. School has my brain working again. It feels good. All of it. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 17:26:59 EST My Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1579920 My family has been going through some immense trials the past few months. Due to circumstances beyond our control our life has been turned upside down. This has been the impetus for a very long, hard look in the mirror. In the past there was no obstacle that I couldn't overcome. I could accomplish ANYTHING through sheer will power. Somewhere along the line I lost myself. I keep getting defeated. I would tell myself that life is just getting in the way of life. My priorities had been skewed. I... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:55:11 EST Jeans Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1482381 So, I'm supposed to hate jeans shopping. I'm most certainly not supposed to look forward to it. But my jeans are TOO BIG! My birthday is in a couple weeks so my mom is taking me shopping today! I'm so excited. Size 14 here I come! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2008 19:03:03 EST Success!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1457621 So I've been kinda scarce. But trying to keep my eye on the prize. I've been really busy with some recent life changes, but still watching what I eat and although I've had a hard time getting my exercise in, I am still on my feet at work and volunteering at the school which has consisted of A LOT of manual labor. The last week or so everyone kept telling me it looked like I lost weight. And I kept telling them they were crazy. Even though I've been really active, I haven't been working out ev... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 02:05:12 EST Well hello there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1355376 So I don't know yet if I done being a slacker. But I think blogging is a step in the right direction. I think it's been well over month since I've logged in, but I'm not entirely sure. That's sad, I don't even know WHEN I gave up. UGH! So disappointed in myself. So yeah. Me and the WiiFit (my new scale) have been having sporadic staring contests the last couple weeks. Lame, huh? I spend $90 on the thing, it sits in my living room and I can't even do that! But last I checked I was hovering dan... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 22:50:46 EST Enjoying the Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1218058 It's not necessarily that I don't remember to post my blog. It's just that often times I feel like I have other, more pressing things to attend to. I have been tracking my food and exercise. And I have had 2 weigh-ins since the last check-in. I am staying steady at 190, but belly has lost over an inch, so I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> So here's my conundrum.... while I enjoy the message boards and all the camaraderie they have to offer... it's quickly becoming beautiful and sunny here in u... Tue, 20 May 2008 01:16:40 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day Six http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1199037 Today was much much more productive than the last 3. I walked 16,000 steps, went for a 30 min bike ride, did the bootcamp video, did the bonus challenge which was to drink 8 glasses of water, I drank 10, was over my calorie range, but also over the calories I was supposed to burn. My feet hurt, my legs hurt, it was a good day. Crazy what a full night's sleep will do! Check in again tomorrow! Sat, 10 May 2008 01:51:55 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1199015 Today was a bust. I have nothing to report because I accomplished nothing. Lame. <em>39</em> Sat, 10 May 2008 01:18:26 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1194982 Another short and sweet one. Cuz had another busy day and am ready for bed! 15 min of cardio.... sad sad sad. Within my calorie range, did the bonus challenge of 3 veggies... i love veggies, didn't do the video, 11 glasses of water, 7800 steps sad sad... that's the short version. Not a great day. Check in again tomorrow. <em>102</em> Thu, 8 May 2008 02:28:22 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1192620 This will be short and sweet cuz I wanna go to bed. I didn't do the video OR the challenge today. But I did go for a 30 minute walk, drank 10 glasses of water, and stayed within my calorie range. Yippee! Oh and I tested out my way cool new stability ball that the kids got me for mothers day... it's fancy. Has sand in it or something so it won't roll away. Soooooooo cool. Oh , and I tested out my new pedometer today. It's pretty snazzy too, I had 11,684 steps today... or just under 5 miles....... Wed, 7 May 2008 01:45:01 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1190265 It's the end of day two of bootcamp. I would call today mostly a success. I did the day two lower body video which was pretty cool. Kinda difficult immediately following the 2 mile walk. But good nonetheless. I probably should have planned that a little better though. <BR> <BR> The hubby and I kinda had a busyish day today. Maybe not busy, just abnormal for a weekday. Had work, take the children shopping, dinner, return children to their mom (this normally occurs on Sundays), come home, go ... Tue, 6 May 2008 02:51:24 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1187627 Today is the end of day one for swimsuit bootcamp. I have no delusions of being "swimsuit ready" by the end of this month, but a jumpstart to being swimsuit ready next summer sounds like a good idea to me. The hubby is joining me on this journey. So it should be fun and exciting. I've decided to do my best to blog daily how bootcamp is going to hold myself accountable and aid in tracking my progress. I will update weight and measurements every Sunday. <BR> <BR> I didn't do the video today a... Mon, 5 May 2008 02:48:51 EST Cool compliment.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1183105 So I went to Costco today to buy meat and some other items in ridiculously large quantities... and the nice lady who was ringing me up said "Wow, you're getting some really good food. I wish I could get my family to eat like that." and then the nice man who was boxing my groceries sais "Yeah, we don't see this often." How awesome is that? <em>104</em> Fri, 2 May 2008 20:34:48 EST Checkin' In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1163286 Hi all. Things are going okay here... It's been almost 2 months since the last time I checked in. I quit smoking 3/24... 30 days today actually. It's going well. But I gained 10 pounds.... I'm back up to 200... I was soooooooooo happy to be out of the 200's... i was even happier to see my "back fat" go away too.... but i'm back in the 200's AND my "back fat" is back.... so not okay with that. But I really feel I have this not smoking thing handled.... thanks to my awesome hubby being supporti... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 19:46:13 EST New Chapter, New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1046170 On Tuesday I start a new job at Macy's. I'm super excited. It's part-time, it's close to home, and I'm assuming it's going to be realitively easy.Which is where the problem starts. I haven't been working since before my wedding in October. My down time is when I started gung-ho back into Spark. It's been great, I shed a few pounds, gained some better habits, met some really awesome people in the community. But being able to do this at all I think has a lot to do with having NOTHING ELSE TO DO... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 12:42:23 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1034186 Okay, so I decided to make Sunday my weigh-in day. Which was last night. I had a couple bad days last week, but all in all I made progress. And my weigh in was better than expected, I didn't lose any weight, I'm still at 190, but I lost about an inch of my waist and hips. Pretty cool. So that's the update. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:04:33 EST TV, Snacking, and Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1025438 So, we went to a friends house for dinner last night. I went in with the mind set that I was going to be careful and not over do it. I thought I was doing okay, I really did. We got there at 6:00. There was tortilla chips, homemade salsa, and guacamole to start while she was making the rest of dinner. I got there hungry. While I was helping her with dinner I had ONE chip with salsa. I was busy putting a salad together, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to snack. OK, great, this is going oka... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:26:32 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1011745 So about three weeks ago I had a really bad week. Everyday that week something really crappy happened and I turned into the reclusive troll I had come to rely on so heavily. With that I stopped exercising, stopped drinking water, stopped tracking my food, I think the only thing I didn't completely give up on was eating better food, but even on that I had a couple meals I should be ashamed of. But now, three weeks into reverting to my old ways I feel like hell. Not just because I'm beating mys... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:28:33 EST