GENKI_LADY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GENKI%5FLADY GENKI_LADY'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/ Any Advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001066 This week I struggled a bit. I think I'm in an exercise rut. I eat mostly the correct calories, though. Lately, however, I haven't been motivated to exercise and I've been really wanting to snack. Changing my lifestyle was really easy at first but now it's getting harder for me to tell myself that those chips or that hamburger is going to hurt me. My brain wants it. I need advice. <BR> <BR> For exercise, I've been doing (well not the last two weeks so much) 4 times a week running and on off... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:30:29 EST Goals for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992078 Here's a breakdown of my goals for this week. Small and manageable; <BR> <BR> 1. Eat out only once this week <BR> 2. Plan my meals before I eat them <BR> 3. Complete my workout plan (at least 10 minutes workout on non-running days) <BR> 4. Watch no more than 1.5 hrs of TV per day <BR> 5. Go on Sparkpeople everyday Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:11:18 EST Crazy Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992065 This month has really had it's ups and downs. A test of my commitment to myself and my goals. August is summer vacation in Japan. At school, I have no students. I'm bored, and for the first time I realized that when I'm bored, I look for a snack. Good realization. Now I'm working on not snacking. <BR> <BR> Another realization while watching a show at night with my husband. I want to night snack. I want to snack in front of the TV. This is something that really has sabotaged me these past fe... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:57:39 EST Getting back to it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978224 I haven't written a blog in a month. Part of me thought that maybe I didn't need it, since my weight loss has been going well. I've been going a bit lax on my eating and exercise as of late. I realized that without sparkpeople and my blog, I don't hold myself accountable for what I eat and how I exercise. So I want to get back to being on Spark. I miss it! <BR> <BR> Let's recap the last month. I've been working out and have lost a total of 17lbs. I gained two this last weekend after going to... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:58:19 EST Training Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944129 Finally got my new headphones in. Going to take them out for a run tomorrow. So excited. The plan for tonight is to do some weightloss yoga with Bob Harper. I've done yoga workouts before but this has to be by far the most difficult one I've done. I actually find myself swearing at him <em>198</em> ! <BR> <BR> Anyway. I'm really excited about this half marathon. We decided to take the one in November so I can properly train for it. Awesome. <BR> <BR> My mini goal for the next two weeks is... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 04:50:53 EST Half-Marathon Training Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940501 Started training yesterday. It felt good. Really hot and humid outside though and knowing Japan, it's going to continue this way until October. Night runs or early morning runs may become a thing. <BR> Today will be weight loss yoga. I'm trying to keep myself accountable by blogging about what I'm going to be doing for the day. <BR> <BR> Other than that, things are ok. A bit stressed from work in general but it's stress that I'm allowing to build up. I tend to procrastinate on things I don'... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:24:12 EST Half-Marathon dreams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933619 So, I just got a post from a friend who's here in Japan with me about an upcoming half-marathon in October. It's two days before my birthday. I think I'm going to go for it. It takes about 6 months to train properly for a half-marathon... I've got about 4. But I run regularly so I don't think that it will be much of an issue. <BR> <BR> I'm really excited. Their email came at a time when my motivation was starting to waver. I'm ready to take on the next challenge. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:42:43 EST Off week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927432 This week was a bit off for me. I didn't all out splurge or anything. My calories were over by about 200-300 about three days this week. Missed a few days working out. My motivation is wavering and I need to figure out something to help me get back on track. <BR> <BR> Work is stressing me out lately because as an assistant teacher in a foreign country, I have limited control over my classes. I'm a teacher in the states but here I am fairly restricted. It has been driving me crazy. After a p... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:09:37 EST Happy Sunday! Out of the "Obese" BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919439 So. I was a little discouraged last week with a 1lb weight gain but this week made up for it. I lost 3lbs this week and now I am officially out of the overweight BMI category at 158.3 lbs . I am going to order my prize headphones right after I post this blog. Another win, I am now under 160!!! I haven't been this low since high school. Goal 1 down. It's only going to get better! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday, everyone! Keep your spirits high and achieve your goals! <em>244</em> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 21:47:11 EST What the weight gain taught me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909737 My weigh in today went about as well as I really expected it would. A 1.3 lb weight gain. I missed three days of workouts, went out to eat twice, didn't track calories as expected and didn't really blog much. But I learned something from it and that's what matters. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to let a small setback make me give up. My husband and I learned that we have to make conscious decisions about what to eat before we eat out and we have to talk to each other about it. Otherwise we can mi... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 09:21:28 EST What's it feel like to lose 9lbs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906302 After losing 9lbs I keep expecting to feel a huge difference. I expect to look in the mirror and see a drastic change. A whole new person. But it's not like that. It's small things that are different. Clothes I bought at Christmas are too big. My pants require a belt. I feel better in a dress. I'm more confident and I'm starting to love myself. <BR> <BR> Occasionally, I look at myself in a picture and think, "Wow, if I think that I look chubby now, how did I look 9lbs ago..." Negative self-t... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:49:22 EST So close I can taste it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904778 I'm getting dangerously close to my first goal. I want to get out of the Obese BMI category and into the Overweight category. I think this has only happened two times in my life since starting junior high school. This time I'm going to keep it there. I've got three pounds to lose. I might not hit it this week but I'm determined to get as close as humanly possible. Maybe this means throwing in an extra run and staying on the low end of my calorie range. I need to prove this to myself. If I don... Wed, 30 May 2012 18:47:05 EST Anniversary WOOHOO moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899200 Tomorrow my husband and I will have been married for 1 year. Here's a picture from our wedding. At that time I was at my heaviest. I think around 170-175. The dress I'm wearing there barely fit. I was actually wearing a girdle. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l719331055.jpg"> At that time, I didn't think that I was able to really lose any weight. I tried exercising like crazy before but didn't change my eating. I didn't realize how big of a component that was until Sparkpe... Sat, 26 May 2012 19:22:22 EST My mini goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893885 I have lost 6 pounds so far with spark people in the last three weeks. I want to continue my weight loss but it seemed links an overwhelming number ( total 50 lbs). So I've made a mini goal for myself of about 6 pounds. Once I lose that weight I will be where I haven't been since 8th grade... Out of the obese category in my bmi. I'm really excited because that's only a few weeks away. My goal is to be healthy. By making mini goals like there I hope to keep myself motivated and continue my jou... Wed, 23 May 2012 00:12:51 EST Coffee Jelly and Rice Balls - Thanks, Japan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883583 So, living in Japan gives me all sorts of reasons and opportunities to eat new things. Sometimes I get cravings for horrible things from America like cappuccino ice cream or a grande starbucks white mocha. Well, now these things are not really available and do not fit in my calorie budget. I have found a few replacements... <BR> <BR> This is coffee jelly.I was really hesitant to try it at first. Here they have a strange obsession with jelly. It's everywhere. But coffee jelly has replaced ice... Wed, 16 May 2012 05:30:11 EST Weight loss: Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878791 4 pounds this week!!! I am down from 169 to 165. I actually haven't been this low in weight for a couple of years and it only took one week to achieve. I have hypothyroidism, so my excuse always was that it was hard for me to lose weight because of my thyroid. Apparently that isn't the case. I think that we put mental barriers on ourselves sometimes, when we really can achieve most things that we put our minds to. <BR> <BR> I'm done using excuses. It takes will power and work to accomplish ... Sat, 12 May 2012 22:15:51 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877769 I have not been an avid runner until the past 8 months. I used to think that if I just went out and ran and I wasn't good for it, it was because I wasn't made for it. But after C25K I know that you've just got to build up to it. I'm not going to have the endurance to run a marathon after 3 weeks. It takes time, patience, and will power. I'm working really hard at my running lately. It's enjoyable and something positive I can do with my husband. <BR> <BR> It's time to think. It's time to not... Sat, 12 May 2012 00:00:27 EST Sunny Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875939 I had a great moment yesterday. So with the 10 minutes a day spark challenge I've been working out more around 30-40 minutes each day and I've been dead on with my calories. So out of morbid curiosity, I took a vest out of my closet that had been a bit too snug to really wear in public, and tried it on. It fits!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151410247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Only after a week of healthier eating and exercise! Why didn't I start this... Thu, 10 May 2012 18:05:39 EST Motivation --> Weight loss jars! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873400 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276507331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Made these on Sunday. I can't wait to move the first marbles over this next Sunday when I weigh in. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I put them right in front of the TV where I can see them all time. If I watch too much TV, I'll feel guilty hopefully and work out. Wed, 9 May 2012 05:28:03 EST Sometimes, it isn't always what you want or expect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873387 Today, I really need to reflect on making mistakes. <BR> <BR> “I'm afraid that we all make mistakes. One of the things that defines our character is how we handle mistakes. If we lie about having made a mistake, then it can't be corrected and it festers. On the other hand, if we give up just because we made a mistake, even a big mistake, none of us would get far in life.” <BR> &#8213; Terry Goodkind, Confessor <BR> <BR> If your a perfectionist like me, then you tend to get on yourself abo... Wed, 9 May 2012 05:00:57 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869227 Got about ten minutes to blog today. I believe that I've got a cold coming on. I don't really feel well at all. But I'll make it through today. Even if I have to do ten minutes of easy yoga. I will do it. <BR> <BR> gotta go Sun, 6 May 2012 18:13:55 EST A video for anyone who has lost their spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868351 This video is about a man who had given up, until he gave himself a second chance. <BR> <BR> <em>415</em> Love yoga. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/qX9FSZJu448 </link> Sun, 6 May 2012 00:11:57 EST All set up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868333 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876442386.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659364258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm really feeling good today. Yesterday I made my workout schedule for the month of May with at least 10 minutes of working out each day for the 10 minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge. Let's see how long I can go! <BR> <BR> I also got my fridge prepped for the week. I cut all of my veggies, boiled potatoes, made blueberry muffins. All rec... Sat, 5 May 2012 23:48:25 EST Reevaluated Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867151 To get it, you gotta work for it. <BR> <BR> I've been on an off of spark for about two years now. It's like I wanted to get fit but I wasn't willing to put in the work to make it happen. But now, I don't have any excuses. I live in Japan and I can't speak Japanese so I've got time to kill. My husband is with me and my workout buddy (even if he HATES yoga). I've got a job... So, what was holding me back before? My attitude. I was in this state of mind that if I worked out, I could still eat ... Sat, 5 May 2012 01:58:28 EST Work out! Funny quote. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865724 After a two week workout hiatus and feeling low, low, low, I worked out with my husband. Two weeks off the wagon wreaked havoc on our endurance but we pushed through. A 50 min run and Jillian 6pack in 6 weeks video later and I am spent. It immediately lifted both of our moods. It's funny how you forget that working out can make the difference between relaxation and the urge to murder... hehe. <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for ways to be motivated. Today I found a funny quote that I thought I... Fri, 4 May 2012 03:51:19 EST