GETFITNLEAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GETFITNLEAN GETFITNLEAN'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/ Wake-Up Call From My Body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736138 I've been wanting to write this blog post for quite awhile now. What's been holding me back, you might ask? Well, I really think it is a state of mind for me. Let me start from the beginning.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669990933.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday, May 24th I was re-potting some flowers. I was on a knee pad on the ground bending over just going about my business. After about an hour I felt a 'pull' in my back. I knew I was done for the day.... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:18:21 EST Taking A Step Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676933 Here I am. The day after Easter 2014. It was a cold, snowy, harsh and depressing winter and I had no motivation to do anything. Now there is candy and chocolate in Easter baskets in my house and I NEED to clean it all up and at least put it away in a cupboard for my kids. I CANNOT be tempted. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I'd been shopping for something to wear for Easter. Everytime I decide to go clothes shopping it is a rude awakening as to what shape my body really is in. It mak... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:47:19 EST Planning The Steps Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602643 It's been quite awhile since I've blogged, let alone been 'sparking'. <BR> <BR> I'm not going into details about the 'why', but I will say I went through an extremely stressful time from the end of August until the beginning of September. I was not sleeping or eating properly, was anxious and felt an uneasiness I've never experienced before in my life. I lost 10 lbs easily because I was barely eating. Although it was nice to have baggy pants, it didn't matter because other things in my li... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:57:36 EST *Free* Downloadable 1-Week Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442808 I stumbled upon a blog this evening called Exercise & Beyond. The blog owner is offering a printable 1-week meal plan in .pdf format and wanted to share it with everyone here on SparkPeople. Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>exercise2day.com/free-stuff/week-mea<BR>l-plan </link> <BR> <link>exercise2day.com/meal-plan </link> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:09:20 EST BLC22 - Day 54 ~ Love Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436138 Part of this weekend's challenge is to write myself a love letter. I am to list everything that I <em>26</em> about myself. And why not? We're always focusing on the features or things we dislike about ourselves, so why not give ourselves a boost by focusing on the positive for once! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> First and foremost in my life right now, I am a mother. I help my children whenever possible. Whether it's a situation with friendships, difficulty with homework, teaching life ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:34:59 EST BLC22 - Day 46 ~ Mid-Challenge Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427418 It's hard to believe that the BLC22 Challenge is 1/2 way over. Part of this weekend's challenge is to reflect on the previous 6 weeks - Be honest with yourself, what did you do well, and what could use some work. <BR> <BR> As I began writing this blog I was interrupted by my 10 year old. My daughters are making clay figures from a book they borrowed from the library and they've run out of clay. So I look in our art supplies and there's no more. I tell them we will get more, but not tod... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:18:28 EST BLC22 - Day 38 ~ It's Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419280 WoW! Day 38 of BLC22 already! <em>40</em> I honestly can say I have not been trying my hardest all 38 of those days. Maybe 1/2 of those days. I need to be present, aware and putting my best foot forward as much as possible. I know this. <BR> <BR> I also know that I have some physical challenges that hold me back from giving my all every single day. This is even more of a reason to do my best on the days that I feel well, so that I don't beat myself about not exercising on the days t... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:43:37 EST BLC22 - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407689 Hey there! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, it's me. Still hanging in there with BLC22. (barely hanging by a thread <em>24</em> ) <BR> I started out pretty good, but the past 2 weeks have been a real step backwards for me. I'm currently trying to bring myself OUT of my funk. Honestly, I don't want to go into the ins and outs of WHY I slipped up again. I just did and that is that. What matters to me MOST is that I am dusting myself off and getting back to it. Slowly but surely. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:55:45 EST BLC22 - Day 8 & 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388347 Yesterday was Day 8 of the BLC22 Challenge. It was also Weigh-In Day. <em>192</em> <BR> I gained 2 lbs <em>49</em> I am not happy about that, but it's not going to stop me from trying either. Yesterday I went food shopping in the morning and then went shopping for items my 10 y/o daughter needed. By the time we were done both our legs and feet hurt. I did take our dog for a short walk in the evening, but that is all the exercise I got in. <BR> <BR> Today I did the TNT (target & t... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:54:26 EST BLC22 - Day 6 & 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386244 Yesterday was Day 6 of the BLC22 Challenge. I did do 20 minutes on the elliptical, but did not have it in me to do any strength training. I did get back into tracking all my food using the MyFitnessPal app though. I've never been good at tracking my food through SP and I'm finding this app on my Kindle Fire HD is working for me, so I will stick with it. I would like to try the SP tracking app (which was FREE yesterday, but somehow I missed that!) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, today I forced myself... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:43:29 EST BLC22 - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383450 <em>249</em> The Biggest Loser Challenge #22 began on Wednesday June 5th. I had been tracking food and working out for at least 3 days prior to this round starting. I was optimistic and feeling great about getting this round started. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> At 4am on Thursday morning I woke up with pain in my mouth where my 2nd last molar on the bottom right is. <em>234</em> Luckily I got in to see the dentist because it was an abcess! She drilled a whole in the tooth (it was alr... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:14:40 EST Virtual Me Pictures~Make Your Own! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375538 You can create virtual photos of yourself here at Model My Diet <BR> <link>modelmydiet.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> After you've created your model and choose your setting and clothes, what I did was take a screen shot of my model standing side-by-side. Save to your computer and then post as a photo on your SparkPage. The photo on the left is the BEFORE shot and the photo on the right is the AFTER shot. I hope everyone has fun with this <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> In a striped bikini, which ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:04:24 EST Motivational Pictures For Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713984275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772040896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595822873.jpg"> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:05:15 EST Can I Do This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373260 Well, my last post at the beginning of the month was 'Starting Over....Again'. Here I am at the end of the month doing the same thing again. Well, truthfully, I don't think I ever really 'stared'. <BR> <BR> I never get up this early, but it is 5:52am; I couldn't sleep. The first thing I started to think about was how it's going to be 90 degrees today and I'm helping out with my daughter's Kindergarten class. We're doing water activities, parachute and the kids will have popcicles, all... Fri, 31 May 2013 05:56:45 EST Starting Over.....Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341977 This weight loss/healthy lifestyle thing has been a do-over for most of my life. I'm tired of being tired and yo yo-ing back and forth on the scale. I want this to be the LAST starting over post that I make. I want to reach my goal and never look back at those high numbers on the scale again. I want to do this Once And For All! <BR> <BR> I sent my team mates of 40 and Fabulous a SparkMail message today. It was entitled "MayDay!!!! MayDay!!!! MayDay!!!" Here is an excerpt from my e-ma... Wed, 1 May 2013 12:28:50 EST Intentionally Keeping Yourself OUT Of Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238499 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185827035.jpg"> <BR> This is an interesting article. I'm usually the one taking the photos, so there aren't as many pictures of me as there should be. I know a lot of the time it's because I'm not pleased with my weight. However, I want my children to look back and have photos of us together. When you have the time, read this article and the comments people are leaving. Maybe we all can start taking more pictures with ourselves in them, sha... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:56:35 EST 2012 ~ Good Riddance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180950 I've been meaning to create a blog entry here for months. I've had no motivation and nothing positive to write about, so I guess that is why I have stayed away so long. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> 2012 has not been the year I hoped it would be. The brachial neuralgia in my left shoulder was the beginning of my setbacks for the year. Once that pain went away I was just scared to start working out hard again like I had been. This led me to a sedentary year with little motivation, bad eating... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:56:36 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021567 August 19th! <em>40</em> WoW! How did we get here so fast and why do I feel like I wasted my summer? <em>198</em> Well, because I did not eat well and I did not workout, hence I did not lose weight and I feel like a beached whale. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I went to bed at 12:30am last night and had trouble falling asleep. For some reason I woke up around 8am and decided to come onto SparkPeople for some motivation to get my day going. Then I headed over to Facebook to look for some o... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:27:22 EST Going Through The Motions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928395 Over the past 3 weeks I've just been going through the motions with Sparkpeople. What I mean by that is I try to at least come by the site to 'Spin The Wheel' and make sure I am checking into my BLC19 Challenge team 3 x's a week. Other than that though, I am not up to par where I should be. I'm at a place where I'm not sure how to fit in everything I should on top of all the extras I've had to do lately. Well, I'm here to say that it is time to STOP going through the motions and get mysel... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:00:52 EST BLC19~D26W4: Teal Troopers Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889678 The BLC19 Teal Trooper's Team challenge for the weekend is a soul searching challenge. Basically, all team members are to share what they have discovered about themselves and their approach to losing their weight thus far. So here goes mine. <BR> <BR> My weight loss program flip-flops from day to day. If I have a decent amount of sleep and a day where I am home most of the day, I usually get in some sort of exercise. It's the days where I am running around to appointments and errands wh... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:52:47 EST BLC19~D22W4~More Positive Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884475 I realize yesterday's blog post was not very positive. That just goes with the territory of the ups and downs of life I guess. <BR> <BR> Today the sun is shining and I made myself get on the elliptical for 30 minutes as well as do 20 minutes of strength training. This is my TNT (tight 'n tone) for the BLC19 since I most likely won't get to this tomorrow. I was losing steam 1/2 way through my elliptical workout today, but I pressed on and finished. I want to be able to build my stamina up... Wed, 16 May 2012 16:30:48 EST BLC19~D21W3~Tired Of The 'Uns' In My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882761 It is a dreary, dark and rainy day here in Eastern PA. I've had a difficult time getting motivated to do anything today. My eating habits have not been good and I feel tired. I am fed up with all the 'uns' in my life: unhappy, unfit, unflattering, unable, unacceptable, unaccountable, unachieved, unadaptable, unappealing, uncomplimentary, unattainable, uncertain, unchangeable, unimproved. <BR> <BR> I need turn those un's around to read: happy, fit, flattering, able, acceptable, accountable... Tue, 15 May 2012 14:52:27 EST BLC19~D8W2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863696 Weigh-In Day.....1.4 lbs lost. Small steps, small victories. I am happy with that and hoping for another pound next week. <BR> <BR> I did my TNT today because Thursdays are one of my busiest days of the week. I also did 30 minutes on the elliptical, but I did not do as full-force of a workout that I usually do. It was a dreary and damp day and I was lucky to even motivate myself to do the 1 hour of working out that I did. That is a victory; just getting done what I needed to. I also ha... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:44:52 EST BLC19~D5W1~My 12-Week Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858030 BLC19 12-WEEK "SMART" PLAN FOR SUCCESS <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685081931.jpg"> <BR> (S)pecific- (M)easurable- (A)ttainable- (R)ealistic- (T)rackable <BR> Over the next 12 weeks I would like to make a habit of exercising on my elliptical 3 x's a week or more for 30 minutes each time. I would like to incorporate SP strength training videos 3 x's a week (or more) so I can get toned and build strength. I need to focus on eating healthier and not giving into the ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:48:24 EST BLC19~D1W1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851883 <em>249</em> of The Biggest Loser Challenge #19 (aka BLC19). <BR> <BR> DAY 1 WEEK 1 <BR> <BR> I went on a 40 minute walk with my dog and had to do the TNT (Tight 'N Tone) Thursday challenge today because tomorrow I will not be home enough to do it (I hope that is okee-dokee?) After I entered my fitness minutes for the day, I decided to make myself a little avatar online: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12169400.jpg"> <BR> The Tight End bit is the 'Inter-Team' I... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:14:15 EST Ready 2 Get Back In The Saddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481211119.jpg"> <BR> This is a photo of a basic English Saddle. I know nothing about saddles or riding horses for that matter (although I would like to try horseback riding one day <em>211</em> ) <BR> I'd like to relate this saddle and it's parts to my journey to getting healthy: <BR> <BR> Seat- I MUST get OFF of my seat in order to shed pounds. Move, moves, move, instead of sit, sit, sit. <BR> <BR> Twist-Twisting is good---it most cert... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:25:52 EST Pain In The Neck/Shoulder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759822 First of all, I am sorry I haven't been around. I've wanted to be, but so many things have kept me away. The basics of the past 2 weeks are as follows. <BR> <BR> The beginning of the week of 2/12 I was feeling tired and kinda down. Just frumpy I guess. By Thursday night my 5 year old had a stomach virus, which took me into Friday all day and very tired. My 9 year old had off from school Friday/Monday for President's day and had a sleepover Saturday night and then had to sing in choir Sun... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:15:43 EST *2012* February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716475 <em>7</em> GETFITNLEAN's FEBRUARY CHALLENGE LOG <em>7</em> <BR> ****INTERMEDIATE LEVEL**** <BR> <BR> Goal To Lose In February: 5 lbs <BR> Beat 863 Fitness Minutes This Month! (that was last month's total fitness minutes) <BR> <BR> STARTING MEASUREMENTS: <BR> Weight: 150.2 lbs Measure your Waist: 35.5" Measure your Hips: 41.5" <BR> Measure your Neck: 13.5" Measure your Thigh: 22.5" Measure your Upper Arm: 12.5" Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio: .85 <BR> <e... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:43:13 EST *2012* Day 30-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716035 1/30- This was a not a very productive day for me and it could have been. I was very positive upon waking and then around 10am a message was left on our answering machine that ticked me off! Without getting into it here, it was someone 'pretending' not to know something that they very well do and 'playing' the part of 'poor me'. So that just peeved me off for the rest of the day. I should've used my negative energy to work out, but I had so many other things I had to do around the house t... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:26:18 EST *2012* Day 29~ Xbox Kinect WorkOut! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710652 So,instead of doing the elliptical today and strength training videos from SparkPeople, I decided to tell my kids that we would play Xbox Kinect games this afternoon. We played from 2:30pm until 4:45pm! The various games we played are pictured below. I have no idea how to track the fitness minutes for all of these games, but let me tell you, I was sweating and drank 40 ozs of water in that time period. So, I decided to enter 45 minutes as low-impact aerobics and another 45 minutes as hig... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:03:28 EST *2012* Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709111 1/28- 30 minutes on the elliptical. I am having digestive issues today, so I will add 2 SP challenge videos tomorrow and earn my January JumpStart Challenge Trophy. (I hope!) <BR> I also walked the neighborhood a bit to help my 9 yr old deliver some of her Girls Scout cookies. <BR> <BR> And speaking of those addictive cookies, Yes, I did have some of them and I hope I can start to resist the urge to open the package again and again and again! They are just too good! Grrrrrr! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:36:53 EST *2012* Day 27 ~ Coming Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707252 1/27/12 <BR> <BR> As much as I was unsure of how my body would react from doing cardio with this cold, I went ahead and decided to go for it this morning. I took some extra puffs of my inhaler because I knew I would probably have some breathing issues because of my asthma. I had to use a tissue a few times throughout the workout because of my nose running, but I made it to the end. I then decided I would do 2 of the January Jumpstart SP videos to start to make up for the days I missed thi... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:10:54 EST *2012* Day 25-26 ~ Head Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705438 1/25- I was pretty much useless today. Two loads of laundry and that is about all. <BR> <BR> 1/26- Thursday is always a pretty busy day with all the back and forth running of my kids around. I had to catch up on some housework (put away laundry, straighten 5 yr old's room, clean bathroom, another load of laundry) and that pretty much tired me out. I hope to be back to some SP videos tomorrow; not sure I will be up for cardio (the elliptical) since my sinuses still aren't clear and I al... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:01:43 EST *2012* Day 23-24 ~ Head Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701120 1/23- I got in 30 minutes on the elliptical and did the SP video 9-Minute Total Lower Body Workout. I did not have a lot of motivation, but I did get some things done around the house today. <BR> <BR> 1/24- Well, I could blame the past few days of being unmotvated and tiredness on lack of sleep or even lack of sunshine, but the reality of it is that a head cold was brewing. Every week since before Christmas someone (mainly my kids) has been sick every week. Stomach viruses, colds, and t... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:42:59 EST *2012* Day 21-22~Outta Steam Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696789 1/21- 30 minutes on the elliptical. I almost didn't get this workout in, but forced myself to and I'm glad I did. It was invigorating and well worth the effort. <BR> <BR> 1/22- 8-Minute Athletic Intervals Workout and 15-Minute Abs Workout. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129092840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's almost Noon here and I did these 2 SP videos, but had a rough time of it. Both of these videos are NOT my favorites, but I pushed through them the best I cou... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:08:35 EST *2012* Day 19-20 ~ Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693174 1/19-This was a 'down' day due to digestive issues, as well as a busy day. <BR> <BR> 1/20- I made up for yesterday by doing Day 5 & 6 SP videos for the January JumpStart Challenge along with 30 minutes on the elliptical. Again, I was tired and lazy because of this cold January weather and could've easily just sat down to read a book or surf on the internet, but I am devoted to this! So I went downstairs, put a load of laundry in, got my 5 yr old situated on her computer to play a game and ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:20:10 EST *2012* Day 17-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689684 Yesterday (Day 17) was a rest day. I was kid-less and decided I was going to take a relaxing day for ME! I finished a book I've been reading, watched 3 episodes of an hour long show that was TIVO'ed, and then put some books on my Kindle for future reading. <BR> <BR> Today (Day 18), I was tired and knew I had to get in my exercise early today or it wouldn't happen. After I returned from dropping my oldest daughter at school, I told my 5 yr old that I was exercising. So at 9:05am I got on ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:10:51 EST *2012* Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685618 I didn't think I was going to get in my elliptical today, let alone 2 SP videos....but I DID! <BR> It was later in the day (4:30-5:30), but I made it happen. Some days I surprise myself and today was one of them. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:27:46 EST *2012* Day 12-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682581 Day 12- 30 minutes on the elliptical and 2 videos (10-Minute Pilates Hips & Thighs Workout/12-Minute Seated Core Workout) <BR> <BR> Day 13 30 minutes on the elliptical and 1 workout video (9-Minute Arm Sculpting Workout) <BR> <BR> Day 14 No exercise today. <BR> <BR> Day 15 30 minutes on the elliptical and 1 workout video (15-Minute Abs Workout) <BR> <BR> Each day that I exercised was a struggle to get motivated and fit in the exercise time, but I am feeling guilty if I don't workou... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:48:38 EST *2012* Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674707 So, I was a bit sore from yesterday. Today I was having some digestive issues, so I decided to take the day off from exercise. I will make up today's challenge video tomorrow. Sometimes you just need a day to bounce back and I hope doing that today helps me have a more successful day tomorrow. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:09:43 EST *2012* Day10~ Back On Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672363 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985788705.jpg"> <BR> I'm now back on track with my January Jump Start Challenge workouts and even got in a 30 minute workout on my elliptical today! No issues with the elliptical today and I found some information online that my husband will try the next time the resistance issue shows up again. <BR> <BR> Eating properly is going to have to be more of a focus for me soon, because all my hard work means nothing if I am just putting meaningl... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:02:25 EST *2012* Day 9~ Positive Outlook! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668885 First of all a BIG <em>304</em> to everyone who posted a reply to my blog yesterday! Two days without exercising and I felt like I blew the January challenge ALREADY and wouldn't be able to keep going with it. But, TODAY is a NEW day and I am determined! <BR> <BR> I EASILY could've made today Day 3 of not exercising. When I woke up I felt so tired and unable to pep up. Although I did sleep better last night, I think I am still catching up from the sleep I lost when my daughter was sick... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:48:57 EST *2012* Day 8~Deflated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667067 Today was another down day. I did not sleep well again last night and I just did not have the energy today. My plan of action is to double up on the January Challenge videos the next 2 days & cardio so I can get back on track for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Mon 1/9: Day 7 & Day 1 challenge videos/20 mins of cardio <BR> Tue: 1/10: Day 2 & Day 3 challenge videos/40 mins of cardio <BR> Wed: 1/11 Day 4 challenge video/20 mins cardio <BR> Thur: 1/12 Day 5 challenge video/Extra SP video/20 mins car... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:39:30 EST *2012* Day 6 & 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664775 1/6/12 DAY 6 <BR> <BR> Well, my day started out with my daughter feeling very ill (coughing/runny nose/fever). I did <BR> manage to get in (2) videos: SP 9-minute Arm Sculpting & 10-Minute Bootcamp Cardio Workouts. I was busy taking care of my daughter and forgot to blog yesterday, hence the double post today. <BR> <BR> 1/7/12 DAY 7 <BR> <BR> Last night my sick little girl kept me up a lot of the night, so I was very tired and cranky today and she is still sick today, although not as ba... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:55:44 EST *2012* Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660820 Just a quick blog entry for today. I was so out of it and tired today. Not quite sure why, but this cold weather has not been very good for my motivation. I did make myself do today's challenge video and also did an 8 minute SP cardio video. 18 minutes total. Better than nothing I guess. This evening my daughters had a pizza party after their church choir practice and parents were invited as well. So I did have pizza, but I tried to eat less and a little better throughout the day. Nig... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:50:19 EST *2012* Day 4~Jump Rope Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657201 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732323138.jpg"> <BR> So I did yesterday's & today's challenge videos and did pretty well. I miss my elliptical, so I got on it in hopes that it may have re-set itself like it has in the past, but no luck. I was on it for 3 minutes and it is at like 10 resistance (the highest level) and I had to get off. So I decided to use my weighted jump rope that I barely ever used (I got it as a gift in my early 20's and can count on 1 hand how many ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:45:14 EST *2012* Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852913336.jpg"> <BR> I had a feeling that today was going to be a long day of shopping for me, but hoped to be back home before lunchtime.....that didn't happen. I did return all the items I needed to and picked up some good bargains (after Christmas items: wrapping paper, tree topper, NFL ornaments for hubby, some Xmas picture frames for gifts next year, as well as some sweaters for myself.) <BR> <BR> That said, I did not get in my Day... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:14:38 EST *2012* Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651837 Today did not go as planned, however, I did make the best of it. <BR> <BR> If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know that I've been having issues with my elliptical on & off for awhile now. The problem is that the resistance level does not change at all and gets stuck at the highest level (10) which is just way to strenuous for an entire workout. The problem had been intermittent for awhile now, but over the past 3 months I kind of stopped exercising and part of the reaso... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:05:49 EST Day 1~Happy New Year!!!! *2012* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27455427.jpg"> <BR> I've reset my weight loss ticker to zero for the first time since joining SparkPeople in 2007. <BR> 2012 is my new starting point. I am now 40 years old and have higher aspirations and goals to reach for myself. I have joined the January Jumpstart Challenge, which is similar to the Official Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge and the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge (of which I completed both and praise for ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:01:20 EST I Will Do This In 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645686 Today was the first time I stepped on my elliptical since 10/10/11. Way too long! <BR> How I fell out of a routine of fitting in my elliptical workouts weekly is no surprise to me. I have been extra busy over the past 3 months and this happens towards the end of the year, every year (everyone in my family has a birthday throughout this time of the year & then Christmas hits!). This year not exercising at this time of year was detrimental to me because I worked so hard this past year to los... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:08:16 EST