GETFITNLEAN's SparkPeople Blog GETFITNLEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mixed Emotions So my baby girl finished her last day of elementary school today. I officially don't have any kids in elementary school. I have a 10th grade daughter in high school & a 6th grade daughter entering middle school in the Fall. <BR> <BR> So many changes have happened in my life over the years, but my life & well-being has been tested especially in the last 7 months. I'm trying to mentally get myself ready to make changes. <BR> <BR> I am so tired from lack of sleep, running my kids aroun... Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:16:41 EST Just Keep Going <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think getting derailed from the healthy habits you start and not returning back to those habits is the point at which you need to say to yourself, "No, I'm not going to turn back to my old habits." <BR> <BR> Just take a walk, get on your elliptical, treadmill or bicycle. Don't go full-speed ahead....just do matter how least you ARE doing something. <BR> <BR> Thi... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:41:53 EST Today Is New Start Date <img src=""> So after a pretty crappy February, here I am a month later trying to get started focusing on getting healthy again. I've fallen off this wagon so many times and I just want to make changes in my life that will stick and just become a part of my daily life. To make matters worse, I'm going to my nephew's birthday party today and it's all about food. So, I'm going to allow myself to eat (I know th... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:27:50 EST RoadBlocks Started back on the elliptical on Thursday even though I was supposed to wait until February & only do 10 minutes & start out slowly. Ten minutes to me is nothing. Granted, the resistance levels I've been used to going up to were 8, but that will have to be worked up to over the next few months. I took a rest day Friday, Sunday & today mainly because I have an ear ache & tooth ache on my right side and I've lost my voice (literally!) I'm not sure what the heck is going on!!!! Hoping to t... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:11:05 EST Time To Get The Ball Rolling....Again! So, the photo at the top of my Spark page is a photo of a woman walking in a sports top & shorts that show below the belly button. My Sparkpeople avatar is of slim legs. I've had these photos here for quite awhile and the reason they were chosen is because that is what I wanted to aspire to. I say 'wanted' because I now have a scar right below my belly button all the way down to my pelvis area (more information on this in a blog to come, as I'm not quite ready to talk about this yet.) M... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:40:05 EST Not Just Weight.....Health It's always with good intentions when I return to the SparkPeople site to jump back into an exercise routine and take considerable care with my calorie intake. I'm easily derailed by life events and I slip further back instead of moving forward. It is depressing and upsetting to me that I haven't been able to reach a weight & fitness goal that I've had set for myself for over 10 years now. <BR> <BR> So this time, I'm not going to say 'I'm back' or 'I'm getting started again' or 'this time... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:03:39 EST No Time Like The Present....Right? I joined the SparkPeople site back in 2007........9 years ago!!!! <BR> <BR> That number makes me cringe because there's been A LOT of wasted time health-wise between now and then. I know everyone always says 'only look forward', but I remember when I was in my mid-30's promising myself I would get into shape and get healthier. Easier said than done. I just turned 45.....not much has changed and I am pretty ticked off at myself for a lot of reasons. <BR> <BR> There were times during the pa... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:03:58 EST Starting Over..... I know. It's been a long time since I've posted or 'Sparked.' It was a LONG, depressing, unmotivating winter! I WISH I had used my time wisely and moved my butt to exercise and eat better. Nothing I can do now to turn back time though. <BR> <BR> So today when I woke up I decided on workout clothes and that I would get back on the elliptical. <BR> I had to take my oldest daughter to orchestra practice for 7:20am, so I decided to stop at the grocery store quick for a few items. I ran into... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:25:13 EST One Thing Off The 2015 CheckList It's a snowy & messy day here in PA. The snow began around 6:35am (too late to delay or cancel school apparently!) My 12 year old had to be at orchestra practice for 7:25am, my 8 year old for 9:55am. I had a doctor's appointent @ 10:10am and decided I might as well kill 2 birds with one stone since my allergist is in the same office building as my dermatologist. So I called the allergist's office and they said they could take me for my allergy shots. So off I went at 9:15. <BR> <BR> Thi... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:17:19 EST Where I Am At I've stayed away from SparkPeople mainly because I've felt like I can't do anything to physically advance myself. I've eaten poorly and that also hasn't helped me one bit. <BR> <BR> My pity party needs to end. I need to get in the drivers seat and put the pedal to the metal! <BR> <BR> You can read my previous post about my chiropractic issues here <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736138 </link> instead of me going into it all again. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:34:07 EST Wake-Up Call From My Body! 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=""> <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 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 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 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><BR>l-plan </link> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:09:20 EST BLC22 - Day 54 ~ Love Letter 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 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! 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 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 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 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 <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! You can create virtual photos of yourself here at Model My Diet <BR> <link> </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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:05:15 EST Can I Do This? 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 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 <img src=""> <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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BLC19 12-WEEK "SMART" PLAN FOR SUCCESS <BR> <img src=""> <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 <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=""> <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! <img src=""> <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 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 <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 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! 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 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! 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 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 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 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=""> <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 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 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 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 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 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