GINAKINA's SparkPeople Blog GINAKINA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back at it with a Baby I think the title says most of what I need to say. <BR> <BR> I'm back at it. <BR> <BR> I have a baby :) <BR> <BR> My husband and I welcomed our first little one, a boy, in February of this year. That makes him over 6 months old now. And it means that I only have 3 months left of my loose goal of losing baby weight (I figured, 9 months to put it on, 9 months to take it off). I went from 135 to 170 pounds, and I would say right now I have 10-15 pounds lingering (although 5 of those ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:45:46 EST Keeping Pace So, I officially survived a weekend. I guess it helped that I worked on Saturday (easier for me to stay on track if I am at work because there are less choices. If I can keep it together for the rest of the week, I am going to treat myself to some avocado and cucumber sushi from Whole Foods this friday. Not that its really a big stretch from what I normally eat, but I have tried making sushi and failed, and as far as it being a treat, that has more to do with the money than it being a "bad... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:19:57 EST Why I Need To Lose Weight I have been thinking about this a lot lately: "Why I need to lose weight". <BR> <BR> As my husband said, I have never been "fat". As in, people may have not whispered comments about my weight as I walked down the street and I never had to shop in the plus-sized section of the department stores. But at 5'4'' and over 150lbs, there was no denying that I was overweight. College was good to me, as far as meeting new people and learning new things, but it also opened me to a world of differen... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 08:32:43 EST Back on the Train A blog post? What? <BR> <BR> Sorry spark friends...if I even have any left. I have still been around kind of regularly, but haven't been blogging at all. Mainly because I spend a lot of my time blogging at my personal blog: Okay, no more shameless plugs. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I haven't exactly fallen off track, I think I just stepped off the train for a bit to wander. I haven't logged my food in quite awhile, but have been exercising very regularly. I h... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 23:14:42 EST Vegan Strong I started a blog on google blogger yesterday. I've been wanting to do it for awhile, but something was missing...and after eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet, I feel like this is right time. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about it! You can find it here: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I only have one post so far, I literally just started it, but it is going to be all about the food I make/eat on a high protein, active, iron-pumping, vegan diet. <BR> <BR> Visit!! Thu, 30 Oct 2008 09:24:57 EST *Just* Working Out I wrote this in my Oxygen blog a few days ago (Oxygen magazine is a women's weight lifting's okay, but the forum is pretty good: and I wanted to repost it here. <BR> <BR> "I was thinking today about how, on here, whenever someone has a question, diet or workout related, someone almost always has to ask "Well, what is your goal"? And I've always tried to have a pretty defined goal. But I honestly think that for the next few months, my goal is just to work out... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:57:45 EST It's "that" week. You know how when you are in school, there is that one week of the semester where everything just falls at the same time, and you just go crazy??? This is that week. <BR> <BR> It's not as bad as I expected it to be, but this weekend was a killer. I told my in-laws and friends from college that I would go down to visit, and I didn't want to bail on them, so I spent the weekend eating HORRIBLY. Ugh, all kinds of simple carbs. It wasn't even really enjoyable (except the nachos, lol). <B... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 13:18:23 EST Birthday!! So my birthday was this weekend :) Yesterday actually. I spent Saturday night in Brooklyn. I have a friend who lives there and a few other friends in the area, so we all went and stayed with him. I had some FANTASTIC Thai food which I had been wanting for awhile, and...well had way too much to drink. I also stayed up until 8:30AM with on of my best friends, which was a ridiculous idea. He works the night shift though, so he didn't really care. But man, was I exhausted. I slept for 12 ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:13:36 EST I'm Back! Ahhh, I'm back :) <BR> <BR> Well, I don't know what exactly that will entail, but I've just started NROL4W, which I am loving, but it advises a diet of 40/30/30, which is NOT what I am used sparkpeople has helped me get back into the groove of things. <BR> <BR> Isn't it the greatest feeling when you look at your calorie distribution for the day, and it is just...perfect?? It makes me very very pleased, heh. <BR> <BR> Today is looking awesome. I eat between 1900 and 1950 on ... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 12:57:02 EST Check me out! I need to take a picture of myself. <BR> <BR> I've been in NY now for a little over a month. I couldn't work out for awhile, which made me drop about 5 pounds. Now I'm back at the gym, trying to put on muscle, and I'm hovering at....122lbs! That is so incredible to me, I have never weighed this much, I really really look great, I am super happy with myself. <BR> <BR> So, like I said, actively trying to put on muscle. At the advice of the trainer at my gym (I am not actually meeting ... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:36:19 EST Back from Maui! Well, I got back from Maui on Saturday. I also got my wisdom teeth out on Monday. Needless to say....I feel like a big pile of mush. I know I LOOK fine, but I just feel like my muscle is deteriorating. I did run while I was on Maui. And on days when I didn't feel like running, I swam or we went hiking, so I think I got plenty of exercise in. I just know I won't do much more than walk and run for the next two weeks, which is....unsettling. <BR> <BR> My first vegetarian vacation was in... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:05:22 EST (no title) Whoa, what are all these new blog entry options? Blog entry link? Is that so I could link it to a myspace blog or something? I don't have one, but that's the only thing I can think of... <BR> <BR> Anyway! <BR> <BR> I am going to meet my family over in Maui this afternoon, yay!! <BR> <BR> Better news (OK, maybe not better, but also good) is my original goal was to be at 123 by the time this vacation hit...I had sort of forgotten about it, but this morning I was at 123.8! I know it's sti... Fri, 13 Jul 2007 13:42:05 EST It's been a month! Oh gosh, I knew I was slacking, but a month since I wrote a blog? Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Things are going pretty well. I am more or less maintaining my weight at 125, which I'm happy about. I think I look good, so I'm still pretty satisfied. Not to get too personal, but I went off BC pills last month so my body sort of getting back to normal sort of freaked me out a little because I haven't experienced the real TMO weight gain until this month and I freaked a little. But all is good and ho... Fri, 6 Jul 2007 13:58:09 EST My Awesome Pants First off, thank you for all the congrats everyone, those were left here and otherwise! It's really appreciated! <BR> <BR> I just recently read 'Intuitive Eating', as in I just finished it a few minutes ago. I feel like this is what Stage 4 is really about, coming to peace with food. So far everything is going fairly well...although I let myself buy cookies at Costco. I REALLY wanted the oatmeal raisin, but my husband likes chocolate chip, and I though the others were peanut butter. Tur... Fri, 8 Jun 2007 13:37:37 EST Moving on...Stage 4 So I think it's really time to move into Stage 4. I was up for it 2 or 3 weeks ago, but didn't want to move until I had stepped away from the food tracker and was happy with myself. <BR> <BR> Well the past few weeks I've just been really happy. I know I look great, I feel great, and I don't want to lose any more weight, just gain more muscle. I really wanted to get down to 122 so I could say I lost 30 pounds, but...I don't care THAT much. It's only 3 pounds, and I'm just done with it. I... Mon, 4 Jun 2007 13:16:04 EST I'm still here! For anyone who reads my blog and has been wondering where I am, I am still here! I've had a friend here for the past two weeks. He is still here, so this will be short, I've just been in a wordy mood and felt like updating all my blog type things. <BR> <BR> First, I became a vegetarian. I'm really excited about it...I'm always excited about having something new to learn about, and I love realizing that point where I am more knowledgable at it. Anyway, that's been going on for about 4 d... Thu, 31 May 2007 02:08:43 EST I lied....I'm still benched! Ack, I'm not back. I feel pretty good, I feel like I am getting better, but whatever I had (went to the doctor, it is some virus I have to wait out), moved from my lower digestive system, to the upper (lots of heartburn), to my throat, and now it's in my sinuses. I'm hoping this is almost the doesn't have anywhere else to go, right??? <BR> <BR> Anyway, doctor said no more gym until I am better. Just like when I told myself I couldn't have sweets, someone telling me I can't go t... Wed, 16 May 2007 14:02:58 EST Oh. I'm back baby. At least that is what I am telling myself! As of last night I still was having problems, but I feel fine in the morning, so I will go to the gym in the morning. I was really tired and weak all week, so I'm a little worried about overdoing it. Today is just s 20 minute cardio warmup and then lifting. I'm determined to get my squat up to 85lbs this week. I should have 2 weeks ago, but I kept missing my Friday workout. I think that I am still maintaining, I've been doing OK, I'm just ready... Mon, 14 May 2007 15:53:51 EST Taking the weekend off. So, after being sick the past few days, I decided to take this weekend off. I think we are going to go to the zoo, so I will be getting some walking in, which is much needed since the past few days have been almost completely sedentary save for the one hour I spent at the gym. It is also our friend's birthday, and he likes zoos (yes we are 23 year olds who like zoos), so we're going to do the zoo and then take him out to lunch...or dinner...or whatever meal it will be by then. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 May 2007 16:53:54 EST Figured out what is making me sick. So I figured out what made me sick because I was an IDIOT and ate it again yesterday. I thought maybe I had undercooked the salmon I had the night before and it was making me unhappy, but it turned out to be the gazpacho I made the other day!! I guess maybe it isn't good for more than one day? Either that or my body doesn't agree with mango, but I've had mango before and was fine. <BR> <BR> In any case, I only had a little, so I'm hoping that it won't be as bad today as Wednesday. That... Fri, 11 May 2007 15:02:45 EST FULL I don't know about the water, thanks for the comment. I guess it could be too much, but I am always thirsty. I figure if I am thirsty then I should drink, right? My goal is 12 cups a day, I just always go over it. I usually end up with a headache too if I don't drink a lot. <BR> <BR> Anyway! I feel much better today. I feel like it was a viral sort of thing, I ended up on the couch for most of the day feeling reallt sore and achy, followed by a fever. I still got enough water and ate ... Thu, 10 May 2007 20:56:16 EST Ugh, mid week blues. So I woke up again this morning feeling sick. I actually woke up at 6:30 feeling bad, but made myself go back to sleep. I got up at 7:30 now, which felt a lot better, but I still felt sick. I don't really know why I keep waking up like that. I'm trying to put it together....I feel like it's dehydration, but I had 23 cups of water yesterday!! Over the average (20 cups). So I don't know. I REALLY don't feel like eating, but maybe it will make me feel better. <BR> <BR> I went to the de... Wed, 9 May 2007 14:26:04 EST Experiment Week So I will be experimenting a little this week. My husband is out in the field, and I am only cooking for me. It's great because I don't have to worry about what he likes, but it also stinks because I end up with a lot of leftovers that I don't want to eat...I want to make something new!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, today I made a gazpacho for lunch. It is pretty good, although I preferred it warmed. I know that's totally just tomato soup, haha, but I wasn't digging the cold soup thing. It's OK... Tue, 8 May 2007 01:02:13 EST Taking a break? Taking a break today. I was SO tired and sore yesterday I thought I would need it. Now...I'm thinking I could have went, but..maybe should just take a rest day anyway? This week was really screwed up as far as weight training is concerned anyway. I did do every exercise at least once though, so I should be able to maintain for next week. Plus now I can get back on schedule and go tomorrow instead of giving myself a rest day and starting weight training on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, th... Sun, 6 May 2007 16:14:11 EST I feel gross :( Wow, I just woke up feeling crappy. <BR> <BR> If you are wondering how the ball went, it didn't. Here is the general run down of last night... <BR> <BR> 2PM - start doing my hair, and it looks adorable <BR> 2:30PM - realize I forgot to pick up my husband's uniform. No big deal, it's on his way home. <BR> 3PM - husband comes home screaming and cursing about having to get all his brass on it...I am watching Rachel Ray (I love Rachel Ray, and friday is the only day I get to watch her) <BR>... Sat, 5 May 2007 13:00:32 EST I'm a horrible "Mommy" My poor cat! I was just sitting here getting ready to type and heard her scratching in her litter box, realizing that last time I cleaned it, I was out of litter when I went to put more in, and she desperately needed it. I DID buy it, but forgot to put it in. Poor litle girl. Her name is Zoe, she is an aaaangel. <BR> <BR> Anyway...anyone ever have a hard time just saying STOP!! I was on the Precor today, and my calves were on fire, but I just couldn't stop before the time I had allott... Fri, 4 May 2007 19:04:07 EST Going to the Ball...and eating it's food. Right, so in my excitement yesterday about how good I looked in my dress, I failed to think about the fact that I am going to have to EAT at this ball. Yes, I could eat beforehand or something, but there is nothing I hate more than wasting money, and this was $50 a person. I asked my husband last night if he knew what the food was and he said he CHOSE chicken and steak. The options were chicken and fish, and to be fair I am not a huge fish person, but if it's prepared at a nice restaurant... Thu, 3 May 2007 15:25:39 EST Eat more, lose more...I hope! I'm up tp 1550 calories a day. I don't have a problem eating this much, it feels awesome so far, although I do have a little bit of a headache. Anyway, I'm really hoping that when I weigh in next week things will at least be the same. I'm skipping this week because it's that TOM, and it just depresses me. I didn't even measure everything last week. <BR> <BR> I definitely just got a little confidence boost though. My husband's military ball is this Friday, and I just tried on my dress... Wed, 2 May 2007 16:52:06 EST More dessert! So my husband had off of work today, and he has had a hard week/weekend, so we went to our favorite steak place for dinner. <BR> <BR> I do fine here, it's the dessert that kills me. Yes, after all that complaining I had dessert again. They have the most delicious chocolate cake. I mostly eat the icing, and I ate a lot less than him...took tiny bites, and I think it was probably around 300 calories. <BR> <BR> I changed my range though, so now...all this crap....FITS. I don't know if ... Tue, 1 May 2007 04:37:08 EST I'm Done. So that's it I think. I'm done. <BR> <BR> I seriously starting crying over a piece of cheesecake today. I looked up my Cheesecake Factory cheesecake that I ate (yes the whole piece, my husband didn't want to share), and it was 900 calories!! I subtracted the icky amount of whipped cream they put on it, but that still put me at 600 calories for a &*^%$&$ piece of cake, and that is way too much. <BR> <BR> Not to mention on the way to the symphony yesterday my friend and I got in an acc... Sun, 29 Apr 2007 23:10:13 EST NEVER USE THIS COMPANY!!! *please read, need advice* Edited while I seek legal advice. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On a lighter note, I still don't have my protein powder, so I went to GNC today and bought a new one, ON Gold, in banana cream....Oh my gosh is it delicious. It has more calories than I expected, I looked at the strawberry first and assumed they would be the same, but it's only a few more and it is so worth it, I am in love with it, yum. I don't understand why people complain about the way protein powder tastes. So far I have ... Sat, 28 Apr 2007 23:54:58 EST Damn Jelly Beans! I think the title speaks for itself!! <BR> <BR> I definitely overdid the candy today. Snicker too, but I had a more reasonable amount of them. I think it's a combination of two things. <BR> <BR> 1.) Excited about the loss this morning and felt like I could splurge (it's still Thursday here, my weigh in day...I wish there was a way to change the setting to my time zone). <BR> 2.) Joined the three day no sweets challenge so I've had sweets on the brain <BR> <BR> I don't feel too bad... Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:21:11 EST Doing what you are supposed to! You know how some days you feel awesome and lighter, and then some days you just feel...heavy? Well I woke up today feeling heavy and almost skipped weigh in day because I didn't want to be disappointed. <BR> <BR> But I am down 0.8 pounds!! I can't remember the last time I saw a change that big, and this is also the first time I have seen the 125s since early High School! Wow, awesome. It really just goes to show that doing what you are supposed to do really does work. I was strict th... Thu, 26 Apr 2007 13:03:01 EST Good day all around!! Well, I already posted about this on the 10 pounds and under team, but I got into two more of my grad schools. I still have one to hear from, and one that I still haven't applied to. Anyway, I was checking around some of the websites a little more, and my top two choices have all of their cafeteria nutrition information online!! How cool is that?? I'm still worried about going back home because for dinner my mom cooks much differently than I do, but I guess I'll just let her know my eatin... Wed, 25 Apr 2007 16:16:51 EST THIS is why I hate the scale!!! So I don't weigh in until Thursdays...but I hopped on today because I was feeling good, and I was back up to 127.8!! I'm hoping I'm just a little "meh" from the weekend...but I did really well this weekend. Oh well. We'll see how it's looking by Thursday. My big challenge now will be not changing anything because of what the stupid scale says. <BR> <BR> I've actually been wondering about my goal the past few days. I weigh right now what I did in High School. But I am in MUCH better s... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:00:49 EST Uh oh, it's the weekend! Uh oh...weekend time! My worst time....probably the worst for most people, right? <BR> <BR> First, yesterday was good. Was really full all day. <BR> <BR> Today, same, really full. Probably because I ate leftovers from yesterday and will be having almost exactly the same thing, haha. I'm getting a little hungry right now. <BR> <BR> My way to battle the weekends is to plan. I know I tell people that all the time, and I DO practice what I preach. I plan my weekends around the "bad... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:26:52 EST Munch munch I feel pretty good today. My husband screwed up our lifting routine. It's OK though because he told me ahead of time. That's the key. If he'd get that into his head I would get mad at him a lot less often. Anyway, Wednesdays have been bad for him lately because they've been going out to the range until late (not home yet and it's 10PM), so we are going tomorrow. I went and did cardio instead. I find that the calories I get from the machine and the calories I get from the fitness tracke... Thu, 19 Apr 2007 04:10:47 EST How do I feel today? I've decided that every day I am going to log how I am feeling, that way maybe I can link up what food and exercise do to my body. <BR> <BR> Today was my cardio circuit. I did 10 minutes on the bike, 10 minutes on the elliptical, 15 minutes on the stair climber, and 15 minutes on the treadmill, followed by some ab exercises. <BR> <BR> I feel really FULL. I'm always starving the day after cardio, so I thought I'd eat a tad more today to try and not be so hungry tomorrow, but I'm just s... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 23:11:37 EST New week, new leaf, right? So I'm really trying to turn over a new leaf this week. I just feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I got incredibly frustrated this weekend and just totally let go and ate all my husband's Easter candy (I threw mine away!!!). <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's just that...I want it all. I really need to lose body fat. I know I need to do this by doing more cardio and less weights. Don't scold me, I KNOW weights are good, and I love weights, I lift really heavy and am doing a full... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 00:39:38 EST It's the weekend. This weekend is not going so well so far. Friday was great, I made dinner, so we ate pretty well. This is more for money than good nutrition though. <BR> <BR> Yesterday..ARGH!! All week I've felt like something has been missing. I planned out dinner and it was fine, and then we came home and I ate as many peeps as I could...and you know what?? THEY WERE DELICIOUS. Yep. Do not regret them. I was higher than I should be but whatever. <BR> <BR> Today I am having dessert. I don't ... Sun, 15 Apr 2007 13:46:32 EST Hey, you can read this!! So I just realized that other people can comment on my blog entries, which makes this a lot more interesting to me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, things have been going....alright. I've been staying in my calories but eating a little bit of crap every day because of Easter. Maybe that is why this has been such a bad week? <BR> <BR> In any case, I am STILL at 127. It seems like every 3 pounds now I reach a plateau. My goal is to lose ONE pound a MONTH, and that doesn't even look like it will hap... Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:17:54 EST It's my birthday!!!! If you happen to look at my page today and wonder *wow, she ate really well for her birthday, good for her*, or something like that...think again, we're celebrating for REAL tomorrow! It won't look quite as pretty! <BR> <BR> I'm 23!! Fri, 30 Mar 2007 18:38:24 EST