GRACIEGOES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GRACIEGOES GRACIEGOES'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/ Hello, April! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666584 Can't believe we're 4 months into the year. Yet at the same time, I can't believe it's only April. Weird how that goes, huh? <BR> <BR> Hope all my lovelies have been doing well. I need to make a round to catch up with what's going on with everyone, so I'll hopefully be popping in to say howdy. <BR> <BR> So how have things been going? Pretty good actually. Online work expanded for me just a smidge. Still waiting on the rest of the documents so I can go out and find real work though. The clas... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:07:06 EST First day of spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652566 Whee! I'm pretty happy that the weather is cooperating. This morning was sunny and I was able to go for a quick stroll around the block with my stepson after breakfast. Not only does it drag him away from the TV/tablet and get some fresh air in his lungs, it gets his imagination going because he gets really chatty. Plus the spent energy mellows him out and helps with quicker meal times. Yay! <BR> <BR> Healthy eating has been going really well. Really getting in all my servings of fruit and v... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:32:49 EST Been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650051 I don't seem to be doing so well with the blog writing, lol. But here I am again. Just checking in quickly. <BR> <BR> First of all, thank you to the commenters on my last blog. I was feeling pretty down and out but I managed to chat with a friend I hadn't spoken to in a while and she did tell me that it gets easier. <BR> <BR> I truly hope so. <BR> <BR> I think a lot of the frustration was in that I also felt pretty useless. I know that sounds weird. I keep the house maintained and cook a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:49:15 EST One of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633383 Caution: Rant ahead <BR> <BR> So there was a pretty icky slip. You know those days when you eat one bad thing and you just decide to just not care about what you put in your mouth for the rest of the day? That happened. It was just one day. I know I can fix it. Just hope that there aren't too many more of them. <BR> <BR> Also finding myself becoming more frustrated with the step mom situation. I imagine it's hard enough being a mom. But it adds a little extra every time that little mouth op... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:27:42 EST Motivation still high. Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630522 Did my first proper cardio session today! First time in a long time and it feels good. Figured I'd start slow so I don't get that "too tired to work out again" feeling. After just over a week of challenges and yoga, I did a 25 min belly dancing session. Just as fun as I remember it. <BR> <BR> I've figured out a workout routine for the whole week to keep things mixed up. Alternating between 3 different belly dancing workouts, 2 longer vinyasa sessions and a kickboxing workout. As my body gets... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:39:29 EST Hopefully back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627453 So I'm trying to climb back on the wagon. Here's how things have been going so far: <BR> <BR> Finally got a scale. The great news is that considering the wedding and the happiness that came after, I only put on 2 lbs since December. Even better? Since I weighed in last time, I'm already a lb down with the working out and eating well. <BR> <BR> I'd still like to lose the rest of the weight I was planning to. I'd like to lose another 30-ish lbs total. But I'm not in any rush. I figure I can l... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:45:14 EST Oh my goodness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591165 Wow. First off, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> It has been a really interesting ride. Celebrated Christmas eve with my family back home, spent Christmas day traveling halfway across the world to have Christmas dinner (hooray for timezones) with my fiance's family. Got the last documents then on December 27, 2013, finally married the love of my life. Pic? Pic! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378919715.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was more than ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:01:12 EST Another minute to breathe! Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567097 I actually finished orders early today. Just got off Skype with my fiance and winding down for the night. Tracking food, taking a minute to be thankful and get my thoughts in order. <BR> <BR> 23 boxes went out today. Still have a last 26 and I'm done. That should all go out tomorrow. Any other orders will be minimal. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I've been moving all day again. I did keep an eye on food and I have been trying to get in my 3 liters of water per day. I know that can be done wit... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:38:36 EST Finally, a minute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566249 These are getting further and further apart. So just a rundown of what's been going on. <BR> <BR> First of all, thank you to people who commented and messaged asking how I've been. I appreciate it, guys. And to answer, I've been much better but also crazy busy. <BR> <BR> How it's been... Tuesday night: Had my last class with one student. Sad day. He was fun to chat with. Never got around to the classes with the other group. The faculty manager got my info then never got back to me. Which is... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 06:49:13 EST Sick. Blah. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560986 Writing this as I lay in bed with a steaming cup of coffee with as much cinnamon as I can muster. Caught some kind of bug and it is kicking me harder than any Jillian Michaels workout. <BR> <BR> Let's see. What's been happening since my last post? <BR> <BR> Friday: Worked out in the morning because I was leaving around lunch to meet my dad. Public transport in my country is not fun (in 36 C heat, mind you). Had lunch (salad and a 4 oz cut of steak), walked everywhere. Found an "in the meant... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 02:53:17 EST Results? Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557448 Ready? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247359704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Yes, I have an excel sheet for this. Don't judge me) 4.6 lbs lost, 8.25 in gone, 1.44 lbs muscle gained and 6.04 lb fat went bye bye. Which apparently looks like a little bit more than this <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324686677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seriously, seriously cannot complain. Sure, I pushed and sweat and drooled (yes) and almost destroyed my computer monit... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:04:56 EST Reflections on the 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556622 Today was my last day of the 30 Day Shred. Results? Don't have the final yet as I usually take them the day after my last day so those will come tomorrow. <BR> <BR> How was it? Very trying. In many different ways, too. Considering it was only 25 minutes, I often found myself stressing as to where I would put the workout especially on days I knew I'd be out a lot. Towards the end it got even more tricky because of the trips out plus a student popping up in the evenings (which also threw off m... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:00:21 EST Last push http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555699 Have I mentioned you guys are awesome? My lovely Spark friends who keep me focused and going whether I'm feeling up or down (or sideways and inverted). Always commenting with a kind word and always supportive. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. <BR> <BR> You, my lovelies, have helped me push to the end of Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred. Tomorrow is my last day and goodness knows I've had to dig deep. I appreciate all of you more than you know. <BR> <BR> It's been an interesting week. Ver... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 07:28:32 EST Where to begin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553945 How do I even begin to describe the past few days? Whirlwind comes to mind. Tornado might be more accurate. <BR> <BR> Thursday: Got in my workout, ate well enough. Spent a bit of time at church just being thankful, went to go see my uncle for my dress. He picked out a pretty color and cut (won't go into much detail just in case my snoopy fiance is reading). Let's just say I'm really excited to go in for my fitting. He said it should be done by the 12th or so. So fitting somewhere between now... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:13:42 EST The countdown to complete happiness begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551361 Back after 2 days. Monday, I was too busy reading and rereading my list of requirements for my interview to post an entry. So let's start there. Monday was a rest day. Just a quick yoga video. <BR> <BR> Tuesday? I was up at 5:30, printed off a last requirement my fiance emailed, out the door by 6. Arrived for my interview at 6:30, went in and waited 45 min for my number to be called. Got my fingerprints taken, waited another 45 min for a lady to take the required documents and ask some quest... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:21:59 EST Success, success and success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548880 Success # 1. Did all my scheduled workouts today. Last day of Level 2 of the Shred. Wow. It was still a challenge after 10 days of the same thing (or 9, I guess since one was a rest day). Rest day tomorrow and Level 3 starts on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Also did 45 minutes of belly dancing. Got shockingly sweaty from the workout. I guess because it's a whole other set of muscles used plus the isolations take concentration. <BR> <BR> Day 7 of the Yoga Challenge brings Success # 2. It was practice ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:11:01 EST Whatever comes to mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548226 So day 9 of Level 2, 30DS. Last day tomorrow, Monday rest, then on to the dreaded level 3. I've seen the video. I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to it but I've surprised myself before with what I can do if I put my mind to it, so bring it on! I'll let you know how it goes if I survive. <BR> <BR> This morning's workout was not so terrible. Helps that I had a bunch of caffeine buzzing around in my system and my younger sister was chatting with me during the workout so I was less focu... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 07:37:53 EST What can you do in 4 weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547562 Plenty, actually. And I have seen it. <BR> <BR> (Please note that the numbers and images below still make me uneasy but I feel as though sharing them makes me accountable. It shows that I have worked for these changes and it reminds me that if I've come this far, I can definitely keep going.) <BR> <BR> In the last 4 weeks, I ended two challenges and began two new ones, I've kept my calories between 1400 and 1600, and I've kept up a steady 20 to 30 minutes of cardio 6 days per week in additi... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:05:51 EST The Middle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546761 Hey. <BR> Don't write yourself off yet. <BR> It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on. <BR> Just try your best. <BR> Try everything you can. <BR> And don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away. <BR> <BR> It just takes some time, little girl. <BR> You're in the middle of the ride <BR> Everything will be just fine. <BR> Everything will be alright. <BR> <BR> Yeah, that's The Middle by Jimmy Eat World. It was the soundtrack for my walk tonight. I had to stop my... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:06:17 EST Always be kind. You don't know when you'll change someone's life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545856 August 2011. I was much fitter back then. I weighed 20 lbs less than I do now. Running? That was my thing. 5 miles was a walk in the park. (This also explains why I'm a little harder on myself nowadays). <BR> <BR> In any case, I was at the park and minding my own business. Round and round and round. By the third round (1.5 mi in) I noticed a guy walking in the opposite direction I was. We smiled politely at each other and kept going. <BR> <BR> I ran; 5 rounds, 6 rounds, 7, 8, 9, 10. Then ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 07:19:28 EST Getting nervous. Channeling the energy into workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545021 My interview is a week away. I just kind of want it to be done with already so I'm not constantly going over everything that could possibly go wrong. I'm awful like that. So instead of sitting around all day and being consumed by this, I'm going to work out. <BR> <BR> Today was day 15 of the 30 Day Shred. I'm halfway through. Wow. Kind of boggles my mind a bit how it doesn't seem to be getting much easier. I guess it's part of it. Making sure my muscles don't get used to the movements. My a... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:25:59 EST Yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543992 Day 1 of the yoga challenge. Was nice. Nothing stressful. Just a 20 minute hip opening stretch session. Not much for calories but there are always many more benefits to reap from yoga (like the actual quiet that goes on in my head). I will enjoy this. <BR> <BR> Day off from 30DS today. Which is good cause I've had a bad migraine pretty much since I woke up. Been having to fight to keep food down (sorry, tmi). Going to take something for it and crash. <BR> <BR> I think it was a combination o... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:58:41 EST Finished Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543247 Another challenge off my list. I enjoyed this challenge. It's as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Towards the end, it was a pretty good add on to 30DS. Prize for finishing is a nice homemade coffee scrub. Hopefully a bit of pampering will take my mind off those documents. So the scrubby happens tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've chosen the 30 day Yoga Challenge to start tomorrow. Videos go no longer than 20 minutes and appear to be different for each day so I find myself really looking forward to... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:00:56 EST Warning: Much ranting ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542473 Blah. <BR> <BR> Good news, bad news I guess. <BR> <BR> Good news? I doubled up on yesterday's Bootcamp so I'll finish as scheduled. Last day tomorrow then start of 30 day yoga challenge on Monday. <BR> <BR> Second day of Level 2, 30DS? Only a sliver easier than day 1. I did get to walk yesterday for 40 minutes. It felt good to be outdoors. Bike ride today. I'll have to input my distances for my virtual cross country ride/jog/walk. <BR> <BR> Bad news? The reason that I never got that docum... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:02:47 EST End of level 1 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541555 After 10 days of pushing... 1.4 lbs down, 4 inches lost (I measure waist, chest, hips, butt, one leg and one arm) and my body fat percentage is down 2% (accdg to the Army body fat measurement system) <BR> <BR> Again, thanks for everyone's positive comments. It feels awesome and you guys help me keep my eye on the prize. <BR> <BR> Very, very happy with these results. Especially considering I'm a little bloated now because (grumble, grumble) hormones. So that weight could be a little lower ye... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:34:12 EST Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540749 Yeah. Seen that movie way more times than I'd like to admit. <BR> <BR> But it's so true! I've been running low on sleep running after appointments and stressing about documents but the feeling after I still manage to squeeze in that workout no matter what is awesome. <BR> <BR> Awesomer still is it's the last day of (expletive, expletive) level 1 of 30DS! Oh boy. I know it's only 10 days but I feel pretty darned accomplished. I know it's still 20 days to go but I am ready to conquer it. In 1... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:22:38 EST Progress all around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539838 So I managed to go in for my medical exam! Thanks to everyone wishing me well for it. <BR> <BR> I did take my frustrations out on the Shred workout on Tuesday as well as my Bootcamp vid and a 20 minute bike ride. Today, I was up before the sun at 4:30 to make it to the clinic at 6am for the medical. Finished all of that at 11am. Got home, napped, woke up and did day 9 of the Shred. Had dinner, did Bootcamp and another 20 min on the bike. <BR> <BR> Need to be up at 5:30 again tomorrow to h... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:19:24 EST Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538921 I'm going to take break from my usual incessant babbling to ask for a bit of your time. <BR> <BR> Many of you have heard of the super typhoon that ripped through the eastern and middle parts of the Philippines last weekend. Sustained winds were about 200 mph; gusts even stronger. Unexpected storm surges of 15 to 20 feet damaged even the evacuation centers that were set up. Reports coming from areas worst hit are painful to watch. They've projected well over 10 thousand dead in the first cit... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:21:29 EST Workout rest day. Stressful day otherwise. Grr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538093 Only had a 10 min Bootcamp workout today. I was hoping to spend the day lounging around and doing a good impression of a sack of potatoes but I was running around doing errands and filling out forms and glaring at the door for a lot of the day. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for a document to come in that'll get the rest of the process going for all the red tape my fiance and I are working through to get me Stateside for good. I've got most of the forms organized but without that letter, I can't go a... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:51:14 EST Week 1 down; 3 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537088 Well, kind of. Day 6 of the Shred today. It's starting to beat me up a little bit, lol. But I made it through. Scheduled rest day tomorrow to give my poor muscles a little bit of time to remember what they're supposed to be doing on a regular basis. But first week is done. <BR> <BR> Also day 21 of Bootcamp. Only 7 more days to go. Whee! And looking forward to the yoga challenge to replace that. <BR> <BR> Cardio today was supposed to be the jog from yesterday (which turned into a dance sessi... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:29:07 EST Just a quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536379 Day 5 of the Shred. Woo. Very tiring though because I didn't sleep well last night. Kept waking up startled because of things falling on the neighbor's roofs because of really strong wind. Muscled through somehow and I'm not complaining. Also day 20 of Bootcamp so did a 7-min arms workout as well. <BR> <BR> Cardio today was supposed to be a jog but weather was pretty bad out because of a mean storm system passing through so decided to stay safe inside and danced instead. I also came across... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:15:49 EST The human body is an amazing thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535488 Four days ago, I finished my first day of the Shred workout and I was a sweaty lump on the floor. It was a happy accomplishment, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't test me quite a bit. Today, a mere few days later, the same workout that had me sitting on the floor and glaring at my screen had me jumping higher, digging deeper and asking for more. <BR> <BR> It's true the body has limits as well, but the first boundary we usually hit is the one in our heads telling us we're tired or we can'... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:38:36 EST If you still look cute after a workout, you're not working hard enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534522 Sounds about right. And day 3 of the Shred passed by and fulfilled these words. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702449940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Buckets of sweat? Check. <BR> Messy hair? Check. <BR> Goofy endorphin grin? Double check. <BR> <BR> It's been really good so far. Circuit 1 still kicks my heiny but powering through it makes me feel unbeatable. I'm really liking this workout. And I'm liking the results especially with my mood. <BR> <BR> Still have day 18 o... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 05:27:27 EST Inner monologuing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533367 I've realized I talk to myself a lot when I work out. And the harder the workout, the more chatty I get. <BR> <BR> I talk to myself nonstop during the 25 minutes I'm sweating through the Shred workout. "Do you hear her? Jillian says to keep pushing. Don't stop now. Oh my goodness, how many more until the next move? Where did I put those weights? That wasn't too bad. Oh cripes. One more. Almost done! I need water. Can't. See. The. Screen. Wow, I'm jumping a bit higher than yesterday. Come on,... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:02:06 EST New challenge starts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532424 Had a quiet spa day to myself at home yesterday. Did my hair, face mask. My nails look a lot better than they have been of late. Hopefully small things to keep my mood up. <BR> <BR> And today is the start of a new challenge. Time to start my love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels. I weighed in this morning. Squat challenge brought in an official weight loss of 6.2 lbs. Considering I'm sure I gained lots of muscle from the challenge, I can't complain that that's about 6.2 lbs of fat los... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:19:17 EST 30 Day Squat, Crunch, Plank and Pushup Challenge CRUSHED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530784 Oh my goodness. It has been a long and trying 30 days but I finally finished my last day. 250 squats, 150 crunches, 75 pushups and 330 s plank. <BR> <BR> Over the last 30 days, I have done a total of 3295 squats, 2000 crunches, 1027 pushups, and 3485 seconds worth of planks. I put my body through a lot and it kept miraculously pulling through. <BR> <BR> I am beyond pumped, lol. <BR> <BR> I don't have a before and after, per se. I'll be weighing on Tuesday before I start the next challen... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:34:42 EST Final push! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529831 One. More. Day. <BR> <BR> That's what separates me from crushing my 30 day Squat, Crunch, Plank and Pushup challenge. I'm amazed at how far I've made it. There was always a little voice of doubt whispering I was doomed to fail, but I wanted to prove it wrong. And 29 days later, here I am. <BR> <BR> I was going through my pampering stuff and I've already found the stuff I need for my reward mani and pedi when I'm done. I've also picked out the color polish I want. Is it crazy that it's that ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:18:01 EST One month look-back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528853 It's a new month. I'm just under a month of being on Spark. It seems to be a good day to evaluate how things have been so far. <BR> <BR> Can't say much about my weight. Last I looked, it was 4.2 lbs down but I've given up the scale for the next month so I didn't step on the scale today. It'll be the 4th day since I did and I think I enjoy not seeing the number. <BR> <BR> I did measure today. Since I started measuring, I've lost a a total of 1.75 inches from various parts of my body. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 02:40:10 EST The end is in sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528035 Day 27 of Squats. Day 27. Only 3 more days after today. That's insane. I'm going to have to add up exactly how many of each exercise I have done since I started to completely comprehend how nuts that was. <BR> <BR> I've only done my plank for the day so far: 250 seconds. That's 4 minutes and 10 seconds. I was afraid of it so I blasted Blurred Lines and sang along to get me through. And it worked! Did Day 4 of Bootcamp after that; standing abs which is my favorite of the set. <BR> <BR> Went ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:03:56 EST Mind over matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527230 Bootcamp Workout: Day 3 Arms <BR> <BR> Squat Challenge: <BR> 225 squats <BR> 135 crunches <BR> 68 pushups <BR> 230 s plank <BR> <BR> Cardio: 2.28 mi jog <BR> <BR> Other: Cooked in the kitchen 2 hours <BR> <BR> Mind over matter Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:11:10 EST Be gone, scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526221 I've decided to make this health journey also a lesson in self control. Self control from checking the scale, that is. I get really obsessive about it and I don't think it's a healthy thing. So from today, I'm going to try my darnedest to not step on the scale until my scheduled weigh in day. Actually, I'm debating trying to go longer but let's get to my weigh in day and see how antsy I'm feeling. Will keep taking measurements and taking progress pics. <BR> <BR> Meantime, I'm going to keep r... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:14:43 EST Weight loss rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525204 I realized that I've been a bit hard on myself since I got back. I've been mad because I let my weight get out of hand. I've been pushing myself hard to workout and eat well. I'm annoyed I can't fit into my clothes anymore. <BR> <BR> Today I decided I was going to do something to reward myself for taking my first steps towards getting healthier and I'll plan a few more rewards as I reach certain goals. This first one is for merely taking control of things which is a big step, according to mo... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 06:39:55 EST Having a blah day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524433 I know it really shouldn't get me down but sometimes it's almost downright depressing. I was getting changed to go out and I discarded a few outfits because everything felt constricting. Clothes that 5 months ago fit absolutely fine. It sucks. I eventually ended up in a shirt I borrowed from my younger sister to cover up the muffin tops that were spilling over the shorts I had on. Blah. <BR> <BR> I know I should give myself more credit. I'm trying to get back into shape. I know it will be a ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:15:42 EST Achey muscles telling me I did something right and reminding me of better days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523595 I slept really well last night. Woke up feeling soreness in my arms and back muscles from yesterday's workout and it feels great. I think it's because it reminds me of times long ago when I used to try new things all the time. It's the same ache from the day after I first learned to surf; the same ache as when I trekked up an active volcano and jumped into the lake in the crater; the same ache as when I explored all the temples in Cambodia. <BR> <BR> I know it's not exactly the same just pu... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:50:50 EST The problem with being results-oriented; "It's you vs you" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522846 So I was right in assuming I wouldn't lose any weight this week. I actually gained 0.6 lb. However I'm not all too bummed because I took my measurements some time last week and I've lost a little bit here and there which technically should count for more than the number on the scale. I lost an inch off my waist and a half inch off my arms. It feels pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> I also tackled a personal hurdle today. I finally took those dreaded "before" pictures. It just seems so harsh having t... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 05:10:05 EST Starting to feel like me again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522216 So it's been an awful week. I've been very down in the dumps and feeling very out of sorts. Mad, annoyed and just all around disheartened because of a few people who just like to kick you when you're down. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I had my first proper belly laugh for the first time in a long time today. I spent the day with my nephew. His mom is out of the country and his dad was working so I took him for a haircut, had lunch and just hung out all afternoon. It was fun. <BR> <BR> I will admi... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:13:34 EST Just 11 more days! Keep fighting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521037 Day 19! Woo! And it is really getting harder. The plank is killing me. I almost gave up partway through this one but I know I want this. Gotta keep fighting! Today was a whopping 160 squats, 110 crunches, 55 pushups and 165 s plank. My arms are mad at me right now. But amazingly enough, I was really pumped throughout the squats. It felt awesome. Little did I know when I started this that it would be the plank that I'd dread. Keep fighting! <BR> <BR> It's also day 3 of the bootcamp challenge.... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:42:36 EST Girl on a mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519994 So the energy from yesterday is definitely running around inside me today. I am glad that I get to focus everyone else's negativity into something positive for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm on day 2 of the Bootcamp Workout Challenge. Did the 10-min lower body workout assigned for the day. I love being able to just follow along cause I don't think about the time so much. <BR> <BR> It's also day 18 of the Squat Challenge. Oh boy. 155 squats, 105 crunches, 53 pushups and 150 s plank. Count it, 2 and a... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 05:08:15 EST I don't understand mean people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519065 Okay, business first: <BR> <BR> It's day 17 of the squat challenge today. 150 squats, 100 crunches, 135 s plank and 50 pushups. I'm really starting to feel it but it's still manageable as long as I have music going or have something to watch. It felt really good to get through it. <BR> <BR> I'm still not doing the 3 sun sals in the morning as I had planned. I really should get on that to help loosen up the soreness I'm starting to feel. I do plan on doing a short, easy yoga session later t... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:15:31 EST Day 16 of SAP Challenge; Brave goals but am I brave enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518352 Made it through my first week of the new workout regimen. I like it quite a bit actually. It definitely isn't monotonous. I've found a lot of vids online to try so I don't get bored (in fact, I'm looking forward to trying them out). Everything from belly dancing, ballet (I danced for a number of years when I was younger and I know what it can do for your body), and hula for dance days on Sunday to HIIT workouts and kickboxing for my Fridays to yoga and pilates for my Thursdays. I'll still be... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:17:36 EST