GRANDMA_STATUS's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMA_STATUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community May So far... So far I'm at a total of 463 fitness minutes for the month. Last year in May my total was 270. Days worked out: 12 so far, with 4 days to go in the month. Wed, 28 May 2014 12:06:02 EST April Numbers Fitness minutes <BR> <BR> Week 1: 164 minutes <BR> Week 2: 109 minutes <BR> Week 3: 22 minutes <BR> Week 4: 81 minutes <BR> Week 5: 54 minutes (not including today) <BR> <BR> Total Fitness Minutes (My goal was 360) <BR> 430 <BR> <BR> Total cardio days: 13 <BR> <BR> Before weight: 119 lbs, 21.7% body fat <BR> After weight: 122 lbs, 25.6% body fat <BR> <BR> What happened there? <BR> <BR> Oh well. All I can do is look forward to May. In May I hope I can work out for 150 minutes per week, o... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:23:51 EST Late workout So last night I decided to just go for it. It was 9:15 and I decided to do a 45 minute cardio sweat-fest. <BR> And you know what? <BR> After I was done with my stretches and had a shower (and cut my bangs because omg they were totally getting in my eyes) I hopped in bed and went to sleep. <BR> Just. <BR> Like. <BR> That. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:58:34 EST How late is too late? When I get home from work I'm feel too tired to work out. By the time my legs rejuvenate it's getting late. 8 o'clock, 9 o'clock, how late is too late to work out? Please leave a comment with your opinion. <BR> <BR> Before you do, I already know you want to tell me to work out BEFORE I go to work. <BR> That is not happening. <BR> I am NOT a morning person. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:03:44 EST For free That feeling you get when your heart is pumping <BR> you can do this. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:10:55 EST Go to sleep a note for those of you who, like me, are gazing at the tiny screen late at night: <BR> <BR> <BR> go to sleep <BR> <BR> go to sleep <BR> <BR> go to sleep Tue, 28 May 2013 01:10:57 EST (hug!) <em>26</em> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some love for you. Fri, 17 May 2013 23:08:44 EST FUNK Man I don't know what happened last week but I guess I was in a funk. <BR> No exercise at all. Hear me? Nada. <BR> <BR> So this week's been good. 3 days straight of at least 20 minutes, which is pretty darn good. So I looked at my fitness tracker from the last 2 months? Turns out I've done pretty darn good for the past 8 weeks straight. Well, except for last week. Which, like I said: FUNK. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you're in a funk? Mine sort of passed away on it's own, but I wish I had... Thu, 16 May 2013 09:52:06 EST Sourdough for dinner. Stupid soda machine at work was out of diet coke. <BR> Which is terrible for me, but at least has no calories. Which, I always used to wonder how that is possible since it's obviously made of something. Like pickles! Pickles have no calories. WTF? <BR> <BR> Worked out yesterday and the day before but today was one of those weird 11-7 shifts which kind of takes the whole important part of the day away. <BR> <BR> Painted a bit. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to do at least 30 minutes bringing ... Thu, 16 May 2013 01:06:04 EST 20 minutes today worked out with Mel B again-- I love it. <BR> I missed my weekly goal by like 10 minutes and 80 calories. <BR> Ya'll are like, well you can still do it! <BR> Except my kid is bawling, I have to go to work and I get home at 10 pm... <BR> we'll see <BR> in the meantime I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of a bento box so I can start taking my own lunches. I bought wild rice. Yum! Sat, 4 May 2013 12:38:36 EST Success! I have gone back and done the "Fast Break" steps so many times. It's because it's so easy not to fail. Me, I'm a depressed individual. I can never see the brighter side of anything, and it's really easy for me to fall back into negative thinking: I suck at life. I can't even do my job right. I'm terrible at _______. <BR> Buy myself some Lisa Frank stickers, stick one on the calendar for every 10 minutes I push myself to do. And then that one empty hole, right there on Friday April 5th (The da... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 10:51:45 EST To whoever enters in the calorie counts for menu items at Quiznos Can you please actually do it right? <BR> <BR> Every work day I take the lazy route and eat something from Quiznos and I know- I KNOW- that their Harvest Chicken Salad is not, as you claim, 110 calories. <BR> Not at all. <BR> <BR> Their Sonoma Turkey Flatbread only 160 calories? What crack-smokin' decietful calorie calculator are you using anyway??? And also, could you please try and add a size to your entries? Because a small and a large sandwich are going to have different calorie counts ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:31:36 EST Meow meow meow meow meow <BR> meow meow meow meow <BR> meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow <BR> <BR> someone musta taken music classes to come up with them lyrics. <BR> boom! <BR> points. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:36:40 EST So... Anybody else eat a little much today? <BR> At my house there were 2 cakes. <BR> And they were both good. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:17:11 EST Daily Community Task That's right: I'm trying SparkCoach. <BR> So, today's task is to, "Blog about the obvious (and not-so-obvious) ways you tend to waste time, and come up with a few healthier ways you can use that time to work toward your goals. " <BR> <BR> Obvious waste of time? watching TV. Today I watched Fantasia. Like, the whole thing. By myself. <BR> At least I was knitting while I did so. <BR> Speaking of other times I could be working out: Knitting time, playing guitar time. <BR> <BR> But today I did ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:12:14 EST Competing for my time 1) Work <BR> 2) Vyvyan <BR> 3) Playing guitar <BR> 4) Knitting <BR> 5) Sleeping <BR> 6) Working out? <BR> <BR> I guess I better had. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:11:10 EST I lied. I DO enjoy food. <BR> After my last blog entry, I decided to make a change in my behavior and instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself to go and do 10 minutes of cardio on the elliptical. I brought along the book I'm reading, conveniently The Spark, and 10 minutes turned into 30. <BR> Then I decided to go eat breakfast, and I was going to make an egg. <BR> I always eat an egg. <BR> Seriously. I am so boring and can only cook so many things that a fried egg is like my go-to breakfas... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:47:45 EST Daycare. When I had my son I had fully intended to be a stay-at-home mom. <BR> How, exactly, I planned to do that while my boyfriend made barely over minimum wage and I was unemployed I'm not so sure. But I do know that things have not turned out the way I wanted them too. <BR> My unhappiness stems from this. <BR> Sure I'm clean and sober. Woo hoo. <BR> But I am fairly positive I was happier when I was drunk at 8 am than when I'm asking the 24th person in a row, "Did you find everything OK?" And then... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:11:53 EST Hello again. I.... am not going to say I'm fat. That would be rude, and I'm right here and I would totally hear myself say it. Er. Type it. <BR> Whatever. <BR> It's just that I've been working (er... shall I be honest and say "using work as an excuse") at this poo job for 7 months now and I wear the same dumb clothing every single day and then I come home and put on my slob clothes and well... <BR> You know how spring cleaning is a thing? <BR> Yeah, me neither. Apparently it's a thing because my mom is FR... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:24:22 EST Back again again. Continually finding myself back on Sparkpeople wondering when it all went wrong. <BR> Smoked a cigarette last night on my porch, thinking about how different my life is now. <BR> <BR> I hate my job so much, but I faithfully go and I even smile. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about it a few days ago, about working retail, and about how much of my daily energy and thoughts are devoted to hating my job and how the rest of it goes towards pretending I don't. Seriously, when someone comes up to me and... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 02:27:26 EST Work (out!?) So I'm working full time and over time and have been for 2 and a half weeks. <BR> Lifting tons of boxes, putting up shelves, running around the store all day is my day every day. <BR> I do not eat well- peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch with fruit on the side. mostly a banana, an apple, and a nectarine. I do not work out at all. <BR> And I lost 5 pounds. <BR> Work is supposedly going to get easier soon, since the store is finally actually open and we don't have to haul so many boxes ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:50:48 EST New Job Well I started work today. An amazing thing happen and I have sort of acquired a car. So that means I don't have to bike to work, but on the other hand it means I have to workout earlier or afterwards. But I'm mostly glad because my area really isn't ... nice. And I'm pretty sure my bike would have gotten stolen. <BR> So there's that. <BR> I just got off work at 7. It's 7:40 now, and I'm about to do one or 2 coach nicole videos, just to keep it up. <BR> Tomorrow morning I might head back int... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:44:24 EST MOTIVATION!!!! Where is my motivation? <BR> (Got Green Day's Longview stuck in my head? <BR> I got no motivation <BR> Where is my motivation <BR> No time for motivation <BR> Smoking my inspiration ) <BR> <BR> Doo doo doo!! <BR> So except for my very not-fast walk to and from the bus stop I have not had much on the exercise front. I'm not exactly "Behind" but.. getting there fast. Luckily my new job is a nice distance away by bike and um.That might work out. work. out. workout. get it? ha. ha. hah. <BR> ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:15:59 EST Um So I gave up on the 90 day thing. It's really just easier for me (especially now that I have a job ohmigosh!) to work towards 2.5 hours a week and leave it at that. <BR> I do LIKE the supreme 90 day workouts, but I've never been good at doing things WHEN you tell me to, and if I put up that little calendar chart and try to go in order then miss a day I'm more likely to .. you know, be like "Ohhh i messed up already, why go back to it?" which is dumb because the workouts are great. <BR> So. <B... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:15:56 EST Day 7: Legs This 90 day workout program sure isn't good for the busy lady with the baby.... I keep wanting to say, "oh, today I'll just go for a run!" <BR> But then it's like" Oh.... today's a chest/back video" or whatever. They're not bad videos, it's just more difficult sometimes to squeeze them in. Especially since they all seem to want to use the stability ball. <BR> Like I said before, using the stability ball is just begging for a 2 year old to hop on me and think it's a game. <BR> Which it is not.... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 23:51:58 EST Steeked. I don't care that you're sparkpeople. I'm showing you the sweater. The sweater that I hand-knit and hand-steeked. <BR> Transformation. <BR> Before. <BR> After. <BR> Love &hearts; Love. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> pullover meets its destiny. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> gots to button it up. &hearts; <BR> cardi cardi cardigan. James L. Cardigan. (Jr) <BR> That's me. <BR> Right.... <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 03:15:09 EST Day 2- Ultimate Ball Workout Dude. WHO invented working out with a freaking giant BALL anyways? <BR> I did not enjoy that. Not even in a "Ow I'm working out and it hurts" kind of way but in a "ahhh I'm falling on my head again" kind of way. <BR> I have balance: I can skateboard, I can snowboard, I can walk straight without bumping into people but asking me to do pikes on a ball? That's my ASS straight up in the air, 3' above my head, while my feet rest precariously on a ROUND OBJECT. <BR> P.S. My stability ball is super ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:16:07 EST Day 1 Whew~! <BR> Today marks day one of the "Supreme 90 Day System" with Tom Holland. <BR> From what I understand it's the cheap version of that 90x thing you see on TV? It was only $4 at my local Big Lots and it's comprised of 10 dvds so what exactly did I have to lose? <BR> Day 1 was a chest/back exercise, about 30 minutes including warm up and cool down and I feel GREAT! <BR> I firmly believe that if I do 90 days as instructed and do their food plan I would look exactly like that nasty ripped ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:49:59 EST Day 28!!! Done with the "Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge!" <BR> Tomorrow I'll be taking pictures and comparing with those from after the 30 day shred, as well as the first pictures. I probably won't share them, since I doubt there will be any changes.... <BR> I will be starting the "Supreme 90 day" workout next. I'm very excited to see what it is like- hopefully the workouts aren't too long. I will be starting to work on July 11th, and I'm worried about how I will fit in the workouts. But fingers crossed, ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 00:37:58 EST Day 26/28 RGHGHGH Ok so I completely missed yesterday's workout and am set back by a day. <BR> So what? <BR> I worked out right now: 30 minutes cardio and ready to do my lower body workout the minute Vyvyan gets sick of being outdoors (which is shaping up to be never, by the looks of things- he is totally pretending to be a dog.) and tomorrow. <BR> Alas <BR> tomorrow I have to dye my hair back from it's luminescent blue to horrid plain brown again. <BR> Just to look normal for this stupid society I hat... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 22:20:22 EST 25/28 Woohoo I am almost done! <BR> I bought a new workout dvd system for July: It's called Supreme 90 Day, and I found it at my local Big Lots. The pile of boxes was labeled, "$10," but I managed to find one that was mis-printed and bought my 10 DVDs for only $4. <BR> So that's cool. We'll see if the workout's any good; a few of the dvds are cardio, and lots of them are specific toning areas. It doesn't say anywhere on the box exactly how LONG each video is, but I'll give them a try. <BR> Not the... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:12:34 EST Day 24 Still going strong. Yesterday I had a very bad food day: I went to Safeway for a walk, but on the way my back started hurting A LOT and so I thought maybe I was hungry. It was hurting so much I grabbed the first thing I saw (Shrimp Sushi- I hate shrimp!) and nommed it. <BR> Then my mom offered to get me a coffee and I broke my "no sugar in coffee" thing and ordered a grande white chocolate mocha. <BR> Then on the way out a cute little girl was selling chocolates and I bought one. You know, b... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:39:33 EST Day 20 Dear me, <BR> You kick so much ass. <BR> Love, me. <BR> <BR> (I just realized that I've been working out nearly every day for 50 days- That's 50 out of the last 53 days!) <BR> <BR> &hearts; &hearts; &hearts; Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:45:38 EST Day 19 Hello again! <BR> Only 9 more days of the "Swimsuit Bootcamp." I feel a lot more fit, although the scale is the same as always. Which is perfect: I think this is right where my body wants to be. I eat pretty much what I want (Not too much- always waiting before getting a second serving, and usually deciding I'm not that hungry after all) and I work out just about every day. I'm lucky because I stay at home, and have many opportunities to work out (or shirk my workout) and I know that when I'm... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:51:59 EST Day 13 Ahhh I had such a nice day: a picnic in the park with my new blue hair, visiting lots of family. There were babies galore! At 2, mine was the oldest of the batch. He looks so tall and thin compared to all the little chunks. They had fun in the sprinklers and we all ate watermelon and swapped stories of parenthood. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out this morning because I was afraid that my sweat would come out blue and then I'd have to shower and miss an entire day of brilliant hue. So I'm working ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:35:22 EST Day 11 Core workout done. <BR> Somehow my schedule is completely off. I've been waking up at 9am instead of 6, which of course means I go to bed extra late too... <BR> Its 12. I totally havent actually eaten breakfast. I drank coffee (black, still) but no food. How am I not hungry? I do not know. <BR> But I'll do that, then when Vyvyan naps (If he naps) I'll take that time to put in 30 cardio minutes. <BR> Oh and I lost 2 pounds, and went down from 22.7% body fat to 21.5% body fat since I started t... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:51:59 EST Day 10 I missed yesterday, because when I woke up at 6 am I had to get everything prepared for the birthday party bbq. 2 hours in the car to get there, lots of entertaining, off to Vyvyan's grandparents' for cake and ice cream, visiting until 5pm, finally 2 hours driving back. <BR> Needless to say, when I got home working out was not exactly my priority. Especially since we missed dinner and had to rush leftover bbq food when we got home, then put everything away, then- finally- sleep. Much needed, ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:22:48 EST Day 9 Wooo! I could have pansied out and just did 20 minutes of cardio and saved 10 minutes for later today, but instead I did it all at once because I'm already in my workout clothes, and Vyvyan is totally occupied with a rainforest puzzle. <BR> Yay! <BR> P.S. I tried on my swimsuit I bought 2 years ago and it totally still fits &hearts; Fri, 8 Jun 2012 14:00:35 EST Day 8 Means one week of the Swimsuit Bootcamp is over. Only 3 weeks left! Then I'm going to do the 30 day shred again, I think. Or maybe 10 days of Level 1, 1 week of this bootcamp, then 10 days of level 2, 1 week of this bootcamp and so on. <BR> Because, well, this one is a little easier,and Jilian Michaels pushes me toooo hard, so it would be a nice blend that would hopefully give me a break between the two so I don't get too bored or too resentful. <BR> Anyways. Day 1 cardio done today- I like t... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:59:02 EST Day 7 is a load off my shoulders because I don't have to find 30 minutes to squeeze some cardio in. <BR> Just an ab workout and I'm free to relax and knit. <BR> &hearts; <BR> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:01:48 EST Day 6/28 Today I did day 6- upper body- and then 30 minutes of cardio all at once. I hate splitting up my workouts because then my whole day is thrown off.. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a headache again, but this time- instead of ignoring all warnings and forcing myself to wake up and workout while the baby slept- I decided to hit snooze and sleep in until 8:30. <BR> I felt a lot better when I woke up, but now I remember why I always work out when he's asleep. It's just so much easier that way. He is OK ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 13:51:29 EST Ugh Day 5 Headache today. <BR> Probably a side effect of all that terrible music at my mom's baptism yesterday. If I hear one more slow progression of major chords my head might explode. <BR> I didn't want to work out at ALL this morning. <BR> But I had to do it early otherwise the baby would wake up and interrupt me. <BR> Well I did day 5 of the bootcamp video (Yes my lower body is still sore, but luckily this lower body video worked out all the parts that weren't already sore.) <BR> Then I managed ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:49:00 EST Day 4 (Aren't my blog titles creative?) <BR> I did the core workout, then did Coach Nicole's Jump Start Cardio, Jump Rope Cardio, and New You Kickboxing Cardio for my 30 minutes. <BR> I had my alarm set for 6 am and was finished at 6:50. <BR> I got up, showered, dressed, and breakfasted, all before 7:50. <BR> This from the girl who usually sleeps in with her 2 year old (did I mention he turned TWO on friday??!) til 9 am. Then wonders why he isn't tired at naptime. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we did Vyvan'... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:55:35 EST Day 3 So I was such a badass yesterday that I did the lower body workout 3 times right? <BR> "Wah wah wah It's too easy!" <BR> Yeah. <BR> My legs are completely sore. <BR> <BR> But I did day 3 anyways (upper body) and then did 20 minutes with Mel B and 10 minutes of more Coach Nicole (Jump Start Workout). So today's workout is complete. But I really need to find a better cardio dvd. :/ <BR> <BR> P.S. Yesterday I totally drank my coffee black. I'm so proud. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:35:33 EST Day 2 &hearts; <BR> Whoever commented yesterday that after the 30 day shred the spark's bootcamp will be too tame was onto something. <BR> I did the lower body workout 3 times, and even added some intensity by adding bicep curls to the lunges and arm raises to the squats. I felt like it sure was taking a long time to get a small benefit. <BR> And then it was time for cardio, and I picked my favorite workout DVD: Mel B (Scary Spice!)'s Totally Fit. <BR> It's been a while since I worked out with her ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:14:56 EST 30 Day Shred Results (With PICTURES!!!) But first, a bit of preamble. <BR> 1) Apologies for the lighting: I deliberately took my before pictures in the one room in my house without a window because I assumed the lighting couldn't possibly change. Apparently we put in some really really yellow lightbulbs or something over the last month. Sorry about that; it really affects the pictures. <BR> 2) I didn't bother to take before pictures until I was already on day 7. So this is really more like results of the 23 day shred. <BR> 3) I am... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:57:35 EST Swimsuit Bootcamp Day 1 done. <BR> I did the video twice on account of holy cow that was easy. I'm also planning on walking to the store today (about 2 miles total) but mostly I'm enjoying the lack of Jillian Michaels. <BR> <BR> It occurs to me that, if anybody out there remembers me, I might seem like an entirely different person. It's true. I no longer drink. It'll be two years in August. It would be three, but after my alcohol-free pregnancy I chose to indulge one more time just for old time's sake. It was... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:58:43 EST 30 Day Shred Completed And I feel no better for it. <BR> Honestly. I mean, I feel like my cardiovascular system got a tune-up, but like every bone in my body got worked to death. <BR> My back hurts. <BR> My ankle hurts. <BR> My wrist hurts. <BR> My knees hurt. <BR> And it's not like I'm an overweight person who's had injuries. (OK OK once I got drunk and jumped off the second story of a parking garage and broke my ankle, but it's the opposite ankle that hurts the most) Seriously. <BR> Also? <BR> At the start of th... Tue, 29 May 2012 11:27:18 EST I meant day 27 Which means today is day 28. <BR> Did I mention I hate this workout? <BR> Let me just reiterate that. <BR> <BR> 30 day shred? Yeah. Won't be doing it again until maybe next year. And then only because I'm too poor to buy new dvds. <BR> She doesn't even do a decent cool-down. <BR> <BR> Still, maybe my before/after pics will impress me. <BR> The only reason I kept going is because I went to a doctor's appointment and the nurse, upon taking my blood pressure, asked if I was a runner. He said, ... Sun, 27 May 2012 10:34:27 EST Day 26 Today marks day 26 of the 30 day shred. <BR> I hate this dvd so much. Not the workouts so much as the commercials you have to sit through. Plus Jillian Michaels herself is very annoying, and doesn't even do the workout with you. Also it is very high impact and my knees- which never used to hurt- aren't liking it. <BR> Still, only a few more days before I can move on to some other type of exercise. <BR> Before and after pics to come, I promise! &hearts; <BR> I doubt it will be very drastic. L... Sat, 26 May 2012 15:52:58 EST