GUCCI9300's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GUCCI9300 GUCCI9300'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/ Dominic Michael has arrived :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610967 So sorry for being MIA - ever since our little boy made his entrance I have had zero time!! <BR> <BR> Dominic Michael arrived after 18 hours of labor on 12/12/13 @ 2:03 am - 8 lbs 1 oz & 21.5 inches long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317778133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And because I can't stop taking pics - here is a recent one :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1696655764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now the baby weight has to go!... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:27:11 EST 33 Weeks Pics & Ready to evict this little boy! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528152 33 weeks as of yesterday - 23 pounds in and 7 (hopefully) weeks to go till my 12/18 due date! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204974170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We had our 4d ultrasound a little while ago and finally got to see our little boy. Check out that smirk - all the girls are in trouble now! :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254306776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We also got our new treadmill in yesterday - and I have asked for a new se... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:27:10 EST 25 Weeks & Finally feeling some kicking :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476772 Well our little baby boy is either practicing to become an NFL pro kicker or a tap dancer -- secretly I'm thinking the husband is pulling for the NFL ;-) --- but it is so reassuring to feel him move. I'm so in love :) <BR> <BR> So I have been trying to keep up with the exercise but my heartburn / acid reflux has become ridiculous --- oh yeah this little boy will be one HAIRY NFL kicker!! --- so the docs upped my nexium dosage. Everytime I try to walk for a little while on the treadmill I alw... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 12:38:26 EST I'm still alive I promise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417592 So sorry for being MIA - we finally moved back to MA from VA and talk about a process! I am 17 weeks and 1 day with what the doctor's "think" is a baby BOY! :-) <BR> <BR> Let me explain the "think" part - my last ultrasound was at 14 weeks - the tech said I really think its a boy but maybe you should wait till your 20 week ultrasound to confirm....so here we are lol - thinking we have a boy - the ultrasound pics kinda look like its a little boy (but hey what do I know?) - so we haven't told ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:56:57 EST News News News :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321034 Well I have been in the background tracking my food and fitness on my new FITBIT - I LOVE IT :) It has really forced me to hit those fitness minutes hard - I'm not seeing the scale move too much but definitely feeling the difference in my clothes. I'm starting to see muscle outline in my legs and I actually have triceps!!! They are little ones - but hey those still count! ;-) <BR> <BR> Some more great news - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1874764044.jpg"> <... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:05:40 EST 3/15 -- pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287751 This past week has been brutal and I have been in a slump. So when I had a serious meeting this morning that I needed to "dress up" for I was so irritated - I don't feel like it, I'm bloated, I'm fat - blah blah blah. God bless my husband and his kind listening ears to all my rants!!! :) <BR> <BR> So after looking at the pic I noticed how my waist has really shrunk in the past year so I decided to find an old pic and compare - HOLY MOLY! The scale says I've lost 28 pounds since this picture ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:58:41 EST 3/12 - ugh, that kind of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284054 Well yesterday and today have been one for the record books. <BR> <BR> Work is Grade A level stress right now - I work as a financial analyst for a Government Contractor - which means all the sequestration crap you keep hearing about on CNN directly affects me. We were told today if sequestration goes through starting 4-1-13 we are going to be furloughed - meaning I will be REQUIRED to take one day off a week. Sounds great huh? Woo hoo 4 day work week....until you find out you will not be p... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:14:17 EST 3/9 - Non-scale victories all over the place :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280360 Ok - so I got on the scale this morning and didn't lose ANYTHING this week - actually I went up .1 -- so I was pissed. I'm hoping that since I have not had my monthly visitor since the miscarriage that I am starting early and this is just bloating. Hopefully that's the case and I start soon - we are anxious to start trying again. <BR> <BR> My fitbit one came in yesterday and today I made sure to watch the tracker. Took my adorable little pom out a bunch of times for long walks and went to th... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 17:50:48 EST 3/7 - crappy day turned non crappy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277863 Crappy morning at work...so the emotional trigger started firing off...just go to starbucks / screw today / you deserve a treat / blah blah blah - BUT I DIDN'T!! <BR> <BR> Instead I ----- <BR> <BR> 1) I popped peppermint gum in my mouth and drank another glass of water. Within a couple hours the craving was gone :) <BR> <BR> 2) I stayed on track with my HIIT Class again tonight - more focus on arms tonight - lots of push ups and tricep dips :) <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>91</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:34:39 EST 3/6 - Snow...ok not snow but rain! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276413 Ok so the "snowstorm" is actually 2 inches of slush and more annoying than anything else for us here in Northern VA. <BR> <BR> I still got in my two things today though! :) <BR> <BR> 1) Got in my walk @ gym during my lunch hour - felt nice to just walk for today with some good convo :) <BR> <BR> 2) Veggie & Chicken stir fry tonight for dinner & lots of water again today :) <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:35:36 EST 3/5 - HIIT Class :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274941 Two things I did to stay on track today: <BR> <BR> 1) HIIT Class - 60 minutes - tonight's huge focus was Kettlebells. I actually surprised myself and did 55 pound kettlebells swings - my hips are going to hate me tomorrow but tonight I feel unstoppable :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890051595.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2) 10 cups of water today - YEAH! <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> AWESOME DAY <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:05:40 EST Ugh - I think I overdid it yesterday :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271011 Woke up and can barely walk and even sit down - I think I overdid it yesterday with squats the and elliptical - ugh :( <BR> <BR> No gym today - I'm hoping taking today off can give my body a little time to rest up so I can get back at it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Top 2 things today I did to work towards my goals: <BR> 1) Skipped the usual Starbucks coffee this morning and had egg whites and fruit instead. <BR> 2) Nascar season is back (don't judge me - lol) and usually it involves me and a whol... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:28:55 EST 3/2 - Great Morning so far :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269740 Top 2 things I did today to work towards my goals: <BR> 1) - Went straight to the gym @ 8 this morning - no excuses - got it done and worked hard! <BR> 2) - Went grocery shopping - lots of fruits / veggies and some protein powder for my new blender present from the hubby :-) Protein shakes here we go - <BR> <BR> Great Saturday so far - I feel awesome - only a .2 loss on the scale this morning but I'm not worried - it will happen if I just stick on this road. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:37:22 EST 3/1 - Start of March and my way to 140 :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268849 I am the queen of To Do lists – so why not make a To Do list for March? <BR> <BR> Top 5 for March 2013 <BR> 1. Pre-Natal Everyday <BR> 2. 8 cups of water every day – period - no exceptions - I need to clean out my system <BR> 3. Log 1,300 minutes – the most minutes I will have ever done in one month <BR> 4. 20 seconds planking / 5 a day <BR> 5. 3/31/2013 – be able to plank for 1:00 fully – no stopping / no knees <BR> <BR> **HOPING FOR <BR> Starting weight – 145 pounds <BR> End Weight... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:24:51 EST Progress...not perfection.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261924 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811399695.jpg"> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:54:50 EST Gym Time -- with pics - please be nice :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257752 Today was a good one - woke up & had a great egg breakfast, got some work done & organized our bedroom closet :-) <BR> <BR> Now time for a workout - since I stopped really working out hard in late December I have gained about 7 pounds. I want to start over with a clean slate. <BR> <BR> Time for some BEFORE pictures - I am hoping in a month when we start trying for a baby again I can lose the 7 pounds (and a little more maybe?) I have gained. I am back to strict tracking and lots of workout... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:44:44 EST Back and Ready - I need more support now than ever - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254754 So this has been the hardest couple of weeks of my life. My husband and I, after 8 weeks, found out our baby did not have a heartbeat and I have since miscarried our little angel. <BR> <BR> Well - here I am - I have spent the past week in the most horrible physical & emotional pain I have ever experienced so I did what I always do - I ate away my feelings of loss & being pissed at the world. <BR> <BR> But this morning I woke up, ready to take back my life from the pain. I am still upset,... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:15:19 EST POSITIVEly amazing :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178450 So we finally got the amazing news we had hoped for - I had a POSITIVE pregnancy test yesterday!!!!!! :) :) :) :) We are so excited and told both our parents last night so lots of tears especially for my parents as it is their first grandchild. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having an amazing holiday and Happy New Year!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry forgot to add - you can find me over on babyfit.sparkpeople.com a lot more - going to try tracking everything there - Username: MOMIN2013 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 06:44:28 EST Sorry SP BFF's for being MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172682 AHHHHHHHH - [just a little scream to get me through my disappointment in myself] <BR> <BR> So here I am - I have been trying to spark since work really picked up in Sept/Oct....then we bought a house....then Thanksgiving...and now X-mas.....and now the guilt starts to kick in when I get on the scale this morning 5 pounds up from where I was in Sept. We have also been trying for a baby these past 2 months ((so far with no luck :( ))--- so the emotional eating behind that is killing me. <BR> ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:09:23 EST Doing ok after a little accident - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142353 So I got rear ended last night at a red light. She wasn't going very fast but she just didn't stop in time and hit me. Damage isn't that bad just a scratched and dented bumper. My neck is a little sore so I have been keeping a heating pad on it and taking some Advil. Talk about a bummer! :( <BR> <BR> Other than that - Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! <em>334</em> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:21:37 EST Updated Pics & Dress Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127244 Ok so November has been great so far! :) Keeping up with my goals and working out hard - I started doing some Crossfit stuff and I am so in love :) - I find myself actually looking forward to the weight session and trying to beat my best time from the last class - must be the competitor in me ;) <BR> <BR> The holiday party invites have started to arrive so I figured now would be a great time to find a dress for my company party in a couple weeks. I still find it amazing how my mind hasn't lo... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:40:16 EST I'm Backkkkk (a long one with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116509 I'm back & a homeowner!!!! :-) It was so amazing to be home and see everyone and I even got a couple - "oh my god - how much weight have you lost?" - that felt nice :) <BR> <BR> We purchased our home in Massachusetts but my husband isn't out of the Navy until July 2013 so for now the sellers are renting it back from us while we are still in Virginia. It actually worked out perfect for them as well, they are building a new house and it isn't ready just yet so they wouldn't have a place to go ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:16:59 EST Great Morning so far :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096288 This morning's weigh in was great! Down .5 so now focusing on making my goal weight by 12/31/12 --- <BR> <BR> *Today's Weight - 141.4 <BR> *Goal Weight - 130.0 <BR> *11.4 lbs to go in 11 weeks <BR> <BR> *Today's BMI - 25 - Overweight Category Still :-( <BR> *Goal BMI - 23 - Normal <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l114825218.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:09:51 EST You never know.....until you try http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094944 Fitness has NEVER been "my thing". I was the one hanging out during recess NOT playing - I was the one in clubs after school NOT sports. I WAS....NOW....I AM.... <BR> <BR> 1 - Able to look in the mirror and actually like a couple things! <BR> 2 - Able to say no to food when I am not hungry <BR> 3 - Able to put on pants with single digit size's on the tag <BR> 4 - Able to do so much more strength training exercises! I'm getting stronger! <BR> 5 - Able to finish a 5K running/jogging - no walk... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:22:33 EST SP Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086250 THANK YOU for the encouraging words yesterday when I was doubting myself - YOU ALL ROCK ~ and are the reason I still keep coming back for more. <BR> <BR> It's almost the weekend!! YAY!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950856334.jpg"> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 08:30:32 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084950 One of those mornings - I am so.....ugh......I don't even know. <BR> <BR> I did pick up on it this morning though and caught myself before I fall back into old habits and use food as a comfort for my feelings. My office is NEXT DOOR to a Starbucks & I wanted to go in and get a cinnamon bun; even though I had a perfectly healthy egg white breakfast complete with a cup of blueberries & strawberries packed away in my purse. But I didn't do it, I ate what I planned to and refused to let this h... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:50:00 EST Howdy October :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082203 October - Busy Busy month so I made a plan that I need to stick with ~ we will be closing on our first home 10/25/12. I am so excited to be able to see family again when we make the 9 hour trip from VA to MA. :-) <BR> <BR> Now onto the fitness / eating. I'm kind of in this mindset - October has 31 days right? Think about it, you can do anything 31 times right? How many times have I wanted to stop running on the treadmill and somehow {with some amazing IPOD tunes} 30 minutes passes by - this ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:55:19 EST What a difference 1 Year can make!! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068878 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484288387.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok so it wasn't yesterday, it was 9/13/2011 - 1 Year and 8 days ago - that I decided to join a class I saw at my local rec center. It was a class that met twice a week - Tuesday was 1 hour of nutritional info with a dietician and Thursday was 1 hour workout with a trainer. I joined and then 10 minutes later tried to see if I could get my money back - LOL - no refunds are literally two words that have changed my lif... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:17:36 EST ABC's of me ~ borrowed from a Sparkfriend :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067471 A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> Nope not at all <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> Ketchup, Ketchup, Ketchup <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Pink <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? <BR> Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> A monkey would be so much fun...I think? :-) <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> The Words <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received?... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:32:49 EST 9/17/12 - The start of something beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062835 Sorry I have been so MIA lately - between work and living in VA (while buying a house in MA) - I am surprised I find time to sleep. <BR> <BR> BUT today I AM BACK! Ready to go! I am hovering around 142 - 12 pounds away from my goal weight for 12.31.12 - I CAN DO THIS!!!! <BR> <BR> 2 months until we start trying for a baby & I started my Pre-Natal vitamins this morning ~ so excited <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here we go ~ <em>9</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:26:22 EST Gym Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045521 Since I have to work late today I know I won't go to the gym when I get out of here so I decided to work out on my lunch hour - <BR> <BR> C - 50 Crunches & 10 Toe Taps for lower abs <BR> A - 30 Push Ups & 20 Tricep Dips <BR> L - 5 wall Sits - 40 seconds each & 25 Squats <BR> M - 2 - 12 Minute Miles (5 mph - Treadmill) <BR> <BR> Hoping for a loss this week - even though it probably won't happen since I will have a "visitor" in town in a couple days!! :-( <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:24:12 EST September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043717 It's September......12/31/12 is around the corner..... <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO THIS <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960469370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:58:31 EST Yummy Post-workout Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042469 That "time" is coming and the chocolate / crunchy cravings are in full swing. I was scrolling around on some blogs and found this recipe - I AM IN LOVE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l719868808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *1 Chobani - Strawberry (was the only kind I had in the house but you could use other flavors I suppose if you wanted to) <BR> * 1/4 cups Almonds (You are supposed to put this in the mix but I just had them on the side) <BR> *1/2 TBS Cocoa Powder (... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:00:46 EST AM workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041292 I really didn't want to work out this morning. I thought of all the excuses, I'm too tired / I'm too sore / The Real Housewives of New Jersey is on LOL (come on I was desperate) <BR> <BR> But then - I threw on workout clothes and walked to the gym in our apartment complex. Ran 60 minutes between the treadmill & elliptical. Then since I know I have the CALM Challenge I did some Strength Training. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237201350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:01:45 EST August Goals - DONE & I kicked some serious butt!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039017 <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> is the only thing that keeps playing in my head - I completed all my August Goals - I am feeling on top of the world right now! <BR> <BR> *Minutes <BR> - Goal - 1,000 Fitness Minutes <BR> - Actual - 1,074 (counting 40 minutes today) <BR> <BR> *Squats <BR> - Goal - 1,000 Squats <BR> - Actual - 1,005 (counting 190 today) <BR> <BR> *Push Ups <BR> - Goal - 500 Push Ups <BR> - Actual - 510 Push Ups (counting 70 today) <BR> <BR> *Planks (2... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:45:18 EST Pumped for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038768 September is going to be great - <BR> <BR> **Home Inspection will be done and we will be one step closer to moving back to Massachusetts <BR> <BR> **CALM Challenge will allow me to get my fitness minutes & strength training in a fun way :-) <BR> <BR> .....and getting closer and closer to start the baby makin!!! :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Bye Bye August! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743745353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:07:22 EST CALM Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037092 I am running a CALM Challenge on The Bad A$$ Rock Stars Team. The team is public and anyone can join - the rules are below - it really is a great group of supportive girls so please come join us and keep the fitness going through September!! <em>334</em> <BR> ___________________________________ <BR> <BR> The "CALM" challenge is a fitness challenge that will mainly focus on strength training. I know some of us get caught up in jumping on the treadmill and that's it but we can't neglect stre... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:44:42 EST Great Day Today (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036423 Long & tiring day @ work and the only way I could think to unwind was to hit some strength training hard and get out my aggression!! :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321002611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's right - crossed off each rep as I did them and kicked some serious butt!!!! <BR> **170 - Squats <BR> **70 - Push Ups <BR> **13 - Planks (on my hands / 20 seconds long) <BR> <BR> Then...I decided to lead a challenge on The BARS Team for September. It is a public... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:11:58 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027656 August Goals Check In - <BR> <BR> ***Minutes*** <BR> - Goal 1,000 <BR> - Done 787 <BR> - Remaining 213 <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Squats*** <BR> - Goal 1,000 <BR> - Done 515 <BR> - Remaining 485 <BR> <BR> <BR> ***Push Ups*** <BR> - Goal 500 <BR> - Done 270 <BR> - Remaining 230 <BR> <BR> <BR> **Planks - 20 seconds long on hands not elbows) <BR> - Goal 150 <BR> - Done 76 <BR> - Remaining 74 <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 days till 8/31 - time to ramp it up <em>9</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:03:27 EST Workout --- with some scary pics ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026686 Ok so I just kicked BUTT with my workout so I decided to share some pics - <BR> <BR> *30 Minutes Elliptical <BR> *50 Squats <BR> *30 Push Ups <BR> *10 / 20 second long planks on my hands <BR> *40 crunches - couldn't do a lot was so sore from the planks - <BR> <BR> I still have a long way to go in losing the pounds but it is what it is! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463826353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135621634.jpg... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:40:21 EST Oh August - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026132 August is almost done - then Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and 2013. <BR> <BR> When my husband re-enlisted in the Navy in 2007 we knew 2013 would be his last year but back then it felt like it was never going to get here. Through all the missed holidays with family, missing the birth of my first nephew and countless laughs and good times we weren't there for - we are finally going HOME. <BR> <BR> 10 Months from now I will finally finally finally be close to my family and best-friends ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:13:20 EST Health Survey - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019069 I need to think of ANYTHING besides work for the next hour so I stole a health survey from TARANITUP- as always Tara is my sanity lifesaver <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What did you eat for breakfast? Multi-Grain Cheerios / skim milk / strawberries <BR> 2. How much water do you drink a day? 8 / 9 cups <BR> 3. What is your favorite workout? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) - found I can do anything (as long as it's only for a minute! LOL) <BR> 4. What is your favorite fruit? Straw... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:51:37 EST 120 Days in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017798 9/13/11 - the day I gave up my excuses and joined a weight loss challenge @ my local rec center. I weighed in that night @ 172 but more importantly my self-esteem was at an all time low of 0. <BR> <BR> 8/16/12 - 120 Days into my SP journey & 337 days since that night. I weighed in this morning at 143.5 ~~ 28.5 pounds lost & 1,000,000 self-esteem points gained. <BR> <BR> It has almost been 1 year since I started this journey to change my life & I couldn't be more happier with the differenc... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:26:34 EST Laziness - you are not welcome! Go away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016476 Well - laziness is starting to creep back in. I pushed myself really hard last night @ my workout class since I know I need to start buckling down on my fitness if I want to make my goals by 8/31. <BR> <BR> Today - 60 minute eliptical - 30 minutes while I watch a Sex & The City episode and 30 minutes with some music &&& some strength training (squats, planks, push ups, abs) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681159708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:02:36 EST 11 Days into August - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010988 Ok - so up .1 this week but it is "that" week of the month so I'm not too worried about - <BR> <BR> 11 days into my August Goals - time to check in only 19 days left in the month - <BR> <BR> *Fitness Minutes <BR> - Goal 1,000 Minutes <BR> - Actual so far 457 Minutes <BR> - 543 to go <BR> <BR> <BR> *Squats <BR> - Goal 1,000 squats <BR> - Actual so far 310 squats <BR> - 690 to go <BR> <BR> <BR> *Push Ups <BR> - Goal 500 push-ups <BR> - Actual so far 130 push-ups <BR> ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:54:01 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008385 Never Quit Pledge <BR> Sunday, August 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best fr... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 14:34:32 EST Great Tuesday (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004577 Anyone who works in the government field knows August & September are horrible horrible months for us financial analysts. 9/30/12 is the last day of the government fiscal year so until then my life is just one big hectic mess of budget meetings with angry peeps. <BR> <BR> So - with that said - today is a huge day of meeting after meeting with some of the higher ups so I need to be more dressed up than usual. <BR> <BR> So I went into the back back back of the closet to my "someday" dresses... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 07:32:54 EST 145 Goal - SEE YA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999238 145 Goal - DONE <BR> <BR> 144.8 this morning - so excited - seems like choosing the treadmill over the bag of chips has really paid off <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 140 Goal - I'm coming for you!!!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:18:42 EST In LOVE with my Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997580 August is off with a BANG!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Worked my butt off yesterday & really focused on my goals - <BR> <BR> *Fitness - 60 minutes (Elliptical, squats, push ups, planks, abs, stretching) <BR> *Food - In range and laid off the sodium <BR> *Water - 9 Cups :-) --- no soda! (Taking a cue from TARANITUP on that one <em>247</em> ) <BR> <BR> After my workout I sat down to watch some DVR'd shows. Usually, I stare at the kitchen in an endless tug of war with my temptation to eat A... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:41:46 EST August Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996566 Ok - So I am writing this blog mostly for accountability to myself. I can usually get a handle on the eating much more than exercise. I found lately I am making excuses to not workout so August is going to change that!!!! <BR> <BR> August Goals - Focus on Fitness!! <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> ** - 1,000 - Fitness Minutes <BR> ** - 1,000 - squats <BR> ** - 500 - push ups <BR> ** - 150 - 20 second planks <BR> <BR> Let's get started.....off to the gym!! <em>198</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:45:38 EST