HDMARTIN88's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HDMARTIN88 HDMARTIN88'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/ Where to Start... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863625 It's been almost a year since I was active on SparkPeople. I'd like say that it's been a successful year and all of that stuff, but it wasn't. It's been one of the hardest years of my life. I had changed my outward appearance, and thought I was set. It turns out that when life started taking cheap shots at me, I couldn't maintain everything I had accomplished. <BR> <BR> As embarrassing as this story is for me (I'm very prideful) I've also become very thankful that the support was availab... Wed, 2 May 2012 19:44:29 EST New Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137340 My April workout plan is going to be less structured and more about what I feel like doing. But, I need to get an idea of what I'm looking at doing and then I can switch it up as needed. <BR> <BR> Monday - AM Workout - 30 Minutes <BR> *7 Minute Seated Arm Workout with Band <BR> *7 Minute Upper Body Workout with Band <BR> *6 Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball <BR> *20 Real Push-ups <BR> <BR> Monday - PM Workout - 20 Minutes <BR> *10 Minute Jump Rope Cardio Workout - 2 times <BR> <BR> Tue... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:24:28 EST It Can't Always be Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4108076 Over the past few months I've been struggling with my weight loss. Well, not struggling, but really being stuck at the same weight. I have been playing with three pounds that just when I'm celebrating the loss of them, they find they're way back to my scale within a week. It's been frustrating, but I've tried to work through it. I still bust my butt working out, I still eat healthy. I try to work out more, I try to eat healthier but it doesn't make a difference. <BR> <BR> Those three po... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:33:39 EST Extreme Slim Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4039817 I'm finishing up my 30 Day Shred and have been looking for my next workout plan. On March 3, I'll be starting the Extreme Slim Down. If anyone's interested in doing it with me, I'd welcome the company!!! <BR> <BR> Here's the schedule: <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 30 Day Shred Level 3 & 1 (in this order) <BR> Day 2 - 30 Day Shred Level 2 <BR> Day 3 - No More Trouble Zones <BR> Day 4 - 30 Day Shred Level 1 & 3 (in this order) <BR> Day 5 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism <BR> Day 6 - Day Off! <BR> ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:53:41 EST You're so vain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4019209 You're so vain, you probably think this blog is about you..... <BR> <BR> Oh, wait, it is about me! I realized this week, I really like looking in the mirror. I've never really looked at myself until I started losing weight. And in May 2010, I decided I was going to look at myself in a full length mirror every day. Because I hated myself so much, I thought this would be the best way to learn to accept my body, flaws and all. <BR> <BR> And I think it has actually helped! I look in the m... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:01:52 EST Oh My Beautiful AHMAZING Size 8 Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3994765 You're probably thinking, why is she writing a blog about her jeans, she just did that. And you're right! On January 12, I wrote a blog to my beautiful, amazing jeans. I was so excited because I bought a size 10 pair of jeans and they were not tight, but perfect. I never got to take a pic of those jeans when they were looking amazing, but here they are on 2/5/11: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969875340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not a good picture of them, but ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 10:51:54 EST Oh My Beautiful Amazing Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3919208 Have you ever had a material item that you were in love with? I can't say that I have until this week. A little history first... <BR> <BR> A long, long, long time ago... in May 2010, I embarked on the journey to lose weight. I entered my weight loss on Spark with very little goals. So, I randomly picked a weight I had never been as my goal, but my most important goal I never voiced. My number 1 goal was to go from wearing a size 20 jean to a size 10. <BR> <BR> This seemed like a hug... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:14:50 EST My Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3906332 I really need to plan out my workouts instead of each day trying to figure out what I'm going to do. <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> *Day 10 of the 28 Day Challenge (2x's) <BR> *Cranberry Challenge - Crunches/Reverse Crunches/Wall Squats w/ Stability Ball <BR> *Jillian Michael's Shred it Weights <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> *Day 11 of the 28 Day Challenge (2x's) <BR> *Cranberry Challenge - Crunches/Reverse Crunches/Wall Squats w/ Stability Ball <BR> *Walking/Circuit Training Program <BR> <BR> Wednesday <B... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:04:03 EST My Goals for 2011 - Not resolutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3863506 Ok, I don't believe in doing resolutions for the New Year, they rarely work... but as a goal for the Biggest Loser I will offer some of my goals for 2011. And they're not really resolutions cause they're not done on New Year's Eve or Day, thus setting themselves apart from the traditional resolutions! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> 2010 was a pretty hard year for me, so I imagine 2011 can only be an improvement. <BR> <BR> 1. Weight loss - I plan to lose 13 more pounds, for a total loss of 63. ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 19:41:56 EST A Very Funny Letter to Santa Claus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860841 While staying with some friends this week, my 12 year old daughter and her friends decided to write a letter to Santa... She is so funny, and definitely got her sense of humor from me :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Santa Clause, <BR> <BR> I love you and your majestic ways. Every time I see you, my pens light up (she was using a pen that lights up when you write, lol). Sometimes I dance but don't tell Ashley M. She may get jayyluss. Yea, I said that. <BR> <BR> Santa, All I want for Christma... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 15:17:04 EST When did Exercise become necessary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3854634 I've never been a big fan of exercise. I generally am the person saying I hate to exercise. I'd rather live a strict diet and never exercise, but I know this is unrealistic... I've been there before. So, I decided I needed to start working out. <BR> <BR> I started with Couch to 5K three times a week. I've never been a runner, and never wanted to be. Because I have asthma, I've always struggled to regulate my breathing while running. With the C25K program, it made it easy for me to le... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:57:54 EST Goodbye 50 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3839715 In May, 2010 I decided to take my weight loss seriously. I looked at a picture of me and couldn't believe how I looked. My marriage was ending, and I was unhappy with the person I had become. <BR> <BR> This was me in March of 2010: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249199466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I never, ever took full body pictures then because I knew what I'd see. I had joined SparkPeople in March, but really didn't do much with it. The week after Mother's Day, I s... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 15:39:52 EST A Plea to My Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3830732 Dear Fat, <BR> <BR> I appreciate the years you have kept me warm & squishy but I sincerely believe there are lean, gorgeous muscles hiding under you, afraid to come out. Would you be a sport & melt away so those muscles can finally see the light of day? <BR> <BR> Why must you act like a stubborn child about this. I do my C25K program three times a week followed by 20 minutes of an ab workout and yet you refuse to budge. I add three days of Jackie Warner, and nothing. I do an Urban Strip... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 20:37:19 EST Where did morals go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3818085 I'm a pretty quiet, laid back person that typically is not overly opinionated.... Ok, wait, that's not true, let me rephrase that. I'm very opinionated but typically I don't share my opinions. I have my hot button topics like same sex marriage, war, Westboro Baptist Church protests, or illegal immigration... well, let's skip those topics because I'm very strongly opinioned about them! <BR> <BR> There have been so many things happening in the news that it's made me wonder, where have our mo... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 21:35:28 EST Why I'm Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3810564 I typically don't do the blogs because I'm just not a sharer. Posting stuff about myself is completely out of my comfort zone, I prefer to just be the silent person perusing what everyone else has to say. <BR> <BR> But at this time of year when it's so difficult, I want to remind myself of how thankful I should be! <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful for my children. Without them, my life would be nothing. I'm not a perfect mother, and they're not perfect children, so we mesh well, lol :) My ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:50:12 EST ***Yikes*** My First Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3635131 I've resisted writing a blog before because really do I have that much to say? I'm a pretty quiet person, I tend to not say much and prefer to let my actions speak for me. Ok, well, if you ask my 16 year son he may disagree as he is not fond of my lecturing. Oh, wait, lecturing is an entirely different subject, lol! Back to the original subject, my first blog!!! How to decide what to write about, how long should it be, am I just just talking to myself, who really wants to read this... <... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 20:37:01 EST