HERON52304's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HERON52304 HERON52304'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/ Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399973 For the past 5 days I have went for a 1 mile walk. This is actually a pretty big accomplishment for me. I have not stuck with much since moving back to Florida. I'm not sure if I mentioned it in my previous post but I have been struggling with depression and my hubby not having much motivation. It has been difficult to go from a stable environment to not feeling in control at all. <BR> <BR> I do have an issue with Sparkpeople as of late. Mainly the app used to be free and now I would have t... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:20:58 EST It's Been a While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319042 A ton has happened since I last posted, all of which factor into why I haven't been blogging. Mid November of 2011 I found out I was pregnant. At which time I moved to babyfit.com in an effort to stay healthy during pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes that way diet and exercise controlled and delivered a healthy baby girl in July. Then in October of 2012 I moved from Oklahoma to Florida. This was very stressful as it was not in our plans and neither of us had a job lined up. <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:10:42 EST My Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425471 I had wanted to do this for a while because I knew it would help me keep on top of my weight loss goals. My perfectionism kept getting in my way of actually getting it done. Now that I have I am so glad I did. It makes me think about why I want to loose weight in a more visual way. <BR> <BR> I have four reasons: <BR> <BR> to avoid getting diabetes since it runs in my family. <BR> to have more self confidence. <BR> to be be able to walk pain free or fear of my knee giving out again. <BR> to ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 00:02:24 EST Went Over but Tomorrow is a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415502 The short story is that I went over my calorie goals by quite a bit. I was very tired at my desk at work, so tired that I almost fell asleep twice. I asked my hubby to bring me a Mountain Dew fully expecting and hoping for at most 32 oz, nope he brings me a brand new 64 oz reusable insulated cup full of soda. Love him with all my heart and yes I asked him for it, but I was not wanting that much soda. Of course I did not have to drink it all, but I did. <BR> <BR> Of course my dietician that I... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 22:14:59 EST Feeling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402245 I've been reading the Spark lately and I am not into the action steps of their 28 day plan. I have tried to do the Spark Stages before and haven't gotten past stage 2 (I think) and it's really hitting me today that for some reason I am not sticking to my eating plan. Thankfully the past few days I have not gone over any nutritional goals, but at the same time I am not thinking of them. I need to get back into cooking at home, even if that means using my crock pot more. <BR> <BR> My biggest ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:14:12 EST Reached my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393851 I am so proud of myself at the moment. I was about to give up because I felt like I was doing what I could with no results. I'm not just talking about the last month and a half, but for almost 3-4 months. I had been going to the gym 2 times a week getting ready to add another day for 45 - 60 mins each time but had not seen any results on the scale. Then I injured my knee trying Zumba, not knowing what I did and not wanting to make things worse I stopped actively working out but did try to mon... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:54:04 EST Down But Not Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309614 I tried Zumba for the first time ever yesterday. What little of it I was able to do was fun and energetic. Unfortunately after the first song (about 5-10 mins) my knee twisted and I fell to the ground. Thankfully my Love was at the gym so I just had to send someone to go find him, I just wish my kids didn't have to see me do that. <BR> <BR> We went straight to the ER they got me checked in and off to xray in less than 20 mins; if you have ever had the "pleasure" of being seen at a military E... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:33:35 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289166 It's frustrating to think that this time last year I wast 30lbs lighter and working out regularly. Lots of things got me down and depressed and caused me to stop tracking what I was eating, eating healthy, and working out. What it all boils down to is I was making excuses left and right to justify why I had "fallen off the wagon." I am now ready to start over and and do everything I can to stick to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was reset my Spark Stages back to one. Si... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 01:05:46 EST 1 AM and Can't Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4046032 It's almost the end of the second month of 2011. Have I set a resolution? No people tend to "break" those...Have I made any type of real choice to better myself? Sort of; I pay attention to what I eat so I am not eating too much of the bad stuff but that hasn't even been 100%. <BR> <BR> Let me put it this way, I don't like "diets". I feel they are too restrictive and there is going to be a nutritional deficiency somewhere. I personally feel at my best when I eat a bit of everything (moderati... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:25:10 EST Still Not Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3786667 I don't really know what it wrong with me lately. I have been in a blah kind of mood. I want to hang out with people and go to the gym but keep making one excuse or another. Not to mention for some reason I am getting paranoid and depressed again. <BR> <BR> Today was the worst day I have had in a while. I woke up excited to start the day and had a semi-plan of attack. After I dropped the Youngest at school I started declining fast. I did a little cleaning, even had to clean out the vacuum cl... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:57:52 EST My Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737916 Seems like everytime I start to do well with working out I end up "falling off the wagon". This should be easy for me, especially since I have a car of my own, but it's not. I was reading my last Blog entry and noticed I had planned on scheduling in time that I was to be working out. I stopped doing this for no real particular reason. <BR> <BR> I did have two workout buddies that was going rather well. Then somthing happened and we all just stopped working out all together. I don't know if ... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:42:03 EST Schedualing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3546630 I have decided to try a tactic I used about a year and a half ago; schedualing my workouts into my phone just like I would any appointment that can not be missed. I think it will work as long as I can get to bed at a decent time. The past 2 weeks I have been up well beyond 1 am and have been waking up at 9. Well that doesn't work when I want to get up by 6:30 and start my workout at 7. Not to mention my kids go back to school this week so I really need to get everyone back on a good schedual ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:47:34 EST Protien and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3506680 I saw a nutrionist today. It is my doctors first step in trying to help me lose weight. I thought I had a good handle on what I should be eating and the nutrionist told me that I was doing well. The one thing that he said to me that I didn't do too hot with was that I needed to be eating a fair amount of protien. Now he didn't tell me that I should be doing a low-carb high-protien diet, just telling me the importance of getting protien everyday. That is definately one area that I usually lack... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 14:53:50 EST Tracking Really Does Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3498159 I have read the articles and blogs that say that tracking the food you eat keeps people accountable. I have tried to do it a few times in the past but it didn't seem to help. I think what changed this time is that I include my drinks. When I decide to have a glass of sweet tea or a bottle of Mountian Dew I add it! It's insane how many empty calories are in those. I still can not bring myself to not drink a soda or sweet tea when I go out to eat. The one day I did go to McDonalds and drink wat... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 09:30:23 EST Hot and Crummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493405 The first thing I did this morning after feeding the kids was to Mow the front yard. Sounds like an easy task, especially at 10 in the morning right? Wrong! It was already 90 degrees outside when I pulled the mower out. On top of that I didn't make sure I had water to drink while I was out there doing what needed to be done. Needless to say I took two breaks to get water and a little over an hour later I was done. I had planned on using the weedeater to trim up spots that I couldn't get with ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 00:11:04 EST Sick of being down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3480499 Last Wendsday was the last day that I did any type of physical activity other than leasure walking and a little housework. I think I had heat exhaution that night and it may have weakened my immune system enough for an upper respetory infection to set in. I waited till Sunday to go to the doctor about my symptoms. They get me treated for that and mild dehydration and I think that things will be better and I can start doing my workouts and things around the house. Nope now I have cramps that h... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 23:26:19 EST Adding To... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3450551 Last night I added somthing new to my workout! I went for a 30 min walk with the neigbor. We took our dogs, they where more worn out than we where. At one point Princess, my pup, decided to lay in the shade and almost refused to move again! When we got to the car I sprayed water into the dogs' mouth from my CamelPack. They were really funny. I think we are planning on doing this everyday or at least every other day. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:52:25 EST Back From Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3443652 I went to Florida for just over a month. I did workout some. The days that I did not get on my mom's treadmill for 30 mins I made sure I was doing somthing that would keep me moving: swimming in a pool, shopping, even walking down and on the beach. <BR> <BR> I recently went to the doctor because I feel like my efforts are not working. I do not want to be put on some pill, I want a plan of attack. I may have a good start and have my heart in the right place but I don't think I am being held ... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:12:16 EST Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3204609 I sort of took a break from actually working out. I did however help a freind clean her house for a few hours so I tracked that as 15 mins of deep cleaning. Normally taking a break would be very bad for me. I would take more than a day but today I got up and did my workout. I think the habit is starting to set in! <BR> <BR> One day at a time, <BR> <BR> Jessica Fri, 7 May 2010 10:21:04 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3194810 Today was a great day! Normally I post this in the morning but aparently it was so that I can write about an awesome day. <BR> <BR> I am finally getting into a good routine of waking up and doing my workout in the morning. I then have been getting things done around my house. It feels really good and I hope it stays that way. <BR> <BR> I also have been doing rather good on my calorie intake. I have only gone over once (dang it Burger King) and if I don't make my cals then I am comming rea... Tue, 4 May 2010 18:51:04 EST My Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3188165 I have many reasons to be motivated to loose my extra weight. First and second are my boys. I want to be able to play with them and not feel winded. They are very active and sometimes I wish I could extract just a small portion of their energy so that I can keep up. I also do not want to have diabetes later in life, which runs in both sides of my family, but is controled with weight management most of the time. I don't like taking medication and actually have a hard time remembering to take t... Mon, 3 May 2010 08:55:46 EST A Full Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185245 I looked at my SparkStreaks today just to see where I was and low and behold I finally did a full week of the Fas Break Stage 1; tracking my food and exersice anyhow. This, to me, is a reason to celebrate, at least a tiny bit. I signed up for sparkPeople almost 2 years ago and I would rather look at the positive that I have done somthing for a full week than to think on the past two years. <BR> <BR> I hope this is a positive change that will continue to blossom in the rest of my life. I hav... Sun, 2 May 2010 12:14:27 EST Never Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3181973 Just a word of caution, Do not eat the Burger King XT A1 burger! I thought I was doing good to just order the sandwich and drink some water at my house. When I went to track the food I haved eaten I found that it had almost 1000 cals ALONE! I guess I did save some cals by not eating the fries. Lets just put that one under lessons learned and hopefully can be passed to others. <BR> <BR> One day at a time, <BR> <BR> Jessica Sat, 1 May 2010 10:37:33 EST A Nice Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177342 Yesterday I participated in the CG (Commanding General) Walk. This is an event where all the units on Ft. Sill come out and run or walk with the post commander. It focuses on trying to keep everyone in the community fitness consice. This year the theme was actually on preventing childhood obesity. What I could hear over the wind was an amazing speech. He was basically telling all us adults that it is our responsibility to make sure our kids grow up with the right understanding of food. This m... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:33:46 EST Not Beating Myself Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166314 I have done quite a bit of working out since I woke up. Well alot for me. LOL. But I am not going to beat myself up for not doing very much last week. I also think that I may have a bit too ambitious goals for the moment. I am not waking up when I want so I don't have the time I need to do 30 full mins of cardio as well as some strength/core training. <BR> <BR> I have taken lessons from a few different places and am trying to create a routine that works for me and not fit to a routine. I a... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:52:02 EST My Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3161465 My intentions was to write this everyday as my journaling to help me not be so stressed and to keep track of my weight loss journey. Well last week I only wrote once. I did not exercise much, maybe two days other than Monday. It was my last week in two of my online classes and I have horrible time management skills. I have been trying to work on it for quite some time but for some reason I get discouraged and just don't do anything. <BR> <BR> Last night also hit me real hard because one of ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:44:54 EST Sleepy Morning and a Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3135523 This morning I got out of bed a little later than normal. I think it was the meds I took because I had a migraine and a back ache last night. Which is why I do not like taking meds unless they are absolutely needed. <BR> <BR> So far this morning I have done some exercises and plan to do more after I get some work done. My family only has one vehicle at the moment so I have to take Tony to work and do my running around before he is released for lunch. Hopefully when I get back from my visit ... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:06:33 EST First Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131112 On all my previous attempts to loose weight Saturdays have been my biggest downfall. The only difference is the fact that my husband and oldest son are home with me all day long. Why this is such an issue I have not been able to find out. Maybe it is because I wake up at a different time than I do every other day: weekdays 6-630 weekends 8-9. Is it because I have more oppertunities for an audience: that does not seem likely since my boys and husband usually end up comming in while I am workin... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 21:30:29 EST The Start of my Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3125795 I have never really liked to exercise or do much physical activities. In elementary school I was the intelectual and musician so I didn't see much point to it. Thankfully I really wasn't that big of a child, although my mother gave me a real bad complex. <BR> <BR> Junior high I did the requisite gym classes each year and hated most of the time I was in there. My most fond memories of Gym class those years were actually meeting some of my closest freinds and a few instances where a group of ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 09:18:15 EST