IMIN2GENES's SparkPeople Blog IMIN2GENES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still going strong... In fact, I'm doing well enough that: <BR> ~I'm down 33 pounds <BR> ~I'm not only wearing jeans, I've tightened my belt twice ;) <BR> ~I'm still pain med free and my joints are doing great! <BR> ~My most recent blood work showed me back away from the pre-diabetic border <BR> ~My blood pressure is down. <BR> <BR> I also find that I don't really have the crazy hunger swings I've had in the past nor do I have cravings for anything. Once and a while, I'll crave a slice of pizza though. <BR> <em... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:49:21 EST So, I cried today... Why? <BR> <BR> Because for the first time in MONTHS, I put on a pair of jeans. I was able to wear them comfortably all day. I drove and I even bent over to tie my shoes. Not only that, when I took them off, I realized that they were a size smaller than I thought. <BR> <BR> How's that for a bonus? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My trainers program seemed like it was going to be hard when I first saw it. But honestly, I'm not craving things. I don't feel like I'm missing anything. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:27:40 EST Still going strong... I'm 6 weeks in to my program with my trainer now and I'm still going strong. <BR> <BR> Last week, I got butter back... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> That sure expands my menu options. LOL! <BR> <BR> So this week I've added a buffalo chicken salad to my lunch. I basically cook up chunked up chicken breast like a stir fry using butter as my fat then finish off with Franks Red Hot and a little extra melted butter. I serve it on a bed of salad greens. Simple and delish! <BR> <BR> My weight loss ... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:24:05 EST 20 pounds gone for good! So, at the end of week number 3, I'm down just a little over 20 pounds and feeling better than I have in years. <BR> <BR> One of the things that has helped the most is changing the way I think about meal planning and prep. Most people who have seen my plan - which is pretty dag-gone strict - react by being shocked at how few things seem to be on my list. <BR> <BR> I quit focusing on what's not on my list. I started focusing on how to make new variations of my meals. It's become a challenge... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:31:51 EST Never fear! For those of you who were worried... just a reminder, I AM working with both my doctor and a nutritionist/trainer. <BR> <BR> It's not some kind of a ultra-low calorie diet just to drop weight fast. In fact, my nutritionist told me to back away from my food trackers. I'm not allowed to track at all right now. I can eat as much as I want of anything I want as long as it's on the list. <BR> <BR> The goal is to get my body to heal itself. Get rid of anything causing me any kind of inflammation ... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:27:47 EST Success! I'm making progress... I've decided to make a full on 100% commitment to making a complete lifestyle change. Whatever I was doing, wasn't working. <BR> <BR> I was spending 2 - 3 hours 5 days a week in the gym while working with my trainer and nutritionist. I've also yo-yo'd all over the place. I was stuck on a plateau and going nowhere fast. To my great frustration. <BR> <BR> After lengthy talks with my trainer and doctor, we've all pretty much come to the conclusion that I've got some kind of food intolerance g... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:57:46 EST Why so judgy-judgy? Hmm... Here's the thing... I'm fat. Got it. I know what has happened. I know why I'm where I am. <BR> <BR> Do you? <BR> <BR> I'm guessing not. Unless you're a very close friend or part of my family then you've got no idea. I'm a very private person and don't feel the need to share my whole life with everyone I meet. Not trying to be rude, I'm just private. <BR> <BR> What I don't understand is why some people feel the need to judge me or offer suggestions just because I'm fat. <BR> <BR> See, I us... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:55:21 EST My princess and prima donna... We lost our minds... <BR> <BR> One thing on my bucket list was to someday own a ragdoll. I just love so many things about the breed and what is said about them I've found to be true so far. <BR> <BR> My almost 6 month old princess Lily... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was just lucky timing I was able to adopt her from the breeder I wanted. <BR> <BR> Lily has been driving my "senior" cats (they're 12 years old) cra... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:13:13 EST I'm rocking it! Monday I tweaked my shoulder. It was acting up so bad it hurt just to breathe. I didn't sleep well at all and was lucky I was able to drive to work. So, I took yesterday as a rest day. <BR> <BR> But today... <BR> <BR> I'm pretty proud today. Despite my injury acting up, I went ahead and tackled my 5 flights of stairs today. I even managed to cut 30 seconds off my current average time for it. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I had a spare 30 mintues while my scanner was running, so I went out and did the... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:32:59 EST I'm proud of myself today I'm proud of myself. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Today was a day full of "I don't wanna's" I think hubby shared his cold, my back is killing me, and I'm having a little breathing trouble. The LAST thing I wanted to do was get in flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> So I kicked the "I don't wanna's" to the curb and did my 5 flights anyway. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 19:21:37 EST Journaling and making it work A while back I mentioned starting a bullet journal to help me out. <BR> <BR> I did. And it worked for a while. <BR> <BR> Then, all of a sudden, I realized that it had become a burden. I was racing to keep each day done. It was something I HAD to do. It was stressing me out... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Also, in my haste "to get it done" - I was merely checking boxes, making entries, and not really using it. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Now, I've re-evaluated what I'm doing. It has become my sa... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 20:03:02 EST NSV!! So today, I did my 5 flights of stairs again (1 flight = up and down). <BR> <BR> That's not my NSV though... <BR> <BR> Are you ready? <BR> <BR> I did them wearing jeans I couldn't zip up a week ago! <BR> <em>246</em> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:17:02 EST Moving right along... Got my 5 flights in today! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I was thinking of upping this week; but then decided to hold off until I can complete the 5 flights without having breathing difficulty. Right now I'm having some breathing trouble after 4 flights and need to pause for a few seconds before finishing. It's an improvement though. When I first started I was straining after 2 flights and in distress at 3 flights. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely feeling stronger though! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:23:50 EST Messages sometimes come from unexpected places Today is my rest day. Menu for the week is planned. Food prepped and ready to go. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share the quote I heard today. It was during the wrap up of my meditation session and it really spoke to me... <BR> <BR> Regardless of how others behave, we choose whether or not to let it affect us. <BR> <BR> Yep, timely after my lovely coworker's stunt. Isn't it? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:28:30 EST Blindsided Despite it being a Friday, it's not been a good day. A coworker that I thought was a friend that I've worked with for the last 12 years turns out to be a backstabbing ass. That's never a good day to discover something like that. *sigh* <BR> <BR> Good news, I still got in my 5 flights despite everything. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:44:52 EST Checking in again Another day, another heat advisory alert. We're in for triple digit heat index through the weekend. Ugh! So far I've been doing okay and only had to do 1 breathing treatment so far. I'm being cautious. Believe it or not, the weather folks actually said it's "too hot" for the storms to form. LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to balance keeping moving with the risk of the heat. The stairwell I've been using at work for my flights isn't used much (except for by me <em>211</em> ) which is nice; but i... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:20:17 EST Facing the challenges Today was our company picnic, so it was yet another challenge to face. I think I did mostly okay. I stayed away from the chips and dips and that type of food. I did have a hot dog and hamburger though. I had a side dish of nappa cabbage salad. It was really good! <BR> <BR> We're still under code red air through the weekend. It gives me issues breathing just walking from my car in to work. I knew it would be a struggle for me at the park during the picnic, so I almost took the day as a "rest"... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:11:20 EST Still plugging away... Busy lab day and a farewell luncheon for a good friend and colleague today. It was a little bittersweet! <BR> <BR> I chose carefully at the resturant and kept my calories in check. Not perfect but pretty good! I was a little high on carbs but under on calories. So not too bad. <BR> <BR> And, I got my 5 flights in today. Yeah! <BR> <BR> Now if this stupid humidity would break so I can get outside. It was code red around here again. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:10:39 EST Getting the habits going! Back again... I took Sunday as a rest and planning day. Today was a good day. I managed to get in an extra set, so today I did 10 flights of stairs. <BR> <BR> I was a little high on my calories today. Hubby had a craving for chipotle and brough it home for everyone. I would have been good but I ate a few too many chips. <BR> <em>40</em> Doh! <BR> Next time. I'm still making progress. I was only over a little so I'll watch carefully and keep my net for the week on target. <BR> <BR> My T... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:18:48 EST Making Changes Saturday is the day I normally do some work around the house and lounge around. It's meant to be restful and give me a little recovery from the work week. It's a day I frequently miss workouts and neglect tracking. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say I did both today! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I got in 5 flights of stairs again today AND tracked! <BR> <BR> Times are a changing... <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:43:17 EST Checking in today I managed to fit extra in today. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I got in 10 flights today! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I also kept my calories under 1500 today. <BR> <BR> It's been a good day! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:06:54 EST Short and sweet! <em>248</em> 5 flights again today! <BR> It was a day of meetings, so not much time for moving; but I still got it in today. <BR> <BR> Stay safe in this heat everyone! It's brutal here. <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:33:12 EST Being accountable Howdy! My trainer says accountability is important. Even if I'm not moving mountains, I still need to keep myself accountable for making it happen. <BR> <BR> So, here I am being accountable. <BR> <BR> Today I hit my goal of 5 flights of stairs. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I wanted to do 10 flights like yesterday; but it just didn't happen. I was in the lab all day with little time for breaks. I was happy to fit lunch in today. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I don't sit when I work in the lab. I'... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:27:47 EST Anger and Accountability... I've been spending a lot of time with me lately. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> And I've realized that I'm carrying an awful lot of anger. <BR> <BR> Anger for lots of things, like the fact that: <BR> ~I have a life threatening allergy <BR> ~I suffer from acute reactive asthma <BR> ~I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis <BR> ~I have osteoarthritis and some of my fingers are starting to twist <BR> ~I'm going through menopause <BR> ~I've never been so heavy in my life <BR> <BR> Then, I get even angrier ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:41:01 EST Ferrari or Worlds Sh&%$iest Car? That's the title of my coaches most recent newsletter. It really resonated with me and I thought I'd share his video *here*. It's a short and sweet version of his newsletter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos/1397843853626911/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> Me, I'm a ferrari... just in she shop for a tune up! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, what are you? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:14:07 EST 200+ days of meditation! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so my blog it a little bit late for celebrating 200 days of meditation. I'm at 205! <BR> <BR> It is definitely something that has helped me immensely. On multiple levels. I deal with stress much better and I'm sleeping better. Those are the two biggies; but there have been many more. <BR> <BR> My family, friends, and coworkers have all noticed a difference even if they don't know wha... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 21:11:28 EST Working it out... Oops! I meant to be blogging daily; but I also have just realized that isn't a realistic for me. So, I'm just going to do the best that I can as often as I can. I am writing it for me... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So, let's see. I'm in the midst of having a lightbulb moment / moments and sorting through my mental war. The book I've been reading at my coaches insistence was the catalyst for my moment. Just to recap... <BR> <BR> The book I'm currently talks about how people create their own hi... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:34:47 EST Self-sabotage... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned before that part of my doubling down efforts has been trying to fight the mental war. I've been plagued lately by a lot of self-sabotage and I've been struggling with it. <BR> <BR> My trainer is not only helping with my fitness, he's a certified nutritionist too. So I've got that covered. He's working towards being a life coach too. I've been fortunate enough that I star... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:48:13 EST Training... Someone asked... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yep... that's me all this week. Not basic training though. 8 am to 5 pm... Can you say acronym? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> 51 pages... that's all I'm sayin' <BR> <BR> It's been both good and bad. Bad in that I have to sit in a classroom; but good in that I am learning some things. Not all relevant to my job; but helps me understand better how I fit in to the big picture. <BR... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:23:58 EST Short and sweet! Another day of training... from 8 am to 5 pm. *sigh* I really am going to be brain fried! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Not too much to say. I really just want to get to bed early but I wanted to share my little celebration for today. <BR> <BR> With all this training - this was the 2nd day, I've got 2 more days - someone was being nice and brought doughnuts to share. <BR> <BR> I walked right on by! <BR> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I'll take that mini victory! <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:20:47 EST Sometimes it's just frustrating... Today has been an interesting day and this is just really a brain dump from a very tired brain. <BR> <BR> I'm in a training class for the whole week about structure, organization and management. It's interesting but quite full of acronyms... 51 pages of them. The "quick reference" card is bigger than a placemat. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It's quite in demand to get in to this class and our organization is honored to be hosting it. So, it's really a good thing. But still, it amounts to 3 9 ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:01:17 EST It's always better with friends... How true is that? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My trainer likes to harp on consistency and accountability. Two things I strive to be; but even with the best laid plans those are things that are hard to do on your own. Even with an iron will. <BR> <BR> So, my very good friend Mo and I are going to undertake a walk. She's kindly agreed to be my accountability buddy to help keep me in line and make sure I do my walking. Trust me... I know better than to try and get out of it. She'll call my train... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:55:33 EST Bad decisions... Help! What is wrong with me! Geez! <BR> <BR> I KNOW what I need to do to get back in shape. I was a competitive swimmer for 15 years. It's not like I'm afraid of a little hard work or lack the motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling real great. For whatever reason I had a terrible craving for fried chicken. It happens, right? No big deal. My dear hubby stopped by and picked up some Popeye's for me. I can even fit it in my plan... IF I just eat the breast, a single portion of fries, and half the bi... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:38:07 EST Bullet journaling... Hello! I'm back again. Last night was our mommy/daughter date night. We've been doing it for many, many years now. It's a great time. My daughter and I go to the salon and get pampered a bit. I figure she'll remember the time much more than I'll remember the money. I'm lucky enough to be able to do that for us. It means a lot to me. She's 15, so I'm not sure how many of these times we'll have before she's off on her own. *sigh* It makes for a very long day. Hence no blog yesterday. I start my... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:41:15 EST Muddy waters... <img src=""> <BR> I just love this quote. It truly speaks to me, especially in this moment. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly sure I'm suffering from the muddy mind. I'm definitely working through the mental side of this journey for me. I've also discovered it's the hardest part because it really a path you have to discover on your own. <BR> <BR> I hate to say that. Especially here. Spark pretty much encourages everyone to su... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:49:12 EST Climbing the mountains... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daily meditation focus for today was quite appropriate. It's discovery. Within the message, the point was made that mountains contain the answers. Mountains represent the unknown aspects in our lives and minds. You never know what's on the other side of that ridge until you reach the top and climb over it. <BR> <BR> I whole-heartedly agree... I've been over a few of those moutains here m... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:25:03 EST Meditation morning... <em>213</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <BR> I'm back again. Maybe I should set blogging as a new streak to track. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> I mentioned meditation yesterday. I decided to tackle that as my topic today. My trainer kept stressing it as a good idea to help me out. <BR> <BR> I've been having some trouble with my blood pressure. It's tied to some other health problems I have but pretty much everyone - me, my trainer, my doctors (yes, plural) - all would like to see it s... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:55:55 EST Mastering yourself... Wow! It has been a long time since I've written a blog. Almost a year on the dot. I figure it's time to start again... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It's been a long journey so far and I've still not reached my goal. I've had ups and downs. I also realized that I've arrived at the really HARD part of my journey... I'm fighting the MENTAL fight now. I KNOW what I need to eat, I KNOW what I need to do at the gym. Now I just need to buckle down and be consistent. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I've n... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:22:50 EST VICTORY!! If I can then YOU can... Today I had quite the exciting victory or sorts... I came in dead last. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. On the surface, I'm an overweight, 46 year old woman. In fact, I'm about 100 pounds overweight. I've been on Spark for a few years now. I've had victories and I've had defeats. I've done the yo-yo thing too. <BR> <BR> But today, today's victory has to be one of the sweetest. Today I competed in a Fitness First Competition. It is my first competition in probably 20+ years... here's what it look... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:05:03 EST A Must See Story... This is really worth watching. Not just the main news story; but watch the video the trainer put together. Very powerful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>be-fitness-star-declares-finally-got-m<BR>y-perfect-body-sho/21175239/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk2%26p<BR>Lid%3D1231528768 </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to just her video. It just about made me cry. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And we wonder why so many of us... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:58:11 EST Transition, Growth, and Renewal... One of my goals for 2015 is to be less stressed and more grateful. I'm a perpetual optimist, so I don't have to worry about that too much... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, to help get me started each day, I've been taking the time to read inspirational, motivational, and positive messages. I've gotten several books to help with that in addition to the Spark Daily Motivational Message app on my phone. Each of my books has a theme for the month. My themes for January are transition, growth and ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:49 EST Personal VICTORY!!! <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <em>185</em> <em>321</em> <BR> I went to the gym last night... <BR> <BR> Why is that a personal victory? <BR> <BR> I mean I've been going to the gym 4 days a week for the last 3 months. So what gives... <BR> <BR> Let me tell you... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a horrible day for me. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I'm up against some pretty tough deadlines that a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:47:05 EST Jeans, jeans, jeans... oh, my! Howdy my friends! It's been a while and I figured I'm due for an update on my progress with my new fitness regimen. <BR> <BR> So, I think the best update I can give you comes with a good laugh... <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks, I've been bugging my hubby about bringing my old jeans (i.e. smaller ones) up from a box in the basement. They were in good shape and I didn't want to get rid of them. Plus I had hopes to fit in them again. <BR> <BR> Well, time was passing and he still hadn't bro... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:22:03 EST I'm an inspiration... What??!? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I almost couldn't believe my ears. <BR> <BR> Let me explain a little... <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 of my 4 days per week at the gym. I REALLY, REALLY didn't want to go. I was working in the lab all day yesterday and today and was in and out of the -80oC freezer (that's -112oF for all us non-metric folks... LOL!) both days. I started having a little bit of trouble with my breathing. Cold can trigger an attack for me. So I did a breathing treatment and tried ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:11:24 EST An update on my new program... Wow! It's been pretty long since my last blog... I didn't realize just how long its been. I've been quite busy and a lot has been going on here. Since I'm on an enforced solitude, I figured its a good time to catch up with a blog... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Enforced solitude you ask? Yep! <BR> <BR> My doc is keeping me home right now. I'm not even supposed to go outside. Turns out I've developed pneumonia. It was pretty sudden. I was fine last Friday. Felt like I was getting a little head... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:55:32 EST My scale, my albatross... Okay, first, let me make it clear... I AM NOT defined by my scale. I am just frustrated by it. So please, don't send me rotten tomatoes or anything. I'm just expressing my opinion, venting a little bit and trying to sort out thoughts. I'm putting it here for me so that maybe someone else will see it and it will help them too. I'll say it one more time, I AM NOT defined by my scale. <BR> <BR> Let me explain my frustration a little... <BR> <BR> My whole life, it seems someone has been watchi... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:31:17 EST What's this? A blog... from me... Where to start… <BR> <BR> Well, it’s been a hectic two weeks for me. I’ve been quite busy and haven’t spent much time here in Sparkland; but never fear… I’ve been tracking diligently and still working out regularly. I just haven’t had much time to blog or read. So, here’s a big update from me. <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> Work: <BR> It’s been absolutely insane! Not in a bad way per say. I’ve just been super busy. Of course, when you’ve got more work than days stupid things go wrong. For exampl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:21:41 EST Lots to celebrate! ... and not a single one involves the scale! <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> So... it's been 12 days since I started working with my trainer. I've been pretty diligent about following the nutrition plan he's set for me. Not completely perfect, but pretty close. <BR> <BR> Here's what's happened so far: <BR> 1. I can buckle my belt 1 notch tighter comfortably! <BR> 2. I'm wearing my bra comfortably on the middle hook. It was tight on the biggest! <BR> 3. I stopped drinking a big cup of coffee every... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:45:32 EST I'm still here! Still going strong! Updates on days 3,4 & 5 Howdy y'all!! Sorry I missed touching base these past few days. Life sometimes just gets in the way... LOL! <BR> <BR> I was super busy at work then had a ton of house stuff to do. Then last night, I spent a bit of time planning my menu for next week. The local Co-Op organic market I discovered is close to work, so I usually go Fridays after work. It's just easier. It's only a few miles out of my way on my way home as opposed to making a separate trip which is 25 from home. So, tonight I'm fu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:17:19 EST Day 2 and still going strong... Well, today was a little easier; but I'm still feeling a bit stuffed. I think it will keep getting easier the more I learn. I figured this week would be the hardest. <BR> <BR> I also had some fun discoveries! I just got some organic, fair trade coconut oil. It's on my list of good fats and I need to incorporate them too. I also found almond butter. Yay! They had cashew butter too; but it was INSANELY expensive. So I skipped that. I also found some crackers that meet my requirements - they're... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:12:39 EST