IRISHBEANERGAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRISHBEANERGAL IRISHBEANERGAL'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/ Catching up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808234 I see it's been awhile - over a month since my last blog. <BR> <BR> Highlights: <BR> <BR> New Trainer (#15) <BR> Injury is healing nicely <BR> New PR <BR> Son came to town <BR> Daughter is kickin' butt <BR> Food Plan is on track <BR> <BR> New Trainer - #15 - female, (only my 2nd female trainer) and very green. She is very nervous, which, at this stage in the game I find annoying at times. I REALIZE I am getting interns who are learning to be trainers. But I am past the beginner stage w... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:40:46 EST Today, I am enough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786178 I needed this today - maybe you do too. <BR> <BR> http://www.wimp.com/shelooked/ <BR> <BR> (just cut and paste the link into your browser- sorry I don't know how to make it "live") <BR> <BR> Stay strong - <BR> <BR> ~Irish <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:59:20 EST April 28 to August 8 - injury and all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756609 Just a reminder that I AM making progress... <BR> <BR> April 28th 248.6 <BR> <BR> August 8th 227.1 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261013545.jpg"> <BR> Screw the scale - it can move as slow as it needs to - I'm building muscle and taking back my healthy, one step at a time. <BR> <BR> ~Irish Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:53:15 EST Update to injury, life, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749764 First - I'm not looking for anyone to recommend a new "treatment" - this is just an update <BR> <BR> I started PT for my shoulder/arm/wrist . I've been to a Neurosurgeon, an orthopedic specialist, and now I'm in Physical Therapy. I have some spine/shoulder alignment issues, and PT is helping. A LOT! I'm back to lifting with minimal restrictions (no overhead press stuff) and I'm not allowed to do anything that hurts. Simple enough - time to get busy! <BR> <BR> My Nutrition/Personal Trai... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:32:56 EST The challenges of an injury... a little help please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728677 I LOVE to do strength training - heavy lifting, squats, deadlifts. <BR> <BR> My injury has sidelined most of this... Now I am able to do only the following: <BR> <BR> squat holds <BR> body weight squats <BR> single leg hip thrusts <BR> glute bridges <BR> body weight walking lunges <BR> hip thrust holds (I can hold a weight plate on my lap with my good arm for this) <BR> hip thrusters <BR> body weight side lunges <BR> <BR> nothing upper body.. this is INCREDIBLY frustrating... <BR> <BR> An... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:10:39 EST First day of injury training... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720303 I got my "injury" workouts today - <BR> <BR> Shame on me for thinking it would be light... <BR> <BR> We are going to do leg and core work, alternating with cardio sessions. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> Day 1 - session A + cardio session <BR> Day 2 - session B + cardio session <BR> Day 3 - session A + cardio session <BR> Day 4 - session B + cardio session <BR> Day 5 - session A + cardio session <BR> Day 6 - session B + cardio session <BR> Day 7 is a cardio session only to allow for... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:58:07 EST Injury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719379 Those of you who have been here for the long haul know that I've finally found success with a new nutrition plan and working my tushy off in the gym. <BR> <BR> About a month ago I felt a twinge in my right arm, and attributed it to overwork on the computer. The twinge kept getting worse, and pain started to work it's way up my arm, into my elbow, upper arm, and landing in my shoulder and neck. <BR> <BR> This situation didn't impede my lifting at the gym, or any of my workouts - it wasn't b... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:10:46 EST Memorial Day, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703611 Today I remember my two grandfathers - both served lifetime careers in the Army. Both saw combat. Fortunately for me, they both survived the wars they served in. I got to know them as a little girl (and thought the world revolved around them), as a teenager (when I thought they were "boring") and for a short time, as an adult (when I truly learned to appreciate them). <BR> <BR> Both have passed on, hopefully to greater things depending upon one's beliefs, but I still remember them with p... Mon, 26 May 2014 14:39:39 EST My progress in just 18 days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699329 Those of you who know me, know I'm on a new nutrition plan... <BR> <BR> I thought I'd post some pictures... <BR> <BR> Starting on April 28 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561136586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 18 days later - May 16, 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710092948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> No fad diets, no quirky pills...just hard work and eating well. <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be on the right track! <BR> <BR> ~Irish Tue, 20 May 2014 15:21:50 EST Really cool thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693002 Last Friday I was working out at the gym at the college - this gym is full of 18-25 yr olds, usually young men, who are working to get (ok, STAY) "buff" and (most) have an ego to match their accomplishments in the gym. No one really pays attention to a middle aged woman in the gym, unless it's to look annoyed because I'm using a piece of equipment they need. <BR> <BR> I was sitting on a bench, finished with my workout, drenched in sweat, packing my things. A young man, very fit, comes over... Mon, 12 May 2014 01:00:16 EST Spinach is my friend, and other ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686495 Today is the end of week one on my new nutrition plan. <BR> <BR> Background - <BR> <BR> I meet with Trainer #7 (see previous blog) and we went over my nutrition. Big surprise, I wasn't eating enough calories (sarcasm- insert eye roll here) and those that I did consume were crappy from a nutritional standpoint for my goals. That surprised me - I thought I made fairly good choices, but apparently I made choices that were crappy for what I want to accomplish. I have been talking about goi... Sat, 3 May 2014 13:28:20 EST End of the Leprechaun - and bring on the Sailor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672882 So my last workout with Trainer #13 - aka the leprechaun - was on April 7th. We both didn't know it was going to be the last day, however, so we had a standard workout - and it was good. <BR> <BR> The next day, April 8th, Head Trainer Guy called me and said he had a new trainer for me - and that we would meet on Thursday, April 10th. I asked why, and he said that he didn't want the same trainer to be with me each quarter --because my feedback was so good! So I ended up saying goodbye to T... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:19:17 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Birthday #49 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670002 Today is my 49th birthday - and I am celebrating it in style: <BR> <BR> #1 - I am eating healthy and taking good care of my body by fueling it properly <BR> <BR> #2 - I am exercising - 60 minutes of metabolic torture (aka "the Birthday Beatdown") from Trainer #14 <BR> <BR> #3 - I am spending time with friends and family. <BR> <BR> It's official - I'm 49 - and I have 365 days to get myself into the shape I want to be at age 50! <BR> <BR> Birthday Beatdown: <BR> <BR> Warm up - 5 minutes e... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:59:27 EST COUNTDOWN TO SUCCESS- Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665738 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Things have been hectic, things have been crazy - and I let them get in the way of my health. Not a good plan! But then again, as I have reflected upon it- it wasn't a PLAN at all.. which is why I was floundering... <BR> <BR> Updates: <BR> <BR> 1. I finished the Winter 5% challenge (thank you imin2genes for the push) - didn't accomplish the 5% but met some nice people, learned a few things, and signed up for the next one! <BR> <BR> 2. Trainer #13 is almost done -... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:53:00 EST The very bad day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645398 Doesn't that title sound like a children's book? <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Proceed at your own risk. This is a "BUMMER BLOG" - where I'm going to vomit out all the negativity and try to move on. Writing it out is very healing, even if I can't fix it all... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was definitely "the very bad day". <BR> <BR> First, I'm feeling a bit blue about the whole weight thingy. Most of the time I take it in stride... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:33:36 EST Update & Test Results- 3/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641442 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> For those of you who know me here on Sparks, you know I've been tweaking my eating for over 2 years now. <BR> <BR> As I've said in the past, "if I had a nickel for every piece of advice sent my way when it comes to "how you should eat"... I would pay for a brain transplant into the sexiest body I want to live in." <BR> <BR> I've done it all - carb cycling, no carbs, high carbs, paleo, vegetarian, fasting, juicing...blah blah blah <BR> <BR> Lately, high protein ha... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:04:08 EST Today's Doctor Visit 2/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629717 Today I went to my *new* doctor for a physical. My previous doctor retired at the end of 2013. He was wonderful. I miss him. <BR> <BR> My new doctor is nice - he's not lacking - but he probably isn't going to be much help with my weight situation. I went in for a full check up. However, a few days before the appointment I got ill (looks like a really bad cold) and so I was dealing with that too. <BR> <BR> He introduced himself, and said that he wanted to know what concerns I have. I o... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:15:13 EST When you do everything "right" and it still goes "wrong" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625145 I'm feeling pretty discouraged today. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a great week. Ate within range. Ate within all categories (balanced protein, carbs, etc). I had 335 exercise minutes. I'm on track for 1000 minutes this month, to meet my goal of 12000 for the year. <BR> <BR> And at the end of the week, my weigh in? <BR> <BR> 245.4 - up from 243.8 last Saturday <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> *WARNING* MINI RANT COMING... <BR> <BR> I don't live by th... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:47:01 EST Today's workout - Heavy Lifting Day! 2/12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622750 Today was heavy lifting day! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Sometimes people ask me what I do - so here's today's workout: <BR> <BR> warm up on elliptical - 5 mins <BR> <BR> lunges, band walks, leg lifts, box lunges... 10 mins, gotta stretch those hips! <BR> <BR> Here we go! <BR> <BR> (done straight thru unless rest is noted) <BR> <BR> 5 deadlifts @ 135# <BR> 5 trapbar lifts @ 275# <BR> 30 seconds farmers carry @ 55# each arm <BR> 30 seconds med ball slams @ 15# <BR> <BR> 5 dea... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:28:00 EST Lucky Lifting Socks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617074 These are my lucky lifting socks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240887129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I won't lift without them. Why? Because these are the socks I wore when I finally joined the 300# club. I had forgotten my gym socks so I wore these (folded down) during that day. And that day I hit 300# for my trapbar deadlift. <BR> <BR> AWESOME! <BR> <BR> I am thoroughly enjoying (hating - it's a love/hate thingy) Trainer #13. That little leprechaun is kic... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:50:26 EST Today's Blog Entry is brought to you by... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604666 The number 125 <BR> <BR> As in 125# is the max weight I can bench press for one rep. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> That is up 20 pounds from my last max weight attempt. <BR> <BR> Did I mention that I like weights? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Keep moving forward everyone - do WHATEVER it takes... and NEVER EVER QUIT <BR> <BR> ~Irish <BR> <BR> *PLAN to work and WORK your plan <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:05:20 EST First Day with Trainer #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602944 Today was my first day with Trainer #13. Trainer #13 is a young man who has worked in the Physical Fitness profession and is returning for more training in preparation to take his certification test. He is young enough to be my son. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> He is built like a fireplug – solid, short, muscular, with a shaved head and a red goatee. He looks like a leprechaun LOL. Two Irish redheads in the gym – oh yes, the sarcasm will be flying… I can’t wait. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:31:51 EST 3 year sparkaversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598559 I'm still here... but honestly I didn't think I would be. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd be done. Finished. Maintaining. Hasta, everyone, I have a life to LIVE. <BR> <BR> But here I am. <BR> <BR> Jan 2011 - weight 260# - and off I go, sparkin' like crazy - fast forward to <BR> <BR> June 2011 - weight 204 - oohhh so close to Onederland... wow, this is so easy.. <BR> <BR> July 2011 - weight 204 <BR> <BR> August 2011 - weight 204 <BR> <BR> September 2011 - weight (yep you guessed it) 204 <BR>... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:17:51 EST Final Session with Trainer #12 - results/report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563966 I didn't talk much about Trainer #12 because of a lot of non-spark thingies going on, but he was a pretty good guy. Very analytical (former computer programmer turned personal trainer) and helpful. A bit reserved, but he started to come out of his shell at the end of our time together. <BR> <BR> We did a variety of things - heavy lifting, kick boxing, bo staff training, core work, and upper body stuff. I improved at all of those things. And I feel stronger. <BR> <BR> Trainer #12 results... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:12:01 EST Assessing my progress in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557677 It's almost the end of 2013. It's been a heck of a year emotionally (non-spark thingies). And as a result, I let it get in the way of my spark things. I haven't accomplished what I set out to do. <BR> <BR> I'm mad at myself. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> My thoughts, in no particular order: <BR> <BR> I'm disappointed that I fiddled around with my eating... tried this, tried that... got no results. <BR> <BR> Scratch that - I'm up about 20 pounds for the year. A poor resul... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:17:33 EST My life is a soap opera...and I am thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551541 First, let me say that I am so thankful that I have my family and everyone is safe. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was involved in a robbery/hit & run incident. It was scary, but it also restored my faith in people a bit. Everyone was helpful and generous, staying with me to make sure things were handled and that I was safe and ok. Friends stepped in to make sure my daughter was picked up at school and that I had a ride home. Two friends even stayed with me after the fact - one distracting my dau... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:16:34 EST Bo Training...With Trainer #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541336 On Thursdays I do Bo Staff Training with Trainer #12 <BR> <BR> Some of you asked what it was... <BR> <BR> Here's what it should be: <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVw29NrEX<BR>3A <BR> <BR> Here's what I look like when I do it: <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw9vaNS3b<BR>0s <BR> <BR> Sorry I don't know how to actually put the video IN the blog, but enjoy the links :) <BR> <BR> I am only doing very beginner moves, to practice form - and I use a 12# bar/staff so that I... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:10:17 EST And now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540646 that the pity party is over (see previous blog), it's time to work... again. <BR> <BR> Update #1 <BR> <BR> Trainer #12 is doing ok. He's green. But he knows his stuff. He's an ex-computer geek guy who wants to be a trainer. He's very methodical (I hate that) and he's very determined (I love that) to get me some results. <BR> <BR> We are doing: <BR> <BR> Monday - lower body/dead lifts/squats <BR> Tuesday - kick boxing <BR> Wednesday - core work <BR> Thursday - Bo Training <BR> Friday... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:30 EST And what if I really can't? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537581 First - this isn't going to be inspiring - it may even be painful to read. I know it's painful to write. But I need to clear it out, empty my head. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with something for awhile now. It's a little voice that is popping up more and more often, asking.. <BR> <BR> 'And what if I can't?" <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> As in, what if I can't reach my goal of 150 pounds? <BR> <BR> What if I can't even get under 200 pounds, ever? <BR> <BR> What if it never ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:22:31 EST It's time to "86" this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500969 Yep, that's right... <BR> <BR> 86 - as in 86 days to Christmas (bet you were wondering...) <BR> <BR> I came up with this idea/challenge for myself, because, honestly, with all that has been going on in LIFE I am so ready to just throw in the towel and coast for awhile. <BR> <BR> But I got to thinking, a LOT, about how much this healthy stuff has become my life. I will never go back to what I used to do, even if I am coasting. I won't eat a bucket of fried chicken, or 1/2 a pizza in one s... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 02:47:38 EST It's been awhile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486280 Things are still rough- but I'm not giving up! <BR> <BR> No trainer right now - we are in between sessions at the college, so I'm on my own. The YMCA that I belong to is closed this week for their annual maintenance schedule. I am trying to stay busy, but I confess that it's been very light at best. <BR> <BR> My eating is beginning to come around, but it's still bad. I find that I have no motivation. I step on the scale, see the weight going back up, and just don't care. Part of it is ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:20:45 EST Softball, End of Trainer #11, and more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459894 Reader's Digest Version: <BR> <BR> 1. Played in a softball tournament <BR> 2. Time with Trainer #11 ended <BR> 3. Some positive news re: situation with daughter <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> All in all, things are going fairly well! <BR> <BR> 1. I played this year (again) in the softball tournament. This is a round-robin tournament, double elimination. Last year we took 2nd. This year we took 4th. It was great fun, and more importantly, it shows me how important it is ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:39:10 EST Update 8-7-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447655 Readers Digest version: <BR> <BR> 1. Issues continue for daughter & me <BR> 2. Trainer #11 still rocks <BR> 3. Life is pretty dang good, all things considered <BR> <BR> 1. My daughter continues to struggle with this crappy situation. I continue to struggle to help her. She will (eventually) be ok - but we have to deal with all the emotional and physical harm done by the event. I am trying to be patient with the system, but it's been hard. Still working out the legal stuff, so I stil... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:39:42 EST August 1, 2013 - it's time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441037 As I prepare to write this, I find myself wondering how many times in the past 2 years I've written 'it's time' in my blogs.. (sigh). <BR> <BR> But it IS time, yet again. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, things have been extremely rough at home with a situation with my daughter. The situation isn't going to go away any time soon. With the legal crud, and the fall out from the legal crud.. we are going to be here for awhile. <BR> <BR> I've used this time to focus on my daughter and I've let... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:20:27 EST It's a rant...proceed with caution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430639 a cleansing rant... just for me - for all the IGNORANT people in my life who want to fix me. Comments welcome, but don't feel you have to cheer me up or anything. This is about spewing the crap into the Universe and moving forward. <BR> <BR> #1 - I am doing the best I can. It isn't good enough for you? TOUGH SH*T. Take your pudgy-judgy self somewhere else and let me do as well as I can for now. I know it's not great. But it's not giving up and that counts. <BR> <BR> #2 - I am protec... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:08:13 EST Watch out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423689 My life situation is still crap... but today I managed to smile in spite of it. <BR> <BR> My weight is up... but my determination is up too. <BR> <BR> My food was so-so today... but today I tracked every bite. And it wasn't bad. <BR> <BR> My exercise has been hard to fit in lately.. but today I fit in two workouts (120 minutes) <BR> <BR> My weight ticker is re-set. And more importantly, my mind-set is ready. <BR> <BR> I won't make my goal by the end of the year as planned - but I still... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 01:05:20 EST A little of this, a little of that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416764 Some of you have asked about my workouts with Trainer #11 - here are two that I have done recently. <BR> <BR> WORKOUT #1 <BR> <BR> Warmup - <BR> rotations (neck, shoulders, hips, ankles) <BR> inch worms <BR> lunging stretches <BR> kicks (aka toy soliders) <BR> lumbar/t-spine <BR> <BR> Balance Drills <BR> single leg <BR> single leg with arm raise <BR> single leg kick backs <BR> <BR> Routine- (3 sets) <BR> 4 count burpees <BR> air squats <BR> step ups <BR> KB swings <BR> Goblet squats <BR>... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:10:29 EST Trainer #11 and life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408024 Today I met Trainer #11. He's a martial arts instructor, ex military, who wants to become a personal fitness trainer. He's in his late 20s and - (and with apologies to the men reading this..) boy is he nice to look at! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We did the standard meet/greet and filled out the paperwork. He wants me to "own" my workouts, so that I am in charge of what I want to accomplish (still wondering what that means), asked a lot of questions, and basically did all the pr... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:43:48 EST Update 6/26/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402606 Even with things crazy around here, I decided to commit to another trainer for the summer quarter. I start on Monday July 8th with Trainer #11. <BR> <BR> I figure even if I have to quit due to my life crud going on, it's better to attempt than to give up. <BR> <BR> I haven't stepped on a scale since FOREVER - I'm afraid to. My eating stinks right now (crunchy cheetos anyone?) And my exercise is almost non-existent. I will be lucky to hit 500 minutes this month (I usually hit 1000) and m... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:28:12 EST Quick check in - 6/21/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397845 Things are still nuts, but we are hangin' in. My daughter is going through a very difficult situation and I need to focus on helping her through all the sh*t being flung her way. (side note - we call it "monkey poo" - as in "I wish they would stop flingin' monkey poo" - a sense of humor is PRICELESS in this situation). As a parent, I would rather walk through fire than have to stand back and watch things happen to my child. I feel so damn helpless. <BR> <BR> With that said, I have learne... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:27:22 EST Family Issues, Life - and how it relates to Spark (or lack thereof) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388024 Just a brief note here - I'm dealing with some issues for my daughter right now. I'm not going to share the issues, but eventually things will be ok. Prayers, good juju, pleas to the Universe, or whatever life force guides you, would be most appreciated. <BR> <BR> My sparking is so not on the radar right now. I haven't exercised since last Friday. My daughter is my priority. I'm making healthy choices most of the time, and will deal with spark later. I had to cancel my last appointment... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:55:43 EST Quick update #2 - 6/7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381963 Today I met with Trainer 10a & 10b for my final workout. It was a great workout! And, Trainer 10a worked out with me - we had fun, and I found myself feeling pushed, which was good. I like a little competition to keep things lively. We did 10 exercises, in 3 rounds, on a 30 seconds on, 20 seconds rest schedule. It was a great workout. <BR> <BR> I gave them their evaluations for the quarter at the end of the workout - in a sealed envelope to each of them. I tried to be good to 10b - fo... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 22:54:59 EST A quick update...6/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380936 Reader's Digest style - <BR> <BR> 1. Last day with Trainer 10a & 10b TOMORROW (Fri 6/7/13) <BR> 2. Signed up for the LazyMan Triathalon <BR> 3. Two more workouts with Trainer 10c (Thurs & Friday next week) <BR> <BR> <BR> Longer version: <BR> <BR> 1. Tomorrow is my last day with 10a&10b. I have to evaluate them, and I am having a hard time because I don't want to totally discourage 10b, but he has a lot of work to do. At any rate, I will be having my last session with them tomorrow. ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 00:15:36 EST How it's going...(with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376930 My 28 day eating plan ended on May 20th. The plan was to continue to eat low carb, high protein and keep the exercise level where it was. Just cutting back on portions, etc. <BR> <BR> I failed miserably. <BR> <BR> I grabbed carbs like they were the last food on earth. Fortunately, I didn't undo any of the good from the 28 day plan, but I felt like crap. <BR> <BR> Lesson (re)-learned (again!) <BR> <BR> But.. on the up note, I have refocused and today is a clean day. <BR> <BR> People ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:15:49 EST END OF 28 DAY EATING/EXERCISE PLAN - REVIEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362984 Today was the day! Here are the results: <BR> <BR> Weight loss: 6 pounds <BR> <BR> Inches lost - 7 1/2! (as follows) <BR> <BR> L arm - 1/2 inch <BR> R arm - 1/2 inch <BR> L leg thigh- 2 inches <BR> R leg thigh- 2 inches <BR> Waist - 1/2 inch <BR> Hips - 2 inches <BR> <BR> Read on for more info: <BR> <BR> I met with Head Trainer/Nutrition guy this morning and weighed in. Six pounds lost in 28 days. That's an average of 1.5 pounds a week, which is better than I've averaged in over a ye... Tue, 21 May 2013 01:46:27 EST So Irish can't do math... and other interesting things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358678 First let me say that I have had math classes through calculus and I LOVE math. But apparently when it comes to sparking and math, I can't do simple calculations. <BR> <BR> I told you I was on a 28 day eating plan, right? And I told you I would be on it until May 27th - Memorial Day. Five weeks. <BR> <BR> ummm... duh... <BR> <BR> 28 days is 4 weeks. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My eating plan ends on this Sunday, May 19th. I will be measuring and weighing in on Monday, May 20th. <BR> <B... Thu, 16 May 2013 14:24:55 EST Beginning Week #4 - thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355793 Today was the official start of Week #4. <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> <BR> I am still eating soo much food. I am never hungry, and most times I am just FULL. As in stuffed. Head Trainer/Instructor guys says its still all good. I am trusting the process, but I admit it feels hard these days. But I keep telling myself only 2 weeks left... <BR> <BR> Weight/Measurements: <BR> <BR> Still haven't weighed in. Still haven't taken measurements. Again, trusting the process here. My clothes ARE loos... Mon, 13 May 2013 23:44:54 EST Thursday, Trainer 10C - He made me cry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351485 Today I met with Trainer 10C. He's a young man in his 20s, with the build of a defensive lineman for a football team. (sigh) <BR> <BR> He came ready for me - First we warmed up. Standard warm ups with angel wings, toy soldiers, spiderman crawls, lunges, t-spine extensions. hmm.. ok..this is good. <BR> <BR> Next, power stuff - <BR> <BR> 15# ball slams into the floor. Do as many as you can in 30 seconds... (yawn). Three sets of this. I ate them up like they were a snack lol. <BR> <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 22:24:56 EST And the tale continues... today is 1/2 way through the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350542 When I last blogged, I talked about how the Head Trainer/Instructor had talked with Trainer 10A & B and that I was hoping for the best. I was headed to my workout session right after I blogged on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was supposed to be a lifting day with Trainer 10B. <BR> <BR> When I arrived at the fitness center Trainer 10A greeted me (he's usually there for about 1/2 of the session on Tuesday). Trainer 10B was no where to be found. <BR> <BR> Trainer 10A explained he had just gott... Thu, 9 May 2013 02:14:41 EST Update - 5/7/13 -Trainers and Eating Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348731 Tomorrow (May 8) I will be 1/2 way through my 28 day plan. So far, it's going well. I have been tempted to cheat at times (potato chips are evil) but I haven't. I haven't stepped on the scale at all - and I won't - until the final day (Tuesday after Memorial Day). But my clothes feel different. And I feel stronger. I also still feel stuffed. I am averaging about 2100-2300 calories a day. One thing I am learning from all of this is that I was DEFINITELY under eating based on my activit... Tue, 7 May 2013 14:28:05 EST