JDAVIS4521's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JDAVIS4521 JDAVIS4521'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/ BLC #16 Week 5- NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092921 Non-scale victories....hmmm <BR> <BR> Let's see what I have seen so far... <BR> <BR> 1. Put on a pair of 22 pants I haven't been able to put on without laying down on the bed and giving up the option of breathing. Not only do they fit now, I can breathe. <BR> <BR> 2. Accidentally purchased a size 1x PJ pant and didn't realize it until I was taking them off after wearing them around the house all day. CRAZY! <BR> <BR> 3. My husband can SEE A DIFFERENCE. <BR> <BR> 4. Stamina has increased... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:13:31 EST A bit of good news, future plans and a gym membership=) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091788 So, my life has just generally sucked lately. I have been really depressed and haven't had the motivation to do anything. I had a long talk with my husband last night about my current feelings and my fears about the future. I was feeling a little better after the talk, tired but much less stressed. <BR> After waking up this morning, I felt this sort of renewed sense of self-worth. I decided that I was not going to continue to be down on myself. I got my kids off to school, pulled out my work... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:39:13 EST Life update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089933 Recently, I have felt like I have been stuck on a roller coaster strapped in tight just being taken for a ride. This really isn't a new feeling for me, the motto of my life has always been 2 steps forward 10 steps back, but lately it's really feels like more of 2 steps forward and 10 miles back. When it rains it pours. I am going to try to complain in this blog, rather just update. <BR> This spit storm all started maybe 2 weeks ago at my kids doctor appointments. It was simply bad news after... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 11:43:59 EST After 5 years...FINALLY A SUCCESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081006 Five years ago, Jan. 20, 2007, my husband and I planned a small romantic wedding ceremony. It was doomed from the beginning. We were on an uber tight budget and so I ordered my dress online. I visited the store earlier in the year and found the perfect dress. I waited for it to come on sale and then snatched it up for 75% off. After about a month of anxious waiting it finally arrive, TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE CEREMONY. I open the box to see that that had sent the WRONG DRESS. Too late to send it b... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:07:19 EST I can't believe I survived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078787 Today came straight from Hell and landed smack dab right in my way. It started out with a very annoyed husband who came home to work to find out that someone stole his bank account number and charge $110. I finally get him calmed down and off to bed while I get the older two on the school bus. I make the youngest breakfast and sit down to enjoy my thin bagel and greek yogurt. At this point of my day everything is normal and good. <BR> After breakfast I begin my errands. Gotta return somethin... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:19:09 EST WHOA THERE EMOTIONS,,,SLOW DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076262 I have been under a lot of stress lately with problems with my kids, trying to help my two older sisters (one was afraid of divorce and the other needs childcare), money is tight, my house is falling apart (literally, sink fell into toilet and smashed it). <BR> <BR> I have stayed strong, walked the stress away. Today I was sitting with my husband talking about some nonsense, can't remember exactly, but something stupid. All of a sudden I started balling uncontrollably. It was one of those r... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:22:06 EST Holding (or trying to) my arms up in a "V" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073743 <em>104</em> <BR> That emoticon makes it look so easy. LOL <BR> <BR> NON-SCALE VICTORY ALERT!!!! <BR> <BR> I did 34 minutes of ST, scheduled 60 but critter cut me short. Check out my list below...my NSV have exclamations !!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> 1. Wall push ups- 9 sets of 10 reps (90 in 5 minutes)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> 2. Alternating bicep curls 8 sets of 10 (80 in 5 minutes)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>! <BR> 3. chest press 1 set of 10 (Ackward posi... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:17:43 EST BLC #16 Week 2 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068371 This has been a rough week for me. Mother nature came leaving me exhausted, weak, and let down. Now it's time to recover. <BR> My goals for this week... <BR> 1. Jog 1 minute each lap around track (negative) <BR> 2. continue to drink 8+ glasses of water each day (score) <BR> 3. Continue my strength programs (I did 2 days rather than 3) <BR> <BR> I am finally feeling stronger again and spoke with my doctor regarding exercising during my period. Right now, I am suppose to take it easy during t... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:28:43 EST Praying for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067045 I love documentaries. I love experts and so-called experts talking about what they love. Lately I have been watching a lot of weight related shows. Each time I watch one I am brought to tears, how could the nation...the world....get this way? How could parents let their children get this way? How did I let myself get this way? <BR> <BR> We all know about the health risks of being overweight. I guess I am a hypocrite or something because I know the health risks, and have known them and yet I ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:09:17 EST BLC #16 Week 2 challenge-visual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061790 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707063228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I finally got to give my first blossom a friend=) Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:54:30 EST Not the LCW I wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060963 So, I had this awesome last chance workout planned out for today. I was going to take the kids and husband to my best kept secret park. This park has a pavilion for lunch, an excellent playground, water fountain, and a hiking trail with hills and obstacles. I thought the kids could spend time with daddy while mommy does an 80 minute hike. We would stop for lunch and then I could do my strength training program in the beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> When we arrived at my best kept secret (an ol... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:36:01 EST Biggest Loser Challenge week 1 WUB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058975 So, week one is coming to an end and I feel very accomplished. I finished all the challenges and have tracked my food. I even managed to drink 8+ glasses of water each day. I started a few new strength training programs and signed up for 5k training. <BR> <BR> I am still working on jogging the time it recommended. That will be my goal for next week, to be able to actually jog for the recommended 1 minute each lap. Right now I can do the first two, but after that I can no longer breath. <BR... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:18:27 EST Small sacrifices in the name of love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057285 My grandmother invited me out to breakfast this morning. I picked her up and let her pick the restaurant. When we arrived there she INSISTED on paying. I kept telling her that I wanted to pay for my own since the healthier menu was more expensive and she's on a tight budget. She started getting those tears in her eyes and I agreed. She told me how ever since my grandfather passed away, people are always paying for everything and that she wasn't raised that way. <BR> <BR> Well, after calming... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:03:01 EST Big day tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056669 Tomorrow my youngest starts preschool. He starts at noon and stays there until 3:30. It's kinda bitter sweet for me. I have been a stay at home mom for him since DAY 1. He's never gone to day care, he's never spent more than a few hours away from me. Now, he will be gone 3.5 hours everyday. I know that this is an important step for him and I am definitely over the moon happy for him. He can't wait to get on that bus and meet all of his new friends. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that I can pull mysel... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:36:59 EST Weird work out experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056068 Last night, I really pushed myself to complete my cardio. I kept thinking to myself, "10 minutes is good enough", "20 minutes is fine" "30 is perfect"! I pushed through all my self-defeating talk and made it to the 45 minute mark. During the stretching at the end, I had the WEIRDEST experience. <BR> <BR> First, I work out late at night, after the kids have long been asleep. So, I was all alone down stairs, head phones on, stretching my calves when all of a sudden I feel this SHARP slap acro... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:04:42 EST From weak to strong - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053422 So, today was my first day of my strength training programs (push ups, crunches, dips and squats). <BR> <BR> Push ups were 45 broken down into sets of 10,12,7,7 and 9. 10 and 12 were ok, the first set of 7 was a harder, and then the last two sets were really challenging. I found myself grunting the count out loud both because it felt good and because I wanted to know it was ending soon. <BR> <BR> Dips (possibly my least favorite exercise) were a total of 17 broken into sets of 3,4,3,3 and... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:33:57 EST OH WHY DID I EAT SO MUCH!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052534 So, I made lunch today and measured everything out. It looked sooooo good. I sat down and started eating. Apparently too quickly because I cleared my plate and then realized my stomach was FULL. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> The only thing I have to be happy about is the fact that the engorged myself on fruit and veggies (broccoli, carrots, lettuce, cucumber and a peach. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:39:52 EST Letter to my future self (BLC #16, w1 challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051751 Dear me, <BR> First off, YOU DID IT! No matter how much weight you lost, no matter where your team falls in the standing; you must be proud of what you have accomplished in the last 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> My weight loss goal was to lose 20 pounds. To go from 290 to 270. My non-weight related goals were 1. Finish the Halloween week virtual 5k race in under an hour, 2. Do 60 crunches in one minute, 3. Increase my wall pushups to 100. <BR> <BR> In order to achieve these goals, I signed up f... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:51:53 EST BLC #16 Crimson Devils are HOT HOT HOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050410 I received my invite tonight for the BLC for 20 somethings with 100+ to lose. I am on the <em>18</em> and could not be more excited. I figured I would take this opportunity (QUIET HOUSE) to blog about my weight loss goals and non-weight related goals for the next 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> Weight goals- I am aiming for 20 pounds lost. My ending weight would be 270 pounds, the lowest I have been in like 3 years. <BR> <BR> Non-weight related goals- <BR> 1. Finish the Halloween week virtual 5k... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 23:37:14 EST Feeling kinda guilty and relieved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049992 So my daughters 6th birthday party was today. I only ate half a cupcake with her since we were running late and stopped to get food before hitting the party location. <em>58</em> Yay me for making a good choice. <BR> <BR> After the party concluded we had one cupcake with a mountain of frosting, I mean it had enough frosting for 5 or 6 cupcakes. I was heading to the trash with it when my sister (who is extremely morbidly obese and was just released from the hospital due to complications... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 17:14:35 EST AHHHHHHH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048381 My husband is either testing my will or simply my last nerve. I've been really struggling to eat healthier and not fall back into my junk food diet. I went grocery shopping on Wednesday and bought lots of fresh fruit and veggies and have been enjoying them. Thursday he brought home a cream cheese danish and powdered donuts. I ate a small portion of the danish since I could easily fit it into my calories and wouldn't be craving more of it since it's not a favorite. Well, today I gave him the t... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:44:53 EST Break is over=) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042572 This has been a rough weekend for me, well on the exercise front anyway. My husband has been home since Thursday and so cardio has been put on the back burner to spend some much needed time with him and the family. Thursday I did cardio and strength training, Friday maybe 20 minutes of cardio (wedding dancing and stair climbing), Saturday my husband brought in his old barbell and we lifted weights till I dropped the bar on his foot (oops), we also challenged each other to push up competitions... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:28:21 EST Survived the wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039505 Well, I just got back from my cousins wedding. I passed on all the deep fried appetizers <em>4</em> . I decided to partake in some drinking with my sister and other family members I haven't seen in a while. I noticed that my chicken was about two serving sizes, so I only ate half. I danced for about 10 minutes straight, until the started with the sappy slow songs (husband wasn't able to make it) and then I took the stairs rather than elevator. Somewhat proud <em>224</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:23:59 EST Blogability day four- final for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032834 So, I won't have internet for a bit so I won't be able to post my daily blogs. I am really hoping to be able to get to the library once a week to post an overall blog until I can get internet again. I can still monitor my food and fitness through my phone, so I am hoping that can keep me on track. So here is my last blogability for yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431223331.jpg"> <BR> vegetable egg scrabble <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:16:10 EST Blogability day three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031032 So, I seriously thought about skipping today's blogability but if I can't even be honest with myself than what is the use. Today was rough for me, my youngest came down with some sort of stomach bug and wanted to be constantly held. After breakfast my house became a free for all and my husband took the cooking reins. I finally got him to measure items, however we both decided that after a full day of crying and cleaning up icky sickness, we would go out and grab something from the drive thoug... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:10:37 EST Blogability day two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029749 Today was weigh in and I have finally seen the scale move a bit. Lost 2 pounds this week. Hopefully today's menu doesn't derail my progress. Here goes... <BR> Breakfast... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475237780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652178681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dinner... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l769490385.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28861799.jpg">... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:48:10 EST Day one of blogability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028611 I woke up late today so I didn't get a chance to walk before going to babysit 10 kids. However I did get my 28 day bootcamp workout in. <BR> For Breakfast I had, <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111423164.jpg"> and <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213383873.jpg"> Totaling 10 calories. <BR> <BR> For lunch I had <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982270720.jpg"> using only one packet of dressing rather than the two they provide. Tod... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:04:58 EST Motivational pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028410 So, I have decided that I may need a little bit more accountability. I have decided that I will document what I eat each day with pictures and also my daily exercises. I will then post these in a blog at the end of the day. Each Friday I will post pictures from my weigh in and every month on measurement day I will post those pictures as well. This may be more for me than others. Part of me thinks, most people aren't going to look at tracker so no one will know if I cheat. This way I, and my f... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:20:51 EST Found motivation when I wasn't looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027059 I have been extremely tired today. Two kids are sick and seemed to take turns waking up last night every half hour. Today is my 7th day of the 28 day bootcamp and doesn't have any required videos. Last night (before bedtime) I prepped some cardio and a yoga video to do thinking I would use my down day to better myself. However, today I have told myself every excuse in the book as to why I don't need to do any exercise today. "I'm too tired", "It's a rest day" and on and on. <BR> Well, after ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:04:39 EST Feeling before seeing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019998 When I started my weight loss journey, I thought of it more as a fat loss mission. I would eat less and work out and instantly see a new me. Well, after two weeks I am feeling like a new me. I feel <em>345</em> . My pants aren't feeling any looser yet and my scale hasn't really began rolling the numbers back but damn do I feel good. My energy level is right up there with my 3 year old, I SLEEP 8 HOURS A NIGHT rather than the 4 or 5 I was getting, I allow myself one soft drink a week rather t... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:36:05 EST Scary stuff!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017161 I started my weight lost journey a week ago thinking of myself really. I wanted to look better to feel better. I didn't think much about my children or my family at all. I wasn't doing it for them, it was for me. <BR> Today, I had a rude awakening that I can't do this just to look or feel better. I have to do this for my family and to change my families lifestyle. My sister has had a lot of health problems for the last few years. To make a long story somewhat shorter, she suffers from multip... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 20:37:07 EST