JENCANTA's SparkPeople Blog JENCANTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Quickie BLC Update Okie dok, so today is the beginning of Week 6 in this Biggest Loser Challenge I'm a part of. On day one I weighed 280.6 and this morning I weighed in at 273.2. Hurray! That is a total loss of 7.4 pounds. I'm averaging a weight loss of about 1.48lbs/week, that's not too shabby. I've also lost a total of 4.5'' too! Hurray for NSV! <BR> <BR> In other news, grad school is kicking my butt but I feel like this week I'll be kicking its butt, so all is well. Learning how to balance everything has b... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:31:56 EST YAY!!! That is EXACTLY how I feel lately. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> I'm already an upbeat, positive cheery person by nature but I'm probably bordering on obnoxious to those around me now. <BR> <BR> Today was the beginning of the fourth week in a row where I've eaten well, exercised, gotten good sleep every night, and just plain taken care of myself. It's a good streak to continue, no? <BR> <BR> The crazy thing is that I'm literally swamped. Work, grad school, home/kid-sitting, pet-sitting,... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:58:12 EST New Year's Intentions *warning: BL-style BEFORE pics included* I recently heard someone talk about their dislike of New Year's Resolutions in that there are certain things that just cannot be resolved, and that instead of resolutions per se, they state their intentions for the new year. That struck a chord with me. Taking a page from their book, I am hereby stating my New Year's Intentions as they pertain to health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I intend to get 7 to 8 hours of sl... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:39:53 EST Week 2 Day 3: Strength-training soreness. YES!!! Had another pretty good day today! I woke up to gray and totally did not want to get out of bed. Once I did though, I realized just how SORE my upper body was. But I knew it was from a good solid strength-training session and somehow the soreness didn't seem to bother me so much. At least not until Zumba and that darn song the teacher uses to focus on toning arms... I'm determined to keep up the strength-training though! Hopefully my arms won't be super sore tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Being sore a... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 02:29:17 EST Week 2 Day 2: Steady as she goes Today was a good day! I actually *GASP* spent 40 minutes strength-training today. WOOHOO!!! Aiming to do more on Thursday and possibly Saturday. =D <BR> <BR> I'm realizing more and more that while the fitness aspect comes relatively easy to me (thank you, Zumba!), my eating definitely needs some close monitoring. While I'm struggling a bit to eat the minimum amount of calories and carbohydrates, I'm usually good on protein and always on the high end of my fat grams. I really want to make sur... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:46:08 EST Week 2 Day 1: Slightly miffed and confused-but not deterred! Okie dok. Soooooo....week 1 run down: I tracked food every day (almost every thing I ate, but not quite-gotta work on that), remembered to take my vitamins 5/7 days, got 7-8 hours of sleep 5/7 days, drank at least 8 glasses of water 7/7 days, and the fitness minutes...oh the fitness minutes! I worked out to the tune of 500+ minutes and a calorie burn of over 5500. Crazy, right? CRAZY. Now, I'm going to admit that I weighed myself multiple times today before officially logging my weight for my... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:33:50 EST Not again...!!! Okay, has actually been a pretty darn good day. I didn't get as much sleep as I would have liked, but I'm going to bed early so all is well. I woke up early this morning, made my protein smoothie for breakfast (TOOK MY VITAMINS!!!) and hit the gym. I got there a little early for my Zumba class, so I hopped on the treadmill and did a brisk 10 minute walk to warm up. Zumba was, as always, AWESOME. <BR> <BR> Got home from the gym, showered, cleaned the house, washed dishes, did laun... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 23:24:11 EST Checking in! Okay, so I've been pretty busy this week and have not been successful in my daily (or every-other-daily) blog entry. <BR> <BR> BUT!!! <BR> <BR> This is what I have been successful at: <BR> <BR> Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night: 4/5 <BR> Tracking what I eat: 5/5 <BR> Cardio 3-5x/week: 5x Strength training 2x: 0 <BR> Drinking at least 8 glasses of water: 5/5 <BR> Taking my vitamins every day: 3/5 <BR> Staying active on the site: 5/5 (in some form or another!) <BR> <BR> I've fallen ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:21:30 EST Getting Back to Basics! Since the week of Thanksgiving, I haven't really been doing well. I certainly haven't been using the nutrition tracker and my trainers have a slight layer of dust on them. I was sucked into the vortex of family drama and have been stress-eating my way through it all. <BR> <BR> BUT! <BR> <BR> A few days ago I came to the realization that 1) said stressful family members have left the house and all residual stress is dwindling away, 2) I reeeeeally don't want to pull the "I'll wait till Jan... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 04:50:28 EST Thankful. I believe myself to be a pretty appreciative person. I learned at an early age that gratitude is very important. My glass is pretty much always half-full. I always search for the silver lining. As Thanksgiving draws near, I figured I'd take this time to stop and think about what I'm thankful for. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that my family and friends are in good health. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that being unemployed this past year meant, for me, not being trapped in a job I detest for a man I abho... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:03:15 EST Remembering, reminding and rebooting. I've been finding myself in need of three things lately: <BR> <BR> Remembering-as in, needing to remember why it is I want to eat kale over cookies, exercise over sleeping in, drink water over soda/juice, etc. <BR> <BR> Reminding-as in, needing to remind myself that just because I slip up and fall off track one day, it does not give me license to just continue on the same self-destructive path until a fresh new month comes along, and that that attitude/strategy has never worked for me befor... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:46:35 EST Finding Balance Last week's entry had me confused at my exercising 9 times the prior week, eating less than the daily caloric recommendation and gaining 2lbs. <BR> <BR> This past week I only exercised 3 times, ate the daily caloric recommendation and lost 2.2lbs. <BR> <BR> Really though, these past few days-scratch that, this whole dang past week has been uber stressful. What started out as being a nice family getaway/mini-reunion, turned out to be my own personal emotional Frankenstorm, if you will. <BR>... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:25:52 EST Conundrum: I exercised 9 times this past week...and gained?! Okay. I need some help/advice/suggestions because I am a bit perplexed. I think I may have figured out the reason why, but thought I'd blog about this and see if it made sense in the end. <BR> <BR> So as you know, I'm currently unemployed and waiting to start grad school in January. This means I have a lot of free time on my hands. As such, I thought I'd take advantage of said free time and use it to seriously work on my fitness. This week, that meant going to a Zumba class six times and wal... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:01:11 EST Note to self: This is why you want to go to grad school. Soooo, after I left a comment on MARJIMAC63's page, she sagely advised that I keep my reasons for going to grad school somewhere slightly more tangible for future reference when I'm questioning my decision. As such, I've copied and pasted a little bit below so that I remember why I wanted to go to grad school in the first place. Thank you, Marji! =D <BR> <BR> "I'm so glad you said that you love interacting with people and connecting them with the information they seek, because that's the ma... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:32:22 EST Who knew?! Okay. Sooo if you've read my profile, or chances are if I've left you a comment on your page (probably trying to get you to try Zumba for yourself), you probably know by now that Zumba rocks my world. Like, hardcore. In fact, chances are, if I'm at the gym, I'm probably in a Zumba class sweating like mad. Seriously. I love me some Zumba. You get the picture. <BR> <BR> I said in my last blog that October was my month for a clean slate and 11 days in, I can say that I've been eating well, drin... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:37:53 EST New Month, Clean Slate So I created my profile a few weeks ago, but would log on sporadically. I realize every day is a day to start fresh, but sometimes a girl just needs a new month. October is my new month. Mondays are my weigh-in days and October started this past Monday, so it was a perfect way to start anew for me. <BR> <BR> I exercised on Monday, Tuesday, twice on Wednesday, and once today-I was going to go to Zumba tonight actually, but after walking around the Rosebowl I realized my feet were killing me.... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 00:47:17 EST