JENNKFIT's SparkPeople Blog JENNKFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello There I'm Writing Again I am taking a Facebook break. Maybe I'll start blogging again. I have been serious dedicated to my yoga practice ever since I found an affordable, local studio with amazing instructors and a variety of classes. I pulled up the rug in my living room and made some lovely space on the hardwood for my mat so I could develop my home yoga practice and do my home workouts during the dreary winter. <img src=""> I have eve... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:22:50 EST New Plan Hey there, it's been months since I've kept up with my blog here. Looking back I see how much more I used to write. Where did I go? What happened? Where am I right now and what direction am I headed in? I have to set some goals and work on reaching them. <BR> Okay here we go. <BR> There are about 10 weeks left in the school year and I can accomplish a lot. <BR> I believe I can lose 20lbs in that time frame. <BR> I will track all of my food and water every day during this time period. I ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:53:56 EST A Year Ago Today Talk about stuck. I went back and I read a few blogs from a year ago and I'm in the exact same spot. Eating poorly, my weight spiking back up to 175, not being outdoors for weeks even though the conditions have been great, wondering if I'll ever meet my goals, or get better. Wow. <BR> <BR> I did have a lot of amazing parts of 2016, and I do have some bad habits I need to work on that are holding me back from reaching all of my goals, but I know I have these habits. Now to break them. I... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:06:01 EST The Second Half This begins the second half of Summer vacation. Five more long wonderful weeks to go before the 10 month whirlwind starts up again. Once again I'll be trying to balance work and health trying every day to not sacrifice one for the other. Remember if you start to sacrifice your health for work than your work will suffer due to your failing health. It's an endless cycle and we need to have a plan, and a support network. <BR> <BR> A few things I noticed helped me through the Fall and then... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:54:43 EST Two Weeks and Wow I am so glad I'm on my way to another chunk of weight loss and the scale is moving in the right direction. I stumbled upon another week in Mexico and I leave July 16th, so I have 2 weeks to turn it up and keep the scale moving in the right direction and pick up the pace. We're supposed to have good weather this week so it's time to get in a lot more bike rides and next week is my big hiking trip so that's another massive calorie burner and muscle toner. What a jumpstart on the goal I've be... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:47:09 EST Long Time No Blog Sorry about that, things got hectic for a while and I just wasn't blogging. I'm at 166 now and I have a very long 6 weeks until my Mexico vacation where I plan to have my thinnest and fittest ever visit. Today was the first day of Summer Vacation and I have a very, long, slow vacation ahead of me. I have a lot of plans for the weeks ahead as I get into my best shape ever. Everything is centered around hiking, diving, cycling, yoga, physical therapy, weight training and good nutrition. Ho... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:07:16 EST So Much Rain This week has been a low pressure downer. Rain every single day and I'm not feeling well. Going to call the doc when they open at 8:30am. I'll be fine soon, just need sleep today, probably an airport cold or sinus infection. We'll see. I'll take care of me and get better. It's early May now and i have 5 pounds to lose this month, which means I want to end the month at 161. Easy enough goal if I eat right and increase my exercise. With the long days I'll be getting on my bike on weekday... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:38:48 EST Dive Calories One argument for selling all of my worldly possessions and moving to Play del Carmen and getting a job with a dive shop is I'll never have to worry about my weight. I burned over 5,100 calories in a week of diving. Two dives in the morning for 6 days. It was amazing. One of the best vacations ever. I also lost about 4 pounds. I would love to live in Playa for a year. Just a year is all I ask I won't be greedy. I'm trying to figure out a way to do it. It will do wonders for my health too... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:37:46 EST Four More Weeks Wow, that's all I have left until my trip in April. I can make even more progress before then. That's another 8lbs if I work really hard. The weather is getting nicer so I should be able to get out more. I don't want to screw this up. I have to be really careful about planning my time and my meals and workouts. Yoga, weight training, bike rides, good food, low carb, high protein, smart snacks, good sleep and a lot of water and herbal tea is the answer. I would like to see something in t... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:10:12 EST Be Conscious of Your Thoughts Recently I renewed my membership to <link> </link> which gives you unlimited online access to yoga and meditation videos. It is worth it. I have been working on a meditation to release anger and fear. I am on day 9 of a 60 day practice and I'm having some success. My thoughts are usually poison and I let them simmer and ooze into my being . I have begun a conscious practice of trying to stop those thoughts in their tracks and grab on the positive aspects of the day. Your ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 06:12:16 EST 10 Weeks and 17 Pounds That's pretty easy to do isn't it? I have 10 weeks to reach my goal weight of 150lbs and I'm coming in at 167 right now. Game on. I'll be in Mexico for a week of diving and it'll be better if I'm leaner. I'll buy new clothes and enjoy keeping more photos instead of deleting a lot of them. I saved up a ton of money so I can dive and hit the spa. <BR> <BR> 10 weeks to manage my eating properly, exercise, rehab my shoulder, and get outside as the weather gets nicer. The key here is to i... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:32:36 EST Snow, Eleven Weeks and 20 Pounds This year we have off for Lunar New Year. In NYC it is a very popular holiday and a huge percentage of students miss school for it, so the mayor decided to add it to our calendar this year. Makes up for the fact we never close for snow. It's just starting to snow outside, and we're not supposed to get much, only about 3 inches but it's nice to be inside for it. I did an inventory of my pantry, fridge and freezer and was able to plan out meals through Friday and then I have a week off to b... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:25:12 EST Feeling Okay On Monday Big Blizzard for us, over 30 inches in some places. I only got 13. Our schools are open today which is crazy. The roads aren't plowed, the busses can't get through, staff is still stranded at home so the buildings will be understaffed and there is zero parking around schools. Add to that mass transit is either cancelled or delayed and this is the last day of the semester and a low attendance day to start with, this is silly. I'll be alone in my room getting work done all day, which is ok... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:18:35 EST Not There....Yet so Plan B Okay, I will get out on a hike today, just not the one I thought. Not quite ready for a big social hike yet, around 4am my stomach started telling me so. Like I said, Baby Steps. There is a New Years Day hike across the Walkway Over the Hudson today and I love that walkway. Yes there will be a crowd but it's anonymous which is different than a social group for me. It'll be the warmest part of the day since it's always cold up there and it will be a great brisk walk, you can get about 3 m... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:47:55 EST Making the Choice part II This is always the easy part, getting ready for something. I emailed the hike leader introducing myself and my desire to join the group tomorrow. The comment on my previous blog about 5:30am sunrise yoga inspired me. See other people are doing it. There is a world of people out there with my interests and I can finally decide to find them and make those changes I want to see again. I remember walking to my gym, long ago, a few nights a week after the 6pm episode of Charmed was over on ca... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:29:32 EST So What Do I Choose? Less Obvious Than You Think... Okay so I have a dilemma that shouldn't be a dilemma but it is, so I'm reaching out for help right now because this is when a room mate would come in handy, or a real live buddy. It's New Years Eve right? Well I don't have plans, but I have a local place that does a really nice evening and I can go there like I did last year. I don't drink much and usually wind up not feeling well when I do. There won't be many people there probably and after a while I'll feel awkward like I usually do. ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:53:03 EST Need New Photos I was looking at the photos on my spark page and noticed just how old they are. Not really progress anymore when they're in the past. I'll need to start over with new photos. Perhaps I will post a photo every month, if I'm doing things right I'll see changes. It's not just about the scale, it's how things look and feel. It's about being strong, reducing pain, increasing flexibility, stamina, endurance, energy, reducing heart rate and blood pressure (which are already good, but I'm 40 now... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:27:46 EST No More Team? Okay, so a while ago I created this cute little Spark team for locals in Westchester County NY. I have only 16 members and with the exception of me, I don't think any of the team members have logged in for hundreds of days. Since that didn't go anywhere I guess I'll focus on my blogs to spread inspiration. <BR> <BR> So Inspiration. I've been going through some low moods lately, but since Facebook does that silly thing to see your memories through the years I'm seeing there's a lot of pos... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:41:58 EST Hang On? Even though I have been yo-yo'ing I still have made progress. I started 2014 at 180, and I started 2014 at 170. I have time to lose weight in the next 3 weeks and keep this up even if I feel like I've gone no where. It's been slow, but it's there isn't it? Perhaps I can drop 6lbs by January 1st and have another positive weigh in for New Years. Plus a new vision board for 2016. I need to scrap book some pages over Christmas Break. I have so much stuff, it's time to put it all into pages.... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:35:32 EST No Tracker No Spark I think I may be leaving finally. They just discontinued my spark tracker challenges and ruined the entire year of trying for 12/12 monthly challenges. Last year, I missed 2 months, and this year I worked so hard to finish each one and I'm not even going to get to finish the year. I'll still write my adventure blog <link><BR>ing-below-40-degrees.html </link> <BR> and keep my twitter account going @DiverHiker24 and instagram @DiverHik... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 12:10:47 EST Missing Another Goal So I know I'm not burning enough calories. I got to 167 and I'm supposed to be 165 tomorrow morning to start the month but I don't think I'm going to make that goal. I'll be happy if i'm below 170 to start December, I have to keep trying and working on getting more exercise in. <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll make it to yoga tonight. I haven't in months, yes months. I did a 1 mile walk yesterday, but I ate too much. I set out my yoga clothes and set it up to be easy. This week can get overwhelm... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:18:01 EST Change is Coming So my mom has been having some pretty severe health problems and spent some time in the neuro ICU at our loal hospital so I'm going to be staying with the family for a few weeks. It's been a while since I've been there, and I didn't want to, but my dad has been hinting about the family being together for a while so I'll go for a while. I will have a treadmill and rowing machine there at my fingertips and I'll be using them all the time. <BR> <BR> They had to cancel their annual trip to Mex... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 22:09:11 EST First Goal Marker Okay so being honest on my new journey. My goal for today was 170, I got to 173. This is fine, it's still progress. My next goal is 165 on December 1. Even starting at 173, if I can do 2lbs per week I will make that goal easily and lose 8 pounds. I started right?! <BR> <BR> We're hiking today for work, a small group of us. The Mountain as a Metaphor, learning to overcome challenges through teamwork. We selected a famous difficult trail, Breakneck Ridge near Cold Spring, NY for our p... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 07:42:03 EST Fell Off The Wagon And It Left Me Behind So I'm going to have to build a new wagon. We're talking major crash, back up to 175 like I accomplished nothing. Eating garbage food almost every day. Working way to many hours and skipping the gym for months. I haven't been outside for a walk in weeks and I haven't started training for the 5K I'm running on Sunday morning that I wanted to do in 30 minutes and never even got out of my house. I don't know if it's my depression or what, but I haven't done anything to reach my weight loss ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:15:50 EST Shorter Grey Days Ahead Sorry, I know I need to write more and keep up with things. Work is exploding in a flurry of busy and I'm home today with a stomach bug. The days are getting shorter and it's noticeble. When we get daylight saving in a few weeks we'll be slammed with darkness. What's good is that the daylight returns even if the cold won't after December 21st. Just think, what we have now is what we'll have in early March and it will feel like a rebirth. Right now it's time to take stock of the year and... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:55:13 EST A Good Morning This is a much more positive morning for me mood wise. Larrie taught me to take my emotional temperature every morning and I have not been as diligient since I'm not into my school routine yet. I've been pretty stable even with depression triggers looming around every corner. I have been mindful of my feelings and I think I've been doing an okay job. I'll get better at it as I get back into a real routine, with the holidays September is a big mess of 3 day weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm going to... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 06:16:43 EST Made It Through A Day It started difficult and there were many challenges but I made it. Thanks everyone for the support today. A bunch of things went wrong, but a bunch of things went right and I'm allowed to focus on that. I think I can say, overall, it was a good day. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS! Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:24:08 EST Waking Up with Dread Maybe I'll finally make that phone call to Larrie today. My thoughts in the morning are very counterproductive. Starting around 3am I just start to worry about all the things that can go wrong at work and all the ways I can get into trouble for something. No one should have a job that makes them feel so persecuted everyday, but I have no other options at the moment. We don't have basic necessities at work to do our jobs but anything that goes wrong, we as teachers are held personally resp... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 06:12:58 EST Long Weekend Changed This is the second time this year dangerous weather has kept me from my Mt. Marcy hike. They're predicting 60 degrees with rain all day and after getting caught in the rain for a mile walking near my apartment, having no cell service in those conditions for 15 miles and 8 hours is not what I have in mind for the weekend. 60F and wet is deadly and a third of the trip is all exposed ridgeline. I think a better idea today would be to head over to the YMCA and do a 5K workout on the treadmill ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:09:52 EST Three Days In I've spent about 16 hours so far at work fixing up my room this week. We don't have to come back until next Tuesday, but the students come back Wednesday and that's just impossible to get ready in a day when most of that day will be meetings. I also made a wise decision and booked a trip for that 4 day weekend we have right when school starts so I can hike Mt Marcy with some early Fall colors and enjoy a last great weekend before the crazy starts. I'll go up for 3 days, leave very early Sa... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 20:41:48 EST One Week Left That's how long I have left to finally get my poor apartment in order. Talk about procrastination, I've been meaning to do this all year but this time there's even more meaning to a deep house cleaning. I finally got a permanent job after 6 years in limbo floating in a system that doesn't give schools enough money to hire anyone. I'm not sure what changes happened at my school, but after 3 semesters they finally have a true position for me and I can go in early next week and get my new roo... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:53:01 EST A Good Summer My mountain trip got rained out but will be rescheduled soon. I know I haven't blogged in almost 2 months, sorry everyone. It's been Summer and I'm loving it. I spent a lot of time really doing nothing much. Lot's of hiking and too much eating. Yeah I'm struggling with terrible eating habits. Need to get a hold of things fast. I spent 2 great weeks out in Sedona in Arizona and I loved it. The environment agrees with me, the economy does not. Can't make a living out there in the slight... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:29:07 EST Off The Grid So I'm taking a road trip, leaving tomorrow for the Adirondacks to hike Mt. Marcy and generally relax in the country. I think there is wifi, but I doubt I'll be spending much time on my lap top. I'll have my dongle with me though and new batteries for my SPAT, so if I do happen to log in, I'll be able to sync my hiking miles. I went to CVS to buy the batteries today and bought everything else, even had the batteries in the basket but didn't buy them, it was a bit surreal. <BR> <BR> I di... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 18:39:09 EST Erasing A Lot I have wrote and deleted several blogs lately. Guess I just wrote too much and wasn't ready to share it all. I'm limping to the finish line and I can't wait to get this year over with. I put a lot into this year and this time it might just pay off. But right now I am tired, to the bones empty tired but only 13 days left I can easily make that. <BR> <BR> My 10 minute daily fitness streak is going great and somehow I'm up to day 21 and curious as to how long I can keep it up. I'm still ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:28:13 EST Five Weeks Until Mt. Marcy I can lose 10 pounds before my trip and my knees will thank me on that 15 mile Mt. Marcy hike. I'm staying at the Adirondack Loj for a few days to hike and unwind. It's part of my hiking club member ship, check out this link. <link><BR>-loj </link> That's for my Adirondack Mountain Club. It's a great club if you're in the New York area and want to get involved with more hiking. <BR> <BR> I'm up to day 12 of my 10 minutes of fitness challenge. I go... Sun, 31 May 2015 21:27:18 EST Gentle Downcycle The past 2 mornings I've felt despair and very lonely and started crying both mornings. I've had such positive days with the 10 minutes daily fitness challenge that this downcycle is softer but I think another one is here. I just got level too. Never get used to a mood I guess, as soon as you think you're level, you're driving to work with an elephant sitting on your chest crying uncontrollably for no reason. I actually giggled and said to myself, "I don't have time for this, I'm too busy... Fri, 29 May 2015 08:22:31 EST Daily Fitness Day 8 Not a bad little streak going now. Up to day 8 and this is a day I would have normally skipped exercise of any kind. I donated double red cells today at the blood drive. It was my first time for this type of donation and it took more out of me than normal so I am a bit tired. I thought of doing an easy 1 mile walk, but the thunderstorms came through right around when I planned to head out, so I needed another 10 minute idea. I found a quick Coach Nicole video for arms and shoulders, grab... Wed, 27 May 2015 20:52:17 EST Six Mile Day I was aiming for 5 miles today and wound up getting 6 done instead. I'm happy with that. This is day 4 of trying 10 minutes of fitness every day. We had pasta tonight for dinner so I should be good for a bike ride tomorrow. That will be another 20 miles under my belt. Maybe I can do 1000 miles this year finally, a very old goal I haven't been able to achieve yet. Well I'll continue my 10 minutes every day streak and see how I progress toward 1000 miles for the year. <BR> <BR> Gratefu... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:58:34 EST I actually don't want to this year All year I have had it in my head that this is the year I don't wind up visiting my parents for a few weeks in the Spring because of whatever problems I'm having at the time. I've been invited over, and I actually packed a bag with about 2 days of stuff, but I have to be really honest. I don't want to go this year. I really am fine right now. I like my positive Spring routine that I have developed, I like my support network and the knowledge that lows pass and I'm getting so much better a... Sat, 23 May 2015 09:49:21 EST Sore, Healing, Positive I'm feeling okay even if I'm a bit sore. I'm taking care of everything inside and out and things are healing up well. I rotated my mattress last night finally and got a much better nights sleep, I pay dearly when I don't follow the rotate schedule. It's Wednesday already and I'm having a positive week. Waking up feeling okay and I like that. I was in a scary place last week, very low and now I'm on a more even keel. Reaching out for support helped a lot, everyone put their arms out to c... Wed, 20 May 2015 06:11:17 EST Bad Road Rash, Great 20 Miles Ouch, that's all I have to say. I did get 2 bike rides in this weekend, 21 miles on Saturday and 20 miles today. I fell off my bike today, crashed pretty hard into the mud after my tire slipped and got stuck. Epic wipe out. Bad road rash in 6 places. I managed to get the 3 worst ones covered with huge bandaids. <img src=""> Pretty good collection of first aid stuff for this round of wounds. I'm really doi... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:32:33 EST Four Miles, News, and a Plan What a day huh? From the awful feelings of the morning, to the gorgeous 4 mile brisk walk I took today so much has happened. Another life changing event and decision lay before me and I have some things I need to do to take care of myself in the meantime. First, the news. <BR> <BR> Once again I have been handed an excess letter for my position at work due to budget. But this time there is more hope for me to get a permanent job than there ever has been in these past long 6 years I've bee... Thu, 14 May 2015 20:44:55 EST Where Do These Feelings Come From? All day every day from the moment I wake up my mind tells me how awful I am. I wake up sad that I'm alive and have to get through another day of work that doesn't respect me and I stand in the shower thinking terrible things about myself. I criticize my body with all of it's fat and gross and stubble to shave and my skin with random stupid pimples or my boring ugly hair. My wardrobe is awful too, my clothes are all like 10 years old because I am terrified of shopping, I never motivate to i... Thu, 14 May 2015 06:20:52 EST Pulled Muscle Easy Saturday So I pulled a muscle in my back, don't know how, lot's of pain even with 2 alleve and a heating pad all day. I'm really uncomfortable so I didn't go on my bike ride or a walk today. I did book my trip to the Adirondack Loj for July to hike Mt. Marcy. If I like it I have a 4 day weekend in September I plan to book some more time up there for Fall Foliage hiking. I was also able to order my vanity plates today, sounds silly to some but it was important to me and I can't believe I did it. C... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:51:02 EST Weekend #2 A great 14 mile ride today in the books. I even managed a nap, 2 loads of laundry and a dinner with the family. Not a bad Saturday for myself. I like the idea of adding miles to my rides to ease into the season and not go all out too early. Tomorrow will be food shopping and cleaning, but it should also include another bike ride after lunch. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:58:57 EST Waking Up Stressed One of the terrible feelings I need to learn to fix when it happens. This week I've been waking up angry, irritable, mean feeling, stressed, anxious, hateful, spiteful. All of the negative emotions swirling around for no good reason. It's like they build up overnight when I lay down and come pouring out when I stand up. I honestly cannot stand it. It's taking too long for me to switch from the 'let it flow it's okay' mindset where you think you're right and want to make angry posting fro... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:10:28 EST Finally a Bike Ride It was a short one, only 10 miles. But it was a good one and it was a bike ride. I did it in just under an hour. Moving my heavy mountain bike is a lot more work than a road bike and I love it. Tomorrow the weather should be good again so I want to up it to 12 miles. Ten weeks until summer vacation and I want to be in shape for big hiking trips. I want to reserve a space to sleep up in the Adirondacks in July to hike Mt. Marcy, there's a 15 mile loop hike I can do if I'm in shape. I'l... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:10:43 EST Probably Staying Put Yes it's almost 2am and I'm up writing. I slept on the couch a bit and then when I went into bed I'm having trouble sleeping now. Funny thing I'm not anxious or worried about anything, I'm just awake. No stomach pains from my hernia or anxiety. I've had a good week and things are fine. The new car is amazing, my old car is officially off the road with the plates turned in and the insurance cancelled. My old car will hopefully be sold for something and I'm happy with my future tax refund... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:04:24 EST Thoughts of Nice Weather and Moving Out It really isn't just the company, it's the location too. Just about every year now in the Spring I've been moving into the studio in my parents house that has its own separate entrance in the back of the house. Being able to leave that door open, sit outside with a view of a beautiful yard. <img src=""> <BR> It's a really nice thing to have when the weather gets nice after being stuck up here on the 4th floor in the freezing cold winter.... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:56:16 EST Last Day of Break and Blog Readers So I have this adventure blog where I write about my dive trips, hiking and some product reviews. Weird thing is that it's being read, not by many, but it's been seen. <link><BR>iving-grocery-store-adventure-for.html </link> I welcome anyone and everyone to check it out for some inspiration and I welcome comments and feedback. It's not much, but it's my little blog. I was tempted to go outside today, but it's not nearly as nice as it looks from the ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:50:06 EST