JENNKFIT's SparkPeople Blog JENNKFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Skinny Jeans Conquered! I am amazed at what I found at the mall yesterday, what a score. This season Old Navy has rock star cut skinny jeans that just look fantastic on, so slimming it's unbelievable. I got 3 pairs, 2 different dark blue washes and a black pair. I also got 2 new casual tops and a great pair of knee high brown boots. They're hot. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's a picture of them. They seem to be comfortable, looking forward to be... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:49:12 EST Infiltration of the 60's Completed Okay this is serious business now, I'm down to 166 so I am firmly into the 60's and I have to put my game face on to get rid of the next 7 pounds to get into the 50's. That is going to cause me to break out into song when that happens. I'm not going back up after this. Now, my stomach has been hurting less as time goes by so I'm going to have to really mind my diet now and not go back to how I was eating 3 weeks ago. I have to keep up with the exercise and maintain a good diet without too... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:37:56 EST I Think the Blow Up is Over I think I have the eating problem in check now and I'm back in the direction of weight loss again finally. I had a put my foot down goal of 165 for the end of July and I hit 168.5 today. By August 31st I have a put my foot down goal of 160 pounds then. That's plenty of time to drop 8 more pounds. Checking the calendar just now, 160 is the Perfect goal for August 30th. Here we go, this is serious now. I have to boost the strength training now, when I start to get into the 160's I can sta... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:41:11 EST Yes I'm a Bit Ashamed Wasn't expecting my Summer to go like this so far, what happened? From June 11 until today the scale just told me I put back 13 pounds. It would seem I am doing something very, seriously wrong. I thought I was going to do the exact opposite and I didn't. Not sure why or how this went this way. I guess it does sometimes. Maybe I can fix it. I went to Yoga twice last week and I've been walking again. It's the eating. I haven't been able to control my eating or do the things I want to d... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:56:21 EST Almost didn't do it today Around 8pm I got up and decided to fill up my tracker for the day. That's 3 miles. I almost decided not to do it, after a 7 day streak what's the big deal about taking a day off? Well I wanted to see the tracker light up again so I got up and got it done. Takes me an hour to do it but it's done now. My 5K is on Sunday and I might be walking it with my team and not using it as a race. Well there will be others. My 5K in October has just been announced and I plan to sign up for it the mo... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:07:03 EST Seven Day Streak? I've managed to light up my tracker for the past 7 days in a row. Today I even broke 10,000 steps since in addition to my work out I had to walk to and from the gym. Yeah I managed to get to yoga for my 2 classes so far this week. I'd like to go to Gathan's class tomorrow, that Body Conditioning class is key and he does have it 3 days a week, what could be better? I used to go a lot a long time ago when Anne Marie taught it and it was the Tues/Thurs 7pm slot. I was down at 147 when I was... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:05:29 EST And again today too I got in just about 4 miles today again before lunch and that was good. It would be cool to get a gold medal for the week but it's not easy. I'll have to get a lot of walking in during the week. Too bad the SPAT really can't pick up cycling or one ride would do the trick for a gold medal every week. <BR> <BR> My 5K is next week and my family doesn't seem that interested in going. I'll figure out how to get there myself and hopefully be able to get there early enough to run things back... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:36:33 EST Did It Again I managed to get another walk in after dinner tonight and fill up my tracker. That put me over 40K steps for the week for a silver medal. I want to go for gold for next week. Never got one and I've had my tracker since October 26th. It's about time. I almost didn't go, but I did I can't believe it. <BR> <BR> I went food shopping for good stuff today, lot's of fruits and veggies. Next up I get to the gym for some classes, I'm in need of some yoga. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:33:52 EST Almost done So about a week and a half ago on June 30th I started a tiny project that turned into a major makeover job. The kitchen is now officially complete, the paint is done, a new range hood hangs over my stove, pictures have been hung on the wall, laundry is done and away, donation bags are donated and the cleaning of the apartment is well underway now. In an hour or so the apartment will be done and by around 7pm the cats will also be home so it will all be official. Then I can get back to some... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:40:23 EST One Big Project So painting this tiny patch on the ceiling is turning into major project. I knew it would be, but I'm actually doing it now, no longer thinking of when the time will come when I get into this project. Today was big day 2 of the kitchen makeover. Took me hours to scrub the walls and floors behind the stove and fridge as well as on top of all the cabinets. I certainly need a much better 6 month plan to clean that messy build up from cooking. Now that I have outstanding cleaners I'll keep u... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:45:58 EST Starting Over Where You Are This is what I can do. I have to paint the kitchen, have the apartment cleaned and then I can move back in. I'm going to open every window and run around with a big hunk of sage and clean it out. I'm going to put fresh organic produce in my fridge and all of the fruits I can possibly eat. I'm going to use my blender more and make protein smoothies. I'm going to quit eating cheese and go to every yoga class I can make it too, and I need to make it to a lot of yoga classes if I'm going to ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:04:25 EST Tips for a Better Summer I don't want it to go by too quickly and it still hasn't hit me that I have so much time now to myself. There are a few tips I can follow this summer to make sure I enjoy it fully. <BR> First, get my place done as fast as I can. I have to paint the kitchen and scrub the place down top to bottom. <BR> Second, eat less, a lot less and eat a lot more produce during the day every day. <BR> Third, exercise more. Run my 5K workouts, I have to catch up with those for my July 20th race. Rid... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:35:14 EST Summer Has Begun! Today is the first day of Summer Vacation and I feel weird. Like I'm supposed to be doing something for work and I know I don't have to do anything. I printed out the summer group work out schedule for the YMCA. I should take advantage of all of this time off and get to as many classes as I can. Starting with yoga tomorrow at 8:30am. <BR> <BR> So my beautiful pregnant friend Maria is doing the #100happydays challenge and I decided along with my friend Debbie to do it as well. I'm start... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:03:16 EST Someone Noticed! Signing in at work today someone noticed I lost a bit of weight. I like when that happens when I hit the 160's. If I stay faithful to my good eating and my 5K workouts this week I will hopefully lose another 2 pounds by Saturday again. My last weigh-in was at 167 and I'm working for 165 now. Three more days at work and then I'll be free to focus 100% on my weight loss goals and start up some good habits. I'm almost ready to get back into my apartment. Walking over to the YMCA whenever I... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:42:13 EST Not Ready Yet I am enjoying the access to nature too much and have been taking advantage of the outdoors as much as I possibly can. I'm not ready to come back to my apartment yet. I need to be able to open my door and sit outside for a bit longer. It's quiet in my little studio, my cats are happy to have the extra space and attention and the family is getting along really well still. I'm enjoying the company so I'll be staying for a bit longer. <BR> <BR> What I have been doing is trying to focus on ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:12:05 EST Message boards don't cause weight loss So I need to get off the internet during the day and do something else with my life. I was hosting a daily riddle club and now that the riddles are over I won't have to log into FB anymore and feed that stupid addiction. I also haven't been spending as much time on here since tracking, posting, and blogging never led to weight loss. Getting off the computer and doing something will lead to weight loss. Yes SparkPeople is an amazing tool, but all that time we have spent in front of the scr... Thu, 22 May 2014 06:18:10 EST So I deleted that entire blog I guess it just got too personal and on this TOM rainy awful day I'm home I think I need to pause and breathe instead of over-sharing. So I have to get through 7 more weeks and I probably shouldn't look at it like that and just focus in on the moment. I can make all kinds of material excuses to stay here (new living room furniture, new FiOS TV, a full pantry, new pretty bedding) but all the things we did to make me comfortable here doesn't make up for the lack of company I'm feeling right a... Thu, 1 May 2014 07:24:38 EST 17 Classes This Month That's how many times Ginny will hold her Yoga class in May at the White Plains YMCA. How many of them can I get to? The more the better for me and I wonder if I could make it to all 17. I know it's not a good idea to set such a big absolute goal so I would like to make it to at least 13 Yoga classes in May. I've been a bit stressed lately, which means I'm looking ahead too much and not simmering in the present moment and finding peace. I'm thinking of Sedona, and Mexico and Summer too m... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:28:33 EST Road to Peaceful Remember that theme for 2014? Instead of making a resolution I would work toward a single theme. Peaceful. I go back to work tomorrow, 46 straight days till Summer Vacation. I will enjoy those days, work hard, get everything done on time and have a smooth end to the year. In one of those 46 days I will hear whether or not I'm being put on permanent staff. My family suspects a lot of my health problems will go into remission when I get a permanent appointment and a new contract with a rai... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:47:29 EST Addicted to Wheat Let me change carbs to Wheat. It's not carbs that I could be having a problem with, it's wheat. <BR> Being a New Yorker I am 100% badly addicted to bleached wheat products. It makes up the majority of my diet and with all the new studies about the irritating nature of processed wheat that are far from what we would find in nature I need to figure out how to change my dietary foundation. This isn't going to be easy, but somehow I have to figure out how to try this. One place I'm not goin... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:06:31 EST Off the grid, into the woods, yoga and reading for a week Going to Southwest Harbor Maine for a week to hike around in Acadia National Park and I'm not even bringing my lap top. I am bringing my yoga mat, DVD's, journal and kindle. I need it, really need it. I want to unplug and let go of everything. <BR> <BR> I have started losing weight and I plan to keep it up. I'm sure this vacation will be good for weight loss. All of my vacations are. Going to finish packing, leaving tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>415</em> ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:33:23 EST Went for a run, well mostly walking but I did run. Just under a mile, about 7/10 I did at a nice little jog today on my walk. It should be a daily walk but I haven't been sticking to it very good yet. I actually stopped what I was doing for once and went on a walk today instead of wasting the day. I'm glad I did it. I have to stay active every day and keep up the weight loss momentum. Even for just a mile I want to get in a walk every day now that the weather is breaking finally. Looks like I'll have the weather for the next week to do... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:32:52 EST Sad but Steady Mornings have been a challenge. Need to just get through them and find peace. Looking to finish a lot of work today and survive through to Friday. Wish I could move earlier than planned, we'll see how the week goes. I may not wait 2 more weeks. Keeping my head above water. Staying peaceful inside. Staying present, not going to freak about a few hours from now. Stay in each moment and it will all get done. Going to flow through this day and be okay. <BR> <BR> This is my positive at... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:22:52 EST Wanting Change Finding Peace Time to let off a bit of steam regarding things I have to deal with that I cannot change at the moment. I will, however try to maintain a positive attitude. Running with my feet never touching the ground. I don't know when that feeling is going to end. Work is okay, but it's still not a permanent thing and I'll feel like I'm running until I know if they're keeping me or if I have to start this all over again for a seventh year. It' just not easy to work with that level of uncertainty, I'm... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:41:53 EST 39 on Monday, feeling like I'm in a smaller weight class Well my birthday was on Monday (3/24) and I am 172 now and starting to feel the next weight class. A little slimmer than the 173-178 feeling. This is the 168-172 feeling. I'm starting to get a little more comfortable with myself and this motivates me so much more than being 175 when I'm really starting to feel the weight of my body on my frame. I'm a little taller now, a little lighter, a little freer, a little more at peace. I think with the weather finally, maybe breaking I'll be gettin... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:46:35 EST Fresh week, fresh start, tracking, working out, focusing. I guess I really have to focus more. I have to track what goes into my mouth more than anything. Too much goes under the radar and I pack on too many extra calories. I set a new little goal and it's an easy one. I want to simply walk 1 mile every day. No matter what else I do I want to just get a mile in every day somewhere. Up and down the block, just move. Come home from work, change and walk a mile. No music, just clearing my head, focus on breathing out the day. I will start toda... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:12:54 EST I deserve to love myself every single day. Why wait until I reach a goal, change my life, meet a guy, find a good job? Why wait for any of that? Why not just love and respect myself now? I may never reach the goal, change my life, meet the guy or find a good job. I can love and respect myself somehow even without those things. I do believe it might actually be possible to like yourself even when you are not happy with your life. If the unhappiness stems from things I cannot change then I can only hope to focus on what is in my c... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:48:41 EST Sorry progress, I didn't see you there. Welcome. Okay so since New Year's I seem to have lost almost 7 pounds, my waist stayed the same, I lost 2.5 inches off my hips, 1 inch off my thigh and an inch off my bust. Horaay progress! Like real progress again. I'm glad I stopped this morning and did my measurements, I didn't do them in February. Now I think things will start to change faster, the weather is trying to get nice now. I'm pretty impressed that I made that much progress, I didn't think I was going anywhere since the scale has be... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:06:49 EST Good Fridge for the Week Veggies: Carrots, beets, peas. <BR> Fruits: pineapple, oranges, bananas. <BR> Dairy: organic mozz. string cheese, eggs, skim milk, white american, plain Chobani. (all protein) <BR> Protein: Kashi Go Lean, sliced turkey, rotisserie chicken, boneless/skinless chicken breast. <BR> Carbs: pumpernickel bread, English muffins. <BR> Sweets: local honey. <BR> <BR> That's what you can find me eating this week if I stick to what I have in the fridge and do some cooking in the evening. I think it's a... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:35:40 EST Found My Tracker, 3000 Steps in the Washer! If you were curious how far your washing machine goes when it spins. Well I was right, I did leave it on my bra and it did go through the washer and it lit up when I took it out and tapped it and registered over 3000 steps for the day. That's a lot of spinning in the washer. Thank you Spark People for making a tough little tracker. I'm glad it survived. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:41:27 EST Lost my Spark Activity Tracker:( I think it's going through the wash as we speak so I've ruined it. I thought I remember taking it off my bra when I put my bra in the laundry basket, but the tracker isn't where I put it when I take it off so if it's in the laundry I'll be ordering a new one tonight. That's okay, I'll order the one without the Spark logo colors so it blends into my dark shoe better at work. I wonder if the o-ring can survive the wash. It's supposed to survive swimming so I might get lucky tonight. I do h... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:52:08 EST Not enough money this year. So I was looking through a few photos and it sunk in really deep that I won't be going to Mexico this year and it broke my heart. I'm still out of balance with my finances since I have to start saving for a car now and I just can't swing both. I'm so happy when I'm there and it's where I've been able to come home and unwind every year before getting thrown back into work. I'll miss my friends, the food, the everything about it. I'm sure I'll get used the idea and be okay with it eventuall... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:21:44 EST Well first it was cold, and then it rained. I went to the gym. Dan was the floor trainer. He's been there forever, I love my gym and I'm glad I didn't drop my membership. Again, what was I thinking? Well I did something, I did a 5K workout on the treadmill. Good start. Day 1, just get there, show up and do something fun and work out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can see the winter pudge that has crept on and the work that I have ahead of me again. I don't want to yo-y... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:12:09 EST Is it creeping up to 40 degrees? If it does then I'm going to run around the neighborhood and get 5 miles in somehow. In and around the snow here and there, it's 32 degrees and it's only 9am so that means there is hope for today. It also calls for clouds and rain, we'll see how it goes. It is rather overcast. I'll see how it is at noon and try to get out and get a few miles in somewhere. I'll do laps around the block if I have to with my Sports Tracker app to keep track of the distance. Maybe 2014 will be the year I ge... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:37:32 EST Can it please stop being so cold? January and February are such terrible torture mentally and physically. Oh sure December gets cold but we're still out, fighting those last decent temperatures and enjoying all of the beautiful warmth that radiates with the holiday lights and decorations. Then comes January and we put the decorations away and Winter settles in for real. Then you get several feet of snow over several weeks and temperatures are below freezing for weeks on end so nothing melts and it's a horrid, freezing, unp... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:20:38 EST Two weeks on, One glorious week off. Two hard weeks of getting a new job up and running. Finding a bit of happiness again in my career for the first time in over a half decade. My classroom is coming along nicely. I've managed to get my classes planned and off to a good start. I'm starting to already learn what I have to do with them to get things to improve when things go wrong. I have my laptop, a projector, keys and everything else I need to do a good job and a really supportive administration that is into getting their ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:56:39 EST Be Honest Here Jenn I am secretly glad I didn't properly give my 30 days notice to the YMCA. I didn't go all of January and didn't see my weight budge one bit. I just had the membership fee hit my account for February and checked in with the YMCA, my membership is intact and I'm glad. I need to get back there, that is my gym and I really love it there and it's not where I cut my monthly budget. I'll be at Yoga with Ginny tomorrow night again. Then back to Body Conditioning with Gathan on Tuesday's and Thurs... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:13:20 EST And so starts a new life tomorrow. Not exaggerating one bit here. This could really be what I've been working for all these years. I got a new job, a real one that I applied for doing the exact subject I want to do and nothing else. Four sections of Earth Science and 1 section of lab. Exactly what I wanted, I start tomorrow and I feel very positive about this. I went shopping for some new clothes for work on Saturday with my family. I plan to dress quite a bit dressier for this job than I have for my other jobs. When I... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:04:09 EST Long Time Between Blogs Hey a whole week and I haven't been on here babbling about? Well I guess I've been doing a lot of other stuff like reading and trying to keep up with Winter Wellness articles and Good Belly Reboot stuff. The belly stuff is more important I think since I need to have a lot of focus on my diet this year. I have to spend more time giving it a careful read and I just noticed I can't read the articles from this computer, so I'll do it at home later. I'll get done what I can today to pass the t... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:26:36 EST AM Yoga After Work Since I've never been an AM workout person I have started to do the AM Yoga with Rodney Yee DVD after work when I get home. For me, this is the best time of day for Yoga. In the AM, even though it's designed to energize and relax me, spending time working out in the AM would agitate me getting ready for work. I like my time in the morning to spend time with the kitties, drink my coffee, get dressed, surf through some emails, listen to some Anugama radio and relax, getting my mind focused a... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:19:10 EST A Better Winter I think this is going to turn out to be a better Winter for me. I'm having twinges of regret for cancelling my YMCA membership, which is silly, because I still haven't even gone since I made the decision. I even got another good Living Social offer in my email today for boot camp classes nearby. Another thing to get after my YMCA membership is over. 2014 is a year to have a major shift in how I spend money. I have already managed to cut $233 out of my monthly budget for this year by maki... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:03:17 EST Day #9 Me and My Cuppa I am finding my tea habit an easy one to maintain although I still have to remind myself to brew tea and not eat in the afternoon before dinner. Having my cup right now after my afternoon snack that I managed to keep a snack, I don't think I've eaten much today. I've had 901 calories in the past 12 hours. I'm hungry like I haven't eaten all day and I just had an ounce of cheese, that protein should kill hunger. Drink my tea. Wow, for a 300 calorie dinner you could actually have a serving... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:13:32 EST No Slim Fast or Lean Cuisine This Year I'm not on a diet, this isn't short term and I've no interest in a bottle of chemicals that give me gas most days anyway. The other stuff is just a frozen chunk of chemical flavorings and salt. These changes aren't going to come from beginning of the year sales with a coupon thrown in for extra consumer appeal. No I have to change the foods I eat from the ground up somehow. <BR> <BR> I didn't fill the grocery cart with the quick fix of awful diet stuff, so we'll see how I do with real f... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:16:45 EST Confused, but I still get the message. Ever start writing when you're upset, get a few paragraphs done, have time to think and then delete the entire blog? I just did that. Whatever I was just typing and complaining about boils down to one little thing. I've been lonely lately and only I can fix that. Instead of writing a blog about the complaint, which is what we're programmed to do, how about I try to write a blog about the solutions, which is the actual useful part? It's a step in my resolution theme of being peaceful. It... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 03:52:45 EST Not what I expected and not unexpected That's what New Year's Eve has turned into. Happy New Year on the East Coast of the USA. <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> I wound up staying home, I think most people did. Difference is, I stayed home alone but it wasn't too bad. It's super freezing so I didn't even go to the roof to see the fireworks, I could hear them from here, I'm sure I could have seen something maybe. I didn't really expect to go out. What I didn't expect was the quiet. Not ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:58:35 EST Not what I expected and not unexpected That's what New Year's Eve has turned into. Happy New Year on the East Coast of the USA. <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> I wound up staying home, I think most people did. Difference is, I stayed home alone but it wasn't too bad. It's super freezing so I didn't even go to the roof to see the fireworks, I could hear them from here, I'm sure I could have seen something maybe. I didn't really expect to go out. What I didn't expect was the quiet. Not ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:58:28 EST Top 10 of 2013 Not all of 2013 was bad, most of it was pretty amazing actually, extra amazing because of what the amazing offset. I was starting to think 2013 was a lost year because I did not accomplish a few things, I did gain 8 pounds but whoopy doo I SAW THE GRAND CANYON WITH MY DAD! Yeah, kinda trumps not making my grand weight loss goal and the cheesecake I baked for the first time was worth every calorie, I did a great job in my kitchen for the Holiday baking season. So let's focus on the 10 most... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:06:23 EST Day #2 of the New Habit Having my evening tea soon. No real food cravings but I've had water all evening so that helped. No food after 7pm, that's a special rule since I go to bed around 10pm I want to be well digested before sleeping. Looking at the weather made me wish I could live somewhere like Sedona, it's very cold at night, but right now it's in the 50's and 60's during the daytime. Can you say bike riding 7 days a week in that weather? Since I have some decent cool weather gear I want to get out on my b... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:03:37 EST Day #1 Controlling It Had a cup of tea today instead of eating before dinner. If I want something later I'll have tea again. It's a new habit to develop over time every day. It's a first step, develop one new habit. Right now I'm not going to think about any other good habits. They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to develop so I will stick with this one and let it take root. One good habit at a time. In 21 days I'll work on something else. If I want something else I'll have another cup of tea, I reall... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:08:11 EST The Weight Had a Map And found its way back. I have to say oops. I'm back up to 180 pounds again, I was just 164 in Mexico back in August, oh well. Looks like starting over again has a brand new meaning. My body can't do this yo-yo anymore, it's insane. I went from 195 down to my normal 150 and then went back up to 181 in June of 2012 and back to 164 in June of 2103 and now I'm back up to 180 to finish off the year. I have a lot of work to do in the future. That also means I gained 8 pounds in 2013, I beli... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:28:14 EST