JENVAMPVEGAS's SparkPeople Blog JENVAMPVEGAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Okay, Let's Try This Again I was not very active as far as my FitBit was concerned this weekend, but I sure got a lot done. It was the first weekend in I can't remember how long that there were no games, birthdays, or any other assorted activities I had to attend to, so I took advantage and cleaned. My place need it. I scrubbed tubs and toilets, vacuumed, cleaned dishes, sorted, did laundry load upon load, replaced my daughter's broken dresser with new ones (found them on sale! Put them together my self!), fixed the ca... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:22:37 EST Thursday Thoughts... I haven't done as well as I could've with my cardio this week. I have had some stress with some issues I am trying to resolve. Not an excuse, I have just had some mental exhaustion going on. Tomorrow it should be resolved so I can focus again... <BR> <BR> Pictures from the Color Run last week were posted. About half good, half yuck, but hey, at least they aren't all yuck! It's improvement! <BR> <BR> Been doing bad on water. It is definitely something I have to force myself to get in, becaus... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:35:41 EST Whoa Have you ever stepped on the scale and gasped? I literally did that this morning when I stepped on and saw I was down 3 pounds. That darn stubborn scale finally moved! It was so fantastic. I really needed that, because my motivation had been teetering lately from not seeing much of a loss lately. The rest of my morning was crap, but at least it started good! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday, all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:17:24 EST Yay Friday & A Busy Weekend! Soooo glad it's Friday! I have been struggling the later part of this week, but still achieving my goals, so I am proud I made it through. Tonight, I think I am going to reward myself by walking to the movie theater (a little over 3 miles away) and seeing something. It's been quite a while since I have seen a movie, and I love them so. Tomorrow is a busy day, but it is starting with a 5K Color Run! Woohoo! I love these things. We don't usually run them, because my friend who I always go with ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:19:32 EST *sigh* I was talking to a friend of mine today, and she was saying how great she feels. She has been working out, watching what she eats, and she just feels wonderful. That is wonderful! I am really happy for her, because she has a hard time sticking to things when they get tough (don't we all?). I am also working out and watching what I eat, and I feel... Tired. I'm sure I probably need more sleep, but I am usually up late trying to get my cardio in, and I don't want to cut that. I don't know why i... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:25:47 EST Unexpected Surprises Are the Best I stepped on the scale this morning because, well honesty, I do it every morning and night, and for the first time in weeks, BAM, a loss. So happy! I have been really good with exercise, but I have been up a bit on calories from what I used to do. Fortunately, the slight increase in calories compared to the major increase in activity was something my body finally liked. It was a great start to the day. :) <BR> <BR> Happy Friday, all, and Happy Valentine's as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:34:18 EST Let's Start This Streak! Okay, so 2 days in a row now that I have successfully dragged my butt out of bed at 5:00am and got a workout in. Woot! How long does it take to make a habit? Hopefully, it starts getting easier soon. I feel like I'm getting back in the zone. <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday, all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:31:58 EST Feeling Alive Again So, for the past week I have been so sick. Today, for the first time since, I have finally felt well enough to get back into my workouts. Woke up at 5am and did an hour on the treadmill, took my hour walk at lunch, and plan on more tonight. It feels great to be back. There is nothing that makes you appreciate working out like not being able to do it. I have a lot to make up, and I plan on busting some serious butt this week! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:46 EST Argh My daughter has been sick. Took her to the doctor's on Sunday and they said she had walking pneumonia. Yikes. Well, she's on antibiotics and on the road to better, which is great. Unfortunately, guess who isn't feeling well now? Yep, I am a coughy, hacky, sniveling mess today. So tired. So not feeling like being at work. Definitely not feeling like working out. I am horrible sick. I am the worse patient. I am medicating myself, so hopefully it passes soon. Until then, I think my cardio time i... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:51:44 EST Inspiration My daughter just amazes me sometimes. The best decision I ever made as her parent was putting her in sports at a young age, because she just finds so much joy in being athletic that I never had as a kid. She loves soccer and basketball, but will play pretty much anything. She doesn't love running track, but even that being said, the last 5k we did, she wanted to run instead of walk with me. I just think it is fantastic that she would rather toss around a football on free time at school instea... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:12:05 EST Refocusing After a really crappy Tuesday due to not feeling well, I feel like I am back. I got 20k steps in yesterday. Today, I have to skip my lunch hour (in which I usually take a walk) to leave work early because my daughter has back to back soccer and basketball practice, so I actually successfully got up at 5:00am and got on the treadmill to make up that 45 minutes of walking time I was losing. I am so proud of myself! I have been trying to get up earlier to do that for a month, and I have a couple... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:19:36 EST Wednesday Notes I wasn't feeling well yesterday, so that kind of killed my activity for the day. Oh well it's just one day, right? I was inspired to take some "before" pictures yesterday (in hopes that eventually there will be some good "after" ones) and omg there is nothing more humbling then taking a full length picture of yourself in your underwear. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:21:20 EST Week Three Weigh In Another week no change. I worked hard, tracked, should have had a loss. But, no. It is tough to not get frustrated. I am going to try changing things up, and keep working out hard. Hopefully I will see a loss soon. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:30:48 EST I'm Not A Competitive Person, But... I am finding some great motivation due to my FitBit. I have a couple friends who I have similar averages as, and they have metaphorically thrown down the gauntlet. And, it's actually kind of fun. I mean, at this point I am not going to be able to challenge some of these 30k+ a day people, but people who are like me, it does drive me to work a bit harder, and I can use every bit of motivation I can get. Now if only this extra activity would start to show on the scale, that would be fantastic. ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:33:03 EST Motivation Wanted The funny thing is, I have motivation. I have definite goals I want to meet. I have the tools to achieve them as well. But, some days, I really have to push myself not to just crawl in bed. Yesterday, I did not want to go on my afternoon walk. I did, but I seriously did not want to. Last night, I really wanted to just forget about my step goal for the day. I was at 10,000 but I recently moved my daily goal to 15,000, and I really did not want to try for it last night. But, I did. I got to it ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:56:41 EST Weigh In Frustration I guess sometimes we just have to accept that it just doesn't add up sometimes. I was great last week. I had a 7,530 calorie deficit for the week. That should show a loss of two pounds. Yet, when I weighed in, there was no loss. I will keep pushing myself harder, but it is frustrating. What went wrong? Well, I definitely tracked... I exercised a lot. I ate mostly very healthy. I did have a couple ounces of alcohol on two different days this week, which maybe threw my body off? I also did not ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:29:26 EST Well, I Tried Feeling overconfident this morning, I pulled out a pair of work pants I haven't worn in several months because they were just too tight. I discovered that they still are. lol. Well, at least I tried. Eventually I will get those suckers on again! <BR> <BR> Progress is good. I have been tired, but I have pushed through regardless. The 10,000 steps a day is being achieved, so I think next week I might push it up to 15,000. Exercise is taking up a lot of my spare time. I guess that's good. I ne... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:59:30 EST Official Weigh in 1 of 2014: Woot! I decided to make Sunday my weigh in day. I always did Monday before, but then I would be in a rush Monday mornings and forget to weigh in and it just was not a day that helped me be consistent. So, first official weigh in, and I got my 2 pounds! Woot! My goal is 2 a week, so hopefully this is the start of many more successful weeks. It's great to see a loss, and it feels great to see myself back in the right mindset; checking labels, measuring portions, asking myself if things are worth the ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:11:15 EST Every Little Thing Helps Yesterday I got two things. First was a mini trampoline to add to my fitness equipment collection. The second was 20000 steps for the first time in a day. Woohoo! The second was directly related to the first. After doing a couple hours on the elliptical, I decided to end the night running on my trampoline while I watch my favorite late night show. And, boom, that's when I got there. The mini trampoline is small enough that I can take it into my bedroom or living room easily, and it's complet... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:18:26 EST This is My Confession Okay, so when I got "back on the wagon," so to speak, this last couple weeks, I did not update my tracker with my weight. I was up, and I knew it. Honestly, the first week I was too scared to even get on the scale. I did, though, this past Monday, and I was at 190. My last recorded weight was 186. So, instead of moving it back up, then back down (because I was confident I would lose that first bit of fluff quickly... the first 10 pounds after coming back usually goes easily in my experience),... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:45:33 EST Oh, Wednesday... I will be completely honest. I am tired. I feel worn out. I got my steps in yesterday, did a cardio boxing workout, and then looked at the elliptical and just said no. I was in bed by 9:30pm. I know it is either the exercise catching up with me, and my body is just fatigued, or maybe I am not eating enough. I am bad about getting my sleep, so that could be contributing, too. I average 6 hours, and I know it should be 8 at my age. I am not going to let this throw me off, though. I will still g... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:14:06 EST No Thanks... I have been super, super on the wagon. I think I have reached the zone. I am tracking and checking it, eating healthy and getting a lot of activity. The weird thing is, I'm not hungry. And, I am always hungry. Especially when I am on track. I have been doing protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, with healthy snacks throughout the day, but I have done that before and still been miserably hungry. I am very curious what is different this time. I mean, obviously it's a good thing, but it would ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:16:48 EST I Got Mad, and Then I Got Physical Saturday, my roommate had made plans with me to go see a movie. I declined another offer to hang out because I had already said yes to these plans. Without getting into a long story, the plans changed under some shady circumstances, and I was then left home, alone, on a Saturday night. At first I was really irritated, but then I decided that instead of going and sulking in my room or going to a bar to drink with strangers, I would just work out. I did a cardio workout. I played Just Dance 201... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:11:13 EST 2014! Wow... We are three days into the New Year... How are your goals coming along? <BR> <BR> Hopefully you are still see them through the windshield and not in the rear view mirror! I am pretty happy with my progress thus far. I have made some changes that will hopefully keep me on track with tracking (becoming a team co-leader... That should keep me checking in!), and motivated with my activity (currently in friendly competition with people I know with Fitbit trackers. Not really competing, per say, ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 12:38:02 EST A Week On Track... Not Too Shabby So, I have been back on track with tracking for the past week. While I decided to wait another week before facing the scale again, I am feeling good about my progress. I've gotten used to the protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and I am finding healthy alternative snacks for when my tummy starts grumbling. Still working on consistent cardio, but I definitely got quality workouts last week. All in all, I am happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> On a side note, does anyone feel like a horse w... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:53:53 EST Love It Enough to Work It Off I love pizza. LOVE IT! But, obviously it is not exactly a healthy food choice for someone who is trying to lose weight. Well, I have been good all week, having protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, and last night I decided I would have pizza, and three pieces at that. I also knew that I was going to make myself stay on that elliptical until I burned off every calorie. So I did. The pizza was delicious, and I was a tired, sweaty mess by the end of the night, but I felt good. I was actually u... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:27:37 EST Yep, Tuesday Again... Monday went well. Met all my nutritional goals (even my water!) and got my steps and cardio in. Let's do it again today! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:42:59 EST Feeling Better! I am not even going to talk about most week, because it only consisted of making it through the days. Being sick sucks! But, I am back and ready to roar! This is going to be the week it all changes for good. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:32:39 EST Time to Take Inventory Did not lose anything this week. 2nd week in a row. <BR> <BR> Slacked off on my tracking last week. <BR> <BR> Exercised only 2 days last week. <BR> <BR> I've been sick, but only yesterday and today, so it's no excuse for last week. <BR> <BR> Got to do better. <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:07:38 EST Evaluating the Week The scale was even this morning... No loss, no gain. Did I try last week, yes. Did I put as much effort in as I could've, no. But, I did some other things that were fantastic, like stepping out of my comfort zone to work an event I really was nervous to do, and talking to some friends I hadn't talk to in a long time. I also bit my tongue at some rather touchy moments, which is something I have had trouble with in the past. So, even with no loss, I consider it a good week. I want next week to ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:46:17 EST That's What Friends Are For I was catching up with a friend yesterday, and I was asking her if she'd ever gone to this particular social group meeting that I was interested in. I said I had wanted to check it out, but I was to nervous to go alone. She said she would go with me, but asked why I would be nervous. I replied, "Well, everyone would probably be, like, WTH is this chick and what is she doing here." My friend replied, "They would probably be thinking that you look nice, fun, and active and want to get to know y... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:47:10 EST Let the Chaos Begin... ...AKA October through January AKA the holiday season. <BR> <BR> As much as I like being busy, it does make it hard to stay on track. I can do this though... <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:10:43 EST Okay, so... Once again, I slipped off on the weekend with my cardio. I need to get past this 4 days on, 3 days off thing I seem to slip into. Food was not great this weekend either, but not horrible. Candy day is coming, AKA Halloween, so I also need to mentally prepare to not eat all my daughter's candy. lol. Good news is the scale was still down 2 this morning. Yay! My goal is to do better this week. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:33:36 EST Silliness... Ever run in place in your bathroom for half a hour because you were too lazy to get back on the elliptical, but you didn't want to not get your step goal? Well, yeah, that was me last night. I looked ridiculous, but I needed to get my goal, and I was tired. Hey, whatever it takes, right? <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:30:06 EST I Know It's A Good Thing, But... I am so sore today. Everything; back, legs, arms, neck, and even my feet! I guess my body finally realized I am trying to be active again and here is my reward. I know that it is ultimately a good thing to be sore, because it means my muscles were actually being worked, and I am happy for that. But, I still feel like I got hit by a bus. LOL. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday, all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:41:05 EST It's a Start Weigh in day. Down 2 lbs. I'm okay with that. It's the right direction if nothing else. I think we all hope for a huge "Biggest Loser" type loss the first week back on the wagon, but this is the real world. Being we aren't all on ranches with personal trainers planning our every bite and move, I think any loss is a good one. I had a goal to stay in my calories and to get my 10,000 steps everyday. I got my steps 4 days out of the 7. My calories I was good on. It's a start. I am going to go for... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:55:34 EST Planning A friend invited me to go to Buffalo Wild Wings tonight. I love when people tell me ahead of time where we are going to eat so I can plan and prepare. I have it all picked out and entered, and it's going to be soooo good. I can't wait! I have been really good about watching my food and getting exercise in, I am ready for a bit of a treat. Within reason, of course. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:55:01 EST Best Intentions I planned on taking a walk on my lunch and eating the pb&j sandwich I had brought for lunch. Then I got invited to the tax department lunch because I'd helped them so much this season and they wanted to thank me. So I went, watched my portions, and when I got home, made up for the missed walk on the elliptical and treadmill. I didn't let it throw me. It was a good day. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:07:54 EST Woot Got on that treadmill last night. Used an app that a SP friend actually told me about called C25K to motivate myself, and I sweated. A lot. When I was done, and exhausted, my FitBit told me I only had 1,189 more steps to go. Well, I couldn't leave it at that, not after how hard I just worked. I couldn't blow my goal the first day! So, I hopped on to the elliptical until I got those steps. And after I was done, I was tired but happy. This morning, I woke up a half an hour early and did 20 minu... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:32:35 EST Fully Detoxed I finally feel like I have all the medication out of my system, and this weekend for the first time in a long time, I finally woke up and felt like the curtain of fog behind my eyes had been pulled aside. I also feel completely huge, currently almost the same weight I was when I gave birth to my daughter. Yikes. My goals this week are to get over 10,000 steps a day, and to stay within my allotted calories. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, and the best of luck to everyone with their week! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:30:18 EST Positive Thought For Today Even though I may not take care of myself the best I can, I do find comfort in the knowledge that I have done a pretty good job, so far, with my daughter. She's a straight "A" student, the friendliest and most social child I have ever met, and she really cares about people. Best of all, she is healthy as can be, and she loves playing sports and being active. She recently made her middle school soccer team out of about 100 girls who tried out with only 18 chosen, and as a sixth grader, that i... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:10:23 EST I Want My Energy Back! I know it's a vicious circle. You gain weight, you have less energy, you gain more weight, you have even less energy... I know I need to just do it. I am not making excuses with this blog, I am just struggling. I'm trying to get off medication, and some days I feel sick, and I just want to crawl in bed. Other days I am just tired, and I just want to crawl in bed. I am really just not good at not feeling right. I am so used to feeling fine, that it has been a real challenge to fight against th... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:41:29 EST Tuesday... <img src=""> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:51:56 EST Weekend Not much to say. This weekend wasn't bad but wasn't great either. I was busy, tho, so I didn't make much time for healthy stuff. The scale stayed the same this week, which doesn't surprise me. I have really not put extra effort in, but just the bare minimum (tracking, watching my calories). I have a lot of cleaning and reorganizing to start doing at home, so hopefully that will get me moving more. <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:44:13 EST Ouch, and a Realization A male friend of mine tells me that he jumped on my scale yesterday (he doesn't have one at his house), and asks me to guess how much he weighs. I used to be really good at guessing weight, but the catch is that I am good at guessing the weight of females. So, I step back, take a good look at him (about my height, small frame for a guy, but he has a bit of a beer gut), and I guess 185. Mind you, this is how much I weigh, but he doesn't know that, of course. And, he looks at me like I just ins... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:47:40 EST Is It Friday Yet? I am soooooo ready for Friday. That's really all I have to say today... <BR> <BR> Happy Almost Friday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 17:02:18 EST One of Those Days Wake up before my alarm. Feeling good because I actually did cardio last night. Yes! Around 45 minutes on the elliptical. And, I didn't even come close to going over my calories. My daughter doesn't take forever getting ready, so we leave about 20 minutes earlier than usual, me with my delicious salad packed for lunch and a cup of sugar free jello for dessert. It's a good start to the day. Then, we get in the car and it won't start. It's obviously not the battery, so knowing there is little h... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 11:57:18 EST And Sometimes I Am Surprised I was not great this weekend. I will start there. I did not eat horribly all weekend, but Saturday I definitely did, and the rest of the weekend I did not track. That is the thing I am the most disappointed about, because I thought that I was very into the tracking. The worst part about it is I have no good reason I didn't track; I just didn't. Because I knew Saturday was so bad, I thought about not weighing in this week. I just didn't even want to see the number. But, I figured that I needed... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:54:01 EST Looking Up I am definitely feeling better today. Woot! On the downside, I am HUNGRY! It seems to me when I know I don't have anything I want to eat within reach, I feel hungrier. I do have an apple and an orange to eat if I want something, but that is not what my brain wants. My brain wants chips. Luckily there are none near. Whew! <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday, all! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:39:18 EST Adjustments So, rough weekend. Bad withdrawals. I got contacts and was having issues with those. The shelving in my daughter's closet completely collapsed. I was stressed. I didn't do horrible, but I did not do well. <BR> <BR> Monday, weigh in. No loss, no gain. That's fine. I will take it. With the way I have been feeling, diet and exercise was taking a backseat to functioning. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, I decided enough was enough, and made a doctors appointment. He said I was probably having severe withdraw... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:05:32 EST