JEWELLE217's SparkPeople Blog JEWELLE217's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still Streaking! Day 15 Today is my 15th day in a row of exercising every day. I spent two hours in the gym today. Started off with 1/2 an hour on the treadmill, then I did every machine so both upper body and lower body got a good workout. So did the abs! <BR> <BR> Hubby and daughter are at a hockey game so I spent the afternoon rearranging my living room. Dinner is in the oven. We are having roasted potatoes and veggies w/ Terryaki Chicken. Now, I'm kicking back and relaxing in front of the fire. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:30:32 EST Just Move I didn't have transportation to go to the gym tonight because my daughter wanted to go to a Halloween party. So, instead of throwing in the towel and not getting any exercise in, I made sure to do 30 minutes of exercise at home. It may not be my normal workout for Friday nights but at least I did something. <BR> <BR> If all else fails, just move! <BR> Deb Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:00:27 EST Thursday Re-Cap: Day 13 Streak Went to run with my two friends tonight; but, one couldn't make it and the other wanted to walk. I was disappointed at first; but, then I realized that I've been working my butt off for 13 days straight and I could probably use a little easing up on the intensity. So, we walked 2.4 miles and enjoyed some nice conversation. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you have to take the time to slow down. It's not necessary to workout until you burn out. Have fun and enjoy yourself! <BR> <BR> Deb Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:31:38 EST Looking for Suggestions from all SparkPeople One of my goals for my upcoming 50th year challenge is to try some sort of new fitness activity every month to expand my horizons. On my list is Zip Lining and Indoor Rock Wall Climbing; but, I'm looking for ideas from the Spark Community on fun activities to try. So, what exciting things are you doing that you think I should add to my list? <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to your suggestions! <BR> Deb Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:55:52 EST Tues & Wednesday 10/22 and 10/23 Another two days in a row of working out. Last night was C25K with one of the girls. Tonight the other girl and I spent two hours in the gym! We did a complete all over body workout. Let me tell you, I am feeling it ALL OVER! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night is another C25K training. Time for me to step it up a bit. I really want to increase my running time. <BR> <BR> Off to bed. I'm exhausted! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great night SparkFriends! <BR> Deb Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:23:30 EST Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Good Morning, Spark Friends! <BR> It's a beautiful morning here in NH and I will be spending my second day in a row sanding the outside of my house to prep for staining next weekend. It's definitely been a great workout for my arms and legs with all the sanding and ladder climbing. Also, getting quite a bit of steps in each day! <BR> <BR> Tonight is Week 1 Day 3 of our C25K program. I am finding this twice a week workout to be very slow. I'm trying to stick with both of the other girls; ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:06:13 EST My 50th Year Goals I have made a huge decision on the goals I want to accomplish in my 50th year on this planet. I'm tired of going through life barely living. Avoiding the fun things because of the shame I feel of the body I inhabit. Not being healthy enough to participate in life to the fullest. But, I have to admit, I'm scared. Scared of failing. <BR> <BR> I've been here before...made goals that were huge, publically proclaimed my intentions, and never followed through. This time things are going to b... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:54:06 EST Recap Week 1: Another New Beginning Recap Week 1: October 13 - October 19 <BR> <BR> All in all it was a good week. I logged 32.31 miles walking and/or running, 1,281 Fitness minutes, and burned 10,776 calories! Stepping on the scale this morning, did not reflect any weight loss; but, I know that will come. <BR> <BR> Goals for Week 2: October 20 - 26 <BR> <BR> 1. Log 35 miles walking and running <BR> 2. Continue working out at gym W/F/S, C25K training T/TH, and leisurely walk through woods on Sunday <BR> 3. Begin log... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:00:20 EST Streaking!! I'm Streaking!!! <BR> <BR> NO! Not this kind of streaking..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm on Day 8 of doing some kind of workout every day. Whether it be my training w/ C25K on Tuesdays and Thursdays, my gym workouts on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays, or just a daily stroll on Sundays, I'm making sure I do something every day to keep moving! <BR> <BR> Spent two hours at the gym today. Primary focus was lower body and a... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:50:41 EST Friday, October 18 Completed day 7 of working out in a row! I think I'm on a STREAK! <em>224</em> <BR> Spent the time in the gym doing all upper body with weights and some ab focus after hitting the elliptical for 1 minute forward then 1 minute backward for 15 minutes. This has become our signature start in the gym each time. Today we will move it up to 20 minutes. Let me tell you...Backwards hurts! LOL! By the time I'm hitting the 45 second mark, I'm having all I can do to make it. The forward then... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:55:56 EST October 17 Had a great workout last night at PF with my friend! We spent an hour on weight training; and, after she went home, I spent another 45 minutes on the treadmill to finish getting my steps in for the day. My fitbit connection is not working and I can't upload my stats so I am just making sure I hit my lit up goals and manually keeping a log of my steps until I get it fixed. I have 39,940 steps left to make my goal by the end of the day Saturday. That's 13,13.34 steps a day. Time to boost i... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:31:46 EST October 15 and 16 Great first night with the girls and our C25K (Week 1 Day 1) training last night! It's so great to be back with my favorite workout buddies. I love how we motivate each other and keep each other on track. Especially how we kick each others' butts when someone is complaining or giving up! My girls ROCK! <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm off to the gym with one of them for our weight training. Unfortunately, the other friend is not able to attend tonight or Saturday due to work commitments; but, she ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:48:56 EST Tuesday, October 15: Goals for today My workout clothes are packed and so is my food for the day. I will take a walk again at lunch and then off to meet the girls at the track after work for our C25K training! <em>312</em> I'm psyched to know that as of this morning I have reached 25% of my weekly 84,000 steps. I really want to make that goal this week! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Weighed in this morning and am down 2 lbs! Woohoo! I've decided that I am going to make it a habit to weigh in every day just to keep my focus ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:29:52 EST Quick Lunch Walk I squeezed in a quick 1.5 mile walk in the fall sunshine today. It's a nice loop from my office and goes through the quaint little town. <BR> <BR> I love this walk because it's mostly by the river. <img src=""> and the water rushing along beside me is quite soothing. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I follow the winding road through the ever changing trees, <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:10:43 EST Goals for October 13- October 19 Workout Schedule Planned: <BR> Sunday - Trail Walking *Complete <BR> Monday - Rest Day (gentle walking) *Complete <BR> Tuesday - C25K Training <BR> Wednesday - Planet Fitness <BR> Thursday - C25K Training <BR> Friday - Planet Fitness <BR> Saturday - Planet Fitness <BR> <BR> Eating Plan: <BR> Snack only on Fruits and Raw Veggies <BR> Cut out 50% of processed foods <BR> <BR> *Lose 2 lbs this week Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:06:34 EST Beautiful Day It was such a beautiful day my husband and I headed to the trails for a walk with the dog. I love fall in NH.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On our way, we saw this funky looking tree with peeling bark. It was kind of neat... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and the dog found a great mud puddle to lay in... <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:11:49 EST You Gotta Have Friends! Seems like I start off so good with my blogging and sticking to my goals and then I just seem to fall off the end of the earth. So, here I am, yet again. I'm down a few pounds from my last check in, trying to stay active, and eat pretty clean. Lately, I've found myself being less active and eating less healthy, so I called a friend and asked her to be my workout buddy. She and I and another friend had been going to boot camp religiously for over 2 1/2 years...we were great motivators for e... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:57:33 EST Happy Easter It's been a couple of days of very little exercise for me. The rest of the work week was crazy and I was exhausted at the end of each day. Yesterday was grocery and Easter shopping so not much done workout wise either. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm looking forward to my 16 y/o daughter's surprise Easter gift. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Check out those huge ears! <em>246</em> She's wanted another rabbit for the past 5 years so we finally decid... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 06:52:17 EST Today's Plan for Success My plan for today to have a successful day: <BR> <BR> 1. Morning 5K walk/run. I haven't decided yet if I'm doing this outside or on the treadmill. I struggle with being self-conscious running in public when I'm alone. I much prefer a running buddy. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Eat 80% healthy and LOG MY FOOD! I have been terrible with my food log, it's time to get back on the program fully! <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Do my next Insanity DVD today. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Doctor a... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:05:57 EST Final Update for Tuesday After my 3 miler at lunch today, I wasn't sure I would have much energy to come home and hit the treadmill; but, I changed into my workout clothes as soon as I came in the door and hopped on. 90 minutes later I've cranked out another 5 miles for the day bringing my workout minute total to160 minutes and 8 miles for the day. My fitbit is showing well over 2,000 steps for the day and 32 "flights" climbed. <BR> <BR> All in all it was a great workout day! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great e... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:55:35 EST Lunchtime 3 Miler So, I headed out today for a nice lunchtime walk. The day is so could I pass it up? <BR> <BR> I decided to tackle the hill outside of my office driveway (I usually head in the other direction). Here is the start of the hill...really, how bad could it be? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before I was even 4 minutes into my walk, I was breathing heavy and thinking maybe I should have gone the other way. <em>246</em> But, I kep... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:57:07 EST Monday Recap Another 2 hours done on the treadmill. I know I definitely started too late (7:15PM) so by 9:15 I was wiped out that I overslept this morning! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> This girl has GOT to hit that treadmill when she gets home at 5:00! <BR> <BR> Have a spark filled day everyone! <BR> Deb Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:49:30 EST A Confession I spent a lovely day on Sunday getting a manicure and lunch with DH. We had such a busy weekend that I didn't even worry about hitting the treadmill last night. Tonight I will do my 2 hours on the treadmill; but, yesterday was just about spending a lovely day with my love. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a Spark-filled day! <BR> Deb Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:31:18 EST Treadmill Workout <em>198</em> I'm wiped! I cranked out another 2 hour workout on the treadmill tonight. <em>244</em> I have to admit I'm really tired and will get a good nights sleep for sure! My poor husband doesn't know what to do with himself when I'm working out. He keeps coming in to check out what time is left every 20 minutes. <em>246</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:08:14 EST I've Got a Great Hubby! After a very long and trying week, I came home last night to a surprise from my husband. He told me he is very proud of how hard I've been working on my health and positive changes and said he was taking me out. "Uh oh!" I thought. Usually going out means dinner and I didn't want to have any temptations of an overly mouthwatering menu ending my week. But, he was so proud, so I said yes. We got in the car and before I knew it we were at the mall. The mall? We don't normally go to the ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:58:45 EST Thursday Recap Stressful ending to the day had me on the treadmill for 2 hours and 5 minutes. No Insanity. I just wanted to walk/run. <BR> <BR> Today's goals: Insanity Day 3 and the remainder of my 120 minute workout goals will be done on the treadmill again. I'm hoping to increase my running more tonight. <BR> <BR> Trying to think, speak, and be positive. <BR> <BR> Have a great day Sparkfriends! <BR> Deb Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:49:54 EST Wednesday Recap I got in over 3 hours of exercise yesterday AND logged all of my food! <em>244</em> Go Me! <BR> <BR> That includes Day 2 of the Insanity Workout (39 minutes) and 143 minutes on the treadmill! I was one tired puppy by the end of the night but it felt great! <BR> <BR> Shopping w/ hubby tonight; but, still aiming to get my 2 hours of exercise in (Insanity Day 3 and treadmill). Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a Spark-Filled day! <BR> Deb Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:13:21 EST Talapia Salad Recipe- YUM YUM Thought I would share my newest favorite salad with you: Talapia Salad <BR> <BR> Pan fry 1 talapia filet in olive oil and a little dill, salt, and pepper. <BR> <BR> Prepare your salad: lettuce, diced orange bell peppers, diced onion, cherry tomatoes, diced dried papaya, diced pineapple, a small handful of dried cranberries, and a little dill mixed in. Drizzle with pineapple juice (I just squeeze a slice over the salad). Top with the Talapia filet. <BR> <BR> It's as yummy as it looks! <... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:52:26 EST Finished Tuesday off with a Bang! Heading to bed last night, I went to the computer to sync my fitbit. That's when I realized I was just shy of 1,000 steps to reach my 10,000 step goal. So, of course, I couldn't resist throwing on my sneakers and hitting the treadmill and topped out at 10,371 bringing my workout minutes for the day to 201! <em>334</em> It felt good going to bed knowing I got in well over 2 full hours of exercise yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today, I plan to continue with the positive thinking and speaking goal... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:47:27 EST All in All a Good Day! As you know my goals was to begin Insanity from the start again. I had actually gotten through the entire first 5 weeks before I started falling apart. I don't think I was physically ready for Round 2. So now, I'm starting Round 1 over again. I got such great results during round 1 and I'm hoping those will continue and by the end i'll be ready for round 2. <BR> <BR> Today was Day 1. It went very well. 43 minutes of pure hell! But, I did it! Then, just because I was feeling daring, I... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:08:18 EST Thank You! <em>304</em> to those who took the time to offer up some great advice on my last blog. I really do appreciate it and am trying to remember it as I wallow through the mud of the work day each day! <BR> <BR> So, as you can see, I did lose alot of my positivity goals on Friday; but, I am pushing forward and re-setting the positivity meter in myself. Haven't hit my walking goals of 5 miles a day but have been averaging around 3. <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping w/ dd this weekend and we bo... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:53:26 EST Disgusted with myself Yesterday turned into a horrible work day. My stress level and anger at the constant stupidity and backstabbing of a certain person I HAVE to work with put me through the roof. I ate almost a WHOLE family sized bag of Lays Ruffled potato chips. Why do I do that? I ate nothing else all day. My stomach felt bloated and angry. I am so disgusted with myself. I have got to find a better way to deal with this constant stress or find myself another job. With the depression, stress, panic att... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:35:29 EST Wednesday AND Thursday Recap Wednesday and Thursday were tough. I didn't hit my 10,000 step walking goals. Work has been crazy...which leads to finding it harder to keep my positivity goals in check, especially when sometimes it feels like I work with idiots! Ok. I'm done. Now to get back to my positive thoughts and goals. <BR> <BR> Off to MD appointment before going into work this morning. I'm planning on coming home tonight and hitting the treadmill for at least 3 miles. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping you all have a wo... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:57:35 EST Tuesday Recap I didn't reach my goal extended goal of 20,000 steps yesterday. My original step goal was 10,000 but after my 6 mile walk yesterday I upped my goal higher hoping that I would get some treadmill time in when I got home last night; but, hubby's MD appointments ran very late and we didn't get home until 7:00 PM. By that time, every muscle in my body was screaming at me and I was exhausted. My final step total for the day was 16,974 and with all the hills and actual stairs all day, my final sta... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:02:33 EST Walking Goal Today Exceeded! I took a 6 mile walk this morning. Took me 1 hour 40 minutes. My Fitbit is a happy camper and so am I! My steps are now reading 13665 and my stairs (tons of BIG hills) read 37! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Now off to take hubby to multiple MD appointments this afternoon. It's a big hospital...I may get quite a few more steps in before I even get home. Tonight, if I'm not too tired, I may just hop on the treadmill. My goal today was 12,000 steps. At this point, I am trying to reach 20,000. <BR... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:12:07 EST Tuesday....Keeping the Positivity Going Yesterday was a good day. Here's to Day 2 of my new streak! <BR> <BR> 1. Speak positive words <BR> 2. Make sure I eat something at least three times today (even if my body fights me) <BR> 3. Take a 3 mile walk and notice the good things around me (the birds, the water current along the river, etc) <BR> 4. Thank people when I receive a compliment (I tend to blow them off) <BR> <BR> I am really loving my Fitbit. Yesterday I found that I was looking at it often and was very motivated t... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:09:55 EST Monday Recap Today turned out to be a very good day. I managed to reach all the goals I set for myself today. I wanted to stay positive and only speak positive words. Done! I managed to eat and keep food down (I didn't eat alot but managed to get food in and keep it in! I took a three mile walk at lunch and paid attention to the beauty around me. In fact, I actually came home from work and polished off another two miles! And I even managed to thank those who offered compliments! <BR> <BR> All in a... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:14:03 EST Only Positive Actions Today! My focus today is to say and do only positive things. I am going to take one day at a time and not let negative thoughts or actions ruin my day. So for today, I will.. <BR> <BR> 1. Speak positive words <BR> 2. Make sure I eat something at least three times today (even if my body fights me) <BR> 3. Take a walk during my lunch break and notice the good things around me (the birds, the water current along the river, etc) <BR> 4. Thank people when I receive a compliment (I tend to blow th... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:53:56 EST Night Terrors..what the heck? I woke up this morning with another nightmare/terror. I've had them off and on for years...usually one every few months or so. I'm not sure where they come from but I wake up in such panic that I can't breathe. These things scare the hell out of me and also my husband. Unfortunately, he gets angry because I can't even remember what it was about. Then he gets angry because I can't stay in bed. I feel the overwhelming urge to run away. I don't really run away; but, I end up pacing the ho... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 07:43:37 EST March 8 Update On Sunday, I opened up to you, my sparkfriends, about the difficulties I've been facing. I want to thank you all for your support and kind words. I am taking baby steps and working my way back to myself one day at at time. <BR> <BR> That being said, I am here to admit that my eating is still not good. I'm having huge difficulties eating. My body physically rejects any food I try (or manage) to put in my mouth. So, here it is Friday and I am down another 5 lbs. (That's 13 lbs in 4 weeks... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:10:05 EST February Update and March Goals To say February was a tough month for me is to put it mildly. My depression and anxiety issues took me to rock bottom; but, I have taken the proper steps to get my mental health back in orderr an am now back on the correct medications to help me do that and am beginniing counseling again to get things done right. Sometimes you just have to talk with someone, you know? Although it's been well over 10 years since I've been in this position, I have to admit I'm quite disappointed to be back o... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 06:09:24 EST Changing my Stinkin' Thinkin' thanks to IndyGirl! I haven't posted since February 9th and that means my exercise and food logging have been lacking. I have done a few of my Insanity workouts but I feel like I really haven't put 100% effort in any of them. It's just been a crazy 7 days. But, today it ends! I am going to pick myself up and cut the crap. I can't let the craziness of life and it's problems stop me from my goals. So, it's time to pull up my boots by their straps and stop this pattern before I lose all of the progress I've m... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:37:24 EST The Snow Workout and Insanity My first workout of the day today was shovelling out from Blizzard Nemo. It was definitely a good workout as I trudged through snowdrifts up to my hips and tried to throw shovels full of snow up on top of plowed snowbanks that were higher than my shoulders. LOL! Thank God for my plow least I only have to shovel walkways, porches, and decks. Oh! And paths to the propane and oil fill! We can't forget those! <BR> <BR> After my snow workout I came into the house and changed into ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:54:03 EST Has Anyone Seen...... my dog??? <img src="">I know he is out here somewhere! <BR> <BR> Oh! There he is! <img src=""> He loves to play in the snow! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:56:56 EST Just a little snow... So I guess we won't be going out to the back deck from inside the house! LOL! There's a little snow to clean up. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And darling daughter (16) is about to learn what it's like digging a car out of the snow after a storm. LOL! <img src="">Believe it or not, there's a small convertible under that pile! <BR> <BR> God, I love winter in NH!!!! <BR> Deb Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:34:01 EST Insanity Day 36 & 37 Just a recap of Thursday and Friday since I was lax in updating: <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> <BR> Ok. I did it. Day 36 of Insanity. Holy crap it was harder than h***! It was the start of month 2 and the workout consisted of both the Fit Test AND Max Interval Circuit...84 minutes between the two. I honestly don't think it would have been any easier if I didn't do the Fit Test first; but, I'm sure doing it first didn't help in trying to get through the actual workout! LOL! <BR> <BR> I hav... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 06:26:53 EST I think we know where NEMO is! Where's Nemo? I think we know where he is. He's on the eastern seaboard and here he comes in the form of a Nor'Easter named Nemo. <em>425</em> <em>14</em> Already the stores are having a hard time keeping up with shelves that are constantly needing to be re-stocked. How is my family preparing for the upcoming Apocolypse? Last night I spent 90 minutes hauling around a half a cord of wood from the yard to the deck so it wouldn't get buried under 2' of snow. It was a great workout! ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:27:24 EST In God I Trust Just stopping by to give a quick end of the day update. It's Day 3 of my second exercise streak <em>244</em> . I did my 34th day of Insanity today. I"m still enjoying the workout but a little nervous about what is up ahead in the program. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still taking babysteps to get through this rough patch I'm in and trusting in God to see me through. I may not understand things all the time but I trust Him to show me the way. <img src=" Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:00:12 EST And the Walls Came Crashing Down..... There is no such thing as perfection. <BR> <BR> There, I said it! <BR> <BR> I spent January pushing myself to be perfect with my goals. I wanted to reach them 100%. I had a wonderful month and hit my my goals every single day pushing myself to get my exercise done even when I was sick as a dog. When February 1st rolled around, I was proud to recap the month even if I still needed to tweak my eating habits a bit. I posted on my blog, tooting my own horn for all the world to see. <BR> <B... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:10:32 EST Bad Day... I'm sitting here in my office at 8:00 at night, not wanting to go home. DH and I have had a big fight. I'm serioulsy thinking after 30 years together maybe we should go our own ways. I won't go into details. <BR> <BR> I have not done Insanity today. I usually do it when I get home from work. I see my streak coming to an end and it makes me even sadder. If I break the Insanity streak, I'll break my exercise streak as well. I'm trying to motivate myself into getting up and at least do... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:57:24 EST