JMARISK's SparkPeople Blog JMARISK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fat to Finish Line After a very long weekend of binge eating and taking an average of 1,000 steps a day, I felt like I needed a kick in the pants, motivational boost last night. With my pumpkin cheesecake in hand, I started searching Netflix for "Extreme Weight loss"--Man, I miss that show! I didn't find it on Netflix but I did stumble upon a documentary called "Fat to Finish Line." <BR> <BR> It's a story of 12 people who bonded over their love of running and their weight loss success. Each person on the te... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:12:06 EST I Feel AmaZING! For over a year, I've been working at home 3 days a week. The telework policy at my job has allowed employees to work up to 4 days a week at home. But starting this week, we're having to conform to a new telework policy that only allows us to work from home once a week. The policy has not been welcomed at our organization especially since a lot of us live more than 45 minutes from the building. I travel 90 minutes each way myself. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, now I'll get to take advanta... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:55:02 EST So much to Gain, So much to Lose I stepped on the scale this morning. My weight is still going UP! I've gained 5lbs in a month. BUT I'm losing inches and generally I like the changes I'm seeing in the mirror. <BR> <BR> THAT's what I'm going to focus on. <BR> <BR> How I look and feel is so much more important than the number on the scale. I'm going to keep checking my weight for my Determined Daisies group, but I will not let the number on the scale deter me from keeping this pace. <BR> <BR> I'm gaining muscle. The we... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 14:51:41 EST January Overview If you've read my most recent blogs you'll notice that I didn't end the month of January well. But now I feel like celebrating! <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for sticking with my meal plans for at least the first 3 weeks of the month. I also stuck pretty close to my fitness calendar. I only missed a few workouts at the Y due to scheduling conflicts and laziness. Now, I see if paid off! <BR> <BR> Between January 6 and 28, I only lost 3lbs. I was a little bummed by that initially but the... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:09:10 EST Slowly but Surely I am making a comeback. <BR> <BR> I love the first day of the month! I become filled with a pulse of excitement over the freshness --"I get a do-over!" <BR> <BR> Overall, January wasn't so bad. For the first 3 weeks I was really on point and sticking with my meal plan and fitness calendar. But between the stress of the shutdown and the temptations during my birthday, I fell off the wagon HARD. <BR> <BR> I'm finding my way back up again by getting excited about a new venture - running! W... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 10:13:44 EST I lost my footing Last weekend, I fell off the wagon and didn't make attempts to climb back on until mid week. Not to spout excuses but the looming government shutdown has me so stressed out. <BR> <BR> I did go to BODYPUMP on Wednesday and I plan to go tomorrow morning. It does help with the stress for sure. I'm also starting to notice changes in my body profile, eventhough the scale isn't necessarily going down. My back is getting firmer and along with my love handles. Yay! <BR> <BR> I just have to keep ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:00:21 EST Can't Stop Me Now! Saturday's are my weigh-ins for the 5% Winter Challenge. Last week I weighed 186--down 2lbs from the week before. I'm not supposed to weigh myself before Saturday but I've been kicking butt at the gym and sticking to my meal plan and I was just dying to see if it was paying off, so I stepped on the scale Thursday morning. It was 184lbs! YES!!! It is paying off! <BR> <BR> Last night, I let myself indulge a bit at my son's PTO movie-night fundraiser. I drank a can of coke (haven't done that i... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:40:25 EST This Isn't Automatic I am so proud of myself for sticking with my meal and fitness plan. At times I've had to rely on a plan B or C to keep myself on track but they're all good, healthy options and I'm seeing and FEELING the results. <BR> <BR> It's still not automatic though. In fact, I've found myself having to think MORE about my choices lately rather than just doing. I keep telling myself that this is normal. I've been on my healthy-living kick for almost a month now, so I guess it's natural for old habits t... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:36:33 EST Why I don't Count Steps I used to be obsessed with counting my steps and tracking every piece of food I shoved in my pie-hole. Reaching 10k steps a day always seemed impossible, no matter how hard I tried. I would feel defeated when I didn't reach my goal or feel even worse when I couldn't even reach HALF of my goal. Same with the food tracking. I could stick with it for, at the longest, a week. Then I would stop and eventually start shoving everything in my mouth. <BR> <BR> Over the last 3 weeks, since I restarte... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:46:31 EST Monday- New Week! Yesterday I went to a baby shower. It was nice. I was proud of myself for not overeating at the party. I loaded my plate with coleslaw and fruit and avoided the chips and dips. Overall, nutritionally I did good this weekend. Hubby wanted to go to a certain restaurant to order our favorite crab dip. I told him I didn't want any so he called the restaurant and ordered it for pick up. It smelled delicious when he brought it home but I didn't have any, because honestly I didn't want any. Saturday... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 08:49:23 EST If it doesn't happen, make it happen Wednesday night I took BODYPUMP. It was a lot harder this time around, not necessarily physically but mentally. I was facing a mirror and every time I went down to squat I saw my belly fat scrunch up between my legs. It made me super self-conscious, which in turn made me feel weak. Still, I walked out proud of myself for finishing all 10 tracks of the class. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, hubby and I spent the whole day installing a crystal chandelier from our 20ft foyer ceiling. My husband had the h... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 12:45:21 EST Tuesday: 15 Day Spark Streak! I am celebrating my 15 day Spark streak! I'm proud of myself for making it through the holidays and starting the new year on a high note. I haven't been able to blog everyday, but I try. I stopped numbering my blogs because it was adding pressure to blog everyday and I didn't want to feel like I "messed up" if I skipped a day. <BR> <BR> Still, I love making my journey with you all. <BR> <BR> I was tempted to weigh myself this morning, but I'm going to wait until the 6th. That's when my Wi... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 07:11:05 EST Tuesday: Back to work 4:15am came super early this morning. As unprepared as I was to go back to work this morning, it felt good getting back into my routine. <BR> <BR> My baked apple oatmeal breakfast tasted as good today as it did yesterday. Those babies are going to keep me on track this week. So delicious! I'm proud of myself for staying on track nutritionally. I've told myself that I won't berate myself for not tracking my calories. As long as I'm sticking to my weekly meal plan I know I'm within range. <B... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 14:09:05 EST Monday: Hello 2018! Starting Measurements Happy 2018!! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the new year. I let myself go last year and the year before. This year, I'm getting healthy for myself and for my family. I have a few basic goals for the year: lose 40lbs, fit back into a size 8 dress...those types of goals. I know that in order to be truly successful, I have to create a plan, which will include a FEW simple SMART goals. This SMART goals will change and evolve as I undoubtedly will throughout the year. The key is to mix things ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 11:09:05 EST Sunday: Happy New Year Eve! Are you planning anything fun Tonight? We're going to our neighbor's to do a count down with the kids around 6pm. We'll shoot off fireworks and watch the Ravens game. My meal plan for the week is on the refrigerator ready to go :-) I will record my starting weight and measurements tomorrow. Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:25:00 EST Day 10: Let's make a plan <img src=""> <BR> I bought 2 skinny taste cookbooks today. I'm going to use them to make my meal plans. My mom gave me a binder so I can print meal planner pages. I'm going to include body measurement pages and some motivational pictures to keep me focused throughout the year. One step at a time... This time next year, I will be 40lbs lighter. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:27:12 EST Day 9: Medevial Times <img src=""> <BR> Tonight we took my son to Medevial Times. He loved it! So did we. It was great to hear my son's excitement over the sword fights. Those knights are super athletic! It was cool to watch. The horses were my favorite too, of course. So magnificent. This morning I went to the Y for the first time since before Christmas. I took a PiYo class. It was fun taking the class rather than giving it. I loved... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:53:47 EST Day 8: post-christmas weight <img src=""> <BR> The scale read 188lbs. That's a 2lb gain since Friday. Yikes! Here's my dog immitating how I feel. Wed, 27 Dec 2017 13:13:11 EST Day 7: Cookies and cross stitch <img src=""> <BR> I lost count of the number of cookies I ate today. It honestly gave me a sugar headache. I consumed them while starting my new cross stitch project at my mom's. So yeah, junk food and sitting all day. Not a good start. But I did make a healthy chili soup with sweet potato, ground turkey, black beans, and quinoa. Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:19:10 EST Day 6: It's Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> Merry Christmas Sparklers! We spent the morning with my family. My mom made a delicious spread for breakfast. Totally not on my diet plan. I took a nap when we came home at 1pm. I was exhausted from getting home at 1am from the service, which was lovely, and then my son waking us up at 3am with news that Santa had come. We spent the next 3 hours being woken up every 20 minutes by our son askin... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 17:25:56 EST Day 5: Merry Christmas Eve! <img src=""> <BR> Christmas Eve is the best day of the year. The excitement and anticipation is almost too much. This morning I was blessed to have my family come with me to church. They came to hear me sing a solo during the service and rehearse for my solo at the 11pm service. I hope I can stay awake. Lol. Here's my son at the Y with his friend and Santa. Happy holidays! Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:33:02 EST Day 4: donuts, pizza, and fries oh my I've decided to keep tracking my food; however, I won't be so strict about what I eat until after Monday. I will say that I'm still being reasonable with my portions. I'm listening to my body and saying "no" to more when my tummy tells me so. For that I'm proud. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 18:43:53 EST Day 3: Really? Just 3 more days until Xmas?!!! I'm feeling the pressure put on by the Christmas rush! I'm going to finish up this blog and then head out for a few last minute items. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to catch a yoga class this morning, but work prevented me from getting out. I'm going to try to do PiYo tonight either at home or at the Y. My mom should be arriving soon though and she's planning to come over to see my son. I don't know how long she's planning on staying. My guess is not long since they just spent 2 days driving he... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:38:03 EST Day 2: Getting it done My plan was to go to a PiYo class this morning after dropping matthew off at school; however, work got in the way and I couldn't make it. No worries. I promised myself I would do a good stretching session today. I kept my promise by doing a bit of PiYo at the house and stretching for about 30 minutes while watching an episode of Friends. <BR> <BR> I needed after last night's BODYPUMP class. Holy moly! I typically don't like strength workouts but this was awesome! I am definitely going to kee... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:46:03 EST Day 1: Rebirth I am not waiting for January 1st to start making life changes. It's never too early or too late to make small changes to improve your health. <BR> <BR> I am 186lbs today. By this time next year, I want to be 155lbs (goal weight). A 30lb loss may not sound like a lot, but that is incredibly ambitious for me because of my hypothyroidism. It took me over 2 years to lose 40lbs previously. Man, did I feel great at my goal weight! That was at the end of 2015. Since then I've slowly put the weig... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:58:03 EST Hypnosis & Ionic I downloaded a hypnosis app for weight loss and for healthy eating. It's interesting. After 2 days I wouldn't say my cravings or less, but I have noticed that when I do indulge, the treat doesn't taste as good. sometimes I even feel a little sick afterwards which has me thinking twice about eating it again. <BR> <BR> Although my cravings for sweets hasn't necessarily decreased, I have noticed that my cravings for clean foods has intensified. I just have to make sure I keep listening to my b... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:08:49 EST Day 1: Finally, I'm back <img src=""> <BR> I know I promised I'd blog after Scotland. That was over 2 months ago. Since then, I've gained 5pounds. This is hubs and I at NeistPoint lighthouse on the isle of Skye, Scotland. That was an adventurous trek. I think we walked 30k steps that day. <BR> <BR> Now that the weather is finally cooperating, I've been getting out more. <BR> <BR> My husband and I bought the family some tennis rackets ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:36:22 EST Scotland 1: Leaving on a jet plane Scotland, here we come! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:19:23 EST August 6: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 69 day blogging streak. We leave for Scotland tomorrow! This has been the slowest day ever! We've been spending a quiet day with Matthew. We did some yard work this evening but other than that we've done very little besides watching Matthew play video games and packing. We are supposed to fly out of Reagan International but they're calling for storms so we may drive to New Jersey to catch our international flight. Otherwise we may miss our flight since our layover is so short (an hour). ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:54:33 EST August 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 68 day blogging streak. I went to a cookout today where I ate way too much food. I'm feeling sluggish tonight as a result. I may take Matthew hiking tomorrow. It will be our last day with him before our trip. It's going to be hard to say goodbye on Monday. I'm trying not to think about it. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:02:46 EST August 4: Small Goals Committment Challenge 67 Day blogging streak! <BR> <BR> Only a few more days until hubby and I leave for Scotland! I am so excited!! Today is my last day of work, only a few more hours to go. Then I'll be packing up! <BR> <BR> I managed to make it to the barn this morning for a lesson. It was nice. It was my last ride before our trip. I feel a lot more confident going into the Scotland horse trek adventure after 2 months of lessons. Today, we warmed up in the ring and then we headed to an open field where she ha... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 13:19:24 EST August 3: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 66 day blogging streak. I consumed too much coffee today. Lol. I was so jittery. Lol. No work out today but I'm riding in the morning. Yay!. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 18:42:33 EST August 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 65 day blogging streak. 5 day fitness streak. I went to bear branch for a hike this morning. I found a friend next to the pond. He's so pretty. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:51:40 EST August 1: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 64 day blogging streak. 4 day fitness streak. I got to teach PiYo today. It was a great class. Now I'm watching Matthew at gymnastics. It's fun. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:36:13 EST July 31: Small Goals commitment challenge <img src=""> <BR> 63 Day blogging streak. 3 day fitness streak. I'm proud of myself for setting a plan to run/walk today and following through. YAY! It only takes one good decision to overshadow a host of poor decisions, not the other way around. I was laying in bed last night, after a binge, feeling so terrible. Like physically uncomfortable. The way my fat pulled towards the mattress made it near impossible to... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:09:52 EST July 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 62 day blogging streak. 2 day fitness streak. We took Matthew to the trail this morning. It was glorious! Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:40:43 EST July 29: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 61 day blogging streak. It's in the 70s today and overcast. Perfect. Hubs and I went to a local trail, a new one, to test our new hiking gear. It was so nice. Then I ordered pizza and ate pumpkin cake. HA! screwed that up. Oh well. Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:16:37 EST July 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 60 day blogging streak. <BR> <BR> The sky just opened. It's not supposed to stop until tomorrow afternoon. It's good. We need the rain. <BR> <BR> Today, we finally found a pair of hiking shoes for me. We bought a pair last night but after 30 minutes of wear this morning, my ankles were killing me. So we returned them and went to another store. The shoes we bought were more expensive but they'll keep my feet warm, dry, and pain-free! I should go test them out in the rain. lol. <BR> <BR> N... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:24:14 EST July 27:Small Goals Commitment Challenge 59 day blogging streak. <BR> 3 day fitness streak. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day to ride this morning! I managed to drop Matthew off at daycare early so I could get in an early ride. It was awesome. My instructor had me jump, which I haven't done for a few years. I did alright. Then she had me weave the trees along the drive at a trot to get me used to navigating "rough" terrain. It wasn't too difficult but it certainly stuck me outside of my comfort zone. She has been amazing and has done ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:12:56 EST July 26: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 58 day blogging streak. 2 day fitness streak. I taught PiYo again today. I worked us hard today. It was a tough one. I need to stretch good tonight. Tomorrow I get to ride. Let the streak continue! 12 more days until Scotland!!! Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:48:52 EST July 25: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 57 Day blogging streak. 1 Day fitness streak. I finally figured out how to download the new rounds of PiYo today, so I spent this morning looking through the new round and then taught it at lunch. It was great! I'll get to teach again tomorrow. Yay! I felt good and strong during my class. Let's see if I can do it again tomorrow. Nutritionally, I'm doing better. I'm trying to keep track with my app. I brought pasta to work but I really wasn't in the mood so I ran to the café and bought chic... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:06:34 EST July 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 56 day blogging streak. I'm having issues. I feel so fat and feel so uncomfortable in my own clothes and skin. I know this mindset isn't helping but it's still hard to shrug this feel off. I'm scheduled to teach piyo twice this week. I hope that helps rewire my brain. I have to get out of this funk if I'm to be ready for our international getaway. It's 2 weeks away! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:35:07 EST July 23: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 55 day blogging streak 1 day fitness. Does bowling count as fitness? I'll say yes, although my heart rate didn't go up much. I've been a big bug on a log today. We signed up for a free trial for Netflix so I've been binge watching the Gilmore Girls. So awesome! I really need a scale. Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:16:51 EST July 22: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 54 day blogging streak. Other than chasing my son and his friend around I didn't get a workout in today. Good news is that my sciatica isn't bothering me as it was earlier in the week. Yay! I might get to ride tomorrow but we'll see how the weather holds. It's storming tonight, which I love. It'll help my son go to sleep early. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:51:42 EST July 21: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 53 day blogging streak. 11 day fitness streak. I went riding this morning. It was great! Hubby even came with me. He's starting to relax around the horses. It was good ride today. It was the first time since starting back up that I felt in control of my body. It was actually doing what I wanted it to do without complaint. It was awesome! Then we saw Dunkirk. Great movie! I'm proud of myself for... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:11:24 EST July 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 52 day blogging streak 10 day fitness streak I was productive today. I mowed the lawn and fixed a few fixtures around the house. Then I took my mom to dinner for her birthday. I'm proud of myself for ordering sensibly. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:19:09 EST July 19: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 51 day blogging streak. <BR> 9 day fitness streak <BR> <BR> I managed to go for a 20 minute walk at lunch time. It felt awesome although it was super hot. When I got back, my co-worker had returned from picking up our Sweetgreen Salads for lunch. Mine was delicious! Romaine lettuce with apples, almonds, wild rice, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and spicy cashew dressing. It was more like heaven :-) <BR> <BR> I'm feeling charged and ready for the rest of my day! <BR> <BR> My goal tonight is ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:44:18 EST July 18: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 50 day blogging streak (10 more days until the 2 month mark!) 8 day fitness streak My sciatic nerve has been bothering me today, but I persevered and taught a fun PiYo class. I followed my work out with a nutritious meal of chicken, veggies, and hummus. Overall, it's been a great day! Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:04:14 EST July 17: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 49 day blogging streak. 7 day fitness streak. My fitness consists of stretching today. I was supposed to go riding but my instructor cancelled, which was just as well. I'm still recovering from our weekend. I've been food prepping today, cutting up celery for my snacks. That will help. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:21:21 EST July 16: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 48 day blogging streak. 6 day fitness streak. I'm kind of surprised by my fitness streak. That has been pretty easy. Today, I got my fitness by walking around downtown at the O's game. It was a bad game. I can't believe we stayed the whole time, but my step mom bought us the tickets for my family and my brothers. It was a fun time with them but sitting for that long was terrible. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:04:47 EST