JMARISK's SparkPeople Blog JMARISK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Jingle Bell Rock This Challenge: Day 3 We settled on our house today. We are renting the house from the buyer until we close on the new house on monday. The buyer is super excited. That made us feel better and knowing that she has kids that will enjoy the neighborhood. The weather has been great. I actually played with matthew in the front yard for a bit this afternoon. It felt great to be active, at least for a little bit. Tomorrow we'll be packing and then going to my mom's for a little turkey feast. My family will celebrate... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:59:41 EST Jingle Bell Rock This Challenge: Day 2 So yeah, this Facebook challenge started yesterday. Oops. No matter, I'm doing great today. <BR> <BR> My cough is minimal. I went for a walk around the building at lunch time and then joined the sweetgreen salad club at work. Hurray for freshness! After lunch, I donated to charity as part of our Combined Federal Campaign. The charity was Echoes of Nature. They adopt wild animals from zoos who no longer can keep them to run educational programs. Today they had a beautiful spotted owl as their... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:56:57 EST Day 8: Junk Food Craving I have been craving junk food. Thank goodness I don't have anything sweet in my pantry right now. Otherwise, I'd be in trouble. <BR> <BR> I'm working at home today and have made a makeshift standing desk. It's keeping me mobile and I love it! I'm also trying to drink lot of water today. Agua, agua, agua! Me gusta mucho agua! (I'm leaving for Peru in a few weeks--I'm trying to brush up on my poor Spanish speaking skills). <BR> <BR> I'm still coughing like crazy but generally I'm feeling be... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:21:39 EST Day 7: Sunday Slug Day <img src=""> <BR> I've been having asthma attacks. They've side lined me today. I'm just so tired. I really hope I can get a good night's sleep tonight so I can get back to it tomorrow. In the meantime I'll try to finish my cross stitch. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:42:02 EST Day 6: Packing House I have been moving all day long. The grandparents have our son today so we could pack the house. We've been productive. The kitchen is pretty much done. Then we'll move on to the bedrooms. I went to patient 1st yesterday. Health diagnosis: strep, bronchitis, and tonsillitis. I'm on antibiotics and prednisone. Hopefully those will help. Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:38:17 EST Day 5: I'm still here! Wow, even on my work at home (WAH) day I'm making time to blog. Go me!!! <BR> <BR> I'm still coughing. I actually bugged out of work early yesterday. I was so exhausted just from coughing and my boss basically said, "You sound gross, go home." lol. So I did. I'm trying to get an appointment with my doctor but I've left messages and keep calling but no luck. They're usually more responsive than this, but it is the holidays and everyone get's sick this time of year. I'll keep trying and if all... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:30:17 EST Day 4: Cough, cough I'm still dealing with this stupid cough. I came close to packing my gym bag for work. I actually DID pack it, I just decided not to bring it. Fail. <BR> <BR> I may need to tell myself, "Suck it up, Buttercup" and go to the doctor. Antibiotics are not doing the job. They'll probably put me on a steroid. Ew. But if that's what it takes to get me back in action, then that's what I have to do. I'm ready to be active again. I hate not feeling well. <BR> <BR> VICTORY NOTE: I did not go to Dunk... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:14:49 EST Day 3: Physical Therapy This morning, hubs and I took Matthew to tour a new daycare. It was much smaller than his current daycare. The teacher was helping the kids make a giant gingerbread house. Matthew loved it! It was a more comfortable and encouraging environment. We can't wait for him to start on the 28th. He didn't even want to leave. <BR> <BR> After enrolling him at the new daycare, we went to the hardware store to purchase our floors for the new house. <BR> <BR> That was enough to tucker Matthew out. He ca... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:16:48 EST Day 2: Back In Action I love Tuesdays, because I get to teach PiYo during my lunch break! Today, I got to bust out a new routine. I only had 2 students but that made it easier to mark through the moves and make sure we were all in alignment. It was great! <BR> <BR> I really miss my daily gym regiment. I used to workout everyday. But since my car accident in mid-October I haven't been as active. Right as I was getting better from my injuries, I came down with strep. I'm finally starting to feel like a human being.... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:38:47 EST Day 1: Making a Comeback! Wow, I don't think I've logged onto SparkPeople since May. Normally I would say that's a good thing because it means I'm out being active instead of sitting stale on the couch. I wish that were the case, but--Confession--I feel like a stale piece of bread. <BR> <BR> At the start of my weight loss journey in 2008 I weighed 240lbs. After my son was born in 2012, I was on SparkPeople all the time, dedicated to blogging and tracking my calories and fitness minutes. By 2014 I was 158lbs and runn... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:56:22 EST Gaining; forgiveness You know what feels worse than gaining weight? Gaining weight after you've spent 5 years losing it. That's where I'm at right now. My starting weight in 2009 was 240lbs. In 2015, I made it 158lbs (3pounds from my goal weight). Then I don't know what happened, but my weight has steadily been on the increase since August 2015 and I am now 178lbs. I'm trying so hard to break the cycle, trying to remember how I managed to lose the weight to begin with. It's hard. It's hard not beating myself up ... Mon, 9 May 2016 14:43:00 EST Allergies hitting hard Wow, we went from snowy fields to sneezing fits in less than a week. I've been taking Claritin but my eyes still feel like they are lined with sandpaper. Ugh. Oh well. I'm not going to let that stop me from going out for a run today. I took special care to make sure I had everything in my gym bag this morning for a run so I'm going to do it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, at around 3pm, I felt exhausted. I laid on the couch and passed out, while my son played his video game. I think I laid there for a... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:08:05 EST Avoiding Temptation & Working out with Hubs Typically on Wednesdays, I stop at Dunkin Donuts for a coffee and sandwich for me and my husband on my way back from dropping off our son at daycare. Today I made sure to drink my coffee at home and make a solid breakfast of egg whites. I didn't even want to make the 1/2 mile trip to the drive-thru. Success!! <BR> <BR> My husband managed to go out last night to play soccer with a few friends. I'm so glad. I can really tell the difference when he gets to kick the ball around. Now that the wea... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:39:49 EST PiYo in the Park It's going to be 71 degrees today!! Woohooo!! I am taking my PiYo class to the park today for our session. It is just too pretty outside for an indoor workout. I hope you all are enjoying your own taste of Spring. <BR> <BR> My allergies are kicking in so I'll have to start taking Claritin again. Boo. I can already tell that this year is going to be bad. Oh well. It won't keep me from enjoying the weather. <BR> <BR> Nutrition wise I'm not off to a good start today. I stopped at Dunkin Donuts... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:14:25 EST The Great Escape! It was hard but I forced myself to break my chain from the computer at work and escape to the gym. Of course, once I was there it was impossible to leave. I started with TRX suspension to work my muscles. Then I walked on the treadmill for about 25 minutes. I went really slow because I didn't want to overdo it (I've been fighting something for days) but it was enough to keep me warm and relaxed. <BR> <BR> I got lost listening to my Scottish romance novel on the treadmill. Now I'm thinking w... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:37:39 EST Wishy Washy Weather Our class facilitator gave us over an hour for lunch yesterday. I was super excited to finally get out of that stuffy training room and outside for my run. It was one of those days when it's warmer when you leave the house than it is at noon. Needless to say I didn't have the proper running gear for the elements. Just a short shirt and my capris. I ran anyway, determined to get a few miles in. I was crying Uncle after just a mile though. The wind was brutal! <BR> <BR> I'm paying for it toda... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 06:38:43 EST Prepping for success I'm a planner. That's just what I do. I get this surge of adrenaline when I get my meal planning charts out. Weird, I know. <BR> <BR> I totally forgot that SparkPeople creates simple meal plans and generates grocery lists for you! I'm totally taking advantage of that this week to prepare for next week. Thursday is usually my meal prep day since Friday we buy groceries. I'm getting excited though especially after joining the Fit Foods Challenge. I think it's exactly what I need right now to ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 06:54:51 EST Small Victories I managed to get myself to bed last night by 8:30. I didn't fall asleep until 9:30 though but that was because hubs came home from this Holocaust event that he had to attend for school. Meeting a survivor was on his Bucket List so he was all amped up and excited when he got home. He still had goose bumps while I was talking to him about it. It was cute. <BR> <BR> Yes, hubs and I are back on speaking terms. We had a half-hearted heart to heart discussion over the weekend. It helped a little ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:39:39 EST I deserve better than this I'm so tired. Tossed and turned all night, because of my ungrateful husband. I spent 4 hours helping him with his homework yesterday morning. Everything was going well. But when I went downstairs to the kitchen for lunch his mood had completely changed. He was mad because our 4 year old didn't eat his lunch at school and came home saying he was hungry. This happens often but yesterday it seemed to have really bothered hubs. Our son asked for salad but my husband said, "NO, you need to eat mea... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:42:11 EST I Return to PiYo Yay! I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in about 2 weeks. I worked on my PiYo routine since I'm supposed to teach today. It was a little frustrating since I couldn't get as deep in the poses as I'm used to but I know I'll get back to where I was in another week or two if I keep doing it. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to teach today. I love my PiYo class. My students are so supportive and motivating. They love my class and how good it makes them feel. I love it too. <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:23:46 EST Deja Vu I fought so hard to get out of the 170s that I told myself that I would NEVER see that number on the scale again. Well, two years later I'm back there again. My mind is in the same place as when I started my journey in 2009 at 240lbs. It's a bad place to be mentally and physically. <BR> <BR> A ten pound weight gain shouldn't be enough to make a person sink so deep into self-doubt. But it is, mostly because I can FEEL the difference between 160 and 170. The clothes I used to lay around in on ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:58:33 EST Happy Holidays: Fight to the Finish Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I've written a blog. I don't want you to think that I've fallen off the wagon. Sure I've had slips, but generally, I've been able to get back on track pretty quickly. Over the last year, I've been hosting challenge groups on Facebook and loving it! The motivation, inspiration, and support I get from my challenge mates is beyond compare. <BR> <BR> I'm still teaching PiYo once a week. I used to want to teach it more but have come to realize that ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:36:53 EST Back to Basics I told myself that I would get back to basics this month by logging into Sparkpeople more often. Well here we are the middle of July and this is my first entry--first time logging in to Sparkpeople. I've been doing well over all but I've been slowly gaining weight again. I could give a million excuses as to why, the most prevalent being my autoimmune disease. Having a weak immune system is not conducive to having a 3 year old in day care. I feel like I'm sick every 5 minutes, and it has rea... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:07:36 EST Burning Out; Time for a New Approach I've been a Beachbody coach since July. I've really enjoyed leading challenge groups and seeing the progress of my challengers, but I have to be honest--I'm getting burned out. Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed an increase of negative self-talk about my body. I'm not gaining weight, I'm not losing weight. I'm just stuck. I've put so much pressure on myself to lose the last 5-10lbs so that I can motivate other people and sell more products, because that's what Beachbody coaches do. ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:43:40 EST Day 1: 21 Day Fix Extreme Technically I'm on day 2, but I thought I'd be numerical. This is also my second round of the Extreme Fix. Have you heard of it? It's definitely intense, but I noticed a huge difference after the first round. It's definitely not a sustainable program. I mean, the results keep, but it's a pretty strict diet--No cheating allowed! That's manageable for 3 weeks but no more than that. Still it's a fantastic program! I'm going to use it to FINALLY reach my goal weight! <BR> <BR> I only have 5 more... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:34:44 EST Celebrating My Path to Victory (Pictures) Today, I am celebrating victories! <BR> <BR> This was me in 2008. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was 220lbs. My life was sedentary, always had been even when I was younger. I never played sports. I never ate my fruits or veggies. My family ate pizza every Friday night. To relax or unwind, we would eat in front of the TV while watching movies. We could watch movies back to back all day long, all week long. Looking back, I don't know how we d... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:13:15 EST I'm Still Here! Sorry it has been so long since I've blogged. I haven't been coming on Sparkpeople as much as I should because I've been so focused on my challenge groups on Facebook. I need to start using the calorie tracker again to help me keep track of my meals. <BR> <BR> I've been using the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs to help me maintained a dialed-in nutrition plan. TOday is my last day of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and I'm so grateful. THat is a tough plan to follow for three weeks but it'... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 09:32:00 EST Mixing it UP! I took Tabata today. I felt silly not being able to do half of the things they were doing, especially when the other classmates are also my PiYo students on Tuesdays. But I tried not to think about it. I particularly suffered when it came to 30 second pushups. Granted I do a lot of pushups in PiYo but we'll sprinkle reps of 4 throughout the workout. This was just 4 rounds of do-as-many-pushups-as-you-can-in-30 seconds madness! The abwork was a piece of cake though, so at least I noticed a dif... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:59:39 EST Push to 30! Last year, It was my goal to be 175lbs by my 29th birthday (1/28). This year, my goal is to make it to 158lbs by my 30th birthday. I've been hovering around 160lbs for 4 months and it's time to get serious and break that plateau! <BR> <BR> PiYo has become the ultimate stress reliever for me. I've never loved working out so much, but I probably need to start shaking the tree a bit and try other workouts for variety. I'm noticing definition in my arms, back and core. Definition that I've been ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:03:32 EST PiYo X2 I went down to the gym at 11:15 to make sure I was out of there before the 12:15 class. Steve was on the schedule to teach but he never showed up. So, I got to practice my new PiYo routine again! <BR> <BR> 45 minutes of PiYo + 45 minutes of PiYo=Sore EVERTHING! <BR> <BR> I am completely spent, but it feels good. I needed a good burn-out workout, I haven't had one for awhile. I took one look at my high heel boots in the locker room and said, "Nope, not happening." The office is just going t... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:35:42 EST Commit to Change: 2015 Wow, what a year it has been-- 2014 proved to be my best year yet! <BR> <BR> The highlights would have to be my trip to Ireland with hubby, completing my first 10k, becoming a Beach Body coach, and becoming a certified PiYo instructor. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:32:20 EST Happiness is Contagious--Spread the cooties! I had 6 women participate in my PiYo class today. They all loved the new routine. I had their limbs shaking by the end of the 45 minute workout. It truly is an awesome feeling, helping others achieve success. They're helping me too by keeping me accountable. <BR> <BR> I was feeling sluggish and crampy all morning. I wasn't that motivated to workout this afternoon, so I made myself go down a few minutes early to get my head in the game. That seemed to work. As soon as I walked into the gym,... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:46:56 EST Exhaustion Run Amuck I'm sure you feel the same way I do today. Tired, exhausted, and a little heavier. The carbo overload from last week is definitely taking its toll on me today, my first day back to work. I feel like a slug. I can definitely feel the extra weight I packed on over the course of a week's stay-cation. I don't like it at all. <BR> <BR> I brought my gym bag into work. My goal is to get out on the trail today for a run at lunch. As the clock ticks down to noon, I find myself coming up with a lis... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:23:08 EST PiYo & Color Run So, as promised I am making some changes in my life. Today, I downgraded a few apps that were helping me run my Beachbody business, so I won't be paying for those services. I'm going to keep my Beachbody coach subscription so I can keep getting the shakes discounted, because they are helping me. But who knows, I might find something cheaper over the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> I just finished teaching my PiYo class. I had a lot of new people this week and it was great! They all walked in n... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:17:08 EST Back to Basics I've been struggling for a month to stay active and stick to my clean-eating plan, so today, I'm going to focus on the basics. What does that mean? <BR> <BR> It means, spending some quality at the place where my journey truly began: Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I've been so focused on my Beachbody business that I haven't been able to focus on me or anyone else. I'm trying to prioritize my life, which as you all know, is ridiculously difficult. There are two areas in particular that I need to foc... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:21:45 EST I'm a Fitness Instructor!! Say what?! <BR> <BR> That's right, I passed my PiYo certification class on Sunday and I am now an instructor at my gym! My gym director just announced to the class that I would be brought on as a new instructor. I am super excited. I don't think I've ever been this proud of myself. The birth of my son is up there but this is darn near close. <BR> <BR> When I started my journey 6 years ago, getting a fitness certification was never a consideration. I never thought I could do it; never thoug... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:07:57 EST PiYo Certification and Other Distrations I just printed the manual for my PiYo Certification Course. I am super nervous, but excited. I think I'll do okay. I'm just worried that I won't be strong enough to make it throughout the day. It's a 9-5 class with a 30 minute lunch break. We have been warned to bring several pairs of workout clothes as we will be sweating a lot. Can't wait! I'll probably drop like 5 lbs. lol. <BR> <BR> As nervous as I am, I still plan on walking into that gym with confidence. I may not be the most athletic ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:05:23 EST Day 19 of 21. Today, I will make squash/quinoa soup. I've had to split the preparation over a day, which has worked out pretty well. Last night, I threw the acorn squash in the oven for an hour then waited for it to cool before peeling it and storing it in the fridge for later. Today, I'll throw is in the saucepan with the carrots, onion, garlic, and veggie broth (low-sodium, of course). When Matthew wakes from his nap, I'll throw it all in the blender. Viola! Dinner. <BR> <BR> My 21 Day Fix is almost o... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:20:10 EST Day 18 of 21 Day Fix Only a few more days left in my 21 day challenge. It's sad but exciting. Over the last 2 and half weeks I've lost 5lbs! That may not seem like a lot, but for someone with hypothyroidism that's huge! In January, I was 175lbs. Now, I'm 158lbs!! I finally busted my plateau and I'm looking forward to round 2. <BR> <BR> This round, I'll be ramping up the stakes by incorporating PiYo into my workout rotation. I'm so excited to become a PiYo fitness instructor. I talked to my gym manager yesterda... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:12:55 EST Race a 10K. CHECK. (Pictures) <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> I ran my first 10K ever yesterday. It was amazing!! My friend Amy ran with me. Thank goodness. I never would have made it up that last hill without her pushing me on. My longest distance before yesterday was 5.6miles, so I really didn't know what to expect from my legs yesterday. <BR> <BR> We started the race slow, but then picked up to an 11minute mile pace at the 2 miles mark and kept it. We started to struggle at the turn around spot, probably because it was mos... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:14:48 EST Plateau Busted! I finally found a program to help me bust through my plateau and it's called the 21 Day Fix! I've been fighting since January to get from 175lbs to under 160, and now I'm 1lbs away! After 3 months of being in the 160s, I'm finally losing inches and pounds. <BR> <BR> The workouts are effective but not intense, great for the end of the day. It's the first DVD collection I've purchased that I'm actually excited to use. <BR> <BR> And the portion control containers keep me honest throughout th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:50:46 EST Day 1 of 21 Day Fix So far so good! I did the 30 minute cardio Fix. That kicked my butt. I almost quit but it got easier once I got passed the 3rd round of exercises. It'll be easy to keep doing those because they're so enjoyable. I love that you can take it at your own pace and that there are rest intervals incorporated too for water. <BR> <BR> The containers have been pretty easy too. I'm glad I got the 21 Tally app to keep track of my containers throughout the day. That has definitely come in handy. <BR> <... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:56:50 EST August=Bust; September=Hope SO August was a bust. Between the concussion, going to Ireland, and then getting sick, nothing has gone according to plan. I sort of knew this would happen at some point. I knew that getting motivated to start running again after our trip would be difficult. But throughout the process I have continued to start positive and determined. <BR> <BR> That trend will continue in September. <BR> <BR> Starting Monday, I will be completely engrossed in my 21 Day Fix and 10k training. I've already s... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:32:54 EST Z-Pack is on Board. So what I thought were just horrible allergies turned out to be strep or something like strep--the nurse practitioner was reluctant to diagnose my condition. But she gave me a z-pack and told me to refrain from exercise for 4 days at least. I'm going to respect her wishes and lay back for a few days and hope this round of antibiotics works. <BR> <BR> My plan is to do a few PiYo workouts to help rebuild some muscle in my legs and core so that my runs next week aren't as torturous. They're s... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:14:40 EST Running Again I finally made it out at lunch! I started my run mentally prepared but my confidence quickly deteriorated between mile 1 and 2. UGH! I was running 5 miles just 4 weeks ago and now I'm struggling to run a 5k! <BR> <BR> I ended up walking most of my course, but as I continued I tried to desperately think if positives about the run: At least I'm out here, one step at a time, I ran 5 miles once and I can do it again, I'll get there, I can do this... <BR> <BR> My body is sore and not used to th... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:30 EST Finally Motivated, But Can't Do Anything About It. This morning I put together my 21 Day Fix challenge material. I'm launching the team in less than 2 weeks! Putting the posts and tips together really helped throw the Spark to light my fires. I want to get out and run so bad but I didn't bring my gymbag into work today. I woke up feeling worse so decided to give my body time to recover from this sinus infection. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better, now, though. All I want to do is GO! I'll try to do some PiYo tonight to get my body used to the exe... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:48:44 EST Making my own steam (Pictures from Ireland) It has been hard getting back into my training routine following vacation and a concussion. I was pumping myself up to get rolling with it this week but on Sunday my throat started to hurt. Oh BOY. I immediately started to take some antibiotics that we had in the house. The medicine has helped prevent the infection from getting bad, but I'm not getting any better either. <BR> <BR> Today I feel simply exhausted. My chest is also tight and I have a bit of a cough so working out is definitely... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:58 EST 21 Day Fix Challenge Ireland was fantastic! Hubs and I had a magical time, so much so that we're thinking of moving there. I'm actually amazed that I didn't gain that much weight while we were there, must have been all that walking. Still, my good eating habits have gone out the window and I have a 10k to run in 4 weeks! <BR> <BR> Anyone else struggling to get back into the swing after vacation? I'm starting a 21 day challenge group that will focus on portion control and committing to 30 minutes of exercise a d... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:39:52 EST Bon Voyage! This will probably be my last post until I return from Ireland. I am so excited. It's starting to hit me, we're actually doing this. In two days, we'll be sleeping in a castle and taking long walks along the Cliffs of Moher! <BR> <BR> It's going to be an amazing experience, one for the books! I'm tapping my toes to the sound of traditional Irish music streaming from Pandora radio. IN a few days I'll be listening to the real thing at O'Conner's Pub in Doolin. This world is amazing and I thank... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:11:07 EST Two More Days Until Ireland! (Pic) I'm excited, can't you tell? I'm also getting tired of sitting around waiting. <BR> <BR> My head feels much better. I haven't been working out, but last night I did go to the park with my son and kick the ball around in the heat. THat felt fantastic! I'm probably going to go to yoga class today, maybe go for a light run prior to just to warm up. I actually miss running, which is funny because I absolutely hate it when I'm doing it. lol <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself for a few days. I'm... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:43:47 EST