JMARISK's SparkPeople Blog JMARISK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 July 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 47 day blogging streak 5 day fitness streak I earned my fitness minutes from mowing my friend's lawn. It didn't take me long but I'm still counting it. I spent this morning painting. Then I mowed. Then I drove 2 hours with the family to a drag racing event. It wad awesome! My son loved it. Now we're driving back home. I can't wait for bed. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:40:44 EST July 14: Small Goals Committment Challenge 46 day blogging streak. <BR> 4 day fitness streak. <BR> <BR> I finally got to go riding! It felt awesome. It's just what I needed after this stressful week. My fitbit registered 75 active minutes this morning even though I was only on the horse for about 60 minutes. But I was helping them bring horses in from the field and tacking up my horse who was more interested in the hay in front of him than having me stick his face through the bridle. That was fun! haha. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:54:06 EST July 13: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 45 day blogging streak 3 day fitness minute streak I haven't done my fitness yet, but I will as soon as I finish writing. I'm going to get my elastic band and do some arm work. Tomorrow I get to go riding! Finally. I need it so bad. I've been so stressed out by work. It'll be good to just get away to the barn for an hour. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:17:52 EST July 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 44 day blogging streak. 2 day fitness streak. I went running today! And it was hotter than heck outside. I managed to go 2.34 miles. I don't care how long it took me. I was just proud of myself for getting out. I listened to that quiet voice that said, "Stop the excuses. You need this!" Then I went to dinner with the family and over ate. Now I feel like dirt. Overall, I'm proud of myself. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:52:36 EST July 11: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 43 day blogging streak. I taught an awesome PiYo class today. I am feeling my arms but that could be more from moving that mattress yesterday than the workout. My food is packed for tomorrow. I'm ready! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:36:26 EST July 10: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 42 day blogging streak. I was supposed to ride tonight but I went to my friend's tonight to help her move a mattress. When I got there she had her 18month old strapped to her back and she was trying to move stuff. I could tell that she was overwhelmed. So I canceled my lesson and made my friend's bed frame so she didn't have to sleep on the floor tonight. That was a workout! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:20:49 EST July 9: Small goals Commitment Challenge 41 day blogging streak. <BR> <BR> My hubby is home! Yay. It has been wonderful. I've even be able to spend some time reading a book, now that Matthew is distracted by daddy's video games. <BR> <BR> I cleaned the house a bit this morning, but generally I've just been taking it easy. We're all pretty worn out from the stress of the last few days. Matthew still has a temp. Hopefully it will break soon. He'll still probablyhave to stay home tomorrow from school. We will survive. <BR> <BR> I h... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:12:00 EST July 8: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 40 day blogging streak!!! My energy level is so low. I'm whipped. Thank goodness hubs gets back tomorrow. This has been the longest 4 days ever! I'm going to go for a run tomorrow. That should help. My boys :-) Sat, 8 Jul 2017 19:00:06 EST July 7: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 39 day blogging streak. Matthew has foot and mouth disease. So it should go away in a few days. Thank goodness. I hate seeing him like this. This is us waiting for the doctor. His temp was 101. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:47:37 EST July 6: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> 38 day blogging streak. Matthew has run a fever today. So my fitness minutes came in the form of carrying my 45lb child around the house. He wanted mac and cheese so I made it but I also snuck in some quinoa. I couldn't get it passed him but he still ate it. He's in bed. I should go to bed too. I'm starting to feel ill. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 21:04:22 EST July 5: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 37 day blogging streak. Today has been good. I taught piyo and stayed within my calorie range. Go me! Wed, 5 Jul 2017 19:25:52 EST July 4: Small Goals Commitment Challenge 36 day blogging streak Happy Independence day! Tue, 4 Jul 2017 18:04:17 EST July 3: Small goals commitment challenge 35 day blogging streak! <BR> <BR> I will meet my 10+ fitness minute goal today by a mile. I've already clocked 37 minutes and almost 5k steps after mowing our yard. Tonight I'll get even more fitness minutes when I go riding. I'm pretty sure I'll surpass my step goal too. I just hope my legs don't give out on me like they did last Monday. I'd really like to be able to canter more than once around the ring. <BR> <BR> After horseback riding, we'll come home, shower, and then set off some fir... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 15:22:03 EST July 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Highlight - 34 day blogging streak Daily compliment: way to avoid temptation today. We went to Dennys today for breakfast. I ordered egg whites, turkey bacon, and a Belgian waffle which I split it with my son. We then went to a parade. We picked a spot right across from the 711. I went in to get my addon a slushy but I picked up a container of hummus with pretzels. The parade was great! I watch... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:22:01 EST July 1: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> Highlights - 33 day blogging streak! - Daily Compliment: Good job not drinking that entire soda. It was pretty icky. My son had a pool party today. Ugh cookout. So much food! I did good until someone walked in with a huge tray of cookies. I devoured about 5. Oh well. We only live once. Sat, 1 Jul 2017 21:11:30 EST June 30: Small Goals Committment Challenge So I thought today was my 30th day of blogging for this challenge but I am mistaken. I've blogged 32 consecutive days! That is unbelievable! Did I lose weight this month? No. Do I care? Well, yeah. I'm not going to ignore the fact that I didn't lose an ounce of fat. I'm not going to beat myself up over it either. Instead, I'm going to examine my approach and make some adjustments to my small goals. Next month, I'm going to experiment with how I capture my daily goals. Maybe I should have 1 or... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:22:31 EST June 29: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Highlight - 30 day blogging streak Daily compliment: you are not a failure! Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:14:41 EST June 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Highlights - 29 day blogging streak Daily compliment: you are a great leader Tomorrow I am meal planning for next week. I will be prepared and set for success! Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:59:17 EST June 27: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> Highlights - 28 day blogging streak - 0 day tracking streak - 2 day 10+ fitness minutes streak Daily compliment: way to get your steps in even with your sore legs. I am so sore from riding last night. It was a beautiful evening. Matthew even rode last night. He loved It! He smiled the whole time. He is a natural. Time to watch Savage Race. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:13:17 EST June 26: Small Goals Commitment Challenge-Confession Highlights <BR> - 27 day blogging streak <BR> - Calorie track incomplete <BR> - 1 day 10+fitness minute streak <BR> <BR> Daily self-compliment (hard today): I'm proud of you for only eating 4 peanutbutter crackers instead of 5 like you almost did. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling. I have not been eating well nor have I been getting my 10 fitness minutes in every day. How are is it to fit 10 minutes of exercise in a day? Not very, but I can't seem to get it done. <BR> <BR> Today I will re... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:39:10 EST June 25: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Highlights -26 day blogging streak Daily compliment: you are steady. I judged a horse trail ride with my son this morning. It was fun. I'm waiting for a pizza delivery. Ugh. Tomorrow is another day. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:24:08 EST June 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Highlights - 26 day blogging streak - 6 day calorie tracking streak - 5 day 10+ fitness minutes Daily compliment: you are patient, courteous, and kind. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:43:10 EST June 23: Small Goals Commitment challenge Highlights <BR> - 25 day blogging streak <BR> - 5 day Calorie tracking streak <BR> - 4 day 10+Fitness minutes streak <BR> <BR> Daily compliment: Today was so much fun! Your posture on Valentine was so much better than last week. Keep it up! <BR> <BR> I haven't actually tracked my calories yet, but I will as soon as I finish this blog. I know if I write down that I did that I will guilt myself into doing it. I overate a bit this morning and indulged in a small iced caramel macchiato. Oh well... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:32:30 EST June 22: Small Goals Commitment Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Highlights <BR> -24 day blogging streak <BR> - 4 day calorie tracking streak <BR> - 3 day 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> <BR> Daily compliment: Your arms are getting toned! <BR> <BR> I did a ton of yard work today. I am exhausted, but I also feel proud. Proud that I accomplished something. <BR> <BR> Time to play with Matthew for a few hours before bed Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:17:35 EST June 21: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Highlights <BR> - 22 day blogging streak (WooHoo!) <BR> - 3 day Calorie tracking streak (WooHoo!) <BR> - 2 day 10 + Fitness Minute streak (WooHoo) <BR> <BR> Daily Compliment: Your body awareness is getting better. I noticed during your walk. You did great keeping your core tight throughout the entire 3 mile walk/run. It felt great! WooHoo!!! <BR> <BR> I worked with my personal trainer for a few minutes today. She showed me some great workouts and stretches that will help with my core and sc... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:48 EST June 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge- Defeating Addiction Highlights <BR> - 21 day blogging streak <BR> - 2 day calorie tracking streak <BR> - 1 day 10+minutes fitness minute streak <BR> <BR> Daily Compliment: You are beautiful! <BR> <BR> This morning I gave into temptation and bought a WaWa sizzle (turkey sausage, egg white, and cheese on a bagel). It completely messed my stomach up. I won't be doing THAT again. I can't even remember the last time I ate one of those. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to ride last night because of the storms. It's okay be... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:59:23 EST