JULIANEASHLEY11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JULIANEASHLEY11 JULIANEASHLEY11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Easy Isn't An Option http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792193215.jpg"> <BR> Who wants to say that their biggest achievement was easy to obtain? NOT ME! <BR> I want to look back in amazement of the feat I conquered! <BR> <BR> Today may not be that day (Let's hope not since I'm not at my goal weight) but I know that it will come and I will be able to say "It kicked my butt at times, but I kept at it!" <BR> <BR> One day at a time. <BR> One pound at a time. <BR> One workout at a time. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:51:54 EST 30-day Challenge: Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260485 Paleo <BR> <BR> 19 days DOWN! 11 more to CRUSH! <BR> <BR> Somehow I have managed to last this long. Yes, I may have the occasional indulgence of soy milk or all-natural ice cream but if these are my new indulgences, then I think this change has already been successful! My desire to eat processed foods has decreased drastically, and only becomes an issue when I am running behind schedule and want something quick. My major goal to address this issue is to PLAN AHEAD! I have almonds pre-packe... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:59:15 EST Day 14 Downslide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252914 The last few days have been really rough. I do not know what is going on with me anymore. I've been sleeping for ten or more hours each night and refusing to wake up even when I have something planned. My desire to go outside is gone, c.o.m.p.l.e.t.e.l.y. <BR> <BR> Hanging out with others is draining because I have to pretend that I'm interested--pretend I care. Truth is that I don't. I don't care anymore. <BR> <BR> The only good thing is that I keep working out. I do feel better after a l... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 19:10:37 EST 30 Day Challenge: Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248397 Eleven down, nineteen more to go! <BR> <BR> My stomach looks flatter and I feel my body toning up but still no big change on the scale. I am not weighing or measuring myself until Friday because doing it every day was starting to depress me. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774689600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> CROSSFIT <BR> The last foundations session was today and I was quite proud of myself! I am going to track my progress daily (recommended by my CF trainers) and not compare myse... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:47:01 EST 30-day Challenge: Day Eight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245075 Honestly, I have not hit my stride yet and I’m struggling. I’m craving ice cream, chocolate, peanut butter, and pasta. Mmmm … mostly ice cream! Yesterday was AWFUL! I was invited to a wine tasting by a friend, and since I tend to skip out on any type of social interaction, I decided to go. I was able to control myself and only tried three wines (totally not worth the $10 admission, though) and I only ate a few grapes and strawberry instead of the mini quiches and barbecue chicken they had sit... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:23:43 EST 30 Day Challenge Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241966 So much of our lives is spent trying to make things perfect… to figure it out. Yet, what happens in those moments of clarity when you realize that no matter how hard you push, how far you get, you’ll never figure everything out. What keeps you moving forward in those moments? <BR> <BR> As many of you may know, I am a Christian. To me this solidifies the fact that we will never ever ever (*don’t lie, you started singing the Taylor Swift song*), know everything. We were not created to know eve... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:59:15 EST 30-day Challenge: Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241468 Today was another challenge with my youth group’s Superbowl party… imagine two long tables filled with ooey-gooey chocolate treats, chips, various dips, cheese, and pizza! UGH it was difficult to avoid but… I DID! <BR> <BR> I brought a protein shake with me and drank it right before the party started and only ate apple slices, grapes and this organic cinnamon apple concoction that was delicious! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will probably be rough with my first real Crossfit workout in the AM, dog wal... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:20:36 EST 30-day Challenge: Day Five AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241466 Yesterday was crazy busy. With my 9 AM crossfit workout, walking Toby, finishing my Cyberlaw presentation, walking Nana & Toto, and then class from 4 PM – 9 PM! Luckily, I prepped my lunch and snacks so I did NOT cheat. I’m very proud of that because I thought I might give in with the busy schedule. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220451674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> 1/4 cup quinoa with 2 eggs over easy <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> Almonds (1 oz, or 24 nuts) <BR> 1 Star fruit <BR... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:19:59 EST 30-day Challenge: Day Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241462 When someone asks me why I’m eating differently, I keep responding with “The Paleo diet.” Yet I hate saying “diet” because I do not feel I am restricting any calories. Honestly, I am eating a lot more than I usually would! The Paleo solution simply requires me to put thought into what I place on my plate. No longer am I reaching into the freezer and pulling out a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. My energy level has increased slightly, although my intense workouts have decreased any po... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:18:42 EST 30-day Challenge: Day Six http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241460 Frankly I do not want to write this post because I am disappointed. I am not disappointed in the diet, but in myself. I caved in today. Today was a rough day, basically. I was tired and did not feel like making meals so I phoned it in. I ate a Nogii Paleo Bar Nuts Over Berries for breakfast, a handful of almonds and a swig of chocolate Almond Milk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365941587.jpg">That’s NOT the worst part! <BR> <BR> I did okay for lunch because I... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:18:08 EST 30-day Challenge: DAY ONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818383118.jpg"> <BR> Today was the start of both my Paleo and Crossfit challenges. Needless to say I am exhausted! Now, I did not eat appropriately today according to my Crossfit trainer, Joe, because I only ate twice between 6 AM and 4 PM...my excuse was that I was that I went back to bed from 7AM - 12PM, for some reason he said that didn't count. Also, I was feeling under the weather yesterday so I did not make it to the grocery store for... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:19:57 EST Moving to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212137 The new year is already a two weeks in and I am still having a tough time nailing down my "resolutions". Saying I am making "New Year's resolutions" seems too clique to ever work... so I am calling this year my "Year of Change". There are so many areas of my life that need improvement from health to personal. <BR> <BR> The idea I have is to lay out my goals and keep track of my progress as the year goes on. I plan on tackling everything in stages... my biggest flaw has been trying to GO BIG ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:15:43 EST What does it mean to be on track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157198 Lately I've been thinking about why I feel pressured to be at a particular stage in my life. Based on my high school classmates, I feel so far behind! M0st have finished college, gotten engaged or married, have one (some two) children, a decent job, etc. I feel left in the dust. Why do I feel like this? <BR> <BR> In the almost 7 years since graduation, I have completed by BA in Biochemistry, received my MS in Forensic Science and am half-way through law school. I started my own pet care busi... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 14:13:54 EST Preparing for A Freeze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081244 The real measure of your wealth <BR> is how much you'd be worth <BR> if you lost all your money. <BR> <BR> ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> As some of my loyal readers may have noticed, I stopped Insanity. No, it was not too tough... although my knees were sore. Yet, financially, I decided that it was a silly choice to purchase right now. My life needs to be on track physically, financially, and spiritually; purchasing more than I can afford does not allow that to improve. <BR> <BR> While this de... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:49:00 EST Life changes when you aren't looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078935 My renewed love for fitness and health may pay off... my friend called me with an opportunity and I spent the rest of the day researching personal trainer certifications! <BR> Me? A personal trainer?... maybe! <BR> <BR> I am always looking for ways to improve my resume and expand my horizons, so why not? This will encourage me to STAY in peak physical shape year-round, it may not be a career goal but it is a nice side job. Heck, maybe it'll help me think twice before ordering pizza or skippi... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:09:18 EST Insanity: Day 5, 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076977 I ended up moving the day 6 rest to Tuesday because of my hectic schedule and inability to concentrate on anything... it was an emotionally draining day from start to finish. Regardless, I did day 5 yesterday morning. It was Plyometric Cardio (same as day 1) and *shockingly* I felt like it was easier!!!! <BR> <BR> Could results really be happening already? <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Today is Cardio Power & Resistance which was TOUGH, so I am nervous... but also happy to see if I have improv... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:09:47 EST Insanity Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076968 Day 4 was PURE CARDIO. <BR> The circuit started as it typically does with three sets of the "warm-up" with increasing intensity followed by about 5 minutes of stretching. <BR> Then... it was time for 15 minutes of straight cardio! I knew I was in trouble when Shaun T -- the instructor -- said he was nervous for this circuit! <BR> Well, it was 15 different exercises done for 1 minute each. Shaun T encouraged taking a break to check our heart rate, grab a drink, or simply catch our breath. <B... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:01:44 EST Insanity: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072204 Today was Cardio Recovery meaning that I could "recovery" from the crazy amounts of cardio that filled the last two days. The workout was not as intense and slow paced; nonetheless, by midway I was still drenched in sweat! <BR> I did not want to do the workout and thought about just running since I knew today would be mostly stretching and yoga-like exercises, yet I do NOT give up so quickly! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is supposed to be intense so I am worried. Nonetheless with all the drama that h... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:06:50 EST Day 2 - Overwhelmed with Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070865 It took me until 7 PM but I finally worked up enough courage to pop in the second disc. <BR> I did not think I was going to be able to make it through the entire routine because my body was aching. Nonetheless, I told myself that I would push myself and try. <BR> <BR> I ended up only skipping the third repeat of the second routine because I thought my body was about to break... yet I did do football sprints in place of it so that my heart rate stayed elevated. <BR> Once the workout finished... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 22:04:51 EST Insanity: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069708 Today was the start of the actual fitness program and man is it challenging! <BR> <BR> I had no idea what to expect. I have talked to my friend, Carly...who is also now my beachbody coach... so I know that Insanity provides crazy awesome results and I know that I want that! <BR> <BR> I woke up at 8 AM and decided to go to my typical BarreAmped class, which is a pseudo-mix of Pilates, yoga, and ballet that KICKS your bum! Anyways, I came home, took a quick nap, walked my mid-day dogs, and th... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:56:57 EST Insanity Day 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069706 Am I insane? I must be. My insanity package arrived yesterday afternoon and I thought "well, guess I'll start today!" The first day is only a fit test to gauge your progress every two weeks so I thought... this will be easy! If you follow my blog, then you know that I have been on a rather successful weight-loss/fitness journey since May-- I lost 20 lbs. I have been attending BarreAmped class at least 2x a week, if not more and thought I was "in shape". How hard can a fit test be? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:56:20 EST Storm before the Calm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067172 Lately I have been extremely homesick. Being 1000 miles away from my family has been more difficult this time around than last year. I have realized in recent weeks that the people I thought I could "lean" on for support were not entirely who I thought they were. No one has wronged me or anything, but they have been very critical and judgment of my choices and relationship situation. <BR> <BR> At first I was able to throw myself into fitness and health in order to forget everything, but wit... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:06:25 EST Insanity's about to Takeover! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912984023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe I am easily intimidated but this photo terrifies me! I have no idea how I am going to commit to this 60 day challenge yet I KNOW I can do it! One of my friends, and fellow ex-junk foodie, completed her 60 day challenge about two weeks ago and the results were amazing! <BR> <BR> While I am only fifteen pounds from my goal weight... I AM FIFTEEN POUNDS FROM MY GOAL WEIGHT! My goal is not to just drop weight a... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:52:28 EST Monday = Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063503 Today I have decided to post my potential weight loss by week. Assuming a 2 lb weight loss per week, I should reach my desired weight loss in eight weeks. <BR> Oh, I wish this was a perfect world! I know this is a lofty goal and I hope that not reaching the milestones will not hinder my progress. <BR> <BR> My meal today has been <BR> 1 6-oz can of Red Bull <BR> 1 Blueberry Spinach Protein Smoothie (with Perfect Fit Protein) <BR> ~15 jellybeans (I could NOT resist!) <BR> <BR> I hope to have... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:44:21 EST Love Never Fails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061718 When I started my weight-loss journey, I was not doing it for myself. I admit that I was doing it in order to prove to others that I could do it. Well, I did! Now, as I approach my goal weight I realize that I will never succeed long-term if this transformation is not for myself. <BR> So, from this moment on, I am doing this for me. I am not sure who said it, maybe it was my grandma, but I was told "love never fails" and for a time I thought it meant I needed the love of others in order to su... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:01:32 EST Finding my 25th Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059841 Finding the hidden time in my day has not been as difficult as I thought. The time I sit around viewing Facebook or reading through daily celebrity gossip is more than I would like to admit. Until a few months ago, television was not a huge part of my life... yet now, I find myself coming in from classes and flopping onto the couch and turning on the television. Only after an hour or more do I realize what I am doing. <BR> <BR> There are more important things that I should be doing. Exercis... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:48:33 EST My Real Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974471 Thought it may be easier just to share the link to my *almost* daily-in-the-summer blog which is weekly during the school year :) <BR> <BR> <link>www.JourneythruL.com </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:43:42 EST Runaway Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974442 *Post originally created 6/6/2012* <BR> Today I will run for at least thirty minutes. I will try to push myself to run further and longer, but I know that I am barely able to run for ten minutes without collapsing. Nonetheless, I know that running is good for me. It may not be the "best" way since it does not mix cardio and strength, but I enjoy the resulting runner's high. I want to increase my endurance and stamina. I want to know that I can run away from an attacker, if the need arises. <B... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:30:01 EST Derailed by Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974360 I injured the muscles around my left shoulder blade about a week ago and have not been able to do my typical workout routines. The pain has made me feel awful so I have not been working out or eating as well as I have been. <BR> <BR> Getting back on track always seems like a difficult, horrible, impossible task. Nonetheless, if I approach it one minute at a time--one meal at a time--maybe, just maybe I'll be able to make it through. <BR> <BR> I am about 20 lbs away from my August 16th goal... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:45:18 EST