K-AUSTIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=K%2DAUSTIN K-AUSTIN'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/ February Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097803 I started a February Fitness Challenge for myself based off my January one. The only difference is that I swapped crunches for sit-ups and increased my goals. I slacked during the first week due to my kids being sick. Improved a little last week. This week everyone is better and I'm slowly catching up on sleep. After reviewing my first 2 weeks totals I realized I need to really push myself if I want to reach my goals in time. Below are my results after 2 weeks: <BR> <BR> Push-ups: 130/... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 00:17:36 EST New Year's Fitness Challenge Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088440 This is a little late but I'm happy to say that I completed my New Year Fitness Challenge. Since I started it late, I really had to push myself. Below are my final results. Push-ups- 254/250 Pull-ups- 100/100 30 Sec Plank- 50/50 Crunches- 740/500 Squats- 1005/1000 Miles of Cardio- 39/35 I'm doing a February Challenge and will be sharing it soon. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:41:35 EST Week 2- New Year Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076495 This week I tried really hard but just didn't do as well as I hoped. Both of my boys have been sick this week and after taking care of them I've have little energy for everything else. I think I tracked food once maybe twice this week and whenever I tried to workout one if my boys woke up crying. This week has left me drained and in much need of some sleep. Below are my results after week 2. <BR> <BR> Push-ups- 139/250 <BR> <BR> Pull-ups- 40/100 <BR> <BR> 30 sec Plank- 25/50 <BR> Cru... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:37:43 EST Week 1- New Year Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070241 So my first week consists of 3 days since I didn't start the challenge until Tuesday but I'm happy with my progress so far. I've been slacking on my workouts and have lost some of my previous hard earned muscle so I'm easing my way into it. I'm cycling through everything on the list 3 times a day. Just doing as much as I can with keeping proper form. I'm hoping my body starts to get used to the exercises soon because I'm really feeling the squats! :) Push-ups: 20/250 Pull-ups... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:29:29 EST January Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068398 So I'm really excited because I started a New Year's Fitness Challenge at my gym yesterday. The month is close to half over so I'm going to really have to push myself! What I like about this challenge is most of it I can do at home. Going to track my progress on Spark People to help me be double accountable. :) Below are my stats ad of 1/12: Push Ups- 10/250 Pull Ups- 15/100 30 sec Plank- 3/50 Crunches- 80/500 Squats- 110/1,000 Miles of Cardio- 3.3/35 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:52:35 EST Trying to Get Back On Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759728 So its been 3 months since I've had my son Christopher and I'm still trying to get back on track. I'm eating too many calories and the only workouts I'm getting is when I take my boys on a walk which is not every day. <BR> <BR> My doctor set a goal for me to lose 20 pounds by my next doctor appointment in November. I need to get motivated! I got a Fitbit for my birthday 2 weeks ago and it has made me more aware of how much or little I'm moving around a day. It has really helped me. N... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:29:09 EST Christopher Paul- 8 days old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690676 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159761372.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970237238.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77850208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Above are pictures of Christopher at 8 days old. He is such a love bug! Over the past week I've been recovering from my C - Section. At first I was pretty sore but starting to feel better. I'm told I'm not suppose to pick up my older son for 6 weeks but I just don't see how that... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:54:59 EST Welcome Baby Austin!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l458829774.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1293054631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christopher Paul Austin born on 4/29/14 at 11:56 am <BR> Weighting in at 9 lbs 14 oz and is 21.75 inches long Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:11:43 EST Week 31 of Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639064 I am in week 31 of my pregnancy and I have gained 22.5 pounds since I found out I was pregnant. In my last blog I had just found out I have gestational diabetes. Since then I have taken a class on how I needed to change my diet and workouts. I have stuck to a strict diet plan and have actually stopped gaining weight and even dropped a couple pounds. I test my blood sugar 4 times a day and test for ketones once a day. It's been a quite an eye opener. This makes me want to eat healthier l... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 23:18:48 EST Week 29 of Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629438 I am 29 and a half weeks pregnant. I have gained 24 pounds since the beginning of my pregnancy and today I found out I have gestational diabetes. I knew I had some of the high risk factors but I didn't believe I had it. I feel disappointed in myself. I feel like I failed myself and my baby because I can't get my eating under control. I'm taking a class next week to learn how much I need to change in my diet and exercise routine to be able to deliver a healthy baby. <BR> <BR> I am dete... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:13:51 EST Week 18 of Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556102 Well...I made it into my second trimester. I'm into week 18 and have gained 10 pounds. I have gained more then I would have liked but it's my own fault. My morning sickness has gone and my appetite is back! I have been eating more calories then the doctor recommended and still not always keeping to my minimum 30 minutes of exercise per day. But I had a thought the other day that helped to get me back on track. I just thought about about how horrible I would feel if I gained so much weig... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:25:13 EST Week 9 of Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500224 So far I'm in week 9 of my pregnancy. I've been extremely tired and have had morning sickness. Lately the only thing I can stand to eat is crackers so I tend to eat a lot of those. I have been working out but not always as much as I should. I have to make sure I workout in the morning or the afternoon because if I don't there is no way I have the energy at night. As of this morning I have gained 3.4 pounds since I have found out I was pregnant which I'm not happy about. This week I'm go... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:13:02 EST New Goal On Hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470065 Well my new goal of losing 20 pounds before the new year has been put on hold. My husband and I just found out we're pregnant again!! We are so excited!! <BR> <BR> I was not very healthy during my first pregnancy. Didn't always workout and ate out a lot. This pregnancy is going to be different. I want to continue with my workouts and I'm still going to track my food to help me to make healthy choices. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:13:08 EST New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463559 My new goal is to lose 24 pounds by New Year's Day. This might seem like a odd number but if I reach my goal I will be in onederland and I haven't been there in a long time. <BR> <BR> I have been a bit stuck in the last few months. I keep gaining a few pounds then losing a few but not really making any progress. I'm tired of taking one step forward and three steps back. <BR> <BR> I hope by setting this goal that I will continued to be motivated. I have done really well these past 2 we... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:54:57 EST My 6 Week Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451871 I have really been struggling with eating right and working out since returning from vacation about 6 weeks ago. I did really well the first week then fell off the wagon. I was eating any where from 2500 to 3000 calories a day and not working out. I gained 6 pounds since leaving for vacation. Something needed to change. I found I was snacking a lot when I drank diet pop so I decided to go cold turkey and completely give it up. It sort of back fired. I again struggled with eating right ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 15:17:43 EST Giving Up Soda!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429781 I finally made the decision to give up soda. I am a die hard Diet Pepsi fan so this is a big deal for me. I always drank 2 a day. I don't know what made me decide to do it other then every time I drank one my son would grab for it and I just don't want him to grow up wanting to drink soda like mommy does. I'm already feeling the affects. I have been having headaches and have been really tired. My workouts and eating has not been as good the last 2 days but I figure it will get better a... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:53:58 EST Challenge #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421667 Challenge #14- This week I'm going to focus on eating within my calorie range. My goal is to eat within my calorie range 5 out of the next 7 days. To help me I need to... <BR> <BR> · Eat healthier snacks <BR> · Eat my veggies and fruits <BR> · Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes to help keep my appetite down <BR> · Drink lots of water <BR> <BR> Day 1- <em>248</em> <BR> Day 2- <em>248</em> <BR> Day 3- <em>248</em> <BR> Day 4- <em>248</em> <BR> Day 5- <em>248</em> <BR> Day ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:25:09 EST 4 Steps Backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421621 This is my first blog since returning from vacation. I had a great vacation but my waistline did not enjoy it. I have gained 4 pounds. <em>198</em> I'm not really surprised. It was hard to track portions and did not always make the best decisions. I know that. Since returning I'm been WORSE. While trying to get caught up, I've been snacking a lot and have had the BIGGEST SWEET TOOTH! I have been eating way more then my calorie range. This needs to stop! I refuse to gain any mor... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:57:03 EST Challenge #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400470 Challenge #13- For the next 2 weeks I'm going to focus on just making healthy choices again. Funny thing is... sometimes when I just focus on making choices I eat within my calories guidelines without thinking about it and when I make a conscience effort to do so I tend to over eat. We are going on vacation at the end of the week so my goal is to just not gain when I weigh in 2 weeks for today. <BR> <BR> On a side note I keep running into the same obstacles over and over on my weight loss j... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:41:03 EST Challenge #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392737 Challenge #12- My weekly goal is to be within my fiber intake range every day. <BR> <BR> Monday: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Friday: <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday: <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Results: As you can see from above I was close but did not quite meet my goal. I took a good look at the past couple of weeks and know what I need... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:43 EST Challenge #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384379 Challenge #11- Last week I didn't consume as many vegetables as I would have liked so this week I'm going to challenge myself to eat a salad 4 days this week. This might should like an easy challenge for some people but I've never been a salad person so it's not the first thing I think of or grab for when hungry. This is something I would like to change. <BR> <BR> Monday- <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday- <BR> <BR> Wednesday- <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday- <em>248</em> <... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:45:38 EST Challenge #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377779 Challenge #10- This week I'm going to focus on eating healthier balanced snacks. <BR> <BR> · Eat fruits and vegetables & protein based snacks <BR> · Work on drinking water throughout the day daily <BR> · Limit sweets <BR> · Exercise minimum of 30 minutes daily <BR> <BR> Results: This week went pretty good over all. I stayed within calorie range 4 of the last 7 days which is an improvement. Could have done better on my water intake, sweets, fruits and vegetables but...I'm happy. This week... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:11:19 EST Challenge #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370195 Challenge #9- Just focus on making healthier choices. Simple right? <BR> <BR> · Drink lots of water <BR> · Eat fruits and vegetables <BR> · Limit sweets <BR> · Try to incorporate protein into meals and snacks when able <BR> <BR> RESULTS: This week went pretty well. Less stressful. June is off to a good start. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss: 1.4 pounds Tue, 28 May 2013 10:00:20 EST Challenge #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362037 Challenge #8- Drink a glass of water before EVERY meal and with EVERY snack to help curb my appetite. This is a redo of Challenge #7 because I got overwhelmed last week and lost sight of my challenge but I think it will help me if I can stay focused. I CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> · DRINK MORE WATER <BR> · Go to bed by 11:45 at least 4 times this week <BR> · Limit myself to 1 pop 2 times this week <BR> <BR> RESULTS: Last week was another bad one. My son has 3 teeth coming in and has been having ... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:42:26 EST Challenge #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355372 Challenge #7- To help curb my appetite I'm going to drink a glass of water before lunch and dinner and with every snack. I also want to go to bed by 11:30 pm at least 3 nights this week to avoid getting over tired. <BR> <BR> · Work on exercising throughout the day so I'm not staying up late doing it <BR> · DRINK MORE WATER <BR> · Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables <BR> · Try to incorporate a protein with every meal and snack <BR> <BR> RESULTS: I started out really well and started ... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:00:10 EST Challenge #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347306 Challenge #6- Eat within my calorie guideline set by the Spark at least 5 days and workout at least 420 minutes this week. <BR> <BR> · Plan healthy meals <BR> · Eat healthy snacks <BR> · Workout throughout the day <BR> · Take Zachary for a walk on nice days <BR> <BR> RESULTS: Horrible. Setting a weekly does not work if you can't stick with it. I did not within my calorie guideline once and I worked out for 360 minutes. For some reason I've been so hungry lately. I'm not sure if it's ... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:09:54 EST Challenge #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339238 Challenge #5- Eat at least 3 Servings of fruits and 3 Servings of vegetables 6 times this week <BR> Drink at least 11 glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> · Limit myself to one Diet Pepsi two times this week <BR> · Include a fruit and vegetable with each meal <BR> · Plan healthy snacks <BR> · Eat a salad at least 3 times this week <BR> · Drink water throughout the day <BR> <BR> RESULTS:Ate at least 3 Servings of fruits and at least 3 Servings of vegetables 5 times thi... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:51:08 EST Challenge #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331697 Challenge #4- Eat at least 3 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables 6 days this week. <BR> <BR> · Eat a salad at least 3 days <BR> · Include fruits or vegetables in all snacks <BR> · Plan healthy meals <BR> <BR> RESULTS- Ate at least 3 servings of fruits 3 times and ate at least 3 servings of vegetables 5 times last week. Goal NOT Met. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss- 0.4 pounds Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:00:01 EST Challenge #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323847 Challenge #3- Combo challenge to workout for at least 30 mins and eat within my calorie guideline for at least 5 days <BR> <BR> · Work on eating healthier snacks <BR> · Plan more balanced dinners <BR> · Work on exercising more during the day <BR> · Be creative in my workouts <BR> <BR> RESULTS: Exercised at least 30 minutes 6 days this week and ate within my calorie guideline 5 days this week. GOAL MET! <BR> <BR> Weight Loss: 2.6 pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:44:03 EST Challenge #2.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316032 Challenge #2.5- No Sweets (This challenge will run until May 6) <BR> <BR> <BR> In the last few weeks I've had a constant craving for sweets. Especially for chocolate and cookies. So I'm going to challenge myself not to eat cake, cookies or candy for 4 weeks. Too many sweets always make me feel sluggish so I'm hoping by the end of this challenge I'll be able to focus on consuming healthy snacks instead of sweets. <BR> <BR> Week 1- Success <BR> Week 2- Success <BR> Week 3- Success Mon, 8 Apr 2013 15:03:04 EST Challenge #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316011 Challenge #2- Exercise 5 days for at least 30 mins <BR> <BR> · Try to get back into exercising throughout the day since I've been too tired in the evening <BR> · Be creative <BR> <BR> RESULTS: Only exercised 4 days in the last week. <em>39</em> Going to challenge myself to do this again next week. NO EXCUSE for not being able to do it. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss: 0.4 pounds Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:44:36 EST Challenge #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311299 This challenge will run until April 8 (after this week, each challenge will start on Monday since that's when I do my weigh ins) <BR> <BR> Challenge #1- Limit on-line usage <BR> <BR> I will only log in once a day to check facebook, e-mails, Spark mail, etc <BR> Log into the Spark to log meals or workouts only <BR> <BR> Results: This challenge went well. I wasn't perfect but I definitely limited my online usage. It was hardest the first day. I kept reaching for my kindle and had ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:55:01 EST Where has my Motivation Gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311284 My son is still not sleeping well at night. His teething has been a very painful progress for him. He wakes up at least 3 times a night crying with his eyes squeezed shut and chewing on his fingers or blanket. It just breaks my heart to see him in pain. In result I have been a very tired mommy. I have been so tired that I just mindlessly snack on cookies and candy. Then I just feel worse afterwards. <BR> <BR> I have lost my energy to workout when I should, take the time to get healt... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:44:41 EST Shopping for Clothes a Good Thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301865 Yesterday I went shopping for a couple new shirts for spring. I wanted something bright and cheerful. Something that made me feel as good on the outside that I felt on the inside. I tried on numerous styles and color. I found that the current fashion trends are not very flattering on me. By the end of the day I felt worse about my self instead of better. I have lost 30 pounds and have been feeling really proud of myself. Now I feel a bit deflated and frustrated. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:48:07 EST Getting No Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278230 My son has started teething and has decided that sleep is not a good thing. He has given up on naps and doesn't fall asleep until after 11:00 at night. In result I am becoming a very tired mommy. <BR> <BR> When I get really tired I tend to snack a lot. Not only that but I'm too exhausted to do my full workouts. So I'm eating more and not working out as much. I'm not looking forward to my weigh in on Monday. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:30:07 EST Struggling With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275282 These last couple of days I have been hungry all the time as well as craving sweets. I have been unable to keep within my calorie guidelines. I hope it passes soon and that tomorrow is a better day. Please think healthy thoughts for me. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 01:22:39 EST Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264994 Looking back I've always seen myself as a fat girl. In middle school I felt awkward in my own body. I was taller then all my classmates. Very shy with low self-esteem. And after looking back at pictures, I had really bad fashion sense. I probably weighed about 160 pounds. As school progressed I continued to gain weight. I stuck to my own group of friends. Always too shy to reach out to "the popular kids". Never thought I was good enough to talk to them. <BR> <BR> Junior year I gat... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:49:02 EST Time To Adjust My Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260591 I have always struggled with my weight. From adolescence to adulthood. I've tried to count calories and Weight Watchers over the years and neither really worked for me. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was at my heaviest then gained an additional 40 pounds on top of that. <BR> After my first child was born July 2012, I set a goal for myself to lose my baby weight plus 25 pounds for a total of 64 pounds in 1 year. After my son turned a year old, my husband and I wanted... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:15:33 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255035 After my last entry I was a bit nervous about my weigh in this morning. I had indulged in sweets and did not practice good portion control on Wednesday. For the last 4 days I focused on eating more vegetables (which for anyone that knows me knows how hard that is for me, I'm more of a fruit person), drinking water and working out a hour a day. I lost 2 pounds! I was so excited I started jumping up and down. My husband thought something was wrong at first from all the noise I was making b... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:10:14 EST Small Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250186 My husband's cousins get together weekly and last night was our night to host. We provided the main dish and everyone else brought a side dish. People brought cookies, chips, home made turnovers and bacon potato salad. All items I don't keep in my house. I struggled with portion control and sweets. I don't regret it because I had a lot of fun. Just wished I practiced a little more self control. <BR> <BR> Alright. Time to focus. My weekly weigh in is Monday. Until then I'm going to... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:49:12 EST Unconventional Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248922 Last month I had heard something about how you could do mini workouts throughout the day. I figured I could do that but how? I decided the best time to try it was when my son had his playtime. (He has this play mat with a piano at the end that he can kick. It plays music. He LOVES it.) So while he's playing, I'm doing jumping jacks, running in place, sit ups and side steps. And most recently I sing song off key while doing some pretty silly dance moves (if you count waving your hands a... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:37:23 EST Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248037 At the beginning of my journey, my goal was to lose 65 pounds. This includes 40 pounds of baby weight plus an additional 25. I tried to count calories on my own for 5 months. I lost 13 pounds. Unfortunately my Grandma passed away in November 2012. I took her death very hard and began to stress eat. Then the holidays came around and it only got worse. I started to gain back what little weight I was able to lose. Joining the Spark has helped to encourage me. For the first time I enjoy t... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:42:42 EST