KARIOKE2005's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARIOKE2005 KARIOKE2005'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/ Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118376 I started P90X Monday, October 15. Between my first day and last Thursday, I had lost 6 pounds. I am also trying to run 2 days a week, at least for right now, while I'm doing the P90X, since it's 6 days a week and the workouts are minimum of 45-50 minute workouts. I am eating clean, concentrating on my intake of servings of fruits and vegetables. I am getting my Advocare Herbal Cleanse and Catalyst tomorrow and will start that to coincide with my workout routine. I can't wait to get them... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:04:07 EST Change your thoughts and change your world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102083 Over the last 2 years, I have done a lot of growing up, maturing, changing and improving - physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically. <BR> <BR> I am not to the point where I am completely happy with my physical appearance, but I am continuing to work on it. I am, however, very proud of myself and all of the steps I have taken to becoming a better and healthier version of myself. <BR> <BR> I no longer dwell on negative aspects of my life. I do not beat myself up about my shor... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 03:31:14 EST Disaster in a bottle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098179 So last night at work, I had a huge craving for junk food. It's been 2 weeks since I've given myself a cheat day, and I didn't really have a craving for anything until last night. <BR> <BR> I work with a bunch of ladies, the general population of whom, do not pay too much attention to what they eat, nor do they care. I have, however, one food buddy who is pretty concientious and working in an effort to eat healthfully. <BR> <BR> She "tsk tsk"ed me and my decision to break down and drink a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:11:38 EST Slow, but steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090708 So my progress has been coming along slowly - I have lost 8 pounds in 2 months. But I have lost 8 pounds, nonetheless. I have only been working out 5-6 days a week at home, doing Bodyrock workouts (which even if I combine two workouts, still only add up to about 25 minutes worth of exercise a day), with the occaisional trip to the gym when I feel like I need to throw some weights around. <BR> <BR> One of my lovely co-workers brought me in her P90X DVDs today, and I will be starting that tom... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 00:47:16 EST Goodbye, Summer - Hello, Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072344 It's been a while since I've been on here, and lots has been happening. <BR> <BR> I have started doing workouts off of bodyrock.tv (totally awesome website, by the way) and have lost 7 pounds in the last month. So glad I'm starting to be able to fit well into my clothes again, and starting to feel better about myself again too. I love the idea that these workouts can be done in a matter of about 20 minutes, in my living room, with few items, or none of workout equipment! They are all high... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 02:29:17 EST If you still look good at the end of your workout... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029613 ...you didn't work HARD enough!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, for the first time, I actually got dirty looks from a lady at the gym. <BR> <BR> Mind you, this lady always looks like a superstar at 8 AM, matching clothes to shoes, makeup, hair done and worn down - the whole bit. <BR> <BR> As I stepped off the elliptical after my 30 minute HIIT session, my grey t-shirt was spotted with the telltale signs that I had been working my ASS OFF! I always say that my body is really efficient at coolin... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:07:09 EST I don't have time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026184 article from nerdfitness.com - I really wanted to share this with everyone because it really has changed the way I saw my relationship with my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> -------------------------- <BR> -------------------------- <BR> ---------------- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437590000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I just don't have enough time." <BR> <BR> We've all said it before. <BR> <BR> We say "I don't have time" when life gets bu... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:46:02 EST If you don't like starting over, stop giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021714 God, how many times do I have to tell myself this?! <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd get the hint by now. Anyway, regardless, I'm back into a good routine of working out and running. My running is coming back to me slower than throwing myself back into the gym was, but my mileage is slowly increasing. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to be back at the level I was last year in August. Running trips to the gym and back. Throwing weights around at the gym like it was my job. Pumping out pushups like I had... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:24:18 EST Getting back on the ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850455 I feel like the last 6 months or so, all I've been doing is talking about how I'm starting again, starting again, starting again, and for whatever the reason, I never end up "starting again." <BR> <BR> The month of November was insane for me, getting medically released to be able to work out again and then running my 11K, which I did, and completed, with only a few intervals of walking, in 1:18:34. That was a cold morning in Atlanta, and I was not dressed appropriately, but I still did it.... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:33:55 EST 6 week hiatus...complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577658 7 1/2 weeks left in 2011. <BR> <BR> Due to a crazy neck/trapezius injury, I have not been able to work out or run for 6 weeks! <BR> <BR> I am running an 11k tomorrow in Atlanta - or, should I say, trying to run it! <BR> <BR> We will see how it goes, and this is the mark of the end of my 6-week hiatus and the beginning of another stage of workout progress!!! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:07:14 EST Crisis Mode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525063 How long does it take a person to live in a constant state of "crisis" before they break down? I feel like I'm going off the deep end lately, with everything being so stressful at work, feeling like there's no support coming from the "higher ups" at work, now that I'm hurt and on light duty, I can't do what I normally do at work and I feel like I'm useless, and on top of all that, I can't go to the gym or run 1, because my doctor said so, and 2, because work is "investigating the validity of... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 04:22:26 EST Murphy, why don't you find someone else to harass? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499736 I'm sure we've all been there, at the top our game, working hard, training hard, all excited about the progress we've made and anticipating the progress to come...BAM!!!! Something happens and we get sidelined by Murphy and his unwritten law. You know, the one that says if everything is going well, he will throw a monkeywrench in the wheel just to remind us he's there. <BR> So if you can guess, Murphy has struck again. I was injured at work on Monday, this coming 2 days after I ran my 5k (co... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:58:36 EST September 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468702 Work has been really rough the last few weeks and is only seeming to get more trying as each day progresses. For those of you who aren't aware, I work at a juvenile girl's correctional facility, only we're technically not Correctional Officers because the facility is not like a detention center, but more like a daycare with locked doors and fences. These kids come from super-bad backgrounds, having endured abuse of all kinds, and they all have some sort of mental health diagnosis. We have ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 02:58:15 EST Weight Gain = Muscle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453708 How do we know if, when we gain weight, it is muscle? <BR> <BR> I have spent the last 8 months of my life on a serious workout regimen, and have proudly lost about 40 pounds. My eating habits have significantly improved (granted, I still have my slip-ups every now and then). I have gotten back into running. I can do push-ups (yes, real push-ups). <BR> <BR> I am still exercising 4-6 days a week, including at least one day that I run to the gym, do a ST workout, and run back home (almost 5... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 23:44:25 EST One thing I have learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4434000 is that to be happy is to accept your life as it is - not as you want it to be. I've gone through a lot of junk. I'm just learning to accept it all and finally am dealing with how it made/makes me feel. I've gone too long not truly "feeling" what my emotions are saying, but I have learned to cover up the emotions that make me feel vulnerable by just being angry. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be angry anymore. I keep saying this to myself. I want to truly feel everything. Excited, sad, defe... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:04:10 EST Between a rock and a hard place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408148 I am currently struggling with the most difficult thing I have dealt with ever - depression. I believe it has been a long time coming, and it finally rail-roaded me about 2 weeks ago. I have no motivation (but I am so scared of gaining weight back, I still hit the gym regularly), no appetite (although I know I need to eat, so I force myself to do so), and have not been sleeping. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of crap in my childhood that has just been ignored and supressed and pushed away for al... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 02:52:55 EST Last Minute Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352558 I took a last minute vacation from work last week. I was feeling super stressed, and getting sick (swollen glands, sore throat, fever), so I decided to take Monday and Tuesday off from work. Then I remembered my step-sister was going to be at my step-dad's house this weekend (only 3 hours from where I live, and I haven't seen them in 2 years...technically they aren't "Family" anymore, but they are still my family), so I decided I would take a last-minute trip up to Georgia to see them! I a... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 07:45:16 EST July Jubilee Challenge! WEEEEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336487 So, I totally don't know what I weigh (exactly), but I think I'm around 173 still (Wednesday was the last time I weighed myself). I guess I will step on the scale tomorrow and see how accurate I was!! <BR> <BR> Challenge goal - 4 pounds during July <BR> <BR> My goal - 7 pounds during July (oh, so daring, I know...) Sat, 2 Jul 2011 00:40:16 EST Back to the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316957 I am going to get back in the swing of things tomorrow morning. Been taking time off from the gym the last week and a half and I suppose it's time to get back on it. I have been sleeping better but I definitely notice a difference in my attitude and ability to cope with stress since having been away from it. And also, I've been noticing that my muscles don't look as swollen as I like them to! Even though at 6AM I will have been up for 20 hours, I have my gym clothes and bag ready to go, s... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 02:13:43 EST Damaged goods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299667 So the last few weeks have been a little difficult for me. I've been really stressed with work and family mess, and have begun to look at different aspects of my life. <BR> <BR> I had a "date" for the first time in a long time the other night, talked to the guy via text messages for a few days prior to then, and guess what...haven't heard from him since. So here's my question. What's wrong with me? What did I do to scare this guy off? He seemed like a pretty cool guy, like he has a go... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 03:14:17 EST My Body's Rebellion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276172 Ok. So last week, I am not sure what the heck happened, but Saturday night was the last time I slept. For serious. I slept about 4 hours Saturday night/Sunday morning, and got up to go to the track for a workout before a fun-filled day at Vortex Spring (google it...really cool!). <BR> <BR> Had my day of fun cut short when my mom calls and says "gramma passed away today" :( Tried to suck it up and continue having fun, but it just wasn't the same. I wasn't really close to her, or that side... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 05:25:17 EST I wanna be like Forrest Gump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215716 I wanna run! <BR> <BR> I want magic shoes! <BR> <BR> So I've begun (again) my journey in running. I got into it about 3 years ago, and ended up loving it - so much so, that for a "chubby, non-athletic girl," as I was known for being by my dad and sister (who were both high school cross-country and track stars), I was running between 3 and 5 miles a day, 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Then life happened. I decided I hated my life, wanted more, and attempted to enlist in the Army. And got a b... Sat, 7 May 2011 02:43:05 EST Despite my lack of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4192551 energy, motivation, discipline, and whatever else I lacked the last few weeks, I still managed to lose 3 pounds! ((jumping for joy)) <BR> <BR> I took last week off from the gym, for two reasons: 1) I got wicked sunburned the weekend of the 16th, I went to a car/truck show in PCB and forgot to bring my sunblock with me to the show the first day (oops) and spent the week drenching my skin in aloe and Burt's Bee's Baby Bee lotion (love it!!!) trying to get rid of my blisters and 2) because I mi... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:10:34 EST The Week From Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4133372 I have had such a horribly rough week. <BR> <BR> I had no motivation whatsoever Monday and Tuesday to do my normal workouts, so my cardio was minimal and my strength training was all over the place. So much for isolation workouts...did some arms, some legs, a little ab work...totally threw myself off. <BR> <BR> Tuesday and Wednesday, I had training from 9-5 (for those of you who don't know, that's my sleeping time) so needless to say, my sleep sucked the nights before. Tuesday I got up at... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 02:16:21 EST Rough week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111743 Last week was a rough one for me. I felt like I lost all of my motivation, just barely sqeaking by on my cardio goal, hitting the gym only 4 times last week, and ending the week at work covered in spaghetti & sauce & green beans (graciously thrown on me by one of the girls at the program I work at...not meaning to hit me, but the girl I was standing in front of). Needless to say, I was not too thrilled by the end of the week. Thank goodness I had last weekend off to recharge my batteries a... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:28:32 EST Back from vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4077943 Ok, so technically I didn't vacation "to" anywhere. I took a week off work. And what a good week it was. I totally decompressed and de-stressed. I was able to hit the gym hard without having to worry about the time. I got some good sleep (which is amazing, since I don't sleep well). It was much needed and well worth it. Plus, I turned 24. Yay. <BR> <BR> And so I did a killer leg workout on Saturday, and have not fully gotten back to it since then. Maybe I worked a little too hard. ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 02:36:43 EST February 26, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050780 Once again...it is technically not the 26th, but the 27th, but since I work nights, I'm still on the 26th :D <BR> <BR> Aaaannnyyywhooooo...I got up early again to hit the gym before work (yay me). I used to take spin class and felt like I could be on the bike for hours and hours, and now the gym I go to doesn't offer class, but has individual Spin bikes, I feel like I must force myself to stay on the darn thing. And, I don't do all the fun jumps and sprints. I just can't get in "the zone.... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:13:29 EST February 25, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4048617 Yes, I know it's technically 2/26/11, but I'm closing out my Friday...I work nights after all. <BR> <BR> So, I was just thinking about the fact that I am really bad about weighing myself, since ideally, my overall goal is NOT to lose "X" number of pounds, or to be "X"...I have an idea in mind of how much I'd like to weigh, but that is only based on what I know I looked like at that weight. All in all, I really could care less what number pops up when I get on a scale, but more what my body ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 03:00:34 EST February 17, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024376 Okay, so it's a "new year" and I wasted about 6 months of my life making excuses as to why I wasn't going to the gym and keeping myself healthy... <BR> <BR> So I've finally gotten back in the swing of things and have lost another 11 pounds. I was lucky I did not gain any of the weight back when I hurt my neck at work and quit going to the gym (only about 2 months total could I really "excuse" myself due to my neck). But luckily, my job - which I was promoted in November - kept me moving fo... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 05:47:44 EST May 26, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269330 If there is one thing that I am able to control now, it's my physical health. Being unemployed for 7 months of the last year has really hit me hard where most things count - my bank account and my bills (in turn, affecting my credit score in a negative way). But I am able to control my health and the shape that my body is in. And I am. I have got to keep reminding myself that there are so many things that are out of my control and I have to leave those things to God, but for the things th... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:12:18 EST May 21, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3253853 Well, my day did not go as planned, already... <BR> <BR> I was going to get up and go to the gym at 6 and then head to my friend's to watch her daughter so she could go to Spin class (I was forgoing Spin to concentrate on a leg workout)...well, I overslept and missed my time to go. <BR> <BR> Since I work nights, my days off are awkward and trying to get in a nap before the gym usually doesn't work well, but I have to stay on a semi-night shift schedule so I can stay alert at work. <BR> <BR... Fri, 21 May 2010 12:12:36 EST