KBEAR9963's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KBEAR9963 KBEAR9963'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/ Too excited to workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465121 I had every intention of getting a good workout in today but I got sidetracked. My truck broke down so I was rushing around to see if I could get it fixed ASAP. Then I found out that a job I applied for (and interviewed for) was offered to me and I start on Friday! I'm still going to keep my other job since it's also part time. This will keep me busy on my "off" days. Now I just need my truck back. 🤞🤞🤞 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:40:53 EST It's gonna take a minute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464797 I'm really trying to get back on track today but I can't pick up where I left off. I'm going to have to start slow and get caught up. I'm so exhausted I couldn't even get my whole step goal in but I made a dent in it. Tomorrow is another day and a new start. Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:12:41 EST Ready to get back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464479 Tomorrow I can officially start working on my exercises again and I'm definitely ready. It feels weird not hitting my goals everyday. I'm really hoping that now that I'm feeling better, I can pick up where I left off. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:26:40 EST Nice quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464132 Enjoying a nice quiet day with family. Looking forward to getting back to my exercising on Monday! Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:08:26 EST Doing a bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463804 Well, the doctor seems to think I'm just suffering from a bad virus and said I should be feeling better soon. I'm cleared to start exercising again on Monday. I'm still gonna try to get my steps in but I promised not to overdo. I'm feeling much better but I don't want to push too far. In the meantime, I'm just going to relax and enjoy a quiet night watching tv. Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:51:27 EST Access denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463537 As much as I wanted to get back on track, my body had other plans. I got severely nauseous and dizzy. My right knee completely gave out on me. I'm not sure if it's the beginning of the flu or what but first thing tomorrow, I'm seeing my doctor. Until I get the okay, my workouts are on hold. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:27:48 EST Not quite there yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463194 I'm still not feeling as good as I'd like to so I'm taking one more day off from exercises. This was my day off from work and my grandson was home sick as well. I have an interview set up for Friday morning for a second part time job and I want to be 100% healthy. Tomorrow, I'm determined to get back to it. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:21:49 EST Taking the night off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462793 I went to work today and got my steps in but I started feeling horrible by the end of my shift. I have no voice and no energy left. My grandson is also really sick so we're opting for a quiet night watching movies. I'll exercise tomorrow if I'm feeling better. That won't happen if I keep pushing so hard. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:04:24 EST Still not 100% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462437 I woke up with my throat being a little more sore and throughout the day I lost my voice. I've also started coughing. I finished my exercises and I'm working on my step goal. I don't think I'll get much more than my 8,000 steps but I'm okay with that. After that, it's early to bed for this girl. I need the rest. I have a long work day tomorrow. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:00:14 EST Somewhat disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462115 I'm still feeling so horrible today that I'm really having a hard time with my step goal. I just don't have it in me today. I barely made it through my exercises. Now I'm feeling extremely nauseous and dizzy so I don't see jogging in my near future. That really bothers me because I've been over my step goal every day since the new year. On the other hand, I have to listen to my body. I guess I'll have to make up for it during the week. Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:29:27 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461806 Despite feeling miserable today, I kept my promise to myself and did my exercises and met my step goal. I think all that time outside yesterday has me coming down with something. I have a bit of a sore throat and a major runny nose so I'm relaxing today and working on Christmas presents. (I'm crocheting blankets for each of my 3 sisters in law and 1 for a niece) I figured if I start them now, they'll be done in time, lol! Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and get more done. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:41:22 EST Had to make a necessary decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461456 So living in Michigan is interesting lately because today we got pretty close to 9 inches of snow. With that in mind I've been outside today several times trying to clear the snow from my driveway and sidewalks. I didn't just do mine but I did that of two neighbors because one is battling breast cancer for her third time and is not able to do it. Needless to say I spent a lot of time outside so I'm not up to doing my exercises today. Since tomorrow is my scheduled rest day I have opted to swi... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:48:35 EST Challenge accepted and goal met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461142 I challenged myself to walk 15000 steps today as part of a challenge on Fitbit. I'm really proud of myself because I made it and in the process I ironed a badge for walking 5000 lifetime miles. It's a really good feeling to set a goal and be able to accomplish it. Thinking of trying another challenge tomorrow but I'm not quite sure yet but it's going to be. Hopefully I'll have the same results and achieve my goal again tomorrow! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 21:07:29 EST Another productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460780 I started out this morning shoveling snow for three different houses, one of which was mine. That helped me burn a ton of calories and gave me some serious steps. I'm stayed within my calorie limit, I did my exercises and managed to log just over 14,000 steps for the day. Considering it's my day off and I always struggle with meeting my step goal, I'm pretty proud of myself. Wed, 7 Feb 2018 21:06:33 EST Pushing my limits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460409 I had to put in a 10-hour day today because we were doing inventory at my store. I was so exhausted when I got home but I still managed to do all of my exercises and I ran for just over 60 minutes. I finished up my day at 17,000 steps. I'm really proud that I've been able to push my goals just a little bit farther. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 21:07:02 EST I made it and then some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460035 First off I want to start by thanking everybody who commented on my blog yesterday and gave me the motivation I needed to reach my step goal. I started out running for 10 minutes and before I knew it I had run for an hour and 15 minutes total. Today I went a little further and ended up logging 22,000 steps. I'm really trying to push myself a little bit at a time but overall my goals are increasing steadily. I am being really careful not to overdo. Hopefully my next way in will be a good one. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 21:12:41 EST Not a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459576 I'm not feeling very good today so I'm really having a hard time getting motivated today. I know I can do my exercises but I'm not sure I'm going to hit my step goal today. I'm really struggling. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 18:25:20 EST Another pound lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459250 Just for fun, I got on the scale this morning and I was down another pound! That's almost 11 so far! Going to keep pushing cuz I'm getting the results I was looking for! Sat, 3 Feb 2018 20:27:39 EST Day 2 and going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458875 After such a great first month weigh in, I've found myself motivated to continue my workout program. I've pushed my jogging from 30 minutes daily to 45 minutes. I am implementing new exercises for the month and even though I need to lose 17 pounds to reach my goal, I'm aiming for 5 pounds lost by the end of the month. I feel like if I do 5 pounds at a time, it'll be easier to hit my overall goal. For my first month reward, my sister and I are going to see Les Miserables in March. I'm really e... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 19:42:07 EST Officially on my second month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458560 I officially got my first month totals this morning and I couldn't be any happier or excited. I lost 9.8 pounds, I lost a total of 7.75 inches and I walked a total of 203.2 miles for the entire month! Oh and I blogged every day of January! I think that's an excellent start to the new me! I'm upping my goals a little bit for February and I can't wait to see where it leads! Thu, 1 Feb 2018 21:03:14 EST Great first month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458154 Well, I didn't get my 14,000 steps but I did get over 8,000 so I met my step goal every day this month. I also did my exercises every day and stayed within my calorie limit 92% of the month and lost 8.8 pounds too! I'd say that is a pretty good start to my year! Now on to my new plan for February! Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:44:55 EST Productive day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457730 I had a very productive day today. I went walking at the mall and logged 11,000 steps. I made my February exercise program. I did my exercises and ate good, healthy food. I'm not going to weigh in tomorrow. I decided to wait until Thursday to start the new month. I have a really good feeling about my one month totals! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:09:54 EST Hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457403 Only 2 more days left until I can log my month totals. I've been consistently doing my steps and exercises so I'm hopeful for a good outcome. I'm not going to give up regardless. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:42:02 EST Off to a great start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457000 Many of you may already know that I'm on a virtual walk from my home in Michigan to my brother's home in Georgia. I started this walk on January 1st and, as of today, I've gone 172.5 miles! The entire trip is 732.2 miles so I think I'm off to a pretty good start! Georgia here I come! Sun, 28 Jan 2018 21:05:11 EST No stopping now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456624 I'm really proud of myself for pushing my goals. I started out hoping to reach at least 8,000 steps a day but I've hit over 14,000 the last 6 days! Today I'm at 18,000! I feel great! This is the longest I've stuck with any weight loss plan. I feel like I should say life style change instead of weight loss plan cuz I'm so committed now, there's just no stopping! Sat, 27 Jan 2018 20:41:34 EST A record day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456293 Today I had my best days so far. It was beautiful outside so I went for a walk. I ended up logging 20,000 steps! I got my exercises done and ate well within my calorie limit. Safe to say that I'm exhausted so I'm planning a good night's rest. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:50:16 EST Longest streak......ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455919 I always start the new year trying to lose weight. I spend many hours planning out my exercises, making menu plans, etc but by the end of the second week, I find excuses to stop sticking to the plan and before you know, I'm just done. This is hands down the longest I have stayed with my plan. I've done my exercises every day, I've not only hit my step goal but have actually increased my goal by 4,000 steps each day and I've been consistently staying within my calorie limit. I'm proud of mysel... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:48:04 EST There's just no stopping now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455502 I was noticing that the days that I'm at the lower end of my step goal, are the days I'm not working so today, my day off, I decided that I was going to find a was to hit my goal. I had a couple of errands that I had to run and when I finished, I stopped by the mall and started walking. I did 6 laps around and ended up logging close to 10,000 steps by the time I was done. I still have to do my workouts so hopefully I'll be between 12,000-15,000 steps again today. That'll make 3 days straight ... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:54:53 EST Keep on pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455156 So for the past 2 days, I've logged over 14,000 steps each day! I'm really happy about it too. During the summer, it wouldn't be such a big deal cuz I always log a lot of steps, but for this time of year, it's huge for me. It also makes 23 consecutive days that I have not only met my goals, but I've crushed them! Let's hope it shows on the scale soon! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:40:59 EST Getting there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454744 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b482c97-04f8-42f6-bb8b-66d1dfa6c249.jpg"> <BR> So I'm still trying to work off the couple pounds I regained during my daughter's birthday weekend and as of this morning's weigh in, I'm almost there. At work today, I actually went over my step goal and, once I finish my workout, I should be between 12,000 and 15,000 steps for the day. This is my new mantra. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:38:52 EST Family day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454334 Sunday is always reserved for family. It's pretty much the only day we all get to see each other. That doesn't mean I don't have to do my exercises though. With my family being supportive, they are helping me stay on track. My daughter joined in on a few exercises and my grandson kept count of our reps! That's what family day is all about in my household! Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:13:44 EST 20 days strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453935 By now, I would have normally given up and gone back to my bad habits, but this time, I'm holding strong to my goals. I've walked over 200,000 steps so far this year. That means I've met my goal of 8,000-10,000 steps every day. I've done all of my exercises each day. I've only had a couple of days where I went over my calorie limit which itself is a remarkable feat. I'm on my way to turning my goals into habits. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:59:51 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453554 I was on the go all day. My daughter's truck broke down so we had to get it fixed. We also went out to lunch and did a little shopping for some yarn I needed. Now I need to relax a little bit before I get my exercises in. I'm a little short on my steps too so I'll be working on that too. Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:42:28 EST Hung tough and pushed through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453162 Yesterday I had such a hard time getting motivated that I was sure I wouldn't meet my goals for the first time this month. Well, I pushed through and met all my goals and did all of my exercises. I'm fighting a migraine today but I'm determined to get through my goals again. Can't stop, won't stop. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:23:27 EST Down day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452756 No matter how hard I try, I just cant get motivated today. I'm just not feeling 100%. I'm nowhere near my step goal and I'm struggling to do my exercises. All I want to do is sleep. I feel completely drained. Going to try and tough it out and at least get my exercises in. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:21:40 EST Much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452380 I weighed in again this morning and I lost some weight compared to yesterday. It wasn't a huge loss but it was a loss. The way I see it, I going in the right direction. Back on the road to the leaner, meaner me! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:03:43 EST No surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451939 Well, I got on the scale for my weekly weigh in and it was no surprise that I gained a few pounds over the weekend. I'm not going to let it stop me though. I was down 7 full pounds before the weekend so I know I can do it. I'm determined to get back at it and make up lost ground from the weekend. Hopefully, by this time next week, I'll at least be back to where I was before I splurged this weekend. Until then, I'm going to work as hard as I need to and we'll see where it leads me. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:07:39 EST Minor setback but worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451311 Yesterday was my daughter's birthday so I got a bit off track but it was totally worth it. I ate way more than I have been eating lately and it showed this morning when I stepped on the scale. No worries though because it was for a good reason and I'm getting back to it today. I have my goals planned out today and I'm determined to stick to them and get back on track. Tomorrow's weigh in may not be what I originally hoped for but I know it will still be good. Happy Sunday everyone. Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:27:07 EST Time to celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451037 Today is my daughter's birthday. It's strange that after all this time, I still relive every moment of the day I had her. She is one of my 3 greatest accomplishments. I'm going to try and get all of my workouts and steps in but since it's her birthday, family time comes first. I'll catch up tomorrow with anything I don't finish today. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:52:19 EST Not a fan of winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450773 Yesterday was a good day weather wise. It went up to around 50° and felt almost balmy compared to the sub zero temperatures last week. Today it started with rain then sleet and a little bit of snow. The temperature has been dropping all day and I'm finding it difficult to stay warm. I got all my exercises in today but need to get my steps in still. I'm hoping to be able to do that later tonight. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:34:49 EST Bouncing back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450340 I had a rough day yesterday so I stepped on the scale to make sure I didn't go in the wrong direction. To my surprise, I'm now down 6 pounds total since the first of the year! What I thought was a rough day turned out to be a good day overall. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:47:11 EST Having a rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450031 Today is my first day off in a while and I couldn't sleep in. I woke up early for no apparent reason and started doing my housework. I cleaned most of the day and did all my laundry. I even managed to get my steps in and did my exercises. After all is said and done, I'm exhausted. Hoping for a better day tomorrow. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:40:29 EST Challenge accepted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449537 I joined a challenge with some friends to try and achieve 200,000 steps each for the month of January. I've been logging between 8,000 and 10,000 steps each day so I think it should be relatively easy to accomplish. Just to be competitive, I'm aiming for 250,000 just to see if I can do it. I'm going to be cautious not to overdo but I'm curious to see how far I can go. At the very least, it'll be good exercise! <BR> Tue, 9 Jan 2018 17:30:46 EST Drum roll please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449003 So my first week in, I wasn't expecting too much but what I got was amazing! I'm down 4.6 pounds, 4.5 inches overall and I've walked a total of 72,000+ steps for the week! I'm feeling fabulous! My hard work is really paying off. I'm starting to see little changes already. I'm excited to keep continuing. I know I won't keep losing at this same rate but this was just the start I needed to make me optimistic! Week 1 is now officially in the books! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 13:15:28 EST Almost time to weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448594 Am I crazy for being excited for my first weigh in tomorrow morning? I ended up logging 8.15 miles yesterday and have stayed well within my calorie limit. Add to that my exercises and drinking lots and lots of water and it's got to be good right? I'm realistic in not expecting huge numbers or anything. I'm hoping for around 2 pounds and maybe a couple inches. That would be more than enough to make me happy and keep me motivated. Sun, 7 Jan 2018 17:01:19 EST Best day so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448189 I've been trying really hard to meet my step goal every day and so far I've been killing it. 3 out of 5 days I've been over 10,000 steps and so far today, I'm at almost 13,000. I had to work today and we had a huge delivery truck so I had to help put the stock away. I never realized I could walk that much in an 8 hour shift. Can't wait for my weigh in on Monday! Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:56:25 EST Too cold outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447759 Wind chills today are between -10 and -20 so I'm doing what I can indoors. Got about 2500 steps in while running a couple of necessary errands but I need more. Time to get creative with getting my steps in. I'm determined to get at least 8,000 steps. On one of my errands I went to buy some apples, baby carrots and my salad mix. I'm ready for the rest of my day! Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:49:12 EST I guess it could be worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447341 It's been so bitter cold here in Michigan, I'm finding it hard to do much outside of working laps in my house to get my steps in. I worked again today so I logged the majority of them while working but for the ones I'm short, I've had to take to jogging in place just to meet my step goal for the day. On the up side, jogging in place helps keep me warm! Thu, 4 Jan 2018 19:18:50 EST Another awesome day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446770 I had such an amazing day yesterday. I logged over 11,000 steps and did all of my exercises. I got on the scale, just to see if I was headed in the right direction, and I've lost almost 2 pounds. That was just the motivation I need to keep going. I've decided to lose only 5 pounds at a time to keep my goals attainable. All I need to really do now is keep working hard (and decide how to reward myself after each goal! Lol!) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 15:00:25 EST Great first day! Off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446307 I had an awesome first day of the year yesterday. I got all of my exercises in, logged just under 5 miles and made healthy food choices. I feel really confident that my one week weigh in will be enough to keep me motivated. I even started a virtual walk from my home in Michigan to my brother's home in Georgia. He said once I make it walking, he'll help me actually go there. I call that incentive to work my butt off! It's only 783 miles. Piece of cake right?!!! Tue, 2 Jan 2018 18:25:14 EST