KIMBERLYCREATES's SparkPeople Blog KIMBERLYCREATES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Turbo Jam! I've switched from 30 Day Shred to Turbo Jam for a while. A friend of mine let me borrow her Turbo Jam DVDs. I forgot how much I loved this class at the Y! I still love the 30 Day Shred too -- but that was a library DVD and I had to bring it back yesterday. So until I get my next library DVD (I'm still about #200 on the waiting list for the Zumba DVDs) I'll just stick to my borrowed Turbo Jam. I've got about three of her Turbo DVDs, so I'll try them all out and decide which one(s) I want... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 09:50:50 EST Ah! Down three today. Feeling less discouraged now. Still not making a lot of progress (back at my starting weight) but down three is good. The scale at least moved in the right direction. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 06:36:24 EST UGH I'm feeling very discouraged right now. I'm doing my 30 Day Shred, I'm trying to watch what I eat, I'm trying to drink more water, I'm cutting down on my sweets. And the damn scale keeps going up. And up. And up. The last time it went up, I figured it was water weight because I knew I hadn't had enough water that day. Then it went up another two damn pounds today. Now, today, I just got my period. So maybe that's why it went up again. But I'm very discouraged right now. I'm working ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:32:00 EST Making the Cut I failed the fitness test in Michaels's book and then I looked at the exercises she has outlined in it. There is no way I can do those exercises at home, and honestly, they're way tough for me -- some of them at least. But I kind of wasn't planning to follow the fitness regimen anyway. I work up a good sweat with 30 Day Shred, so that's good enough for me. I checked out Making the Cut mainly for the diet portion of her program. <BR> <BR> There's this three page quiz on your eating habits ... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:59:52 EST Eighty-two x-posted from my blog at <BR> <BR> I used to brag that I have lost 100 pounds from my all-time high weight. And I guess the truth is I still can say that I have lost one hundred pounds; I just can’t say that I’ve kept it off anymore. I did keep it off for several years. This year I’ve gained weight. Usually my weight fluctuates about five pounds one way or the other, but it’s stayed within my comfort zone. Until now. <BR> <BR> I decided to try Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day S... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 20:59:56 EST And now for round four I hate hate HATE tracking my food. It's an annoying hassle. I also hate being stuck at my current weight, which I've been stuck at for far too long now. When I first came here, I kept saying that I'd still be happy if I never lost another pound. In some ways, that's true. I am grateful that I'm no longer a hundred pounds overweight. And as hard as it has been being stuck on this plateau, I'm still confident that I'll never go back to being that overweight again. But dangit I'm sick of ... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 13:53:53 EST She's baaack! Okay, round three, right? <BR> <BR> I'm really frustrated with logging my calories and activity -- even though I've seen that it works. It's just a hassle to do it every day. <BR> <BR> But, I've implemented one of Dr. Oz's tips and I've 'automated' every bite of food I eat until dinner time. That means I eat the same thing, day in and day out, which occasionally gets boring, but I don't have to worry about how much I'm eating calorie-wise. <BR> <BR> I know that every day, if I stick ... Tue, 5 May 2009 19:31:28 EST Skinny jeans We've all got a pair of 'em right? Those jeans that are just one or two sizes too small that you can't quite fit into, but keeping hoping that some day you will? Mine are size "14 S" black jeans. Black because, well, black is slimming, right? I'm not sure what the "S" stands for. Since I always thought that "W" stood for "Wide", I've decided that "S" stands stands for "Skinny" now. These are the jeans that I've always been able to just barely crowbar myself into, but then I couldn't bre... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:58:14 EST Still on the Calorie Counting Bandwagon Today I've stayed within my fat and carb goals, although I'm low on fiber, protein, and overall calories. We just ate a big meal, so I figure I'll have a protein/fiber/diet shake after this food has started to digest and settle a bit. Otherwise I'll feel sick and overstuffed if I eat it right away. But the shake should get my calories, fiber, and protein closer to my goals without shooting my carbs too far over. <BR> <BR> Here's a bonus to counting calories that I *never* would have exp... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:51:01 EST Calorie Counting Convert Okay, I am now a total convert to counting calories. I've only been counting calories for seven days, and I've lost seven pounds. I know that's all just "initial weight loss" and expect it to even out to about 1-2 pounds per week soon -- but this is the first time I've seen real progress in MONTHS and I'm still optimistic that it's going to continue. <BR> <BR> My net calories are about 1500 -- that means that if I sit around the house like a lump all day, I can "only" eat 1500, but if I ex... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:13:20 EST Woo! Today was almost perfect! I got 40 minutes of exercising in, I stayed close to my calorie target (I was less than 10 calories under my target), I got all my fiber in, I stayed under my fat maximum, and I got half of my protein in. I've decided not to kill myself trying to always get 112g of protein in. I figure if I can get at least half of that, I'm doing all right. And, most importantly, I got everything I needed today without feeling hungry OR stuffed!! Mon, 12 Jan 2009 21:12:21 EST Progress? I'm cautiously optimistic today. When I downloaded the CalorieKing software, I weighed 172 I think (I haven't looked at it again recently). My hubby told me he lost seven pounds since starting at CK, so I decided to weigh myself this morning. And I'm down FIVE pounds! <BR> <BR> Granted, I've been gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over again for the past several months, if not years. But I'm hoping that this is finally an indication of progress. The one thing that's change... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 10:10:35 EST I'm back ... again! I've been pretty much maintaining the same weight for a looong time. I don't gain significantly much, but I'm not losing much either. I pretty much keep gaining and losing the same five pounds or so. This weight seems to be my body's "set point." I remember maintaining this weight without exercising for several years after college. <BR> <BR> I started an exercise program at work several weeks ago. My office shares a building with a spa, and the spa was running an 8-week special for some... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:05:53 EST Long time no blog Well, the past several months have been hectic. Little Miss B is now home with us, and we could be finalizing the adoption as early as July 2008. There have been plenty of ups and downs along the way! My weight has been up and down too. I think I got up to 175 and I was down to 166 at another point. Right now I'm hovering around in the middle. This seems to be my comfort zone. I'd still like to lose another 20-30 pounds though. I just started reading the Beck Diet Solution and am tryi... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 14:49:16 EST October October was a wash too. But that's okay, for two reasons. First, I didn't gain any weight. Second, but more importantly, October was a wonderful month. Even though I hardly exercised at all, and my eating has been a bit of a struggle, October was a very good month. We got an adoption referral in August for Little Miss B, met with her social worker in September, and we've been having visits with her almost every weekend in October. My eating has been a struggle because I keep finding mys... Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:02:21 EST September Well, September was kind of a wash. I got sick and wasn't able to exercise for a while. I'm still feeling low on energy and don't want to overdo it, because I can feel the signs of a cold/flu still lingering and just waiting to get a hold of me. For the last few nights I've been going to bed with a sore throat -- I wake up fine and take my Zicam, but I can still feel it waiting to take over again. I probably lost half of September to this cold/flu/virus, whatever it is. The good news is ... Mon, 1 Oct 2007 19:05:49 EST New month I've been on the treadmill almost every day for two weeks now, and I'm finally seeing some progress...again I hit a bit of a slump and stopped running for a week or two. I'm not running anymore now, it was bothering my knee too much and the constant speed up slow down of the "rolling hills" program was driving me nuts. When I jog on the trail, I just jog at a slow, steady pace for as long as I can. I'd like to work up to where I can do that on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> For now, I'm taki... Tue, 4 Sep 2007 22:34:07 EST August I lost about five pounds since I started working out regularly, then life conspired against me and I was unable to workout regularly for over a week. Of course, most of the five pounds I lost came right back -- but I'm getting back into the swing of things again. <BR> <BR> Work is insane right now. On top of just barely keeping my head above water at my regularl job, I've had freelance work in for the last month and have another project on my desk now which will keep me working 10 - 12 hou... Tue, 14 Aug 2007 10:34:05 EST Progress, and lack thereof It's been a bit discouraging to see my weight going back up after I started working full time again. But now that we have our treadmill, I'm hopeful to start seeing it go down or at least stabilize. It's funny, I'm able to jog for over a half hour on the walking path by my house, but I run out of breath faster on my treadmill. Maybe the speed I've set for my treadmill is faster than I usually jog. I'm not sure. But I'm working toward being able to jog for at least thirty minutes every m... Sat, 21 Jul 2007 22:41:14 EST Weekly update Well, we got the treadmill delivered last Wednesday and I think I've run a minimum of 30 minutes on it every day so far. My husband has run at least 30 minutes every day too. I was encouraged by losing a couple pounds right away -- which I somehow gained back over the last two days. But I know that weight can fluctuate as much as 5 pounds in a single day by water weight alone, so I'm not going to worry too much about it. It was nice to see the numbers going down on the scale at first thou... Sun, 15 Jul 2007 22:17:29 EST Treadmill update! We finally bought a treadmill today! I thought my husband was going to buy an elliptical and was gearing up for having to learn how to use that instead of the treadmill, but in all of his researching and thinking about it, he finally decided to get the treadmill instead. We went to a sporting goods store today on the west side of town, and he pretty much picked out the one he wanted then walked away and said "Now we just have to decide how to pay for it." I mused outloud about the price th... Sat, 7 Jul 2007 17:21:15 EST Happy 4th Happy Fourth of July! I have the day off today, it's nice to have a day off in the middle of the week. The full time job is still going great, but I desperately need to get back into a workout routine. I'm gaining weight again, and I need to stop blaming my husband for not buying a treadmill and just go out and DO something. My clothes are still fitting, so that's good, but I want to stop gaining weight and start losing it instead. If I'm going to need to buy new clothes again, I want it ... Wed, 4 Jul 2007 12:34:28 EST June Update The new jobs are still great. I haven't been able to get into a regular workout routine though. My husband won't work out at the gym where he works, which means that I can't work out after work because I have to leave right away to pick him up. I had talked about buying a treadmill last Christmas and he talked me out of it -- and recently he decided that HE needs a treadmill. I just wanted to sock him, I was so mad that he talked me out of it and then decided that he needed one, but I did... Sun, 17 Jun 2007 09:36:23 EST Update The new job is going great. My husband got a new job too and we're commuting together again, which is a big plus. Not only are we saving on gas and wear & tear on our vehicles, I really enjoy commuting with him. We've been lucky enough to either work in the same office or close enough to one another that we've commuted together all but about three of our thirteen years of marriage. Another plus is that he's working with the police department now and he gets free access to the police offic... Sat, 12 May 2007 19:51:02 EST Times are a-changin' I got a new job last week. I can finally quit my too-many part time jobs and now will just have two jobs (three if you count homemaking). I start my new full-time job next week, as an Administrative Assistant for a non-profit organization that certifies, trains, and supports home-based childcare providers in various counties in my home state. I'm thinking about joining the Y, if there's one close enough to work that I could drop in on my way home. I haven't lost any weight this winter, b... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 18:25:16 EST Taking a break There's too much going on in real life right now to keep up with the SP site. I still think this is an awesome site and hope to be active here again some time, but right now I don't know when that time will be. <BR> <BR> I'm also not giving up on my goal, but right now I'm in a bit of a maintaining phase. Spring is coming though, and with the warmer weather, I'll be taking up jogging again so I expect to see some more downward movement on the scale before too long too! <BR> <BR> Until the... Sat, 24 Mar 2007 11:59:13 EST Woo-hoo! After realizing just how much exercise I've really been doing these past few months, I started thinking that I must have lost some weight. I didn't want to say anything before I actually weighed myself though. I was guessing that I lost maybe five pounds. I knew I hadn't lost more than that because I would have noticed that my clothes were getting baggy again. (Then again, with all the winter layering, I probably wouldn't have noticed, now that I think about it!) But I know I've put on s... Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:09:52 EST Holy Manure Pile, Batman! So, this past December, I took up a job working at a stable. I love horses, and was looking for something part-time, so when I saw this ad in the paper I jumped on it right away. <BR> <BR> I'm at the barn 3.5 hours a day, two days a week. If you've ever mucked out stalls, you know this can be heavy work. I decided to plug that in to my activity tracker but there isn't anything that's exactly comparable to mucking seven stalls; emptying, cleaning, and refilling seven water buckets; and whe... Tue, 20 Feb 2007 19:17:07 EST Busy busy busy Well, it's been a couple weeks since I've blogged here. This has been a real busy couple of weeks for me and I just haven't had time to keep up with SparkPeople. It's a good busy though, I've had a couple freelance projects come in, we're being considered as a placement resource for a 13 y/o boy, and I've got two, possibly even three or four, new clients who have projects they want me to do. So yeah. Very busy. But in a good way. <BR> <BR> As for dieting, I was actually thinking about j... Sun, 18 Feb 2007 09:15:09 EST Exercise It's difficult for me to exercise during the winter months because we live out in the boonies -- so an hour at the gym equates to two hours or more gone from an already busy day, and although I love jogging and bike-riding, I hate to do either in the cold and snow. But I've recently taken up a new part time job that involved a good deal of physical labor, and has me literally working out for about six hours a week now! I usually end up maintaining over the winter months and losing in the su... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 21:47:17 EST Mental Block I was thinking again about my "stalled" weight loss the other day. It started off as patting myself on the back. Why? Because even though I haven't lost any weight since the summer ended, I haven't put any weight back on either. Which means that despite the fact that I'm not exercising and *trying* to diet, and despite the fact that I've "fallen off the wagon" food-wise more than once, I'm still getting something right. I haven't let go of the healthy habits I've learned (well, except fo... Tue, 23 Jan 2007 20:32:31 EST Maintaining In one of the communities I maintain, we've been talking about what appears to be a "plateau" or "stalled" diet. A few of us have been talking this out, and for myself, I've realized that my "plateau" is self-imposed. I've mentioned many times before, half-jokingly, that I'd be happy if I never lost another pound. The thing is, I think it's true. It's been over a decade since I've been under 200 pounds, and I actually feel comfortable in my own skin for the first time in more than twenty ... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 21:32:44 EST From Exercise Tip of the Day newsletter SparkPeople Experts Answer Your Fitness Questions <BR> <BR> Question: I heard that when you exercise on an empty stomach (such as first thing in the morning) you'll burn more fat. Is this true? <BR> <BR> Expert Answer: <BR> In the morning, your body has gone 8+ hours since eating or drinking anything. Your blood sugar levels are lower at this point, and your body doesn't have adequate fuel to workout optimally. Usually, experts recommend eating something--even if it's just a small snack--wi... Wed, 27 Dec 2006 11:50:19 EST From the Family Health & Wellness Newsletter How to Assess the Fitness Levels of Your Kids <BR> <BR> If you're wondering just how healthy your children are, you can find the answers yourself by taking a look at their eating and exercise habits. By establishing healthy habits in childhood, your kids will likely maintain these habits into adulthood. This can be a good thing if they eat well and exercise now, but if not, then they're more likely continue with poor eating and sedentary habits into adulthood, which leads to a host of diseas... Tue, 26 Dec 2006 11:43:42 EST BRM, Calories in vs. Calories out This is from the Ask the Expert Column. There's no way to bookmark it or mark it as a favorite, and I wanted to preserve the information so I'm coping it here. <BR> <BR> The URL it came from is: <BR><BR>_the_experts.asp?q=27 <BR> <BR> <BR> Can you explain to me in simple terms the concept of "burning more calories than you consume" in order to lose weight? If I'm eating 1400 calories a day, but only burning 500 a day exercising, how can this be mak... Sun, 5 Nov 2006 15:45:30 EST Weigh In: +1# Well, I weighed myself this week and I've actually gained a pound. I'm not surprised though, because my eating has been kind of all over the place, I've made some unhealthy food choices, and I haven't been exercising. Honestly, I'm surprised I've only gained a pound! Seriously, that just tells me that I'm not totally off-track, and that this is one of my body's set points -- a weight that it's comfortable with. But I'm exercising more regularly now. My job situation is still unsettled, s... Fri, 3 Nov 2006 15:28:15 EST Ten Commands of Healthy Eating for Parents (from the Family Health and Wellness Newsletter) <BR> <BR> 1. Thou shalt not force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat. <BR> 2. Thou shalt set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself. <BR> 3. Thou shalt make mealtimes pleasant. <BR> 4. Thou shalt encourage thy child to help in meal planning, preparation, and cleanup. <BR> 5. Thou shalt back off when mealtime becomes a power struggle. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Oct 2006 17:52:40 EST FastBreak Strategy #1 I just wanted to be able to bookmark this article since I can't flag it as a favorite. <BR> <BR><BR>_diet_strategies.asp?diet_stage=1&stra<BR>tegy_num=1 Sun, 15 Oct 2006 21:27:30 EST Strength Training Plan Core exercises - Mondays: <BR> Back extension: Lower back <BR> Bridge-ups: Abs, lower back, shoulders <BR> Crunches w/Twist: Abs, Obliques <BR> Dolphin Post: Abs, Shoulders, Upper back <BR> Hip Flexor: Hips, Upper thigh, Glutes <BR> Reverse Crunch: Lower abs <BR> <BR> Upper body - Wednesdays: <BR> Alternating bicep curls: Biceps <BR> Dumbbell lateral raises: Shoulders <BR> Dumbbell tricep kickbacks: Triceps <BR> Dumbbell wrist curls: Forearms <BR> Seated dumbbell rows: Upper back, Biceps, Sh... Sat, 14 Oct 2006 15:42:43 EST A little history I've always struggled with my weight, even when I was thin. In high school, I often joked that I was too lazy to be anorexic. Instead of exercising compulsively, I obsessed about my weight and skipped meals to control it. I kept having brownouts and stomach pains but never correlated them to the fact that I wasn't eating well. <BR> <BR> After I married my best friend in 1994, I started putting on more and more weight, until one year at the doctor's office I realized that I was more than a hu... Fri, 13 Oct 2006 21:54:38 EST