KRISTINGETSFIT's SparkPeople Blog KRISTINGETSFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Confirmation! I am more fit and more strong today than I was yesterday. Yesterday, I was more fit and strong than I was the day before. I know this because I feel it in my body. Little things, like unloading the groceries from the car, are simpler. I can lift more, do more and last longer. And today? The numbers on the scale further confirm how much better I feel. Today I am thankful for all my previous efforts and I am committed to doing and learning MORE, for the love of me. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:49:16 EST Confirmation! I am more fit and more strong today than I was yesterday. Yesterday, I was more fit and strong than I was the day before. I know this because I feel it in my body. Little things, like unloading the groceries from the car, are simpler. I can lift more, do more and last longer. And today? The numbers on the scale further confirm how much better I feel. Today I am thankful for all my previous efforts and I am committed to do Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:46:49 EST Motivation I'm ready for the next step in my health and fitness and am pushing to loose10 more pounds of fat. <BR> <BR> Time to bust out the big gun -SELF BRIBERY- also known as positive reinforcement, rewards or motivation in my world. <BR> <BR> Time to get moving! <BR> <BR> Current: 171 <BR> <BR> GOALS <BR> 170: adult toy shopping <BR> 165: new outfit <BR> 160: more tattoo work Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:36:49 EST Another day, another opportunity! Time to rise, sweat and shine!!! Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:51:48 EST Either way, it's still the little things Today I was asked if I was a spin instructor. :) I also had a cookie for breakfast. :/ The life and times of figuring out how to get fit... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:34:51 EST Little Things That I KNOW Work for Me! When I get overwhelmed by the work I need to do, it's helpful to remember some of the little things that I KNOW work and support movement in the right direction. <BR> <BR> It's also proven that writing thoughts and plans down makes you more likely to be committed to them and seeing them through. <BR> <BR> Today, I will practice these two points and write this to/for myself: <BR> <BR> I will eat lots of colorful vegis <BR> I will plan my snacks/meals <BR> I will track my food/calories <BR... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:10:49 EST Another Day, Another Opportunity Between vacations, celebrating kid’s birthdays and general stress, I feel like I’ve gotten off track from where I want to be. <BR> <BR> The good part? I’m recognizing this now instead of six months from now (when it potentially could be much worse) and I am choosing to take steps to turn things around. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. Another opportunity to make the little choices and little changes that will get be back on track and move me towards my goals. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:53:47 EST Feeding Monster Cravings Mid to late afternoon, usually from 2-4pm, I find myself ravenously hungry. I know this about myself and can plan around it, which requires time, forethought and preparation. Today, I had none of those and when the afternoon hunger challenge erupted along with some bonus stress, I felt like I really pigged out. I logged my calories afterwards (I know I'm more accountable if I put them in before I eat). Yes, I did consume about 350 calories in a short period of time, though I found mysel... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:34:33 EST Makin' it Work <img src=""> This is my first attempt at a blog with the ap in lieu of the computer. But, since I've decided that I'm going to post something each day over the next 21 days (note how I made it a confirmed statement, not an option -but- at the same time didn't state anything until I was on my way to a successful day three), this seemed like a good time to try. Proud moments today: - I chose not to have dessert, ev... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 01:43:51 EST Hope for the Road Ahead It's interesting. No matter how far I've come, I feel like there's still such a long way to go. <BR> <BR> In moments like these, it is important for me to keep perspective- to not get overwhelmed by that which is left to do- and to recognize, even CELEBRATE, what has already been accomplished. <BR> <BR> I was feeling down on myself for not being where I wanted to be with my stress management and eating habits. It was one of those (too often experienced) "I feel so fat" moments where I beg... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:04:52 EST Each Day, Every Day So this seems to happen at least once a year- regardless of where I am in my fitness journey. <BR> <BR> I've decided to blog again to in hopes it will help me express myself and regain focus as I work to stay motivated and positive. To remind myself that change is the result of small changes over time- each day. Every day. <BR> <BR> I will say that I feel I've come a long way from when I started to get moving and become more aware of what I put in my body. I've lost about 70lbs, gone from... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:50:38 EST Getting Back on Track After getting distracted from my health and allowing stress to overwhelm me, in February 2014, at 214lbs, I decided to take control again- not of the responsibilities, situations and challenges that cause me discomfort, but control of MYSELF and MY RESPONSES to them! <BR> <BR> Since August of 2013 when I was last active in the SparkPeople community, I have been doing a number of good things for myself. I have been teaching Zumba three times a week and have been working with a trainer twice ... Sun, 18 May 2014 18:59:29 EST I'm a WHAT?!?! Every time I say this out loud, I laugh. Partly because I'm embarrassed. Partly because I think it's silly and also because I'm a bit freaked out about the whole thing... <BR> <BR> I got my Zumba instructor license. That, in and of its self was a totally fun thing. My girlfriend and I went together. I thought it would be a good way to learn some new moves and be connected to other Zumba based events. I didn't know what I would do with the license once I had it. Maybe I would go to a conferen... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:20:08 EST Kickin' it Up a Notch! The past seven months, I have been able to (mostly) maintain the weight loss I accomplished since beginning with SparkPeople. I'd like to loose more, but am refocusing to work on adjusting my diet and exercise routine to build some sexy muscle tone and burn off the unnecessary fat. <BR> <BR> About three months ago, I joined a "real gym" (I was WAY too scared to do that when I started this journey) and now have a trainer that I work with twice a week for strength training. <BR> <BR> I stil... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:43:51 EST P.S. I Forgot to Tell You Something OOOH!!! And, as a follow up, I am back on track! This was the first weigh in Sunday, for too long of a while, where I have actually been down a pound from my last previous low. <BR> <BR> New classes, new possibilities at the gym and CHILDCARE SO I CAN WORK OUT!!! I'm so freakin' excited to see where this goes! <BR> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:13:16 EST Think I Found Something As I wrote in my last blog, my unique and fun Zumba studio where I worked out with friends -and felt comfortable and inspired- has closed. (insert sad face here) <BR> <BR> In the past few weeks, I have been working hard to keep up with my usual workout routine and have explored a number of gyms nearby (and not so nearby) as well as Zumba and dance-fitness specific studios. I have also gone on long (LONG) walks with my three one year olds in their stretch-limo like stroller, made more use of... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 01:10:28 EST My Beloved Studio is Closing! Over the past few years, I have learned to love exercise. I owe it to my friends who created a unique Zumba and dance/fitness studio with interesting and fun classes, an outrageous sound system, super fun club lights and great students and instructors. The concept of dance/fitness was engaging- keeping my mind off of “working out.” Even more so, at this studio, I found a place with people I enjoyed being with. Going to the studio itself was an experience; connecting to a community of open-min... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:39:08 EST Here's to a Good Week! I'm not exactly sure what it is, but after just a few days of cleaner eating and some super-fun dancing/exercise (even if it's at a club, I'm counting it!) I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> Now, to keep this feeling going!!! <BR> <BR> So, what's my plan? <BR> <BR> -I've already filled up my one liter water bottle so it's ready to go today, just need to drink it before lunch and fill 'er up again to drink before dinner. <BR> - I've got lots of farm-fresh fruits and... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:32:38 EST Where did my progress go? I’ve had a couple of not so good eating weeks recently- my son’s first birthday, cravings for sweets, emotional eating and a desire to just eat things because they look good or were around, not because my body needs it. <BR> <BR> I’ve tried to compensate for this by doing more cardio, working in toning to my Zumba routines, going to yoga class and practicing more yoga at home. <BR> <BR> I feel stronger and more limber and I’m beginning to actually get some muscle definition in my thighs a... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 14:58:16 EST Happy New Year!! 2012 was a crazy year. We welcomed my son James to the world in February and invited the twins, Amelia and Wynter (now 15 months) to live with us full time. My older son, Juan went to "the big side"- PRESCHOOL- and I traded managing an awesome behavioral health program with tons of perks but lots of stress for being a mom to all my munchkins. By-by Prius. Hello minivan. <BR> <BR> There are a number of things that have not gone the way they were planned in 2012, but there is so much to be th... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:29:11 EST Me, Meet the Old Me There are definitely moments when I look at myself and feel I have not made much progress. Today, in one of those moments, I decided to put those negative thoughts to the test. <BR> <BR> I pulled out a photo from earlier this week and initially I started nitpicking my current photo apart, wishing away the budges in my stomach, wondering why exercise had not made that part of my body thin and lean, wondering why my arms were so large after having worked so hard for so long- you know the dril... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:41:15 EST Things to be Thankful for and my Weekly Weigh In For some reason, I have not been able to save my weekly weigh ins for the past month or so, thus I am posting them here: <BR> <BR> 3/1/12: 242 <BR> 3/8/12: 240 <BR> 3/18/12:236 <BR> 3/25/12: 234 <BR> 4/1/12: 232 <BR> 4/8/12: 230 *10 POUNDS* Pedicure Treat! <BR> 4/15/12: 226 <BR> 4/22/12: 227 <BR> 4/29/12: 224 <BR> 5/1/12: 223 New Panties! <BR> 5/13/12: 222 Haircut! <BR> 5/20/12: 220 *20 POUNDS GONE FOREVER* Massage Treat! <BR> 5/27/12: 218 <BR> 6/3/12: 214 <BR> 6/10/12: 213 Teet... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:03:59 EST G'damn Well, I know I've been emotional, snacky and that my journey to health has taken an unfortunate backseat. Today, SparkPeople helped to point that out- AND helped to encourage me to get back on track. <BR> <BR> This week, my calorie allowance is quite a bit different than it has been in the past. It's fair, really. I've been eating (drinking) more recently and it's showing. My weight loss has stagnated and SparkPeople has adjusted my caloric intake to accommodate my choices. <BR> <BR> I no... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:14:13 EST My Neglected Goal I attempted my mile run today and was more successful than I thought I would be. I was not able to run/jog the full mile, but I still feel pretty good about it. With my music blaring, I speed-walked a song, jogged a song and then speed-walked a bit more. I finished the mile in 15.4 minutes. Not bad for a first attempt! <BR> <BR> My goal is not speed, but health. After this 15 minutes, I felt great and it seemed to start the day off in a good direction. I think I need to do some more of this! Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:43:44 EST A Neglected Goal to Attempt I was looking over my SparkPage at the goals I set for myself and noticed that I have a goal of running a mile. I must have forgotten about this... or chose not to remember as I have not even attempted this. <BR> <BR> So... feeling the need to spark things up a bit, I did some google research and have discovered that it is exactly half a mile from my house to one of the main streets nearby. So there and back would be a solid mile. <BR> <BR> This is going to happen. I may not be able to ru... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 00:59:44 EST Feeling Snacky Snacking is getting the best of me recently. <BR> <BR> I will have an awesome and healthy day planned out and sometime in the afternoon, between managing work stuff, the three babies, house stuff and stress, I find myself grazing. There are some things in particular (like cereal!) that if I start with, I just can't stop!!! <BR> <BR> This list is a reminder to myself that I have options... <BR> <BR> Things I can do instead of snacking: <BR> <BR> play with the kids <BR> walk the dog <BR> ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:51:43 EST Maybe this is Progress This past week, I did not meet all of the goals I set for myself, though I am feeling pretty darn good. In general, I ate well, exercised and had a little fun! <BR> <BR> I'm down two pounds from last week, so I feel like I've "reset" the fire a bit. This is what I am shooting for! (at least most weeks) So, something is working. This IS progress. <BR> <BR> Last week I had the following goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Try the new fitness DVDs at least once. &#8232; <BR> Um, nope. I still haven't made... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:07:12 EST Crazy Week, but Still... This week, in a nutshell, was a bit of a doozy. In addition to the holiday, I had family in for a visit, less “personal” time than usual and number of folks at my house. <BR> <BR> It was good to see folks I haven’t seen in a long time, though there were times where it was challenging for me to balance their needs with my own. <BR> <BR> Goal-wise, here is where I ended up: <BR> <BR> I missed a work out last week due to the holiday and family visits. Made it up today by working doubly long... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:45:39 EST Slowly but Surely No huge achievements this week, though I think I’m moving back on track. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishment to me. <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember that this is a marathon, a long term commitment, a life-long plan. This thought can be a bit overwhelming, though each day is an opportunity to take a few steps and it is up to me what kind of steps they are and how close they move me towards my goals. <BR> <BR> Let’s take a look at this past week’s goals: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Stay w... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 20:33:26 EST Checking In Here it is, about a week into my Bust a Plateau Plan. How am I doing? It seems to depend on the day. <BR> <BR> Let's take a look at the commitments I set for myself last week: <BR> <BR> - I will connect with my family and friends to find a way to get help with the family stuff so that I can get to Zumba twice a week. <BR> DONE: My mom is helping to hang out with the kids on Tuesday evenings and my husband is with them Sunday morning for a few hours, so it looks like I am back on track wit... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:57:07 EST What is a Plateau, but an Opportunity to be Better? I feel like the last couple of weeks, my energy has waned. <BR> <BR> My family life has become more complicated and there are more responsibilities at home for me to take care of. I decided to leave my full time job to do some part time contract work in order to balance the family stuff. <BR> <BR> And, with all the goings on, it has been challenging for me to do Zumba at least once a week (I had been going twice a week) and I have NOT been able to figure out another way to get my exercise... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:01:25 EST A Huge Compliment The dance fitness studio I have been going to for almost two years sends out a newsletter every Monday. Imagine my surprise- and delight when I noticed the following blurb amidst the information about the new studio and class schedule... <BR> <BR> Our Students, Our Family <BR> <BR> <BR> We were inspired Sunday morning as we watched our long-time student, Kristin walk through our door. We first met Kristin over a year ago after she had baby number one. Shortly after, she was expecting bab... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:33:23 EST Missing my Workouts and an Esteem Boost Soooooo, it’s only been too long since my last blog. What has been going on? <BR> <BR> I’m currently down about 35 pounds since March of 2012 and feeling pretty good- at least most days. Today, I have a sore throat, I’m PMSing and I missed a Zumba workout during the week due to family stuff and will miss another one due to work stuff tomorrow. With all my feelings of icky-nes, it is my workouts that I am missing most right now. <BR> <BR> I popped in a Julian Michael’s DVD to try to make... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 00:45:14 EST Why Count Calories? In a recent blog, a SparkFriend asked, why count calories? She pondered the word accountable and the concept that being accountable may mean keeping one's self from the "brink of doing something wrong, something very very bad". This inspired me to think a bit more about why I count calories, and it is NOT to keep me accountable, it is to keep me aware. <BR> <BR> Counting calories, although arduous, has helped me to be more aware of what it is that I am actually putting into my body- and lik... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:29:40 EST Not Gonna be Stuck in the Middle Today I had a nice surprise. <BR> <BR> Sunday is my weigh in day and I have been making small progress towards my goal pretty successfully over the past three to four months, though today was a landmark. <BR> <BR> Starting at 240 pounds in March, my goal is to get to 180 pounds by December 15th. That’s 60 pound to loose. Today I weighed in at 209- 30 pounds down and halfway to my goal!! <BR> <BR> I am equal parts proud of myself and tired of how slow progress seems to take. <BR> <BR> I’... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:59:25 EST Surprisingly Reenergized I really should be working right now instead of blogging. I have so many loose ends of paperwork that I need to tie up before Monday morning, but I am so elated, I just had to share... <BR> <BR> As I was picking out my clothes to wear tomorrow, OK, yes- I put out clothes each night before I go to bed. It may seem like something for a 5 year old, though it keeps me sane in the morning knowing I don't have to try things on, that both shoes are in the same place and there is no need to go looki... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:49:41 EST My Awesome Dance Moves Sooo... I've had a couple of questions about the dance fitness classes that I have been doing. I'm going to do my best to describe them. <BR> <BR> Zumba is my main love. I can learn dance moves and get in my cardio. This helps distract me from the thought of actually working out. I've learned that different teachers have TOTALLY different styles. Of the three teachers I work with most, one is very Latin-inspired with tons of sexy hip movements, another is into Reggaeton- very urban with som... Thu, 31 May 2012 23:13:00 EST What is working??? Today I am reflecting on the things that are working on my journey to being fit. I am finding quite a bit to list. This is a good thing!!! <BR> <BR> 1. I schedule my workout time just like I schedule my work and family responsibilities. This helps me to make sure that it happens. It also ensures that I have “me time” throughout the week. <BR> <BR> 2. I have made friends with the people at the dance/fitness studio. Volunteering to help out at the studio and participate in the events and wor... Tue, 29 May 2012 17:33:35 EST Observations at 22 pounds down When I started this journey in March, I had a few expectations: <BR> <BR> - Loosing weight means I will be hungry all the time. <BR> - I will have to give up all of the things that I like to eat. I will not be able to eat anything I like or enjoy. I will not be able to each sweet treats or chocolate. <BR> - I will not be able to loose weight without giving up alcohol (and a glass of wine every day or two is something I truly enjoy). <BR> - I will be alone on this journey to get fit. My hus... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:41:38 EST How do you eat an elephant? When things are tough or a task appears to be overwhelming, I think of this question: How do you eat an elephant? <BR> <BR> It seems preposterous. Who would want to eat an elephant? And better yet, even if someone wanted to, who COULD eat an elephant. They are huge!!! <BR> <BR> The answer, simply, is: one bite a time. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle- this is my elephant. My goals are not something I can complete all at once, no more than I could pop an entire elephant in my... Wed, 23 May 2012 00:43:30 EST Progress!!! (and pictures!) Two and a half months of tracking what I eat and making efforts to be more active on a regular basis, I am feeling great! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I started, I felt tired, heavy and somewhat depressed. It was difficult for me to get up and moving and I found myself always wishing for a nap. I'm a bit of a geek, but the mantra I began to repeat to myself was "objects at rest stay at rest, objects in motion stay in motion." I had ... Sun, 20 May 2012 14:58:22 EST It's the little things Although I may not be seeing the changes I would like on the scale, there are a number of little things that I am noticing, which help me believe I am on the right track. <BR> <BR> - My face seems thinner to me, my "chins" are getting smaller <BR> - I can pick up my three year old and hold him over my head without pain <BR> - My thighs are becoming more firm <BR> - My arms seem longer, though maybe they're thinner <BR> - I have more energy <BR> - I can now take off my wedding ring (though I ... Sat, 19 May 2012 00:26:45 EST A journey a thousand miles begins with a single step I'm a bit confused this morning, and more so, disappointed. <BR> <BR> As I stepped on the scale today to measure my progress, the number displayed was higher than I had expected. Since starting this journey, I have been loosing 2 pounds per week with the occasional one pound loss thrown in. <BR> <BR> The last few weeks have resulted in a pound lost per week. This week I felt I had worked extra hard, making time to use the elliptical more often that I have in previous weeks and staying wit... Sun, 13 May 2012 11:17:59 EST The weirdest feeling ever My husband and I both work full time jobs. He's an attorney and I'm involved in social work/therapy. Both of us do stressful work and have enough to do to fill 24 hours every day. Regardless, we also have two little boys, an older daughter, two dogs, six chickens and a household to run. It is often hard to fit in a workout. <BR> <BR> Since beginning my new life style, I have committed to doing a significant amount of cardio twice each week- preferring to do two 60 minute Zumba classes where... Thu, 3 May 2012 02:03:47 EST Sunday is weigh in day... I may weigh myself at other points in the week, but Sunday morning is my official "weigh in day". The day where I actually write down the scale results and compare the number to other previous Sundays. <BR> <BR> I have found that knowing I am accountable Sunday morning, sometimes helps me make better choices on a Saturday night. <BR> <BR> In the past 7 weeks, the scale has progressively shown smaller numbers. (except for one week, which I think had to do with water retention from the mont... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:55:14 EST Today, I promise I will not quit. Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:29:36 EST The Wisdom of Chocolate I was enjoying a piece of Dove dark chocolate and discovered the message: "It's ok to be fabulous AND flawed." Such a wise piece of chocolate!! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:03:40 EST Bonus Time- with Chocolate!!! Woot! I love it when I find myself with a few extra calories to spend!!! Eating well all day with yummy veggies and lean protein, I can now indulge in a glass of wine and a piece of Dove dark chocolate... BLISS!!! <em>8</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:53:17 EST Rockin' the 5K I just came home from a 5k walk, the "Run for Literacy". My mom's a reading teacher and every year, she tries to get the whole family to go to this thing. In previous years, I would volunteer to sit at a table and give away bananas. This year, I was much more active. <BR> <BR> I'm certainly not fast, nor do I consider myself an athlete, but I figured- 5 kilometers, approximately 3 miles... I've speed-walked two floors of IKEA to locate the perfect soap dispenser- I can do this. Yes, it is o... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:47:08 EST Workout vs. Relax I didn't quite get in my 10 minute fitness today. Like, not at all. Maybe today is my one day off for this week... Regardless, it's nice to hang out with my husband and enjoy a glass of wine! Note to self: SAVOR EACH MOMENT! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:34:45 EST