KROBERTS7's SparkPeople Blog KROBERTS7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Working for a Change Gosh, it's been a long time since I have been here. Life has gotten so crazy with 2 teenagers, a new husband and a farm to take care of. You'd think that would be plenty of activity to keep me in shape, but it isn't. I am still in constant pain and always feel fatigued. <BR> <BR> I decided I was tired of missing out on my own life, especially now that my life really rocks. I made a big decision to make myself more accountable and hopefully help others as well. I became a Beachbody coach. <BR... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:06:23 EST I'm on a roll! Okay, I've managed to get out and walk three days in a row now. 30 minutes each time. I need to double that, actually, but I will take what I can get. <BR> <BR> It seems the only way I can lose weight is to drastically cut calories. Once I start getting around 1600 calories, I see my weight go up. If I keep is around 1300 or less, the scale goes down. <BR> <BR> The problem with that is, it kinda worries me. I am almost 5'10" and that just doesn't seem like enough calories. I get hungry, bu... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:07:56 EST That Blasted Scale! I am so frustrated with this whole process. Instead of losing weight, I seem to be gaining. I think my scale has it out for me. <BR> <BR> Just as an idea of a normal food day for me, according to SparkPeople, I had 1236 calories today. I was low on fat and protein. I am "allowed" another 314 if I want for the day (so technically, I could have a burrito which I am considering). <BR> <BR> Experts say the average adult needs around 2000 calories a day to do what they need to do. Of course, i... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:20:15 EST Time Wasters I don't really have a lot of time wasters. I rarely watch TV. My time goes to work, my kids and talking to my fiancee. Not much that I can cut, so I guess I will have to start getting up earlier if I want time to work out. Yay. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:22:57 EST A New Goal Wow, I haven't been on here in forever. So much has happened since my last entry. Most important being, I got engaged! Now I really have to focus on losing weight because I refuse to look fat in any wedding pictures. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when I recently went to visit my husband to be, I gained 6 pounds! Ugh! <BR> <BR> So, it is time to get serious again. This week I need to refocus on eating better. Next week I will attempt a fast and the following week I will try to ease back into exe... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 19:17:05 EST Fighting Fatigue I have not been doing so well with exercising lately. Though I have managed to lose 20 pounds thus far, I feel like I am at a stand-still. And the problem is the overwhelming fatigue I have been struggling with lately. <BR> <BR> The last week and a half have been really bad and I am getting very frustrated. I didn't sleep well last night (which isn't unusual) and felt too tired to even make breakfast beyond some yogurt and frozen berries. I finally decided I would walk anyhow (I haven't been... Tue, 15 May 2012 14:14:56 EST Slow and steady-ish Things are going very slow for me trying to get into running condition. I decided monday to just walk because I want to order some KT tape for preventing shin splints (which I still haven't ordered). By the end of the day, I was in such excruciating pain I had to take my laptop to bed so I could finish working. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I haven't attempted any more walking for the week. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I really feel like my body hates me. Exercise makes me feel better, but I never know... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 07:57:19 EST Small Achievements Okay, after my insane week last week, I am going to get back on track today. I have managed to lose the three pounds I gained, though I'm not quite sure how I did that so fast. But hey, I'm not complaining! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am still excited about a small achievement last week, in spite of the fact that I had gained three pounds... <BR> <BR> About five or six years ago, I bought an adorable suit. It was pink and had the cutest jacket and a knee-length skirt. At the store, I tried it... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:54:03 EST Looking Forward to Next Week This has been one of the more physically and emotionally draining weeks that I have had in quiet some time. I haven't even tried to run because I have been so exhausted, just walking to the bathroom is an achievement. <BR> <BR> The week was a mix of good and bad, but mostly it was just really busy. I visited my mom Monday and she gave us a bunch of stuff for the house. Which was great! <em>41</em> But it was a long drive and I hate driving. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was court, which went better ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:29:53 EST Slacking, but not quitting Well, I didn't work out at all yesterday. I had an appointment in the city and just couldn't muster up the energy by the time I finally got home. Today is supposed to be day 3 of week 1 (C25K). I still haven't gone out and it is after lunch. I was just so exhausted this morning, just taking the dog out left me out of breath. <BR> <BR> It's not a total loss yet, though. I am going to try to go out this evening. I prefer morning or evening when it is cool and quiet out. I would much rather go ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 13:58:16 EST Week 1 Day 2 Yesterday was no running so I just did yoga. I like the Namaste Yoga series. It kicks my butt but I feel good after doing it. Today was somewhat disappointing. I did get out but I was already hurting when I got out of bed, so I knew that wasn't a good sign. <BR> <BR> I ended up not doing any intervals. I walked the whole thing. 1.392 miles in 30 minutes. I have a feeling I will take twice as long as the average person to complete this program. But I will keep going. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:29:47 EST I'm Alive... and still able to walk. Amazing. :) I did my first day of the Couch to 5K program and kinda got through Never mind the fact that I only got half way (almost) before I could only walk. I still did .75 miles in about 25 minutes. <BR> <BR> I managed the first few intervals and then my legs started cramping badly and I had to walk the rest of it. But I didn't have to crawl! So that is a big plus. I am hoping by the end of the week, I can do the whole set of intervals without much pain. <BR> <B... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:23:32 EST Announcing My Upcoming Failure Okay, so that was not a very positive title. So, in an effort to sound more positive: I have lost 12 pounds in the last few months. And that totally rocks. The funny thing is, I have no idea how I did it. I am chalking it up to stress, but I'll take it however I can get it. <BR> <BR> The weight loss is an achievement that has me feeling a little over confident, I think. <BR> <BR> I thought to myself, "If I lost that much without even trying, how much better would I do if I started exercisin... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:44:35 EST Always Starting Over When I came to the realization that my marriage was over, my exercise routine was put on hold. I was too stressed to think about anything other than work and how I was going to manage alone with two kids. Stress makes you gain weight so the combination of stress and no exercise pushed me back on my goals. <BR> <BR> After four months of separation, I can say I am starting to relax just a bit. I still don't know how I will manage - I have no idea how I've made it so far. I lost a major client ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:05:40 EST Temporary Setbacks After putting my weight loss and fitness goals on hold for a couple of months, I'm ready to get back at it. A family member had surgery and required care, so I had to put my own needs aside for a while. <BR> <BR> It's winter now and very cold. This will make it hard for me to get out and walk or run every day. I tend to chill easier than most people. However, I will still try to get out a few times a week and continue to exercise indoors. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, even though I did very lit... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:30:26 EST Learning New Things I am quite surprised at the difference it makes when I actually track my food in the "my Nutrition" tool. Being the editor of a diet site, I thought I knew enough to make healthy choices on my own. But having to actually track everything I eat forces me to look more carefully at the choices I make each day. And that's a good thing! <BR> <BR> One thing I noticed today is that I have to be careful about how the tool tracks calories. For example, today I had a snack of one slice of raisin bread... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 13:20:02 EST