KRYSTALGEM85's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KRYSTALGEM85 KRYSTALGEM85'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/ He is finally in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257291 My husband is my whole life. We both get along so well and no one makes me laugh as much as he does. I have been praying for him to join me in this healthy living journey and it wasn't easy. I get so worried about his health and losing him because of weight issues but i always have trouble talking about it because this is a very touchy subject. He went to the doctor last week and is finally starting to change the way he eats and lives. He has already lost 10lbs this week. I am so proud of him... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:59:50 EST Winter blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229236 I have noticed when sitting on the couch i am thinking more of hmm this is nice than working out. Before i would get antsy just sitting there so i have been trying to think of different things to get me out of this funk. Maybe it is the weather, laziness creeping in not sure but i can't let this happen i have come way to far to gain back. I have been maintaining but have more to lose so i need to keep looking foward i know god will give me strength i need to ask for it again. Hope everyone is... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:41:07 EST How did you start out your 2013 meal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183551 I just had one of my usual breakfast and a favorite 1/2 cup of oatmeal, blueberries, cherries, honey, teaspoon of flaxseed and brown sugar. So yummy and my oldest son had the same and youngest has had an apple so far. This isnt anything different for us since the new year has started just wanted to share since some people will be making some big chances. Please take baby steps! You didn't change into those bad habits overnight so give it some time to get rid of them. With time your eating wil... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:40:07 EST Starting with a spark coach to help with rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180852 Free trial what could it hurt? I am not sure what to expect with this program but thought i would check it out. I have still lost weight in the last couple months but like a lb here and there so i hope this can help me kick it up a notch. I have completed the sparkdiet already so this can be my next journey. I will continue to let you guys know how it is going and how i feel about it. <BR> <BR> Hopes <BR> I am not sure how it works but maybe they can see something i may not with my routine t... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:19:57 EST Here i come, get ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179294 I am so excited to have the opportunity to start training to be a wellness coach at a local ymca. I already work at the front desk and this is where i wanted to get to and maybe pursue personal training. I will start to shadow someone this month to start learning more about it and how to help others. The wellness coaches help show members workouts and tips on nutrition. We meet with members who make apointments once a month to help keep accountable and help with progess. I am so excited for t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:55:00 EST A new christmas view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175333 As it gets closer to tomorrow i am more and more excited this year for a couple different reasons. <BR> I have done good this year with my eating, not only that i have not been craving those foods and goodies and when i have a cookie or something i am good with just one:) This is such a success because i know before i could easily eat way more. <BR> I am so excited for my kids to wake up on christmas morning. My youngest is 2 now and i can't wait to see his expressions and how he reacts to t... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:12:41 EST Time to kick it up a notch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164466 So after my ordeal with knowing that i have some pitfalls still and i am only human and no super women i decided to hire a personal trainer. I am very excited because i know trainers who have trainers and we all still need someome sometimes to help keep us accountable. We discussed my goals and it is funny nothing really about weightloss in my goals just muscle building. I told her i want to look like i work out! You know that girl at the gym we all know her. I want to look and be strong. I d... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:24:39 EST Sitting right here can be lonely sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158079 I have been mainting goal weight for a couple weeks. I was very excited to get there. I am teaching 4 zumba classes a week and have a great group of girls that look at me for inspiration and tips on how to lose weight and be healthy. I started a weight loss challenge with my girls in class to help keep them motivated, sometimes though even though they see me as this strong girl who has lost over 60lbs i just need someone to help me out too. I have been working alot and really had no time for ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:23:31 EST Oh how i have missed my sparkpeople but lot's of great things to tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123641 Well once again i have fallen off of sparkpeople. This time with good news and staying active:) Last time i fell of i gained lots of weight and got depressed and wanted to give up. This time i have passed my weightloss goal, got a job at your local ymca and became licensed in teaching zumba. Wow that is alot to spit out. Not only have i lost over 60lbs i have a great group of girls i get to share it with and we help eachother stay motivated and lose weight together. I am so excited with the t... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:46:09 EST New challenges to overcome and going to push through it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985467 So it has been more difficult to get workouts in since working at YMCA. Don't get me wrong i love it and love the be people I have met and sp many more inspiring people to help me keep going but with no childcare after work I have to think of other ways to work out. Its ok though I will show you moms we cam do this with no excuses of no childcare I want this more than anything so I will make this happen. I am happy to say I am 6lbs away from my goal weight and a 60lb loss! I am excited to eat... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:59:09 EST New lifestyle new life decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930243 I have been working out pretty much everyday of the week at the ymca. I love it there and love the classes i take. I have helped alot of friends start working out and get motivated and love to help them out. I have my own photography business and i love what i do but it has its slow times. So i decided to take a leap and to apply at the ymca and i start working there in 2wks!! Also i am going to get a license to teach zumba and a group fitness instructor certification. I am really excited abo... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:10:22 EST A new family adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913899 Today my son started cross country. In all honesty i think i was more excited than him because i knew parents were allowed to run with the kids lol. Then i got nervous. What if i am the only parent running? What if i am the only one in my spandex pants and workout shirt. We get there and there have to be over 60 kids. They split them up into groups and since my son is new he got a group that doesnt run as far. We went on a trail which i was not expecting i mean trail no road roots trying to t... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 21:51:55 EST A before and after but not quite there shot for you all:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910424 I had my son take a picture of me today i like to take them about every 10-15 lbs lost. But i went into photoshop and put my first picture and todays together. I know guys sometimes we don't see the difference in ourselves that everyone else can see but maybe taking a picture will remind you of how far you have come. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l641648806.jpg"> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:48:21 EST I see it now and i am more determined than ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904519 I went on a camping trip this last weekend, it was so fun. My phone did not work at the campground which was great to get away from everything. There was a beautiful lake that i got to run around which was so relaxing. It was so hot out i think sun was 97 but felt like 100 so we got icecream cones each day. Had smores on saturday. Usually would say no way but how could i turn it down i was camping! I guess some indulgence sometimes is good. Our bathroom was about a half mile away and the stor... Wed, 30 May 2012 15:03:10 EST It can be easy to be discouraged but i know i have more to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892627 The last two months i have only been losing about 3-4 lbs a month. This is great i know it is because to lose is better to gain right? But also there is something else in my head i feel like i am getting to that point where i might be stuck and have to take extreme measures, but what to do. I do a circuit training class mon and fri and zumba wed i guess i don't work out as much as i use to and also have not been good about tracking food. Guys if you think it is not important to track food it ... Tue, 22 May 2012 09:05:54 EST He really does listen to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879939 Mothers day has been a great day. Time with my boys favorite guys in the world. My husband i think sometimes gets me things more for him and he loves to go out to eat but he remember i wanted zumba for wii and guess what i got! Woohoo already played it and going for a nice walk tonight. I am so excited for the healthy changes even in the way we celebrate things. Great things are coming i know it. Have a great day ladies Sun, 13 May 2012 21:42:17 EST First 5k obstacle signed up and ready for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860935 Monday i signed up for the dirty girl 5k. It has differenet obstacles to get over to get to finish line. Man that sounds like weight loss! We have so many obstacles to get over to get healthy and it isn't always hard. Some we may even have to try a couple times to get over. I have a team i created for this race, don't you think it is easier when you have people around you that want to get there too and help eachother reach a common goal. Do you have a (team) of friends and family around you s... Tue, 1 May 2012 10:08:22 EST This is for you busy moms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850000 I have to say i am lucky to get to the gym more than 2x a week. I have a workout schedule because i have a seasonal job but it is time to go back for the season i have little or no time to get there with work, kids, hubby and list of chores. I wanted to write this to show you the ways you can get some excerise in without gym time. I was doing dished the other day with pitbull blasting and was salsa dancing for my 19month old, yes full out salsa dancing lol. Man i was exhausted after and it de... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:05:00 EST Then there is life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841175 The past couple months have been a struggle. With my seasonal job that consumes me now over (yippee) and then one car and sports and jobs i have had to squeeze my workout time in. This is hard because i am use to going to the gym almost everyday and my kids make it hard to workout at home. But it has been working. Lost over 11lbs last 2 months and went on vacation to North Carolina this last weekend for a wedding. I was able to walk everywhere and on the ocean. That was exciting considering i... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:54:04 EST Trade it all in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824732 I was on the treadmill today and my hip started to hurt. I have a condition called hypermobility which has caused arthritis in my joints already and i am only 26. I hate the thought of having to take it easy but the pain wasn't that bad so i stayed on 15 more min nothing more though, 45 min was still a good run for the day. I was thinking while running about how so many people tell me how hard it is to start working out and stay with it. So many people feel pain, exhuastion and quit. Here is ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:51:38 EST Taking it easy is harder on me than working out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717207 Last week i woke up one day with horrible back pain. I don't remember what i did but it was aweful. It scared me and not because of my back. I am pretty good at quiting things when i take to long of a break. Last time i got serious about my weight and working out i had to have my appendix taken out and stopped working out till now 3 yrs later. I am afraid of giving up but with all i have lost already i will not let myself. I want to workout so bad but i don't want to put myself back anymore e... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 19:38:52 EST There is a beauty in flaws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705826 At our church our pastor always say's you are a treasured child of god. That always makes me feel so good. When i was in elementary i have a tooth that was way higher than the others and sometimes people would make fun of me. It really wasn't that often but still made me so insecure and i was only 8. Braces fixed my tooth but doesn't fix your insecurities. What i would have gave to feel that feeling of what they pastor says as a child, i still need it now. We never grow out of insecurities an... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:20:12 EST I heart Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700690 Tried my first zumba class last night and i was a little nervous but loved it. It was a pretty large class there were abour 40 women in it and then they couldn't get the music to play right away which wasn't good because my youngest son will only stay in childcare so long. They instructor was so fun had so much energy and it didn't even feel like i was working out. It made me feel good about myself and dance. I will be going every monday now. I can't believe i have been going strong over 3 mo... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:33:31 EST A mind is a terrible thing to let takeover sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657489 I think i jumped my mind in a back alley the last couple months. It told me to eat everything on my plate, that yummy cheeseburger from mcdonalds was ok for a snack at 10pm. Who needs exercise when you can sit around at home relaxing. Well mind i won this time your old reign is over and it is time to start new. We had along talk and that just looks weird talking to your own mind but i think we have it figured out. Things are changing it is amazing! It use to be pretty easy to eat my calorie i... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 16:49:49 EST 12lbs lost in less than a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614639 I am excited let me tell you i didn't think it would be that much the first month but i am excited to see progress. I still have a long way to go but slowly getting there is all i need. I know every month will not be this much but my energy is up also and i have been eating so much better too. It is rubbing off on my family too. My 7yr old works out with me and my husband is starting to watch what he eats. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:58:12 EST It's not the end of the world to miss a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605620 Yesterday was an aweful day. I had to work my seasonal job got lost on the way home. I was suppose to pick my sister up from the airport which i was close to but her flight got delayed. This sucked because i was close to the airport so then had to come home and go back out to pick her up. I was starving like stomach gurgling starving. My husbands who still doesn't make great good choices told me to pick up taco johns it was taco tuesday night. I had like 30 min to eat so i picked up 2 tacos f... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:13:25 EST I just can't waste food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594339 I took the portion distortion quiz and it was quite embarassing. I only got 2 right. When i was younger we were always told to clean out plates and now i try not to tell my son that but i find myself always doing it. I hate to waste food and if it is so yummy i don't feel like i am getting enough with a small portion. I know this sounds aweful i guess i am glad i finally really see it. I need to re-adjust my brain. That is what it is isn't it? Just a brain game? This week i have had a couple ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:23:45 EST 250 fitness minutes 250 more than last month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587830 I am so excited for this milestone. For awhile any kinda of excerise i would avoid and now everytime i hear music i want to workout. I am so excited for the changes with me and my family. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 22:09:47 EST Week one success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583984 I am so proud of how great this last week went. I have no one else to thank but god for giving me the strength to change. I worked out everyday except sunday. I did not have any pop thats a big one. I feel so much better i get excited to work out and i am so blessed to have a child that works out with me and is excited to come home from school and work out with mommy. I lost a pound and that is exciting too. I hope everyone is having a great week. Each day i try not to look at the negative ab... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:04:58 EST This will become second nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578429 My son gets to his bus stop so early... I am mean early. Sometimes i just want to be lazy sleep in and take him, but he loves being on there with his friends. Today i got up at 5:50 with him then had breakfast i have to eat right when i get up always been like that. So i see him off to his bus then i get ready to do pilates:) Yup 6:30 me and a pilates mat. I was a bit tired but after i was energized and ready to go. I gave my self a reward of mcdonalds coffee which i am slightly addicted to a... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:15:15 EST Take that french fries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576803 Today was the first time out since making a decision to a lifestyle change. I am not a junk eater i really have never been one, but i love some carbs and salty treats. I got a chicken sandwhich for lunch instead of a burger. Also got soup because it was freezing out and you have to get soup for that. I had coffee but only one cup and then fries came with my meal... i asked for soup so assumed that fries were being swapped out. They looked so good nice and crispy and salty. I ate my soup then ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 17:58:38 EST My body hurts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575091 My muscles hurt today and i really haven't started full force working out. Let me tell you though i am excited for this pain i need this pain. I have been very cautious on what i eat each day because i know that i can still have great food and be healthier too. I want to make this a life change and not just to lose weight. As tired as i was after work today i still came home and worked out. It was only 10min bootcamp but it was more than just sitting on the couch eating. It is harder now with... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 18:25:05 EST Tears to ambition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573394 I sit around and feel bad for myself <BR> How did i gain so much weight? <BR> I sit down and see the physical reminder and want to never leave the house because of how much i hate my body. I am not a victim i don't throw pity parties but it seems like that is what i am becoming with my weight. I blame others i blame my husband because he has no motivation to lose with me. I blame money because i don't have hundreds to blow on healthy food each week. I blame time because i am so busy who has t... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 19:07:24 EST Week 3 or about that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1752479 So today was hard I really kept trying to give myself excuses to just be lazy but I got up and worked out anyway and I am glad I did. It has been like 3 weeks and I have been working out at least 3 times each week. My food has been hard there are times I really just want to munch all day but I know I shouldn't because I don't want to regress. I am also so excited because my bf finally said that he is ready to commit to living healthy! YAY I am so excited that we can support eachother and get ... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:51:04 EST Trying to keep old habits away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1740257 Things have been going great but I forget how life is still there with the temptations. My family is a sports family my boyfriend coaches and so do his brothers. Everyone is very close and like to do things together which is usually going out to eat after a game at like 10 at night. It is hard to say no because I do not want to be rude but also If I have eaten all my meals and feel satisfied then go out I still end up ordering something. This last time i ordered a salad which I only took like... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:52:37 EST My first milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1726628 So I have been working out for about a week and a half watching my portions and making sure that I try to burn at least 217 calories per day. Most of this is tracked on my sparkpeople website which is so helpful and it most of the credit I keep going. It is not as hard of a ajustment as I thought it would be and I feel great! <BR> I weighed myself today and I have lost 10 pounds in less than a week and a half. I am so excited! I know it will not be like this every week but what a way to star... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:31:35 EST The food guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1708118 Tomorrow is my son's birthday! YAY... He will be 5 so fast. Man I swear it flies by you without even knowing whats going on then one day you wake up and they are big. <BR> Well today he wanted pancakes for supper and honestly all we have are pancakes and maybe potatoes and cereal right now we really need to go shopping. Well I made pancakes and then I had some. I get the most horrible feeling though when I eat anything I think is bad for me. I don't want to be one of those girls that don't e... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 21:14:44 EST Wow I am still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1706200 <BR> Wow I am still going! <BR> Current mood: accomplished <BR> <BR> Day 5 and I really do feel great my calories are down and I really am not eating much and I am sastified. I have worked out each day at least 15 min or more usually like 20 to 40 min and I really feel good about it. Not only that I have not had coffee at all. This is not something I plan on giving up just something I am glad not to need everyday now. I am so happy to be working on a healthier lifestyle watch out world h... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:05:26 EST I am sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1706196 <BR> <BR> So I am so sore. I think I have made the mistake of over training. I have been working out in the morning and at night I have a habit of when I start working out again I get super intense and almost addicted and then I can't stop. Until it gets so bad that my whole body won't stop to hurt and then i just take a few days off and I am done! I really need to pace myself I forget well really I don't but I am not 16 and a 100 pounds now! When I was younger I did kickboxing like intense... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:04:36 EST Redirected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1706192 <BR> Boredom eater <BR> Current mood:REDIRECTED <BR> Category: Life <BR> <BR> So I hate to say it but I am a boredom eater! This is my biggest challenge to overcome. I am laid off right now and it is cold as crap out so I am stuck at home. I have worked out already twice today and I don't want to overdo it that leads to failure. I am so use to sitting on the computer and looking in the fridge for snacks. It's not really that I am hungry just need something to snack on. I am trying to kee... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:04:00 EST My weight loss challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1706162 So I am doing a weight loss challenge for myself on myspace with my friends and I thought i would share it on here too because I know I can let my guard down and you guys will understand and support me so i am going to just repost the things I put on there for you guys! <BR> <BR> This is the first official blog and I will be putting a pic or 2 my weight goals and measurements. This is something that takes a lot of just letting go for me because even when i looked at myself I was just so upse... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 10:58:35 EST Easy way out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1572518 It is so weird how you can see your self change and just say man I really need to work out and eat right and kinda put it back forever then wake up and be like man what happened? When did all of my clothes get to tight and I can only wear one pair of jeans? How did I let myself get like ths. I don't even think it just effects your physical appearance either. I use to get up in the morning no problem now I set my alarm like 3 times.... What? I never use to do that before! I am tired alot and m... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:56:46 EST Tada To The Beginning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=912400 I am a bit of a procrastanater and I hope that this will help me be motivated to make some change in my life. I am tired of trying on a pair of jeans and it ruining my whole day. My selfesteem has been very low and I have been so depressed beacause of my self image. I want to change all of this and I have waited but I know I can do it. Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:34:37 EST