KSCHRAUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KSCHRAUT KSCHRAUT'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/ Losing again with the new Sparkpeople App http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677379 My last blog talked about how I lost 90 pounds, maintained it for a year, then suddenly found myself 10 pounds above my goal...so now I'm working on losing those pounds again. <BR> <BR> I identified the issue ... which was not enough cardio in my routine the last 3 months. I was doing p90x3 from beachbody and, while it is a great program, it's a highly strength training based program with only 1-2 cardio days per week. Again, great program , but for me I need more cardio in my weekly routine... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:37:21 EST Maintaining - Gaining - Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667924 The Biggest Loser Challenge #24 has come to an end today with our final weekly weigh in. I was considered a MoM *Master of Maintenance for this round, as I was for my other rounds of BLC, too, as I have reached my goal and have kept it off for over a year now. <BR> I’ve been working out quite a bit lately; I’ve been striving for 30mins 6 days a week, though most weeks I’m able to get in all 7 days and sometimes longer sessions. <BR> My nutrition has been meh, though, which is why part of my ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:33:52 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659477 It's been well over a month since I've blogged. I've been pretty consistent with tracking my workouts and food, some days and weeks not so much, but overall...doing ok! I have been exercising typically 6 days per week, sometimes all 7. <BR> <BR> I'm nearing The end of my second semester of grad school. Work is going fine, keeping me busy! <BR> <BR> My weight is still staying the same ! Over a year of maintaining! <BR> <BR> I've got only a couple more weeks left of the p90x3 workout rou... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:50:18 EST 2.18.14-A good year, but now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627693 A year ago, I was SO CLOSE to reaching my goal weight. My goal weight is 150; this time last year I weighed in at 153. Some would call it close enough. Some would say "hey, you got there, maintain it!" While I knew I was close and could technically call myself in maintenance mode, I just wanted to see that 150 on the scale. Just so I could say I did it. <BR> <BR> Two weeks later, I weighed in at 147. I had reached my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I promised myself that when I lost all 85 pounds I ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:38:35 EST Week of 1/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607467 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I started my new P90X3 workout yesterday. So far day 1 and 2 have been good workouts. I am looking forward to completing the program. I am, however, going to be alternating weeks. This week I am doing P90X3, next week I will be doing T25 (again). I know I get a little exercise ADHD sometimes so in order to try to avoid that, I will mix up these two programs. <BR> <BR> One of my friends has asked me to help her with her healthy lifestyle change which is actually help... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:27:19 EST Weekend 1/25/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605149 Hello Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I am working on getting back into a routine. Still working on figuring out what nights I have "Chris duty" (getting him to and from classes, other medical stuff, etc.) I *think* we have a schedule down now, so with that being said.... <BR> <BR> My Spring Semester (because I'm in school and so is he, so it'll change once classes change) Workout Schedule: <BR> <BR> Mondays <BR> - T25 or P90X3 at home, plus basic ST moves <BR> <BR> Tuesdays <BR> - Gym time, 20m... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:27:13 EST I am a coach! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600557 After starting the T25 program from Beachbody 4 months ago and continuing to drink Shakeology daily, I have decided to become a Beachbody coach! <BR> <BR> My story/reason: <BR> <BR> <BR> Growing up, I was a large child which developed into obesity. I was always active in middle and high school; I played basketball and did track and field. Regardless, I was always heavy and climbing stairs was a nightmare for me (one of my most embarrasing features from then). <BR> <BR> I got to college a... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:21:52 EST BLC24: 12 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591078 Round 24 of the BLC is starting on Wednesday with our first official weigh in! This is my third round with the Powerful Panthers and I am considered a MoM, master of maintanece, so my weigh ins don't actually count for the team. In between rounds I don't weigh in at all, I go by clothing size. <BR> <BR> My body, despite not doing much exercise in the last month (lots of stress and not a lot of time), is still looking the same, even slimmer in some areas, and my pants/shirts all fit great. W... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:29:37 EST Saturday 1/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582035 Whoops, almost wrote 1/4/13 haha still getting used to writing 2014. <BR> <BR> I met all of my goals yesterday except the intended exercise; after shoveling out my car with this head cold/allergy thing I'm dealing with, I was wiped out. <BR> <BR> This allergy thing; I was tested years ago for various allergies...one came back that I'm allergic to cats. We had a cat, so my dad did some changes in the house back then, i.e. taking out the carpet in my room so the cat hair wouldn't stick, etc ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:37:57 EST 1/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580563 Going to try to blog every couple of days; no promises especially with work back in session on Monday plus grad classes starting back up on Monday, too. But I know how beneficial it is for me to keep myself accountable and simply checking in makes it easier for me to stay on track once I "log off" Spark. <BR> <BR> Even with life settling down and all this free time I have right now, I haven't quite gotten up the ambition to workout right now; it's been weeks since my last workout. I've been ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:16:17 EST Finally Back! January 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579216 Whewy! Between a mini vacation in Vermont right before Christmas, tons of medical issues and lots of time in and out of the hospital, and of course internet connection issues.... I have been out of spark for quite some time it feels like! <BR> <BR> But I'm back! <BR> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Finally got our internet working again, Chris is in Maine relaxing with his family and it's a SNOW DAY here in MA at (most) school districts! Woo! Another day off tacked onto our vacation! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:31:40 EST 12/27/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572982 I have been off spark for a few days. Last Fri (12/20) through Christmas Eve morning I was in VT for pre-Christmad with my family. I got on spark a little when I was there but ultimately I was enjoying relaxing family time. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to the drive back from VT to MA & Chris started feeling a strange twitching feeling in his head/jaw which he said felt like a seizure. We were close to Dartmouth so off we went. Fast forward 9 hours they upped his seizure meds, did an EEG, everythin... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:28:06 EST Sunday Morning 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564720 This morning was the first Sunday morning Chris and I have been able to just sleep in and not have anything on our agenda for the day in quite awhile - it was very nice. Considering all the stress we've had over the last few weeks, and especially late this past week, having a stress free, plan free day is very much deserved and needed. <BR> <BR> We got a good amount of snow down here from the storm that started last night. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I'll be heading out late... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:51:28 EST Another very stressful day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563073 Chris had two grand mall seizures this morning. One at 430am the other at 10am. <BR> <BR> It's been a long day. I don't really have a whole lot to say --- just wanted to keep my sparkfriends posted. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:11:31 EST Tightening the ropes 12/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561056 The last few days have been a whirlwind. Between stresses at work, calling doctors left and right for Chris, finishing my last test for the semester (yay!) and doing day to day things I feel like I've come up short in the fitness department lately. I've been eating very healthy, aside from Sunday and Monday...Sunday was our planned out to eat day, we were over in the Berkshire are and stopped in Holyoke on the way home...tried red robin for the first time... NEVER AGAIN! Ugh! Not to offend an... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:09:41 EST Maintaining range again 12/4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557055 Weigh in today brought me back into my maintaining range, after floating around 2-3 pounds above it during the last 10 weeks. I was pretty sure through most of it that the weight gain was due to muscle gain (though some weeks I couldn't be so sure....) and then when I put on those size 8 jeans last week, I knew my body was "toning down" but my weight was doing whatever it wanted...and now it's back into my range that I want it to be in. <BR> <BR> I'm going to stay with the mindset of as lon... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:03:49 EST November leaving December beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553475 The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone, and the month of November is coming to a close. Tomorrow we will leave Maine to head back home to Massachussets and prepare to get back into a normal routine with work and such starting Monday. <BR> <BR> While I have enjoyed my vacation and obviously wouldn't trade it for anything, I'm eager to get back home and work on getting back into a good routine. I had intentions of exercising a lot when I was here, but unfortunately that didn't happen much.... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:31:44 EST 11/24/13, references to 11/23/13 blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548894 At the end of my blog from yesterday I mentioned my plan had gone away. What I meant was I was developing a plan of action for Thanksgiving-Christmas in terms of staying on track, things to accomplish, etc. and with Chris' seizure early Friday morning, all my thoughts on that subject just went away. Also, the blog I wrote yesterday was literally just to keep people in the loop, I wasn't in the mood for writing and I'm sure it didn't come out as clear as I'd hoped for. <BR> <BR> Anyways, now ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:32:33 EST 11/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548559 Well, as some of my SP friends know, Chris had another seizure the other night. Happened at 2am Friday morning. I have been up since then. Yes, I did not sleep much last night; every time I tried to sleep I would wake back up again only to know the clock only moved a minute or two. I have gone to work just the same; took part of the morning off on Friday obviously, but essentially once we were back home all I could do was sit and watch him sleep....I'm better off being productive. Had to work... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:45:11 EST 11/19/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544952 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun! It's our year to head to Maine for the holiday and I am in desperate need of that vacation from work! <BR> <BR> The scale finally started moving down again this past week at weigh in time. However, a co worker of mine mentioned that I was looking tiny....I've worked at that job for over a year...so maybe I AM actually gaining muscle which in turn makes the scale go up a bit...which is fine by me ... Clothes all still fit fine... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:03:46 EST 11/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540356 My weight has been steadily increasing the last couple of months which is NOT good. I was about 8 pounds above my goal, 3 pounds above my high end range. Today I finally saw that scale move back down again - 0.7pounds. Slow and steady wins the race. So long as I bring it down I don't care how long it takes (well, within a couple months would be nice...) Even if I stay at my high end range for maintaining that's fine...just don't like being above it. <BR> I know a lot of the gain came from sch... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:30:29 EST 11/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537473 Well, blogging daily wasn't a promise, which is good...I was more using it to hold myself accountable...which it has been, even if I haven't been checking in every day. <BR> <BR> I feel I am making very good choices right now and, with modifications as needed, am getting back into a great workout routine that I am hoping will work well with my knees and schedule. <BR> <BR> Today I: <BR> Had a planned breakfast out with Chris - chocolate chip banana pancake (took a whole one home for Chris t... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:40:12 EST 11/7/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535221 Skipped blogging yesterday as I had a test to take and just didn't have time; I've been struggling with a cold and need to be getting to bed at a reasonable time to hopefully fight it off (it is getting better, but dang is it taking forever!) <BR> <BR> I went to the library book sale yesterday, too, and scored 7 Jillian Michaels workout DVDs for $1 each! YAHOO! I am going to start working out with some of those soon as part of my workout rotation. I am working on getting back into T25 modifi... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 20:45:24 EST 11/5/13 Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533229 Todays Food: <BR> <BR> ON PLAN as of what I posted yesterday <BR> breakfast out with Chris (planned one meal out per week) <BR> shakeology for dinner <BR> <BR> Not hungry. The shakeology honestly eliminates most cravings I used to have, and even if I just down right want something, how full it keeps me tends to help with mindless eating. Not always, but most of the time. <BR> <BR> Did 50mins of fitness today; that's more than I've done in awhile with this knee injury. 25mins of very modif... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:20:54 EST 11/4/13 A new month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532192 4 days in --somehow it is already November! <BR> <BR> My knees are feeling a ton better! I cancelled my appt for tomorrow, Tuesday, since I only needed it if the pain persisted or got worse. I am taking it easy (obviously) still as any sudden increase in intensity or impact could alter my healing progress, but I am definitely liking that I can at least do more than just core and arms now! I did 20mins on the stationary bike on Sunday with no pain! I am going to try modified cardio moves soo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 18:00:51 EST 10/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526214 It's been quite a week with finding out that I've got a torn meniscus in my knee that *should* heal on its own as long as I basically don't do anything with my knees for two weeks : no long walks, no exercise machines. Nothing. <BR> <BR> It's been tough. I've always been a relatively active person and, despite being told this basically same thing years ago when I had knee surgeries, I didn't listen well then. I'm listening now. It's hard though. I think it's harder knowing that I have put a... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:07:07 EST 10/20/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518304 Another week is gearing up to begin. I unexpectedly had yesterday off from the autism socialization program and was really able to crank out some homework for grad school and some school stuff for my job. <BR> <BR> I twisted my L (surgery) knee at work on Friday; no kids involved, just stepped wrong and my knee went backwards instead of forward. I took it very easy Friday night and then did a little treadmill time yesterday at the gym. Unfortunately, my R knee is hurting, too. I don't mind,... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:18:11 EST 10/15/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514599 First of all, I know I typically have better titles than the one above, but I think unless it's something really exciting, dates might help me be able to find posts later on that I'm looking for. :) <BR> <BR> Last Sunday, 10/6 was the beginning of my new plan: lower calorie range, more accurate representation of how many calories I burn per week on my fitness page, and I new energetic feeling about my plan. <BR> <BR> It's been just over a week and I can honestly say I've done pretty well; ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:51:59 EST DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505858 I know I JUST posted a blog. But after writing that blog, I realized I needed to really revamp my thinking: <BR> <BR> I redid my Spark info to reflect me wanting to lose. I did this twice in the last two days. Yesterday it brought my calories down a little. Today I revamped it again, including changing my fitness minutes because I had it at what I did in the summer -- I am truly busier now than I was then, so I lowered my fitness info, too. This, obviously, changed my calories again. <BR> <... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:05:35 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505828 My weight has been doing its own thing lately. My clothes fit fine and aside from a few minor changes, nothing has really changed---except my weight. It's been going up a bit. I'm not too worried about it; it could be due to muscle gain from ST, changes in routine could have my muscles working differently, etc. The fact that my clothes fit fine is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I'm starting fresh though. I've changed my Spark info to be wanting to lose again, even though I don't have much to lose ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:38:35 EST BLC23 Started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497127 BLC#23 started yesterday, Wed. My initial weigh in (first time I've weighed in since the challenge ended at the end of Aug): <BR> <BR> 155.4 ---- 0.4lbs over my high-end maintaining range (my range is 155-145, with 150 being my center goal) <BR> Well... I'm stressing about it, but I've definitely been thinking about ways to kick it back down again and why it may have gotten there to begin with. <BR> <BR> My T25 workouts have been great. Really, I love the 25min quick workouts that really wo... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:36:26 EST Day to Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492548 How'd I do on my W-F goals? <BR> W - goal met! <BR> Th - all goals except gym time met <BR> F - all goals except gym time met <BR> <BR> Yesterday I didn't blog about my goals, but I had them in my phone as reminders and I completed all of them. <BR> <BR> Goals for this week: <BR> Shakeology breakfast plan every morning <BR> T25 every day <BR> -Sunday in PM, Mon-Fri in AM, Sat AM/PM <BR> Yogurt, fruit, and granola bar lunch M-F <BR> Gym time <BR> -Tues/Thurs/Fri 4-5p <BR> FitClub on Wednesd... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:28:45 EST Quick but strict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489033 This seems to be the only time lately that I have to myself: sitting in my classroom waiting for the buses to drop off the kids. That, and the drive to/ from work. Otherwise, I'm working, prepping for work, doing homework, driving Chris around for his classes, etc etc. I could keep rambling about how busy I am and make excuses. But the fact is there are no excuses. I was just as busy from March till June this past spring and, with pushing and finding a good balance, I made it through just fin... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:26:32 EST 2 years, 85pounds, and 6 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481973 Tomorrow, September 11, marks my <BR> <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> I remember the day that I joined this site - I was simply looking for something to keep track of my food online, since I had tried other sites before that just couldn't hold my attention. Sparkpeople popped up on my Google search, I looked around a little and joined, hoping for the best but not exactly expecting much more than other sites had provided for me. <BR> <BR> Boy was I wrong. <BR> <BR> Not only was I able to track ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:24:28 EST A decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478344 I've made in regards to the 5% challenge I am a part of. While I was so excited to join in on it 3 rounds ago and the first round I joined got me to my goal-weight <em>248</em> <em>244</em> I am finding myself now not as motivated to stay on the team. I like the challenges, it is nothing to do with how they are run (so, if you're considering joining, don't take this blog as a reason not to as this is a personal decision...I will RAVE about how good the challenge is if anyone needs an i... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 06:45:02 EST Thursday 9/5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477019 I want to take some time to acknowledge some of the things SparkFriends and others have said to me... <BR> <BR> "You're doing so great!" ----- "You are such an inspiration" ----- "Thanks for being so motivating" <BR> <BR> My response? <BR> <BR> Thank you! I have worked hard to get to where I am, both in my healthy lifestyle, professionally, personally, and anything in between. 85 pounds gone is no joke. That's a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> It's funny though because I've moved and started my... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:05:17 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473196 As some may have seen on my status Saturday, I had a knee injury. <BR> <BR> At my job, my 1:1 was having a tantrum and as I was helping him move from one area to the other, he kicked backwards and connected with my surgery knee Ugh! It cracked and was in a lot of pain. I had someone cover my kiddo as soon as he was a bit more calm, and I went to my supervisor to let them know. They immediately filled out a workers comp form and had me go to the hospital. So, I called Chris who came down to g... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 07:20:17 EST Back to School Week 1 DONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471154 WHEW! Back to school week as a teacher is DONE! Yippee! We made it! I love my classroom and my kiddos and my co-ABA teachers! It's all amazing and exactly what I want to do! <BR> <BR> Here were my goals for this week as listed in my other blog: <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> <BR> Today, ZUMBA at 1030 <BR> -This was on Sunday. I did not do ZUMBA but did goto the gym <BR> <BR> Monday, ZUMBA at 730 <BR> - I decided to take Monday night ZUMBA out of my routine; it doesn't end till 830 and then I h... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:01:57 EST School Year Rolling In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465497 Today is the last official day of summer vacation for me as a teacher. Tomorrow brings professional development day, as well as Tuesday, and then the kiddos start rolling in on Wednesday :) I am very excited for this new position in the school district and am looking forward to a great year. <BR> <BR> With a new schedule comes a new routine, a new plan, and new goals. For accountability purposes and for the act of writing it down, I'll be posting my weekly commitments and the goals I want to... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:16:49 EST Making Maintaining Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462709 I have been maintaining my weight loss now for 6 months! Some weeks my weight fluctuates, but its' never above my +/- 5lb range I have set for myself. So, I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> As many of my SparkFriends know, my knees have been acting up a lot lately. For those who don't know, I had two knee surgeries on my L knee back in high school. Relatively speaking, the surgeries worked and I can do more and not feel as much pain. Key being as much. I still feel pain. Lately it's been when I'... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:51:46 EST Planning a Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460680 My grad school classes started yesterday - and boy did my vacation come to a screeching hault! Thankfully, as most know, I had just returned from my intended vacation on Sunday and this week was transitional week from one job to the next and starting grad school. I had some minor things planned this week, but otherwise a lot of just getting myself into a routine and getting ahead as much as possible with my courses. <BR> <BR> For one of my classes, I need to download two programs onto my com... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:01:56 EST Looking back on the week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458005 I've been a bit MIA this week since it on vacation in Maine. I have been checking in with teams and status updates, but essentially haven't been doing much else (have tracked food and fitness too). <BR> <BR> This is my last full day in Maine...tomorrow we make the trek back to MA. <BR> <BR> I had goals set forth for this week: <BR> <BR> 8/11-8/17 <BR> My Goals: <BR> -Walk/Run Sunday & Monday <BR> : I walked both days <BR> -ZUMBA Monday night <BR> : did not, the ABA meeting I had ran ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:35:04 EST 30,000 Step Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451143 As mentioned in my Week Result blog I spontaneously joined a mini-challenge set forth by MOSTMOM1 to get in 30,000 steps today, Saturday Aug 10th <BR> <BR> So, how did my day go? <BR> <BR> I'll start off by saying I only got about 3hrs of sleep in last night; I tossed and turned for about 3 hours, then proceeded to just lay in bed for another 2 and finally fell asleep off and on throughout the rest of the night. <BR> <BR> I woke up, got ready, and headed to work - yes, I work on Saturdays... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:01:22 EST Week Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450212 My Plan for this week was: <BR> 8/4-8/10 <BR> My Goals: <BR> -Walk/Run Sunday morning before going to RI <BR> -ZUMBA Monday evening <BR> -FitClub Wed Evening <BR> -Try a new class at the gym during the week <BR> -Continue water, tracking, freggies <BR> <BR> I did go for a walk Sunday before RI <em>248</em> <BR> I did not go to ZUMBA Monday, but I did go for a run <BR> I did goto FitClub on Wed <em>248</em> <BR> I did not try a new class at gym, but did do a new routine at the ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:09:18 EST Things to write about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446778 It's funny. I was just thinking about how to start this blog. Sometimes, it is easy to start a blog; you know exactly what your intentions are and where the ideas are heading. Other times, you know your blog is going to contain a few different ideas and starting it can be difficult. So, here's my little start to my blog that could potentially have a few topics discussed within it. <BR> <BR> ~~~ <BR> I have updated my ticker on my page/signature to represent my maintenance range (145-155 with... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 18:35:55 EST A blog a week keeps the weight away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441968 Haha. I was just eating an apple and thought about the old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" and thought about why I blog... <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> It's my way of keeping a "diary" in the sense of I'm able to post what I want, when I want, about what I want. <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> I am able to keep tabs on my goals in writing, my plans, and my successes and downfalls. All of which help me achieve more goals. <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> I can write about topics that interest me, t... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:25:29 EST A New Month Coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436260 August is just a couple days away. I had 9 basic goals I wanted to achieve in July. Out of those 9, I have successfully completed/met 5! Not too bad! <BR> <BR> Looking at my schedule, I know August is going to be crazy. So, to help manage my goals and time better, I'm going to break down my goals by week-roughly. <BR> <BR> 7/28-8/3 <BR> My Commitments: <BR> -Preschool 6:30-3:30 M-F <BR> -Autism Session 4:00-7:00 M-F <BR> -Tuesday Webinar with Graduate School Program <BR> -Saturday Socializa... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:45:59 EST 5% Challenge Starts Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434654 My 3rd round of the 5% challenge starts tomorrow. I switched teams this round to the new Walkers, Runners, and Gadgets team! My goal is to exercise at least 10mins a day for the next 8weeks. <BR> I also changed my 5K training program. I signed up for the walk/run one again, but realized it was way to easy for me now. I looked at the rookie running one and that one seemed a bit harder but still not much. So, I signed up for the running one, which still has some walking intervals in it so it wo... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:05:17 EST I Can...I Will...I Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430804 HUGE thank you to those who nominated me as a SparkPeople motivator, who read my Dr Suess blog & voting for that as a popular blog post! <BR> <BR> Our internets been down for quite sometime now. Our landlords are working on it, but I've got to be honest this is rather ridiculous. It's been hard to touch base as often as I normally like due to using my phone data limitingly or accessing wifi areas. <BR> <BR> The summer 5% challenge is starting this Saturday. I'm on my 3rd round of this ch... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:09:49 EST Hump Day and Hump Week - BLC22 Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416413 Happy Hump Day!! <BR> Weigh-In today for BLC. I used to weigh in on Saturdays. With this challenge, I am weighing in on Wed. I think that might be part of the reason my weight seems a bit scattered - some weeks it didn't move at all, and now it's creeping (in tenths of a pound) upward. I'm not worried though. I am maintaining, I'm working out more, and doing more ST. All these combinations could just be fluctuations and/or muscle gain. Either way, as long as it doesn't drastically jump, I'm ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:10:32 EST