LAURA.BEALL's SparkPeople Blog LAURA.BEALL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Summer of Self Improvement - Day 2 Day 2 at the gym went well. It started out with some help from a trainer. We visited for a few minutes, then he did a body fat analysis on me with the little hand-held instrument. Next he showed me how to use all the various weight machines, helping me find a good starting weight for each of them. I think I could have figured the machines out myself, but it was good just to be sure I was doing things right from the very beginning. After all that, I did some time on the treadmill, worked my wa... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:02:57 EST My Big Step So, I took a big step today. For the first time ever in my life, I became a member of a gym. I signed up at the local YMCA and proceeded to work out. Tomorrow morning I've got an appointment to do a body fat analysis and get oriented to all the equipment in the weight room. <BR> <BR> I've never been able to bring myself to pay for a membership at a gym. First of all, I think they're overpriced. When it's the YMCA, though, I at least feel like my money's going towards a decent cause, rather ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:39:25 EST this week Goals for the rest of this week: <BR> Starting weight: 179 <BR> <BR> Plan of attack: drink 8+ cups of water daily <BR> make healthy choices when it comes to food <BR> do some form of exercise twice more this week Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:40:31 EST My Motivation Now I know it's maybe not the most noble motivation in the world, but I'm going to make it work for me! <BR> <BR> I'm planning on starting grad school in August and will be moving to a new town at that time. My goal is to drop 15-20 pounds in the 2 1/2 months between now and then. So like I mentioned in my last blog post just a few minutes ago (where I forgot to write all this...), my start weight is 179, so my goal is 160-165. I want to look good and make good impressions on everyone I meet... Wed, 27 May 2009 11:21:12 EST Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work I Go! All righty, I know I've said this before and meant it, but this time I'm actually going to do it! I'm back on board for weight loss! I've lost 15-20 pounds since April 2008, but most of that work was finished nearly a year ago, and I've just been maintaining since then. And I'm relatively happy with where I am. That's been the problem. I'm very happy with what I've accomplished and am proud of myself. But I've still got a bit of work left to do. And what I've re-realized over the past few wee... Wed, 27 May 2009 11:13:47 EST Just wanted to share... I've had a couple of stressful weeks in my life recently. Trying to decide what grad school to go to this fall, and my choices couldn't be more different. Abilene, Texas, or Boston, Massachusetts. The stress isn't over because I still don't have an actual decision, but I did have a pleasant afternoon today. Today's my dad's 55th birthday, and we planned a fishing trip together for this afternoon. The fishing trip itself didn't work out too well, since it turned out to be much to windy to take... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 23:14:19 EST new week Last week didn't go so wonderfully as far as weight loss, for many reasons. Not that that's really an excuse, just an explanation. I'm planning to make this week better. I've started off with some strength training and cardio today, of which I am proud, and I've already got 8 glasses of water in at 3:15 in the afternoon. Hooray! Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:14:40 EST Back on Track. I Hope. Well, as of Saturday, it'll be one year since I joined SparkPeople. It actually almost seems like it's been longer because a lot has happened in that year. Among many other things, I have successfully lost about 25 pounds and successfully kept off about 20 of it. So yes, there were a few setbacks along the way, but overall, that's a drastic improvement. (And honestly, for most of the year, I didn't work too hard to do it. Put in about 3-4 months of work and then kind of fell off the wagon a b... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:05:30 EST Small Victory I know it may not sound like much, but I am proud of the fact that this week I have met my exercise goals. For someone who despises exercising so much, that's pretty cool. I don't know that I'll continue in that streak, but for three days in a row now, I have gotten some form of exercise - cardio and strength training. And I just wanted to share that. Hooray! Sat, 7 Mar 2009 15:43:48 EST Bring on 2009! Well, it's the new year. And I'm going to break tradition by NOT making new year's resolutions. If I were to make a resolution it would be to learn to love myself no matter what else happens. And so all those resolutions about what I will and won't do, while perhaps very effective motivators for others, are actually dangerous for me. Because if I fail, I feel guilty. I often, no, usually, set the standard to almost unattainably high for myself and then am frustrated when I don't meet it, whic... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:28:49 EST me again! Well, here I am again. I'll admit I've kind of, no, really, slacked off in the past few months. I've still been doing a decent job of applying my newly-learned eating habits, but I haven't been very purposeful about much of it, and I've found plenty of excuses to avoid the exercise I don't want to do. Haven't gained any weight. I'm currently at 179, which is 20 pounds below where I started, for which I want to congratulate myself. But I've got another 30 pound or so that I'd like to lose, so ... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:33:17 EST What've We Got to Lose? This post was recently put up in my Northwest Arkansas team's forum, and I thought I'd share for all of you to see. What have you already lost, and what do you have to lose? Right now I've lost halfway between a human's skin and an average newborn. I've still got an elephant's heart to go. We can do it! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 13:04:43 EST Dancin' Fool! With some gentle prodding from my roommate, I've recently taken up swing dancing. And while I'm far from the best at it, hence the post title "Dancin' Fool," I will admit that I'm not all that bad, especially for someone who'd never danced a single dance in her life before a month ago. Besides, that's not really what matters. What's important is that I'm having a blast, meeting some fun new friends (and some pretty cute guys while I'm at it <em>211</em> ), and I'm burning calories at the sam... Tue, 13 May 2008 16:08:48 EST some motivation and encouragement... My heart and my flesh may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 76:23 <BR> <BR> Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 <BR> <BR> Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own! - 1 Corinthians 6:19 <BR> <BR> Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. The... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:18:39 EST