LEXIBELLE715's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEXIBELLE715 LEXIBELLE715'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/ Reminders that it's not all bad...Some NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2327515 I've been MIA because life has been crazy, hectic and pretty horrid all around. Not surprising considering I'm creeping up on 1 year of being unemployed without any hope of it ending any time soon. We've also been helping friends with a flood crisis for most of the month, not to mention a few dozen other excuses I could make. <BR> <BR> When you get right down to it I've simply not had the energy to make the best choices as consistently as I have been. My exercising has been spotty at best, n... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 23:45:37 EST New progress pictures and back from the dead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2229505 Well, first I'm back from the dead. Well, not really the dead, more like the land of the extremely busy. The last several weeks have been hectic and emotionally draining to the point where I was being very lax with myself. Between appointments, going out with friends and trying to keep all of our ducks in a row I haven't had a lot of time to really focus on me. <BR> <BR> Fortunately it seems we're in the wind-down stage of all the craziness, so I'm hoping to pull things back into focus. I th... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:37:20 EST NSV: Thank you CardioCoach/Sean O'Malley!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2167183 I started using CardioCoach about little over a month ago at the gym. When I started out, my 'warm-up' speed was about 2.5MPH, my 'steady' speed was about 2.8MPH and my 'level 3' speed was between 4.3 and 4.7MPH. <BR> <BR> I've made definite increases since then, going from an average of a 20min mile to a low of an 18:10min mile in the last week. <BR> <BR> Well today I blew all of those numbers out of the water. <BR> <BR> My 'slow' speed was a 2.9MPH <BR> <BR> My 'steady' speed was 3.2MP... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 18:02:52 EST Measurement update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2146818 12/07/08 <BR> Waist: 58.75 <BR> Hip: 58 <BR> Thigh: 28 <BR> Bust: 60 <BR> Under Bust: 52 <BR> ------------------------- <BR> 4/11/09 <BR> Waist: 53.5 (-5.25) <BR> Hip: 57.5 (-.5) <BR> Thigh: 28 (0) <BR> Bust: 55 (-4) <BR> Underbust: 49.5 (-2.5) <BR> --------------------------- <BR> 6/13/09 <BR> Waist: 52.5 (-1) <BR> Hips: 56 (-1.5) <BR> Bust: 53 (-2) <BR> Underbust: 48 (-1) <BR> Thigh: 27 (-1) <BR> <BR> <BR> Total Lost: 18.5" since 12/09 <BR> <BR> Woohoo - 56lbs and a foot and... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 00:55:17 EST Gains and losses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2127374 So first, sadly my visit to Two-Ville was extremely short-lived. I'm not sure if it was the scale, if I was right on the edge between 300 and 299.9, or what - but my weight is back up. I guess on the plus side it's only the second real 'gain' I've had since December. It's also been SLOWLY creeping back down - I'm hovering at about 301.2 right now. Hoping that will either stay stead or slip down just a TAD more between now and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We'll see. <BR> <BR> I've got to say I've han... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 01:44:46 EST Goals, milestones and pushing the limits... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2072402 So first: <BR> <BR> I'M IN TWOVILLE! I was finally able to weigh-in at the Y and my current weight is 299! I'm just beyond excited. Even better, I managed to hit that number BEFORE my June 30th deadline. I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> It also means that I've reached 50(+)lbs lost since December and 15% of my starting weight! I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it feels. I'm just amazed at the progress I've made. Never in my life have I been this successful at getting healthy and losing w... Mon, 18 May 2009 14:00:50 EST Good Day = New Running shoes + Y Membership?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2057628 Not long ago (let's say 6 months) a 'good day' for me would've involved a visit to the movies, a large meal (or two!) at a restaurant (possibly fast food), and possibly a leisurely stroll through the mall, even though most stores didn't care clothes I could fit into. Six months ago I would've wanted to treat myself to a new video game, a new DVD or some food I'd been craving (brie, chocolate, hamburgers, fries). <BR> <BR> Well, today was a good day and while it incorporated SOME aspects of ... Wed, 13 May 2009 00:59:02 EST A learning process... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2040810 Just like any long journey, the one towards better health and weighing less is also an on-going learning experience. Everyone starts off the journey with a strong set of beliefs; even the casual fad dieter is gung-ho in believing that this miracle cure will be the ONE that magically sheds their extra pounds. Then, as things progress those beliefs are challenged, changed and sometimes completely discarded as we learn more about what does and doesn't work for our bodies. <BR> <BR> Sometimes th... Wed, 6 May 2009 23:54:36 EST Visible changes ...? Maybe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2018505 So, today was a bit of a landmark day. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was able to go into WalMart and fit into some clothing. Well, at the time things were still a tad tight and I of course couldn't buy anything. <BR> <BR> Well today, Ray and I went to WalMart to get a money order for our rent and I asked if we could go into the clothes area and try some things on. Not only did they fit, but they fit well. The same size 27 jeans I tried on last time, not only fit but there was a bit o... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 23:16:02 EST That felt good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2012322 After about a week and a half, I was finally able to work out again tonight. I didn't get the walking in that I'd wanted, but I still got all my minutes (cardio and strenght) in. <BR> <BR> Tonight's workout was: <BR> <BR> Cardio: <BR> 10 Minute Day 1 Bootcamp Cardio Kickboxing Video <BR> 10 Minute Day 1 Bootcamp <BR> 10 Minute Jump Start Cardio (this one is a lot of jumping, don't think I'll attempt it again) <BR> 15 Minute Ball Workout (Yay! I have my Stability ball back!) <BR> <BR> Stren... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:15:40 EST Back and ready to get going again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2008813 So, I survived the cold that knocked me on my rump last week, though I do have my battle scars to deal with. Thanks to the cold I've got a deep, hacking cough that's still lingering, along with some head congestion. Under different circumstances I might choose to wait until the cough became more of an occasional inconvenience instead of an every-hour occurence, however I don't have that kind of time. Why, you might ask? Well, because for me these coughs tend to linger a very long time. Thanks... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 23:04:52 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1989166 Somewhere along the way I picked up a nasty cold bug last week. Not sure if it was at Aquatica (water park) or while we were at DSC (college), but I'd really love to return it, thank you. It all started innocuously as a tickle in my throat and a cough. I should've known, but didn't think anything of it. Yesterday morning I woke up and wanted nothing more than to go back to bed. Sore throat, hacking cough, minor congestion. I'm fairly sure that I'm running or was running a temperature. Last ni... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 12:01:57 EST It's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1970484 That make this hard journey worth it. :) <BR> <BR> - Finding out I not only did 40 minutes of exercise MORE than required last week, but I beat out most of the other Boot Camp participants. YAY! <BR> <BR> - Doing the Spark People Boot Camp Day 1 Kick boxing video at a MUCH higher intensity than ever! I had to pump it up ... it was too easy going at my old pace! <BR> <BR> - Knowing I'm light enough for some of the slides at Aquatica again! <BR> <BR> and finally, the QUOTE OF THE MONTH (tha... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:41:05 EST Changes over time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1963729 So the boot camp I've joined requires participants to take their starting measurements. I was going to skip it, but on a whim I decided to pick up a tape measure. I remembered that back in December I signed up for a website that had me input my measurements to figure out my 'body shape'. <BR> <BR> So here's a comparison of my measurements. <BR> <BR> 12/07/08 <BR> Waist: 58.75 <BR> Hip: 58 <BR> Thigh: 28 <BR> Bust: 60 <BR> Under Bust: 52 <BR> <BR> 4/11/09 <BR> Waist: 53.5 (-5.25) <BR> Hip:... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 15:00:24 EST On perceived 'failures' and restarting.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1946545 Several events this weekend got me thinking about this life-changing journey many of us have chosen to embark upon. Deciding to live a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness and proper eating is a huge decision and a long road pitted with many, many obstacles. Whether it's illness, depression, a birthday, a celebration or simply a day where we want to be pampered, something will always pop up that we have conditioned ourselves to view as a 'temptation' and 'bad' and a 'mistake'. That piece o... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 23:31:07 EST Week 1 Day 2 and 'motherly' advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1922043 So today was day two of my Spark to 5K program. I've got to admit, it was a lot harder than day 1. I'm not really sure why either - the times, distance and everything are all the same. I think part of it has to do with my left ankle. As a kid I fractured *both* ankles a couple times each and have a long history of sprains, twists, etc. I found tonight that while my legs were okay, my left ankle felt like I had a knife in it during the jogging intervals. I think I may be forced into investing ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 01:30:14 EST No clue what to call this one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1916968 My mind's all over the place so I'm just going to break this down by subject. <BR> <BR> -School- <BR> So, April 2nd is when registration starts for the 09 Fall semester. I got my packet from Daytona State College (which is really Daytona Community College ...) in the mail yesterday with some additional information and the form I need to get my HS transcript (which they insist they need...). All was looking great until I went to order my transcript from my old community college. Apparently th... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 01:34:44 EST On goals, weight-loss and those little voices.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1889292 So, like many other Americans I was watching The Biggest Loser tonight, and as usual I found myself feeling inspired and motivated as I watched the players struggle through this week's obstacles. <BR> <BR> For one thing, like I told my husband, if it weren't for the fact that I'm currently dealing with cramps that have me doubled over in pain, I'd be ready to go for a jog tonight after watching them do their half marathon. Truth be told, as I've built up my endurance (slowly, very slowly) I'... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 23:02:17 EST Slowly getting back to normal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1864178 Things are still upside down, but we're slowly getting things back in order. I've got a fridge full of healthy foods (though, as usual, I'm missing snacks .. DOH!), though I don't have a kitchen in which to prepare them yet. <BR> <BR> Next week we get the final cabinet for our kitchen and then we can put it together. I've got to say, I *CAN'T* wait to have it put together so I can use it. Having to go to my parents' to cook and take showers is causing unnecessary friction with my mother. <BR... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 18:03:52 EST Upside down and topsy-turvy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1821603 Currently, 95% of my house is in a stack of boxes in the livingroom. The other 5% is scattered throughout the rest of the house. The movers get here in 3hrs ... OY! <BR> <BR> The past two weeks have been long and hard - mentally, physically and emotionally. On the plus side that means I've spent a lot of time 'exercising' even though I haven't been in the mind-set to do anything structured. On the downside it means I'm exhausted and trying very hard to stay away from my breaking point. It al... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 06:44:36 EST Just keep swimmin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1782279 I'm still here and still trying to move forward. <BR> <BR> This week is pivotal in deciding whether Ray and I get to keep our lives the way they are or are forced to have everything turned upside down while we crawl back to live with my parents. <BR> <BR> It really feels like we're moving backwards instead of forwards right now, and that's definitely not the direction I want my life to be heading. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with being positive and finding the energy to make the right ... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 23:57:23 EST One week at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1761303 First, I've got to say that I am absolutely AMAZED by the outpouring of support that I've received from all the ladies at the 300+ Team. Seriously, I was blown away by the people who have gone out of their way to check on me, offer support, suggestions or just a virtual hug and understanding about my situation. During the hard times this past week I've been able to look back on the comments and SparkMail that I've received and at least feel a little bit better. The problem isn't fixed, but it... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 02:44:49 EST Toughing it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1742679 First, an update on me. This past weekend was a whirl of helplessness, anger, depression and panic. Right now, 3 days later I can still feel myself on the edge of tears. On Friday my husband called me at about 10am, in tears. At first my heart stopped because of how he sounded. He'd been feeling sick most of the week and I'd been extremely worried about him. I was terrified that he was calling because he was sick and something horrible had happened. It was only after a moment or two that I wa... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 22:46:40 EST Weekly Weigh-in plus some... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1722334 So first the good news - I weighed in yesterday and lost 3.6lbs last week. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I've officially lost 16lbs and am only another pound and a few ounces away from having lost my first 5% <BR> <BR> That's such a good feeling. Not only that, but I'm only 19lbs away from my May 1st goal and, for once, it actually seems like it's within reach. I just need to keep pounding away and keep up the pace. <BR> <BR> On that note, however, I've noticed myself dragging the last 3 days o... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 22:35:22 EST Week 2 almost gone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1704876 It's about 11pm, my husband is knocked in bed (allergic reaction to dinner so he's doped up with benadryl) and I'm preparing to wind down and join him shortly. Of course this time of night is usually a reflection time for me and the normal result is a journal entry of some sort. Since we just got in from walking the dogs, of course SP and my progress since I renewed my interest in the site are at the front of my mind. <BR> <BR> I think this week has been a period of adjustments and tweaking ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 23:34:24 EST I'm proud today because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1692414 - My husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We've overcome a lot this year that has tested our marriage to the extreme. I will admit that I'd prefer this year be a year of learning to use what we've learned rather than overcoming even more obstacles. <BR> <BR> - To celebrate we had a DELICIOUS meal that included London Broil, Spaghetti squash, a potato & green bean medley, a gorgeous tossed salad and a yummy cherry crisp. The best and most rewarding part is that not only di... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:05:12 EST Things I learned this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1686081 - Eating out compared to eating at home isn't as satisfying - well, for the most part. The 6' Turkey sub, Baked Lays and light Minute Maid Lemonade I had on Thursday was not nearly as satisfying as something I could have had at home. As I finished my sub I found myself longing for the gooey, grilled cheese sandwich (non-fat american cheese, 100% Fiber bread), cucumber slices and Vegetable Soup (Campbell's Select Light - 100 calories for the WHOLE can) I'd had the day before. That lunch left m... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:51:16 EST Goals for 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1678838 The 300+ team I belong to has set a really useful task for this first week of the year. What they challenged the members to do was to set goals (or resolutions, if you like) for 2009 - but instead of leaving it at broad, far reaching tasks like "Lose 10lbs" or "Drink less", we were challenged to break it down into medium-term goals and then finally into short term goals or strategies that will help us get where we want to be. <BR> <BR> So, I present to you my list for 2009 - it's a bit incom... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 14:59:07 EST Why I work through the pain.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1665105 While I was having a conversation with a friend about exercises and the Boot Camp Videos we're both doing, she mentioned that she loved the exercises, especially her new ball. I stopped short for a moment before honestly replying that I hated them. Unfortunately for me, it's not just an exercise to increase physical endurance, strength, etc - but it's also an exercise of pain. <BR> <BR> Along with my weight I've also go problems with my back (bulging discs, pinched nerves) and my legs (than... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 18:20:09 EST Very, very sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1645770 The doctor put me on a new prescription for the arthritis in my neck and back. I've been on it about a week now and I have to say, I do NOT like it. The past three days my back/neck/shoulders have been hurting really badly. Today, I finally broke down and took my coveted Aleve, even though I'm not supposed to because of possible stomach issues. I know it's bad, but I had to try something to take the edge off. I'm still hurting now, but think that a hot shower and moving around a bit more migh... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 21:24:40 EST So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=721623 I'm totally exhausted today. I've got no real reason to be - I should have gotten about 8 hours of sleep last night, I think. I think it's because I'm cramping and spotting again (sorry, TMI, i know). I can't wait for this to stop - it's been almost 2 months that I'm dealing with this. Hopefully when I go to the doctors next week he'll give me something to either stop the spotting or help it along, clean things out so to speak. <BR> <BR> I'm actually starting to psych myself up to start exer... Tue, 28 Aug 2007 18:39:55 EST And we're off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=718304 Well, not really. I've been doing the South Beach diet for about a month now. As far as I can tell, I didn't lose anything on Phase 1. I'm not sure if I've lost anything on Phase 2 either, but I'll find that out next week when I go to the doctors. <BR> <BR> My exercise plan will hopefully start next week (9/1), since I'll be going to a new schedule at work and be able to fit in a workout before we leave. I've got to make the effort, I know. It's just so hard, especially when I'm so exhausted... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 19:00:32 EST