LILLEAN's SparkPeople Blog LILLEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My journey so far...... <img src=""> I'm really happy and proud of what I have accomplished thus far. Sometimes when I feel like giving up, I often find myself looking back on my progress so far. This is where I get my motivation to continue, my drive and my inspiration. This is me!!! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:46:26 EST Almost to the finish line....... I am so loving Jillian Micheals 30 day shred. I completed level 3 day 3 this morning at 6:00 am. I was thinking of doing a hybrid of 30 day shred and another of her workouts when I'm done but can't decide which one as yet. Most people who completed 30 day shred moved on to Ripped in 30 so I'm thinking should I do the same or should I pick from Body revolution, Slim in 30, six week six pack or no more trouble zones. What do you guys think? Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:48:08 EST What happens when fitness becomes and obsession.... I have often being told that I am "obsessed" with fitness; more of the working out part which I don't agree with but everyone keeps saying the same thing. My gym buddies have even begun calling me "the energizer bunny." I work out twice per day 6 days a week. I am soooo close to my goal weight that I can smell it (only 7 lbs. away) but what happens when everyone surrounding you says that you shouldn't lose any more weight including your husband but you as an individual thinks otherwise. When... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:40:37 EST We made it to the top!!!! So I completed my climb today. We made it to the top in 1 hour 13 minutes. Let me just say that the piton is 2619 ft high. When I arrived to the top it felt so rewarding and fulfilling. I am definitely making this climb again and looking to summit in less time. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:56:16 EST Jillian Micheals 30 day shred Today marks the completion of Jillian Micheals 30 day shred level 1 and I'm beginning level 2 tomorrow along with my gym buddies. Yayyyy me!!! I still have 20 more days to go. Honestly I haven't seen any changes in my body yet and I'm hoping this will change by the end of level 2. We are climbing one of the world's famous twin pitons found in Soufriere St. Lucia on Sunday. For those of you who knows the pitons and what I'm talking about will know that its not an easy climb to the top. Some p... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:22:22 EST I'm Scared I am beginning Jillian Micheals 30 day shred on Monday December 1st with some of my gym buddies but honestly I am scared; scared of giving it my all and not getting results. I have read some fabulous reviews about the program and frankly I really don't know what results to expect (both for me and the girls). I persuaded them in trying the program and I'm scared that if it doesn't workout for them they're gonna blame me. I really don't know if I should or shouldn't do the program. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:03:50 EST Muscle Soreness I really didn't know at this fitness level that one could still be so sore from working out. I mean my butt hurts, my legs hurt, my arms hurt, my abs hurt; everything just seem to hurt. I have being doing circuit training for the past week now and I love it!!!! It's just that my body aches. Monday I'm beginning Jilian Micheals 30 day shred so I'm kinda like prepping myself for it since it's along the same line of workouts. I'm not going to allow this soreness to cheat me off my workouts; I'm ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:59:35 EST I'm glad I did..... This morning I sooooo didn't want to get out of bed for my morning workout. I had to crawl out bed but I happened to push a 25 minute circuit training workout and now that it's done I cant wait for gym class this evening <em>334</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:21:53 EST Today's workout Today I did a 4.0 mile run IN THE RAIN!!!! That's big for me; I mean it was pouring cats and dogs. With this determination I have to lose these final 10 pounds I am not going to stop at anything. I have been working out really hard this past few weeks; more like an athlete and I have not gone on my scale as yet so I'm really curious as to what it will say. My husband says that I do look slimmer but honestly I don't see it. I really hope the scale moves at least to 163 with all this hard work ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:33:17 EST Much Better Hey everyone I'm feeling much better than yesterday, still a little depressed but my mood is much better. Some of my gym buddies took to out to a football match to take my mind off of things. I really enjoyed and only had one glass of wine since I'm not a drinker and wanted to keep my calories in check. Thanks to all to sent well wishes and words of encouragement. This is what Spark friends are for. Have a blessed day!!! <em>213</em> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:39:15 EST Not Today..... I don't feel like dealing with anything or anyone today; feeling so depressed. Was supposed to instruct aerobics class at gym today but this is sooooo not a good day for me. <em>39</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:55:31 EST I'm back again with changes I know it has being a while since my lasr blog but it's just that work and gym has had me extra busy. From since my reported weigh- in i have gained back a little of my weigh (162-166) about 4 lbs; but I'm working exra hard this month to be at my goal weight of 160 lbs. I must say losing the last few have has being the hardest, I would go up and down and back up again, sometimes the scale wouldn't shift at all. So I have decided to stya away from refined/white flour, white rice and milk (low ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:43:49 EST I'm back! Sorry I haven't blogged in a while but thankfully I am still staying on track the best I can. With the help of my gym buddies who last month started a biggest loser competition I am glad to report that I lost 8 lbs for the month placing 3rd and that makes me only 6 lbs away from my first goal of 160 lbs making that a total of 39 lbs lost so far. I must thank SP especially for the trackers and motivational quotes. Do have a wonderful day. Thu, 15 May 2014 06:58:24 EST Taebo/Kickboxing Three words I LOVE IT!! This is the "it"workout for me, I enjoy doing it, it's hyped and so much fun. I begun last week Sunday and I haven't stopped ever since. I'm now doing Kickboxing in the morning before work twice a week and gym in the evening. I changed things up a little and I love it. Have a pleasant night Sparkers!!! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:59:47 EST 2365 I feel so ashamed even writing this blog. I'm supposed to be disciplined and have this thing under control by now. That's the amount of calories I ate today. Can you imagine? I am speechless that's what happens when you wait for the end of the day to track your food. This is so embarrassing! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:40:03 EST Christmas Trogh; We didn't have Christmas down here Christmas Eve at about 4 in the afternoon we had severe rainfall which resulted in flooding and power lost. The countries of St. Lucia,St. Vincent and Dominica are in mourning due to the lost of 6 and 8 lives respectively (not sure the count for Dominica). We are now trying to clean up the place and get things back to normal. My condolences goes out to the families of the victims and I pray for God's comfort for them as we face this together. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:05:48 EST Back to work Tomorrow I'm going back to work. I planned to lose 3 lbs over my vacation but I LOST NONE!!!! I am stuck at 172 lbs for over 5 months now!!! This is so frustrating because I exercised my butt off. I do admit there where days that I slacked on my healthy eating but not even 1 lb came off? I really don't know what is left to do again; I don't want to give up but I'm so frustrated with myself right now that I find it hard to stay focused. I'm going to try even harder this week but I know it's no... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:13:14 EST Anniversary pics and weight loss update We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on Thursday of last week. My husband took me to Bay Gardens hotel in St. Lucia for dinner. It was amazing. I kept conscious of what was entering into my mouth and I did have a wonderful time. Since my last weigh in I have not really lost any weight, but I look and feel great. Here are the pics of that night: <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:52:56 EST Random I passed a friend of mine this afternoon and he didn't even recognize me. He said that ever since I "slimmed down" he don't recognize me. I guess he was used to seeing me fat (205 lbs.) I must admit it was a really good feeling to have someone compliment me like that especially now that the scale is being stubborn. I am really consistent in my workouts and I'm trying to get at least two workouts in for the day since I'm on vacation; but even that's not always easy when you have errands to ru... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:27:04 EST And the vacation begins...... Tomorrow my vacation begins and today is December 1st. This marks a fresh start, a new me and a fitness freak. I feel that I've lost my momentum and I know that the last 12 pounds are going to be the hardest that's why I'm ready to push the hardest. This month it's time to change; to change my thinking, to change my attitude towards food and also my workouts. I can do this and I WILL!!!!!!. I'm taking it one pound at a time. 169 watch out because I'm on my way!!! <em>216</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:57:58 EST Vacation is coming soon! I'm scheduled for vacation next Monday. I plan on hitting the gym every single day and getting every one of my morning workouts. I am looking to lose 2-3 lbs at the end and get firmer legs. I also want to stay withing my calorie range and eat as healthy as possible. I am really determined and I've also told my husband about my plans. I told him so that he can help me stay accountable especially for the things i push in my mouth. I hope this plan works because I am determined to make it work. ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00:35 EST I changed my workout routine! I changed my workouts this week because I am in desperate need to reach 169 lbs, so here's my run down for this week so far: <BR> Monday morning: Insanity Core cardio and balance <BR> Monday evening: Gym (step aerobics) <BR> <BR> Tuesday morning: Insanity Max Interval Sports Training <BR> Tueseday evening: Billy blanks Tae Bo <BR> <BR> Wednesday morning: REST (sore muscles) <BR> Wednesday evening: Turo Fire and Billy Blanks Tae Bo <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning's workout: Insanity Cardio Power... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:25:28 EST The blood type diet I've being hearing alot about the blood type diet or Eat right for your type. I've being hearing alot of reviews about it and people are saying that people has had really good results with it. So I decided to look it up since I'm in desperate need of ways to lose my last 11 lbs. This diet gives you an entire list of foods you need to completely avoid e.g cow's milk(including skimmed milk), all types of bread, lentils, sprouts and even cucumber. I wanted to follow it but not now that I've read... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:35:09 EST I did something new today :) Today on my lunch break today I didn't really feel for food so what I did was to do my workout instead (insanity core cardio and balance). I did take my lunch back to work with me and I still happened to get my gym workout after work. Although my husband didn't like the idea of me working out instead of eating but when I explained to him that my morning snack had me full, he even ended up cheering me on. I felt so awesome at the end of my workout and I'm proud of me. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:14:26 EST Surprised Comment Some of my friends and family says that it's no use I workout because I will only end up putting the weight back on. Their reason for saying so is because everyone on my mother's side of the family is overweight. But I say to them what about my fathers' side, he's not big and I don't have to be overweight if I don't want to. If I dwell on the comments of these people it will only stall my progress. I tell them that I want to do all those "positions" for my husband and that's why I want to be ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:56:22 EST I have a new addiction It's kind of a bad addiction and an unhealthy one, I'm now addicted to whole powered milk and corn flakes. I really don't know why or how it came about but it's here and I need help with it. I've gained 2 pounds since my last weigh in and I'm thinking it's because of the whole milk/full cream(which ever one you want to call it). I do have skimmed milk right there on my kitchen table but I fall for the full cream instead. Is my self discipline lacking? If you read my last blog you would see th... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:07:24 EST Refined flour I have my workout routine under control. I burn approximately 2500 calories through exercise only and I don't feel like its too much. But the thing is that I just can't leave refined flour alone. It teases me even if I try to stay away from it. I have tried buying the whole wheat so that if in case I feel for bread I would go for the the healthier version, but I still find myself eating the white bread. Well I guess I should practice more self discipline in order to achieve my goals. This is ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:13:42 EST Insanity round 2 Today I'm beginning round 2 of insanity. I completed the program about 1 month ago and I had great results. I feel the need to go for it again because I think this is my sole-mate workout. I love insanity and the "high" it gives me. I know it's not going to be easy because I plan on doing it in the a.m and hit the gym in the evenings after work; just like I did it before, but if I can do it once, I sure can do it again. Have a blessed day my lovelies. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 07:24:04 EST Carbs and my journey I can't seem to stay away from refined carbs especially white bread and corn flakes. I try to eat a little piece out of it but that only makes it worse. After I had find myself eating white bread 4- 5 times a week. I know if I want to see the scale shift I should limit my intake of refined carbs but its harder when you always have them around the house. I personally don't buy it from the supermarket but my husband does and when its there I just happen to eat it. This is my number one weaknes... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:41:39 EST Not enough sleep :( Our daughter was hospitalized last night for a severe case of vomiting. My heart broke to see my little angel in so much pain, to see one needle after another going down into her skin. Neither me nor my husband got any sleep last night, but thankfully she was discharged this morning in normal health. Because of this my strength training session today didn't go very well. I was literally drained and had no strength to do my normal lb dumbbells. Well that's it for the night; I need as much rest... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:22:25 EST Great workouts! For the past two days now I have being having a blast at the gym. On Mondays we normally have step aerobics class but yesterday we had it with a difference. The music was a lot faster and everyone was feeling the vibe. We had an amazing time. Today before Zumba we went for a power walk as a group and I mean I was loving it. Looking forward to tomorrows strength training session <em>362</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:59:59 EST I am more determined than ever!! This week I have made up my mind to eating clean 6 days a week and working out twice per day. My husband has joined me and we just finished an insanity workout. Tomorrow we have running planned for the morning and hit the gym after work. He really pushes me when I want to give up and I really love working out with him. We really want to see changes and we are going to go for it all out!!! <em>342</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:15:51 EST Today I went bike riding with a difference...... Because it is so hot working out indoors I decided to take my stationery bike outside (yes my stationery bike) and do my workout there. It felt like the real thing with the wind blowing against me and people around. It felt really good and this will definitely not be the last time. I did an Insanity workout this morning and some more workouts this afternoon brought my total calorie burn for today to 758. <em>244</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:04:01 EST September goals This month's goals are: <BR> 1) Eat clean 6 days a week <BR> 2) Lose 2-3 lbs <BR> 3) Lose another 2 inches off my waist and 2 off my arms <BR> 4) Get 1800 fitness minutes <BR> 5) No eating after 7 pm <BR> <BR> I set these goals not only because I want to lose the last 15 lbs but also to practice some self discipline especially the last goal. I really want to cut down on late night eating. I am really determined to reach my goal and I know I can. GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!!!! <em>362</em... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:30:09 EST Insanity before and after photos I know it's a little late posting my pictures but my internet service was down and I just got it back so her are they: <BR> <img src=""> Here are they up close <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:13:34 EST Officially an Insanity Graduate!!!!! Today was my last fit test and also the end of the insanity program for me. I must say it was quite a journey and I am surely going to do it for a second time around. It was fun,challenging,tiring,exciting, unpredictable and the list goes on and on. I am so happy with the results I've gotten. Here are my last fit test results compared to the first and my measurements as well: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks: 68----101 <BR> Power Jacks: 53----70 <BR> Power Knee: 103----118 <BR> Power Jumps: 27----44 ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:05:57 EST Day 2 Actually it's day 2 of my last week of the insanity program. I can't wait to finish the program because I never thought that I would even make it to month 2 of these CRAZZZZYYY workouts. Now I know that anything you set your mind to you can accomplish it with determination and a little self motivation. I'm so proud of myself. Have a blessed day my friends and remember stay true to yourselves. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:44:14 EST One more week to complete the insanity program!!!!! Like the title of my blog says, I've only one more week to complete the insanity program and I'm down another pound. I'm thinking of doing round 2 of the program when I'm done. I've already lost several inches of my waist, my chest and my hips. Before and after pictures coming soon! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:52:45 EST Insanity fittest #4 and compliments This afternoon a friend whom I haven't seen in a while saw me and said to me "Why did you loose so much weight?" I don't know if I should take it as a compliment or not. Anyway all I know is that I have 15 more lbs. to go and I ain't gonna stop until I reach there. I'm also on my 3rd week of insanity; I did my fit test and here are the results #1,2,3 and 4 so you can see where I started and where I'm at now: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks: 68----80----89----97 <BR> Power Jacks: 53----57----63----68 ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:45:44 EST Gym Workout w/ pics Today I did some strength training at the gym with our trainer and it felt great. I feel energized and rejuvenated. I am also on my second week in month 2 of insanity and although the scale hasn't shifted so much I have lost inches. Here's my progress pic, it's after my workout at the gym this evening. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:12:43 EST Happy Birthday to me!!!!! Today is my birthday and I know that the blog is a little late but my internet was down this morning. It's being going fairly good still tracking my food and I did get my insanity workout in. I plan to party hard tonight but strictly red wine for me. Happy Birthday to me!!!!!! <img src="">This is a quick pic before church Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:23:10 EST Insanity month 2(Dig Deeper!) I did my fit test and took my measurements before month 2 begun. I must say these workouts are the beasts. I was dripping smelly stinking sweat. I was soaked but it's a really good feeling. Here are my fit test results and measurement #1,2 and 3: <BR> <BR> Switch Kicks: 68----80----89 <BR> Power Jacks: 53----57----63 <BR> Power Knee: 103----112----112 <BR> Power Jumps: 27----34----37 <BR> Globe jumps: 8----11----13 <BR> Suicide Jumps: 12----15----16 <BR> Push up Jacks: 26----32----38 <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:48:31 EST Insanity recovery week Today marks the beginning of recovery week for me. The workout for the week is cardio core and balance. I did my workout this morning and it felt great. Today also marks the day I will start clean eating. I mean really clean eating. I hope this will give me some results. Have a blessed day!!!! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:23:54 EST My husband My husband says that I'm working out too much. He says he wonders if i don't ever get tired but the truth is I like working out, it keeps me motivated and energized for the day.When I don't work out I feel fatigue. I work out twice a day at least 4 times per week. I burn on average 2180 exercise calories per week with insanity in the morning and gym in the evenings. I don't feel like that's too much because my calories are 1540-1890. When I feel too much muscle soreness I don't workout. Shoul... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:23:57 EST Insanity week 4 day 2 Today's workout was cardio power and resistance. I hate those lodge jumps that's in there so I just don't do it, instead I run in place or do jumping jacks or something. Maybe someday I'll catch myself doing it without even realizing. Have a Sparktastic day!!! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:42:54 EST Compliment Yesterday at the gym someone told me that they admire my motivation. It felt good to hear a compliment especially when the scale isn't shifting. I do insanity on mornings and I hit the gym on evenings(at least 4 x a week). I have lost inches since beginning insanity but no weight has come off.This should demotivate me but it won't at least the inches are coming off slowly but surely. <em>334</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:55:43 EST Insanity fit test # 2 Switch Kicks: From 68-80 <BR> Power Jacks: From 53-57 <BR> Power knee: From 103-112 <BR> Power Jumps: From 27-34 <BR> Globe Jumps: From 8-11 <BR> Suicide Jumps: From 12-15 <BR> Push up Jacks: From 26-32 <BR> Low plank Oblique: From 43-54. <BR> <BR> I lost 1 inch off my waist , 0.5 inches off my thigh, .05 inches off my chest but my weight went up from 174.7-176.2. I don't mind the scale just as long as the inches comes off. <em>224</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:59:53 EST End of insanity week 2 Today is the end of insanity week 2 for me and it ended crazy. Today's workout was pure cardio and cardio abs; just so that you know I so hate that workout cuz it kicks my butt but I know in time it wouldn't be so bad. Have a blessed weekend friends!!! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:40:36 EST Shakeology I am in my second week of insanity and I'm thinking of adding shakelogy to the program. Just wanted some feedback from those of you who have tried it. Does it give results or can I do normal shakes at home and get the same results. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 19:19:25 EST Insanity week 2 day 1 Today's workout was cardio power and resistance. I don't want to say that insanity get's easy because it doesn't; lets just say I had less "rest stops" during my workout than the first time I did it. My goal is not merely to lose weight but to become stronger and lose inches. I hope to complete my workouts without resting expect for the recommended water breaks in that way I can track my progress better that that which shows on the scale. Have a blessed day!! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:22:53 EST