LILLEAN's SparkPeople Blog LILLEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 End of insanity week 1 w/ pics Got my last workout in for the week, plyometric cardio circuit. I am sore all over, I don't know how I will get through my day today but I will. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> and look I've got guns Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:45:51 EST Insanity day 4 Cardio Recovery was today's workout. Although it was mostly stretching and low impact exercises I still sweat like I had just done an intense workout. The surprising thing is that this particular workout gave me an abundance of energy. Tomorrow's workout is pure cardio. Sounds scary but I'm ready! Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:38:13 EST Insanity day 3 Just finished insanity day 3 cardio power and resistance. I feel great after this workout, it actually gives me more energy throughout the day. Tomorrow's workout is cardio recovery, I don't know what's in store for me but I'm ready. Have a blessed day my friends and remember stay true to yourself. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:44:20 EST Insanity Workout program Today marks the official start of my insanity program. Just finsihed the fit test and here are my readings per minute: <BR> Switch kicks: 68 <BR> Power Jacks: 53 <BR> power knee:103 <BR> Power Jumps: 27 <BR> Globe Jumps:8 <BR> Suicide Jumps: 12 <BR> Push up Jacks: 26 <BR> Low Plank Oblique: 43 <BR> Tomorrow's workout is plyometric cardio circuit. Wish me luck in finishing the program; I really need to do this Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:20:45 EST Strength training is paying off w/ pics Although after adding strength training to my workout routine the scale went from 173 lbs. to 175 lbs. I look and feel better in and out of my clothes. I would like for a flatter stomach but I know that the first place you gain weight is the last place it will come off so I'm patient but I so love my arms; they're looking so much leaner <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:38:12 EST Energizer Bunny!!! Today I had an abundance of energy. I had a total of 94 minutes in my two workout sessions (morning and evening). That's the longest I've ever worked out for. I still feel so energized but I think burning 659 calories through exercise is enough for the day. Stay blessed and motivated sparkers!!!! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 19:53:00 EST Cabbage soup diet Today I begun the cabbage soup diet.It's seven days long and it's a desperate move to break my plateau. I don't know how it's going to turn out but day 1 is almost done I don't feel dizzy or any of these other things. I intend on following it to see what the results turn out to be. Like I said it's a desperate move to break my plateau but if anyone has advice that can help feel free. Have a blessed day!!!! Mon, 20 May 2013 15:29:42 EST What is really happening!!!!! My weight keeps moving up and down from 175 to 172 then back up. I mean I'm staying in my calorie range and working out to burn the calories according to SP but I just don't seem to find the cause of this problem. It's really beginning to get to me. I know this is a lifestyle one has to adopt but I would really like if the pounds would come off. Wed, 15 May 2013 19:58:15 EST I think this is a lifestyle I can stick with... I'm finally staying within my calorie range, hitting the gym at least 5 times a week and beginning to see the benefits even if the scale won't shift. It's not as hard as I thought it would; (if I eat the right foods I won't be as hungry as I used to). I'm definitely seeing some muscles in my arms and tummy and that's all the motivation I need. Keep sparking comrades!!!!! <em>381</em> Tue, 7 May 2013 20:33:17 EST 2196 That's the amount of calories I ate today. I mean REALLY!!!!! Today all I felt like doing was eating but I still managed to get my workout in but I know that's not enough for the amount of calories I ate today, what can I do so this won't affect my weight loss goals. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:17:47 EST Weight gain after adding ST So I noticed that after adding strength training to my workout program I'm gaining weight instead of losing. My SP nutrition tracker updated itself when I made the changes to my program, moving from 1200-1550 to 1350-1700 calories per day. I don't know what I should do because I don't want to lower my calorie intake due to the amount of exercise I'm doing because I know that could sabotage my weight loss. Please help me sparkers I really don't know what to do!!! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:11:24 EST Gym workouts and calorie range I so love the gym now. The gym is like o much fun; when I do my aerobics class it's so fun and energizing that I don't want to miss one session. The classes vary every day, I mean we will do something new every time and the sessions always keep you feeling rejuvenated. Before I didn't like the gym but now I SOOO LOVE IT!!!!!!!. The sad news is that I always seem to go over my calorie range. I would burn between 300-600 calories on average daily but I seem to overeat and that troubles me. My c... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:39:02 EST