LIZZY2380's SparkPeople Blog LIZZY2380's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Review of Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp vid! I never win anything. Really. This is the first time in my life that I threw my name into the proverbial hat and was lucky enough to have it drawn back out. My prize? A shiny new workout DVD, delivered right to my door. I was very excited to give it a try, but I have to admit that in my mind it would only be a supplement to my already rigorous routine of spinning, running and strength training. When I popped the video in and saw that the first workout was only 22 minutes I thought "That's oka... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:26:22 EST Note to self: 20 weeks (almost) till the New Year/New Me So here's the plan: <BR> I am 190 lbs. today. My goal weight is somewhere between 164 and 175. I would like to weigh 170 on New Years Eve. This is not a hard and fast rule however, because I'm more concerned with my body fat %, which is 30% now. I want it to be 24% and if it comes with a 178 lb body, so be it. <BR> I will only weigh myself, and check my BF on Friday mornings for the next 20 weeks. I have been weighing randomly and it only leads to confusion and frustration. <BR> I will not ea... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:31:38 EST I Left Her at the Top of the Mountain Even though it's 7 miles to the top of Mt. Timpanogos, it's an incredibly popular hike. In fact, for the last few months I've been telling people that my goal for the summer was to summit Timp and I would get responses like "I love that hike, I've done it every year since I was 4!" Or "My Grandpa just hiked that for his 75th birthday!" Lots of people hike it, it's not too difficult for most, but the 14 mile round-trip hike has been out of my league for 31 years. So it was a big deal to me. <... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:00:34 EST Quick gratitude blog! I'm sitting her, 11:32 PM, a bundle of nerves. Tomorrow morning I will hike 7 miles to the tip top of the second highest peak in Utah. I'm so thrilled about what is in store. It will be beautiful. My best friend and her husband will be there, as well as my sweet, sweet husband. The most thrilling thing is how confident I am in my physical ability to do this. I have hiked about 50 miles already this summer, in preparation for tomorrow. I'm skilled and strong and ready to do this. This hike fee... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 01:38:57 EST Another way to help you eliminate excuses! I love spin class! I haven't been running lately because it hurts my knee so much. I had started increasing my distance, and even let myself daydream about running a half in the fall, but it started hurting so much, and it was totally cramping my style for a few days after a run. And I have this great hike coming up in August. It's 14 miles round trip, the second highest peak in Utah, my husbands favorite annual hike and this year I can finally do it with him. The problems with my knee were h... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:15:26 EST New body = New adventures! One of the things I looked forward to the most during the long winter and holiday season was testing my new body in the great outdoors. My eternally youthful husband is the outdoorsy type, and I always wanted to be, but my obese body never allowed for it. Instead, I would stay home and cook a big dinner while my husband went out with his friends and tromped around the mountainsides that are just out our front door. <BR> Not this year, though! So far this summer we have been on 3 fairly good h... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 22:13:47 EST Move along folks, nothing to see here: NROLFW Pt. 3 Nothing. Not a thing has changed. My weight and measurements are the same as they were 4 weeks ago when I started Stage 2 of the New Rules of Lifting for Women. It is not a plateau, however. A plateau would imply that I did the same amount of work as I have been doing, and saw no results. It would be nice to tell you all that I'm so frustrated because I did everything right and the scale just isn't budging. But that is not the case, and in the interest of progress and positive change, I happi... Wed, 11 May 2011 10:27:20 EST 12 months, 12 million changes: A picture blog I didn't know how I was going to write this blog. The truth is, I've been feeling pretty down about all of my efforts lately. I mean, I've lost a lot of weight, so why am I still so unhappy with my body? I thought weight loss was the golden ticket to self love. How can I get on here and write a blog about the last 12 months of success if all I see when I look in the mirror is an overweight woman who is never going to be quite good enough. <BR> Re-wind 12 months. <BR> Last April my little fami... Sat, 7 May 2011 11:18:39 EST A mini picture blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Me, April 2010, my 30th birthday, 280+ pounds. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Me, April 2011, my 31st birthday, 197 pounds. <BR> I know, hot, right? <BR> <BR> I'm planning a big SP anniversary blog at the end of the month, where I will talk more about what got me here, it's just that I have 2 weeks of classes left and rehearsals for Othello are intensifying. I'm... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:52:00 EST NROLFW Part 2. Ok, I did it! I finished Phase 1 of the program. What does that mean? It means that I did 24 workouts. It means that every time I did a workout I used heavier weights than the last time. It means that for 24 days I stood shoulder to shoulder with all those beefcakes at the gym and we all watched ourselves in the mirrors as we lifted. I think that's the part I'm proudest of. I had to reason through my fear of being seen and judged by healthier people and then I had to, in spite of my queasy st... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:58:12 EST 12 months and a 5k to boot! (before and during pics) Here I am 12 months ago, just a couple days before I went into labor. I was about 330 in the picture, I left the hospital at 310 and I was 294 at my 6 week check up (Where my Dr. said "Okay, you're healthy, you can start exercising anytime...Seriously...anytime now."). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am this morning, 202#, after running the Rex Lee 5k in Provo Utah. I finished in about 33:00 (The official times aren't posted yet.) I c... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:30:49 EST I am Emelia! The Universe has rewarded me... Many of you don't know that I am an actress. Actually, I've never had the guts to say that out loud. I usually say I'm a theater major, or that I'm studying for my drama teaching degree. The truth is though, I love acting. I love the stage. I love theater and I've always dreamed of doing it for a living. My weight has always held me back though. Since I started acting at 13 I've been given the roles of the funny old lady, or the quirky best friend. Sometimes I played the unhappy waitress with... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 15:59:07 EST NROLFW What the what? <BR> New Rules Of Lifting For Women. <BR> I've decided to get serious about my strength training after reading a dozen or so articles about how good it is for me and how I probably don't know how to do it the right way. <BR> I went to the library and checked out the above mentioned book after reading some positive reviews about it. Today is day 1 of a Stage 1, a stage that should last 6 weeks. I'm writing a blog so that can have a record of where I was physically AND emotional... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:41:34 EST Non-Scale Victory! I'm smiling from ear to ear! I just had the briefest moment of clarity and perspective and I feel like I'm walking on clouds. <BR> I was in a spinning class tonight. I've been going twice a week for 3 weeks now and I really love it. I put off trying it for a while because the class setting didn't seem like my kind of thing. I love being in my own head when I work out and I was a little self conscious about being the biggest and sweatiest and heavy-breathing-est person in the class. But when m... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:43:21 EST Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Lately running has been like a bad boyfriend. The good parts (wink wink) are still really good, but the bad parts keep getting worse. He's a commitment-phobe. He hurts me and then tells me I'm the one to blame. Worst of all, it was so hard to get him out of my head and move on. <BR> Let me explain. <BR> Here are my goals for 2011: <BR> Train for and run a 10k, March 12th. <BR> Train for and run a Half Marathon, Sept. 11th. <BR> Train for and backpack my husbands favorite Utah trail with him, ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:09:09 EST Poor me. I went to the gym for my 5 mile run today. At mile 2 my knee started to hurt, by 2.5 I had a hard time walking to cool down. I don't know what the deal is but I'm pi$$ed. My husband keeps telling me not to sweat it, not to take it personally, but I feel defeated. <BR> I'm going to cycle and row for my cardio for the rest of this week and try running again next Monday. If the knee still hurts I'll see the Doc. <BR> I'll be fine, this is just a minor set-back, right? Right? Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:39:18 EST My own worst enemy 5 miles. That's what the "Spark Your Way to 10k" has on the schedule for today. I've been saying it aloud all week. 5 miles. That's a distance that runners run. That's a distance that a woman who has been training and running 3 days a week since May could run. I'm supposed to be able to run 5 miles today. <BR> So why am I sitting here trying to talk myself out of it? Why have I all but given up? I did the 3 mile runs just fine. And the 4 mile runs have gone well too, 4 of them in the past 2 w... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:59:38 EST Happy New Year! I had a great New year with my husband and friends. I probably had too much Champagne, which I neither regret nor intend to repeat anytime soon. <BR> Champagne, or no, my body has an internal alarm that cannot be turned off. I was up at 7 AM, after all that trouble of sending the kids to Grandmas so we could sleep in! <BR> But while surfing the web I came across this little gem I'm going to share with you. It's a news story from my local NBC news station. <BR> I hope it inspires you to go ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:31:14 EST Momma said there'd be days like this. So, I just got home from a disappointing run. (I'm doing SP's Spark your way to 10k, I'm on week 3.) First off, after my 1/4 mile warm up I started to run and had to stop a couple times to re-tie my pants. I'm not complaining, I've literally run my a$$ off, but I was a little embarrassed. (I often think people must be watching me, waiting for me to do something stupid so they can point and laugh and pass notes about me around class...Wait, I'm not 16 anymore, no one is watching.) Then, THEN, ... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:50:36 EST Look what I got myself for Christmas! (Lots o pics) I've been waiting and waiting to write this blog and I'm so excited the day has come. A little disclaimer; I really wanted to be wearing something 'Knockout' for these pics but to be honest, I'm waiting for the last possible moment to buy new clothes for next semester. Right now I'm squeezing in to a 16, but I think I can be wearing them comfortably in a few weeks, so no new clothes until then! Also, I really do identify as an athlete these days, so posing in my workout clothes seems appropri... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:58:28 EST My new running partner Just a quick blog to share some new music with you. I discovered Girltalk a few months ago and have loved working out with him in my ear. The new album is so flippin good, I swear it magically took a minute off my pace. <BR> Here's the link for the free download; <BR> <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: This music won't be for everyone as there is adult language/content. <BR> <BR> Give it listen! Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:23:37 EST I need some guidence from fellow runners. Okay, I think I'm gonna do it. I really want to run a half marathon. But I have reservations, or doubts, or fears, or unrealistic expectations. You tell me! <BR> After I ran a 5k in September I started gradually increasing my distance, about a 1/4 mile a week. Then, out of nowhere, my right hip started killing me. Not just during my runs but for a few days after. It was really cramping my style. I self-diagnosed it as an over-trained muscle and started using the stationary bike at the gym. I ... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:46:02 EST What's your Turkey Day game plan? I think I've come up with a good plan for the big day and wanted to run it by y'all and also see if you had good strategies I could steal. :) <BR> So, <BR> Morning of Thanksgiving I'm going to eat my normal breakfast, do my normal 45 minutes of cardio and eat a normal lunch. I've been asked to bring the veggie platter for my families get-together. (Usually, my mother puts apps out at noon and the grazing begins and lasts until the big dinner is served. So much eating.) So I'm going to look f... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:39:00 EST 12 weeks!?! There's only 12 weeks till 2011! It's so soon! Where did the time go?! Why am I using so many exclamations marks?! <BR> I'm feeling a lot of anxiety about the year ending and a new one beginning. I think I know why. For most of my life, Halloween has marked 'Open Season' on my binging and overeating. Historically, for the next three months I will give myself permission to eat whatever, and as much, as I want. I would normally start planning my baking schedule for the season. 3 dozen cookies ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:41:08 EST Plateau's are like Vegas, everybody visit's... ...But nobody wants to stay! <BR> There is proverbial steam billowing from my ears this morning! And I'm on the verge of a temper tantrum. But why? Why am I surprised by the scale's proverbial vacation? It happens about every two weeks for me. I weigh myself daily (I've tried following the sage advice of weekly weigh-ins, but I end up obsessing and fretting all week. Even if the numbers don't say what I want, at least I know. That's the idea anyway) and I record my weight every day. If I were... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:24:05 EST Dear Dudes and Hot Chicks at my gym, Please don't judge me. It doesn't look like it to you , but I'm in the best shape of my life. And this was the only workout outfit I could find in my size, so while it's not sexy, it works, 5 times a week! And please don't look over my shoulder and laugh at my 5.2 speed, 'cause you don't know that 4 months ago it took me 21 minutes to walk a mile and I almost puked but was crying too hard, so I didn't. And Dear Dudes and Hot Chicks, please don't stand around in groups and snicker at me while ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:22:19 EST Yeah, I just said that. In the last 5 months I've noticed a lot of changes about myself. What I put in my mouth and when has changed the most. But the most surprising change? What comes out of my mouth. <BR> A few phrases people have actually heard come from my mouth: <BR> <BR> *Birthday cake doesn't really sound good right now. <BR> *I'll substitute the steamed veggies for the fries. <BR> *Sorry, I already spent the calories on watermelon, but thanks for making brownies. <BR> *Let's take the stairs, it'll be faste... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:17:44 EST I did that! C25k, literally, from my ass on the couch to my ass crossing the finish line. So, I'm a runner. I run, it's what I do. I own running shoes, I wear two sports bras at a time and after I warm up walk I go faster and both feet are in the air at the same time. I run. Oh, and I'm 239.9 pounds, but that is beside the point, as I have come to learn. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is shortly after I started the C25k program. I was about 275 pounds when I started running those torturous fartleks. I wore cross training shoes a... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:50:49 EST I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. 50 lbs lost, a little youth regained. <img src=""> <BR> That was me, just this last April. I was on a ferry in the Northwest and pushing 300 pounds. I was so unhappy. I love the Northwest and was finally able to share it with my husband. We went to all the places I loved as a child but because I was so heavy and exhausted I ended up sitting on benches and watching my family enjoy the water and wildlife from a distance. I turned 30 on this trip. That was not the woman I had in... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 15:34:04 EST Coincidentally Vegetarian Burger: About 400 #4 I don't usually eat vegetarian, but this burger is good! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm really excited about today's recipe because it's the perfect example of how all the nutrition information I get on SP is helping me transform my diet and make my favorite dishes in a healthier way. And this one is good! <BR> The basis of this recipe is something I usually call Autumn Bruscetta and was often delivered to my mouth on thick slices of b... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:08:00 EST No, really, less is more: A lesson in portion control, 400 #3 Oi, what was I thinking? I'll tell you what I was thinking; If some vegetables are good for you, then a boat load must be better. You may need more explanation. <BR> Imagine an empty dinner plate in front of you. Now draw an imaginary horizontal line across it. My old cooking habits would have filled the top half with a meat main course and the bottom half would have been shared by a starchy side and a veggie side. With some kind of cream sauce. And salt. And maybe a little more salt. But now... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:12:01 EST No frills Greek food...About 400 #2 I've been debating whether or not to post today's 400 calorie meal because, well, it's just not that fancy. It's something I threw together using what I had in the kitchen. But that's how I cook. I'll bet that's how most of us cook. I love to watch cooking shows and buy foodie magazines but I'm always discouraged by the long list of ingredients, some of which I've never heard of, or won't find in my small town grocery store. Recipes that don't require special grocery trips are like little jew... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:55:34 EST About 400... ...Calories, that is. <BR> Hi, I'm Liz. I've been a member of SP for a while now but have just recently started to take advantage of all it has to offer. I've just turned 30 (sigh) and have three children under 5. My long term weight loss goal seems crazy to me, just under a hundred pounds. But I try to keep it simple. For example, all I have to lose is about 2 pounds in the next 7 days. 2 pounds, that's it. Easy as fat free pie! (ick) Which brings me to the reason I've decided to Blog. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:19:45 EST