LJOYCE55's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LJOYCE55 LJOYCE55'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/ Thursday, July 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745640 1. Had a great session with my trainer today. She mentioned how much stronger I am than when I started. She is right, I am much more capable of doing the exercises she sets up for us. Feels great. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count yesterday by 87 calories yesterday. Considering this and the nice sweaty workout I had, I was very surprised this morning to see I had gained 2 pounds. I did eat takeout yesterday - it must have had far more salt than I thought. Since I do not lose 2 po... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:09:22 EST Wednesday, July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744850 Need to finish up my work, make out my weekly menu plan and go to the grocery store today. At least shopping will increase my steps for the day. <BR> <BR> 1. Did 2 sets of 5 min HIIT today on the eliptical. A friend came over to comment on my general sweatiness and stamina which felt rather good. <BR> <BR> 2. Once again did not stay below my calorie range yesterday. On the one hand, on a daily basis it is far less than I was eating earlier this year. But it makes my weight loss very slo... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:22:59 EST Tuesday, July 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744315 1. Did a new function on the eliptical this morning. The machine I use does not make longer strides, but rather makes your steps deeper so that your knees come up higher. The hill function I used varies this width to make you work harder. So very sweaty half hour for that then half an hour at the highest setting which is like climbing stairs. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count by 170 yesterday. Did I really need that skinny cow ice cream sandwich? No. Will think a bit longer from ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:37:39 EST Monday, July 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743322 1. Great exercise this morning. 3 sets of HIIT - 5 min, 3 min, 2 min. Soooo sweaty. I also did some weight training for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Kept under my calorie goals for yesterday. This offsets Saturday's 250 overage by half, so I feel better now. Need to keep track more diligently this week. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:56:03 EST Monday, July 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743321 1. Great exercise this morning. 3 sets of HIIT - 5 min, 3 min, 2 min. Soooo sweaty. I also did some weight training for 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Kept under my calorie goals for yesterday. This offsets Saturday's 250 overage by half, so I feel better now. Need to keep track more diligently this week. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:55:58 EST Sunday, July 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742894 1. No exercise today, but tons of walking as I shopped for decorations for a wedding shower for my son and future daughter in law. Since I was shopping for four hours, I figure at least one of them can count as exercise. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count yesterday by 250 calories. Not horrid, but not a goal either. Did better so far today. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:26:26 EST Saturday, July 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742121 1. No official workout today, but worked up a glorious sweat by cleaning the upstairs. Who knew I would sweat so much by vacuuming the ceilings? <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count yesterday yet AGAIN! So so not helping myself. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:12:57 EST Friday, July 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741476 1. Did 60 min cardio on eliptical this morning. No HIIT, but still worked up a sweat. <BR> <BR> 2. Did not stay within my calorie range yesterday. No party plans for this weekend, so should be much easier to maintain this goal. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:48:02 EST Thursday, July 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740704 1. Had personal trainer session today and she did not disappoint. Lots and lots of arms and core work with some heavy rope waves at the end for cardio. Sweat was dripping off my face before I was half done. Whew! <BR> <BR> 2. Kept to my calorie range yesterday - yeah me!!!!! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:38:51 EST Wednesday, July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739905 1. Did 60 min of cardio, but without the HIIT. Weather is clear and not too hot, so I think a walk at lunch will be a good idea. <BR> <BR> 2. Went 130 calories over my range yesterday. Would have been fine without that late night skinny cow ice cream sandwich. I was hungry, but maybe a cup of berries would have been a better choice. Starting out well today and with confidence I can stay on plan. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:40:45 EST Tuesday, July 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739543 1. Did another 10 minutes of HIIT again today (2 5 minute sets). Really felt wonderful. <BR> <BR> 2. Kept to my calorie goals again yesterday - Yeah me. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:36:18 EST Monday, July 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738578 1. Had a great workout this morning. Did 10 minutes of HITT in 2 five minute sets. Very very sweaty. <BR> <BR> 2. Kept below my calorie range yesterday. This felt great as well. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:20:56 EST Sunday, July 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737911 1. No exercise today either - way too lazy. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie goals by 300 yesterday - I really have to concentrate today. Work to a plan and measure everything before I put it on my plate. Seems so simple, doesn't it? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:00:15 EST Saturday, July 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737231 1. No exercise today -day of rest. We are going out with friends, so some walking. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie limit yesterday by 500 calories. Problems were a mocha light frapaccino yesterday as well as eating out. Well, the food was not really the problem, it was that second martini after dinner. I am so greeedy. Will do better today. <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:34:26 EST Saturday, July 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737230 1. No exercise today -day of rest. We are going out with friends, so some walking. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie limit yesterday by 500 calories. Problems were a mocha light frapaccino yesterday as well as eating out. Well, the food was not really the problem, it was that second martini after dinner. I am so greeedy. Will do better today. <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:33:59 EST Friday, July 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736646 1. Workout this morning was just cardio, but still nice and sweaty. I love the elliptical machine since I can go really fast without being afraid of having a misstep and falling. There are rail guards on both sides to use as stabilizers for further safety. Love it. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie goals by about 250 points yesterday. Will have to do better today. <BR> <em>18</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:39:26 EST Thursday, July 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735971 1. Personal trainer day and she did not disappoint. She provided a list of 6 exercises and I had to do 4 sets of 21 reps. Exhausting, but I feel great that I could do them all (okay, I took two drink-water-while-gasping-for-air breaks). <BR> <BR> 2. Stuck to my calorie goals yesterday, even with going out. My hubby and I order two entrées (cuz we got one free) and shared one. We brought the other home. I did the two bites rule for the most part, but actually had more than two fries. ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:26:20 EST Wednesday, July 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735473 1. Did my usual 60 minutes on the eliptical this morning. Felt sweaty good. Since I did an arms and legs video workout yesterday and have my trainer day tomorrow, I did not do any additional weight training. Also plan on walking for about an hour this evening. <BR> <BR> 2. Have kept to my diet so well this week, I almost cannot believe it is me. First night out dining is tonight, so I will go with a plan and stick to that two bites only rule to see how it works out. Of course, veggies ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:22:21 EST Tuesday, July 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734576 1. Did 6 (4-2) minutes of HIIT today - added a minute to my routine. I am especially proud of doing the four minutes all at once. Really quite exhausting for me, but you can only build endurance by practice. <BR> <BR> 2. Kept to my calorie goals yesterday. Yeah me! This month's Eating Well magazine has lots of recipes that sound good and, so far, all have tasted good as well. Enjoyable food does make it easier. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:00:22 EST Monday, July 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733706 I am sitting in a room where my meeting ended early and figured I would do some SP before I leave for the grocery store. I find this keeps me thinking healthy thoughts while shopping. <BR> <BR> 1. Did an hour of cardio this morning and have plans for a yoga session this afternoon. <BR> 2. Kept to my calorie goals yesterday, so I feel really good about this. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:26:05 EST Sunday, July 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733057 So, I did well at the wedding last night. I skipped the rolls and pasta, stuck to veggies and protein. Six bites of zucchini, 4 of butternut squash, 2 each of chicken and fish. This with my martini put me around 500 calories, so I snuck in a min biscotti with my coffee. I have to admit, I felt I had eaten enough, danced so much at least some of this must have been used up before I left, and I went home without guilt. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym this morning and did weight training and card... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:44:53 EST Saturday, July 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732346 Today we are going to my son in law's grandfather's funeral. He lived a long (90+ years) and very rewarding life and his end was mostly painless. We were not close, but still a family loss is always sad. <BR> <BR> Later tonight we have a friend's wedding to attend. This will be the part where it will be hard to be a conscientious eater. I often forget how many bites I put in my mouth when I am talking and laughing with friends. I did once hear about a girl rule where you can put anything ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:21:23 EST Friday, July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732157 Hope everyone is having a great fourth of July. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:00:41 EST Wednesday, July 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730576 1. Ate at my sister's last night and went over calorie range by 600 calories. This is 1/6 of a pound not lost. I wonder if I think of calories in that way, it will be easier to stay within my range limits. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise was great. I did not do HIIT today, but did fluctuate the resistance up then down for an hour. Still nice and sweaty. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:26:16 EST Tuesday, July 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729814 1. Stayed within my calorie range yesterday - yaaaaaaay. <BR> <BR> 2. Did more HIIT this morning plus half an hour of high resistance on the eliptical. <BR> <BR> Loved washing the sweat off this morning. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:55:30 EST Monday, June 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729164 Started again today on my diet. Overate at lunch. I do not understand why I was so hungry, but will have to plan my dinner very carefully. <BR> <BR> Had a great workout this morning. I did two sessions of HIIT in 30 min then amped up the effort function on the eliptical for the second half. Then I dripped sweat all over the gym as I went over to the weight training area. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:14:57 EST Sunday, June 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728468 Almost the end of June and no weight lost this month. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Start again tomorrow. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:53:21 EST Saturday, June 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727836 1. No exercise today - day of rest <BR> 2. So far sticking to calorie goals. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:51:18 EST Friday, June 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727233 Let's see: <BR> <BR> Lots of meetings today <BR> Car got inspected <BR> got all my work done <BR> MARTINI TIME Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:06:52 EST Thursday, June 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726424 1. Exercise this morning was great. I was put into the strong group for more advanced exercise (well, all but one set). Feels good to be this strong. <BR> <BR> 2. Made three salads this morning. Now I have three lower calorie options sitting right in my fridge. Made a salad bowl for lunch using romaine plus 1/2 cup of each salad. It was great and less than 350 calories. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:33:13 EST Wednesday, June 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725485 Grocery day today. I am starting with a menu that includes all three meals plus a snack for each day and then making the list from that. Sounds obvious, but usually I just figure out dinners and then add to the cart as I go. This usually means that by the end of the week, there are only poor choices for snacks. I hope this solves that problem. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:14:23 EST Tuesday, June 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724689 1. Exercise was OK this morning. Got the elliptical to almost 500 calories and was nice and sweaty during stretch at the end. <BR> <BR> 2. Started out my calorie goals pretty well this morning. Had a Mexican inspired egg scramble on a flax pita (instead of a tortilla). Less than 250 calories and very filling with 4 servings of freggies. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:31:01 EST Monday, June 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724374 1. So so workout this morning on the elliptical. I really have to rev up my program, this is getting to happen way too often. <BR> <BR> 2. Overate yet again. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:35:47 EST Sunday, June 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723635 Got back from the wedding today. Actually, more tired than I thought, but I danced far more than I thought I would / could as well. Guess I earned my fatigue. Also used my hotel's gym, so I got in a weight training workout this morning as well as a bit of cardio. I hope that worked off the champagne. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:48:30 EST Saturday, June 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722681 1. Day of rest from exercise <BR> <BR> 2. probably not the best thing since I have a wedding to go to tonight. Oh well, at least my breakfast was healthy. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:17:38 EST Friday, June 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722256 1. workout this AM was great. Sweated a bit, huff/puffed a bit. <BR> <BR> 2. eating not so great - will stop now Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:19:29 EST Thursday, June 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721266 1. Personal trainer day - so so sweaty and wiped out by this session. A shower, breakfast, and an hour later and I just feel successful. <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Sadly, it is only 9:45 and I already had a snack. This may seriously cut into my martini calorie allotment. Will have to work on this today. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:49:36 EST Wednesday, June 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720437 1. Got in a normal, sweaty cardio session this morning. Not full out, but sufficient. <BR> <BR> 2. Stuck to my calorie goals yesterday - yeah!! Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:28:38 EST Tuesday, June 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719747 1. Did 5 sets of HIIT reps this morning. Very sweaty, but felt great when I was done. <BR> <BR> 2. In meetings all afternoon, so that should help with my afternoon eating issues. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:02:03 EST Monday, June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719346 1. Did great at the gym this morning. My usual 60 min of cardio and then half an hour of weight training. I zipped around and made sure I was always lifting iron somewhere without getting in anyone's way or letting them get in mine. <BR> <BR> 2. Went over my calorie count a bit. Will try harder tomorrow. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:04:54 EST Sunday, June 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718573 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL DADS. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:08:50 EST Saturday, June 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718044 1. No formal exercise today, but walked around the mall looking for ways to spend money for three hours. <BR> <BR> 2. Then treated myself to PF Changs spicy green beans (small) and fresh spring rolls. So nummy w a cup (or three) of tea. Finishing my day with an extra dry martini. What a great lifestyle this diet is. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:04:51 EST Friday, June 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717163 So my husband advised me that national martini day is NEXT Thursday, June 19th. I guess this means I can be happy two days instead of one. At least next Thursday i can have a martini. <BR> <BR> 1. Did HIT 2 sets 4 reps twice in my hour of cardio. Really wears out my knees, but makes me nice and sweaty. <BR> <BR> 2. Food plan in place for today, including the dinner out tonight. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:57:36 EST Thursday, June 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716474 So, today is national martini day. Since martinis are my favorite drink, I should be swimming in them this evening, but no such luck. We already have plans for Friday, so going out is deferred until then. Pretty sure I can survive. <BR> <BR> 1. Personal trainer day today. I woke up with a sore back (not sure why since I remember no injuries yesterday) and my trainer adjusted the exercises accordingly. Still tired me out and made me wonder where all the oxygen went, but no additional bac... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:44:07 EST Wednesday, June 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715568 1. I did not go all out for exercise this morning, but still did enough over 60 minutes to work up a sweat. Plan on taking a long walk at lunch today. <BR> <BR> 2. Even with my enormous lunch yesterday, I was only 200 calories over my limit by day's end. This is due only to my not being hungry enough to eat any dinner. Saved by a full stomach - a first for me. I will certainly do better today. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:56:45 EST Tuesday, June 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715206 1. Great sweaty exercise session today. I did 4 HII sets at the lowest level and 3 at the highest level (although so much slower I will still pushing as hard as possible). <BR> <BR> 2. Overate at lunch, but luckily I am still not hungry at dinner time. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:20:51 EST Monday, June 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714269 1. Great workout this morning. I did my strength training first and cardio after to see if I had more energy. Seemed the same to me. Luckily, no one took over my favorite eliptical machine. <BR> <BR> 2. Posted my food today in advance of eating it. This makes me focus on what I am eating at each meal and how much. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:10:19 EST Sunday, June 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713657 1. No exercise today <BR> 2. Overate today. However, the trouble wih today is that I was unaware of overeating until I posted it in SP. I did not feel like I was overeating at all. Hmmm. Need to post before I eat. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:57:15 EST Saturday, June 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712608 1. No exercise today - day of rest. <BR> 2. Had two martinis last night, so guilt returns. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:23:21 EST Friday, June 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712076 1. Worked out more diligently this morning, so no guilt. <BR> <BR> 2. Still on food plan for the day, so no guilt. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday everyone. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:02:35 EST