LUCIOUSKITTY's SparkPeople Blog LUCIOUSKITTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 7min work out Weather is great here in Arizona but man my allergies are wack. I use to love windy cloudy days but now with this wind,comes horrible allergies. <em>527</em> I didn't let it stop me, I came home from work,relaxed and did a 7minute work out video to help me get some cardio in. My husband I have been doing great with eating more through out the day,I think I actually lost 1-2lbs by making sure I keep my metabolism up and running. Weekends are hard cause we are always lost on time,but Mon-Fr... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:49:01 EST I'm baaaack! The time has come for me to track my progress once again. I stopped blogging and then stopped tracking. So in the end I got no where. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to be back. I'm motivated, why? My husband has come to me and told me he really is unhappy with his health. So, I figured together we had gained weight, together we can lose it. :) <BR> My husband doesn't like working out with people so I knew that working out together was going to be I decided to tackle our diet. I decided my husba... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:28:14 EST pilates day Keeping motivated. On my exercise tracker it doesn't show Pilates, so I put it under yoga. I did pilates core attack today. :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 3 May 2013 02:54:46 EST good day Today I was pretty good! I found this phone app called work out trainer, its super awesome! I can pull up work outs on my phone, I get started. Weehoo! I started a 20 minute work out but broke it up in two parts. I did 10 min before work, 10 min after and I did 2-3 minutes of leg, back and arm stretches. Oh at work I even went for a 10-15 minute walk. Its a good day! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is my dog laughing at me while I'm on the ... Wed, 1 May 2013 02:56:29 EST getting back in the groove. I have been working hard both at work and at home with eating right and getting motivated to exercise. Over the weekend my diet was horrible. I'm trying to grow my own veggies but indoors. No idea how this is ganna work because eventually they will need to go outside when they get bigger. But hopefully until then I'll figure something out. I have 2 mint bushes that I'm excited about. I've been putting mint leafs in my water. I have chives, strawberry, tomato and cucumber. I know the mint an... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:36:47 EST eek! It's way to easy to give in to temptation. I sadly gave in a lot today. I decided to do a little exercise on my lateral strider. Not sure what to put that under on my exercise tab so I put stair stepper, at first I had it under elliptical but that burned 100 more calories, I don't feel that's what I did so I went with stair stepper. I rather have burned more calories and tracked less the think I burned more and didn't. <BR> Well I had a good day at work! I even took the girls to walmart to ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:22:47 EST hard days work. I'm so pooped today, it was super long and kids were testing my nerves lol. I took to work some carrots with ranch and a small thing of apple sauce, Luckly I only needed the carrots. I made greek pasta and oh my goodness did it have a lot of calories! It took me some will power not to go back for seconds! I brought out my mini lateral stepper for exercising while I watch tv. Weeeehooo! No excuses now. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="htt... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:22:03 EST here I am. I've been working with kids with autism. Its just a great job and I work with 2 great girls. I have a new phone and sadly cant keep track of my diet with spark app, now it makes me pay for if.:( But I did get another app and so far its working out. I've been keeping track of my calories, I do admit I haven't been exercising that much in last few months but I'm hopingto change that. with this phone I can do snapshotsof my daily calorie so I'm going to be loading them to try and keep me on tra... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:12:58 EST Hi all So I've been coming up ways to enjoy my veggies as a snack. I'm a huge lover of Olive Oil. So My two favorite snacks now is Broccoli with Olive oil,salt and pepper and throw it in Oven until slightly crunchy and YUM! Then I do the same with Slices of Egg Plant! OMGoodness it's awesome. <BR> <BR> First of all anyone who lives in Phoenix knows chances of snow is super slim but I live a little further out but not by much in Surprise by the White Tank Mountains. Ladies and SNOWED! F... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:12:58 EST Another long hike! Another long Hike! This one was about 2-3 hours but it was a nice light hike nothing where it was killing our legs. My dog didn't come this time and even though I missed him, I'm kinda glad he didn't come because I was able to rock climb. I went to superstition mountains today and I'm going to share my pictures. I learned from last week and just wore my Flat Vans instead of my actual hiking/grip shoes. Even though they are skater shoes and not made for hiking...I had no issues. I didn't slide... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 01:29:11 EST Healthy alternative to Coffee Never thought I would say this but I actually found a coffee replacement! I ran out of coffee and I have tons of tea. I love love love the taste of coffee,it's not the caffeine I'm out to get it's the taste. Well, I had a Bangle Spice Tea and I poured some Hazelnut Creamer in it and OMG it was extremely Delicious! In fact I almost drank the whole glass in one sitting which it takes me a whole day to drink my 1 cup of coffee. Best part is,it's Herbal tea. <em>224</em> My tea taste like the ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:46:17 EST fully recovered Well my stretches have helped. I am no longer super sore and I think that super long hike has jump kicked my eating habits back on track. Today I had Chobani Yogurt with toast for breakfast, Boiled egg for snack and a Large Pecon Apple Chicken salad from Wendys. Tonight for Dinner I'm thinking of having some Chili...and I grabbed a great recipe for healthy snacking and it's Crisp Broccoli where you season the broccoli in olive oil and pepper and then put it in the oven for 20 min..and WAAALA... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:26:06 EST Feeling great Well my stretching yesterday paid off. By late last night I was able to do the dishes and get off the couch and walk around with out my leg having a lot of pain. Now I'm just sore but thats ok...5 hour hike will do that. I'm most likely going to do some Yoga stretches today to make sure the rest of my body heals up nice and good. <BR> <BR> I can't focus a lot today and I'm not sure why. I'm trying to make my calls but all I can think about it cleaning house and organizing my closet. <em>10... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:53:46 EST 5 hour hike=very sore body This weekend has been very beautiful rainy weather. I went on a hike with my roommate, Husband and Furbaby Brawly. <em>256</em> What was suppose to be just a nice hang out in the White Tanks ended up being a super long hike! Our friend said there was a new trail he wanted to try out that was very easy and long,he wanted to take a bunch of pictures. So, I'm all about nature walks so we went and just kept going and going and climbing big rocks and omg it was a blast. I didn't want to leave b... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:17:27 EST long time no blog I feel like I've been neglecting my poor SP but working at home has really been keeping me super busy. I'm always on the computer and phone. I'm really blessed to have this opportunity to work in my home,I've been hiring people all over the States to join my team which is really great. I find this job really rewarding. Since I do work at home I'm saving money and lots of time, I have no set schedule so I don't have to worry about rushing to get food at lunch or taking lunch to work. I rememb... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 02:50:29 EST getting my groove on I've been pretty disciplined lately. I wake up,fix coffee sit down and work away. I'm excited I found this opportunity cause when it's time to have kids and grow a family I will be well on my way into making great money and able to be a stay at home mom. EXCITING! <BR> <BR> Today,I woke up late so I had a late start but I was able to land on my feet. I have neglected my house a lot this week. So even though I'm finding a balance between working at home and fitting in my walks...I kinda skip... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:47:32 EST Feeling good today Hope everyone had a good Christmas!!! <BR> <BR> I woke up early today and started working away. I think I have a good system.Every night I get organized and put all my contacts on an excel sheet that I need to contact in the morning. I wake up make coffee and check my e-mail and then call away. I usually work for an hour or so then break,clean house and then go back to work. I always finish before hubby gets home. Since I'm in control of my own schedule and work load I decided I don't wan... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:57:28 EST Got a job! I now work at home! <em>211</em> <BR> This is awesome and exciting. On top of that I get a Platinum Medical Benefit packet that will work with other insurance companies. WOOT WOOT! Also I'm a if anyone is interested let me know cause I get bonuses for signing you up. The job is really easy, I make my hours and all I'm doing is contacting people who requested me too. HELLO! Awesome and I love it. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> On top of that...I believe my Brother inlaw will ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:24:18 EST busy busy Wow, Seems like I can never get time to myself and when I do...someone needs me. Today I woke up in a great mood and wanted to go for my Walk/Run...and as I'm finishing my coffee My dad calls to say hes on his way. I tried and tried to say Not now...Kinda have other plans but hes coming anyways. THEN I get a call from my Nephews schools..ones sick and needs picking up and the other ditched. SO I spend some times talking to the oldest about not ditching and getting the other one picked up from... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:26:41 EST hello again Hi guys! <BR> just checking in. Been super busy with family stuff. Sadly I haven't been keeping up with my exercise but I have been watching what I eat. Luckily I haven't put on any pounds I worked so hard to lose,but I can tell that my mid section is suffering a little. Need to get my butt into some toning. When life calms down a bit...I will surely fit get a routine again. Things have been so hectic that I've been kinda taking it easy so I don't get to mentally drained. Mental Health is wha... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 03:14:46 EST foood! Hubby and I made some Greek Pasta last night. Nice cheap yummy meal and last 2 days! YUMMMEH! Then for a bedtime snack we ate Popcorn...I popped it just right and it was soo good. <em>477</em> Today I woke up so hungry again but my pasta did the trick..nice full meal. I've also been drinking my water with the Vitamin B complex drips. <em>334</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> So I talked to nurse today over the phone. She said she has seen many cases where People show negative on test res... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:42:10 EST body changing in some way Not really sure what is causing my body to make such strange changes. I go from being totally drained and sluggish one day and the next few days I'm great. Today I woke up with uncontrollable was unbelievable. Hubby and I even ate a Yogurt and a snack pack in bed yesterday before bed so it can't be because I went to long with out food. Usually when I wake up I'm not hungry right away,takes a while for me to want to eat. But nope,I woke up so hungry,I ate a granola bar and a yogur... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:37:45 EST sunday! sunday! Feeling great today other then the fact that I've been a little tired even though I got enough sleep. I'm still super bloated and it feels yuck...cause my pants get tight. ALTHOUGH I am drinking a lot of fluids...less coffee and less tea. I've been drinking Cool aid (With 50% less sugar then needed) and I drip Vitamin B complex in my water so that it helps get some nutrition in. <em>211</em> I'm still eating normal and healthy. Today I haven't felt nauseous unless I went to long with out ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:43:38 EST Friday Friday! weehoo it's friday! I have been taking it easy and chilling trying to not stress over family stuff or money or if I'm really pregnant.My sister called me last night and told me not to stress over her case and my brother in laws,she says just in case I am pregnant she doesn't want me to stress and she just wants me to take it easy. She said in 2 weeks go back and take another test cause she wants some good Talk about pressure. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've done a lot of research to... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:39:13 EST Tested and confused Interesting week. First off….Tuesday was my sister and brother inlaws hearing and didn't go so great. They will remain in jail until December 31st and that really hurts. They miss out on Thanksgiving,Christmas,Sister spends her bday in there and her sons 16th bday. So,I honestly feel so bad for them,breaks my heart. <BR> <BR> OK,so on my last blog I said that Thursday I was going for a pregnancy test. I did and it came out Negative. I have no idea what’s going on with my body. I have been ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:59:50 EST good weekend LONG BLOG2! Because I've had a very stressful 2 weeks I wanted to get my mind off things this weekend. Starting Friday I DID! <BR> <BR> I went hiking on Friday! omg the weather was just great and as usual it lights a fire under my butt to be active. I went with my hubby and Furbaby Brawly. It felt like it was at least 1 1/2 hr hike cause it just kept going and going. We kinda tried a new trail. Normally we go half way cause it's a trail that is linked with our Waterfall trail and usually we do the Water... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:49:09 EST 2nd post more positive :) Went grocery shopping today for some healthy yumm yumm food! <em>301</em> I'm a little on the happy side cause we were really low on food. It really sucks to have budget on a bi weekly paycheck when crap keeps happening like Tires needing to be replaced on our car and eat most of our money. <em>24</em> So we had to do some extreme budget making until Friday. I'm hoping this weekend we can get a look at my car,cause I neeeed to get it fixed. With out my car I can't work. So,thats my goal t... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 01:33:49 EST long blog Ok,so I feel like I can give a little in sight on my family crisis. <BR> <BR> Last month my Sister,My nephew and my Brother inlaw got arrested for assault. Even though all 3 of them said it was self defense they still took them in. They let go of My nephew cause hes a minor but kept my Sister and Brother inlaw. Somehow they have charged my sister and my brother inlaw with some serious charges of Assault with Deadly weapon (my brother inlaw was the one attacked with brass knuckles). These are... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 17:21:31 EST my job is never done I feel like I'm the only one in the family that knows how to handle a crisis. I also feel like I'm the only one who knows how to handle people in a crisis. So,I thought my job was done and put on hold but turns out that my job isn't lol. Things keep getting flipped upside so I'm always on the clock. I swear I should go to school to be a case worker,for reals. Lucky through out all this stressful stuff,I happen to be learning and getting better at this. I not only seem to be finding more infor... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 02:58:41 EST wooowee long day It's only 2:30 and I feel yesterday never ended lol. I barely got sleep cause I was anxious about today. Turns out all my hard work was put on hold lol. That's ok,at this point I've done everything I can do and I'm ok with this. Family seems to really appreciate my hard work and my skills in research and Call making . Oh YA! I feel like a case worker. muahahaha. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So, I've been keeping up with my walks! <em>311</em> I'm really proud of myself because in the beginni... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:40:04 EST anxious,scared yet calm? Been having some major swings in progression to my goals <em>224</em> . My goal was to solve this family emergency issue and still remain healthy eating habits and keep on my walks. WELL! I am happy to report I haven't ate any junk food and eating better and did 2 miles on Monday. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My anxiety is high this week and worries due to our family emergency issue. I have my "calm" moments where I'm great and able to just relax and do my normal thing but then Reality sin... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:55:11 EST catching on fast I actually slept pretty hard last night cause of all the lack of sleep the last few days. So after I made my post around 1am..I was only up for another hour and crashed.So I woke up,made oatmeal and did all my calls I needed. <em>224</em> Now It's a waiting game for people to call me back and until then I'm doing house work and Going to relax and watch my tv shows. <em>104</em> So far today,I'm juggling everything pretty good. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to do my food picture thing bu... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:28:30 EST easy to slack when life is crazy My life in the last 3 days got really hectic and crazy. I might not be around for a while cause I"m helping family out with some serious issues. Last few days all my energy and time literally has been picking up everybodies pieces and being a rock for the family so everything seems "ok". This has always been my role in the family,I'm the calm collected one that solves all the problems. This one might be over my head but For the family sake I need to figure out something. Barely been sleeping,... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 03:09:35 EST Looking back I was going through some photos cause I'm scrapbooking and I found pictures from 3-4 years ago when I went on the extreme diet and exercise plan. I originally got on it cause my friend was over 100lbs over weight and she heard about this awesome diet on the radio and wanted me to join her on it as a support system. I needed to lose weight also but only 20ish pounds so I said "ok lets do it". I wanted nothing more then to have a diet buddy/work out buddy. This diet was very strict,it gave you ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 02:33:59 EST Nice and chilly It's been really chilly today and I'm loving it. It's that perfect weather to where you don't need to wear long sleeves but it's to chilly to wear short sleeves so you need those "Mid" sleeves where they go to your elbow. <em>224</em> I find myself getting more excited to do my walks earlier now cause the weather is calling me. Normally I wake up late,sit around and do stuff and then hours later feel in the mood to go for a walk. Not anymore,Now when I wake up I eat my breakfast,watch 1 t... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:54:39 EST New system Yesterday I spoke about how My goal was to walk 5x a week and Strength training 3x a week. <em>311</em> <em>362</em> . I did a lot of thinking after that and searching for more ideas to keep me focused and accountable. I came across some ideas I liked. 1. Blogging about my journey and goals. Which I do here. <em>387</em> 2. Keep track of what you eat by Pictures. <em>40</em> SAY WHAT? Then it clicked. OF COURSE! Seeing is believing and by Seeing you also learn a lot. So the theory ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 02:33:37 EST Starting fresh! OK,so last week I only walked 4x and my goal was 5x a week. So this week I'm going to have a no excuses drill. <em>43</em> So,Today I went for a walk when it was still light out and kids and family were about. I have a pretty active neighborhood just my street is always quiet lol. But there is a school right in the middle of our neighborhood so there is always kids and parents around during the day time hours. So,I'm trying my best to get out there and do my walks early so there is lots of... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 01:15:37 EST walks might be dangerous So,My hubby and I came back from our anniversary dinner and we pull up to our house and notice that there is a black truck and slowly driving by houses and pointing at them. So,we hurry up and get inside and then we stayed by the window so we can see them and they turned around slowly and kept watching houses. SO! What we were thinking is they were Scoping houses to break into. <em>234</em> If they try my house I have a shotty and a Bring it! My neighbors are shady and I'm sure t... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:06:39 EST 4/5 walk =^_^= I went for a walk around the block. New route kinda. I just need to make sure to walk tomorrow as well to make my 5x a week walk goal. <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> Bad news,Soda has entered the house again and into my belly. I'm devastated cause I'm not even a soda drinker but OH MY GLOB Dark Cherry Shasta is sooo goood! <em>222</em> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 22:01:08 EST tiny walk 3/5 I went for a quick walk around the block today,it was not a long one but I wanted to make sure to get it in. Today was a good day and then bad (dog got out to chase cat again) <em>198</em> but then back to good. So,I'm rating today My friday a good 4/5 stars. <BR> <BR> I am going to start 1hr total training a day for my Dog starting Tomorrow. He already knows his "Wait,sit and stay" commands but When it comes to the front door he has issues with not waiting to go outside,staying or sitti... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 02:23:03 EST No walk yesterday and possibly today :( Yesterday I got bit by a ton of mosquitoes (sp?) anyways it's from my shin,ankle,to the foot and one on my TOE! The toe one is the worst cause if I wear shoes it rubs it then gets inflamed and then I almost die from uber scratchy wanna syndrome. It's a real thing,I swear! <em>334</em> Anyways,So...I didn't go outside much at all...infact I didn't even sit outside long to pet my kitty friend fear I might get bit. :( <BR> <BR> I did try a few things from Cold water,ice,warm wate... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:46:18 EST sore shins I learned something new yesterday. Wearing running shoes when running actually hurts me more and gives me less support then my Vans which are flat and don't support my arches. <em>40</em> Strange,RIGHT? I've always read about how important it is to get running shoes that support your feet,arches and everything so it causes less stress on your feet and supports you better. Well,I've been wearing my Vans,They are my favorite brand and my favorite shoes to walk in but I admit that when I was ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:34:20 EST 2/5 day walk :) So,Today is my 2nd day in a row walking. I tried a new thing today. I made a "intervals" play list on my phone for music so I had 3 minutes walks,3 minute runs ect. It totaled up to 30 minutes. I started off great I walked my first song,jogged through out my 2nd song,walked my next song,2nd Jogg song is where it got super tough...I almost made it all the way through and had to stop jogging and just walk cause I had major cramps. I'm never one to cramp,not even when I have my T.O.M. so it supe... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 03:03:03 EST walky walky Walked a long again today. Going to try and walk 5x a week. =) Jogged a little too! <em>20</em> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 02:53:53 EST my thoughts I just wanted to let everyone know that for some strange reason my sparks page has been acting kinda funny. I don't see your comments all the time and that makes me sad cause they motivate me to keep moving on. I just barely got to see some of your comments that were left on my last 2 blogs. I see the date that the comments were left yet i wasn't able to see them until today. Strange! But,Thank you all for coming here and reading about my journey and keep pushing me. I really am Greatful. <e... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:20:31 EST in love with the weather Seriously it's breezy and like 75! I how I love it! <em>212</em> Trying to get my husband take me and the dog to the Dog park. I don't want to go alone cause I think Brawly is hard to handle at times alone when other dogs are around. Hes friendly but gets uber hyper and tries to pull me before we even get in the park. <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Although The weather has been so awesome and I have been pretty productive and doing my walk/jogs..I have to say that health wise I've been feelin... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:40:11 EST Can't catch me..I'm the kittycat! I'm really excited with out much this last few days I've got done. I forgot to mention in my last blog that along with getting my house spotless and laundry room taken care of,over the weekend I also sold my Pontiac which as been sitting in my Garage for about 2 years. Selling it was good cause now we can park our other car in the garage. WEEHOO! With all that I have done in the last few days I had a slack day. I literally had nothing to do around the house but 3 dishes lol. So,I watched so... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 02:00:26 EST Walk walk walk Today I walked a whole hour. Felt nice,I didn't run cause I was on the phone with my dad. I had the urge but at same time I was enjoying our convo so I figured I would just walk extra another mile instead. Dad and I talked the whole time. Time flew! I could have kept walking but I had to pee...stupid bladder! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> On that note. I made a very healthy dinner. Hubby and I got 6oz skinless bonless chicken breast marinated in Peppercorn stuff. OMG Came out juicey. Then we had ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 03:23:58 EST I RAN! So,Yesterday It was 75 out side! 75! I REPEAT 75! OMG! <em>224</em> I had to take advantage of it and I went for a walk. I did my usual route which is 1mile. I walked one way,turned around and Jogged the rest home. I repeat...the rest home...NO breaks! Before I turned around to head home I put on my favorite song which was 5 minutes and I told myself...go as far as you can but try so hard to not stop until this song is over. Well I picked the perfect song because I literally got to my hou... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 01:30:43 EST healthy food. So my husband and I went to the store and got healthy food for me to last all week. I have Baby Carrots and Cucumbers in the fridge for snacking along with Cottage cheese and Yogurt. Although normally I eat the Yogurt as a dessert cause I get the Yoplait Whipped chocolate and it's soo good. I just thought about putting my Yogurt in the freezer before starting dinner and then by the time I'm ready for dessert I will have frozen yogurt. YUMMEH! For breakfast I got my Oatmeal and Fiber One bars ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 02:35:51 EST