LYNSEY723's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LYNSEY723 LYNSEY723'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/ I'm alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695153 Ugh. I am so bad at being consistant with Spark lately... But I'm still here and I'm still working towards my goals! I am not doing great with my weight loss. So let's start from where things left off in my blog at the end of February.... <BR> <BR> We had an AWESOME time in Vegas! So great that we came home and planned our next trip within a week. We will be there in just over 2 months for my birthday. On the down side, I didn't really lose any weight for the last trip. We did not ge... Wed, 14 May 2014 19:33:59 EST Impromptu Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636101 Well, yesterday turned into an unplanned rest day for me. For several reasons. First, I developed a knot in my back when I was working out on Wednesday. It is PAINFUL. I got my kettlebell in the mail and it hurt to even pick it up. So between that and my father in law wanting to take us to dinner, I decided to take a rest day. <BR> <BR> I overate and overdrank at dinner last night... But still consumed less food than I normally would. The scale didn't move this morning, so I'll take t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:35:05 EST I JUST WANNA BE FAT............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635337 (now re-read the subject line in an obnoxiously whiney voice) <BR> <BR> That is what I said to my husband last night. Let's start with some backgroud.... Last year I went to my doc and asked her to change my birth control prescription to make me only have 4 cycles a year. I was getting so tired every month and skipping workouts. I didn't want that anymore. So, here I am... not having to deal with it every month, but for the first time in my life having to deal with cramps every 3 months... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:59:00 EST One week plan: Day 1 done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633586 I kicked some booty last night! The only thing I didn't do that I was planning for was my detox bath. It just got too late and I didn't have the time/energy. I honestly don't know if I will ever have the time/energy... but I'll keep trying. <BR> <BR> I did manage to do my 30 min HIIT and followed it up with 30 min of walking @ 3.5mph with a 5% incline. My booty was on FIRE! It felt really good. I slept so well. I did well with the calories too, coming right in at my minimum. Today I ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:08:13 EST This week's plan: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632760 I am hoping to take this month out with a bang! I want to be as good this week as I can. Kick some butt with workouts, and show myself (and the scale) that I can do it. I did well last week, but I'm going to step it up this week. In addition to eating on the lower end of my calories every day this week here is my plan for the workouts: <BR> <BR> Today: 30 min HIIT, 30 min walking, then stretching and foam rolling. I'll follow it up with a detox bath and then hit the hay <BR> Tuesday: ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:05:24 EST Evil Foam Roller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630143 So, I foam rolled last night. I've had a foam roller for quite some time now. I bought a small one that came with a video. The guy who is in the video is like rapist creepy so I can't watch that for instruction. So after hearing from some of you that I should foam roll and maybe that'd help me knee pain - I looked up some videos and went to it. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> It hurt so bad! I mean, bad in a good way... I think? I know it takes a while to loosen up the muscles so it's not so ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:25:19 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628472 Well... where do I start? Ummm.... <BR> <BR> Talked to my dad yesterday. He is having his prostate removed in 2 weeks and hopefully that will be the last time we see the cancer. I hope everything goes well. <BR> <BR> I had a horrible, indulgent weekend. I am still trying to recover. I keep losing the same few pounds every week. I want to lose at least 10lbs before Vegas and that's just 31 days away. I don't think that's happen... But I'll keep working at it. <BR> <BR> Hubs is picki... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:35:27 EST What is it going to take?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623132 I don't know why I do this to myself. I am so unhappy with my body. So badly wishing my clothes fit. So determined to lose the weight. But when the morning rolls around I just cannot get up and get my workout in. I wake up - hell, I even get out of bed to go to the restroom. Then I climb back in bed - I toss and turn and feel guilty about not working out, but I still don't get up and do anything about it. <BR> <BR> I have been doing well with my eating, but I know this weekend is going... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:50:33 EST Highs and Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620613 Happy Monday, all! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine is okay. I had a rough end to the week last week. I've never felt quite as down in the dumps as I have the last few weeks. I would actually call it depressed. Normally I get into a funk, but can come out of it. This was/is deeper than a funk. I'm doing everything in my power to fix it. On Friday (my 1/2 day at work) I went home and got dinner in the crockpot, then forced myself out the front door for a run in the sun. ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:41:13 EST This SparkPeople Community is Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616963 I am constantly amazed by the Spark community. All of the people out there who are still reading my blog. Still sending me support. Still believing in me even though I've failed at my commitments a thousand times. <BR> <BR> It is you that keeps me moving forward. It is my wonderful support system here on Spark that allows me to fall on my face so that I learn a lesson, but be there to pick me up and dust me off so I can try again. <BR> <BR> You all mean the world to me. I don't know wh... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:45:59 EST Hmph. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614995 Well, lets start this off with GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!! <BR> <BR> So, that's the good news. The bad news is that I have fallen off the bandwagon. My last workout was on Friday. I cannot make excuses. But I will say I went to bed early last night and I am feeling much better today. <BR> <BR> I am really hoping that I get home early enough from my doc appt this afternoon to hit the treadmill before we have a meeting with someone about life insurance. That is what I am aiming for... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:07:16 EST Day 8 Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610302 I am so dang sore today I'm just amazed. My legs hurt just sitting here. My butt hurts just sitting here. Even my arms hurt... from running! UGH. I am shocked at how sore I am but I guess running sprints on an incline, even for only 15 seconds at a time, is quite the workout. <BR> <BR> So I know when I started this challenge I said I would do 4:30am workouts every day for 21 days. I may not be getting my workouts in at that time, but it is such a huge accomplishment for me to get up ev... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:20:12 EST One week down... 2 more to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609322 Well, I have successfully gotten up every morning for 7 days and gotten a workout in! I am feeling awfully proud. I haven't stuck with 4:30 workouts every morning, but I've made SO much progress! <BR> <BR> The last 2 days I saw the hubs off to work then climbed back into bed. This is a serious no-no, but I did it. The plus side? I did what is even harder for me, and went back to sleep but still got up early enough to fit in a workout before getting up for work. Yesterday I got up and d... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:55:43 EST 5 days down - 16 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607368 I am so proud of myself right now. I cannot believe I have gotten up and worked out every morning for the last 5 days. Now, they have not all been 4:30am workouts like I wanted, but here's how it has looked the last few days. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 4:30am workout. 15 min HIIT on treadmill <BR> Day 2 - Had some discomfort in my shin, opted to do planks at 4:30am, and a 45 minute workout after my 1/2 day at work to test out said shin pain. <BR> Day 3 - Saturday... got up at 7:30 and hit the trea... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:27:09 EST Day 2 - Complete...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604408 Day 2 of waking up at 4:30... kind of happened. Something funky happened to my right shin yesterday during my run. It is sore... hurts to walk down stairs. I got up with the hubs and got him off to work. First step done. But my leg was just bothering me so I opted to do a couple of planks then climb back in bed. <BR> <BR> I am going to hit the treadmill when I get home (I only work 3-4 hours on Friday mornings). I plan on walking through a TV show, about 45 minutes. I'll try to do... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:52:34 EST I must be crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603447 I must be crazy because I decided I needed a challenge. So, I challenged myself to 21 days straight of waking up at 4:30am to workout. 4:30 is when my husband leaves for work (and wakes me up for my morning meds) so that is why I chose that horrible hour. <BR> <BR> I work different hours all week, so on days that I work at 10am (rather than 7:30/8) I will be doing a 30 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. On my earlier days I will be doing a 15 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. T... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:09:13 EST Hi Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595032 Hey everyone! Happy 2014!! I may have been MIA for a while, but I've been trying to get back on my feet. With the move and the holidays I just let myself go crazy with food and sitting on my butt.... So not a good decision. I have gained back a bunch of weight. A BUNCH. <BR> <BR> My lowest low was 135 last year - I weighed in on 1/1 at 162.4........... I knew that I'd lose a lot of water weight at first, so my goal for January is to get to 150. Last week (before a night away and weeke... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:12:10 EST Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515430 Happy Wednesday, everyone!! So, here's what has happened between my last blog and this one... <BR> <BR> We bought a house! And moved. And are still living out of boxes. It takes forever to unpack!!! I made sure the treadmill that we just bought got set up quickly so I could get back to running. We got the treadmill and TV set up in the garage on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I LOVE our new house. I love the little town we live in (just 15 miles from where we were, but a little rural area in the ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:38:40 EST Long Overdue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487412 Hi everyone!! I promise I'm still here! Things have been oh so crazy in my life lately. Where do I start? <BR> <BR> Well, we survived the half marathon!! Finished in 2 hours and 47 minutes. Not as fast as we wanted, but we survived! We are very proud of ourselves for accomplishing something so great. I can't wait until our next one! <BR> <BR> The last 2 weeks we have been working on buying a house!! We weren't going to do it this soon, but we found something we really love so we are... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:48:55 EST 3 days... 18 hours... 55 minutes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470018 Until our first half marathon!! I cannot believe it. I feel like I could fail miserably. I'm scared!!! I took a week off to recover from my 10 mile run that caused PAINFUL runner's knee. This week I have done a 2.5 and a 3.5 mile run with my coworker. My knees still hurt. So do my feet. <BR> <BR> I am the poster child for "too much, too soon". I know this. But I am NOT about to give up on this one. If I have to call across that finish line I will. Since we are approaching the foot... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:04:18 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453083 Hi friends! It has been a while since an update on how things are going. My diet and exercise have been hit and miss. But I've been good about getting my long runs in. Problem is that those are typically my only exercise. It is no wonder that my 10 mile run on Saturday left me in PAIN. Runner's knee is no joke, I am learning quickly. I am in some serious pain still after icing all weekend. I just want it to go away. It is going to make these last 3 weeks before our half difficult. I... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:23:44 EST Photo Blog of the Greatest Weekend Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445769 Hiking... sun time... pool time... live entertainment and spa day. Can anybody think of a more perfect weekend?? ME EITHER! <BR> <BR> Hubs and I got up early and drove for 2-1/2 hours to.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812037263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We hiked all the way to the top, and then some before my mean ol' blister formed and forced us to finish early. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1219460779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:02:38 EST And we continue on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437604 I'm still working on picking myself up and getting my workouts in every day... but I'm getting better! On Saturday I met up with my co-worker at 6am to walk for Relay for Life. We walked 5 miles in under 2 hours. It was great. Hubs met me there, we drove to our trail (this time a few stops further from the city) and did our 9 mile training run. 14 miles in one day. I'm still pooped! <BR> <BR> The run was BEAUTIFUL. I think I'll take my camera with me next time so I can share the beaut... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:34:07 EST Back from Withdrawl Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429567 I am feeling much more myself these days. I finally got back to checking on everyone's blogs... No comments, I apologize (I had SO many to go through!) but I did read them! <BR> <BR> Sooo... where to start. <BR> <BR> I bought a new car last week. I'm loving it. Since I work at the dealership I kind of lose priority, so it won't get it's window tint or protective coating until tomorrow. I can't wait until it's all cleaned up and nice. <BR> <BR> Scott and I went to the Paul McCarney con... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:44:12 EST Big Thanks! And Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425541 Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog. I was really needing support and you sure delivered! SO APPRECIATED! <BR> <BR> So, I have an app on my phone to tell me my stats for quiting smoking and the health benifits. As of this moment here are the benefits I am reaping: <BR> <BR> My heart rate and blood pressure have dropped 100% <BR> Carbon Monoxide level in my blood has dropped to normal <BR> My sense of taste and smell have improved 100% <BR> The nicotine is completely remov... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:04:53 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424360 I am very frustrated. I am having a very hard month. I want to workout, but I can't find it in me to do so. I'm not sleeping well. <BR> <BR> Today is my 4th day not smoking. It is hard. It is causing depression. I'm not happy. But I am determinded to be done with it once and for all. <BR> <BR> So... I'm here. I'm doing a great thing... but I'm miserable right now. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:39:03 EST Quick Update - And BIG "Thank You!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414637 First of all, I want to thank all of you, my amazing Spark Friends, for the comments on my race blog! My official time was 39:38 - 9:55 pace. <em>244</em> Thank you ALL for the support and the kind words! <BR> <BR> In other news - I have a sinus infection now. After running 6.5 miles on Saturday I spent all of Sunday on the couch unable to breathe and with a sore throat. Today I'm at work, but still feeling pretty gross. I'm afraid it will be tough to run with my sore throat. So..... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:25:41 EST 4 on the 4th Race - My new PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411642 I can't believe it, not only did I beat my husband at the 4 mile race, but I finished in UNDER 40 MINUTES! I am floored! I was hoping for 42 minutes... and I finished at something like 39:40. AMAZED! I felt really good most of the time. I did start cramping in my shoulder (don't know why, but its why I quit soccer when I was like 7 years old). So I walked a tiny bit, but kept pushing through and hauled up the final hill. When I saw the race clock I couldn't tell if it said 38 min or 39... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:23:12 EST Day 3 - Rest Day - 61 To Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409674 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> I can't believe tomorrow is already the 4th of July! Crazy! I took this morning off of exercise and slept in to prep my body for the race tomorrow. I will do some stretching and foam rolling tonight so I can be my best tomorrow! <BR> <BR> We will do our 4 mile race, then head home, shower, and go to Freedom Fair like we did last year. It was such a blast and I know this year will be too! We have some friends who are throwing parties tomorrow night, so we migh... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:17:43 EST 2 Down... 62 To Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408675 Ouch...ouch...ouch. I am moving S.L.O.W.L.Y today! Between ST yesterday and 5 miles on the treadmill this morning... I'm pooped. <BR> <BR> Today was 5 miles in 59 minutes including warm up and cool down. I wanted to quit at mile 3... and mile 4... but I managed to finish! I was hoping to finish in closer to 55 minutes, but I didn't want to push too hard since we have a race on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I wish there was a hot yoga class tomorrow morning but there is not. We are busy today, to... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:30:29 EST 1 Day Down - 63 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407678 I got up and got my workout in this morning! 63 mornings to go until race day! Now that it has had time to sink in... I'm scared! I know we can do it, but a half-marathon??? I guess making dreams into reality is what life should be, right?? <BR> <BR> Well, I've got my training schedule written out, made one for the hubs too, and I had the hubs promise that he will not let me sleep in M-F for the next 2 months. I took "before" photos this morning as I'm sure this intense ST and cardio pl... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:42:06 EST Only Half Crazy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404777 After putting about 30 minutes of thought into it, I signed myself and the hubs up for a half marathon!!! In 2 months!! AH! I knew if I thought about it more I wouldn't do it - so I ran it by the husband and he said okay! So... my next 2 months are going to be BUSY. 9 weeks to train. <BR> <BR> I wrote it all out. And I have a sheet to cross off each day on the count down. Sundays will be rest days. Saturday will be long run days - I know I won't make ALL of them because it is so hard ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:13:55 EST I Kicked... I Screamed... But I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401529 I made it to the gym this morning! It has probably been 5 weeks since I've been able to say that. <BR> <BR> I did not want to go. The hubs is on jury duty this week so he is waking up later. I thought this would make it the PERFECT week to start back to the gym, waking up earlier but not quite as early as 4:45! But, as it turns out, it is very difficult to get out of bed while he is still laying next to me! I should have been doing my FBB cardio circuits since it's Tuesday, but through ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:53:35 EST No New Gym Membership Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400421 Alright... the nephew that is going to hook us up with the new gym membership doesn't work weekend. DUMB! But... he is working tonight so I am going to get us signed up. I am toying around with the idea of a late hot yoga class tonight too since I didn't workout this morning. <BR> <BR> I also looked at the camis that I was going to reward myself with... they have nothing in stock!! SO.... in order to have something to dream about until my birthday I need another reward! Not sure what it... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:15:44 EST Yep, that's right... 2 blogs in 1 day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397537 It has been a while since I've blogged twice in the same day! I am really excited to be starting up at a gym that is closer... so it is time to make some goals around that. <BR> <BR> Between joining the new gym (which will hopefully happen this weekend) and my birthday (July 23) I will go to the gym 5x a week. This includes my hot yoga classes. 21 days not including my birthday. 21 days is so easy! I can do that! With any luck that will be what I need to jump start some serious weight ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:59:51 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397413 Happy Friday, SparkLand! <BR> <BR> The hubs and I went to hot yoga last night. I had not been in about 2 years, and it was his first time even doing any yoga. He was such a trooper, I'm so proud! I had to lay down for some of it, but I think I did pretty well! I can't wait to do more! <BR> <BR> The hot yoga studio is in a gym nearby, but they are not under the same ownership. My husbands nephew works at the gym and I've toyed around with joining that gym and cancelling my other members... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:27:01 EST New Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395323 Happy Hump Day, Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I tried a new smoothie today. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but knowing how healthy it is for me I will continue to drink it. <BR> <BR> Couple chunks of cantelope <BR> Frozen mixed berries <BR> Coconut water <BR> Purple cabbage <BR> <BR> I don't think I like the cantelope in this smoothie, but I saw a recipe so I thought I'd try it. I think it'd be much better with an orange like I did on Saturday. I decided to use purple cabbage as the... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:45:29 EST Excitement and more slacking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393573 Happy Tuesday! Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog yesterday! I am loving the new hair - but I never realized how different I'd be treated because of it! Ah well, I did it for me... nobody else! <BR> <BR> I am on day 2 of using my Vitamix and I.LOVE.IT. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I am not the type to spend $$$$ on a dang blender, but I wanted it badly and my mom bought it for me for a early birthday present...... for the next 3 years. :) So far I've just made my smoothies but I ca... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:07:08 EST Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392349 Okay, people are asking for hair photos! The only ones I have right now are the before and after from my stylist. Here you go!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681279172.jpg"> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:52:56 EST Week In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389166 Well, here we are... another Friday! <BR> <BR> I did pretty well this week. Most days I'm still just getting my 10 minutes of exercise in, but it's better than nothing! My workouts early in the week caused the knots inbetween my shoulder blades to act up. I took yesterday off of upper body and did 10 minutes of abs and booty. Today I started with some legs and need to do some more during TV time with the kids tonight. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we are planning on doing a "hike" at a local park.... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:26:42 EST Change my plan AGAIN? MEE??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387025 Okay, so here's the deal. I thought I had enough equipment at home to do my Female Body Breakthrough... I was wrong. SO...... I created a way to do workouts similar to the FBB ones that are only using what I have at home. I looked at the FBB workouts more and this was the way they were set up: <BR> <BR> WARM UP <BR> 1A Core Exercise <BR> 1B Core Exercise <BR> REPEAT ABOVE 1-2 TIMES <BR> 2A Leg Exercise <BR> 2B Arm Exercise <BR> REPEAT ABOVE 1-2 TIMES <BR> 3A Leg Exercise <BR> 3B Arm Exe... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:54:14 EST Oh Monday......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384668 Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> Why is it that weekends are so difficult? Shouldn't those be the days that we have all of our best tools at our disposal? More time to cook healthy meals? Clearly, this is not the case because so many of us have such a hard time staying on track on weekends! <BR> <BR> I did better than I usually do, eating in range on Sunday, but not on Saturday. I did not get a second of a workout in either day. I want this bad enough. I need to stick to my guns. <BR>... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:17:25 EST The Excitement of the Scale Moving Downward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378121 So, it's been a while since I've seen the scale move in a downward motion! Today will be day 3 on track with calories, day 4 getting at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. I'm feeling great. I am still having such a hard time getting my workout done in the morning, but I'm at least getting up and making my smoothie before climbing back in bed! <BR> <BR> I would LOVE to see 130 by my bday (Weighed in at 138.8 today). My bday is July 23... That's 7 weeks from today. 7 weeks and 9 lbs.... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 15:20:56 EST June... ALREADY?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376933 Wow. Happy June, everyone! I haven't been blogging much lately because I don't have a heck of a lot to say! I'm still trying to figure out a schedule for my workouts. With the new challenge for Sparking as a Team, I have been good about getting my 10 minutes of exercise in each day (well, for 2 days!). And the hubs will be home late tonight so I will do a circuit before I eat dinner. Pull out the jump rope... some pushups, squats, lunges, planks, maybe some sit ups. <BR> <BR> I'd like... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:19:10 EST Small Step = Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365828 Happy Thursday, Sparkland! <BR> <BR> I know it isn't much, but I've managed 2 workouts this week. They have been short. They have been half hearted. But I've gotten up and done them. Today was a 10 minute Billy Banks workout. I love those workouts, and they are good workouts. I need to get back into the longer workouts, but right now if I can just get out of bed, get a workout done, do something around the house, and make a smoothie - before 6:30am - I'm happy! I lay back down and sle... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:28:23 EST Rewards and Punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364887 I am wearing a body shaper today. I am so uncomfortable with my few pound gain in the last few weeks that I am wearing a suck-it-in-body-shaper. That makes me sad. The last time I wore this thing was 30lbs ago. And it is still uncomfortable - how did I even breathe back then? <BR> <BR> Bottom line - things have obviously taken a turn for the worse with my plans. Time to bribe myself. <BR> <BR> A couple of options I am considering right now: <BR> <BR> 2 jars. $50 in $1's at the beginn... Wed, 22 May 2013 18:25:04 EST Some Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363662 Well, some progress is better than none, right?? <BR> <BR> I got my booty out of bed this morning. The weather was NASTY out at 5am this morning. I decided to stay in and workout at home. I just did a quick workout... <BR> <BR> 10 push ups <BR> 20 sit ups <BR> 25 squats <BR> 20 lunges <BR> 80 jumping jacks <BR> 60 second wall sit <BR> <BR> I did it 2 times through for a total of a whoppin 17 minutes!! Then I made a smoothie, did the dishes, and laid back down for an hour before gettin... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:56:21 EST Time to Fix What is Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362469 Clearly my workout plan is broken. I have had something like 3 new workout schedules in the last 2 months. I have not stuck with anything and I really need to get back to it. I'm honestly not sure the best way to go about any of this. Here are the options that I see right now: <BR> <BR> 1) Continue to try to get in 5 morning workouts. <BR> <BR> 2) Do 3 morning workouts, but do my ST AND cardio circuits on those days. It will wear me out, but I will have the next day to recover. <BR> <... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:38:48 EST Thoughts..................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358618 I've got so many thoughts running through my head. Here we go into the randomness: <BR> <BR> The bloat is gone. I feel more like the thinner version of myself again. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I still have not gotten a workout in this week. Ugh. I feel like a failure and a sorry excuse for a team leader. I'm sorry team - I love you guys and please don't hate me! <BR> <BR> I may change my workout schedule AGAIN. I wonder if I plan to workout 3 times a week and sleep in 2 times a week I will s... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:24:02 EST Great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355359 It was such a beautiful weekend at the beach! There are not many cloudless 70-something degree days on the Oregon coast... but Saturday happened to be one of those few! We laid on the beach for about an hour and soaked up the sun. It was amazing. Otherwise, our trip included a lot of walking around and just enjoying the weather and the stores. <BR> <BR> I convinced the hubs to get an old-time photo done. So cute!! He's a gambler and I'm a saloon girl holding a gun and a bottle of whi... Mon, 13 May 2013 15:43:05 EST