MAEJONE91's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAEJONE91 MAEJONE91'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/ Day 7 (Couch-to-5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317491 Gosh, today was so hard. I got really dizzy during the last running portion. I looked it up and somebody online recommended eating something before running - I hadn't eaten anything for 6 hours. So I think I will try to do this on Thursday. I feel emotionally and physically exhausted. <em>39</em> On a positive note, it's done! I'm making progress! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1.5 minutes @ 5 mph x 2; 3 minutes @ 5 mph x 2; 1.5 minutes @ 3 m... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:40:19 EST Day 6 (Couch-to-5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313815 Today's run was hard .... but it's done! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1.5 minutes @ 5 mph x 4; 1 minute @ 5 mph x 1; 2 minutes @ 3 mph x 6 <BR> Total time: 20 minutes <BR> Total distance: 1.28 miles Sat, 6 Apr 2013 16:37:50 EST Days 4 & 5 (Couch-to-5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312592 I injured my foot a couple weeks ago but seem to have fully recovered. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Day 4 <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1.5 minutes @ 5 mph x 4; 1 minute @ 5 mph x 1; 2 minutes @ 3 mph x 6 <BR> Total time: 20 minutes <BR> Total distance: ?? <BR> <BR> Day 5 <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1.5 minutes @ 5 mph x 4; 1 minute @ 5 mph x 1; 2 minutes @ 3 mph x 6 <BR> Total time: 20 minutes <BR> Total distance: ?? <BR> <BR> I can't b... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:06:48 EST Seeing Yourself Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300601 Two years ago, as a way to reward myself after a long day at school, I'd eat a bunch of junk food. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, as a way to reward myself after a long day at school, I went for a run. <BR> <BR> Exercise is literally changing my life. I'm so proud of myself and so grateful for Spark! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." - Carol Welch Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:15:04 EST Wake-Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292313 I am beginning to put weight on my foot again after a bout with plantar fasciitis. A barefoot beach walk, my natural overpronation, and my excess weight were to blame for my foot pain. <BR> <BR> ----------------------------- <BR> <BR> However, this minor injury prompted reflection about my body. Over the last year, I have remembered how to enjoy exercise. Yes, it improves my moods. But it also makes me feel strong. Although I am not an athlete, I feel like one! <BR> <BR> But, I hav... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:27:52 EST Day 3 (Couch-to-5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279160 Day 3 (3/8/13) <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1 minute @ 5 mph x 6; 1.5 minutes @ 3 mph x 7 <BR> Total time: 20 minutes <BR> Total distance: 1.19 miles <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:57:03 EST Days 1 & 2 (Couch-to-5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273310 Day 1 (3/2/13) <BR> ------------------- <BR> I didn't get a chance to post Day 1 on the actual day I completed it, so am posting now :) <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1 minute @ 5 mph x 6; 1.5 minutes @ 3 mph x 7 <BR> Total time: 20 minutes <BR> Total distance: ?? <BR> <BR> ------------------------- <BR> Day 2 (3/4/13) <BR> ------------------------- <BR> <BR> Warm-up: 5 minutes @ 3 mph <BR> Work-out: 1 minute @ 5 mph x 6; 1.5 minutes @ 3 mph x 7 <BR> Total time: 20 min... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:38:29 EST The "Vowels" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264437 I have been reading Brene Brown's book, The Gifts of Imperfection. I have really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone. In her book, Brene shared the "vowels" of abstinence. I found them very helpful and wanted to share them. (In its original context, the word "abstinence" referred specifically to abstinence from alcohol - I believe the "vowels" were designed for use in a 12-step program. However, "abstinence" can be applied to thinking - have I abstained from emotional eating toda... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:03:45 EST 6 Little Things I Started Changing on May 21st, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113541 Last night, I was downloading some old files that I had backed up on a flash drive. Glancing through the old documents, I saw a file dated 5/21/2012 titled "RATIONALIZE." When I opened it, I saw that I had outlined what my life would look like if I did not lose the weight, and what it would look like if I did lose weight. I had also listed the pros and cons of each. Then I had consciously decided why I would rather lose weight and had identified some steps to take that might make it easie... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:38:56 EST Doctor was happy with me today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990744 I had an appointment with my family doctor earlier this morning. I cringed at the number when the assistant had me step on the scale - still 200. It's been 200ish for about a month. <BR> <BR> Then I took a seat in my doctor's office, and she pulled out my records. A huge smile spread across her face. "You've lost 10 pounds!" <BR> <BR> - "Yeah, but it's been six months. That's like .... a pound a month." <BR> <BR> - "The ones who take it slow tend to keep it off. And the trend is ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:01:40 EST Is there a limit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988016 I was listening to The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor this morning - shaping up to be a great book, if you're interested in picking it up. He lays out lots of hard evidence for his claims, which I find appealing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Achor wrote about how we tend to view our genetics as a limit. For example, we have a tendency to think things like .... "I'm not a funny person," "I'm just not naturally an optimist," or "My body just wasn't made to work out like that." However, according t... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:58:57 EST Picking me-self up off the floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661758 My alarm clock began its blaring at 7 am this morning. No yellow beams of light illuminated the backs of my window panes - just darkness. Still wrapped up in quilt and sheets, I crawled to the end of my bed and smacked the snooze button. (Yes, I really do need to move that poor thing to the other side of the room so I can't subconsciously abuse it.) I returned to my pillow and had just started to drift back into a dream when I remembered....today was Friday. Weigh-in day. The day of rec... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:09:54 EST Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548011 My doc told me I need to work on stress relief. So I googled it and came up with this. <link>helpguide.org/harvard/mindfulness.ht<BR>m </link> <BR> <BR> It's called "mindfulness meditation." It really taught me how to be aware of my thoughts and feelings, not to judge them, and then to just let them go. Not dwell on them. Not get upset about them. Not fight them. Not judge them as "good" or "bad." Just let them come and go like a gentle breeze, not a tornado. <BR> <BR> Really ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:56:25 EST 5 Reflections on Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731880 Okay, so these are a tad corny. But I was thinking about why we do things...and for me at least, I often do certain things so I can be happy. So I just randomly thought I'd write a few thoughts on happiness. <BR> <BR> 1. HAPPINESS = characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy (dictionary.com) <BR> <BR> 2. Happiness is something we all search for. Some always overflow with it - others never truly find it. <BR> <BR> 3. Happiness - deep happiness - is found not by ful... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:03:50 EST For This Week.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3719151 Welllll, I'm back. Again. :) <BR> <BR> It was SERIOUSLY a tough week! Midterms were so crazy, and I'm happy to be done. I'm on fall break now, so I can hopefully get some Spark routine going. <BR> <BR> Ummmm, I have a small internship on Monday at an elementary school. I'm thinking about changing my major to esl education, so this will hopefully be a beneficial experience. <BR> <BR> Then, volunteering on Tuesday, and back to school on Wednesday. So exciting. :P <BR> <BR> As far... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:20:34 EST October Challenge Start Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687694 Here's the October starting blog. <em>30</em> I'm excited! <BR> <BR> Start Weight: 201 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 137 lbs <BR> <BR> How I plan on getting there: Eating 1800-ish calories a day, working out consistently, and coming to Spark People for support and motivation! <BR> <BR> My fitness goals <BR> <em>182</em> Do 1 hour of cardio, 5 times a week. (This may be too high for me ... I'll adjust as needed) REVISION: Burn 300 calories, 5 times a week. <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> St... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 20:52:07 EST GET BACK UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677805 "When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep walking." <BR> - Sarah Jessica Parker <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:41:59 EST Why I actually shouldn't be eating.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3502759 So, I think I really need to list these out.... I was having a mental battle with my taste buds this afternoon. Now I'll have some straight talk to throw at them next time they interfere with my weight loss goals! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> 1:: I eat when I am so deathly bored and have absolutely nothing to do. (It's summer time, and I already did all my back-to-school shopping lol.) <BR> <BR> 2:: I eat when I am feeling "out of sorts." Why? I have absolutely no idea! Maybe... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 13:13:50 EST