MARIAJESTRADA's SparkPeople Blog MARIAJESTRADA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community No Way to Speed Up Recovery I am only working out twice a week, but I take way too long to recover. I mean, compared to a mere three years ago; I would train and work out for hours, and be fine the next day. I suppose the work outs are harder, and my sleep cycles are off because the baby wakes me up a lot at night, but this is ridiculous! I guess the point is that two days of cardio kick boxing seem to be enough for now. <BR> <BR> I am trying to do more of my off days and have been doing chores, although the battle ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:49:31 EST Overdid the Knee Yesterday, my knee was so jacked up, I could not do jumping jacks. I did a lot of physical activity, and I have been racing my son every now and then, which gives both of us tremendous joy. Now, the left knee is crying, so I took some Tylenol today and will rest. <BR> <BR> The kickboxing is going well, and I was able to finish my work out, even though I can't do a sit-up to save my life. I can wall sit and plank, but I have to be careful with that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week, my goals ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:32:00 EST Lots of Movement! (And Cleaning, hooooray!) What is going well? Movement! Lots of movement, but my energy level is zooming because I am also praying and reading the Bible more. Back to the movement. I have been working out and doing more housework that actually gets me tired. Part of it is that my body takes longer to recover from activity like long walks and the kick boxing, but I have added taking stairs. I can also run after my kid, which is even more awesome. <BR> <BR> The eating is also going really well. Little to no suga... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:01:17 EST It IS Working! Evidence: <BR> <BR> Exhibit A: Mental clarity <BR> Exhibit B: More energy <BR> Exhibit C: Feel full <BR> Exhibit D: Can run after son and NOT get tired! <BR> Exhibit E: Lost 7 pounds, somewhere along the way. <BR> <BR> E doesn't matter, but the rest really do. I am working in building my strength and am earnestlty planning on climbing this summer. That would be something new for me. There is a place close to the Chicago Bean that is not too bad. Well, I am off to get ready and go t... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:33:06 EST Muscle Rebuilding 101--Feel Grateful I mean, I have to feel grateful, so I can get through my day. I don't think I have ever been this sore, and I am not sure if it is because I am eating clean, or I am older and a little more tired with two kids. <BR> <BR> Yet, there IS something beautiful about feeling sore and the way my feet touch the earth now, so I won't complain about how I'm dragging my butt today: I will try to amp up my energy out of sheer will. <BR> <BR> So, to that end, I am going to church this morning and med... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:05:03 EST 450 jumping jack double brag! Wooot! Wooot! That was yesterday, and even though I was seriously hating on the kickboxing instructor, I was glad I finished the circuit. She was like, "Oh, I forgot you have to end with 100 jumping jacks." Ugh. At the end of class, I requested that we work out our backs because we are starting to do a lot of crunches, and I remember my previous trainer would say that we neglect to work out our backs. <BR> <BR> Today, I have a movement goal to walk the whole building and do housework when I get home,... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:54:43 EST So Sore, Yet So Grounded and Happy I need to stretch more because my upper body is mad at me today, and this afternoon, I have another kickboxing class. I am enjoying this classes tremendously, but good gravy! It does a number on me. <BR> <BR> So, the fitness minutes are much better, and I have a movement goal to walk more at work. I also have a strength goal to carry the baby in the carrier without dying. <BR> <BR> The eating is going well, and I am cooking and planning more. I find myself pre-chopping a lot of vegetabl... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:24:22 EST First Week of Detox, AKA Clean Eating Done! And going well. I hope to keep it up past the summer, but do want to add butter, cheese, and yogurt back in and nuts and legumes. That's it. <BR> <BR> Back to today's plan: I just have to vary my diet. Yesterday, my husband brought shrimp and fish. That was a huge treat or at least it seemed like it. <BR> <BR> So, I was reading through all these blogs about eating clean. I read one where the woman did not lose any weight, but had other great benefits. Like, she felt full all t... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:28:12 EST Healthy, Healthy, and Annoyed at Sugary Menus Yesterday I ate a vegan salad for lunch at one of those raw places. Did I want to eat vegan? Hell no! The problem is everything has sugar in it! <BR> <BR> The eating is going well and the exercise is better. I do find myself eating things I haven't in a while. This morning, I had scrambled eggs and a sweet potato spinach scramble. The good outcome is that I share my veggies with my one-year-old daughter. <BR> <BR> And that's all I got because the kids need me! My goal is to log to... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 09:46:07 EST Day 5: Eating Too Healthy And, that is why I hate detox and diets. My calories are way too low, and I have not tracked on purpose. I need good filler foods to get my calories up, so I am having a romance with avocados. That is the problem with overly restrictive eating, but the eating plan is forcing me to cook more and plan better. <BR> <BR> Today, for some odd reason I ate lots and lots of salads. I discovered the wonders of a kale salad. Also, for dinner, I ate a sushi burrito, even though it's outside "the p... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:09:06 EST Kick Boxing Class . . . Kicked My *ss Enough said. The class is actually two days a week. <BR> <BR> The detox is going OK. I am, yes drinking, 4 quarts of water a day or so. I am eating well, but my energy is cycling up and down. Right now, it's mid range. <BR> <BR> It is also that time of the month, so that could be part of the fatigue and the butt kicking work out I got last night. Sadly, I discovered I cannot even do one sit up, but I will start practicing at home again. <BR> <BR> Well, here's to staying strong! ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 08:35:48 EST Day 2: Not Cranky, Honest Yesterday, Went well in terms of the eating. My calories were low, but not because of the plan. Lunch was just scant, until Aaron brought a roasted chicken. <BR> <BR> This morning, I ate four hard boiled eggs, and shared some with my daughter. I have potatoes roasting in the oven for later. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I am not cranky. However, I am supposed to drink 16 glasses of water a day, and that was tough at first. Now, I can handle it. I have forgotten how yummy tea is. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:28:39 EST The Decision to Change My Eating Habits OK, So, <BR> <BR> It is restrictive, but I have two goals: (1) I need to trim up for the May 13, Union Scholarship Banquet. Every year, I say I will do so, and don't remember until I am struggling to find something to wear, the day of, and (2) I had promised myself that I would eat more whole foods to lessen the chances of diabetes. <BR> <BR> Well, the good thing is I already have a dress that fits, I just need to lessen the paunch. <BR> <BR> Along with that, my husband, God bless him... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:43:26 EST Spring Cleaning, Happenging Today and Tomorrow There will be lots of movement today. <BR> <BR> My eating hasn't been so great, but we are doing grocery shop soon, and I hope to be better prepared. With that, I'm off to make my son's lunch somewhat healthy. <BR> <BR> (1) Log on to Spark People every day <BR> (2) Drink water first (aim for 8 glasses of H20 a day) <BR> (3) Make the best possible food choices and pack a healthy lunch <BR> (4) Eat good filler foods first <BR> (5) Exercise for 30 minutes three times a week, min. <BR> (6) Eat... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:08:32 EST Two Kid Parties This Weekend And I will prevail. Seriously, I plan on eating protein and veggies. Yesterday, we went to CiCi's pizza and ate two pieces of pizza and salad. That may seem like a lot, but it was less for me. <BR> <BR> My body is still sparked from all that walking last weekend. I hope to keep moving and cleaning, although midterm grades are die. I am going to try grading standing up. My hips are really bothering me because I side nurse my daughter a lot, so I feel better when I move. <BR> <BR> An... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:21:29 EST Lots of Walking This Weekend (Go Vote!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend, I walked a lot and sparked my body into motion. Saturday, we rocked the zoo, and on Sunday, I went campaigning for hours. A lot of stairs. I also ate more salads and am drinking way more water. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was kind of a bad eating day, but I am still trying my best. Some days, my hunger is spiking more, and that is where the veggies are playing a role. <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:05:48 EST Moderation, Moderation, Moderation and Prayer I am really trying the moderate path. I mean, I figured if I follow the plan below, even being hyper present and stopping when full, will me get healthier. <BR> <BR> I am also trying to incorporate more prayer into my life because my prayer life is on a slump. All the work has to do with it. So, I am looking to renergize. <BR> <BR> Today, we have lots of activity planned. I am making scones because I have been craving pastries, then cleaning, then teaching Sunday school, and then the z... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:30:24 EST Two Salads, Too Much Well, Spark Fam., <BR> <BR> My plans to go to the zoo did not happen or at least we got there too late. I mean, the day started out well. I went to church and meditated, spent some quality time with my baby, did some work, and went to pick up my son at school. <BR> <BR> Right when we were about to leave, I was playing with my son. I scared him for fun, and he threw the headphones he was using at my face giving me a swollen lip. Although that was out of character for him, that was tota... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:26:40 EST Every Day Feels like a Reset Day I mean, good changes are happening, and I have to stop comparing this effort from the last one, but damn! <BR> <BR> Last night was not a total defeat. I drank plenty of water, only had two beers, and shared my meal. I also ordered a salad afterwards but went to bed (and did not have late night snack). I have also been moving more, but have not maximized the movement yet. I mean, all the movement that could happen outside a gym. <BR> <BR> Sigh. But, today is going to be my MAXIMUM E... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:56:14 EST The Fruit/Vegetable Basket I have been looking at my food intake, and I don't to compile a report to see that some days are waaaaay too high. Yesterday was almost a disaster because I woke up hungry and wasn't satisfied then had a smaller lunch sack. Well, between the two brain cells that were rubbing together from lack of food, I remembered my husband packed cuties. Man, what a saver that was! In fact, I have been avoiding, or trying to, high caloric snacks, like the roasted sunflower seeds and bread. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:30:08 EST So Hungry! I am so hungry, and I don't have many healthy filler foods at home. (I will get there eventually.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, since I am avoiding the sunflower seeds I do have, I am going to drink water. <BR> <BR> Then, when I get home, I am going to drink even more water until dinner is ready. <BR> <BR> I'm going to add a goal to have vegetables on hand. (Wait, there's fruit in my lunch sack. Duh!) Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:29:34 EST It's All about Perspective: No Whining and Complaining, Please! So, I have been thinking about this a lot lately. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of me on Christmas 2013 when I was complaining that I wasn't losing anymore weight and was ever so disappointed in my "lack" of progress: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of me in March 2015, when I was about to give birth to my lovely daughter (and I ate super healthy the last trimester and gained a pound): <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:43:25 EST Trying My Best What else am I gonna do? This weekend, I had Simona's birthday party (which was awesome!), and I had a merry time. Seriously. However, I overdid the calories and drink, partly because we skipped lunch and had her party at one of my favorite Thai places. <BR> <BR> In general, this month has been a struggle for me because I haven't reined in the drinking, and we have attended three events each Saturday. Today, I had an, "Aha" moment and have decided to limit my drinks to two really, real... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 07:58:51 EST Started with 3, Yes 3, Glasses of Water! I started with three glasses of water before eating breakfast, and though that may seem like an insignificant step, it is a huge deal for me. My body is asking for water instead of food, which is awesome. <BR> <BR> Now, with that said yesterday and the day before sucked rocks in terms of calories. Sucked rocks! But, I think I will look at the weekly average, instead, so as to keep my morale up. <BR> <BR> The movement is also not going well. Partly is that the baby goes to bed early, and... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 11:21:51 EST Good Breakfast--Little Sleep This morning, I almost forgot, then, started with water. It is one of my goals. <BR> <BR> I woke up hungry probably from lack of sleep. My daughter woke me up at 4a.m., which is earlier than usual. I think water will help today. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, this morning I had zucchini again and eggs, but added 1/2 an avocado to the plate. My baby daughter liked the zucchini, which is awesome. She is also a fan of eggs like me (and is currently feeding the dog from the high chair, sigh.... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 08:16:50 EST Reached My Goals Today I ate good filler foods, and am looking forward to more water this evening. However, that darned tracker annoys me. There is no way I ate only 1100 calories. I think I ate more like 1500. I remember the days when I would eat 1200 (with no clear results), and I could feel it my energy level. I am not tired all the time now, and I am getting pretty good, though, interrupted sleep. <BR> <BR> Regardless, it feels good to be trying again. Also, the bike is going to be set up, as soon as m... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:17:41 EST Good Start, Water, Kale, and Eggs Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I am getting motivated to restart these changes, so today I started with a tall glass of water, followed by my over-cremated coffee (hey, gradual changes). Now, I am having lots of veggies and eggs or will as soon as I get to the stove and a black cup of coffee. My husband who sees the fire in my eyes is setting up the bike for me, so I can hop on tonight. <BR> <BR> However, I am going to try to make a change for my benefit: I am going to buy a scale. Really, I w... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:54:34 EST Starting from Zero--Again Hi Spark Fam! How are you all? <BR> <BR> I didn't do so well last time I tried to restart in May 2015. In fact, I think I have gained way more weight than ever before in my life, ever. So, I am trying to add new habits slowly. <BR> <BR> (1) Log on to Spark People every day <BR> (2) Drink water first (aim for 8 glasses of H20 a day) <BR> (3) Make the best possible food choices and pack a healthy lunch <BR> (4) Eat good filler foods first <BR> (5) Exercise for 30 minutes three times ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:56:34 EST Redid My Health Goals Yeah, <BR> <BR> I had already warned Aaron during the pregnancy that he would forever have to love me, even if remained overweight. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I guess my point is I am finally divorcing myself from the idea of having a fantasy body. Instead, I am focusing on reducing this knee pain and increasing movement. I am having a hard time climbing the stairs to our flat. <BR> <BR> I already lost 10 pounds, but I know I have to start walking and being more active. I am also not really go... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:04:58 EST Focusing on Energy Why? I am sucking rocks at the eating. Must eat more veggies! <BR> <BR> Enough of me. New pix. Simona is 9+ weeks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 12:19:49 EST Planning on Losing the Weight Better This Go Round Well, <BR> <BR> My milk supply is still coming in, but I want to start eating healthier. I went a little overboard with the baked goods after eating low car during my pregnancy. But, now that summer is coming, I hope to eat more local fruits and veggies and am planning on jogging again. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have been busy nursing my kid a lot and taking care of my fam. It hasn't been easy, but I love it. <BR> <BR> See some more pix. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:29:04 EST Welcome Simona Arleen! Dear All, <BR> <BR> After a great deal of anticipation, our little miracle was born last Thursday, 3/5 at around 8:30a.m. I had a c-section, and went home on Saturday (made it my goal to go home after two days) to recover comfortably. It has been quite painful, more so than the first one. <BR> <BR> I am currently trying to nurse my baby, and after five weeks of being on a low-carb diet am happy to eat some goodies in moderation. I only gained a pound in five weeks and managed to keep a h... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:05:14 EST Healthy Eating Still Going Well and Lost Some Weight Watch, <BR> The doctor is going to say something, or not. The eating has been going well, but I still can't reach a reasonable caloric range. I actually lost some weight, which may not be the worst thing because my back really bothers me now. That doesn't mean the baby is not growing. <BR> Anyway, I have been adding more fats, almond butter, and avocados into my diet, but I am still low. However, I feel pretty good, probably because my diet is a lot cleaner. <BR> I have a... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:26:22 EST Healthy Eating Is Going Well and Movement Well, <BR> <BR> That's as far as I have gotten, mostly because I am finishing my syllabi for next week. The healthy eating is going well; I just need to pick up more calories with the protein and maybe some nuts because right now, the calories are way too low, although I am not tired. I am hoping the tracker is low-balling. <BR> <BR> My exercise is going well. I mean, I am counting house chores as exercise because I enjoy that movement, but I will try to start yoga this Saturday. I do l... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:49:59 EST Back on and Logging Hello All! <BR> <BR> Sorry it has been so long. Quick update, the pregnancy is still going well. The baby is due in a couple of months. However, I gained 35 pounds (cough, choke), and now I am on a whole foods diet. Basically, I need to eat lots of veggies and protein. I started this week, literally; in any case, I had to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Christmas was a real challenge, and I won't be eating tamales for a while. I also will miss the Mexican rice (which I made a huge pan of... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:21:50 EST Gained 10 Pounds, Ugh I was doing so well, but these last few weeks have been awful. Mostly, it's the elaborate snacks and unhealthy eating like shakes and hamburgers. But, I thought about it, and I have a feeling this go round, I won't have the umph to lose 40 pounds like I did after my first son was born. <BR> <BR> That should be a great motivator. I don't do well when I eat more than 1800 calories anyway, and it would have worked out if I was getting in more exercise. <BR> <BR> So, I'm am trying to make he... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:18:32 EST Sunday Plan Simple Sunday plan: Bike or go for a walk 30 minutes. Who am I kidding, walk. <BR> <BR> I'm actually pretty wiped out today and will need a nap, sooon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my doctor didn't bother to call me back about the stupid lox I ate. WTF? Seriously. I should switch back to a PPO. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my husband reminded me that I made the same mistake last time and ate lox while we were on vacation. I freaked out just the same, and there's nothing I can do about it now. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:46:28 EST Ate a No-No Food Yesterday, and I Am so Pissed!!!! I have to tell the story somewhere, and yes, I am calling my doctor as soon as the clinic opens. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went with my husband to eat breakfast at a bagel shop. So, I was avoiding the deli meat and ordered the lox bagel. I thought it was smoked salmon and safe, right? WRONG! I only found out because I was reading an article on what foods not to eat while pregnant. So pray that my little one doesn't get some harmful bacteria, well both of us. <BR> <BR> The truth is that ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:07:23 EST Going to Vignyasa Yoga Second Week in a Row I love this kind of yoga, though I can't always keep up with the class. I am looking forward to downward facing dog pose. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I finally made it to the gym yesterday. I couldn't do as much as I thought I would, but I think slower is better. I could lift 10 to 20 pounds, but the treadmill really bothered my ankles. The bike wasn't so awesome; the baby didn't like the position. I'm thinking of getting in the pool with a boogie board. I also need a new pair of shoes; I forgot... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:58:13 EST Did My Yoga Last Friday and Lumberjack Hunger Dear All, <BR> <BR> First, sorry my posts are so far apart. I just get caught up trying to keep up with all the essay grading. In fact, my guilty conscience woke up up early today, so I could finish a stack of essays, and now, I want to EAAAAT. <BR> <BR> Well, I am still struggling with my energy level. In fact, I make myself walk a lot at work, because once I am done with work, I don't want to do anything. Last, Friday, I finally made it to the gym and did an hour of vinyasa yoga. I r... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:05:42 EST Still Struggling with Exercise. OK, Except for Shopping, I Haven't Done Squat Here's the good news, my weight gain is under control. I have only gained one pound this month (of course, I have also been sick and puking again, which I think contributed to that), and I'm wearing medium pregnancy pants. That was a real shocker. Honest. <BR> <BR> I currently have a nasty ear infection which is really killing my appetite, but I finally got some antibiotics and other meds that I didn't know I could take. Of course, it doesn't help that everything tastes awful still. But... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:45:59 EST Back after a Long Hiatus Dear Spark Fam, <BR> <BR> Well, it has been a very difficult last few months. I lost over 25 pounds, and this weekend felt like a slump because I caught a cold and puked everything all weekend long. But, I am much better today. <BR> <BR> We waited to tell people what was going on, but we are at week 14, maybe 15. I have lost track. I am pregnant with our second child, which is a true miracle. We have had some losses, but everything is O.K. thus far. However, I am leaving this up to th... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:20:25 EST Lost 20 Pounds Obviously, I'm still unwell and I'm not happy about this. Will write more later. <BR> <BR> Gotta go to my first day of work. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:55:53 EST Still Eating Like a Bird, and I MISS My Tastebuds I am not vomiting non-stop anymore, which is awesome, but my body is still adjusting because I am never hungry. In fact, very few things taste good anymore. However, my energy is still pretty good, though I can't do much more than walk a few blocks or do a few chores. Walking is my new favorite exercise. <BR> <BR> In fact, the chamomile tea I'm drinking tastes awful. :( I haven't weighed myself, just because I don't care. I wear clothes for comfort now because it makes me feel better,... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:51 EST Still Can't Keep Anything Down I already lost 4 pounds, but this is definitely not the way to do it. Keep praying for my special intention. I get more test results tthis week. <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:09 EST Been Really Sick and Hurt My Back Last Sunday, After Core Yoga Dear All, <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around. First, last Sunday, I hurt my back in the locker room after an awesome core yoga session. (Who does that?) My back is all better now. <BR> <BR> Then, Monday through basically today, I have been in bed with the pukes. I wasn't getting much sleep, but last night, I actually slept through the night! I am taking really good care of myself, but my exercise has been on hold. <BR> <BR> So, this morning, I am taking some Tylenol and going f... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:43:16 EST Not Gonna Have That Awesome Summer Bod, But Am Having a Great Summer! This summer I have been really active, even though I am not getting to the gym as often as I would like. Even so, I gained weight, which may be because we have been traveling a lot and I need to eat less refined carbs, now that I'm eating fully vegetarian. (Yes, I eat my freggies.) <BR> <BR> However, I am trying to simplify my eating plan. Counting calories doesn't seem to work for me, so I am trying to eat less processed foods and also get to the gym more often. I'm committed to atten... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:04:38 EST Going to a Yoga Class! I am so excited! I am going to my first yoga class. It's just a trial, and I don't have the wherewithal for a new gym membership. Nevertheless, I am going to enjoy the experience! <BR> <BR> But first, I have to kill this migraine and eat a light breakfast. <BR> <BR> I hope you all try something new today. <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices and stop when full (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) <BR> (2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you like. <BR> (3) Exercis... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:11 EST Great 5 K! (Well, great active day altogether.) More pictures are coming, but this was the first one we took. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More participants were at this walk than previous years: 5,000+ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By the end of the walk, my husband and son ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:08:50 EST First 5 K Tomorrow I am really excited! I mean, I am not going to jog it, but I am excited to be doing the Chicago Hunger Walk with my family. My husband totally did not want to do it, but I argued that the more people participated, the more money we would get for the pantry. Now, I'm going to get my FB friends and family to sponsor me by July 14. I knew I had to get sponsors, but the lady organizing it said, "I'm more concerned about getting people to participate." <BR> <BR> So, the migraines have eas... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:46:20 EST