MARIAJESTRADA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARIAJESTRADA MARIAJESTRADA'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/ Had to Rest This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413979 Even though yoga is very gentle, I took rest days in-between workouts. In general, I am doing less fitness than I was this summer, but I must be overdoing it because I started getting weird foot and hip pain. Too many downward dogs, maybe. I managed to do 255 minutes or so, still, and rested two days from cleaning and one day from insanity workout. Tomorrow, I will go to my insanity class. I have a funeral in the morning, but will get some exercise time in. I feel like I need to get b... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:33:45 EST Did Over 500 Fitness Minutes Last Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412071 I am supposed to do yoga, but I am taking a rest day today, mostly because I have to grade essays. I didn't get much done yesterday, but I did manage to clean and go to yoga. <BR> <BR> Well, with that, I'm off to grade for a bit. My son has a play date, and we need to prepare the main dish. I have been marinated carne asada since last night. <BR> <BR> I am still having a hard time logging my calories, but I will keep at it. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Get up every 30 minutes ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:30:23 EST Recomitting to Loging Food and Reflecting on What Is Going Well and So-So http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409307 So, my work outs have been pretty good. Despite my laps yesterday, ahem, I really needed a day off from working out (I'm getting a migraine), despite that, I have been doing 10 weeks of exercise. Now, I go to at least five classes a week. My fitness minutes this week despite the three day Labor Day weekend are over 400. <BR> <BR> Still, I am still bummed I lost my daily log-in streak, but that just shows I need to slow down and get to basics. I am spending today reflecting on my teach... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:35:23 EST Yoga is Exercise! Yoga IS Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406805 I have been going to more yoga classes because that fits in my schedule, and I paid for unlimited classes and will keep doing so. I do two insanity classes a week, and am having a hard time sneaking in ST. Truth is I come home tired. I think this is the way it will go, and even though the Parks and Recs was a great test, I prefer to use dumb bells at home. I am also really invested in the speed cleaning in the mornings. I do so many planks in insanity class, that I feel that between al... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 10:56:43 EST 61 Day Log In Streak! And a 5 Day Cleaning Streak!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406585 So, I started teaching for the fall term this week, and for some reason, I have sucked at logging my calories. Hopefully things will settle down. I do log my fitness minutes, and that is a motivator. <BR> <BR> My work outs are also changing. I don't have time to walk in the mornings, so now, I clean or speed clean for 30 minutes plus. That is great! Then, I do yoga during the week. Sometimes I ST, but I find the yoga is enough of a nut cracker. I did two classes on Wednesday, and I... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 17:10:04 EST Rocked 800 Fitness Minutes This Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404201 I am so proud of myself! I am not trying to be vain, but that fitness minute count is awesome for me. And I really worked hard. <BR> <BR> It was a rather busy shopping week, and I also managed to go to 4, yes, 4 yoga classes from Sunday to today. Unfortunately, my morning work outs are only 30 minutes now, but I count the yoga as fitness, even the candle light yoga. Yesterday, I made myself take a rest, and Thursday I took a light walk because my knees were aggravated from the the rep... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:43:51 EST When You Get so Active You Start Falling Asleep at the Nail Shop . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402479 This weekend was intense and carried over to today in terms of activity. I was at the nail shop and was falling asleep, so I had to think back on why I was so tired. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I did another insanity class; I normally do one a week. Sunday, I went for a 50 minute walk and decided to go to the yoga studio. I got another class in because I didn't do yoga all last week. Plus, my whole family was sleeping and not ready for breakfast. Then, we walked for hours afterwards shopping... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:33:14 EST I Was Going for an Hour Wak and Made the Insanity Class Instead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401639 Quick blog post because I am ironing my kid's uniforms for the week and doing chores. I feel like I worked out my body well this week, even though I had to do 30 minutes in the morning and had to finish working out in the evening. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I also walk-jogged. I don't plan on doing that every day, but for the short work outs that and power walks from YouTube really kick my butt. <BR> <BR> I also started doing more ST, and I am working on increasing my minutes. <BR> <BR> My... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:52:41 EST Finally Joined Parks and Rec http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400551 Short victory post, did 15 minutes of ST at my local Parks and Rec gym. My knees are OK. I did arms and legs, and will have to buy a mat to do core work. <BR> <BR> My calories are also a little better, but I am still vigilant. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Get up every 30 minutes (at home) to every hour (at work) and do 10 leg lifts or yoga stretching. <BR> (2) Track ALL food and drink. ALL of it! <BR> (3) Wednesday: 40 minute walk and 15 minutes ST and 10 minutes stretch. ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:02:15 EST Feeling the Work Outs and Back to Unwanted Low Caloric Averages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400131 Yesterday, I went to my insanity work out and because more students showed up, the instructor kicked our collective butts. Afterward, I was so exhausted, and I am genuinely feeling it today. I walked for 37 minutes this morning and stretched out for 10 and am dragging around. <BR> <BR> She also runs a class in the park for $5 on Thursdays; I am planning on going to that class, too, but I won't be able to go until next week because we have a meet and greet for my son's new school this Thu... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:16:28 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399698 This is not a reset. I am just back home, and it took a while to get to the park this morning. But, I managed to speed walk, and I was happy with my steps. <BR> <BR> Tonight, my son and I have insanity work out class. Then, I may stay for yoga, but I think I am going to invest in the Parks and Rec Center which is cheaper. Plus, my son and I can do the Wednesday yoga class together. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we are still on west coast time, and now, I'm rushing to get to work. <BR> <BR> Daily P... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:29:43 EST Did 60 minutes of cardio and 10 of ST and the hotel. The family didn't fall apart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398646 I am so blessed to have a supportive husband who watches the kids. I ended up not going to the pool because I started my period (which is awful, awful, awful this month), so I worked out instead. I snuck in some ST and stretched out. <BR> <BR> That was a huge victory, especially since I overate at dinner and had plenty of wine. The hot dog was so good, but I had no snacks yesterday. The ST is also increasing my appetite, I think. Plus, I have to get back to drinking water, possibly te... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:58:20 EST Heading Home and Didn't Gain Any Weight on My Vacation! What?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397995 Busy packing and heading back to Chicago today. <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes of walking this morning and decided to go see my sister practice Te Su Do (sp?). It was really exciting. <BR> <BR> Anyway, these next three days, I am going to try really hard to workout at the hotel gym. It won't be easy because we drive for very long distances. I hope to put in my 60 minutes, maybe get in some walking tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I also have my YouTube video I can do in the room and my resis... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:43:56 EST Dragging My Butt, but Still Worked Out This Morning and Am Going to the Gym in a Couple of Hours. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397469 This morning, I was dragging my butt because I stayed up watching The Good Witch, which is not the most compelling show. However, I still woke up at 6a.m. and power walked very badly. I did ST with my resistance bands, and I only 1 rep per muscle group. I'm easing into the ST still. <BR> <BR> It was actually not a total loss of a work out because my kids got involved; my son did it with me for about 10 minutes, and my daughter tried to join in. I hope they get used to me working out at h... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 11:08:24 EST First Day I've Been Really Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397153 I have been on this uber-energy kick for over a month because I have been working out and excited about the work outs. The clean eating sure helps. <BR> <BR> Today, I am tired, like really tired, and my two-year-old won't let me take a nap. I tried napping with her, but she kept waking me up. <BR> <BR> I did get my fitness minutes in and went shopping afterwards. That didn't help with my exhaustion, of course. Now, I am going to create some short teaching units and motivate myself to ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:04:03 EST Did the Power Walk, 30 Minutes and Am Alternating Work Outs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396667 I finally did a YouTube video sponsored by SparkPeople I did Power Walk video for thirty minutes (one of these <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30Lm<BR>vW0S5s&t=377s </link> ) because I woke up late and wanted to work out other parts of my body, like my arms. The series is perfect for a quick, intense 30 minute work out that I want to do in the mornings when Is tart work. For today, it was a nice change of pace, no pun intended. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I think in the fall, splitting up ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 12:20:26 EST Taking It Up a Notch and Working on Getting Physical Spaces More Organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396322 I know I said I would re-evalute my plan in September, but I am doing it now given my momentum and need for more movement. <BR> <BR> I started strength training last week, and hope to keep it up with my busy work schedule. I know I can because I am committed to joining the Parks and Recs Center when I get back home, which is down the block. Plus, in the fall, I will have to work out in the evenings, so I will alternate my evening yoga with ST and cleaning the house. In the mornings, in ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 13:38:00 EST List of No Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395536 I have been logging on for over 30 days. That right there is a victory, but here is my running list: <BR> <BR> 1. Eating mostly whole foods, even on vacation. I have been wanting to eat like this for some time. <BR> 2. Clothes fit better. That was part of the reason I started this plan. <BR> 3. Better mood. The morning walks put me in a much better mood. <BR> 4. Taking holistic care of myself. <BR> 5. Praying every day on my morning walks. <BR> 6. Exercising every day for at ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 11:57:15 EST Slow Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395072 I went to the gym with my sister yesterday, and did a short circuit training. It was a decent beginner work out, and one I hope to do throughout the vacation. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we got on the treadmill for a few minutes, and I realized my old nemesis never left: slow metabolism. I was walking 2 miles an hour and going up a steep incline, and my heart rate was 110. My sister suffers from the opposite problem. Her metabolism was over 130 going 2.5 to 3 miles per her. I was so jelly. ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 10:40:20 EST Lost about 2 More Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394636 It's slow going, but I am OK with that. Thus far, I have lost around 5 pounds, ever so slowly. However, I do think I am building muscle because my clothes fit a lot better. <BR> <BR> Today, I have to finish my work by 6p.m., or else my sister won't take me to the gym, so I am gunning full speed ahead to finish two piles of essays. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Get up every 30 minutes (at home) to every hour (at work) and do 10 leg lifts or yoga stretching. <BR> (2) Track ALL food a... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 10:37:05 EST Finally, Back to the Sanctuary of a Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394260 Yesterday, I got no fitness minutes in, but we traveled 800 miles. I also needed to rest my knees. I did try to make the best food choices, but I ended up at the top of my range. Needless to say that I am happy to be back in a kitchen, eating whole foods. <BR> <BR> Luckily, my sister and brother in law are also living healthy lifestyles, and I made a veggie, egg scramble for breakfast this morning after my hour walk. My kids also had yogurt and lentils. I am so excited because my sister... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:33:28 EST It Is Too Easy To Go Back to Old Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393780 Yesterday, I went over on my calories partly because I needed to pack more snacks. Well, today, I am going to make the best food choices and nap instead of eating on the road. Today, will most likely be our last day driving. We put in 800 plus miles yesterday, and I couldn't drink as much water as I wanted to drink. Still, I am so very proud of myself. My fitness minutes were 550 this week. And some calorie days were low, lower than I like. So I guess in the end it all balances out, an... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:45:22 EST Working Out and Eating Healthy on the Road is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393422 I got 30 minutes in this morning, and my breakfast was higher than I thought it'd be. That means I have to lighten up the lunch a little. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my daughter got up when I did to go for a walk and demanded breakfast. So, I hit the treadmill after breakfast for 30 minutes. My fitness minutes are way over for the week, but I sure love my morning walks. Anyway, the struggle continues. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Move legs and arm in the car. Stretch out neck. <BR> (2)... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:38:08 EST Have to Slow Down the Walk-Jogs. :( I Am Really Sad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393261 I was debating whether I should take rest days, but have really enjoyed my morning walk-jogs and work outs, so I haven't. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday, my feet and other body parts were hurting. So today, I had to definitely walk. The difference in steps from jogging and walking is actually not that great, but it bummed me out that I couldn't jog. However, I did promise myself that I would listen to my body. I took a slow walk and considered that my rest day. <BR> <BR> I do plan on g... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:49:21 EST Didn't Plan My Snacks Out so Well for Movie in the Park, But Still Did Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392235 I feel like I'm going to the confessional, but then, I stopped to think about it, and realized everything is fine. There were too many temptations at yesterday's movie in the park night because there were Oreo cookies, and my friend wouldn't take no for an answer after I refused her wine cooler--twice. Anyway, all in all my range was still good. I ate 1600 some calories. And I managed to play with my daughter in the park, so I figured that offsets any junk. Go along with it. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:48:41 EST My Clothes Are Looser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391836 I just realized I can fit comfortably into my small wotkout shirt! I haven't been able to wear it in a long time. Also my bra is pretty loose. Yesterday, I had a great work out day. Mondays are my heavy days, and that starts my work week right. Plus, last night I took my son Antonio (7) with me, and he did the insanity class. He didn't make it through candle light yoga, and he fell asleep. It is too advanced, but the other class is just fine. My two year old got very upset she could n... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:30:10 EST Got My Reward Earlier: Mani, Pedi, and Eyebrow Wax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391384 Even though the month is not done, I went ahead and got my reward. I got a pedicure and manicure. Partly, it's because I don't want to have ugly feet in yoga class. My nails really needed a trim. Plus, on Friday, we are going out of town and will be on the road. I want to look good when I get to AZ. <BR> <BR> Also, my calories are back up. Victory! All it takes is a snack before I work out and a little bit larger portions. My range is now about 1300 to 1400. That is much better, and I... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:49:51 EST Went for a 60 Minute Walk-Jog and Am Eating a Higher Range of Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391066 It was hotter than all get out this morning in Chicago, and we all slept in. Yes, my alarm went off, but I thought it was just an annoying bird outside my window. In any case, I walk-jogged for three miles. I am proud of myself! My knees are also doing really well, but I am super mindful of any twinges and stop to stretch, if I need to stretch my legs or hips. <BR> <BR> After church, we went out to eat because it is too hot to cook, and I ate more tofu than I would have. I think ate aro... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:06:11 EST Ate a Bigger Breakfast and Pre-Workout Snack. Aiming for 1400 Calories Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390598 I know I said I wouldn't freak out because my calories were too low. Well, I know eating 1,000 or less is not good because my metabolism is slow as it is, and I don't want my body to think it's starving. My averages are dipping, and that is not making me happy. Some days are like 900 and that is not cool. Partly this drop is happening because it's the busy time of the semester. <BR> <BR> So, today, I outsmarted myself and had a banana before I went on my walk-jog. (I rocked my walk-jo... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:20:36 EST Jogged around the Park at Least Once and Ate a Bigger Breakfast, No Freak Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390170 I got my walking fix in this morning! Yeah! I also managed to jog around the park at least once, and was mindful of my knees. A lot of other enthusiasts do the same, even some very elderly folks. It makes me feel good to be part of their morning and to see them walk-jog at a kind pace. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I had a bigger breakfast and ate a whole avocado. My calories are below 1,000 on average, worse during the week, and I haven't fluctuated up to 1,300 because I have been too busy to ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:02:10 EST Addicted to My Walks, and It is Raining. Really Sad. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389755 Sigh. It is raining cats and dogs, and I left my umbrella at work. I miss going on my morning walk and will definitely practice mindful eating habits (which was part of my 30 day challenge anyway). <BR> <BR> Today, I am going to clean as part of my fitness minutes and also do some yoga/resistance band work. I already finished my fitness minutes for the week, but I am getting addicted to my exercise. In any case, today should be more of a rest day. <BR> <BR> I am also planning my vac... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:50:14 EST Lost 4 Pounds and Really Sore Today, but Still, Walking This Fine Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389281 First the good news. The lump on my breast I wrote about yesterday (or maybe I just mentioned the gyne visit) was fine; it's just a skin thing. Yay! <BR> <BR> Two more cancer-doctor visits to go. I do have skin cancer, so I have to be extra-vigilant of other forms of cancer. I just get so busy that I don't have time to go, which I now is ridiculous, but I have a new mid-year commitment to take better care of myself and the kids. That's part of the reason we went in for check-ups a coupl... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:51:30 EST Am Going for a Morning Walk and Taking My First Progress Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388891 I am going for a short walk jog. Yesterday's insanity class kicked my butt, and even though I did yoga, I need to stretch more. <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, my insanity teacher recommended that I take one of those progress pictures once a month, since I don't like scales. Neither does she. She also told me to keep the same clothes, so I am keeping the same bra on. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm off. I have a doctor appointment at 9:30a.m. today. I am starting to take better care of myself, and... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:57:13 EST Got My Morning Walk in and Used Resistance Bands, Started Slow, 5 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388472 Quick blog. Started with a morning walk because of the 30 day challenge. 30 minutes turned to 50, and I ended up using resistance bands. I only did 5 minutes of arms because my knees were complaining. <BR> <BR> I also had a little bit of a heavier breakfast because today is my "heavy" insanity work out and yoga day. My calories have also been too low (like 1000 average or less), and not on purpose. The problem, or positive, I guess, is that all the water and veggies are satiating me. I... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:38:11 EST How I Know This Time, I Am Making Progress and Sticking to It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388105 Yesterday, we were visiting my Grandma Min, and I scored some lovely birthday jewellery for her at Kohls! Anyway, we had finished taking her to Maders, which sadly sucked in terms of the food. Everybody's meal was awful, but I still made the best food choices. And I'm on my period. <BR> <BR> That wasn't the victory though. <BR> <BR> So, we went to visit at her house, and like a goof, I weighed myself. She already admitted the scale was a pound over, and I weighed a flat 200 which was ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:47:06 EST A Change in Health Plan is Not the End! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387691 This morning I got up at 2a.m. for some union work reason, then around 6a.m. I had to zonk out. I let myself sleep in, and now, we are off to see our Granma. <BR> Today, nothing I had scheduled is going down in terms of my fitness plan. However, I already have my fitness minutes done for the week. Furthermore, I got my resistance bands and plan to use those when I get home, if we don't get home too late. If we do, I need to sleep. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to making great food choic... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:01:58 EST Tired Today after the Walk but Had Company! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387331 I am dragging my butt today. My husband woke me up at 6a.m., on accident, and my son wouldn't get up to go for a walk at 7a.m., but he did around 8a.m. We decided to increase our minutes, to 45 and had a great time. Unfortunately, we both punked out after three laps. I have to say, I am not motivated at all. <BR> <BR> We both struggled. In fact, we tried to do jumping jacks and planks half way and opted for playing tag after a few jacks. The playground was too rough for my son's. hands... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:13:47 EST Uncharacteristic Morning Walk! Who Can Get Up at 5a.m.? I can!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386844 I got my fitness minutes done for the week, and I went on a meditative walk/prayer this morning. Anything else in terms of fitness for the rest of the week will be gravy! The walks are going well, and today, I walk-jogged lightly. <BR> <BR> No matter what I do with my new program, I get my butt kicked. 30 minutes feels like an hour, and the insanity work outs feel like three. My knees are also doing really well. They feel stronger. That is such a huge blessing, you have no idea! ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:48:24 EST Going to another Restorative Yoga Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ad90866-a131-45db-812c-1b8d09e3710c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been feeling so good, I decided to go to another yoga class this evening. My husband said it was OK. I mean it fits with my plan for today which was to rest. <BR> <BR> Anyway, last time I went to yoga on Monday, towards the end, I really wanted to drink some wine. I was meditating, and I seriously wanted a glass. I mean it was such a pressing thing, but my husband said no. The... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:07:02 EST Tracking Is Becoming a Fun Habit, but I Have to Eat More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386375 Tracking every day is finally part of my day, and the good news is that I have my cravings and hunger under control. It's all the veggies and water drinking that help out, and I am NOT tired--except for when I work out. Plus, the tracking is keeping me aware of what and how much I am eating. <BR> <BR> However, my last couple days of calories have been too low, so I am eating more avocados, which I love and don't really get tired of eating. Plus, when they spoil it's like throwing $3 rig... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:18:30 EST Finally Made It to the Yoga Center! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385941 Yesterday, I had an amazing day. I finally made it to the yoga center and took an insanity work out class. I had to modify most of the exercises, but I still got my butt kicked. Then, as I was walking home, I ran into the yoga instructor who invited me to a restorative yoga class. I was like, "Yes, please!" It really was a gentler pace than other yoga classes I have taken in the past, and I stretched out really well. <BR> <BR> So, I am hoping to do two insanity classes and the restora... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:54:51 EST Added a New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385491 Exercise is helping me boost my mood and attitude. I am not getting an exercise high, so much as post-exercise exhaustion and the ability to rest at night. (I may change my treat to a massage.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am doing really well with cutting sugar out of coffee and have also cut out soda, altogether, although that wasn't planned. I have a new movement goal to put the timer on my phone and get up every hour. I'm hoping to get in five minute of movement regularly and add those to my ... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:37:56 EST Health Ups and Financial Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385309 First, the downs. We already got hit with $1,000 to fix the car on Thursday. Today, my laptop, which is essential for my job, took a crap. We hope the Micro Center backed it up, but I ended up buying a new Mac for $1,100 including the coverage. That was like 2/3 of our vacation money. :(. We can make it on $1,000, but we will be pinching pennies. Ah well. <BR> <BR> However, I have been logging all week! Yay, and my son has gone walking with me like he promised. We also took my daughte... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 18:38:07 EST Shameless Brag--Did Our First Mom-Son Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384804 Well, it was more like a walk-jog follow the leader fun activity. It kicked my butt. My son has committed to walking with me 3 times a week. (We left Simona who is 2 at home, but tomorrow, we are bringing her with us.) I have to say that walk was about 100% more fun and vigorous with him there. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3111c8b0-ec02-4902-a908-08b6993f28c0.jpg"> After our fun walk at the park, we ran into an instructor who does an insanity workout. She let us j... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 11:16:06 EST Doctor Visit Wasn't So Awful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384436 I weigh 198.6 ponds and will change my ticker. The real problem is the amount of far accumulating round the middle. My 7 year old is also on the heavy side, so my husband wants to do a family challenge. We are going to try to discover what vegetables he will tolerate. And he is going to choose healthy foods for the fridge. That means no more fast food for us, except for Pockets., for a while. We all agreed to that. I don't think he eats a lot, but he is a carb eater like me and has a k... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:03:54 EST Going to the Doctor Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384341 I need to get checked for different health issues (not weight related, I don't think), but I am not looking forward to the scale. I mean, I see the problem. Anyway, this will be a tough morning. <BR> <BR> I am also going to try the small challenge from the Spark Guy and read the book. I am just so tired of reading diet books, but I think the balanced approach makes sense. Someone actually suggested that I see a therapist to help with overeating, but I don't have time for that. Not r... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:42:58 EST Still Tracking and More Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384125 My motivation is a lot higher, and I have to say the scanning app makes it easier to track. I also came to the definite realization, with some resignation, that if I am going to improve, I am going to have to keep tracking to keep myself in check. Possibly for the very long term. Maybe foreve! Honestly. Just the tracking alone is helping me make better choices. And I am not cutting anything out. Well, sugar in coffee being the exception. Anyway, I am also really looking forward ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 15:52:42 EST Breafast Bowls and Still Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383553 This morning I made a breakfast bowl with lettuce and eggs. I need filler foods. I guess I have been eating way more than 1800 calories. Oh what joy. Anyway, I gave my husband a buy me a salad kit from Costco mission because I need filler foods. <BR> <BR> This is the breakfast bowl I made today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29289beb-2268-461b-a984-622a5856c155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then, immediately afterwards, my two year old daughter asked me to make one f... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:49:15 EST Forget about the Past Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383197 I keep thinking about the last time I lost weight by going to the gym and dieting. It was really hard, and I never got to a healthy weight range, but I did manage to lose quite a bit (like 40 pounds, I think). Then, I forget, I was slowly gaining it back and then got pregnant again, as I was on some jogging and vegetarian health trend. (None of which stuck. I can't nurse and not eat meat.) <BR> <BR> The point is that I need to forget about the past because it was easier to go to the gy... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 11:12:46 EST Didn't Join the Gym and Must Be Well Over 200 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382729 You know how you hit that point you didn't think was possible because you thought you were somehow magically protected? Well, I can't begin to tell you how large I am now. Even my fat clothes are starting to not fit. <BR> <BR> Part of the problem is that I never joined the gym, and I have been eating and drinking alcohol way more than I have before. <BR> <BR> So, I downloaded the mobile app, and I am starting to track again. I also just took one thing out of my diet which is morning... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:02:45 EST