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/ Too Much of a Good Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340098 This is probably going to sound gross, but every morning when I go to the bathroom, I am losing five pounds, at least and my stomach goes way down. That is too say, I am eating too much of a good thing, plus, I am eating more fiber. <BR> <BR> I am not saying I want to go on a radical reduction of what I eat because I am eating a lot better, and I just got my energy level back to normal. However, I know I am eating too much, even though it's better and what I eat has potentially fewer cal... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:54:19 EST Does Eating Healthy and Exercising Wake You Up at Odd Hours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339526 This has been happening for the last few weeks, not consistently at the same time. Today, I must have gotten up at 3a.m. and finally got up at 4a.m. It works for me because I am revising my work or writing new fiction, but if I get up too early, I crash. Go back to bed around 5 or 6a.m.. <BR> <BR> I think I got enough sleep last night; plus, my daughter made me go to sleep around 7:30p.m. Of course, I got hooked on a TV show, and didn't sleep until 11a.m. Anyway, the point is that I hav... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:46:17 EST Still Going Strong, but Reflecting on Moderation and Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338627 Overall, I am happy with the food choices I am making. I believe my family and I as a whole are eating more balanced, despite a few pecadillos on my part. (Yesterday, I had no wine and went to bed early. I am sticking to my one glass with a great meal rule. I guess that means if the meal is not great no wine, which should motivate me to make a great meal regularly. Ha ha ha.) <BR> <BR> However, I have been thinking about moderation. Just because I'm eating healthy doesn't give me a pass... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:35:05 EST So So Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338234 The header should read so-so weak. Ha ha. I need to watch the snacking when I am hungry. I snarfed two small Cheetos bags yesterday night before dinner, when I should have eaten something better. Then, I drank way too much wine this week. We are going to have to put on the brakes on that and limit to one glass with a really great meal. <BR> <BR> Work has been quite stressful, and the wine is delicious, which is a bad combo, but I believe I feel much better when I imbibe less and drink... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:00:37 EST Stuck to My Plan at My Daughter's Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335616 There were temptations, everywhere, like cake pops and candy, but I persevered. My husband who is a gem (despite my being an emo birthday party mom in the beginning: He didn't get the table reservations he promised, and we had to use four booths, which worked out) got me a salad bar. That's what I ate yesterday, but I did have my small piece of cake, which was amazing. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, we went out to a Colombian restaurant, and my early dinner options were in my plan. That place alw... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:47:50 EST The Weekend Is Not a Cheat Weekend! The Weekend Is Not a Cheat Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334661 I have a moderate day I cheat which is Sunday, but lately, I've been enjoying small portions of goodies on weekends. While there is nothing wrong with that, I don't want to open up the floodgates to hell. Just wanted to be self-aware, as I eat this Tootsie roll, a large one. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, things are going really well. I drink a lot of water, and when I don't, I miss it. Victory, right? <BR> <BR> Well, hope you all have a great weekend! Don't over-cheat if you cheat on weeken... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:42:14 EST Finally, Water Drinking is More of a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333215 In fact, my body isn't quite right when I don't drink enough of it. That's the zone I want to be in and stay in. <BR> <BR> The eating and eating attitude are also shaping up nicely. Yesterday, I ate three corn tortillas, well three roasted chicken tacos, and I wasn't feeling guilty at all because I needed some fuel. <BR> <BR> Thoughtful Eating Plan: 1, Crappy Eating: 0 <BR> <BR> The rest of the day was comprised of eating good, filling whole foods. Actually, I refrained from gettin... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:55:51 EST Breakfast, Great Thus Far, Water Consumption Great Thus Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331777 I had a creative and healthy breakfast, a modified Korean-Mexican fusion bowl. The water drinking is going great! Finally. <BR> <BR> I am also taking care of myself in other ways, which is helping my healthy eating, somehow. I am finally getting my teeth fixed and am going to see my doctor. <BR> <BR> Today, we are going to another kid party, but yesterday was an inadvertent cheat day because we had another party. I didn't overdo it, but that's enough. The host gave me a wine cooler a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:00:42 EST Things Are Much Easier and I Don't Feel Like I'm Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331410 I really hope I can keep this up for the long-term. The whole foods plan is going really well, and when I eat or drink outside of it I am being more moderate. One interesting thing to note is that my stomach is way down (not that I've magically lost the weight in a week). Something I have been eating was wreaking havoc on my stomach and getting me really bloated. It could be the dairy, sugar, or perhaps flour. I am not sure which, but I can't drink milk anyway. I don't buy the whole glu... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:03:30 EST Eating is Getting Better and Moods are Balanced, More or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330169 The eating is going well. YAY! And I am more aware of my b-hangry mood swings; plus, when I get hungry I am really hungry. I also giving myself a moderate cheat day on Sundays, and that is a better more humane plan. <BR> <BR> The water drinking is still a struggle, but I am grappling with that. I am going to keep that as my long-term goal. <BR> <BR> (1) Eat mostly whole foods. <BR> (2) Drink lots of water. <BR> (3) Exercise 30 minutes three times a week Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:15:30 EST Stuffed My Feelings Down with Food Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328923 I was even aware I was doing it. Now, I'm having a nice beats and veggies and whole grain dinner, with roasted chicken. It is pretty good, and I have a thing for beats. <BR> <BR> I could cry about eating a fried fish sandwich, but I ate better today than I did yesterday. <BR> <BR> (1) Eat mostly whole foods. <BR> (2) Drink lots of water. <BR> (3) Exercise 30 minutes three times a week. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:33:39 EST Dim Sum, the Grocery List, and Going for a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328232 I am posting this more for myself. We went out for dim sum and had a late breakfast, and I tried really hard to stick to my plan, but of course couldn't. Dim sum has a lot of carbs and no naked food. <BR> <BR> However, I was glad to eat and taste vegetables. I had a small portion of sugar, and most importantly, I balanced my cranky butt back to a sane level. <BR> <BR> Plus, it was such a pleasure to watch my daughter eat noodles and duck. She is not a picky eater. In fact, my son (... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:39:42 EST Cranky from Lower Carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328088 Yesterday wasn't perfect. I hit 80% of my eating plan, and I was happy. However, I am a cranky pants this morning, and will have to rethink how we eat out, which we will do soon. We are taking my daughter and family out for dim sum. She turns 2 and eats veggies! <BR> <BR> Ah crap, I also have to go grocery shopping to prep for this week. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my only goal is to drink water. I don't care if I hit 80% whole foods because I am trying. That should ease the crankiness. OR... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:23:37 EST Trying NOT To Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327707 But, I am about to change my eating plan. I have been trying to reduce stress, and my quality of life is pretty good. However, I have not had time to go to the gym because I have two small children and have been very busy with Union work. (Still, my quality of life is awesome because I am doing what I love.) <BR> <BR> However, my diet has been unbridled, and I find myself stress eating. <BR> <BR> Today, I asked my husband what he thought if I went back to eating whole foods and reducin... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 11:35:13 EST Sad to Be Going Home from a Great Vacation and Healthy Eating on the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292487 Well, today, we are driving home, and I am truly sad to have to go to work, although I love my job. We had an amazing vacation with a lot of great family time and gatherings. Plus, I cooked like a professional chef at times, which was awesome. <BR> <BR> Last night, I was reflecting on the kind of person I want to be this new year, and I just want to be the best human being possible regardless of what I'm doing. That doesn't mean I'm competing with others, just doing my best. I sat on my ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:01:34 EST I got on the scale and was not so shocked to find that I weigh 199 pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290341 We went on a road trip, and I didn't make the best possible food choices, and this holiday season, I drank too much. <BR> <BR> However, I am not making any weight loss or health resolutions in 2017. Last time I went on a diet last summer, I lost 30 pounds, but couldn't keep the pounds off. So, I am doing something different which is to observe myself from a distance while I eat. I guess that's like mindfulness eating. I have never tried that before, but it is actually helping me be mor... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:32:18 EST Started Yoga! But Kickboxing Is Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269440 I started doing power yoga, and boy is it awesome and kicks my butt. I have been going to kickboxing regularly, but the classes are about to end, and I foresee myself getting that gym membership I've been talking about at the Parks and Rec Center. <BR> <BR> Let me just say that yoga is amazing. I do 90 minutes of power yoga, then teach Sunday school. I am so wiped, I'm going to take a nap. <BR> <BR> These next two weeks, my husband and I are going to pack and clean the house. I have a ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:09:58 EST New Coaches Doing A LOT of ST and Core Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258274 Well Friends, <BR> <BR> Kickboxing is not the same, but I have been toning quite a bit. The new coaches focus a lot on weights and circuit training. I miss the old coach who would make us run. However, each coach focuses on different styles and muscle groups, so that is a blessing. <BR> <BR> Still, I need to add something else to my workouts, and I have been thinking yoga with my kids. There's also a toddler-mom exercise group I might join at the Parks and Rec Center. I would feel mo... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:31:53 EST Kick Boxing Coach Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253368 I am very, very sad. We got someone to do strength training, but I miss my old coach. :( <BR> <BR> (1) Seek long-term happiness. <BR> (2) Drink water, ten glasses daily min. <BR> (3) Clean the house four times a week. <BR> (4) Exercise, twice a week, good house scrub down once a week. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:47:00 EST Accountability and Honesty, Not Judgement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247212 This morning I was reflecting on what I have been doing well, and what I could do better. I was also thinking back to that two year period when I lost 40 pounds, and all the hours I spent in the gym and the calorie counting I kept. I lost my enthusiasm because I had a ridiculous idea of what my body should look like after all that effort. <BR> <BR> Now, my attitude is more balanced, probably because of the kids. I don't have the time to be a gym warrior, and I would rather stay home wit... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:21:41 EST Moving and Playing Tag! What?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243062 On Monday, our coach kicked our collective asses. He had us do sprints and burpees and wall sits as well as our kick boxing combos, which are quite fun. It doesn't get much harder for me than that, short of doing planks and sit ups. <BR> <BR> Sadly, I am the oldest and heaviest (192 ladies). But, I am not going to cry about that because, thus far, I am happy with the two work out days. I have not been able to add a third, so I have been cleaning (like on Sunday I heavy cleaned for thr... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:45:30 EST Well, I Survived the First Week of Kickboxing, Nine More to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240531 I won't lie. The next day on Tuesday, my body was crying! I had to take two Tylenol; thank goodness the coach took it a little easier on Wednesday. Phew! Sadly, I only made it to kickboxing and not extra gym class, which I thought was an achievable goal, but my work schedule is so damned busy. I am not sure how to sneak in an extra work out day, but I will try this weekend. Maybe the kids will want to go for a walk and a romp in the park on Sunday, sometime. <BR> <BR> My eating is bett... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:43:38 EST Focusing on Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236747 Instead of going on an extreme diet or any sort of diet, I am going to work on one habit a month and the fitness aspect. I don't even want to talk about eating. <BR> <BR> This month, I am focusing on drinking water, starting with ten glasses day, and not worrying about anything else. I also start my kickboxing class next week and am buying the Parks and Rec gym membership. <BR> <BR> My long-term goal is to work on happiness levels, and so my goal this week is to get ready and prepared f... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:36:24 EST Starting from Zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232129 I don't even want to weigh myself. The tight clothes say it all. I am, again, revisiting the whole diabetes diet, except this time, I am definitely going to plan my meals more. I have been somewhat more active with the housework, and my husband is signing me up for another kickboxing class, which I appreciate. <BR> <BR> Also, he seems to be getting on a healthy track too, so we will see if we can combine our efforts without making the experience a burden. <BR> <BR> On the internal happin... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:56:44 EST Stupid Scale. No, I Didn't Gain More Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215333 That is why the scale is stupid. I though I gained ten pounds, and I did not. My weight just fluctuates, and what I eat bloats me. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the internal journey is going well. I had a wonderful spiritual experience last Wed. Oh, and now my baby is waking up, and I have to go. How does she know I am on the computer? Wait, she's just talking in her sleep. <BR> <BR> I had a great spiritual experience last Wednesday, and it has inadvertently opened the floodgates to my heart. ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 05:35:33 EST Ladies and Gent Friend, I Gained 10 Pounds Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210929 I knew the weight gain was coming because I couldn't maintain that eating plan forever, but I had to fall on my face. Why? To learn a real path to health. Obviously cutting major food groups drastically is not, never, ever, the way to go. It's almost as bad as mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Well, as it turns out, trying to be sustainably and truly happy could prove to be just as difficult as trying to lose weight, for me. Both require discipline and a change of heart and mind that is l... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:06:45 EST Working on Cleaning and Getting Grades in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200882 Today, I am going to work on cleaning the house when I get home after a long meeting. That should help me start packing for our week-long trip, which will start this Sunday. <BR> <BR> The other happiness goal is just responding to my student essays all day, until my 4p.m. meeting. <BR> <BR> I also hope to get my hair done today, if not tomorrow. I am in dire need of a trim and root touch up <BR> <BR> Happiness Goals: (1) Play with my son on the PS3 for 20 minutes and (2) Dejunk the ba... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:29:48 EST Stopped Crying (Not Literally) about the Five Pounds I Gained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199676 I knew it was coming, and frankly, should be grateful I have not gained more given all the parties and cook outs and "occasional" beers. <BR> <BR> So, I am taking a different approach to the eating and it's nothing original as a lot of books have been written on this subject. It has to do with the sanity goals and my quality of life. <BR> <BR> That is, I am focusing on what is going on internally and growing my happiness through God's grace. Instead of weight loss goals, I am going to s... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:25:03 EST Keeping on, Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199130 Sticking with it and prioritizing water today. <BR> <BR> On a downer, I gained 5 pounds back. :( <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices genuine preferences. <BR> (1.5) Try to eat a little less each time and drink water. <BR> (2) Do what you love. <BR> (3) Again, drink water for crying out loud! <BR> (4) Clean the house and dejunk. If time allows, go for a walk with your kids. <BR> (5) Take the stairs and walk, walk, walk at work. <BR> (6) Work on reducing stress with sanity goal... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:20:13 EST Trying the Middle Road, Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198542 Reality check, <BR> <BR> Those 30 pounds I lost are coming back. How do I know? That skirt that was fitting ever so well got caught on my left thigh yesterday. Not, my finest moment. <BR> <BR> Reality check #2, I can't go back to that extreme way of eating because it won't last. There are too many temptations this summer, and I like beer. <BR> <BR> I am trying the middle road again, and starting with small changes, instead of going cold turkey. Some of the changes from the previou... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:03:18 EST Started off with a good breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190426 Well, <BR> <BR> I am starting with my healthy preferences. I had a zucchini and egg scramble with dark coffee and one slice of white bread: The white bread was a little bit of a cheat, but that's not entirely true because there are no cheats. For lunch, I am taking a banana and buying a southwest bowl at the protein bar or packing boiled eggs. <BR> <BR> I am still moving, although I am not going to the gym or taking classes. This Saturday we did the Hunger Walk, which was two very slo... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:58:17 EST The Restrictions Need to Become Preferences, Honest to Goodness Preferences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185651 Well, I am sure I have made noteworthy improvements, but nothing is being excluded from the menu, now, which is probably why restrictive eating doesn't work for the long term. Not for me anyway. <BR> <BR> So, I am taking a new approach. Instead of restrictions, I'm going for preferences and making every choice a victory, every choice at every meal. There are some things I am doing very well like cutting down on sugar and eating less processed flour. I consume far, far less dairy. Far l... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:46:52 EST Dragging My Butt Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183239 My daughter woke me up so much last night, and the crazy dreams I was having didn't help. So today, I am seriously dragging, and I have a 7:30a.m. morning meeting I don't want to go to. <BR> <BR> Also, this heavy grading day is not helping, I mean heavy grading week. I need to put my money where my mouth is and grade while biking or standing up. I can do this at work too, but I may have to stack some books to the right height. <BR> <BR> On the up side, I have been moving a lot more. ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:56:11 EST Lost 2 more pounds, could it be the pre-diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181875 I just had a thought yesterday, what if the pre-diabetes is helping me lose weight? I mean, I am not doing anything exceptional anymore, except for reducing sugar and processed flour, most of the time. In fact, I need to bring the veggies back into the eating and cut back on the carbs. <BR> <BR> In short, we need to go grocery shopping again. <BR> <BR> My family and I have been more active and going to places, but alas, the kick boxing class is over. I am toying with the idea of gettin... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:48:43 EST Tweaking the Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174231 I am more like admitting what is happening, which probably means this is more moderate. <BR> <BR> (1) Eat whole fruits and vegetables. <BR> (2) Eat mostly unprocessed meats, with little to no pork. <BR> (3) Little to no sugar. <BR> (4) Processed flour as rare treats or when on vacation. <BR> (5) Limited alcohol, but only when the food is exceptional. <BR> (6) Little to no dairy. <BR> (7) Some yogurt and some hard cheese. <BR> (8) Cold pressed oils. <BR> (9) Stop when full, not stu... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:36:46 EST Ready for the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171212 I am so excited I get to spend the whole weekend with my family! <BR> <BR> This weekend, I plan on playing a lot with the kids. My son keeps challenging me to walk, too, and that has been really exciting because he is considering his health. The other day, we went to soccer for an hour and a half, and afterwards, we played a vigorous game of tag. After all that activity, he said, "Mom, let's walk home!" He was so enthusiastic, I couldn't say no. So we walked about eight blocks home. <... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:26:51 EST Lost 22 pounds since March. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169325 Well, <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it when the doctor told me that during my follow-up visit yesterday. I lost over 22 pounds. And some when I got sick, but I don't count those. Truth is you can't really tell because I am still obese, but I will take this achievement and the fact that I can run after kids. I prefer the running, as there are many games of tag going on. Yay! <BR> <BR> The exercise front hasn't been so good, mostly because that sickness last week knocked me on my butt. S... Tue, 24 May 2016 07:59:13 EST Have Been Really Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167507 So, <BR> <BR> Starting last Sunday, I had a 103 fever for three days that would not quit, and I had to go to the ER. Now, I'm on a lot of anti-biotics It's nothing major; I just got slammed with three conditions at once, and now, I have to recuperate. <BR> <BR> My appetite has been 0, and I know that is not great, so I am trying to eat good foods. <BR> <BR> Anyway, keep me in your prayers. I'm still on the mend. Sat, 21 May 2016 11:51:39 EST What Can You Live with? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160654 I am just listing what is really happening. <BR> <BR> (1) All meats and little to no pork. <BR> (2) All fruits and vegetables. No oranges yet. <BR> (3) Little to no sugar. <BR> (4) Little to no processed flour. <BR> (5) Rarely, yogurt. <BR> (6) Rarely, cheese. <BR> (7) Cold pressed oils. <BR> (9) Rarely, processed meats <BR> <BR> *(10) The one you are screwing up: 8 glasses of water a day or more. Wed, 11 May 2016 08:15:26 EST Close to Fitting Into My Pre-Birth Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160648 I am so close! I guess the weight loss is happening somewhere, but even so, I realize that weight loss doesn't make me happy because no matter how much I lose, I am never really satisfied. Even when I'm a size 8 (which I'm not remotely close to). And I am giving it my maximum effort right now, with the family and time constraints I have. So my goal is to still go climbing this summer and keep eating healthy. I'm shooting for non-GMO next for the sake of the whole family. <BR> <BR> Toda... Wed, 11 May 2016 08:05:20 EST Took a Week Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159674 I mean I took a week off from everything. Which of course was not planned. But today, I went back to the gym and worked out for 45 minutes. Now, I am reevaluating my eating plan. <BR> <BR> I decided that I'm going to stick with most of it because it's not realistic to eat clean all the time. Plus the last time I had sugar, I went a little too crazy, so I want to be able to, you know, have a small treat, a reasonable treat, when I feel like it. But now that I've had the week off I don't have... Mon, 9 May 2016 20:59:23 EST Reflecting and Revaluating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156792 Really, that is what I am doing today. Now, I have to run! <BR> <BR> (1) Log on to Spark People every day <BR> (2) Drink water first (aim for 16 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 healthy snacks and drink healthy drinks (like water Thu, 5 May 2016 08:39:29 EST Took a Monday Off and Slept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156095 Well, <BR> <BR> After whining about the knee, I took a day off on Monday. The teacher is gone anyway, and I was going to go to the gym, but it's back on today. Some students are getting together to work out, since the room is free. Plus, my knee is not bothering me because it rested, I think. (My friend invited me to yoga, but I have too much going on.) <BR> <BR> The eating needs a revaluation. Some sugar and processed foods have come back, but I am still happy with what I'm eating. H... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:33:32 EST No Way to Speed Up Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152749 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150569 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!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149154 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144745 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142734 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141959 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141295 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