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/ Still Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674943 Today, I get to go to the gym and get my nails done. Yes, it's pay day! Woo hoo. <BR> <BR> The good news is yesterday, I moved all day, but I overate at night for no good reason. It was my first bit of mindless/aware overeating. So, today, I am eating around 1400 calories to balance that out. I do have a lot of energy today, so I am hopping on my bike at home for 45 minutes and hopefully getting my heart rate up. This afternoon I am going to the gym to do ST and buy my membership and si... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:32:38 EST It's Going to be a Sit on My Ass Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674241 I am setting the timer, so I get up every hour. It's one of those days where I have to focus and grade stacks of essays. I am pretty focused and recovering from yesterday's work out. My arms are pissed off, and so is my chest. I'm thinking using the hand crank thing when you ST arms is probably not a wise idea. But, I can't do much about it until the knee gets better, but I think the knee is OK now. It must have been the leg press that set it off. <BR> <BR> Today, probably won't be ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:06:05 EST Great Day and Heading to the Gym in a Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673762 Don't laugh. I'm looking forward to sitting in the sauna for 20 minutes. That is my favorite part of the work out. <BR> <BR> Well, I have been resting my knee for a week, and it seems to be doing better, but I am not doing more than 20 minutes of biking and 30 hand crank minutes or more; I can't seem to do more than 85 rpms on the hand crank. I also am going to strength train my arms for 45 minutes and do some core work. <BR> <BR> I need to change up my sit-ups routine and take it up... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:56:36 EST I Kicked My Own *ss Today at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672977 I am supposed to be cleaning the house now, but instead, I am about to take a nap. <BR> <BR> So, my left knee is still in pain, but I think I need to stretch my leg out more. I have also been resting it since last Wednesday. Today, I used the hand crank machine for 50 minutes for cardio, but could not get my heart rate up. However, I managed to do weights that did not bother my knee, including old school exercises using dumbbells and old aerobic moves. I kicked my own butt today. <BR> ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:33:21 EST Dragging My Butt Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671907 Seriously, <BR> <BR> It must be from the rain and the pie I ate yesterday. I am making myself go to the gym today since yesterday, we ended up going to a pie party and my son passed out for like two hours. My knee is still wonky, so I am working out my upper body and using the hand crank thingie I planned to use yesterday. Part of me feels like cheating and working out the right leg, but that would be evil. I am also doing more crunches today. <BR> <BR> Well, after battling myself, my... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:17:24 EST Increasing Calories??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671083 Yesterday, <BR> <BR> I signed for a free trial and will buy the membership, which is considerably more than my old gym. I worked out there yesterday and tried a lot of new arm machines. The gym is not as intimate as the old gym, but there wasn't a shortage of equipment, and classes are open to members. It's basically a huge gym with all the bells and whistles and sauna, which I plan on using regularly. <BR> <BR> So, when I talked to the guy he was like, "How many calories are you eating?... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:55:36 EST Making Great Food Choices, Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670363 I am on spring break, thank goodness, but I am redoubling my efforts to eat healthier. I decided it's just a choice I have to make and to let the choices be more fluid. I don't do well with too much rigidity. Plus, I need to keep reminding myself that my stomach should be the size of a fist. I know I have said it before, and my fist is small. <BR> <BR> Confessional: I have had chocolate almost every day last week, but I finally killed the sweet tooth, which was epic. To boot, I have ha... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:32:33 EST Hunger Finally Going Back to Normal????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668778 I hope so. Yesterday I went for a longer walk jog in the morning and STed for 45 minutes in the evening. I discovered that my knees hate the cold, so it had better warm up soon. On the eating front, my appetite wasn't as high, but after the gym, Woah Nellie! I ate chocolate. I am sure like 300 calories worth. I was craving chocolate for some odd reason. <BR> <BR> This morning I am not so hungry, so I hope my appetite is getting back to normal. I am not sure that 1300 calories is goi... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:52:10 EST Started with Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668172 I will see how it goes. I ate an egg and beans for breakfast. Now, I'm tired from the walk jog, but I am hoping my appetite will balance out after my body gets used to the work outs. I'm doing better than I was even nine months ago, and this a truly, miraculous miracle! <BR> <BR> Variety is also a huge blessing and guess what? I don't have to reward myself anymore. Hooray! <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1300 calories a day. (*Breakfast, *Lunch, *Di... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:59:51 EST Hunger Spiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667170 I am taking everyone's advice eating more protein. This morning I had scrambled eggs and a homemade flour tortilla. Probably could have done without the tortilla. Anyway, I hope the hunger spike means my metabolism is going up. I hope. <BR> <BR> I am also really cooking new dishes that are mostly healthy but definitely adding more veggies. Legumes are also making it back to the table consistently. Anyway, today I am going to the gym for an hour and a half or working out at home. As mu... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:38:57 EST Quick Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665861 My work outs have been pretty good; I almost said stellar, but that would be exaggerating. Yesterday I walk-jogged, but my right knee was really pissed off during the walk-jog, so I mostly walked; then, I lifted weights in the evening which probably pissed my knees off even more. Also, I hadn't ST-ed my back in a while. Phew! Is it telling me a story today. I did shoulder taps too and was glad I could finish my routine. I'm on a mission to not only change up my workouts but to challenge ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:34:29 EST Trying Not to Plateau This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664285 It's not like I'm dropping pounds, but I don't want to plateau again or get in an exercise rut. Yesterday I rested from lifting weights and today, I will try to do speed housework. But, I'm alternating my workouts and trying to move around more during the day. <BR> <BR> I am also changing up my core work out and switching them up regularly. (Thanks to all the folks who suggested I lead with my shoulders on crunches; I didn't get a headache today.) <BR> <BR> My eating is so-so; well, it... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:55:08 EST Today was a busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663923 Still, I managed to go to the gym! Yay. I was actually going to punk out because I forgot my gym shoes. However, I worked out with my boots anyway and did cardio and core. I gave the ST a rest. Tomorrow, legs! <BR> <BR> I hope your week has been awesome! <BR> <BR> Daily Goals: (Weight: 167) Done = * <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1300 calories a day. (*Breakfast, *Lunch, *Dinner) <BR> *(2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you lik... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:52:52 EST Sore, sore, sore, and think crunches are giving me a tension headache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662385 I haven't been this sore ever. That probably means I am using the right amount of weight. <BR> <BR> However, I think the sit-ups are giving me a tension headache. Does this happen to anyone else? I was using the Bosu thingie to do crunches, and I did time myself on full sit-ups (I can do 10 in less than 2 minutes, but I was tired when I challenged myself.) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I worked out my legs; today, I am working out my arms and back. If I don't make it to the gym because I am org... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:04:26 EST Exercising Becoming a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662167 It's about time, but I'm finally working out on a regular basis and enjoying it again. However, this time I am varying my work outs and listening to my body. If my knees or feet start to hurt, I ease up or switch up. Today, I did 30 minutes of bike intervals and 30 of mixed ST and core. I was really tired, so I didn't do as much as I wanted; plus, the cable machines were all busy, but I varied my core work out. <BR> <BR> I am also really trying to eat to hunger. My appetite is spiking ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:38:10 EST One More Day in March of Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660628 Well, <BR> <BR> I won't be making my 1800 fitness minutes this month, but I got closer than I have in ages. So, today, I am going to do walking intervals (no jogging today), core, and resistance band training all body--at home. I keep forgetting I have skin cancer and need to wear a hat and fancy sun block. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm fasting from shows again and limiting my computer games to 5 minute intervals because I need to get my focus on for work and health. I may do this through Lent.... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:04:49 EST Sunday, Real Walk-Jog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659974 My knees and ankle are real good, so I'm going out for 30 minutes. I will mostly walk because I am taking my lazy dog with me. (The dog made it one block.) <BR> <BR> I just ate the most amazing savory pancakes with lots of veggies; it took a lot of will power to stop eating them! Hence, the need to get up and move around some more. <BR> <BR> ===== <BR> <BR> 35 minutes. The right knee is irritated, but I will ice it. However, I got my heart rate to 150+!!!! I didn't over do it. I may... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:20:46 EST Saturday Walk-Jog . . .Yes!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659211 Your heard right ladies and gentlemen, my body is responding well to the walk-jogs! I am only doing between 20 and 30 minutes though. <BR> <BR> I'm doing 30 this morning and ST and core later on either at the gym or home. Yay! <BR> <BR> Daily Goals: (Weight: 167.4) Done=* <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1300 calories a day. (*Breakfast, *Lunch, *Dinner) <BR> *(2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you like. <BR> *(3) Stop eating when... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:10:54 EST Feel Like I'm Back On, Thank God. Seriously. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658518 Well, <BR> <BR> Even though my gym that moved is 50 minutes out, I'm committed to going at least four times a week, once I get a regular schedule. I already have two down and will be happy if I go one more time on the weekend and maybe even tonight. My motivation is really high again, but I'm trying not to be a gym nut and overwork. I feel pretty damned tired today, and my son woke me up earlier than I planned. <BR> <BR> I am shopping for a closer gym; there is one that lets you do perso... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:30:43 EST Goals so Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657673 This morning I had miso soup with raw veggies like kale, lettuce, and a carrot. I will most likely have to eat some protein before I teach because I am draggety *ss from last night's awesome gym reunion. <BR> <BR> Today, I am "running" on the treadmill at home, so my husband can work on his homework. I am also going to do resistance bands and crunches, provided my son and the dog don't attack me at once. My real exercise will be that I clean major parts of the house, especially the poor f... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:27:28 EST Gym Victory! (167.8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657407 First, I found where my gym relocated to. Unfortunately, it's clear out near Skokie. So, I cancelled my membership, so I can go to a closer gym. It took me 50 minutes to get there. However, I did have a great work out and will continue to go until mid-April when the membership runs out. <BR> <BR> Today, I was really motivated and happy because I was able to do 20 full sit ups as well as a variety of body work. I also did 40 minutes of cardio, although my ankle that is still not 100% is c... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:04:02 EST My Dinner Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656857 My dinner challenge has also become my weekend challenge: Too much food. Regardless of whether it's healthy or not; I need to cut down. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and lunch are pretty close to exemplary. Dinner, not so much. I have some ideas in mind like drinking water before I eat dinner and eating raw vegetables first. I am also putting my weight back on my ticker, although I have no idea how much I weigh, but I do like having my fitness minutes there too, so maybe I'll put it on the side b... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:22:50 EST According to the Calorie Counter, My High Days Aren't Really That High http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656009 Supposedly, <BR> <BR> I am still within range according to the calorie calculator. However, I don't think those numbers are accurate, or I would still be losing weight. In fact, I should weight 140 pounds if that thing is correct. Pffft. <BR> <BR> Today, I decided to have my tea without any sweetener or rice milk. I'm making little changes. I am also tracking and measuring my food. <BR> <BR> More importantly, I'm finding where the hell my Charter Fitness moved to. I am dragging my ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:04:06 EST Who Cares? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655152 I was just thinking to myself, "Who cares if you try your hardest and don't see the results you imagined?" That's my motivation for the day because last time I was at my "peak" I got discouraged since I plateaued for what seemed like forever and wasn't seeing results. In fact, after all that effort of eating 1200-1300 calories and going to the gym on a regular basis, I was still overweight. <BR> <BR> But, this morning, I decided to say "F-it" and keep trying my best. Maybe 160 is as good ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:40:19 EST High Day Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654466 Actually, <BR> <BR> It's not bothering me so much because well, I made my peace with it. Today, we are going to a fundraiser and most of the food will be fried, so I think I'm going to go on a limb and order some sashimi for me and only have one glass of wine. <BR> <BR> I also got on the treadmill last night and had my husband buy vegetables yesterday night. We got some vegetables we haven't had in a while. <BR> <BR> I am also cutting down my calories, but I'm hoping to do so by adding... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:51:43 EST Trying, Still Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654096 Actually, <BR> <BR> I think I hit rock bottom again. :( I'm not at the weight I started, but I seem to be way out of whack. I can't even claim that I'm pigging out, but I definitely need to regain some balance again. The problem is everything is making it into my mouth, maybe not large portions, but everything. <BR> <BR> When really, I want to be more selective with goal #1. <BR> <BR> I need to figure out what healthy, possible eating means for me. Maybe that changes and is never a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:07:31 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651422 That is, I'm checking in with myself. I think I'm exactly at the weight I was before I got pregnant, which means I have to keep working on my eating. I am going to make a concerted effort to work on my goals below, especially the top ones. Well, they are all important. <BR> <BR> I am also changing my motivation and goal. Before it was clothes and sizes, but that isn't doing much when you don't see progress and don't have the money to buy clothes. So, my goal is to start walk-jogging and... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:37:25 EST Lost the Election by 29 Votes, but Got a Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648961 Well, <BR> <BR> It was a terrible loss and awful Friday. I lost the election by 29 votes. All weekend my stomach has been in knots; however, I am going to dust off and move on and organize my people to fight for their working rights. <BR> <BR> The great news is that I got a treadmill, and once I finish grading, I can't wait to get on it! I am going to walk jog slowly. It couldn't have come at a better time since it's snowing and bitterly cold again. This winter in Chicago has been ve... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:04:43 EST Still Working on That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646020 Actually, Yesterday, I didn't say I was fat once or think it. In fact, I tried not to be "judgy" when I looked at myself in the mirror. I also had a little chat with my son about the both of us not saying that anymore. He is perfectly fit and within his weight range. <BR> <BR> Today, I am going to walk around for an hour and possibly come home early because I don't have office hours and can work from home. I'm feeling better, but I got tickets for my husband to watch a prescreening of so... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:59:55 EST Stop Thinking I'm Fat and Be Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645173 Those are my NSV goals for the rest of March. I have been saying, "I'm fat out loud," and lo and behold, my four year old is repeating the same thing. Plus, he takes it a notch further and claims he won't eat because he is fat (something I don't do). He could very well have heard this at pre-K, but I doubt it. <BR> <BR> My husband is also assuring me that I look fine. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was listening to Spark Radio, and one of the guests said to just be happy where you are at becau... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:03:31 EST Craving Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644756 I hope my husband brings some home. However, I know they are overpriced. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the Mediterranean diet is working out well. That is all I got. :) <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1400 calories a day. <BR> *(2) Add good things into your diet. <BR> *(3) Stop eating when full, not stuffed. <BR> (4) Exercise at least 30 to 60 minutes, at least 5 times a week. <BR> *(5) Drink water at work or home on weekends. <BR> *(6) Meditate and pray every d... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:44:29 EST Nothing Profound This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644219 I am still sticking with my Medi, whole foods approach. Right now, I have brown rice that soaked overnight cooking on the stove and some fish I am taking for lunch. Tonight, I am planning on making fresh pasta with veggies for me and maybe chicken for the boys. <BR> <BR> I still have this nasty chest cold, so I am going to rest today, but I feel better, I may bike tonight for 30 minutes and do some stretches. <BR> <BR> This week, my husband and I are inspired to dejunk. We will see how ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:15:04 EST Trying Full Fledged Mediterranean Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643959 Well, <BR> <BR> I heard on Spark Radio that a great percentage of weight loss or good health was good eating. Or healthy eating, so seeing how it is Lent, I am going to do the Mediterranean diet and focus on eating fish/chicken and whole foods. The eating today was great, and we ate veggies. <BR> <BR> I am also switching to brown rice and whole grains. The only down side is that I have a nasty cold and have the munchies from hell. I guess that adage of feed the cold is really playing ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:47:24 EST Still Logging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641037 Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and I started off on the wrong foot by eating pork for breakfast, even though early in the morning I reminded myself that I had to eat veg. As soon as I remembered, I stopped. The rest of the day, we essentially ate a Medi diet, which was good, especially the fish. I also got in an hour's worth of walking, which really helped me out, but sadly, I stuffed myself for dinner. The awfulness is that I was aware that I was doing it, and just kept on going. :( (Dus... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:33:26 EST Day 1 Went Well Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639237 Well, I didn't get to the gym, but I hopped on my bike while I played on the I-Pad. That was enough for the first day. I am getting a cold or run down, probably both. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday, I logged everything was well under my 1400 calories, but what was great is that managed to eat when I was hungry. I need "carry food" because I am so busy. <BR> <BR> That is all I have. Keep logging. Keep the calories under 1400 and exercise. <BR> <BR> *Done <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best pos... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:31:34 EST My Goal This Week is to Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638242 I have nine days left in the campaign. The good news is that I have been walking about quite a bit. The bad news is that I haven't had time to log anything. In fact, I am up at 5a.m. but have a lot of work to do, so I am doing that. However, I need to log what I am eating and also pay attention to my hunger levels. In terms of my plan, I liked the goal of adding good things into my diet, and I haven't been doing that so much. <BR> <BR> Last week, we went out to eat more than I wou... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:15:10 EST Hopped on the Bike, But Still Overly Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633196 Well, it's my T.O.M. and the good news is that my pants fit. That is an awesome NSV. I have been very, very busy because I am on the last leg of the campaign. The good news is that I have met a lot of new people and have been walking around a lot. The bad news is that due to the stress and extra work, my appetite is spiking. <BR> <BR> But, I am still eating vegetables and fruit and now, I am back to my healthy mode. Well, I am back on "best possible food choice mode." We also have a ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:26:27 EST Got Up and Went Back to Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627087 It's not the end of the world. I think 5:30 is the more compassionate time for me to get up. I got up at 4a.m. and said, "Hell no" and then I couldn't drag myself out of bed. But it is 6:30a.m. and am about to hop on for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> So, I am not discouraged, but I have to report (and this is besides the massive eating last week) that I am probably at 170 lbs. Even if I'm not, I have definitely put on pounds and my clothes are tighter than I would like. I'm thinking of wearin... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:40:05 EST Rough Eating Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625334 Actually, It turned out to be a stressful week. I had a Union meeting on Thursday and a lot of planning for that on top of my Union campaign; I got 98% of a sizeable mailing done yesterday. That on top of my regular work. <BR> <BR> So, all week, I have been getting up early and grading or doing work, which is forcing me to go to bed by 9a.m. I literally can't stay up anymore, but I am working really hard. Unfortunately, I did not work out much after Tuesday, but I managed to stay active... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:25:07 EST Up at 4a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621073 Anxiety woke me up. Well, a bad dream woke me up. I did some good work, sent emails, and now am hopping on the bike for 20 minutes. Tonight, I am going to bed early, as my body is craving sleep. <BR> <BR> Anyway, these next few weeks will be uber campaigning weeks, but I am trying to work out in the mornings and make the best possible food choices and eat. Yesterday was a good day, but I had some chips when I got home and Pop Tart. I think I needed some fat. <BR> <BR> Speaking of fat, ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:14:20 EST Week 2, Day 1 5a.m. Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620185 Well, I got up at 5:30a.m. and had a lot of work to do. However, I got in my 20 minutes and 5 of stretching. I will try to work out tonight too, but may just do work because I am stressed out. <BR> <BR> I couldn't get my heart rate up to a level 3. WAAAAAH! I think my body is getting used to the exercise, and I am tired. However, I won't let that discourage me. These next three weeks are going to be a challenge, but I am taking them on with positive creativity. <BR> <BR> Calories B... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:24:22 EST Resting Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619272 I am resting from biking and core work, but I am going to clean the house. Or, I may just rest and work. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had such a great time! I danced for a while too and tried no to overeat. Actually, the food wasn't the problem: the booze was, but I tried not to have too many drinks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675765013.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All in all, we I had a great birthday. I raised $435 and need to raise a little more, but that was a... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:24:49 EST Sort of Six: Got Up but Fell Back Asleep. Then, Worked Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618507 It's my birthday, and I worked out! Now, off to do my nails and then volunteer. Wish me luck on my party/political find raiser. :). <BR> <BR> Pray for me please, so my party kicks ass. I have to raise $455. <BR> <BR> 102 calories burned. 30 min cardio and 10 stretching. (I am still tired. Yikes! I may rest tomorrow.) <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Have fun! <BR> 2. Stop when full. <BR> 3. Raise lots of money! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:20:06 EST Five, But Maybe Yoga Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617558 I am wussing out today, and am a little depressed because I had to step down as chapter chair of my Union, since I am running for a higher office. <em>198</em> However, I did get my meditation and journaling into the early morning mix. <BR> <BR> But, I am aiming for 20 minutes of cardio and 10 to 15 of yoga. Yoga is not as mellow as I recall; it almost feels like a fusion aerobic/ST deal. I guess it has changed a lot. <BR> <BR> Furthermore, my appetite continues to increase, but I... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 07:18:50 EST Four! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616601 Woo hoo! If I keep getting up at 5a.m. to exercise and mediate, it will be a habit! <BR> <BR> Today, I am doing 30 minutes of cardio and yoga and/or core. I don't have as much time as I did yesterday morning, and the weather is still pretty yucky. Plus, I have to work out before my little one wakes up. :) I will report on my calorie burn later; the only draw back is that my appetite is spiking, so I have to really watch what I eat. My pre work out snack was yogurt and frosted mini wh... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 07:03:30 EST Three in a Row? What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615610 Yep, up at 5a.m. again. Today, I spent more time meditating and journaling, but I'm about to hop on the bike for 30 and do some core work out and yoga. I got inspired by a video Pixie posted on the spring challenge team. <BR> <BR> Today, I am going to try for short 15 to 20 minutes of each. I haven't done that before, but it worked well for me on Monday when I didn't have two hours to spend at the gym. Besides, I'm really sore from that work out, so something got done right. I mean, eve... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:12:20 EST Two Miracles in a Row http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614746 Well, close enough. I got up at 5a.m., took care of Union work, and biked for 30 minutes. The other miracle is that I got heart rate up to a level 2 and 3, and I have no idea why that happened. But, I got my minimum fitness minutes in and burned 130 calories, which is good for me. <BR> <BR> (And I lost a pound since last time I weighed myself; it's probably more because I weighed myself at night, but that was nice. Yay.) <BR> <BR> *Done <BR> <BR> *(1) Move all day. <BR> *(1.5) Make the... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:30:32 EST Finally, Made It Back to the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614477 And the best thing was that I could do 10 full sit-ups. I did a variety of exercises, and I feel like I got my ass kicked. I also worked out my arms and did a little more cardio. The only sad thing is that the dudes at the gym threw away all the girl magazines. F-ers. I was looking forward to my fashion indulgence. <BR> <BR> I am actually really, really tired. I hope to get up at 5a.m. again and work out and do my journaling and meditating. Also, today (see below) I managed to do al... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:27:25 EST Not Giving Up, Just Moving Forward and Onward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613751 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> Don't let my previous post fool you. I had to buy size 14 pants because only about four current ones fit well. I am not giving up; I am just adjusting to where I am at and not crying about it, metaphorically speaking. <BR> <BR> In fact, I am heading back to the gym today for an hour and a half and sticking to my December work out plan. I feel my motivation coming back on, so I am going to hit the gym Mon and Wed evenings and Tues and Thursdays, too. This... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:59:55 EST Made My Peace with 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613237 So, I went shopping and bought 2 size 14 pants, which I am washing now. All that to say that I made peace with where I am at and am moving forward. I was just really bloated, but now, I'm almost back to normal. Some 12's fit, but not all of them. So, I would like to fit in my slim pants too and am still trying to fit in that size 12 dress, which means I probably have to lose about 10 pounds or more, maybe 15. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking diligently, although today was not my best day. ... 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