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 Eating Like a Bird, and I MISS My Tastebuds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750352 I am not vomiting non-stop anymore, which is awesome, but my body is still adjusting because I am never hungry. In fact, very few things taste good anymore. However, my energy is still pretty good, though I can't do much more than walk a few blocks or do a few chores. Walking is my new favorite exercise. <BR> <BR> In fact, the chamomile tea I'm drinking tastes awful. :( I haven't weighed myself, just because I don't care. I wear clothes for comfort now because it makes me feel better,... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:51 EST Still Can't Keep Anything Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745036 I already lost 4 pounds, but this is definitely not the way to do it. Keep praying for my special intention. I get more test results tthis week. <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:09 EST Been Really Sick and Hurt My Back Last Sunday, After Core Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741429 Dear All, <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around. First, last Sunday, I hurt my back in the locker room after an awesome core yoga session. (Who does that?) My back is all better now. <BR> <BR> Then, Monday through basically today, I have been in bed with the pukes. I wasn't getting much sleep, but last night, I actually slept through the night! I am taking really good care of myself, but my exercise has been on hold. <BR> <BR> So, this morning, I am taking some Tylenol and going f... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:43:16 EST Not Gonna Have That Awesome Summer Bod, But Am Having a Great Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733111 This summer I have been really active, even though I am not getting to the gym as often as I would like. Even so, I gained weight, which may be because we have been traveling a lot and I need to eat less refined carbs, now that I'm eating fully vegetarian. (Yes, I eat my freggies.) <BR> <BR> However, I am trying to simplify my eating plan. Counting calories doesn't seem to work for me, so I am trying to eat less processed foods and also get to the gym more often. I'm committed to atten... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:04:38 EST Going to a Yoga Class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726892 I am so excited! I am going to my first yoga class. It's just a trial, and I don't have the wherewithal for a new gym membership. Nevertheless, I am going to enjoy the experience! <BR> <BR> But first, I have to kill this migraine and eat a light breakfast. <BR> <BR> I hope you all try something new today. <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices and stop when full (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) <BR> (2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you like. <BR> (3) Exercis... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:11 EST Great 5 K! (Well, great active day altogether.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723241 More pictures are coming, but this was the first one we took. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821766286.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580413641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More participants were at this walk than previous years: 5,000+ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097581488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391686307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By the end of the walk, my husband and son ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:08:50 EST First 5 K Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722364 I am really excited! I mean, I am not going to jog it, but I am excited to be doing the Chicago Hunger Walk with my family. My husband totally did not want to do it, but I argued that the more people participated, the more money we would get for the pantry. Now, I'm going to get my FB friends and family to sponsor me by July 14. I knew I had to get sponsors, but the lady organizing it said, "I'm more concerned about getting people to participate." <BR> <BR> So, the migraines have eas... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:46:20 EST Been Pukey and Migrainey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720126 It seems I pissed someone off in the universe. The Migraine Gods have been attacking me regularly, but I am still managing to stay active. <BR> <BR> This morning, however, I threw up without any sign of a migraine. Convinced that signaled the beginning of menopause, I went to see the doctor. She drew blood to check for diabetes, thyroid problems, and anemia. I am hoping against hope that I am pregnant because I have other weird issues, and I praying for no thyroid or diabetes, but we wil... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:51:33 EST Guess Who Can Jog Again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715018 Me!!! The doctor said I over did it and to start over. Five or ten minutes and work my way up. He said, I need to stretch more. <BR> <BR> Regarding the calories and advice I got from the gym dude, he said, "It sounds like he's trying to sell you a personal training package. You don't have to increase your protein or ST. Listen to your body." Actually, that last bit of advice I had already concluded was accurate, which is why I am eating like I used to and working out. He also told me... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:55:30 EST Miserable and Going to the Doctor Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714413 I am finally seeing the doctor about my knee, even though it is much better. I am also going to address my diet again and see what is going on with this nasty cold. <BR> <BR> That is all. I need to take a nap and see if I can get rid of my pounding headache. <BR> <BR> On a side note, my anthology is now over 200 pages, but I'm thinking about splitting it into two books. I have been redoing my personal blog, Pinterest, and Facebook page to help with future book promotion. <BR> <BR> Yay... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:28:20 EST More Changes to My Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712754 Before I get into crazy cut out stuff mode (it's desperation time again, and I'm on my period), I decided to re-evaluate the eating I am doing. Cutting stuff out never ever lasts, but I have to what I can do and also start exercising again. (My knee is doing much better!) Now, I have an upper respiratory thing going; I always get sick when I'm on vacation. <BR> <BR> Anyway, so here's my new plan: <BR> <BR> Three cups of tea max, no more than six packs of raw sugar. (That one will be T... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 12:17:46 EST My knee is better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711174 Thank goodness! However, moratorium on the jogging will continue until I see my doctor. <BR> <BR> Ah heck. More later. I am being summoned to a treasure hunt. <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1500-1700 calories a day; heavier when you lift, lighter when you go on a gym hiatus, which should never-ever happen again. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) <BR> (2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you like; eat way more lean protein. <BR> (3) Stop ea... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:44:55 EST Reducing My Calories Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709964 Well, <BR> <BR> I don't think the 1500-1700 limit helped me out, so I am going back down to 1300 to 1500. Truth is my intake has been low these last few days. <BR> <BR> On a sad note, my knee is really messed up, and I am done jogging, period. I gave it my best, and will definitely keep walking in the mornings. For now, I am resting my leg and doing short chores. I go back to the gym after I see the doctor, but I will stay as active as I can. <BR> <BR> I will have time to focus on m... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:16:33 EST The Vegetarian Return is Going Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704975 This go round definitely feels different for going back to eating veg. The killer veggie cravings are really helping too, and I am eating more eggs. However, yesterday, I was under again. I mean that is what happens when I get busy, and I gnoshed all day and didn't get tired. But, I don't want my body to get confused and start holding onto weight because it needs more calories, so I am going to buy avocados on Friday and try to eat more nuts. <BR> <BR> On a happy note, my family and I ... Wed, 28 May 2014 08:04:52 EST Going Back to Veg Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704200 I haven't been eating as much meat anyway, but I realized, I am craving vegetables like a mother-fer. Anyway, I promised myself I would go back to vegetarian, maybe vegan, and the conditions are right. <BR> <BR> Today, I am taking vegetarian gyoza for lunch and pork chops for my boys. It's going to be a long family volunteer day! <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1500-1700 calories a day; heavier when you lift, lighter when you go on a gym hiatus, whic... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:12:29 EST Trying New Habits (Reflective Entry) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703370 Well, I have been reflecting on what I am doing well and need to do better. So, since my exercise minutes are at their peak, I am trying to stay active all day. That is actually a pretty radical transformation, but since I have 42 years of sitting on my ass under my belt, it will be a work in progress. <BR> <BR> My motivator is that the house needs constant cleaning and organizing work. One of my new goals is to clean at least an hour a day and hit the areas that bother me the most when t... Mon, 26 May 2014 09:04:55 EST Cleaning the House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702976 I'm trying to change my stripes. Thus far, I have wasted 30 minutes and haven't cleaned a damn thing. That should be my real fitness goal, to keep the house clean and organized in shorter time. Ha. Anyway, my chore list got significantly shorter after my long nap, but I'm hoping to put in a good two hour deep clean. <BR> <BR> Since my exercise seems to be on track, I am shooting for keeping active all day and need to focus on my eating. <BR> <BR> I'm off! <BR> <BR> *(1) Make the best... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:56:59 EST Camping Was Awesome, Now Getting Back Into the Swing of Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701928 Well, <BR> <BR> I ended up not doing ST, but played a lot of tag with my son. He talked me into going into the cold pool on Friday, and I had better not be getting sick. We did a lot of racing in the pool too. That was fun. <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices or eat less than 1500-1700 calories a day; heavier when you lift, lighter when you go on a gym hiatus, which should never-ever happen again. (*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) <BR> (2) Add good things into your diet and eat... Sat, 24 May 2014 08:04:12 EST Went Walk-Jogging, Peaked My Heart Rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700766 Best, NSV ever, peaked my heart rate for record time. I did jog intervals and sprints between: It was the sprints that made the miracle, and it was a long jog. However, I did listen to my body and stopped when my knee started to cry. Guess what? My knees aren't bothering me. <BR> <BR> So, we decided to go camping, which I am excited about! I am planning on leaving my heart monitor on. I know that sounds gross, but I am going to log the playing in the pool and hiking. I also am bringi... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:25:46 EST Another Volunteer Day and Heavy Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700190 Today, I was on my feet for over three hours, but I had a marvelous time serving others. Then, I went to the gym. <BR> <BR> I did a mix-bag today of jogging intervals, elliptical, and bike. Then, I lifted for almost 30 minutes, worked on my core, and stretched out. I sat in the hot and wet saunas, but didn't get much of a sweat in the dry sauna. All of this to say that now, I am beat, and don't feel like cleaning the house like I was supposed to or doing any work. I guess it's time to c... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:42:28 EST Family Volunteer Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699067 This opportunity is one of the beauties of my humane summer schedule. My family and I get to volunteers at our church's food pantry. Today, we are filling bags, which is a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> So, I am looking forward to that activity. Afterward, I am heading to the gym and lifting weights, working on my core, and sitting in the dry and hot sauna! Then, I'm going to get my nails redone because I am going to a wedding this Saturday. Plus, one of my nails is splitting at an odd place; ... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:11:18 EST The Semester Is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698163 I am still working, but not 6 to 11 anymore. So this morning, I'm baking a custard for breakfast and going for a walk-jog. Thank you all for the great advice! I did eat within range and tried to stay active, but now, I'm back on a more humane schedule and focusing on my eating. <BR> <BR> I start teaching in a couple of weeks again, and it will be intense, but there's more room to work out and eat well. I am also starting a garden and putting some grow lights in my office, while I have ti... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:59:13 EST Need Encouragment and a Kick in the Rear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690307 It's the end of the semester, and I am really busy and exhausted. Plus, it's my T.O.M., and I woke up early to bad cramps. On top of my regular work, I started representing Union members again (even though according to someone up top, I am just a mere faculty member: thanks for the moral support and solidarity, you patriarchal, egotistical jerk), and the crap my people are enduring is pissing me off on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> All this to say that I have not been to the gym all week since... Thu, 8 May 2014 07:54:47 EST Indigestion and Weird Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687035 So, <BR> <BR> I thought I was eating horribly, but when I tracked, it turns out I was in my range. However, I am reigning in the fried food and small goodies because I have been getting the worst indigestion. It's not always when I eat, so I will be going to see my doctor because the cramps are getting really debilitating sometimes, and that doesn't seem right. <BR> <BR> What is really crappy, is that yesterday I couldn't finish my strength training work out, so I stopped. I was in a g... Sun, 4 May 2014 09:42:54 EST Day 2 of My Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684647 I am recommitting to logging every day and sticking to my exercise. <BR> <BR> I know regardless of what I eat, I have to burn way more calories; but I can never burn more than 300 a day. Sigh. I get the math, seriously. Anyway, I will keep at it and hope the strength training will help me build muscle to burn off more fat. I am trying to lift heavier this week even if it's just on a couple of machines. <BR> <BR> I have also decided to try to eat more whole foods and less processed f... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:06:42 EST Getting Back On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683842 My life is still crazy and my food choices haven't been awesome. <em>198</em> That means I will probably gain weight. Boooo!!!! <BR> <BR> But, I am accepting that and getting back on track. This week is going to be stressful, but I am hoping to go to the gym Thurs, Fri, and Sat. That will be four times for me this week, and I will be OK with that. <BR> <BR> The protein experiment, well, I need to be more consistent about it and stick to the 1700 calories or less. I know what I a... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:43:52 EST Crappy Fitness Minutes This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680867 I worked out three days this week! Seriously, it has just been that kind of stressful week. I had to prioritize my students and frankly, have been tired, so tired, I actually took homeopathic energy drinks for the first time. I am not making a habit of that. <BR> <BR> Today, though, I did 45 minutes of cardio and will go dancing tonight at a wedding. Tomorrow, I am going to lift weights and work on my core and try to get in the gym every day, but my sense is that I will have to alterna... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:24:35 EST Lost A Ridiculous Amount of Water Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676288 This is why I hate scales. A few days ago (I mean like two or three), I weighed 177 pounds; granted I was on my period. I didn't let the number get me down, and I kept on working out and increasing my protein/calories. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I weighed 169 pounds (with shoes) on the digital scale and 170 pounds on the scale that weighed me at 177. I think most of that is water weight, and to be honest my clothes fit the same. My point is scales suck. I was however hoping it was muscle weigh... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:49:05 EST 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