MARIAJESTRADA's SparkPeople Blog MARIAJESTRADA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Redid My Health Goals Yeah, <BR> <BR> I had already warned Aaron during the pregnancy that he would forever have to love me, even if remained overweight. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I guess my point is I am finally divorcing myself from the idea of having a fantasy body. Instead, I am focusing on reducing this knee pain and increasing movement. I am having a hard time climbing the stairs to our flat. <BR> <BR> I already lost 10 pounds, but I know I have to start walking and being more active. I am also not really go... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:04:58 EST Focusing on Energy Why? I am sucking rocks at the eating. Must eat more veggies! <BR> <BR> Enough of me. New pix. Simona is 9+ weeks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 12:19:49 EST Planning on Losing the Weight Better This Go Round Well, <BR> <BR> My milk supply is still coming in, but I want to start eating healthier. I went a little overboard with the baked goods after eating low car during my pregnancy. But, now that summer is coming, I hope to eat more local fruits and veggies and am planning on jogging again. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have been busy nursing my kid a lot and taking care of my fam. It hasn't been easy, but I love it. <BR> <BR> See some more pix. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:29:04 EST Welcome Simona Arleen! Dear All, <BR> <BR> After a great deal of anticipation, our little miracle was born last Thursday, 3/5 at around 8:30a.m. I had a c-section, and went home on Saturday (made it my goal to go home after two days) to recover comfortably. It has been quite painful, more so than the first one. <BR> <BR> I am currently trying to nurse my baby, and after five weeks of being on a low-carb diet am happy to eat some goodies in moderation. I only gained a pound in five weeks and managed to keep a h... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 19:05:14 EST Healthy Eating Still Going Well and Lost Some Weight Watch, <BR> The doctor is going to say something, or not. The eating has been going well, but I still can't reach a reasonable caloric range. I actually lost some weight, which may not be the worst thing because my back really bothers me now. That doesn't mean the baby is not growing. <BR> Anyway, I have been adding more fats, almond butter, and avocados into my diet, but I am still low. However, I feel pretty good, probably because my diet is a lot cleaner. <BR> I have a... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:26:22 EST Healthy Eating Is Going Well and Movement Well, <BR> <BR> That's as far as I have gotten, mostly because I am finishing my syllabi for next week. The healthy eating is going well; I just need to pick up more calories with the protein and maybe some nuts because right now, the calories are way too low, although I am not tired. I am hoping the tracker is low-balling. <BR> <BR> My exercise is going well. I mean, I am counting house chores as exercise because I enjoy that movement, but I will try to start yoga this Saturday. I do l... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:49:59 EST Back on and Logging Hello All! <BR> <BR> Sorry it has been so long. Quick update, the pregnancy is still going well. The baby is due in a couple of months. However, I gained 35 pounds (cough, choke), and now I am on a whole foods diet. Basically, I need to eat lots of veggies and protein. I started this week, literally; in any case, I had to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Christmas was a real challenge, and I won't be eating tamales for a while. I also will miss the Mexican rice (which I made a huge pan of... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:21:50 EST Gained 10 Pounds, Ugh I was doing so well, but these last few weeks have been awful. Mostly, it's the elaborate snacks and unhealthy eating like shakes and hamburgers. But, I thought about it, and I have a feeling this go round, I won't have the umph to lose 40 pounds like I did after my first son was born. <BR> <BR> That should be a great motivator. I don't do well when I eat more than 1800 calories anyway, and it would have worked out if I was getting in more exercise. <BR> <BR> So, I'm am trying to make he... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:18:32 EST Sunday Plan Simple Sunday plan: Bike or go for a walk 30 minutes. Who am I kidding, walk. <BR> <BR> I'm actually pretty wiped out today and will need a nap, sooon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my doctor didn't bother to call me back about the stupid lox I ate. WTF? Seriously. I should switch back to a PPO. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my husband reminded me that I made the same mistake last time and ate lox while we were on vacation. I freaked out just the same, and there's nothing I can do about it now. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:46:28 EST Ate a No-No Food Yesterday, and I Am so Pissed!!!! I have to tell the story somewhere, and yes, I am calling my doctor as soon as the clinic opens. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went with my husband to eat breakfast at a bagel shop. So, I was avoiding the deli meat and ordered the lox bagel. I thought it was smoked salmon and safe, right? WRONG! I only found out because I was reading an article on what foods not to eat while pregnant. So pray that my little one doesn't get some harmful bacteria, well both of us. <BR> <BR> The truth is that ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:07:23 EST Going to Vignyasa Yoga Second Week in a Row I love this kind of yoga, though I can't always keep up with the class. I am looking forward to downward facing dog pose. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I finally made it to the gym yesterday. I couldn't do as much as I thought I would, but I think slower is better. I could lift 10 to 20 pounds, but the treadmill really bothered my ankles. The bike wasn't so awesome; the baby didn't like the position. I'm thinking of getting in the pool with a boogie board. I also need a new pair of shoes; I forgot... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:58:13 EST Did My Yoga Last Friday and Lumberjack Hunger Dear All, <BR> <BR> First, sorry my posts are so far apart. I just get caught up trying to keep up with all the essay grading. In fact, my guilty conscience woke up up early today, so I could finish a stack of essays, and now, I want to EAAAAT. <BR> <BR> Well, I am still struggling with my energy level. In fact, I make myself walk a lot at work, because once I am done with work, I don't want to do anything. Last, Friday, I finally made it to the gym and did an hour of vinyasa yoga. I r... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:05:42 EST Still Struggling with Exercise. OK, Except for Shopping, I Haven't Done Squat Here's the good news, my weight gain is under control. I have only gained one pound this month (of course, I have also been sick and puking again, which I think contributed to that), and I'm wearing medium pregnancy pants. That was a real shocker. Honest. <BR> <BR> I currently have a nasty ear infection which is really killing my appetite, but I finally got some antibiotics and other meds that I didn't know I could take. Of course, it doesn't help that everything tastes awful still. But... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:45:59 EST Back after a Long Hiatus Dear Spark Fam, <BR> <BR> Well, it has been a very difficult last few months. I lost over 25 pounds, and this weekend felt like a slump because I caught a cold and puked everything all weekend long. But, I am much better today. <BR> <BR> We waited to tell people what was going on, but we are at week 14, maybe 15. I have lost track. I am pregnant with our second child, which is a true miracle. We have had some losses, but everything is O.K. thus far. However, I am leaving this up to th... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:20:25 EST Lost 20 Pounds Obviously, I'm still unwell and I'm not happy about this. Will write more later. <BR> <BR> Gotta go to my first day of work. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:55:53 EST Still Eating Like a Bird, and I MISS My Tastebuds I am not vomiting non-stop anymore, which is awesome, but my body is still adjusting because I am never hungry. In fact, very few things taste good anymore. However, my energy is still pretty good, though I can't do much more than walk a few blocks or do a few chores. Walking is my new favorite exercise. <BR> <BR> In fact, the chamomile tea I'm drinking tastes awful. :( I haven't weighed myself, just because I don't care. I wear clothes for comfort now because it makes me feel better,... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:51 EST Still Can't Keep Anything Down I already lost 4 pounds, but this is definitely not the way to do it. Keep praying for my special intention. I get more test results tthis week. <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:09 EST Been Really Sick and Hurt My Back Last Sunday, After Core Yoga Dear All, <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been around. First, last Sunday, I hurt my back in the locker room after an awesome core yoga session. (Who does that?) My back is all better now. <BR> <BR> Then, Monday through basically today, I have been in bed with the pukes. I wasn't getting much sleep, but last night, I actually slept through the night! I am taking really good care of myself, but my exercise has been on hold. <BR> <BR> So, this morning, I am taking some Tylenol and going f... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:43:16 EST Not Gonna Have That Awesome Summer Bod, But Am Having a Great Summer! This summer I have been really active, even though I am not getting to the gym as often as I would like. Even so, I gained weight, which may be because we have been traveling a lot and I need to eat less refined carbs, now that I'm eating fully vegetarian. (Yes, I eat my freggies.) <BR> <BR> However, I am trying to simplify my eating plan. Counting calories doesn't seem to work for me, so I am trying to eat less processed foods and also get to the gym more often. I'm committed to atten... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:04:38 EST Going to a Yoga Class! I am so excited! I am going to my first yoga class. It's just a trial, and I don't have the wherewithal for a new gym membership. Nevertheless, I am going to enjoy the experience! <BR> <BR> But first, I have to kill this migraine and eat a light breakfast. <BR> <BR> I hope you all try something new today. <BR> <BR> (1) Make the best possible food choices and stop when full (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) <BR> (2) Add good things into your diet and eat healthy food you like. <BR> (3) Exercis... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:35:11 EST Great 5 K! (Well, great active day altogether.) More pictures are coming, but this was the first one we took. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More participants were at this walk than previous years: 5,000+ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> By the end of the walk, my husband and son ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:08:50 EST First 5 K Tomorrow I am really excited! I mean, I am not going to jog it, but I am excited to be doing the Chicago Hunger Walk with my family. My husband totally did not want to do it, but I argued that the more people participated, the more money we would get for the pantry. Now, I'm going to get my FB friends and family to sponsor me by July 14. I knew I had to get sponsors, but the lady organizing it said, "I'm more concerned about getting people to participate." <BR> <BR> So, the migraines have eas... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:46:20 EST Been Pukey and Migrainey 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? 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 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 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! 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 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! 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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??? 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 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