MAXMAMA45's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAXMAMA45 MAXMAMA45'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/ It's been a long road .. but here I am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644602 Well I've been away for almost a year now. A lot has happened since my last post. The biggest thing being that I have a 6-week old daughter named Molly! She is so beautiful and amazing and SO worth the long long long 9 months. <BR> <BR> Pregnancy was hard this time around. With my son Maxwell I felt GREAT and gained 40+ pounds. This time around I lost my appetite for the whole pregnancy and I had to be careful when I DID eat, because the slightest alteration to my diet could lead me r... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:22:05 EST 9 Weeks 5 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397591 I haven't been on sparkpeople for almost a month now. I had a couple bad weeks where I could hardly stand the sight of food and lost a few pounds. Not supposed to LOSE weight when pregnant, but I figure I had plenty of extra weight to go so trying not to worry about that too much. <BR> <BR> Now I'm in this crazy hormonal funk. One day I feel fine, the next day I cry off and on all day long and want to stay in bed for life. Annoying. Especially when I have a toddler to take care of. ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:10:27 EST 6 Weeks Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368379 My nutrition goals have not been going well. I am so exhausted and so hungry that I've sort of thrown it all out the window. I go from wanting to track every little thing and make sure I gain minimal weight, to deciding that pregnancy is stressful enough without stressing about every little bite I take. So I'm sort of at a standstill. <BR> <BR> And then I get on Spark and read about people's weight loss accomplishments and get even more stressed over how much weight I may or may not gain,... Sun, 26 May 2013 11:49:50 EST just some housekeeping details http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362455 I've been fiddling around with the sparkpeople tools and I think I finally have a way to track my nutrition goals that will work for me. <BR> <BR> My nutrition goals for pregnancy are: <BR> -3 protein foods --> I realized this is the same as 75g of protein, which I can easily track just by adding my foods to the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> -4 calcium foods --> This is the equivalent of 1200mg. I discovered that I can add nutrients to the tracker, and thankfully calcium is one of them! So... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:26:05 EST 5 Weeks Pregnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361125 Today I am 5 weeks pregnant. I have been feeling really depressed and frustrated (probably partially due to all these crazy hormones!!) about my impending weight gain. I gained about 40lbs with Maxwell, which isn't CRAZY bad .. but it's not great. So my goal with this pregnancy is to gain no more than 25lbs, but obviously I'll just have to see how it goes. I'm certainly not going to starve myself to reach that goal. <BR> <BR> My lifestyle is a lot healthier than it was when I got pregnan... Sun, 19 May 2013 13:19:04 EST Big fat positive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356720 Well the question of why I was so hungry and exhausted was answered when I took a pregnancy test today. I am so excited, but I'm only a month along so it is really still too early to tell anyone .. except our immediate family and my spark family of course. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> This means no more restricting calories for weight loss, but I will definitely still be focusing on lots of fruits and veggies, limiting processed foods, staying as active as possible .. etc. I'm just so ... Tue, 14 May 2013 20:57:56 EST Day 126: Struggling w/ this challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356350 I'm reading through tons and tons of posts on the Spark Solution team .. and everyone is talking about how full they feel from these meals and snacks, and how it's just SO much food, and the plan is SO easy, and SO delicious. <BR> <BR> And I have to ask .. what the heck is wrong with me?? <BR> <BR> I'm so very hungry, and it's affecting my ability to workout. After breakfast today we took a walk to the library and back (about a mile) and by the time we got back I was ravenous. By lunchtim... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:26:46 EST Day 125. Bootcamp Day 27. SS Day 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355588 I will be finishing the Spring into Shape Bootcamp tomorrow. I can't say I followed the challenge to the letter .. but I will have done every video for a total of 4 times each. I don't think I will be entering another exercise challenge for a while! I can't say I've made any great changes over the past month. The videos are still SO hard .. this last week I was supposed to do some of them more than once, but I am so exhausted and shaking after one time, I just couldn't repeat them. Not s... Mon, 13 May 2013 20:25:51 EST Prepping (i.e. Panicking) for the Spark Solution Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353100 My husband agreed to try the meal plan with me so we set out for grocery shopping today. My typical grocery bill for one week is under $100. This includes getting some toddler-friendly convenience foods, which are NOT cheap. <BR> <BR> The food for Week 1 of this plan came to $270. I was sweating buckets as it was being rung up and almost started crying when we got back to the car. Trevor kept reassuring me that we are only doing this for two weeks, it's all whole healthy foods, it's WORT... Sat, 11 May 2013 12:30:42 EST Day 121. Gone off the deep end. Proceed with Caution. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351063 I have gone off the deep end, food-wise. I just keep eating. I have only gone a couple hundred over my calorie range ... it's not the end of the world ... but I am making terrible choices. Yesterday after lunch I had an entire cup of chocolate ice cream, and then at the farmers' market I got a bag of cinnamon twists to share with Maxwell. <BR> <BR> Today I ate cookies with breakfast, went to Wendy's for lunch, and just now I ate 4 snack-size candy bars when I COULD'VE HAD AN APPLE. <BR> ... Thu, 9 May 2013 14:15:16 EST YAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348221 This morning I weigh 174.8 = BMI 29.8 = OVERWEIGHT! Yahoooo!! <BR> <BR> I am out of the obese range, and I don't plan on EVER going back. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> New goal: 169lbs, for a total loss of 25lbs. Goal date: June 16. Tue, 7 May 2013 06:21:23 EST Day 118 Goals and To-Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347072 Okay, this last obese half-pound has GOT to go. <em>15</em> <BR> At least my weight is staying at 176, rather than going up. Gotta stay positive!! <BR> <BR> Today's Goals <BR> 1. Stay between 1500-1700 calorie range, including 3+ freggies <BR> 2. Drink 64oz H2O <BR> 3. Log 10,000+ steps <BR> 4. Log 60 min of fairly/very active on fitbit <BR> <BR> Today's To-Do's <BR> 1. Grocery shopping (park far away for extra steps!) <BR> 2. Vacuum & mop kitchen (more steps!) <BR> 3. Clean ... Mon, 6 May 2013 08:03:49 EST Day 116 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345490 Yesterday my in-laws took Maxwell for the whole day plus overnight. Trevor only had a morning class and had the rest of the day off so we took full advantage of being "childless" for the day! I spent about 45min at the gym, then we went out to lunch, caught a matinee showing of "The Big Wedding", played mini golf, and then walked around for a couple hours for an "Art Walk" in town. I logged over 15,000 steps! My new record!! :) <BR> <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> Today I had to get caught... Sat, 4 May 2013 17:25:26 EST Day 115 Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344057 The 2 lbs I gained back are gone again! <em>244</em> Less than a pound to the "overweight" mark (175.5) .. I can't even begin to express how excited I am about that. <BR> <BR> I joined Sparkpeople in January at 194lbs, but I started my weight loss journey way back in October 2011. Maxwell was 6 months old at the time and I was finally coming out of a long battle with postpartum depression. I weighed 204lbs. At 5'4" that meant I was obese, and barely fitting into XL and size 18. I ... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:01:54 EST April Showers Bring May Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342124 In April I failed on every goal that I made. I got sick twice last month so I will blame it partially on that. I did finish the month strong, though. I'm halfway through Spring into Shape Bootcamp, and I can't call the month of April a complete failure because I went from 181 down to 176 and back up to 178. So 3lbs down, not too shabby. I was hoping to reach a BMI of 29.9 by today, but I am currently at 30.3. Below 30 is overweight instead of obese so I am very anxious to reach that poi... Wed, 1 May 2013 14:47:16 EST Day 112 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341180 Today marks the halfway point of Spring into Shape Bootcamp! WOOHOO!! <BR> <BR> My abs are sore, my arms are sore, my legs are sore, my butt is sore!! And I'm HUNGRY! <BR> <BR> I don't have much else to say, I'm just really excited to be halfway done :-D Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:42:19 EST Lost Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340888 I realized recently that a couple of my Sparkfriends who joined around the same time as me (Jan 9) had fallen off the grid. When I went to check out their pages, they had been taken offline! This makes me so sad! Both of these girls were really doing well with their weight loss, but the more I thought about it I realized that they were both cutting calories WAY back and trying to do hardcore gym workouts almost every day. Now that's great and all but it seems like maybe when they couldn't... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:51:00 EST Day 109 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337345 I am back on track with spring bootcamp. I just did the 12-min pilates abs (owwwww) and 5-min butt blaster. My butt feels blasted! HAH! <BR> Also got in a nice long walk with hubby and son this morning, although it was pretty leisurely I am still counting it as my cardio for the day. <BR> <BR> Maxwell is down for his nap and I am going to take advantage of T being home for the weekend to head to Kohls ALONE! Gotta use my kohls cash, and maybe stop into Target while I'm in that plaza fo... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:26:07 EST Day 108 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336299 Cardio today was a half hour of Just Dance 2 for the Wii. PHEW! What a workout! Especially for the arms. After that I did my bootcamp video, which was also arms. I don't know if I'll be able to lift Maxwell into his crib at naptime! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I was going to double up on bootcamp videos again today and that would put me back on schedule, but after dancing and working my arms I was pretty tired. And then I saw that the next video was the 12-minute pilates abs workout and that is ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:23:06 EST To-Do List to keep me on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335012 Still feeling congested but definitely on the upswing. I feel like getting out today, finally! It is a beautiful sunny day here and I need to take advantage of it and get some vitamin D! We recently screened in our front porch and I really love that I can leave the front door open and Maxwell can wander in and out without me worrying about him going down on the sidewalk. He LOVES being on the porch and says hello to EVERYONE that walks by. <BR> <BR> Today's To-Do List <BR> Before Napti... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:40:04 EST Day 106: FRUSTRATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334449 I am so sick of being sick. I am totally derailed from healthy eating and exercising yet again. Colds always put me in snacking mode. I am afraid to step on the scale. <BR> <BR> To my bootcamp buddies .. I am not giving up, but I don't think I'm going to do two videos a day for several days to get caught up. Once I'm feeling up to it again, I'll just start where I left off. Or maybe start over (ugh) .. not sure yet! So, I'll be behind .. but I WILL finish. I can't let this stupid cold... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:03:24 EST Day 104 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332138 Ok guys, why do I keep getting sick??? <BR> <BR> Sore throat, headache, congested. UGH. I've read that as long as symptoms are from the neck up that exercising won't make you any worse, so I sucked it up and did my bootcamp video. Today was the cardio kickboxing video. I actually really liked it! My favorite Wii Fit exercise is the boxing, so this was like an extra challenging version of that. Kind of. :) <BR> <BR> I'm glad I did that in the morning because I really just felt progres... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:46:10 EST Day 103 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330786 Well I got caught up on my bootcamp videos. I really didn't want to but I kept telling myself it would take less than 20 minutes and I would feel so much better about myself afterwards. And it's true! I definitely dislike myself less than I did 20 minutes ago HAHA. Thankfully they weren't TOO bad. They were definitely tough, but I just moved at my own pace and did what I could. I'm glad today is a no-extra-cardio day because I am ready to crash. It's been a long day, and that about sum... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:41:20 EST Day 102: Bootcamp Flunky :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330053 I was going to skip the blog today because I am so utterly exhausted. I just climbed into bed though and realized that while my body is exhausted my brain won't slow down! And so I thought maybe a quick blog to get some of my thoughts out would help me calm down. <BR> <BR> I did not do my bootcamp video today. I fully intended to, it just .. didn't happen. We started the day at "Spring Fest" on the campus where my husband and his father both work. His father - "Pops" - really wanted us ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:35:18 EST Day 101: I apparently felt like writing a novel today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328783 Today's bootcamp video was KILLER! Holy cannoli. I am remembering already why I didn't finish the last bootcamp I tried -- some of these workouts are WAY harder than I can do, even with the modifications. I just need to accept that I may not be able to do every single move in these videos even if that frustrates the perfectionist in me! I am doing as much of the videos as I possibly can and really pushing myself .. and that's all any of us can do, right? <BR> <BR> For cardio I got on the... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:08:50 EST Day 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327840 Wow, day 100 on Sparkpeople! Time flies when you're having fun, right? ;) <BR> <BR> I just got back from the gym after a week and a half absence. It's really scary how quickly my body "forgets" how to do things. My elliptical workout felt REALLY hard and tiring, but I stuck it out and I know that next time will be a little bit easier. I need to be more consistent! <BR> <BR> I also did my bootcamp video for the day. Arms today. PHEW my arms really need a lot of work so that's yet ano... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:19:54 EST Day 99? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326931 I joined the "Spring into Shape" bootcamp challenge today. Yes, dear readers, I have joined another bootcamp. If you have been reading for a while you'll remember that I crashed & burned when I attempted the "official 28-day bootcamp" earlier this year. Well, this time I have two accountability buddies to keep me on the straight and narrow. SlimmingShay & JennaWW4Life .. we got this!! <BR> <BR> I started today with the video for Day 3. Why, you ask? Well, I want to do the videos in o... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:32:43 EST Three Month Sparkiversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324916 I missed my 3-month mark because I was sick, so I am just now doing my measurements and all that. Anyways, here are my results comparing today with my starting point on January 9th. <BR> <BR> Pant Size: Comfortable 14 -- <em>55</em> from a tight 16! <BR> <BR> Weight: 176 -- <em>55</em> 18lbs <BR> <BR> Body Fat %: 35.1% -- <em>55</em> 1.5% <BR> <BR> Waist: 35.5" -- <em>55</em> 4.5" <BR> <BR> Hips: 41.5" -- <em>55</em> 4" <BR> <BR> Thigh: 25" -- <em>55</em> 1" <... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:54:29 EST An explanation of my absence. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320592 I haven't been sparking this week. Kind of a long story, I don't really know where to start or whether to start at all. <BR> <BR> Okay so .. <BR> Starting Monday night I developed some GI issues and some pretty intense anxiety, not sure which came first but I do believe they were closely tied together. After a few days of just feeling awful and not knowing why, I ended up going to the ER yesterday morning. They gave me an IV for fluids, plus an anti-nausea and an anti-anxiety. I left feel... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:39:18 EST Day 86: Non-scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311083 Just realized I'm coming up on my 3 month Sparkiversary! April 9 - also the day of my son's 2-year doc's appt. I was thinking of doing measurements today but might as well wait until then. <BR> <BR> I sort of forgot I had made a list of goals and rewards a while back, I think I was supposed to wait until 20lbs lost to get new jeans .. but my 16s were actually so saggy they made me look way bigger than I am, and I had a 30% off coupon for Kohls, so I got some new 14s. I couldn't believe ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:15:52 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308463 For the month of April my goal is to stay consistent. In March I fell off the wagon HARD somewhere mid-month and barely made up for lost time by the end of the month. So this month I want to STAY FOCUSED! I will be printing this blog entry and posting it front and center on my fridge so that I am reminded every day. <BR> <BR> I would like to reach 20lbs total loss by May 1. That means losing 5lbs during April. This would put me at 174, which also happens to be the cusp between overwei... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:23:08 EST Day 82 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306573 I feel so out of whack not having the time to do spark stuff. It really has become so much a part of my daily routine .. I feel myself slipping because I'm not on here! I haven't tracked my food this weekend and have been making pretty poor choices. We had Maxwell's 2nd birthday party yesterday which of course meant cake, and today of course meant Easter candy. I need to get serious again ASAP! <BR> <BR> I am loving having my parents visiting this week but I will admit it is harder to ma... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:42:18 EST Day 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302214 It has been a busy week but I am still tracking my food and thanks to fitbit I'm really aware of eating LESS than I burn. I've actually lost a pound FINALLY! That scale was really stuck for a while. <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law has been coming to the gym with me which is nice. Always good to have a gym buddy even if just for a few days! Hopefully when my parents are here I can get my Mom to come with me! They arrive late tomorrow.. CAN'T WAIT!! :) <BR> <BR> That's it for now, just wa... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:49:35 EST Day 75 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298683 Well it's a new week and I'd like to say I'm ready for it, but ... yeah ... it's gonna be a busy one!! <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law is in town for the week, plus my parents arrive Friday and Maxwell's birthday party is on Saturday. So I have a lot of preparations to take care of and whatnot. I'm really hoping to find the time to get on here daily still to track my food, and I will be wearing my fitbit everyday and trying to stay moving as much as possible, but other stuff like blogging and ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:01:50 EST STRESS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297249 Yesterday I spent most of the day cleaning the house. Trevor's aunt and uncle were coming to town to see one of their grandsons in a lacrosse game, and wanted to stop in and have dinner with us and Trevor's parents. I was so stressed out about it, for no reason really other than I am a neurotic freak when I'm off my meds, and then it ended up being perfectly fine. They brought Maxwell a set of Matchbox cars and he just had a blast! <BR> <BR> We got up bright and early this morning to take... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:42:38 EST Day 72 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295430 I just realized that Day 72 means I've been at this for over 10 weeks. Crazy! I am holding steady at 12lbs lost, so still more than 1lb per week. I'd love to be lower by now, since I dropped the first 8 a LOT faster than the last 4, but slow and steady wins the race .. right?? Gotta say though, I'm pretty ready to be back under 180 again now that I'm back on track. <BR> <BR> I hit 10,000 steps again today! Going to the gym and using the elliptical is making all the difference. I did... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:05:49 EST Day 71 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294253 Long long longest day ever. Maxwell has started repeating everything 17 times, even when I respond. "Mommy play Play Doh right now." "I'll play as soon as the dishes are done." And then he proceeds to repeat it until the dishes are done. Oh. my. word. Kid is driving me up the wall. <BR> <BR> Laundry day today. I climbed 22 flights throughout the day but only logged just until 6K steps. No real exercise, I was exhausted today. Maybe from being woken up at 5:45 when my husband decide... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:38:29 EST Day 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292869 I hit 10,000 steps with my fitbit today! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I also went over my calorie range. Again. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I guess all those steps just made me super hungry. Trevor came home a tad early so that I could squeeze in some gym time. It was my first time at the gym with the fitbit -- I was excited to find out that the elliptical was logged as steps, since it's basically simulated-running. Very cool. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> I took Maxwell to the libr... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:39:32 EST Monday Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291590 <em>286</em> <BR> Got my major chores done for the day: groceries, tried a new recipe from the spark cookbook, and cleaning the kitchen including organizing the fridge. What a mess! I really need to reorganize my cupboards but that's a job for another day. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> 1hr 53min in fitbit's "fairly" and "very" active categories today (mostly from all the walking around wal-mart and Giant for groceries), and 13 flights climbed. The only "official" exercise I did was a... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:35:10 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290243 Happy St. Patrick's Day! I ate some broccoli and sugar snap peas with dinner .. that's my green for the day. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>371</em> <BR> <BR> Today went well, mostly because I have designated Sunday as my "rest" day. <BR> <BR> SAHM: <BR> -Stayed home from church with Maxwell this morning because he was sneezing and coughing UGH. We got some extra playtime together though because he acted like he felt fine, and I didn't have any other plans for the morning! <BR> -Clipped... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:51:12 EST Frustrated and Full of Excuses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289133 I have been lazy and piggish this week. I feel disgusting. I could list a million and one excuses, but mostly I just feel so so frustrated and disappointed with myself. I know what I need to do .. why is it so hard? T was on vacation this week so I've been blaming it on that, but really it's my own fault that I allowed myself to slip back into old bad habits. <BR> <BR> I've stopped doing the bootcamp videos. I feel like right now I need to focus on my own regular manageable routine. ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:28:40 EST Day 64 ... FITBIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285567 I used all of my free Amazon gift cards that I've earned with Swagbucks ( <link>www.swagbucks.com/refer/maxmama </link> ) to buy myself a Fitbit. So far I feel like I haven't really tapped into the full usefulness of it, but it's pretty cool! Today I apparently climbed enough flights of stairs to reach the top of the Tallest Snowman. Sure, whatever you say Fitbit! :) <BR> <BR> The only problem I've found is the overlap between Fitbit and Spark trackers is a bit overwhelming for me. All... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:39:35 EST Day 62. Back at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282257 I sort of fell off the wagon this weekend. Actually there is no "sort of" about it. I didn't track, I didn't exercise, I didn't do my bootcamp videos. I broke my 40+ days streak of exercising every day. I stopped drinking water and eating fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> My body feels sluggish today, like it's saying, "Ashley what the H--- were you thinking???" So, time to get back at it. <BR> <BR> Trevor is on spring break so that throws things off a bit. And we're already off a bit b... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:37:23 EST Day 59: A really long blog about my AHA moment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279004 The first month of my weight loss journey went really well. The second month went fine. So far in March I've felt like I'm slogging through deep molasses. <BR> <BR> What changed? <BR> <BR> Trevor and I decided to try for a second child. Suddenly my need to lose weight seemed urgent. I didn't have the entire year stretching out before me filled with time and possibilities. I needed to leave obesity behind, and I needed to do it NOW. I didn't want to be starting over at Square One a... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:32:27 EST Day 58. So. Exhausted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277439 I haven't done my bootcamp video yet. Or any other exercise. I wanted to get out for a walk with Maxwell because the sun is actually shining, but he made a big stink about it and I didn't have the energy to force it. It's not like I've just been sitting around though. I've been keeping busy with chores all morning just to stay moving. I try not to count that as my "fitness minutes" though .. because I think it would just give me an easy excuse not to bother with "real" exercise. If I wo... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:52:41 EST A Little Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277048 A little encouragement goes a long way. I had a rough day yesterday, and the little notes from other sparkers were so so helpful. <BR> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> When I was a teenager I used to make collages from magazine clippings ALL the time. It was sort of therapeutic in a way - cutting and gluing and not thinking about anything else except how the pictures and words fit together on the blank page. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then I guess somewhere along the line I grew up and... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:19:59 EST Day 57, Take Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276028 I just wrote a blog entry about how terrible I feel today, mentally and emotionally. But then I decided not to post it because, ugh, what a bummer of a post. Rereading it, I sounded so whiny and self-pitying, it was pretty bad. I need an attitude adjustment. <BR> <BR> So okay, let's try this again. Yeah, I did just eat 3 Newton Fruit Crisp cookies and 2 Weight Watchers chocolate frosted snack cakes in a five minute span. Yup, I did that. Yup, I regret it. And I'm not gonna lie, it's p... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:01:55 EST Day 56, in which I overuse emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274502 Bootcamp Week 2 Day 5 done. I'm almost halfway through the program! <em>216</em> I'm still not able to do every single thing in the videos, but I am able to do MOST of it .. and what I can't do, I do the modifications that Coach Nicole suggests. I'm headed to the gym as soon as T gets home from work to get some serious cardio in. <em>324</em> Maxwell and I took a short walk today but I need some real sweat-inducing elliptical time!! Plus I could really use a Netflix fix. Thank g... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:53:48 EST Day 54 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271601 Bootcamp Week 2 Day 3 done. This is the workout that led to a migraine last week so I used lighter weights for my shoulders and did a LOT of stretching afterwards. I can feel the tightness in my shoulder leading through my neck to that spot in my head but it's not as bad as last week. Hoping it's not worse when I wake up! I really don't want to have to give up this part of the bootcamp for something so ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I got in 43 minutes of cardio with Wii Fit and Wii My Shape. ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:28:55 EST Day 53/BC Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270264 Not the greatest day for me heath-wise. I did do my bootcamp video, and another Coach Nicole video for some cardio. But then we went to Chocolate World with T's parents - Maxwell LOVED it, but of course I was surrounded by delicious sweets and got an enormous Peanut Butter Cup Cookie. The closest I can find in the nutrition tracker is one from Barnes & Noble's cafe worth 620 calories HOLY CANNOLI!! For ONE cookie!! Then we went to lunch at Red Robin. I did get a grilled chicken salad an... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 20:37:45 EST