MCLINORAMA's SparkPeople Blog MCLINORAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spent all last night at the ER, now what? So I'm needing some advice. <BR> <BR> I spent all last night until 6:30 am this morning at the ER with my husband. He is doing fine now, he has some issues with his stomach that can be a little scary sometimes. <BR> <BR> After staying up all night, I had 2 hours of sleep and went to work. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling up to working out. Is that OK, or am I making excuses? Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:19:18 EST Stealing LRSILVER's idea! My motivation for today... LRSILVER has been doing this fantastic thing of finding things that motivate her daily. I've been asking people what their motivation is, what keeps them going, and finding that either some people really know or they don't know. For me, I think knowing what motivates me will help keep me from playing an extra game of Dragon's Dogma on my XBOX 360 or writing another page in my book and get me finishing up today's Insanity workout. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 Nov 2012 17:02:18 EST Week 1 Insanity - Done Now on to week two! <BR> <BR> I didn't know what to expect starting Phase I all over again. Ok. Honestly, I expected that it would be easier. Guess what. It isn't. But that is a good thing! It is a really hard workout. Actually, I'm really looking forward to the fit test and pictures week 3 because I feel like my body is changing more this time than it did last time. Maybe it is because my body is a little more able to do the work out, or maybe it is because I've gotten better at follo... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:43:59 EST Fit Test - Phase One Part Two Wow....I can barely type. I never expected the fit test to be so hard, I mean, after all, I have done it a couple of times already. After a week off with the flu, some things I did better and one thing I did worse, but without a doubt I was winded. I'm hoping that it is just a side effect of the flu and it will go away! <BR> <BR> Here are the new pics <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:28:49 EST Arrrg, the flu strikes again! So I finished my first Phase of Insanity, got to the recovery week, and caught the flu. BAD. So I'm going to be doing Phase I again. At least I got through the first phase. I don't think doing it again is necessarily a bad thing, because it was so advanced, there were many things that I think I could do way better now and push myself at better now. Wish me luck! Fitness test, here I come.... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:24:34 EST Insanity Week 4 done, now onto Recovery Week! Boy do I need recovery week! My body feels like it has been through a blender. My calves are sore, my shoulders are sore, but the recovery workout actually felt really good and I feel so much better! Most of all, I'm proud of myself for actually finishing 4 weeks of the hardest workout I've ever done. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:39:44 EST Insanity week 4 and I think my calves are falling off... Yup, middle of week four and for some odd reason my calves are killing me! Week 1 I was sore, but not week 2 or 3, but for some odd reason week 4 is really killing my shoulders and calves. I've cleaned up my diet, added a lot more protein and kept healthy carbs, but for some reason the same old exercises I have been doing are killing me worse than they did week one. I wonder what is going on?? Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:32:22 EST Nearing the end of week 3 Insanity... I've been trying to be perky about my Insanity results up til now, but it is hard to be excited when you've lost a 1/2 inch from your waist when your workout partner (my husband) loses 6 inches from his chest. Quite frankly, it has been hard to get myself to workout, but I've been urging myself to complete the diet and exercise because of my competitive nature; most people will start but not all will finish and I want to be the one that finishes. Today was a BIG boost though! I work at a col... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:02:25 EST Fit Test Week 2 Results I did really good! I expected to lose more inches, but then it occurred to me that I'm not sure what is normal to lose. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago: <BR> Switch Kicks 82 <BR> Power Jacks 24 <BR> Power Knee 50 <BR> Power Jump 13 <BR> Globe Jump 0 <BR> Suicide Jumps 6 <BR> Push up Jacks 0 <BR> Low plank jumps 30 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> Switch Kicks 87 <BR> Power Jacks 34 <BR> Power Knee 62 <BR> Power Jump... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:16:11 EST Today is Fit Test day Today is the day where I take part in the grueling fit test and remeasure all of my soft wobbly bits to see if they are less soft and wobbly. I am certainly hoping to see some results and that the results I think I see aren't all in my mind. Wish me luck! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:22:03 EST Insanity Week 2 Finished Last night I finished Week 2 of Insanity with my husband. We got into bed totally exhausted, but feeling like we have really accomplished a lot. Suddenly it sunk in; we've been doing that crazy work out for 2 WEEKS. It made me really proud of myself, of us, for being able to get that far. I definitely plan on keeping a calendar to mark my workout progress for any workouts I do in the future, it is really satisfying to mark something off as Done! Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:12:21 EST Goal Garments My husband just bought me this dress: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I hear it is a good motivator to have a goal garment - so this is definitely mine! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:45:11 EST Half Way through Week 2 Insanity Today was SO hard. I didn't want to work out. At all. <BR> <BR> I was pretty proud of myself because I did it anyway and I realized something about myself that I would never have admitted before, I am very extrinsically motivated. <BR> <BR> I tried telling myself all of the internal motivations; do this for yourself, this is the best investment you can ever make in yourself. Blah, blah. I didn't care. I should care, but I didn't. <BR> <BR> The thing that made me work out today is that I... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:22:08 EST Week 2 Officially Begun! Last night I finished Week 2's first Insanity workout, Cardio Resistance. I forced myself to work REALLY hard. Oddly enough, I'm not sore (the aerobic part killed me). I was really proud of myself for making myself get in there and do it. It was hard yesterday, long day at work and a funeral, but I still made myself work out. I kept reminding myself that I am going to be measuring myself for results in 1 week and taking another pic to post here...what do I want it to look like? Well, I want i... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:17:12 EST Shoulder muscles?! Today I start week two of Insanity and I was pretty thrilled when I went to change today and saw shoulder muscles! Real live shoulder muscles! Maybe there are other muscles lurking around too? Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:11:52 EST Insanity Week 1 - done I finished week one as of Saturday! I feel pretty good about myself. The week passed mostly without incident except I ate waaaay too much on Saturday (I stayed up too late and was starving). I'll hop back on the bandwagon and enjoy my rest day! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:28:51 EST Fitness Goals 2013 So I was reading Fitmom35's blog (you should see her - she is the poster girl for hot soccer mom types), and she had some good info that she gleaned from the creator of P90X. <BR> <BR> He said: <BR> 1. Follow the person and/or program that makes sense to you. <BR> 2. Write down a plan that forces you to stick with your goals for the next 12 months. <BR> 3. Finds 3 ways to stay accountable even under the most adverse conditions <BR> 4. Run from lazy naysayers and find people who want more ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:31:31 EST Day 4 of Insanity My brother loaned me the Insanity workout (he couldn't do it because of a hernia) and the diet plan. I've been sticking loosely to the diet plan and doing the workouts. The diet plan is awesome; I feel really good. It is hard to believe I can eat this many calories and lose weight - I struggle with an eating disorder so we shall see how this goes. Eating a lot literally scares me, even when the food is healthy! The workouts are GREAT. The warm ups are harder than most workouts I've done. I am... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:40:07 EST Day 3 - This might just be ok Today is day 3 of the diet of my own design and so far so good! <BR> <BR> I had a mini cookie as my treat for the day and haven't felt deprived - it even made it possible for me to say "no" to a giant slab of marble cake! Before that would've been unthinkable! <BR> <BR> I've been eating Lean Pockets for lunch because the fridge at work is a mini fridge and fitting anything much in it is rather difficult, but having the lean pocket and then another snack at work, seems to be working. <BR> <... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:20:13 EST Day 1-2 of My Own diet Day 1 <BR> I was recovering from a cold or flu, so I was giving myself more wiggle room with calories (up to 2k). I still ate 5 times per day. I didn't walk, because of how ill I was. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say that I felt fantastic! I didn't feel hungry. I also felt like I wasn't bloated, in fact, I could remove rings from my fingers that were pretty stuck there before. <BR> <BR> Day 2 <BR> I ate 5 times per day and did my 30 minute walk. I was surprised about how easy it is to eat LESS ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:00:59 EST Fatter, more tired, and had an epiphany... The last week has been rough! <BR> <BR> Our house was robbed by a friend who only stole my husband's pain pills (he has degenerative disc disease). <BR> <BR> My husband got into a car wreck with the car we bought 2 weeks ago to replace our old unreliable one. Luckily, the biggest injuries he received are two swollen knees that we are binding (the doc will look at the x-ray and confirm). <BR> <BR> My husband's uncle died, leaving him to settle the estate. Poor guy is being flooded with pho... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:41:52 EST Busy, Stressed ---- and fat It has been really crazy the last couple of weeks. It seems like I am always at my new job trying to sort out messes. My Husband has been gone on business trips - and the business didn't end up working out. Our house was robbed. And my husband just got into a car wreck. <BR> <BR> It suffices to say, I've been eating out a bit. I've barely been staying in my calorie zone. <BR> <BR> Anyone have good ideas for getting fit under pressure? I sure could use them! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:53:45 EST Grrr! Changes sure are making it rough to stay on the wagon!! So I've recently had to switch from one job location to another job location. I've only been on this job for 2 months and was just getting the hang of what I was doing when it was announced they were moving me and now I have to start re-learning a lot for a new site. <BR> <BR> How does this pertain to fitness and nutrition? Essentially, I've been feeling really harried and am having a heck of a time eating right. Fitness has never been an issue for me, but the eating right is a constant cha... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:50:49 EST Bad to the bone... So yeah, I have fallen off of the wagon. Maybe all of the success went to my head...maybe it was the way that those brownies looked at me, I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> All I do know is I have eaten a lot of things that I did not want to eat. <BR> <BR> Typically, I would beat myself up about this but I've decided to take a different approach. <BR> <BR> 1. Go back to eating normally <BR> 2. Add in a little more exercise <BR> 3. Figure out - what did happen? <BR> I'd say it was lack of planni... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:28:53 EST Success! I reached my weekly weigh-in goal yesterday and I am pretty proud of it! I decided to weigh myself once a week because, unlike some people, I tend to get discouraged if I don't see immediate daily results. Weighing myself once a week seems to work. I also marked my weigh-in days on the calendar and wrote the goal next to each one so I can visually see the pounds count down. That seems to be a big help! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:53:11 EST Progress I don't weigh myself everyday....namely because I weigh myself on my Wii fit, which is a special bit of torture because Nintendo makes your avatar/mii look like she swallowed a bowling ball. Tomorrow is W-Day for me. <BR> <BR> However, I think I will be pleasantly surprised. I feel WAY less bloated than I did previously, my belly feels/looks flatter, and my hips seem to be a bit slimmer. We'll see what the scale says! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:22:32 EST Attack of the Emotional Vampire just took the wind out of my sails....thanks??? <BR> <BR> Recently, I've gone into business for myself while simultaneously continuing to work full time. It has been very enjoyable and one of the main reasons I enjoy it so much is I adore research. I love researching items/products, techniques, and just about anything. One of the items I get to study is how to manage and motivate people (especially myself). People who feel good about themselves and where they are, provide great re... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:52:39 EST 330 lbs and can't walk..... I guess this blog is a bit about my own ridiculousness. <BR> <BR> Today I was reading the Spark Blog of this very inspiring woman. She explains, with great flourish and humor, that she went from being 330 lbs and being unable to walk, to someone who works out on a regular basis. She has worked hard. It shows. <BR> <BR> It is funny to me, that if a woman who obviously had it much worse than me can make the time to make herself and her life a priority, that I sometimes act like I cannot. <B... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:28:58 EST I haven't weighed myself in 29 days but... But I lost 1 lb! It sounds silly, but I'm actually excited. Last time I weighed myself I was at 174 lbs and was so discouraged, I didn't record anything. My husband has been eating with me and he has been able to notice a HUGE difference already! Especially when he puts his pants on! <em>104</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 02:55:42 EST Eating Out Last Night So I decided to marry the HCG diet with the 4 Hour Body diet to make sure my calories don't go down to an unhealthy level. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a get-together at a Mexican Food restaurant. Amazingly, eating the suggested way kept my calories a little under 1600 that day, which is a BIG win for me! <BR> <BR> Definitely feeling more confident and excited to weigh myself this Saturday! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:26:07 EST The first day and how it went Yesterday I switched to a combo of the HCG diet and the Slow Carb diet and was amazed how easy it was. Yes, there wasn't a ton of variety, but I wasn't hungry either! I ate about 1280 calories (which is amazing low for me) and felt good. Hopefully this keeps going this way! <BR> <BR> I've been icing to help the Sciatica go away and doing the stretches I've found online. Amazingly, the stretches REALLY help it feel TONS better! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:17:21 EST Keeping my eyes on the prize... Many things I've read have shown me the importance of having a goal that you can actually envision yourself obtaining and then you must visualize yourself obtaining it. If you cannot, you will not. Thus, the whole idea behind having pictures of what you think your ideal body is in order to give yourself something visual. If you doubt the importance of visuals, it is important to note that in most primates the olfactory lobe (smelling part of the brain) is the largest sensory part of the brai... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:17:31 EST Final Day of Phase I I'm at work right now reading different articles about how to heal a hip strain while staying active - this is going to be rough and definitely will impact my plans. <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of phase I, before I hop over to Phase II. Phase II is between 1000-1500 calories (lasts 30-40 days), focuses on meat and veggies. Right NOW I'm excited, but I'm also a bit concerned about how my body is going to react, because I am a SUGAR addict. I've been working HARD to break my sugar habi... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:47:14 EST Starting something new So I've decided to quick start some weight loss (I need a little bit of fast encouragement to help me begin a life change). I've been maintaining weight, not gaining or losing it lately, and I want to break through that barrier. I just started a wonderful new job, so NOW seems like a good time for lifestyle change since I am making changes on many levels. <BR> <BR> I'm an independent business owner that works with Amway so I'm trying their Carb Cutter plan, supplemented with HCG, and exerc... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:13:35 EST