MCLYMORE's SparkPeople Blog MCLYMORE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Persistence, Dedication and Determination equals Progress <img src=""> <BR> Persistence, Dedication and Determination equals Progress <BR> <BR> Okay, I can’t wait any longer to share my new accomplishment. Yes, this has to do with my goal to ride a century; 100 miles. Just to give a little back story, I started a 16 week training program in which I officially completed week 8 on Saturday, February 21, 2015. That is an accomplishment within itself; so I’m excited about that. I recall when I... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:30:49 EST Celebrating a Major Accomplishment. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my quest to lose weight and become a better cyclist and working hard on consistency with exercising and nutrition. Unfortunately I am struggling more with the nutrition than I am with the exercise portion of the package. I believe it truly takes them both; thus the package. <BR> <BR> So what’s the major accomplishment? In my 16-week beginners Century program; the schedule was to ride 45 miles for my endurance... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:03:27 EST Training for my First Century Training for my First Century <BR> <BR> At the end of December 2014 I decided to train for a Century ride. This is an event I thought I would have completed last year, but needless to say, it didn’t’ happen. I am still new to road cycling and I really want to accomplish this goal for 2015. In preparation I am using a 16-week beginners program and I’m proud to say that I’ve completed 5 weeks on schedule. The catch is I’m forced to indoor training so I’m hoping it will translate well on th... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:46:57 EST Great result from Mini Two-A-Day Workout! Okay, so I’m at the end of my two-a-day mini challenge and I must say it went better than I thought. I actually worked out two-a-day for 5 days and one-a-day for 2 days. I am happy to report that I released 3 pounds from my body. It could be water weight; but all I know is that I am 3 pounds lighter than when I started my two-a-day mini challenge. <BR> <BR> So what’s next; I’m taking a mini break from the mini challenge and I’m going to focus on working out intensely at least once a day. ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:06:11 EST 7 days of two-a day workouts Okay, another mini challenge not met; I don’t know what happened but I was under the weather; even had to stay out of work for a number of days; so needless to say there was not a two a day workout. <BR> <BR> So again, I’m not giving up; I’m on the wagon again; I’m committing to 7 days of two-a day workouts. I started today and I’ve already met the 1st day’s goal. I had an early morning 6am workout 35 minutes on the stationary bike and a 35 minute lunchtime elliptical & stationary bike wor... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:18:24 EST Disappointed but NOT Discouraged! Last week I set a mini challenge for myself to lose 2 pounds in one week. I am saddened to say that I did not accomplish that goal and I’m disappointed about it. It’s another reminder that things do not always go as we plan, but that doesn’t mean that we need to give up on our goals. We should take the time to find out what didn’t work and what we didn’t do so well, make the adjustments and try again. Therefore, I’m not discouraged; in fact I’m encouraged to set yet another mini challenge... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:46:48 EST Two (2) Pound Mini Challenge I was trying to decide on a mini goal and I decided to consciously work on losing 2 pounds. I know, we are here for weight loss and we have many goals that should lead us to the ultimate achievement of lower numbers on the scale, but I want to concentrate on shedding 2 real pounds over the next 7 days. <BR> <BR> So from today, October 7, 2014 through Tuesday, October 14, 2014 I’m setting my mind to total dedication of losing 2 pounds. The big weigh day will be on Wednesday, October 15 fo... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:03:42 EST I'm Feeling Accomplished I am feeling pretty good about myself. This morning I participated in the Fayetteville-Cumberland Metric Century bicycle ride. It was a ride I scheduled to do since participating in it for the first time last year. The ride offered 3 options: 12 mile route (family ride) 30 miles and 64 miles. Last year I signed up to for the 30 mile ride, I had only been riding 3 ½ months and I was proud of my accomplishment for finishing. <BR> <BR> Well on to this year. I didn’t’ think I was going to b... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:37:22 EST 7 Days Pepsi Free <BR> <BR> So I set out to accomplish a goal to go without my most favorite beverage in the world; Pepsi for seven long days. Well I’m happy to share that I’ve met my goal. I know some people may think that it’s small and insignificant, but to me, it’s a huge accomplishment. I feel it’s important to set small goals and celebrate the success; short term goals leads to long term success; well at least that’s what I think. <BR> <BR> So how will I celebrate this success? I’m celebrating b... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:02:13 EST Today is a special day Today is a special day. On this day 26 years ago I was blessed with my only child; my angel. Getting off work early to go to Physical Therapy and celebrate with my baby girl. Yes; today is a good day! <BR> <BR> In picture from left to right, my daughter, me and my mom! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:03:49 EST Pepsi-Holic <BR> So I’m a Pepsi-holic, I can’t seem to help myself, I’m addicted to them. I don’t like diet Pepsi, it must be fully loaded. So this week I’m trying to cut back, not give them up, just cut back a little. Mainly because of the sugar and of course I’m trying to drop some pounds; well a lot of pounds. Anyway, its day 3 and I’m holding on and drinking only water. The goals is to jump start this effort by being Pepsi free for 7 days; then I’ll decide on the next step. An update will follo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:50:38 EST I’ve started over with my regiment Well; let’s face it; I’ve started over with my regiment. So many times we start out with good intention to find ourselves back at square one; well I’m like everyone else; that is and has been my story for too long to mention. But here I am; at it again; knocked down by not knocked out! I always say being a teenage athlete and 12 years of military service; I’m no stranger to fitness; I know what it looks like and feels like. I know how to obtain it and maintain it; I know how; but doing it... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:56:36 EST Here I Go Again! The journey to lose weight! WOW! I can’t tell you how many times I thought, okay, I’m going on a diet; I’m going to lose weight for real this time. Mind you this was all talk no action. To think about it even further, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started this journey; actually doing something about it. Well needless to say, I’m starting again; doing something about it. I must admit; my last attempt, I did well; I lost 58 pounds, I have to celebrate that success; because it was trul... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:20:02 EST PlateauVille I would like to say that I’ve busted my PLATEAU! I’m thinking so anyway. I recall when I first posted how frustrated I was because I did not see any scale changes in 4 weeks; which eventually carried over to two months. But then I’ve read were others have said it’s been months and even a year for them; I know that would have put me in a tailspin. It seems I couldn’t get below 200 the scales would bounce from 203 to 199 and back up again. Well, on my last weigh day; this past Monday the s... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:20:37 EST I could just give up! I could just give up! <BR> <BR> Okay, I’ve completed my 7 day challenge; Going All Out! I’m so glad it is over. The purpose of the challenge was to try something different and hope that things would change for me on the scale. Well after all that hard work; the scales did not change; as a matter of a fact, I gained a pound. Now I know that since I’m female I can contribute that to a number of things; however; that is not what the goal was here. I was faithful to my regiment; even when I... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:50:15 EST Saturday, January 12, 2013 – Day 6 Finished. <BR> <BR> OMG; this has been a tough road. Day 6 finished 1 more to go. Not too much to say today; had a lot to get dome due it being Saturday and all; trying to fit all errands in during this condensed time; that’s exercise within itself. <BR> <BR> <BR> Morning Walk – 35 minutes -276 Calories <BR> Midday Weight training – 40 minutes – 160 Calories <BR> Evening bike ride – 30 minutes - 569 Calories <BR> <BR> Total Calories burned: 1005 <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of time exercis... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:54:01 EST Friday, January 11, 2013– Day 5 Finished I can’t believe it; day 5 already of this 7 day challenge. I must admit the road has not been easy and it has been a challenge to make a conscious effort daily to burn a focused 1000 calories per day. I am so curious to find out what the rewards will be after day 7. <BR> <BR> I am finding that my body is craving some exercise, or maybe it’s just all in my mind. Nonetheless, it is becoming more of a habit which is a good thing; benefit #1. So let’s see how I got it done yesterday: <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:24:30 EST Going All Out - Day 4 Finished <BR> Thursday, January 10, 2013– Day 4 Finished. Boy I am so exhausted. This is truly a tough regiment to continue; but I’m half way there and must remain motivated and focused to complete my challenge. I’m not sleeping well at night; this has always been an issue for me but it seems to be a somewhat worse of the past few days. I know it’s important to get rest on the fitness journey; but I’m suffering in that department. <BR> On top of my goal to battle the bulge I work full time from 7... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:36:48 EST Going All Out – Day 3 Finished Wednesday, January 9, 2012 – Day 3 Finished. Got a late start to the blog today; intended on doing it this morning but life happened. Nonetheless; here goes. Day 3 was a tough day; boy I was exhausted; body very tired but I pressed forward. <BR> <BR> Morning bike ride - 30 Minutes – 782 Calories (HIIT) <BR> Midday walk – 46 Minutes/2.35 miles – 244 Calories <BR> Total Calories burned: 1026 <BR> <BR> Boy, I barely made it. I had intentions on an evening workout but my body said “NO” a... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:13:20 EST Going All Out – Day 2 Finished <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 8, 2012 – Day 2: For those of you following me on this 7 day Going All Out series; thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for giving me unconditional support. In my challenge I am pushing myself to burn at least 1000 calories a day for 7 days. Most of my calorie burn is coming from cardio incorporated with strength training, basketball, H.E.A.T., body pump and zumba class. My main staple is the stationary bike because of previous knee surgery and ar... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:21:23 EST Going all Out – Day 1 Finished <BR> I have made a pledge to myself to burn 1000 calories a day for seven days. I started this challenge on Monday. Well, I’m happy to report that by my calculations I burned 1647 calories through exercise which consisted of weight training, stationary bike, and basketball. I actually rode the stationary bike three times yesterday: <BR> <BR> 5:30am for 30 minutes <BR> 1:00pm for 30 minutes <BR> 6:30pm for 20 minutes <BR> <BR> I played basketball for 20 minutes and completed... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:47:36 EST Les Mills Body Pump Tried Les Mills Body Pump today at the recommendation of a co-worker; she is so pumped and excited about it; I thought I would give it a try. I even talked my daughter into going with me. I must admit that it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be, but I would do it again. So I have decided to add that to my routine for the month of January along with additional strength training and cardio and see what types of results I end up with by January 31, 2013. <BR> <BR> However, I did find... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:29:57 EST Goals for January 2013 Goals for January 2013. We all know how important it is to set reachable targets and goals on this journey. It is just as important to reward yourself when reaching these goals and it is important to hold yourself accountable when you don’t do as well. The only way to conquer and win this fight is to have a game plan and make necessary adjustment along the way; this means dedication and commitment to yourself and for yourself. <BR> <BR> My weight loss goals for January 2013: Lose a solid ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:01:53 EST “Onderland “Once More! <BR> <BR> Back on September 14, 2009 I posted a blog entitled “Onderland my dear “Onderland.” I remember how excited I was on that day when I could finally say that no long weighed 200+ pounds and it had been 7 years since I was anywhere in that weight range. Well my fellow sparker, I have once again entered “Onderland,” and yes I’m just as excited now as I was 3 years, 3 months ago. It has been a struggle to get there this time. You see last time on my weight journey; I was unemployed ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:39:41 EST Workout Struggles <BR> <BR> Today working out was a struggle. I am trying to complete a C25K program that did not go so well today. I am a few days off track; but I refuse to give up. I guess you can say that I’m making progress because when I first started I couldn’t run 30 seconds straight; not I can honestly say, I can run 3 minutes straight; barley; but I can push through; so that’s progress. <BR> <BR> I have gone a few days consecutively without exercising and boy was it a struggle today. I know ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:45:40 EST Cravings <BR> Oh my goodness; what is going on? The strangest thing has happened this morning. I have made major adjustments in my nutrition; eating habits for the past 5 months in particularly. I make it a habit to eat breakfast every morning; this morning raisin and spice instant oatmeal around 7am. I eat two packs and drink a bottle of water; normally I’m good until my snack time at 10am. Well, I’m not sure what’s going on but 1 ½ hours later; I’m so hungry; craving everything; like chocolate... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:54:15 EST The Scale is Stuck! The Scale is Stuck! <BR> <BR> I’m a scale addict there is no doubt about it; I can’t help it, I must weigh daily multiple times per day. I’m okay with that; some habits are hard to break. However, my official weigh day is on Monday’s, this is the important day; it really matters what it says because I must record that number in my log. So for the last three weeks the scale has been stuck or broken; it has not budged; it has said the same thing or one pound more for the past three weeks. ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:48:26 EST Setting Goals (C25K) It is very important to set goals for yourself along this weight loss journey. Without them; how can we hold ourselves accountable? How will we ever reach our targets? A few months back I decided I wanted to run again; then I figured I’m just too overweight to get started and my knees are in bad shape, it will probably NEVER happen. So I've been pondering this thought in my mind again over the past few weeks and said to myself; maybe it’s not that impossible. I begin to remember my young... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:58:12 EST Support versus Motivation I was sitting trying to figure out how I was going to write about this topic. It has to do with motivation about weight loss and how we put ourselves through the paces of trying to lose weight only to have something stop us in our tracks and derail us from our program. If you are like me you have said time and time again; “I’m going to do it this time.” Well I believe we all start out with good intentions to do what we say we are going to do; besides; it’s to our benefit to keep our word; ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:33:59 EST Finding The Spark In You! What motivates you? This is a serious question. One we must have a good answer to in order to be successful on this journey. So many times I read that people become frustrated because they don’t have a support system. I can understand that, it’s easier to stay the course if you have a buddy, a friend, a significant other right there with you, holding you accountable. But! What do you do when you’re on your own? What do you do when faced with opposition in your own home? It happens ever... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 19:53:06 EST "Onederland" my dear "Onederland" I just wanted to take this time to share, I’ve held out long enough. My normal weigh in day is Monday and I’ve been struggling to get to “Onederland” for the longest, well my friends, today is finally the day. I got on the scales this morning and what did I see. My scale is digital so it read 198.2; oh my goodness, I almost had a nervous break down, well not quite, but you can imagine. <BR> <BR> So, I didn’t believe it the first time so, I reset the scale and started over again. 198.2,... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 17:43:06 EST Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things It’s been a short time since I’ve really sit to blog about anything so here goes. If you recall I mentioned that since my swimming adventure was over, you know mission accomplished, I was going to Boot Camp at the health and wellness center. Well, I’ve done just that, the official start day was August 31st and runs through to the actual boot camp day on October 10th. <BR> <BR> Since I’ve been working out, I have a program of 3 days weight training and 4 to 5 days cardio. This is nearly wh... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:40:55 EST Major Accomplishment Hey guys, I’m so excited I wanted to share. I have my last swimming lesson on Tuesday, September 1, 2009. I have really made a major accomplishment. I am a beginner swimmer, just a few short weeks ago I had no clue. I knew for sure adding the breathing technique along with the arm and kicking movements would take me out but I’ve prevailed. Okay, I’m no expert; I said I was a beginner but I am determined to practice, practice and practice so more until I become better. It is a great feel... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:49:49 EST Part II; I’ve Downgraded! AGAIN! Okay guys, I know you remember I recently blogged about downgrading to an XL from a 2X. That was big news I was so excited and I thank many of you for joining in my celebration. This leads me to part two of the downgraded segment. I decided it was time to invest in some new slack, especially the ones for church. My mom had been telling me I needed to get some new ones because the few in my collection was absolutely too big. Well, that alone is cause for celebration, someone telling you t... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 11:24:22 EST OMG! Swim Lesson Update! Okay guys, I know some of you have been wondering about the swimming lesson, well here goes. <BR> <BR> This evening, August 18, 2009 marks my second official swimming lesson. I must say I am comfortable in the water, you know I got the floating thing down both on my stomach and on my back, a piece of cake. But, check this out……. <BR> <BR> It’s time to learn to kick, that was lesson number one, the instructor gave us (4 of us in the class) some pointers and we practice a little. He says m... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 22:07:35 EST I've Downgraded! In this quest to lose weight we often look for signs that we are making progress. For most of us it is getting on the scale. This process can be nerve racking, we often step on the scale maybe crossing our fingers or even saying a little prayer. Then after we step gather the nerve to step on the scale we sometimes find it hard to believe the results so we step on again hoping for a better number. <BR> <BR> Then there are times when we wonder if anyone can tell if we are losing weight. ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:59:48 EST I Am A Pool Addict! Oh how I love the water, I’ve always loved the water, I like finishing, I love to go to the beach, and it’s just a wonderful relaxing place to be. Now that I’ve committed to learn to swim I have fallen in love with the water all over again. I just can’t seem to stay away from the pool. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait until morning to go back again, I am so addicted. <BR> <BR> Okay, my goal was to learn how to swim. Well my daughter taught me how to float in one day that was about 2 ½ weeks ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 16:21:49 EST While I Was Away! I had to take some time away from SparkPeople. I’ve been on the road with our Mime and Flag Ministry. Our young adults had an opportunity to participate in the Have-A –Heart Project 2009 which is a competition of talent offered by the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention. IT was held in Winston-Salem North Carolina. I am on a staff of 3 that manages, directs and support these young adults. We have spent the last 3 weeks preparing for the competition. I am proud to say ... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:50:39 EST Never Underestimate Yourself! Okay guys, it’s me again. Normally it takes some time between blogs but I just had to share the good news. Just yesterday I posted a blog about wanting to learn to swim. Well that’s still in the works, remember I have to wait until August 10th to get started with the adult lessons. <BR> <BR> Well check this out. My daughter and I went to the Health and Wellness this morning because I wanted to get in the pool. It has been some time since I’ve actually been in a pool so I said, I’ve paid... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:11:24 EST HELP! I want to learn to swim! I want to learn how to swim. I have been around water nearly all my life. Trips to the lake, to the beach and yes sometimes even the pool when in was travelling in my military days. However, during all that time, I never learned how to swim. For some reason I never thought it important. But now, I want to learn how to swim. <BR> <BR> I said I was not going to join any gyms because that is an expense I really don’t need, especially since I am now unemployed, but guess what, I did it an... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 20:02:59 EST Weight Loss is Hard, but it’s Worth it! My dear sparkfriends, I’ve been reading threads and blogs, giving great thought to the many obstacles we face on this weight loss journey, this lifestyle change. A common question is why this is so hard? I often times read statements saying I’ve never been skinny or I want to be thinner; I hear that and I understand; but: <BR> <BR> It's not really about being skinny, it's about being better, a better you. It's about the lifestyle change, doing what's best for our health and body so we can... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 13:33:45 EST What is SparkPeople? You know guys; it’s just been one short month since I’ve found and joined SparkPeople. I was so excited the first day that I told my mom about it. Well since then or since May, I’ve been telling everyone I know about SparkPeople; any one that will listen; even my doctors at the VA Hospital. Of course I was surprised that no one knew about it, but then I thought, I didn’t either until a month ago. <BR> <BR> Anyway, they ask; well, what is SparkPeople? I begin to say that it is a community... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:47:46 EST More than Numbers on a Scale I’ve been thinking, we are so obsessed with losing weight as we should have a major concern; but that’s not the only factor. I myself, as are many other, am scale-a-holic, I am addicted to the scale; it’s true I’m not in denial. Anywho! I was thinking about my journey thus far (almost 1 month with SP) and this is what came to mind. <BR> <BR> I have made progress whether the scales say so right away or not, this is how I know. I can step in and out of my underwear without sitting on the b... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:06:10 EST You must believe in yourself! You must believe in yourself! Well friends it me again, just thought I would put my thoughts in writing. This morning I did the strangest thing. My daughter 20 and our neighbor 17 decided they wanted to start a running program. You know they are young and they want to be hot for the summer, short and swim ware, stuff like that. Well I said to myself, while they run, I will walk the track to get in some extra exercise. That sounds good right, well I thought so. <BR> <BR> I got to tell y... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 11:54:34 EST Upset and Mad Since I’ve found SparkPeople I am been encouraged and motivated. I strive to meet my daily goals and overcome daily challenges as well; so far it has been a wonderful journey. However, my body is upset and mad because it has been taken out of its normal routine. It think it is rebelling because instead of lagging around; sitting on the couch and watching TV or laying around snacking on chips and drinking many Pepsi (I was a Pespiholic) it has been forced to change. Let me tell you my frie... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 11:45:58 EST I’m Getting Stronger I’m getting stronger I can feel it. My daughter asked me today if I felt like I’ve lost any weight. I really didn’t know how to answer the question, so I thought about it for a moment. I then replied, yes I know I have because the scales indicate I have, but most importantly I feel better about myself. She’s on this journey with me; her goal is to lose 25 pounds; she only has 19 more to go. Boy! I have so much more work to do! <BR> <BR> I guess I will have to lose a considerable amount... Thu, 28 May 2009 16:19:02 EST Cardio Today Getting back on my cardio today I can tell I took 3 days off from my regular routine. I was able to get it done, however I missed my walk because it has been raining out. Hopefully I can get it in before it gets dark. <BR> <BR> I'm worried that I will not make much progress the next week. I not it's not possible to lose 5 pounds every week so I will not set myself up for failure with that thought, but losing at least a pound a week would sure be rewarding. <BR> <BR> I must remind myself ... Tue, 26 May 2009 18:11:26 EST The Scale Moved Oh My Goodness! I have great news. I worked really hard last week; I ate right, exercised and drunk plenty of water. I am a scale addict so it’s hard for me to stay off the scale several times a day. I am trying to beat that addiction but it is truly hard. Okay I’m rambling. When I got on the scale to weigh in, because I have designated Monday as my weigh in day, I was very excited about what I saw. I lost 5 pounds. Okay, I got to say it again, I lost 5 pounds. I mean FIVE POUNDS peo... Mon, 25 May 2009 12:04:14 EST Preparing for the Weekend I have had a full week and it has been great with the SparkPeople Family. I am amazed at the energy I’ve had throughout my workouts and I can tell the difference already. To be active daily certainly has it rewards for the body. I must admit I am tired but I feel good. I only hope I can remain motivated throughout the weekend and not fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I am in a fishing club and tomorrow morning I will be at the beach hopefully pulling in some nice size, Spots, Croakers, Blues... Fri, 22 May 2009 13:34:21 EST The Early Bird Gets The Worm I had a wonderful start to my Thursday, my body is a bit tired but I’m must keep pressing on. I was able to get a little earlier start than yesterday on my workout. I did the usual 20 minute strength training, then 50 minutes of aerobics and finished with a 30 minute walk. My workout partner, who is my daughter, says we need to do more. Keep in mind she’s only 20 and in much better shape, but I appreciate her motivation and the push she gives me. <BR> <BR> We’ve decided to take a virtu... Thu, 21 May 2009 12:21:11 EST