MELOFALLTRADES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MELOFALLTRADES MELOFALLTRADES'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/ How hard do you work at it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324549 As a lot of you know, my mind travels in multiple directions when I'm typing out my blogs...but I'm going to try to make everything coherent in this one! <BR> <BR> How hard do you work at it? I am struggling BIG time with this question this week. I've been training for a 5k for about a month now and I've improved my time so much. Although I haven't been doing a lot of strength training like I probably should, I've been doing so much cardio with the training (3.1 miles at least every other... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:20:45 EST When that person reaches their goal weight...and becomes an expert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313137 Hi friends! <BR> <BR> I've just noticed that most of my blogs I've posted are from when I've reached out for advice or talked out of frustration, so I'm going to try and tie some positivity into them from now on as well. <BR> <BR> So...for the frustration portion of our show today: <BR> <BR> Some of you may recall my rants about my friend Kate who I had a falling out with and just got back in touch with...and how she lost over 100 pounds while we weren't friends...well, it's been a real ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:42:09 EST This, I know, is Changing my Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302084 Since I became vegetarian (don't worry, this isn't a soapbox blog haha), I've really started to do research and comb through healthy living documentaries, and become more aware of how food can actually heal our bodies. <BR> <BR> For those of you (including myself) who have pretty much been on a "diet" since your teens, you have probably also heard of how people become obese; something is wrong in your life, whether its concscious and/or subconscious. It also doesn't help that all of the p... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:43:31 EST Just tell me what to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296697 Hey readers :-) <BR> <BR> I am so exhausted after the week I've had. I've been studying and taking exams all week, going to choral practice and trying to find a job. I've barely had time to work out (really haven't done much at all), let alone eat well or track nutrition. I gained a pound back since last week and I guess it doesn't surprise me :-/ When I think about it, it's really my own fault, because...yet again...I didn't prepare any meals this week which I think might be crucial for ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:33:36 EST Bad Habits Die Hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291261 It's so nice to be back! I know it hasn't been incredibly long since my last blog, but it feels like it to me! I haven't even logged in for a few days and I feel so behind already. <BR> <BR> Well...I received a classical guitar as a present last week and I am in love. Started lessons and I can barely put it down! It's so beautiful and I'm SO excited to learn everything I can. I love music and instruments in general, but there's something about beautiful finger picking on a classical guita... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:32:04 EST How to make fitness fun again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285608 As some of you know, I started (and by starting, I mean somewhat attempting) P90X this week and it's really kicking my butt. And I'm even modifying most of the workouts so I don't collapse on the floor and die! haha <BR> <BR> I decided I would take it easy today since I'm in pain and I'm already filled with guilt about not working out or doing cardio. I just started thinking to myself tonight, "Since when has working out become such a chore and burden to me? Have I always felt like this... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:19:51 EST Only one pound of fat lost...maybe 5 pounds of muscle gained? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283652 Well I've been really determined and motivated this week. Every other day I went for my 5k walk/jog and I ate pretty well (I thought), but I'm not seeing as much of an accomplishment as I wanted to. So, I reevaluated my week, went through my fitness and nutrition trackers, my goals and what I've been through. <BR> <BR> I hate making excuses, so I'm going to call these "reasons" why I didn't achieve some goals this week: <BR> <BR> 1.) I was under my caloric intake goal almost every day but... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:22:04 EST Reflections...physical and mental. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277552 I want to talk about motivation. Why is it so much easier to support other people than to support ourselves? <BR> <BR> Let me start by going back to my competition blog (about comparing myself with someone else). I used to think that motivation of any kind is healthy; it gets you moving, gives you a target to set your mind on, gives you that drive that you need. So why is it so different when you use someone else as motivation...I think I know...because there's a line between inspiration... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:25:01 EST The Color Run (and 5k's in general) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274324 So I've wanted to sign up for a 5k since I became more motivated. Since I just started getting back into exercising, I thought it would be a good idea to register for one of these races in the middle of summer or late summer to give me time to get ready. BUT...there are some runs close to me that my friends want me to join in May. Can I do it? <BR> <BR> I told myself when I started this journey that I can't say no anymore because I'm scared. That I have to be a "Yes Man" (woman) like Jim C... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:34:11 EST Comparing myself is not good...or is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273628 Wow, my first blog entry! <BR> <BR> I want to start by saying that I am so excited to start losing what's weighing me down...and it's not just the physical weight. I was scared to join and ask for motivation, but just by reading so many motivational posts by others, it really gives me a sense of hope! I created my first post of a group forum asking for friends and soon after had a response! I love how complete strangers can reach out and help others. It's something almost unknown to me. <BR... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:47:41 EST