MELYMOUSE3's SparkPeople Blog MELYMOUSE3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Challenge 3 So on Monday I began challenge #3, which is the sparkpeople 28 day boot camp. Let me just say, I am SO sore! I actually have to alternate between that and kickboxing, because I literally couldn't walk after all those squats LOL. But it feels good to be working hard. I stepped it up and started the intermediate kickboxing, and that is a lot harder too, but sweat is a good thing! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The hardest part is I have been SUPER hungry. Like, I could eat all day long. It is ridi... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:37:08 EST What I learned during challenge 2 So my fasting challenge is officially over. I will be upfront and honest right away and share that I did eat some regular foods while on my journey. For the most part I did stay on track. Eating only fruits and vegetables, and coming in at about 400-600 calories a day. In that time (21 days) I lost a total of 12 pounds. Which puts me at a total loss of 46 pounds from my highest and 31 from my first challenge in January. <BR> <BR> What I learned during this challenge is that not everything i... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:53:54 EST 10 days of Challenge 2 left So with the biggest part of challenge 2 behind me, I am fast approaching the 21 day finish line. I wont lie, I have had things I am not supposed to have on the fast, last Saturday I felt fatigued after eating only about 400-500 calories all week, and I felt that it was best to eat a meal... I didn't over do it, which was good. But I also ate a meal on sunday and had a small frozen yogurt. (None of which are allowed on this fast). But I prayed about it, and I felt God telling me, its better to... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:08:30 EST Challenge 2 Today is the start of challenge #2. I am on a journey to grow closer to the Lord and gain strength in His word and nourishment as well. The Daniel fast is a 21 day spiritual fast, following the book of Daniel and only eating fruits and vegetables. If need be it does allow for whole grains and whole wheat... The things excluded from the diet during this time are processed foods (eat plants not foods made in a plant), sugar, meat, and yeast. This will be a challenge for me because I am a lover ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:44:22 EST Feeling good :) So yesterday I needed to go shopping for an important luncheon I have coming up this Friday. This will be the first time I get to meet with potential employers on my new career path. For those of you that don't know, I taught Kindergarten for 10 years, and just recently decided to go back to school (well a little over a year ago) to become a Marriage Family therapist. Within this field, we do so much more than just counsel couples, and I am really looking forward to getting started. But I was... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:54:46 EST 30 days and the verdict is in Today I weighed in for the first time in 30 days and the verdict is in, 19 pounds total GONE. Gone for good and I am never looking back. I wish the victory were a tad sweeter but we had a very scary night last night, my son had a severe asthma attack, so while I am totally happy I am a tad sleep deprived and not in the right state of mind to understand fully how much 19 pounds is. I am elated that I lost nearly 20 pounds though, and I am so glad I didnt weigh in every day like I normally do. ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:15:21 EST 10 days left until challenge 1 is complete! So I officially have 10 days left until challenge 1 is complete (30 days of fitness), and I get to weigh in! I am excited! I hope to have at least lost 10 pounds on this 30 day journey! It has been a journey that's for sure! <BR> <BR> My goal was to do C25K training 3 days a week, but sadly this happened... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The doctor wanted me on crutches and I told her no. Probably not a wise choice, but we discussed i... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:06:12 EST No more running for a while :( So I am feeling kind of defeated, with only 5 runs left to meet my goal I was told I am not allowed to run for a while. I have a previous sport injury to my right knee from when I played softball and I reinjured it running. I am now wearing a new brace and limping around! <em>24</em> Fortunately I still have to go-ahead to ride my bike and do things that are lower impact cardio workouts. I just feel like I let myself down. I wanted so badly to finish this 30 day challenge and say that I r... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:28:28 EST Half-way point! Ladies and gentlemen, I have officially made it past the half-way point in my 30 day fitness challenge! As of today I only have 14 days left! And only 6 more runs! <em>211</em> Speaking of which, I have followed everyone's advice and purchased a good pair of shoes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like them, but I need to break them in! They said you can return them if there are any issues, so I think using them for the last 6 ru... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:48:13 EST Week 2 of running complete Today was the last run for week 2 and I am so glad its over. LOL. I read an article on spark that said if you hate it don't do it... but today, I felt that sense of accomplishment again. I got my time down by a whole minute. Which is pretty good for me! I was very excited to hear the coaching app tell me my time. I have 7 more runs total, and I am excited to see my results when I am all done. All I know is I have been working hard and pushing myself, I have been making good eating choices, an... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:34:13 EST Needing some gusto! So today was day 5 of my c25k training and I will say this, I hate running. Like, seriously, with everything in me, I don't look forward to it. I always think, "today will be the day I make it through and don't feel like I am going to die," and yet, each run, I feel like I am going to die. LOL. I see other people running and I realize (1) I have really bad form (2) I run on the outsides of my feet which really sucks (3) I probably look ridiculous. But the truth is I am doing it. I committed t... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:06:49 EST Bike ride Today, after dropping my son off at school, I went on my first bike ride with my new bike (by myself)... I did 7 miles in 45 minutes. It feels so good to get up and do my exercise and KNOW that I am doing good for my body! This is day 9 of 30 and I can already feel a change in me. I still may not enjoy working out, and it is hard, but I read an article on spark yesterday that said, if its not hard its not worth it. I am pushing my body, I am breaking a sweat, and I am doing it every day! I ha... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:44:38 EST Fun filled weekend! My hubby is officially back from North Dakota! He was gone for 2 weeks with work, and we are happy to have him home! We had a very busy and fun filled weekend! Yesterday I did my first ever 70 minute yoga session! First a fast paced yoga and then strength yoga! I seriously have a newfound respect for anyone that can plank for long periods of time! Talk about a workout! Then my hubby went and bought me a new bike!!!! I am beyond excited because I cant wait to start incorporating bike rides on ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:49:14 EST week 1 of running complete So my first week of couch to 5K training is officially complete, and honestly, I am very happy about that! LOL. There is no way I will finish the program in the 8 week time frame. I am thinking next week I will try doing this week again. I need to build my endurance and work on being able to up the interval times. For anyone reading that isn't familiar with this program, its designed to get you from the couch (as in a non runner) to running a full 5K in 8 weeks. Week one is 5 minute warm up, ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:00:58 EST Couch to 5K So Monday I started my first 30 day workout challenge and decided I would kick it off by trying this couch to 5K business. I hear that everyone learns to love running, and I want to love it too... it seems like there is such freedom in running to the music. Monday I barely made it through my workout because my shin splints were killing me, it felt like a thousand knives in each leg, but I spoke with a dear friend on Tuesday and she told me to buy compression socks... today was day 2 of runnin... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:18:23 EST My new year begins now I will save you all the boredom of my tirade of excuses as to why I have not been keeping up with spark people, but I will say that my new year officially began today. No more waiting, no more excuses, no more pushing things off. Small steps toward a healthier and happier me, and toward living a life that will glorify Christ in all that I do. It is time for a change, and I can do it! Lets see how many pounds can be gone by January 1, 2014. :) Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:17:26 EST Scary, but it wont keep me down So I had posted that I was going to be active on spark again, because while I had been tracking my food and exercise, I really wasn't participating... the week simply slipped by... with 6 grad school classes, volunteering at my sons school, the house, homework, and the list goes on... Saturday I began having severe chest pain and felt like I was going to pass out, I walked out of class and took some Tylenol and tried to dismiss my symptoms. At 1am sunday morning we went to the ER because my c... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:40:31 EST Week 9 Week 9 and I have been on a rather long hiatus, 3 weeks of no loss, but I did maintain! I know my mistakes: Not working out (intentionally), an occasional soda, and not tracking what I eat. That being said I am here and I am ready to rock out! I am hoping to lose at least 3 pounds this week and am really liking the new tracker system. I put in my work out for today, painting my downstairs, yoga, and kick boxing... and it gave me SO much more to eat. I wont even be close to my calorie range bu... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:18:26 EST Back on track As some of you may know we have had a terrible loss in the family and needless to say my last two weeks have been pretty bad. Upon receiving the news I didn't eat, when I did it was tiny little amounts of crackers or anything. Last week I didn't make healthy choices, although I stayed under my calorie range as well. BIGGEST issue, aside from swimming and going on a 4 mile hike yesterday, I didn't work out! Honestly I can feel the fact I am not working out, I have felt so sluggish and so much ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 13:12:46 EST Thank you! I wanted to give a BIG thank you to everyone who has sent prayers, love, messages, comments and thoughts our way. This has been a very difficult time for our family but we are learning each day and growing each day. I haven't done great, last week I didn't eat, this week I haven't made great choices (although still under or within range) but I just feel like I am dragging! Next week it is back on track and doing well! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, your prayers have brought much... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 01:33:06 EST A loss so great my heart is broken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Revelation 21:4 <BR> <BR> He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning at 4:45 we lost a man that can never be replaced. After only finding out 15 days prior that he was ill, and 7 days ago learning it was terminal cancer, my father in law went home to ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:44:59 EST If only I could celebrate Sorry that I haven't posted a progress blog, all things considered I just haven't thought much about it. I did manage to lose another 4 pounds last week, which brings my total weight loss to 21 pounds in 5 weeks. I wish that I could be celebrating hitting one of my first "big" goals of 20 pounds but I just cant. I am trying to continue on and live my life in a normal manner but every time I do something I think about my FIL laying in his hospice bed, not eating, not drinking, and slowly fadin... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:15:06 EST Prayer needed Yesterday was the first time in over a month I didn't log in... yesterday was the day we found out my FIL has stage 4 terminal pancreatic cancer. I am at a loss for words right now, and am trying to stay true to Christ and rely on Him to be the light in this darkness but it is so overwhelmingly dark. 12 years ago my MIL lost her 1st husband to the same disease. A family that is going through this unimaginable pain, not once, but twice. A family that started to look for God again and believe t... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:33:02 EST Week 4 is gone, here comes week 5! So week 4 yielded another 2 pound loss, not great, but hey any loss is better than a gain! I am 3 pounds away from being 20 pounds down total! In the last 4 weeks I have been learning to not binge eat, to make healthy choices, and to stay busy! It's when I have down time that I get "hungry." I am really excited about 17 pounds being gone for good and I am excited to make it through week 5 and keep on going! It's one day, one step, and one choice at a time! The days keep passing, and each day ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:53:33 EST Exercise can be fun? What!?! I never thought I would utter the words, exercise can be fun... ever, in. my. life! I heard people talking about "what a great workout that was" or "I feel so relaxed and so much better now" and I would just chuckle under my breath and think, "yea right, fun...relaxing, more like painful and not how I want to spend my time." When I started this journey I told myself I am committing to six months, that means six months of working out, eating right, and doing good for my body. Six months of all... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:22:21 EST fellow women, I need ideas! So I am fast approaching that horrible time of the month where I crave nothing but sweets and am more hungry than usual. How do you ward of the cravings, and what do you do to stay on track? I really don't want to mess up for an entire week every month just because of stupid woman problems! Thanks for the advice! <em>4</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 01:09:09 EST Secret to my success I wanted to post something that has really been on my heart. A lot of people have been telling me how good I am doing, or asking if it's been hard, that I must be hungry, asking how I am managing to do so well. Here is my plain, and honest answer. <BR> John 6:35 <BR> "Jesus said to them, ¡°I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." <BR> <BR> I am not doing anything special, I don't have a magic pill, or a secret... Honest... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:31:42 EST Weigh in for week 3 Monday morning weigh in and the verdict is another 5 pounds gone! Another 5 pounds I will never see again! Another 5 pounds that brings me closer to my goals! I am so excited. I know at some point I will stop loosing so much all at once, but right now I will marvel in the fact that making healthier choices, saying no when someone offers you something you normally would have eaten multiples of, and moving your body is paying off! I am down 15 pounds in 3 weeks and that is so encouraging! I am ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:02:36 EST A sigh of releif Everyone has triggers. For some it's social settings, being happy, depressed, irritated, stressed... whatever it may be, those triggers are important to recognize and deal with. Recently my mom had a breast cancer scare, the Lord had given me a calm that everything would be okay, but still the stress of it was real. This morning we got the results, and Praise God, the tumor was benign and she is cancer free! My mom has already gone through and survived cancer once before so this was a scary p... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:29:26 EST Shin splints, help! Ok so every time I work out, or even go on an easy walk, I get this horrible throbbing/burning pain in my leg... I just thought it was something I needed to work through, like pain from actually working out, but I found out I am suffering from shin splints. If anyone has good advice on what to do about them please let me know. I have been working out regardless, but it really sucks and it keeps me from my full potential! <em>39</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:24:42 EST 10 pounds gone! Today was day 14 for me, last week I burned off 4874 calories working out and that is amazing to me. I am sure some people burn way more than that, but just the fact that I have worked out every day for 14 days straight is huge for me! And it is paying off, at the end of week 2 I am down a total of 10 pounds! That is 10 pounds gone forever that I never want to see again! My goals for this week is to keep moving, try to eat at least 1200 calories a day (I had a hard time meeting that last week... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:23:44 EST Motivation The other day my mom and I were talking about how well we are doing staying on track (thank God because only by His help has this gone so well!) an I decided we should reward ourselves. Now, normally that would mean a giant slice (or 2) of cheesecake, ice cream, or whatever we fancy at the moment, but since we are trying to stay on track (LOL) we decided that for every pound we lose along the way we will put 1 dollar in a jar. When we reach 100 we will treat ourselves, maybe mani-pedis, maybe... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 14:11:21 EST 12 days !!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> That is how I am feeling today! 12 days of no junk, 12 days of eating healthy and staying within or under my calorie goals, and more than that 12 days of working out! I am beyond excited! I am praying that I can continue to keep it up, and that the Lord will continue to be my nourishment through this journey. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but it feels great to know I am doing right and being good to my body! Yay for small victories! <em>224</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:27:45 EST Monday Morning weigh-in Today was my first weigh-in since starting last week and I am proud to say I am down 7 pounds. It is so exciting to see that when you eat healthy, work out, and cut out most of the bad stuff (I didn't say all because I did have a few treats), you see results. But more than the actual weight lost I wanted to say that what is truly important is pushing through the obstacles and staying strong even when we don't see a scale victory. We have to know that by eating healthier, and working out, we a... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:56:31 EST Life style changes So I can confess I have an addiction... my personal addiction is sweets, chocolate in particular. I wouldn't need much food, in fact, I don't eat much of it, but sweets are my downfall. I am tired of starting over, and I cant afford to quit! I look back at pictures of myself when others used to tell me I needed to lose weight and I wish that I would look like that, I think that I was great when I met my husband 8 years ago. So my simple goal is to invest. To invest for 6 months (first goal) t... Tue, 21 May 2013 23:32:00 EST A journey starts with the first step So here I am taking the first step to a healthier, improved me. There are several reasons I am doing it, but first and foremost because I feel God is saying "its now or never." I don't want to have weight loss surgery or end up being bigger than I already am, and one thing that really scares me is having a heart attack. ((I have actually had panic attacks that I thought were heart attacks LOL)) I want to be healthier for my family, and be able to go on hikes and climb mountains and do things ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:10:59 EST