MGJARVI's SparkPeople Blog MGJARVI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community LCW... play a game with me! I need some nudging to fit in some quick bursts of oxygen, my exercise time is limited today, so I'm going to be using the restroom at work for some quick GOYB's (get off your boo-tay!). <BR> <BR> Sooo... if you're reading this, look at your desktop clock, see what time it is. How ever many minutes after the hour it is, drop what you're doing and do that many jumping jacks! <BR> <BR> Can't do a jumping jack for health reasons? Modify or substitute, be smart :-) <BR> <BR> LEAVE ME A COMMENT... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:46:25 EST Gunna be SMART in BLC22 I've spent a lot of time lately going BACKWARDS... Right now I have a surge of energy and enthusiasm and want to seize the moment and keep that momentum so that I can swing that scale back in the right direction!! (Wow.. that was a lot of action wordage there... LOL!) <BR> <BR> Goals are Dreams with a deadline. SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive... (at least that's how I remember SMART goals from school!) I want to lose (at least) 15 pounds during BLC22. B... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:46:51 EST So full of negativity... There are a LOT of things that I can complain about. A lot of things bothering me, on my mind. But in the grand scheme of things, I'm just whining. I know that i'm blessed beyond anything that I deserve, so I need to just find a way to channel that negativity and push it away. I know others are suffering in real ways, ways that I can't imagine how I'd put one foot in front of the other. It'd do me good to remember that, and remember how blessed I really am. Who cares if I'm having a bad month... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:12:25 EST I *decided* to DO IT... so I did! I just want to follow up with you guys that are interested... I made a commitment to Decide on something and JUST DO IT... I said that I'd lay out my training plan for my upcoming relay. I have plenty of time, but I don't want to put it off. It's a good thing that I did it NOW because I'm STOKED about my plan, it fits perfectly into the next 16 weeks!! <BR> <BR> I'm in a 'rebuilding' phase. I've been much too inactive lately and my base mileage is just down to nuttin!! I'm ready to shed thes... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:35:14 EST BLC20 Plan of Action BLC20 is in full swing!! I have BIG plans this round. It is THIS time last year when my decline in good habits began. I started letting bad habits back in and I have approximately 20 extra pounds now thanks to that. I am ready to turn this boat around before I undo more of that progress I worked so hard to achieve. Here is my plan for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> Week 1 September 12 - 18: time to bite the bullet. You NEED to log your food. Remind yourself what IN RANGE feels like. Get comfor... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:19:41 EST DEAD LAST FINISH... and proud of it!! (with pictures) A couple months ago, a dear SparkFriend (love you Jeni!) says "why don't you sign up for a triathlon?" "just do it, pick it and do it!" Ok. Sure. Why not. I have PLENTY of time to do stuff like brush up on riding a bike, and oh yeah, trying to SWIM swim... PLENTY of time quickly turned into "IM NOT READY!!!" Procrastination at it's best... I couldn't swim the entire 400 meters without sucking air and water and backstroking to gag. I never did get around to trying out the full 13 miles by bike... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:30:20 EST Reasons 184-187 that it stinks to gain weight back... Four great reasons to turn things back around NOW... <BR> <BR> 184. Having to lay down on your bed to zip those jeans that you worked SO hard to get into. <BR> <BR> 185. Realizing on your potty break at work AFTER you unzip, that reason 184 happened that morning and the terror that you'll need to lay down in the bathroom stall to rezip... (thankfully, denim stretches after a couple of hours of wear...) <BR> <BR> 186. Having to answer the question "wow! how much weight have you lost?" with ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:42:22 EST BLC19 BREAK PLAN The hardest part of a break is losing some of that accountability that you've had for the past 12 weeks. True that I've still struggled very badly while having this incredible support system, but if I didn't have that support and accountability, it would be worse, a LOT worse. So... <BR> <BR> 1. Maintain Support and Accountability by updating any Panthers left in the Den at least once a week about my progress, particularly on WEDNESDAY. <BR> <BR> This leads me to #2... <BR> <BR> 2. Keep we... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:17:23 EST Eating candy "in the closet".... That was me yesterday. Well, eating candy while alone in the office (while my coworker and possible witness is out to lunch) is the equivalent of grabbing the candy bag, locking myself in the bedroom and sitting in the closet floor while eating. I had been "clean" of the CANDY BUCKET that sits on my bosses desk for nearly 2 full weeks. Not so much as a nibble... I broke that streak. I snapped it like a twig in a tornado. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:56:52 EST Huh? Who? Me? It not a huge big secret... if you look at my tracker, my weight has been steadily increasing. I keep telling myself to stop, get it under control, and I feel like I got it, and it lasts for like a minute.... Well, I've been a bit down on myself about it. <BR> <BR> A lady at the gym whom I've never seen before made a point to stop walking to tell me good job. I was working hard on the BOSU ball, she pointed at it and at me and gave a big thumbs up and smiled and said "Wow!". I replied with "... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:14:44 EST Truth or Dare: Part 3 Dare: Patti24 says "do both cardio and strengths and step it up a bit." <BR> <BR> This is just a VERY quick sample of how I combine ST and cardio.... there are lots different moves I like to do with my kettlebell. I do a movement for 20 seconds, rest for 10 and repeat for 8 sets and quickly move into 8 more sets of a different exercise. 20 or 30 minutes of this is a great sweat session!! <BR> <BR> *My hubby took exception to the line "my favorite activity"... let me clarify... my favorite e... Tue, 22 May 2012 20:35:20 EST Truth or Dare: Part 2! Cowboy Crunches! Try not to notice that I actually did 11 reps and not 10... obviously counting is not my strong point! LOL!! Mon, 21 May 2012 22:32:16 EST Truth or Dare... My FIRST VLOG!! Truth or Dare Week in the BLC... see what you guys came up with!! Mon, 21 May 2012 21:36:44 EST BLC19 SMART GOALS I need to keep them short so that I don't feel overwhelmed. I know what I need to do, I think I need to break them into small bite size pieces to get me to get back on track before I wonder too far off! And what I need to do isn't any big secret... <BR> <BR> SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable) <BR> <BR> I've been saying my ultimate goal is 155. Truth is that the closest I've gotten to that is 161 and I looked and felt pretty dang good. I was performing pret... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:28:37 EST Personality Color... I jumped on the bandwagon and took the color test, and I was actually surprised by the results! Although BLUE is my FAVE color, I expected the result to be White based on Nicoles results! So, here is what it says about me: <BR> <BR> Blues are motivated by Intimacy. They seek to genuinely connect with others, and need to be understood and appreciated. Everything they do is quality-based. They are loyal friends, employers, and employees. Whatever or whomever they commit to is their sole (and s... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:59:45 EST Trying to just get over it... You don't have to comment, you don't even have to read... I'm just getting this off of my chest. I don't want to sound like I'm ungrateful for all that I *can* do, I'm just trying to quit wallowing in what I apparently can NOT do.... <BR> <BR> I'm currently working my way out of a mental funk... my knee has NOT been cooperating and I find myself afraid that I'm going to have to give up running. This is NOT a pleasant thought, I am trying to accept that I'm not going for a specific time or a ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:10:19 EST Yeah, I'd call it a streak! Ugly weigh-ins have a way of reminding us that you can't be successful in life by being on auto pilot! I decided on Tuesday to string together a streak of GOOD days, ones that I could reflect on at the end of the day and say "yep, I did good". <BR> <BR> It's Friday and I can comfortably say that I have strung together 4 days of smarter choices. I'm not saying that I couldn't have done better here and there, yeah the onion rings tonight wasn't the BEST choice... but I'm aware, I'm planning, ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 23:40:11 EST Thankful for an 8 pound gain? Well, "thankful" may be a tad bit too much, but today I had a lot of time to reflect on how posting an 8 pound gain in one week has affected my outlook, and it's actually made me stronger! What? Yep, really! <BR> <BR> Apparently it was a good thing that my iPod was dead this morning.. I spent a lot of time thinking on my run today. Instead of listening to the newest Nora Roberts and being transported into a hot love story, I thought about my spark journey and how my MANY spark friends have i... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 14:01:58 EST A solid week of accountability!! That is what I'm committing myself to! I want to edit this blog daily to reflect my calories IN and calories OUT and my morning weight. I'm shaking off this weeks gain!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, 11/9/2011 <BR> Weight: 173.2 <BR> Calories In: 1195 (UNDER range) <BR> Calories Out: 370 (30 min of elliptical, machine calculation) <BR> <BR> Thursday, 11/10/2011 <BR> Weight: 171.0 <BR> Calories In: 1476 (IN range) <BR> Calories Out: 684 (sounds under estimated... 60 min of intense spin class and 20 ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 21:43:46 EST Successes Blog #2: In Pictures I love looking at pictures. I was able to spend a good chunk of time last night looking at pictures from about 3-4 years ago. I forgot how small my Lindsey was and how much Ryan has kept his looks from being a baby and just how much he's grown into his ears! I also forgot how much I *hated* having my picture taken. So, there aren't very many of me at that time. And the ones that are there... well... I didn't look happy to be in the lens. <BR> <BR> I have my starting weight listed here as 225... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:25:12 EST Blogging for points... whatever works! You may notice that I'm not an avid blogger. I'm not sure why... I do enjoy having them to look back on at a later date, sometimes they're just what I need to remember where I came from or why I'm doing this! So, even though it's just points to earn in a weekend challenge, I'm glad that it brought me here, even just momentarily, to commit some words to memory.... <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to blog about my successes.... <BR> <BR> I'll start my Friday Success blog small, and it's all about Linds... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 19:22:33 EST 9 miles... in the rain! So, I feel like an iron woman today :-) I dreaded 9 miles... this is the point in the spring where I tweaked my knee before my first HM. I also dreaded the heat, it had been over 100 degrees the past few days... so i put it off until this morning, a holiday run, cheers! It certainly cooled off, into the SIXTIES! And... it's raining. 100% chance of rain all day, so might as well get it over with, huh? I ran 9 miles in 1:41:00 burning 1,220, and did I mention it was raining? A lot. LOL! Been ic... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:55:48 EST BLC17 weekend challenge This is for my tracking purposes. I'm easing back into it, the whole weekend challenge thing. I know that I need every piece of this challenge (logging, ST, cardio, support network!) to continue to be successful! No more backsliding!! The BREAK is over!! Slowly but surely... participation, not perfection!! <BR> <BR> B: Bite it, write it...Track every calorie consumed 5 points <BR> L: Lift it: Strength training (10 min/day) 5 points per 10 minutes, max 15 points/day <BR> C: Cardio (20 minutes... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 23:00:14 EST Friday June 17th goals Friday will be a lil sticky for goals.. My 3 yr old is having surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids bright and early in the morning, and I'm guessing that it's going to be ALL about him tomorrow (as it should be, poor lil guy!) So I'm finagling a little bit, cutting some slack, no fitness goal for tomorrow, double up on the nutrition... <BR> <BR> 1. Log and stay in range (especially since I blew it tonight.... sigh...) <BR> 2. 10 glasses of water (drink every time he drinks) <BR> 3. 30 ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:48:41 EST June 15 goals A little thing called "accountability" has REALLY helped me! Here are my goals for today! I thought of them last night and have actually already accomplished 1 of them before 6:30am! <BR> <BR> 1. RUN, in the morning, 3 miles. (done!) <BR> 2. LOG my entire day of nutrition. (bonus for staying in range!) <BR> 3. ANOTHER hotel related goal... i need to "locate" my gift card (i *think* it's SOMEWHERE in my house...) and finally decide on a DATE for our mini-vacay! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:58:39 EST June 14th goals Ok, so I need some goals for tomorrow, who's with me?? Shoot for 1 fitness, 1 nutritional, and 1 something that you have procrastinated: <BR> <BR> 1. 60 minutes minimum LCW (last chance workout). <BR> 2. Green smoothie for lunch and NO afternoon snacking. <BR> 3. Book a room for the HM in September in Dayton before there are NO rooms! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:09:22 EST Thursday Goals Proud to say that I'm 3 for 3 so far! 3 days of setting and meeting 3 goals! And it was a close call tonight. I made a goal to log my foods knowing that it would tough with the restaurant chosen for our lunch today. 10pm, I was ready to skip it, BUT NO!!! Little Miss Accountability Partner says I HAVE to do it! THANKS Renee! No, really! Thanks :-) My *best* guess at logging today was ugly, 2600 calories and that was probably LOW... so I learned something today! <BR> <BR> Thursday's goals: <B... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:19:00 EST Monday Goals: 1. get my gym clothes sweaty <BR> 2. eat less than 1500 calories <BR> 3. cook dinner AT HOME <BR> <BR> Short, sweet, and DOABLE! Time to get back on track!! I'm being held accountable, THANK YOU!! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 22:38:15 EST Captivity... day TWO Sigh... it's been a LONG long day 2 here in my lil crate. But a big HUGE *THANK YOU* to BUNKER "M" for sending me the RDJ poster!! I can't believe Kat let me keep it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I understand that today was a fact finding mission. Those POOR poor BLC'ers at Kat's mercy! If only I could speak directly to them, I'd let them know that I'm OK, to relax and know that they'll find me soon enough! <BR> <BR> In fact, I was... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:45:19 EST Kat-napped! I had no idea that SKINNY KAT was so sadistic!! I have a lil peep hole in this crate... and a treadmill! I actually DO appreciate the treadmill, I got in a quick 3 miles to pass the time... a little sweat took the edge off! At least she left me this journal, and I bet she didn't think I could figure out how to send morse code! HA! I'm smarter than I look! I'm getting AWESOME vibes of RDJ and it's helping to relax me and assure me that SOMEONE is looking for me! Major spirit lifter! It was nic... Tue, 31 May 2011 12:53:29 EST JOIN the BLC *Mailing List* to be in the know!! Are you or someone you know interested in Joining our BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE? Then have I got News for you! You can now Join our MAILING LIST and be among the first to Know when Updates are Available and more importantly when Sign-Ups will open for the next Round. Since this Challenge has limited spaces will have the Advantage! <BR> <BR> This Team is for INFORMATIONAL Purposes ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE NEW THREADS. Be certain to SUBSCRIBE to the TEAM SPARKMAILS to receive the... Tue, 17 May 2011 22:10:38 EST 1st Half Marathon Race Rpt (with photos!) Where to begin?? OMG, I have no idea!! Let me just start by saying that I am sore beyond belief and I'm still already planning when and where my next race will be!! This weekend was the BEST! <BR> First, let me remind you of a woman that got winded walking a block, she despised skinny people and thought that runners where missing a few marbles... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is not my top weight, I don't have many pictures at my top ... Mon, 2 May 2011 22:58:31 EST 9 mile victory! That's what it feels like today... VICTORY!! <BR> <BR> For some reason I've been having this little feeling of dread about today's scheduled 9 mile run. My short runs have been increasingly difficult. Some great sparkers have been reassuring me that it's normal, and I believe and trust them. But still, the dread and doubt creeps in. I was seriously dragging my feet this morning to get out of the door... <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day! After the rain of the past 2 days, the sunshine and blu... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:59:52 EST BLC-wide challenge B - BLOG/JOURNAL Sit down every day of this Challenge and either make your plan or anylize your day/Progress. Keep your FOCUS and Decide what you deserve a pat on the back for, and what still might need a little tweaking. 5 pts per day <BR> <BR> L - LIST YOUR CALORIES, If you Bite it, You Write It; If you sip it, script it; Every Nibble, be SURE to, you get the idea. We all can get Dieters amnesia. Though when we write it down, we can not forget...and it will help to hold us A... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:44:53 EST Use the PAUSE in the action to TRY harder!! **Shamelessly stolen from FITLIKENIC (Thanks Nicole!), it's for my tracking purposes only: <BR> <BR> This challenge will run from April 1st (Friday) through April 4th (Monday). <BR> Ready, set, PAUSE: <BR> <BR> Plan your meals (5 points) <BR> <BR> Appreciate – send some thanks to those who support you (spark/friends/family) w/ a phone call or a real card! (5 points) <BR> <BR> Unearth the new you – spend 10 minutes reflection on your spark successes and how you can better your current ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:25:26 EST BLC16 NEWBIE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!! NOW OPEN ENROLLING TIL SPACES ARE FILLED. Won't be Long so Click on the link Now to see what it's all about. <BR> <BR> We are the BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE in our 16th Round...More fondly referred to as the BLC16! <BR> <BR> We will Supply you the Tools to Help Keep Your FOCUS and Working toward Your Goals of Better Health and Wellness in 2011. <BR> <BR> This is a 12 Week Challenge Comprised of about 20 TEAMS, made up of approximately 25 Challengers per TEAM. <BR> <BR> We Recognize Our W... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:24:01 EST My weight trends (boring stuff... just numbers) I was just curious to see what my BLC roller coaster looked like week by week! I began in 9/09 with dreams of seeing One-derland. I started at 219.4 and the it has seen me as low as 165.. currently sitting at 169. I *know* without a doubt that I would not have successfully made this journey without BLC!! I love you ALL!! <BR> <BR> BLC11 <BR> 9/9/09: 219.4 <BR> 9/16/09: 217.6 <BR> 9/23/09: 216.4 <BR> 9/30/09: 214.2 <BR> 10/7/09: 211.6 <BR> 10/14/09: 211.4 <BR> 10/21/09: 210.4 <BR> 10/28/09: 2... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:30:56 EST I was runnin! OMG, I just had the BEST run on my lunch break! I suited up and went out to the park to get in 5k, it was a smidge bit warmer today, I wanted to take advantage of the clear roads while it lasts! I unofficially had a goal for myself today to run that 5k in 29:00. <BR> <BR> I freakin did it in 27:30!! HOLY COW!! That was an average pace of 8:57/mile!! <BR> <BR> I don't expect to be able to maintain that kind of pace over a longer distance. I know that my HM in May will be much slower than tha... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:51:15 EST In the before time... So, my blog entry with pictures taken yesterday made me wish I had taken such pictures 50 pounds ago. So I went on a photo hunt and found one that was NEVER meant to see the light of day, see, I was only standing in to test lighting for DH. But OH does it show my progress! I suddenly feel better about that belly roll I was disgusted with last night... <BR> <BR> This picture was taken March of 2009, Ryan was 15 months old. I had lost weight after his birth, then packed it right back on... <BR... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 23:11:15 EST BLC14 day 1 photo blog Ok, these are NOT flattering, but these are real. I have made some great progress, amazing by my standard, I still am amazed that I have lost 50 pounds! These show that I still have work ahead of me. By the way, I wouldn't be caught dead on the street with that tank top on, I hate my belly, but that's what needs the most work, so you guys need to see it! One thing that I do love... my collar bones! I found them a few months ago, they had been forgotten under a layer of fat, now one of my fave... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:02:37 EST My loss is Goodwills gain! I finally decided today... I'm not holding onto my old clothes. I don't have a lot of clothes that fit, but there is no use in holding on to clothes that hang off of me. They are far from flattering... I'm a very proud size 12, working towards a size 10. I don't need my 16's and 18's and I'm afraid of ever going back to them. So....OUT they go!!! This is a huge step for me. I hold onto things, too much. I love some of those clothes and most of them are honestly past their expiration date anyw... Sat, 29 May 2010 12:02:10 EST i AM a size 12! Ok, so I'm sharing this with EVERYONE! I knew my 14's were getting big, my belt is need of a new hole to tighten it I bought size 12's and they fit like a dream!!! Seriously!! Size 12!! I can't believe that last September that most of my size 16's were too tight to button! Today is a good day!! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:24:57 EST A gain in my future??..... I had a good week last week. Lost 3.8 pounds. Exercised hard on every opportunity, tracked my nutrition and stayed in my range. I understand the concept...sticking with it another thing....Im afraid that I will be offsetting my good week from last week with a not-so-good week this coming weigh-in. I know what I've been doing wrong and will not be surprised when I see it. The question much damage control can be done between now and Wednesday morning...not enough, i assure you! I'm tir... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 19:06:43 EST NSV (non-scale victories) I've mentioned a few of these on the message boards, but thought I'd like to write them out here... There are many things that I'd like to see happen, not just see the scale respond.... <BR> <BR> My wedding ring that was tight on my ring finger is now sliding around on my middle finger, thinking about getting it sized down. <BR> <BR> My size 14 jeans that I was proud to buy and fit into need a belt. My beloved 16's that were getting too tight last summer can now be pulled down without unzi... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:03:19 EST The death of old excuses! Ok, so I had pretty good success last year on the spark. I was counting calories, working out, walking almost every day. I was back under 200 pounds and feeling good. Then my hip started hurting, I took a couple days off, those couple days turned in weeks and turned into months....of course I gained weight back and a few more to boot. <BR> <BR> I convinced myself that there were 2 factors in my weight gain, and neither had to do with my lack of exercise and over abundance of appetite! At th... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:47:43 EST Yesterday was a wash.... I know, yesterday is over, so i'm going to say this and move on. Consider it my one big cheat for the week, i need to do my best to be spot on the rest of week and thru the weekend (my weakness). <BR> I started off really good....let's talk about the good....I allow myself to eat out on my lunchbreak once a week w/ a good friend of mine. The other days i walk. It was our lunch date, we went to Wendy's. I learned last time that i ordered the southwestern salad and logged it here on SP, i was s... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 13:00:38 EST motivation redux Ok, i've got several things going for me right now, and it seems to be working so far! First of all, my C4 gals are really lighting a fire under me, such a wonderful tight knit mix of women, gotta love it! Second, I became a co-leader of the Twilight spark team, and it has really renewed all my interest in SP and I don't want to let the team down!! I've put together a streak of 4 days of planned exercise, albeit not "heavy" exercise, it's a start! I brought my tennis shoes and sweats to get m... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:36:30 EST I'm sucking at this!! I updated my goals in April, told my doctor that I'd lose 17 pounds by December, and STILL cannot find the motivation to stick to's all in my mind set and i can't get it right....i'm gaining instead of losing....something about not exercising and overeating will cause that to happen every time! Not sure what kind of threat it'll take for me to take it seriously... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:40:56 EST much needed update to my goals I guess I'm a part time sparker. Lately I have been completely ignoring all things healthy. I took a long break, gained a lot of weight back, came back from the break and was up to jogging better than ever when my hip starting hurting and I hung it all up all together. Through all this, I never updated my "current weight" because I was so ashamed of how I had backlashed. I have been sidestepping my goals and current status since last NOVEMBER!! So, I've changed my ticker and my goals. I'm sho... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 13:01:25 EST An excellent week... I'm on a roll! I've utilized my lunch break for exercise 3 days in a row, today will be #4. I really kicked butt yesterday....I walked/jogged a 13 min mile followed by a 14 min mile. 2 miles in 27 minutes...a great accomplishment by my standards! I'm slowly falling into the groove, my family dedicated itself to not eating out this entire week, and so far so good! <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:16:40 EST