MKERN500's SparkPeople Blog MKERN500's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Paying Weighed myself today and I'm paying for the weekend food fest! I didn't plan it that way but this is what happened: <BR> <BR> Friday: The one night this weekend I had planned to go wild! Rodizio and drinky-drinks were on the menu for the evening. I was blowing off steam with my BFF and we were gonna say to hell with the diet! <BR> <BR> Saturday: Saturday morning was taken over by my overindulging the night before and breakfast was at iHop. At that point I had a bite of a pancake and some ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:42:45 EST B*tching Day I've been sore for days... <BR> <BR> Last week it was my neck/back. Frozen so it limited my range of motion. Today I'm still sore from Saturday's hike. <BR> <BR> ...and I'm tired because I haven't been getting enough sleep <BR> <BR> ...and I'm afraid because I need to make a big change in my life <BR> <BR> ...and I'm lonely - dating scene does not improve as you get older <BR> <BR> ...and...enough complaining...time to go to the gym! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:34:19 EST Don't Overthink!!! Woke up this morning with an "Ugh!" <BR> <BR> Sat on the edge of the bed with a "I don't want to" <BR> <BR> Got on the scale with a "I didn't eat a sensible dinner last night so this won't be good!" <BR> <BR> Read the numbers on the scale with a "Woohoo!" <BR> <BR> Heading to the gym with a "Bring it On!" <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 08:19:06 EST Good Friday Just a quick blog about my day. Had my nutritious pre-workout snack, a protein shake for breakfast after kickboxing and then lunch with a friend at Baja Fresh. Nothing friend...all tasty! Tonight I plan on having a salad to to get the rest of my veggie servings in for a the day. <BR> <BR> With the increase in my exercise I need to start consuming more calories..healthy fruit and veggies ones though. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:28:43 EST Angel vs. Devil Going into Week to of unemployed and trying to keep my spirits up by focusing on exercising and learning some new healthy recipes (can't say I don't have the time! lol). <BR> <BR> I've noticed over time that my trend is to eat like an angel during the week and then I go hog wild on the weekends! I can't seem to just have one "bad" meal and go back to eating 'good' for the rest of the day like others. <BR> <BR> Going to keep working on finding that balance... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:24:49 EST Finding medium speed So I submitted to peer pressure and signed up for weight watchers online. Let's face it, those ads on TV are great and it seemed like most of my work colleagues were doing it. Well that was a MAJOR mistake. I was hungry ALL the time and felt the pressure to keep within my points. So what happened? As expected on the weekend I went to Fried Food Town just so I could finally feel full. Bad! Bad! Bad! LOL <BR> <BR> So now I'm stopping the insanity and giving up weight watchers and allowing co... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:43:38 EST Terrific Tuesday Just wanted to write a quick note about today. <BR> <BR> After 2 weeks of fighting one of the vicious viruses floating around I went back to the gym and tracked my food again (despite my raging PMS)! <BR> <BR> All-in-all I'd say it's been a good day! <em>380</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:56:57 EST Stressing over the little things So nothing makes me stress more than money - or lack there of. The last couples of years have been challenging in that department with my husband working sporadically due to his medical condition. <BR> <BR> I've been robbing Peter to pay for too long and it's starting to catch up. I suppose the most frustrating part of it is that my husband doesn't seem to understand that groceries don't magically appear in the refrigerator or that someone actually has to pay for the utilities, cable and... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:08:11 EST Building my cardio back up Slowing building my cardio back up. I hadn't realized how bad it had become because of my slacking in December. Gonna have to keep it moving now if I want to do a 5K in the spring! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 08:49:08 EST January 4th So this is my first blog entry for 2010 and I'm trying desperately to get back into the swing of things. The holidays were a mess emotionally for me. Not in a tragic, someone died way but a lot of up and down which caused me to blow off cardio pretty much for all of December. I think the only thing that kept me going to the gym was my sessions with my trainer! Thank goodness for that! <BR> <BR> But I'm back today and rededicating myself to getting back on my routine of healthy living. M... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:34:54 EST January 4th So this is my first blog entry for 2010 and I'm trying desperately to get back into the swing of things. The holidays were a mess emotionally for me. Not in a tragic, someone died way but a lot of up and down which caused me to blow off cardio pretty much for all of December. I think the only thing that kept me going to the gym was my sessions with my trainer! Thank goodness for that! <BR> <BR> But I'm back today and rededicating myself to getting back on my routine of healthy living. M... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:34:46 EST Working out Skinny Okay one question... <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> How come when I go to the gym I see some women who look like they are in great shape but all they do is either walk around or do some light weights while I have sweat dripping off me like I'm on The Biggest Loser? How do they do it?! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2009 14:33:12 EST Calories Calories Calories So yesterday after doing lots and lots of math I learned what my BMR is. Definitely some helpful info when it comes to trying to lose weight. I'm happy to say that I'm on track for reaching my goal by May 1st. <BR> <BR> Of course I realize that May 1st doesn't end my journey, it's just another day to continue it. I will need to maintain my new figure (or continue to lose - woohoo). <BR> <BR> I'm so happy that I found SP. It's really a great tool! <em>250</em> Tue, 1 Dec 2009 13:06:20 EST Turkey Day Sum-up So turkey day didn't turn out too badly. I managed to go to the gym for some cardio and in the AM before going over to future mother-in-law's house for dinner. <BR> <BR> Appetizers were mini-quiche, shrimp cocktail and chips/dip. I stayed away from the chips and dip and tried not to over-indulge on the quiches - meanwhile I could have popped them into my mouth like m&m's they were so yummy! <BR> <BR> For dinner itself, I tried to make sure there were plenty of veggies on my plate and on... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:57:47 EST Preparing for Turkey Day Working out like a fiend so I can enjoy Turkey Day! <em>428</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:52:54 EST Tired Today Stuff going on at home that's leaving me emotionally drained and without a full night's rest. Not sure how long I can keep my chin up for. I'm just afraid that I will get so tired and stressed out that I will lose my motivation for exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:13:16 EST Done Just gotta say "HURRAH! I AM FINISHED WITH ALL MAJOR WEDDING PLANNING!" <BR> <BR> Put a deposit on the DJ and the girls ordered their gowns this weekend. <BR> <BR> The only thing left...all my little DIY projects (sigh) <em>100</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:41:41 EST Observations: Young vs. Old Sunday turned out to be a gorgeous day. It's November here and although the most of the leaves have already fallen the temperature was a comfortable 70 degrees and sunny. Determined to get my dose of Vitamin D, I grabbed my honey and we headed outdoors to the small reservation near home. <BR> <BR> As expected, the woods were full of people walking their dogs, older folks and college kids all out to enjoy the few days before winter would prohibit these types of excursions. <BR> <BR> It's wa... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:57:34 EST Sweating Anytime that I'm starting to lose my gusto (usually 20 mins into my cardio workout) and I'm drenched to the point where I look like I've just gotten out of the pool -- I imagine that it's not water pouring out of's fat. I'm shedding the fat that I've been holding on to for too long. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 4 Nov 2009 15:04:11 EST Taking back my buttons So it's been a lousy week. I've been fighting a nasty cold (not the swine flu) so there's been no exercising or faithful nutrition plan. Pretty much, an unproductive week for me. <BR> <BR> Until I tried on my jacket today. You see, I work in an office environment and since the temperature fluctuates from minute to minute, I generally wear some sort of suit jacket. The one I have on today is a cute brown cord one from Ann Taylor (a store I thought I'd never be able to fit in to). Due to my... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:38:50 EST Today Ah Nuts! <em>28</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 09:52:11 EST Done with "What else should I be doing?" I know that every woman - or at least every woman I know plays the game "What else should I be doing." It's usually preceded by another question or statement like "I weigh 169lbs. What else should I be doing?" or "I'm watching what I eat and exercising but nothing is helping. What else should I be doing?" You catch the drift. <BR> <BR> So I've stopped fighting with the scale (finally) and decided when I hopped on this morning that I know I'm doing the right things and I'm feeling stronger a... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:20:05 EST Not Afraid of Pain Anymore I'm thrilled and excited to report that I'm not afraid of the pain of exercise anymore. I would almost venture to say I'm embracing it (of course, within reason). <BR> <BR> Today is my regular session with my personal trainer and it was arms day, only outshone by lack of muscle tone by my abs. He has started incorporating some weight machine exercises along side of my floor ones. After we did one set of exercises on one of the new machines, he asked me how I was the resistance?... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:51:35 EST Wedding Count Down So my fiance's best friend got married over the weekend (see previous entry for all the ugly details of my weekend). The wedding itself was beautiful and the couple seemed happy. <BR> <BR> Then it hit me...I'm only 6.5 months away. When did that happen? Most of my planning is under control and everything is on schedule - except for my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Per my trainer, I'm trying not to obsess about the numbers but who is he kidding? I'm a woman with a wedding around the corner. A day... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:23:16 EST Wacky Weekend So I had a completely strange weekend..okay horrible but I'm moving on today. I: <BR> <BR> performed wedding coordinator duties in a wedding I wasn't even in <BR> had a meltdown with my fiance's ex-gf <BR> had 2 huge yelling fights with my fiance <BR> my father had emergency gall bladder surgery and found out only as he was going in for surgery <BR> ate a Sonic Bacon Cheeseburger Meal <BR> <BR> So there it is...all the ugliness out there. I am usually fairly graceful at social situations b... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:24:19 EST Low Numbers So I'm not sure how to feel about this... <BR> <BR> It's been a month since my trainer took my measurements. I've lost 1% of body fat which apparently equals 3 lbs. <BR> <BR> According to him I'm on track because of all the strength training. Then why do I feel so lousy about that number when I know that I've definitely lost inches even though it may not be reflecting in pounds?! <BR> <BR> How do I keep myself motivated?! <BR> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 09:16:43 EST Small triumph Did not want to get out of bed...hit the snooze movement... Managed to get out of bed before snooze alarm #3 turned on. <BR> <BR> Did not want to go to the gym. Pulling a double work out shift tomorrow so I figured who cares if I blow off today. Got dressed and drove to the gym. <BR> <BR> Did not want to have a long work out. Set the elliptical for 20 minutes, level 3. I told myself that the world would not end if I skipped the last 10 minutes of my regular morning work out. ... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 08:44:27 EST Scale the Walls So it's another Monday and time to check in on my progress. What do I see? change in the number on the scale. I've been working out like a fiend and although not angelic with my nutritional habits on the weekends, during the week I'm right on target! <BR> <BR> So what's happening? Is the lack of movement for the last 2 weeks on the scale an indicating that I'm going down the right or the wrong path? My pants are looser, my shirts are starting to fit a little better so what'... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:18:05 EST Vacation time takes the Spark right out of me So I took a staycation since I need to save money for the wedding next year. I hoped it would be filled with days of sloth and (hopefully some exercise). My only goal was to relax. (My man calls me Taz the way I run around after work). <BR> <BR> And although there were high lights -- U2 concert, arts & craft fair, I didn't really 'relax'! My mind continued to race and I looked at what needed to be done in my house. Every opportunity I had, I ate out and rationalized it as a food being my... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:58:51 EST Scale Battle So I had my weekly battle with the scale and the scale won...I'm up a pound despite my strength training and cardio routines. <BR> <BR> I keep hoping it's muscle...but even if it is, my BMI would still be the same. How disappointing. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 13:34:40 EST Choking: Part II So in order to drag myself out of bed in the wee hours and make it to the gym, I set out my clothing the night before. Hey - even a zombie can manage to throw on a sports bra, shorts, and a t-shirt. So as I rifled through my exercise clothing draw (yes I have one of those) I realized I had run out of sports bras! Well it was too late to throw a load of laundry in and with my current working out regiment, there's no second chances for the ones in the hamper. So what the heck was I going to... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:28:33 EST Happy for the pain Yes folks, I'm happy for the pain! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm suffering from DOMS after my strength training session on Monday morning with my personal trainer. Sneezing, coughing, and laughing make my abs ache. <BR> <BR> But boy am I glad! It's a reminder that there's muscle beneath the wobbly bits! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:09:19 EST Choking Okay...I'm ready to cut the neck out of every one of the t-shirts I wear when I'm working out. I'll be moving along at a great pace and then - CHOKE! my shirt ha slide backwards until the front of the collar is securely around my neck taking away my precious air - lol! <BR> <BR> I'm still working towards my goal and not in great shape so I'm leery about wearing something tighter that might stay in place. No need to look like a snake that has a big fat rat in it's middle... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:18:38 EST Eggs & Bacon Kinda Girl I admit it...I'm an eggs and bacon kinda girl! Oh and homefries...did I mention homefries? If someone asked me what I missed most when dieting, it would be eggs, bacon and potatoes for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I know it's possible to have healthier versions...turkey bacon, egg whites or egg beaters and roasted potatoes...but oh do I miss the originals! I suppose that's my cross to bear today... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 15:24:48 EST Bridezilla Before I knew it, my wedding date is quickly sneaking up on me. So much for taking the summer off from planning. After an inventory of "I Do, To Do's", I came to the realization that it's time to step-up my fitness plan or else I'll be wearing a tent as I walk down the aisle! <BR> <BR> I managed to meet with my new personal trainer last week and we seemed to hit it off. He promised to give me a good workout but not to make me feel like I'm gonna hurl after I see him! <BR> <BR> On the ups... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 10:38:16 EST Liss - Less than Perfect So apparently my binge continued for days and days. <BR> <BR> BUT NOW IT'S OVER! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My SPARK is back and I'm doing making myself feel like crap because I can't do everything (including dieting and exercising) perfectly. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 May 2009 09:37:50 EST Fell off the wagon So my man has had a pms attitude for 2 weeks and it finally manifested itself in my eating habits. No longer able to handle the stress of getting up at 5AM, running my ass off at the gym, keeping up on house work and making dinner - I bombed and I bombed big. Yesterday it came to a climax when I went to TGI Friday's and had an appetizer and pasta for dinner. <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I'm trying to look at the 'bright' side of things. No, I didn't have a gooey dessert but I had a glass ... Sat, 16 May 2009 07:45:06 EST Fried Fridays First let me say TGIF!!! And not for the reason you think! Don't get me wrong, I'm happy the work week is over but so has my 5AM wake-up workout call! <BR> <BR> I've been told I'm a morning person and had to agree with that statement...until this week. I have decided that 5AM is not morning but still the middle of the night in spite of the damn birds chirping outside my window (considering letting the cat have them). <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> As much as I'd like to admit that it's the thr... Fri, 15 May 2009 09:38:13 EST Therapeutic Tuesdays Well I did it...two days in a row of getting up at 5 AM to go to the gym. I ran my 5K under and hour and sweat like a hog!. <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> Everyday when that alarm goes off I repeat...going to Aruba in less than a year... Tue, 12 May 2009 16:45:24 EST Lazy Sundays? NOT! <em>67</em> First let me thank God for today's gorgeous weather for Mother's Day. Although my mother does not live locally, I called her and sent her flowers. <BR> <BR> My fiance went to get some quality time in with his mother so that left me free to frolic for the day. I guilted myself to go to the gym and jump on the elliptical for 30 minutes since yesterday I had 2 partys and definitely went over my calorie count. As luck would have it one of my best friends called me as I was gett... Sun, 10 May 2009 17:36:22 EST Uninspired Thursday Feeling like mojo my is off today and I can't seem to complete a single task the right way the first time. <BR> <BR> It started when I ran out of the house without my trusty bottle of water. I depend on that liter bottle to make sure I keep on track. Two of those a day and I know I've gotten in my daily requirement. <BR> <BR> I didn't have my smoothie because I had an orthodontist appointment this morning so I couldn't eat anything until afterwards. On the upside, I did learn that I lik... Thu, 7 May 2009 13:18:23 EST Wacky Wednesdays - sticking to it I had been warned even before I came home. I asked my man to stop at the store and pick up some shrimp to go with the dinner I was planning and was notified that he was going straight home after he stopped at his mothers because he wasn't feeling well (he hasn't been feeling well for days but won't go to the doctor). My man had regressed to a 5 year old. I could already hear the whining before I walked through the door. I grabbed my sneakers and got the heck out of dodge! <BR> <BR> On th... Wed, 6 May 2009 07:04:51 EST Manic Monday I've been back to healthy living the last couple of week. My goal is to try to lose about 2 pounds a week - nothing terribly unrealistic I think. <BR> <BR> However, to my horror I stepped on the scale this morning to see that instead of dropping, I've gained. It's only one pound but that one pound makes me feel like I'm moving backwards! <BR> <BR> My fiance, ever supportive reminds me that I've been doing some intense strength training so it's possible that I've gained muscle mass... <... Mon, 4 May 2009 09:01:49 EST