MLKOLAR's SparkPeople Blog MLKOLAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday Well today was weigh in day only lost a half pound but at least its something. Had a very stressful week. Went to bed early, up early, gonna get a workout in then church and then watch the Steelers get #7 - hopefully! Hope you all have a blessed Sunday and a great week! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 06:03:00 EST Weigh In #2 Tomorrow is my second weigh in for the biggest loser contest at work, I lost six pounds the first two weeks, but the past two weeks it seems as though the scale has not moved. Did my last chance workout tonight so hopefully the scale will be nice to me tomorrow and at least let me lose one...OH PLEASE, but I won't get discouraged my clothes are fitting better again and I have more energy. So glad to be back. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 17:57:16 EST ZUMBA Addict I bought Zumba for my Wii. The first time I did it I wasn't so sure. But the more I do it the more I love it!!! I sweat more in the 20 min zumba work out than I do after 45 minutes on the treadmill. I am addicted!! And I love the fact that I can do it in my own home, I'm sure I look silly but its fun and such a great all over workout, I get excited every time I unlock another level. If you have the Wii and want a little change up in your cardio and are like me with not a whole lot of tim... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 12:53:18 EST Going strong then getting sick It happens every time. I get motivated and really start making progress and don't you know today I wake up and can't breathe and just feel horrible. And just don't have any energy to work out. Please let me feel better tomorrow. Frustrated beyond words. <em>46</em> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 17:54:35 EST I wish the sun would shine I think I need to move to a warmer climate. Western PA is just too cold and ugly in the winter, it gets so depressing. I laid in the tanning bed today (usually don't go there) I just needed some warmth and light. <em>67</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:01:43 EST Dinner was Great Not sure why I'm so proud of myself but went to dinner to one of our favorite restaurants tonight and made good choices: Baked orange Roughy, Baked Pot and steamed veges while I watched my honey eat my normal order of Philly steak and cheese on greasy buttered bun and loaded fries! But I was satisfied and very full and at peace that I didn't give in to temptation. Baby steps:) Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:52:29 EST Out to Dinner Going out for dinner with my hubby, first time since January 3 - praying that I make smart choices. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:47:59 EST Getting Back on Track I have not been faithful with my sparking for many months. I went through a lot of life changes and just fell off the wagon, but I'm back. I have gained weight and have set realalistic goals for myself. I know the biggest part of me gaining weight was the fact that I quit sparking. That's what I do when life gets to be too much, I shut myself completely off from everything. I had a very hard struggle when my daughter and my baby went off to college - I was not prepared for the empty nest... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:15:10 EST Quiet oh how sweet! Its quiet in my house and I am totally enjoying it. DH and daughter both at work. I get the remote and get to watch whatever I want on the big TV - I love these nights! <BR> Got my food ready for tomorrow and my workout planned for the morning. I love morning workouts but the past couple of weeks have just been so long and draining that mornings were for sleep. Hoping to start my morning workouts again tomorrow. Oh how I love them - they are just so much more productive. <BR> My eating ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 20:44:40 EST When Life Gets in the Way... Life just seems to keep getting in the way of my goals. First, there was the new job and just less time and more stress. So I finally start to settle into my job and am feeling comfortable and getting back to eating better - I had still kept up with my workouts. <BR> Then my brother gets this horrible headache and goes to the ER and this was on Sunday, May 23 and they can't figure out what was going on so they do a spinal tap and find blood in it so they do another one and there is more bl... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:21:54 EST Whole Wheat Pasta Well I am making dinner - its a little late, but had mowing to do. New job is keeping me so busy its not funny - the days just fly by. But I am enjoying so I guess its not all bad. I went grocery shopping the other day and since my DH wasn't with me I was able to buy some new things:) So tonight I am making organic Whole Wheat Pasta with Organic Pasta Sauce. I have always wanted to try the whole wheat pasta but DH would not go for it, so not sure how dinner is going to go over tonight b... Wed, 19 May 2010 19:01:20 EST Staying Positive First, I want to thank everyone for the advice and well wishes on my last blog. I have really been going out of my mind with my DH and his total lack of support and hositility towards my goals. But just knowing that I have so much support from my Spark Friends has given me the courage to keep doing what is important to me. I know that I am a good wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt etc. and I will no longer feel bad about taking care of myself first. My DH is either going to have to like... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:51:03 EST New Gym Well today is my last day in my current building, I will be moving to a new building on Monday. I have training on Friday so I'm a little sad today and excited and anxious etc. I know it will all work out it will just be a lot of adjusments. <BR> I did go and meet a co-worker this morning at the gym that is in the building where I will be now. We had decided to meet twice a week there, I figured they have more options for Chest, Back and shoulders on Tuesdays and legs on Thursdays. (didn'... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:00:32 EST The off day Okay this is my second week of having a day to let my body rest. Today was easier than last week, I guess I feel like one day of not working out will lead to two then three then four etc. but I know that my body needs that rest. I picked Wed. for my off day because I love to eat wings and the best wings in town are at a bar just a couple of miles aways and wing night is Wed. Plus believe it or not - doing both in the same day (eating junk and not exercising) makes me more motivated to get... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:15:28 EST Morning Workouts If you haven't tried morning workouts, you should. Its the best thing I have done, I get my workout in while the rest of my family is fast asleep, so no one is yelling "hey mom" or "could you" or "help me": it is ME time and I can relax and just concentrate on working out. I've been doing mornings for a little over a month now - the first week or so I really had to drag my butt out of bed, but now my internal alarm goes off before the actual alarm and I have to say I don't miss workouts no... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 06:26:28 EST Wii Fit????? Ok I know this is my second blog of the day, but I have a question for anyone who may know the answer. <BR> <BR> I really want to try Wii Fit, but I am clueless as to what all I need to buy, I already have the Wii console and several games like football, Tennis, and Golf and I have two controllers as well as the tennis racquet, baseball bat and golf club. <BR> What do I need to purchase now in order to use the Wii to exercise??? Any help would be greatly appreciated. <em>304</em> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:54:49 EST Monday... Just want to wish everyone a great week. Its Monday and its raining but got my workout in this morning and hoping to get a little extra sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 06:25:35 EST No Movement Okay so today was weigh in day. The scale has been stuck for me for at least three weeks, so now lets make it four. I didn't lose even a 1/2 pound - still said 124.5. I am not getting too discouraged because I can see some changes taking place - like my arms are getting more defined and all of a sudden a calf muscle really popped out, but it was a little frustrating that I upped my calories slightly and gave myself a rest day and still didn't lose. But I suppose I just gotta keep trying. ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 15:29:33 EST Buffets...yikes!! Well I took my daughter today to what I hope is out last college visit...we had a great day together and the college was beautiful. I woke up grumpy because I slept through my morning workout...ugh, but I knew I could fit it in later so not so bad - I guess, well we got to the college rather early and she talked me into Eat and Park. Worst part was we were early but not that early so we just ordered the Breakfast Buffet...I thought I did really good, very small portions and only one trip. ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:34:26 EST On the Run Tomorrow Well tomorrow I will be taking my daughter on her last college visit so tonight I am trying to pack a few healthy snacks to take with us. Got a couple apples, some almonds and couple rice cakes. Will work out and eat breakfast before we go - probably won't get lunch til later - maybe not at all but at least we will have some good snacks. <BR> Looking forward to spending the day with her! Hope you all have a Fantastic Friday!! <em>244</em> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:13:27 EST Not Liking Day of Rest I had not been giving myself any days off - I was doing something everyday. But the more I was reading the more I kept finding that you should have at least one day of rest to let your body rest. Well my scale has been stuck at the same weight for a couple weeks this week I am trying to have a day of rest because maybe I am over doing it? Also trying to eat a little more so I pray on Sunday that the scale moves - even just a half pound and I would be happy. <BR> But I am strugglin... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:44:22 EST Getting Organized Okay so my last blog I let you all know just how miserable I was all weekend being without power from Friday til Sunday afternoon. However, I did finally take the time to make myself a workout book. I have always had a notebook where I log what I did and calories burnt etc. but I'm talking a real workout book - with the following sections: Each body part for lifting and at least ten of my favorite excercises listed as well as what is currently the amount of weight I lift for that excercis... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:49:29 EST Power Outage Well Friday came and I was so glad that it was Friday and had so many things planned that I was going to accomplish. But right before I was ready to leave work on Friday we got a nasty Thunderstorm, well needless to say my DH text me on my way home (which took me over an hour due to detours - usually a 15 min trip) that our power had gone out. So he wanted McDonalds, it was the last place on the way home so here we go. <BR> To make a long story short we did not get our power back until to... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:41:13 EST Spreading the Spark Well I have been spreading the spark, my DH signed up months ago right after me, but that is about all he did...but he is my next project. I loaned the book to my mom - she is reading not sure how that will go as she is not great on the computer, I probably just made more work for myself LOL but that is ok. But today I told a co-worker about it and she joined woo hoo. She is a lot like me - holding on to that last subborn ten pounds. I am hoping that she gets as much out of it as I have. ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:56:36 EST Is it Friday Yet???? Not much to blog about today - its been a long week at work - too much training - my training for new job, then training the girl who is taking part of my job, thank heavens tomorrow is friday!!! Stopping at subway on the way home - its so nice out I don't want to cook and I don't want my DH cooking, went through that last night LOL, gonna eat, go walk at the park and just enjoy the sunshine. Going to try and get a little extra sleep tonight just feeling a little on the tired side mentally ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:07:57 EST My First Step Towards Putting It Out There... Well today I sent in my registration for a 5K walk/run. It is on May 22 (2 days after I turn 41), I selected that I was going to walk. I never sign up for this kind of stuff and not really sure why maybe because I just feel like that is really putting it on the line: committing to it and then what if I fail??? ( I was always an athlete and tend to be very competitive) But this is a benefit walk/run for someone who is very dear to me - so it gave me that push I needed to put it out there. ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:51:27 EST Had a Good Day Afterall My day started out pretty good, got up before work and got a good workout in. Had my lunch all packed Sunday night - didn't realize until I was already at work that I forgot it I ended up having to come home and get it - but oh well - I had been thinking about joining a gym and getting a personal trainer - I have a good bit of equipment but nothing that really works the back and not a lot of choices for chest exercises. <BR> Well as luck would have it - I got a different job at wo... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:35:43 EST My AHA Weekend This was just an incredible weekend! I was at the grocery store buying fruit, and lots of healthy foods and after shopping I went to the other side of the store to get some birthday cards and they had The Spark - I picked it up and thought should I spend the $20- debated back and forth and finally said what the heck, I have saved over $400 since I quit smoking so I'm going to get it. <BR> Thank the good lord I did! I read it and re-read it and a light bulb went off...I have always been afra... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 15:41:38 EST Morning Workouts Day 2 of getting my workout in before work...started at 4:30 and the beauty of it is that I have time to eat breakfast and spark. Hoping this is gonna stick. Ate much cleaner and healthier the past two days..not quite where I want to be but that will involve a trip to the grocery store this weekend. Really need to stock up on healthier foods. I'm feeling very empowered. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all you sparkers who have consistently encouraged me - I may have fallen of the wagon for a spell but... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 05:59:14 EST Oh Yes I Can! There is more than one way to skin a cat, so my walking at work isn't going as well as I planned - meetings, weather this morning I made myself get up and work out before work - best work out I've had for a while, this is what I used to do years ago when I was all THAT...nice to do my workout with nobody waiting on me or yelling for me. <BR> Hope you all have a great day - I know I will - let's hope I can continue this getting up at 4:30 am every day - sure gonna give it a go.. <em>2... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 06:29:44 EST Pictures Loaded...Finally Well it took me a while but I finally uploaded some pictures, funny thing it was hard to find photos of me, I'm always the one taking them LOL... <BR> <BR> My eating had been so bad but thanks to some nice sparkers and their encouragement I stopped at the grocery store last night and bought some healthy foods for lunch, I was doing that but then got lazy and started doing the fast food lunch thing (not a good idea) so I am working hard at getting on track again, brought my turkey and lettuce... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 09:48:10 EST Spring is springing Okay where should I start? My eating has been just awful, my daughter is trying to choose a college and has to decide by May 1st and now she wants to visit two more stress level rises hourly LOL..I just want her to pick a school preferably not the one that the boyfriend chose - I can envision much drama with that! I never thought I was emotional eater but boy the last three weeks I have been really bad, maybe I just never knew I was because I used to smoke up until Feb 1 of thi... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 15:38:51 EST How to Stay Motivated It seems like the past couple weeks have just been an emotional roller coaster. I feel good one day and then like crap the next. Its so hard to stay motivated when you have no support, my DH is way overweight and not only is not supportive of my working out but tries hard to sabotage...I try to work out around his schedule but he swings all three shifts, one wk of day, one wk of midnight, one wk of aft. so my workouts always have to change any body have any ideas - I quit smoking 53 days ag... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:45:34 EST Funny How things Happen Yesterday I started the day just feeling down in the dumps and after spending some time on the website and viewing different spark pages I started feeling better. Today I feel more energized and actually made several uplifting comments to other members. SP is truly a great place for support. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:44:51 EST Feeling a little defeated Woke up this morning and just felt a little defeated. I am 51 days quit smoking which yes I am proud of and yes I feel better and yes I know its so good for me and yes I smell better and on and on, but the scale just keeps adding weight by the day...I try to eat right but tend to have the attitude a piece of chocolate is better than a smoke. Walked two miles last night with my hubby but as he is very overweight it was not my normal pace but was nice to have company. I guess maybe I am feel... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:48:11 EST Happy St. Patricks Day Wishing all of you a fun and festive St. Patricks Day. I'm not irish but I love the day! <em>137</em> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:40:34 EST Feeling energized I got up early this morning and did my workout before work instead of after. Felt great, used to always work out in the morning but since getting remarried (my honey is not a fan of exercise) have gotten lazy. Going to try and keep this up. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:38:08 EST One Month Down Well yesterday was one month since I quit smoking, had a rough day. Guess because it was my first big milestone cigs were on my mind- my pills making me sick- and everyone on my nerves. But the sun is shining today so trying to put my mind in a better place. Did not work out yesterday and feeling guilty so I will have to do double duty tonight. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:22:32 EST March is here Well today is the first of March and hopefully spring is just around the corner - very tired of all the snow. Yesterday was my third week of not smoking, it is going good but now I need to try and focus on my diet, I gained five pounds so far, I never quit working out but I know I didn't eat as healthy as normal and I let myself give in to too many temptations. So now its time to really start back to eating right. <em>334</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:24:38 EST