MODEL_BEHAVIOR's SparkPeople Blog MODEL_BEHAVIOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BodyMedia Fit + Android Phone App: Tools and Syncing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have used BodyMedia Fit in the past, and my old armband stopped working after a few years. I had bought it on eBay, so I couldn't really return it or anything. It worked great for a very long time, but it was a pain to sync the account on my computers. <BR> <BR> I just bought a new one last week, and I got the one with the Bluetooth. I downloaded the app for my phone and it works so great!! I can see in ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:13:53 EST March 2013 Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on where I'm at. <BR> <BR> I was really rocking my weight loss in September, but I ended up finding out I was pregnant right as we were horribly rocked by complications from Hurricane Sandy here in New Jersey. What followed were a few tragic months where we weren't sure if the pregnancy was going to be okay or not. Ultimately I ended up having a miscarriage, and found out I was carrying twins ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:45:18 EST the gift of being bored I chose to stay home this holiday weekend and work on things at the house. I've been walking around angrily for months, and haven't dedicated any time to fix the things that are bothering me. (These are notably small things that all seem to add up, "First World Problems" I like to call them.) <BR> <BR> I spent the weekend cleaning out old paperwork, adding to my donation pile for the Salvation Army, sweeping under furniture that is often neglected, and reading up on some things I never pay ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:08:23 EST The last calories of the night. I've been doing pretty well this week so far with tracking my food. I always end up with about 60 calories or less for my last bites of the day. Its good that I'm staying in range and I'm really balancing things between my meals. Pretty proud of that! <BR> <BR> It helps to know what I have exactly, and actually I've been saving up my "happy calories" for the weekend, so I have more than that, really... <BR> <BR> But in a way there is a little rebellion inside me that goes, "WHAT? 60 calor... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:21:07 EST Good food will make or break (fast) me! When I eat a truly nutritious breakfast, it carries me through to the next meal. I get enough whole grains and fiber from veggies and fruit to fill my hungry stomach. There are good fats in a good breakfast that make me feel satiated, and I sometimes think, "I can eat this? Awesome!" <BR> <BR> A good breakfast used to be a bagel from the deli with egg and cheese. I'm from New Jersey, and that was just what I grew up craving... We have awesome pizza and bagels, so just trust me on that. Even ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:59:20 EST Doctors Visits Update Well, I have yet to make the ortho appointment because I was trying to figure out what is covered by my insurance. I've been helping my sister who dislocated her shoulder and I'm totally out of my routine since I'm not at home. On top of that I had a root canal (surprise!) and I let that get the best of me. <BR> <BR> However, I did get the bloodwork back and apparently everything is normal except my cholesterol, which is a little high. Now, that is something that runs in my family, so it suc... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:17:46 EST Doctors Visits last week. Well, I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor last week. <BR> <BR> I went to ask for advice about losing weight. <BR> <BR> Here's why I went: <BR> <BR> Generally speaking, I feel like I work pretty hard, eat pretty healthy, and seem to have a very hard time dropping any weight. In fact, I feel like I actually hurt myself in the process. My knees hurt very often, and seem to "go out" as if they are not there. Something "slips" or feels sharp all of a sudden when I'm working out or ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:41:57 EST Notes on healthy eating. I'm reading about how best to eat to support reproductive health. <BR> Here are some of my notes from one book I read. <BR> <BR> FOODS TO INCORPORATE <BR> Vegetables (5x, lettuce, cruciferous) <BR> Eggs (yolks choline) <BR> Salmon (Omega-3 DHA, EPA) <BR> Nuts and Seeds (Flax, Chia, Almonds—omega3’s, hair, skin, nails, fiber) <BR> Pastured Dairy (Cultured Dairy, Vitamin E A D K, Fat-soluble vitamins) <BR> Stay away from milk—eat low temperature processed dairy like Goats Milk Kefir, greek yog... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:59:37 EST muscle knots and tight calves My siblings and I all have a pretty athletic build in general, and that includes big calf muscles. Lately my calves have been seizing up after a hard workout. I get these knots in my muscles that are sore and they throb, while remaining tight for a few days. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to remember to stretch a lot more than I usually do to avoid them. I've also started trying RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. My sister lent me a roller device called "The Stick" and I have to get one f... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:38:08 EST Learnings from Bootcamp * I will never regret a workout... EVER. As much as I may not want to go at first, I will only be happier for going. <BR> * I am a social person. I need to involve other people in my goals. <BR> * I can push myself much harder than I think I can. <BR> * (From visiting my doctor and talking to my trainer...) My asthma will calm down if I just take a moment to take a breather. That doesn't mean to STOP altogether, but to slow my heart rate, take a deep breath and get back to it within five minu... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:06:54 EST Doggercize Reasons a dog is a good healthy lifestyle partner: <BR> <BR> They never seem to get tired. <BR> They have an overflow of positive energy to share with the world. <BR> They make introductions with neighbors easier than pie. <BR> They HAVE to go outside at least twice a day--no more hermiting for me! <BR> They forgive you if you don't feel your best that day. <BR> They share their toys and ask you to get up and play instead of just sitting there. <BR> They would eat your leftovers if you let t... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:26:01 EST adopting a dog today! Today Rory and I are going to adopt a rescue dog. She's a five year old german shepherd mix. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet my new exercise partner! <BR> <BR> I have a lot of work to do because I'm missing some time spent in order to get the adoption through and we have to drive to pick her up as well. I'll write more about her later. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:11:14 EST taking criticism I've been watching this season of Project Runway with a strange perspective. Lately I have been thinking about how I'm probably like the contestant Gretchen who is very strong willed and has had a hard time learning to take criticism from host Tim Gunn. She gets very defensive and upset and loses sight of the value of what she's being told. She "gets off her game" as a result. <BR> <BR> I think I can be the same way. I think all the women in my family can be the same way, actually. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 08:10:12 EST two day recovery After two days of eating completely amazing(ly), I feel so good. Writing this down to remember it. Its not pain, its glory! I have energy and I have some joy thrown in there randomly. So much more enjoyable than laying around and medicating myself with sugar. Remember this!!! Life is made up of energy and because I'm adding in vitamins and nutrients as my carbs, I'm getting so much more out of what I'm eating. All that I'm doing is changing up the fact that I used to eat so much bread ... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:11:53 EST gain a few, lose a few I'm practicing living in the moment and forgiving myself. The past two or three weeks I have really been in a terrible mood (see past entries), and I worked hard to pull myself out of that funk. This morning I woke up feeling AMAZING! I woke up willingly before dawn and took care of all the annoying chores we usually leave until after dinner when we are exhausted. It sounds really dumb but that is such an accomplishment for me. I am working two jobs right now and I was really tired after ... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 07:52:58 EST Biking in Liberty State Park Yesterday we took a break around lunch time, hopped on our bikes and biked over into the park. The weather was totally gorgeous. I have never been to see the Statue of Liberty up close, though we live in a neighborhood where you can see her every day. Since the park has a walkway that goes along the water, this was the closest I've ever been to the statue. Pretty cool! We were also able to find the nature center in the center of the park ... its just been a point of curiosity. The most ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:52:47 EST We went rock climbing. We had a really nice weekend. I *almost* stayed in but at the last minute my friends convinced me I would have a good time rock climbing and they would help me figure it out. I need to lose more weight before I can actually do anything effectively but I did manage to get up. At the end, my friend led me up around the back of the mountain and tricked me into belaying both of us down from the top. I was scared beyond reason but it was really cool. I like being pushed to the limit lately. ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 21:20:02 EST So tired! This weather is miserable. I just want to sleep in every morning. Its been raining and grey a lot. Listening to music is the only thing that will get me going. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 09:03:57 EST New week, new goals. Well, I was pretty sick last week and skimped my time at the gym. I'm not happy about that but it is what it is. I needed to give myself some down time I guess. Therefore my goal this week is to use the three days I have at home to make sure I get into the gym. I leave for a wedding in Cape Cod Wednesday night and I'll be gone all weekend. I want to have a good healthy base to carry myself into that experience and really enjoy it. I want to feel like I look good in my dress at the weddi... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:13:38 EST Totally distracted. Work has just asked me to change my role. Its a little bit of a scary transition. I'm distracted by that and by friends that are in town and some major family social engagements this weekend but I have a goal to make healthy food choices for the rest of the weekend whether I am on the internet to keep tabs on myself or NOT!!! <BR> <BR> Bring it!! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 16:47:05 EST Weight Training Intimidation I would really like to use the weight machines at the gym but I feel kind of stupid about it. I'm nervous to ask for help to be shown how to use them. I feel so silly for feeling like this in the first place. I'm going to try and ask for help by the end of the week and see how it goes. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:02:25 EST Signed up for a 5K in October. I'm going to walk/jog/run a 5K with my boyfriend in October. Its at the beach near his parents house. I realized that the 3 miles I've been walking at the gym almost daily are the same as a 5K and so I can work on my speed and see how well I could do! <BR> <BR> Hooray. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:14:44 EST Woke up early today. I am up before 7:00 am. That was one of my goals this week... start a routine where I wake up earlier. I don't know what this has to do with my weight loss, but I'm feeling glad I woke up early. I would rather sleep in very late, and I think that affects my mood and my ability to drop what I'm thinking about and get to the gym or get moving. Not that I want to start to think about not being allowed to do things but I think having a routine will be a much easier way to go about several of ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 07:04:14 EST Using Tools I am so happy to be using so many of the tools I've spent years thinking about, purchasing, and looking at in a guilty way. For instance, a few months ago I bought a nutritional scale (Biggest Loser for Taylor Scales) that gives me so much information and makes my calorie tracking a cinch. I'm writing down my food in a food journal instead of worrying about putting it up on Sparkpeople, but I'll do that too if I have time. <BR> <BR> Feeling awesome about my new setup in our kitchen at home... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:34:37 EST Yesterday was good. Today I'm trying to go off of yesterday's good vibes. <BR> <BR> Today can be easy if I just go with it and don't think too hard about all of my options and choices I've made in the past. <BR> <BR> I have already had a good breakfast and I'm enjoying a cup of coffee now while I get to work. <BR> <BR> Listened to a podcast about making weight loss pleasurable and its opened the possibility that weight loss could be a fun process, not just a fun result. It has to be fun or its not sustaina... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:44:13 EST H.O.W. Food Plan Finding this idea interesting. I think I might meet with my doctor and talk about a diet plan before considering this kind of an option for myself. <BR> <BR> The H.O.W. Food Plan <BR> Honesty ~ Openness ~ Willingness <BR> <BR> Taken from: <BR> <BR> <BR> Menu outline used for the first 30 days. <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> 1 protein <BR> 1 fruit <BR> 1 tsp. butter, margarine or oil <BR> <BR> LUNCH <BR> <BR> 1 protein <BR> 1 vegetable <BR> 3 ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 16:37:02 EST OA Questionaire -- is OA for you? 1. Do you eat when you’re not hungry? <BR> 2. Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason? <BR> 3. Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating? <BR> 4. Do you give too much time and thought to food? <BR> 5. Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the time when you can eat alone? <BR> 6. Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time? <BR> 7. Do you eat sensibly before others and make up for it alone? <BR> 8. Is your weight affecting the ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:44:49 EST compliments I've received a lot of compliments lately. These are pretty motivating to me in one sense but they can also cause me to sort of relax and stop working so hard. In that way, I think I can be a little self-destructive when things are going well. I feel out of control sometimes when things are going well and I want to keep going. I wonder where that fear comes from. Why am I so afraid of succeeding at weight loss? Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:12:59 EST tips tips and more tips Drink lots and lots and lots of water. <BR> Minimize the caffeine you drink – it’s a quick fix that ultimately drains you . <BR> Explore an array of vegetables and find out what you love. <BR> Eat organic - it’s higher quality and more nutritious <BR> Take rest before you reach the point of crashing <BR> Move your body in ways you enjoy <BR> Continually diversify the foods you eat <BR> Learn to listen to and understand your body’s signals <BR> Get a really good health coach <BR> Find a creati... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:17:45 EST Getting Sick Trying to remember the time in college and afterward when I was more active: I got sick less often. Mon, 3 May 2010 21:11:43 EST Just booked a trip to Florida in January. Hmm. Now we'll see what I can do before I leave. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:15:03 EST GoWear Fit and The Hungry Girl I love my new 200 under 200 calories book by The Hungry Girl and my new GoWear Fit armband. <BR> <BR> First of all, this is the first cookbook I've used within the week of buying it. I have made the Shirataki noodles and the Breakfast Pizza. The recipes are so easy and tasty. I have all the ingredients already, but just didn't think about putting them together in such a way. Mmmm! I'm a happy hungry girl fan. <BR> <BR> The armband by BodyMedia is helping me understand how active I am d... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:19:00 EST Go Wear Fit I just bought a GoWear Fit and digital readout that I'm waiting for via the mail. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> PLEASE GET HERE NOW I WANT YOU ON MY ARM THANK YOU!!! :) Thu, 12 Nov 2009 16:58:50 EST stomach viruses i've had two stomach viruses since the beginning of the year. i wonder if dieting and pushing myself with exercise is adding to my already lowered immune system? (i had my tonsils removed and i am prone to bronchial stuff.) i dunno. <BR> <BR> i need to really make sure i'm taking care of myself. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:40:24 EST bought smaller sized workout clothes! I bought sports bras in a smaller size: Large and 36C instead of 38C and XL. <BR> <BR> I also bought running shorts in size Large instead of XL. <BR> <BR> I'm kind of proud of this fact. <BR> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:38:42 EST weight watchers 0 and 1 point snacks Seasonings and Condiments with a Points value of 0 per serving: <BR> <BR> * Baking powder <BR> * Baking Soda <BR> * Capers <BR> * Extracts <BR> * Flavorings <BR> * Herbs <BR> * Horseradish <BR> * Hot sauce ( pepper sauce ) <BR> * Lemon Juice <BR> * Lime Juice ( no sugar added) <BR> * Mustard <BR> * Non stick cooking or baking spray <BR> * Relish <BR> * Salsa (fat free) <BR> * Soy Sauce ( shoyu ) <BR> * Spices <BR> * Steak Sa... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 18:27:43 EST Goethe on committment The Power of Commitment! <BR> <BR> "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative ( and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one'... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:33:18 EST wonder goals 55 pounds by April 15th. <BR> 60 pounds by May 1st. <BR> 65 pounds by July 1st. <BR> 70 pounds by August 5th. <BR> 75 pounds by October 8th. <BR> 80 pounds by Thanksgiving 2009. <BR> 85 by Christmas 2009. <BR> 95 by Valentines Day 2009. <BR> 100 pounds by April 15th. <BR> <BR> <BR> I wonder if I can make these goals happen. ;) Mon, 23 Feb 2009 12:11:49 EST post-vacation blues i have felt really down ever since getting back from vacation. i think its partially due to the winter blahs, partially hormonal, entirely due to wanting to be on vacation forever. <BR> <BR> on our ski trip, i was able to handle the pressure of learning to ski. i fell only a few times and by the third day i could stand up straight and gently turn left and right. i noticed my knees were very tired and shaky halfway through the day and felt like i was really pushing myself. even walking ar... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:31:13 EST another size large coat! I get entirely too happy about my coats and jackets. I feel like they are a fantastic wardrobe staple that allows me to have a structured look and feel like I am thinner, even if I'm not. Needless to say, I own more coats than I own jeans and other basics. <BR> <BR> When I was home this weekend, my mom brought up an old jacket of mine from the basement and said, "I think this will fit you again, why don't you try it?" <BR> <BR> Sure enough, it zipped right up and looked awesome. I was S... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 11:47:23 EST getting back to my workouts after being sick for two weeks I tried to work out last night and I was absolutely dying. I used my heart rate monitor and found that my heart rate was way above what it was supposed to be during the workout (I'm using our Xbox and a personal trainer game that is really specifically tuned to my weight and fitness level). I was exhausted and starving around the halfway mark and I found that I was really frustrated. However, I stuck to it and did the best I could and it turned out that I had burned around 450 calories. N... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 11:36:54 EST the flu oh boy. i hate the flu. :( Tue, 27 Jan 2009 09:54:19 EST tv: fat free fiances This show is interesting because they challenge an engaged couple to lose weight together with the motivation of prizes having to do with their wedding: win your flowers by losing ten pounds. Win your honeymoon by losing X lbs by X date. <BR> <BR> The girl on this episode started at 280 lbs and was at 240 at last weigh in. She is starting to look really great! Next they are asked to hike a mile up a hill wearing all the weight that they lost. I am keeping that visual in my head for my o... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:50:44 EST motivation: fashion editorial <link><BR>k/6/ </link> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:25:23 EST iTunes purchases I was going to spend some cash on a Nike + iPod system to track my workouts, but then I realized what I really need is more music to work out to. I could totally see myself NOT using the little sensor in my shoes, and not really getting good use out of the sytem, but new music I would definitely use to motivate me to work out. <BR> <BR> I decided to get some songs by The Killers, The Editors, and a couple other new-ish Joy Division ripoff bands that my sisters like a lot. I'm enjoying ever... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 14:11:59 EST New routines and observations. I am doing really well right now, following both Spark People's recommendations and using the video game trainer for my cardio. I like that it switches between: <BR> <BR> Weight Loss <BR> Cardio <BR> Upper Body Strength <BR> Core Body Strength <BR> Lower Body Strength <BR> Flexibility <BR> <BR> I have never switched up my routine so much before, except maybe when I was in college and I took yoga classes in addition to strength training and running on a treadmill. I can really feel a bunc... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:49:57 EST Learning about my heart rate via Xbox Fitness Trainer. What an unlikely revelation from a video game console! Let me explain. <BR> <BR> I have never worked out with someone who measured my heart rate. I've been told how to do this lots of times but never know how to apply it. I occassionally grab the heart rate monitor while working out on the treadmill and its sometimes around 140 but I have no idea what that meant! <BR> <BR> Today's 45-minute workout was my first time trying my new Fitness Trainer on our Xbox. I had to tell the woman to s... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 14:39:08 EST Happy New Year! I've decided that 2008 was the year I took care of my finances and decided on a plan for grad school. Now that those problems are on their way to being solved, this year needs to be about me, my person: my health, my skin, taking vitamins, getting sleep. Now that I have a job I like, and I've sent applications to grad school, I can only wait for things to happen in my favor... but that is not what I can do regarding losing weight! My boyfriend finished his Masters and he's working as a re... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 11:49:18 EST Interesting terminology from NYSC gym web site. * Cardiovascular fitness—your ability to use oxygen during continuous activities like running, swimming, biking or walking. <BR> * Muscular strength and endurance—the ability of your muscles to exert a maximal force, and the ability of your muscles to perform repeatedly without fatigue. <BR> * Flexibility—the range of motion around the joints. <BR> * Body composition—the relative amounts of lean muscle mass and body fat. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 17:20:00 EST Yourself! Fitness for Xbox Just placed an order for this <link><BR>elfFitness/p1/ </link> . Should come in the mail sometime in the next week. <BR> <BR> Its been a year of gym membership and I know I didn't get out of it what I paid into it and that is my own fault. I do not want to feel guilty about this so I am not going to. I need to find out if the membership is up and then make a decision about the next year: do I continue it or not? <BR> <BR> <BR> EDIT: I looked up my... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 17:00:21 EST