MOVIEGRL1737's SparkPeople Blog MOVIEGRL1737's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 30 day Blog Challenge 28, 29, and 30! 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? <BR> I go to church weekly, I read, I spend time with my family, I pet my dog, I don't really focus on wellness, but I don't feel as though it's something I'm struggling with either. <BR> <BR> 29. There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. <BR> 1. I am ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:41:55 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge 26, 27 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> I tend to mostly work out alone. I made a stab at starting a running group, but people are so far flung here and busy that it never really took off. I used to go to the gym at work during lunch and do cardio with a coworker, but since she moved to a different department that has stopped as well. I guess I prefer alone because I can push myself harder, I find a lot of people don't want to work a... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:27:15 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge 24, 25 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.) <BR> I have always loved to exercise, it keeps me grounded manages my mood and just all around makes me feel good. It wasn't until I learned that you can't out exercise a bad diet that I started to lose weight. <BR> <BR> 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would li... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:47:56 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge 22, 23 22. What is your current workout/fitness routine? <BR> I work out at home due to the lack of gym options in my area. I've done Insanity, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme, and I also enjoy running. This winter I'm crossing my fingers for snow so I can Cross Country Ski and snow shoe more. I lift weights, I do cardio and I try to move around a lot throughout the day. In the summer I have a side job mowing lawns with a push mower. I just don't ever want to go back to the body I used to have. I've act... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:38:01 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge 19, 20, 21 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> I don't think I've given anything up completely. I made modifications. I don't bring junk into my house, but if I want a cookie I will buy a single cookie from the store that makes the most amazing cookies and I will savor it. If I don't have the motivation to go to the store and get it, I don't want it that badly. I am a confessed peanut butter addict. I found keeping it around made it... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:01:07 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Blog 18 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available? <BR> <BR> Kind of, I rarely let myself get into a situation like that. I almost always bring a bag of food with me wherever I go for two reasons. 1) I'm cheap. 2) It helps me stay on plan. <BR> Secondly if for some reason I don't have my little insulated bag of snacks because I didn't accurately gauge the time I would be away from home/food/my refrigerator, I h... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:50:02 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Blog 17 17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> <BR> Not lately, in the beginning I ate chicken in a low carb wrap with salsa and shredded cheese for dinner nearly every day. I also ate the same breakfast every day or alternated between a couple. Lately I've been utilizing the meal plans in Clean Eating Magazine due to the convenience of the shopping list and laser accuracy of the amount of food you need, there is just no waste. So while it does have me r... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 09:36:49 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Blog 12-16 12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mostly because she looks strong and fierce and that's how I want to be. I also fancy myself a fighter though I am actually a big wimp. <BR> <BR> 13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 16:07:47 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 11 11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed towards your goals? <BR> <BR> This is the hardest question so far for me. I have never liked much about my body if I'm being completely honest. I see flaws where I should sees gains. In the end, what I like most about my body is never going to be aesthetic. I like that it allows me to do what I want to do. I like that it rarely is injured or ill. I like that it can start a lawnmower and... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:06:26 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 10 10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> When I started working in a healthcare environment I was exposed to a lot of illness. Much of which is brought on by poor habits and inactivity. I want to have myself in a position where I can take care of myself for as long as possible. <BR> That being said, it has been a big self esteem booster to look better, so increased confidence which I kind of despe... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:44:26 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 8 & 9 Yesterday somehow got away from me so I'm going to do two blogs in one. <BR> <BR> 8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> To be honest, I'm a few pounds from goal, but I thought my love life would be different. I thought the boost of confidence I would gain from weight loss with my new figure would have made me more popular on the dating circuit, but that just ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:40:53 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 7 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> I have a couple of methods I guess since I have several goals related to health and fitness. The scale is so fickle up down up down up down. I use it as a guide but not my end all. Of course if my clothes aren't fitting that's a sign as well too loose = good, too tight = bad. I measure my BF% via home methods and every so often when I want to make sure I'm not going too... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:41:31 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 6 6. What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)? <BR> <BR> What is always the most challenging is when I am in a situation where things are not under my control. By this I mean, I can control what I bring into my house, I can control what I bring for lunch and what food I have access to most of the time. Unfortunately, many, many people don't think about food as fuel or where it comes from in general, so when there is a celebration or a social event I ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:42:47 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 5 5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> It feels like I've been trying to lose weight forever. I was a normal sized kid, but when puberty hit I was not mentally prepared for curves. I found myself feeling overweight and different, uncomfortable. I have a younger sister who is a few inches shorter than me and until recent years has always been smaller, the cute one fo... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:59:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 4 4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss? <BR> <BR> Fears, the list is long. <BR> I fear regaining the weight, but I suppose everyone does. I suspect this is a good fear as it can keep me on my toes. <BR> I fear I may never reach my goal. I fear self sabotage. <BR> In the beginning I feared family events, public outings, social situations that involved food. Anything that was not in my clearly defined plan or was outside of my control. I'm better at controlling myself now, but ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:21:08 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 3 3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals? <BR> I guess I could answer this a couple of different ways. Basically everyone and their mother knows about my desire to lose weight, gain health and strength and become fit. There's no hiding that, and when something is important to you it creeps into your conversation. <BR> Does anyone know the exact number I want to weigh? <BR> A couple of people, but not many. <BR> Does anyone know my exa... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:08:43 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge - Blog 2 So this will take a tad longer than 30 days because I had Relay for Life over the weekend and I'm a team captain (Go TeamJB!) and I had to coordinate a ton of stuff and wasn't able to get on here and follow through. I'm on it now and I'll keep trying to do one a day until something else gets in the way :) <BR> <BR> 2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way? <BR> <BR... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:06:03 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge All the Questions are here: <BR> <BR> ge_public_journal_individu <BR> al.asp?blog_id=5038746 <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for different ways to stretch myself and grow as a person. This blogging business is hard stuff, you let people you don't know in on your thoughts and feelings. Definitely outside my wheelhouse, I barely do that with people I do know. <em>211</em> So this will be a good way to stretch myself in a way that will be tough, and non-physical. <BR... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:38:25 EST Gripe, Gripe, Grumble, Grumble I do my best to keep a positive mind set about most things and let go what I can't change, but I have a couple of things that have gotten under my skin lately, and I just need to get it off my chest: <BR> 1. I have locked myself out of my house 4 times in the last two weeks, two of those times I have successfully jimmied a window and let myself in. Two of those times I had to call someone with a key. Epic Fail. <BR> 2. I run on the roads near my house. I run facing oncoming traffic as I have ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 10:16:22 EST My plans for August I am officially taking my first consecutive time off since December at the end of August. So if I want to reach my summer goal, I will need to button it up starting yesterday. <BR> As such. I have sworn of dessert. My beloved frenemy. I have a terrible sweet tooth. So terrible I have developed my first real cavity in my 35 years. If I can keep away from cake, cookies, candy and demon ice cream for the remainder of the month and keep up my clean eating I have an actual chance of reaching my g... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:24:04 EST I have Olympic Fever I confess, I'm an addict to the Olympics. I thought I had grown out of it, I haven't followed this closely in years, call it the Lochte/Phelps factor (proud member of Lochte nation). I just can't get enough. I'm on the edge of my seat for every event (when I can bear to sit at all). <BR> Thank goodness spark posted the Olympic Workout Routine <BR><BR>the_olympics_workout_game_work_out_whi<BR>le_you_watch <BR> or I could potentially have become a couch... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:27:48 EST Getting a new plan Since finishing Insanity, 2 short days ago, I have officially decided to become a finisher of things big and small. That novel languishing at my bedside while I read health related material. I vow to finish before the end of the summer, possibly while on vacation. The Peak Fit Challenge rotation I started about a year ago and walked away from with 8-10 workouts left to the finish, I started knocking off those last workouts. But my big plan, and this is pretty special is to finish training for... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:11:51 EST I feel like I won an oscar! Because yesterday I took the last Insanity Fit Test thereby completing my first ever Insanity rotation and during said Fit Test, I beat my fitness idol Tonya "the machine" on all but two exercises. <BR> A little background on why this is such a big deal to me as many of you have finished Insanity rotations like it ain't no thang. <BR> I purchased Insanity from QVC several years ago. My thoughts were it would be challenging but doable. I enjoy working hard and at that point I was probably 50... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:22:34 EST Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. Title is a quote from Paulo Coelho. <BR> <BR> My favorite thing to do on weekends lately is experiment in the kitchen. I love to take recipes and modify them to be friendlier to my goals. Even in healthy cookbooks, blogs and pins I often find myself saying “hmmm, I could make this for fewer calories/fat grams/carbs/etc.” <BR> As many of you may know I’m a huge pinterest nerd. I could literally be there for hours, pinning and repining all sorts of things but especially recipes. People are so... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:36:11 EST Positively Positive I have in my possession an abundant amount of self help. It ranges from spiritual to scientific. Books, audio and viewable. Some I've looked at /listened to. Others I've never touched. <BR> <BR> Here's an interesting thing I recently discovered though. It actually does help, but not necessarily in the way it is intended to. Big shout out to Chalene Johnson and her CarSmart series as well as the book Push, because she said it and wrote it, but I only recently put it into practice. <BR> <... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:24:47 EST So guess what... I'm actually ah-mazing. I have been thinking a lot lately about all the things I want to accomplish, goals, goal setting, how to get there, what I need to be doing to move me in the right direction and so forth. The list is miles long: <BR> Must complete my Insanity rotation. <BR> Must lift heavier next week. <BR> Must stop having candy in drawer of desk. <BR> Must sleep more, must workout in morning, must get back to running, try crossfit, be able to do pullups unassisted... <BR> The list of things I want to do is... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:24:04 EST Brown paper packages tied up in string... Some of these things may seem wacky, some may be no brainers, but all are helping me get where I want to go. I tried posting this before with pictures but it kept crashing, I might try coming back and adding pictures later but for now I will just use words. <BR> <BR> 1. My bobble: This thing is awesome. It's your basic filter water bottle except the filter is built into the cap, so after three hundred uses you toss the whole cap, and put in a new one. I take it everywhere, I never pay for w... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:29:34 EST My favorite things blog... My favorite things blog was wiped out twice by some act of computer trickery. I will try again tomorrow. Sorry for the delay! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 23:02:57 EST What they don't tell you about losing weight So I am around 60 lbs lighter than I was at my heaviest and arguably smaller than I have ever been in my adult life (thanks strength training!) and I have come to the conclusion that when all the medical professionals, pundits and self help gurus are encouraging you to lose weight there are some things they don't tell you. Maybe they don't know because they've never been heavy for a significant period of time or maybe they think it will scare people off of doing what's best for themselves hea... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 13:13:43 EST It's been awhile. So it's been awhile since my last post. <BR> I never finished the challenge of completing all my videos in a year. Life got in the way. I did learn some valuable lessons in the last year. First the awesome. When I started this job, nearly 4 years ago I weighed in at 192 lbs. This week I weighed in at 134.6. I broke out of the 160s finally after joining Weight Watchers. I'm still not at my goal weight but I have been dangerously close. <BR> <BR> What I learned in the last year that changed ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:36:13 EST Days 64-78 I've been so busy the last couple of weeks I haven't had time to post at all. <BR> <BR> Way back on May 3 I got in a nice walk at lunch and in the evening I did Khi Bae Beginner Workout. May 4, I had a meeting that required me to be at work for 6:30 AM and I was working late all this week to get stuff prepared for my conference I did the second Khi Bae workout, Wednesday I left for the conference but got there early and did P90M Plyo Legs which wasn't all that plyo, the next morning I did D... Tue, 18 May 2010 09:33:53 EST Days 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, & 63 Its bad when I can't even remember the last time I posted. <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday: I did Leslie's Power Mile in the morning (meh, this one went in the to go box), I got outside for a nice walk at lunch and then when I got home I did Quick Fix Cardio Kick with Janis Saffell and her perky ponytail. It's amazing to me how every kickboxing instructor is so different in form, particularly as it pertains to a roundhouse. laces up, side, slapping motion, etc. No wonder I am often confused between ... Mon, 3 May 2010 10:48:18 EST Day 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 I'm still plugging away, but life is getting in the way more often than I had anticipated. <BR> <BR> Wednesday morning I did Tae Bo Celebrity Fit Cardio and it was a good morning workout. Just the right length of time, just the right complexity and all the right encouragement from Billy Blanks. As much as I disliked Celebrity Fit Sculpt, I loved Cardio so I'm going to break my usual habit and keep one, but not the other. When I got home from work I did Michele Dozois' Rockin' Body Cardio Ja... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:10:48 EST Days 46, 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51 I'm ashamed to even be writing this, having fallen so far behind. Last week got a little crazy toward the end and the weekend was super busy, but more on that later... <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, I dutifully got up early and did Yoga Booty Ballet Latin Flavor. I enjoyed the floor-barre work, but the dancing part was only meh. I think we've established that Latin dance is clearly outside my abilities. This one wasn't too bad with the exception of shimmies which on me are a nightmare. Not sure wh... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:30:09 EST Day 45 and still going Yesterday morning I got up, slightly saddened that whatever I chose for my morning workout wouldn't compare with the wonderful experience I had the day before. I ended up doing YBB Light and Easy. I don't know why I liked these so much in the past. The fun part is the dancing and it's a very brief 15-20 minute section between setting intentions, mudras and too short strength exercises. I also have to confess I don't love ballet. I want to like it, I want the resulting dancers body, but I thin... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:32:20 EST Days 43 and 44 The beat goes on as the old Sonny & Cher song goes... <BR> Monday I got up early and did Leslie Sansone's 3 Mile Weight Loss Walk, it's a maybe. I mean, I'm sort of getting to the point where I'm thinking you've done one Leslie you've done them all. The one is slightly different in that regular background exerciser Mary Kay leads a mile and it's that slight difference that kept it out of the to go pile. Finding a difference in a Leslie video is near impossible. At lunch I walked outdoors, I'v... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:53:45 EST Days 40, 41 and 42 I took a rest day <em>234</em> but more on that later. <BR> <BR> Friday morning I got up and did Yoga Booty Ballete Go-Go. It was only alright, this one had a lot of ballet moves in the beginning before it got to the dancing-type portion, then returned to "strength" or ballet. For me, and a morning workout that wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I tend to like straight cardio in the morning and I didn't get that from this one. At lunch I walked rather than walk/run because I just didn'... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:05:07 EST Day 39... It's been warm here, it has been a long winter, and the nice weather makes me want to get outside more and do workout videos less. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I got up and did Yoga Booty Ballet Cardio Cabaret. It's from their live series and is a "burlesque" style workout. Honestly there is not much burlesque about it in my opinion with the exception of Ravi Drums (their drummer and composer who strangely appears in all their workouts) yelling out things like "Take it Off!" I have done this... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:54:26 EST Days 37 and 38 I have a confession, I may be running out of steam. I don't know if it's because I have so much other stuff going on in my life right now that it's distracting me from my goals or if I'm just in a funk and being lazy and eating junk is my go to solution. Two 6:30 AM meetings in a row this week didn't help. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 6:30 AM Meeting <BR> No time to workout in the morning, but went for a nice long walk at lunch. I wonder if I could bring DVDs into work and use them in my office with ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 09:05:03 EST Day 36 I wrote about my morning workout in yesterday's blog entry, so I will finish up the day here today. <BR> <BR> At lunch I did walk/run intervals outdoors and a distance that has traditionally taken close to 40 minutes doing walk/run took right around 30. Progress! I think I may need new sneakers for this endeavor however, because I really felt it in my lower legs and I hadn't in the past. <BR> <BR> When I got home I did Cathe Friedrich's Low Impact Step. This is another one of those Cathe wo... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 09:19:53 EST Day 34 and Day 35 I just realized that I haven't been keeping count. I have distinct piles, what will go, what will stay, and what deserves a possible nother shot. But I haven't counted in awhile. I will do that before I post again. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a long day. Rearranging furniture cleaning out a room, trip to the dump and eventually working out. I'm trying to get my dog's weight down. I recently gave her a bath only to discover she wasn't just fluffy after all. She was a bowling ball with legs. So I w... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:33:43 EST Day 31, 32, and 33 I took a couple of days off work to enjoy the beautiful weather, but since every room in my house is filled with closet overflow I had a difficult time getting to the computer to post. I have since cleared a path. :) <BR> <BR> Wednesday I broke my calorie burn at lunch again, this time by 12 calories. I don't know if I'm going to be able to beat it again. When I got home I did Turbo Jam Booty Sculpt + Abs. I have to say, the "sculpting" components of these early Turbo Jam workouts are so muc... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:09:30 EST Day 30: Record Beaten (Again) Yesterday morning, I got up early and did Windsor Pilates Bun & Thigh Sculpt. Wow was this tough. My butt was burning. In twenty minutes it really worked out my buns, but I'm not as convinced about my thighs. Regardless, comparing it to the 20 minute waste of time that was Callanetics the previous morning this really got my attention. The entire thing was done lying down which caused my ridiculous dog to curl up in the middle of my pike position and take a snooze, that is when she wasn't try... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:01:18 EST Day 29: When it Rains it Pours It may be discovered at some point with scientific accuracy that I possess the absolute worst luck humanly possible. More on that later. <BR> <BR> Yesteray morning I did Quick Callanetics Legs. I got sucked onto the Callanetics bandwagon many years ago by promises of a leaned out lower half. According to several sources a regular practice of Callanetics would give me the body of a dancer. Operative words being regular practice. I traded away the majority of my Callanetics workouts awhile ba... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:48:30 EST Days 26, 27, and 28: The Crazy Weekend. I had kind of a crazy weekend and didn't really have time to write, luckily I took notes so my faulty memory wouldn't be the source of angst today. <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> Friday morning I did Slim in Six: Start it Up. I once followed this rotation and I took before and after pictures and it really did make me smaller. I like that you can choose your own music and you don't need to choose the canned stuff they put on the DVD. At this point, this one is fairly easy. I'm not sure I would get t... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:31:09 EST Day 25 and counting Yesterday I woke up with a sense of dread. On the docket, the final cardio workout from the Project: You series. It's like doing the same thing every day. I was not looking forward to it. Long Lean is the only workout in this series that I had never done, because I had never lasted to that point in the rotation. It's a little bit longer than the others, and slightly more intense. Perhaps it's the newness of the moves, but I kind of liked this one. Though for the sake of disclosure, I wasn't ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 10:01:31 EST Day 24 and counting... Now that I'm writing a day behind, I'm thinking I might forget what it is I did the previous day, like some crazy scene from Memento. <BR> <BR> Here's what I remember about yesterday <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday in the morning I did Project You: Push Pull, the second cardio in this series. I am now remembering why I got so bored with this series the time I tried to do it as a rotation. Foundation and Push Pull are almost identical. The cast wears different outfits, and the words are ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:17:27 EST Day 23: A Day Late It has come to my attention that I'm not being as robust in these musings as I was at the begining of the project, and I blame trying to squeeze the writing in the evening before bed. There have been times when I was already in bed and realized that I hadn't written anything that day and got up to write something quickly. To that end I've decided that I will write about the preceding days events the next day, when I'm fresh. Or as fresh as I get. <BR> <BR> So yesterday, I got up early and d... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:02:59 EST Day 21 & 22 Sorry for not writing yesterday, when I went to post my blog yesterday my computer crashed and since it's 10 years old, it takes a year (or overnight) to boot back up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my niece participated in mass, and she had her hair done at my house so I got a late start on working out and didn't have time to do as much as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> First up: Carmen Electra's Lap Dance & Hip Hop. Though I wrote this in my notebook as if it was one workout, it was actually two se... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:41:36 EST Day 19 and 20 My apologies for the lack of blog yesterday, time got away from me, I left early to go to the grocery store (an hour away) and by the time I got home it was after 8 pm. I had skipped my lunch workout in order to leave early, and the morning meeting prevented me from getting a morning workout in. <BR> <BR> So I got home, put away the freezer groceries and got to work. First I did Yoga Booty Ballet Basics which I had scheduled for yesterday and it was alright, I prefer the Live workouts or th... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 21:20:07 EST