MRSGIXXER's SparkPeople Blog MRSGIXXER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Maybe this will encourage you like it did me! Life is hard! I don't say that as a complaint but more of an observation and really a realization. This is, to a degree, encouraging. I don't know about anyone else but I always felt like life was easier to navigate and the reason I may be having a difficult time with different situations was because I didn't measure up. But accepting the position that life is hard takes a little bit of the pressure off. It's not an excuse to not try to do my best, but it is why I don't have to beat mysel... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:29:03 EST Commitment & Determination pay off! The last 8 weeks of working out consistently have been great! I am done letting life's challenges interfere with how we want our life to look. In the past I would get so busy that I would always put my needs on the back burner. I love working out (mostly strength training) but have pushed it away too much. We have both decided that this is a lifestyle and so far we have been able to work the challenges of life around a consistent healthy life. My hot hun is putting more weight back on. S... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:37:34 EST Don't forget to stretch! Not too long ago I wrote about how important I have found that eating right is. When my husband and I skip dinner or don't eat a well balanced healthy dinner our energy levels are low and our ability to lift heavy weights early in the morning is diminished. We found out yesterday how important something else is. Stretching!! We have stretched faithfully the past 7 weeks and for me, it has made a great difference and I have not been sore this entire time. That is until yesterday. We worke... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:33:25 EST Survive, Thrive, Grow I've been looking at my old blogs from when I first started using SparkPeople. I'm happy about how far I have come. Since 2007 I have become more fit, more patient, more able to deal with stress, stronger, happier, more chill, to name a few. I've truly grown. <BR> <BR> That reminds me. Starting in 2015 I started choosing words to focus on. My word for 2015 was survive. 2014 was a very difficult year and I just wanted to get through things in 2015 and survive. Well, I did more than su... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:38:53 EST Christmas is over - Back to the routine & 2017 goals We made it through Christmas without going overboard. Well, almost anyhow. We did eat out more often than we planned but it's so much fun hanging out and spending time together. The good thing is we ate well, the bad thing is we went over on the budget. We did skip all the holiday treats except for some drinks. <BR> <BR> Now it is time to get back in the routine again. I'm so glad because if I never shop again I don't think I would mind. <BR> <BR> Goals for 2017: <BR> <BR> Add 2-3 ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:51:20 EST Change is good! We used to work out in the evening but it was getting difficult with working long hours so we decided to start working out in the morning. We've been getting up at 4am for at least 2 months now but we only started working out in the morning about a month ago. It has been working really well for us. We get to the gym 6 days a week now instead of 3 because our time is limited in the morning since the gym doesn't open up until 5am. But on Saturday we don't have time constraints so we get a l... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:30:21 EST New workout schedule One of the biggest things that helped me reach my weight loss goal was logging and blogging on Spark People. I have some new goals now and think that using the same methods I can achieve these the same as I did losing weight. <BR> <BR> Eric and I now work out 6 days a week. Up at 4am every day. We have found that if we wait until after work we tend to not get much done. So getting up earlier allows us to take advantage of higher energy levels to get things done. Of course that means goi... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:39:59 EST 2016 About Me Archive 2016 - Thrive <BR> <BR> I had some pretty big goals for myself in 2015. Well, it ended up that I only had the time and energy to work on my marriage and sanity. But it was well worth it. My wonderful husband and I are recovering together from the very difficult 2014/2015 and are looking forward to a much more rewarding 2016. <BR> <BR> For me, I want to come back to taking advantage of this wonderful resource of SparkPeople. I have found that when am on on this site almost daily tracking m... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:56:26 EST Sept 17 Weekly summary We had a great week this week. Got to the gym almost every day. Our training session on Wednesday was pretty intense but we are looking forward to our own workouts starting on Monday. Eating is still a challenge for us. Sometimes we totally forget to eat at all. <BR> <BR> Goals for next week: <BR> <BR> Strength Training 4x <BR> 90 minutes of Cardio <BR> <BR> We are leaving for Arizona for the weekend on Wednesday to celebrate our anniversary. We will continue to work out and eat hea... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:00:49 EST To a great Sunday! Today has been a good day! We have figured out a training schedule and plan as well as a meal plan. This is something that is really hard for me. I feel like when it comes to healthy meals I am a bit dyslexic. But we are getting through it. I have read a lot in between football games, laundry and shopping and although I have considered myself pretty knowledgeable in the health and fitness realm I have learned a lot. <BR> <BR> I've also been doing some soul searching today. Although I a... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:43:54 EST Fall Reset So far September is turing out to be a great month of positive changes for me and my family. Our youngest started college and FINALLY got her drivers license (last month) so we don't have to cart her around everywhere anymore. Eric and I have been back at the gym regularly and I've been consistent on SparkPeople. Our wedding anniversary is this month and every year we realize how truly blessed we have been to make it another year together. <BR> <BR> We are really excited about our new wo... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:10:41 EST Fitbit vs. Samsung I own the Fitbit One and the Samsung Gear Fit 2. I will start with what I love, my Fitbit! I have used a Fitbit since 2009 or 2010 I don't quite remember. I've only used the kind you can attach to your belt buckle or put in your pocket. As much as I like my Fitbit One I have not found a Fitbit fitness watch I have wanted to purchase. They either lack the features I want or they have the features but are too big for my small wrist. <BR> <BR> The Fitbit One tracks steps, flights of stair... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:10:28 EST Football Season - who's with me We love football in our house. Well two out of three isn't bad but you can't really expect a 19 year old college girl to love football, but she likes it. We root for the Packers, Steelers and Seahawks in our house. This year we are going to adopt a high school team to follow which I am excited about. We used to do that when I was a kid before high school when we followed our team. We have a few decent high school teams here in Wisconsin. Another thing we do is use football to get outside ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:52:41 EST In the Groove Again! When I logged into SparkPeople today I received a message that I had logged in 3 days in a row. That's a small streak but a streak! My husband and I joined a new gym at the end of July and had only gone about 3 times before September but we are back at it and going 5 days a week. I never understand when we don't go because we always get an awesome workout and have a blast as well. I love creating our workouts and seeing their results. Today we are going to meet with a trainer. This is som... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:06:28 EST Out with the old - 2015 Welcome Archive 2015-Recover-Heal-Move Forward <BR> <BR> Spark People has been a great place for me over the years. Sometimes I have made great use of the resources and other times I've had half hearted attempts. But it is here for us to use and the fact that we are provided such an awesome resource and tool for free is amazing. We really do have to thank Chris Downey for that. <BR> <BR> My motto for this year is "Recover, Heal and Move Forward". This is the year I put myself and my husband completely... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 14:10:32 EST Being authentic The new year always has many people thinking about what they would like to improve in their life, me included. I read over my goals that I posted and I am not doing very good job of reaching them. I still believe I can come out ahead on most everything I put on that list but I am dealing with something that has caused life to really come to a stand still. I have thought for a while to what degree if any I wanted to share it here. The most difficult choice about it is the fact that unless ... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:44:28 EST 2015 recovery from 2014 I'm really excited for 2015. As some have probably read in other blogs or posts 2014 was a horrible year for our family. I guess in 47 years on earth and 25 years with my husband one year in the grand scheme of things is not too awfully bad. But, it could have changed the course of our lives forever in a bad way. By the grace of God and lots of prayer and work we were able to overcome our troubles. However, we are still recovering from it because it affected so many areas of our lives. ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:28:18 EST My intro for 2014 saved 2014 - All about the food! <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Sparkpeople for almost 7 years. It took me a few years to really get into changing my outlook, my body and my life. 2010 was the year for me. I finally made the decision that enough was enough and I wanted to look and feel on the outside how I did on the inside. I remember the day I tried on a size 8 pair of jeans. I actually cried. (see blog from 5/31/10) <BR> <BR> I've never been really great when it comes to food and trying new... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:44:08 EST My Journey to Contentment - not so easy! I've come to think that a successful life is a continuous work in progress. If you look away for a moment things can go south. In my case, I haven't been paying much attention for 3 years and now I am in a huge state of discontent. I'm not happy with anything anymore. Why did I even think that once I lost weight everything would be great? That just isn't the case. So I am on a quest for contentment. This to me means I am grateful for who I am and what I have and I live in the moment. F... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:35:41 EST No junk for 30 days On January 31 I decided that I would not eat any junk food nor would I drink alcohol for 30 days. Today is day 29 and I have followed it to the letter. I feel so much better than normal and I never really felt bad. I won't go back to eating junk but instead will allow myself to have treats but they will need to be unprocessed and healthy and of course in moderation. <BR> <BR> My next challenge will be eliminating starchy carbs at least one day a week for the month of March. I might even t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:50:47 EST Can I eat only real food for 30 days? I lost 53 pounds by eating 'healthier" and exercising. Although I did eat healthier than I had been I really wasn't eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been looking into how I eat and how I can do a better job of only putting healthy FOOD in my body. My job allows me to have a nice break over Christmas so I have been watching a lot of food documentaries. This has lead me to challenge myself to really eat healthy and clean for 30 days. <BR> <BR> My challenge to myself is to eat wh... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:59:55 EST Skin cancer removed Last week Thursday I had skin cancer removed from my forehead. They used a procedure called MOHS that helps to reduce scarring but also makes sure that it is all gone before they close you up and send you home. It was a much bigger process than I thought especially since the biopsy was not a really big deal. <BR> <BR> I had a spot the size of a dime on my forhead a little above my right eye. Now I have stitches that are about 2 inches long and much more work was done under the skin to r... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:33:04 EST I see the light! So I have been in a rut for a while. It's amazing what just a little bit of hope can create. We found out last night that we will be renting a townhouse that we really like. It took them a week to get back to us and the week seemed like two it was so long. But this little bit of news gave me just enough of a glimmer of hope that I can see the light and I am slowly moving out of this rut. <BR> <BR> I'm not really sure why "in between" places make me feel like I'm stuck but they do. As ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 22:25:19 EST Stuck in a rut! Will it ever change? I'm in a slump that I really need to get out of. Exercise and eating healthy has become a big challenge. I feel stuck I guess, although I am not sure why. I have all these grand plans and when I wake up in the morning it's like I never had a plan. It's great that I keep trying over and over and over to get back in the groove but I really need it to stick. It's funny, but not, that where my head is matters a lot with what I do. <BR> <BR> Ok, I think a big part of it is that we are livi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:16:07 EST So excited about all my helpers Today I received an email from Fitbit about my 2012 activity. They had mentioned earlier this month that it would be coming and I was waiting patiently. I was easily able to do that because I totally forgot that it was coming! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, according to my Fitbit I have walked 1,084 miles last year. That's more than the length of the California coastline at 840 miles. Fitbit also gave me some insights for 2012. April was my most active month, Sunday of all days was my most active ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:04:13 EST 2012 in Review - Looking to 2013 I don't really have a verdict on how I think 2012 went. I haven't pondered it until now. It was a blur for the most part. I am amazed how quickly these last two years have gone by since we moved to Arizona. <BR> <BR> 2012 Review: <BR> -Visited home twice - once in May and then again for Thanksgiving <BR> -Quit my job in August after they started reorganizing the accounting department and sent much of it to their other location in Tennessee <BR> -Unfortunately gained about 10-15 pounds ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:49:50 EST 2012 Intro is now a blog entry This was my intro last year. Moved it here to make room for a new intro! <BR> <BR> Can you believe I am a grandma!? Really. I have a great husband, three fantastic kids and three beautiful grandkids. I've been a member of SparkPeople since June 2007 and it has changed my life. I've lost lots of weight, learned so much about fitness and nutrition and met some really wonderful people who I hope will be my friends for many years to come. <BR> <BR> But none of that comes without hard wor... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:49:15 EST What to do I haven't been on SparkPeople much these days. I try but for some reason life gets in the way. When I was losing weight I was able to get on everyday. I don't know why it's different now. It's not like I don't have the time. Maybe it's because my focus is different. But I would still like to keep in touch with the good friends I have made here and encourage others. I guess it's time to change my focus! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:05:51 EST I've done it again. That's a good thing! Wow, my fitness journey has taken all sorts of twists and turns. Some days I am right on track and other days I'm lucky if I can find the tracks. At one point many years ago I had given up chocolate and soda (all caffeine actually) for five years. Then one day we were driving across the country and it was my turn to drive and I needed to stay awake so I had some Diet Coke. That began my on again off again relationship with caffeine and chocolate. <BR> <BR> Well I'm off again. I weaned... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:40:40 EST Click here to know the secret I realized something today; actually it was over the past few days. There is no need to kill yourself trying to achieve any goal. Ok maybe kill is a strong word but I think you will understand me when I say that sometimes we are so focused on our goal(s) that we see little else. When I lost weight my life revolved around that. Day in and day out I was working hard, much harder than I really needed to. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong we need to work hard to achieve our goals but I think it i... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 23:56:26 EST It doesn't have to be all or nothing I have been blogging for over a year now that I am having a hard time getting in a routine since our move. It's not that I don't do anything but I don't stick with it. It's so very frustrating to have a plan and want to succeed and then my thinking (attitude) gets in the way. This has happened on so many occasions. <BR> <BR> You know you think once you lose weight and get in shape everything will be better. I'm here to say that is not always the case. I don't want to get anyone down o... Sun, 6 May 2012 12:45:23 EST Start where you are I have learned I do not do well without a plan. Not only that, I only seem to really do well when I have extreme focus on something and almost every minute of my day is planned. I have been trying to figure out a happy medium and have come up with nothing so far. I think I have an addictive personality. As long as I don't get addicted to the wrong things and try to keep it under control I don't think it's too bad. <BR> <BR> Work with what you have. Start where you are. Those are some t... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:16:23 EST February - consistency I'm a little behind in setting my goals for February. As January was such a bust I can only go up from there. We've set our gym time at 4:30 am so that we get it done early and can't make excuses to skip a workout. The idea was to do our strength training then and then I would do cardio in the evening. Now I'm thinking that if I do TRX I can do that three times a week and do cardio on opposite days. My goal really is to workout in a way that I don't get injured like I usually do. I thin... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 11:24:59 EST january was a bust Well January was a bust. I didn't do much in the way of being active. Part of that was getting sick and it lasting a while. This is the first time I've been really sick in Arizona and I attribute it to the poor eating and exercise. I think every time I have written a blog over the past year it's at least mentioned how I am having a hard time getting a routine going since we moved here. <BR> <BR> Initially we started out pretty good. We joined a gym and were going regularly. But at $13... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 08:20:22 EST Health information junkie Today I was checking my email and my husband was sitting next to me. My inbox is full of eat this, exercise that sort of stuff. <BR> <BR> He said, "Your obsessed about weight and body stuff huh?" <BR> <BR> "No, I just get lots of newsletters but I don't really read them. I actually have unsubscribed to a bunch." <BR> <BR> Silence. <BR> <BR> "Yea, I guess I am obsessed." He nods his head in agreement and asks why. "I guess I am just never satisfied and you always say such nice thi... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:52:11 EST When I fall I get back up We've been in Arizona for 8 months now and I still haven't gotten into a good routine. I don't really now why it is so hard. I think I might miss home a little. I already had a good routine worked out and then it was all turned upside down. It started before we moved - everything changed. I should be able to live a healthy life even in the midst of trials and struggles. But I have found that even in losing over 50 pounds and learning everything I have learned thus far I have a very dif... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 22:33:00 EST Thinking for a Change I have been on and off Spark People since October 2010. Once I reached my goal we were busy getting ready to make the move from Wisconsin to Arizona; which we did at the end of December. After getting here, with everything being so new and trying to get into a new groove, my attendance on SP wasn’t much better. Then things got stressful with me still not finding a job and Eric’s job being rocky because he gets paid on commission - there is not a steady income. He’s looking for a new job a... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 18:36:08 EST Life has just stomped on me As much as I love Arizona, life has not been easy since we have moved out here. With all the stress I have not been eating or exercising the way I should be. It's frustrating because I want to be one of those people that is able to stay positive and continue to work towards goals when things get tough. I’m not there yet and I have a long way to go to get there. <BR> <BR> My husband has/had a job that he has been working since the end of January or the beginning of February. He hasn’t w... Sun, 8 May 2011 00:32:42 EST Settling in, goals and motivator Well, we have been in Arizona for almost 4 months now. It has been a challenge but I'm so glad we are here. We took a big chance coming without jobs but things are looking brighter. Talk about a leap of faith. I have to admit though that some days it has been hard for me. <BR> <BR> I've finally gotten a good strength training workout going. We decided that we are going to change it up every month. That will keep the body guessing. The problem is that my strength training is pretty in... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 19:32:13 EST I need a new attitude It’s been hard getting into a routine since we moved to Arizona. I’m so glad to be here though and know we made a good move in coming here. I just have to find that groove I had in Wisconsin. One of the big adjustments is Eric working 6 days a week and mostly second shift. Believe it or not it is also a big adjustment not working a day job myself. I liked the routine of working. It made it a lot easier to have certain times and days to take care of things. It seems the more time I have ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:19:55 EST A letter to you I’ve been away for a while now and I thought it was about time I jump back in and give you an update. I think it’s been easily several months that I have not been active. Oh, I may have popped in here and there but to me that is not active. Not only have I not been active on Spark People I have also not been very actively exercising. Although thankfully I have been actively moving which has probably helped to save me from gaining weight. <BR> <BR> So here I am now more or less settled ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:46:06 EST 3.5 years on Spark People Since I have been a member of Spark People for so long I thought I should redo my introduction on my front page and put my old one here. I've accomplished so much and there is so much more I want to do. I've recently moved to Buckeye, Arizona west of Phoenix and have a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Pre-2011 <BR> <BR> I am excited to turn 43 in December. It's been a long time since I have gotten to a birthday hot and healthy!!! <BR> I have ten more pounds to lose and I plan on doing that before... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 21:40:32 EST A month without workouts! :( Somehow over the past month I have been severely slacking on my workouts. I’ve been getting some cardio but have been doing basically zero strength training. I’ve missed it so much and getting back to the gym yesterday reminded was a good reminder. I cut back on the weight which was a very good thing. I can feel my workout today and I have to say it feels great!!! <BR> <BR> So how is it that we can want to do something and enjoy it, but not do it? In my case life got busy and some othe... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:47:24 EST 15 minutes to fitness Yesterday all I felt like doing was NOTHING!!! I'm going and going all the time that I just wanted to relax. Well after a couple of hours of relaxing in the morning I felt so guilty. Then I found a happy medium. I took my Timex Ironman Triathlon trainer and set the interval timer for 15 minutes repeating. For 15 minutes I would sit and do something relaxing I wanted to do and then when the timer would go off I would go take care of something around the house and repeat. Sometimes I woul... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:13:51 EST What are your values I've always been big into values and goals and trying to live the best life possible. For everyone, though we may have similarities, this will be different. People have different ideas about how they want to look. Some wear make-up, others don't. Some want to be a certain weight and others want a certain look. Either way we need to find what works for us and what makes our life the best it can be. I found this site today that I thought was very interesting. It says what I am trying to ... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:46:33 EST Letter to myself Renee you asked me some very good questions that I would like to hopefully answer for you now. <BR> <BR> Why do things always seem hard for you and some other people seem to have it easy? First you don’t know what they are going through. We are all given our own burdens to bare (your own cross so to speak) and honestly, do you really want someone else’s? It’s the things that we ourselves need to learn that we struggle with and this makes us who we are. If you want to get better at som... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:51:19 EST Love the Fitbit w/pics According to my Fitbit I burned 2142 calories yesterday. I had to add my biking because the Fitbit is made for walking, jogging and running and may not be accurate with other activities. I walked 7639 steps which translated into 3.19 miles. I have to mention that I have not entered my stride information so those numbers are based off the averages Fitbit uses which for me might be pretty good because I am average at 5’4”. You can see the report for steps here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:27:26 EST I never knew how few calories I burn - Timex HRM and Fitbit I’m thinking I know why I have not been losing anymore weight once I got down to 140. Besides the fact that I have probably been eating more at a maintenance level I am not burning enough calories. I just got a HRM and a Fitbit. Not sure if they will work out for me but we will see. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was fairly inactive a couple of hours before bed last night and I only burned about a calorie a minute on average. I don’t think I have a sluggish metabolism but I do have a very low he... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:51:18 EST I've come to realize..... I realized two things yesterday. One, it’s not about the scale anymore and two, what I eat really matters, especially when I work out. I’ll expand on both of those. <BR> <BR> I got rid of my scale about a week or so ago but it wasn’t an easy move and I didn’t know how I would deal with that. In my mind then I still had the thought of losing more pounds. I now believe that once you are in a healthy weight range it is no longer about the scale and much more about how you look and feel. ... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 16:06:02 EST The scale It's as if Spark People is affirming my decision to get rid of my scale. Since I wrote that blog I have received at least 3 emails on how we can measure our progress in other ways. I have to say I feel so much better about me without that thing staring back at me every day or even every week. <BR> <BR> Update on my calorie cycling - I'm not doing it anymore. I planned great but what I cannot plan is what my body needs every day based on my activities and although I only went as low as 130... 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