MRSHELENKITTY's SparkPeople Blog MRSHELENKITTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Over Again It's been almost a year since I stopped exercising. The reason being is because I had a surprise pregnancy. I found out I was 8 months pregnant last year in March. I gave birth to a healthy beautiful baby girl on April 2013. It's been a challenge, but I'm ready to recommit to my weight loss journey I have gained almost all the weight I lost. I'm trying to not let it get me down. I just keep telling myself that I did it before while pregnant. I can do it again. <BR> <BR> I weighed in today a... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:12:08 EST Shocking news! What I thought was a hernia when I went for an ultrasound is not a hernia. It's a baby!!! I'm 8 months pregnant! I'm due on May 1st! I cannot believe it it's the best news! I can't believe I didn't know because I took a pregnancy test back in December and it was negative. Hubby and have been trying to conceive our second child for 10 years! Even though we have a little over a month to prepare I'm ok with that. I pray we have a healthy baby. We are also having another girl! Will keep you poste... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:56:57 EST Fasting for 24 hours is not fun :( I have not eaten since 11am. I am so hungry! I have to fast because I have to have an ultrasound done tomorrow at 11am for my liver and my whole abdomen. Routine check up on the liver and checking my whole abdomen because I may have a hernia. I didn't work out today because I just didn't have the energy. I'm a little bit disappointed, but not beating myself up too much about it. Hopefully all goes well tomorrow! Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:32:19 EST Weigh in #9 So today I weighed in and I'm 2lbs lighter! I'm so happy. I'm out with the family right now so ill write more later. Just thought I would post the good news. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:49:01 EST I don't have type 2 diabetes anymore!!! Today was my doctor's appointment and I just had to share this. I don't have type 2 diabetes anymore. I am so happy I was crying! I felt like one of the contestants from the Biggest Loser when the doctor says "I'm so proud of you, you made my day, what you did is incredible!" I feel that I'm on the right path with my new healthy lifestyle. I see her again in two months and determine if she will lower my high blood pressure meds. So I'm going to work even harder so that I don't have high blood... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:11:16 EST Early workout So glad I got my workout in early today. Yesterday I took a rest break and it was nice to have a nice break. Today I did some strength training exercises. It wasn't high impact at all, just lots of squats for the butt exercises and weight training like bicep and tricep curls. I did 40 minutes of that with Bob. Tomorrow I have my long awaited doctor's appointment. I don't like going to the doctors. But I'm having some questions that need answered and just need that check up for diabetes and hi... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:37:10 EST Better late than never! So today I didn't get my workout in until late this evening. I started working out around 9pm! lol Better late than never right? The reason? I needed some rest! I can't sleep at night. I'm still thrown off from this time change. I can't go to bed until past 12am. It's all in the mind I think. lol So when I got home I watch my favorite show on DVR, I just laid on the couch. I wasn't sleeping I was just laying there with my eyes closed as my daughter ate her Chick fil A chicken sandwich. (Jealo... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:07:09 EST Why do I always feel like this on Monday? I'm beginning to dislike Mondays. It's so hard to get motivated. Not to mention this one hour less sleep is throwing me off so badly. I had planned on exercising to my high cardio workout, but I just wasn't feeling it today. I'm so tired and I just want to relax. Hubby suggested that I exercise in our little gym upstairs and go on the recumbent bike. We have a Bowflex in there and an elliptical as well. It's not as high impact as I would like it to be, but it will do. I did 40 minutes and I w... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:06:43 EST An AWESOME start to my week! Today when I woke up, I headed straight downstairs and ate some peaches and cream oatmeal. (My usual healthy breakfast.) I wanted to go out to Michael's today but couldn't decide if I should exercise first or go there first. Instead I sat at the dining room browsing through the Sunday sale ads and waited for my food to settle so that I can exercise. After an hour I motivated myself to workout to my hardest workout with Bob Harper and the rest is history. I feel great and a sense of accomplish... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:59:03 EST Weigh in #8 I am sooo happy. Why? Because I did not gain this week after a bad and horrible week!!! I am so thankful. I don't know how I would've felt if it was a gain more than likely beat myself up. Today I decided to take a rest day and give my body a break after some intense workouts I've been doing. I hope I do good this week because I see my doctor on Friday. I'm really nervous, but at least I'm going because I can't avoid her forever. (sigh) Not sure what I have planned this weekend. I want to go ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:32:00 EST Happy to be back on track :) After having a terrible week this week, I'm glad to be back on track. These past couple of days I have worked out to two 60 minutes of intense exercise DVDs with Bob Harper. I admit today it took me a while to get myself motivated, but I knew I had to do something about my poor food choices this week. No matter what the scale says tomorrow, I will accept it and learn from it. All I can do is make up for it and hopefully continue my streak until my doctors appointment this coming Friday. Also ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:11:24 EST Best Workout Yet This week I have been slacking off. This is my second day exercising this week. Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday I didn't workout. :( I also did not make good food choices. It's just been one of those weeks and I have no excuse other than plain laziness. :( However, I bounced back up today with a 1 hour workout with my Bob Harper 4 set DVD. I chose a 1 hour extreme fat burning workout. When he said extreme fat burning he wasn't kidding. This is the ultimate workout I have done yet! I was feeling... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:30:56 EST Trying to resist... I'm just having one of those days where I am craving foods that are unhealthy. For lunch I wanted to get chinese food take out. But instead I went straight home and made myself a sandwich. Then when I got back home from work today, I still wanted chinese food. But I didn't get it. Instead I ate a pancake sausage. lol I watched a couple of my favorite shows to let the food settle and then I exercised. I bought two new dvd's over the weekend. One is Jillian Michaels ripped and Biggest Loser Ab ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:20:55 EST Weigh in #8 I'm Below 250!!! So today is the weigh in for the competition hubby and I are betting on. Last week I lost 2 lbs and this week I lost 4.2 lbs with a combined weight loss of 6.2 lbs in two weeks! Hubby lost 0.4 lbs but I'm proud of him since he was away on a work trip he didn't get to exercise much. :( At the same time he is very proud of me that I made it below 250. It's been so long since I've seen the 240's. The last time was over 11 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter! I am still in disbelief th... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:56:56 EST TGIF! Today has been a very busy day. Tomorrow is hubby's birthday so right after work my daughter and I went straight to running errands. Bought him a Keurig and bought ingredients for a homemade chocolate cake. I wanted to get him a watch, but Macy's didn't have the brand he wanted. I didn't get home til 7pm. :/ When I got home I went straight to baking and I even made chocolate covered strawberries for tomorrow. :) I had one of the chocolate covered strawberries. Downside to today is I didn't ge... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:51:06 EST Workout out of the way! Yay! So today I took the day off from work. Going to the doctors with hubby because of his back. He's been having pains so I'm there for moral support. While he's out exercising riding his mountain bike, I decided to get my workout done early this morning. I did the same workout I did yesterday. I'm soooo glad it's out of the way! Now all I have to worry about is NOTHING. YAY! I don't have to cook today because we still have leftover spaghetti. I have 3 Biggest Loser episodes to catch up on so may... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:02:26 EST Never too late for a workout Yes I admit today I was contemplating on taking a rest day. When I got home from work I cooked dinner right away. I ate dinner with my daughter then I laid down on the couch watching tv and some of my favorite shows cuddled up with my snuggie. After my favorite show was done, I turned off the tv and took a short nap. When I woke up I just laid there doing nothing. Surfing the internet on my phone and trying to find new apps to try. lol I was just lounging and kicking back. Then I turned my p... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:41:01 EST Rainy Tuesday It's a rainy day here in Maryland today. It really makes me just want to kick back and relax on the couch. But before I do that, I knew I had to get a workout in which I did. I tried this Biggest Loser Bootcamp that I only did a couple times. I feel that I didn't sweat or workout as much, but hey it's something. There were some parts in the DVD that made me hurt and felt my arms were getting fatigued which I liked. I also got a compliment at work today from a co-worker and that made me feel g... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:36:35 EST Didn't get enough sleep... Last night I didn't get enough sleep. I went to bed past 1am just tossing and turning in bed. So today I felt a little sluggish. I ran out of oatmeal for breakfast so I ate a banana instead. I took a power nap when I got home and felt better. After the nap I worked out for 37 minutes to my power x train dvd with Bob and Dolvett. I'm glad it's over with. I had to come up with something quick for dinner and had some macaroni salad, potato salad, and chicken nuggets. Not the healthiest choices, ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:30:25 EST Weigh in #7 So today weighed in 2lbs lighter! I'm not going to update my Sparkpage yet because I'm having a competition with hubby and our weigh in will be March 2nd. :) So today I exercised and did some lower body toning. I really do like Bob Harper, if I was in the Biggest Loser he would be the trainer of my choice. I also went to the Amish market today and it was crowded! I didn't go overboard on buying junk food. My daughter only wanted some pretzels so we bought 3 pretzels no salt and 2 pretzel dogs... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:47:33 EST Friday night cravings... Every Friday night I always have cravings. I want fried food...fried tempura vegetables to be exact from my local favorite restaurant...ugh! So hard! It's also horrible that while exercising I was thinking of fried tempura. LOL I resisted getting fried tempura because it's too late in the evening to be eating fried food. I have a competition to win with the hubby. Today I exercised for 45 minutes. I did 25 minutes of cardio kickboxing with Jillian Michaels and 20 minutes of strength with her ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:54:17 EST Feeling Motivated Again It's nice to be back on track and in control. I went to the grocery store today so I don't have to be in a crazy Friday crowd tomorrow. I bought some healthy snacks like rice cakes and other necessities for the week. I plan on making some chicken lettuce wraps tomorrow. :) Well today I did power x-training with Bob and Dolvett. As usual, Bob got me sweating, but Dolvett didn't. But that's ok maybe his exercise is focusing on chiseling me down. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:52:15 EST Longest 60 minute workout ever! Over the weekend I purchased a DVD set of 4. It's Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser. I did the 60 minute cardio today after no exercise for 4 days. Wow it was so intense! It is the hardest and longest workout I've ever done. It's probably hard because I was in a rut for 4 days. It's not helping because I was feeling sad because hubby had to go away for a week for work and he left today. :( That's the only reason why I think I was in a rut and have not felt motivated to workout. Not to mention... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:15:11 EST Oh Monday...Monday... Blah...Monday. lol I can't believe I haven't blogged for Saturday. I thought I blogged my weigh in on Saturday, but I didn't. I did have a lost of .02 lbs. I'm going to take what I can get. It has been a hard week for me last week. My weekend has been very busy. We bought a new vehicle, spending time with family and doing lots of family stuff, and today I'm struggling to get motivated. I'm trying my best to stay positive and make the most out of my day. On Saturday and Sunday I decided to mak... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:42:25 EST Friday Workout So after a rut yesterday, I woke up early this morning and exercised. It felt great! I just have to pick myself back up and move on. :) Well today will be a day filled with scrapbooking or perhaps watching some shows. I love it when exercise is done and all that's left to do is to eat in moderation. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:24:29 EST Valentine's Day...I binged! So I rested today from my workout...but I did terrible! I binged on these candies my friend gave me. I thought oh I'll have a couple. But no I had more than a couple. I had 10 of them! Not only that...I ordered chinese food and that's what I gave up for lent! What is wrong with me? Where's my self control? I don't wanna start over again! This is a big challenge for me, everytime I do good, I keep thinking it's ok to splurge on food and in the end I just feel guilty. I'm still learning this le... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:28:55 EST I can't wait for Summer! Today is a rainy day. I'm tired of winter because it's so dark and gray outside. I don't like the rainy days in spring either. I just want some sunshine, warm weather, vacation, I wanna wear sandals, shorts, t-shirts. Enough of sweaters, jeans, and jackets! :/ But despite this yucky rainy weather I managed to motivate myself to exercise early! Yay!!! I thought I was gonna take a nap again, but I didn't. lol I am looking forward to this weekend because I have a 4 day weekend! So yay again! Tod... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:15:10 EST What I'm giving up for lent. So for lent I'm giving up Chinese food take out and restaurants. If I want Chinese food I will have to make it at home which I doubt will happen because it never comes out right. Lol. So today I exercised and ordered out some Chinese food. I got some wonton soup, fried tempura, and tofu with peanut sauce. It's not the healthiest with the fried tempura, but I haven't had it in so long. I made sure I exercised today, but only for 25 minutes. At least it's something. So see you Chinese food for ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:28:56 EST A great day! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Usually on Monday's it's hard for me to get motivated. But having hubby home today from work helped me get motivated faster to exercise. We had breakfast for dinner and it was sooo good! I made some low sodium bacon and an omelet filled with green and red bell peppers and some sweet onions. We wrapped it in tortilla with 3 slices of bacon and it was delicious. I also had some salsa on the side. My daughter does not... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:45:15 EST I'm happy with what I see. :) After my workout today, I go upstairs to get ready to go out. But I stopped at the hallway and took a good look at myself in the mirror. I paused and smiled at the progress I'm making. I like what I see. A new person outside but the same heart inside. I had a big smile on my face. I am noticing little changes like my legs are forming and my neck is showing more. I'm proud of my accomplishments so far and looking forward to reaching my goals in this weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:53:08 EST Weigh In #5 I'm happy to report to lose 3.3 lbs this week! I'm happy and relieved that it is not a gain. After last weeks weigh in with a 0.9 lb gain I felt so distraught. I really worked extra hard this week to lose. But I find that it's getting difficult each week to lose weight. I will keep doing what I'm doing and pushing through with my exercise and healthier eating habits. I'm also happy that my family and I have reduced eating out to once a week. We used to eat out 3-4 days a week! Not anymore. :)... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:15:26 EST TGIF Last Chance Workout! Wohoo TGIF! So happy it's Friday and I couldn't wait for this day to come. It's been such a long week and I am so happy that the weekend is here! So today I decided to workout to my biggest loser last chance workout with Jillian Michaels. I was sweating up a storm! I love the fact that I'm sweating so much because I know that I'm getting a good workout. :) I'm nervous and excited about weighing in tomorrow. I know this week I worked extra hard in exercising as well as staying within my calori... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:20:18 EST Stressful day... Today was just one of those days. I got a text from a co-worker earlier this morning and without going to any details lets just say it was enough to get me upset. So when I went in to work today, the situation is handled...I feel better about it...but still lingering in my mind. Then when I got home, my daughter had a horrible day and she was crying and it breaks my heart to see her cry because of her teacher stressing her out. So had to take care of that and hubby had to write the teacher an... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 22:16:14 EST Happy Hump Day! It's Wednesday and I am so ready for the weekend to come! I exercised early again today about 30 minutes after I got home from work. The first thing I did was get dressed in my workout clothes that way I can motivate myself to get it done and I did! I really like this new thing I'm trying. Now I feel I can just relax and kick back until I go to bed. I'm still dwelling about the number on that scale earlier this week. I just hope I don't gain this Saturday. I could just see it bringing me down... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 18:15:40 EST Finished exercising. So I exercised earlier than usual today. I think I like exercising right when I get home from work. I don't feel as stressed out worrying about exercising later on in the evening. I'm going to try this again tomorrow. I feel great and refreshed! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> P.S. <BR> <BR> I exercised to the biggest loser power x-train. I LOVED all 40 minutes of it! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:50:56 EST Why do I do this to myself? :/ So in my previous blog I posted how terrible my weekend was as far as me eating. Well I did something that I shouldn't have done today. I weighed myself because I felt I needed a reality check. My weigh in is not until Saturday, but I was just curious. OMG! I gained like 7 lbs or over 7lbs I can't even remember. The only number that stuck out was it's like 7lbs or 6 point something. I really did horrible this weekend despite my exercise! I also forgot to take my water pill twice over the week... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 16:28:58 EST Back to the routine...after my weekend. My weekend was very challenging. Saturday weighed in with a gain and then went to my father in law's 70th b'day party. There was a lot of food there and of course I ate. I didn't keep track of my calories, but I do know I ate more than what I should and not to mention my family and I went out to dinner that night. Then Superbowl Sunday we had some food at the house, I did better on the eating, however the food that I ate was not the healthiest so therefore I know I went over my calories and I... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:17:27 EST Weigh In #4 Well it's not good news, I gained 0.9 lbs. :( It's very dissapointing, but I have to learn to move on from this. I exercised four times this week and I felt that when I was exercising I wasn't struggling as much. I also did good on my calories, but I did go over a few calories a day but not much. I think I need to change it up more and do more cardio rather than metabolic training with the biggest loser. I'm also going to stay in the middle of my calorie range and not eat towards the top of ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:27:35 EST Despite my horrible day... I overcame it. I did not let it get me down, although I wanted to just lay on the couch when I got home from work, I did not give in. I exercised to my last chance workout DVD with Jillian Michaels. Could I have tried harder? Yes. LoL but I give myself credit for sticking to it. I also went out today and bought some home cooked Filipino food that I've been craving for the past couple weeks. I had that for dinner and it was so yummy! <BR> <BR> PS <BR> <BR> My bad day is not because I was cr... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:14:12 EST I really kept up with it! So yesterday I decided to take a rest day because I was literally exhausted and did not get enough sleep. To make up for yesterday, I decided to do the cardio kickboxing by Jillian Michaels which is only recommended once a week. I actually kept up with it! I did all the jumping jacks and the jumprope! I'm really able to do things I couldn't do before! I'm shocked and amazed! After the 25 minute video, I incorporated Bob Harper's 20 minute strength. I feel really good. Last but not least, my c... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:43:47 EST Never Been Opened So I'm looking through my exercise DVD collection and I came across a biggest loser DVD that I have never opened! Too hilarious! lol So I decided to exercise to it today. I don't know if it's just me or what, but I didn't feel like I struggled. I was really pushing myself, but maybe the workouts in that DVD aren't as intense as the others I've been doing. Or if I'm really getting better. I'd like to think I'm getting better. Hehe. Only one way to find out. I need to do the Jillian Michaels on... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:00:38 EST I didn't feel like it... I didn't feel like exercising today...but I did. Monday's are so hard to get motivated after a rest day. It took me a good hour after getting home from work to actually push myself to exercise. I'm glad that I did. I noticed today that I was not struggling when I did my jumping jacks during the workout video. I think because I'm wearing tights. When I wear shorts I feel like my thighs are rubbing together, but with the tights it just makes it so much easier to jump. I may have to buy more. I ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:51:35 EST A Great Day :) After my successful weigh in today, I decided to throw in a workout this morning. I usually rest on Saturday and Sunday, but I got so motivated that I felt I can do anything. I will make sure to rest tomorrow, I don't want to overdo it. I exercised to my new biggest loser DVD and its my second time doing it. It totally kicked my butt. But every soreness I feel in my body is so worth it. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:35:11 EST Weigh In #3 Woke up this morning feeling excited and nervous at the same time. I know that I lost weight because I exercised all week and followed my calorie plan. I was expecting 2lbs, but instead I lost 6 lbs! I was like OMG! What I did differently this week is I incorporated weights more when I would do the Biggest Loser workouts and I exercised 5 days straight. Maybe that could be a contributing factor to my higher weight loss this week. I'm so happy and now I am below 260's and hello 250's! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:59:12 EST Last Chance Workout! So today I decided to workout to the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout. It was intense! It was 55 minutes long and Jillian Michaels kicked my butt. But I pushed through it all because tomorrow is my weigh in and I really needed to push myself today. I did great on my food intake today. We had some leftover spaghetti for dinner and its always the best the day after. :) Here's my picture after working out and I feel great! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:50:58 EST Snow! So today it snowed and we had a two hour delay at work. It's nice to work at my daughter's school so we can go in at the same time and leave at the same time. So I decided to take advantage of it and I worked out this morning instead. It's nice to come home and not have to worry about working out. I feel that I can just kick back and relax. Also I'm not doing too bad with the calories. I'm sticking to it! I just wish I can get myself up earlier so I can exercise in the morning, it would just ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:12:12 EST New Workout So today after work, my daughter and I headed to Best Buy and I picked up two new DVDs. One was Biggest Loser Cross Training and the other is hip hop cardio because I LOVE to dance. I decided to try the biggest loser first and man oh man it's definitely a workout! Cross training is hard, I was sweating, and I definitely needed to get a cushiony mat for the floor when I do floor exercises. My butt hurts! I'm glad I changed out my workout. This is what I needed because I was getting tired of d... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:04:39 EST My Craving Yesterday I was watching Diners Dive In's & Dives on Food Network and they were making biscuits and gravy. I was really craving it. So today I decided to make it and I made sure that I would have enough room in my calories to enjoy it for dinner. We had breakfast for dinner tonight which is a nice little break because it doesn't take too long to cook. I had one biscuit and some gravy on top and my craving has been fulfilled. lol <BR> <BR> So today I exercised to my SELF cardio DVD. I'm getti... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:53:11 EST As promised and planned! As promised and planned yesterday, I followed through with my agenda for today. I woke up really late though. lol I woke up 10:30, then went straight to my craft room and made more journaling cards for 10 minutes. After that I wasn't very hungry so I decided to chug down a bottled water and went straight into exercising. I did cardio dance and then Bob Harper's strength DVD. The cardio dance made me sweat, but it's not to the point of where I'm drenched. lol I guess it didn't work me out the ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:55:08 EST Lazy Day Well I had a choice to exercise today but I didn't. I was going to try to exercise 6 days this week but instead I opted for 5 days. So I'm going to have to workout 5 days straight til my weigh in next Saturday. I also didn't make good food choices. I made terrible choices. I had a good healthy breakfast but for lunch I had leftovers from the restaurant and for dinner I had two slices of pizza. I'm dreading the calorie count but this will be one of my lessons. I have to document the good, the ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:12:40 EST