MWILSON86's SparkPeople Blog MWILSON86's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My weight loss progression since August My hubby left in August to go to ranger school. Since he has left, I made an enormous effort to loose some weight because he was suffering so much to meet a goal he had, that I should work to meet mine (not suffering of course). So far I have lost: <BR> 7lbs overall <BR> 4 inches in my abdomin <BR> 3.5 inches in my waist <BR> 3 inches in my hips <BR> 1 inch in my neck <BR> 3inches in my glutes <BR> 2 inches in my thighs <BR> and 1 inch from my upper arm. <BR> all this equals 17.5 inches ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 21:46:23 EST Mark 11:27-33 27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” <BR> 29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” <BR> <BR> 31 They discussed it among... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 22:41:20 EST We have a new home I have been MIA for a while due to preparations for our recent move to Columbus, GA (Ft. Benning area). We are here until around December when we make, yet, another move to Ft. Stewart, Hinnesville, GA. I was happy to see that there is a Columbus, GA spark team and of course, I quickly joined it. I really hope it brings the same type of connections that the Polk County Team did. I wasn't as active as I wanted to be in the Polk County Team but it did link me up with some wonderful people... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 03:09:35 EST This weeks totals 1/29/11 Measurements <BR> stayed the same: weight, bust, <BR> lost an inch in my abdomen, 1/4 of an inch in my hips <BR> gained 1/2 inch in thigh, gained 3/4 inch in my arms, and 1/2 inch in my neck <BR> according to a formula (not a machine) I lost 9.87% body fat <BR> I also put in 8.92 miles this week (about to add two more). <BR> <BR> This week I worked out four days, I am going to add today as a fifth day. <BR> My eating was off this week by a lot, I only stayed within my range 2 days this ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:45:35 EST This weeks totals! Between 1/10-1/22 I have lost a pound and half <BR> lost 1/2' in my waist <BR> lost 1/2' in my abdomen <BR> lost 3/4' in my hips <BR> lost 1 1/2' in my thigh <BR> arms stayed the same <BR> lost 1' in my neck <BR> lost about 6% of my body fat - according to a website calculator. <BR> I ran/walked about 8 miles <BR> Cardio 5x this week (2 lower intensity) <BR> worked out 3x this week <BR> This is a lot of progress that I made in my book, If I keep this up, I will be down to my idea size in ab... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:06:32 EST New year, New Start After reading this blog entry yesterday, <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3873350 <BR> I decided that I have to do what it takes to meet my weight loss goal. I have always fallen short of my personal improvement goals, I never loose what I want to loose. I never put forward the effort to keep my personal business going. The only goals I make are degree related when the pressure comes on me from my parents or if I want to make someone pro... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 10:09:36 EST w5d3 - sucess! I finally made my 20 minutes! I am so excited! I can finally move on to week 6. I did it on the treadmill so I was at 5.6pmh for the first 10 minutes, 5.8 for the next 5 minutes, and then finished with 6.0. I wasn't sucessful outside for that long but I will get there. It was just too hot of a time for me to go outside. Well I hope all is well and by the way....I lost another pound and some more inches. I finally lost an inch in my thighs and 1/2 inch in my neck, and 1/4 in in my arms... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 18:00:30 EST Week 5 day 3 c25k Today was my 20 minute run. Unfortunately, I didn't make it the full 20 minutes straight. :( I did run outside and it was a tad bit hot, but I allowed myself to stop after 10 minutes and couldn't finish the last 10 minutes straight. I am very disappointed in myself. I did run longer then a couple of days ago, but why did I "have" to stop. Only when I stopped did I feel short of breath and allow the endorphins to decline and felt my calves in pain. I am starting to think that I prevented... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:48:11 EST This week This week I actually measured myself this week and I have lost two pounds and various inches all over! :) We had a wedding yesterday so I splurged a bit there but other then that I have been eating right and consistently exercising. I had to change up the routine this week (because of time constraint) and it wasn't really as demanding as it has been, so I will be back to the grind on Monday! I feel like I really haven't pushed myself to where I need to. My next run is twenty minutes s... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 19:35:12 EST c25k W4D2 This run was great! I started out slow, increasing my time with each interval. I didn't cramp until the end of the run and I still had the complete energy to do back and abs today. My whole body aches from my series of weight training and cardio. I feel good though. I feel like I have been working and I love every minute of it. This is also day three of eating clean. I have kept to it except I ate a few pieces of my hubby's pancakes that had sugar and white flour, but I am working on ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 21:30:04 EST Couch to 5k w4d1 I went back on the treadmill 4 days after my last run. I also increased my sprint time to 5 minutes twice in my run. Wow, I literally had to stop between intervals because I was cramping so bad. Not cramping like normal, but like 10 fold! I also had to decrease my speed for the first two minutes of my 5 minute interval just to get through and my second one I kept increasing and decreasing my speed. This is going to be a tough week for me, but I will feel so accomplished afterwards. E... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:35:46 EST Finding my cooking passion once again.... For the past couple of days I have been experimenting with recipes again. I have created a meal plan and have stuck with it. Its only been a couple of days, but for some reason I find joy in preparing a meal that gets good reviews from my hubby. I have tried two new recipes, one was a pork chop with applesauce (homemade by the way), and green beans. It was delish! I made curried rice with shrimp today. My hubby and I both loved the dishes and the recipes are from cooking light. I am lo... Fri, 21 May 2010 23:54:49 EST W3D2 - 2nd time This run killed me. It didn't kill me because of the intervals, it killed me because of the way I didn't really take care of myself yesterday and my body just wasn't up for it I guess. Rocky didn't save me today. My last interval was actually the easiest for me because I think my body finally woke up and got with the program. Oh well, I have one more run day in this week, but the way I am feeling, I will workout tomorrow and not today. Fri, 21 May 2010 13:42:44 EST W3D1 - second time around. <img src=""> <BR> I just finished W1D3 of the couch to 5k program. I took a few days rest to help recooperate my shin splints. I have done this week once before but this was a challange. I am trying to train myself at a 10 min/mile pace and so going three minutes was a bit tough. I made it through as I always do. But you just have to picture this..... <BR> When it got hard I just imagined Rocky Balboa (yes from the movie) running an... Wed, 19 May 2010 14:28:07 EST One problem.... Late night eating...going so long between lunch and dinner due to a work shift. I eat a late lunch, by the time I go to work I am not hungary. An hour or two into my shift and I am starving. I don't eat at work after my shift because I want to get done and get out. The food isn't the greatest nutritional value either. I think I may pack a few small easy access foods that I can munch on throughout my shift. I can always sneak back for a couple of minutes and eat a cheese stick and throug... Wed, 19 May 2010 00:45:17 EST W2D3...second time around :) Today was my last day in week two and I would love to say it was easy. But it was very challenging for me to finish! I struggled. I had to stop two times, but I still didn't understand why it was so hard. I talked to my husband and he told me that it was normal to feel worn down and in pain at the end of a week of training with no rest. I thought my work out days were rest because I was doing a different type of exercise, but I was still working my legs and that is what running works. ... Sat, 15 May 2010 23:22:10 EST Wow! I figured something out about myself! "Amen to that! I struggle with imperfection, but not as much as I struggle with not taking action on what I want to achieve. I set goals and I don't even bother to put action into it. I usually have a goal, a plan, and no action. I am so lazy sometimes! This is what I am working on and the spark streaks are actually helping me put action to my words, its amazing. Now if I can only apply this principle to my business, I would be a director in no time!" <BR> <BR> This paragraph wa... Sat, 15 May 2010 10:21:55 EST W2D2...a day late :/ <img src=""> <BR> I am writing this a day late, but I had my W2D2 of the couch to 5k yesterday. As always I had to push through the last interval but I did it. I am struggling with shin splints and my knees are sore. I had this happen the first time I did this program, so I know its normal. I am treating it like I did before and continuing to work through the pain. It will subside, I know it will. <BR> I wanted to share thi... Fri, 14 May 2010 23:08:12 EST W2D1...2nd round <img src=""> <BR> I am feeling great! I just finished my 1st day of week 2. This run/walk was intervals of 90 minute jogs and 2 minute walks. This is only an additional 30 seconds more of jogging at one time then last week. The last interval was a little tough, but I made it through! <BR> I also have bangs now.:) I got a hair cut today. I really have felt like I want to spend a little more time on myself. We will see how th... Tue, 11 May 2010 14:22:58 EST W1 Day 2 round 2 and food experience. Well I took my run outside today as soon as I woke up. I did pretty well until my Ipod (with the podcast that tells me when to slowdown or pick up) messed up and I ended up running an interval longer then I was suppose to. The reason this was bad was because I wasn't paced to do so. So the last two or three intervals were hard and I felt my body wanting to give out. I finished it and felt all the more accomplished after but it was hard. I was really proud of myself for getting up and goi... Tue, 4 May 2010 22:15:23 EST W1D1 (again!) I feel amazing!! I am committing to the couch to 5k program again, but I am training on a 10min mile pace this time. I just got done with my first run back. I feel more energized and kept up the pace! I actually felt like I was in control of my body. I picked a spot on the wall and concentrated on it and forced steady breath. All of a sudden I felt like I was walking, but I was running at 6 MPH! I had to push through the last running interval because I broke my breathing concentration to calculate my hea... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:00:26 EST A date night with the hubby! After work today the hubby and I went to Mongolian grill and ate dinner. We then went to steak and shake for a milk shake. Our night was finished with watching the deadliest warrior and picking sides as to who we thought would win. (by the way my warrior won...uh huh:) SWEET!) It was a nice night to just talk. <BR> <BR> It was a fun and no I didn't resist the milk shake but its a good source of dairy right? lol <BR> <BR> breakfast <BR> 2 egg <BR> 1/2 cup of peppers <BR> 1/2 cup of... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 22:08:16 EST I took a self-proclaimed cheat day! I did well until dinner. We had dinner at my husband's teacher's house which escalated into a full fledge cheat day, because I didn't get to exercise today. I am ok with that. I think I am allowed to take an exercise break after 9 streight days. I will be back in the sattle tomorrow. I needed the cheat day to help with my crazy cravings lately. Maybe one cheat day a week is ok? I am still making my eighty percernt lol! <BR> <BR> <BR> good night all!! <BR> <BR> Missy Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:00:57 EST So far, so good Today I really paid attention to nutrition and met my spark caloric range! I think I will just have to focus on nutrition. So far today I have felt great, been a little lazy, but I feel great. I am going to the gym here in a little bit to get my workout in for today! I think I am on day 9 of meeting my exercise and breakfast goals! I am really craving BBQ chicken though. Does anyone have a good healthy recipe for BBQ chicken? I would love to have that tomorrow lol. <BR> <BR> Missy Wed, 21 Apr 2010 20:16:32 EST I am proud of myself There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” <BR> <BR> This quote hits close to home because there have been many times when I have been "interested" in doing something but I have not put the full commitment in it. I struggle with this constantly. I literally have to force myself to move sometimes, but lately I have been succeed... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:09:30 EST I finally bought a pedometer! The hubby was getting antsy so we went to walmart. I finally broke down and bought a pedometer. Its pretty cool, I have worn it since I have gotten it and I believe I was close to 300 steps last time i looked at it. I am real curious to see how many steps I occur at work tomorrow. I am a server so I am sure those steps will add up quickly! I think on top of my ten minute exercise routines I will try and make that 10,000 steps a day. Before I set a daily goal I want to see what is added ... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 23:32:08 EST Moc Social with a picture :) <img src=""> <BR> Tonight was Moc Social and it was fun. I was decked out in a new dress and had a chance to really socialize with the ROTC wives. Sometimes I feel socially awkward but I still put myself out there. I am trying to learn to connect with new friends instead of staying in my little circle. I have felt pretty lonely up here in Lakeland and my husband will be gone for seven weeks this summer. I hope I can find something... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:34:33 EST I was a cleaning fanatic! Today I was able to sleep in which was really nice. I cleaned the whole house today and did laundry while my husband was at a fundraiser. I wanted to surprise him with a clean house because I am not normally a good house keeper. It took me all day but it was nice to keep busy. This was my fourth day straight of exercising for 10 minutes and I really do feel a difference in myself. It's nice to have a consistent pattern. I will continue to do this, eventually I will be adding on. I am l... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 21:58:11 EST Today I had a pretty relaxing day but I made sure to work out today. My calorie count was 1817 even with a little splurging with a peanut butter cup delight like it size from cold stone. I am well a woman and this time well I crave chocolate. I waited till I couldn't resist it anymore and got my ice cream. I went over only 17 calories from my goal so I am happy with that. Overall, today was a good day and it was my third day in a row of exercising and meeting all my fast break goals. This b... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:13:25 EST self control Something about food lately has been so temping...I keep eating and when I track my food I eat over 2000 calories. I can't seem to fall below this line. Like tonight I had a social event with the ROTC wives and I ate before I went to try and keep myself arount 1500 calories, well <BR> I went and they had food and I had to try it. I tried a little bit of white rice with some hamburger thing she made, a piece of bread with butter, and mixed fruit. After that I couldn't pass up the chocola... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:11:32 EST Working towards consistancy I have trouble with the key strategy to meeting any goal, consistancy. I have a hard time keeping consistant. My sparkstreaks are all over the place. I hardly finish what I start when a goal is set ,because I give up and let it go so easily. I am working on fast break goals. I want to get 10 minutes of exercise (at least) 5 or more days out of 7. I want to eat a good breakfest and journal in that same consistancy. These moves seem small but right now I am striving to be consistant with... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 21:23:32 EST Today..... Today has been good for the most part. I woke up and worked out when I woke up and I made it to work. Work was a little annoying because I found out I was suppose to work an hour later then I thought, but they seemed to let me go early because of the confusion. But by the time work ended I had a migraine and felt like I was going to pass out, mostly because I was hungary, but even after I ate I felt that way. After work, I took a nap and chilled out and after I ate dinner I felt pretty go... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:16:50 EST Day 1:Starting over and making connections I have been reading two books lately. One is The Spark and the other is Healing is a choice. I have decided that I am going to start over and work up to a healthier lifestyle. I am starting again with my Fast Break goals. I am working to accomplish these daily or at minimum 5/7 days. <BR> 1. Eat a high protein/fiber breakfast <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 10 mins a day <BR> 3. Write a journal/blog entry daily (this could be on here or in my personal notebook, depending on the content. <B... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:58:06 EST Its all common sense isn't it? I admire a person who is so dedicated to their health and fitness that nothing gets in their way. I look through spark pages and I look at all the success stories and I think, all that they have done isn't it common sense? I am not undermining anyone's efforts, please don't get me wrong. But on a personal level, I know what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Just like today, I went to work early and swore I would clean the house when I got home. I took a nap and I have been sitting on the co... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 22:23:20 EST No caffeine! My Oh My have I lost my mind? I am on a mission to give up caffeine.....yes with all my driving I do not want to drink caffeinated beverages. This is just a small step in the direction I want to go. My goal is to get natural energy from my food. I am basing my diet on an article I read in prevention about high energy foods. Basically, whole grains which I already eat with lean protein and vitamin c and fiber rich foods. Part of this is also small meals and portion control (you eat too much you usually end up taki... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 09:20:26 EST My weaknesses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have many weaknesses that cause me trouble with my new years resolutions. <BR> 1, loose weight <BR> 2. Become a director <BR> 3. financial freedom <BR> 4. Social life <BR> <BR> <BR> My weakness <BR> 1. late night eating <BR> 2. chocolate <BR> 3. Lakeridge Southern Red Wine (mmm) <BR> 4. I am not a conversationalist <BR> 5. I am shy around strangers <BR> 6. My busy schedule <BR> 7. I like to buy clothes <BR> 8. ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 22:42:23 EST I tried my luck at Lake Hollingsworth <img src=""> <BR> Picture taken from courier <BR> <BR> Ok, so running outside is so much harder then the treadmill. On the treadmill I can run an 11 minute mile. I ran/walked Hollingsworth today and I could not even run a half a mile straight. My legs felt like they didn't want to work for me and at times I felt like I was dying. <BR> While I was at the lake I was trying to figure out why its different and the only... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:30:47 EST I am so proud! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Picture uploaded from flickr, it is not my own) <BR> <BR> I am so excited! Lets see....I ran a mile streight on Saturday....I ran it at 12 minutes...first time running a streight mile ever!! Anyway, I ran a mile again today at an 11 minute mile (the last two minutes were tough, but I made it)!! I hope to get to a 10 minute mile shortly . I think I will practice the 11 minute one for a few more runs.....then try to s... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:51:48 EST Goal Setting and Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am becoming more aware of goal setting and how it can motivate people. I have also become more aware of the reasons I am not reaching my goals. I long for something more, I long to be back to my "happy size" (see above picture), I long to grow my beauticontrol business, and I long to have a happy social life....all while I am finishing up my degree. <BR> <BR> The problem doesn't lie in my goals, they are rea... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:00:40 EST New Year, New Goals, 2010 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello 2010, <BR> You came upon me so quickly. I have already been married a year! Anyway, I am a little late on posting my new year goals but here they are. <BR> <BR> My Fitness Goals <BR> loose 20lbs - I am 132 as we are speaking <BR> bring caloric count to in between 1200 - 1500 (I have been tracking for a week and in one day I ate 3,000+ calories!!!) <BR> cook dinner in home 5 nights a week <BR> Cardio - 3 time... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:33:29 EST why? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why is it that I am so unhappy with my body , but I have no motivation to work out? <BR> Why do I shy away from things I like? <BR> Why do I isolate myself when I am happier with my friends? <BR> Why do I feel bad for wanting to be rich one day? <BR> Why do I fear dreaming big? <BR> Why do I fear that my heavenly father is out to get me when I have been raised to belive that he is a loving God? <BR> Why do I fea... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:28:36 EST Exhusted This one is unrelated to my heathy lifestyle goal. I am just tired. I slept alot,but I am still so tired. I am dreading going to my internship today and tomorrow. I have no motivation. I should have quit back before summer semester when I was debating it. I know I do not want to teach. Its just not for me, but I keep trucking on for only God knows why. I feel the moment I step up to teach those kids their education quality is lowering. I just do not have strong communication skills a... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:59:27 EST I met my goal today....but Today, I stayed within caloric range in perfect portions. I did 20 mins cardio and about 45 yoga. I thought I would feel amazing but I feel kind of nauseous.....any suggestions as to why? Fri, 2 Oct 2009 22:58:59 EST Took a break - now getting back into it I know a healthy lifestyle is just that , a lifestyle. I didn't exercise at all last week, but now I am back on the wagon. Its hard to manage time between exercising, work, school, and schoolwork, not to mention housework which gets the last bit of my attention. I have been doing a couple in home routines. I did turbo jam on Tuesday and sparkpeople's mat workout last night...I added a few butt blasting exercises from October's Cosmopolitan magazine....I have to body is burning!!... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 09:33:54 EST Week 4 down but not quite down!! So Week 4 was definitely a challenge and I am not quite sure I am ready to tackle week five quite yet. So a few more goes and I think I will be ready. I did weigh myself today and found out I am down to 116! I have lost 9 pounds in a month and 19 days! I am so excited to report it! I was so disappointed in pictures that were taken this past weekend. I felt like I looked disgusting, but I have been working hard and it has been paying off. One day I will be comfortable in my skin again... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 21:11:34 EST Week 3 and Day 1 of Week 4 I am sorry I didn't meet my weekly goal of updating everyone on my couch to 5 k program last week. <BR> <BR> At the last entry I explained my slight veer from the program and I finished that week and then decided I wanted to try week 3. So I did and a slightly painful knee put me out for about half a week. I finally finished week three on Saturday and started week four today. Week 3, itself was a challenge for me. Three minutes was the longest I ran in probably my whole entire life. I u... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:28:11 EST A slight veer from couch to 5k Today I was to start week 3 day one, but the thought of running for three minutes straight (double my struggle from last week.) So I talked to my hubby about it and he ran with me today. We did a five minute walk and then jogged two minutes and walked two minutes. We ran outside today so it was a big challenge for me. I think I am going to progress a half an hour a week till I am ready to run 3 minutes straight then I will continue to week three. I just feel like I am not ready to pro... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 20:28:23 EST Week 2 Day 4 I extended my 2nd week by a day because I was struggling through the last two intervals. Yesterday, I finished my run feeling pretty good about my progress. Monday will be the beginning of week 3. I am kind of scared of this one because its two different intervals repeated twice. First I start with my five minute warm up walk and then I jog for ninety seconds and walk for ninety seconds and then I jog for 3 minutes and walk for three minutes, repeat that again and then my cool down. I st... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 08:03:32 EST W2D3 down! Well I made it...I did it! Week three is initially down...but I think I may have to go another day in week 2...I am still struggling to get through all 6 intervals. The last two haven't gotten any easier. I will decide Friday whether to move on or to do one more week 2 day. I have lost threeish pounds since my initial last weigh in but my inches have seem to increase. I don't know why. My husband thinks I may be measuring wrong, so I am going to have him re measure me after this food di... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 20:54:48 EST W2 D1 Down!!! :) Well I am super proud of myself today!! <BR> I almost convinced myself not to go to the gym and put day 1 of week two off until tomorrow, but I didn't. I took a catnap, spent some time with the hubby and felt some energy so I told him "I am going to the Gym!!" lol pretty much just like that ha ha. He was like good baby I am proud of you :) see why I love him!!! Well I knew this would be a push because I am definitely not used to running more then a minute. (I have always been a sprinter... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 20:31:50 EST