MYMAYAOLIVIA's SparkPeople Blog MYMAYAOLIVIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So long... Holy moly it has been a long time since my last blog. It has crossed my mind many times to get on here and type something out. I finally graduated with my associate's and have 3.5 months until I go back for my bachelor's. After the five class semester I just completed, there are so many things I want to do with this time I don't even know where to start... <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this year when everyone was making resolutions, I came up with one I had never tried before. I decided I wa... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:07:14 EST Not calling it a resolution.... Well it has been a rough few months to say the least. I just cannot get my act together at all. I figured after I was sick and lost 15 pounds in a week I would at least use that to my advantage. Nope. <BR> <BR> One thing I have noticed is I am a much happier person when I eat food I like. Does that make me a food addict? <BR> <BR> It seems like all of my problems revolve around not having a good balance of everything. Not enough. Too much. Full time work, full time school, single mom....b... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:02:04 EST Got some work to do! Ugh...been a while since I have written a blog entry. When I went to start this I saw that my last one was the day after I ran my first 5k...which is also the last day that I had a really decent workout. That was August 18th. EEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> So over the past monthish...I don't know what happened to my mind but it left the frame it was in before August 18th. I have gained AT LEAST 5 pounds back and started up a lot of my old habits. School started and I got busy with that and... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:25:33 EST CP Week 3 and Week 1 of BLC So my redo of CP week 3 went well. I stayed in my calorie range and did MUCH better with exercise! I lost the pound give or take that I gained in bad week 3 and lost an extra 3 pounds which puts my total at 33 pounds! Sometimes I forget how much 33 pounds actually is when I compare it to what I need to lose but 33 pounds isn't any thing to be upset about!! <BR> <BR> So this means I am off to a good start for the BLC and that makes me very excited. My weight loss challenge here is getting cl... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:43:44 EST Week 2 and 3/ First WUB for BLC 19 I forgot to blog at the end of week 2. So to summarize... I followed the plan (Chris Powell's book) pretty well and had a loss of 3 pounds...(9 pounds in 2 weeks not bad!) but then as always the sabotage worked it's way to the front in week 3. I did not do well this week. I ate A LOT of stuff I shouldn't have. I didn't exercise at all. I was very busy though so I wasn't just sitting at home. I was pretty lucky and didn't even gain a pound. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my first public walk/run.... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:10:35 EST Phase 2 - Week 1 - Coming to an end. Progress so far...28 pounds lost all together. Weight loss challenge 19 pounds lost. Choose to lose diet (started this week) 6 pounds lost. I am very satisfied with my results so far. <BR> <BR> Things from this week I need to work on: <BR> <BR> ~Finding a better variety of vegetables to eat and ways to cook them. <BR> ~Eat enough vegetables. <BR> ~Drink enough water. <BR> <BR> My promise to myself this week was drinking half my body weight in water which would have been a little under 130... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:38:55 EST Phase 2 - Day 1 - of the rest of my life! I haven't done horrible in the month and a half I have been doing my weight loss challenge. I lost somewhere around 12-15 pounds. I kicked butt in the 1st month and kind of slacked off the last couple weeks but all in all I was pretty proud of myself. My competition has not been high but there is one person that is sneaking up on me...I feel like I need to step it back up. <BR> <BR> I have been watching Extreme Weight Loss for the first time and I have fallen in love with Chris Powell. He ju... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 23:56:56 EST Always with the sabatoge.... So the first month of my weight loss challenge went fantastic. This second month hasn't been going as great. Not that I expected to have the same results anyway but I am am not doing as well as I did the first month. I know that I am not always going to be perfect but ugh... <BR> <BR> ToM came around and I hit a little plateau. I haven't been exercising as much and my diet hasn't been awesome. I finally got rid of the extra pound or two from ToM and then the last few days I consistently lost... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:08:28 EST Tracking question. So we spent about 4 hours at a pool party today. I spent most of the time in the pool playing with Maya or swimming. I also walked around with Maya a little. I probably spent 20 mins or so sitting not doing anything. I know there is a swimming general option but I am just curious how other people would track it. How much time for swimming since I wasn't actually swimming the whole time...thanks for any input. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:12:31 EST One month into the work weight loss challenge! Well the first month has passed for my weight loss challenge at work and with my family. It is amazing how different I feel. I lost 12 pounds. When I got to 12 pounds my goal for the month was 15 but them TOM came around and I didn't make it to 15 pounds. Not that I am complaining about 12 pounds...I am currently winning both of my challenges. <BR> <BR> I have worked my butt off. I have been exercising a lot! I am very proud of myself but I know that I can work harder and I know that I coul... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 23:08:37 EST So far so good... Wow...I have to say I am pretty happy with myself! This week has gone great! I have by far done a better job than I ever have before! I had my first pop today on Day 9. I had no intention on stopping forever so I am not upset. It just needs to be a treat instead of a normal thing. <BR> <BR> I have exercised everyday. Noticing improvements. If I haven't gone on a walk some where with someone, I have used the treadmill. When I started on the treadmill I think I did a mile in 22 minutes. A cou... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:20:33 EST June 1st: First day of the rest of my life! Well I am sure everyone can understand how frustrating it is to start over. To fail and then try again. Well it is getting very old for me...I am getting to the point that I feel if I don't do it now it will never get done.So it has to be done now. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago I lost 20 pounds, went on vacation, and it was over from there. I have gained about 10 -12 of that back. A couple of people at work who have been having the same problems as me came up with the idea to have a weig... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:59:34 EST BLC 18: WUB Well it feels like this week has lasted about 5 months but I did a pretty good job! <BR> <BR> As far as enjoying the outdoors goes: I took my beautiful baby outside 4 times this week. We went for a couple walks, we played in the yard twice, and today we played in the yard a couple times at grandpa and grandma's! It was a lot of fun. She is just learning how to walk and the yard is kind of rough terrain for her! Especially after today we are both POOPED! <BR> <BR> For my motivator: I actuall... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:49:52 EST BLC 18: Letter To Myself in 10 Weeks. Well for the first week of the BLC I was on vacation. Just got back a couple hours ago. I kind of gave myself a free pass to enjoy myself and I did so there is no telling how this weigh in is going to go. I am hoping that my amount of activity helped to counter act the amount of calories I ate...EEK! Well my goal for this next week of the challenge is to get back on track. Even myself out. I haven't been very good at tracking recently so I would like to work on that. I would also like to sta... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:02:35 EST Another weird question... So whenever I weigh myself...if it shows a loss I am not really expecting I weigh myself again. This last time I weighed myself 5 times in a row and for 3 different amounts. I try to make sure the scale is in the same spot every time. Does anyone else have the same thing happen? Or am I the only crazy one that wants to see a loss twice? Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:25:20 EST A couple of silly questions. Question #1: Maybe more of an opinion...I spent about 3 hours tonight running around Chuck E Cheese with Maya and my nephew. For pretty much the whole time I was walking around with Maya, bending, squatting, walking, kneeling...It was on top of the 10 hours I spent standing and walking at work today. Can I track that as some type of exercise? (I was exhausted when I left!) <BR> <BR> Question #2: This is going to sound really stupid to some people...when someone says eat 5 servings of fruits... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:53:55 EST Today was a good day. Well it has been a rough month or so. I seem to enjoy self-sabotaging myself. It has been emotional and rough because right when I think 'THIS IS IT' I go and ruin it as quick as possible. Somehow I have managed not to gain any weight though. I lost 10 pounds from being sick and I lost 3 more afterwards. So today was my big start back was a good day. I wasn't perfect but I stayed in my calories and I drank 9 glasses of water. I didn't have any time to exercise but I was working on my ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:55:30 EST Pretty excited.... So...I have officially lost 10 pounds since I got sick. I am feeling better and I think my body is getting more regular. What a great jump start though. I was really excited after the weekend when I started eating mostly normal again and I lost 2 more pounds! I was sure I was going to come back and have gained weight!! <BR> <BR> Today a lady at work who makes the BEST cookies (SOFT AND YUMMY) brought some in. I had too many! Today was an exhausting day, there was some construction and movin... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:35:31 EST How many times am I going to do this? Well...when I started back at Sparkpeople I was off to a good start. I lost 6 pounds in the first 2 weeks and somehow got distracted. I am not sure how that happens when I am actually seeing results but anyway...I decided to put it 'on hold' until the biggest loser challenge started so I could hit that full force. I decided to start getting back to things Tuesday. I ate well, stayed under my calories, and worked out on the treadmill for the first time in a looooong time. Wednesday I got sick.... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:57:21 EST Time To Get Real Well the title says it all...I don't know what to say any more. I mean I honestly am beginning to feel like I have some kind of mental problem. I know that there are probably tons of people who have the same problems as me but holy crap...WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?!?!?!?!?!??! So as the title says, time to get real. I am going to lay it all out and hopefully get onto the right track. There is a Biggest Loser Challenge coming up at the beginning of the year and I am hoping to manage to kick sta... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:22:14 EST Didn't take long.... Well I fell off...the wagon drove off and left me. It only took me a couple weeks to get off track. I am not going to let it stop me though. Tomorrow I am getting started back up and getting back to where I need to be. Hopefully I get the treadmill set up this week also. I will probably weigh myself tomorrow even though I am afraid to. Crossing my fingers I didn't ruin my progress. <BR> <BR> Part of my problem is I feel like I am always STARVING...I am trying to do the smaller meals thing an... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 16:31:22 EST My first week or two. Well my start to my new Sparkpeople hasn't been too bad! I got off to a really good start tracking food, probably the best I have ever done. I have been drinking a lot of water. (Easier at work than at home). I have cut down on how much pop I am drinking. I had TOM in there which was not easy on me. The only 'bad' time I have had was the past couple days. I went to lunch with a friend and 2 fundraisers for people I know with health and baked goods all over the place. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:18:53 EST Exercise....sigh! Already time for a new blog. I am not sure how I am going to fit exercise into my schedule. Right now I work four 10 hour days. By the time I get home I am pretty tired. With my lovely lady I am pretty busy and it seems like I have about 2 hours to get everything done that I want to do. I do have 3 days off though. I am just looking for suggestions I guess on ideas how to get some good exercising in and not have it take up all of my time. <BR> <BR> I live in a neighborhood that isn't exactly... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:15:39 EST Starting over. Well I am giving it a new start. I want to get in shape and lose weight. I want to be happy and healthy not only for myself but for my beautiful baby girl Maya Olivia! I am still breastfeeding though and probably will be for a few more months. I went to but the website seems really buggy. I changed things and the website didn't update. I really enjoy sparkpeople and would like to just be on this website. Babyfit tells me I should eat about 1200 more calories a day than sparkpeople... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:23:00 EST