NCJESSICA77's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NCJESSICA77 NCJESSICA77's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Chapter 1: Page 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453148 So today was a work from home/snow day. I really did not want to get out of the house today. The roads in my area look a little too nasty for me to be driving on. But the sun did come out and start melting some of this white powdery stuff! <BR> <BR> I logged in to my work PC and worked from home. <BR> <BR> Then for my lunch hour I got dressed in layers and went out to play in the snow while there was still some to play in! Its not often that we get this white powder around here! So my so... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:38:39 EST Chapter 1: Page 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452788 Sometimes, things just do not go as you plan!! I live in NC, where we rarely get snow but get ice on occasion, but on either even, the towns SHUT DOWN!!! We are not equipped to handle snow/ice. I do NOT drive in snow/icy conditions after I slid off the road a year or two ago in icy road conditions. So guess what happened today?! I did NOT go work out. We got 6-8 inches of snow!!! And they were only calling for a "light dusting of snow" in our area! HA meteorologist! What do they know?! LOL ... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:13:47 EST Chapter 1: Page 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452410 As usual, I did not get up early. Just got up at my normal time to get ready for work. I had my spinach, bacon egg frittata for breakfast and coffee with MCT oil. Then for lunch, I had some cucumber and tomatoes, salmon and 2 cups of broccoli. So even though it wasn't leftovers, I still managed to have a decent lunch. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I got 9 of 9 hours for 250 plus steps each hour. That has taken some work!! I have set my Fitbit to have an alarm every hour so I can make sure... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:45:24 EST Chapter 1: Page 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452155 Up at 5:20 and out the door at 5:30 a.m. again! Mark and I were in the gym beginning our lower body workout at 5:38 in the morning! When I prepared my plan for my workout, I increased my weight on everything. When I was doing each set, on some I realized that I wasn't using enough weight. So I will be increasing the weight again! I guess my legs and abs are a LOT stronger than my arms! I think my arms are the weakest part I have! <BR> <BR> Lunch at work was salmon baked in the toaster oven ... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:21:00 EST Chapter 1: Page 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451560 So today is my free/rest day. I'm not working out today! I'm not going crazy on my food intake but I am not restricting myself from anything I want today. <BR> <BR> I've learned that my scale needs to be replaced. It will not measure the weight correctly. I know this only because there is NO way I've lost 25 pounds in a week!! I've charged the batteries and then the batteries are at 35% within 12 hours. So something is not right! I need to find some more triple A batteries to replace the o... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:18:06 EST Chapter 1: Page 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451177 Six days this week! Yes SIX days !! I made it to the gym and got a workout in six days this week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d51ee665-cb3f-435d-ada7-8c079860649e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was cardio again. So I started out on the elliptical and did about 15 minutes on it. My legs were bothering me so much and I couldn't keep going! So I moved over to the stationary bike. I did that for 22 minutes. I broke a sweat just not the ugly sweat! I'm quite proud of myse... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:18:49 EST Chapter 1: Page 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450830 Page 12, up at 5:20 am and out the door at 5:35 am to go workout. Today was upper body workout. I learned that some of the weight was easy. So I will be increasing that weight next week. Mark and I got it all completed this morning! He said I was taking the fun out of the gym now by going so early in the morning because he likes his sleep. Well, when you work a full time job, you have to make changes to your life to accomplish your goals! I've been giving in to sleep for far too long now. Ti... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:13:53 EST Chapter 1: Page 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450414 Welcome to Page 11! Yep 11 days still going strong! Yeah some say you aren't supposed to pat yourself on the back but I think I'm doing awesome right now! <BR> <BR> Since I got up early yesterday, I slept in this morning and went to work at my usual time. I didn't have any left over dinner from last night because I didn't cook last night. I had my class. So today for lunch was not one plan (which by the way is left over dinners). I went out to run an errand and picked up some Greek chicken ... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:17:56 EST Chapter 1: Page 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450403 Page 10: Up at 5:10 a.m. and in the gym at 5:30 a.m. for lower body workout. This time my son, Mark, went with me! He did the same workout that I did only with more weights! He frowned at the lower weights that I used. But I will build up to what he can do! It's just going to take me time! <BR> <BR> So far every day this week I have managed to get 5000 steps. Well actually I've gone over that goal every day this week so far! I've managed to drink over 70 oz of water (that's plain water) ev... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:32:07 EST Chapter 1: Page 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449568 Today was cardio day. Like I said yesterday, I was going to attempt the elliptical for 20 minutes. If you have ever attempted the elliptical you know how hard it is! Instead of getting up at 5:15 am to get to the gym by 5:30 a.m. I decided to sleep in and go to the gym after work. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was the Bacon Spinach Frittata that I had made on Sunday. This is breakfast for the whole week! I had left over dinner for lunch, which was Low Carb Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole. And my sna... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:02:17 EST Chaper 1: Page 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449134 Some suggest that since I am doing this similar to a book that I should add a picture every day. I'm not so sure I like that idea but then again, over time I can add them all together and flip through like a book and watch the face get slimmer! Who knows maybe one day I'll get it published! <BR> <BR> So any way, I got up at 5:15 this morning and got myself ready to go! Went to check on my son to see if he was going and he was still sleeping! So I went down stairs and waited until 5:30 a.m.... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 20:05:58 EST Chapter 1: Page 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448692 Ok so the last two pages have been blank! Life on the weekends gets a little more tough to stick to my plan! BUT.... I'm not quitting. Tomorrow I will start Body For Life workout plan. This allows me to work out 6 days a week and rest on the 7th. The 7th day is also a free day, which means I can eat what I want. So basically I allow myself a cheat day. If I can stick to my plan 6 days straight, then day 7 is my cheat day. This way I'm not sabotaging or depriving myself. <BR> <BR> I've got m... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 21:12:03 EST Chapter 1: Page 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447855 Page 4 was left blank intentionally! Rest day! But page 5 has now been written! <BR> <BR> Tonight after dinner, my son and I went to the gym and got a work out in. This was his 4th trip to the gym today?! He's not working and he walks to the gym! He keeps telling me that I've created a monster and a gym rat! Ya know, I'm ok with that! <BR> <BR> Any way.... I got my work out done And tonight instead of 13 minutes on the elliptical machine, I manage 16 minutes and got my heart rate up to 140... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 22:15:01 EST Chapter 1: Page 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446593 So this year I'm looking at my year a little differently. This year has 12 Chapters with 365 pages which were blank on January 1, 2018. In Chapter one I've written two pages so far! <BR> <BR> On New Year's Day I didn't make it to the gym but I did get a workout in! I told my husband that at 8:30p.m. I needed to get my workout in. I guess he thought I was joking. Because at 8:35 I still did not have control of the living room. But I got it and turned on Youtube on the TV and did a 2 mile wal... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:56:17 EST Hard Work Pays Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387927 Well this week I didn't eat as clean as I could have. However, I did manage to get some sort of exercise in 5 days this week! I met my step goal of 5000 steps for 6 days so far! It has not been easy making myself get active! I am thankful that I have a son who loves to ride a bike and go walking because he kept me moving! <BR> <BR> I haven't ridden a bike in YEARS, but this week I got on a bike and went riding for 30 minutes with my son. Although I felt like I couldn't go on, I pushed thr... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:10:59 EST Rebooting My Journey... Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381131 I finally spoke with my doctor for a second time about my weight. She again suggested only two medicines. She suggested Saxenda or Contrave. She strongly recommended Saxenda. So I attempted to get this filled at the pharmacy, however, the health insurance I am on does not cover any type of weight loss or weight management medicines or procedures. Out of pocket Saxenda would cost me $1200 a month! That's a bit more than I can afford. So option #2 was Contrave. This time my doctor gave me a di... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:59:12 EST Back At It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932143 I've kind of been lazy lately. I haven't been working out since I finished up the NYNY workout challenge. I didn't give up, I just got lazy. Well I am back at it. We've moved to a bigger place that has stairs to the second story where the bedrooms are. So now I have to climb stairs every day/night. My husband and I have decided to go back to Jamaica for vacation again this year. So I have 169 days til we go back to Jamaica. That's roughly 24 weeks. If I loose 3lbs a week I can lose about 7... Thu, 21 May 2015 18:38:16 EST Clothing Shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882132 I needed new jeans since the ones I have are too big and my "skinny" jeans were no longer tight. So we stopped at Wal-Mart for me to try on some jeans and find some workout pants. I grabbed size 20W to try on since my tight jeans were a size 24 and were loose. I was almost scared to try them on. I was surprised!! They fit!!! They actually fit!!! So I've gone from size 28 down to size 20!!!! I'm so happy and proud of myself! I don't remember the last time I wore a size 20! Ten years ago I had... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:35:27 EST 1st Weigh-In for Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881268 So we have officially started week #3 of this New Year New You Contest at RawFitness. Today was the final day to weigh in. I went in early so I could get my weigh in done before the workout class. Per their scale, I started at 304 today I weighed in at 296! So that's an 8 pound difference! I'm proud of myself! I've worked hard. I've pushed my body to limits I've not pushed it to before. I'm sore and I hurt but I know I'm doing something right. My body is adjusting, although I think its a litt... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:55:02 EST Doctor Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876646 So I did all 3 workouts last week. And had a day of rest between them and the weekend off from exercise, (aside from all the walking I do at work). And today was the beginning of week #2! I was up at 5 am to get to the gym for the 6:15 am workout class! I got it done! I struggled with the workout today, but I didn't quit and kept going. I had a teammate right there pushing me along! After the workout I had my doctor's appointment for my Pre-Diabetes check up. Friday morning they drew blood f... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:41:27 EST Contest Underway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873734 Monday the contest began... New Year New You $5000 contest! <BR> I got up at 5 am to go to the 6:15 group class. I did the work out. It was 7 stations ... We did each one for 30 seconds and moved to the next with about 5-10 second break. Once all 7 were completed, we got a 90 second break before going at it again. We did that three times. I did't think I was going to be able to finish that first workout! I pushed through and didn't stop. So I'm proud of myself for pushing through and giving... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:17:49 EST Looking at the weight I've lost... differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864459 My weight is currently feeling like a yo-yo! I go down to 297 then back up to 305 or 300, then back down. I know its because I am not exercising, aside from all the walking I do at work! I've started to walk the jetways while I wait on my plan to pull in. One co-worker joined me on the jetway to wait on the plane one night. I mentioned that I lost between 25 and 30 lbs since April 29, 2014. She said that's great!! I said it's a start. She said"if you went to the grocery store and picked up si... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:32:52 EST Vacation and new Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816832 We went to Negril, Jamaica for vacation from November 1 through the 8th. This was our first trip out of country. We had to get our passports for this trip so it was HUGE for us! We were extremely excited about this trip. Well I think I was more excited than my husband! Any way, we stayed at an all inclusive resort, so we ATE!!! I did walk but I did not walk enough to get my heart rate up to be considered exercise. I did swim a little but it was more leisure and not for exercise! I loved it o... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:47:35 EST September 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783519 Well, I haven't make a blog post since May! Shame on me!! <BR> <BR> So I was not able to make the required number of visits to the gym due to the fact that its 30 minutes away and money was extremely tight! Basically I couldn't afford the gas to drive there and back like I wanted. But I did find Walk At Home.... I've been doing that a lot lately. Plus with all the walking I do at work I still am not able to meet 10,000 steps a day! UGH do you know how hard that is?! But with my weight loss, ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:38:36 EST May 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700865 So today was my third class with the Diabetes Self Management Class. And today was all about exercise! The one word my husband hates to hear! LOL I got my voucher for the fitness center at the hospital. So for the next two months, I have free access to the gym, pool and classes. After that I'm not sure what I am going to do. As much as I love the water, that's what I want, but not sure if we can afford a membership right now. <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning at 314.1 lbs! I've almost hi... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:52:42 EST Dropping the Pounds!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688867 On January 2, 2014, I weighed in at 333 lbs! I know that is nothing to be proud of. But the fact is that now on May 6, 2014 , I now weigh in at 318.1 lbs!!! That's 14.9 lbs!!!! That's the most I have lost in the past three years!!! I'm crying tears of joy over this!!! <BR> <BR> Since my doctor put me on Metformin for pre-diabetes, it seems like I am dropping weight every single day! When you see the numbers on the scale go down it makes you feel good. I know we are not supposed to look at ... Tue, 6 May 2014 10:57:17 EST New Game Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669757 I've been working since January 21, 2014! I was hired as a Customer Service Agent at US Airways. I began training on January 21! We finished training on February 28 and I began working my schedule on March 5th. I love my job! I'm a gate agent at the airport! My classmates/coworkers and I have a blast doing our job. It is like any other job, well maybe a bit worse with aggravated and upset customers, but you have them no matter what job you do! <BR> <BR> I got health, vision and dental insu... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:53:55 EST Aiming High (well higher than normal)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589359 So today is day #5 of no sugar. It really isn't as hard as I thought it would be. But then again maybe that's b/c I have not been outside of the house! I'm on this hot green tea with lemon and honey kick! Its not bad. I'm thinking about trying the peach tea again, this time with honey and see if that makes a difference. Although at this moment I'm too hot to drink hot tea! <BR> <BR> I did the Cardio Blast Walk It Out with warm up and cool down. I haven't worked out since last Saturday, so ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:03:46 EST Thankful for Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587791 I'm so very thankful for this site. Everyone is on here for the same basic reason. To gain control of their health. You can be as vague about yourself as you want or as specific as you want. No one writes bad things about your weight or your struggle or your journey. Everyone always has something nice to say or something helpful to say. <BR> <BR> There's no tunnel vision here because everyone has a different perspective that adds to yours. As many times and I stop and start at this, no on... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:30:12 EST Things that Amuse me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585801 So yesterday was the first day I was to go without added sugar. I had 2 cups of coffee with no sugar or sweetner of any kind. I managed that quite well! <BR> <BR> Then around 10:30 am my sugar decided to drop to 63. I was feeling good and cleaning up the bathroom and bedroom and bam! sugar drops and I get hot, sweaty, and shaky from inside out. So I had a banana and a bowl of cereal to bring it back up. <BR> <BR> Later on in the afternoon I decided to have a cup of hot peach green tea... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:56:04 EST 2014: The Year of Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583920 I will start out by saying: THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE LONG and NOT all about diet, exercise... This is LIFE!!! So if you want to stop reading now, I will not hold it against you! LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> I probably start out every year with the intentions of making life better for me. Although the kind of "person" I am, I typically quit after a bit. Something in life comes up and changes things for me. Apparently I don't handle change very well!! So here it is again a new year and I have new... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:17:02 EST Day#15 of Body Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363914 Tonight I got, by e-mail, the results of my Body Key Genetics test. I am considered a fat trimmer. People with the genetic pattern like mine absorb more dietary fat into our bodies and have a slower metabolism. I have a greater tendency for weight gain. So for me I have to reduce the fat in my diet and reduce the calories. And the second part of my genetics test says that people with this genetic pattern are less able to break down body fat for energy in response to exercise. We tend to... Tue, 21 May 2013 21:18:12 EST Body Key Day #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356336 Yesterday I started back to water cardio, which I absolutely love!!! Anyway, I did that yesterday and today! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Per the scales at the YMCA my weight is now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453535136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am thrilled about the progress so far! So in 7 days I am down 6 lbs. That's almost one pound a day!!! Inches have gone down too. Not by much but 1/2 inch everywhere is a nice change in 7 days! <BR> <BR> I feel as ... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:03:57 EST New Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349116 So I've changed things up, yet again. This time I'm trying a 90 Day challenge called BodyKey. Today was the start of it. I've sent off my DNA to figure out if I'm a carb burner, fat burner or better balancer and what kind of exercises I should be doing. I plan to finish this week out at home with my Biggest Loser on Xbox and next week, provided my swim shorts have arrived, I'm going back to water cardio. That has worked best for me and I loved it. <BR> <BR> Today I took my aloe shot, my Dou... Tue, 7 May 2013 21:30:32 EST 2013: Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258011 Life can sure throw you come curveballs! But the main this is do you move out of the way or do you get hit hard by that curveball? I got hit a couple of times but then I learned to move out of the way! Sometimes I even CAUGHT it! LOL Any way, after spending 3 weeks with family in Indiana (not working out at all, eating whatever I wanted), it all caught up to me. I gained back almost all of the weight I had previously lost. I am SO disappointed in myself. But I haven't given up. I've gotten ba... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:31:27 EST Day # 52: Where is time going???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101703 Wow I've finished day # 52!!! <BR> <BR> I'm surprised at myself! Who knew I was gonna make it this long? I'm so amazed!!! I'm making progress too! I'm currently down 15 pounds from when I started! Some of my clothes are starting fit a little more loosely! Which is always a GOOD thing. <BR> <BR> Even though I felt as though I was slacking off, things got kind of busy with school starting back up for us. Job interview after job interview after job interview... finally I have a full time job... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:02:53 EST Day #37: Crunching Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083464 In 37 days: <BR> <BR> I'm down 10.5 lbs so far <BR> waist down 3 inches <BR> hips down 3 inches <BR> neck down 1 inch <BR> thigh down 3.5 inches <BR> calf down 1.5 inches <BR> upper arm down 2 inches <BR> <BR> I can walk a mile in 17:21. <BR> <BR> I'm more conscious of what I eat and how to balance my calories. I'm not skipping meals. I'm cooking a bit more healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm quite thankful I have a husband that doesn't mind trying new foods/recipes. This allows me to try new reci... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:53:16 EST Day #36: Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082028 <em>236</em> Time for me!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm so very proud of myself! This morning I was letting myself get down because of the money situation and not having but so much for gas and groceries, so again groceries are suffering. But I'm doing my best. Its NOT a lot of pastas, so that's a good thing!!! Any way I didn't get out of the house at my usual time. I was stressing over money and then I couldn't find my headphones and phone case for working out. FINALLY I got to the YMCA at 8:5... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:23:40 EST Day #34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079672 Today is day #34. <BR> I went to the YMCA for <em>133</em> today. I love playing that game! It's a complete body workout and I sweat like crazy! Good thing I take my <em>194</em> with me! I did so much better this week. I didn't pull any muscles and I didn't get hurt. I noticed I wasn't having a difficult time with any of it. Although I was very hot and sweating <em>198</em> , but I do believe that is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a rough day for my water intake. I didn't... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:57:50 EST Day 32/ Things I've Noticed About Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076780 This challenge for the fall is really helping me stay on track with my water! I've never had so much water! I know its a good thing. This week while doing my walking on the treadmill, I've actually been sweating! WOOHOO!!! That just means to me that I am working hard. I'm doing good!! Mr. Charles at the YMCA told me today when I hit day 84 he's gonna have balloons and confetti for me! LOL So now I have to keep pushing through so I can hold him to his word and see if he actually does it! LOL T... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:33:40 EST Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074081 On August 28, 2012 I took me 33 minutes to walk 1.3 miles. And today I blew that time out of the water!!!! I walked 1 mile in 17 minutes and 24 seconds! Then I cooled down so I walked a total of 1.21 in 25 minutes. <em>315</em> I am so very proud of myself! In 30 days I've improved my WALKING time. I have been striving to do better each time I walk. But for last week I had been doing the stationary bike. <em>316</em> I'm just thrilled beyond words right now!!!! A couple of other thi... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:32:13 EST Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072081 Yesterday I played volleyball for an hour and a half again. <em>133</em> Only problem was I got hurt right to start with. I bent over to get the ball from the floor and pulled a muscle in my butt down the back of my leg on my right side. I walked it off and was ok. But then when we were practicing some drills, I dove for the ball and landed on that right hip/butt and pulled that muscle again. That time I was in some pain. I couldn't get up off the floor. But I managed to get up and the Coa... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:48:41 EST Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069440 I've made it to day 26!!! I've hit a milestone for me! I'm on my longest streak ever! I'm so proud of myself. I've beat my personal record of only 14 days! And today it took me 9 minutes and 36 seconds to walk a half of a mile!!! I'm getting better! I increased the amount of weight in some of my exercises today. <BR> <BR> I've managed 7 glasses of water so far today! I'm making progress! Can't wait to go play volleyball tomorrow. I know I will probably be so sore again on Sunday, but Sund... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:35:13 EST Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067533 I don't know how many people from SparkPeople use the YMCA, but I would not go anywhere else. I tried a gym years ago. Felt so out of place. Then along came the YMCA. I joined because I needed to lose the weight. I was pleased with how nice people were. How willing they were to help. Then things for me changed and I stopped going. Here it is 10-11 years later and I'm still for the YMCA. <BR> <BR> I love the one I go to. Every morning I see the same Fitness person on the floor. He's very br... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:11:33 EST Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066017 Well thanks to SparkPeople and myself logging in and tracking my workouts, I've discovered that I have been doing this for 24 days and not 23 like I thought. I started August 27th. So WOOHOO!!!! Almost a month now! I am amazed that I have gone this long! I'm so very proud of myself! I am doing. I am being productive. I am making changes. I am making progress some where along the line!! 24 days in and I am still going. I am still going to my counselor, so that's another positive!! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:09:40 EST Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064407 Even though I was disappointed yesterday, I'm still here and I'm still going. I can't give up. I will not give up. This weight will come off sooner or later. Although I'd like sooner but I'd rather it come off slowly so I can keep it off! I don't ever want to be like this again. I want to get healthy and fit and be able to be active and find clothes that fit without costing hundreds of dollars. I want to walk into stores and not worry about if they have my size or not. I want to go to amuseme... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:35:59 EST Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062628 I stepped on the scale this morning. Actually I did it four times and each time the number did not change. According to the scale I've gained FOUR pounds!!!!! I'm not quite happy with this. I'm working out, I've changed my portion sizes, I'm not eating junk. I'm staying within my calorie range, so what's the deal?! After I go to the YMCA I will see what their scale says and then when I get home I will take measurements to see if I've dropped any measurements. <BR> <BR> Because this has frus... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 06:32:46 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061521 I'm so glad that I decided today would be a day of nada! After playing 90 minutes of volley ball and then spending the rest of the day, from 1-5, helping my husband re-organize the garage, I am moving so very slowly today. EVERY SINGLE muscle on my body HURTS!!!!!!! I can't believe that I hurt this much. I knew I hadn't played volleyball in a long time but geesh! I am really outta shape! Guess yesterday I used muscles I haven't used in years. I don't even know if I could muster up the energy... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 12:18:46 EST Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060418 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I went to the YMCA and played 90 minutes of Volleyball. Oh my gracious, that was so much fun!!!! We were sweating something fierce too! LOL I know at least two of us were drowning in it!! LOL <BR> We all agreed that even if the YMCA "coach" isn't there, we're still gonna meet and play again. Its a workout that is actually a lot of fun!!! I am so glad that I signed up for it. I think I'll keep doing it as long as they have it. Its the one sport that I am pretty decen... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:14:06 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059167 WOOHOO I have worked out a total of 15 days so far. Which is an accomplishment for me! WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is volleyball at the YMCA. I'm ready! That will be my cardio workout for tomorrow and then Sunday I have a free day!! YAY!!! Even my classes for this quarter end this weekend. So when I get my exams done today I will be completely finished with school for a couple of weeks. It will be nice to have a break from that! But not "breaks" from working out, only ONE day off a week if ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:29:50 EST