NEWCHINELO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NEWCHINELO NEWCHINELO'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/ LACKING MOTIVATION? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706517 You should join me on the next summer 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> This is the place you need to be,where you are very free to express your challenges via blogs,team threads etc. <BR> You also get motivation by the weekly challenges,huddling with your team,reading team mates blogs.Here,you find people going through thesame struggles with you,people who have been there and out. <BR> <BR> We all make tremendous progress here. <BR> Personally,like I mentioned in my previous blogs;i am eating bette... Fri, 30 May 2014 05:13:54 EST My 5% challenge journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705294 My journey with the 5% challenge has been splendid not without challenges though. <BR> My major challenges are my sweet cravings and bingeing very late at nights especially when I am under a lot of stress and pressure. <BR> <BR> Due to this pressure at work and in the family,I find it also very difficult to be very active with my spark team like I will want to but I do try to post my minutes and the LTGL points. <BR> <BR> I have accomplished a lot in the 5% challenges like regular fitness p... Wed, 28 May 2014 14:29:04 EST Lifestyle changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703684 I started participating in the 5% challenges since 2012 and I have not skipped a challenge yet. <BR> <BR> WHY ? I rather not because I have gained and developed healthier lifestyles while doing the LTGL challenges like nutrition tracking,portion control and staying within calorie limit,my sleep time,my water,fiber,sodium tracking,freggies accompanied with healthy snacks and limiting junk,focusing on my food during meal times etc the list is so long. <BR> <BR> Then not forgetting tracking... Mon, 26 May 2014 16:59:32 EST 2nd Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645510 Tomorrow the 12th is my second sparkversary. . . This is my little journey in photos,not much just took baby steps and I watched my body change. Not yet at my goal weight,lost 20 kilos I am still aiming at attaining my goal weight of 75 kilos <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1533128604.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359390756.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1149691438.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:18:10 EST LENTEN GOALS/CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640231 For the next 40 days,I am taking up a challenge: <BR> <BR> 1.Give up sweet cravings <BR> 2.Eat at least 3 servings of fruits daily <BR> 3.Sleep 10pm daily <BR> <BR> I have my cravings mostly at nights when I stay up late,so I plan to set an alarm for 9.30pm for my bed time. <BR> <BR> I will also stock up on fruits and vegetables like Apple,Pineapple,Papayas,Watermelon,Mangos etc (they are so much in season here in Nigeria). <BR> <BR> Spiritually,I plan to devout more time for my God by vi... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:22:20 EST MY PLEDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513297 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay in the... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:03:52 EST SO ASHAMED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499493 Fellow sparkers,i didn't feel like doing this but i owe it to you and to my self to let you know i fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> I let the stress of this month weigh me down completely- <BR> didnt exercise,i binged OMG . . . promised to work on it and the result I GAINED 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> In Nigeria,its a bit stressful when the kids are entering the Secondary schools (don't know what you call it over there could it be high school) especially boarding schools and two of my kids went to ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:58:29 EST REFRESHING MY WEIGHT LOSS GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472327 Officially,I am now in onederland (196) but i have not yet reached my goal weight.I need to get to 165 pounds to achieve a healthy BMI , i have to shed about 30 more pounds to be there. <BR> <BR> I want to do it for me and make others believe that they too can do it. I am taking up a personal challenge from today 1st September 2013 to loose these 30 extra pounds by my 36th birthday by 14th February 2014. <BR> It's almost a 6 month plan,need to loose a minimum of 5 pounds monthly to achieve m... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:27:40 EST OH MY! OH MY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470094 <em>244</em> . . . can't believe that these little things i am doing is being noticed. How do i thank you SP, Sparkteams, Sparkfriends and all Sparkers,without you i wouldn't have been motivated enough. <BR> <BR> I maybe loosing weight slowly but i am definitely far from where i was 18 months ago. I also have a target of achieving my goal weight of 75 kilos by my birthday in February 2014,CAN I DO IT? YES,I CAN AND WILL ACHIEVE MY GOAL. <BR> <BR> I do have a hard time with my feeding but ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:47:13 EST MOVING ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442959 They think that by stopping me from my <em>363</em> that i am finished and i will be so miserable . . . what they can't take away from me is all the knowledge,support,tools etc i have acquired with SP. <BR> <BR> I can still be fit,doing more <em>362</em> at home,more walking definitely,it takes me about 60 minutes to walk to my office from my home,i will try to do it to and fro (120 mins) <em>244</em> <BR> So this will be my major fitness activity for 5 days in the week for the follo... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 06:40:52 EST 5% goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435391 These are my WEIGHT LOSS GOALS: <BR> Starting Weight July 27 : 204.6 pounds <BR> Goal Weight: 194.4 pounds <BR> 5% Goal: lose 10.2 pounds (about 1.3pounds weekly) <BR> <BR> Week 1 Aug 3: (goal 203.3) <BR> Week 2 Aug 10: (goal 202.0) <BR> Week 3 Aug 17: (goal 200.7) <BR> Week 4 Aug 24: (goal 199.4) <BR> Week 5 Aug 31: (goal 198.1) <BR> Week 6 Sept 7: (goal 196.8) <BR> Week 7 Sept 14: (goal 195.5) <BR> Week 8 Final Sept 21: (goal 194.2) <BR> <BR> I plan <BR> * to do at least 60 minutes of ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:02:29 EST ONE STEP BACKWARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405650 I had a hard time staying within my calorie range yesterday, DH suddenly invited me for an evening out and i better not refuse such gestures because they don't come so often. He is an extremely busy man,when he called me yesterday to come over to the restaurant he was already there, i couldn't refuse him, i couldn't eat healthy because the restaurant didn't have much healthy meals so i ate what was available and topped it with some alcohol. <BR> <BR> When i came home i was so bitter and i bi... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:16:32 EST DAY 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403632 My streak <BR> <BR> - staying within my calorie range 1595 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - no binge eating <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - comply with living the good life points with my spark team <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Drink 10 glasses of water daily <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Aim for 10 pm bedtime <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a nice day! <BR> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:14:26 EST new nutrition goal - STREAK CONTINUES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402561 Following my recent addition of STRENGTH TRAINING DAYS to my fitness plan,my nutrition goal has now changed from 1,200 -1500 to 1,370 -1720 calories. <BR> This notwithstanding,i am hoping to stay within the middle of my calorie range <BR> My streak for DAY 3 and DAY 4 <BR> <BR> - staying within my calorie range 1522 and 1551 respectively <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - no binge eating <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - comply with living the good life points with my spark team <em>248</em> <BR>... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:47:30 EST DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401365 My streak for yesterday <BR> <BR> - staying within my calorie range(1200-1500 calories) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - no binge eating <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - comply with living the good life points with my spark team <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Drink 10 glasses of water daily <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Aim for 10 pm bedtime <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a nice day! <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:44:09 EST DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399294 This is my new streak: <BR> - staying within my calorie range(1200-1500 calories) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - no binge eating <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - comply with living the good life points with my spark team <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Drink 10 glasses of water daily <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> - Aim for 10 pm bedtime <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a beautiful sunday! <BR> love ya! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:21:35 EST NEW STREAK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398449 I have been on my current weight (91kg) for the past 6 weeks and i know why . . . my NUTRITION. <BR> I am having a hard time staying within my calorie range sometimes i even binge. <BR> <BR> I am creating a streak for myself from now to help me stay accountable and for you my spark friends to wake me up when i slumber. <BR> <BR> This is my new streak: <BR> - staying within my calorie range(1200-1500 calories) <BR> - no binge eating <BR> - comply with living the good life points with my spar... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 17:04:05 EST I AM IN CHARGE . . . NOT MISSING A THING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395224 My normal fitness routine is to <em>363</em> my 2.75 - 3 miles about 3 to 4 times weekly and use my <em>324</em> on alternate days (ie the day after my run day) <BR> <BR> Recently,my bike got spoilt and without immediate funds to get another one,it bothered me initially but recalling all that i have been reading on SP articles,I decided to give a try to <em>311</em> and my <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> I am used to running and so WALKING has been a NO NO for me,i felt that it takes... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:01:00 EST I AM STRONGER THAN IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351218 I have been a good girl staying within my calorie limit since the beginning of the week till today this evening i had emotional issues and i threw caution out of the window,I ATE and ATE. <BR> <BR> I thought i had developed some thick skin regarding IT but it seems the monster is rearing it's ugly head again. <BR> <BR> But i am moving forward,I am not going to let it pull me down or backwards again.I have come this far not to let a day of awful eating hurt all my good efforts. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 9 May 2013 17:12:55 EST UPDATE TO MY MAY GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344599 After recently updating my goals on SP, I was given a new calorie limit of 1200 - 1500 calories in order to loose about 4 kilos by the end of the month. <BR> Its going to be an uphill task for me because i hardly maintained my former calorie limit of 1700 - 2000 calories. <BR> I also just realized my main reason for not loosing weight in the past 2 months,i was eating way too many calories,i didn't do an update on SP while i lost weight and was still relying on my initial weight loss goal. <B... Fri, 3 May 2013 16:37:58 EST RE ENFORCING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342118 Yeah,I have been on my current weight of 93kg since February and its not funny anymore. Two months past no tilt on the scale ,I know my diet is to blame,I hardly stay within my calorie range though I do my workouts consistently so this new month of May,I have a new goal : <BR> <BR> To lose 4kgs <BR> To stay within calorie limit of between 1700 - 2000 calories. <BR> To exercise at least 40 minutes daily <BR> To drink more water <BR> To have healthy snacks <BR> <BR> I hope at the end of t... Wed, 1 May 2013 14:43:18 EST INJURY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300742 What do i do now,just sprained my ankle this morning while i was jogging.I thought it was minor because i managed to go for about half a mile before i stopped my run but now i am walking but with difficulties . . . it's so painful. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Can't bear to stop doing my work outs,can somebody suggest what i do to make the pains lessen,I really don't want to do anything to aggravate my pains. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:05:21 EST MY FIRST YEAR JOURNEY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078093361.jpg">NOV.2011 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359149523.jpg">feb 2013 <BR> <BR> My sparkversary is supposed to be 2 days ago on the 12th of March precisely but I was not in a good frame of mind on that day and not having internet access very late that night made me to be doing this blog now. <BR> <BR> That notwithstanding,i am happy to be sharing my journey so far . . . <BR> When i joined SP through a friend'... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:14:47 EST STRETCH DAY 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282468 Following the recent schedule of duties in my work place,i changed my EXERCISE FREE DAYS from Sundays to Mondays but because of the challenge i did two separate 20 minutes walks and the definite 10 minute stretch to help my team with more points. <BR> <BR> I did something mild to also help my body to recover adequately in preparation for the days ahead. <BR> <BR> Wishing all the starfishes a great week ahead! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>141</em> <BR> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:59:11 EST THE STRETCH DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281239 I am having a nice time STRETCHING. <BR> <BR> My knees are kinda sore . . . formerly,I used to stretch for barely 3 minutes but this challenge is telling me that I was not doing my stretches properly. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Let's go <em>141</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:05:39 EST The stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280047 When i saw the challenge for the week,oh i was happy, thinking the stretch was way too easy. <BR> This morning stretching for 10 whole minutes was hectic. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I just realised that i barely stretched for 3 minutes on my daily routine workouts so i am thanking the team leaders for making us to do this 10 minutes stretch. <BR> <BR> I felt good afterwards. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:48:10 EST LAST DAY OF WEEK 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279052 The last day of the blogging challenge,hmmm . . .it was a real test for me but I did it just like my workouts need not like to or even be in the mood for it but I will always DO it. <BR> <BR> Blogging about my challenges, experiences, struggles etc wasn't so difficult like I thought and am not stopping at the end of this challenge,I will blog all the way . . . <BR> <BR> My new habit didn't take off fully but I am completely in charge,I am working on it. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:15:55 EST DAY 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277433 Yes,I am always in need of your motivation,advices etc,without them I would have given up . . . Thanking all everybody in SP,my spark team for all their wonderful comments,support that has brought me this far. <BR> <BR> I AM NOT WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT I AM DEFINITELY NOT WHERE I USED TO BE. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:46:23 EST NEW HABIT DAY 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275873 I have not been able to go for my daily walks during my lunch break,it's been so hectic in my new office,I barely "breathe" not to mention WALKS. <BR> <BR> I am not giving up hope,am giving it sometime for me to settle and adapt to the hustle and bustle which my new schedule entails. <BR> <BR> I really need some "ME" time in the office to be able to do some activity,it's not forthcoming yet. . . <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:12:19 EST NEW HABIT DAY 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274375 It hasn't been easy,even with the alarm clock beeping hourly,I couldn't leave people unattended and I had so many files to work on. <BR> <BR> I am just 5 days into this new schedule and with the 5% challenge,it seemed like I bit more than I can chew. <BR> <BR> I am not giving up,I believe in a few days time when I am fully acclimatized to my new office,things will fall into place. <BR> <BR> So far so good,at least I did my early morning work out(nothing gets in d way most times),had trips ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:16:45 EST NEW HABIT (II) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272710 I am encouraging myself to have a more active hours during work by: <BR> <BR> Setting an hourly alarm clock to remind me to do my squats,push ups etc and also drink more water which sends me to the Ladies more often. <BR> <BR> I also told my colleagues my plans so that they know why I insist on talking to them personally in their offices when I need to inquire something from them. <BR> <BR> So far so good,hope this lasts . . . Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:45:49 EST NEW HABIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271104 I just had a different schedule of duty in my office,it's a 9 to 5 job. it's very demanding,requires a lot of sitting down and attending to people,I also have to be in the office 30 minutes earlier. <BR> <BR> This 2nd week of the 5% winter challenge,I want to develop the habit of not being sedentary in my lifestyle <BR> <BR> HOW WILL I DO IT? <BR> <BR> Since I now have less time for my workouts in the mornings because I have to be in the office earlier <BR> (am an A.M person): <BR> - I am... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:47:14 EST MY CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269347 This blogging aspect of the 5% winter challenge is going to be tasking for me because i am really not into writing (i don't know if i actually cannot write or i simply do not have time for it). <BR> <BR> It is almost a year i joined SP and i barely have 5 blogs to my name. I think this blogging challenge is specially made for me and it is going to stretch me to my limits. <BR> <BR> This week i am going to create time for blogs whether i like it or not. <BR> I also believe blogging will ma... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 06:31:29 EST LOOK AT ME NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901511691.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662476229.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These pictures were taken exactly one year apart (11th February 2012 and 11th February 2013 respectively). <BR> Did you notice anything? The journey has been slow but i have had landmark achievements with time - loosing inches, my old dresses not fitting anymore and a high fitness level. <BR> <BR> My 1st sparkversary is a month away, i am suppos... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:45:43 EST REASONS WHY I WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242777 As part of my assignment in gearing up for the winter challenge,I am not good at writing but i am doing this to always remind myself why i want to loose weight- <BR> To be healthy, live longer and be active in my kids lives, <BR> To have confidence <BR> To look good <BR> I deserve to love myself. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:44:48 EST MY NON SCALE VICTORY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156743 I can't even explain it because I do not seem to notice anything in front of the mirror,MY CLOTHES DON'T FIT ANYMORE - since saturday,today's is the fifth cloth I had to take off and the one that seemed manageable today,I had to stop at the tailor's to shape them so I don't look funny at work. <BR> To top it all,this morning three people commented on my weight loss and one actually said "in two weeks time,you will be a size 12".Though I don't think so,but it shows something is happening to m... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:39:05 EST MY NON SCALE VICTORY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156738 I can't even explain it because I do not seem to notice anything in front of the mirror,MY CLOTHES DON'T FIT ANYMORE - since saturday,today's is the fifth cloth I had to take off and the one that seemed manageable today,I had to stop at the tailor's to shape them so I don't look funny at work. <BR> To top it all,this morning three people commented on my weight loss and one actually said "in two weeks time,you will be a size 12".Though I don't think so,but it shows something is happening to m... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:36:10 EST AM I TURNING INTO A MOTIVATOR? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985138 A friend of mine on facebook was so suprised when i shared my recent SP TROPHY of completing my first 5K RUN, She sent me a message "YOU DID WHAAAT? and she later sent me another telling me how good i looked on my facebook photos and how she's now a size 20 since having her last baby,she also asked me MY SECRET and this was my immediate reply to her; <BR> Ada,it's not easy but you must be determined not to give up easily.I started jogging 30 minutes for about 3 or 4 times a week since ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:57:40 EST