NIKIZ628's SparkPeople Blog NIKIZ628's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Busting Through Those Plateaus. My weightloss progress was steady for the first weeks. And then I hit a plateau. It took over a week to bust through (not too bad).... and then I hit another. Almost 3 weeks later, I finally saw a loss of 2 lbs and some inches. And now, here I am again.... 2 weeks in to a plateau with weight loss and inches lost... and I am sure it will be 3 come friday. <BR> <BR> My question is....what do I do to avoid these or break through them? I am staying in my calorie count. I tried upping my calorie... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:30:43 EST Picking Myself Up, and Brushing Off the Disappointment *exhales* <BR> <BR> I have fallen so hard off of the wagon, it's amazing I am still here. <BR> The last year has been such a hard and stressful one. And apparently I turned to food to cope. <BR> In May, I was down to 150. <BR> And I ended the year at 171.6. <BR> <BR> 21.6 pounds gained in 7 months. This is exactly how much I weighed 6 weeks after having my son. <BR> <BR> I do not have any clothes that fit. I am sore and achy all of the time. And of course, I feel terrible. <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:19:46 EST What the HE** is wrong with me? I have pretty much avoided the scale since my last weigh in at the end of October. I had a lot of issues that I was trying to deal with that did not involve weight loss and so it became the FURTHEST thing from my mind. Plus, DH and I also started TTC baby #2 and that has become a big focus as well. <BR> <BR> I knew I had put some weight back on. My jeans are too snug. My wedding rings are digging in to my fingers. But I still refused to step on the scale. <BR> <BR> Until today. <BR> <BR... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:12:12 EST Weigh In Day. My weigh in day was Monday. I was hoping to hit my goal of 10 pounds down before my birthday (which was Tuesday). I didn't have a loss this week. Just .2, which is a bathroom visit for all I am concerned lol. But I didn't gain anything, so I will celebrate that. <BR> <BR> I am setting my sights on my new goal of Thanksgiving. I want to lose 5 lbs before this day. It will put me at 150. I definitely like making these smaller goals, over a larger, farther away goal. Its very motivating. <BR>... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:02:06 EST Going Low Carb? I don't usually believe in fad diets. They only serve as a short term solution. But, as some of you know, I have been struggling to get rid of my "mom apron" or "donut belly" since I had my son 3 years ago. Everything I am researching online suggests lots of cardio and a low carb/low sugar diet to help with this issue. <BR> <BR> If you know me, you know I am a carb-a-holic. We eat pasta 2-3 times a week, i love mashed potatoes (and potatoes in general), and bread....oh bread. I can forsee t... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:28:28 EST Weigh in Day 10/14/13 Quick Numbers: <BR> <BR> Restart Weight: 162 <BR> 1st weigh in: 157.8 <BR> TODAY's weigh in: 155.4 <em>104</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Total Lost to date: 6.6 Pounds!! <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lost 10 pounds by my birthday (which is October 22nd). I now have 8 days left to lose 3.4 pounds. It's going to be hard, but I am going to push myself to make this goal! It's so important to my motivation. I know if I even come close to it, I will be over the moon. But hitting it will b... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:54:31 EST My Birthday Goal. So I have lost 4 lbs since I restarted last week. Yay! <BR> <BR> My birthday is in 12 days. I was hoping to lose 10 lbs before I turned 27. So, that leaves 6 more to go. <BR> <BR> It always seems like the first pounds fall off easier, so I am optimistic I may hit this! I am working hard to get there (or as close as possible) before I start my 2nd goal to Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:31:16 EST Weigh in Day. I spent the last week suffering from sinus congestion and what I suspect was bronchitis (it's still lingering). It pretty much wiped me out, energy wise. Not to mention, I slept very little because I would cough myself awake all night. <BR> <BR> But I was determined to get some sort of workout in on my decent days. So 3 days last week, I walked 1.25 miles out in the fresh air. 2 of those days I about died because I couldn't breathe, but I pushed through. I also rode my recumbent bike one ni... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:53:02 EST Why I need to put ME first. I know the title of this blog may come off a little selfish/self-centered. <BR> <BR> But if you know me, you know that I NEVER put myself first. My priorities are my child and my husband. Their needs are always before mine. Always. <BR> <BR> I stay up late to make sure the house is cleaned/laundry is done/etc. <BR> I never spend money on myself. If I have the extra money, it goes to buy stuff for my son (whether he "needs" it or not) and to my husband (afterall, he is the one actually wo... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 16:11:54 EST Hubby Now on Board..Probably Just What I Need! As with every other attempt I have made, this re-start has been rough. I KNOW what I need to do, I am just not making myself do it. Zero willpower. Zero motivation. <BR> <BR> But, now my husband is feeling the "yuck" I have been dealing with for months (he usually is a regular gym go-er, but hes been off his routine for a bit now). <BR> <BR> So, he asked if we could restart together (something we haven't really tried before). Usually its one of us on a health kick, or the other, but never... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:30:22 EST Compression Sleeve or Compression Socks for running? I am still battling shin splints. It's been 3 weeks now and it's getting old. I purchased the Dr. Scholl's Active Series insoles and they definitely help..and I know I have to continue to work on my form (Im heavy footed). But it was suggested to me to look in to compression garments to help with my shins/calves. <BR> <BR> If you use these, do you prefer the sleeve or the socks? And why? <BR> <BR> Any other ideas for shin splints? Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:06:52 EST Check It Off the Bucket List: MY FIRST 5k Saturday I completed my very first 5k. The Color Run in Indianapolis. It was SO MUCH FUN! I don't even think the all caps adequately describes the joy we felt doing this event! <BR> I was disappointed that my shin splints were still causing me leg pain, and I didn't get to run as much as I wanted to. In fact, I walked most of it with my sisters and my step mom (my youngest sister was celebrating her 9th birthday and kept up like a trooper!). <BR> <BR> Even though we walked most of the 3.1,... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:37:54 EST Sparkpeople Motivator of the Day!! I am so excited and honored to be the motivator of the day on Spark! I am also highly surprised! This could not have come at a better time on my journey. As most of you know I have gained almost all the weight I lost post baby back and have had a tough time facing this reality. But with the help of my husband, my family, and my friends right here on Sparkpeople, I am slowly relearning and working this weight off again. Being the motivator of the day is actually quite a motivator for myself. I... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:03:24 EST Restart Week 1. Learning Lessons. It's been a re-learning week for me. I am pretty much re-training my brain to stop eating so much and stop being lazy. <BR> <BR> I did decent on the eating most of the days. Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary and we went to Tumbleweed where we ate and drank way more than we needed. I was miserable. Lesson: Put down the fork. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out at all last week. I felt like a blob of yuck. Lesson: Get off the couch. <BR> <BR> Today my son and I walked for an hour. We covered ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:36:06 EST If You're Tired of Starting Over..Stop Giving Up! This is my new motto. Because I feel like I have done nothing but start over since I hit my goal weight 2 years ago and then gained it ALL back. I am tired of posting the "I am ready to try this again" blogs. I am tired of yo-yo'ing on the scale. And I am very much tired of feeling like crap. <BR> <BR> So this will be my last starting over blog. This is my fresh start blog and if I fall off again, I will just pick back up and keep on keepin' on. I have to do this for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:59:55 EST Vacation So Wonderful, So... ugh. So we've been back from Disney World for a month now. In this past month, I have done NOTHING. Literally, NOTHING. I have not had any energy or motivation. I have been a couch potato. We pigged out on vacation because we had the dining plan so it was all paid for... and unfortunately we didn't turn off "vacation mode eating" when we got home. I have been a bottomless pit. I have gained 8 lbs back since the day we left for our vacation on May 3rd. <BR> <BR> And I can feel it. I feel awful. C... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:58:31 EST Some days are just so frustrating. Yup. The title says it all. It's just been on of those emotional "woe is me" kind of days. I am just getting frustrated with working hard and not seeing consistent results. I know it takes time and I know this is just me being a big baby...but it SUCKS. <BR> <BR> I usually weigh in on Mondays but I am skipping it this week. I don't want to see it. I don't want to measure. AF is here. I have been a glutton the last few won't be pretty. <BR> <BR> I did start back up the 30Day Shr... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:50:41 EST Catch Up: This Week's Weigh In. I just realized I forgot to post my weigh in on Monday...not that it's really blog worthy. <BR> Another week of no loss on the scale. I did lose 1/4" from my waist. It's very frustrating. <BR> <BR> I am continuing to go to Dance Fitness twice a week. Unfortunately, I only made it to Day 22 on the 30 Day Shred before a crazy schedule threw me off (which sucks because I was so close to finishing). <BR> <BR> Today is the 30 day mark until our trip to Florida. I am going to start the 30 Day ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 23:06:53 EST Weigh In Day. Weighed In this morning....lost another pound! <BR> As far as inches lost, I lost a 1/4" off my neck but gained 1/4" on my calf (yay, muscle!). <BR> <BR> To Date Weight Loss Since Starting 30 Day Shred: 5 lbs. <BR> To Date Inch Loss: 4.75 TOTAL INCHES <BR> <BR> I took Saturday and Sunday off of the 30 Day Shred. My knees are really bothering me with this weather and the daily workouts...and I don't want to do more harm then good. I did go to Dance Fitness on Saturday morning, so I got in... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:12:01 EST Day 18 of 30DS..the workout that almost wasn't. Day 18 almost didn't happen. It has been one of those days. I had zero motivation. I even told my husband that I was just going to skip today's workout and enjoy the evening being lazy. And I had every intention of doing this. <BR> <BR> But, after dinner, I started to feel the guilt. "It's only 20 minutes." "You will be so mad at yourself for skipping this". <BR> <BR> So, I laced up my shoes and did it. And I pushed myself hard. And you know what? It felt awesome. And I still got to be la... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:15:58 EST Day 15 of 30 Day Shred! HALFWAY POINT! I can't believe today is the halfway point of the 30DS already! It really has flown by. I am definitely seeing a difference in my body..and I love it! I am currently in Level II. I have 6 days left in it and then I will switch to Level III for the last 9 (God, help me!). When I finish the 30 days, I will have approximately 30 days til our Florida/Disney trip so I am definitely going to do it again. But I think I will rotate the level each day, as they seem to work different muscle groups. <B... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:45:24 EST Weigh In Day. Today was my second weigh in since starting the 30 Day Shred. I was bummed to see that I hadn't lost anything, but I hadn't gained. I cheered up when I did my measurements and saw that I had lost inches (which, is better). I lost 1/4" from my upper arm, 1/4" off my neck, 1/2" off my waist, 3/4" off my hips, and 1/4" from my calf. That's a total of 2" off my body in 1 week. <BR> <BR> To Date Weight Loss: 4 lbs. <BR> To Date Inch Loss: 4.75 TOTAL INCHES <BR> <BR> <BR> It is DAY 14 for 30... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:32:14 EST Day 11 of 30DS. Friday was Day 11 of the 30DS. I was finally getting Level I down, so I decided to move up to Level II. Holy cow. I was dying. She really knows how to kick it up a notch (or 10). I am going to stick with Level II, because I know it will get easier with time (Level I almost killed me on Day 1). But, it didn't do much for my self esteem. I felt like an out of shape wimp again (after a few days of conquering on level I). <BR> <BR> I allowed 2 cheat meals this week. Thursday night we were invit... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:18:34 EST Weigh In & Day 7 of 30DS. Today was my first weigh in since really getting back in the zone. I stayed on target with my calorie intake last week...I drank at least 10 servings of water every day... went to 2 Dance Fitness classes and did my daily 30DS workout... <BR> <BR> I could see it in the mirror, without even stepping on the scale. I looked a wee bit smaller. And...I WAS! I lost 4 POUNDS!!! And not only that, but I lost inches! <BR> <BR> I lost 1" off my waist. 1/4" off my hips. 1" off my neck. And .5" off my... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:58:09 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 6 and another Dance Fitness Class. I went to another Dance Fitness class yesterday and I woke up so sore today! I could barely sit down/stand up lol. Add the 30 Day Shred on top of that and my body was feeling it! Today I did day 6. It was hard because my arms and legs were already sore. But I pushed through and kept telling myself "I have to weigh in tomorrow morning, so this is my 'last chance workout' (love biggest loser!)." <BR> <BR> We had a cookout with friends tonight. I didn't want to over eat and blow a week's worth... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:33:34 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 2. My body is officially angry with me. Today was Day 2 of the 30DS. It definitely hurt more than yesterday, just because my muscles are still sore from the first day! But, I kept closing my eyes while I was doing it and repeating "Bikini, Bikini, Bikini" to myself and I made it through! Whatever keeps me going, right? <BR> <BR> Even though it hurts like heck, I am really looking forward to Day 3. I seriously love how little time it takes to do this workout! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 21:56:32 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 1 & My First Zumba Class! Last night, I went to my first Dance Fitness (Zumba) class! A former classmate of mine just started this in our area and last night was free! So, of course, I went to check it out! I LOVED IT! I have done Zumba at home, with my DVDs, but this was nothing like that! The hour flew by and I was covered in sweat...but laughing and having a great time! I will definitely be going back! <BR> <BR> Today, I started the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred program. 20 minutes a day for 30 days. I can defin... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:11:11 EST 60 Days to Go [or time to buckle down] Today marks the "2 months to go" mark for our Disney vacation. To date, I have not lost any weight since I re-started on January 1. Clearly my half-hearted attempts are not working. So, I am going to do what I do best, and lay out a detailed plan lol. <BR> <BR> 60 days (8 weeks) to go. <BR> <BR> My weekly goal is to lose 2 lbs (per week). If I keep on pace, I will lose 16 lbs before we go-- which would make me a very happy girl. <BR> <BR> I am still a newbie runner and I was doing reall... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:55:37 EST Panic Mode Yet? I just realized I have 65 days until we will be in Florida. Until I have to wear a swim suit. On a beach. With gorgeous & healthy people all around me. <BR> <BR> And I am not a single pound closer to my goal. <BR> <BR> Of course, I realize that my final goal is still out of my reach. It will take much longer than 65 days to happen, and I am completely okay with that. <BR> <BR> What I am not okay with is how I look in my bikini at this moment. I cannot fit into my shorts from last summer... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 03:37:27 EST Weigh In I am posting this to be honest with myself in the fact that I have slipped... But I have gained 4 lbs since my last weigh in a few weeks ago. If this is going to work, and be a life change, I can't just post about the good stuff. I have to fess up to the slip ups, the oopsies, the mistakes, the "what were you thinkings" lol. <BR> <BR> So, I am at 154.4 now. Lesson noted. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:44:38 EST Has anyone else experienced... nausea after eating? I haven't been able to pinpoint any "trigger" foods, I am not pregnant, I am not overeating/eating too fast....but lately I have been experiencing nausea/indigestion after I eat. It's a very uncomfortable and heavy feeling just below my rib cage. I have also been experiencing fatigue after my meals. Sometimes, I can't avoid a nap because its so bad. Anyone have any experience with this? Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:29:55 EST New Shoes and News I finally purchased a pair of good running shoes. I bought the New Balance 750v1's and OMG they feel like heaven on my feet. I ran 3.1 miles on my treadmill yesterday and my feet didn't hurt at all. It was wonderful! Now I just need to invest in a new knee brace and I will be good to go!! <BR> <BR> And yes, I ran 3.1 miles. I wanted to get my starting 5k time before I do my first 5k in July. My goal is to do it in under 30 minutes. Yesterday, I finished in 40:58. I clearly have a lot of wor... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:20:32 EST Recommend A Good Running Shoe? I posted earlier this month that I registered for my first 5k. I have never been a runner- but I have always wanted to be! However, I need to invest in a good pair of running shoes. I would like to keep it under $100. I also have bad knees, not sure if that makes a difference. I tried on a pair of New Balance and I loved them because I didn't even feel like I had shoes on (they were SO light!). <BR> <BR> What brand/type of shoe would you recommend????? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:13:37 EST Sucked it up and went to the doctor... I have been having a lot of lower abdominal pain lately. A dull, throbbing/pulsating, ache above my pubic bone, that radiates into my back and thigh. It is more annoying than super painful. Most of you who have been friends with me on here know I don't have insurance, so it takes a lot for me to actually GO to a doctor. We have a clinic attached to a local hospital that does sliding scale pelvic exams/pap smears/etc. I made an appointment and was happy that my contribution was 0% based on my ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:38:34 EST Weigh In #3 A little bummed that the scale didn't move this week. I am not surprised though. I was off with my calorie intake, only squeezed in like 1-2 workouts and I have just not been feeling well. <BR> <BR> I am going to the doctor in the a.m. to try and figure out what some of my issues are that have not gone away in quite some time. <BR> <BR> I am not going to hang on to this less than stellar weigh in, I am going to use it to motivate myself to reach a big goal next week! (Next week will be my... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:17:27 EST Weigh In #2 Down 1 lb this week. <BR> <BR> I knew it wouldn't be a big number because I finally got over my cold and regained a little bit of an appetite. <BR> <BR> I am never disappointed with only losing a pound. 30 lbs left to go to my goal! <BR> <BR> --- <BR> Hello! Do you know me? If you don't, you should. <BR> <BR> I am ONE POUND OF FAT, and I am the happiest pound of FAT that you would ever want to meet! <BR> <BR> Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me! After all, I a... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:07:55 EST Weigh In #1 Down 4 lbs this week! <BR> <BR> I don't want to get too excited, because I was sick and really did not have an appetite... so this could attribute why it was a bigger number then I expected. I will celebrate it either way though!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:04:30 EST Just registered for my first 5k. It's on my bucket list. This, and a half marathon, but lets start small. <BR> I just registered for the Color Run Indianapolis, which is in July. Giving me 7 months to train for what looks to be the funnest day I may have all year (outside of my trip to Walt Disney World of course!). <BR> <BR> I am really excited. Just another motivator for me. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:35:41 EST Here goes..everything. I knew I had to wait til after the holidays before I could even attempt to fix all the mistakes I have made with my weight. I knew I had to make a lot of changes and there was so much chaos here, it would have only set me up for yet another failure. <BR> <BR> So here I am. New Year. New me...the same old cliche we all chant at midnight on New Years Eve. <BR> <BR> I am back at square 1. I was 160 when I got pregnant with my son in 2010. I was 172 when I was released post partum. I hit my g... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:40:53 EST Day: I have no idea. Does it even matter anymore? Yes, I know I have been gone for quite some time. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I keep making excuses for why I am MIA. <BR> <BR> I don't really have a lot to say in this blog entry. I think my weight tracker speaks loud and clear for me. <BR> <BR> I am so disappointed in myself.... <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:48:34 EST Day 725: Virtual Walk Update FINALLY a RAIN FREE day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Yesterday I walked 2.63 miles! Only 954.62 miles to go to Disney! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 01:57:20 EST Day 719: Rainy Rainy... <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Yesterday I walked 1.61 miles. Only 957.25 miles to go to Disney! <BR> <BR> My virtual walk has been interrupted the last few days by mother nature. I won't complain too much about the rain, after this awful drought we had this summer. <BR> <BR> Just gotta keep squeezing in my walks when she allows lol. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:06:34 EST Day 711/712: Virtual Walk Day 3 & 4 Day 3: <em>311</em> MILES WALKED TODAY: 1.76 Only 958.86 miles to go to Disney! <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 4: Hoping to go out this evening to walk with my husband! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:46:35 EST Day 710: Virtual Walk Day 2. Logged 2 walks today! <BR> <BR> The first one was just me and my little guy, before lunch. We walked 3.16 miles in under an hour. He slept for most of it, poor thing lol. <BR> <BR> Then after dinner, the hubby joined us for a quick 1.58 mile walk. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Miles Walked Today: 4.74. <BR> Only 960.62 miles to go to Disney! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:07:20 EST Day 709: Day 1 of my new virtual walk. [edited] Like I said Friday, I am restarting my virtual walk to DISNEY WORLD in preparation for our actual trip there in May and as a way to motivate my butt to get off the couch. The last time I did a virtual walk, I did quite well, so I am very excited to get started again. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few quick notes: <BR> <BR> I will only be tracking the actual miles I log on a walk- not the steps I take each day. <BR> <BR> I live in Indiana. The distance from my door to Disney World is 968.80 miles. (... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:25:38 EST Day 706: Restarting my VIRTUAL walk. When I first started my journey a LONG 706 days ago [wow, i cannot believe its been that long], I joined some walking teams on Spark and signed up to do a virtual walk. Walking has been without a doubt the most effective exercise for me because I can incorporate my son in the workout and it doesn't waste any time I could be spending with him. I could list the countless health benefits of walking, but a quick google search could do that for me. <BR> <BR> My last walk was virtually taking me ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:17:14 EST Day 688: Working my way back in [and a BIG accomplishment] Last week was a great week for me. I was able to go out and walk 3 days! I forgot how much I loved doing this- and this was a real key element to my prior weight loss. The weather in Indiana is FINALLY tolerable out, staying in the upper 80's, so I can actually enjoy the outdoors. <BR> <BR> I also hit a huge accomplishment last week! I, the self-declared, life long lover of sweet tea GAVE IT UP! I just couldn't drink it anymore without feeling awful. I am now a lover of tea with just a tsp ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 02:33:37 EST Day 658: Where do I go from here? I can't bring myself to write another blog entry declaring that I am "back at it" and ready to fix myself. So I won't. <BR> <BR> The ugly truth of the matter boils down to me working hard to hit my goal weight just over a year ago- and then completely tossing out what I had learned and I proceeded to gain at least 10 lbs back (give or take a few depending on the day). And let me tell you, 10 pounds makes a big difference when your 5'2. Suddenly, your jeans don't fit. You spend your entire s... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 03:48:43 EST Day 580: I need your help (not weightloss related) I am currently in the process of starting up a toddler art group in my area (as if I am not busy enough already lol). All kidding aside, I am so very excited to do this! Carter and I already do arts and crafts several times a week and I want other kids to have this hands on experience. <BR> <BR> I have all the little details worked out except one--- the name! For the life of me I cannot think of a cute name for this group of 1-5 yr olds. <BR> <BR> Here is what we have tossed around: <BR... Fri, 11 May 2012 02:57:46 EST Day 576. The forgotten blog. I just realized today that I haven't blogged since March! I have been so busy with my normal day to day chaos, that I have completely overlooked this. I am back on the horse (again), trying to make healthy and positive tweaks to my lifestyle. I promise to try to be more active on my blogging, commenting, etc. I just don't spend a lot of time at my computer anymore now that my son turned into a monkey. <BR> <BR> By the way, Carter turned 20 MONTHS old today. How does that happen?? Mon, 7 May 2012 22:50:12 EST