OLYMPIA_RYE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OLYMPIA%5FRYE OLYMPIA_RYE'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/ Measurments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426576 The beginning of this year is really when I began to lose weight and feel better about myself. Here are the updates on inches lost from Jan 1, 2013, to today, July 19, 2013. <BR> <BR> Waist: -3.25" <BR> Hips: -2.9" <BR> Neck: -.5" <BR> Thigh: -2" <BR> calf: -.25" <BR> Upper Arm: -.95" <BR> <BR> And that's a total of 9.85" of fat lost since January and I'm down 22 pounds <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> What I really want to be working on is toning up and reducing my squishy bits, especially my t... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:59:23 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397203 -20.6 pounds since January 1, which is .6 pounds over halfway to goal! Broke through my plateau where I was stuck between 152-156 for a few months, and am now out of the 150's into the 140's! <BR> <BR> -1" on my neck <BR> <BR> -.75" on my right arm <BR> <BR> -.1 inch on my right calf <BR> <BR> -3.5" on my waist <BR> <BR> -2.75" on my hips <BR> <BR> -2" on my right thigh <BR> <BR> Total inches lost: 10.95"! Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:04:53 EST Almost Halfway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314809 15 1/2 pounds gone since the beginning of the year! 4 1/2 pounds from halfway to my goal! And I'm starting to fit back into some of my clothes that I haven't been able to wear in awhile, so yey! <em>224</em> Besides the cold and sore throat that developed starting last Friday, I feel great. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:05:32 EST Slowly, but steadily losing and smallest weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293620 It has been slow-going, and full of ups and downs, but this morning I weighed in at the smallest weight that I've been in... maybe two or more years. Last summer I was doing really well with living healthfully, and in September of last year reached my lowest weight in that 2+ years, but then after leaving Korea and moving back to the states, and living with my parents for a few months (where there was constant chocolate and other candies in the house) I gained back some weight. But this morni... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:28:11 EST Competing with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279309 <em>224</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> In two weeks, I will be running in my first ever 5k. Over the past few months my run training has been off and on, and so I signed up for the 5k to have a concrete goal to work towards. I've been doing training programs that work with walk/jog intervals, and so haven't ever just flat-out run a mile. Today's training program said "walk/light jog 45 minutes." So I just went for it, and jogged the entire thing! I'm so happy and proud of myself. The last... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 19:24:42 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276002 It's been awhile since weighing myself; two weeks ago a very close friend came to visit for about 5 days. We ate out a fair bit, and I didn't pay attention to portions, and I didn't do a whole lot of exercise while he was here. So I was scared to get on the scale. But in 2 1/2 weeks I've lost 2 pounds, so yey! This is slower than it has been, but it's still weight loss. And today I also decided to plug my numbers into the BMI calculator. A few months ago I was balancing on the precipice betwe... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:42:42 EST Yippee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251431 Today was the first time in over a year that on my spark homepage, under "Goals and Progress" that my weight lost was more than 10 pounds! In the past year, I have been about 3 or 4 pounds lighter than I am now, but had a lower starting weight, and gained back about 15 pounds, and now have been losing that extra again. The past year has been up and down, but has taught me a lot, and I feel like I'm finally getting a handle on what things (both food, exercise, outlook, taking care of myself) m... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:18:23 EST Tape Measures Rule! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250349 Since the beginning of the year, I have lost 10 pounds and 4.55" of fat from my body! The past week the scale has been hovering at that 10 pounds point and not moving any lower, but I could tell by looking at myself in the mirror, how my clothes were fitting, and how I felt throughout the day that my body has been getting smaller and healthier. And so this morning, after the numbers on the scale till hadn't moved, I measured myself. And discovered the 4.55" lost! I am so excited <em>104</e... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:48:08 EST A great December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177106 It's been awhile since doing a kickboxing workout, and I forgot how great it is and how much I love it. Christmas Eve I did it, and today was still feeling the soreness, which is something I actually like (not all the time, just sometimes!) as it shows what a great strength and cardio workout kickboxing is. Punching, twisting, kicking, and knee lifts all work my muscles in ways that strength training with weights doesn't, and also elevates my heart rate. It's awesome, empowering and fun. Now ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:45:02 EST Progress Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170495 So today was an interesting day foodwise. This morning I was in a rush, and was out of fruit and greens for the green smoothie I usually have for breakfast, and so opted for whole grain cheerios instead. Big mistake. Those things did not keep me full at all. One of the errands I was on was grocery shopping, and since the cereal was non-filling, it was really hard not to impulse buy food just because I was hungry. I managed not to buy anything that wasn't on the list until I got to check-out, ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:20:03 EST Pilates Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157177 Yesterday after measuring myself, and then weighing myself, and finding out that my body has gained more than 3 inches and in the area of 7-10 pounds in 2 months, I went out and bought an exercise bike and a pilates bar. I really really miss the exercise bike that I had in Korea and used almost every day in the last 5-6 months I was there, which I'm sure helped to keep the pounds off. Sadly, the bike I bought is non-functional. It has moving arms, so that you can also work the upper body (whi... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:50:40 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155849 The past few months I have been neither weighing nor measuring myself, as in the past I've felt that doing so has made me too caught up in the numbers, instead of focusing on how I'm feeling and learning how to live healthfully, instead of for the scale and the measuring tape. And I know I haven't been great with my workouts lately. Most of my food is cooked by me, but I haven't been tracking it, and some of it has been cakes and cookies. Today I measured myself (I still haven't stepped on th... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:55:33 EST Build a Bootcamp: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148222 Yesterday I took off from my bootcamp building workout, and instead did a longer yoga routine. This was the right choice, as I was sore and stressed, and the yoga was relieving. Hardcore cardio and strength intervals would've just tightened me up and made me feel worse. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up with a sore throat and a very runny nose. Ach! No colds! And I really didn't want to get out of my warm bed into the cold morning. But as it had to be, I made forced myself out of bed. Well, t... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:21:03 EST Build a Bootcamp: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146005 Yesterday I started the "Build My Own Bootcamp" routine by making one pile of cardio exercises and one pile of strength exercises, and randomly pulling out the same number of cards from each pile to build an exercise routine for the day. I just completed this morning's and feel great. I really like this mixing and matching that I'm able to, as it adds variety and makes me feel more responsible for my workouts. <BR> <BR> Since yesterday's 2 minutes per exercise was too much and I burned out b... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:28:09 EST Motivation and New Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145179 Lately I've been struggling with a lack of motivation, especially with exercising. My eating habits need some attention as well; it's not that I'm eating terribly. In fact, I am cooking most of my own meals, and making dishes that are healthful. The problem is that I'm eating too much, as well as not eating in a nutrient balanced way. Avocados contain healthy fat, but eating a bowl of homemade guacamole in a day is not healthy. <BR> <BR> I had been running fairly regularly, and enjoying it. ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 14:45:53 EST Photo Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050544 It's been a long time (April) since I uploaded progress photos, and originally I'd meant to do it every month. Eeep! <BR> <BR> Well, here I am now, in September. This time though, I have no idea what my weight is; my scale is broken. Honestly, I don't miss the scale. I feel better not stepping on it, and instead basing my progress on how I'm feeling. Similarly, the measuring tape is somewhere I can't find it; not that I've looked too hard for it. The kitties probably hid it somewhere, as it ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 03:41:06 EST Unexpected Delights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049503 Running the road is so much more satisfying than running on the treadmill. Along the road there are unexpected surprises that show up, which don't exist on the treadmill. Earlier this week, I signed up for SP's "Trick or Treat" (not sure if this is the real name or not) 5k at the end of October. I also started following the walk/run training program, and promised myself that this time I'd actually complete the training program and the 5k. In the past I've signed up and then ignored it, as I'... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 09:21:42 EST The scale has broken... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042342 and I don't care. Well, that's not completely true, as my feelings about the broken scale are not neutral. But by "I don't care" I mean it isn't a big deal for me, and I have no desire to fix it. Maybe it could be fixed by putting new batteries in it, or maybe it really has just gone all wonky; I'm not sure. At any rate, I can step on it one minute, and then step on it again to double check, and there's a 10 lb difference. In the last week, the scale has told me that I'm anywhere between 17... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:31:28 EST For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031653 About a week and a half ago, I decided I needed to get up and be more consistent with my workouts and cooking for myself, instead of buying snacks at the convenience store. I managed to get in two short workouts, and it felt good. Then a week ago Saturday I was at a beach concert and had one of the surprises of my life. My ex was there, who I haven't seen in about a year; he said he'd come back a few weeks ago, and would be leaving in about a month. I'm heavier than I was a year ago, and he w... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:27:11 EST Smaller Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023321 It isn't often that the desire to write here happens, and sometimes when it does, I'll begin writing and feel as if there's nothing to say, except what has been said before. And I dread being like a parrot who only repeats a few worn phrases. <BR> <BR> It sometimes feels as if what I write here is only true for the moment or the few previous moments before writing. And then whatever progress or triumph that was written about, isn't carried through. I lose steam, and stop. There is now a war... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:22:48 EST 100 km http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990570 The past few months have been tough. My emotions have gone up and down, and I've felt out of control. It reached a point where I had to ignore the anxiety and panic. Talking to a friend back home, I told him I needed help; I needed goals and motivation and support and a bit of competition between us. He's been mountain biking recently, and my recumbent bike is one of the exercises that makes me feel safe and happy and accomplished when my emotions are mostly negative. So we made a pact: to ke... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:05:39 EST Circling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924965 16 minutes. 153 calories. This is how long it took me to bike 10 km on my recumbent bike tonight. That's 16 minutes and 153 calories more than I've burned all week. More than the past few weeks put together. Over a week, that's 1 hour and 50 minutes and 1071 calories. Broken down into little bits it doesn't seem so bad. 16 minutes. Tank-top, flip-flops/sandals/sneakers. Recumbent bike. I can do that. <BR> <BR> The past month to a month and a half I have backslid. Not just a bit, but a lot in... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:09:10 EST Title http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876772 Last week I kinda took off. Lots of excuses; it was raining which made me sleepy, I didn't feel like it, work was being obnoxious, my birthday was coming up, I'd already lost weight and could be less structured in my eating and workouts. Not so. Working out only two days that week (and not very high intensity either), and not paying as much attention to my food was a bad idea. I've gained back some of the pounds I've lost, and even more frustrating, some of the inches. The inches lost has bee... Fri, 11 May 2012 09:31:34 EST Lethargy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869745 The past week I only exercised on two days and wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to my eating. Just finishing a kickboxing workout this morning, I can feel it. I felt a lot slower and heavier going through the moves that I was powering through only a week and a half ago. I dislike this feeling, though it's a good reminder that I feel better and have more energy when I workout more frequently and pay more attention to my food. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day though. My birthday bbq, a... Mon, 7 May 2012 00:40:25 EST Progress :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854247 The other day I was feeling a bit down because when I stepped on the scale I had gained weight instead of lost any, and it'd been about a week since I'd seen the numbers go down. This morning when I weighed myself I was back down again. Hurray! Then the ass-kicking kick-boxing online class I've been doing, and then onto sparkpeople to log my exercise. And I got a message I wasn't expecting: 25 bonus points for being active on the site for 30 days. 30 days?! Really?! Wow. The time seems both s... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:36:50 EST Goals Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849568 Whoo-hoo! Today was the first time since joining spark that I met ALL of my nutritional requirements! Yey! Nothing over and nothing under. Getting enough fiber has been difficult, and I am sometimes over on cholesterol (but don't worry about that one very much since when I am over, it's only because of eggs). Everything fell perfectly into line today, and I'm eating a delicious dinner to boot! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275699271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chicken ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:01:49 EST Silly Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845977 Checking the weather report earlier in the week, I planned out the perfect weekend. It was supposed to rain nonstop, through both Saturday (a working day) and Sunday(my day off). So I was going to be super duper productive and spring clean the house, deciding what things can be shipped back to the states now (I'm moving in a few months), what can be sold, and what should be held onto until just before leaving. And then my cold and sore throat kept getting progressively worse. So I changed my ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:21:48 EST Up and Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843990 Yesterday I was feeling great; today I'm not. All week I have been ignoring the cold, cough and sore throat that have continually been insisting they existed in me; this morning upon waking I felt awful and so didn't work out. All day I've felt off and out of sync, and not just because of the cold. Every morning, I've looked forward to waking up and either hopping on the exercise bike, doing a kickboxing workout, or on my off days doing a few minutes of yoga to stretch out. None of these thi... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:33:13 EST Feeling Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840829 I'm so close to the 10 pounds lost mark! It's exciting. I can't remember the last time I lost 10 pounds in a healthy way. The other day I was talking to my friend, who is in a different country at the moment, and shared the "I've lost almost 10 pounds!" comment. He was as equally excited I was, and we started talking about workouts to do together. Even though he's several thousand miles away, it's nice knowing that through the internet, we're doing the same workout (kickboxing, my new favor... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:05:40 EST Cooking, Exercise Bike Love, and Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836892 It's been awhile since writing anything, but I'm feeling great. When attempting to lose weight in the past, I rarely paid attention to meals or cooking for myself very often; maybe cooking once a week at most. Now I'm making most of my meals, using the recipe calculator to figure out their nutritional values, and tracking everything. And you know what? I really like cooking! A lot! It's making me feel less of a disconnect between myself and the food that I eat, and here's the kicker: food I ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:07:15 EST Seeing the Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808842 Earlier I was browsing through others' blogs, and came upon a woman who periodically posted before photos of herself next to her progress by photos. Seeing this visual contrast, and the journey as it unfolded, not just "before/drastic after" made me stop; this was encouraging. Seeing photos that have such a stark difference between "before/after" leave me feeling a bit bewildered and overwhelmed. There's too much that has changed, and it's almost too much to believe that the same person is i... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:26:36 EST Small Motivations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808385 My back to healthy eating and exercise has gotten off to a slow start. It feels though as if I'm finally getting a handle on how much exercise I can do each week before burning out or getting bored. This morning I weighed myself for the first time in several weeks, and I had gained about 2 pounds. The reaction I would've had in the past would've been one of disappointment, and I would've wanted to give up. I almost did as well, falling into the usual "oh, I didn't lose anything. It's not wort... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:09:54 EST Back in Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796440 Starting and sticking to something new is really hard. This time I began with small goals (get in two 15 minute exercise sessions a day) and cook at least one meal a day at home. In the past my goals were always huge: 45 minutes of cardio plus weight-training a day, no junk food or alcohol at all. And I always failed. With the smaller goals, I thought it'd be easier to stick to. But it isn't. My bed is always warmer than the surrounding air and the stationary bike; my work-out clothes are d... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:15:17 EST First Entry Cat-astrophe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720231 I just spent 40 minutes on my first blog entry, very long, and in depth. Then I got up to make tea and give my fingers a break. When I returned, it was to see the cat napping on the keyboard. Her paws closed the window; my entry is gone. Perhaps later I'll have the heart to try to type out my first week thoughts again. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:43:31 EST