POXYFAIRYPLUME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POXYFAIRYPLUME POXYFAIRYPLUME'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/ 1 week dairy free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762748 1 week dairy free, and I'm feeling GREAT!!! I almost feel "normal". I can't tell you how long it's been since I felt that way. I'm not so stiff all the time, I have been having minimal back pain, it's great! Maybe this is something to keep up for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Also, I haven't been tracking, I don't have a huge appetite anymore, and I'm losing weight pretty effortlessly. This is the way to go! :) Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:11:09 EST Stepping up my game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759535 I do google searches on how to get a flat stomach once in a while, to see if there's any new ideas or if I can find some good information. I usually sift through the junk of 2 pages before I give up looking for anything helpful. Well, a couple days ago I found a really great article. Basically, this guy said you won't get anywhere without consistency. It takes 30 days to make something a habit, 30 more days to perfect it, and 30 more to see great results. His advice was to exercise for 6... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:25:46 EST Question for you SP'ers out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745030 What do you guys do on days that you've already reached 1600 calories by lunchtime? <BR> <BR> I haven't had a very good week. I told myself today would be better, but it's not turning out that way. I figure I'll just go home and do a great workout? Then do better tomorrow. I guess that's all I can do, right? <BR> <BR> I'm trying not to get down on myself, that always makes it worse. I'm just so hungry all the time at 1500 calories for a day. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:51 EST Fruits & Vegetables - servings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740284 Oh, how it is so hard for me to get 5 fruits and vegetables in a day! Well, I happily made it to a combined 7 today!! I'm learning how I can make meals with the proper foods. Before, I had trouble getting my calories in, but now I can easily go over. Very proud of myself, since I am not a vegetable fan at all. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:28:04 EST Importance of tracking and knowledge of nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739388 Using SP really helps! Even when you *think* you're eating well, you can go way over your calories so easily. I did that yesterday... even though I knew I was eating healthy. That Chipotle was a bad idea. But instead of getting down on myself, today is a new day with new decisions! I'm back to tracking my food, mainly because I need to get my carbs up, and I need to track certain nutrients. It's good to have multiple reasons to do it, otherwise I would probably get super lazy and gain ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:09:42 EST Back from vacation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738046 Not only am I sad to be back to reality, I have gained 3.6 lbs <em>46</em> <em>198</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I've been so bloated the past week not eating right for my body. I went back on dairy, and that was a bad idea. I had to up my carbs, because I was having hypoglycemic attacks from not getting enough the past few weeks. Can't wait to get back to eating right and losing all this bloat weight! Common sense tells me you can't gain almost 4 lbs in 1 week. I didn't eat *tha... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:32:03 EST Weight Loss Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728252 I am having some huge success in the weight loss department!! Allowing myself more calories twice a week seems to not be hindering me at all. <BR> <BR> I've been super busy so far this weekend, so I didn't get to measure yesterday, so I'm a day late. As far as measurements go compared to last week - <BR> <BR> Weight: -2.6 lbs <BR> Inches: -2.75" <BR> Total Weight Loss: ~ 7lbs <BR> <BR> I was retaining water at last weigh in, but I also started taking my vitamins and cut out dairy. I t... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:57:02 EST Going dairy free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725713 A few years ago I had a food sensitivity test done by one of my doctors. It showed very positive to gluten, soybeans, and dairy. I was supposed to go off all dairy for 3 months, then try it again. I've tried so hard since then and just could never do it! Well, now is the time!! I am 2 days dairy free, already look so much skinnier, and feel a lot more energized! Also been taking my multi everyday and my calcium. Going to really do this thing like I should have a long time ago. It's de... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:11:01 EST This month so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724808 I've lost 4 lbs so far this month, for a total of a 5 lb loss since I officially started! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> It feels great! Especially because it's been so hard for me to lose weight. Counting calories is definitely the way to go! My fiancé keeps on commenting about how skinny my sides are, and I don't have flab hanging over my jeans anymore.. lol. My everyday jeans are almost falling off of me, and I only have 1 pair. I refused to buy multiple sizes this big. The only prob... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:17:12 EST Hurtful comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720649 I received a hurtful comment from a long lost "best friend" that I recently got back in touch with. She's a pretty miserable person, so I have been keeping my distance. She never used facebook, but started using it when we started talking again. She commented on one of my statuses and said that we need to hang out, it's been a while... and something about how she's pretty sure it will have something to do with getting ice cream. I told her we should, and that no ice cream she will make me... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:22:53 EST It's true, it's all about the diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720491 I need to start eating bigger breakfasts. Yesterday we had some food at work for a baby shower for one of the coworkers. On top of my normal breakfast, I also had lots of fruit, a piece of egg and potato casserole, and some guacamole. I was so satisfied all day! I took a half hour walk before I ate my lunch, then ate a little bit later. I guess that's what I need to start doing. <BR> <BR> I'm finding out, it *is* more about diet than about exercising. I'm getting smaller everyday, and ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:28:12 EST Hungerrrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719293 I counted calories religiously last week, and it left me feeling that lightheaded sort of hungry where I know I needed a snack, but I didn't have any calories in the budget to add in. So this weekend I indulged a bit. I didn't track my calories, but I didn't totally overdo anything either - which I'm proud of myself for. I still walked away hungry - well, maybe not *hungry*, but I could've definitely eaten a lot more. Really wondering if this is something I will adjust to, or if I truly n... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:39:27 EST Almost at the 1 week mark for being motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716594 Almost 1 week and going strong, and I definitely feel and see the difference! I don't think I knew just how many calories I was actually putting into my body. Sure, smaller portions are great, but geez.. no wonder I got fat! Just the little stuff - like eating a gluten free granola bar at work for a snack, then coming home and having 2 cheese sticks, plus potato chips with my burger. That's like an extra 500 calories or something, yeesh! It adds up fast, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I'm excited... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:22:31 EST I'm committed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715669 I'm back at tracking my food everyday, and I've been doing excellent the past few days! But what the heck do you guys do for the hunger? I'm trying to stay right around 1500 calories a day, and it leaves me hungry. Sometimes I feel light headed in the morning hours. Today has been better, will this eventually fade? I have to say, it is kind of nice to feel hunger. There was a time that I never felt hunger for about 3 years - not because I ate so much, but I was having some digestive t... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:38:34 EST Wedding and weight loss plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713397 My wedding plans are coming right along! We have the venue booked, the date set, and I unexpectedly found my wedding dress last night! Suuuper excited! My mom was awesome and got me 10 visits to Curves to go workout with her to try and shape up for the wedding. My dress is on sale until June 30, and I have an appointment to go back with my mom on June 29 since she was out of town yesterday when I went to try some on. So, to get the sale price, we need to order then. I have no clue what ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:29:42 EST I got engaged!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704277 The one and only love of my life (aside from my cat) proposed to me on Memorial Day in Chicago in front of the Buckingham Fountain!! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> I've been waiting 4 years for this, and I'm so glad we spent the time to really get to know each other first. He's my best friend, and I really could not imagine my life without him! It still hasn't fully hit me, other than the fact that this gives me new motivation to lose some of this weight! No matter what I do, the scale won't ... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:40:05 EST Not going so well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695799 Second class of yoga did not go well. I started having back problems again (mainly numbness) prior to yoga class and then totally threw it out during yoga class. Had a full spine MRI done last week and get the results tomorrow afternoon. I'll probably be going back to physical therapy. I need to stick to strictly PT exercises and not venture out like I always do that ends up hurting me. This is so frustrating to deal with. Prayers are appreciated, thanks in advance. :) Thu, 15 May 2014 15:15:59 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688761 Yoga class was awesome!! You really do lose yourself in it. I had a lot of stress going in, and left feeling very refreshed. I kept hearing everyone talk about the benefits of yoga, and I really don't understand it - but they are true. I think I may become addicted to it. I went home and searched for yoga videos on YouTube, and plan to get up early and do some yoga to start my mornings. <BR> <BR> I haven't really lost any more weight, but I keep getting slimmer in my waist everyday, a... Tue, 6 May 2014 09:07:31 EST Hit a road bump, yet again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687979 I've been having some numbness issues after a week of workouts. I guess I need to take a break. Sigh... This is getting really frustrating. I have a herniated disk in my lumbar, but now I'm getting numbness up in my neck too. I'm so over all these problems, it's ridiculous. So back to the doc I go. <BR> <BR> Supposed to start yoga class tonight, I'm hoping some stretching will help. Definitely not going to be doing anything that I know I physically should not do, or can't do. I just ... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:40:18 EST This is what our bodies are made for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685238 Since getting a desk job, injuring my back and gaining all this weight, it's been difficult for me to move. It's been difficult to get down onto the floor, and especially to get back up again. My knees (especially my right one) have been pretty sore constantly. My lower back would be so stiff in the morning, and sometimes be very sore. All of my muscles and joints got so weak. <BR> <BR> Since getting back into eating healthy and exercises on a regular basis, I am feeling much less pain! ... Thu, 1 May 2014 20:30:37 EST Confessions of an Over-Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683150 I used to be skinny. Way too skinny. Underweight. Unhealthy. I tried so hard to gain weight, so I ate and ate and ate and only managed to gain about 2 or 3 lbs. I continued to eat and eat and eat, until finally after a couple of years I came up to a weight that I was comfortable with. It was so hard to change that mindset that I've had for years - that I can't eat like I used to... I'm gaining too much weight now. <BR> <BR> 58 pounds later, here I am. I'm about 38 pounds over where ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:20:44 EST It's been a good week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681562 I've done really well with my eating this week! I've also gotten back to exercising. I was even able to get back on my bike and take a 4 mile ride. That's huge for me, considering I could barely walk last summer due to herniating a disk. <BR> <BR> All my bloodwork came back normal, which was a relief! My knee is still hurting here and there, so not sure what's going on with it. The doc said I don't have arthritis in it either. While that's great news, I still have no explanation for ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:41:15 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678632 I'm super excited! I signed up for my very first yoga class today! It starts in a little less than 2 weeks. I need strength and flexibility so bad; I just hope it doesn't kill me. <BR> <BR> I've started tracking my food again. Seeing what I was eating was really disgusting me, and I felt awful too. I love pre-tracking my food to plan for my day - does anybody else do that? Super helpful! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:14:07 EST The health wagon dropped me off on the corner of food and couch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677105 I thought after quitting my 2nd job, I'd get back on the health wagon. I think I'm worse than I was when working! lol <BR> <BR> After losing tons of sleep and being exhausted all the time, I still haven't caught up. I used to visit SP everyday, and I really need to get back to that. My knee has really been bothering me the past week or two, so activity hasn't really been the first priority on my list. <BR> <BR> I feel so crappy that I've put all the weight that I lost back on. I'm tryi... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:13:51 EST I'm back after quitting the 2nd job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663529 Ok, so the Massage Therapist job didn't quite work out like I had anticipated. On top of having other reasons for quitting, I was so exhausted and tired all the time. I lost so much sleep, my nutrition was lacking, and exercise was non-existant. I don't regret my decision at all, and plan to massage from home since we've made the space now. I definitely prefer to be an individual and be my own boss when it comes to massage. <BR> <BR> I've gained a few pounds, but have also increased so... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:22:45 EST Extra activity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627379 I just got a second job as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I was supposed to start yesterday, but we had a big snowstorm, and my job is 30 miles away, mostly country roads. They were going to let me come in an hour late so I could get there safely, but ended up calling me back because the one massage I had canceled. No point in going in after that! So I'm very anxious to start! I'm excited for the extra money, as well as the extra activity! I'm curious to see how much it will help my stre... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:59:21 EST Scale crisis, diverted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618922 I finally bought a new scale today, and it seems to be accurate, yay!! I was getting highly discouraged staying at 176.6 every morning, and being up to 178 every other odd day for 3 weeks straight. New scale weighs me at 175.4 this evening, so that makes me feel a whole lot better! I was wondering why the heck the darn scale wasn't moving!!! My efforts are now showing, and it feels even greater than it did before. So important to have an accurate scale. I'm grateful we have one at the g... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:56:53 EST My scale is off, d'oh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617271 So... no wonder I haven't been losing any weight! My scale is off! My boyfriend tried to tell me a couple weeks ago, but I've always weighed the same elsewhere. But it's been frustrating for about 3 weeks, my weight hasn't seemed to want to budge, and when it did, it went UP! <BR> <BR> So I compared. I weighed myself on the manual weight scale at the gym before I worked out. I weighed 174.5 (Keep in mind this is in the evening, with clothes and shoes on). This morning my scale weighe... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 20:44:47 EST Before and After so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615299 Right: 12/5/13, Left: 2/4/14 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39363938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the first real before and after pictures I have taken to compare. Even though I've gained weight since December, I sure have lost a lot! My clothes seem to fit a bit tighter too, not sure why. <BR> <BR> Haven't been feeling well since last evening, I'm not sure if I'll get to my plank today or not. I don't know if I have some type of bug or what... hopefully I'll be fe... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:38:29 EST Plank! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614520 I did it!!! I tried again tonight, and I did a 2 min 30 sec plank!! WooHoo!! <em>104</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:15:37 EST Wait, what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614080 I'm 10lbs heavier in one of these pictures. Which one is it? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495068493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The one on the right was taken today (177lbs), and the one on the left was taken I think in the spring of last year (~165lbs). I guess there is definitely something to be said about having some muscle. <BR> <BR> I am so confused by my body composition, compared to what I had 6 years ago. I feel and look skinnier at a higher weight, and I'm not ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:47:14 EST Frustration is setting in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611948 So, this is where I normally give up, but I've come so far already, that I am not going to!!! The measurements haven't budged - although I went down in my stomach and up in my waist, go figure. Up in weight. The sodium monster is really holding onto me this week. The past couple of days I've been in situations where high sodium was pretty much my only option. I was down to 175.4 this week, and today I weigh 177.2. Sunday seems to be when I drop all my water weight, so maybe I should swi... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:13:51 EST Plank Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607543 I've been doing the plank challenge for the past few weeks. I was ecstatic when I conquered the 90 second plank, but was kind of feeling doomed when I got up to the 2 minute plank. I tried yesterday - 3 different times - and ultimately failed. I was feeling so bummed. I couldn't even do the 90 second plank. It has a rest day every 7 days, and I had skipped my rest day the week before, because I just feel weaker if I do. Due to my unexpected, very busy weekend, I took 2 days off. That w... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:18:22 EST Now get to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605290 I had an interesting weigh in and measure today. <BR> <BR> I gained inches in both my thigh and my calf, lost in my stomach, and everything else stayed the same. My weight also stayed the same as last week. I was down another pound earlier this week, so I'm not sure what's going on. So frustrating! <BR> <BR> (ETA: the next day I am down 1lb again, stupid water retention.) <BR> <BR> I hate to think it, but it's like - if I can eat crap and stay the same weight, why am I working out and... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:09:55 EST Can't get the weight to budge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604292 I know this is probably an ironic post from a couple of posts ago, but I'm only human :) <BR> <BR> I can't seem to get my weight to budge. I've been consistently working out and eating well, it's just frustrating. I also wasn't able to do my walk/jog yesterday either, which totally bummed me out. I hadn't stretched in a few days, and I'm sure that didn't help. I've been super busy this week so I couldn't get to do the workouts I wanted to do (but I still did exercise) - and now I feel li... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:14 EST Exercise and food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599427 I'm making great strides in my exercising! I was able to finish Day 3 of the SP's version of Couch to 5K. I was super proud of myself! Then after I did that, I defeated the 1 minute plank!! And then I defeated it again today! <BR> <BR> Just 6 months ago, heck maybe even 3 months ago, if you were to tell me I'd be doing all of this, I would've laughed in your face and said you were crazy! There was a time that I literally thought I would never be able to walk normally again. I do ha... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:22:25 EST Why the scale doesn't tell you a darn thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597818 My attempt at weight loss over the last year has been a very interesting one, to say the least. Right before my back totally gave out I was doing Turbo Fire. I hadn't measured myself, but I did take pictures and saw a dramatic decrease in inches over the span of 3 weeks. However, my weight went up 5 or 6 lbs, but I looked and felt a whole lot skinnier. <BR> <BR> I measured myself back in October, when I was at a lower weight than I am right now (Ok, a pound, not much difference.. oh but... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:08:44 EST I'm making progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596857 I'm starting to see the payoff of this whole walk/jog thing. I was able to walk much faster during my workout yesterday. I went from walking at the speed of 3.0 to 3.5. Woohoo! That's a big thing for me. Today is the end of Week 1 of the Couch to 5K, but I think I may have to repeat it. I'll see where I'm at during my workout, but I don't think I'm quite ready to advance yet. My legs have been so weak since I hurt my back, it's good to see progress in the strength of them - makes me ha... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:34:08 EST Couch to 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592238 I decided to try my legs at the Couch to 5K program - again. I'm doing SP's version, as it starts off a bit slower than the standard program. I started this program quite a few years ago, when I first got on this site. Needless to say, it didn't work out too well - I ended up spraining my knee and the doc said I have chondromalacia patella (softening of the cartilage underneath my kneecap). Whatever that means for my knees.. it doesn't feel very good. <BR> <BR> Day 1 was yesterday, and... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:06:42 EST Maybe this time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431781 So I found out that I have a very large herniated disk in my back. It still bothers me from time to time, but I am able to walk pretty normal again and get back to doing everyday things. For about 2 months when it first started hurting, I was bent over about 45 degrees, my pelvis way twisted and turned way out of whack, I could barely sleep because it hurt so dang bad. I was in really bad shape. Probably the worst pain I've ever had to go through in my life (coming from someone who has ha... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:29:05 EST Taking a little break :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277466 I've had to take a break from my workouts again. But hopefully not for long. Went to Chicago with the boyfriend over the weekend, and between all the riding in the car and the bad bed, my back and leg is really hurting again. PT was canceled on Tues due to the snowstorm, so hoping today's PT goes well and gets me back into working shape! <BR> <BR> On another note, My appetite has been sooo big lately. I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing. But on the other hand, my bloating has been... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:12:51 EST Day 13: Improvements! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267467 So this is Day 13 of Turbo Fire. My recovering heart rate, and even my resting heart rate, have significantly improved!! I am able to push harder on my workouts. They are still not easY, but they are easIER. Definitely still have lots of work to do! I'm starting to be able to see just a peek of my obliques! I don't think I've ever seen them as much as I see them right now. I am still up 6 lbs, but at least I'm not gaining any more weight. I made a few tweaks to my diet, cleaned it up... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:14:00 EST The importance of eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263410 I've decided I am going to stop counting fresh fruits and vegetables in my calories. I've been trying to decrease my calories, due to the weight I have gained. Although most of it is muscle weight, I don't want to continue this trend. At least not right now. I tried to average around 1800 calories yesterday, but with my workouts, it just wasn't plausible. I felt like crap. I didn't have much energy all day, and by the end of the day I was getting light headed and needed to eat some more... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:58:32 EST Weekly Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260818 Weight: +2 lbs <BR> BF%: -.2% (I made it into the 20's!! YEAH!) <BR> <BR> Waist: -.25" <BR> Hips: same <BR> Thigh: +.25" <BR> Calf: +.25" <BR> Arm: -.25" <BR> Stomach: -.25" <BR> Lovehandles: same <BR> Bust: +.5" <BR> <BR> Overall I've gained .25". But that's ok, because it's in all the right spots! I've been gaining weight as I work out, and this week proves to me that it is all in my muscles. My thighs and calves are rock hard! My butt is getting really toned, and my arms are starting... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:04:54 EST Day 6! Turbo Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259379 WOWWIE!!! What a workout!! 56 mins total and burned 520 calories! <BR> <BR> This blog is dedicated to the things that have improved in my fitness, and I am very grateful for, during this program so far. <BR> <BR> 1. I am skinner today than I was 4 days ago (pictures don't lie!) <BR> 2. My heart rate recovers at a MUCH faster rate! <BR> 3. I can last freaking 54 minutes doing straight cardio!!! Haven't been able to do that since I was young!! <BR> 4. When I walk during the day, I kind ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:55:06 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256713 Day 4 of Turbo Fire done! Only 11 weeks and 3 days to go! <BR> <BR> Today's workout was hard. I don't know if it was coming off of my day off, or the previous workout at physical therapy, or my snack just didn't hold me through. I really need to find a pre-snack that agrees with me. I used to have fruit smoothies with protein powder, but the fruit makes me blow up like a huge balloon, so I've stopped having those. It's a shame, because they gave me TONS of energy for all my workouts. B... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:10:35 EST Progress photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254458 Would you believe I've gained 6 lbs!? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026024837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The picture on the right is me today. I don't mind gaining weight if I look like this <em>334</em> This is my progress for 1 month. <BR> <BR> I have decided I am going to put the scale somewhere where I won't weigh myself. It's not telling me a darn thing, just making me angry. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:58:14 EST Day 2: Turbo Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254101 Day 2 of Turbo Fire regular schedule! I was bummed, because they gave me a wrong DVD in my set, so I don't have the low HIIT workouts. I just did HIIT 15 in place of the Low HIIT 20 for today. It really kicked my butt. Quite literally, it's so sore! lol <BR> <BR> I can't help but eat a lot on days I do these DVDs. I just refuse to let myself go hungry. At least I'm making pretty good choices in food. I've done 2 weeks total of this, so I'm definitely looking forward to my day off tomor... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:38:52 EST This week's Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252549 Weight: +.6 lbs <BR> BF%: -.5% <BR> Waist: -.25" <BR> Hips: -.5" <BR> Thigh: -1" <BR> Calf: -.25" <BR> Arm: +.25" <BR> Stomach: -.25" <BR> Lovehandles: -.75" <BR> Bust: -1.25" <BR> <BR> Lost: 4.25" <BR> Gained: .25" <BR> Total Lost: 4" <BR> <BR> YTD Lost: 7.75" <BR> YTD Weight: -.6lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be keeping separate measurements for my Turbo Fire challenge. I can't wait to see what results that will bring me, especially after seeing the awesome results after just 1 week! 12 we... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:28:32 EST The importance of measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251540 So... I started out this recent weight loss journey at 155lbs. I started weight lifting and doing very mild cardio, and ended up at 161lbs. I wasn't taking measurements when I first started out, so needless to say I was pretty bummed. I was doing awesome on my eating and everything. <BR> <BR> I started Turbo Fire on 1/26/13, but the next day I threw my back out something awful. I didn't exercise for 2 weeks, then did Turbo Fire for 6 days. Which brings me to today. Today will be my 7... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:48:44 EST