QTLADY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QTLADY QTLADY'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/ Prep Schedule - Turbo Fire Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773442 Really tried hard to get back to this level where I can do Turbo Fire again. Just love this program, but it can be intense. Started with the Prep schedule this week, which I didn't even know was in the book. So far it is very calm with just a few cardio workouts during the week and alot of stretching. I believe this is 9 weeks long and then I plan to begin the program. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:08:34 EST Just another blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723960 Sometimes I have no idea what to title my blogs- as you can see. LOL I did my official weigh in on Sunday and I lost about a pound! Woohoo! I'm starting up with Turbo Jam and Chalean Extreme. I don't mind these workouts at all, but I get bogged down sometimes and have never finished the full plans they say you should. Let's see if I can do this! <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:22:10 EST On the Bandwagon again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719232 Ha, my last blog entry was in April and it is now the middle of June. While I have not gained significantly, I have not lost either. But I know with discipline, I can get back to where I was before this break in eating properly and other things. Starting back with walking again, but I would like to get back to my cardio workouts in the house since it's going to be really hot. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:42:21 EST Determined this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681776 to do ALL of my workouts that I have planned. Last week was a fail! I was either feeling sick with a headache or too exhausted. Making excuses. So this week I am determined to do them all. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Punch, Kick, Jam <BR> <BR> Monday: Fat Blaster <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Party 2 <BR> <BR> Thursday: Booty Sculpt and Abs <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:33:28 EST Two Week Follow Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678796 Because I was on a lower dosage of my BP medicine, I went for my follow up. My BP was even lower than it was two weeks ago. 118/70. So now I'm going to start closely monitoring my sodium. I have been half heartedly looking at that prior to today. She said that I can take myself off the meds for two weeks, while taking my BP, if I have been monitoring my sodium, losing more weight, and continuing my exercise, through July. Of course I'll have to let them know! Good plan for me! <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:14:40 EST A little behind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678053 I finished 15 weeks on Sunday, of dieting and exercising. Only lost about .4 but that's alright! I went for a two hour hike on Sunday and it was great. Here's the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Party 2 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Fat Burner <BR> <BR> Thursday: 3T <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:31:08 EST 14 Weeks Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670990 Almost a pound lost! Didn't really feel like doing all my workouts this week so going to try to be more diligent this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Cardio Party <BR> <BR> Monday: 3T <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Party Remix <BR> <BR> Thursday: Cardio Party Mix 3 <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:46:35 EST So Stoked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667634 Had my yearly physical today and my Cholesterol dropped 19 points and my BP is staying low, so my medication dosage was cut in half. Woohoo! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:25:24 EST To my Aunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667443 who just found out she has a highly aggressive breast cancer. Prayers for the doctors, for you, for your support system. This happens every day to people all over the world and it has just hit a little closer to home, for me. I admire all of those who keep pushing on through adversity! <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:14:31 EST Week 13 Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665663 So I lost .5 pounds this week, which is better than gaining! Today is measure day and I have lost 2.5 inches from my chest, 1.5 inches from my waist since Jan. I'll take it! <BR> <BR> So now for my next goal. I'd like to lose the rest of my weight, which is about 11 pounds by July 19th, which is my 1 year wedding anniversary! <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's workout schedule! <BR> <BR> Sunday - Cardio Party (although I might have to hike today!) <BR> <BR> Monday - 20 Min Turbo Jam <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:58:30 EST Week 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659826 Not too happy with myself this week as I gained, but I was really lax with my diet toward the end of the week. Plus I didn't work out as hard as I wanted as I fought a headache for 2 days. So going to pick myself up, and start over again today. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Cardio Party <BR> <BR> Monday: Turbo Sculpt/Ab Jam <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Party <BR> <BR> Thursday: TJ 20/Ab Jam <BR> <BR> Saturday: Stretch Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:15:20 EST Week 11 Under my Belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654651 Lost 1.3 pounds this week! Managed to do all my workouts, although I switched walking 2 miles for a DVD. Here's the schedule for this coming week. <BR> <BR> Sunday: 20 Min Turbo Jam, Stretch 10 <BR> <BR> Monday: Burn It Up <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 20 Min TJ, Ab Jam <BR> <BR> Thursday: Burn It Up <BR> <BR> Saturday: Stretch 10 Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:20:41 EST Week 10 Completed and Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648973 And I hit 10 pounds lost! Finally! I did all my workouts, minus a stretch, but added in an hour of hiking yesterday because it was so nice outside! <BR> <BR> For next week! <BR> <BR> Sunday: Turbo Jam 20 <BR> <BR> Monday: Turbo Jam 20 and Ab Jam <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Turbo Jam Cardio Party <BR> <BR> Thursday: Turbo Jam 20 and Ab Jam <BR> <BR> Saturday: Cool It Off Express Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:20:24 EST March 9 - March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643468 Sunday: Turbo Jam 20 Min <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Sculpt Express <BR> <BR> Thursday: Cardio Party Remix TJ <BR> <BR> Sat: Cool It Off Express <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:58:58 EST Week 9 Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643466 I did well with my workouts- did an extra one on Monday! I lost 1.6 pounds this week- yay me! I've made great food choices when I went out twice for lunch and once for dinner. I've almost made it to 10 pounds! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:57:23 EST March 2 - March 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637479 Sunday: Cardio Core Express <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Cardio Sculpt Express <BR> <BR> Thursday: Turbo Jam 20 Min <BR> <BR> Sat: Cool It Off Express <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:54:12 EST Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637478 So I gained .1, which is not much of anything. I'm thankful to have stayed basically where I was last week. Wish I could have lost more, but perhaps next week. I can't really say that I did anything really wrong this past week. I did all my workouts, with the exception of my long stretching yesterday, because I didn't really feel well, but I plan on doing that today with my workout I planned. I made good food choices. Probably didn't drink enough water. <BR> <BR> This was my measure day, as... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:52:05 EST Week of Feb 24- March 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632722 So I'm borrowing this idea from someone else's blog because I'm hoping it will keep my more accountable. <BR> <BR> So this is the workout plan for the week! <BR> <BR> Monday: Slim in 6 Burn It Up <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Slim in 6 Ramp It Up <BR> <BR> Wed: Break <BR> <BR> Thursday: Slim in 6 Burn It Up <BR> <BR> Friday: Break <BR> <BR> Saturday: Slim Series Cool It Off Express <BR> <BR> Sunday: Slim Series Cardio Core Express Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:10:57 EST Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631455 Amazing is all I have to say! I can't even believe I lost this past week because it was my husband's birthday and I took him out for lunch. (-1.4) I actually ate pizza and birthday cake- not on my diet at all. I was still consistent with my workouts and tried to drink lots of water. Yesterday was so nice outside that we went hiking for about 4.5 miles. This week I'm on to the hardest level of Slim in 6. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:47:37 EST Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625384 I've made it through 6 weeks of dieting and exercising. I keep bouncing back and forth on two numbers on the scale, so this week I gained back about a pound, so that was a bummer. But, I did go shopping yesterday and I went down a pant size in my dress pants, so that's a plus! I noticed that I have a baggy butt in the pants I'm wearing now, so it was time to remedy that. LOL <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:28:49 EST Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619425 Completed Week 5 of my diet/workout. I lost .6 pounds from last week, which is a win. I did my best to drink as much water as I could. I did manage to get between 6-8 glasses every day, which is a major win for me. I worked out 5 days this week. Going to continue drinking water and working out! <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:32:59 EST Feeling Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613985 This is the ultimate compliment- when someone asks you if you have lost weight because you look smaller. WOOHOO! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:14:11 EST Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612963 This week I gained half a pound, which is a little disappointing, but I know weight loss goes up and down. I am going to try to drink more water this week. I am measuring monthly and I have lost 2.5 inches overall. On to Week 5! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:19:55 EST Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610542 I have been easing into the entire workout thing due to the fact that I had some set backs last year, as a few may know. I have been using Slim in 6 and a few workouts from the Slim Series, with a stretch on Saturdays. 3 days a week is my main focus, but if I feel like I have energy or want to do another workout I will. I also incorporated Walk Away the Pounds as another easier exercise to ease into it. <BR> <BR> Today I was feeling rather energized and feeling like I wanted to dance a litt... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:57:48 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606185 Week 3 is a great success. Actually worked out 5 days this week, which was unexpected. I lost 1.7 pounds. On to Week 4! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:20:28 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598710 Well I got through another week. While it was a little easier to follow the diet this week, I found that I was a little lazier and relied too much on bars and shakes. Much better weight loss if I eat lots of veggies. I've lost a total of 5.2 pounds. Down 1.5 from last week. Technically I can begin the next phase of Atkins, which is OWL (ongoing weight loss). You slowly add different types of foods that may have more carbs. The first things you add are nuts and berries. I'm going to try a litt... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:28:39 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591038 Week One under my belt and I lost 3.7 pounds! I worked out 3 times this week as I'm trying to get into the swing of things. (Slim in 6 Start It Up). I purchased a Walk Away the Pounds DVD and I want to try it this week, and continue with Slim in 6. <BR> <BR> Following Atkins during the Induction phase is no joke. You have to be very disciplined and avoid the carbs and sugars. I struggled quite a bit during some days and I gave in to a granola bar craving twice. Better than giving up! So I f... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:52:02 EST Prepping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573014 I have decided to try the Atkins diet. I've heard so many people talk about how much weight they lost and I have heard all the hype. I'm not sure if I will jump on the bandwagon to eat their branded shakes and bars. I have found a deal on them, but I don't tolerate fake sweetners very well, especially if I can taste them. I did receive 3 samples of the bars, so I tried one this morning and so far, so good. I didn't taste the sweetner and I don't have a headache yet. I am going to test out the... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:54:57 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535162 Went and talked to my doctor about my BP. Not sure what is going on, but I still have the high pressure, so she put me on medication. I've taken it for one full day and it makes me feel so sleepy and weird. I've read that it may take about a week to feel better with it. I have to take my pressure every day for a week and call in with my measurements. They may increase the dosage from there. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I was pretty down on myself. Just felt like what is the point of all the worki... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:31:37 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524548 Went to see the orthopedist last Friday and he said everything seems to be healing well. I really don't have much pain anymore. I'm to finish out my last two PT visits next week and see him again in 6 weeks, so that takes me to Dec. I'm still wearing my lace up brace during the day and when I ride the bike, but hope to wean myself off of that in the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> Have a doctor's visit in a few weeks to discuss my BP. It's been high for awhile. Not sure if the working out is help... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:03:14 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520472 I'm on week 3 of PT. Yesterday they had me do the majority of my ankle exercises standing up. I got through it but last night my ankle was kind of aching, so I iced it. That's the first time that has happened. When I go in tomorrow morning, I will let them know. Other than that, I've been doing pretty well walking around. I am not really able to wear heels yet so that makes me sad. LOL <BR> <BR> Still doing the exercise bike at least 3 times a week and tonight I'm going to increase the tensi... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:49:00 EST Physical Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507108 Today I saw my physical therapist and she said the mobility of my ankle is very good. She gave me stretching exercises to do with a band. Count of 20 for all 4, every day. I have to go two times a week for 4 weeks. It is what it is I guess. The next visit is on Friday. And I can wean myself off of my boot by wearing my lace up brace again and then just bring my boot in the car in case I think I need it. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:03:22 EST Chugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504265 First things first. I went for my orthopedic visit yesterday and had xrays done. Said my ankle is healing. It definitely doesn't hurt as bad as when I saw him 3 weeks before but sometimes it will ache. I feel like it's way better and I'm just anxious to get past this. So I have to go back in another 3 weeks for another set of xrays. Plus I go in on Monday to have an initial visit with a physical therapist, which honestly, I think is a little unnecessary, but I'll go. From there it will be det... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:02:13 EST Revised eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501601 My husband is doing a Biggest Loser challenge at work and so I am assisting by changing my eating habits. I'm going back to the basics of putting my food into Sparkpeople, counting calories. I'm trying to watch my sodium and fat the most, but just really trying to eat a balanced diet with not alot of calories. <BR> <BR> I go back to the orthopedist on Thursday for my recheck. I really want this boot off! I do feel a lot better, so that may happen. We'll see. I have been riding the exercise ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:23:42 EST And it Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483616 So it has been a month since my ankle injury and while I am able to walk faster, I still have pains in my ankle and it still swells. I am on week 3 of my weights. On this past Sunday, I decided to go with my husband to walk, while he ran. I wore my lace up brace and completed a mile, which was a huge feat! On Tuesday we went to the apartment gym and I rode the bicycle for 30 minutes and my ankle was ok. Usually before I work out, when I come home from work, I put my foot up for about 15-30 mi... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:25:25 EST Tried some new foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475961 So I saw this detox plan in Self Magazine and for 7 days you eat foods that are high in good fats and antioxidants. Each morning is a smoothie and then then they either have a recipe or recommend going to a certain restaurant and what to order. They also include a cardio and strength plan for each day. I'm not really following it, but decided to try some of the smoothies, which meant I had to buy some ingredients I've never eaten before. So I tried almond milk, almond butter and kale. I reall... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:32:59 EST Happy September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472367 Well, last week I started lifting weights with the Chalean Extreme program. I decided to do this while my husband ran, since I still cannot do that. I can't do anything with any cardio right now. I can walk farther and a little faster this past week, but still need the brace. For a little bit I was wearing an ace bandage type brace at night because my foot would ache. When I walk awhile or have to stand for an extended period in one place, my ankle tends to swell. I'm a little frustrated beca... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:16:41 EST Coming Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464075 I've been walking "normally" since last Thursday. Slowly, but surely my injury is healing. I find that I do tend to walk better without the brace on my foot since it kind of impedes normal walking, but I prefer to do what the doctor says ;) I am still having a little difficulty going down the stairs, so I take them one at a time. I'm going to give myself another week of recovery before I start using my foot more, but because I'm feeling rather lazy and my weight is not going anywhere, I'm goi... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:05:31 EST Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456545 After 3 days on crutches, I went without today. Only had a brace on my ankle and I made it. I don't do alot of walking around at work, so that helps. I ordered a stronger brace and it's supposed to arrive tomorrow, so I'm hoping that will work for me when I later try to work out again. For now I'll just focus on continuing to get back to normal. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:00:15 EST Fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453069 I'm thinking to myself, This is what I get for trying to be healthy but I know I shouldn't be so negative. Was feeling great at the beginning of my run yesterday but by the second to third interval, my ankle was hurting. Not super severe. Felt like my muscles were tight. Tried interval 4 and had to stop halfway. Was so bummed. Spent the rest of the day on the couch with ice on my foot and elevated. This morning got up and I felt better but the longer I walked on it, I could tell the pain was ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:09:17 EST Yay New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451156 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1154306862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went to a running store and was fitted for shoes. I love them and they are motivating me to get up tomorrow and start this next week of running! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:26:28 EST Week 1, Day 5 Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449243 I finished week 1 and though I'm a little intimidated by Week 2, I'm going to try it on Sunday. I got really bad shin splints on my right leg. I am going to go shopping this weekend to get some good running shoes to see if this helps my problem. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 20:57:46 EST Week 1, Day 3 Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447036 Did the 3rd day of the first week of C25K. It was a little tougher today for some reason. This time my right shin was bothering me, but I powered through. Still trying to focus on my breathing so I don't feel completely winded. It was overcast and not terribly warm, but it was humid. I think I drank more water today, which seems to have helped with the headache I got the last time. Not sure if I will go on to Week 2 on Sunday or repeat. I'll see how I feel Thursday. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 23:11:38 EST Woo! I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444145 Today was my first try at running and I did it. I've never been a fan of running but was encouraged to try the C25K program. Lucky for me, my husband is joining me in this journey. We went to a park down the road, which is perfect for this and through our alternating walking/running for today for 20 minutes, and walking before and after, we reached just about 2 miles. I feel good! So two more times this week after work, which will be my real challenge since it will be much hotter later in the... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:11:08 EST And I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436365 from Maui and had a wonderful time but since it was my honeymoon, it was pretty much, who cares what I do or eat. Now it's back to business! So this week my husband and I are doing a week cleanse. Going to try the Jillian Michael's one I've read about. We'll see how that goes! Then this coming Sunday we are going to start to try the C25K. At least it begins with alternating running and walking. That is 3 days a week and I'd also like to throw in 2 days of Chalean Extreme weight lifting or do ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:52:29 EST Musings for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418065 Have you ever thought about how much energy and time we spend on worrying about people? Like what they think? What they do to others or to you? How much drama is generated by some? Why do we do that? <BR> <BR> I try to stop the frenzy at work when people are sharing their drama, whether personal or business. I just hate drama! Shy away from it. Do anything to not be in the middle of it. I'm a good listener, and if I can help someone in need, I will do it. But it really drives me crazy when ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:43:10 EST To New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413736 It's funny to read through past entries- they go back so far! So much has changed and it has been an interesting and fulfilling ride, although not all the time! I moved from GA to TN after being divorced for several years; I am now a Legal Assistant at a mortgage company; had some rough spots before I found the love of my life. Getting married in less than 2 weeks and going on an amazing honeymoon. Taking one day at a time. My plan is to start the C25K (Couch to 5K) program in August. I've ne... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:15:37 EST 2012 Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704182 Weight loss...such a fight. So hard to keep it in check once you do, but I'm back to it again. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:45:44 EST Back at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2734668 Here we are again!! Too comfortable and the weight kicks back up! Anyway, last week I started week 1 of my fitness and diet plan for 2010. Lost 1 inch but everything is fluctuating up and down as I build muscle again and manage my eating habits. Stay tuned! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 13:04:42 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1800869 It's been awhile since I've posted anything. I've been trying to keep up with workouts and eating properly between the holidays and getting sick. But I step up again and keep trying. I'm 6 pounds away from reaching my ultimate goal of weight, but really have a goal of trying to get rid of this belly fat. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hope all are well and on their way to reaching their goals! Sun, 15 Feb 2009 17:57:58 EST