RACHIELOO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RACHIELOO RACHIELOO'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/ MIA and feeling bad about it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=611914 I have been neglecting my dear spark page and I'm definitely noticing how lost I am without it! I haven't been keeping track of anything, nor have I really been sticking to my diet / excersise program over the past couple of weeks and I am super angry at myself for it. I haven't gained, but I haven't lost. I look at it like this: These 2 weeks I've been slacking off, I could have lost 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> So, I'm back on the plan effective today! I have barely worked out at all and I h... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 15:35:27 EST Minus 27 pounds feels... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=583899 AWESOME! I can't wait.. 3 more pounds and I'll be at my 2nd short term goal! Only 5 more pounds until I'm at my pre-pregnancy weight! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I promise I'll update more later, but for now, I must get ready for work! Thu, 31 May 2007 08:11:11 EST Long time, no update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=577787 Sorry for my slacker-ness. I have been really bad about updating. But I'm still sticking with my "program" and I'm doing really good. I'm officially 25 pounds down. I currently weigh 233 pounds. I have barely been exercising because I hurt my knee at Taekwondo, but my diet is coming along good. <BR> <BR> I have no clue what's going on with my knee though. I hurt it tuesday kicking the punching bag. It cracked and then the next day I could barely put any pressure on it at all. It's ... Sun, 27 May 2007 08:19:05 EST Slow and steady. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=572295 I haven't been updating much. I should be better about it. I enjoy blogging I've just been preoccupied with life, I guess. I've been doing good. Keeping to my diet, excercising and just generally continuing to try and stay more active. I'm still doing my Taekwondo class, but it's killing my knees. My knees HURT. Yesterday I kicked the bag and felt my left knee crack and today I can barely bare any weight on my left knee. This concerns me. I love the class though. It's really fun. I... Wed, 23 May 2007 08:05:15 EST Heat Wave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=560046 It's so freaking hot in my house. I don't know what the heck is wrong with our airconditioning but it refuses to work. I'm a spoiled brat when it comes to heat.. I hate it and I'm miserable! <BR> <BR> Tae Kwon Do was good today. Not nearly as hard as last week. The master seemed very preoccupied tonight so we didn't really do too much of anything except practice our forms and some kicks. It was at a much more Rachel oriented pace tonight. But I have my form down pat already which is ... Mon, 14 May 2007 22:16:43 EST Back in the game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=558044 So, I've been horrible about my tracking the past few days. Probably because I've been eating like total crap and just don't want to see it. My period is tapering off.. thank god.. I could get back on schedule now. Tomorrow I am back on the diet horse. <BR> <BR> Although I've been eating like a starved cow, I am happy to report I had my first weigh in at Curves. I've lost 13 lbs since I started there 1 month ago and 12.5 inches. Feels great to see it on paper. I've lost a total of 19 p... Sun, 13 May 2007 18:10:21 EST Owww, my aching hips. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=554825 Tae Kwon Do kicked my ass in every which way tonight. I can't believe how hard I worked. My hips are aching worse then what they did after I gave birth. I feel amazing though! I pushed myself to the limit tonight, probably for the first time in years. I'm proud of myself even though I was horrible with my food today. <BR> <BR> Speaking of horrible with my food, I figured out why I was so stinking hungry today (and crabby to boot). My monthly friend has finally showed up. I couldn't fi... Thu, 10 May 2007 22:31:33 EST Fatty. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=554434 Arghhhh.. what a god awful day I've had. I ate like such a dang heffer today, I'm so upset with myself. I had some ham and cheddar cheese rollup from the bakery this morning, it was delicious, and you know when something is delicious it is probably terrible for you. The bread tasted like the same type of dough they use for cinnamon rolls. I'm sure it is, because they had a bunch of tempting looking cinnamon rolls lined up above it. Then I took Leah to Chuck E. Cheese with one of her litt... Thu, 10 May 2007 16:50:29 EST Boo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=551421 I am so irritated right now. I went for my class and they had no uniform in my size. Only one size lower, or one size bigger. Go figure! So I couldn't participate. I'm so bummed. I didn't work out at all today and I feel just craptacular. My uniform will be in Thursday. He asked if I still had my old uniform and I almost died laughing (on the inside). I probably wouldn't be able to fit my right leg into that thing if I tried. <BR> <BR> But I did spectate and I feel pretty confident ... Tue, 8 May 2007 21:57:03 EST Cherry Coke Zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=551222 Cherry Coke Zero has to be the greatest "diet" invention ever. It tastes so good.. just like the real thing.. only with 0 calories. I hope they keep it around for a good long while.. because I can't stand regular diet coke. It tastes like poop. <BR> <BR> I have my first Taekwondo class tonight! I'm stoked.. but also a little nervous for some reason. I dunno why.. maybe worried about humiliating myself at how out of shape I am. Oh well.. will never know unless I go. Just about an hour ... Tue, 8 May 2007 19:23:38 EST Body Fat Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=547421 So, I was looking around and did quite a few body fat calculations to see if the results would vary much. My body fat percentage is roughly 26%. It doesn't fall into the obese range, which is surprising because everything else freaking does! LOL. But what I thought was most interesting was that my lean body weight is 178 pounds. From what I've been reading, my ultimate goal should be about that. <BR> <BR> It's weird because when I was in high school and weighed 160 lbs, I was SKINNY. ... Sun, 6 May 2007 15:23:37 EST I knew there was a good reason for being a hermit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=547056 So, I was roped into going out for dinner last night with a good friend and a friend I haven't seen in AGES. We ended up going to Hooters. I figured I'd get a salad or something, which I did, but I also ended up eating two chicken wings, having a big ole glass of beer and eating some shrimp. Not terrible, but that isn't that start of my day of bad eating. <BR> <BR> Hubby wanted Corner Bakery for breakfast, so I had got scrambler which was really good. I think it had about 450 calories o... Sun, 6 May 2007 09:43:12 EST Huuuuungry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=545622 I was really hungry today, pretty much all day. I ate my normal FiberOne for breakfast and had some coffee (with half and half! holy cow, it tasted so yummy). Then for lunch I had a Subway Turkey Sammich. I couldn't believe how hungry I was still. I had no snacks on hand that sounded good at the moment (almonds or a Special K bar) so I just kinda toughed it out. <BR> <BR> I was really bummed out about not being able to workout today since we had no one to watch the kids and Pat had to... Fri, 4 May 2007 21:31:24 EST Boston Market is evil. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=544206 I had a craving today for chinese food. After looking over the menu and deciding what SOUNDED like the healthiest choice (chicken with broccoli) I decided I should probably try to hunt down some nutritional information. Well, glad I did because chinese food is the devil. That crap is LOADED with fat and calories. I think an eggroll alone has 400 calories. May as well go through the drive through at McDonalds! So, then I thought sushi sounded good and there is an AWESOME place across fro... Thu, 3 May 2007 22:03:45 EST Most recent stats.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=542913 Weigh yourself: 241 - 5/3/2007 <BR> Measure your Waist: 38 - 5/2/2007 <BR> Measure your Hips: 50 - 5/2/2007 <BR> Measure your Neck: 14.5 - 5/2/2007 <BR> Measure your Thigh: 28.5 - 5/2/2007 <BR> Measure your Upper Arm: 15 - 5/2/2007 <BR> Measure your Stomach: 47 - 5/2/2007 <BR> <BR> Changes: <BR> <BR> Weight: -17 lbs <BR> Waist: -3" <BR> Hips: -3" <BR> Neck: -0.5" <BR> Thigh: -3" <BR> <BR> I just started tracking my tummy and upper arm so I have no changes to report the... Thu, 3 May 2007 07:54:26 EST First goal met!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=542290 So, I met my first short term goal. I've lost 16 pounds so far and I am stoked about that! So, now I get to indulge in a manicure / pedicure and thank god for that, because my toes and hands are in some dire need of TLC. <BR> <BR> The past few days I've been really light on the calories without even realizing it. I found these AWESOME wraps (Flatout) and they only have 100 calories each. I've been making these delicious sandwiches out of them with turkey, tomatoes, lettuce and some hon... Wed, 2 May 2007 19:26:38 EST The old bump and grind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=538795 Today has been good. I usually start my weeks off with a bang, but end up fizzling out over the weekend. I'm actually okay with that though. I figure that the weekends are meant to be enjoyed and if that means my only source of enjoyment is eating a piece of chicken parmesan, well then so be it, I'm eating that darn chicken. Now just gotta figure out a way to get over the whole guilt factor... blah. <BR> <BR> My back is sort of sore today. Almost feels like I pulled a muscle somewhere i... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 20:18:22 EST Long way down.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=536333 Yesterday was a terrible day. We had a first communion / birthday party to go to and of course, what food choices did we have? Nothing but complete and total junk. Baked Mostaccioli, Fried Chicken, Polish Sausage and Sourkraut, Potato Wedges.. etc, etc. I basically just scanned the table, picked my most favorite item and went with it. Figure it was all crap food for me, so I may as well indulge on my favorite. So I had the pasta. And it was good. But I felt really awful about it after... Sun, 29 Apr 2007 11:03:36 EST My Lovely Lady Humps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=534681 Blahhhh.. I'm tired today. I've been really good all week, working out every day and eating right. I've been alternating days with Curves and the gym. I like the routine for right now, although I'm starting to get a bit bored with Curves. I don't feel like I'm getting enough out of it. I was reading somewhere that you only burn 230 calories at Curves.. I double that at the gym in the same amount of time. When I leave the gym I'm sweaty and feel awesome. I barely break a sweat at Curves. I dun... Fri, 27 Apr 2007 20:46:09 EST 2..4..5.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=533305 I stepped on the scale this morning and was pleased with the 245 that stared back at me. Not that this is a weight I'm happy with, but it's a goal I'm pleased with at the moment. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing it.. I'm accomplishing something. <BR> <BR> It's funny though, because even though I weigh 245 lbs, I don't feel like I am. I don't really even think I look like I am. If I ever disclose my weight (which is rare) people are shocked. I think I do carry my weight somewhat ... Thu, 26 Apr 2007 22:06:26 EST You won't find me there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=530446 Is it weird that I don't want to see my friends until I lose this weight? I've been fielding off going out invites since I started this routine and It's because I don't want people to see me until I lose all of it. Yes, I'm aware that most likely it will take over 6 months and I really don't care. I'm sure once I lose about 25 pounds I'll feel a lot better about myself and maybe my idea will change, but for now, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. <BR> <BR> I'm really not sure what my... Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:52:20 EST Total Elliptical of the Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=528269 So, once again, rough weekend. But I started my week off right by eating good and working out. Not that I was so terrible this weekend, but as I always say, I could have done better (ok, ok, a lot better). <BR> <BR> I made some delicious turkey chili for dinner tonight. I have no idea of the calorie content, I intend on breaking it down later tonight but right now my brain is not in the mood to do calculations. I've used too much of it trying to figure out how this stupid iPod works. But I... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 21:19:32 EST Virtual Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=526918 I need to step it up. This weekend hasn't been the greatest for me foodwise. Yesterday I went a hog wild again. I am going to be super strict this week with my intake and try to keep it under a 1000 calories. <BR> <BR> Maybe I need to step it up at the gym too? I've been going every day (alternating days between Curves and the gym) plus I've been doing strength excercises every day (crunches, leg abductions, dumbbells and pushups). I am not seeing the results I want and I'm irritated.... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 07:46:14 EST Eating for your blood type?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=525781 I found this to be somewhat interesting. I am B+ so I guess if I were following this diet, I'd be somewhat lucky :) <BR> <BR> Type A types should basically stick to fruits and vegetables (high carbs / low fat). They have thicker blood than other blood types, a sensitive immune system, and should not consume dairy products, animal fats and meats. They are at a heightened risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. <BR> <BR> Type B types should consume a balanced diet (fruits an... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 10:26:57 EST Interesting thought to ponder.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=525390 I feel like I fell off the wagon today. But the funny part is, I really didn't. I mean, I ate a little worse then what I should have, for sure. El Pollo Loco doesn't have many options when it comes to eating healthy, so I improvised. I had a burrito, but only ate half of it. Then hubby tempted me with Olive Garden for dinner and again, improvised. I had the Tilapia. And I ate half of the "healthy" dessert choice, which was splendid, might I add. My calorie intake topped in today at ab... Sat, 21 Apr 2007 23:06:31 EST Shake That @$$ For Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=524270 That Elliptical Machine has become my best friend and worst enemy at the same time. I couldn't wait to get off work and go to the gym today. I used a different machine and I could really tell the difference between the two. The one I used today was a lot harder to manuever then the one I used yesterday. But I did my thing.. I sweated like a pig and left smelling like I've never heard of deodorant. Ahhhh, the signs (and smells) of a great workout! <BR> <BR> My legs feel rubbery but I ki... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 22:16:25 EST I think I can, I think I can, I think I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=522714 That has been my mantra for the day. I think I can. I ran 25 minutes on the elliptical machine at the gym today. At 10 minutes I started feeling the burn, at 15, I wanted to stop, at 20, I nearly did stop. But I kept setting a different goal to push myself. First it was 200 calories, then once I hit that, I went for 300. Then when I hit 300 calories, I noticed the I had went 2.75 miles. I then set my sights on the 3 mile marker. I stopped at 3 miles feeling damn proud of myself! I'm ... Thu, 19 Apr 2007 19:58:25 EST I am aware how everything's gonna be fine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=521142 Working out has to be one of the best feelings, mentally and physically. I love how sore I feel the next morning after I push myself to the limits. But what I really love is the sense of accomplishment I feel when I leave. Like, yeah, rock on. I always walk out of there feeling like I just kicked some butt. And lost some butt too! It's a great feeling all around. <BR> <BR> I have been hinting to the hubs that I really want to invest in a treadmill or elliptical machine. We've been loo... Wed, 18 Apr 2007 20:52:24 EST Musings on becoming drop dead gorgeous.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=521123 I've been trying to figure out all the things that motivate me today. I think looking at the bikini I fell in love with at The Gap is a big one! LOL! But seriously, I just want to feel good about myself. My self confidence has been on the back burner for way too long. It's gotten to the point where I don't even care to try and look nice anymore. I used to take great pride in my appearance 50 pounds ago. I put makeup on every day, did my hair every day. I liked being in pictures. I lov... Wed, 18 Apr 2007 20:36:48 EST Curvacious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=519879 So I am minus 9 lbs so far and I feel good about myself. I am really excited about the fact that I am actually sticking to a diet for the first time... in well... ever. I am going to Curves after work today, so I'm looking forward to that. I can't believe I'm looking forward to working out! :lol: What has happened to me??? <BR> <BR> But really, I like Curves. I like the fact that I have a set routine and I do it and leave. I like knowing that I go around the circuit twice. I like kno... Wed, 18 Apr 2007 08:00:11 EST Nutritionist.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=519370 So far, so good! I've been a good girl today. I saw the nutritionist and it's all things I've already been doing. Except she wants me to eat 2000 calories a day. I don't think that is going to happen. I'm comfortable staying at or under 1500 a day right now and don't want to up the ante at the moment. I treated myself when I got in from work to a banana smoothie, it was easy to make, healthy and delicious. Basically I made my own concoction - a banana, a cup and a half of skim milk, a few spo... Tue, 17 Apr 2007 20:59:13 EST