RDEFASSI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RDEFASSI RDEFASSI'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/ 7 days into Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577051 So this week's challenge for A& I is to talk about how Christmas went and how did the goals I set go.... <BR> <BR> Well, Christmas was alright- I visited with some family I haven't seen in a long while. I didn't get to enjoy any holiday meal in the traditional sense- I ate alone for lunch and dinner- since the hubby worked and then he wasn't hungry because they catered in a great Christmas lunch for them. <BR> <BR> I spent a few days at my in-laws... which was nice, but I spent most of the... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:25:52 EST A year in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571338 Ah, I made it a full year without giving up! This is spectacular! In years' past I have gone a couple months and dropped off or tried a month here or there throughout the year. Oh but not this year! I have been faithful to myself in making changes. It has not always been easy and sometimes I see myself wanting to go back to old ways- but I keep plugging along! <BR> <BR> Since I am a teacher (and we always begin with positives) I want to review my successes of 2013: <em>244</em> <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:32:26 EST A&I ultimate present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571331 The question was posed about what would be the ultimate present- if money was no object what would I get for the most important person in my life.... <BR> <BR> This is a tough one- I think I would get them time together with me- just doing all the fun things we love together without the stress of work, cleaning, or other expectations. I don't see myself giving or needing to give materials- as much as that important time together! <BR> <BR> That would be what I would ask for as well! Just t... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:16:07 EST December 5, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557921 I realized that life has just gotten too much- or more so I am letting things overtake life. <BR> <BR> I am getting back into bad habits of staying late, letting people and things control my life with adding more stress! School has gotten crazy with multiple professional developments being assigned, some crazy behaviors, a ton of meetings, and trying to make it all work within all the expectations they have. My parents are almost moved completely out west. I have spent many weekends trying ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:17:35 EST Aug 31- Reflection and Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472019 So as many have known from my blogs or chats on groups- this summer really has not been a summer- I have taken professional development courses, taught summer school, took more courses, did planning time with my team, went to school and worked for hours on things, and spent lots of money on the classroom. I have also spent money on starting to take even better care of myself- via joining a gym, preparing to sell things (and subsequently doing so), getting a trainer twice a week, and trying to... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:09:05 EST Aug 23- Fitness Faves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464424 This week's A& I challenge blog is to write about my favorite and least favorite fitness activities. <BR> <BR> I have found that I love to walk, bike ride, and go to yoga. I love these because they give me a chance to reflect and relax from the stresses of life. <BR> <BR> I have started liking walking on the treadmill, zumba, and trying other classes. I am finding that these have been starting to challenge me in new ways. <BR> <BR> Workouts that I really don't like are running, squats, l... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:13:43 EST Aug 12- Why SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453279 This week A&I has challenged us to reflect on why we joined Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Growing up my family lived around food! If you didn't find someone in the kitchen or sharing food with someone in the house/ family events you were probably sick! My family has its share of health problems on both sides! I always knew I didn't want to be that way, but I just couldn't imagine changing my habits. My younger brother couldn't seem to gain any weight and my sister always was petite and could find ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:28:54 EST Aug 6- Aug. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446900 So I have waited 6 days into this month to set the goals I want to reach- it has been a rough first 6 days. So much to do with school getting ready to restart, prep classroom stuff, and just try to clean house before the new year starts! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Workout at gym or outdoors at least 5 days a week. <BR> Get back on track with tracking my food <BR> Finish going through school stuff for sale/ purge/ keep <BR> Go through the crawl space and prepare for my yard sale <BR> <BR> Hopef... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:57:59 EST July 30- Bonus Blog for A & I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438767 Why did I join Aspire and Inspire? <BR> <BR> I joined because I needed a place to motivate me and to encourage me even through those hard times! I found it through someone commenting about it on a message board in one of my other rooms, and thought hey I'd like to try that! I wanted to get active somewhere that made me feel accountable to others and the same with others needing me to be accountable! <BR> <BR> I joined the challenges because I wanted to try and branch out. I felt that over... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:37:50 EST July 29- new growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437917 Today started out amazing! I weighed in and have hit 21 lbs down!!!! Such a feat, and thanks to sparkpeople I have been on again of again over the years so I could go back historically and match it to another time and place. This current weight takes me back to Jan 2010! So many years now, and then I felt like I needed to lose some, at least now I have been making the difference and I found the motivation and built a plan to make it feasible! <BR> <BR> Next great thing was I got to the gym l... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:14:54 EST July 27- Summer Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435648 This week's 1st blog challenge for Aspire and Inspire BSG challenge is to remember some fond summer memories. <BR> <BR> Some of the things that I remember the most is traveling in a big conversion van (no tv) with my family and camping across the country! We went everywhere with the van and tent. After a few weeks together- we always picked at each other- since there were 4 of us kids, but the places we saw and experienced were priceless! <BR> <BR> We traveled to most of the states. The f... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:42:10 EST July 26- moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434717 So tonight hubby and I went for a bike ride. We haven't truly ridden since the Tour de Cure at the beginning of June, so I was nervous to see how I would handle hills and climbs. Amazingly I stayed in a higher gear throughout the ride and even powered up a couple new climbs like a Mt. Biker :) I see myself starting to be more active and able to last longer in cardio experiences without feeling like I am dying the first 20 mins in. I also feel like I am beginning to have semblance of balance ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:15:30 EST July 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433554 So today I got in a super extended workout- zumba followed by an awesome treadmill workout! It made up for the panera cookie that I had for a snack! <BR> <BR> I also needed to weigh in and check my body fat %. I am down to 221!!!! With a body fat % of 38- which is down another .3%!!!!! SO EXCITING!!! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being able to say soon that I am down 20..... can't wait for that moment! <BR> <BR> Summer School is officially just over halfway done :) Can't wait and now... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:59:13 EST July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431186 Temptations <BR> <BR> I have found this past week very tempting, dealing with the antique show, heat, hubby being away, and just wearing down. I am working through the temptations to just skip what I know is health for a snack that isn't so good, laying around with no purpose, or avoiding the tasks I have at hand. I am finding my way back after these last few days, I know I can't let myself derail just because it got crazy for a few days. Lets kick the temptations to the curb and make it hap... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:23:43 EST July 18- Wavy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425798 So today could be described as this! Wavy- sometimes up, sometimes down, and sometimes moving up or down. <BR> <BR> Today, I was told by at least 4 people that they thought I lost weight and was looking good- another told me that someone else mentioned it to them the day before. I am still struggling to take this completely positive- but I am enjoying it (I am not one for a lot of attention- I like to fade into the scene) <BR> <BR> I also had two great friends help me unload my mom's van ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:51:01 EST July 17- So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424570 My mom flew in uber late Monday night (after midnight) and drove out uber early this morning. So I got a nice 24 hours with her- but I did not get much sleep! Tomorrow, I have to get a lot done for an antique show. It is my mom's booth- but she can't do the show this weekend, so it is up to me! Hopefully, I sell everything and make it easier for myself to load on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Summer School is droning on, I just feel like I want a vacation and work on stuff at home- but instead I am eve... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:41:35 EST July 14- Trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421088 So today I decided to finally post some of the things that are all over my house currently up for sale! I sold one of them very quickly!!! I feel like that is progress to getting some of the clutter gone. I have invested in a couple things to make the selling speedier. Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to post more things for sale :) <BR> <BR> Other than going through boxes, moving stuff for recycling or sale.... I didn't get my steps in or the amount of exercise I normally do. Tomorrow am- ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:08:16 EST July 13- Complicators/ Stressors in Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420226 Wow, this week's BSG challenge Blog couldn't have come at a better time! <BR> <BR> They asked us to list 5 things in our life that makes it complicated/ stressful; and in turn respond to how I might be able to fight that! So here it goes: <BR> <BR> 1. The stuff everywhere- classroom moves, in the house, parent's moving, just piles! It makes it hard to want to do things and just creates a lot of stress. I am fighting this by purging. I began hardcore today- getting through over 12 boxes!!!!... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:35:25 EST July 12- Picture Check in and busy day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419305 Today I slept in and then headed in to school. The day went ok.... I came home made lunch and started actually getting through some of my to-do list (It is hard sometimes to do this as a teacher on "vacation") <BR> <BR> This evening I made the hubby dinner and then headed off to try a Drums Alive class- it was a ton of fun- who would've known they could make doing squats and lunges fun! <BR> <BR> I took my 12th pictures again. (I have left these in my album- the 12th of every month.) I ha... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:18:03 EST July 11- Body Fat% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418190 So today I started off not wanting to move to fast. I decided though to go to the gym, workout, and get my body fat % taken for a 2 week check in. <BR> <BR> I started by finding out that I have lost .7% in the past 2 weeks! Then I got in a great tread workout. I then had summer school (sigh- I always question why I do this). Following school I went back to the gym and tried Zumba Gold. One of the trainers asked me if I was going to 2-a-days. <BR> <BR> I am not really trying- I am just unsu... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:54:38 EST July 10- Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417121 Well, I am 3 days into Summer School- it is getting easier and smoother! <BR> <BR> I had my 3rd session this week with my trainer this morning. It went well! I also got in the treadmill and lots of walking at work. I love having a fitbit for this type of day! <BR> <BR> I got a lot of cooking done today, including pre-making strombolis to cook the rest of the way on another day. <BR> <BR> I also made the banana bread from the Spark Solution and look forward to trying it! <BR> <BR> Overa... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:26:26 EST July 9- feeling a little run down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415881 I stayed up way too late last night!!! <BR> <BR> I need to get to bed earlier tonight. I got in a lot of exercise this morning again!!! Tomorrow morning I have my regularly scheduled training session. <BR> <BR> I have gotten some work done, but still so much to do! I napped a little and rested- hopefully tomorrow will be much perkier! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:26:24 EST July 7- I think I lost a day?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413646 So somewhere in starting summer school in-service, the 4th of July, relaxing and beginning my purge.... I lost a day and apparently it is July 6th?! <BR> <BR> Well, to recap: <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I headed to the gym and then started working on moving boxes to go through for my purge (yard sale, keep, donate, school). <BR> <BR> Today, I went to Zumba with a friend! Then had a nice early supper/ late lunch with my hubby, walked the mall a bit, and then went to the movies with another frien... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:28:37 EST July 5- Relaxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411932 Today was spent mostly relaxing and laying around. After a busy day yesterday, today was well needed! <BR> <BR> My friend and I have begun walking weekly! We went for a walk this evening and ended up walking over 7 miles!!!!! <BR> <BR> Time to finish the relaxing time :) Ready for the weekend now! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 22:50:34 EST July 4- Time for Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410783 Today is such a fun day! We can celebrate with family and friends and enjoy life and the pursuit of happiness that our Forefathers worked so hard for us to earn! <BR> <BR> My goal to to monitor everything I am eating, even though we are hosting a party here! I made it to the gym this morning, cleaned the house, and now am relaxing and catching up everything on SP before I have company. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping tomorrow I can change my background to the firework pics we will take tonight! <BR... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:08:33 EST July 3- Managing Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410103 So today was a crazy day! <BR> <BR> I managed to fit in my workout (even though my trainer didn't show- I still got in a good workout!) <BR> <BR> I made it to my in-service day on time! Then proceeded to set-up, chat, and get some things accomplished in my 8 hour day! <BR> <BR> Got to the store to finish getting goodies for tomorrow's party! <BR> <BR> Started cleaning the house like crazy! Too much to accomplish- now I am very sleepy! <BR> <BR> At least I accomplished the following th... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:51:14 EST July 2- Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408962 So this morning, I woke up in all kinds of sore! My quads and hamstrings are aching every time I take a step- even worse going up or down stairs! <BR> <BR> I still made sure I went out and walked at the gym and managed to stretch really well! I needed that, the movement definitely helped. I then worked here and there at home, but could not manage to keep going. I rested more than I anticipated, but hopefully this evening of rest will help me get to tomorrow's training session! <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:52:25 EST July 1- Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407840 Today, I met with my trainer- she definitely kicked my butt. To add insult to injury, I joined a friend for another piloxing class a few hours later. Boy are my glutes, hamstrings, etc are sore. (I would like to clarify- she kicked my butt in a good way) <BR> <BR> I realized as I am taking on new challenges, that I am making changes to my lifestyle. I am planning more, doing more with my hubby, and relaxing. <BR> <BR> My stress levels seem a lot less than what they have been in a long whil... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:24:29 EST 6 Month Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406568 So as I reflect back- it has been 6 months with my new lifestyle changes! As opposed to the many years I have been a member of Sparkpeople, this is time is different. I didn't go strong for a month or 2- but 6 months and still motivated!!! <BR> <BR> 1st- I have lost and maintained a loss of 15 lbs! This is huge, I made it through a very stressful school year and successfully did not wreck my changes! <BR> <BR> 2nd- I have enjoyed not giving up foods, but truly treating each one as somethin... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:56:12 EST The Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402940 So last night, I joined the gym! I have not ever plunked down so much money on myself before! I am excited/ feeling slightly guilty about this- but I remember and thanks to my sister it was an important expenditure! <BR> <BR> This morning I met with the personal trainer to get my program started. He went over my goals, talked about where I wanted to go, what I am currently doing- then it was to the tough stuff: weigh in and body fat measure!!! <BR> <BR> So my weigh-in placed me at 225- whi... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:23:34 EST Leaping into a new phase of my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399556 The school year is over! I am starting to look towards a less stressful, busy, multi-job role next year. I am spending this summer on me, selfishly on me. <BR> <BR> My goals this summer include: <BR> Spending time in professional development to prepare for 4th grade <BR> Exercising daily at least 10 minutes a day <BR> Tracking food as accurately as possible <BR> Looking into a fitness center/ personal trainer <BR> Work on clothing for some of my reading buddies (stuffed animals) <BR> Purge... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:36:21 EST Stress Monster- NOM NOM NOM..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383708 This month has hit me hard- and unfortunately not in a good way <em>24</em> (What is worse, we are only 9 days in!) <BR> <BR> I just found out recently that I will be going back into the classroom next year- YAY!!! However, I still have that 2 page to-do list to finish before the year is out, plus I am now feeling guilty that I may be "screwing" over a good friend and colleague with a job she doesn't want. I also feel guilty about being selfish about what I want for myself for once... S... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:34:12 EST June- time for Plateau Kicking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377262 So, I have amped up my workouts, tried hard to eat appropriately, and track things- unfortunately it has been a couple months where the scale isn't moving :( <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I switched my Sparkcoach program to Plateau busting! Hopefully this will help! I also finished the Tour de Cure 35 mile ride!!!! My hubby and I completed it in 2:55:39 with a total of 36.25 miles ridden! It was awesome! <BR> <BR> I hope to re-post some new goals and challenges for myself this month! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 21:50:36 EST It's May.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353440 I have over the last couple of weeks not blogged, chatted, etc. So, today is a recap of everything that has been happening. This also includes a refocus of goals, recap of April goals, etc. <BR> <BR> April Goals: <BR> <BR> Blog at least 4x per week- not so much :( <BR> Log into my Wii Fit and Wii Biggest Loser games daily- GREAT till the end of the month! <BR> Get on my bike at least 8 times this month- More than this!!!! <BR> Continue to log my workouts and food daily- Logged!!!! <BR... Sat, 11 May 2013 21:05:20 EST Time for rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330971 Well, I worked it this weekend, and overdid it too! <BR> <BR> My ankle is driving me nuts! I would just love to keep up with my current push- unfortunately I am blaming uneven pavement during Saturday's walk. Today, I still went biking with my hubby and friend to continue our training for the tour de cure. We rode just over 12 miles. The only time my ankle bugged me was walking up and down the steep grades. <BR> <BR> I have a wrap and iced it. But I haven't seen any swelling, just felt pai... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:41:24 EST Continuing the Healthy Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330023 Today, I joined some great SparkFriends and completed a 10K!!!! I managed to walk it in under 2 hours! <BR> <BR> I have managed to keep up on my check-in with wii fit and wii biggest loser daily! I am so pleased that this is paying off! <BR> <BR> I am so sleepy though- time for bed, so I could plan on beginning the next training session for biking tomorrow! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:04:12 EST Three Things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326857 Today in SC they asked me to begin listing the things that I have achieved recently. <BR> <BR> 1. Held a streak of workouts and food tracking <BR> <BR> 2. Biking to train for the Tour de Cure <BR> <BR> 3. Beginning to see a difference in weight/ size! Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:37:59 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323069 Today's training continued- <BR> <BR> I started the morning with some yoga and boxing on the wii. Then this afternoon, my hubby, friend, and I went for a great bike ride! We rocked just over 11 miles! <BR> <BR> I have been enjoying the weather and relaxing this weekend. It has been nice starting to take the stress away from thinking of work and putting it towards my own needs. This has been really paying off! <BR> <BR> I took my measurements today and they mostly stayed the same. But it ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:23:43 EST Training end of the week review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322158 This week I have gotten on the bike and ridden a few times- this week I have done a 2 mile hill ride and a 5 mile off path ride. Both have gone well. Tomorrow, I will be putting in a longer ride. <BR> <BR> I have been working out daily in the AM and PM. I have been stretching and getting in some better sleep! I am looking forward to measuring tomorrow and getting in a walk, bike ride, and other workouts! <BR> <BR> Outside of training, I have been given the promise to leave my current posi... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:38:53 EST Exercise and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320067 So today was day 2 of the AM workouts- it was great! Tonight, hubby and I went riding and we are currently doing hills at an average of 10mph. Hopefully over time hills will continue to get easier and we will be able to do them a little faster and more over time! <BR> <BR> Today was one of my last PD sessions that I was teaching for the year. It is great to have more things off my plate as we cruise in this final quarter of school. They are now sending out preference sheets for what we want... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:20:31 EST Long Weekend- even longer week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318873 This past weekend was emotionally and physically draining. I spent time with my family and enjoyed celebrating life changes- however, they do not come without grief and a sense of lose in the move! Hopefully, as we continue to work towards this move it will get easier! <BR> <BR> So I have made some headway! I have been rocking the workout! I have been trying to adjust my workout from PM to AM. Today went fairly well- but tomorrow is another day! <BR> <BR> I am missing a field trip with my... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:39:06 EST Training Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310651 Today, I made sure to get in some great stretches and stay within my calorie range! <BR> <BR> I managed to get in yoga and walking. My goal is to workout daily- biking on various days with various lengths of rides. This way I don't over do it. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, still working hard to be successful! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:04:48 EST New Challenge to meet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309363 Well, this April my hubby and I have set a new challenge for ourselves. Last April at this time we decided to begin biking and training for the Tour De Cure- we rode the following June in the "fun" ride of 20 miles to raise awareness and money for Diabetes Research. <BR> This April we decided to do this again- but step it up a notch- we are going for a metric century ride (35 miles). We will be training multiple times a week on the bikes- and I am looking forward to my other workouts to help... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:45:19 EST No Foolin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308039 This month has started out with some highs and lows... <BR> <BR> My highs include getting my report card comments and grades done within 3 hours of being at school. I accomplished part of my list of to-dos. My hubby being super sweet on his day off and getting lots done at home. I even completed day one of my goals! <BR> <BR> My lows include getting uber stressed about some changes with my focus in lessons, questioning if I will get the job I am hoping for, talking with my parents about mo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:48:11 EST Moving Forward into April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306667 This past week has been a little crazy- I have been traveling and helping my family pack boxes. I realized that I had this passion and fire for 2 months and then things began to wane in March. Between illnesses and the stresses of a lot of changes- I didn't fall off the wagon, but I stumbled a little. I have not been as gung-ho on working out hardcore daily. I have not always moderated some of my meals. Thankfully my fitbit helped me track this month. Since the weather is changing, I need to... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:43:22 EST Check in on goals- March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297650 Well- I have almost completed 3 months into this adventure! It is time to check in with some of my goals. <BR> <BR> My goals and where I stand: <BR> Logging food daily- Yeppers! and if I miss a day I will go back and fill it in! <BR> <BR> Tracking exercises- I have done this daily, and since I got my Fitbit One- it has made it even easier! <BR> <BR> Measurements of neck, waist, and hips- all have gotten smaller! between a 1/4 in to over an 1 in! <BR> <BR> I have been drinking more water... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 21:41:57 EST Life Creeped Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290348 It has been a few weeks since I blogged. I felt like I just couldn't blog as I felt like crap, things crept up, and I was trying hard to get in better sleep! <BR> <BR> A lot of life changes and decisions are happening recently: <BR> <BR> My parents are getting ready to move across the country! They made it official last weekend. So now I will have many trips to PA planned to help with packing, getting my things, and assisting in saying good-bye to a lot of friends! <BR> <BR> I am torn r... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:29:37 EST I'm back... after some massive sickness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274928 So this weekend and beginning of the week has been a time of highs and lows! <BR> <BR> Friday, I had my big school event. It went really well! I was pleased that things went well! I then ran off to meet the group for my tour consultant (guide) training. The evening ended up really great but I was up really late. <BR> <BR> Saturday, we got moving early! I put in over 10 miles and lots of fitness minutes. But by then end of the late evening, I was beginning to feel a little icky. <BR> <BR... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:58:13 EST Journey of lifestyle changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267839 Today's SC suggested looking at the journey I have taken so far. In the past I have struggled completing and staying motivated. Tis year I have taken the stance of going slowly with small baby steps. I see a large change in my excitement and motivation, even when I have gotten tired or stressed with work. <BR> <BR> I feel that this journey is very different from the past ones. This one is not about losing weight, but going slowly with motivation, support, and a better understanding. All the... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:32:14 EST Shake up my Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265210 So I have been charged by SC to think about how I shake up my workouts. <BR> <BR> I do various types of exercise depending on things going on, sleep, and other things like that. <BR> <BR> I bike, use the wii fit (Wii Fit Plus program or Biggest Loser game), walking, and yoga. <BR> <BR> I am starting to hit a lull of getting going with my workouts- outside of walking at work. I think it could be based on my tired feeling and constant go at school currently. So I am still contemplating ot... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:43:46 EST