REESYK's SparkPeople Blog REESYK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 50 Shades of Sweat- my own personal contract So like most women I have read the novel 50 Shades of Grey. I have to be honest that it is not very well written but I think that everyone knows that. I am not a crazy fan geek for the novel but I had an idea while reading it yesterday. 50 Shades of Sweat, My own personal contract with myself. Below are the rules and consequences of my contract <BR> <BR> 1 Wake up at 7 <BR> 2 Eat Banana before exercise (or other fruit) <BR> 3 Exercise for 30-40 mins <BR> 4 Enjoy Work-(I HAVE JOBS) <BR> 5 Ke... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 03:37:09 EST PUMPED!!! So I feel excellent today. I have a Job interview, a possible car, a place to stay, and I was excited to do Day 4 of the shred today. I even came to a good realization about my relationship. I realize that we love each other. At this point that will get us through. We will figure out the rest! And today my lunch consisted of 300 Calories...yum :-) Thu, 9 Aug 2012 07:29:52 EST I am doing this for me. The more I workout the more I realize. All this is for me. Every run, every abb crunch. This is all for my benefit. It hurts like hell, and I want to pass out everyday. But this is for me. So I have to remember this blog is for me as well. <BR> <BR> Today I have mixed emotions about lots of things. In general I feel happy. But I am pretty sad about my weight loss. I want this to happen quickly but I doubt that will happen. I am stressed out because I am in the middle of applying for jobs, an... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 10:42:29 EST Spreading my Spark Good Evening SPARKIES!!!! <BR> I have a bright spark at the moment and I thought the only way to keep it alive is to tell all of you about it! I have kept to my diet and my workout today and thought that I should let you all know! Keep the spark alive! <BR> <BR> I know that this is the best thing for me! <BR> <BR> I know that the only way to accomplish it is to keep trying! <BR> <BR> and I know all of you can do it too! <BR> <BR> Good luck! <BR> <BR> ReesyK! <BR> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 17:49:07 EST 30 Day shred- Day 2 DAY 2 30 Day Shred! <BR> So in order to get myself back on track I am completing the 30 day shred! <BR> <BR> So first off this is hard, I shake all the way through the first 3 minutes. <BR> <BR> Secondly I am wondering if I am doing this right, I dont know if I am pushing hard enough, because It feels shockingly easy in the middle. <BR> <BR> and Lastly like most things I do on this site...It makes me feel good. I feel accomplished and ready to do more. <BR> <BR> p.s. Loving Spark Coach, ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 08:59:00 EST My new Lifestyle Today I went to a cricket match to watch my boyfriend kick some serious ass. I mean It was awesome he took 4 wickets which if you dont know anything about cricket means he kicked some ass. :-) And you have to pack a lunch so I brought a bagel with some light cream cheese with loads of veggies and some healthy snacks! I turned down all the bad food and ate my own! I am pretty proud of myself! I walked all around the field and kept active! What a fun day in the sun! Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:09:37 EST The Underdog In the theme of Olympics I thought I would blog about the underdog. <BR> <BR> I have always felt like the underdog when it comes to life. No one really expects me to do anything great in particular. And I have always been ok with that in general. I always had good grades, but not the best. I am not the best at any hobby, but I always tried. With my one expects me to change. I am not particularly big (in looks.) But if they knew how big I was (am) they would root for me. This is a ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 09:16:03 EST August 2nd 2000 12 years ago today one of my good friends died. I promised myself all those years ago that I would do something special to remember her by on this day. This year I choose health. I look back at all the things I have been able to do these past 12 years and I think about how she never got the chance. So I press on, I keep breaking boundaries and trying new things. This year is devoted to not giving up. She would want me to be healthy to live life to the fullest. <BR> <BR> This day comes at a ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:08:57 EST Vacation Road block!/ Aug Goals So I do have to say that I was not the healthiest the past week and a half. BUT I always tried to eat healthy and I only ate fast food once! Constantly drank water and tried to move about as much as possible. I am almost positive I have put back on some of the weight I lost. BUT I will not try to weigh myself till I get back into for a week. My goals for AUGUST <BR> <BR> 1. To stick to this the whole month <BR> 2. To get 1,000 fitness minutes <BR> 3. To finish the 28 day bootcamp <BR> 4. To ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:36:32 EST I got the Vacation jitters! Advice please!!! Okee so this weekend I am leaving to go on a camping trip with some of my friends and then the Englishmen and I are going to do some tripping in Europe! (VERY EXCITED) well I am heck of a lot nervous. We have plans to work out, and I am staying on the lighter side of my calorie intake this week so I can gear up for what might be potential calorie fest this weekend! But I am still nervous!!! Any seasoned veterans of vacation diets have any advice? I am worried about not meeting my calorie inta... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:37:14 EST A little Inspiration I ran a mile and half today without stopping....YOU GUYS CAN DO IT! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:16:17 EST Something to Celebrate So the other day when I was helping my BF's sister pack for a trip she was going on, I tried on my rucksack.(A Backpackers..backpack) and the strap on the bottom was loose! Let me explain why this is so cool. <BR> <BR> I have just finished a round the world trip with my bf and we carried these rucksacks absolutely everywhere! and the strap on the bottom was always a bit to snug for me. well the other day I went to show them how rucksack is suppose to fit and the strap was loose on me! I cou... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 04:34:56 EST Well I guess this is the hard part I am at the hard part, Where you mess up for a few days and the spark of loosing weight becomes a little fainter. But today i will keep going, I will not make excuses for the choices I have made, I will just try again today. I will push on. Falling down on a journey does not mean you turn around. I think it means you push through the embarrassment and the hard part and you keep going. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I went shopping for nice clothes with someone who was small, well at least s... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:15:21 EST Pushing through Ok Sparkies, I had a bad day the other day due to the horribleness of the monthly visitor. Then I had a FANTASTIC day today...AND I ate out...also, and here is the best part, I stayed under my calories! WHOOOHOOOO Oh and I exercised I am banging this out... I am showing up and taking names. I am feeling like this will be good. I on the other hand am very tired so I should sleep. But I wanted to check in cause of my ridiculously sad statuses. Keep pushing Sparkies! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:34:13 EST Drinking... I went Drinking and I am sad that I ate fries and pizza :-( Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:38:12 EST "I like to and bananas" or do I? This will make my third week on a "lifestyle change" Or diet if you must call it that. And I have been eating LOADS of FRUIT! I also have Veggie days, to increase my veggie count. <BR> <BR> I have always liked fruit, I prefer fruit Popsicles and fruit candy.....but eating real fruit has been quite the challenge. (lol) Every morning before my workout I have been eating a banana then have my breakfast after my workout. I have even begun to condition myself to want fruit! <BR> <BR> Every tim... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:18:22 EST Well deserved rest day So Today is my "rest" day. I woke up this morning with full intention to get 30 minutes of solid cardio. But as I struggled to complete my bootcamp video and my bonus video I decided that Yup...I deserve a "rest" day. So today I am going to get my new ZUMBA DVD (WOOO) and look at some workout clothes that are on sale. And maybe even buy some pink shoelaces (Thank you SHLEWIS) ...i just might try my ZUMBA DVD later...who knows...thats it for me! <BR> <BR> Oh good news...I have lost an inch o... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:16:59 EST Being healthy in all aspects of my life So I have briefly stated on here that my boyfriend lives in the UK. He is pretty wonderful. We have spent 4 years together and have done Long distance before. Today I booked my flight home so I can work and get a job and we can be happy. Sometimes you have to be apart in order to be together in the end. I am not worried about us. I would have been 2 years ago but we have grown up so much. Its pretty amazing. I am really happy with him. I am happy that we will have this time apart, I believe i... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:49:58 EST I cant help my shoe size :-/ Since I was about 13 I have had problems fitting into the "cool" clothes or even jeans. I got over that really quickly and I found my own style! Preschool Chic I like to call it! But shoes have always been an issue. Around the time when clothes shopping was an all day horrible adventure into countless shops...I decided to only wear converse. I would wear them to work, school, name it...I wore them to it. But the only problem is, Since I have decided to change my life, and get hea... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 05:28:06 EST WARNING! People out there are trying to feed you crap food! So yesterday I went with my boyfriend to his Cricket Club, (Yes I am cool I have an English BF) and commonly in between the game they eat Dinner. So Obviously there was going to be lots and lots of leftovers. <BR> <BR> When we arrived there were 2 whole trays full of little delicious sandwiches. And instead of them having people take them home with them after the game they said.."awww if you dont eat them then we will throw them away!" The only problem with that is, these delicious sandwiche... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 06:56:47 EST If I am sexy....I should know it...right? Apparently I am feeling like my looks and attitude on life are playing a major role in my weight loss/lifestyle change, because this will make my second blog of the day on sexyness. My question is what is sexy? Is sexy being confident in yourself? is it the clothes you wear? <BR> <BR> I have never really thought that girls from "playboy" or what not were really that sexy. I thought of them as slutty. I always saw the intelligent woman as being sexy. She struts into a room and says somethin... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 17:40:28 EST I put the Workin' in Working out! I am a 5 foot 11 big boned girl. I'm clumsy, silly, and most people would consider me a goof ball. I am NOT at all sexy in regular day to day life. I wear pigtails and sing musicals. I dress like a preschool teacher. (thankfully...I am) But the comfort of my living room, I like to strut, booty shake, and dip it way down low. <BR> <BR> So today I found some free Zumba workouts online and worked it ( like Missy Elliot) I have never felt so dam sexy in my life. Standing there wi... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:11:01 EST These boots are made for.....RUNNING Let me tell you, Running was horrible for me. Its hard, tiring, and it makes it difficult. But since I ran that mile, I feel renewed. <BR> <BR> Today has been stressful, my boyfriend lives in the UK and I am here now for the summer,but I have to go back for the school year to work and create alife for myself so we can combine lives. I am sad and tired of sorting out a place for me when I get back. Finally today my brother has offered me a place at his for 400 a month and it stressed me out ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:47:47 EST Whooopsie So Today, I goofed. I am a pretty weird place right now. I am unhappy that I did, but I dont really regret it yet. I had 3 small slices of pizza. They were delicious when they were greasing down my neck, but as soon as I finished I could TASTE every last bit of the oil. What happened was We were out shopping for gym clothes and new running shoes (which are really really cool BTW) and when we finished it was nearly 830 and we were not in the mood to go home and make food. So we got two pizzas ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:45:37 EST Running My boyfriend has been running every other day for the past month and I have occasionally gone with him. Normally when I have gone with him I have run/walked 3 laps around this field. (2 laps is a mile) And today I pushed and pushed and ran 2 laps, straight, no stopping no second guessing. I am needless to say I am pretty happy, and proud. If that run meant anything i meant that I can do this. I can beat my fat. ;-) GO GET EM! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:26:30 EST Afraid to Choke I have been doing really well with my diet, and my exercise...but lets face it....Its been a week and I am killing for some "Micky D's." I want to eat as much as my partner eats. I want to have that second piece of cake, and this time make it twice as big. I am so afraid of "choking." I know all the reasons why I shouldn't and why this is good for me, but I have been doing this crap my whole life. <BR> <BR> I have never wanted to be thin so badly before. I kinda wanted to in High School and ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 05:39:41 EST 2891 I just did a search for "How many Calories do I burn in a day?" I plugged in my information and it said that in order to maintain my current weight I would need to consume 2891 calories in a day. I am astonished. All those days where I was upset at myself cause i kept on being the same weight, I must have just eat loads and loads of crap. I am so happy to have looked at this. And to really start thinking about my food intake. Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:14:06 EST Making a Vision Board So I made a vision board yesterday. Its more of sayings that I like on it. The ones that say "Keep Going"" Prove this to yourself" "Do you want this bad enough" I think it is helping. I think I can safely say that I am beginning to want this bad enough. Today I had the opportunity to buy a greasy pizza, and I chose the healthy stuff instead. I am proud of me. I think at some point I will choke, but maybe not. Maybe there will be this voice in my head that keeps says...."prove this to yourself... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 14:08:47 EST Pressure Does anyone else feel as though you have put too much pressure on your self? I know that I dont want to be fat anymore, but I feel like I am saying to myself, right you have to do this. So maybe the pressure is not bad...maybe its good pressure. I dont know.....what do you guys think? Sat, 30 Jun 2012 07:45:14 EST When I dont want to work out This blog is a list of the top ten things I need to think about when I don't want to Workout <BR> <BR> Your Mama <BR> Your health <BR> Your Future size 12 jeans <BR> Your future children's health <BR> Your happiness <BR> All those times you did workout <BR> Your nieces and nephews <BR> The 10 k you want to do <BR> Your clients <BR> and most importantly For yourself and all the things you want to accomplish <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you guys think about? <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 06:26:59 EST Started the 28 day challenge! I took all your advice and started the 28 day workout challenge. I think this is going to be lots of fun :-) Wed, 27 Jun 2012 05:54:45 EST Can't Wait for Cheerios! I am pleased to say that I am pumped for my 30 gram serving of Cheerios this morning. ITs yummy, nutritious and fills me up for my 30 min workout this morning! I am glad that I am starting to feel as though this is a possibility. I am starting to think that under 200 pounds is a possibility. To excited for that day. Whats your favorite Cereal? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 03:31:09 EST Just tried Nicoles 10 min Kickboxing workout! I just tried this workout and it was awesome! It was hard but totally made me work up a sweat! Go out and try! Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:20:00 EST Kitchen Grazing My worst habit is Kitchen grazing. I stand in the kitchen and patrol the fridge looking for food. In fact that's all I want to do now. To go and find that delicious something or other that is going to be the best thing I ever ate. But the issue is, I know it wont be. I know it will only enable me to eat more and more. I want to enjoy the food i cook. To be healthy. I think the hardest part about yesterday was only eating 1600 calories. I wasent hungry, cause i think I did it correctly. But I ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:09:09 EST Trying this again I have always been big. I have my reasons why I ate, my was sick, friend dying. But those reasons have forced me to loose the weight I have gained. In the next 5 years I want a family. I have found a great guy who i want to be my partner but before we have a family I WANT/NEED to get healthy. I don't want my kids to graze the kitchen, or find reasons not to enjoy the outside. I want to see what I look like thin. I want to live my life admirably and not let anything stop me from being happy. I... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:41:58 EST