REGMAGLYPTS's SparkPeople Blog REGMAGLYPTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 28 to LOSE I have been in a real rut. A 6 month rut. I have been losing and gain 6 lbs over and over and over again. Sometimes I hold onto it all for weeks. Sometime progress is achieved and then WHAM back to where I started. This has been a disappointing whirlwind of loss and gain. <BR> <BR> The biggest problem is me. While I manage a somewhat regular work-out routine, I sometimes take weeks off. But, it is the workout routine that keeps me going. My food choices are poor, so poor I feel li... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:14:27 EST Consistency and Discipline I have been working on my parenting style these days. Now with a 6 month child and 5 year old step son in my life, I find I need to be on my toes a bit more. One step a head of the game, so they say. I have found myself, too many times, arguing with a five year old and by the time my inner voice says "what are you doing?" its too late... someone is upset and no one knows why. But every time I recall the "bad parenting events" it is always due to one of two things either consistency or dis... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 01:42:18 EST Motherhood For the last ten years I have struggled with making my health a life's priority because I favored long hard work, late night fun, alcohol, and cigarettes. There wasn't time to be healthy too. But I found inspiration throughout the years to do things differently although I always returned to my habits. <BR> <BR> On August 20th I became a mother. I really felt like I became a mother when I first found out I was pregnant. For the first time my body wasn't just mine. My life had a greate... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:22:43 EST Feeling Great! I had the worse fatigue in my first trimester, but now I feel great. I keep thinking it must be because of all the blood I am making. But, I don't know or really understand the science behind all of it. I remember last year this time, I was just igniting my *SPARK* and now a year later I feel like I am doing it again. It is neat to reflect on the last year, where I found the strength to take charge of my health when I thought there was no strength. It wasn't always easy either, sometimes... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:44:14 EST Prenatal Yoga Yes! Yesterday I was planning on following my usual routine when I was reminded that the prenatal yoga series started just 1 hour after Zumba (usual routine.) I was on the fence when my massage therapist called and informed me that she could get me in earlier than I had originally planned. Yes! <BR> It would only work out if I skipped Zumba, and then road my bike over to prenatal yoga. After my massage (the best massage I have ever gotten) I pulled a word out a little basket from my mas... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:19:40 EST I'm back Oh it has been a long time. My spark fell asleep, I guess. <BR> In reality though my training slowed down last fall, although I had a PR in a 5K over Thanksgiving. Shortly after that I found out I was pregnant, and right after that came the morning sickness and fatigue! I was mostly in bed for 2 months! Just a week ago, I started feeling like I had the strength to pull it together. <BR> I bought a gym membership and have challenged myself to attend at least 4 x a week and it has been... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:32:18 EST So close... I set out on this journey to lose 30 lbs by my 30th birthday. Ambitious! I know. But I think I did a great job. I lost 20! I have 10 more to go and they seem so much further away than I imagined! <BR> <BR> The truth is, I think I look great. I still hold my unwanted weight in the belly, but the rest of my body has shaped up quite nicely from all the exercise and weight training. The belly will come around in due time... maybe? I am just not sure that it is all that important to me an... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:01:54 EST a long drawn out chase scene I have spent the last four weeks with one of a number of problems slowing me down, and I haven't liked it one bit. It was as if my life was on hold. It is the last thing you need when you decide to take charge of your life. <BR> <BR> I was at a softball game feeling strong. I was hitting well, fielding well... and well a slide into the third was how this four week roller coaster all got started. I ripped up my knee and it got infected me. But that didn't stop me... I kept going. I k... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:14:28 EST I've got better things to do... I feel invigorated with a new life. It feels so good, because it is a reward well earned. I worked really hard to lose the 20 lbs. I eat well. I gave up some of my favorite things. Cream and sugar in my coffee, tomato and mayo sammies... I wake early so that I can exercise and let me tell you I don't like swimming or going to yoga... but I give them my best every time and well, it is paying off. I look better every day, I feel better everyday. Exercising is still hard, but I am getting... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 01:01:46 EST Declare Independence! Make a change and make it right! Now is the time to take charge of your life. Be the change.... <BR> <BR> I have been finding myself, my own... biggest motivator. While I have been my worst enemy at times a new found strength, determination, and biggest... a belief in myself has been guiding me to success. I still fall, I still cut my finger, I still get sunburn or scab up my knee... but I know this is my life, my lifestyle change and I know I continuing on a path of healthfulness and it... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:45:26 EST The Good Times are Killing Me... Summer is finally here and there is so much to do and not enough time in the day. This morning Laura came over and we went for a run through Avery park. I love running with Laura, she keeps a good pace and always has something interesting to say. <BR> <BR> Softball season has begun and after a year off, I couldn't be happier! Reunited and it feels so good. I can't believe I spent a season off. I am filling in for another team tonight, I just can't get enough! It is awesome to see how ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:32:30 EST My first Triathlon! <img src=""> <BR> I did it! I set a goal two months ago, and I did it and it felt great. I feel great right now! I am in total love with triathlons. I really didn't know what I was getting myself into. <BR> <BR> When I first started thinking about this triathlon, I had to hold off on filling out the application because I didn't know if I could exercise through a training schedule without injury. I started really slow. I stopped of... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:39:52 EST On the up... After almost of week of feeling a bit cruddy, I am happy to say I am on the up. No more uncontrollable sneezing in coughing. You can hug me again. I feel sorta lucky. I just found out my office mate is in the hospital with the pneumonia. We both went to work sick on Friday. My thoughts are with her. <BR> <BR> Today in Bikrams Yoga I felt great! My body was strong, my breathing was deep, and my attitude was powerful. Bengal Tiger strength as they say. Now that I have stopped habitu... Mon, 24 May 2010 15:53:10 EST Spoke too soon... I think all the stresses, the stresses that I handled so well, melted into a cold. Boo. I have two weeks until the triathlon, and a cold? Please? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was getting packed up to go to the gym and swim, when I convinced myself to lay on the bed. It was like my sane, motherly instinct put me down to sleep. I crashed into a deep slumber and woke up 3 hours later. And I was sick. Boo. <BR> <BR> On the upside I am feeling strong. Fortunately it is hanging around the face. ... Tue, 18 May 2010 10:58:47 EST Its working... I coordinated kitchen volunteers, and food to make a delicious menu including food from our local farms this last week. I put an extra 20 hours a week in about my usual 25 hours at the Farm and 12 hours with the EMO Kitchen Coordination work that I do. Oh lets not forget mustard and caring for my partners 4 year old son. I can't believe I made it through last week, and looking back I was mostly calm, not too stressed, and well positive. Before the final 9 hour event shift I went for a 6 m... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:39:55 EST Waterfall I just got back from a quick weekend get away to the Olympic Peninsula. If you don't know what i am talking about google it now. It is amazing! A wonderland full of soft ground, covered in moss and pine needles. Large cedars, pines, and firs tower above you. The sun glistens through the trees. The ferns are plentiful. The decomposing cedar is a rich red that contrasts beautifully against the lime green moss. I went on a six mile run through the dense rain forest. I was amazed ever wh... Mon, 10 May 2010 23:20:34 EST I've got my mind set on you... I have remained determined and focus for a length of time worth noting. I have always considered myself the "all over the place" type of gal. Well the new me is flexible but determined. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I swam more and harder than I ever imagined I could. I spent and hour in the morning trying to keep up with my friend, aka "dolphin" which nearly killed me. Then I had my swimming lesson in the evening. Already sore and tired from the morning activity I hopped into the water and fol... Wed, 5 May 2010 10:56:04 EST Spring Reign I had two blissful moments today. The first was a pleasant surprise. I was finding myself all kinds of distracted while I was gearing up for a 4 mile run. I'd get my head phones ready and then I start folding laundry. I'd put my running pants on then I would be making the bed and organizing the bedroom. It would start raining, and I'd think to myself... maybe I should wait til it stops raining.... <BR> <BR> Did I not want to run? No I did. But my mind was all over the place. I finall... Tue, 4 May 2010 01:43:50 EST Moderation Makes it Happen About six months ago I use to drink at least one alcoholic beverage a night, sometimes two, but usually three? I can' t remember. At some point six months ago I realized that my lifestyle revolved around drinking needed to change. I didn't feel very great, it was time consuming, and well pretty darn expensive. <BR> <BR> I started drinking once or twice a night, but my body was confused by the change and I hard time really grasping the idea of moderation, so I often drank to much. I fel... Mon, 3 May 2010 13:22:41 EST A Lifestyle Change I had this day dream that in a couple of months I won't need to track my nutrition because I will have made a habit of smaller portions sizes, and good food choices. I will have an awareness of what goes into my body and its nutrient value. <BR> <BR> I have been a little bummed on the scale, it keeps moving back and forth between 150 and 153. It has been doing this for the last couple of weeks. I have been working out really hard but recently mellowed my schedule as to not over train. A... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:08:46 EST Growing up is something you can measure... My partner's child has been singing a song called "Growing Up" featured in Carebear movies, and it just melt my heart. It is all about treasuring the growing up experience. He loves it so much that we play You Tube videos of over and over again. We took little George to the coast today to celebrate is 4th birthday (this Tuesday) and we had a great time. I had a great run on the coast too! Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:59:37 EST Overtraining I thought I was overtraining, but I was enjoying it so much that I couldn't stop. I am training for a triathlon that is just a bit over a month a way and I still at this point can't manage to swim consecutively for more than a lap. So I keep swimming. It wouldn't be so bad if I could swim slowly and practice at even 50%, but as soon as I look at the other side of the pool and dive in, well I am swimming as fast as I can in desperation to make it across the pool. I have successful started ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:08:01 EST Even the nights are better... I am sitting here with my partner discussing Air Supply as we listen to my newly purchased used vinyl record Air Supply's Greatest Hits. My partner, George isn't half as excited as I am about this new purchase. I understand. I mean with all reason I would not like this band. They are over dramatic, a bit whiny and oh it is love ballad after love ballad. But I love every note. It reminds of my childhood weekends with my mom. Me - nine, her - twenty five. She would pick me up from my da... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:21:16 EST Swim Fins and Flippy Floppies Had two swim lessons yesterday, the first one with a friend, which totally kicked my butt. Then I get a phone call from the swim instructor I had be playing phone tag with that she could meet me at 5pm, the same day! What am I getting myself into? <BR> <BR> Well my morning swim was tough. My dear friend Suse worked me hard. It was great swimming aside her, watching her glide in the water like a dolphin. I want to go there! I want to be a dolphin. I struggled to keep up with her but ... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 09:44:18 EST To Journal I have always wanted to keep an journal, but I have the hardest time committing to it, it seems as soon as I buy a journal I forget about it. I have been so proud of myself lately that I thought I would take advantage of my transformation and throw journaling into my goals. I have made time to record my progress, feelings, successes and challenges and I am truly enjoying it. <BR> <BR> For the last decade I would day dream of the person that I wanted to be, someone who wakes up, makes a cu... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:16:38 EST 31 DAY Cycle I have been living with PCOS since I can remember. In my late teens I rarely got my period, maybe 4 times a year. In my early twenties I started eating better and I would get my period about every other month, 6 times a year. Right before I found Spark People I had been waiting almost three months for my period. I hate the wait, it feels heavy and it slows me down. When I got it I felt liberated, it marked a change for sure. <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine once told me that there is... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:24:12 EST Tipping Point The last three days I have really started to notice some change in my body shape. <BR> <BR> I was surprised when I took my measurements. I seem to be right on track with hips and chest but my waist is the same size as my hips. Sure makes it difficult to find a dress that fits that build. I feels good to see some change. I look forward to finding the right dress. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:14:23 EST Mind over matter, water, and whatever else. So I took a break from triathlon training on Sunday. My partner George encouraged me to give my muscles a break and I too thought it was a good idea. So Monday (yesterday) I finally went to the natropath for my foggy head and fatigue. She thought that I might have Lyme, took some blood, and gave me a large orange container with a handle to conduct a heavy metals test the following day (today). I went home from the Natropath a bit bummed. I don't know about you but I always want the docto... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:55:00 EST LYME DISEASE A couple of weeks ago when I discovered Spark People, I was in a place where I was searching for some sort of answer or fix to my current feeling of heaviness, tightness, and overall lack of energy. I called a Natropath and scheduled an appointment around the same time that I set up my Spark People account. Well in the last few weeks I have went from couch potato to Triathlete in Training. I have lost more than 10 pounds and I feel a lot better. <BR> <BR> Well after talking to the Natrop... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:17:16 EST Triathlon Nearing My friend and I rode the 14 mile bike course today. It was a beautiful 60 degree day, slightly overcast with a nice breeze. The bike course was hilly but I really found it just challenging enough. I finished the training ride feeling strong, confident and ready. The biking, i guess is the least of my worries as far completion goes. I know I can ride a 14 course, no problem... even if it takes me all day. Same goes for running. I will walk if I have too. The swimming... needs work. A... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 23:21:36 EST Where is all the fat coming from? Every day I log my nutrition and every day I go over in my fats, I can't seem to get enough of anything else but fat. <BR> <BR> I started measuring and limiting my fat intake, but is still stays the same. If I don't eat the "fatty" foods, then I can't get nearly enough calories or carbs in my diet. <BR> <BR> Any pointers? <BR> <BR> I don't want to give up flax oil to keep a pie chart happy. <BR> <BR> How do you manage your health and your fats? Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:42:38 EST I did it! I have been trying to train as a lap swimmer for the last 10 days. In those 10 days, I spent four of them with an ear infection. I am sure the ear infection started as swimmers ear. This is such a challenging sport for me to pick up. I swallow chlorinated water over and over again... but today I did it. I completed my first 17 lap swim (with help from goggles, a snorkel, hand fins, and even a leg buoy. Now I just have to give up one aide at a time. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 18:53:14 EST Up and running... After a four-day sickness hold down, I am finally up an running again. <BR> <BR> It was a true challenge to put out the spark to take care of myself. I am hoping that I am back on track. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 21:47:54 EST Infected. Yuck. Today I write from my bed! I am on my third day without any exercise. <BR> <BR> Three days ago, i felt my throat start to itch and ache. My best guess of the cause? All the chlorine I have been swallowing trying to learn how to swim. <BR> <BR> Two days ago = earache. Dull and bothersome. The rains came back to the Pacific Northwest and decide to lay low and take care of myself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday = acute pain of throat of and ear! Ouch, yuck! I have been living on advi... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:41:25 EST Week One! I don't know where or how it came but I found the spark. I had been thinking about taking charge of my health, but I was always too busy to do anything about it. A couple a months ago several of my co-workers decided to enter a sprint marathon. <link> </link> And I thought about joining them. And I thought and thought about it, but I did nothing. <BR> <BR> I hadn't fully committed to taking care of myself. I still wanted to sneak cigarettes, and have some dri... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:02:34 EST Week One! I don't know where or how it came but I found the spark. I had been thinking about taking charge of my health, but I was always too busy to do anything about it. A couple a months ago several of my co-workers decided to enter a sprint marathon. <link> </link> And I thought about joining them. And I thought and thought about it, but I did nothing. <BR> <BR> I hadn't fully committed to taking care of myself. I still wanted to sneak cigarettes, and have some dri... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:02:33 EST Week One! I don't know where or how it came but I found the spark. I had been thinking about taking charge of my health, but I was always too busy to do anything about it. A couple a months ago several of my co-workers decided to enter a sprint marathon. <link> </link> And I thought about joining them. And I thought and thought about it, but I did nothing. <BR> <BR> I hadn't fully committed to taking care of myself. I still wanted to sneak cigarettes, and have some dri... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:02:33 EST Week One! I don't know where or how it came but I found the spark. I had been thinking about taking charge of my health, but I was always too busy to do anything about it. A couple a months ago several of my co-workers decided to enter a sprint marathon. <link> </link> And I thought about joining them. And I thought and thought about it, but I did nothing. <BR> <BR> I hadn't fully committed to taking care of myself. I still wanted to sneak cigarettes, and have some dri... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:02:08 EST