RODRACWILSON's SparkPeople Blog RODRACWILSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's Been A Long Time.... It's been over a year since my last blog entry. I have no excuses. I'm just here to say that I am on this weight loss journey one last time. I've probably said that before. I'm so sick and tired. If I don't do it it won't get done. I'm just praying for strength to stick to it and have a real lifestyle change. Did Turbo Fire 45EZ today. There ain't nothing EZ about it. I am sick, have been for the past couple of days, and I have still worked out. Proud of myself for that. For not using it as a... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 11:22:00 EST At Least I'm Moving I attempted to do Fire 45 today. The DVD froze 30 minutes into and I couldn't get it to play again. But, those 30 minutes had me drenched in sweat. At least I got some exercise in. Sunday is usually my rest day but I took an unexpected rest day on Friday so today was a make up day. I did Fire 55 EZ yesterday and am so proud of myself that I lasted the entire 55 minutes. I'm not saying I was keeping up with Chalene, but I did try my best to keep up with the low impact girlie. I have to keep te... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:49:38 EST Didn't Want To Do It But I Did! As I lay in bed this morning, contemplating on weighing myself, on working out, and on getting a donut when I go to the grocery store this morning when I'm really supposed to be getting eggs.......As I lay contemplating all this I thought I had decided to skip my workout today. excuse was that I am supposed to be cooking breakfast for my SIL this morning and I just won't be able to fit in a workout today. Today could just be my rest day. So....I got up and decided to go ahead and we... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:20:34 EST Subtle Hints and Motivators my DH was leaving for work this morning, he starts singing "Turbo Fire makes me feel like I'm on fire, on fire......" <em>211</em> What was that? I didn't ask. I just took it as a hint from somewhere that I should forge ahead with my workout. Day 2 is harder than Day 1 just because I remember how hard it was to finally exercise on day 1 and how tired and sweaty I was and now I'm gonna turn around and do it all again. So as I sat in bed contemplating what I would do with my day of... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:42:47 EST The Error of My Ways Last year this time I was enjoying success in Onderland. That actually didn't last long. I went on a cruise with my DH in July and ate, ate, and ate some more. Midnight buffets every night. Food galore! When we returned, I did not return to my good habits. I continued to spiral out of control. I tried to restart with eating healthy and exercising but I just couldn't get motivated to do it. Fast forward to May 2012. I have had lots of false starts up til that point. I hadn't weighed myself in ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:29:40 EST Plateau Well......after losing about 20 lbs, I hit a plateau! Already! For the last month I couldn't lose any weight regardless of hitting the elliptical 60+ minutes a day and weight training and eating less. So I figured I needed to make a change to start the loss again. So for almost a week I didn't exercise and I didn't watch my portions. Now I'm back into exercising. Still doing the elliptical but switched up my weight training. Actually doing more sets and reps with the weight training. And I'm ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:55:51 EST Loving Onederland! As the title implies, I'm loving it in Onederland. As of a few days ago I weighed in at 194.8.......Can't wait to break out of the 90's. That will feel even better. I've upped my elliptical efforts and now do 70 minutes on the elliptical. I do 35 first, then strength training, and then another 35! I play with the incline and resistance to vary the workout. I am seriously burning calories. When I put in my 70 minutes of elliptical in the fitness tracker, it said I burned 975 calories. That is ... Thu, 26 May 2011 10:26:23 EST Onederland! As of last saturday's weigh in I am officially in onederland. I am so estatic. I haven't seen onederland since 2007! I don't plan on ever seeing another 2@$ number on the scale. Keeping this short and sweet because I'm posting from my iPod. I have continued to work out at the gym and eating much better. I feel really good about where I am so far. I am loving the new lifestyle and I especially love exercising and being active. I am 197.4 as of today. I usually don't count middle of the week w... Thu, 19 May 2011 03:12:34 EST Sleeping too much and other things! So, I've noticed that I have been sleeping way past the average 8 hours and sleeping like 10, 12, almost 16 one day. I've also noticed that my weight loss has slowed. So I did a little research and found out that sleeping too much can prevent you from losing weight. The idea is that you body isn't doing anything to burn calories. Let me correct that, to burn excess or extra calories. Your body burns calories 24 hours a day, just sometimes slower depending on your activity. So just being awake... Thu, 12 May 2011 11:31:44 EST Stop It! It's time for you to stop making excuses for not exercising. I know. I used to do it to. I'm too tired. I just got off work. I don't have time. I have to clean the house. I have to cook dinner. I have to wash clothes. I have to go to the grocery store. Well today I did have to go to the grocery store. I work 3rd shift. That is from 10pm to 6:30am and I do my workout when I get home. I usually workout from 7 ish to 8 ish. I try to do an hour. Sometimes I'll go to the Y and sometimes (since I'm... Tue, 3 May 2011 12:37:51 EST Falling in Love! I have Sundays as my day of rest, so I don't have any workouts scheduled. But.......I am falling in love with exercise. I am falling in love with burning calories. I am falling in love with the fact that I am doing something to improve myself and make a better me. So.....I had to exercise. I did a 45 minute exercise DVD and loved breaking a sweat! I am really getting into this active lifestyle. And another great thing. In just 3 short weeks, I have increased my strength and stamina incredibly... Sun, 1 May 2011 10:58:56 EST Yes I Can! In addition to doing SI6, I've alternated a couple of days this week to start a running program. I want to get back into running. The program is an app on my iPod that has you run 3 times a week and the total program is 9 weeks and by the end of the 9 weeks you should be able to run for a specified amount of time nonstop. So in this first week it has me running for 1 minute and walking for 1.5 minutes and alternating until I've ran a total of 8 minutes in a 30 minute period. The first time I ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:11:25 EST Lifestyle change! It's all about a lifestyle change. I initially started out doing low carb eating. But everyday I realize that it is not for me. I need to adopt habits that I can live with long term and not just for a short term goal. So I've adopted a lifestyle change that can truly be my lifestyle. I've already started the habit of exercising 6 days a week (thinking about adding that 7th day because when I take it off I actually miss the activity) and I am concentrating on conscious eating! By that I mean ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 01:51:42 EST Burning It Up! So I've been doing SI6 for the last two weeks. Today was supposed to be my last day of Ramp it up for the week and then one more week of Ramp It Up starting on Monday. Instead of doing Ramp It Up I decided to do Burn It Up just to see how intense it was. I told my self that any amount of the workout that I accomplish is good because its harder than what I've already done. Well let me tell you, I completed the entire 60 minutes of Burn It Up! I am so proud of my self. The towel I used to wipe ... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:36:42 EST Obsessed With The Scale? I read a tip somewhere that you should not be obsessed with the scale. It said that you should not use the scale to measure your progress. It said that you should only weigh and measure yourself every two weeks so you get a really picture of how you are progressing. I have to say that I disagree with this for ME! Notice I said for ME! I weigh myself everyday when I wake up. I have to see the numbers go down, especially since I'm in the beginning stages of losing weight. But I look at the numb... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:02:26 EST Still Moving and Loving it! Today I started week #2 of Slim in 6: Ramp it Up! It is so much more intense than Start it up and twice the time. I'm not daunted. I've had such good result from just one week doing Start it Up that I am so looking forward to what Ramp it Up is going to do for me. I feel and see muscles in my arms that I haven't see or felt in years. And a big plus is that I have lost 4 inches off my waist in just one week! That is too awesome. I have lost pounds and inches and I am so motivated! I have a gym... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:24:10 EST Slim in 6 Since I was last here I have changed some things. I am now eating low carb and yesterday I started doing the Slim in 6 series. This morning I did my day 2 workout and felt awesome. It was a insy weensy bit easier than yesterday and that tells me that what I did yesterday definitely made a difference. For the entire first week I'll be doing the Start It Up workout which basically introduces you to the moves and gets you to start using the muscles that you may not have used in a while. It is re... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:22:03 EST Baby steps will get you further along than yo-yoing! That is so true. This was a comment from my last blog. I really appreciate it. I always jump in head first and want everything to happen fast. I'm so gong-ho that the fire goes out in a week or two, a month at longest because I end up feeling like I'm missing out on something. Then there goes my yoyo string, pulling me in and letting me go! Baby steps! That's the key. I didn't get this way overnight so the reversal is not going to happen overnight. Baby steps! That's my new motto! Baby steps. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 23:13:42 EST Day 1 Again!~ I keep starting over and over and over again. One day it will stick. I plan on this being that day. I have to stay positive and stay motivated. Some people will say "oh I heard this before". I feel sorry for those people. Just because you heard it before, does that mean that I shouldn't try again? I won't stop trying. This will stick for me. This time I'm not going to do something drastic. I'm going to concentrate on my overall health. I'm going to take it one day at a time and I'm going to k... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:27:08 EST Day 1 Day 1 of my rebirth went well. I didn't overeat at all. I ate normal size portions and I didn't have to have any sweets today. Sweets are my weakness! I feel good about my first day. Yay me! Keep it up girl! <em>224</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:13:28 EST Sick and Tired! Sick and tired of being sick and tired of being overweight! Really! I am just not happy with myself. I keep trying to tell myself that I can live with how I am. That's not the truth. It's an easy cop out to excuse myself from getting it together. I am truly tired all the time and I truly believe that it is because I am overweight! I have gotten sick more in the past year than I ever have in my life, immune system not functioning like it should, and I truly believe it is because I am overweigh... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:18:08 EST What I Want! Part 1 1. i want to be able to wear a sun dress/or any other dress for that matter and not look pregnant <BR> 2. i want to be able to tuck my shirt in and wear a cute belt - one of those wide ones that look like a corset <BR> 3. i want to want to look good every time i step out the house - hair, nails, clothes, shoes - i feel like i don't care right now or why try to look cute when i'm so fat <BR> 4. i want to have energy and not be so tired all the time - i want to be able to run a mile <BR> 5. I w... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 18:38:16 EST Day 4 This is day 4 since I've recommitted myself. I have already lost 4 pounds. That's awesome, if you ask me. I'm back on track and I'm not going to let anything or anyone get me off track! This is it! <em>345</em> Mon, 24 May 2010 03:34:10 EST Hello! It's Me Again!!! I've been gone for a while, and I have to say, I haven't been good while I've been gone. I'll start out with my excuse so that I can get it out of the way. I've been going to school, working full time, and being a full time wife and mother! There, it's out there! Now let me get past the excuse! I've been losing and gaining the same five pounds for the last four months! Week after week, month after month! NO more excuses. While I'm yoyoing with my excuses, my husband has lost about 50 pounds. ... Thu, 20 May 2010 00:42:45 EST I'm Going Down! I'm going down! My weight is going down. I have lost 4.5 pounds this week. Yeah! <em>244</em> I'm finally taking myself seriously and not just talking about what I'm going to do. I have been using my YMCA membership at least 3 times a week. I'm eating when i'm hungry, not just because the clock says it's lunch time. And when I eat, I'm taking my time and enjoying what I eat. I'm giving my body time to process that I am eating and recognizing when I am satisfied. I am not gorging myself until... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 22:36:08 EST Pre New Year's Resolution Everybody always waits til the New Year to set goals and quit bad habits and to start good habits. If I chose to wait til the New Year, I could potentially be 10 pounds or more heavier. My local YMCA started running a special last month. They would waive the initiation fee (as much as $100) on all new memberships. I just cancelled my Y membership in June that I had started under the same conditions because I felt I was too busy to use it. So I thought to myself that I would wait til after the... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 15:35:47 EST Motivation Here I was trying to think of what to eat today. And my thoughts weren't necessarily of good healthy things. I get a call from my husband who's at work. He's on his lunch break and says that he is eating a salad. He's lost a little weight lately and he's trying to keep it going. The fact that he is being committed to eating right and trying to continue to lose weight motivates me. As I was talking to him on the phone, I went in my kitchen (where I have fresh fruits and produce and other healt... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:41:20 EST Here I Go Again! This time more determined than ever to stay on track. But this time taking a simplified approach. Eat Less, Move More! I'm going to track everything I put in my mouth. Even if it's just a bite. I will hold myself accountable to this. No one else can! It's all about me. <em>224</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 14:27:03 EST The Biggest Loser! Sitting on my couch on my butt watching the season premeire of the Biggest Loser Season 8. Looking at them struggle to walk/jog a mile but pushing through. While I sit there smaller than the smallest one but not doing as much as they are doing. I get up and decide that I will walk away the pounds while I watch the biggest loser. What could be a bigger motivator than that. I walked away the pounds while I watched the biggest loser for 30 minutes. My son and daughter (9 and 3, respectively), ne... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 21:47:36 EST Getting on the wagon! Hey all. I feel good today. No, I haven't lost any weight. I fell off the wagon a long time ago and I'm getting back on. I'm trying a different approach this time. I am going to concentrate on getting active before I concentrate on my diet. Getting active is the worst part of losing weight for me because I've been sedentary for so long. So I feel that if I tackle this monster first, then it will be easier for me to tackle the eating monster. So far I've worked out 2 days this week. That is a ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 15:52:58 EST