ROXONA's SparkPeople Blog ROXONA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Graduation After spending the last two months in the 30 minute circuit room at Planet Fitness, I have finally met with the personal training to have a new plan drafted up. This new plan pulls me completely out of the circuit room and puts me in the main workout room. I am now doing more weight training and cardio. I started my new plan on Monday, and notice a big difference in the routines. I haven't lost any weight in the past two months, but I have lost an inch in my waist and a 1/4 of an inch in ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:05:53 EST Finally! I finally lost the 5 lbs. I initially put on. I don't know if it was body recomposition...water body fat trying to discourage me from trying to get rid of it...etc. But, I'm back to where I started. Thank goodness! Now, off to the gym I go!!! <BR> <BR> Happy day to everyone!!! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:54:57 EST Goal met! Today was the first day I could do 25 reps on the crunch machine without weight added. Plus, I did 3 sets of 25 reps! The first time I tried it, I could only do 4 reps. Yay me!!! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:33:44 EST Stress Very stressful morning with step-kids today. Going to the gym helped. Got to get some kind of positive out of it, I suppose. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:11:07 EST Body Recomposition My phrase for the day. I wonder if this is why I'm not losing any weight even though I'm working out. <BR> <BR> Here's the story... <BR> <BR> I'm 46 and overweight. I have been overweight probably most of my adult life. Not obese, just overweight. I have successfully lost weight by eating a high protein/low carb diet, although I never made it to normal weight...almost, but not quite. <BR> <BR> With what I normally eat I can maintain my weight with very little fluctuation. However, since... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:10:55 EST Happy New Year! The kids are back in school! Yeehaw! I spent the last two weeks traveling across the US from Albuquerque to Florida to Alabama and back the Albuquerque. The kids and puppy traveled well enough, and it was nice seeing our relatives, but it is sooooo nice to be back home. Now that the kids are back in school, I can get back to my routine. That includes my workout routine...and boy was missing two weeks of exercise hard on my body! I had to adjust some of the weights down a bit, but I think I should be back to speed by the end of ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:19:19 EST Second week in review Well, I did it. I made it two weeks with working out five times a week. Even though I gain a pound, I do feel more energetic and a bit stronger than when I started. Over the past two weeks I've increased the weights I use and increased the amount of time I spend on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> The next two weeks are going to be hard. I will be traveling with my family with no Planet Fitness in sight. I think my mother-in-law has a treadmill, but I have no idea about my father-in-law's hou... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:40:54 EST Carbs are evil So I cheated and got on the scale today to see if I had lost that pound I gained last week. Not only is it still has a brother! Another extra pound this week! How can that be?! I think I'm eating better than I did before I started working out, and I'm working out about 45 minutes, five times a week. I thought I would have lost at least one teensie weensie little pound by now. But no! So, fine! Okay! <BR> <BR> Now...I tend to eat a lot a carbs because my hubby and his kids ar... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:30:17 EST Bumping it up Today is my eighth day of working out, and I'm noticing that some of the weight machines are getting I increased the weight on a few of them. M, W & F I do a 30 minute total body circuit training routine. I love this routine, but I felt inclined to also add 15 minutes on the elliptical at the end, so I did. Adding the elliptical turned out to be a great decision. I was already warmed up, so my speed was increased, and I didn't feel sluggish or out of breath like I do when I get... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:32:12 EST Tuesday Good morning, Everyone!!! I'm having a great start this Tuesday morning, and I hope you are too. Worked out hard at the gym and had some granola. Be well! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:46:27 EST About Day 6 - Week in review Okay, so after my first full week of exercising and trying to eat healthy...I gained 1 pound! Bleh! Not entirely what I had hoped it's okay. I'm not giving up. I worked out five days in a row and tried to watch what I eat. However, I live in Casa de Chaos, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday were rough. I stress eat, which I tried not to do, but I guess I wasn't too successful. :) Oh well. Today is a new day and the start of a new week. I got to the gym and did my circu... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:14:44 EST Day 6 - Week in Review So I worked out five days in a row...Monday through Friday. I made it through the initial upper leg burn, which took about 3-4 days to subside. I feel like I have more energy and not as creaky as I felt before I started exercising. My weigh-in isn't until Monday, but those things alone make it worth the exercise regardless of whether I lose any weight or not. I will take today and tomorrow off from exercising and start back up on Monday. Happy weekend, Everyone! Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:33:54 EST Day 5 Yesterday ended up being a difficult day. Everyone was poking me. Everyone had a problem or an issue and needed to download it onto me. I hate that. I am have introverted tendencies and other people's negativity affects me easily, especially when I've had no time just for myself. By the end of the day I just wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. My husband has a hard time understanding why I get that way some times, but he sent the kids upstairs to play and leave me be for a while, and then h... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:01:28 EST Day 4 Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the abdominal machines this morning. My upper legs aren't screaming at me as much today, so that's a bonus. I think the exercise is helping with my patience level. I spent six hours with my 9 year old stepson yesterday working on his book report, and only lost it a little close to dinner time. We broke for dinner and then he hit it again for another hour. He's high anxiety and can be very ODD, and I'm thankful yesterday was a good day and... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:50:33 EST Day 3 I've worked out three days in a row. My upper legs are KEEEEIIIILLLING me! So hard to go up and down the stairs yesterday. Hopefully, today will be better. I am resisting the urge to weigh myself every day, and just wait until Monday when weigh in is. I'm eating reasonably...sometimes hungry in between meals, which is something I never felt because of how much I was eating. So, I think there are improvements on all fronts. :) Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:00:40 EST Day 2 Made it to the gym. Did 15 minutes on the abdominal machines and then 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. Right now my puppy is playing soccer with his tennis ball with a chewy bone in his mouth, and I'm laughing my butt off. :) Tue, 8 Dec 2015 12:24:05 EST First day back Last week I joined a gym, and today I met with the personal trainer and did my first workout. It was on the 30 minute circuit trainer and I really enjoyed it. I've been excited to do my first work out since last week when I joined. I plan to work out at least five days a week Monday through Friday for at least 30 minutes a day. I really want to be able to wear my tighter clothes comfortably again! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:03:02 EST 162.4 1 lb. down 8 more to go to reach my goal. The clothes I normally wear are getting so big that I really need to buy new ones because they look so baggy. It's a neat feeling, but I hate shopping for clothes. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:38:32 EST 163.6 1 lb. down into my new challenge. 9 more to go by the end of the year. It will be exciting to break the 160s and enter the 150s. I can almost taste it! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:21:58 EST 164.6 I was looking at my history, and I haven't been this weight in about five years. I can officially wear a size 12, but I don't like the way I look in some of my skirts, so I'm still wearing my size 14 skirts. Size 16 for the most part is way too big, and I need to cull all of that out of my closet. I can now wear shorts I haven't been able to wear in years and be comfortable in them. I feel really good and have the most energy I've had in years. The only problem I've noticed is my legs an... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:05:53 EST When Pigs Fly... I received an email from a woman I stay away from at work yesterday. She's generally a hateful person who spreads gossip and causes grief where ever she goes.... <BR> <BR> In the email she told me that she had just walked past me and noticed that I had lost a lot of weight, and that I look marvelous. I sent her an email back thanking her for the compliment. <BR> <BR> ...I think you could hear my jaw drop to my desk. I've gotten a few compliments in the last couple of weeks, but this one ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:08:41 EST 165.8 It seemed like I was stuck at 170 lbs. for a really long time....but I just blast through to 165.8 in what seemed like a week. I think I can attribute it to a couple of things. <BR> <BR> First, my BF and I were eating out at nice restaurants in the initial weeks of our relationship. I tried to eat as healthy as possible, but sometimes it just couldn't be helped to eat the wrong things or eat a little too much of something that was really good. Now we're over a month into our relationshi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:02:27 EST 167.8 Lost about 3 lbs. in one month. Slow and steady wins this race. I'm eating healthier and feelings really good. I don't crave sweets or bread anymore, but I still like to have part of a special treat every once in a while. Last night I shared a hot fudge sundae with my boyfriend, and it was perfect. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:09:25 EST 170.4 The scale initially said 169.8, but when I re-weighed two other times, I got 170.4. I'll take it. :) Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:29:41 EST 171.4 Cutting out carbs and soda has been the key element for me in losing weight. I feel better, have more energy and am not as hungry as I used to be. As of today, I have lost 25 lbs. from my highest weight. I feel terrific, and I'm starting to look good too! <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:49:11 EST 172.6 Going without most carbs and portion control is really working! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:25:26 EST 173.8 Moving right along. Happy Friday everyone! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:56:42 EST 174.4 My 7 week challenge is almost over. My son will be back home on Saturday. Over the past 7 weeks I have lost 10 lbs., dropped from a size 16 to a size 14, and I have learned a few things about food. I have learned that protein and green veggies are best for my metabolism. I feel better and have more energy when I eat this way. Carbs and sugar cause me to bloat and make me feel sluggish. I won't cut carbs completely out of my life. I don't think I could and I don't really want to. That ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:56:24 EST 175.6 I haven't seen this weight in probably three years. What an excellent way to start the day! <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago when I moved into my house I organized my closet by size, and had tried on a bunch of different clothes to see where I was with them. Most of them I could zip up but size 14 was really snug and size 12 was definitely out of the question. <BR> <BR> This past week my sister came to visit, and we went shopping at all the nice clothing shops. We walk up to White Hou... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:55:54 EST 7 Week Challenge - Week 1 It hasn't been quite a whole week since I started my 7 Week Challenge, but some things are definitely happening. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty good about sticking to my South Beach Phase 1 food and recipes with the exception of a few Fritos (not many) here and there (because they were still in the house when I started this challenge). They're gone now, and I wouldn't say I miss them. I think they actually might of helped a little because there were a couple of days where I was missing the c... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:39:40 EST My 7 Week Challenge to Myself My son is away for the summer, and I have seven weeks to make the most of it. Sunday morning was spent going over the recipes in my South Beach book in order to make a shopping list of what I needed for week 1 of Phase 1. Went to the grocery store today after work, brought everything home and made my first South Beach dinner: broiled salmon with rosemary, asparagus and a salad with South Beach approved veggies. Phase 1 is going to be the hardest because it's all about detoxing my body of a... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:56:25 EST 182.0 On New Year's day I weighed 183.6. Getting back on tract. 2013 is going to be a great year! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:20:42 EST 182.2 - Fall Closet Clean Out I spent the day cleaning out both of my closets today. One contains the clothes I can wear and the other contains two sizes of clothes I'll get to use again once I lose the extra weight. I was able to zip up all of my size 14 clothes. They're still a little snug, but maybe in another 5 lbs. they'll be more comfortable to wear. I went ahead and put them in my what I can wear closet and put my summer clothes away until next year. I even bagged up some clothes that are too big for me and so... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:04:50 EST 183.0 I'm exercising, working and out and trying to be more active, but the weight is not coming off as quickly as I like. However, my carb intake has been moderate, and for me I think carbs are what make me hold onto the weight the most. I did manage to get down to my lowest weight that I have seen in many years, so I think I'll try to make this a low carb week and see what happens. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:27:51 EST 183.6 This week I have worked out four times, instead of my usual three. The elliptical trainer is getting easier to use, and I'm starting to go faster on it. I pushed myself a little harder today and feel a little more sore than usual. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:50:57 EST No hiking today :( I wanted to go hiking today, but my son decided to sleep in until 11. I won't go by myself because there are too many weird people in the world, I don't have a big furocious dog, and it's not safe to hike alone for lots of reasons. My son said I should have just woke him up, but I've done that before, I get nothing but whining...I'd rather go to the gym than listen to him that's what I did...went to the gym. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight this week, but I didn't gain any eit... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 14:51:47 EST In search of good dinner recipes Money's tight, so I've been searching the web for low cost recipes that will also be tasty and healthy. I've looked at a few websites, but a lot of them want me to pay for the recipes. I guess they're just trying to make a buck, but I'm not willing to spend it. Guess I'll just keep searching. <BR> <BR> My son bailed on PT today. He says they did PT at school during ROTC, although they didn't do any cardio. I went to the gym anyway and did my usual 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, a... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:21:11 EST PT Schedule After much dilberation, my son and I finally settled on doing PT on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I had to drag his buttocks out of bed Saturday morning, and he made a half hearted attempt on the elliptical trainer and didn't quite do a whole 30 minutes. I did my 30 and then did a mess of arm exercises on the weight machines. <BR> <BR> Today was much better for both of us. Josh ran on the tread mill and did his pull ups and arm exercises. I did my 30 on the elliptical and also did so... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:37:56 EST Marine JROTC My 16 year old son joined the Marine JROTC unit at his school this year. Part of his homework is to work out 30-60 minutes 3 times a week. Guess who gets to train with him....that's right, I do. Maybe this will be the incentive I need to stick with a program longer than a couple of weeks. We did our first workout today. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:30:37 EST Back again! My last blog entry was in May...boy does time fly. I have to admit I've been lost for a little while since losing my Mom at the end of April. I've spent the last couple of months in a dizzy whirlwind of confusion, heartache and indecisiveness. In addition, I wasn't sure if my relationship of almost two years with my boyfriend was right for me. I love him very much, but he doesn't like kids and really doesn't want a more permanent/shared life with my 16 year old son, and makes me feel guil... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:46:48 EST 183.6 - 10 lbs. down It's May, and according to my resolution of losing 2 lbs. per month, I'm right on tract. I can button and zip my hiking pants, but they're still a little tight. I actually wore them hiking at the beginning of the month, but that was only a 1 lb. difference. Maybe they will be comfortable at 180 lbs. I tried on an old pair of size 16 shorts. I think I bought them in the junior department because they're cute, but it's going to be a while before I can put them on successfully because teens... Sat, 19 May 2012 09:59:26 EST 184.4 It's been two weeks since my last blog. I weighed this much last Saturday, but didn't have time to log or blog about it. I had gotten a call at 7:45 a.m. telling me that my mother had died suddenly from a heart attack. This past week has been a blur. My sister flew in from California, and today she and her family are leaving to go back home. It's been nice to have her here, but I am looking forward to some time on my own. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have been sporadic this week. So ma... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:16:15 EST 185.2 I have officially lost 8 lbs., and I am right on track for my New Year's resolution of losing 2 lbs. per month. Most of my size 16 clothes fit very comfortably now. There is this one pair of hiking pants that I was hoping to fit into comfortably at 185, but I'm not quite there yet. They are size 16. I can get them on, button and zip them, but they're still a bit taught through the middle...maybe they'll fit right at 183? 180? Another mini-goal to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I went shopp... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:31:37 EST Down 2 lbs. Since my last blog, I've lost 2lbs. I haven't logged into Sparkpeople much, but I have been watching what I'm eating. Going through the breakfast menu and deciding what I should be eating has really helped. I haven't had a bagel since I restarted this new plan. <BR> <BR> The new plan was my New Year's resolution to lose 2 lbs. per month. It might be considered a small goal, but losing 24 lbs. in a year is actually a good amount of weight, and the plan makes sense to me. It took me many... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:40:55 EST Small Victory Yesterday I was able to comfortably wear my grey wool slacks for the first time in a year! YAY!! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:22:55 EST How could a billion rabbits be wrong? Well, at least that's what I'm telling myself... <BR> <BR> Went downstairs to get some soup from the food vendor for lunch, but the only warm thing they had was meatball sandwiches. Blargh! Seems like they serve fewer and fewer things these days. They did have a few containers of raw veggies and fruit, so I purchased one of each. <BR> <BR> Here's to the rabbits! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:48:14 EST Beautiful Spring Day It's gorgeous out there today. The lilac bushes are starting to leaf out and all the flowering trees are in bloom. Makes me want to plant something. I purchased some hollyhock seeds online last year, although I think the seeds are old because only one seed germinated in my first test group last summer. I think I'll plant them in a small greenhouse box that I have today to see what happens. I really want to plant some hollyhocks outside of my craft room. Jeff nursed the one plant that ge... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:14:49 EST Happy Early St. Patrick's Day!!! In celebration of this holiday, Jeff's mother made the most scrumptious cornbeef and red cabbage for dinner tonight. I knew this was coming, so I saved most of my calories for dinner tonight, so I could try everything....including the homemade Irish Soda Bread....OMGosh!!!! It was all devine and so delicious!!! Definitely, a good thing I really watched what I ate today, and I still managed to come in just under my calorie intake goal. I'm going to have to watch what I eat again tomorrow..... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:44:00 EST Thought I was on the verge of being bad, but I wasn't! So, I woke up thinking to myself...self, are you going to work out this morning or this evening after dinner with Jeff and his mom? I don't like to get up in the morning, so it is determined I will work out after dinner. I ate well for breakfast and lunch, but I was kind of dreading dinner...mexican, which I love! Who doesn't, but Oiy! The calories! Jeff's mother is beautiful. She is the epitomy of growing old gracefully, and I admire her in this regard. She pretty much always has the ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:58:28 EST Breakfast Spent the evening going over the SP breakfast meal planner. I like some things on the meal planner, but other stuff not so much. So, I have reduced the full menu and made a speadsheet of the things I like from the planner. This will eliminate lost time and distraction over using this portion of the meal planner. Still need to do the others, but this is a good start. <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:16:13 EST