SADDKATT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SADDKATT SADDKATT'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/ day 15 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299247 20 standard pushups <BR> 28 modified pushups <BR> 40 crunches <BR> 60 squats <BR> 45 second plank hold <BR> 35 minutes intervals on elliptical <BR> <BR> Oh, man. I had a horrible day at work Friday. Came home so irritated that I ate my way through half a bag of cheese popcorn and then took a nap. Woke up still irritated on Saturday...didn't get a thing done. Ended up going out to see a couple of bands. Had a giant gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with fries, and then went out for late-ni... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:24 EST Day 11 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296914 10 pushups <BR> 35 modified pushups <BR> 2 sets of 10: curls, overhead press, sumo squat, bicycle crunch <BR> 15 minutes elliptical intervals <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took advantage of unseasonably warm weather to rake up the leaves that were in the front yard. I had meant to rake in the fall, but the minute we moved in, a blizzard hit. I just wanted to make sure that the leaves under there weren't going to kill my lawn in the spring. So I was out in the dark, in the fog, raking up wet leave... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:16:34 EST Day 9 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295535 15 regular pushups <BR> 45 modified pushups <BR> 35 minutes elliptical intervals <BR> <BR> It is a dark and blustery day in the south suburbs of Chicago. I came very close to disaster as I was driving from one campus to another for a meeting. So there I am, driving down Ashland Avenue, when a huge gust of wind suddenly sent all the large plastic recycle bins in the neighborhood aloft. There were these giant garbage bins just flying around. Cars were attempting to dodge them, swerving all... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:34:13 EST Day 8 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294816 10 HR pushups <BR> 25 modified pushups <BR> 35 minutes elliptical--intervals <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Ikea and gave my debit card a workout. Today, I was back at it after a long day at work. I put the interval timer on and just kept going. However, they were intervals of fast/slow, and NOT intervals of increased resistance. I'll work my way up to that eventually. Afterward, I did the pushups and some weights. I have an hour before dinner, so I might assemble some Ikea furniture...t... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:21:12 EST Day 6 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293207 25 minutes Elliptical <BR> 10 HR pushups <BR> 10 modified pushups <BR> interrupted by phone call from mom... <BR> <BR> I didn't do a whole lot this morning. I should be taking a rest day at some point anyhow, I guess. <BR> Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:25:53 EST Day 5 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292782 20 hand-release pushups <BR> 20 modified pushups <BR> 30 minutes elliptical <BR> 3 interruptions by the Dude <BR> <BR> Grumpy and tired today. Legs are still too weak to sustain motion long enough to get the heart rate up and break a sweat. Arms are too weak to do more than a few pushups. How long until I start to get stronger? Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:26:33 EST Day 4 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292095 5 real pushups. 15 modified pushups. 27 minutes on elliptical/bike. <BR> <BR> So...yeah. The elliptical trainer. It looks like such a silly thing. It totally kicked my butt. The 27 minutes was NOT consecutive. I had to keep backing off and sitting down on the seat to use it as a stationary bike instead. I most certainly do not have either enough leg power or ab strength to go as much as I'd like yet. Holy moley. I feel like such a wuss, like I won't ever be any stronger. I didn't ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 18:46:15 EST Day 3 pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291113 5 hand-release pushups, 10 pushups on my knees. 20 minutes of weights: 2 sets, 15 reps, 8lbs. 1 minute of planks (unfortunately not all at once yet). <BR> <BR> Vacation's over; I go back to work tomorrow. Going back on a Thursday means that all the students will be discombobulated, and so will the staff. I"m figuring that a few kids won't show up until next Monday, since there are a few districts out here that are starting back on the 9th. We'll see. Should have a couple of new studen... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:20:12 EST Day 2 of pushup challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290342 I can't do a pushup to save my life. I half-assed my way through them yesterday, and today...ugh. I had to do the second set on my knees. No upper body strength at all. It hurts. I don't know how I'm going to get to 50 pushups ever, much less by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Two days of exercise and mindful eating...and I gained a pound. Don't anybody try to tell me that I'm gaining muscle. Nobody gains a pound of muscle in 48 hours. I'm gonna chalk it up to small muscle inflammati... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:33:28 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289472 Yeah, so I'd like to lose 50 pounds to get back to where I was 10 years ago, my most comfortable weight. Reasonably, taking off 30 pounds would bring me to a good BMI range. And I'm thinking instead of just simply losing weight, I'd like to gain muscle. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for a few years now, and I vacillate between being all-in and not doing anything at all. I get discouraged and give up. I'm hampered by the fatigue and the depression. I'm hampered by laziness, discouragement, a... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:41:43 EST Weak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288193 I have survived the holidays. I have five more days of vacation before I go back to work. But I've spent the last week visiting with family...and that means a lot of sitting, and a whole lot of eating. I was hoping to spend the vacation getting a jump on clean eating...but I've pretty much been just stuffing my face. Cookies, pie, junk...tasty, but not good. <BR> <BR> Still unpacking (I can't believe the sheer amount of stuff we have). And I guess carrying heavy boxes up and down stairs... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:28:54 EST starting over yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282478 I finished the whole 30 at the end of August, and then lots of things happened. I went back to school to pursue another Master's degree. I bought a house. And I developed plantar fasciitis in both feet, and tendinitis in the right foot. <BR> <BR> So my life got really busy, and I was in constant pain. I stopped exercising (hurt too much) and stopped eating healthily (late nights and packing). Now all the chronic fatigue symptoms are back, as well as the thyroid and IBS symptoms. I put ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:11:20 EST Whole 30--Finished! Results & thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223889 Holy cow, I made it through all 30 days. Barely. The Dude and I are going to start reintroducing, starting with grains. We are going to have brown rice tonight with dinner. Hopefully that goes okay. I'm actually a bit apprehensive about the reintroduction process. <BR> <BR> Because... <BR> <BR> ...I lost 9 pounds. Nine. The scale has not gone down in five years, no matter how much I have dieted or exercised. So it's not an extreme amount, but it's the only progress I've been able to... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:35:08 EST Day 27 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221693 Hitting the home stretch. Yesterday I sat through a staff meeting with my salad and raw veggies while everyone around me ate Aurelio's pizza and made ice cream sundaes. And last night I dreamed that it was day 30 and I got on the scale to find that I had gained 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm getting very tired of salad and tired of eggs. The Dude and I have been talking about the reintroduction period, and what we are going to start with. We're going to try to reintroduce grains first, like ma... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:27:40 EST Day 25 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220616 Five more days!!! I'm feeling a bit better, although the digestive issues are still there. Little more appetite the last couple of days. Today was my first day of school (students on Monday...two days of meetings first). One of my coworkers said that my face looked thinner. So that's something, maybe. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit torn between "I can't wait for this to be over" and "maybe I'll keep going." It's been difficult at work with all the non-compliant foods all around me. Central offic... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:25:42 EST Day 23 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218935 7 days to go. I've been trying to look for information as to why I'm still feeling like crap. There is some evidence to suggest that maybe I have a sensitivity to nuts or eggs. Last night all I had was a salad with some grilled chicken and homemade apple cider vinaigrette. I got about four bites in and my stomach just twisted up in knots. Horrible sharp gas pain, after I had barely eaten anything. The funny thing was that I was still hungry. I'm now at about the point where I'm afraid ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:45:44 EST Day 21 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217793 Yeah, I don't know how well I'm actually doing with this diet. Yesterday morning I got sick--really sick. Friday night it was raining, so instead of grilling we made breakfast skillets: potato, green and yellow pepper, leeks, beef chorizo, and eggs. Slice of melon on the side. Saturday morning got me up at 5:30, so unwell that I didn't know which end to put on the pot first. I threw my back out from heaving so hard. I don't know what caused it. I was okay by about 9:30 later that morn... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:48:46 EST Day 18 whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216170 12 more days to go. I found some organic almond butter that I have been putting on my apples, which is pretty yummy. But the big score was happening across some sugar-free low sodium bacon. I'm going to spend some time this morning re-reading the book. I am getting tired of eggs, tired of almonds and pistachios. I miss being able to whip up a quick lunch; there's a lot of prep involved with each meal. I'm really worried about how to get enough food ready for work lunches. I will be bac... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:42:38 EST Day 14 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214049 I've skipped a few days. My summer is drawing to a close, and I'm getting caught up in various tasks...starting a new master's degree, preparing to buy a house, planning for the new school year. <BR> <BR> But I've made it two weeks! I'm halfway there. I have been totally complaint with this diet plan. No dairy, no grain, no sugar, no beans. Also no preservatives. Everything has been whole food. It is a bit more expensive than I had bargained for, and requires a lot more prep. There... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 01:14:56 EST Day 9 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211175 Never got around to posting yesterday, but I had some turkey roll-ups filled with lettuce, a swai filet and some grilled veggies and potato. Had cantaloupe for dessert and a handful of pistachios and olives. <BR> <BR> Today was a busy day. The Dude and I are planning on moving to a larger house, so we spent the morning with the realtor and looked at houses. We did some serious downsizing during the recession in 2007, and I am way over the tiny-house lifestyle (940 sq ft). I'm absolutely g... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:20:00 EST Day 7 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210062 Breakfast: black coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: two egg scramble with spinach and mushrooms. Wedge of cantaloupe. <BR> <BR> Dinner: Zoodles with homemade marinara sauce and grass fed ground beef. Cashews and grapes for dessert. <BR> <BR> I bought a vegetable spiralizer and made zucchini noodles. I also figured out how to make homemade marinara sauce, which was super easy and turned out pretty good. <BR> <BR> I have survived the first week of this insane elimination diet! Three more weeks t... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:19:22 EST Day 6 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209443 Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, almond milk, half a banana and frozen mixed fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch: 3 fried eggs on a bed of sauteed veggies and potatoes. Handful of pistachio nuts <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled pork chops with grilled mixed veggies and sweet potatoes <BR> <BR> I know that smoothies are kind of discouraged in the Whole 30 program, but the green smoothies are the only things that keep my IBS-C at bay. I've been suffering all week long. So I'm having my smoothie. Sue me. <B... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:58:28 EST Day 5 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208983 Breakfast: forgot to eat. Had some black coffee while cleaning the living room. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Leftover chef salad from last night. Carrots and baby pickles. Handful of pistachios. <BR> <BR> Dinner: went to Round the Clock and had a breakfast skillet with no cheese and a side of melon chunks. 6 oz glass of tomato juice. <BR> <BR> The dinner was kind of heavy on the calories, even though I only ate about 75% of it. And afterwards, I felt kind of puffy. My stomach is still being a... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:45:00 EST Day 4 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208487 Breakfast: spinach and mushroom omelette. Banana sliced with a splash of almond milk <BR> <BR> Lunch: leftover tuna salad from yesterday. Salad with sliced almonds. Handful of pistachios <BR> <BR> Dinner: Big salad with homemade vinaigrette. 3 oz of rotisserie chicken. Wedge of cantaloupe <BR> <BR> Ran out of produce today, so the Dude and I went for an evening shop. We were hungry. It was a bad scene. We bought a hundred bucks worth of veggies, nuts, and recipe items. This was not... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:44:05 EST Day 3 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207882 Breakfast: scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms <BR> <BR> Lunch: tuna salad (with the homemade mayo) on romaine lettuce leaf. Handful of almonds <BR> <BR> Dinner: grilled steak, zucchini and snap peas. Banana. <BR> <BR> I was way under for calories and carbs today, and just slightly over with fats. I am very tired and crabby today. No oomph. The food I'm eating does not feel satisfying. Am I going through grain withdrawal? Is that even a thing? <BR> <BR> I know that I'm proba... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:32:06 EST Day 2 whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207342 Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms. 4 oz of prune juice. <BR> <BR> Lunch: romaine lettuce rolled up in a slice of lunchmeat with the homemade mayo. Handful of almonds. 2 cauliflower florets. <BR> <BR> Dinner: grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies. Half a berry smoothie with almond milk, banana, frozen berries. <BR> <BR> It's weird not weighing myself every morning. Part of the program is to focus on the nutrition, not the weight. I'm still way under cal... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:51:07 EST Day 1 Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206691 It's the end of the first day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with spinach and mushrooms <BR> <BR> Lunch: romaine lettuce salad with raw cauliflower and 2 slices of chicken lunchmeat. A handful of almonds and a handful of olives. <BR> <BR> Dinner: turkey "chops" on the grill. Cabbage and mushrooms tossed in balsamic vinegar. Grilled sweet potato. 3 garlic-stuffed olives. 1 cup of pineapple. Handful of pistachio nuts. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling relatively full, but I'm way under... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:28:09 EST Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205861 I've been off my game for a while. Between work getting hectic and eating my way through New Orleans, I have been eating poorly and not exercising. I'm tired and fat. The Dude has been struggling too...he's eating just as poorly as I am, not exercising much, and he's having unpleasant side effects from some of his cardiac medications. We are a collective mess. <BR> <BR> The topper to all this was my yearly visit to the doctor. I'm still having thyroid issues. My cholesterol is starting... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:31:54 EST Happy 4th! Still struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194567 The school year ended, and so did the sessions with the trainer. I did okay for a while doing workouts on my own, but kind of fell off. This morning I got up and did 30 minutes of circuits in my back yard. My goal is to get at least 50 minutes of exercise a day, but I don't know if that's too lofty of a goal right now. I'm teaching summer school on a skeleton crew, and by the time I get home, I'm starving and exhausted. So I've been eating lunch (sometimes healthy) and then crashing into... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:52:22 EST The continuing insomnia battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153924 When I joined SP, I was about 25 pounds overweight. I was newly diagnosed with hypothyroid, had horrible digestive problems and crippling insomnia. My doctor put me on Synthroid for the thyroid issue, Remeron for the insomnia, and told me to take fiber supplements for the other problem. The Synthroid didn't speed up my metabolism any. It made the digestive issues worse. The Remeron made me put on an additional 20 pounds, and the fiber supplements ground everything to a painful, screechin... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:12:54 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150920 So I've been doing the after-school personal trainer for a month now. She is a Crossfit junkie, and the workouts are sort of crossfit-light. They are only half an hour, but they are brutal. Burpees, push-ups, running, horrible things with kettlebells and planks. I can barely drive home after these workouts. <BR> <BR> The Dude has been steadily recovering from the heart surgery. He's gone back to work. We've been eating healthy, for the most part. I've been trying to be mindful of the ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:19:57 EST Everything is new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138409 Everything in my life has changed. On January 29, the Dude had a heart attack in the shower getting ready for work. Four days later, he had a triple bypass. It was rather frightening. He came through it like a champ, and was back home a week later after ten days in the hospital. After a week recovering at home, he started complaining of stomach pain. I took his temperature, and he had a low-grade fever, Fearing an infection, I took him in to the ER. It wasn't an infection. It was appe... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:38:10 EST grr... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067905 161.8 <BR> <BR> Up more than half a pound since yesterday. Didn't do the Shred today (sore!!!) but I stayed after school and did two miles worth of Leslie. Lot of stress at work today. First semester is ending. The start of second semester brings that long, dark corridor where it's cold and dark outside, holidays are over, and everyone is tired and on edge. Incidents start to happen. Had a few very stressful moments during the course of the day. On top of everything else, one of my st... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:36:15 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066993 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 2 <BR> Weight: 161.2 (wish I hadn't looked) <BR> Sleep: 5 Hours 34 minutes (restless 17 times for 34 minutes) <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercised, ate right, gained two and a half pounds. There are a few things going on here. <BR> <BR> *It was the weekend, so of course I had lunch in front of the tv and there were Cheese-Its involved. <BR> <BR> *My hot flashes have stopped again. This has happened twice before. It means that it's time for my little friend to come and vis... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:20:38 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065764 30 Day Shred Level 2 Day 1 <BR> Weight: haven't weighed myself since Friday morning <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 51 minutes (restless 16 times/31 minutes) <BR> <BR> I thought I would skip to level 2 a couple of days early. It hurt. I couldn't do all the reps with the 8 lb weight, couldn't do the burpees or plank jacks at all, but I got through it. I was kind of getting tired of level one and wanted to work some new muscles. I really need to pick up a new set of 5-lb weights for home because ther... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:35:36 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064779 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 8 <BR> Weight: didn't weigh myself this morning <BR> Sleep: 7 hours 13 minutes (restless 19 times/54 minutes) <BR> <BR> I got up early and exercised. I did the Shred and then 1 mile of Leslie Sansone afterwards. Last night the Dude brought home chinese food from the little place down the street from us. I had an eggroll, twocrab rangoons, a teriyaki beef stick and some fried rice. When I logged it in, it was well over 1000 calories. Boo. And it wasn't even th... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 10:44:07 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063369 30 Day Shred level 1 Day 7 <BR> Weight: 159.8 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 58 minutes (restless 15 times/35 minutes) <BR> <BR> I have exercised after school every day this week. The older ladies didn't stop by today, so we threw in the Shred. I grabbed some 8-lb weights from our recreation area. Kinda hurt. Haven't done it since Monday, and my muscles are letting me know. <BR> <BR> I haven't had any snacks at all this week. I've been trying to drink tons of water (made it to at least 60 oz e... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:24:55 EST nope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061470 My coworkers wimped out on me. We did a 1-mile Leslie Sansone video instead of the Shred, with 10 minutes of weights at the end. <BR> <BR> Weight: 160.2 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 45 minutes (restless 20 times for 46 minutes) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:39:34 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060328 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 6 <BR> Weight: 159.6 <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 22 minutes (18 x restless for a total of 41 minutes) <BR> <BR> I took yesterday off; less of a rest day and more of a "holy crap I need to finish my lesson plans" sort of day. Because of the nature of what I teach, it takes me between five and ten hours to plan all those activities for the week. <BR> <BR> Did the Shred at work today for our exercise club. There were only 3 of us today, and we all got through it. Afterwar... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 18:36:44 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057820 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 5 <BR> Weight: 160.4 (up .2lbs) <BR> Sleep: 6 hours 40 minutes (up and restless 19 times/60 minutes) <BR> <BR> Ow. Why was today so much harder than yesterday? Didn't get through all the reps of the strength exercises. I know I'm pushing it using 8 lb weights, but I should be building up some endurance. I am feeling a little off today, though...lousy night of sleep. The fitbit says that I got more than six hours, but I think for some of that I was just lying sti... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:07:14 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056775 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 4 <BR> Weight: 160.2 (down one from yesterday!) <BR> Sleep: 5 hours 7 minutes (woke up 14 times) <BR> <BR> I'm worried about how to keep going with the Shred after I start back to work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm up insanely early every morning, but I'm not alert enough to exercise until I've been up for about an hour and a half and have finished by 6 oz cup of coffee. So it's kind of not practical to try that intense of a workout before my workday. I'm just not ge... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:39:28 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056002 30 Day Shred Level 1 Day 3 <BR> <BR> I skipped yesterday, basically because I couldn't get any alone time with the computer in my workout area. The dude had gotten up early. I know it's a lame excuse, but I have a really hard time being okay with him seeing me exercise. I have a feeling that it's not a pretty sight. I'm horribly self-conscious about it. He's not in shape either, not by a long shot, but still. My muscles needed a rest day anyway; Jillian's workouts really are hard on the... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:13:06 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054720 I have survived the first week of the holidays with so much unhealthy food that I've been afraid to look at the scale. But I'm getting back on track this week. Bought myself a new yoga mat and started the 30 Day Shred (again). I'm very sore right now since the only weights in the house are 8's. But I made it through the first two days. Still can't do a proper push-up to save my life. <BR> <BR> I've been using the Nutribullet for a month now. I'm digging the effect it's having on my d... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:33:42 EST Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051174 I'm on a much-needed two week break from school. I did bring home a whole bunch of homework that needs to be done...IEP's, unit plans, lesson plans, activities...there are not a lot of reasonably priced (or available) resources for planning lessons for the diverse needs of my students. It takes me between five and ten hours to plan a week of lessons for my kiddos, with me sitting in front of my computer every weekend combing the internet for materials, pictures, etc. An activity that takes... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:38:46 EST And here we go again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046783 Seems like every December I get sick of my life and jump back on the health and fitness bandwagon. I struggle mightily to maintain my weight. Last July, I went up to Wisconsin to visit my parents for a week. They live in Door County, which is a tourist destination filled with nature and restaurants. Lots of restaurants. And stores that sell mass quantities of artisanal cheese. I gained six pounds that week, and since then, the weight has been going up and up, and so have the digestive s... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:51:26 EST One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840757 Ten days of exercise, lost one pound. Just one. And it might not even be that much; I fluctuate a bit, especially during the more hormone-driven parts of the month. My muscles aren't aching any more, so I switched from 5-lb weights to 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if gluten-free isn't enough and I should maybe try being entirely grain-free in my dietary choices. Or maybe I should go back to the doctor and demand more thorough testing on my various thyroid levels. I personally thin... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:16:05 EST Back again...and again and again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838356 I've been MIA on SP since the end of July. I keep giving up. It's a bad pattern I keep falling into. I get discouraged really easily, and, due to the hypothyroid thing, I also get fatigued really easily. I go through phases where I'm so tired all the time, it's all I can do to just function and make it through the day. There's been no energy left to use for exercise. I get tired, I get depressed, I get digestive distress...and I give up. <BR> <BR> I read a lot of literature on hypothyr... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:35:57 EST ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749875 Still alternating days of strength and cardio, 50 minute sessions each. Tracking everything, trying to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Lost a couple of pounds the first week, gained it right back. <BR> <BR> Discouraged, depressed, and tired. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:27:08 EST Thrown off by Mother Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732437 So I had jumped back in to the fitness thing with both feet. I was doing well, counting calories, drinking water, staying consistent. Then Monday happened. <BR> <BR> The Dude was outside barbecuing turkey brats, and we were getting ready to sit down to a nice dinner. a really strong storm blew in and knocked the power out. The storm only lasted for a few minutes. The Dude finished barbecuing, and we ate dinner in the dark. The power didn't come back on, so I set my phone's alarm to get... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:27:01 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726481 I have exercised every day so far this week, alternating weights and cardio. The scale says I lost two pounds, but I'm suspecting that it might just be water...I'm trying to remember my 8 glasses a day, and my kidneys seem to be in overdrive. For the first couple of days, my muscles were screaming in pain, but that's slowly fading. I feel like I'm actually having a harder time with the cardio days, even though I'm exercising for less time than the weight days. I can't wait until my endura... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:38:36 EST