SAFIYAH9's SparkPeople Blog SAFIYAH9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Milestones: Sneaky little suckers This morning I went for a "short" walk on the beach with my mother, a 6 mile "short" walk. Barefoot. I made it with no soreness, I felt great. To be sure I took a long soak in the tub with some epsom salts, but the truth is, it was a great walk. Granted tomorrow I may be sore, but today I feel fantastic. This is a bit of a milestone for me. <BR> <BR> You see, I have backed off of a lot of my workouts, down to about 10-30 minutes a day. I don't set aside time for walking or running, and... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 18:03:30 EST Life gets in the way Sometimes life gets in the way. That's all. Life just gets in the way, and it gets so hard to keep fighting. First I had a gallstone attack and had to quit exercising till I healed, then before I got started again I fell/flew down a flight of stairs, hit the wall/doorjamb on the other side of the hall and landed on the floor on the back of my neck/head. Whiplash developed. Within a month or two after the fall I couldn't turn my head. Ended up at the chiropractors, and now feeling MUCH... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:11:22 EST 7?!! really? OMG, size 7!!!!!! (with pics) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That was me, mid February of 2011, 5 weeks after I started working out and striving to lose weight. I weighed 185 pounds and had already lost about 30-35 pounds or so since November (which was my peak weight). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a side view taken the same day. Here you can see just how much of an apple shape I really was. I spent the... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:58:48 EST How am I doing? I haven't posted in here in a while. Life has kept me pretty busy. Between school and work and helping my parents with various things I have little free time anymore. But this is an important part of my life too, and I am going to make some changes. <BR> <BR> I got away from running 3 times a week. I got away from lifting my 20 pound dumbbells. Why? I joined a gym, I got a great deal on a membership, $20 a month and I can go anytime, I get access to the personal trainer once a month a... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 07:21:19 EST REALLY bad mood. I'm in a really bad mood, today started off great but has gone to crap pretty quickly. <BR> <BR> I made my workout ok, went to the gym and made it through the workout (though I only did 10 minutes of cardio, not 30.) Then I went home and got a call from the surgeon I was referred to at the ER visit. Through the course of a half dozen phone calls, she first said that she would have to verify if he was on call that night, then called back to say he wasn't the doctor on call then told me to... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:31:13 EST Setback... I ended up in the ER the other night, I passed a gallstone. At least that's what it feels like. Since gallstones are jagged, when they pass through the bile duct they feel like little ninja throwing stars, and what's left over is really painful even when they're gone. I'm still hurting, still sensitive, and still afraid to eat anything solid. I'm afraid of setting off another attack. That one was really bad. I can't even begin to get into what the pain felt like. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, m... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 13:57:15 EST Stress Report This entry is intended to be a Stress Report Card, but I apologize now if it somehow gets off track. All in all I think I'm doing really well stress-wise. I've been concerned about my financial aid. I figured I would have had an answer by now and hadn't heard anything from them, but rather than stress about it I went into the office again and asked about it. I ended up seeing someone different this time, and while I struggled with the fact that she reminded me of my aunt Delores a lot, sh... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:00:17 EST Munchies today I started adding some cayenne pepper to my morning acv/water drink with a goal of cleansing my body. I am told that it's really good for the cardiovascular system. I have also found info which suggests that it helps with fibromyalgia pain, something about all the pain receptors being used for the pepper and none left over to register fibro pain. So I tried it yesterday for the first time. I added it to my lemonade along with the apple cider vinegar. It's actually pretty good. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:17:03 EST Day one behind me My first day back in college (after being out of school for 25 years) is behind me. I've got a crap load of statistics homework (already) and my english professor is way younger than me, but it's behind me. I stressed out about stats though, and while driving around in a thunderstorm between classes I wound up at Arbys. I will be bringing food to snack on from now on. I will not allow myself BACK in that position again. I still stayed within my calorie range, but my sodium levels went th... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:02:00 EST Whoops (aka wardrobe malfunction) First of all, let me say that the gym I go to is located in a mall. It is also for ladies only (as one trainer put it, no man funk, lol)... While it's good that it's ladies only, the fact that it's in a mall where anyone can see us working out through the big glass windows makes that point moot. <BR> <BR> That being said, I had a bit of a whoops moment today. I was doing my jog/sprint intervals on the treadmill that is 'man' powered. I love that treadmill because it's a harder workout a... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:12:50 EST Random Thoughts This is somewhat of an assortment of random thoughts. I'm sorry if it's confusing for some, but this is the sort of mindset I find myself today. <BR> <BR> I talked to my trainer again today. Today was my last 'initial training' day. Next week instead of doing 1 set of 10 reps, I do 2 sets of 12 reps. We'll see how THAT goes. Doing just one set of 10 doesn't really feel like much of a workout, so I'm hoping next week it will. She also said that the American Heart Association recommends ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:32:10 EST Reset my goals I had to reset my goals tonight, just to get my weight loss tracker on my tracker page. Sheesh. I'm not happy about doing it but needed to, because I still have a ways to go. <BR> <BR> I didn't run today, this was a bad day pain wise. I don't know WHY I am having so many problems with my pain levels lately, I've been doing really, REALLY well. But this week has been rough. I took an epsom salt bath tonight and feel a little better, but overall I still hurt. <BR> <BR> I am a little di... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:53:19 EST I am NO LONGER OBESE!!!! YES!!! Hot DIGGETY DAWG!!!! <BR> <BR> I had my first training session with my personal trainer. We have 2 more sessions to go till I'm on my own for a bit. The ONE thing I was the most anxious to see was my body fat percentage. After my measurements, I held that omron thingy and it said 34.2 % My first response was "Hey is this thing pretty accurate?" She said yes. When she saw it, her eyes lit up, she pointed out this little chart they have taped to the counter and said the words I thought ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:53:49 EST Stress If you've been reading my blogs, you are aware that I made a commitment to myself back in January of 2011 to change my life. Since then I've been busting my tail to do just that. One of the goals I've sought to accomplish that was to go back to school to become a nurse. I have signed up, registered, and even signed up for classes. I paid the first part of the tuition and financial aid is coming along at a snails pace, but it IS coming along. Then last night when I signed in to check for ... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:53:16 EST Major Milestone passed today! I passed a major milestone today and you lucky ducks are gonna hear ALL about it! <BR> <BR> I've been doing the Couch to 5K program. I'm on week 5, and today was supposed to be day 2 of that week. Up until now the biggest problem I've had has been getting started on the runs. Once I get started I can push through ok. Yes I had problems with chest, back and leg pain when I started, but not like I thought I would. And a little bit of research helped me to figure out solutions to them, t... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:07:23 EST Blog Spree Well I did the Vertical Fat Zapping workout today, with 10, 15 and 20 pound weights. This workout kicked my butt. But I did it. I made it through. I gotta tell you, I am really proud of myself, I'm doing curls with 20 pound weights! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I did a blog spree today, sitting here and reading other peoples blogs. I don't often get the free time to do so, and when school starts it will be even more rare, but I love reading through the new blog posts, I learn so much, a... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:27:54 EST Woo Hoo!! Today I got my 20 pound weights. Finally. I was pretty excited about being able to purchase them, but since I'd already done my run and all my workouts today I went ahead and threw them into the cart instead of walking them all the way through the store to the register. <BR> <BR> When I got there, I pulled them out and set them on the counter with ease. (As in no grunting or groaning). I admit there was a little pride on my face too. The cashier was busy chatting with another customer... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 19:56:40 EST It's Accountability Time! I posted pics up here, of myself when I started, of myself about the middle of may, and of myself today. I refuse to hide them anymore, it's past time I held myself accountable. Besides, when I look at my current pics from what I looked like in January, I can see a HUGE difference. No I still don't look anywhere close to where I want to be, but I've come pretty far, I'd say. I've got 2 weeks before school starts and everything changes for me once again. I need to make the most of these t... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:23:54 EST I wish I'm going to be honest here. This is taking forever. I am really frustrated with the fact that for all my fitness progress, lately I'm not seeing much results on the scale or in measurements. My clothes all fit the same. It's disheartening to be stuck in a plateau this long, which is why I'm switching things up again. I weigh the same (if not more) than I did 2 months ago. I've gained about an inch in the waist and hips since then, too. 2 months. In the span of my 42 year life that ma... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:13:13 EST Reality Check (Woohoo check out my calves!) I tracked all my food yesterday. I was surprised to see just how much sodium I was taking in. Over 3300! that's 1000 over the maximum recommended amount! Holy CRAP. Although I did eat more than my goal amount in calories yesterday, I still didn't do too bad considering it was a run/workout day. My BMR is 2200 or so, which means that adding running and working out will mean I'm up to 3000, so I still had a deficiency. However, that's how much I've been eating on a regular basis. Grante... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 09:10:26 EST PROGRESS!!! (no thanks to the scale) Tomorrow I run Week 4 Day 1 of the Couch to 5K program. This is the week that many people quit, because it's much harder. I'm running 3 and 5 minute stints. Though I am nervous, I WILL get through it without quitting even if only to NOT be one of the quitters. Actually, I'm pretty excited about the challenge. <BR> <BR> As I looked over my measurements and scale reports, it appears that I have made no progress, maybe even gone backwards. I gained weight, gained inches. But when I look i... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:00:58 EST Bring it on. I did not want to get up today. I didn't want to go running and I certainly didn't want to exercise. I was tired, VERY tired. We have bad weather coming in a few days and I'm feeling my fibromyalgia flare this morning. Just a little, NOTHING like it was, but enough that I know it's there. It's more of a feeling of being uncomfortable than being in pain, which is a major step forward. However, with it also came that fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia and I just didn't WANT to get up. ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:20:21 EST I found the joy of running :-) I ran today. Week 3, Day 1 of Couch to 5K. This is the first time since beginning the Couch to 5K program that I really felt like I was running. The 3 minute stretch may be nothing to seasoned runners, but for me it was a major milestone. I felt like Rocky when I finished. It was raining while I was running which only added to the experience. <BR> <BR> I like running in the early hours of the morning, it's quiet and peaceful. This morning I got to witness a mother duck waddling across ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:22:11 EST My Friend Obsession I did my run this morning, Week 1 Day 3 of Couch to 5K. Next week I am supposed to start week 2, which would be 90 seconds of running and 2 minutes of walking. I must admit that I'm afraid to do it, I have been afraid of running for years, ever since middle school when I was tripped during a 100 meter dash and peeled the skin off my hipbones. Add to that the fact that I am still overweight and out of shape and you have one big obstacle. <BR> <BR> I have hit a plateau, which was what cau... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 13:00:41 EST Holy Cow Ok, so I did it. I started my running yesterday. I realize that I was only running 60 second intervals, but holy cow do I feel it today. Add to that the full body strength training the day before and then again this morning and I'm REALLY feeling these workouts now. <BR> <BR> I am also trying to get into school, which has it's own set of frustrations. My financial aid application is in review because I legally changed my name years ago. so the name I'm applying with does not match the n... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:41:45 EST Keep on keepin on... I'm going through the 28 day plan that's outlined in The Spark. This week I am to write out how I have dealt with setbacks in the past and what I can do to overcome them. How ironic that this comes this week, for I have reached a plateau, I think. I haven't lost any weight in the past few weeks, and it's getting frustrating. <BR> <BR> It's not the first plateau I have experienced. One of the main mistakes I've made in the past was giving up. I hit a plateau at 173 that lasted years, par... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 19:49:41 EST Good Enough Well I made it to South Carolina, I have officially moved. I am pretty happy with myself altogether. I did not work out on the day we drove down here, and I spent the next day doing gentle stretches and nothing fancy. But I got up this morning and did my upper body workout, and spent some time doing interval laps in the pool. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of work to do to get started, but these next few weeks are about enjoying my time with my family, that must come first. However it hasn't s... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 14:14:34 EST Facing the Future I began my move early, and this week I'm staying with my sister, we'll be leaving for South Carolina on Saturday morning. I am really excited to get there, but I'm really enjoying my time here. I am pretty proud that so far I've kept up my exercise routine, and that feels pretty good. It was bittersweet leaving Wisconsin, and it's strange being back in Indiana. <BR> <BR> I am a little nervous about my future, that old fear of failure is popping up. Not necessarily in regards to my weight... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:07:07 EST If Everyone Cared I weighed in today, lost .4 pounds, which ain't much but with that was an inch loss in my waist from last Friday, an inch lost from my hips, and a half inch lost from my biceps and my chest. So that's not bad. I ate a healthy breakfast, with 19 grams of protein but only 4 grams of fiber. The fiber thing is going to be a bit of a challenge. Guess I'll have to go back to fiber one. I did eat some as a snack, so even though I didn't get high fiber in my breakfast this morning, I still will ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:48:50 EST Fast Break Goals So I'm starting the fast break week, and had to pick 3 goals. I tried to be fair and pick things that I knew I needed help with. The nutrition one was easy: <BR> <BR> 1. "Eat a healthy breakfast that's high in fiber and protein." Because I don't eat breakfast on a regular basis, and I need to start MAKING time for healthy breakfast. It's not fair to my body to expect it to get a healthy energetic jump start on 2 cups of coffee. I've GOT to make time to eat breakfast. I even take time a... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:52:58 EST Summer Solstice Tomorrow is the summer solstice, and what am I doing to celebrate it? With a 7 hour work day, followed by the middle and lower body portions of Joyce Vedral's Top Shape, Now or Never dvd. Then I get to go through the house to gather items I'm going to throw away for trash day the next day. Lol, Just another day here. It shouldn't be, it should be a grand day, but I'm moving next week and still have a few things I want to do before I move. It's hard to be excited about summer when it's S... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:07:43 EST