SANDRA1982's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SANDRA1982 SANDRA1982'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/ month 3 of chalene extreme has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213959 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1979061639.jpg">Man this month is going to be killer. I have done 2 days of the lean phase and I can tell you she really does kick it into high gear this month. I am glad in a way because this month seems to focus more on core and God knows that is where I need it most after two babies. My legs are really showing muscle now and I feel so much stronger. My middle is still soft so I hope this month changes some of that. After this month I will... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:14:38 EST calories burned vs calories consumed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207079 I went all out and purchased a heart rate monitor so that I could track how many calories I burn per workout. Turns out it is more than I thought. Well I got curious to see how many calories I burn in a day... I was very surprised to see that so far today my body has burned 1900 calories. I was a little worried because Have eaten about 1200 today and my day isn't close to over but knowing I have burned much more than that makes me feel a whole lot better. I wonder if I should allow myself to ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:55:27 EST time to dust myself off and start again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195188 this past weekend I missed 3 workouts and didn't eat as well as I should. I had a family staying with me while they visited and it threw everything off... BUT I'M BACK and fired up to see how far I can get with month 3 of Chalene Extreme. Turbofire came in over the weekend and it looks scary. I intend to do a hybrid of both after this next month. I'm going to be looking HOT in no time as long as I don't give up. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:23:30 EST this set back won't break me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174206 I was so excited to have lost 20 and decided to take some pictures to compare to the last time I lost weight. I guess I shouldn't have done that because I realized I look about the same as I did last time... I guess I expected to see more progress. I allowed that to get me down and gained about 5 lbs. I am home with the boys for almost 2 more weeks which means I better start planning better or I will gain 10 more before the end of the year. But I'm UP THIS WILL NOT BREAK ME. Time to stop the ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 06:50:43 EST so excited I have reached 20 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167185 I have lost the first 20 and now I will concentrate on the next 5... I still have 30 to go but I refuse to think of it that way... once I get 5 more down I will be excited to be half way there but until then I will concentrate on losing just 5. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:10:47 EST 6 more to go before the end of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163117 My short term goal is only 6 lbs away... just six more to lose before the end of the year. I am excited. I GOT THIS!!! I have missed my exercises since Friday due to a bad stomach bug that had me incapacitated ,to say the least, all weekend but I am going home at noon to get my workout in. My stomach is still a little weak but I think I can do this without too much of a problem. Still can't contain my excitement about month two of chalean extreme, I will get back on that horse and ride it to... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:38:20 EST can't wait till tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157019 At 4 am I am going to start month 2 of Chalean Extreme... so excited to see what excercises this month brings. I wasn't tired of the ones from last month but I am guessing this next month will be more intense. Who would have thought I would be excited about excercise but I truly am. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 11:23:33 EST people are starting to notice WHOOHOO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154605 finally somone noticed I am losing some weight...only taken 16 lbs for them to notice but that is ok I still feel victorious. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:59:01 EST feeling unstoppable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150411 I am seeing results and the scale is moving in the right direction so much faster these days. I am putting off buying more clothes until I can buy 2 sizes smaller than what I am currently wearing. My clothes is pretty lose now but as long as my pants don't fall off I'm going to wait. I feel pretty good about myself these days and my hard work is paying off. I have read that most people lose the most weight while doing the second month of chalean extreme. That has me super excited because I ha... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:03:15 EST Really?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149612 I am going to work out during my lunch hour today because I didn't hear my alarm this am. I even wore my workout clothes so that I couldn't back out and then... husband calls and wants me to go pay for an item he saw on craigslist during my lunch hour so no one will buy it out from under him. UGH I just called the lady back but thankfully she didn't answer so off to the workout I go. I guess I shouldn't be so hard on husband but it seems like he is always getting in the way of progress...oh a... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:28:46 EST today I reached 15 removed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147164 I don't want to say lost because I never want to find those 15 again. I am impressed with Chalean Extreme because I am just finishing up week 3 and I already see some results. Some changes I don't fully understand but am willing to keep pushing to see where they lead. I am detrmined to reach my goals. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:30:24 EST another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138488 I have so many things to be thankful for... I want to be around for a long time and to do that I need to continue my progress... I love SP recipes and tumblr and pintrest... they help me keep great tasting food at my table that is healthy for all of us. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:05:06 EST putting me down only makes me more determined to prove you wrong. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137554 I was so excited to get my new select tech weights in yesterday. I showed them to my husband thinking he might want to start weight training himself but before I got the chance to suggest it to him he made me mad. He asked "why did you buy those? you won't ever use them anyway". Oh that got me going. I didn't say anything but in my head I thought : Ha I will show you. I started to feel like I'm coming down with a cold but just the memory of those words gave me the strength and determination t... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:45:58 EST another sick day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136191 My poor baby is sick again. We are at the doctors office...I hate that he is always on meds but this is just the way things are. I took the second shift of the night so that my husband could get some sleep. Now I just need to figure out how to get my workout in today. It is always hard when baby gets sick. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:02:24 EST change in schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133912 I had to postpone my workout today because the baby didn't sleep much and woke up around the time I should be working out. I didn't cancel that time for myself but instead reorganized my schedule. Instead of my rest day being tomorrow I switched it to today and promised myself I would do my workout tomorrow AM even if I have to set my alarm at 3am to make sure it gets done. I can always go back to bed after my shower. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:06:52 EST still going strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132787 I got up just before 4 am and did my workout. I was presently surprised that the squats seemed easier today. I have to keep going... someday I may be able to do push ups on my toes or ,dare I dream, do pull ups. I decided I would not do black friday but instead gifted adjustable dumbbells to myself. I am in the process of changing my body and can't wait to see how far I can go. I think my husband has seen my determination and has stop trying to force me to eat unhealthy foods. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:24:53 EST ha outsmarted laziness today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128338 I thought my plans to workout would go out the window when my son woke up at 1 and refused to go to sleep till after 2 a.m. I stayed in bed thinking it would be impossible to get up at 4 a.m. to get my workout done. So instead of going to sleep when he did I made myself get up at 2:30 made my husband lunch, worked out and took a shower before going back to bed a little after 3:30. Then I slept till 6:30 with my other son woke up. Now I am sore but feeling accomplished. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:43:10 EST today is a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117940 I am pretty good at keeping myself motivated if I can think of a good reason to stay motivated... sometimes it is easy but no matter how many pep talks I give myself this time around I can't seem to get there this time. After my second baby I just can't shake off this weight. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l872781243.jpg"> I have added a picture of the two little darlings that have helped my body become what it is today... Now I just need their cooperation to whip it back ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:56:26 EST back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075732 so I'm back... this is so annoying.. I need to stay on this time. <em>46</em> I am so tired of getting on only to fall off again. I need to get healthy and at my current weight that is not happening... I need to make myself exercise. I need to buy the time from other activities to exercise. The fact is my weight as gone up right along with my blood pressure... I want to be around for a long time and enjoy life while I have it to live. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:08:57 EST gave in this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847928 This weekend I didn't track anything...didn't eat right...was just too tired to even think about it...but today is a new day and I'm getting back on the wagon and wont fall off this weekend. Looking back at yesterday's mistakes will make doing the right thing today seem useless but looking forward to doing the right thing today and tomorrow will make me feel empowered. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:03:41 EST unrealistic expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842581 My unrealistic expectations about weight loss are getting me down...I weighed 160 last time I weighed, about 2 weeks ago, and last night I weighed 157. I should be happy that the weight is coming off BUT i WANT it to come off FASTER. I have been staying on track with my eating habits and since I have done so good I guess I expected bigger results... Seeing that almost made me go out for a burger even though I brought my healthy lunch. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:40:52 EST sleepy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839123 Today is one of those days when I am exausted. I'm not really sure why... Edward kept me up since 4 am but that is pretty typical...I need a pick me up. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:43:57 EST Planning dinners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837936 The only way I stay on track is to plan ahead...Right now I am planning the dinners for the rest of the week. After work I go to the store and buy everything I need so I'm set for the whole week. If I don't do it this way I will just eat whatever is easiest. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:49:25 EST SO close to messing up today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833183 I went to the vending machine because I didn't bring my breakfast today... temptation got the better of me and I bought a cheese danish...I know terrible Idea...then I looked at the calorie content on it B4 I opened the package... OMG it has over 400 calories in it...Nope that was it I went back and bought a Nature Valley Oat n Honey bar...at 190 calories it is the winner. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:03:07 EST Today is a Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831627 Everyday is a gift and today is no exception... I didn't get but maybe 2 hrs of sleep last night, I was late to work, I have to deal with stress here in the office today, and i looks like rain outside but I'm not complaining... I am grateful that I was able to get up and out of bed this morning, I am grateful that I have a job to go to, I am grateful that I am able to walk out in the rain... I am here and my family and I are healthy and happy so what could there possibly be to complain about.... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:03:56 EST yesterday better or worse than expected? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828466 Maybe I'm being OCD about weight loss... I tend to get over involved in what I am doing... I calculated all calories yesterday and... I ate less than 1000 calories in the day... the strangest part of it is that I was satisfied all day. SO I didn't starve myself and ate healthy all day but only had 1000 calories... is it worse to eat too few calories or too many calories? Either way I'm going to try to get closer to my goal today. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:07:20 EST Finally back...this time for good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826878 I dropped off for a while... 8 months after my first child I found out I was pregnant again... OMG... and the first thing I was upset about was the fact that I was so close to those size 6 pants I could taste it. I knew that being pregnant again would definitely put a bump in that plan. So here I am weighing 160 two months after my second child. I am ready and excited to get back on track. Last time reading sparkpeople blogs kept me going. Thank you for that and I will be looking at all of yo... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:14:24 EST awsome new phone will help with weight loss goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182648 I received my new phone yesterday and just figured out I can spark with it. I'm in love. Everyday has a reason to be excited. Wohooo Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:54:30 EST muffin pants but that is ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165513 I have gone from a size 14 muffin pant to a size 8 muffin pant... what does that mean? It means that I can stuff myself into a size 8 pair of pants and they fit like my size 14 use to fit. It also means they are one size to small but the fact that I can manage to button them and get the zipper up means a lot. My goal is to fit into them nicely in a month or less... well that is my mini goal anyway... my main goal is to get into a size 4 (weigh about 110) before my next anniversary in July...... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:37:58 EST resolve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4163695 I have decided that I will start getting up b4 the husband gets up for work and do my workouts then... this means getting up at 4:30AM... my hubby isn't being real supportive because he says I will wake him up and then he won't be able to go back to bed... this coming from the man who starts snoring 2 minutes after his head hits the pillow. He is just going to have to understand that it is for my health. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:16:43 EST I have the power to my feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161873 I have always been one of those people who believes I have control over my life... I choose to be happy or sad or miserable. Many people go through life thinking that their life sucks because such and such happened to them. I don't think anyone can make my life suck except me. I CHOOSE my state of mind... I AM IN CONTROL... The source of my power is God... If he if for me who can stand against me? <BR> <BR> I never gave much thought to how sure of myself I have always been until one of my ... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:27:19 EST Good news, bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157634 Good news I'm not preggers... bad news I have PMS... I didn't miss my period when I was preggers but I think I'd rather have a period than be preggers again. Every time I think about complaining about PMS I remind myself what it was like to have my knee hit my belly when I took my foot off the accelerator while driving. Action which would trigger baby punching me or kicking me in the ribs. Oh and lets not forget the steering wheel rubbing my belly every time I turned. Ah the joys of pregnanc... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:27:34 EST Dog tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148911 Last night was much like many nights... get home feed baby, give baby bath, cook, clean kitchen, take shower, put baby to bed, do laundry....on and on... To my surprise baby was asleep before 8pm and everything was great. I went to bed thinking I would get a good nights rest and get up early to workout... Well baby was up from midnight to 2 am... finally we went back to sleep and I thought I would get up really early and workout after all he should sleep till later in the morning since he was... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:00:06 EST Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146560 I don't know what it is about exercise but it does wonders for my mood. I can honestly say I LOVE to exercise. I especially love it when I sweat so much that is runs down my face and drops to the floor. I know that sounds disgusting but that is when I KNOW I am working hard... I miss spinning and kickboxing but for now weight training is good... later I will incorporate some cardio. When I exercise I feel good about the way I look even before the changes I want to take place have begun. It's ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:11:34 EST pictures ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143805 The program I just started encourages you to take before pictures... it even has samples of the poses you could use...one problem... I feel silly striking a bicep pose when I have little wimpy arms...LOL I'm not putting myself down or anything but some how the idea of asking hubby to take the pictures is a little unnerving... Maybe I will set up the tripod and set the timer on my camera... I really need the pictures so that I can make the comparison in 30-60-90 days. <BR> Right now I'm remind... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:27:56 EST AWSOME Weekend and renewed motiviation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4141478 This weekend was a great weekend... I had people actually notice I have lost weight... In fact I was even asked if I am smaller now than before I got preggers... I wanted to shout "YES I AM". Awesome feeling. I also started my workout program today along with the eating program that came with it. I did allow myself to eat a little junk food this weekend because I know that the next 3 months are going to be though. I WILL complete this program to the best of my abilities. I can't wait to see ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 13:16:52 EST like a kid waiting to go to the ice cream shop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132252 My order for chalean extreme comes in today.. Can't wait... got new running shoes yesterday (they where on clearance)... I'm ready to go... I use to do the firm but I think the transfirmer is too tall for me and it hurt my knees about 3 months into the program. I hated that because I really liked the firm and it works... I would start to see positive changes in my body and then my knees would get so bad I could walk down a small set of stairs.... I guess I should of thought about the fact th... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:34:42 EST still moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128934 And the scale moved again today...in the right direction. I'm so excited. I know I still have a long way to go but I refuse to think about the whole number... instead I think about the fact that I can fit into pants and shirts that I haven't worn in years... I'm smaller now than before I got pregnant. I don't want to get overexcited because when I do that I tend to not watch what I eat as closely and then I get discouraged when I gain weight. But positive thoughts only... I will lose the weig... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:10:48 EST I want to run but I have to take it slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127514 I want to get there already... I want to be at my goal weight but I know it is going to be a process... I know the slower I lose it the better my chances are of making it a life change. I have to keep finding ways to stay motivated. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:26:56 EST a gloomy day outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123477 What happened to the beautiful weather we had this weekend? It looks like the world is sad today... gray days always make me feel that way. I prefer rain over the greyness outside... At least after a good shower the sun comes out and everything looks happy again. I kind of fell off the wagon this weekend. I ate things I shouldn't have and didn't track them. I love my husband but sometimes I feel like we don't communicate enough... this weekend we spent it doing things with family (in-laws) an... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:01:46 EST Finally... it went off without a hitch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117819 Today I finally got a 30 workout in B4 the baby woke up... I am very happy about that... I can already tell that I am going to be sore tomorrow... but that is a hurt I welcome. I am doing the firm workouts till my Chalean extreme comes in... Apprehensions about starting that workout. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:03:58 EST AND THE SCALE FINALLY MOVED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114893 I was starting to think the scale was broken or something... it wouldn't budge... but now I am down 1 more... I just need 2 more to make it 15 down. what I am most exicted about is that I am down 2 sizes... I am still trying to find time to excercise... baby is sleeping in till later so I thought I would get up early and get my workout done... due to bad planning on my part it took me 30 min to find all my equipment and get myself properly dressed to workout... 10 min into the workout and the... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:39:32 EST made up my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112644 I think I need a change... I'm going to order chalean extreme... It will b my reward for sticking with it this long and keeping setbacks to a minimum. I take care of everyone else at home and now it is time I do a lil something for me. In the end I will be a better person and that is something my whole family can benefit from. <BR> I took pictures of myself on my phone when I started my weight loss efforts... I have almost gotten up the courage to post them. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:53:28 EST Today I set my next mini goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4110386 I WILL lose 8 more pounds. I am on my way as of today to lose the next 8... When I get there I will celebrate my success and get ready to set my next goal. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:21:47 EST on the up side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4081865 I have lost 11lbs since starting SP... 4 more and I reach my mini goal...15 down Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:19:10 EST where can I find the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4081856 I want to start working out again but cant seem to find the time... I have a 6 month old at home that I only see awake for 5 hrs a day so I dont want to take any time away from him. He goes to bed and then I prepare my hubbys lunch for the next day (from scratch...no sandwiches at my house) and by the time I'm done with that it is time for bed... then at 5:30 am baby is up and the next day starts... I have been walking on my lunch hour but that doesnt do it for me... My parents live about 3 m... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:17:07 EST Weekend went great but now I'm sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4054277 I did pretty good at keeping my eating in check. Don't know where I picked it up but now I have a cold... hope Andrew doesn't get it. Is it a good idea to exercise when you get sick? I have heard that it is and that it isn't... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 12:24:23 EST weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4047622 I have a love hate relationship with weekends... I love to spend time with my family but I hate the opportunities to cheat they provide... Weekends are very busy for me and eating right is sometimes a challenge... tonight dinner at mom's, tomorrow a baby shower and sunday dinner after church... all tests of my willpower. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:46:34 EST so far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4045634 It has been a long time since I was able to keep on track for this long...even through the eating out my husband likes to do on the weekends. I ate grilled chicken instead of the chile con queso and quesadillas I usually get. I'm taking it one day at a time...celebrating each day as a success. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:09:57 EST don't want to let you down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4041132 I feel like I would be letting all of you down if I quit and that motivates me to keep going. I see all the successes from the people on SP that I want to join all of you...some day I want to be able to say I lost 50LBS and it was because of your help. Thank you for posting your before and after pictures... they help me see that it can be accomplished. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:57:18 EST