SANDSUNSEAS86's SparkPeople Blog SANDSUNSEAS86's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Welcome! Welcome to 2014. <BR> <BR> Welcome to Sparkpeople. Where people turn their can'ts into cans and their dreams into plans (No I did not come up with that, just one of my favorite sayings <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> To me there is always something very special about beginnings. The beginning of the month, beginning of the year, the beginning of a dream. This past year has been crazy. Sometimes when I look back at all of the times I thought "I'm bored," or "Nothing changes," I know I'm not lookin... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:50:43 EST Like Riding A Bike Three years ago was about the last time I locked my feet into a snowboard. <BR> <BR> Since moving back to Michigan, today was the first day back. Only one spill! Not too shabby at all. Of course though that one spill was at about 35mph and involved direct chest/stomach contact with ice, and the wind being knocked out of me. Love/hate relationship. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:10:35 EST Can't Even Handle It Tomorrow is weigh in day. For once, looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> Today I did have a few extra bites of a sweet treat than planned. But, I know the scale is going to move in my favor, and I can't wait to keep the progress moving. I started on December 2nd, and know my weight has been dropping since. <BR> <BR> So here goes tomorrow! Hope you're all doing well Sparks! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:42:43 EST Just One of Those Days Today was just one of those days where I had difficulty concentrating. I was suuuuper excited to look at a house tonight, waited impatiently all day, and it turns out the house was a flop. Quite small with some structural issues <em>39</em> bah. Oh well, move on to the next set of houses! <BR> <BR> I did however, do my legs circuit and a zumba class. I'm feeling good about the changes I've made this past 10 days, and love the feeling that comes along with healthier eating and moving more.... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:19:54 EST And Not A Second to Spare Today was by far the MOST productive Monday I've had in a while. <BR> <BR> Knocked out all 6 appointments (even though I wanted to sit behind my desk all day by the toasty warm heater). <BR> <BR> Didn't slide off the roads. And out gas in my car while it was 18 degrees out (ugh why did I come back to Michigan???) <BR> <BR> Stayed 100% on track with nutrition, even cooking dinner when I really really didn't want to. <BR> <BR> Even though the gym sounded like the last thing I want to do on... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 22:27:19 EST One Week Down So. It's been one week since I've started working with my new medication and diet. So far it's been pretty good! I did have one cheat meal, and I've had a few small treats but still managed to drop 6 pounds while keeping my calorie intake up (about 1300 daily) and workouts "normal" (I,e,. No obsessive/crazy workouts). <BR> <BR> I know most of it is water weight, but that's okay. It gives me a good jump start, and lets me know my Body is working like it's supposed to. <BR> <BR> My goal is t... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 20:08:42 EST Well... Still here and still sparking! <BR> <BR> It's been 6 days since I've been trying to reduce my soy and gluten intake. I think it's going okay, but it is so dang hard to find foods without soy! Looking forward to a trip to the whole foods market tomorrow to help me out a little bit <em>41</em> Quite frankly it'd probably just be easier if my doctor just gave me a list of "okay" and "moderate" foods to choose from. <BR> <BR> Anyway, happy to be making some efforts and looking forward more ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:06:21 EST Happy Friday :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I've made it Monday through Friday this week making healthier decisions. Everyday I know it will get easier as I remember why I'm making the choices I do. One meal at a time :) Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:59:40 EST Happy. Today, I'm happy. I'm so proud I had a salad with lunch and dinner for the past three days...says the girl who would never choose a salad because I'd rather have bread. <BR> <BR> I'm happy that I made the decision to take the steps I need to take in order to take care of my hypothyroidism. It's not to say that I don't struggle with wanting certain foods; but I'll tell you what...when you know you can't really "work it off" because your metabolism *sucks* it makes it a little easier to make h... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:05:18 EST Far From Hyper...But Finally Some Answers Okay... <BR> <BR> For the past 3 years, I have struggled endlessly to maintain a healthy weight. No matter how hard I tried, it always seemed that I maintained, or lost a little, mostly gained, but could never get to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> After some basic prenatal blood work to make sure I'm healthy to start a family...I found out the answer I wasn't even looking for. Sure I can start a family, but only after I take care of HYPOTHYROIDISM!!!! <BR> <BR> Seriously, hypothyroidism?!?!?!?!... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:42:42 EST Back to December First of all, sorry for the Taylor Swift reference. Just kinda thought it fit the blog for today <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Today is December 1. I always feel that the beginning of the month is the perfect time to evaluate where I'm at with my goals, and what I can do to up my efforts. I'll be honest. I thought moving back to my home state, closer to my family would be best. After Thanksgiving, I'm not sure. I understand my family wants to spend the holidays with me. But I'm sure my in-laws w... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:11:21 EST Wow It has been 3 weeks since my last blog. 3 weeks too long. Where do I begin??? <BR> <BR> I'm back in my home state, a place I really never thought I would be again (with the exception of vacation). I'm adjusting to the new job, which has been relatively easy since it is through the same agency for which I've previously worked. I'm closer to my family again. But my favorite change of all? <BR> <BR> I've made it back to the gym and boy did I miss that!!!! I'm back to Les Mills Body Pump at 5:... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 09:33:51 EST Feeling Good :) I only have three words really to sum up the past two days: I FEEL GREAT! <BR> <BR> Today, though it was busy, was a good day! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I took some time to re-evaluate my goals and how I wanted to go about achieving them. I mentioned carb cycling, which you could go as extreme as no carb for a few days which would make me the crankiest person in the world <em>2</em> , or go the route I went, with moderate carb intake (about 100g), and then on regular carb days, count my averag... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:28:55 EST A Step Back Sometimes a step back to re-evaluate your goals and your plan is all it takes. <BR> <BR> Today, I started something new. Carb cycling; where four days of the week I keep my carb count under 100g and three days a week I can go over 100g, but stay under 200g. It certainly sounds more complicated than it is, and was recommended by a friend of mine who was also my old trainer. <BR> <BR> Second, and even better, I made a decision to stop being such a program baby. I've alwasy lived "by the DVD r... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:02:54 EST Finally Finally, answers. My husband has accepted (and started) his new job in Michigan. I've accepted a new job and I start in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> This means we're in for a big move, and some cold weather. But finally, answers. <BR> <BR> Now I feel like I can truly put all of my focus where it needs to be. I'm looking forward to being close to family, and I'm looking forward to having access to some of my old favorites (i.e., my old Zumba class/gym/Les Mills Pump class, etc). <BR> <BR> Thanks for... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:35:02 EST Wait What? Soooo...I am exhausted and don't feel like getting too deep in the blog tonight. Just know that I'm still here and still sparking. Even with all the upcoming changes. <BR> <BR> But I did a double take today while doing my I was doing my Kata Kicks, my husband said my kicks were getting dangerous...wait what? Dangerous? Yep, in the sense that he said they look like they could do some serious damage. Yes ma'am/sir Les Mills Combat is doing its job! Now, if I could just stay on tra... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:42:31 EST Good Enough for Me! I'm so sorry Sparks. <BR> <BR> Life has gotten in the way of making it a point to put my heart into my blog every night this past week. <BR> <BR> However, today is Monday. A day to refresh, rejuvenate and start healthier habits by making changes each week. Today I have decided to work towards stopping the hate on me. Every time I've fallen into old habits, I get so disappointed with myself and I get to the point of downright embarrassment and feeling uncomfortable. I shouldn't be uncomforta... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:39:22 EST *&$#!%@* I screwed up. <BR> <BR> I went to a BBQ today; thinking if it's a BBQ there are some grilled options. No. It was not a BBQ. It was a cookout with brick oven pizza. And brick oven cookies. And *#$@! they were both good. I am disappointed in myself because today was not really a day of moderation. I gave into peer pressure, because they were both things I had never tried, and I didn't want to be rude. <BR> <BR> So instead of crying about it and wallowing in self-pity, I'm going to suck it up... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:49:40 EST Live & Learn Everyday I'm learning. Each day that I wake up and choose a healthy meal, or choose to work out, I make efforts towards my goals. <BR> <BR> Working out and eating healthier was a double edge sword for me today, if it could exist. Of course with exercise and diet, one thing I love, is the boost in confidence! However, one thing I hate, is going to the mall and trying on clothes, and things don't quite fit right yet, because I'm only down 6 pounds, not my goal of 32 <em>41</em> *Insert trig... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:31:23 EST I Could Have Okay Sparks. Here's the reality of my situation. <BR> <BR> My husband is out of town until Monday. He has been since Wednesday. This is a huge huge trigger for me. Typically when he's gone, I don't cook. I don't work out. I basically don't have any healthy habits other than general hygiene <em>20</em> I could have gone out to eat, watched TV all night, and finally had the place to myself so I didn't have to feel embarrassed of what I eat. <BR> <BR> This time around has been different. S... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:45:18 EST Whoops :) Yeah; that phenomenon in my previous blog? Well I only ended up with 883 calories today; not feeling hungry, and got through my workout, and had plenty of energy to spare to move alllll the crap back into the proper closet after carpeting has finally been installed. <BR> <BR> On an even more positive note............ <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband was offered an awesome job today, and is awaiting a second offer from the same company that's an even better job. And, what was music to my ears toda... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:20:36 EST Interesting Phenomenon Today is Day 13. <BR> <BR> I am going to need to add an additional healthy snack in today; because even with my planned dinner and post workout snack I am only at 900 calories. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how once your body begins to adjust to fewer calories...600 calories becomes breakfast and lunch instead of just breakfast...or just lunch. What's even more amazing is that your body isn't very hungry afterwards once it adjusts! <BR> <BR> I'm finally starting to see some more changes in my hab... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:06:55 EST Edit That Okay. I'm listening. Previous blog indicated how I don't feel good. Well, I've had a headache since 9am yesterday. I'm listening. I'm done for the night. Dinner is logged; stayed on point with nutrition today <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> So instead of trying to get this Plyometric workout in tonight and further push my headache...I'm going to relax, get my meals ready for tomorrow, and catch up on some well needed <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Still here and still sparking though!!! Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:23:21 EST Need. A. Break. *Insert scream follow by nap here* <BR> <BR> I'm T.I.R.E.D. Tired of today. Tired of this past month really. Tired of being uprooted and moving seven times since 2010. And yes I'm doing this blog on my lunch break because I needed to shut my door and tune out from the world for a little bit. <BR> <BR> On a POSITIVE note: I'm down 5.4lbs in 12 days despite the rare snack that was once considered a "bad food." I now believe in no such thing. I'm quite happy with moderation at this point beca... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:15:53 EST When You Think You Can't...You Have To Today the odds were against me. <BR> <BR> -I took two vitamins on accident...meaning a sick stomach and God awful headache. <BR> -I had to help my husband get ready for his six day trip and three job interviews in another state. <BR> -Then had to take everything off the floors in all bedroom closets for carpet installation tomorrow. <BR> -I continued to have said headache from 9am until 8:30pm. <BR> -My nose is still stuffed. <BR> -I have to bring my husband to the airport at 5am tomorrow, ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:46:54 EST Hmph. Today was one of those days. I let myself get too busy and didn't get a chance to eat my true lunch before my appointment at 3:00. So what happens when I end up with very little to eat before a grocery shopping trip after my appointment? I want certain foods. Particularly I wanted chocolate. A lot of it, even though I wasn't even that hungry most of the day. <BR> <BR> I gave it some thought, and I thought about how I could just workout afterwards. But then I became realistic. If I ate crap, ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:58:01 EST Beat. Me. Up. Okay, surfing burns some major calories, and boy do muscles burn after a while. Today was my first day trying it. <BR> <BR> My arms are jelly. I have a little bit of board rash, or rash scraping on the sand. I fell. So many times, and drank a lot of salt water <em>211</em> The hardest part is pushing your way through the waves to paddle out. <BR> <BR> But out instructor was awesome (pro surfer Ryan Ragan) and gave us an unforgettable experience. And whole new outlook that sharks are more ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:14:59 EST Surfing?!?! Yep. Tomorrow morning. I bought a Groupon for surf lessons for my husband and me. <BR> <BR> Yeah, sharks and jellyfish are not something I look forward to possibly seeing on the same level of me...used to seeing them from a boat. Excited but nervous as *#%=! <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> <em>67</em> <em>461</em> <em>47</em> <em>141</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:55:53 EST Don't Need It, Don't Want It :) And A Spark Challenge for You! A cheat meal that is! <BR> <BR> Earlier in the week, I thought to myself, "Maybe I'll allow for a cheat meal once a week," and was looking up all articles I could titled "The benefits of a cheat meal." Now, I haven't used my Research Methods class material in a minute, but I'm pretty sure that's what we call "Confirmation Bias." Because if I look up "The downside of a cheat meal," I will again find all the reasons not to have one. <BR> <BR> So what does one do when research supports both? L... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:50:25 EST Week One, It's Done! Well Sparks, it's been one week since I started making healthier choices. Six days of workouts, and six days of eating better. Final result? <BR> <BR> 3lbs down <em>41</em> I'll take it! At this rate, I would be at my goal weight by the beginning of December! Understandably, it will slow, so my official goal date is January 1, 2013. 14 weeks to lose 29lbs. And even though there is a goal date in mind, ultimately the goal is to maintain the positive changes I've been making. <BR> <BR> I'... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:30:07 EST Just A Little Bit Everyday, I get just a little bit more motivated in this new life. It's hard to make change but tomorrow marks day 7. Officially my longest streak in a while, and feeling better about things in general. <BR> <BR> I have officially found something that works for me that I borrowed from Self Magazine. 150 "Happy Calories" per day. So I have a pack of Skinny Cow or a Greek froyo bar, and quite frankly. Think it's one of the main reasons I've been able to stay on track. I have a horrible sweet ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:42:10 EST Not All Rainbows Today marks day 5 of Les Mills Combat. <BR> <BR> I know I have to do this. I know I can. But it's definitely not something people say on a daily basis: "I love having to diet and exercise." Most people say they love feeling fit or love feeling strong; but I want to be able to say I'm fit, and strong, and I don't have to live in diet mode. That's why this is about a lifestyle change for me, including the word "moderation" to my life., I'll be honest, I'm not looking to take a year to lose the... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:57:41 EST What It Does For You These past four days have gone by relatively quickly. Some issues I had last Saturday are staring to get show some clarity and promise; which will pose the challenge of making sure I eat right and get in my exercise while my husband and I are packing up the house and driving 20 hours to our new (previous) home state. <BR> <BR> Now to the name of the blog. With these past four days of working out and eating right, I dropped two pounds. Though the number on the scale isn't a loss of 30 or even... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:09:25 EST Keep. It. Moving. Your body, keep it moving. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I got 30 minutes of weight circuit training in, followed by Les Mills Combat. How many calories did I burn? No clue because my heart rate malfunctioned and calculated nothing! A blessing in disguise maybe? To remind me that it's more important at this point in my journey that I move more, and not focus so much on making sure I burn 500+ cals in one workout...though I know I did tonight based off having done the workout before. <BR> <BR> Get movi... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:57:06 EST Monday Motivation Yeah, you must think I'm crazy. How can Monday be happy? <BR> <BR> Well, let me tell you. Monday is a new start for everyone. Whether you're starting your nutrition plan today, or started this weekend like I did; Monday brings a whole new set of challenges. Work, kids, traffic, feeling like snacking all day at work, etc. <BR> <BR> Today, you will face the same challenges maybe you did last week; maybe more, hopefully less. But with Sparkpeople you will learn better ways to overcome them. I... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:50:05 EST Just Had to Say Tonight, I'm going to bed satisfied with my efforts the last two days. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I have successfully avoided candy, avoided fill the cup frozen yogurt for only $4.50, and, have my lunch and snacks prepared for tomorrow. And I got my two workouts in over the weekend. Here's to keeping it goin!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:55:42 EST Just Got Real Reality can be harsh. Today I found that out. <BR> <BR> I took my measurements so that I could make a true assessment of progress as I work through my next 60 days of Les Mills Combat. <BR> <BR> My estimates were pretty accurate; and they were numbers I told myself in November of last year that I would never see again. But, here we are. I became a statistic today. <BR> <BR> However, I did not cry. I did not re-measure a hundred times to make sure my waist wasn't a 30 instead of 30.5. I a... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:43:19 EST Namaste-Today I need... Today I need some Bikram Yoga. <BR> <BR> I need some prayers sent my way for tough decisions, and prayers that everything will work out before October 1st. <BR> <BR> I need answers that I won't get for a while. <BR> <BR> I need to re-focus and remember what's important to me. <BR> <BR> I need support. <BR> <BR> I apologize I haven't been around lately Sparks. I haven't been myself and there are some possible big changes coming up in my life that threw my husband and I off. Don't worr... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:11:43 EST Back To It...Help! :) Oy vey. Getting back into the swing of things (nutrition wise) can be tough. I'm finding myself bored with the same old meals and cooking three full meals a day and two snacks. <BR> <BR> Any easy meal ideas would be appreciated! Few things I can't eat: Onions, peppers, any type of nut...and I really am not a salad person. Help me out Sparks! I know you have some awesome ideas! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:19:36 EST Best Saturday Night Ever Okay, so yesterday in general was pretty awesome. Had lunch with a good friend, did a little shopping, but the highlight was seeing Jo Koy at Orlando Improv. <BR> <BR> My cheeks still hurt this morning from laughing so hard. From his opener (James Ponce) to the end of the show, I don't think there was a time I didn't have a smile on my face. Jo Koy's been my favorite comedian for three years, and the meet and greet was just as awesome. Highly recommend looking him up online if you ever need ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:05:15 EST Shock 8:45 am on a Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> I've been awake for 2 hours. Got my workout in first thing in the morning before anything else! Breakfast was on point and I think today I'm going to reward myself with a mani/pedi before the show tonight. My husband and I are going to see Jo Koy (comedian) and I can't wait! I've wanted to see him for two years, but he's never been in a city close to me until now. Looking forward to some good laughs and some relaxation. <BR> <BR> Now, the reason for... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:58:13 EST No Words I couldn't come up with a cool or fun name for today's blog. Today is simply a reflection on the past four days. Today was that four day itch when you're tired, traffic sucks, and you just want to stop by the store on the way home and grab some comfort food. <BR> <BR> However, today was also that day that if I would have fallen for that dirty trick I've fallen for so many times, I could not and would not have made it through my workout (or eve bothered to try), would not have burned 762 calo... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:16:51 EST Short and Sweet Still here, still sparking, and doin my workouts everyday! Feeling good and looking forward to a healthy Friday! Hope you're all doing well on whatever journey you're on Sparks <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:12:33 EST Throwin In the Towel I'm done Sparks. I'm throwing in the towel... <BR> <BR> <BR> Because I finished my workout tonight! Of course! I'm not quitting, oh no. Today I was about 100 calories short; but other than that, my nutrition was perfectly on point, and I got my work out in. I even managed to get my husband to work out! <BR> <BR> Todays Thoughts: <BR> -So today marks day 2 of Les Mills Combat. I continue to love it; though I do wish it was a little bit more intense at times. <BR> -I woke up sore this morn... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:35:26 EST You Live & Learn Hey Sparks! Today was a decent day. I had all my meals planned; and then the boss brought me for a quick lunch in between meetings. Where? Popeye's Chicken. Are you aware they have nothing grilled on their menu?!?! I wasn't until I was faced with ordering. So I kept it simple, and made the mistake of getting Sweet Tea (out of habit) instead of unsweetened. <BR> <BR> How was this a good day you ask? Well, I still stayed within my all of my ranges for the day, AND got my workout in when I was... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:01:22 EST C.O.M.B.A.T Day 1 of Les Mills Combat DONE! Only 30 minutes long; but after constantly moving, and having a blast doing it, I shed 500 calories according to my HRM! Three words: I loved it. <BR> <BR> It's only been one day of combining diet and exercise; I started with nutrition earlier in the week because it's harder for me personally to eat well everyday than to work out. I feel like I'm on the right track, and with having my daily workouts planned, I can't wait to see what the next 60 days brings! <B... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:20:20 EST It Worked! Sparkpeople came to my rescue again...I'm glad it did because I almost fell into my same old trap. The candy bowl at work trap. No one's around, I had a few extra minutes, so I took some, and went quickly back into my office. <BR> <BR> Well, I got here, and Sparkpeople was pulled u;p on my computer with my Goal Setting trophy, and note on my desk that reads "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." (Aristotle). <BR> <BR> I turned around and put the candy... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:28:55 EST So So Excited!!! Okay Sparks. Tomorrow marks a very exciting day for me. Tomorrow starts day 1 of Les Mills Combat! I'm a program baby, and I succeed best with workout programs that give me the workout of the day, and a nutrition guide to follow. The first time I completed Insanity, I lost 23lbs, the second time, I lost 15. So it is an AWESOME program; but it's time for a change. <BR> <BR> Maybe the reason why is because in my field of work, I'm always thinking about different ways to help others and motiva... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:14:59 EST