SASSYSACY's SparkPeople Blog SASSYSACY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Completed half marathon Time to write about this experience before more and more time pass. <BR> <BR> I completed my first, yes first, half marathon. An amazing adventure. First of all let me say it wasn't even my idea. My friend at work simply WOULD NOT stop asking me and I grew tired of listening so I finally conceded. Not sure who was more surprised. I then proceeded to put off any training for a few weeks. Started with a 14 week training plan I found on the internet. Several weeks into it, my friend conv... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:21:11 EST Efforts Been a solid 2 weeks now that I've begun to change my eating habits, add in exercise and make small changes to work towards my immediate goal to loose weight and ultimately change my health. <BR> <BR> I've read about the benefits of lemon water, which though it tastes delicious and continues to be "a treat" for me, I'm wishing I saw more powerful results but patience is a virtue. I've been getting in 8-12 glasses of water/day, each day that gets easier and easier. I plan out my lunches bet... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:37:54 EST Three Day, Military Diet I came across this program....just a thought really but unsure about it. I know that there is no quick fix. I've been successful in the past with simple diet and exercise combined, however was considering trying this as a "jump start" oppurtunity...not anything long term. I mean three days...I could do that, follow a simple menu for 3 whole days while throwing some exercise in there. It boasts results like loose 10 lbs in 3 days! Yes I don't believe that but still considering it. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:40:14 EST Cheese Stick Yep, one cheese stick...too damn many calories! I was good but not worth those calories. I did hold out at one as my lunch partner insisted I try. Next time perhaps I'll just say I don't like them. <em>4</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:27:11 EST Overdue Blog the defining pant splitting moment I am back again Sparking after trying to decide what exactly would PUSH ME BACK OVER THE EDGE and REALLY motivate me. Again, READ: REALLY MOTIVATE ME. <BR> Well it should have been after the family halloween party when I got in the car with my son and RRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! <BR> My pants split right up the bum! Split so bad I actually had to throw them away and they were jeans, amd a newer pair at that. That wouldv'e been the moment, should have been the moment but it wa... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:48:20 EST Vicious cycle So I'm tired of talking about my previous weight loss. My previous success story. "The way I looked that summer"...and here I am. I know I'm not alone. You start out with tons of enthusiam. Watch everything. Track everything. Let your mind play games like "you just think your hungry". Even exercise regularly. Then...BAM! You stumble. You pick yourself back up. Stumble again. Then you fall and you just keep falling. Letting your hunger and lack of enthusiam continue to plague you... Thu, 3 May 2012 16:07:30 EST Chronically hungry So is it work? Am I bored at work and therefore chronically hungry as soon as I get in the office? Is it the morning workout which results possibly in an increased metabolism and therefore I am hungry a few hours later even after eating a decent breakfast shortly after? Completely ready for lunch now and its not even 11! UGH! <BR> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:48:00 EST Update Well in an attempt to update my page I figured I'd throw in a blog. Subject? Well I really don't have a clue. I'm compelled daily to focus on the positive things in my life. Accepting to dwell and wallow in the negative things is just depressing and I refuse to go there. I feel extremely lucky for so many reasons and remind myself and continue to focus on those. I recall a couple of quotes to keep me sane: <BR> <BR> "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger". <BR> "If you put your ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:47:00 EST Ah, I am consistently inconsistent! Well here I am back at it again. Well scratch that, a modified version. I signed up for WW, boy its been awhile but right now it feels like the right thing to do. A little extra help, to avoid spending money on new clothes I can spend money at WW and avoid that trip to the mall! First week in......drumroll.....8.8! HS! Yes I'm thinking that scale is broke or holy binge before I started which is the god's honest truth. It was a BIG dinner I had last week before getting on that scale, in ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:44:43 EST I just need to blog This week I started the Inferno plan (5 day program) with DH for Turbo Fire, a recent gift from DH. Yes, a helpful motivator! Started on Sunday....ate everything per guide and then missed the exercise for the day. First Day! Doh. Monday, ate as directed, completed workout for Monday AND Sundays too! Okay that was 2 hours+! WOW! Tuesday back on, ate as indicated and completed exercise. Then realized I misread the food portions for dinner which resulted in some larger portions! Crap! ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:13:14 EST I should be in a different place I just realized that my 3 year Spark Anniversary is around the corner. WOW! Has it been that long already? Where does the time go? <BR> <BR> I MEAN WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE??? Wow again! <BR> I guess my first reaction, the most obvious is, why am I not at goal? <BR> Geez. The million dollar question. Okay so immediately the excuses pile in....never a shortage of those... <BR> There was that injury, okay that was a year ago <BR> The Holidays...those were months ago <BR> The puppy, agai... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:13:20 EST Inspiration and review So prior to this blog I read the Editor's Pick article regarding the advantages of Strength Training. Now I've read this before but reading it again today, and, well it was another kick in the butt in the right direction. Since my New Year's resolution, like so many others, to get back into shape, I've been on the right track. Now I'm fearful that what's transpiring is just part of the process. My process. Big loss first week, so-so the second week (yes maybe I'm a bit ahead of myself he... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:20:45 EST Blah blah blah blog The holidays...oh my goodness, the quest for balance. Always something isn't there? <BR> I guess my saving grace is...... <BR> <BR> there is safety in numbers! Thanks fellow sparkers! Tue, 30 Nov 2010 15:45:37 EST I'm overdue It's been awhile since my last blog. So where am I at I ask myself? For starters, I feel a lot more "in control" of my life. Now actually saying that scares the crap outta me, but I remain optimistic. This is not temporary, this is an accomplishment! I've settled into my full-time job, I'm still able to manage the house, though maybe not with the same ease a part time schedule allowed, my family is well balanced and happy. I guess I do feel as if I'm back on track. Whew! Physically t... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 16:39:04 EST Freshman 15?! While I can not say that I ever experienced the "Freshman 15", while reviewing my spark page today it seems I have! I mean today I looked and well there it is! Anyhow I guess now being older and wiser (ha!) here I am but with the tools and the know-how to overcome. I love that. THE POWER TO OVERCOME. That just seems awesome, the thought that I am in control. So now am I rambling or merely in a phase of self discovery. Not sure which maybe both or maybe I'm just full of sh**! I know t... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:40:29 EST Driver's seat I'm thinking happiness is the one in the driver's seat. I'm sure I have so much control over what I eat and how much I exercise but so much inspiration comes from my personal happiness. I'm back to tracking and keeping my previously set goals after a week's vacation at home with my family. I've returned with renewed commitment to accomplish these goals and yes now changed my "weight goal" once again. I'm hoping to get to that optimal range by my 40th birthday. Now more than ever it's no ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:14:25 EST Revisions... So today marks a couple of weeks now settling into my "new program". Now in addition to my previous goals I'm adding on and modifying some, here goes nothin'... <BR> <BR> 3 days of exercise/week-any type of exercise <BR> Stay within calorie range <BR> No late night eating <BR> 5 freggies <BR> <em>23</em> 2 days of ST <BR> <em>318</em> 2 days of cardio <BR> Stay within calorie range <BR> NO late night eating <BR> 5 freggies <em>341</em> <BR> <em>194</em> 10-12 glasses of water per day... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 11:06:04 EST Denial's over.... Wow. So many things. Where to begin? Life over the past 6 months has been challenging for so many reasons. My personal physical goals have been set aside. Now I feel a little more in control and it's time for me to GET control. I've played games with the scale and avoided changing my current weight for sometime (lots of denial). So I'm facing the music... <BR> starting by setting some new goals, basic goals, but this time I'm putting them in writing: <BR> <BR> 3 days of exercise/wee... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:35:08 EST So time flies....2 year Spark Anniversary While typing my blog title I realize I wish that I'm wishing I was at goal weight. Well, been there done that, been there again and now trying to get there AGAIN! But actually the fact that I've made it this far over 2 years still makes me very happy. What I can say is that I completely RE-OWN my closet! I've accomplished several, even MOST of my fitness goals and I continue to strive for healthier living. I guess these are all things that I had hoped for despite being a few pounds over ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 13:23:35 EST Oh boy a blog Well I suppose it's that time again. This is what is going on. My current "program" is a result of a gift from DH, the "Biggest Loser Cardio Max". It is an at home dvd workout, 6 weeks long and then of course, maintenance. Every couple of weeks you add in another step. So far has proved to be pretty challenging though I find the music to be boring so have to supplement with some of my favorite stuff to keep me going. So much going on personally that trying to stay in line with the scale... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:57:55 EST New Year, new attitude Well the last year has been challenging for me to say the very least. <BR> Thank goodness that year is over. Now it is time to re-focus on my goals. As I continue typing this I realize that I am not 100% sure of what those goals are or what they could be but since I've accomplished so much and survived so much I'm sure I'll figure it out and tackle it head on and MY OWN WAY! <BR> <BR> Thanks to those who have taken the time to read my blog and good luck to you! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:26:54 EST Cocky Yes I got a bit cocky and it bit me in the a**! Yep, sure did. I was loosing every week or staying the same and actually started to consider maybe I was loosing TOO much. Well increased my calorie range and started eating a "few" treats. Little here, little there, handful of candy corn here, handful there. Big sugar buzz, dessert out one evening, Taco Bell another. Yes, nothing to be proud of when I consider I did it all and more in one week! UGH! Well the scale, it slapped me right a... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:54:35 EST Goal Change Today is the day. <BR> I made the decision to lower my goal weight. As I near reaching my goal weight (again) I realize that a few more seems to be the right thing for me. I am 5' 7 1/2", maybe close to 5'8" on a good day therefore in between 2 different weight goals. Easy right, just average and divide....well there's that and the fact that a weight range can be like night and day. Why is it? Too many variables, too many factors for me. Weight Watchers does this and so many more and ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:17:24 EST I Did It! I finally started P90X! Been talking about it WAY to long! Finally did it. It's early, Day2, but it is tough just as I was told it would be but I am ready, willing and able. Or at least I will be by Week 12. Had to fly solo as decided could no longer make excuses, and did not wait for DH. Now that ball is rolling I've also started on Biggest Loser Challenge 11. I think this is my third in a row, maybe 4. Anyhow sounds like a pretty good strategy for success. Wed, 9 Sep 2009 13:56:51 EST New program Well I am so excited! DH and I have finally set a start date to begin the P90X program! We have had it now for quite sometime and just have not found the time to fit it in (or continued to make excuses). So we're gearing up, literally, to start, just need to pickup a pullup bar and an extra resistance tube and we are ready. Seriously I think my expectations are high, however hoping this is what gets me to my goal. Whether or not that involves the scale doesn't matter as much as the accom... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 14:03:00 EST LONG OVERDUE... So I read a Spark Mail today detailing Fitness goals by astrological sign. Damn if it wasn't pretty close to the mark. So close, it's irritating. I continue to be 3 lbs (+) away from goal, but a goal which I've previously lowered. I've accomplished what I planned to accomplish and then some. The clothes I wanted to wear, alot of them, now TOO big. My fitness goals, done. Now I continue to strive to accomplish new fitness goals and take off just those "few more lbs". Wondering when it ... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:11:59 EST Pant size showdown They simply cannot agree. <BR> They being my butt versus legs and waist. <BR> Together they all gave up the 12's. <BR> Then they got together again and gave up the 10's. <BR> Everyone was happy. Now its time to give up the 8's but the butt, well the butt is still hanging on. The waist and legs they are ready, they've been ready, but the BUTT, all them curves, just won't cave. It just refuses to give up without a fight. Now I'm not talking about the occassional pair of 6 sizes. I'm ... Sun, 31 May 2009 23:34:32 EST Challenge goal update Well nearly 3 weeks into my Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Challenge and I feel I'm getting stronger. Though I have to say I really miss my previous strength training regimen I'm sure this one is helping. I'm now down 4 lbs for this challenge and a total of 6 lbs from the beginning of the BLC 10 challenge (4/22). My plan is with continued exercise at 7 days per week and MORE diligence to my daily calorie goal, I'll reach my goal on target. Also need to continue experimenting with different foods s... Wed, 20 May 2009 11:49:12 EST 5K-my personal goal Well I feel as if I can add another "notch in the belt". I did it! WOO HOO! 27.16 minutes. What a great day and what a great experience! Family was there and watched proudly as I finished and met my personal goal! Not only did I just want to run the entire thing my secret goal was to do about 27 minutes! Yes, I am thrilled. It was completely invigorating and I can't wait to do it again, but next time even better! Mon, 18 May 2009 09:57:50 EST Pushin' It Where to begin. Lots going on. Current member of the BLC-10 challenge for the FFF's and member of the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Challenge. Working on moving that scale down and getting back to my original goal (152) and then to my revised goal (147). Still seems like such a BIG number to me, weight wise, but I'm happy with the way I look and especially the way my clothes fit. Any less and I would need an entirely new wardrobe, yeah, that's just not in the cards. Working out 7 days per week.... Thu, 7 May 2009 11:31:26 EST One Year Today Well here am I. <BR> What a difference a year can make. I made my goal, then changed my goal and then a slight regression. Oops! It's all part of the process and I feel good about it. I am working to accomplish my fitness goals and feel strong and powerful on a regular basis. I look forward to each new workout and each oppurtunity to explore new fitness challenges! WOW! That itself is a huge accomplishment for me. I am thankful for the tools that I've gotten thru Spark and friends a... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:28:22 EST Exercise routine With Spark I started with small exercise goals. Initially my goal was to exercise 2 x per week. Once I was able to accomplish that I changed my goal to 3 days/ week. Soon after 3 days became a regular part of my routine and I changed my goal to 4 days/ current routine is exercise 6 days per week. I truly can't believe it myself since I really never enjoyed exercise. Now without it I feel lousy and miss it terribly. My "day off" is never the same since I need variety. I alterna... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 09:54:06 EST Goal adjustments Well, its official I've decided to re-adjust my goals. Initially in April 08 when I started with Spark, I'd hope to loose approximately 45 pounds. I've now lost 47 pounds but I'm really struggling with maintenance and find I keep going up and down the same 2-4 pounds. I adjusted my calories down therefore I'll stay lower and when I do go over well it won't be quite so far. I'm hoping that by adjusting my goals and dropping another couple of pounds it'll give me a "better cushion" and then... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:20:38 EST Jari Love-WOW! Okay wow! For those of you who've tried Jari Love perhaps you can agree that she can dish out a heck of a workout! Holy reps!! Anyhow 60 minutes yesterday and I can't believe I'm not super sore but expecting that tomorrow. So did the 60 minutes and sometimes felt like I was going to die! Yes, I don't always push myself that hard! Wow. See I admit it, I don't always push myself that hard. Well with Jari Love it seems impossible not too. Did the "Core" one. Can't remember the exact na... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:34:56 EST Weigh-in Eve On this day I find myself with a little anxiety knowing that tomorrow is weigh-in. Things have been a little wishy-washy for me over the past few weeks. Struggling to get past these "cravings". Goal is 152 lbs however I've had to adjust it since Spark won't allow me to be under goal so I keep having to change it. I guess that's a good problem to have. Anyhow I find the day before looking to get in any LCWO possible along with my regular daily routine. Of course watching salt and pouring... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:57:17 EST The scale: Friend or Foe? So 2 weeks ago, up 1 lb on a Wednesday-Weigh day. Weigh in again that evening down 1 lb. Following week weigh in on Wednesday, up 1 lb. Weigh in a couple of days after, down 4 lbs! Yes 4! Now typically I do not weigh in more than once per week, but since making goal I've become paranoid I'm going to gain. Plus added with the fact that I'd hurt myself and had limited exercise I was even more paranoid. I am aware how many variables can play into your weigh in: i.e. sodium intake, exerci... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:48:29 EST Loosing steam Well since meeting goal I've slowly starting loosing a little steam along the way. With a knee injury now and limited exercise I need to kick it back into gear. Time to re-commit to smaller goals and build on that progress! Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:02:59 EST The blog This blog is about blogging. My husband does not understand the whole thing nor does he understand how little time it takes to create a blog, matter of fact his exact words are "I think its a waste of time". Anyhow this blog is a demonstration of how little time it takes and also to show off my fab typing skills! So ha! Read it and weep baby! Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:39:33 EST Why? The cookie. <BR> Why did I eat the cookie? It sure was good but worth it? Hmm. Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:43:23 EST Friday, Fun Day It's been awhile. <BR> Working on maintenance. Working on measurements. Focusing on tightening and toning all those lovely "problem" areas. Everyone has them, its concentrating on them and changing them that's the real problem. <BR> TGIF! Looking forward to Saturday, always love the chance to get in a longer, harder workout and that's the weekends! Fri, 6 Feb 2009 09:31:16 EST New Day Wednesday Well tomorrow is the start of a new challenge and that means new goals for me along with the oppurtunity to accomplish those goals. Weigh in day changes to Wednesdays starting tomorrow and of course my current exercise program changes as far as strength and cardio days. All of this seemingly not possible 6 months ago yet here I am. Anxious to get on the scale tomorrow and possibly start a new challenge at goal weight. That would truly be something! Nothing like building up your expectati... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:13:57 EST The closet is back. Well at 1 lb from goal I'm feeling like I'm done. I set certain goals for myself and feel as if I've accomplished them. <BR> Exercise 4 days/week------Exercising 6 days/week-----done. <BR> Maintain level of physical "fitness" regularly-----done. <BR> Careful monitoring of calories and maintenance of same-----done. <BR> Black leather pants, size 8 (two goals actually)-----done. <BR> I brought my CLOSET back!!!!!!------done! <BR> Somehow it feels bittersweet and unbelievable. I'm proud ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 12:34:13 EST Weekly Weigh Day Down 1---yeah! Christmas celebration and all! Working in that exercise and seems to be helping me!! Also took my measurements today for the first time in 5 weeks! Yeah! Merry Christmas to me! Can't wait to wear my black leather pants over the holidays! <BR> 3 more to goal! Tue, 23 Dec 2008 09:27:29 EST Hey, hey 4 away! Merry Christmas and to all a "GOAL WEIGHT". Well how 'bout close? Gotta try on those leather pants. Gotta lot of wrapping to do, almost done with the shopping. Revisit the Xmas list, create the grocery list, modify the menu....Kid's Xmas clothes.....husband shirt......illuminaries, placecards, centerpiece, the list goes on and on but a weight loss today will get me through it! Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:12:39 EST Straight Eight Well got into some "skinny pants" over the weekend, but not the leather pants, not there yet. Just too tight to wear out. They are a straight 8, not a big eight and not a little 8 but a straight 8. Get it? So off to work I go alternating between cardio and strength and trying to work out 6 days per week. Still loosing but the inches are what I need now. Six pounds from goal but ultimately its about my clothes, not the scale. Wed, 3 Dec 2008 10:11:05 EST Race Day/T-Day, I can't wait day I'm so excited for the race tomorrow. First 10k tomorrow and not even sure how I'll do, but I'm doing it. Really doing it. Didn't realize just how excited I was until just today. This is become very important to me. HUGE. A personal goal. A quest. Something I commited to and stuck to it! Really stuck to it-for me! Can't wait! Wed, 26 Nov 2008 14:26:49 EST Another week, closer to goal I think the entry says it all. Yeah. Tue, 25 Nov 2008 10:03:28 EST Thin, thin, thin So its just a word but I'm starting to feel thin. Accomplished. My weekly goal to exercise 4 days per week. DONE. Now the new goal: exercise 6 days per week. Never mind the bustline which continues to retreat, now I'm just waiting for the rear to do the same! Unfortunately I think they are quite attached to each other! <BR> Looking forward to a strong Saturday morning workout. Love Saturdays since I workout for nearly 1 1/2 hours (because I can) and like it. Who is this talking? T... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:15:51 EST Help! I'm loosing my bustline So I'm a shapely girl. Well I guess I haven't been a girl in sometime. Shapely woman. Less shapely now than a few months ago but all my curves sorta evened themselves out. Now as I continue to loose and tone and firm and all that fun stuff my bustline is on its way out! Okay this is upsetting since for the longest time I was loosing but still had um'! Now all the sudden they are retreating! Not prepared for that! Help! What to do!!!!!! Thu, 6 Nov 2008 14:32:59 EST Hey, hey, hey-I lost today! Down 2! WOO HOO! Checking in. T-Day is approaching, b'day approaching. Getting ready for the 20 year reunion. Surprised we're actually going. Keeping my motivation up for the holiday weekend. Still fighting this darn sinus thing, but overall: life is good. Tue, 4 Nov 2008 11:58:12 EST