SBRAN833's SparkPeople Blog SBRAN833's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Progress Update Hola fellow Sparkers - again, I must apologize for not being as present as usual... I've kind of migrated over to MyFitnessPal ... as well as using my fitbit religiously and more recently endomondo when I go on my walks during lunch hour at work. <BR> <BR> I've been doing insanity for about two weeks now (I haven't missed a workout yet this week) which I am pretty proud of myself. I've been using my HRM at volleyball to get the full caloric burn information because lets be honest, an hour... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:25:02 EST Monday, Monday... After a long weekend of fence trench digging, butterfesting, gyro eating, and beer drinking ... I'm spent. I'm also retaining water because the 4 lb turned into a 1 lb loss this morning. But that's okay, it's just a number. I found my motivation and that's all that matters!! <BR> <BR> I don't have much time to blog today .. but basically this is the plan: <BR> <BR> Work till 4 <BR> Clean up back yard/fire pit (saturday's aftermath) <BR> Insanity FitTest <BR> Softball @830 <BR> Elliptica... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:03:47 EST Not too shabby There's always room for improvement, but I'm down 4 lbs this week. It's butterfest this weekend so I have to really behave .. I hope you are all staying on track, and if not, get back up on that horse and ride baby!! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:58:08 EST June ... It's a journey right? <BR> <BR> This weight loss thing ... well more and more it seems like it's been last on my priority list, and that changes today. <BR> <BR> So after Dave's bday weekend and full of drinking and shenanigans; I am restarting my Master Cleanse (please no scolding on that - to each their own) and currently I am almost 7 hours in and I don't plan on stopping until at least Thursday... then after the plan is to go part time Vegan/Clean Eating ... <BR> <BR> Tonight's ag... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:54:30 EST Yuck... I am not very proud to say that I've totally slacked. I'm back up to the 2 hundy mark as of 7:30 this morning ... But I packed a healthy lunch, and I ate oatmeal before I left for work ... The weather is getting nicer (finally) and I will be doing a lot more outside. Mondays are softball nights. Tues-Wed-Thurs are volleyball. So my workouts will have to be at 5:00 in the morning. (SH*TBUCKETS) but it'll all be so worth it anyway so I'm good. <BR> <BR> Insanity/TurboFire Hybrid starts ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:04:26 EST Insanity Round 2 Hey guys!! Sorry I've been so MIA lately! UGH I'm mad at myself for not checking in and blogging enough... but that's about to change. <BR> <BR> I haven't completely fallen off the wagon. But this past week was a game changer. Work was insane. Computer and internet issues, so I basically was a sitting duck all week up until Friday around 1pm ... But I've worked out everday except for yesterday this past week, such a great way to take out the stress! <BR> <BR> So my plan was to wait t... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:32:47 EST Weekend Total bust. Ate like poop. Didn't track my food (BAD STACY). Didn't workout ... <BR> <BR> New week - Home stretch with insanity ... TIME TO GET BACK WITH IT. <BR> <BR> Weekly goals: <BR> <BR> Track track track my food!! <BR> Make healthier choices!! <BR> Elliptical 60 mins a day!! <BR> Insanity (last week - time to push through to the max)!! <BR> <BR> I stepped back on the scale, and I wasn't happy with it what so ever ... but I can feel the results regardless. <BR> <BR> UGH it gets s... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:17:55 EST Update .. Hey guys!! Sorry I've been a little MIA, I'm here, I'm trying to check in, just can't blog as much. I have only stepped on the scale twice this month, the last time was on the 4th ... so, so far I'm doing good with that! <BR> <BR> Last week after Wednesday, there were 4 days that went by that I didn't workout ... BAD STACY!!! I was a wee bit emotional and got in a funk. But I'm not letting that stop me .. The holidays have been coming up and I've been super busy trying to get the house c... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:00:44 EST Mornings I've been getting up (not as often as I should) before work in the mornings and getting a workout in :) Let me tell you, I will mumble and grumble all the way up until the warmup is over ... but I feel great today. So I am hoping I can keep this morning streak going. I can tell ( I think ) my metabolism is speeding up because I am hungry more often during the day, and I'm letting myself eat. I will be doing another two videos of Insanity when I get home tonight, making up for last night be... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:22:08 EST Two (and a half) week Progress (In Pics) So yeah, I was complaining about not "losing" ... I was getting a wee bit discouraged if I am going to be completely honest. But no where near to the point of giving up completely. Just kept going because progress is progress, whether it's a pound or a half inch. ... <BR> <BR> So since Nov 12th - to Dec 1st ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:01:53 EST New Game Plan So for the past few months, I've been b*tching that I've wanted to get my butt up every morning and get in my workouts ... well it's no secret that I love my sleepy time. But I want my success more. So here is my new game plan for December:... man, can't believe it's coming up next week already!! <BR> <BR> Morning (BEFORE WORK) Workouts: <BR> <BR> M/T/TH/F: <BR> (they're short HIIT, but effective) <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Elliptical 20 mins (at least) <BR> <BR> ***MAKE SURE... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:31:46 EST Plateau.. I will break through. Ugh okay - so I've come to the realization, that these past few weeks, probably since Halloween, I haven't been paying as close attention to my food as I should have been. Which could be one of the many reasons why I'm suck wishy washy between 186 and 183, and cannot seem to break it. I am working out 4-5 times a week with insanity/zumba/elliptical - so I know my nutrition is a HUGE factor. <BR> <BR> I'm also still generally new with my fitbit so I'm still adjusting. I just wish there w... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:31:48 EST Good Influences! So a recap on this month, I'm pretty darn proud of myself!! <BR> <BR> ((Sorry I've been MIA)) I have been pretty busy with work, hardly time for sparking. :( Except to track. But I am kind of stuck in this little bit of a plateau due to not eating the best I could. But that's going to change and I will get back in the swing of things. I haven't been eating "bad"... but there is always room for improvement. <BR> <BR> First weekend in a long time I did Fri, Sat, and Sunday workouts. I'v... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:23:59 EST Happy Thanksgiving All! Sorry I've been a little MIA with blogging ... keeping up with my tracking though, which is great! I've still been trying to encourage my best friend to start as well, though I don't think it's clicked how beneficial tracking can really be. (She's getting married next Oct) After a binge, there's not that there is much you can do, except make healthier choices after that, but being conscious about what is going into your body, makes a difference. <BR> <BR> So ... I got my FITBIT ONE today... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:09:14 EST FitBit One So, it's about that time of year when the parents ask, "what do you want for Christmas" ... this is the first year, I actually said exactly what I wanted... they usually spend up to 100 bucks on the kids, and this was right in budget... I wanted a FitBit. So for the majority of the morning, I was doing my research, and either order it on Amazon, or the, I chose Amazon. Due to the simple fact that it could be here by Monday ... asked if that was 'legal' and they could just wrap ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:44:28 EST Small victories! So my girlfriend, Kristan, got her divorce final yesterday. So we decided to go celebrate with a little shopping spree and dinner. But before I get to that, I'll recap on the events leading up to it: <BR> <BR> I had woke up a bit sore in the core (yay) from insanity the night before. It was a good sore, not unbearable. So stopped and got the usual, bananas, OJ, and a breakfast crossaint from Kwik Trip. Knowing the crossaints have more calories than the muffins, I only ate half. (small v... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:23:47 EST Insanity Fit Test #3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's #3 ... Such improvement!! I was scared that the recovery week was going to get me all bent out of shape. I guess building those muscles was a good break, and surprisingly I'm back up on the Insanity horse, only taking the weekend off. <BR> <BR> On to Month 2 Day 2 ... Max Interval Plyo ... save me Lord Jesus!! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:00:00 EST Grr... Days like this, I wish in the middle of the work day, I could just leave and throw myself into a good sweat. <BR> <BR> A certain family member has started up another "pity fiesta" for herself, when it's not that hard to realize she is the one who keeps this feud going by constantly posting every little poor me on Facebook. She's almost 35 years old ... and a "professional" business person. mmhmm ... ... ... Act Like IT!! <BR> <BR> It is seriously taking me everything I have to NOT recip... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:08:46 EST Playing Catch Up Hey guys!! Sorry I haven't blogged in a few days!! <BR> <BR> I don't really have much time to blab to ya'll today - but you're important to me so I'm here! :) <BR> <BR> Saturday I did 30 mins on the elliptical. I should have done day 2 of my Recovery Week - but I was running short on time. I promised my friend Nikki that we'd have a girls night. So I snacked on a few Lindor chocolates, and had some hot tea. We watched the 5 Year Engagement and What To Expect When You're Expecting. <... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:19:48 EST You have to EARN it ... Forgive me, I tend to ramble, but eventually I get back to the point!! :) <BR> <BR> So down 2 pounds this morning ... yay. I know I should have eaten more yesterday, but I literally was not hungry. Had half of my club sub for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Drank water like a mother effer the rest of the day, finished up my last day of INSANITY!! I'm so proud of myself... !! After that had a can of tuna, little mayo, and a splash of pickle juice for supper. Then on to the ell... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:17:40 EST Consider my mind, blown. Hey Stacy! Just wanted to say I love seeing your updates...I'm very very proud of you!! Keep it up!! <BR> <BR> Looking good girl!!! <BR> <BR> Your so inspiring with all these pictures! :) <BR> <BR> I honestly look up to you, for your dedication and everything about this. I have gadgets an eating disorder for 10 in recovery...and all I want is to be normal again...I have came to the realization that I am not fat nor do I need to lose weight. it took about a year of help to see t... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:06:15 EST Week 6 Progress In Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:38:45 EST New Investment Happy Thursday Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I am in such a good mood... (Psst, I also haven't picked up my Rx from the pharmacy for my depression medication, but I think it's the endorphines that are keeping me steady ... don't worry, I'm picking it up today, but it's been almost a week) BAD STACY!! <BR> <BR> Anyway ... about this new investment ... I bought an elliptical yesterday evening after work! Since I've been living on my own, I've always wanted one. It was the main machine, besides the w... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:27:54 EST Don't Give Up I started the Insanity Journey for a 2nd go around on Sept 28th... and with the recent break up, really got my motivation going. The following pictures are only a 3-4 weight difference. Just more proof to throw away that scale!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't been 11... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:42:29 EST Rest Day So I took a rest day yesterday ... but instead of just resting, I decided to eat probably almost every 2 hours ... I felt like a failure, but it's not knocking me off my progress horse. I did nothing though but lay on the couch yesterday. And it was nice! LOL, regretting it today though but I will get home, take the dog for a walk, if it's not raining, get my treadmill on, zumba, then insanity. Yeah, it seems like a lot, but so is laying on the couch all day ;) <BR> <BR> Have a great wee... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:26:20 EST LOL ... I'm special So I just figured out how to actually work my heart rate monitor/watch thingy. Maybe I'll actually use the thing now. ;) <BR> <BR> Going to make some breakfast then go for a walk/jog with Lincoln this morning. After that it's Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs for Insanity... maybe throw some Zumba in there later! ;) <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a fantastic day/weekend!!! Stay strong and fit guys!!! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 11:43:45 EST Insanity Fit Test #2 Holy buckets .. I actually did it. :) <BR> <BR> Switch kicks: 70 --- 76 <BR> Power jacks: 40 --- 49 <BR> Power kicks: 75 --- 95 <BR> Power jumps: 20 --- 33 <BR> Globe jumps: 5 --- 6 <BR> Suicide jumps: 8 --- 10 <BR> Push up jacks: 12 --- 15 <BR> Obliques: 35 --- 40 <BR> <BR> The first numbers are from Sept 24th ... so not too bad!! :) But I'm beat!! Shower, quick lite supper then BED!!! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:45:53 EST Control. Was something I lacked last night. That's for sure. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good during the day. Though I could have made better food choices, but I was in a hurry. <BR> <BR> It was after my workout and green tea, that I seemingly was going all T-Rex on my fridge/pantry. I was already over my calorie intake, and I knew it. <BR> <BR> Ugh, I don't even want to track it because I don't want to even know ... but there was an inch 1/2 cube of cheddar cheese, then some pepperjack cheese. ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:50:03 EST Weekend Update Hey all, <BR> <BR> Not surprised at all, I didn't track what I ate this weekend... but I can tell you that I know it wasn't the healthiest. <BR> <BR> That softball tournament was fun, cold, rainy but fun. I sure hope I don't get sick though... <BR> <BR> Took my Monday progress pictures, I didn't get to work out the full week as I wanted to, but still progress is progress... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:26:43 EST TGIF!! This was a LOOOONG week!! Holy cow, I did not want to get out of my warm bed this morning! :) I took the night off from the work out. I feel pretty guilty, but I think I needed it; not for the fact I was sore, but after the grocery shopping and preparing meals was out of the way, ((found some new recipes I needed more ingredients)) it was already 7:30, by the time I was getting to clean up, I realized I had a leak under my sink, so I had to clean that up! Oy! So yeah, working out was put ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:43:57 EST 'Nother Day... Just another day, another dollar :) It's I guess a good day. Kinda gloomy out. I miss the sunshine of summer. My mother (whom I work with) drives me crazy sometimes with her constant snacking on pistachios. Just sayin'. I don't know if it's her trying to "be quiet with random chomps" so no one hears you thing, or if it's the shells randomly falling in the trash bin. Yesterday - it went on for two hours. I know I know, tone it out, but it's seriously one of my biggest pet peeves. (Quie... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:31:08 EST Venting So it's the 9th of October already!! Can you believe it?! Such an emotional year to be honest with lots of up and downs ... mostly ups according to my scale! LOL, but I am happy to say that within 9 months (though I don't want to give a time limit because if I don't meet my expectations I don't want to be so disappointed...) But I know that if I keep at it... there will be definite results ... I mean heck, I've only been consistently been working out 5+ days a week for starting my 4th week, ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:46:57 EST Progress is Progress!! From Oct 1st to Oct 7th FRONT <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From Oct 1st to Oct 7th SIDE <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From Oct 1st to Oct 7th BACK <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep at it ... little by little you WILL see the change!!! I have a long way to go but this time I am not giving up on myself!!! <BR> <BR> xoxo Mon, 8 Oct 2012 22:05:00 EST Only have time for a quickie!! ... quick summary of the weekend - I ate like poo. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out Saturday or Sunday either, but I can still tell my body is changing... progress pictures due tonight. Will be up as soon as I can. <BR> <BR> This week will be busy busy with INSANITY and zumba as usual - the weekend will consist of the "save second base" charity tournament. <BR> <BR> Emotionally, I'm here. Every day is another battle, some times I have to go hour by hour... but it's looking up... not loo... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:21:21 EST How sweet... I had a dentist check up Wednesday... everything went great. Of course it was the day after I broke up with Carl, so as expected, I didn't look the greatest bc of crying - so my hygienist and I talked a little, of course about the break up, and well today I got a card in the mail... <BR> <BR> Dear Stacy: <BR> I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to be your hygienist for the past 4 + years. It has been a pleasure getting to know you! It was nice chatting with you at your appointme... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 18:03:18 EST Looking good is the best Revenge Morning Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> Though, I am not by any means even CLOSE to my goal weight, I am slowly going to get there. Sure, every day is a struggle yet to not feel the emptiness I feel in the mornings due to the recent break up ... but what better way to fill it with self confidence!! ... I decided that I was going to try to get back into my size 11's. And they zipped! With little to moderate muffintop, but nothing I can't cover up with a cardigan. Besides, I just sit behind a desk f... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:51:30 EST That Awkward Moment When... You think you are important to somebody and you're not. <BR> <BR> So here's the deal. Mid July ... I met this fantastic guy - pursued me, the whole works, came to visit - we even in the course of dating met each others' parents. Of course I fell in to it soaked it all right up, but I was going by his cues. NOTE: I don't EVER bring someone home to meet my parents. <BR> <BR> Now let me just say that when I had talked to him last (two Saturdays' ago) there was nothing distant from him, ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:36:14 EST It's a good morning :) Every morning is a good morning when the scale pops you back down to 189 ... it's definitely better than 193 I saw this past Monday morning ... !! Also I stopped at the local gas station to pick up a few things, and at the counter, the nice lady at the register complimented me on my hair :) Didn't do anything special, just brushed it after the shower, so it's half wet half dry anyway, but she liked my grown out highlights ... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was pretty rough for me. I was stressed out... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:48:39 EST Son of a ... Okay... I had a revelation this morning ... <BR> <BR> I lost the weight before, I got lazy and packed it on ... again. The price you pay for finally being "happy" right?! LOL <BR> <BR> But had a long chat with myself in the car this morning ... How am I going to change this?! ... by getting off my ass and working day in and day out. <BR> <BR> I am going to also begin tracking my food again ... Quit with the crap food. You get out of what you put in ... and this time it will be 110%. ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:24:53 EST Going Strong ... I'm feeling really good about my eating this week!! I haven't felt like this in a while ... stress levels are slowly coming down a bit evertyhing is going extrememly well with carl... meeting his parents next weekend... gotta cut it short today, but will hopefully have all weekend to update!! <BR> <BR> keep it up ya'll!! <BR> <BR> xoxo Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:36:43 EST Rocket Science? ... here's the deal. Losing weight is not rocket science. You can't lose weight without diet and exercise. 70% is diet. 30% is exercise. <BR> <BR> For years, food was my enemy. Still is some days. 3 out of the 6 members in my immediate family had the gastric bypass surgery... we obviously come from a family who likes to eat their food. I was active in HS, wanted to be like the skinny girls who ate everything, while I munched on a celery stick with peanut butter, to make sure I wouldn'... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:49:15 EST Hey Slacker!... Ugh, it's been over a month since I've blogged. I kinda gave up on myself there. But there have been some positive changes ... (not the scale I'm sure, but whatever) <BR> <BR> 1.) I met someone ... eek! :)) oh and he is absolutely amazing ... <BR> <BR> 2.) I have been getting up early in the AM's. Like crazy early... 5:30. Ew. <BR> <BR> I have a lot to work on. Yet again. I don't understand myself. I get into BEAST MODE for about a month or two, and then poof, there it goes. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:29:35 EST Powering through! I think I am in a love/hate relationship with Shawn T ... lol <BR> <BR> After softball last night, I came home, and decided that I WAS GOING TO DO MY DAY 1 OF WEEK TWO INSANITY. and I actually did it... :) <BR> <BR> That's all ;) Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:15:51 EST Catching up! Morning all! <BR> <BR> I am proud to say that for four weeks - I have been working my butt off at least 6 days a week! No real big changes on the scale ( :( ) but that happens, muscles are rebuilding... I did hit 182 this weekend though. It's not much, but it's something. <BR> <BR> I also decided that with taking so much of my time concentrating on INSANITY, I don't have time for the Rock It group I joined ... :( Sorry guys. There's a FB group that I joined that we are all keeping ea... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:50:30 EST What's that? Do I feel triceps?! Why yes, I can feel some definition starting to show... especially on my fatty arms?! This is a great feeling. I've been kicking butt with INSANITY... though the scale is still up and down, I finally saw the 183 mark yesterday morning. It's been a week battle to try to get past 184 - I think I should probably be a little more mindful of what I eat, I haven't been eating bad, but I could cut back on the noodles, bread, etc... happy to report I haven't had a soda in FORE... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 10:13:45 EST WEEK ONE Main Challenge Rockin' the Workouts This week's workout plan: <BR> <BR> 1.) Continue to train for the virtual 5K <BR> ** Treadmill - 25 mins M W F <BR> <BR> 2.) INSANITY <BR> ** Complete daily video M T W TH F (weigh in Sat) <BR> <BR> 3.) Extra Cardio <BR> ** In addition to M softball and W volleyball (ZUMBA for at least 40 mins) <BR> <BR> That may seem like a lot to do, but I've really been pushing myself to becoming more active working out 6x a week ... I haven't felt burnt out yet, last week was a set back on Tu... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:29:32 EST Accomplished :) My metabolism must be on the rise ... why do you ask? well let me tell you :P <BR> <BR> Yesterday after work (I got done REALLY early) I went and got some eggs, milk, etc ... so I had scrambled eggs with cheese for lunch. <BR> <BR> Then had my fruit dessert, then got my workout on. Did my training for the virtual 5k, and zumba. My legs were on fire but I pushed through it. <BR> <BR> After that, I met up with a friend to go watch our other friends play volleyball. OMG I have so many ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:31:03 EST My rest day ... Well, yesterday was fairly good, decided to not over exert myself with a workout, I stretched my legs all through out the day, considering that I have a desk job and don't really get up much other than to walk to the fax, to get water, or go the bathroom. I still wasn't trusting to go full on sweaty pants with freshly pulled muscles from Monday night, but instead decided to power clean, water the flowers, etc, have active rest day. I could have done with out the noodles for dinner, but noth... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:14:18 EST Pulled Quads So yesterday was going great, well, after the rant about the dumb scale, had a salad for lunch, was asked to sub again for softball down at the park. Stoked, thinking of all the calories I burned last Monday, I decided to take a quick power nap before the game ... <BR> <BR> Everything going well, they actually put me at 3rd base, which I've never been at before, but didn't screw up too bad ;) <BR> <BR> Hitting left and right, got an RBI first time up to bat and was safe, it was like the b... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:22:39 EST ... I don't think so, scale! So today's the weekly weigh in... I woke up, feeling great, slept great, had that feeling you may be just a few pounds lighter ... Tap, Look down, *^$^%(&!! <BR> <BR> You mean to tell me between Sunday morning and today, I gained the 5 lbs back that I worked so hard all week to lose, so yeah right, scale ... talk about retaining some water, much? <BR> <BR> So I'm not going to update the ticker - Sunday I weighed in at 184 (even after a night full of Saturday drinking [had a volleyball to... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:23:57 EST