SEAFLOAT's SparkPeople Blog SEAFLOAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Piyo Started Piyo this week. I am really excited about it! I was looking for something to increase my motivation and help me get in shape better. Has anyone out there tried it and if so, how did it work for you? Wed, 6 Apr 2016 13:25:55 EST Changes are working I got good news last week. I went to the doctor for my follow up. She no longer wanted to put me on any medications. I told her how much the acupuncture really helped with my mood and energy. Because I have a lot more energy I am now able to exercise and not feel exhausted for the rest of the day. It has been a long time since I felt this good. Also my blood pressure and mood is better so I don't feel the need to compulsively eat. I have lost 5 lbs in the last month and I am really glad thing... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:42:50 EST Trying Hard Recently I have been have heavy and scary heart palpitations. After numerous tests it looks like my heart is in good shape. Thank God! The problem turns out is pre-hypertension and anxiety. Although I don't really feel anxious I have noticed that I have been compulsively eating. My doctor says that high blood pressure can cause feelings of anxiousness. She is wants to put me on blood pressure medication but I am hesitant. I was given blood pressure medication before by another doctor and it m... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 08:27:02 EST In need of a good arm workout. Any suggestions? I've been eating a lot more fruits and vegetables. I've been walking a mile at least 4 days a week. Now I'd like to add a good arm work out. My arms are really huge for my body and I would really like to get them slimmer and more defined. I am hoping to find a 15 minute or so workout I could do daily or every other day. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. I have 3 lb hand weights and a red theraband. I can do a few modified push-ups but not to many of those or exercises lik... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:06:11 EST Clothes shopping I really dislike clothes shopping. I put it off unless I have to have something. Right now I need new work clothes. I have put it off for a long time and now my work clothes and scrubs are starting to come apart. <em>24</em> So I went shopping today after work. After spending an hour an a half, I finally got one new pair of scrubs. I probably should have gotten more but I just couldn't. I hate to buy a lot of clothes when they don't fit great. They make me look huge (Yes, I'm blaming the ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:24:09 EST Springlike weather motivates! I love spring weather! It makes me want to get outside and do stuff! Biking, walking or working in the yard. Great exercise that I want to do and don't have to talk myself into it. <BR> The warmer weather also makes me crave fruits and vegetables. I went to the grocery store today for our weekly and while I was there I couldn't get out of the produce aisle. Sweet potatoes, strawberries, grapes, carrots, veggies, cauliflower, and broccoli. I also made a pitcher of fused water with cucumbers, l... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:38:31 EST Good news Results are back from my annual physical. Other than needing to lose some weight, I'm a healthy girl. Feeling blessed! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:17:08 EST Feeling Good It's been a week since I started implementing healthy habits in small steps. I didn't build up to as many healthy things by the end of the week as I would like to have but I still did ok. Today was the first day I truly feel good in a month. The sun is shining and I'm off work today, so it is a great day to really work hard. I have already worked out and feel so much energy afterwords! I have been counting my calories and drinking lots of water so far today too. <BR> <BR> Today was also the... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:16:39 EST Trying to get back on track. After taking several weeks off, I am now ready to get back on track. Problem is I am not motivated at all. So I have decided to do at least one healthy thing today. Then tomorrow I will do 2 healthy things, and keep adding until the week ends. These things may seem small to some of you but right now I am not doing anything healthy, so anything would be an improvement. My choices are drinking a glass of water (I haven't had one full glass of water in a while), eating a serving of vegetables, o... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:41:30 EST A different kind of loss My dad passed away over the weekend. I am very sad. I am glad he went to be with our Father in Heaven and is no longer suffering, but it still hurts. I will miss him dearly. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:32:21 EST Having a set back this week First my phone died and I wasn't able to track my calories on my fitness pal. Then I got a cold and just haven't been eating very well. I'm ready to get back on track. I bought a new phone today and plan on starting to track my foods again tomorrow. Sometimes the smallest things can get you off track. I know I'm only human and I'm not beating myself up about it. But I do know how important it is to get back on track right away. Glad I have my husband and Spark to support me! <em>527</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:14:24 EST Exercise Haven't done it in over a week. Yikes! Just not into it this year. On the other hand I have been eating great and drinking lots water. I've lost 8 lbs so far. I hope I can keep on losing considering I'm not working out. I hope I get the desire to exercise soon. I feel great, but when I think about working out my brain says "No thanks" Lol Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:34:24 EST A week of progress The first week went by smoothly. I managed to stay within my calories everyday, drank 8 glasses of water everyday, and worked out for at least 10 minutes 6 out of the last 8 days. I didn't have any doubt the first week would go well. I hit the ground running this week. It's the next week that will prove to be the challenge. I hope my motivation and determination stays strong. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:17:54 EST I'll admit it, those changes kicked my butt! When I last posted I was just starting a new contract almost 2 hours from home. All the things I feared came true. 3 1/2 hours driving each day on top of 8 and 9 hour work days made it really difficult to eat right and exercise. It also didn't help that the facility I work at likes to have a potluck at least once a month and co-workers/patients are always bringing in goodies. Needless to say I have gained all the weight back and feel terrible. That 13 week contract turned into 7 months and fi... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:53:39 EST Adapting to Changes I am a travel therapist. I get a contract to work in different nursing homes for 13 week assignments. When I renewed my dedication to getting healthier and losing weight, it was at the beginning of a new work assignment. I was fortunate that it was a job close to home. This allowed me to be home in time for dinner and allowed me time to work out. Starting tomorrow I will have a new assignment in a different town. This will be almost a 2 hour drive to work and and 2 hrs back home. This most de... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:34:07 EST HELP! I'm having a bad week! Saturday was my daughter's birthday party and the start of some bad behavior on my part. I thought I could handle some snacks at the party and not go overboard. When I went overboard, I thought well I'll get back on track tomorrow. It wasn't that easy. Family came in from out of state and stayed with us. Between the party and the junk food in the house for out of state family, I have been unable to control myself. Family is now gone but I still can't stop snacking. I have purged all the junk ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:55:50 EST Slowing Down I have been really dedicated to losing weight this year. The first month and a half everything was going good. I was losing weight and being more active. It was really paying off and I was excited. Then things began slowing down. I kept gaining and losing the same pound. It was very frustrating, but I refused to give up! I decided I needed to change things. What? I thought I was just figuring this weight loss stuff out. <BR> I really didn't want to lose momentum and I wanted to keep making pr... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:10:25 EST Two Years Later It's been 2 years since I updated my blog. I figured it's about time. Since then I have graduated college and I am now working in Occupational Therapy. My husband has joined me in getting healthy and active. We have made it a family journey. Our girls are learning to eat healthier and we are active together. Some of the activities we enjoy together are biking, walking, skating and Wii Fit nights! <BR> <BR> I wish I would have stuck with it more 2 years ago. I had lost some weight then and I ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:42:03 EST Still Determined I haven't been on Spark for almost a month! I have still been working on me though. Things have been really busy with my internship and kids, etc. Normally I would have given up by now and just figured it wasn't a good time. But not this time! I haven't been eating as good and working out as much, but I have been doing enough to maintain my weight loss. I am ready to pick up the pace again. I am going to try to get my husband to do it with me. I could use the support at home--and the competit... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:00:45 EST Working it out. It took a few days but I am starting to figure out how to fit things in. I started walking some during my lunch. It has been cold but I just bundle up. I also make sure to at least get on the Wii fit for at least 10 minutes every other day. I am really trying to make this happen. I figure a little change wherever I can is better than no change. I am really determined to lose this weight and get healthy. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:00:07 EST Motivated but on a time crunch I have been on the program for a little over a month now. I have had good success so far. Now my schedule has changed and I hardly have any time to devote for taking care of myself. I feel so motivated, but just need more time in the day to plan meals, workout and educate myself about healthy living. Ugh! I feel frustrated! I am having a hard time balancing kids, husband, internship, work, house, and me. <em>46</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:37:48 EST