SERENLEB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SERENLEB SERENLEB'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/ Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154520 So, I want to tell everyone out there. Be PATIENT. I would go for weeks without loosing much weight at all but it has finally come together. I know it's frustrating to EXERCISE and watch what you eat and not loose weight. I kept doing it and now the weight comes off when I'm not expecting it. I think my body was fighting it and now it has acceptance. EXERCISE has been key and now I need to make sure I eat enough to keep doing it!!! I'm at the point where I have to make an effort to eat... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:57:14 EST I can't believe how things have switched http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152552 So when I first signed on to sparkpeople in May. I was 40 pounds over weight. Was not exercising regularly and not taking care of myself. I was ready for change. It started with just tracking what I ate, then my exercise and then my weight. It's amazing how if we don't pay attention to the details of our life the weight packs on. I have lost over my goal by 2.5 pounds. I'm not overly skinny at all. I'm right in my range I'm almost 5'2" range is 115 - 135 ( I weigh 124.5 as of today) I ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:36:44 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151565 Like the David Bowie song :) It has now been a month since I found out bout my husband affair and he has left me for the other woman. I'm ok today, wasn't yesterday. Sometimes super sad or angry. I'm all over the place. I have reached my weight goal but now I have to worry about not eating. Funny how things changed. I started therapy and was encouraged to buy easy to eat foods. I have no desire to cook or take the effort. I bought some frozen stuff. I can manage to cook an egg but I'm... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:12:47 EST Been awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148175 I have so appreciated the sparkpeople community. This last month has been the worst of my life but the support has been amazing. My husband is not coming back and is moving in with the other woman. Kills me. But, I have reached my weight goal loose. I've lost 40 pounds, I have run a 5k and got third place in my age division and have great people around me. I really wish my husband knew what he is going to miss out on. I feel like I'm on the road to great thing. Hopefully I will get th... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:47:19 EST I DID MY FIRST 5k!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139180 So horrible things have happen in last two months. My husband leaving for another woman the worst. BUT, I finished my first 5k in 30:55 !!! I am one pound away from my goal weight. So, a few things are fantastic. I'm still soo incredible sad about my husband. My sister and few great friends are really helping me along with my other family members!!! My brothers are great. I'm just learning who the great people are in my life. My girls were here from college and my son and his fiance are... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:29:44 EST A little calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137264 Everyone has been so supportive here. Very hard to have my husband leave me for another woman after 24 years of marriage but I'm doing better and sometimes worse at times. This has been the hardest 2 weeks of my life. So my 1st 5k race is tomorrow. I'm excited and nervous. Most likely will be raining. I'm .5 pound away from my weight goal so I feel like I've done it ( as far as weigh loss goes) I'm working on setting new goals. Surfing and kayaking being some and to TONE THE MIDDLE SE... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:40:49 EST They come in three's right ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134949 Well, it's been the most horrible 2 weeks of my life. I haven't been on sparkpeople because I found out on halloween that my husband is having an affair and in love with the other woman. He left me in a house he tore apart to remodel and never finished. I love him but he does not want to work on our marriage and is gone. This hurts so much because our youngest child just went to college in sept. Needless to say, I'm now one pound away from my goal weight. I don't recommend this kind of... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:20:54 EST Second day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111602 Great to get my whole workout done two days in a row. This morning was the first time the scale has been down in about three weeks. I'm so stoked. It might be slow going now but it's still going and that makes me feel great. I am now in the range of normal body weight for my height. Yes, just barely but it is great to know I'm getting healthy. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:41:19 EST Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109983 Today is the 1st day I feel healthy in the last weekt. I woke up a new person. I think the cold is gone. Thought it was last week but it came back with a vengeance. This morning I did my treadmill workout and was able to run 1.5 straight. Walked the rest at incline of 8%. I finished and still have energy <BR> So glad. Hope the rest of the week is good Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:26:52 EST Well, I'm weak but I DID IT :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106059 Still weak after sickness but I did 65 min treadmill workout at gym. Makes me feel so much better about myself. Think I'm going to go to the market and buy some fresh veggies and some sort of protein. Going to make this work :) Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:32:46 EST Well, I'm weak but I DID IT :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106058 Still weak after sickness but I did 65 min treadmill workout at gym. Makes me feel so much better about myself. Think I'm going to go to the market and buy some fresh veggies and some sort of protein. Going to make this work :) Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:32:46 EST very hard week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105814 Been sick all week. Tried to workout once. Now it's in my chest and cough has started. I'm not sure but it seems like on the end of it. I would like to get to gym today. Gained two pounds. Bummer, but I am aware of it instead of ignoring it like the past. Today goal is to drink water, eat right, hopefully get to gym. Doesn't seem too hard but it has really been a struggle this week Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:51:58 EST Taking it very slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103781 Feeling human this morning after the cold so I went to gym. I was able to get half a workout in and then knew I needed to quit. At least I got 33 mins in. That is better then nothing. Ugh... its going to be a bit before I'm back to normal. :) Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:03:52 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102683 So I woke up Tuesday morning with the most horrible sore throat. Very sick all day yesterday. Woke up the same today but I decided to take a hot bath and get up. Husband made me a healthy breakfast. I took cold medicine and ventured out. Just came home for lunch and I've turned a corner or the throat drops I bought really worked. I was at Walgreen's trying to purchase them and the clerk ( very nice) keep asking me questions. I squeaked out an answer she looked at what I was buying and sa... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:06:31 EST too tired to move :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098876 Got my three miles of running and 2 miles of walking in yesterday. Yeah, had to work at hospital last night and it was very hard. I really did not want to move this morning. I took a day off from the gym. Much needed break. Eating well though and feeling pretty darn good :) Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:07:01 EST Great Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097520 Feel great this morning. It's a work weekend for me at the hospital so work starts at 3pm today. I'm going to gym at 11;30am. When I set a time for a workout I have a much better success rate of getting there. Ready to loose the last 10 pounds :) Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:49:55 EST Pushed myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096782 So I've been hanging in at the same weight for almost two weeks now. Been up a bit and down a bit having a really hard time losing this last 10 pounds. Today, I changed my workout a bit. I usually run 8 times during my hour on the treadmill ( 3 mins at a time) for a total of 24 mins of running. Today. I ran a mile straight, incline walking for 10 mins, ran another mile straight, incline walking for another 10 mins and then ran another mile straight, followed by incline walking for the las... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:18:02 EST Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095235 I'm still recovering from my weekend off. Was up 1.5 pounds after now down .5 pound. Trying to get more veggies in my life. I notice when the weather starts to change from some reason I seem so much more hungry. Anyway, I've still got that pound to go to get me back where I was. Today's plan. Stretch ( I'm really sore), Workout, drink water and eat well. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:17:54 EST Weekend off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091756 Hm.... well took a weekend off from gym. Saturday when to visit my two girls at college in Chico. Drove a round trip of 7 hours. Ate decent. Did have some fries. Sunday had some wine. Was up 1.5 this morning. Ugh... So back on track today. Eating, under control. Exercise, Done. Feeling good :) Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:14:50 EST Wearing the gym clothes but not feeling into it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087984 So I'm dressed for the gym. Haven't made it there yet. I worked the last part of my shift last night with a pych patient and it was very draining. Woke up early again but I'm dragging. Due at the hospital at 3pm. I'm going to the gym. I really am. Tomorrow I can't. Going to visit my girls at College. So very good reason to go today. Typing this out is helping :) Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:04:00 EST Today's a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086697 Yeah, slept last night. Skipped a day of gym yesterday. Feel better today. Made dinner for my son and future daughter in law. I haven't been cooking very much at all with this reduction in eating :) It's a lot easier to control what I eat if I just cook for myself. So I've lost 30 pounds in the last 4 months and my husband ( without trying) has lost 20 just as a side effect to my not cooking very much. He is happy about it. I do cook a lot healthier when I do. I'm always for the giant sa... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 14:25:11 EST ugh woke up at 2am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084997 So woke up a 2am couldn't go back to sleep. Got on the computer and my daughter was online ( my oldest at chico state) Funny to talk to her at 2am but nice. Went back to sleep around 3:30am and then woke up at 6am. so it's going to be a long day Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:17:51 EST Out of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083514 A bit out of sorts. Weird weekend. Allergies started up. Took some non drowsy medication yesterday and it put me to sleep. Got my workout in later but only ran one mile instead of my usually 2. I did do a full hour on teardmill though the rest of it incline walking. It was 100 degrees here yesterday. Hotter then any day this summer. Probably my reason for being out of sorts :) Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:25:28 EST late afternoon workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078067 Day off from hospital. Got stuff done and then got to gym around 4:15pm. Good workout. The running felt good so I upped the speed. Scale was finally done this morning too. 29 pounds down total now!!!!!!! My goal is 40 So I'M 3/4 the way there. Starting to think this is working :). This should make for a good day Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:09:52 EST Yucky day yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076798 started off well, then I didn't make it better. I worked on my online store all morning. Was planning gym but it was a hospital work day so I didn't need to. Then work called and said I wasn't working so I figured I go to the gym later in evening. Well, I didn't do that either. Just couldn't seem to get there are do much of anything. Today I hope to make it right :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:51:07 EST Ah, back in the run of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074682 So yesterday I did workout but decided to not run. Today back to running. Got my hour workout in and 24 mins of it was running :) Just got called off work for this evening so I will have to adjust and not eat as much. It will be a good day Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:40:08 EST New baby kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073692 to bad it doesn't really burn calories to take care of a new kitten. My goodness he is so active. No wonder they don't weigh very much. Running everywhere , running into walls, up down, up down, up down, untie shoes, scratch <BR> bit, run, just a bit crazy <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:39:16 EST Weekend over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072731 So yesterday was not a weight loss day. It was a rushed, spend with family crazy day. When I was preparing to have my family over for dinner saturday night, my sister's mother in law ( lives down the street) came over. She had her neighbors two little girls with her. They were carrying a kitten and almost crying. She introduced me to them and said they had a problem. They had gone to their cousins house and bought a kitten home with them. Then their mom said no. Such a cute little thin... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:36:54 EST Good Start to the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070396 Got up early again. Not meaning to but it happened. Decided to go to the gym. Great feeling to already have my workout done. Cleaning house and having family over for dinner. Hope it's a stress free day :) Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:15:48 EST so it's a day off from the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069551 My goodness, I'm not a 5 hour a night sleeper. I'm an 8 hour person. I've been sleeping 5 hours a night on my work nights because I can't seem to sleep past 7;15am. It's funny when the kids where home. I could never sleep enough in the morning. Now that they are away at college I can't sleep in because my body isn't letting me. Maybe I'm missing that familiar sound of noise that gets me back to sleep. Well, my girls are going to come home for the weekend and will be here early evening. My ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:43:32 EST 27.5 Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069059 Little celebration. Down 27.5 pounds now. Yeah!! Had a really hard night at work. But didn't really feel like eating because of it. Family is coming in for southern california. I'm really excited bout meeting my goal weight by thanksgiving!!! I keep looking at dresses I might want to buy. That's so nice to be excited bought clothing instead of using it to camouflage. I love clothing and fashion. But for myself it's been hard to wear what I want and look the way I want. I'm not there ye... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:07:41 EST very sore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067708 So, I woke up very sore but happy. Slept very well. I'm going to stretch even more today. Get in my workout at around 11am and go to work at 3pm. My girls are coming home from college for the weekend. My family members do a triathlon relay team ( this year two) here. My daughter's will head up each team doing the swimming portion. My husband and my brother with cycle. My sister and nephew will be doing the running. It's fun to watch. I'm sure I will take part some day. I just know it... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:15:22 EST It's on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066231 Well, for the last two weeks I've gone up and then back down in weight by 2 pounds. Today the scale finally showed a new low. Down a pound that I had not already lost, if that makes any sense. Hoping this is a trend for the week. Worked out in the evening last night. I didn't have work and choose this over watching tv. It was good. Glad I did it. Going to try for the same thing tonight. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:22:57 EST Super http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064710 I did 10 minutes of stretching before my workout yesterday and was able to run without knee pain. YEAH!! Will do it again today and hope for the best. 5K here I come Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:45:39 EST So off for a couple of days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063170 Ok, I'm a bit of a mess eating wise. I started off ok yesterday. Did not record my breakfast and then it was downhill after that. I have been taking a vacation from exercise for three days too. Today it's back to work on myself :) I even ate after work ( midnight) last night. Today, I feel like I'm ready to loose the rest of my weight. Worked all weekend did not plan what I was eating and that probably was the biggest problem. I got off work at 11:30pm and was soo hungry I went to tac... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:19:18 EST The challenge of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058834 So, got workout done yesterday. Doing one again today. Morning workout. Around 10am. Today's challenge is I'm going to our county Fair. Yeah, haven't been to the fair in years but I'm worried about my eating there. My favorite thing in the world is french Fried Artichoke hearts. It's my thing. Trying to think how I can have a few and not the whole thing. Also thinking I should eat first before going at 5pm. Well, that's the plan Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:48:17 EST Well, I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058026 So I made it to the gym. I did 65 mins on treadmill. I ran 8 times during the hour for .25 of a mile each time. I did fine up untill my 7th .25 of a mile. My knee felt like it was going to split open on the side. I slowed the run down to a walk and recovered. I did one more .25 mile run before my workout was over but it was full of knee pain. Ugh... I will work more on stretching before workout. I really want to keep running. Right now I'm icing and elevating before my shower :) Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:40:28 EST Little Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057908 So, been working on shipping for my business. Then spent an hour with mother in law taking her to doctor's appointment. Now, bit of rest then gym. I'm hoping for an hour workout but I will see how it goes with my knee. Just a little tired today too. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:23:09 EST two steps forward one step back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055986 Well, so proud of my workout yesterday. I had pain in the outside of my left knee while doing it but it didn't seem that bad. Well, this morning can't move it without it feeling like it's going to snap in half. I'm pretty sure it's Iliotibial band syndrome. Inflammation of fibrous tissue that is there. I did really push it hard yesterday. So today rest and ice and no work. Hoping it just needs rest. If not better by Friday I'll go into to doc. I don't want to make it worse. So bummed th... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:12:04 EST awsome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054719 Well, just my first interval workout. I ran a mile in 10 mins. then did incline walking then ran 4 more times( .25 mile each time) within the the rest of the hour workout. So running was a total of 2 miles. Not straight but it was done. And the incline was a great workout too. Very happy. Think I might be able to run a 5k some day :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:07:47 EST Feel The need to change it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054245 So, skipped gym yesterday. Weight did not go up. Today's plan. I'm going to do my run on treadmill then incline. then bring it down and run again, then incline and continue a pattern till the hour is done. Sort of an interval thing. Will see how it goes. Suppose to be a work night for me but I might get called off. If I do not I should not have any problems eating right :) Work tends to make it easy as long as I don't eat at midnight when I get home :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:59:57 EST The end to the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051519 This was one of my weekends off from the hospital. I Skipped my workout yesterday and my husband and I went to a hot tub place for a private hot tub for and hour. Very relaxing. Today I went back to the gym. So I've tired the new way of working out on the treadmill and I'm not really sure if it's giving me the best workout. I was told by another gym member to lower my incline and stop holding on to get a better workout. Well, today I went back to my 10 min run on 0% incline and then 50 m... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 20:12:43 EST It's a good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048399 Well, the sun is out. I'm back down to my lowest weight since starting this new venture of weight loss. I was up for the last few days but came back down as of this morning. I'm not sure what triggered the up swing. I really didn't over eat. Anyway, the workout change seemed to show some results this morning. I will now not hang on to the treadmill and use my arms as well as the rest of my body :) Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:58:42 EST Changed up Treadmil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047489 So I'm in the process of working out on the treadmill today when the guy next to me taps me and told me he knows how I can get a better workout. I always put the treadmill on 15% incline and hang on for dear life for an hour. He told me to lower the incline and don't hang on. Use my arms while walking ( or hiking as I put it) I decided to try it. It was harder. Maybe this will help my middle section too. Nice advise. He said he used a personal trainer and that what he got from him so he... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 18:23:28 EST Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044216 So I had a good weight loss weekend. For some reason the scale was up today about 1.5 pounds. Not sure why. I think I mindless ate some cookies last night. Did great on getting to the gym yesterday though. I wanted to treat myself today so I got a Burger King little burger and small fries. Bummer, not so great for 640 cals. I should have just had a grilled chicken sandwich. It's more satisfing. Well, I was taking the day off from the gym but I feel like I need to go now Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:56:56 EST Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044215 So I had a good weight loss weekend. For some reason the scale was up today about 1.5 pounds. Not sure why. I think I mindless ate some cookies last night. Did great on getting to the gym yesterday though. I wanted to treat myself today so I got a Burger King little burger and small fries. Bummer, not so great for 640 cals. I should have just had a grilled chicken sandwich. It's more satisfing. Well, I was taking the day off from the gym but I feel like I need to go now Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:56:56 EST Feel Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042581 I still have a way to go 14.5 pounds till I reach my goal. I'm not going make it by Sept. 22 but that's ok. I'm doing it the right way. No matter when I get there I will get there. Waiting to see if I go to work today. Will find out at 1pm or so. If I don't work this evening I will go to the gym :) Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:33:28 EST New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041455 Well, busy day yesterday. I was asked ( actually told) by the staffing dept that I needed to float to our other campus ( restorative care) last night for the 1st half of my shift. We all have to take turns and I guess it was mine. Crazy, it's hard to work in an unfamiliar unit and then I was sent back to main hospital for the second half of my shift to an over flow unit for cardiac care. Not too bad. Only had 4 patients and a nurse and myself. Pretty nice end to the night. Suppose to ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 17:24:10 EST Success at eating out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039115 I've mentioned before I have a problem over eating when I'm with my mom. Well, I took her out to a late lunch today. I had burned 870 cals on treadmill right before. I ended up ordering salad with shrimp dressing on the side , tiny piece of corn bread and water ( instead of coke) I ate everything, went easy on the dressing and feel great. So maybe I can keep this up when I go out with her. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:33:24 EST big relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037941 So, life has been very crazy. My house was in foreclosure and today it's NOT!! We are paid up and have our new rate and lower payment. We had to make a huge payment. My husband and myself have been working So hard. It is done. Second time this has happened in the last 2 years. Hopefully everything will look up from now on. Not working out today. Just didn't work out but I'm not going to worry about it. I'm eating a great dinner of baked salmon with dill side of grilled sweet potatoes and... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 20:16:27 EST