SHAEKAE81's SparkPeople Blog SHAEKAE81's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community todays jog/run Well, I took off at a decent enough pace..but couldn't maintain it very long....I jogged a lot....walked some....full speed ran a few short burst....and walked with extra long strides uphill (basically, and did one set of stairs...saw them, wanted to do them, but didnt wanna change my route; so i went down them just so I could come back up :) I tried to keep the route simple so I could remember exactly where I went to track it. <BR> <BR> Here's the breakdown <BR> <BR> 90 ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:59:42 EST wow...I'm a beast! lol I did my 45 min program on the elliptical and then jogged for a while (okay, a LONG when it was done. I did much better on the program than I did monday. I took less recovery time; and only went slower than the program wanted me to at certain intervals, instead of having to slow down just because I couldn't keep up. That makes me proud. Maybe I just knew better what to expect this time...maybe I'm actually improving... either way, I'm happy about it! :) I didn't wanna completely d... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:10:19 EST 03/15 workout Today's workout was a doozy! I got started and was just going to run, but 5 minutes in (about 3/4 of mile - I wasn't very focused!) and decided to do the interval program on the elliptical that I used before. It's 45 minutes alternating high resistance and slower pace with faster paces at lower resistance. It's a pretty good program. I learned that I am NO WHERE near where I want to be physically!! I just wanted to get through it. I couldn't stay at the pace it wanted me to for the whole thin... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:25:35 EST blogging I just spent the last hour or so reading through all of my old blogs (from when I sucessfully lost almost 30 lbs)...and it is truly motivating! Not just the story and seeing the progress, but blogging itself is motivating. When I wasn't writing, I wasn't losing! Taaa Daaa....there's a connection! lol :) So, expect to see a lot more from me in the near future! :) Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:24:44 EST intensity vs time spent OMG - I think I'm gonna keel over! I really pushed myself on the elliptical and added some little 2lb dumbbells for part of intervals like I was climbing a ladder with them....when I thought I couldn't do anymore, I'd push out 15 more seconds..... and I did some high resistance intervals along with some faster paced intervals (7.5 mph - remember it's an elliptical not a treadmill ;) and I didn't sustain it for more than 2 minutes)...for a total of 50 minutes and 550 calories, and abou... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:09:31 EST Here We Go Again.... Okay....I hate the thought of starting something new just because it's New Years...and when you read that 80% of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and only 20% of them keep them, it's depressing and we're setting ourselves up for failure just by penning the term "new years resolution" I refuse to say it....Instead, I have GOALS...and PLANS on acheiving them! <BR> <BR> We are planning a trip back home (Texas) in June...and I want to be at my target weight by then.... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 12:36:03 EST 2.8 lbs lost this week!!! I am soooooo thrilled with this! Almost 3 lbs....I have not lost more than 2 in any given week. I think the big difference this week was cutting out the "bad carbs." Basically anything made with white flour or sugar I tried to avoid. I didn't do any extra workouts or anything. So, there really must be something to eating the right carbs. I'm happy and super motivated to continue eating right. I did have a few drinks Friday night...which, while not technically carbs, the calories are just as e... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 06:15:51 EST HRM vs Elliptical read out - calories burned Just wanted to throw an extra blog in here today about my HRM...I bought a Polar F6 heart rate monitor and LOVE it! I knew my elliptical's read out was incorrect, I just didn't know HOW off it was. <BR> <BR> Anyone who has kept up with my blog knows that I normally adjust off 30% of the calories burned to compensate for the inaccurate reading....but, as I look over my numbers from the last few workouts using the heart rate monitor, I've realized that on some days it can be as much as 40% of... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:33:19 EST Gooooooood Day Got in most of my water :) <BR> <BR> Great workout :) I did 64 minutes on the elliptical. Got in 5 miles in under 49 minutes, and then did another mile + some in the remaining 15 minutes to cool down – and to get my calorie total where I wanted it ;) Burned 772 calories according to my hrm….I continued to let my monitor run and count the calories until my heart rate lowered back down to my normal rate. <BR> <BR> Good food choices. I had to force myself to get my calories into the 4 digits... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 17:24:40 EST Calorie deficit/run stats I want to start off tonight by saying that if my calculations are correct, I created a 1056 calorie deficit today. That should equate to almost 1/3 of a pound. <BR> <BR> Wanna know how I got that number? if not skip to the next My BMR (basal metabolic rate) is 1478. That's what my body uses each day just to be me....I could eat that number of calories and not gain. And I burned 843 calories (adjusted down from the 1205 my machine said I burned) on the elliptical. So, that's ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 16:50:00 EST Wii Boxing/Elliptical Stats I haven't blogged in a few days. Thought I'd report my stats from yesterday and today. I didn't run yesterday, but I did play Wii Boxing for about 25 was pretty intense. My shoulders and my back are sooooooo sore today! It's awesome! lol <BR> <BR> Today I ran on the's the stats <BR> <BR> 3 miles <BR> 35 minutes <BR> 400 adjusted calories <BR> <BR> I wanted to at least do something, but didnt have time for my full hour because my kids needed dinner. I ordered... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 15:39:52 EST I'm a female Forrest Gump! "I was run-ning" LMAO <BR> <BR> I ran my ass off today!!! I kept the ellipitcal on level 4 and 5 (out of 10). I was doing 6.5 mph on level 4 and 6 mph on level 5....but, that required more "recovery time" after a few minutes which killed my average....okay, so not My average was 5.67 mph. I'd like to see that stay at 6......**BUT**..... it did allow me to burn more calories than just keeping one constant pace...which is really important to the weight loss all in all... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 06:31:21 EST Higher resistance today/FTS I ran on the elliptical today at a higher resistance than I have been. I had been keeping it on level 4 (out of 10), but today decided to do level 5. It was a little harder..but more than that, it was harder to keep my momentum going. I don't know if my mind just wasn't in it, or if it was because of the higher resistance, but I kept slowing down. I think it was more of a mental thing because I'd do it w/out thinking....not like I was slowing down cuz it was too hard. <BR> <BR> Oh - well, th... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 06:19:23 EST run stats Didn't run yesterday cuz....well, just I almost got on last night after the kids went to bed, but decided to get some rest and just get up this morning before the kids got up to do it. And surprisingly, I DID IT!! lol If you know me, you know I'm not a morning this is HUGE for me! LOL <BR> <BR> Pushing through was a little difficult. It's raining and humid and I got really hot...and I don't think I ate enough yesterday to fully sustain my run this morning....BUT, I kep... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 02:22:10 EST Todays Workout Ran for a long time today. I had a lot on my mind. I was trying to stay busy enough not to think about it. Didn't work at first..the first 10 minutes were hard, but after I changed my music to something that "gets in my head" more, I did much better. <BR> <BR> 67 minutes <BR> 750 adjusted calories <BR> 3555 rotations or a little over 6 miles <BR> <BR> Now I'm sad the run is over :( <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Feb 2008 08:23:29 EST 2lbs lost this week I weighed in this morning and have lost 2lbs! WoooooHooooo Happy dance! I realize a lot of people lose more than this in a week, but i'm really happy with this. I had been in denial about those 9 lbs I gained back since October and once I finally admitted it and recorded the higher weight, I was able to focus on losing it. <BR> <BR> I've not done the elliptical in 2 days....but I have been active with my kids, and I feel that is JUST as important! I biked 2 miles with them yesterday, and ro... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 16:04:57 EST My Elliptical vs. Gym Elliptical I went to the gym today and got on their elliptical. I had to find out how far I was was driving me crazy! (not a far trip for me Now, I'm glad I did!!! My calculations from yesterday were grossly wrong!!!! THANK GOD!! LOL <BR> <BR> Okay, so today's stat from the gym elliptical <BR> <BR> 45 minutes <BR> 4.55 miles <BR> 528 calories <BR> average of 6 mph. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to my next point...I kinda knew my calories burned totals were wrong....I just didnt r... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:48:11 EST calculating distance on my elliptical Okay, I'm having a hard time with this. My elliptical is a ProForm 690HR. It's a European model, I believe. It does not calculate miles, just rotations. I want to know how this translates to miles. <BR> <BR> What I don't know..... <BR> the exact stride length of the machine <BR> whether it counts each step for each foot, or if each rotation counted is actually 2 steps (one for my left foot and one for my right foot - as one full turn of the wheel actually moves EACH foot a full turn also). ... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:19:49 EST Workout stats Today's workout was awesome! <BR> <BR> Last night I talked to John (hubby in Iraq) and he said he’d run if I did today…LOL He said he likes it when I keep motivated cuz it motivates him. He’s been working out a lot lately even though I haven’t. So he’s pulling the motivation from somewhere! LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got up this morning with the intention of running after my son left for school…but w/out thinking, I made oatmeal for us all (using splenda, not sugar and light butter) and sat ... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 13:41:32 EST Goals Revisited I realized that I was not as specific as I should have been when setting my goals. I have played with the numbers and have decided that I will be 135 by June 1st. That gives me almost 15 weeks to drop 23 lbs. That’s a touch over 1.5 pounds a week. I can sooo do that! Especially once I start running regularly again. The first 25 lbs I dropped was in about 15 weeks….so this should be right on track with that. <BR> <BR> I re-entered my current weight (adding my 9lbs that I have gained since Se... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:34:47 EST my elliptical weight training Yeah, that new beginning I talked about on the 28th of last month....i guess I was only joking...LOL I think I did the elliptical once or possibly twice that I didn't log after that....but that's it! <BR> <BR> But I did get back on today. Here's the stats: <BR> <BR> 62 minutes <BR> 1006 calories <BR> 3230 rotations <BR> <BR> Pretty good workout. I also got in some weight training. Nothing too major on that one....just some curls, shoulder presses and tricep extensions....but i did enough ... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:24:50 EST The new beginning Okay, today is my new beginning! I got on the elliptical for the first time in about 2 months, I think. Yeah, it was before Christmas last time. I'm logging my calories again, too. I feel wonderful! I don't know why i ever let myself slip out of the routine. I could list a hundred excuses, but they'd be just that - excuses! So, instead I'll just post my stats for today... <BR> <BR> 46 minutes <BR> 760 calories <BR> 2560 rotations <BR> <BR> My food choices could be better, but for now, i'm f... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:31:15 EST today's stats (poor) 30 minutes <BR> 425 calories <BR> 1325 rotations <BR> <BR> I'm in a pissy mood and dont really care. At least i did it. Mon, 26 Nov 2007 04:45:24 EST The Sweet Smell of Sweat .....stay with me...LOL No, I don't think my sweat smells good by anymeans. But, today, I realized, that scent means acomplishment! <BR> <BR> I have truly been a slacker the last two weeks! Today, I decided to change that! I was seconds away from getting into the shower, and thought, "I'm already undressed, wouldn't be that hard to put on my workout clothes and get in a decent run." So, I did it....after about 10 minutes, I noticed that I was sweating and that it was a scent that I had forg... Thu, 15 Nov 2007 07:57:49 EST Halloween Candy is the Devil! LOL....okay, maybe it's not THAT evil, but I find myself powerless against the "good" chocolate candy! Moderation goes completely out the window when there's such a large bucket tempting me! <BR> <BR> I am making a vow to myself to not eat any more of that JUNK!!! I've had more than my fair share in the last two days!! I'M DONE!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm wearing a pair of pants that used to be so tight you could see my "hail damage" dents in my legs and now they fit fairly well, if not a little t... Thu, 1 Nov 2007 12:57:13 EST Feeling GREAT!!! I am usually not a morning person....but today, I decided to get up at 6 when I woke up (I think the time change has made it easier to get up earlier). I was hoping to get on the elliptical and get in my workout before the girls got up...but, before I was even done brushing my teeth, both of them were up, as was my son, but that's no I got aggravated. What's the point in getting up early if I can't even be alone while I workout?? I got on the elliptical anyway (stopping once to ge... Wed, 31 Oct 2007 04:22:53 EST 2 days in a row!! Whooo Hooooo It looks like I'm getting back on track! I did two days of the elliptical in a row! yeeeeeee haaaaaaaw...LOL I just got done and am feeling GREAT!! I really pushed myself and feel accomplished as well and physically wonderful!! <BR> Todays stats... <BR> <BR> 45 minutes <BR> 775 calories <BR> 2275 rotations <BR> <BR> ....edit..... <BR> Okay, what's wrong with this picture?? I really pumped it out today...did 3 REALLY HIGH intensity segments and exerted myself, but yet the calories burned ar... Thu, 18 Oct 2007 04:49:09 EST Slowly getting back/ Wii Boxing I finally got motivated to get on the elliptical again today. I did my 45-minute interval program, but I didn't give my all. I just wanted to basically get through it. Last time I pushed a little too hard and felt sick. I didn't want that to happen I just wanted to ease my way back up. I broke a sweat, and felt good when i was done, so i consider it a sucess...I was sooooo happy when i was done! I felt accomplished! LOL <BR> Todays stats <BR> 46 minutes <BR> 775 calories <BR> 2030 ... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 10:56:06 EST Cardio Finally!! I finally got to log some cardio minutes!!! Whooo's silly how good that made me feel!!! LOL I didn't do my full 45-50 minutes that I had been doing before my "break." But still got in a decent workout. <BR> Stats for Today.... <BR> <BR> 30 minutes <BR> 515 calories <BR> 1680 rotations <BR> <BR> I'll work back up to where I was, but I don't wanna burn out. <BR> Thu, 11 Oct 2007 07:30:20 EST I'm back!!! I've been scarce on my Spark lately. A lot going on in my life right now. I went home to Texas for 2 weeks, and then the following week, I was just focusing on spending time with my husband before he left for Iraq. <BR> <BR> I did a lot of emotional eating, without even realizing it. It's amazing what a difference being accountable makes! I'm back to regular logging my food choices now. So far, today's been a good day. I don't really feel like eating, but I've gotta keep that thought out of... Tue, 9 Oct 2007 09:56:02 EST Today's stats - Leaving Tomorrow Yesterday, I didn't do anything on the elliptical or any stregnth training...what a Today, Sunday, is supposed to be my day off, but since I slacked yesterday, I made it up today. <BR> <BR> 55 minutes <BR> 1000 calories <BR> 2760 rotations <BR> <BR> I also did a few stregnth training moves...nothing too major with the weights, but I did get in 150 crunches on the ball, plus 100 more on my sides. <BR> <BR> We also head out tomorrow morning for TEXAS!!! I'm sooooo excited.... Sun, 16 Sep 2007 08:44:24 EST motivated again/calorie cycling It seems my motivation is as fleeting as my moods! LOL Some days I don't want to work out at all...other times, I can't stop...Today was slow getting started....."Life" happened and I ended up not getting on the elliptical before I had to be dressed to leave the house...I came back in, piddled around the house, and then got back into my workout clothes....stayed that way for a while....I didn't end up getting on until 6pm! LOL I'm just impressed that I did it at all...I could have easily just... Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:11:11 EST GRRRRR I'm aggravated today! For the last week and a half, I've been busting my butt on my workouts, and keeping w/in my calorie range (possibly too low at times, but it all evens out weekly) and I have GAINED a pound a half this week!!!! WTH? I'll know on Saturday how my measurements look (I may steal a look sooner, but don't wanna get too pissy if they haven't as long as I'm still losing inches, I'll be okay, but i'm still just agravated. <BR> <BR> I didn't even get on the el... Thu, 13 Sep 2007 05:41:53 EST Done with workout by 7:45/Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals I am really impressed with myself! I had somewhere to be by 9:30, and I managed to get up, feed all 3 kids, get on the elliptical, do my run, get my son off to school, get the girls bathed and dressed, cook my hubby breakfast, shower and get dressed, and even did my make-up in time to leave by 9:15!!! YAAY, I'm just excited that I got my workout in and out of the way before I left! Seems small, but it's a big deal to me! LOL <BR> <BR> I made great food choices today - had a late breakfast t... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 13:21:12 EST Bad food choices...still in calorie range, though Today, I went off my "unprocessed carbs only" kick...well, actually, yesterday I started it by having my baby girl's birthday cake and ice cream. Today was even worse, though...had the cake and ice cream for dessert, AND, had cheesecake earlier in the day too!! OUCH...I still managed to stay in my calorie range, but it's amazing the difference in the way I feel. I just feel a little slugish this evening. But, luckily, my bad choices didnt happen until after my <BR> <BR> I tried... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 13:31:04 EST 5000 Calories burned this week!!!! I got on the elliptical after my youngest two went down for naps this afternoon. I did my 45 minute interval program, but kept going until I hit 1000 calories, that put me at 54 minutes. I did 2670 rotations...not too shabby...might have been a little better, but I kept messing with my mp3 player and shirt was riding up on my chest and bugging it came off and ran in my sports bra....then, I was overly aware that the band on my shorts was too tight and I had a muffin top ... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 08:47:45 EST Old Clothes Fit Again!! I am soooo oooooo ooooooooooo happy!! I grabbed a pair of pants and a pair of overalls to see how much further I had to go until I could fit into them...and they FIT--NOW....BOTH of them!!! I couldn't believe it! I can't remember the last time I wore either one of these! I am trying to remember when I was 155 (that's where I'm hovering now depending on time of day)...I can't recall...I *think* I was at about 164 before I got pregnant with my 2 year old. So, it was some time between 3 and 5 ye... Fri, 7 Sep 2007 06:35:32 EST today's stats Elliptical running <BR> <BR> 47 minutes <BR> 900 calories <BR> 2440 rotations <BR> <BR> I did the heart-rate monitoring on my machine for part of the didnt seem to affect the rate of calories, I'm going to start claiming all my calories instead of adjusting some off like I have been before. I'm not sure if my machine is advanced enough to recalculate the calories burned based on heart rate....if it is, then what it's been saying has been true to life and i've been ... Wed, 5 Sep 2007 06:32:06 EST Motivation Renewed!!! We bought our plane tickets last night for our trip home in 2 weeks! I'm totally stoked! It's been almost a yearsince we've been in the states! It has given me great motivation to work my butt off to get thinner by the time we get home. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting at about 156 right now....I'd like be at 150 by the time we fly. 149 would put me right at the 25lbs lost mark!! That's about 3 lbs a week....I think I can manage that for a couple weeks...I dont want to continue losing that fast becaus... Tue, 4 Sep 2007 04:26:30 EST good workout I had a great workout today. I pushed myself the way I needed to, and feel great now. I did feel a little faint during the run, but after getting something on my stomach, I feel much better. I ran for 57 minutes and did 2820 rotations...higher than I have in a long time...had to get my calories up to 1000 to account for the pizza (aka the devil) yesterday and for my lack of workouts last week. This week will be a better's gotta be! I viewed my progress chart and my weight is a tad ... Mon, 3 Sep 2007 08:22:48 EST getting back into the swing of things I skipped 2 days on the elliptical. Today, I finally got back on it and feel much better about myself, now. I could have pushed it out a little harder, but wasn't extrememly motivated. I'm just glad that I did it at all! My goal is to try and get up in the mornings before getting my son ready for school and get the running done when there's nothing else to distract me. I hate mornings though! It just seems like I could get a lot more accomplished throughout the day if I wasn't waiting until a... Wed, 29 Aug 2007 08:31:49 EST today's workout stats It was too hot for me to run for too long or at too high of an intensity today. Here's my breakdown.... <BR> <BR> 35 minutes <BR> 555 calories (adj to 500 - i always claim less because I don't feel my machine is as accurate as it could be since it doesnt require weight to be inputted) <BR> 1760 rotations <BR> <BR> I then went outside to play with the kiddos. My tummy is still a little sore from my workout the other day. Swinging requires some good core control! LOL I could feel it! :P Even... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 07:53:12 EST great workout I just got done with a great workout! Did my exercises on the body ball while watching the end of a movie i started the other night, then got on the ellipitcal. Once again, it owned me...LOL I just couldn't stop. I want to see what some of my other programs are like so I started out on the 30 minute one. It was decent enough. Higher resistance through the whole thing and the speeds weren't ridiculously slow. I tried one at first that was a 20 minute program, where the resistance level didn't... Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:35:37 EST the elliptical OWNS me! I almost blogged earlier about my bad week...but...i decided to workout first that way i could end my blog on an up-note! hehe First, the bad news...I went over my caloric range several times this past week. I also skipped 2 days between workouts. Seems I got somewhat of a big head after my 15 lb/15 inch victory. I have yet to see 159 again on the scale. I also believe that aunt flow is jacking with my numbers some too....that could also account for some of the added muchies last week! <BR> ... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:48:28 EST 15 pounds/ 15 inches Today was a weigh-in and measurement day for me. I'm soooo happy! 15 pounds and 15.25 inches lost! I'm finally under 160! I'm estatic! It's great motivation to continue what I'm doing! Whooooo Hooooo, time to get on the elliptical! Sat, 18 Aug 2007 03:54:00 EST happy medium found I had a good cardio workout today...possibly, I'll add some strength training in later. I burned 100 more calories today than I did yesterday. Yesterday, I was just kinda goofing around.."dancing" and letting my mind wonder into lala land instead of focusing on my intervals and speed. It was fun though! lol <BR> Wed, 15 Aug 2007 06:03:36 EST still tracking It seems Saturday (before my 2800 calorie day - thanks to rum) was an off day to weigh myself. I cheated and checked again today. i'm still down my 2 lbs for the week....just thought i'd blog about it...yaaaaaaaay Tue, 14 Aug 2007 02:57:58 EST Progress Yeah, I know, 2 blogs in one day...but I wanted different subjects on them..hehehe <BR> <BR> I am really happy with the progress I've made thus far (another bit of motivation to get back on track after a poor week). In the past, my husband was told frequently that his wife was I missed that! Saturday, though, he got that comment again!!! Whooooo Hoooooo! Working my way back to trophy wife status! hahaha He also commented to me the other day that he was proud of me and the amount of... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 07:22:13 EST Back on Track I kinda let things go last week. I only ran 3 times. I also allowed myself a little (ok, big) indulgence Saturday at our birthday bbq (mine and my neighbor's bday was friday, a neighbor girl was sat, and hubby's is today - so we just did one big party with the whole building and some people from dh's work). My calorie count was high, but expected. I knew I was gonna over do a little with the foods that were biggie...what I did not realize was the amount of calories in alcohol!!... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 07:10:32 EST 2 days missed Cardio I was a bad girl (why do I keep finding myself saying that? LOL). I skipped two days of cardio...for shame, for shame! I did just get off the elliptical today though! Goooo Meeeee!!!! hehehe Today's stats.... <BR> <BR> 55 minutes <BR> 900 adj cals <BR> 2650 rotations <BR> <BR> Today, I kinda split my 45 minute program. To understand what I'm talking about, keep in mind that my 45 minute interval program, is split up in two-minute segments. I went strong for 3 minutes and rested for 1 minute... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 05:49:40 EST