SHAYREBORN's SparkPeople Blog SHAYREBORN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community February 2015 Goals January was successful in that I lost weight and my pants are a little looser. I didn't meet all the goals I had set for myself but it won't stop me from making new goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Daily tracking <BR> * 12 glasses of water per day <BR> * 30 min of cardio 5x per week <BR> * Strength training 4x per week <BR> * Share Young Living Essential Oils 2x per week <BR> * Take kids to the park 3x this month <... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:23:08 EST One step at a time The most important thing I have to continue to remind myself is that I didn't put this weight on overnight and it isn't going to come off overnight. I have to be consistent with tracking and exercise... even if it is only a small amount per day. <BR> <BR> Where will all this lead me? To a time where I can sit in the floor for hours and play with my kids. To a time where I can chase the kids around the playground and let them chase me. My babies need me to be healthy. I need me to be healthy.... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:49:51 EST Time for a U-turn You know those "No U-turn" signs that always seem to be in the least convenient places? That's what my life has been like... a long road full of no u-turns. Full of lots of opportunities to turn things around but things keep getting in my way. <BR> <BR> Well the time is now. Sign or no sign. Things have to change. I'm tired of making excuses for myself. This last year has been such a roller coaster of emotions and that has come with the roller coaster of weight changes. Stress has been high ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:36:08 EST Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes The only one that doesn't hurt is my toes! Lots of furniture moving, painting and cleaning has left me pretty bumped and bruised. In ways I am proud of the fact that I was able to increase my dumbbell weights but now I wish I still had the lesser pound weights. <BR> <BR> It's hard to take steps backward but listening to my body is important too as I don't think that I could handle doing much of anything right now. So a few days of rest so I can be ready to go full force as soon as I can. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:22:55 EST Good Gravy... it's been crazy!! July was a whirl wind of crazy emotions, lots of activities, and a new endeavor for our family. Even with all the craziness I did continue to lose some weight and eat healthier throughout the month. Not as much of a weight loss as I would have liked but I did lose several inches which makes me just as happy. <BR> <BR> I've learned a few things about myself this month which have made me very proud. <BR> I make healthier choices now without even thinking. <BR> I crave ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:16:55 EST Birthday Calories Don't Count Please oh please let that be true. I decided to tread lightly this last week as I approached my 40th birthday. I had planned according to my Spark Solution Challenge and eagerly awaited the new recipes that were coming. However, my family and friends felt differently. They were more interested in making sure that I had the best birthday ever. <BR> <BR> What they didn't take into account was the fact that I didn't want to eat party food for the not 1, not 2, but 3 parties/getaways that they ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 13:12:17 EST July Goals Well although I am not were I wanted to be in time for my 40th birthday I am making progress. <BR> <BR> July Goals: <BR> 64 oz water per day <BR> 30 minutes of exercise per day <BR> 1 new recipe per week <BR> Strength training 3-4x per week <BR> Read 1 new book Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:37:00 EST Going... Going... Gone! Pounds that is! I am finally seeing the scale move again and I have to tell you that it feels GRRREATT! I started the Spark Solution plan this past Monday and even with a few adjustments and an unexpected road trip the scale is moving. <BR> <BR> I am trying out all these new recipes that I never would have given a second glance and I am not hungry. There is no need to hide my sons treats because I don't want them. <BR> <BR> I know that we shouldn't put too much into the scale but I have t... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:36:29 EST Run... Run... Run... A year ago those words were like curse words. As the last few weeks have passed by with tons of stress and a tad bit of depression it felt good to jump on the treadmill today and run... run... run. <BR> <BR> I could have really used a run by the river on a cool day with nothing to think about. Instead I embraced the treadmill and the appreciation of the A/C while looking at my medals and swag from the runs that I did this last year. I still have a hard time believing that I have participated... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:30:32 EST The guesstimate will destroy you! The guesstimate will kill your weight loss journey. The more you learn about weight loss success the more you will realize that with that success comes a person who has been dedicated to recording every little thing that they put into their mouth. The guesstimate is that point you reach in your journey where you forget to measure and decide that you've been doing it long enough that you know how much a serving size is... and you are WRONG!! <BR> <BR> Or at least I know I am and it has place... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:55:38 EST May Goals 1. Daily activity of at least 20 minutes <BR> 2. Drink 64 ounces of water daily <BR> 3. Eat at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables daily <BR> 4. Daily devotion <BR> 5. Complete arm challenge Wed, 1 May 2013 12:56:34 EST Wiggle it just a little bit!! It's been just a little over a month since my first half marathon. Then I took a month off from everything. Not really on purpose but my treadmill is broken and I got the "too busy to workout" humdrums. But then I caught a good look at myself in the mirror and there is still way too much wiggle when I jiggle. <BR> <BR> I stopped using SparkPeople during my time off and it has hurt me big time. My mind got used to not tracking my food and the nibbling got out of control. I would promise myse... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:15:37 EST Plumpy Princess is Going Strong I am 31 Days and 18 hours from the scariest, most exilerating, craziest thing that I have ever planned to do. I can not believe that six months ago I was barely getting off the couch to stretch on a regular basis and not I am running three miles on a LOW training day. <BR> <BR> I have lost 30+ pounds and although I have had a few set backs with pneumonia, an injury and the Holidays (LOL) I am very happy to say that I am going strong. Still plump but getting healthier ever day. <BR> <BR> Can... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:05:16 EST Kickin' it in the New Year OK I will be perfectly honest... I let the holidays kick my butt. I am the resident baker in the family and I also hosted Thanksgiving this year. So not only did I snack on the sweets as I was making them I also had a fridge full of leftovers that I "had" to eat. The good news is that with my weigh in this morning... there was no weight gain from the last weigh in the week before Thanksgiving. No loss... but no gain. :) <BR> <BR> I am a little under two months away from the Disney Princess H... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:50:05 EST Pneumonia - The training killer So I started November off doing pretty well. I reached my 30# loss mark and was really excited to begin moving into my marathon training zone. Then I got a little cold which turned into pneumonia. The last two and a half weeks have not so silently killed my training schedule. <BR> <BR> The good news is I got on the treadmill for the first time on Wednesday and I was able to fast walk a mile before I felt totally drained. Going to try again today and just see how far I can go without overdoi... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:40:06 EST October Sucked Monkey Butt <em>419</em> <em>465</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> After ending September with completion of my first 5K and then a nice long vacation I had a really difficult time getting back on track. I have run a few times over the last couple of weeks and I did reach the 30 pound weight loss mark. So there are some things to celebrate... but mostly... October Sucked Monkey Butt. <BR> <BR> So now is time for me to get my butt back in gear. My half marathon is just a few months away and I hav... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:04:50 EST Is it October already? Apparently so which means I need to make new goals. <BR> <BR> * To lose 6-8 pounds <BR> * To complete 1500 fitness minutes <BR> * To eat fruit as my afternoon snack (daily) <BR> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:32:01 EST Running is A W E S O M E Ok... I'm a little late getting this information posted but I am still on cloud 9. This past Saturday I ran my first 5K - Color Me Rad. If you have the chance to do this one you should as it was so much fun which really helps us beginngers. Here is the before with me all nice and clean. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to run in the third heat just to be sure I wasn't in the way of people since I figured it would take me betwe... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:11:53 EST 16 hours and counting... <em>364</em> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> I am just 16 hours away from my first 5K. I'm nervous... excited... scared... oh the emotions that are running through me right now. If picked up my race package and attached my bib. My clothes are laid out and I am planning for an early night. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to share with you all my feelings after this is over. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:51:34 EST Ups and Downs = Nervous Tension This week has been so full of ups and downs. <BR> <em>48</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> The idea that it started a new month and that month will end with my first 5K had me all giggly with anticipation. On Monday I ran on the treadmill like it was practically nothing. On Tuesday I did my Pilates and additional strength training which made me feel really good. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I had my first scheduled outdoor run. I spent time mapping it out and made arrangements for a sitter du... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:09:38 EST 2 miles is part of my routine :) I remember the first day I got on the treadmill - six weeks ago - and thought that I would be lucky to get in one lap before I fell over. Now I'm not satisfied unless I reach the two mile mark during my workout. If my actual training time doesn't take me over then I add time on to be sure it does. <BR> <BR> Now I'm not saying that those two miles are always a walk in the park (really they aren't since I'm on the treadmill LOL) but the feeling of accomplishment afterwards makes it all worth w... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:08:00 EST My boobs got a divorce and my thighs are next!!! <em>129</em> <em>224</em> <BR> As I was working out today I looked down and realized that my boobs have decided to divorce. They were no longer clinging to each other as if they couldn't bear the thought of me losing weight. But I am losing weight and with so my boobs are getting smaller. This is the one downfall of weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So now that my boobs have finalized their plans I have asked them to talk to my thighs and they agreed. So look out thighs ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:03:33 EST Pants on the Ground... Pants on the Ground... There no feeling quite like your pants falling down in the middle of a workout. It was actually pretty nice to know that I've dropped enough weight that I need new pants but it didn't help me keep the pace of my workout while trying to hold my pants up. The good news is that I was working out in my living room and not at the gym. That would have been embarrassing - or inspiring to others. However you look at it I need new pants. <BR> <BR> So of course the above incident sent me to explore my... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:49:20 EST 31 Minutes of Peace / Pain I just finished Week 4 Day 1 of the C25K program. I got to spend 35 minutes (I like to add a few to warm up and cool down) on the treadmill with nothing but my tunes and a determined mindset. I didn't look at the program before I started today, as I usually do, and just jumped right in to my warm up. <BR> <BR> I use the C25K app on my phone so as it moved out of the warm up to the first running set I was a little surprised to see the 5 minute clock pop up. But I pushed through the entire pr... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:06:07 EST Goals for August A new month means new goals... new reasons to push through and celebrate success. <BR> <BR> * To lose 6-8 pounds <BR> * To complete 1000 fitness minutes <BR> * To have a GNO with my friends <BR> * To complete 20 days of the 30 day challenge (Wii Fit) <BR> * To run the C25K program outside 3x Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:30:53 EST 6 Weeks = 13 pounds and 4.5 inches <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I am so excited with the progress that I am making. I completed the 30 day EA Sports Active Challenge. I've started the C25K program and registered for my first 5K to be run on September 29th. I've also made plans to register for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. <BR> <BR> Running is something I never thought that I would do (unless of course someone was chasing me) but I feel so rejuvenated after I work out. I actually... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:20:59 EST I am so pumped... <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>40</em> <BR> I just don't even know how to express how I am feeling. I've been interested in the Couch to 5K program for years but I have always preferred to stay nice and comfy on my couch. I am one of those that claim the only way I will run is if someone is chasing me. I joined the C25K team and told myself that I would start this coming Monday. <BR> <BR> Well in the meantime I started really thinking about the fact that I am a procrastinator and I ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:36:06 EST When the going gets tough - I exercise This hasn't always been the case and it isn't like I've been doing this for years. It's only been three weeks and I am happy to report that not once during this time have I turned to food for comfort. I have instead taken whatever challenge I am facing and worked it out - literally. <BR> <BR> Nope, I'm not running marathons. At the most I'm getting in about 1.5 miles before I am ready to fall out but the point is that I AM moving. It feels good to know that the scale shows 7 pounds lighter t... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:34:40 EST Another birthday gone The difference with this one is that I didn't binge on sweets and I even took the time to get in my exercise routine. Pretty exciting since my birthdays have usually revolved around lots of junk food eating and the only exercise being from the fridge to the couch. <BR> <BR> I am feeling really great and can't wait to compare this birthday to my next. The results are going to be amazing. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:10:49 EST July Goals A tad late posting this but here are my goals for July: <BR> <BR> - 8-10 pounds gone <BR> - Take my son outside to play 2-3 times a week (too hot here for every day) <BR> - Not to allow discouragement to take over my thoughts and goals <BR> - Post in SP teams at least 3 times a week <BR> - Complete my Proverbs 31 study daily <BR> <BR> Goals are much easier to obtain if you post them someplace where you can see them daily. I like to put mine on the bathroom mirror so I ca... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:19:41 EST A little discouraged Well today was my official weigh-in and I didn't lose anything. I didn't gain anything so that is a very good thing but I figured I would have lost something. I have upped my exercise regimen, increased my water intake and stayed within my nutrition range on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> I'm not real sure what I need to do so I am going to hit the articles and see what I can find to help me. I have to continue to move forward because it is days like this that usually send me in a downward spir... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:42:43 EST Day 7 - Feeling Confident Today marks the end of week 1 and I am still here and chugging along. I've worked out 4 days of the 7 and I've done pretty well with my nutrition and staying in range, especially since I didn't really have the right groceries in the house for success. <BR> <BR> I'm excited that I have joined an 8 week challenge and can't wait to see the difference at the end of the 8 weeks. I have pulled out some healthy recipes that I can't wait to try. Exciting things await me at the end of this journey. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:58:13 EST Day 2 - Not so bad It's Day 2 and I'm still going strong. I started the 30 Day Challenge for the Wii EA Sports Active today and I did pretty well. I am so excited that I have begun this journey yet frightened that I will fail. I have tried again and again to lose weight and always seem to fail. <BR> <BR> This time I am determined and although I want to share with my family and friends I feel I will be riddled with the "again" attitude of the past. So instead I am going to lean towards making some new friends h... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:06:07 EST Drop It Like It's Hot This is my new theme song - but I'm making it to do with my weight. I have 100 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight and I would like to do this within a year. I think that it is reasonable goal and even gives me a little margin for error. <BR> <BR> I have steadily packed on the pounds since getting married in 1993. I do feel like I was underweight prior to getting married but now I am considered obese and very unhealthy. I have no excuses as I am a SAHM and I should be cooking healthy m... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:56:28 EST