SHEALOVE17's SparkPeople Blog SHEALOVE17's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community No Resolutions in 2013 for me.... As I look forward to this New Year, I thought about resolutions & how many people make & break resolutions. I've done resolutions in the past and have had some successes and some failures. At this point in my life I want to really make a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> No resolutions to break and then feel bad about. From 2013 and beyond I'd rather face each day, week, month, and year as another opportunity to seek and actually implement change. While I do have goals that I'm working towards... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:57:42 EST Soreness...What a Great feeling! I am sore today. It hurts to push my glasses up on my face. It hurts to push myself up from this chair to go to the bathroom! That's because yesterday for the first time in months-I did strength training! Yeah!!!! <BR> <BR> Squats, push-ups, planks, dips, leg extensions! Then repeat! <BR> <BR> I tell you "soreness" is SSSOOOOO much better than pain. I have missed this feeling. I'm totally excited but I will be careful so I won't be back at pain again! <BR> <BR> Go me! <em>104</e... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:49:51 EST 1st New Mile Last night I hit the gym for the 1st time since February. Wow. I've been trying to give my body time to heal and I must admit, it was hard not to push for at least that 13 minute mile and when I found myself unconsciously pushing...I actually slowed down and decreased the incline! <BR> <BR> Yay me for NOT re-injuring my self and today I woke up pain free and ready to hit the gym again tonight. I know I'll eventually get back to a 13 minute mile. And one day I'll even do better than that,... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:37:27 EST Do What I Can Do! Wow! By now I was supposed to have reached my goal. By now I was supposed to be in the "maintaining" phase. By now I was Not supposed to be here, in this rut. Right? Well, life doesn't care about your goals and your body doesn't care about what "yoU" think it is/was supposed to do. <BR> <BR> Truth is that I've been injury prone since October 2011 & instead of taking ALL the time I need, I keep rushing back in only to have to sit out longer. So today I decided that I will simply "Do What... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:34:02 EST Wow, Really? I'm REALLY aggravated right now. I just watched Dr. Oz (whose show I like) and I had to leave the room and felt compelled to write this blog. Let me begin by saying I have NO health problems! I have no deep skeletons in my closet. I am a beautiful, educated, happily married woman & I happen to be overweight. And it irks me that the world still feels that if you are over weight, something MUST be wrong with you. There must BE a reason. <BR> <BR> Well, let me tell you, there isn't ALWAYS ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:20:43 EST Starting Over......Again Wow, as January 2012 draws to an end-I must say I'm disappointed...Really disappointed. According to my plan, I should've reached my goal by now and be down 40lbs with only maybe 10-15 lbs more to go. However, that's not my reality. Instead I'm sitting here starting over...AGAIN! If someone would have told me back in August 2011 that August would have been a "false start" I'm not sure I would have believed them. But I wish someone would've said just that. <BR> <BR> So i'm saying it now.... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:01:47 EST Holidays & Real Life Well, since everyone is blogging about the holidays or actually holiday "food", I decided to add my 2 cents. My reality is this. Weight loss, healthy eating, exercising-yes all of that has to be a lifestyle. That being said, holidays, birthdays, bad weather days are also part of life. I would not have even started on this journey if it REALLY meant I could never have Cold Stone Creamery or Leona's again. Ever! Red Velvet Cake & Sweet Potato Pie & Caribou Ice Cream-Banned for life (which f... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:25:42 EST This is a Marathon, NOT a Sprint! The last 30 days have been tough! Not only was my birthday last month (October), but also about a million other close friends and family members. Not to mention that about mid October I had to quit boot camp due to injuries and there you have it! A recipe for disaster! <BR> <BR> I believe one of the reasons I became injured was because I JUMPED into HIIT training. Who wouldn't, right? It promises and delivers fast results in half the time. But the reality is, I didn't gain weight in 6 m... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 18:26:19 EST The best exercise is Rest... I'm starting to find that sometimes the absolute, BEST thing you can do for yourself is REST! That's right, do absolutely nothing even close to exercise! When embarking on a weight loss journey, one often feels like EVERYDAY I should do cardio. Every other day I should strength train. Every third day I should swim or play basketball or do yoga....etc, etc, etc. Articles and blogs, and experts are always saying that when you want to lose weight-do SOMETHING! <BR> <BR> But I'm here to tell... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 10:57:03 EST Another Day, Another Opportunity! Wow, everyday it's something. Did I exercise today? Did I eat right? Did the scale move? These are but a few of the things I struggle with on a daily basis. Sometimes the answers are in the positive. Sometimes they go the other way. But EVERYDAY is another opportunity to do better. Worry not what yesterday did or did not bring. Focus instead on the present moment. Even if the first half of the day didn't go well, there's still time as long as there is still breath-to turn around and t... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:26:18 EST