SLIMMINGSHAY's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMINGSHAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What worked for ME and moving forward I haven't kept up with any of the 'promises' I have made to myself and haven't been pushing to reach the goals I have set. So yesterday, I decided to do some research on my past habits. <BR> <BR> What I found? <BR> -December 2013 I weighed 164.8lbs and March 2014 I was 165.6lbs. Those were my 2 lowest months in the last 12 months. <BR> <BR> What seemed to work for ME at that point? <BR> -I found that in either month, I typically consumed between 1400 and 1750cals on any given day depending ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:27:48 EST New Challenge As a part of a group that I'm in on FB, Someone personally challenged me to help her keep her accountable. Oh oh... I've been challenged. <BR> <BR> The challenge task aside form the accountability is to do the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred... Starting Sunday! <BR> <BR> Ok, Gotta do it. It's that simple. If I don't, I just plainly suck, cause I've already said I'd do it. But I'm super scared. The idea of Jillian doing the training is scary. The idea that I won't find the time or energy but ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:29:02 EST Week 1 Goals: Days 1& 2 -Progress Report From my previous blog, I noted that there were some goals that I wanted to accomplish for specific timelines. This week's: <BR> <BR> 1) A big goal for the week. Something that will be hard for you, and also rewarding! <BR> - This week, I plan to work on just waking early. I have a friend texting me and my primary alarm set for 5:30 and my second alarm set for 6am. Just the practice of getting up early should help slowly move me into waking and doing a morning workout of some sort before my k... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:05:13 EST “THIS FOO HAS GOALS!” An outside group challenge for this week is about goals. Goals are tough, but are easier to follow when written down. I have this printed out and I have posted it where I can see it every day. Time to make some changes. <BR> <BR> 1) A big goal for the week. Something that will be hard for you, and also rewarding! <BR> - This week, I plan to work on just waking early. I have a friend texting me and my primary alarm set for 5:30 and my second alarm set for 6am. Just the practice of getting up ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:24:18 EST 150lbs no where in the horizon at this rate... I have been such a slacker! I can't even begin to explain. <BR> <BR> I have been working out, but all the food and junk I eat totally counteracts all the hard work I do. Why do I do this to myself? <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm scare of the results. Maybe I'm scared to have to spend more money that we don't have on clothes that I will need at that smaller size. <BR> <BR> 150 was my goal for the end of Summer and that's only 38 days away. Very NOT likely to lose 20ish pounds by then. <BR> <BR> As di... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:00:27 EST Finding My Fitness Mojo Last week totally sucked all around. Food, fitness, awareness. Whatever you think of, it sucked... <BR> <BR> However, today I got my family cleaning house like crazy. It still took all 6 of us nearly an hour to get it done, but it's done! We each took a job or 2 and worked feverishly at it. I took on vacuuming because I wanted the steps and sweat! <BR> <BR> Then, I went out to see my BFF as we planned to run even though I really didn't want to. I had seriously even considered staying home, ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:15:21 EST MY Transformation: IN PROGRESS! ~Transformation Tuesday~ <BR> <BR> This is my transformation: IN PROGRESS! <BR> <BR> It's been a little over 2 years since I started my journey, but I didn't REALLY commit till after I found SDLHC page. Some days are tougher than others and there really are days that I don't want to do anything, and don't. <BR> <BR> Who does that affect? <BR> <BR> Me. And only me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the full blacks, that was March 2... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:05:34 EST 6 month review January to July 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband keeps saying, "Do more cardio if you wanna see the fat loss." <BR> <BR> But I just want to feel stronger and look more sleek and sexy. Fat loss is no longer the ultimate goal.... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:01:52 EST July 2014 Goals In July, I'm aiming to accomplish 2 -30 day challenges. One is the following butt challenge: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The second is the following gut & glutes challenge: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not overly difficult. At least it shouldn't be so long as I don't get "behind" <em>20</em> on them because then that just makes it difficult and that's when I quit. <B... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:29:14 EST Assessment of June Goals Here is the recap on my June goals that I set: <BR> <BR> -Crunch challenge: fail <BR> -Plank challenge: fail <BR> -Squat challenge: fail <BR> -Water challenge: GOOD! <BR> -No Junk food: fail <BR> -Arms challenge: fail <BR> -wall sit challenge: fail <BR> -Zumba on Tuesdays: 3/4 good <BR> -Walks on Thursdays: fail <BR> -bike/run in am on M/W/F- fail <BR> -1500 monthly fitness minutes: fail- 857 total <BR> <BR> Well, That didn't go so well... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, here are the pr... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:31:59 EST Color Me Rad and Luge I SURVIVED! <BR> <BR> There were points in this fun run that I wanted to run, but I went with a friend for whom this was her first 5K and she's just learning to take better care of herself and it was really tough for her. The grueling climb up the hills and through some muck (it rained last night) was so not at all fun, but when we got to the top and could see a huge chunk of the city, it was amazing! <BR> <BR> We worked our way down and did it in 2/3rds the time! WOW! We had lots of fun, g... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:27:59 EST Luge Well, We ended up getting to the luge too late to actually do it last night but my friend has promised me that she will be dragging me back up there... Perhaps tomorrow after our color run since we get a 20% discount! AHH! <BR> <BR> Guess we will see. She really really wants to go. <BR> <BR> Strange thing is, now that we were refused to go, now I WANT to go! Figures! <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:55:21 EST Nerves Tonight, a friend and I head up to Calgary Olympic Park to pick up our bibs and packages for our "Color Me Rad" run that we are doing on Saturday morning. That's not such a big deal. <BR> <BR> LUGE... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> THAT'S the big deal! <BR> <BR> I have never really been the person to feel like my stomach is going to come up outta my mouth over the idea of an activity except maybe bungee jumping or skydiving, but the luge has my nerves on end. <BR> <BR> My friend wants to try i... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:09:09 EST A Part of Me You know that feeling you get when you've just chopped off about a foot or more of your hair and you begin to weep? You weep because, you worked so hard (and long) to grow it all out then you go and chop a huge portion of it off and you kinda miss it. It's because it was a part of you. <BR> <BR> I totally had that sad, weepy feeling yesterday (2nd time in 2 months) all because I lost my darn Spark Tracker! Seriously?! How has this thing become such a huge part of me??? <BR> <BR> Every morni... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:22:09 EST Exercise #8: Strategize **List your reasons/excuses on why your diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each write a strategy that will keep you on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! ** <BR> <BR> My reasons or excuses for why my 'diet and exercise'... Wait. I think I prefer 'lifestyle' change to the first set as this is a change mentally as well. We want POSITIVES here! So the reasons I think that I'm st... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:59:04 EST Assessing Triggers Trigger foods... I don't really have many, or at least none that come to my mind at the moment. However, there are situations when I eat crap or far more than inititally planned. <BR> <BR> For instance, being at the in-laws... There's ALWAYS wine and usually bad food like pizza or chinese food. Lacey's cookies from Costco? YUP! So bad, but tastes sooo good! Can you stop at one? NOPE! <BR> <BR> Usually when the in-laws are around or want to do dinner whether it's our place or theirs, it's al... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:19:57 EST My Motivation? Today's assignment for the Summer 5% challenge is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight. I remember when I started this journey a couple years ago, it was because my favorite bra no longer fit. I was at my highest weight not pregnant at 198lbs. That's a lot of weight on a 5'1" frame. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this new challenge, it is time to reflect on why I am doing what I am doing and what can be changed. So here we go... <BR> <BR> *What do I want to change? <BR> -I want... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:11:57 EST Summer 5% Commitment ~Exercise Commitment~ <BR> <BR> *Do a minimum of 10-15 minutes of ST on M/W/F <BR> *Complete at least 1 SP video/week <BR> *Zumba on Tuesdays for an hour <BR> *Walking on Thursdays for 45 minutes <BR> *Cycling outdoors or on recumbent 2x/week <BR> *Walk the dogs 2 times a day <BR> *Hit 10,000 steps/day <BR> <BR> ~Nutrition Commitment~ <BR> <BR> *Eat cleaner (learn more, prep weekly) <BR> *Drink 8+ waters a day <BR> *Limit alcohol <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:17:14 EST 2 new... Last week, I asked my best friend to do the local Loop Around the Lake. Proceeds to the local library. <BR> <BR> Her answer: "SURE!" As expected. <BR> <BR> So we are both registered for a 5K next Sunday. YAY! <BR> <BR> Another friend called dibs on a couple bibs earlier this week that became available on a local FB page and told me I was doing it with her. The Color Me Rad 5K is the Saturday AFTER that first 5K... in the SAME week! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Um... <BR> <BR> How did I get... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:10:15 EST THE dress... So a few months back I tried to commit to getting in a specific dress by my anniversary date which was June 9th. Sadly, It doesn't really fit. <BR> <BR> Not yet. <BR> <BR> But who am I to blame? Not my husband. Not my friends. Not my kids. <BR> <BR> Just me. <BR> <BR> I'm the one who scarfs down marshmallows when they are for the kids. <BR> <BR> I'm the one who chooses not to workout when I know I should or I truly feel like I want to run. <BR> <BR> I'm the one who drinks a bottle of wi... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:29:15 EST 3 weeks left... We are already approaching the middle of June!? WHA?!? <BR> <BR> So, I planned to take measurements and photos every 3 months; January, April, July... <BR> <BR> That means that I only have about 3 weeks left to make something happen. <BR> <BR> I've been slacking this month, I'm behind on all my goals because I just don't feel like doing it and I had a very super emotional day yesterday and felt awful. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. Zumba tonight! I can't wait. Even if class falls through, ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:31:00 EST June 2014 Goals I'm a couple days behind, but that's ok. Life has been crazy and my van needs MORE darn work on it... sigh... <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't do so well on the May challenges so I will be aiming to complete the 30 days of Crunches, planks and squats along with new challenges for this month. <BR> <BR> June Challenges are: <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Water challenge <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> No junk food <BR> <img... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:47:34 EST End of May 2014 Evaluation Where has this time gone?! As of today, there's only 1 day left of May! The following items were what I had been aiming for throughout the month. <BR> <BR> 1) Complete the 30-Day Crunch Challenge <BR> <BR> 2) Complete the 30-Day Squat Challenge <BR> <BR> 3) Complete the 30-Day Plank Challenge <BR> <BR> 4) Run the Mother’s Day 5K Run <BR> <BR> 5) Do the C25K program <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> 1- Crunch challenge: Only got to about day 19 though I'm sure I could finish them up easily enough... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:20:23 EST Summer 5% Challenge!<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703181 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703181 </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 16:16:55 EST Love is... Ok, so I have to tell you. <BR> <BR> Last week, I went to visit my bestie even though I was feeling blah and kinda depressed and I totally thought about staying home and just kinda moping and hiding in a hole for the day. <BR> <BR> I have to say, you just don't know what love is... unless you have a friend like mine! <BR> <BR> She went out on the long weekend and bought me super runners for my runs since my 'bricks' as she calls em, just won't do! <BR> <BR> Thing is, I haven't gotten the ... Mon, 26 May 2014 15:06:24 EST Mid May Evaluation Suddenly, it’s the middle of May and I’m thinking I need to examine my progress as to my goals for the month. Let’s recap my May goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Complete the 30-Day Crunch Challenge <BR> <BR> 2) Complete the 30-Day Squat Challenge <BR> <BR> 3) Complete the 30-Day Plank Challenge <BR> <BR> 4) Run the Mother’s Day 5K Run <BR> <BR> 5) Do the C25K program <BR> <BR> *So, there are 5 things that I was aiming to accomplish this month. I can positively throw #4 in the bag. <BR> <BR> *As to... Fri, 16 May 2014 10:53:06 EST Mother's Day 5K Run- 2014 It's been a couple days since Mother's Day and I have finally regrouped enough and am pain free and free to think clearly today, so here is what I have to say regarding my first BIG run that was registered, timed, and an emotional day. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning, my awesome husband was up 15 minutes earlier than my set alarm to ensure that I was up when I said I wanted to be up, which was 6am. Of course, it took me a little longer to crawl out of bed and by the time I got down to the kitchen t... Wed, 14 May 2014 12:22:32 EST Don't read! Nothing here till tomorrow! Just a reminder to me! HEHE! BLOG! <BR> <BR> Ok, writing the new one today... AS A NEW BLOG! LOL! Tue, 13 May 2014 22:15:44 EST May update May has been one heck of a month so far. I may have taken on so much that it seems like a long month, but I"m still truckin a long! <BR> <BR> I'm beat! <BR> <BR> I've certainly taken on a lot of things for this month. <BR> <BR> The crunch, squat and plank challenges and of course, my 5K that is tomorrow. I'm really pumped about that! <BR> <BR> Bonus: My shirt is a medium!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Talk about a win! <BR> ... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:40:56 EST May 2014 Goals My goals in May are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1) complete the 30 day Crunch challenge <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Days 1 & 2 complete; day 3 tomorrow! <BR> <BR> 2) Complete the 30 day Squat Challenge <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Days 1-3 Complete. Looking forward to the rest day tomorrow! <BR> <BR> 3) Complete the 30 day Plank Challenge <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sat, 3 May 2014 22:09:17 EST New Week, New Plan This weeks WI was not ideal. <BR> <BR> I'm down about it, but I won't let it keep me down. It's just a number on the scale. I guess I'm just disappointed in my choices this week. After Easter, there's been the chocolate in the house and I just have a hard time refraining from eating it. I mean, it's my kids chocolate and I'm the one eating it. This stops today. <BR> <BR> Today, I am planning to eat cleaner. It's going to be tough with some of that stuff still in my house, but I have to lear... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:22:25 EST New Challenge: C25K with Calling all Canadians So, I got a sparkmail last week regarding a couch to 5K challenge the Calling All Canadians team was doing. Obviously, joining was optional. <BR> <BR> I opted IN! <BR> <BR> We are doing this together to cheer each other on, be motivational, and share our goals, progress and sometimes even pain. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my day 1. <BR> <BR> 5 minutes brisk warm up followed by 8 repetitions of jog 1 minute then walk 1.5 minutes. <BR> <BR> Seemed fairly easy in the beginning. I made it to ne... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:33:45 EST Easter weekend update Well, I would call this past weekend a success overall! <BR> <BR> Friday night was dinner and fun at a friends. I had a little too much wine, but not as much as usual. I only had 2 small pieces of pizza and plenty of fruit and multigrain chips with Salsa. Not bad if I considered what all was there. <BR> <BR> Saturday I was exhausted so we slept in, got the dogs walked a couple times and then had Chinese food with the In laws. I only had a small serving of most options, a single cupcake as d... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:13:42 EST Easter weekend-BRING IT! Usually going into a weekend such as this (Halloween included) I get really nervous because I know what my sweet tooth is like when I have all this chocolate around. Wait, it's not the sweet tooth. It's the lack of will power. <BR> <BR> What I recognized now is that I don't want to eat ALL that much chocolate, it is just all part of the way the holiday has grown. It's all industrial, buy this, buy that and then guess who's eating it all??? Yea, usually me. I mean come on, who wants 4 kids al... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:25:59 EST Read a bit of Inspiration As I checked my emails from Spark today, I came across one that featured a blog from AZAOA2. Just the first line intrigued me to read the blog. Go ahead! Go read a bit of inspiration here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635729 </link> <BR> <BR> What I liked best in this blog, was that she points out the biggest changes that she made in that time. Reading through them, I find that I'm following most of the changes she's pointed out EX... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:22:14 EST 2014 Spring 5% Pre-Challenge Assignment: Motivation *All the reasons I want to lose weight? <BR> <BR> As I'm writing this, I'm not entirely certain. My overall health in the form of heart and lungs and the like, is good. Always has been. Maybe I am looking at more superficial reasons? To be a size 8? To shop certain stores? To look, Va-va-VOOM? I don't really know. I'm not really that vain a person <BR> <BR> *What do you want to change? <BR> -I want to change my outlook about fitness and nutrition. <BR> -I want to learn the ways of healthy e... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:26:45 EST Progress & pictures! Well, I've entered 2014 with determination but of course, I have hit many bumps and even fallen off along the way! It doesn't matter though. There's changes. <BR> <BR> It may be only a 5lb difference, but I see it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm down several inches too! YAY! <BR> <BR> And for an NSV today, I bought my first pair of rain boots today that actually fit OVER my calves!!! WOOT! <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:55:38 EST Week 2- 5K Walk/Jog Training: In progress Wow... <BR> <BR> Today's attempt was really tough. It's day 2 of week 2 and I couldn't quite finish out the jog part of it. I've been getting what I believe is "stitches". Basically, cramps in my stomach. From what I've read and have been told by a runner friend, it has a lot to do with how I'm breathing while running. <BR> <BR> I have to practice the breathing. I should be breathing deep in my lungs. Apparently a good way to see how I'm doing is by laying on the floor and placing my hand o... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:05:43 EST Week 1 5K walk/jog Training DONE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got it done! 1.78mi in 30 minutes. 2.02mi in 35 in the cool down <BR> <BR> On to Week 2! <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT QUIT! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:07:38 EST Friday's Fit Fact: 03/21/14 <img src=""> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:46:56 EST So far, So good... This week has been pretty successful so far! <BR> <BR> Monday I started out with my rule of "NEVER MISS A MONDAY!" <BR> I find that so important as it sets the mood of the rest of the week. So I started the SP 5K walk/jog training program, Day 1. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> March 17/14 1.42mi in 25 minutes on Treadmill <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday was 'cross training' which instead of my planned ST, I ended up shoveling for quite somet... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:40:12 EST Monday's Note "Welcome to Monday, the "new years of weekdays" where you mentally get a fresh start, clean slate! Last week was last week, it's in the past. Let today be the day that you FINALLY make a change, even if its a little one. It's overwhelming to think of everything you might have to do to become the person you want to be. Don't think about that. Just think about making the next choice, the right one. And then keep going!" <BR> <BR> Posted by someone on a FB group. <BR> <BR> Thought it was inspi... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:00:22 EST Join the Spring 5% Challenge! The Winter challenge didn't fare too well for me, or I guess *I* didn't do all to well in that challenge. Winter is a sucky time for me, but the spring one WILL be better! <BR> <BR> Come join it! <BR> <BR> Here's the link! <BR> <BR> <link> ark/groups_individual.asp? gid=62656 </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:34:11 EST Day 2: Lacking motivation already! So, I set a goal for myself yesterday and it's only day 2 and I have NO motivation whatsoever... How does that happen? <BR> <BR> I am tired. <BR> <BR> I don't want to do anything except eat CRAP! As in Carbonated beverages, Refined sugars, Artificial food, and Processed food. <BR> <BR> Doesn't sound so good written that way now. <BR> <BR> If I want Sunday off, I NEED to do 30 minutes each day between now and then. I'm hoping I can get my hubby to set the wii up in our theater so that I c... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:47:11 EST Talk about Hiatus! The last month, I have been SOO out of it. <BR> <BR> Off and on. <BR> <BR> In and out. <BR> <BR> Pretty much invisible here. <BR> <BR> Today that stops. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> No more of that. <BR> <BR> the 170's have crept back into my life. I have approached that awful number, but not entered it and I WILL NOT allow myself to go back there. <BR> <BR> It's back to tracking, if not here immediately, then on paper to be recorded here at a later time. <BR> <BR> Fitness needs to imp... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:48:48 EST Totally Bummer So, I ate FAR too much and not at all good choices, but I had a craving and I indulged it, and then some. <BR> <BR> By the end of the day, I was super stoked and looking forward to going to zumba class. <BR> <BR> My friend and I took our oldest girls who have been wanting to come every time we go, only to find upon our arrival, there was no class! Like WHAT?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Talk about being completely thrown out of your mojo! <BR> <BR> So what did we do? We went for ice cream! BAHHH! <B... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:32:54 EST Zumba On! Wow, it's been a couple weeks since I have done any blogs and right now I am beat, but I wanted to remind myself of why I love zumba... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BECAUSE IT IS FREAKIN' AWESOME FUN FITNESS!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, yea, went to zumba and loved it! Had some new stuff thrown in and I'm gonna feel it tomorrow and it's gonna feel good! <BR> <BR> Good night! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:06:32 EST Awesomeness So, I never got around to talking about what I got for christmas this year and because of the nature of these items, I just HAVE to share! <BR> <BR> I really have to say, my husband is pure AWESOMENESS! He supports me in everything I do no matter what it is! <BR> <BR> So, the first gift he got me was a pilates DVD and swiss ball! I've been wanting a swiss ball for so long! I still have yet to actually try out the video, but I will! Very soon, I will! <BR> <BR> The second item was a partne... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:07:12 EST Winter 5%: Pre Challenge Activity #6 MOTIVATION <BR> <BR> The "assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!" <BR> <BR> Reasons to lose weight: <BR> 1) Wear smaller clothes <BR> 2) Feel good about myself <BR> 3) Set a good example for my family/friends <BR> <BR> How I want to look: <BR> 1, 2 &3) Stro... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:07:16 EST Finally seeing Changes ~Photo Added!~ January 1, I took new photos of myself. <BR> <BR> Today, I finally found time to take a comparison and examine some changes I can see in me physically. <BR> <BR> I looked at the first photo from this tough battle from March 2012. That was not a happy person. <BR> <BR> Nearly 2 years later, though not a lot of weight lost, there are many many changes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The biggest thing that I see is that I was very un... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:21:59 EST