SLOADMAN's SparkPeople Blog SLOADMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Program - March 2012 Okay, so after 10 weeks of a week looking like this: <BR> Monday - 1 hour Bootcamp <BR> Tuesday - 1 hour Kickboxing <BR> Wednesday - 1 hour Bootcamp <BR> Thursday - 1 hour Spin Class <BR> Friday - 1 hour Med Ball Class <BR> Saturday - 1 hour weight training <BR> Adding swimming in there when I could/wanted to. <BR> And seeing very little results after a few weeks... I have to switch it up - my nutrition plan is now boring which just makes me want to eat crap, and the fitness regime is keeping... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:02:42 EST 2.5 Weeks in Review: Week 6, Week 7 and most of Week 8 February 6 - 23 Wow! Did not realize how long it has been since I last wrote. My once a week blog fell to the weigh side... eek. I will attempt to remember how these past weeks have gone. <BR> <BR> Monday - February 5: <BR> Boot camp - pretty sure it was good. <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday - February 6: <BR> Kickboxing & Swimming - Pretty sore - this is the day my rotator cuff started acting up. Did 60 laps (25m) in 40 minutes. <BR> <em>216</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday - February 8: <... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:07:12 EST A Week in Review: Week 5 January 30 - February 5 The week was good I think. Got in all my workouts, so I feel pretty good about it. <BR> <BR> Monday - Boot Camp was great, love that every week is challenging. <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Kickboxing was great too! Didn't end up doing laps tonight because we had to meet with our DJ for the wedding. <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Moved Boot camp to 6 am instead of 5:30 pm for today so I could go to book club tonight. It was hard to get myself out of bed, but once I wa... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:32:21 EST A Week in Review: Week 4 January 23-29 The week was ok - not great, but not bad. <BR> <BR> Monday - Boot Camp was good, the last day of my cold, so I didn't feel I gave it my all. <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Kickboxing was fantastic! No cold anymore so I could get my butt kicked! So glad the cold is gone!! I went to swim laps but all the lanes were full with 3 or 4 people in each lane - so I sat in the sauna for a little while. <BR> <em>216</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Boot camp was awesome! It fle... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:37:38 EST Mini Goals = Mini Rewards Part of this process is remembering to reward myself, so I am going to reward every 5 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> At 170lbs - Reward: Eyebrow Wax -met goal 02/05/12 169.4 lbs <BR> At 165lbs - Reward: xxxx xxx* change from Hair cut to purchasing clip in extensions -met goal 03/18/12 162 lbs <BR> At 160lbs - Reward: Pedicure <BR> At 155lbs - Reward: New Shoes <BR> At 150lbs - Reward: Manicure <BR> At 145lbs - Reward: Professional Photo Shoot <BR> At 140lbs - Reward: Spa Day <BR> At 135lbs - Reward: G... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:24:43 EST A Week in Review: Week 3 January 16-22 This past week unfortunately was not the greatest. I got a cold which started on Monday and as I write this I am still with said cold. I decided that would not swim this week with the cold, but I would still get in all my fitness classes. My Women on Weights class ended up being cancelled due to lack of people signed up. <BR> <BR> Monday - Boot camp, good as usual. My energy levels don't feel up to their usual standards, but I know that it's just the cold. *cough* <BR> <em>320</em> <BR>... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:39:28 EST A Week in Review: Week 2 January 9-15 This past week was pretty good. It was the first week of some classes, the only one left to add is the Women on Weights class which starts this Saturday. <BR> <BR> Monday - Boot camp was great! A good way to get back at it full time! After class tho when I went to swim laps, my lofty goal of 60 minutes after the hour of boot camp - not the smartest idea I've had. So I mustered out 36 minutes and 50 laps. Still a pretty good day in my books. I decided that I would add 5 minutes a week to my ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:06:08 EST Woo Hoo Will Power Today at my office we had our customer appreciation tea which always has a tonne of sweets and sweet drinks, every year I have a little something - some years a lot of somethings. Well this year is one to mark in the calendar! I DID NOT HAVE ONE GOODIE OR SWEET DRINK!!!! <BR> <BR> I am so proud of myself I am just beaming!! <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:35:21 EST Today's the Day January 9, 2012 - Day 9 <BR> Today is the day that the exercise machine that is me goes into turbo mode. Most of my classes start this week, so today starts Week 1 of 10 of Phase 1. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of this as Phase 1 because after the 10 weeks I am going to need to kick it up a notch - that means more weights and more cardio. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Boot Camp for 1 hour followed by 1 hour of swimming laps. I am going to stand my ground and NOT have any sweets today. *I really wish s... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:52:57 EST Day 2 - January 2, 2012 Mood – was good to start, then I got grumpy when I needed to eat, but was good again by the afternoon. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Exercise – Day off. Took the dog for a walk and did some shopping. <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> Food – not a great food day. Breakfast was not enough, then did not have anything in the house to eat for a quick snack that is on the “plan” so didn’t end up having a lunch. Near the end of the day I had some healthy snacks and dinner was good. Well below what my intake should... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:14:37 EST Day 1 - January 1, 2012 Mood - upbeat, excited to start a new year <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> Exercise - ended up with a new Personal Best on my 5k run. 32:06 with stop lights in there so probably around 31. My goal was to finish the Resolution Run in 32 minutes, so I came very close and will not kick myself for 6 seconds. My knee was killing me by the 3.5k mark, but I pushed through it. With a hot bath and Epsom salts I didn’t feel it the next day (thank goodness). My fiancé and my sister also ran the 5k and came in r... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 17:12:43 EST Really!?! That's what people see You ever go out and think you look smokin' and you strut your stuff and feel really good about yourself only to see a few pictures of yourself that night to make you feel awful and realize just how much weight you've put on... <BR> <BR> Well that happened to me last week. At the beginning of December I went to a convention in Vegas for work and we have a few evening events. <BR> <BR> This first picture shows just how much I've put on in my face, but thank goodness for flowy shirts that hi... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:58:56 EST January 2012 - The Master Plan I would call myself a planner - I like to see what I am doing in the future and what steps I need to take to ensure I get there. So I have my January set, and if all works well, I will continue into March with the same plan. Then add a few more activities in March to kick it up a notch. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of swimming this time around. Just one hour of front crawl burns 904 calories! <BR> <BR> I am adding two new cl... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:45:28 EST The time has come... I have to stop making excuses and get this freaking weight off already! If I don't make myself a pledge to do this right now and I head off for a work convention for 2 weeks in Las Vegas, and head into Christmas season with out a plan - I am screwed! <BR> <BR> I need to make a plan and stick to it. I know that food choices will be made for me and I won't have a say. But I can tell myself that the plate does not need to be cleaned off - the whole dessert does not have to be eaten - the whole... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:34:23 EST Day 8 To start week 2 I am down 6lbs!!! Woo hard work does pay off! <BR> <BR> Day 8 was good. Even tho I didn't have time yesterday to get groceries I managed to still eat a healthy breakfast and lunch. Then went grocery shopping and bought some healthy frozen dinners. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym tonight and got in a strength training session on my lower body. My back is acting up pretty bad so I did as much as I could, thank goodness I have a massage appointment tomorrow and physio on Thursd... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 00:07:31 EST Day 4, 5, 6 & 7 I am feeling so good about this past week its unbelievable! <BR> <BR> Day 4 - I took this day off from working out, but kept my food in check. <BR> <BR> Day 5 - Happy Canada Day!! The BF and I started the month off with a nice 6.2k run/walk in the sunshine, then headed down to our local park to take in Canada Day celebrations. Pancake breakfast, samosas, pasta dinner and kettle corn. Not the greatest for food, but did walk a lot. <BR> <BR> Day 6 - The BF and I went up to the local ski hill... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 13:33:49 EST Day 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was great!! My food was on track and I did a 5k race in about 33 minutes - which is right were I was when I was running consistently. My speed has increased as I walked quite a bit of the way, but kept my time the same. <BR> <BR> When I weighed in this morning I was down 4lbs, but I will not put it into my tracker until weigh in day (Monday). <BR> <BR> Now I've got another 5k in 3 days, and that one is goi... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:07:37 EST Day 2 So I went to the pool only to find out that it is at 50m and full of kids doing lessons - and will be until the end of the month (thank goodness the end of the month is Thursday). Since I didn't have my other gym stuff with me I left and bought my new pair of runners! Woo! <BR> <BR> I decided that I would go do some drills at the school yard by my house - they have a wicked staircase and a track and playground that is really good for having fun while working out. So I am running over there... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:03:03 EST Day 1 Yesterday was Day 1 - and it wasn't great. <BR> <BR> First of all my food was out of whack - I was all shaky so I had to eat more than I wanted too. Guess all my salads weren't good enough. So I bought some more healthy things to snack on in case it happens again. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym - really need to get new shoes. Was only able to run for 5 minutes as my shoes have no support left. I stayed on the treadmill tho for the 30 minutes (maximum allowed) getting in 3.2 k. <BR> <BR> Bu... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:03:04 EST Jumping back on the fitness bandwagon I can’t believe how bad I have been over the last 3 months. <BR> <BR> It started out that there was no way I could fit the gym into my schedule when I was working 12+ hours a day. <BR> <BR> Then I lost my motivation. <BR> <BR> Then I went to Ireland for two weeks. That was the worst - nothing but lamb, brown bread and potatoes. I did a lot of walking - but nothing truly heart pounding. <BR> <BR> So I have gained 15 lbs :( Not good. I am not fitting into my clothes as well - not feeling go... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:15:30 EST Not the best week Sunday started off the week with a nice little head cold. Was out for a lovely hike with the BF and my ears got all plugged up and my nose was running and just felt like crap. So we ended the hike early, only 1 hour instead of 2. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Monday morning, had a meeting with my lawyer and insurance company about my case. I was hoping that I would have an idea where I am standing by Friday, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen as it is now Friday morning, and haven't h... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:51:31 EST Challenge of 100's Round 2 Wow! Another round of this challenge done. I am really sore after this one, it was a really good mix of upper and lower body exercises and I had a whole body sore happening. I did this on day 82 (March 31), only 8 more rounds to go! <BR> <BR> Here's how it went for this round: <BR> Bicycle Crunches 5x 20 <BR> <BR> Bridges 5 x 20 <BR> <BR> Push ups 2 x 10 (real pushups) 4 x 20 (modified push ups) <BR> <BR> Single leg squats with toe touch (100 each leg) 5 x 20 <BR> <BR> Tricep dips 5 x 2... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 23:25:09 EST Glimpse Last night I saw it! <BR> <BR> I finally saw what everyone sees!! <BR> <BR> Last night I went to my last Abs & Booty class of the season, wearing my size small capri's and my I <em>26</em> NY t-shirt and I looked in the mirror and saw me. <BR> <em>204</em> <BR> Not the "M-E" that I've been looking at all my life, but this smaller version of me. I sometimes will get a sneak peak, but by the time I look back again, it's gone. Last night was a whole hour of looking at this new me, and I ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:28:16 EST Day of 100's Challenge Round 1 So last night I decided (very last minute) to do my "Day of 100's Challenge". <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=49621 </link> <BR> <BR> Round 1 of 10 <BR> <BR> This is what I did: <BR> <BR> 100 jumping jacks (1x100) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> 100 high kicks (1x70/1x30) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> 100 grand plie jumps (3x20/1x10/1x30) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> 100 squats (4x25) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> 100 lunges (4x25) <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> 100 second plank (7x20se... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:45:44 EST Progress I'm not sure if you've seen the program "I Used to be Fat" on MTV, they have these countdown calendars that they rip off a day each morning until they hit 0. I created my own countdown calendar for my 100 days to Summer Challenge <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=49621 </link> <BR> <BR> Today I weighed myself and took measurements, and then I thought maybe it's time I look back in the book to see just how far I've come. Well smack my doodle and call m... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:44:06 EST Is that it? I am starting to think that perhaps I am done loosing weight. <BR> <BR> I have been in the 150's (fluctuating) for two months and do not see any end in sight. <BR> <BR> Maybe my body is done loosing the weight, now its just going to shape itself. <BR> <BR> I am okay with being in the 150's, I just want to know that that is where I will be, that my goal (originally 144) of 135 is just not going to happen for me. <BR> <BR> Maybe I was reaching to high changing my goal to 135. Maybe I sho... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:13:44 EST Thank You Dear Pants, <BR> <BR> I purchased you last summer in a size 8, you were snug, and left me with a muffin top. You were very long, but since I wasn't going to wear you anyways, I never hemmed you. <BR> <BR> Yesterday you must have read my blog about my self image and how low I was feeling because this morning when I thought for the heck of it to try you on again, you fit. No muffin top, no zipper pull, you just fit. <BR> <BR> I wish I wasn't running late so I could hem you and wear you to ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:31:39 EST Trying to fight the body image issues Ok so I’ve been stuck on this really stubborn plateau for some time now and so I am trying a few things to bust through, but in the mean time I look in the mirror and I’m just not happy with what I’m seeing. <BR> <em>204</em> <BR> I think my boobs are getting smaller so it’s taking away from my curvy figure I had and I’m left looking heavier - if that makes any sense. I am going to need new bras which just doesn’t fit into the budget. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I am glad that I have a boyfri... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:34:51 EST January 2011 Summary <BR> <em>49</em> Highs: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 100% attendance at Bootcamp <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 100% attendance at Abs & Booty class <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 100% of planned days of exercise (22 of 31 days) <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Exercised for a total of 20.8 hours <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> 10 day workout streak <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Travelled a distance of 70.44km between the treadmill and bike <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> 9 lbs down <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Stuck with my healthy lu... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 19:15:12 EST Reflections on my first year with Spark People After a year on Spark People I have come to find myself. The “real” me, a person that I can truly love. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> I am still having some body image issues, but that is when I can turn to Spark and get the support I need not to eat that McCain deep and delicious to make me feel better. <BR> <em>35</em> <BR> I have learned to surround myself with positive and motivating people, and leave the people who encouraged me to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> I ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:25:49 EST A New Year, A New Me Wow, 2011 came fast! A lot happened in 2010 and even tho at times it was really difficult and thought that I would never find myself, by the end of the year I was happier than I think I’ve ever been. <BR> <BR> In 2010 I had finally had enough inner strength to walk away from a soul consuming relationship. <BR> In 2010 I found out what I really wanted from life and how to get it. <BR> In 2010 I found what it meant to truly respect myself and love me. <BR> In 2010 I found someone who I am s... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:44:37 EST Before and After Pics inspired by RIKKIELLE RIKKIELLE posted a before and after pic, and it inspired me to update my photos and see if there was a difference... well I think there is a bit. I couldn't find my original clothes, so hopefully this is okay <BR> <BR> FRONT <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SIDE <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BACK <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:20:30 EST Self Sabotage I seem to be at the self-sabotaging stage, which is not apparently one of the stages. I find myself eating way too much crap and then of course being sluggish and not getting to the gym. <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> So today I start new, wipe the slate clean! <BR> <BR> I have 15 lbs left to loose and I am going to do it!! I CAN DO THIS! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> So today is a cardio day, so I'm thinking a good 1hour hike will be good, and its raining s... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:48:52 EST "It's Over, It's Over, It's Over" Well it's now officially over, and I am so happy! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I had mentioned in my previous blog that I didn't believe that he would change, and I was right. Our date nights that we talked about never happened, and the only time he would contact me was if he needed something. So on June 10 it was finally done. <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> I feel so much lighter and happier knowing that we can both move on and find people that are better suited for each of us. <BR> <em>212</em> ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:56:25 EST Update on my life... So I know I have been MIA for awhile now, so let me fill you in on what's been going on. <BR> <BR> On April 17 I decided that I was going to end my relationship of 4 years, but because of finances, a work holiday for me and job training for him, I decided that I couldn't break the news to him until I returned from holidays on May 2. <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> The whole week of April 18 to April 23 I was a complete stress case and was having a VERY hard time eating, I just couldn't stomach it... Mon, 10 May 2010 16:28:43 EST You Must be Lying to me Mr. Scale... I am a believer in only weighing in once a week because your weight can fluctuate day to day, hour to hour. However, I am finding that ever since I hit 164, I cannot stay off the scale. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Every morning I need to check to make sure it wasn't a dream or I imagined it. And every morning it still says 164! This is a good thing I know, but I still stand there in disbelief. <BR> <BR> Usually when I go down, I go back up, so reaching a weight I haven't seen in years i... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 15:06:25 EST The Cover of a Magazine Usually when going through the check-out line at the grocery store I scan over the latest news in Hollywood, "look how thin so and so is" or "look how fat this person got" and so on and so on. Well on Thursday night, I happened to notice Shape Magazine, which usually has a very thin model or actress talking about how they are getting fit, going from skinny to getting in shape... not usually a very interesting story for those who are not skinny and who are having to work their butts off litera... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 15:43:12 EST March Update So my last post was about being accountable, and making sure I was writing at least once a week. That was 27 days ago... LOL! I was going to write about how bad this month was and how I was changing goals to be more realistic, but this morning when I weighed in, I lost 5lbs.. so that shoots all my excuses I thought I would need to make down the drain! <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I was off to a slow start, loosing only 1lb a week for the first 3 weeks, I thought this wasn't too bad conside... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 11:41:28 EST Calories, Goals and Accountability Need to make sure I am keeping up on this, at least once a week! <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Calories: <BR> It's strange, last month I was finding I was eating too much, and now I find I am having a hard time eating enough! Take this past Sunday for example, I was working at a Home Show for my company, and our booth was right next to Kettle Korn (mmmm...). I didn't give in! I brought lunch with me, some chicken, a couple apples and spinach quiche (no cheese). I thought for sure that I would be s... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:52:36 EST January 27, 2010 Today is January 27 and the Olympic Torch came to town. This is exciting, but at the same time, my gym closed at 3:30 pm to host the celebration. Instead of cancelling today's workout, which is heavy cardio (walk/run and bike) and strength training, I paid to drop in at the Y. I used the treadmill (I usually run on the track) and I found that I am faster outside or on a track, which is encouraging! What was really exciting; after walking for 5 minutes at 3.5 m/hr, I ran for 10 MINUTES! Then w... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:25:14 EST January 26, 2010 Today is January 26 and I am back at 180 lbs. My fitness challenge this month was cross-country skiing on January 16. It was fantastic! My mom and I spent 3 hours going over 8km of white snow! Would like to take this up as a sport. My challenge for February, a 5km run in Langley BC. That is what I am training for now. Last night at the gym, my goal was to walk at least 5km. I have only been able to run 1km so far. Well last night, km 1 - walk, km 2 - run, km 3 - walk, km 4 - run, km 5 - walk!... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:39:16 EST Get to know me... from the begining My parents split up when I was about 7 years old and my mom moved my sister and I from Ontario to BC to live closer to her mom (Grans). I lived with mom, grandma and my sister until I was about 14, and at that point I think we all had enough of me and my bad attitude. At this time of my life I never thought I had a weight issue, although the girls in my class sure thought I did! They would make fun of me and call me fat, which if anything, made me not eat anything at school all day and then g... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 21:36:38 EST