SNEVIL1's SparkPeople Blog SNEVIL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stomach, Muscle, Life update (pics) So I have been eating clean since Feb 11th and starting March 7th I increased my calorie intake. I realized that I am not really worried about a scale number anymore. I am good at cutting weight... I have perfected that over the past year, but I want to look better. I want to be tighter and more toned. I want to build muscles. In order to accomplish this your body needs food. Right now I am 133.2. My goal was originally maybe 128-130, but why? I don't know. It seemed like a good number. No on... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:01:21 EST Everyday Counts My message for today is everyday counts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was looking at my weight loss numbers per month. Some months I lost more than 2 lbs a week. Some months I only lost 1 lb for the entire month... but since last January I kept MOVING FORWARD. Yes, there were holidays, birthdays, parties, and celebrations. Yes, school started. Yes, grad classes started. Yes, I participated in Restaurant week. Yes, I went on vacati... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:54:32 EST Clean Eating, recipe, & progress (pics)! Clean eating has been going VERY well. I started on Mon the 11th and have lost 3 lbs since. I am down to 136 from 215! 1 lb away from the 80 lb loss mark!! My new favorite breakfast are these chocolate banana peanut butter protein pancakes. However, I started putting the batter in a mini muffin tin and they were AMAZING! It makes 12 mini muffins. It is quite satisfying to sit with an entire plate of mini muffins and to eat them all for breakfast lol. They taste like little cupcakes. <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:35:18 EST Update- Eat Clean Diet Hey, SP. Things have been quite busy. Grad classes started and I have to be out of my apartment by the end of this month. My sister had her second baby yesterday (a girl). Things have been going well with school and with life in general. Exercise hasn't been as much as it was before, but food is going very well. I am doing Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet (this is my first week). I was already doing a lot of things, like not eating white flour, but there were some things I needed to learn. I didn'... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:36:28 EST Philadelphia Weekend Saturday I went to Philadelphia with a friend. We walked around the city for 5 hours (in wedge boots!). It was incredible. We went to an art museum, visited the "magic garden" (a labyrinth of art made out of broken glass and recycled materials, had dinner in a very nice rooftop restaurant, we to a club/lounge, etc. We had everything very well planned out so we did not spend a lot of money. We spent the night and came back sunday. We packed our lunch and snacks Saturday morning, so the only tw... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:49:58 EST 12 week challenge update (pics) I am almost done week 2 of my 12 week challenge and it has been going very well. Yesterday I really did not want to go to the gym I had an incredibly long day (got to school around 6:45, kids came in at 7:40, taught first three classes straight until 12:20, this is when my lunch would begin, but I had kids who are failing come in during lunch for a special weekly coach class, they walked out at 12:50, this would be my planning period, but I have another kid come in to work on SAT material, he... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:26:18 EST Why I wanted to lose & Challenge update I am in the middle of my 2nd week of the 12 week challenge. Last week I saw a 4 lb loss! I was back up a little bit after my weigh-in day, but that's usually how it works with me. My body fluctuates a little here and there, which is normal. I have noticed that I am looking forward to working out more now that I have started this challenge and I am much more consistent with working out. I am also being more careful about my food. <BR> <BR> <BR> Last weekend I went latin dancing with a frien... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:27:11 EST 12 Week Challenge Progress (pics) So you know that I can only go so long without posting pictures lol. The 12 week challenge is going well. So far since I started I am down 3 lbs (I started Jan 3rd, but the challenge officially started on the 6th). Working out has been much more consistent for me this week. However, I did have to put a hold on the Brazilian Butt workout. A few weeks ago I did the elliptical for a short amount of time and I am guessing that I pulled my left hip flexor. A week and a half later it was still sore... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:32:48 EST Mole question So I am kind of freaking out and thought I would turn to my Spark family. I have had a variety of moles for a very long time. Several on my shoulders have been there since I was a kid, so I have never really thought anything of them. My boyfriend tells me constantly that I need to get them removed, but I'm a huge baby and have just kind of avoided it. I guess I thought if it was that bad then during my annual exam the doctor would notice and mention it, which has never happened lol. I decided... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:21:47 EST Brazilian Butt Workout I decided to try working out at home today. For whatever reason this is hard for me. I had enough space in our bedroom to put a towel on the floor and made it happen. <BR> <BR> I did a 1 min plank and 20 sit ups. Then this Brazilian Butt workout I found on pinterest. <BR> <BR> 20 squats <BR> 20 plie squats <BR> 20 donkey kicks (each leg) <BR> 20 fire hydrants (each leg) <BR> 20 circling donkey kicks (each leg) <BR> 30 alternating sliders <BR> 30 hip lifts <BR> 20 lunge kicks (each leg) <BR>... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:46:59 EST 12 Week Challenge! So Gold's gym sent out an email about a 12 week challenge. They are challenging people to transform themselves in 12 weeks and then they pick male and female winners in each category to win cash prizes, etc. I do not feel like paying to join this official challenge, so my friend from college and some coworkers are doing our own 12 week challenge. I thought I would share with you in case you are interested in giving it a try. <BR> <BR> Each of us picked 4 goals that we would like to accomplis... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:10:37 EST Holiday and 2012 Update (pics) So it's back to work for me. My body is usually really amped up when I come back from a break. I was laying there awake from 3:30 AM. I got up at 4:45 AM. I feel pretty awake, but I'll probably crash later lol. <BR> <BR> Xmas and New Years were awesome. My break was very relaxing. I bought a few more things and have been very proud of my outfits. I did my hair the majority of break and I put together outfits basically every day. I received a great deal of compliments on my outfits and hair,... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:13:10 EST New measurements This week has already been a long week, but I guess the week before Christmas break is always long lol. I have had a lot of meetings with parents and for school, but something exciting happened yesterday. Teachers have coach class after school 1 day a week (which is almost like an open study/tutoring/help session). Three males in my coach class asked me to help them sign up to track their food. Two are wrestlers and are watching what they eat/wanting to eat better food and the other is in the... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:06:17 EST Weekend updates (pics) Had a great weekend. Went out with a friend on Fri. Saturday I ran some errands and my bf and I went to Panera. That night I went out with that friend again and then we had a girl sleepover. I love hanging out with her. Sunday we hung out for a while and then I brought my cat to a friend's neighbor who might be interested in adopting him. Cross your fingers. I think it went well. Here are some pictures from the weekend. I felt great about my outfits and got some attention, which was amusing. ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:41:35 EST Gross stomach pic update Sunday I went to the gym and did weights ALL BY MYSELF! I have done them with the trainer, but this was the first time that I tried it on my own. It was fantastic! The gym wasn't super crowded. There were a handful of guys in the weight section, but they were all nice. When they wanted to jump in on a piece of equipment they would ask if they could jump in and if I was done with it. I felt like an equal. I have to say I LOVE looking at myself in the mirror while I was doing the weights. I can... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:14:51 EST Weight transformation picture show My friend suggested that I show progress pictures, so here you go:) <BR> <BR> <BR> July 2011 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jan 15- 215 lbs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Feb 27- 207.2 lbs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Apr 7- 194 lbs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Apr 13 <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 19:43:31 EST Pic update Had a great evening last night. Went to dinner with two friends from school and my boyfriend. It was the first time they really were able to hang out with him. Awesome time. After that I had a sleep over at my friend's house. SO fun to have a girl's night! Today I did dishes, made myself a nice lunch (cooked up red, orange, yellow, and green bell peppers, onions, black beans, and basmati rice. I added goya adobo seasoning, cumin, and cayenne pepper). It was pretty good. I also did some laundr... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 17:58:07 EST Pic, new plan, and cat So I have been feeling great this week. We've had A LOT of parent meetings. Our parent teacher conference night is next week and I am already booked PLUS kids haven't even received their interim grades yet! I've had 1-2 parent meetings per day starting last week and it continues into the week after parent conferences and when we get back from break. At the most I've only ever had around 3 parent meetings during conference times so this is great, but very time consuming. <BR> <BR> We did Zumb... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:06:50 EST Took the goal plunge So I took the plunge and changed my goals. Instead of my goal weight being 140 I changed it to 130. I am only 6 lbs away from 140, but I feel like I have more changes I could make. I had recently switched my goal calories burned per week to 850. Since my original goal was supposed to be accomplished the end of October I felt like my calorie ranges were pretty high (between 1550 and 1900 when I was burning 850 a week). So far since sunday I have burned 2500 calories! I changed my goal weight, ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:15:16 EST Awesome weekend So my weekend was fabulous. My bf dj'd on Friday, so we were there from 7-2Am. That was a lot of fun. He hasn't dj'd there for quite some time, so I saw a lot of people I haven't seen for a while. Some other friends of ours came and I had some awesome conversations with people. I even danced a little and got a lot of compliments on my weight loss. Saturday I slept most of the morning and then went out with a friend that evening. It was SO fun! This guy was trying to talk to her and ended up p... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:38:40 EST Awesome weekend So my weekend was fabulous. My bf dj'd on Friday, so we were there from 7-2Am. That was a lot of fun. He hasn't dj'd there for quite some time, so I saw a lot of people I haven't seen for a while. Some other friends of ours came and I had some awesome conversations with people. I even danced a little and got a lot of compliments on my weight loss. Saturday I slept most of the morning and then went out with a friend that evening. It was SO fun! This guy was trying to talk to her and ended up p... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:38:40 EST Training I had my 2nd training session last night. It was incredible! I get the half hour sessions and they are perfect. My trainer, Steve, jam packs in exercises and we are constantly bouncing from one thing to the next. He is very attentive the whole time and gives good instructions on how to hold my body differently to get more out of the exercise (for example, "sit back on your heels more and keep your head up"). <BR> <BR> He also does things with pieces of equipment that I would've never though... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:00:34 EST Body Update (pics) So last night I went to dinner with my bf and his friends. We went to Greene Turtle. I had a greek salad with the dressing on the side. I was surprised at how overwhelming the dressing was! I stuck my fork in it a few times before I picked up the lettuce, but it was so strong! Is this typical for greek dressing?? It tasted almost like a strong, peppery creamy italian?? It tasted good, but I can't imagine pouring it on the lettuce. <BR> <BR> I wore some jeans that are lower cut and a 3/4 len... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:50:44 EST Life Update So Monday's Zumba was AWESOME! The instructor was great. There were about 6 people who came and several students watched on the side. This was not enough people to break even to pay for the class. However, at least 10 teachers have approached me about coming next Monday and many kids said they are going to come. There has been quite a buzz around school regarding the Zumba class, so I think we are going to start to grow. If I can last through Jan with paying for it out of pocket then there sh... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:42:02 EST Puerto Rico Trip! (pics) So Puerto Rico was amazing. I'm sad that I was only there from Thurs-Sat, but it was better than nothing. We stayed with our friend's parents, which was awesome. They have a little guest house. The mom calls me princesa and makes us breakfast in the morning. She is the nicest woman on earth. As soon as my bf and our friend picked me up from the airport they started driving to the west side of the island and we went to several beaches. We went to dinner that night and had a wonderful meal. On ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:04:06 EST Puerto Rico! So tomorrow morning I am leaving for Puerto Rico. Yesterday was not the best day. My bf left for PR on Monday, but since teachers are in school through today I couldn't leave until Thurs morning. I was feeling a little crumby. Kids weren't terrible, but they weren't a joy to be around either. I was also seeing wonderful pictures he and his friends were posting up of all the fun things they are doing in PR (without me lol). <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:09:05 EST First Training Session and HS clothes So my first training session at Gold's Gym went great. The trainer was awesome. He was very young... my height. Not super muscular. I could tell that if I were to complain I could've very easily manipulated him into not making me work hard, but I avoided temptation lol. I told him my focus was to learn about free weights, so we did a lot of that. I was very proud of myself for doing free weights during a busy gym time in the middle of 20+ super buff muscle guys! This is something I would've N... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:22:24 EST Wonderful weekend & 1st training So I had one of the best weekends! My bf and I went out on Friday and I went out with a friend on Saturday. I had a BLAST! I was dancing at our table, so I am hoping that I can graduate to dancing on the dance floor eventually. We got A LOT of attention lol. It was entertaining. I am a spoken for woman, but it is nice to get attention from strangers sometimes. My bf and I went to a car show yesterday. It was at a mall, so I walked around for a little bit. I saw some boots that I LOVED, but th... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:06:24 EST Pre Gold's Gym pics So far I am having a great week. I was able to use an english topic in my Algebra 1 class (ethos, logos, and pathos). We created a poster for an English teacher explaining how we used it in our class (in response to the letters we wrote her after she taped 300 mini golf pencils to every surface of my room as a joke because we disagree about whether or not teachers should give students pencils.) The kids were very excited and it was nice to branch out and include multidisciplinary content into... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:53:55 EST More weekend updates (pics) This weekend was wonderful. I told you about what I did on Friday. I have another picture that goes with saturday. My dress was a hit. I got quite a bit of attention. I am not used to strangers interacting with me in public. I have always just felt invisible. No one has ever really spoken to me out and about (unless they accidentally bump into me). Now girls are complimenting my outfit in the bathroom and male friends are friendlier. lol, now I've also noticed that my female friends are not a... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:41:37 EST Sexy boots and more outfits (pics) What does Sara do? Share pictures lol. Last night I went out with friends from school and had a great time! A few people asked me to dance and I got quite a few looks. Although I am not in the market and have no desire to be picked up at a bar, it was nice feeling desired by strangers lol. Plus, it is nice that I no longer feel the need to have my boobs out all the time to try to get attention. I was completely covered, yet people still found me attractive. Interesting concept. I've always be... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:52:59 EST Exercise Schedule Vision So I live in north Baltimore County and work on the west side of Baltimore County. My house is about 14 miles from my work in Owings Mills. There is a Gold’s Gym in Owings Mills around 3 miles from my work. It is about a 12 mile drive to the Bel Air Gold’s Gym in Harford County and 14 miles to the Gold’s Gym in Shrewsbury, PA. My house is kind of in the middle of all 3 locations, but these are the closest to me. <BR> <BR> I went on the class schedules for these 3 locations and have a master ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 10:02:46 EST Part 2 of my journey (pics) Warning- if you are tired of my pictures then don't read this blog. If you read my blogs you should know me by now that I LOVE documenting my life through pictures. <BR> <BR> So I have decided to give Gold's Gym a try. I can start my free week trial, but I don't want to start today because I have grad classes. I am thinking that maybe I will start tomorrow... that should give me the most number of days that I can go to the gym. I want to jump start my exercising routine and kick it into gear... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 06:56:53 EST Gold's Gym I went to a Gold's Gym to get my body fat percentage tested and i was really impressed. No one talked to me like i was dumb. Even though it was kind of a busy time and there were a lot of meat head type guys there, i didnt feel like i didnt belong. It seems like they follow up with people better and help them work towards their goals better than the other gyms ive been involved with (i.e. planet fitness, brick bodies, and pulse fitness). I think i might join golds. Ive always had the mental p... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:27:28 EST When you say to yourself... When u say to yourself "ill never reach my goal! It's too far away"... <BR> <BR> just posted this on a friend's page and felt that it needed to be shared with the world. Some of us get discouraged at the thought of ever reaching our goals. This was me a few years ago. I was able to get to the 150's from the 190's and then gave up. I ended up gaining back even more weight and before I knew it I was 215. Now I had even farther go to. Great! The progress is so slow and who can ever actually ge... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:24:52 EST Land of the 140's (plus pics) So I am officially in the land of the 140's!!! I have never been 140, so this is very exciting. This has definitely motivated me to keep pushing forward and to step up my exercising. I still track all of my food, but since school has started I am exercising maybe once a week or less. I want this to change. <BR> <BR> Here are pictures from my former boss's retirement party. I worked for her in the admissions office when I was an undergrad student from 2005-2009. It was really nice seeing peop... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:19:34 EST Shopping, outfits, and food So here are picture updates of this past weekend. I went shopping and bought many new pairs of shoes and outfits. I am trying new things in terms of clothes, so I am excited about making some changes. I also made two recipes yesterday that were quite tasty. Enjoy:) <BR> <BR> Old Muscle pic- from 7/4/12 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Newest muscle pic from 10/30/12. I can totally see a difference! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:02:30 EST starving! So we were off school today because of the hurricane and will be out tomorrow too. I have been sooo hungry today! I don't know what it is. I feel like I blew through my calories quickly and nothing made me feel full. I am out of fruit, but I am never this hungry on the weekends or at school. It sucks. I am soooo close to the land of 140s. I don't want to succumb. Right now i wish I had pudding or calories for peanut butter. I also started my TOM, so maybe that has something to do with it too.... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:36:50 EST Race for the Cure 5k So I am very excited to say that I finished this race in 35:01. My first 5k over the summer I was 40 and some change and the second one over the summer was 38 something. I was hoping for 36, so I am very happy with this. My first mile was 11:18 pace, second was 10:55 pace (my fastest EVER), and my third was 11:38 pace. My avg is 12:30, so this is great! It definitely made a difference doing the half marathon last weekend because 3 miles felt like NOTHING! I was also really excited because my ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:29:24 EST Spreading awareness So my proposal to start a Health and wellness club was approved! I am having an informational/interest meeting on tues. My goal is to perhaps have monthly healthy potluck parties (with wii). I also want to walk before school one day a week and after school one day a week. I want the kids to have someone to exercise with, learn about making good food choices, stress mngmt, get better sleep, organizational skills, continue the no soda and other challenges, etc. The asst principal even suggested... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:41:21 EST First Half Marathon Yesterday I did the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. It was chilly in the morning, but ended up being perfect when I started running (i like running in tank tops versus long sleeves). I got there very early so I could park (the marathon started at 8. Half started at 9:45. I got there at 7). My mom and her boyfriend were there around 7:15, so we walked to watch the start of the marathon and then walked to the harbor where the half was starting. I was nervous considering that I ran onc... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:30:47 EST 10k and life update (pics) So here is an update from the last few weeks. The 10k was AWESOME!!! I was so nice meeting sparkfriends:) LDRICHEL, RUNFOR3POINT1, ABSOLUTZER0, and SPARKL3!!! <BR> <BR> The race was fantastic. I finished in 1:17. I was guessing around 1:30, so I was quite happy with this. (also considering I only ran once or twice during August lol). I was so fun running with people and having people I knew at the race. This was a first for me. I also had fun passing so many people at the finish line. haaaa... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:51:59 EST Brutal, naked honesty (warning, gross pictures) So I have been posting pictures several times a week. I love how I look now and get multiple compliments a day. Recently compliments have been coming from coworkers that I don't really speak to. However, I noticed today that when I bend over I my stomach looks VERY weird. It is like an alien is trying to come out of my stomach. The middle section of my stomach (like where abs would be) hangs when I bend over. I'm not sure if it's a combination of loose skin and fat?? Before my stomach would h... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:51:50 EST Muscle, outfit, and food pics Tonight we have the AVID induction ceremony and I was able to find an outfit last night at Target. My house color is orange, so I was trying to find an orange shirt. I was able to find one and it's a size SMALL! I personally would like a centimeter more space in the chest, but I don't think it looks bad. I also bought some khaki pants. They are size 11 juniors! I love how they fit! I tried the outfit on for my bf when I got home and by his facial and eye expressions I can tell he liked it lol... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:00:32 EST Loving Life! So I really can't remember a time where I was happier than I have been lately. I have been busy, but I feel great. I enjoy coming to work, I enjoy my students, and I enjoy my coworkers. I love coming home and cooking great meals. Last night I cooked up steak and made a chipotle inspired dinner. They were kind of like burrito bowls. I also made a recipe for the Puerto Rican oatmeal we had this summer. SOOOOOO good! It turned out perfectly. I have also been really surprised with my bf. He has b... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:44:27 EST What a weekend So I had an interesting weekend. Friday I went to the track with my bf. That was nice. I haven't been to the track in a while and our first date was at that track in 2004. Saturday I had to work a wedding. It was pretty exhausting. Sunday I had a Sunday Funday with some coworkers. I went to her house at noon and we watched football at 1. Then we went out in the city. I left around 10:30. I drank and was originally planning on sleeping at her house, but around 7 decided I was getting kind of t... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:04:34 EST Loving life and gym So yesterday I went to the gym for the first time since school started. I went with a coworker. It was great! The only thing I noticed was that my spandex are getting too loose! I never knew that happened. When I put them on they felt ok... it's not like they were baggy... but when I started running on the treadmill I was having trouble keeping them up. Weird! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:48:06 EST weekend recap so i have been feeling very motivated in regards to my career... This is my first year officially with AVID. I stayed late after school with the AVID coordinator and bounced ideas off each other. Our theme this yr is super powers so i dressed up and posted what my super power is (i chose the power to motivate others). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then i posted a blog of spending an hr reading. The kids are earning points by document... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 18:29:46 EST finally normal again!!! So this morning my weight was 158.8, which puts me in the normal bmi range again:D <BR> <BR> I was going to try not to post outfit pics today since it's dress down Friday... BUTTTTT since this is my first day of normal weight I HAD to post pics:) Sorry LDRICHEL lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My food is still going great. I am still doing protein shake... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 05:02:05 EST need encouragement!!! A friend, Marlo, who i met when she started teaching at my school a few weeks ago just made a sparklike plan today to quit smoking. Shes going from 6 cigs a day down to none by cutting her cigs down by one per day each week so by Oct 22 she will be a non smoker. Shes going to be on SP soon, but please email her and send her encouragement. She just turned 22 and just survived her first two weeks of teaching and her first back to school night. Her email is I know my spark ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:56:13 EST