STACIA_ANGEL's SparkPeople Blog STACIA_ANGEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ready for the next go-around? So I stopped tracking my food & stopped exercise for the last few months. Luckily I started some good habits that have stuck so I've still been eating fairly well. Though I know I can do better. Also, the job I started is very physical so I think that makes up for some of the exercise I've been missing. My biceps are looking pretty good! Now I have to target the flab under my arms. :P Anyway, I have maintained the loss that I made previously but now I'd like to get back on track and lose some... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:58:21 EST So tired lately... So I'm still making progress losing weight. It's going really slow right now because I have no energy or motivation right now. Luckily I've been at this long enough now that I've gained enough healthy habits to still make some progress. <BR> <BR> For some reason I've been really tired since I started my job. First I tried going to bed early enough to give myself 8 hours of sleep. It was not enough. So then I started going to bed an hour earlier for 9 hours. It was a little better but still ... Mon, 14 May 2012 23:51:54 EST Missed my Spark friends! Quick blog post... should be in bed already. Still getting used to the new job. Have to get up at 4am 6 days a week. But the job's okay. I'm sure I'll like it better as I get more comfortable with everything. So I still don't have my computer back & the computer I borrowed died. So I haven't been on Sparkpeople for awhile. I haven't quit & I've really missed you all! Of course now I realized I could access SP through the PS3. Duh! <BR> <BR> I talked to my dad on the phone tonight. That was i... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:02:13 EST New Job This past week was kind of crazy. I've been thinking about getting a job for a while now and there's been one job I was especially keen on trying out. It's nothing special but I thought I could do it without too much stress. Well, Monday my husband came home from work & told me he saw that the place I wanted to work was hiring the position I wanted. So Tuesday I applied to the job. Wednesday I got called for an interview. Thursday was the interview & I got hired on the spot. Friday was orient... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 15:22:22 EST Do Over? So my husband, step-son & I spent the weekend in Minneapolis for my step-daughter's birthday. We spent most of our time at Mall of America. Personally, I love shopping! My husband & step-son - not so much. So we kind of compromised. I quickly scanned stores that we don't have locally while they sat & waited for me outside the stores. All I ended up buying was a bar of soap from the LUSH store. There were so many other things I wanted, especially a pair of shoes I saw at Marshalls but I didn't... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 18:18:54 EST Woo Hoo So I jumped right back into tracking & exercise today. But I started out the day with a weigh in & I thought for sure I'd have gained a pound or two after taking a 3 day break plus I was feeling really bloated. But I didn't! I've actually lost 3 more pounds! I took measurements and they had gone up a little but I account that as being bloated. I don't think the measurements were accurate so I didn't track them. Maybe as soon as I feel better I'll try again. <BR> <BR> I learned a good tip fro... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 23:23:07 EST Still Here I'm still here! I just really haven't had anything to write about. I haven't been feeling the greatest the last few days so I gave myself three days off from everything. I'm not quiting. It's just a three day break from tracking and exercise. That doesn't mean that I allowed myself to binge because I haven't. I've still been eating decent. I've just been a little stressed over a couple things so to relieve some of the stress I let myself not exercise or track for three days. But tomorrow my t... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:05:01 EST Where I'm at Now So for the past week I've noticed that my iron levels have been way low on the nutrition tracker & that made me think maybe that's part of why I've been so unmotivated lately. I just haven't had the energy. I'm sure the stress over my brother & my not seeing the results I wanted weren't helping either. But my iron intake is something I can control & I finally figured out what changed to make it drop. I had stopped eating my Cheerios regularly for breakfast. The Dulce de Leche Cheerios that I ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:40:13 EST Out From Underneath A Shadow What a beautiful day today turned out to be! We were only 3 degrees short of a record high. And tomorrow is supposed to be a record high. I love it! I'd swear I was meant to live someplace tropical rather than Wisconsin. The robins & red-winged blackbirds are back. The bald eagles & gulls have been going nuts on the river. And I wake up to the sound of birds again. Love love love! (Though I'll only love the birds for a couple weeks until I get tired of them waking me up.) Speaking of birds...... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:33:00 EST Tired But Happy My mom came to visit me for a few days and we had a great time. She left this afternoon and while I love her to pieces I'm happy to be alone with the hubby again. <BR> <BR> I bought a new pillow that I hope helps with the neck pain I've been having. If nothing else it'll be nice to not have a pancake pillow for a change. We also went to Goodwill to look around. I tried on a beautiful indigo sheath dress that still had the tags on it. It fit me perfectly & looked great but I'm losing weight ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 20:23:49 EST Blah Blah Blah Not too much new. Had a blah day again. I slept badly last night so I gave up trying to sleep & got up way earlier than normal. Thus I had breakfast way earlier so by the time I had lunch my body seemed to think I had skipped breakfast. So after I ate my portioned out lunch my body still grumbled for more. So I shut it up with some junk food. Luckily I don't keep any really bad junk food so even after I had my little gorging session I was able to recover from it and balance my dinner somewhat... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:16:07 EST Today The hospital let my mother-in-law go home today. Her sodium levels came up enough they weren't so worried any more. She still needs to get some testing to see if their is an underlying problem or if she's simply not eating enough salt. Her legs are still really swollen but now they're saying they think that might be a different problem entirely. (To answer a previous question, yes, we live nearby my in-laws.) When we went to visit her in the hospital we ran into the wife of my husband's frien... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:20:45 EST Argh... While doing my exercise this morning we got a phone call that my mother-in-law was admitted into the hospital today. She's only in her early 60's and takes really good care of herself. But for some reason her sodium is low. It caused her legs to swell up & they told her she could have a seizure at anytime unless her sodium levels come back up. Unfortunately they don't know whats causing her sodium levels to be so low so they have to do more testing & said they may not get it figured out until... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 22:49:13 EST Ho Hum So the Daytona 500 was postponed until tomorrow. Stupid rain. We still had a small party at our house & I have no idea how to track what I ate (but I'll try). I think I failed today with my nutrition. But who cares, it was only one day & tomorrow I'll get right back on track. <BR> <BR> So I made my family laugh by telling them about my weird body losing weight only in the arms so far. Then later my dad asked me what was wrong with my forehead... Last week my brother asked me what was wrong w... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:38:56 EST Yuck! So when I bought my new workout video I did a little grocery shopping too. I finally found the Vitatops at Walmart. And I also bought some other health foods to try out. Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownies are amazing. My husband agrees that they're not just good for healthy food but they're good for brownies. The Vitatops Deep Chocolate was tolerable. It was okay for health food. I probably won't buy them again even though they are healthier than the Fiber One brownies. I also tried Life Choi... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:03:42 EST Ow My inner thighs really hurt today from doing squats yesterday. The bootcamp mile on my Leslie Sansone video has squats and lunges. For some reason my right knee won't let me do the lunges but squats are okay. So I did squats when the video had squats & I did squats when the video had lunges. Feels like I spent hours horseback riding which I haven't done in 20 years or so. Ow. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I bought another Leslie Sansone video (Walk Slim Fast & Firm! 4 Really Big Miles). I wanted anoth... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:19:38 EST My Body is Weird Yesterday I complained about not seeing much difference lately weight -wise. So today I decided to re-check my body measurements. My hips and waist haven't changed. But my arms have lost 1.25". My arms... Really?! I'm walking and cycling & my arms get smaller? What the heck? I couldn't help but start laughing & neither could my husband when he helped me measure the arm. I'm not completely complaining because I am happy about my arms getting smaller but I want my waist & hips to get smaller to... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:53:05 EST Stressed I caught the end of Dr. Oz. today. It was about weightloss and stress and I thought I that would be perfect for me to hear. Well, it sounds like stress itself can cause weight gain by raising cortisol levels. Not because you're moving less or eating more, just simply from stress. Well $#%@! I've got some stress right now. I don't know how to deal with the stress & unfortunately Dr. Oz didn't help me much. I don't usually have much stress in my life so I'm pretty unprepared. Maybe that explain... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:31:58 EST Party So today I went to a Partylite candle party with my mom. Little did I know that the candle company now sells dips and yummy stuff. So my friend had dips with Ritz crackers and potato chips with ridges (and baby carrots). Yum! And chocolate cake cut into hearts with a bunch of frosting. And soda. It all looked so good! But I ate my healthy lunch just before I left for the party and brought my own water to drink. I did eat two carrots with a little dip on each just to try the dips without feeli... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 20:18:20 EST Back Online We have a computer again! One of my hubby's friends lent us an old one. And while it's slow as molasses I'm very grateful because I can start tracking my food again! So now I can get back on track! <BR> <BR> I keep seeing honey greek yogurt in the grocery store & kinda thought "yuck". But today I was hungry for yogurt & only had some non-fat plain yogurt. And I didn't have any fruit that I wanted to eat it with either. But I did have some honey. So I measured out 3.5 oz. of yogurt & added .5... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:51:50 EST Just Another Day My husband & I didn't really do anything for Valentine's Day and I'm fine with that. I wasn't really in the mood anyway. I still had a decent day though. My husband actually joined me when I did my exercise. I did about 45 minutes of my Leslie Sansone video. It was fun having someone else to do it with. I was kind of hoping that meant he start doing it with me regularly but when I asked him today if he wanted to join me he said no. Oh well I'll just keep asking. <BR> <BR> Also I allowed myse... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:05:42 EST Some good news So while my world is all topsy turvey right now I do have a bit of good news. I've lost 11 pounds! I had to have my husband double check our scale this morning because I thought I was seeing things but he confirmed it. So I've met my first goal & am excited to start working on the next 10 pounds. Like I was told, despite everything I have to just keep on keepin' on. <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:51:02 EST :( Need Hugs! So today was one of the worst days of my life. Something pretty awful happened at my house today. I'm not comfortable saying what on this blog but it's really thrown me for a loop. I don't want to give up on this journey so I'm not going to but I'm giving myself today off from exercise as my hearts taken about all the excitement it can for today. I also won't be able to access SP everyday for a while due to these new circumstances but I'm going to keep eating better and doing exercise. I kno... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:59:15 EST Better Than Yesterday So today was better than yesterday. I don't need to vent today. But I am noticing my motivation is trying to sneak away. And its making me a little bit grouchy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I put off exercising until I just couldn't anymore so I decided to try some yoga on OnDemand. Well I did not like it. I don't dislike yoga but I did not like that yoga. It was called 3rd Eye Chakra Yoga. I don't even know what that means really, just some new age stuff. But I tried it and after just sitting there... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 20:47:35 EST All Mushy Inside All the nice comments on my blog yesterday made me feel all mushy inside. I had to skip to my husband in our office & tell him how nice everyone was. Most importantly, I realized everyone was right. I AM doing this so there is nothing to doubt. <BR> <BR> So I went grocery shopping after I exercised & had lunch today. I did really well sticking to healthy stuff & only buying what was on my grocery list. But before I went to the grocery store I detoured over to Wal-Mart and bought a Leslie San... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 23:31:15 EST Super Bowl & Doubts So not much new here. Still just doing what I'm supposed to. Haven't had any more weight loss but thats okay. I know it'll happen eventually. Still about 2 lbs. away from 10 lbs. total lost so I haven't been able to reward myself with a Leslie Sansone video yet. I am looking forward to that though because I am getting a little bored with what I am doing. I've shortened my exercise bike times just a little bit lately but I upped the resistance so I think thats okay too. I'll work my way back u... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 22:33:35 EST A "New" Day So today I tried a couple new things. First I found a couple exercise videos on Youtube that I wanted to try out. They were Leslie Sansone walking videos from RealAge. They both take 15 minutes and you complete 1 mile in each one. So instead of the exercise bike today I did both videos. I really liked it. They combine a little aerobic activity with the walking so its not boring but its easy enough that I could actually do everything too. After I tried them I emailed the links to my mom so sh... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:22:27 EST Rambles I'm feeling really lazy today. So... I decided not to ride my exercise bike today. But its okay for two reasons. One is that I read an article on SP today that said you should take a day or two off a week to let your body heal. Well, I haven't taken a day off since I started so I can do so now. Second, I'm not going to completely take a day off, instead I'm going to do my PM Yoga video. I should be doing some stretching anyway. This won't be as intense as the cycling so I kind of consider it ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:18:16 EST Glazed Donuts Sigh... My brother bought glazed donuts and brought some home to share. Wasn't that nice of him! So now they're sitting on the table & I want one. I love Kwik Trip Glazers. I didn't want one until I saw them though. It's frustrating that he knows I'm trying to lose weight & then he does that. I've told him to please keep that stuff in his room but he never does. I feel like he's trying to sabotage me. It's hard enough to lose weight. I don't need someone making it harder. I'm kind of afraid I... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:35:29 EST Plodding Forward So the last couple days have been pretty uneventful. I've just been doing what I'm supposed to be doing. But I feel like I should be doing more. <BR> <BR> I finally took measurements of my body so that I can track those to see if I make any improvements. And I posted a before picture. Yuck! I do think I'm down 7 pounds actually. I have my doubts though. I keep thinking that it can't be this easy and that I must have weighed myself wrong in the beginning. Why can't I just feel good about wha... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:06:58 EST Great Day I wasn't so sure how today was going to go. I woke up sore from my workout yesterday & wasn't sure if I could do any more today. But I took a couple Advil & the pain was gone. So first I tried some PS3 Sports Champion. I did a little bit of the fencing and some of the volleyball. I'm not sure how to track that so I didn't. But then I also did 25 minutes on the exercise bike. So not as crazy as yesterday but still good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I didn't eat quite right at the start of the day so ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:46:31 EST Holy Moly Exercise I didn't eat the best today. Still have almost 550 calories I should eat. No room left for fat. And I should still eat 14 more grams of protein. :( I'm more worried about going over my fat than I am about the protein though... but I'm gonna look for some no-fat dairy & veggies for supper. Time to get creative. <BR> <BR> Since I ate so bad though I got a tiny tummy ache. But I said I'd do my exercise today so I did. I told myself that all I had to do was 10 minutes and then I could stop. But ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:34:14 EST Today So I made a promise to myself that I'd exercise first thing this morning. That was a mistake! I did NOT want to exercise so I didn't get outta bed until 1pm! I know, I'm crazy. So I can't make myself exercise in that way . Maybe if I just set a time. Then it doesn't matter when I get up because I have to exercise anyway! I still like the idea of doing it early though so that I don't have it looming over my head all day. <BR> <BR> I so badly wanted to just come on here today I say I was sick,... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:47:23 EST Missed lunch I finally incorporated exercise. Last night I did Elements: PM Yoga. I don't know if that burns any calories but I kinda enjoy it & it's easy to do so I don't feel like a loser. My stomache got in the way a little but most importantly it got me moving. Then this morning the first thing I did after breakfast was checked out what fitness videos they had on OnDemand. I found one called Bollywood Dance so I tried it out. I did the entire half hour but ouch. Some of the parts I just couldn't keep... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:26:34 EST Water Stupid water! Why does something so vital have to be such a pain for me? My mother-in-law said that once I get used to drinking it everyday that I'll eventually begin to crave it. I really hope that's true and not just her experience. I managed to get my 8 cups again yesterday but it was tough. I ended up feeling so bloated that I almost wasn't able to eat. After 7 glasses I told myself that was enough. But then I felt guilty & measured out one more glass & just slammed it. So 8 glasses. I re... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:22:21 EST Slow But Sure One of my biggest problems is getting enough water every day. Most days I don't drink a single glass. I simply don't like it. The little water I get has to come from food. Because its not just water, I don't usually drink anything except a cup of coffee & that's dehydrating! So obviously that's something I need to work on & get over. But on a high note, I did get 8 glasses of water yesterday (And at 5 already today). I was at my in-laws house & grabbed a glass of water. Then I just carried i... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:43:17 EST First Hurdle So today I hit my first hurdle. My hubby & I got invited over to someone's house for dinner tonight. My very first thought was, "How am I going to track that?" Then I'm told that they're making deep dish pizza. Ugh! Not because I don't like deep dish pizza but because how do I fit that into my diet? So I turned to the forums and asked for advice. Happily several people tried helping me out. I decided to go with my best guesstimate by using other deep dish pizza's nutritional values as suggest... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:16:26 EST Little Steps I started using the Nutrition Tracker today and learned a lot! I tried not to go too diet crazy today (even though I'm at the newbie stage where I want to) and tried to eat as much as I usually do. It was a lot harder to eat as much when I'm keeping track & seeing how fast it adds up. And it was interesting seeing how my servings compared to an actual serving of food. I'm really not too bad in that respect. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to give up my coffee habit. I love... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:35:47 EST Starting Out I love to cook & bake and I think that gets me into a bit of trouble especially as I love baking cakes & cookies. But I searched the internet for healthy recipes today. I tried to stay away from as much dessert recipes as possible. I have 2 soup recipes already that I love and are healthy but I need variety! So I found 6 more healthy recipes to try out (mostly more soup). I do hope they're tasty. I did find one not so healthy recipe that I'm going to try too but its for homemade coffee creame... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 23:53:16 EST