STEPHANIE302013's SparkPeople Blog STEPHANIE302013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 5 - Focus T25 Today was my first "double up" day - Lower Focus & Cardio - I decided to work out after work because my allergies were acting up and my eyes were really itchy and dry this morning. <BR> <BR> I finished Lower Focus - so many squats and lunges! and went outside for a break - iced my knees and then ended up going for a walk with friends - went to Tim Hortons and got a tea (and a donut) and when I came home I immediately put in Cardio and got to work. If I hadn't had the donut I might have ju... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:28:29 EST Day 4 - Focus T25 Today was Day 4 of Focus T25 - honestly a little surprised I've made it this far - today sucked! it sucked big time!! Today was AB Intervals and it was horrible - I've never felt more out of shape then I did this morning. <BR> <BR> Usually there are modified moves you can do but in this case they are few and far between - I carry the majority of my weight in the middle which makes bending, twisting etc. very hard - that was 90% of the exercises!! <BR> <BR> I would like to think that by th... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:32:41 EST Day 3 - Focus T25 Today was Day 3 of Focus T25 - Total Body Circuit - this was tough!! I had to modify almost every move and even then I had a few that I just couldn't do :( <BR> <BR> I was up at 5:30 - out of bed by 5:40 - and ready to go - had a half banana and my water ready - because of the banana I didn't have to pause the DVD at all! <BR> <BR> The next time this workout comes up I'll know that I need an exercise mat - even though it's "not required" for the session. I'll also have to get up earlie... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:45:29 EST Day 2 - Focus T25 Today was Day 2 of Focus T25 - Speed 1.0 - if I thought yesterday was hard, was I ever wrong!! <BR> <BR> I was up at 5am and ready to go! I found myself doing the modifiers a little more then yesterday but there were still some exercises that I could do the regular way. <BR> <BR> I really have to remind myself to eat before I start this - I had to pause the DVD around the 9 minutes left mark and get half a banana and some water - I ended up sitting down for about 5 minutes as well just to c... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:20:12 EST Day 1 - Focus T25 Today was the day I started Shaun T's Focus T25 - I did my start photos and measurements last night....and I'm posting them here today <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My starting weight was 236.5 - I'll be updating my spark tracker to the same. <BR> <BR> **EDITED TO ADD MEASUREMENTS** <BR> B... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:44:28 EST Vacation :) I had a wonderful time on vacation - spent 5 days visiting friends in Indianapolis! Didn't want to come home and really spent the last day researching ideas on how I could move to the US. It's such a complicated process! <BR> <BR> I did some light shopping - hit up Whole Foods and finally found PB2 - I got regular & chocolate :) My friend & I went to the gym twice and I logged a couple good treadmill workouts. <BR> <BR> For the most part it was very relaxing - the only issue I had was re... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:17:54 EST Vacation Time and other goings on I can't wait - I leave for vacation on Thursday morning!! I'm going to Indianapolis to visit friends. I'm taking the bus from Toronto to the Buffalo airport - I leave Toronto at 7am and should get to the airport by 10ish - my flight isn't until 1:50pm! I then go from Buffalo to Cleveland, OH to change planes and then onto Indy! I'm there until Monday and can't wait to see all my friends. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'll get lots of walking in and as long as the weather is good - some time at the po... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:11:09 EST I have got to learn to say no especially to myself!! <BR> <BR> I can't seem to muster up enough will power to say no to myself when it comes to food. I can deny myself just about anything else - new clothes, nights out etc. but when I get tempted with food, treats I just can't say no. <BR> <BR> I sit here wondering why I can't lose any weight and then I look back on my day - great breakfast (bagel w/peanut butter & tea), good morning snack (sliced cucumber) - had part of my lunch - just needed to run out and get som... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:11:12 EST This weeks challenge So this weeks Sprout to Wellness challenge at work is - 600 minutes of Cardio & 100 minutes of strength training between our 4 team members. <BR> <BR> Last week was 450 cardio and we had all those minutes by Thursday! I haven't made it to the gym at all this week so it might be a bit of a push for the 4 of us to get all the minutes in. <BR> <BR> In other news - we found out on Monday morning that our company has been sold....after thinking about it I think this is a good move. The new com... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:56:47 EST Weigh in day So I was nervous about my weigh in day and I let the numbers get to me - for the second weigh in in a row I've lost .8 - that was it! I stayed after the meeting for one of the quick start sessions and spoke with the leader - he reminded me that .8 is right on course - I should only be losing .5-1lb per week to do this safely. <BR> <BR> I plan on diligently tracking all my food this week and he will look it over to see if there are any changes that can be made. <BR> <BR> I started the meet... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:42:11 EST Dreaded scale I got on the scale this morning - same as every morning and had this thought that I shouldn't do it, I should just stay away until my WW weigh in tomorrow morning - and I WAS RIGHT!!! I don't know how it's happened but I'm up 4 pounds - I've stayed in range every single day, I've been getting in a lot of nice long walks and getting a good sweat! <BR> <BR> I really really really really really hope that number drops tomorrow morning! Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:25:23 EST June :) So at work our health & wellness forum (Sprout) is doing a June team challenge - in teams of 4 we are given weekly challenges to complete - this week is challenge #1 and as a team we have to track & log 450 combined minutes of cardio. <BR> <BR> This is going to be super easy!! I have 20 minutes walking to and from the subway every morning (10min. each way) and I have at least 3 days this week where I have time to go to the gym after work - so on my own I can earn 280 minutes! <BR> <BR> My ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:08:42 EST Zumba :) I bought a series of Zumba DVD's online a while ago and never got around to trying them out - last night I decided I would dive in! <BR> <BR> I started out with the beginners DVD where they show you all the steps - it was 60 minutes long and at the 30 min. mark I had to pause it and take a 10 min. break! I went back and finished off the DVD but I was so tired and sweaty afterwards! <BR> <BR> My stomach hurt and at first I couldn't figure out why - I kept thinking I had left enough time aft... Wed, 29 May 2013 13:46:21 EST Rough day... I had a rough day yesterday - with my attitude, eating everything just felt off. I could have easily let it consume me and take over - I could have used it as an excuse to binge and go off the deep end - and to be honest - I did let that happen for part of the day. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered that I am in control of what happens in my life, I am in control of how I feel, what I eat. So I logged the WW points for everything I ate (not a pretty site) drank a ton of water and after a healthy ... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:03:41 EST Having a fat day... I'm having one of those days where I wonder "why bother? nothings going to change, I should just eat what ever I want and be happy" <BR> <BR> I woke up with a headache - that quickly turned into a migraine with hot flashes, then there were subway issues (fire investigation at a station) that meant I had to walk into work a stop earlier. <BR> <BR> The walk really only added 10 minutes to my commute which isn't bad at all - but there is a crazy amount of construction being done on the route I... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:41:37 EST Yesterday I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in a few days....I tried C25K D1W1 - and lasted all of about 10 minutes before I thought I would be sick. I hopped off the treadmill and thought switching to the bike would be easier - nope....then the dizziness set it. I made my way to the change room and it took about 20 minutes until I was confident that I could leave the building and make it home without passing out. <BR> <BR> So I'm taking this weekend off and will try again on Monday - I... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:05:26 EST Which one to buy? I'm thinking of getting a fitbit....or a pedometer....or a Garmin.....or I don't know! There are so many choices out there that all do the same thing or a combination of things and I don't know which is best. <BR> <BR> I want to make sure I get value for my $$ cause these things ain't cheap! and I want to make sure that I use the information that I get from the device - no sense in spending the $$ if I don't use the info. for anything. <BR> <BR> Ultimately I would love it if the Active L... Thu, 23 May 2013 09:05:58 EST So much to little time I just got back from Montreal and I wish I was still there, my next trip back in August can't come soon enough. <BR> <BR> It was great to get out of the city for a little bit and just relax - not to have a schedule. <BR> <BR> I'm seriously thinking about moving there....I've made plans with a friend from church to get some french lessons - she teaches on the side. So come September I'll be learning french! <BR> <BR> I'm going to start saving up - right now I'm leaning towards July 1, 20... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:39:43 EST This weekend.... This weekend has been challenging - but that may be in my head. <BR> <BR> Saturday was my first weight watchers meeting - I've been doing the online program for a few weeks and recently found out that a friend of mine was going to the meetings - she told me how much it would mean to her and how blessed she would be if she had a partner to attend the meetings with so I decided to make the switch. <BR> <BR> The meeting is a local church and is at 9:15 Saturday mornings. To be honest - I'm us... Mon, 13 May 2013 08:58:59 EST Day 4 I've delayed writing this blog as long as I possibly could....I didn't want to have to repeat myself from yesterday lol <BR> <BR> My banking issue has been resolved completely - new profile, password & security measures all sorted out - so happy that it's over! <BR> <BR> My goals for yesterday - <BR> <BR> 1) Don't go over my WW points <BR> 2) do the dishes <BR> 3) work on knitting <BR> 4) bring my lunch to work <BR> 5) Gym after work <BR> <BR> this was a bad day - I got 1.5/5 - I didn't ... Fri, 3 May 2013 14:27:02 EST Day 3 or the day from h*ll Today has had a rocky start - first I got up at 6am and was checking my emails - saw an email from one of my 2 banking providers saying that every single dime in my savings account had been e-transferred at my request....problem was this happened at 1:30am while I was sound asleep in my bed. There was a second email stating that the request had been cancelled and thankfully I haven't lost my lifes savings but it was for sure the scariest way to wake up. <BR> <BR> I've been in contact with t... Thu, 2 May 2013 12:12:24 EST Day 2 My goals for April 30 were <BR> <BR> 1) Bike ride after work - at least 60 minutes <BR> 2) Don't go over my WW points <BR> 3) Bring lunch to work <BR> 4) Do dishes <BR> 5) Work on knitting <BR> <BR> Here's how I did: <BR> <BR> 1) didn't ride the bike - but I did do 1.5 hours of house cleaning (for a friend) so I call this a win. <BR> 2) I didn't go over my WW points!! <BR> 3) I didn't bring my lunch to work - Monday night I had leftovers which meant no cooking - which means no leftovers to... Wed, 1 May 2013 08:49:55 EST Day 1 So my goals for yesterday were <BR> <BR> 1) Gym after work - at least 60 minutes <BR> 2) Don't go over my WW points <BR> 3) Bring lunch to work <BR> 4) Do dishes <BR> 5) work on knitting for at least 30 minutes <BR> <BR> I completed 1 - 3 (I'll give myself half points for #2 as I went over my daily points and dipped into my weekly) <BR> <BR> # 4 & #5 - I probably could have done #5 but just didn't. #4 - my back was sore and standing at the kitchen sink doesn't help <BR> <BR> All in all -... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:58:34 EST This deserves a blog all of its own Today was weigh in day - while I haven't lost the 3 pounds I was up last Monday....I am down 2 pounds - I tried so hard this week and a couple of days went over my WW points - Saturday I didn't even count them - but I tried to not go overboard - I'm really happy with how I'm doing right now - so happy in fact that I took a photo (at work & in the washroom - only place with a full length mirror) and looking at the photo I think I look pretty good :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:23:30 EST My Goals So I think a good way of keeping myself accountable is to post a weekly blog with my goals for that week and then the following day I'll post and confirm which goals were met. So today I post for the week - Tuesday I post to follow up on my Monday goals :) sounds easy lol <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> Gym after work - at least 60 minutes <BR> Don't go over my WW points <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> Don't go over my WW points <BR> Bike after work - at least 60 minutes <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Don't g... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:34:40 EST Up 3 pounds That's what the scale said this I happy about it? HELL NO! am I surprised by it - not really. <BR> <BR> I had a rough week - it's been 2 weeks since I set foot in the gym and since I broke up with my boyfriend. I haven't used it as an excuse to eat but I will admit that I haven't exactly been making the best choices. <BR> <BR> I have a couple trips coming up - Montreal in May, Indianapolis in July & Florida in October - When I go to Indianapolis I want my friends to comment o... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:18:32 EST Why are men so stupid?!?! I'm so upset with my dad right now - thankful he's okay but angry at the same time. <BR> <BR> I found out today that he was involved in an accident on Easter Monday - he tripped & fell over a cement planter - landing on a broken wine bottle and while he didn't notice right away had cut his leg pretty bad. He managed to walk home (approx. 4-5 blocks) and soon the police were at his door asking if he was okay - the police told him they followed the trail of blood the 4-5 blocks to his apartme... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:48:45 EST Quiet times I usually try to blog every couple of days, but things have been really quiet lately and there's been nothing to talk about. <BR> <BR> This mornings weigh in had me down another 1.5lbs - bringing my total weight loss to 5lbs!! I'm really excited about this! <BR> <BR> What else has been happening.....I bought a new outfit - so cute - had to go up a size in the shirt (a 22) but that's only because the cut didn't fit my bust so I had to go up a size to get it to look right - surprisingly the s... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:36:30 EST It hurts.... I can honestly say I don't think I've ever had to make a decision as hard as the one I made on Monday. That decision was to end my 2 year long relationship with my long distance boyfriend. <BR> <BR> As I look back I can see all the issues we had that we both chose to ignore - but there was one comment made on Sunday night during a conversation that tipped the scales and brought everything to a head. <BR> <BR> You see... he lives in Ohio - I'm in Toronto - it's only 6 hours apart but I don'... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:59:16 EST I know we're all different.... but it really gets to me when I'm really trying at this and all I've lost in 3 months is 3 pounds - yet a coworker who is constantly telling me about her cheat days and snacks and crappy meals - has lost 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> Maybe I'm not working at this as hard as I could be, maybe I'm not making the best decisions all the time but dammit I'm trying - I'm not perfect and I don't want to be - I just don't want this to be so hard. <BR> <BR> I can have a really good week lose 1 pound and the... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 13:27:06 EST Goings on So Thursday was the big day - the Carrie Underwood concert - OMG it was amazing! To start our awesome night out we managed to get free parking across the street from the restaurant we were going to and down the street from the venue! Cool beans! - the first restaurant we wanted had an almost 2 hour wait! so we went down a couple doors and had a 30min. wait at the second place - food was pretty decent and a good price. <BR> <BR> We got to Copps Collisium with plenty of time to spare - I had... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:31:52 EST skipped the gym So last night I skipped the gym - and that's okay! I went to get new jeans instead and tried on two different sizes a 22 & a 20 - when I came out of the dressing room in the 22's another customer looked at me and just said "no" LOL she was really kind about it - and explained that the jeans just bunched up too much in the front - they didn't feel too tight and were a nice length (for petites) - the staff then explained that after a few wearings the material would stretch out and I'd be bett... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:54:32 EST I'm loving it! Last night was spent at the gym - again I breifly debated not going because my knee hurt but I wasn't limping, it wasn't swollen so I went for it. <BR> <BR> I did my usual 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the bike - finding the running intervals are getting a little easier but I want to give it a couple more days before I start fiddling with numbers - maybe by next week I'll be ready to up the speed a bit :) <BR> <BR> I found that the running & cycling were just what my knee n... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:20:56 EST crazy excited! So I skipped the gym all weekend - I needed the break - after 3 days of running & biking my knees were not my biggest fans so I took the break to rest and recover :) Today is my WW weigh in day and I am so frekking happy to report that I am down 1 pound!!! <BR> <BR> The old me would have been so pissed that it was only 1 pound - but a loss is still a loss and I'll take it! <BR> <BR> My eating wasn't the greatest on the weekend but it wasn't horrible either. It was a mix between I didn... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:44:50 EST What again??? 3 days in a row!!! I made it to the gym last night after work! I was tired and sore but I managed my 30 minutes on the treadmill and 10 minutes on the bike. <BR> <BR> I was so tired last night I was in bed by 9:30pm! which means of course that I'm up early today. Initially I was planning on going to the gym this morning but I think it might be a good idea to take a day off as my foot is pretty sore. I'm going to go tomorrow after church though for sure. <BR> <BR> Tonight is a birthday... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:10:22 EST I did it again :) Got my butt to the gym last night - another full hour! <BR> <BR> 30 min on the treadmill - 5 min warm up @ 2.5 and then alternating running 1 min @ 5 and walking 2 min @ 2.5 - then a 6 min cool down @ 2.5 - followed by 30 min on the bike. <BR> <BR> I chose a program on the bike that would increase resistance if my heart rate dropped out of a certain range - kept me working hard for sure! <BR> <BR> After the gym I went to the grocery store to get supplies for dinner - had grilled chicken ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:27:37 EST I made it I made it to the gym last night - I had a breif moment of why bother? but then the thought of having to admit to all my spark friends that I've yet again failed was unbearable - what ever gets us motivated right? <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes on the treadmill - started off with a 5 minute warm up at 2.5 - then alternated running for 1 minute at 5 and walking for 2 minutes at 2.5 - finished with a 6 minute cooldown at 2.5. <BR> <BR> Then I moved on to the recumbant bike for a solid 30 minutes ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:12:00 EST Has to go to the gym tonight... like seriously, I have to get my as& to the gym! I couldn't resist - I don't know why I didn't just walk away - but because I was lazy last night and didn't pack anything for today food wise - come 2:30pm I'm starving and crazy tired! So I decide that going to Tim Hortons would be a good idea - get a tea - the cold air outside will wake me up - but then I think oh I'll get a donut. So I have my tea and not one but 2 donuts. The past 2 days have been rough food wise - last night I found my... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:51:55 EST Biggest Loser.... So I've watched the Biggest Loser every single season and this past season has easily been my favourite. From the very beginning I was rooting for Danni Allen - she struggled but never gave up, she was the only one on her team left after only a few short weeks - which must have been discouraging - knowing that she's only got to lose a challenge to risk being sent home. That girl worked her tail off every single week and at the finale last night it showed!. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:17 EST Starting today So I've decided that since I've joined weight watchers I will no longer be tracking my food here - I'll follow their points system but will still be coming here everyday for weight tracking, blogs, support, exercise tracking etc. The only I will not be doing is tracking food. <BR> <BR> So far after a week on weight watchers I'm down 1.5lbs - I'll be happy if I see another loss next week - I tend to lose one week and gain the next so until it's a little more steady I'm reserving judgement! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:24:08 EST funk Woke up this morning in a funk - might be the lack of sleep (thanks daylight savings!) but I'm just not feeling it today - I feel so unmotivated and restless. I find myself getting frustrated with my lack of progress and find myself wondering "why bother" I feel like I'm going to be fat forever so it just doesn't matter anymore. I'm hoping that after a good nights sleep I can get back on track. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:39:50 EST today I woke up this morning sore from the gym - I had debating going and after some wise advice from friends decided to go and do cardio only. I spent 30 minutes on the arc trainer - my back & shoulder no longer hurt but now it's my knee! I feel like I'm falling apart lol <BR> <BR> I had a weird desire to wear a dress to work - I never (and I mean never) wear dresses - even though a dress highlights what I feel is my best feature - my legs! I pulled out an XL dress I got from Old Navy a couple... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:41:29 EST Late night.... I stayed up too late last night watching the Oscars and now I'm dead tired at work, feeling sick, grumpy and have a headache. I wish I could go home and sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on hitting the gym after work - it may not be for as long as I want but unless I start feeling worse I'm going. <BR> <BR> I was reviewing my meal plan for the week and forgot that I was supposed to have 2 servings of my salmon dinner left over for Tuesday & Wednesday - instead I had a friend over for dinner la... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:46:04 EST Weekly Meal Plan With work being so quiet today - literally nothing to do! I spent the morning working on my budget and my weekly meal plan. <BR> <BR> Saturday February 23 <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie <BR> Lunch: left over spaghetti <BR> Dinner: Tuna Casserole <BR> <BR> Sunday February 24 <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Egg White Breakfast Sandwich <BR> Lunch: Tuna Casserole <BR> Dinner: World’s Best (and Easiest) Salmon, Asparagus, roasted mini potatoes <BR> <BR> Monday February 25... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:49:23 EST I had a gain So I had a gain of 2 pounds this week and you know what? I'm not freaking out over it.... I know exactly where it came from I know exactly what happened and I know exactly what to do to fix it. So I'm not stressed, I'm not angry, I'm not upset or crying or wondering why me? <BR> <BR> I'm okay with this - I can fix it and I can do better and I will. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and got my breakfast ready to take to work - egg white english muffin w/mustard & cheese. Made sure my lunch ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:07:26 EST Great weekend! So I spent this past weekend in Niagara Falls with my friend Karen and her 2 daughters - for the most part it was very enjoyable. I wanted this weekend to be very lowkey and relaxing and that's what I got. <BR> <BR> I may not have made the best food choices but I know for sure that I didn't make the worst. I also made a point of going to the hotel gym on Sunday morning and getting a run in. <BR> <BR> All in all - I had a good time and came home relaxed & refreshed - ready to take on the w... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:26:15 EST This Weekend :) So this weekend my friend Karen & I are taking her 2 daughters to Niagara Falls - it's Family Day here so we have Monday off work. <BR> <BR> I've called the hotel we are staying at and found out that they have both a gym & a pool so I know I can get a couple workouts in. <BR> <BR> The hotel is also attached to the Fallsview Casino - so I'm hitting that as well :) <BR> <BR> My work has recently started a health & wellness program called Srpout - today a rep from Sprout came in and we had a ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:41:39 EST the same half a pound I have been seeing the same half a pound every week - just when I say goodbye, don't come back! there it is next week - returning to mock me. <BR> <BR> I have been up & down .5 pounds since I started this and it's driving me nuts. I see exactly where I could be doing better yet I choose not to - It's not subconsioius, I'm not halfway through a bag of chips and wonder what happened, there is no one holding a gun to my head demanding that I eat ice cream, threatening my family if I don't poli... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:35:35 EST Monday So I was snowed in for most of the weekend - spent Saturday digging my way out of 30cm of the white stuff - not a happy camper :( I turn to comfort food when I stay home - I had nothing to do....well nothing that I wanted to do and ended up eating and eating and eating - so now it's Monday - I feel like crap and I'm getting my act together - goals for the week. <BR> <BR> 1) outside of today - bring lunch every day this week (Tuesday - Friday) <BR> 2) cook dinner every night <BR> 3) outside ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:39:25 EST At least it's not a gain... So today was my weigh-in day......and the scale stayed the same as last week - 234.5 - no loss but no gain either. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be okay with that but honestly I know what my problems were this week. I went to the gym once (yesterday) and that was only for 20min. I felt like I was going to die! and my eating. I tried really hard to make a good meal plan for the week and for the most part that's been working great - it's so nice not having to plan breakfast and lunch and dinner b... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 16:29:13 EST