STEVENKEIRON's SparkPeople Blog STEVENKEIRON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, August 28, 2016 I've been on the Ideal Protein diet now for 4 weeks and 4 days. As of my last weigh in I have lost 17.5 lbs and a total of 14.7 inches (3.5 off my waist!). It really isn't that hard to be on this program. While I do get hungry just before it's time to eat, I feel satisfied after eating. I thought about extending my time on Phase 1 a little longer so I would lose more weight to get my waist to get a little smaller. (I'm afraid that at 165 lbs, my waist is still going to be bigger than I w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:54:59 EST July 28, 2016 I have decided to try the Ideal Protein diet to lose weight but more importantly inches around my waistline. My waistline has expanded and is really bothering me lately. It is affecting how I feel about myself, so I needed to do something. Lisa and Lynn and Jeff all did the program and lost a lot of weight and inches. They say it really works, and I can tell that it does! They look great. (Well, I never really get to see the change it has/had on Lisa, because she did it years ago when t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:31:16 EST Friday, September 14, 2012 In three months, I'll be 43 years old. Physically I feel like I'm in best shape I have been in. I've been working out consistently for almost the whole year. While, I have worked out consistently for short periods of time, but this year I have been pretty dedicated. <BR> <BR> I would like to say emotional/relationship was something more positive to report on; however, I can't. Dating just sort of sucks...ok just plain sucks <BR> <BR> Ok, enough self-pity. Need to keep trying I guess.... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:57:48 EST Saturday, September 1, 2012 It's been awhile since I last blogged, but I've been very good about staying on track with going to the gym and weight. This morning I weighed 166.8 lbs...woohoo!!! My goal was to get to 165 by the end of August, which I didn't make, but what is one pound? I'm getting to the point that losing anything is getting more and more difficult. <BR> I am happy with my progress so far, but would LOVE to get rid of my belly and love handles. It's just not that easy! <BR> <BR> I have been begun t... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:53:52 EST Monday, July 2, 2012 This morning's weigh/measure has shown my dedication to the gym and healthy eating is paying off! I made my goal weight of 170 lbs by the end of June. I've been working out consistently since January (though I didn't start tracking it until February). I think one of my biggest motivation has been the wall calendar that I use to record on every day. Sparkpeople helps me keep points and motivated too. <BR> I've set my new weight goal to 165 lbs by the August 31, 2012. Losing only 5 lbs ove... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:20:25 EST Wednesday, June 6, 2012 So far in 2012, I've done a great job of reaching my goals and getting healthier. I have been getting to the gym almost daily and meeting my calorie goals on a pretty regular basis. In January I weighed 194 lbs at the yearly doctor's visit. (Though go over consistently on fiber intake....) This morning I weighed 174 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have been running more and enjoy it! On track of achieving my goal of running a 5K every month (beginning in March). This month I've already met the goa... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:32:36 EST Monday, March 26, 2012 Yesterday ended up really putting me to a mental test, I guess! And I hate to admit that I failed initially. When I got home from church, I couldn't park in my garage, because the neighbor who is moving out was blocking my garage. While turning around in the alley, I run over a bolt. Of course, I blamed him because if he hadn't been in the way, I wouldn't have had to turn around and none of this would have happened. To top it off, when I put the small doughnut spare on the car, it was f... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:02:51 EST Sunday, March 25, 2012 The weather outside is beautiful! I went to the gym and did 80 minutes of cardio (elliptical, stairmaster, and bike). Then came home and mowed the grass which took 35 minutes. <BR> <BR> While mowing grass, I was thinking that I really need to do some work on my backyard. I read on someone's blog on Spark, that talked about getting their house clean helps them feel better and in turns makes them feel better and keeps them motivated. I totally agree with that because when my place is cle... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:57:09 EST Monday, March 19, 2012 I'm making progress on my weight loss and size of my waist (smaller numbers for both...thankfully) <BR> I am finding it difficult to meet my calories for the day without going over in the categories, carbs, fats, proteins, and fiber. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say...just that things are going well! I really think my calendar posted on the refrigerator that I can keep daily records on is one of the biggest things I've done outside of Sparkpeople. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:02:49 EST Sunday, March 18, 2012 It's absolutely beautiful out and I have a lot of things to do today. I need to go to the gym, clean the house, and go to the grocery store. I started off a little unmotivated, but as I reread my blogs on Sparkpeople, I'm getting a little more motivated. As I posted in the Teams Huddles..."Make it happen!" I posted this because I know to reach my goals, I need to make it happen! It's not going to happen unless I make it happen. Sparkpeople really does keep me motivated and working on re... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:06:01 EST Saturday, March 17, 2012 Happy St. Patrick's Day!! This weather couldn't be more beautiful! It is quite motivating. I went to the gym this morning and did an hour of cardio. This afternoon, I went out for a 70 minute bike ride. <BR> I was thinking this would be a nice way to spend the summer months go to the gym in the morning and then in the afternoon either go for a bike ride, geo caching, or hiking in the afternoon. The afternoon portion is pretty easy for me to do, but going to the gym in the morning during... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 18:21:21 EST Friday, March 16, 2012 Happy St. Patrick's Eve! I went to the gym tonight and did weights and 35 minutes on the Cybex...that machine just kicks butt!! <BR> I'm looking forward to my official weigh in on Monday, because I have been losing weight and inches (well, partial inches...hehe). I just can't allow my weekend to get out of control, as it has in the past. <BR> My tracking calendar on the frig is really keeping me motivated! I'm so glad I started it! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:26:30 EST Thursday, March 15, 2012 I did not go to the gym today, because I had a meeting after work that ran late. I thought about going, but was figured I didn't want to get home so late. While I feel bad for not going, it really isn't that big of a deal, because this is the first day out of the past 20 that I haven't been to the gym. As long as I go tomorrow and continue going, missing one day isn't bad. <BR> <BR> I just don't this to become a "regular" thing, which in turn ends up being the regular thing of not going t... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 22:49:11 EST Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Happy Pi Day! I did participate in pie day at work today. I brought a dutch apple pie to share. Only one other person brought 2 pies, one apple and one cherry. For a snack, I did try my dutch apple pie and the cherry pie. I was worried on my drive in that was was not going to be able to control myself and would splurge! Though, I have to say I was very proud that I onlly took a tiny sliver of the dutch apple and cherry pies. Granted did I need both, probably not, but hey I stayed withi... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:07:14 EST Monday, March 12, 2012 Back at it again! I've been working out since January 20, 2012. Not sure when I started documenting and tracking on Sparkpeople though. I'll try to start a blog again too. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:57:48 EST Monday, March 28, 2011 Why oh why can't I get motivated to go to the gym??? <em>234</em> <em>28</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 17:45:14 EST Sunday, March 27, 2011 Sunday 2. Mentally getting myself ready.... <BR> I have my weight goal written, and now I want to work on getting my gym schedule and plan ready... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:37:51 EST Saturday, March 26, 2011 And....once again.....I'm starting again..... <BR> My goal hasn't changed, I want to get into better shape and lose weight and inches, especially around my wasit. <BR> My goal is to be at 172 lbs by June 11, 2011 for my trip to Florida for a vacation. I want to be able to enjoy the beach without being totally ashamed of my body. I'm also noticing myself being a little depressed lately, and I honestly believe my waist line and weight has a MAJOR factor on that. <BR> My New Year's resoluti... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 14:08:28 EST Tueday, August 3, 2010 It's almost 10pm and I should be in bed, since I have to get up around 3:15am to be at the airport for my flight. <BR> <BR> I probably won't be on Spark much the next 7 days. Though I will need to stay focused! My weight this morning was 180! And boy would I LOVE to see it there or below at the end of my trip! I'm taking my running shoes and clothes, so I can continue to train for the 5K. Now just to make myself do it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 23:00:31 EST Monday, August 2, 2010 Monday...a busy busy day. I've actually got quite a bit done. The living room has been cleaned, the 2 small bedrooms, the staircase, and the both hallways. Then took Trisha, my neighbor, to Kankakee, exchanged the 3 shirts, and went to the gym. <BR> After this entry I'm going to go out and mow the grass, so all I have to do tomorrow is clean the kitchen, bathroom, and my bedroom. And of course I'l need to pack! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:55:51 EST Sunday, August 1, 2010 Feeling great that I've been staying on track concerning my cardio work outs, crunches, and push-ups. I've also been stretching everyday. There have been days that I was not always in the mood to go to the gym, but I've pushed my way through it. <BR> I've also been tracking my food. I admit that is my area of concern, staying within my recommended calories. I really need to try harder to stay within my guidelines. With that said, I guess I know why I am not able to break 183! <BR> I w... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 15:40:29 EST Saturday, July 21, 2010 I stayed out way too late last night, and forgot about plans of going out with friends this afternoon. When I woke up late this morning, I was thinking that it was ok, because I'd go to the gym this afternoon, but since I am supposed to be going out with friends....I guess no gym. Unless I just explain to them that I have to go to the gym and I'll meet up with them later. I really could skip going to lunch with them, because I really do NOT need to eat out again, and let's face it, when I ... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 12:09:47 EST Friday, July 30, 2010 In a bit of funk today, not quite in the mood to workout. I know I really too! Just need to get back into the frame of mind I was in earlier this week, that had me totally motivated to working out and being "healthy". <BR> I need to do hour of cardio and start week 2 of my 5K training. <BR> <BR> 2:39...I went to the gym...hour of cardio, 40 mins on treadmill and stretching...feeling much better! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:52:49 EST Wednesday, July 27, 2010 I didn't make it to the gym because I had to drive to my brother's to drop off Keiron. Keiron is going to be staying with them until I get back from San Diego. When my sister-in-law gets home from work, we are supposed to go running, so that will be me cardio workout for the day. Or maybe I'll just walk... <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 19:30:25 EST Tuesday, July 27, 2010 I really don't have much to say today. I've been staying on track. Went to the gym this morning did an hour of cardio and then stretched. <BR> <BR> So...just stay positive and it will happen. 180 by August 4th.... <em>192</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:49:31 EST Monday, July 26, 2010 Monday morning and lots planned for the day. I want to do my 5K training, regular cardio workout (either treadmill or bike), vacuum the house, clean the house, dishes, and mow the grass. Now that I have my goals written's time to start working on them... <BR> <BR> Things are working for me because this morning when I weighed myself I weighed 181.4, which is the lowest recorded weight I've had since joining Spark! So I can do this, I just need to remember it when I start to doubt ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:01:34 EST Sunday, July 25, 2010 It is absolutely beautiful out today! I'm going to take advantage of the weather and go for a bike ride. My goal is 2 hours, or I'll need to hit the gym too. I want to lose 4 pounds before I leave for San Diego on August 4. <BR> <BR> My 'frig' and cabinets are stock with good things to make healthy meals, to help me achieve my goal. The only "bad" thing I can think of that I have here are the spice drops. But I do get such a craving for sweets! So I thought these might help satisfy that ... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:06:30 EST Saturday, July 24, 2010 Happy Saturday! While doing my cardio workout on the eliptical trainer, I decided today was a good day to start my training to run a 5K. I felt very good afterwards. My goal is to run a 5K. Would love to have someone to train with, so I will stay motivated and on track. <BR> <BR> In other news, I got my geo cache containers in the mail today. Now I need to write up the description and actually hide the caches. <BR> <BR> Following through tends to be my weakness. I start something or... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:57:41 EST Friday, July 23, 2010 Yesterday was a good fitness/health day overall, I think. One might think otherwise if they were to look at my nutrition for the day. I blew the calorie and fat intake out of water totally. It was because of the bratwurst. Hey I'm from the Midwest and we LOVE our brats (mustard and raw onions)! I had a package of them in the freezer and thawed them out for a bbq that didn't happen. So I cooked them and figured eating them would be better than letting them go to waste, and I have been pr... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:33:45 EST Thursday, July 22, 2010 Yesterday was a very productive day for me...I was actually surprised how much I got done. When I was running through my mental check list, I was like WOW! I did a lot, but felt like I was being lazy. I did my crunches (which I increased to 200), made it to my dentist appointment (on time), took the recycling to the recycling center, watched the Netflix movie and cried (I know...but it was such a good movie), took Keiron for a walk and found some possible places in the neighborhood to place... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:45:45 EST Wednesday, July 20, 2010 My goals for today include going for a bike ride and going through the neighborhood to find places to place geo-caches. I'll head out for the walk with Keiron to find the best places. I have a few spots in mind. Then I'll take the bike for a ride. I'm thinking I'll go over to Crestwood for 2, 2 1/2 hour bike ride. <BR> <BR> Not a very interest blog entry...but it is what it is. Me trying to stay on track (of posting a blog entry each day and to be more healthy) Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:19:21 EST Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Woke up this morning with back pain again. I'm not sure what the deal is! I do know I'm frustrated though. I'm thinking I need to stretch my hamstrings! I can't even bend over without having to bend my knees. Now with that said....the question is WILL I stretch them??? I might for a few days but I knowing my personality I'll stop after a day or two. I really wished I had more follow through on all that I KNOW I should be doing. My history here on Spark is a perfect example, I am dedica... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:42:27 EST Monday, July 19, 2010 I'm back...again. My weight is basically hovering around 185ish. Which I guess I'm happy that I haven't been gaining. However, I'm not moving any closer to my goal weight. I really got off track this spring. This summer I've been biking more and have started hiking. I've also been more active with my current "obession" geo-caching. It's fun and gets me out of the house and moving. <BR> I really just needed to pull all this together....healthy eating, physical activity, and going to the... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:16:11 EST January 7, 2010 I've been working out this week, but tonight is going to be questionable depending on the weather. I don't want to have to fight traffic for 2 hours to the gym and then another 2 hours plus home. Keiron may not be too happy having to wait all that time to go outside. <BR> <BR> My weight hasn't changed much this week...I'm hoping it starts to drop soon. Thu, 7 Jan 2010 10:07:26 EST January 6, 2010 I can't find where the journal is on here!! I've found it by accident before and just can't find it today!!! <BR> <BR> UGGHHH <em>46</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 15:24:18 EST January 4, 2010 I'm not really surprised....I knew I put on weight over the Christmas/New Year holiday! <BR> <BR> Back to the gym!! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 21:39:57 EST Friday, December 11 Well....just reread my last blog entry on June 4th. I didn't work on my summer work out schedule nor did I do any working out this past summer or fall for that matter! I blame my course work, but it's also because I was just being lazy. <BR> <BR> Classes are done as of Monday, December 14, my 40th birthday, so no more excuses and to be honest I have to get back to the gym. My belly/waist is starting to show how badly I need to go. I also read yet another article that stated that men wit... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 09:42:40 EST Thursday, June 4 Yesterday's lunch was not the best...well the lunch was fine, it was huge piece of cake that pushed me over the edge. To make up for it I did 85 minutes of cardio...35 minutes on the bike, 20 on the stair climber, and 30 0n the elliptical trainer. <BR> Tonight I'll do a weight workout and a short cardio one. I'm thinking maybe I'll do the stair climber (20 mins) and elliptical (20 mins). <BR> <BR> I also need to start planning my summer workouts. Thu, 4 Jun 2009 09:48:54 EST Wednesday, June 3 One week left of work, and then my plan is to change my strength training workout. I want to focus on specific body parts or 2 each day and do cardio. I'll have to look into a possible work out plan <BR> <BR> Something like...chest/back/abs + cardio; arms/shoulders/abs + cardio; legs/abs +cardio. Then do a longer cardio workout on the strength training days off. <BR> <BR> So for example Monday: chest/back/abs + cardio; Tuesday: cardio Wednesday: arms/shoulders/abs + cardio; Thursday: car... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 12:32:36 EST Tuesday, May 27 I didn't make it to the gym yesterday because of class. My plan is to go tonight and do strength training and cardio. <BR> I am a little frustrated though with that fact that I'm not losing a few more pounds and inches around my waist. I THINK I'm doing ok with my calorie intake and portion control not great but ok....and thought I should be losing weight and inches. Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:32:38 EST Monday, June 1 Well...I'm not feeling the best about my weight/waist right now! Yesterday was NOT a good day in the eating arena! I chowed way too much and not on good things either! Again, it wouldn't have been so bad had I controlled my portion sizes and amount. <BR> Ok, one bad day, I'll just have to make better choices and stay positive <em>41</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:45:42 EST Sunday, May 31 Did yard work...does that count as a cardio?? I'm meeting friends for lunch and hoping to make it to the gym afterwards or maybe to ride my bike after. I really want to get back into riding my bike again! <BR> I'd like to ride along the lakefront, I'll have to get my car rack out and get the bike all set for riding again. Sun, 31 May 2009 14:23:01 EST Friday, May 29 I am at work a little earlier than usual, because I went to bed before 9 last night and was able to get a good night's rest. <BR> I'm so glad I went to the gym yesterday even though I really was NOT in the mood to go! But boy did I ever need to go!! <BR> Tonight I need to go again and do cardio. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about changing up my strength training routine. I was thinking about focusing on certain parts; i.e. shoulders, arms & legs one day and back & chests on the other day. ... Fri, 29 May 2009 09:24:49 EST Thursday, May 28 I am so tired right now! I had to get up early for a job interview this morning...which I don't think went all that well. I was so UNMOTIVATED when I left work. I wanted to just come home and lay down. <BR> But my Starbucks muffin and Culver's lunch and dessert definitely WAS NOT something I should have eaten!! <BR> But thankfully Mike called me on the way home, and I did decide to go to the gym and worked out. Which I'm so glad I did, but I still think my snack and lunch was more than I w... Thu, 28 May 2009 21:46:12 EST Wednesday, May 27 I worked out last night. I've been tracking my eating and it shows that I'm not getting enough calories. I don't know if that is the case or not, maybe I'm not getting all my food included or the right amount in. Wed, 27 May 2009 09:52:28 EST Tuesday, May 26 Happy Tuesday! Not much happening...just finished my lunch of a mixed green salad and red, green, and yellow peppers and colby cheese with Green Goddess Dressing. I forgot my crackers, so I'm missing a "crunch". <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I have my gym bag packed in the car and ready to go for after work. Today is strength training and cardio day. <em>85</em> <em>231</em> Tue, 26 May 2009 13:29:12 EST Monday, May 25 I made it to the gym everyday this weekend! And even got to go on Monday because of no work or class. Not shedding much in the way of weight...but muscle weighs more than fat....LOL...ok I'll keep telling myself that!!! <BR> Mon, 25 May 2009 17:36:48 EST Saturday, May 23 First comment....GOOD's already May 23rd!!! <BR> <BR> I'm off to the gym this morning to do an hour of cardio. Have a good weekend (anyone who reads this) Sat, 23 May 2009 10:20:07 EST Tuesday, May 19 I went to the gym after work. I did my strength training and cardio. I'm going to have to stop running on the treadmill, because my knees still hurt a little from last Friday when I used the treadmill. Looks like I'll stick to my low impact equipment for cardio. <BR> I then came home ate quickly and then went to a Biggest Loser type of weight loss class. Then I came home and took Keiron for a short brisk walk. Now I'm beat and going to bed!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 20 May 2009 00:36:24 EST Tuesday, May 19 I went to the gym after work. I did my strength training and cardio. I'm going to have to stop running on the treadmill, because my knees still hurt a little from last Friday when I used the treadmill. Looks like I'll stick to my low impact equipment for cardio. <BR> I then came home ate quickly and then went to a Biggest Loser type of weight loss class. Then I came home and took Keiron for a short brisk walk. Now I'm beat and going to bed!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 20 May 2009 00:36:20 EST