STORKBYTE's SparkPeople Blog STORKBYTE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 15 Days Of Hard Work <em>185</em> Today was day 15 of exercise in the 21 Day Fix program. Cardio Fix today but I label it Cardio Fix2 as it is much more intense than the first one. It's one of those work outs where you want to scream, lay down and die, yell and swear at Autumn Calabrese. Which, I do most of that. But I do the whole workout, modifying when I have to. My heart rate is up, I'm sweating. It's all good even though it does feel like torture at the time. I'm 20 days into the diet which as I've ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:45:51 EST Day 14 of the 21 Day Fix Program <em>402</em> Night shift really doesn't fit well with this program. I found, I just couldn't muster the energy to do a workout on Thursday or Friday. Still basically following the eating plan. I've lost a bit of weight, and I'm definitely starting to tone up. I can see it. That makes me happy. <BR> Work was stressful. It's hard being the most senior nurse on the floor with all the other nurses having less than 1 year experience. <BR> Friday morning, work was followed up wit... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:19:43 EST My Blogs are Boring...sorry I had a great first night back at work. Really, didn't work hard at all. I'm sure we'll all pay for it tonight, but what a nice way to ease back into the work routine. And of course, it was an absolutely gorgeous day here, that I slept through. <BR> Today was day 13 of my 21 Day Fix program. favourite.....pilates. <em>24</em> <BR> Second round and still disliking it. I do believe I modified less tonight than the first time I did it. Core is strengthening slowly. <BR>... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:34:25 EST Addendum......... <em>40</em> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> On a whim, just before hopping into the shower I thought "what the heck B, step on the scale" And.........I lost weight!! 173........from 176. Now, I feel like the work outs are beginning show benefits. Wahoo for me. I feel good.... <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:12:43 EST Vacation over-Day 12 complete <em>362</em> <BR> Day 12 complete of the 21 Day Fix Program. I'm sort of enjoying the workouts. After I'm finished. Not during them. Today though, I got a little dizzy doing one of the routines. Not sure what that was all about. Vacation is officially over until my 10 days off in August. Back to night shift. I am hoping I don't find maintaining the diet too difficult. I need supper right now, but because I will be awake all night, I need to eat at work. This I call my food turn... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:22:16 EST Day 11-now 3 days behind but I haven't stopped <em>320</em> Missed my program yesterday. I chose instead, to spend the day with my oldest son tramping around a marsh just north of the city. It rained a bit, but then the sun came out and we had a gorgeous afternoon. Does 90 mins of walking on uneven terrain and on trails equal the sweat inducing 21 Day Fix program? Probably not. Second to that, I was pretty off on my eating plan too. Nothing bad, aside from 1 cookie, went into my mouth. After today's work out though, I was wonde... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:21:43 EST Day 9-Still Alive <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Mother nature, please make up your mind. I woke up to glorious sunny skies. Reviewed email, had a chat with a friend, breakfast and it clouded over and looked like rain. I made breakfast and donned the work out gear. Day 9 workout complete. 10 minute Abs Fix. I'm still modifying a few but not as much. Core strength is building. <em>41</em> I felt like that wasn't enough of a workout so put on this sort of hokey Denise Au... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:19:58 EST Day 8 <em>27</em> <BR> Woke up and got a little cranky when I saw the sky this morning. Heavy clouds that hung around all day. I couldn't even bring myself to leave the house. So far, vacation weather has been kind of sucky. And I go back to work next week doing night shift. Sigh. <BR> I did manage to muster up the energy to do my 21 Day Fix. Today was yoga. It was a good workout. An hour later, I did 20 minutes of Zumba workout. Not easy on a carpet. I've tracked my food, an... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:04:05 EST Missed 2 Days Today is day 7 of my 21 Day Fix. It should be day 9. Drove up to my parents cottage on Sunday after doing my work out. Plan: was to be home mid day Monday to work out and meet a friend for dinner. Didn't happen. Ended up having a late lunch out ( and had supper out the evening before with parents). By the time I got back home I had 30 minutes to clean up and meet my friend for supper. So, 2 days lost in exercise. I had no motivation yesterday. The place we went for dinner didn't have ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:11:25 EST Day 6 <em>386</em> <BR> I stepped on the scale yesterday, 5 days after starting the 21 Day Fix program. Not one pound lost. I have followed that diet to a T...had one alcoholic beverage day 2 and 10 pop chips the other day. Those small tiny digressions can not prevent weight loss considering how hard I'm exercising. Everyday. Even with the strength training, there is cardio. Frustrated. Tomorrow I'll have been doing this one week. a foot note, I didn't spend money on the Shakeo... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:44:20 EST Day 5-10 Minute Abs Fix <em>40</em> Yeah, not a big fan of that one either. But, I did it. Had to modify some. So not bad. Patting myself on the back. Just finished a 30 minute dance cardio routine. Annoyance: when they aren't dancing to the beat and rhythm. OMG! What is that? Anyway, despite that annoyance, I finished the 30 minutes. <BR> One thing I do wish, is that I could get proper tracking info for exercises done outside of Spark. I'm doing all this great stuff with 21 Day Fix, yet can't ge... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:05:43 EST Day 4-Not Friends With Pilates <em>33</em> Day 4: 21 Day Fix: Pilates Fix. Thought I'd enjoy it. Hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it. <BR> So, I ask my self why..."why do you hate pilates?" Well, after careful thought, I think one reason is because I can't do most of it. Absolutely no strength. I had to modify almost every excercise. So, I don't like that. Then I tell myself "self, in 3 weeks, you will probably be hardly modifying if at all". Pep talk. Another reason........the burning on fire muscles and ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:41:32 EST Day 3 & Feeling It <em>24</em> <BR> Oh my. I'm so sore......everywhere. Back, arms, legs. It's an effort to stand. But I feel good because I feel like I'm doing something and I feel like I really am working towards my goal. I did "cheat" a wee bit on the diet only because we were running short of time on our way to the concert and ended up at a fantastic burger joint, Greek owned. I had the most amazing Greek burger. Which in itself wasn't so bad, but the slab of Feta cheese, need to... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:03:22 EST Day 2 <em>40</em> <BR> I could hardly move my legs this morning. I guess that cardio workout from yesterday worked! LOL. <BR> Today is day 2 of my 21 Day Fix program. Exercise was the Upper Fix, mostly arms with some ABS work. I'm feeling positive I can do this. <BR> I'm going out to a concert tonight with my longest in time friend...48 years! We go weeks without talking or seeing each other and can always seem to pick right up where we left off. She wants to go to Red Lobster. Tha... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 15:13:17 EST Back and forth So here it is, Tuesday July 7th. I was at a family reunion on the weekend. Needless to say, I wasn't overly careful about my food choices. There wasn't really a lot of healthy food choices to make. I think everyone thought the same thing. Haven't seen these relatives for as long as 20 years, it's only one weekend. Enjoy yourself. And I did. Alcohol consumption was low...bonus. I had an out of town relative with me yesterday, so today was the beginning of my 21 Day Fix I've decided to... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:23:33 EST On Course Feeling SO determined! <BR> Had started the Beach Body Challenge but ........... wasn't pleased with some of the exercises. I will exercise if I find them doable. Right now, Beach Body has some that aren't which just frustrates me. So rather than feel frustrated, I've gone back to my 30 Day Challenges...Squats, Abs, Arms, Thighs, Back. Those to me are doable. <em>34</em> <BR> I spent an hour doing up dishes and while I did, I danced it out to some good Latin rhythms. <BR> Today...... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:35:07 EST Off Course <em>24</em> <BR> I had to do this recertification for work last week, but it requires studying this book. And it's boring. I had to make it a priority. Having had the laser eye surgery May 15th, I found reading was a challenge until 2 weeks ago. There went the exercise, there went the proper eating. On top of that, I had to work 3 weeks of night shift. My routine was toast. <BR> Yesterday, I thought I'd look for a pair of light white summer pants. Can't be found. Either denim... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:23:56 EST Night Shift <em>24</em> <BR> I think, after 32 years, night shift is killing me. I blame it on my sleep issues and my weight issues. Being a nurse has broken me. I know that stress plays a huge role in weight management, I have too much stress at work, and stress at home, especially in the last year. <BR> A few years back I had put a picture of me taken at a Christmas party up on my bedroom closet. It was that picture that motivated me to lose 20 lbs. I said, I'd never get to that size again (... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:18:29 EST Just stop it! <em>316</em> <BR> I'm on a long stretch of night shift and the motivation somehow went out the window. But it's back. One just has to feel ugly I guess. Or continue to squeeze into jeans that just barely fit, knowing that a few more pounds will require a horrible experience shopping for jeans in a size you swore you'd never wear again. <BR> I was Googling 30 day Challenges and found this 30 day Beach Body Challenge. Thought I might try it. I'm not sure I'll be able to do all the exerc... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 01:57:34 EST 5.96 km <em>311</em> <BR> Today was my first real day out since May 14th. On the 15th, I had laser eye surgery. It's been a slow recovery and I'm feeling a bit down about it. The weather has been absolutely amazing and I can't get out to enjoy it. I'm still photosensitive and have very dry eyes. I haven't been eating a lot but when I do eat I try to eat healthy. I simply have no appetite laying on the couch all day. I can now do light exercise, still need to avoid heavy lifting though. So,... Mon, 25 May 2015 21:53:26 EST Walking <em>311</em> <BR> I went for my first walk in a long time this afternoon. I guess I should have gone in the morning. 27c but I logged just over 5 km in 60 mins. A few thousand steps. Accidentally cleared the pedometer history on the app I was using, so don't have the exact number of steps. Just over 4000 if I remember correctly. I really need to do this at least 3 times a week. I just feel so horrible about my self. I don't like how I look. I don't like how I feel. A... Sat, 2 May 2015 16:49:39 EST And in the "Denial" category, the award for best actress goes to...... Me. <BR> I got back from my annual vacation feeling like I had gained weight. Who wouldn't? I didn't walk as much as I usually do when I'm away. I had a gourmet meal once a day and usually dessert, home made by owner's wife. Chef and baker team. I biked while I was away. Did some walking. Some swimming, but definitely not enough to blow off the excellent food had. <BR> My jeans are very tight. I look atrocious in shorts. I have photo shopped my vacation pictures to make myself look... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:57:06 EST The Big Question... What is it with me, that I find tracking food to be hideous and tedious?? I know when I track my food, I am more careful about my food choices. I also know that when I track my food, and I choose to put something in my mouth that I shouldn't, and I see the calorie and fat count on my food tracker, it shocks me. When I'm shocked, I track food. I just can't seem to maintain any sort of regularity. Of course, when I quit tracking, I slowly slide back into poor food choices. <BR> <BR> So t... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:43:35 EST Monday a new week It seems that I really struggle to track my food and to get my exercises in when I am working. It doesn't matter if it is day shift or night shift. My motivation is low, and I'm so tired. A lot of the tiredness is due to the incredible amount of stress and worry I am experiencing right now. When it comes to your children, no matter the age, your mom instincts kick into high gear. You have that need to protect, help and nurture and when it seems like you are failing it becomes personal. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:37:23 EST On Saturday I..... .........did my 30 Day Challenge(s). 75 squats! Impressive. It would be more impressive if it was continuous. But, broke that one down to sets of 20 with a 30 second rest between. Felt the burn. Ended up doing a total of 17 minutes to get through all of it. And, watching Hard Days Night at the same time. The Beatles could not act. But entertaining all the same. This evening, I had the pleasure of seeing Jim Gaffigan live. I laughed so much. It was a much needed respite from my ver... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:15:02 EST Plugging away So, my one "rest day" of my 30 Day Challenge became 2. Not sure how that happened. Thighs were crazy sore, and it probably wasn't a bad idea. I do feel like I cheated though. My challenge is done for the day. Tonight, I get to enjoy dinner out with my friend of 45 years. She no longer lives in my city, and is in for some work. Unfortunately, she has picked Montana's. I will have to be very careful of my menu choice tonight. Other wise, I feel pretty good today. In fact, this is the ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:51:56 EST Day 3 I'm sore. Had a lousy day at work. Finally, at 11:30, I convinced myself to do my 30 day challenge. Ugh. Happy I've exercised, but down because now I'm late going to bed yet again. Glad tomorrow is my last day and I have a few off. <em>40</em> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:39:32 EST Can't stay consistent It always amazes me how an injury can set one back so far. I was able to get into a great walking routine over the summer. One evening in August, I developed an intense burning sensation in one of my toes. Ignoring it, I finished my walk. Once home, I had a look and my poor toe (left foot) was inflamed, red and bruised from tip to base of foot. As I waited for it to heal, the weeks passed, and so did my motivation to exercise. Add on top of that a huge amount of stress in my personal li... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:28:53 EST Picture I wonder if I should take a "before" and an "after" picture? <BR> Though the scale hasn't changed much in the last few weeks, I tried on some clothes today/yesterday and found some stuff on the loose side. So, there may not be a change on the scale, the clothes fit better. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 00:53:58 EST Some days............. Another crazy busy day at work. Didn't have time to take a lunch break and gobbled down my lunch at the desk. Got home tired and frustrated. Son said "what's for dinner". I don't know, left overs? He said "McDonalds".....sigh.......fine. Some days you just have to eat a Big Mac. I haven't had one if over a year.<BR>. And I felt aweful afterwards. I should have done yoga instead. Hind sight is wonderful. Tomorrow is another day though. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:34:06 EST I am........... .........determined. <BR> <BR> First day back to work after a 2 week vacation. I feel good. Work was busy. Had the potential to go to hell in a hand basket.......but it didn't. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Oh yeah.......weighed myself this morning. Down a whole pound. It's a start. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:58:04 EST First walk in for ever.... Tonight I did it. Pushed away from the computer and took advantage of a gorgeous evening. <BR> I used a new app on my phone...walking mate. It calculated my steps, distance and calories burned. So...I walked 5.6 km in 60 mins and burned approx 275 cal. yay! I mapped it out on SP's map...the distance was a little less as was the calories. Neither here nor there as far as I'm concerned. Either way, I am glad I did this. I feel great. I kept pace with my usually walking at a ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:16:26 EST It's me..........again So.......after a long hiatus from this site, thinking I might do better with WW on line program, I am back. Still going to follow WW, but I don't get the people connection on that site like I do here. My biggest road block continues to be tracking my meals! It is so friggin' tedious! And overtime, I just quit. Not sure how to keep that going. I've been able to maintain my weight at 161 for the last several months, but it is a weight I am not happy with being only 5'5". I would like to... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:02:04 EST Sunday is not my day of rest. After much procrastination today, I eeked out Day 6 of Insanity. As I wrote to a friend, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. That is a quitting attitude BUT, I'm curious to see how much better I get the longer I do it, so I will persevere. I also found last night, this neat 100 Push Ups Program, and 200 Squats Program. There's also dips, but I think that can wait for a bit. I did the push up test and know where to start. The squat test I haven't done yet but plan on doing it. <BR> To... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:50:09 EST 9 Days to Vacation Well, after procrastinating most of the afternoon, I have completed day 5 of the Insanity program. I laugh at the word completed though. I did the full 38 minute workout but so much slower. I wonder if it would be easier to do in the basement on the thin carpet down there rather than in the living room. Suicide jumps......well, I think I completed 5 during that segment. My co-worker says keep plugging. One day I will do 6, then 8, then 10. <BR> I haven't been completely following m... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:33:55 EST Work out Came home from work tired even though we were not busy. We were about as far from busy as one could get. It's a nice break from the chaos as we know it. It took about an hour and a half to convince myself to put on my work out gear and find Day 4 on You Tube. I was 10 minutes into the program when my phone rang. I wasn't going to answer it but it was a co-worker, who had called a few days previously, and I had yet to return her phone call. So, I answered it. I guess we chatted about 3... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:22:12 EST Working Hard So an acquaintance at work has challenged me. She works in a different area than I do, but we see each other often. She has completed Insanity once already. I told her I had tried the first two days and struggled with some of it. Partly, I'm finding my ankle isn't as strong as I thought it was. I feel it the next day. Maybe continuing to work hard will improve that? Or, make it worse? Well, there's only one way to find out I guess. Plug on. Anyway, she is doing Insanity again and s... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:38:27 EST Grrrrrrrrrrowling at myself So, I'm a blob. Well, not really. Just feel like one. <BR> No motivation in 3 days to work out. I'm just so tired. Did my Spark Coach check in tonight. I haven't done it for a few days, nor tracked my food, as I was too tired. Anyway....back to the coach. Commentary for the day....sleep. I read it. I listened to the video. And I've come to the conclusion half my weight problem is probably my lack of sleep. This is short tonight. It's 12:10 am and I have to be up at 5 am for work... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 01:13:30 EST 24 hours with braces is my excuse day. My week of nights was crazy busy. I guess back to what has been normal the last year. It has been very cold and bitter. This all added up to "ugh, tired". <BR> I forgot to track my food one day and the following day, couldn't remember what I had actually had the day I missed. The next day, missed again. I'm okay with that though because I know my food choices were on track and excellent. I just don't have proof. I did not bike. I did not do any str... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:25:17 EST Monday, Monday Just managed to squeeze in 30 mins on the bike before getting ready for work. Considering there was a full moon last night, we actually had a decent shift. Yay. <BR> Spark Coach: " reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?" I've decided this coach asks some pretty tough questions. I think the main reason behind my fitness and weight loss goal is to simply feel better about myself. I... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:04 EST Today......... Last evening, I had the pleasure of having a wonderful dinner prepared my sister who was here for a visit. Her reason for the visit was to see her new grandson, my second great nephew, who is adorable. Her husbands siblings and their children were also in attendance as was one of my sons and my parents. It was truly a nice way to spend a cold Saturday evening. I was absolutely amazed when my brother-in-law's middle sister walked in the door. We have a history of a friendship which ended ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:21:39 EST So today I did Core Concentration.......for beginners. Beginners? I found it just a little on the tough side. Maybe that's the point. If it's easy, there's no benefit? In my head, I kept saying "I hate this, I hate this." I came close to saying enough, I'm done for the day, but I stuck it out and did the full 45 minute workout. Today, core, tomorrow....lower body. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:29:54 EST Here I go.........once again Where do I begin? <BR> I've been negligent. Christmas was a killer this year. Goodies left by physicians and patients. The temptations were too great to ignore. Food always spread out on the table in the staff lounge. I had no will power. One here, one there. I've gained since April when I broke my ankle, but not to the point I was at 3 years ago. I'm travelling again in March and I need my summer clothes to fit, so the crunch is on........yet again. I thought I'd return to HM as I... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:32:12 EST What's My Biggest Excuse For Not Exercising........ Hm. I have a million of them and frequently can talk myself out of doing a work out. As I've just returned from my conference in Hawaii, I have new found incentive. I didn't feel ugly there, but I did feel chubby/fat. My friend assured me I didn't look fat, but I know how I felt. <BR> <BR> So, my number one excuse is "I'm tired". I'll have to work hard on that one. I'm always tired it seems. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 17:27:42 EST No Excuses, Just Didn't .....and now I'm ticked off at myself. <BR> I did absolutely nothing this last week of work. I came home and parked my butt in front of the computer. I had no desire, energy, or motivation to say "enough"!! "Go exercise". Why does this feel like so much work to me right now? I despise tracking food. It's like........homework. No weight loss for two weeks due to cheating. Not bad cheats, but enough. Or, I will eat well until the last days of the week and then say "ugh, what's the ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:22:16 EST Is anger a real motivator I've done nothing for a week. Since I have returned home from my "retail therapy" trip, nothing. I think because it wasn't really therapy. I just realized how crappy I feel and look. You know the feeling, trying on jeans, and every style fits differently or doesn't fit at all? Or, the jeans that used to fit but now the cut has been changed and the same style doesn't fit, even though you're wearing a pair you bought last year?? Yeah, that was my weekend. I did get nice boots though. Th... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:39:45 EST A big sigh I need to get out of this slump!! <BR> I had today off work to deal with the window mess. Hopefully, I'll have a new window in a week. I don't want to look at the plywood anymore than I have to. It depresses me. <BR> <BR> I did nothing today. I did eat better and tracked my food. I guess that would be a woohoo for me. <BR> <BR> I hope I am feeling more like me tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:47:10 EST Crappy weekend Where to start? I was looking forward to this, the long weekend, summer's last kick at the can so to speak. The long range started out looking good. I made plans to head up to my parents cottage. Mom wanted to have a yard sale and it was her birthday on Sunday. By Thursday, the forecast was for rain, both days. "Oh well" I thought, "maybe it won't". The drive up Friday was good. Some traffic but nothing that made you hold your breath. I had a car full of boxes for the sale. I was op... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:52:47 EST Cardio workout Today was my first real cardio workout since breaking my ankle @ the end of April. Even though, hauling my butt around on crutches was no easy feat. I think if I can find good workout videos on Youtube and get back to the gym I belong to I can meet my goal for March 1st, or at least come very close to it. My other motivation is the Hawaii conference in October. I am sure that variety is what I need to continue to exercise and because I can no longer run, I have to find some other ways to ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:51:51 EST Discouraged I still can't get through an 8 hour shift without wearing my aircast. I've had some crazy shifts where I'm basically on my feet for 7 of my 8 hours. I limp to my car and drive home knowing exercise is out for the day. <BR> I'm going to Hawaii in October. The 24th to be exact. I'll be attending a conference but lucky for me, am stretching it out for a week so I can soak up some sun before dealing with our dreaded long, cold winter. If that isn't motivation, what is? How can I find mo... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:32:12 EST