TAMARA6905's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TAMARA6905 TAMARA6905's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Hard Work Pays Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088041 Like most people, I had a new years resolution to lose weight. The only difference is that I've had that same goal for the last 15 years. I told myself I would fully, truly commit myself to a healthier lifestyle for 30 days and see what happened. The first step in my commitment was exrcise. I hate exercise. It's always been my downfall when it comes to losing weight. When I told myself I was going to try and lose weight before that meant exercising 3-4 days a week...the bear minimum. This... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:15:44 EST Little Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051714 With the holiday season at its peak, treats of all kinds have even in abundance at my office. Breakfast pastries, tamales, cookies, candy, and a million other delicious items have been paraded in and out of my office breakroom. In the past I would have welcomed all of these with open arms and splurged every time they came in. I wouldn't have even thought twice about sampling some of everything, but not anymore. I know it's not worth it and I know that a bite here and a bite there will add up... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:21:17 EST Starting Over...Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047423 I always seem to be starting over on my weight-loss journey. But starting over is better than not starting at all right? It's not that I've completely fallen off the wagon, but I have let multiple bad habits sneak back into my life. I'm starting over in the sense that I'm getting back to the basics. I'm tracking all food, even that extra pat of butter. I'm trying to eat clean, meaning little to no processed foods. I'm cutting out soda and upping my water intake. My real problem has always... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:19:25 EST Tuesday rocked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483117 I am in a GREAT mood today! I love when I can end the day feeling accomplished! As a SAHW, I need certain things to happen for me to feel productive. I'm a blogger, so I need to work on a project and write a post for that day. I also have to exercise, of course, as well as eat healthy. Not just stay in my calorie range, but eat healthy, well-balanced meals. And lastly, I need to get a few chores done. :( I got everything done today and I'm ready to do it all over again! <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:48:41 EST A Case of the Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480895 I HATE steroids! I'm tired of not sleeping and experiencing weird dreams when I do sleep! Tomorrow is my last pill and I couldn't be happier. When the doc said I had a viral infection and was giving me steroids I was really worried about eating everything in sight, but I haven't had any issues with over eating this past week. That counts for something I guess! <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store and stocked up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I'm ready for the week! Even after hitt... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:06:44 EST I Finally Have Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478582 I'll get right to it. I FINALLY got confirmation that I do in fact have hypothyroidism! This is the best news I have received in years! For those of you who know me, know that I have been saying something was wrong with my body for years now. My last trip to the doctor made me feel crazy. When I told her what I was eating and how much I was exercising she looked at me like "Sure you are fatty!" When my test results came back normal, I got the "watch what you eat and exercise more" lecture. So... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:58:06 EST Where I've Been and Why I'm Back...Sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374830 I just wanted to post a quick blog to let y'all know where I've been! Reiko and I started our own automotive shop!! I've been spending most of my days there, putting my BA in Communication to use by handling all the marketing for the shop! We've been open about a month and a half and things are going well! We've hit budget almost every day which is comforting and we're hoping once our sign is up, we're still waiting on our permit, business will pick up. <BR> <BR> For those of you in the San... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 17:01:17 EST 90-Day Challenge, Day 5 COMPLETE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248421 Today is Day 5 of my 90-Day Challenge and I feel GREAT! I'm sore, but I'm loving it. I've been doing much better with sticking to my plan than I thought I would be. I'm such a procrastinator, I don't usually do my workouts until around 2 in the afternoon. Imagine my surprise when I felt compelled to workout at 10 am this morning! I didn't question it, I just got up and did before I could change my mind. Not only that, but I came across the Insanity infomercial tonight and it inspired me to do... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:05:58 EST 90-Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244205 I decided to set up a 90-Day Challenge for myself. It takes about that long to see a big difference in your body, it takes about that long to break bad habits and create new ones, and most importantly I've never done one before. I've done some 30-Day challenges before, half-heartedly, and I wanted to prove to myself that I can stick it out for the whole 3 months. I also wanted to prove to myself that I never really see big results because 1) I don't give it enough time and 2) I don't give it ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:46:25 EST Did You Set Yourself Up for Failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201399 I wanted to post a blog entry discussing the "all or nothing" attitude I've encountered on Spark reading blog entries, from newbies and regulars alike. Why am I taking the time to discuss this? Because I think its important to understand the difference between dedication and setting yourself up for failure. <BR> <BR> I know with New Year's Resolutions in full swing people have lots of motivation to get healthy. Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing! However, jumping head first into a hea... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:29:36 EST 2013, Off To A Great Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194980 I know, I know I haven't been around in ages. I am sorry for that, but it's been for a good reason! For those of you who have read my blogs before you know that we were living in an apartment and we HATED it. We had horrible management and incredibly inconsiderate neighbors who played LOUD music all day, ran up and down the stairs, allowed their children to play football in the parking lot, etc. We were miserable, but trapped in our lease until March. Luckily we were blessed enough to be able... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:34:31 EST Vacation Review...With Pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099801 Sorry it took so long to get this blog posted, but things have been crazy since we got back from vacation! First of all we had a great time!! I got in TONS of walking while on the beach, shopping, and on the pier. We were VERY active! That was my goal!! I didn't want to just sit around and be lazy. Not only that, but we took tons of healthy snacks with us like fruit, low fat cheese and triscuts, tons of water, almonds, so even my eating on the trip was RELATIVELY healthy! The first night ther... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:43:15 EST Food Baby HIIT Workout - Review and Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085754 Sorry guys, I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was at the dentist with a friend ALL DAY! Anyway, this is the workout I did on Monday for the new workout challenge I've given myself. I subscribe to Blogilates, the sweet if not hyper creator of this video and a POP Pilates instructor. She's got tons of videos on YouTube that you can check out, a blog with exercise challenges and healthy food ideas, and even a fitness clothing line. <BR> <BR> The Food Baby Workout is a HIIT (high intensity... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:02:07 EST Vacation Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080525 We are finally getting to go on vacation next week!! We were pretty much trapped here all summer because of Reiko working ridiculously long hours and her kidney stones. Now we finally get to get away. We're going to the coast and we're hitting up Corpus, Port A, and then S. Padre. We'll be gone almost a week and I can't wait!! <BR> <BR> I promised myself I would get in some exercise while I was there and I've got a plan in place. I know that two of the hotels we're staying at have a gym, ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:04:10 EST Metabolic Workout - Review and Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074615 So I decided that I want to start challenging myself to do at least one different workout a week to branch out of my comfort zone and spice up my routine. Well that was like a month ago and nothing has changed, so what better to way to make my desires happen then to share it with you guys and make myself accountable?!?! <BR> <BR> I follow lots of different healthy living blogs for workout and nutrition inspiration. One of them, The Sweaty Betties, posted this metabolic workout months ago, b... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:44:12 EST Made it through another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060286 It has been an interesting week to say the least. I worked really hard to stay on track with my eating and that's been relatively easy thanks to the September Freggie Challenge we have going on over at the San Antonio Team! This challenge has really made me notice that yes, I was eating fruits and veggies before, but I was definitely not eating anywhere near 5 servings a day. I really thought I was doing good if I had a peach or berries with breakfast and some veggies at dinner. This challeng... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:23:56 EST It's a girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054303 I'm sorry. That blog title is very misleading! No, I'm not pregnant :( I got a puppy! I adopted this sweet little girl from the Animal Defense League yesterday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596488696.jpg"> <BR> They had named her Gertrude, which is quite unbecoming for a girl as cute as this, so I started calling her Gerty (temporarily), but it grew on me. Gerty is a 7 month old Moutain Cur/Terrier mix. She's super sweet and quite smart. She already knows ho... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:37:32 EST Today Was a Good Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048844 If you've read my last couple of blogs, then you know I've been struggling to get back on track with my exercise. Before today I hadn't exercised in over a month. Closer to two? Maybe. It's been so long I don't even remember. I have been staying on track with my eating the majority of the time which is the reason I haven't experience any weight gain, thank God! But I want to loose weight, not maintain! So I knew I had to do something to start the ball rolling again. I've been trying to start ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:27:38 EST Not What I'd Hoped For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032232 As some of you may now I had applied for a job with the Autisim Community Network early in the month and after going through two rounds of interviews I was informed I did't get the job. I was beat out by another candidate by a narrow margin! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I took the news pretty hard because: 1) I thought it was a job I'd enjoy and would be good at. 2) It was a non-profit that supports a good cause, two factors that were really important to me. 3) I had gotten my hopes up pretty hig... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:49:11 EST August, a New Month and Another Chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000820 Ugh, I've been so lazy the last two weeks! I was going strong all of July with 800 fitness minutes and then I fell flat! I don't know what happened, but I missed like one workout and then another and the next thing you know two weeks passed and the only exercise I got in was the 20 minutes it took me to wash my car on Thursday! What an embarrassment! I hate being a flounderer. I always start strong and then finish weak. But August is a new month and with it come new hopes. I will try, try, tr... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 14:14:22 EST Ooohhh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986981 I just realized I haven't blogged in FOREVER so here's an update: <BR> <BR> I had a phone interview last week with the Autism Community Network and I have a face-to-face interview on Friday!! I'm super excited about this!! I haven't applied for a lot of jobs because I'm really particular about what I want to do. I'm blessed that I don't have to work and can be picky, but this my dream job!! I'd be the Community Outreach and Marketing Director so I'd be handling their social media accounts, v... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:38:12 EST I miss you sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958148 I'm so miserable! My upstairs neighbors are INSANE. They woke us up around midnight because they were being loud, slamming doors, running around playing with their dog etc. As if that wasn't enough, they woke us up again at 3am HAMMERING. And not hammering as in "let's hang this picture", but hammering as in "let's build a bookcase." And this goes on every night. I'm not positive, but I think there are lots of people coming in and out of there that might be living there on and off. Reiko ende... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 14:56:19 EST July Game Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950283 So I never set monthly goals for myself, but I probably should. So here are my goals for July: <BR> <BR> 1) Reach AT LEAST 1000 monthly fitness minutes including walking 7 miles 2x per week (as part of 13.1 training) <BR> <BR> 2) Stay in calorie range 6 out of 7 days a week <BR> <BR> 3) Drink 9+ glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> 4) Continue on my path to no smoking (I'm currently on Day 7) <BR> <BR> That's it. Short and sweet and absolutely do-able! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:33:37 EST Test Results - Not What I Was Expecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947663 Well I got my test results back! And everything looks normal <em>46</em> I did have them test my T3 and T4 levels, and they both came back within normal ranges. I know I should be excited that nothing is supposedly wrong with me, but these results simply put me back at square one! What is wrong that I can't lose weight? <BR> <BR> I do have high blood pressure, so it's been argued that my HRM is giving me a false positive and I'm not burning as many calories as I think I am. Of course my c... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:17:58 EST What a Roller Coaster Ride and It's Only Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944817 Lots has happened since my last blog, so I'll just jump right in! Sunday night we went to bed earl in preparation for the week and Reiko woke up around 1 a.m. with what we thought were horrible back spasms. She'd been experiencing minor spasms during the previous week, but she's a mechanic and she has fibromyalgia, so we didn't think to much of it. But this was different. She was in excruciating pain so we headed to the ER. The doctor there thought she was also suffering from spasms and presc... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:02:05 EST Doctor's Appointment Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936338 I didn't realize it had been quite so long since my last blog. Don't worry you haven't missed much at all. I had my doctor's appointment yesterday and for now I'll say it was a success. She wanted to run all sorts of tests and have me come back for multiple appointments until I ever so kindly reminded her I don't have health insurance. I told her my issues, what I thought it was, and what I wanted to get screened for. If it doesn't appear to be my thyroid, then we can go from there with more ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:25:47 EST One Step Closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925187 I haven't weighed myself in over a week, so imagine my surprise when I weighed in this morning and I'd lost 6 lbs. Since I think I might have hypothyroidism, I did some research and eliminated/limited foods from my diet that inhibit thyroid function and absorption. I stopped eating peaches, limited strawberries to a minimal amount this weekend, and ensured that any broccoli and spinach I ate was cooked and not eaten raw. <BR> <BR> As far as exercise goes, I only worked out twice this week a... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:29:48 EST One Day At A Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922990 Yesterday was my first day exercising in two weeks. I planned on taking it easy and just doing a little bit, but after my 10 minute workout was over, I felt that really wasn't enough. I thought I'd do another 10 minutes, but as it worked out I did 45 minutes and burned 723.9 calories. It felt good to work hard, to sweat....so good I ended up getting up early this morning and starting the day with 30 minutes of pilates. I plan on doing another 30 minutes of cardio later today PLUS I'm going to... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:32:55 EST Knowledge is Power and Knowing is Half the Battle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916795 Ok, so I decided to sit down and do some research on hypothyroidism. I wanted to see if there were any changes I could make now to see if they have any affect on my weight loss while I wait for an appointment and then test results. Since I already know the symptoms, the first thing I looked up was exercise. Reliable sources reccomend at least 30 minutes or aerobic exercise plus ST. Ok, I got that part covered. That's what I've been doing all along. <BR> <BR> The next thing I looked up was d... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 20:10:17 EST I Need Support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913683 Well if you read my blog last week, then you know what's going on. If not, here's a quick recap: The first week of May went swimmingly. I lost 1 lb. There were rainbows and glitter shooting out of my eyes and I was dancing on air. The second week of May wasn't as successful, but it was TOM and the small gain I noticed was easily explainable. The third week of May was still unsuccessful, but it was chalked up to an increased sodium intake or possible muscle gain, even though I wasn't lifting w... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:50:42 EST May PAC Week 4 - Short and Bittersweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909391 Fitness Minutes and Calories burned were both hits this week. I exceeded both of my goals. Weight loss was a miss, I gained 5 lbs. I'm going to try and get a doctors appointment sometime in the next couple of weeks because there is obviously something happening with my body. <BR> <BR> After a talk with my dear friend MJ-SHE-BEAST and my MIL who is a nurse, I fear something is wrong with my thyroid. I have SEVERAL common hypothyroid symptoms like depression, fatigue, insomnia, allergies, wei... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 23:00:55 EST A Wrench in the Works? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904730 Well it looks like I'm going to be "babysitting" my 12 year old nephew for the next 2-3 weeks while my mom is at work. This isn't a big deal cause he's old enough to entertain himself. He's got his own laptop and his DS, he's not at that mouthing back stage yet, my mom sends him loaded down with snacks (that he doesn't eat, but tempt me instead), and she pays me (which I tell her not to, but she insists cause I'm not working and that's how moms are). I'm just a little worried that it's going ... Wed, 30 May 2012 17:49:09 EST May PAC Week 3 - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899137 So overall, I'll say this week was a three-way tie between being a Hit, Miss, and Improvement. How is that you ask? Let me break it down for you: <BR> <BR> HIT <em>334</em> <BR> *I reached my goal of 220 fitness minutes this week! <BR> *Exercise became just a little easier this week! <BR> <BR> MISS <em>46</em> <BR> *I went over my range TWICE this week with my eating. <BR> *I got horrible sleep this week because I kept waking up in the middle of the night with horrible stomach pains.... Sat, 26 May 2012 17:42:51 EST Good Day, Bad Day, and Good Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895430 Today started out so well and fell apart at the end. I went way over my calories. That in itself isn't to big of a deal because I do allow myself one day a week to go over, but I usually save that for Sundays because it's my lazy day. <em>39</em> So now I'll have to really plan for Sunday and most likely cook even though it's normally my day off. Instead of wallowing over it, I reminded myself that I got a great workout in today and burned over 640 calories. I'm not saying that's an excuse,... Wed, 23 May 2012 23:45:52 EST May PAC Week 2, Useful Article Link, and more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888911 For those of you not on the SA Team, here's a link to an article I posted yesterday: <link>www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-ti<BR>ps/20-surprising-foods-slow-down-your-<BR>workout?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It's a list of the top 20 foods that can be detrimental to your workout and you'll be surprised about the foods that made the list. Now keep in mind, they're not saying that these are bad foods and you shouldn't eat them. They are saying that these particular foods can hinder your worko... Sat, 19 May 2012 19:43:42 EST Maybe I'll Really Do It This Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883119 I've heard a lot of people grumbling about this rain we've been getting because it's interfering w/ them exercising outside. Thankfully I haven't had the problem because I don't normally exercise outside, like walking, so luckily this rain hasn't affected me in that way. But it was so dark and the sound of the rain this morning made it hard to wake up and stay awake! I'm still trying to get back on track with eating right and exercising consistently so I'm sticking to my exercise videos becau... Tue, 15 May 2012 20:05:29 EST May PAC Week 1 Wrapup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879247 So this was the first week of the May Challenge and things went great! I reached all of the goals I set for myself and that is in part thanks to the fact that I'm also doing the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge at the same time! I exercised a little over 220 minutes this week and burned almost 3000 calories! I lost 1 lb, which I am thrilled about! I am really proud of myself for reaching all my goals!! I can't wait to tackle next week! Sun, 13 May 2012 10:10:59 EST Oh the INSANITY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873971 Today was Day 5 of the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge! So that means I needed to do today's video, plus 30 minutes of cardio. Reiko works a 1/2 day today and we plan on running errands this afternoon, so I knew I needed to get my workout in early or I wouldn't get it in at all. The old me would have procrastinated until it was to late, but not today! I got up, ate a yummy breakfast, did a little housework and got right to it! Today's video was a 12-minute pilates video and I did that no... Wed, 9 May 2012 12:54:50 EST Day 3 - DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870864 Alright, we're on to Day 3 of the Bootcamp Challenge and I'm thrilled! Why am I thrilled you ask? Well there are several reasons: 1) I've worked out consistently for 3 days in a row! 2) Each workout brings me one step closer to reaching my goals! 3) I feel better, mentally and physically, now that I'm back to exercising and eating right again. <BR> <BR> It's obviously way to early to see any changes in my body, but I can definitely FEEL them. I'm sore in places I haven't been sore in, in a ... Mon, 7 May 2012 15:57:19 EST Spring Bootcamp Challenge - Day 1 Complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867666 I'm in a really good place today! Some members of the SA Spark team met up at the Oxbow Trailhead this morning to root on one of our fellow members during her triathlon and it really was a great time! I got in some upper body ST and even a little jogging while we waited for her to complete her run! I felt so good after that, I came home and joined Spark's Spring Into Shape Bootcamp Challenge! I'm sure I was high on all those exercise endorphins, but I joined and there's no going back. I've al... Sat, 5 May 2012 12:49:32 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862331 So I've never thought about making monthly goals. but after reading JOSIEHEALTHY's blog I thought I'd try something new. Since I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things I thought some easy goals that help me get back on track would be a good idea! <BR> <BR> So here they are: <BR> Get at least 8 hours of sleep <BR> Drink at least 8 glasses of water <BR> Exercise at least 4 days a week <BR> Stay in range for sodium intake <BR> <BR> They are simple and easily attainable goals. I th... Wed, 2 May 2012 00:59:58 EST Spring Cleaning is Complete...well almost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841785 Ok, so I didn't get a workout in today, but we managed to cross off the reamining items on my to-do list. Well, except for one that is! I still need to go through my stack og magazines, tear out what articles, recipes, workouts, I want to keep and put them in binders. I have so many magazines it makes the task daunting so I keep putting it off. Instead of overwhelming myself, I'm going to divide the magazine into sections and take 5 or so at a time until I'm done! The only other thing I've be... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:09:01 EST Another Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839794 I woke up full of energy and drive this morning! Instead of vegging watching tv and playing online I got right to work cleaning the house. I made so much progress that before I knew it, it was noon. I got in some upper and lower body ST and then got a full body workout washing my car. <BR> <BR> I still need to tackle the bedroom tomorrow. It just seems to collect so much STUFF! But I do need to lay down some ground rules for Reiko. As a stay at home wife I have NO problem cleaning, but I d... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 18:29:17 EST Starting Over....Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838343 It has been over a month long celebration for me, but I'm finally ready to get back to work. I had a perfect birthday, a fantastic anniversary, my BFF moved back from Washington, and I have really enjoyed getting to do new things with Reiko that we hadn't done before. Now that it's mid-April I'm ready to get back to work on my weight loss. <BR> <BR> We went to the grocery store this weekend and I stocked up on lots of fruits, veggies, and healthy grains. I stayed in range today AND I got a ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:11:31 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784262 Since graduating college in December I've been actively looking for a job. I haven't found much that has piqued my interest. This isn't at all what I had envisioned for my post-graduation life. I thought I would find some fantastic job that I loved and it would change my life. I had hoped against hope it wouldn't be 3 months later and I'd still be unemployed. Maybe I've been to picky. Maybe I should just take a job for the sake of having one. But I've had jobs that paid well, but that I hated... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:47:45 EST My Own Worst Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708908 So this morning was our Saturday morning walk meet-up. If you're in the San Antonio area, regardless of if your on the San Antonio team or not, you should come join us at McAllister Park on Saturday mornings at 9 am. Whether you walk, run, jog, or a combination of those, everyone is welcome. Bring the kids, bring the fur-babies, bring a friend, or just bring yourself! <BR> <BR> But that's not what this blog is about. It's about how we tend to hold ourselves back from success for different r... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:50:23 EST I hate burpees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703971 I HATE burpees. I might hate them more than I hate mountain climbers. But I found myself doing them today, multiple times. Yep, with all my fat jiggling, rolls smacking together, sweat dripping, and heavy panting, I did them. I got all of my 200+ pounds down in plank position and then back up with a slight jump. Was I doing it as fast as she was? Nope! But was I doing it? Hell yeah I was! And I'm going to keep doing it until I can do it better, faster, and not stop for breaks! <BR> <BR> If... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:26:01 EST GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699124 It's almost February, so I am quickly approaching my first goal of the year. I want to weigh 254 by February 1st. I'm currently 258, my next weigh in is tomorrow, so can I do it? I don't know! When I first set that goal I knew it was just the tiniest bit out of reach, but I also knew that with a little hard work and dedication I could probably do it. I've been doing this long enough to know that the scale is not always the best measurement of success and there are all sorts of factors that go... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:04:05 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689648 So it's a little over 2 weeks into January and I'm down 3 lbs! I am sooo happy! All my hard work is paying off! This is really the first time I've been this committed to the life changes I want to make. When it comes to weight loss, what you eat is about 90% of the battle. I'm not only sticking to my nutrition plan, I'm really focusing on my sodium levels which is something I never really worried about before because I just didn't wanna deal with it. The easiest way to do this, is to decrease... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:42:50 EST Useful Information, with links! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686826 I found another YouTube workout that I really enjoyed yesterday and I have to share it with y'all! It's called Belly Off - The Body Weight Routine and it's from Men's Health. It's got some unique twists on traditional moves that dare I say, "made exercise fun"?! Now they use an exercise bench for inverted push ups, but since I don't have one I used a sturdy chair. I would put your chair against a wall for security so you don't end up on your face like I did if you decide to give this a try ha... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:49:30 EST