TARANITUP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TARANITUP TARANITUP'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/ Happy First Birthday Emerson!!! Pics time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668500 Can't believe my baby is 1! Never has a year gone faster for me. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554051739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She has been walking since 9 months, this crazy ball of energy!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359827748.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783769104.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l212664026.jpg"> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:03:50 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661595 Ok, fiscal year end is over, the endless work hours and stressed out binge eating is done. Time to get back to basics with my health and fitness. March was not without its scars - including being up about 4 lbs more than I have been in a while. So its now back to the grindstone. Eating as clean as I can... moving my body alot... I have a plan, Stan. <BR> <BR> I will need to be in a bathing suit in 3 weeks. It's time to focus!!! <BR> <BR> Todays Weight: 164 <BR> Goal Weight by April 20: 155 ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:58:40 EST Why I Haven't Been Blogging Here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600053 I have taken a bit of a Spark hiatus because I'm branching out. I still us SP to track my food and exercise, as well as many other things, but I am "Keeping it real" now by maintaining a blog that I also share with "real life" people instead of just others in my same boat. So if you are interested in keeping up with me, please make a tumblr account and "follow" me! <BR> <BR> http://taranitup30.tumblr.com/ Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:10:22 EST Fun Festive Day at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563522 Today is a fun day here at Olympus. We have a big holiday luncheon and even better... a 3 pm dismissal! Right in time for a whopper of a snowstorm tomorrow morning. I'm feeling the holiday cheer! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1617160344.jpg"> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:49:22 EST Another 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560734 I completed my second 5k this weekend and set the goal of beating my PR of 28:48. It was much more uphill than the other one I did so I wasn't sure I would beat it. I got off to a much faster start..I think my first mile pace was around 8:05... For me that is incredibly fast. The second mile was almost all hills so I kept trying to figure out what I needed to do to still beat my time. With a half mile left I was regretting starting so fast... Really out of breath and had a side stitch and was... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:32:06 EST It's all In the FOOD Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535706 As a follow up to my last blog about focusing more on food this month... I'm practicing what I have been preaching and it is working! I have been doing a lot of Hungry Girl recipes... so easy!!! And yummy too... and so far I have seen drops in the scale every single day. Started November at 164.0 and today saw 160.9. So I hope I can keep this trend going! <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend all! Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:42:32 EST November Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528997 October I did fine - I pretty much maintained my weight - but I cut soda 100% completely out of my diet. The problem with that? I ate a piece of chocolate every time I would have gone for a diet soda so I was replacing 0 calories with... calories! We have a new temp in our department who seems to feel she needs to earn our love and acceptance by bringing in food and candy... EVERY DAY. I happen to sit right next to the table she sets said food up on :( I also had a business trip with a LOT of... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:24:27 EST Forever 21 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526329 I decided last week that I need to get back on the strengh training wagon because I truly feel my best when I am doing those types of workouts so I set up a 21 day mini challenge. It's called Forever 21 for 2 reasons - 21 days, and each daily workout must be at least 21 minutes. <BR> <BR> I really like 7 different workout groups on YouTube (Fitness Blender, XHit, Pop Sugar, Be Fit, Blogilates, and I can't think of the last 2 at the moment). I put in an envelope 21 days of workouts (3 each f... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:27:41 EST My First 5K Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522433 I'm sure it might come as a surprise that I'd never run a race before this past Saturday, but even though I have run the distance plenty of times, never officially in a race. I was a little leery of it because I have gotten to a slow start with running since Emerson's birth - some hip pain is a big part of it - and my pace has DEFINITELY slowed post-baby. In fact, I ran 3.1 miles three nights before the race on my treadmill... hated almost every second of it... and it took me almost 37 minute... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:07:41 EST Will Update More Later But.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519202 I am on a business trip in beautiful Hermosa Beach, CA... loving it! Daddy is doing great with the girlies at home and I am enjoying a change of scenery. I also finished my first 5K on Saturday, I'll give that it's own blog when things calm down. Take care! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:20:14 EST Motivator of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513028 Well yesterday Spark decided I was the MOtivator of the Day, and my profile was featured on the Motivation page. First off, THANK YOU SPARK! I remember how honored I felt when I first found out that enough people had clicked "This Member motivates me" to get that title and I am still very thankful for that. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER - I do feel unfortunate that my page was featured NOW when I am feeling NOT AS motivational to others as I have in the past. I am struggling a bit in my own journey wi... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:36:18 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500115 1. No soda. 31 soda free days. No exceptions. Not a sip. <BR> 2. Floss teeth 2x per day, every day. <BR> 3. Get a 10 day streak of no nail biting. <BR> 4. 5K running training program (essentially 3 runs/week) starting the 14th. <BR> 5. Strength training - do 4 fitness blender workouts weekly - 1 upper, 1 lower, 1 core, 1 full <BR> 6. No weigh in until November 1 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:44:32 EST New car... And new approach to fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497459 So I am super excited for my new car. Both my husband and I had SUVs and our combined monthly payment for them was 1100/ month. My husband recently inherited a family car for free and we decided it was time to trade in both trucks...get me a car and free up some cash flow so we can save the way we need to. So I had to say bye to my jeep and my Tahoe... And say hello to this sexy beast! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1060830898.jpg"> <BR> It's beautiful, fun, fits my ... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:22:27 EST My Precious Babies :) Photo Shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490367 Finally got around to some professional photos of Gianna (4 years) and Emerson (5 months). Enjoy - I did! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458754335.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1115422384.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332130516.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699170499.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49210978.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:14:17 EST Can I Salvage September? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490360 I had an AWESOME August. The focus was on food first, running & strength exercise goals. I lost a good amount of weight. September I have seen the calorie range creeping back up. I've still been staying in range but haven't been seeing many 1300-1400 calorie says - closer to 1600ish. And it shows, because I am still hovering right around where I started September. But I've clamped down the past 2 days and plan to for the remainder of September. Let's hope I can drop at least a few lbs so I wo... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:02:33 EST Catch Up Time - Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l179732188.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937368585.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007412614.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996867765.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150917981.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967737014.jpg"> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:50:05 EST Change in Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480620 All my life, I think of a meal as a "main event" plus a "side show" - essentially one large item (sandwich, piece of meat, etc.) and a side. Lately I've been making whole meals out of different side shows. My most awesome meal lately came Friday from my work cafe - servings of curried cous cous, bruschetta, roasted zucchini/cauliflower, and a few veggie potstickers. Nothing was the predominant "main event" but I ended that meal feeling totally satisfied and satiated. I like this - a bit of th... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:19:40 EST "8" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476830 I remember from the first part of my weight loss journey how wonderful it felt to finally get into a pants size 8 after a lifetime of squeezing into 12/14 and sometimes probably needed even higher but refused. Now that I've had another baby since then and had to begrudgingly go back and wear larger sizes again, I'm feeling the same elation for a second time as I slipped comfortably into an 8 his morning. <BR> <BR> Finally I am making steady progess and am on a roll. It truly motivates me to... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:39:57 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474410 *Burn 10% more calories than I did in August. August was 10,150 calories so I am aiming for 11,165 this month. That equates to an average of 372/day. <BR> <BR> *Stay in food range 24 of 30 days (or more :) <BR> <BR> *Max Pushups - Do them, all the time!!! As many as I can daily! <BR> <BR> *Planks every day and hold it until I almost die :) <BR> <BR> *Follow 10k training plan (or as much as is possible with a hip that sometimes really hurts me!) <BR> <BR> *Lose 4.3 lbs to end up at 155.5 ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:05:38 EST Oh How I have Missed This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466844 I finally have affirmation that I am in fact starting to get fit again. On my way out of the daycare at lunch (after I had just run 1.5 miles which I have gotten into the habit of doing on lunch break), the co-director of the center who also just had a baby said, "Tara, WHAT are you doing to get so skinny so fast?" AHHH. I had forgotten how good it feels. Granted, I'm not skinny (nor TRYING to be - strong is more my style) but at least I can finally feel I am getting where I want (NEED) to be... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:09:36 EST 10K Training Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462075 Next week I'm going to start training for a 10K. I don't have a 10K scheduled but I have never run that distance (I think I maxed out at 5.5 miles) so what the heck, I'll push myself to run a 10K. I do have a 5K scheduled for December 7 so maybe all this training will help me do well on that run :) <BR> <BR> We'll see how it goes, you know me and how I like a set plan! <BR> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:48:44 EST Streaks Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460775 My weight is continuing to drop with the streak challenge... it's so important to build consistency and August has been my proof of that. Can't wait for my Friday weight in as my T.O.M. will be over and I should see some great results as direct correlation to my good eating and exercising streaks. Win all around! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:00:27 EST Date night with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452925 My parents took both girls for the weekend so we had a real date night. I am finally losing steady weight and feeling sexy so that added to my enjoyment. Ridiculously expensive meal and drinks... Way over range... But great quality time with the man I love... I wouldn't change a thing! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1202859947.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1766633361.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103349983.jpg"> <img sr... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:36:44 EST Good Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449810 I'm glad to stay my August has started strong with 8 days straight of strength, 8 days of running, and most importantly of all, 8 day straight of eating in range. I was rewarded with a full 2 lb loss this morning. Yay! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:50:54 EST August Streaking Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441271 Tomorrow I will be starting a challenge through my BARS Sparkgroup that involves streaking. The object is to pick 3 streaks (one food-related, one exercise-related, and one general healthy-living. We will earn points for each consecutive day we streak. <BR> <BR> Although I technically only need to choose 3 for the challenge, I'm going to do a few extra. <BR> <BR> FOOD: <BR> Stay in calorie range (for challenge) <BR> No "picking" - off childs plate, piece of candy, nothing <BR> <BR> EXERCIS... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:53:21 EST July Has Not Been My Friend :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437539 My weight is stuck again! I am only charging myself to lose about 4 lbs each month and this month that does not appear to be happening. A couple reasons - we have my stepson this entire month and have been doing something every weekend to keep us all busy... which means more eating out. Vacations up the wazoo... no home cooking. And with my stepson here I try to respect his sleep schedule and that cuts into my working out time. But it will be ok - my goal at this point is to just maintain thi... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:17:09 EST Summer Trips with Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422842 We've been having a great summer doing different things with the kids... lakes, NYC, and tomorrow leaving for a rustic cabin in Virginia til Sunday. It's been such a blessing to have so many fun family memories! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760427665.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986651655.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501232797.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:41:06 EST Status Update on 10 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417909 Hello friends :) <BR> <BR> Here we are on day 4 of 10 for my trying to do everything right challange. Things are going great! I am such a visual person - I have my dry erase sectioned off into different areas - Steps, Calories In, Pushups, Plank, Water, and Strength Workouts. Every day I aim to increase the good stuff (darn me for doing 14,000 steps on day 1 when I was all gung ho - getting harder to increase each day!) and keep the calories under 1500 each day. So far doing great on everyth... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:38:28 EST Ahh Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416621 There are literally no excuses to not get some fitness in each day. I get bored easily so I like a lot of different sources for workouts. Gone are the days where I do a set of DVD's for a full month. Now at the snap of the finger (or click of the mouse) I can get any and every kind of workout I have ever imagined. <BR> <BR> I currently pull workouts from the following sources: <BR> Skimble Phone (Android) App <BR> IPad apps <BR> Youtube <BR> Various free websites (SP, Doyogawithme, etc. etc.... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:54:16 EST 10 Days of "Perfection" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414098 After a pretty active but also food-centered long weekend, I am finding the need to get back to good, especially with the eating. So I am doing the next 10 days, which leads to our family vacation, eating as close to perfect as I can. I am tracking and will try to stay toward the lower end of my range as often as possible. I will be doing my standard exercise but the focus is on food. The focus is also off the scale... it is tucked away under the bathroom sink until Wed July 17. I have a feel... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:27:57 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404360 Just a weight update... it has been very slow going but now I am doing about a pound to a pound and a half per week. Sometimes it frustrates me but I have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady is the best way to lose weight. I might not be having big 4 lb weeks, but I am not a contestant on the Biggest Loser... I have all the time I need to get healthy and stay that way. I am now down 33 lbs from the day I gave birth with about 20 left to get to prebaby weight. And 27 to get to ultima... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:42:34 EST Chobani Steppin' It Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402257 Just had to say I am really digging the snack choices from Chobani... the "bite" yogurts that are 100 calories and satisfy the sweet tooth, and now the "Flip" portions that come with yogurt and tasty add ins while still being pretty nutritious. YUM! Glad I found these :) Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:03:54 EST What I am Up To - in Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392398 I am back to work now so my blogs may become fewer and further between. But I am still keeping the Spark alive. I am doing well on my fitness journey finally. Starting to drop some weight and feeling like I'm doing things right. My plan of action is to get my 20 minutes (or more) first thing in the morning. Emmy normally wakes up around 5 and will eat and then snooze for another hour and a half so that's my window of opportunity. Then I will get ready and help my family get out the door. Firs... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:51:34 EST A Radical Change in Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387943 I have really been thinking about where I am and where I am going on my fitness journey. This week I shifted my focus from exercise to food, in the short term, to see if it would help the scale which has been STUCK in the low 170s for weeks. WEEKS, friends. The weight should have been pouring off me post-baby, right? Getting those pounds off should have been like taking candy from a baby, no pun intended. But it hasn't been, and the pounds have not been. I have been exercising like a FIEND fr... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:27:39 EST Christening Weekend - Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384186 I stayed in range all weekend! It was a great weekend with the exception of the receptionist at the restaurant we had our big family meal at after the church... she asked me if I knew what I was having yet... apparently I still look pregnant enough to ask that. It really ruined my mood for a few hours! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50036450.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174929069.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:12:05 EST Food vs. Exercise - Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382170 I am struggling with the scale not reflecting the work I feel I am putting in so I am trying something different this weekend. I am going to focus almost solely on what goes into my mouth instead of trying to crank out tons of fitness minutes. Because lets face it, I am putting in the time, working out hard, and according to my heart rate monitor, burning over 400 calories each day. So why am I stuck at the exact same weight for weeks? It has to be the food. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking -... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 07:54:58 EST May Fitness Wrap-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377797 May was a great month for me fitness-wise. The scale hasn't quite caught up with me but I am confident it will have to soon... so I'll keep plugging away! <BR> <BR> Here are the May stats. <BR> <BR> Activity / Goal / Actual / % <BR> Pushups / 515 / 569 / 110% <BR> Planks / 23.25 / 30.35 / 131% (these #s represent minutes spent in full plank position) <BR> Minutes / 1400 / 1869 / 134% <BR> <BR> I also had 10.64 miles of running when i hadn't made a goal to have any, not knowing if I'd... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:22:28 EST Just For Fun... Out of Mouths of Babes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374014 Just for some comic relief... attached is a link to a blog I keep for my 3 year old to show her how funny she was "back then"... I am currently working to catch up but there are some cute and funny ones! <BR> <BR> <link>giannaszingers2012.blogspot.com/ </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 21:04:59 EST Perfect Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371349 Just gotta praise God again... for the good babies he gives me! I work very hard in the first weeks of my kids lives to get them on a schedule. I am very schedule driven and that's how I want them to be. In fact, I have an app that helps me keep all the baby care stuff straight. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! every time I feed her - click a button, write how many ounces, and it keeps track. Change a diaper, another click. By the end of the day I can see how much she has eaten, peed, pooped, etc... (It... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:35:53 EST Holy Bad Eating Weekend Batman! - and a new Baby pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370586 I just got back from a long weekend in Boston with my husband and kids - my stepson lives up there so we go fairly often. It was a great time and we stayed really active! <BR> <BR> Let me focus on that first - the good part. I got over 10,000 all 4 days - even both days that we had the 5+ hour car trip. The day we left I got up at the crack of dawn to run so I would have a head start on steps and this morning I hit up the hotel gym to do the same while my little family slept comfy :) We went... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:58:11 EST Morning Exercise Making a Comeback? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365297 I just got finished with a great, sweaty elliptical session. I was reading a book with fairly short (4-5 page chapters) so I started on level 10 elliptical and each time I finished a chapter I would go down a level for the next chapter. Also between each chapter I would do 10 pushups. My HRM says it was a 28 minute / 281 calorie session. Not too shabby for 5:15 am. My baby is now starting to sleep later and later (this moring was 4:50 yay! I pretty much consider that sleeping thru the night -... Thu, 23 May 2013 06:27:23 EST Getting Ambitious for June - ZWOW Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364361 I am starting to feel my body getting strong and fit again after the baby - it took a few weeks postpartum for hormones to even out but I feel I am there (regular cycle started back up which I have been told is the starting point for normalcy hehe). So I am working hard this month to get some strength back and the extra pounds off which is happening, slowly but surely. <BR> <BR> June I am going to start back up with pushing myself further - a ZWOW challenge with my friend TRICIA4626 from wor... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:25:38 EST New Start Pic - and My First Jog with Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358446 I'm feeling pretty good about things today and this whole week. I seem to have turned a corner with the stuckness I was feeling previously. In fact last night I decided to see if Emerson is ready to go in the jogging stroller because I finally feel I can do a slow paced run without my organs falling out of my vajajay. Sweet! <BR> <BR> So today was our first jog - I took it nice and slow, short and sweet. My only real goal was to go over 1/2 a mile and try to keep the pace at 11:00 mile or b... Thu, 16 May 2013 10:47:34 EST WOWZA (I'm Back) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357382 I'm baaaaaack! You may be thinking, "But Tara, you never left! You have had a perfect attendance at Sparkpeople for the past 30 months? what do you mean you are back?" <BR> <BR> Oh, I am back. <BR> <BR> I have finally gotten into my GROOVE the past 3 days. I have been eating FANTASTIC foods. I have been doing PHENOMENAL workouts. I feel great. amazing. fantastic. <BR> <BR> The scale is moving... in the direction I want it to. It will still take me quite sometime to get where I want to be b... Wed, 15 May 2013 11:55:34 EST New Game Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352610 I have come to peace with the fact that I had a totally unrealistic expectation on how quickly I could lose my pregnancy weight. Instead of planning to be back to my pre-baby size (and less) by the middle of this summer, in 3 months, I've extended it to February when I'll be turning 30. This allows me to take it at a slow and manageable pace and I am hoping will not burn me out and frustrate me when things don't happen extremely quickly. So I've set my weight expectations for each month and I... Fri, 10 May 2013 22:30:27 EST Mounting Frustrations and Fat Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349604 Ugh... It is really not very often that I have to vent about weight loss because in the past, when I know I am doing the right things, I LOSE WEIGHT. Period. <BR> <BR> That does not seem to be the case right now. I gained 39 pounds with the pregnancy. However, to get to my ultimate goal, I'd like to lose an additional 21 pounds for a grand total of 60. So I knew the first few weeks postpartum, my body would be going through a ton of changes and weight would be coming off daily. That did happ... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:39:26 EST April Fitness Wrap - Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341937 Well folks, in April...a baby was born unto me! (Hehe). So I wasn't sure how my fitness minutes would play out. I set pretty low goals since I expected to be sidelined for weeks. You know me, though... I had to have some kind of activity. So, I blew away my April goals. I also now know what I am capable of even with 2 children so I have revised my total year goals upward (I had given myself another huge break for May that I really don't need). <BR> <BR> Here are the April stats. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:54:13 EST Five Pound Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338575 Tomorrow I have decided to launch a one week challenge for myself - a kick start to my post baby weight loss, if you will. I will weigh in Monday morning first thing and would like to see a 5 lb loss by next Monday morning. <BR> <BR> How will I do it? <BR> <BR> Track food every day and eat WELL <BR> Walks daily with Emerson <BR> Circuit training (probably mostly Jillian although avoiding some of the plyo until I'm fully healed in the pelvic/abdominal wall) <BR> <BR> I have been doing ok b... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:33:26 EST Fun Fitness Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331569 Today I kicked off a fitness project that I think I'll really enjoy. I have a pretty extensive collection of workout DVDs and have never really been able to judge which ones are best and most effective in terms of calorie burn. So what I am setting out to do on my maternity leave is to do each workout with my new Polar FT4 heart rate monitor and document how many calories I burned with each. That way I will know which ones pack the most powerful punch. <BR> <BR> I just did level 1 of JM 30 D... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:25:28 EST Crazy Goal?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329971 I am feeling a tad bit invincible today. I started my food tracking and have done great - low end of a fairly low range (which will change once I can ramp up my workout intensity in a few weeks) - and have gotten a good amount of light exercise in today. I love the empowered feeling of doing the right thing for your body! <BR> <BR> So then I started looking at my monthly goals. As I said in a past blog, I set a pretty low minutes goal - 495 - for April, due to knowing I'd be giving birth. I ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:48:52 EST