THEMRS92306's SparkPeople Blog THEMRS92306's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community C25k Week 2 and other random updates I ran Day 1 of week 2 yesterday in 90 degree weather and I felt amazing!!!! I really did not believe I was going to finish all of the intervals when I began my walk to the trail but I did! I pushed myself and kept reminding myself there was a gorgeous pool to jump in to as soon as I finished and got home! <BR> <BR> Then intervals did feel longer but, I suppose that means it's working! I'm not sore today and tomorrow is suppose to be much cooler so, I'm looking forward to that! <BR> <BR... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 13:52:14 EST Only one run left in Week 1! I'm feeling great after today's second c25k run! I can't believe there is only one run standing between me and the end of week one ... and a new running outfit! I'm eating more calories than normal but stayin within my range. Before I started running, I don't think I was eating enough so, now, I am making sure I am getting the energy I need. When I'm not running, I do full body strength workouts or pilates on my active rest day. <BR> <BR> Feeling great and haven't been more confident bef... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 18:11:06 EST I've finally learned ... Slow and steady wins the race. It seems like every time I fail at a diet it's because I keep trying to change everything at once. I have finally figured it out. Small changes = big results. This month I have focused on finding a comfortable calorie range. I have been logging my meals and exercised for the next day on the night before. This way, I already have an idea of what I can and want to eat as soon as I wake up in the morning and then adjust as needed during the day. It has reall... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 20:28:27 EST April Showers ... Well, it's officially spring, and, it's officially time for me to get in shape. This month, I have fully committed to getting in to shape so I can begin to worry about getting pregnant. Here are my goals to lose 10 pounds this month: <BR> <BR> Diet: <BR> 1. Eat no less than 1200 calories but no more than 1400 calories <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water every day. <BR> 3. Eat 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day <BR> 4. Watch my coffee in take <BR> 5. Completely eliminate fast food B... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 15:40:58 EST I can't believe my eyes!!! I don't usually like to brag but I have finally seen the benefits of being serious about this whole thing! When I weighed myself on Sunday morning I discovered that I was down 3.5 pounds from my original weight! I have never before seen that kind of difference in my weight and I feel so pround that I have FINALLY made a difference in my body. <BR> <BR> This week, I got off to a rocky start. On Sunday, I ate all of my calories through dinner at my in-laws' house, Monday was a crash dinner ... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:14:44 EST Why wait till January 1?! I'm getting a jump start on my New Year Resolution and I'm starting today! My vague version of that resolution is to be a more mature, responsible adult and to generally act like the young 23 year old woman I am. <BR> <BR> I have officially been at my job now for a year, have been married for more than two years and have been saying I'm going to lose weight since before I got married. It's time to do something about every aspect of my life. Being "more responsible" really encompasses ever... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:41:43 EST I did it!!! I am so proud of myself for getting my lazy little bum out of bed this morning and doing a pilates workout! I know that I said yesterday in my goals that I would start waking up and doing pilates in the morning but I have said that so many times before, it just sounded like another one of those things I say to convince myself I'm trying. <BR> <BR> I must actually be ready to do this this time!!!! I feel absolutely amazing this morning! This is one streak I plan to keep alive! <BR> <BR> C... Tue, 12 Aug 2008 08:30:30 EST Not this time!!! I'm really running out of time and I DO NOT want to watch another deadline come and go without budging so, here is this week's goals: <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> * At least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. <BR> * 8 glasses of water <BR> * Stay within calories <BR> * No junk food <BR> * Completely cut out any "offenders" EX- junk food, sweets, soda, creamy dressings, fried food, fast food, everything, until I can get a firm grip on my diet. <BR> * Weigh and measure EVERYTHING!!! <BR> <... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:50:43 EST Getting down to the wire If I'm serious about losing this weight before my vacation in Vegas in September, I need to get down to business. I have found that if I set a group of goals each week and check them off at the end of each day, it's a lot easier to reach my long-term goals. Here are my goals for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Keep a food journal every day M/T <BR> 2. Eat more fruits and vegetables M/T <BR> 3. Drink more water M/T <BR> 4. Get at least 30 mins of exercise each day M/T <BR> 5. Absolutely no potat... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:40:41 EST Strange results, but results all the same More attention I give to the food I eat, the less food I realize I don't actually enjoy. <BR> <BR> Por ejemplo, I just ordered a chicken grilled stuft burrito meal from Taco Bell, got back to the office sat down to eat it and realized, she didn't give me the hot sauce I had asked for. I decided it didn't matter so I took the first bite out of my burrito and let out and audible groan of disgust. It was awful!! So my new resolution is "If you need to smother it in condiments to enjoy it, ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 12:41:04 EST Okay, I've seen enough So, the goal for this week was to track my food and take a good, hard look at what I was doing wrong. I've seen quite enough. I am now painfully aware that I have been making blatant mistakes that no one could ever lose weight while doing. From this afternoon on, the crap food has got to go. I'm going to have to go a little extreme for a while until I can teach myself how much "a little bit" really is. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, from now on, I pack a lunch every day. One of my biggest probl... Thu, 15 May 2008 12:52:52 EST So far so good I don't know if I've lost or will lose any weight this week but I am doing very well with meeting the other goals I have set for myself this week. I can't believe how much unnecessary crap I have been eating. I have a feeling just eliminating potato chips and ranch dressing alone will take off 5 pounds! And, now that I think more about it, those two things and what they actually are, is sort of gross lol! <BR> Next week will be much more geared toward losing weight, I really needed this ... Wed, 14 May 2008 13:09:17 EST Day 1 - Again! I am recommiting myself, again to this god-forsaken task. I have decided that extremism is not my style. I'd rather be happy with a piece of chocolate cake once in a while than thin and never eating what I really want. However, I recognize that maybe I have gone a little overboard in the past with how much I allow myself to enjoy those things. Today I am taking a new approach. And I mean it this time. I have bought the "French Women Don't Get Fat" books and have taken a lesson from them... Mon, 12 May 2008 10:23:28 EST I don't think this counts lol I had originally planned to pack a lunch for work all week long. Today however, I ended up in a business lunch at Applebee's. I don't necessarily think this should count against my challenge because there wasn't much I could do about it, plus, I did very well. I ordered the shrimp and spinach salad and tomato bisque combo meal. Delicious and not too bad for me! <BR> <BR> For the rest of the week I will back, only two more days, and if I succeed, I get to buy a new pair of earrings from b... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 18:49:11 EST Starting the week off right! I never thought I would say this but, I love Boca Burgers! I bought them this weekend and decided they would be good to microwave and add to a salad AND THEY ARE! I just had a salad with endive, onions, peppers, cucumbers and some shredded cheddar cheese then, I cooked a burger, cut it up and put it over my salad and it was delicious! <BR> This may be a good way to convince myself to take the time to pack a lunch from now on! In fact, I think that is going to be a personal challenge of mi... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:14:15 EST It's Spring time! It may still be in the 50s and it may be raining off and on until May but, it's spring! That means, whenever possible I get to ditch my workout dvds for the summer and hit the trails around town on my bike or take Rufus for that 5 mile walk we've been dying to do! I love it! Now that I can get outside and do stuff that I love, the pounds should just melt off! Outer Banks here I come, the new 140-pound me is on its way! Thu, 3 Apr 2008 12:30:54 EST Time to get down to business My hubby's cousin and his wife came over today for a bit and she told me that she had lost a ton of weight. Unbeknownst to her I'm always in secret competition with her, I have no idea why but I am. So when she told me that she was at MY GOAL WEIGHT and I was still 20+ pounds away I became internally livid! So now, I'm on a mission. By the time the family beach trip rolls around, I will look my hottest ever! I guarantee it! To start things off, I'm going to bust my back to lose 5 pounds... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 20:07:27 EST All my diet needed was some sunshine! It's not very warm yet in Western Pa, only about 45 degrees but the sun is bright and is lasting much longer than just weeks ago! As I bounced from meeting to meeting today and as I drove to my lunch meeting, I became totally compelled to make a new start. Now, granted I did eat french fries on my salad today but, I didn't eat them all, I just had a taste and I didn't drench my salad in dressing, I simply dipped my fork into the cup before picking up my food. <BR> Tonight, we plan to have t... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:03:44 EST I need someone to make me accountable!! Ok this may be absolutely ridiculous but, is there anyone willing to sparkmail me daily this week just to see if I'm meeting my goals? I know this may sound like a bit much but I REALLY need to get back on track and I feel like answering to someone may make me think about things a little more. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, Here are my Mini-Goals: <BR> {1} Measure out all of my foods- when at home or able to, (This may be hard on Sunday for Easter) <BR> {2} Eat all of my meals at home on 9" plates o... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:00:22 EST "I'm only one stomach flu away from my goal weight" This week's mini goals: <BR> Finish out the week by alternating Billy Blank's Boot camp DVDs <BR> Eat more fruits and vegetables <BR> Drink more water <BR> <BR> I have really slacked off lately after being sick and everything. Plus, after seeing how much weight I lost after being sick, I kind of used it as justification to not worry as much about what I've been eating. I know this is very bad so I just need to get back on track, after all, our June beach vacation is coming up very quickly ... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:06:37 EST Re-evaluating my goals So I have been thinking about things and I am beginning to believe that maybe being super thin isn't for me. I have decided to tailor my expectations a little bit. My initial goal was to be around 135 to 130 at the end of this whole process. Recently, I've began to learn to love my curves and have decided I look good with a little extra meat on my bones. I am, by no means, giving up on my weight loss, I'm simply re-evaluating what I think is right for me. I have decided that instead of ... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 16:07:44 EST Recommitment - 5 pounds by Easter! All right, so, I finally think I might be able to muster up the energy to start easing back in to working out. I've been sick for a week and a half and haven't worked out for an entire week but I think I might be able to start doing a bit now that I can finally breath again. I've lost 4 pounds from being sick and I know that that isn't how you're suppose to lose it but I am going to take this opportunity to teach my body that I might only need a certain amount of food to get through the day... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 12:42:17 EST I'm sick of being sick!!! Hubby has not been able to shake a head cold he has had for 3 weeks now and I just got over a sinus infection to promptly be stuffed up with a sore throat and ringing ears. I really want to work out today but I don't know if I have it in me. I suppose I could just do pilates and call it a day. Part of the reason I'm having such a hard time with losing weight is because I haven't felt a sense of normalcy since Christmas! I'm losing my mind! I think I'm beginning to develop spring fever! Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:10:10 EST A bit of a food deboccle I started the day off innocently enough, a handful of nuts and dried fruit washed down by morning coffee for breakfast. I was running late this morning so it's the best I could do. Then, sticking with my healthy trend today, I thought I'd stop by McDonald's for a Southwest Chicken Salad *hold the dressing* for lunch. <BR> Much to my dismay, it's gone, no longer on the menu, nil! What does a girl do at noon at the McDonald's drive-thru with a string of cars waiting behind you? I suppose ma... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:07:18 EST Lifestyle Scale Rating "Very Healthy"! I finally did it! I have entered everything I plan to eat and my anticipated workout for today and I have finally done it! I got a Very Healthy rating on my healthy lifestyle scale. It has made me realize that I don't eat very much fruits and vegetables and that is what I've been missing. I feel very good about this week right now! I might FINALLY lose some weight! This summer might actually be the summer that I'm the hot chick in the Victoria's Secret bikini!!! I have a few but I'll w... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:53:32 EST Eating what I want I truly believe I'm starting to get the hang of this! I think part of the reason I have trouble losing weight is because I absolutely refuse to cut any ONE food item out of my diet. I am of the belief that if you can't do it and still eat normal food, it's just not worth it. I have however, at least today, found a way to eat, within moderation, whatever I want as long as I cut back a bit on portion sizes and cook food in the healthiest way possible. <BR> Today, so far, I had a cranber... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:36:14 EST Goals * Week of Feb. 17 * It's time to get very serious about all of this. Summer gets closer every day and I haven't made any progress so, I am going to establish goals every week, and if I stick to them, I reward myself on the weekend. <BR> This week's goals are: <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> 2. Only eat fast food with my hubby (This may sound silly but, we don't eat it very often together, I eat it more for lunch than anything so, if I eliminate that, I'll be on the right track) <BR> 3. Work out for... Sat, 16 Feb 2008 18:38:15 EST Fasting I'm Catholic and for my entire life (including 12 years of Catholic school), I've been taught that you should fast on Fridays during Lent as well as abstain from eating meat. My family typically just kept the abstaining part but now I think I want to fast as well. Would it be unhealthy for me to fast while trying to lose weight? The college girl that has lived on an orange a day, inside of me says, "HELLYES it's ok! You'll deffinitely lose weight doing that!" but the me that has grown up ... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:25:34 EST Sled riding for cardio! After logging my food choices for today, I decided to bounce over to the fitness section of my start menu to see if there was any way I could get cardio credit for going sled riding this afternoon. Turns out, two hours of sled riding is 1153 calories burned! <BR> If all cardio could be that fun, I'd do two hour sessions every single day! It was 10 degrees here today with a wind chill of -25 and I was out there with my husband and my siblings-in-law for two hours. I'm proud of my self but, ... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 22:29:12 EST Much calmer today!! Anyone who read my blog entry last night knows I was losing my mind a little bit. That may have been because I had baked brownies last night and at 11 o'clock I was sitting here stuffed to the gills knowing I really shouldn't have eaten one that late at night. Strangely enough, I added it to my food log, and I was still within my calorie range. <BR> The past week was extremely stressful, hubby was sick, had a lot of work engagements and very much wanted to recommit myself to this weight los... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 11:33:54 EST Beginning to stress out! All right, one of the biggest reasons I want to lose weight is so that when I begin to have babies, I'm at a healthy weight and I don't have to play catch up afterwards. I'm really beginning to stress because my husband and I had said that that time would probably be this summer. I'm NO WHERE NEAR MY GOAL! or even a healthy weight for that matter. I'm not even sure I want to have babies this soon! I'm only 22. Why does this need to be a priority. I finally have my husband convinced we ... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 23:37:28 EST Food is my enemy I know you're not suppose to say this but, food is my nemesis. I work out every day and now I'm beginning to realize that the thing that I am doing wrong is still my eating habits. I stay within my calorie range but, my other areas are a different story. <BR> <BR> I am making a mid-week goal, no more junk food! Today it was just so hard. Since it is Ash Wednesday and as a Catholic, I can't eat meat, I got a tuna salad sub (Bad enough on its own) and to compliment it, a bag of chips! I c... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 13:34:42 EST Beginning to lose hope I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Well, I do, I just don't know how to fix it. It is so hard to eat healthy and still plan meals that my husband will eat. I did buy the Cooking Light Magazine Cookbook and it has a lot of wonderful recipes that I'm excited to try. Infact, this week's entire dinner menu is from that cookbook. I just don't know what I need to do to break that 170 lb. mark. I know that once I get down to like 165 I'll be much more motivated to lose weight I just feel like ... Tue, 5 Feb 2008 08:33:03 EST 90-day Review I can't believe I have been at my new job for 90 days already but apparently I have! Today is my 90-day review and I am freaking out a bit because I know that I have made some rookie mistakes along the way. <BR> To make matters worse, I have had a terrible tension headache for two days now! I am munching on almonds with my breakfast to help make it go away * Almonds are like a natural Ibuprofen!* Well, I just came here to vent a little bit. I think tonight will be my kickboxing DVD to b... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 07:42:28 EST Breaking Even All right, I'll admit, yesterday, I did not get to workout, at all. I had a ton of work to get caught up on and by the time I got home, I just wanted to chill out. I completely justified this because my little sister wanted to come over and hang out before she went to her high school's basketball game so, naturally, she came first. <BR> I was feeling sort of crappy about not starting the week off very well until this morning. I decided that since it was raining today instead of being so... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:54:05 EST Half-way to my first mini-goal My first mini-goal is to lose 10 pounds by Valentine's Day. When I weighed myself yesterday, as I do each Sunday, I have lost 5 pounds. All I need to do now is watch what I eat and stick with my exercises. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to show up at the Memorial Day picnics in the cutest little pair of seer-sucker-style bermuda shorts and little tank top or t-shirt (depending on the weather) and have everyone tell how beautiful I look. <BR> <BR> I want to be the hot little wife that my husband... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:38:46 EST