TIFFA409's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIFFA409 TIFFA409'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/ 93 to no resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789732 Including today, I have 93 days left in this year. 93 days to get an exercise routine in place and healthy eating habits re-established in my life so when New Year's comes around, I won't need a resolution. I will already be living the new life I want. <BR> <BR> For the next 31days, I will: <BR> Have at least 10 minutes of exercise a day 6/7 days and <BR> Eat at least 3 freggies every day <BR> <BR> On the last day of October, I will check my goals and see if anything needs a change <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:04:13 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773533 As part of my 5% Fall challenge I need to make a list of my reasons for my weight loss journey. Here goes... <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> I want to change my energy level and to be up to any activity I decide I want to... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:59:11 EST The school year's coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760374 I have to admit, I am excited for the new school year to begin! I will be working with a new student and with that will come new challenges and new rewards. Beyond that, I am excited to have the structure re-established in my life. During the summer I wait tables which is great for getting fitness minutes but wreaks havoc on my eating. With the school schedule, I have to eat my meals at a certain time and only at those times. I have to plan and pack. It is wonderful for me in that as... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:34:39 EST needing success in fitness and eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745051 Since I am waiting tables this summer I am getting tons of fitness minutes in and easily 5-10 miles a day. I am very happy with this. My problem is I have lost all of the healthy eating habits I had developed. Now that it isn't raining every day, I am going to plan lots of grilling meals. Chicken and veggies on the grill taste great and keep the heat outside of the house :-) I cannot keep giving in and ordering pizza or burgers and fries after my shift. I have lots of healthy food at ho... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:53:20 EST 9 more sleeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700859 Until I am a married woman! It is hard to believe that the day is nearly here! I haven't done much in the way of progress towards my weight loss goals as of lately. On the other hand, I haven't gained any weight either so I call it good. Stress eating has happened but not to the levels or extent that it used to. I am slowly learning nit to eat my emotions and I am proud of that. I am doing my best to not worry too much about the details and yet still do the best I can to make the weddin... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:38:35 EST The wedding dress didn't fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671928 It didn't fit anywhere. And I am ok with it <em>334</em> I ordered it one size too small back in the Fall. Now, in the Spring, it is too big. I have to have it taken in everywhere but in the bust. It has to be let out in the bust, I guess this doesn't surprise me but I though it had gotten smaller than that. I am so happy with my dress- finally seeing it in the right color took away any apprehensions I had. It is beautiful! I did learn that the shoes I purchased HAVE TO go back. ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:43:45 EST Small accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669743 I ran the mile with my HS freshmen yesterday and I even beat some of them. I am even more proud that after we went into the weight room and they collapsed into puddles on the floor. I went to the treadmill and put in another mile and a half. One actually asked me "how are you still going?!" I felt a sense of pride when she asked that. I am more than twice their age, damaged physically and overweight and they were impressed with my effort. Although my time for the mile wasn't great, I st... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:31:11 EST It moved, it moved, it finally moved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669031 The scale finally moved! I am officially down another 2 lbs! Imagine that... Start tracking everything and being accountable for every bite and sip and adding more fitness minutes and I lose weight? Who knew? Ok, ok, we all knew <em>20</em> Only 8 more lbs to get back to where I was at the end of the summer and then of course more yet to goal weight. The point is, I finally stopped getting in my own way and am making progress. <BR> <BR> Things that have helped: <BR> 1) tracking <... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:05:22 EST Good news/bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663911 The good news is our elliptical machine finally arrived and we put it together tonight. I look forward to having it here in our home! <BR> <BR> For the bad news: my Uncle Alan passed away this morning. He had his first round of chemo yesterday and went home. He claimed to be feeling well this morning and then passed on in the same morning. It was unexpected and took the family by surprise, he was only 53 years old. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:35:43 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662673 We ordered an elliptical machine online. The original delivery was supposed to happen last Thursday/Friday. Many versions of that delivery date later, the new story is it is supposed to come tomorrow. I want to be excited but I have been disappointed too many times. <BR> <BR> I really can't wait for it to get here though. It was a big investment for us and I would like to start using it as soon as possible! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:17:59 EST Dear wedding dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660950 I am so excited to meet you. I know currently we aren't a perfect fit. I promise to do everything in my power to fix that before we meet at the dress fitting. My elliptical machine should be waiting for me by the time I get home from work today. I will have regular "dates" with him to help me reach this goal. I also pledge to make responsible, healthy choices in the kitchen and avoid going out to eat to keep my eating in focus. You are important to me and I will make you a priority. If... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:35:44 EST We bought an elliptical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656185 I am so excited that we finally bought an elliptical machine for our house! We finally pulled the trigger- cancelled our gym memberships and invested in home exercise equipment. I would have a long time ago in life, but until this last year I rented wherever I lived and I couldn't imagine moving the machine each time I moved. Now that I know I won't be moving for several years at the very least it has become time. <BR> <BR> I am so excited for how many excuses this is going to eliminate ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:54:49 EST I am going to beat this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642121 We are heading to the Minneapolis this weekend. Usually any time I head to the Twin Cities, it becomes an open check to eat whatever I want. Not this time! I know I can't stop us from going out to eat, but I can make healthy choices! <BR> <BR> It should be a fun weekend! We are buying our wedding bands since the store is having a sale! We are also buying a new car for me. I didn't want one yet but an accident a few weeks ago decided that for me. The insurance company decided to tota... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:29:24 EST 4/60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635355 I have logged a total of 4 workouts in 4 days, success so far! Today I put in45 minutes on the elliptical. The true test will be this weekend! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:29:26 EST Feeling frustrated with the fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634283 I use my heart rate monitor to get the most accurate total of calorie burn. Unfortunately to get the total calories and total time to match I have to list things I didn't actually do. Does anyone know if there is a way to just list the minutes of exercise and total calorie burn? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:18:06 EST The dress!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633376 A few people have asked to see my wedding dress and as my fiancé isn't on here I think it is safe :-). I am having a corseted back put in and the straps are removable. I am in love with my dress and am so happy to have found it and on sale :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578384585.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110159455.jpg"> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:20:57 EST 2/60 completed until dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633371 I woke up early and completed today's workout. I spent 20 minutes with Jillian. I didn't shake myself out of bed early enough to do more than 20, but hopefully I can fit some more in throughout the day. I though about going for a jog this morning but 20 below was a bit to cold for me. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:15:38 EST 60 days = 60 workouts 'til dress fitting 1/60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632888 I have about 60 days until my dress fitting, which equals 60 days of workouts. I managed workout 1 of 60 today. It was only 20 minutes on the treadmill,but it was a workout. I pledge to get a minimum of a 20 minute workout in every day until the dress fitting! This will be hardest this week of all. We have games 4 night out of 5- make ups from the horrible weather... If I can survive this week, I think I should be able to accomplish this goal <em>211</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:15:29 EST Weekends are evil! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620238 I need to get my weekend eating under control! I did get a good workout in on Saturday but I ate/drank all the benefits of that day away. I know why I am not making progress lately, and I know how to fix it. Now I just need to figure out how to channel my will power and keep my eye on the prize! A few moments of pleasure is not worth giving up the joy of being proud of my health/fitness! <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure how I am going to change my weekend behavior yet, but I will be thinki... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:13:21 EST 1000 for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613864 I recently read on Sparkpeople (sorry, don't have the link) that to lose weight, one needs to put in 250(or more) minutes of fitness per week. I am ready to ramp up the exercise and get it done. <BR> <BR> I am officially pledging to myself in front of my sparkpeople world that I will put in 1,000 minutes in the month of February. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:27:27 EST Starting to feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610147 I can almost breath today. I am so excited! I don't seem to appreciate my health until I don't have it. Just waking up and not feeling like death this morning made me so excited to take on the day! I am back to tracking my food, already have a plan to get my fitness minutes in and am not dreading the late work hours tonight. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have your fire burning today as well! <em>67</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:31:06 EST More motivation found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601203 I found even more motivation to keep me going! We just booked our honeymoon. We're going to Aruba! I want to be able to wear my bikini with confidence. I love the ocean and can't wait to relax with my guy! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:56:30 EST So frustrated with myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595894 All I seem to do lately is get in my own way! Although I have managed not to gain any more weight back, I am not losing any of it either! I know I need to exercise, but I don't. I know I need to eat within my calorie range, but I don't. I have no one to blame but myself. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I have a heap of excuses: <BR> I work 8-16 hour days, depending on my schedule <BR> I had a bad reaction to a vaccine (pneumonia) and was completely out of commission for 4 days and 1/2 out ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:11:46 EST Stopping the backslide! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579632 Ugh! I am done with the backslide! I worked to hard to lose those pounds this summer to have them creep back on. I have officially gained the last pound back. I can't believe I have allowed myself to gain back 13 of the 35 pounds I had lost. I absolutely intend to take them off again as well as an additional 25! It helps that Adam is on board for the healthy meals, as long as I plan and prepare them. Oh well, I would have to do that anyway <em>20</em> I am motivated to get back to ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:13:25 EST Curse you cinnamon roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558281 I work at a school. At least once a week, the cafeteria makes hot, fresh cinnamon rolls for the kids' breakfast. The moment I enter the door, I get blasted with the wonderful smell of fresh bread and cinnamon, laced with sweetness. It is almost painful! I did not give in (I conjured up an image of my wedding dress) but wow, did I want to. Now that the moment has passed, I am naturally pleased with my choice, but it was torture in the moment. <BR> <BR> Here's to me, continuing to make ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 10:17:11 EST Making a commitment to my future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557669 I have to admit, I was really diligent and focused for a while and managed to lose 35 lbs over the course of several months. I was proud of myself, I had worked hard for it! Then life got crazy busy- I bought a house, started panning my wedding and yet I still managed to maintain my weight for a few months. The past few months the weight has started to creep back up and I have gained about 7 lbs back :-(. My work schedule is/was about 10 hours a day unless it's game day- then it's more. ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:59:56 EST Struggling to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546818 I am really struggling lately. I used to have my eating on lock down, but I have been epically failing lately. Yesterday, I ate on point all day, until after work. I got home and ate chocolate covered peanuts - way too many! Then I fell asleep on the couch and didn't wake up until Adam got home. We ate crackers, cheese and the venison sausage (from the deer he just shot 2 weeks ago) while the frozen pizza cooked. We ate the pizza, then had popcorn and finished the night with a bowl of ic... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:12:53 EST Finally "healthy"!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448583 Today, I weighed in and my scale has told me the same weight 3 days in a row. It is official... I have a healthy BMI! I am down 35 lbs and have gone from obese, to overweight, to healthy in about 6 months. I am so proud of my hard work. I am so appreciative to the supportive people in my life and my spark friends are at the top of my list! A shout out to my "kick butt" team especially! Thank you for always being there to reel me in guys! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:34:23 EST who knew? Running strengthens an already awesome friendship? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448291 Tonight I did something I haven't done in a long time! I ran for 8 minutes before stopping to walk!! It felt great! We ended up putting in a little over 4 1/2 miles in 55 minutes, which means I averaged a 12 minute mile. Now don't get me wrong, I know this is by no means a land speed record, but I think it is pretty good. I doubt I will ever be back to running the 6 minute miles I had in my cross country days, but I still feel accomplished. I wouldn't have even attempted a run 6 months ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:01:01 EST New found focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432562 It is amazing how being able to help another on there health journey actually inspires me to become rededicated to my own journey! I thank Kiersten for allowing me to be a part of her story. This gift has allowed me to re-examine my choices and broke me free from a downward slide. I stopped after 2 days of bad eating and found my inspiration to commit to the fitness side of weight loss. Her love of running and ability to find time to run while doing the single mom thing showed me the wea... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:02:23 EST It finally happened! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423121 I finally received the validation I am not too ashamed to admit I have been waiting for and wanting. I ran into someone I haven't seen in a while and she said "you've lost a lot of weight!" Followed by "what have you been doing?" I am not going to lie, it felt great!!! It took me 6 1/2 months and losing 30 lbs for this to happen, so if you are feeling like all of your hard work is going unnoticed- don't let it get to you and persevere!!! It will come and feel all the sweeter when it does! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:03:51 EST 14 years ago today, I nearly died http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407278 Today is the anniversary of my car accident. I rolled my car at 75 mph and the door opened. I came part way out and the car rolled on me and proceeded to fling my body nearly 100 yards on the next roll. Needless to say, I broke a lot of bones including my pelvis, skull and vertebrae. I spent the next several months in the hospital and even more in a wheel chair. I had to learn to walk again. <BR> <BR> This is how I gained weight the first time. Going from being a daily runner to an ex... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:49:48 EST so easy to forget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395543 so I finally got outside and got my cardio in today! I finally said enough with the excuses, I have time, the sunburn doesn't radiate heat any more, put on sunscreen and get outside. I forgot how good all of those endorphins feel! I think I remember, but obviously I don't or I would be out there every day! Also, the feeling of accomplishment and pride when we finish- why do we avoid the exercise??? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite part when the workout is all done? Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:38:30 EST Re-inspired and re-motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387396 So today I stopped in just to browse the dresses at David's Bridal but I got ambushed the moment I walked in the door. I ended up trying on a few dresses but had to quit early. I had donated blood earlier in the day and after a few dresses I felt rather faint, hot and more than a little queasy. But before that I got to see myself in a few dresses. Nothing I fell in love with, but all were nice. The main thing I realized is that I would really like to be a few sizes smaller before I actua... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:58:22 EST C25K training started today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376934 I am running a 5K in July and my goal is to run the whole thing- no walking! This gives me 7 weeks to get up to that level. I tried out the C25K program today and did the week 1, workout 1 with a friend. I think I will bump it up to week 2 on my next workout . I think I can do it as today's workout didn't challenge me very much and I would like to train a little harder. <BR> <BR> I think I will break down and buy the app for my phone. My friend has it and it was really nice not to have... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:21:27 EST Weight Loss Bucket List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361617 I cannot take credit for the idea, it came from a fellow sparker. I am going to work on my weight loss bucket list. I am sure I have not thought of everything, and intend to update it as time goes on. <BR> <BR> 1) to be in a healthy BMI <BR> 2) to reach a maintenance weight <BR> 3) to wear a single digit size <BR> 4) to learn to cook in a tasty way, each thing that comes form my garden share this summer <BR> 5) run the whole 5k Color Run in July (added 5/21) <BR> <BR> I will update this ... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:43:00 EST Evidence that I am changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352022 Yesterday, I had the day off. I decided to drive to the nearest large city which is a bit over an hour away. As it became time for lunch, I started to think about where I should eat. There are so many more choices than where I live. I started to think about different options, but in the back of my head the nutritional content of each choice was scrolling. Any of the usual choices I used to make when there (and I easily justified because they were only an option the handful times a year I... Fri, 10 May 2013 11:00:39 EST Honesty with myself time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349710 So I recently decided it was time to be honest with myself. As I continue to lose weight (Yay!) my daily BMR, basal metabolic rate, continues to creep down. This means that if I continue to only eat in my calories range, the speed of my weight loss will continue to slow. If I would like to see the 2 lbs a week weight loss that is possible - and believe me, I want that- then I am going to HAVE TO add exercise to my daily routine. <BR> <BR> So since we all know 1 lb. equals 3,500 calories... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:52:41 EST a visual guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2083660034.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578789705.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988796678.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503502621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first image is where I started. At 189 lbs, I knew I needed to make a change. The additional weight was causes a lot of unnecessary pain. I know that my body will always have some pain issues due to a car ac... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 15:55:21 EST I got engaged!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324352 My wonderful boyfriend (now fiance) took me away for the weekend and treated me like a princess all weekend. He had made reservations for sushi Friday night on our way to the resort. When we got there, there were rose petals up the staircase and in a heart on the bed with roses in the middle and rose petals all around the giant bathtub. We had a wonderful breakfast followed by a slow walk on the beach with awesome conversation. In the afternoon he had scheduled us a couple's massage. Tha... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:39:51 EST I love the 3rd day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318191 My scale tells me the same "story"! I require my weight to be at the new number for 3 days in a row before I will believe that my weight has changed. Today was day 3. I have now lost 18 pounds. <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about 18 compared to 17 or 16, but I finally feel like I am really doing this. I have made significant progress towards a healthy weight. I finally feel proud of what I have accomplished and it fires me up to keep moving and make new efforts towards this life. ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:03:29 EST I ordered the Spark Solution today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317115 After thinking I really didn't have the $30 to order the book, I finally looked at it on Amazon. It was listed for under $16. The 2 DVDs have to be worth that and I have already heard a good review of them so I broke down and ordered it. Now I am excited and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new tools! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:03:14 EST Salty weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308725 It seems everything I ate this weekend was extremely high in sodium. I know I ate in excess of my calorie range this weekend but I also know I didn't eat over 7,000 calories above my daily burn. Therefore, all of the extra pounds on the scale CAN'T be true weight gain. Time to drink lots of water to flush it all back out! <BR> <BR> The kicker is- I really didn't even enjoy the majority of the foods I ate this weekend. I was at the mercy of eating out and eating other people's cooking all... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:44:23 EST Met my 8% mini goal today :) :) :D :) :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305113 As of this morning, I have lost 16 lbs and surpassed the 8% of body weight lost goal! I am pretty excited! This just gives me all the more inspiration and will power to be the one in control of what I eat this weekend!! Holiday and Grandma's amazing cooking be damned, I will eat well! Season opener baseball game on Monday- you will not derail me!! <BR> <BR> The amazing part is that nearly all of the weight loss has been due to nutrition. I seem to have had one injury/ailment after ano... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:11:14 EST April goals bring May smaller clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304554 Inspired by a team member (Olivia, you truly do inspire me) I am going to set goals for the next month. <BR> <BR> 1) check in every day <BR> <BR> 2) log EVERYTHING I eat or drink daily <BR> <BR> 3) at least 8 glasses of water every day <BR> <BR> 4) a minimum of 3 fruits/veggies every day. The catch is that I must have at least one of each. I often end up eating all fruits or all veggies. My body needs the nutrients from both. <BR> <BR> 5) 1,000 fitness minutes. I posted it in an earl... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:21:38 EST How much do I really want this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300755 This is a question I need to ask myself. <BR> <BR> According to my diet, I really want this. I must admit that I have done fairly well in the what and how much if it am I eating area. <BR> <BR> According to my fitness log, I don't seem to really want this. I haven't logged much time. Yes, I threw out my back. And, yes, my knee is still really bugging me. But these are obstacles, not excuses. I am we'll versed in adaptive exercise. I just need to do it!! <BR> <BR> I want my effor... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:15:00 EST Taking on the last 50 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296014 So as of this morning, after 3 consecutive days of the scale telling me the same story, I have dropped down to 50 lbs to lose. Technically, I have 49.4 lbs left to lose but I don't want to log in tenths or half pounds until much closer to goal weight. Until then, I will round up. So excited to take up this challenge! I even wore jeans today for casual Friday. I don't usually participate, but I honestly don't think these jeans are going to fit for much longer and I wanted to get a little ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:46:01 EST Unplanned day of rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294076 My knee has hurt since I ran my 5k on Sunday. I have tried pushing through it and had 2 great workouts Monday and Tuesday. Today, it hurt worse. So it is time to take a step back and see if taking a night off from the gym helps. <BR> <BR> I have already done well on the water and will keep drinking it for the rest of the night. My calories are on the right path so far. I have no reason to think I will exceed my range for the night. <BR> <BR> Also, I slept poorly last night so I will ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:48:09 EST Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291751 Thanks to inspiration from a fellow "Kick Butt" friend, Olivia, I am going to list my goals for the week. <BR> <BR> 1) keep my calories in check <BR> 2) cardio 6 of 7 days (2 down already) <BR> 3) at least 8 cups of water daily <BR> <BR> my last goals are about getting my home in order <BR> 4) mop the kitchen floor <BR> 5) catch up on laundry from not being home last weekend Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:50:25 EST A 5k and a weekend of over-indulgence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290270 I am finally home from my weekend in the Twin Cities. Wow, did I not stay in my range yesterday. It was unacceptable- even for my cheat day! I did get up this morning and do my 5k. I can't really say I ran it because I walked nearly half of it. I finished in 44:37. I want to be proud of this, but I can't help but remember that I used to run a 5k between 20:00 and 25:00 minutes. Obviously, that was many pounds ago and I will try to use it as motivation to improve my time. I think the f... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:22:19 EST