TYMBERWOLFE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TYMBERWOLFE TYMBERWOLFE'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/ Back Injury is NOT Spirit Injury! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345619 Sooo, I hurt my back at work. It was not lifting believe it or not. It was a fall through a broken pallet while up in the air on a forklift. <em>282</em> So it has slowed me down. But not my spirit. <em>104</em> I am excited for the Spring Challenge! The last challenge my goal was of course the 5% goal but I hit nearly 10%. How exciting! I believe it was not only from good food but also the incredible exercise I do at work. <em>198</em> All that lifting for 8-10 hours a day burns som... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 15:03:04 EST Spring, the Perfect Season to Set New Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335321 So, Spring is right around the corner! I just got finished with the Winter challenge. I lost about 18 pounds (close to the 10% I was going for). I am so excited that I won the last A standing contest. That made me feel great as I have struggled on the last few challenges. <em>590</em> I am very excited about that! I continued this week and lost another pound. Right now I am doing the in between challenge to keep me going until the Spring Challenge (gotta keep that momentum going!) <BR> <... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:38:17 EST You Can Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321844 Well, I finally got a full weekend off. The whole weekend! Yesterday I tutored but then went for a nice walk with my wife/partner (whichever i choose to call her any given day. Spring weather is peaking in. <em>585</em> <BR> <BR> When I got home we tackled the bedroom. Our closet looks amazing! I am so impressed with us. The last couple weekends we haven't had much time to clean the bedroom and honestly we found a way to mess up what we cleaned up as our weeks are busy and y'know how easy... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:59:20 EST Busy weekend and major decisions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315123 Well this weekend was busy. After I tutored on Saturday morning I came home and spent hours deep cleaning the house. <em>542</em> It looks amazing but I am still slowly tackling the bedroom! It's tough but it will be done by the end of February to stay on schedule with the book!. I have so many clothes to go through and files and papers to sort because it doubles as study space and half our office. <em>17</em> I worked on that this morning but I stopped to do something even more import... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:38:36 EST A Memorial Puts Things in Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311259 Well, it's been a long week. I worked a lot of overtime but I stuck to my diet, despite 2 days of my boss bringing in cakes and cookies. <em>495</em> I have lost about 11 pounds in the last 3 weeks so hopefully I will continue the trend <em>198</em> . Although, I know the more weight I lose the less per week it will become but I know how it works. <BR> <BR> Today I do my basic housework and continue on with the bedroom organization. According to my book I have a month to do this right ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:01:26 EST Getting Organized in 2017 (my work so far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300313 Well this past weekend we finished organizing the kitchen. As you can see we even labeled everything. I fixed things, hanged baskets, scrubbed everything...the list goes on but it looks great! The last thing I need to do is scrub the oven and little area rugs. I added pictures of the linen closet and our kitchen shelf so you can see the labels. The next room to organize in February is the bedroom. We have new curtains, pillows and a bedspread. I can't wait! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:51:19 EST Refusing to quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297011 Well, it's after the New Year and so much has happened. I found out I have heart disease which is pretty shocking at 42. <em>26</em> Me and my family also went through one crisis after another from June through the end of the year. Some of it is resolved and some has yet to be faced. But I refuse to be kept down! <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Since my last challenge (which I ended up having to drop out of for medical issues) I have completely ballooned in weight. I am as unhealthy as ever an... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:06:23 EST Weight loss but issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209874 Well. I lost about a pound and a half this week <em>224</em> , I am proud of that. The last week was a long one but nothing compared to the one coming up because the beginning of the month is always a busy one at work. <em>198</em> I was good all week on the chest pain but needed to take a nitro or two this weekend. <em>26</em> It's a pain...pun intended! My daughter is going to NC for the next two weeks. I will miss her...and I will be taking care of her guinea pigs <em>219</em> w... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:44:58 EST Kink in my plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205397 So Wednesday morning I woke up with tremendous chest pain. The kind that bends you over. I had been having some chest pain before off and on with concerning symptoms but those I'd ignored. After all I am only 42. <em>234</em> Well Wednesday I couldn't ignore it anymore. We went to the ER and they ran a bunch of tests. They said it wasn't a heart attack and everything seemed normal. Relieved I took the rest of the day off until the pain subsided. I already had an appointment with a cardiolo... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:58:00 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201531 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6602098c-34ff-4b22-a8a0-0904a44fca15.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well the scale finally moved in the right direction! I lost about 3 pounds this week. <em>193</em> I was super careful about the kinds of calories I was putting in my body as well as making sure I got a snack on my last break at work which helped me push through. I have also been getting more water. <em>91</em> I went and bought a new belt last weekend...I had been wearing men's 40-42 ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:02:24 EST Busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197570 Well it's good and bad this week. I worked a 60 hour week at the warehouse <em>198</em> . I am a little frustrated by the fact that I gained a pound. Is it muscle? I have been watching my food this week and uping my step count at work, but I gained. I know I am getting stronger and my pants are getting bigger but that doesn't help the scale <em>192</em> and I want to meet my weight loss goal for the Summer Challenge. I know I am not getting enough water. <em>91</em> I wonder if that w... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:02:42 EST It's Dropping while I'm Lifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194215 So as some of you know I have been working in a warehouse. <em>198</em> I do some heavy lifting (up to 75 pounds) all day. I worked 9 hour days most days this week for 6 days in a row. According to Spark lifting/moving boxes burns about 5,000 calories a day <em>40</em> I'm not sure it is that much but I have been getting about 1500 calories a day...maybe I should eat more but I am too tired to eat. I am finally getting the scale to budge though so I'm happy! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:42:01 EST I Think my Scale Needs New Batteries!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162932 My scale has been stuck at the same weight for three weeks...almost to the point. <em>192</em> I have been working hard on the weight loss. Tracking, exercising, etc. But it just won't budge. Finally this week I lost almost a pound. I did some research and apparently a med <em>273</em> I am taking makes me gain weight so all that work just keeps it all in check. I had to come to the point that I realize it's not just about my weight but about health. <em>225</em> So I have decided to... Sat, 14 May 2016 16:47:00 EST How My Garden Represents My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154801 This weekend I finally put in my garden. It was a lot of work. We built the raised bed and then filled them with lots of dirt...I mean ALOT of dirt. <em>376</em> After building and shoveling most of the day we started planting the most crucial plants. <em>434</em> Man it looked beautiful! After toiling, sweating, and getting dirty we prevailed and the raised beds were started. We then planted the rest of the plants on Sunday and then spent the rest of the day with our planters and other... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:47:50 EST Don't take yourself so serious! But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132676 This is the day to have fun with others and fun with ourselves. <em>20</em> Sometimes we take ourselves to seriously and that's when self judgment comes in. Within the right proportion, self judgment can be a good thing. It keeps us in line and on task. But when taken too far its a destructive force. The worse you feel about yourself the easier it is to give up and give in. <em>220</em> Give yourself a break and a chance to change up...oops this didn't work so what should I try next. <... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 15:26:52 EST Thoughts of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c60b8c31-a7db-435f-8788-1a70e8cde3a1.png"> Well it's been awhile since I blogged. Last week was a rough week for getting those workouts in because I was busy but my eating habits were fine. I am joining the Spring 5% challenge and I am so excited about it! I hope everyone reading this follows the link from my page and joins the challenge! It's pure motivation to do that exercise and follow that diet plan in order to meet that challenge of lo... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:07:44 EST Busy but Busting---out that exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111287 I have been busy this weekend with finals looming, homework for an extra class due, job hunt and networking, as well as my volunteer work as Coordinator for a Sustainability group I have been so busy this week. <em>198</em> Still I have exercised every day and maintained my diet. I can't say it has been easy but I am doing it. I have been working all morning on my final project due for school on Monday. <em>149</em> Although it would have been easy to blow off my workout because of my a... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:23:13 EST Weight loss, gardening, and Spring Cleaning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106124 Well, it's that time of year again! Spring cleaning. <em>377</em> My partner and I are starting this weekend! Our target areas today...the livingroom and kitchen! Tomorrow it's the bedroom! I can't wait. <em>137</em> I love this time of year. We have our garden planned. Our Winter sowing will bring forth our new seedlings <em>378</em> and we will have our house cleaned out by the time it comes to build our raised beds. <BR> <BR> Finals are next Monday and then it's time for Spring... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 13:55:20 EST Blissful Ignorance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104660 Today I am full of life. I ate a good breakfast and slept well. I am looking forward to an excellent workout. I don't think one should underestimate the power of a good nights rest. Even though I have a scary medical test today I am enjoying life in the moment despite what the results of the test may hold. Perhaps I am living in blissful ignorance but I wouldn't have it any other way. <em>434</em> <em>532</em> May peace be to you all! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:20:04 EST Dedication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100672 When thinking about what to blog today I kept hearing the word dedication in my head (yes apparently I hear things...we won't go into that). <em>40</em> I recently have been frustrated with myself that I lost all the progress I had made from the Summer through October and I am basically starting over. <em>249</em> As you will note from my previous blogs my partner had heart surgery and I was there day and night for her. When she got home from a 3 week stint in the hospital I helped her ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:33:27 EST Brand New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067681 I have been doing great in the diet department...until yesterday when we went out with our daughter. I had a complete cheat day. I ate fish and chips and then went to the movies where I had my favorite, a large popcorn and some M&Ms. <em>486</em> <em>477</em> But today is a new day and I shall waist no time holding onto the past. It's a brand new day full of new hope to fulfill my new years resolutions (getting fit, getting organized, and becoming financially stable). <em>56</em> To... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:45:13 EST My New Year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060070 My New Year started today <em>409</em> ...I find it is always good to start on a Monday. As I have talked about before I have fibromyalgia so beginning again after 3 months of caring for my partner isn't quite as easy as jumping in where I left off. I woke up stiff and hurting but I promised myself I would start my exercise today. So I did it...10 minutes of yoga.To some a disappointment but to me it was a success <em>104</em> . A way to keep a promise to myself, the first steps of this ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:33:38 EST Never Quit Pledge (pass it on) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057018 I copied this from CGPS1795 today who copied this from CERIUSLY, who re-bloged it from: JAZZER's blog today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and do... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:34:16 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054739 Well, now that my partner is on the mend from open heart surgery <em>247</em> , her and I are ready to start the new year with a bang! With her new lease on life and a heart that pumps strong enough she can get things done, we have decided to live life more fully than ever before. We made Christmas a special one and plan on going out to celebrate 2016 (something we haven't done in years). <em>409</em> With our health even more of a focus we will be eating even more healthy than ever be... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:09:12 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029011 This Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. More specifically my partner who recently had a quadruple bypass. It started with chest pains 3 weeks ago and it is surreal to me that we found out she needed open heart surgery. It has been a rough road but we are through the worst of it now. I am thankful she is through the surgery and that we had so many people supporting us with prayers and good energy. Even though she can only walk 5 minutes at a time right now we plan on doing the Hea... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:04:43 EST October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007913 I haven't blogged in awhile. I have been pretty busy. Recently I have been sick but leading up to that I have been working out pretty steady. I am still sticking closely to the nutritious diet plan I am on. I lost 15 pounds <em>192</em> leading up to the most recent 5% Fall challenge I joined. I was well on my way until this darn chest cold took hold. At least I am eating right. <em>550</em> We'll see what tomorrow's weigh-in holds. I have not been able to breath to do any cardio to spe... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 09:23:25 EST Vacation so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982492 Well I am on my vacation. My mother loves with food. She bought me healthy food but I did give in on the birthday cake. When I got to my sisters late yesterday evening I didn't have the chance to buy my food yet so it was fries for me but today we are going walking so it's back on track! Have a great Saturday y'all Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:07:54 EST Giving it all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978038 As I was struggling to get through a difficult workout today the thought came to me, “you get out of it what you put into it!” <em>185</em> I then stepped up my game and pushed my muscles to exhaustion. It was exhilarating! Afterwards, I thought about that moment and how that’s what life is all about. You get out what you put in. <em>248</em> Whether it’s putting my all into my homework, giving fully of myself to my family, pushing myself in my workouts, eating the right foods, taking... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:43:17 EST Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977339 The other day my partner and I got some bad news at the doctor's office. We both spent a majority of the next day worrying about what is about to happen next. But then made the decision to think positive and use visualization for a positive outcome. It has really helped calm our nerves. <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <BR> It got me thinking. After reading "The Power," by Rhonda Byrne, a book about the power of loving and being thankful I started applying these things to my life and what a ch... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:13:09 EST Busy but thankful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974211 Well I just finished my third week of Insanity and I am really excited! I can feel both my cardio and strength are up! <em>182</em> Now I sit here with my presentation and my internet work looming. Tomorrow is my presentation. I have already been working on it but today I really have to work on it to make sure I have it down. My internet work consists of commenting on the reading I finished this week and my response to my peers. <em>149</em> I have class all day tomorrow which always dr... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 14:20:46 EST Clothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973732 I have been thinking a lot about my goal of 35lb. by Christmas. <em>192</em> Especially since I plan on doing P90x After Insanity. These workout plans create a lot of muscle...which weighs more. I think instead I will focus on losing at least 3 pant sizes. Of course I will also do my regular weigh-ins but I don't think I will worry about weight as much. <em>225</em> This leads me to clothes. In the past I have kept them, just in case. But, this time I think I will do it a bit different... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:51:05 EST What do you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973261 Okay, another cup of green tea...need a little wake-up juice! <em>40</em> After workout, errands, Dr. appointment, yard work...it's time to edit the paper I finished yesterday! It's due this evening so I need a little caffeine to pull me through <em>20</em> . I did most of my assigned reading this morning but I still need to do this one more thing! Oh, and do a few things with my container garden this evening when the sun starts setting. <em>434</em> I had a Spark friend tell me that ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:24:49 EST Your Fullest Potential! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972728 As I sit here with my green tea <em>469</em> proud of the fact that I just finished the largest paper due this quarter I can feel my muscles both ache and feel stronger from the workout this morning. I am a believer in the saying that pain let's you know you are alive so let it come! Don't get me wrong fibromyalgia is nothing to sneeze at and I am doing a pretty hard core program, Insanity by Beach Body. <em>198</em> But to me my sore muscles and the resulting burn and exhaustion of ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 17:39:28 EST Be Grateful for Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972065 I meditate after I workout. <em>414</em> I find visualization really helps me to reach my goals. Each time I meditate I focus on love and gratitude for what I have and the things coming to me. It's about staying in the mindset of appreciation for each new day. <em>67</em> After the things I have been through I appreciate each day I have been given. I know a good job is coming to me and we will not have to pinch pennies every day. I know my pain levels will reduce the more I exercise and... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:41:21 EST If I can do it...you can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971614 So I woke up ready to go this morning. <em>67</em> I ate a good breakfast, took the Insanity Fit Test and drank a shake before going to an important meeting. I am glad that is out of the way! I then sat down and completed a task that has been weighing on me for two weeks! Way to procrastinate, eh? <em>29</em> I have been looking for some Spark buddies to keep me motivated in my fitness goals. I feel like I am on a roll but it never hurts to have a bunch of support! <BR> <BR> With my f... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:08:16 EST My Mind is Wandering Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970942 So today is the day I recharge my batteries. My day off from my Insanity workouts. I just finished week 2 and lost 2 lb. this week. <em>224</em> If I can continue at this rate I will easily reach my goal of losing 35lb by Christmas <em>446</em> . It' hard for me to take a day off because in the back of my mind I am losing progress when in reality it is really helping my body prepare for a heavy week to come. <em>102</em> <BR> For now my mini goal is to lose 4 more lb. before I leave ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:50:02 EST A little at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969865 My partner and I drove up to her parent's house today. We are taking care of their house while they are away. I look around and EVERYTHING is perfect. <em>436</em> Clean house, perfect yard...you name it. Her Mom is 72 and her dad is almost 90 yet they keep this place immaculate and they have a busy social life. I once asked her dad how they do it and he said, "a little at a time." I realized that it is important to remember that there are times when you can't take on a whole task at once ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:15:59 EST What's on Your To-Do List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969336 It's HOT <em>67</em> <em>259</em> today but somehow I have worked out, cleaned house, made important phone calls, attended a meeting crucial to my masters thesis, and I am now here blogging when I would really like to eat ice cream <em>76</em> and take a nap under the fan. I do have important homework to do and I am still on the job hunt so napping isn't on my to-do list. <em>52</em> I woke up at 6:30am ready to go despite the fact that I could not get to sleep until midnight (thu... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:06:22 EST Keep Pluggin' Along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968628 So here I am...on a 10 day streak. I am proud of that. I have worked very hard to keep up the nutrition and exercise. I am finally getting to the point that I don't have to put all my focus on that. There are other priorities in my life that I need to manage. So, yesterday I made a list <em>387</em> and included some little things that could be accomplished quickly along with some big things that were very important (the little things helped me feel successful <em>41</em> <em>41</em> ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:41:20 EST New Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967481 Many might say I have been here before, starting over yet again. I have been through a lot in the last few years all while battling my health. Since my last entry I have chosen the vegan lifestyle. <em>551</em> I went from 215 to 193 in about 6 month time just by sticking to my vegetarian diet and working a physical job. <em>198</em> The last time I blogged was just before I started back to work after years as a full time student. I was unable to continue working out with my fibromyalgi... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:06:17 EST Christmas Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759221 So I will be spending Christmas <em>446</em> at my in-law's house as usual. I usually hate how my pictures look every year, mostly because of me hip size which is way out of proportion compared to the rest of my body. I'll admit it, this year I especially feel challenged because my brother in-law and his family will be there this year and they are all the picture of health. My goal is to lose at least 30-35 pounds <em>192</em> by Christmas. That is about 2 pounds a week although if I co... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:42:51 EST Stress and fitness plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677018 Here I am at week 5. Those of you that have been following my blog know that I have been working hard on my fitness on a holistic level <em>414</em> . last week went great with my workouts. I did 2 hours of heavy yard work <em>376</em> Saturday in the place of a workout but had pizza when my daughter's friends were over. Yesterday I had sweet potato bites. The problem there is that I didn't have any healthy food in the house. <em>551</em> Part of it was money but the other part was ti... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:22:25 EST Honesty is the Best Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672746 I believe that in order for any workout plan to work in a place like Spark is to be honest about progress. The yard work I did last week did throw my workouts off, left room for cravings, thus my supplement regimen <em>91</em> . Monday fit test, Tuesday yard work, Wednesday yard work, and some work on Thursday. Friday and Saturday terrible cravings and no exercise (Sunday I was in class all day). <em>150</em> <BR> To me, cravings mean I am not getting something in my diet. I am going t... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:01:44 EST Determination Despite Fibromyalgia Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668216 I am still hanging in there. Saturday I made the difficult decision of not working out because I was going to my daughter's college orientation, a day long stressful undertaking (albeit joyful as well). The long day sitting and running from one important info session to another, taking care of the right paperwork, etc, can be hard on the fibromyalgia. <BR> <BR> Sunday was my usual day off from working out so Monday it was hard to return. Monday was my fit test and I showed marked improvemen... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:06:33 EST Week 2...Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662543 I started week 2 with a strong Insanity workout. then a monthly fibro flare up hit. So, yesterday I went easy with Tony Horton's 10 minute cardio, next, a mile walking video and finished with 10 minute yoga. It all felt good even though my flare up was a bit nasty in all it's little ways even psychologically. I made sure to really focus on nutrition yesterday. Today it has actually surprised me and eased up. Sooo, I am going back to the Insanity work out today. Who knows what will happen with... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:57:16 EST Finished Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659374 Well I finished week 1 of Beach Body's Insanity. I modified a day and I am drinking plenty of water and getting good sleep. I am taking a multi vitamin, B complex, and ostiofelx (for my knees) in the morning. I am taking magnesium, 5 HTP, and vitamin D at night. I was addicted to Red Bull before all this so I switched to green tea this week to replace the caffeine I had in the afternoon. I started putting cinnamon and flax meal on my oatmeal in the morning. Cinnamon is a great anti-inflammato... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:27:05 EST Modification http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657943 So today I modified my exercise because I was having an issue with my arm. It's an old injury that I have to keep from re-injuring. So today I did Tony Horton's 10 minute cardio and a walking video that I mostly jogged through. The workout felt good. I stayed within my calories yesterday and went to bed early. I realized I started my period this morning with no warning. The thing is that I usually have terrible flare-ups during this time. Knock on wood maybe I can avoid it this month. I am in... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:06:33 EST Experimenting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656968 It has been difficult to stay on a Vegan diet with my food allergies AND expensive. I am going to focus more on anti-inflammatory foods and started taking 5-HTP and Magnesium. I am exercising more aggressively and although that is a no-no in the fibro world I was bored to death and saw very little change in my weight. Exercise should be fun not monotonous. I will give myself rest days as needed and I am getting more sleep and drinking more water. I want to start taking an anti-inflammatory b... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:31:49 EST Fibromyalgia: my motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631593 It is no secret that I struggle with fibromyalgia and that it has greatly impacted my life. Recently I have noticed my pain levels have been raising and my dependance on pain medication has risen. Although I do not take narcotics it concerns me that my need for pain relief has grown substantially over the last few months. I decided to try something new. I am a vegetarian but do not always eat the best. Some of this is because of money but it is also lack of discipline. My weight has increased... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:26:10 EST I am back to Spark my Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625640 I have been ill for a while but I am back. Fibromyalgia will not get the best of me! I have been eating vegetarian but I am thinking about going vegan for ethical and health reasons. I am looking forward to starting my garden and I found a group that trades heirloom seeds so that makes me happy! My cats are doing great. I am still looking for a job but just got involved in an environmental group because I wanted to pursue my passions while making a difference. It would be nice to have an inco... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:21:02 EST