XFITSTRONG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XFITSTRONG XFITSTRONG'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/ Bountiful Baskets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181001 It's been awhile since my last blog.... I started going downhill again. But June has been a good month so far! I think I have finally got the sugar cravings out of my system. I have been tempted many times, but it is getting easier to say no. It doesn't feel so painful, lol. My clothes are starting to feel snug again... which is a GOOD thing, because they were feeling SUPER tight to the point I almost couldn't wear them. I'll take snug over suffocating, LOL! I am hoping by the end of the mont... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:38:37 EST Financial Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165846 So one of the issues that has been causing me anxiety - which led me to overeating and just "not caring" about my health - is our finances. I made a big blunder this past year in our taxes and we ended up owing several thousand dollars this year.... We normally get several thousand back so this was a huge shock. Our only option was to put it on our credit card. SO this year is going to be spent being incredibly frugal trying to dig ourselves out of this hole. <BR> <BR> I am currently dealin... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:05:11 EST Am I Eating Enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164383 So I had a great day yesterday. I was right at 1100 calories. They were quality calories too. Protein and veggies. I didn't workout, but 200+ of those calories were from a delicious, generous, glass of Moscato. Today, I felt blah.... low on energy, kind of nauseous, and had a terrible headache. I couldn't help but wonder if this was from sugar detoxing--- for several weeks (about 8) I have been binging on sugary junk food snacks. Yesterday was the first day I did not have any junk food (unles... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:28:50 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163488 Weighed myself this morning and I was 156.4. Not as bad as I thought, but still not good! I have had a good breakfast, good lunch, and have plans for a nice dinner that keeps me under my calories. The problem, though, is DH decided to have a group of friends over tonight and everybody is bringing food. I get so weak in sticking to my plans. The people pleaser in me feels like I am going to offend if I don't try something of everything that others brought. Or the "paranoid me" feels like every... Sun, 15 May 2016 14:53:40 EST Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162622 My computer just said it is going to update and restart in 4 minutes whether I like it or not, so I will be brief. Things have not been going so well with my desire to get back on track. After today, things are slowing down a bit to where I think I can stop and focus on myself and my eating. I am going to weigh tomorrow finally and use that as my starting weight. Going to blog and browse SparkPeople when my evening urges hit. I am going to track calories on MyFitnessPal. I can do this and I w... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:51:57 EST Boo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159027 Did not do well today at all.... Over ate big time at lunch, then requested yogurt place for dessert where I piled on all the candy toppings. Came home and binged on crackers, granola bars, and cereal. I kept telling myself "it's Mothers Day".... Ugh! Very disappointed in myself. The next 2 days nothing special is going on so its a good time to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Confession is good for my soul..... I'm blogging to remind myself how horrible binge eating feels afterwards- physically... Sun, 8 May 2016 22:23:24 EST Always a reason for an exception http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158515 Whew, so my plan for this upcoming week has been successful. Yesterday at work, I stayed out of our breakroom all day and I did not even tempt myself. I heard it was delicious. I kept feeling like I had to be accountable here on SparkPeople so that helped. Tonight my son had his band banquet and it was catered by my favorite BBQ place in town. OMG! Soooo good. I probably did overeat the delicious meat, but I avoided the bread and dessert like I planned. And I ate healthy the rest of the day. ... Sun, 8 May 2016 00:07:08 EST Temptation Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157049 Oh my! This next week is going to be so challenging for me. I've decided not to weigh myself or start tracking until it is over. Here is what I got going on and how I plan to deal with it: <BR> <BR> 5/6: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon--- Avoid break room at work completely <BR> 5/7: Band Banquet--- Eat light during the day and eat a small portion of the food during the banquet (no bread or dessert) <BR> 5/8: Mother's Day--- Enjoy a nice meal without bread or dessert, eat healthy rest of day <... Thu, 5 May 2016 16:40:50 EST Tail Between My Legs :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156540 Well, I am back and unfortunately I have reached an all time mental/emotional "low" and a "high" in my weight. I'M EMBARRASSED! And that doesn't help with my emotional eating. I was at an all time low of 130 and looked and felt amazing! For the past (almost) 2 years I have not been able to get under 145. I am guessing I am up to 160 by now (too scared to get on the scale). This past month, my eating has been out of control and I need to STOP! Because of my out of control eating, everything el... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:44:50 EST 5 Year Spark-iversary !PICS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800591 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502245533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pop in and say "Hi"!!!! I hit my 5 year anniversary of my time on SparkPeople last month. I wanted to post a blog back then, but .... well, you know. Life happens! I posted a before picture on Facebook celebrating my 5 years and soaked up all of the positive comments I received as several people were not familiar with my past. <BR> <BR> Things, health wise are going great for me. I had a cancer sc... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:01:30 EST Anyone wanna be Facebook friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722771 Hey SparkFriends! I am finding I am having less and less time to spend on SparkPeople and I guess I may be outgrowing it a little bit???? I don't know.... But anyways, I find most of my extra time that I have to spend on the computer is spent on Facebook. I have it on my phone and it is easy to check when I am waiting in line at the store or in the Dr's office, etc.... <BR> <BR> I use it a lot for motivation for fitness and nutrition. I have a lot of my gym-mates on there and we all share o... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:27:37 EST My amazing husband! (pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864266380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I could not do this without my husband. I am realizing more and more what a blessing it is to have a husband, life partner, who is willing to make this lifestyle change with me. I hear all to often from friends, acquaintances, co-workers that they "can't" lose weight or change their lifestyle because their spouse is not on board. <BR> <BR> He is the one who got me into CrossFit, even though I REALLY did not want ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:45:37 EST Me??? "Small"???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711588 So it's happened twice this past week. I was referred to as "small". <BR> <BR> At CrossFit when we were doing box jumps one of the screws popped out, but it looked like I jumped on it too hard and "broke it". When I showed it to the trainer, I apologized and was told "you're too small to have done that". <BR> <BR> Then at the Dr's office today I was in the exam room waiting for the nurse to bring back my prescription. I heard her talking to the Dr about the dosage and he said "she's pretty ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:48:29 EST A week feels like forever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707953 Ever feel this way? Today will mark one full week where I have been on track. Last week at this time, my weight was up to 142- a high for me, clothes felt tight, I was bloated, not eating right, feeling fat, feeling ugly, etc.... <BR> <BR> I got frustrated and put my scale up so I could just concentrate and focus on my eating habits. This week has gone amazingly well. I have done 2 a day workouts, I have tracked my food and nailed my nutrition and I am feeling better. <BR> <BR> But right n... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:56:32 EST Frustrated and Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703715 The past few days I have been eating super clean... almost completely Paleo... no binges, no sweets or cheats. I can usually lose a few pounds in a few days by doing this, but nothing this time! I am still 142-144... way high for me! I have been seeing myself in pics lately and it is all belly.... I hate it! :( Although it *is* that TOM and I am seeing a pattern of this happening every month, LOL! <BR> <BR> So I decided to go back to tracking my food. I need to know how much I am actually ta... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:42:09 EST Back from vacation/ Dr visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695944 Dh and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this past Sunday!!! We went to S Padre Island for a few days. Just he and I by ourselves without kids. It was SO NICE being alone with him, but at the same time I was SAD that our boys are almost grown up. My hubby kept telling me not to be sad, but to think about what is in store for us in the future. I missed my boys terribly, but the stress and tension that 2 fiercely independent teen aged boys bring was not there and it made for a very nice, relax... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:53:00 EST Today Will Be A Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684165 I really appreciate the encouragement I get here on SparkPeople. I am feeling a little bit better since my last Pity Party blog. So yesterday, at the gym, I got 3 compliments on my hair! LOL! The first was from someone I honestly had never seen before. She told me she loved my color! And then as I started my workout 2 other people complimented my haircut! I got it cut a couple of weeks ago. But I did style it slightly different and I HAD been wearing a hat at the gym to hide it,,,,, wasn't we... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:49:50 EST Welcome to my Pity Party.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682541 So it has been almost 4 yrs that I have roughly maintained my weightloss (+/-20 lbs). I have had my ups and downs.... and right now my weight is WAY up and my mood is WAY down. I HATE being at this point (I have been here several times over the past 4 yrs)... It is SO HARD to snap out of this funk. My weight this morning was 145.6! 5+ lbs in 2 weeks. I am closer to 150 than 140. It sure doesn't help that my self esteem is way down. <BR> <BR> I got my hair cut short a few weeks ago. I liked i... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:28:44 EST Why I am not losing weight... Being Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669545 I have a cookie addiction. <BR> <BR> And I need to break it. I eat a Paleo diet (for the most part) because it makes me feel my best. I have no stomach issues and I feel like it gives me the fuel I need to participate in CrossFit. <BR> <BR> My "problem" is that I have been experimenting with ALL KINDS of different Paleo cookies. They are made with almond flour, honey or maple syrup, coconut oil or ghee, and dk chocolate chips. Do you know how many calories, fat grams are in almond flour? A ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:17:57 EST Lessons Learned from CrossFit Open 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659625 Yesterday I completed my final workout for the 2014 CrossFit Open. It was 21 thrusters (65#s) and 21 burpees.... then a descending ladder by 3's. So 18 thrusters, 18 burpees, 15, 12, etc.... <BR> <BR> I finished in 21:09. I am really proud of my time. I beat several other athletes (guys too!) at my local box (the previous workouts I was in the bottom 4-5) and even came within 36 seconds of a 17 yr old high school cheerleader! It was an endurance workout, not necessarily a strength workout so... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:21:34 EST CrossFit Open 14.4 is in the books! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653862 This weeks workout was 60 calories of rowing, 50 toes to bar, 40 wall ball shots, 30 powercleans@95#s, 20 muscle ups (ha!).... all in 14 minutes! <BR> <BR> The 60 calories of rowing took just over 4 minutes. <BR> <BR> And I am SO PROUD of the fact that I completed all 50 toes to bar!!!! It is basically what it sounds like.... you hang from a bar and kick your feet up so your toes actually touch the bar. Both toes have to touch at the same time. If they come an inch away it doesn't count. ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:22:52 EST CrossFit Open Workout 14.3 (pic!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648329 10 Deadlifts@95#s <BR> 15 box jumps <BR> 15 Deadlifts@ 135#s <BR> 15 box jumps <BR> 15 Deadlifts @155#s <BR> 15 box jumps <BR> 15 Deadlifts@185#s <BR> <BR> It went on.... but that's as far as I got. <BR> <BR> Instead of doing the box jumps I did step ups which were allowed in the rules. Most people did. I am slow at box jumps and it messes with my mind and it takes more out of me cardio-wise. I got a score of 94- I did 4 of the 185# Deadlifts. I am happy with it, but a little upset with mys... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:46:52 EST Body Composition Analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642913 I was wondering if anybody has ever had one of these done? Our gym is offering them for $30 which supposedly they go for $350??? <BR> <BR> I'm really on the fence... It's "only" $30 (which is A LOT for me) and I wonder what it would change??? Would I change my eating? Probably not. It also seems like they will try and sell me some natural supplements after getting the results... Or like they may try to sell me extra services or additional testing... <BR> <BR> Ugh.... I'll probably end up d... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 13:03:35 EST Crossfit Open Workout 14.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642452 So my heart sank big time when I heard the workout. <BR> <BR> 10 Overhead Squats @65 lbs. My 1 rep MAX from 4 months ago was 62 lbs and I barely got that after several missed attempts... <BR> <BR> then <BR> <BR> 10 chest to bar pull-ups.... <BR> <BR> Yeah right.... I can only do a couple of strict pull-ups, not to mention chest to bar. <BR> <BR> (then there was a repeating pattern, but I knew I wasn't going to get past the chest to bars) <BR> <BR> Well, again I surprised myself!!!! I ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:01:09 EST Bye Bye Fear! CrossFit Open 2014!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640630 I cannot BELIEVE I SIGNED UP FOR THIS! I wasn't going to... most ladies at my box aren't doing it. They don't want to. They can't do all of the CrossFit skills.... They are not competitive. They don't care... They don't have time. And I thought, well, if they are not doing it, then I'm not going to either. <BR> <BR> ****Basically, for those that don't know, the CrossFit Open is a competition open to all CrossFit athletes around the world. We "compete" against the fittest people on Earth. Th... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:42:08 EST Dealing with grief.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621112 Hey there, SparkFriends! Just thought I would post an update. We have delayed reporting this morning due to icy roads so I have a few minutes. <BR> <BR> I am so totally ate up with CrossFit still.... It's all I want to do. It's all I think about, lol. I am getting closer to reaching some goals. I am finally starting to get my double unders- after a year and a half, lol. I can do 5-6 at a time and sometimes 15-20. I am also working on my kipping pull-up and am getting close. I can pull myself... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:57:12 EST Gearing up for 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575817 Hello, my Spark Friends! How I have missed you guys! I am really learning about what it takes to be in a maintenance range and it can be quite a challenge. <BR> <BR> I have been staying right around the 135-140 range. With the holidays it has been closer to 140. Actually, when I weighed myself this morning I was up to 143.8! That's almost 5 lbs overnight. And that's the highest I had been in awhile. Pizza last night did not help, I am sure. And all of those holiday goodies really did me in! ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:05:28 EST Rude Comments are Making Me Laugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531025 I have had another great breakthrough in my weightloss journey. I am so confident in myself, my weight, my size, my looks, I no longer let the rude comments of others get to me. <BR> <BR> I recently got into a conversation with someone about what size of shirt I wear. When I told them ladies medium, they looked me up and down and said there is no way I could wear a medium. And when I insisted that I could, they said the mediums I wear must be bigger than other mediums. Ha! <BR> <BR> And t... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 15:03:32 EST See my pumpkins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525189 I just had way too much fun with pumpkin carving this year. Actually, it has never been something I enjoyed, just one of those things I did because you are "supposed" to do, lol... They turned out way cuter and way better than I had imagined they would. I am not a crafty person so I impressed myself! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l801203774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now I did "steal" the idea with the weightlifters, but the one in the middle was my idea... It is the log... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:43:16 EST I am beginning to understand "maintenance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518402 I guess the light bulb finally clicked in my head. <BR> <BR> My wonderful husband bought a HUGE ginormous bag of Halloween candy on October 1st, expecting it to be there UNOPENED on October 31st. HA! The "good stuff" too! Snickers and Twix! (don't care too much for the 3 Musketeers or Milky Way). A couple of days after he bought it, I found myself back to my old tricks... cutting a very thin slit into the bag and sneaking a few out every day or so... or a couple of times a day, LOL! And then... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:23:10 EST Well... I WAS flattered.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516244 WOW! Today I got a call from a reporter from the paper asking me for a quote about CrossFit. My trainer gave him my number. How exciting! Somebody "asking" me to talk about CrossFit! I told him I could talk forever and he needed to stop me when ever he thought he got enough, lol.... I talked to him for a bit, just gushing on and on.... <BR> <BR> At the end of our conversation he thanks me and says the article will be in Sunday's paper in: "THE SENIOR LIVING SECTION"!!!!!! argh!!!!!! Is tur... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:12:29 EST Look at me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512937 This is what I am working on in CrossFit: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941712777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1717195539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not sure how well they will show up here, but in the top picture I am totally digging my muscles! <BR> <BR> This is one of those CrossFit skills I have always been too afraid to do. Even when I was a kid I was too scared to do cartwheels, handstands, etc.... Who would have eve... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:55:14 EST Injury=No Exercise=Depression=Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512220 September started off pretty good, but my heel pain started getting worse. I tried resting it with no change, when I ran on it no change. It just hurt! <BR> <BR> I got in to see a podiatrist who I didn't really "click" with. I felt like he totally wasn't listening to me. I was very specific and told him my pain was on the OUTer side of my heel. He gave me a cortisone shot on the INside of my heel. I figured.... "OK??? He's the Doc, he knows what he is doing!" I asked him what my physical lim... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:42:20 EST Making the Right Choice Feels Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479800 So I am only a week into September and I had 2 binges. Both on chocolate covered granola bars. MUST get those out of the house! And this morning in church it was ALL I could think about (any other food addicts relate?). I could just picture them and taste them! I envisioned myself eating them just as soon as I walked through the door. <BR> <BR> I saw on Facebook that my CrossFit gym was going to be open for open gym this afternoon and since I missed the workout on Thursday (bought my new car... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:24:04 EST The BEST piece of weightloss advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475340 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454597664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this on pinterest and I am printing it out and hanging it on my refrigerator. I totally agree with it after having battled my weight my entire life. I have realized that you can't expect to lose weight just because you worked out... The weightloss comes from the kitchen! Whatever you put in your mouth! I wish it weren't true sometimes.... I LOVE to eat! And I am pretty good at it, lol! I wish I could indul... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 06:12:11 EST Getting Creative with Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473362 I have such a hard time getting in my veggies... they are not my favorite (unless you count potatoes as veggies, lol), but I realize they are necessary. So I have had to get really creative and I wanted to share a few ways I have found to get them in (thanks to Pinterest) and I am very open to other ideas! Please share if I am missing something! <BR> <BR> Spinach- I will throw at least a cup (if not a cup and a half or 2 cups) into a blender with a frozen banana and a cup or cup and a half o... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:27:49 EST September is the month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472378 I started on SparkPeople 4 yrs ago in September.... It's always been a good month for me. There are no holiday celebrations, no birthdays, the weather starts to become more tolerable to exercise outdoors in, etc.... September is going to be MY month. <BR> <BR> The past few days I have been nailing my eating and I weighed in at 136.2 which is the lowest I have been in awhile. So I feel like I have all of the excess sodium flushed out of me...like, you know how when you go off track for a bit... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:25:57 EST I know I can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465556 So I have been doing pretty good at maintaining my weight for the past 9+ months... Last October I reached an all time low of 129 lbs. Whew! Finally got under 130. If you look at my SparkPage and see the pic of me in pink lifting the weight, that's me at 129. I love that pic and I love the way I look in that pic. I want to look like that again! I am currently around the 140 lb mark. And while I feel more muscular and firm, I certainly see the extra 10 lbs on me. <BR> <BR> I have done it bef... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:24:12 EST So Now I am 40.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462245 I have such mixed feelings. My super sweet DH rented us a room in a really gorgeous luxury resort in Dallas. Just he and I. We spent the day just hanging out enjoying each other. Part of me was super thrilled and excited just to be spending time with my hubby who is awesome.... but part of me was sad as I realized "empty nest" was fast approaching. My teen boys (15 and 17) have been difficult lately (just exerting their independence) so while it was nice to not have the tension there, it real... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:47:23 EST What happens when you turn 40? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435526 SO I can't believe I am hitting 40 next month! It's really starting to hit me. I broke down and made some Dr appointments. One with "Women's Health".... I have been BAD and not gotten a female exam in 4-5 yrs. I figure 40 is a good time to get that taken care of. Will I have to start with the mammograms? My hubby (a nurse) seems to think they changed the age to 45 unless you have a family history or any lumps. <BR> <BR> I also made an appointment for a general checkup with a regular Dr. I ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:24:44 EST Now it's heel spurs! Cortizone? Or No? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406612 UGH! If it's not one thing it's another. I got my carpal tunnel fixed, now my heel spur has flared up again. I've stopped all extra running and am just doing CrossFit. So frustrating! It's not getting any worse, but not showing any signs of getting better. <BR> <BR> So.... Back in 2001 (when I was 200+ lbs) I started developing the PF and heel spur pain. I was given the standard anti inflammatory, shoe inserts, exercises, lectures on losing weight, but nothing helped. Finally, in 2010 after ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:01:03 EST DEATH by ball slams! (update blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391332 Wow, I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last blog. We had our beach vacation which was amazing. Gorgeous weather and I got a fabulous tan. I wasn't as thin as I wanted, but it was all good. <BR> <BR> I seem to be maintaining around 140 lbs. I'd like to be closer to 130 and am fighting to get back there, but it is hard. I know you guys understand. I look at my pics when I was 130 and I loved how I looked! Wow, being just mere 10 lbs heavier sure makes a difference. I seem to c... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:46:43 EST CT Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349983 Yesterday I had my bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Both wrists at the same time. You would not believe how much *guff* I took from people about getting them both done at the same time. Even yesterday at the hospital, everybody from admin to the phlebotomist to the nurses "WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?" To me it just made sense. I wanted to get it over with and not take off so much time from work or CrossFit. I have an amazing awesome husband who is a nurse by trade who is a... Wed, 8 May 2013 15:02:36 EST Rope climb pic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332213 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042521092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *Not sure why it is sideways???? Hopefully y'all will get the gist... <BR> <BR> Most definitely my proudest fitness moment ever! I LOVE CROSSFIT! Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:05:29 EST Guess what I did last night???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329455 I am still floating on cloud nine. I couldn't sleep last night! I accomplished something I never ever thought possible. <BR> <BR> I climbed the rope at CrossFit! <BR> <BR> You have no idea how much this means to me and what a huge boost of confidence this is for me. When I was in elementary school, we had a rope in the gymnasium that we had to climb for gym class. The whole class would stand around and watch as we all took turns. I was one of the chubby kids who had a hard time even hangi... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:04:41 EST "Beach Vacation: Take 3" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308441 In 2007 we first visited S Padre Island. I was over 200 lbs.... you can see a pic of me in my photo section. Even though S Padre Island instantly became my idea of paradise, I was miserable because I was so big, I knew I looked awful, and I did not have the energy to enjoy it like I should. <BR> <BR> 3 years later we made it back there.... in August of 2010. You see, in MAY of 2010, I had just lost the bulk of my weight, getting down to a nice 140 lbs. I felt good! I felt like I looked good!... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:03:04 EST I KNOW what works for me!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307749 So why do I keep trying to change it???? So, August 1st of 2012 I had let myself get up to 156 lbs. By December 1st, I lost 27 lbs putting me at a fit, happy, healthy 129 lbs. feeling AMAZING! <BR> <BR> December is when I started to experiment with PALEO since that is what the CrossFit community passionately endorses. Well suffice it to say I have come to the conclusion PALEO is NOT for me. On paper it is awesome and it really should work. That way of eating just does not click with me. And... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:29:57 EST I Have A Diagnosis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294212 I had my long awaited neurology appointment today. I have carpal tunnel in both wrists and something going on in my neck. Possibly a pinched nerve, but I'm getting an MRI done to make sure it's nothing with my disks. <BR> <BR> My main complaint was elbow pain that was waking me up at night along with hand numbness. The Dr poked and prodded my elbow and nothing he did hurt or made my hand go numb. I told him I was embarrassed that I was seeing him and nothing was hurting right now. Well, then... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:00:40 EST Whoever said maintenance was hard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289729 They sure hit the nail on the head! You know what a sad part of it is? I am no longer getting continual compliments on how great I look. How vain is that? As I was losing weight, I was complimented every time I turned around and that motivated the heck out of me. I really need to get over that. <BR> <BR> We got back from vacation Friday and I did horrible with my eating! The past couple of weeks have actually been horrible. I am up to 139.4 lbs. 10 lbs up from my lowest. UGH! I know, though,... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:53:42 EST Goals For the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262482 Here they are. Writing them down so next Sunday I can refer back to them and see how I did. <BR> <BR> 1. Weight: I'd like to lose 1 lb this week. I weighed in at 131.8 this morning (down a full lb from yesterday?) so I'd like to see 130.8 next Sunday. Part of this goal is to STAY OFF THE SCALE until then! I have been finding daily weigh ins are making me lose focus and motivation whether I have gained or lost. <BR> <BR> 2. Food: Eat loose Paleo all week. What I mean by that is no breads or... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:31:09 EST