~KRISTEL~'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%7EKRISTEL%7E ~KRISTEL~'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/ Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459423 Last week's goals: <BR> *Hit the gym 4 days <BR> *Get my running interval from 1 minute to 1m45s <BR> *Increase my time on the Elliptical from 7 minutes to 10 minutes <BR> *Find a strength training routine <BR> *Make it to bed by 9:30pm on work nights <BR> *Cook healthier dinners for my family <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym, and even went for a hike today (gym is closed on Sunday). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1701897748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't incr... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 01:10:51 EST Another Starting Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449867 I've had many good starts on SP that I've just let come to a sputtering stop. I'm trying something a bit different this time. <BR> <BR> I'm using SparkPeople AND I'm using my BodyMedia arm band. These two tools finally work together (or I finally found out that they do!) and I'm able to use them both. Another tool I'm using is Fitocracy. It is a social media for people who are working out. Basically, I get points for every activity I log and I have constant contact with folks who are al... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:36:37 EST Second Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3312664 My Wii Fit age today was 37! I've done 12 minutes of yoga, 3 min of step aerobics and 7 min of "other" aerobics. I wish that I could unlock more yoga poses and aerobics already, but I think that it's smart that you're only given a few poses/activities to begin with. Time to get ready for work...Have a great day! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 08:54:29 EST New Toy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311989 I played for about an hour on my Wii Fit today! This is after riding my bicycle over half a mile today to my sister's house too! I really should get to bed though, I'll be lucky to get 7 hours sleep now and I am seriously looking forward to starting my day RIGHT! I want a balanced breakfast (not donuts or fast food!!!) and want to get some Wii Fit (known as WF from here on out) time before work! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:19:10 EST New starts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3091082 We moved into our new house over the weekend and now I'm trying to unpack and find homes for everything. Our diet over the next couple weeks will not be as varied as I like because we're cutting down to basics for a while (beans and rice anyone?). I need to get off my butt and get something to eat for myself because up until a few minutes ago I've been working (housework, unpacking, moving) and have only had a cup of coffee and an ice cream sandwich. Time to take a 15 minute break and take... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 11:52:13 EST Down, down, down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3037347 I fell off the wagon for a bit around Christmas and only gained 4 pounds...this is a huge improvement considering I usually gain 10+. Last week I weighed and was back down to my pre-holiday weight and this week I'm officially 1 pound less. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:56:15 EST ER4YT: Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3014231 I'm enjoying this food plan! I cooked stir-fry last night and that's one of my favorite meals. I also had a serving of chocolate frozen yogurt for dessert! I've stuck to the one soda per day, down from having 4-6 in an average day. I typically don't weigh in the middle of the week, but I'm down 4 pounds in 4 days. I'm not hungry, not missing anything and loving it. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 09:06:25 EST Type A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3010017 I ran across the Eat Right 4 Your Type book by D'adamo. It's quite interesting. I already know that I have PCOS and insulin resistance which means that I have an increased risk of diabetes, endometrial cancer, elevated cholesterol, heart disease and a whole long list of other wonderful things. According to my blood type I should eat mostly fruits and veggies, very little poultry, no red meat (cry!!!), and very little wheat. There are other whole grains that are good for me and so I'm work... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:59:06 EST Back On My Mind Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2897417 Just like the country song by Ronnie Milsap, Sparkpeople (and my health) is back on my mind again. I have to start following my doctor's orders again and cut out the simple carbs and most white stuff. The hardest food for me to give up is potatoes! I love baked potatoes! If I want a potato, I'll just have to have a sweet potato. I also need to be more active. Since losing my job, I have had no exercise/activity in my day. I saw my doctor yesterday and he actually added a dose of Metfor... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 11:28:51 EST Goal Reached!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2512481 I'm so excited! I've reached my first goal of 250 (for a loss of 26 pounds)!!! I actually weighed in on Saturday but haven't had a chance to post until now. I'm 1.6 pounds from 10%. I'm setting my next goal for 225. My ultimate goal is somewhere around 150-165, not sure yet, but I know that I work better if I break down the journey. <BR> <BR> I'd better get going, got quite a bit more work to complete today. <BR> <BR> Tah-Tah For Now! Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:43:13 EST Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2438616 I'm back at work after being off for almost 2 weeks due to severe tendonitis. I'm tired, and I'm a little sore (I climbed a fence yesterday to retrieve my dog), but overall it's going well. I miss being home all day though. I really enjoyed having time off. I'd love to be in a position to be able to work from home or not have to work at all. Last Thursday and Friday my husband was able to take a couple of vacation days so he and I got to spend some time together and have a mini-vacation ... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 13:57:36 EST Family Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2413481 My mother-in-law proposed this crazy idea today. She suggested we play "The Biggest Loser" in our family. We are each allowed to use our own program, and we'll have one (or two) set(s) of scales available for our official weigh-in. Right now I think that we have 4 or 5 contestants. We're gonna set up a grab bag of goodies for when we reach little goals and stuff, and it will also make us eat better when we all get together. <BR> <BR> My program will pretty much be the same as what I've... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:24:04 EST Update For The Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2411307 Okay, so this week has been pretty rough. On Tuesday at 1am, my oldest daughter woke up with an earache. We were up with her from 1-3 and during that time I was unable to straighten my right arm and it was sore at the elbow. I was able to drop her off with my sister-in-law who took her to the doc for me while I went to work. At the doc's office they found a lightning bug in her ear! They were able to get the ear out and they gave it to her as a souvenir. <BR> <BR> Wednesday morning I... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:22:43 EST Doctor's Orders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2391272 I got the following information from my doctor this week via fax and have decided to go ahead and list it on here so that I can refer back to it later. <BR> <BR> EASY GUIDE TO CALORIE REDUCTION <BR> (Complex Carbohydrates and Protein) <BR> Brown, Green, but NO White <BR> <BR> Do Not Eat: <BR> Fried meats <BR> Yellow cheese (white is okay) <BR> Peanut butter (nuts are okay) <BR> Chocolate <BR> Limit simple sugars and carbohydrates such as white rice, potatoes, sugar, white bread, whole wheat... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:26:40 EST Cravings...(Fair warning, only read if you are NOT dealing with cravings right now) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2376818 OMG! I've done so well this last month, but it's "that time" and so I'm craving anything and everything sweet. I was at my in-law's today and was going to eat a fresh baked cookie (it was going to be my second) and my husband actually took it from my hand. I was ticked, and my feelings were hurt. I know he did it "for my own good", but still. What is worse was earlier in the evening I told him that I really wanted to go to Braum's and get a treat there, but he said, "no, you can't have t... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 00:46:41 EST It could have been worse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2367413 Last night while driving home from work I officially broke my car. I have a 50 mile commute for work and found out the hard way that I was out of oil. My motor locked up, it was 6:30 in Fort Worth traffic. I was able to get to the shoulder of the freeway and call my husband to come rescue me and while waiting for him a friendly officer pulled over to wait with me. My husband showed up just after 7:00 on his motorcycle to hopefully quickly repair my car, or worst case scenario take me hom... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:24:24 EST Oh So Yummy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2362687 I love eating at Chipotle! My favorite is a burrito bol with extra rice, black beans, chicken, sour cream, guac, cheese and pico. My hubby and I have recently tightened our budget though, so Chipotle is out of the question. I had planned on making tacos tonight and had an inspiration! I ran by the store, grabbed some cilantro, jalapenos and limes. I made homemade guac, cilantro-lime (brown) rice, and hubby cooked the taco meat and reheated the pintos we cooked yesterday. It was wonderfu... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:57:05 EST August 30...too little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2360645 Ugh...I just can't get enough in today. I know that I'm not very active on the weekends usually, but I also know that I need to maintain a minimum calorie intake to prevent "starvation" mode. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:41:30 EST Super Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2356255 I've not really done everything this morning that I'd wanted to, but I'm pretty happy with what's been done so far. I'm half-way done with the laundry, dishes are getting caught up (my poor dd didn't do her chores this week and is having to get caught up on the dishes), I'm going to my sis's this afternoon for a bbq and it's just a good day all around. Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:00:54 EST Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2354907 I have a few questions for my doc when I see him in November, but I have such a bad memory that I decided to record them on my phone. Pretty smart, right? Fri, 28 Aug 2009 21:29:35 EST (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1421248 Woot! The kids are all at school. I've started marking of my list of things To Do today and I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 10:43:34 EST All in a day's work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1246353 Yesterday was prety exciting. It was my first day home as a SAHM with the kids out on summer vacation and dad at work. We got lots of cleaning done, played some Monopoly Jr., and even got to watch the neighbor's cows walk and run through our yard. It was funny. My two older children were taking a load of trash outside and they dropped the trash and came running back into the house screaming "The cows are out!". All the cows were rounded up by my brother-in-law (running like an airplane) ... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 09:44:14 EST Shock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=888089 Okay, so it's the first of the year and we're all making resolutions and looking at what we've done to ourselves over the holiday months (at least I am). I've decided not to wait until after my birthday this year. Instead, I chose to take advantage of a day at home with my children and start making better choices (again). I'm pleasantly surprised that I didn't go over on my calorie and fat intake yesterday. I did come up short on my fiber, iron, calcium, and water. Thanks to SP I know wh... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 07:15:51 EST Look Ma! No Hands (in the cookie jar)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=685598 Oh my goodness! I'm really doing it! I'm down a total of 20 pounds now and am so proud of myself. I am enjoying my meals and just making the best choices I can when I do eat out. I don't think I've ever had this much success with weight loss. I've had a pretty stressful week at work and I know that I truly am a stress eater. I've let myself have a few sessions of just stress eating (had real tex-mex nachos for lunch yesterday), but I'm just trying to make sure that I eat better than I u... Sat, 4 Aug 2007 08:54:52 EST Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=665171 I'm so proud of myself! I've been doing so well. This week I had what could have been considered setbacks or moments of weakness, but I didn't count them as such. Friday I found out that my grandfather was in the hospital so I had taco bell on the way to see him (grilled stuft chicken burrito) and stopped by starbucks on the way to the kids afterwards (light raspberry mocha frapaccino). If anything I'd say these were successes. I only ate the burrito and I only ordered the smallest drink... Sun, 22 Jul 2007 10:12:55 EST Goal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=654388 I've reached my first goal--I'm down 5%! That's 12 pounds! My next goal is down another 13 pounds for a total loss of 10%. I can fit into a pair of size 18 denim capris (not stretch denim) that I haven't been in for over a year. I'm walking several times a week and enjoying jumping rope with my kids. I haven't been tracking my foods so much because I've been spending less time on the computer. Sun, 15 Jul 2007 16:19:21 EST Three Weeks and Gaining Momentum!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=643272 Okay, so officially, I've lost 10 pounds. I know, I know, I lost that the first week...but 2 pounds came back (women completely understand). So anyway, I'm eating well and not cheating. I'm finding ways to cook for my family and me on our tight budget. There are some nights that I fix me something different, but mostly I eat the same as them (just prepared slightly different). <BR> <BR> I've mentioned before that I love to bake. So today I baked a rhubarb pie (practically fat free) an... Sun, 8 Jul 2007 21:54:49 EST 2 Weeks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=634420 Two weeks on Alli and no embarassing moments! I'm so proud of myself and the changes that I'm making. Last week I didn't exercise near enough but life's not over. I got out there tonight and burned 700 cals! Thanks for the help Ang and Rosie! I didn't weigh in yet either because I was gone on weigh day and this morning was crazy, but I look forward to the results! I've been enjoying more fruits and veggies and really love my low fat alternatives! I'm not even tempted to cheat. Tonight... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 00:27:50 EST Alli: Day 7-Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=619619 This week has been amazing! I know that many people are skeptical about Alli, and that's fine. I have been more aware of what has gone in my mouth this past week than I have ever been before. Yes! The scare tactic works and I need it. I haven't had any TE's (treatment effects) and have enjoyed eating well. Also, I've done great on my fitness training this week. I've done home workout videos and also walked laps around my street. My muscles are a little sore, but I love it. Last night... Sat, 23 Jun 2007 07:54:45 EST Alli: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=610677 I started Alli today. I feel great. I stayed with my plan today and am on my way to bed. I did my cardio today and even went for a walk to convince myself that I was full. <BR> <BR> Ciao! Sun, 17 Jun 2007 22:56:27 EST Bandwagon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=608999 Okay, so I fell off the band wagon pretty early. But, all that matters is that I'm back. I'll be honest, I have a hard time sticking with something, especially if it is something that is kind of hard and a long process. Ok, see. I've really opened up ther. Of course, I know that it happens to a lot of people...that's why most people's weight yo-yo's. So I plan on starting Alli today when I get it. I'm really excited. I've started looking at what foods have the lower fat that I will ac... Sat, 16 Jun 2007 10:24:34 EST So tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=517475 I'm so tired. I haven't been doing what I need to do for myself. Tomorrow I'm going to just start cutting the simple carbs. Complex only for me please... <BR> <BR> Tonight I'll prepare by cooking some whole grain pasta and going to bed at a decent time. <BR> Mon, 16 Apr 2007 20:47:03 EST Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=385456 I've been a little down with the weather, being sick, and stuff at work. I haven't been eating the best either. But-I have been eating proper portions instead of going overkill when I eat fast food, I've just eaten smaller portions. I weighed in today and am down a total of 13 pounds! I need to go get myself ready, gotta take Dani to the doctor this morning and then get to work. Have a great day out there! <BR> <BR> ~Kristel~ Fri, 19 Jan 2007 07:18:14 EST Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=369117 Wow! I am so tired, and feel so good. I did really well on my intake today, in fact I was pretty low on my fat and cals so after my work out I made myself a milk shake with REAL ice cream, skim milk, and sugar free instant pudding. Oh, and did you notice that I actually worked out today! Thanks to Angela for coming over and exercising with me! It won't take any time at all for me to fall asleep tonight which means that getting up tomorrow should be pretty easy. I'm outta here, gotta bea... Tue, 9 Jan 2007 22:45:49 EST Happy Birthday To Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=366769 It's my birthday! I'm 26 now. I may have gone a little over on my food intake today, but not enough to hurt my progress. I start working out with my sister in law tomorrow. I'm gonna make sure that I get some sleep tonight-I know we're gonna work hard. <BR> <BR> For my birthday treat, I made myself a shake! I used sugar free vanilla ice cream, a little skim milk, and some frozen peaches. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be a good day! Mon, 8 Jan 2007 21:04:17 EST Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=363195 I had a wonderful day today. We went to Golden Corral (all you can eat buffet) and I filled my plate up with veggies and fruit. Once I ate what I wanted of that, I enjoyed 2 oz of chicken breast without the skin. It was delicious. I'm within my nutritional ranges today. In fact, I was kinda low even after dinner so I decided that today was a good day for a dessert. Well, as you can imagine, there was nothing in the house in the way of sweets that seemed worthy of my last calories consum... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 22:58:58 EST Everybody Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=362025 I'm down by 5 pounds! Only 100 more to go! Right now I haven't incorporated exercise yet, but I'm being a realist. I want to take baby steps to get to my goal. I'm afraid that if I start an onslaught of cardio 7 days a week and 1 hour of strength training 3 days a week I'll burn out soon. So here I am. Much like the tortoise. Enjoying my dinners one bite at a time on my small plate. Every time I set the table my 4 year old laughs because Mommy is using her plate. It works though. An... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 08:46:38 EST So Full! So Satisfied! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=361518 I've had a good day today. I've stayed within my food intake range. I've had plenty of water. I even enjoyed a nice satisfying dinner. Tonight my sister and her husband came over and I served spaghetti (made with Barilla multigrain pasta), fresh, home made whole wheat french bread, and Italian frozen veggies. Dinner was definitely good. I used my "child-sized" plate and put my fork down between bites and couldn't even finish my spaghetti. I ate 1 1/2 pieces of bread. AND...I was able ... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 21:12:18 EST Duh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=360574 So you know all the "tricks" that you've heard all your life? Use a smaller plate. Set your fork down between bites. More fruits and veggies. Avoid fried/fast foods. <BR> <BR> Yeah, yeah. I've heard them. Well, now I'm applying them. DUH! It really works. I have been making better choices for what actually goes into my mouth. Last night I really did try the whole smaller plate/set your fork down thing-I ate less than my kids (except for my 4 year old, but she's a completely diffe... Fri, 5 Jan 2007 10:51:52 EST Doctor's Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=357605 I went for my yearly exam today. You know the one. My doc says that I'm pretty healthy except for being so overweight. I told him that I want to lose this weight and keep it off. The first goal that he set for me is 50 pounds. He gave me a dietary supplement to help curb my appetite. Then we talked about how I need to eat right. No fast food, no fried foods, limit sugars and simple carbs, go for fresh fruits & veggies, lean meats, etc. You know the routine. My head knows all of this,... Wed, 3 Jan 2007 21:09:11 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=350982 Well, we've just come through the holidays. My birthday is right around the corner, but if I don't start something soon I feel like I'll max out the shocks on my car. Well, maybe not quite. Here's the kicker, I love to cook home cooked meals and I also love to eat them. I also love to drink sodas (diet and regular), and snack on chips or crackers. I don't do so well at the whole veggie thing or whole grain thing. They usually tend to be too costly. My husband loves my home cooking too,... Sat, 30 Dec 2006 12:31:33 EST