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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Don't seek to follow in someone else's footsteps...

It's been a really long time since I have posted, but I wanted to let you all know what I have been up to!
I had another baby, bought a house and have had many blessings. Along with the blessings, we have had trials.

My best friend died on May 3rd. She was my mother in law, only 57 and it was sudden and very unexpected. They found cancer, and it spread a lot faster then they thought it would. All of her doctors were blown away at the progression. They thought it was colon cancer but it ended up being liver cancer that killed her. She died while waiting to see what their plan was. Thought they were dealing with colon cancer (which is slow growing) so they thought she had more time. She went into complete liver failure in a matter of weeks and that's when they found that it was liver cancer.

She was the healthiest one out of all of us. She didn't drink, do drugs and she even stayed away from refined sugars. She watched everything she put into her mouth. She exercised everyday, worked full time, went to school full time and even found time to be very active in her church and with her family.  She was a total inspiration to others. She loved God and was a devout Christian. I used to say that I wanted to be like her and follow in her footsteps, but I read somewhere recently, (and I'm paraphrasing), "don't seek to follow in someone else's footsteps, seek what they sought after." Brilliant. I think that is what she would say.

Anyway, I guess when your genes are bad, none of the other stuff matters in the long run. I cry almost every day because I miss her so much, but she is with Jesus PTL (praise the Lord)! I think about her everyday and although she knew me well, I wish she could have known me as I see myself (skinny). I know she never cared about how I looked, it was always my issue. She was supportive either way. I know that sounds superficial, but she surrounded a lot of my weight goals, because she was so beautiful and skinny, I wanted to be like her. She always made me feel better about how I saw myself, she was my advocate in so many ways.

About 3 weeks ago, I got back in touch with sparkpeople and created a new goal. I didn't realize how simple it seemed. I just need to stay on track. I am watching what I eat a lot more (lots of salads and chicken), and this time around it's been much easier, maybe because the goal seems tangible. Sparkpeople says that I can lose 107 lbs by June 1, 2014, as long as I lose 2 lbs every week. That is AMAZING!! So far I have lost 6 lbs, so I have been able to stay on track. Jana is giving me motivation and strength beyond the grave. I love her and miss her.

Hope all of you are well out there in bloggy land! Btw are any of you on Pinterest? I recently found it and LOVE IT! I am finding all sorts of recipes and craft stuff that I can do and modify to fit my family's eating style and such. Never thought I'd love it, but I do (I was anti there for a while lol!).

Smiles and blessings,
Melissa


Friday, January 6, 2012

Day 5

Today was/is not a good day. Baby M was admitted to the hospital. He has RSV which caused bronchiolitis and now a new heart  (he's only 27 days old). Needless to say exercise is far from my mind. He is a heavy little thing and with his car seat, carrying him around all day in it has been exhausting.

I'll post again when we are out of the hospital. God is awesome and He has this under control. Amen!

I'll be back soon.

All things in Christ who gives me strength.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Day 4

Turbo Jam 20 minute workout with baby M strapped to my chest!

Today, despite my excessive lack of sleep, I had a stroke of genius! Oh my gosh, why didn't I think of this before?!? I strapped Mr. Baby to my chest and did turbo jam!

My first son is almost 5 so we didn't have much saved when we had this baby. We kept our baby monitor, wipe warmer (although we ended up
buying another), my breast pump (which recently just broke! *cry*) and...wait for it...my baby chest carrier thingy. It's like a baby bjorn but generic and more strappy. I can have baby toward me (has better neck support), or turn him around to see the world when he gets older/stronger. Awesome!!!

I did his breathing treatment, fed him and then strapped him in for a test drive.


At first he didn't like it, just walking around. He turns into a crack baby on this breathing treatment--super fussy and shaky (it's a little scary as his mama but I guess a normal side effect of this drug) so he really wasn't diggin' being strapped in. As soon as I started bouncing around and dancing (TJ is very dancy!) he went super quiet. I turned the music up loud and just had fun with it. I think he loved it. I loved it (that's all that matters, right? lol).

Anyway, fussy crack baby M fell asleep! bouncing all over the place to TJ! I can't believe it. Maybe this is what I need to do at 2 am when he won't sleep (lol I'm SO just kidding, but it might be worth a try someday lol). In fact, he's still strapped in as I type this, sleeping great--in a deep sleep, not the little flitty eye dreamer sleep he does sometimes where he is 1/2 asleep but kinda not (you mom's know what I'm talking about!).

Anyway I'm proud of myself. I did it, sleep deprived and all--of course with His strength.

Gotta love His strength, especially when it's needed the most.

All things in Christ who gives me strength!

Day 3

Quickfire abs/leg lifts

a few more squats

today was extremely hard. we spent a few hours @ the dr office and Baby M has just been freaking out all day/night gagging/coughing/choking. his dr thinks it's RSV. they gave him a steroid shot and i have been giving him (trying) breathing treatments every 4 hrs and have another appt tomorrow.

I've been holding him pretty much the entire time so needless to say typing this one handed with a screaming baby is tough, but with God's strength, i can get through this tough night. man, do i need his strength right now.

c u tomorrow.

all things in Christ who strengthens me,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2

2 sets 10 reps squats

10 lunges on each leg

It's only day 2 and I already almost blew it. lol. It's 10 pm and I'm trying to get a fussy baby to bed, and I realize out loud to Hubby, "Awe man! I didn't exercise." He just laughed.

I thought I would do something a little less ambitious for day 2 and do squats and lunges, but as you can see, I didn't do a whole lot of either. I am really hoping that it won't be painful to walk tomorrow though. *whew* I'm out of shape and 20lbs heavier than I was the last time I blogged here (if I remember correctly). Surprisingly, I have already lost 20lbs since the baby was born though (yaay!).

I changed the name of my blog because during my first 365 day spurt of exercise, my favorite verse got me through almost everyday (Philippians 4:13). I know that not everyone that reads this blog shares my faith, but I think that we all share the bigger message that my favorite verse holds true to--that there is something greater out there than all of us (chi, karma, God, Christ, spirituality, faith, flying spaghetti monster... whatever you believe and want to call it), and we can find power in it, to find the power in ourselves to do anything we set our minds to. My faith does this for me, and it's a big part of who I am.

Off to bed. I hope I can walk in the morning. My quads are already sore! *yikes!*

All things in Christ who gives me strength!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Day 1

20 minutes -- Turbo Jam's 20 minute workout

Happy New Year!!

It's been quite a while since I have posted and a long journey in 2011. Some was a struggle but things happen for a reason--good and bad--and all that matters is what we take from it to grow and learn.

In 2011 I attempted this goal again (365 days of exercise) but got pregnant. I stayed positive and continued to exercise, and then it looks like I fel
l off the face of the earth. Not quite, only the blogosphere. I successfully exercised up until my 6th month of pregnancy (26 wks to be exact) and went into preterm labor and then my doctor pulled the plug on exercise. It was a total STRUGGLE. I guess it was one of those I'm-not-allowed-to-do-it-so-now-I-really-want-to things. The doc had me on meds to stop the contractions from coming on, which dropped my blood pressure (which is already pretty low), and I just didn't feel that great for the end of my pregnancy.

Baby M, 3 days old

Baby M was born 1 week early at 8lbs 1oz on Dec. 9, which puts me now, at about the 3 week mark since I have given birth (naturally and successfully w/out any complications to myself or the baby). The doctor told me to not exercise until 6 weeks after birth (or do anything else for that matter) but I feel great, and so I am choosing to exercise at my own discretion, at a low intensity until given full approval (all things in Christ), then I will kick it up a notch and attempt to exercise 5+days a week. I would say 365 but I am still working full time 12 hour shifts so we will see what I can do, God willing. Of course I will stop if I can't do it (immediate health first!).

I missed Turbo Jam. A LOT. I don't know if it's sleep deprivation or if I am just a whack-a-do for TJ, but I super missed it. I missed the music, and making a fool out of myself in the privacy of my own living room, with distant giggles from my soon to be 5 year old, while the baby (now 3 weeks old) quietly sleeps in the sleeper in the living room close by.

It's good to be back.

I have gotten a lot of emails from you guys and I am sorry that I am poor at following up with them. I appreciate the well wishes and I promise to keep more on top of it this time around. I have also gotten a lot of questions regarding the HCG diet, which I will do again after I finish breastfeeding--however long He allows my body to do it for (all things in Christ) or until the baby bites me a few times. ouch!

As far as the HCG diet, for now, here is a link from an episode from Dr. Oz (it's a 5 part web episode) , talking about it, to answer any questions you may have for now. I'm not ready to go all out and talk about it now, as it's not really apart of my life now, but it will be, soon, one day again. I will say that I was successful with it and had no health problems/complications from it and my general practitioner is on board w/ it also--it's not a long term thing. Ten days into my 3rd round I got pregnant, so I stopped the diet when I found out.

Anyway that's all for now. I'm tired and the baby is going to wake soon. I am hoping that these blogs won't be so long, so that I can be successful with them also.

Here's to a successful new year!

All things in Christ who gives me strength!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

*pat on the back*


I don't know if it's because I am pregnant now, or just because life is changing, but I look forward to my days off so much more now, than before. Before it was just like "eeh" I could give or take them. They were nice, but I didn't urn for them the way I do now.

Today I got up early (baah!), got the Monkey Boy fed, dressed and off to school. He really enjoys going to school. I just hope this new-found excitement lasts. I got my nonfat decaf blended ice mocha at Starbucks and headed home to exercise.

I procrastinated for about an hour playing my guitar (hey, it wouldn't be me if there wasn't a little bit of procrastination going on lol). I miss my guitar and singing. It sounds silly but once upon a time I used to play all the time at a guitar shop at open mic night, when I lived in Redondo Beach, CA. I used to write my own songs/poetry and used to be really artsy fartsy. When I was pregnant with my first son I used to play a lot and sing, and he came out being a really well mannered little chill boy, who loves Loves LOVES music, so I am doing it again. I don't know if it's superstition, but I enjoy it, and I believe the baby's ears are developed, so maybe he can feel/hear the guitar, the melody and my voice.



Anyway after I got that out of my system, I got to it and exercised.

One of the questions I have been asked pretty frequently in emails (sorry I am bad w/ responding) is how do I stay motivated to just get up and do it. I thought about it today, and I think about it like this: I just make it a part of my day, like I do brushing my teeth or getting dressed. I have to do it. I don't see it as an optional part of my day. On the days that I feel like I want to make it optional, I just think about how great I feel after doing it (huge sense of accomplishment!), and how I feel feel and look, after time. Before/after pictures are great motivation, and even publishing your accomplishments for all to see is great motivation also because people are so inspiring and so supportive! How can you not get out and do it again when you have people believing in you. It's awesome! That being said, thank you for all of your support. As you can see, YOU are a big part of my motivation, especially on the days that I don't want to do it :).

I was really ambitious today. I created another workout on EA Sports Active 2, with over 20 activities and this time a more well rounded lower body workout (including a warmup, cardio, strength more cardio and even a cool down). The goal was for about 30 minutes but keeping my HR below 130--as the first OB/Gyn recommended. I completed 28:34 minutes and burned 162.5 calories.

I completed most of what I signed myself up for, but skipped maybe 4 of the activities using my HR as a guide. I had a lot of cardio on there, and during the 10 min step aerobics segment, I had a really hard time keeping my HR below 125. I felt great, and didn't feel winded at all, but I guess the doc knows best, right? I even had to stop mid workout and let my HR drop a little (like she suggested), so it was a good idea that I didn't follow through with the other aerobic segment that I had. My goal was to keep my HR in the 2nd Zone (between 115-130 I think).



The other segments I skipped over were some squats and lunges. I haven't done either of the 2 for a while, and I was feeling it pretty good. I did 1 set if 16 of each--which was on the easy setting. I really thought it would have given me a set of 10 which is why I opted for 2 of each to begin with.

Anyway here is a summary of my stats. I had some pretty good goals for today, which I accomplished for the most part *pat on the back.*



Have an awesome day!

If I can do this, so can you...
You can do this, You are a star!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Remember Me?

Hi everyone! It's been a SUPER long time since my last post (months and months), and I apologize. A lot has happened, and a lot has changed for me (all good but some w/ a negative side note).

First off, I am able to get on today, because 2 hours ago I dropped my son (a 4 year old monkey boy) off for his very first day of school! It was bittersweet and really strange to be completely alone on a day off. What an odd feeling. I can do whatever I want whenever I want, again! Whatever on earth that is, I don't know, but I will figure it out in the next month or so (I hope).

Secondly I have some news. I found out a while ago, but along w/ the good news, came some disappointing news.

When I started my first 365 days of exercise, I had put some realistic restrictions on this goal--ie: i would stop if ___blankety blank___ happened (I can't seem to find the post that I mentioned this in *grumble*) . Well one of those "blank" things happened, and I was forced to stop...not by my own will, but per doctors orders. I'm pregnant! I am 5 months pregnant now, and the original ob/gyn I went to, told me to stop exercising how I was. She put some big restrictions on exercising for me, and it was just a let down. Anyway, this might explain part of my hiatus from this blog.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was told I could continue to do the current exercise regimen I was doing, and just not to do anything strenuous (nothing that got my HR over 150) or w/ lots and lots of jumping. She wasn't too concerned with my duration either. The doctor I had started with, this time, told me to exercise no more than 2-3 days a week, no more than 20 minute per sessions (no more than 2 sessions each day), and to keep my HR below 130. What a huge disappointment! My walks alone were 30+ minutes and my HR got up into the 140s.

I thought, "ok no big deal, I have a HRM, I'll just use that to monitor my HR," since it's hard for me to tell when my HR goes over 130 (exercising w/ my HR in the 140s-150s is easy for me, for long durations). I put my HRM on, and I guess it was picking up the baby's HR also, because my HRM just freaked out, it would jump from 180-210 just at rest. I thought at first it was my HRM, so I bought a new one, and the new one did the same.

Anyway, I saw this doctor about 4 times and just didn't feel comfortable with her. A lot of the things she told me contradicted a lot of what I learned from my first pregnancy--not just in regards to exercising (I know not every doctor is the same but she literally elevated my blood pressure and annoyed every fiber of my being) and the woman never even asked me what my birth plan was, so I switched. To her partner. lol.

I haven't had the "exercise" talk with her partner yet, but I am making an effort to be compliant with my current restrictions *grumble*. Now that the monkey boy is in school, finding the time to exercise (and blog) w/out added stress is so much easier!

I remembered that my EA Sports Active 2 had a HRM built into the leg and arm sensors so I tried that out this morning. I did only about 12 minutes and did some upper body strength. I set my goals for exercising 3 days a week (but started a 4 day/week program) and set my calorie and hourly goals pretty low. It's really disappointing to take such HUGE steps backwards, but I guess I have to do what I have to do. I'm pregnant now, and that is the biggest difference from when I started this goal. I can no longer do 365 days of exercise, until after the baby is born. Hopefully I can start over in Jan 2012. For now I will just do what I am allowed, for the sake of the baby.

The baby is due December 16th, and we are having another boy, that we are going to name Matthew Alexander, after my father (Alexander is his middle name).



My plan is to update this blog on the days that the monkey boy goes to school, if I am not working, and to exercise on my set days off (for now they are Tuesday, Friday-Sunday).

My biggest goal right now is just to keep my weight down (I've only gained 13 lbs in 5 months, which is awesome compared to my first pregnancy), as I am still considered obese, and I don't need to gain much weight for this baby. (it's a parasite and will take what it needs--believe me I have plenty to give!). My first pregnancy I gained A LOT of weight, and I don't plan to do that this time. Lucky for me, my cravings are cold fruit and cold veggies (isn't that awesome!?!). As long as my new ob/gyn is ok w/ my goals, this is what I plan to do. I will see her in a month and go over it with her then.

I will still update here on what I am doing. Exercise in pregnancy is important (although my 1st ob/gyn doesn't agree) and I am sure there are a lot of preggy women out there in the same boat that I am in, so I hope this helps to keep ya'll motivated.

On top of all of this, we are trying to buy a house before the baby is born. If we can't, then our goal is to buy a house in May 2012.

So, if I can do all of this, pregnant, so can you!

See you in a few days!

I can do this. I am a star!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 56-74 (technical difficulties)

I'm having some difficulties with my computer and am having difficulties accessing blogger and a few other websites (they wont load properly for me). On top of that I am have been having A LOT of issues with my router (we have to reset it 3-4x a day *grumble*). On most days I can't even access my sparkpeople fitness/nutrition pages to update my exercise minutes (I don't get the pop up when I click on the "add" buttons to add to my diary) ! I have a bunch of tiny scraps of paper that I have things like "3/1/11 DDR 62/328" written on. I think it's time for a new computer :(.

Since I CAN get on right now *fingers crossed that it lets me publish* I will update now. I really hope this works. I have been keeping up my exercises daily but am still doing daily goals (having to do w/ not cheating lol).

Day 56: 2/25/11... 56 mins, 2.67 miles (walking)
Day 57: 2/26/11... 51 mins, 2.51 miles (walking)
Day 58: 2/27/11... 43 mins, 2 miles (walking)
Day 59: 2/28/11... 45 mins, heavy cleaning
Day 60: 3/1/11... 62 mins, Wii dance dance revolution (DDR)
Day 61: 3/2/11... 47 mins, 1.25 miles (walking) (my pedometer reset itself)
Day 62: 3/3/11 (our 5 year anny)... 57 mins, 2.47 miles (walking)
Day 63: 3/4/11... 60 mins, 2.84 mi and 20 mins heavy cleaning
Day 64: 3/5/11... 52 mins, 2.42 mi
Day 65: 3/6/11...62 mins, 3.33 mi
Day 66: 3/7/11... 30 mins heavy cleaning and 32 mins Wii DDR
Day 67: 3/8/11... 62 mins, 3.2 mi
Day 68: 3/9/11... 45 mins, 2 mi
Day 69: 3/10/11... 60 mins, 2.5 mi
Day 70: 3/11/11... 64 mins, 3.05 mi
Day 71: 3/12/11... 68 mins, 2.93 mi
Day 72: 3/13/11 (hubby's b-day)... 73 mins, 3.33 mi
Day 73: 3/14/11... 48 mins, 2.34 mi
Day 74: Today! 3/15/11... 54 mins, 2.91 mi

I hope I can publish this. I keep seeing the little "autosave failed" and it's making me nervous. My "H" key just popped off and won't pop back on either. lol. I guess it's just one of those days.

If I can find a decent app for my phone (my touch from T-Mobile) then I will try to update from there.

Hope everyone is well out there in bloggy land. Man, I hope this works...

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 55 (I heart DDR)

Can ya'll guess what I did today? Yep. Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). This time I did it for 94 minutes and burned 482 calories. I didn't do it all at once, but throughout the day (30 min spurts).

Off to eat dinner w/ the family. Make today count! The simplest of things will do :).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 54 (Wed 2/23/11)

Another Dance Dance Revolution day. I love this game.

64 minutes, 365 calories
40 minutes, 265 calories (heavy cleaning)

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 53 (tuesday 2/22/11)

It was a workday. I walked 3.08 miles in 60 minutes for exercise.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 52 *shaking fist*

Can you guess what I did for exercise today? DDR! Again. Yep. I found a new reason to do it. It seems that the songs get stuck in my hubby's head pretty easily, if I do them more than once in a row. Fun stuff. I've got all sorts of great songs to torture him with. New Kids on the Block's, "The Right Stuff (You Got It)," Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up," Coldplay the Pussycat Dolls and other really catchy songs. The Monkey Boy's fav so far is "Good Times" by Chic. I hear them singing or humming along and it just makes me laugh inside. I don't think he realizes my diabolical plan to torture him even when I am not around. All I have to do is say the word "Karen" and he thinks of the song that I often sing (after hearing that name) that Plankton from Spongebob Squarepants wrote to his computer wife Karen for their anniversary. So funny. I also sing it to my co-worker at work, cause that's her name. It would be funnier if she knew the song though.

What's that you say? You don't know it either? Well here you go!:



My son is singing this song now after searching for this video to post here lol. My hubby just squawked "See what you started?! *shaking fist*"

Anyway, my goal for the day was 400 calories and I was able to do that (405 calories) in 72 minutes.

DDR is an awesome and fun workout.

Oh my Karen, oh my Karen, ooh, my computer wife Karen...

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 51 (I think I'm addicted)

Can you believe I have stuck to this for over 50 days? Yaay. It's gone by pretty quickly. I'm glad I decided to take time by the reins and take it for a ride. I feel like I am taking advantage of every single day. As I get older I feel like time goes by quicker and I regret feeling like sometimes it goes by wasted.

I think I am addicted. I did DDR again today on the Wii, and it's just so much fun. My hips were completely sore today, which is a good indicator that I touched muscles that I haven't touched in a while. I didn't know there were even muscles where they hurt! If there is muscle there, it's probably covered in fat like the rest of me, so yaay for touching it! *touch* *touch* *touch* (hopefully I can walk tomorrow lol).

I set a goal today to do the same thing that I did yesterday (roughly 60 minutes and 400 calories). I got to 60 minutes (actually 63) no problem but had only burned 327 calories. It must be the song choice *shrugs*. I decided to go longer, using calories as a target, instead of time and burned an additional 110 calories in 17 minutes--making it a total of 80 minutes and 437 calories. Yaay.

I'm done. And sweaty... I should take a sweaty picture for Jen's blog. No, not a pretty sight. I did take pictures of my dancing buddy (well the end results of my 2 workouts) . I dressed her myself. All in pink. I love me some pink.


I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 50 (Yaay for DDR!)

During 2009 when I did my first 365 day challenge of exercise, I accumulated quite a few exercise-at-home type videos/games. One of them was Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) for the Wii. It is a lot of fun and has all sorts of modes. Back then I couldn't do the harder/faster songs, like I can do them now, so it's even more fun than it was back then.

The mode I choose most often is the Exercise Mode, which tracks your minutes and estimated calories burned based off of your weight and accuracy with the moves (it estimates your HR). I use the Wii Balance Board and the nunchucks. It consists of hula hooping turns, hip swings (to the left, right, front and back), punches and punch/shakes (hard to explain).

Today I did 60 minutes of DDR and burned 407 calories--it might have been 404. It showed me on my last song, but didn't take me to a "yaay you completed your goal" page, like I thought it would. Anyway, it was roughly around 400 calories (I saw 40_ calories). It took me longer than 60 minutes to complete, because each song is like less than 3 minutes, and then you have to select another song, but it was fun, and it went by fast enough. My hips, ankles and calves are a little sore now.

Yaay for posting early! Now I won't procrastinate and dread the rest of the day doing it. :)

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 49 (2/18/11)

Friday was a good day for exercise. I did 2 workouts on EA Sports Active 2, back to back. I worked out for about 45 minutes and burned roughly 256 calories.

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but EASA2 has a heart rate monitor, and gives you a breakdown of your heart rate during your workout. Here are the stats for my 2 workouts, and the key in how it categorizes the different HR levels.

Workout #1

Workout #2
HR Zone key:

Did you notice that I am now doing "medium" intensity, instead of easy? I can totally handle it and it rocks!!! Parts can be a little difficult still, but I can do it! I can do all sorts of stuff I couldn't do last year and the year before like jumping squats, jumping lunges, jumping anything--I couldn't really jump w/out a lot of pain before. Nothing feels better than seeing/feeling your body get stronger. The only thing that stinks about that is, now it's (my body) gonna expect more out of me, to see results. Awe man, but yaay!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 48 (2/17/11)

I can't believe I totally forgot about Thursday. I thought I had just flaked out on yesterday's post (Friday 2/18).

Oh well. What's done is done.

I got in 5978 steps in 55 minutes. It was a work day so that is actually pretty good :).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 47 (Wordless Wednesday)


I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 46 (2/15/11)

I did 30 minutes of heavy cleaning and walked for 25 minutes. My pedometer reset itself and I only got 2471 steps out of it.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 45 (2/14/11)

Monday 2/14/11

6941 steps in 66 minutes. It was a work day.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 44

Today I walked 5495 steps.

Off to bed. I work in the morning.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 43 (saturday)

Saturday I tried to catch up on some missed workouts on EA Sports Active 2. I did 2 of them. It was a great workout.


Before this, though, I did about 30 minutes of heavy cleaning. I also walked 4905 steps.

It was a good day for exercise. My goal was to do 60 minutes, and I surpassed that :).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 42

5136 steps in 46 minutes.

I'm off tomorrow and plan to exercise a minimum of 60 minutes. Hopefully I'll stick to it!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 41

I am so tired of blogging and I am not even 45 days into it! I am able to find the motivation to exercise (going to Disneyland again in May and want a good "after" picture to compare w/ last year's pic), but the blogging part is coming a little harder.

Today I didn't do much. I walked only a mile in 15 minutes. I guess it's a (non)rest day.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 40 (2/9/11)

Wed Feb. 10, 2011

11618 steps (roughly 5.5 miles).
I got called into jury duty and did A LOT of walking and climbing stairs. We had a 2 hour lunch and I got there almost an hour early so I walked around beforehand and climbed up and down stairs just for the exercise, waiting to be let go. I walked for a good 2.5 hours.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 39 (2/8/11)

Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011

6875 steps in 53 minutes (roughly 3.25 miles).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 38 (do something intentional)

Work. Oye. So glad it's over, so sad that I have to go back. Hopefully the day won't repeat itself.

squat + holds--10 ea
lunges + holds 3 (on each side)

not much but its something more than what I was doing last year and it was intentional.

g'n!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 37


You know what bugs me each time I do this exercise game (EA Sports Active 2)? It says at the bottom that I can go to their website for a more in-depth Workout Results, which I REALLY want to do. When I first go this, it made me create a user name so I could do this. Well when I go to the website and type in the user name I created, to get my workout results, it tells me that it's already in use. Well duh! By me! The website is making me create a new user name. What's the point in prompting me to make a user name, if I can't use it?

*shrugs*

I feel as though I have complained about this already lol. It just bugs me ;).

I get to work in the morning. yaay me.

Have a good one.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 36 (Silent Saturday)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 35

Today was a busy day. I went and got the Monkey Boy glasses. We did a lot of walking and while we sat (him in my lap) I decided it was a good opportunity to work on my calf muscles.

I did 40 calf raises, w/ the monkey boy in my lap (30+ lbs). Needless to say, my calves are a little sore. I guess it was another (non)rest day. I plan to catch up on my EA Sports Active 2 workouts tomorrow.

Off to bed. *yawn*

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 34

This post is for yesterday (Thursday). I fell asleep when I got home from work and didn't wake up! I'm glad I did my exercising at work.

I wanted to try to use my surroundings at work. I am stuck at a desk for the majority of the day and it reminds me of this group I am in on sparkpeople (quickfire challenge). They post challenges to do at work, while sitting at a desk and such.

I sit in a rolling chair, and sometimes it can be hard to control (it's squirrely). I decided to use that as an advantage. I did push/pull always, to work my biceps, back and triceps. When you push and pull you're working all sorts of muscles at the same time. Sweet.

I did 25 push/pull thingies in my rolling chair--much harder than it sounds. I felt it mostly in my forearms.

I also wore my pedometer and did 5919 steps for 54:39 minutes.

Be back later today to post about today's exercise adventure. Gonna go search for small enough frames for the Monkey Boy (he got a prescription for glasses on Wednesday).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Day 33 (Wordless Wednesday)



I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Day 32

Today is gonna be a quickie.

I did alternating lunges. My legs are sore now. I LOVE that feeling (but not the next morning). I did 50, on each side, in consecutive groups of 10. Monkey Boy joined me. He's so cute.

The end!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 31

Today was an exhausting day at work. I'm so glad I don't have to go back for 2 days and that I get to sleep in. Hubby is still on call until Friday, so we might get woken up until then (I didn't sleep well last night anticipating him getting called in again).

I got home and was just bushed. Mondays at work area always really busy. I'm so glad it's over. I got home, did some walking lunges and that's it. I guess it'll be a (non)rest day. I just want to go to sleep. Can I just say though, that I am super surprised that I can do walking lunges??? I haven't done those since high school volleyball. It's a good sign that I'm getting stronger! I couldn't even do them in 2009 when I felt like I was in better shape than I am now.

I did 5813 steps at work for 54:22 minutes. Funny how it's always around the 5K mark.

Off to bed.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 30 (1 down 11 to go!)

I have to tell you that all day today, while at work, I was looking forward to coming home to exercise. Today is the 30t day of the 30 day challenge that I have been doing! I was excited to see how it would end.

I knew I would receive a trophy for completing the challenge, but I didn't know if there would be fireworks or something (lol--Wii Fit would do something like that). There wasn't. It was just Bob Greene congratulating me for completing the challenge. He flips his hair around, his mouth has A LOT of expression in it and his hands are extremely animated when he talks and that's all I can really focus on. LOL. Yes, I'm one of those. I do that when we watch the news and it probably drives my hubby crazy, cause I always have to point something out.

So I got a new trophy (for completing the challenge) and it was nice and shiny. I love me some shiny. It should have been pink though. lol. I bought this game in 2009 when I did my first 365 days of exercise, and I don't think I have ever completed the "30 Day Challenge" in one shot, so this is a yahoo moment (it's about time!). I really thought I did this in 30 days or less but it I didn't get that trophy, so I will have to try again for it in the coming months. Maybe if I do it tomorrow, I will get it. We'll see.


So I am excited to say that I have completed my first medium sized goal in 2011--to complete the 30 day challenge on EA Sports Active :). Yaay! 1 month down, 11 to go!

It was 14 minutes and I burned 94 calories.

I also wore my pedometer to work (the one that sleeps on the job) and it said that I did 5301 steps in 52:43 minutes.

I have to work again tomorrow so I'll be back in the evening.

Make it count! This year is already flying by pretty fast already. Can you believe it's almost February?? Soon it will be April and then it will be July again! I can't believe how fast time goes by.

Take care.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29 (1 day left!)

Today was my day off and I completely forgot that my MIL was giving me my birthday present today--a photo shoot of my son (he just turned 4). I exercised first thing when I got up, like I planned, but then we headed to the mall and I put on my pedometer (the spiffy one I mentioned yesterday) because I knew I would be doing A LOT of walking.

At home I did EA Sports Active's 30 day challenge (can you believe I have only 1 day left???) and that ended up being 12 minutes burning 68 calories.

I am surprised and a little disappointed w/ my spiffy pedometer, because I think it falls asleep on the job and doesn't keep track like it should. I noticed it this morning when I was outside with the monkey walking, while he was riding his bike. I walked down the street and up again, and it said I took like 4 steps. What the hizzy yo?

So when I got home from the mall, I looked at it (from being there for 4--count'em 4 hours!) and it said 4050 steps and that I was only moving for 43 minutes. *buzzer* wrong answer. Maybe it needs a new battery. Maybe I'll have hubby do that tomorrow while I'm at work and wear my dino pedometer (it's old).

Ok well I'm off to bed. Have a good weekend!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 28 (If I can do it, so can you!)

Today was another workday. I guess I mention this because I want to show people out there that it is possible to work full time, have a family and fit exercise in, even if it is just a short amount. I work 12 hour shifts, have a mentally taxing desk job and can do it. If I can do it, so can you!

My family is very supportive in that they (my 4 year old son and hubby) let me exercise when I get home from work. It's truly a blessing because I get to take care of myself, and get to show my son, by example, how important exercise should be, and how important it is to make time for, no matter what's going on in your life.

Today I wore a special pedometer that I bought in 2009 during my first challenge. It keeps track of steps, calories burned (don't know how accurate this part is though), miles, time and length of time that you are moving. Today I only did 4987 steps, and was in motion for a total of 49:54 (out of 12.5 hours, isn't that sad?). It said I burned 151 calories.

I got home and put in EA Sports Active. I like that I can speed through it. Today's workout only took me 11 minutes, and I burned 74 calories. It was a lot of jumping. Jumping that I couldn't do when I first got this game in 2009. It's amazing how much of a change I see in myself over the last 2 years. It's great.

I also discovered that a co-worker that did the HCG diet recently (with his wife) has a website that he sells it on now (the stuff my other friend from work gave to me, that I mentioned here previously)! More on this later... very exciting stuff though.

Off to bed. I'm off from work tomorrow so I plan to get this done earlier than later (lol we'll see).

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Day 27 (short but sweet)

Doh! 27 days in and I forget to blog? Oye. I realized this at 11:30pm, while 1/2 asleep. lol.

1/27/11 I did EA Sports Active and it only had me do 14 minutes. I burned 79 calories (thank goodness for my sparkpeople fitness tracker--I wouldn't have remembered this!). It was an arm day.

Off to work! Be back tonight.

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 26

Today was an exhausting day at work. The day just couldn't end soon enough for me.

My goal for exercise today was to get in 10,000 steps. For those of you that don't know, I changed jobs last year. I am not working on the floor as a CNA anymore but now as a Monitor Tech/Unit Secretary for the same department I was working for (I'm forced to stay at my desk unless I can find someone to cover me). I stare at heart rhythmns all day looking for changes (I work on a critical care unit) and entering doctor's orders on the computer.

As a CNA I was on my feet for a minimum of 10 hours and on an average day walked 14k-16k (6.6-7.5 miles) steps. The job I have now is pretty sedentary. I sit for the majority of the day, so getting in 10k steps on a work day seemed like a good challenge to me. It sure was!

I didn't quite make 10k steps, but I got close. 9322 steps (4.41 miles). Not bad for sitting on my butt all day at work. I did walk a lot more today than I usually do. I wore my pedometer to work last week and barely hit 3200 steps. Not bad at all :).

I'm ready to go to bed. I'll be up and ready to do EA Sports Active first thing in the am.

Have a good night!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 25

Today I had to go to work so I couldn't exercise until after I got home. I did EA Sports Active (1) again, and this time it had me do 15 minutes and burn 106 calories.

I was able to obtain my first set of lab work to compare with what I have now, and my numbers are definitely looking better. I'll post more details on my day off, but there is a difference of 24lbs to begin with, so that's a nice drop in number.

I'll be back tomorrow night after work again. This is my last week of my 30 day Challenge on EA Sports Active, so that's exciting to see a goal come to an end.

Have a good night!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24

Today I woke up and exercised first thing (I love when I do that). I did EA Sports Active again and this time it was only 14 minutes and I burned 84 calories.

It was a busy day with a doctor appointment for the Monkey Boy (poor thing is sick a lot). He has more medicine and has to do his breathing treatments again (poor thing cried and cried). My hubby is upset that he has to take all of these meds (he needs glasses too), but I just feel blessed because we CAN afford his medicine and CAN afford to take him to the doctor when he is sick (since it is so often). I guess it is just bitter-sweet.

So I am still waiting for my syringes to come in to use with the HCG that I got in a few weeks ago (I wonder what is taking so long???). I took my HCG (homeopathic) this morning and saw that I only have a few days left. After talking it out w/ hubby, and seeing my weight not increase too much over the last few days, we both decided to stop until I know I have a steady supply (when the syringes come in). It would stink to run out and not have the syringes yet. I'm maintaining my weight in the 180s for now, and decided to not be in such a rush (although I do want to have another baby soon). I have a good low sugar/high protein shake that I will start drinking for breakfast, and am being very adamant about taking my vitamins (stupid vitamin deficiencies). It will be whatever God wants it to be. He has given me the strength thus far. I just feel blessed that I just have so much support around me to accomplish whatever it is that I want to do, and that I have a fighting spirit to not give up.

Off to bed. These late night blogging sessions have to stop. Guess that will go on the list of things to work on also. At least I got the late night exercise sessions to stop being a regular thing (on my days off).

Good night!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 23

Today is my birthday. I'm now 33! It's also the last day that I can't take HCG, yaay (it's been a rough week w/out it)! Since I haven't been able to take HCG hubby convinced me that I should go the alternate route (advised from a doctors office) and go off of the low calorie diet, and just do phase 3, when I can't take it. It's the best thing for my health right now, and I am not seeing any severe repercussions so it's all good (long, boring story). Tomorrow will be right as rain again.

My hubby surprised me with flowers this morning when I woke up (pretty pink and purple ones that remind me of my wedding bouquet), and I was greeted with a BIG happy birthday from my little boy when he woke up with a very hoarse voice (he's sick AGAIN). We went to lunch, shopping and came home and chillaxed for a little while cause the little one was in a crabby mood (can't blame him). We went to dinner, came home and I exercised.

I did the EA Sports Active (the first one) and did 18 minutes worth and burned 111 calories.

It's late and although the little boy is sick, we had a good day. I even got a group picture out of it (I can never get a decent picture w/ the Monkey Boy anymore).



Off to bed. Hope you had a great weekend and made it count!

I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength! (Phil 4:13)