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August 2 wrap-up

Friday, August 03, 2012

I'm going to give recording my efforts each day a shot. Knowing me and my lack of online time on the weekends, I'll probably enter Friday, Saturday and Sunday information on Monday. That should work just fine. This is mainly for my own accountability, but feel free to follow along. It's pretty boring LOL

August 2 nutrition:
4:30 am:
2 cups coffee
4 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. protein powder

7:30:
6 oz Chobani Pineapple greek yogurt
1/2 cup Quaker oats, honey, raisin granola

9:30:
1 whole grapefuit

11:30:
3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
1 cup mixed greens
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup onion
1 whole wheat pita
2 oz. fat free shredded cheese

3:00:
1 medium banana

6:00:
1 Morning Star spicy blackbean burger
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup cauliflower
1/2 cup snap peas
1/2 onions
1/4 asparagus
1/4 sweet peppers
2 cups watermelon

7:30 pm
3 Dove dark chocolate squares

Calories in: 1578

Exercise:
1 mi walk with Bill and puppies (can you say meander?)
5 min. jumping rope (can you say 'what the.. it's harder than I thought!'?)

Calories out: 228

Daily Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,578
BMR* 2,175
Exercise 228
Total Burned 2,403
Differential -825

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/5/2012 6:32PM

    great job and wondefvul idea to post here!! maybe i will join in..after this week at the fair!!

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LISA01605 8/5/2012 8:42AM

    Do you put protein powder in your coffee? Just curious I have never heard of that.

You are doing great!!

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GAYLEP67 8/4/2012 1:11PM

    Not boring at all my friend! You`re doing GREAT! I love your veggie intake. It`s also nice to see what someone else is eating because it gives me ideas of how to change things up. Thanks for sharing...

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/4/2012 11:58AM

    Such a healthy day! And congrats on the jump rope - what a great idea! 5 mins sounds like torture to me.

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ENDUROVET 8/3/2012 11:35PM

    Well if I tried to jump rope, I would wind up hopelessly snarled on the floor - like a fat cat in a ball of yarn ;-) !

I felt clumsy enough, tentatively making my way over today's tough & rugged trails, but at least I was OUT THERE...

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ANNESYLVIA 8/3/2012 10:21PM

    Best of luck!

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GAYEMC 8/3/2012 3:08PM

    Great job on all those fruits and veggies! Are you feeling satisfied? Have a great weekend my friend.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/3/2012 2:24PM

    I got my roommate to loan me her super nice jump rope and I haven't used it since. It intimidates me!

Sounds like you're getting in your veggie servings. Keep going! You're doing great!

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(Meandering puppy walk... you must have taken Toby with you!)

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2012 2:23PM

    Well done! Jumping rope is a whole lot harder as an adult than I remember it as a kid, but it's great exercise. Way to go!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/3/2012 2:19PM

    I see you are tweakin' things to fit your goals - as always - AWESOME JOB!

Hang strong gal!

~Irish

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KAREN42BOYS 8/3/2012 12:00PM

    Your lunch sounds beautiful. And you are just jammin' with all these veggies!

Yeah, jumping rope is intense. Haven't done that in ages.

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COOP9002 8/3/2012 11:20AM

    Nice job.

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Lift your chin..

Thursday, August 02, 2012

This. This is how I'm feeling today.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Njss
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I've been on an Aaron Copland kick lately, via Pandora. The WVU Mountaineer Marching Band does an amazing rendition of his Simple Gifts, from Appalachian Spring, and it can easily bring me to tears.

This though.. Fanfare for the Common Man.. it is triumphant. It makes you lift your chin, stand a little straighter, walk a little taller. Take pride in yourself, in who you are.. in what you've done.

That's what I'm feeling today. My friend GayleP67 asked if it's possible to have a two day streak. I say absolutely! We are both at the start of a good streak. Long may it continue!

August 1 nutrition:
4:30 am:
2 cups coffee
4 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. protein powder

7:30:
6 oz Chobani Peach greek yogurt
1/2 cup Quaker oats, honey, raisin granola
12 strawberries

11:30:
1 serv Spicy Taco Salad recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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20 black grapes

2:30:
1 Frigo light string cheese
1 peach

6:00:
5 oz boneless skinless baked chicken breast
1 medium baked potato
topped with plain greek yogurt

7:30 pm
3 Dove dark chocolate squares

Calories in: 1562

Exercise:
3.1 mi walk with Bill, 62 minutes.

Calories out: 390

Daily Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,562
BMR* 2,175
Exercise 390
Total Burned 2,565
Differential -1,003

Lift your chin. Keep moving forward. Every success starts with the smallest effort, and grows from there.
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GAYLEP67 8/4/2012 1:00PM

    Wow! Awesome job Candy!! I'm so proud of you...
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How was the spicy taco soup recipe? Is it a keeper?

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GAYEMC 8/3/2012 3:06PM

    I haven't listened to Copeland in many years. I look forward to the video when I get home. Yesterday's meal sounds pretty darn good right now. I'm going to pick up some more chicken tomorrow.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/2/2012 4:49PM

    I've heard this before but didn't know the story behind it. Wow! Amazing. So glad you posted the link. I'm on a 2 day streak myself. I say keep going and keep counting.

I'm proud of you!

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KAREN42BOYS 8/2/2012 12:58PM

    It begins! Hurray!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/2/2012 12:43PM

    Way to go! Every day is a good day to continue a streak or start a new one. WOO HOO for you!

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LISA01605 8/2/2012 12:05PM

    Whoo-hoo! Streak on!

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COOP9002 8/2/2012 11:39AM

    Great attitude!

Best of luck on reaching your goal.

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PIXIEMOM13 8/2/2012 11:10AM

    Beautiful music!!

and way to go for the start of a streak! (says another who is starting her own streak):D

and here's a song that has gotten my blood pumping lately:
Warrior Song "Hard Corps"
http://www.youtube.com/wa
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Its dedicated to the marines. (Warrior song Leviathan is for the Navy..and I like that one too 'cause I'm a Navy baby. lol)

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/2/2012 10:52AM

    atta girl!

"Quit" is not in our vocabulary...

Stay strong!

~Irish

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If what you're doing isn't working..

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

.. then stop doing it and try something else.

What I've been doing has not been working.

Wishing I'd stop gaining weight does not work.
Hoping the scale won't continue to climb won't work.
Thinking about maybe moving more won't work.

Eating within a reasonable calorie range will work.
Moving more, period, will work.
Not gorging in the evening will work.

Those are my August goals. Stick to my range, move more, eat less, and stop gaining weight. I admitted to Bill today that I'm really finally scared and afraid that I'm going to gain everything back. I don't want that. I have to not want that more than I want to shovel food into my mouth.

I need to find my way back to August 2011 me. She was pretty darned awesome.. amazing, really, considering where she came from and how far she progressed. This me? Right now? I'm not that fond of her. I want the previous me back.

Knowing how to do something is NOT the same as doing it. Stop dithering around about it and get it done.

Make. It. Happen.

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GAYEMC 8/3/2012 3:03PM

    You were awesome Candy. And you still are! I'm waiting for the day that you can see that again.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/2/2012 4:46PM

    I could have written a blog just like this. Here's working toward a successful August.

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I love the "Bad Day" saying. I tend to use a bad day as a spiral excuse and let things get out of control.

Keep us posted!

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GOINGBACKTO180 8/2/2012 4:06PM

    These are great goals - the foundation for everything. I've been off the bandwagon. I'm trying to get back to that motivated me who managed to lose 30+ lbs, so that I can keep my journey going. We can't change yesterday, but we sure can impact our tomorrow by the choices we make today.

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GAYLEP67 8/1/2012 7:23PM

    It amazes me how in sync we are sometimes. Different but the same. I guess that's why we are brain sharers. Well my friend, I'm up for the challenge this month and I'd love to have you by my side to push me and maybe pull me a little too! You can count on me for the same.

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HEALING_LORI 8/1/2012 6:31PM

    YaY! I am SO glad your back. Go for it Candy... you can so do this.
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Just like you've helped me pick up and restart many times... you can to! I promise. It is such a mind game, this wishing, hoping and thinking rather than eating right, moving and not gorging! Get your head in a good place and go with it! GO ~ GO ~ GO!!!
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Here's to a new month! You've turned another corner and the road is straight and narrow....
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Big HUGS!
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KAREN42BOYS 8/1/2012 5:53PM

    Looking forward to the September 1 Looking Back post!

These are good goals, a little vague, but good goals. Now you need to flesh out gently the process.

You can do this, you've done it before, so now it's just getting the engine started up.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/1/2012 5:41PM

    Never lose sight of this one thing:

You. Can. Do. This.

What we do every day matters much more than what we do once in awhile. Sometimes all we can do is pick up where we are and take a tiny step the right direction. All those tiny steps eventually add up into something much better than we ever could imagine.

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LISA01605 8/1/2012 5:20PM

    Great goals!! I am also in need of getting back on track. I keep having good days and bad days. That pendulum keeps swinging. It's more than time to get back to losing!

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TERRIH8118 8/1/2012 4:30PM

    Is'nt that the truth.Those are my goals too for this month. It's so easy to get frustrated and then wonder why we get frustrated when we do it to ourselves. emoticon emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 8/1/2012 4:19PM

    I'm right there with you!! I'm done see-sawing, then gaining...
Soo... stay within ranges, move more..and for me.. no evening "grazing".

Okay.. lets kick bootay!

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Foam Fest 5K Fun!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

And I'm not just all about the alliteration.

CHAZERAY and I did the Foam Fest 5K yesterday at Sherwood Forest. A muddy foamy good time was had by all.


We started out looking reasonably presentably. Not too messy, not too flashy.

What constitutes flashy? This might.

They called themselves the Skin Suit team, and it was hard not to stare at them LOL They had a good time before the race started, but to be honest, I have no idea how they did during the run or what they looked like after.

Chas and I started with the 9 a.m. wave, and were lucky to see step-daughter Courtney and grandson James (pictured below with friend Kit) before we took off and they started their run at 9:20.


This run was in the same location as the Mud Run 10K last year, so we comforted ourselves with the knowledge we only had to run half as far this time. Ha!

We crawled through a mudpit with an electric wire strung over the top. Yes, it was a live wire, granted with low voltage. I got zapped in the rear LOL and soaked with mud. Wahoo!

Chas was gracious as last year, sticking with my much slower pace as we jogged when we could and walked when we couldn't. She is also a bad*ss champ, tackling all the obstacles as I went around anything that involved climbing.

The best part, I think, was the huge foamy slip'n'slide that stretched down the long tall hill. There was quite a line formed up when we got there, and Chas happened to notice that Courtney and James were behind us. We slipped back to stand and chat with them, and then it was our turn to go racing down the hill. Chas and I took off together, but .. ahem ... gravity pulled my larger behind down a bit faster than hers LOL I don't think I've done anything like that in.. well.. forever? It was crazy and I screamed and got a face full of foam and slipped and slid around down the hill and ended up almost losing my pants in the process of going backward!

Everyone survived, foam covered and cracking up, and we went on our way. Court and James and Kit took off on their own pace after that, and we trudged up the long-*ss hill to get to the top and wind our way to the finish.

This is the finish. This is not us.

You slide down the foamy slide, and end up in a foamy pit, covered in.. say it with me now.. foam! Funnily enough, as soon as we landed, there was a photog in our faces, saying 'what a great shot!' and snapping pictures. I couldn't see, I'm spitting foam, and laughing while trying to climb out of the pit, but sure, go ahead and take a picture LOL

We posed for one more picture, taken by the folks who put on the shindig, and we'll hopefully be able to purchase it online when it's available. Then, Bill snapped the after pictures, as proof that we actually made it!


That does not do justice to the amount of mud and foam we carried along the way and brought back with us LOL


Foam Fest Champs!

Everyone received a gold medal when they finished, in honor of the Olympics! We should have snagged an extra, for our "support crew".

That's right, Bill ended up holding all manner of things for us while we were out on the course, and had fun snapping pictures and checking out all the crazies doing this event with us.


For the record, I haven't been running as I should to prep for the Half in October. That sounds very far away, but it's really not. I have been walking, so if nothing else, I'll be prepared to at least walk the PHM.

Big thanks to Chas for saying "let's do it again!" and getting me out there, catching up with her and having a crazy good time. It was an awesome time!
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PIXIEMOM13 8/1/2012 4:37PM

    Wow, that looks like tons of fun! lol

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GAYLEP67 7/31/2012 10:19PM

    Looks awesome, Candy! You definitely participate in some fun events and bless Bill for being the keeper of everyone's things. emoticon

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GAYEMC 7/30/2012 6:13PM

    OK, let me just say you've go guts Candy! Love the after pics. Glad you had fun!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/30/2012 1:35PM

    I love this!! It looks like you had a blast!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/30/2012 1:22PM

    Wow! Such fun. I'm glad it was you. I'm such a chicken. I don't think I could have done it! Ty for posting the pictures!!!!

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WALKAWAY 7/30/2012 12:21PM

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/30/2012 8:48AM

    Great job, Candy! This looks like it was a LOT of fun, so glad you had a chance to get out there and do it with someone. Pace doesn't matter, being active and having fun does. WOO HOO for you!

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DEZZIEJAMES 7/30/2012 8:45AM

    That is so awesome! Go you!!!!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 7/30/2012 8:41AM

    Candy, I'm so happy to see you getting out and doing something like this again. If nothing else, it shows that you still have a heart for the fun of it while the event is happening, even if you're not necessarily jazzed about the idea ahead of time. emoticonYAY for Chas for getting you out there again! Your pics, your story of coming down the foam-filled slip & slide, and your correct spelling of alliteration all made me smile. emoticon emoticon & love to you honey!

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ENDUROVET 7/29/2012 10:02PM

    Looks like great fun! Eventually I will get my nerve up to do something similar...

(I've nagged my friend Karen about doing a Muddy Buddy race: basically Ride n' Tie w/a bike)

At least there are no worries about getting a secure tie on the bicycle ;-) !

rideandtie.org

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BOILHAM 7/29/2012 2:16PM

    Wow, that sure looked like fun! Congrats on a great run.

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MARATHONDAD 7/29/2012 12:32PM

    man we have no fun runs like that here I am so jealous

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/29/2012 11:26AM

    OMG! What fun! Thank you for sharing with us. This looks like a blast!

It's good to see you and Bill (tell him hi from us).

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KAREN42BOYS 7/29/2012 11:18AM

    I don't care about your half. I do like that you followed the joy with using your body in a fun physical way. Looks like a blast!!

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ROXIT22222 7/29/2012 10:45AM

    Glad you had a good time and did it! i've been thinking about you. I even found time to think of the foam fest yesterday during my triathlon. What great wether we had for it.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/29/2012 10:25AM

    look like fun!! and congrats for completeing it!!

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Still a work in progress..

Monday, July 23, 2012

I've made several commitments that I intend to keep, even though there's a small part of my brain that is working hard at trying to figure a way out of doing what I said I'd do. That would also be the part of my brain that has been busily working to undo any good progress I'd made during this month.

I may be broken. I may not meet expectations or live up to what someone else wants from me. I guess that's just the way things will have to be. You may or may not approve. That's your choice, and what you happen to think about me is none of my business. I'm reminding myself of that daily. I'm human, I falter, I do the best I can at any given moment, and I'm sorry if that's not good enough or is too disappointing.

Onward.
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/25/2012 9:06AM

    I keep reminding myself of that: what you happen to think about me is none of my business. I tend to get wrapped up in other's opinions of me and forget to focus on what I think about it. Thank you for the reminder.

Seems like to me that you know you best and you will do what you need to do. I trust you to take care of my friend, Candy. She is a lovely person and deserves all the best. Please give her (you!) a hug from me.

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ANNESYLVIA 7/24/2012 9:09PM

    I need your attitude! It seems for years people always have something to say about me rarely to my face.



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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/24/2012 5:52PM

    Add me to your long list of supporters! You really helped me so much when I needed it. Sometimes you said just the thing I needed and I'll forever be grateful for you. I'm so sorry to see that you are posting that you are broken and I wish there was something I could do to help...if there is, let me know.

Hang in there...keep doing what you need for you and don't expect anything of you other than what you need and want.
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GAYEMC 7/24/2012 4:59PM

    Oh Candy, your role in life is not to live up to other's expectations! I believe it's to make realistic ones for ourselves and try hard to live up to them, knowing that we will fall down sometimes.

You are such a special person, please try and remember that! I could never be disapointed in you, just sad that you are struggling so right now.
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MRS_EVA_K 7/24/2012 4:22PM

    No expectations should have to be met except your own. We all have mountains we have to climb and everyone's terrain is different. You are doing an awesome job C.

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ROXIT22222 7/24/2012 3:50PM

    Hang in there girl.. Remember that you are an awesome person!!!! and today the sun is shining agin! emoticon

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FEISTYOWL 7/24/2012 11:27AM

    I think what's important is that you live up to your OWN expectations - to heck with others'. You're doing this for you and no one else! YOU are the one that needs to be happy, content, pleased, etc with yourself.

And I love that you share your journey, the highs and the lows. Being real is something I admire a lot in you!!

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HEALING_LORI 7/24/2012 7:41AM

    Whatever makes you happy is all that matters Candy! You are such a huge inspiration to so many of us and the reason I have changed much of my ways and thinking. Whoever expects you to be perfect has no idea what it's all about. You're right, what they think of you means nothing!! Just be YOU! The Candy we all love and miss like CRAZY! The funny, loving, smart, YOU!

I am so here for you. To listen, help, laugh with, cry with, walk, run, fly, dance...... whatever you need!
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/24/2012 7:26AM

    You are not broken! You are human and in good company!

In fact, read your comments and accept you totally awesome.

Keep Sparking!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/24/2012 12:09AM

    You, dear Candy, are one of my favorite people here. I have no expectations of you except for you to be yourself, and to be true to yourself. Just want you to know that. We all have to find our own way here through the ups and downs and speed bumps of life, and no one can find it for us. If there is anything that I can do to support you or encourage you along the way, though, please let me know. Never forget you are not alone, and you are loved. You are stronger and braver and more capable than you think.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/23/2012 11:24PM

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I'm here to listen, support, and anything else you might need - just let me know. And I'm here to pester and prod too - but only in a supportive way.

YOU, Ms. Candy, have been my inspiration - when I first started you were the one that got my butt moving. And when I stalled out, you held me up. Please let me be there for you as well. It would be my honor.

Hang tough gal.

~Irish

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WALKAWAY 7/23/2012 10:58PM

    Don't forget we're all a work in progress. Every day, every step of the way, I remind myself of that constantly. I'm not the tall, dark haired, sexy, guys fall all over her, lady that I work with. But you know I'm okay with that (most days), because I'm me.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/23/2012 9:56PM

    I think you are pretty wonderful!!!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 7/23/2012 7:54PM

    True friends (Spark or otherwise) love you through it all and don't judge. That's how you separate out the important people in your life from the posers. Anyone who doesn't understand you are human, that you are entitled not to be perfect, that you are going to struggle, well, that is not someone you want around you. You need positive people, people who will love and support you and just be with you through the sh!t. Luckily, there are a number of those people here on Spark who will race in at any moment to give you the love and support you need. We've got your back, girl, and we're here for you when you need us. Lord knows you've been there for a lot of us when we've been in a similar place. Love you bunches! Hang in there! Message me if you want or need to.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/23/2012 6:53PM

    Broken, messy, whathaveyou, you're still one of my absolute fave Spark friends.

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VICTORY2XS 7/23/2012 5:50PM

    As long as you are satisfied with yourself and happy with what you are doing, no one else has the right to interfere in your life.

I know all about that little part of the brain that tries to undo all you have done. Be strong and conquer that voice. That voice is not welcome in your head!

Best wishes to you.

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