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Another banner day!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I've been doing the training regimen for the 5K YourWay challenge, for about 4 weeks now. I actually just added it to my usual running and workout schedule, but it's been helpful.

So helpful in fact, that I broke my best speed today!

I've been trying to do 5K in under 35 minutes forever! Today I dit it in34:20!
I was so excited I texted everyone I know...well, after I caught by breath that is!

It was fun, it was exciting, it was hard as hell! emoticon
But I am so pleased that I was able to do it.

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/21/2012 4:12PM

    Excellent! Just out of curiosity... was it outside or on a treadmill? I am able to get approximately that time outside, but haven't been able to on a treadmill. Either way, congratulations on your new PR!

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TUNERVILLE 7/19/2012 9:49PM

    Super Great, Girl!

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CROWLEY123 7/19/2012 9:03PM

    Thanks friends! emoticon

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NEVERORNOW 7/19/2012 7:39AM

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GLORYB2014 7/19/2012 7:34AM

    Congratulations, that is emoticon!

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STRINGI719 7/18/2012 10:22PM

    WOW!!! That's an emoticon time!!!

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Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I just recalculated my BMI and I am no longer obese!!!

Since joining SparkPeople I've lost over 25 lbs and my BMI went from 33.9 to 29.2!

Not a huge change but enough to take me from the 'obese' to the 'overweight' category.

Now, if I can just get off this plateau and back to the "actually losing weight" category!
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/21/2012 2:57PM

    That's emoticon
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I think 25 pounds and 4.7 on the BMI scale is definitely a huge change worth celebrating! Good job!

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TUNERVILLE 7/19/2012 9:50PM

    Hip Hip hooray for you! Are you feeling like a million bucks with all that progress? A big pat on the back for you from me!

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CROWLEY123 7/18/2012 9:32PM

    Thank you all so much, for your kind words, enthusiasm and support.
I know I couldn't have done this without my SparkFriends!
You all deserve credit too. emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 7/18/2012 9:42AM

    Isn't it a great feeling to "shed" that label?!?!
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PATCHERIFIC 7/18/2012 9:37AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That is such a great accomplishment and you should be very proud! I hope to say the same thing someday!! Yay!!

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STRINGI719 7/18/2012 9:05AM

    That IS a HUGE change, don't short-change yourself.... give credit where it is due! You are making positive changes in your life and you haven't given up and quit! That is an enormous success! Don't worry about how quickly or slowly it comes off, as long as you are always making positive changes and making healthy choices. You are already SO MUCH healthier on the inside.. it just takes the outside a little while to catch up!
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GUCCI9300 7/18/2012 8:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an inspiration!!!!!

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NEVERORNOW 7/18/2012 8:04AM

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SUSANS706 7/18/2012 12:10AM

    Yeah!! I am so happy for you!! I have been on a terrible binge lately, don't know what is the matter with me, but am ready to stop it!!! Problem is, leaving for a week with my family next Wednesday, but am still going to try to reign myself back together before we leave!!!! You are doing great, and are an inspiration!! Keep up the good work!!!

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JANTWO 7/18/2012 12:09AM

    That is awesome!!!! You are doing great. You will get through that plateau!!!! emoticon

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Week two, a time to catch up

Monday, July 09, 2012

Well, this past week was a kind of different, but worth every calorie and slippery slope.
We spent the week at our lake house, with our newly married daughter, her husband, and our son. For the first time it was all five of us just hanging out.
There was lots of laughing, and cooking and eating, and swimming and eating, and boating and eating and drinking and eating.... and on top of all that, this was a working vacation, so there was a little extra stress around each day. Did I mention that I'm a stress eater? Ya, that too.

We had good weather, except for the 4th got totally rained out, leaving us to sit around and play cards for the evening. Which was fun, but I lost all my pennies that night!

All in all, I'd say it was a fine week. Not perfect, but really very good.

I had a wonderful visit with my daughter and got to know my new son-in-law much better. They have now moved to California, so this was a special time for all of us.
I made very good meal choices at breakfast and lunch each day.
I ate more, and drank a bit more, than I probably should have each night, but I didn't obsess or even worry about it too much; just sort of went with the flow.
I felt like I was in control, as much as I wanted or needed to be.
I worked out 5 of the 7 days I was there, even without my beloved treadmill!
I got most of the work I needed to done. Well, mostly done. Ended up working late into the weekend after we got home and the kids left.
Ultimately, I weighed in this morning, and found that I neither lost nor gained any weight this week. I was surprised, and really pleased to see that!

It was an easy week to spend less time perusing the site and collecting Sparkpoints, because I wasn't following my program very closely, or tracking my diet or exercise. But now that I'm back, and will be home at least this week, I'd like to get back to tracking, and back to losing weight, rather than staying the same.

My goal for this week is to find a middle ground where I am using SP as I was at the beginning, and taking advantage of the control and benefits it has to offer, but not sitting in front of a computer screen for hours every day, when I should be more active and productive.

I feel like I know where I want to go, I'm just not sure how to get there. If anybody knows the way, I sure would appreciate directions.

Thanks Spark Friends!

~ Terri emoticon

  
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GUCCI9300 7/10/2012 8:51PM

    Good job - and the great part is you had amazing family time emoticon

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CROWLEY123 7/10/2012 6:13PM

    Thanks Guys - I am trying! So far so good - and looking forward to the rest of the week.

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TMCLEOD4 7/10/2012 2:38PM

    I try to limit my time on SP to lunch break at work and no more than an hour at night. That allows time to track my food & exercise, look at friend feeds for up to 24 hours, post a message or two in the teams page and either write a blog or read a few articles. It's all about balance. I spend all day on the computer and I'm not really excited to use it at night when I'm home.

Congrats on not gaining! Sounds like a very nice time!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/10/2012 1:31PM

    Good job maintaining while on vacation, especially since it sounds like you could have very easily gotten carried away with the food. I hope you have a great week of getting back to the basics of SP!

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And the beat goes on.....

Monday, July 02, 2012

Days 3-6 all went pretty well, and by that I mean no disasters!

Ate well all weekend, not perfect. Still far better than the old me.

Worked out every day, big plus. I find I can deal with most anything, as long as I have a good 60 minute cardio session each day.

Not getting in as much water as I do at home, because there is a problem with the well, so we are on bottled water and trying to make sure it all lasts till Friday. Maybe I will supplement with wine....just a thought!

Also had a bit of an eye opener from a friend. And have decided to spend more time on my lifestyle pursuits and less time on the computer...i.e. my relentless quest for SP points, reading blogs, articles, stories and studies. Not that I don't enjoy every minute of it, but I really am online too much and missing out on other things.
So going forward, you may see less of me online, so there is less of me in general.

Hope all my emoticonS are doing well and enjoying a wonderful summer so far!

All the best, TTFN.

~Terri

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/3/2012 3:25PM

    You are doing so well! I completely understand about your choice to spend less time on SP. Even a few days into it, I realized what a time sucker it could be, and I've often struggled with whether or not I should really continue... but I think it's just like the food and exercise. We have to learn how to moderate. I hope you find just the right balance!

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SUSANS706 7/2/2012 7:29PM

    Addiction is the right word! At least it is a tad bit healthier! I was finding I would get up in the morning, go right to the computer, then not have time to work out!!! I don't think SP means for that to happen!! I am still having a hard time, because I like all my Spark Friends!!! Like everything else in life, I need to find balance!!!!! Don't go too far away, you help me a lot!!! emoticon

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GLORYB2014 7/2/2012 5:32PM

    I'm with you Terri, I spend far too much time on my computer and especially sparks! Being leader of several teams requires time but still . . . I CAN cut down some!
Like others, sparks has been a lifeline for me and one that I cannot let go . . . I know I would flounder without it and without all the many supportive friends. So, I'll cut down some but still be very visible!
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Hugs to you on your journey here, I'm wishing you all the best!
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STRINGI719 7/2/2012 4:53PM

    I had to do the same thing a year or so ago.... I found I could literally spend HOURS on Spark every day if I let myself. Had to break the addiction!
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NEVERORNOW 7/2/2012 4:21PM

    You're doing great!! And good for you deciding to get off the computer so much! I hope it works out well for you. I've found that I NEED this site to keep me focused and on-track, so I just do my best to balance things out. Just don't stay away too long, okay? :)

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KNEWMETODAY 7/2/2012 3:42PM

    The computer has been a big lifeline for me in this journey. This is such a safe place for me to come while I make the changes necessary to live in a more healthy body. Now a time may come when I don't need it as much; for now, it's a lifeline tbat I can't afford to let go.

Kathy


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Day 2:phase two

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 2 went almost as well as Wednesday. emoticon
Dietary intake was good. I met my protein and fat goals, and was under on my carbs. Which is fine, if I'm going to skimp on anything it should be carbs. The more I eat the more I crave, especially the processed ones. So I try to focus on fruit and veggies, which have lower carb loads.

Calories were right at the top side of my range; I would have liked it to be on the lower end.

I did have crackers and cheese (unplanned) and a cocktail with my husband at dinner (planned) in celebration of him returning from a 2-week trip to the UK. It was a very nice evening, no guilt...just trying to be honest in accounting for my day.

I exercised twice, for a total of 90 minutes. Running for 50 on the treadmill and walking with the dog for the rest. (In preparation for that cocktail!)
Drank plenty of water. emoticon

2 down - I'm on a roll! emoticon

  
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HONEYPOT319 6/30/2012 9:22AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing wonderful! :)

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STRINGI719 6/29/2012 9:14AM

    Awesome job, way to go!
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LUVS2BIKE101 6/29/2012 6:25AM

    You're doing great! Keep focused on your goals.
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