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POA Day 8 AKA Crippled

Thursday, November 03, 2011

First, recap of yesterday:

1. Water!!!! I will drink 3-4 bottles today. emoticon

2. Eat what I have planned and tracked today (I actually have everything tracked through Friday!). Nopers. I did this until dinnertime when I had a double serving of dinner, with 3 cups of Tuna Helper rather than 1.5 cups. Not horrible, and not over my ranges, but I spent the rest of the evening making sure I didn't eat anything else even though I had a few temptations (the cookie at the grocery store my daughter didn't eat, the mini M&M's that she didn't finish up).

3. Running, walking, and ST (pushups, crunches, squats, and lunges). Partial emoticon I ran 2.5 miles, but my soleus muscle has been cramping up and I think I mildly sprained it. Stopped at 2.5 miles though I was hoping for 3-4 miles. I did my walking for 1 mile. The ST? Didn't happen with explanation below.

4. Overtime today when I can (shorter lunch, and after Kaylee's bedtime) - I hope to finish the mandatory amount today so at least it's out of the way in case I am not feeling the OT the rest of the week. emoticon I did work 2 hours last night because I felt I wanted to get something done. I should have gone to bed instead as I needed the sleep (I have been averaging about 6 hours lately). But, my mandatory is done with so I don't HAVE to do anymore if I don't want to. Though I probably will because I like money.

5. FOCUS!!! And more planning. And organizing. Because the more I plan and organize my life, the more content I am. Partial emoticon I am trying to be more active on Spark because I have had so many people now and in the past send me goodies and leave comments of encouragement. I feel out of touch with a lot of my friends on here and I know a lot of it stems from not reaching out and reading other blogs lately. However, I need to set a time aside for this, as I spent a good amount of time during work doing this. I can't let it impact me negatively. Especially since my yearly review is coming up!!

6. Continue to do things that do NOT cost money. May be a silly thing, but we have been doing so good about paying things off and paying extra on other things, that I want to continue the trend and have it bleed into other areas, like not spending extra when I can do things for free. emoticon

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So, silliest, dumbest thing happened to me yesterday. Around 10 a.m. I was cleaning and bent over to pick up some laundry. And felt something in my lower back pull emoticon I spent most of the rest of the day scared to pick my little girl up or bend over because about 75% of the time it would be excruciating. I decided it would be stupid of me to try doing my pushups, situps, lunges, and squats at this time. When I went to bed last night, it hurt, and then this morning my back was really stiff, so I made the decision to not go to the gym. (sigh) I hate missing out on a morning workout (I love to get it out of the way) but being since I am watching my little girl every evening this week alone (my DH is super busy with parent-teacher conferences this week and work at his part-time job the other evenings), I can't afford to really throw out my back.

Of course, my little girl woke up at 6 this morning. Good thing for DH I wasn't at the gym.

I made a super yummy snack for Kaylee yesterday....I was trying to find things to do with all the bread I had from the local bakery that was starting to get stale, and found a recipe to make cinnamon sugar bread crusts *yum* Here is a picture:



Here is how I made them: I cut the crusts into pieces that looked like fries, about 5-6 cups of it, then put them in a large bowl. I tossed 1/2 cup of melted Country Crock in there, mixed, then threw 3/4 cup of sugar and 1-1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon in there. I put it all on a cookie sheet and put in the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, then turned over the pieces with a spatula, then put in the oven for another 10 minutes. Perfect, and super yummy!

They aren't the healthiest, but I'm sure it can be modified in the recipe (replacing sugar with Truvia or Splenda or something). I had a few of them, and love how they turned out! Unfortunately, Kaylee wasn't really interested, so I am bringing the rest to daycare (the provider loves my baking/cooking). I'd rather it not hang in the house.

So, to cap it off: Yesterday was not perfect, but I was conscious of everything I did and overall made pretty good decisions.

Plan of Action for today:

1. Go to bed at a GOOD time tonight, i.e. NOT after 9:30 p.m. I need to make sure I get enough sleep and hopefully my back is ready for the gym tomorrow morning.

2. Continue drinking plenty of water, at least 3 bottles.

3. Eat what I have tracked, and if I change anything, make sure it fits in my ranges.

4. Fitness? If my back feels better, maybe try for a jog on my lunch hour. Most likely today will be a rest day, though, or maybe strictly ST and no running.

5. Continue not spending any money unless it needs to be spent (i.e. on groceries, or other things we NEED). I have been good with this, but it's good to keep an eye on it.

6. Be thankful for everything I have in my life, especially my wonderful DH, and my beautiful little girl.

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 11/3/2011 11:43AM

    Well done. Sounds reasonable.

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BEHAPPY0201 11/3/2011 10:41AM

    Way to go with paying things off - we've been doing the same thing and it feels great!

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BETTERJULIA 11/3/2011 9:58AM

    Love it! YOu're doing awesome!

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PSYCHBAMA 11/3/2011 9:04AM

    Love this blog! Not that you pulled your back, but your strength and determination! And I am with you on the planning thing- the more I plan, the better off I am. SO let's do this! Have a GREAT DAY!!!!!
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POA Day 7

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Yeah, I know the title is super boring during "challenges" or streaks like this, but I am just not very creative with titles :o}

Recap of yesterday:

1. WATER! I need to counteract the sodium of yesterday. I actually dreamed of drinking a lot last night. emoticon

2. Day off from gym. May do some ST at home. emoticon

3. Eat what I pretracked. Yes and no on the emoticon. I ate in my calorie range, but didn't eat anything I had pretracked. I guess some days I just don't want what I had planned for! No biggie!

4. Put in some overtime, but go to bed by 10. emoticon I put in 1 hour of OT.

5. Work on some focus, especially while working. I tend to let myself become distracted, either by cleaning or by the internet easily!! This could still use some work but I did better, and actively worked on it, so emoticon.

Month Goals:

Weight: Will weigh in every Tuesday. This Tuesday my weight was 170.0 pounds - Goal by end of month 160-164 (range is better than specific for me this month)

Push-ups: 0/1000 (gotta start thinking about these during the day, or at the gym!)

Miles (walking, elliptical, spinning, running): 4/2500 (including my run this morning and my walking yesterday)

My day yesterday was pretty good. I did have some junky food (light vanilla ice cream, a snack pack of mini fudge stripe cookies) but I kept it in my calorie range. I portioned it out, and only ate that portion. My dinner was fairly nasty. I had some potatoes and ground beef leftover from the day before, and I thought I'd be creative and make a soup out of it. I threw it in a pot, added chicken broth, golden mushroom soup, diced tomatoes....and it wasn't that the soup was gross, it was that the potatoes and ground beef just didn't taste good to me. I think I'll still eat the leftovers by eating around the potatoes and meat.

I weighed in at WW, and am down 3 pounds from last month, but I am still up 11 pounds from my goal so I had to pay $13. I hate doing that, so that sure is extra motivation. I am happy I went and weighed in though, and I'll take the loss :o}

I basically had a pretty good day yesterday that included time with Kaylee (I made us ice cream cones after dinner, yummy!!!!).

So, my plan of action today to round out my week of being on track and being accountable:

1. Water!!!! I will drink 3-4 bottles today.

2. Eat what I have planned and tracked today (I actually have everything tracked through Friday!).

3. Running, walking, and ST (pushups, crunches, squats, and lunges).

4. Overtime today when I can (shorter lunch, and after Kaylee's bedtime) - I hope to finish the mandatory amount today so at least it's out of the way in case I am not feeling the OT the rest of the week.

5. FOCUS!!! And more planning. And organizing. Because the more I plan and organize my life, the more content I am.

6. Continue to do things that do NOT cost money. May be a silly thing, but we have been doing so good about paying things off and paying extra on other things, that I want to continue the trend and have it bleed into other areas, like not spending extra when I can do things for free.

Here's to a fantastic Hump Day!!!

  
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LKEITHO 11/2/2011 10:46PM

    Doing great! Congrats on the loss!

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MICHSTATE 11/2/2011 1:33PM

    Amazing job!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!!:-)

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BETTERJULIA 11/2/2011 11:53AM

    YOu're doing GREAT with these! Keep it up!

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POA Day 6 Plus November Goals/Events

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

To recap yesterday,

1. Work out for an hour (already done this morning on the elliptical from 5:25 - 6:25). emoticon

2. Walk the dog at least once. emoticon

3. Eat what I have planned for today. Goal partially met: See below :o}

4. Have fun trick-or-treating with Kaylee!!! emoticon We had a blast!!!

5. Drink water. I am not very good about this, so I want to at least drink 3 bottles of water. emoticon

The day went great, and I ate everything I had pretracked. Unfortunately, trick-or-treating ran long so by the time we stopped for supper, it was 7 and I was SOOO hungry. I had 3 slices of Papa Murphy's Pepperoni pumpkin pizza, and ended up eating 8 pieces of fun-sized candy. I was pretty happy with how I did in the face of all the temptation, because I do have a lot of favorites of candy, and I could've had multiples, but instead I had one of each of my faves. Sure, I could've tightened it all up, and have one slice of pizza and just a couple of candies, but I didn't, and I am good with that :o} I am up 1.6 pounds this morning, but I also didn't go to the gym this morning, deciding that today would be a rest day due to the fact that my legs still aren't recovered from the long run on Sunday plus my period hit this morning and the cramps are not fun at all. I can run on my lunch hour, but I only have half an hour for lunch today because of overtime, and after work I have my little girl to watch (DH has parent-teacher conferences.

Anyway, onto my Plan Of Action for today:

1. WATER! I need to counteract the sodium of yesterday. I actually dreamed of drinking a lot last night.

2. Day off from gym. May do some ST at home.

3. Eat what I pretracked.

4. Put in some overtime, but go to bed by 10.

5. Work on some focus, especially while working. I tend to let myself become distracted, either by cleaning or by the internet easily!!

New Month, so New Goals:

Weight today: 170.0 pounds - Goal by end of month 160-164 (range is better than specific for me this month)

Push-ups: 0/1000

Miles (walking, elliptical, spinning, running): 0/2500 (lofty, yet I know I can do it when I am on track)

Events this month:
November 5: Dad's birthday, lefse/bake sale bazaar, Taste of the Holidays
November 14: My birthday
November 22: Plastic Surgery consultation
November 24: Thanksgiving
November 26: DH's birthday

  
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CHASINGOLIVE 11/1/2011 12:57PM

    I love your goals & your plan of action ideas - I should do some POAs too & post them next to my calendar!! :)

Hope you have a great day Erin!!

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BETTERJULIA 11/1/2011 11:25AM

    Wooohooo! You can do this!

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EDDLES08 11/1/2011 9:26AM

    November is a big birthday month for my famly as well. My mom's is the 7th, mine is the 8th, and my daughter's is the 16th. My family celebrates all of them on one day (my daughter has a kids' party on a different day) which helps with the calories.

You goals sound great!

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POA Day 5

Monday, October 31, 2011

Here's a quickie to post my plans for the day:

1. Work out for an hour (already done this morning on the elliptical from 5:25 - 6:25).

2. Walk the dog at least once.

3. Eat what I have planned for today. Make an informed decision regarding Halloween candy tonight. Plans are made for Kaylee to have her candy taken out (mostly M&M's), Corey to pick out what he wants, me to pick out anything I want, then sending the rest of the candy home with my brother and sister (my dad loves candy). That way the temptation is not there for long.

4. Have fun trick-or-treating with Kaylee!!!

5. Drink water. I am not very good about this, so I want to at least drink 3 bottles of water.

That should do it!

  
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LKEITHO 10/31/2011 11:58AM

    Have a great Halloween!

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Recap of the Weekend

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday I had a pretty good day. I went to a jewelry party which featured hor douerves (sp?) including con queso (had minimal amount) a glass of strawberry lemonade (I turned down the wine), and Oreo balls (crushed Oreos mixed with cream cheese, made into balls, and covered with white chocolate). I had 4 of these, but I had them figured into my calories, so I was okay with that (even though there WERE 137 calories each). I only spent what I set aside to spend, and got home in time to put my little girl to bed. A good day indeed!!! I put in some overtime, then got to bed about 11 p.m. I also did have a candy bar (3 Musketeers) that I got at the jewelry party (you pull out a candy bar and find out if you won a free gift, got only a candy bar, or had to book a party....my one impulsive move of the night that thankfully was only a free gift).

On Saturday, I got up with my little girl at 6:30. She has been getting up at this time the last few days, but she seems to be getting enough sleep. I played with her for a while, then took her shopping first at the grocery store, followed by the local bakery where I picked up a couple of mini loaves of bread (note to self to just get the big loaves...less dry). They were also featuring gingerbread men that were Halloweenized (I know, not a word). They basically had X's for eyes and had a bunch of red frosting most likely representing blood. Kaylee didn't pay attention to them, but I got one for her, and she ate the legs. I set the rest aside and brought it home to DH. I didn't really have an urge to eat the rest of it, which was a refreshing feeling.

The day went by pretty fast once I got home with her. DH got up and we went out to Sam's Club, skipped the samples, bought Kaylee a Mickey Mouse DVD (featuring her fave character Pete) and then went home to eat lunch. I shared lunch with Kaylee, which was a Lunchable and a side of grapes with milk to drink. Very tasty and filling it seemed! Kaylee then went down for a nap, which I also did. My mom called basically to say she wouldn't be watching Kaylee because she got tickets to watch a show at a casino 3 hours away. I expressed my concern (knowing full well she was planning on gambling). She said she wouldn't have time to gamble. I didn't say anything. I got a bit hyped up after that, basically knowing she blew off watching Kaylee so she could go to this "show" that honestly I can't believe she was even interested in. It was like an Australian band. Whatever. I took a walk after Kaylee's nap with Kaylee, DH, and our dog, and basically vented to DH, and then let it go. Like I said to DH, I wasn't going to let my mom live rent-free in my head.

Supper was pizza, in a controlled portioned way. It was a Red Baron pizza. DH had half the pizza, and then Kaylee and I split the other half (she had 1 slice and I had 2...their pizzas are definitely smaller). It was perfect! After Kaylee went to bed, I worked another few hours of overtime (overtime is mandatory this week for 5 hours).

On Sunday, again Kaylee was up at 6:30. I got up with her, but then had DH get up at 7:15 because I had plans to go running with a few people I knew. One of them I knew was in my pace group, so I was excited. Well, turns out the other two guys included one who is an ultramarathoner (he's run a 50-mile race and training for a 100-mile race) and the other ran his FIRST marathon in Mankato this last weekend and qualified for the Boston Marathon! Crazy! They pushed the pace the first few miles, running an 8:50 pace, and the first 5K was finished in less than 27 minutes, a new record for me. Of course that basically meant that I was just pooped about 5 miles in. I had to walk a total of about 5 times because my energy was just flagging and my legs were starting to give up on me. My Achilles on the left was ACHING and I was starting to compensate with my other leg. Not good, and I let them know (so they could go ahead if they wanted). I finished the loop and ran a total of 8.6 miles. My friend went on to run 10.1, and the ultramarathoner and other guy ran a total of 16.8 miles (wow).

I got home, took a cold bath which felt good, and limped around for about an hour after that. Thankfully that tendon loosened up! Kaylee went down for a nap at about 11:45, then when she got up I went with her, my mom, and my brother to the Half Pint Haunted House. It was tons of fun, with a nice preview to trick-or-treating for Kaylee. She had a blast! We then went to my mom's to see my dad and sister, and I saw a Player's Card with my mom's name on it from the casino she went to for that show the night before. As a recovered (recovering) compulsive gambler myself, I knew this meant she had, in fact, gambled. I picked it up, looked at her, and she said basically that it was what I thought it was. I said okay and left the room. No point in more of a confrontation than that. I again let it go. This is her problem, and as long as I give her no money and she knows I disapprove, there's not much else I can do. She then brought me home and DH and I spent a few hours together.

We went through the McD's drive-thru for DH (he wanted a McChicken and fries). I had no want at all to eat McD's and instead ate leftovers from Friday. Good stuff! When we went to pick my DD up, my mom had baked a bunch of chocolate chip cookies. She sent 6 home in a baggie with us. When I went to the GA meeting, I brought them with and gave them to the older guy there who frequently comments he needs to gain weight emoticon

I then gave my little girl a bath when I got home, put her to bed, and worked 2 hours of overtime. I got to bed at 11 p.m. because I got an itch to clean up the house a bit before bedtime, but overall? Great weekend, and I feel like I am making strides in the right direction. Not perfect, but no binges, and no urges or plans to binge.

  
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SHINJU39 10/31/2011 2:42PM

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BETTERJULIA 10/31/2011 1:32PM

    This is great! You're focused on you and I'm proud of you! Keep it up.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/31/2011 1:09PM

    Sounds like a GREAT weekend - way to stay in control :)

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RAINEMARIE214 10/31/2011 11:21AM

    Erin, sounds you like had a great weekend and that you are in a better place right now! I am so happy for you!

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