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Day 60 Accountability blog - Feeling much better!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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I worked hard all day to stay focused and meet my goals. The morning was a little harder because I was afraid I was going to repeat yesterday. My self-confidence is still in the low range, so it doesn't take much to make me feel iffy!

After I went for my run though, I was back to my stronger self! Except for my freggies I did quite well today.

1- Exercise: 30 minute-run and 33-minute stretch workout. DONE!! And I felt so awesome afterwards! Oh! Excuse me... 31 minute run!!!
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2- Track my food. Max 1860 healthy and smart calories! Can you believe I had 1859 cals!!! 1 cal below my upper range. That's what I call tracking!!
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3- Drink 8 cups of water at least: I had 10 cups!
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4- 8 hours of sleep. I "only" slept 7 hours last night. I know, it's not bad, but I really need 8. Especially now!
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5- Meditate 10 minutes at least: DONE!
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6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. nope... had the 3 veggies, but no fruits...
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog
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I am starting to think about refining some goals for February. I'll take the next 2 days to think about it so I can start February strong! This accountability plan is definitely a keeper!!

Time to plan for tomorrow:

1- Exercise: Last Monday I did some step aerobics. I'll do that again tomorrow.
2- Track my food. Max 1860 calories.
3- Drink 8 cups of water at least
4- 7 hours of sleep.
5- Meditate 10 minutes at least
6- 3 veggies and 2 fruits. I'll step back to 2 fruits for tomorrow and build back up to 3 when I can handle 2. Baby steps... and since babies eat more fruits than I do, it should be easier to make it happen!!
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog

Let's make tomorrow another fabulous day!

I'll end today's blog with another inspirational quote I came across today:

"Success often comes to those who have the aptitude to see way down the road" - Laing Burns, Jr.

Interestingly enough, I think I can see farther and farther down the road with every new step I take in my journey. I think it's worth continuing forward!

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KALIGIRL 1/30/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon report!
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KAYECAN 1/30/2012 3:32AM

    Looks like it was a great day. You're doing great!!
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NANHBH 1/30/2012 12:04AM

    Yeah, FredAnn! Fabulous job today. Love the quote and love that you are seeing farther donw the road!
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Day 59 Accountability blog - Feeling ashamed...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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I feel a little ashamed to admit that I overate for the second day in a row... Oh! I overate more than once in the past 59 days, but the difference today is that I could have easily avoided it, and I didn't. By now I have clearly established that Saturdays are not easy for me. It's a busy day and I'm tired, so by the time dinner time rolls around I am just too desperately exhausted to even think about cooking... or washing dishes, or doing anything else but lie dead on the couch...
And of course hubby works on Saturdays, so I cannot count on him to help with dinner.

For the past few weeks I have worked hard to stay on track the best I could while we are out during the day. I started bringing healthy snacks along, that both my son and I can enjoy in between activities. Each week I refine my snacks, so that I now bring more protein-type snacks which keep us filled longer, and generally have less calories than carbs. I also bring veggies, sometimes fruits, so we also get some freggies in.

That's all very nice! Today, for example, I did well all day, and I had more than enough calories left to stay within my range. Not my special Saturday range with a high max of 2000 calories, but my usual range, which has a max of 1860 calories. Definitely proof that I was able to make it work during the day. The problem arose at dinner time, for the reason I described above. I was so tired, I took a short nap on the couch while my son watched a Star Wars episode! Despite this, I was useless afterwards. I gathered enough energy to make my son some instant noodles and veggies for dinner. Not knowing what to eat I ended up having the same. Those @%&$@# noodles have an awful lot of calories in them! Wow!! And empty calories too!! Then the emotion got the better of me, so I ate more things, cereals, cookies, popcorn.... and by the time I finished, I was up to 2545 calories for the day. That over 1000 calories for diner only, most of them being empty calories....

This all explains the shame doesn't it?!

Had I not been so tired, or better prepared, I know I could have avoided this dinner time madness! And you know... just as I'm writing this it hits me... just like the rest of the day, I need to better prepare for supper as well! That will solve my problem! True enough!! If dinner is right there ready to be served when I get home on Saturdays, I'll have no problems eating it. My problems lies in the preparation and cleaning up, not in eating healthy!

So I think next week, I'll try cooking Saturday's supper on Friday night. The same way I prepared today's healthy snacks last night. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner... it's so simple and brilliant!!

Gosh I feel better now knowing that there is a reasonnable solution available to me, because I was honnestly not impressed with myself, and a little discouraged to know that I still didn't have a way to avoid these old habits. I'll give it a shot next week and see how it goes!

In the meantime I'll go over my other goals for today:

1- Exercise: scheduled rest day. I am feeling a lot less sore today, good news!
2- Track my food. Exceptionnally 2000 calories: Enough said on this topic...
3- Drink 8 cups of water: goal met!
4- 8 hours of sleep: GOAL MET!!! And I needed it too!
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5- Meditate 10 minutes: not done yet but coming before bedtime. Much needed after today!
6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. I had 2 veggies and 1 fruit...
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog: done!

Now, it's time to seriously refocus and come back up on the wagon!! Tomorrow's plan:

1- Exercise: back to running, no excuses, 30 minutes, rain or shine... or snow!! I will also do my 33-minute stretch workout.
2- Track my food. Max 1860 healthy and smart calories!
3- Drink 8 cups of water at least
4- 8 hours of sleep.
5- Meditate 10 minutes at least
6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. JUST DO IT!!
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog

Wish me luck getting back on track...
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NRSSNOW 1/29/2012 10:25PM

    You have a great plan in place which is a step in the right direction. I was actually considering cooking ahead myself. Today we made a spark recipe and it was delicious but my husband asked me 500 questions while he was cooking it and I was getting ready for work. Maybe if I do some prep work in advance it will be easier on all of us. I wonder how many calories keeping myself from strangling him burned? emoticon

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PUDDLEBY 1/29/2012 9:09PM

    Do not feel ashamed! You should be proud of yourself for reflecting and learning and making plans for the future. Cooking Friday for Saturday is a great idea! We have all overate at times (I did that last week--after exercising I was starving--had some blueberries--that didn't work--so had a snack pak of cookies and it went on from there to cheesies and bread with peanut butter). What is important is we "get back on that horse" and you have and that is awesome! Like everyone else has said we don't expect perfection from others, why do we expect it from ourselves? No one is perfect, we are all human!

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NANHBH 1/29/2012 3:50PM

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How about a crock pot recipe? Put it in the crock pot before you leave in the morning, and it's ready when you get home. Or, throw it together Friday night and start the crock pot Saturday morning, if the morning is crunch time. I like Sparks' Black Bean Chicken. Here's the link to it --
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I know you will get back on track. You're my inspiration!
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NANT406 1/29/2012 3:40AM

    emoticon You're being too hard on yourself. I think you're doing a terrific job and a little slip up will happen now and then. The important thing is that you recognize it and have a plan of action. When I'm tired I turn to my trusty slow cooker. It's great, less hassle and hardly anything to clean up. Just something to think about. Keep on sparkin lady! You're doin great!

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PIXIECHIC1 1/28/2012 11:41PM

  Don't beat yourself up! All will be well. Take a deep breath, breath and start over. Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.Its not easy to be accountable. I give you a high five for your effort. I too have made it a part of my plan.We all share these pitfalls along the way and your doing exactly what you need to do. Being Accountable, finding a solution, getting a plan in place, forgiving yourself and moving on. Good job!!

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Day 58 Accountability blog - Chips and yoga...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Well, yesterday I was able to avoid the run in with the bag of chips, but not today!! What can I say, I'm only human... No worries, I didn't empty a large bag, I only had a small one, and when I hit the bottom of the bag that was it, I was done. At least now I can put it behind me and move on!! I went way over on my calories though, and the fact that we had burgers for dinner didn't help... Home made burgers but still, those buns sure have a lot of cals in them!
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On a more enjoyable note, I did yoga today, and for the first time in my life I finished it!!! I mean real yoga, not the stretch/yoga DVD I did twice this week. This DVD is mostly stretching and includes a few yoga poses, it's not yoga all the way. Still, since I did well both times I did the DVD this week, I figured maybe I could give real yoga a shot. My hubby gave me a yoga DVD for my birthday 2 years ago, and I never went past the initial 10 minutes before giving up and putting it back in the cupboard! Today I took it out and was determined to get to the end of it, no matter how difficult the moves were.
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Well, it went super well!!! I did the whole thing, 56 minutes, and performed every pose and every movement! Of course it helps that I'm not as heavy as I was, so I was actually able to hold myself in position! I have a lot of work to do in the flexibility area but that too is much better than before! I'm so happy!! And I'm so sore!!! My back, my shoulders, my legs, my fingers, I can actually feel every muscle in my body!! Who knew that yoga would make me so sore?!! Well not me, because I never really gave it a chance until today!!
I am definitely going to do this again, and include yoga in my fitness program from now on! Once I can walk properly again, of course!!
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As for my goals, well I didn't do great...

1- Exercise: I know today was supposed to be running day but we had terrible weather all day... yesterday I wrote that if the weather wasn't on my side, I was going to stay in and do another workout, and that's just what I did!
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2- Track my food and stay within range. Max 1860 calories. Tracking done, 2574 calories...
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3- Drink 8 cups of water: done!
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4- 7 hours of sleep: almost, I'm 15 minutes short...
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5- Meditate 10 minutes: done, and another 10 minutes coming at bedtime.
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6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits: I had 3 veggies and 1 fruit...
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog
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Oh! I almost forgot! Today was weigh in day! 234.4 lbs, down 4 lbs from last week! That's 10.8 lbs gone since the beginning of my accountability plan 58 days ago! There's no doubt about it, this plan is just what I needed !!
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Now is time to plan for tomorrow. It's Saturday again, the toughest day of the week for me!

1- Exercise: scheduled rest day, which I think will be appreciated after today!
2- Track my food. Exceptionnally 2000 calories and this time make it happen!!
3- Drink 8 cups of water at least
4- 8 hours of sleep.
5- Meditate 10 minutes at least
6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. I will really focus on that tomorrow, and hopefully this will help me stay below 2000 cals...
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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NRSSNOW 1/28/2012 10:58PM

    Keep going strong.You'll do great!! emoticon

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NANHBH 1/28/2012 3:47PM

    That's the way to get back up on the horse and ride! I love Yoga for flexibility. Yep, you'll hurt after it! Yoga's isn't for sissies! Have a fabulous weekend.
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KALIGIRL 1/28/2012 7:58AM

    Wow!
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Day 57 Accountability blog

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I had a pretty good day. I actually don't have much to write... for once!! I really needed to rest today, and I did! I was pretty much useless until mid afternoon, then I regained life so that I was able to go for my walk. I wasn't even hungry most of the day, to the point where after dinner, I was below my lower calorie range for the day! I don't want to start not eating enough because this can do me no good. I got a little hungry at 9pm so had a small bowl of cereal and a fruit. I thought about having some chips, I certainly had enough calories left today to afford some, but I chose not to. I preferred to eat something healthier. I even told myself, if I'm going to put something in my body, might as well make it something healthy!

Hmmm... I really am making progress... cool!!!

As for my daily goals:

1- Exercise 45 minute walk: I only walked 34 minutes, but when I came back I did my 33 minute stretch/yoga DVD. Second time this week I do this DVD! I feel great when I'm done, I feel so tall!! It's a strange feeling!!
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2- Track my food and stay within range. Max 1860 calories. Done: 1791 cals! Everything else is within range as well, proteins, fat, carbs, even fibers and salt!!
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3- Drink 8 cups of water at least: Done!
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4- 7 hours of sleep. I ended up sleeping only 6 hours last night. Maybe this explains that I was so droggy this morning...
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5- Meditate 10 minutes at least: done this afternoon
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6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. DONE!!!
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog
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Score 6/7 for today! Not bad!

Tomorrow is weigh in day, I can't wait to see if I made progress this week. I worked hard, I hope it will show...

1- Exercise: Friday, running day. It started snowing this evening and we're also supposed to have freezing rain in the morning. If that's the case I may need to stay inside and do another workout... Otherwise, a 30-minute run is on the agenda!
2- Track my food and stay within range. Max 1860 calories.
3- Drink 8 cups of water at least
4- 7 hours of sleep.
5- Meditate 10 minutes at least
6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. No excuses, like today. Just make it happen!!
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog

The weekend is coming, hope everyone has a great Friday!
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NANHBH 1/27/2012 12:31PM

    You are doing so good! Keep on inspiring me!
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JANETRIS 1/27/2012 8:53AM

    Good choice to have the cereal and fruit and not the chips! I must confess I would have hung my lips on the chips though...LOL! emoticon

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SPARKPARTYGIRL 1/27/2012 6:45AM

    Don't be discouraged if the scales don't show your progress. You are feeling so much better an positive. let that be your guide to your success and the scale will eventually tell the story emoticon

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KAYECAN 1/27/2012 4:13AM

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You do so well fighting through being tired. I know how hard that is.

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NANT406 1/27/2012 3:37AM

    emoticon emoticonon your healthy choices and progress! emoticon

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Day 56 Accountability blog - The doctor was impressed!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I had a loooooooonnnnnnnnnng appointment with the doctor today. Never in my entire life has a doctor spent so much time assessing my condition! He was with me for 2.5 hours!!! He asked me a gazillion questions and finally agreed that I wasn't ready to go back to work just yet. He's not sure what I have, but I need to rest some more. He gave me more time off, I have to go through a bunch of exams to try and understand why I'm so tired all the time and why I don't sleep well. He'll see me again in a month then reassess.

He was very impressed that I was able to lose so much weight "voluntarily". He really insisted on that word, "voluntarily"! No, I haven't been taking meds, no I never took appetite suppressants, no I'm not on any drugs ... Yes, I watch what I eat, yes I exercise, yes I try to face my emotions instead of eating them away. No, it's not easy everyday, but yes, I keep trying... Yes, sometimes I'm afraid I'll fall off the wagon again, but no, I don't let that fear control me. Not anymore anyways...

No, I don't have a lot of self-confidence, but yes, I determined that I love myself enough to try my best. I'm tired all the time, I feel weak and dizzy a lot of the times, and yes, I want to get better!

Is it really so hard to believe, or so hard to understand???

He seemed puzzled... then he moved on to the next topic!

Weird!!!

Anywoo... another day of accountability done. Today was hard because I had a lot to do, and I am really tired, so I did my best. I really lacked focus on the nutrition side of my journey. It's not that I indulged, it's that I hadn't planned, and so I went over on my calories and ate no freggies.

1- Exercise: 30 minutes of running done. Hubby came with me, it was nice to have a partner to run with!
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2- Track my food and stay within range. Max 1860 calories. Like I said, I didn't plan in advance for today so ended eating too much carbs and totalled 2110 cals.
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3- Drink 8 cups of water at least: Fine, I had 9 cups
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4- 7 hours of hopefully restful sleep. 7 hours yes, goal met, but I woke up several times and was still exhausted this morning. I'll still take the emoticon!!
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5- Meditate 10 minutes at least: done, and more coming at bedtime.
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6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits: except for 2 slices of tomatoes I had none...
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog
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I try to learn something new everyday. Today's lesson: plan ahead, even if I don't feel like it or think it's not necessary. Always plan ahead!

Tomorrow's plan:

1- Exercise: probably just a 45 minute walk for tomorrow. I need to take it easy tomorrow.
2- Track my food and stay within range. Max 1860 calories.
3- Drink 8 cups of water at least
4- 7 hours of sleep. The doc increased my dose of Lyrica, which I take for chronic pain. He says at a higher dose it may improve sleep. It will be interesting to find out if it works.
5- Meditate 10 minutes at least
6- 3 veggies and 3 fruits. Absolutely no excuses will be tolerated! I have to be a little more firm with myself!!
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog

Happy Thursday everyone!
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NOMIS1 1/26/2012 9:16AM

    You are a great inspiration.

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PUDDLEBY 1/25/2012 11:54PM

    Argggh! Mine posted twice too! So now I will have to think of something to add. It is interesting that you note that when you didn't eat your freggies, you ate more carbs than usual. I am the same. I heard or read somewhere that individuals will consume about the same volume of food daily. So.....that means that if we eat lots of fruit and veggies, we will eat less of other things. It's all about healthy choices. (And believe me, I am far from perfect, but I am learning and improving!)

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PUDDLEBY 1/25/2012 11:52PM

    250 calories over won't ruin your weigh in this week I am sure. You should be proud of yourself. I think your doctor was so surprised because so many patients that he sees probably can't or don't do what you (and all of us sparkers) are doing. I am sorry to hear that you aren't feeling great, but I bet your healthy lifestyle is helping and will continue to help even more. I love reading your blogs! Keep up the good work!

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KAYECAN 1/25/2012 11:38PM

    I can't remember the last time I slept 7 hours. You do so well on your accountability goals. Kuddo's to your hubby for joining you in running. Two is always better than one, at least that is what Winnie the Pooh advises us.
Great day!!!
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NANHBH 1/25/2012 11:38PM

    So awesome that you are doing this "voluntarily!" Natural is the only way to do this healthfully. Keep up the good work!
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NANHBH 1/25/2012 11:36PM

    I don't know why this posted twice, so I'll change one of the messages.
You inspire me daily!
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