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Day 127 Accountability blog

Thursday, April 05, 2012

I had a pretty productive day! I went grocery shopping, which is a big emoticon for me!! I hate it so much, I never miss a chance to postpone it! Well now it's done, I don't have to worry about it for another week! Hopefully...
I had planned to work on the lawn today but I got busy with other things. I still went running and did my stretches, I'm definitely happy about that.

Here are my goals:

1- Exercise 6 days per week. 28 minute run plus my 33 minute stretch/yoga DVD. One wonderful hour of caring for myself, I love it!!
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2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day. I did quite well today and finished at 1929 cals. I'll have a woohoo for the occasion!!
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3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily. 8 cups done!
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4- 8 hours of sleep every night. DISASTER here! I slept so badly last night. I was sleeping in a funny position with my left arm under my pillow and I suddenly woke up and couldn't feel my arm. You know that feeling when the arm is asleep? Yes, that one! I couldn't feel my arm at all, up to my shoulder. I couldn't even tell where in my bed my arm was!! I had to feel my neck with my right hand and move my fingers down to know where my arm was, bring it back to a normal position and get the blood running again! Freaky!! It took minutes before I could feel my arm again, and by then I was wide awake! That's just one of the most unpleasant feelings in the world, I think!!
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5- 5 fruits/veggies: almost, I had 3 fruits and 1 veggie.
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6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily: taken
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog.
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Weigh-in day tomorrow, I'm hoping for decent results. I'll plan the day now so I know what I have to do in the morning:

1- Exercise 6 days per week: I intend to spend quite a bit of time outside working the lawn. It's supposed to be nice and sunny so I'll make the most of it. I should also get my bike out and go for that first ride I keep saying I'll do!
2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories, no excuses...
3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water.
4- 8 hours of sleep every night. ... will try again!
5- 5 fruits/veggies: no excuses there too!
6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement
7- blog.

Happy Good Friday to all!
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NANHBH 4/9/2012 10:59PM

    Pretty much a WOO HOO day! I'm still struggling with my sleep, too. We'll get this whipped yet!


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JANETRIS 4/8/2012 4:47PM

    Oh...I can relate to a sleeping arm. For me it is the hand. I curl up with my hands curled up, and I wake up with no hand or at least it feels that way. It kinda scares me....what if some night I can't shake it awake?!? It only happens once in awhile...but is is freaky! My DH took over the grocery shopping! WOO HOO! I love that! I hate it too...

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THINGETTINOUT 4/6/2012 5:06AM

    I know what you mean by the sleeping arm. Just a dead weight where the arm should be, I have never tried Yoga . I have looked at it but never done it. Think I would have to do a class though as I am not good at following pictures.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/6/2012 12:24AM

    i hate that feeling of my limbs being asleep/missing! that is way worse than the grocery store. Love that you got the YOU time in today with yoga and a run. those are 2 of my favorite fitness things. i really need to make time for more yoga.


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Day 126 Accountability blog - Sick, sick, sick of it!!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

If you've been reading my latest blogs you know that I have been struggling with my nutrition. Well I did better today, and the main reason why I did is because I suddenly remembered how very sick I am of being f.a.t.! I may have lost 45 lbs to date, but I still have 65 to go before I reach a normal BMI... I am not even halfway there. Oh! I am not discouraged so much as I am sick of being f.a.t. I'm sick of seeing my lower abdomen hang, sick of my flappy upper arms, sick of seeing the fat pouches here and there on my body! I am sick, sick, sick of it!!

I know I sound very negative right now, so let me sprinkle a little positive on this blog. Well, my upper abdomen is quite tight, my legs are much smaller and I can see my hip bones for the first time in about 20 years! My bras are getting too big, yep, they are, but that's actually a shame because there wasn't much to lose in that area!!
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I am also just a few pounds away from going down another pant size. I'm actually in between right now. My size 18 pants are a little too big, but the size 16 are a little tight.
What else is positive... Oh! Of course, I am getting better and better at running!

So, since I am so sick of being f.a.t., there is only one thing I can do, and that's to continue with my journey and my goals. As for the negative in my blog, well this will sound a bit strange, but I am actually using it to motivate myself. In the past I would refuse to acknowledge the fat pouches and would quickly cover them so I wouldn't see them. Now I look at them, and visualize myself without them. Then I throw on my running clothes and go for a run, dreaming of the day I weigh 160 lbs again. And by the way, I have determined this day to be February 1st, 2013!

Long story to say that I have been struggling with my nutrition, but today I recommited to my journey. I will see it through no matter what. Even if I sometimes have weak moments, I am here to stay. I am worth so much more than the way I treated myself the past 20 years. Bye bye fat pouches, Hello strong shoulders, arms and abdomen!
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Okay, enough blah-blah, here are my goals for today:

1- Exercise 6 days per week. I wanted to go for a bike ride today but it was really windy and grey this afternoon, so I decided to stay home and work outside instead. I put away the shuffles and other wintery things then spent an hour raking the lawn. There will be a lot more raking in the next few days as I only did a small portion of the lawn! That's okay, I enjoy it!
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2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day. I did better today yes, but still went over my limit and finished the day at 2009 cals. Nothing compared to the 2600-2700 from a few days ago...
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3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily: 9 cups today!
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4- 8 hours of sleep every night. Nope, not even close. 6 hours only...
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5- 5 fruits/veggies: noooo... 2 veggies, 1 fruit.
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6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog.
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Okay, better, but there is a lot of room for improvement. So let's plan tomorrow well and increase my chances to succeed:

1- Exercise 6 days per week: running day, and I will work a little bit more on the lawn.
2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories, no excuses...
3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water. Easy-peasy!
4- 8 hours of sleep every night. ... will try!
5- 5 fruits/veggies: easy, so let's just do it!
6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement
7- blog.

First goal, health... Second goal, well-being... Third goal, self-confidence... Fourth goal, pride...

Ultimate goal: 160 lbs...

Just watch me!!
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JANETRIS 4/8/2012 4:50PM

    Just look at you get mad....and see what happens! Fredann you just propelled yourself forward....WTG!

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WONDERWOMAN 4/5/2012 11:08PM

    What a great and motivating blog!

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FLBEACHBUM14 4/5/2012 9:15AM

    You have been doing it and you will continue doing it!! Feel the incredible power of your mind every time you will your body to take the steps toward your goals!!
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KALIGIRL 4/5/2012 8:29AM

    You are doing SO fabulous - recommitting to goals and remembering how you got this far - we're all rooting for you because we know
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BLUESKY_321 4/5/2012 7:59AM

    Oh I do so remember feeling exactly like you do .... just SICK of it! SICK of weight and eating being an issue. SICK of working at it - and feeling like I was failing. SICK OF IT! So stinkin' sick and tired of the whole thing.
And you know what - It was a turning point! It really was! For me, stumbling on a book called the Beck Diet Solution was the light I needed to see - but you may find something else... maybe even something inside you - to change your mindset.
Wishing you all the best!

ps The Beck book isn't a diet, it's more of a mind set makeover - maybe your library has it and maybe it would be helpful to you too? :)


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MSANITAL 4/5/2012 7:57AM

    Girl, it is ok to vent.. for me venting like that is better then lifting the food to my mouth.... so vent away.. I say..because it don't last for long, just like the weight it won't be around for long..
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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/5/2012 12:08AM

    FredAnn, Your negativity is Positively encouraging! You've got it! Go GirlFriend Go!!

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THINGETTINOUT 4/4/2012 11:25PM

    Whatever motivates us to stay on the path is ok. You can do this. You have already proven it by the weight you lost. You go girl.

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KPETSCHE 4/4/2012 11:22PM

    Plenty of positives in your outlook. Keep going and stuff will continue to melt away. Some days I really struggle to get my 6+ fruits/veggies in but I don't give up. Charting my nutrition on SP really helps - I know the days that I don't keep up with it I have a lot harder time to get all my servings in.
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NANHBH 4/4/2012 11:21PM

    I'll be watching you - and cheering you on! I know you can do it. You are woman, you are strong!
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Day 125 Accountability blog - Feeling Spark-deprived!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Boy, I feel like I have no time to spend on the computer these days. I wake up in the morning and before I know it it's time for bed!! I finally logged on the Spark last night it was 10:30pm. I took a quick tour and had to go to bed. Here I am now with my accountability report for yesterday, Tuesday:

1- Exercise 6 days per week: Oh my!! I had an amazing run yesterday. I finally found a comfortable pace and just ran as if I was taking a leasure walk! Lately I had been struggling with my runs and I figured it was because I was trying to go too fast. Yesterday I really slowed down to a pace I could sustain and ran 4.46km in 36 minutes.
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2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day: I continue to have difficulty staying below my range. I have no excuses, I am just hungry, so I eat! I don't binge or waste the calories on junk food, but i do eat more these days. Total 2291 cals on Tuesday.
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3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily: 10 cups!
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4- 8 hours of sleep every night: hmmm... let's see, this refers to Monday night into Tuesday morning, I slept 7 hours. Not bad, but not enough.
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5- 5 fruits/veggies: 2 veggies and 1 fruit only
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6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily: vitamins taken
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog: emoticon

Now I am going to go outside and start cleaning up the garden after the winter. It's a beautiful day outside, I'll make the best of it. I'll also take out my bike and try to go for a ride. Should be fun!

I hope everyone has a beautiful day!
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MARATHON_MOM 4/5/2012 9:30AM

    I've been super busy the last few days too.. work has been insane!! I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

You are doing great with your goals! And I gotta say, I would kill for 7 hours of sleep a night during the week! So to me, that seems like a sleep marathon! LOL

Keep it up!!

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REALLYHOPIN 4/5/2012 8:07AM

    Sounds as if your Spark deprivation can be worn as a badge of accomplishment. Your days are filled with healthful activities to the brim of not having the time to vegetate in front of the computer... I think this is a good thing.... but do make sure that you are not making yourself toooooo busy... we don't want a burnout situation. I know that all the health items are things you do for yourself, but alot of it is ~work~ and yes it feels good to be taking care of your body, but remember to take care of your spirit as well.... maybe a bubble bath or something that's a reward that's just for you.... hey, maybe even some time that you DEDICATE to Sparking (outside the daily regimented blogs)... just something you enjoy and can relax with...

~ be good to yourself
~ Barbara

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WONDERWOMAN 4/4/2012 9:36PM

    Hope yo;u had a great bike ride. I know the feeling of losing steam when going too fast. Yay for figuring it out. Sometimes we just need more to eat; it's a great victory that you are still making good choices in what you eat.

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PUDDLEBY 4/4/2012 6:42PM

    Awesome run. I hope I can do that someday. You do seem to have trouble with your freggies though. That's okay, you need at least one area to work on. I have been feeling the same as you, that there is just not enough time in the day, or else there are just too many things on my to-do list! But, I am happy that we are both, for the most part, on track!
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MSANITAL 4/4/2012 5:54PM

    I love your attitude.. kep up the good work.. and don't for get some Down time to rest and relax..


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NANHBH 4/4/2012 1:49PM

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That's an amazing pace to run 4.46K in 36 minutes!

You are really active most days. Maybe 1900 calories isn't enough for your level of activity. I noticed that as I am intesifying my exercise, now that my knee is feeling a little better, I am more hungry. As long as I'm not eating chocolate or other refined carbohydrates, I'm OK with going over my limit. Although, I do plan to eat goodies this weekend - it's Easter, after all. And my birthday on Monday.
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THINGETTINOUT 4/4/2012 12:21PM

    You continue to do it daily. I am looking forward to the day I can run 4 k and just enjoy it. With people like you to follow I know it will happen.

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Day 124 Accountability blog

Monday, April 02, 2012

Well, I survived the sleep lab!! My appointment was at 9pm last night and I finally came home at 3pm today! I did the overnight test followed by the day test to evaluate my daytime somnolence. It was interesting to say the least! The weirdest thing is that I work in a sleep lab, so I knew exactly what they were doing and why. Doing it as a job is one thing, but actually having to sleep there with all the stuff on is another!! A few of my young patients once told me that they didn't actually feel the wires, and much to my surprise it's true. I didn't feel them, except for the ones on my face. Those were really annoying!

The good news is, it doesn't look like I have sleep apnea. I'll get the official results in 3 weeks, but the morning tech showed me my recording even though he wasn't supposed to do that, and at first glance there doesn't seem to be any apneas. THANK GOODNESS!!! The thing that I didn't expect though was to leave the lab more tired than I was when I walked in, despite sleeping the night and taking 4 naps during the day!! Yeah, I do have daytime somnolence! The question now is WHY! I hope they can provide some answers.

Apart from that everthing is going well. I still tried to meet some goals today:

1- Exercise 6 days per week. I took a 35 minute walk when I came home this afternoon.
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2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day. I managed to track the best I could. I finished at 2148 cals... hopefully I didn't underestimate...
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3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily: 13 cups today! Whoa!
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4- 8 hours of sleep every night: Even if I wanted to there was no way I could sleep 8 hours last night, it just wasn't possible in the sleep lab environment!
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5- 5 fruits/veggies: nope... 2 only, 1 fruit, 1 veggie...
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6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily: vitamins taken
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7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog: done!
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Tomorrow is running day! emoticon I will also focus on my nutrition so I can stay below my range. First a good night sleep, it's looking like I may get an early bedtime tonight, I'll try not to spoil it by starting to do something else!

Oh! I almost forgot! One of my teams (Runners with a Purpose aka RWAP!) is starting a monthly Accountability challenge!! I absolutely L-O-V-E it!!! The accountability trend is spreading faster than ever, which is awesome because it's so easy and works so great!!

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Nightie Night sparkers!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/3/2012 10:13PM

    yay for no cpap! woohoo! hope they can figure out why you are so tired though. have you been checked for anemia? or other vitamin deficiencies?
Have Sweet Dreams!

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MARATHON_MOM 4/3/2012 7:16AM

    I have been thinking about having a sleep study done, as I snore like a freight train and wonder if I have sleep apnea. I keep procrastinating about it, though.... kind of like I keep procrastinating about having my thyroid checked. LOL
Glad it's looking like you dont' have sleep apnea, though! YAY!!

Way to go on those goals!!! You're rockin' April already!

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NANHBH 4/2/2012 11:45PM

    Praise God you don't have sleep apnea. No CPAP machine for you! I've never heard of daytime somnolence. I just googled it. Sounds like me! But, I wasn't tested for that. I just need to get INTO the bed before 1am!

Maybe it's hormones keeping you up?

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PUDDLEBY 4/2/2012 10:52PM

    I'm really glad to hear that you do not have sleep apnea!
I hope you have a better sleep tonight than last night. I bet your own bed will feel good.
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Day 122-123 Accountability blog and April's goals!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Aahh! April!!! April and May are my 2 favorite months of the year! After the winter months it always feels like life is coming back again with April! I love it!
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Day 122 of my accountability plan was yesterday, Saturday. It was my brother's birthday and there was a minor incident involving a cheesecake!! Other than that my day was great!

Goals for Saturday:

1- Exercise 60 minutes 6 days per week: Planned day of rest!
2- Track my food. Max 1830 calories per day. I think I finished the day at about 2300 calories. It's okay, I rarely eat cheesecake, and it was GOOOD!!
3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily: 8 cups done!
4- 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night and NO sparking after 10:30pm! I only slept 6 hours Friday night into Saturday morning, and I really felt it too!
5- Meditate minimum 10 minutes daily: not done again...
6- 3 veggies and 2 fruits daily: I had 1 veggie and 1 fruit only...
7- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily: vitamins taken!
8- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog: done now!

Now, I had promised myself that I was going to revisit my goals on April 1st. I want to lose 5 lbs this month, which will bring me to a total of 50 lbs lost! That's pretty motivating! So here I go, April's goals:

1- Exercise 6 days per week. No minimum time each day, I want to work on quality workouts as opposed to quantity. Continue to alternate one day of running with one day of crosstraining.
2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day.
3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily.
4- 8 hours of sleep every night. I am dropping the sparkcurfew, I need to work on sleep discipline in general!
5- 5 fruits/veggies
6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog.

This is totally feasible, and nothing but common sense I think!

Which brings me to today. I need to do my blog early as I am going to the sleep lab tonight for my sleep study. I have a ton of things to do before I leave too! So day 1 of my April goals is going like this:

1- Exercise 6 days per week: I went running with the group this morning and did 33 minutes, 4.2 km. I still can't believe how nice everyone is there, it's totally awesome!
2- Track my food. Max 1900 calories per day: So far I am at 1682 cals and that includes my dinner. So I should be okay for today!
3- Drink minimum 8 cups of water daily: 6 cups already drank, I'm sure I'll drink another 2 before I leave, if not more!
4- 8 hours of sleep every night: I did 7.5 hours last night, getting closer!
5- 5 fruits/veggies: I have already had 3 fruits and am planning 2 veggies for dinner.
6- Take a multi-vitamin and a Calcium supplement daily: already taken
7- Report my progress to the world every day by writing my accountability blog: done!

I am totally motivated and excited to continue with my goals for this month!! And by tomorrow morning I'll know why I'm so tired all the time. Is it just because I lack discipline in going to bed early, or do I actually have a sleep disorder? Either way, I am NOT going to wear a CPAP at night... I just hope I can sleep in the lab tonight with all the wires on!

Okay, gotta go, Happy April everyone!!
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NANHBH 4/2/2012 11:40PM

    Nice goals! You can do it. I'll be anxious to read about the sleep study!
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KALIGIRL 4/2/2012 9:54AM

    You rock!
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MARATHON_MOM 4/2/2012 8:22AM

    I totally LOL'd at the "minor incident involving cheesecake" line!

Looks like you already have your goals set, and you already blog daily for accountability, so the April RWAP challenge will be a breeze for you!

You are going to have a fabulous April! I can feel it! (April and May are 2 of my favorites too... even though here in Georgia, things start coming back to life in February and by May we're closing in on 100 degree temps. LOL)

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PUDDLEBY 4/2/2012 7:44AM

    "A minor incident with a cheesecake." LOL. I bet April and May will be awesome months for you! Your adjusted goals sound great. I hope the sleep test went ok. (I know someone who had to do it twice, because she couldn't sleep the first time with all those wires on her!) I hope you have a great week Fredann!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/1/2012 10:04PM

    I hope the sleep lab goes well and they hook you up with great sleep from here on out!!

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THINGETTINOUT 4/1/2012 5:44PM

    Good luck at the sleep lab tonight and well done on the goal setting.

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