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SparkPeople Radio!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I just tuned into SparkPeople Radio. It's really cool! I can listen to it while I do my other SparkPeople activities. Great way to multitask, plus I am sure more good stuff is seeping into my brain through osmosis.

I have been a little angst-y (is that a real word?) over the last few weeks. I just went through a period of not caring that much... I don't know why. I am hoping that it was my one step back in preparation for the two steps forward. I have been weighing weekly, but not tracking it, so today I am getting back on track. I am down 24 pounds total, so my backtracking wasn't as severe as I thought, but I need to get my act together pronto!!

My original plan was to be 40 pounds down by Christmas because we're going to visit my elder son in California and it will have been a year since we've seen him. He MIGHT notice a difference. That would be cool. I don't think I'm quite going to make that, though, because my goal is 1.5-2 pounds a week and that would be cutting it pretty close. But, one day at a time is all I can do, so what happens, happens.

In the meantime, if you have not checked out SparkPeople Radio, do it today!!

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KIYOSHI04 11/14/2012 4:43PM

    i think you're doing great. never heard of spark radio. neato! thanks for that.

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OKBACK2ME 11/6/2012 10:13PM

    He will still notice, my Son noticed the 20 pounds.

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C_SYTSELL 11/6/2012 10:12PM

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24 pounds is awesome!!

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WALLAHALLA 11/6/2012 8:06PM

    You still have time to put a good sized dent in that goal. Bust it!
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Not AWOL -- Just Concentrating

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I haven't blogged in a while, but it isn't because I've been doing the walk of shame, it's because I've been deep in concentration, or contemplation, ... or something.

I'm still doing my walking/jogging every day and I really look forward to it. I've been at a minimum of 12,000 steps per day for quite a while. The scale is not cooperating that much -- down 1 pound from last week, but it really doesn't bother me too much because I feel a lot stronger and positive about my progress so far.

One thing that is kind of cool is that I found a recipe in a magazine (I think it was Fitness, but I'm not positive) for Morning Glory Muffins. They have all kinds of good things in them, including carrots, golden raisins, coconut, and almonds (which I normally don't care for). I decided to try making a batch and they were really good! It makes 18 muffins and I can freeze them. Normally I grab a Luna bar to bring for breakfast at work, and the muffins actually have more calories, but I think the effort of grating the carrots, putting everything together and baking them myself somehow makes me feel more invested. Plus they look pretty!

One of my mainstays on WW was Orange Apple Spiced muffins that I used to make every Sunday. Thatís what I had for breakfast every day. It was just part of my routine. (Telling my family they were a Weight Watchers recipe was a sure-fire way of getting them not to eat them, too!)

WW is many years in the past and I did reach my goal weight, although I had a lot less weight to lose to get there than I do now. What I've been contemplating is what worked for me then and whether I capture that positive spirit again somehow. Taking the time to bake something from scratch, knowing what the ingredients are and tweaking the recipe until I get it just the way I like it, getting my steps in -- all of this has to help.



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CLUMBOY 10/30/2012 7:22AM

    lovely muffins--and so healthy for you! the beauty of baking is that it is a physical action you take that not only tastes great but it good for you and is a symbol of a new healthy attitude. way to go with that AND your walking!

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KIYOSHI04 10/23/2012 7:51PM

    looks great!
i think its great you're looking to the past for some answers..

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OKBACK2ME 10/23/2012 3:24PM

    Excellent work! The muffins look good, but saying they a WW would not stop my family from touching them. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 10/23/2012 1:56PM

    Yummy! emoticon Think I need to try that recipe.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 10/23/2012 12:56PM

    12,000 steps a day is awesome! emoticon

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Measuring Progress

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I am up .6 pounds this week. We went to visit my parents this weekend and my mom made a big dinner, including my favorite lemon pie. Plus as we usually do, we stopped at the golden arches on the Thruway for breakfast on the way there. I could have had a yogurt parfait, but unfortunately, I went for the sausage and egg McMuffin (no cheese). I know, not good.

I'm still a walking fool, though, so I am making progress in that area. I figure that as long as I am sweating, I am on the right path. I also did my monthly measurements and I was .5 inches down in the waist and .25 inches down in the hips. Is that good?? I was really expecting more because my clothes are fitting MUCH better. Maybe it's my wishful thinking, but in any case, I'm encouraged.

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OKBACK2ME 10/2/2012 8:14PM

    Wow, you visited your Mom and only gained .6 of a pound awesome! You know they always cook favorites, it is just a weekend and you will drop the weight fast. You would have been shocked at the food my grand mother use to put out. I stayed over night once and she had bacon, eggs, oatmeal, toast and jam sitting there waiting for my breakfast and I do not mean little servings! They use to be ranchers and wore off the food, so she was use to cooking large amounts of food! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 10/2/2012 3:09PM

    I can do point 6 pounds with a glass of water.
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40LESSOFERIN 10/2/2012 12:53PM

    Baby steps, you will got there! Sounds like your making progress. Great job and emoticon

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Update #18 (progress!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Finally!! Good news this week. Down 3.4 pounds. WooHoo!! So, total of 28.2. Next week I really hope to get to the big 30.

I always feel better when the weather is cooler. I like fall the best! I feel like actually doing things when I get home and on weekends instead of just vegging and breathing in crappy air thatís blowing in through the dirty AC. I did a lot of cleaning on Saturday and so I feel a bit better about the state of my house. Itís still awful, but I went through a pile of magazines and actually discarded some of my books. I have books stashed pretty much in every room, so this is a huge project, but Iím committed to getting it done! I also bought myself a new scrub brush Sunday morning and want to tackle my disgusting kitchen floor.

It is also imperative that I track all of my food. When I am not consistent with that and try to keep track mentally, I just stop paying attention and things start to slide very quickly.

I also kicked butt last week in walking/jogging and was in the top 5 for fitness minutes on two Spark Teams again last week. Thatís my goal, but I guess I really was hoping that it would be higher because I felt like I worked really hard. I would like to see that number higher next week, but Iím not sure how thatís going to happen. I donít know how some people can work out 3 hours a day!

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HABITATPAT 9/29/2012 1:35PM

  Don't worry about what other people are doing--everyone's life is so different, that it's difficult to compare. It sounds like what your doing is working, so JUST DO YOU and set challenges to improve your personal performance.

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Lab Lovers ROCK!

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UMUCGRAD 9/25/2012 10:03PM

    FANT emoticon emoticon ASTIC!
30 lbs before you know it!

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Update #17 (been a while!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Iím up again. By .7 pounds. So a total of 24.8. I did get into the candy corn and some other not so good stuff. I really would like to get to 30 before too much longer, but I wonít get there at the rate Iím going. It would be really cool if I have some really fantastic progress by my physical Ė which my doctor forced me to schedule when I was there last. Itís in March, so I have quite a bit of time, but if I keep wasting it like I am now I wonít have much to show for it. Funny, though, I am not really down on myself too much even though it might sound like I am. I made these choices and I know what I need to do.

Maybe one of the reasons Iím not that down is because I am having some non-scale victories. I was in the top 5 on two of my Spark Teams for the second week in a row and Iím doing better so far this week. I also started keeping track of my waist measurement, measuring about once per month. I think Iím down about 1.5 inches in the last 6 weeks or so, but Iíve still got another couple of weeks to go before the ďofficialĒ measurement day. That makes me happy at least. Lately I have had a curious urge to runÖ as in outside. It usually passes after a few minutes, but I would like to see how far I can actually go before I pass out. Weird.

It seems I cannot do both things at the same time Ė keep my exercise up and control my eating. I think Iím going to start a Spark Streak on some of this stuff. It helped cure me of biting my fingernails after all!

I almost forgot to mention that my Medifast buddy has lost 67 pounds in the time that I've lost my 24.8. I am so happy for her!! I went clothes shopping with her and it was so great to see the look on her face when she came out of the dressing room in disbelief that she fit into smaller sizes than she was expecting. No more plus sizes for her!!

I have also had some not so good news regarding my dad. He does have cancer after all. He had surgery a couple of weeks ago and I went to spend some time with my parents last week. He has a catheter and everything and it's really tough on both of my parents, since my mom is the primary caregiver. They have a visiting nurse, but she only comes twice/week. They are hopeful that they got everything, but we won't know until next week whether he will need chemo or not. He is 85 years old, so I really hate for him to not have quality time with what he has left. He's been in pain for a long time and this cancer is in an unusual place, so it took a comparatively long time to find out what was wrong with him. He is not a very good patient either, but it's understandable.
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OKBACK2ME 9/18/2012 11:49PM

    emoticon I am sorry to hear your Dad is sick! You are doing great! Just remember the slower weight losses tend to stick!

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2012 5:43PM

    you're doing well....(except for candy corn...yuck)
remember ... don't compare yourself to your friend...you've been learning how to do this with real food. She's going to have to learn how to do that.
Maintainance is the other half of the battle

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SAINTBETH 9/18/2012 1:11PM

    You can do it!

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