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Time out for my binges

Thursday, July 11, 2013

My number one go to method is the time out game. I make myself wait it out in15 min intetvals. Then if needed I go another 15 mins. Usually I end up forgetting about what it is I wanted to eat. Life has a way of distracting me!
I also have a very hard time with late evening snacking. The only successful answer I have found for this is to go to bed. Personally I can't eat in my bed. There is just something really wrong consuming food where I sleep. It feels like I'm hiding, or sneaking. So when the cravings hit me at nights, I head to bed. On the plus side I get a good night's sleep every time!



Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Today I challenged myself to earn points from every category offered.

I've NEVER done this before.

It's been interesting. I've discovered parts of Sparkpeople that I didn't even know existed. emoticon

I now belong to a new SparkTeam 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge and I'm looking forward to getting my 10 minutes (and more) in each day!!! emoticon

As soon as I post this blog emoticon I will have only two things to do to complete the points checklist!!!

Update a status to facebook (I can't do this from work so it must wait until I am home) emoticon


Hit the all important feed back on my nutrition tracker (I think I better wait until I am officially done eating for the day before doing this one!) emoticon

What a fun experience this was.


My dismal attempt to run my very 1st 5k.

Friday, September 17, 2010

On Sunday I completed my first 5k run. I started training for a race nearly 8 months ago & discovered that running is HARD! Especially when you are well over 200lbs and soooooo outta shape.

Every time a race was coming up, I would convince myself that this one was it, the one I would finally get out there and run. And every time I chickened out!

I trained for this particular race 2 months out and I was doing great, for about a month. Then reality and my wedding fast approaching derailed me. I stopped training the last few weeks prior to the race. I still got my exercise in and I was running once a week.

The day of the race I woke up and decided what the heck, I think I can run this, so I am going to run it. I know a few things about me and running. None of which I incorporated into that day. I didn¡¦t warm up at all, didn¡¦t wear a running bra, didn¡¦t have tissue for my constantly runny nose. I just checked in, got my free goodies, strapped on my 1st ever timing chip and when it was time lined up at the start.

Gun goes off and I start running. What a JOKE! I quickly realize that I am not going to like this one bit. Determined, I make a deal with myself: go to the one mile marker and you can walk. I get to the mile and they tell me 15 minutes. Really? I am in this much aching shin pain and I got 15 minutes? I decide I can push it a bit further, ONLY because at this point on the course it is down hill. At the bottom of the hill I give into the shin splints and walk around the turn and back up the hill. I keep about the same pace walking as I did running. At the top of the hill there is .8 miles left to go to the finish. I start running again. Now I am all warmed up and I feel GREAT. I feel fast and I feel like I can run for another 2 miles no problem.

As I cross the finish line I was proud of me. Yes, I could and should have done better, but I didn¡¦t quit and I now have a base from which to improve on. My finishing time was 50 minutes, and I placed 49 in my age division¡K..there were only 50 of us ƒº

Either way I¡¦ve experienced a 5k run, and have learned I can do anything I set my mind to. I also acknowledge I have A LOT of room left for improvement. 11 months ago I could not walk a mile under 40 minutes and that mile would send me home for a hot soak and Tylenol. My back would ache with every step and I wanted to cry in embarrassment over how out of shape I was.

Lastly, I want to thank my beautiful, brave 10 year old daughter. She ran her 1st 1k that morning. Then she ran alongside me during the, 5k chatting me up the whole time. She kept telling me over and over again how proud she was of me. Near the end she wanted to stop and told me to ¡§keep running mommy I will meet you at the finish¡¨. I love her to pieces and can¡¦t wait to show her in November just how much better mom will be.

Here¡¦s to November 25th the Turkey Trot. I will run the whole thing and I have a goal of completing it under 40 minutes. Now excuse me. I have a training run scheduled and I am not missing it for any reason.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KARRE83 9/17/2010 10:10AM

    Congratulations on finishing that is such a huge thing! My cousin and I actually got really into looking for a 5k to start planning for in the near future. Neither of us have ever done one, but we want to do one fairly early in out adventure here on spark to give our selves a new goal to work towards! Well done on your amazing accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPIE44 9/17/2010 10:01AM

    Well, I can currently do a 5k in 54 minutes, but that is a very brisk walk, pushing myself.

Hmm - who says you have to RUN? How about a strong paced walk instead - lower in impact and a more reasonable goal.

Eventually we can get that pace faster, but for now DO what feels right to your body :)

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Portion distortion on a Plate

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just a quick observation I had last night while filling my dinner plate.

We BBQ'd, it was a BEAUTIFUL night!!! My hunny grilled burgers, hot dogs, (chicken breasts and steak for meals later in the week). There were 2 different bags of chips, corn on the cob and pasta salad.

I was proactive, I had a veggie burger (no bun) instead of beef and since I love hot dogs I was going to allow myself just one, on a bun with sauerkraut! Nom Nom.

As I started to put the food on my plate, my veggie patty, hot dog on a bun and an ear of corn, the things I know I wanted to eat.......I realized there was no room for anything else. I thought to myself "hmmmmmm is this going to be enough? I'll come back for the salad and chips after I finish this first"

As I sat eating, it dawned on me that what was on my plate was enough. Portion wise it was right, nutritionally I admit it could have been better. However, it wasn't a plate of crap.

After my meal I was full. I did not get up and refill my plate. I did not obsess about what I was missing out on eating. I relaxed and enjoyed the time with my family and decided to be proud that I exercised portion control with success.

Oh I should add that I have to pat myself on the back for buying the 8.5 inch paper plates instead of the monster ones. Who knows how my meal choices may have turned out then?


OMG! Only 15 weeks left to my Wedding

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I have nothing done. OK, one thing is done, a place to have the wedding and reception. Other than that, NO decisions have been made. We can’t decide on food, host or no host bar, a DJ vs. I-Pod the music, or even where we are getting our cupcakes from (this is because I am AFRAID to start taste testing all that butter sugary goodness), the list goes on and on.

I haven’t even found a dress for me, let alone bridesmaids or flower girl dresses. This whole year I’ve been telling myself that this is going to be a causal affair and it doesn’t require the obsessive, crazy bridezilla attention! What was I thinking? You actually have to make decisions? I am so indecisive with many areas of my life. The wedding is turning into one of those “areas”.

I’ve let myself slack in this weight loss journey too. After being so dedicated and loosing nearly 40lbs I am stuck. While I haven’t gained anything…which really is a huge blessing, I’ve also lost NOTHING….which is a major let down. I am allowing this to become on of those “areas” too. I need to get on the ball and un-stall myself.

I didn’t want to try on dresses while being a size 18, and now I am going to have to. I am not going with a traditional dress, just something nice and off the rack. This is a second wedding for the both of us. This is supposed to be a fun event, no stress, no worries. Am I even going to be able to find a nice dress in a size 18???????????

Am I just obsessing? Am I being hard on myself because I am disappointed in the lack of progress I am making with my body goals? Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I think it is all of that and more.

What I need to do is start tackling every thing one step at a time. Make a decision and stick with it. There one decision made. Now off to start a check list and start making some tick marks on it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

777JKP 6/17/2010 11:05PM

    I got married in Vegas because I was stressed out just thinking about the stress of planning a wedding. Good luck and kudos.

In 15 weeks you will have some fun memories to take with you!!!

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BOVEY63 6/17/2010 5:11PM

    I can still remember how stressed I was for at least a year before my wedding, and that was 20 years ago.

Just take a few deep breaths and like this weight-loss journey, take one step at a time and it will all work out. You don't have to decide everything in one day.

Best of luck and enjoy this time in your life.

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SHEWHODOES 6/17/2010 4:33PM

    OMG! I could have written this blog myself! I totally understand what you are going through! I have put my wedding off three times, because of my lack of effort in making any decisions that have to do with getting married. We even put a $500 deposit down on a place and lost the money, because we didn't cancel in time and we had nothing done, so it was impossible...I don't know why I can't stop being indecisive and start doing something...we are talking again about setting the date for April, 2011 and I am already getting freaked out just because we are talking about it! I want to get married, but I just don't know how I want to do it and there are so many things to worry about and decide on and I want to be skinny and since that isn't happening anytime soon (because I keep putting that off too)I just can't commit to a date!! OH MAN, why does it have to be so difficult? I wish I could help you, but unfortunately I don't know what the answer is? I just wanted you to know that you are not alone.
Good luck with everything!

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HEIDE69 6/17/2010 3:21PM

    Good Luck w/the upcoming wedding! Take a breathe and slow down--NO STRESS! Take one step at a time and you can do it! emoticon

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