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Spark People.... results tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Well tomorrow is my official weigh in and biometric testing that will tell how I have done during my company wellness challenge. I have loved what I have learned through spark and will continue on in my journey here even though the company challenge will be moving on to a new phase.

I am down about 14 lbs in those 2 months but more importantly I am in much better shape. I'm looking forward to seeing how some internal things are doing like my cholesterol, etc. By taking on the challenge, I found out through a physical that I was dehydrated and extremely low on two vitamins and my thyroid meds were no longer sufficient at their strength.

I now routinely drink 8 glasses of water a day, take my vitamins, take my meds, and eat healthier. After a shot, and a prescription for vitamin deficiences I will find out if that is better on December 3rd when I go back in for repeat testing with my doctor. She has been thrilled with my progress so far.

I'm down 3 inches in my waist, almost three on my thighs, etc. etc. The good just keeps coming as long as I keep on sparking! I love the support and friendship I find here. I love the team challenges. I've found a couple of fitness buddies that I do different workouts with and that keeps me commited even on days when I don't want to be. I've given up daily sodas, don't buy it for my kids, and maybe have one a month now. DH is eating better and kicking it in to gear to try and stay ahead of me!

We make a healthy grocery shopping trip on the weekends, clean out and organize the fridge, pack our lunches and snacks, and make new spark people recipes on a regular basis.

So what will 60 days on spark do for you? How committed will you be over the next 60 days? I find the next the most challenging of the year. Thankfully this year I won't be facing it solo, but will have all that spark has to offer.

I'm kicking it off with my first 5K run in over 20 years this weekend! I'll post a picture on Monday for those of you who check in. I hope you will figure out your spark goals for the holidays and make your dreams come true this year!

Good luck!

  
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XINIXINIX 11/18/2009 4:12PM

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Awe-some!!

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MEME102 11/17/2009 6:07PM

    Congratulations!!! Pass that motivation around!!!

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FRESHSTART028 11/17/2009 4:57PM

    Wow - Great job! I sure your tests are going to come back with huge improvements.

Blessings,

Liz

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MUGSYCAT 11/17/2009 4:29PM

    Best of luck on the run! And I hope your cholesterol is perfect!!

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CRUZINCARIL 11/17/2009 4:21PM

    wow i wish i had results like that! good luck on your run!!

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MNM_13 11/17/2009 4:09PM

    That is wonderful progress!! Congratulations! Good luck on your 5K

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MOnday MOnday...I wanted to stay in bed!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Today I'm plodding through because you just have to do that some days. I wanted to stay in bed.

I didn't get to go to the gym at lunch as is my norm due to a meeting at work. I texted my fitness buddy to see if we could meet at the gym, but she didn't feel well. I'm going with DH in a few minutes. I thought about staying home and putting on the old P.J.'s and watching football, but then I thought oh well I'll do my spark points. And then I start reading blogs and got all motivated.... dang. :) Thank goodness for all the sparkers!

Forgive my moodiness today... it just is what it is and some days I'm tired and unmotivated. Today is one of those days. But that is what spark is all about isn't it? Pushing each other to do our best even when we don't want to, spreading the positive good will and helpfulness....

Thanks to all my friends who support me everyday. I wouldn't do it without you all somedays!

  
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KELLYTHERASCAL 11/17/2009 2:35PM

    Way to go reading those spark blogs and getting to your exercise! And doing it with your husband can be a nice thing to do together.....great job!! Keep up the great work :) emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 11/16/2009 11:53PM

    That is TOTALLY what Spark is all about! I felt tired and unmotivated today as well......but instead of using that as an excuse, I ate very well and TRACKED every single thing. I am really going to make that my goal, as I know it will help me to succeed. I am so proud of you, that you have multiple opportunities today to bail on your exercise and you didn't! Now that ROCKS!! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Tried these products and liked them...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Kashi Go Lean Caramel Peanut Roll - 190 calories. I found these in Walmart on the isle near the pharmacy where they have vitamins and protein drinks, etc. I took one with me to the movie today and while my 6'7" teenage son ate a whole bag of Reese Pieces, I enjoyed my Kashi roll. It was very satisfying.

Be-Wholesome Health & Beauty Vitapak - GNC. Women's vitamins in convenient daily packs 30 day supply. Taste better than most vitamins I've had.

Aquafresh - Fresh Impact in a can. I hate tubes that get gloopy. I brush my teeth sometimes to keep from eating more food. This foams up and whitens and tastes great. This has something called iso-active foaming gel. Whatever...it tastes good and made my mouth feel really clean.

Naturally More - peanut butter fortified with flax seed. Love it! I put it on a rice cake and top with sliced banana and cinnamon for a great snack.

Hunt's Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes - I spray a pan with pam, add 1 t Olive Oil and then add 3-4 cups organic fresh spinach. While that is starting to saute I drain the diced tomatoes and then add them to the pan. Add a little salt and pepper and you have a very low calorie, high vitamin side dish. Sometimes I add one diced grilled chicken breast, leave the tomato juice and put it all on top of brown rice for a full meal.

Danksin Now - gym towel. I got one in pale green and take it to my spinning class. It's great to wipe my face off while I'm spinning and large enough to lay down on my step so that when I have to lay on the step to do weights I have some protection from the dirty steps!

I got all these products at the local WAlMart (except GNC vitamins) so no special stores required.

  
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SERENA_DOVE 11/21/2009 11:31PM

    Kashi products soooo rock. I am also hooked on those fire roasted tomatoes. i do them with spinach and white beans...very tasty. Great blog, I am going to be on the lookout for those peanut rolls!!

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CATHEITE 11/19/2009 10:38AM

    I love love love the Kashi Go Lean Caramel Peanut Roll! It's so filling. I'm tempted now to try the Naturally More peanut butter & Hunt's Diced Tomatoes.
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MKPRINCESS007 11/15/2009 11:37PM

    Thanks............this is good stuff! I seriously have never had something from Kashi that I did not love. I am going to have to look for those caramel peanut rolls. I want to try those tomatoes too. I am curious as to whether the toothpaste has peroxide or not. I have heard mixed things about that if it does. Thanks for sharing your fav products..great idea for a blog! :)

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FRESHSTART028 11/15/2009 10:50PM

    Thanks for the product suggestions. I have tried other Kashi bars and have liked them.

Blessings,

Liz

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DENA1989 11/15/2009 10:16PM

  thx for the tips


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LABYRINTH 11/15/2009 10:14PM

    Ohhh think I will check into the Danskin Now towel... I definitely need one... maybe two, or three! emoticon

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KIRSTY1306 11/15/2009 9:54PM

    Great ideas there. Thanks for sharing
Kirb xxx

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Saturday's Notes

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I didn't make time to post a blog yesterday so here are my notes to self....

Started out the day great. I met a friend for a late brunch so I googled the place and picked something within my calorie range, and then we went for a 45 minute walk in a nature preserve. That was totally cool. I didn't know it was there and we really enjoyed catching up and doing it in a healthy way.

I met DH at the gym and had a killer leg workout. I did squats on the bosu ball while it was turned upside down and I balanced on top. Those were tough! I did my abs and pushups and stretching while there. I drank my water, tracked my footsteps etc all day. I came home and had a super healthy snack.

Then the tires fell off the car and I skidded into the wall. I went to my monthly bookclub dinner and there I made bad choices. The chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting looked great and once I had one I lost my mind to sugar and carbs. I ate a second and followed that with 4 fun size candy bars. I came home distressed that I had ruined such a successful day. I was only 4 tenths of a lb from my lowest weight and though I might break through to a new number today.

Instead I'm avoiding the scale and wondering how much those bad choices cost me? I am back on track this morning and made a great breakfast. I've started drinking my water. I'm scheduled to meet my fitness buddy for spinning/weight class this afternoon.

I've gotten to the point where I do not like to eat out or go to parties because I can't control what is cooked or apparently my will power around certain foods. DH and I did healthy grocery shopping today and I'm cleaning the fridge and prepping stuff for lunches, snacks etc. I'll keep plugging along and hopefully next time book club rolls around I'll be stronger.

I'm putting the tires back on the car and getting back into the race today.

  
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MKPRINCESS007 11/15/2009 6:10PM

    Ok, seriously, you scared me! I almost thought for a minute the tires....did......fall........off, oh yeah, slow on the uptake today! So, I was actually relieved to hear you just made less than perfect choices. LOL. In the grand scheme, seriously, you are good. I mean, there is some saying about the sum of the parts and the whole, but whatever.............if the MAJORITY of your choices are fabulous (which they are) then you can afford to go a bit nutty once in a while. I am gonna have cake tonight for my b-day and ya know what, I probably shouldn't, but it wouldn't be my day without it. So, tomorrow is a new day and I know you will make the most of it!! :)

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LABYRINTH 11/15/2009 3:14PM

    One thing that really helped me on eating out, was doing a "rehearsal" in a safer environment. For example, meeting DH (who is supportive) at a deli that offers fresh fruit, and posts the calories on the menu wall. Having a limited time frame and going to a very busy restaurant helps speed me along so I don't decide to grab a cookie if I have too much time to stare at the desserts.

Just my experience but social get togethers almost always encourage you to eat more or eat someting the rest want too. One way to get around this is to share desserts. Say to the group, "oh lets get these and then if we share it we can all have a bite to test it" sometimes helps.

Becky - Clean Eating Recipe team
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TIME4ANEWME47 11/15/2009 2:19PM

    We all trip but the point is you dusted yourself off, and started again! Don't despair...you can do it!! I believe in you!

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BILLYS-GIRL 11/15/2009 1:27PM

    Be proud of yourself you got back into the race! Yes you had a slip everyone does but when you got home you didnt keep going.....you got up and started over in!!! That is will power some of us would have said ohh well the damage is done and keep going!BUT you didnt instead you made a healthy meal and plan on working out!!! U are doing fantastic!

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Nonsensical Ravings of a Lunatic Mind....

Friday, November 13, 2009

I went shopping with DH tonight. I got some pants that are three sizes smaller than when I fist started my weight loss journey. They were tighter than I like and my mind immediately went into fat mode. I was standing there in the dressing room convincing myself that I really haven't been doing as well as I thought I was...look how far I still have to go... OMG I thought my legs were in better shape than this...etc. etc.

When I got all my clothes and got in the car I told my husband what I was thinking. He promptly commented that it was nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind. He was proud of the job I was doing and that I looked good. Isn't it terrible what that voice in your head does to you sometimes?

Besides getting pants, and two tops, I also got a Nike workout outfit. When we got home we changed and despite being tired we went off to the gym. I logged three miles on the elliptical. Yeah 5 total points for the Green Team today (my challenge team for the holidays) as my pedometer was over 10K and that means 5 points.

We did eat dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and split the miso salmon. I believe I stayed in my calorie range today although it was at or near the top. I usually stay at the bottom so it freaked me out some. I was having a totally emotional, stressful day and wanted to just eat for some odd reason. Thankfully I had all healthy snacks at work and that is all I could choose.

I am so grateful for spark and all it has taught me. I'm thankful for my friends who support me. I'm thankful for my team challenge. I'm pushing back on the bad voice and celebrating another day that I can call a victory over old habits.

  
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WINGSOFCHANGE 11/14/2009 1:25PM

    Wow, you should be so proud of your success! Down 3 sizes is great! Sometimes it takes our thoughts a little longer to catch up with our changing bodies. You'll adjust to how you 'see' yourself! You're doing an amazing job!

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JULESANA8818 11/14/2009 10:05AM

    Tell that voice to go to He**. you have come so far. Do you know how heavy 50lbs. is? .
that's 5 - 10lbs bags of potatoes or over 6 gallons of milk. When I hit 50 I did go to the store and try to pick up 50lbs of potatoes- it is really heavy and I could not carry it far. you have taken 200lbs of pressure off you knees!!!!!and went down 3 sizes. That is quite an accomplishment- and you did it!!!!!! that voice is wrong and lying to you. his pants are sooooo on fire :)

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EMOTIONALCYNIC 11/14/2009 5:35AM

    Hell, I know that voice so well! If you have time take a look at my latest blog post and it will show you just how much. So I 100% understand and sympathise. The best thing though is that you *know* that you are being illogical, and it's great that your husband is honest enough with you to tell you when he thinks that you are being a little bit silly.

By the way, I'm still a newbie, and checking out your page I have to say congrats on how bloody well you have done! You go girl!

With love from Brighton, England x

(ps: apparently it takes our brains 6months or so to catch up and actually be able to see when we have lost a lot of weight, so you're not a complete lunatic!)

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MKPRINCESS007 11/13/2009 11:39PM

    So, the question is......how long does it take for the mind to catch up to the image you are seeing in the mirror? It has worked in reverse for me.......I, for many years, saw the body of the 19 year old who was 50 lbs lighter in the mirror, even when the scale said otherwise. Weird, huh? So, don't beat yourself up that reality and your minds eye aren't in sync, that is what you have wonderful DH there for, to help tell you you are a lunatic! LOL
Congratulations again on the fab progress you are making...........3 pant sizes, holy moly! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANAHAN00 11/13/2009 10:36PM

    emoticon on being down 3 pant sizes - that's awesome! And lucky you to have such a supportive DH. You're doing great!

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CORIANNE72 11/13/2009 10:34PM

    Congrats on being down 3 sizes. That is awesome! emoticon

Cori

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RHCOOKSON 11/13/2009 10:32PM

    Fantastic! And what a supportive DH you have! Congratulations on your success. I know what you mean about going into fat mode... I do that while I'm shopping too. I just cannot believe that the smaller sizes will fit me, and when they do, I find myself thinking, "Well, that's vanity sizing for you. Now they must be slapping lower sizes on the larger clothing..."

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FIT_ARTIST 11/13/2009 10:14PM

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