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5th Spark Anniversary --- but the results are not good!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today, Aug. 5, is my 5th anniversary with SparkPeople. Time to measure my annual weight loss...ho hum.....and see the progression.....yawn..........

Here are the numbers:
2006 213
2007 197
2008 192
2009 194.5 (Big oops!)
2010 189
2011 189.5

This year's weigh-in was depressing. It marks the first year that I haven't lost any weight at all.

Let's take a look at the past year: Do I have more energy? NO. Can I tell any difference in the way my clothes are fitting? NO. Can I see any difference at all from last August to now? Well, after months of physiotheraphy, my kneecaps are back in alignment and I can at least walk with less pain and ride my bicycle again.

I know I should be happy. I have lost weight and kept it off pretty well, although I do backslide a bit now and then. But I need to lose at least 50 more pounds, so I have to do something to make the weight come off at a faster rate. When I compare myself to others, I am envious that others can lose in one month what takes me a year to lose!

Oh well. Yay me! Another year to try and lose a few more tiny pounds towards a huge goal. Will I be more successful next year? We'll see.............

  
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SJG1953 8/9/2011 1:25AM

    Happy 5th Sparkversary my friend! God bless you! I hope all of your daughters are doing well. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. Hugs, Shirley emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 8/5/2011 11:22PM

    You are a success story! You haven't reached your goal, but you haven't quit. And not quitting makes you a winner. We all kniow there are so many things that come up in life that make our path more difficult, but you WILL get there. I KNOW you will!

And happy 5th anniversary!

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MICKEYMAX 8/5/2011 5:39PM

    You are still here and plugging away. Be happy for the small victories, and you can push yourself to dig deep and keep going. Don't give up.

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CATREB 8/5/2011 8:48AM

    yes you haven't lost any weight, but you haven't put any of the weight that you've lost back on! always look on the positive side.

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I need help making food plans for the week

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Does anyone know of an easy way to make a weekly food plan? Right now I just log in what I eat as I go through the day, and of course, by the end of the day I have eaten more than I should or not eaten the correct portions of carbs/proteins/fats.

It just takes so much time to sit at the computer and log everything into the food tracker, especially if I were to try to do it for a whole week.

  


My 4th Sparkiversary

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Today, Aug. 5, is my 4th anniversary with SparkPeople. Time to measure my annual weight loss...ho hum.....and see the progression.....yawn..........

Here are the numbers:
2006 213
2007 197
2008 192
2009 194.5 (Big oops!)
2010 189

For that track record, it seems that I am pretty darn good at losing about 5 - 6 lbs. a year! After 4 years of Sparking, I have lost a grand total of 24 lbs.

Let's take a look at the past year: Do I have more energy? NO. Can I tell any difference in the way my clothes are fitting? NO. Can I see any difference at all from last August to now? Not really.

I know I should be happy. I am losing the weight and keeping it off pretty well, although I do backslide a bit now and then. But I need to lose at least 50 more pounds, so I have to do something to make the weight come off at a faster rate. When I compare myself to others, I am envious that others can lose in one month what takes me a year to lose!

Oh well. Yay me! Another year, a few more tiny pounds gone towards a huge goal. Will I be more successful next year? We'll see.............

  
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SJG1953 8/6/2010 4:17AM

    I hope you have a better year ahead and that you get closer to the results that you want to see. Like someone else has said, you are indeed going in the right direction. God bless and keep you, my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Shirley

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PEPPERLEAH 8/5/2010 8:43PM

    First of all, Happy Anniversary! 4 years is AWESOME! And while we are on this journey, we all know there are changes we need to make. But, to have a consistent loss is a very GOOD thing. You may not be where you had hoped you would be at this time, but you are definitly heading in the right direction!

Congratulations to you!

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PERIWINKLE52 8/5/2010 7:04PM

    Ditto on the last blog, but I also have heard there are people out there that are not eating enough!?!? :o) Maybe you could try shocking your body a couple times a week into eating more than normal. But all in all, I would love to be where you are. :o)

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MARDGY 8/5/2010 4:59AM

    I am sure you must have evaluated where you might need to make some major changes to see some additional results. For example, if you exercise with the same routine you might want to intensify the routine so that you are sweating more or burning up on your muscles. If you drink 8 glasses a day you might want to increase it to 12 glasses a day. If you are tracking your food and lowering the various aspects of your food by increasing in protein so as to sustain you from feeling hungry faster or may need to look at your fiber intake to increase that as well by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. If you do all of those things, you might want to drop your calorie goal to a significantly lower level to see results.

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SASKATIA 8/5/2010 4:49AM

  You're doing great! Keep it up!

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Annual Physical Results...Part 2

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's been almost 3 weeks since my annual physical, and I am getting a mixed bag of results. Guess what's happening to me is "normal aging"... I hope!

I was referred to the city's Joint Assessment Clinic for my painful knees. Surprise, surprise, I have arthritis in both knees and both feet----but this was diagnosed back in 2001. The assessment highlighted that I have dislocated kneecaps and some bone spurs. The treatment is physio, a brace for my right knee, ice packs, and Tylenol. In other words, put up with the pain, it's there for life. No further tests, no MRI, no arthroscopic surgery...just come back when the pain is so bad that you cannot tolerate it any longer. I guess it's a good thing I have a high tolerance for pain. (PS the wait time for knee surgery in Ottawa is one year!)

The more disturbing test was my ECG. (EKG, for those of you in the US) I have always had a normal reading, but this time I showed a couple of "blips" that weren't there before. Ischemia is the suspicion. But then, the doctor said it could just be a "false" positive, too, and nothing to worry about. I had a blood test to see if there is inflammation of the heart, and I am being sent to have an image done with nuclear medicine. I couldn't do the treadmill test as my knees are too bad!

So, the fact that I didn't lose any weight between my last two annual physicals is really not important. I will be a little more settled when I get to the bottom of the ECG results!

  
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SJG1953 6/20/2010 2:10AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having health problems Martha. You are still in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the tests all come back with good results. Hang in there my friend. God loves you and so do I. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Love and prayers, Shirley

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CWYNN01 6/19/2010 10:14PM

    I will be praying that your results come back good. I am sure everything is going to be good Martha. Keep up posted. emoticon

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PERIWINKLE52 6/19/2010 11:29AM

    Looks like you've got lots of people cheering you one. Don't give up! You're doing all the right things and that in itself is making you as healthy as you are! Praying that your test results aren't anything serious!!

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Annual Physical Day - EPIC FAIL

Monday, May 31, 2010

Today I had my annual check-up, although it had actually been 18 months since my last one! Where does the time go?
I have lost another 1/2 inch in height.....now I am 1.5 inches shorter than I used to be!!!
But the worst part of all, in the past 18 months since my last checkup, I have not lost any weight at all...NONE....in 18 MONTHS......18 months of dieting and exercising, and nothing to show for it.

Of course my family jumps in with, "well, you haven't gained any weight in those 18 months, so that's good." BUT NO, THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT TO HEAR!

For me, losing nothing in 18 months is FAILURE. I am a big failure.....or as the kids today say it, EPIC FAIL.

This tracking, tracking, and more tracking, is supposed to be about losing weight. The only thing that will mean anything to me is if I lose weight. The goal is to lose weight. So, as usual, I cannot make my goal, no matter what I do.

EPIC FAIL

  
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TWO_SPARROWS 6/18/2010 10:36PM

    Sweetie, do not be so hard on yourself. Be nice to yourself, because Heaven knows you deserve it.

As you get older, your metabolism slows down and as you get older it actually gets HARDER to lose weight. As you get older your body gets into that "I'm happy where I am" state. Women have it tougher than men, believe it or not...their metabolisms are naturally higher and they have denser muscle tissues. Sometimes I wish I was a man!

I'm in your boat, m'love. I've been dieting and tracking and walking til my legs are ready to fall off, and I think I've lifted enough weights to give Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for every one of his many dollars. You would think it would show, but....all it shows is energy and my husband's increased amorous intentions. Not that I'm complaining, but I want the clothes to be SMALLER, which would mean I'm smaller.

Your family is right...you didn't gain. This, in itself, is important. You're onto something right, Sweetheart. Don't give up. Do NOT give up. You are worth staying the course and you WILL succeed. Failure is not an option.

Or look at this way...you're not failing, you've just succedded in finding several ways that didn't work. You can do it. Have faith in yourself, Honey, cuz your family is all behind you and that in itself makes you a very lucky woman!

Yay YOU!!

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TWO_SPARROWS 6/18/2010 10:36PM

    I don't know how I did it, but I posted twice! Sorry...monumental finger wobble there.



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14JESUSGIRL 6/2/2010 7:34PM

    We only fail if we quit! I haven't lost any either in almost a year. I know how you feel. We can't give in to feelings of failure and despair. (even if that's exactly what we want to do!) As my devotional said this morning, "Hang Tough!"
Keep on keeping on my friend and I'll do the same.
In Christ's love,
Lee
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