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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Just a frustration blog right now...

My boss, the dietary fad queen... just came in at lunch a little while ago all excited about the "healthy" hot dogs she found... they were "all angus beef with no nitrates"...

I am sure that since they are nitrate free does make them healthier as far as that goes, but how much fat is in these things? How many calories? It turns out that they have 180 calories each with 16 grams of fat, 7 of which are saturated...

If you wanna have a hot dog... go for a Hebrew National 98% fat free frank. They are delicious and only 40 calories each, 10 from their 1 gram of non-saturated fat... I pay more for them, but they are really healthier.

All this just makes my head all 'splodey... there are healthy alternatives, but it takes living deliberately... not just letting the buzz words hook you into thinking you are eating healthier.

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NORAB52GOOD 4/3/2010 9:30AM

    Yes, it is true, you must always read the label. More than that, don't trust the serving size. I have been unhappy to discover what the package says is a 28g serving is NOT that at all. I have taken to weighing things to verify what the package says. emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 4/2/2010 7:22AM

    ROFL! The first thing I look at on the label are the percentages now (along with the cals per serving size, of course)...just shake your head & move on (and do a frustration blog)...sometimes it's all you can do.

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TIMEGATES 4/1/2010 2:51PM

    Always RTFM (Read the Fine Manual) or in this case read the label! emoticon

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MISSTEARWEUS 4/1/2010 2:48PM

    Yeah! A "healthy" hotdog! Thanks for sharing.

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Took a break last night... really needed it...

Friday, March 26, 2010

I was on about 18 straight days of exercise, but I'm still generally pooped out... and last night it really hit. So I just took the night off... honestly I'm glad I did.

emoticon As it turns out, I am above maintenance minimums for the Army on push-ups and sit-ups... I just need to run 2 miles in 23:42 or less. That's not bad. This week the training program has us up to walking 3 minutes and running 3 minutes, which I actually accomplished on Monday and will repeat again tonight. Next week it goes to walk 2/run 4, then run 10 straight minutes the week after that. I like the program a lot actually since it apparently has a solid basis.

emoticon I got my booster Tetanus shot the other day (I was due) and you know, my arm is still sore. I'm actually doing the push-ups to work the muscle. I am also finding that I LOVE push-ups... they make my whole body feel awake and alive. This is coming from someone who couldn't do push-up one just a year ago! So if you have the desire to do them, I know you can... if I did!

emoticon Tomorrow I have to run my Changeling game www.white-wolf.com/changeling/index.
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, which I am NOT ready for... it's just been such a busy month with the Army stuff ramping up... and then tomorrow night I have to play my vampire character www.white-wolf.com/vampire/index.php . It will be fun, but it does make for a very long day. At least I finally get to sleep in tomorrow...

Sunday is totally a day off for me. We are having some friends over, but that is about it. Monday we are going to Scott AFB in St. Louis to get Mark and Alan on the military's health insurance. The Reserves are a part time job with insurance!! emoticon

Today is a good day... I made myself a nice salad for lunch and used the George here @ work to grill some chicken, mushrooms and grapes as my hot side... and then I did Coach Nicole's short kickbox video twice in my office. I also have done 2 sets of 10 push-ups with my feet up in a chair... they are challenging but I am up to 10 this week when I could only do 7 a couple of weeks ago.

Life is hectic, but it's a good hectic... I just wish I could slow it down just a bit to savor and not have it rush by me so fast... which is unlike last year when it seemed like it would never end while rushing by...

  
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ANNIEONLI 3/28/2010 10:06AM

    Aww Jenn...sound like it's all good to me! So happy for you!!!!
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COOP9002 3/27/2010 9:28AM

    Nights or days off are necessary sometimes. Sounds like you enjoyed this time of refreshment.

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Very long 2 weeks...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The good news is that things are actually going quite well. I'm just very tired. Still haven't gotten a day to sleep in since Daylight Savings Time kicked in last week... but I am sleeping more soundly and my body is adjusting to the the pre-time change routine it had. I will get to sleep in Sat, Sun & Mon... yay!

My first drill weekend was just fine. No big physical stuff, just lots of paperwork, classroom time and stuff like that. I am lucky that I didn't have to go out to the field... but it was my first weekend and I had no idea that it was going to happen and I'm an officer... and the weather was horrible and I have no cold weather gear (yet).

But I have to be ready for the Army Physical Fitness Test in May.

Next month we go to the firing range at Ft. Leonard Wood in southern Missouri... I did get some practice with a laser equipped M-16A2 on Saturday. I'm going to have my friend Jess and hubby Mark walk me through shooting at a local free range on Sunday.

So I'm learning/remembering how to jump through the hoops of the military... whee!

  
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COOP9002 3/25/2010 2:51PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you're doing well. Thanks for serving our country.

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STLMARY 3/25/2010 2:49PM

    You go girl! I'm doing that push up challenge, but I'm doing it the first time through with 'girly' pushups. :)

I'm sure that you'll do great on the Army Physical Fitness Test, especially if you have until May to prepare!

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OAKBORN 3/24/2010 1:41PM

    Forgot to add that I did 21 push ups this morning... and I just did another 19. That's in a minute... I get 2 minutes on the APFT.

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ANNIEONLI 3/24/2010 1:15PM

    you could have used that cold weather gear last weekend that's for sure!!! Maybe they were being nice because it was the first day back and didn't put you in the snow b/c of that - LoL emoticon

Keep trying to get that rest!! Maybe lay off Marbuck's? Oh forget it....I wouldn't be able to either if he was roasting away in the house! LoL

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I think I was right.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I've upped my exercise greatly in the last couple of weeks... I'm on day 13 straight!! By combining the Army Training with ensuring my 10K steps per day, I am very very busy (as evidenced by my killer calorie burn over the last couple of days).

So I upped my weekly planned calorie burn to 1800 and voila! My food tracker changed to about where I have been eating... I have been honestly HUNGRY in the evenings since the exercise has been ramping up.

I also feel like I'm in a competition with myself to post big numbers... it's kind of fun actually.

I've also re-realized my old "energy begets energy" meme. The more active you are, the more energy you have... with the obverse being true as well.

I see my boss (who weighs in excess of 350 lbs at best guess) and how much trouble she has getting around, and how hard the weight is on her body and I just feel rather sad. I know that I can't make the choices for her, she has to get there herself, but I just hope she gets her "A-Ha!" moment and can start making better and real choices for her health. I see how she eats and the latest gimmick she is trying for this few days or that few days... I just keep my mouth shut and walk away.

I am so grateful for SparkPeople and all my friends here who are sharing the journey with me. It's funny but I'd long puzzled over the name of the site... SparkPeople... and then yesterday it really hit... when I understood on a gut level about having the Spark (since mine really has come roaring back) and sharing that with other people. I GET it, but it's hard to put words to it. I try to spread the Spark wherever I go by sharing my weight loss and maintenance story... and even by running in my neighborhood...

As of March 2nd, I have been in maintenance for 18 months. I can hardly believe that it has been that long... it's been over 2 years since I started the whole weight loss journey. I made it through 2009, which was the hardest year of my life ever, but I didn't regain the weight... a little but not 60 lbs. Without SparkPeople as a constant in my life... even if I didn't use it all the time or track as closely as I had in 2008, it still kept me attached to the principles that always work for me. It was sort of the sane center in my crazed life.

In 2010, I started the year determined to get my sense of hope and spark for life back. I decided that life was going to better because I was going to get my head on straight after the constant body blows that 2009 dealt to me & my family. I learned patience and restraint and where to best put my energies, etc. I feel like 2009 was a necessary lesson and will be well worth the journey. It was an end to an era of some kind, just not sure which.

2010 is much better already. I sighed with relief when the calendar flipped to the new arbitrary measurement... because even though our measurements of time are purely manmade constructions, they are important because they give us a way to make sense of our insane world. I accept that for what it is and try to use it to best advantage.

So I am 44 and re-entering military service, this time the Army. A new adventure begins.

  
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BATHMOM 3/19/2010 12:34AM

    Thanks so so much for posting this! I have admired your weight loss journey because I saw it happen through your blog in 2008. But even more than that, I admire your spirit and determination that made it happen. I hope 2010 continues to bring good things into your life!

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ANNIEONLI 3/18/2010 9:19PM

    I'm so glad you blogged this. Goes to show what determination and persevarance can do for a person...that, and not giving up when the going gets tough! Rock on Sista!!! You're MY inspiration, as usual!!
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LALMEIDA 3/18/2010 7:54PM

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LISEYBEE 3/18/2010 3:33PM

  Congratulations on and good luck with all the changes you've made and are making in your life!

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COOP9002 3/18/2010 10:58AM

    Glad you're back at it. Hopefully, 2010 will be a wonderful year for you.

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EACHDAYAGIFT 3/18/2010 10:43AM

    I'm sorry to learn you had such a hard year last year, though I don't know the details. I'm glad you got your Spark back and came through the storm. Life can be so hard. Life can be so wonderful. All mixed up together!
Ann

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496 today.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Yep that many calories. My Spark came roaring back in the past couple of weeks. I have been over calories, but I am also burning way over goal this week... so I'm not too worried about it.

The Army Physical Fitness program combined with my determination to get 10K steps per day is giving me some amazing numbers.

Very tired, DST is still trying to kick my butt... and with my drill weekend this weekend, I'm in the middle of working 12 straight days.

  
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ANNIEONLI 3/18/2010 9:20PM

    You are going to ROCK this weekend!! Just remember - ARMY STRONG!!! emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 3/18/2010 9:35AM

    Hey Jen! I got unsubscribed & missed these last few. I hate when that happens!

It sounds like you are doing FANTASTIC!! I love feeling stronger. You are motivating me to work harder to get that feeling back. I've had good workouts this week but am not back to where I want to be as far as really making stides & getting stronger.

Your Army pics are cool. Good luck this weekend!!

Karen


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OAKBORN 3/18/2010 9:08AM

    Daylight Savings Time

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EACHDAYAGIFT 3/18/2010 12:02AM

    What's DST?

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