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Three day weekend...

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's been awhile since I've been able to blog, so this is going to be just about this past weekend, and some of my choices.

Saturday was a good day. We took the grandkids to the zoo, and packed peanut butter sandwiches to eat for lunch. The kids ate the regular peanut butter with jelly, while dh and I ate almond butter on our Sara Lee 45 calorie bread. And we snacked on animal crackers. Not too bad food wise there. We walked the zoo for 5 hours before leaving so we all got in some good exercise. When we came home, for dinner dh and I had chicken breast with butternut squash and broccoli. Other than walking the zoo, we went to the gym Saturday morning. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical then worked out with a friend on weights, working the upper body, then did another 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Sunday morning met my friend at the gym early and we both did the elliptical for an hour. Time flies when you're talking to a friend. emoticon My bodybug says I burned 400 calories during that hour so it was a good start to the day. Once home, dh decided we needed a motorcycle trip to see if our oldest son was still alive, since he's not good at keeping in touch. He lives an hours drive from us. It saves gas taking the motorcycle so even though it was a bit chilly we had a good ride. We didn't eat anything while out there, nor as we were coming back. We had chicken sausage for dinner along with peas and squash. We're loving the chicken sausage from Sam's Club. It's good for you too. Only 120 calories per sausage and less about 8 grams of fat. Not bad for something so good.

Today wasn't the best for food choices, however I'm still under my calorie target. Even though I had the day off, I still ended up doing for others rather than for myself. I did clean our house, which burned some major calories. Then daughter and I went to see "Iron Man 2" which was a pretty good movie. I did not have any popcorn or candy and drank only water. After the movie, my daughter had to go to a medical center for thyroid test, and by then we were both pretty hungry. I made the poor choice of going to McDonald's and had a fish sandwich and small fries with a milk to drink. I know, that's 650 calories I didn't need, but it's over and done with. I've moved on. Dinner was a better choice with chicken tenders, only 4 ounces, acorn squash and spinach for a total of 360 calories for the whole meal, which included skim milk. I did mange to go to the gym and worked out on the elliptical for another hour. Burned close to 500 calories, so that makes up for the poor lunch choice. Hopefully it doesn't show up on the scale.

It's back to work tomorrow. I have my lunch and snacks packed and ready to grab in the morning. I'm back on plan after just a little slip today.

I think I'm still in the "starvation mode", cause I'm still not losing weight even though my calories are under the 2000 calorie limit I should be eating. Even with all of the exercise, I'm not losing. It's getting frustrating. People are saying that they can see I'm still losing inches so I guess that's something. I just need to eat more fruit and veggies to get the added calories in without adding fat and sodium and cholestrol also. I hope to work on that this week.

  
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/11/2010 8:35AM

  Lucky woman. I want a bodybugg... but, because I live in Canada - the software for it won't work for me. :(

Congrats on all the working out... you are doing great! :)

The main thing is to get back on track when you've had a slip.. but you know that already. :) So, it's all good. :)

Have a great Tuesday!

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CARMEL466 5/10/2010 10:38PM

    Sounds like you had a busy 3 days but I bet you enjoyed the 3 days off. I would love to spend 5 hours at the zoo...hmmm you may have given me an idea.. lol :)

It's so hard for me to get in my calories and I eat a lot of fruits and veggies but also have the sodium problem. The things we must do to get fit! :)

You are doing great and losing inches is fantastic too. I can't say it enough... I admire you so much! There I said it.. lol

Have a great Tuesday.

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Struggling with calorie intake...

Monday, May 03, 2010

I've been working on losing the last few pounds for the past few weeks and not making much progress. Finally figured out that my body is in starvation mode because I'm not eating my full calorie limit every day. In fact, I'm always short at least 300 calories every day.
My problem is that I'm worried that if I try to eat that much I'll end up gaining again. I do not want that to happen! I'm working out most every day, and burning about 2500 calories on average each day, so why am I having such a problem eating enough?
One problem may be that I'm not sure what to eat when. Fruit has a lot of sugar in it, so I'm trying to limit my fruit intake to before lunch. I'm eating salad nearly every day. I'm not a big veggie eater, but I've been trying to eat more. Mostly brussel sprouts, broccoli, and squash. There's just not many calories in the vegetables I'm eating.
I'm eating a lot of chicken, in fact I prefer chicken over beef or pork. Didn't used to be that way. Anyway, we've been eating chicken sausage, which is low fat and low sodium, especially since we boil them to get most of the sodium out of them. It's a quick and easy meal since we don't get home from the gym until 7:00 pm and go to bed between 8:30 and 9:00. It's early to rise every morning at 4:00 am to start over again.
I just need to figure out other healthy foods that I can eat, or remember to eat while at my desk, that will help get me to my calorie limit. I'm working on it.
Thanks for any help anyone can suggest.

  
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KAREN4581 5/10/2010 11:11PM

  I have noticed over the past 2 weeks or so that I tend to eat more calories on the days I don't work out. On the days I do work out, I'm eating less. I am tracking my intake on here but don't know how to change it.

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GETDONE 5/7/2010 12:38PM

    emoticon emoticon What an amazing trip you have made--An inpiration to me.
I am searching for just that-- for inspiration -- I weigh 201 at the moment and need all the help I can get. At this point I always went back up the 200 scale. This time will be different--I am asking for your support just a moment of your precious time---Please, bombard my page with emotions!!!
I can look at the happy emotions instead of eating my blues (imagined) away!!
thank you --Mary
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TIGGERRD 5/7/2010 11:58AM

    Wow - 27,000 SparkPoints! Congratulations - and 25 points on the log-in wheel - this is your lucky day - hope it continues to go GREAT!!

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MAUREENMCC1 5/4/2010 12:46PM

    Hi..Do you track your food here and use the feedback feature? That could tell you where you are low. I usually find that I don't eat enough protein or fiber so I know where to add food.
You are burning that many calories everyday..wow. I am inspired by you emoticon

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Very glad tomorrow if Friday!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

This week has been SO busy and exhausting! By the time I get home, all I want to do is crawl into bed. That's where I'll be heading shortly. Just wanted to get a couple of things down.
We've been short handed for the past 2 months in the office. We're down 3 people out of what used to be 8 in our office. This week it's even worse. Two ladies from the office are in Colorado doing a supervisory seminar and audits. So we're down to 3 people in the office. It's hard to find any time in the day to get away from my desk. While I try, that leaves the other two alone with the phones, and the calls have been terrible for the past couple of weeks. What with tax season over with, now everyone is panicking about the stock market's fluctuations. It's never ending.
So, I've been trying to sneak breaks away from my desk to "run errands." Most of the time I really do have errands to run, but sometimes I just need to get away from the phone. I'm not the only one who does this, I know. One of the ladies is a smoker so she takes 10 to 15 minute breaks every couple of hours. It's not exactly fair that she can do so, while the other lady and I can't simply because we don't smoke. I'm rambling.
It will be nice when everyone is back in the office again. That won't happen before the end of next week though. Then at least some of the work load will be off my shoulders and I can get caught up on other things.
DH is home tomorrow and will be fogging the house to get rid of the fleas once and for all. At least we hope it will be once and for all. Then it will be a matter of washing everything down and getting things back in order. I HATE FLEAS!!
I haven't been able to get onto Sparkpeople as often as I like to, mostly because of being so busy. It gets me down because I get motivation for myself commenting on others blogs, offering advise or cheering someone on. It really can make a person feel good. I sincerely hope I can get back on track there once the office is back to normal. In the meantime, my friends who have been so great offering encouragement even though I've been quiet, Thank you SO much! Your thoughtfulness means the world to me!
Have a great night and a wonderful Friday! emoticon
Julie

  
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CREEPIEPROWLIE 4/30/2010 1:44PM

    I just saw the entry because I've fallen behind on keeping up with everyone! I really hope you guys manage to get rid of all the fleas!

I hope too that you have a good day today (Friday) and that you have a great flea-free weekend!

You're an awesome woman and even through the stress you seem to keep a really upbeat attitude. It's catchy and it helps to remind me that even when things get tough it isn't so bad. I'm sending out positive energy your way!

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HISARTIST 4/29/2010 9:35PM

    Have a good Friday yourself. Hang in there, this too will pass, and then things will get back to "normal". My thoughts are with you.

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An exhausting weekend.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'd like to say that I was able to relax and enjoy the weekend but that didn't happen. Had to work through most of it. I have two pets, a cat and a dog. And my home now has fleas. I don't believe they came from the dog. I'm always making sure that I use Advantage on him every month. The cat belongs to my son, however and he doesn't get that as much as he should. Mostly because my son doesn't live with us and isn't here as often as he should be to take care of the cat.
I'm not saying that I don't like the cat, but the dog is my pet, my responsibility. Now the cat has become my responsibility also since he brought in the fleas.
I wanted to use a couple of foggers for the house, but my two grandchildren live with us and it couldn't happen this weekend. Maybe next. So we gave both animals baths and used powder on the rugs while the grandkids were gone for the day. I'm sure we'll have to treat the house again soon, that's why I'm hoping we'll be able to make arrangements to have them stay somewhere else sometime next Saturday so we can use the foggers. I'm hopeful that will work to get rid of them once and for all. We should have gotten rid of most of them this weekend though. At least I hope so with all the work I did.
I didn't get to the gym yesterday and had to go by myself this morning since my dh has an infection and hasn't been able to do much this weekend. While I used the elliptical for an hour and burned about 400 calories, I should have also used some weights, and I didn't. I need to force myself to start working out with weights or the weight machines more often as I know that they will benefit me by toning my body, which I really need. I just have a problem exercising in front of other people. I feel like they are all watching me and judging me. I hate that feeling.
I'll make myself a promise that I will use the elliptical for at least 30 minutes Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, then will go use some weights and machines for at least 30 minutes Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. I need to do the cardio every day, walking at work every morning for 60 to 90 minutes and the elliptical on the days we go to the gym. That's what is helping me to lose the weight.
This last week wasn't that great of a week gym wise because of my dh and his infection, but this week should be better. He goes to the dentist tomorrow and is hopeful that they will pull his tooth, or at least help drain the infection so it will heal faster. We haven't been able to drain it ourselves. I won't do it. It's too gross for me to be able to do that for him. He's worried about doing it also, since he doesn't want to suck any of it in.
I'm hopeful for a better week starting tomorrow.
Good night. emoticon

  
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CREEPIEPROWLIE 4/26/2010 12:50PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about the flea outbreak. It's bad enough without kids around and I couldn't imagine having to try to fight an outbreak *with* having to worry about little ones. I really hope that things on that front get better soon!

I'm glad to also hear that your husband is off to the dentist. I hope he's pain and infection free soon!

I know exactly what you mean by feeling like you have people watching you when you work out. I also saw your comment on my blog and I think you're doing a fantastic job for your goals! You *do* do a lot of exercise (I was just really crazy that day). I think it's wonderful that you're doing so much for yourself and even going to use the weight machines!

Since I exercise at home I don't use weights like I should, but I've managed to incorporate strength into my routine in other ways. What I did to start off since I hate the idea of people watching me too is I did different lunges, squats, twists and am working on planks now. (Not *good* at any of them but I feel it after a workout!) I also bought a couple of wrist weights and added them in to my cardio. I haven't really played with my resistance band too much yet, but I do like it and need to find ways to work it more into my daily life! It isn't playing with the big guns, but I'm too scared for that!

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Not a good day...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today started out good. I got my cardio in before work, and that made me feel energized. Then when my co-workers came in, it started to go downhill. My manager brought breakfast in for everyone. Everyone knows I won't eat anything high in fat and calories. It's not that I'm depriving myself either, and I've told them this, but they just don't understand.
I've been having difficulty with two co-workers in that they don't want to talk to me unless it has to do with work. I'll say hello to them in the mornings, but they hardly ever answer. It wouldn't bother me so badly except I have no idea what I've done to them to make them like this towards me. They don't even have the common courtesy of saying thank you when I've done something for one of them. It just gets to me and makes it really hard to have a positive day. Today was one of the days where it really got to me. Maybe it has to do with my depression, and I should try to not let it bother me. Whatever it is, it's their problem, not mine. Easier said than done though.
It really makes it hard to get up every morning, knowing what I'll have to face once they get in. Maybe just getting it down here will help me deal with it in a more positive way tomorrow. Maybe I just need a good nights sleep.
Good night.

  
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CARMEL466 4/23/2010 7:40AM

    I hope you got that good nights sleep and today will be better for you. The exercising is a great way to deal with stress and you're doing great with that. I'll be praying for a beautiful stress free day for you.

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WHITGIRL927 4/22/2010 11:38PM

    i hope tomorrow gets better. keep your chin up and lets hope it gets better. good luck.

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