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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Ugly: I only got 5.5 hours sleep last night. Went to bed at 10pm, but gave up and got up at 12:30.

The Bad: I ate 607 calories at 2am. four servings of fruit: cantaloupe, banana, peach, applesauce; 2.5 servings healthy grains: 100 calorie popcorn, 1 cup of cheerios, 1 T. wheat germ; 1.5 dairy: 50 calorie yogurt, 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese

The Good: The candy and apple pie are still sitting on the counter untouched by me. I counted my binge as breakfast and just had coffee at 8am. Had a summer squash and vidalia onion frittata for lunch, so I'm back on track to eat within my calorie range today even counting the ridiculous binge.

  
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KALIGIRL 9/8/2010 1:15PM

    Sorry about the sleep and hope the coffee breakfast gets you through the day.

It wouldn't for me as I found skipping breakfast (even after a late night of munchies) left me famished by dinner.

Sending good thoughts that the rest of the day is GOOD!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/8/2010 9:59AM

    Sounds like something I would do!

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JHADZHIA 9/7/2010 11:44PM

    At least it was healthy food. I agree with Flutterbug. The food tracker has a notes section that you can write your feelings at the time you eat when you shouldn't or how you felt for the day, so you can always check to see if there is some pattern. I may wake up at 2:30 am, in spite of going to bed at 11:00 pm, but I have never even think of food, its the farthest thing from my mind. Are you getting a well rounded supper, with enough protein and fat to keep you satisfied?
I hope you can get a better sleep tonight..

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AQUAGIRL08 9/7/2010 10:01PM

    I wonder why you were so hungry. Could it be nerves? Are you anxious about the baby coming? I think I would be tempted to start a feelings journal and write everything that is going through your mind when you wake up, in your journal. It really doesn't matter what the thoughts are, just dump them on paper and get them out of your head (be sure to sip water while you are doing this). Then see if you can go back to sleep when you're done. Let me know if this works for you. This is an exercise that I'm trying to do if I feel frustrated.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2010 9:06PM

    We'll all have days / nights like this: you tracked it! Look at that... you tracked it! For me, that's the first step to recovering from "the ugly"... track it.

One thing I find that I must do, though, and that is avoid restricting in reaction to the "ugly". See? I've learned a thing or two here on Spark and other places on the way to maintenance. Because restricting just turns it into a binge / restrict cycle... and we know where that goes!

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MERALO 9/7/2010 4:38PM

    Do you suffer from insomnia Marsha? I did for years...I always thought that my depression caused the insomnia until an SP friend suggested to me that it might be the other way round. And it was...my insomnia was causing my depression and I'm off meds for the first time in years since I'm sleeping properly.

I dreaded those long hours of the night, in fact I wrote a rather painful blog about it WAY back in the early days...about May, I think. Since then I have been on a sleep program and it's helped me so much I can't even begin to measure it.

I still have nights where I can't sleep or I wake up every 30 mins, thankfully they happen only about 2-3 times a month now. I used to watch TV but now I grab some water, a good book and I curl up on the couch until I sleep. It's worked for me, even sleeping on the couch is better than no sleep at all.

About the snacking you did...I think you made excellent choices under the circumstances. It could have been that pie! So allow yourself to be pleased about that, and I hope that tonight you sleep long and well.

Carol

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MONTY68 9/7/2010 3:43PM

    Hi
This is interesting. Is it possible that your waking up was due to your waiting for the new arrival. You sure did have a feast, can hardly call it a snack, you did calculate it and track it. What I suggest is the good thing, there were those tempting other snacks lurking on the counter that you didn't touch.
I find that this 4 week sleep challenge brings challenges within it. At least it seems that way, but perhaps last night had nothing to do with it and there was something in your mind that got you up and the urge to really snack. In the past , do you get up in the night and if so do you snack on anything. For me, no matter what time I go to bed I always get up at some point. I keep some fresh fruit available, and usually will have a few grapes. You seemed to adjust your day including those calories and the rest of day should be good.
By the way I have a neighbor that use to share his goodies with me, I would try to refuse but ended up with things I didn't want, one being a 1/2 of a cherry pie. It set there for 2 days until I finally threw it in the garbage. He finally quit giving me that stuff.
Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2010 3:41PM

    Just look at how far you have come....a binge in the middle of the night normally doesn't involve "healthy food" but candy, pop and junk

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WALKINGANNIE 9/7/2010 3:11PM

    Sorry about the sleep issues Marsha. I've just read your update on the Week 2 thread over on the Better Sleep Challenge. I sympathise. I've also been going to bed early (unnaturally so for me) after a warm bath. I've been drifting off to sleep quite quickly but waking up in the middle of the night on most nights. Last night I was awake for an hour. Like you, I've been much hungrier and have craved carbs. I've kept withing range but definitely eaten more.

Do you think that these are transitional changes?

On the plus side - you recovered well from your midnight muchies and it was a good plan to count the foods as breakfast. Also, your snacks were very healthy options. My plus is the improved caffeine control.

I guess we always have the choice to stay up later in future. I'll work through the next 2 weeks and see how it goes. I hope that things improve for you.

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JOYINKY 9/7/2010 2:48PM

    Sounds like a great rebound to me----except the lost sleep! Your discretions are like mine, even overeating has to be good things because that's all I keep in the house! But, I don't have to deal with the temptation of candy and pie tempting me. Might have passed on the candy but I think the pie would have been fair (or unfair?) game! Congratulations on sticking to foods that are good for you. Hope you catch a nap today. Be well. emoticon

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Stronger Than......

Monday, September 06, 2010

There is an open bag of Baby Ruth miniatures sitting on my kitchen counter. There is a bag of Butterfinger miniatures and I'm not sure if they are open or not. There is about 1/3 of an apple pie sitting in a clear-covered pie pan on my counter. Someone may be trying to sabotage me; I'm not sure. But it doesn't matter because I am stronger than Baby Ruth, stronger than Butterfingers, and even stronger than apple pie!!

  
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KALIGIRL 9/7/2010 1:46PM

    Here's to your strength!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/6/2010 10:47PM

    Good for you, Marsha!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2010 10:43PM

    Yes you are stronger! Go you!

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SLIMLILA 9/6/2010 8:23PM

    Woohoo, Marsha, now there's a woman in control!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/6/2010 7:51PM

    If the apple pie were homemade I might not be able to resist! emoticon

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PO_PAZZA 9/6/2010 7:19PM

    You passed somebody's test with an A+. I'd like to think I'd get the same grade, but it's iffy at best.

Mary

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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2010 6:52PM

    Hmmmmm -- and what would consitute counter-sabotage, if you were so inclined??

Must say I subscribe to the "out of sight, out of mind" school of avoiding temptations so would find stuff left on the counter pretty difficult to resist, unless I believed I was being deliberately enticed! And then: would not give anyone the satisfaction of seeing me succumb!!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2010 5:30PM

    Joy, I could put them out of sight, but I don't want to give him the satisfaction of knowing he's bothering me. AND, actually, I am feeling very strong and not very bothered! Unusual and amazing!

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JOYINKY 9/6/2010 5:24PM

    Good for you! I'd have to at least put them out of sight! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/6/2010 3:49PM

    Yes, you are strong!! The question is what are those things doing in your healthy home? It isn't even Halloween!

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MERALO 9/6/2010 2:46PM

    That's the spirit!

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BL3SS3DWITHLIF3 9/6/2010 2:08PM

    WHOO HOOO!!!

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JAMJOJAM 9/6/2010 2:01PM

    Congratulations for being stronger than all of those goodies. You are a great role model. I must have a mean streak, because if it happened to me, I would pour a bunch of salt on the pie and teach the saboteur a lesson. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/6/2010 1:53PM

    Now that IS strength training!

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MEXGAL1 9/6/2010 1:49PM

    You go girl...don't let them get you....not worth the after feelings.
Happy Labor Day!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/6/2010 1:44PM

    emoticon yes you are stronger than any food

PS: I would find out who the saboteur is and make it stop!

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MONTY68 9/6/2010 1:18PM

    Ok Marsha
time to put in the hidden camera's, I would pass on the candy, but is the pie nice and warm?
I do know that If I would know what the calories would be, I could have a piece of apple pie. BUT I don't know if I would slowly eat the whole thing or not so I would probably leave the
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You did a good job, Congratulations

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DONNABRIGHT 9/6/2010 12:17PM

    The candy I could pass up but the apple pie - homemade or store bought would be the deciding factor for me!

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FIDGIEGIRL 9/6/2010 11:47AM

    Yes you are!!!

So hard when goodies are around. But sounds like you are determined to beat them. And you will!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/6/2010 11:47AM

    WOWOW you are strong!!!

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No SparkVersary Yet, but Celebrating a Great Bike Ride!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

If you read on my SparkPage, it says I first came to SparkPeople on Sept 2, 2009. While that is technically true, when I first got here I was overwhelmed. I came back several times and poked around. Then one Saturday in October, I spent four hours really going through the site. I set up my SparkPage that has not changed substantially since then. I joined teams, joined team goals, and started several streaks. I selected a couple friends. I posted to a message board or two. I tracked my food. I started a list of favorite foods. I generated a strength training program that got me started -- and that was something I had never done consistently before. I started reading articles and started learning a lot more about nutrition, fitness, wellness, and motivation. I spun the wheel and started racking up SparkPoints.

So, I want to celebrate my SparkVersary on October 21, 2010. That is the date, or very close to the date, when I really got involved with SparkPeople. I will mark it on my SparkPlanner so I don't forget!!

My WAYMO Challenge is going well. I decided this morning that waiting until my scheduled bike ride on Sept 25th might not be wise. It could rain or my daughter may need me or something. So I decided to achieve my 5th goal, to break my own record of 15 miles for distance bike riding. I had no trouble with the distance this morning and racked up 23 miles, although I can't say it was without breaking a sweat. My main distraction was I dropped my cell phone that my daughter had just set up for me. I managed to get a whole group of people looking for it. One person had seen it by a big tree on the east side of the trail. But before I could locate it, someone found it and called my daughter who was the only contact in my phone. That person lived only two blocks from my daughter and she had already gotten my cell back before I knew it had been found. Next time I'll enjoy the trail more with the cell phone secured properly. I'm looking forward to riding the trail again on Sept 25th with a large group.

And it will only be a few weeks after that that I will celebrate my SparkVersary. I'm glad SparkPeople lets you select a SparkVersary trophy when you know you deserve it. It means a great deal more that way.

  
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MONTY68 9/5/2010 10:44PM

    Marsha
That is an interesting idea of your SparkVersary. Gosh, I could pick several different times that had a greater involvement for me. When I first came on, I only read the 6 emails we get and actually saved them on my computer. Most of those are still in a file. I really stayed in the background and never blogged or responded. I am glad I finally did, because of it I met you. I remember we have some conversation about one of the space shots and how close you were and could see it. But what I got from you with all the blogs that I have read, was that I found a friend that inspired me, motivated me and taught me a lot. I had a idea that Spark ought to have a manual on How to be successful on the journey. I have several people that I feel should be included in it, and you are one of them. You are an example of how to become successful on the journey and now at your goal weight, new lessons that others can use. I mean, this month as an example, I look at the challenge you are doing and am in awe. You are amazing and I have no doubt that you will blow it away. Today, with a bike ride 50% longer than your record. That is so awesome. I came to Spark for a positive people when I went onto maintenance and have got so much more with what Spark has and the friends like you that I have found. For me, Spark is one of those lifetime websites as we can always learn new ideas and also continued to be inspired by good friends.
I look forward to each blog you write and today one of the things I found, is there are still many people in this world that when finding a cell phone, look for the owner. What a blessing that was for you.
Thank you for sharing this and thank you for being a great friend.

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JHADZHIA 9/5/2010 9:47PM

    Good for you picking your true Spark anniversary! I was a bit the same way. I found this site looking for a way to track food calories and that is all I did for the first two weeks or so. But I am not 100% sure when I fully got into the site or made my first friend.
Way to go with the bike!!! Sorry you had the stressor of that cell phone loss :((
Planning ahead like that is why you are so very successful!! Keep up the great work!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2010 7:54PM

    October 21 huh??? I remember when I first joined, first I worked out and then I sat down at the computer at home and typed in Spark People. I didn't get up again for 4-5 hours. Talk about dead butt! Later, I went on a long walk to burn more fat! Congratulations on your one year Sparkversary!



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SCREWIE 9/5/2010 6:36PM

    Don't you love the two wheels? I can't get off my bike since I got it in June, I think I've cycled about 1200 km so far - not all at once :D
I can't get enough!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/5/2010 5:00PM

    Talk about hitting the mark right on! Good blog and you also realize how far you have come

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/5/2010 4:47PM

    Regardless of the date, Happy SparkiVersary to you!

I joined and didn't return for 2 years!

At least you came back to work the program.

Hugs,
linda
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JOYINKY 9/5/2010 3:59PM

    You truly are a testimony to what using the tools on this site can accomplish. More importantly you are a testimony to how using them can enrich and bring health and balance to your life. You are an inspiration. The biking has me in awe; I haven't been on a bike since I was a kid, probably more than 50 years! Not sure I'm brave enough to try but gotta tell you reading about some of the things you and others are doing, I am thinking about it. I think choosing your anniversary is a good idea; who knows better when you really started sparking! Can't celebrate too much anyway! Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/5/2010 3:50PM

    I agree about choosing your own date for a Sparkversary. Congrats on determining when you want to celebrate. I'll have to go back and look up when I want to celebrate my own Sparkversary, because my experience was a little like yours. I signed up, went crazy the first weekend, used it for a while, then dropped it while back-sliding. I restarted May or June 2009, so I'm not sure just WHAT date I want to use, but since I am allowed to choose, I'll give it a little thought.

And Hooray for your bike ride. emoticon It will be great fun to go with the group now that you've had a practice run!


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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 3:32PM

    You have packed such a lot into this year Marsha. In fact you packed such a lot into this day!
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You have made the most of everything that SP offers and given so much back. I am very grateful for your reliable and consistent presence, progress, honesty and sheer persistence. You set yourself challenging goals and you go for them. You are an inspiration and a great support. You certainly earned the trophy - and all the other awards that you have in your virtual cabinet.
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How amazing that someone living so close to your daughter should find your phone.


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PO_PAZZA 9/5/2010 3:12PM

    Now I know why you are my go-to person when I need an answer to an SP question. You truly know the site inside and out.

Mary

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Lifestyle I Can Feel Good About

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I feel really hopeful that I am on the brink of making the changes I need to feel good about my lifestyle and habits as well as my weight loss! The WAYMO challenge came just at the right time for me, and I am doing it!!

  
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SOJUSTDOIT 9/8/2010 7:41PM

    I was looking for good blogs and came across yours very inspirational. I am a newbie, not to dieting but on eating well. Seen your blog ie: Secrets Tips and what is The WAYMO challenge emoticon

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JOHAL52 9/6/2010 11:04AM

    You've already made so many positive changes Marsha. You are a real inspiration to me.
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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2010 7:40PM

    This is great news Marsha! Positives build positives!

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MERALO 9/5/2010 1:21PM

    That's so wonderful! Then it was meant to be...you'll get all that you want to achieve out of the challenge, I'm so happy you're enjoying it. Go get it!

Carol
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RITAROSE 9/5/2010 7:52AM

  Hi Marsha, I couldn't agree with you more because it's true for me too! Let's keep up our focus and hard work to reach our goals! WE can do it!!

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 8:02PM

    Good for you! What ever can keep you focused on a healthy lifestyle is great! I am sure you will be leading this challenge in no time at all LOL. You do well at whatever you put your mind to..

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JOYINKY 9/4/2010 7:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThat's just an awsome discovery!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2010 6:26PM

    Awesome!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/4/2010 5:11PM

    Good for you, you sound just great emoticon

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MONTY68 9/4/2010 5:09PM

    Hi Marsha
I am not surprised at this blog. You have done a fantastic job and also know what you need to do to feel good with your new lifestyle. You will do great in this challenge as that is who you are.
Congratulations.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:44PM

    You sound SO positive.

Marvellous Marsha - that's you!

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Trophy Junkie

Friday, September 03, 2010

I just got my rewards from SparkPeople for August. I racked up 5 trophies: perfect attendance, SparkPoints, fitness minutes, consistency, and - ta dah - the Trivia A Student. So, August was a good month, but with my commitment to the WAYMO? (What Are You Made Of?) Challenge I am starting today, I expect September to be even better. Thanks to all my SparkFriends who encourage and support me. You are the best!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/4/2010 9:26AM

    Got to love those trophies! You deserve them!
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are one of only two people on my Spark friend's list to get the Trivia. Well done!

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MONTY68 9/3/2010 4:31PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on all your trophies. I am impressed with the trivia. To maintain 90 % all month is great. My overall average is 69 %. I am looking forward to your challenge for September, I think you will do quite well.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/3/2010 3:37PM

    You're a superstar Marsha!

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PARKERB2 9/3/2010 2:40PM

    You go girl. emoticon

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GATOR12 9/3/2010 1:47PM

    Have a good wkend and wonderful September!!!

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MEXGAL1 9/3/2010 12:35PM

    wow, good for you. i got all but the trivia...I suck at that...but yeah for you!

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JOYINKY 9/3/2010 9:19AM

    You are so deserving, an inspiration! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/3/2010 7:40AM

  I love my trophies too, but will never get the trivia one! I hardly ever get 100% on them!
Good for you!! Have a wonderful spark filled day!

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JULIA_211 9/3/2010 7:14AM

    Congratulations on your trophies! That's commitment! emoticon


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/3/2010 7:03AM

    Doesn't it just give you a little extra boost when those monthly awards show up? Congrats on the trivia... I've never been very consistent about doing the quizzes!

Have a great September!

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