13610511's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=13610511 13610511's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Super Bowl recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867847 Unfortunately the Sea Hawks lost, in an unbelievable bad last play of the game. But this is not a blog about that, but a blog about how I managed my food and fitness on a crazy day, with tons of food and activity. <BR> <BR> My hubby is a big sports fan and he likes to have lots of food to go along with the big game, none of it very healthy, or low calorie. On Saturday we went shopping to get the food for game day. We were staying home to watch the game. So I was able to work in some heal... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:51:35 EST Food Tracking, my new best friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865399 At this point, I don't understand why I have resisted tracking my food for the last year. I have been struggling with maintaining and when the pounds came on, I have not been successful at taking them off. <BR> <BR> I have done food tracking previously on SparkPeople, and it had worked well for me. And during all this time, I have very consistently been tracking my exercise. <BR> <BR> But I just didn't want to do the food tracking, it seemed like too much work, but now that I am doing... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:11:53 EST 14 days consistent food tracking - it works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857999 I know that consistent tracking works for me to stay on track with my exercising and healthy eating. <BR> <BR> I am a very consistent tracker of my exercises, even before I got my Spark Activity tracker, and with the tracker, it is even better. I would say I enjoy tracking my exercise. <BR> <BR> As for tracking my food, I have been resisting doing that. My fitness levels have improved but my weight has slowly been climbing. Clearly I was getting too many calories. So, two weeks ago, I... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:34:04 EST Back on track! 7 days in a row...successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852685 I have been tracking my exercise activity very consistently, plus I have a Spark activity tracker, which I also use consistently. I have been focusing on improving my fitness by eating healthy and doing strength training and cardio. I am happy with the improvements I have gained in my fitness levels. <BR> <BR> However, I am not happy with the weight I have regained. I could fool myself and say that it is all muscle gain, and certainly some of it is, but I can assure you that I have plen... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:02 EST Tracking and golf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555061 For Thanksgiving weekend, we went to Arizona to visit family and to play golf. This was 2 and 1/2 months after the right hip replacement, so I was excited to try out my new hip on the golf course. Plus it was a milestone marker on the road to recovery, marking the back to normal point. <BR> <BR> We played on Black Friday as planned, and it went so well, we played again on Saturday! <BR> <BR> I did well getting exercise, in addition to the golf, the condo we stayed in was on the 3rd flo... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:44:10 EST On track, day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535741 It is Day 15 of my back on track streak. All food and exercise has been tracked. I have stayed within my nutrition ranges for calories as well as protein and carbs. (I aim for somewhat higher protein and lower carbs). I have been exercising, both cardio and strength, including doing my physical therapy exercises and stretching. <BR> <BR> Physical therapy for my hip replacement started 4 weeks ago. When I started PT, I was able to walk up to 30 minutes/1.25 miles but walked with a sign... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:23:33 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524775 In 2012, I lost 30 pounds and improved my fitness levels, even though I was having issues with my hip and had hip arthroscopy. They found more wrong than expected during the surgery, and I was on crutches for 7 weeks and I did a lot of physical therapy to strengthen my hips, legs and core. <BR> <BR> However, by mid year 2013, the hip pain was back, which impacted my ability to do many types of exercise, including walking more than short distances. Cortisone shots were not much help, and ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:00:29 EST 10 pounds lost this summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069291 I live near Phoenix, and the summers are when people tend to be less active because it is hard to do things outside most of the summer. When the low of the day is 90 degrees, it is pretty miserable to exercise outside. <BR> <BR> Plus for me, I hade hip surgery this summer and was on crutches for 7 weeks and restricted activity for even longer. Only now can I start going for walks, and no jogging or running. <BR> <BR> So I knew going into the surgery that I would have my work cut out fo... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:08:52 EST Another learning experience for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049952 Experience can be such a tough teacher. <BR> <BR> Last night my spouse got home and dinner was going to be left over healthy tacos, with ground turkey and low carb tortillas. But, he wanted the taco meat as nachos instead. I said OK, and oh it is friday night, wouldn't a beer be good with that. And later he said how about some of those chocolate dipped cookies for desert. <BR> <BR> For me, too many tortilla chips plus two beers and three cookies gave me a 1000+ calorie meal and a 200... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:35:57 EST Lost 30 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019943 I have lost 30 pounds since joining SparkPeople! Plus my fitness and health have improved. I have muscles now! <BR> <BR> My journey with SparkPeople started after returning from a trip to Hawaii, seeing the pictures of me from the trip, the extra weight was painfully obvious. My before pictures are from that trip. I will be going to Hawaii next week, 30 pounds lighter! <BR> <BR> Originally, I had set my goal to lose 35 pounds, thinking that losing that much and keeping it off would be a... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:40:08 EST How much sunshine do you need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005376 <BR> How much time does it take in the sun to get your vitamin D? <BR> <BR> Well, it is more complicated that it sounds. The link below is an article that includes an online calculator that will tell you how much time you need in the sun, depending on your location, weather conditions and your skin type. <BR> <BR> Click here to see the page on SELF.com: http://www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/nutriti<BR>ondata/2010/07/how-much-sunshine-do-yo<BR>u-need.html <BR> <BR> I am heading out for my 4... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:18:49 EST Lost 6 pounds in 6 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003259 It has been 6 weeks since my hip surgery, I am still on crutches with the last two weeks where I can put some weight on my right side, up to 50%, which means I can stand but not walk. It doesn't sound like much, but helps quite a bit. <BR> <BR> I have been doing my physical therapy exercises which include an exercise bike, and have also been doing upper body strength training. <BR> <BR> I have been especially diligent on my calories, tracking everything staying in range including increas... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:44:00 EST Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978131 I had hip surgery and am on crutches, week 3 of 6. My spouse has been traveling for most of that time, not the first few days and only back for one weekend. <BR> <BR> So I am pretty much on my own, not able to do much, so I have had to be creative in finding was to keep entertained. I signed up for Netflix, and my two favorites are TED talks and Biggest Loser. They have all the old seasons of Biggest Loser. I did not watch any of they when they originally aired, so they are all new to... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:13:53 EST Peanut Butter - Stir and Refrigerate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967518 <BR> Peanut butter is so good for you, it has fiber, healthy fats, protein and it tastes good! Plus it is nutritious, with vitamins/minerals including potassium, magnesium, vitamins E, B6. <BR> <BR> One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1 ounce of nuts or peanut butter at least 5 days a week lowered the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%. Plus it is also a heart healthy food, containing monounsaturated fat. <BR> <BR> BUT ALL PE... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:39:41 EST 2 Week update: Recovery going well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965589 So far, I am doing well with my recovery from hip surgery. Thank you for all the positive encouragement. <BR> <BR> The chronic hip pain I have been having on and off for 3 years is pretty much gone. I am very optimistic that this hip surgery will resolve the issue. (I should say issues, labrum tear, torn cartilage, etc. ) <BR> <BR> I am watching my calories closely, and have lost a few pounds. I am making sure I have plenty of protein for my hip to recover. <BR> <BR> Now that I am ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:43:27 EST Hip Surgery scheduled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927502 I am heading out of town for 10 days to visit family and go to Legoland with my 8 year old grandson. When I get back I will be having surgery on my hip. I will be on crutches and the recovery period is going to take some time. <BR> <BR> This will put a dent into my exercise schedule, so hopefully I will not gain weight, I will need to make sure that I watch my food intake. <BR> <BR> I have been on a plateau for months, and am finally losing again, and now surgery will slow me down. <BR> ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:58:21 EST Trivia Leader Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910280 Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> I got my first ever trivia leader award for May. <BR> <BR> Apparently I learned a something with all those wrong answers in the previous months. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:24:32 EST Quality Grandma time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875530 <BR> I live in Arizona and am heading to Washington state, to visit my family for 10 days. During 1/2 of this time, I will be taking care of my two grandsons, while my son and his wife take a 5 day trip to Las Vegas. <BR> <BR> This is the first time that I have taken care of my grandsons for an extended period. I really miss spending time with them and am really looking forward to this. <BR> <BR> I plan to keep up on my exercise as much as possible. No gym, but plan to walk, etc. <BR>... Thu, 10 May 2012 12:51:17 EST 100 spark points per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833764 The other day, I had 100 spark points, which is more than usual and mostly due to some good spins. But for fun I have been trying to get at least 100 every day, even with bad spins. It has made me explore content and feature more, and even exercise more. <BR> <BR> Crazy. <BR> <BR> So far 5 days in a row over 100! <BR> <BR> Well, got to go, I need 10 more exercise points today!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:06:13 EST Weight Plateau, but not a fitness plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832446 I am not yet losing any pounds. I thought that perhaps I needed to get more intensity, which I have done. And yes, I admit that I am not tracking food for a few weeks now, and no doubt getting a few more calories than I should. But I have noticed that my fitness level is better. It used to be that I was tired after a tough workout. Now I can do them and am not exhausted afterward. <BR> <BR> I am still on a weight plateau, but not on a fitness plateau! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:22:35 EST Plateau Blues II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824024 Yep, still in that plateau. <BR> <BR> But my workouts are getting better, so there must be some muscles somewhere. <BR> <BR> I see improvement in my performance in my muscle strength class, which I did twice this week plus this week I did a bike ride for about an hour, a 2 hour hike that was fairly strenuous and played golf with a pull cart, 18 holes. (all on different days), and none of it exhausted me. <BR> <BR> Not bad for an old woman! <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 00:05:54 EST Plateau Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778241 I am on a plateau, it is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have increased the intensity of my workouts, and I do see the muscles firming but the scale is not moving and the inches don't change. I really thought that I would be dropping pounds with all the exercise. <BR> <BR> But it seems that for now, i am gaining some muscle and not gaining weight, so I must be losing some fat, so overall that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I will not give up! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:03:19 EST On my way to my goal, and what I have learned along the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718227 This is my first blog entry, and today is an important day to highlight. Today is exactly 1 year since my first tracking on SparkPeople. I am proud to say that I have lost 20 pounds and am in better physical condition than when I started Spark People. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I was not perfect this past year, I lost 15 and then gain 10 back and had to lose them again. But I did it and learned through the ups and downs. <BR> <BR> Even before joining Spark People, I had a healthy life sty... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:57:58 EST