1LATTE4ME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1LATTE4ME 1LATTE4ME'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/ Advice to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836512 I am the queen of unsolicited advice. <BR> <BR> Even if you didn't ask for my opinion, I will certainly share it. I once told a friend that I was thinking about giving up gossip and unsolicited advice as a New Year's resolution, to which she responded, "But what will we talk about?" <BR> <BR> So as I think about my own weight loss journey, I think it's helpful to take a step back and honestly assess why I'm not where I want to be. <BR> <BR> Dear Self: <BR> <BR> First of all, I think you... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:33:49 EST Straw vs. Back of Camel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805434 Ugh. I am SO not where I want to be. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I am pleased that my weight is a mere 2 lbs above where it was when I last tracked it on the site. <BR> <BR> But.. I had hoped to be so much farther along. <BR> <BR> Sure, I have excuses: my body has been quite disagreeable lately, between a chronic injury and a not-so-minor kitchen incident involving my index finger and a blender. Work is nuts. As a woman-of-a-certain-age, my hormones have a life of their own, and it seems... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:21:45 EST Are you interested, or committed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4483366 It's been a crazy (in a good way) month with a number of social obligations, and while I haven't been as diligent as I would like, I have managed to keep my weight stable. <BR> <BR> However, I have reached the danger point: after two months, this is the time where boredom sets in. And in the past, I have cut corners, smiling at the scale when it behaves (in spite of my efforts) and raging when it doesn't (even though deep down, I know it was a result of MY behavior). <BR> <BR> Some time a... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:23:58 EST Seeing the future - in my closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465700 Yesterday morning, while standing in the upstairs bathroom, I made a big decision: <BR> <BR> This was the day I would tackle my upstairs closet. <BR> <BR> Not that the closet is particularly big (thank you, older home!) nor is it my only closet, either. But this one has silently vexed me and I have chosen to simply ignore it. <BR> <BR> As a result, I've used either the six inches of space directly in front of me, or - shameful confession time - a shower rod in the (generally unused) ups... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 12:10:05 EST Newton's First Law, and why it applies to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4440165 First, a brief nerdy part. For those of you who tried to avoid physics class, it reads like this: <BR> <BR> "Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. " <BR> <BR> A more scientific type would be able to interpret this correctly, but this MBA-type will state it this way: <BR> <BR> BODIES IN MOTION, REMAIN IN MOTION. <BR> BODIES AT REST, REMAIN AT REST. <BR> YOU CAN'T MOVE FROM ONE STATE TO ANOTHER MERELY BY ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:11:58 EST The Great Lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424738 After reading a few great SP blogs this week with great success stories, I was particularly struck by the comment made more than once how one really has to WANT the results to happen and the importance of persistence in achieving goals. <BR> <BR> I've reached the ten-pound goal (again, not my first Diet Rodeo) but found myself reflecting how I've made a series of small decisions over the last six weeks that have brought me to this point. And while I feel inspired, I'm realistic that I will ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 14:35:55 EST Conversation with the inner child http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416724 This week, I'm a little cranky and not-so-with it. Hubby is tired and burned out, I'm tired and burned out, and watching the hype over this week's market decline (directly related to my job, but should probably put oneself on a limited media diet) has worn me out. <BR> <BR> So I decide to distract myself in the sewing room, and the conversation ensues (with apologies to those of you who actively embrace the concept of an inner child) <BR> <BR> Inner Child (IC): CANDY. WE WANT IT. LOOK. YOU... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:44:59 EST Progress report: 14% to goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4411402 Originally, I was only going to write progress reports at "round" numbers - 10%, etc - but I realized that I'm actually learning new things and will probably forget them by the time I get to my next milestone. <BR> <BR> Here's what's working: <BR> <BR> - My cravings for sugar are way, way down. I read the message boards about people who have issues with sugar and think, "Wow, that was me..." but for some reason, I've been able to manage the cravings a little better and when I have eaten so... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:08:53 EST Cue Gloria Gaynor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388395 (For those of you too young for this cultural reference - she sang "I Will Survive") <BR> <BR> So, the very thing I didn't want to happen, did. When I complained Saturday about agreeing to do something I should have said "no" to, I ended up getting hurt. I'm frustrated that I've compromised my own fitness routine for something I didn't want to do to begin with, and my (yet again) sprained ankle appears to be one of the worst it's ever been. At this point, I'm spraining it over and over agai... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:42:43 EST Winning ugly...but still winning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4381702 Today is Saturday and for some reason, I'm not feeling the love about my diet. <BR> <BR> It's not that I'm having any kind of crisis that could drive me to the dessert aisle, but I'm a little crabby about not saying no to my friends and committing to do something I'm really, really not interested in spending my precious time on. While I've resolved that I need to "Just Do It," I now realize that I prefer to drown my resentments in ice cream, covered with hot fudge sauce. <BR> <BR> Here's... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:57:27 EST "The game" - or how human behavior can be applied to dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375811 The rules: <BR> <BR> 1) Choose five behaviors that you want to achieve, every day. <BR> <BR> 2) Award one point per behavior. <BR> <BR> 3) Assign a financial value to each behavior. Together, the five behaviors should equal an amount that you could spend in one day without thinking about it - to avoid financial stress - but large enough to matter. I have chosen 1 point = $1. <BR> <BR> My five behaviors are: <BR> - writing down what I eat <BR> - exercising <BR> - staying within my calorie... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:06:56 EST Progress report: 10% to goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375788 Rather than say that I've just lost 6 pounds, I am reframing it: I've officially reached 10% of my overall goal! <BR> <BR> Since it's possible that at some time I will begin to wander by the wayside (this ain't my first diet rodeo, folks), I have decided to cast, in (virtual) stone what I've picked up so far. (As an aside, this progress report thing feels like something we do at work. Maybe I need to toss in a few buzzwords or something. But I digress..) <BR> <BR> <BR> What is True: <BR> ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:57:09 EST Proximity Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150170 There are a lot of things I haven't yet figured out about dieting, but I have finally mastered one principal: <BR> <BR> Proximity Matters. <BR> <BR> Just as I don't go out on dates with men other than my husband (not a commentary on my marriage - which is great - and not that I get any offers or am out looking), I have decided that it's completely foolish to purchase foods where I may find my future consumption to be, well, disappointing. <BR> <BR> That box of candy (See's, please!) that ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 19:49:29 EST the advantage of advance hindsight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3526995 While on the stationery bicycle over lunch hour, I found myself thinking about a recent story I read in the paper. A man spent over two years walking the length of the Amazon river to raise awareness for environmental issues. When asked about the journey, he commented that it required a much longer time to complete than he expected - a common theme among individuals on a quest to reach a meaningful and challenging goal. <BR> <BR> Like many people, I grow frustrated with my body's inability... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 19:21:27 EST Status Report - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3496421 Who knew I'd still be here? I have the attention span of a house fly (that's a 15-day life expectancy, so it's hard for them to make plans for the following month) so I was pretty certain I was going to grow bored with the whole thing. Yay, Sparkpeople!!! <BR> <BR> But, I'm still here, although there are six fewer pounds of me, and in the spirit of good documentation, I'm going to keep track of events. (Those project management folks at work would be so proud....) <BR> <BR> What have we lea... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 19:52:17 EST