1NICUBABE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1NICUBABE 1NICUBABE'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/ Slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733898 I don't know why I expect to see miraculous weight changes when I did not put all of this weight on overnight. I need to be more realistic about the amount of weight I will hopefully lose every week. <BR> Part of the slow progress is due to perimenopause. These hormone changes suck! Your metabolism slows to a crawl which isn't good if you already have a slow metabolism. You never know when that time of the month is coming so you start doing really well with losing some weight then, BAM most o... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:48:25 EST getting my life in order http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724265 I have been on and off of healthy living for so many years that I have lost count. I am not going to let everyone else dictate my life any longer. I will decide what I do and when I do it. I am in control of myself and that includes my eating and exercise habits, or lack thereof as of late. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do not want to end up in a grave at an early age like my dad did because of laziness and sheer love of food that is unhealthy. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am in control of my own life and I... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:58:01 EST Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687198 I am starting SP's 7 day bootcamp today. I did the first video and thought it would be easy! HAH!!! man have I been fooling myself into thinking I was in better shape than I actually am. It was a tough workout for 10 minutes . My goal is to be able to reach the point that I can breeze through this video. Sun, 4 May 2014 13:14:30 EST Here I go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673969 I am so sad to say that I have regained all of the weight I lost and am now back to square one. My husband and I have moved to Florida and although we love it, we both have gained weight. I'm sure between the stress of moving, starting a new job and just trying to get used to the area have all contributed. All that and the fact that we feel like we are on vacation every day; eating out too much and imbibing in too many adult beverages! <BR> Hubby and I both started today to eat healthier and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:59:39 EST Unmotivated this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241817 I don't know what's up with me this week but I feel like a slug. I have not exercised one day this week and I know I should have but I just can't find the motivation. I am not giving up though and will push through this lazy week. <BR> <BR> I was really aggravated this week at my daughters high school. She has some mild learning disabilities and had been in classes through middle school with other kids that have issues too. the problem is that some of these kids have major behavioral proble... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:04:03 EST Not feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215401 Well so much for that last blog. I got the stomach flu and have been very ill for the past 4 days. I still don't quite feel myself and have very little energy. No workout today but I am trying to get back on track with the eating. At least I can eat something now. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:25:29 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206451 Well so far so good. I am sticking to my low carb eating fairly well and have been meeting my exercise goals for each week. Not always so good at getting the water in but I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> Life is continuing to throw me curve balls but I am trying to not let it get to me. Right now my stepdaughter is having some serious mental health issues and we are trying to deal with it. She gets worse when she stops taking her medication but she is 30 years old and lives by herself so its tou... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:35:03 EST Long time gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189988 I can hardly believe that I have not been on SP for 9 months. I guess I gave up on myself. I have had a tremendous amount of turmoil in my life and unfortunately with that I put myself last. <BR> Things are slightly better but not 100%, but heck what is? All I can do is take care of me. I am not responsible for everyone else. I cannot control how others think, act, or feel. <BR> These are things that I am slowly learning as I get older and I am trying to come to grips with it. <BR> <BR> The... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:15:22 EST Goodbye 190's. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837262 I was so excited this morning when I weighed in. I am finally under 190 pounds. I haven't seen below 190 in a long time and I will not go back now. Yeah, I have said that before but my new low carb lifestyle is working great, despite my bad self destructive days and sometimes weeks :( <BR> <BR> This is without a doubt something I can live with. The real test is going to be next week while we are away on vacation. I have already discussed the eating out choices with my husband and since he is... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:13:38 EST Not with the program this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832096 I don't know what has gotten into me these past 2 weeks but I seem to keep sabotaging myself. I was doing really well with the low carb lifestyle then 1 pound away from my first goal and I have started to eat like a starving woman. <BR> <BR> Lord knows I am not and could live off the fat of the land for an extended period of time! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I keep eating all these things that I shouldn't and I tell myself every day that I am going to be better but by the middle of the day I ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:56:23 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816329 I am so frustrated this morning and it started with the scale. That's not exactly true. I have been feeling frustrated for days to be perfectly honest. Sometimes I know why, like this morning with the 2 pound gain on the scale, but more about that later and sometimes I have no idea why I feel like this. <BR> <BR> Work has been one big frustration after another from the leadership to the coworkers. I developed a policy based on evidence based research and every time something occurs in relati... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 08:57:24 EST Ate like crap this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805280 I don't know what got into me this past weekend but I ate nothing but bad stuff. I didn't stick to my low carb diet at all and of course had a gain this morning. Okay well, that is behind me and today will be great. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was 1 pound away from my first goal too, now I have some more ground to make up. Why do I do this to myself? I know how bad I'm going to feel when I have a gain that I caused myself. <BR> <BR> I have no excuses for eatinig junk, but I am apologizing to my... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:11:20 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790368 First thing this morning I had a great motivator........ Someone noticed that I had lost some weight! I don't know about you but that is something that definitely makes me want to keep going. I guess it's hard to see it yourself despite seeing lower numbers on the scale each week. <BR> <BR> I suppose years of self loathing and poor self esteem have made it difficult for me to see what others see. I know I feel better and that's what is important to me. I want to live a long healthy life an... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:16:16 EST Kids...yeesh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753034 I just have to blog about this to get it off my chest and hopefully my ever worrying mind. <BR> My oldest child is trying to put me in an early grave! He dropped out of college at the beginning of January for several reasons. <BR> 1. He couldn't decide what he wanted to do and had changed majors 3 times. <BR> 2. His grades in the classes that he really didn't like put him on academic probation for the previous 2 semesters which subsequently caused him to lose grant money. <BR> 3. He couldn't ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:42:52 EST bad news today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728656 My mom called this morning and told me that my younger sister had a stroke yesterday. She is able to speak and walk but is numb on her left side like it is asleep. At least it seems mild and hopefully will not have permanent neurological damage. <BR> <BR> My dilemma is this...... I have not spoken to my sister in a few years due to a falling out over my husband. I want to go see her, but I don't know how my husband is going to feel about it and I am very torn. I don't want my husband to fe... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:10:34 EST The lab results are in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705866 I went to the doctors today for my pre-op physical and was thrilled with the results of my labwork. Triglycerides are back in normal range, Cholesterol is 157. I need to get my good cholesterol up a bit but the bad is low so all is good. <BR> <BR> I am a little nervous about having surgery. I have had 2 c-sections for my kids but it was a long time ago. I didn't do very well with the anesthesia when I had my c-sections, so I guess I have good reason to feel a little nervous ( first one I fe... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:49:55 EST Low carb is good, surgery....not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699285 So far I am doing very well with the low carb lifestyle. I have cheated a day and had pizza and beer, but still lost weight for the week. i am really glad this is working for me and it's something I can maintain. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing much exercise due to the continued foot issues, but hopefully that will be taken care of soon. I am scheduled to have surgery on my feet next Wednesday and though not looking forward to the thought of surgery, it will be nice to hopefully be out of pa... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:13:37 EST Low carbing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666096 I have never done a low carb lifestyle before but after researching it I thought it made sense. I am not doing the Atkins or South beach thing because I feel they are too restrictive and not necessarily healthy. I am just limiting my carb intake to about 100 grams per day or less. <BR> <BR> The last 2 days went well and I think this is something I can stick with long term. i am not hungry or craving anything and so far I have lost 4.5 pounds!!! My official weigh in day is Monday so I won't c... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:19:21 EST Goals for this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656359 We all know I have been here before, but I would really like to do things differently this time around and actually follow what SP says about one goal at a time. So here is my plan for now. <BR> 1. Exercise every day even if it's just a walk. This is my first goal to be consistent with. Once this is accomplished I will move onto the next goal and so on and so on. <BR> <BR> 2. Stay in calorie range daily. <BR> <BR> 3. Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> Short and sweet! I plan t... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:15:54 EST Back to the starting line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607568 I am back to restart again after several months away due to the issues with my feet. A little tough to exercise when you can barely even walk. I am at some point in the future going to have surgery for one of my problems but my doctor assures me that it is not too involved and I should be up and moving in a couple weeks. The other problem is that I have arthritis in my feet so other than taking NSAIDS there isn't a lot I can do about it so I have to learn to live with it. <BR> <BR> <BR> On... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:06:17 EST Agony of da feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386741 well still having issues with my feet. I had to have them injected with cortisone again and though that works for a while unfortunately it doesn't last long. I am most likely going to need surgery in the near future which is going to have me out of commission for a while, so I have to get myself back on track now. <BR> <BR> Still having a lot of stress in my life. I am really hoping things settle down by year end. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:16:17 EST One Goal at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325384 Since I am basically restarting the program (AGAIN!) I decided to do this a little differently than before. I am going to work on one goal at a time. My first goal is to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day and to lg onto SP and track daily. <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to get consumed by things and go all out and then I am worn out. I need to learn to make this something that I can live with forever. Not just for a couple of months at a time. My husband likes to exercise and we do tr... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:49:40 EST I'm Baaaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307488 I am so excited to finally be back sparking again. I have been internet-less for 2 months now and just got it hooked up Monday. Thank you Lord for speedy processing! So, lots has been going on in the past two months so I'll give y'all a quick run down..... <BR> <BR> Barry and I got married on May 28th. It was an absolutely beautiful day and everything went great. We kept it very small and private with just our kids, my mom and his nephew and sister. We were married outside on an observation ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:58:08 EST Stress of life is killing me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4219524 I have been on a backslide ever since I got back from vacation. I have only exercised 2 days and have been eating terribly. I have got to get back on track before I ruin all my hard work. <BR> <BR> I have been going through a lot lately some of which I don't even know how to deal with at this point. I have always been an emotional eater but I have to get control of myself. Some days I wish I could just hide in a cave and never come out again. <BR> <BR> This will be my mantra for the upcomin... Mon, 9 May 2011 03:33:27 EST vacation week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191607 I am enjoying my vacation so far and hopefully will not gain much weight. i am trying to be careful about what I eat and am exercising daily though not quite as intense as I normally do. It is a little warmer than usual so the weather here says. but I am loving it especially since it has been so cold and rainy back home! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the rest of the week. Going to play in a poker tournament tonight and hope I do well. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week. MB Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:42:04 EST Going to have internet withdrawal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170410 I am posting off and on for the next 2 months because I am going to be moving with my soon to be hubby and had my internet turned off at home. Yikes!!!!! <BR> <BR> My only real fear is that without tracking my calories here I will back slide. So I am going to work really hard at writing down what I eat and continuing with my exercise and will track when I am able to. Lots of stress going on and I know I am an emotional eater so I really have to be careful to avoid finding the weight I lost! ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 18:30:22 EST 2 steps back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4140964 I was not happy when I stepped on the scale this morning but I was also not surprised. Last week was a rough week for me and I didn't get in my usual amount of exercise nor did I watch my intake. So, I deserved what i got which was a 1.5 pound gain. <BR> <BR> I can't change last week but I can change my behaviors for this week. Since yesterday I already have almost 1200 calories burned! <em>216</em> <BR> so I am definitely in a better mindset. Staying in my calorie range so far too. <BR> <... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:35:37 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131117 well the weight isn't coming off as fast as I would like it to but at least it's coming off. I have lost 16 pounds since Dec 28 and lost several inches. I was hoping to be down 30 pounds by now but as I age the weight is much harder to lose. <BR> <BR> Health wise things are okay. I don't have to have surgery on my feet at this time and no hysterectomy in the near future. Just starting through perimenopause which is, somedays a trial in and of itself! <BR> <BR> I am still exercising faithfu... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:18:51 EST I didn't want to do it..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117739 .....but I did, exercise that is! I just wasn't feeling it this morning and was trying to talk myself out of fitting in my exercise today. I skipped yesterday because I was really tired after the testing I had done. I don't like when I skip my exercise because even though my nutrition of late has been pretty shoddy, I at least have been meeting my exercise goals. <BR> <BR> My goal for this week was to burn 2500 calories. I would have fallen 200 calories short today if I only did my Firm dvd,... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:33:35 EST Gotta get my head in the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111831 I don't know what is wrong with me, but I am sabotaging myself and I am angry about it. I do the grocery shopping and lately I have been finding myself buying lots of snack foods which I then find myself eating late in the afternoon or early evening. <BR> <BR> I HAVE TO STOP THIS! <BR> <BR> On the positive side I have been meeting all of my exercise days and I typically burn 500-600 calories per workout so I am not gaining weight but I'm not losing either. <BR> <BR> I do really well most ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:27:37 EST Poor nutrition week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102683 This has been a really bad week for me nutrition wise. I have gone way over my calorie range for three days in a row. I know I am having some PMS and I'm sure that's why I've been ravenous and terribly moody. but geez. <BR> <BR> I at least have exercised consistently and actually went over my calorie burn for the week. I hope it's enough to cancel out at least some of the extra calories I ate. <BR> <BR> Well today is a new day and there will be no snacking on bad stuff or overeating. <em>15... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 10:26:49 EST Pushing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4075824 Since I was sick last week I have had no get up and go, but have forced myself to anyway. I get about halfway through my exercise and feel like stopping, but I am pushing myself to finish. I have learned that I can very easily talk myself out of doing things that I should and need to do for me. That attitude is part of what got me to this size in the first place. <BR> <BR> There will be no more talking myself out of exercising or into eating the wrong things. I will push myself to reach my ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:05:49 EST Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062779 I was stunned when I did my mid week weight check this am and saw that I lost 5.5 pounds from Monday. That being said, I was pretty sick with the stomach flu for 2 days and my calorie intake was darn near zero. Now that I am feeling better I just don't want to find any of that weight that I lost! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am back up to exercising today and will keep in my calorie range. It is a beautiful sunny day here in western Pa. and I am feeling great. <BR> <BR> Onderland is nice but o... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:39:18 EST End of month checkup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053397 I didn't do so hot in the weight loss category for this past month, but I did lose some inches so it all adds up right? <BR> Only lost 1 # total since the start of the month <BR> Ate too much junk food this past month <BR> Did get almost all of my exercise days in. <BR> <BR> This past month has been very stressful for me but I have been trying to push through all of the issues and keep going because I am worth the effort. The hardest thing right now is that I have something wrong with both... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:50:45 EST New week, new attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4032475 Tomorrow is my weigh in day and I am certain that I will not lose and may possibly gain some weight. The past 2 weeks have been very stressful and I didn't stick to my plan. I have no one but myself to blame , but I am not going to dwell on the negative. I have also been having some peri-menopausal issues which unfortunately makes me ravenously hungry and tired. I have not been eating the right foods or in the right portions. <BR> <BR> It is now a new week and I will get myself back on my pl... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:27:36 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024876 I am still feeling frustrated with life right now. My house guest didn't leave until tuesday afternoon, my house is a mess (which really makes me nutso), I am exhausted and didn't get up at 4 am as planned to exercise before work today, and my mid week weight check was a bust. I haven't lost an ounce, but I am not giving up. I will try my hardest to exercise after work today, but that doesn't usually work too well for me. After working a 12 hour shift I am pretty whipped and sometimes it take... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:18:45 EST Soon back to normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4017545 Barry's daughter is supposed to be leaving tomorrow and things should get back to normal. He is just as distressed as I am with her behavior, but we talked and both decided to just suck it up for the week. I think the thing that really upsets us both is that she lies in bed all day and I do mean all day and doesn't even get up and get dressed unless she had made plans with some girlfriends for the evening. Then she expects Barry and I to take care of her dogs which is okay once in a while, bu... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:06:40 EST Visitors, dogs and poor sleep..Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008608 This week is not going nearly as well as I had planned and I am really frustrated. I am very much a creature of habit and routine and when my routine gets hampered with it just puts me in a tailspin. My live in boyfriends eldest daughter has been staying with us this past week with much drama. She is having marital issues and issues with her mother and Barry is getting drug into the middle of these mother issues which is really starting to tick me off. Mind you this child is 30 years old and ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:56:20 EST Not so Super Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3997200 Well watching the Super Bowl yesterday was pure agony, mostly because we defeated ourselves by the numerous mistakes and turnovers. Mild agony again this am at weigh in because I didn't lose anything, but that's okay because I didn't gain either. I wasn't expecting a loss because I wasn't eating the best this weekend. I did keep up with the exercise <BR> for the most part, but I missed one scheduled day earlier in the week which caused me to not reach the calorie burn I calculated. <BR> <BR... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 09:04:16 EST 5 weeks into sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3976299 Today is 5 weeks in to my second attempt at changing my lifestyle the Spark way and I am doing well and continue to be motivated. This morning was rough for some reason. I have been exercising anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes at least 4 days per week and 30 minutes on the days I work, but this morning I just could not get it together. I feel drained and my foot is killing me so I got through 1 tape for 45 minutes and though I started the second I thought I better listen to my body and quit for ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 08:20:38 EST Biggest Loser.... no wonder!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3963030 I was watching the biggest loser last night and they had a segment of the team training with the unknowns.. During this segment they showed one of the team members showing how their meals are all prepared for them and that they had a board that had the menu for the day listed and the calorie total. I was appalled that the calorie count was less than 1100 for the day even for the men!! <BR> <BR> If this is what the typical daily calorie intake is and with the amount of exercise they are doing... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:52:43 EST Back to work this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3958726 Well after the past two weekends of poor eating and decreased exercise I gained 0.5 pounds this week ,but honestly I'll take it since I probably deserved to gain more. I now have two weeks till the super bowl to get back into gear here. football season kills me, especially post season. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are <BR> 1. stay in calorie range all week <BR> <BR> 2.Meet all of my planned exercise days...I keep a planner that I schedule my exercise days in, it helps keep me focused. <... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:46:42 EST Last week...not so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940220 Last week my food intake was okay until the weekend hit and we went to the Steeler game and tailgated. <BR> <BR> I only lost 0.5 pounds from the previous week so I hve some work to do this week. Unfortunately this week hasn't started out too well. We put the house on the market and I have been so busy trying to clean things up for it to show that I missed(skipped) 2 days of exercise. Add that to all of the stress of being completely overwhelmed with what I have to clean up and it equals not... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:11:41 EST last week review and this weeks goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909002 I did fairly well last week until the weekend hit and my boyfriend decided he wanted to go out for wings. Believe it or not, even with the wings I stayed in my calorie range for the day mainly because I planned for it and adjusted what I ate the rest of the day. Still it wasn't the healthiest thing I could have eaten. I usually have one day a week where I go above my calorie range for some reason so I will have to work harder this week to stick with my plan. <BR> <BR> I did get at least 8 gl... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 07:18:29 EST Last week review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3886433 I lost 4 pounds this am when I weighed and was absolutely thrilled because I was not expecting it. <BR> <BR> Why might you ask? <BR> <BR> Well, mainly because I have not been eating well. I started the week off right and stayed in my calorie range for the first 2 days and would start every day off well but when afternoon came I was snacking on the left over Christmas cookies, cheese ball and crackers and pretty much anything else I saw. I must have been a subscriber to the see food diet at... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:22:02 EST New Year, new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3873863 I have decided that this year I will work really hard at continuing the good habits I have learned here at SP and will try to add some new ones. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem seems to be food. I will do well most of the day but if I become bored or upset about something I find myself reaching for very unhealthy foods. My plan is to stop buying the chips and cookies. If they aren't here then I can't eat them, right? <BR> <BR> I know emotional eating is one of my biggest problems and I am dete... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:47:14 EST Crack of dawn exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3866594 I did something today that I have never done and that was to get up at 4:30 and exercise before working a 12 hour shift. And ya know what? I feel great! <BR> <BR> I always made excuses as to why I couldn't get up and exercise before work and the biggest problem with that was that by the time I got home in the evening I was too tired to exercise, so I missed a lot of opportunities to burn some calories. <BR> <BR> I am going to incorporate this early morning exercise into my routine and see... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:36:05 EST Gotta start over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864609 For some insane reason I seemed to believe that I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I kept exercising. well, nice thought but it doesn't work especially when you start slacking in the exercise department. <BR> <BR> I am so bummed with my self because I have now regained almost all of the weight that I lost. I promised myself that I wouldn't do that again and here I am . <BR> <BR> I did so well when I stayed in touch with Spark and after slacking with everything I realize that I need S... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 11:36:40 EST More random thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3743435 Blood pressure is good now after my doctors appointment on Monday so thankfully I don't need any more meds. Lord knows I take enough already! <BR> <BR> Barry, I and my daughter Alyssa went to our halloween parade last night.......for about 5 minutes! It started pouring down rain like a hurricane and we all got soaked very quickly. Thankfully it was decently warm out or i would probably still be frozen to the bone. <em>20</em> <BR> It was kind of fun running through the rain and reminded me... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 09:14:45 EST Random thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3738793 I have a checkup this afternoon after being put on meds for my blood pressure and I think thankfully that it will be good. I have dropped a few pounds since my last appointment and my BP is good now ( I faithfully check it at home). <BR> <BR> On vacation this week and plan to finish remodeling the bathroom and get the fall housecleaning done. I only do major housecleaning once a year ( if I'm lucky to have the time). It's funny how it makes me think back to when I was little and my mom would... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 11:27:46 EST