62NVON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=62NVON 62NVON'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/ I'm in a magazine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487229 This month's FIRST for Women magazine featured a story on SparkPeople with me and two other ladies. I was shocked that a tiny pic of me was on the cover! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1486603294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The story is on page 30 and the issue is on stands now. It was a fun experience! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445170767.jpg"> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:25:26 EST Exercise Guilt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332795 I love the workouts I do... mostly FIRM DVDs... and I regularly push myself with heavier weights and higher intensity within the workouts. However, I am no where near the level of CrossFit, P90X, Insanity, etc. I have no desire to push my body that hard. I monitor my HR when I work out, and average well over 65% of my MHR for my age (50). <BR> <BR> I sometimes feel like a slacker by not pushing myself to the level of HIIT. I tried P90X and hated it. I work very hard, but still feel guilty a... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:29:28 EST I did it! Well, most of it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307136 I'm checking in to let you guys know how I did on my goals I set for March. Here they are: <BR> <BR> Goals for the month: <BR> 1,000 fitness minutes <BR> 8 cups of water per day... no excuses!!! <BR> Eat mindfully (including on weekends) <BR> <BR> How I did: <BR> 1,063 fitness minutes <BR> I hit the watermark! Every single day. Some days (like yesterday) I was guzzling it before bed to make the goal. Maybe that's why I had to get up in the middle of the night... <em>40</em> <BR> I d... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:15:57 EST New month, fresh start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268227 January and February were really busy months for me with lots of work stress. It shows in my energy level and on the scale. <BR> <BR> However, I am committed today to make a fresh start for March! <BR> <BR> Goals for the month: <BR> 1,000 fitness minutes <BR> 8 cups of water per day... no excuses!!! <BR> Eat mindfully (including on weekends) <BR> <BR> I'm still trying to figure out the scale number. It's inched higher, but the hubs thinks I'm perfect where I am right now. I think as long a... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:04:51 EST Trying to stay focused... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206510 It's my extremely busy time at work for the next few weeks, so while I may not be as active on SP for a while, I do check in and browse the friend feed and blog entries. <BR> <BR> Even though I am not commenting much, please know that your activities on here inspire and motivate me! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:14:37 EST New Year, New Attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187683 I struggled a bit during December. I totally enjoyed myself, but it's time to get serious again. I'm about 4 pounds over my "scream weight." <BR> <BR> I am loosely tracking as of yesterday to get a handle on my intake. I haven't tracked in about a year. I tend to get obsessive about it, but I added a category called Miscellaneous, so I can quickly add estimated calories when I don't have the nutrition information. <BR> <BR> Time to get back to goal!!! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:23:28 EST Someone give me a hand to get back on this wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177907 I'm struggling getting my act back together after relaxing (greatly) over the holidays. <BR> <BR> Too much over-indulgence for too many days has put me WAY above my comfort zone. I recommitted today, then my mom brought me a birthday cake! Ack! <BR> <BR> I had a very small piece, but I commit to working out tonight no matter what! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:23:15 EST An Excellent Strategy for the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171856 I ran across this article today and had to share: <BR> <BR> This Holiday Season, Stop the Wrist Slaps and Write-Offs <BR> <BR> <link>health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/<BR>eat-run/2012/12/19/this-holiday-season<BR>-stop-the-wrist-slaps-and-write-offs </link> <BR> <BR> What fantastic insight Dr. Freedhoff has. I'm going to live a life of thoughtful reduction. =) <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, everyone! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:11:46 EST Thoughts and Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167286 I cannot imagine what the victims and families of the tragedy in CT are going through. Live each day to the fullest and hug your loved ones every day. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:02:30 EST Quick Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159226 I've been a little MIA this week. I finally caught Dave's cold. So after working all day, all I want to do is lounge on the sofa. <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself permission to let my body rest and heal. I'm trying not to feel guilty about that. <BR> <BR> Today is the first day I've felt semi-human. I think I'll rest one more day and do a long, low-intensity workout tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I barely made my 1,000 fitness minutes last month, and I'm already behind the 8-ball this month. What happens... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:29:49 EST Thanksgiving Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148395 While I didn't overindulge on the big day, I seemed to carry over the relaxed eating and drinking mentality through the entire weekend. <BR> <BR> The good news is I worked out like a mad woman, so it somewhat offset my indiscretions. The other good news is I haven't given up and I got right back on track on Monday. <BR> <BR> My goal is to stay in my maintenance range through the end of the year. <BR> <BR> No sweat! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well, only the workout sweat. <em>246</em> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:55:06 EST THE SECRET TO ENJOYING YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL (GUILT-FREE!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142407 Courtesy of Jeff Halevy: <BR> <BR> <link>jeffhalevy.com/enjoy-your-thanksgivi<BR>ng-meal </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to enjoy myself guilt-free, but NOT give myself permission to be a glutton. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving!!! <em>429</em> <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:59:16 EST On a Mission.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136238 I struggled to get 1,000 fitness minutes in October due to an injury. <BR> <BR> Today I find myself WAY off track to get 1,000 for November. Last week I was feeling a little burned out with exercise, so I took extra rest days which has put me behind. <BR> <BR> However, I did some calculations today, and if I really put my mind to it, I can hit 1,000 for November. I KNOW I can do this. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:46:10 EST National Weight Control Registry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134945 I got my packet in the mail yesterday from the National Weight Control Registry. <BR> <BR> If you are not familiar with this group, here is the website: <link>www.nwcr.ws/ </link> <BR> <BR> Basically "the NWCR was developed to identify and investigate the characteristics of individuals who have succeeded at long-term weight loss. The NWCR is tracking over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time." <BR> <BR> I think they are... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:18:21 EST Simply Do Your Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128197 I ran across an article By Dr. Yoni Freedhoff today, and it was enlightening to me. In it, he said: <BR> <BR> "In any given week I bet I hear the phrase, "I fell off the wagon", at least 5 times. <BR> <BR> "Makes me think the folks who are uttering it are on the wrong wagon. <BR> <BR> "If your goal is simply to do your best, there's really never any need to fall off any moving objects." <BR> <BR> To read the rest, go here: <link>www.weightymatters.ca/2012/11/whats-<BR>your-best-worst-c... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:40:55 EST "Real" Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121439 I have been thinking about this catch-phrase lately. I understand the marketing scheme. I understand loving our bodies as they are. I also understand "real women" versus photo-shopped images of unattainable and unrealistic bodies. That's not what I'm talking about. I totally agree with those uses of the term. <BR> <BR> What I take issue with is that in some ways it has become equivalent with "plus-size" women. Sometimes I am made to feel I'm not a "real woman" because I am fit and at a healt... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:03:07 EST October Retrospective and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119930 October's goals: <BR> <BR> *Keep eating mindfully, and specifically focus on better weekend eating and less alcohol. <BR> *I am aiming for 1,200 fitness minutes and 8,000 calories burned. <BR> *Maintain in my range 135-140. I want to be in the lower end going into the upcoming holidays. <BR> *Drink 8 cups of water every single day in October. I tend to slack on that some days. <BR> <BR> How I did.... <BR> <BR> *Eating was okay, but not great. There is definitely room for improvement. <... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:01:32 EST 2009 vs. 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117702 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465574862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm still amazed by this from time to time. The "before" picture was taken the weekend before I decided to get serious about my health and weight. Less than a year later, I was 90 pounds lighter and have kept it off with the occasional blip on the radar. Seeing pictures like this make me realize that I *CAN* keep it off this time for good with the help of all of you and my own family. <BR> <BR> If you are struggli... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:41:15 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109736 First of all, thanks to all those who commented on my previous blog. This community is fantastic and a big part of my success. <BR> <BR> Things are kind of better and kind of worse. My uncle did pass on Friday, but it was truly a blessing. He was in much pain. My relationship with mother (his sister) took a nosedive at the funeral. That's something that I plan to deal with after I have a cooling-off period. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I am not beating myself up over things I cannot cont... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:26:45 EST Wednesday Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102393 I say Wednesday Woes, but in the big picture, my worries and "problems" are minute compared to real problems people experience. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I seem to be in a funk lately. I don't know why, I just feel "off." Last week I totally slacked off exercise because I was feeling burned out; then I felt guilty for not exercising. I'm furiously calculating how I can hit my minutes and calories burned goal for the month after that. Then I get overwhelmed at how much I have to do to meet those ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:49:40 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 28-30 - Better late than never? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083544 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 28. What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? <BR> <BR> That's an interesting one. I feel as if I may be lacking in attention to some of those things. Exercise seems to increase my emotional well-being. I feel good about myself and it definitely reduces stress.... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:49:06 EST September Retrospective and October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081739 September's goals were: <BR> <BR> *Keep eating mindfully. <BR> *Exceed August's fitness minutes of 1,100 and try to increase the calories burned to 8,000. <BR> *Maintain in my goal range of 135-140. <BR> <BR> How I did... <BR> <BR> *Eating was pretty good on average. I had some ups and downs. <BR> *I had 1,128 fitness minutes. I increased my calories burned, but didn't quite hit 8,000. I ended up with 7,855. <BR> *I was 136.4 for my last official weigh-in for the month. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:20:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 27 - Helpers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076937 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? <BR> <BR> I haven't actually hired anyone, but years ago (pre-pregnancy) I saw a dietician for help with my weight. This was part of my ex-husband's healt... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:38:19 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 26 - I'm a loner by circumstance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075784 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> <BR> Decades ago, I belonged to a gym and did aerobics and ST there. And several years ago, I did aerobics at my church twice a week. <BR> <BR> I have an hour-long commute each way, so now it works best for me to work out... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:45:22 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 25 - Expanding fitness horizons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074135 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try? <BR> <BR> I gave P90X a try. I just could not get into it. I didn't enjoy it one bit. At first I felt like a failure, but I realized that it's not for everyone. I knew that since it had ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:15:10 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 21-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072734 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food? <BR> <BR> No on all counts... only disorderly (hehe) conduct was mindless eating. <BR> <BR> 22. What is your cur... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:38:55 EST "Best Weight" - Borrowed from Dr. Yoni Freedhoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067721 I'm all about balance in my health and fitness and this article validates my approach. <BR> <BR> <link>health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/<BR>eat-run/2012/09/20/extreme-dieting-not<BR>-necessary-for-weight-loss </link> <BR> <BR> "Best Weight" = "whatever weight you can reach while living the healthiest life you can honestly enjoy." <BR> <BR> I love that! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:22:51 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 20 - Favorite Healthy Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067456 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 20. What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits? <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite healthy foods are salmon, almonds, greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs and light string cheese. <BR> <BR> I discovered kale this year. Although most people don't like it raw,... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:24:08 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 19 - There are no "bad" foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066396 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> <BR> For me, pretty much nothing is off-limits. I knew going in that an all-or-nothing mentality would not work for me long-term. That being said, I do try to avoid some foods, i.e. keep them out of the house. Chip... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:00:06 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 15-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064754 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> 15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> For a light-hearted take on weight loss and fitness, I love "Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit" He's loony, but great fun. <link>jackfit.blogspot.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> 16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:09:39 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 14 - Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058737 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 14: What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was? <BR> <BR> I think the change that was easier than I expected was getting into a regular workout routine. I've never been much of an exerciser. Yeah, I did the aerobics in spandex in my early 20's, but otherwise, nothing. Now, e... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:54:20 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 12 - I love to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057857 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 13: What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? <BR> <BR> I am a compulsive overeater, no way around it. I love food: the taste, the smell, the memories it invokes from childhood. I eat when I'm bor... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:35:17 EST Forget BMI. Do You Know Your "Best Weight"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055936 I just read a very interesting column by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. <BR> <BR> <link>health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/<BR>eat-run/2012/09/12/forget-bmi-do-you-k<BR>now-your-best-weight </link> <BR> <BR> The last two paragraphs sum it up for me: <BR> <BR> "Well here are two long-term weight management truisms for you. If you can't happily eat less, you're not going to eat less. And if you can't happily exercise more, you're not going to exercise more. Next time you're considering a new diet o... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:41:45 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 12 - My own inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055599 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 12: Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Heathspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you? <BR> <BR> At the risk of seeming narcissistic... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918458... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:14:46 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 11 - My body is fit and STRONG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053942 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 11: What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed towards your goals? <BR> <BR> The thing I like most about my body is that is it STRONG. I like that my muscles show and that my body looks fit. <BR> <BR> When I started losing weight, I knew I would be smaller,... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:58:07 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 9-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052894 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 9: How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> I'm 49 for a couple more months. Most of my life my only objective was weight loss. As I have gotten older, I am just as concerned, if not more so, about fitness and wellness. Being thin doesn'... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:16:19 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 8 - What's Different? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049392 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 8: What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> I've cycled through the lose/gain/lose thing a few times, but before this time had pretty much failed at the maintenance thing. The problem I... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 07:22:28 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 7 - Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048250 This is a challenge started by my SparkFriend TANYAP71: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>38746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 7: How do you measure progress towards or in maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday, I weigh every day. I know about the normal fluctuations from day to day, so I don't let weird ups and downs bother me. I also plug my weight into an app that sm... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 09:14:44 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046698 Day 6: What has been most challenging about maintaining a weight loss (now or in the past)? <BR> <BR> In the past, when I reached goal, I would all but abandon the eating and exercise habits I had adhered to in losing mode. I also abandoned regular weighing in. Is there any wonder I was unsuccessful? D'oh! <BR> <BR> This time around, I have made a point to keep my exercise to pretty much the same level. I don't track, but I try to eat mindfully and the right stuff. I weigh almost every day... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:15:01 EST August Retrospective and September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045269 August goals: <BR> <BR> *Try another month of not tracking and eating mindfully. <BR> *Exceed July’s fitness minutes. <BR> *Maintain in my goal range of 135-140. <BR> *Do all this despite vacation. My last official WI will be two days after getting back from vacation. <BR> <BR> August results: <BR> *Did not track. <BR> *Exceeded July's fitness minutes. Total minutes: 1,100; total calories burned 7,723 <BR> *Final official weigh-in for the month: 136 <BR> *Enjoyed vacation, indulged, but... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:41:00 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045256 Day 5: What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I gained the "freshman 15" in college. I got that off, but in my mid-to-late 20's it began creeping up again. After the birth of my son, I didn't take off the pregnancy weight, and begin gaining more. Over the next 20+ years, I had a few attempts at losing, but regained ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 09:29:39 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 1 - 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043590 This is a challenge started by TANYAP71. I'll try to update daily from now on. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746 </link> <BR> <BR> Day 1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September? <BR> <BR> Starting weight 10/2009: 226 <BR> Current weight 08/2011: 136 <BR> Goal range: 135-140 <... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 08:39:11 EST Found an old picture... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038697 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436091837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think this was near the beginning of my journey, definitely in late 2009. I ran across it in Lockerz. I have no idea where the original is. I compared it with a pic taken this morning in my Vols shirt for College Color Day. <BR> <BR> I'm always in awe when I see old pictures. It's great motivation for me for maintenance. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:10:07 EST Committed to Staying on the Rails http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025984 Tomorrow is the start of a mini vacation for me and the hubs. I'm posting this short blog entry to commit to NOT go crazy with food and drink over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> It's challenging, and while I will relax a little, I pledge to: <BR> <BR> *drink at least 8 cups of water <BR> *make a conscious effort to get in freggies <BR> *exercise portion control and mindful eating <BR> *do at least 30 minutes of activity each day <BR> <BR> I KNOW I can do it. <em>30</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:25:46 EST Who is This Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004835 I'm going for a mini vacay in a few weeks. I'll be at the beach, so I'll get plenty of fitness walking in, but I'm concerned about the lack of opportunity for strength training while I'm gone. I know I won't lose what I've gained in muscle strength in four days, but I'm still working on options. I have several things in mind. <BR> <BR> As for the title of this blog.... <BR> <BR> The old Christie would look at vacation as lying around doing as little as possible. The new Christie is planning... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:36:58 EST Soda... Who Needs It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999715 I just realized today that I haven't had a soda in over 1,000 days. Actually, that's not 100% accurate, as I did have one ginger ale/green tea a few months ago. <BR> <BR> But still... <BR> <BR> You know what? I don't really miss it much at all. I drink mostly water and flavored, unsweetened seltzer, but also milk, coffee, beer and wine (in moderation). I was a 3 or 4 can-a-day (minimum!) consumer of diet soda before I quit cold turkey in October 2009. <BR> <BR> I think cutting out soda is ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 15:11:50 EST July Retrospective and August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995863 I can’t believe July is over. I can’t wait for fall! <BR> <BR> My goals for July were: <BR> *Continue to eat intuitively, but monitor for any signs I need to go back to tracking. <BR> *Try to at least match June's fitness minutes. At my lower weight, the calories burned are going to continue to be a little lower. <BR> *Maintain in or slightly below my goal range of 135-140. <BR> <BR> Here’s what I did: <BR> *Eating was pretty good for the most part...a couple of hiccups, but didn’t let t... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:48:40 EST June Retrospective and July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951563 Last month's goals: <BR> <BR> *I’m going to try the intuitive eating for another month to see how that goes. Regardless of tracking or not, my goal is to eat mindfully, and pay attention to quality and quantity. <BR> *Keep up the workout minutes and intensity. <BR> *Maintain between 135 and 140. I’m still trying to settle into the right goal range for my body. <BR> <BR> Results? <BR> <BR> *The intuitive eating has gone quite well. <BR> *1,220 fitness minutes; 9,177 calories burned. Slig... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:31:19 EST May Retrospective & June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907344 May’s Goals: <BR> <BR> *Continue to track food. <BR> *Continue my workout intensity and length. <BR> *Maintain between 140 and 144 for the month. <BR> *If there is a team challenge, I will complete it. I just haven't come up with one yet. <BR> <BR> What actually happened: <BR> <BR> *I stopped tracking. I tend toward obsessing over that, and since I got back to my goal weight and beyond, I decided to try intuitive eating again. <BR> *1,286 fitness minutes; 9,267 calories burned. Less m... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:57:37 EST Maintenance mode messing with my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903938 I am trying to maintain between 135 and 140. I was at the low end of that last week. I'm up 2 this week, which puts me right in the middle of my goal range. <BR> <BR> Why do I feel bad when I gain, even though I'm in my range? I know that it is impossible to stay at the exact same weight every single week, but I always feel like a failure when I gain. Part of it is the fear I still harbor of gaining back the weight. <BR> <BR> I have got to figure this out in my head or stop getting on the s... Wed, 30 May 2012 08:56:25 EST