A1SYSTA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=A1SYSTA A1SYSTA'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/ Like a snail, but happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598371 It has been a long slow road for me, I read all these great posts on sucessful weight loss (yay) And feel so motivated, yet wondering why my progress has been so slow. But greatful still that while they are coming off super slow, I haven't gained one back. Am I finally made it under 150lbs. I was beginning to wonder if I woould ever break through that wieght. <em>198</em> So I am marching on!! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:26:12 EST HISTORY MADE POST TURKEY DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552714 WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND MY WEIGHT IS DOWN 2 LBS, NEVER IN MY POST HOLIDAY HISTORY HAVE I EVER,EVER,EVER LOST WEIGHT DURING A HOLIDAY. I'M FEELING SO HAPPY!!! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:39:03 EST Body fat reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545088 Down from 43% body fat to 37%. Still a long way to go but i've come a long way!! So its a good day. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:28:45 EST ;) down 5 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479000 I know it's not a lot but I've been at a stand still for a while. I walk daily, I kinda thought I was watching what I ate. So it was discouraging. But the thing is, I was not really conscious of what I was eating and not pushing myself by only walking casually. For the past few weeks I've been eating the same foods but I pay attention and I stop when i'm full. And when I go out for my walk, I pay attention but use just the opposite strategy. I don't stop when I feel just a little tired, I pic... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:39:55 EST results of my avoiding tempation challege http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273966 I usually pick up a piece of cake from from the cafeteria @ work daily, but I resisted 6 of 7 days 1200 calories saved <BR> I also usually have a candy bar(hersheys with almond) daily in the evening but I had only one on saturday 1260 calories saved <BR> I only actually craved fast food twice this week , I resisted once which would have been a burger and fries 700 calories saved <BR> For a total of 3160 calories that almost equals a pound I would have to burn off If I had given in. <BR> So n... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:00:17 EST Temptation all around us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268219 So last night I was driving home on a well traveled street with a fast food resturant on every block. I hadn't eaten since lunch and it was now 8pm. Everything looked and sounded good. As I passed taco bell, I thought man I could go for a mexican pizza, passing mc donald's I thought about their fries hot and salty, then dunkin donuts mmm, the list goes on. But I also kept playing in my mind all the lessons, tips, and motivational videos I've been reviewing on my weight loss journey. The impo... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:58:34 EST my personal challenge: putting words and thoughts into action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262613 As I sit here (eating Santitios chips) I'm thinking about refraining from junk food for one week. No chips, cake, cookies, candy or fast food. Every time I think I want to indulge but I am able to refrain I am going to jot down how many calories I would have consumed and tally it up next Sunday. Hopefully If I can maintain my willpower, I'll gain a better perspective on my mindless snacking. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:23:11 EST learning to swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231924 Well today I will complete my beginner's swim class YAY!! 6 lessons and i'm much more confident in the water. I'm going to continue with another session to build my stamina and looking forward to swimming with the grandchildren, nieces and nephews this summer. The important thing is I met one of my goals for 2013 in the first month <em>41</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:30:37 EST Shape magazine Diva Dash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229140 Well this month i'm gonna just focus on building up enough stamina and strength to finish. And have some fun!! It will be my first obstacle course so wish me luck <em>104</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:59:22 EST Upcoming 5K New year's day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181473 I have to start the year off on the right track <em>30</em> . Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:10:18 EST 5K TODAY!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070197 And I had the strength to pass up all the carb rich pastries and muffins offered at the end of the race <em>334</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:29:34 EST a few inches!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042614 For the past few weeks I had been hearing a lot of "you look like you've lost more weight" I felt a little uncomfortable accepting a compliment I didn't feel I deserved. I know its kind like when people say "how ya doing?" No real response other than "oh, i'm good" is expected. But in my mind and sometimes out loud I would say no, the scales the same, I've been exercising but I haven't lost any. And then I'd feel a little disappointed. But today I took my measurements and compared then to th... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:58:19 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020495 I'll be working alot this weekend, I'm trying to think of creative discreet exercises I can sneak in throughout the day since I can't go to the gym or do my regular walk. <BR> 1) push ups off the wall in the bathroom <BR> 2) 10 minute walk around the parking lot <BR> 3) squats <BR> 4) seated abdominal crunches <BR> any more ideas??? <BR> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:34:16 EST day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015819 Well I cut the grass, I walked the dog and I treated myself to a small piece of cheesecake. I didn't step on the scale today. I didn't want a number on a scale to affect my mood. Which If I had to put a number on my mood today it would only be about a 5. But tomorrow is defiantly a new day. And it is coming. Goodnight Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:12:30 EST day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014359 So today my adherence to my diet has been excellent. I almost bought a candy bar after lunch, but lucky me, a meeting was taking place in the room where the vending machines are located. So I had to wait. After a hour of waiting,my craving went away <em>30</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 22:49:15 EST Miami Beach August 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012836 I am going to blog every day until I hit the beach August 24th. Today is day 2 of 14. I would like to lose 10 lbs. I know that's quite a push but its more important for me to have a specific goal. I did well with both diet and exercise so far. Yesterday I purchased a new bathing suit. Of course I critiqued all my body flaws. But I still love the suit, and remarkably I don't think I look too bad in it. I'm gonna be optimistic. Either way I'm looking forward to the trip, and having lots of fu... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:47:53 EST 5K TODAY!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001027 Today was my 3rd 5K, the first one I walked, the second I walked faster, today I jogged more than 50% <em>30</em> of the course. I have to thank my daughter for reminding me along the way that I could do more than I thought, mind over matter, and my dog Coltrain for insisting on his daily walks Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:54:50 EST payday and hershey's chocolate bar with almonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998717 I ate not one but two candy bars today. I feel bad because I have been so good with my diet and exercise this week. I guess I felt a need to reward myself, I just have to remember to tel myself not yet, the time for celebrating is coming. But not yet!! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:22:13 EST Motivation and Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954260 Just want to thank all the bloggers on this site for all the inspiration big and small. Long or short . I always seem to find something to keep me going, something I can relate to , an answer to a question or just a little more insight. Yesterday I read about someone being happy over being able to see her pelvic bones again. I'm living for the day I can rejoice by seeing mine. This site is great. And so are all the warriors in this weight loss battle. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 22:21:21 EST every day's a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951508 Any day's a good day to make a plan, start over, renew a commitment to a goal. Today's the day, and its a good day. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:01:53 EST my challenge this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921242 I know that I should not get discouraged when I have a bad diet day, or fall off the exercise plan for a day or 2. And I don't beat myself up if there is no consequence, I just get back on the wagon. But when I have a consequence such as the scale tells me i've gained 4 lbs, then all hell breaks loose!!! <em>234</em> Well the scale is up!!! <BR> So no excuse of any kind this week, this week my challenge will be to strictly adhere to my plan. Let's see if the scale is kinder to me in 7 days... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:46:03 EST Good day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886407 I had a great workout today. I know need to conquer my addiction to cigarettes. Its holding me back . At least I know i'm on the right track because I prefer a good workout to smoking any day. Thu, 17 May 2012 21:56:07 EST stronger and stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849167 I'm going farther and farther every day and it feels great. This blog was written under the influence of an exercise "high" <em>30</em> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:46:52 EST the wedding diet??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839058 So i've heard a lot over the last few day about a new "craze" called the wedding diet in which brides are opting to be fed though a naso-gastric tube 800calories per day. The results being a quick weight loss for their special event. Being a nurse, I feel that while fairly safe this does carry risks. The most dangerous being to the potential for aspiration. Which can be life threatening. I can understand wanting to have quick results (although we all know that its more difficult to maintain) ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:03:38 EST 2lbs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827873 small steps but finally the scale decided to budge, i'm happy but not jumping up and down. maybe i should , LOL Mon, 9 Apr 2012 22:32:45 EST it hard to stick to dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817586 especially when hosting guests. you can't prepare food for them and then not eat it with them, and you can't really really serve "diet food" to your guests when they are not dieting. I'm back on track after a two day binge. :) i have to admit it was fun :) This is one of the real life problems that crop up. But I jogged today, did some ab excersises. And I have learned to say no thanks to the many treats and offers to go out for lunch that crop up daily at work. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:45:35 EST MY MONTH END GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813343 TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. I DID NOT REACH MY GOAL SET FOR TODAY, I'M 7 LBS AWAY <em>46</em> WHICH MEANS I WILL HAVE TO WORK HARDER. MY GOAL IS TO LOSE 10LBS A MONTH. SINCE I HAVE 2 MORE MONTHS TO GO I WILL HAVE TO ADD IN ANOTHER 3.5LB WEIGHT LOSS PER MONTH. I THINK I CAN DO IT <em>101</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:01:23 EST i haven't formally worked out in 2 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800459 but i worked out plenty in the yard. it looks great and i'm still not done. but my flowers are blooming and i can see my hostas staring to break through. i have to look up how many calories i burn doing yard work. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:43:41 EST informal excersise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796396 mowed the lawn,fertilized and edged the driveway. bathed and walked the dog. worked up a definate sweat. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:52:45 EST "i've gone crazy!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791105 pizza for lunch, cheesecake for dessert!!! Back on track tomorrow. My only plus for today is that I ran around the block with my dog. I hope that helped counter act whatever damage my diet did LOL Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:49:09 EST daily blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786163 Feeling good today, how many of you have gotten that exercise high? I reached that point today after my walk/jog. I mostly jogged!!! Wanted to keep going but it started to sprinkle and I didn't want to get caught in a downpour. I made it home just in time. I overshot my calorie intake by about 500 calories, but I don't care. I still feel great!! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:58:41 EST beach time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784626 forgot to mention, i booked a hotel for a weekend on the beach may 2012!!! Oh the pressure :-) starting an eight week countdown. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:30:50 EST good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784266 well i have been working up to running, i'm still doing a walk/run but on saturday, as well as today i was able to jog 65% of my time <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:49:59 EST fail :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782815 <em>39</em> my liquid diet lasted until 4pm on day 1. But I will try again. I did however stay under 1300 calories per day this weekend, and maybe I can get thru the 12th with liquids. <em>91</em> <em>39</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 23:04:18 EST liquid diet weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779656 march 10-12 i am going to do a liquid diet this weekend. it will be a true test of willpower. i prepared today, protein shakes, fruit and veggie drinks and plenty of water. Fri, 9 Mar 2012 18:49:19 EST Off track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776485 Well I had to make an unexpected trip out of town. A sad occasion, and as you know a lot of comfort food was around. So for three days no tracking what I ate, no exercise and no scale. I feared the worse upon my return home. But luckily no weight gain. In the past I would have said oh well I blew it and gave up. Yes sadly in the past after even one slip I would throw in the towel. But lesson learned today, if you fall off the wagon, you can get back on. I'm stronger, more willpower and deter... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:27:22 EST march 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763980 my goal for march is to lose a minimum of 15 lbs. which means i need to lose approximately 0.48 lbs per day in order to meet this goal. can it be done? we'll see. update weekly. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:14:34 EST stand still already??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762131 So I had hoped to be down at least 2 lbs this week. No change. But I have remained conscious of what i'm eating and working out daily. So i'll wait until next week to weigh again. It will be hard not to step on that scale. But weighing daily affects my mood and adds to my dietary stress <em>28</em> I'm going to focus instead on going to the beach in May, and what color bathing suit i'm going to wear. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:16:39 EST 2nd round @ work biggest loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752208 we had a biggest loser contest recently on the job which ran for 4 months, at the end of which I found i had lost a total of 3 lbs. I came no where close to winning but I decided to change up a bit and did 2 weeks of a high protein, low carb diet. In just 2 weeks I lost 4lbs. More than I had in 4 months!!! <BR> In addition I walk my dog daily, sometimes I will jog for short intervals, but I'm trying to build up my stamina. i know it will help if I quit smoking <em>24</em> But one beast a... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:55:03 EST