ABERNASHY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ABERNASHY ABERNASHY'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/ woes of Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069889 There's nothing like traveling to mess up your goals. <BR> <BR> Spending 12 hours in the car? Probably not going to get 45 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> Spending 12 hours in the car? And drinking 8 glasses of water? Are you crazy? Sure, I have a "Freshette"... so I can pee on the side of the road when there is no town for miles, but stopping every 30 minutes to pee? My husband is nice, but come on! <BR> <BR> Packing food is easy enough, but if anyone has any ideas to share on how they ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:42:32 EST Sponsor Me Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064304 As someone who recently had to use "money saved from not eating crap can go to help those in need" as a motivation to give up sugar for 30 days, I found this website fairly interesting: http://www.sponsormeslim.com/about-us/ <BR> <BR> The basic concept is that those who want to loose weight get sponsors (like in a charity run) and for every pound they loose, sponsors donate $ to the cause, which goes to feed starving people. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to participate because (1) I don't want... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 02:14:01 EST On not eating after 8. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058525 The group challenge I am doing has points for not eating after 8pm. I've heard theories like this, not sure how sound the science is behind it, and never would have done it on my own, but I can get competitive if I want to... and I wanted to. <BR> <BR> It was really hard at first.. I wouldn't be surprised if I do half of my eating after 8pm. I'm really not much of a morning eater, and If I get my mind distracted doing other things (cleaning, working, exercising) I just don't think to eat. I... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 02:46:47 EST Water torture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047218 Well, it is day 3 of this group challenge, and a few good things have come of it. For one, I've had 8 glasses of water 2 days in a row—something I've only done maybe 2 times before, and certainly not 2 days in a row. <BR> <BR> It's become very clear to me that this is not much of a challenge for most people in my group. They simply go "Uh-oh, I still have 4 glasses of water left to drink today" and then they pound it all down in 2 minutes. <BR> <BR> My husband is also like this. I've wat... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:18:08 EST The pro's and con's of a group challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044756 Well, After my 30 days of no sugar were up, my 1 day of sugar turned to 2 days of sugar. Then, No sugar for 3 days. Then, Monday, knowing that the 8 week challenge group I joined was starting on Tuesday, I used that as an excuse, and ate sugar again. <BR> <BR> Today, in line with the 8 week challenge, I went off sugar again, and I'm a little sad. Day 1 of no sugar, but it COULD HAVE BEEN day 5.... but I let an arbitrary goal of a group give me an excuse to put off being fully disciplined, ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:35:28 EST If Sugar were my husband, I'd have Battered Wife Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038912 I made it my 30 days. Took a day off. By the end of the day I ate more sugar than I should have.. too many things to have pieces of before my time was up. Didn't eat a whole box/or Carton though. Ended up 2 days off. <BR> <BR> I've decided can't flirt with sugar two long, 'cause then it get's hard to walk away from again. I guess sugar is like Battered Wife Syndrome. You know it's no good for you, but you keep coming back to it, because you think on the Good Times. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:57:44 EST Remember when sugar was good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036327 A few days before my 30 days of no sugar where up, I stocked up on some of my favorites. Though I put them out of site, I didn't hide them away. They were there, I knew they were there, and I didn't cheat. <BR> <BR> What happened to me. <BR> <BR> Today is day 31, so I started the day with an 8 oz glass of Kolona Super Natural chocolate milk. I'd only discovered it briefly before I went off sugar, and I was certain that it was the best chocolate milk I had ever had. Around day 15, I thought... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:32:52 EST 30 Days No Sugar and The Power of the Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035135 I was looking at my goals a while ago, and i saw it. 35 days. 35 days in a row of little bubbles filled in. I had achieved one of my spiritual daily goals 35 days in a row. <BR> <BR> And it was exciting. <BR> It was empowering. <BR> It was addicting. <BR> I couldn't stand the thought of breaking that streak. <BR> That beautiful streak <BR> So I didn't. Today marks day 65 of that spiritual goal. <BR> <BR> It was time, I realized. Time to begin round 3 of NO SUGAR—time to see if that same... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:54:16 EST My Sugar Abstinence so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585876 Now, It's only been a week and a half, but I've cheated twice. Still an improvement, but it's taught me this: <BR> <BR> 1. If I eat out or if the well intentioned Mr. B microwaves me a burrito, I have a harder time seeing the point of abstaining from sugar. I feel like there was probably already sugar in my pasta sauce, and who knows what kinda chemicals in the burrito, so if I'm not eating healthy then what is the point? <BR> <BR> 2. It really does help for others to know what you are t... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:04:06 EST A is for Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585863 Just before halloween I decided that the time has come for me to give up sugar. <BR> <BR> While charting my daily goals on paper, I noticed I hadn't gone a single day without sugar. yikes. But I couldn't bring my self to give it up on the spot, but knew if I didn't commit to doing it, it would never happen. So I did something I never did before. <BR> <BR> I picked a date. No Sugar starts November 5th. <BR> <BR> I hate that mentality... I'm starting my diet on such a such date. I alway... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:43:47 EST Tracking on Paper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495122 For me, tracking my goals online have been a joke. There are too many things to track, and I haven't always felt that the locations of the various trackers are intuitive. I'm sure with daily tracking, I'd get used to it, but that in and of itself is a problem. <BR> <BR> One of the great things about this site is that it has so much going on. You not only track your food and exercise, but read success stories, find health articles, post in forums, etc.. It is designed so that you become mor... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:14:51 EST slacking, but progressing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334412 I need to do stuff each day in order of my priorities. The most important stuff always gets pushed to the back. Exercise never seams to make the cut... at least not more than walking my dog for 10 min here or there. I've been bad about logging food, but at least I am snacking less. I don't eat as large of meals, so, in general, I think I'm making improvement. I've gotten worse at the homemade meals though... I got to work on that. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 03:15:54 EST Things I've noticed in my first weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306138 1. I definitely get to bed earlier when I follow my no electronics after midnight rule <BR> <BR> 2. I do better snacking all day than I do eating large meals... because I want to snack in between meals anyway. <BR> <BR> 3. I can't let my self say " Ug, I'm already over calories, I might as well not log anything for the rest of the day because I won't try staying in my range and there is no more motivation to hold back on calories" because if I stop logging, I get too lazy to log the next d... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 02:40:33 EST When Summer Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300889 The last few months I've been embracing the advantages of the weather and my location... I've been hiking 5 min away on long possibly never ending trails, I've been mountain biking (albeit quite pathetically), I've biked to the grocery a few times, and I've swam laps for an hour. <BR> <BR> The outdoors really make a difference for me; I feel more whole when I connect with nature like this. It's an added bonus that I get fitness in ways I actually enjoy. <BR> <BR> This weekend my husband put... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:32:20 EST