ADLINS's SparkPeople Blog ADLINS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week One - done So, I've completed week one of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I had a couple of instances where I wanted "something" but I think for me it's emotional and stress related. As you probably know, I started a new job in July. Apparently, I'm terrible at picking jobs and am not sure of the security of this particular job in the long run. I knew they were going through a "reimagining" of the organization, but what's going on is more than what they led me to believe. I was incredibly isolated ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:46:00 EST Happy Wednesday... Last night was a bust for working out, but a success for the Taming my sweet tooth challenge. I walked by the candy bowl at work and while I had a teeny thought about it, I didn't get any. Then a quick trip to Target after voting where I saw Dark Chocolate Kit Kats. Can I say that I seriously heart Dark Chocolate Kit Kat. I got one, but have not eaten it. It will be put away until such a time that I can enjoy it without it setting off a chain reaction of eating chocolate candy. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:49:48 EST Taming my sweet tooth... Yes, I'm still here. The move has been good and bad, but I'm trying to just sally forth and make it work. Maybe there's a blog entry in there somewhere. <BR> <BR> The move has left me eating more sugar again, which isn't good for me. So, I've joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. And, I decided to take on the blog about your progress three times per week (or journal). I also picked a trigger food to eliminate seven days a week. The trigger food -- candy. Geez, I can't do just one. Odd... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 17:50:20 EST Working on a game plan... I need a game plan. Right now, it's in my head, but I'm thinking maybe I need to write it down somewhere... maybe even on paper. We like to do things online, but sometimes, maybe paper is better. <BR> <BR> I've been in the apartment a little over a month. I'm still unpacking. It seems never ending. I finally was able to pass my unpacked boxes on to someone else, so hopefully, that'll give me a little extra space to work with. I don't think there is really that much left, it's just in a smal... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 22:27:23 EST Discombobulated... That's the best word for now. I've got another week before the movers come, but the house is 75% packed. There is just still a bunch of clutter. And, I've got to get it de-cluttered so the realtor can make it presentable and hopefully start showing it. They don't do a sign until they stage and take pictures, which is good, except I'd rather not lose the time for showings. She is still hopeful, so I'm banking on the fact that they can tell me what to do and I can get it presentable enough for ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:11:01 EST Craziness ensues... Well, it's been awhile. I have one session left with the personal trainer. I don't think I lost weight since embarking on this, but I have gained mobility and then the Saturday classes helped me get back some flexibility. Maybe the weights as well. At any rate, I've just got the one session left, but that's good. Cause in a few weeks, I'll be moving. Again. <BR> <BR> And, I'm not sure where. The house hunting trip I just took was a bust. My house hunting helper bailed at the last minute (d... Sun, 29 May 2016 17:11:27 EST Post Challenge - Keeping on Thanks for the comments last week. I am excited about the new job and the new city and even a new place to live. I love my house, but I'm very much looking forward to downsizing and condo living. I think sometimes we think what we think we're supposed to think and that is sometimes influenced by how we grew up and family. Why this philosophical bent? It has to do with the downsizing. I have owned three homes now and in between owning those homes, I've lived in smaller townhomes, condos, and a... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:05:02 EST Challenge - Complete I can't believe it's been a month since my last blog post. The Challenge officially ended a couple of weeks ago, but somehow, I had sessions left over. My last session will be this Tuesday. So, I need to figure out what I'm going to do next. I don't want to stop and it's been super good for me, but it's expensive. <BR> <BR> Overall, according to measurements, I lost a couple of inches and very little weight. I'm disappointed with those, but still feel very good because my clothes fit bette... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:28:24 EST Challenge - Week 11 I can't believe there is just one more week to the challenge! Because I get two days off for Spring Break, I was able to do an extra workout this week. The trainer couldn't make our regular Tuesday, so I wound up going Wednesday night and Thursday and Friday mornings. Whew! Next week will be just one with the trainer (trainer is taking a well deserved vacation), but we'll map out a workout for me to do solo -- my first foray to a solo workout. Even better, we get a half day off this Frid... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:52:59 EST Challenge - Week 10 Well, this was the supposed to be the first week of pairing down to two days with the trainer. Thanks to allergies, which I'm blaming on the weather, by the time the end of the week rolled around, I was a zombie. Which means, only one weight session this week. I was bummed, but figured if I couldn't think straight, I wouldn't get much out of the workout. But, the one session was good. The trainer challenges me and I do exercises I would probably never try on my own. This week's new exer... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:57:07 EST Challenge - Week 9 I can't believe Week 9 has ended. Among the exercises we did this week, we did the kettlebell one that killed my hamstrings the last time. In fact, they were still feeling the effects. Fortunately, it seemed to helped. They are not tight again. So, good. I also got my form right pretty much for each set. My trainer must think I'm a hoot at times, because I really have to do some of the exercises a couple of times before I get them right. <BR> <BR> We continued with the barbell - in ... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:27:55 EST Challenge - Week 8 I can't believe I'm over half done with the challenge. Just four more weeks! This coming week is my last week of three sessions with the trainer. After that, it will go to two. This is one of the best things I've done, but for budget reasons, I need to start reducing. I do plan on keeping sessions with the trainer when I'm done, but I also need to get in a routine of working out without a trainer. I don't know if there is weight loss, but my clothes are starting to fit looser. So, I'm ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:17:15 EST Challenge - Weeks 6 & 7 I missed last week! But, not because I stopped working out. I took a short trip out of town and had a boat load of stuff to do before I left. So, I'm combing the two weeks. I'm starting to see results. I'm not sure I've lost weight, but two people told me last week that it looked like I had lost weight. I do think I'm tightening up. On my trip, I did a presentation and the slacks I'd bought just two weeks prior seemed too big. Good and bad. I like those slacks and while I'd hoped the... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:49:06 EST Challenge - Week 5 It's hard for me to believe that I'm now five weeks into the challenge. I graduated this week from flexibility to endurance. Holy moly. Good, though. Tuesday was the first day and through the various exercises I wound up doing over 100 squats. Lunges were also included as was core work. Plus, what I call cardio. One in particular used the TRX bands and involved jumps. Kinda cool. Basically, I'm now building up. I was pleased to notice that I needed less assistance on the assisted pu... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:19:25 EST Challenge - Week 4 So, this week it seems like I'm really moving forward. We've moved from a good portion of the hour being stretching to incorporating more strength training. And, my arms can feel it. Actually, many parts of me can tell. <BR> <BR> I still stretch first thing, which has made me hyper aware of when I leave. I work at a university and if I leave too late, well I short-change myself in the workout. So, Thursday and Friday, I left 15 minutes earlier and it made a huge difference. I can str... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:06:47 EST Challenge - Week 3 This week I met with the trainer two times instead of three as he had a wedding to attend. Worked out okay as I like to run mall errands on Friday night. I thought I had errands, but wound up getting nothing. Good for the wallet. <BR> <BR> I did get up and go to the Vinyasa Yoga class on Saturday morning though and it did energize me for the day. It's at 10:15 am and allows me to have a little "morning" time, plus eat a light something before the class and still have the afternoon. <BR... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:27:26 EST Challenge - Week 2 I've completed Week 2 and am so glad I gave this a go. The trainer I wound up with is a good guy. What impresses me is that he doesn't "go easy." No light weights here - at least they aren't light to me. He doesn't assume I can't, but rather that I can. So, we did squats again -- and I'm better. I can get down lower and I did them with an 18 lb kettle ball. Six sets of 10 reps. Whew! He added in some shoulder stretches with the band, which are awesome and showed me some other stretche... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:59:25 EST Challenge - Week 1 The challenge started this week. Only two days, rather than three due to the start date, but it will go to three this coming week. <BR> <BR> The first day was evaluating my range of motion, via my form in squats, and learning stretches to work out the tight places. Basically, I'm tight all over, but especially in my calves. This was my first experience with a foam roller and I like it. There were other stretches involved, while checking to see the impact they had on my squat. Some of ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:23:16 EST It's a New Year and a Challenge.... This past year for me has been good and a little frustrating. I've been in my new locale for about a year and a half now. The job is okay, but nothing that will allow me to grow, so I'll have to make a decision about that. I'm enjoying being in a house again, but after almost five years of an apartment or a condo, I find I miss the community a bit, though I have great neighbors. I stalled on the house organizing after I started the new job and have made little to no progress, but am ready... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:06:57 EST Circles... I'm still here. Just struggling a bit. This move has been tougher than I thought and the proof is in the weight gain. It could have been worse, but it's still a little defeating to realize that what one maintains for several years is gone in several months. Sigh. To make it a little worse, I keep gaining and losing what seems like the same two pounds. It's a circle... lose it, gain it, lose it, gain it. Overall, I'm down about 2 pounds. Not much, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> When I ... Sun, 3 May 2015 17:00:38 EST Questions - response Another SP'er posted these questions a little while ago and I thought I'd take up the challenge. So, here goes. <BR> <BR> Do you like dogs or cats? <BR> I like both, but have a cat. I love on other people's dogs whenever the opportunity presents itself and miss walking a friends dog, but we now live several states apart. My cat is my first and we'll soon celebrate 15 years together. <BR> <BR> Do you read mysteries or romance? <BR> Mostly mysteries, but some Chick Lit, which can be c... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 20:55:00 EST It's a new year! I'm back! Well, I've been here, but doing one day at at a time. I'm trying to start the new year off right - tracking food, exercising, and hopefully eating better. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is more fruit. Last week was a success - right at three fruits a day. I forget how much I like fruit because I just don't eat it. I know that sounds weird, but there it is. Now, I'm taking it to work and that what's available. Turns out making it easier is a good trick. One of my favorites is fre... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:07:20 EST It's been a while... Yes, I'm still here, though my Sparking has been erratic at best. I can't believe it's been over a year since I blogged. A lot has changed. <BR> <BR> I made peace with my Georgia town and work did get better. I hired some great people, some also turned out to be friends. That's good. However, interview after interview for a manager failed (not by those of us in the department, but by higher ups). I still have no idea what they were looking for or if they even know what they were lookin... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:59:12 EST Getting back to cooking... It's been ages since I checked in. Things are going well. I'm trying to get more time in the evening, which means my computer time in general in curtailed. In fact, I consider it a victory of sorts when I don't fire up the computer in the evening. I'm still trying to get my exercise groove back -- I have good weeks and bad weeks. I recently failed a "stress test" of sorts at my doctor's office and I didn't realize I was stressed. That's given me a little more motivation for at least a 30... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:10:50 EST Ooops... Well, it's not like I didn't see this coming, but seeing it on the scale is a little depressing. Yes, I've gained weight. Since November, when I'd gained a bit. It could be worse, but I know I'm on a path to just keep gaining weight and well, after successfully keeping 25 pounds off for almost 3 years, I'm not willing to just slide back to where I was. <BR> <BR> It's almost like starting over, but I'm going to have to use all the Spark tools I can. I know part of this is that the for t... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:43:10 EST Laid low... I know I've kind of dropped off the radar, but hopefully I'll be back soon. <BR> <BR> The move went well, but was harder than I thought it would be. While I love the peace of this place, the limited closets and storage have proved to be challenging. Adding to all of this, I'm not quite done. Super positive though is Kitty has done no hiding whatsoever in this new place. <BR> <BR> The day my Mom left, I worked a full day (on a Sunday) and then took that Monday off. Well, that Sunday ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:05:32 EST Moving... I have been sporadic here on SP lately and I miss it. I have a good reason though -- next Sunday I'm moving. About six miles up the road. Still that entails packing, which is just something I hate to do. Almost with a passion. It's weird. One can be totally psyched about a new place, but still the thought of what is involved in getting there is a little daunting. This weekend, I'm starting the packing process, but expect that I'll be pushing it up till the last minute. The saving grace... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:32:42 EST Year in Review... 2012 Tomorrow we'll welcome 2013. This has made me a bit reflective. It's been quite a year for me, both good and bad. <BR> <BR> The good -- I accepted what has turned out to be a good job opportunity. I attended not one, but two, very good professional conferences, one in Austin, one in Anaheim (which made me a bit nostalgic for the days I lived in central CA). I got to make one more trip make to tiny town in Illinois, and stay one last time in my father's childhood home, before we sold it. ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:57:36 EST Figuring things out... It's been a while and Thanksgiving is almost here. I've decided not to move. A variety of reasons, but I just didn't want to give up the open floor plan as it's just me, I didn't want to take trash to a dumpster at the end of the street, and I wasn't sure what to do with no outside storage. There was another one that had all of those things, but in the end I just couldn't gear up to move again. I also did the math and in the end, with the purchase of a fridge and moving, I would actually n... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:03:08 EST Decisions... It seems hard to believe, but I've been at my new job for six months. For the most part, it's going okay. I'm finding that I enjoy the management aspect, though it does have it's downside. But, that's part of working and life. <BR> <BR> The decision though has to do with my apartment. There are things that I like and things that I don't. For the most part, the space is okay. I'm very used to living in a smaller space and kind of like it. However, I'm not liking the carpet or the split... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:58:01 EST My baking drought is over... I haven't baked since I moved back in April. Which is sad, because not only do I enjoy the results of my labor, I enjoy the process of baking as well. However, it's always hard to get used to a new kitchen and new appliances and really get a cooking/baking groove in any new place. My Mom figures it's because in the beginning, it's not "my" kitchen. <BR> <BR> But, things happen and in my case I baked out of a little bit of desperation. I'm having a lot of stomach problems as well as a r... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:48:21 EST Recharging the batteries... <img src=""> I got back on Sunday from my last trip to tiny village in Southern IL. I added a day to the trip (using all but one of my vacation days), but it was worth it. <BR> <BR> The picture here is an interesting tree as viewed from the porch of the house I stayed at -- the house where my Dad was born and raised. We figure it's been in the family for about 90 years. And, as of next Tuesday, if all goes as planned, it will no lo... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:14:58 EST Try a new recipe challenge - Couscous & veggie saute So, I'm finally trying to get back in cooking mode and started out with what turns out to be a tasty and easy recipe to do -- Couscous and Summer Veggie Saute from the My Recipes website, <link><BR>mmer-vegetable-saut-10000001087044/ </link> (found via Pinterest). <BR> <BR> I'll admit, my past experience with couscous is from a box. This was better. I've also not done a lot with zucchini, but found the shredding part easy and I do like it in the cousc... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:48:23 EST On a positive note... <img src=""> <BR> I hope my US friends are enjoying the 4th of July. Again, I want to thank everyone for all of their kind words and support. It got to me thinking that it can't all be negative... and it's not. I'm enjoying having my own washer and dryer. I'm liking that my laundry hamper is in my bathroom (1st time ever). I'm liking the extra drawer space in the kitchen. I have a lovely balcony with a tree right outside. So far, t... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:19:23 EST Muddling through.... First, thanks to everyone for their kind words of support. <BR> <BR> Well, it's been a little over a month with the new job. The more I learn about this organization as a whole, the more I know this is not an organization I want to work for long term. So, I'm coming up with a game plan and hope to be outta here after a year or so. Until then, I still don't really care for the city, but I can manage until I can come up with a better place to live. For me, anyway. The city itself isn't ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 21:24:44 EST A short rant & update on my car... Today was a fairly good day. I was able to successfully test drive where I'm going on Monday. I did learn today after looking at the new employer's portal that they do not give Memorial Day as a holiday. This bugs me on so many levels. I had asked about holidays when I interviewed and was told they gave "Federal" holidays. Memorial Day honors our veterans and to not acknowledge that holiday, well, let's just say several years ago it was one of the reasons I didn't accept a position that ... Sat, 5 May 2012 19:39:55 EST So, the Move.... It has been almost two weeks now since I moved to my new city in Georgia. It has not been an easy move. Big lesson learned - House Hunt! If I had, I probably wouldn't have moved. <BR> <BR> I moved into my apartment a week ago this past Friday. It wasn't easy to find an apartment with a days notice and this one does not feel like my home. I have never felt this disconnected with any place that I have lived in. It's a nice apartment yet I simply don't like it. I don't really "match" my... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:19:06 EST Craziness... Well, it's almost "M" day. The movers come Monday to pack and I wouldn't be surprised if some or all of the loading was also done. <BR> <BR> I've spent the past week clearing out stuff and freecyling a lot. My last day at work was literally the last day of the week. The conference in Austin was a ton of fun (with many vegetarian restaurants and just plain good food). However, I flew through Dallas and got a "bonus" day in Austin due to the tornados that hit there. I was all in a tizzy... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:06:52 EST Looks like I'm moving... It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but the end result was that last Tuesday I was officially offered the job and I officially accepted it on Wednesday. So, I'm moving to Georgia! A return to the South. The offer came in a little higher than I expected and it also includes relocation, which I hadn't dared to even consider. My past couple of job moves have been at my expense. Naturally, there's an agreement to sign, but I'm cool with that cause it will make moving so much easier. <BR> <... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 18:38:08 EST The interview... The flights were good. I actually enjoy flying at night as I like seeing the cities all lit up, it's just not ideal when one is interviewing the next day. However, they were on time and on the way there, the added blessing was that I did not have to change terminals in Atlanta (I hate those escalators). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to sleep on any of the flights, which I normally can do, so I didn't get any extra sleep while in the air. <BR> <BR> The "hotel" was actually more like a B&B ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:00:15 EST Surprised & a little frustrated... Nothing to do with weight loss, though it is something that's just driving me to distraction. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago I was approached by a recruiter for a job that I thought maybe I didn't quite meet what they were looking for as it is a management position. I talked to her anyway and was intrigued. From there we went to application to phone interview to Skype interview to an invitation to interview in person. This was last Friday. <BR> <BR> The job is in a different city (s... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:12:26 EST Baking just makes everything better... So, I participate in a challenge to try 3 new recipes per month. My first one for this month was banana bread! Yum. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I ran across the Whole Wheat & Millet Banana Bread recipe, <link><BR>and-millet-banana-bread/ </link> on Joy the Baker's blog, <link> </link> , and knew I had to try it. Maybe it was the pictures or that it used millet seed or maybe it was the fact that it makes two loaves (I'm good at... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:55:39 EST Past & Present... Happy New Year everyone! I sorta started the New Year with a walk down memory lane. I've been meaning for a while now to stop by the Goodwill store and pick up a few extra teaspoons, for scooping wet cat food, and a few extra forks, for taking to work since I take my lunch pretty much every day. I've also realized that with cooking more, one uses more utensils. As a single woman, I don't run the dishwasher every day, so I figured some extras would be useful. <BR> <BR> I mentioned this to my... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:58:03 EST Post surgery and the Holidays Tomorrow marks five weeks since my surgery. I am finally almost back to my old self. The biopsy (gallbladder surgery) came back chronic inflammation. So, while I doubt I'll ever be 100% sure about the surgery, with that and the fact that a lot of my problems are gone, I'm going with it was the right thing to do. <BR> <BR> I talked with a lot of people who had this surgery. Some were fine after a few days and really didn't think much of it. One friend said minimum of two weeks. Others w... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:52:19 EST Soup I'm finally feeling almost like me again, after the surgery. I'm trying not to overdue, but a girl's gotta eat. I'd hoped to do this before the surgery, but now is just as good. Today, I made Split Pea-Sweet Potato Soup from a Whole Foods recipe, <link><BR>0 </link> . <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say, I was very pleased with the results. I did halve the recipe and I used veggie stock in place of half of the water. It's one tasty soup and I'll make it ag... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:56:53 EST Happy Thanksgiving! This was a particularly good day for me - it was my second outing since the surgery. I ventured out to a local restaurant with a friend for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm the kind of person that expects everything right away. Healing from the surgery has been a little slower than I wanted and quite frankly, I think my expectations were set a little too high by the Doctor in regards to recovery. However, today I'm doing much better. <BR> <BR> The restaurant this year was no buffet (last year's ... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 19:26:00 EST Gearing up for November... Well, I came really close to my 1000 exercise minutes for November but not quite. Not surprised as I had one or two bad days this past week, which meant light or no exercise. November will be worse. But, good. <BR> <BR> I'm headed to a conference on Tuesday that I'm looking forward to. It's a really good one, but works you from morning to night. I'm not big on doing dinners, so I think I can keep my food under control, especially with the gallbladder issues. That's Tuesday through Satu... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:39:05 EST A different approach... So, while I had grand ideas about doing Power 90 to it's completion it simply lacked variety, which is a killer for me. The really big positive was that it got me back to strength training, which I really enjoyed and am enjoying. So, the new program for me is ChaLean Extreme -- another 90 day Beachbody program. I started it a week ago Saturday and am enjoying it. This is a weight lifting program. She aims for fatigue at 10-12 reps, which means I'm lifting heavier weights than I thought I... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 19:15:38 EST Streaking... Spark style Well, this week has ended well... I'm down almost three pounds! I'm giving credit to the weight training, which I've been aiming to do at least twice a week. I'm still doing the Power 90 and like that the sculpt (strength) does upper and lower body at the same time, so that gives me an opportunity to mix in my Ellen Barrett dvds (pilates, some dance, some yoga, some calisthenics), yoga and other cardio, such as Walk Away the Pounds, into the mix. I've also got a couple of other strength vi... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:22:37 EST Crazy couple of weeks... Well, it's been crazy these past couple of weeks - earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my. The earthquake was just strange. I think I was more stressed by the really stressed kitty than I was the earthquake. Then spent the rest of the week gearing up for Hurricane Irene, which did let her presence be known starting about mid-day that Saturday till early Sunday afternoon. I lost power about 7:30 on Sunday morning. I was lucky as I got it back early evening. A friend wasn't so lucky. She didn... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:19:05 EST