ALLELUIA525's SparkPeople Blog ALLELUIA525's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community my wake-up call I knew I gained weight. <BR> <BR> I knew I was buying sizes I never wanted to see again. <BR> <BR> I knew I was breathing hard going up a flight of stairs or doing anything remotely strenuous. <BR> <BR> I knew I needed to get back on track. <BR> <BR> But I did nothing about it. <BR> <BR> That is, until I got my wake-up call on Sunday. <BR> <BR> It snowed on Saturday night -- the first good snowstorm of the season -- and my daughter wanted to go sledding with me. I couldn't say n... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:30:55 EST calorie cycle fail... Who am I kidding?!?! Not only did I fail to stay on the low end of my calorie range today, I ate two times more calories than suggested by SP. I also failed to stay at mid-range yesterday or the high end on Saturday. Holidays and birthdays are killers. <BR> <BR> In order to get back on the "cycling" track, I will stay at the low end of my calorie range tomorrow and Wednesday. Mon, 14 May 2012 22:54:50 EST changes...week 3, take 2 Week 2 is done with a 5 pound loss! <BR> SW - 221 <BR> CW - 210 <BR> GW - 145 <BR> <BR> I met all the goals for the week. Yesterday, I alluded to the fact that the set times for drinking water and going to bed were not working so well. I did meet those goals, but I think I totally missed the reason why I set those goals. The purpose of drinking my water before 10pm was to start drinking throughout the day, but it didn't work out that way...I just drank it all between 9 and 10pm most da... Sat, 12 May 2012 11:18:52 EST self-imposed goals I made it through yesterday...still on track with my goals. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm rushing to drink my water by 10 and to get to bed by 11. I'm not sure I like that feeling. I will have to reevaluate those goals for next week. I know they are just self-imposed goals and I don't need to be so strict (I should be able to allow myself to go to bed at 11:15 instead of 11:00), but I want to be able to say in all honesty that I met all my goals at the end of the week. Fri, 11 May 2012 09:16:22 EST so tired I've been going to bed earlier...I took a nap Monday and yesterday...yet, I still feel tired. I don't get it. Maybe it's the rain, maybe I'm hormonal...I have no idea. Despite my exhaustion, I exercised I'm still on track for meeting my goals for the week. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:08:21 EST how low can you go <em>244</em> I finished Tuesday at exactly 1200 calories, which makes 2 low days in a row! <BR> <BR> I am still on track to meet the adjusted goals for the week. I do have to remember to exercise today...usually, Wednesday is my day off (late night at work), but I already took the day off on Saturday. Wed, 9 May 2012 08:15:00 EST planning ahead I am on track to meet my goals for the week with the adjustments made to the calorie cycling. <BR> <BR> I am taking SHANNISHELL's advice to plan and track my food ahead of time. I currently have 15-115 calories left to stay on the low end of my calorie range. It's great to know I have a full day's worth of food tracked and I still have room for a snack or a small second helping. Tue, 8 May 2012 08:12:51 EST having to readjust I'm not sure why I am having such a hard time staying at the low end of my calorie range this time around. I did fine on Saturday, but I hit the high end Sunday. <BR> <BR> So I have to readjust the calorie cycle for this week: Sat - low, Sun - high, Mon - low, Tues - low, Wed - high, Thur - low, Fri - mid <BR> <BR> I have to readjust my eating and figure out how to stay on the low end of my calorie range more than one day in a row. Any ideas????? Mon, 7 May 2012 09:09:24 EST checking in I remembered a project I need to get done before Sunday 10pm on Saturday. Since I had put off exercising all day (which I usually do), I had to choose between the two. Unfortunately, the project took precedence over exercising. This means I will not be able to take a day off the rest of the week. So, I'm on track for meeting my goals for the week as long as I keep that in mind. <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 14:00:22 EST changes...week 2, take 2 Week 1 is done with a 6 pound loss! <BR> SW - 221 <BR> CW - 215 <BR> GW - 145 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I met 3 out of 5 goals. I wasn't able to officially measure some of the food I ate at work, but I did track it. I also ended up on the high end of my calorie range instead of the low range. <BR> <BR> This week's goals: <BR> * Calorie cycle: Sat - low, Sun - low, Mon - high, Tues - low, Wed - low, Thurs - mid, Fri - high <BR> * Track food intake daily...weigh and measure whenever possible.... Sat, 5 May 2012 10:05:22 EST 7, take 2 I was close enough to all 5 goals yesterday that made me feel really good about the day: <BR> * I exercised for 30 minutes. I started at 10:32pm which affected my last goal of getting to bed at 11:00pm, but I did it! <BR> * I tracked my food intake to the best of my ability. <BR> * My tracker says that I was at 1685 calories (135 over the high end of my calorie range and 35 over my goal for the day), but I usually overestimate when I can't weigh and measure accurately. So, I think I came in... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:09:55 EST 6, take 2 I met all 5 goals yesterday. I had a donut at staff meeting, so I had to rethink dinner to account for it and still stay on the low end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I really need to work on getting my water in throughout the day and not between 9pm and midnight. Yesterday, I drank 80 ounces of water between 9 and 10:30, then went to bed...which meant I was up multiple times going to the bathroom. Kind of defeats the purpose of going to bed early. <BR> <BR> So, here are my goals for to... Thu, 3 May 2012 08:15:17 EST 5, take 2 I met all 5 goals yesterday. I was hungry after dinner, but I chose not to eat anything. I decided it was okay to feel a little hunger. I realize that some of the hunger may have been my body "growling" for more sleep. <BR> <BR> Today is my day off from exercising, so I will add a new goal... The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will pack a lunch for work <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range again <BR... Wed, 2 May 2012 00:03:37 EST 4, take 2 I met 4 out of 5 goals again yesterday. I went over my calorie range by approximately 103 calories (I say approximately because the restaurant didn't have nutrition facts), but everything else was on target. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will pack a lunch for work <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range <BR> * I will drink 10 8-ounce glasses of water Tue, 1 May 2012 00:04:41 EST 3, take 2 I met 4 out of 5 goals yesterday. I did not stay on the low end of my calorie range, but I did stay within range. I was "stomach growling" hungry after 9pm and chose to have a banana and 1T of peanut butter. I am pretty pleased with the day overall. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will track my food intake <BR> * I will eat low cal for breakfast and lunch since we will be going out for dinner <BR> * I will stay within my ca... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:55:03 EST 2, take 2 I met my goals yesterday (despite some relational challenges that had me thinking about comforting myself with food)! <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes <BR> * I will make my food at home <BR> * I will weigh and measure and track my food intake <BR> * I will stay on the low end of my calorie range again <BR> * I will drink 10 8-ounce glasses of water Sun, 29 Apr 2012 06:57:39 EST 1, take 2 So, the changes I made during the last year and a half have been anything but healthy: <BR> * I stopped exercising <BR> * I started eating out...A LOT <BR> * I stopped tracking my food almost completely (and when I did I was always over my calorie range) <BR> <BR> As a result, I have regained 75 pounds. <BR> <BR> The changes I am going to make today: <BR> * I will exercise for 30 minutes (most likely in 2 15-minute increments) <BR> * I will make my food at home <BR> * I will weigh and measu... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 13:53:50 EST accountability ~ encouragement verses judgment In "Made to Crave", Lysa TerKeurst points out the benefits of accountability found in Ecclesiastes 4 ( <link><BR>=ecc%204:9-12&version=NIV1984 </link> ): <BR> <BR> 1. help to recover from failure (v. 10) <BR> 2. comfort and companionship in adverse conditions (v. 11) <BR> 3. help in defending against attacks (v. 12) <BR> <BR> As I worked through the next few questions in the study guide, I realized that I need encouragement from an accountability partn... Thu, 5 May 2011 20:28:09 EST "Made to Crave" I've started the Made to Crave small group study and reading the book by Lysa TerKeurst. So far it has been encouraging and convicting and I'm only on chapter 4 of the book. I have started a Made to Crave SparkTeam to discuss the concepts presented in the book and to find support and accountability as we learn to crave God, not food. <BR> <BR> Check out Made to Crave's website and get the book: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Then join the Made to Crave SparkTeam: <link>... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:05:03 EST 1,000 days I just realized today marks 1,000 days since I joined SP. <BR> <BR> Nothing profound to say...just wanted to mark the day! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 23:14:39 EST winded I had my NSWUC (Non-Scale Wake Up Call) today. When I went to volunteer at my daughter's school, I was winded walking up to her third floor classroom. I hated that feeling! I tried in December to get back on track with exercising, but it didn't "take". Now it has to! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:03:47 EST the fourteenth gift <em>248</em> 15+ minutes walking <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift today was adrenaline pumping...walking back to the car after a heart-stopping, nail-biting Patriots win! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 01:36:30 EST the thirteenth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes done! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The gift of the day was a step in the right fact, that was basically the gift of the week as I have been struggling with various physical setbacks all week. I didn't quite make the 90 minutes of fitness this week, but I worked out's a step in the right direction when compared to November's fitness (or lack thereof). Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:04:47 EST the twelfth gift <em>248</em> 15 minute workout done! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift of the day (Thursday) was received a little late (I am writing this at 1:15am after finishing my workout), but it was received nonetheless! It has been a very long day and it's time to give myself the gift of sleep now. Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:16:15 EST the eleventh gift <em>248</em> 25 minutes of fitness <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift I received tonight was "lost". I got lost in a show while working out and lost track of time...completing my 15 minutes + 10! Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:58:30 EST the tenth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes done - though I don't know if you can call it cardio as it was a slow-go tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The tenth gift I gave to myself was the ability to complete a workout even though I felt like I was slugging through mud. Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:46:56 EST the ninth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes finally done <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> I didn't learn anything from yesterday's gift. I procrastinated to the point where I wanted to go to bed so badly (knowing I have a very early morning and even longer day tomorrow), but I gave myself the gift of accomplishment tonight and completed a 15 minute workout anyway! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:00:56 EST the eighth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes done <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> Today's gift was a feeling of relief as I completed my workout *early* (or at least earlier than usual) and didn't put it off until the last possible minute. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:57:39 EST the seventh gift <em>248</em> 20 minutes of fitness completed! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> I opened the gift of commitment to myself I didn't want to exercise (yet again), but I did it anyway. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 23:57:18 EST the sixth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes + 5!!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> 95 fitness minutes completed this week! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift of the day was completing the 15 minute challenge then going for 5 more! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 23:34:46 EST the fifth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes completed during the Pats game! <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift I opened tonight was remembering to use the stationary bike...a gift I should have been taking advantage of all last month when I didn't want to get off the couch. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:45:42 EST the fourth gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes done! <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The gift I gave myself tonight was the gift of resolve. I did NOT want to exercise tonight, but I did it anyway...I had no motivation to exercise, but I followed through on this commitment...and I am glad I did!!! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 00:05:36 EST the third gift <em>248</em> 15 minutes DONE! <BR> <BR> <em>19</em> The gift I received tonight was the ability to work out away from home with no "equipment". Fri, 3 Dec 2010 23:02:50 EST the second gift <em>248</em> I finished another 15 minute workout! <BR> <BR> <em>407</em> The gift I opened tonight was realizing that it is NOT hard to find 15 minutes to exercise. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:52:50 EST my first gift to myself <em>248</em> I just finished my first 15 minute workout. <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> The gift I opened during that time was how much I enjoyed it! I could have (and probably should have) kept going. <BR> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 23:38:34 EST a Christmas gift to myself So I had a major *fail* in the fitness department during the month of November. The couch called so loudly each evening that it silenced the gazelle. <BR> <BR> I am re-committing to exercise during the month of December. <BR> <BR> I know it is going to be a busy month, so I need to be realistic yet still challenge myself. That being said, I am going to exercise at least 90 minutes each week. This means I will need to do at least 15 minutes of exercise 6 days per week. This is doable... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:58:38 EST vacation victories I just got back from a wonderful, 9 day vacation to Florida with my daughter. Just wanted to share a few victories: <BR> <BR> 1. I brought some workout DVDs with me and requested a hotel room on the first floor so I wouldn't feel like I was disturbing another family. <BR> <BR> 2. I used the DVDs and also did some workouts from youtube. <BR> <BR> 3. My daughter and I split some meals so I didn't feel like I had to eat everything on my plate because I would be wasting food (man, that's a ha... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 12:15:17 EST a rollercoaster ride I have been on a rollercoaster ride over the last few months. This rollercoaster is a bit backwards though...I fly up the hills, then slowly, click-by-click, make my way down. <BR> <BR> My weight has been all over the place during this time...everywhere but in maintenance range. Every time the scale hits the 145 mark (the top of my maintenance range), it's like I sabotage myself and I'm right back at the top of another 4-8 pound hill. <BR> <BR> I have been up and down, up and down, up ... Wed, 12 May 2010 22:39:43 EST thank you, SparkPeople! A friend from my SparkWorcester team wrote a blog yesterday about gratitude. She decided to stop being upset by the email issues that SP had been experiencing. Instead, she decided to be grateful for all that SP offers and to take action by showing them. <BR> <BR> It is so sad to see the "hateful" messages some people leave them. It's time to show them how thankful we are for providing a relatively hiccup-free (really, what are a few missing emails compared to a nutrition and fitness tra... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:06:11 EST a possible blind date I'm just going to put this out there so I'm not alone in my thoughts... <BR> <BR> A friend at church asked me if I was at all interested in possibly meeting a guy. Then she explained that she prays for me pretty regularly about that and has even had a dream about this guy with a beard (I didn't tell her that I am not a big fan of facial hair). The other day her mom was at her house and saw the Christmas picture of KK and I on her fridge. Somehow, her mom began to tell her about this guy a... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:35:19 EST out of the mouths of babes... A friend came to visit my daughter and I this afternoon. The plan was to go out for dinner. Neither of us could decide where to eat so I asked KK. She said "Home." Hmmm... I think I need to take her advice... <BR> <BR> I started February 1.8lbs above maintenance range, spent the month up and down (mostly up) the scale again, and began this month 1.4lbs above maintenance range. <BR> <BR> One of the main reasons I am still above maintenance range is that we have eaten out 5 times in the ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:05:33 EST my new BFF Last week, when I was so out of control and constantly wanting to eat, I found a new BFF...gum! I'm not a big gum chewer in general. The grocery store had a coupon on the coke fridge at the checkout for $1 off if you bought a 20oz. soda and a pack of Extra gum. My daughter wanted the gum and I wanted the diet Coke, so it worked out perfectly. Throughout the week, I decided to grab a piece of gum everytime I found myself wanting to eat but not really hungry. It worked! (Of course, I had ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 14:08:27 EST pick your hard "Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Keeping the weight off is hard. You just need to pick your hard." Mon, 8 Feb 2010 18:51:23 EST blech! That about sums up how I've been feeling and doing the last couple weeks -- basically, ever since I wrote my last blog. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>40</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> <em>102</em> <em>20</em> <em>40</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> <em>102</em> <BR> I am currently 2.5lbs above maintenance range and back to "overweight" on the BMI scale. Over the last 4 months of maintenance, I have "blipped" above the high end of my maintenance range a couple times, but got it back in ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 22:30:23 EST daily weigh-ins and maintenance First, let me preface this by saying that daily weigh-ins should only be done if you can detach yourself emotionally from the number on the scale. That being said, weighing in daily is a personal choice I made when I began this healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> When I was in weight-loss mode, weighing in daily helped me to see patterns over time (i.e. weight gain a week or two before TOM). It helped me figure out what "cycle" worked for me with calorie cycling. I used it as a tool to he... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:19:42 EST goal and maintenance I reached my goal weight of 145lbs on September 25th. Which means I've been working on maintenance for a month now. I want to stay in the healthy/normal BMI range, so I don't want to exceed 145. I decided I would like to have a maintenance range between 140 and 145lbs. <BR> <BR> I got down to 143 when PMS hit and I bounced back up to 145.7. When that happened, I declared then and there that I needed to get to the low end of my range before PMS rolled around again. <BR> <BR> <em>198... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:40:22 EST loose skin I’ve been trying to write this blog for a couple weeks now, but I haven’t been able to finish it for some reason. I couldn’t figure out why this was so hard to write. I honestly don’t have any hang-ups with loose skin. I consider loose skin to be the war wounds from my battle of the bulge. <BR> <BR> Some people have asked me about loose skin over the last three months. When I first started receiving these questions, I could honestly say I had not noticed that much loose skin. <BR> <... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 23:03:52 EST back from Disney Well, I didn't overdose on french fries this trip like I did in January. However, I did gain weight. I'm not too stressed because I know it will come off again. <BR> <BR> On the last trip, I was a size 12 and remember sitting more comfortably in the airplane seats than ever before. I do remember feeling like there was a little spillover with the thighs (but I was sitting next to my daughter so it was no big deal). I also remember having slack on the seatbelt which I had never experience... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:58:12 EST water torture Let me just say: trying to down my 10 8oz glasses of water the last two days has been torture! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>20</em> That's what I look like with each swig. <em>91</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I blogged about this back in June...again, I know it's a tell-tale sign that I feel like giving up. I know that when I stop drinking water I usually stop taking care of my body. I didn't give up then, I sure won't give up now! I only have 2 pounds left to goal! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:09:23 EST houseguests I had houseguests from June 30-August 19. It was challenging in many ways. It was definitely a test of whether this healthy lifestyle was just a passing phase or if it was the real deal. I am so proud to say I think I've got this thing down! <BR> <BR> By the way, I lost 6 pounds during their visit! Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:37:41 EST