AUGUSTAGLOOP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AUGUSTAGLOOP AUGUSTAGLOOP'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/ Brazilian Nutritional Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822636 1. Make natural or minimally processed foods the basis of your diet <BR> 2. Use oils, fats, salt, and sugar in small amounts when seasoning and cooking natural or minimally processed foods and to create culinary preparations <BR> 3. Limit consumption of processed foods <BR> 4. Avoid consumption of ultra-processed products <BR> 5. Eat regularly and carefully in appropriate environments and, whenever possible, in company <BR> 6. Shop in places that offer a variety of natural o... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:59:34 EST The Truth about Baby Carrots - and Real Food extremists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274659 Just a rant. tl;dr - people on the internet need to relax! <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> So I visit this blog called "100 Days of Real Food." It's great for meal (esp. lunch!) ideas and information about the food we eat. It has a very active following - often a blog post will get more than 100 comments. <BR> <BR> I like learning about what's good to eat, hidden chemicals, etc. I worry, though, because that can lead to an obsessive path - where does it all end? There's the food I eat, the soap I u... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:26:29 EST Both Dresses Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269429 So not only does the ordered-a-size-too-small dress for my sister's wedding fit (the dress shop lady complimented me on my tiny waist - I haven't heard that in about 15 years - I guess my hourglass is slowly revealing itself again), but I was able to wear a dress I bought last fall to work yesterday for the first time. It doesn't fit as well as I would like it to, but putting it on in the morning and thinking, "Hey! You know, not too bad!" was pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the way ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:38:20 EST Doin' all right, gettin' good grades... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254456 So I'm hanging in there with my current plan, which is as much real food as I can (no fast food, processed food, white/brown sugar, or white flour) and a little (very little) exercise. I've lost three pounds this week, but as I've lost these SAME THREE POUNDS at least four times now, I don't know that they're lost so much as lurking in the shadows. We'll see... <BR> <BR> I made pita bread, tortillas, and saltine crackers this week, from scratch. I had no idea how easy it was to make things l... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:57:40 EST The Rules...but who sets them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244787 So I am looking at this website called "100 days of real food." It's the story of a family who decided to cut out all processed foods for 100 days, and then decided to share their story and helpful information with others who might be interested in doing it too. Here's what they did: <BR> <BR> http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-fo<BR>od-defined-a-k-a-the-rules/ <BR> <BR> The thing that really got to me about it was the comments. There are TONS of them, and they're all from people looking... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:22:14 EST Hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244395 I'm experiencing a lot of upheaval in my life right now. My job duties changed at work, taking most of the things I love most about my job and giving them to others, while giving me a major, never-ending task in which everyone relies on me and I have little training, no experience, and less than half the time I'm supposed to have allocated to get the work done. No pressure though! <BR> <BR> On top of that the coal company finally bought my childhood home, and my mother has decided to move 12... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:40:24 EST Wow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095320 I feel like I don't even know who I am sometimes. Maybe the aliens have me? <BR> <BR> My office is spotless. I'm caught up with my work and tackling a project I've been putting off for two months. I've packed my lunch nearly every day for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> At home, the kitchen is gleaming, the house is neat, there are no dirty clothes, and my husband is tackling icky jobs for me. Last night he told me he WANTS me to give him something to do! Today he's scrubbing out the fridge. We still h... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:29:28 EST FLYing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089279 So this week in addition to restarting Sparkpeople I became a FLYbaby over at flylady.net. It is doing wonders for me. I have a clean house, happy husband and house-guests, I have done double my recommended calorie-burning this week, stayed within range all week, and best of all, I feel really relaxed and un-put-upon. I hope I can keep this up - it's not hard, just a matter of paying attention. <BR> <BR> Love you all - have a great week! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 19:06:43 EST I'm back with a vengeance! Well, at least a volleyball... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080285 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've gained back 10 of the 23 lbs I lost, but I'm going to get back in balance as of today. I have so much trouble keeping the balls juggling if I'm not focusing on each of them individually - for example, if I'm looking at the healthy-self, job, and family balls, then the clean-house one usually drops. If I throw that one back in, the pack-your-lunch one will start to get shaky. How do people keep them all up at once? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have a reason to focus on th... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:17:41 EST Week 15 - such a mess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982667 I lost two lbs, which is great, but I'm becoming exhausted (mentally) by the constant events and temptations thrown in my path. Most days this week I only ate 1 1/2 - 2 meals, rather than 3 and snacks, because I knew I would be somewhere, eating something I shouldn't. This isn't the zen life of balance I had hoped for, but it is my reality right now. Between parties and visiting home, and family staying with us, and traveling, and work events (did I mention part of my job involves going to al... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:33:55 EST Week 14 - Slight derailment, but no damage done yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972283 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I missed blogging (and tracking) last week. I'm up 1 lb from two weeks ago, but considering I had houseguests, the 4th of July, visits to Mom, Grandma, a birthday party and a bridal shower in that time, I'm thrilled it wasn't worse. I weighed in last week at 193 (which I forgot to enter), and this morning at 192. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a concerted effort to track again this week and until I go away for a work thing at the end of next week. I don't know that I'll... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 06:33:06 EST Week 12 - Awesomeness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953032 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've lost another pound, so down 22 all together - almost to my second goal (if you remember I wanted to lose 12 lbs, then 11, then 10, etc...) <BR> <BR> I had great news at work yesterday. I'm not allowed to tell anyone yet, which is driving me crazy! Let's just say that I am VERY glad now that I didn't get the job I recently applied for, and that I feel very appreciated. :) <BR> <BR> And, I was invited to a party! I love parties. It's nice to have friends now that ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 06:22:37 EST Week 11 - 1/4 of the way to my goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941089 This is so exciting. I feel awesome! I have lost a total of 21 lbs as of this morning! My BMI has gone from 38.5 to 35.2. <BR> <BR> The best part (to my mind) is that so far I have not relied on exercise to lose the weight. I feel VERY strongly that what has messed me up in the past has been making unrealistic life changes. Exercising constantly is one of them. I will admit that I need to add more movement into my every day life, but realistically an exercise regimen (running, joining the g... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:57:23 EST Week 10 - Great Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932066 So I'm down 2 lbs this week, despite having had company and eating both at a Hibachi AND Thai take-out in the same week. I'm probably retaining about 20 lbs of water after all that sodium, but man was it worth it! <BR> <BR> I had an interview this morning, and wore my new Modcloth dress, which fit beautifully. I had been feeling really nervous about the interview, but listened to some awesome music on the way in to work, so I was pumped. By the time I got to the interview I felt relaxed and ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:08:44 EST End of First 9 Weeks - Report Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921129 I just posted my weekly update blog, when I realized that it has been 9 weeks since I've started getting things back on track. When I was a kid, that was a term of school, and at the end of the 9-weeks grading period, you get a report card. So I thought that I would make myself one. <BR> <BR> Food tracking: A (only 2 days missed) <BR> <BR> Eating within macronutrient ranges: B+ (need to work on getting more protein, and less fat) <BR> <BR> Calcium (getting enough): A- <BR> <BR> Exercise: ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:30:18 EST Week 9 - minor setback, or body nonsense? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921117 (This is more me talking to myself than anything - sorry if it's dull!) <BR> <BR> I hopped on the scale this morning for weigh in, and I am two lbs heavier than last week. This is a bit disappointing to me, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it, because I don't feel that it's my fault. We visited relatives early last week, and while there were two days where I didn't track, and I know I ate more than usual, I also KNOW that I didn't eat anywhere near the 7,000 calories that I would ha... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:17:34 EST Week 8 - Rolling Along (with a few less rolls!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910990 At the end of Week 8 I am down a total of 17 lbs! I'm very happy with this. Most importantly, I feel confident that the changes I'm making to my diet are something that I'll be able to do in the long term. I'm realizing that this is the way I need to eat; that even though I'm (very) overweight, in actuality I'm a petite person, with medium bone structure, who (as a rule) isn't very active in every day life. I am not a 6'4" farm laborer, and shouldn't eat like one! <BR> <BR> I never feel hung... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 06:31:30 EST Week Seven Changes - 15 lbs lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900758 This has been a tough month - we've had a steady stream of houseguests! I've made myself track everyday, even when it is difficult (or when I don't want to face all that I've eaten). Overall, I think I'm doing pretty well with this. <BR> <BR> I was talking with my husband about it yesterday, and he thinks it is because I'm working healthy eating into my everyday life, rather than the other way (which I have always done in the past) - wrangling myself into a healthy lifestyle that I'm not goi... Mon, 28 May 2012 07:00:51 EST Week Six Changes - First Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890728 So when I first started this I was playing around with numbers and thought that it would be funny if I lost 12 lbs the first month, 11 the second, etc., down to losing 1 lb the month before my sister's wedding. This would allow me to lose slowly at the end, so I would sort of ease my way in to maintenance. I wasn't super serious about it or anything. I set my tracker to 12 lbs to lose, though, because it was so much more fun watching my sunflower leap across rather than inch down towards the ... Mon, 21 May 2012 07:39:23 EST Week Five Changes - Things are looking up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880307 *Lost 2 lbs this week, even though we've had company since 5/5. <BR> <BR> *I have a brand-new car! My first ever. I'm sure I'll be sick when I get my first-ever car PAYMENT, but it is SO much fun to drive something that no one else has ever owned. I don't have to worry about it breaking down on me. And it's so shiny! :) <BR> <BR> *Even though I've gone over 5 of the 7 days, it hasn't been with reckless abandon. I'm still tracking everything, and doing my best to make healthy choices. I'm ev... Mon, 14 May 2012 07:05:57 EST Week 4 Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872842 Not much this week. I didn't lose, didn't gain. <BR> <BR> Found out yesterday we are probably going to have to buy a new car. I currently have no car at all right now - getting rides to and from work with my fabulous sister in law. <BR> <BR> Did some stress eating, after a weekend of eating with company. I'm surprised I didn't gain a bunch! <BR> <BR> I tracked everything though, which is a plus. I'm just not as gung ho about doing this right now, because of the car thing. It's all I'm thi... Tue, 8 May 2012 19:19:45 EST Week 3 Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858689 I am down 9 lbs (woohoo!) at the end of week three. So far my loss can be completely contributed to diet (ie, tracking) - I have done no real exercise to speak of. I have been making more of an effort to take the stairs, etc, but have not incorporated exercise into my plan yet. Soon. <BR> <BR> I had a real issue with drinking enough water this week, and didn't go shopping because I was busy, so didn't eat as many fruits and veg as I could have. I have to get out of the mindset to take one bi... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:19:04 EST Week 2 Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847565 I'm down seven pounds this morning, at the beginning of week 3. I'm not sure how much of that is real weight loss. I had a weird day yesterday - I didn't feel like eating AT ALL. I had the day off, too, and had plans to make crab cakes and all kinds of fun food to prep for my lunches for the week ahead. I mostly just laid around. I ate only about 400 calories for the day, which is really low and really unusual for me. I don't know if that affected my weigh-in this morning or not. I hope I did... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:46:53 EST So Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844514 This is week two of my life reboot. I have done really well so far with tracking my food, staying in ranges (not 100%, but really close) for carbs, protein, and fat, and the whole eating slowly thing. I feel like my stress levels have been much lower than normal this past week and a half. <BR> <BR> So a couple of times this week I have added a walk in. Not far. A little over a mile each time. Not fast. Once with my husband, once with my crazy dog. It has been SO NICE to do it though! It fee... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:08:34 EST Right on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841351 I've started (SLOWLY) to add exercise to my routine. I have a goal to walk 5 miles/week, which is basically nothing, but at this stage I'd rather watch what I eat and not exercise so much. The last time I was working out so much, it was really hard for me to lose the weight (which sounds ridiculous but it's true!), and I would get confused when the tracker would change my target calories around. I don't want to take on too much too soon. If I can get the food part down solid then I will think... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:21:52 EST Changes I've noticed so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838796 1 week is hardly much time to notice changes in my body, etc. but I'm trying to pay attention to everything about this process. When I coast through, it's easier to ignore or miss progress. <BR> <BR> I have stayed within the 1200-1550 calorie range this week. Most days, I was able to drink 8 glasses of water, eat 7 fruits & veg, and hit 100 mg of calcium. About half the time, I went over in sodium. <BR> <BR> *I have had like, 3 good hair days in the past week. Coincidence? Maybe. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 07:11:06 EST Week 1 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837068 It's funny to type 'week 1' since I've been a member of this site for nearly 3 1/2 years, but it's really true. I feel almost like I'm starting from scratch (again). The difference is that I know what to do and how to do it, so half the battle is won. It's sheer willpower from here on out. <BR> <BR> This time I am committed to making changes that will make my life and my husband's life better. I have lost four pounds this week (woohoo!) with diet alone. My plans for this week will include wa... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:52:48 EST My Fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831395 Might as well get them all out here, the petty ones along with the real ones: <BR> <BR> *I'm afraid of the fact that my left thigh and my feet and hands go numb sometimes - this is recent. I think it's because for the last 8-9 months I have been COMPLETELY sedentary. <BR> <BR> *I'm afraid the blue veins on my legs, which I have always found so gross, will never go away. I have the palest skin ever, too, so they're very visible - and not in a cool way like Dumbledore's map of the London Unde... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:58:58 EST Mathematical Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831383 So the first few days of this stuff always starts off to be exciting, because you're dedicated, hopeful, optimistic, etc. This morning I was lying in bed thinking about what it will be like to 'wow' everyone at my sister's wedding next year, and later that year at my own 10-year vow renewal (when my wedding dress WILL be too big, but I'm wearing it anyway, naturally). <BR> <BR> I started playing around with numbers. I want to get down to around 130 lbs - I'm not fussed about the exact weight... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 06:40:54 EST Hunger Satiety Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566656 I found this in a team forum discussion and swiped it to use. :) I feel like a super-thief b/c it wasn't even my team! I'm going to use it to add to my nutrition notes every day to see how I feel before/after each meal. Maybe it will help. <BR> <BR> 10~"Thanksgiving" type, way overstuffed full. Can be miserably uncomfortable. <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> 9~Moving into real discomfort from eating. <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> 8~Not uncomfortable but definitely have a full belly. <BR> . <BR> . <BR> ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 12:19:18 EST Starting to see a change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2986025 ...in my re-flabbied winter body. I say re-flabbied because I WASN'T flabby, last fall, even though I was still way overweight. Does that make sense? I didn't have love handles, saddle bags, etc. My stomach wasn't flat, by any means, but it didn't pooch out. My clothes fit beautifully. <BR> <BR> After a winter of total sloth, I've started working out a lot again. I feel so good. I've been working out 4-5 days a week, for at least 1 hr each time, for 2-3 weeks now. The changes I've noticed: <... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:48:54 EST Going the Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2962074 This has been a great week for me, exercise-wise. I've done: <BR> <BR> Spinning class X2 <BR> Toning/Strength Training class X3 <BR> Cardio Cross Training class X1 <BR> 4.0 miles (in 55:50min) X1 <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll be at my mom's so I plan to attend Zumba/Sculpt - that's 45 min of Zumba and 30 min of toning and it KILLS. This crazy water aerobics instructor keeps talking to me in the locker room at the Y here and she kind of got me to promise I'll try her class Monday, since I have the... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:12:30 EST My Goal For the Cleveland Marathon 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2942164 So last year I had signed up for a work relay for the Akron Marathon. My part was a hilly 2.8 miles, and I put tons and tons of pressure on myself to be able to run the whole thing (since I was doing it with people from work, and I must have felt the need to prove myself). About a month before the race, I had dropped 30 lbs, been working out like a fiend, and feeling great and very confident. I was doing great with C25K (mostly on the treadmill) and KNEW I would do it. <BR> <BR> Then, summe... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:11:06 EST Sunday Morning Spark - Redux. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2937744 This morning I've spent a lot of time on SP, and I am glad of it. When I'm not doing well with taking care of myself, I tend to stay away, which is of course counter-productive. I don't have a lot of time during the week to spend, but I used to spend every Sunday like this. Some people read the New York Times, I read Spark People. Or at least I used to. So I've done the following this morning: <BR> <BR> 1. read all the blog posts that show up all my team pages (4/team) <BR> <BR> 2. read all... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 10:07:06 EST My week's report card. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2934886 *Continue to pack my lunch at least 3Xweek <BR> *Start drinking the 8 glasses of water/day <BR> *Start working out 4Xweek (3Xwk running, 1Xspinning, plus situps/pushups or toning class) <BR> *Start eating right again (more protein, less carbs - MUCH less sugar) and maybe even tracking it. <BR> <BR> These are the goals I set for myself last week. I just wanted to see how I did. <BR> <BR> 1. I did pack my lunch 3X this week. I went to eat out twice - completely unnecessarily (ie, it wasn'... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 13:15:35 EST Twelve Weeks to Go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2907948 ...before the Cleveland 10K and I've finally done some workouts worthy of the name. Wednesday, my good friend was teaching her first fitness class, so I COULDN'T miss it, even though I hadn't really worked out in a while. It was Abs & Glutes. Afterwards, I stayed for my second-ever spinning class. Though I had some massive bruising the next day, it didn't hurt NEARLY as bad as the first time, so I'm looking forward to going back. THIS WEEK, not a month from now! <BR> <BR> Friday I was in Col... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 08:09:06 EST Boston... The First Real Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2733238 So I'm catching a train tomorrow morning to attend the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference, in Boston (librarians don't have much money, so our conferences are always in cold places in winter and hot places in the summer - no Miami Beach in January for us!). <BR> <BR> I've really just started to get back on track since my three-month derailment and don't want to mess this up already. Here's what I plan: <BR> <BR> *I probably won't have frequent internet access, so don't expe... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:37:04 EST Spark Your Way to a 10K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2703104 This is the plan I'm using for training for the 10K, since a couple of you asked. I did C25K last August/September. I'm doing the walking/jogging plan of the SW10K now, and plan to transition to jogging the whole thing when I finish the program. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's the link: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn<BR>ess_articles.asp?id=599 <BR> <BR> Hooray for Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2010 10:16:21 EST Back in Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2700418 It feels great to be going back to the gym. I worked late today, so was able to do two classes this morning - a step class (the instructor is ex-military and really works you hard!) and 'power toning' from which I'm already starting to ache - but in a good way. I forgot to put on my pedometer when I got ready for work, but I'll be sure to wear it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've tracked all my food again today - I'm actually under in calories so I will eat something light when I get home. Thank good... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 20:39:48 EST Head Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2693732 Quote from HyacinthBucket1's most recent blogpost (See link at bottom): <BR> "If it was high sugar or high fat, I ate it, whether I wanted it or not. It doesn't feel good. It feels like punishment. " <BR> <BR> Wow. That really struck a chord with me. That helps me to understand why I'm able to derail myself. Life gets in the way and I don't exercise as much - I feel guilty. An event (holiday) comes up and there is food EVERYWHERE and normal routines are thrown off. I eat some bad stuff. <B... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 19:19:28 EST Staying Honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2690806 ...with my Sparkfriends, and most importantly, myself. <BR> <BR> I changed my tracker and status pic today. My lowest weight on Spark People was 169 lbs, on September 2. I weighed in at the Dr's office in the beginning of November at 173, but since I was wearing clothes and my weight fluctuates by 5 lbs in a day sometimes, I didn't worry. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself a few times over the last week or so, knowing I had gained about 10 lbs since the Dr's office visit. My official scale is goin... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 09:55:32 EST Doing my homework... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2664537 ...and trying to be honest with myeslef. Although it's not part of my new goals for 2010, I am going to post a blog entry whenever I am able - I think it will help me to get back in the right mindset. <BR> <BR> It really depresses me that I was able to be derailed so easily. I didn't start drinking soda again, and I made sure to exercise at least once a week, but that is NOTHING compared to what I was doing, and it upsets me. I thought I had made a life change for the better, to get fit and ... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:25:36 EST Back in the Saddle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2661810 ...Back on SP, anyway! I haven't been on here much in the last few months. The bad experience I had at the marathon sort of sucked all will to get fit right out of me, along with some other issues my husband has been having. It's been tough to leave him alone to go to work, let alone work out or do anything afterwards. It's been a hard three months. <BR> <BR> The good thing is, I haven't gained TOO much weight back - I'm within 10 lbs of my lowest weight, and I have been working out at leas... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 13:22:36 EST Doin' Great with the Fitness & Such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2367173 So pleased with everything. I have been eating more (my calorie range is now 1650-2000) for the last two weeks, and though I was told I would probably gain before I lost, I am FINALLY losing. For the first time in 6 years, I am under 170. Hallelujah! That's my 30-lb mark. The little hula guy in my tracker is finally touching that dam' island! <BR> <BR> Even more importantly, I am keeping up with Couch-to-5K and doing pretty well! Last night I ran for 31:30 on the treadmill, which for me unfo... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 09:09:23 EST What Was I Thinking?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2317160 So coming off the 'high' of an awesome morning Thursday (see fitness tracker if you're curious) I challenged my beautiful, 100 lb (post baby), athlete-her-whole-life cousin, who runs 7-8 mi a day for fun, to run a half-marathon at Glass City (Toledo) on April 24 of next year. <BR> <BR> She said she had never signed up for a race, she was too chicken, so I challenged her, and she said yes! On one hand, I'm thrilled, as I was worried that after I do my relay in the Akron Marathon on 9/26, my ... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:36:04 EST C25K is Changing My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2289088 If you want a fun way to improve your fitness, try the Couch-to-5K training on <link>www.coolrunning.com </link> . <BR> <BR> I am using it to prepare for my relay portion of the marathon. It's only about 20-25 minutes (not counting warm up or cool down) three times a week. The point is to get you actually running (or jogging at least) for the length of a 5K... that's 3.1 miles!... in nine weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm on week three and I totally love it. I jogged for THREE MINUTES SOLID last nig... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 08:23:36 EST A Much-Needed Kick in the @$$ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2210400 So anyway, I haven't been on here much lately, haven't put my food in or weighed in or anything. For a couple of weeks now. Even before that it was really spotty. I didn't exercise for TWO WEEKS!!!! Life just got in the way you know? I think I gained a few pounds back, and I feel like crap. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I recommitted yesterday. Went to bootcamp, then afterwards did some weight machines. Tracked all my food even though I went over. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to bootcamp, but just couldn't ... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:15:51 EST Help is Urgently Needed @ your library!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2172126 Gov. Strickland has proposed HUGE budget cuts for Ohio Libraries, a step that will force libraries across the state to drastically cut programming (including outreach to shelters, etc), services, operating hours and staff. <BR> <BR> With the current economic climate, library usage is reaching all-time highs. The community uses libraries for job searches, resume writing, classes to learn computer skills and how to write grants, to improve their English, to study for exams. For many people in... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 17:41:12 EST Rededication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2151992 So for the last couple weeks I've been BAD about logging food - I haven't done it at all since last Tuesday! I just haven't been online/taken the time to do it. I haven't been eating the way I should be either - lots of sugar. I've been exercising, but not eating right. <BR> <BR> So today I've recommitted myself to SP. I logged my food in this morning, and yesterday went to the store and bought healthy foods to make/eat at home as well as Kashi & Ethnic Gourmet frozen dinners so I won't have... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 10:36:38 EST "Real" Body Fat Percentage?/Bootcamp/Losing steam? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2137272 I just had my body fat % checked at the YMCA (part of the beginning diagnostic for summer boot camp) and the results are in.... <BR> <BR> 27.1% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Healthy range for a woman is 18-24%. <BR> <BR> Now honestly, can that be right? I'm still 35-40 lbs over the healthy weight category for my height. I HAVE D CUPS. I know I've gained a lot of muscle since starting at the Y, and Sparkpeople says the caliper test is 98% accurate when done correctly, but I'm skeptical. <BR> <BR>... 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