BABAYAGA4's SparkPeople Blog BABAYAGA4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hi ho, hi ho, its off to work I go Over the last week, I've been out of commission with a nasty cold. Today, I was able to go back to work, and I'm ready to get my life up and running again. I was so afraid that after being out of commission a week, I would see major gainage on the scale and be knocked back to where I started from. But, I decided that since I couldn't do anything about being unable to exercise or go anywhere, I should do the one thing I could do something about. Track the food. So I did, and most days I was in... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:41:50 EST I hate it when... So, I've been rocking the workouts for about a month and a half now, working my way up to about 30-35 miles per week. I'm loving the benefits both in how my body looks and the fact that I can eat a little more and till lose weight. I've been sick for almost a week now and unable to get in my usual workouts. I was really bummed about this nd giving myself a hard time. Guess I should just give up, don't worry about your calories, you're sick-just blow it off for now, you'll get back to it event... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:06:42 EST Why is it? Why is it that I can feel really good about my choices and as soon as someone says something negative to me, I want to down a giant cheeseburger? I just finished a 4.97 mile hike. I'm down 16.4 pounds and I have time to get ready and head to work. I read an e-mail from my boss criticizing something I've done, and I no longer feel proud of my choices or good about my ability to replicate them. He makes me feel like a two year old that can't do anything right. Does he realize that the way he ch... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:12:49 EST Change in routine good for the soul I'm working away from my normal building and saw this quote on the desk of the woman I am covering for today. <BR> <BR> "Be not the slave of your own past-plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain and overlook the old." - Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like all of my attempts and failures before are a chain around my neck weighting me down and reinforcing tha... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:52:58 EST Ordinary Bravery Today, as I watched over 200 people run or walk anywhere from 1 mile to a 10K, I was struck by how much your size doesn't have to limit your capabilities. I saw people that I would say are at a healthy weight struggling to run the 5K, and I saw people who had considerable weight to lose plugging away at the 10K. I was impressed with the everyday courage of these people who were putting it out there and running in honor of a good woman who probably won't be around to see the 2nd anniversary of... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:03:21 EST Holiday success! Had a no gain holiday season! Tracking everything I ate and getting my workout in totally worked! I reached my goal of 15 lbs. down right before Christmas and maintained it through Christmas with all of its yummies. I am really happy with this victory :D Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:06:58 EST Holiday eating-struggling to find my balance All this holiday food and festivities has my appetite in a tizzie. I do all right at the parties and functions, but I come home and just go a little crazy. Then I don't want to write down what I ate and that leads to a free for all for the rest of the day. I think my task for the rest of December is going to be to track everything. Even if I do go over my calories, I will go over less than if I say "forget it" and eat whatever I want. The tracking provides a check for me, and I need to make... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:53:05 EST SparkArticles for Further Consideration Avoid the Diet Blues with a Little Thing Called Moderation <BR> How a 'Good Food' vs. 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire <BR> Stop Dieting and Start Living! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:02:04 EST Hit a 1000 Fitness minutes for the month I did not want to do my exercise last night, but I did. I reminded myself that I really wanted to hit 1000 fitness minutes this month, and I needed to hit last night's exercise if I was going to do it without having to get crazy about it the next day. Sometimes having that overarching goal helps get me through. After this morning's exercise, I hit 1000 monthly fitness minutes. I felt really proud and very glad I did last night's workout. Each step builds on the previous one, and I am already ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:30:07 EST Running a Mile without stopping Through the SparkCoach program today, I came across an article entitled "You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping." I've wanted to be a runner for the last 10 or 12 years, and have never felt like its something I could do because I'm so heavy. I'm afraid that I will hurt myself and derail all my fitness plans. I'm afraid of trying and failing and feeling like the biggest loser ever. I'm trying to remember though that "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and "nothing worth having was easy to get." I... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:19:58 EST My Underlying Motivation in Pursuing a Healthy Lifestyle I want to be able to do all the things I want to do, like go for a hike, run a 5k, and run up and down stairs without pain or having to stop and catch my breath or down some ibuprofen. I want to be able to stand on my feet for hours and ride my bicycle to work. Keep up with someone when we are walking somewhere. I want my body to be able to do all the things my mind comes up with and I want my mind to be alert, healthy, able to use and show my intelligence. I want to walk into a business meet... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:01:30 EST Things I've noticed are different Since starting to make healthier changes in what I eat and how often I exercise, I've noticed I sleep better. Which means I can wake up on time, get some exercise in and get to work on time. I get to work on time, I get to leave on time. I get to leave on time. That gives me time to make a healthier dinner, get in more exercise, and get ready for the next day. I then sleep better because of all the exercise, getting to eat dinner early enough for it to be digested before bedtime, and knowing ... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 00:03:04 EST