BAREADER's SparkPeople Blog BAREADER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community posting calories I've decided to post the number of calories I eat and the number I burn everyday. I think it will be a good motivator for me, knowing I'm putting it out there, hopefully, will keep me honest! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:05:15 EST Day 3 of the New Year On track so far. Even though it is too soon to actually SEE the difference, I can FEEL the difference. I'm finally getting over my cold and I have done some exercise and stayed under 1400 calories each day. I'm sure 2 weeks worth of rest after the stress of last semester didn't hurt either, but laying around wasn't getting me where I wanted to go. <BR> <BR> So, at least I feel better. Who knows how long it will last when I have to get back on the treadmill of my hecktic life. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:52:37 EST Only one resolution this year. Get on Sparkpeople at least once everyday! I need to track my food like I did in the beginning. I don't know what I weigh, I'm afraid to get on the scales. I haven't gained back all of my lost weight, but more than I would like. My size 10 jeans are tight now and I have to get this business turned around or I'll be having to buy a size larger and I really, really don't want to do that. <BR> <BR> I've really fallen down on my exercise. There is simply no time for formal exercise. I put as muc... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:36:52 EST Not a happy camper... Where do I start? Well, January 12th was my 3 year Sparkversary. I have to say I have stuck with Sparkpeople the whole time, learned many new healthy habits, lost weight and I am healthier over all. So what's the problem? I hit my low weight of 144 about 6 months after I started Sparkpeople. Ever since then I have had a very, very slow but steady weight gain. I have now re-gained 15 pounds of what I lost. <BR> <BR> I am really upset about this for several reasons. As I said before, I have em... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:24:46 EST Up date For those who read my last blog entry, I just wanted to let you all know that I am feeling better. I have been exercising a lot and eating well. <BR> <BR> After a lapse of several years I have been able to get back into lap swimming. <em>104</em> That is something that works really well for me. I haven't really lost much weight, maybe about 2 or 3 pounds but i can tell things have changed with my body for the better. Lots of lean muscle. <BR> <BR> Food is less of a problem, 1. It's too ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:00:51 EST How do you know? I'm not happy with myself or the scales at the moment. Summer is hard on my diet, I get more exercise but it's so much easier to eat too much of the wrong things when I am at the house all day. I try to keep healthy snacks around, but too many calories are too many calories not matter how healthy they are. Plus I end up making goodies too, I like to treat my family when I have the time to do it. <BR> <BR> The problem really is that my weight has gone up quite a bit. My clothes still fit for... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:53:04 EST Over flowing energy Now that school is out and I have caught up on my rest and house work, I have too much energy! I have been working in the yard early in the morning when it is still cool. I go to the pool, do walking videos, read, nap, go to the library, cook and look at Sparkpeople and FB on the computer. It's still not enough! <BR> <BR> I don't have to get up early to go to work or go to classes in the evening or study. I get so used to being in a hurry and being tired all during the school year that it... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:54:10 EST One more plus for Kindle I have never been able to read in the car, makes me car sick. My husband and son can both read in the car with no problems. This past weekend we took our son to UNT preview weekend which is about 4 hours from home. I normally do the driving on trips but on the way back my son was driving so I got out my Kindle, plugged int he head phones and used the text-to-speech feature that is available on many books. It was great! For the first time I can enjoy a book in the car without getting sick. A... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 13:25:55 EST Spring Break 2011 is history <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are just a few pictures I took of my herb garden and back yard. The frog is in my Mother's yard, she has several tucked into different flower beds. <BR> <BR> Had a nice Spring Break, got to spend some time with my parents and my sister. My parents are still healthy and active ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:43:46 EST Upsides and Downsides of Kindle Finally broke down and got a Kindle. I had been very resistant to the idea ever since I heard of them, me being such an old-fashioned, low-tech sort of chick. But I have finally seen the hand writing on the wall. This is where we are going. I work as a librarian and I know e-readers are the future of books. I hope to be working in a library for many years to come and if so I really need to be up on the technology. (Yes, there will still be libraries even when paper books are no more) <BR> <B... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 21:44:33 EST Starting to progress...I think. Just wanted to let every know that I think I have made a little progress. This morning I was down to 151.0! That's the lowest in several months. Sad to say that the problem has been that I was just eating too many calories! I have been holding it under 1500 for sure and as close to 1300 as possible as many days as I can. <BR> <BR> It is slightly easier now that the holidays are past and not so many tempting treats are in my way. Also I have sworn off Nutella and Nilla wafers! I had been eat... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 18:38:03 EST I just don't get it I don't know what else to do. It seems my body wants to take every stray calorie, turn it into fat and store it on my belly. It maybe my imagination but it seems to swell up every single day. <BR> <BR> I exercise, I drink water, I eat fruit, I track everything I eat and try to keep it under 1500 at least. Today it was 1565 but I burned 566 with exercise and ended up with a -660 for the day. I don't do that well everyday but I do on a lot of days. It just doesn't seem to work like it did at... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 19:59:45 EST Crap! It is fat! I put on some pants that I had not worn in a while, they are tight. I could wear them but I could definitely feel the difference, they were almost loose when I wore them a month ago. I'm exercising and drinking my water, but I think this holiday season has been rough on the total calorie intake. I'm doing the best I can but I guess I'll have to get past this and go back to the 1300 - 1400 calories a day thing. <BR> <BR> The thing is I'm doing tons of exercise, Jillian Michaels and Leslie S... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 20:26:58 EST I'm tired...maintenance is hell. I know why people fall off the maintenance wagon. After awhile you get tired of having to watch every bite you put in your mouth, and this is KEEPING IT OFF, NOT TAKING IT OFF! Losing was easy compared to this. <BR> <BR> In the beginning there were lots of changes I could make. I stopped drinking sodas of any kind and started drinking water, I stopped eating fast food breakfasts and lunches, I started exercising regularly, I started eating more fruits and vegetables. I dropped weight prett... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:36:15 EST the "chili" story This is just one of those things, I thought it was good story, and so typical of men. For the past 24 years, ever since my husband and I married, he has eaten my homemade chili under protest. I love chili and I think I make darn good chili, but my dh always made a face and claimed to rather eat canned Hormel chili, ugh! So I finally called his bluff. Last Saturday I planned to make chili, I told dh not to worry I would have a can of Hormel for him. So Saturday morning I gather my chili mak... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:20:15 EST Jillian & Leslie...together at last! This may sound strange to some, but I like to do both kinds of work outs. I had been doing WATP for almost a year and it was helping me to maintain, but I knew I was actually "too fit" for it to really be a good workout for me. Sooooo, I have some friends who were using Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I knew it was a tough workout and it seemed to be working for them so I gave it a try. It IS a tough workout. I also have No More Trouble Zones & Banish the Fat, Boost the Metabolism (I can't ... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:53:24 EST Trying to get back on track! A week with no workout, yuck! I knew I was losing ground so I started back at day one on the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Slim Down rotation. It was almost (but not quite) as bad as starting it the first time! I had been all the way up to day 16, now I am back on Day 1 Level 1. Bummer. I still have the cold but I just couldn't stand not working out any longer, I felt like I was stagnating. I sure hope I haven't done the wrong thing I don't want this cold to last longer than it has to. I also di... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 21:39:26 EST Derailed by a cold, ugh! So now I have missed several days of my exercise program. I just don't have the energy when I get home. But this cold can't last forever. I really felt like I was making progress when it hits me and now I am right back where I started! I had actually lost 3 pounds and it seemed to be the real thing, not just water, now I am right back at 150. *&%#$#&&*%$#!!! <BR> <BR> I really like doing the Jillian Michaels workouts, it feels like a real workout, sweat and all. I was doing the 30 Day S... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 10:18:20 EST Shreding with Jillian, Walking with Leslie What is it about starting some new exercise routine that makes me come down with a cold? does this happen to anyone else? Seems it happens to me every time I start something new and I'm excited about it and it seems to be working, boom, I'm sick! <BR> <BR> So's anyway last night I knew definitely that I was getting a sore throat, bummer. I was really getting into the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Slim Down routine and was going to be doing a level 1 & 2 workout today. So I really didn't feel like... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 16:26:46 EST Off the Plateau! Just in case you were wondering, very intense exercise defiantly will do the trick. I have been stuck around 150 for almost a year. I was eating right (tracking) and exercising but was not able to lose any weight. I was doing lots of different kinds of exercise but not the right ones for me. Finally I decided to try Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I know several people who were using it and seeing results. So I got the Shred and promptly took a cold so it was several days before I felt like do... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:58:56 EST Getting ready for the holidays I have decided to be pro-active instead of re-active this holiday season. Instead of slogging my way through all the holiday food, making poor food choices and too little exercise, I want to get a jump on my New Years resolutions so to speak. Today I picked up Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, I have been feeling the need to up the intensity of my workouts and add more strength training. I have been doing the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds Boot Camp Video and it is good, but I felt like I... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:19:45 EST maintaining? I'm worried, I was at 151.4 this morning. Yesterday I was 150. I know I didn't gain that much fat over night but the thing is, I used to bump up to 147, now it's 151. I'm still doing everything I'm supposed to do. I still have all my healthy habits, drinking my water, eating 5 servings (at least) of fruits and veg. everyday. I track everyday. I exercise as much as I can, difficult since school has started and I am back at work and my class has started, but I do as much as I can. I also wea... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 18:19:37 EST Better than expected I was fighting cravings all day. I wasn't even hungry, I just wanted to eat!!! I know what the deal is, it comes around every month. It's always the same, low energy, food cravings, moments of depression alternating with moments of extreme emotions. <BR> <BR> I did better on my calories than I expected however, considering the way I felt all day. I actually came in around 1500 which is way lower than I though it would be. I also didn't feel much like exercising because my son decided to sh... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:03:49 EST 2 new workouts Just wanted to let you know about my new workouts. <BR> <BR> The first is a DVD I got with my new resistance tubing. It's the one that has 3 different tubes with different resistance. You can mix and match to fit your fitness level. The DVD, Resistance Tube Long Length Workout, is 30 minutes and is easy to follow and has cardio intervals between the strenght training exercises. It is a good tough workout, it made my legs sore and that dosen't happen to me very often anymore. It is by Gold... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 21:48:39 EST Giving maintenance a try I have officially changed my weight ticker and re-set my calorie goals. I think I must have reached my ideal weight even though it seems a little high. I never reached my actual goal weight even though I revised it up wards twice from what Sparkpeople had it set on. I knew that 133 was probably going to be too low so I set it at 135. Then after I had been going awhile I revised it again up to 140. I am now at 149. I have not lost any weight since last fall. The lowest weight I have seen w... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:27:21 EST Mixing it up! Now that summer is here and have more time I am trying to really mix-up my workouts. If changing things up is what it takes to boost the metabolism then hopefully this will do it. <BR> <BR> I have been doing lots of yard work every morning. Sometimes I do a walk/run in the park, other days it's a Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I am trying to get back into the Pilates routine as well so I did one of those videos today. I have also started using my Firm DVD's, the ones that use weights to get m... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 21:10:41 EST Delicous light lunch Nabisco Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuit- 6 crackers - 120 calories <BR> Laughing Cow Cheese - Light Swiss Original one wedge - 35 calories <BR> Starkist Tuna Salad Sandwich ready - 3 oz. - 90 calories <BR> 1 orange - 62 calories <BR> <BR> total - 307 calories <BR> <BR> Delicious Wed, 9 Jun 2010 14:21:46 EST step counter helps you "see" what you are doing I haven't blogged in a while, haven't had time it being the end of the school year and my son graduating high school. <BR> <BR> Well anyway I have been bouncing around between 145 and 147 for months and I really want to get to my goal weight of 140. I look okay where I am but I would really like to fluctuate between 140 and 145 because above 145 is too close to 150 for my taste. But so far I have been able to maintain my weight just fine but I have found out even with exercise I'm probably ... Sat, 29 May 2010 09:12:30 EST Weightloss not the end of all problems I have seen several questions posted lately about happiness and weightloss, is it worth the effort? Weightloss certainly is not easy, our bodies naturally want to store up fat for the lean times; it takes work, determination and concentration to take it off and keep it off. There seems to be a miss conception about weightloss that some people have, they think it is automatically going to make them happy or solve all their problems. This is certainly not true, but at the same time I whole hea... Tue, 4 May 2010 10:22:06 EST I do not like math, Sam I am, When this school year started I had 4 math classes I had to work through. I have just gone back to college and I am practically starting from scratch. I want to major in History but the math gods have determined that EVERYONE has to pass college algebra no matter what they are majoring in. So, since I hadn't seen the inside of an algebra book since 1979 I figured I had better start back at the beginning, never having been a math person in the first place. I am near the end of the second of ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 14:56:57 EST 5 left to go, so why won't it go? I don't know, all I do now is bump up and down around 145. You'd think after losing 40 pounds 5 wouldn't be so hard, wrong. It's harder now I think. How do you know if your body just doesn't want to lose more? Or if you're comfortable with where you are and aren't willing to do what it takes anymore? I exercise almost everyday. But it's so hard to keep my calories down to 1300 to 1400. I don't go over by a lot, but I end up between 1600 to 1800 almost every day. That's okay to maintain, bu... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:51:10 EST Pulling it back down It has taken some effort but I have fianlly pulled my calories back down into weightloss range. I was holding pretty well in maintainance range but I am not at goal weight yet. Even after the holidays were over I was having trouble really getting back in the weightloss range. I know that to lose weight I need to keep between 1300 & 1400 calories plus exercise. I can eat upto 2000 without gaining but will not lose in that range. That's one thing I learned in the past year. <BR> <BR> Also, I ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:23:34 EST Girrrrrrrrl Scout Cookie time. Just when I am finally making some's that time of the year again. I just got over the holiday hump and now I have to deal with those little demons known as Girl Scout Cookies. I work in a grade school and I order one box from whoever asks. Some years it's none, this year it was 3. I try to just put them in the freezer and dole them out to myself and my family. I did that with the first box that was delivered, it went straight in the freezer without even being opened, but unfo... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:31:43 EST Progress at last! I think I have finally really gotten off the plateau I have been on since December. I have come down to 143.0 and stayed there 2 days in a row so I think it is going to stick. <BR> <BR> I don't know for sure what got me off the plateau but I think Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds helped and here is why: I have been much more consistent doing the workouts. I enjoy doing them and Leslie is so motivating. I will put in a DVD with every intention of doing 30 minutes and I end up doing an hou... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:33:19 EST Progress? Maybe. Maybe, maybe, maybe I am moving down off the plateau. For several months the lowest weight I saw on the scale was 144.8 and it was beginning to get to me. I am not at goal weight yet and I am too close to an over weight BMI for my comfort. But I am not worried about gaining back weight because my new lifestyle is pretty firmly entrinched by now and I would not go back to my old habits for anything. I couldn't do all that I need to do in a day if I didn't eat right and get my exercise for sure... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 13:56:28 EST 144.8 There it is, and it doesn't move at all. How can my weight be exactly the same every single day? The only time it varies is when I have too much sodium and it goes up 2 or 3 pounds. It takes me a few days to work the water out but when I do there it is again, 144.8. <BR> <BR> This is the first serious plateau since I began this journey in Jan. 09. I'm not seriously worried about it, I am in a normal weight range and I am happy with the way things are going. I am doing some things to try to... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:31:50 EST Up and down All I have been doing for weeks is bouncing up and down around 145. I go up to about 147.8 and this morning I was back down to 144.8. I know it's the water coming and going. It is a litte frustrating. This is why I want to get below 140, around 135, at 145 I am just too close to 150, my official "over weight" acording to the BMI chart. It is too east to jump up there over night. I really expect to lose a litte at the end of the month, that's when I generally see some weightloss if I'm going... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 10:59:27 EST Weight going up, measurments coming down? I have been working very hard since BEFORE Christmas to lose my last 10 pounds. I have been stuck at 145 or about for months. I had stopped exercising during the fall, but have now started back up. I have several different kinds of fitness videos and I mix them up so I don't get too used to any one thing. I do cardio and strength training this way. I have been tracking everything I eat as accurately as possible and logging my exercise too. I know things are changing in a good way, some pants... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 16:40:50 EST That's one less thing. I love this quote from Forrest Gump when he is told he will never have to worry about money again he says, "that's one less thing". That's the way I feel about losing weight and being in my healthy weight range for the first time in years. No, losing the weight doesn't solve all my problems or automatically make me happy. But I do find that when something stressful is going on I find myself thinking, "at least I don't have to go through this and be fat too!" It's one less thing I have to wo... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:14:54 EST Walk Away the Pounds! 2 thumbs up! Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds Ultimate Collection; 4 Complete Workouts on one DVD. <BR> I absolutely love it! It is simple enough that you can get a good workout the very first time you use it, there are no tricky steps to learn. I have always loved walking outdoors the best, it is my prefered exercise, but not in this weather! I draw the line at 40 degrees, especially with wind. Now I can do a 4 mile walk in my den in any weather at any time of the day. <BR> <BR> Another big plus i... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 22:12:19 EST New goal for the new year...Bikini Ready Body! Okay, there it is! I am working for a bikini ready body for spring of 2010. It should be a doable goal, I am almost at goal weight and mostly I need to firm up and tone, get rid of some more tummy. <BR> <BR> I lost 40 pounds last year and I know I can do this. It will take persistance and consistancy and some dedication. I have the tools, DVD's, dumb bells, mats, resistance bands and of course all the motivation, inspiration, information & encouragement a girl could ever need right here in ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:13:27 EST Better day today. I don't know for sure why my weight is up. I think it is a combination of things. Extra holiday treats (some). To much sodium so I have water weight. I have gotten back on my exercise routine and done some strength training so maybe some of it is muscle? I hope? <BR> <BR> Anyway I am not so depressed about it today. I don't feel like I have gained weight, you know what I mean? My clothes all still fit fine. I don't have that bloated yucky feeling like when you know you have been WAY over do... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 21:13:01 EST Up 2 lbs., great way to start the new year... So I have struggled through the whole holiday. Before Thanksgiving I was @ 142.6! Then I didn't track for 2 days while visiting my family. Didn't fall off the wagon, just didn't worry and enjoyed myself. Came back home and immediately started tracking again. Next morning 147! Okay, blame it on water, after all, I know I didn't gain 5 pounds of fat in 2 days. So I go back to school and do my best to avoid all the holiday goodies that are lurking everywhere and I feel like I'm holding my own,... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:22:55 EST Dressing room mirrors, ugh! Okay, no matter how much weight I lose, or how much I work out, why do I look so gosh awful in dressing room mirrors??? I can wear a size 8 but I can't stand to see my reflection, it kind of kills all the fun of buying new clothes. I'm not a big shopper anyway, I really have to be in the mood to try on clothes in the first place and I get tired of it real quickly anyway. And this is not new, I didn't like shopping much even when I was 20 and weighed 120 pounds. I look okay in my mirror at... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:16:26 EST exercise & what you eat I have actually done some execise 2 days in a row! It has taken a full week of no work and no school to get back with the program. But now I feel much better. It's amazing how quickly you can get to feeling better even with just a little exercise. All I have done so far is the lunges from the quickfire challenge team and "the 3 exercises every woman should do". It's not a lot but it's better than nothing and it is a starting point. With exercise, the most important thing is just to START... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:36:32 EST Getting back on the exercise band wagon Finally, I went for a walk today, and did a little yard work! One reason is the weather is warmer today and I am off work and school, that helps a lot! <BR> <BR> I have about 4 pounds to lose to be back where I was before Thanksgiving, that's not too much, but I sure don't want it to turn into more than that. So I am really trying to get a jump start, not waiting until after the holidays to get it rolling again. <BR> <BR> I feel good today. I have spent the last few days eating clean and ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:03:54 EST Love/Hate the holidays Okay, I'm not doing too bad with the eating. I have been eating healthy most of the time. But there is always something else around the corner. No matter how much I would like to completely avoid all the wonderfull desserts, I never can completely avoid them. When I do indulge it is in a very moderate way, but I still feel bad about it. I don't guess I will ever completely lose my love of sweets, especially chocolate. <BR> <BR> I eat my same breakfast, when I eat out or go to a holiday ... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:43:34 EST Santa's Stuck! Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene; illustrated by Henry Cole. <BR> <BR> This should be the "Official Sparkpeople Christmas Picture Book"! <BR> <BR> It is the story of Santa, indulging in a few too many Christmas treats and then getting stuck in the chimney. It takes dog, cat & kittens, all the reindeer and one resourceful little mouse to get Santa "unstuck"! <BR> <BR> The illustrations are adorable, Santa pops a button off his coat, then it shows him from behind bending over in fron... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:41:06 EST MY Rules I was talking with a friend today who is working on losing weight and is "sort of" doing Sparkpeople, changing to healthier eating habits etc. She has already had some success, she was wearing pants this morning that she couldn't wear before and was feeling good about it. So's anyways I shared with her "MY rules". In other words this is what I did to lose it and what I plan to keep doing to KEEP IT OFF. I think it is very doable. <BR> <BR> Here it is. <BR> <BR> 1. Always make the best cho... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 11:12:03 EST So why do I feel embarrassed? Now that I have lost 40 pounds and am maintaining, I have a strange problem. Now when someone notices how much weight I lost and goes on and on about it I almost feel the need to apologize. How weird is that? I see others who are still struggling and I don't know what to say to them. One person has even had gastric bypass surgery and she has not lost as much or as quickly as I have just doing Sparkpeople. I keep wanting to say I'm sorry, I can't help it, I just followed the suggestions on S... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:35:15 EST