BEACHBUMATHEART's SparkPeople Blog BEACHBUMATHEART's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Over I call this the Summer of Bronchitis. <BR> <BR> I have been so sick since about mid July. I got well enough to swim for one whole week near the end of August. Then my son and both grandgirls got sick in the following week, and I was sick again just after Labor Day. <BR> <BR> I'm still not completely over this. My recovery tends to be one step forward, half a step back. Saturday, I had a low grade temperature and chills for several hours. Then yesterday I felt better and last night I ha... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:32:43 EST Touching Base The past three weeks I have been sidelined by illness. The upper respiratory infection I had was something I just couldn't get over. It turned into severe bronchitis that took me out of work for several days. There was an ear infection in there, too. I got back to work last Monday, but have been super occupied trying to keep my head above water on a day-to-day basis. No time yet to catch up on the work that didn't get done while I was sick. This weekend I was attending to personal matte... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:20:38 EST July 2013 - It's Been One Hard Month I feel a bit like July has been a wasted month. <BR> <BR> I started off the month discouraged by the slow rate of change in the numbers on the scale. But I was seeing changes in my body, and worked to encourage myself to focus on those. That was a good lesson, I think. Just last week, someone noted that a colleague was really trimming down. The colleague, though, replied somewhat dejectedly that the numbers on her scale hadn't changed. But the difference in her physique is notable. So ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:42:24 EST Back on the Positivity Train! Maybe I just really needed that long weekend to rest up, but I'm feeling quite positive and energized about my SparkJourney. <BR> <BR> I was concerned that the activity tracker was over-estimating the number of calories I burn swimming. So I found a site that uses age, weight, height, gender to compute calories for slow swimming. It was several hundred calories an hour less than the Spark estimate. Then I checked the Spark estimate for "water aerobics" and found it is 100 calories under w... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:06:04 EST Keeping On - There's No Better Choice I'm feeling better than I was when I wrote yesterday's blog entry. Thank you for all the kind words of support! Taking in your words, and taking some time to think helped a lot. I went to the pool and swam for an hour and fifteen minutes. I got my hair cut. I stayed within calorie range. I took stock of the signs of progress that I've already made: better lung capacity, sleeping better, stronger muscles, knees feeling so much better as my leg muscles have strengthened, clothes definitel... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:42:19 EST I Know I Shouldn't Compare...But I'm feeling somewhat down and frustrated. Two months I've been at this - tracking what I eat, weighing and measuring, staying in a weight loss calorie range every week, and swimming 1.5-2 hours 4 to 7 times a week. I'm working hard at this. And, yes, I'm down two pant sizes - and I know that's not nothing. But the scale has moved only 12 pounds in those two months. And when I see someone else who eats in my calorie range and is losing literally 5 times faster than I am, I feel kind of de... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:22:14 EST Setting some real-life goals. I've been thinking a lot about goals lately. Numbers on a scale are, in a way, an abstract concept for me. I've been thinking more about things I'm looking forward to accomplishing as I get healthier- goals that I can picture enjoying. <BR> <BR> I started by estimating when I may be able to move down pant sizes. I think, realistically, I can be down one more size by the first of August, and down another by the end of September (when I have a work presentation to make). I think I can be d... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:17:48 EST Learning to Trust the Process I started Sparking on May 6th. But I was too scared to see how much I weighed, so I started with an estimated weight. It took three days to get up the courage to weigh myself. When I did, I discovered that I'd over-estimated my weight by 60 pounds! Talk about body image distortion. <BR> <BR> Once I had an accurate weight, I reset my account using that weight (which is why it looks like I started May 9th). I got my calorie range, and started swimming regularly. Now, I didn't really trus... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:01:47 EST A Little Slip Okay, so late last night I over-did with "a little something sweet." <BR> <BR> What lessons can I learn from that? Well, I was probably over-tired. I'd been up early, had been very active that day, and was up past my normal bedtime. I'll have to recognize I may be more vulnerable when I'm worn down like that. <BR> <BR> Then, thinking about my day, I realized I'd probably had a lot more salt than I usually have. And I was a couple glasses light on water. AND I'd had some diet soda in ... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:19:08 EST Exercise! Without movement, I just can't lose weight. But I'm not really an exercise kind of person. So being motivated to move is often difficult for me. Procrastination has been a foe. It's been way too easy for me to let a sense of responsibility toward work give me an excuse to not work out. <BR> <BR> However, it's time for me to make myself a priority. One way I'm doing that is to make time to exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm waking up earlier so that I can exercise before work. I like to do my w... Sun, 26 May 2013 07:29:15 EST Getting Started Well, I'd never imagined "blogging," but I'm thinking of this as sort of a diary of my journey. Even if no one else ever reads a word, perhaps recording my thoughts through this process will be a help for me. <BR> <BR> My plan for getting healthier is simple. Follow my meal plan. Move more. Drink water. Simple isn't always easy, though! <BR> <BR> When it comes to my meal plan, I'm wanting to balance a sense of routine with enough variety to keep me from feeling deprived. I work long d... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:21:48 EST