BINGO24's SparkPeople Blog BINGO24's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I took the ten day Fed Up sugar challenge There is a new movie out called Fed Up that is being promoted by Katie Couric and which is about all the hidden sugar in our diets and the negative effect it is having on Americans' health. In my latest leap off the healthy eating wagon, I was consuming large amounts of chocolate candy nearly every day. And to no one's surprise, I packed back on all the pounds I had previously lost. I was disgusted and fed up with myself but was doing nothing to reverse my bad habits. <BR> <BR> Then I rea... Thu, 22 May 2014 09:55:51 EST Working on the Weight of Too Much Stuff I have become thoroughly convinced that much of my mindless eating is related to negativity spawned by underlying issues. One of the biggest ones is the clutter that surrounds me in my home. I am not a neat freak, but I do like order. My husband thrives on chaos or so he seems to think. But this clutter has been depressing me because it seems to grow exponentially despite my attempts to get it under control. <BR> <BR> When I was working, my office was always neat and orderly. I was know... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:38:51 EST Living in the Present, Not the Past For a number of years, I was a runner and a fairly good one at the local level. Then my feet gave up on me and eventually I lost interest in trying to balance running and the pain from plantar fasciitis. The bad news is that plantar fasciitis made me give up running, but the good news is that not running was a cure for it. That was over ten years and twenty pounds ago. <BR> <BR> Recently, I started going through my closets and getting rid of clothing that no longer fits. I read somewhere... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:58:19 EST Walking in the Rain So much has happened since my last blog entry and most of it was not particularly positive. I made my confession about lying to myself and then did nothing about it. The weather had been very bad up to and through Christmas and I used it to avoid exercising since my main form of exercise is walking. On top of that, I continued with my bad eating and drinking habits, not just through Christmas, but New Year's too. <BR> <BR> I reluctantly weighed myself several days ago and was not surprise... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:30:44 EST Being Honest I recently read an article about lying and why we do it. There was a major difference between the types of lies that men tell and those of women. In general, women lie to smooth things over or to make themselves or others feel better. For the last month and a half, I have been lying to myself and it has caught up with me. <BR> <BR> I have not been accountable about what I have been eating and drinking and of course, I am paying the price with weight gain once again. With a family weddin... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:16:24 EST Weekly Update #9 - Only a Minor Update Today I usually do my weekly update on Mondays, but there will be no update today due to a crazy day yesterday. Yesterday was my husband's and my anniversary. We did not have big plans other than to go out to dinner in the evening. Otherwise, the day would be a normal day for us. <BR> <BR> My husband is planning on a long distance bike ride with several of his buddies in early September and he has needed to do training in order to ensure that the ride will be comfortable as possible. He has do... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:39:02 EST Weekly Update #8 - Company and Cheating After being sick the previous week, I did not do my weekly weigh in and measurements last Monday. And since we had company on and off nearly the entire week, I was ready for a very unpleasant surprise when I did my weekly weigh in and measurements. I did not totally hold back when we went out to eat and I served lasagna and garlic bread for dinner one night, not exactly a low calorie, low fat option. One night, we went to a Mexican restaurant where I had chips and salsa and a large stein ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:21:36 EST Weekly Update #7 - Not a Good Week I did not do my weekly weigh in and measurements today. I had a rough week last week when I became sick late Thursday and continued to not feel well through Sunday. I tried to exercise on Friday and that was a bad mistake. Listening to your body is something we all should do and I failed to do that on Friday. <BR> <BR> I continue to be very proud of my water intake. This is the longest streak I have ever had for drinking eight glasses of water in each day. I also have been sleeping very ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:34:16 EST Weekly Update #6 - Sometimes the Scale Lies Seven weeks into my program and I am now convinced that the scale sometimes lies. In a way, that is a good thing. This is the second week in which I hit a plateau as far as my "friend" the scale says, but my clothing and measurements tell a much different story. Regardless of the number on the scale, my clothing is fitting so much better now and I lost from both my hips and waist again this week. Could it be that my walking program is building some muscle? I hope so. I try to walk briskl... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:39:48 EST Weekly Update #5 - Feeling Positive I have been back on my program for six weeks now and after having reached a plateau last week, things are moving positively again. Having this one week plateau taught me to be patient and and not worry so much about the scale which is not always our friend. The big thing is, regardless of the number on the scale, my clothing is fitting so much better now. A lot of that is probably due to maintaining a consistent walking program of three miles every day. <BR> <BR> I continue to be very pr... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:30:54 EST Weekly Update #4 - A Plateau But No Panic I have been back on my program for five weeks now and have reached a plateau. Ironically, this plateau is at the same weight that I have plateau'd at in the past, so I am trying to be patient. <BR> <BR> I am still having problems with sleep consistency although I am sleeping better than the previous week. I continue to be very proud of my water intake. This is the longest streak I have ever had for drinking eight glasses of water in each day. <BR> <BR> I had two days this past week where... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:17:06 EST Weekly Update #3 - Slow and Steady with a Few Bumps in the Road I have been back on my program for four weeks now and am still making some progress with a few bumps in the road here and there. Of course, that is to be expected. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I did not sleep as well this week as I did the previous week. I had two nights in a row when I slept fitfully for only five hours each night and ended up getting up very early in the morning. On the positive side, I am very proud of my water intake. This is the longest streak I have ever had in that ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:09:35 EST Weekly Update #2 - Making Progress The water drinking is really working out well this time. At first, I would wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. A friend of mine assured me that if I stayed with it, my body would get used to drinking all that water and I would be able to sleep through the night. She was right and that is no longer a problem. I am continuing to sleep well, although I do not always make the full eight hours. However, I rarely go below seven hours, so that is acceptable to me. The qua... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:01:53 EST Weekly Update Although I had been back walking for a while now, I had not been consciously tracking my food and measurements. As I wrote earlier, I was shocked to see how much I had gained in my waist and hips since last year. Getting these two measurements down is something I really want to do instead of just losing pounds. <BR> <BR> I bought a new pedometer and started tracking my daily steps in addition to the three miles I try to walk nearly every day. My goal is a minimum of 7,500 steps per day. ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:34:37 EST Measurements and Miscellanea Logging stuff in is good for accountability. I am glad I had logged in my measurements before because I knew my clothing was not fitting right and I did not need the scale to tell me that fact. What was shocking was to discover that I had added two inches to both my waist and hips since I last logged them less than one year ago. Wow! So all those pants did not shrink by themselves. A jolt of reality is good for motivation. <BR> <BR> I logged everything in on June 3, so I am going to d... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:28:09 EST Taking a More Holistic View The last time I was actively participating at Spark People, I came specifically to lose weight and that was it. Because I did not have a huge amount of weight to lose, I used Spark People as a diet program with the idea that I would not necessarily stay here permanently. My weight loss was very successful and I came less frequently to Spark People after achieving my goal. I looked and felt my best in years. But eventually, I fell back into my old bad habits and the weight crept back. <BR... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:00:01 EST Accountability and Calories Just a few thoughts about how accountability works for me. I knew from previous success that I had with Spark People that coming here every day and logging my food and exercise is the key to success. I have only been back a few days, but I am already seeing how important accountability is especially in logging my food. <BR> <BR> I had not made a conscious effort to change much about my eating habits before coming back on the program, so logging in my food has opened my eyes. I am findi... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:43:27 EST Today is Water Day! Drinking eight glasses of water every day is not easy. Normally, I reach six glasses but then feel like I could float a battleship. So I stop there. Also I love my tea and would rather be drinking that instead. Yes tea is liquid, but it is not water. I decided to declare today as Water Day! So instead of having a cup of tea first thing this morning, I started off with 16 ounces of plain water. Here's to eight glasses of water today. Cheers! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 05:34:58 EST Every day is a new day and today was a new discovery. Sometimes those discoveries are great. But sometimes they are not so good. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with negativity lately, mostly due to family issues involving my father's Alzheimer's disease. In general, I tend to be a high/low person. I really enjoy the highlights of life, but often let the bad things really drag me down. My husband is just the opposite. He never gets excited or up about anything, but he never lets anything bring him down. <BR... Fri, 31 May 2013 20:30:03 EST Starting Over Again. Yes , Unfortunately, That is Again! Here I go again, starting over. The last several months have been very stressful for me and my family. It is an excuse and a bad one at that, but I let myself go. I quit exercising and did not watch what I ate and drank, and here I am again starting over and beating myself up over it. <BR> <BR> For the last ten years, my father has suffered with Alzheimer's disease. He is 90 years old and had been living at home with my mother as his principal caregiver. Last December, one week before C... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:12:08 EST I leaped into the deep end over the holidays I have not been around for several months and boy does it show on my waist and hips. I am not proud of myself either. I let myself go due to family stress and just dove right into the goodies and alcohol of the holidays. It was so bad that I was forced to buy three pairs of pants in a larger size, something I said I would never do after I lost weight several years ago. So here I am, back and feeling contrition. <BR> <BR> When I first lost weight several years ago, I began my program the ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 09:38:45 EST Readjusting my Attitude I have been AWOL for over a month during which time I let everything slide. <em>18</em> It started when I had to travel for over a week and was only able to get two days of walking in while eating heavy meals every day with friends and family. Then after I got back home, I hurt my leg and without maintaining my routine, everything else went downhill. <BR> <BR> That is my excuse. But the real problem is my attitude. Suddenly, I just did not care. <em>39</em> At my age, even a shor... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 07:55:54 EST Reality, part 2 : Decisions I posted a blog entry two days ago in which I confessed that I had been trying to do too much exercise for my age and level of fitness. I was participating in the Summer 5K Your Way at the Walk/Jog level thinking it would be fairly easy and I was also participating in the 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge using Coach Nicole's DVD. I did fairly well at first until the training for the 5K ramped up and suddenly after my Saturday workout, I found myself wiped out and extremely sore. <BR> <BR> I was... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:16:01 EST Reality I need to be much more realistic than I have been lately. While I have lost nearly all the weight to my goal weight, weight is not the primary motivator for me here at Spark People. Instead, getting into better shape while trying to lose a few pounds is really what I have wanted to do. I figured that if I got into better shape, the weight would take care of itself, and to a great extent it has. <BR> <BR> What the big problem for me is that my head is where I was over 20 years ago and my b... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:30:02 EST A Few Thoughts on the Tour de France - Day 1 Today was the first day of the 2012 Tour de France with a short 6.4 Km (about 4 miles) prologue time trial in Liege, Belgium. I have been a huge fan of the Tour since the mid 1980's and still get an enormous thrill from watching it every year. Unfortunately, I am going to miss several of the critical days in the mountains this year due to my having to travel and being without internet service. <BR> <BR> The cyclists are probably the best athletes in the world in an event that usually cover... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 18:21:11 EST Am I Becoming an Athlete? When I signed up for the Summer 5K Challenge, I decided to do it as a walk/jog. The summer 5K Challenge has different programs tailored for those who choose to do it as a Walk, or a Walk/Jog, or a Run as a Beginning Runner, or as a Run for those who are already running. <BR> <BR> Since I can already walk further than a 5K, and since it has been a full ten years since I last ran, I chose the Walk/Jog program. It is a six week program with three training days a week and three cross traini... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:00:53 EST Embarking on a New (Old) Challenge I have decided to participate in the Summer 5K Challenge. <BR> <BR> Years ago, this would have been nothing as I was a very serious runner for years until chronic foot problems made running no longer enjoyable. When I say serious, I mean that I ran for fun and for competition and was a fairly consistently successful age group runner. When running became no longer fun due to my foot problems, I not only gave up running, but gave up regular exercise for years. And that was when the weight... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:54:15 EST Starting April Behind and That Is Not Bad My husband and I have a second home in North Carolina. Actually we spend more time here than we do in Florida. This week we travelled to NC and will remain here for at least seven months or more. When we left here last December, we shut down the house completely. So there have been many things we have had to do to get back to normal. <BR> <BR> Because we were so busy this week, I fell behind in my exercise minutes and will miss my weekly goal for the first time in nearly three months.... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 17:55:03 EST Miscellanea and More on Baby Sign Language Last weekend, my husband and I attended a 50th Birthday party for couple whose birthdays are less than one month apart. This couple is from our group of running friends. While the husband no longer runs on a regular basis due to knee problems, the wife is still one of the best age group runners in the United States. Several years ago, she finished second in the Masters (over 40) in the New York Marathon. Despite being an outstanding runner, she is one of the most down to earth and joyful ... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 16:11:26 EST Trying to Beat the Rain For the month of March I set an ambitious goal for my monthly pedometer challenge in my 50+ with ten pounds or less to lose team. I had done so well in February that I thought the monthly total for March would be easily doable. <BR> <BR> Since the monthly pedometer challenge for each participant is a competition with oneself, I wanted to set the bar high, but still realistic. In other words, the goal I set was meant to challenge me, but also to be attainable. As with any plan, one should... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:51:31 EST Baby Sign Language Nearly two weeks ago, my husband and I went to central Florida for my niece's wedding in St. Pete Beach. We drove first to my parents' home near the Orlando area. My parents are in their mid eighties. My father is in poor health and my mother does not like to drive in heavy traffic, so my husband and I drove them over to the wedding that morning. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day for a outdoor wedding at a local hotel. The temperatures were in the mid seventies and there was not a cloud i... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:41:54 EST It's Springtime <img src="">Spring is a beautiful time of year here in Tallahassee. The biggest public celebration of the year is a multi-week event called Springtime Tallahassee. A week from Saturday the celebration will culminate with the annual Springtime Tallahassee 10 K run, a parade, free entertainment on several stages throughout the downtown, and an arts and crafts sale in the downtown parks. <BR> <BR> The main reason spring is celebrated here is... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:20:46 EST Woo Hoo!!! I Met my Weight Goal! Today the scale confirmed that I had indeed met my weight goal. I had been hovering around it, but I wanted the scale to firmly be at or below my goal weight. I am very happy, not only with the number, but more with how I got here and what I have learned from this experience. <BR> <BR> When I first came to Spark People over a year ago, I was only focused on losing weight and that was all. I fell off the wagon after three months and ended up gaining even more weight than I had lost afterw... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 15:35:59 EST Minor Setback, Updated and a Thank You As I posted in my last blog, I woke yesterday morning with my old nemisis Plantar Fasciitis back again. PF is easy to recognize because the pain is the worst immediately upon getting out of bed. PF is an inflammation of the main tendon in the foot where it connects to the Achilles. Overnight, the inflammation sets in and you wake up very stiff and sore. Usually as the day goes on, it loosens up a bit, but too much weight bearing exercise will further aggravate it. Sometimes people will... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:31:50 EST Minor Setback For a number of years back when I was younger, I was a runner. Unlike most runners, I never had a serious injury even when I was doing very high mileage. Then age caught up with me and eventually I succumbed to plantar fasciitis. At first I tried to run through it. Then I tried various forms of stretching and religiously taped my feet before I ran. The old joke among runners is that the only real cure from plantar fasciitis is to quit running and that was true for me. <BR> <BR> Running... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:46:01 EST Getting Together with Old Friends Lately it seems as though my husband's and my social calendar has been busier than normal. All of these occasions involve old friends, including some whom I have not seen in a while. <BR> <BR> Last weekend my husband and I attended a 60th birthday party for a friend of ours. He is not only a friend, but he once worked at the City for many years during the time I worked there too. Many current and City employees attended the party, so it was a wonderful chance for me to catch up with them... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 13:23:29 EST Almost Cut my Hair ALMOST CUT MY HAIR <BR> David Crosby <BR> <BR> Almost cut my hair <BR> It happened just the other day <BR> It's gettin kinda long <BR> I could have said it was in my way <BR> <BR> So go the beginning lyrics of an old Crosby, Stills, and Nash song. For months, I almost cut my hair, but never really could make the commitment. Then finally last week, I did cut my hair and probably should have cut off even more. <BR> <BR> For years I wore my hair very short because I ran and needed a hairs... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 11:02:39 EST Changing Things up a Bit I have posted before that logging in my food has been one of the most valuable tools available to me here at SparkPeople. In the beginning, it allowed me to identify that too many of my calories were coming from sweets and that my portions were way too large. As a result, I corrected my diet by removing refined sugar from my every day diet, and began measuring and weighing my food to regulate my portions. <BR> <BR> I have been logging in my food religiously every day for three months now... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:28:25 EST The Beauty of Nature I am so fortunate to live in a neighborhood that is conducive to walking and is like a nature sanctuary. When I do my daily walks, I use the time to soak in all that is around me, especially the birds. <BR> <BR> The land that my neighborhood was built upon was once used as a cattle ranch until about forty years ago. This area of North Florida is very hilly and my neighborhood is no exception. About a quarter of the upland area was developed with planted pines while the remainder was ori... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:22:30 EST Dealing with Negative People That is probably not the most positive title for a blog either. One of the other goals that I have been working on is reducing negativity in my life. Some negativity is brought on by circumstances, some is self induced, and some is from being influenced by negative people. <BR> <BR> One of the biggest benefits I have gotten from my daily power walk is the feeling of optimism that it gives me. I am proud of myself for finally wanting to get back into decent physical condition and for tac... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 14:19:17 EST Power Walking with my Husband? Ha! As I have written before, there have been several keys to my program. First, was tracking everything I ate which showed I needed portion control and to make better choices. Second, was the elimination of refined sugar from my diet because I had been eating way too many calories from sweets. The third thing I did was embark on an exercise program, which for me was power walking. <BR> <BR> In January, after joining the pedometer challenge in my 50+ with ten pounds to lose team, I upped my ... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:22:48 EST Last Sunday at the Greenway The area of Florida in which I live still has a number of old plantation lands. While many have developed over the years, a few still exist in my county. One of those properties is less than a mile from my house. The owners have development plans for the future but most of the property is still being used for cattle grazing. <BR> <BR> When the owners first approached the county with their development plans, the county saw an opportunity to purchase a portion of the property as part of the... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 14:39:25 EST Baseball Cap Psychology Back in the olden, golden days when I was still able to run, there was this wonderful 20 K (12.4 miles) race in rural south Georgia through the pine forests owned by International Paper Company. The company co-sponsored the race along with my local track club and the race was known as the Pine Run. The Pine Run was my favorite race each year and was always run on the third Saturday in October which usually meant beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> The course was brutal in places. Even though t... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 18:11:47 EST Clearing the Clutter in 30 Minutes As I wrote in my last entry, I am just beginning to understand the concept of total wellness. Interestingly, my sig line is Body, Mind, day at a time. At the time I adopted that sig line, it must have been a subconscious decision on my part, because I honestly had no idea how much these parts play in the concept of total wellness. <BR> <BR> I am doing very well with the Body part. I have lost nine pounds in a little over two months and have been within my calorie limits nea... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 18:24:12 EST Overall Wellness One of the most wonderful things about Sparkpeople is that it is not just a diet and exercise site. The emphasis here is on complete wellness. This was something I did not get at first, but am finally understanding. Today's blog entry may be one of several on this subject. <BR> <BR> When I first joined a little over one year ago, I basically used SparkPeople simply to track my food and exercise, but I was not always consistent. Once I got half way to my goal weight, I quit coming on a re... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 10:54:38 EST This is Not a Low Calorie Blog Entry A big reason for my belonging to SparkPeople is that it has helped me in forming a long term healthier life style. In some areas, I have done very well, but in other areas, I have a long way to go. For me, I want to progress slowly by replacing my bad habits with better ones on a permanent basis. I am also realistic that there will be times when I backslide. Saturday was one of those times. <BR> <BR> Saturday night we went to a party for a young couple who used to live here in town, but... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:36:27 EST About All This Water That I am supposed to be drinking but I confess that I am not. <BR> <BR> This is the blog entry that I have been avoiding for some time. Cutting to the chase, I simply am not drinking eight glasses of water a day. In fact, many days I do not even come close. <BR> <BR> Sticking to the calorie limits set for me by SparkPeople, doing my cardio nearly every day, getting eight hours of sleep per night, and avoiding sweets and refined sugar has been a piece of cake compared to downing eig... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 14:26:44 EST Math Challenged In January, I participated for the first time in the monthly pedometer challenge at one of my Spark Teams. The premise of the pedometer challenge is that each person sets their own goal of a certain number of steps for that month. Then we each regularly log in our number of steps per day, a running total of steps taken in the month, and a running total of steps still left in order to reach our individual goals. <BR> <BR> What this means is that each night I record the number on my pedomet... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 08:26:16 EST Monthly Pedometer Challenge When I started back with Spark People in late November, I set two main goals for myself. First was to lose at least ten of the pounds that I had put on in the last two to three years. The other goal was to regain some level of fitness. Obviously for the first goal, I had to adjust my eating habits to stay within the calorie range set for me by SparkPeople. For the second goal, I chose walking with a daily goal of 7,500 steps. If I did a daily walk of between two and two and a half miles... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:11:59 EST Dressed for Success? It is often said that clothes make the man or the woman. In many professional careers, a certain standard of dress is expected if one is to succeed or represent their chosen profession. Back in my working days at the City of Tallahassee, we would often dress somewhat casual in the office. But on the days when we had to attend a public hearing or a Commission meeting, we were expected to dress accordingly which meant a coat and tie for the men or a nice dress or suit for the women. <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:24:20 EST