BLCTLEW's SparkPeople Blog BLCTLEW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It is possible to eat just one Ok, one of those cravings hit <BR> <BR> I really was too tired to fight <BR> <BR> but I tried <BR> <BR> I wanted chocolate, not my usual craving is there is such a thing as usual <BR> <BR> I figured it was a sugar thing since I was feeling sluggish anyway <BR> <BR> I tried fruit, nothing doing <BR> <BR> I thought about the different things I could try but nothing seemed to be it <BR> <BR> So I did it <BR> <BR> I ate Hershey's Peanut Butter cups <BR> <BR> I put it in my tracker and wa... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:58:34 EST This is the wall The reason I decided to follow the SP menu was so I didn't have to decide what to's already done, and I don't have to really calculate what I can's already done, but I screwed up my menu with exploring options so did the best I could remember from the menu for a couple I have nothing to rely on. <BR> <BR> There is nothing planned, nothing easy, nothing sounds appetizing, this is when it would be easy to go to McDonalds. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT GO!!!! Even if I h... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 19:57:02 EST Curve Balls Life has sure been throwing me some curve balls but I have not given up. <BR> <BR> Sometimes the best I can do is just keep a balance and try to find the path back without reporting. <BR> <BR> So I am back. <BR> <BR> Was feeling pretty miserable for a while. Knee injury and then turned out my gallbladder was really bad. Try a golf ball in your gallbladder. Doctors were very curious how long it had been there. Guess it is kind of odd to have something that large. Now I wonder if 6 year... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:15:46 EST A whole new approach? So I went to the doc for my 3 month follow up for my ugly blood results. <BR> <BR> They had a surprise for me. I got to see the Mr Doc instead of the Mrs Doc that I usually see. I kind of dreaded it actually. Not that He isn't a good doc but we just don't click. He is very sharp as in he picks up on the small things most people don't see unless they are pointed out. I regret to admit that I went in the office with quite a bit of attitude. But that got fixed quick. <BR> <BR> He looked a... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:40:42 EST Oh Obstacles! Ugh <BR> <BR> It seems just when I say I am going to do something, it's like the whole universe hears me and says No way! Everything gets in the way. <BR> <BR> My eating <BR> <BR> My exercise much else to do <BR> <BR> Ok, you want to know how construction interfered in my eating plan. In our office they are doing some construction, we were supposed to be relatively dustfree and have our kitchen space during lunch. Not happening. Dust is everywhere! Even i... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 23:22:18 EST Starting Again - don't read this if you are sensitive I get so discouraged trying to do this alone. <BR> <BR> I like having a real person beside me, working out with me, struggling with the ice cream cravings, laughing together when we screw up; problem is nobody in my life is on this journey. <BR> <BR> I like having the online teams but the commitment just isn't there from others. I work really hard to find a way to compete with others to keep myself motivated. Hell I didn't even realize that I was a competitor until I started doing the tea... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:40:46 EST They say laughter is a good workout ... A WOMAN'S WEEK AT THE GYM <BR> <BR> <BR> If you read this without <BR> laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to <BR> everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout <BR> routine. <BR> <BR> Dear Diary, <BR> For my birthday this year, my Husband (the <BR> dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for <BR> me. <BR> <BR> Although I am still in great shape since being a high school <BR> football cheerleader 43 years ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:56:40 EST Trying to start again again <BR> again <BR> and again <BR> <BR> I don't even know about being here today <BR> <BR> I managed to weigh and measure <BR> <BR> I was supposed to go to the store today but didn't feel well when I woke up and it was snowing so nixed that plan <BR> <BR> How come I can't get moving? <BR> <BR> It's not that I don't want to, I just don't want to be by myself <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:09:09 EST Guess this is my time to focus on me <BR> <BR> No need to worry about posting everday <BR> <BR> No need to worry about trying to come up with the right words to motivate someone else <BR> <BR> No need to worry about getting more reps than so-and-so <BR> <BR> No need to worry about being accountable to someone else <BR> <BR> I took this seriously <BR> <BR> and worked hard <BR> <BR> but wasn't making the progress I wanted <BR> <BR> so I understand why everyone bailed <BR> <BR> but I can't go back to BLC <B... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:00:37 EST A lecture for my baby brother (and in the end myself) What are you doing there? <BR> <BR> Is that helping you solve your problem? <BR> <BR> Will it help you make some progress on your dreams? <BR> <BR> What is going to come of this? <BR> <BR> If I can do this you can do that <BR> <BR> We weren't taught how to deal with our problems but we can learn together, we are worth it, I will be here for you. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 00:06:49 EST Tomorrow is my New Year I am not waiting until January 1st to get that new year start <BR> <BR> I can use my hand more after my spinning class accident <BR> <BR> So December 1st starts my new year <BR> <BR> Please Lord let me have the new year feeling inside me with all the motivation to keep moving. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:13:03 EST My first spinning class Yeah right <BR> <BR> What it taught me is I ain't strong enough <BR> <BR> I can ride a bike fast or slow but I can't stand up in the pedals <BR> <BR> I stumbled and jammed my pinky finger on the handlebars and now I think I didn't get enough calorie burn but I did get the cheek burn (embarrassed). <BR> <BR> I have the endurance but I can't stand up <BR> <BR> No I am not giving up but boy it sure isn't as easy as it looks <em>108</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 20:16:24 EST 5 Steps to Achieving Behavioral Change I found this in my email after chat this evening...I deleted a couple of words that limited it and voila, something very appropriate for us. <BR> <BR> Developing yourself isn't easy; behavioral change is hard, time-consuming, and frustrating. However, removing the five most common roadblocks to change can make your path to self improvement better: <BR> <BR> 1.Take ownership. If you don't think you can change, you can't. Believe in your ability to change and take ownership before getting st... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 23:04:43 EST What can make you break program? For me it's extreme stress and good beer. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:59:54 EST Woman's Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my shape to keep. Please no wrinkles, Please no bags Please lift my butt before it sags. Please no age spots, Please no gray As for my belly, Please take it away. Keep me healthy, Keep me young, And thank you Lord, For all you've done Sat, 31 Oct 2009 23:30:42 EST Expectations Whatever relationship you are in <BR> <BR> Marriage <BR> <BR> Sibling <BR> <BR> Parent/child <BR> <BR> Animal / Caretaker <BR> <BR> Employer / Employee <BR> <BR> Teacher / Student <BR> <BR> Expectations must be communicated in order to be achieved. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 00:55:15 EST Gyms; Free vs. Paid A. Antibacterial Gel at door, not told to use it <BR> B. Antibacterial Wipes randomly through the gym, big signs about wiping down machines after use and dirty looks if you look like you are walking away without using it on the machine <BR> <BR> A. One person on duty and no help with the machines <BR> B. One person always at the desk, numerous cleaning, and trainers (at least 1) available to help <BR> <BR> A. People look at you weird when you are new <BR> B. People don't look at you unless ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 21:59:04 EST Honesty If I go to the doctor for an issue and he doesn't help me <BR> <BR> And I tell my friend what I went there for and that the doctor didn't help me <BR> <BR> That's honesty <BR> <BR> If I fail to tell my friend and she goes for the same issue <BR> <BR> That's neglect <BR> <BR> However, if I tell her and she still goes <BR> <BR> Then that's her problem <BR> <BR> Right? Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:20:15 EST LockerRoomPhobia Today has been one of those busy busy days <BR> <BR> It would have been easy to skip my run today; <BR> <BR> Had a migraine threatening because of the storm coming in <BR> <BR> Needed to get home and check on my daughter <BR> <BR> Get across town to get the boys for dinner <BR> <BR> But instead I did something I never do <BR> <BR> I changed in the locker room at the gym <BR> <BR> Ick!!! Ick!!! Ick!!! Ick!!! Ick!!! Ick!!! <BR> <BR> I don't like changing in the locker room because I d... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:04:33 EST Some days are like that, even in Australia My favorite book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day <BR> <BR> It's a childrens book and a simple story but sometimes that's exactly what we need <BR> <BR> We have to remember: <BR> <BR> Not everyone is gonna like us all the time, some people won't like us ever <BR> <BR> Some days the car won't start and others it will take you to the ends of the earth <BR> <BR> Some times we hit the targets (calories, protein, etc) other days we over / under shoot <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:48:52 EST Just a mug Sometimes it's hard to come up with a blog topic <BR> <BR> I workout at the Buckley Air Force Base gym, it's free for me as long as my hubby is a reservist, okay, nothing is really free - the drive is awful. <BR> <BR> Been going there since I started BLC last year - not every day mind you. <BR> <BR> They have this lovely display case in the front with all kinds of things in it, water bottles, lanyards, coffee mugs, t-shirts, hooded sweat shirts.... <BR> <BR> I said I unofficially collec... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 23:04:57 EST What is taste worth? (calories) So today I went to the store to get some sick people foods <BR> <BR> I was getting Jello (with sugar) when you are sick you should not be strict on calories <BR> <BR> I noticed regular puddings, so here I must interject my previous experience <BR> <BR> When I started the Biggest Loser Club Diet they had this pudding recommended that was 100 calories per little container, I actually found one that I liked and it became my night time treat <BR> <BR> But my store and others in the area stopp... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 22:33:42 EST Things change I feel like the Vixens team that came from BLC is just falling apart. <BR> <BR> I was hoping that once the show started up again that it would all come back together. <BR> <BR> When I first stated that I thought that I could not make it without my team. <BR> <BR> This week my husband has been helping me <BR> <BR> Talking to me about those things that I used to talk to my team about <BR> <BR> He is even watching the show with me and expressing things that I was used to hearing from my tea... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:50:56 EST * * * M I S S I N G * * * A piece of my backside <BR> <BR> If found do not make contact with it <BR> <BR> Run away as fast as you can <BR> <BR> You do not need this extra weight and fat <BR> <BR> It will only drag you down <BR> <BR> Take my example and leave it behind! LOL Fri, 16 Oct 2009 10:42:52 EST Where is the click? For us to make something a habit it must click with us in some way. <BR> <BR> Like my afternoon fits, if I skip it I don't feel right like I am missing something because I am <BR> <BR> That will make it a lifelong habit <BR> <BR> But like paying bills...there is no easy way so I don't want to do it and therefore resist it being part of my life <BR> <BR> Where is your click? What will it take for you to make this a lifestyle? Wed, 14 Oct 2009 22:02:02 EST "I can't" s How many times have you said, "I can't" <BR> <BR> For anything <BR> <BR> Did you try? How well did you try? Did you try again? <BR> <BR> It's an amazing thing <BR> <BR> The human spirit to overcome <BR> <BR> My "I can't" used to be running <BR> <BR> But oh how I wanted to <BR> <BR> My eldest daughter joined the cross country team and I so much wanted to practice with her <BR> <BR> But a number of health issues prevented it...besides my own "I can't" <BR> <BR> She once told her coach... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 10:47:26 EST Where are you? I texted my gym friend the other day because I haven't seen her in almost 2 weeks <BR> <BR> She texts back, "You are just never there when I am." <BR> <BR> Couldn't we all say that <BR> <BR> I was there when you weren't <BR> <BR> How convenient <BR> <BR> We must hold ourselves accountable to someone if we are to stick to our plans <BR> <BR> Once we start making excuses for not showing up, it's easy to continue to make excuses <BR> <BR> I am not saying that my gym friend isn't telling t... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:02:06 EST Is America Learning? Today I saw a good thing <BR> <BR> We went to the store for a couple of items <BR> <BR> You have to walk right past the mobile warmer with roasted chickens in it <BR> <BR> Right There <BR> <BR> Is where I saw it <BR> <BR> A BBBIIIIGGGGG (well more than an inch in diameter) <BR> <BR> Bright Yellow <BR> <BR> Sticker <BR> <BR> That said <BR> <BR> "Contains MSG" <BR> <BR> Yeah!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now maybe you don't think it's a big deal <BR> <BR> But me and my family do <BR> <BR> You s... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 21:24:07 EST Fundamentals What is your fundamentals? How can they help you lose weight? <BR> <BR> Exercise: it's easier to take the elevator but the stairs aren't that hard <BR> the gym is free for me so no excuse there <BR> <BR> Vegetables: I love 'em but now I make them more important <BR> Nothing for dinner? Pull out all your vegetables and see what you can make besides a salad...stir fry with tofu is my fall back (tofu freezes well and I get it by the case) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:08:15 EST You really can wing it and do quite well <BR> <BR> My daughter wanted sloppy joes today <BR> <BR> We stopped at the store for milk so I looked at the sloppy joe mixes <BR> <BR> Nuttin doing <BR> <BR> The 3rd ingredient on all of them was High Fructose Corn Syrup, there were things I couldn't pronounce but my daughter really wanted sloppy joes, so I decided to wing it. <BR> <BR> Ground Turkey, 97% lean, onion, garlic, red pepper because I am not supposed to eat green, tomato sauce no salt added, salt free chili... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 00:41:26 EST Surprise Surprise (a little gomer pyle) Well I dreaded it <BR> <BR> That scale lurking in the laundry room <BR> <BR> But I did it <BR> <BR> I stepped up and held my breath <BR> <BR> I had a hungry week so I thought for sure I gained <BR> <BR> and it was down 7.2 pounds from last week <BR> <BR> I literally grabbed by butt and said "Where?" <BR> <BR> I got off, pushed the scale over a bit and stepped back on <BR> <BR> Same,, hmmmmm <BR> <BR> Could it be that I did something right this week? <BR> <BR> Again I got off and pus... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 23:33:39 EST Plans Interesting <BR> <BR> I can blindly follow a plan and have success <BR> <BR> If I divert from the plan I have a hard time getting back <BR> <BR> Exercise, I have it on a plan, but I have days that the only goal is to burn a certain number of calories doesn't matter if it's biking, dancing, walking...just calories <BR> <BR> Food, Give me a menu plan and I can stick to it....adjust a little such as saving a little lunch for an afternoon snack, or taking a little of dinner for an afternoon s... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:50:44 EST Some days They're the devil <BR> <BR> And others an angel <BR> <BR> They're our significant others <BR> <BR> I would like to kill mine today <BR> <BR> His turn to cook dinner....not ready until 7:30, ridiculous <BR> <BR> Then he starts teasing me while I am working out <BR> <BR> Then he sits there eating chips while I am working out <BR> <BR> He deserves a good kick in the rear <BR> <BR> But my legs are too sore to do it Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:30:03 EST Being an Angel (messenger) Yes you can <BR> <BR> Yes you are <BR> <BR> When you listen to what God is telling you to do <BR> <BR> You become his angel or messenger <BR> <BR> Sometimes you feel silly telling other people the good, right and true things that you do but the telling of obeying God is being an angel or messenger all over again. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday my co-worker mentioned she wanted to take Friday off and I said that I was thinking about taking Friday off - not like me at all. Since one of us needs ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:42:44 EST Making Strides Takes only one step at a time <BR> <BR> Say you have five major activities in your life <BR> <BR> Work <BR> <BR> Clean house <BR> <BR> Take Care of Kids <BR> <BR> Study <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> <BR> If you improve one step in each area then you only took 5 can do that can't you? <BR> <BR> What step will you take today? <BR> <BR> Commit yourself to just one step and eventually you will have done 5 and then you can start another step in each area <BR> <BR> Did someone write... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:51:23 EST Just a little further So each day <BR> <BR> I am trying to do just a little more each time <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got that pain in the neck that says a migraine is coming and I had to stop <BR> <BR> But today I was able to go further <BR> <BR> That's what it takes <BR> <BR> Just a little more each day Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:53:36 EST How does it feel? WARNING: show talk How does it feel to be the last one picked, or rather the default because there is no such as picked when you are the only remaining? <BR> <BR> How does it feel to walk into a room and everyone scatters? <BR> <BR> How does it feel to walk in on a laughing conversation and everything is silent? <BR> <BR> Bet you know at least one of these <BR> <BR> Bet the folks on season 8 know them well <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now how does it feel the first time you push yourself further than you t... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 20:14:57 EST Getting back in the groove I did well today <BR> <BR> Stayed in my calorie limits <BR> <BR> Went for a walk <BR> <BR> Then mowed the lawn <BR> <BR> Then did team chat <BR> <BR> I should get a brownie for that <BR> <BR> but I'll pass <em>224</em> Mon, 14 Sep 2009 22:04:19 EST Things will come and things will go So I set out to make today the first day of my plan <BR> <BR> So many chores to do <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping a bit for those vegies and fruits <BR> <BR> and making the plan for the week <BR> <BR> I forgot one little thing <BR> <BR> Everytime I get a plan someone throws a wrench in it <BR> <BR> but I will be okay <BR> <BR> Plans are a guideline to help you reach your goal <BR> <BR> They must be flexible or you will never make it <BR> <BR> So flex we will <BR> <BR> We have all we nee... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 22:32:28 EST Disappointment So I am trying to figure out how to align my schedule with getting back into the groove with SP. I go to the start page with all the goals and such and find that no matter how I set those goals and charts I am not happy with where I am projected to be. <BR> <BR> I am a schedule, goals, plans person, I do well with them, without them I falter and fall. <BR> <BR> Even then sometimes they ain't good...30 day ab project, my abs stuck out further - they were not flatter and I did it exactly r... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 19:44:17 EST My prayer for 9/11 The scars I bear <BR> You cannot see <BR> Though invisible to the eye <BR> They are very real to me <BR> Oh Lord, My God <BR> Keep me near to thee <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2009 11:22:01 EST Wrong turns I wonder if I am going at this the wrong way. I get started and run up against a brick wall. I try again, and again the wall. Hmmm <BR> <BR> So where's the right place to start? I thought just right here and go forward but it keeps going wrong. Maybe I need to start somewhere else. <BR> <BR> So starting going through the emails and points isn't the place for me to start. <BR> <BR> So maybe I need to start in the exercise and leave the posting until I am back on track. Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:42:08 EST The steps I have always know that when things get too complicated to follow people quit <BR> <BR> And I am no better <BR> <BR> So I can't do anymore challenges that require me to report things here there and everywhere <BR> <BR> If it isn't all in one place I have to skip it for now Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:07:16 EST Step 2 Weigh in <BR> <BR> 239.8 <BR> <BR> Not bad, doc says good <BR> <BR> My long term plateau level is 240 so that is the point that is hardest for me to fight but 18 or so months ago I weighed over 272 so here we go Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:05:27 EST Aha, step 1 Went to the farmers market and stocked the fridge with fresh veggies. Thu, 6 Aug 2009 23:01:02 EST Leadership I am always amazed at my husband's leadership abilities <BR> <BR> I told someone the other day that my husband is my hero <BR> <BR> Today again he has amazed me...he called me to share an event <BR> <BR> You see my husband is a Staff Sargeant in the Army reserves <BR> <BR> He was on active duty before the reserves <BR> <BR> His integrity was challenged and he showed strength through it even though we suffered for years and actually still do <BR> <BR> He teaches and encourages all his so... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:25:18 EST Proud of myself I took a day off from running yesterday, I thought my legs were just going to die so just did the fast walking inclines - I sure broke a sweat, that thing said I burned like 450 calories. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to try to move to the new week schedule, which is what I was supposed to do yesterday but couldn't even get last week's schedule in, and I did fabulously - my daughter started shouting. She has been my helper, making sure I get my timing, encouraging me to keep going, she knows ho... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 23:21:34 EST Weight is deceptive So today I ran into Sandy <BR> <BR> She was on BLC, was on another bootcamp team and then just disappeared <BR> <BR> Well I had found out that she was going through some things <BR> <BR> So today I was thinking I would call her if I didn't see her at the gym, you see I need nice people like her in my life to counter balance some of the others <BR> <BR> And I saw her at the gym <BR> <BR> She looked great! Bright, cheery, happy, healthy <BR> <BR> But you know what, she says she gained al... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 23:12:11 EST 1 week down I ran ahead of schedule, I am on week 2 of the running schedule and week 2 actually starts tomorrow. Week 1 was absolutely no effort so I moved to week 2. Now week 2 has proven more challenging for a few reasons besides the actual running is longer; my allergies have been bad giving me a headache and asthma attacks, my body decided it wanted to have a period this week, and the weather has been a challenge - making the gym most of the time though. Today I pushed the running sprint a little ... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 23:35:35 EST New Month - New Plan - Day 1 So today is July 1st <BR> <BR> My dh left today for 4 weeks of annual training (don't believe that 1 weekend a month two weeks a year stuff the commercials tell's almost a second full time job these days) <BR> <BR> My plan is to get moving, get tracking, and get back in line, in 4 weeks <BR> <BR> I do have a written plan <BR> <BR> And I started working it already <BR> <BR> Wish me luck Wed, 1 Jul 2009 21:42:12 EST