BLOOMETTA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BLOOMETTA BLOOMETTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 137 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988879 THE SHORT STORY: This emotional roller coaster of a week will be over today. Tomorrow is the weekend, and if all goes well Monday I begin with a fresh start . I made it through a very tough time and I stayed on a healthy path. YAY me! <BR> <BR> THE LONG VERSION: <BR> This week has been REALLY hard at work. We were to have a company meeting Tuesday to improve communication and take care of needed administrative things. The owner cancelled it Saturday citing the cost was too much. But what ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:05:44 EST Day 129 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978008 I entered the July 29-August 4, 2012 Virtual Race and immediately felt panic! What have I done??? What if I can't do this??? What if I don't finish?? What if... - what? "What if" WHAT exactly? What kind of game is "what if" when I only play it halfway? <BR> <BR> Here's the other half of the game. THE ANSWERS! "What if" I didn't finish? And "what if" I can't do this? Well, then I'll know where I am with my fitness and I can be happy that I made a good effort to be a participant in this race... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:45:03 EST Day 127 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975099 Man, am I ever off track! I started the new job, kept the original job. The hours soon became too much. My eating went down the tubes quickly because I just didn't have the energy to plan and cook ahead of time for the week. So last week I had my hours changed - started the new schedule this week. Less hours over all, more time between jobs and fewer days working both jobs. SOOOO... I think I will be able to get caught up on rest and get it all back in gear. <BR> <BR> With my poor eating, m... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:46:02 EST Day 117 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959054 So what had happened was.... <BR> <BR> I started the new job. I went on a camping trip. I am still working my original job. And things just kinda spiraled down. But not entirely. <BR> <BR> Starting the new job was crazy due to the chaotic nature of the CEO, who is in the office all the time. He is the owner and this is a small business. He never makes mistakes. Even when you show him his own writing, replay his video or audio recording. Mentally that took 2 weeks to adjust to. But I DID ad... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:51:03 EST Day 93 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925352 Third day on the new job. I am having a pretty big allergic reaction to the office I'm in. So for 3 days I've been taking Vitamin C, allergy meds, and ibuprofen (for the sore throat). Since I'm packing my lunches everyday i'm eating great during the day. Then I come home and just change somehow. I want carbs. Wonder if it's hormonal? I ate great all day today then had pancakes for dinner. It's in my tracker, but no way worth the calories. Not so good. I think I'll make a great soup so when I ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:22:27 EST Day 91 - Oh What a Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921180 Oh what a weekend! And I don't mean that in a good way. I was offered a job at a tree company and I took it. I attempted to quit my current job and they worked with me so I can work both jobs for a short time to get back on my feet. Then I celebrated with friends and family. Oh boy, did I celebrate! <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised much since Friday and I didn't log any of it. Ugh. So much for accountability there, but I did log every bite I took and every thing I drank. <BR> <BR> Friday I w... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:05:52 EST Day 87 - Interviewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916209 I went to one on-site interview and had a phone interview. The on-site is a no-go for me. The phone interview has promise. But he has 300 applicants to review and won't know until next week who he will see in person. <BR> <BR> 80 jumping jacks (1 x 65) whew, that was tough! <BR> 20 lunges (10/leg x1) It's better if I walk these rather than be stationary. <BR> 25 squats (x1) <BR> 20 sit ups (x2) <BR> 10 push-ups (x0) <BR> 60 second wall sit (x2) <BR> 60 second plank. (x0) Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:55:40 EST Day 87 - Interviewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916203 I interviewed with a tree company yesterday. I don't think we are a good match. At first I just wanted a job. But as I think about it, it just seemed to be less and less attractive. I got a call for a phone interview later in the day. This one looks promising but he has 300 applicants to review and narrow down. I won't know until next week. <BR> <BR> 80 jumping jacks (1x 65) whew, that was tough! <BR> 20 lunges (10/leg x1) these are becoming fun cuz I walk them. <BR> 25 squats (x1) *sigh*... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:53:06 EST Day 87 - Interviewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916199 I interviewed with a tree company yesterday. I don't think we are a good match. At first I just wanted a job. But as I think about it, it just seemed to be less and less attractive. I got a call for a phone interview later in the day. This one looks promising but he has 300 applicants to review and narrow down. I won't know until next week. <BR> <BR> 80 jumping jacks (1x 65) whew, that was tough! <BR> 20 lunges (10/leg x1) these are becoming fun cuz I walk them. <BR> 25 squats (x1) *sigh*... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 11:51:50 EST Day 86 - Major Impact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914678 I work from home as a tech adviser to my co-workers. The company has about 5000 employees and I help when they are having connectivity, phone and systems issues. It's a telecommuting job which I love. Saturday I was given the news that the hours for our Team of 30 have been drastically cut to the tune of 500 hours per month. They promised more information later. <BR> <BR> So Monday the Bosses announced they had created a way to be fair in reallocating the number of maximum hours we can get ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 11:56:51 EST Day 84 - First BIG Goal MET!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911182 My weight has been dropping steadily. I'm eating more. I'm eating in a healthy way. And I'm beginning to move more. <BR> <BR> So today I am happy to announce.... DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!! ... <BR> <BR> I am finally UNDER 200 pounds. Today I weigh 199. <BR> <BR> AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!! OK, the crowd may just be in my own head. But that's still a very happy crowd! LOL Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:18:12 EST Day 82 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908549 WooHoo!!! Today I have officially lost a total of 14 pounds. I'm happy! 2 more pounds and I will FINALLY be below 200 pounds. First time since 2007, I think. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:00:48 EST Day 80 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905911 I'm feeling much more energized and find that I look forward to exercising. I'm keeping weights in my home office so I can pick them up and do a quick set between calls. <BR> <BR> 80 jumping jacks (0) <BR> 20 lunges (10/leg) <BR> 25 squats (0) <BR> 20 sit ups (x3) <BR> 10 push-ups (x0) <BR> 60 second wall sit (x2) <BR> 60 second plank. (x0) <BR> <BR> I used the weights today. I did tricep presses, curls and over the head thingys to work shoulder and another one where you dip the weight be... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:30:11 EST Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904100 The daily goal is this set x3: <BR> 10 push-ups <BR> 20 sit ups <BR> 80 jumping jacks <BR> 60 second wall sit <BR> 20 lunges (10 per leg) <BR> 60 second plank <BR> <BR> For today: <BR> 10 push-ups (x2) <BR> 20 sit ups (x3) <BR> 80 jumping jacks <BR> 60 second wall sit (x2) <BR> 20 lunges (10 per leg) - did I mention I have lunges? <BR> 60 second plank - SOOOO not in shape enough for 60 seconds. Made it 3 seconds. Wed, 30 May 2012 10:31:03 EST Day 77 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901166 So yesterday I did 20 sit ups and 10 push-ups. The ultimate goal is to do 3 sets of the following: <BR> <BR> 10 push-ups <BR> 20 sit ups <BR> 80 jumping jacks <BR> 60 second wall sit <BR> 20 lunges (10 per leg) <BR> 60 second plank <BR> <BR> I posted this list on my dresser late yesterday so I look at it many times a day. When I get dressed in the morning, passing through the bedroom, going to bed at night, etc. (OK. Not etc., really just those times I listed. LOL.) <BR> <BR> It's a shor... Mon, 28 May 2012 12:15:41 EST Day 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899907 I am still so happy that I am eating smart, healthy choices! I was looking in teh ice cream section yesterday and thought I should get a treat. I'm not a big sweet eater so what usually happens is that I buy something sweet then don't eat for months. But I wanted to check out the labels of ice cream. After looking at them all I looked at the labels for sherbet - which I actually like better. AND WHAT DO YA KNOW!? This is not only something I like better but is also about 130 calories a servin... Sun, 27 May 2012 11:59:49 EST Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897302 Today is starting slow. I have been up for 2 hours and haven't made breakfast yet. Very unusual. For the first time in a long time I am battling allergies, I believe. It's either that or I'm detoxing. Both feel the same to me and make me feel very tired & head foggy. <BR> <BR> Since I'm having the symptoms I'll be gathering the supplies to do an actual detox so I can get through this effectively. Might as well go with it rather than using meds to kill the symptoms but leaving the under lyin... Fri, 25 May 2012 09:10:02 EST Day 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897303 Today is starting slow. I have been up for 2 hours and haven't made breakfast yet. Very unusual. For the first time in a long time I am battling allergies, I believe. It's either that or I'm detoxing. Both feel the same to me and make me feel very tired & head foggy. <BR> <BR> Since I'm having the symptoms I'll be gathering the supplies to do an actual detox so I can get through this effectively. Might as well go with it rather than using meds to kill the symptoms but leaving the under lyin... Fri, 25 May 2012 09:10:02 EST What day is this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890930 Sorry but I didn't feel like going back an counting the days this time. Maybe it's best to not count? But that kind of goes against the idea behind Spark, right? Maybe I'll count it up next time. <BR> <BR> This weekend I started a container garden based on a book by Mel Bartholomew called Square Foot Gardening. I've never had a green thumb. Quite the opposite, in fact. Even my silk plant have died over the years! LOL! But this process Mel talks about looks so doable that I just have to try i... Mon, 21 May 2012 09:44:45 EST Day 59 Finally Making REAL Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875380 I have been working on adding and removing habits in a trend towards better health. Now I finally feel that I can actually set my Fast Break Goals. Here is what I am going to do daily: <BR> <BR> 5/10/2012 Fast Break Goals: <BR> Exercise 10 minutes <BR> Give a self-pep talk - EFT 5 minutes <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water <BR> <BR> You might think those are small goals. But it took me almost 2 months to get to this point and I call it PROGRESS! <BR> <BR> Next month I will weigh in. Until t... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:06:11 EST Day 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853871 I have a buddy - Tom - who wants to be healthy and at a weight he can live with. We decided this week to work together. He is about 800 or so miles away from me. So it's all by text, phone and emails that we have always supported each other. Now we will do that with our health, too. We met face-to-face about 14 years ago at manager's training then haven't seen each other since. Can you believe it? <BR> <BR> So we set some very small goals. We have to walk for 15 minutes a day and he has to ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:03:10 EST Day 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845666 I'm glad to be back on track. I'm moving more. Though I'm not tracking it well. And I'm eating well. OK. MOSTLY well. And I'm tracking every bite! Even the Cadbury eggs. I'm not weighing regularly but I believe that I am maintaining. I want to break that 200 mark. That's the next mini-goal. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:01:10 EST Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830828 I think I'm snapping out of it today. Finished breakfast and lunch ok today. Having a good dinner. <BR> <BR> <BR> Baby steps! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:13:43 EST Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829130 I'm fighting and fighting hard to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I have hit that point at which I begin to feel an internal rebelliousness. It's not quite a panic. But I recognize in myself the desire to stuff my emotions. I am not doing so well if fighting that off. And if I don't get a grip I fear that I may never succeed. <BR> <BR> I'm having major self-doubts that platitudes can't help. Yes, yes, I know you want to say "you can do it, Barbara!" But just where are the facts to back THAT up?? ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:13:29 EST Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816512 I am coming out of a set-back. This weekend was tough. But no worries! I'm not stuck in that mode. Today I'm back on track. I think the weekend was mostly PMS/hormonal stuff. Today I'm having fish, fruits, veggies and pre-planned snacks. <BR> <BR> I am STILL having a hard time drinking water. That used to be the easiest thing. Don't know what's going on there, but I am working on it. <BR> <BR> I am still trending in the right direction! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:33:29 EST Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811508 Another day down and I'm still on track. WOW! I'm actually doing this. Changing my life. Reworking my health. Wow! Wow!! As I review this I am amazed. If I keep doing this I am going to be healthy. I'm going to get my cholesterol and high blood pressure back to normal limits. Wow! I'm eating myself to health. Just like I was eating myself to the most UNhealthy life I could be living. <BR> <BR> And why was I eating that way? It will be no surprise to hear that I was hurt and scared. Hurt that... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:14:15 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809185 Yesterday I had a full day of bad foods so no wonder I feel icky today. I'm back on a very good schedule, but there is a kick-back from yesterday. Even when I know that eating unhealthy foods is like choosing a toxin and yesterday started with circumstances that I didn't exactly control. But I could have, if I had planned a lot better. I spent the night with friends 2 hours away. Usually when I do that I take my food with me. Protein shakes, salads, snacks, and something for us all to have fo... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:36:56 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806259 Another day another ... what fits here? Another carrot? Another celery stick? LOL! I don't know what fits but I can tell you that I did a good job today of eating right. I even exercised for 30 minutes. Got in a very brisk walk. I'm 5'8" and my friend is taller. Next time I WILL set the pace. LOL!! But even if the pace was fast, I felt good getting the walk in. <BR> <BR> Now I can have the rest of my water and a 100 calorie snack maybe. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:49:08 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804150 I'm down to 204 as of this morning. I'm feeling proud of myself and oddly doubtful. Doubtful that I can keep doing this. Then I remember: OH WAIT! Just for today! I CAN do this for just today." And I am back on track. <BR> <BR> So far I have had a protein shake (home made with almond milk, fruit and whole almonds) and a steak salad for lunch. I snacked on rice crackers with goat cheese. That was yummy! I have been slipping with water and I can feel the difference so today I am re-focusing o... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:16:03 EST Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802372 Today will be a long day. I will be busy all day. Tonight I'm going to see Camelot, the play. Since it will start at 7:30 pm and it's an hour away from my home I'll be up waaaay later than I'd like. But I hope it turns out to be worth the time. <BR> <BR> I will be able to make all my meals at home in between today's activities so I don't expect to have a problem keeping on track. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:20:58 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800398 Today has been a long day. It's almost 8 p.m. CST and I am just sitting down for dinner. My stomach is growling!! I'm making a modified version of Hungry Girl's Lasagna. GOOD stuff! I made it last night, too. But last night I made it as directed (ok, no eggplant) and today I played with it. Since I don't like eggplant I substituted fresh spinach and a 1/2 c of meat both times. Last night I used ground sirloin and tonight I used sliced chicken breast. I'm so glad that I cook meat in batches. T... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:07:16 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797003 I started the day just great. Mentally I was "in the game." Had a good breakfast, and a nice snack. Enjoyed a protein shake for lunch. The early afternoon I hit a kind of wall mentally. I felt bored, I wanted to eat but knew I wasn't hungry and I didn't know what I wanted if I ate any way. So I exercised. Did a full body strength training. It only took 15 minutes to do the exercises I chose. And then I felt good again. No longer wanted to eat and I wasn't bored. I love endorphins!! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:56:28 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795604 I am feeling giddy today. Happy that my energy is great, I'm eating much better as a good trend. I may not be perfect, but I am trending in the right direction. Keep this up and I can see these big clothes going to Goodwill by December. <BR> <BR> It feels like my mind is in the right place. What is so fun about today is that I feel like I did when I was a happy little girl. Spinning in the yard, arms back, looking up to feel the sun on my face. That is the same feeling I have and it's prett... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:33:41 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787791 Well I had a SHOCK today. I have been going to the doctor for 2 months to resolve an issue. As of today the issue is resolve, but that's not the shock. I have been weighed every visit. Before I step on the scale I know what it will read. 215 pounds. And today I expected the same. Imagine my surprise when the nurse got my temp and blood pressure, but was gonna skip the weight. I told here let's just go ahead and do it. <BR> <BR> I'm not 215 any more. I'm at 208. From Monday to today I dropp... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:06:50 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786479 After being on and off this website since 2007. Today I learned a valuable thing. My self-perception has been off. I am now fully re-committed to my health. Denial is not gonna win today. Excuses are not gonna win today. <BR> <BR> Today is the end of Day 2. I won. 2 days in a row. Healthy eating, more fruits, vegetables, lower calories, higher protein, adequate water, and all tracked. S.M.A.R.T goals are now in place! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:23:26 EST