BOMBSHELLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOMBSHELLY BOMBSHELLY'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/ Healthy Balance - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975838 "When was the last time you ate a meal without multitasking? Today's challenge is to practice mindful eating during every single meal and snack. Focus on your food without any other distractions (like work or screens)." <BR> <BR> I'm more concerned about limiting my kids' screen time than my own. I've sat here for two hours answering/deleting e-mails, posting on Facebook and reading articles. That's enough for today for me. I ate my breakfast while I was typing. Oatmeal/blueberries/yogurt - ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:23:01 EST I Am an Unconscious/Emotional Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975137 I've been reading the book Intuitive Eating (and listening to it while I walk around the block - yay me - exercise!). I've discovered that I am an unconscious/emotional eater. I eat while I'm doing other things. In fact, I just finished my breakfast as I've been sitting here perusing Sparkpeople and pecking away at this blog post. It was a good breakfast - I actually did taste and enjoy each bite; some mango and pineapple, a multi-grain toaster waffle and turkey breakfast sausage. Sensible ch... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:50:45 EST Danged if ya do - Danged if you don't. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972148 I have to lose 20 pounds by the end of September, or it will cost me several thousand dollars in increased insurance premiums next year. <BR> <BR> This stinks for several reasons. Mostly because I don't want to be missing several thousand dollars. And, I don't really 'want' to stay overweight. And, I'm not overweight for a lack of trying. <BR> <BR> Tying my excessive weight to financial punishment seems insanely unfair, when all of my other health metrics are within normal/healthy ranges.... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 18:36:58 EST Happy Birthday to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944372 Today, I turn 44. <BR> <BR> It is also the last day of a 10-week challenge I joined with a group of women in my community; a Facebook challenge. <BR> <BR> My goal was to lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks. I can't say I was 100% diligent in my efforts, but I still lost 8.5 lbs. I feel okay with that and motivated to press on. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:50:44 EST Swim Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938901 Today is my middle's 7th birthday...and it's Secret Swim Day too! Yay! Two reasons to celebrate! <BR> <BR> I found this awesome gadget at Target. It makes those skinny, long 'noodles' out of vegetables. So so fun! <BR> One week away from the end of the local Facebook challenge I joined, and I've met my goal already; lost 11 pounds in 9 weeks (my goal was to lose 10 lbs. in 10 weeks). <BR> <BR> I need to get a new battery for my Sparktracker today, it's glowing red dots at me instead of gre... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:33:27 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919549 I was thinking this morning about how well I've been doing lately, without such a laser focused intensity (which I've typically been unable to sustain over time). <BR> <BR> I believe I'm finally in a good, successful groove here, owing to the negative behaviors that I've STOPPED, rather than working so hard to implement too many positive changes at once: <BR> <BR> 1. Getting enough sleep every night, instead of worrying about everything that needs to get done and trying to stay up too late... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:40:50 EST Oy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907390 It's been quite a while since I've posted a blog entry. I have new impetus for rekindling my inner "Bombshell"....cold, hard cash! Entered a local 10 week challenge. Day one, and going pretty well so far. Planning a date with the treadmill in the morning. It's always so hard to get back in that groove. But I just gotta. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:14:47 EST Slumping a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888547 <BR> I would assess my performance this week as fair. I've had to rely on my sparktracker for steps, so not sure how accurate it is and makes my volume of steps look pretty crappy. It does seem to work better/be more accurate when I wear it on my shoe - but I don't wear shoes in the house, so I have to wear it on my hip most of the day. <BR> <BR> I'm still on my new streak for signing into Sparkpeople; have been consistent with that - getting 8 hours of sleep each night - and eating health... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:36:30 EST 2/05/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869916 I was able to figure out my Sparktracker yesterday evening. It logged 10,076 steps as opposed to my pedo, which said 6238. I was also on point with my food; 1608 calories (give or take, as I chose things that were 'similar' to the IRL food I ate), and within the reasonable range for carbs, fat, protein and fiber. Logged 8 hours of sleep and consumed 9 servings of fruit/veggies. A pretty good day, I'd say. <BR> <BR> This morning after my run, I did 30 minutes of yoga. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:10:47 EST Consistency - overcoming obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869425 In spite of technical difficulties, I am remaining consistent. 26 days logging into Sparkpeople. Sleeping consistently well. Running/miscellaneous other exercise consistently, and tracking food. <BR> <BR> This morning, I realized - 20 minutes into my coveted 'alone time' with Black Betty (my treadmill), that I had left my Omron pedometer sitting on the bed. "Oh well," I thought, "At least I have my Sparktracker as a back-up." Although not as accurate as the Omron, I have found success in my ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:44:17 EST Parties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866480 So, maybe the Superbowl didn't end up a pitfall for me ... but my daughter's sleepover birthday was. I had too much food. As in, I bought and served too much food and I ate too much food. My daily calorie range is supposed to be 1480 - 1830. I went over that by about 688 calories. <BR> <BR> But, I also did about 80 minutes of Yoga/Pilates as the parent helper for the home school classes and Pedo says 10304 steps (yesterday I logged 11784). I did NOT 'mindlessly' eat; I was thinking about the... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:17:11 EST Consistency Update - Chapter 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865053 Today, I celebrate my 20th day of logging into Sparkpeople CONSISTENTLY, 14 days of being CONSISTENT (mostly; there was one day I didn't) in visiting Black Betty (my treadmill - Pedo says 10808 steps for yesterday), and 14 days of CONSISTENTLY sleeping 8 hours a night. To celebrate, I will add another "death-defying" attempt at consistency; tracking my food (big groan). <BR> <BR> I hate tracking food. Party because I've realized that I am an unintentional eater. I pick at things and shovel ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:36:16 EST Still Trying to Develop Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837370 My previously listed goals must have just been too complex, or too much all at once - because they've not been a successful tool in helping me to develop consistency. <BR> <BR> I changed my goal to 'log onto Sparkpeople daily'. I've been consistent with that goal for 7 days now. Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> My next goal will be to earn a bonus spin each day. <BR> <BR> We'll see how this change of pace goes. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:37:31 EST Developing Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815393 I've been working with a personal coach from Dr. Roizen's 'Enforcer' program and have developed some pretty good/realistic goals to help me develop consistency. Planning to track them here in a little more depth than on the Sparkpeople Tracker page. <BR> <BR> #1 - Log onto Sparkpeople daily (before or in place of logging on to Facebook) <BR> #2 - 10K steps a day, or more <BR> #3 - at least 5 fruits/veggies daily <BR> #4 - water at every meal/snack (even if it's just a sip) <BR> #6 - 7 - 8 h... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:55:36 EST Diet Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760149 Today's Sparkcoach lesson was about Diet Saboteurs; those people in your life who are less than supportive of your healthy efforts for various reasons. This is a hard one for me, because I have one who is very close in my life and one who is 'out there', but distant enough that it's pretty easy to develop a strategy ahead of time, then stick to it. <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to blog about identifying Saboteurs and my plan for dealing with them. Over the years, I think I have developed pretty go... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:54:17 EST What do I hope to achieve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758061 Today's Sparkcoach session was about defining your vision. Sparkguy didn't use those words, but that's what popped into my mind. <BR> <BR> I've got exactly two minutes or I won't have time for Yoga before my shower, waking the kids up, and rushing off to the last 50 cent movie (Peabody and Sherman) of the summer. <BR> <BR> I type fast, so I can do this. <BR> <BR> Here's what I hope to achieve by reaching my goals: <BR> <BR> - I want to feel as if a small chunk of my daily life is MINE <BR... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:43:05 EST It's Been Far Too Long, My Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752736 Sheesh. The last time I posted anything beyond a status was in January. That's bad. <BR> <BR> I'm on a roll with Sparkcoach, though. I started taking notes on the sessions. That seems to help me pay attention/remember/internalize the information better. Otherwise, I have a tendency to let the video run in the background and then go check my e-mail. What's the point in that? <BR> <BR> So, today's program session was about exercise excuses. I'm supposed to list my main excuses and what I wil... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:28:07 EST Oh Yay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596667 I got the letter in the mail today. The one from my husband's employer, informing me of how lucky I am to have the great opportunity to improve my health by working with the care management team this year to set some goals. My "health issue" listed on the letter? WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> Thanks, yeah - I knew that. Now, there will be a financial consequence for failing to meet my goals. Somehow...I'm not feeling so 'lucky'. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless - I shall press on. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:41:29 EST Lazy Blog Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575731 I need one more point for a bonus spin on the Sparkpoints wheel. So, I'm posting this blog. Lazy, I know. Tomorrow's will be better. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:13:25 EST Wow - it's been over a month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529981 Gosh, I've sure not posted in a while. Had a couple weeks of great healthy living, then I got a cold and an ear infection and totally wasn't feeling it any more. <BR> <BR> I'm on the mend now, and after two days of hogging down Halloween candy like a goofball, I'm ready to: <BR> <BR> 1. Pack it away in an inconspicuous place <BR> 2. Remind myself that it belongs to my children, and it doesn't matter if they won't notice a piece missing here and there <BR> 3. Dust off the treadmill <BR> 4. ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:56:04 EST More Fit By Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499957 Today, my 'More Fit by Spring' goals are: <BR> <BR> - drink 8 glasses of water <BR> -stay within calorie range <BR> -12,000 steps on my Fitbit Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:07:32 EST Today's Challenge - No TV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455901 I've not sat and watched TV in weeks. I watch others in my family sit and watch TV while I'm cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, putting away the groceries, and on and on and on. <BR> <BR> Staying away from the computer, however, now THAT would be a challenge for me. Hmmm...in fact, I really don't think I could do it. Limit - yes. Keep away from it entirely, probably not. Guess I should try it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Don't want to. <BR> <BR> But I will. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:10:21 EST Milestone - 20 Pounds~ Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453724 Yesterday, I finally saw it. The number that means I've lost 20 pounds so far. And it's only taken me 2 years of fits and starts! That's okay - I'm motivated to use the momentum and what I've learned thus far to take off the next 20 a whole lot quicker. <BR> <BR> I was, however, very bummed when I attempted to celebrate by buying a new dress online. I went to the website ModCloth, and, as they recommend on many areas of their site, I chatted with a stylist. I gave her my current measurement... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:07:27 EST This Morning, I Amazed Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443099 I have a 'long' route that I run when I'm feeling up to it. I love that route. It's a challenge, and the last time I ran it, I almost ran the whole route without walking. I also have a 'quickie challenging' route, outside of my 'have very little time, but gotta do something' route, which is just around the neighborhood. I usually drive to my 'long' route. But, it connects to my 'quickie challenging' route. Last night, I decided that, since most of what I've done is walk this week, I would be... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 09:54:51 EST Three Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436312 My Sparkcoach today came with the challenge of listing 3 recent accomplishments, about which I feel good. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Made it to church in a reasonable amount of time today (was only 6 minutes late, instead of the usual 30). <BR> <BR> 2. Successfully cared for the neighbor's fish, plants, and dog while they were away on vacation for the past 3 days. No accidents, and none died. <BR> <BR> 3. Made a really good Tuscan Chicken/Vegetable soup without a recipe. <BR> <BR> Sin... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:44:46 EST Cinderella Syndrome and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434338 For a while now, I've identified with Cinderella on the rare occasions that I plan to go do something fun with a friend or family member, without my kids. I usually do a pretty good job keeping up on housework, but I'm nowhere near perfect. So, when I'm going to be away for an evening or weekend, I absolutely bust my hump making sure that the house is clean, laundry is done, dinner is ready to be served for those left behind, and all of the loose ends tied. It ends up becoming such a stressfu... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:06:52 EST Planning Out Tomorrow's Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420518 Currently, I am on "vacation" with two of my 3 kids, staying with my Mom. Some may say....that doesn't sound like much of a vacation, and in some respects, some would be correct. However, I have learned that vacation is a matter of perspective. My Mom's house is much smaller than my home - which I actually like. There are fewer choices at the grocery store; and there is only one them here. In many ways, things are just more simple here. <BR> <BR> So, planning meals has been both a challenge... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:59:52 EST Packing Our Bags! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412398 Tomorrow, two of my daughters and I will head up to Put in Bay island to stay with my Mom for 2 weeks. I am so excited! My daughters will be attending Nature Camp daily - which they LOVE, and be visiting their Gram, which they DOUBLE LOVE. The island is a very peaceful, restful place. Mom has a great view of the lake. I am excited to take my running shoes, and a bunch of healthy food to make recipes I've learned (and ones not yet tried) from the Spark Solution book. <BR> <BR> I did really w... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:58:42 EST And NOW for Something COMPLETELY Different! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404304 Here I am - day 5 of the Spark Solution challenge. I've been 'here' before. Where is 'here', you ask? Well...let me tell you. <BR> <BR> I've been losing and gaining the same 4 lbs. between 172 and 168 for a while now. When I see 172 on the scale, I get all riled up and decide "today is the day" "that's it, I'm getting back on track!" "enough of this nonsense"! Then, I work really hard, using everything I've learned in the past 2 years or so of on and off Sparking, and I lose those 4 lbs. The... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:36:44 EST Day 2 - Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401911 My calves are crying out...."SHELLY! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU DO TO ME YESTERDAY?" Hopefully they will feel better tomorrow. Much Ibuprofen today. <BR> <BR> I did the exercises in the Spark Solution today. On behalf of my latent laziness, the one gripe about this deal is that no one set the challenge up so that people who are doing it have access to the recipes on the Sparkpeople database. Have to enter everything each time...and the recipes all have lots of ingredients. On a similar note, fi... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:28:42 EST Spark Solution to Begin On Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398101 Got the book when it first came out, and it's been sitting there collecting dust as I've been juicing up a storm. Yesterday's 'plateau busting' lesson on my Sparkcoach was about detox diets. I've been trying to balance that information with my experience following the 21 day Clean program. The nutritionist, Becky Hand, was pretty brutal about how detox diets and juice fasts are a bunch of crap (my words, not hers). But, I had a lot of success with the Clean program, which is meant to be tempo... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:10:24 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396220 There is a local ice cream/candy 'joint' in my neighborhood that has fun themed deals on Wednesdays during the summer, a wheel to spin with prizes, and fun activities for the kids. They've dubbed it "Wacky Wednesdays". My neighbors and I have decided that during the summer, we would enjoy the sunshine (when available) and parade with our kids along the 2 mile trek to partake in 'Wacky Wednesday'. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was sure "Wacky" alright. We were all walking on the sidewalk when th... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:02:44 EST My Exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384154 Today's Sparkcoach lesson on my plateau busting program was about the possibility of over-exercising contributing to ones' plateau. <BR> <BR> I don't think that's the case for me. <BR> <BR> I run 30-45 minutes, which I think equates to between 2 and 4 miles, depending on the route and amount of time I take, 4-5 times a week, on a good week. Many weeks, I only run 3 days, but generally, I try to get a few quick walks around the block (about a mile) a few other days if it's an "only able to r... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:42:13 EST Yesterday Was Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381256 It was the first day of summer break for my oldest (entering 3rd grade next year). The morning started out pretty good. I woke up early and had time to do my Spark Coach first thing, wake myself up with some tea, quiet moments, reflection, planning time and a healthy smoothie. The only major challenge I was experiencing was excruciating back pain. Somehow, when I was cleaning the kitchen/filling spice containers in my cabinet (up and down on step stool) the day before, I moved the wrong way a... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:50:22 EST Back to Spring Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378770 Today, I'm going to start a 2nd round of Clean. I've started slipping back into bad habits, and I absolutely do not want them to take hold of me again. <BR> <BR> I did not have energy to get up and run this morning, I've been cranky the last several days, have not been enjoying the same ultra-upbeat state of being, nor the mental clarity. I made an apple bacon pie yesterday and ate too much of it for dinner. Boy, was it good! And, snacked on some popcorn that hubby made at 9:30 pm. <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:46:10 EST Plateau Busting and the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375308 Today's Sparkcoach lesson on the Plateau Busting program, for me, included tips about weighing on the scale. I weigh myself every morning. The Coach recommended only weighing once a week. I've tried that in the past, but there's that darn scale, staring me in the face each morning...beckoning me, tempting me, calling me like some kind of 'game of chance' Carnie. "Step right up, Shelly, and find out if you've gained, maintained, or lost over the past 24 hours!" There's always a 33.33% chance t... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:08:16 EST Favorite "Healthy" Take Out, Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373947 Tonight, we had Lebanese from La Kabob. So good. I had spent 3 hours spring cleaning the kitchen and didn't even want to THINK about messing it up making a meal until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I had vegetable soup and a Mediterranian salad - bright green romaine lettuce, onions, tomato, black olives, feta, and a few slices of gyro meat with cucumber dressing on the side. <BR> <BR> Last time we went to a Chinese restaurant, I tried one of the selections from the diet menu, which was basically st... Fri, 31 May 2013 19:06:20 EST Calorie Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370043 Next time I go out to eat, I will check calories before I go. <BR> <BR> Went to sushi bar for lunch with my sister and her family. And, in the evening, my daughter and I stopped in the Godiva store at the mall when we were shopping for a new pair of shoes. Who knew that one little truffle could come with such a high caloric expense???? JUST ONE! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, between the sushi and the ONE truffle, I went over my calorie budget by about 350 calories. That's not devastating, but a lea... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:33:07 EST I might be a bit of a masochist. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368368 Yesterday, I pushed my way through the push-up challenge. Didn't really want to, and had a serious mental block, but I DID IT ANYWAY - there is no 'try'. <BR> <BR> Did a 20 minute Sparkpeople core workout that really didn't seem all that difficult at the time. <BR> <BR> And, I also ran about 4 miles. <BR> <BR> Today, I have serious aching muscles. And I'm liking it. <BR> <BR> Will drink lots more water today. That should help. Sun, 26 May 2013 11:32:31 EST I FEEEEEL Good, nah nah nah nah nah nah nah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367360 I knew that I would. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track with the Clean eating here, and feeling much better than crap. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, hub had off work. So, slept in a little, went for a morning run a little later than usual. Decided to take the route with the big bahoobee hill. When I got to the bottom of the big bahoobee hill, I remembered that I had made an appointment to take hub's car in to the repair shop for check engine light and to check brakes. Turned right back around and climbed b... Sat, 25 May 2013 07:52:49 EST Dumb Dumb Dumb Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364406 Last night, instead of grilling salmon for dinner (as I mistakenly put it in the freezer - dumb #1), I grilled some grass fed hamburger (made sliders, with whole wheat buns) for the fam. I also made them all some apple/carrot juice. I made some juice for myself, instead of eating the beef and wheat (as I had cheese for lunch, and that was supposed to be my one 'test' for the day). <BR> <BR> Went out shopping for clothes, as none of mine fit me. I thought it would be fun, but it was really j... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:07:40 EST Day 1 - Post Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363632 Last night, as I was making dinner for the family, I tried to determine how to modify the meal so that I could eat it. After thinking of a bunch of different things, I thought it would probably be easier to just make some juice, for heaven's sake, like I had been doing. <BR> <BR> But, at this phase of the detox, one is 'supposed' to gradually add back 'regular' foods in small amounts to find out which if any are problematic. I started with coffee in the morning. It tasted good. I didn't not... Tue, 21 May 2013 15:20:41 EST Day 20 - Clean Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361049 Yesterday, I went out to dinner with my sister, and a musical afterward (community theater rocks!). I had an awesome tasting turkey burger and two beers. I felt very dehydrated. Should have brought some water with me. I'm pretty sure the 2 beers gave me a headache. There was cheese on the turkey burger and it was on a white roll. <BR> <BR> Today I am back to detox. I have a wedding shower to attend later this afternoon, so I'll just make sure I have a good, healthy lunch. I'm going to grill... Sun, 19 May 2013 11:43:40 EST Day 11 of Clean - My Temptations/Victories/Learning Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353289 Overall, I think I've had good results so far with the 21 day detox program. It was difficult, at first, not eating after dinner, as that has been a habit of mine for far too long. I've had a few occasions when I've gone beyond the boundaries of the detox regime. Each one of those was a learning opportunity. <BR> <BR> Day one, I made rice krispie treats. Didn't eat any; wasn't tempted. <BR> <BR> On day two, I made pancakes for the family. I was surprised that I was not even tempted to lic... Sat, 11 May 2013 17:36:34 EST Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341597 I'm reading the book Clean, by Alejandro Junger. Interesting stuff. Has anyone else read it? Wed, 1 May 2013 07:20:39 EST Sleep Really Does Make a Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300522 My Fitbit recorded that I had 99% sleep efficiency last night, and boy can I tell the difference! I had been going to bed too late at night, my fitbit recording that I would wake up between 20 - 30 times a night! Since I've been more regular about exercise, taking my vitamins, and going to bed a little earlier, I feel on top of the world. <BR> <BR> Everything is connected. <BR> <BR> My Sparkcoach session challenged me to write about motivational techniques. I'm still working those out. I've... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:24:27 EST Lessons from the Teacher's Strike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299578 Today marks the beginning of the 4th week of the Strongsville Teacher's strike. I have been absolutely obsessed with learning the issues surrounding it, gathering information, posting my thoughts and opinions online, to the exclusion of just about everything else in my life. <BR> <BR> I have still been running on the treadmill here and there, kept up with my 3x a week at Curves, but it's only been in the past week that I've really put attention back into better eating habits. <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:37:42 EST Where'd that Wagon Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242984 I feel like I keep falling off, running to catch up, jumping back on, falling off again, rolling into the bushes, then trying to find the wagon again but all I get is dust clouds in my face. <BR> <BR> Argh. <BR> <BR> So - I believe I will take a teeeeeeny tiny baby step and just work on consistency. Even if I don't log a whole day's worth of food, I will log at least ONE thing that I ate each day. Or water consumed. Or whatever I can. <BR> <BR> I've been good about wearing my Fitbit. It sy... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:38:23 EST Starting off today well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103407 Sparkcoach, check! Stressbusting article read...check! <BR> <BR> Now to get those kiddos up and moving for school. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:40:39 EST Stress busting challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102275 My journal entries last week about my stressors were really long. I worry about my 'stressors' sounding like complaining. I don't want to be a complainer. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:21:35 EST