BRASKIN's SparkPeople Blog BRASKIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The ability to start over I'm grateful for the ability to start over. Watching the food intake, setting up an exercise routine, working on destressing... learning to say no. <BR> no promises, just short term work for longer term results. <BR> today is day 1... again <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:46:35 EST streak day 20 walked over 15,000 steps today. worked in the back yard, nails done, beach time. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:22:03 EST streak day20 checking in, but only half heartedly. have to get back to the swing of things. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:02:21 EST spark streak day 17 very tired and its all emotional and mental...not physical. off today and tomorrow... let's see if I can play catch up with myself. got the night guard so hopefully the mouth clenching at night will stop. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:01:55 EST streak day 12 had veggie lomein for lunch and greek salad for dinner... have to add them to the tracker to see what the impact was for yesterday. Thank goodness its friday. Fri, 30 May 2014 07:18:08 EST streak day 11 long day yesterday, I'm really tired. Got to yellow lanyard level at koko. will get to the gym today otherwise the muscles will remain sore. popped on the scale, it hasn't moved but I'm remembering the nsv and sense that my clothes feel a bit better... that's progress. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:15:36 EST streak day 10 Dentist friday. check that off as done. Roger sabotages weight loss with cookies...and I of course ate them. re-start today. Wed, 28 May 2014 06:11:49 EST streak day 9 had chinese buffet last night... 1 meal for lunch and dinner... then had watermellon and cheddar cheese puffs. good thing I waked almost 5 miles....back to the vegetarian world. <BR> MUST call the dentist today. Priority. Then come home and go to the gym. Tue, 27 May 2014 06:38:25 EST streak day 8 busy memorial day... get mom, get maddy, watch parade, hang out.... maybe David, Adrianne and David will come over. just 500 points shy of the yellow lanyard from the gym...then I have to get 250,000 points to get the blue one. Heaven knows how long that will take....say 1500 per session...that means 33 weeks.... a bit over 8 months if I go 5 times a week! Mon, 26 May 2014 06:52:05 EST streak day 7 just turned down a bagel...yeah me. follwoing the spark vegitarian diet and feeling better lwith it. balance meals all day. Dog is adapting... roger took her to the vet and the new stronger medicine is working . had an ant issue with some of her food. <BR> have to keep an eye on what's left out . <BR> spent an hour in the gym yesterday and will do the same today after making lists of things needed to spend a summer outside. Sun, 25 May 2014 06:55:37 EST streak day 6 dog is getting comfortable.... roger is happy ...and he gets out and goes walking. <BR> tried to fight the impulse to weigh myself....lost that battle, but won the weight loss at almost 3 lbs. <em>104</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 09:12:44 EST streak day 5 feeling much better without meat, chicken, fish and just a little dairy. Turned down cheesecake! Welcomed Calli into the house...a 2 yr old lahaso apso that was rescued after being thrown from a car. We foster her for a month and then if all is well and good, she's ours. Crate trained, leash what's wrong with this dog? Roger is over the moon happy. <em>338</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 06:21:44 EST streak day 4 <em>334</em> I'm sticking with it.... even got to the gym yesterday. Got home after 10 last night and had a late night snack, but coupled with the gym.... no big deal. tempted to weigh myself, but will hold off and do it only a week from the initial weigh in...which I think was monday. Thu, 22 May 2014 08:23:20 EST streak day 3 late night tonight. Last night made most of lunch and dinner for today . pushing myself to get to the gym this morning. Wed, 21 May 2014 05:37:29 EST Streak day 2 Wishing I could sleep one night ....through the night. Fighting back and working on one thing at a time. Moved some small items, took care of some of Mom's stuff...will need a day off to do all of it. <BR> have to print a list of special days for mom so she remembers them... and me as well. <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:50:47 EST Streak day 1 Sometimes it just gets to the point where you say, "I"M DONE" Well, I'm there. I know all the things to do, but haven't done them. Today I start again. Trying to be aware of everything that sets me off. Going to do one thing at a time. (that's a novel concept). Will maximize spark and the veggie food plan, exercise....even if it means just taking a walk. The end result...will be a happier, fitter me. Mon, 19 May 2014 06:32:25 EST Starting fresh Stress is the issue.... food has been the substitue.... bad...all the way around. <BR> Going shopping today and will use the spark vegitarian selections for the week. <BR> so not happy with everything right now...too much to do. To much stress... have to find a way to be happy again. Sun, 18 May 2014 10:46:14 EST mother's day coming off the yachad shabbaton.... ate carefully..... slept some, and feel better with the more vegan based diet Sun, 11 May 2014 11:16:21 EST shouldn't have but did Shouldn't have stepped on the scale...but did anyway. Lost two lbs. Which should be expected...if you don't each junk and you control the portions... you will lose weight. <BR> the better note.... I feel better without the junk and without the heavy foods. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 08:42:33 EST not too bad other than being at work until 7:20.... breakfast was so filling yesterday that I didn't eat a morning fruit. Lunch was the same...was good until dinner. <BR> Dinner was less food and I was hungry (or so I think) and just ignored it because it was so late. <BR> Today I'm repeating the food from yesterday and will get home early (after a trip to riverdale) to go shop for everything else I need for tomorrow and part of friday. Wed, 7 May 2014 06:51:36 EST seriously, in all honesty I'm heading up to the heavy weight and now its got to stop. In the middle of reading Mark Bittman's VB6- Vegan before 6 p.m. Back to the structure of the day that appears to work for me.... up by 4:30.... make breakfast and lunch. Taking an orange and an apple for snacking. Today is homemade cold cereal. Lunch is a chickpea rattatouile and a salad. Will get to dinner when I get home...which will try to be around 5:30. If I can get a short walk in at lunch...good for me. Will stop at bbb o... Tue, 6 May 2014 06:26:18 EST may 5 TADA! 27 MILES.... for someone who just got on a bike 2 months ago....and has only traveled 5 miles.... this was a feat! The wind was bad so I had to walk the bike up the inclines of 4 bridges (didn't make it to the 5th)....but was a challenge! Mon, 5 May 2014 08:20:18 EST May 1 everythings a struggle..... have a 40 mile bike ride sunday, I'll be happy if I can get through half of it. Thu, 1 May 2014 08:48:49 EST April 23rd Day 1 ( how many day one's can you have.... in my case, a lot). The scale has the telltale signs of passover. Too much matzoh, too much cake and cookies. Things I don't have in the house year round that just found themselves in my closet over the holiday. Today is day number one again...... tracking food, eating balanced and moving. While I've managed through this passover birthday, next year's a biggie. I was going to write, "can I"...and then realized, that won't, I will (much... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:51:25 EST April 10 wilting.... can't wait for tomorrow. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:44:27 EST april 9 no "vacation"....just time not in the office! <BR> wishing you and George a happy Passover/Easter Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:25:57 EST april 6 Rode my bicycle for the first time in 50 years! Have to start to ride consistently to get to the 40 mile td bank bike ride on May 4th. Rode 3 miles half into the wind. <BR> Dena, Maddy and I all got haircuts... D and I color too. <BR> 5 work days until a vacation..... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:27:58 EST april 1 birthday month for: <BR> marcy <BR> corinne <BR> raina <BR> me Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:22:12 EST march 31 one day at a time. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:36:10 EST march 25 continuing to feel better..... it's always an uphill battle.... <BR> <BR> work...stressful..... drugs help the sleep. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:07:08 EST march 24 Day two of vegetarian. <em>244</em> . feel so much better.... lighter.... fuller and just all around better. <BR> <BR> Thanks Raina....hope you and george are well... when are you coming to NY? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:41:12 EST March 23 Been out of control... some due to purim....some due to sinus infection and some due to not caring. Back on track .... vegetarian meals and gym . restarting today. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:12:07 EST march 11 gym streak and food streak continue... day 10...with the exception of a headache every now and then.... doing fine. not hungry for anything that's not healthy (yet) Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:47:52 EST march 10 long day ahead... <BR> breakfast, gym, car in for oil change, work, latcp board meeting , fundraising cuisine sale meeting... tired just thinking abou it! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:44:06 EST March 9, 2014 amazing! yesterday was the first day I really felt good.... and today as well. <BR> so the primary question is....what am I doing that is making me feel better? <BR> exercise every day.... eating no meat? Seems to be the magic.... so keep it up and see what happens by next Saturday! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:40:57 EST friday 3/7 TGIF.... so tired. thank goodness today is a short work day. <BR> tracking food well... been to the gym each day....ate out last night but drove past the baskin and robbins ice cream store. Yea for me. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 06:34:56 EST march 6 managing a late night tonight....need to keep taking vitamins and b-12 to have the energy level up. been to the gymm for three days stright.. will go this a.m. instead of night, but it will make the work schedule tighter.. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:51:29 EST march 5 still adjusting to the change in time of the day's activity. Have to get to work at 8:30 so I can get out at 4:30 or so... otherwise if I leave at 5, I don't get to the gym until 5:20 or so.... and then cardio and strength for at least 45-50 minutes and then home and trying to eat dinner before 7....too much of a struggle. <BR> No Raina....not too much of a tv fan....most of it is blood and gore. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 06:10:59 EST March 4 yea for me. Yesterday I went in close to 9.... worked until 5:15, ran errands, went to the gym, cooked dinner and got into bed at 9:15 to watch tv. <BR> this a.m....up at the usual 4:30-5:00 and will try the same routine again. Much better eating a vegitarian diet.... just feel better. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 06:38:52 EST monday, March 3 giving up the meat again.... makes me feel does the bread. So back to controlled vegitarian. started to take vitamins again... just too tired. so... get my butt back to the right and feel better (for the umpteenth time) Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:50:09 EST march 2 had breakfast with Dena, Joey and Maddy.... laundry, food shopping, condo business, work.... and this is a day of rest? Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:06:52 EST 2/25 so tired.... long day at work yesterday...early arrival today...feel like the white rabbit...i'm late i'm late for a very important date, no time to say hello goodbye i'm late i'm late i'm late. <BR> So much to do...... oy. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:29:41 EST 2/23 Shabbos with the goldbergs, Alan and Gila too. HAFTR dinner last night, program at school tonight... why does everything occur on one weekend!! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:38:33 EST 2/20 scale says down 2.6 lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> eating between 1200-1350 calories per day and exercising... it works (at least for now) <em>334</em> <BR> Raina- Veggie for health....hopefully the benefits will reach further than the weight loss. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:55:52 EST 2/19 Vegetarian diet since sunday.... nice balance of food from the spark diet... been to the gym ... definately feeling better. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:58:49 EST tues 2/18 changed the nutrition tracker to account for the exercise I'm doing. Not sure if I like the fact that it tells me I can eat more! Will weigh in once a week... on sunday's and see how the week went.broken water pipe outside school...gotta go get it fixed! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:44:08 EST 2/17/14 Day off today.... yesterday got back into the gym...and will do the same today. <BR> Doing the "santa trick"...making a list, checking it twice.... the sense of accomplishment will come with each tick off of the list. <BR> If I eat carefully and move more.... the logic has to hold true...weight loss will occur. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:31:49 EST 2/16/14 Ok... Raina we have 6 months. Wedding will most likely be in let's target that month. <BR> I've got myself in gear... got two months left before I reach the final year of the decade and then I hit 6-0. So.... need to lose the weight, get healthier and make the last year of decade a good one. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:13:19 EST Starting AGAIN Ok...had a good self talk.... Alan's wedding is the motivation... agreed Raina! <BR> I re-set the trackers and the goals and moving forward again. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:03:00 EST February 12 Ok.... gained only 2 lbs after the trip, but have fallen off the wagon since then. Got to get back into gear.... motivation????? Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:28:35 EST