BRATKAT's SparkPeople Blog BRATKAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goals were set, but what about Limits? Second week back at SparkPeople and not a good report on my week's progress. After a fairly good week, even below my calories for a couple of days, I wrapped it up with a weekend of overeating. I learned from this that I cannot go to the Mexican restaurant until I'm stronger emotionally and able to say "no" to the chips and cheese dip. Ditto for the movie theater; the smell of the popcorn and sitting next to friends that are crunching said popcorn is just too much for me. And as much as I... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:53:36 EST Week One - Success! I feel very good about my efforts and results this past week. I had opportunities to eat unhealthy or to binge and chose not to. That's a big deal for me, to choose... I've always let my obsession with chocolates and sweets decide for me, but not this time. When I normally would have picked up a cake or chocolate at the snack bar at work, I chose instead to have a cup of sugar-free hot cocoa, and it satisfied me. When my favorite bread was served to our table at a restaurant, I chose not ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:45:35 EST Now Is The Time! Okay, now I HAVE to do it. No more delays, no more excuses, no more procrastinating. Now I have a deadline, or a goal, if you prefer. I call it a deadline, because I've ignored and excused myself from goals before. I've been 'toying' with losing weight and not really sticking to it, but now I'm motivated. My firstborn son is getting married this summer and I want to be able to dance at his wedding. I want to be able to wear a nice outfit that looks good on me, and I don't want to have t... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 03:06:04 EST 50 things about me -- a borrowed list I guess I need both... <BR> <BR> 38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? <BR> Mostly computer, sometimes both at once. <BR> <BR> 39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? <BR> I have several started: Uhura's Song, Sink Reflections, How to Organize Your Time, Pack of Two, and a book about dog-angels. <BR> <BR> 40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? <BR> A mouse? <BR> <BR> 42. FAVORITE SOUND? <BR> The surf on the beach; rain on a metal roof; a baby laughing; children singing <BR> <BR> 43. ROLLING STONES OR BEA... Mon, 9 May 2011 23:44:04 EST Adventures in Bicycling - Part 2 I'm fortunate to have some good friends who are avid bicyclists and I mentioned my dilemma to one of them. She was quite concerned and spoke with her husband, also a big-time cyclist. They arranged to have the owner of the bicycle shop meet with the three of us and check out the situation to see what could be done to make my new hobby less painful. We loaded up my bike and headed to the store where I demonstrated how I started, stopped, etc.; the owner asked questions about how different t... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 04:44:57 EST Adventures in Bicycling - Part 1 I bought anew bicycle for the first time in, well, nearly forever. I don't think I even had a NEW bike when I was growing up. It was always the hand-me-down from an older sibling. My new bike was purchased with the hope of re-capturing some of the sense of freedom that I used to get while flying down the road as a child, AND with the goal of getting in some much-needed exercise. <BR> <BR> My first attempts were only somewhat successful. I needed help to get on the bike, but, once on, I... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 18:30:56 EST Teach the (Inner) Children.... Had a very rough weekend over Memorial Day. I was not vigilant about my food and the result was that the scales were up again on Tuesday. Part of it was the holiday in general. When I was growing up, holidays were the times when there was abundant food, especially sweets. Family would come in and the adults would be paying attention to the company, not to the kids that were sneaking into the goodies. I think I have subconsciously concluded that on holidays, I can eat whatever I want, no ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:53:58 EST Starting to Feel It! I've been sparking since March, and while I didn't see a lot of weight loss at first, I DID feel successful, because by tracking everything, I could see my progress. I tracked my exercise, my food, and of course, my weight. I soon added tracking my fresh produce intake, and my sleep, since my nutritionist had told me that lack of sleep has been tied to lack of weight loss. It seems that when you don't get enough sleep, your body releases two hormones: one that increases your appetite and ... Mon, 24 May 2010 16:47:14 EST