BREYLORMOM's SparkPeople Blog BREYLORMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still at it! Well, still plodding along. Averaging about 1 pound a week now. I find this frustrating, even though I keep telling myself a loss is a loss. Thinking I am going to have to kick it up a notch. I was hoping to bring my BMI out of the "obesity" range by new years. That is no longer realistic for me. Another struggle I am having is getting "forever" in my head. Once I am healthy, I fear I may slip back into old habits & gain it all back. Read a study about dieting in which the conclusion ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:46:05 EST Been awhile! Well, after a period of not really caring and sliding into old habits, I scared myself back into action again. Weird foot swellings and heart palpitations spurred me into action. I had gained most, but not all of the 70 lbs back. I have been living a healthier life for 1 month now, lost about 15 lbs, but not focusing on the scale this time. Of course seeing the numbers go down is definitely a plus. My goal is just to feel good. This ultimately means getting my BMI down to a healthy rang... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:55:06 EST Quiting One of my jobs that is. I can't take it anymore. I have 2 part-time jobs, one I love and one I hate. I was having such a great week at the one I love. I was in such a good mood. Then 5 minutes this morning in the job I hate and I was totally miserable. It took all my strength not to walk out of the place right then and there. I toughed it out for the day...came home...and typed up my letter of resignation. I have worked there 17 years. Quiting will cut my income in half and I will ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:07:56 EST lost internet for a while, but I am back! Lost my internet connection for a bit...but I am back now. I am still trying to be a good little sparker!! :D Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:10:53 EST No loss last week No big surprise...I didn't lose anything last week. If you don't do the work, it ain't gonna work. That was the kick I needed. Now I am back on track. Went for 2 x 30 minute walks to burn almost 500 calories today. Drinking my water, eating my veggies/fruit, and feeling much better. Here's to better days ahead! <em>334</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 21:15:06 EST Feeling much much better today Well, I am feeling much better today. Have more energy. Slept well last night. Have been exercising these past 2 days. Today I am rewarding myself for pushing through this with a little sushi for supper tonight. I love sushi....I know it is high in carbs, and with white rice isn't all that healthy. But I sided it with a big tossed salad and glass of water. With 8 dinner is only about 330 calories total. Not bad. I will balance it with a high protein snack later. Yumm... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 15:36:41 EST Half heartedly back in the saddle again I don't know what is wrong with me these past few days....well, actually, I think I do???...I am still overtired. I slept better yesterday, but it didn't seem to be enough. It is amazing how one sleepless night throws you right off for days. Today I forced myself on the treadmill. I put on my favorite show of the moment (The Tudors) and trotted on the treadmill. My heart wasn't in it. But I did it by willing one foot in front of the other for 30 minutes and 220 calories. And I ate... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:30:35 EST Help...need motivation I can feel myself getting relaxed about exercise. I need to stay motivated. A few sleepless nights, and I think I have gotten myself into a state of being overtired. When I am overtired, I don't feel like preparing healthy meals, and I certainly don't feel like exercising. This is where I am at today...tired! I need to stay motivated. I need to push past this. I need to go for a walk...I know I will feel better. I know I will sleep better. Ack...this is a difficult moment. Any ... Tue, 31 May 2011 18:16:30 EST Energy level is way down this weekend I feel so tired right now. Why? No energy at all, although I forced myself on a 30 minute walk tonight. It is 10pm on a Saturday, and I am ready for bed. Hopefully will have energy tomorrow. Good news is that I am down 13 pounds. Yeah! Lucky 13 :-D Sat, 28 May 2011 22:54:33 EST Single mom this week Finding it hard to get in the exercise this week. Hubby is away on business and I am having to juggle extra hours at work and driving the kids to all their activities. I did manage to do some gardening, specifically pulling weeds out of the lawn for 1 hour yesterday and 45 minutes today. It was much needed for both me and the lawn. Although I feel I haven't done enough cardio these past 2 days. Sigh. I tried to get out for a walk on my lunch...but ended up working through lunch. Tomor... Wed, 25 May 2011 21:27:50 EST Why worry? Gawd! There was some stuff happening at work...political stuff...and I got my self all worked up about it. Today was the meeting, and it went well. I hate it when I worry so much...and for nothing, really. I need to learn to relax and just take life as it comes. Don't sweat the small stuff, as they say!! Sigh! <BR> <BR> Still on track calorie- and exercise- wise. Started to book and plan my business trip to Montreal, which I am now getting excited about. It stopped raining, ... Tue, 24 May 2011 15:55:17 EST Happy Victoria Day! In Canada we have today off for Victoria Day. I was hoping to get out in the Gardens, but it is raining, so no go on that! Rain also means no walk...BOO! I will test out my new shock absorbant socks on the treadmill today. My blisters are healing (walking lots this past week...and lovin' the sunshine and good weather until yesterday when the rain came). Then promised the girls some time on the Wii...maybe some bowling or a wii fit challenge? If the rain clears later, perhaps a wal... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:43:01 EST And the light bulb goes on! I am starting to learn, finally, about portion control and only eating until the hunger is satisfied. This is a real breakthrough for me, as I was trained early in life to finish what is on my plate. I admire my younger daughter. She knows when she is full and only eats that much, even when it comes to sweets & yummy treats. Growing up in the older "Dr. Spock" generation, I never learned to understand what my body needed. BUT today, I finally figured it out....hopefully I won't forget... Sun, 22 May 2011 23:38:25 EST Goodbye 10 pounds!! I have now lost 10 pounds in 1 month on Sparkpeople! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> Sat, 21 May 2011 08:33:37 EST I'm walkin' in sunshine... And don't it feel good! Yeah. Alright now! <BR> <BR> WOO! I have been walkin' up a storm. The weather is so nice. Walking away the worktime stress at lunch today. Walking & discussing household issues (eg. budget) with hubby for 1 hour last night. Nice walk tonight after dinner. <BR> <BR> These shoes are made for walkin'. And that's just what I'll do. One of these days these shoes are gonna walk off pounds of you! YEAH!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link> Fri, 20 May 2011 22:11:09 EST Live Longer and Smarter WOW... I have the opportunity today to do a literature search on aging in mice and rats for my job. I was so excited to read some of the research on aging, that I had to take a break and post it on my blog here. I will summarize what I have read so far.... <BR> <BR> 1. moderate, regular exercise (rats on a treadmill study) can not only increase your lifespan by up to 20 %, yes, 20%...that would be about 15 to 20 years!!! But it will also make you smarter...the rats that were on the tre... Wed, 18 May 2011 10:09:30 EST Woo shorts from last summer fit me! Hey...there is reason to celebrate. My shorts from last summer fit!! Now this isn`t a huge acheivement, as I was overweight last summer...but it is an indication that I am losing weight and on my way to a better me!! Yippee. And I am so glad it is shorts weather...yeah sunshine!! Tue, 17 May 2011 19:24:15 EST Gardening is a good workout! I love to garden. Gives me such joy, not to mention the fresh air and lots of sunshine & vitamin D. I was out in the gardens yesterday preparing them for planting. Turning over the soil, picking out the weeds, moving the rocks around. My hubby said it looked like I must have done 100 squats yesterday picking out weeds. LOL. Well, today I am feelin' it! Oye! My thighs, butt and biceps are sore. I love workouts that don't feel like exercise! But I think gardening definitely goes und... Mon, 16 May 2011 18:54:40 EST It is the health that counts! I weighed myself on Thursday for a challenge. Not my normal day to weigh myself, but thought I would stick with the challenge rules. I was happy to see that I lost another 3 pounds. But I weighed myself today, which is my normal weigh-in. And I only lost 1 pound...not the 3 showing on Thursday. Boo! I was eating within my range...eating really well on both Thursday and Friday. Kept up with my exercise...doing 30 minutes on Thursday and 70 minutes on Friday. So, I am doing everythin... Sat, 14 May 2011 09:24:56 EST Rough couple of days Well....I had a rough couple of days. First ate too much fat, salt and junk on Sunday for dinner. Then felt icky on Monday. Then didn't eat or exercise enough on Tuesday or Wednesday due to a wicked headache & nausea. But I did eat healthy today and went for a long walk with hubby. So....a little set back...but right back in the saddle again. It did help that I lost another 3 pounds. Helped me regain focus a bit. Although I would like to think that I would have gotten back on track ... Thu, 12 May 2011 23:02:06 EST Fatty Food Hangover....blah!! Well...I was eating healthy for 1 month. I was eating low fat and within my calorie range. I was being a good girl. Then for Mother's Day, as always, we ordered Chinese Food for the entire (extended) family. I behaved myself, and stayed within my calories for the day. I didn't pig out. BUT, with all the grease.....blech!! :( We had crispy wontons (aka deep fried), chicken balls (aka deep fried), egg rolls (aka deep fried), bon bon spareribs (aka deep fried), and beef & broccoli (a... Mon, 9 May 2011 18:54:15 EST Exhausted today Worked all day today...yup...on a Saturday. It was busy. Had to come home and bake a birthday cake in time for my oldest daughter's birthday sleep over. We were smart this year and only let her invite 2 girls over. Only managed to get in a 10 minute walk...but made it count by walking as quickly as I could. Just logged in my food and cardio here finally. Now it is off to bed...and hope the girls will be quite tonight. <BR> <BR> I ate well for most of the day...packed a healthy lun... Sat, 7 May 2011 23:15:28 EST Need veggie ideas please!! I need some ideas on how to prepare veggies...we have eaten them cooked (steamed), stir fried, and raw. What is your favorite way to cook veggies? Favorite recipes? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 6 May 2011 19:57:11 EST Busy busy busy busy at work today. Didn't get to break for lunch. Woofed down some lunch that I brought while working away...not great, I know. No exercise yet, althought I did have to walk all the way across campus for that was good. Still parking as far from the door as possible that is good. Hoping that the weather will hold so that I can go for walk with hubby...but it looks like rain...dagnabbit!! Just one more day of sunshine, PLEASE!!...then it can rain for 3 ... Thu, 5 May 2011 17:14:18 EST May the 4th be with you! Holding strong. How about you? I had a good day today. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and deer are out grazing. Going for a walk soon. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday to all! Wed, 4 May 2011 18:44:28 EST Hungry today :( SOLUTION FOUND! :D I had 3 smaller 500 cal meals today. I have about 200 - 500 calories left for today, but I feel hungry today. Guess I will drink more water and have a tossed salad and low cal/fat free dressing to help. This is the first day since I started my healthy lifestyle that I actually felt like I wasn't eating enough. Hopefully it is just a phase, and hopefully I will overcome this. <BR> <BR> Evening: Edited to add that I figured it out...Yeah. I had a big salad with fat free/low cal dressi... Tue, 3 May 2011 16:57:43 EST Discovered Oatmeal I use to eat oatmeal...but never really liked it. I know it is good for you, but it is so bland. Today I found a sparkrecipe to add pumpkin & cinnamon (called hungry girl fancy It was so yummy. I substituted brown sugar for regular sugar....but it was so good. And the pumpkin will add extra fibre, which I need. Next time I think I will try adding apples and cinnamon. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite oatmeal recipe? Sun, 1 May 2011 15:52:06 EST Down 5 Down 5 pounds <em>9</em> since I started, again, 2 weeks ago. Woot woot! Off to a good start. Feeling great! Stayin' positive! <em>334</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:29:42 EST Feeling so good, I could just explode I just told my boss what I really thought. Who gets to do that??!! It felt so good. What a relief! I wasn't mean or nasty...I actually wanted to help his business. I didn't quit or get fired. Just a deep heart to heart discussion. I almost quit...had my letter of resignation in hand. But feel I can turn that place around, there is hope...I want it to be a happy place. We will see what happens. I am turning my life around. I am full of confidence. Losing weight, gaining back the ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:21:16 EST Back home and back on track Well...that was a wonderful weekend family get-a-way. But we are back back home now, and I am back on track. Went shopping after work this afternoon...and bought a bunch of health stuff, lots of fruits and veggies. Planning on a shrimp & broccoli stir-fry tonight for dinner....yum! And bought a bunch of new fat free, low cal salad dressings to try.... I am eating salad with the Organic Sundried Tomato and Oregano dressing right is soooo good! Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:08:54 EST One more dip in the pool! more dip in the pool...then back to reality! It was an awesome weekend. I cannot believe how much walking I got in this weekend. We took the kids on an "adventure" yesterday. We couldn't find the place we originally wanted to go to. So, we decided to go exploring. We walked and walked...a few complaints from the kids, but when we arrived at a marine museum and a light house..the kids forgot all about their sore feet and started "driving steam boats" and "sailing away on scoo... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 08:38:18 EST Easter Aha! I am not an overly religious person. I consider myself a Christian, but I tend not to be overly aggressive about it, taking other religions into account (I believe there are some good things in other religions that we Christians can learn about!), and I go to Church only occasionally. But I had an Aha-moment today that I wanted to share. It is so fitting that I had this Aha-moment today, as Jesus rose today, and he was in a pretty bad spot...far worse, of course, than I was/am today. But ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:23:26 EST Restaurant eating is tough I use to do it well. If I remember right, I use to cut my meal in 1/2 and take half home. But we are travelling, and I can't save the food for another meal. So I am trying to "guess" the calories. I did better today, but was definitely not accurate yesterday when I calculated it out. I was over by about 600 calories by about 200 over. The upside is that I am getting TONS of exercise!!! TONS of walking and some swimming. So, I am still in the negative for the overall ... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 20:40:15 EST IT WORKS!! I knew it did...but it is nice to remember that it does. Sparkpeople works! Just by changing a few habits...out with the old (unhealthy) and in with the new (healthy)....I lost 2 pounds in 1 week. Today was my weigh in. <BR> <BR> Off to go celebrate with a walk with my hubby! This has become an unexpected, unintentional, but very welcomed streak...i think we are on day 7 of our nightly 30 minute walk! :) <BR> <BR> Oh...and I found a local fellow sparkperson! She shares my office (o... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:57:48 EST Hello, I am a carboholic I have been logging my food religiously...and, no surprise, it has become quite clear that I am a carboholic! I need to find ways to eat more protein and a balanced diet! Fresh veggies and fruits too, of course. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:28:51 EST Making a difference "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does!" William James <BR> <BR> That is my quote for the day. It has never been more true. Today is the funeral of a collegue of mine. She was a great lady. She was so strong and full of energy. I talked to her on Sunday. She seemed just fine, and was going to open the doors to her own business this week. She died on Tuesday. It was so fast and unexpected. I am still in a little shock. Even more shocked to hear how she valued me in ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:06:13 EST Set some goals Well...I did it. I set my new weight loss goals today. I kept is simple. Made sure it was do-able with my schedule. I figure I can always change it later to be more challenging as I progress. <BR> <BR> My goals are as follows: <BR> streak #1. exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes (day 7 today). <BR> streak #2. drink 8 glasses water daily (day 1 today) <BR> ultimate goal: Lose 100 pounds before... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:14:33 EST So hard to stay positive in a negative work place I have 2 part time jobs. One that I love, and one that I don't love so much. Today I am at the one that I don't love so much. It is so negative. Complaints and criticisms abound. I am really noticing the effects today. I was so happy when I I feel like curling into a ball in the corner. Trying to smile and stay positive. Maybe a walk during my lunch hour will help. Would so like to quit this place, but the job I love isn't increasing my hours and I can't afford to leave... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:51:39 EST More walking Today I parked in the parking spot furthest from the staff entrance....AND I walked all the way up the hill to the main entrance, rather than use the closer staff entrance. Every little bit counts! :) It should add up to a significant amount of exercise over the long run, as I average 4 times a day on this route. Maybe one day I will calculate out the distance for curiosity sake. :) Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:44:46 EST Being honest with myself! It has been too long since I have been here on Sparkpeople. In 2008, I was well on my way to reaching my 100 lb weight loss goal. I lost over 70 pounds, thanks to Sparkpeople. Then I lost my way. My mother became ill, developed stage 4 cancer. I managed to maintain, but not lose, weight until her death. Then it all went plsssst! I went back to my old habits. Irregular meals, not caring about what I was feeding my body, fast food, salty & fatty snacks right before bedtime, not drinking... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:33:09 EST Has it really been that long? Wow, has it really been 2 years since I have been back here? So much has happened in my life, I wouldn't know where to begin. Long story short....I managed to stay motivated without SP for about 6 to 8 months, then problems in my life (mainly stress related) caused me to slip back into old habits. But NO EXCUSES...that was then...and this is RIGHT NOW!! I am back. Started my healthier lifestyle again about 2 weeks ago. Hoping to stay motivated this time and develop some healthy habits a... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:51:43 EST Slow and steady wins the race Well, my weight loss has slowed down. I am now averaging about 1 pound loss per week. Considering I didn't lose anything for 2 months, this is a positive step. I want to kick it into higher gear though, and lose 6 pounds in 16 days. I want to be under 200 pounds before I get my tattoo. LOL. Yes, that is right, a tattoo. I have always wanted one. Found a great artist to do it. Finally decided what to get, and I am going for it. Figure I was doing 3 pounds per week before, so this see... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:42:26 EST No longer Obese!! My BMI is now officially under 30!!! Woohoo. I am no longer obese! Going strong! Feeling great! Doing the happy dance! Sun, 15 Jun 2008 10:55:54 EST Back at it! Success! Back at it for 1 week now and down to 215.8 on Sunday. I worked out on the treadmill 3 days last week. Ate right. Been way active. Feeling good. I am only 1.8 pounds away to getting out of the dreaded "obesity" category. Nice to be over 1/2 way to my goal. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 23:48:35 EST It has been a while! Wow, how easy it is to fall off the bandwagon. With my illness at the begining of April and my mother becoming ill in May, I have been way off my goals. I was doing so well, then chaos hit. Mom is doing great. She had surgery and is healing well. Needless to say my health plan suffered a bit of a blow. I ate okay-ish, but too much fast food and restaurant food. I tried to make healthy choices and count calories, but it was tough. And I definitely slacked off on the exercise. I didn't... Sat, 31 May 2008 22:39:37 EST Weighed myself about 10 times this morning Okay Okay, so I had the flu. I am feeling much better, thank you. I took everyone's advice and started back on my spark plan diet yesterday. I don't plan to eat extra, and quite frankly, I don't think I could. My stomach and body are use to eating like this, I am not finding it difficult any more at all. It really has become a habit, I think. When I do over-induldge, which happened a bit on our trip at Easter, I feel stuffed and uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo.... <BR> <BR> I had to... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:39:11 EST Down and out for the count Uggh. Flu has hit our house hard. First it was the girls, now it is DH and I. We are just starting to recover now. I didn't eat anything for 2 days, and not very much today. I snuck on the scale, because I was curious, and I am down 5 pounds in 3 days. Now, most of that is probably dehydration as I haven't even been able to hold down water. Now my only concern is how do I go back to eating. When I am ready to eat again, do I just continue eating as I have been on my weight loss plan? ... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 19:44:51 EST Supper table conversation at the in-laws. Mother-in-Law: "Have you done something with your hair? You look thinner." <BR> <BR> Me: "No, I really am thinner." <BR> <BR> Mother-in-law: "I think the way you have your hair back like that really makes you look thin." <BR> <BR> Me: "I lost 35 pounds." <BR> <BR> Mother-in-law:"You should wear your hair that way more often." <BR> <BR> LOL. <BR> <BR> Yup, it is all in the hair. Never mind the 2.5 months of eating healthy and exercising. It is simply a matter of a different hair ... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 21:21:32 EST To all mamas who want to lose weight. You can do it! <BR> <BR> Thanks to all the mamas out there reading my journey blog. It is because of you that I am that much more motivated. Just knowing that you all are reading this makes me smile. I really hope you can find motivation from my entries here. It would be an honor for me to help someone else acheive their weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, the blog was just my record of my journey, but as I kept writing, I was hoping that maybe someone else could be helpe... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:06:47 EST 1/3 goal reached! I have lost 32 pounds now. That is 1 pound shy of 1/3 of my goal. YEAH. But the funny thing is, that is exactly what my 4 y.o. daughter weighs. LOL. I have lost the weight of my youngest child. That blows me away when I think on it. Can't wait to say I have lost the weight of my oldest child. She weighs 65 pounds. :-) Sun, 9 Mar 2008 11:03:44 EST