BTSYGRS's SparkPeople Blog BTSYGRS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Exercise Blog - day 6 - Thursday 5/30/13 Hot today - and it will be hotter tomorrow. I felt "off" today and instead of going for a "power walk," I settled for a half-hour walk with my dog, who enjoyed it, I think! I went slower than usual, stopped for him to sniff and so forth, but at least I got out there and WALKED! I am going to go much earlier tomorrow, before it gets very hot. I am glad I went! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:40:13 EST Exercise Blog - day 5: saw two deer in the woods! Beautiful day here, again. As part of my half-hour walk, I took a five-minute path through the woods near my neighborhood. I heard a lot of rustling, and then saw two graceful deer with their beautiful white tails run off into the woods. Seeing them relatively close up, you realize how big they really are - and how wild! I'm glad I'm not a hunter, personally. Good walk today; I had more energy, probably because I got more sleep last night (7 hours). Now it's time to go to work. Au revoir! <BR... Wed, 29 May 2013 08:23:17 EST Exercise Blog - day 4 - Tuesday 5/28/13 <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Another 30-minute (actually 33-minute) walk in the books! I went earlier and a little slower today - my legs are a little sore from my recent activity. I stretched after the walk and that helped. Lower energy - woke up way too early, couldn't get back to sleep, and by the time I got out for the walk (about 6:45) I was already feeling weary. I'm doing OK right now, but I think I'll have to take a short nap this afternoon. Another gorgeous day here - the rain really m... Tue, 28 May 2013 11:53:43 EST Exercise Blog - day 3 - Monday 5/27/13 Memorial Day The sun is finally out today! I had a very challenging half-hour walk today, down a very steep hill and up another very steep hill. En route I saw a young man running up and down one of these hills - very impressive - clearly in training for some distance sport. I felt like I was a part of the group of people that MOVES. It is making a difference already. I don't feel right if I don't get my walk in as early as possible. It is just part of my morning routine. I find, too, that I need to do th... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:47:45 EST Exercise Blog - day 2 - Sunday 5/26/13 Today's half-hour walk in the rain was less enjoyable than yesterday's, but I'm still glad I did it! Reminded me of a long-ago hike in the woods with the Girl Scouts - but that was about ten miles of hiking in the rain. I was grateful today that once I got home I would be able to change out of all my wet things and be nice and warm and dry - no having to settle into a wet tent after a wet hike! Next time I walk in the rain I'm wearing a longer raincoat ... but my commitment to walking every d... Sun, 26 May 2013 17:12:54 EST Exercise Blog - day 1 - Saturday 5/25/13 Doing this as an assignment for my hypnotherapist! I am walking every day now, for 30 minutes at a 3.5 mph pace (17 minute mile), without my dog. (I walk him separately - I need one walk where I don't have to stop for him to smell the roses, and other things!) I am thinking of this like brushing my teeth: I do it every day, period. Yes, it's a choice I make, but not a "should I do this or not" choice; it is just something I choose to do daily because it makes me feel good. It's the right thin... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:11:14 EST Back from Minneapolis! I loved Minneapolis - we were there for a week while my husband attended a convention - but I overate there and felt extremely self-conscious. I really hate my body, I'm afraid. I also hate the way I feel when it's really hot outside and I am fat - I just want to crawl into a chair in an air-conditioned room. I don't want it to be like that anymore. I really want to be healthier and more able to do things, and look at myself in the mirror and not hate what I see. I also want to get rid of my ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:01:22 EST The weekend at last! I'm glad it's Saturday. I have some things to do, but it's good not to have to go to the office. The dog is curled up beside me, not actually sleeping but waiting for me to get finished on the computer ... at least that's what I think is going through his mind. I've yet to get dressed for the day. Up earlier than usual due to an 8 a.m. phone call; I have to get back into an earlier schedule anyway, since my husband goes back to work on Monday and he'll be getting up at 6 a.m. again, and I wan... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:07:55 EST Another sunny, beautiful day in Maine I'm at work, but I'm happy to be here - even though it's beautiful outside - it just means that walking later on will be easy (no rain, ice, or snow!). I am feeling better today, really grateful for my family, especially my husband who is home on vacation and in such a good mood. He has been sick so often that it's great to see him healthy and happy. You forget how stressful it is when someone in your home is unable to "be there" in the usual ways and a lot falls on your shoulders. It's going... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:44:59 EST Trying to keep the focus on my health in tough times I am doing pretty well using the SparkPeople tools to keep me on track. I have not really had too much of a problem with night eating (my old habit) since last Friday when I re-started because I'm spending a lot of time on the SparkPeople site! Today I made a little game for myself trying to get as many SparkPoints as possible, and that really helped. I have done my strength exercises (simple ones, but you've got to start somewhere!) both Monday and today, and I'm doing better getting out to ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:44:12 EST Woke up WAY too early Just making a blog entry before returning to bed to try to get a little more sleep. The dog woke us up - he barked because there was some sort of scary noise outside, like a screech owl or something. Anyway, all is well now, he's asleep again - now it's time for me to do the same! As I just read in another blog, being tired makes it easier to overeat. Rest is better. Got to get back to bed now ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 05:15:46 EST Beautiful day in Maine It's a beautiful day here in Maine, the perfect Maine summer day - 70s, sunny, nice breeze. I am getting over my cold and I'm starting out slowly with exercise. I really want this to be a permanent change, so I'm trying to do more of what SparkPeople suggests this time around - writing a blog, keeping a journal, drinking ALL 8 glasses of water, and tracking food & exercise. It's really busy at work right now, so I can't take a lot of time to write, but I wanted to check in and say - I'm doing... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:43:46 EST Back and doing OK! I'm making a renewed effort to do SparkPeople now - and I feel much better already. I have a bad cold and I usually wait until after I'm well to "start" anything like this, but this time I felt so bad about myself after seeing photos of myself on vacation that I decided no, I'm going to start now, cold or not. So here I am. So far, so good; I think eating better and drinking a lot of water has helped me get better. It's an improvement over eating whatever i see because I'm sick and I have the... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:20:04 EST OK Today I have a lot to do at work so I can't write much - but I am OK today - got enough sleep, had a good breakfast, feel pretty alert and able to do stuff. Still have a little cough, but that's going away! It's a cold but sunny and beautiful day today - lots of white snow to look at out the window. Good to be warm! I'm grateful for all I have today. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:22:03 EST Got to the gym! About three weeks ago I joined the gym very near where I work (5 min. walk) and got the "early bird" membership, which means I can go anytime between 5 am and 10:30 am, Monday thru Friday. I got it primarily to have a place to walk during the winter AND to get myself there in the morning - I make too many excuses later in the day. (Plus it's a lot cheaper than a full membership!) Right after joining I made it there two days in a row, and then I got the worst cold, with coughing, that lasted a... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:10:52 EST Slept well last night! This may not be big news to most people, but it's a major goal for me - getting a good night's sleep, consistently. I am so glad it's one of my "other goals" because I am really paying attention now to how late I stay up and then ... how much I eat when I do. Today I feel a lot more able to tackle things generally, and I have a better attitude. I've got a LOT to do for both work/school and home, so it's important that I continue to take care of myself and not overwhelm myself - just take thin... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 09:40:35 EST Having trouble sleeping Probably because I'm not really exercising much. I plan to get back to walking at the gym on Monday; I can probably walk this weekend, too. We got so much snow (relatively), it should be a good time to burn some extra calories! <BR> <BR> It's weird having a blog, and I'm not sure I'll keep at it. But it does focus my attention on taking care of myself, which I need to do - badly! Fri, 2 Mar 2012 11:56:54 EST Recommitting myself to SparkGoals I've been recovering from a bad cold, and during the past two weeks I've basically let go of any tracking, logging in to, etc. I didn't have a total binge-fest, and surprisingly I didn't gain weight (maybe because I haven't lost much since I started in January, so it's not like I'm maintaining a big loss!), but I ate a lot of foods that really don't help me in any way. Now I'm climbing back on the wagon and recommitting myself to the SparkPeople program. I figure, if I'm going... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:24:24 EST