BUG1968's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUG1968 BUG1968'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/ The value of bouncing back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657616 Last week I wrote about the difficulty I have balancing. It's an all or nothing proposition that usually leads to nothing. I've been struggling with motivation this week and I came across this blog on my start page- 3 Ways to Get Back on Track During an Off Day. By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, SparkPeople Blogger 3/27/2014 12:00 AM <BR> <BR> My mother's bday celebration was Saturday and I've been eating at least 500 cals more daily since and no exercise. I can feel the bloat from excessive... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:29:06 EST What Does Not Work for Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652953 My overreaching goals, my high intentions, changing it all in a massive swoop....BOMBED around me. Intellectualizing does not make for change. Taking action and making changes paves the road for change. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say I have not stuck to a weight loss regime in my entire 45 years of living. I have flirted with exercising and low cal foods but bombed very quickly. Often in days. I've had regular exercise but allowed myself to eat a large amount of calories as long as it was heal... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:14:31 EST 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578483 <em>56</em> 2014 has arrived! <BR> <BR> I learned something important this past year by focusing on those things (God, family, career, etc.) meaningful to me. I keep a reasonable list of those things that need to be done, what would be nice to get done, and what I would enjoy. Sometimes the list is in my head, usually its on paper. By accomplishing the need (go to work) and at least something on the what would be nice list (tackling dust bunnies) frees me from guilt when I take time for... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:08:27 EST 60 days into 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578360 The holidays were so enjoyable this year because of changes that were begun in October. I joined a bible study and have remained connected to God. As for food and finances, I cut back the amount and selection this season, offering lesser choices of higher quality, homemade dishes (non-processed!). Financially we used cash but went slightly over our budget for gifts. I began the cleaning regime simply- what can I get done today to make tomorrow more manageable? I was able to let go of the Mart... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:19:52 EST 90 Day to Build a New Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527171 According to research it takes 90 days to build a new habit. <BR> <BR> I am looking to build new habits. For life. No excuses. <BR> <BR> - Exercise five days a week <BR> - Feed my body well with a diet of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats <BR> - Feed my soul by praying and reading God's word each morning and evening. <BR> - Increase my finances by budgeting wisely <BR> - Take time for family with a happy heart <BR> - Start a cleaning regime <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:09:54 EST Mid-Week Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477115 The family and I recently returned from a much needed, out of state vacation. This was an important trip for many reasons. My own personal, way deep down, agenda was to review my current existence. <BR> <BR> Now, when I say my current existence I am taking a bit of dramatic licensing. <BR> ...B U T... <BR> Am I making the most of each day? <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <e... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:22:46 EST September 3 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474343 First day back to work after vacation with a more structured plan for the weeks ahead. <BR> <BR> Completed this morning: <BR> Devotions/prayer <BR> exercise bike <BR> breakfast <BR> <BR> Now headed off to work for an 11 hr day, pleased I had my God-time and exercise this morning! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to son's first soccer game of senior year of high school tomorrow evening. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:03:43 EST Positively Positive Supports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317970 This past Monday morning was promising to be the mother of ALL dreaded Mondays. Then I came across this in my friend feed: <BR> <BR> MORRIGAN11 Mondays are just a matter of perception. I plan on per Irving it as a day filled with opportunities! <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> So true! It IS another beautiful day of opportunities! Prayers were sent for a positive attitude and HOPE for the day and ensuing week. <BR> <BR> Monday at work I received three comments "Wow, you are looking good." "Ho... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:57:54 EST WARNING! BACKSLIDING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313400 It happened so quickly...I started out strong and confidant... <BR> <BR> First glance: approx. 100 minutes of cardio with 20-30 strength minutes weekly. My diet- whatever I wanted within reason. The goal was 1550 cals daily but if I kept it at 190ish I was okay with it. Junk food was fine occasionally- maybe once a week. <BR> <BR> Mind Set: “I got this- I can do the gym every other day, I have more energy, my clothes are starting to fall off as the inches do. I see non-scale victories daily... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 08:28:17 EST Beware the Addictive Cues: How to Fight Food Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302857 http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=be<BR>ware_the_addictive_cues_how_to_fight_f<BR>ood_cravings <BR> <BR> I started my spark morning bleary eyed and with a cup of coffee. I saw this blog on addictive cues based on one of the best researchers in the field of addiction, Dr. Nora Volkow. <BR> <BR> Working out three times a week, burning 1000 cals a week, has not budged the scale. I notice the changes in my body but not the scale. After three weeks, I began to review my daily trackers. I c... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:33:11 EST Lesson (Re) Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301649 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018180741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My week in picture <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:26:31 EST End of self-sabotauge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293330 This may very well end up being a babble of free thinking time. I apologize in advance <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Last week I learned there was a chance I would be laid off and the news was delivered with a lack of information and insensitivity. I felt sucker punched and the emotions just came pouring in from that point on. As an emotional eater it was a true challenge. Identifying the feeling, understanding where it came from, and being OKAY in it. Better yet, knowing *I* would be okay. No ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:49:53 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283550 The Limes Spring Challenge group has a chatter box. A Limey asked what keeps us motivated. As I reflected on the past week I recognized small steps taken this past week: <BR> <BR> *I went to the gym Saturday for a workout and completed 30 minutes of Elliptical along with increasing difficulty and speed. <BR> <BR> *Sunday hub and I went to the gym with the intention on swimming. IN A SWIMSUIT! This is huge for me. Just going anywhere and exercising in front of anyone was a major turning poin... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:39:31 EST 5 Gym Sessions Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277024 I've had a couple motivating moments since Monday and I've noticed a shift in my attitude too. I'm scheduling my days at the gym this time around (taking advice) so it like my job- a solid commitment. <BR> <BR> Monday, I cut my workout to only 8 minutes. I forgot my headphones and it was very difficult to get into my "zone." The other was a dull stomach ache that got worse with each move on the elliptical. I dragged myself to the truck after waiting forEVER for dh and dd to be done with thei... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:43:07 EST Gym Night #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266566 So tonight was our second visit to our somewhat local gym (25 min drive, each way!). I have been looking forward to returning since we left on Monday. I have plans for what I want to do there on Friday night and Saturday. So many options, so many possibilities. AND it is different this time. It is about ME. Not what should be done, what looks good, what my family wants...'if no one else went to the gym, I'd be there,' kind of commitment. Which leads me to a very, VERY important question. <BR>... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:11:48 EST Hitting the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264069 I'm still excited over what happened this evening! The family was sitting around the house in the usual slacking places when I got home. It was 630pm when our athletic 17 y/o suggested we workout at a gym we had toured on Sunday after church. <BR> <BR> The hub and I tossed it back and forth for a moment then we all changed our clothes and hopped into the car. We pulled up and could see it was packed inside. My anxiety kicked up a notch. <BR> <BR> It took awhile to get the family plan set ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:49:31 EST Warning Signals and Stumbling Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248711 <BR> Warning signal!! Valentine's Day candy and a work celebration for earning our 3 year certification. Stumbling blocks ahead!! It means exposure to candy and pizza and wings and soda. Which equals weight gain or stabilization, greasy food that makes me nauseous, and mindLESS munching. These celebrations work AGAINST my goals. Just like this past weekend's birthday and Valentine's Day celebration at home. <BR> <BR> I'm getting tired of pre-planning, measuring, and mixing. For someone who ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:54:12 EST Cardiologist visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226007 Friday I went for my first sonogram (?) and stress test then met with the cardiologist. <BR> There was difficulty getting a view through my chest wall so an iv was needed to provide gas in saline solution to provide contrast. For someone who has avoided medical testing primarily to avoid needles, it was surprising. I learned through my lack of resistance, I WANTED the darn test and results. <BR> <BR> The cardiologist came in and said, "let's get this out of the way...you have a great heart.... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:54:16 EST Lifestyle I can Live With http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218158 6 weeks= 16 lbs down. That's 2.6 lbs per week. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What makes me happiest is these past six weeks have been liveable. I'm primarily eating fresh foods and decreasing processed foods quite heavily. I've changed some behaviors and learned to work around others. Like eating after work- it happens continually regardless of how late I work, how much I eat during the day, or whether its a full moon <em>211</em> <BR> So, I eat only fresh and light during the day to allow ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:51:25 EST Finding Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031449 I read an article somewhere on sparkpeople that said it can be difficult to find enjoyable activities to engage in for health. The suggestion was to think back on favored childhood activities with the purpose of re-engaging in those activities. <BR> <BR> I've decided to make a list of my favorite activities as a child: <BR> <BR> Running Games- red light, green light (sprinting), something called colors/pie/? where if your fave was called, you ran around the house,along with tag, and dodge ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:38:59 EST SMART goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011843 My goals for this week: <BR> <BR> Nutritional: <BR> Eat within caloric range <BR> Continue eating freggies every day <BR> Premeasure/prepackage food where I can- cut up pineapple, cottage cheese into a personal size container, carrots for snacking, etc. <BR> <BR> Activity: <BR> A daily, morning walk. <BR> Cardio 3x weekly- this week's choices are either powerwalking, biking, or Wii. <BR> <BR> Spiritual: journaling and Time Alone With God <BR> <BR> I commit to using spark coach until the ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 09:34:48 EST Week Whatever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007912 I'm still here daily but not obsessively. I weighed myself but I'm not overly concerned about the scale. It feels almost like I've lost my passion but it feels healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on staying within the nutritional guidelines and tracking in the morning for the day ahead. Concern: Yesterday I worked over 12 hours and preplanned an unhealthy lunch- buffalo chicken finger sub from the local pizzeria with a pepsi. What was not planned was my rush of activities that delayed my lunch i... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 09:05:32 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981555 This week was really bad...I haven't jumped on the scale because I can feel the gain. I ate out a lot this week and it mainly consisted of pizza, wings, and chicken finger subs. Oh, also added soda and desserts. I feel so bloated and my digestive system is sluggish. <BR> <BR> Mentally- very high stress week that increasingly got worse as the week played out, mainly at work. I also picked my son up at work twice this week (at the dinner hour, a 90 minute round trip). <BR> <BR> Physically: ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:40:31 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970990 Mental: High stress/emotional week <BR> Physical: oral steroids and antibiotic. Noticeable water loss with change in diet. <BR> Intake: averaged 2200 cals per day; goal was 1600 <BR> Exercise: 90 minutes, 3x week (Sun/Thurs/Fri) =7.2 miles road biking. Goal was 180 minutes, 4x weekly. <BR> <BR> Thursday 7/5 weigh-in: 299lbs (home scale 296) <BR> Wednesday 7/11: 289 <BR> Sunday 7/15: 294 home scale <BR> Total lbs lost: 2lb <BR> <BR> Plan for week 2: Maintain exercise but clean up diet. Reduc... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:23:17 EST Go get 'em girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961101 AMAZing day today. My son set me up with a bike we had sitting in the garage. I got on it, he altered the seat height and stood back like a proud son. It was my eff it mode. It does not matter who drives by and sees my fat butt overhanging this bike seat. Or my humongo belly verhanging my shorts. Or my droopy boobs bobbing. I'm tired of walking and I NEED activity in my life. I made it a short distance down the country rode and came back for some fine tuning. As I rode down the drive way- I c... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 20:22:25 EST