CAH-RD's SparkPeople Blog CAH-RD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 7 Days to DietBet End - Weigh-Out Time! So here we are. Today and tomorrow are the weigh out days. I have not blogged the past couple of days as it was the weekend and am HORRIBLE at getting on here over the weekend! This weekend was sadly a time of splurging!! I guess I cannot say I was the worst because I at least maintained from yesterday's weight, BUT I am STILL 1.2# above goal weight! :/ End of weigh-out is officially 42 hours from now so I still have some time. Tomorrow morning is my goal, so here we will be STRIC... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:43:42 EST 7 Days to DietBet End - Daily Blog Countdown. Day #3. EEEEK! Yesterday....oh yesterday.... I had some extra pumpkin puree to use up. Now this was quality, homegrown, organic pumpkin that I pureed a few days back. Did not want this to go to waste!! So I get on Pinterest (where else would I go recipe hunting!?) to find a yummy recipe for pumpkin. It was later in the evening and I wanted something relatively quick that we could keep - not consume immediately, like a meal. So what did I find!? COOKIES!!! I make homemade pumpkin cookies last night an... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:14:47 EST 7 Days to DietBet End - Daily Blog Countdown. Day #4. Here we are again. Doing well! I am pretty proud! Down another 1.6# from yesterday! It is amazing how much better I feel. I already feel better about my body, but more importantly, I can already feel my psoriasis causing less itching / issues! It is amazing! I am hoping to see improvement in my PCOS symptoms as well and I cannot wait for that - less acne, bloat, etc? Yay!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an excellent day for meals. I ate my healthy planned breakfast and lunch. For dinner I made pla... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:36:46 EST 7 Days to DietBet End - Daily Blog Countdown. Day #5. So I weighed in this morning and I lost another 1# over night. I was hoping to lose 1.2#, but I will take it since I splurged on Cascadian Farms Raising Bran w/ Chocolate Cashew Milk last night! That was NOT part of my plan, but WOW was I craving it! :D <BR> <BR> Yesterday's nutrition ended up being okay even after the lunch time fiasco with the processed whole wheat sandwich. For dinner I had leftover homemade pizza. Not a super great meal, but we make pretty healthy pizza. I also had some... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:32:34 EST 7 Days to DietBet End - Daily Blog Countdown. Day #6. So here we are. Six days left. I felt as though I did okay yesterday. I made homemade pizza for dinner, which we make pretty healthy, but it still had quite a bit of cheese. If my tracking was accurate, I still did pretty well for calories for the day. Not a total fail. Lost 0.4# in one day. I was hoping for more around 1.1#. Yes, that is pushing it, but was hoping it was do-able! :) <BR> <BR> I did get my 96 oz of water in and I did not have any added sweets/desserts despite hubby snacking ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:09:51 EST 7 Days to DietBet End - Daily Blog Countdown. Day #7. So I joined a diet bet on So much fun and so motivational. I won my first DB, but I feel like that was easy. I weighed in when I was feeling bloated and icky and just really heavy. I had been eating bad and a lot of the weight was probably water weight. <BR> <BR> Then I joined my 2nd Diet Bet and here I am. Weigh-out is on September 20th and I have not lost an ounce. In fact, I am up a couple of pounds putting me 6.2# above goal with 6 days left to lose it. :) Despite the fact ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:58:47 EST No Added Sugar! Today is day #1 of 14 that I am cutting almost all added sugar out of my diet. This means no sweets / desserts, but also no crackers, breads, dressings, etc with added sugar. I will accept honey or agave. I will also still eat natural sugars like fruits and limited dairy. I will also have a couple exception IF they are healthy. <BR> <BR> Example, this morning I realized that my SO Delicious Coconut Milk based yogurt has added sugar. Sure, I knew this, but I hadn't thought about it yet. I dec... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:10:13 EST Doin' This. I love how I feel when I know in my mind I'm ready to stick to a routine again. Last night was 3 miles on the treadmill & monthly ab challenge x2. I was in so much pain from being sore from the previous day's ab challenges, but I pushed through, modified slightly, and did it. I feel great today! Sore, but a great sore! :D Excited for tonight. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:05:54 EST Improving Me in 2015 So the past several years I have not been one to make or promote New Years Resolutions. I feel as though we should never wait to make changes - not until the new year, next month or even Monday - we should always start right away. <BR> <BR> That said, for some reason, I have felt as though I need to write down some "plans" for this upcoming year. I just need to see it on "paper" vs thinking it through in my mind. My mind is busy. I am a full time working mother of two young children. My hus... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:35:09 EST Stuck. I'm struggling lately! I was starting to get back on track with my exercise and doing well, but I just can't seem to get that workout in like I should! I had all intentions of going downstairs and running on the treadmill last night and then time escaped me! Tonight it is. I MUST do this! Tonight is my day for a 2 mile run + some strength training. Easy enough. Today it is. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is supposed to be my "rest" day for exercise, but since I haven't officially exercised since last W... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:25:54 EST Assistance Needed So I totally think I need someone to stand by my side and keep me on track EVERY day!! I have no clue what my issue is with sticking to things like this! I'm horrible! The past couple of weekends we've been dealing with the stomach bug in our home and yes, it takes a couple days to recover from that, but surely I can get back on track after a couple of days! I just get thrown off and skip out on my exercise! Then I get mad at myself for letting myself slip backwards. <BR> <BR> In the middle ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:29:08 EST Progress So, this was the second weekend in a row that I was ill with a stomach bug! I don't know what happened as I NEVER get sick. I haven't thrown up since I was in elementary school and my stomach is super strong in terms of illness!! Awful! I'm hoping it is over! Next weekend HAS to be a healthy weekend!! <BR> <BR> So, not only have I been sick both weekends, but I haven't been able to grab groceries like I usually do on Saturdays! We are OUT of food!! I was able to scrape together a whole wheat... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:33:39 EST Too Good To be True! Yup, it was too good to be true that yesterday I was just 1# from pre-pregnancy weight! Up 0.8# this morning, which was a bummer. I'll get there though! Hoping tomorrow I'm trending downward again! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:00:43 EST 1 Pounds from Pre-Pregnancy Weight / Son is 8 Months Today! So today my son turns 8 months old and I'm only 1 pound from pre-pregnancy weight. Granted, I would have liked to have been this weight (and could have been this weight) months ago...I was just putting it off and being lazy with my food intake....and caring. <BR> <BR> For me, breastfeeding does NOT help with weight loss. I'm reasonably certain that I'm one of those ladies who holds onto a few extra pounds because of nursing. I always hear stories of those who lose so much weight they're wel... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:25:32 EST Lowest Weight Since Baby...Again. So today I weighed in at my lowest I've been since having my second baby. This is the second time I've reached this exact weight, but went up, instead of down, from there. This time, my goals are different and I plan to continue to see the downward trend. I will be elated to see anything less than this weight...and better yet, I'm 2.2# away from "pre-baby weight." I have a long way to go once I've reached pre-baby weight at that, but small steps! I'm hanging onto each little victory! I'm real... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:36:06 EST I'm Changing. Did 2.5 miles on the treadmill, then jumped off and did the first day of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred last night. I'm definitely feeling it today, but it feels great. <BR> <BR> The only time I have to work out right now is if I can get my daughter down at 8p and nurse my son to sleep shortly after, I can get back up and go exercise. Often times I find myself choosing sleep over exercise, but I feel so much better when I'm working out consistantly. I need to keep up with this! I'd love to ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 09:07:52 EST Here I am... So here it is about 14 months since my last blog. I'm stuck. I have all of these goals I want to meet and I just keep spinning my wheels. <BR> <BR> 1. I want to be able to comfortably run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving (just 3 weeks away). <BR> 2. I want to drop 10# by Thanksgiving, which I realize now is not healthy, but this goal was set several weeks-months back. <BR> 3. I'd like to drop about 18# total and get back to the healthy me. <BR> 4. I just want to feel good again!! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:56:12 EST BL Lime Week 1 Challenge: Five Things Holding Me Back I feel that 5 things holding me back include: <BR> 1. Obsession with the Scale. I struggle with feeling like my weight needs to be at a certain number. I should not focus on this. I know this. I, of all people, know what is important about health and nutrition, but I cannot seem to apply his knowledge to myself. I still get hung up on my increased weight over the past 4 years. <BR> <BR> 2. My Desire to Be “Normal.” I feel like it’s a double-edged sword having a background in nutrition. I fee... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:50:36 EST One Year Later I just realized my last blog post was from July 15th - just over a year ago. Well, I'm officially pre-pregnancy weight, but working on moving the scale some more. I'd really like to get off the weight that I gained when I started my career, but it's a struggle. The past 2 weeks or so I've really been putting in the effort. <BR> <BR> I'm running almost every day as well as adding in crunches, leg exercises, arms, etc when able. I just do as much as I can. I feel better with my body so far, bu... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:09:19 EST Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss Although I enjoyed being pregnant, I'm quite thrilled to be back on SparkPeople and working on bettering my health. I'm excited that it has taken me just one week to lose 24.5 of the 30 pounds gained during pregnancy. I give all of the credit to breastfeeding (after what was initially lost with delivery that is!)! Just 5.5 more pounds to go to reach the weight I was when I found out I was pregnant. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I was heavier than I wanted to be at that point, so I'm using this n... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:32:52 EST BL Lime - Week 8: Negative Thoughts I think this is a great challange because I think this is where we all need help and focus. I feel as though I'm a generally happy, fun-loving person, but I do constantly think negative about myself and bring myself down. A few things that I'd like to work on this week is 100% NOT saying anything negative about myself out loud. Like lately I've been saying that I'm fat a lot just because I feel so large because I haven't been exercising and doing what I should to stay healthy. I just feel rea... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 07:19:30 EST BL Lime - Week 5: Walking Outside I took a walk outside 2 nights ago with my husband and dog. We walked a usual route through our little town. It was really the first walk I had taken since last fall, so although the sights were familiar, they were refreshing. It was perfectly quiet as the tourists and resorters aren't here yet and it smelled of sweet spring and warm air (yes, I truely believe "warm air" has a scent). This walk has inspired me to get my butt moving as I've been so sedentary the past few months. I plan to star... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:09:22 EST Spring BL - Week 1: Motivation & New Food ITC - Post a blog listing 5 things that motivated you to make healthy choices: <BR> <BR> Gosh, only 5??? <BR> 1. A long, healthy life. I would love to live into my 90's and even past 100 IF that I am in good health. That will only happen if I put forth the effort now. <BR> 2. My husband. I want to be the healthiest I can be to be the best wife I can for him. He deserves that. <BR> 3. Future children. I can't imagine being overweight and having children. I NEED to be healthy and fit for them... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:11:46 EST The New Me - My Dream Life OK - here is the BL Lime "extra" challenge. :) I LOVE picturing my dream life. This is so easy for me! Unfortunately, police officers do not make what they deserve and I will likely never be a SAHM. I can always dream though, right? :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are you like? What is your personality? Are you calm, patient, lively, nuts? <BR> <BR> I am inspiring. I am happy. I am cheerful making others smile when they encounter me. I am bubbly (but not annoying). I enjoy what I do, even if... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:18:56 EST This is why I'm here... So I was just replying to another Sparkers blog when I started writing this...and I got really into it and I realized it makes sense and this IS why I'm here and why I'm doing this. Thought I'd add it to my own page. <BR> <BR> <BR> I look at my 59 year old father whom I'm guardian/conservator of. He is in a nursing home, permanently, due to not taking care of himself. Period. He's had choices. He could have changed. I pushed him to change. I tried since I was very young. I begged him to sto... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 01:18:54 EST Spark Your Body Bootcamp Challange I joined this team for the month - along with finishing out The Biggest Loser competition. <BR> <BR> Here are my stats starting Bootcamp: <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed 126.6 (bad after the holidays! I need this challange!) <BR> Measurements as of yesterday: <BR> 25.4% body fat <BR> Waist: 27.5" <BR> Hips: 37" <BR> Neck: 13" <BR> Right Thigh: 21.5" <BR> Right Calf: 14" <BR> Right Upper Arm: 11.25" <BR> Waist-Hip Ratio: 0.72 <BR> Resting Heart Rate is 56 this morning. <BR> <BR> My goals f... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:17:50 EST 10 Things That Motivate Me To Be Healthier For the BL Lime Team: Here are my 10 things... <BR> <BR> 1. I want to feel good - including happiness. <BR> 2. I want to be physically fit and have lots of energy. <BR> 3. I want to provide my husband and (future) children with the best, healthiest life ever and to do that, I need to be healthy. <BR> 3. I would love to be around for my great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids!! <BR> 4. I'm a dietitian and I feel that if I were overweight I would be contradicting my goals/reasons for being a... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:32:05 EST New Workout DVD Well, last night I decided to buy a new workout DVD. I was at Wal-mart and they sure didn't have a lot. I ended up with a 60 minute beginning Pilates mat workout one. There were some dance ones that looked interesting and fun, but I have such a hard time following DVD's that this one looked "simpler" for me. :) <BR> <BR> I'm going to use this as my "new exercise this week" for the BL Lime challange. :) It'll definitely be something new as I've never did pilates before nor do I usually follow... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 07:01:23 EST Sports Bra! Ick. Thanksgiving did a number on my weight loss efforts. I was down to 125#, but as of this morning gained 2 Thanksgiving pounds! We're all out of leftovers now though and I've ate really well today so far! Hittin' up Buffalo Wild Wings tonight, but I already know what Im going to have if everyone decides to order food. I'm prepared. For drinks, I think I'll stick with my Malibu and Diet. Yum. Not TOO bad for cals. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday during our 4-hour Black Friday adventure, I picked u... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:19:50 EST BL Lime - Plan of Action! Hi all - <BR> <BR> I'm with some of you others as I haven't quite finalized my POA. So far some things I'd like to accomplish include: <BR> <BR> 1. First and foremonst - keep up with the team. I know that for me, keeping up with logging, etc may be more difficult than actually getting in the exercise! :) I'm going to do my best.! <em>104</em> <BR> 2. Staying faithful to my new accountability partner - Lepa!! <em>220</em> <BR> 3. Track my food and fitness very accurately. <em>474</em> <... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 21:31:43 EST Coffee and Dance Party Sitting here in my office. The husband is gone downstate for an eye appointment. I eventually made my way to YouTube and found some good music. I just couldn't help myself - I got up and started dancing around with Georgia (my Shih Tzu/Westie girl). I LOVE dancing. It's so fun and makes me feel good! <BR> <BR> I made coffee too. Not such a coffee person (unless it's a mocha - with skim of course), but for some reason I've been craving it lately!! Now I'll be up all night! <BR> <BR> I need ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 21:21:32 EST Runnin' Well, tomorrow is my last 5K of the season I believe. There are a couple more that I'd LOVE to run, but I don't want to pay more than $40 to run 3.1 miles. :) Call me cheap, but I can run that for free any day of the week around my neighborhood! I am hoping to beat my best time though. I ran 5.2 miles yesterday, so I'm hoping my legs aren't super sore tomorrow (I'm always the most sore 2 days post work-out). We'll see. I'm hoping it's not SUPER freezing cold out either - like it is now. Forec... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 21:36:00 EST First Blog Well, I'm sitting here as Erin is sleeping - he worked last night. Our shower is not functioning at this time as we're waiting for the mud to dry. Gosh, I can't wait until the bathroom part of the remodeling process is done!! A shower is something I can not live without. SO, here I am , on the internet, on SP and I've nearly run out of options of things to I thought I'd try blogging. Perhaps this will keep me more motivated? I don't know. <BR> <BR> I have revised my page colors...a... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 13:41:47 EST