CAREN_BLUEJEANS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAREN%5FBLUEJEANS CAREN_BLUEJEANS'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/ Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803962 I'm keeping to the low end of the calorie range, because I had 2,600 in calories yesterday (DS16's birthday). We went to a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant, and there were so many delicious choices in, I plan to go back next week for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Personal trainer yesterday: <BR> We did my physical therapy exercises to strengthen hips and abs; and upper body workout. <BR> <BR> Friday Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 1,200 calories <BR> 3. avoid starchy carbs <B... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:27:27 EST Why I hid my scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803457 Why did I hide my scale? What is it like to put away the scale? How do I judge progress? <BR> <BR> Oct 13, 2014, I hid my scale in the linen closet because it was a daily frustration. I was getting obsessed with it. I get these emails from "No Excuses Weight Loss" every day telling me I deserve to be losing 1-3 pounds a week. I feel under pressure to "put up big numbers," as they say on Biggest Loser. I was dieting, exercising, but cutting loose on weekends. And Monday weigh in was such a bu... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:16:37 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803399 Today is my son's birthday! He is now DS16. How will this effect my goals today? I still plan on going to personal trainer. We're going out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant (not a chain). And I'm going to have a slice of cake. This may be a 2,000 calorie day. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Prioritize my needs <BR> 3. Drink plenty of water <BR> 4. p/u DS16 after school <BR> 5. 4:30 personal trainer <BR> 6. no alcohol <BR> 7. eat reasonable portions.... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:38 EST Wednesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802724 Another busy day. <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. eat every 3-4 hours, so I don't get too hungry <BR> 3. 4pm p/u DS15 <BR> 4. 4:20 physical therapy <BR> 5. 6-7 zumba <BR> 6. no alcohol <BR> <BR> Physical therapy was ok. I learned that weakness in my abs & hips contributed to misalignment in lower body, and pain in knees, and even my bunion. So I have a set of easy exercises. <BR> <BR> Personal trainer was ok. We worked on lower body. Left knee was pain-free due to cortisone shot... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:23:24 EST Tuesday Goals & IOWL #271 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802106 IOWL (inside out weight loss) #271: Unblocking your dreams <BR> <BR> What can be blocking my dreams of becoming slimmer? <BR> <link>https://www.insideoutweightloss.com/<BR>podcasts/episode-271-unblocking-your-d<BR>ream-part-i </link> <BR> <BR> In my dream of being slim goes like this: I'm in a swim suit, on a very active vacation on a warm & sunny beach. I walk, play, swim, sunbathe, well aware of how good I look, and the admiring glances. This is the dream that makes me happy. My towa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:29:59 EST Monday Goals 10/20/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801385 What a great weekend. The kids won 1st place at U of I, completing an undefeated competition season. I walked my legs off. (21,000 steps!) Sunday was a recovery day; not as productive as I had planned. (Didn't work on attic or lawn) <BR> <BR> Tonight is the marching band chili supper fundraiser. (so I'm going to miss Zumba) The kids perform in Halloween costumes, and get to act wild & crazy. A great release after how seriously they have worked all competition season. <img src="http://photos... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:27:31 EST Sunday Goals 10/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800853 Long day yesterday. I did 21,000 steps. (so glad I go the cortisone shot to the knee) I tried pho and liked it. I wrote down everything I ate, but didn't enter it into the tracker. I figure 2,000 calories easily. Best part, the band won 1st place! <BR> <BR> I lost my Spark Streak, so I have to start a new streak. Just like today is a new day, with new goals. <BR> <BR> #1 goal (as always) Write it Before I Bite it. <BR> #2 1,200 calories <BR> #3 play racquetball with DS27, because it's fami... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:50:22 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799688 I'm going to the orthopedist for a cortisone shot in one (or both) knees this morning, which makes me very happy, because I'll be able to dance better, as well as do lower body work with my personal trainer. <BR> <BR> Friday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Lay off the starchy carbs <BR> 3. Don't eat the snacks in the break room. think big sweaty hands pawing the snacks. Ugh! <BR> 4. No alcohol <BR> 5. 10,000 steps <BR> 6. around 1,200 calories <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, Saturday,... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:32:24 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l46893666.jpg"> <BR> The photo shoot Tuesday was so much fun. Here's the best shot. <BR> <BR> Thursday goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. avoid starchy carbs like bread, pasta, & rice <BR> 3. avoid all the snacks in the break room, OK maybe the chocolate strawberries. This article says 10 = 140 cal <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1484&page=3 </link> but my tracker says 30 cal each. (what do y... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:40:16 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798945 oops! time for bed, and i forgot to post my goals for today. <BR> <BR> I didn't do as well as I would have liked. Mostly because of tempting, tasty, buttery garlic bread, which I intended for the kids, but I had 2 slices. <BR> <BR> 1459 calories, more than 11,000 steps, no alcohol, got to zumba 5-6pm <BR> <BR> I didn't do zumba with the same level of passion today, and kept thinking of leaving, but told myself to hang in there. Made it to the end of class. Win! <BR> <BR> B-oatmeal/berries... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:07:02 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797939 I am psyched today! I'm directing a photo shoot of the university's mascot dog for the 2015 calendar. It's been years since I've done a photo shoot. When I was at ToysRus, I did a lot of shoots, mostly babies for diaper ads. Loved it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Eat every 3-4 hours <BR> 3. 1,200 calories <BR> 4. 10,000 steps <BR> 5. no alcohol <BR> 6. 3:30 p/u DS15 <BR> 7. 4pm personal trainer <BR> 8. 5pm band boosters meeting (bring checkbook) <BR> 9. ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:25:01 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797301 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Eat every 3-4 hours <BR> 3. Stay within calorie range <BR> 4. try to get 10,000 step <BR> 5. no alcohol <BR> 6. Zumba 6-7pm <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> C, I'm so grateful for my fitbit; it's been a year & a half since you sent it to me, and I use it every day. Yesterday, I thought I lost it, but DS15 found it on the sidewalk next to my car. Even though it was raining, my fitbit still works great. Thank you, spark friend! <BR> <BR> I'm als... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:16:26 EST Sunday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796685 I put away my scale. I'm going to focus on daily goals like exercising for elevating mood & energy (zumba M/W; pt T/TH), staying within my calorie range (1350-1700), avoiding stuff that makes me gain (starchy carbs & alcohol). I'm still frustrated with my lack of progress. Like, what am I even doing here? Blogging, journaling, working on myself, but not losing weight. I wish I could get outside myself & see myself with new eyes and figure out what it takes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went over c... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:35:47 EST Saturday Goals 10/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796265 Weigh in day and I can't believe my eyes. I'm up! WTF? I'm so frustrated. I work out so hard. Count every calorie like I'm OCD, and not only do I not lose, I actually gain. <BR> <BR> I'm not getting back on the scale until just before Thanksgiving break. I'll just work on my daily goals. Maybe I should cut out bread, rice & pasta. It worked for me before. <BR> <BR> Saturday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range <BR> 3. 11:45 drop off DS15 at band room <... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:53:13 EST Friday Goals 10/10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795829 I've been doing daily goals for 3 weeks now. Only 4 out of the 21 days I was over my calorie range. I day I didn't track. I'm nailing all my workouts. But I lost only 1 pound. That's not what I expected. My calorie range is 1350 - 1700. Should I take it lower? I'm 5'3" 175 pounds. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652080022.jpg"> <BR> I must not give into frustration & disappointment with my weight loss progress. I have to keep focus on the daily goals. <BR> <BR> Frid... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:19:25 EST Thursday Goals 10/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795233 Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. eat non starchy veg with every meal <BR> 3. no alcohol <BR> 4. personal trainer 4:30-5:15 <BR> 5. quick dinner <BR> 6. DS15 to marching band practice 6-9 pm <BR> 7. optional 7-8pm dance fusion class <BR> <BR> Having a personal trainer means consistent & progressive weight training. My goal with weight training is to improve my strength, and tighten up my body. I saw this shot of me in sleeveless shirt, and didn't like the look of my u... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:52:47 EST Wednesday Goals 10/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794571 Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it. Oops, forgot to write breakfast before I ate it. When I wrote it in just now, I also wrote in lunch & snacks. <BR> 2. Stay in the shallow end of the calorie range <BR> 3. No alcohol <BR> 4. p/u DS15 from scholastic bowl 4pm <BR> 5. Clean out the fridge <BR> 6. 6-7 Zumba <BR> 7. Dinner is spaghetti & meat sauce, spaghetti squash for me <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1164806701.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Motivational quot... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:35:44 EST Tuesday goals 10/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793862 Focusing on process, instead of results keeps me productive, positive, and present. It's the daily activities that add up, over time to weight loss. I type out my goals every day, no copy/paste for me! I feel like the act of typing solidifies my intent. I nailed my Monday goals. <BR> <BR> Tuesday goals: <BR> 1. Write it BEFORE I bite it <BR> 2. Stay in the lower end of my calorie range <BR> 3. No alcohol <BR> 4. 4:30 personal trainer <BR> 5. get 10k steps <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:16:16 EST Monday Goals 10/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793277 Good Monday morning, Spark friends! My goals for today: <BR> <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it (I did that before breakfast-win!) <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range <BR> 3. Zumba 6-7 <BR> 4. Get at least 10k steps <BR> <BR> Well, I really tried to find the box or bag with hats, gloves & scarves. I even inventoried all the boxes in the attic. I looked under the stairs with a flashlight & found a box of tiny beanie babies the previous owners left. What am I going to do with these little things... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:04:45 EST Sunday Goals 10/5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792705 I have a small list of things to do today, as well as my own healthy goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it, or at least after <BR> 2. Stay under calorie limit <BR> 3. Go for a nice long walk, or go to the gym if it rains <BR> <BR> I've been pretty good at meeting my goals, feeling good, and I've at least halted the scale from going up. I have a routine of M & W zumba, and T & Th personal trainer. <BR> <BR> Things to do: <BR> cat box <BR> mow & edge (if it doesn't rain) <BR> unpack boxes ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:56:45 EST Saturday Goals 10/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792151 I should be fasting for Yom Kippur, but I'm not. Since moving to rural midwest, having no synagogue, I've become quite secular, and assimilated. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Another thing: if you don't have specific plans, goals & agenda for doing what you want to do, and getting what you want, someone else's agenda will run you. Even if you have specific goals, written down, if you don't protect you're program, no once else will. <BR> <BR> Saturday goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. 9:... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:38:22 EST Friday Goals 10/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791768 Friday! So much going on. <BR> <BR> Friday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it, either on computer, phone, or notebook <BR> 2. Get 20 min cardio, c'mon there's time to squeeze that in somewhere <BR> 3. 3:30pm, p/u DS15, food shop <BR> 4. grill burgers & bake sweet potato fries for dinner <BR> 5. 6pm hs football, DS15 is in marching band <BR> 6. 8:15 home <BR> <BR> I met with my personal trainer yesterday; did circuit training. I also planted my basil seeds, which are expected to sprou... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:18:45 EST Thursday Goals 10/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791021 Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it. Sadly, I keep trying to type Bite it before I write it, which is my standard operating procedure, but often leads to food amnesia, as well as accidentally going over my daily calories. So...write first. <BR> <BR> 2. I will not eat any of the plethora of goodies in the break room, not because I'm retraining or restricting myself, but because they are a bunch of empty calories that are not for my higher good. <BR> <BR> 3. Personal trainer 4... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:11:12 EST IOWL #269: When Weight is Money, Pt 1 & Wed. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790435 If you don't want to invest in your own health, like hiring a personal trainer, buying fresh food, quality meat, getting help, you may have a limiting belief that "I'm not worthy." Self care is an act of self acceptance and self love. If you're busy hating yourself, you're going to resist this. <BR> <BR> Weight is the "final frontier" of addiction. Because food addiction requires a higher level of recovery, moderation, you can't just ban food from our lives, like gambling, drugs, alcohol, ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:51:24 EST Pinterest & Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789611 Well, it's been a week since I started focusing on my daily goals. And it's wonderful! When I get all my daily goals accomplished, I feel like I hit a home run and tagged all the bases. I get a great feeling of self-efficacy. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range <BR> 3. Eat every 3 hours so I don't get crazy-hungry <BR> 4. Personal trainer 4:30-5:15, remember heart rate monitor (HRM) <BR> 5. Try to get 10,000 steps <BR> 6. Drink plenty... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:20:59 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788970 Monday Goals: <BR> 1. Zumba 6pm <BR> 2. write it before I bite it <BR> 3. eat every 3 hours <BR> 4. stay within calorie range <BR> 5. drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> It takes about a month to form a new habit. I'm still working on writing down my food BEFORE I eat it. The good part is that just INTENDING to journal my food before I eat it, makes me better at tracking, even if it's after I eat. It also makes me less likely to go out of my calorie range, because I'm being more honest, intentio... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:11:15 EST Saturday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787837 Saturday goals: <BR> 1. C25K W1D1-done <BR> 2. food shop <BR> 3. pack finger food dinner <BR> 4. chaperone-avoid stadium food <BR> 5. drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> I got my workout done at 9am, get it out of the way because it's going to be a busy day. I did Couch to 5k for the countless time. I don't love running, but personal trainer says it's the best think for weight loss. So, there I go. <BR> <BR> I'm chaperoning a bus trip for marching band competition, and we won't be back until 10... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:32:59 EST Good workout for weight loss + Friday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787295 For fat loss, I learned from my personal trainer: <BR> 1. Weight training sets: warm up set with light weights, 3 sets with 30 sec rest to keep heart rate up <BR> 2. Elliptical intervals 2 min low, 30 sec hi intensity for 20 min total <BR> <BR> I did upper body strength yesterday. Arm, shoulders, chest & back. And Tyler, my trainer was there with his nerdy stopwatch, timing my 30 sec rest between reps to make the workout more effective. It was followed by cardio. Now the problems with the ca... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:41 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786696 I went to Zumba yesterday. I feel a real improvement in my cardio conditioning over the last few weeks. so, progress isn't always just on the scale. I had a busy schedule yesterday, so just showing up was a win! Crushing my workout was a double win. And I have a cold. There were girls half my age there who couldn't keep up with an hour of Zumba. I'm really proud. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491758925.jpg"> <BR> Thursday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it BEFORE I bite... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:11:02 EST Wednesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786036 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114358704.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes I think, "What else can I eat?" It's a really small voice that just pops in my head, after lunch or dinner, and I'm in a nice place between not-hungry and totally-full. It's that desire to eat, to be stuffed full, to be in a sugar/salt/fat coma on the couch. I may not be perfect, but listening to that little voice, my inner rebel, gives me a chance to check in with my body, and see if I'm really hungry or just... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:06:11 EST IOWL #268: When Success Leads to Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061779843.jpg"> <BR> Inside Out Weight Loss Episode #268: When Success Leads to Failure <BR> <link>podcasts.personallifemedia.com/podca<BR>sts/216-inside-out-weight-loss/episode<BR>s/180387-when-success-leads </link> <BR> <BR> The golden nugget I got out of this episode of the podcast is not to let my ego be tied up with my success on the scale, because it puts too much pressure on me to perform. And also, since I equate dieting with d... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:31:38 EST Goals for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784705 I went to weekend workout on Saturday, and the instructor was a woman, 45, kinesiology senior, who's lost over 100 pounds, and is going through chemo! What an inspiration of "no excuses." She had so much energy & vitality. She only told me about the chemo because I commented on how great her hair looked, and she said it was a hair piece. <BR> <BR> Sunday brunch was wonderful. I served biscuits, mini spinach quiche, mini apple pies, and mimosas. Everyone had fun. But my friend's daughter was... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:24:17 EST Exercise away the blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782857 I went to Dance Fusion last night. It's like Zumba, but without the trademark name. An hour of cardio really helps my mood. I'm on hormone replacements, and this is my "off" week, and I can feel the drop in hormones, not just as cramps, but as anxiety & depression. Exercise really helps lift my mood. <BR> <BR> I also successfully wrote down everything I ate, and stayed within caloric range yesterday. <BR> <BR> I signed up for personal training (PT) 4:30-5:15 Tuesdays & Thursdays for 20 sess... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:25:42 EST Protect Your Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782404 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067654322.jpg"> <BR> I confuse myself. I want to lose weight, but I'm gaining instead. A part of me doesn't want to weigh in publicly, well, here on Spark People, anymore. I'm so embarrassed. Another part wants to go somewhere & get support. Like a weight watchers or dietbet, put my money where my mouth is. But, in the past I've done weight loss contests, and all I've lost is my money. <BR> <BR> I feel like I know what to do, but I'm just... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:33:58 EST Weight in day 9/15/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780110 Weigh in 176 stayed the same. W-D a week & a day of tracking completely. I was over calories on the weekend. Mostly from drinking wine. Mostly from dealing with stress. Sometimes when I'm in the middle of a crisis, I can't think straight. I forget things that help me deal with stress healthily, and fall back on old habits. Doing the best I can with what is available to me at the time. It's easy to forgive myself for this. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Zumba. I can't wait. It's a great way to work o... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:36:10 EST Do I credit for a week of tracking if I went over cal 1 day? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779661 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1645638295.jpg">W <BR> Do I give myself a W? I did a whole darn week of tracking, "write it before I bite it," and (expect for yesterday) staying within my caloric range. It was simple to do, but it wasn't easy. It took work & effort just to stay mindful of what I was eating. Do I say I broke my chain or do I get a pass since Sat nite is my once-a-week dessert night. I say I deserve a W. If I went over range on a non-dessert night, I would ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:18:37 EST 5 Days of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778515 D-D-D-D-D = five whole days of tracking & staying within my calorie range. I'm starting to believe in myself again, because yesterday was crazy-busy, but I still nailed my weight training workout, wrote everything down (mostly before I ate it, but if not, very soon afterwards.) No food amnesia. No mindless eating. No grabbing a handful in passing. <BR> <BR> I watched about 10 min of the Biggest Loser season 16, E1, before I took a phone call. One golden nugget: it's easy to make the big dec... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:31:23 EST Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777923 D-D-D-D= stayed within calorie range 4 days in a row. Streak! Yesterday went as planned: Zumba & dinner. But I was compulsively thinking about eating more, or having a drink. I drank ice water & played a video game until bedtime. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be a busy one. <BR> 3:30 pick us DS15 from school <BR> 3:45 hem band uniform pants! (why did I procrastinate?) <BR> 4 weight training <BR> 5 dinner <BR> 6 college fair <BR> 7 drop DS15 @ band practice in full uniform <BR> 9 pick up DS15... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:03:35 EST Planning to Win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777196 D-D-D The chain is growing: 3 days of tracking & staying within calorie range. Sometimes I'm going to be hungry & inconvenienced. I skipped lifting weights yesterday. I'm busy, but I have the same 24 hours a day as everyone else. Today is Zumba at 6. I need to schedule tomorrow's strength training, like a doctor's appointment, something I just can't skip. I put these on my Google calendar, so it's official. <BR> <BR> M: 6pm Zumba <BR> T: 4pm weight training <BR> W: 6pm Zumba <BR> Th: 4pm wei... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:47:28 EST Believe in Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1103963440.jpg"> <BR> D-D That's a string of 2 days of tracking & staying within my calorie range. It really helps with my self-efficacy. I know I can push through my own impulses and do this thing. I've resolved myself with being hungry sometimes. Like now. It's an hour to lunch, I've already had my mid-morning snack. I'm not going to starve. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on tuna on a green salad for lunch, yogurt for a snack, and Jamaican chick... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:18:19 EST Weigh in 9/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775722 Weigh in 176 (+2) Yikes! I'm feeling every ounce of it. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of me saying I'm trying harder, starting over, recommitting, and then gaining more each week. I'm losing self-efficacy. I'm finding it hard to believe in myself because I've let myself down so much. <BR> <BR> OK, let's talk about what I'm doing right. <BR> <BR> 1. I laid out my workout clothes, and put Zumba 6pm on the calendar <BR> 2. I tracked honestly & stayed on the low end of my calorie range... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:16:11 EST Using my notebook to write it before I bite it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775043 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941904521.jpg"> <BR> Saturday, I was away from my computer all day. Just the sort of day I needed to start implementing "Write it Before I Bite it." I bought a pretty notebook with pen at Target for $1.99. Before I got the notebook, I took a pic of lunch. That will do, too. I did well all day, and give myself credit for completely & honestly tracking. Some foods were noted after I ate them. But overall it made me more mindful, and opened my... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:08:37 EST I Write it Before I Bite it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010035124.jpg"> <BR> If I could kick my mindless eating habit, I would be slim already! <BR> <BR> These are the parts of the problem, broken down: <BR> 1. I'm at my computer all day at work, so tracking up to 3:30 pm is easy M-F. <BR> 2. At home my computer is in the bedroom. OK it's a laptop. It's portable. <BR> 3. After dinner, I want to just relax on the couch, watch TV, chill out. <BR> 4. Mindless eating is a habit: hand to mouth, im... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:45:32 EST Working on my after dinner ritual (success! no snacking) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773206 I went to Zumba 6-7 yesterday. Yup, I slacked off my motherly duties, I asked my son to make dinner, and I went & danced. It was crowded. I work out at the rec center at the university I work for. So it's all these 18-22 year olds...and me doing Zumba. It was a hot & sweaty workout. My heart was pounding, and just when I thought I couldn't do any more, my favorite dance song came on, and I got a second wind! ("Floor on Fire" by Pitbull, Lil Jon & Machel Montano) I came home & showered before ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:40:44 EST Rituals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772771 Rituals can be empowering, when they are in alignment with my health goals. Or they can steal away from me, and make me feel bad afterwards. Without even thinking about it, my after dinner ritual has become sitting on the couch, watching TV & snacking. Don't fight it, or judge too harshly. Those old rituals were serving me in some way. Like alleviating boredom, stuffing down emotions, or soothing anxiety. <BR> <BR> I need to find another ritual that serves my life better. Something to substi... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:23:20 EST Pinch Punch First of the Month, Sept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771058 Welcome September! There's just 3 months left to the year. How are your 2014 resolutions going? <BR> <BR> Relying too much on the scale can be discouraging. That's why I invite you to join me, and take your measurements every 1st of the month. Sometimes inches tell a better story than the scale. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120125871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven't taken measurements since July, and now I'm up 3.4 pounds and 2.5 inches. Well, knowing is half the bat... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:49:39 EST Unquitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769450 Quitting is only staying down. If I stumble, and haven't been doing great, in other words, I put on about 5 pounds from my best (recent) low weight, I only quit if I stay down. <BR> <BR> I'm worth it, I deserve to be fit and happy and health. I can pull this off. I'm not trying to catch up. I'm starting where I am today. I got up with the alarm at 5:30, got into my workout clothes I laid out the night before, and did a challenging 30 min full body workout. Great workout! <BR> <BR> I've rec... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:24:05 EST Home Gym Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012816645.jpg"> <BR> This is MY home gym, not something off Pintrest or some magazine. I got up this morning & worked out with a video on line. It was great! <BR> <BR> Kettlebell, jump rope, ankle weights, weighted gloves, dumbell sets 3 to 15 pounds, resistance bands, yoga mat, stability ball, computer for online workouts. <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:08:21 EST Setting up a home gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768199 Today after work, I have a little time before dinner and 6:45-8:30 Back to School Night, to get my room unpacked enough to do a workout in the morning. Do you think I can do it in about 2 hours? I'll grab my water bottle & give it a try. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:15:54 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767214 I weighed in this morning at 174 (+.6), and was feeling ok with that number, until I saw the video of the ice bucket challenge my son posted, with me pouring the water over his head. I look rather chubby. I want to be slim, fit & healthy. I've reconciled myself to not being a runner. But I love to lift weights, do zumba and other group fitness classes. I have to ditch the excuses, and just do what I know works for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2022771205.j... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:20:04 EST