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=5883635 I'm still recovering from pulling my back muscles. It was really cold this morning a record-tying -6. We're expecting more snow, so I hope my back feels better, or else the kids will have to do everything. I saw a video of using a leaf blower to clean off the car. It should work well, if it's the fluffy light snow. <BR> <BR> DS27 told me he hope I feel better soon because I enjoy going to the gym so much. This is how far I've come in my fitness journey: I'm known as a person who loves work... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:28:22 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883071 We got about 5 inches of light & fluffy white stuff. Shoveling & cleaning off my car this morning, I pulled a muscle in my back, and it keeps spasming .Therefore, I'm NOT going to the gym for Abs & Ends. BOO! I have to remember not to rush my recovery. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals <BR> 1. stay within calorie range- no <BR> 2. eat every 2-3 hours so I don't get too hungry - yes <BR> 3. Possibly a nice hot bath tonight - no Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:01:07 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882497 It's not about the resources I have, it's about being resourceful. I ask myself, "How can I____ and enjoy the process?" How can I fit in exercise I enjoy? How can I eat light, but still enjoy my food & feel full? Being resourceful is about not making excuses, but finding creative solutions that fit in my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I slept in my gym clothes, and got up 5:30 and worked out 15 min. It's wasn't great. I admit, it was a 30 min video, and I just ran out of steam half way through. I'm no... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:45:04 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881750 Revisited yesterday's goals: I walked 30 min at lunch, went over calorie range by 100, no alcohol and did 1 hr of Zumba w00t! <BR> <BR> Today, I want to reach these goals: <BR> 1. walk 30 min at lunch- 20 min (my friend was feeling poorly) <BR> 2. stay within calorie range - no <BR> 3. Abs & ends workout 5:30-6:30 - yes <BR> 4. 10,000 steps- almost <BR> 5. Eat every 3 hrs -no <BR> 6. no alcohol -no <BR> 7. buy more salad fixings! yes <BR> <BR> Abs & Ends, 1 hr, twice a week for the last 5 w... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:55:30 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881210 Great weekend! The scholastic bowl team won 1st place, and are going to state in 2 weeks. I moderated, and (having talked to on 3 phone calls to 6 family members back east) my NY accent was quite thick! Dawg, crawssed, tawnament, etc. <BR> <BR> I stayed up to watch the Oscars last night, drinking wine, and eating brie & crackers. What a lovely time to spend with my kids! But I only got 6.5 hrs sleep. <BR> <BR> What do I want to accomplish today? <BR> 1. walk 30 min at lunch-done <BR> 2. st... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:11:09 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879376 TGIF Spark Friends! We're expecting 3-5" of snow tonight. So you know the milk & bread will be flying off the shelves, the lines for gas will be long, people go a little crazy when snow is predicted. <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed Abs & Ends yesterday, because I didn't workout at home. I find the gym just more conducive to working out. Home just has too many distractions. <BR> <BR> Today & tomorrow are going to be very busy. I don't know if I'll get to the gym, or even have time to cook dinner.... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:04:49 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878753 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l801115198.jpg"> <BR> Zumba party was so much fun last night! Just like regular zumba, but with the light off, and glow sticks. One of my friends, who I haven't seen in ages, said I looked thinner. Funny, I haven't lost weight in well over a year. Just doing consistent cardio & weights. Maybe I've tightened up a bit. I danced with friends for 2 hours, which is great because I don't think I'm going to make it to the gym tonight for 5:30 Abs & ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:09 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877988 Last night, it was a fun & challenging workout at Abs & Ends, followed by walking around the track for 30 min, whilst I waited for DS27 to show up with my car, which I loaned him, because his was STILL in the shop from Friday. I hope the part comes in & he gets it back today. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Zumba Party! 6-8pm. I'll join for some of the 2-hour dance workout. <BR> <BR> Wednesday goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 2. get 10,000 steps <BR> 3. stay within calorie... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:40:42 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877364 It's Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras! Self-control is the antithesis of Mardi Gras, but I'm going to try taking the fat out of Tuesday, and modify a gumbo. <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/s<BR>kinny_gumbo_for_fat_tuesday </link> <BR> <BR> How about lent? Anyone giving stuff up? <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Abs & ends 5:30 <BR> 3. Stay within calorie range <BR> 4. Drink plenty of water <BR> 5. eat every 3-4 hours <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:46:25 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601986888.jpg"> <BR> I went off tracking food over the weekend. Too bad. I do so much better when I track my foods. Lots of valentines' day treats. But, I'm back to protecting my program. <BR> <BR> <BR> Note to self: drink plenty of water. I had a great day Saturday, but didn't drink any water, which resulted in a headache and ringing in my ears Saturday night. I looked it up, and yup, symptoms of dehydration! <BR> <BR> My friend lost 11... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:06:10 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875053 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070991922.jpg"> <BR> Happy Friday the 13th! Go pet a black cat. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it! <BR> 2. exercise 30 min <BR> 3. Enjoy Valentines Day treats today! <BR> <BR> I was off yesterday, for Lincoln's birthday. I know, weird. I get Lincoln's birthday off, not President's day because someone on the board of trustees has a boner for Lincoln. <BR> <BR> I got my brakes fixed, dog tags updated, food shopping, clean... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:51:17 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873664 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360959268.jpg"> <BR> Happy hump day! <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. no sugar/alcohol <BR> 2. write it before I bite it <BR> 3. Zumba tonight 6:30 <BR> 4. stay within calorie range <BR> 5. 10,000 steps <BR> 6. make apt with cardiologist (looks like young George Clooney)-done <BR> <BR> You want to know why I hate going to the cardiologist? Because I'm doing 60 min of heat-thumping zumba 3x a week (or rowing machine, or spin bike), and ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:20:05 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805674174.jpg"> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Track food honestly <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. strength training <BR> 4. make cardio apt with Dr Dreamy <BR> 5. stay within calorie range 1200-1650 <BR> <BR> Went to zumba yesterday, and it was wonderful! My knee felt great. I was missed by some of the kids there. 2 of them even gave me welcome back hugs. It's so nice to know I'm that welcome there. The hour flew by, and before I knew it, it was... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:25:49 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974003382.jpg"> <BR> Monday Goals: <BR> 1. 1200 calories <BR> 2. Eat every 2-3 hours <BR> 3. no alcohol/sugar <BR> 4. Zumba 5:30 <BR> <BR> This weekend, I played racquetball 30 min, 1 hr full body workout, 30 min abs, and Sunday walked 30 min. And my knee feels great! I'm ready for tonight: <BR> <BR> After work, picking up DS16 at 4, dog to vet 4:30 for rabies shot, 5:30 Zumba 1 hr. <BR> <BR> Why ever did I wait so long to get the shot in... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:26:49 EST Saturday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871110 Weigh in day. <em>198</em> Oy Vey! <BR> <BR> Calories per day: <BR> <BR> Sa 1727 <BR> Su 3000 (guessing: didn't track super bowl party) <BR> Mo 1470 <BR> Tu 1523 <BR> We 1547 <BR> Th 1391 <BR> Fr 1620 <BR> <BR> Total 12,278 <BR> Daily average 1754 <BR> <BR> I'm going to cut my calories down to 1200 a day this week, and see if I can lose the 2 pounds I gained, as my goal is to maintain my marvelous 40 pound loss. It would be nice to lose weight but during peri-menopause is like cleaning ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:05:49 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1734450322.jpg"> <BR> Friday Goals <BR> 1. Get cortisone shot in the knee! - done <BR> 2. Make apt for Jersey's rabies shot, and nails clipped-done <BR> 3. Write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 4. 30 min workout <BR> <BR> Last night I was a scorekeeper for scholastic bowl. Dinner was pizza, chips, soda, and I logged it into my nutrition tracker well ahead of time, for a total of 1400 calories for the day. So, in the afternoon, when... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:52:28 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204722859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why do I want to be fit, active and healthy? Here's a picture of me and my mother, sometime in the early 80s. Mom had high blood pressure and diabetes. Her lifestyle was sedentary, chain-smoking, and midnight-snacking. She died of cancer of the pancreas at 56, a week after my first child was born. <BR> <BR> I can't do anything to change the past. My intent is to avoid the obesity-related diseases. Every day I ha... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:36:44 EST Wednesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869247 Wednesday Goals <BR> 1. exercise at least 30 min <BR> 2. pt exercises <BR> 3. Write it before I bite it <BR> 4. stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Abs & Ends. Great workout! I'm seeing progress, like holding planks and side planks longer. I decided to try something new. You know me, always trying new things. I slept in my workout clothes, and instead of laying in bed when the alarm went off, I got up (took care of the dog, cats, bathroom) and worked out.... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:31:52 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868771 Just because you didn't put it in your tracker, doesn't mean it doesn't end up on your butt. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 2. stay within calorie range <BR> 3. 30 min exercise <BR> 4. 10,000 steps <BR> 5. pt exercises <BR> <BR> Today's blog is mostly for my own, sweet self. You're welcome to read, and have some insight into my inner thinking. <BR> <BR> Superbowl, I finally broke my no-alcohol streak, as well as eating some chips, which I do... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:26:49 EST Saturday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866583 Saturday Goals: <BR> 1. plan menu for the week- done <BR> 2 food shop - done <BR> 3. exercise - done <BR> 5. stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> I weighed in down half a pound. Setting my intent to continue my healthy habits, and maintain. I've started cooking for tomorrow. I played racquetball with DS27, only did 3 games, because my knee is killing me. It's a rainy day, and I just might take a nap later. <BR> <BR> Alcohol free 31 days, added sugar free for 29 out of 31 days so far. <BR> <... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:53 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203539418.jpg"> <BR> Friday Goals: <BR> 1. stay within my calorie range <BR> 2. get 30 min exercise, maybe spin or row because of knee pain <BR> 3. do Win Tomorrow Checklist <BR> 4. focus on what I'm doing right <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> ***SPOILER ALERT****** <BR> <BR> Did you watch the Biggest Loser finale? I did. All the contestants looked much healthier weight, and had testimonials to how BL changed their lives for the better. Fodder... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:05:54 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205199194.jpg"> <BR> I went to Yoga at 4:45 and Spin class at 5:40 yesterday. This was the first time I've seen the yoga instructor this semester, and she looked very thin. She's battling her 2nd fight with cancer, so I asked her about her health. She's on a new treatment, and can't eat very much, or it comes back up. It's a struggle to get enough nourishment to stay down so she can do her classes. But there she was, doing head stands! <BR>... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:50:39 EST Wednesday goals & Perimenopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864432 Aunt Flo said I'm not in menopause! But at 54, I must be getting close. And that, dear readers, is why I'm upping my game, and staying the same. I'm eating healthier, getting stronger, increasing my mood & energy with exercise. I'm doing everything right, but frustrated with lack of results on the scale. (yes, there has been other progress) <BR> <BR> I've been trying to psych myself out that I'm just holding myself back with my "limiting beliefs." If it's possible for some, why not me? If I ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:59:46 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863747 Most of the time, I'm just not full. Even after having a meal that should leave me satisfied, I'm still thinking I could eat. I've tried adding low cal foods: salad w/o dressing, cooked veggies, or no cal liquids: water, herbal tea, diet sodas. I've tried adding healthy fats: avocado, olives, oil. And I've tried adding more protein. This last one helps take the edge off hunger, but I'm not full. Only when I've had too many calories do I actually feel full. Does anyone else have this problem? ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:17:34 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402557521.jpg"> <BR> Monday Goals <BR> 1. stay within cal range <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. zumba 5:40 (if knees are ok) <BR> 4. grateful thoughts dispel negativity <BR> <BR> Aunt Flo (my period) decided to show up. With bloating weight gain. My grouchiness continues. <BR> <BR> DS27's car wouldn't start yesterday. He took out the battery & had it check, and it was dead, so he bought a new one. Those things aren't cheap! This morning he w... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:41:35 EST Sunday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862100 Sunday Goals <BR> 1. house cleaning & laundry <BR> 2. meal planning <BR> 3. exercise at least 30 min <BR> <BR> Warning: don't read if you're easily offended by cursing or cussing, you're reading my blog to small children, or are religiously intolerant. I'm writing my feeling instead of pushing them down with food. If you can't handle my feelings, don't read any further. <BR> <BR> I've been at scholastic bowl tournaments all Friday and Saturday. The kids did very well. I was feeling cranky. ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:49:00 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724619923.jpg"> <BR> I went to the first Zumba class of the semester. My heart was thumping out of my chest; I couldn't breath; I was so happy! There's another class tonight 7:30-8:15, which is rather late for me, and besides I want to watch Biggest Loser. Then this little, nagging voice in my head says, "What? You're going to sit your butt on the couch and watch people workout when you could be dancing your butt off?" And I'm like, "You ar... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:44:30 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205400235.jpg"> <BR> Write it before I bite it, because I have a second chance to make a better decision. Over time, I can investigate alternative and make changes. With practice, tracking food takes less than 5 min a day. Log through my crisis! When I feel (or are) out of control, I'm back in control as soon as the next meal. I don't feel so bad because I know where I am. (The biggest part of fear is not knowing.) <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goal... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:43:52 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858769 Happy Mon...OOPS...Tuesday. The semester starts today, including new group fitness schedule. These are the class that fit in after work & picking up DS16 from either school or extracurricular. Seriously, this is just what works into my schedule; I'm not taking all of these! I wish I had a friend to come along with me. <BR> M <BR> 5:40-6:30 PM ZUMBA <BR> T <BR> 5:30-6:15 PM ABS N’ ENDS <BR> 7:30-8:15 PM DANCE FUSION <BR> W <BR> 5:40-6:10 PM CYCLE EXPRESS <BR> 6:30-7:20 PM ZUMBA <BR> TH <BR> 5... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:46 EST Sunday Goals & Why Diets Don't Work for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856984 I'd like to lose the last 30-40 pounds, and decided the way to that was to be sugar & alcohol free, along with counting calories, eating every 2-3 hours, exercising 6 days a week, and other good habits. Giving up sugar & alcohol has been the hardest habit to form, because I was having foods with added sugar daily, and a large glass or 2 of wine several nights a week, which were holding me back from losing weight. I never figured on giving up sugar or alcohol forever. just building a habit, a ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:33:34 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855703 "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." <BR> -Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1581419546.jpg"> <BR> I finally lost a pound! It took 2 weeks of effort & not giving up, even though the scale was not reflecting the progress I felt in looser pants. I just kept working on the game-changing habits. Because I can't change the number on the scale. Sometimes the scale isn't going down bec... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:39:53 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854982 Focus on what I can change, and on the present, not on other people (past, present, & future). It is a distraction to be frustrated with my dear departed mother for not taking better care of herself, for loving food, finding more enjoyment with the instant gratification of food, than taking care of her health. I see that attitude in another girl in my life, who's in her 20s, and I am concerned about her future. The only person I can change is me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:41:43 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854157 14 days sugar/alcohol free, I'm starting Week 3 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. <BR> <BR> Action Plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Fine-tune your pantry. I brought a tin of shortbread cookies (holiday gift) to work, just to get them out of the house. I'm making a list of sugar-free and no-sugar-added foods (like sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding, sugar-free ice pops, activia no-sugar-added yogurt). <BR> <BR> 2. Make sensible sugar swaps. I put some bananas into the freezer to make banana ic... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:39:12 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853455 I invite you to write down these headings: <BR> 1. Family <BR> 2. Wellness <BR> 3. Professional <BR> 4. Personal Growth <BR> Next come up with one goal for each facet of your life. Then write one small step toward each goal. <BR> <BR> 1. Family: bring up independent-type adults-have DS16 make dinner once a week <BR> 2. Wellness: increase accuracy of tracking food-weigh & measure at least 2 foods/day <BR> 3. Professional: improve info-graphics skills-enroll in info-graphics webinar (done) <BR... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:25:11 EST Monday Goals & Your Brain Is A Jerk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852825 Your Brain Is A Jerk: 5 Cognitive Biases That Are Sabotaging Your Fat Loss Goals <BR> <link>www.burnthefatblog.com/how-your-own-<BR>brain-is-sabotaging-your-fat-loss-goal<BR>s.php </link> <BR> The human brain is hard-wired for self delusion! Everything: why I'd rather play Candy Crush than workout, portion distortion, frustration with slow results, unrealistic expectations, & negative self talk...is explained in this article. <BR> <BR> Monday Goals <BR> 1. walk 10,000 steps <BR> 2. eat... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:03:33 EST Sunday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851739 It can take up to 6 weeks for the scale to show results. Sure, it's frustrating not lose the weight I think I deserve. How would I act now it I knew 100% guaranteed that 6 weeks from now I'll be happy with my weigh in? I would keep doing everything right, even if week after week the weight loss doesn't show up. I just have to hang tough until Valentine's Day, and my efforts will be rewarded. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> Motivational quote: <BR> "In the confrontation between the stream and <BR> the ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:35:49 EST Saturday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850847 I'm really good at maintenance. It's my first weigh in of the year, and even though I've been in my calorie range, worked out daily, and have cut out added sugar and alcohol, I've only lost a quarter pound. Sigh. At least I didn't gain. <BR> <BR> Saturday Goals: <BR> 1. stay within calorie range 1200-1650 <BR> 2. workout-done <BR> 3. 10,000 steps <BR> 4. no sugar/alcohol <BR> <BR> Motivational quote: <BR> "Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation." <BR> -Saint Augustine <BR> ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:55:19 EST The Weekend is Nearly 30% of Your Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850204 TGIF! Heading into the weekend, the most challenging time for me. During the week I have the structure of work to keep me focused. There's no time to linger over breakfast & lunch because I have stuff to do. I have to get to work, or get back to work. Historically, I've used food to fill in my downtime. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1089050417.jpg"> <BR> Weekends are nearly 30% of the week. So if I'm eating well only during the workweek, that's just 70% of the tim... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:13:18 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2085831554.jpg"> <BR> This is my home gym. I workout 6 days a week, for at least 20 min. It increases my mood & energy, and reduces stress. I've completely unhitched exercise and weight loss. It's just easier not to eat a 300 cal dessert than to exercise for 2 hours and burn 300 calories. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it <BR> 2. no sugar/alcohol (8 days so far) <BR> 3. list 10 things I'm grateful for <BR> 4. stay w... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:51:52 EST 20 Weeks + 6 Habits = Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848458 Memorial Day is in 20 weeks away. 20 weeks plus 6 game-changing habits = total transformation. For the next 20 weeks I'll be laser focused on the following habits to leave me feeling absolutely fabulous, optimistic, hopeful, like a rock star for the new year. Why? Losing the weight will improve my self-efficacy, make me feel positive, empowered, proud of myself, prove it to myself, and I'll impart that to my family, and bring them along with me. if I don't lose the weight now, I'm at big ris... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:21:01 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847500 It's cold, the roads are slippery, so I haven't been food shopping the last few days, and there's not much food in the house. So after work I'm going on a big food shopping trip. <BR> <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it. <BR> 2. 1200-1600 cal range <BR> 3. 10,000 steps <BR> 4. pt exercises. No excuses. <BR> 5. food shop <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675252804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Motivational Quote: <BR> "If you keep good food in your fridge, you will eat good food" <BR... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:13:13 EST Monday Goals & Jamie Oliver - Obesity and Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846585 5 days without eating foods with added sugar. I bought some Activia with no added sugar. Surprise! It had sucralose. Well, it was well down on the ingredients list. Still feel a bit lied to by labeling. It was the lowest sugar fruit flavored yogurt in the store, 6g. <BR> <BR> 5g of sugar is a teaspoon. Women are supposed to have no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Now this is hard to suss out, because nutrition labels don't differentiate between added and not-added sugar. Added su... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:28:00 EST Sunday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845593 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588876360.jpg"> <BR> I thought I was 4 days without sugar, but that was just the obvious sources. I had unexpected sugars in sauces & yogurt. I'm taking magnesium supplements. It helps with the cravings, but it's no magic pill. I still have to act in alignment with my daily goals. Daily goals keep me focused just on today. And tracking my food before I eat, means no surprises about just how many calories in going in, and no food amnesia lat... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:21:14 EST Saturday Goals & magnesium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844565 The podcast: "Dishing up Nutrition, Why Can't I give up Sugar" says sugar cravings are not a failing of will power, but biochemical, a nutritional deficiency. Possibly magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for 300 chemical reactions in the body (according to WebMD). You can get it from legumes, whole grains and vegetables. Birth control pills can cause deficiency. Signs of deficiency include leg and foot cramps. According to these nutritionists, that craving for dessert after dinner, even though ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:35:15 EST Friday Goals: Writing my own movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844009 If you were writing a movie about your weight loss journey, what would it be like? What genre? Biography? Drama? Coming of Age? In the 3 act structure. Act 1, set up. Act 2, confrontation. Act 3, resolution. <BR> <BR> Act 1 is the exposition of the main characters, their world & relationships. Something happens to start a change (inciting incident), then late in act 1 is the 1st turning point, nothing will be the same. Act 2 is the hero's 1st attempt to resolve the problem, but she doesn't ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:10:00 EST Thursday Goals & W1 Tame Sweet Tooth Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842849 I can't believe it's 2015 already. I'm trying to push all the stress to the back of the line, and put my needs first. I've indulged in drinking last night, New Year's Eve. Had a great time, dance, got down with H. And I'm feeling the toxic effects of alcohol this morning. Jeez, it really doesn't agree with my body! <BR> <BR> I've identified sugar and alcohol as my 2 big dietary self-sabotages. Alcohol is easy to cold-turkey, at least for me. But sugar is such a habit, a socially approved si... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:00:35 EST New Year's Eve Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841977 OK, so I didn't lose any weight...welcome to the "I am human" club! <BR> <BR> New Year's Eve Goals <BR> 1. List 5 amazing accomplishments that are NSVs (Non Scale Victories) for 2014 <BR> -made exercise a daily habit <BR> -learned pt for easing knee pain <BR> -lowered resting heart rate <BR> -increased cardio endurance <BR> -measurably increased strength <BR> 2. Look at the list & feel proud of myself <BR> 3. Get ready to absolutely CRUSH 2015! <BR> <BR> Motivational Quote: <BR> “Tomorrow, ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:36:45 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841291 I'm stressed. So I worked out a bit. Most of it is problems that will go away if you throw money at them. <BR> <BR> For 2015, I plan on losing 10% of my body weight, and keeping it off. 10% is supposed to make health improvements. So, that's what I'm going for. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals <BR> 1. 30 min workout , done <BR> 2. eat 5 fruits & veggies <BR> 3. plan meatless dinner for visiting vegetarian <BR> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:25:30 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838337 Even though I didn't lose any weight in 2014, I've had real, measurable progress: lower resting heart rate (from 75 to 60), greater cardio endurance, able to do 57 sit ups in a min (from 25), better upper body strength (bench press went from 40 to 50. <BR> <BR> Where I've had a hard time is believing in myself. I lost 40 pounds, and kept it off, I've become more fit, so my reasons to lose weight have changed and lost urgency. Just look at how far I've come. Now I've obviously settled into a... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:00:31 EST Jazz, Joy & Jersey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998996358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to shoot them separately, and photoshop them together. But at last I have a pic of all my pets, Jazz, Joy and Jersey. <BR> <BR> This pic may give you the mistaken impression that I have a green thumb. However, the plant on the right is plastic, and the one on the left is bamboo and nearly impossible to kill through neglect. <BR> <BR> Edited to add: <BR> 20 min workout done. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:45:48 EST