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/ 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 Moving day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765336 It's moving day, and I'm not planning on eating well at all! There's no food in the house, and all the dishes and pots are packed. We're going to McDs for breakfast, pizza delivery for lunch, and oops I forgot to plan dinner. Maybe eat out. <BR> <BR> We got a few friends to help. It's going to be a hot one! In the 90s with lots of humidity, which calls for lots of water. <BR> <BR> 6:30-breakfast <BR> 7-9 packing <BR> 9-drop off dog at new house (I dropped the cats off yesterday) <BR> 9:30 r... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:33:56 EST Weigh in day 8/18/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761999 Weigh in 173.4 (+.6) The more excuses I make (I don't have time to exercise, I'm stressed, I'm moving, I have shin splints, etc.), the more my results decrease. Well, at least I still fit into the smallest size in my closet. I'm sure working out would help with the stress, but I feel so crunched for time, and besides I'm resting my shin splints. Elliptical or spin bike would be ok, but boring. <BR> <BR> I'm closing on the house tomorrow (Tues), and moving on Sat. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <BR> <... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:43:01 EST Home buying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1897755275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the house I'm buying. It's a bungalow style: 1 story with a wide veranda. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:04:53 EST Packing & Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758263 Well I finally, sorta, kinda have a closing date nailed down. As long as there's no hick-ups, I will be able to close on Monday, Aug. 25. (2 weeks!) Hopefully not later. I'm only moving 3 miles away, same town, same school. <BR> <BR> I put on "Hoarders" for motivation to donate everything I don't need. I packed 5 boxes last night. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:39:33 EST Weigh in 8/11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757346 Weigh in 172.8 (+.4) I posted it--I own it. Ali Vincent talked about weighing in on national television, half naked (biker shorts & sports bra don't hide much!), about the integrity & vulnerability of doing it. I feel a little like that. Like I wanted to hide that I gained again. But I'm putting it out there to the world. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> edited to add: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957861128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week I'm working on doing Couch ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:45:57 EST Selfie with Ali Vincent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756249 I met Ali Vincent yesterday. She's as warm, open and enthusiastic as she seems on TV. If you don't know Ali, she's the Biggest Loser season 5 winner. She lost 112 pounds, and was the first female winner on the show. After BL, she propelled her career into a book, on-line show, and motivational speaking career. I am a big fan! <BR> <BR> OK, I didn't actually "meet" her, so much as she was the guest speaker at an employee wellness day, and after the motivational speech and workout, I got a se... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:08:33 EST Ali Vincent tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754971 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1313802790.jpg"> <BR> Ali Vincent is coming tomorrow to speak at my work! Breakfast & lunch are included. There's 3 workout sessions, 1 lead by Ali. I hope I get a selfie with her to post on my blog. All my work friends are going. It's going to be a great time! <BR> <link>www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/alison-v<BR>incent </link> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:26:04 EST Goals for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754371 My goal is to watch for food cues that hook me into overeating. I think about a big sweaty hand that reached into the candy dish or break room food before I got there. Yuck! <BR> <BR> I want to be relaxed around food. I'll know I'm there when I have a "take it or leave it attitude" and don't have to resort to aversion tactics. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031795379.jpg"> <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Buying a house is stressful! I'm doing what I can to relax in ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:26:46 EST Weigh in day 8/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752807 Weigh in 172.4 (+2.2) I slacked off this weekend, but I laced up my sneakers & ran C25K W3D1 this morning and I feel great about winning today. <BR> <BR> Ex & I met up in Toledo, OH on Saturday, the half-way point between IL & NJ, so I could pick up DS15. Unfortunately, Toledo water was toxic, so drinking, tooth-brushing, cooking, & even showering wasn't safe. <link>www.cbsnews.com/news/showering-decla<BR>red-potential-hazard-in-toledo-ohio/ </link> All the restaurants were closed. The gr... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:03:24 EST First of the Month, Time of the Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750950 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846996796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't take my measurements this morning, because I'm feeling hormonally out of whack, with a heavy TOM. I'm grumpy and apathetic. My mood has taken a nosedive with my hormones. I don't feel like doing ANYTHING. I want a doctors note that says I can stay home and play video games all day. <BR> <BR> To make it worse, this weekend I'm driving 500 miles Saturday to pick up DS15, and driving 500 miles back on Sunday... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:46:18 EST Visual Food Cues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1572399514.jpg"> <BR> I decided instead of focusing this week on "Eat until not hungry," I will "Watch for food cues that have the potential to hook me into overeating." <BR> <BR> I've been having a few M&Ms from the candy dish, a cookie from the break room. And I realize that there are a few things at play here: <BR> 1. Visual stimulus. I wasn't thinking about eating until I saw the food. <BR> 2. Habit. I've eaten from these places before... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:46:54 EST Weigh in day 7/28/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748173 Weigh in 170.2 (-.6) Great down half a pound. I'm concentrating on the process instead of results on the scale. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1136629551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last few weeks I've been not having second helpings at dinner and dessert only once a week. It hasn't become second nature to me yet. But, I think it's time to add one more healthy habit to focus on: Eat until not hungry, instead of cleaning my plate. This is challenging, because my "programing... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:59:48 EST C25K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746816 Forget about weight I've gained, meals I didn't track and workouts I missed. Yesterday is gone. All I can do is win today. I already did my C25K W2D1 run. (couch to 5k week 2 day 1). And sure, I could beat myself up about all the times I've tried C25K before & never completed it, I'd be running a marathon by now if I stuck with it, blah blah blah. Today, I'm proud of the workout I've done, taking control of my life & my fitness because I'm worth it and I deserve to be slim, fit & healthy. <l... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:58:09 EST Win Today, Win Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080304945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Focus on one day at a time, rather than obsessing over the weight I have to lose, or mistakes I made in the past. <BR> <BR> I can win today by tracking my foods, portion control (no second helpings), dessert only once a week, nailing my daily workout, walking 10,000 steps, smiling, thinking about my motivation, relaxing, getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I can win tomorrow by getting my water bottles ready, havin... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:26 EST How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745075 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82938464.jpg"> <BR> I did Zumba today, and it was so much fun, and effortless exercise because it's fun. Tomorrow, I'm doing Pilates. Not my fav, but the instructor just came back from maternity leave, and she's really nice and she asked me to come. <BR> <BR> How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_much_exercise_you_really_need_t<BR>o_lose_weight </link> <BR> I unhitc... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:40:01 EST Weigh in day 7/21/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744199 I weighed in yesterday at 170.8 (-1) I owe it all to portions control, including not having second helpings at dinner, and dessert only once a week. If I have to have something sweet, I have a fruit or yogurt (if calorie range allows!). <BR> <BR> Saturday night I had a very nice dessert of French silk pie. It was so good. I had a second portion. But then I was stuffed full. Or maybe it was all the wheat I had that day. I seem to be ok with a small portion of wheat, say 1 oz, like a slice of ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:01:34 EST TGIF it's all good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741765 I was planning on circuit training class at lunch, but it was cancelled. Boo! I walked the track a bit instead. Well, it's ok, my booty is still sore from all the weighted squats & lunges yesterday. <BR> <BR> 8pm I went out for a 45 min walk to get to my 10,000 steps today. I didn't have seconds at dinner for 8 days in a row! Tomorrow is my once a week dessert night. We're going to visit DS22's girlfriend's family. They are really into civil war re-enactment, and there's an event this weeken... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:54:34 EST FitRPG: Gamifying Fitbit Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740680 FitRPG (Role Playing Game) is a fun free app! It turns your accomplishments on the Fitbit into a game. I can improve my character, BlueYork, a Dream Weaver by battling bosses and Fitbit friends, going on quests. The app syncs with my Fitbit data (use the app only near the dongle), like sleep, steps, overall activity. I went on a quest yesterday to get 15,000 steps in a day to be a StepMaster (or whatever), and it motivated me to jog in place while watching TV just so I could complete the ques... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:20:50 EST Setting a good example for my kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740172 "Do you want the last burger?" DS22 asked. <BR> "No, I'm going to bring it for lunch tomorrow. They were great burgers your brother made. This makes the enjoyment last longer. You know this makes 6 days in a row I haven't had seconds for dessert?" I said. <BR> <BR> Later, he said, "I'm getting ice cream for dessert, would you care for some?" <BR> "No," I said, "I only have dessert once a week, on Saturday night. It's more fun that way. Remember how much fun we had making s'mores?" <BR> <BR... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:44:01 EST I got another cortisone shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739573 I guess the huge needle is cringe worthy, but doesn't hurt a bit to get a cortisone shot in the knee, and I feel relief immediately. Numbing has worn off, and it's no worse than usual level of pain. I asked the dr to look at my bunion. The doctor said the bunion is a more complicated area, and honestly a cortisone shot there often doesn't help. Besides, he doesn't do it, but can recommend a orthopedist next door. I'm still thinking of it. I'm not sure where I stand. OK I stand on it! <BR> <B... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:46:04 EST Weigh in day 7/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738522 Weigh in 171.8 (stayed the same) I'm focusing on healthy eating. Just 2 things: watching my portions, including not having second helpings (woo hoo! 5 days in a row I didn't have seconds), and dessert once a week, on Saturday night. It's very tempting here at work today, a co-worker's birthday, and she brought in beautiful cupcakes. <BR> <BR> I ran Intervals yesterday: Couch to 5K Week 1: <BR> 5 Min Walk / (2 Min Easy Jog + 3 Min Walk) X 4 Intervals / 5 Min Walk <BR> <link>myrunningmate.com... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:18:43 EST Got my mojo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738087 On my way to the gym, I backed into a ditch. I waited for a friend with a tow rope, then went to workout. I could have "ditched" the gym (pun intended), but I really needed to de-stress with a nice interval run. I also did my ab workout. Go me! <BR> <BR> I really have my motivation back in full. I didn't have seconds for 4 nights in a row, I had smores last night for my once-a-week dessert. Planning on a nice piece of fruit or a yogurt for dessert on all other nights. And it really makes a... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:53:35 EST IOWL #258-259 Bouncing Back from Bumps in the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736168 OMG Renee read my letter on the podcast! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291487783.jpg"> <link>podcasts.personallifemedia.com/podca<BR>sts/216-inside-out-weight-loss/episode<BR>s/180346-bouncing-back-bumps </link> <BR> <BR> Instead of feeling ashamed of regaining 3 pounds, I'm going to give myself credit for nipping this in the bud. Stopping at 3 pounds, instead of 5 pounds, or 10 or 20 (or all of it and then some). <BR> <BR> I was a rock star at weight loss, but bu... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:28:02 EST The Myth of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735444 The myth is that successful people get all fired up & stay that way. At some point it comes down to handling the boredom of consistency. I have to fall in love with the process of eating healthy & exercising. <BR> <BR> I already love working out almost every day. I found some exercises I totally love, that fit into my schedule. I am a gym rat! Because that is part of my identity, it's not hard to have all the gym-going behaviors: <BR> 1. I keep a packing list in my gym bag <BR> 2. I pack my... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:19:56 EST Tough Love Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734536 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1798337167.jpg"> <BR> After 5 weeks in a row of success on the scale, and getting down to 169, a milestone 40 pound loss, as well as moving from the obese BMI category to overweight, I've had 2 weeks of weight gain, and I'm up to 172. Three pounds may not seem like a big deal, but I feel my motivation slipping away. It's time to take myself in hand, call myself out, and experience a bit of tough love. I'm not talking fat shaming or harsh ju... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:04:43 EST Weigh in day 7/6/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733671 Weigh in 171.8 (+1.2) Oh, sweeties, it's so hard not to be discouraged. Oh well, the scale can't dictate my mood. <BR> <BR> My plan to make next week's weigh in better: take small healthy steps (drink enough water, eat every 2-3 hours, limit potions, and workout). Today, I packed a nice lunch to eat after Zumba class at lunch time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did Zumba in the morning; in the afternoon, I was helping move 160 cinder blocks, about 35 lbs each. There were 5 of us moving them, so I d... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:48:12 EST Lost 2 lbs of Water Weight Overnight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732943 I lost 2 pounds of water weight overnight, just by lowering my sodium, drinking plenty of water, hot lemon water, and eating diuretic foods I enjoy anyway. (see yesterday's blog <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732380 </link> ) <BR> <BR> I woke up very thirsty! And my bunion doesn't ache. I don't love the hot lemon water, and I think that it's too acidic for teeth. So I'm leaving that off. Tomorrow is weigh in day. I hope all the excess water is ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:00:41 EST Natural Home Remedies for Water Retention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260359128.jpg"> <BR> Water weight and bowel weight can cause HUGE weight fluctuations. Even though it's completely normal to wake up one morning and see the scale go up by as much as 5 lbs, I still freaked out! I started googling "how to lose water weight." I know, I know! I've been fighting this scale mentality for decades. I need to focus on the overall trend, not the day to day weight. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I plan reducing my salt, dr... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:57:36 EST My Business vs. None of My Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730548 I'm biting my tongue! When someone you love has gained a lot of weight in a short amount of time, I just can't say anything. When they get all excited about junk food, when they ask for seconds, I try not to even give a look. It's none of my business. <BR> <BR> If there were a circle and everything inside the circle was my business: my job, weight, appearance, level of cleanliness, politics, religion, finances, sex, etc. then everything outside that circle was none of my business. Well, my ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:55:09 EST Pinch Punch First of the Month, July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729725 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1741746834.jpg"> <BR> Relying too much on the scale can be discouraging. If I'm eating right, exercising, and practicing a healthy lifestyle, I can be losing fat & building muscle, and I will look and feel great in my clothes, but the scale won't display that success. <BR> <BR> That's why I invite you to take your measurements every 1st of the month. For the month of June, I lost half an inch on hips, and half an inch on waist, but only lo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:35:22 EST Weigh in day 6/30/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728942 Weight in 6/30/14: 170.6 (+1) The scale is not going to decide "Am I going to be in agood or bad mood today?" <BR> <BR> I slacked off on the weekend: I had company, we went to the carnival, I didn't track my food, I was eating treats, I didn't exercise (except walking). I can't change all that now. It's in the past. It's out of my control. What I can control is the decision to nail today's workout to crank up my energy & mood, track my food, and start a new streak! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <BR> ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:46:16 EST Regain is Embarrassing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725495 Regain is embarrassing. I lost 40 pounds with Weight Watchers before I moved to Illinois back in 2007. I gained it all back (and then some) and I've now lost 40 pounds again. <BR> <BR> My regain was because of depression and stuffing down those emotions with food. The cure was hard work and dedication to weight loss. I spend more time thinking about my fit life than my love life. <BR> <BR> I had to come to terms with feeling my feelings until they went away. Gradually I learned to use exe... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:26:54 EST 2014 Zumba Playlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274295255.jpg">2014 Zumba Summer Playlist <BR> I love Zumba. I do it twice a week and I asked my instructor for the playlist so I can dance on my days I can't get to the gym. <BR> <BR> Wild Ones by Flo Rider (warm-up) <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kfh<BR>KQvfG9A </link> <BR> <BR> Zumba Dance Dance Dance <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra1k<BR>QED6S5w&feature=kp </link> <BR> <BR> Pause by Pitbull <BR> <link>... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:54:27 EST Weigh in day 6/23/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724278 Weigh in 169.6 (-.2) I can't tell you how freaking thrilled I am to "only" lose a quarter of a pound! <BR> <BR> 1. I'm inching closer to my next mini goal: 165. <BR> 2. Still reclassified from "obese" to "overweight" BMI <BR> 3. Dodged expected a gain because of (confession time) extra dessert nights, over calorie range 1 day, and flipping off exercise a few days <BR> 4. I've lost weight 5 weeks in a row <BR> 5. I haven't had a gain since April (few weeks after that of staying the same) <... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:13:42 EST Oops, went over calories today; & I'm grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480979102.jpg"> <BR> I went over my calories for the day. I own that I made choices that are not what I say I'll do. It happens. I know weekends are a challenge for me. How about you? <BR> <BR> So, I decided to take positive action. I got my water bottle & went for a nice long walk. And I changed my focus to an attitude to gratitude. I'm so grateful for my health. After all, I'm losing weight and getting fit so I can be healthy. Less tha... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:02:04 EST Desserts Crush Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722062 Forget about having dessert every night. It feels good at the time, but it's demoralizing afterwards. It hurts your self-efficacy, and it hurts your results on the scale. Don't get me wrong: I love desserts! I love chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, smores, and pudding, but I love feeling awesome even more. Have a sweetie after dinner, like a yogurt or a piece of fruit. And plan to have dessert one night a week, and on that occasion, make sure it's your favorite and really savor it. <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:13:10 EST Permanence is an illusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720627 I woke up at 5:30 this morning and wondered "What did I want to do?" I have Zumba at 12:10-1, so it's not workout. "Oh, yeah! Color my hair." So I got out the box of non-permanent, ammonia-free #5 color, and got busy. I consider my looks somewhere between well-above-average and totally-gorgeous. But so what? Buddhists believe that the source of suffering is holding on to the illusion of permanence. Bodies change. Looks fade. It's my soul that counts. <BR> <BR> I'm not a body with a soul; I... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:02:31 EST What didn't work for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719929 (your mileage may vary) I tried giving up artificial sweeteners, because I thought it caused sugar cravings, but after I kicked my sugar jones, I gradually introduced sweeteners to no deleterious effect. I like a little sweetie in my oatmeal, coffee, tea, and occasional diet coke. <BR> <BR> Weight loss competitions don't work for me. I've read that competition is healthy, makes you try harder. But I just felt so disappointed in my results. I felt like I was failing in public. I was writing ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:05:43 EST Weigh in day 6/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719258 I'm weighing in down a pound! w00t! Look at that progress chart: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957950088.jpg"> <BR> Down 8.2 so far this year. I can't wait to hit 10 pounds lost this year. Yes! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> 1/1/14: 178.2 <BR> 1/6/14: 175.4 (-2.8) <BR> 1/13/14: 176.6 (+1.2) <BR> 1/20/14: 177.2 (+.6) <BR> 1/27/14: 176 (-1.2) <BR> 2/3/14: 177.2 (+1.2) <BR> 2/10/14: 176.8 (-.4) <BR> 2/18/14: 176.6 (-.2) <BR> 2/24/14: 175.4 (-1.2) <BR> 3/3/14: 174 ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:33:06 EST Smores & Cicadas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717794 Last night I had my once-a-week dessert, 3 smores! Finally the rain stopped & the wood dried enough to make a fire in the fire pit, and roast marshmallows. I tracked the smores before I had them, and knew that I could only have 3, and still be within my calories for the day. So DS15, DS27 & I made them & ate them in the back yard, serenaded by cicadas. I really savored them, aware all the time that these kind of manufactured foods are really tempting to go overboard with. The funniest part of... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:23:24 EST Set yourself up for success this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717168 TGIF! Remember "The Weekend is Nearly 30% of Your Week!" <BR> If you splurge all weekend, you're eating right only 70% of the time. That's a C-. You're going to get below average results. <BR> <BR> If you have just one splurge meal, that's eating right 95% of the time. That's an A! <BR> <BR> <link>caren-fitness.blogspot.com/2013/10/t<BR>he-weekend-is-nearly-30-of-your-week.html </link> <BR> or <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514272 </link... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:05:13 EST Why is it so Hard to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716528 Why is it so hard to lose weight? Why do people struggle to lose weight? Is it about will power? Is it mental resistance that sabotages the weight loss attempt? There's a lot of different types of resistance. <BR> <BR> To lose weight we have to go against our human nature. Human nature (or any other animal instincts) has a motivation to prolong the species, to seek pleasure, avoid pain, conserve energy. On top of this, we have another layer of modern life that markets to these instincts. <B... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:33:08 EST Appetite & Relaxed Around Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714972 Thank you for voting for my blog! I appreciate your support along the journey. It's really heart-warming. <em>247</em> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711992 </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Appetite <BR> <BR> There's been times in my life when I had an enormous appetite. I enjoyed that stuffed full feeling, that fat, salt, & cholesterol coma. Then, there were times (most recently when I had pneumonia) that I had no appetite. I even... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:29:42 EST Weigh in day 6/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714102 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l32413538.jpg"> <BR> Weigh in 170.8 (-.6) Cumulative -7.4, 4.18% since Jan. 1 (I'm nailing it!) <BR> <BR> 1/1/14: 178.2 <BR> 1/6/14: 175.4 (-2.8) <BR> 1/13/14: 176.6 (+1.2) <BR> 1/20/14: 177.2 (+.6) <BR> 1/27/14: 176 (-1.2) <BR> 2/3/14: 177.2 (+1.2) <BR> 2/10/14: 176.8 (-.4) <BR> 2/18/14: 176.6 (-.2) <BR> 2/24/14: 175.4 (-1.2) <BR> 3/3/14: 174 (-1.4) <BR> 3/10/14: 174.8 (+.8) <BR> 3/17/14: 173.8 (-1) <BR> 3/24/14: 173.8 <BR> 3/31/14: 172.8 (... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:49:29 EST Success is not a destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712966 Success is a feeling. You can have it right now. Success is a constant effort, striving for improvement, living in alignment with my values, and intentions. You can feel successful right now. You don't have to wait until you get to goal weight. Success is about the journey, not the destination. You don't have to postpone your happiness until you arrive at goal. Be happy now. <BR> <BR> When you're trying your best, in spite of fear, you can feel successful. What are we afraid of? That losing ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:16:10 EST Progress pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711992 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1688544533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My unofficial weigh in for the last 3 days has been under 170, which is so terrific because I'm finally out of the "obese" BMI category, and now in the "overweight" range. For so long I've had a post-it note on my computer that says "170" to keep my goal in front of me. And now I've reached it. Passed it. I replaced it with a "165" post-it, which I think is quite attainable. My real weigh in day is Mondays. <BR> ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:04:16 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1624443416.jpg"> <BR> I'm back to work today and feeling much better. Here's a pic of me so you can see just how nice & healthy I look. Well, I cheat! I like to wear a pink or red shirt when pale to give my skin some color. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be back to work. It's all piled up a bit. But I feel so much more productive and like I have some purpose. Yeah, sure laying in bed fighting off germs is technically productive, but I didn't feel e... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:18:03 EST