CARGIRL13's SparkPeople Blog CARGIRL13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Not gaining is a victory. Had I not stopped eating the junk I was consistently eating, I figure I would have continued to gain about 2 lbs per week. So after a month, even if I've kept a steady weight, I'm about 8 lbs better than I would have been. I think that's a win. Even a small weight loss over the week is huge because I'm better than I would have been. Yay! Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:55:04 EST Being Conscious of My Emotions... This is definitely something I've been practicing constantly this week. I don't know when or how, but somewhere along the way, I've become an emotional eater. It's amazing to hear my self suddenly say 'go to the fridge and eat something'! Even more amazing to take a minute and rationally think about the last time I ate and understand that I am not feeling hunger, but am simply feeling. It is eye-opening to me, but being aware is a huge step. <BR> <BR> This is especially important right n... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:55:33 EST Staying Motivated in the Beginning - Tracking and Trying! I always find that there's a lead up to actually starting a healthy lifestyle change. At least that's how it works with me. I gradually start removing the boxes and blankets on top of the treadmill, then I start actually considering getting on it. I vacuum around it. Then I start telling myself, just get on and walk for 10 minutes. You don't even have to put on workout clothes! Just get on it. Until, one day, I just do it. I don't know what changes, or what gives, but I just do it. T... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:28:41 EST Just Keep Swimming... Motivation can be so difficult to sustain. I find myself thinking about giving up so often that I wonder how I ever talk myself through it. I've decided to take out quotes I've printed and placing them around my house so I see them multiple times per day. I've decided to go sparkpeople and track my food and exercise again. I am just not going to give up - and that's it. I am going to lead myself into a healthy lifestyle and make it stick. I wonder if eating healthy and exercising will e... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:58:07 EST My arm hurts, so I want to just give up! I know that's a completely silly way to think, but I just can't help hearing that voice in my head. I had a surgery 5 years ago on a nerve in my arm and everything healed just fine after that. It acts up every once in a while, but for the most part just goes back to normal after a few weeks. Not this time... EMG last week and MRI coming up this week... It's unbelievable how a simple injury can throw off everything... I've been down in the dumps for the past few days just thinking about ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:36:44 EST Yesterday you said tomorrow... I saw that quote somewhere on SP...It's what I tell myself when I'm trying to motivate myself to do something... usually cardio! You better get on that treadmill... or outside running, or to that fitness class... because "yesterday you said tomorrow" and that means NOW! It's so easy to lose track of time... especially on the weekend. The days just seem to practically run together anymore, but I'm taking control again... I'm going to try to FILL my time with worthwhile things, instead o... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:38:36 EST Keeping up with Myself... Most days I see my long to-do list and think, of course I can get all that done today... but then as I reach for the bills I have to pay, I see a coupon I don't want to forget, which leads me to the magazine that I should really put in the bathroom so I can actually read it (LOL), where I see a counter top that needs a lysol wipe, so I grab the wipes and in the closet I realize I've been collecting all those toliet paper rolls for a long time and it's time to pick them all up off the bottom ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:34:47 EST Sunny Day!! Took the dogs for a run this morning, grilled up some chicken and got fresh salad greens and radish from my garden... Great day today and it's not even 1:00pm yet! I've a list of things to get accomplished today and I'm on a roll. The ground is wet from rain, but the sun is shining! Reminds me to just push through whatever is going on, until you get through to the other side... and I am doing just that. Like Dorie says on Nemo... Just keep swimming, just keep swimming... Sun, 12 May 2013 12:53:06 EST I had a great day! For no reason in particular :) I was talking to my husband tonight and of course, he asked how my day was... My response? It was good! and I'm smiling and just in a good mood. Inevitably, he asked what happened that made it so good? Absolutely nothing in particular. <em>334</em> I have no idea what made it a great day, it just was. Maybe because I got a lot done at work, or because the dogs behaved, or because I got through a tough workout this morning... if I absolutely HAVE to come up with an EXCUSE for why ... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:22:10 EST Today's Lesson... About 2 hours ago, I realized that my phone calendar has not been syncing with my online calendar, and when I updated my phone yesterday, my calendar disappeared. So, I am struck with a fear I haven't felt in a very long time... I'm going to be late... I'm going to forget an appointment... I'm going to miss something!!! How do I get it back? How do I undo the phone update? Would that even bring back my calendar? This panic makes me want to eat... and drink beer (my favorite!)... and... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:03:14 EST Electric Fence = More Playtime; Win-Win! I really didn't want to put up 6 ft fencing around the yard to keep the dog from jumping over, so we went with the electric dog fence instead. At first, I was worried how the dogs would react and if our younger pup would understand what was going on, but it turned out she didn't care at all! She wanted to see the birds in that bush over there, so even with it shocking her, she stayed in that bush! Arrrg... not exactly the reaction I was expecting. Our other pup stopped jumping the fence ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:19:37 EST Darn dog, you jumped the fence? Again!?!? So, there I am this morning , running a little late... trying to get coffee brewing... when the barking starts, and I think to myself "what's all the noise out there this early in the morning?" I go outside to find one dog sitting there looking and the other one on the wrong side of the fence. He jumped the fence for the first time (that we know of), a few days ago, trying to get closer to the new neighbor's dogs in another yard. And of course, again this morning when I had only a few mi... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:03:13 EST The "good day decision" It may only be noon, but I've officially decided that today is a good day. Even though I didn't get a lot marked off my to-do list this morning as planned, and eventhough one of my dogs jumped the fence into the neighbor's yard, while the other dog pulled up my tulips, today is a good day. I mean really, I almost feel like I'm in a silly comic strip today. The sun is out and it's just beautiful. I had a wonderful day with family yesterday, and stayed close to my calories at the party. I ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:00:40 EST Just get out there and do it - thanks to my doggies! I really didn't want to go for a walk today. My hamsting is tight and it looks like it's about to rain... and, and, and... I thought of a million reasons. Then I thought about that shirt I wore the other day that was too tight a few weeks ago and those pants I can fit into now... I was looking at the dogs and I said (out loud) that's it, I'm just going to go for a walk and that's that. Of course, you can't say the word "walk" in this house without the dogs running over to their leashes! ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:15:43 EST Day 13/14: Because you have goals you want to reach... That's right, I have goals!!! And they are no longer scale-based. What a difference it makes to step OFF the scale to measure progress. I have been eating more veggies/fruit and that was a goal of mine that I've achieved. I wanted to exercise just about every day out of the week... and I am. It's not about perfection. I have to keep telling myself that or I will just fall to pieces when I don't meet my high expectations... PROGRESS! It works for me! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:52:23 EST Day 11/12: Because it'll give your skin a glow... That would be nice I suppose... I'm much more concerned with fitting into jeans, but I'll take glowing skin too. :) I want to look healthy, not just body shape or composition, but hair, skin, the whole package. I know I'm more happy when I'm healthy, and smiling definitely gives you a glow! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:07:18 EST Day 10: Because you want toned arms... Who doesn't want toned arms? I want more than just "toned" arms... I want to look like I work out as hard as I do (which isn't incredibly hard right now, but will be over time). This was a fitting reason today because on the January Challenge, today's video was an arm workout and I forced myself to do it before I get ready to turn in for the night. I can do anything for 10 minutes... that's what I keep telling myself. Coach Nicole's workouts are short enough that I can just get one done... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:12:12 EST Day 9: Because you'll miss fewer days of work... That's a good one, but I hardly miss any days as it is. Though when I am working out regularly and eating right, I feel better both mentally and physically. Being healthy makes me happy! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:19:22 EST Day 8: Because you want to be stronger than your excuses... Getting through a whole week of this challenge has really boosted my confidence, though I feel like it was a lot longer than just one week! I am really proud of myself for sticking with it. It makes me believe that I am stronger than my excuses. Actually, it's PROOF that I am! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:10:38 EST Day 7: Because it boosts your immune system... This is a perfect "reason to workout" for me today. I got my workout clothes on this morning, but my stomach wasn't feeling wonderful. Then came all those negative thoughts about how if I'm sick, I really shouldn't go walking outside and a million other reasons NOT to go out. Finally, I said to myself, get your butt out there! No excuses! Yesterday's sparkquote was something about committment meaning no excuses, only results. That's what I thought of when I finally put my feet to the si... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:39:15 EST Day 6: Because you want to catch someone's eye... I am so excited that I'm on day 6... Almost one whole week doing good! <BR> <BR> So today's "reason to workout" is a good one... though, it's not necessarily someone else's eye that I want to catch. I want to be as fit at the girls I envy... catch my own eye! Of course it's a plus if my husband likes what he sees, but honestly, he better love me no matter how much I weigh. :) I want to be like the girls I see at races. Lean, strong builds. Athletes, but everyday people. I am gett... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:36:29 EST Day 5: Because you are worth it... I am worth it and so is every one out there! My health is important to me and I'm looking forward to fitting into my pants again! I ran on the treadmill today and stuck to my food goals. It's important to remember that I'm doing this for myself... I am planning on doing a few particular races this year and I just have to keep myself motivated and remember that I am worth it! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:14:17 EST Day 4: Because you want to be an athlete... Today's "reason to work out" is one that I can actually relate to more... I was just getting ready to sign up for a race and I thought about if I'm actually going to be able to do the whole thing. I've started back to exercising, running especially, but it's like I've never run before. When in actuality, I ran a half marathon in fall 2011. I hear voices in my head saying that I'm not going to be ready by May. but then there's another voice that's planning a whole bunch of race goals... l... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 20:20:36 EST Because it strengthens your bones, too That's today's "reason to workout"... <BR> <BR> It makes me think about how I'm getting older every day and how important health is at any age... There was an ad for a "mother of the bride" dress and it was super sleek and really would look best for a tall skinny person and my first thought was, what mom looks like that? And I almost wanted to smack myself for even thinking that it's strange... it made me think, wow, if I'm ever a mom, what's to say I have to be overweight? Then I starte... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:08:47 EST Day 1: Because it'll help you like what you see in the mirror That's today's "reason to workout"... There's an article on here that lists 100 reasons to workout today... so I printed them all out and put them into a jar. I pick one out each day to help motivate me to get moving! My clothes have gotten tighter and I probably should move up to the next size, but I refuse to spend money on new bigger clothes! I'm excited for when I'm more fit and I go out to buy SMALLER clothes. I'll just take it one small goal at a time... month by month down to mi... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:39:17 EST When I don't want to exercise... Today's Spark Coach had a link to a spark article about 40 Reasons to Exercise... Loved it! Number one on the list was "just do it anyway". Yep, I think that's really what it comes down to for me. No reason I could think of really holds any water! For every reason I can think of NOT to exercise, another voice in my head tells me a reason TO exercise. Rather than play out that struggle time and time again, I'm just going to DO IT! So, I did. Even though it was only a 15 minute pilates ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:45:39 EST Gravity-free world without scales The Spark Coach video today asked what would signify good health if we lived in a gravity-free world where scales had never been invented. So, some things that come to mind include: <BR> <BR> -Better fitting clothes <BR> -Being able to do more pushups (getting stronger) <BR> -Being able to run farther (endorphins kick in later than usual) <BR> -Gut and butt getting smaller!! <BR> <BR> Going to try and keep these ideas in mind as I go through the next few weeks.. It's not always just the n... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:26:18 EST I Ran the Race! I finally did complete my first half marathon on October 16th. Those 2 hours, 37 minutes and 40 seconds were so amazing that I'm going to do another half on April 1st. It was a perfect day, beautiful sun shining over the ocean and I was smiling the entire time... seriously, I'm actually smiling in all those race pics they take along the way. I loved it. <BR> <BR> After reaching that goal, I thought I deserved a break... so I ate everything I desired and didn't run for weeks... I did ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 13:09:52 EST Still hungry and the day's not over yet... I've stayed on track today for the most part... sans the white sangria I've been sipping on for the last couple hours... then again, that's really not too bad. The problem is that I'm still hungry! I'll try an apple and some cantelope but I can't even think of what I'm craving. I have these little cannoli in the fridge and I think I might just have one of those and that should do it. They're really not that bad. Tomorrow is my weigh in and I'm not thinking I'm going to be any lighter t... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:02:31 EST It's a new day It's been a while since I wrote... I completely slacked off in March and then broke my toe in the beginning of April... so I spent the last couple of months limping around, sad that I couldn't run, but not stoked enough to actually get to the gym and do what I could. No, instetad I wallowed and complained to myself... But a couple of weeks ago, my toe was finally healed and I just woke up and decided it's a new day and I'm going to get back on track. And so I started back out there joggi... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:05:51 EST New Goals for 2011 Well, I fell off the well wagon back in September and am finally climbing back on. I've gained back 12 lbs, but am determinded to put in the time and effort it takes to get me back on my way again. I'm starting this year off with confidence and am going to ask for help when I begin to lose motivation... I've decided to run a marathon this fall and I have mini goals until then so I stay motivated... <BR> <BR> 1. 8K in March <BR> 2. 12 miles in May <BR> 3. Marathon in September! <BR> ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 19:40:24 EST Went to spin class... again! :) A tactic I'm trying to get back into exercise is to try a new activity. I chose spin class... you can make it as difficult as you want, and no one can tell the difference. It's dark and music is cranked up and I actually enjoy it! As long as you go early to the first class to understand how to set up the bike, you're all set! I did my first class last week and it was ok... I was afraid I wasn't going to make it through the hour, so I held back quite a bit.. I burned about 400 calories ... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 20:51:36 EST He said I look marvelous.. Well, I've been having a tough time lately with my eating... I just keep on eating and eating... it's a craving that I just can't satisfy and I can't figure out what taste I'm looking for. I suppose that's because it's not about a taste or a food, it's emotional... I was just reading a message board on here about emotional eating and a light went on in my head! I have to simply put down the food and find something else to occupy my mind with... so I decided today I would get back on tra... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 19:10:09 EST Getting Back on Track... Again... Ok, after that last 5K I ran, my knee was bothering me, so I didn't exercise at all that week... AT ALL! I don't know why I didn't do strength training, but I just felt like having a pain in my knee made me incapable of exercise.. note to self for next time - get over it! :) Then this week, I started a boot camp class in a beautiful state park in PA. The class is what you make of it... if you want to whimp out, that's your deal... not mine! I paid for the darn class and I want to get... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 18:00:35 EST Another 5K down and this one had obstacles! On Sunday, I participated in a 5K with military style obstacles and a huge mud pit! It was a great experience and I'm really glad I followed through with my running training. It was much more difficult that I thought it was going to be, as there were a lot of hills I did not anticipate! Mental note - train on hills! But the event was run by military, so there were plenty of people yelling encouraging words throughout the course! It really pushed me to my limits, physically-speaking, and ... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:02:13 EST Went away for the weekend and stayed on track!! Well, every time I visit my family for a weekend, I splurge on everything I can get my hands on... Not this time! Although, I did have an ice cream cone, I stayed on track the whole weekend! I decided not to drink beer, like I usually would, and speak up when I wanted something cooked differently. and it paid off! My brother simply didn't put butter on my veggies and didn't deep fry my chicken... no big deal! AND my sister-in-law and I went on a 2 mile walk this morning around the beau... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:36:13 EST Training to run a 5K in under 30 minutes... Well, after lots of running, I can finally actually run a 5K... my official race time from July 4th was 34 minutes - not exactly where I want to be, but I did it! This is going to be a yearly event for me, hopefully by next year I'll be a lot faster. I'm not sure how to set realistic goals for running, but I figure running a 5K in under 30 minutes should be attainable in a realatively short time. I guess running consistently and intervals should prove well? I'll have to research this one... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 21:27:04 EST Mentally preparing for my first official 5K tomorrow! Well, I've been jogging consistently for a while now and suddenly a friend asked if I wanted to run a 5K with her over the holiday weekend... I agreed then she bailed! Luckily, another friend is going with me... I can't wait... I ran 5K the other day in 32 minutes, so I hope that with other people around to motivate me and the thought of it actually being a RACE, I'll be able to run it in only 30 minutes! I really hope I can pull this one off! My brother can run 5K in 19 minutes... tha... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 15:27:13 EST I can't believe I ran 5K in 32 minutes! This is really a boost for me! I have seriously committed to exercise every day of the week - whether it is cardio or strength training, I've been tracking like crazy! Each time I go jogging I feel like I can run a little further before I start walking again... Well, a friend came running with me a couple of days ago and all she said was that I shouldn't walk in between spurts of jogging... Honestly, I hadn't even thought about jogging slower... I just would stop running and walk instead... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:47:00 EST Talk about being in the right place at the right time!!! I am trying to motivate myself to do cardio 5 days/week... walk or jog. Little did I know, the best motivation was going to come from today's jog! We (my puppy and me) were running today and I decided that today I was going to push myself and run (more like a jog) for 2 minutes, then walk for 1 minute. This actually helped quite a bit! But, when I could see the finish line, I started to get a little depressed about not making much better time than I normally would... Just as I thought t... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 20:46:34 EST Bought a Heart Rate Monitor - Can't wait to use it! Ok, today I finally broke down and spent the $100 on a heart rate monitor. Hopefully, it will be a great tool to help motivate me and keep me on track. I can't wait to see what rate I'm at when I feel like I've got nothing more to give. It will be so helpful for those minutes when I slow down to a walk for a break from my jogging... I'll be able to tell myself to start jogging again once my heart gets down to a certain rate, instead of my current theory - wait until the next street crossi... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 22:06:12 EST Still on a track, although not the one I started on... Ok, well, I'm still managing my eating habits, but I seem to have taken a breather on the exercise, unfortunately. But, I'm back on track again... took the dog jogging yesterday (2.5 miles). I signed up to do a 5K with a friend mid-July - that's my new goal! There are obstacles on the 5K course as well, so I'm going to start strength training as well. Using an at-home plan, though. I bought one of those pull-up bars at the store the other day... not sure what I was thinking, but I can't ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:46:52 EST And I'm off... Cancelled my Weight Watchers membership... Why spend $50/month when Spark is free! Bike-to-Work Week is coming to an end, and I rode my bike to work yesterday! I am so proud of my accomplishing that goal, that I think I'm going to ride one day per week! I'm going to try and beat my time, 47 minutes as well. I adjusted my weight goals today and am trying to set them at reasonable limits... Lose 12 pounds by July 4th! I can do it! My nutrition is pretty much on track... now it's exerci... Fri, 21 May 2010 08:30:30 EST