CARMEL_466's SparkPeople Blog CARMEL_466's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lunch Time I've been letting myself down quite a bit since the end of June and I make no excuses. I know I am a food addict, sugar addict and compulsive overeater. I know I have to be on guard at all times but I get complacent and then the binges come. Don't get me wrong, I know this journey is not about perfection but I can't help but feel disappointed in myself when I give in to the cravings. Just for today, I'm setting myself up for battle. Cravings beware! I feel motivated and I have my armor... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:45:32 EST A little of this and that. I had a binge yesterday and I was on a quest to stay busy today and make sure I got enough heart healthy nourishment to keep my mind off unhealthy foods of yesterday. Finished washing and now it is almost 5:30 p.m.. I will eat dinner and call it a night. Hope you had a great day. <em>381</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:39:09 EST Motivational Sunday I love starting the week off with a heaping dose of motivation. Love reading blogs/vlogs that inspire me to keep moving and remind me of why I am making the changes. My body is rewarding me with improved health and letting me know it appreciate the hard work. When I stumble, it also remind me of what it is like to give in to bad habits. God grant me the serenity! Today I am going for 10000 steps and this motivation with help me make the journey with a smile. Hope your day is filled ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:21:43 EST I'm Going to Win! I feel good about the NSV's I completed from 07/01/13 - 06/30/14. Now on to my NSV's for the coming year. I will do another check in December of 2014...five months away and I'm hoping to be out of the 200's...I'm going to do it! The goal outfits are size 20 pants and size 18 shirts. They are all spandex so going for looseness (lots) in each. <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:01:10 EST July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 - Stats and ending thoughts. What's not listed in the video is the results of the main reasons I'm doing this. My health. Here are the results of that. I'm off high cholesterol medicine, I have not had one bad cold this past year compared to two - three bad colds a year in the past, I am having less headaches....way less and have not had a pain reliever for any pain in almost three months. Being light headed and dizzy was a major problem for me in the past but now is reduced almost 80 percent and heartburn is almos... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:42:25 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 33)Celebrating 1 year of being sugar free. I'm so happy to be completing my year long challenge of being sugar free, and my 11 day standing exercising. I had determination and not once (even when I binged) did I believe I would turn around. My BMI went from...52.6 to 39.5. Will be working on getting that to the overweight range over the next six months. <BR> <BR> Proud of my accomplishments for this year and ready to give it my all in year two. Taking myself out of intensive care after today and heading into year two feelin... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:44:39 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 32) 1 more day! ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> Had technical difficulties with his video but since its for accountability only I went ahead and posted. <BR> <BR> One more day and then I'm off on my own. Hopefully it is now a habit and I will continue to stand and move more. Loved this challenge and very proud of myself for taking it. <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:42:25 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 31) WooHoo! ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> Two more days. Hoping this is a habit now. !!! The proof will be in the pudding. lol Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:50:46 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 30)Long day. ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a long day and I am tired. Ready for a good night sleep. Wanted to lay in bed all day but my inner self kept telling me to get up and move.....and so I did. Looking forward to seeing the sandman tonight. Tomorrow is another day and I want to be well rested for it. Goodnight. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:02:29 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 29) Countdown underway. It has been a nice day. Getting lots of steps in through shopping for good healthy food and a 4th of July outfit. Didn't find the outfit but found lots of delicious fruit and veggies. Got my workout in and now I am ready to say AWWWWWW! Have a great day and keep pushing. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:38:11 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 28)Going for a habit. ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll admit I procrastinated today. Even told myself I needed a break but this is a streak I don't want to stop yet. I will end it on the 30th and not one day sooner. lol Trying to make exercising a habit. Not getting any easier though. 5 more days and hopefully I will be standing 80 percent of the time when I exercise and return to my regular days of getting it done. This has been quite an experience. <em>198</em> I ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:12:43 EST After the storm. I'm just posting random vlogs as I have a nervous energy for some reason and I'm trying to keep busy so I won't overeat. Getting to close to my 1st year celebration and want to go out strong. Doing all I can to stay motivated. Some days it seems easy and some days I have to ask God to carry me. This is one of those days. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:45:39 EST Rainy Night (day) in Kansas Good morning. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:34:14 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 27)Sleep ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was hoping the more movement I got in, the better I would sleep. Since my tracker broke, I have not been able to get a good sleep tracker but I do believe I am doing better most nights. The last year has been a productive one with many of my goals, but I feel sleep is still one thing I need to work on more. Here's to a good night sleep! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:31:55 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 26)Push I'm pretty tired and can barely write or type in this instance. I want to remember this day because it was an awesome day. I love when I push myself the way I did today. Sweat was my friend and that don't happen often. I know each day is different so I want to enjoy these days that I give my body exactly what it need! <BR> <BR> Have a great evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:55:49 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 25) Vicious Cycles Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> I use to think these cycles were inevitable. I would lose weight then gain more, then lose and gain even more. It was a vicious cycle I felt I had no control over. I've discovered the key to unlocking that cycle. For me, it's not about weight at all. It's about loving myself enough to understand that my body is a temple that God provided me. It's my home and many thing near and dear to me is inside. I want this temple to be clean... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:46:18 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 24)Keeping it simple works for me. ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> I am finding the more I keep my food and exercising simple, the more progress I make. When I first started my sugar fast, I didn't try to give up all carbs, I gave up the ones that caused me trouble such as cakes, pies, candy etc.. I compensated by making smoothies with lots of fruit and veggies and put in a 75/25 blend of fruit to veggies... Of course for a true green smoothie lover, I know that was way to much fruit but it's wha... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:05:56 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 23)My spiritual connection. ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> I have said many times before that the one thing I was missing in all my pass weight losses was that spiritual connection with God. Yes, I have always believed in God but I didn't have a strong spiritual connection and thus when I tried to lose weight, I left him out and tried to bulldoze my way through. I had successes but they never lasted. Thanks to OA, that changed and I am so thankful. I know if I let go of that connection (... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:12 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 22)No more going easy. ****Long Video***** Only for my accountability. <BR> <BR> I have progressed to standing exercising but far to often I take it easy on myself and do chair aerobics. Don't get me wrong, chair aerobics were a life saver for me and probably will be again since I have bad knees. But I know I am using chair aerobics when I am just not feeling like exercising. No More! Starting today I will record my standing workout (one of them daily) and hold myself accountable to push myself through the... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:59:41 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 21)Look mom, no heartburn! :) I'm so happy to be able to have my almond milk smoothie again. Jumping for joy! It's the little things that make me happy. <em>224</em> <em>246</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:10:17 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 20)Keep it moving. It was a great day yesterday. Loved it! Lots of exercise and healthy eating. Bottling the energy I had to take on days I'm not feeling it. lol Have a great day sparkfriends. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:31:41 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 19) Relaxing Monday. <em>524</em> Problems with the video but didn't want to put it up again. Sorry about that. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:02:54 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 18) Happy Father's Day. The day was great. I'm tired and will rest before I exercise again. Hope you had a great day! <em>386</em> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:42:54 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 17) Today It's 3 a.m and I'm grateful to have slept early. Today my goals are to enjoy the blessings I have and relax. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:07:53 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 16) Sweat <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If you watch this, you have to move for 15 I love this video. It's only 15 minutes long and if you give it your best, you will sweat. I have even done it in a chair and wow did I sweat. <em>198</em> Quick, easy and fun.. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:13:47 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 15) Nice day. Kiki My day is going well. Got to visit with some of my grandchildren and it was a nice cool day. Still have not exercised but I will as soon as my granddaughter leaves. <BR> <BR> Okay, she just left, time to move it, move it! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:08:34 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 14) Walmart Visit I went to get some stuff to remove my fake fingernails. I had to finally give up but I will try to get the rest off tomorrow. Didn't like leaving my fingers in acetone as long as I did but whatever it takes to get these nails off.. lol <BR> <BR> I gained 4 pounds this pass week. A gain of 4 pounds will not stop me from continuing on. Yes I was disappointed but now I'm like...that was so three days ago. lol Doing well and the binge is a thing of the past. I wish I didn't have to weigh... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:07:26 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 13)Goals for today. I am going to make the day sparkle. <BR> <BR> 60 mins cardio <BR> 1200 - 1550 calories <BR> <BR> I can do it attitude! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:46:11 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 12) Pic...reference only. Backsliding again. Need a reminder. Okay I am off to dreamland. Nighty night. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 01:27:42 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 11) My motivation for the week. It doesn't hurt to read motivation each and every day. Since I'm concentrating on my goals this month.....these are the quotes that will keep me going this week. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:29:43 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 10) Having a raw day. Have a great day. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 12:52:42 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 9) A little rain won't stop me from exercising! Still in heart healthy intensive care and I am a great doctor to myself!!!! Beaming with pride and as James Brown put it....I FEEL GOOD!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope are you?. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:50:50 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 8) RIP Fitbit :( My fitbit broke so now I am using my phone to track my steps. It's just as good I guess. <em>40</em> I need to see if there is a sleep tracker on my phone because I will most definitely miss my fitbit for that. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now to do my jumping jacks. Have a great day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:41:22 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 7) New NSV Goal. Having a good day so far. Had a late breakfast but it was pretty good. How is your day going? Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:06:23 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 6) Mini pot roast. Yum My doctor suggest I eat red meat at least once a week so I bought some mini pot roasts from the Schwans man. Its very tender and delicious and I will most definitely have it weekly. It only took four minutes to heat up so you know that's right up my alley. lol Have a great day spark friends. <BR> <BR> My lunch from yesterday: <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:08:03 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 5) Thank you SparkPeople! I can't say enough how much I love spark people. Not only do it keep me focused but some of the best people in the world visit here. Is it perfect?? No but then again neither am I. ONE of my imperfections is what brought me here. I have a small group of friends who I appreciate and care about so much. I would not have met you if not for spark. While I'm in my healthy intensive care mode, I just want to say....well done spark....with your help, my journey is much healthier and a lot less... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:48:47 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 4) June beginning. No goals for today. I am testing out my autopilot. :) My body and my mind should make sure I stay focused with no prompting. Let's see what happens.. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:59:38 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care - Day 3) Almond milk. I will put a smaller banana and less frozen fruit in the smoothie the next time. Hopefully it will still be as good but testing is necessary to make sure I am not getting to much carbs even though 61 is not to bad....just couldn't have a salad with it. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is going well. Take care. Sat, 31 May 2014 13:08:55 EST A little motivation for today. Keep smiling!!! Fri, 30 May 2014 12:45:40 EST Healthy Living Lifestyle (Intensive Care- Day 2) I did not get my 7000 steps in yesterday but was only 800 off. Will step :) it up today. Started the day with a healthy breakfast and 30 minutes of chair aerobics. Let's make it an awesome day! <em>381</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:49:34 EST Day 1 of Healthy Living Intensive Care I've been losing my spark the last couple of months. I am turning that around TODAY! No excuses and no feeling sorry for myself. Intensive Care here I come!!! Thu, 29 May 2014 09:08:49 EST Move it Wednesday I have done most of my exercise for today. Now to get on with general moving. Dancing while I clean. Thank you Setti. <em>386</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:46:49 EST A Little Motivation Have a restful evening and a good nights sleep. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:27:34 EST This week goals - Give it all I've got! This week I will give each day all I have in me and continue through June. I have waffled a lot this month but I have not given up. I am dedicating the rest of this month and all of June to exercising. Hopefully I will form a habit. We shall see. Sun, 25 May 2014 12:31:38 EST Trying to make exercise a habit. See you around spark. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 May 2014 18:18:34 EST Celebrating an abstinent day. Having fun today. <em>244</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:56:11 EST Sharing some of my day. I am loving staying busy. I do much better with my eating when I'm busy...even if it's shopping for food. Time to get my exercising on. See you around sparks. Wed, 21 May 2014 17:51:33 EST Nice Week Starting with the day before Mother's Day, my week was fabulous...funstastic. It has been the best week I have had in quite a while. Hope your week sparkled also. Sat, 17 May 2014 13:13:12 EST Jumping Jack Challenge - Day 1 Starting this challenge today. Seated for now but hopefully I will be able to do a modified jack standing before the end of the month. I will do this several times throughout the day....each day until the 31st. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Forgive the quality of this video...using a different computer and the camera is not that good. Made it work though. lol Wed, 14 May 2014 11:54:21 EST Using exercise as a tool. Instead of eating, one of the tools I can use is to get up and do something. One of my favorite things to do is put a tune on and move. My body feels stiff and pained at first, but when I get moving, it comes a live for those few minutes and continues a little afterwards. What more can I ask for? Today I will let the music help soothe my aches, pains and sedentary ways. <BR> <BR> "An action plan is the process of identifying and implementing attainable actions, both daily and long-ter... Fri, 9 May 2014 07:56:24 EST