CARMICJA's SparkPeople Blog CARMICJA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Golf vacation begins tomorrow = nervous I feel great this week. I made a few good changes. I set up a May Challenge to help me stay focused and others. I like the accountability. I'm zigzagging calories - seeing if that makes a difference. I lost two pounds from last week - Love that. <BR> <BR> Now tomorrow I enter the land of golf and margaritas. I will shop for good snacks for the golf course and really want to stay minimal on adult beverages. I should be good on the food overall since crappy food makes me feel crappy and... Fri, 4 May 2007 10:14:28 EST May Day I feel myself getting into a rut and potentially veering from getting to goal of 110. I had stated at the outset that I simply wanted to get to 110 by June 10th which begins a trip to the Bahamas. Now that I'm 8 lbs from goal with six weeks to go, I'm a little nervous but also I now have a finish line, a real one. <BR> <BR> So, in my heart of hearts I know that my cardio and ST are just simply not enough. When I was good, the weight was melting. I called D-1 Sports TRaining today as they... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 13:38:52 EST Family and Friends I wouldn't think I would enjoy this anonymous public blogging and forum talk. But, I love my Spark friends and their support. There is something so carthartic about getting or giving help to a stranger - like volunteering but it comes so easy. <BR> <BR> I measured yesterday and was surprised to see that certain ones are up. I'm not justifying but I have to imagine it is due to human error. I'm really not worried about it as the scale this time is working for me and the clothes feel good.... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 09:48:35 EST Moving Through I was so psyched at the beginning of April not knowing that my life would change so significantly with the death of my mother on 4/10/07. What a day, then a week. <BR> <BR> Feeling better now but every now and then I stop and remember what happened in my life just last week. I want desperately to be ten again. <BR> <BR> Got back on the diet saddle upon my return. A little heavy on the comfort carbs right now but feeling ok. Wearing my skinny 6s today and that makes me feel better. Off ... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 14:22:26 EST April continues The first week of the April Fool Challenge was a mediocre performance. No wine for one week - so far not really missing it. <BR> <BR> Dropped the All Bran for breakfast so I could reserve some carb calories for other treats, e.g. nonfat kettle corn. Felt kind of bad about it since the popcorn has transfats, albeit small, and I missed plenty of vitamins and fiber from the Allbran. This is a short term option!! Mon, 9 Apr 2007 18:46:06 EST 4/5/07: Extra motivation The scale rewarded my perserverance today with a one pound loss. I've screamed it to the world merely b/c I'm so shocked but also so pleased. <BR> <BR> I've created a strong challenge for myself in April and this loss fuels that motivation. <BR> <BR> Go Spark Thu, 5 Apr 2007 13:59:33 EST April 3rd Ok, good notes: After spending two weeks away from home with little Spark support behind me, I fell off the wagon, big time. However, just two days after being home and righting the ship immediately, I feel just as good as when I left. <BR> <BR> I only weigh myself on Thursdays so I'm unsure what the scale will say but the mirror mirror on the wall isn't making horrible faces. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to get Spring/summer fever and since my Long Term goal is to feel comfortable in a bathi... Tue, 3 Apr 2007 12:56:24 EST April's Fool Challenge After a two week hiatus I am ready to get back on track. I'll be challening myself to rack up the Spark points through April by hitting all my fitness and nutrition goals. Sun, 1 Apr 2007 21:34:07 EST Two challenging weeks I just returned form a week stay with my mom. Food stayed in check, exercise good, too many wine glasses!! <BR> <BR> Next week I'm traveling again. It will be a hard week to stay on track but after that, I'm home for quite a spell so I will focus on certain goals. I'm starting to feel comfortable at this weight and yet I have 8 pounds to go. Need a midstream re-focus to get me to target. Fri, 23 Mar 2007 15:42:58 EST 8 more pounds While 8 pounds seems like a whole journey of its own when you're losing .5 pound per week, I'm actually pretty excited. Hopefully, next week I'm going to 117 then 116 which I haven't seen is who knows when. <BR> <BR> I have really stayed the course these last few weeks. I've dipped above my calorie range a few times but never above 1700. I have been hungried lately and allows myself to hit the higher range more frequently. That may be because I'm ST more and ST always makes me hungry. <B... Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:04:33 EST Coming Naturally There's times where I get somewhat anxious if I don't have access to the internet to ensure I'm on track. At some point, I'll need to test myself by meal planning the whole day and then entering to see if I'm within ranges. At some point this has to come more naturally and less scientifically. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm getting closer to this point as generally I am able to keep my carbs under control. Mon, 12 Mar 2007 13:23:00 EST 8.5 more pounds When I officially landed in the 10 pounds to go subset, I knew the final ten would be hard. My goal weight is 110 and quite honestly I haven't been there in a very very very long time. My husband thinks I'm nuts but given my height of 5'2" and small boned, I think it is appropriate and healthy. <BR> <BR> I know weight loss doesn't work this way but I've allocated a pound for each upper arm, 2 pounds per thigh, 2 pounds in the tummy region and .5 pound anywhere else!! If I break it down li... Thu, 8 Mar 2007 13:11:22 EST Measurements Hips - feet together - 37. <BR> Calf - 12.75 <BR> Thigh: 22.5 <BR> Wrists 5.5 <BR> Waist: 26 Fri, 16 Feb 2007 07:35:35 EST So completely psyched Ok, here's the bigger challenge. I lost 3 pounds in two weeks and now I'm feeling good. 14 to go - need to stay focused and motivated. I'm thinking Spark will be the mechanism. Fri, 19 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST If the scale does not budget If it doesn't, I need to point to cardio and weights. This week hasn't been as hard working as the prior week. Simple as that. Two days in a row feeling tired. Can't decide if I should walk today but I feel that if I don't the cobwebs will get even thicker. Thinking about a short 20 min interval. Thu, 18 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST This week This week weight entry will be interesting. Sat and Sund ended up being high caloric days with few vegetables and fruits. Got back on track yesterday (Mon) but tonite I have another dinner. My hope however is that it will be a mild one. I have to focus on that bad feeling I have the next day and an inability to work out. Tue, 16 Jan 2007 06:22:21 EST Allowance OK, I've had two bad days in a row on the Healthy scale largely because of no fruit and veg - not good. Monday is here and need to get back on focus. <BR> <BR> Man,the alcohol isn't just a one day penalty but two! Mon, 15 Jan 2007 09:17:00 EST Beginning another week This weekend, I have to sitd own and re-plan. I'm on track on the weight loss and I have 16 pounds to go. If I don't changeup at this stage, I suspect I might plateau again. Fri, 12 Jan 2007 08:49:31 EST Nemesis I begun to believe that one's nemesis is not just an enemy but one that you are drawn to. An odd relationship is created between you and your nemesis such that not only do you have a goal to conquer it but you do with a certain sense of intrigue. <BR> <BR> My nemesis, the scale. While I've established a goal to only weigh myself on Thursdays, I yearn to jump on. Of course, when I jumped on on Monday, I was disappointed because I didn't see progress yet I know my clothes are fitting better.... Wed, 10 Jan 2007 07:01:57 EST Who's the meanest of them all I broke a rule yesterday and jumped on the scale a few days early. The rule is once a week and on Thursdays. Of course, the scale had not moved from last Thursday. Even though I know this scale is evil, I was disappointed. <BR> <BR> I'll quote myself from an earlier post, the scale at 15 pounds or less is meaner than the mirror at 20 pounds or more. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning feeling smaller and less jiggly. Eventually, I hope, I'll come to realize that that scale is a mind messe... Tue, 9 Jan 2007 06:29:27 EST Progress I can't imagine I'm not making progress on the scale as the body is starting to look tighter. In the a.m. upon waking up my stomach is getting flatter. That has to be good news. <BR> <BR> I think the low end of carbs is working for me. <BR> <BR> I have three weeks until NY which means I can lose three pounds until then. With this week I hope to be at 123.5. Haven't seen that in a while. <BR> <BR> By the Ace Classic I hope to be at 119. Sun, 7 Jan 2007 08:12:21 EST Goal Setting Yesterday I printed out the Spark Jan calendar. OK, its a start. I'd like to get setting some ST, MT and LT goals. I realized that while I'm stuck on 127.5, I haven't really changed my goals since I started. <BR> <BR> I started today by listing out possible goals. Then I need to map those out and decide on some timelines and some rewards. <BR> <BR> I've got those Ann Taylor loft gift cards so I could use those each time I reach a ST and MT goal. <BR> <BR> It seems like I'm already... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 08:59:31 EST The traffic jam analogy Good article of spark regarding Diet Rage. This progress is very slow and I have to chalk it up either to age or to the stupid scale or to carborhydrates. I am eating well, exercising well, getting my water in, etc. 5.5 pounds in five weeks - I guess that's a pound a week but it really does make the journey to 110 a long one. <BR> <BR> Will it be the dream destination? YES IT WILL Thu, 4 Jan 2007 14:07:19 EST Beginning the year I have to remember how good it feels to have the lunch packed, the gymbag packed and actually getting up when the alarm tells you to. I shut off the alarm and then proceeded to sleep until 8:15. I really did feel as though I needed it though. I had not slept well in MI and wanted to catch up if there is such a thing. Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:26:24 EST Holiday parties OK, well I've planned 16 oz of wine for tonite and I'm in calorie range although that means no snacking. Having a cocoa now to give me that very full feeling. If I am hungry, veggies will have to do the trick. <BR> <BR> Need to read the motivation article again about thinking BEFORE you act. Consider the consequences. I want to wake up tomorrow - christmas morning - with a great gift to myself. Sun, 24 Dec 2006 14:15:48 EST It's about the health stupid OK, so maybe it is not about the scale but it sure is hard not to think that way. Today I ranked Very Healthy with maximum points on the healthstyle scale. That was a good feeling plus it is one that I can see everyday where the scale takes a week. <BR> <BR> Of course, measurements will help but if they aren't pleasing, then what? <BR> <BR> Ok, clothes are fitting much better. Looking better too. 110 is going to feel awesome but I am beginning to doubt if I can get these. It's another ... Fri, 22 Dec 2006 08:35:43 EST It can't be about the scale I made a dangerous move yesterday by jumping on the scale too soon. Weigh in day is Thursday and yesterday was Tuesday. The scale reflect weight gain which I find unbelievable because I have been really really good. <BR> <BR> The Healthy lifestyle scale is helpful as it indicates success without a weigh in. I still need to increase fruits and veggies. Thursday we begin an additional challenge of increasing the fruit and veggie component of our diet. I'm hoping that will help directly mo... Wed, 13 Dec 2006 06:33:06 EST The waiting On a positive note I am less hungry and feel good. On other side of the coin, I don't feel like I'm making huge progress. I have to trust the statistics and I knowthat but waiting is hard. <BR> <BR> When I think about lasting until Feb 1, I feel like that is a very long time. Then I look at the 10 pounds and under and see individuals still hanging in there when they've got only one pound to go. That is commitment and I envy it. <BR> <BR> My original goal was 115 but in looking at the 10 p... Tue, 12 Dec 2006 06:13:41 EST Keeping the doctor away I feel rather bad today because I'm sad about how few fruits and vegetables I'm getting in. Need to increase that. It probably has a great deal to do with my hunger levels. <BR> <BR> Today is my day off so I'm planning on getting that fixed. Fri, 8 Dec 2006 07:53:34 EST D-day #1 Today was the first weigh in after one week. Again, I'm beginning the day feeling great. Yesterday though, I felt great and then was enormously hungry all day with a fabulous headache to match. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a protein shake for Bfast and I just don't think that's a good start. Today I went with the traditional egg whites and toast. <BR> <BR> Lost 3 pounds - happy about that but most would have been a water loss since I was packing fluid on week 1. <BR> <BR> New pants on toda... Thu, 7 Dec 2006 12:19:10 EST Fitting the puzzle pieces I'm loving the Sparky website. Yesterday I graded as Very Healthy and that's what it is really all about. Further, I'm reading good healthy articles that will keep my mind focused on the end goal. <BR> <BR> Today I feel great and I attribute that to my Very Health day yesterday. For the first time, I'm so psyched that I can do this on my own Wed, 6 Dec 2006 10:28:05 EST