CAROLSYLVIA's SparkPeople Blog CAROLSYLVIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 12 - Lose the Belly Well, I didn't lose any weight today! We friends from work threw me a retirement party and had all of my favorite foods. I just enjoyed myself! We had so much fun! I did eat very light the rest of the day and got in a one mile walk. I tracked my food as best I could and figure I went about 500-600 calories over. It was definitely worth it! <BR> <em>4</em> Sat, 14 May 2016 00:08:29 EST Day 11 - Lose the Belly Oooh, not quite so good of a day. It was my day to take my favorite senior citizen shopping, and it's a long, slow process. We went to Arby's for lunch, and I just had a regular roast beef and water, so that part wasn't so bad. But I'm always kind of tired when I get home from our outings, and so just didn't put much effort into eating healthy. Pulled out some leftovers for dinner but pretty much neglected the fruits and veggies. I think that's a key for why get evening cravings. On the... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:52:05 EST Day 10 - Lose the Belly It rained most of the day, but I finally got our for my walk this evening. I was determined to do it, thinking about how good yesterday's walk felt. It was a nice fresh, clean evening, with all of the tree pollen finally washed out of the air! <BR> <BR> Another pretty good food day. Had my Dr Pepper but fit it into my calorie range. Tomorrow I will skip it. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm getting the hang of this! Thu, 12 May 2016 01:00:32 EST Day 9 - Lose the Belly Well, today was better. I still didn't want to go our for a walk (cool, windy, dreary day), but told myself I could do 10 minutes...and once I got out there, it wasn't so bad! I ended up doing a mile in 24 minutes and felt GREAT afterwards! If only I could remember that good feeling every day to help me make it past the "I don't wanna" whine! :) <BR> <BR> Have been eating well and drinking my water. Skipped my beloved Dr Pepper today without any trouble. <BR> <BR> I want to thank eve... Tue, 10 May 2016 20:30:30 EST Day 8 - Lose the Belly Yesterday I thought I would be ready today to "hit it" again, but I was wrong! I felt lazy and unmotivated all day. My eating was just OK, and I didn't exercise at all. I did lose about a half pound over the week, which at least is going in the right direction. The best news is that I seem to have lost an inch of this belly!!!!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I can jump right back in after an "off" day, and sometimes it just seems to derail me for far too long. I haven't determined yet what makes ... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:41:37 EST Days 6 & 7 - Lose the Belly Day 6 - Celebrated Mother's Day with a nice ham dinner cooked by the guys. I didn't track, as planned, and I just enjoyed myself all day. Ate some goodies for dessert, and I'm sure I went over for the day, but not insanely so. <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Took another lazy day today... eating very light but not really healthy either. Tomorrow I get back on track. I've at least been drinking my water! And I'm feeling no guilt about the whole weekend. Tomorrow I will weigh in, but I'm not getting m... Sun, 8 May 2016 20:20:47 EST Day 5- Lose the Belly Today's big challenge was a potluck salad dinner at church. I had oatmeal with fruit and almonds for breakfast, and just a grilled chicken breast for lunch, knowing that I would be faced with a lot of calorie-laden bowls of pasta and who knows what tonight. I ate pretty moderately and skipped the bread & dessert, except for one dark chocolate truffle. Tracking? Pure guesswork! But I did my best guessing, and seem to have come out pretty well over the course of a day, so I'm claiming vic... Fri, 6 May 2016 23:44:40 EST Day 4 - Lose the Belly Another pretty good day. No walking but did about 45 minutes of window washing & vacuuming - definitely got my heart rate up! Then this evening we went canoeing - it was an absolutely beautiful evening with no wind! <BR> <BR> Kept the calorie intake within range and drank all my water. Thu, 5 May 2016 22:52:46 EST Day 3 - Lose the Belly I didn't do my regular walk today, but did some major shopping - was on my feet and moving for 4.5 to 5 hours. I know that doesn't count as official exercise, but I know I burned more calories than sitting on the couch! <BR> <BR> I ate within my calorie range but was rather high on fats. Yesterday I was higher on carbs, and the day before that higher than usual on protein, so I figure that everything averaged out pretty well in the long run. I packed a healthy lunch for the car so I would... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:51:12 EST Day 2 - Lose the Belly I did pretty well today. Not as well as yesterday, but still pretty well. I walked 15 minutes at a faster pace than yesterday. I went slightly over my calorie range but nothing terrible. My biggest victory was another day without any Dr Pepper! I had set a goal to skip it for one day this week, and now I have done two days in a row without any major catastrophes! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I need to remember to get a "before" measurement of my belly, because IT IS GOING TO SHRINK! ... Wed, 4 May 2016 02:11:16 EST Day 1 of Lose The Belly OK, I'm off to a good start. Today I had a fruit & spinach-filled smoothie for breakfast, a big veggie-laden salad with a hard boiled egg for lunch, and Thai chicken & vegetable curry with brown rice for dinner. Skipped my one daily Dr Pepper today. Went for a 13 minute walk - I'm not ready for the Olympic trials yet, but it's a start. :) Now we'll see how tomorrow goes - the first day is always the easiest! Mon, 2 May 2016 17:52:42 EST Pregnant?!!! OK, I'll reassure you right up front that I am NOT pregnant. I'm 64 years old, after all! But I have reached the end of my rope after years of LOOKING about 8 months pregnant! <BR> <BR> I inherited a strong predisposition to storing nearly all my excess body fat on my belly. If you've ever been pregnant, you know how your back feels with that extra load hanging out front. Well, I've felt that way for YEARS and I'm so tired of it!!! It's hard enough getting up off the couch to begin wit... Mon, 2 May 2016 00:21:27 EST Bad News/Good News About a week and a half ago, I came home from work feeling a little tired and "off", and within an hour had that "hit by a truck" feeling and I knew the flu bug had struck. I was a bit put out because I had just come back to SparkPeople three weeks before, and had been eating better and exercising more than I had in a couple of years. Start doing the right thing and wham! the flu bug hits anyway. <BR> <BR> But I must say, all those fruits & veggies must have been doing some good, because t... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:09:42 EST Some progress It's been almost two weeks since I've been back to SparkPeople and my journey toward better health, and I am definitely making some progress. <BR> <BR> Food: I've been fairly consistent with at least 5 fruits and veggies every day, and coming along pretty well with water (5-6). I have given in to cravings a few times, but at least I am thinking about what I'm doing and keeping it somewhat under control - it's not just mindless bingeing. <BR> <BR> Exercise: I've had to start really slo... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:46:28 EST Back again...again! Wow, it has been over a year and a half since I've been active on SparkPeople. How did I let this happen? Iv'e gained back all the weight I has lost, and 5 pounds more. I'm out of shape, my cholesterol levels are up, and I have no energy. <BR> <BR> Every time I start a new habit, it seems easy, and I tend to assume that I've got it nailed for life. Like when I start eating better and exercising and lose a pound the first week, I think, "Wow! At this rate, I will be 52 pounds lighter by... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:28:18 EST Healthy Habit - Week 3 - Flossing! I'm still doing well on taking my meds & vitamins. <BR> <BR> I have done much better this week with my water - I'm up to 7 glasses a day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I face the dentist after a few months without flossing. I'm not looking forward to it! I've totally let this healthy habit slide, so this week I'm going to start re-establishing it on a daily basis. <em>52</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:26:47 EST Healthy Habit of the Week - Water! Last week I focused on taking my calcium, vitamin D, and glucosamine on a regular schedule. I'm happy to say that it's been a good week! <BR> <BR> This week I am going to focus on getting my 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:59:50 EST Baby Steps toward Rebuilding Habits It's good to be back. It's been a long time since I have kept up on any healthy habits - probably 8 or 9 months. It's amazing how long it takes to develop a new habit, and how quickly you can lose it. Skip a couple of days, and pretty soon your good habit is out the window. <BR> <BR> I'm starting slow this time, one habit at a time. The first thing I'm working on is meds and supplements. I'm good about taking my thyroid med every morning, but terrible at things like the calcium and vita... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:44:20 EST I'm Back! I'm back after my longest absence ever - 162 days. What happened? I was working hard this spring, getting the house in shape for a big family reunion. Then I got sick for awhile - headaches, funky stomach, balance issues. Then a month of having family here (kids and grandkids), culminating in the big reunion weekend. Wonderful time - but exhausting! I so wish that I had not lapsed this winter on exercise. My stamina was (and is) very low, and I have gained back weight. <BR> <BR> Today... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:13:11 EST In a Rut September was crazy. Two long road trips, followed by our church missions conference. I'm the missions secretary, so I'm heavily involved in the conference. I love it, but it always leaves me physically and emotionally exhausted. Part of the problem is that I'm an introvert, and even though I absolutely love connecting with our missionaries at the conference, the overabundance of "people time" and the corresponding lack of "alone time" takes a lot out of me. <BR> <BR> Monday, I relaxed... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:33:56 EST Changing Direction - Thoughts on my one year SparkVersary Today is my one year SparkVersary! So how has the year gone? Well, I was recently looking at the goals I set last August 30 - to lose 40 pounds, and to have enough energy to keep up with my grandkids. At the time, I thought losing a pound a week was a reasonable goal, and to give myself a bit of grace, I set the goal at only 40 pounds instead of 52. <BR> <BR> Here I am, one year later, with 15 pounds lost. Yes, I'm eating more fruits and veggies, less processed food, exercising more, bl... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:15:23 EST Back on track...again...! I just read my last blog, written four months ago. I was just coming off a plateau and excited about getting out more when spring came. Unfortunately, I hit a big crash just after writing that. <BR> <BR> First, I got sick, which is typical for me in the spring. I had chronic headaches and a feeling like I had a rock in my stomach. I resorted to eating whatever appealed to me, which was mainly bread and potatoes; the only thing that saved me from gaining weight was the fact that I couldn'... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:55:31 EST Onward! It has been over three months since my last blog, in which i wrote about hitting a plateau. I guess it's easier to write about a victory, a challenge, or even a defeat than about...a plateau. But the good news is, at long last, I seem to be coming off the plateau! The scale is finally starting to budge, and I feel a new resolve to push ahead. <BR> <BR> I gave been thinking back over the past four months, and finding some progress despite the lack of weight loss. First and foremost, I hav... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:49:44 EST Confessions of a Plateaued Sparker It's been over a month since my last blog. I guess I've been a bit discouraged because I have really plateaued on my weight. And it's not one of those plateaus where you have been doing everything right and the weight still won't come off - no, it's because I have been eating too much. <BR> <BR> I cut myself some slack for Thanksgiving, and of course now there are numerous Christmas gatherings to face. I really don't want to be too strict with myself at this time of year. However, I am s... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:41:00 EST Trick or Treat Trot Well, I only signed up for the 1 mile beginner walk because there's no way I can do a 5K yet - but I will be able to eventually! I knew I could do a 20 minute mile, so I was hoping to beat that. I finished in 18:35, and I am very happy with my time! A couple of months ago it took me at least 25 minutes to do a mile, and I was huffing and puffing all the way. I'm making progress, and I hope all you other Sparkers are, too! <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 16:45:49 EST Home Again We had a wonderful trip to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We visited my old college roommate who introduced us 42 years ago! It was fun to reminisce and catch up on the past 40 years. <BR> <BR> We also visited a number of my husband's relatives. The older we get, the more our interest soars about family history. Along with some of the cousins, we took the first steps of planning a family reunion for next summer. We also had the chance to look at and scan a number of old family photos... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:48:26 EST Pushing Through I have been fighting a bug for over a week. I've tried resting, and haven't felt any improvement. So I've started pushing myself to get out and walk, and I actually feel good while I am walking and for awhile afterwards. It hasn't cured my bug, but it really opened my eyes to the fact the I don't have to feel perfect to get out there and move a bit. My natural inclination is to take it easy when I'm under the weather, but now I am rethinking that approach. I know that my body does need e... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:05:08 EST The Journey Continues This really is a journey; the road is not always smooth, and the progress is not always steady. There are bumps and twists and turns, but as long as I'm making overall progress toward my goal, I shouldn't get discouraged. <BR> <BR> I have days when I'm bursting with energy and can't wait to get out for a brisk walk, and days when my heart is pounding and my lungs burning on the first little hill. Days of eating well and staying within all the limits, and days where the limits crumble (Those ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:36:31 EST Tough Day... Today was the flip side of the victory I experienced on Saturday. I got to work and found I had forgotten that we were going to lunch today to celebrate some staff birthdays. I had a crazy morning and was not able to look at the Applebee's menu ahead of time. When we got to the restaurant, I found a section with 550 calorie entrees, but they were out of my price range (since I had forgotten about the lunch, I also had neglected to take extra money along, so I was working with a pretty lim... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:17:33 EST Victory I was challenged today at a social event where the menu was Famous Dave's Ribs with all the fixin's, and cake. I knew the menu in advance, so I looked up all the nutrition information and was able to work modest servings of everything into my eating plan for the day. It gave me a wonderful sense of both control and freedom: I had the freedom to enjoy some wonderful tasting, high calorie foods, knowing exactly how much I could have without overeating. I was able to really enjoy the food a... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 22:28:32 EST ABC Blog (borrowed from GloriaB73) A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> No, definitely not <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> Fried onions and blue cheese <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Purple <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? <BR> Pearls <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> A lion with a big furry mane <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Oh my, I don't's been awhile! <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gi... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:34:57 EST WooHoo! I swam Sylvia! I just completed my crazy goal of swimming around the shoreline of Lake Sylvia! Not all at took me 11 segments of 1/2 to 1 mile each to complete the nearly 10 miles of shoreline. <BR> <BR> I got the idea last year, but didn't do it. I thought about it again this year, but my husband was gone most of July, so I didn't have him around to deliver me/pick me up from various points on the lake. The first part of August was very cool here, and I thought it was a lost cause for 2012, s... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:35:16 EST