CATHGRACE5's SparkPeople Blog CATHGRACE5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wrong Side of the bed I stayed up too late last night picking my husband up from LAX when his flight was re-routed due to a missed connection. Due to road construction and a late flight arrival, what should have been two and a half hour round trip took four hours. I didn't hit my pillow until 2 am. <BR> <BR> I realize that when I'm weighing and measuring my food and limiting my calories, I have very little slack when it comes to stress or fatigue. <BR> <BR> This morning, after getting only 6 hours of sleep, I ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:22:36 EST Three Years Later Hi Everyone Who Reads This! <BR> <BR> I've been away from SparkPeaople for three plus years. A lot has happened. Two years ago my family and I moved to Southern CA from up North in the Redding area. It has been wonderful living near the beach again! We had our daughter, SIL and my first grandbaby living with us for the last year as they relocated to this area. They just got their own place last month only 7 minutes away. I love being a grandmother. <BR> <BR> In terms of my weight, it went ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:17:27 EST 159.2! I'm so happy to say that I weigh less than 160 lbs! I didn't have a great week health-wise and so wasn't able to exercise as much as I wanted. This had me concerned that I wasn't going to drop any weight. But thankfully, I lost enough to break the threshold of the 160s. It feels great! <BR> <BR> And I'm feeling a lot better today, so I will be getting back to my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Hope we all have an amazing day! Sat, 24 Sep 2011 15:49:07 EST In Pain! I woke up in a ton of pain this morning. My left shoulder blade and neck are killing me. I'm not sure why, but I've had this pain before. I thought I was all better. I'm wondering if it could be allergies or something. I was out of the area for a about a month and a half over the summer when I started feeling better. Now my wrists are hurting again and my back pain is overwhelming. My husband says that whenever he's on a business trip, he feels better than when he's home. We moved to this hou... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:22:20 EST I survived the day! I made it through the day! Yay, me! <BR> <BR> My teenage daughter has her driver's permit, and I let her drive for the first hour of our two-hour drive up to Lake Almanor from Redding. She went on the freeway, merged into the fast lane to pass big trucks and didn't go off the road around hair-pin mountain roads! And I didn't get too scared! <BR> <BR> I also stuck to my food plan while having dinner at my in-laws. My mother-in-law, who in the past seemed very unhappy with me if I didn't e... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 02:14:15 EST Friday, Friday, Friday Yes, I was thinking of that Rebecca Black song! Ha Ha! <BR> <BR> All is well today, even in spite of the fact that I forgot to sign in yesterday. I did everything I meant to do, I just forgot to track it. So I did it today. I'm so happy I'm on track with my exercise and food plan. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm driving up to Lake Almanor for the day. My mother-in-law wants to give me a little birthday party. She is a wonderful lady, but very picky about food. You are suppose to eat whatever she se... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:55:58 EST Tuesday 9/6/11 Per the encouragement of my SparkFriend, RG, I am letting everyone know that I'm doing great. The trip we made to Southern CA the weekend before last was good. In fact we are seriously considering moving back down there. We moved to Northern CA eighteen years ago from Huntington Beach, and I have often wanted to move back. Now (meaning the end of this school year) would be a good time to make the change. Of our two remaining children still at home, one will be graduating from high school and ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:38:49 EST Day 17 :) I just wanted to say hi before hitting the hay. (Thankfully, I don't really sleep on hay!) Hope everyone including me has a great day tomorrow. We leave at 10 am for L.A. I plan on eating right and exercising on this four-day trip. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 01:40:52 EST Day 16 Road Trip vs. 8 Cups of Water My family and I are going on a road trip on Friday, and I'm wondering how I'm going to drink eight glasses of water without extending the trip by multiple hours for every time I'll have to make a pit stop. No, I do not want to wear adult diapers! We're attending my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday and will return home on Monday. It's about a 10-hour drive each way. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 01:53:50 EST Day 15 Streaking! I'm so thankful for SP! Last night I was so tired, and I forgot to do some of my streak exercises, but because I didn't want to break my streak, I did them before going to bed. Of course, I was so happy with myself when I completed them! This is working! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 01:26:13 EST Day 13 Not The Best Day It could have been worse. I did my exercises and didn't go over recommended calories but didn't make the best food choices at times. I think the calories recommended on SP are too high for me. Oh, well. I'm still here. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:07:38 EST Day 12 All is Well Just checking in before the end of my day. I'm so thankful for SP! Thanks for joining me on my little adventure! It's working! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 02:18:30 EST Day 11 Not Perfect I had kind of a hard day today. I think I need more sleep, but I haven't been able to get it. I go to bed too late and wake up too early! I also think I've been fighting allergies. I did a lot of yard work after my walk this morning. (And I live out in the county where there are lots of things growing.) Being tired made it harder for me to be strong with my eating. I stayed within my calorie range, but I ate a few things that weren't great for me. The good news is that I realized that I can h... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 03:00:16 EST Day 10 Sweet Dreams Ten days have gone by since starting SparkPeople. I'm so glad I'm here. I'm not going to say much right now because I want to start getting to bed a little earlier. So, good night all! See you tomorrow! <BR> <BR> P.S. I'm sleeping better since I started exercising and eating better! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:28:10 EST Day 9 Happy I've been able to accomplish my daily goals, and that makes me happy! I admit that I wasn't thrilled about doing my strength training exercises today. (I kept putting it off until 9 pm.) I was inspired, however, after reading Fit-Whit's blog about being married to this lifestyle. It was very insightful and helped me get them done. And as usual, it wasn't as bad/difficult as I thought it would be. I'm really happy I did them and will try to get them done way earlier in the day tomorrow and bey... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:01:37 EST Day 8 - Hope Hope is a powerful thing. When I didn't have hope, I didn't want to even try to change. Now that I have hope, I'm willing to risk moving in the directions of my dreams. Success seems like a very strong possibility for me! <BR> <BR> I remember when I was a kid, and we had a round Doughboy pool in the backyard. A bunch of us would get in there and all start moving in the same direction. We created momentum that made it easier and easier to get around the edge of the pool. That's what SparkPeop... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 01:55:36 EST Day 7 Weigh In I'm very happy to report that I have given away 5 lbs since last Sunday. I'm feeling stronger and healthier already! <BR> <BR> I admitted to myself that I had mixed feelings about the number I saw on the scale when I weighed in. I was happy about the loss, but was frustrated that I let myself get this heavy -- again! Later this morning, while on my walk, I had one of those "You Are Here" maps pop into my mind, and I realized that I needed to just focus on where I am today, not where I was (... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 21:39:47 EST Day 5 & 6 Yesterday was wonderful. It was extremely busy with fun things, but before I did anything else, I walked for 30 minutes. The busyness could have been a problem in terms of eating right, but I stuck to my commitment to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> I also received a book in the mail, "Body Clutter" which I had purchased before starting SP (starting for reals). Something in the book jumped out at me: overeating is self-abuse. This made a lot of sense to me. If my body is my house, over-filling it wi... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:38:46 EST Day 4 and I Feel Great! I'm loving it here at SP! I'm feeling very successful. The connections and encouragement from other members is really making a huge difference for me. (Thank you for showing up!) It lets me know that I'm not alone. I want us all to reach our goals and feel healthy. And it feels great to celebrate with my fellow SP! Yay, Us! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:47:59 EST "The Battle is Won at the Grocery Store!" My husband said that to me last night as we were discussing our desire to eat healthier. I thought about that today as I made my way up and down the aisles. Since I only brought home good-for-us food, I won the food battle. I know that a big part of why I won that battle was because I had prepared myself with a list of healthy choices and a new determination to stick to the list. It felt good to watch the items cross the scanner and go into the cart without feeling guilty or foolish. (Hopeful... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:18:10 EST Taking My Life Back Wow, in only three days, I'm so encouraged with my progress. I love how making healthy decisions feels. I've had this before and lost it, but I'm hopeful that with checking in here everyday, posting my food and exercise, and reading others encouragement and wisdom, I will keep this great feeling. I'm happy that even though I'm not at my goad weight yet, I can be proud of myself for the good decisions I'm making. Thanks for being part of my journey! I'm so glad we're not alone! Hope you hav... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:06:00 EST Starting again for reals this time! <img src=""> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 03:09:08 EST