CBAILEYC's SparkPeople Blog CBAILEYC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The thing is.... The thing is, somehow by planning a week's worth of meals, and shopping for the supplies needed for those meals, and then actually preparing and EATING those meals, a person can feel more in control, better in fact - more energy, more positivity, more.. yea. <BR> <BR> Four days does not a breakthrough make, but it sure beats the heck out of attempting and failing over and over. I'll take it, and keep going with it. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:05:28 EST Hi, my name is... Dire warning - or at least, it should be. Maybe I can also be a measure of small hope for some? I'm trying. Again. Really. <BR> <BR> 272.8 was what my scale said yesterday morning. That was before I had breakfast, based on the menu for this coming week that I set up late Saturday night before going to bed. That was before we went to the grocery armed with a shopping list based on that planned menu. That was before I put my foot down and said no snacks, chips, crap is coming into the house an... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:17:02 EST Thrown off... This Friday, my long-time pal at OHS had to be put to sleep due to insurmountable medical issues. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Buddy Jordan was a happy boy who ate anything given to him <em>334</em> He had a voracious love of food, which was escalated due to his illness. It was decided early last week that his health was failing and the humane loving thing to do was to let him go. The shelter was SO kind to allow all of Buddy J's fans... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:56:39 EST Settling in.. So a bit more about me this go-'round. I stepped on the scale Friday morning and was very happy with the number I saw. I was down 3 lbs. The week previous I had only been down 0.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> The number on the scale does not define me.. but it sure as h*ll made me smile Friday morning. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Consistency pays off. <BR> <BR> I walked around 22.5 miles on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday combined. That was a busy weekend! I burned a lot of calories, so was a little loose... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:36:01 EST Stop touching it.. That's one of the quirky family sayings we have. 'Stop touching it..' said all sing-songy in a high pitched grating voice, usually referring to an owie but maybe to something that should be left alone - a spider's web maybe. Just silly stuff. <BR> <BR> It's not so silly, though, in this instance. You may be more familiar with the saying 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Similar sentiment - just leave it be! <BR> <BR> I was touching it, a lot. What? My nutrition. I lost around 50 lbs the f... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:43:20 EST Finding my way.. <em>8</em> I've been logging in consistently to Spark, although not spending a great deal of time on the site. <BR> <em>8</em> I've been nailing my water consumption, which although I thought was one of those easy, no-problem things, had also slipped of late. <BR> <em>8</em> I've been logging my food and have watched it, day by day, come more into line with 'normal' or 'needed' consumption levels, i.e., I'm not gorging quite as much. I recognize that evening/after dinner eating is m... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:07:17 EST 270 That's a horrific number that I thought I'd never see again. That's the number that was staring me in the face when I stepped on the scale last week. <BR> <BR> Ok, it was actually 269.6, but Spark helpfully rounded it up for me. That's what I'm working with. I feel it, every huffin' puffin' step of the way. Good grief how I did not miss this struggle just to move. <BR> <BR> I've logged into Spark now three days in a row. Let's make it four. <BR> I've tracked my food two days in a row. Let'... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:45:45 EST That's interesting.. I appreciate the nice 'welcome back's you've all afforded me, thank you. I also appreciate all the 'Likes' for items on my activity feed but.. I haven't done over 1,500 fitness minutes in the last several days. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why, but it appears my Fitbit is creating multiple entries in my Fitness tracker, which is wracking up major minutes/points/calories, but none of them are correct. I've been able to go in and remove the excess entries so that my calorie cou... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:23:31 EST Really? You'd think with all the pounds I've added over the last several months, some of them could have settled in my chest area. Y'know, bigger plumper Girls, as it were. But no. No no, the breasts don't get the benefit, just the thighs, spreading every wider and w-i-d-e-r. And Eunice, my gut flap apron thing. I'd be mollified if my butt got rounder or better or something but it's just gotten broader rather than plumper. Does that make sense? <BR> <BR> Oh. Hi <em>213</em> I'm here, back, mostly... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:57:41 EST Taking a Spark Break.. I guess this makes it 'official'. I've been quiet, which isn't unusual, but I've also disconnected and stopped logging/logging in. I have some pretty interesting things ahead on the horizon and I'm focusing in that direction. I've let the two teams I co/lead know that I'll be gone for a bit, so I'm letting all y'all know as well. <BR> <BR> Take care of yourselves. Love you, miss you 'til then.... <BR> <em>212</em> <em>247</em> <BR> C~ Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:46:06 EST D*mnit Spark!... I quit. I was done. I was exhausted and tired of constantly feeling the loser without actually losing lbs - instead losing motivation and desire and the will(power?) to do what I'd done before to be successful. <BR> <BR> So I was going to eat whatever I wanted and get fat again and to h*ll with it all. Maybe I'd even start smoking again. <BR> <BR> Eat and do (or not!) whatever I wanted! Yea! I was going to put up the big ole middle finger to a healthy lifestyle and just sink back into obl... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:26:18 EST Sleep.. miracle cure? <em>230</em> <BR> Negative blog, full of darker truths. This is not a cry for help or request for assistance or advice, but simply me, venting. Please do continue on to avoid the negativity. <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, while functioning on approx. 4-5 hours of sleep due to restlessness, tossing and turning, went like this: <BR> <BR> Right out the gate, 4:15 am, I spilled a bowl of birdseed all over the living room floor. Wonderful start. <BR> Cut off by someone on the ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:55:28 EST Doldrums.. I has them.. Colloquially, the "doldrums" are a state of inactivity, mild depression, listlessness or stagnation. <BR> <BR> The word is derived from dold (an archaic term meaning "stupid") and -rum(s), a noun suffix found in such words as "tantrum". <BR> <link><BR>s </link> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> That's an apt description of me and where I've been since mid-week last week. <BR> Eating for crap. <BR> Only moving when I've had to (as in no intentional ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:09:48 EST And yet -another- milestone.. The hits keep coming from Fitbit! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Excellent! You've earned the Hot Air Balloon badge! <BR> You've climbed as high as a hot air balloon travels, and that's 2,000 floors! You'll have to double it for your next badge. <BR> <BR> I attribute all the floors climbed to the three story climb involved every time I walk a dog at OHS! There's a hill at the end that leads up from the path to the bu... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:20:23 EST Neat Milestone.. I received this via email over the weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not bad. That's total miles since January 1 - every step taken, taken into account. <BR> <BR> I'm at 45.2 miles so far for my Summer Mileage Challenge. Those are all on-purpose miles, not Fitbit miles, since June 21. 45.2 miles in 17 days. Not bad. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>363</em> <BR> C~ <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:23:58 EST Still plugging away.. I'm still here, I'm still doing my mileage challenge, I'm just mostly being quiet. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I took Sunday and Monday as days of rest due to the unusual heat we've been having here in Portland lately. It fortunately broke last night and cooled off nicely. I had planned a 3 mile run on the treadmill in the basement, and was dreading it, so instead given that it wasn't too terribly awful outside I invited Bill to go for a walk with me. We did two miles and it was very ni... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:53:17 EST More miles... 06/25 - 4:50 pm <BR> Overcast and muggy <BR> 3.1 mi in 44 <BR> Down Sacramento to Sandy and back <BR> That includes several hills - much more fun going down them on the way out than up them on the way back LOL but oh-so-good for my endurance. <BR> No extra walk breaks. <BR> <BR> Excellent! <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:58:02 EST Help! I've fallen... For the Ahh Bra and I can't give them up! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, have you tried the Ahh bra? No, Bruce, I don't mean you (if you're reading this, I apologize for the lady-centric post!) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's comfortable. It's non-binding. It's like wearing a sports bra only better. It has removable pads tha don't so much pad or boost you as they provide a bit of.. cover? Blockage? LOL <BR> <BR> They're just.. fabulous! No und... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:14:29 EST Summer Mileage Challenge.. Welcome to the first official day of Summer! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I've started a Summer Mileage Challenge on the Spark Portland team, and I figured why not spread the joy to all y'all! Let's log our miles for the whole summer - from June 21 through September 22 - to see how many miles we can accomplish over the coming months. Feel free to share this with your teams and friends and get as many people involved as you can. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> The miles can be foot power... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:40:30 EST Miles again.. I wanted to go longer, further, but my .. waste management system.. ~ahem..~ had other plans. <BR> <BR> 06/20 - 4:50 pm <BR> Overcast and slight breeze <BR> 2.4 miles in 35 <BR> Down Alta Vista and back <BR> No extra walk breaks.. until the end when my body threatened to do an emergency evacuation. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Better. <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> C~ Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:33:03 EST More miles.. It's not a lot, but I'm adding more miles run. <BR> <BR> 06/18 - 4:45 pm <BR> Sunny and humid <BR> 2.2 miles in 30 min. <BR> Down Sacramento Ave and back. <BR> Only two extra walk intervals. <BR> Better. <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> C~ Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:27:47 EST Logging miles.. Nothing exciting here.. well, semi- sorta- maybe-exciting, kinda, but not really. <BR> <BR> 1.7 miles run last night in 25 minutes. Draggy-slow, but done and accomplished. I was out with my Bubbie-dog and he's as out of shape as I am. We had to back-track to avoid a few big neighborhood dogs that could eat him in one gulp, and we had a few more walk intervals than run intervals, but that's alright. It was humid and overcast, which was just fine by me. We ran with my Garmin and no music. <B... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:48 EST In that quiet place.. ..where it's ok to simply ~be~. That's where I find myself. It hasn't happened all that often lately, and I think it's because I'm trying to be more mindful - of what I eat, what I say, how I present myself, how I view life. Being mindful of what I'm eating does not mean I'm eating well or releasing any weight. I'm not. I am not. It just means I'm aware of what I'm doing and don't particularly care at the moment. Not about that anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm having a mellow moment. Not to be confuse... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:07:03 EST Remember to Listen.. When someone is kind enough to offer you their point of view/advice/words of wisdom, be gracious enough to accept them. You may have experience, you may understand the situation differently, a hundred different things may be going on.. it doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> Someone else's time is just as precious and important as your own. Be glad and grateful that they share it with you, and hear them with open ears, mind and heart. <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> C~ Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:24:04 EST Race for the Homeless in August I just registered myself and Bill for the 5K Race for the Homeless at Vancouver on August 3. Kashmir and GayeMC should also be there. Any other local SparkFriends want to join us? $15 to register for a great cause. <BR> <link><BR>html </link> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> C~ Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:25:17 EST The world of Portland.. Just a brief fly-by here before work swallows me whole.... <BR> <BR> I received my monthly Portland Marathon newsletter, and it contained a link to this: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Love it. It's everything wonderful about this city of ours. If you've never been but are considering visiting.. do. You won't regret it! <BR> C~ Fri, 24 May 2013 09:56:18 EST Antithesis Alphabet... This came about because the other day, as I was getting ready to head out for a day of errands to include picking up my R'n'R schwag-bag, I found my mind wandering along the lines of.. <BR> <BR> I should not be Envious of Kashmir and her running buddies, I should Emulate them! <BR> <BR> I like following Robin's running adventures on Facebook and think her very fortunate to have Shelly and Cheryl to go out running with. I had the Galloway group at one time to run with, but I let myself slip ... Tue, 21 May 2013 16:24:23 EST Rock'n'Roll Portland Half... May 19, 2013 dawned overcast but warmish - a perfect day for a Half Marathon! <BR> <BR> Saturday evening several of us gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in SW Portland for a carby dinner. <BR> Renzryd, GayeMC, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Bill and I had a delicious dinner (they instructed me in the finer points of mizithra!) and loads of great conversation. <BR> <BR> The next morning, Renzryd, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Kashmir and I met up for a photo pre-race. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:29:28 EST Nice.. .. and unexpected. I received this via email on Friday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's a lovely little 500 miles badge from Fitbit. I really hadn't thought about how many miles I may have covered so far this year, so it was a neat little ~bump~ to receive. It's not as much as it should be, but nothing really has been lately. Still, it's nice.. and perhaps a bit of challenge to set ahead of myself - I've covered 500 miles in 5 months... Mon, 13 May 2013 11:08:32 EST Full house.. We dropped Lib, Liam, and Ms Poppy at the airport late Tuesday night. Their flight was suppose to leave at 12:40 am Wednesday morning. Suppose to. Turns out, their flight was delayed and delayed and delayed until they finally canceled it altogether! They weren't able to leave until 8:50 am Wednesday morning. I felt so horrible for them, but there wasn't anything we could do - they couldn't leave in case the flight was suddenly on again, which it never was. They were actually rebooked on a dif... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:27:55 EST My oh my!.. How busy we've been. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Helping Pudgy eat his dinner. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Loving on Ben. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Playing putt-putt golf. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Making new friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 7 May 2013 10:01:54 EST Look who came to visit.. ..with Aunt Sissy, all the way from Texas! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sister Libby and the fabulous Ms Poppy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mr. Liam who has grown like a weed since we saw him last year! <BR> <BR> And.. what-the-what? Look who they brought us! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pudgy Porkchop <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 3 May 2013 10:21:55 EST It's May already? Well, it will be tomorrow.. but still. Where has this year gone?? <BR> <BR> This month has not been my most stellar, but I'm not down about it. I've been nicely busy, giving of my time and efforts to causes that I believe in. Next month I hope to add myself as a cause! <BR> <BR> I'm just checking in briefly as I make my way through a busy workday. I hinted at big doings coming up on Thursday and I hope I'll be able to share with you soon what-the-what. It's nothing major, to be honest, but... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:36:51 EST About me.. Thank you everyone for the well wishes and welcomes for Ben as we are reshaping our family with him as a member now! I really appreciate it! <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> I started out writing this blog and it took a turn which, while not bad, seems to be happening a lot lately and I decided to save that for another time. If you guessed that it veered off into ‘shelter volunteering’ land, you’d be right! Let’s see if I can do a blog that doesn’t revolve around that or our furbabies LOL <B... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:05:44 EST Bentley James Bailey <em>228</em> <BR> Long - Pic Heavy <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's official - we have crossed the line from animal/pet/companion animal advocates/lovers to full-blown, lost-our-minds, whack-a-doo, borderline-animal-hoarders crazy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mr. Bentley James Bailey, also known now as Bennie, BenBen, BeeJ, Benjamin, etc, joined the Bailey pack Saturday afternoon. <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:21:45 EST Sharing a blog.. In my opinion, this blog needs to be read by many of us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=53<BR>13658 </link> <BR> <BR> Plynsn316 just laid it all out there, shared her efforts on her journey, and most of all, shared the fact that she's still going. "And I continue." is one of my favorite lines of the blog. <BR> <BR> Go. Read. Think about the fact that if you're struggling, as I am, you're not alone. <BR> I really appreciate h... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:47:44 EST It's a start.. Food tracked, every bite - <em>248</em> <BR> Consume less crap - <em>248</em> <BR> Move more - <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,813 <BR> BMR* 2,180 <BR> Exercise 673 <BR> Total Burned 2,853 <BR> Differential -1,040 <BR> <BR> Now to decrease cals in and increase cals out. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> C~ Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:31:02 EST Believe it or not.. Feeling sorry for myself has ~NOT~ helped me release any weight. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I know.. shocker, right? <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>228</em> <BR> Rant ahead. You've been warned. <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> "Feeling sorry for myself" is the best way I can think of to describe my mindset of late. I'm irritated, irked, p*ssed, over it, rollin' my eyes, shaking my head, snorting in derision and in general - ridiculous. <BR> <BR> None of that has helped me ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:58:14 EST Two of my favorite things.. Tell me this didn't make your heart smile and/or giggle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I haz all yer puppies. <BR> <BR> Lil Ms Poppy takes after her auntie. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm here. I'm dealing. I'm dealing pretty well-ish actually. Onward. <BR> C~ Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:24:07 EST Unraveling.. Sometimes, the ends become frayed a bit and things unravel. Now seems to be one of those times. I'm fine, albeit it at loose ends somewhat. <BR> <BR> I was sincerely interested and looking forward to BLC, but at this point I find that I'm not cut out for that kind of challenge. Part attitude, part schedule, all me. I won't quit, but my interest has waned and I'm merely doing the minimum as the other people on the team don't deserve to be penalized for my actions or lack thereof. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:22:09 EST Creatures... First, a very important update! <BR> <BR> One of my favorite little creatures Julian was adopted Friday afternoon! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I found out as I was taking him off for a bit of pal'ing around that he was going home. We still got to play for a little bit, then I took him back to his kennel, where I happened to meet his new mom. She was a very nice young lady, and I wish I could have chatted with her more, but I got too choked u... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:37:21 EST So I read my horoscope this morning.. And this is what it said: <BR> <BR> Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) <BR> <BR> You now have the necessary tools to create enough stability in your life that you can balance your need for fun with your desire to go the distance and reach your destination. It's as if you're preparing for a marathon because you're in it for the long haul and not just a sprint. But don't give anyone the power to talk you out of your view of reality. Ultimately, you're running your own race; it's your choice... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:45:49 EST Whoopsies!.. It's been a busy day and it's almost slipped away from me. First, the numbers.... <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 2,493 <BR> BMR* 2,178 <BR> Exercise 853 <BR> Total Burned 3,031 <BR> Differential -538 <BR> <BR> I had a great calorie burn, but it was offset (mostly) by a great taco salad and chili cheese fries. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> That has turned into our 'after kennel kids walking' go-to .. or should I say to-go meal. So easy to swing by and pick it up at the drive t... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:45:44 EST I owe a debt.. To my running partner from last night. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mr. Zerbert Ray Bailey (aka Bubbie) having a much-deserved rest last night. <BR> <BR> He went with me last evening on my run. I haven't run in a week and a half, and knew I needed to get out there to get my mojo back, to get the good juju flowing again. I harnessed him up, and Bill got Maggie and Millie into their harnesses, and we all left the house at the same time. I... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:29:37 EST Well then.. If it's not working, try something else. <BR> <BR> Simple. Logical. Easy. Easy? Hmm..... <BR> <BR> In jotting a brief comment to Suz on a blog yesterday (can one actually 'jot' using a keyboard rather than a pen/pencil?) I mentioned that I had been blissfully offline over the weekend. A truer statement has not been made.. at least not in the last week or so. I tried, for a while, to be present and engaged here on Spark on the weekend, at least blogging and commenting on blogs, posts, etc. ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:32:43 EST And then.. I stepped on the scale this morning, which I've been avoiding since last week, and I'm up 2.2. Thank you TOM and hormones. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> S'alright, just means the loss next week will be even better, right? <BR> <BR> And then.. I moved on. <BR> Seriously, after the WI, I just .. felt better. It is what it is, and I knew what it would be. Now that's over with, no pressure or guilt, just action. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Feb. 19: <BR> Morning Coffee <BR> Kirkland Daily Multivitamin... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:54:01 EST Better.. Yesterday was a better day, even if it meant being at work. <BR> <BR> Monday, Feb. 18: <BR> Morning Coffee <BR> Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80 <BR> Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0 <BR> Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5 <BR> Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130 <BR> Total: 215 <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Blackberries, fresh, 0.5 cup 37 <BR> Blueberries, fresh, 30 berries 23 <BR> Raspberries, 15 raspberries 14 <BR> greek god's greek... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:51:44 EST Putting my head down.. I'm sure I've used that as a blog title before, because it's an important phrase for me. <BR> <BR> When I'm tired, when I've been going for a while, when things get a bit tougher, this is what I do. I put my head down and keep going. If it's raining. If it's hot. If it's uphill. If it's a struggle. <BR> <BR> Put your head down and keep going. <BR> <BR> I'm not down. I'm not down on myself, and I've not lost my enthusiasm. I'm a bit funky today, yes. I do feel the need to stop concentrat... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:45:35 EST I'm noticing a pattern.. Apparently it's easier for me to blog on odd-numbered days LOL Yesterday, Feb. 16, I ended up busy and out of the house all day and didn't have a blog in me (see??) <BR> <BR> First, I blame the hormones. That's right, I'm playing the 'female' card and PMS card. I can battle through a lot of things, have and do, but boy this stuff just sneaks up and whacks you in the back of the head like a 2x4. If I knew how to combat that and prevent it from happening, I would be rich. <BR> <BR> Enough of ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:18:28 EST I know, I know.. I missed yesterday. Work has remained ramped up a bit, so by the time the day is done my brain is squished and I'm more than ready and happy to step away from the keyboard! <BR> <BR> We're going to skip the nutritional analysis of Wednesday and Thursday. You can check my shared nutrition tracker if you're really interested. Yesterday ended up with dinner out, thanks to Bill. I ended up over calories in, and short on calories out. It happens, and I'm moving on. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:10:34 EST