CEIGSTI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CEIGSTI CEIGSTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Long Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500314 My long term goals are to be more active via the great outdoors, get to bed on time and to be more balanced in my eating. (more veggies) Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:16:52 EST Water Task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500097 My task for today from sparkcoach was to carry my water bottle everywhere with me. I normally do this at work (meetings, gym, in office). Lately before I even got the task, I had downloaded the plant nanny app and was working on getting more water anyway. I killed the plant four times before I could keep up with the app. lol I now have been consistently getting my 8 cups in a day. I do carry my water bottle everywhere with me. I fill it before I drive home and sip while I drive. (45 m... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:27:40 EST Self challenge update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499260 Almost done. Have 4 days to go. It was a tough challenge. A lot of abdominal work and lower body. Whew. My abs feel stronger though. Sat, 9 Jun 2018 19:04:49 EST Half way through May... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492390 A couple days behind on the self challenge. I took a break over Mother's day weekend to just rest and relax. I was so lazy. My legs were sore from the challenge. I'll be back on it tomorrow. For body weight exercises it is really tough. I have noticed my ab muscles looking stronger though! That's a plus. And my arms are stronger. Now I just need to get my eating back under control! Thu, 17 May 2018 23:39:52 EST checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487639 I joined the Self Challenge again this year. I've done it off and on for years. It looks fairly doable this year. So I'm going for it. Its all body weight exercises so that's nice. Don't need to rely on a gym. I did day 1 yesterday and oh my. I'm sore today. Lots of squats. But switching it up is good. Gets me out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> Happy May everyone! Tue, 1 May 2018 11:14:07 EST checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465735 My goal this week is to try and get my grocery shopping done either Friday night or Saturday morning. That way I'm not dreading going on Sunday or skipping Sunday. Perhaps I will reward myself with something to try and get myself in the habit of going earlier in the weekend. Plus, it would be good if I could get it done early in the weekend so I am not tempted to eat out as much which is when I do alot of eating out. When there are activities after work leaving little time to prepare/eat ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:55:48 EST Food Diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463780 Back to planning what I eat before I eat it especially when eating out!!! These past couple days I've been eating slightly above my high end range. I thought I was being good when ordering a small milk shake from Arbys. Not so much! Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:55:54 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463426 I was messing with my fitbit lately to change things up and changed the face to show how many steps I've taken an hour. I figure that having that on will break my exercise down into smaller chunks. Even if I happen to not have time to get to the gym. I've become a bit obsessed with it. My goal is to get 500 steps in an hour between 7a and 5p. That way I can get half way to my 10k steps a day with mindless steps each hour. Plus it gets me up from my desk since my job is mainly sedentary... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:35:28 EST Recalculating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460608 I'm borrowing an accountability mapping from a friend. (Thanks WhyteBrown!) <BR> <BR> "Starting" Line (February 7, 2018): Weight 146 lbs <BR> <BR> Checkpoint 1 (March 7, 2018): <BR> Intended Weight- 143 <BR> Actual Weight- <BR> <BR> Checkpoint 2 (April 7, 2018): <BR> Intended Weight- 140 <BR> Actual Weight <BR> <BR> Checkpoint 3 (May 7, 2018): <BR> Intended Weight- 137 <BR> Actual Weight- <BR> <BR> Finish Line (June 7, 2018): <BR> Intended Weight- 134 <BR> Actual Weight- <BR... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:06:01 EST Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455024 I've gotten bad about mindlessly eating, working out, etc. I need to be more mindful of what I'm doing. Live in the moment so to speak. So this week I am going to work on focusing on the task at hand. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:07:14 EST Dog park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423646 Took the pup to the dog park. She always finds a ball there and trying to separate her from it is darn near impossible. If I let her bring it home she shreds it. I wish she could just enjoy a tennis ball but not rip it to little pieces! <BR> <BR> In other news, I'm working on recording every bite and resisting the junk food. I made a turkey chili last night that turned out pretty good. Low calories too which is a bonus! Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:26:12 EST I'm still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420447 <em>20</em> One day at a time, right? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:01:28 EST Goal for Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397892 My challenge from the spark coach is to find something else to do rather than munching after dinner. So, I will work on my KAL blanket and plan the scouts popcorn sales goals. (Which will relieve some stress too. First time being the leader for the troop in popcorn sales.) Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:50:24 EST Planning tomorrow's Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397564 Breakfast: Fage yogurt <BR> Lunch: Chicken Salad sandwich plus bag of blueberries <BR> Dinner: Spaghetti! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 16:23:56 EST Slowly breaking the plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391905 As of today I'm down 2 pounds. Woohoo! I'll take it. I was starting to fight myself on exercise but I did it anyway. Glad I did. We had an active weekend that could have headed south fast. We did eat out each day though. :/ Out of groceries. My son's birthday party was Saturday so sticking to anything was a bit difficult. But that is only once a year so! Back to it this week. Non scale victories, I noticed my face looks a little slimmer so that's good. Just keep swimming....right... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:05:50 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389880 This is my second week of conciously working out daily. I get up at 6am and walk the dog and then go to the gym at noon for my lunch break. If I don't feel like going again, it is ok since I already did a walk in the a.m. I need to do more strength training though as I tend to skip that part! I subscribed to FitStar through my fitbit account which has a nice variety of exercises based on my feedback. It adjusts its program based on each workout feedback I give. For each exercise I do, I... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:19:33 EST Working on busting through the plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386936 I seem to be stuck at 145. I think the main culprit is dinner time. I do great all day until dinner. I get home, am super tired, don't have the energy to make dinner. Hubby goes to bed within an hour of me getting home so he gets crabby if dinner prep takes too long. I've decided to try pre-prepping my meals for the week and see if that helps. Then I will be spending less time prepping and the food can be cooking right away. Hence less time. I was late to work this morning because I d... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:06:57 EST Committing to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341046 My goals for the next week are to exercise at least 30 min a day for 5 days and strength train for at least 30 min on 3 days. I intend to follow the spark diet and record every bite. Plus get that water in! <BR> <BR> Since it is spring break, I will get my exercises done in the morning. Once I go back to work, it is back to noon time workouts. I'm just not an early bird. Only on weekends do I get up and go early in the morning. Or else I won't do it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will get b... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:53:17 EST Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329188 I've been working on trying to form good habits lately. I think I finally got flossing twice a day permanently ingrained in my head where if I miss one, it will bug me. The habits I'm working on now are practicing my ukulele at least 30 min a day. And recording meals 3 times a day. Perhaps if I start with recording 1 meal a day then I can work up to 3. I have a habits app on my phone and it reminds me to record my habit (check it off) each day. So, I see it and remember oh yeah. It feel... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:56:38 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282416 I am working on getting motivated to exercise. Im tired of working out on my lunch hour. So im trying to establish a morning habit which means getting up earlier. Yikes. I need to figure plan it out. My motivational video for today is. https://youtu.be/WYP9AGtLvRg. Its a long Nike ad but def has something to say and remind us all despite what we face we the avg person can get out and do it! My fav is the running flower guy. I lol. Sun, 18 Dec 2016 09:51:08 EST This Week's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279916 My goals for this week are: <BR> Drink water <BR> Record my food <BR> Exercise at least 10 min a day Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:56:11 EST Goals for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256385 I've been backsliding on exercise and eating fruits/veggies. So this week my focus will be on getting at least 10 minutes a day of focused exercise and eating 2 fruits and 2 veggies. Then work my way up to the recommended 3-5. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:22:27 EST Sadie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174109 Tonight we put a deposit down on a black lab puppy! She will join our family Jun 20 th. She snuggled up onto my son's lap and wouldn't leave". It was adorable. He took his jacket off and wrapped her in it and she just slept there the whole time we were trying to decide whether we were going to get her or not. I finally convinced hubby to get her. I've been too long without a pup. :(. I do feel a bit guilty now. I'm sad about our old lab. She was irreplaceable. But hopefully Sadie wi... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:03:14 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171481 Well, I'm back to doing a challenge again. I seem to do better when I do challenges where I'm held accountable for my actions. :) Working on getting diet under control. Hubby has problems with whole grains so that throws a wrench in things. I think he might be either a celiac or have some form of IBS. I served something with whole grains last week and he was up half the night with diarrhea. So need to look for healthy alternatives. Makes it difficult when cooking. Just need to look fo... Fri, 27 May 2016 15:51:27 EST Cooking Class (cont) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156968 Last night we met at the grocery store and they took us through and showed us what to look for. Reading nutrition labels, ingredients, cost variances, how to modify (ex if you have canned veggies instead of buying full salt you can buy the no salt or buy the full salt and rinse them after taking it out of the can which gets rid of 40% of the salt). I was amazed at how much sugar was in 1% milk as compared to whole milk. Wow. Also, Lactaid which I use sometimes was higher than soy milk. G... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:12:01 EST Cooking Class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151537 Tonight is my son and I's cooking class. The school is doing a 7 week healthy cooking class for families. If you attend all the sessions then you get a kitchen knife plus the recipe book. They teach the kids healthy eating and how to chop, slice, etc veggies and fruits. We make a main entree and side every Wednesday. So far it has been a hit. We've had Jambalaya with barley in it and an apple salad, turkey tacos with shredded carrots, sweet potatoes, and zucchini mixed into the meat mix... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:52:43 EST Dinner Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150773 I have the problem of getting home and making dinner on time before hubby goes to bed. He gets aggravated if the dinner plan takes too long to make so instead of eating out nightly, I've decided he can cook. He gets home at 1p so he has plenty of time to get dinner on the table. hehe I'm going to set out the week's dinner plan and see how it goes. Recipes included. LOL Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:21:00 EST ZZZZZZZZZZZ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150105 I'm dragging today. I need to work on getting to bed on time. I have a bad habit of once my son goes to bed of staying up later to relax. So I end up going to bed around 11:30p/12a. Last night I pushed myself to go to bed at 10:30p but I still ended up there at 11p. Maybe I should set a goal of 10p and see how that goes. I work all day, come home, make dinner, nag my son about his homework, clean up the house, send him to bed and then stay up too late so I can relax. Ideally, I'd like ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:44:45 EST Fitness classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148108 Well lately I've been going at 12:30p to workout with my boss but I've realized that I stick to workouts better if I go at 11:45a to a class at noon. I need the accountability that classes provide. Plus I enjoy the music and the classes are all different so I'm not doing the same thing every time like I do when I go at 12:30p. So, I need to adjust my schedule and reacclimate myself to going at that time. I have it set on my calendar to remind myself I just need to NOT answer the phone whe... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:57:09 EST Target Heart Rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142378 My Target Heart Rate Results: <BR> <BR> 55%: 126 bpm <BR> 60%: 131 bpm <BR> 65%: 137 bpm <BR> 70%: 142 bpm <BR> 75%: 148 bpm <BR> 80%: 153 bpm <BR> 85%: 159 bpm <BR> <BR> These numbers seem low to me. When I'm on the elliptical if I put my hands on the monitor, my heart rate is usually 160-180 bpm. I guess I'm overdoing it. Since I'm supposed to workout in the 55%-85% range. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:01:53 EST Cardio Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142374 Since I seem to be stuck in a workout rut, I'm copying the list from the article Over 110 Cardio Workouts so I can remember what other choices there are: <BR> <BR> Anything from the extensive list below that meets the intensity and time guidelines above can count as aerobic exercise! <BR> <BR> At The Gym <BR> <BR> Elliptical trainer <BR> Stair stepper (Stairmaster) <BR> Stationary or recumbent bike <BR> Jacob's ladder (the climbing "treadmill" often seen on "The Biggest Loser") <BR> Arm e... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:52:07 EST Revision Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979516 OK so I revised my reward list as I had put down I would get a new fitbit at 3 pounds lost and wellll I got a new one this weekend. Work changed its position on getting discounts on our health insurance. They want us to record throughout the year our fitness stuff so I got the new fitbit as the fit bit records directly to my work software. So! Its taking some getting used to as it is on my wrist now instead of my hip. So here are my revised rewards: <BR> <BR> 3 pounds lost...new bathi... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:59:08 EST Goal Setting...Again! ;P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966105 I need to set some goals again and rewards... <BR> <BR> I have a hard time rewarding myself when I meet small milestones along my weight loss journey. So this time I'm sticking to it. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 8 pounds so here goes.. <BR> <BR> 3 pounds lost...new fitbit. <BR> 6 pounds lost...manicure. <BR> 8 pounds lost...minivacation. (Take the train to Glenwood Springs, CO for the weekend.) Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:00:10 EST Seattle Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943973 Tomorrow begins our family road trip to Seattle. I need to plan my meals accordingly as on the road snacking is treacherous! So my meal plan for tomorrow is: <BR> <BR> Breakfast (at home) greek yogurt <BR> Snacks: Banana, apples, baby carrots <BR> Lunch: Subway Turkey sandwich on whole wheat <BR> Dinner: Low cal meal or salad with dressing on side. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:17:06 EST Long Term Goals Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932553 My long term goals are: <BR> Take the weight off and keep it off! <BR> Stay active. <BR> Update my computer skills. <BR> Take classes in big data analysis possibly work on an MBA. <BR> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:59:42 EST Total weight lost since 2005 with Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927499 The total weight lost thus far is 50 pounds which equates to a Siberian Husky who generally weigh around 50 pounds. Crazy. Just 7 more to go! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd5caf4a-9ba3-46a1-a11a-1e9a72076930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:41:04 EST My go to pre workout snack is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926355 Water and a banana. Bananas don't make me feel sick or have an upset tummy when exercising so I stick with that at least 30 min prior to working out. Mon, 11 May 2015 12:28:16 EST clothes shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920328 Makes me feel tired as I usually cant find a style I like or works for my body Type. So since I have a sewing machine sitting in my closet I vaguely know how to use, I signed up for a skirt making class on Craftly. Just got the free pattern in the mail. I've made a quilted pillow cover and place Mats but haven't done clothing. I figure the skirt shouldn't be too technical. I'm excited. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:38:59 EST 100 Reasons to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902473 I copied this from a Spark article. Good to remember... <BR> <BR> 100 Reasons to Exercise Now <BR> <BR> <BR> Because it makes you feel confident <BR> Because it helps you get stronger <BR> Because exercise helps combat depression <BR> Because you'll feel proud of yourself <BR> Because you have goals you want to reach <BR> Because you'll feel bad if you don't <BR> Because you want to move forward, not backward <BR> Because it burns more calories than not working out <BR> Because it improv... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:05:59 EST Goals Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894683 My long term goal is to lose 7 pounds. My short term goal is to lose .5 pounds a week. :) Since it is tougher to lose when I'm already in the healthy BMI range I'm cutting myself some slack. I need to set some reward though which I haven't been doing which is probably why I keep failing on sticking with it. <BR> <BR> My awards for myself will be: <BR> 2 pounds down: Manicure with friends <BR> 4 pounds down: New work clothes <BR> 7 pounds down: Yosemite! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:08:15 EST Passport Challenge-Completed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885694 Yesterday I completed the Passport Challenge at work! Woohoo. My team came in 9th place out of about 200 people. To be in the top 5 you had to work out every day for 90+ minutes and eat 7+veggies a day. I wasn't THAT gungho. I did 60 min most days and got 5 veggies a day in. My partner walks 2 hours a day so that wasn't a problem for her and she got the 7+ veggies in. Weekends were the toughest for me with all the activities going on family wise. <BR> <BR> Now I'm down to 2 challen... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:20:20 EST Today's Accountability Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865344 Today's challenge is to do something I'm afraid of. That's a tough one. I hate public speaking but, I don't do much of it. Just in cub scouts. I need to find my voice. I suppose I'll work on that. Also, I am terrified of roller skating. Which is dumb since I used to love it as a kid. So I will try to go skating with my son this weekend. Good exercise too. ;P Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:04:55 EST Long Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853469 My long term goals for the next 1-5 years are: <BR> 1. Climb Mt. Bierstadt <BR> 2. Take an Excel/Access class to improve my analytical skills. <BR> 3. Take a trip to Yosemite to camp and hike. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:50:21 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853463 Yes, I joined yet another challenge. Keeps me motivated! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the end of the 12 week challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Run the Cherry Creek Sneak with my son. <BR> 2. Lose 7 pounds. <BR> 3. Acquire new fitness/eating habits. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:37:58 EST Today's Accountability Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852722 Today's Accountability Challenge is to carry my water bottle everywhere. I'll have to fill my water bottle before going home so I can sip and drive. haha I have been doing this and have noticed that I do tend to take a sip every now and then during my commute. I even took one to the mall over the weekend. I'm determined to get my 8 glasses in! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:27:03 EST Holiday Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836824 My cookie splurges have been bad lately. So, I've moved everything out of sight and hopefully out of mind. :) I went grocery shopping yesterday after I set my menu for the week. I know once I get to FL, my eating will be better. My MIL can't have sweet or spicy food and my FIL has to watch his eating because of his heart so that will force the rest of us into eating better. I told my hubby that we need to workout daily as my goal is to not gain during the holidays. It would be nice if ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:55:16 EST Keeping on target http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833447 Well, I survived the weekend without eating too horribly. I was mindful of what I ate which is pretty good. Rather than caving to stress. I didn't get much exercise in though. Too much going through my brain! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:59:28 EST Today's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827119 Today's challenge is for me to eat on a schedule...I pretty much already do this during the week, but weekends it falls apart. I may try this on the weekends as well. I need to carry stuff in my purse though with being on the go. Perhaps it will keep me from snacking on the bad stuff! I'm also trying to eat a min of 5 fruits/veggies each day. So I'll have a purse full of veggies. haha Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:04:01 EST my fav quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823245 It's really a Nike thing but I like the quote Just Do It. It keeps me from waffling on things like exercise or anything really. It is such a simple statement. It gets rid of all mind clutter and gets down to basics. I clear my mind and move. Gotta love the simple stuff in a hectic world! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:13:11 EST goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821593 My longest staying within my calorie range has been 5 days. I'm going to try and beat that. Thanksgiving will be a challenge but I'm going for it.! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:16:59 EST