CHAQUITA73's SparkPeople Blog CHAQUITA73's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day #27: 12/29/16 Well, after a few days "off the wagon", I'm glad to say: GAME ON! I'm back at it with better eating. Starting to incorporate exercise next week! <BR> <BR> 2016 has been horrible for me and my family. But, 2017 is shining bright! Nothing but sunny skies ahead! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:46:55 EST Day #23: 12/25/16 WOW---I blew it big time! I even hosted Christmas for both sides of my family today! I did it selfishly so I didn't have to haul the kids around AND I could control the menu. <BR> <BR> But, my brother asked my Mom to make her butterscotch pecan rolls which was a traditional Sunday morning breakfast growing up. It took me 30 minutes but I caved!!! That just led to a downward spiral of cheesy potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy and stuffing!!! All the things my kids asked me to include f... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 20:20:26 EST Day #16: 12/18/16 I committed to only one Christmas party this year...avoid temptation!!!! Last night was the party. Did super awesome with food choices but couldn't walk away from the white/peach sangria. That's OK though!!! <BR> <BR> I was really craving carbs this morning, but I had a long session with myself, repeating "biscuits don't taste as good as you want them's not worth it". Took about 15 minutes, but I DID IT!!! I walked away from biscuits!! That's been a breakfast staple for much o... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:30:44 EST Day #8: 12/10/16 I feel like I'm doing great. No sugar. Carbs are around 50g/day. But, I realized yesterday that EVERYONE was getting on my nerves. Every little thing made me upset or angry. <BR> <BR> Then, today my husband was on my case about being grumpy. I had not told him that I was going on a diet...AGAIN. Once I said, diet, he backed off. He doesn't struggle with weight. But, his advice is that I need to stop sitting on my butt all day and move. Ok---I am an accountant! How does that work???... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:28:03 EST Day #6: 12/8/16 I made it to day #6!!! And, honestly, it hasn't been so bad as long as I plan ahead and take one meal at a time. <BR> <BR> Habits are very hard to break. Luckily, I have some financial incentive because my very poor breakfast habits were getting expensive to maintain. Eating a bad breakfast (high calories, high carbs), led to bad lunch choices and all day snacking. <BR> <BR> By making breakfast low carb, I am finding it easier to make better eating choices during the day. <BR> <BR> Howe... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:28:58 EST Ugh I used to be a biker (Harley) chick. I sold my bike when I became pregnant with my first kid. I LOVE my kids but there are times I do miss riding. <BR> <BR> When I was a biker, I visited different Harley stores where ever I was vacationing to buy their branded t-shirts. Well, my husband knows I've been down lately. He had to be out of town for business to a town I've never been which happens to have a Harley store. He was excited to buy a new Harley shirt for me. <BR> <BR> I was super ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:29:57 EST Hopeful but anxious I've become so disgusted with myself. <BR> <BR> My 5 year old asks why my clothes are too tight. <BR> <BR> My 7 year old asks why my stomach giggles when I walk. <BR> <BR> My husband casually mentions at least once a week how he doesn't eat breakfast but ate lunch that day so he's not really hungry for dinner. <BR> <BR> I've been reduced to tears in the store when buying new clothes that I broke down and bought maternity tops (no bun in the oven). <BR> <BR> I started a low carb l... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:33:59 EST When to resize my wedding ring...and what to do with it until then? All of the time I've been engaged/married, I haven't taken my ring(s) off longer than I need to prepare meatloaf or hamburgers. I've lost 25-30 pounds and they are getting loose. Not loose enough to fall off, but loose enough to become annoying. <BR> <BR> Since I am trying to lose another 40-60 pounds, I'm struggling with what to do with them. I haven't looked into the cost to resize them, but I'm not sure I can afford to resize them every 20-30 pounds. <BR> <BR> SP's big losers, how hav... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:12:03 EST Cold = noshing :-( I have been under the weather the last few days. Today was the first day that I felt better. I spent the day at work and it was really cold...and I noticed how much I ate today. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this until late in the day, but still. <BR> <BR> Is it just me or has anyone else experienced this?? Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:14:48 EST Looking forward to the weekend! I finally have a weekend of no work and no plans!!! Woo Hoo! I am going to try to get the house cleaned, take my kids out to eat breakfast Saturday and carve pumpkins!!! I'm so excited to have a relaxing weekend for a change! <BR> <BR> Happy weekend to everyone! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:28:42 EST New SP Home Page! Wow! For awhile now, I've barely logged in long enough to spin the wheel, maybe track food and post a status update. I had read over the weekend that a new home page was arriving this week and I was intrigued. I've been a bit busy at work and I just now had a chance to check it out. As my 2yo would say: "Really cool!". <BR> <BR> Thanks SP for continuing to make enhancements to the website while continuing to keep it free! <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:44:30 EST Tired of "life" being my excuse I did really well last year losing 26#s in the last 4 months of the year. Then, "life" caught up with me. Had the flu, stopped running. An employee at my business crossed me-started working OT, stopped logging food and didn't resume running. Husband started voicing his concern over being neglected, stopped spending time on SP. My youngest didn't transition well from crib to toddler bed, I don't remember the last time I've slept a straight 8 hours (or 7, 6, 5, 4...). <BR> <BR> I could go... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:49:17 EST Accepting the things I cannot change This pretty much sums it up nicely...doesn't it??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:36:10 EST Not too bad! Today, I really did good at logging all of my cheating! :-) <BR> <BR> I wasn't starving at all. I made good choices. I feel good about today. Hopefully, the scale will reward me tomorrow. If not, that's ok too. Baby steps. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 20:52:50 EST Why does it have to be all or nothing? There are times when I dream of being able to take a time out on life for a few days/weeks...spend it alone on an island or locked room (padded even would be fine). Cut off from everything and everyone. So, I can breathe. Focus. Think. Relax. <BR> <BR> I usually excel at anything I set my mind to. But, it comes at a price because to reach my goals, I usually have to put "blinders" on and shut out everything else. But now it is different, at this start of my new year, I need to figure ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:57:52 EST Why are birthdays and January 1st so "magical"? My birthday was last week. I've always loved my birthday. Not the actual celebration itself but the start of a new year that it symbolized. It was the first week of school in a new grade, new teacher, new clothes, new school supplies. <BR> <BR> I graduated HS and college more years ago than I care to admit. I now try to avoid "celebrating" my birthday, but I still look forward to the day. The start of a new year. It's just like New Year's Day to me. <BR> <BR> Of course, I wonder why m... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:46:19 EST Back on the wagon! My birthday was Friday...the big 4-0. Last year, I had set a lofty goal of losing 100 pounds before I turned 40. Well, in the first 4 months, I lost 30 pounds. Then, I had some big hiccups in the game called life. So, I had to put the workouts on the back burner. Good thing is that although I "loosened" up my eating over the last 8 months, I didn't get carried away with food and I've been able to maintain 25 of the 30 pounds lost for the last 8 months. <BR> <BR> But, having the big pa... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 16:58:02 EST Yikes! It's been way too long! I've been so consumed with working long hours for 7 days a week, I've barely had time for anything else. I haven't blogged on SP in over 3 months. I had also stopped tracking my food, but luckily, I did continue to wear my FitBit daily. <BR> <BR> So what does that mean? While practically chained to my desk, my weight has fluctuated between a 5# window for the last few months. I was excited when I realized that! After losing 30# in the fall, maintaining the loss through a very difficult ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:09:26 EST Getting back into "normal" So, 2013 started off horribly. Taking a step back, I KNOW I have an awesome life and have nothing to complain about. But... <BR> <BR> Today is the first day that I finally feel like life is starting to get back to my manageable "normal". Which is great! I almost had a moment when I realized it that I wanted to shout it from the rooftop. It's been that bad for the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> Instead, I kissed and tightly hugged my husband and kids. Life is good. <BR> <BR> After a few we... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:51:23 EST FitBit Challenge--December 2012!! I have a FitBit that I wear religiously 24/7. I signed up for SP's FitBit challenge...# of steps taken per month vs other FB users on SP. I **try** to walk 12k-15k steps per day and run 3-5 days per week. I don't check the leader board for the challenge often, but I just looked and I'm 4 spots away from being on the 1st page!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm usually in the middle of page 2, but there I was at the top of page 2...threatening a move to the bottom of page 1! <BR> <BR> :-) It's the littl... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 13:44:49 EST Counting down the days until April 15th... Well, I've been doing really well (for a change) with my eating and fitness goals. I am proud of myself for the 20# I've lost so far and the 80# I am working to lose. BUT....I am a CPA. And a Mom. And a Wife. And a Friend. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous about the next 3-1/2 months. I'm not really sure how I've ever held myself together during any prior tax season, but I'm really afraid of this year. The demands seem to get worse every year. It doesn't help that I am self employed. As the "bo... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:30:21 EST My husband finally noticed!!! I'm down 20 pounds and even though I'm having a "bad" week, my husband actually said how good I look weighing less! Woo Hoo!!! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:34:03 EST Treadmill Desk!!! So, I get home from work today...running late as always. Rush to get dinner on the table while my husband started snipping at me for no reason (at least no apparent reason to me). <BR> <BR> We get through dinner without talking to each other; me fuming at him but trying to make happy for the kids. Get the kids in bed and PO'd that I only have 3750 steps in today according to my FitBit. <BR> <BR> Being unhappy about my inactivity today and snipping with my husband, I desperately wanted to ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:14:17 EST PP#9: Back from vacation! So....I've been inactive on SP for a few weeks. Had to prepare for vacation and then was on vacation and now I'm back! <BR> <BR> Bad news: I gained 2 pounds while on vacation. I ate poorly even though I could have done better. <BR> <BR> Good news: I was more active than I normally am and I ran a 6K race which is my further run to date!!! My goal for the race was 50 mins (my training pace would have put me at 52 mins) and I actually did it in 47:53!!! <BR> <BR> Can I get a Woo Hoo?! ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:17:50 EST PP#8 I kicked butt this weekend with my steps!!! Saturday, I set a personal best (16k steps) and today without planning, I'm less than 1,000 steps away from 20k!!! :-) <BR> <BR> I love my fitbit!!! <BR> <BR> Need to jump on the treadmill for a few minutes to get these last few steps in before bed... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:31:51 EST Positive post #7 Today I am thankful for the feeling when I NEED to wear a belt!!! <BR> <BR> I have avoided belts for years...uncomfortable to wear when I'm overweight. Today, I am happy that I am in between pant sizes. So, I need to wear a belt until I can fit into the next pants size down! <BR> <BR> :-) <BR> <BR> Yeah me!! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 08:45:18 EST Positive post #6 I am thankful for non-scale victories!!! I measure inches on the 1st day of every month. I haven't lost much weight in the last 30 days, but I lost inches! <BR> <BR> Mama is one happy camper today!!! <BR> <BR> EDIT: I figured out how to easily add up the lost inches: 3.5" this month!! :-) Thu, 1 Nov 2012 17:53:01 EST Positive post #5 Today is the FIRST time I met ALL of my goals on my daily nutrition feedback report! How awesome is that?! <BR> <BR> I am so thrilled to have made awesome choices today! I hope the scale will recognize these choices tomorrow. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:19:57 EST Positive post #4 Today, I have to brag about my FitBit. <BR> <BR> It "made" me climb 33 flights of stairs yesterday when I was content with lounging around the house (after my morning run, of course!). <BR> <BR> It started with doing laundry (in the basement) and I noticed that I already had 5 flights in by noon. So, I thought, why not 10? 10 turned into 15 until I reached 33 for the day!! <BR> <BR> Who knew this little electronic gadget could be so motivating??? Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:57:43 EST Positive post #3 I ran 2.75 miles today!! <BR> <BR> Although I am a former college athlete (javelin/disc thrower), I have never been a runner. I started run/walking in April. <BR> <BR> Being impatient, I feel like I should be running further, but the fact that I can actually run ALMOST 3 miles straight without stopping, despite carrying almost 100 pounds of excess weight...yep, I'm proud of where I am right now!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:33:12 EST Positive post #2 Today, I am thankful for a recent paradigm shift I had which has moved me off the plateau I had been on. <BR> <BR> I had been trying to eat 1500 calories a day. Every day regardless of my activity/non-activity level. <BR> <BR> My only workouts currently are 25-35 minute runs, 3 days a week. I am purposely starting at 3/30 minute workouts because I know that I will never be able to eat less calories than I am now and eventually I will need to add workouts to continue to lose weight. <BR>... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:42:29 EST Positive post #1 I'm going to start a new streak of posting one good thing a day. I'm not a terribly negative person, but I have started feeling that I'm not appreciating the good things in life enough. <BR> <BR> Although it has **only** been 12 pounds that I've BURNED OFF, I fit into a pair of size 16 pants this morning. I remember when I could barely button my size 18s! Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:32:08 EST I do NOT have a case of the Mondays! It's just a good day! <BR> <BR> * Good news at work! <BR> * Awesome weigh in this morning! <BR> * Got to walk at lunch time! <BR> <BR> Who would think that today is a Monday??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:48:08 EST I'm ok... Started to get into a funky mood about my mission yesterday because I hadn't been able to move the scale below 225. Well, this morning, I saw: 224.2 on the scale!!! :-) I'm am so impatient and I know it. I need to relax. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:59:50 EST Call me crazy!! I re-dedicated myself to my mission and to SP at the end of August. <BR> <BR> I have been diligent with recording all of my food intake and workouts/calorie burn. I have averaged burning 4500 more calories than I've eaten every week since August 21st. Yet, I'm (only) down 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm a numbers person. So, this is driving me nuts!!! If 3500 calories is a pound, shouldn't I be losing at least 1 pound per week???? I know that it has been 8 weeks, and I've lost 10 pounds (... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:17:59 EST 2.5 miles!!! Just got back from my LONGEST run yet: 2.5 miles!!! <BR> <BR> I.Rocked.It. <BR> <BR> So excited! On track for the SP Virtual 5K at the end of the month!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:14:33 EST Streak... So, I had this great streak going and poof! it disappeared. <BR> <BR> Need to put the big girl pants on and get back at it!!! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:39:05 EST Update on FitBit... I wore my FitBit for 2 weeks, 24/7, until it was announced that a new model of FitBit is being released. So, I returned the FitBit Ultra and pre-ordered the FitBit One. The new model has the few features that I really desired. Unfortunately, the One isn't released until the end of October. :-( <BR> <BR> So, I'm keeping up with logging everything into SP and FB (which will start to sync starting 10/1/12!!!), and waiting until I can start wearing my new FitBit One in a few weeks! I almost ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:14:32 EST FitBit review--Day #1 It finally arrived yesterday!!! Excited like a kid at Christmas. Of course, it seemed to take forever to charge (about an hour) and setup my account online (5 mins). And then...wait for it....wait for it...uhm, now what???? <BR> <BR> Ok. So, the arrival of my FitBit was anti-climatic. I wanted it to do something, anything. <BR> <BR> But, I crawled into bed (wearing it on the wristband provided in the box) and put it in sleep mode. <BR> <BR> Woke up this am with calories burned! Gotta... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:37:30 EST Hanging in there I do weigh myself daily. I need to. I'm too impatient to wait a whole week. I post my weekly stats on the SP virtual weigh in as well as on FB where I announced to my friends/family my lofty goal. <BR> <BR> I admit that I was disappointed with my +.2 lbs this week even though I know it was a rough week with my birthday and my daughter's birthday celebrations...complete with dining out, cake, and ice cream. <BR> <BR> I wallowed in my disappointment over the weekend. BUT...I have to get ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:58:38 EST Ok. After yesterday's mini-breakdown, I ended up ordering a FitBit. I pray that it accurately monitors my caloric burn each day and I can adjust my intake accordingly. Seems like so many people LOVE their FitBit but some reviews on were bad. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I did get a nice run in yesterday, and felt guilty for eating a small cupcake and 1/2 c ice cream BUT it was my birthday yesterday. I deserve a little indulgence on my birthday! <BR> <BR> I'm going to make it! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:49:16 EST Starting to panic! Last week, the weight literally fell off. 6 pounds!! <BR> <BR> This week, I'm slowly gaining despite eating good and working out. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I know this is a tough journey, but come on!!! I am a "numbers" person. Why can't my body react the same: 1500 calories eaten - 2000 calories burned = weight loss??????? <BR> <BR> Breathe. Count to 5. <BR> <BR> I will succeed. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:29:11 EST 6 day streak ends, but... I had a streak going for 6 days where I lost at least .2 pounds (I have a digital scale) every morning. I was on a high seeing a smaller number each morning. I knew it would not last forever, but I had hope for more mileage out of this streak. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I was sad, teetering on depressed, this morning to see a +.8 pounds staring back at me from the scale especially after eating "right" yesterday even though I did not workout. <BR> <BR> I considered forgoing my planned run and... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:47:50 EST Mom's day off! Woo Hoo!!! My birthday is Thursday and the only thing I wanted was a day off from work and a day off from being a Mom. And, I got it!! <BR> <BR> The only "Mom" duty was to drop the girls off at daycare this am. Done!!! <BR> <BR> Ran 2.25 miles already too! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm off to take a shower and pack a bag for a day trip to destination unknown!! I'm super excited that the sun is out and I get to take the convertible for a long, quiet drive all day long. <BR> <BR> Can you tell I'm excited?... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:51:17 EST Birthday party~ My oldest turns 4 this week. So, we went to the pool today for her party. Hard to pack "good" food when you are going to be at a pool all day. We ended up ordering pizza. <BR> <BR> I behaved but did go over my calorie goal for the day after having a piece of cake and ice cream. :-( But, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. <BR> <BR> I did get a run in this morning and it was the longest run I've done so far this year!! :-) So, the day was not all that bad. <BR> <BR> <em>44</... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:03:17 EST Struggled but survived the day~ I am finding that the weekends are so hard to get through (diet-wise). Continuous access to the fridge and pantry as well as running errands around town past all of the favorite fast food places. BUT, despite the struggle and a slight calorie overage, I feel ok about today. <BR> <BR> It could have turned bad quickly. I am proud of myself for not caving in. <BR> <BR> Now, please give me the strength to survive Sunday... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 21:26:55 EST 2012 08 24 Down 4 pounds this week!!! Woo Hoo!!! :-) Of course, it is water weight and I don't expect this to be an ongoing trend, But I finally buckled down and accepted the fact that I can only eat 1500 calories a day. Super excited right now!! This is finally the motivation I needed to keep going. <BR> <BR> Yeah me! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:01:24 EST 2012 08 23 Yesterday got a little "hairy" in the late afternoon...snack time. Well, 2nd snack time. I really wanted a snack. Ice cream, candy, anything within reach. <BR> <BR> But, I really, really resisted...and....I WON! <BR> <BR> I didn't give in. I'm so proud of myself, and I was rewarded this morning by the scale! <BR> <BR> Remember that I am NOT starving. Food is fuel. <BR> <BR> Hang in there! Keep on keeping on! <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:15:47 EST 2012 08 22 It occurred to me yesterday that I need to get serious about this journey once and for all! I'll be 40 next August. I have an awesome husband and two little girls that I need to be around (healthy) for. <BR> <BR> I also realized that I weigh 90 pounds more than I did when I graduated high school 21 years ago. <BR> <BR> So, that being said, I need to be BOLD and DARING! I am going to throw down the gauntlet and declare my goal: <BR> <BR> Lose 100 pounds (weigh 135) before I turn 40 (Aug ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:21:16 EST When the cat's away... When will I finally accept that when I am "chained" to SP all day long, I am on track with eating and when I am "disconnected" to SP, I am a horrible eater??? <BR> <BR> Ok. Not even waiting until tomorrow to "start over". Starting now. Back on SP. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:33:20 EST