CINDYHOUGHTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CINDYHOUGHTON CINDYHOUGHTON'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/ A Down Dog and a Down Computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670450 Wow! It has been six weeks of unreliable computer usage. I haven't missed it that much and have been mentally counting my calories daily. I am down thirteen pounds since the first of the year. This is the best I have ever done without Sparkpeople counting for me. Out of sight has always been out of mind for me. If I didn't count the calories, then they must not be there right???? That is why I have always gained weight when I didn't track. I am coming to grips with how vital tracking r... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:35:01 EST Powerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636021 I want to e a powerful person. I do not want to give my power away to anyone else and miss becoming who I was created to be. I am proud of myself. I do not any more allow others to make me feel bad about who I am in any imagined way. If someone cusses at me in an attempt to bring me down, I stand up for myself and show them how small indeed they are by thinking they can do that. If I am intimidated by threats, no matter how real I will let them know I am not intimidated and will raise my ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:24:46 EST A Legacy to Leave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635215 Well I gave hubby my cold and it has thrown me off for a second week. He stayed home longer than normal and I did not get my exercise in. I will not exercise in front of anyone and had to get my day started with my bath. I am really going to have to work around him on Saturday as well to get it in for my four days. I am not keeping to tracking as well this week either. If I can lose another pound in the next couple of days I will be happier. It's amazing to me how much loss of discipline... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:43:05 EST Not a Good Week :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623081 I have been fighting with a cold all week. Though not a terribly uncomfortable one, it has derailed my streak. I have more demands put on me at work and have been beset by some negative influences. I am just grumpy and hoping next week goes by quickly so I can get back to my better normal life. I have made excuses that didn't need to be made, but were nonetheless. Just not very positive right now so I will keep it short. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:53:02 EST The Power of 5 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620446 Almost five years ago I took one of the summer exercise challenges. In it were bursts of five minutes of exercise. I thought, "That's not bad. Even I can do five minutes." That was all it took to get me to start an exercise program. When the challenge was complete, I found something I could do for fifteen minutes. That was five years ago and I am still going at it. Even still I remember the five minutes. When half an hour, or sometimes fifteen minutes, seems so overwhelming, I break it... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:11:51 EST Things Are Looking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617928 Well, we have moved one step closer to building our house. We figured out where to put it! A lot of things won't have to be moved or worked around. I also will have a better view outside my front window. I am good with that. I am also excited because my daughter may be driving home from Florida and stay with us a month before starting massage therapy school. I have missed her so badly. I will enjoy getting to see her again. It will also be good for her to get away. The temperatures wi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:31:35 EST Fear Is a Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614128 What happens when we are faced with fear? Every individual will respond in different ways depending on the past involved. Most of us are intimidated by it. I chuckled a bit last night when one of the girls said if she made me mad I could be very intimidating and she never wanted to go there. Didn't know I had that effect on others, but that is what got me thinking I guess. I have been thinking about fear and its effects on me for some time. I do it not because I am morbid, but because I... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:45:18 EST Choosing Rightly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612173 If you could choose the life you wanted, would you? Some people are afraid of doing so, because of what they think they have to give up. Even though they know that better awaits them, they choose the familiar out of fear. Giving fear control of our lives robs us of true joy. I cannot afford to hang on to the familiar and give up true satisfaction. This involves me moving out of my comfort zone into the unfamiliar. I will do those things that are at first unfamiliar so that the new life ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:07:45 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611205 Not much to reoprt other that what has already been reoprted. Doing well. Three week streak was made this morning. I am tracking, drinking water, eating more veggies. My mood has improved and I am feeling great. Off yesterday and tomorrow. Having son and his wife over tonight to play cards and bond with the fairly new daughter-in-law. Should be a great day. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:30:43 EST Playing and Smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610149 I'm not used to having Thursdays off. They are usually my busiest day of the week. Feels kinda strange. I have noticed some things in me since getting more down to the road and rubber thing. I feel better. My body feels like I am doing something right that before I never could put a finger on. Why did I wait so long to make these good choices? I have been in noticeably better moods this week as well. I am only on my third week of my streak and I stand truly amazed. Whether or not the s... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:31:49 EST Transparent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608261 What would people see if you were transparent? For us here it might be a heart not as healthy as we want others to believe because we have fudged our exercize time. I have done that. Do we "forget" to track items because we don't want to admit we ate that much in one day? I know there is a sense of accountability to myself when I actually see it in print. But beyond this site, how transparent are we? I for years have hid things I didn't want others to see. What I truly thought of them, ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:27:56 EST New Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607184 We were taught many things we didn't know we were learning as we grew up. Some were deliberate lessons others unintentional. Not all lessons we learn and use are good or good for us. I know this is true for me. My mom taught me to comparison shop and to shop wisely. She had to know how to get the most value with the least amount of money especially in her early days with my father. They made out pretty good considering where they started. They also taught me the lessons of jugement and n... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:49:32 EST January Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605362 I was facing a place I thought I would never go again come January first. It scared me how easily I got there. I am on the verge of losing 6 pounds so far this month with almost a week to go. I am faithfully tracking and therin lies my success along with the determination never to go there again. I feel better when I pay attention to what I am eating and how much. The differences are subtle but there. I want to feel good every day. There have been times when I wondered what it was like to... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:28:44 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604413 Every day we are faced with choices to make. We will not always make the right choice. I know I have messed up so many times. Yesterday I had an acquaintance desperately in the need of some encouragement. She turned to me. I have one of my favorite activities on Thursdays so I tried to schedule around it. Alas, I missed my other engagement. I was a bit bummed, but the time I spent encouraging my new friend was worth the time. She needed me more than I needed my activity. Sometimes I do g... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:57:37 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602469 Eating well and seeing results. Still so far from where I was not that long ago. But I didn't make past goals by concentrating on how I had flubbed up. I did it before and I will do it again. This has been a rough week emotionally. So much going on. Nothing major, just a lot of little things. I am okay. I will keep pressing on. I am reminded that there are those facing things much more upsetting than I am. I am also taking the steps to deal with my disappointments past and present. We ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:18:43 EST Better Than That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601228 I am always amazed that when I start to work on an area of my life I have so many opportunities present themselves to keep me from the success I seek. Maybe they are there just to prove the level of commitment I have to them. I am facing so many challenges right now in my life. I have had emotional set backs and physical set backs not just in weight loss. I will get back up and continue forward as I always have in the past. I will be stronger because of my set backs, not dwell on them. I ju... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:17:12 EST True Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598120 Read something interesting in Ephesians the other day. I like to somewhat paraphrase things at times for how it ministers to me at the time. I write it down and sometimes later I will stumble across it again. This is kind of what happened. The gist of what I got is that what we see, hear, taste, and touch, if trusted in, will only produce death in us. So many times it is easy to trust in what we have in front of us. When you look at Romans where it says that I do the things I hate even ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:05:17 EST Good week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597103 I am doing well this week. Not much time to write. Have a hair appointment then off to work. At least I get off early so I get a bit more sleep tonight. I am being consistent in most things with a little room for improvement. More later Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:33:02 EST Ears That Hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595901 The only curse in a Christian's life is the one he agrees with. That is what gives the power to the curse. The enemy wins through fear. Likewise there is only victory in a Christian's life unless he accepts defeat. God takes no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. What do we do when faced with challenges? Push on or sit down and throw in the towel? David won every battle, but not in his own strength or abilities. Before every battle he asked God, "Shall I go up? Have you delivered them ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:13:40 EST He Done Me Very Good Indeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589399 Wow! Thirty years of marriage coming up on Tuesday. Hard to believe. We have made it through a lot of things we didn't know we signed up for 30 years ago. We came terribly close to not making it this far and yet it was always the option our hearts chose before we ever said "I do." I always wanted to be married and have kids from the time I was quite small. It has been what has caused me the most pain and the most joy. I am so much stronger than that girl who walked the aisle so many years ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:10:55 EST Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588093 More than anything else right now I am keeping myself involved. I really don't have much to report. I have lost four pounds and am on the verge of more, I am behaving and eating more vegetables. I really do feel so much better. I love how I feel when I am doing what I should be doing. My calries still need a little behaving, but at least I am not still eating twice what I should be. That too is progress. Weather is heating up a bit too. Days off start at midnight. Life is good. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:47:07 EST Seeds of Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586869 We do not fight against flesh and blood. It is hard to win a battle if we don't know who it is against. It is much easier to blame things on the spouse who brought up our past or the screaming child that is getting on our nerves. But do they really want to bring us down and destroy us? In most cases not at all. There are forces at work each and every day that we cannot see, but are much more in control than we think. Our own mindset will determine the outcome of our day more so that the ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:25:58 EST Cell Phones and Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585769 I am being consistent in a good way so far. I feel better getting my veggies in. I have been able to sleep better with hubby not here to wake me up in the morning. I am sweating from my daily workout. For those who, perhaps, have missed my spiritual blogs, they will return. I am just keeping my mind fixed where I must for everything else to fall in line right now. I need to get my bath so I can stand to be around me and then off to get this day rolling. <BR> <BR> I am considering going ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:21:26 EST Family Ties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581862 I am feeling good about my promises to myself today. I was awake way too early with family history on my mind. My sister has been researching again and sending me stuff. When she does, my mind always travels to the blackest sheep in our family closet. I wonder why he did what he did and how life was for his family while he was away in prison. I wonder how it affected them. There is so much I want to know, most of which will probably never be known. Things like what they thought or how tal... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:15:24 EST Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580956 Ok so here is my report of my renewed commitment. I exercised today for half an hour. I am working at getting another four day a week spark going and hopefully will beat my last 16 week streak. I am tracking again and really watching my food even when I don't counting every calorie in my mind. I am making sure I start early on my water and am planning more vegetables into my diet. I feel good physically and am feeling good about my renewed sense of purpose. I can do this and will. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:45:02 EST One I Will at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577769 Trying to get back to my good habits. I hate that I always seem to have to get back to them because I set them aside so readily. I am making good progress. I have lost four pounds from my all too recent high. When I started here my no no point was 200 pounds. Now it is 190. I call that progress. I have come to realize just how easy it is to throw away everything one bite at a time. I am hoping to renew the mind set I had when I first came here. I like to eat 2000-3000 calories a day when I ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:44:38 EST Confessions of a Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575743 I have been pretty much AWOL for some time with only sporadic posts. I just didn't think I had the time to be on, which is partially true, and I thought I could handle life on my own, which was very untrue. Discipline is not something I like. I have made some good changes over the years I have been here. I am drinking more water on a regular basis and am excercising which was non-existant before coming here. I am proud of both of these because I know it is good that I have. My job has g... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:25:44 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523924 The last couple of years on the job have been challenging to say the least. Lately, I have had to work overtime when my normal weeks are about 32 hours a week. Add to that a stressful second job that I am strongly considering throwing out. Well because of all the hours I messed up my 14 week streak of four days of exercise a week. I found out that streaking is very motivating. When I wanted to give up, I would look at my streak and continue on rather than lose the work I had put in. Now I ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:19:48 EST Streaking Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464965 This week was a hard one for me to reach my goal, but I couldn't let it slip either. I have now made it two months with four days of exercise a week. This is a real accomplishment for me. I kept toying with the idea of how I didn't have to stick with it and what would be lost if I did wasn't that great a deal. But you know what? It is a big deal. I made it and I am proud of myself for doing so. Several years ago, I decided I could take a break from tracking on a daily basis. That was ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:29:53 EST Unplugged Conversation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460983 It amazes me sometimes when I see someone well into their 20's or beyond that does not have a clue how to communicate. I see why cell phones are the preferred mode of communication because it gives you time in between each exchange to prepare your next response. But I believe something is truly lost when they cannot go to work and carry on face to face conversations with their co-workers or effectively let their needs be known because they don't know where to start. Of course, it is not jus... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:16:11 EST It's The Small Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453014 Six weeks ago when I added an extra day of exercise to my week, little did I know what a huge difference it would make. I instantly noticed it in how I felt. And because I felt so much better, it made it easier to add another fifteen minutes one or twice a week. Now without even thinking about it, I have been doing four days instead of three of exercise for almost 7 weeks plus an occassional fifteen extra minutes. As reported in an earlier blog, it has become a game to see how many weeks I... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:08:34 EST Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450011 Years ago, on my summer job, I was told that my future depended on the books I read and the friends I kept. I guess I really didn't see the truth of that until I had kids. You know, we hear a lot of good things, but how many do we actually put to use? I would get so frustrated when our family was in crisis and my husband read books and articles and went to counselling and heard the same thing over and over again, but never once did he put them to use saying, "Oh I've heard that before and ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:18:39 EST Fact or Fiction?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446455 Our minds are amazing things. I got an e-mail yesterday that challenges you to read things which aren't made of real words to show you how the mind works. Numbers were placed in instead of words and things like that. It was fun to read. Our minds play tricks on us every single day. We can read something and totally miss the space and a new, shocking word may be the result. Only on closer examination do we see our error in understanding. Is it any wonder that the mind is the greatest bat... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:46:19 EST Imitators http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445513 Have you seen the water commercial where the little boy imitates every action and deed of his father. The child so looks up to his father that he wants to be exactly like him. That is the way we are to be with God. We are to be imitators of Him as dear children. In one of Jesus final prayers, He prayed that we would be one even as He and the Father were one. A few chapters earlier it says that Jesus said that Satan had nothing in common with Him. He had no hold on Him. What we meditate ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 16:57:58 EST Streaking :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443427 Five weeks ago I inadvertantly started a streak in my life. I put in an extra day of exercise. Then I did it again the next week and then, not wanting to lose the streak, I continued. I have done four days of exercise now for five weeks. It is now a challenge to myself to see how long I can keep it up. It has become a fun little game with me, myself and I. Not only that, but on some days, I have increased my exercise by a full fifteen minutes. All of this is coming from the girl, who ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:34:04 EST Organisation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415500 I have always been a disorganized person. It takes discipline to be organised. I have always resisted both except for brief periods of my life. I feel better and get more accomlished with an organised life. I used to hate exercise as well. But something motivated me, a summer bootcamp, and I have been going at it for three or four years now. So I know that there is hope for me. <BR> I have been reading several things in the Bible lately. One was Jesus' last prayer before He was arreste... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:11:01 EST Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413403 Experience is powerful. The Bible talks about how the experience of His love for us is far greater than merely reading about it. Jesus also said that His desire was for us to experience His joy within ourselves. It makes a point and then drives it home. You cannot tell me that God does not exist because I have experienced so many things that proves to me that He does. What I have is backed by what it says in the Bible and the Bible takes on even greater meaning to me in light of having exp... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 16:24:59 EST Honestly!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412338 So many times we make excuses to try to make ourselves look better to others as if we have to please them. If we aren't being honest with ourselves or others then how can we heal? Hiding produces nothing but shame. If we will come out into the light we will see things much more clearly and find new growth. I remember a science experiment from when I was in Campfire girls. You put a plant in the dark then looked at what happened to its growth. It lacked color and was sickly in every respe... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:43:45 EST Hot and Sweaty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410528 My husband took off to be in a fourth of July parade 30 miles away. I took advantage of the time and got in a 30 minute workout that I didn't think I would get today. The cherries I wanted for a cobbler would have cost me $9 to buy so I saved myself from wanting to eat too much and spend too much. This day is off ta a great start! I need to clean house and figure out what I am going to replace the cobbler with. Hope everyone has a safe and happy fourth. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 10:47:24 EST It Works If You Work It Cuz You're Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409632 Food can definitely be an addiction. I have a difficult time looking at food and not being tempted to eat it. I can only take it for so long before I give in. I cannot say that every time I reach my calorie goal for the day I quit eating. I used to. I am trying to. Sometimes I am still hungry, which is good, because it means I am set up to lose some weight. I will gauge what I eat and only eat a small amount more, being careful not to eat a whole meal. For me, I must mention, reaching my c... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:36:38 EST Tracking on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408737 I am back on track. I overate terrible on Friday and Saturday due to being out of town and not having a clue how many calories I was consuming. Even so, I knew I had overdone it because I was stuffed and enjoyed every bite of it....until I stepped on the scale :) I was dangerously close to a place I never want to go back to again. My pants were barely fitting and I was embarrassed to admit how far back I had gone. But because I refuse to ever go back there, I got busy. The highest it re... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:41:28 EST Sabotaged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407481 It is becoming more and more evident to me that my biggest saboteur is eating out. It has been unavoidable lately, but it is also a choice. I have traveled and made some bad choices, partly because I won't waste the food, and partly because if I see the food, I will eat it. My husband is a bad influence. I am working hard at trying to get him on the same side as me. It is still up to me to say no. I told him when we first got married not to ask me if I want to eat out because I will say ye... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:27:26 EST 30 Day Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392179 I completed my 30 day commitment to myself. I ate out too much and did not know what to track so it was hard to stay on track there for a while. In spite of this I still lost two pounds. For those who would say that isn't much I say in a year I can lose 25 pounds and that will put me in the ball park of making my goal. I do hope to do better this next thirty days. The thing is I am more aware of what my sabateurs are now and I am more consistent at tracking. When I tracked daily I lost ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:02:31 EST Two Weeks Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371354 I am once again excited to have a morning conversation with my scale. I decided I was tired of not seeing the scale move, except up, and got back to the basics. I am learning the value of renewed commitments and the value of the basics. I have seen many times where someone will read the solution to a problem and they know it in their head. I have heard them say, "I have read that before and it doesn't work." The funny thing is, that is all they have done... read about it. We have many tools... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:37:36 EST Day 12 and Going Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370381 Yesterday I moved my old nasty dog couch out of the TV room and moved in the new couch that I bought from my son. I moved the first, heavy, hard to move couch by myself. Wow! What a work out that was, but it felt good. I think that counts for some kind of cardio! While I was at work, my husband and son brought the new couch in and partially set it up. I rearranged things a bit this morning and then cleaned the room so I could get back to my work out routine with Leslie Sansone. Because... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:25:36 EST Day 11on Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369228 Well I didn't do too well tracking for the last three days. Work and everything just distracted me. My weight has remained the same for those three days and didn't go up, but I don't want to get complacent with that. That's what got me where I am today with needing to recommit to what works. Complacency is a dnagerous thing in every aspect of our lives. It keeps us from ever moving forward. There is nothing as nasty and dangerous as a stagnant pool of water. Moving water has life and ref... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:22:43 EST Recommittment Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366682 My body is sore today. It's not from overuse of muscles, but more from a bed I would like to replace. I have struggled on my exercise over the last couple of days. Instead of getting in a half hour, I have only gotten 22 minutes. I did get in three days this week so far though and for that I am thankful. I had a hard time making it home at midnight last night. Almost fell asleep at the wheel. Kind of scared me. I was only about a block from home at the time. <BR> <BR> Today I am takin... Fri, 24 May 2013 11:58:07 EST Day 8 Questions to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365542 I am excited to see the end of this month long renewed committment here at Sparkpeople. Just one week has given me the results that were for so long unreachable. Every person is an individual and what works for one may not work for another. For some a renewed committment to exercize will be what it takes. For me, I knew it had to be watching my calorie counter. A friend at work just joined and she said she was amazed at how much she had been eating before Spark. She was struggling just to ge... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:26:21 EST One Full Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364813 I have done well in my first week of being recommitted to my weight loss. I have been tracking daily. I was glad when I turned down a lunch with my husband yesterday when I looked at how few calories I had left for the day. I am pleased with the first week's results. I am hoping to continue this into next week, and the next, and the next. I am not doing as well on my exercise. Today through me off all together. I don't like 8 am meetings. I will be back on tomorrow, or if my husband ta... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:37:38 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363574 Wow I hadn't realized life had been so busy that I missed two days here. After one week I am still committed to sticking with this for 30 days. When I came here I used the tracker religiously and was excited to step on the scales every day because I saw instant success. Nothing like that to energize and motivate a person. I decided one day that I could go it alone without the tracker. I couldn't understand why I didn't make any progress and eventually began to put the weight back on. I lo... Tue, 21 May 2013 14:19:20 EST