CINDYRINAL's SparkPeople Blog CINDYRINAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Monday It is a beautiful sunny day in the deep south. I have stayed on plan, walked with my BF at work and feel good. About to head home to a planned yummy stuffed pepper supper. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:34:50 EST Back at It How is it that it is so easy to stop something, hard to start up again? I'm back with Spark People after a two month break. I like being here, I just need to keep at it. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:33:46 EST Flexibility is One Key <BR> Yesterday I was feeling bad because I had 2 cookies for a snack. BUT I recorded them and adjusted my dinner so I came out in my goal range. This is teaching me that flexibility is important. Being aware of what I eat means that I can fit deviations into the plan. I find that I enjoy "figuring it out", checking my nutrition status and tweaking what I'm eating to get a better profile. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:49:51 EST New Shoes! I bought new shoes Friday and tried them out yesterday. Not only are they lighter than my old walking shoes, they are prettier! <BR> <BR> I needed new walking shoes. Mine were well past the use recommended and I could start to feel it. <BR> <BR> It makes you feel good to buy something that you wore out getting healthier. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:11:55 EST Sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies. Sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies. I was feeling really tired Friday, so I didn't do as much walking. In fact my walking was down all weekend. But I stuck to my plan and did OK for the week. I was feeling guilty Friday but when I tracked my food, I found I did OK. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:32:02 EST Finding Progress When Looking Back I just about have my AT (AppalachainTrail) tracking spreadsheet up-to-date. I was looking back over it and see that I have increased my walking considerably since I started. The first weeks were around 5000 steps. That has gone up to well over 10,000 steps with some days over 15,000. Whoohooo! Even when my eating has been off I've kept to healthy walking. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:53:51 EST What I Learned as a Child Did you learn some positive habits as a child? <BR> <BR> For me, the two that come to mind is a love of walking and veggies. <BR> <BR> OK, I whined and complained when my parents' made me walk. Their basic rule was, if it was less than a mile and the weather was less than awful, you walked. And they walked too! An early memory is of my Mom pulling the wagon with library books and my younger sister in it back home. My older sister & I were walking, so that would make us 2, 5 and 7 yo. T... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:41:51 EST First Week Back - It went well My first week back went well. I tracked my food, I walked, and I planned my meals. Last night I set up lunches for the week & menus for supper. Two pounds down was my reward. Since I lose slowly that was a pleasant surprise. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:57:11 EST Made it through the work week. First week back watching my diet and walking. It went well, even with the high temperature and humidity, I walked both inside and out. Kept within my calorie range too! I've planned meals for the weekend and printed them out. Now to just keep at it one day at a time. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:42:53 EST Tired, but Stayed on Track I was dragging when I got to work this morning. But I managed to stay on track on eating and did two shorter walks - a total of 45 minutes. I just listened to my body and didn't push. Got through one more day. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:22:40 EST Back on Track This past year or so has been a challenge at work. I've changed companies and positions and am much less stressed. Yeah! But, as with all changes, some things get ignored & with me it was my eating and exercising - until I had my physical. No big health issues, but it was a wakeup call. So I'm back to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is, I love walking and my new position allows me to take walk breaks. I also love veggies & fruits which makes healthy eating easier. Sooo, now t... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:32:53 EST Still on that Virtual AT Hike I’m over 2/3s of the way across NC to the TN border. I’m going along the gorgeous heights above Fontana Lake. I stopped at the Nantahala Outdoor Center on Friday. Oh, I love that place. Since this is my fantasy, I kayaked down the Nantahala, including doing the falls – WOOOHOOO! Haven’t done that in 30 years! This is a great place for a break from hiking. <BR> <BR> After a windy, stormy day Monday it is beautiful today and should be nice all week. So I plan on getting in lots of wal... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 13:27:46 EST Dreaming - Turn it Upside Down – Walk then Work? What if you only worked after you walked to work, no matter how far you had to walk? <BR> <BR> On my way home from work last night, I realized that I had now walked further this month (138 miles) than my daily commute (110 miles). Hmmm, that brings mixed feelings. Put in that context it doesn't sound like all that far... but when you are walking that is pretty good. <BR> <BR> Another thought, let's see, it took me 22 days to walk the 110 miles. Does that mean I only need to go to wor... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:45:47 EST Spring is Blooms in East Central Alabama/ West Central Georgia Spring is in close to full bloom here in east central Alabama. The dogwoods, azaleas, redbuds, etc. are all blooming. It is spectacular. Check out the link to Calloway Gardens just across the line in Georgia. <BR> <BR> I found a great map of the AT on the web. See the five million step link below. <BR> I found a map with lots of links for North Carolina at <BR> <BR> I am in NC, which I love on my fantasy hike. Spring is starting up in the mountains. <BR> <BR> For the past... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:26:28 EST Met Two Goals This Weekend! I had a very busy week at work last week, so didn’t get a chance to post my progress. I kept at my walking for the third week. I’m averaging over 30 miles a week and have passed my first check point on my Fantasy (virtual) Hike of the AT. I’ve crossed the border into North Carolina! <BR> <BR> This is a beautiful area, the southern edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The trail includes Tray Mountain, the 7th highest peak in GA, and the 2nd highest on the AT in GA. From here y... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:55:31 EST Spring Weather and Pollen The weather is perfect for walking right now, not too hot, not too cold. Pollen is always a problem at this time of year, but I’m keeping my allergies under control with antihistamines and nasal rinses. Last year I “holed up”, not going outside due to the pollen. That did not help my weight or my physical fitness. This year I’m going to keep walking. <BR> <BR> I managed long walks on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday I was under the weather, so almost no walking. I am trying to listen t... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:21:09 EST Slow but Steady Walking and Pursuing a Healthier Life I had another two crazy days at work (plus stormy weather). I didn't get to walk at lunch either day, but I still put in 3.8 & 4 miles. I've looked at my average miles in the past 10 days, since I started the virtual AT. It is 4.6 miles/day. Not bad for a "turtle" like me. I have always been slow but steady. This is also how I’m taking my weight loss, slow but steady. Keep to the program and it will come. <BR> <BR> I have now reached the top of Wildcat Mountain. An interesting factoi... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:18:33 EST Life Interferes with Fantasy Hiking I didn’t get as much walking in as I hoped today, had a 3 hour teleconference that started at lunch time (ate my food quickly before it started) and until it was time to go home. By the time I get home it is dark, so I can’t walk outside. I need to get the treadmill set up for this kind of day. <BR> <BR> I have to chuckle, I actually walked 3.8 miles, which two weeks ago would have seemed great. Now I want at least 5. But life happens and we have to deal with it. <BR> <BR> I made it to... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 09:31:17 EST First Week’s Summary on Fantasy Hike of AT Well, I’ve been on the trail for a week now, travelled a total of 34.7 miles. That’s just under 5 miles a day on average. <BR> <BR> What have I learned? Having a goal, even a fantasy, one charges me up and keeps me focused. I worked hard to find ways to get more dedicated walking in as well as those everyday steps. It also helped me keep my nibbling down. I think that is both the effect of exercise and decreasing boredom. <BR> <BR> My continuing goal is to walk every day, even if ju... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 09:10:56 EST Over the Weekend on My Fantasy Trek of the AT Jamarigold and Holistic5 have joined (actually passed me) on the AT. But speed is not the point. The point is to do the walking. <BR> <BR> Holistic’s DD has done 2 through hikes on the AT, so she knows lots of little details. Like the fact that you need a trail name. I’ve chosen “Mixed Nuts”. <BR> <BR> Now let’s catch up on my progress on the trail. I managed 6 miles Friday - a really good day! That took me to Justus Mountain. Saturday was cold & rainy, plus I had a sinus headache. ... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:36:53 EST Second Day of my Virtual AT Hike Yesterday I walked 5.9 miles, a new high for me. My energy levels are much higher since I have been walking every day. The early spring weather makes you want to be outside, if just for a few minutes. I also find the walking keeps my nibbling in check. <BR> <BR> My virtual hike on the AT took me from the Springer Mountain shelter to the campsites located just past the trail to Long Creek Falls. I crossed Benton MacKaye Trail (which was the original AT in this location) twice. Just bef... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 10:29:13 EST Fantasy Trek: Hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) I’ve been fascinated by the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail every since I was a young girl growing up in Connecticut. Now I live in Alabama, at the other end of the trail. I’ve never been a backpacker, never done more than day hikes, five miles at the most. The closest I’ve come to this sort of thing was a wonderful wilderness canoe trip in the late 70’s. So, I decided I would hike the trail virtually. <BR> <BR> I’m using the “The A. T. Guide” by David Miller as my guide. It is set... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:46:20 EST