CLAIRE_PM's SparkPeople Blog CLAIRE_PM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to Get Back on Track In October last year, I achieved "overweight" on the BMI scale. I think I've inched back up to obese - but I'm avoiding the scale, so I'm not sure. I do know I've had to go up a clothing size. <BR> <BR> What happened? Well, first it was the holidays - and that means I let the nutrition lapse. Then I got the flu and had to stop working out for a few weeks while my lungs recovered; then my mom got very sick, and I was stressed and overwhelmed and too busy to work out anyways. Then she got bett... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:33:53 EST Overweight, Thank Goodness A month or so ago, I read a blog entry from one of our fellow Sparkers who was super excited because her BMI had her at "overweight" instead of "obese." I loved her blog, and today I calculated my BMI and got 29.6... Overweight. <BR> <BR> I have all the problems with BMI that I think everyone does -- it doesn't take into account our builds, our muscles, our bones, our overall health... Anything, really. Besides which, I really dislike their classifications -- "normal?" Why not "Healthy?" <B... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:56:25 EST Four A's Status Check Part of keeping goals is tracking them, right? So... After a week of my new Four A's approach to this weight loss journey... <BR> <BR> I'm doing okay. Not great, but okay. And I'm feeling positive about that. <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 20 minutes daily: {{Nope. But I did exercise for at least five minutes every day and made it up to 20 minutes 5 days.}} <BR> <BR> 2. Go back to the food tracker - it is my friend: {{I'm at 3 days of 7 here; next week I'll aim for 4 days... Little by little.}} <BR... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:53:51 EST Acknowledge, Accept, Analyse, Advance I was musing in my journal recently, and I caught myself wondering (in free thought writing) how to be a happier person, even as I was beating myself up over mistakes I've made (in the same free thought journal entry). Well - how can I be happy if I'm also going to belittle myself? That won't work. <BR> <BR> The problem is -- belittling yourself doesn't motivate you; it de-motivates you. So, I thought about it, and thought about it (and read articles on motivation) and here's my solution: Ac... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:20:42 EST Setting (and Keeping) Goals I have two things on my mind today, and they're both goal-related. <BR> <BR> I've been reading quite a bit on the SP Motivational articles -- and today, I just read back-to-back articles about how to set goals, and specifically how to set positive goals. And I noticed that while the advice sounds good, the two coaches are contradicting each other subtly. Dean Anderson wants us to not use any negative words in our goals (i.e., "NO, NOT, NEVER, STOP, LOSE, REDUCE, LIMIT, or QUIT.") You can r... Sat, 4 May 2013 09:45:43 EST A Weekend at the Beach: Back to the Ol' Grindstone There's a lot to be said for just vegging out at the beach for a full weekend. I feel relaxed and ready to go! The sea was cooold, but the pool was just right. Lounging around in the sunshine and wandering in the seedy beach town has really recharged my batteries! <BR> <BR> I wasn't at all careful about my diet, and gained a pound. But I feel like that's okay, as I was very active... so I *only* gained a pound. And now, back to reality, sadly. <BR> <BR> I hope you all had fun weekends, too... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 05:59:38 EST Dealing with Irritability by Focusing on the Good Not having control makes me irritable. Having a weight problem makes me irritable. Weaning myself off the Nicorette gum makes me irritable. Looking for a new job makes me irritable. Being stressed out about the upcoming family vacation - you guessed it! Lately it seems that everything makes me irritable. <BR> <BR> I'm even irritable with myself. I'm stressed, I'm lonely, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm living far, far too far away from home. All this focus on the negatives in my life, on what's har... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:42:17 EST Coming Up On a Week and, Oh My People are visiting from out of town. You take them to your favorite Thai place. You take them out for Egyptian food. You have a drink or three, because they're old friends, and that's what we do. <BR> <BR> That's my defense. But I'm a bit concerned because even though people are visiting, I've been pretty thoughtful about what I'm eating and drinking while we're out, knowing that I'll be writing it down here. <BR> <BR> My "entirely too much dietary fat" issue has been joined by a major car... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:02:21 EST 3 Days In and a Pattern Emerges I eat *a lot* of fat. I've been careful about it, because I know I'm going to write it down... and still, fat? A big part of my diet. And I already blew my calorie limit. The worst part about that? The last entry for the day? Zucchini. That's right -- little green squash, steamed, no butter, did me in. Well. Okay. It _could have been_ all the other food I ate. But zucchini was last, zucchini was guilty. <BR> <BR> Seriously, this is only day 3. I think it makes better sense to wait ... 3 week... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:15:55 EST