CMARYGENE's SparkPeople Blog CMARYGENE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Reflections on February '14 <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: I think I flossed once or twice. Didn’t wear my retainer :( <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I made it to 11 months of 500 minutes per month! February wasn’t nearly as crunched as January. I’m just at a 2 week streak for 90 minutes per week. The cold weather is still making motivation hard! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> Dietary Health: <BR> <BR> - Fruits & Veggies. I feel like I’m at my best ever in this category. It helps th... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:04:24 EST Reflections on January '14 <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: Well, I flossed a couple of times, so this category wasn’t a complete bust. <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I made it to 10 months of 500 minutes per month! I don’t think I could have done that without support from my SparkFriends and hubby. And that strange situation where I was awarded a 500 monthly minutes award for January when I had not actually earned it yet. I took it as a sign that I *would* get the minutes in. So January... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:56:04 EST Reflections on December '13 <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: *insert sound of a gong or buzzer* <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm about to hit 8 months of 500 minutes per month, and I’m at 6 weeks of 90 minutes per week. I’ve been more consistent (and more confident and motivated!) during December. I’ve been trying to make sure I do a mixture of workouts. I’ve got some Peggy Cappy yoga DVDs I really enjoy (I’m not flexible at all, and she’s okay with that!), my Richard Simmons DVDs, free... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:56:50 EST Reflections on November '13 I'm not going to do my usual break-down of categories, because November was just not a great month. I had a lot of emotional/family stuff going on, and everything else fell to the back burner. <BR> <BR> Goals for December: <BR> - Stay motivated to exercise, and get at *least* 90 minutes of exercise per week. Preferably more! <BR> - Eat at least 1 fruit or veggie per day. So at the very least nuke some frozen veggies with dinner. <BR> - Reach out to some friends I haven't talked to in a fe... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 14:15:35 EST Reflections on October '13 <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: I flossed a couple of times, and wore my retainer for a few days at the beginning of the month. Still trying for once a week floss and more consistent retainer wearing! <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm at seven months of 500 minutes per month, and I’ve tied my highest streak of 90 minutes per week for seven weeks. I almost slipped one week, but I got the minutes in! I am still surprised at how much the streaks motivate me to ke... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 23:03:45 EST Cholesterol Update - October '13 Total cholesterol, 254 <BR> - This number is up 24 from the last test <BR> <BR> LDL, 159 <BR> - This number is up 26 from the last test <BR> <BR> Triglycerides, 192 <BR> - This number is down 41 from last itme <BR> <BR> HDL, 57 <BR> - This number is up 7 from last time <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 4.5 <BR> - 0.0 to 4.4 is "normal," so I am really close there <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> How do I feel about this? Mixed, but I'm going to look on the positive side ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:09:23 EST Handy App for Walking I have been pondering getting some kind of fitness tracker like FitBit or the Spark Activity Tracker, but I'm not yet confident enough to choose one and invest moolah into it. My wonderful hubby told me about an app he has on his phone that tracks mph, distance, time, and maps where you walk (or jog). And it's free! I used it for the first time yesterday, and I was really impressed. I could also set it to "pause" itself when I went below 1 mph. That way, if I stop to look at something on... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:56:43 EST Walking as an Adventure Yesterday I was browsing SparkTeams, and I came across the "Where are YOU walking to?" group. I was intrigued by the idea of setting a distance goal that equates to walking to a certain place. So I've decided to give it a try! <BR> <BR> In no timeline whatsoever (because I don't like setting myself up for failure), I'd like to walk the Lewis & Clark expedition. I was unable to find an agreed upon number of miles online, so I averaged my findings to about 7,700 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>40</... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:17:54 EST Interesting Article on Fats I've been hearing conflicting information about the "good" kinds of fats, so I dug up this article that discusses fats, carbs, and heart health. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/fats-full-story/ </link> <BR> <BR> A highlight: <BR> <BR> "Why hasn’t cutting fat from the diet paid off as expected? Detailed research—much of it done at Harvard—shows that the total amount of fat in the diet isn’t really linked with weight or disease. What really matters is the type of... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:24:01 EST Oh Crap & Oh Yay Oh Crap: My debit card number was stolen, and someone spend $300 at Walmart. <BR> <BR> Oh Yay: I have a PT start date! October 21! <BR> <BR> Verdict: I will make a big effort to revamp my eating starting October 21. I have too much other stuff on my plate right now. In the meantime, I will: work out, get my debit card stuff figured out, plan an anniversary extravaganza, and get a better handle on my depression. When I have two extra days a week starting October 21, then I can really jum... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:29:34 EST Reflections on September '13 I will start off by acknowledging that September has not been a great month. But knowing that (and being kind of embarrassed by it) will be motivation to do better in October! <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: Pretty much not happening. New goal: floss once a week, wear my retainer for at least one full week this month. <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm at six months of 500 minutes per month, and I’m up to a 4 week streak of 90 minutes per week (my pe... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:26:56 EST Reflections on August '13 <em>318</em> Physical Health: <BR> <BR> - Flossing & Retainer: Terrible going. Though eating fresh peaches has been a good catalyst for flossing. <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm at five months of 500 minutes per month and I had a 7 week streak of 90 minutes per week. I am definitely getting better at consistency. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> Dietary Health: <BR> - Protein. This a slow one, but I think it’s improving. I’ve been eating more meals with beans and lean meats. I bought two... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:00:31 EST Oh Chiropractic! <em>40</em> Ouch, ouch! <BR> <BR> It's been about 2 months since my last visit to the chiropractor. My upper back is all messed up and it hurts when I turn my upper torso. Yesterday when I got up from my chair at work, my left leg from my hip to my ankle had such a shooting pain I couldn't move for a couple of moments. I used to go once very 2 weeks, but my chiropractor liked to talk politics a little too much ... and some of her racist ideas didn't fly with me. (I mean, she knows I ha... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:12:45 EST Reflections on July '13 <em>318</em> Physical Heath: <BR> <BR> - Flossing. I've black-slid horribly on this one. But I'm visiting my grandparents this weekend, and I packed the floss! (Bonus goal: I've actually been getting much better at wearing my retainer!) <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm at four months of 500 minutes per month and on a three week streak of 90 minutes per week. I think I'm getting better at being consistent! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>488</em> Dietary Health: <BR> <BR> - Protein. This month I'... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 10:25:51 EST Self Check-In on Goals <em>318</em> Physical Heath: <BR> <BR> - Flossing. It's slow going, but I'm up to once every two weeks or so. Which I suppose is better than not at all. Baby steps! I guess next I'll try to get it up to once a week. (Bonus goal: wear my retainer!!) <BR> <BR> - Spark goals. I'm at three months of 500 minutes per month! I very sporadically reach 90 minutes per week. It seems that I have great spurts of motivation and activity and then long days of inactivity. I'd like to get more ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:59:28 EST Fruit & Water Question If I drink a cup of juice: <BR> <BR> a) Does that count as any water intake for the day? <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> b) Does that count as a serving of fruit? <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't drink a lot of juice, but when I do, I wonder these things! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:52:53 EST Cholesterol Update! Got my cholesterol checked earlier this week at the doctor's. It's only been a smidge over 2 months (instead of a full 3), but I was already there. <BR> <BR> Cholesterol = 230 (Down 32!) <BR> Triglycerides = 233 (Up 23, damn) <BR> LDL = 133 (Down 30!) <BR> HDL = 50 (Down 7 ... shoot) <BR> <BR> I have been advised to start taking fish oil daily. Yuck! But I'll do it. Also to eat more green veggies, fruits, nuts, avocados (love those!), and olive oil. I've been making a smal... Fri, 24 May 2013 13:19:41 EST Setting (Mostly) Concrete Goals, Holistically <em>318</em> Physical Heath: <BR> <BR> - Floss! Embarrassing as it is, I'm not a great flosser. It usually only happens for about a week before a dentist appointment. With recent studies indicating a connection between gum health and heart health (*and* considering that I have high cholesterol), it seems like a good idea to start flossing more. I want to floss at least 4 times per week. <BR> <BR> - Keep working out and trying to reach my Spark goals of 90 minutes of exercise per week ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:45:12 EST Mornings & Me Usually I hate, loathe, despise mornings. I wake up tired and would love nothing more than to go back to sleep. But something weird (good?) has been happening this week. I've been waking up around 7:00 a.m. most days feeling refreshed and happy! Including today (Saturday?!). I'm not sure what the exact reason is, but I've got a few guesses. I love the "SparkStreaks," and I think I've been motivated to have better bedtime and waking habits by the Sleep Better Challenge. I've also been o... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:11:30 EST Spring is Here! Today I wasn't feeling motivated to work out, but Stephen kindly insisted that I put on some walking clothes and accompany him and Toby on the trail behind our apartment. I dragged my feet getting ready, but when I got out there I remembered how beautiful that trail is and how ridiculous it is that I don't enjoy it more often! I saw many squirrels, some Canada geese, a cute cottontail bunny, a couple of ducks, and a bluebird. And Toby pooped. <BR> <BR> The trip back to the apartment is al... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 19:28:19 EST Food Tracking I've decided to start tracking my food on SparkPeople, which I wasn't originally going to do. I didn't (and don't) want to make getting healthier too overwhelming at first. However, I've decided to start tracking my food so that I can become aware of eating patterns that I have. At the moment, my primary goal is to get active. I will focus on that until it has become a habit, and then I'll focus more closely on my diet. In the meantime, though, I'll be collecting data so that when I'm re... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:28:12 EST Last Three Cholesterol Screenings I recently found my previous two cholesterol screenings and thought I would compare them to my most recent screening. <BR> <BR> TEST ONE <BR> Cholesterol - 252 <BR> Triglycerides - 285 <BR> LDL - 145 <BR> HDL - 50 <BR> <BR> TEST TWO <BR> Cholesterol - 206 <BR> Triglycerides - 226 <BR> LDL - 108 <BR> HDL - 53 <BR> <BR> TEST THREE <BR> Cholesterol - 262 <BR> Triglycerides - 210 <BR> LDL - 163 <BR> HDL - 57 <BR> <BR> I am quite pleased with the movement of the triglycerides, and horrified by... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:08:43 EST