CMNOVAK's SparkPeople Blog CMNOVAK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2/12/15 Lately I have really been slacking in the fitness department. I think it's mostly due to boredom with my routine. To remedy this I downloaded the C25K app yesterday. So far it is going good. This morning I finished week 1 day 1, and I really liked it. I can't wait to continue, but tomorrow is a rest day so I will have to wait. Now I just need to find an alternate workout for the other days of the week. <BR> <BR> Last week I bought a journal to keep track of pretty much everything tha... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:08:52 EST New Goal In the past I have posted my monthly goals with about a 1% success rate. Over the weekend I decided that I will now post one weekly goal. That seems a little more managable than 3-6 monthly goals. Since I have been steadily gaining weight over the last few months, I really need the confidence boost that comes with accomplishing my goals. <BR> <BR> This week my goal is to avoid alcohol for one week. I started on Monday and so far I have stuck to it. I know this probably sounds really eas... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:53:22 EST New Journey My husband and I have been talking about moving back to the Pacific NW for a few years, but now I think it is finally going to happen. I'm so excited! We are actually getting serious about fixing up our house to sell. I was so surprised when I came home from work yesterday to find a project that had been started months ago was finished! <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to believe it this time because I don't think my husband wants to move and leave his mom behind. Right now she is the only fa... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:20:09 EST Happiness Starts With Me I have decided that I am not going to let other people determine my level of happiness anymore. I used to be a very happy person. I don't think I complained too much, but lately I feel like all I do is complain about something. So starting now I am going to work harder to look on the bright side of life and appreciate all of the wonderful things I do have. With that I am going to work on being less judgemental. Unless it is directly effecting the health and safety of my loved ones or me, why ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:16:06 EST May Goals It's been quite awhile since I've posted my goals. This month I joined the Get Movin' Colorado Challenge through LiveWell Colorado and MapMyFitness to get 30 minutes of activity for 30 days in May. So far I'm off to a good start, I've done 40 minutes or more all three days. I think I can keep this streak going! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get people in my office on board with going for a 30 minute walk everyday. Since we always eat our lunches at our desks anyway it's not like we have to ta... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:26:37 EST Going Back to School I have decided that I will go back to school this year. I'm done waiting for the right time. I wanted to go back last year, but my husband talked me out of it because we were planning on moving out of state within the last year. He convinced me that it would be too difficult to go to school, work full time, and move all at the same time. Here we are a year later and we aren't any closer to moving than we were last year. I've decided that there will never be a right time. I just have to ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:40:45 EST What to do Like always my test results came back showing nothing wrong. I'm starting to wonder if I am really an alien or super human that magically heals myself when I go to the doctor. I'm getting tired of going to the doctor and having all of my test results come back normal when I really feel sick. I swear I'm not a hypochondirac! I am continuing my medication and if I don't start feeling better I have to call back to get a referal to a GI for an endoscopy. We'll see how it goes. On the bright... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:35:52 EST Paused I feel like my SP journey has been paused for the past couple of weeks. I haven't been feeling very well so I haven't been keeping up with my plan. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and had a whole bunch of lab work done so hopefully she will call today with some answers. <BR> <BR> I know people will say that not feeling well isn't an excuse to stop eating right and exercising, but when eating is causing physical pain maybe it is time to pause the program. I don't know what it is, but as of... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:37:13 EST My Motivation Last year I really struggled with staying motivated to exercise. I am going to change that for 2014. My solution... I decided to buy a good pair of shoes. This in itself was a little bit of a struggle for me just because I am so (as my mother-in-law so nicely puts it) frugal. My husband will just call me cheap, but whatever. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to Gander Mountain with my husband because he wanted to get some new jigs for his ice fishing trip today. I decided to look at the sho... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:06:54 EST Happy New Year! Happy New Year! I think I did alright on my December goals. For some reason I am having a really hard time with the exercising so I think that goal will continue on to January. Here is a recap of my December goals and the results. <BR> <BR> *Get Owen in the kitchen to help me cook at least once per week. - Owen did a great job with this. It kind of helped that he really wanted an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas, but daddy said no since he has a real oven in the kitchen that he can use anyti... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:43:01 EST Happy Sunday! Good morning Spark World! Getting ready to start my chilly Sunday. I feel like I have a million errands to run today. I heard it was supposed to snow to day. Hopefully it will hold off until I get done running around town. Since it is my last day off before Owen's birthday party I'm really feeling the pressure. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, I think I've done pretty well with my goals for the month so far. Owen helped me make turkey and dumplings for dinner last night. Oh that was so... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:07:51 EST Happy December! Happy December! Sheesh, where did this year go?! I can't believe my little guy is going to be 7 in 12 days. Oh my, that means I only have 12 days left for birthday party planning. <BR> <BR> I am going to start my monthly goals again. I know I had a hard time with them in the past, but I need to make a change. I've been stuck between 165-169 pounds for 7 months now. While I'm glad I'm no longer at 200 pounds, I would really like to see some improvement. So here are the goals for Dece... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:04:32 EST No Quick Answer I have to start this off by saying one thing. People crack me up! <BR> <BR> I have recently lost some weight and people at work are noticing. I always get the same question. What did you do to lose the weight? I always give the same answer. I started eating more fruits and veggies. I drink a lot more water and less beer and wine. I also make sure to exercise everyday, take the stairs and park in the farthest parking spot. <BR> <BR> That's when I see their eyes glaze over and the fo... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:03:19 EST What to do now? Today is Owen's last football game. They could have had three more weeks, but they didn't make it to playoffs. Oh well, at least they had fun. Now we have a decision to make. What do we do now? I really want to find another sport or something to keep him active since he is overweight and at school he only gets a total of 25 minutes of recess all day long. Something tells me that he doesn't really get quality physical activity since the school's playground is just a fenced off section of... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:23:40 EST Hello Again After a little bit of a hiatus I am back. The past month has been so busy between school starting, football and work. I think I now have my schedule worked out. I thought I was saving time by not getting on SP everyday, but I felt like my life was kind of going crazy. Not only for my eating and exercise, but SP has helped with other aspects of my life too. <BR> <BR> Here I am again to check in and be held accountable. I think instead of my monthly goals that I had in the past I will s... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:27:04 EST August Goals It's a little late in the month, but I've decided on my August goals. First here are the results of my July goals. I don't feel that I did very well, but if I don't want to be embarrassed by not meet my goals 100% I should work harder on reaching my goals. <BR> <BR> - Continue de-cluttering my house and have a yard sale (I didn't realize how much junk I have!) -- While I didn't get a chance to go through every room, I did have a yard sale and I was able to get rid of a lot of stuff. It's... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:55:19 EST Happy August Happy August! I think I'm a few days late, but oh well. It has been kind of busy around my house this past week. My husband had back surgery about a week ago so we're working on his recovery. My son is starting football tomorrow and school a week from tomorrow. I've been busy planning fundraisers for my son's school and trying to figure out my goals for August. <BR> <BR> Hubby's back surgery went well. He had a three level spinal fusion last Monday which happened to be the day after hi... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:55:44 EST #backontrack Challenge When I opened my Weekly Spark email this morning it was like someone read my mind. I am so excited about the #backontrack challenge. I did so well in June then July came around and it's like I just stopped. I stopped tracking food, I stopped exercising. I don't know what happened. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I've maintained my weight through it all. I think I've made fairly good choices, but without tracking as much as I should I know I've been letting the mindless snacking back in. Then ther... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:51:56 EST One Goal (kind of) Down! After this weekend I can mark off one of my goals that I have been trying to accomplish since the beginning of June. I am having a garage sale! I didn't quite finish going through every room and closet that I wanted, but I am still getting rid of a lot of stuff. I decided that I can still continue boxing things up and get rid of it later. Getting 90% of my goal is better than getting 0%! I have a shed in the back yard that was just full of boxes of stuff to get rid of! Even though right... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:22:15 EST Goals, Goals, Goals I can't believe how quickly the summer goes. I was looking at the calendar yesterday and tomorrow will be five weeks until my son starts 1st grade. Sheesh! It feels like he just got out of school a couple weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I haven't been very active so far this month. It just seems like there's always something going on. An update on my June goals, I didn't do as well as I would have liked, but here is how I did: <BR> <BR> JUNE GOALS: <BR> <BR> - Log in to SP everyday and earn ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:11:34 EST My New Favorite Yogurt! Today I think I found my new favorite yogurt. Muller Greek Corners Honeyed Apricot. I don't normally like Greek yogurt, but this is delicious! It's creamy and delicious without that kind of tartness that most of them have. Just thought I would share. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:56:13 EST Happy Saturday Everybody! After a rough start to my week it seems to be ending on a high note. After getting my car looked at, it was ruled that the small fire wasn't a mechanical issue so insurance will cover it. The car is a total loss though. The bright side to me not having a car right now is that I don't have to make 9 more months of car payments on a car that is dead sitting in my driveway. Plus, I don't have to try and get rid of the car. Now once all of the paperwork is done, I get to go car shopping. <BR... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 10:17:57 EST Rough Day My goal for today is to not feed my emotions. Yesterday was kind of a rough day and it is catching up with me today. <BR> <BR> After getting home from round 1 of grocery shopping yesterday and putting my groceries away, I was locking the front door I noticed a burned plastic smell and though "huh, that's weird." I couldn't find anything burning so I get in the car. The car won't start. Great! Since I still couldn't find burning plastic I open the hood even though I am not mechanically... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:45:51 EST Happy June Happy June everybody! I am very excited about starting the new month. This morning I decided to start a new plan, I am going to start having monthly goals. They may be based on my new healthy lifestyle, or not. I just feel like I am in a rut lately and I really want to get out. Hopefully this will help. <BR> <BR> These are my goals for June: <BR> <BR> - Get the Perfect Attendance Award on SP. I missed it by one day last month <BR> <BR> - De-clutter my home and have a yard sale. I t... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:12:55 EST Dang it, Starbucks! Why must you have such delicious things? So this morning I was starving and I ran out of eggs so I thought "I have a free coffee or food at Starbucks. I'll stop and try one of their breakfast sandwiches." Of course the chicken sausage and egg white wrap was delicious. It wasn't too bad when I put it in the nutrition tracker, only 300 calories and 10 grams of fat. Plus it had some yummy grilled zucchini and red peppers in it. I didn't look at the sodium content though, and I'm kind of sc... Wed, 29 May 2013 16:58:27 EST Why Must I Be So Cheap?! I know my mother-in-law tells me I'm not cheap, I'm frugal but really I'm just cheap. That is why when there is a really good price on something it is nearly impossible for me to pass it up. So today Sonic has corn dogs for 50 cents each. I keep thinking about what to make for dinner, and I remember that Sonic has cheap corn dogs today so we can just have that. Easy. Done. <BR> <BR> Then the other side of my brain kicks in and says no I shouldn't do that. What is the point of all of ... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:29:12 EST Happy Monday! I'm trying to get myself ready to start the week, but I think I will spend some more time on SP first. Yesterday I spend 2 1/2 hours in my garden digging and planting. I am so excited for everything to start growing! It's not summertime until the zucchini are here. <BR> <BR> I think I need to use today as a rest day though. My legs and arms are so sore after all of that digging yesterday. It doesn't help that I forgot the sunscreen too. You would think after 28 years of being a pasty... Mon, 20 May 2013 06:57:48 EST So Proud! I am so proud of my family. I have really been trying to get my family to eat better for a while now, but it was like talking to a brick wall. My husbands food groups include beef jerky, chips, popcorn, Red Bull and Pop Tarts. I finally sat down with my husband and told him how important it is to me that all of us start living a healthier lifestyle, but this time I explained why as well. For some reason he seemed to have listened this time. Usually after school my husband and son would s... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:18:00 EST New Plan It seems like between packing lunches, making dinner, laundry, homework and life in general I keep finding excuses not to exercise. So I decided to start taking walks during my lunch break. Today was my first walk. It was great! <BR> <BR> I work as an administrative assistant so I sit all day long. It was awesome going for my walk today. I was able to put my earbuds in, ignore the world and get up from behind my desk. Usually around 3:00pm I start falling asleep at my desk, but now I... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:04:40 EST Welcome 2013! I think I am ready for 2012 to end. I am looking forward to change in 2013. I am hoping to be much more motivated in 2013. I don't know why, but lately I have not been very motivated to exercise. I know that I need to and most of the time I want to, but I just can't seem to get up off the couch. I am hoping to change that starting tomorrow. I know it is easy to say it, but all of my excuses aren't working anymore. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for 2013: <BR> <BR> -Exercise at least 15... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:19:11 EST Eye Opener I've been on SparkPeople for a few months now. I've known how important it is for me to start eating better and get more active. I've been saying that I want to set a better example for my son, but when I took him to his well-child check up today I realized just how important that is. My son has always been a big boy. He's going to be 6 years old tomorrow and he's as tall as a 9 year old, so of course he has always been in the 90-99th percentile for his weight because he wasn't even on th... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:08:00 EST