CNJT4JMJ's SparkPeople Blog CNJT4JMJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Time of Rest I am grateful today. I am grateful for my coworkers this month that worked with me to get the month end jobs done. I am grateful that I am done with everything and I have a break. I mean a real break this weekend. I have nothing looming over my head....can't tell you how good it feels. <BR> <BR> First thing to do is Sleep!!! <BR> <BR> Second thing is to be active. MOVE!! Clean, take a walk do something really right now I don't care I just want to enjoy... Maybe I will even weed the f... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:54:23 EST So, I did it. Today was a hard day. I have to get up at 3:30 am in order to get to work on time. It month end and that means we really aim to have all the billing done. It is a hard stressful day!!! <BR> <BR> I did walk on my first break. So, I can mark it, I EXERCISED 10 minutes!!!!! <BR> <BR> I ate really healthy for breakfast and although it didn't go so great for lunch and dinner I stopped when I was full and I packed a healthy snack. my breakdown at lunch kind put the carrots and celery to th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:40:39 EST How do you do it? There is a part of me that wants to be all upbeat and basically act like something I am not tonight. <BR> <BR> It is month end at work, we have some people coming in to fix some stuff in the house. The house is just not as clean as I would like. Carpet needs to be cleaned.... blah blah blah. It just reminds me of all the things that I have to or should be getting done. I just don't know how to be all that. <BR> <BR> I am glad I am still here. but, how do I fit even this in? it is ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:54:05 EST What's next? A Big Red pouring it into a glass full of ice goes two full times and just a little less than a forth of a glass. I am done to one glass and a half on another. Monday it will go down to one glass and the following week will be one half of a cup and that will be all. <BR> <BR> What's next? <BR> <BR> I am thinking I need to start eating less fatty foods. I am thinking there are several ways I can do that. One vamp up the veggies and fruit. Use them as the filler. Try eating meals that... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:31:03 EST Pedometer Oh, I forgot to tell you!! <BR> <BR> I got a new Pedometer. Well, it will be here on Wednesday. The time is going to go so slow!!! <BR> <BR> I am thinking breaks and lunches... whopping up steps here I come!!!! <BR> <BR> Seeming like things are getting real!! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:17:46 EST We better talk about FAT! For so long, carbs have seemed to be the problem. Cut back on carbs and you got it. <BR> <BR> One thing I really like about sparkpeople is the ability to watch what you are eating and balance it out to make sure your getting the right percentages of food for each area. <BR> <BR> I am doing okay.... but, I am seeing something I need to watch close. Calories wise I am ok but, I am noticing I am high on that fat. Very interesting to me. I have never had to watch it before but, it is a new ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:11:04 EST Why is it so hard this time? I weigh more than I ever have before. I have worked so hard to lose weight and only lost 40 pounds. I know what I did wrong last time, but how am I going to make it this time. I am no longer a stay at home mom. I don't have the time to dedicate to working out or to eat on a particular diet like I did last time. 6 months of a plateau. <BR> <BR> Those plateau's.... after 5 months of doing great all the sudden it all stopped. No matter how little I ate, no matter how much I exercised. ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 01:14:13 EST Laying the Ground work- Seize the day! <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about this all day and I think I gotta think Seize each Moment. Each day provides so many missed opportunities if I just look at the whole. <BR> <BR> I think it is time for me to start talking goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Stop all soda's. If your gonna splurge splurge with 1 on Sunday. <BR> 2. Work to be healthy. -Eat more fruits and veggies,exercise...etc. (to be continued) <BR> 3. Use short term goals to meet the long term goals <BR> 4. Be ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:06:18 EST One Step at a Time Being really honest with myself, I am apprehensive. I am grateful to be eating better. To be eating at home. But, I am afraid of it not making a difference. I don't have much time to exercise this time. I work alot. I mean ALOT!! I mean A L O T !! I have been doing just whatever I can to take little steps. <BR> <BR> I put weights on our stairs. Every time I walk by, I do 20 of something and I try and do it on both side. I have been trying to stand at work and do little exercises as... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:31:02 EST I'm here Been up since 3:30 am but, I am here. Doesn't need to be long or dramatic. I am just here. <BR> <BR> I am thankful. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:04:35 EST WOW!! It was pretty hard to get back in here knowing what that will mean. Watch what I eat. Being totally aware that I am not exercising like I want nor like I need. But, I have to tell you. I was greeted with a big hug!! Really, okay, so I just read my last post. <BR> <BR> Dec 31st, 2012 (Last post was wrong--I started on January 1st, 2013) was the last time I had a dark caffeinated soda. Well, I still haven't gone back to that Dr. Pepper. That means 2.5 years that I have gone without da... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:10:58 EST Makin' a Difference Soda. Well, January 1st, 2013 was the last time I had a caffeinated soda. I can't believe it has been this long. Almost 9 months. On August 7th, 2013 I made another final move. No more soda caffeinated or not. So, it has been about month. Doesn't seem that long but, if I can make it that long I can make it a life time. Plus, now I am finding other things to drink. <BR> <BR> Step 1: completely checked off the list. <BR> <BR> Woot woot!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:05:24 EST What is it with soda for me? Well, <BR> <BR> Got up this morning feeling really thin. My weight fluctuates so much that it is mornings like this that I have to jump on the scale. Believe it or not I am down 8 pounds since Monday. Coincidentally, this happens to be the same time I gave up soda. This happens every time I give up soda. It is really amazing. And the cool thing is...It won't come back. Unless, of course, I start drinking soda again. I am so excited but, it is almost like I am deflating or something.... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:30:32 EST Drop, Drop, Drop Well, here I am back again... YAY!! <BR> <BR> 2 days no soda.....and the crowd cheers......ahhhhahhhhouuouuuoooahhhhhwooo<BR>wwooo <BR> <BR> Get this, gave up all soda, I lost 3 pounds in 2 days. <BR> <BR> busy night can't take too long...hope to see you tomorrow. <BR> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:45:16 EST Sigh, baby step....check Well, today was better. <BR> <BR> It wasn't easy but, drum roll please! tada.... No soda. Just lots of water and some orange juice. <BR> As well, I didn't eat a bunch of sugar. I put some bananas in the freezer for banana ice cream tomorrow. So I am pretty excited. I would say day one, baby step....check. <BR> <BR> Also, did good on my meals. pretty surprising. You know, chick fil a's char grilled no bun is really good...I mean it felt good too. <BR> <BR> Day 1 down...YAHOO!!! <BR> ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:03:13 EST Starting over again Another bad week. <BR> <BR> Starting again tomorrow. I am so tired of starting again. I feel so yucky. <BR> I still haven't had any caffeinated sodas. <BR> <BR> Please God give me strength and courage!!!!! I know I can't do this alone. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:57:24 EST Still Hanging Well, things are much better here. Lots of pre evacuations lifted. Our pre evac is not lifted, but it feels calmer here. <BR> <BR> Kind of blew it yesterday with food. Shurg... Really afraid to even track it. Heavy sigh. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:56:16 EST Update You know, yesterday I was really stressing out. I didn't really know who to talk to. I mean when you have friends that are wondering if they are losing their home it is hard to whine to them. Thanks for being there. I really appreciate it!! <BR> <BR> Now for the update. A few house ago they showed on TV the path of the fire. It looks according to that the fire traveled down the back side of my friends house. One house on the circle was lost but, all the others were saved!!!! We do ha... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:01:49 EST Very Sad and Difficult Day Don't know if you have heard about the Black Forest Fire in Colorado. Well, we are about a half a mile from the evacuation area. My heart is full of such conflicting feelings. I was able to go help my friend of 20 years pack up her house. Listening to the fire department scanners, we heard that they are holding their home. But then, I heard that other friends have lost everything. They were out of town. So, they didn't get anything out of the house. Then I feel guilty and selfish when... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:11:33 EST On the road again. (can you hear the tune) Yesterday was so inspiring for me. I did it. I went the whole day with no soda at all. It was a fight but I did it. Also, on Sunday I used Spark tracking to design my meals for the week. Then I went shopping Monday morning and picked up everything I was going to need for the week. That is totally awesome because then I was able to see how many calories were left after my meals. In turn, my calories are way down. I have been using the pie graph at the bottom to make my food choices ins... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:15:53 EST No, one moment at a time 5:15 pm and I made it through another trip out. Sometimes I really feel crazy. I am sitting here holding back ever second from asking my hubby to go pick up a soda for me. urrrrggghhh. One day at a time. One day at a time. ONE DAY AT A TIME!!!! <BR> <BR> I did pick up some juice today. <BR> <BR> Okay, whew...hey thanks blog...They say sometimes all you need to do is get out that thing your trying to keep secret and then all the suddenly things get better. okay. I am going to go get a glass ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:24:30 EST The Last Possible Moment- Well, I am still struggling with the sprite and orange soda. I am hoping I can do it today. This morning I wouldn't have been surprised if I had been pulled over for reckless driving. First, I planned on going straight home and not stopping anywhere along the way. (No restaurants that have sodas....urgh) But then on my home I saw it...the sign...They have my orange soda.....Ahhh, it would be so good right now. So I swerve over into the turning lane...then the argument with myself commen... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:29:24 EST Sigh Not even to dinner and not going so great. I should have just come home but instead got breakfast out...and then lunch. How frustrating. It's becoming utterly clear to me. YOU JUST CAN'T eat out like I have been. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 19:31:00 EST I'm still here!! This might be kind of a silly thing to recognize but, that is how I feel. I am still here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I raked the church yard and burned lots of calories but, then I blew it food wise. I never realized how terrible Hot chocolate was for you.... oh my goodness!! I was pretty discouraged with how bad I did but, I'm still here. We can all make bad choices but it is what we do with them that makes the difference. <BR> <BR> Today I came back and thought I would track what I was e... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:32:11 EST Baby Steps Well, yesterday I realized that I can not stop drinking the sodas if they are in the frig. So I drank them all and started again today. Except...I was putting water in the frig. And there it was. eek... <BR> I figure yesterday I think I had 8 sodas. Today 1....still movin' in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow NO SODAS!!!!!! Whew, wiping my forehead and brushing it off. <BR> <BR> Still a good day!! <BR> <BR> and 2 pounds down!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:40:27 EST Looking Back It is pretty cool looking back at my page. I am trying to get motivated again. Feeling like I am completely starting over. Thought I'd visit my page. Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Step 1: Get off soda. Even when I wrote that post, I was struggling to get off the soda. I have accomplished my first or maybe 1/2 step. I haven't had a caffeinated soda since December 31, 2012. That was a hard accomplishment for me. But, I did it. <BR> <BR> I still drink orange soda and Sprite but, if... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 22:23:48 EST Step 1: Check I have been fighting soda for a long time knowing that simply just giving up the soda would make a big difference in my life. <BR> <BR> I had made plans before. You know, well I am going to cut back one soda at a time and then poof, they would be gone. The only thing is, it would never happen. Now, don't misunderstand me, I have given up soda from time to time. But, I always start again. Here I am today...I realized that I can't do the cut back thing. There are always good excuses to... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:01:12 EST I did it!! I have to say today I am pretty excited. I have really been wanting to get back on the plan but just been fighting it. Mostly because of creativity. I am really not a creative cook when it comes to eating healthy. Partially because I feel like raw food doesn't need anything else. BUT, the hubby....Need I say more. <BR> <BR> He has just gone through a run with skin cancer... 3 surgeries worth. I took him to the doctor and so to keep the long story short he needs to eat better.... So, ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:17:19 EST Cautiously Optimist: Here we go again. In May 2011, I found sp for the first time. I saw that other people do lose their weight forever. And so, my new venture began. It is time for me. This year is dedicated to losing my weight the healthy way. <BR> <BR> Well, it took me from May 2011 to April 2012 to lose about 38 pounds. After Easter I went off the plan and well from April 2012 to August 2012 I have gained back 24 pounds. So, here I am again to give it another go of it. <BR> <BR> Last time, I quit exercising and met ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:44:59 EST